Happy hump day!
I haven’t shared much about food lately because I haven’t cooked since we moved in April! We haven’t had a kitchen so we either eat pre-packaged or easy to make/microwave stuff or eat out.
For the first few weeks we were here, I didn’t care at all about being healthy and just wanted to have fun trying new foods, but we quickly got sick of that. Most days I aim for a healthy breakfast and lunch in the hotel and then usually have something a little more indulgent for a snack while I’m out or for dinner.
We really cannot cook though. I showed what our “kitchen” looks like in this post. We had the idea of getting a crock pot and at least trying to make something that would yield leftovers for better-for-you lunches and dinners. But then we realized we’d have to buy a crock pot, cutting board, knives, and tupperware (all things we have already but don’t have access to right now), and that there is truly no space for all those items or to even put leftovers in the small mini fridge.
It’s just a little difficult with the space. I’m enjoying not doing dishes and getting out for meals a lot but I am feeling very ready to resume normal meal planning soon!
These are not my eats from a single day but generally what I have been eating lately.
Whole wheat bread (not toast sadly!) with peanut butter, a peach with a splash of half and half and decaf
A bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with almond milk, white peach, and a decaf
Note: I am nerdy and kept the cup from a coffee shop because I thought it was cute. Didn’t actually go out and buy coffee this day *crying eyes emoji here*
I also eat a lot of yogurt with strawberries and granola and if I’m in a huge rush or just not that hungry I have a protein shake.
If we’re going out for lunch, I usually try to get something somewhat “healthy” but it totally depends on where we decide to eat.
The other day we went to a fresh seafood place right on the Honolulu Harbor and I got this garlic pesto shrimp with a salad and brown rice. It was the freshest shrimp I’ve had by far!
If we’re eating in, I almost always have a pre-packaged salad.
I hate buying these because I know it’s not cost effective and they’re way overpriced for what you actually get. It’s the only way I can really do a salad right now though and they’re actually really good! Sometimes I have an Amy’s or Kashi frozen meal.
Lately, I’ve been loving apples, protein shakes, and snack bars.
I haven’t been snacking like I normally do though – usually two snacks a day (morning/afternoon) because I’m eating a lot more calorie rich foods, have nothing on hand because we are not really meal planning, or I go to a coffee shop in the late morning and count that as my “snack” and then just eat a normal three meals a day in addition to that.
Dinner is my usual meal to indulge if I’m feeling like it. For our anniversary dinner last week we went to the Cheesecake Factory. I hadn’t been in ages. I got these steak medallions with mashed potatoes – SO good.
We don’t tend to do fancy or big sit down dinners like that though because $$$ and it’s not an enjoyable experience at all with a 14 month old right now 😉
We found a really good food court in a mall near us and got this taco salad the other day to split. It was huge!
We have done dinner in a few times with TV dinners but we’re always hungry after since those don’t have a lot of calories (at least the ones I’m buying). We did a rotisserie chicken with some frozen sides and a few pre-made frozen pastas too. We have a favorite place for Hawaiian barbecue plates here that I deem decently healthy. I usually get the chicken and it comes with rice and a salad.
Eating lately has definitely been more treat-focused than normal.
There are two popular cookie companies here – Honolulu Cookies and The Cookie Corner, both of which are delish. If I can choose any dessert, it’s cookies without a doubt. It’s just so easy to pop into one of these stores after walking home from dinner or the beach or wherever, so we’ve had quite a few cookie treats 🙂
I got some froyo the other day but bailed on all attemps to make it “healthy” by topping it with a pile of Reece’s #noregrets
Through this two month time frame of not being able to cook, I’ve actually learned to be so much more balanced but forgiving with my eating habits. At first I felt overridden with guilt because I knew a lot of things I was eating were high in sodium or fat or just downright bad for me and we were kind of eating like that all the time. But I realized that this is not my norm – it’s only temporary – and I really learned to embrace that treats are okay. We knew we wouldn’t be staying in Waikiki – which is full of great (albeit unhealthy) food choices – forever. So we chose to let go a little in terms of how we would normally spend and eat.
It has been enjoyable but thankfully this is all coming to and end soon! I cannot even wait to cook for my first meal in our home once we get there. I think the reality of having dishes to wash for the first time in months might be a little bit of a shock though!
Questions for You:
- What would you miss most about not being able to cook?
- Have you ever had a break through in balance about your eating habits or being more okay with treats?