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Everyday Ramblings: Edition 3- “Current Staple Foods, Meals, and Favorites”

March 12, 2015
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What can I say, I’m a creature of habit and although I’m a flexible dieter and eat a wide variety of foods every day, I do often fall into ruts eating a lot of the same things over an over again.  This is partly due to laziness, but also because I truly truly love the foods I eat.  If my mornings get thrown off somehow and I have to eat something other than my usual veggie & egg scramble, I will literally crave it ALL day long and I usually can’t wait for the following day when I get to have it again!  It’s crazy, but I love it!  Dinners are always different, those depend on what everyone else wants.  Lunch and snacks change as well, but I do go in waves with certain items that I eat just about EVERY day.  The best way to see what I eat is to scroll my Instagram, but I figured I would start posting things here as well… might be fun to see how things change over time!

Meal 1: veggie & egg scramble

This is the base to my breakfast… TONS of veggies= TONS of volume!

Veggie & Egg Scramble BaseFirst I sauté up some onions, peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, and asparagus.  I throw in some pre prepped potatoes (we eat a LOT of them each week so I save enough leftovers for myself), sausages (I have been LOVING these Morning Star veggie ones from Costco), power greens (spinach, kale, chard blend).  Then I add in 1 cup of MuscleEgg Organic egg whites.  Once thats cooked up, I make my coffee with 5 drops of English Toffee Sweet Leaf Stevia Drops and a little French Vanilla Coffee Mate creamer (during my clean eating days I gave this up… NEVER again.  It’s a staple in my diet and I love it.).  Last, I toast up some Thin Slim bread or a bagel and slather it with some type of nut butter (I was using THIS for quite some time that you can buy at Target/Sprouts/the regular super market, but recently fell in love with SUNBUTTER which I buy at either Trader Joes or the regular super market).  That’s my breakfast 99.99999999% of the time!

Meal 2: usually my pre workout 

This meal changes depending on my mood, how much time I have to cook and/or eat, what muscle group I’m training, etc.  Most of the time, I enjoy eating my waffle ice cream sundaes like THIS one…

Waffle Sundae

or THIS one…

Corina Nielsen- Waffle Sundae

Base recipe for my waffles/pancakes:

  • 1/3 cup Kodiak Power Cakes (can be purchased at Target and select Costco stores)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 scoop PEScience protein powder (30% off coupon below)
  • 1/4 cup MuscleEgg flavored egg whites, 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Wink Frozen Desserts (coupon code available in my sidebar) OR Arctic Zero ice cream
  • flavors and toppings depend on what I have in the house and what I am craving

If I’m not having waffles though, I might have leftovers from dinner the night before OR lately I have been doing a lot of these Flat Out pizzas (I buy the crusts from Vons/Safeway)…

Flat Out Pizzas

Meal 3: dinner

Dinner changes nightly of course but my family does eat a lot of the same meals every couple of weeks.  We make A LOT of simple shredded crockpot chicken (plain, salsa, BBQ sauce) that we will use on sandwiches, wraps, or even just over white rice.  I make 2 batches in the crockpot a week.

Shredded Crockpot Chicken

BBQ Crockpot Chicken

We also regularly eat spaghetti/pasta, tacos, hamburgers (once a week without a question, burgers are my favorite food group ever), stir frys, pizza, BBQ chicken breasts & potatoes,  Sloppy Joe’s… regular family food stuff.  Then we will eat out 1-2 times a week as well.

Meal 3: snacks

My snacks really do change almost daily!  Depending on what Costco has, what I find at Target or Walmart, and things I might be craving I will rotate foods in/out.  For example…

I found these snacks on our last Costco trip:

Corina Nielsen-Snacksthese last month at Target:

Corina Nielsen-Snacksand hubby grabbed these off of Groupon a couple of months ago:

Corina Nielsen- Snacks

Most days you can catch me grazing on these kinds of foods throughout the entire day.  Since I’m a bit of a “nibbler”, I’m completely content having a few pieces of this and a couple of bites of that.  I satisfy the craving and move on.  I know the second I tell myself “Corina, you CAN’T have that!”, I will most likely want it even more so have a bite and get it over with.

Aside from the snacks I rotate, there are a few things that I consider staples in my diet.

These are foods I eat EVERY single day because I love them:

One HUGE salad (power greens, romaine, red cabbage, fruit, nuts, seeds, avocado, and chicken/ground turkey)…

Corina Nielsen- Salad

THIS cereal…

Corina Nielsen- PES Snickerdoodle Cereal-8

THIS ice cream (coupon in my sidebar)…


Some type of sandwich with Thin Slim low carb/high fiber bread/bagel (coupon in my sidebar)…

Corina Nielsen- Thin Slim Bagel

Corina Nielsen- Thin Slim

Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt, usually mixed with fruit, cereal, and some type of nut butter.  BuffBake is usually my first option (10% OFF using coupon code corinabuffbake)

Corina Nielsen- Snacks

MuscleEgg egg whites!  I’m either baking with them, cooking them, or drinking them right from the container!

Corina Nielsen- MuscleEgg

or I mix up a little smoothie with some of my favorite ingredients…

Corina Nielsen- MuscleEgg

Bars of choice is a SquareBar (coupon in my sidebar)…

Corina Nielsen- SquareBar

Detour Simple Bars


I drink either water, tea, or BCAA’s (30% off using coupon code CORINA) throughout the entire day, but also drink one can of Zevia (usually the ginger root beer)…

Corina Nielsen- Zevia

I also love snacking on snap peas & cucumbers with hummus, hard boiled eggs, toast, and rice cakes!

The only other things I use daily are my PEScience supplements.  You can see what I take HERE!

That probably rounds out everything I have been eating lately!  The best overview of my nutrition can be seen on my Instagram though!  Now that I’m planning on doing these posts every few months, its going to be interesting to see how things change!!!  As you can see, I eat lots of different things… mainly nutrient dense and “healthy” but I’m not afraid to eat ANYTHING.  No labeling anything as “good” or “bad”.  Some people apply the 80/20 rule, but in all honesty I find myself more like 90/10.  Veggies with just about every meal, lean proteins most of the time, whole grains almost always BUT if I happen to want a donut like I did on THIS day…. you better believe I’m going to eat it AND enjoy it AND not feel the slightest bit of guilt about it!  Bottom line as always for me is eat a WIDE variety of food, don’t eat restrictively or cut out foods/food groups, and when you feel like having something… have it!  Life and eating should ALWAYS be enjoyed!!!

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    March 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I love this post! So many great ideas on new snack foods to incorporate in my diet 🙂

    Question: do you still track macros at all?

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      March 15, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      No ma’am! No more tracking… just eating and training how I want!

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    Hollie Boshell
    March 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Do you eat the salad, ice cream, cereal and egg whites as snacks too?xx

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      March 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Ice cream I eat on my waffles and I might have an ice cream sundae for desserts a couple of nights a week, salad I eat before/after/or with my dinner, cereal I eat randomly throughout the day, and egg whites I cook/bake with (like in my waffles) or I will make a smoothie with them… sometimes I might have sweet eggs as a final meal also (plain egg whites, syrup, cinnamon)! No real rhyme or reason to any of it, I just eat what I feel like and when I want!

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    March 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Okay, great explanation thank you for replying. Makes sense ????

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    March 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    How do you calculate or guess your macros when going out for dinner or eating at a party? I imagine you kind of eyeball it but if it is off does it make a huge difference. I am beginning to track my macros on my own. I had a diet plan given to me by a trainer with my macros and supplements but I am trying to do it own my own so I can work into my diet things I enjoy, and little treats here and there. Thank you in advance!

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      March 27, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      HI Jordan! I’m no longer tracking but when I was I would simply guestimate as best as I could! Thats the beauty of tracking initially… you learn your portion sizes!

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    April 9, 2015 at 1:56 am

    What kind of BBQ sauce do you recommend? I’m always looking for one thats not so high in sugar…(:

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      April 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      I don’t use anything special… I love Sweet Ray’s or one I get from Sprouts. Regular amount of sugars in both! I’m not scared of it and don’t go out of my way to avoid it 🙂

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    April 14, 2015 at 2:26 am

    Hi Corina! I love your site! I was wondering what kind of protein you use?

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      April 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      I believe my supplements/protein are shown in the post 🙂

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    April 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Do you have recipes for the crockpot chicken you make in bulk? Seems easy enough, but was just curious!

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    Melissa Lamarre
    September 22, 2015 at 3:06 am

    Would like the recipe for the broccoli slaw salad

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