Eating, drinking and sharing the pictures

Hello, hello. Happy Hump Day. Okay, that’s not really a phrase I’ve used much before, and I don’t know that I like it. However, it’s true that we have reached mid-week, so we’ll go with it for now.

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, I wore some green socks to teach BODYPUMP, enjoyed a green smoothie for lunch and Dave and I had turkey burgers with green veggies for dinner, finishing our night by watching House of Cards and going to bed at a reasonable hour. Not exactly the crazy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of our youth, but just what we needed.

In addition to that, I booked airline tickets for us to go to Florida over Memorial Day in May. Not only will we celebrate our third wedding anniversary while we are there, but we will also be attending (and I will be a bridesmaid) in my good friend Melissa’s wedding in my hometown in Southwest Florida. I cringed a bit as I pressed “submit” on the payment button, because we sure make it a habit of flying across the country during peak-travel times (like nearly every holiday, of course!). Nonetheless, I know every second of it will be worth it, and now I’m officially counting down the days … 65 to go!

I really do enjoy traveling and hope to plan and book another trip this year, but nothing is on the calendar quite yet. We’ll see. Now, let’s get to the topic you showed up for — food!

What I Ate Wednesday

Today, I’m recapping all of my eats from Sunday. I almost always share my food and drinks from Mondays or Tuesdays each week, and that’s not only because those are healthy, structured eating days that seem worthy of sharing, but also because those days fall right before “What I Ate Wednesday” is due to go live. 

However, because I want to show a little variety, this recap is from a weekend day, which looks a bit different for me. It’s not bad, but it’s not exactly clean and whole. See what you think …

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes West

And this was also a rest day, as my Sundays usually are, so no need for protein shakes or pre-activity fuel. Just a bunch of lazy eats, some of which were consumed at home, and some of which were consumed at a mediocre restaurant.

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast on SundayAnother Greek yogurt power bowl. Plain Greek yogurt mixed with banana-flavored Greek yogurt, a sliced-up banana, various nuts and seeds. Served with a glass of prune juice and green tea, sweetened with stevia and almond milk.

Mid-morning snack at 11:30 a.m.

Snack on SundayMy favorite Coco Libre coconut water and a little nibbly snack bar, which I brought back from my trip to the Keys the weekend before. I hadn’t had one of those cereal bars in forever and forgot how tasty they are. 

Lunch at 2 p.m.

Lunch on SundayA sub-par restaurant salad from Katy’s Kreek in downtown Walnut Creek. It wasn’t quite what I ordered either. This salad consisted of grilled prawns, crab, blue cheese crumbles, bacon bits, tomatoes and avocado with some spring mix greens and balsamic dressing. I was supposed to have a hard-boiled egg and more veggies on there, but because Dave and I waited so long for our meal, I didn’t bother saying anything about the mistake. I ate it all, but wasn’t pleased.

Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.

Trail mix for a snackI cannot stop eating trail mix. No I didn’t stop at this one bowl, in fact, after I finished this bowl, I just ate it out of the package after taking a nice little photo of this single serving. Whole cashews, raw almonds, dried plums and some other good stuff underneath … slightly addicting. Plenty of healthy fats though.

Adult beverage at 7 p.m.

Wine on SundayWords can’t describe the deliciousness of this Gehricke Pinot Noir. Dave was gifted this bottle, and we certainly enjoyed it as a nice pre-dinner delight. We still have a lot of good wine leftover from our housewarming, and it’s nice to have a stocked bar.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Dinner on SundayTo go along with our fancy wine, we had a cheap dinner. This meal consisted of some flatbread oven pizza, which once again much like my lunch, was just mediocre. It’s a California Pizza Kitchen pie, featuring spinach and artichoke. We had that along with some spinach, apple and pecan salad. Dave and I had been deciding on whether to have burgers on the grill or this meal, and we were disappointed with our final choice.

Dessert at 9 p.m.

Sunday dessertA little dessert to end the night, of course. Shown above is a few scoops of Arctic Zero‘s new chunk pints line, featuring Cool Mint Chip and A Lil’ Bit Chippy. Arctic Zero just sent me a little care package featuring these “healthy” new goodies, and I love them. Over the course of this past weekend I successfully finished off a few pints. Good stuff.

And there you have it! A day of eating with just enough junk to satisfy. While not all my meals were delicious, they were diverse, which is a good way to go for a balanced diet on the 80/20 plan.

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! See you tomorrow!

By the way, congrats to Eva, who was the winner of the MealEnders giveaway. She has been emailed and was excited to win! Thanks, Eva!

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

Questions of the day

Did you do anything to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? What’s your all-time favorite food? Do you have a favorite oven pizza brand?

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  1. Your lunch looks delicious but I’d have felt as frustrated as you…even more so after having to wait ages! I definitely got the green memo for St. Patrick’s Day- mine involved a green smoothie, kale chips, avocado toast & zucchini noodles :)! Have a great Wednesday, Ashley!

  2. As an ice cream addict, I’ve been dying to try Arctic Zero. Good to know you enjoy it! I’ll have to pick up a pint or two this weekend. Happy Wednesday to you Ashley!

    1. Hi Courtney! Well, I would highly suggest getting the chunky version, which has more calories and more to love. It goes quickly, so get more than one pint! 🙂 Happy Wednesday, friend!

    1. Hi Laura! I rarely send anything back at a restaurant, and certainly not when I’m starving hehehe. Yes, this was some delicious wine from The Other Guys wine brand family. Check it out! 🙂

  3. CPK may make cheap pizza, but it is one of our favorites-their white pizza especially! And who doesn’t love a pinot noir! We have a couple of restaurants that we have just give up on now because they have gotten things wrong too many times, regardless of how good the food it. Tis a sad state of affairs, really!

    1. Hi Susie! I guess I just expect better service!! And I haven’t had a good CPK in a while, but used to like them. I fear San Francisco eating has changed my tastebuds and made me a food snob:( hehehe Happy Wednesday!!

  4. Looks like a great day of eating! Pinot Noir is one of my favorite types of wine, so I might have to check that one out if I can find it! I love planning vacations and also seem to travel at bad times. One year I went to Europe around Thanksgiving and flew into New York on the day and got to see the parade, which was fun! Really busy and crowded though 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! A European vacation would be nice for sure, but I think we’ll aim smaller for now. So cool you got to see the parade in person! And yes, this was an excellent Pinot Noir from The Other Guys brand. Hope you have a Happy Wednesday!! 🙂

  5. I love the California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas… the crust is awesome. We have a CPK restaurant here in Nashville (liiiike 5 minutes from my house) and somehow I haven’t been yet?? Crazy. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Karina! I haven’t eaten at a CPK in a long time, although there are plenty around me. But I do buy the frozen pizzas from time-to-time and they are hit or miss. I think the restaurant is better, so you should go soon! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  6. I have been on a greek yogurt kick lately too! I don’t know what is, maybe spring coming and warmer temps, but man that stuff is just too good to pass up sometimes!

  7. You have the best meals Ashley! Everything is super clean but not boring. Mine get boring – I prep on Sunday and have to deal with what I get at work all week!! Plus, the big tub of oatmeal and protein powder at my desk 😛 Do you find that sweet potatoes haven’t been super tasty lately? I find the ones with the yellow insides to be super yummy and I can’t find them anywhere!

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    1. Hi Jill, As a sweet potato lover, I haven’t bought them in a couple weeks. I was definitely noticing they weren’t as tasty. Weird. I like the orange-on-the-inside the best. And yes, meal prepping is good- but sadly it does get old. Hope you have a great Wednesday!

    1. Hi Ash! It’s okay, not all meals can be great. And the new Arctic Zero has more chunks and more calories, making it even more delicious! I like them a lot! Happy Wednesday!

  8. How are you liking the new season of House of Cards? I just finished it and… well, I won’t say anything since you’re still watching lol But I feel like I liked last season better! (Even though I love that Claire’s more front and center!)

    1. Hi Jessica! We are about half-way through, and I was just saying to my husband last night, I don’t love it like I used to. But I will stay with it, because I know the twists and turns will pull me back in. I’ll let you know when I finish! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

    1. Hi Lauren! Definitely get the chunky kind, as it has more calories and more decadence. It’s not ice cream, but a healthier version, so know that you’re NOT eating something super bad. I like the Mint Chocolate flavor the best. Good stuff!! Hope you are doing well, Bay Area friend!! 🙂

    1. Hi Meghan, That’s the way to do it. We’ve got to keep it interesting. Thanks for hosting the WIAW party today! Have a great Wednesday! 🙂

    1. Hi Sam! Thanks! It’s only pretty on picture-day for foods of course! hehehe but yes, it’s a good way to throw a bunch of healthy items into one meal. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

    1. HI Alyssa! Happy Thursday! Yes, the new line from Arctic Zero is double the calories, with extra chunks and taste. I’m a fan! 🙂 Hope you have a great night!

    1. Thanks, Krissy! I would rather make something crappy at home for sure. heheh And yes, I love to snoop on other’s food too! Hope you have a great weekend!

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