What Do You Eat In A Week?

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, friends!  Do you have any fun plans?  I’m working Saturday and Monday, but I hope to get in a longer bike ride with some teammates on Sunday.  Fingers crossed the weather cooperates.

A few weeks ago, Jen at Peanut Butter Runner wrote a post about Mary Roach’s book Gulp.  In an interview with NPR, Roach said the average American eats about 30 different foods per week.  This statistic changes if you’re traveling and eating outside your home, but she said 30 is the average for most of us.

I started thinking about my personal eating habits, and as you know, I’m such a creature of habit.  There is some variety in my diet, but I mostly eat the same snacks and meals.  Hey, I know what I like!  Here’s a look at what I typically consume each week:


1.  Egg whites

2.  Spinach

3.  Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread


4.  Greek yogurt

5.  Oats

6.  Bananas

7.  Strawberries

8.  Blueberries

9.  Chia Seeds

10.  Kale

*Protein Powder – technically not a “whole food”


11.  Quinoa

12.  Peppers (red, orange, yellow)

13.  Black beans


14.  Carrots

15.  Apples

16.  Turkey

17.  Avocado

18.  Almonds


19.  Salmon

20.  Tilapia


21.  Peas

22.  Sweet potatoes (roasted)

23.  Sushi


24.  Frozen grapes

25.  Frozen mango (specifically from Trader Joe’s—so delicious!)

26.  Dark chocolate


27.  Almond butter

28.  Peanut butter

29.  Almond milk

30.  Salsa


So, I clock in at the average of 30, which is a pleasant surprise considering my day-to-day meals look very similar.  This can be attributed to food-prep Sundays; it’s so easy to roast a ton of sweet potatoes and make a batch of spicy black bean quinoa and eat it throughout the week.  Also, since starting triathlon training in January, I’ve discovered my body responds well to these foods, and that’s one of the reasons I hesitate to branch out.  I should also note this is an extremely “clean” week for me.  Mighty Montauk is only two weeks away, so I’ve made a conscious effort to fuel accordingly.  When I don’t have a race right around the corner, items like Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter (currently my ultimate demise) will definitely make the list.  Anyway, as the saying goes:  “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  I do need to experiment more in the kitchen, though; you know what they say:  “Variety is the spice of life.”  I would argue cayenne pepper is the ultimate spice of life, but that’s beside the point.

What do you typically eat each week?  Are you a fan of meal-prep Sundays?

18 responses to “What Do You Eat In A Week?

  1. Oh dear, my diet looks just horrific next to that list 🙁 I eat a lot more carbs than you, both wholegrain (rice cakes, fruit, oats), and refined (gluten free pasta, basmati rice, flapjacks (the UK sort that is oats/butter/sugar) and cake).

    • carriestevens

      One thing I learned from “Racing Weight” by Matt Fitzgerald is fruit and veggies count as carbs, so I try to utilize those sources as much as possible. I also love instant oats, and I could probably live on sweet potato wedges. 🙂

      • I am still fascinated by this list concept, and am going to have to give it a go myself, hopefully using it to incentivise me to clean up my diet a bit. It doesn’t help that I have a dodgy stomach that responds best to unrefined carbs and low fibre!

  2. I should be a fan of meal prep because I always end up being stressed trying to figure out what to eat the hour before a meal while I’m on my way home…that being said, I haven’t done much to change that either LOL.

    Your diet def looks super clean compared to mine hahah. Frozen grapes could never qualify as dessert in my books.

    • carriestevens

      Oh, even though I meal prep, I always “brainstorm” options for dinner. 😉 And yeah, this is a super clean week for me. When I don’t have a race coming up, there’s usually more dark chocolate and other goodies consumed. 🙂

  3. Every time I meal prep, my week runs smoother, but for the past two months I’ve been gone so many weekends it’s been tough!! However I feel like I’d be way ahead of the average of 30 since I mix things up fairly frequently. That’s both good and bad, I think, since there are less “clean” things I eat, but overall I’d say I eat a pretty healthy diet. I do think I could clean up a few items that aren’t unhealthy but that my body doesn’t like much!

    • carriestevens

      Even though I love meal prepping, I also enjoy eating out and having foods I wouldn’t/couldn’t make on my own. You have to YOLO once in a while. 🙂

  4. We have our basics too! It seems everything is a variation of a salad, or chicken, etc. We stick to the basics because if we get too many different things it goes bad…

    Chocolate would be the TOP of my list though! That never goes bad 😉

  5. I am also a creature of habit, for sure! I try to branch out and try new vegetables here and there, and a new recipe every once in awhile. But I find that requires so much thought/effort/planning! Sometimes it really is easiest to stick with what you know and try to eat healthy!

  6. We eat a lot of the same food! But I can’t do quinoa too often, it doesn’t work for me unless it’s cooked by someone else, lol.

    I just read that mango is a super food, so I eat that now too. And the simpler the recipe, the more I will likely cook it too. Nothing wrong with that. Some of us don’t LOVE cooking or have the time.

  7. This is such an interesting concept! My eating has actually changed kind of drastically over the weekend. While I was on my meal plan, I imagine that I actually ate even less than 30. Gonna go make my own list now (and check out that book!) 🙂

    • carriestevens

      Since I have a race coming up, my list is definitely shorter this week too. Hey, if we know what works for us, then why change it, right? 😉

  8. Interesting! We probably typically have less than 30, but I could be wrong. We eat a lot of the same things every day.

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