Food pictures from a light and healthy day

Happy Wednesday, folks! Did you know that today is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day in the U.S.? Well it is. Most people consider the first Earth Day as the start of the modern environmental movement, which began in the U.S. in 1970. And today, Earth Day is recognized and celebrated in nearly 200 countries worldwide.

While that concludes our history lesson, let’s all try to take a moment to do something kind for the planet today. Recycle? Plant a tree? Eat local? Reduce your water use? Whatever you can do!

But I digress, because today is “What I Ate Wednesday,” which is my weekly chance to share a full day of my eating with you. I usually choose a healthy weekday in the beginning of the week and take pictures of every single one of my meals from that day. Why? So you get some ideas and meal inspiration from a pretty healthy eater and so you can sit back and judge what someone else’s real food looks like. I find that these posts are some of my more popular ones, so I keep doing them every single week.

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes West

Here is a look at everything I ate on Monday of this week. For some reason, Monday is always my lightest eating and healthiest day of the week, every single week. And I think that mostly stems from the fact that my weekends are more indulgent, so I’m always ready to jump back to clean eating on Monday. This particular Monday, I didn’t teach my usual BODYATTACK class and was extra busy. 

Breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast on 4.20Break the fast: You’re looking at a delicious and hearty bowl of overnight oats, made with Greek yogurt, rolled oats, vanilla almond milk, chia seeds and cinnamon and topped with a banana. Alongside that, I had some hot green tea sweetened with stevia and almond milk.

Lunch at noon

Lunch on 4.20Free food: I was at the gym all day on Monday and lunch was provided, so I didn’t have much to choose from. I helped myself to a turkey wrap, a ham wrap, some fresh fruit and a KIND bar. The wraps were full of cheese, veggies, avocado and all the good stuff, and I quite enjoyed them. 

Afternoon snack at 4:30 p.m.

Snack on 4.20Protein baby: This duo of a hydrating protein coconut water and a flavored Greek yogurt provided some recovery after my workout, as well as held me over until dinner quite nicely.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Dinner on 4.20Ugly but good: Check out the size of that delicious baked sweet potato. I enjoyed it with some sliced tomatoes and two fried eggs. This meal was quick, filling and just what I needed to end my day. Haven’t tried sweet potato and eggs before? You’re missing out!

*Also consumed but un-pictured items include a flavored sports beverage and some almond milk.

And that was it for Monday’s eats. Overall, pretty healthy and filling, so I’d say it was a good day. 

I’ve been rather occupied with some extra stuff taking place at the gym and even have a sub secured for my BODYATTACK class tonight because of a conflict. But of course, I’ll be back with you tomorrow for something different and will report on all my activities very soon. Go off and enjoy your Wednesday, my friends!

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

Questions of the day

How’s your week going?

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

Do you have any tips for green living on this fine Earth Day?

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72 Comments

    1. Sometimes I call it “brinner” — breakfast for dinner. And I do it maybe once a week (usually when the hubby is out working, because he’s not a fan of brinner.) heheh Happy WIAW Chrissy! 🙂

  1. I would love that snack plate lunch you had right about now. I’m pullin’ an all nighter so I can sleep on the plane ride back home lololol 🙁 🙁

    1. Hi Stacie! Oh yes, the almond butter/sweet potato combo is one of my popular choices too. Hope you have a lovely Earth Day and Wednesday! 🙂

  2. Sometimes I buy the sweet potatoes or produce just because of the freaking size of them! The red bell peppers where gigantic the other day, and I used just a fourth of one in Alex’s meals for his long shift and it was plenty. It is mind boggling.

    1. I know! I always go for the bigger pieces of produce — especially bananas! How nice of you to make his meals, Susie! And congrats to him on the new gig! 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! Good work! We started using our own bags back in Florida, but of course here in California you MUST, because otherwise you have to pay 10 cents per bag. Hope you have a great Wednesday! 🙂

    1. Hi Courtney! I always buy the 2% kind of all yogurts (except the plain kind that I make my overnight oats with), because it’s definitely more creamy and thick. I’ve never purchased the 100-calorie ones before and prefer to larger ones from Chobani and Fage and Voskos. You’ll notice the change if you get the other ones. For just 30-60 calories more, you have more flavor and more protein!

  3. So awesome that your gym provides such delicious food- looks great! Best thing I’ve eaten lately is the pad thai I had over the weekend in Guangzhou- It might be China but they sure do Thai food right!

    1. Hi Khushboo! I hope your travels are going just amazingly! And my gym doesn’t usually provide food, but this was a special day. Yay for Thai food! 🙂

    1. Hi Katie! Yay for warmer weather for you!! Yes, overnight oats are the easy way to go. I’m having some right now! 🙂 Hope all is well!

    1. Hi Carissa! Yes, sweet potatoes are filling healthy complex carbs. And when you cook them in the microwave, they take no time at all. Jump on the bandwagon! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  4. Sweet potatoes and eggs are one of my favorite go to meals! So quick easy and delicious! I haven’t tried fried eggs with it yet though but I will have to try it out for dinner this weekend!

  5. That’s such an interesting fact about Earth Day! I grew up in Canada on the West Coast, so I knew what recycling was since I was a tot. We even had a way to recycle toothpaste tubes and foil lined wrappers! To this day, I save all plastic bags/wrap in a bin and bring it to Trader Joes for recycling. It makes me feel so good 😛 I’m on a mission to find sweet potatoes (with the white flesh instead of orange) so if you see any, let me know!!

    xx Jill
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    1. Hi Jill! Oh that’s awesome you grew up recycling. Of course, things weren’t as advanced in Florida — we were lucky if we threw our cans in the recycle bin hehhe. And as far as the whiteish sweet potatoes. I’ve seen them in the organic sections of Safeway, as well as the little purple ones! Good luck! 🙂

      1. Oh that is amazing!!! I am going to try and Instacart them from Safeway this weekend. Thank you for letting me know! Haha, yes – I was in Chicago last week and SHOCKED the hotel didn’t even have a recycling bin in the room!! I guess we weren’t all brought up semi-hippie 😉 Have a good one!

  6. That’s my favorite flavored kind bar! Also- is that Greek yogurt coconut water drink good? It sounds intriguing and now I want to try it. Aaand I could eat sweet potato with pretty much anything.

    1. Hi Tori! hahha — the Coconut protein water is delicious. And so is the Greek yogurt. But they are two separate things? Is that what you meant? But I’m a BIG fan of coconut protein water from Coco Libre, so you should check it out. You get extra hydration with 20 grams of protein. A big happy “What I Ate Wednesday” to you, lady! 🙂

      1. Hahah yes that’s definitely what I meant! I haven’t liked coconut water in the past but maybe I’ll try Coco Libre and give it another chance, especially given it has extra protein 🙂

        1. Hi Tori! Figured! ehehhe and it doesn’t taste much like coconut water — the protein flavor is more apparent, so give it a go! Almond and chocolate are my favorite flavors. 🙂

  7. Ahh I love sweet potatoes and eggs – but never had one baked with my egg. Typically do roasted potatoes with runny eggs. Yum – I want some now. I love dipping my sweet potato in the runny egg.
    My one thing I’ve been trying to do more of to be green is to use my reusable water bottle more and stop buying bottled water. It sounds simple, but it’s not as easy as it sounds, especially if I’m on the go – I have to remember to bring my bottle!

    1. Hi Melissa! That’s actually a huge change and great thing to do, because you’re saving a ton of water bottles, even just as one person. I do the same thing and like it, because in a group setting, you always know which bottle is yours! Roasted potatoes with runny eggs sounds good too! A very big and happy “What I Ate Wednesday” to you! Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Hi Hayley! Now that’s a combo I haven’t tried. But I bet I would like it! Thanks for the tip heheh! Happy Wednesday, neighbor! 🙂

    1. Hi Samantha! Thanks! So easy! I just wash them, poke a few holes with a fork on each side, wrap in a wet papertowel, and microwave for about 4 minutes on each side, depending on the size of the potato. Open it up, let it steam and cool for a minute, then top with whatever you want! Happy eating! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Heather! I’m a fan of sweet potatoes with anything. With runny eggs (not runny for you of course!) or with almond butter are my top two! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  8. I have been eating a lot of sweet potatoes myself lately. Ha…it’s amazing how much they really do range in size. I have been trying to be more conscious of my recyling and reducing waste. I figure every little bit helps. Happy Earth Day!

    1. Hi Nicole! Yes, sweet potatoes are great healthy carbs, as are bananas and good fruit. I also like quinoa, brown rice and oats to get my carb intake. Happy Wednesday to you! 🙂

    1. Hi Sue! If you don’t use too much milk, then the oats are actually quite firm and tasty. You should give it a go!! Happy Wednesday to you! Welcome back from your amazing trip to Paris! 🙂

  9. I LOVE sweet potatoes and runny eggs- such a quick and healthy dinner. I always have some homemade turkey meatballs stuffed with spinach and feta/cheddar on hand (I keep them frozen) that is awesome to crumble in there as well. I’ve never commented before, but just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your blog 🙂

    1. Hi Kim! Well thank you so much for saying hi!! Ummm, okay, I’d LOVE to have some turkey meatballs with spinach and feta on hand! I usually do store-bought turkey meatballs, but yours sound way better. I’m a big fan of spinach and feta as a combo and haven’t had that in a turkey meatball before. You are quite creative! Hope you’re doing great. And feel free to comment whenever you want! Or shoot me an email if you ever have other questions. Enjoy your night!! 🙂

  10. That sweet potato – yum!! I love big produce and always choose the biggest apples, potatoes, bananas, etc. great day of eats and so much color!

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