Eating, napping and eating again

I don’t think I’ve ever referred to Wednesday as “hump day.” Do you guys use that term? Yes, it’s technically the middle of the week, but I’m just not a fan. But you know what I am a fan of? Food. Yes, I love food. I spend a lot of time eating food and thinking about food. That’s why I’m so glad you guys like to stop by every Wednesday to see what I’ve been munching on.

Everything I ate on a lazy weekend day

Today, I’m branching out a bit and showing you my eats from Sunday, a day in which I didn’t work out and didn’t eat many of my regular meals at all. It was a rest day and also one of the only days of the week in which I wasn’t teaching any group fitness classes. Because, Dave and I attended a holiday party on Saturday night, where the wine and appetizers were flowing, I kept my Sunday eating a little bit on the lighter side, somewhat unintentionally as the gap between meals was unplanned. I’m not big into candy (although I have a huge sweet tooth), but for some reason on Saturday night, peanut M&Ms were my best friend, and I finished off a bowl of them in-between chatting. It happens. I made up for it with some extra veggies in the form of juices on Sunday. Here’s what the whole day of eating looked like, with a little bit of fun information about my life tucked in …

Breakfast at 9 a.m.

Breakfast on 12.7A steaming mug of green tea, Green Supreme cold-pressed juice by Organic-Overload and warm vanilla protein oats with a banana.

Wow late breakfast! That’s because we stayed out later than normal on Saturday night while attending the friend’s Christmas party I referenced above. And even though I had been up for a while before eating this breakfast, Dave was still sleeping, so I couldn’t bang around in the kitchen. City-living problems of course. This may look like my regular bowl of overnight oats, but don’t be confused. This is a hot breakfast. I combined oats, almond milk and vanilla protein powder and microwaved it for about three minutes, stirring a few times. Then I topped it off with a banana. It was a nice change of pace for my first meal of the day, which is usually a big, cold bowl of prepared oats from the fridge. On the side, I had both a hot and a cold green beverage, filling me with all the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that I needed to jump-start the day.

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

Juice 12.7Just a little Tropical Paradise cold-pressed juice by Organic-Overload, which was quite tasty.

That’s all she wrote for snack time. Because Dave and I were heading out to lunch, he discouraged me from having a meal-sized snack, which I’m often guilty of. So instead, I had this fruit and veggie juice (consisting of carrot, romaine, orange and apple), to hold me over until our next meal, which was supposed to be happening very soon. You may notice that this juice is the same kind that I enjoyed at breakfast. The founder of Organic-Overload reached out to me last week and dropped off a bundle-pack of the company’s cold-pressed and raw juices for me to try. Of the three I drank, the Overload Special was by far my favorite (not shown, because I drank it on Monday), and that one consisted of spinach, celery, cucumber, apple and pear, which makes a great flavor combination. If you’re a Bay Area reader and want some healthy juice delivered, check out Organic-Overload. It’s a brand new company just getting off the ground as of last month, which you can see by the temporary hand-written labels. As always, I support and appreciate any health-focused Bay Area start-up like this, and I wish them luck!

Lunch at 2:30 p.m.

Lunch 12.7A heap of pulled-pork on a bed of mixed greens, purple onions, tomatoes, chickpeas and balsamic dressing. A killer spread.

Do you see the gap in time between my not-exactly-a-snack and when we ate lunch? We drove out to the ‘burbs, it took a while to find a place, and then we had some atrocious and strange customer service at a spot in an Alameda shopping center called Best Lil’ Porkhouse. It was a big and well-decorated restaurant that smelled great, but the service was not so good. You know what was good? That salad. I mean delicious. I don’t eat pork all that often, but they were out of chicken (yeah, I know?) so I had to have the pulled pork. I finished every bite, and there was a lot of meat on there. So yummy to switch things up for lunch. But I don’t think we’ll be going back there any time soon due to the fact that our waiter was awful and very, very slow. It put a damper on our afternoon and we actually scratched our plans to start Christmas shopping after that. Let’s just say I got hangry and tired. Although the nice lunch revived me, we knew that the shopping ship had sailed.

Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Dinner 12.7A salmon and avocado rainbow roll made with brown rice and some seaweed and kale salad.

Another big gap in there with no snack? Well, that’s because I spent almost an hour-and-a-half of that time napping after we got home. I rarely nap, but I really needed it I guess. I was in a deep sleep on the couch, while Dave watched TV, and it felt good. We had already discussed dinner earlier in the day, and I won the battle. Thus we had picked up Whole Foods sushi right after lunch, and it was awaiting us in the fridge. True story: We ate sushi for dinner every night this past weekend, because I really craved it. Dave went along with it out of convenience, but said we can’t have it this weekend. I don’t know about that. Whole Foods sushi is my favorite, and this was soooo yummy. I had quite a bit of the kale and seaweed salad left over (it comes in a big plastic tub, and that’s just half of it on my plate up there) and added it to my lunch on Monday too. Strange, but delicious. Oh and can you see that we ate nearly an hour earlier than usual? That’s a win in my book.

After dinner, I took my customary chugs of almond milk straight from the carton, and we watched some Weeds on Netflix to finish off the night. It was not my normal day of eats, certainly much less than usual, but it included some colors and variety, which is always a good thing.

That’s a wrap on the food

I hope your week is going well, and I hope you are enjoying some tasty and healthy meals today. And hey, stay away from the bowl of peanut M&Ms, because believe me, you can’t have just one handful. You can’t.

Okay, I’ll see you tomorrow for some random Thursday thoughts. Bye, friends!

More posts about my daily eating

Do you like food pictures you see today in this “What I Ate Wednesday” post? Here’s a look at some previous 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
  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

Questions of the day

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately? Are you a sushi fan? Do you like to take naps? Tell me something good!

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    1. Apparently I can too! I usually stay away from the candy and go for the good stuff like carrot cake and cheesecake. But this party didn’t have that — so M&Ms it was hehehe. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, Chrissy!

  1. The candy cane M&M’s are even more lethal my friend. They are minty, white chocolately deliciousness. I am hoping to abstain for the remainder of the holiday season. Happy Wednesday!

    1. Well I didn’t even need to know about those. I don’t buy candy or look for it in the stores, but now you have me curious … Thanks, Court! 🙂 hahahah

    1. Hi Lauren! I know! I was definitely away less hours of the day, and didn’t move around, so my body decided it needed less food. Funny how that happens. 🙂

  2. I love sushi and rainbow rolls are one of my favorites. There is nothing wrong with eating sushi for dinner two nights in a row.

    You know what else is delicious? Peanut m&ms mixed in with salted popcorn. The sweet and salty combination is pretty amazing!

  3. I love having pulled pork on a salad!! The first time I tried it I thought it might be weird, but it’s totally amazing 🙂 We had the best sushi ever on our honeymoon – I’ve got another craving for it now!

    1. Hi Alysia, Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I am always craving sushi! And I’ve definitely never made pulled-pork, but loved changing it up by ordering it on a salad. I’ll do it again.

  4. hey Ashley — thanks for swinging by my blog, and i’m happy to have found you that way! your breakfast and dinner look right up my alley here. you’re so healthy, i love it! best thing i’ve eaten lately, hmmm…i’ve been having a lot of veggie patties. and coffee and wine always count, right? 🙂

  5. Sorry to hear the slow service threw a wrench in your plans! It sounds like it was probably nice to get some rest and stay in though. Especially after such a busy Saturday! 😉

    And you have to be almost done with Weeds by now, right? I used to watch it but I think I stopped before the last season. Another awesome Showtime show is Homeland. Have you seen that yet? It is SO good. Netflix should have the first couple of seasons available.

    1. Hi Lauren, Yes, I think naps are supposed to be a bit shorter than the one I took this weekend. But I’ve never mastered the 20-minute power nap. 🙂

  6. Sushi, sounds fantastic, it’s very expensive here in the Midwest, Kansas City area, only for treats… Do you enjoy the cold pressed juices? I’ve only tried a veggie green one, and I’m not a huge fan.

    Sorry about the poor service, it really does make a huge difference in the dining experience.

    1. That’s too bad about sushi being expensive there, but I guess it makes sense. I’ve always lived in coastal-ish places, where seafood is more readily available. And I do like cold-pressed juices, but there has to be at least a little fruit in there, or it tastes too veggie-ish. Check out the green ones that have an apple or a pear at least and not just all greens. 🙂

  7. A nap is definitely worth giving up a snack here and there, in my opinion. Although, I must admit, I probably would have been a hungry grouch upon waking up! Your lunch looks delicious, too bad it was kind of a lousy experience.

    1. Hi Sarah! I was too groggy to be grouchy ehehehe. But you are right, sometimes sleep wins out. Happy Wednesday to you, and thanks for stopping by to say hello:)

    1. Hi Brittany, Thanks for stopping by. I’m sooo stuck on my overnight oats, that I’ve been eating it a few days a week for years. I change the combo, but you just can’t beat having something that’s ready straight out of the fridge.

  8. I always seem to catch up on A Lady Goes West on Wednesdays… The day is just not complete until I see what you had to eat in a day! I started “making” my own instant oats at home instead of going to Starbucks every morning for theirs (which is really good but pricey), and I feel like I’m on my way to a more well-rounded home-prepared food life.

    P.S. I definitely say Hump Day and have always loved the expression. Started in college when my roommates and I (all of whom were night owls) would have to wake up for 9am classes on Wednesdays and would make the mornings a little easier with Black-Eyed Peas’ “My Humps.” A little cheesy, but oh-so-fun!

    1. Hi Catherine, I LOVE that hump day story. You and your friends sound fun… 🙂 And my girlfriends and I had a lot of “pumping up” songs for going out, many of which were Gwen Stefani at the time. Thanks for catching up on the reads here on A Lady Goes West. And nice work on preparing your own oatmeal. You’re doing awesome! Stay safe in the storm out there.

  9. UMMMMM I HAVE THE SAME EXACT PLATES AS YOU! ha ha ha ah aha ha ha aha h! Bed Bath and Beyond??? 😉

    And um…… Those damn M&Ms – ugh. SO FRIGGING ADDICTING! Do you remember those Crispy M&Ms – OH MAN, yikes! I am glad they’re discontinued, LOL

    1. Hi GiGi! How funny. We registered for these plates, and they are from Macy’s, but I’m sure BB&B has them too. They are sturdy and have lasted a good two-and-a-half years so far. Thanks for stopping by:)

  10. Sucks about the customer service but that is an impressive serving of pulled pork- which in hindsight was a good thing, because pulled pork is soo good! That’s what I love about America- your grocery store sushi is quality. Here- Nope.

  11. That all looked delicious. I most definitely wanted a bite of that salad and your sushi. I love sushi but I never remember to order it if we are out. Now I’m hungry!

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