WIAW

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

Hey friends! How’s the day going? I hope you’re enjoying the morning. I thought I’d stop in and share a WIAW post, especially since this particular day was an off day from teaching and training. On my active recovery days, I tend to crave lighter meals, with satisfying staples and fresh veggies. Here’s what a full day of eats looked like for this particular weekday:

7:15am: I eat Quaker Overnight Oats while I get Liv ready for school. Usually I’ll wait until later to eat breakfast, unless I think quickly to prep something the night before. The mornings are super busy, and I’m lucky to get the 3 of us out the door in *real clothes* and on time.

Thankfully, I remembered to prep Quaker Overnight Oats before bed. All you do is add your dairy or non-dairy milk of choice, let the mixture cold steep overnight, and it’s waiting in the morning! Quaker overnight oats

MY OTHER RECIPES

My breakfast is done in less than five minutes, and I love that it’s a good source of fiber, and free of artificial flavors and added colors.

We eat and get dressed, then I wake up miss P so we can head to school drop-off.

8:15: P and I are back at the house playing, and we both enjoy some eggs together (she also has some waffles) before heading to music class.

Egg and asparagus

(2 eggs, 1 egg white, leftover asparagus from the night before)

12:30: I make lunch for P and a quick smoothie for myself before she goes down for nap. She has turkey roll-ups with cheese, berries, crackers, and I enjoy this: 

Smoothie time

1 cup of almond milk with protein powder, collagen, spinach, frozen cauliflower, MCT oil and cinnamon

+ carrots with Ranch dressing

3:45pm: a couple of energy bites while watching Liv’s gymnastics class. I took these photos before we left to gymnastics, and the photo session ended up with some awesome blooper pics of P sitting on the photo background, in her diaper, eating two energy bites at the same time.

Healthy homemade energy bite

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give these a try. They’re toddler-approved, too.

Healthy homemade energy bites

-1/2 cup sunflower seed butter

-1 cup old-fashioned oats

-1/4 cup dried cranberries

-2 tablespoons cup chia seeds

-1/4 cup maple syrup

-generous pinch of sea salt

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-1/4 cup chocolate chips

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Scoop into 6 equal servings and roll into balls. Store covered in the fridge.

6:00 Dinner! Chicken coconut curry cooked in the Instant Pot, with jasmine rice, and spinach. 

Coconut curry

To make this, I used the sauté function on the Instant Pot, and heated up some butter with half a chopped sweet onion and 2 chopped chicken breasts. I seasoned the mix with:

3 cloves of minced garlic

A 2-inch piece of ginger, grated

1 red sliced bell pepper

2 carrots, peeled and sliced

Salt 

Pepper

1 tablespoon curry powder

2 teaspoons dried basil

1/4 teaspoon coriander

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Once the chicken was fragrant and browned, I turned off the sauté function, and stirred in 8 oz of chicken bone broth. I attached the lid and set it on manual high pressure for 12 minutes. When it was finished cooking, I did quick pressure release and stirred in a can of coconut milk. We enjoyed it over brown rice with chopped cilantro. It was so easy, and so good. 

9:30pm: A piece of dark chocolate while watching Grey’s Anatomy.

What’s your favorite quick, nutritious breakfast? Any treats that you like to enjoy at the end of the day? Have you tried the new Quaker Overnight Oats yet??

Have a great morning and I’ll see you soon!

xoxo

Gina

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19 Comments

  1. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on September 27, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I think I need to start making my energy bites in the food processor — stirring it by hand is tedious, and I always feel like the oats are too big.

  2. Christie Hawkes on September 27, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Wow Gina! All of this food looks delicious. I need to break out of my toast, yogurt, banana, and coffee routine for breakfast. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as overnight oats. Do you heat them up or eat them cold?

    Have a lovely Wednesday!
    Christie

  3. Brittany Taylor @ The Gourmet Financier on September 27, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I am adding energy bites to my snack list! And I also am adding those Quaker Overnight Oats. I love anything that can be made the night before!

  4. JC on September 27, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I have an InstaPot but haven’t used it yet. Would love a post about how to use it with your favorite recipes. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      i can definitely do that!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on September 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

    I really need to get an Instapot!

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      you do! you would love it

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on September 27, 2017 at 11:42 am

    That sounds like such an awesome day in eats! Thanks for sharing.

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      hope your week is going well!

  7. Virjinia Harp on September 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve actually heard of these oats but I haven’t bought them. I normally make a smoothie for breakfast especially after my morning runs. Occasionally I’ll make a veggie scramble to switch it up!

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      they’re such a quick and easy option when it’s busy!
      i love veggie scrambles too 🙂

  8. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on September 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve got to try this cauliflower in smoothies thing. Is it just frozen raw or frozen cooked?

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      yes! it’s frozen. just add a little bit and you won’t even taste it 🙂

  9. Bethany on September 27, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I keep saying I am going to order these but still haven’t.

    • Fitnessista on September 27, 2017 at 11:20 pm

      they’re so good!

  10. Traci | The Petite Chef on September 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Looks like such a tasty day of eats! I think I may need to seriously consider an Instapot. I love my crockpot so much EXCEPT for how long it takes, and that device pretty much solves that problem…

  11. Jennifer Hoffman on September 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Been loving banana bread with ice cream at night!

  12. Lindsey on September 29, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Is that all you ate?? That can’t be more than 1300 cals

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Hi! I haven’t counted calories for years, but here’s a ballpark:
      Oats w PB and berries: 400
      Eggs w asparagus: 200
      Smoothie: 400ish (the MCT oil beefs it up) + veg and dressing 50
      Energy bites: 200
      Dinner: 400-500
      Chocolate: 100
      So it was about 1700-1800. Not a lot -I usually eat more on the days I work out since I’m hungrier- but it was satisfying and balanced.

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