The why behind some of my recent food choices

The why behind some of my recent food choices

I am a creature of habit when it comes to food.  That is, until I’m not.  I generally choose a food and will eat it every day until I run it into the ground and never want to see it again.  What, you don’t do that?  I distinctly remember my 10-year running breakfast kick where I ate cereal, yogurt, and cranberry juice every.single.morning.  I don’t remember the kind of cereal, but rest assured it was the same for 10 years 🙂

Ever since changing my diet almost 2 years ago, I have been eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch almost every single day.  If it ain’t broke and all that I suppose.  But recently I’ve found myself falling out of love with my beloved grilled chicken lunch salad.  I blame the cold weather.  And the lack of fresh garden veggies.  But for whatever reason, I think I need to move on from salads (at least until spring…gasp).

So the next question becomes – what am I going to replace it with?  I am looking for a way to keep my current mix of protein, fat, and carbs.  So maybe some type of rice and beef dish?  Something I can make a large batch of on a Sunday and reheat throughout the week.  If you guys have any ideas, please feel free to throw them my way!  I am always up for trying something new.  So with all of that, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my recent meals and talk about the “why” behind my choices.  Sounds kind of nutty, but any food-related talk really is my love language 🙂

This meal was one of those “I just walked in from the gym and I am starving and don’t really care what I eat as long as it’s high in protein and carbs” kind of meals.  Luckily we had some leftovers from Christmas, so I grabbed 6 BBQ meatballs and a huge helping of mashed potatoes.  Come to think of it, I might have even eaten these cold.  Apparently 2 minutes in the microwave would have really sent me over the edge to starvation 🙂  And I added the leftover Costco chopped salad for good measure (and to say I ate a few veggies with dinner).

This was a lunch I enjoyed after Christmas when my mom brought me over a huge container of split pea soup.  She knows the way to my heart for sure!  She only makes this once a year, and my dad and I are obsessed and fight over every last drop.  I begrudgingly ate my chicken salad as well, which tasted nowhere NEAR as good as the soup.  Now the countdown is on for next year when she makes it again (unless I find a ham bone laying around somewhere)…

This was one of last week’s lunches when I went home absolutely STARVING and knew eating a salad just wasn’t going to cut it.  So I went back to my childhood roots and chose an almond butter and jelly sandwich on Dave’s Killer bread (I buy this in a two-pack at Costco and we all love it).  On the side I added two different kinds of chips, sliced up cucumbers with salt, and my homemade applesauce.  And in the spirit of my New Year’s goals – I read my book instead of zoning out on my phone.  #winning

Another post-workout meal.  And as you can see, I didn’t even attempt to add a vegetable.  I was all about the burger and fries that night.  Nathan and the kids had this meal earlier in the evening, so I just put the burger and fries on a pan under the broiler for a few minutes to get some good crispiness to the fries.  There is nothing worse than soggy fries in my opinion 🙂

So that’s some of what I’ve been eating lately.  What have you guys been enjoying?  Does the cold weather affect your food choices?  Do you prefer leftovers for lunch or going to lunch?


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I'm Taryn. Welcome to my blog! I'm a runner, hiker, and fitness enthusiast working every day to model these behaviors for my 2 young children. I have a passion for preparing delicious and healthy food for my family. Keep reading to see how we define our version of a healthy family.

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2 thoughts on “The why behind some of my recent food choices

  1. Great post! I am now hungry!! (Luckily my lunch is in another 10 mins! 🙂

    I gotta say, I was wondering how you could eat a salad for lunch everyday all week!! Although I love routine, not for my food! I need choices and variety! haha!

    1. Haha! Yes, I definitely need more variety in my life. Hard though when you food prep on Sundays and want easy “grab and go” options for lunches. What do you normally bring for lunch?

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