Because we all like to look at pictures of food

Hello, people! On this fine Wednesday, I’m coming at you with some food chatter. I hope your week is moving along nicely. There’s really not much to report over here in my world — just teaching group fitness classes, working, blogging and making sure I always have my keys with me when I take my little puppy for a walk (after our unfortunate lock-out incident last week). Without further ado, let’s get right to it …

This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap

Every single Wednesday is a chance to see one full-day of my real meals in pictures. What I eat works for me, and it’s not the cleanest diet in all the land, but I’m always sure to dine on colorful food and plenty of nutrients. I sure do love to talk about food, so these posts continue to be a regular feature on the blog. 

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes

Today, I’m sharing everything I ate on Monday of this week. Coming off of a couple of weekend trips in-a-row to San Diego and Monterey, which included more than their fair share of indulgences, I’ve found that I’m just not as hungry on Mondays. On this particular day, I worked, taught at Orangetheory, worked some more and taught BODYATTACK in the evening, which also served as my workout. Here’s how it looked in food …

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

What I Ate Wednesday - breakfast via A Lady Goes WestPretty standard stuff here. Cottage cheese with a sliced-up banana, topped with cinnamon in a big wooden bowl. I paired that with some green juice and hot green tea sweetened with stevia and soy milk. Not into cottage cheese? You’re missing out!

Lunch at Noon

What I Ate Wednesday - lunch via A Lady Goes WestLiquid lunch? Here’s looking at a second mug of hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and soy milk alongside a hearty smoothie bowl. This smoothie is a power-house containing frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, frozen banana chunks, veggie powder, two scoops of plant-based protein powder and some soy milk, all blended up with ice. Perfection.

Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.

What I Ate Wednesday - snack via A Lady Goes WestOkay, these little packets of Wild Friends nut butter? Totally tasty. I squeezed the nut butter onto the apple pieces for one enjoyable afternoon snack. And yes, I have an apple slicer to assist me in cutting these even-sized slices.

Pre-workout drink at 5:45 p.m.

What I Ate Wednesday - pre-workout via A Lady Goes WestI’m all about the Healthy Skoop products these days, as I work my way through a care package sent to me by the company after chatting with them at IDEA World Fitness Convention. I had this natural beet energy drink before my workout for a little extra ooomph, and it’s very tasty. If you want to try out Healthy Skoop products, today is your last day to enter my giveaway for a big prize package, so get to it!

Post-workout protein at 7:45 p.m.

What I Ate Wednesday - post-workout protein via A Lady Goes WestAfter I got home from teaching a sweaty one-hour BODYATTACK class, (which I was nearly late to because I struggled to find parking outside my busy gym), I dug into this Les Mills Good Protein shake. It was slightly chilled from being frozen a few hours before, and it made me very happy.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

What I Ate Wednesday - grilled turkey burger dinner via A Lady Goes WestIf you saw my “meal plan” on Monday, then you know that Dave and I had planned a few simple meals for the days of the week that we would be home eating dinner together. Monday called for grilled turkey burgers and mixed kale salad, which is a staple meal around here. This grilled turkey burger is topped with a sliced tomato, avocado and salsa and thrown on top of a toasted whole wheat thin bun. And yes, you also see a little fluff below the plate, because Rudy the pup has to investigate everything that I do.

As usual, I ended my day of eating with a few chugs straight from the vanilla soy milk carton and closed up shop in the kitchen. From there, I joined Dave and little Rudy on the couch to get back to our current Netflix show-of-choice, Orange is the New Black, Season 3.

That’s it for my food for one standard weekday. It was a light one in the eats department, but certainly a good one. I hope you have some tasty and healthy meals today as well, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a Les Mills group fitness class review.

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:

  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
  18. A look at what I really eat in a day
  19. What I ate in the Sunshine State
  20. My weekend eats and a little narrative
  21. Stories about food and yesterday’s meals
  22. A day of eating and some commentary
  23. Do you want to know what I ate yesterday?
  24. Healthy challenges and foods from my day
  25. Eating, napping and eating again
  26. Filling up on healthy food before the holiday
  27. A perfect birthday at home and my eats
  28. Top blog posts, reader stats and my food
  29. A different kind of training and my food
  30. Joining a healthy green movement and my eats
  31. Must-try veggie pasta tip and my eats
  32. Are you eating this sweet and satisfying fruit?
  33. What a difference a week makes and my eats
  34. On Wednesdays we look at pictures of food
  35. Food, drinks and a very hydrating giveaway
  36. Front-loading all the healthy this week
  37. MealEnders giveaway and back to healthy food
  38. Eating, drinking and sharing the pictures
  39. I don’t like bad people, I do like good food
  40. Smart training nutrition tips and my meals
  41. “What I Ate Wednesday” and a Phenoh 7.4 review
  42. What my daily meals look like in pictures
  43. Food pictures from a light and healthy day
  44. Life lately and a look at all of my meals
  45. What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
  46. A bit of chatter and “What I Ate Wednesday”
  47. How you eat beets and a look at a day of food
  48. What I ate yesterday in the Sunshine State
  49. A full day of lazy eating from the weekend
  50. Every thing I ate yesterday in pictures
  51. BlogFest 2015 and “What I Ate Wednesday”
  52. Why I refuel after a workout and my daily eats
  53. Random life updates and a look at my food
  54. Travel plans and everything I ate yesterday
  55. My daily eats and heading off on an adventure
  56. All of my meals from a healthy weekday
  57. Just a little chatting and some food pictures
  58. Plenty of colorful food on a healthy weekday

Questions of the day

What shows are you watching on TV right now?

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

What’s something good going on in your week?

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  1. Always love the WIAW posts! And that mixed kale salad looks super delish. Is that a pre-mixed bag that you buy?

    Happy Wednesday!

    1. Hi Courtney! Yes, ma’am. I always buy the pre-mixed bags and use all the things they include – sometimes adding more dressings. They are, of course, in the salad section at the Safeway where I shop. Good stuff!

    1. I had a lump crab salad this past weekend in Monterey at the Pebble Beach restaurant actually. And I’m looking forward to sushi this weekend too. Wow. Weird. hehehhe! 🙂

    1. Hi Megan! This mixed kale salad is a pre-made store-bought version. Kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, dressing, cheese and little croutons. You have to massage it first and let it sit. So good!

  2. Someone tried to tell me that they thought I should post less about food on my blog. The resound comments about how much everyone loved the food pics from Monday prove that I’m apparently doing something right!

  3. I’m loving the cottage cheese! And, after being lectured on how great it is for you at the IDEA session, I’m all about it again. Your smoothie bowls are always so green! I hate to admit it, but I’m completely addicted to re-watching all of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. I’m already onto season 7! It’s pretty much on any time Scott isn’t home and I want to watch something. Whoops. 😉

    1. Hi Heather! Cottage cheese can do no wrong in my book. I can eat it so many ways, so I’m glad you’re doing it now too. Totally funny you’re going back to Grey’s. I loved that show in college! Hope you have a good day friend, in light of all that’s going on!

    1. Hi Stacie! For sure, mine is actually a grilled turkey burger, but you know — same thing? hahaha! I like grilled veggie burgers too! Especially the Dr. Praeger’s kind. Happy WIAW!

  4. So many good eats! I absolutely love Wild Friends! I think I need an apple slicer in my life 🙂 The best thing I’ve eaten lately is a really juicy peach. I’ve had one with lunch every day this week and I even have one waiting for my in my lunch bag – I can’t wait to eat it!

  5. I love the wild friends nut butter- especially the sunflower ones! I think sunflower butter is pretty underrated. It’s not very good plain, but if it is infused with different flavors and some sweetness, it is amazing!

    1. I actually love the taste of sunbutter even plain. It’s a weird taste though, as long as you go in knowing it’s not peanut butter heheh! 🙂 Happy Wednesday, Niki!

    1. Hi Aleah! My mixed salad is store-bought from Safeway. Totally tasty! And always put those smoothies in a bowl and keep them thick. Way more satisfying! 🙂 Happy Wednesday, lady!

  6. My sister made a salad earlier in the week with butter lettuce, tomato’s, sliced corn from the cob, bacon, red onion and cucumber’s fresh from the garden.

    I am getting a massage tonight~~YIPPEE for me!!

    1. Hi Susan! Yippee is right. Totally jealous of your massage! And your sister sounds like a nice gal, seeing as she made you a good salad! Have a great day! 🙂

  7. That breakfast bowl intrigues me – both the dishware and its contents. I’m currently going through a cottage cheese phase so it looks good to me. However, I’m used to eating oatmeal for breakfast so worry cottage cheese wouldn’t keep me full for as long. How much do you use and full-fat or low-fat?

    1. Hi there! Yes, cottage cheese will keep you full for a while, especially when paired with fruit and other things. I use the 2% milk cottage cheese (which is low fat, not non-fat) and usually eat about 1.5 cups at a time, which works out to be just under 300 calories and 24 grams of protein — that does NOT include all the other stuff I typically add, that’s just the cottage cheese. I usually add nuts with it, but I didn’t on this particular day. Overall, cottage cheese can work for breakfast. I would say it keeps me about as full as my overnight oat creations.

  8. You know I’ve been digging the cottage cheese lately, but I have a harder time liking it paired with fruit or sweet things. I prefer it more as a salty snack for whatever reason!

    We just finished watching Blacklist on Netflix. I’m not sure how I felt about it at first, but I got really into it and now I’m sad we finished it!

    1. Hi Ash! I tend to like my cottage cheese on the sweet side, but have done some salty creations as well. 🙂 I’ve never heard of Blacklist, but I know what you mean about being sad when a show is over!

  9. I love your Wednesday eats posts. You eat “normal.” So many bloggers are so calorie and fat obsessed that I think their meals show a bad portrait to young impressionable women. You eat real food, normal portions and some treats or snacks. A good balance is what it really means to eat healthy. Good work!

    1. Hi Mo! Well thanks for saying that, I really appreciate it. I am definitely an eater, and what you see once a week in these posts, is my healthiest lightest day. I love veggies, but I also love cream cheese icing hehehe. Glad you notice that! Hope all is well with you. Three cheers for balanced living!

  10. The kale salad does look good. I used to not like Kale Salad until I learned that you had to massage it first. It was a lightbulb moment. And I liked it after that discovery.

    1. Hi Emily! I know, it’s strange that you have to do the massaging, but it changes the game for the taste of the salad. Glad you discovered it and can now enjoy kale!

  11. Yum the last meal looks delicious 🙂 My husband and I just caught up with Scandal which is my favorite show! I am really into How to get away with murder too! Thanks for sharing your delicious meals xo C

    1. Hi Courtney! Thanks! Credit for the grilled burgers goes to my hubby. And I’ve heard so many good things about Scandal, but haven’t watched it yet. Thanks for the tip! 🙂

  12. Okay, what is it with the parking at 24 hr fitness?! It is almost always full at every location I’ve been to. Well, except for Moraga. It’s like they didn’t buy enough land for parking or something.

    I still have to see Orange is the New Black but I’ve heard it’s great! I’ve been loving Million Dollar Listing San Francisco. Have you seen it? I always think of you when I watch it, haha. Justin’s my fave. 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, the parking is bad at many of the 24 Hour locations, because so many people go there. And as far as Million Dollar Listing, OF COURSE, we are watching it. They show so many corners where I would walk and even where I lived. I love to hear them talk about it. I like Roh the best — even though he lives in Hayward hahah! 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! Well, as you see in this post, this is showing my lightest day of eating of the week — for some reason I typically take photos on Mondays, always coming off of the weekend and am a little less hungry. However, many days have a couple more snacks involved and weekends are quite different. My food is all really calorie dense, so it’s more than my fair share. 🙂 Certainly not going hungry over here! And YAY for Skoop. I’m having some right now!

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