I can’t believe it’s been nearly 10 years since I started my (first) senior year of college. I was thinking back to all the foods I used to consume back then when I worked 2 jobs and went to school full-time.
Life was crazy.
Well, it still is. But now I make time for proper nutrition.
I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the foods I ate then vs. what types of foods I’m eating now for What I Ate Wednesday.
Then: Low fat honey graham crackers with Betty Crocker funfetti frosting or a pack of instant oatmeal.
Now: My usual routine is to blend up something quick in my Vitamix. On this morning it happened to be a combo of vanilla SunWarrior blend protein, 1 Tbsp. raw cacao powder, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, and 2 cubes of ice. Sometimes I’ll throw spinach into my smoothies. Or I’ll switch up the fruit for variety.
If I’m not in a hurry, I’ll make a veggie omelet with some sort of fruit on the side. Or gluten free oatmeal, if that’s what I’m in the mood for.
Then: I always needed something with salt and flavor so I usually opted for a bag of chips. I remember buying Sun Chips because I thought that was a healthy option. Still better than potato chips, but not something I’d eat now.
Now: I really like veggies and dip. I actually hardly ever eat carrots. I usually have bell pepper slices or celery sticks for dipping. But on this particular day, it was carrots with a single-serving size of spicy Wholly Guacamole.
Plantain chips are fun to dip in guacamole too, but I’ve been trying to cut back on those because I can eat the whole bag when I shouldn’t.
Then: Lunch was almost always some sort of fast food. There was a Subway on campus that I frequented because I thought it was healthy. I also ate at Panda Express and Carl’s Jr. a lot. Sometimes I would just drink a 24 oz. Jamba smoothie and call that lunch. I don’t know how I never gained a ton of weight.
Now: I rarely ever buy lunch. I am one of those “bring your own lunch to work” people. I think it amazes my coworkers that I can stick with it every single day. I’ll usually bring a homemade salad with some type of lean protein, and maybe a piece of fruit on the side.
But on this particular day, I wasn’t working so I grilled up a Trader Joe’s frozen turkey burger and covered it with some weird mustard blobs. Plus romaine and bell peppers with Tessamae’s dressing. This is the best dressing ever, by the way. I used to make homemade dressing, but found this to be tastier and more convenient.
If, for some reason, I do end up going out to lunch, I usually try to stick to Chipotle, Panera, or the Whole Foods salad bar.
Then: I wasn’t too bad with afternoon snacks back in college. I think I ate a lot of oranges and apples. That was when I was trying to be good and wasn’t in so much of a hurry. Sometimes I would get cravings for sweets between lunch and dinner. I used to eat a lot of Luna bars. I had to keep one in my backpack or purse to prevent a hanger attack.
Now: I’m currently loving dried mango as a sweet-tooth tamer for my mid-afternoon snack.
Other snack choices include protein in almond milk (when I’ve worked out), apple slices with almond butter, or roasted seaweed.
Then: Dinner back then might have been some type of frozen lean cuisine, frozen pizza, or fast food. I remember going out to eat a lot with my boyfriend at the time (we really liked TGI Fridays, Pat & Oscar’s, and Rubio’s). I sometimes made sandwiches or stir fry for myself, but that was only when I had enough energy and felt like cleaning up the kitchen after I was done.
Now: I cook most nights. I have a lot of frozen meats and veggies in my freezer that I can throw together to make a quick meal. On this particular night though, Ray and I went out to get Thai food at our favorite Thai restaurant because I didn’t feel like cleaning the kitchen.
I got garlic vegetables with chicken. I ate every single last bite. Well, maybe Ray helped me eat some of it after he devoured his yellow curry (and licked his plate clean).
As you can see, the way I eat now is so much better than how I ate back when I was in college.
Has your way of eating changed from what it once was? Are you choosing healthier options now?