Just a little chatting and some food pictures

Greetings, my friends. Here we are again in the middle of the week. Let’s talk about a few random tidbits and then get to the food.

  • Yesterday, I took my little Rudy to the groomer for his first puppy appointment, and he is currently extra white and fluffy. He wasn’t able to get a full trim on his coat because the appointment was taking so long, but he got a nice bath and some various puppy maintenance. Too cute.
  • Yesterday, I had lunch with some of my fellow trainers from Orangetheory, and we ate at Tender Greens in downtown Walnut Creek, which always offers a delicious meal. We were there for two full hours chatting away, until I got the call that Rudy was ready to be picked up from the groomer. When you work at a small studio gym, sometimes you only see your fellow trainers in passing, so it was nice to have a little sit-down outside of that environment with them all.
  • Yesterday, I subbed an extra BODYPUMP class in the evening. I’m still teaching the latest release, and for those of you who have asked, a full review of that will be heading your way soon, as well as a review of the latest BODYATTACK release.
  • And yesterday, I bombarded you with a long and detailed post, so today is going to be much shorter. But just so you know, I was so happy to see some of your responses to my nutrition tips straight from the experts. It seems like many of you like to learn about food just about as much as you like to look at pictures of it, and I really enjoyed the comments and opinions from those of you who are in the field. 
  • Congratulations to the winners of my Les Mills Good Protein powder giveaway from last week, Farrah and Amy. Out of all the entrants, both of the winners this time have blogs of their own, which is pretty cool. Speaking of giveaways, I’ve got another one going on right now.

Let’s move on to the real reason you came to visit the ol’ blog today …

This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap

Each week, I recap a full day of my eating, complete with real pictures of all my food. These posts are simply a chance to give you some insight into what actual meals look like from someone who tries to be healthy. I don’t have a perfect diet at all, but I try to get in plenty of nutrients and some of the fun stuff too. And yes, weekdays are certainly better than the weekends. And you’ll see a lot of repeated foods from week to week.

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes

Today, I’m sharing everything I ate on Monday. I was able to make and eat all of my food at home in between teaching classes at different gyms, which is not something I’ve always been able to do, so I sure appreciate it.

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Overnight oats for breakfast via A Lady Goes West blogBack into the overnight oats thing lately, I prepared a few batches of these puppies (minus the coconut) over the weekend and have been enjoying them each morning for breakfast. No need to cook, I just pull them right out of the fridge and top with a banana after I wake up. As always, these oats were consumed alongside a mug of hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and vanilla almond milk. 

Lunch at 1 p.m.

Green smoothie bowl for lunch via A Lady Goes WestIt may not look like much, but this green smoothie bowl includes half of a frozen banana, frozen spinach, frozen blueberries, frozen mangoes, veggie powder, vegan vanilla protein powder, ice cubes and a little bit of almond milk, blended into perfection. I typically like to keep my smoothies as thick as possible, and this one was almost liquid enough to be sipped. I still used the spoon though.

Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.

Bar and tea for snack via A Lady Goes West blogWhen the afternoon rolled around, it was time for my second helping of hot green tea for the day, as well as a snack bar. ZONE bars used to be my jam, but I hadn’t bought them in a while. This wasn’t my favorite flavor and consistency, but it gave me plenty of fuel to teach BODYATTACK that night, and it was better than some of the other ones I’ve had before.

Post-workout at 7:30 p.m.

Les Mills Good Protein afternoon drink via A Lady Goes WestI had this little beauty slightly frozen and waiting for me after I got home from class. I chugged it while standing in the kitchen and squeezing on Rudy. I was only gone for about an hour-and-a-half to teach BODYATTACK at a gym near my house, but it was like he hadn’t seen me in ages when I walked in the door. That will never get old.

Dinner at 9 p.m.

Turkey burger and kale salad for dinner via A Lady Goes WestI swear we eat later and later and later. Yes, we didn’t finish dinner until 9:30 p.m. What a day. I had things to do after my class, and Dave was finishing up some emails after he got home, so dinner was pushed off until we were ready. Shown above is a grilled turkey burger, on top of a whole wheat thin bun, with avocado, tomato and salsa. We also had a pre-packaged kale and brussels sprouts salad on the side, topped with not one, but two kinds of dressing. 

After dinner, I took a few chugs of vanilla almond milk straight from the carton, as I always do, and that was it. Mondays seem to be my lightest day of eating each week, and this one certainly was with a morning snack missing. But all of the things I did have were just delicious, so we’ll call it a good one.

This is like most Wednesdays around here, I’m working at home, teaching a lunch-time BODYATTACK class and then coaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness tonight. I hope your day is lovely, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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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
  50. Every thing I ate yesterday in pictures
  51. BlogFest 2015 and “What I Ate Wednesday”
  52. Why I refuel after a workout and my daily eats
  53. Random life updates and a look at my food
  54. Travel plans and everything I ate yesterday
  55. My daily eats and heading off on an adventure
  56. All of my meals from a healthy weekday

Questions of the day

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

If you have a dog, how often do you take him/her to the groomer or bathe him/her at home?

What is one food that you can’t get enough of?

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  1. YUM! I still am yet to try your green tea with almond milk, I must give that a go this week! I love your lunches, a thick green smoothie (also eaten with a spoon) is my go-to lunch when I am feeling a little busy. I know everything is in it without any effort! xxx

  2. What is your favorite bar? Do you think any of them gives you enough protein and fiber to use as a meal?
    Also, is it hard for you to eat that late at night and then go to bed shortly after?
    Sorry for all of the questions!
    Have a great day! 🙂

    1. Hi Kimberly! How are you? Ask all the questions you want. When it comes to bars, you really shouldn’t have but one a day, because they tend to have a lot of ingredients in them that are artificial. The Zone bars are not the cleanest for sure, but they are better than a candy bar, because of the extra protein. However, when it comes to taste, I would say that full-sized Clif Bars are some of my favorites, and Quest bars most recently. However, I wouldn’t eat them as a meal, just as a snack. Unless you totally can’t get regular food, so a bar and some fruit and a lot of water would suffice in a pinch of a mid-day eat. Not ideal though. And I have to eat dinner so late because of my gym teaching schedule, and usually go to bed about 1.5 hours after finishing dinner. Once again, not ideal, but my body doesn’t seem to mind it. Other people prefer to digest more, but you just have to see if it bothers you or not.

    1. Hi Megan, Well when you don’t get home from teaching a workout class (or two) until just before 8 p.m. on most nights and sometimes after 8 p.m., it makes a 9 p.m. dinner not seem so strange. 🙂 But I know, it’s late!

    1. Hi Liz! I know, I’m usually having my afternoon snack when most people are thinking about dinner, but I don’t get home from my last class until close to 8 p.m. so I’ll never be able to eat earlier than that! 🙂 Yay for cannolis!!!

    1. Hi Marielle! I know, but I get home late from teaching classes, sometimes after 8 p.m. so our dinners have always been late. And as far as cuddly after a bath? Rudy is still not so sure about bath time hehe! But he CLUNG to me when I picked him up from the groomer. 🙂

  3. You eat dinner so late–that’s kind of impressive, haha! I can’t have dinner past 6 or I melt from starvation. Kidding, sort of. 😉

    Yay for a review on 94! I just posted mine today; it’s a fun release! I haven’t taught BA in awhile though, so I haven’t taught it or reviewed it yet. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

    1. Hi Annette! I usually have an afternoon snack close to your dinner time heheh! But I teach the late classes most nights of the week, so I don’t get home until around 8 p.m., which means dinner can’t come any earlier than that. Yay for BODYPUMP reviews! I’ll check it out:)

    1. Hi Jen! YAY for BODYPUMP, good girl! I’m liking the new release for sure, and I think it’s beneficial to go without the bar a bit more to work each side on its own. I’ll share more about it soon. Have a lovely day, my friend!

  4. Oooh I forgot about overnight oats! Might have to bring those back since it’s been too hot cook even in the mornings!
    I too LOVE my smoothies thick enough to eat with a spoon. If they get to runny, I’ll throw them back in with more ice to thicken them up 🙂
    Have a great Wednesday!

  5. Totally obsessed with my favorite smoothie still: almond butter, almond milk, vegan vanilla protein powder, frozen banana, cold brew coffee. Hits the spot every single morning.

  6. Looking forward to reading your review on BP 94! We’re launching later than normal this time around, so I teach it for the first time on Monday. I think it’ll be a good one from what I can tell so far! Your smoothie bowl looks so PRETTY. That’s hard to do, so I’m impressed. 😉

    1. Hi Ashley! Yes, I hope you like 94! I find it to be a great workout. 🙂 And pretty smoothies only happen on picture day, of course!!

  7. Oh bathing a dog, I remember trying to be all about the groomer and keeping up on my dogs good looks, until he back a full blown dog at 80lbs..we could barely hold him down to cut his nails. We used to bath him maybe once a week when he was a puppy but now he gets a hose down when he puddle rolls and that’s about it..lol..puppy mom fail.

    1. Hahhaah that is a HUGE dog, Fiona! I bet the hose works just fine. That’s what my parents do with their dog too. I don’t think little Rudy is ready for the hose just yet hahah! 🙂 Have a wonderful day! How’s the little one??

  8. Oh gosh, if I had a cute little dog the hose would NOT happen, he’d look like a drowned rat!!! Plus they’re easy to wrangle when they’re little. We used to try to wash our dog in the bath tub and it would sounds like someone was being murdered..lol..funny to us probably not to our neighbours!!!! Oh gosh my little Gremlin is growing like a week and deciding not to sleep…grr…how is mama supposed to check her blogs!!!! thank god he’s cute..:)

    1. Hahhaha Fiona! That little guy needs to give Momma more time for herself heheh! And yeah, big dog in the bathtub sounds like trouble!

  9. Oh my, I’m usually in bed by 9:30 lol. I do 16:8IF as part of my maintenance plan, and my usual eating window is 11am-7pm, so by 6:30ish my kitchen is shutting down for the night 🙂

    Definitely team Cat over here lol. Dogs always look so nice after being professionally groomed though!

  10. I am totally on the overnight oats kick too…Since it is so hot and they are so easy to prepare, it’s perfect in the morning to wake up and not have to prepare anything, plus they’re DELISH. I can never get enough of nut butter…It’s my favorite addiction! Delicious eats lady!

  11. I have not had overnight oats in so long and now you have me craving them again! Hopefully I can whip up a batch soon! I can honestly never get enough of eggs, salmon, sweet potatoes, or figs!

      1. Hi Ashley. Can you explain how it’s 600 calories? Half a banana is only 50 cals, the rest of the fruit/veg is maybe another 150. And protein powder 150? So about 350 calories total?

        1. Hi Lauren! That’s a good question. I don’t ever calculate the calories of my food before eating, but I know my smoothies are pretty high, so that’s just an estimate at 600. I use a lot of the fruits/veggies to blend up so the calorie count is a bit higher, so it’s like this: blueberries (70 calories), mangoes (70), huge half of a banana (70), spinach (50), a scoop-and-a-half of protein powder (about 250), almond milk (60), veggie powder (20) — that’s just under 600. Which is why I eat them for lunch, because they are more substantial than they look! 🙂

  12. Watermelon at this time of year is fantastic! Your dinner looks fantastic, but there is no way I would be able to wait until 9 PM to eat. I am an early girl, up at 4:30 AM to get to the gym before work.

    1. Hi Susan! I know, it’s super late for dinner, but I don’t get home from teaching classes until around 8 p.m. most nights. And there are some days when I have to get up before 6 a.m. to teach early too, so those are the longest days when eating late and going to bed right after! Just seems to be the way things are right now. Oh well! 🙂 Good work on your early gym visits!

  13. Some days we eat super late too, totally just depends on our schedules 🙂 And we take Mitchell in once a month for his nail trimming. He typically gets washed at home (outside!!) once per week… Or at least after every ocean swim.

    1. Hi Becky, Yes, it seems like people with bigger dogs just throw them under the hose hehe. That wouldn’t work with our little puppy yet. 🙂 Happy Wednesday, Momma!

  14. Hi Ashley,
    I bet Rudy looked extra cute after his trip to the groomer (extra fluff included!).
    Your pictures of meals always look so fresh and delicious!
    I never seem to get sick of green smoothie bowls. I know I have mentioned it before, but I have at least one a day.

  15. I’m definitely interested to hear your thoughts on the newest BODYPUMP release.
    I did it for the first time on Monday and want to go a few more times before I really decide (I can usually only fit it in once a week) but I felt like the crazy high reps made form start to suffer for a LOT of people.
    (I also wasn’t a huge fan of this BP instructor, but that’s another story).
    Happy Wednesday!

  16. There is something about a smoothie in a bowl being more filling to me. Maybe it’s the act of using a utensil? Not sure, but it’s my preferred method!

    My pup goes to a groomer sporadically. One, because he’s a husky and they need less frequent visits, and two, because he hates me for days on end after. 😉

    1. Hi Jessica! hahah oh no, well so far Rudy has not been upset about the groomer visit. And it seems like huskies would stay pretty clean. But a little white dog like mine? He needs a groomer heheh! And YES on the smoothie bowl being more filling – I like them thick! Have a good night! 🙂

  17. LOVE smoothie bowls! We’ve never actually taken Roadie to the groomers. He has a coat that doesn’t need to get groomed, so we give him showers every two weeks or so, depending on his activities. He’s always so soft after a bath! And he rolls around with a towel on the floor and gets super hyper. He runs around the house, up and down the stairs, and all over everything for like 30 minutes. It’s so funny! I think he likes the feeling of being clean 🙂

    1. Hi Heather! My parents’ dog does the same crazy behavior after a bath! So funny! Rudy just shivers after a bath hehehe. Poor little guy. We have to blow dry him when doing it at home. Happy Wednesday, lady!

    1. Hi Danielle! Actually my meals are pretty calorie dense and keep me nice and energized. As I said in the post, Monday is by far my lightest day of eating, which is what I’ve shown above. I can assure you I’m plenty nourished for my activity level. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day.

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