I love food. I love carbs and pizza and chocolate, and would probably eat a steak and Godiva truffles every day if I could. But after a summer of following too many New York City-based food Instagram accounts and trying out all the goodies the city has to offer – including getting one too many late night orders of Insomnia Cookies – it was definitely time to revamp my diet and take a closer look at what I was putting in my body.
Since today I stayed at home all day and was able to prepare all my food, I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to record a few of my go-to recipes for healthy eating. It’s no major calorie or carb-cutting diet, but everything together is under my recommended net calorie count for the day.
I’m one of those people who has the best start to my morning when I begin with coffee and breakfast. Although I’ve yet to give up my not-so-great processed hazelnut coffee creamer, I’ve switched over to using stevia instead of sugar in my coffee which has saved me on calories and sugar consumption.
One of my favorite go-to breakfasts is egg on toast, which is what I made today. It’s super simple to make:
- Butter bread on both sides and toast each side on a pan.
- Crack an egg on top of the bread and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.
- Cover with a lid; when the egg white is partially cooked, flip over until it’s cooked to your liking.
And that’s it! There’s so many different variations you can do with this recipe. You can use any kind of eggs that you want – scrambled, over easy, etc. – and you can also add half an avocado if you like. I typically sprinkle garlic salt on top of my eggs because everything tastes better with garlic.
I didn’t eat a “traditional” lunch today because I was really craving some chips and guac. I made a personal portion of guacamole using a recipe I found on Pinterest, but modified it using what I had at home. I only used one avocado, left out the jalapeno, and used a bit too much lemon juice, but overall it was pretty solid guac. The chips I ate it with were organic white corn tortilla chips, from the Safeway O Organics brand.
I made one of the easiest recipes for dinner, turkey pasta. It’s so simple and ends up being so yummy and filling, and if you make the whole box of pasta like I did, you’ll have plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week.
- Bring water to a boil, and cook pasta for 12 minutes.
- While the pasta is cooking, cook and crumble the ground turner in a pan over medium heat.
- Once the meat is mostly cooked, pour in the pasta sauce of your choice into the saucepan and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
- Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to pot.
- Remove meat sauce from heat and add to pasta. Mix and enjoy!
The whole thing takes about 20-25 minutes depending on how long it takes your water to boil.
I have THE biggest sweet tooth, so today I ate one of these Skinny Cow cones so I could have a bit of my chocolate and sugar fix for the day. Was it as good as a drumstick? No, but still not bad and pretty fulfilling for 160 calories!
Let me know if you have any other recipes you’d like me to try out, or if you have any other secret ways I can sneak chocolate into my diet without resorting to a Dairy Queen Blizzard.