What I Eat
I’m asked all the time.. What do you eat?
One of my favorite lines someone said to me is “Well I know it’s half a piece of toast and a tic tac” Try again lady!
Just because I’m SkinnyMinnie now doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy wonderful yummy meals. But G-Mama and Dad raised me right, and I’ve always been a fan of fruits and veggies.
First I do want to say, I did not calorie count to lose my initial weight! Number 1 it was too much work to do that, and number 2, if I went over I felt extremely guilty. And this is not about guilt! It’s about feeling good. I just watched everything I ate and made smart choices. During bikini prep I do count my calories using My Fitness Pal on my phone, but also during the offseason I do not count. I know when I over eat and when I under eat!
Also, I don’t buy all “fat free” products. Some are okay, but look at labels. Most of the products I buy are “reduced sodium”, “all natural” or “1/3 less”. You need SOME fat in your diet to keep a fit shape. Plus a lot of the fat free products are LOADED with extra sodium and sugar to give the product some taste. You’re better off sticking to the light or full fat stuff!
So to give you a glimpse into what I eat:
(of course I pick one of these! Not all!)
- Only the best oatmeal with fruits, almonds, and chia seeds/ baked oatmeal (same thing just cooked in the oven)/ or slow cooker oatmeal— try this one!
- 4-5 egg whites with veggies, goat cheese for a tangy topping, one egg with yolk a piece of whole wheat toast, ezekiel bread, or pita for dipping into the yolk 🙂 sometimes i’ll add in an apple or other fruit
- Protein shakes with fruit on the side. I buy protein powder in bulk online (I like Cellucor the best), and mix it with one cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Greek Yogurt with fruit and chia seeds (usually 8-12 ounces). I like plain greek yogurt and I’ll add fresh fruit, cacao powder, pomegranate powder, or goji powder to flavor it up some without all the added sugars the flavored greek yogurt gives you. The natural fruit juices from the added fruit give you flavor as well.
- Cottage cheese (no salt added) with jam
- Some type of fruit smoothie- try this one with Green tea, or this Peach milkshake version!
- 2 pieces of wheat toast or Ezekiel with 1 Tablespoon of almond butter/soy peanut butter/or homemade jam. Fruit on side (can ya tell I’m big on fruit?)
- Protein waffles
- AND OF COURSE anyone that knows me will tell you I have to have my coffee in the morning. I have never been a coffee and food person though. I have to have my coffee first, and alone, then I’ll eat.
- Pita or whole wheat wrap with hummus and grilled veggies (I like grilled zucchini/squash/onion) with fruit
- Egg whites folded into a sandwich with a pita and fruit on side
- 4-6 ounces of any protein, 2-3oz of any carb, unlimited veggies!
- Salads with mixed greens, protein of choice, cucumbers, and fruit on side. I make my own vinaigrettes!
- Pita pocket or wrap with tzatziki, chopped cucumber, and sprouts, fruit on side
- Avocado, goat cheese, and strawberry slices on whole wheat toast– RECIPE
- Shirataki Noodles with marinated protein of choice, side of Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, or Squash and a pita with hummus on the side
- The Katie Wrap with more veggies on side, a side salad, or quinoa
- A big salad with grilled veggies in it with goat cheese, to give you an idea, here is one of my big salads with my homemade dijon dressing and of course… a pita on the side with hummus
- Black Bean burgers with a side salad or Peanut Slaw
- BBQ pulled tofu shreds in a wrap with grilled veggies on the side
- Marinated tofu/chicken/fish, oven roasted cauliflower or broccoli, and a sweet potato on the side
- Oven roasted sweet potatoes with your protein
- Seitan— WHAT IS THIS…. IT SOUNDS LIKE A DEMON!— calm down it’s normal I promise. Basically Seitan (‘say-tan’) is a meat substitute, sometimes called “wheat meat”. It’s super simple to make, I make my own rather than buying it in the market. Just made from gluten flour and water! That simple! I eat it with shiratki noodles, a salad, or grilled veggies.
- Brown rice/Quinoa/Freekah(a green wheat that looks like rice), bulgur (quick cooking whole wheat, again looks like rice) with a protein and veggies
- Baked onion rings (thanks G-Mama), with a protein
- Turkey Burger! with a salad on the side
- Soups with low sodium broths, I love my clean corn chowder recipe
- FRUITS! I love all fruits. My favorite is a banana of course. I’ll dip it in peanut butter powder. YUM. But I love all berries, plums, peaches, mangoes, apples, oranges, grapes, melons, kiwis. I don’t believe in those crazy muscle blogs that say you can’t have certain fruits because they are high in sugars, or heavy in carbs. As long as they are natural, and clean, eat ’em!
- VEGGIES! Gosh I’ve never met a veggie I don’t like. I steam them, I sauté them, I eat them raw. I’m big on broccoli, cauliflower, squash and zucchini, Brussels sprouts, pepper slices, sweet potatoes, etc. A lot of the time I’ll end up dipping these things in hummus, my favorite bean dip, or my own greek yogurt dip.
- My favorite snack lately is Apple Slices with natural peanut butter, PB2 or a tablespoon of Justin’s almond butter
- Sugar-free Jell-O
- Frozen Monkey (Fake Fro-Yo) topped with a little sugar free coolwhip
- Sweet potato chips
- Jam with a banana bread muffin
- Edamame! I swear it’s like candy! You can find these anywhere now. I like the one’s from BJ’s or Trader Joe’s that aren’t frozen. But frozen works too
- Tzatziki with cucumber slices
- Greek Yogurt with cacao powder or fruit
- Almonds (I like the pre-packaged 100 calorie pack ones)
- Dried fruits like mango slices, goji berries, raisins
- Freeze Dried fruits
- Protein shakes
- JAM with corn cakes
- My homemade granola or granola bars
So what’s my downfall? Everyone has one. Yes I love salt over sweet. Yeah I’d like to rip open that potato chip bag with my teeth every now and then, but really my major issue besides portion control (duh) is dipping things. I dip EVERYTHING. If you put a yummy cheesy dip in front of me chances are my finger is gonna be in that dish within 5 seconds so watch your back jack!
To keep my dipping habit in check, I modify things. I find healthier dips, like my FAVORITE DIP IN THE WORLD featured in The Katie Wrap. And I sometimes make my own. Use plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayo (I hate mayo, like my sissy, so this isn’t a problem for me), Sriracha (Thai chili hot sauce) to add spice to dips and thicken things a bit, even light sour cream sometimes. I also am a huge fan of Cholula (clean hot sauce)
I also LOVE Hummus. But, I am extremely picky about brand. Once I fall in love with a product, it’s hard to change my mind.
Try this brand:
You won’t be sorry.
Is this everything I eat? Well no. I experiment with new recipes all the time… but, this gives you an IDEA of what I eat daily and all the variety there is. And no.. I don’t just stick to a raw piece of celery!
XOXO with a Cherry On Top,
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I just found your blog & can’t wait to try some of your recipes out ! You have a wonderful energy to you & hope to get inspiration from your blog . What do you feel would be the best way for someone to combat a negative reaction from a partner who seems to want to sabotage or belittle you trying to turn to a healthy & fit lifestyle ?
Thanks James 🙂
The key is to surround yourself with positive people. There is always someone out there who is going to try to take you down, but don’t let them! If they don’t want to try to help you by taking part in the new healthy lifestyle themself, hopefully that person will understand how important it is to you that you want to make change! I was previously made fun of all the time for my “weird food choices”, calling me a health freak, and other names. I would tell them I love the way I live and eat and it makes me feel good and strong. Not everyone has determination and will power!
Thank you for all the recipes! I am trying to lose a”few”pounds and reading your blog is really inspiring.
Thanks Charlotte! I’m glad you like it! Best of luck, I know you can do it 🙂
Hi Minnie! I like how you go after your goals, no matter what other people think.
I started lifting wheights about 1 year ago (and I am still the only girl in the ‘heavy weights department’ in my gym), and I love it!!
Thanks for all your inspiration and keep it up!! Your arms look a-ma-zing 🙂
Thanks Rose! Love to hear you are lifting too! 🙂
I absolutely love your instagram and blog! Cant wait to try your sweet and sour chicken recipe. About how many meals do you have per day? What do you suggest for a beginner weight routine? I am not new to exercise, am not overweight either. I just haven’t lifted consistently in about 6 months.
Sorry I never replied to this! I am now doing 6 meals a day! I did 3 before. I love the 6 meals because I am never hungry. For a beginner weight I would still do the things I do, focusing on a muscle group everyday, just starting with light weights and working your way up! Your body needs to get used to the exercises!
I only came across your website this weekend and love it already! I train often and eat well, but have just introduced whey protein to my diet as an extra to try and lose body fat and increase muscle definition (hopefully like yours!!). I wondered how you take your whey protein during the day – I scoop before and 1 scoop after a workout? Or 1 scoop every morning with breakfast even if you’re not working out? I’m not sure what to start with…
I also have your granola bars in my fridge as I type, can’t wait to try one tomorrow!! X
I usually do a morning shake, sometimes at night I’ll have another. Even on days I don’t workout, I still drink it. 🙂
Thankyou for your advice 🙂 I’m enjoying trying new recipes to incorporate whey protein into my diet. I did start off feeling really tired and achey but have changed up my workout and that has helped. Looking forward to seeing the results of my hard work! Thankyou again x
Yeah you definitely need to lift if you are drinking the whey. If not, it won’t really work the way it is supposed to!
And results are the best 🙂
I just want to say thank you for sharing your weight loss journey with the rest of the world, and also all your wonderful tips on nutrition and fitness.
I am a vegetarian and just wanted to ask you if you think it is possible to build muscle on a vegetarian diet? I saw you changed from being a vegetarian to eating chicken, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it. I always feel like I have to be eating meat to get somewhere with my weight loss journey, and hope that it’s not going to hinder my progress. Just wanted to see what your thoughts are on it all 🙂
Hope to hear from you.
Hi Minnie! We have a lot in common! I am a big fan on cauliflower and broccoli too! Haha I love to workout too;) I had lost 18lbs and now I’m feeling great and lean! Your photos had inspired me! Xoxo
That’s awesome Allison! Congrats! Thanks for reading 🙂 Glad I could inspire!