A look at what I really eat in a day

Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe it’s the middle of the week. I’m leaving on Friday morning to head back to Florida for a quick trip to see my family and attend an engagement party, and the days have been flying by.

Lately, it seems like I have something every single night — either I’m teaching a class, taking a class or going to an event — and that’s on the weekdays, weekends, you name it. Speaking of classes and an event, last night I took a TRX class at an incredible San Francisco studio as part of the ClassPass “Fall into Fitness” party, and I’ll talk more about that soon. But now …

“What I Ate” recap time

Today, I’m sharing with you all of my eats from Monday. Now this was a usual Monday, in which I worked from home, went to audition to teach classes at a new gym and taught a BODYATTACK class at 24 Hour Fitness.

While I don’t always report on everything little thing that Dave and I do on the weekends (although if you follow me on Instagram, you get a much better recap of all the fun that happens in San Francisco!), but suffice it to say, with Dave’s birthday last week and social outings four nights-in-a-row, we did our fair share of eating and drinking. We even went out to a big Italian meal on Sunday night with some of Dave’s coworkers in the ‘burbs, which is a rarity for us. Based on that, I couldn’t wait to wake up on Monday and dive into a healthy breakfast for a day of normal eating. Here’s how it all went down …

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Breakfast 10.20.14Overnight oats, green tea and a green shake.

Yes, that’s right, a late breakfast. I slept past 7 a.m. on Monday, which is not a normal thing for me. As soon as I woke up, I pulled out some overnight oats, made some hot green tea and even shook up a Healthy Skoop Superfoods A-Game drink, which is part of a package the lovely folks at Healthy Skoop sent me to review. This mega dose of vitamins and nutrients set me straight for the day.

Lunch at noon

Lunch 10.20.14Baked sweet potato topped with almond butter, two fried eggs and an iced tea.

Because I was heading out across town to audition for a new gym (more to come on that soon, as I’ve started to add more classes to my weekly routine), I ate lunch earlier than normal and was able to skip my mid-morning snack. Yes, this is an incredibly strange lunch, but I liked it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the tea though. I guess I’ve never really liked iced tea, but had one in the fridge, so I went for it. You may not want to know this, but when eating this meal, I mixed everything together. Yes, it was weird. Yes, it was oh-so-good.

Afternoon snack at 4 p.m.

Snack 10.20.14Cottage cheese, topped with a chopped-up gala apple and some raw cashew, raisin and almond trail mix.

In the spirit of mixing foods, I ate a parfait. And I had to make sure I ate this hearty snack right around 4 p.m., so I had enough time to fully digest it before teaching a one-hour Les Mills BODYATTACK class that night. This mixture is one of my go-to snacks, which is an incredibly delicious concoction and is also on the weird side.

Hydration for during and after class at 5:30 p.m.

Drinks 10.20.14From left to right: water, a vanilla protein shake and of course, coconut water.

I can’t really get through an hour of teaching BODYATTACK with plain water. I always bring along coconut water for some extra electrolytes, and I always look forward to chugging my protein shake after class. All of these bottles get stuffed into my heavy backpack for the walk to the gym. And you can bet that same backpack is light as a feather on the walk home.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Dinner 10.20.14Baked mahi mahi, covered in peach salsa, on a bed of brown rice with black beans on the side.

My main man, Dave, did the cooking on Monday night while I used the foam roller  and responded to blog emails. This is a meal we’ve had many times before, which is so tasty, easy and healthy. Check out the details on how to make it in this recipe post: an easy fish dish. Oh, and he was in charge of styling the plate knowing that I would probably take a photo. How did he do?

After we finished up eating, and because I’m super classy, I also took a few swigs of cold almond milk straight from the carton before doing the dishes. He cooks, I clean, and vice versa. That was it. We watched the last episode of Weeds from season three (our current Netflix series obsession), and went to bed just after 10 p.m.

Alright friends, I’ll be checking back in later with some more fun posts. Hope you have a great Wednesday!

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Did you like this “What I Ate Wednesday,” post? Then let’s stay in touch. If you want to keep an eye out for future posts, just follow me on Bloglovin’InstagramFacebook and Twitter. And for some other daily eating recaps:

  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?
  14. A look at a full day of eating in pictures
  15. Snapshots from a day of delicious meals
  16. Pictures of food, because you like them
  17. Food pictures and the juice cleanse that wasn’t

Questions of the day

Do you eat differently on the weekends and weekdays? Who does the dishes in your house? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

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  1. When I’m working, I eat totally different on the weekdays vs weekends. Weekdays I was really regimented and snacky, plus I had to have things that I could pre-make and eat at work. Nowwww I can make things every morning/afternoon for breakfast/lunch on the stove, which is much better. But then also I have unlimited snacks, which is bad.

    I’m going to have to e-mail you for some SF gym recommendations!

  2. I really enjoyed this post. It is refreshing to see what someone actually eats in a day compared to the crazy stuff I post like when I vacation because that isn’t truly what I would normally eat. That cottage cheese is definitely my favorite thing that you ate. It looks so beautiful

  3. I’m ALL ABOUT eggs and sweet potatoes soooo lunch looks like a win to me 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about the TRX event — I still need to check that place out, I’m excited to go soon with my ClassPass!

    1. Hi Katie, I’ve been teaching BODYATTACK for more than a year, and it was the hardest training and is definitely the hardest to learn and teach. I LOVE teaching it, but it takes a lot more out of me than BODYPUMP, that’s for sure. It’s totally worth the struggle though, because I feel amazing when it’s done, as does the class. I can tell you more if you are really considering it, and I have a few posts about BA training on my Fitness page. Have a great day!

  4. Overnight oats are the best (and easiest) breakfast in the world! Looks like a yummy and healthy day of food 🙂

    I can completely relate to how you want to eat healthy again after an indulgent weekend! I visited my boyfriend a few weekends ago in Salt Lake City and we were both a little silly food-wise. Feels great to be eating healthy foods again 🙂 The best thing I have been eating lately is warm brown rice and chicken salad with sun-dried tomato and herb goat cheese. Simple but very satisfying and delicious!

    1. Hi Alice! Wow, that sounds like a fancy meal. Indulgent eating is fun, but I’m always happy to jump back on the healthy train on Mondays. 🙂 Have a great Wednesday!

  5. Love fish – so easy. 🙂 And your toppings game is on point on that cottage cheese! 🙂 Do you choose a low sodium kind? I find that the sodium in cottage cheese makes me crazy thirsty. And yes, I definitely do a bit better during the week than on the weekends. Such is life, huh? 🙂

  6. Hi Ashley just stopping in and saying hi through Jenn’s WIAW link up. Anytime I find a blogger in San Francisco I get super excited as the Bay Area is my original home (I live in Colorado now). I’ll definitely have to look you up on Instagram to get a regular feed on SF!

  7. That cottage cheese looks amazing. I love cottage cheese for how filling it is, but you take it ot the next level with those toppings. Man.

    My weekends are heavier, but less total meals (1-2 big ones). And my weekdays are lighter with more total meals (4-6 small ones). It’s a great balance for me. It lets me feel indulgent over the weekend, and keeps me going during the workday.

    Good luck with the audition!

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