I don’t like bad people, I do like good food

Hello, friends! Well this week has been interesting so far. Apparently my credit card number was stolen. Thank goodness for our credit card company, who caught the unusual activity and contacted both Dave and me to investigate. Somehow our card was duplicated and someone was using a fake card to make large purchases at restaurants, gas stations and even toy stores. Oh the humanity. We don’t know how it happened, but “skimmers” are a real problem. Looks like we will make it out of this mess without having to pay any of the false charges, and of course, we’re getting new cards.

I don’t think that I’m naive, but (knock on wood) because this kind of bad stuff hasn’t happened to me all that often, I never worry about crimes and whatnot. Let my situation serve as a great reminder to check your bank account statements closely, fortify your passwords and keep an eye on your belongings. Not everybody is as honest and nice as we’d like to think. 

There may be some foul people in the world, but there’s also nutritious and delicious food. To lighten up the mood, let’s talk about what I’ve been eating, in typical mid-week fashion.

It’s time for a little “What I Ate Wednesday” daily eating recap, in which I’m giving you a look at everything I ate and drank on a recent healthy day. Meal inspiration? Curiosity? Judgment? Whatever it is that you need to get from it, I find that these types of posts are some of my most popular, so please enjoy …

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes West

Last week, I shared my meals from a Sunday, and I’m doing a recap from a Sunday again, because there were some new additions worth picturing that day. Check out my breakfast and dinner, which are two of the highlights from this day.

Here’s the full report …

Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Quinoa for breakfastQuinoa for breakfast? Yes! This bowl consists of quinoa cooked in almond milk and cinnamon, with some chopped roasted almonds and a sliced-up banana on top. This was enjoyed alongside some green tea, sweetened with almond milk and stevia.

Lunch at noon

Green smoothie for lunch on SundaySmoothie time. One fabulous green smoothie consisting of one cup of almond milk, one cup of frozen spinach, one cup of frozen strawberries, half of a frozen banana, half a cup of frozen blueberries and a scoop of protein powder. Now THAT’s a nutritious beverage.

Workout beverages at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Coconut water and protein shakeHydration and recovery. On this day, I attended a Les Mills group fitness instructor practice session and was doing a lot of movement. I drank this coconut water during BODYATTACK practice and this protein shake after BODYPUMP practice.

Snack at 4:15 p.m.

Apple and almonds for a snackFruit and nuts. For a very long time, I ate an apple a day. Well I fell off that a couple of months ago and decided to get back on recently. This is a delicious fuji apple with a mixture of roasted and raw almonds. The perfect afternoon snack, which I’ve been having a lot lately. 

Adult beverage at 6:30 p.m.

Red wine on SundayThe good stuff. A little red wine always seems to make its way into my glass on the weekend nights. Dave and I shared a bottle of merlot from our last trip to wine country, and it was yummy.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Salmon for dinnerFish and veggies. I can’t even begin to tell you how this picture does not do justice for this meal. Shown here is some salmon and a veggie combination of peppers and zucchini squash. Dave cooked all of this for us on the grill in no time, and I couldn’t believe how good it all was. This was his/our first time grilling salmon at home, and I was so pleased. I’m pretty sure having a grill has been the greatest change for us since moving out of downtown San Francisco.

Dessert at 9 p.m.

Frozen dessert on SundayFrozen delight. I’m nearing the end of my dozen or so pints of Arctic Zero, and that’s very sad. But of course, I had a bowl on Sunday to round out the day, which was just what I needed. I must say that having Arctic Zero at home has deterred me from my usual gigantic pieces of cheesecake at least a few times, so that’s probably a good thing for my insides.

And that’s that! It was a good day of eating. The stand-outs were definitely the grilled-to-perfection salmon for dinner, as well as my brand-new attempt at quinoa for breakfast, which I’ve been perfecting all week by adding almond butter on top.

That’s it, folks. My workout for the day will be teaching BODYATTACK tonight, and some of the meals above will also be making an appearance. Have yourself a lovely Wednesday. And I hope you eat your veggies, drink a lot of water and get up and move around a bit. 

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

Questions of the day

What did you or will you have for lunch today?

Have you ever had your credit card number stolen?

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

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  1. My credit card number got stolen two weeks ago! Nothing like getting a call from the Capital One fraud department at 9pm to really make your night lol. Someone charged $2,000 to my card at a Home Depot in Texas….weird. I didn’t have to pay the fraudulent charges either though so it all worked it out, but that was the first time anything like that had ever happened to me.

    1. Hi Chrissy! Oh no! It’s so awesome how companies are able to stay on top of things like this now. Glad it all worked out. Happy Wednesday!

  2. Grrr…so sorry your credit card was stolen! My bank account has been hacked way more times than I like to tell people. It gets very frustrating, because now, my bank is so on alert that when my husband or I go out of town, our cards sometimes get frozen as a security plan. (Even when we call ahead of time…so frustrating, yet I am glad that my bank does take the precaution). Some people make me sick! Glad you didn’t lose anything and things are getting wrapped up for you!

    Yesterday for lunch I had a piece of baked tilapia and coconut oil roasted broccoli and cauliflower. A typical meal for me!

    Have a great day Ashley!

    1. Hi Stacy! I guess it’s better the banks are extra cautious. And YUMMY! Your lunch sounds fantastic. You’re making me want fish for lunch today. 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear about your card! What a nightmare. My mom’s credit card was involved in one of those crazy indonesian or whatever card scams of the 90s. At least now it is far easier to track these things than then!

    1. Hi Susie! True – they can catch things so quickly now, which is nice. Your poor Mom! Scary stuff! A very happy Wednesday going out to you! 🙂

  4. Hi there, sorry your card info was stolen. What a pain! My US credit card is with Capital One and they’re great (a little too vigilant) with fraud charges. But because I live in France, whenever I buy stuff they always freeze the account thinking it’s not me, especially if I order something online on a US site and then something in person at a restaurant here.

    A few years ago my boss had his corporate credit card account # stolen and the person actually made a new card with my boss’s info encoded into it. They investigated and because my boss only used it rarely for work, they were able to trace it to a busy restaurant in NYC. Never let a waiter take your card to scan out of sight at the register. Pay with cash or accompany them to the credit card terminal. Apparently it’s really common to have your info stolen this way when it’s out of your sight for a minute or two. Scary. But glad they caught it and you’re not on the hook for any of the charges. The one thing that I don’t understand about using stolen numbers is when people buy plane tickets. You have to book with your real name so won’t the thieves or their associates be picked up when they try to board the flight? Someone bought tickets to Ireland on my card a few years back and wondered why they’d take that risk.

    In other news, I did the new BODYPUMP the other night (shoulders are killer) and am looking forward to BODYATTACK tonight. 😉 Have a good day!

    1. Hi Diane! Yes, I bet you have a lot of problems living abroad. And the skimming that happened to us could have been at a gas station or bank, just in the method you mentioned. Ugh! You can’t trust anyone. And as far as the releases, YAY! I launch them on April 6, and as far as I can tell so far, They are good! Reviews coming in a few weeks, of course. Happy Wednesday!

  5. I’m sorry to hear your credit card number got stolen! While there are “bad” people in this world, there are “good” people that work for the credit card companies to call you when this stuff happens : ) Nonetheless, it still isn’t a fun situation to be in.

    I have been having Arctic Zero weekly and I agree with you in that it has prevented me from feeling like I need to eat unhealthy desserts more often. “AZ” is the best guilt-free dessert I’ve come across!

    1. Hi Carrie! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my decadent desserts, but it’s been holding me over for sure. 🙂 And yes, there are a lot of good people who help in situations like this too. Thankful for that! Hope you have a happy Wednesday! 🙂

    1. Hi Jessica! It’s definitely the fact that I use a lot of frozen stuff and only one cup of liquid. I have a Nutribullet, which is awful. It takes forever to mix up the smoothie, but it’s abnormally thick – so worth my time! 🙂

  6. Your food looks so pretty! I Also really love your bowls. It really makes a difference, eating and drinking out of dishes I love. I’m really sorry to hear about you credit card. I’ve been there and it blows. At least you caught it early! But it’s still a pain to have to change everything. Have a good day!

    1. Thanks, Carissa! I actually don’t mind eating out of ugly bowls — but for picture day, you know we’ve got to put our best food forward heheheh! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  7. Quinoa for breakfast is something I’ve been wanting to try too! Yours looks perfection! Do you think you’ll post your recipe for your readers sometime soon pretty please?

    So sorry about your credit card! My best friend got her whole wallet stolen from her purse at The Cheesecake Factory (one of your favorites) when she was sitting at the bar and had her purse in the chair next to her. She didn’t realize it when it happened obviously, but she too took a couple days thinking about not being able to be as trusting with others as you mentioned. It’s sad that the bad people do that to us. Anyway, I’m so glad you got yours straightened out before any major damage was done.

    Happy Wednesday to you. Xo.

    1. Hi Courtney! Oh man, your poor friend. Having your purse stolen from next to you at such a happy place would be a VERY upsetting thing. I will hold mine tight to me from here on out. And YES, I will share all my new quinoa creations soon! Happy Wednesday!!

  8. I’m sorry that this happened to you! Working at a bank in the tech security area, I am very well aware of things that go on and how to protect your money. Hopefully you’ll get everything back and won’t be liable for any of the purchases. Thanks for a very much needed PSA!

    1. Well you are very welcome, Gretchen! Reminds us to be careful of our things — both online and physical. 🙂 Have a safe and wonderful Wednesday!

  9. If you liked the grilled salmon the next time you should try cedar plank salmon. You’ll need to buy a cedar plank (we find them in the fish section of our grocery store) and you soak it in water for a few hours. Then put a bit of olive oil on the plank and season your salmon and then the plank goes on the grill with the salmon on top. Usually takes 15 – 18 mins and you’ll need to keep an eye on it to ensure the plank doesn’t catch fire (if it does you just need to gently blow it out).

    I swear it’s the best tasting salmon ever!!

    1. Hi Catherine! I’ve heard of this!! And definitely want to try it. I’ll keep my eyes open for a cedar plank. Thanks for the thorough directions, and I’ll tell you when it happens. (Although the fire part scares me?? hehehe) Happy Wednesday!!

  10. So sorry to hear about your credit card # being stolen! That happened to my husband and me a few weeks ago. Someone spent almost $500 at a tire shop. Luckily I caught the charge on our statement. And to finish this comment on a happier note, I love the title of this post 🙂 So funny!!

  11. That smoothie sounds so good!
    That sucks about your credit card. I’ve had my number stolen twice. It really sucks there are people like that in this world but luckily credit card companies are pretty good at catching it.

    1. Yes, Jen! We’ve gotten so high-tech that more crime can happen, but they can catch it faster! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

  12. I finally jumped back on the WIAW bandwagon!
    Bummer about your credit number being stolen — but thank goodness for decent credit card companies! I need to try that coco libre protein…I’m training for my first half marathon and have been loving coconut water on my long runs.

    1. Hi Courtney! Yes, coconut water powers me through long workouts for sure, so I bet it would feel good for your runs. And the Coco Libre protein has been my go-to lately. LOVING it! 🙂 Welcome back to WIAW! Have a great day!

  13. I’m so sorry about the credit card situation. I am like you and never worry about things like that. I should be much more careful.
    We took w trip to Florida in 2003 and a few days after we came home the bank called us because they thought someone had stolen our debit card. I assured them that we had actually taken a trip. It wasn’t like us to travel much so it looked like fraudulent activity on the card. I’m glad they were looking out for us.

    1. Hi Amy! Happy Wednesday to you! And it’s great that banks can keep a watch like that so things don’t go unnoticed. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Florida. That’s my home and where I grew up! I go back a few times a year because my family still lives there. 🙂

  14. I keep seeing quinoa for breakfast all over the place but have yet to try it! I think I will have to very very soon, that breakfast sounds so delicious and filling!

  15. Sorry about the credit card. See if your bank will issue you chip and pin cards. They are supposed to be switching over to them by October of this year anyway. Chip and pin cards are used in the UK and Europe to deter skimming. I would hope retailers in San Francisco would be one of the first set up to accept chip and pin cards. The retailers here are slowly installing new chip and pin readers but they aren’t functional yet. It was great that your bank caught the fraudulent activity though!

    1. Hi Stephanie!! Thanks for weighing in! You know, I’ve read about these chip cards and how they are used in Europe. A little surprised I haven’t seen them here in the Bay Area yet though. I will definitely look into it. I hope you are doing well, by the way! Wearing some cool gym clothes lately?? 🙂

      1. Only when my husband decides to dress me in short shorts and clashing t-shirts after I ask him to meet me at the gym after work. 🙂

  16. I had my credit card number stolen during the Target scandal a few years ago and it was stressful. Getting the charges removed and all the paperwork was a bit of a pain. Thankfully it all got resolved. The quinoa breakfast looks great and I am all about an apple a day!

  17. Looks like a great day of eats! I need to get more coconut water in my life, stat. AHHH I’m sorry about the credit card fraud. What a nightmare! My mom just went through the same thing. I’m glad to hear you won’t be charged for their silly purchases. Thanks for the security reminder!

  18. Oh gosh, that is awful about your credit card. I’m glad you got things straightened out. I actually had my card number stolen last month. I hardly ever use the card and pay it off every month, so I was shocked when I logged into my account to see that my balance was $2,000+. Someone had charged that much at a SPA in Canada!!! How luxurious 🙂 The worst part is that the credit card company didn’t even catch it. I got the charge refunded but I really hope the person is caught.

    1. Hi Sam! Well good for you for being on top of monitoring your account. That’s important. Oh and for paying it off each month! Nice job! 🙂

  19. I’m so sorry to hear about your credit card! You are definitely not naive- it’s happened to so many people that I know. I think it’s just the world we live in now that everything’s electronic.

    I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast but your looks delicious! I’ll have to give it a try sometime!

    1. Hi Sarah! I always eat “breakfast” foods, so it was fun to change to a food that isn’t always thought of for breakfast. Hope you have a Happy Wednesday! 🙂 BODYATTACK tonight in Walnut Creek, perhaps?? 🙂

  20. Credit card fraud is so scary! Luckily I haven’t had any trouble with it (knock on wood) but I am so not diligent about checking stuff like that. How is the coconut water with protein?? Love the idea, but curious about the taste!

    1. Hi Emma! It’s great – I reviewed the whole Coco Libre line and the almond protein water is my favorite, but they are all good. Super tasty and full of the good stuff! Give it a try!:)

    1. Oh no, Megan! That’s awful! It’s so frustrating when things stop working. Maybe you can google the issues and try to find a YouTube video to walk you through it? Boo. 🙁

  21. I eat more than an apple a day…I eat two or three! I’m kind of apple-obsessed. I love berries and melon, but apples are so easy to carry – there isn’t even a peel to get rid of like with a banana. I do worry that I’ll develop an allergy from apple overload though, as apparently that can happen (and I already have too many of those).

    1. Hi Alyssa, Actually I didn’t know that could happen with apples. I’ve been known to have more than one a day, but right now I’m sticking at one hehehe. And I love bananas more!! 🙂 Happy WIAW, friend!

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about your credit cards getting stolen. My account was hacked just a couple of weeks ago and I felt devastated. Luckily, my insure covered everything, but I got so stressed out when I found out my account was on zero. I never considered thinking twice and reading some reviews before buying something from an unknown website, so I guess I was a little naive too. Anyways.. Those pictures made me so hungry! Looks really delicious.


    1. Hi Helena, I know, I never thought much about sites not being secure either. But I guess we need to. And thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a lovely Wednesday:)

  23. Oh man, so sorry to hear about the credit card thing. I can’t imagine how much of a hassle it has all been! It sounds like it’s all getting figured out though, so that’s a good thing.

    Grilled salmon is one of my favorite meals EVER. You really can’t beat it when done right. So good.

  24. Uggh, so sorry that happened to you. My social security number was stolen from an old job and ten’s of thousands of dollars in credit card charges were rung up. Funny thing is the people actually paid the bills, so I was never alerted until we tried to apply for a mortgage. Ruh-roh…not good. 10 years later I am STILL dealing with it!

    1. Hi Marissa! I LOVE coconut water, but have actually never put it in a smoothie because I like it so much on its own. Happy WIAW to you! 🙂

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