What The Daily Connoisseur Eats…
I recently got a request from an email subscriber of The Daily Connoisseur asking me what I eat on a typical day. I have a pretty healthy diet and, I believe, have never had a problem with my weight because of this (knock on wood- we’ll see how I do après baby…).
Please keep in mind that because I am pregnant there are a lot of things I’m not having (sushi, sandwiches, coffee, green tea, etc.) that I normally have. Other than the items I’m forbidden to eat while pregnant, I pretty much eat the same things I did before I was pregnant.
Here is my menu for a typical day:
First thing in the morning I drink a tall glass of warm water with lemon. Then 20 minutes or so later I eat either:
A homemade fruit and yogurt parfait (pictured above). This is my current favorite thing to eat in the morning. It consists of Greek yogurt (Fage is my favorite brand), a sprinkling of flax seeds, a few tablespoons of walnuts, a quarter cup of blueberry muesli and whatever fruit or berries I have on hand.
Hot oatmeal with soymilk, chopped bananas, flax seeds, walnuts and honey.
One piece of whole grain toast with almond butter and chopped bananas on top and a whole grapefruit on the side.
When I am not pregnant, breakfast is usually accompanied with a cup of green tea. Now, however I just drink a cup of hot water.
Before I was pregnant I usually would eat a sandwich- turkey or chicken with lettuce, tomato, avocado and Swiss or cheddar cheese. (Pregnant women are advised against eating lunch meat, so I have cut this out). Or I would have a California roll or spicy tuna roll from the local sushi restaurant and a cup of miso soup. (Ditto for not being allowed to eat sushi… this has been very hard for me- I love the stuff!)
So now I modify my lunch by usually eating:
A salad. Consisting of greens, chopped broccoli, corn, cheese, dried cranberries, mushrooms and green onions with a small amount of ranch dressing or a vinaigrette.
A Mediterranean lunch. Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves- I love these!), hummus and tabbouleh salad.
Salmon teriyaki with brown rice
Before being pregnant I would usually have a cup of coffee in the afternoon. I have since replaced that with a glass of veggie juice (usually carrot, celery, apple)
For a snack I typically eat:
An apple with peanut or almond butter
Whole grain crackers with cheese
Hummus with pita bread
Baby carrots and celery sticks
or let’s be honest...
A piece of cake or something equally as naughty (today it was a rather large chocolate chip cookie)
For dinner I normally eat a protein of some sort with veggies. Typical dinners for me include:
Wild salmon with brown rice and broccoli
Roast chicken with potato gratin and sweet corn
Steak with roasted potatoes and asparagus
Occasionally I will have whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese.
I also try to drink a lot of water throughout the day and right before I go to bed I drink another tall glass of water.
So there you have it- my typical menu for the day…
I love getting emails from readers and try to answer all requests. Thank you, Julie, for requesting this one!
I would love to know… what does your daily menu consist of?