One of the blog posts that you guys asked me for over on Snapchat is a food diary. Almost every week in my Monday Q&A, someone asks me to share a food diary so I figured this was a good time to start! I finally spent three days a few weeks ago writing down every single thing that I ate to share with you. I was completely honest and documented exactly what I ate so no fibbing!
That being said, I also kept it a little cleaner than usual because I knew that I’d be sharing this all publicly. Whenever I’ve done food diaries in the past, even if just for me, I clean up my act, knowing that I’ll have to see in writing what I ate. For people who are Type A like me, it’s not a bad way to stay on track… As long as you don’t get too obsessive about it.
I tried to include links to the exact products and recipes that I ate, but let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to hear your feedback as well on whether or not you like this type of post! I might do a month-long version about my fitness routine if this resonates.
Day 1: Tuesday
Morning Tea (7:30am)- Green tea. Boots is going in to get surgery today so I’m too nervous to eat before I drop him off at 8:00.
Breakfast (9:00am)- The Clean Green Protein smoothie from Juice Press. I’m about to head to work out with Madison (she works for my husband at Countdown) so I know I need some fuel in the form of protein or I’ll pass out… the workout is no joke!
Snack (10:30am)- Handful of tamari almonds. So hungry after an intense workout so I eat a handful of one of my all time favorite snacks. I buy them in bulk at Whole Foods.
Lunch (12:00pm)- Asian chicken salad from Whole Foods. Not too exciting but it does the job and I actually love this salad more than I should. I get it at the salad bar there.
12:30pm- Small handful of dark chocolate chips (these are the best, trust me) and a spoonful of peanut butter. I’m a firm believer in lunch dessert if it’s clean and simple.
Snack (3:00pm)- Gluten free crackers (I like these) and my favorite ever mango sriracha hummus. I honestly don’t know how people go from lunch to dinner without a snack. And for those of you who say “I forgot to eat lunch!”, you’re an alien as far as I’m concerned. Also, I’m a hummus addict.
Dinner (7:30pm)- Sweet potato noodle salad (recipe here), miso glazed salmon (I simply baked wild caught salmon with white miso spread on top and it’s incredible), cucumber salad. This dinner was great! I put in a little extra effort because I knew I was going to be sharing it with you.
8:00pm- A bowl of blueberries and cut up red plums
Night Tea (9:00pm)- Chamomile tea
Day 2: Wednesday
Breakfast (7:30am)- Green tea and gluten free bread (I’ve tried a lot of varieties and this one is my go-to) with grass fed butter, mashed avocado, a hard boiled egg, and hot sauce.
Snack (10:00am)- Green juice
Lunch (12:00pm)- Leftover salmon and sweet potato noodles. I’m a big leftover eater. I always make extra of dinner so Anel and I can have healthy lunches without having to go out and spend $15 on a salad or whatever.
12:30pm- I’m feeling slightly under the weather so I drink a juice made with orange, ginger, cayenne, and oil of oregano in place of my usual lunch dessert.
Snack (5:00pm)- Gluten free crackers with hummus and a grapefruit La Croix. I told you I’m an addict!
Dinner (8:00pm)- Vegan kale caesar with baked herbed chicken breasts. Anel gets home from work around this time so we eat late on most weeknights which I don’t love or recommend.
8:30pm- Two squares of dark chocolate.
Night Tea (9:30pm)- Chamomile tea
Day 3: Thursday
8:30am- Spinach and egg scramble with hot sauce, gluten free toast, and iced green tea. I got a late start this morning!
10:00am- Gingerade Kombucha to boost immunity. Still feeling a little sniffle.
Lunch (12pm)- Leftover chicken with a vegan caesar salad and an apricot La Croix. I put leftover dressing from last night on romaine lettuce with tomatoes, and avocado. Yum!
12:30pm- Spoonful of peanut butter with dark chocolate chips. It’s just too good…
Snack (3:30pm)- 1 cup of grass-fed beef bone broth and a handful of blueberries. I usually order my broth this company and love it. It’s pricey but worth it in my opinion.
Dinner (7:00pm)- BBQ chicken, grilled corn, mushrooms and onions, and salad. We went to our friends’ house for dinner and luckily they cooked us a delicious and healthy meal!
Obviously this was three weekdays and I indulge/drink more on the weekends so I’m thinking for my next go-round I’ll share a Friday-Sunday food diary. Is that something you would want to see?
Hi Julia, I enjoyed reading about your food diary. Like you, I absolutely love hummus and I have even started doing my own (it’s so easy). I also believe in healthy snacks. I am quite good in the morning as I love my breakfast and take a hearty one but in the afternoon it’s too hard to wait until diner and rather than nibble all afternoon I will try as much as possible to go for a good mid arvo snack (banana, apple rice crackers or almonds and dry apricots) but it’s hard to always stick to that routine. As a mum of 3 little ones there are so many temptations in my cupboard plus I often end up helping them with their diner/ finish a couple of plates (as I hate throwing food. Your miso glazed salmon sounds delicious, I will look how to prepare it. It’s making me salivating right now;) Julie xx
Hi Julia! Thanks so much for sharing my sweet potato salad. Love your blog!
LOL about people who “forget to eat lunch” I’m so with you on them being aliens! I would love a weekend diary, I love getting ideas and seeing what people are eating.
This diary showed me where I am going wrong, it’s the in between snacks that I need! I’m always starving and I’ll do anything to stop that hungry feeling. I have a juice in the morning for my breakfast but I’ve always felt it wasn’t enough. I think I should make a real breakfast and have my juice as a mid morning snack! Thanks for sharing Julia! xx Rox-Anne, Celebratingthislife.ca
this all sounds so yummy + so healthy! i need to start bringing healthy snacks to work, so thank you for the inspiration!
LOVED this post! I would love to see a weekend diary. What is the purpose of drinking the bone broth? I have never heard of this before.
Yes!!!! Love love love this and would love to see a weekend diary too!
I’m an RD so I guess it’s not surprising that I enjoy a good food diary post! I’d love to see a weekend post.
Also, as an RD I gravitate towards food posts 😉
I’d love to see a weekend post! As a young teacher on the go making lots of food for just me is tough. I’ve been throwing a LOT more fruit and veggies in my bag lately and try to stick to things lower in points (I’m a big fan of Weight Watchers-I’ve lost 8 pounds since the middle of July). I haven’t read a ton of your posts so far, but how important is clean eating to you? I worked at a vegan, cold-pressed juice bar, but as a second year teacher on my own now I just can’t afford that stuff…any recs? Should I juice at home? Order things? Andddd okay last question: if I was to order 1 to 3 products online or go to a specialty store to buy them what items are most important in your opinion to be “clean”?
Congrats on the WW win! So glad that it’s working for you. Clean eating is a huge part of my life but I agree that it can get pricey. I’ve found that juicing at home doesn’t end up being much cheaper and it’s a lot of work. I’d suggest just moving to 1-2 juices/week. I don’t think that you need them every day, especially in colder months. As far as 1-3 products, it depends what you mean! I’d say food-based vitamins (not synthetic) are the most important for your overall health so would start there!
Thanks for the encouragement Julia! I want to do 1-2 a week and that was my plan when I moved but I haven’t found a good raw vegan juicer nearby:( Can I order from online anywhere? I’ll look into some vitamins. Thanks!!
You can order from Paleta, Blue Print, and even Suja via Target online. Just try to find ones with the lowest sugar count!
Awesome!! Thank you!
I’m interested in a weekend post!