Eating better while spending less
By Amy Lorraine Lohbihler
I’ve been seeing the quote “it’s all about consistency” everywhere lately. Consistency outweighs cheat meals and indulgences without having to feel guilty. To help keep me consistent, I have developed a baseline daily food schedule, which I use on days when I am especially busy or have no idea what to make. Having a baseline keeps me from guessing or stressing, and it fits my workout schedule perfectly. I keep my baseline high in protein so I don’t have to rely on meal replacement bars, and as a bonus, I get in three meals plus snacks for under $10 a day. Here’s how I do it:
My default breakfast is always an oatmeal bowl because my body requires carbohydrates and fat in the morning to be able to hold me until lunch. I usually work out in the morning or early afternoon and this is great fuel. It’s as quick as boiling a kettle, scooping a spoonful of peanut butter and added a handful of nuts for crunch.
1 cup Oatmeal
1 tsp PC Organics Crunchy Peanut Butter
¼ cup Trail Mix
I find most people know what breakfast and dinner foods are, but have no idea what to eat at lunch. I go for the good fatty acids from eggs and avocado and pair it with an apple because I have a high sugar craving usually around this time.
1 medium Apple
1 slice Rudolph’s Flax Seed Rye Bread
Salt and Pepper
Unlike my breakfast and lunch, I always have dinner prepped because I am most likely to grab take-out if I am feeling tired when I get home from work or school. I like to eat protein and greens in the evening because it fills me so I am not getting any late night munchies.
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes with cilantro
1 cup green beans
Chicken Breast diced
Butter Chicken Sauce
Salt and Pepper
Yes, these meals are nothing special, but they are easy, healthy, filling and inexpensive. They touch on all the macro nutrients I need for the day, especially protein for the days I work out.
Once I got into a consistency groove, I was able to adapt it based off my cravings, what was on sale or what was in my fridge and needed be eaten before it goes bad. I recommend trying this for at least 3 days at a time. That way your body will begin learning to expect these foods.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. It’s about staying consistent!