What my daily meals look like in pictures

Happy “What I Ate Wednesday” to my friends out there. What’s going on in your week? Things are going quite well over here. Just a bunch of fitness and writing.

Today, I’m teaching BODYATTACK not once — but twice — so wish me luck on both occurrences. Outside of my BODYATTACK initial and advanced instructor trainings, I don’t think I’ve ever done the workout full out more than once in a day. While I used to teach a weekly double-header of BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP back-to-back, I found that combination very doable, due to the fact that the first workout was cardio and the second workout was resistance. But today, it’s two full hours of tough cardio featuring tuck jumps, plyo lunges and much, much, more. Granted, I will have about five hours to recover today between my Attacking sessions, so all should be golden by the time the evening rolls around for session two. And hey, with all the sweating I’ll be doing today, I will be sure to hydrate and stick to my fresh goals I wrote about yesterday.

So it’s Wednesday, which means today I’m going to share with you a full day of my meals. I hope you find these weekly posts somewhat entertaining — whether you take away examples of healthy-food combinations you want to emulate or you just like looking at real food. Sometimes pretty, sometimes not so much.

What I Ate Wednesday via A Lady Goes West

Here’s a look at everything I ate yesterday, which was a normal and healthy Tuesday, featuring some of the usual suspects. 

Breakfast at 8 a.m.

Breakfast 4.14.15Oats MaGoats. I’m back on the overnight-oats bandwagon this week. This combination features plain Greek yogurt, rolled oats, chia seeds, vanilla almond milk and cinnamon, all of which I mixed into a bowl and stored in the fridge overnight. In the morning, I pulled it out and topped it with a banana. Of course, I enjoyed this with some hot green tea, sweetened with stevia and almond milk.

Mid-morning snack at 11 a.m.

Bar snack 4.14.15A health bar. I was so incredibly excited to rip into this brand new Pure Organic Vanilla Almond Ancient Grains Bar when a box of these arrived at my doorstep the other day (I won a giveaway on another blog), yet I must say — this bar is not all that good. A little bit dry, bland and tasteless. I mean, it’s clearly not a candy bar (the ingredients are natural and clean, it’s gluten free, organic and vegan and only 150 calories), but I still expected to like it more than I did compared to other healthy bars. Nonetheless, it held me over until lunch, and I’ll finish the box no matter what. I do not waste food.

Lunch at 12:30 p.m.

Lunch salad 4.14.15Salad, salad, salad. I’ve been back on a salad kick this week after a very long hiatus (for instance, how about this little beauty I had on Monday as well). On the bottom of this bowl are some mixed greens, and on top of that I’ve got tomatoes, artichokes, purple cabbage, tuna and of course, a fried egg. I also added some balsamic vinaigrette dressing throughout. Good stuff.

Afternoon snack at 4 p.m.

Afternoon snack 4.14.15A bar and a beverage. Two protein bars in one day? Well isn’t that a lot of packaged food? Maybe so, but the ingredients in both of the ones I had this day are not that bad. And I’m a fan of bars, so it’s not a big deal at all. I’m also a fan of flavored beverages, and I enjoyed this Phenoh 7.4 Alkaline Sports Drink for an afternoon hydration kick before heading to the gym to teach.

Post-workout recovery at 6:30 p.m.

Post workout protein 4.14.15Protein, baby. I just received a big shipment from the nice folks at Nutrition53 (a Bay Area company, woohoo) so I can sample their protein products, and of course, the first one I wanted to try was this single-serve Nutrition53 Vegan1 Shake. It’s made from plant-based protein, including pea protein, has 20 grams of protein, no dairy, gluten or soy and includes 10 fruits and vegetables and extra fiber. I’ll share more about the other products in the line soon in a full review. But suffice to say, this was just what I needed after teaching BODYPUMP.

Dinner at 8:30 p.m. 

Dinner 4.14.15Colorful and so good. This was such a good dinner. I steamed up some broccoli slaw and spinach, topped that with tomato-basil pasta sauce and had two grilled roasted-garlic chicken-sausage links on the side. Yes, I mixed this all together in every bite, and it was a really enjoyable meal to close out the day. After that, I had some vanilla almond milk and hit the couch for a TV session before going to bed.

That’s all for my report! Another day of eats in the books. Have a very happy Wednesday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

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

Questions of the day

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

What type of food do you most look forward to eating each day?

Did you or will you work out today?

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  1. Happy Wednesday to you too my friend! And best of luck with your double Attack day! I know you can do it!

    1. Hi Carissa! Oh the egg is the BEST part of a salad, and I always add one when I have a salad at home:) You’ve got to try. Happy Wednesday!

  2. This all looks delicious!! Love all of the high protein snacks. I keep trying to make my own protein bars and failing miserably… nothing I make is better than luna protein bars, I swear! It’s a work in progress.

    1. Hi Tori! Well thanks! I’ve actually never tried to make any bars or energy bites or any of that at home, but really should sometime. Yet, these store-bought ones are tasty enough for now. Have a lovely Wednesday! 🙂 Thanks for saying hello.

  3. Good luck with both classes today– you go girl! I’ve seen those Pure Organic bars in the store, but for some reason have questioned trying them out. I really like the Luna Protein bars though- especially the cookie dough one 🙂

  4. Wow – two Body Attacks in one day! You’ll definitely sleep like a baby tonight 😛

    The best thing I’ve eaten lately was a meal my husband made Saturday while my parents were in town for a visit – bbq filet mignon, asparagus, garlic potatoes finished off with homemade creme brule. Yum!!

    I look forward to oatmeal or eggs everyday! I live for breakfast food 🙂

    I usually work out first thing in the morning but today I’m working from home so I’m saving my workout until my lunch break. I’m doing a strength training session in my basement aka my home gym.

    Have a great day! I’m excited that we’ve made it to the halfway point before the weekend.

    1. Hi Catherine! Wow, so many things I like about your comment. You have a home gym? Your husband is a great cook? You had visitors last weekend? You’re a breakfast lover like me? Oh yay for all of this heheheh! Happy Wednesday to you!

    1. Hi Sara! For sure! But I still include the dressing hehehe. Eggs are just so versatile, I could easily eat them at every meal. Happy Wednesday to you! 🙂

  5. Love the dinner! I have been craving some spaghetti squash pasta lately, but I always forget about broccoli slaw, it is so much easier! How did you like the sea salt caramel luna bar?

    1. Hi Jill! Yes, I let them sit outside of the fridge for about 10-15 minutes, while I make tea, etc. So they aren’t freezing, but are definitely cold. Happy WIAW!

  6. Protein bars are so good. Just like others have said before, it’s hard to not go overboard with them. For me the best way to do it is to buy only one every time I go to a store. It must be hard to have a whole bunch Luna bars at home 🙂 Have fun teaching today, you’ll rock!

    1. Hi Kersten! It is tough, because I have about 50 protein bars in my pantry right now — of all different kinds hehehe. I will probably have two total today, so I guess that’s not awful! Hope you’re having a great Wednesday! 🙂

  7. Domyounusually avoid carbs at dinner? I thought post workout is one of the best times to eat carbs and replace glycogen stores? Not criticizing, just curious since you seem to have good energy for a lot of exercise

    1. Hi Mo! Good question. I am ADAMANT about my post-workout recovery meal, so that’s why I always have a shake after my workout, like I’ve shown above, and I had that 15 minutes after working out. I choose protein powders with carbs and this one I had about 15 grams of carbs, in addition to 20 grams of protein – so that restored me. For dinner, I typically have lots of veggies and meats and sometimes grains/extra carbs. I will have brown rice, whole wheat pasta or a whole wheat bun for a turkey burger, but this night I didn’t have any of those. (You can look back at past week’s to see other dinners for more examples via the links.) Yet there are carbs in the veggies and in the pasta sauce – so not a “carb-less” meal of course. Does that answer your question? You are right – simple carbs after a workout are great! And tonight, I’m planning a sweet potato as my carb with dinner after a particularly tough day of workouts. Make sense? Happy WIAW!

  8. Love your meals of the day, especially dinner. I’ve never thought of cooking the store-bought broccoli slaw mixture, but the way you served it is just like spiralized veggie noodles/pasta – except easier! Thanks for the idea.

    1. Hi Jennifer! Yes, I find that broccoli slaw is easier than using a spiralizer. You don’t have to do anything other than pour the bag in a pan, with a little cooking oil and water. So easy! 🙂

    1. Oh Delia, You totally get me! I had NOT seen that, but just went and read the article. I also went back to one of my salad pictures and added that hashtag. It’s so true. I used to love birds on things, now I love eggs on things. Totally fancies up a plate hehehhe! LOVE THIS! Thank you, thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Alice! I know! I think that may have been my first bar with quinoa, so now I know. heheh:) Happy Wednesday, lady! Hope all is well.

    1. Hi Giselle! Yes, it’s super tasty. Seems like a healthy pasta! I’ve heard of tons of ways to use slaw lately and have a few more up my sleeve to try soon. 🙂

    1. I look forward to every meal, Marissa. But the nice thing about dinner is it means you’ve probably done all you have to do for the day! Happy WIAW to you! 🙂

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