I read a lot of amazing blogs by some incredible, talented bloggers, but whenever someone asks me what blogs are a personal favorite for me, Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean always ends up on the list. I love Lindsay for a reason you probably think is strange. I love her because we are so totally different. Lindsay is an ass-kicking Crossfitter R.D. (two things, I am, uh, not) but I think we are good examples of how you can lead a healthy, moderate life, but in totally different ways. Healthy living isn’t one size fits all. And I love getting a peek into how someone else does it.
Anywho, one of my favorite things about Lindsay’s blog is how damn practical the thing is. Every week there are blog posts that I not just enjoy reading, but I actually use and refer to constantly. She does a weekly round-up of readers food preps (which is an awesome way to get ideas for what do in your own food prepping). She does a digest every Monday of all of the really amazing posts from around the blog community—which is an incredible resource if you don’t have the time to weed through the hundreds of posts clogging your reader. And, every week, she shares with readers a rundown of what she’s been eating for the week.
For a while now, I’ve been considering scraping my What I Ate Wednesday posts. It has nothing to do with the WIAW format (I think it’s a great way for the blog community to get together) but it has 100% to do with me and my habits. Here’s some honesty for ya—I, without a doubt, skew my eating habits on days I’m shooting WIAW pictures. I try not to. I try to be as real as possible with my meals. But it’s human nature to want to make your plate a little bit prettier and your eats a little bit cleaner when thousands of eyes are looking at your meals.
And beyond that, I find that one single day out of the week is often not an accurate representation of how I eat on the whole. A healthy diet is about a heck of a lot more than three meals on one day, it’s about the conglomeration of meals and snacks and parties and restaurants and treats and drinks and everything else that goes into your body during a long period of time. Sometimes, I feel like WIAW is a short-term forecast, when what I really want to be showing you guys is my healthy eating climate. Someone could pop over to my blog and see my last WIAW post, and assume that I don’t eat enough. Or see this one and think that I’m a total glutton. Neither of which are an accurate representation of my “normal” eating habits.
But, that all being said, I know how much everyone loves getting a peek into the dinner table of bloggers (I love it, too), and I’d hate to totally kill the what-I-ate kind of post series of my blog. I think there is a lot of value in the exchange of ideas, recipes and menus. So, I’ve decided to move on from WIAW and instead do a Lean Green Bean style of weekly eats posts.
Instead of using the food journal style of post (here’s everything I ate in a day), I’m going to just give you some highlights (and lowlights) of what I noshed on for the week. I think that means that you’ll be getting a much more real and whole look at my diet. I also think that (whether intentional or not), it’ll help starve off the inherent judgement (from myself and outside sources) that comes from showing just one single day of eats as a case study. Everyone is different and needs different things from their diet. And I think showcasing that is cool, but I also think it can be a really dangerous and slippery slope to tread across, and hopefully this bigger picture view of my diet will help avoid the slippage.
Plus, I just flat out think it’s fun. It means more food pictures. Which is pretty much never a bad thing.
Alright, now that I’ve bored you to death, let me actually show you what I have in mind. Here’s some of what I’ve been eating this week…
- My favorite dinner: a fresh baguette, cheese, fruit and wine. We get a baguette and local cheese in our CSA every two weeks, and it never lasts longer than an hour. Yum.
- Morning coffee: decaf with maple syrup and cream.
- Homemade snack: whole grain bread with concord grape jam (from grapes we grew).
- Healthy breakfast: Sautéed kale with a runny egg on toast, cantaloupe and cherry tomatoes
- Veggierific: We eat hash at least once a week. In this one: new potatoes, okra, chanterelle mushroom, sage, and rosemary.
- Celebrate: We had some celebrating to do this week, so we popped the cork on some champagne. I <3 champagne.
- Stick-to-your-ribs: I’m sure there are a million healthy ways to make pork chops, but we eat them maybe twice a year, so we go for the most delicious of options—breaded and pan-fried. Alongside we had some smashed taters and green beans.
- Snack: I made some rosemary olive oil crackers for snacking. Yum.
- Fall breakfast: We had a few fall-like mornings, so I made some grits for breakfast! Topped with butter, brown sugar, raisins, chia seeds and sliced almonds.
- Tastes like Christmas: That’s exactly what I said when I first sipped on this beer. Clove-y and cinnamon-y and super delicious.
- Easy: Homemade pasta is pretty much the easiest thing on the planet. Since we live so far away from the grocery store, it’s actually easier to make it ourselves than run out and get a box of pasta from the store. And it’s delicious-er.
- Rare: We both happened to be out and about one evening and decided to stop off for dinner at a restaurant. Which doesn’t sound all that remarkable, but we so rarely go out to eat, it was such a nice treat! I had fish tacos with sweet potato fries and my weight in hush puppies.
- Go-to Lunch: A big ole caprese salad is what I eat for lunch most days out of the week during the summer. So yummy!
- Bumble Berry Beer: So good.
- Lazy: After Craig and I work really hard in the garden, we normally just collapse into chairs outside, talk about what we accomplished and eat chips and salsa for dinner. This time it was our homemade salsa. Yum!
- Lazy x 2: Frozen pizza! If you have a Kroger nearby, their Simple Truth organic frozen pizzas are really, really good (and really cheap).
- Roll-up: One of my favorite snacks or quick breakfasts is a whole wheat tortilla spread with peanut butter and jam. Roll-it-up and chomp away.
- Classic: After we roast a chicken, I almost always make chicken salad with the leftovers. So yummy on top of some bread and with some tomatoes on the side.
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you have an amazing weekend.