I am beyond optimistic about my abilities in the kitchen.
While some women feel overwhelmed and guilty when they go on Pinterest, I on the other hand have no doubt I’m able to do it, make it and have it all. Optimism runs through me. But when it comes down to it, despite all my best efforts, I have cooking anxiety.
For part 1 of my Fresh Kitchen series, I’m going back to the bare bones of clean eating. Where I’ve gone wrong in my optimistic/gung-ho pinterest approach is, well, just that. I’m sure all those pictures I pin are straightforward enough, but I need to lay a solid foundation first.
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The Very Beginning
— Clean out the fridge. Use things up, toss what needs to be tossed, scrub it clean for good measure. You’ll feel better already.
— Do a main grocery shopping trip once a week. This + having a good shopping list written out while shopping are the two keys to success over at our home. When we only grab groceries for two days out, or rush off to the store without a plan, you can bet we’ll be eating out a lot more than normal.
— Log nutrition on MyFitnessPal and start to notice trends with your daily ratio of carbs: fats: protein + other nutrition percentages. I won’t try to analyze the data too much. I’ll save that for a little down the road when I’m ready to really tweak our diet for optimum vascularity. Because I’m all about that.
Things to Master
— Commit to saying adios to caffeine [bye diet coke] + dairy
— Eat multiple dinners in a row at home, prepared by me
— Learn my way around the chicken breast. This article on thekitchn.com/ looks like a good place to start, but I’d nix the butter.
+ Perfect the art of homemade pancakes; ideally protein pancakes
Weekly Shopping List
— based off of what Landon and I enjoy eating, + few ideas from this article on bodybuilding.com
Oatmeal, Ezekiel Bread, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Wheat Wraps Almonds/Nuts, Egg Whites,Black beans
Fruits | Usually — Fiji apples, bananas + two other in season options
Vegetables | Usually — broccoli, spinach, green/red peppers, avocado, tomato, seasonal squash, kale.
Popcorn kernels, Olive Oil Spray, Sea Salt, Pepper
+ Fitness Related Nutrition | Multivitamin, Biotin, Creatine, Protein Powder, Almond Milk, Peanut Butter
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And that’s it for pt 1! This may be basic for you, so check back once I catch up to you! But I’m not moving to part 2 til I’ve mastered serving juicy chicken breasts every time. These are necessary skills in life guys. I’m planning on keeping it super simple — chicken breast served with veggies + quinoa for dinner. I’ll report back in a week!
Moving forward I’ll be focusing on toddler nutrition, playing around with flavors, options for when you’re entertaining/ have guests over, and putting all those green juice recipes online to the test!