I’ve been writing this blog for several years, and “What I Ate Wednesday” posts are some of the most consistently requested, right up there with fitness tips. While I used to regularly document my colorful and healthy meals — mostly prepared at home — while I was working in gyms and doing freelance, these days, much of my food is packed on-the-go as I work in a totally different job. Therefore, what I’m eating rarely makes an appearance. (Read more about the job change here.) Quite frankly, it’s not easy to take decent photos of your food when you (A) eat in the car or (B) eat under a fluorescent light, but that is neither here nor there.
The background: I do a full grocery shop on the weekends and get everything I need for the entire week. And while sometimes I take Sundays to do a full meal prep, which looks much like this “a meal-prep plan for five days of healthy lunches,” other times, I merely assemble a few healthy items together to make rounded out and mostly balanced meals, which is what you’re about to see here. Let’s take a look at everything I ate on a Tuesday.
5:30 a.m. – Pre-workout
I ate this Larabar in the car on the way to teach a 6 a.m. BODYPUMP class at a 24 Hour Fitness gym in San Ramon. I love my early morning crew, because they are super dedicated. When I took the class over months ago, it was a small group, but nowadays we fill the room with more than 40 people.
I always eat something sweet with a little protein and carbs before a morning workout, and Larabars have been my mainstay for some time. It’s just enough and not too much, and of course, full of real-food ingredients only.
7:15 a.m. – Post-workout
In the car on the way home from teaching, I drink a pre-made protein shake to help my muscles recover from the one-hour resistance workout. I make the shake the day before, then let it sit in the freezer for about four hours and finally move it to the fridge overnight. That way, I can bring it with me to class, and by that time, it has defrosted and is slightly slushy when I go to drink it.
This day, I drank Vega Essentials, which is a nutritional beverage with 20 grams of protein, a bunch of vitamins and minerals and a couple servings of greens. It’s tasty! I got a tub of it at IDEA World Fitness Convention and just started working through it.
8:15 a.m. – Breakfast
After showering up and doing a quick get-ready (bun-life), I sit down for breakfast. And because it’s technically my third meal of the morning, I’m not starving at this point, but still like to get something else in my system before starting the day.
I always choose full-fat Fage plain Greek yogurt, and top it with a tablespoon of raw pumpkin seeds (for the extra magnesium, which helps you sleep) and a teaspoon of chia seeds (for healthy omegas). I enjoy that alongside a big ripe banana and a mug of green tea. The standout is definitely the tea, which is filled with two tea bags, a scoop of Vital Proteins collagen (obsessed), some stevia and a splash of pure coconut milk from a can. It’s my favorite beverage of the day! And yes, my mug is massive. Dave calls it my “drinking bowl.”
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
Lunchtime is the best time! In the middle of a weekday, when I’m working at my office, I always take a full break and step into the little cafeteria to eat away from my desk and distractions. Lately, instead of bringing leftovers, I bring a bag of store-bought organic hard-boiled eggs, whole avocados and some toppings. Then, I chop it all up on the spot and eat it!
This plate has four eggs and a full avocado. I put hot sauce or sometimes salsa on top, and it’s a totally tasty and filling concoction, with lots of healthy fats and protein.
4:30 p.m. – Snack
Snack time rolls around, and I usually go for another mug of green tea (once again lightened up with canned coconut milk, which I bring from home), and some more stevia. What would I do without stevia? This day, I also had a GoMacro Thrive bar (full of superfoods and quite filling), and an organic green juice. While I don’t like to have two packaged bars in one day, sometimes it happens, and at least they are both pretty clean.
I gobbled this all down while finishing up some work before heading home for the day. The best part of my day? Walking in the door and being greeted by Rudy, of course! We usually go for a short walk, before I get unpacked and settle in for the evening.
8:30 p.m. – Dinner
Weeknight dinners for Dave and for me are super simple. We usually have chicken and cauliflower rice, turkey burgers or even breakfast for dinner (my personal favorite). However this week, we had an order of Green Chef organic meal kits (referral link) that were gifted to me, so we cooked up this little beauty.
That’s seared yellowfin tuna puttanesca, with green beans, tomatoes, olives and capers and a well-dressed salad, which Dave so kindly prepared for us, while I worked on the computer. Seriously, Green Chef is one of the best meal-kit services, as everything we’ve made has been divine! This meal was light and well-flavored and a great healthy dinner. Oh, and don’t mind the little white guy wandering around the kitchen.
I finished the night with a single coconut-covered date for a sweet bite, and that’s all she wrote. Boy, my purple manicure sure looks dark, doesn’t it?
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Questions of the day
What do you usually have for lunch?
What’s your favorite meal of the day?