Happy Wednesday, folks! How’s the week going for you? Yes, today, I’ll be sharing all of my meals from a recent day for “What I Ate Wednesday,” but first, a little update on life …
Just some chatter about life lately
Last night, I taught my last BODYPUMP class in my regular Tuesday evening time-slot. When I moved to the East Bay from San Francisco three months ago, I immediately took this class over for someone who was on maternity leave, and she is now ready to return. These days, I have nearly 60 participants in this class, and the energy is great, so I’ll be sad to see this particular class go. However, when one door closes, another one opens. I just picked up a new BODYPUMP class on Thursday evenings, which I will begin tomorrow. While the new class is at a smaller gym, it’s actually much closer to my house, so it all works out.
Continuing on with talk about the world of Les Mills group fitness, this upcoming Saturday, I’m attending the Les Mills San Francisco Super Q event, and I’m getting incredibly excited for it. Hundreds of Les Mills instructors will converge for a full day of classes and education sessions. Can’t wait!
On an unrelated note, I’d like to say that people don’t know how to park around here. I’ve been driving a car regularly for three months now, since we left the city, and I’m continually amazed at the poor parking in packed parking lots. For instance, last night after leaving the gym, someone parked so crookedly and close to my car, that I had to get inside my car on the passenger side, because I couldn’t open my door enough to crawl in. I mean, get it together people. I realize I was away from driving for a long time, but what has the world come to? I face this type of thing nearly every day, and yet I try very hard to stay inside the lines when I park. Can’t others do that too when spaces are at a premium?
Finally, because I can’t end these tangents with something so negative, let’s talk about the fact that over the past month or so, I’ve been waking up before my alarm every single day, except for Monday. Apparently my body wants to extend the weekend, because I need that alarm to start the work-week. And even though I start work at different times each day, I still consistently wake up before 6 a.m., even on Saturday. I’ve always been an early riser, so it’s not big deal. And 5:45 a.m. sure beats the 4 a.m. wake-up calls I had back in my days as a personal trainer at Equinox. Right?
Now, I think that’s enough chatter, so let’s get to the food …
What I Ate Wednesday
Each week on A Lady Goes West, I share a “What I Ate Wednesday” post, which features everything I eat and drink in one full day. And yes, these are my exact meals, with photos taken before I dig in. While they’re not always pretty, they’re always real.
Today, we’re going to take a look at what I ate on Sunday, which was a rest day. I didn’t teach any classes nor do any workouts. I did some work at home on the computer, had a conference call, went on a very leisurely bike-ride with Dave and that was about it. Here we go …
Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Break the fast: A big bowl of overnight oats, topped with a banana, some crunched-up chocolate-covered almonds and cinnamon. I had this alongside some hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and vanilla soy milk. Those flavored almonds took the tastiness of this bowl up to a whole new level.
Snack at 11 a.m.
My ideal snack: As you may have noticed, I tend to eat a lot of Greek yogurt with breakfast and as snacks. This flavorful delight had just enough carbs and protein to hold me over until my larger mid-day meal, and I love the peach flavor. What’s not ideal? My dry skin. Man, I need some hand-lotion according to this gritty picture. Many apologies, folks.
Lunch at 2 p.m.
A bowl of deliciousness: I don’t go out for lunch often, but when I do, this is what I like to eat. This is a spring special Banh mi salad from Veggie Grill in downtown Walnut Creek, and it was absolutely amazing. This bowl is full of sweet-glazed tofu, grilled eggplant, carrots, daikon, cabbage and marinated kale. It it supposed to come with jalapeños, but I requested that they be left off, seeing as I’m not much into hot or spicy foods. I could eat this every single day, and I may look at recreating this dish somehow at home.
Snack at 5 p.m.
Nuts and more: Even though I ate lunch late, I was feeling snacky in the afternoon and so I reached for a bag of these natural pecan cherry cinnamon energizing bites, mixed with some plain almonds. The kinds folks at Frontier Bites sent me a few samples of their products, which to my delight, are made right here in Northern California by some passionate foodies. These little bites are not only tasty, but they are also made with only eight ingredients — minus all the stuff you can’t pronounce. Gluten free, soy free, non-GMO, no artificial sugar and dairy free, these puppies are a healthy alternative when it comes to my usual protein bars. You can find them in some local health food stores or buy them online, if you’re interested in trying them for yourself.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
A fabulous and festive meal: Ladies and gentlemen, we finally brought back “taco night” on Sunday, yet this time, we had fish tacos instead of chicken. Dave cooked some tilapia on the grill, which was basically the only preparation needed for this easy and tasty meal. We used small corn tortillas as the base, added the grilled fish, some purple cabbage, sautéed onions, freshly sliced tomatoes, a heaping of guacamole and mango salsa to round it out. We had that alongside a pre-made southwestern salad with a yummy and creamy cilantro dressing. A glass of white wine for me and a glass of red wine for Dave to top it all off. Yes, this will be repeated. Absolutely awesome!
Dessert at 9 p.m.
Sweets: Healthy with the not-so-healthy — that’s a good dessert combination, if you ask me. For a little sweetness, I had two coconut-covered dates and two caramel-almond-covered dates, with some extra Reese’s Spread on top of each. Of course, I washed these down with a glass of vanilla soy milk. I actually like the dates alone, but just felt like adding a little kick with the extra chocolate. A fine creation, which I’ve enjoyed a couple times since.
And that was that. Plenty of nutrients and some extras thrown in for good measure.
Read more daily eating recaps
Each week, “What I Ate Wednesday” is hosted by Peas and Crayons for bloggers to showcase their eats to the world. If you want to see more food recaps, check out some of my posts from the past here:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
- Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
- Healthy foods for a rest day
- Who doesn’t like pictures of food?
- A look at a full day of eating in pictures
- Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
- Pictures of food, because you like them
- Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t
- A look at what I really eat in a day
- What I ate in the Sunshine State
- My weekend eats and a little narrative
- Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
- A day of eating and some commentary
- Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
- Filling up on healthy food before the holiday
- A perfect birthday at home and my eats
- Top blog posts, reader stats and my food
- A different kind of training and my food
- Joining a healthy green movement and my eats
- Must-try veggie pasta tip and my eats
- Are you eating this sweet and satisfying fruit?
- What a difference a week makes and my eats
- On Wednesdays we look at pictures of food
- Food, drinks and a very hydrating giveaway
- Front-loading all the healthy this week
- MealEnders giveaway and back to healthy food
- Eating, drinking and sharing the pictures
- I don’t like bad people, I do like good food
- Smart training nutrition tips and my meals
- “What I Ate Wednesday” and a Phenoh 7.4 review
- What my daily meals look like in pictures
- Food pictures from a light and healthy day
- Life lately and a look at all of my meals
- What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
And don’t miss my post from yesterday about how to stay healthy while you travel.
Questions of the day
What’s your favorite “healthy-ish” dessert?
How is your week going? Any updates to share?
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?