WIAW

Helloooooo. Happy humpday! How’s the week treating ya? I’m getting SO EXCITED for Thanksgiving. My pie pants are packed haha. I can’t wait to see our Tucson family. We haven’t seen baby Everly since April, and she’s trying to walk now! We have lots of fun family events planned, and it’s going to be the best ever.

For today, I’ve got a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) post! It’s been a little while since I’ve shared one and I figured that this particular day was a very *real* day of eats. Sometimes when I do WIAW posts, I can’t help but be more cognizant of what I’m consuming. I find myself trying to maximize veggie intake and minimize dips into the almond butter jar. For this WIAW, it was pretty much a typical day: I taught a barre class + got in my own personal workout, Liv was at school, P was home, and I managed to cook real food for dinner.

Here’s what the day looked like:

7:50am: the rest of Livi’s waffles on the way home from school drop-off. I eat her leftover waffles pretty much every day and she leaves the bites in the bottom that are entirely soaked in syrup. Since I don’t usually have real breakfast until a couple of hours later, I appreciate the little sugar buzz, especially since P hasn’t been sleeping (STILL. HALP ME.) and it gives me a little pep in my step.

Waffles

9:15am: real breakfast. This is 2 eggs with 2 egg whites, 2 almond flour tortillas, and sriracha. 

Breakfast

I’ve been enjoying the Speakeasy decaf coffee so much lately! A good friend recommended this brand because they use the Swiss water method to extract the caffeine. (If the company doesn’t specify how the coffee makes their decaf, chances are that they use chemicals.) It’s so delicious and mild! I’ll drink the coffee with almond milk, cinnamon and a small drizzle of maple syrup.

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Coffee

12:30pm: I snack on Simple Mills crackers with Kite Hill almond *cheesy* spread. The truffle dill flavor is fantastic. I wasn’t sure how I’d like the texture, but it’s like a fluffier, lighter version of cream cheese.

Snackin'

+ 2 tiny apples

Baby apples

(Aren’t they precious?)

1:00pm: I get in my workout in the garage. I’m going through the Post Baby Bod advanced plan – it’s been a great way to build back my fitness to an advanced level safely – and get some HIIT intervals with the jump rope + heavy strength. I’m done in about 40 minutes and chug a Daily Harvest cacao avocado smoothie before P wakes up.

Smoothie

The smoothies are two servings, so before blending, I split the container’s worth in half and freeze the rest for the next day. I add almond milk to the blender with 1 scoop of Vital Proteins collagen, a handful of spinach, a tablespoon of almond butter, and a teaspoon of Moon Juice dust. 

5:45pm: poke bowl time! We picked up some tuna tataki from Whole Foods. It’s wild-caught and pan-seared with garlic and pepper before it’s frozen. (You can find it in the freezer section by the sushi.) We have to get more of this. It was insanely fresh and delicious and paired perfectly with sushi rice (cooked in the Instant Pot for 12 minutes then seasoned with sesame seeds and rice vinegar), seaweed salad (from the sushi bar), avocado, cucumber and pickled ginger. I didn’t know if the girls would be into it, but Liv ate her entire poke bowl! P wasn’t such a big fan, but she made up for it in copious amounts of avocado. 

Poke bowl

I head to teach barre and add in an intense lunge sequence. I’ll take a video for Instagram soon because it was a serious quad burner.

8:15pm: a piece of leftover birthday cake with Liv and Tulsi rose tea before winding down for the night. I mentioned before that I don’t usually *love* vanilla cake, but I love this cake. 

Dessert and tea

What I liked about this day of eats:

It was a satisfying mix of all of the things I love: eggs, almond butter, smoothies, poke bowls, CAKE. I felt satisfied and energized all day. It was also a good mix of protein, which I think helped to make the meals more filling. Eggs usually give me an excellent start for the morning (let’s be real, it’s not a day if I don’t have eggs at some point) and the poke bowl was a special treat. It brought me back to San Diego when we could get them whenever we wanted. *Hangs head and cries softly*

What I could have done differently:

I was kind of low on the produce front. Sometimes I’ll sauté veggies to go with my eggs, and I’ll almost always have a big salad at some point during the day. Thankfully the smoothie was packed with lots of good produce (zucchini, avocado, spinach) and I got a little bit more in with the poke bowl (seaweed, cucumber, more avocado). Ideally, I like to try to eat the rainbow, and my rainbow this particular day was mostly green. The day ended with cake, so I’m still calling it a win.

Speaking of wine (win = wine), I didn’t have any that night. I’ve really scaled back on the vino since P’s sleep habits crumbled to the ground. If I have a glass before bed, I feel so much more tired when I have to wake up with her during the night.

So, tell me friends: what was the best thing you ate yesterday? Do you have any food goals you try to hit each day? I stick with my “eat like a PRO” mentality (aim for PROtein and PROduce in every meal/snack) and also try to add in greens when I can.

xo

Gina 

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27 Comments

  1. Janice O'Kane on November 15, 2017 at 6:23 am

    I’ve never heard of Kite Hill brand before. Color me clueless since I clicked on the link and it’s basically available in every grocery near me. I’ll definitely be checking it out this week! Thanks for sharing, I always love WIAW posts.

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

      ahhh you’re so lucky! i haven’t seen it anywhere in valdosta. if i asked for it, they’d be like, “wait, why do you want cheese made out of nuts?” 😉 i hope you love it!

  2. Beckett @ Birchwood Pie on November 15, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Oooh…I will be going to WF and getting some tuna tataki ASAP. Genius!

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:40 am

      yes, you will love it!

  3. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on November 15, 2017 at 7:19 am

    That poke bowl looks SO good! I’m definitely going to look for that tuna at Whole Foods.

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

      you will love it! we got two packs (each has 2 servings) and i wish we would have gotten more. next time!!!

  4. Carrie this fit chick on November 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

    A poke bowl!? Dang, such a great dinner idea! Gotta get that on my menu!

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:39 am

      yes! it was so easy and so good 🙂

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on November 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

    I always start my day with eggs and veggies. That veggie boost sets the tone for the day. I seem to be less likely to eat them in the afternoon/evening so I try to start the day with a ton of them.

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

      that’s super smart! the best is when i have leftover roasted veggies from dinner the night before so i can just throw them in my eggs

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on November 15, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I love poke bowls, I could totally eat them every day. I try to get veggies in during at least two meals each day. This time of year, I like roasting a bunch so I can just throw them in/on whatever I am eating.

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      i love doing that, too! so awesome for egg scrambles and salads

  7. Brittany Taylor on November 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    That tuna looks so good!
    Yesterday my hubby made chicken stir fry. So simple but so good. Broccoli, mushrooms, onions cooked down and flavored with low sodium soy sauce and sesame seed oil. Served over rice!
    I try to get my Shakeology smoothie in everyday and I JAM PACK IT with kale, fruit, almond or peanut butter, etc. I tend to not eat a ton during the day so it helps pack in a lot of nutrition in one smoothie.

  8. Dakota on November 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    What is the thing you are using to make your coffee? Is that a pour over method?

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      yep! it’s just a little pour over coffee maker from target. i love it

  9. Melissa Caulfield on November 15, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    What differences have you noticed in taking the Vital Proteins? And so you just 1 scoop or 2?

  10. Katie on November 15, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Random thought just came to me…dare I suggest it’s time for more Livi-isms?! Hehe love those 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      she said something the other day that made me laugh so hard that i started crying… and i can’t remember what it was!
      i’ll definitely post some soon! i’ve been working on a post for P, too 😉

  11. Cassie on November 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I’m so sorry to read that P is still having trouble sleeping. 🙁

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      thanks, friend. i hope it stops soon. we’re going on 4 weeks and i’m dangling by a thread haha

  12. Sara S on November 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    What is the brand of the almond flour tortillas? Im not a huge fan of the brown rice ones (I usually get them from TJ’s) cause the break SOOOOO easily. How are the almond flour ones?

    BTW…Ending the day with cake is always a good idea! 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      they’re the siete brand from whole foods. where do you store the trader joe’s brown rice ones? i keep those ones in the freezer and when i want one, i chisel it out and microwave for 30 seconds. it helps a lot with the breakage!

  13. Bethany on November 16, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I had a poke bowl for lunch! #japanliving

  14. Katherine on November 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Thank you so much for mentioning Speakeasy Coffee because I am 12 weeks pregnant and cannot find any good decaf coffee in my area. I just ordered some from them and am excited to try it out! I’ll be a happy woman when I can drink more than a cup of coffee a day. Right now that’s all I’ve been drinking because of caffeine but if Speakeasy is chemical free and yummy I’ll be a very happy lady!

    • Fitnessista on November 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      yay, i hope you love it! i’ve been drinking it every day and am a huge fan. going to make some right now actually 🙂

  15. Elizabeth on November 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    I discovered the sushi ready fish at WF a few months ago too! I’m so glad that I can make my own poke bowls, although in Chicago they aren’t hard to find. I also found a recipe with marinated watermelon in soy sauce, or liquid aminos, and seasame seed oil that can be a nice alternative if you don’t want to pay for the fish or are a vegetarian. It’s pretty good, but I will admit, not quite the same 🙂

  16. Erika S. on November 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday…sending you 3 glasses of virtual bubbly! I had steak chili yesterday… it’s cold in DC so I’m craving all soups & stews!

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