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(on a Wednesday! Punctuality always feels a little strange.)

Hi friends! How’s the day going? Hope you’re having a wonderful morning. Today I’m blasting through work stuff and taking the girls to the pool. It’s supposed to be in the 90s today?! I’m sending sunshine to all of my blizzard friends — I hope you’re staying safe out there.

I’ve had a lot of requests lately to post a day of eats. I love to get healthy meal ideas from as many sources as possible, so I hope I can share something here you might want to use. (Dinner was a HOMERUN.) My meals have been a little on the (extra) boring side, with the exception of dinners (yay Sunbasket) and restaurants, but I’ve done a better job of fueling myself throughout the day. I never understood forgetting to eat (like how could you forget to eat?! Eating is EVERYTHING) until I became a mom. Then, it all made sense.

So here’s a full day of food from start to finish 🙂

7:30am: I take my supplements while making the girls their breakfast. Since the Pilot had to work later, he could go in a little bit later, so he dropped Liv off at camp and I blitzed over to barre3 for an early class. 

Supps

Doesn’t that mixture look tasty?? Spoiler: it tastes like death and sadness.

Barre3

barre3 was so so so good. My legs were insanely sore after our hotel workout on Sunday, so it felt great to shake them out and move. I’m definitely taking today off, though. 

10am: Half a chocolate donut and a black coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.

Hi donut

The Pilot stopped at Dunkin’ on his way home from camp drop off, and picked up some goodies. I rarely eat sugary foods anymore, but LOVE a chocolate donut every now and again. I eat half of it and chug my coffee while playing with P on the playroom floor.

11am: The rest of breakfast! 2 eggs + 2 egg whites during P’s naptime. This was my second attempt at making them because I completely burned the first batch in the cast iron (oops) and also cracked an egg onto the floor. #fail

Brotein

12:30 pm: An RX bar and green tea as P starts to wake up.

Rx bar

3pm: We’re back from camp pick-up, and I make my lunch: two small sweet potatoes (already prepped) with leftover chopped chicken thighs, Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing, and romaine. P picks at my salad, and the funny thing is that she loves the romaine with Ranch more than the chicken and sweet potato. She keeps going after the green crunchy bites.

Sweet potato salad

4:45 Sharing blueberries with P during Liv’s gymnastics class. I was still pretty full from lunch, but P thinks shoving berries into my mouth is hilarious and belly-laughs the whole time.

Blueberries with p

6:00pm: Dinner! The Pilot was working late, so I did the dinner and bedtime routines solo. I knew I needed something I could make with minimal active work -Liv plays while I cook, but I have to keep both eyes on P as she empties kitchen drawers and tries to jump on the couch- so I did sushi roll-inspired bowls. These were a favorite so long ago, and I forgot about them until I recently saw them pop up on Pinterest. It was maybe 5 minutes of active work: season salmon, boil rice, chop, serve.

I seasoned salmon with salt, pepper and olive oil,

Salmon

then baked it in the oven at 375 for 12 minutes,

while white rice simmered on the stove. When the rice was soft and fluffy, I stirred in rice vinegar and set it aside.

I topped the rice with salmon, chopped cucumber, avocado, chopped seaweed snacks,

Sushi roll bowl

and drizzled it with soy sauce. The girls went CRAZY for it (the Pilot loved it too when he got home), and it was so satisfying. I was especially happy that Liv enjoyed it as much as she did. Sometimes kiddos can be hit or miss with dinners, and she told me a few times that it was amazing. 

9:30pm big glass of Apothic red wine while watching This Is Us.

Wine time2

11pm: Ginger tea and supplements before bed

What I liked about this day of meals: I feel like it was a good mix of protein and produce, and I didn’t feel hungry since I was snacking throughout the day. I was also stoked to get a real meal on the table while doing the single parent ops for the evening. 

What I would have done differently: I might have saved the donut for later in the afternoon. When I have something sweet in the morning, I crash and find myself craving sweets more throughout the day. While it was delicious, I would have loved it with some tea later on, and oats in the am instead. Either way, it was delicious.

What was the best thing you ate yesterday? Any awesome quick dinners you’re loving??

xoxo

Gina

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37 Comments

  1. LeeAnn on March 15, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Half of a chocolate donut?! You have amazing will power! 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      sometimes i eat the whole thing, sometimes just a few bites. 🙂

  2. Talia on March 15, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Hi Gina,
    Where do you purchase your supplements? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      from my naturopath. his name is dr. patrick flynn. i’ve been seeing him for about 7 years now and he is the best

  3. Lynnlee on March 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

    The sushi inspired rice bowl looks so good! I’ll definitely be trying it soon!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      please let me know what you think!

  4. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on March 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    I’m not much of a donut person, but I’ll take chocolate any day!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      right?! why are they so good?

  5. Nathaly @NathyCure on March 15, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Vinegar on the rice? That sounds interesting, specially when pairing it with salmon.

    The fact that you had breakfast at 11 am caught my attention. I’ve been practicing 12-hour fasts between my dinner and my breakfast the next day, just because I think it is good for my digestion. Do you do take a late breakfast for any particular reason too?

    • Carrie on March 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

      I was wondering about this, too. The last couple of posts you’ve done on a full day of eating/activities, you eat breakfast around 11am. I know you take your supplements before and maybe have coffee or tea, but any specific reason for the late breakfast (other than 2 small kiddos running around!)?

      • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:20 pm

        that’s exactly it. unless i make breakfast the night before (usually a breakfast cookie or overnight oats), it’s literally impossible to cook and eat food until p goes down for nap

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      yeah, i wanted to make it like sushi rice!!
      i usually just eat late if i didn’t prep anything the night before. it’s pretty crazy in the mornings between feeding the girls and getting everyone ready for the day

      • Shayne on March 16, 2017 at 3:20 pm

        It is crazy! My two are the same ages and I aim to eat breakfast with them, but we don’t get around to it until after 9 most days, and half the time I’m so worn out from getting them fed that I don’t feel like eating myself until later lol!

        P.S. I’m impressed with your eats, Gina. A lot of posts like this on other blogs leave me wondering how people get by on so little food.

        • Fitnessista on March 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

          hahah exactly! by the time p is napping and i have 4 seconds to chill, i have to convince myself to cook something
          SAME. i’m like “how do you live?!”

  6. Jamie @ madrediem on March 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    The chocolate cake donuts from Dunkin are my FAVE – I am impressed by your willpower in only eating half! Did you ever have Apothic Inferno while it was out this fall? So. Good. I will need to try those salmon bowls soon because they sound delish!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      sometimes i eat the whole thing, sometimes i just want half. it depends on how soft and fresh they are 😉
      and YES. it was so good!

  7. Sara on March 15, 2017 at 9:53 am

    My fave meal yesterday was dinner. We had leftover kahlua pork and I added it to broth, cabbage, asparagus, garlic and millet ramen noodles. Topped with sesame seeds! The kids thought it was a hit, too.

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      ahhh what an amazing combo!

  8. Brittany on March 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Is it bad that I’m scared to watch This Is Us? Everybody goes on and on about crying watching it.
    I don’t like to cry that much!! LOL

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      i cry probably every episode. sometimes it’s a good cry, so it’s not tragically sad every episode

  9. Liz @ Justanotherblogaboutmomlife on March 15, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Those double chocolate donuts from DD are my kryptonite! Best thing I ate yesterday? Brown Rice pasta and my homemade tomato sauce with meatballs – perfect snow day dinner!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      that sounds fantastic!

  10. Taryn on March 15, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Favorite thing I ate yesterday was popcorn made fresh in the popcorn maker with melted coconut oil and salt (we were out of butter). We had a snow day, and it felt like a fun snack when you are snowed in 🙂

    My favorite quick dinners lately have been in the crockpot (shocker!) I put everything in there at night after the kiddos are in bed, and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next morning I just plug it in before we leave for work and school. Favorite lately has been chicken noodle soup with fresh pasta added 20 min before serving.

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      ahhhh i love popcorn like that!!
      and three cheers for the crockpot. the best!

  11. Natalie on March 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    One of my fave quick dinners, which we happened to have last night, is Damndelicious.com Chicken lettuce wraps! That is theeeee best recipe for them, just like PF Changs!

  12. Juliana on March 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Oh I love posts like these, I get into such boring ruts with food and I need ideas to mix it up! Thanks!

  13. Morgan on March 15, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Ahh the couch jumping! My 20 month old has been at it for about 6 months now. Makes me crazy and is showing no signs of losing his interest.

  14. Autumn on March 15, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I love your posts like this! It’s so great for realistic meal ideas for a family. I really want to quit sugar too but I’m pathetic and can never keep with it 🙁

  15. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on March 16, 2017 at 3:30 am

    Those sushi bows look SO good! I love bowl meals like that where all of the flavors mix together. My favorite thing I ate yesterday was sushi my husband brought me from Whole Foods…wtih salmon and avocado, so basically those bowls in sushi form lol.

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

      hahah you had the real thing 🙂

  16. Carrie this fit chick on March 16, 2017 at 6:04 am

    DUNKIN is SO GOOD! I only recently discovered it- I can only get the packaged coffee since they don’t have locations near me in CA, but dang that is relish! Best thing I ate recently was runny eggs and toast 🙂

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

      gahhh i LOVE dunkin. i pretty much never saw them in san diego and in tucson, they’re everywhere

  17. Stephanie on March 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    “It tasted like death and sadness”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

      i have to plug my nose sometimes to drink it hahah

  18. Annie on March 16, 2017 at 7:48 am

    P looks so big in that picture!!! I love her little ponytail

    • Fitnessista on March 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

      thank you!! she is getting so, so big

  19. Renée on March 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Hahahaha!! Your spoiler that your mixture tastes like death and sadness made me laugh so hard. Just started reading your blog, and I’m really enjoying it! I have two little ones myself (6 and 3) and recently got engaged, so I’m looking at getting into shape for the wedding and for life! It’s been a long time coming, and I love that your blog seems to be entirely HEATH concerned and not geared towards gimmicky workouts and meals for weight loss. Thank you so much, and keep writing!

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