Food pictures + the juice cleanse that wasn’t

Good morning folks! I hope your week is going just swimmingly. Today is a special day over here, as it’s my husband Dave’s birthday. Because of work and my classes, we won’t be doing much of anything tonight. We do, however, have some much-anticipated reservations for dinner tomorrow at a San Francisco classic restaurant, and I’ll share all about it once we go. We made the reservations nearly two months in advance, so our table better be ready for us.

Since it’s officially “What I Ate Wednesday,” let’s get to the pictures of food. This recap is from Monday, a day in which I worked from home and taught a BODYATTACK class in the evening.

The juice cleanse that wasn’t

You’ll see below that I had a lot of extra liquids in this day, and that’s because the very kind folks at San Francisco-based Project Juice, provided me with all the goods for a juice cleanse. While I was considering trying the one-day cleanse, as a first-timer looking at my teaching schedule, there just wasn’t a good day for me to do it and have time to relax pre- and post-cleanse. Thus, I decided to make the most of the juices and incorporated some of them into my daily meals, and it was a great way to get more fruits and veggies and a little extra energy throughout the day. Until my schedule allows for a little more down-time from intense workouts, I don’t think I’ll do a cleanse. And quite honestly, I think I like food way too much to give it up, even for a day. But if you’re interested in some high-quality organic, local, cold-pressed juices, you should definitely check out Project Juice. San Franciscans rave about this place, and I can see why. Now to the food …

Breakfast at 7 a.m.

Breakfast 10.13.14Overnight oats, a cold-pressed green juice and some hot green tea.

Mid-morning snack at 10:30 a.m.

Snack 10.13.14Cottage cheese and a cold-pressed beet juice.

Lunch at 1 p.m.

Lunch 10.13.14Salad, consisting of spinach, purple cabbage, grape tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, sliced-up oven-roasted turkey and an egg, topped with sesame-ginger dressing.

Afternoon tea at 3 p.m.

Green tea 10.13.14Green tea, sweetened with almond milk and stevia.

Afternoon snack at 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon snack 10.13.14Greek yogurt, topped with a chopped-up gala apple and some trail mix.

Hydration during class at 5:30 p.m.

Hydration 10.13.14Coconut water and regular water.

Post-class protein at 6:40 p.m.

Protein shake 10.13.14Vanilla protein powder mixed with water.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Dinner 10.13.14Spaghetti squash, topped with sauteed spinach, cabbage and carrots, pasta sauce and turkey meatballs.

Dessert at 9 p.m.

Almond mylk 10.13.14Cold-pressed organic almond mylk. Super yum.

That’s that! I’d say it was a pretty good day of eating, full of many of my usual healthy food staples. While my exact food choices vary, I definitely tend to stick to three square meals, two hearty snacks and a protein shake as a daily eating plan. And on this day, I really liked having the extra juices to complement my food, but of course, they are all gone now. 

By the way, I randomly selected the winner of the Athleta gift card yesterday, and Sharon was notified by email. Thank you to everyone who entered. I hope to have another giveaway for you soon. Happy Wednesday!

Follow along for more

I hope you enjoyed this “What I Ate Wednesday,” and let’s stay in touch. If you want to keep an eye out for future posts, just follow me on Bloglovin’InstagramFacebook and Twitter. And for some other daily 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

Questions of the day

Are you a fan of juices? Have you ever done a juice cleanse? What have you been eating lately?

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  1. I could never do a strict juice cleanse. I really just have no desire, and I love food too much!

    Do you get to come home at lunch? I would be curious to see a “day in the life” post from you since you have a unique job as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor and your hours are all over the place. I’m sure each day varies to some degree!

  2. Very smart move to incorporate the juices but not omit food entirely- especially when you know what your day/schedule involves! They seem like a great way to enhance veggies and fruits, but I personally could never do one- I’d probably eat the bottle

  3. As a physician, I really can’t get behind juice cleanses. They aren’t evidence-based and they can even be unhealthy! Plus, most people go right back to their previous routines once they finish, making them fairly ineffective. I can get behind incorporating delicious natural juice into your routine though!

  4. I get asked often what I think of juice cleanses so I decided I would test it out and see what all the hype is about (with Urban Remedy juices). The juices they sent me are awesome quality and everything, but I just cannot go without eating real food. I need it for the energy, too! I totally understand where you’re coming from.

  5. I’ve thought about doing a juice cleanse but just love food too much! Those juices do sound delicious though. I’ll be in SF this weekend and might have to search them out. Whole Foods?

    1. There are two Project Juice locations, one on Polk Street in Russian Hill and one in the Financial District. Check out the website linked above … I don’t think the juices are sold in Whole Foods yet. What’s in store for your SF visit? Hope you enjoy!

    1. Hi Giselle, Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to know what it’s like, but I just can’t seem to do one either. Maybe after a very indulgent vacation or something. Who knows:)

    1. Hi there! I’ve never bought juice this expensive, but it seems like it would cost as much to make at home because of all the fresh stuff you need and the special cold-pressing equipment. So in the end, it’s probably worth it. However, you could always make smoothies with frozen fruits and veggies on the cheap-side and call it a day — that would be messy, time-consuming and not as tasty! 🙂

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