The other day a friend of mine was flipping through my cookbook and asked me if I'd write a post about what a normal Paleo food day and/or week looks like for me. I always love hearing what other people make for meals and snacks, so I thought today I'd go over what a pretty typical day might look like in my life.
Lately I've been experimenting with intermittent fasting (a post of its own, eventually) so I skip breakfast but I'm still trying to decide if I like it or not. So for the purposes of this post, let's stick to three meals. The following are options, I don't eat all of them (although some days I probably could):
- Coffee! Black and usually over ice. Sometimes I get an almond milk latte if I'm out.
- Two eggs fried in grass-fed butter over a handful of greens (usually spinach or spring mix).
- A smoothie with spinach, pineapple, frozen berries, and a splash of orange juice.
- 1-2 cans of tuna mixed with mayo, dill pickle relish, crushed red pepper, and a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I'll eat this with sliced cucumbers or over a salad or sometimes just by itself.
- Sliced turkey with pickles, avocado, mustard, and mayo all layered in a romaine lettuce leaf. I'll usually eat 4-5 of these at a time.
- 2-3 hot dogs (without a bun), topped with mustard and sauerkraut if I have it.
- If I feel like cooking I make cauliflower fried rice (Trader Joe's has pre-shredded cauliflower rice now and I always have a bag of it in my fridge lately). This is my cauliflower fried rice recipe with daikon instead of cauliflower, but you can easily sub one for the other.
- A big salad with turkey, ham, and/or chicken, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, whatever other veggies I have in the fridge.
- Leftovers from dinner the night before.
- Fruit: usually grapes but sometimes an apple sliced up with a side of peanut butter (not Paleo but doesn't bother me).
- Sliced veggies: usually cucumbers, carrots, or celery; also usually dipped in Ranch dressing which sometimes I'll make with coconut milk and homemade mayo but most of the time I buy from the store (also not Paleo but I'm cool with it).
- Turkey and mayo or sliced tomatoes and mayo on a rice cake (which isn't Paleo--can you see a pattern in my snacking habits?).
- Sliced radishes dipped in room-temperature butter and topped with a little salt. YES.
- An avocado, cut in half and seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice if I'm feeling fancy.
- On-the-go snacks I try to keep in my bag: Larabars, beef jerky. (These keep me from stopping at a drive thru and eating a gross burger without the bun, which is usually my road-trip order when I'm starving).
- Some kind of one-pan chicken dinner (like this one).
- Crock-pot chicken tacos (usually as a salad or on lettuce cups).
- Grilled fish with a side of veggies.
- Zucchini noodles with tomato sauce and meatballs.
- Burger bowls (basically a burger on top of a big salad).
- Really dark chocolate.
- Banana soft serve.
- More fruit--berries or another apple with peanut butter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips.
- I'm awful at drinking water but I constantly try to get enough.
- La Croix (my favorites are coconut, apricot, and the cucumber melon)
- Kombucha (I get a growler filled at a local brewery every week)
- I have a glass of wine 1-2 nights a week (usually Pinot Noir, Sauvingon Blanc, or Rosé)
I'll occasionally roast a whole chicken one night and spread that out throughout the week--chicken breast for dinner, leftover meat on a salad for lunches, etc. Then I save the bones and make broth with carrots, onion, and celery. I can do a post about that whole process if you're interested, just let me know!
I also wanted to make a note about food and social media--I think about this a lot because generally the things I share on Instagram really aren't Paleo. My day-to-day food is delicious but kind of boring (and not super photogenic, ha!), so when I post something on Instagram it's usually because it's really pretty and also not something I have every day. I just think it's important to remember that because on the Internet it looks like I'm eating French fries and donuts and pizza or tacos all the time when in reality I'm probably eating a salad for lunch like everyone else out there trying to be healthier. Sometimes I'm annoyed when I see super fit people sharing junk food all the time and I don't want to mislead you (although I wouldn't exactly classify myself as super fit). Alright, I'll step off my soapbox now.
There you have it! What are some of your favorite things to eat in an average day? If you have other questions for me, let me know! I love reader requests.
Photo by Andi Perullo for Freckled Italian/The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook.