No I don’t just eat rabbit food… 🙂
I was recently asked what it would be like to eat like a Dietitian and what my dinners looked like. Let me start off with saying, not all Dietitians are created equal. While we all went to college, got a degree, completed a grueling internship and passed the national exam, we also all have our own beliefs when it comes to specifics regarding nutrition. (Side note: a Dietitian and Nutritionist is not the same thing.) While I can’t tell you what all Dietitians eat throughout the week, I am happy to share what my menu for the week looks like.
Menu planning takes time and preparation, but it is a must in our house. Even with a new addition to our family, 99% of our meals are homemade. Sure, we will occasionally order out, but we have learned that our bodies appreciate homemade food much more than anything we could pick up. I do often find myself cooking dinner at 8am so that it is prepared for later that day or cooking Thursday’s dinner while eating dinner on Wednesday night. Meal prepping ahead of time is something I did prior to our baby though. With Ironman training, cooking ahead of time was a way of life for us and it has just continued to help as our family dynamics have changed. The only way I can do meal prep is because we have a menu planned out for the week ahead of time.
Throughout the week, breakfast is typically simple. For example: eggs with avocado, toast & fruit; oatmeal (with protein source and fat added to it); overnight oats; cereal with nuts/flax & eggs; english muffin with cream cheese, eggs or milk; smoothie. Lunches are leftovers from the night before. Dinners are where the variety happens. Below is what our menu looks like this week:
Monday – Sandwiches, fresh vegetables, chips
Tuesday – One Pot Pasta (Pinterest recipe), salad
Wednesday – Venison burgers, fresh vegetables
Thursday – BBQ chicken, baked sweet potatoes, salad
Friday – Stir fry, brown rice, salad
Saturday – Enchiladas with avocados, lettuce, tomatoes
Sunday – Fish tacos with cabbage, avocado, mango pico
Each week, the menu changes. I try to ensure to have fish one time each week. Sources of protein, carbohydrate and veggie varies each day as well. Salads may only consist of veggies or may be a feta/nut/fruit salad. Hopefully this helps you see we are human too. 🙂
Happy menu planning!