A look at a full day of eating in pictures

Happy Wednesday! Tonight I’m debuting the latest and greatest Les Mills BODYATTACK 86 group fitness release. I’m super excited for 5:30 p.m. to roll around, but I still have a lot of practicing and fine-tuning to do before I get up in front of a full group fitness studio in a few hours. 

But it’s “What I Ate Wednesday,” so let’s get to some pictures of food. I’m detailing all of my eats from yesterday, a day in which I was at home much of the day and trained some clients in the evening. That meant my meals didn’t have to be taken to-go, which was a nice change of pace.

Breakfast at 7 a.m. 

Zoats and tea

Zoats and green tea. Yes, you read that right. Prepared with egg whites, oats, milk, zucchini, chia seeds, cinnamon, pumpkin and a banana.

Can you see the green hue in that bowl? This week I’ve been experimenting with a new breakfast. It’s called zoats, because you add zucchini to your oats. I’ve had this in place of my usual overnight oats two days in a row, and it’s definitely different. The addition of pumpkin makes it festive for fall. And it’s a great way to get some extra veggies in my day. Recipe coming soon!

Mid-morning snack at 10:15 a.m.

Midmorning snack of yogurt and trail mix

Greek yogurt topped with some trail mix.

This is one tasty snack, which kept me full for quite a while. There’s about a cup of plain Greek yogurt under a mix of walnuts, almonds, pistachios and all sorts of seeds.

Post workout protein shake at 12:30 p.m.

Fit protein shake

One scoop of 100% whey protein mixed with cold water.

After practicing BODYATTACK and fitting in a short weights session, I downed this protein shake. I just purchased this new-to-me brand from the shelf at 24 Hour Fitness, and I’m so-so on it so far. It doesn’t seem as rich and yummy as my last protein powder, but it gets the job done. And it was on sale. I carried that big ole’ tub under my arm more than a mile up the hill back home after teaching BODYATTACK last week at the gym. I got a few looks, but I’m not sure if those were because of the un-bagged huge tub of protein I was carrying or my hot pink knee-high socks and sweaty ponytail. Whatever.

Lunch at 1:30 p.m. 

Smoked salmon salad lunch

Salad. Spinach leaves, grape tomatoes, purple cabbage, garbanzo beans topped with some slices of cold smoked salmon and balsamic vinaigrette.

This was an amazing lunch. I used to buy a lot of smoked salmon from the seafood department, but forgot about it for a while (mostly because I don’t go grocery shopping much anymore and we rely on delivery from Instacart.) I laid a full pack of the salmon on top of my salad, and it was so moist and flavorful. If you’ve never tried smoked salmon and you’re a fish fan, I highly recommend you check it out. I also like to eat smoked salmon alongside eggs for breakfast on a fancy day.

Mid-afternoon snack at 4 p.m.

Apple and a macrobar

One large gala apple and an organic protein bar.

Okay this Protein Paradise Macrobar is good. I bought two different flavors of Go Macro bars at Whole Foods on Sunday afternoon on a whim. While I try not to rely on protein bars, I do enjoy them from time-to-time. This bar did not let me down. I was super pleased with the taste, texture and 12 grams of protein. I had this snack before heading to the gym to train some evening clients.

Dinner at 8:45 p.m.

Tilapia, veggies and rice

Baked and seasoned tilapia, mixed veggies and brown rice topped with some soy sauce.

Yes, this looks like a fancy meal. But I’ll be honest. The tilapia was pre-marinated, and the veggies and rice were both from a bag. This entire meal took about 20 minutes to prepare and was filling, flavorful and offered some good variety for our dinner routine. Although I put in on the plate in sections in order to take a decent photo, I instantly smushed it all together to make sure every bite had a little bit of everything. Does anyone else do that?

Dessert at 9 p.m.

Almond milk for dessert

Almond milk.

Maybe this doesn’t classify as dessert. But every single night I have some form of milk, whether that be soy, organic or almond. It’s how I end my eating for the day, and I look forward to it.

That’s all the food folks. Two helpings of fish and some veggies at breakfast. Not too shabby, I’d say. I hope you enjoyed it. Now, for a few more housekeeping items …

Enter the Shakeology giveaway

In case you missed it, I’m hosting a giveaway this week to win a work-week’s worth of Shakeology single-serve packets. Check out the giveaway and my Q & A with a real life Beachbody Coach. This contest is open until Saturday morning, so enter today.

Let’s be friends

Thanks for stopping by for “What I Ate Wednesday,” and let’s stay in touch. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’InstagramFacebook and Twitter for more fun throughout the week. And if you want to scroll though other recaps of daily eating, check out my previous posts:

  1. A full day of eating in pictures
  2. Another full day of my eats and drinks
  3. Real food isn’t always pretty
  4. Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
  5. What I ate and drank all day
  6. Three meals, two snacks and a shake
  7. Food trucks and rest-day eating
  8. Plenty of protein at every meal
  9. Colorful fuel for a day of training
  10. Long days of training require a lot of food
  11. Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday” 
  12. Healthy foods for a rest day
  13. Who doesn’t like pictures of food?

Questions of the day

What’s going on in your week? Are you ready for fall? Do you like to mix your foods together or keep everything separate? 

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. And yes, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do to get your protein. And MAN the scooper was buried deep in that tub by the time I got it home 🙂

  1. Zoats, huh? Not sure I’d be into that but you certainly eat healthfully!

    I’m a big fan of the Go Macro Bars. I don’t like to depend on bars either but those are delicious.


  2. I like your idea to sneak some veggies into breakfast! I’m sure the zucchini blends in pretty well since it doesn’t have all that strong of a flavor.

    Good luck with the new release tonight! I wish I could be there. I can just feel the energy already! 🙂

  3. I’m a mixer of foods for sure. My sister NEVER lets her foods touch! It’s too funny to watch even as we are adults!

    I’m heading to see my sisters for the weekend to see the musical Wicked about the witches of Oz before they became ‘bad!’ I”m super excited!

    Your eats look so good, making me hungry!

  4. I’ve been on holidays for two weeks now, and all I want is some healthy home cooked meals…and lots of veggies!! That tilapia looks delicious (and I’m not a fish fan!)…what did you marinate it with? I’m on the lookout for good fish recipes so that I’ll get more in my diet!

    1. Hi Natasha, I crave healthy home-cooked foods after a vacation too. The tilapia came already soaked in some ground black pepper sauce, so it was very peppery and delicious. I try to eat fish a couple times a week too. Have a good day!

  5. Doesn’t adding zucchini take oats up a notch? I’ve been doing it for a few months and I like how they add both volume and nutrition without any detectable off taste.
    Almond milk wouldn’t necessarily qualify as dessert for me but I have a few food rituals, too, so it’s cute to see that’s one of yours. Also, I really like how colourful all of your meals are – food for the eyes.

    1. Hi Miss Polkadot. Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I like to have some color in my meals. And my desserts on the weekends are a little better than almond milk of course, but during the week, I like to keep it healthy. Have a good one!

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