A look at some of my regular weekday meals
What’s been going on in your week, my friends? For me, this one has been full of teaching group fitness and writing. In addition to that, I spent hours on the computer yesterday searching for the best possible deal for Dave and me to fly to Florida for Thanksgiving, and I did quite well (relatively speaking when you take into account how much it costs to fly clear across the country at a peak time). We’re looking forward to spending time with my parents in Southwest Florida next month! After a summer full of trips away, we’ve been hanging out locally for the last few weekends and actually don’t have any more travel planned until the holidays. But I digress, because today is supposed to be all about the food …
This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap
Every Wednesday is a great chance to look at pictures of my real food, especially my weekday meals. As always, I share these food diary posts because I like to see what other people eat, and I’m guessing you do too. You’ll see a lot of the same foods around here, and that’s because I like what I like.
Today, I’m sharing everything that I ate on Monday, a light day, after another indulgent weekend.
Breakfast at 7:45 a.m.
If you read my post yesterday about some awesome products I received from Vitamin Shoppe, then you saw this breakfast before. A protein-filled microwavable muffin, a banana and some green tea. True story: This was a super rushed morning because I didn’t hear my alarm go off, and I woke up late. I had very little time to eat, do blog work and take care of Rudy before running out the door to teach a couple of classes at Orangetheory. Good thing this meal came together in no time.
Mid-morning snack at 11 a.m.
The best kind of yogurt? Four-percent yogurt made from whole milk, for sure. This was the perfect creamy snack to hold me over until lunch. I’ve officially gone through the entire line of products from Siggi’s, and everything is totally delicious. The only bad thing about this tub of yogurt? It was gone too quickly.
Lunch at 1:30 p.m.
I have been on the hunt for Japanese purple sweet potatoes since I returned home from Maui, where I had a few. I was so excited to find some at Whole Foods last week and have since restocked. I’ve been having one a day, and they are just so incredibly tasty. These beauties are a bit drier than regular sweet potatoes (and although the outside is purple-ish, the inside is white), and the flavor is almost nutty. I enjoyed this baked sweet potato with two runny eggs and some avocado, of course. This meal just won’t get old.
Afternoon snack at 5:30 p.m.
Rice cakes by themselves? Not good. Rice cakes with flavored protein-infused nut butters on them? A delicious and filling snack. I’d like you to take a good, hard look at that slab of nut butter too, my friends. Believe it or not, but that is one full serving of nut butter with 190 calories and 11 grams of protein. That’s the epitome of calorie-dense food right there!
Dinner at 8:45 p.m.
If you’ve been around A Lady Goes West for a while, you know that this meal used to be a regular occurrence for me. Back when Dave and I lived in 550-square feet, we couldn’t make anything that would stink up our house, so we often ate some form of pasta. While I’m a fan of spaghetti squash, I also like cooking up a package of broccoli slaw (like you see here), topping it with marinara sauce and a few turkey meatballs. This meal is so delicious, warm and filling. I’ve had it once-a-week for the past month, so it’s safe to say it’s back in the rotation.
Dessert at 9 p.m.
When I say that I don’t eat dessert during the week, what I mean is that I eat something so small like this, that it hardly constitutes dessert. Just one single coconut-covered date and a mug of vanilla almond milk satisfy my craving and help me to end the night. These dates are a diversion from our usual ones from Safeway, but they are just as tasty and also found at Whole Foods.
And that’s all I ate on this healthy weekday. End scene.
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A usual Wednesday over here, I’m teaching BODYPUMP in the morning, working on the computer, then teaching two classes tonight at Orangetheory. Hope you have a good one, my friends!
See more “What I Ate Wednesday” food reports
I’m not the only one sharing their typical day of eating. 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 all compiled here.
Questions of the day
How’s your week going so far?
What did you eat for breakfast today?
My breakfast today will be Dullsville, USA. 2 hard boiled eggs and an organic honey crisp apple. Boring and nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
Hope you have a great Wednesday! Thanks for sharing your Monday eats! I’m a coconut date lover too! The best weeknight “dessert” for sure.
Hhahaha yes, not the most exciting first meal, but certainly very nutritious and light. Hope you have a good day, lady. REST and RECOVER! 🙂
Flights are so expensive over the holidays. I actually think Thanksgiving is harder to do than Christmas because everyone is traveling in the same days. Yeah for Siggi’s! They’re yogurt is all I buy.
Yes, it’s harder to fly at off times around Thanksgiving than Christmas as well. SOO expensive, but necessary. Happy Wednesday, Megan! 🙂
The past 5 days I’ve been having 1000+ calorie dinners because my mom is in town, and well, I needed some of that for the marathon, but c’mon! Last night was my big last hurrah–even I ate the mac n cheese! Holy crow but it was good….
Ohhhhh delish! You totally need those calories, so enjoy them!! 🙂 Have fun with MOM!
Once you have full fat dairy you can’t go back. I can’t believe I used to eat low fat cottage cheese. Now I’m in love with the 4%, and really, there’s only about a 20 calorie difference per serving. I’ve been getting the Japanese sweet potatoes at TRader Joes!
Yay for full fat and purple taters. Good work, Mo! 🙂 If Whole Foods doesn’t have them next time, I’ll pop over to TJ’s, so thanks for that!
I’ve never thought of cooking broccoli slaw… any tips on how to do it??
Yes, it’s so easy …
How to make broccoli-slaw pasta ….
Buy a bag of broccoli slaw.
Spray a pan with cooking spray.
Empty the entire bag of slaw into the pan.
Pour a little water over the slaw so it has a light coating all over.
Cook on medium heat for about eight minutes, until most of the water is absorbed.
Drain any excess water through a strainer.
Serve the slaw onto a plate or into a bowl.
Top it with whatever you desire.
I have seen those Japanese potatoes at Whole Foods and have been curious about them. I assumed they were purple throughout like the regular colored spuds. I might have to give it a try next time. Do you cook them the same time/temp as regular/sweet potatoes?
Hi Kate, They are a little bit drier, but I’ve been cooking them in the microwave for about one minute more per side than other sweet potatoes. Also, I’ve been getting big ones. They are so good! Try them! 🙂
you gotta roast them for the best outcome!! Microwaving just kills the skin, which is the best part IMO. Wrap them in a foil with a tsp of water (and slice them almost all the way through) like you might do with corn on the cob if you were grilling it in foil. Pop it in the oven at 400 until soft. I use my toaster oven on convection bake and I can get those babies done in like an hour.
Hi Chelsea! I don’t mind the microwave outcome, and it’s just so much faster! But yes, if I have the time one day soon, I will try to use the oven. 🙂 Thanks!
I had the same questions Jamie & Kate had, thanks for answering. What time are you teaching at Orangetheory tonight?
Hi Dawn! I’m teaching at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. tonight at OTF! 🙂 Are you coming???
I don’t know if I have sneakers in my car. (I’m coming from work) I was planning on going to CorePower Yoga.
Do you know when you’ll be teaching again?
Hi Dawn! My only evening there is Wednesday! You can call the studio and ask specifically for when I’m there too, if you want to book in a class. First class is free when you call! Have a good workout at CorePower!!!
Sounds like I’m going to have to scout out Japanese Purple Potatoes! Never have had them, nor heard of them (#fail)… but now I’m on the hunt! Since I’m a newbie follower, where are your parents in Southwest Florida? My pops lives down there and we’re heading that way for Thanksgiving (you’re not kidding about the price of tickets), and it would be AWESOME to meet up with a fellow blogger while we’re in the area!
Hi Jessica! COOL! I was born in West Palm and grew up in Port Charlotte. My parents live in South Golf Cove now, and have been there for years. How about you?? 🙂
I’m obsessed with those potatoes too! I may go roast my last one right now before we leave town tomorrow. Happy Hump Day!
I can’t get enough purple sweet potatoes in my life!! 🙂 Hope you have a safe trip, wherever you are going, Laura!
Mmmm looks like a yummy day to me! Protein muffins, I could totally get into that :). Breakfast for me is usually a big bowl of hot oatmeal with all sorts of yummy add-ins, plus a mug of chai tea with almond milk. I haven’t seen that variety of Siggis, but dang it looks good! I’m in love with the stuff <3 <3 (thanks for sharing it with us!)
Yes, you’ve got to keep your eyes open for the FULL fat! Love it! Happy Wednesday, Jessie. Enjoy your day.
Runny eggs are the only way to go! I get really bummed when my eggs aren’t running so your picture looks amazing. Also, i agree about rice cakes. on their own? Never. But add some peanut butter and I am sold!
I overcooked my eggs today. 🙁 So sad hehehe.
great looking meals! I gotta find that Japanese sweet potato!
Hi Amy! They are SOO good!! Yes, be on the look-out!
I love purple sweet potatoes too! Although the ones I like are actually purple inside. Have you seen those? They’re so good.
And that Siggi’s yogurt is my favorite too. The 4% is perfectly creamy and not too tangy. I love it!
Those are a different kind I think … I haven’t found those! 🙂 Happy Wednesday, Sarah!
I have been wanting to try those Mighty Muffins, but can’t find them anywhere! I have had some rushed mornings myself lately so I am so glad I prepped some protein waffles for the week! They are so good in the morning!
Hi Hilary! They sure are good for times when you’re in a rush for time! 🙂