What I Ate Wednesday

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A lot of bloggers participate in what is called “What I Ate Wednesday” or “WIAW”.  As I don’t plan on doing this weekly, I thought I’d share what I typically eat in a day…because I think a lot of you will be surprised, and maybe curious! I always find myself interested in what others are eating.

For a girl of my stature, I eat a lot. Dan and I’ve discussed this, and we’re pretty certain I eat more than him on most days. However, he’s the type that can skip breakfast, and sometimes lunch, and eat a giant plate of food at dinner. I would be a miserable mess if I skipped snack time, let alone an entire meal.

Everyone has different personal goals, but for me individually, I do not count calories. With my current eating patterns {which I’ve held for several years now}, my weight has not fluctuated more than 2 to 3 pounds in either direction {pregnancy excluded}.  While I did count calories at one point, I felt it consumed my daily life, became stressful, and ultimately left me feeling like I was depriving myself. I figured if I was eating when hungry, stopping when full, and stuck to real food, everything would fall into place. Today I feel alive and energized, and that is sans caffeine, my friends!

For the record, I do believe that calorie counting is beneficial for individuals trying to achieve a specific physique, lose a healthy amount of weight, or gain a healthy amount of weight. Everyone’s circumstances are different, and I’m just sharing my own. :)

On a daily basis, I eat 30 minutes within waking up and usually every 3 hours until bedtime. I strive to keep my meals and snacks balanced with protein, healthy fats, and nutrient dense carbs. My body craves this constant fuel. I get irritable quickly if I let myself get too hungry {husband nods head repeatedly with eyes wide}, so I always have healthy snacks nearby.

Due to the nature of this post, I used my iphone for all the photographs. No fancy food styling this time around!

Okay, enough of the blabber. Here is a day in my {food} life…

7:30AM | Breakfast

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Left: Peanut Butter Power Bowl (Greek yogurt, peanut butter, chia seeds, diced apple, sliced almonds, stevia, and a bit of honey)

Right: Decaf coffee with homemade low sugar whipped cream

I make breakfast immediately after getting out of bed. Usually Sawyer will still be asleep, but if he’s the one to wake me up, he sits in the bouncer while I prepare my breakfast. That’s just our routine, and this Momma needs her fuel ASAP. It’s also been routine to eat my breakfast while he nurses, which is exactly what I did on this particular morning. It’s just our thing.

This Peanut Butter Power Bowl is something I make at least 2-3 times a week. One of my absolute favorite breakfasts and so very easy. I don’t normally drink coffee, but I had made some homemade whipped cream the night before and wanted a warm treat. I only made it halfway through the mug before it got cold and I lost interest. I tried.

10:00AM | Mid Morning Snack 

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2 prunes + handful of lightly salted & roasted almonds

I’m usually snacky between 9:30 and 10. I opt for something quick I can toss in my mouth since there’s usually a baby perched on my hip. These prunes and almonds were the perfect mix of sweet and salty to tie me over until lunch time {and easy to eat with one hand}.

11:30AM | Lunch 

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Spinach Salad (spinach, sliced chicken breast, mozzarella, avocado, red pepper, scallion, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, toasted raw pepitas, homemade sourdough croutons, extra virgin olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, salad seasoning, and salt & pepper)

I’m a fan of biiiiig spinach salads for lunch. You may remember my Everyday Spinach Salad recipe from several weeks ago. Depending on what’s on hand, the toppings change, but that keeps them interesting. Lately I’ve been prepping organic chicken breast on Sunday’s so I have a lean protein to top my beautiful bowl of veggies.

 3:00PM | Mid Afternoon Snack

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Homemade Smoked Paprika Hummus with carrot and celery sticks

Hummus + veggies are the perfect afternoon snack. Just the right amount of fat, protein, and nutrient rich carbs to last me til dinner time.

7:00PM | Dinner

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Egg Sandwich: English muffin with two over hard eggs cooked in coconut oil, homemade kale basil pesto, parmesan cheese, tomato slices, and salt & pepper + Sautéed asparagus cooked in coconut oil with salt & pepper + Leftover garlic mashed red skins from the previous nights dinner.

Not Pictured: 1/2 glass of Cabernet Sauvignon

This may look like a random dinner, but it’s actually pretty common for us. Dan and I only plan out about 3 dinners per week due to our schedules {this was not one of them}, so the rest of the nights we use up what we have on hand. We’ve gotten pretty creative! This week was especially different as we have a vacation coming up, and therefore kept our grocery shopping to a minimum.

The kale basil pesto I made several weeks ago, freezing individual portions in an ice cube tray for a convenient, delicious, ready to go spread. We’ve been loving egg sammy’s with pesto.

 9:00PM | Dessert 

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2 homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Truffles (a healthier version I made Sunday for the blog – recipe coming soon!)

Not pictured or mentioned is the 80+ ounces of water I drank throughout the day. I have a BPA free bottle that travels with me everywhere. It’s so important to stay hydrated, especially while nursing.

I hope that seeing a typical day has inspired healthier ideas and a better understanding of what eating real food may look like. I’m not perfect, and honestly don’t strive to be, but I make sure the majority is lean protein, healthy fat, and wholesome fruits & veggies.

Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing more  “What I Ate Wednesday” posts. I’d love your feedback!

 

  heartsig

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Comments

  1. Kelly Brinks says

    After a week of vacation down south where everything is either deep fried or cooked in grease, I’ve been on a salad kick this week (and hopefully it will stick). I am immediately trying that salad combo, that looks crazy delicious!

  2. Jayme says

    Yes, please! I, too, am always curious as to what others eat throughout the day, so please keep posts like these coming! :)

  3. Jessi Duncan says

    Do it! I’m nosey and so uncreative breakfast through afternoon snack ;) i will live vicariously through your Wednesdays (and maybe pick up some ideas).

    p.s. prunes and almonds are MY FAVORITE after dinner snack. I eat them daily! So good.

    • says

      Okay, I will shoot to do 2 “WIAW” posts a month! They’re easy cheesy and I like providing food inspiration to others!

      And yes, prunes and almonds are a delightful snack :) :) Mmmmmm.

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