What do I eat in a day? I get often asked this question so I thought of documenting what I usually eat while on home lockdown. Being a mom, I know it’s not easy when you’re trying to feed little picky eaters while also aiming for a healthy and balanced diet for the whole family.
While there is no one diet that works for everyone (and that applies whether you’re cooking for one or five), there are family-friendly recipes that I rely on which can be appealing for a five or a forty-year old.
My food philosophy is CREATE HABITS, NOT RESTRICTIONS. I pretty much eat what I want, but in moderation. And I try to always go for MORE plants and ADD-IN more veggies into the plate instead of taking out elements of the dish. Again, I don’t thrive on restrictions, so depriving myself of food that I love to eat will just not work for me.
I hope this gives you some inspiration to eat healthy and stay healthy while at home. Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Let me show you some examples to prove my point.
FRUIT OAT BOWLS
Creamy oatmeal is a staple at our home. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also packed with lots of fiber which is a great way to start your day. I love topping it with fresh fruits, nut butter, granola, and sometimes even dark chocolate. Learn to make my perfectly creamy bowl of oats in this BLOG POST.
Another breakfast staple is chia pudding which is made from chia seeds soaked overnight with milk. It’s packed with omega 3s and fiber and is a low-carb option. I love topping it with macerated berries, cacao nibs, coconut shreds, nuts, and a drizzle of honey or pure maple. Check out my easy chia pudding recipe and tutorial in this BLOG POST.
You know how much I love my smoothies, regardless of the weather. A glass or bowl of smoothie can pack about 2-3 servings of fruits and veggies which is about half of the required daily intake for a healthy diet. I’m biased towards green smoothies and also add a scoop or two of my fave plant protein powder to make it even more nutrient-dense. You can download my fave smoothie recipes from THIS LINK.
FRITTATA OR OMELETTE
Yes I do eat savory breakfasts every now and then. And when I do, it’s usually with eggs in different ways. Frittata is on top of the list since I can add a variety of veggies in it. I love pairing it with sliced avocado or sweet potatoes, and some sauteéd greens and mushrooms.
MASHED AVOCADO TOAST
If there’s one more thing I can’t live without, it’s avocado! I love having it mashed on some grain toast or sourdough bread and with a bit of goat cheese. Goat cheese is a low-calorie option compare to your cream cheese or other cheese spreads. Top it with sauteéd mushrooms or cherry tomatoes and paired with turmeric latté. So good!
I usually prep fish or chicken paired with some veggies, whole grains (quinoa or basmati rice). Salmon is a fave at home so I either bake it or pan-fry it. Lately, I’ve been hooked to sautéed green beans and red cabbage slaw as a side dish. My philosophy is filling up at least half your plate with colorful veggies and have about a third for your proteins and grains. Healthy fats like olive oil and avocado is of course an important element.
Salad bowls is another meal staple for me at home. There’s lots of scientific studies proving how raw food— healthy fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and and legumes can help lower diabetes and heart disease risk and aid weight loss and digestion. My fave combo is mixed beans with mixed lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, and sometimes some tuna for added protein. Just drizzle it with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Snacks and Dessert
You can never go wrong with fresh fruits like oranges, kiwis, strawberries which ends your meal on a sweet note. My little boy loves to snack on fruits as well paired sometimes greek yogurt.
Apart from breakfast, granola is a healthy snack alternative which packs so much fiber and antioxidants from the nuts and whole grain oats. I pair it with greek-style or coconut yogurt and some fresh fruits which my little boy absolutely loves. You can find my favorite homemade dark chocolate granola recipe in this BLOG POST.
There you go! And if you need more healthy family recipes, you can check out my HEALTHY COOKING MADE EASY e-BOOK which has over 65 easy, delicious and nourishing recipes for everyday cooking. C
So there you go, I also would love to know if you ever try any of these meal ideas at home and if you do, please leave a comment below and share some feedback.
Like I always say, watch WHAT you eat instead of how much you eat. Go always for more natural, less processed, and whole foods. And cook your own food when you can as it’s not only healthier for you, but even more satisfying when cooked with vitamin L — ove.
Stay healthy and stay safe always.