Today I thought I’d join in on What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW), a weekly post detailing every single thing I eat for one whole, normal day. The idea for WIAW comes from Peas & Crayons, a blog I definitely recommend checking out.
I feel like posting a food diary on the internet pretty much completes my initiation into the world of blogging (although, I have already posted quite a few cat pictures of Kevin). But I like the idea of WIAW for several reasons: 1) it gives me (and others) a chance to see what goes on between the main meals, 2) it holds me accountable for all the snacks I might otherwise loose track of 3) it (hopefully) provides meal/snack inspiration for someone out there looking to switch things up. On that note, let’s get started…
8:00am – Hot water w/ slice of lemon
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time drinking something super cold first thing in the morning. Hot, or even just warm, water is a much gentler way to wake up your digestive system.
9:15am – Bulletproof coffee
It takes me about 10 minutes each morning to make my coffee. I come to work prepared with a travel mug containing 1 T organic, grass fed butter, 1 T MCT oil (although I’m currently using coconut oil because I’m out), and 1 packet of Truvia (stevia). I also bring my own coffee in a reusable keurig coffee pod. I swear I’m not a snob, we just have so much coffee in our freezer I’m trying to use it up to make room! Once my 8 oz of coffee is ready, I pour it into my mug, screw the cap on tightly and shake for about 20 seconds. The shaking is important and creates the creamy, foamy coffee I’ve come to love. And yes, my coworkers think I’m nuts.
One of the reasons I like bulletproof coffee is that it keeps me full for several hours. Dave Asprey talks in great detail about the benefits of remaining in a fasted state throughout the morning. To be clear, I’m not fasting in the diet sense of the word – trust me, I know how unsustainable that is. I find that the healthy fat paired with high quality coffee gives me a steady mental clarity that I can certainly use during those first
painful few hours at work.
12:30pm – Lunch: Vegetable+Quinoa Stir-fry & (not so) Overnight Oats
Leftovers from dinner are always a welcome addition in my lunchbag. Monday night we had a veggie stir-fry using broccoli, green and yellow squash, onion, and tomato, and mixed it all up with some quinoa. There was only a small portion left, so I also brought oats.
I combine about 1/4 c oat muesli mix (I keep a ton of oats, chia seeds, and TJ’s dried berries on hand in a big tupperware at home) with a splash of water and a spoonful of plain greek yogurt in a bowl and let it sit for a few minutes until the oats have absorbed some liquid. Then I always add
too much a spoonful of TJ’s sunflower seed butter and some granola if I’m feeling fancy. (On days when overnight oats are the bulk of my lunch, I’ll bring 1/2 c oat muesli and slice in a banana.)
3:45pm – Fruit: yellow peach and Santa Rosa plum
In the summer months, I eat SO MUCH fruit. It’s just so good right now, I feel like I need to take advantage while I can. Because Andrew and I tend to go overboard at the farmers market fruit stand from time to time, and because all of the fruit tends to ripen at the same time, there are days where we have no choice but to eat four peaches each just so that they don’t spoil. Life is rough.
5:45pm – Handful of raw almonds with dark chocolate chips
8:30pm – Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Sweet Potato “Poutine”
It was Canada Day, after all! Quick tip: When prepping brussels sprouts, hold onto any big outer leaves that fall off in a separate bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper and toast or bake for a few minutes to make chips!
With dinner – Some of this beautiful Canadian beer
All day – water, water, water
I must say that yesterday was a very typical day of eating for me (with the exception of the beer – not a big beer girl over here). WIAW is off to a good start!
Question: What’s a good afternoon snack idea to replace almonds and dark chocolate?