Friday, May 2, 2014

What Does the Urban Hiker Girl Eat- Lunch

Rochelle, my inspiration to start this blog, once asked: "What does an Urban Hiker Girl eat?" Well, ladies and gents, let me give you a peek into some of my favorite meals!

When I created my goals calendar, one of the first things I put on there was a protein-packed breakfast so I started with something simple: eggs! Of course, I also needed a healthy carb to go with it and what better breakfast carb than potatoes! One of my two favorite, healthy breakfasts is 3/4-1 cup of potatoes O'Brien cooked in olive oil and two eggs scrambled. I season with salt, pepper, onion and/or garlic powder, and herbs de province. Top it off with 1/4 c. of shredded cheese. Yum! Very filling!

Another alternative, favorite breakfast is oatmeal with chia seeds (not chai, like the tea, but like the clay pots, heads, animals that grow grass on them). If I know I'm going to have a busy morning I'll buy the ready oatmeal cups that you just add water to, pop open the top to add 1/2 T. of chia seeds, pour in boiling water, stir, steep, and enjoy. If I have a little more time I'll make homemade oatmeal and add a little brown sugar, some kind of nut, and maybe a little dried fruit, along with the chia seeds. And some mornings I'll put my chia seeds in a little snack bag to take to Starbucks where I'll add to their oatmeal. I often get their "classic" oatmeal, but recently decided to give their blueberry oatmeal a try. (I'm picky about how I eat blueberries and wasn't sure I'd like it this way; turns out it's great AND fewer calories than the classic version.)

I try to eat several small meals and snacks throughout the day to balance my calorie intake so that I don't become "starving" by the time it's mealtime. I keep my snacks a lot like breakfast- protein and a good carb. Usually for me that means fruit or veg and protein. I like a banana or apple and cheese stick or yogurt. Or veggies with hummus or guacamole is great, too; filling and very low cal!

Currently, my favorite lunch is a big salad with some seasonal fruit, nuts, goat cheese, and a vinaigrette. Today's salad was mixed field greens, goat cheese, sliced almonds, a small palm-ful of blueberries, two sliced strawberries, and a pomegranate blueberry vinaigrette. It was delicious! Look at all those yummy goodies in there!

Another snack in the afternoon to keep me full until a light dinner and to provide energy for my afternoon walk. Often I keep the afternoon snack similar to the morning snack, but if I'm on the go I'll often have a Zing! bar, or a Kind bar and piece of fruit.

Dinners have been light and quick lately. Often just a big bowl of soup.

So that's a peek into what the Urban Hiker Girls eats. Would love to hear your favorite meals and snacks!


  1. Do you use any apps to track your calories? Love your snack ideas!

    1. I do! I use MyFitnessPal to track calories. I also use the MapMyFitness app to track exercise. They link up so my calories burned during fitness are automatically uploaded to my food tracker. It's great!

  2. I try to stick to Egg whites, because the protein is in the whites, so it's filling without as many of the calories. I've cooked egg white omelettes loaded with veggies ahead of time, so I can take to work and just heat up. Take more time in prep work, but helps me.