Good morning! I hope the Hump Day has treated you well so far.
Mine started on a great note with a community business networking meeting. I have really enjoyed meeting everyone in our chapter (thanks for the blog shout out, Cheryl!), and look forward to getting to know the individuals that make up our group in the near future.
In true mid-week fashion, we are covering yesterdays eats for today’s WIAW.
Have no idea what I’m talking about? This post breaks it all down!
(And just so we’re clear…)
Below you will see an entire day of my unfiltered eats. In no way do I change what I eat just for the sake of documenting it. I don’t usually count my calories, but I do take into account how much activity I am going to be doing that day, and I plan my meals and snacks accordingly.
My Tuesday was all about using up leftovers, and I’m not complaining about it. Here we go!
What I Ate
Breakfast started early around 6:30 a.m.
I am one of those annoying people who loves to eat breakfast right when I get up, so it’s always a treat when I have it prepped the night before. This batch of overnight oats was waiting for me downstairs, ready to eat as soon as I start the coffee.
Breaking into our abundant supply of Greek yogurt, I made a bowl of overnight oats the night before. This cold version of oatmeal (that tastes way better than it sounds… promise!) is a breakfast staple I now eyeball with Julie’s recipe in mind while putting it together.
I realize that the color and photos might not do it for you… just trust me when I say it’s a fabulous breakfast to have ready when you have two seconds to get something together that needs to hold you for more than a couple of hours!
That it did. I wasn’t too hungry for a snack, so I took an early lunch instead around 11:30 a.m.
Using up the last of the Lean Turkey Vegetable Soup I made on Sunday, I was grateful to have something warm and nutritious to turn to and enjoy.
Tuesdays are usually my day to catch up on random things like emails, online training programs, projects, and even planning blog-related content. For now, I am loving the extra time at home before my schedule picks up in April. I’m making to-do lists like nobody’s business!
I couldn’t tell you how much I crossed off, but I can share that I had a nice power snack about an hour after lunch.
1/2 sliced banana, handful of raw almonds, 1 Tbsp. chocolate seed butter
The weather started warming up, so I knew I wanted to take advantage of the sunshine and go for a run later in the afternoon. I received a new fitness watch to test out, so I spent a good amount of time trying to set it up before I left.
As tech savvy as I think I might be sometimes… I’m just not. I realize this when I need to do simple tasks like activate and sync a fitness watch. I’m still trying to figure some of the logistics, but in the mean time, I am using it as a great tool to track my mileage.
Roadie and I had an easy paced, beautiful 4 mile run through the trails. Welcome back, Spring!
I returned around 4 p.m. and was pretty hungry. A smoothie bowl sounded like the perfect post-run snack to hold me over until dinner!
Blackberry Smoothie Bowl
1/2 cup frozen spinach
1 serving vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup frozen blackberries
1/2 cup frozen grapes
1 cup almond milk
agave nectar to taste
Every time I post a smoothie using grapes, I always get a comment from a new reader who loves that idea. I do too! I didn’t have much fruit on hand, so I turned to whatever I had in the freezer and produced what you see above. Honestly, it might taste even better to some of you without the spinach, but I just couldn’t help it. I love spinach. Sorry.
I hopped on a couple of phone calls, then got the craving for dinner not too much later.
Baby spinach with salad cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, black pepper and a chipotle lime dressing on the side of the rest of our leftovers from Buddy’s Pizza
Gosh, that pizza is delicious. It’s a really good thing I don’t have more in the refrigerator right now because I would be all over it.
Scott was busy working a Pistons game, so I spent my night at home solo. Don’t feel too bad for me though, since I caught a serious case of the Z’s and dozed off on the couch for a good two hours. That was pretty great.
Scott got home late around 11 p.m. and I did my best to create some kind of dinner for him. He always has a ravenous appetite after games!
I threw something quick, yet comforting together for him and indulged in a little treat of my own for a late-night dessert.
Dark chocolate almond milk (mixed with organic skim milk) on the side of two Samoas.
Yep. Girl scout cookies are becoming a daily thing around here. I’ve just learned to be
more than okay with it!
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Question of the Morning
• Do you eat 3 meals a day, or do you prefer smaller, more frequent meals 5+ times a day?
Generally speaking, I am a furious snacker. There are, of course, days where I am busy running around and forget to snack. Days where I am home, however, I turn to smaller, more frequent meals. If you’re afraid that eating more often will equal eating more calories, it isn’t always true. If you pay attention to portion sizes, eating smaller meals more frequently will actually boost your metabolism! Check out my favorite go-to healthy snack over on the Snacks page for ideas!
Also, I’m just throwing this quick disclaimer out there…
I am not a registered dietician or health professional and do NOT post everything I eat. All the content on this blog stems from my personal experience and knowledge. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making any kind of changes to your diet or fitness routine.
Phew! Thanks for reading all of the mumbo jumbo.
I’ll see you back here later this afternoon!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
That smoothie bowl you posted yesterday looked delicious! I am more of a small meal and snack person myself but there are days I forget to snack if I am really busy.
Of course! It happens to most of us. 😉 Thanks!
Emma @ Life's A Runner
I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting to eat right when you wake up! I feel like breakfast starts my day, and I feel super weird doing other things before it. 🙂
I honestly cannot eat big meals. I get too full, feel sick for hours, and then all of a sudden become ravenous and overeat –> and the cycle continues. Hooray for snacking!
I’m the same way and need to eat the minute I’m awake or I feel like my stomach is going to eat itself. Another reason why I’m a big fan or overnight oats – the thought of having breakfast already made when I get up is a nice way to start the day.
I eat 3 meals a day and 2 or 3 snacks. I always try to be prepared and bring healthy snacks to work with me to enjoy between meals. Fave snacks include greek yogurt, almonds, trail mix, crackers & cheese, apple & pb, luna bars and cottage cheese. Yum, yum!!
Courtney L. (@courtlux)
We have five boxes of Girl Scout cookies in our house. My husband has been traveling, and I told I wouldn’t open them without him here. And now I am craving them!!
yaaa pizza! i convinced my boyfriend to pick some up last night except i am sad to say we definitely do not have any leftovers… which is a huge shame because leftover pizza is almost better than fresh. /sigh
I am a constant snacker and small meal-eater, rather than having three squares a day. I stay energized and am “hangry” less frequently!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Love the idea of grapes in smoothies – haven’t tried that one before. Your smoothie bowl looks so pretty, and so thick and creamy!
I typically eat three decent meals, but there’s several snacks throughout the day too. Very rarely do I snack my way through meals because I like to sit down and eat an actual meal, but every once in awhile it happens at lunch. I try not to make a habit of it though!
Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
I eat three meals and two snacks, as well as a protein shake on workout days. And smoothie bowls? Definitely how I like to enjoy my smoothies most of the time too. Glad you’re enjoying your community group!
Yumm! A perfect day of food, I adore my protein smoothies. x
yum! looks like a good day 🙂 love the snack!
Okay, I’m really not a fan of overnight oats – or wasn’t the times I tried them before – but yours look so good I might just give them another go. Oh, and also not a smoothie person but yours … You get my gist 😀 . Other people’s food always looks better.
Stacy @ Sweating Tulipz
The overnight oats look great…I usually stick to the same recipe for them, but when I see other peoples’ concoctions, it makes me want to veer off of the path of habit! I definitely eat constantly throughout the day. 6 small meals is what I do best on!
I love super-thick smoothies – perfect after a workout! And Girl Scout cookies… mmmm!
Arman @ thebigmansworld
Best pre bed snack ever. I can easily house a box of those cookies!
Haha, me too! Thanks for stopping by, Arman!