Good morning! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!
Since it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another edition of Monday In Meals where I share what I ate throughout the day on Monday. I love sharing my eats, especially at the beginning of the week, because it’s motivation for me to stay on track and it often sets the tone for the days following. With that, here’s a recap of my meals and snacks yesterday!
- Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with shredded hash browns (365 brand), baby spinach, and Trader Joe's Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend, which is PHENOMENAL and, if y ou don't live near a Trader Joe's, you can Amazon Prime it right to your front door!
- Snack: Half of a waffle with Justin's Maple Almond Butter + red grapes
- Lunch: Trader Joe's Giant Bake Beans in Tomato Sauce (liked, didn't love) mixed with shredded chicken, cauliflower rice, and broccoli + a Beauty Burst
- Pre-workout Snack: Brownie Crunch Think Thin Bar <--- I freakin' love this bar! It's tasty and a legit snack... not the usual bar that leaves you hungry 30 seconds later!
- Workout: Treadmill workout on CNC Instagram
- Post-workout Snack: Handful of Royal Raisins
- Dinner: Crazy-Easy Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Potatoes & Royal Raisins (recipe on CNC tomorrow)
- Dessert: Banana chocolate protein muffin with chocolate chips <--- I actually tried some coffee flour from Trader Joe’s in this recipe, but it didn’t turn out quite right. It was edible for sure, but I think I used too much coffee flour (a little goes a long way). I definitely want to try again soon though!
And... I “hit my macros” yesterday, which is a big deal for me! Haha! Truthfully, I don't hit them on the dot all that much—maybe a few times per week. I enjoy tracking macros because it makes me think twice about how I fuel my body, but I’m not obsessed with the numbers, which is why I love our plans at Designed to Fit Nutrition so much.
At DTFN, we're only semi-obsessed with the numbers. Yes, they're important to achieving our clients' goals, but we're all about teaching them healthy habits and lifestyle changes that work for them for the long-term. The macros are just part of the equation! Plus, if we help them to lose weight on one of our plans, we want them to KEEP IT OFF.
Our DTFN plans (DTFN + Premium options) do all of the work for you, so you don’t have to think about the numbers. We tell you exactly what to eat and then give you easy recipes and shopping lists, so all you have to do is prep the food and eat it. We have so many clients that love this style of meal plan and they've achieved GREAT results! On the flip side, we have a number of clients, who want more flexibility in their diets, which we totally get. Personally, my diet is much more dialed in when I can piece together a day that works for me and my lifestyle (i.e. happy hour, Donut Friday).
Our Macros + Meals Plan (8- and 12-week options) is perfect for someone who already has a good handle on their diet and already counts macronutrients (via tracking app, like MyFitnessPal), but is looking for meal/snack ideas and accountability to reach their goals. Each week, you receive up to six new, macro-friendly recipes to use as the foundation of your meal plan. With your personalized macronutrient calculations in mind, which we calculate for you, you (the client) creates a day of eating (via tracking app) to fit your personal needs and food preferences. This plan includes one-on-one coaching, a supportive client Facebook group, and weekly check-ins to keep you motivated on track. It's a pretty awesome plan, and I love that it came from client feedback! 🙂 Related: Speaking of client feedback, we recently brought back our Foundations plan, which is a one-time macronutrient calculation!
Question of the Day
Do you count macros?
What's your food philosophy?
P.S. One of my favorite ways to boost my breakfast is adding a hearty serving of nutritious (and delicious) veggies, so I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to contribute to this piece for NBC News: 5 Delicious Ways to Eat More Veggies at Breakfast!