WAIW (a full day of eats)
Hi friends! How’s the week going so far? I’m so happy ya’ll enjoyed the home office post. I’m super happy with my walking pad and am on it while I write up this blog post.
For today’s post, I thought I’d do another round of eats from start to finish especially since I’ve really been working on emphasizing protein and fiber lately. (I got away from it for a while but am back to tracking and notice a difference in how I feel + my performance at the gym.)
Here’s a full day of eats and adventures from start to finish!
As always, keep in mind that while this is a day of eats for ME, it may look nothing like how you like to fuel yourself, your specific needs/preferences, and if it would align with your goals. This is why it can be helpful to work with a coach to help you determine habits and methods that support your lifestyle, unique needs, and preferences. Just sharing this to hopefully share some new meal ideas and what 100+ grams of protein looks like in a day.
WAIW (a full day of eats)
I wake up and do some grounding without my glasses while I take Maisey outside. I make some Athletic Greens and take it upstairs to drink while I wake up the crew, get dressed, and then head downstairs to pack up lunches, snacks and waters. Then I break off half an Aloha bar and eat it while I’m driving.
I’m back from school drop-off and an F45 class (hybrid day) and make breakfast. 2 eggs, 4 oz leftover flank steak from dinner and leftover fajita veggies, strawberries, decaf coffee with almond milk and 1/2 scoop Paleovalley protein. I also have some creatine in my water.
After I finish breakfast, it’s work blitz time. I make graphics and add to Pinterest, post a reel, write two blog posts, answer emails, and write + send questions for an upcoming podcast interview.
Lunch! I make some tuna salad with a can of Safecatch tuna, 2 tablespoons of Primal Kitchen dressing, EBTB seasoning and top it on two rice cakes with sriracha. I add a pack of Poshi asparagus (my fave for when I want a serving of veggies but haven’t cooked anything) and a pack of Lupini beans. Both of these snacks are from Thrive Market – I order pretty much all of our snacks, household goodies, cleaning supplies, and pantry staples from Thrive.
Back to work. I study for IHP – it’s taking me forever but I’m learning so much and really trying to absorb everything – take Maisey for a quick walk, and then spend 45 minutes cleaning the house before picking the kids up from school. I’ve learned that if I don’t block out at least 30 minutes to clean every day, our house goes downhill quickly. I run the laundry, wipe down countertops, vacuum, and take out the trash.
Afternoon snack on the way to school pickup is a jerky and a giant apple, plus a cup of hot green tea
Actually got dressed 😉
(Loving the Somerset dresses from Anthro right now. So classic and flattering)
We come home, get Liv ready for dance, drop her off, and P and I do homework while Liv is dancing. She doesn’t have a ton of homework this particular day (bless it) so we have time for a quick walk and she can ride her bike around the neighborhood. We pick up Liv, and then it’s dinnertime!
Dinner. Banza pasta, turkey meatballs, parmesan, and a Mediterranean salad kit. I also heated up some sourdough from the freezer with butter for the girls. This meal was super good and satisfying, and took less than 20 minutes to put together!
For the meatballs, I mixed ground turkey with almond flour, egg, oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and dried basil. I cooked them in the oven at 375 for about 16 minutes. While the turkey meatballs were cooking, I boiled the pasta noodles and made the salad kit. When the meatballs were done, I added them to the drained pasta with Rao’s marinara and topped with shredded parm.
Mini coconut ice cream cone and an Egyptian licorice tea 🙂
After dinner, I clean up the kitchen, make lunches and snacks, and help Liv with her homework while P plays with toys and watches a little TV. After Liv finishes homework, it’s showers for both kids while I fold and put away the day’s laundry mountain, blow dry their hair and help them get ready for bed.
Both kids are out by 9 and 9:30, I read in bed until 10:30 and then lights out… ready to do it all over again.
What I liked about this day of eats:
I feel like I was intentional and made a point to get in a fruit or veggie with every meal, along with at least 1 palm of protein. I’m also proud of myself that we didn’t get hot bar or takeout, even though the Pilot was gone on a trip. (We usually have more takeout, hodge lodge meals, or breakfast for dinner while he’s away.)
I felt like I was well-fueled and had great energy, and I liked that dinner was on the earlier side. (Sometimes when we eat late due to dance or sports, I don’t sleep as well.)
So tell me, friends: what are some of your favorite quick school-night dinners? I’m ALWAYS looking for new ideas, so please share the love in the comments section!
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?
I think your meals look amazing and that was enough food for a very active person like you!
I’m just wondering if 9 isn’t late for a child her age ? My kid is older and she goes to bed at 8 . Sleeping time before midnight is essential for kids. Probably it’s affecting her behaviour or energy at school.
i can usually get P to bed by 8:30 but when she gets a bath/shower, it’s closer to 9. she has excellent behavior and straight As, doesn’t seem tired or cranky during the day, so i think it’s fine for our family. it’s almost 10 hours of sleep
I love the skinnytaste turkey meatloaf (the individual size). Less than ten minutes to prep, and take about 30 minutes to bake. I throw veggies and potatoes to roast on another baking sheet at the same time (again, little prep time and little clean up!) and its all ready really quickly. I also make a ton of stir frys on weeknights because you can just grab whatever protein or veggies you need to use up.
ok i can’t wait to try this!! love the stir fry idea, too – we need to do that more often
Do you think your meatballs would work with coconut flour? Or maybe be disgusting? lol. I have an excess and I’m trying to think of ways to use it up and i’m getting desperate!
ughh coconut flour is tricky! it’s very thirsty, so it soaks up a lot of liquid and can make things dry. you can use it to coat chicken or shrimp and air fry it!
This looks like such a balanced day Gina, wow. Goals!! I’m not a mother yet but I look forward to having children with my husband and HOPE to raise my family and move through my day similarly to you. I’m sure not every day is perfectly balanced, but it seems in general that there’s a wonderful balance of family time, work, rest, movement, productivity, family fun on the weekends, etc. I love your blog and your perspective on life so much! I am actually going through your old pregnancy blog posts right now and they’re giving me so much inspiration and excitement for when my husband and I start trying to conceive in the next year! They’re also giving me so much to research and think about, which I love. Thank you so much for all that you do <3 You and your blog are so appreciated!
that means so much to me- thank you so much for such a lovely comment! sending you lots of love as you start to grow your family. i’m excited for you!
Thanks for sharing Gina. Such a balanced day.
Love your office set up too.
looks like a balanced and well fueled day prioritizing protein. when we don’t have help at home (weekends), I either make pasta with freezer sauce (I like to make a big batch and free them in single serving containers), frozen dumplings, or fried rice. They are quick, easy, comforting, better than take out for sure.
I love making a super quick ramen for dinner! I’ll heat up bone broth in a pot and then add edamame, some type of green (love bok choy), scallion, tofu or chicken, rice millet ramen noodles, and sometimes other stuff like corn or shredded carrots. Then I’ll add soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice vinegar to taste. It’s so easy and tasty!
Loaded baked potatoes, chicken Caesar salads (preferably kale Caesar salads), and cauliflower crust pizza with a side of soup are all good options too!
YUM! i love all of these ideas – thank you!
Yay! A WIAW post! I love it. They always make me think about my own eats and to remember the basics- veggies, protein, etc.
My 5.5 year old goes to bed at 9. Solidarity on kids who have later body clocks and ain’t nobody’s problem.
Oooh, where do you buy the coconut ice cream mini cones?! Need those in our freezer!
trader joes! you need them!
Still my favorite kind of post! 🙂 Loved the eats and the day.
Definitely replicating this turkey meatball pasta dinner in our house. Anything quick and easy on a school night is a win! I love that you keep it real with these old school-style posts sprinkled in for us OG readers haha
Love the dress! Great day of eats! I’m gonna put turkey meatballs on the menu for next week. I’ve got a crockpot roast for a busy sports evening and salmon for the weekend. I need to plan better for lunches. Was thinking some easy air fryer quick lunches.
As for sleep, I’ve got one teen that is super early to bed and one tween who her whole life has been a night owl no matter what I do. Everyone’s needs are different.