Hi and welcome back.
I thought it was time to start a new mini-series; What I Eat in a Day. I love watching youtube videos on this, to gain more inspiration for meal ideas. Sometimes I feel I get stuck in a rut with my diet so thought sharing this mini-series would force me to experiment more with food. My weekdays and weekends vary slightly in terms of my diet so the first installment of this mini-series will be a weekday. I work full time so I often take breakfast and lunch with me and cook when I am home for the evening. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Now, I am not one of these people who particularly looks forward to food in the mornings. I am often up early (6am), walking my lovely black Labrador Shadow before heading out to work, so any food I do eat needs to be quick and easy to eat on the move. You can read my morning routine here. I don’t generally need food until about 8am, by which time I am at work earlier than my shift starts. My current go-to favourite is the Nutri-Brex Gluten Free with warmed milk, sugar and raisins. I find this fills me up until lunchtime. And of course, no breakfast for me is complete without coffee. I have one in a travel thermos while walking Shadow and then treat myself to another before work.
Lunch at work can either involve sitting down for 30 minutes in peace, or a rushed affair between patients. While I love the Marks and Spencer gluten free sandwiches, and am really excited to see Tescos, Asda and Waitrose offer gluten free alternatives too, I do try to save money and bring lunch from home. I try to vary my lunch meals by either having a Genius gluten free seeded roll with ham and cheese, leftovers or my Pea and Broccoli Soup.
Depending on the length of my shift and the shifts my other half is working, this is the meal I definitely try to put more effort in to. I find it so much easier to cook a nutritious meal if we are on similar shifts so can sit down together. One of our go-to options is my Creamy Chilli Chicken with can be made in under 30 minutes so we still have the rest of the evening to relax together. We are trying to get into meal planning and so far it is going well.
I am a self-confessed serial snacker so I would be lying if I claimed this is enough to sustain my hanger throughout the day. I must admit, I have improved greatly. I am much less likely to snack on chocolate while cooking dinner (providing the chocolate is hidden away of course!). My go-to snacks are the Kind bars, sweet popcorn, fruit, carrot sticks and houmous or my home made Vanilla Cupcakes at work. At home, I often indulge in a sweet treat after dinner such as the Marks and Spencers bakewell tart slices or lemon slices.
I hope you enjoyed this new mini-series What I Eat in a Day and it has given you some inspiration on new meal ideas when planning your weekday meals. If you have any go-to recipes, leave a comment below. If you re-create any of the recipes mentioned here, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss out on any future blog posts.