I've never participated in the wildly popular "What I Ate Wednesday" but I've been wanting to for awhile.
It scares me that this turns into the type of post that people use to compare themselves to other people on the internet - which I do not like. This is not meant to cultivate thoughts of, "I ate way more today, shit" or "I shouldn't have gone for that slice of pizza."
Maybe you had an awesome opportunity to eat free pizza at an office party. Maybe your body was just screaming CHEESE after a hard workout.
These posts are simply a peak into one random day out of my life and are certainly not representative of how I eat each and every day. These posts are a fun and harmless way to be nosy - which as humans we are all inclined to do in some way or another. When you walk past a first floor apartment that has their windows wide open, you look inside, right? Please tell me I'm not the only one!
What I ate Wednesday posts are also a great way to get yummy meal ideas, see new snacks you might want to pick up at the store, and most importantly they're a reason for me to take pictures of my food all day long.
"Oh, sorry, I need to take a picture of this before I eat it, it's for What I Ate Wednesday, don't even worry about it..."
Plus - I can talk about much more than my food when I do a What I Ate Wednesday - it's also a "day in the life" post which may or may not interest you.
So here we go, let's give this a try.
I ran 5 miles on Wednesday and my new favorite ritual is popping an energy bite into my mouth before heading out to the park or to the gym for a workout. I try to only eat these bad boys in the morning before a workout - it's a little bit of incentive to get my butt out of bed and out the door. Mornings where I'm just going straight to work, I skip this treat.
These were made with oats, peanut butter, honey, raisins, cinnamon, vanilla extract, shredded coconut and some mini chocolate chips!
Long car-rides usually make me crave the weirdest things. Last time I was on the road I really wanted some Lifesavers. This morning while I was getting ready I enjoyed a purple one and a red one - red is the best, hands down.
When I arrived at work on Wednesday I was pleasantly surprised by a catered breakfast. I loaded up on the fresh fruit and was so content.
Does anyone else dislike cantaloupe? Give me honeydew any damn day.
I've implemented a new rule in the morning - one water bottle before breakfast. I am so bad about hydration and this seems to be working for me.
I also recently had blood work done which revealed normal-low levels of Vitamin D. As someone who works out a lot, the doctor wanted me to try to boost my levels a bit so I've been taking this supplement.
I guess if you consider my pre-workout energy bite breakfast #1, this is technically breakfast #3...but I just don't feel like my day has started until I enjoy a Greek yogurt at my desk. I typically prefer plain Greek yogurt with some honey and half a banana - but the mango and apricot flavors are my guilty pleasures, sugar be damned!
This was my lunch for 2 days in a row and I think I need to make it a staple.
Last weekend, I had a DIY Toast Night Party and this was a result of some of the leftovers. A whole wheat rice cake, beet hummus from Trader Joe's (incredible), avocado and a drippy fried egg.
I'm pretty terrible with needing something sweet after every meal. Though it's a habit I'm trying to break, it doesn't help that I have these phenomenal little treats at my desk.
I first discovered them at LaGuardia airport and when I realized they sold large bags at Whole Foods, I got hooked. They're made with sunflower seeds and taste SO chocolatey. 10 little cookies = 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein!
I usually grab half a serving after lunch.
I had work at the running store on Wednesday night which means being peppy and on my feet for 3+ hours.
Cue the late-afternoon snackage. This banana drizzled with honey and sprinkled with coconut flakes and chia seeds was assembled using some desk staples of mine - is that bizarre? Oh well.
Another thing I tend to do before the running store is stop in Whole Foods to see if there are any samplings happening. I've discovered some cool products this way - plus - I can always count on a cheese cube from the deli counter. Today, I had the usual cheeeeeze along with this local Lola Granola! I loved hearing that it's made using honey from Westchester!
My obsession with kombucha grows by the day. I'm still figuring out a fabulous way to feature this treat on PB Is My BF so stay tuned!
I really hate eating in the running store's break room. It's so cramped and dirty and there's rarely ever anything to lean on - which means eating out of a Tupperware on my lap. Not to mention for a slow eater who needs to microwave their meal - 15 minutes is over too quickly.
Nevertheless, it is very rare that I can last until 10 p.m. to eat dinner. I tend to take my break at 8 p.m. to eat.
This weeks dinner was GREAT and I have a feeling I'll be eating something similar for the next couple of weeks. It was really easy to throw together and has enough going on that I haven't gotten bored yet.
Arugula, quinoa, coconut-oil roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, garlic and olive oil roasted broccoli and green peppers, edamame, watermelon radishes, heirloom tomatoes and grilled chicken.
So many nutrients, so many flavors, so many colors!
The last part of my day involved sitting through an insole clinic at the running store where we learned all about SUPERfeet and the Addaday massage rollers. I got a free Addaday roller which I DEFINITELY want to start utilizing in my recovery. Stay tuned to see how that goes.
At the end of a long day I needed something sweet, OBVIOUSLY.
I picked this BOUNCE bar/ball out at the running store and while it wasn't my favorite, it did the trick before bed.
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