Monday, June 4, 2012

Food Rut

I've been blogging long enough to know that this seems to happen to all of us so I thought I'd reach out and get some new ideas.

My Fage breakfast has been making me feel ill - either I'm sick of it or developing a dairy intolerance. Either way, I need a new breakfast. I'm making some egg beaters breakfast muffins later today but eating the same thing every day is dangerous for me. I need to mix it up. On yoga days I stick to a spinach smoothie but on my heavier workout days I need a bigger breakfast.

This has become my most difficult meal since I work 9-2. Either I need to bring need my lunch or bring snacks to tide me over until lunch when I get home. Bringing lunch requires preparation and inspiration. I have not been prepared nor inspired.

This meal is a little easier especially when planned for the week. Lately we're doing no carbs for dinner. Just protein and veggies which is never exciting to me. It helps that it's summer and veggies are plentiful - some even home grown! Beans are nice and filling so I look for ways to work them in.

What are y'all eating that's interesting?


  1. I've been trying no carbs for dinner as well. Cards really are my enemy, but I can't give them up completely.

    I find lunches the hardest meal of the day. I tend to bring salad, wraps, sandwiches etc.

    I'm the type of person that will eat the same thing for breakfast or lunch for weeks and then I get sick of it (sometimes literally).

  2. I don't limit breakfast to "breakfast foods". It's not unusual for me to have a small bean/cheese burrito, tamales, or even a sandwich/wrap for breakfast. It just has to be filling and portable. I add fruits and vegetables throughout the day to stay full. I've also learned ethnic food can be a great portable lunch. I make my own sushi or spring rolls and bring them with a handful of cherry tomatoes for lunch. For dinner, try roasting or grilling your veggies, so tasty! I also like to made a lightened up curry sauce and fill it up with vegetables and protein. There are so many varieties of indian and thai curries. I eat eggs at dinner a lot too - frittata full of veggies and a little cheese, crustless quiche, etc.

  3. I tend to get in a rut with meals too. I don't know what this will do carb wise for you, but for breakfast I like to have a small bowl of oatmeal (or cream of wheat) and put fresh fruit in it. I also do veggie filled omlettes with egg beaters. They are filling with all the veggies.

  4. I'm no help as I tend to eat a lot of the same breakfasts and lunches. Almost every single day I have a salad with protein for my lunch. Breakfast tends to be eggs or egg beaters for me, loaded with vegetables. One of my favorite breakfasts lately has been the sweet potato cakes with the egg baked on top. This would also be a great lunch. You can find the recipe for that listed in the recipe tab on the blog. It takes some prep so I usually make a batch of the cakes then freeze them on a cookie tray and then pop them in a ziplock. When I want to eat one, I take it out, microwave for a minute to defrost, dump the egg on and cook it. Once I'm at work I can just reheat for about 30 seconds in the micro.

  5. I am currently hooked on a spin off of an egg mcmuffin. It includes Flax multivitamin breakfast pitas from Olafson's, 2-4 egg whites, 30g of cheese, 1-2 tablespoons of hummus, and plenty of hot sauce. I was skeptical of the hummus initially, but it's a great combination. Then I cook it in the oven for about 5-8 minutes to crispy it up. You could easily add veggies too. It is super filling. It works out to about 400 calories, 38 carbs, 16g of fat (unless you use low fat cheese) and 30 g of protein.

  6. I usually eat Fage/fruit/granola for breakfast, but last week I was out of granola (the horror!) and had multi-grain toast with peanut butter and cherry jam - holy crap, that was good. For lunch, sometimes I go on hard-boiled egg kicks - eat 'em plain with S&P, or make up egg salad, which I eat on slices of cucumber. Of course, I'm usually pretty hungry a couple hours later after that one...

    Oh, and cheese! I bought some single serving slabs of Tillamook cheddar at Sam's club - a couple of those, some watermelon and a HB egg or two makes for a munchy lunch.

  7. You're coming to my house this week for a rut-free, carb-free dinner. Final answer. I'll text you!

  8. Hi, I'm following a non-carbs diet. I eat fat free yogurt or one apple for snak and lettuce salad for lunch.

    Maybe if you carry some powdered non-lactose milk in your purse, you can have that as snack.

    I can't help you with the breakfast stuff, since I just drink a Garden Light milk shake.

    For lunch, save some proteins from dinner and mix them with green vegetables, voilá: salad.

    I hope you have a great evening.

  9. Gosh, I wish I could offer you some ideas, but I am a person who will eat (and has eaten) the same thing for breakfast and lunch for YEARS. Dinner baffles me, because I don't like to cook. If my husband didn't make enough the week before for there to be leftovers, the kids and I eat a lot of chicken quesadillas and chicken tacos on the nights he works! :) Hope you find something yummy!

  10. HELLO!!
    I found your blog while searching for some comfort, answers, success stories, a kick in the butt in terms of exercise.
    I'm just starting out a blog on my weight loss b/c I hear that writing about it helps.
    I feel the same way you do. I'm in a rut. I've been in a rut forever.
    I'm definetly following you.