Eating all of the good stuff on repeat
So let’s be honest, do you ever find yourself eating the same thing over and over again? I do. I definitely do. Over about a year-and-a-half of sharing these weekly “What I Ate Wednesday” posts, I’ve gone through stages of having some of the same meals for several weeks straight, then switching it up and doing it all over again with a different meal.
For instance, while working at Equinox as a trainer, I always brought a little tub of cottage cheese with blueberries and almonds for a morning snack and a salad with tuna for lunch, so that’s pretty much what you saw during that era in each report. And just a few months ago, when we first moved to the East Bay, and I began my new schedule of having lunch at home, you’d see a smoothie for my mid-day meal every day and some form of trail mix for nearly every snack. While I’m not sick of these foods, I just like to cycle in and cycle out. Right now, I’m most definitely in a particular cycle, and you’re just about to see what it is …
This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap
Every Wednesday is a great chance to look at pictures of real food and healthy meals, because it’s a way to break up the work-week with something light on the words and heavy on the color. Here we go …
Today, I’m sharing everything that I ate yesterday, which was a Tuesday in which I worked at Orangetheory Fitness in the morning, worked on writing assignments on the computer most of the day at home and didn’t work out at all, outside of a little at-home yoga.
Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
Ever since I got a big delivery of protein goodies from Vitamin Shoppe a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been on a protein-pancake kick. While I’ve made my own 5-minute protein pancakes before, it’s just as easy to cook up a big pancake first thing in the morning with a pre-made mix from a bag. This chocolate “mancake” has more than 20 grams of protein and is topped with a banana and some honey. I enjoyed it alongside a mug of hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and vanilla almond milk. This breakfast kept me super full for several hours.
Lunch at 1 p.m.
Meal-on-repeat alert! This lunch is just not ever going to get old. I baked a huge purple Japanese sweet potato in the microwave, cooked up two runny eggs and served it with a full ripe avocado. This meal has protein, carbs, healthy fats and tastes amazing. If you haven’t put a mixture like this together before, I think you need to give it a try. Trust me.
Afternoon snack at 5:30 p.m.
The afternoon called for some decaf green tea sweetened with stevia and vanilla almond milk, served alongside a new-to-me vegan Perfect Bar, which I’ll be sure to tell you more about later this week. I downed this lovely and nutritious snack just before taking Rudy on a little walk along the trail near our house.
Dinner at 8:30 p.m.
A grilled turkey burger, served with a grilled orange pepper, a sliced tomato, some avocado, and a whole bunch of roasted broccoli and cauliflower, coated in coconut oil. Hello, delicious. Meal-on-repeat alert once again. We eat this for dinner once-a-week.
Dessert at 9 p.m.
A typical week-night sweet bite for me, you’re looking at a mug of vanilla almond milk and two almond-covered date rolls. Just what I needed to end a good day of eating. You could call this another meal-on-repeat, because it sure seems to make a frequent appearance.
That was it for all of my eats! Have a lovely day, my friends!
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Questions of the day
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I am intrigued by those purple Japanese sweet potatoes! I love regular ol’ sweet potatoes so I might need to search for these! I eat an almond butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat bread for breakfast Monday through Friday. Nut butter tastes like dessert to me so I can’t get enough of it! I also have eggs and roasted greens beans or summer squash/zucchini for quick and healthy weeknight dinners quite often.
Hi Reid! I like your choices of meals! I call the almond butter/banana sandwich a “PBB” and I like to toast the bread. Yummy!! If you like what you like, why switch? 🙂 Happy eating to you!
It’s easy to get into eating the same things on repeat, but I actually think that pattern helps you stay on track. At least,m for me it does.
Hi Megan! Yes, I guess it does – because you can be very regimented. With me, I just like what I like. 🙂 heheh! Happy WIAW to you!
I am such a creature of habit, but luckily I look forward to my habits! I have been having the same ish split breakfasts for over a year now (since I started my desk job) and before that it was egg white oats, every day!
“I look forward to my habits” is AWESOME! Me too, Susie! 🙂
It’s so funny that you can eat the same thing on repeat, because I’m the complete opposite. I get so tired of food if I eat it over and over again, so I hardly ever repeat anything! Even my breakfast is always changing. I have a board on Pinterest of foods that I’ve tried and loved, but I never end up going back to those meals. Sometimes I wish I would, but I just love experimenting too much!
Hi Gretchen! I guess that is good because it makes you try new things and be creative. My husband would like that!! heheh! 🙂
I am the same exact way! I have been on a protein waffle kick, and rice cakes and peanut butter almost always make an appearance in my day !
Those are yummy foods, Hilary, so I see why you’d be wanting to eat them often! 🙂
I’m totally guilty of eating things on repeat too! Creature of habit I guess 😉 I still need to give your baked potato/egg/avocado combo a try, everytime you post it it always looks so good!!
YES YOU DO! You can mix it all together in a bowl if you want. So good! Happy Wednesday, lady! 🙂
I used to be pretty adamant about switching up my eats regularly, but these days I just can’t be bothered. I eat at lot of the same things on a daily basis, and only switch things out if I’m feeling bored of craving something different. But I mean… if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it And I seriously need to find myself a Japanese sweet potato… I’m intrigued!
YES! I got obsessed with Japanese sweet potatoes when in Maui over the summer. They have a different texture and taste, which I LOVE! Happy WIAW to you, Amanda! 🙂
Looks like a yummy day of eats to me. I’m the same way especially about breakfast. Our most repeated dinner meals have been veggie heavy bolognese from the Fitnessista (http://fitnessista.com/2015/07/how-do-you-get-your-kids-to-eat-vegetables/) and Salmon with lots veggies on the side.
Ahhh yes, Jessie. That sounds delish! Gina has some good ones! Happy Wednesday, my friend. 🙂
I do a lot of meals on repeat. I feel like once I get into a grove or something is on sale and I buy a lot its the same meal at the same time every day! Smoothies in the summer and lots of eggs in the winter. We do the same at dinner time too – I feel like sometimes I am making the same 5 things every week just on a different day!
Hi Torry! Thanks for saying hi! I’m with you on that — we have a dinner “rotation” which has been the same for a few months too. LOTS of eggs all the time for me!! 🙂 Happy WIAW to you!
Yes! I am such a creature of habit too! That’s why I love your posts like this – to give me fresh ideas for my own meal planning! Thank you! 🙂
Hi Rachel! Ohh thanks! And there’s nothing wrong with being a creature of habit. Especially if you have some god habits. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, lady. Thanks for saying hi! 🙂
Those runny eggs… I just ate breakfast but after seeing that picture, I am now aching for my second breakfast.
Runny eggs are the best! But believe it or not, I only crave them at lunch or dinner — not at breakfast. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, Julia!
Love turkey burgers. We eat those probably once a week around here too! I eat a lot of sandwiches/wraps for lunch. This makes me want eggs and sweet potatoes!
Do you buy pre-made turkey burgers? We do! Bubba Burgers to be exact. 🙂
All those sunny side up eggs are SMILING at me! 😉
They smile at me too, on a daily basis. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, GiGi!
I just recently bought some protein pancake mix. Need to give it a try. Yours looks delicious. Have a great day!
Hi Fran! Thanks! Protein pancakes are quite the filling breakfast. 🙂 Hope you enjoy yours too!
Loving your lunch- looks incredible!!!
Thanks, Jen! Happy Wednesday, lady! 🙂
Those meals look great. I find myself eating the same thing over and over as well than not eating it for awhile. This week has had more downs than ups so far but working hard to change that around.
Hi Sheena! I hope the second half of your week is on the UP! 🙂 Happy Wednesday, lady.
Well even if you get stuck in a rut, at least it’s a well balanced one! 🙂
We have a few go-to meals every week too. Salad + pizza is always on the menu and usually we eat Quorn chicken cutlets (they’re made from egg whites and some kind of mushroom fungus, lol) with veggies and potatoes. It makes life so much easier to have a few standbys!
I am very interested in this Quorn you speak of … 🙂 Yummy! And YES to having easy stand-bys. Happy WIAW, Sarah! See you soon! 🙂
That lunch though… how could you not!?! I’m always out or on the go so I tend to have to make something cold for lunch, but if I am home, I make this same meal probably 90% of the time. With regular sweet potato though. I’ll have to give the japanese spud a shot. Other than that, banana and peanut butter and chocolate in some form or another are almost always a daily occurance.
YES, I always have a banana too, Lilly. And I didn’t start eating and egg-filled lunch until I had the chance to be home mid-day, so I know it’s tougher when you’re on-the-go. Happy WIAW to you, lady! 🙂
I’m pumped to hear about the Perfect bars! Anything with coconut is my jam.
Yes ma’am! Coming soon. Thanks for saying hi! ?
What does the purple Japanese sweet potato taste like? I’ve never seen them before.
It’s firm. Better sweetness and a nutty taste. Try one!! ?
I will often eat the same thing, except when I am recipe creating and then I might have a few days of adventure haha. I am still yet to try your avo, sweet potato and egg combo but I have started baking sweet potato thanks to your inspiration 🙂
You need to try it, lady! ?
Ashley, I love that you are just like many of us eating what we like, my runny eggs and one piece toast is my regular am meal. As a,severe hypoglycemia patient I must have the name of that protein pancake mix please. Protein is my life and i never get enough!!! Thanks !!!have a great day.
Hi Lexie — Here is a 5-minute protein pancake I made, but in this picture, I’m using Mancakes. I also like About Time. Give them a try!
Looks yummy as ever! Where do you get the almond covered dates? Did you make them or buy them?
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Hi Chloe! We buy them pre-made at Safeway or Whole Foods. 🙂 Find them in the produce section.