Making do on “What I Ate Wednesday”
Not every day of eating is a winner. When Dave and I got back from our wonderful weekend getaway to Florida, we didn’t have a whole lot of food to fuel me through a day of work yesterday. Our groceries didn’t come until the evening, so my meals were based on what was available.
Here’s how it all went down …
Breakfast at 5:30 a.m.
Luckily, I had a tub of Greek yogurt and some milk in the fridge, so I could cobble together a standard breakfast of overnights oats with a banana and green tea. I bought the banana at the airport in Las Vegas as we made our connection just so I had one for the next morning. I really can’t start my day without a banana.
Morning snack at 10 a.m.
After training a few clients, I broke into a snack that consisted of Greek yogurt, blueberries and some crunched up almonds.
Protein shake at 11:45 a.m.
Once I completed my one-hour weight-lifting workout, I downed a Game Plan Vanilla Whey Protein shake. And yes, I got my nails done before my trip to Florida and they just so happen to match my go-to shake bottle.
Lunch at 1:15 p.m.
I was able to go home for lunch and whipped up this hearty green smoothie. While I usually prefer to have something to actually eat on the side with a smoothie, this one held me over for a couple hours. It featured frozen spinach, frozen blueberries, two scoops of almond butter, a cup of almond milk and some stevia for extra sweetness. I enjoyed it with a spoon, because it was oh-so-thick.
Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.
My afternoon snack was a bit on the packaged side. I had a coconut water, more Greek yogurt (that’s the third time of the day), and a chewy organic protein bar, which although quite delicious is not exactly of the clean-eating variety. It packed as many calories as a candy bar, but was super tasty and filling.
Dinner at 8:30 p.m.
I was more than ready for a healthy and fresh dinner. Last night saw the return of the spaghetti squash. I haven’t bought one in a while, tending to choose zucchini noodles lately, so it was a nice change. I added some pasta sauce, spinach, cabbage and turkey meatballs to make a big bowl of goodness. It was just what I needed after a day of packaged goods.
I followed it up with some almond milk straight from the carton and then called it a night.
Short and sweet. That’s a day full of eats.
Now I’m heading off for another day of work as well as a new activity for my Wednesday evenings. I’ve just taken on a third, yes a third, Les Mills BODYATTACK class a week and am teaching it for the first time tonight. Other than weeks when I’ve subbed for other instructors, I’ve never regularly done three BODYATTACK classes a week, so I’m super excited to see how it improves my overall cardio fitness. Because I had the weekend off, I’m very ready to jump-jack, tuck-jump and plyo-lunge to some awesome tunes tonight.
Keep in touch
In “What I Ate Wednesday” fashion, I’d love to stay connected with all of you, so be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for more food and fitness talk throughout the week. And if you want to enjoy more recaps of daily eating, check out my previous posts:
- A full day of eating in pictures
- Another full day of my eats and drinks
- Real food isn’t always pretty
- Do you have a balanced dining out strategy?
- What I ate and drank all day
- Three meals, two snacks and a shake
- Food trucks and rest-day eating
- Plenty of protein at every meal
- Colorful fuel for a day of training
- Long days of training require a lot of food
Questions of the day
Do you keep extra healthy food in your freezer or pantry for the times you run low on groceries? What’s your favorite meal of the day?
I’d say you did pretty good for being low on groceries! 😉 That yogurt/blueberry/crushed almonds combo sounds SO good!
Thanks, it’s a darn good thing I had that tub of yogurt in the fridge. 🙂 Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!
I just started using frozen spinach in my green smoothies – omg why didn’t I think of this before? I love that your nails matched your shaker cup – why not be cute in the gym right?? 🙂 My boyfriend loves spaghetti squash so that’s pretty much a staple for dinner’s together – it really is so good! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Hi Sam! Well, I’m glad your boyfriend loves spaghetti squash, because that makes cooking dinners for the both of you very easy. I can’t get my husband to eat any sort of veggie noodles, so I always have a bunch of pots going to make his whole wheat pasta as well. He does the clean up though! 🙂
I have the same problem every time I get home from traveling during the work week! I’m always out of groceries and digging into my freezer to find stuff to hold me over. The worst is when I can’t buy tons of food because I travel again the next week. It looks like you managed with your yogurt 🙂 That’s one of my favorite go-to’s!
Hi Ashley! Thanks for stopping by. Great name, by the way. Yes, I think in the future I’ll stock my fridge a bit more with stuff that doesn’t go bad too easily. Hope you had a great Wednesday! 🙂
Favourite meal is FOR sure breakfast! I could eat it for all my meals actually! I always have frozen berries on hand for a go to smoothie but MUST start adding spinach to get some greens in 🙂 I always hate that ‘day after coming home and nothing to eat’ kind of fridge. Looks like you did pretty good in my books! I would have been hitting up WAY more packaged foods!
Oh man I don’t know how you do one Attack class let alone three! I went back to Attack after not having taken the class for a year and man I’m still hurting (in a good way. 😉 ) Forgot how crazy hard that class is! 🙂
Hi Fiona, BODYATTACK is crazy! I love it though. And having frozen stuff on hand for smoothies was my savior yesterday, so I will remember to do that in the future as well when I have a pending trip. Happy Wednesday!
You did pretty well! I keep frozen meat, berries and bread. I always try to stay stocked on things like eggs, nuts and protein powder. After you travel though it’s really impossible to have produce on hand. I cooked spagetti squash the other night too. It’s a fall favorite of mine. 🙂
I’m just like you! I can’t start my mornings without a banana either, and I’ve definitely thought ahead to breakfast the first day back from traveling and bought bananas at the airport too:)
Yum! You made do pretty well haha! It’s funny how some protein bars have the same stats as candy bars!