My mostly healthy meals on a weekend day
Food, food and more food. But first, how’s your week going, my friends? We’re doing well over here. One week from tomorrow, Dave and I will be heading off on our first-ever vacation to Hawaii, and the anticipation is high. I definitely feel like I have a lot to get done ahead of time, but am super excited as well.
As far as A Lady Goes West is concerned, I’m going to have a few posts ready for you while I’m away, but am planning to mostly check out over the course of the trip. That being said, you have to promise not to forget about me. (I hope Rudy doesn’t forget about me either!) But we have a few days to prepare for that. So for now, let’s just skim through some food pictures and call it a day? Sound good?
This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap
On Wednesdays, I take a minute to show you one full day of my mostly healthy meals in pictures. It’s a chance to see real food in action, so I hope you enjoy it. But remember, what I eat works for me, and it may not work for you. I have no allergies, no dietary restrictions, and I certainly don’t avoid any food groups, so you’ll see a little bit of everything.
Today, I’m sharing everything that I ate on Sunday. While normally Sunday is a rest day for me, because I had taken Saturday off of working out, I opted to jump into a BODYPUMP class in the morning. Here’s how the day looked with food …
Breakfast at 7:45 a.m.
Not my usual prepped ahead-of-time bowl of overnight oats or even one of my usual cottage-cheese parfaits. Because I decided at the last-minute to get ready and head out to a workout class, I had to throw together a small breakfast quickly. I opted for a Quest Bar (totally delicious impulse buy from the day before), a banana and some hot green tea, sweetened with cashew milk and stevia. It did the trick!
Post-workout protein at 10 a.m.
A plant-based recovery shake with 26 grams of protein was just what I needed when I came home from pumping. (Always consumed within one hour of my workout!) As usual, guess who was at my feet as I downed my slightly frozen drink? I usually prefer whey protein straight after a workout, but this beverage was armed and ready for me. Good stuff. Thanks for all the products, Vega, because I’m enjoying it all.
Lunch at Noon
After several months of consuming at least one sweet potato a day, I recently took some time off the orange tasty carbs. Well I’m back on the baked-sweet-potato train this week. On this day, I had a baked tater, topped with cinnamon, along with two slightly-runny fried eggs. I mixed it all into one pile of mush, and it was glorious. And I’ve had that lunch every day this week so far.
Afternoon snack at 5 p.m.
Apples and almonds, i.e. the perfect snack. I enjoyed this little meal after Dave and I got home from an afternoon outing with Rudy, and it sure hit the spot. Apples are one of the few pieces of produce that I always buy organic, even though they are a bit more expensive, because I always eat the skin and want that part to be untouched by pesticides. My latest batch of Fuji apples are not only organic, but also taste just right.
Dinner at 8 p.m.
I could eat this for dinner every single night. Grilled salmon, a mixed kale salad (pre-packaged and from Safeway) and some grilled asparagus. I mean … totally delicious. Dave has gotten so good at grilling fish, and this salmon was perfect, topped with just a little fresh-squeezed lemon. Also shown is just one of the glasses of Chardonnay I enjoyed that night at home on the couch, because Sunday night just calls for wine. Am I right?
Dessert at 9 p.m.
I actually don’t have dessert (or wine) very often during the week, but I always have room for something sweet (and wine) on the weekends, including Sundays. I had this high-protein ProYo frozen yogurt bar, a selection of coconut-covered and caramel-covered dates and some vanilla cashew milk, and it was just what I needed to end the day of eating. And yes, those dates are purchased from the produce department with all the fixings included.
That was it for my eats that day. Plenty of good stuff, I’d say. Alright friends, have a lovely Wednesday! Eat up!
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P.S. Congratulations to the winner of the Merrithew package, Carrie. More giveaways coming your way soon!
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:
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- Healthy challenges and foods from my day
- Eating, napping and eating again
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- What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
- A bit of chatter and “What I Ate Wednesday”
- How you eat beets and a look at a day of food
- What I ate yesterday in the Sunshine State
- A full day of lazy eating from the weekend
- Every thing I ate yesterday in pictures
- BlogFest 2015 and “What I Ate Wednesday”
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- All of my meals from a healthy weekday
- Just a little chatting and some food pictures
- Plenty of colorful food on a healthy weekday
- Because we all like to look at pictures of food
Questions of the day
If there was one meal you could eat for dinner every night, what would it be?
How’s your week going?
Salmon and asparagus are my favorites! We eat that combo at least a few times a month!
Hi Julia! Salmon is definitely my favorite too! I love the skin! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
Salmon, asparagus and brown rice are my favorite dinner too! You’re so very lucky to not have food allergies. It can be difficult primarily with eating out.
Hi Megan! I bet, I’m so glad that neither Dave nor I have to deal with that. And yay for salmon and your new car! 🙂
I feel like i there was one meal period that I could have, it would be an egg white omelet. I cant have those at alllll times!
Hi Susie! Omelets are definitely good at all times of day — but I like the full eggs. heehhe! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
My meal that I could have every night is scallops, rice and a good salad, along with a glass of Chardonnay. ?
BTW, how come you don’t allow yourself to drink wine during the week? I have a glass every evening and always enjoy it when making dinner. ( I don’t have dessert every night though ?
Hi Mo! I like scallops, but have never made them at home. But your meal sounds delish! As far as wine goes, believe it or not, I usually don’t want it when I get home late and am showering and trying to get settled for the night. So I just save it for more leisure evenings on the weekends. However, if I was craving it, I would certainly pour a glass any time. 🙂 Glad you get your nightly night fix while cooking!!
Once again, I feel like I am missing out on the salmon train. Maybe one of these days I’ll hop on it! ProYo? That looks very intriguing and delicious. Also, there’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine on the weekends OR weekdays 😉 Happy Wednesday!
Hi Heather! Salmon is just so darn healthy and tasty, but I know it’s not for everyone. No big deal. Dave has been eating tilapia and cod — because those are much more mild fish. ProYo is totally delish – but hard to find in stores. If you see it, jump on it! Happy Wednesday!
A meal I could eat every night is a toss up between cedar-plank salmon, sweet potato, asparagus and chicken on the bbq, roasted potatoes and a veggie (green beans, asparagus, or a variety of roasted veggies).
I love bbq season and wished I lived somewhere that I could bbq year-round. Since I know I only have a few more months of it I’m grilling as many meals as possible!!
Enjoy your Wednesday 🙂 I’m super jealous that you’re going to Hawaii soon. We went there for our honeymoon and didn’t want to leave. We hope to go there for our anniversary every 5 years … fingers crossed we can manage that.
Hi Catherine! Oh wow, all of your foods you suggest (minus the green beans) sound delish to me! We have been using our grill a lot and I think it will be used year-round, because the winters aren’t too cold here. I can see why you need to take advantage of yours now! As far as Hawaii — we CANNOT wait. I’ve wanted to go for FOREVER. And how cool you have plans to return every five years!! 🙂 (By the way, I’m using Discover Hawaii Tours upon your recommendation!)
Awesome – glad to hear that you’re using Discover Hawaii! It’s funny because when we went to Cabo we used Cabo Adventures based on your recommendation 🙂
I can’t wait for your recap since we only managed to get to Oahu on our last visit. Next time we want to go for longer and travel to more than one island.
That’s too funny! Glad we’ve been able to help each other out. And yes, you know I’ll have a full Maui recap!
Ohh yes that dinner looks great. I absolutely love asparagus, and salmon might be my favorite protein ever. I think I could eat sushi every day. There’s so many varieties that I could never get tired!! Thanks for sharing your eats, and I hope the next week flies by for you!
I could eat sushi every day too, Gretchen. But that would get expensive heeheehe. Amen on salmon as my favorite protein. I try to eat it at least once a week. Happy eating to you, lady! 🙂
I could eat salmon all day every day! Asparagus is also one of my favorite vegetables, so that meal gets two thumbs up from me 🙂 hope you have a fantastic vacation.
Hi Sam! Salmon and asparagus is truly perfect. I need to eat it more often! 🙂 Happy Wednesday to you, lady!
That salmon looks delicious! I honestly never make it myself, nor do I ever order it, but when it’s right in front of me I’ll eat it and love it! Super stoked to get my giveaway stuff!!
Yay, Carrie! It will be sent out to you this week! Congrats again! And YAY for salmon. You should try baking it as your first attempt, because that’s not too hard. 🙂
That Pro-Yo looks good! Love the Quest bars, just so pricey! I picked up some Vega powder a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t too impressed with the taste… but it goes well in stuff, just a fan of it solo with water or almond milk. I would be a happy camper with a giant chicken & veggie stir-fry every night, or a big plate of basil chicken from my favorite Vietnamese place 🙂
Hi Jessie, I definitely like Vega better mixed with milk or in a smoothie or other concoction. But the ingredients, packaging and company are awesome all-around! 🙂 Basil chicken sounds pretty tasty too. I like basil with anything. Especially martinis. Have you had a basil martini? hhehe
YUM. Enough said! I could eat that dinner every night, too. And I love Body Pump. Just love it. Happy Wednesday 🙂
Me too, Heather! Right now I’m only teaching it regularly once-a-week, whereas I used to teach it three times-a-week, so it’s good for me to to go experience it as a student! Happy Wednesday! 🙂
Yumm I love your food pictures so much! The quest s’mores flavor is my favorite. I too have taken a break from sweet potatoes and hope to get back to them soon- your egg picture has me craving them big time.!
Hi Niki! It was nice to take that sweet potato breather — because they are even more delicious now that I’m back at ’em! And YES, I loved that Quest flavor. Happy Wednesday!
I am going to have to try the sweet potato and egg combo. The last time I made sweet potatoes at my house it did not go well… The hubby hated them. He thought they were too sweet and like dessert… Guess I will just have to eat them alone..,
Oh and I must find those ProYo bars!
Yes, Rachel! They are totally tasty! 🙂
Yes, my husband prefers regular potatoes too. So make them both! heheh! 🙂
I need that pro-yo in my life! Well, maybe once I’m no longer in Italy and eating my bodyweight in gelato… haha
Have fun in Hawaii! I went there 4.5 years ago. All I remember was having amazing desserts and cocktails.
I can’t WAIT to see the food in Hawaii! Have so much fun in Italy, Tara! 🙂
Nice to see the Quest bar there! 😉 I’ll need to make you some when I take an Orange theory class 😉
Yes, sir. I’d love a home-made one! Thanks, Arman! 🙂
Those caramel covered dates though… I feel like I could get crazy with those! I don’t know why but I love breakfast for dinner so I’m pretty sure I could do eggs or pancakes or waffles every single night of the week and be totally happy!
Hi Jamie! I could eat breakfast food at all times of day, for sure! 🙂 Happy WIAW!
I haven’t had a Quest bar in far too long. They are definitely one of my favorite protein bars, but they are a little pricey so they don’t happen as frequently as I’d like. That sweet potato + egg combo is so good! Now I’m craving it for lunch and may just have to make it happen. Your dinner looks delish too!! I could eat that combo every day myself!
So glad I provided your lunch inspiration today, Ash! I hope it was as good as it looked! 🙂
I feel like I could a roasted veggie salad everyday and not get sick of it! Your meals, though look delicious! I love the egg/sweet potato combo! I totally would have mixed it all together too! I hope you have a great rest of your day!
I don’t get sick of roasted veggies either, Heather! So good! And those are also good to pair with an egg and tater! 🙂
I could eat chicken, veggies, and rice every night! Similar to your dinner, I have never tried grilling Salmon though. And your kale salad always looks so good, I am going to look for it at Safeway this week. How is the cashew milk? I have tried cashew butter and enjoy it, but haven’t tried the milk yet. Hope your week is going well!
Hi Patricia! I like the flavored cashew milk the best – so I buy the vanilla kind. It’s good and definitely tastes like cashews heheh! Go for it! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
I would probably incorporate fish into dinner every night if I could! I would rotate, and sushi would definitely be on the list too.
I’m with you, Sarah! Fish every night if I could. 🙂 But sadly, that’s not the case. Happy Wednesday!
I tried the Quest S’mores bars recently too! It actually tasted a LOT like an actual s’mores! Who knows how they get those flavors down. And that fish does look grilled perfectly. I need to get myself a grill!
Quest bars are totally awesome. I’m glad I didn’t know that until recently, because they are expensive hehe. You need a grill, Dani! So good!! Happy WIAW! 🙂
Delicious day of eats- your lunch and dinner are both meals I could eat daily without getting bored. Another one to add to the list is baked sweet potato with greens, grilled chicken and hummus! Happy Wednesday!
Hummus with the sweet potato? Okay, now I could get behind that!! hhaha Happy Wednesday, K! 🙂