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I thought it would be beneficial for you to see what a day of eating looks like for me. I will do these often because I don’t eat the same things everyday. Also, I am not a big planner at all. I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of gal. I don’t ever meal prep (not that it’s bad to do so, it just doesn’t work with my life). As long as I have macro friendly foods around, I can hit my macros. I know a lot of people have a hard time hitting their protein, so hopefully this will give you an idea of what it takes to hit your protein numbers. To be honest, most days the hardest macro for me to hit is fat! Weird I know!
Keep in mind, everyone has different macro numbers so my macros aren’t your macros and what works for me, may not work for you. BUT hopefully this helps to give you some ideas of foods you can eat to help hit your macro goals!
My current macros are:
I started off the day by grabbing a protein bar on the way out the door to the gym like I do everyday 🙂
My friend got me some of these Kirkland protein bars from Costco (since I don’t have a Costco membership and have actually never been to Costco! I know, crazy right?!?) BUT you can actually buy them on Amazon too! So you don’t even need a Costco membership! Click here!
They are good and the thing I love most about them is the fiber content. I have a hard time getting my fiber in because I am allergic to a lot of fruits, so for that, these are awesome! I actually prefer the taste of Quest bars better but these aren’t bad.
- Fiber-15 (I am not going to list the fiber on everything, just this one because it’s so substantial)
After the gym I came home and had a Premier Protein Shake with 2 Tablespoons of PBfit. Chocolate Premier Protein is my FAVORITE and mixed with PB Fit, it tastes like a Reeses PB Cup! (Don’t buy the Premier Protein on Amazon. It is about half the price at Sam’s Club)
I met my husband for lunch and we decided to go to Chipotle. Chipotle is one of my go to restaurants that have great macro friendly foods and you get a great volume of food too. I love to eat out and with my hectic life, I do it a lot. So it’s SO important for me to have lots of restaurants that I can eat at and still stay on track. YOU CAN EAT OUT! I know it might sound scary, but seriously! It’s okay! You are creating a lifestyle not a fad diet and it’s inevitable that you will eat out. So you have to find ways you can eat out and blow your macros/calories for the day. And if you do happen to eat out and blow your macros…move on. Don’t beat yourself up over it and just get back on track. (more posts about this in the future)
At Chipotle I get a chicken bowl and skip the rice. Rice isn’t worth my carb macros to me. You will find that although no foods are bad, some just aren’t worth it to you. In my bowl I get chicken, black beans, cheese, pico, corn, roasted peppers and onions and lettuce. The awesome thing about Chipotle is, all of their macros are listed right in My Fitness Pal so there is no guessing what you’re eating. I highly recommend you pre-log your food if you’re going out to eat so you’re not surprised after the fact that you’re out of macros for the day!
(This is actually a lot more calories than I prefer to have in one meal. I like to spread my food out all day. But that is what happens when you go out to eat. And I’m okay with that once in a while)
I always feel like I need something sweet after lunch and this Popcorn Indiana Kettlecorn is my go to! It is 65 calories per cup and I feel completely satisfied with 28grams. (approx. 2 cups) (Okay, really I could eat a lot more, but 28 grams is plenty) This is one of those foods that you should definitely weigh. It is easy to go over on popcorn because while it says a serving size is 2 cups, 28 grams comes out to be under 2 cups. If you do measure it in cups, you’re likely to go over and that adds up quick! If you need a good food scale, I have this one here and it is great!
Someone opened some Cadbury Eggs we had leftover from Easter. These are what I call a trigger food for me. Once I eat one, I CAN’T STOP! I did know I was doing a day of eating for you guys though so I only had 8. Thanks for helping me with some self control guys!
For dinner I made chicken with P.F. Chang’s Sesame Sauce and stir-fry veggies over rice cauliflower. If you haven’t tried riced cauliflower, you need to! It is such a good substitute for rice without the calories and carbs! I much prefer to save my carbs for treats. But if rice is your thing, by all means make it fit! Just a warning though, your house will smell terrible after cooking cauliflower! haha!!
(sorry for the ghetto picture! I forgot to snap a picture before I started cooking)
In order to know how much of each ingredient you’re eating, make sure you cook everything separately and then add it together as you weigh it. This was a super low calorie dinner which made up for the higher calorie lunch I had. As you can see, I make sure I am getting protein in with every meal. Prioritize your protein first and it will be easier to hit!
Then I topped off my night with a root beer float. I use diet root beer because I honestly can’t tell the difference when it’s mixed with ice cream and the carbs in regular root beer are outrageous! For the ice cream I used my favorite Dreyers Slow Churned! If you haven’t yet read my review on Dreyers Slow Churned vs. Halo Top read it here..
I also drank my BCAA’s which is a supplement I use but I am not going to go into that in this post. Supplements are not necessary for weight loss so really don’t worry about supplements for now. I will be doing a blog post about which supplements I use in the future. I only mention them here because BCAA’s because they have calories and a little bit of protein so it’s a little piece of the puzzle to help me reach my protein goal. However, if you do know about BCAA’s and are looking for a good kind, I LOVE this kind! The flavor is so good! I buy it right on Amazon and you can too! Click here…
I was a little under on fats so I had a tablespoon of peanut butter to make up for that. It did put me over my protein a little bit but I’m okay with that!
Peanut Butter Macros
One more word of advice… You want to get as close to your macro numbers as possible but don’t stress out if they aren’t all zeros. I have zeroed out my macros maybe twice the entire time I have been counting. Get as close as you can but don’t make yourself crazy over it. As you can see, I went over a little on protein and fat and my carb goal is actually 148 so I was under by 11g. (Maybe I should’ve had that rice 😉 haha!) To me, I would consider this a very successful day!
So there you have it! A full day of eating! I am getting hungry just thinking about it 😉 Drop any comments or questions in the comment box!