Snapshots from a day of delicious meals

Good morning to you on the first day of October. It’s hard to believe there are only three months left in 2014. Yesterday marked two full years that I’ve lived in San Francisco, and if you missed my take on what I’ve learned during that time, check it out. I want to thank all of you who reached out to me or left comments about that post. I was unsure of whether or not to share it and am so glad that opening up about my experiences hit home for some of you too. Now on to the food …

Everything little thing I ate on a Sunday

Today, I’m recapping everything that I ate and drank on Sunday, which was a day that included a little fun, absolutely no workouts and even a lovely and easy hike in the Marin area across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Protein pancake and tea for breakfastProtein pancake, topped with almond butter and a banana, with some hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and almond milk on the side.

With no alarm clock going off on Sunday, I took advantage of a lazy and free morning to do some experimenting in the kitchen. This was my first try at making protein pancakes at home, and it was a major success. These protein pancakes are made of oats and egg whites and can be prepared in no time at all. Check out my post from yesterday on how to make five-minute protein pancakes, and you’ll see just how simple it can be.

Mid-morning snack at 11:30 a.m.

Pumpkin chobani mid-morning snackPumpkin spice Chobani topped with some chopped-up dry roasted almonds.

This was my first time trying the pumpkin-spice flavored Greek yogurt, and it was as tasty as I expected. Because I wanted something a little bit more substantial before Dave and I headed off for our outdoor adventure, I topped it with a handful of almonds. So good. I didn’t want it to end. It almost tasted like dessert. 

Lunch at 1:30 p.m.

Cider, pellegrino and a shrimp louie saladHornsby’s Hard Cider, a Pellegrino and a Shrimp & Surini Louie salad.

This lunch was enjoyed on a rocky cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean picnic style. Even before we ate, Dave and I watched some dolphins jumping in and out of the water and all sorts of beautiful sights. While I don’t always have an adult beverage at lunch, this was one of those lovely days that called for it. And this salad from Trader Joe’s is my go-to on picnic outings when we stop in for something portable. It’s got all sorts of seafood and even a hard-boiled egg. Delicious. Protein. Filling. Yum.

Mid-afternoon snack at 5 p.m.

Midafternoon apple and Greek yogurt snackHuge sweet apple and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

After a few hours laying around our incredibly gorgeous picnic site, Dave and I packed up and headed home to lay low for the afternoon. Before we started a movie, I dipped these apple slices in Greek yogurt, and it was quite satisfying. It held me over until …

Pre-dinner beverage at 7:30 p.m.

Pre-dinner margaritaPre-made margarita mix served cold in a wine glass.

I received a coupon to pick up a free bottle of this Vita Frute Cocktail by Veev, and was definitely not sure what to expect from a pre-made margarita. It’s a little bit on the sweet side, but was fun to sip on. Veev bills itself as the first carbon-neutral spirit company, so I suppose it’s better to drink something that is environmentally friendly. Also it’s super low calorie, which is never what determines my adult beverages, but doesn’t hurt. Verdict? I liked it, but wouldn’t seek it out to purchase.

Dinner at 8 p.m.

Sunday night taco dinnerBlack bean tortillas topped with grilled chicken, grilled peppers and onions, salsa and guacamole with some black beans on the side.

After watching a movie, it was time for the main event. Sunday night is almost always taco night in our house. Dave does all the cooking, and it never disappoints. This meal is one of our most labor intensive of the week, and we usually eat the leftovers on Monday night too.

Dessert at 8:45 p.m.

Sunday night ProYo and milk dessertHigh-protein frozen yogurt and a mug of warm almond milk.

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know I was introduced to ProYo High-Protein Frozen Treats a couple of months ago and I continue to be a fan. The company gave me a few coupons, and I picked up a box at Whole Foods last week. You really wouldn’t believe how creamy and yummy these things are. I tend to like a more decadent dessert, but for a Sunday night at home, these puppies do the trick.

There you have it. That’s everything I had on Sunday: A little bit of fun, a little bit different from my usual weekday eats and every bite enjoyed. Now go off and conquer the first of the month!

Stay in touch, please!

I want to thank you for reading this “What I Ate Wednesday,” and let’s stay in touch. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’InstagramFacebook and Twitter for more fun throughout the week. And if you want to scroll though other recaps of daily eating, check out my previous posts:

  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

Questions of the day

What do you have planned for the month of October? What’s one good thing you’ve eaten lately? 

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    1. Hi Lindsay. Yes indeed. Hard cider goes down so smooth! And there are so many good salads at TJ’s, but this one has my heart. Give it a try! Happy Wednesday:)

  1. I cannot believe there is only three months of the year left too. Time flies. Looks like a great day of eats! I am a big fan of the Skinny Girl Original Margarita. I was not sure what to expect the first time on that one either! It’s very nice and perfect if you do not want to replicate the actual cocktail at home.

  2. Are you kidding me with that picnic set up? On a cliff overlooking the ocean with dolphins? Michigan just totally went down to crap in my book. HA! Sounds dreamy!! And also, that lunch (and all of your food) looks delicious. Love hard cider! <3

    1. You wouldn’t believe some of the views we have here, and we can get to them in no time at all! Sure beats the sea-level flatness of Florida. 🙂

    1. During the week my meals need to be much quicker, so I have to make sure I have all the healthy stuff on hand. The good thing is, I usually only buy healthy stuff, so that’s all I can choose from! Now, when I’m out do dinner, it’s a different story. I’m sure your eats are great!

  3. I haven’t tried the Chobani pumpkin, but I did manage to try the Oikos pumpkin and it was super tasty. Like you said, almost as good as dessert! I do want to try the Chobani flavor too since they’re typically one of my favorite Greek yogurt brands.

    I plan on trying your protein pancake tomorrow for breakfast!

    1. Hi Jessie! It’s fun to look forward to a theme night each week. We used to do pizza night and switched to tacos — a lot of work but worth it. We even put the Spanish Guitar station on Pandora to set the scene:)

    1. Hi Arman! I’m sure there are plenty of good and healthy eats you can only get in Australia! 🙂 And I had pancakes for breakfast this morning again, it’s a great way to start the day.

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