Every thing I ate yesterday in pictures

Hello there! Before we jump in to today’s post about food, I’d like to say I’m so excited that many of you enjoyed my grammar tips yesterday. I love touching on topics like that and know it’s always a risk whether a healthy-living audience will be interested. Thank you for your comments, questions and shares! And now for the good stuff …

What I Ate Wednesday 

Every single week, I feature one of these “What I Ate Wednesday” posts on A Lady Goes West to give you a glimpse into what a full day of meals looks like for me. Some days are better than others, and I always share my real food, capturing a picture before I eat it. 

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes

This is a recap of everything I ate yesterday, which was a Tuesday when I worked, worked out and was able to eat all of my meals at home throughout the day. (Oh how I love my flexible, gym-hopping and writing-from-home schedule, which affords me the opportunity to visit my own kitchen for sustenance. It wasn’t always this way for me, and I truly appreciate it.)

Breakfast at 5:30 a.m.

Overnight oats breakfast 6.9.15The usual: A standard weekday meal for me. Here is a bowl of cold and hearty overnight oats dressed up with a sliced banana. I prepared a few batches of oats on Sunday, so all I had to do yesterday morning was take one container out of the fridge a few minutes before eating it to take the chill off. I enjoyed this alongside my usual mug of hot green tea, sweetened with vanilla soy milk and stevia. 

Morning snack at 10 a.m.

Yogurt for a snack 6.9.15Quick and tasty: When I came home from teaching a couple of morning classes at Orangetheory Fitness, my tummy was grumbling. I quickly grabbed this Key Lime Fage Greek Yogurt for some sugar, carbs and protein. And yes, it was enjoyed with a fuzzball at my feet.

Lunch at 1 p.m.

Green smoothie bowl 6.9.15Liquid lunch: Another day, another green smoothie bowl. This bowl features frozen kale, frozen spinach, frozen cherries, frozen blueberries, protein powder, veggie powder and vanilla soy milk, all of which make up one satisfying and flavor-filled creation. It took me nearly 20 minutes to finish this because it was so huge. (Side note: Using the Nutribullet was very scary for my poor little puppy, Rudy, who timidly watched me from the living room.)

Afternoon snack at 4 p.m.

Snack time 6.9.15A few new items: Even though I wasn’t totally hungry, I knew I needed some fuel before I headed back to Orangetheory Fitness, so here is the snack I came up with. I picked up a box of these Quaker Baked Protein Bars at the grocery store this weekend just for fun, and they are quite yummy. The ingredient list is scarily long, but I don’t let that bother me too much. And this Amara Raw Fruit Sports Drink? Dave brought a few samples of this product home for me, and I totally enjoyed it. It has a weird flavor and a kick of caffeine, as well as plenty of electrolytes for hydration. Right up my alley!

Protein shake at 5:30 p.m.

Protein shake 6.9.15Post-workout refuel: I had this shake shortly after arriving home from the gym for some quick protein and carbs to replenish my system from sweating and moving. I’m working my way through a tub of Protein1 vanilla protein powder sent to me by a Bay Area company called Nutrition53, (which made it onto one of my recent “Friday Favorites“), and I sure do enjoy the light vanilla flavor of this one.

Dinner at 8:45 p.m.

Colorful dinner 6.9.15 Many colors on my plate: On my own for dinner, as I am several nights-a-week during the basketball season (Dave was in Cleveland with all of his Warriors coworkers watching the team in their away Finals Game Three), I put together a little smorgasbord of good things. A baked sweet potato covered in cinnamon. Two messy fried eggs. And a heaping helping of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, which I roasted in coconut oil. I mixed all of these items together and was very pleased.

After dinner, I took a few chugs of vanilla soy milk straight from the carton and plopped on the couch to relax.

That’s all she wrote for yesterday’s eats. It was a pretty healthy day, full of many of my favorite staples.

As usual, today, I’m teaching BODYATTACK at lunch, working and then teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness tonight. Have a great day, my friends!

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

Questions of the day

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

What type of food do you eat the most frequently?

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  1. I love your food posts! So many good ideas – and I love that you don’t worry about eating a quaker bar now and then! I think my go to food is my spinach blueberry protein pancakes – I love them and eat them a lot. 1/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup oats, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 scoop of Vanilla NLA For Her protein powder (I’ve tried it with multiple kinds of protein powders and this makes for the best, fluffiest pancake in my opinion) and a huge handful of spinach. Blend it, and pour pancakes on the griddle. I have to hide when I eat this breakfast or my 2 year old will eat it all! She usually cons me out of at least 2. I usually top it with a little bit of You Fresh Naturals nut butter. Have you tried You Fresh Naturals? They have the best nut butters ever. On a side note – are you going to One Live in Chicago?? And, no more BODYPUMP classes???

    1. Hi Melissa! Love this comment! First of all, nice work on getting your toddler to eat healthy pancakes. That recipe sounds simple, yet perfect. I have not tried You Fresh Naturals. Nor have I tried the NKA For Her protein powder. So I will have to look into both of these things. And I am only teaching one BODYPUMP class a week now (sadly), because of all my other teaching commitments, but I just had to skip it last week for a blog event. I’m teaching it tomorrow and hoping to get another BP class one day soon when I can make it work. Also, I’m not going to One Live, but would LOVE to. Are you????

      1. I AM going!!! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am! I packed as many classes in as I could. Starting at 7:15am with BODYPUMP I am not stop until I finish up at 6:45 with BODYCOMBAT. Can’t wait! That would be great if you were going!

        1. You lucky GAL! So jealous! I would LOVE to make it happen, but I don’t know if it will. I have a trip in July and a wedding in August, so One Live may not be feasible. You will HAVE to send me tons of pictures and updates though.

          1. I’ll be snapping pictures like crazy! I’ll send you some. That would be really cool! Maybe someday.

    1. Hi Megan! Agreed, I actually hate using blender-type appliances, but can’t seem to give them up because of my love for smoothies heheh! And yes, smoothies are GREAT in hot weather!

  2. I agree – so many great meal ideas here! As much as I try, I just can’t get into cold oats, haha! I have been making a big batch of steel cut oats on the weekend and then warming them up each morning. I love seeing what toppings/mix-ins you do!

    1. Hi Joanna, I was unsure of cold oats at first, but somehow it grew on me. And I eat it with a hot drink, so I get a little heat in hehe. I like chopped-up almonds, bananas, coconut, hemp seeds, flavored jelly and so much more on my oats. You can do so much with them. But yes, steel cut are good too! Have a lovely day!! 🙂

  3. Good suggetions! Your dinner sounds really good – I like to sort of “chop up” eggs with everything. You’d never imagine it’s as tasty as it is! I have been loving fruit lately – now that it’s summer there is so much to choose from when I’m shopping. Have a great Wednesday!

  4. Oohh I’m definitely all about spinach and eggs. I eat them both all. the. time. All your meals look awesome, especially dinner. Looks like you got a good amount of nutrients and protein!! Have an awesome day Ashley!

    1. Thanks, Karen. I try for balance, without calculating or measuring and it usually works out right. Hope you have a lovely day as well! 🙂

  5. My dog gets SO freaked out when I use my Vitamix. It’s equal parts entertaining and also sad! Haha. Such yummy food. I haven’t had overnight oats in forever and this made me want to bring them back 🙂

    1. Hi Hayley, I think a Vitamix sounds scary too. I don’t have one heheh! And jump back on the oats bandwagon. Cold oats are great for this hot weather. Congrats on the new home!! 🙂

  6. I love that you do super thick oats. I can’t stand to even look at the soupy bowls. Blech!

    Love the smoothie bowl too. We’ve been having them for breakfast almost every day. So refreshing in the warm weather!

    1. Hi Carrie! Yes, I do that too. That’s actually one of my favorite to-go lunches, because the longer the almond or peanut butter stays on the tater, the better!

  7. I love how your diet is colorful and so varied! 🙂 You have a really busy day. I am a morning person, but I don’t always find myself ready to eat at 5:30 AM. Have you always been like that? And boy, I keep seeing all these sweet potatoes and thinking that I really need to get some.

    1. Hi Emily! Yes, I am usually just about ready for breakfast as soon as I get up. On days when I’m out the door super early, I make myself eat immediately, and then get changed and head out. YES for sweet potatoes. Soooo versatile. Have a great day!! 🙂

  8. I love these posts! I’ve been making soo many smoothie bowls lately. I could eat them all the time haha 😀 That dinner looks amazing!! Will definitely make that some time (in case in want something other than a smoothie bowl)

    1. Hahhaha! I’ve never had a smoothie bowl for dinner, but that’s a good idea too! Glad you enjoy the food pictures, Ellen. Have a lovely Wednesday!

  9. Yum! Everything looks so good and healthy! I’ve never seen you liquid lunch in bowl form…..is that basically the equivalent of a green antioxidant smoothie type of thing?

    1. Hi Ashley, It’s a power-house bowl. Basically a smoothie that is so thick and icy, it’s easier to eat out of a bowl with a spoon. i threw in a bunch of frozen veggies, protein powder and milk to make it filling and tasty. You should try it! Also add some ice to make it thicker! Thanks for stopping by to say hello. 🙂 Happy WIAW!

  10. I love how you just whipped up a smoothie bowl for lunch, goes to show that lunch doesn’t need to look very, well, ‘lunchy’ in order to give you energy an nutrients. I also love to have sweet potatoes and eggs! Do you ever find yourself running out of mental energy when you get up so early? If you are unable to fall asleep early are you still able to function well the next day? I’m one of those spoiled sleepers who needs at least 8 hours, I’m wondering what you do when it comes to sleep!

    1. Hi Niki! I try to get 7-8 hours a night and usually do. I wake up any time between 5:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. every single day of the week, and go to bed around 10 or 10:30 p.m. most days. I’m good in the mornings and most of the day, but do get tired in the late evenings. Falling a sleep has never been a problem for me! I fall asleep really quickly. (Knock on wood!!) But if you’re asking about an afternoon “slump” — yes, somewhat, so that’s when I have extra water and my afternoon snack and head off to the gym to teach, which peps me up just because of endorphins. When in doubt, I reach for green tea. Does this answer your question? LONGEST answer ever BTW! 🙂

    1. Hi Krissy! It’s so easy. I wash it. Poke some holes in it with a fork on all sides. Wrap it in a wet paper towel, and cook it in the microwave about 3-4 minutes a side. That’s it! 🙂

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