On Wednesdays we look at pictures of food

Greetings, friends! I hope your week is going along nicely. For those of you who are experiencing extremely cold weather, I’m sorry. For those of you who live in the Bay Area like I do, high five. 

Life is quite normal this week, except Dave and I are dealing with a small issue in our new place. There’s a cell-phone dead-zone in about one half of the house. True story. And it means that calls not only go straight to voicemail when in this dead-zone, but it also means that they sometimes ring and ring, and yet a missed call never shows up. So if you’re my friend, and you’ve called me, and I haven’t called back, well, whoops. And if you’re wondering how I’m doing, just check Instagram. (Okay, kidding, please call me again!)

But I digress, before we get started on today’s topic of food, I do want to say …

Did you enter the activewear giveaway yet?

If you haven’t already seen my post yesterday about the Actio926 activewear line and the inspiring woman behind it, please check it out now. Why? Because it includes a giveaway, and you could win the chance to pick out a top or bottom of your choice from the company’s colorful selection of workout clothing. Enter today! And for those of you who already entered and left comments about what inspires you — you shared some absolutely amazing stuff. I loved reading every single thing.

Now back to business. There are a few regular weekly features here on A Lady Goes West, and “What I Ate Wednesday” is one of them. Nearly every single Wednesday, I share a recap of one full day of my eating and drinking, which is usually a Monday or a Tuesday. I’m a huge fan of looking at pictures of food, finding out how real people actually eat and sharing my life with you. So these “What I Ate Wednesday” posts are a main-stay.

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes West

All of the food that I’m about to show you was consumed on Monday. I didn’t teach any classes on Monday and was working on the computer much of the day, outside of a few errands and a short workout at home. Because I was less active than usual, I really wasn’t as ravenous. I do find that I’m extra hungry on days featuring tough morning workouts or classes, which is a totally normal thing. Now, let’s get to it …

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Breakfast 2.16Don’t get me wrong, I still love eating overnight oats, but for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been eating an even simpler breakfast. Plain Greek yogurt, topped with a banana and crunched-up cashews. I had this bowl of delight with some hot green tea, sweetened with almond milk and stevia.

Mid-morning snack at 11 a.m.

AM Snack 2.16.15When you’re going to eat packaged goods, you might as well make sure it’s the right kind. This little 100-calorie “Chia Bar” may have been small, but it was tasty, healthy and just what I needed to hold me over until lunch.

Lunch at 1 p.m.

Lunch 2.16.15Let me explain this one. It’s a baked sweet potato, topped with cottage cheese and cinnamon. Maybe it doesn’t look very good, but I can assure you that it was. Plenty of protein and healthy carbs combined. I had this along with a second mug of green tea for the day, which was also sweetened with almond milk and stevia. I had been on a major cottage cheese kick for many months, then stayed away from it for about two months. Well, it’s back. I’ve been eating cottage cheese as part of my breakfast, on sweet potatoes as you see here for lunch, as well as slathered on whole-grain crackers for snacks. Cottage cheese sure is versatile and tasty, and I’m glad it’s back in my life.

Mid-afternoon snack at 4 p.m.

Snack 2.16.15Ever since I made my own trail mix a few weeks ago featuring prunes, I haven’t bought pre-packaged trail mix again. This is a selection of raw whole almonds, whole cashews and of course, dried prunes. I’ve been refilling a big plastic container of this, which Dave and I have been plowing through each week. 

Dinner at 8 p.m.

Dinner 2.16Dinner 2.16.15Another masterpiece compliments of our new grill. That’s a grilled turkey burger topped with lettuce, tomato, avocado and ketchup on a grilled whole-wheat bun. Served alongside some kale, broccoli, carrot, pecan and dried cranberry salad, topped with honey dijon dressing.

That dinner? Oh my, it was good, and by far the highlight of my day food-wise. In fact, Dave and I had burgers from the grill like this, both Sunday and Monday night because they were so delicious. The salad is one that we’ve been buying often from Safeway, pre-packaged. It requires a little massaging in the bag, which is actually pretty fun to do. This dinner will likely become a staple for us, being that it’s quick and fairly healthy. And the carbs from the whole-wheat buns? Not going to kill me — don’t fear the carb, my friends.

And that was it for my eats yesterday, outside of a little bit of cashew milk for dessert. Looking back at these meals, I see that I had some form of nuts in four-of-the-five meals I ate throughout the day, which may be a bit of overkill in the healthy-fats department. But it sure did add a nice crunch. 

Today will include some work, as well as teaching an evening BODYATTACK class. If you’re a BODYATTACKer, check out my review of the latest release BODYATTACK 87. I’ve gone back to teaching older releases now, but look forward to launching the next round of choreography in early April. Now go off and have a great day, 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

Questions of the day

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far this week? What are you having for lunch today? Me? I’ll probably have a hearty green smoothie.

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    1. Hi Stacie! Glad you got that reference. 🙂 And the grill is SO my new favorite thing. It helps that I’m not the one doing the cooking on it too! Happy Wednesday!

  1. Sweet potato with cottage cheese is one of my favorite combos! I usually add cinnamon, a little Stevia, and some peanut butter! So good! For a while I never liked cottage cheese, but I wanted to – so I ate it little by little and now I’m a huge fan!

  2. Your day of food looks SO good! I have been eating SO much oatmeal for snacks…and Quest bars, since I am stuck at a hotel in the middle of nowhere Illinois for work until tomorrow. Can’t wait to be back in my kitchen! I miss cottage cheese so much – I need a lactose free version. Oh, I entered the giveaway!! YAY!! Happy Weds 🙂

    1. Hi Jill! I bet it’s not easy to eat well on the road for work, but you’ll be home soon! Lactose free cottage cheese? Someone has probably created it, but I’ve never seen it. Happy Wednesday!! 🙂

  3. Cottage cheese is one of my favorite foods! Although it does seem to give me a little tummy troubles it is totally worth it! In fact I am headed to the store after work to put some up and I might just totally have to have your sweet potato, cottage cheese lunch for dinner!

  4. That’s so strange about the signal in your house! Hopefully they can get it fixed for you.

    And I’m glad to see you embracing some carbs at dinner. Whole grains are delicious and healthy and for as active as you are, you could probably eat them all day!

  5. Love that you’re making your own trail mix too. In Canada we had this bulk food store called Bulk Barn (and ALWAYS had coupons to make the food that much cheaper). Here, I cannot find a place similar to that. Sure, I can buy my bulk foods (in limited quantity) at Whole Foods, or Sprouts, but it’s not the same as perusing through aisles and aisles of wonderful food. So I miss truly making my own trail mix from scratch (loads of raw nuts!) But now I buy a few different raw nut packages from Trader Joe’s, and call that my mix.

  6. You’ve got some good lookin’ eats here, my friend! We’re back into the grilling now that it’s warmed up, and I am just loving it! Grilling out is my favorite. Not to mention, it’s super easy and has minimal clean up! It’s a win all around. I’ll have to see if I can find that salad here – it sounds good! You guys have Safeway by you? When I lived in California, it was Vons… Have they changed?

    1. Hi Ashley, There are Vons around but we always go to Safeway, with some trips to Trader Joe’s for other things. It seems like there is a Safeway on every corner now. But they’ve been bought by Albertsons I believe, so we’ll see how things change. Happy WIAW to you! 🙂

    1. Hi Angie! I cook my sweet potatoes in the microwave. After washing them, I poke a few holes with a fork, wrap them in a wet paper towel, then microwave on each side for about 3-4 minutes depending on the size of the sweet potato.

  7. I’m with you, I never get bored of looking at pictures of food! Especially colorful, healthy food. I find that I eat a lot of nuts in my diet, as well, but I never let myself feel bad about that because I know what types of unhealthy snacks I tend to turn to when I don’t get enough of the good fats in my diet. Happy eating! 🙂

  8. Loving the “Mean Girls” reference. I thought in the breakfast photo you were having marshmallows and bananas until I looked at the photo more closely. 🙂 The salad you had with dinner looks delish! I get a similar salad from Whole Foods on a regular basis and I love it! Makes me completely forget that I’m even eating veggies.

  9. Homemade trail mix is the absolute best! Perfect post afternoon snack too. To answer your question – we still have 5 isn hrs until lunch, but I imagine I’ll have a salad with chicken & lots of vegetables.

    1. Extra salty cottage cheese? Is that a kind you can buy or do you salt it yourself? Yummy. I need to salt mine! I’ve been eating it with sweet stuff mostly. Oh and we can wear pink on Thursdays too, if you want. 🙂

  10. You always eat the most tasty looking food! I’m coming to Cali for dinner! Looks like you had some delish meals as always. Hope you get the cell phone issue figured out! I’ve heard you can call your provider and they can help make adjustments!

    1. Hi Jenna! Thanks! You’re welcome to come to dinner anytime you visit CA! And you know, I think I will call my cell provider. Thanks for the motivation to do that. Hope you have a Happy Thursday! 🙂

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