Hey hey! Happy Wednesday! Hope you’re enjoying the week so far. It’s been the usual busy schedule around here, but lots of time playing outside, teaching classes, and meeting up with friends. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed yesterday’s workout! Please let me know if you end up giving it a try.

We don’t have anything too crazy going on for the rest of the week, but we’re debating a weekend trip to Orlando. We’ve got a lot coming up this summer, so we’re trying to finish off our passes (we always get the 5-day park hoppers!). I’m thinking we’ll probably go for it and will start packing up in the next day or so. 😉 

For today, I thought I’d hop in and share a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) post. I actually remembered to take pics of *almost* all of my eats yesterday, and they were a pretty standard mix. I ended up taking the day off from the gym because I had a doctor’s appointment in the am – which ended up being a fail. They were running 2+ hours late, so I ended up having to reschedule so I could pick up P – so I wasn’t quite as hangry as usual. 

7:15am: Decaf Four Sigmatic coffee with almond milk…and Frida to wake up. 😉 It’s been 9 months since I’ve had regular coffee, and it’s made a significant reduction in my anxiety levels. (I order this one from Amazon or Thrive. And don’t worry, it doesn’t taste like mushrooms.) I chug coffee while I feed the girls breakfast and get everyone ready for school. 

Four Sigmatic decaf mushroom coffee mix

10:30 After blitzing around the house doing chores (I throw in a load of laundry, wipe down counters, pick up, and run the vacuum) and catching up on a little work stuff, I make breakfast: 1 egg + 1 egg white, sautéed spinach, 2 Siete cassava and coconut tortillas, + Calm tea


11:00 Heading out for my doctor’s appointment. I bring these snacks to eat afterwards: a Perfect Bar (obsessed) and an apple

apple and Perfect Bar

2pm: I’m back home from picking up P and we play upstairs in the playroom for about an hour. We come back downstairs and I turn on a show for her, and heat up lunch: leftover vegan chili from the night before. (While it’s heating up, I have an embarrassingly enormous scoop of almond butter from the jar.)

I made this in the Instant Pot, and it was SO good and easy.

In the Instant Pot, I sautéed:

-1/2 sweet onion, chopped

-3 cloves minced garlic

-1 peeled and diced sweet potato

-1 zucchini

-1 red bell pepper

After all of the veggies were soft, I seasoned everything with salt and pepper, then added:

-1 teaspoon oregano

-1 tablespoon chili powder

-1/2 teaspoon cumin

-1 teaspoon smoked paprika

I stirred in one 14-oz can of drained fire-roasted tomatoes, 1 can (drained and rinsed) garbanzo beans, 1 can (drained and rinsed) kidney beans and about 2/3 carton of vegetable broth. Set it on the soup setting for 20 minutes and let it manually release! Serve with any toppings you love. My faves are lime juice and avocado.

Instant pot vegan chili

When we had this for dinner, the girls and I made gluten-free cornbread muffins to go with it, and I also made some baby grassfed burger patties on the stovetop just in case they hated the soup. They ended up loving it!

Instant pot vegan chili

We head out to pick up Liv, then come home to hang out outside. The girls play on their scooters and with their Power Wheels, while I fold laundry at the table (so I can see them) and then go outside with the iPad to answer emails while they play. 

5:30 Back home from Liv’s swim lesson, and I snack on these cassava chips while the girls color at the table. 

Cassava chips

(that avocado salsa is SO GOOD. You can find it at Target! It has great ingredients and is amazing on eggs or with chips.)

6:30 Dinner: sushi roll in a bowl! This is one of our go-to dinners: baked salmon, rice (season with rice vinegar and sesame seeds), chopped cucumber, avocado, seaweed snacks. Top with soy sauce and/or sriracha and feast. 

sushi roll in a bowl

11pm: I’ve been working for a couple of hours while the girls sleep, so I grab a glass of wine, a Samoa, and put on Shameless while I finish up the last bit of writing for the day. 

Netflix, wine and healthy samoa

What was the best thing you ate yesterday? When you want a sweet bite at night, what do you usually go for? Please spam me with ALL your favorite Instant Pot meals, too, please!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon. 



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  1. Colleen @ Frenchie Farm on April 25, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Oh my goodness, that sushi bowl! I’m 28 weeks pregnant and majorly craving some raw sushi, but maybe this will do the trick for now 🙂

    • julie @ peanut butter fingers on April 25, 2018 at 11:06 am

      ME TOO! I’m 32 weeks and miss raw fish/sushi like crazy. That bowl calllllls to me!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      hope it fills the void for you! <3

      • Colleen @ Frenchie Farm on April 26, 2018 at 4:21 pm

        My hubby and I made the bowl last night and it was EVERYTHING

        • Fitnessista on April 27, 2018 at 8:45 am

          ahhh so glad you liked it!

  2. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on April 25, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I have been meaning to try making those samoas, they look so good. Recently I have been slicing banana and topping with a little PB or almond butter and a sprinkle of chocolate chips as a sweet snack for the kids and I, it is so tasty!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      LOVE that combo. so easy and super satisfying <3

  3. julie @ peanut butter fingers on April 25, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I NEED to recreate that sushi bowl ASAP!!!!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Yes! I think you’d love it!

  4. Kirsten @ little bites of my life on April 25, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Your sushi bowl looks amazing! I might have to add that to my meal plan for the weekend!

    I am currently 4 days into taking a break from anything sweet containing sugar! My go-to snack the past few evenings has been a little bowl of pistachios nuts. I was eating WAY too much sugar and decided I needed to cut it out for a bit!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      i hope you love it! such a delicious and easy dinner 🙂
      thank you for inspiring me to cut back on sugar a bit again. i go through stages where i eat a ton of it and feel so tired/blah

  5. Mary on April 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I’ve developed an addiction to frozen grapes sprinkled with sugar-free Jell-o powder, at night. I need to find something healthier to sweeten them, or learn to eat them as is.

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      i never would have thought to combine those two! what flavor jell-o powder do you use?

      • Mary on April 26, 2018 at 1:42 am

        Any! I like cherry, raspberry and strawberry best but I’ve used orange and others, too. I actually sprinkle some Jolly Rancher drink mix powder on them too, and it adds some sourness. Total artificial sweetener OD. Lol

  6. Cora on April 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Going outside with an iPad while children play sounds SO wonderful. I hope to have weather nice enough to do something similar soon! Also, avocado salsa is a brilliant idea. As are sushi bowls.

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      it was really peaceful! it’s so fun that they play together now 🙂
      hope you get some warm weather soon!

  7. Lindsey on April 25, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    How many calories do you think this was? It doesn’t seem like much! I’d need a carb with my lunch.

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      My ballpark estimate was 2000. For lunch, the beans and sweet potatoes counted as carbs 🙂 since I had the giant spoon of almond butter too, it was really filling!

  8. Britt on April 25, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    LOVE the sushi bowl idea. I’ve been brainstorming a deconstructed sushi salad idea! For Instant Pot recipe I highly recommend this butternut squash and turkey chili. It’s SO good!! https://www.eatingbirdfood.com/butternut-squash-and-turkey-chili/

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      can’t wait to try this recipe!

  9. Meredith on April 25, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Hmmm, I wonder if switching to decaf would help my anxiety! That sushi bowl looks so good!

    • Fitnessista on April 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      it’s made such a huge difference for me! i don’t miss caffeinated drinks at all… and i was pretty addicted

  10. Carrie this fit chick on April 26, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I NEED to get an instant pot!! That thing sounds magical!

  11. Laura McRae on April 28, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Love your wiaw posts!

  12. Stephanie Miller on May 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I love eggs over-easy with sauteed spinach! It is often my go-to for breakfast/brunch. The coconut tortillas look great, must grab some soon! With the warmer weather, I have been loving the Daily Harvest cups in the afternoon/evenings! Mix one up, sit on the screen porch…ahhhhh.

  13. Vince on May 1, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Took me a second to figure out what WIAW stood for but that’s a pretty cool concept. I love how real you are about your life.

  14. Alice on May 4, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Oh, coffee from mushrooms! This sounds very unusual. I’m trying to get away from coffee, but it’s so hard for me. I need to try this coffee, maybe this will help me.

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