Hello, my stylish friends! I hope that everyone remains happy and healthy while the temperature drops. I am a creature of habit, and especially with the holidays right around the corner, I try to maintain a consistent diet, workout routine, and lifestyle to keep my mind sharp and body on its A-game.
I maintained a well-rounded diet and exercise regime throughout high school. However, no longer a three-season athlete, I let my routine slip during my freshman year in college. I regrouped during the summer before my sophomore year. The saying is true, in which “abs start in the kitchen”, but no longer were coaches regulating my habitual behavior; rather, I needed to be proactive to self-regulate both my diet and workout routine.
my Grocery List (Under $100)
Fast forward to fall 2020, and currently in my junior year of college, I stick to a bi-monthly grocery list under a $100 (note: some items I purchase only once a semester). Enough to support my running routine without breaking the bank, I purchase the following:
- Greek yogurt
- Oat or almond milk
- 70-calorie, low-carb tortillas
- Frozen vegetarian, meatless tenders
- Frozen broccoli
- Lite lemon dressing
- Protein bars
- Peanut butter (*purchase a large container once a semester)
- Cereal (*purchase a large bag once a semester)
- Dark chocolate (*purchase a small bag once a semester)
- Chia seeds (*purchase a large bag once a se
- *Jasmine rice (purchase a large bag once a semester)
- *Black coffee (purchase a large container of k-cups once a semester)
I’m trying to bounce back into preparing meals the night before. As a teenager, I would prepare overnight oatmeal and leave it in the fridge with the intent of waking up to a nice, hearty breakfast. Nowadays, I (honestly) throw ingredients into a bowl but want to get back into my routine of using more mason jars. My favorite clean, convenient mason jar meals include chicken and rice, chef’s salad with eggs and nuts, and (of course!) overnight oats.
As much as I love produce foods, I cannot (and I repeat!) help myself but indulge in some much-needed carbs–especially on my long run days. A classic, no-fail meal for me means a bagel with some peanut butter and a handful of chocolate chips. This always gets the job done!