Travel plans and everything I ate yesterday

Well, hello there, middle-of-the-week. You’ve arrived quickly. This time next week, I’ll be flying down to Los Angeles to attend and present at the 2015 IDEA BlogFest and IDEA World Fitness Convention. I’m so excited to meet a bunch of wonderful healthy-living bloggers and fitness professionals in one four-day event, and I’m also excited that I’m bunking up with the lovely Heather. Speaking of travel, I’ve got way more than usual of it coming up, which we’ll chat about today, and then we can get to the food.

Upcoming summer travel plans

Dave and I have a few trips planned for the rest of the summer, and we are beyond pumped. Two weekends after I return from Los Angeles, the two of us are heading down to San Diego to visit Dave’s parents. Then, the following weekend, we’re driving down to Monterey for a wedding of one of his coworkers. And at the end of August, we’re going to Maui, Hawaii. This will be both Dave and my first time visiting Hawaii, and it’s a place that has been on our “must-see” list for ages. We’ve booked a resort on the Ka’anapali coast and want to make the most of our five nights there. That being said, we’d love suggestions for activities and sight-seeing, so please let me know if you’ve been before. Now let’s get back to the regularly scheduled programming …

This week’s “What I Ate Wednesday” recap

It’s Wednesday, so we’re going to look at some food. Every single week, I recap a full day of my eating, complete with real pictures. These “What I Ate Wednesday” posts are simply a chance to give you some insight into what actual meals look like from someone who tries to be fairly healthy. But it’s not perfect, because that just wouldn’t be any fun.

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes

Today, I’m sharing everything I ate yesterday — a Tuesday — in which I taught two classes at Orangetheory Fitness in the morning, came home to get some work done and then went back to do a workout at Orangetheory Fitness in the afternoon.

Breakfast at 6 a.m.

Trail mix breakfast bowl and green juice for breakfast via A Lady Goes West What I Ate WednesdayFirst meal of the day: I could eat trail mix at any time of day. This breakfast bowl is a good example of that. Plain Greek yogurt, a sliced-up banana and some organic trail mix. I enjoyed this alongside some green juice and hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and vanilla soy milk.

Un-pictured second mug of hot green tea consumed around 11:30 a.m.

Lunch at 12 p.m.

Seared salmon nicoise salad via A Lady Goes West What I Ate WednesdayDelivered fresh: This is a seared salmon nicoise salad, which I had waiting for me in the fridge when I got home from work. A fresh-food delivery service dropped off a bunch of meals to me the day before to try (and unfortunately, they weren’t all that good, so you won’t be learning more about them). This salad was just okay and didn’t keep me full very long, but I did enjoy the potatoes, salmon chunks and hard-boiled egg in it. I’ve always been drawn to the nicoise, but that word can be hard to say. Am I right?

Afternoon snack at 3:45 p.m.

Fruit and Publix bar for a snack via A Lady Goes West blog What I Ate WednesdayThe classics: Fresh fruit and a Publix granola bar. How did I get so lucky to enjoy a Publix product while on the West Coast? An amazing person sent me some Publix goodies, and as you can imagine, I’m loving them all. This was the perfect amount of fuel to give me energy for my workout.

Post-workout protein at 5:30 p.m.

Les Mills Good Protein powder shake after a workout via A Lady Goes West blogLes Mills Good Protein powder shake after a workout via A Lady Goes West blogChilled and delicious: Other than that “post-workout high,” there’s not much I like more about exercising than digging into a chilled and tasty protein shake after-the-fact. The folks at Les Mills sent me a few packets of their line, Good Protein, and good is an understatement to describe it. It’s totally yummy, and it recharged me after a tough workout at Orangetheory, which was a “run/row” for all you OTF folks out there.

Un-pictured little pouch of coconut water consumed around 7 p.m.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Sweet potato, eggs and veggies for dinner via A Lady Goes West blog What I Ate WednesdayIf it ain’t broke: Even though Dave was home for dinner, we had a lot of leftovers that he was fine to eat, so I decided to make my staple meal — a baked sweet potato, runny eggs and roasted vegetables — and let him eat the other stuff. This meal will never get old. It was perfect.

I ended the night with some vanilla soy milk straight from the carton. And that was that.

Today, I’m teaching BODYATTACK at lunch, working and then teaching two classes at Orangetheory Fitness in the evening. Have a good one, my friends!

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:

  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
  34. On Wednesdays we look at pictures of food
  35. Food, drinks and a very hydrating giveaway
  36. Front-loading all the healthy this week
  37. MealEnders giveaway and back to healthy food
  38. Eating, drinking and sharing the pictures
  39. I don’t like bad people, I do like good food
  40. Smart training nutrition tips and my meals
  41. “What I Ate Wednesday” and a Phenoh 7.4 review
  42. What my daily meals look like in pictures
  43. Food pictures from a light and healthy day
  44. Life lately and a look at all of my meals
  45. What’s normal to you? (And my daily eats)
  46. A bit of chatter and “What I Ate Wednesday”
  47. How you eat beets and a look at a day of food
  48. What I ate yesterday in the Sunshine State
  49. A full day of lazy eating from the weekend
  50. Every thing I ate yesterday in pictures
  51. BlogFest 2015 and “What I Ate Wednesday”
  52. Why I refuel after a workout and my daily eats
  53. Random life updates and a look at my food

Questions of the day

Do you usually make your lunch or buy your lunch?

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

Do you have any suggestions for our Maui vacation? Should we rent a car?

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  1. Oh man, Hawaii is the best…you’ll have a blast!! I’d rent a car so you can explore different areas for hikes, beaches etc. I’m jealous! 🙂

  2. Well you are just successfully going right through my bucket list trips for me! First Cabo and now Hawaii. I’m super jealous, but excited for you and glad I’ll get to read about your experience and hopefully enjoy some photos too.

    Happy Wednesday!

    1. Hi Courtney! One of the many benefits of moving out west is the closer proximity to these good travel spots! You know I’ll share it all, so you can see all the pictures and get excited for your future trips there. 🙂

  3. We both know that I can’t really talk about food right now, so instead let’s talk Hawaii. A) it is truly one of the most incredible places that you will ever go. B) I am so jealous, take me with you! C) what I would do is contact where you are staying and ask them what you should do about the car situation. They would know best!

    1. Hi Susie! Yes, I’m thinking we will need to rent a car. And I’m hoping things go well for you and you feel better soon. 🙁

  4. I’m so jealous you’re going to Hawaii! My fiancee and I looked into there for our honeymoon but it’s just not quite in our budget and we were leaning more towards an all inclusive – looking into St. Lucia and Antigua now! Enjoy all of your travels coming up! 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley! It’s expensive to go to Hawaii, but we are lucky to live a little closer to it (only about a 5 hour flight) now that we’re in California. But we did an all-inclusive in Jamaica for our honeymoon and it was the BEST trip ever. I would highly recommend all-inclusive, because you don’t have to worry about anything — the best way to travel after the events of a wedding. I haven’t been to either St. Lucia or Antigua, but they both sound awesome. 🙂 Yay for your wedding!!

    1. Hi Liz! You sure do need to check it out. There will usually be a free week of classes when the new studio opens if you sign up, so look into that to see if you’d like to join. 🙂

  5. I almost always pack my lunch. Pre-packaged salads are almost always disappointing, unfortunately. I have been loving fresh cherries and strawberries lately – they are so good when they are in season!
    I have never been to Hawaii (or Maui for that matter), but my cousin and her husband have gone a few times and they always rent a jeep.
    Enjoy your day!

    1. Hi Heather! Yes, renting a cheap seems like a good idea for exploring the island. And yes, packaged salads seem to fall short. 🙁 Too bad, because they are so convenient. And you’re making me want some fresh cherries and strawberries, because I am fresh out! Happy Wednesday!

  6. I’m so jealous that you’re going to Hawaii! I’ve been to Honolulu but not Maui so I don’t have suggestions on things to do. But, I have a suggestion on a great tour company if you’re looking at booking excursions. We used Discover Hawaii Tours and absolutely loved them and I know they offer tour on the other islands too.

    Enjoy your Wednesday 🙂

    1. Hi Catherine! Thank you for that tip, I will definitely look into Discover Hawaii Tours. And I’m glad you’ve been to Hawaii before! Woohoo! Hope you have a lovely Wednesday, lady! 🙂

    1. Hi Stacie! I know, I can’t wait! I’ve wanted to go for forever, and it’s nice that we live only about a five-hour flight away now. I’ll be sure to post a ton of pictures! Hope all is well in your world. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  7. Sounds like you have some great summer travel plans lined up. I loved Maui, it’s so beautiful and not too touristy yet. I stayed in Kihei and I recommend spending a day there. It’s such a laid back vibe and a great place to try surfing.

  8. Wow Maui!?! That’s freaking awesome! So excited for you, and I can’t wait to see your recaps.

    I try to pack my lunch most days (usually just leftovers from dinner) but I do occasionally get lazy and buy a lunch. It’s tough because I work in downtown Pittsburgh so there’s SO many places to go, so sometimes I just get in the habit of eating out! Very expensive habit to get into 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! I know, it’s so easy to pop in somewhere for food. I used to bring my lunch, then go for a walk, so at least I still go out even though I wasn’t spending! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  9. Maui is great! I would definitely rent a car so you can explore lots of beaches and different parts of the island. If you don’t get carsick easily, definitely do the drive to Hana.

    1. Hi Leah! Good to know! I had never gotten carsick until one adventure in the mountains of Marin a year or so ago, but I’d be willing to risk it to see Hana! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  10. Oh Maui! My family has been giving to hawaii every year since I was little! You’ll LOVE it. A car is necessary. Eat (or just go for sunset drinks) at Mama’s Fish House in Paia. The fish is so fresh they name the fisherman who caught it on the menu that day. Sansei for sushi. Longhis in Wailea is amazing. Morimoto at the Andaz Wailea is insane. Sorrentos on the beach in Kihei. Mala Ocean Tavern in Lahaina. So many places!

    1. Hi Kristine! Ahhh yes, a Hawaii regular with all the tips. Thank you for these. You’re the second person to suggest Mama’s Fish House, so I’m sold on that. I really appreciate all this. I can’t wait to experience it for the first time!! Hope all is well with you in your new job. 🙂

  11. Yay! That’s so exciting you’re going to Maui!! Ugh. You’re going to love it.

    I would definitely plan a day to go to Hana. Drive all the way around that side of the coast if you can. Watching the scenery change so drastically is incredible! There’s also an organic fruit farm that you can do tastings at. They were closed the day we were there but I would love to go back.

    Most of what we saw and did in Hana was from the book Maui Revealed. I highly recommend it!

    Oh, and the macadamia pancakes with coconut syrup at this little spot in Napili Bay are amazing! I can’t remember the name but I’m sure if you google macadamia pancakes Napili it will pop right up.

    Okay, really your whole summer sounds so like a blast! I’m excited to follow along with all of your travels! 🙂

    1. Hi Sarah! Awesome tips. It sounds like the Road to Hana is something we MUST do. And yes, those pancakes sound amazing. I can’t wait to see it all!! Woohoo!! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  12. The sweet potato, egg, and veggie combo never gets old- not only does it look fantastic but its tastes pretty darn amazing too! So excited for you that you’re going to Hawaii, I have always wanted to go there as well, it seems like such a relaxing and beautiful place to visit :)!

    1. Hi Niki! Thanks, I can’t wait to see Hawaii for the first time. I’m sure there will be a lot of wonderful eats there:) Happy Wednesday to you, lady!

  13. SO jealous of your Maui vacation. My grandparents used to have a condo there and I loved loved loved spending my spring breaks there!!! I wouldn’t rent a car for the whole trip, but maybe a day or two. Driving up to the top of mount haleakala to watch the sunrise was one of my absolute favorite things to do! And swimming with sea turtles 🙂 They didn’t have SUP when I was there, but if they do, the water is gorgeous and it would be such a fun way to explore!! I also pack my lunch… 1. because I’m too cheap to spend so much money on lunch 2. i like knowing what I’m eating for the day… I’m far too indecisive to decisive to have to eat out!

    1. Hi Jamie, I always used to pack my lunch when I didn’t have a chance to run home, so I feel you on that. And as far as Hawaii, ho awesome that your grandparents had a place so you could visit! And I think we will definitely need to rent a car to see some of the sights. Thanks for the tips, lady:)

    1. Hi Julia! My husband’s parents live on Coronado, so we’ll be there mostly, but I’d love to see some of San Diego. Where can I get the best acai bowl EVER? hahah! And in LA, it’s all-blog-fitness-conference — so no fun outings there. Maybe next time!! 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  14. Hi Ashley, Lynne and I have Hawaii on our bucket list! I’ve seen some amazing reviews and pictures from other bloggers and it just looks like, wow! I’m already looking forward to your photographs and sharing of your time there! 🙂

    Loved your first meal of the day, above. Trail mix, nom nom, yeah I could eat that all day too!

  15. I used to go to Ka’anapali 3 times a year growing up… don’t miss the macadamia nut pancakes from The Gazebo, the miso butterfish from Sansei, the ahi at Mala Ocean Tavern, or any of the fish dishes at I’O! Oh and there are always free cookie samples at the Honolulu Cookie Company stores 🙂

    1. Hi Taryn, YUMMY! You are the second person to mention those pancakes, so clearly that has made my list. So far, I know basically everything I want to eat in Hawaii. I appreciate the tips! Yay for free cookies samples too. 🙂

  16. You’re going to love Ka’anapali!! Make sure you go up the road to snorkle with the turtles, and there’s a sushi place in town (I can’t remember the name but someone will) that does 50% off sushi happy hour. Win!! Can’t wait to hear all about your experience at the conference!! xx

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