Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

By April 30, 2012 personal
When I posted about my paleo 30 day challenge a few weeks ago, Kayce asked an excellent question:“But what do you eat…for breakfast? I was eating smoothies for awhile but it doesn’t keep me full for very long. I don’t think I could eat eggs every morning (plus it would be cost prohibitive). I would love ideas! Breakfast is the hardest meal of the day for me.”Now that I’ve been at this for about a month, I thought I’d give you all some ideas of what I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks throughout the week.Breakfast:
Unfortunately for Kayce, I eat a lot of eggs. I actually ate eggs most mornings before I started the challenge so this wasn’t a huge change for me. I used to have them with toast or a small bowl of cereal, but now I usually make a veggie omelet or have a piece of fruit and a few scrambled eggs. I’ve successfully found nitrate-free sausage and uncured bacon at Whole Foods but I only eat it on the weekends, not every day.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you should probably avoid having fruit smoothies every morning but they’re good when you need a break from eggs. I make mine with almond milk and a couple teaspoons of almond butter for protein. You can also grab a handfull of walnuts or almonds to increase the fat and protein and help you stay full longer.

Breakfast can definitely be challenging. There are very options that are traditional breakfast foods. I’ve seen a lot of recommendations to just eat normal leftovers for breakfast but I don’t find that too appealing.

My biggest triumph for breakfast has been adapting to black coffee or coffee with almond milk only and no sugar. There are certainly days I crave a giant latte with sugar but so far I’ve been very happy with my new coffee regimen. If you don’t like black coffee, I’ve found it’s easier to drink plain tea.

Lunch:
The hardest thing about lunch is planning ahead. I usually try to bring leftovers from dinner the night before but sometimes that doesn’t work out (especially if we eat it all or if it’s something stinky like fish). If I don’t bring my lunch, I have to really work to find something I can eat out. I usually get a big salad with chicken or try to find somewhere I can get grilled meat and plain vegetables.

Sometimes lunch out just doesn’t work, especially if you go with coworkers or clients and don’t have a say in the restaurant choice. When that happens, I just do the best I can. I also use this rule when eating out: Worry about what you can see, not what you can’t. Vegetables are probably cooked in butter, there’s probably sugar and other “bad” ingredients used to marinate the meat, etc. but I personally do not want to worry about my food at that level when I eat out. Instead, I try to focus on things that are easier to control, like ordering something without sauce, not breaded, not fried, asking for no cheese, getting dressing on the side, etc. It makes me feel like my choices are good but that food isn’t taking over my life. It’s all about balance.

Dinner:
Dinners are usually pretty easy. Grill some meat, roast some veggies, make up a batch of cauliflower rice if I’m really missing carbs. I’ve let my wine intake creep up over the last few weeks so I would like to cut back on that in May, but overall I’m drinking and snacking a lot less in the evenings. I’d like to get more into herbal teas as well.

Snacks:
Most packaged snack foods are a no go. I usually bring apples slices, carrot sticks and plain nuts with me to work if I think I’ll need a snack during the day. I also really like pumpkin seeds when I’m not very hungry but feel “munchy”. I also started eating organic popcorn made on the stove with a little olive oil even though it’s not really paleo. It has lots of fiber and really fills that potato chip/pretzel void for me. I’ve heard the phrase “cheat smart” in reference to dieting and that’s how I feel about popcorn.

And that’s about it! I’ve fallen off the wagon this past week and have only been eating about 70% paleo so I want to get back on track for May. Unfortunately the month starts out with a business trip so that’s going to be a struggle but I think it’s worth it to try my best. I’m also starting my workout regime again (I worked out 3 times this week!) so that should help as well.
I hope this was helpful! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions!

6 Comments

  • Reply Erin April 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    This is really helpful! We’ve been eating more eggs for breakfast, and I find them very satisfying, though it’s mostly hardboiled, which gets old. Does it take you a long time to make omelets, etc. every morning? That sounds like it would be a really good solution for us.

    • Reply Rachelle April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Erin, it’s actually more of a veggie scramble than an omelet. I usually put some frozen chopped spinach and frozen bellpepper/onion mix (like for stir fry) in a pan with a little water and cover it. I make coffee or something else quick and come back in a couple minutes when everything is cooked. Then I push everything to one side of the pan and crack a few eggs in. When the eggs start to set, I mix everything together into the veggie scramble. Sometimes on the weekend I’ll add a little cheese but it’s good without it. I love to put Tabasco on top. I find that making this really doesn’t take much longer than regular scrambled eggs and it’s so filling.

      I’m still trying to figure out something I can eat that’s “car-friendly” for days when I’m running late but I haven’t figured that one out yet. Maybe egg muffins – eggs, almond milk and veggies baked in a muffin tin, like crustless mini quiche.

  • Reply elissa April 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I’m an egg person too. Most mornings I have 1 egg with extra whites (from a carton), scrambled, and a tea cup of various berries (recently it’s been blackberry and blueberry). That plus a big glass of water mixed with fiber supplement (yeahhhh, so sexy) keeps me going for 3 hours, and then I have my snack 🙂

  • Reply kc April 30, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    This is helpful! I love eggs but I’m still a little apprehensive about eating them every day. There’s also, of course, the morning time crunch that make eggs more difficult (I’m usually at work by 7 am). I hate to admit it but I’ve been skipping breakfast lately (bad, I know!). This is where Paleo is hard for me. My easy go-to breakfast is some sort of hot grain cereal. Still, maybe I’ll try mix it up with some sort of pre-cooked egg dish? Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply emily rose April 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    When my work schedule was more rigid (leaving the house ~5:30 for the whole day), I would make a tray of egg muffins on the weekend and then bring them with me each AM. It’s easy to add various veggies and even bacon/sausage/etc, and then eat them on the road or at the office. And if you aren’t super strict paleo, a little cheese makes them extra tasty 🙂

  • Reply francine June 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    i just found your blog from “i’m better in real life” and this was such a helpful read! thank you!

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