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What She Eats: Jessica Pack

If there are two things we’re passionate about here at HBFIT, it’s a good plank and an even better slice of pizza. Life’s about balance, right? Jessica Pack published her book, Planking for Pizza as a body positivity guide to inspire readers by sharing lessons her own journey to building self-confidence.  Jessica is an amazing role model for anyone who struggles with body image- and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? We sat down with Jessica and asked her how she eats on a typical day. Here’s what she told us:

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I have been a vegetarian for about 10 years now, but learning to eat for my body in terms of what is best for it has been challenging. It is easy as a vegetarian to eat and snack on things that are not so healthy. I have struggled with emotional eating and resorting to junk foods for comfort. I currently count macros and it has given me the control, balance, and freedom I never truly knew I needed. It has given me a better understanding of portion control and sizes and with planning ahead, it helps ensure I am getting enough micronutrients from fruits and veggies (and of course treats!)

Breakfast

I am a creature of habit so my foods do not change very much at all. I also work a desk job, so whatever I make has to be quick and easy to prep and be grab and go! However, I have found foods that are easy to change up for variety and to help avoid food boredom. My current breakfast go-tos are yogurt bowls and overnight oats. I like to top my yogurt with fruit and nut butter. Occasionally, I will add in some protein powder if it is needed for the day. My favorite overnight oats is a mixture of Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats, with a little non-dairy milk (just enough to cover the oats), with 1 container of Fage 0% yogurt for protein, and then cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, raisins, dried blueberries, and drizzle of maple syrup to sweeten! Sometimes I will meal prep protein pancakes too!

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Lunch

I pretty much always have a salad for lunch. My current obsession is the perfect summer salad! It is so simple and refreshing too. It is a mix of arugula and baby spinach, sunflower seeds, red onion, feta and watermelon topped with a little pomegranate balsamic dressing.

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If I have the time to cook myself lunch and I want something a little bit more filling than a salad, I’ll prepare some spaghetti squash with some spices, onions, and arugula for added texture and flavor. It’s super easy to make and you can top it off with whatever you’d like.

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Snack

I always have an afternoon snack somewhere around 3PM. I workout in the evenings, so that pre-workout fuel is important. I try to have a balance of carbs for energy and protein to keep me fueled until dinner since it is usually late at night. Snacks I often have are rice cakes with nut butter and a banana, sometimes I will have some yogurt (if I didn’t for breakfast) with fruit and nut butter. Other snacks I sometimes have are cut up veggies and hummus with low fat cottage cheese.

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Dinner

Breakfast food is my absolute favorite, so I often have breakfast for dinner! My go-to at the moment is white cheddar rice cakes, with some garlic and herb hummus spread, egg whites and cheese. When I keep it light like this, it allows plenty of room for an after dinner treat. If I am not having some sort of egg dish for dinner, I will probably have protein pancakes instead. I’m obsessed.

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Dessert

I love having a little dessert after dinner so I don’t feel deprived. Plus it helps avoid snacking late at night. I often have Halo Top Ice Cream on hand. It’s amazing. I love the Vanilla Bean with a few blueberries on top too. I also love chocolate popcorn with some mini M&Ms. Who doesn’t?

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