Hiya, folks! How are you? Whenever I ask you guys what you want to see more of on the blog, it’s often food. So today, I’m giving you a full “What I ate Wednesday” post — complete with everything I ate during a regular weekday, which just happens to be yesterday. And by the way, I’m often posting my food pics over on Instagram, so make sure you’re following there as well, and say hi to me, so I can see what you’re up to as well.
My long-time blog readers may remember that I used to do this type of post all the time, often chronicling my daily meals. It’s a lot of work. And sometimes you just want to eat your food instead of taking its picture first — but I persevered yesterday for each bite and made it happen. Check out all of my older “What I ate Wednesday” posts here. 🙂
Breakfast at 8 a.m.
Now that my schedule is so much more flexible, my earliest day of workouts doesn’t start until 8:30 a.m., so even though I still prefer to get up and go in the morning, I’m often waking up closer to 7 a.m. these days. I usually take Rudy out for a little stroll and sometimes drop Dave off at the BART station, before opening up the computer and getting to work.
For breakfast yesterday, I used two pieces of sprouted flax seed toast, covered in sunflower butter, raw pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and a full banana. In my mug, is green tea, sweetened with stevia, cinnamon and organic coconut milk. The tea also has collagen and MCT oil in it for a little boost and added fats and protein for staying power all morning.
Lunch at 12:30 p.m.
There are a lot of things I like about not going into an office each day, but perhaps one of the biggest is the fact that I can now make a warm lunch in my own kitchen. This week, I dug into my brand new boxes of Trader Joe’s new cauliflower crust, so it was cauli-crust pizza on both Monday and Tuesday of this week. Yay!
This cauliflower crust pizza is topped with organic red pizza sauce (also from Trader Joe’s), spinach, two scrambled eggs, sea salt and some nutritional yeast. The pizza cooks up in about 10 minutes (keep it in the oven even longer if you like it to get crispy), and I added the eggs after cooking them separately for some extra protein. Yes, this is a cheese-less pizza, but I didn’t miss the cheese at all.
Oh, and after lunch, I had two almond-covered dates as a sweet ending, because I always need a sweet! And I go through these little beauties so quickly.
Pre-workout snack at 5 p.m.
As I said, I definitely prefer to work out in the morning, but yesterday, I subbed a Bootybarre class, so I saved my movement for the evening. And if you are wondering why working out in the morning is so beneficial, check out: what you should know about working out in the morning. It’s the jam!
I grabbed a fruit and nut bar and slathered some sunflower butter on it for some carbs and healthy fat before my sweat session. I don’t eat a ton of bars, but when I do, I usually add some extra nut butter on top for staying power.
Dinner at 8:30 p.m.
I usually go for a post-workout shake or bite shortly after finishing my sweat session, but with Bootybarre, I don’t feel like it’s always intense enough to warrant that. So yesterday, I waited to eat until dinner.
A version of this dinner has absolutely been my go-to for the past couple of months. I crave pasta, but because I don’t eat white pasta every night, instead I choose lentil pasta, which has way more protein and fiber and less ingredients.
My pasta is topped with sautéed cauliflower rice and spinach (cooked in olive oil), red sauce and a chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s — making it one complete and totally filling meal — carbs, fat, protein, you name it. While it’s not supposed to be the biggest meal of the day according to health experts, dinner is always my biggest, leaving me nice and stuffed for the rest of the night! Yum!
And of course, a couple more dates to end the night on a sweet note! A few days a week I have healthier ice cream, but I ran out the night before — so dates it was!
A few things about my meals this day
By the way, the un-pictured items include three sparkling flavored waters, all of which were low-cal and clean. My favorite is Spindrift.
This day was fairly balanced and pretty light compared to most days. Actually, when I knew I was going to take pictures of everything I ate, I decided not to graze throughout the day like I do sometimes hehehe … just didn’t want to have to add those things to the post.
So by the way, I feel like it goes without saying that what I eat in a day is what works for me. Sometimes I eat more, sometimes I eat less (I eat MUCH more on days I teach or take BODYPUMP — which is my highest intensity workout lately).
And I don’t track my calories or my macros at all. I eat what I feel like, with mostly healthy foods for sure. The weekends include a lot more variety, particularly in the dessert department. And my diet has changed over the years, as I’ve learned more about what works for me and what works for my hormones (SO important!). Right now, being in my second trimester of pregnancy, I’m craving a lot of carbs — so that’s what I’m eating. You don’t have to follow my eats at all, because it may not work for you. Trial and error is ideal for your own body, and eating what you enjoy, of course, is the best thing you can do! You do you!
Hope you have a fabulous day, my friends! See you back here very soon. And if you missed yesterday’s post all about my journey to get pregnant and overcome hypothalamic amenorrhea, check it out! Thank you for your sweet comments and especially thank you to those of you who have bought my ebook. I get an email with the buyer’s name every time a sale goes through, and I LOVE it when I recognize the reader. You guys are the best! 🙂
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Questions of the day
What’s your favorite weekday meal?
What did you have for breakfast today?