Food plays an important part in a lot of people’s lives. It’s social, satisfying, celebratory, it’s even comforting. I don’t think I’ll ever be someone for whom food is “just fuel”, something purely eaten for energy and not enjoyed for its taste or texture. I love to cook, and I have my mum, who always cooked meals from scratch and introduced me and my brother to food from different cultures as we were growing up, to thank for that. I also love to share food with others, cooking three course meals for friends, or baking cakes and treats to share.
I also love to know what other people enjoy eating. I studied a couple of nutrition courses with the Open University, and am intrigued by people’s food choices and behaviours. Because of this, I love to read “What I Eat In A Day” posts, or watch videos. So when I volunteered to co-host the first London Bloggers Link Party and the theme was “24 hours in…” I thought a food diary post would be the ideal topic to kick off with.Want to know what a fitness blogger really eats in a day? Find out here... Click To Tweet
So here’s my food diary for a day:
7am – cup of tea
I always like to drink a cup of tea while I get ready for work in the mornings, it picks me up, ready to start the day. I like ordinary “builders’ tea”… a good old cuppa with milk, no sugar.
9am – mozzarella, tomato and spinach scramble and glass of orange juice
This is a super quick and easy breakfast, inspired by Pod, and always keeps me full until lunchtime.
I just beat 3 eggs with a fork, then add to a dry pan on a high heat until the bottom just starts to cook. Then I add in 4-5 halved cherry tomatoes, 2-3 sundried tomatoes cut into quarters, 1/4 of a ball of buffalo mozzarella cut into small 1cm chunks and stir with the egg into a scramble. Just as the egg is nearly done I throw in a handful of spinach and a crack of salt and pepper and stir until the spinach has wilted. Voila!
The orange juice cuts through the savoury and salty flavour of the eggs nicely.
10am – cup of tea
With such a satiating breakfast I won’t need a morning snack, so I just had a cup of tea when I fancied.
1pm – cajun chicken, okra, sweetcorn salsa and sweet potato
I’m trying out having leftovers instead of making sandwiches/wraps or salads after being inspired by Elle’s what I really eat post. Last night’s dinner was one from my new Jamie Oliver 15 Minute Meals recipe book, and I thought it would be perfect for leftovers. I used a baked sweet potato (blasted for 4-5 minutes in the microwave) with the sweet chilli drizzled inside rather than mashing it all together and it was super filling and tasty. The cajun seasoning is delicious on the chicken, with polenta for a nice crispy coating.
4pm – coconut, cranberry and macadamia bar and a cup of tea
Afternoons are my real weak point. I often get hungry within only a couple of hours of lunch during the week – I think it’s mostly a psychological thing though, and is something I’m trying to break. I usually keep a stack of snacks at work for just this kind of situation, but I’d taken them home to photograph for my blog so didn’t have any with me.
Luckily though, I’m prepared and I’d brought in one of the bars that I made for Lenka’s blog (check out the recipe and let me know if you make them – they’re so easy to make!), so I had that with… another cup of tea. I usually have around 4 cups a day.
9pm – puy lentil, kale and bacon stir-fry
Dinner was much later tonight than I’d usually have – my evening was busy with blog stuff and Darren was working a late shift then going to the gym so I just started cooking when I was finished with my post. I cooked up some puy lentils, then stir-fried them with streaky bacon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, broccoli, kale and lemon juice and topped the mixture with crumbled feta. Such a quick and easy meal for one!
10:30pm – cup of tea
Before bed I had my final cup of tea of the day. I know caffeine is a stimulant, but I find a hot drink late at night is a must! Maybe I should switch to hot water!
I have to admit that, while this is a true food diary, it’s not necessarily representative of my diet as a whole. The next day I indulged in a blueberry muffin in the afternoon, and devoured a bag of pick’n’mix at the cinema in the evening! I do usually keep my main meals pretty healthy though, with the odd bit of “junk” thrown in.
Wine is another downfall of mine, often having a glass (sometimes two!) with dinner. But hey, everyone has their cruxes!
What about you? What do you usually eat? Do you have a “What I Eat In A Day” post to share with me? Or another post on the “24 hours in…” #LBLinkParty theme? Don’t forget to add them to the Link Party, and comment below! I’d love to hear from you!