A full day of eating in pictures

Today I’ve prepared my first official “What I Ate Wednesday” post, in which I’m showing you every single bite I took yesterday.

It was a fairly normal day for me. I woke up early, worked most of the day at Equinox training clients, left in the afternoon to teach a BODYPUMP class at 24 Hour Fitness across town and had dinner at home.

Because of my busy work schedule, most of my food has to be packed up and brought in my lunchbox, so lately I’ve spent time over the weekend doing food prep. That time spent on Sundays ensures I have easy and healthy options ready-to-go throughout the work-week. Yesterday’s eats were pretty standard for all of my Mondays through Fridays, with weekends being a bit more indulgent.

5:30 a.m. breakfast at home

After an early wake-up, I had my usual overnight oats for breakfast while reading some news online. I prepared the oats on Sunday, pulled the dish out of the fridge in the morning, topped with a banana and cinnamon and enjoyed it with a mug of hot green tea, sweetened with Stevia and almond milk.

Oatmeal breakfast

9:15 a.m. morning snack #1

I chowed down on this small helping of cottage cheese between morning clients.

Cottage cheese snack

10:55 a.m. morning snack #2

This hard-boiled egg was not as easy to get into as my batch from last week. But I persevered and ate it in two bites before heading to a sales meeting.

Hard-boiled egg snack

2:30 p.m. lunch

Lunch was a delicious smorgasbord of food items I prepped on Sunday. On a bed of spinach, I placed shredded chicken, quinoa and chickpeas, topped with some balsamic dressing. On the side, I had half a baked sweet potato, with a little sea salt. I heated it all up before adding the dressing, and it was quite tasty.

Lunch of chicken quinoa

4:30 p.m. pre-teaching snack

Even though I wasn’t hungry for my usual pre-workout snack after having lunch so late, I knew I’d be starving mid-class, so I ate it anyways. The snack included a juicy Fuji apple and some raw almonds, with more water on the side.

Snack of apples and almonds

6:15 p.m. post-teaching refuel

I always follow up a good workout with a protein shake. As of late, my protein powder of choice is EAS Lean 15 Vanilla Protein Powder, mixed with some water. I drank this on my walk home from the gym. Pink nails, pink bottle and pink shoes, shown below.

Post Pump protein

8:45 p.m. dinner at home

Okay, we eat late. In fact, last night, I was home much earlier than usual and yet dinner still happened close to 9 p.m. We need to work on that. Nonetheless, dinner was delicious. Dave had regular pasta, and I had a hearty helping of spaghetti squash, marinara sauce and steamed spinach topped with some turkey meatballs.

Dinner spaghetti squash

9 p.m. dessert

Not exactly a real dessert, but every weeknight I like give my taste-buds their last sensation for the day by having a glass of almond milk. Normally, Dave and I have coconut-covered dates for a small and healthy post-dinner treat as well, but the grocery store hasn’t stocked them lately. (Or so says our shoppers via the Instacart grocery delivery service we use each week.)

Dessert milk

Other than some gum and some multi-vitamins, that covers every single bite I took throughout the day in pictures. What fun.

Although I wasn’t crazy about photographing my food in the breakroom at work, I liked tracking every meal with a snapshot. And because so many of you said you’d be interested when I asked last week, more of these posts will be coming in the future. In fact, it would be really fun if I did a weekend one, as my Saturday and Sunday eats tend to be a bit more decadent and fun than those during the week.

I’m linking up to the “What I Ate Wednesday” party hosted on Peas and Crayons, so head over there for more pictures of food.

Questions of the day

What time do you eat dinner at night? Do you bring your food to work or buy? How’s your week going?

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    1. Hi Ami! That’s the beauty of having no time to get anything else to eat during a busy day – I have to stick to the healthy stuff right in front of me. 🙂

  1. Lots of yummy, healthy, and nutritious eats! I love it! It’s fun to get a glimpse into your meals and snacks, especially because everyone’s day-to-day lives are so different and everyone eats so differently too. I’d love to see your weekend eats too!

    We typically eat dinner around 6-6:30 … mostly because that’s when our son is ready to eat and he goes to bed around 8 PM, so we can’t do it too much later. But, I like it at that time too. It still gives me some time for my food to settle and then I enjoy a little treat before bed.

    1. Yes, seems like most parents have to eat a lot earlier in the night, which makes sense. Not us yet! You can mix anything with cottage cheese. And it’s full of good protein too. Love that.

  2. You do an awesome job getting in lots of healthy eats!

    I always bring my own food to work. I’m sure if I worked in SF there would be a ton of healthy options but near me there isn’t much to choose from. Packing a lunch is so much cheaper and healthier!

  3. That looks like a great day of eats! I am about to start work again on Monday, so packing lunches and eating in the break room is going to be back in my life. I know food prepping will definitely be key to making the week less stressful! I love your pink nails, water bottle, and shoes, too! 🙂

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