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What I Eat | 3 Day Food Diary

Jan 14, 2016

I shared a food diary last January and I had a request to share one again.  

A few things to note:

This took place during the week on a Tuesday-Thursday.  Let’s be real I don’t always eat this healthy  but my A game is on since I gained 5+ lbs over the Holidays.  I do however still eat a lot of veggies and very little meat in my regular diet , I just usually snack more often.  During the week I really try to be mindful of what I am eating with little processed foods,  little sugar and not many snacks.   On the weekends I definitely indulge more and don’t restrict myself. Also if I am eating out, I order what I want and don’t restrict myself. 

I didn’t include all my drinks below, so FYI I gave up caffeine after I had Frances and I only drink decaf coffee now.  The caffeine was making me anxious and I feel so much better now without it.   I don’t miss it one bit.  But I do still like a cup of coffee in the morning, I usually either make a decaf black coffee with my Nespresso or pick up a decaf latte  or cappuccino at Starbucks.  Otherwise during the day I only drink water, seltzer, or unsweetened green tea (the tea is the only caffeine I have and it doesn’t seem to affect me like coffee did), and of course wine a few nights a week. 

I just recently got back into juicing and I have to say my energy has been so much better.  Sometimes it is easier to just pick up a green juice but it saves so much money if you make it at home.   I have this Breville Juicer and love it. I bought it 4 years ago after Christmas and it still works like a charm.  The parts are also dishwasher safe which is always a plus.    I hand wash it for the most part but run it through the dishwasher once a week. 

Now sometimes I am lazy and don’t feel like juicing, on those days I drink one of these 8 greens tablets dissolved in water.  It is a superfood supplement and contains 8 different greens pressed into one little tablet.  They are kind of like Airborne but filled with nutrients and greens instead. These green tablets are amazing.  On Sunday I felt so tired and wanted to take a nap but I drank one and then ran 2 miles and felt so good.  I had so much more energy.  Btw this is by no means an ad or sponsored post, I paid for them and truly love them.


Lemon Water.  I start each day with hot lemon water and often end with it as well.

I squeeze half a lemon into a coffee mug with water and microwave 1 minute.  You can do this on the stove as well.

Next Green Juice.  My go-to Green Juice is : 2 apples, 1 lemon, 2 celery stalks, 1 baby cucumber, 1 jalapeño seeds removed, 1 inch piece peeled ginger, 1 bunch kale, and handful spinach.  This makes enough juice for Matt and I both to have a glass.


 Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachio Crumble.  

This recipe came out of the Bon Appetit Food Lovers Cleanse cookbook and Matt and I are both loving it.  It is super simple all you do is dry roast 1/4 cup chopped pistachios, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds and 2 teaspoons sesame seeds on medium heat about 1minute.  Then add in 2 tablespoons honey and cook 1 more minute.  Remove from heat and let nuts cool and harden into chunks.  Serve over greek yogurt with fresh strawberries.


Greek Salad + Hummus + Naan Bread + Pepperoncini

I frequently make this chopped Greek salad.  It is just chopped cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, kalmata olives and feta cheese if you have it.  Add salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar.


Panko Crusted Salmon Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Mustard and Parsley (recipe below)

The cauliflower + chickpea recipe comes from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook and we all love it.  My kids will even eat the cauliflower this way.  It is so delicious.

1 14-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and dried

1 head of cauliflower, outer leaves removed and discarded, cut into bite-sized florets

3 tablespoons plus 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided

Coarse sea salt

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon seeded mustard (i.e., grainy mustard)

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set the rack in the middle. Toss chickpeas and cauliflower together in a large roasting pan with 3 tablespoons olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Roast, stirring now and then, until everything is dark brown and the cauliflower is quite soft, about 45 minutes. 

2. Meanwhile, whisk together mustards, vinegar, and 1/4 cup of olive oil with a big pinch of salt and a few healthy grinds of black pepper. While the chickpeas and cauliflower are still warm, toss them with the mustard dressing and the parsley. Serve warm or at room temperature.

I was still hungry before bed and I ate 1/2 an orange. 

Then I had hot lemon water with ginger.


Hot Lemon Water.

Starbucks Decaf Latte


2 eggs scrambled with cheese, spinach and avocado, 2 pieces of bacon, 1/2 grapefruit


Chopped Detox Salad + Leftover Roasted Cauliflower + Naan + Hummus

I had 1/2 a vegan cookie from Earthfare for a snack.


Shrimp Nachos


Hot Lemon Water

Green juice

I save my old Starbucks cup so I can use them as to-go cups and take my juice with me.


Starbucks Oatmeal + Decaf Latte

If I am on the go and need a quick easy breakfast I frequently get the oatmeal at Starbucks.  It is surprisingly good and filling.


I ate lunch out at Xao Bao Biscuit and had the Cabbage pancake + fried egg

I had a few pretzels left over from the kid’s snack before dinner.


Skinny Taste’s California Sushi Stacks (we used tuna and crab instead of shrimp) + Edamame.

This meal is super easy and my kids actually loved the edamame, added bonus.

Lemon Ginger water before bed.

When I eat clean like this and exercise I usually notice results quickly.   I lost about 2 lbs last week just from cutting out most of my snacks and processed foods.  I am not the type of person who can totally give up carbs, so I still enjoy them in moderation.   If you have any go-to healthy recipes I would love you to share them! 

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  1. I just got the Food Lover's Cleanse book in yesterday and so excited to try it out!

  2. Andrea C says:

    Yum, always love your food posts!!! I am definitely trying some of these recipes, thank you. How does that green powder taste though? I need to try it but it only if it tastes halfway decent. 😉

  3. Nickie says:

    You have such a healthy mindset about food and over-all health. It's very encouraging. I am addicted (yes, addicted!) to sugar and need to kick that habit. Not that I am placing blame, but it is hard when you are the only person in your house that wants to give it up. I didn't set any New years resolutions, but I have been reading about the BA Cleanse. That on top of your encouraging post really motivates me. I have a hectic weekend but my plan is to sit down Saturday night and map our a plan/grocery list and start Monday. I gave up sugar once for about a month and felt SO GOOD! I also lost 10 lbs which was an added bonus. No (or at least very limited) sugar needs to be a life style change for me.
    Thanks for this post.

  4. KShaffer says:

    What machine do you use to make your juice? I would love to juice but do not want to have to buy yet another kitchen gadget. Can it be done in a regular blender?

  5. KShaffer says:

    What machine do you use to make your juice? I would love to juice but do not want to have to buy yet another kitchen gadget. Can it be done in a regular blender?

  6. Julie says:

    I was just about to order the 8G supplement-so excited to try it, and then I read the reviews that said it contained Sucralose. Deal breaker for me. Love your recipes and blog though, keep at it-it's good stuff! 🙂

  7. How on earth do you get yourself and two kids ready for your day and manage these delicious looking breakfasts?! Please share your secret. It's all I can do to get my daughter a Siggi's yogurt and me some oatmeal!

  8. Cottiecups says:

    No wonder you look so fabulous!! thank you for the inspiration!! what kind of hummus do you like? When I make my lunch at home it never looks this pretty. womp! Womp! thank you for your great posts!!

  9. Jillian Rose says:

    I love so many of the recipes you share, and you are definitely my go-to for salads!! I have been trying to be better about prepping a salad at the beginning of the week, and having it for lunches for the week.. I am on the road for work, and it helps my health and my wallet to know I have a salad packed! Any chance you could do a post on a roundup of your favorite salads that save well? Thanks for the inspiration!!

  10. Taylor says:

    I want to get that 8G stuff now! Sounds amazing!!