Hello! How're ya doing?! My name is Jeff, otherwise known as Luckiest Guy in the World.
Want to you know why? I get to share my life with the amazing and talented Hummusapien. Alexis asked me to take over What I Ate Wednesday to provide a different perspective and to infuse this blog with a little humor (JK!). I'll try my best not to bore you too much and I hope to show that healthy eating is attainable for all, even those of us with developing recipe skills.
First though, a little bit about myself: I'd always had a keen interest in healthy eating prior to meeting Alexis. I mostly knew what was right and wrong and tried to maintain some semblance of "balance" in regards to what I was eating. However, this keen interest has blossomed into a full blown lifestyle. One of the best things that Alexis has taught all of us is that it is all about finding the proper balance. She truly lives by this and I can attest to that. I'd rather turn down the free hamburger lunch at work and eat what I packed so that I can shovel down pizza and donuts on the weekend and not feel bad about it.
But enough about me. How are you?? And with that, I give you the first ever What I Ate Wednesday, Boyf Edition.
Every morning I start out with a man-sized smoothie with about ⅓ to ½ cup oats (I don't measure), ¾ cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of frozen spinach, 1 scoop of Vega protein, a sprinkle of chia or flax, a dash of turmeric, and a spoonful of spirulina. Add a bunch of almond milk, blend until smooth, and run out the door all the while hoping you don't spill any on your freshly pressed dress shirt. I usually drink this during my 30-minute commute to work.
After arriving at work, I settle in, check my email, address any issues, check Instagram, and start thinking about my next meal. This usually consists of 2 eggs plus 2 egg whites and some sort of grain. For today, I chose two slices of Ezekiel bread. I prepare this at home of course, so when I arrive at work my eggs are cold and the toast is dry. YUM!
My mid-morning/pre-lunch snack most likely is some sort of bar. Today the winner was an Organic Sunrise Energy Bars that we picked up on our first trip to Costco. What a gas!
I always bring black coffee to work as well. Luckily we just got a big bag of organic whole beans at Costco!
Finally, LUNCH! Today is some boring old chicken that I lightly seasoned and baked along with a precooked bag of organic quinoa and brown rice. Not very inventive, I know. The creativeness of my meals depends on my motivation during prep time on Sunday. As you can tell, I wasn't very motivated this past Sunday. However, I always try to prep enough meals so that I am good through at least Thursday.
My post-lunch/mid-afternoon snack today was another bar. I found these Aloha bars and I'm a big fan. Mostly organic and clean with plant-based protein rather than whey.
After working out, I had another scoop of vanilla Vega protein. Again, I used to be a whey fan but have slowly transitioned into plant based protein. I've dealt with some stomach issues in the past. We tried to narrow it down to one or a few things that triggered these issues and settled on whey as a possible culprit. Since then I've limited my intake and my stomach issues have mostly ceased.
Dinner was a large serving of lentil chili with avocado from a recipe that Alexis found along with cornbread (she used whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and extra maple syrup) and our usual salad. I eat the vegan food Alexis cooks most nights (these bean balls are my favorite) and usually love it. We were both really excited for the chili but it wasn't honestly that good on the first attempt despite the reviews. We doctored it up with some hot sauce and more seasoning and scarfed it down anyway. One thing we've pledged to do is eat all of the food we have and try to eliminate waste. I guess it's average chili the rest of the week. But the cornbread and salad were good!
Finally, dessert was a So Delicious vanilla ice cream sandwich. We pretty much eat these every night. It was just enough sweetness/chocolatiness/ice-creamness to satisfy my cravings. I usually have a chopped up apple with peanut butter, too.
Thanks for spending some time with me today! Keep supporting Alexis because the passion she shows through her writing is genuine. She really wants to help us all eat better, live better and lead a happier life. Cheers!