What I Ate Wednesday

Hi guys! How’s your day going to far? Thank you for the wonderful comments on this morning’s virtual coffee date 🙂 I’m excited to write back to them after this post goes up. Exciting news: Summer Shape Up officially begins June 16th. Buckle up, friends! As usual, the Shape Up includes four weeks of meal ideas, workouts and giveaways. Mark your calendars, and if you’d like to sign up for my email newsletter (you also get things like weekly workout plans and this week was a sneaky giveaway), just leave a comment on this post and click the link to sign up. 

Today’s post is a little different: What I Ate Wednesday (on a Thursday). When I ran a little blog survey a few weeks ago -we’re working on a redesign- quite a few people said they’d like to see more everyday meals and a few requested What I Ate Wednesday posts. In the blog days of yore, I frequently posted daily meals. While I shared some fun combos and ideas, the photos make my skin crawl. They’re bad. With some of my old photos, I can’t even tell what I was eating because the photos are so blurry… and brownish? Thanks for sticking with me through that 😉 Since I like to take my time to photograph appealing meals (for the most part) and I’m usually feeding myself + Liv at the same time, it’s a little trickier to take pictures or everyday stuff and make it look palatable.

Yesterday I kept the iPhone camera close by and did my best to snap a quick pic of my meals. The photos are not Pinterest-worthy in the least, but it was a good day of eats and snapshot of what a *normal* day looks like.

Breakfast: Banana egg pancakes (2 eggs, 1 banana, 1 heaping tablespoon of flax, whisked and cooked like pancakes) with almond butter, raspberries and maple syrup + coffee

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Snack: muffin at the Children’s Museum with Liv. She wanted one and they were 2 for $1 so I was stuck eating one too 😉 It was delicious and I love that the cafe sources local ingredients while avoiding refined sugars and artificial preservatives and dyes.

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Snack Part 2: Suja Glow for the drive home

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Lunch: baked sweet potato rounds topped with zucchini (sautéed in coconut oil with salt and pepper), a diced chicken breast, and a mountain of salsa 

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1/3 chocolate bar (I love a bite of something sweet in the afternoon)

+ coffee #2

Snack: Trader Joe’s Sweet and Savory Trail mix

We went to Point Loma Seafoods to pick up fish for dinner and were hungry on the way. I grabbed this bag of trail mix (THE BEST) and we enjoyed some on the drive.

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Dinner: Baked halibut with butter, garlic and lemon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob

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Fish  1 of 1 3

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Not pictured: glass of cabernet while cleaning up the kitchen and packing up lunch/snacks for today

Workout: HIIT Scorcher + 20 minutes of easy spin in the garage

There you have it! A fairly typical day of eats 🙂 

What’s something delicious or new that you ate today? It’s always fun to share ideas for healthy meals. (And on the not totally healthy but BOMB note: that trail mix. It’s a delectable combo of flavors, textures and chocolate chip varieties.)

See ya in the morning with Friday Faves!



More What I Ate Wednesday Posts here, here and here. If you’d like to join in the official WIAW fun, check out Peas and Crayons.

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  1. Liz on May 29, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    LOL!! Caroline is eye balling the chicken =)

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      in her mind, she’s flying onto the table to eat it

    • Liz on May 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm


  2. RachelG on May 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Summer Shape Up! Summer Shape Up! Summer Shape Up! I’m so excited and this is coming at the perfect time for me as I’m starting to feel like I’m getting into a workout rut. <3

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      🙂 !!!

  3. Jackie on May 29, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love seeing what everyone eats!

  4. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on May 29, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    mmm, both you breakfast & dinner look delicious!!

  5. Kara H. on May 29, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I love these posts! Its so fun to see what people eat on a day to day basis. I still remember one of your 08 pics that made me laugh. 🙂 A lot of my photos of food look like your old photos though. I need to step it up.

    I started your HITT scorch but am not feeling the workout tonight so I will be hitting it tomorrow! Thanks for posting. 🙂

    Also, I tried to find the Acai smoothie packets at Costco but couldn’t find them for the life of me. What are they typically by?

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      oh man. they were all so bad.
      let me know how it goes tomorrow 🙂
      i think they’re by the frozen berries? there’s also a section by the produce that has frozen goodies so sometimes they’re there. if anything, i’d ask someone! stores vary where they keep everything

  6. Shaya on May 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I’d love to sign up for summer shape up but don’t see the link!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      you just click the box below where you leave a comment 🙂

  7. Yaara Leve on May 29, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    That halibut looks absolutely delicious! Can you post the recipe? Did you marinate the halibut in butter and lemon juice? And–for how long did you bake it for? And–can’t wait for SSU 2014–woot woot!!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 7:38 pm

      i just seasoned it with salt and pepper, pan-seared for about 30 seconds on high each side in olive oil. transfer to a baking dish and add lemon slices, a couple cloves of minced garlic and some slices of butter. baked for about 11 minutes at 375

  8. Julie on May 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Your day of meals looks delicious! Love the balance of healthy with some indulgences here and there 🙂 keep these kinds of posts coming!

  9. Rebecca on May 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    HI Gina! Are you going to film workout videos for summer shape up? I enjoyed the videos for winter shape up and still do workout #4 often (one of my favs for when I’m short on time!)

  10. Michele @paleorunningmomma on May 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Butter garlic and lemon can do no wrong with seafood :)I’ll be trying the banana egg pancakes for my kids looks good!

  11. Crystal on May 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I can’t wait for summer shape up! I need some motivation, and your workouts are always so good–I’m usually a Sweaty Betty afterwards 😀

  12. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on May 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Man, your lunch is just reminding me that sweet potato + zucchini is such an addictive combo! I just figured out a new-to-me way of cooking them recently: I just alternate slices of both side by side to fill a pan (like a bunch of little wheels in rows), sprinkling with goat cheese, and baking at 400° for 20 min.

    It. Is. Fantastic.

    And now I’m drooling, so I better go make dinner! Thanks for the inspiration! 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      that sounds PERFECT 🙂

  13. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    That sweet potato + zucchini combo looks so good right now!

  14. Livi on May 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    That trail mix is the bomb!!! SO delicious!

  15. Eva on May 29, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Yes, I want to sign up for the newsletter (and I checked the box!)

  16. Kayla on May 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    I’m ready for Summer Shape Up! Need to get myself back into a workout routine now that school is out for the summer!

  17. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on May 29, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    thanks for sharing love 🙂 i think i need to give that breakfast a try 🙂

  18. Acadia on May 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    About 1500 calories total, it seems?

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      i’m ball-parking here, but it’s about 1800
      pancake breakfast with almond butter, berries and maple syrup: about 400
      muffin and juice: 250
      chocolate bar: 150
      lunch: 400 (used coconut oil and the chicken breast was large)
      trail mix: 200-300
      dinner: fish (150), corn (100 with butter), asparagus (hardly any)
      wine: 120

      • Acadia on May 30, 2014 at 4:45 am


  19. Morgan on May 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Your breakfast looks delicous! Always looking for new ideas. Super excited for summer shape up! I actually leave the 19th for Italy so returning to pre planned workouts after pasta and wine (and pasta and wine..) is perfect timing 🙂

  20. Amanda on May 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    What’s in the trail mix!?

    • Fitnessista on May 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

      it’s 3 kinds of chocolate chips, dried cranberries, almonds, cashews and peanuts

  21. AmandaTX on May 29, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to plan and post the Summer Shape up!

  22. Molly on May 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Yum! And cannot wait for the next shape up. Hope you are able to film videos again 🙂

  23. Brynn on May 29, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    I love a bite of chocolate afterwards, too!

  24. Heatherfeather on May 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Yay summer workouts!!!! Sunshine pool and sweating…yeah!!!

  25. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    YUM! Looks like a delicious day 🙂

  26. Jessie on May 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Looks like a very tasty day! I’m super pumped about SSU ’14 🙂

  27. Shari on May 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    The halibut looks great! We did tuna steaks on the grill for the first time last night, I was a little worried but they came out pretty good. Can’t wait for summer shape up.

  28. Laura on May 29, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Excited for a new workout routine! Thank you

  29. lindsey on May 29, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Summer shape up!

  30. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite on May 29, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Your breakfast looks awesome! I’m definitely going to have pancakes in the morning now. Thanks for the craving haha

  31. Jocelyn on May 29, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Love your blog! I need all the motivation I can get and would love to try your summer shape up!

  32. Gabrielle on May 29, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    love these posts 🙂

  33. Annie B on May 29, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    i’ve missed seeing your daily eats! loved this! 🙂 i still need to try making banana pancake that way!

  34. Joci on May 30, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Looks delish!! I am also excited to do my very first summer shape up!! This is the summer I get back in shape 🙂

  35. laura on May 30, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Loved this post and am looking forward to the summer shape up. After two back to back children I am finally ready to kick it up a notch again.

    Have you tried GoRaw’s chocolate cookies? They are so good and are another local San Diego company. Man – I totally feel like a SD company pimp. First I advertise for Bitchin sauce and now GoRaw. But they are honestly both just good.

    • Fitnessista on May 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

      i love your recommendations!! i went to go raw on a saturday, but they were closed. they’re going to be at the race expo this weekend, so i’ll definitely check it out! 🙂

  36. melissa on May 30, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Summer shape-up please! 🙂

  37. Eleanor on May 30, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Have been a regular reader for the last few years, and now I’m super excited for my first fitnessista summmer shape up! I love the blog, it’s so inspiring 🙂

  38. Christine on May 30, 2014 at 5:53 am

    I love your blog! You always give me great meal and workout ideas. Thanks again!

  39. Runner Girl Eats on May 30, 2014 at 6:43 am

    Yum! I love chocolate in my trailmix 🙂

  40. jodie on May 30, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Love this post. Your lunch and dinner looks awesome.
    Can’t wait for summer shape up.:) Also trying to revamp my blog, would you recommend wordpress?

    • Fitnessista on May 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

      thank you! 100% yes

  41. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on May 30, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I am acquiring a taste for zucchini and squash this year. I used to make myself try it but now I crave it. I found a recipe for it that uses pesto and I’m in heaven! I’ve been eating that a lot this week as a quick side.

  42. Heather on May 30, 2014 at 7:45 am

    The halibut looks amazing!!! Gave me a great dinner idea!

  43. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on May 30, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Delicious day of eats! Thanks for sharing! It sounds silly, but I’m always so curious what other people eat on a daily basis. It’s like peeking inside their make-up drawer or closet. You get to know someone in a different way.
    I finally made overnight oats for the first time and they were delicious! I’m thinking of trying your breakfast cookie crumble thing tomorrow.

  44. haley on May 30, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I am so excited for summer shape up!!! Thank you!!!

  45. Cassie on May 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Woo! I’ve been excited for SSU for a few months! Can’t wait to try it out for the first time 🙂

  46. Laura T. on May 30, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I am in a workout rut, so the summer shape up sounds good to me. I need some motivation!!

  47. Keri on May 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Summer shape up time!!! Woo hoo!!!

  48. Donna on May 30, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Looking forward to summer shape up! 🙂

  49. Amber / Caleigh's Kitchen on May 30, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Yes Please! I’m frustrated I’ve hit a road bump in my weight loss/getting in shape due to horrible summer habits. Looking forward to this!

  50. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 30, 2014 at 10:04 am

    That juice looks awesome! I really need to try one!

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