Hi Friends! 😀
It’s that time again….time to creep on everyone else’s nommin. I really hope I linked up properly this time…. Anyways, through paroozing other blogger’s WIAW I have noticed that a lot of people did a “throwback to their childhood” edition and I thought that it sounded fun to compare what I ate now to what I ate as a kid. As I have mentioned, I was practically allergic to everything as a child and as a result, I ate some pretty unhealthy things (IMO). Most of these things I wouldn’t touch now (and I will explain why throughout this post) but it’s funny to look back and see how my diet has changed over the past decade and a half.
So for this post I will show you what I actually ate (Tuesday eats) and what I might have eaten as a kid. Here goes nothing…
Now: This is my absolute favourite meal of the day! Nowadays, I generally stick to variations of my basic eggy-proats. For this morning, my oatmeal got all jazzed up as my breaky was my pre-workout meal as well. Gotta fuel up!
Just over 1/3 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup each unsweetened almond milk and water
1/3 scoop Vanilla Whey
Cinnamon to taste
1/4 cup liquid egg whites (or about 2 egg whites)
1/3-1/2 a banana
1/2 a cookie dough quest bar
1/2 tbsp or more of crunchy peanut butter
Combine the first four ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate over night. In the morning, add 1/4 of your banana (sliced) and microwave for 2 minutes. Remove and vigorously stir in your egg whites until there are no more white bits. Slice and add the rest of your banana and your quest bar (broken and rolled into lil balls) and microwave for another minute. Take out, take picture for instagram 😉 and than proceed to smoosh around to make the banana all chunky and to distribute the quest bar bites throughout the oatmeal. Top with your peanut butter and NOM IT UP.
***Please excuse some of the random measurements as these are to meet my own macros. Adjust to your own needs.
Oh and another note, for anyone who hasn’t tried Quest bars, buy some now! They are amazing! For my fellow Canadian friends, you can find them in stores at Popeyes OR online at netrition.com, lowcarbcanana.com, iherb.com I believe OR if you want all of the new products go straight to the source of these delicious bars at questproteinbar.com. You can thank me later 😉
Lil Me: Normally I would start my morning off with a granny smith apple and a piece or two of toast or a bagel with soya margarine….Boooorrring much! The apple was for my tummy because if I neglected to have one I would have stomach pains all day. The soya margarine was the alternative to regular butter (dairy allergy) and is something that I never eat anymore. Why? Both margarine (and butter now that I can eat it kinda) is just not for me. I’m not really a spread person in general (other than peanut butter obviously, I could spread that goodness on everythang 😉 ) and I’m also not really sure what I think about soy. Thoughts? I have tofu once and a while and I have never really had anything bad happen as a result (soy milk is another story….tmi) so I don’t really have any ability to say that soy products have any adverse effects as some say. Other than the soy, most margarine products I have seen also tend to be full of chemicals so I just don’t eat it.
Post Workout Snack:
Now: Immediately after my workout comes my protein muffin so that I can get a quick shot of carbs and protein.
Lil Me: No snacky as school doesn’t have snack breaks…although I really think they should!
Today’s lunch was a kind of stirfry thing. I took some onions and garlic and sauteed them in a lil bit of coconut oil to brown those babies up. I then chucked in a tilapia fillet and let that cook up. Once that was cooked through, some steamed veggies, 4 shrimpies (not enough protein in that lil tilapia), cooked bulgar (1/4 cup dry), 1/2 tsp of sesame oil and a load of spices (1/2 tsp ish of dried ginger and chili flakes, 1/4 ish of paprika, cumin and tabasco) all found their way into the pot. The finished product was this yummy lil bowl:
Lil Me: Often my thermos would be carted around with me for lunches and some of my favourite things included:
Very specific canned soup…I think I only really liked one brand of vegetable and chicken noodle soup
Homemade baked chicken and white rice…no vegetables because like many kids, I didn’t like’em
Once and a while I would get Mr. Sub.…12 inch sub with one single piece of deli turkey. Yes ONE piece. One single layer only! I was a special child
Other than the baked chicken, I wouldn’t really eat any of these things today. Ravioli because I’m pretty sure that it contains absolutely no meat along with a laundry list of ingredients that I can’t read. Canned soup has way too much salt most of the time and if I actually wanted soup (which is rare) I would prefer to make it from scratch. White rice is something I might eat out if I need carbs of some kind and there is absolutely no other alternative OR its incorporated in my weekly cheat meal. Even still, I don’t really care for rice, so I will often leave it out. Mr. Sub…I don’t remember the last time I went there. You can make some pretty decent choices if you don’t mind the bread (I don’t tend to eat much bread other than Ezekiel products). They also have some salads on the menu, but I would prefer to make my own as I would spend less money and I would get more protein.
Now: Generally it’s my protein mugcake with an unpictured piece of frozen nanner. Sorry for the monotony, but its quick, easy and frozen bananas are the bomb!
Lil Me: I had a few snacks that I really liked:
Before there was Cinnabon Cereal, there was Cinnamon Mini Buns and OMG I was in love with this cereal. Without fail, I would bring a bag of this to school every single day. Unfortunately for me and my yummy foodie finds, every other kid I knew learned how delicious this cereal was too and I would lose half of it every time. Lil scavengers kids are 😉 That was in elementary school…when those got discontinued 😦 my next obsession was mini pretzels, and like my Cinnabons, everyone else decided they liked them too. Last but not least is fruit. I have always been a fruit lover and to this day I still love most fruits. My favourites include peaches and cherries when they are in season, pineapple and banana of course :-D. The main difference between lil me and older lil me is that I don’t eat as much fruit as I try to keep my sugar intake on the lower side, so I tend to enjoy my fruit with my breaky and my afternoon snack (well that one just kinda slipped in there and never left…opps)
Now: Repeat from last week, sorry again, but I can’t help it. I’m just too good of a salad creator ;-). Roasted veggies, sundried tomatoes, spicy baked chicken, spinach and various lettuces and light goat cheese all tossed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Delish every time!
Lil Me: With my dinner plates, there was an obvious trend. Cheese! But not your average cheese, as remember I was allergic to dairy, but this particular cheese in this specific flavour:
I loved this cheese!. Everyone else who was ever brave enough to try it spit it out (probably just because it said it was veggie cheese) but I ate multiple slices of this stuff every day with one almost always showing up in my dinner some how. Some of my most favourite and common din-dins included:
- Mashed potatoes with cheese and chicken fingers (from M&M Meatshop) dipped in plum sauce
- Macaroni and cheese
- Burgers with cheese and steak fries
So I liked my ‘cheese’ a little too much and probably only officially stopped eating it a few years ago when I realized that I didn’t really need it anymore. I’m not saying that there is anything horrible about this cheese (see brief
rant discussion on soy above) as it provides an alternative for vegans, but does have a rather lengthy list of ingredients and, once again, I would like to avoid the laundry list if I can. I also appeared to really like nommin on my carbs. White, starchy carbs in particular. These days, carbs and I have an interesting relationship. You see, high carb foods (rice, pasta, bread, etc) are generally the last thing I reach for because I’m just not that interested in them. I tend to find them bland, boring, heavy and quite frankly they just get in the way of me being able to eat more veggies and protein. Does anyone else have this problem? Or am I just weird? The two big exceptions to this are oatmeal (duh!) and sweet potatoes which therefore make up the bulk of the starchy carbohydrate items in my diet, along with an Ezekiel product every so often. I’m not trying to carb deplete here, I just don’t really crave carbs. Although, with this in mind, I also want to make mention that I do ensure that I am getting enough carbs in my diet as I know that due to my high activity level I need to replenish my fuel sources. So no need to worry, I know my lil muscles need energy! 😀
Now: You probably remember my lovely chocolate ON casein pudding with peanut butter smear from last week:
Lil Me: Nothing, I never remember being hungry at night, although if my parents and I were watching a late movie I might snack on some All Dressed (remember that flavour :-D) ripple chips and pretzels.
So apparently with age comes….
- Eating more often…A girl has got to have her snacks or she gets HANGRY
- Veggie Love…Not really sure when this popped up, but I have a hard time having a meal without some form of veggies on my plate these days (exception: breakfast)
- More REAL food…I no longer eat anything heavily processed and I feel much better about that. Real food= High quality ingredients
….and I’m totally ok with those changes 😀
Favourite childhood food that makes you cringe today?
Did you eat veggies as a kid?
Once they have the power, they are reluctant to change-unknown