Happy Wednesday! It’s an early one for me; I have a work event at 7 so I’ll be out the door around the same time I’m usually rolling out of bed. Ick!
Since it’s Wednesday, I’m sharing a full day of my meals. ‘What I Ate Wednesday‘ is a fun way to show what a day of healthy meals looks like, and also highlight the fact that a healthy lifestyle isn’t always 100% healthy. 80/20, right? I get a lot of meal inspiration from reading other bloggers’ WIAW posts, and I hope to provide some inspiration to you!
These photos are snapped on my phone and aren’t edited, so you’re seeing a real representation of what my day of meals actually looks like. I spend a lot of time taking pretty food pictures (you can find them on Instagram or on my recipe page), but I think it’s important to also be realistic and show that a healthy day of meals can also look very, very normal. 😉
So here we go…
I started off the day with warm water and a squeeze of lemon. I’ve tried to make this a habit over the past few years; it’s a great way to warm up while starting the day off with H20! The squeeze of lemon is for taste, and because it’s supposed to help get your system moving for the day.
On my drive to work, I sipped my decaf cappuccino. I make these with a scoop of decaf grounds run through the espresso machine, then topped with about 1/8 cup of frothed milk and a teaspoon of turbinado sugar. A healthy (and cheap) alternative to a lot of the calorie bombs you can find at Starbucks, huh?
Breakfast is usually consumed at my desk. This breaks all the rules about not eating in front of a computer, but it’s what works right now. I’m not hungry first thing in the morning, and to be honest I just don’t leave the time at home. So desk breakfast it is.
In this mess of a bowl: 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup raw oats, 1/8 cup walnuts, squeeze of lemon juice. Basically my all-time favorite breakfast!
These big yogurt bowls are great for filling me up and usually last through the morning, although I did break into some banana chips to tide me over until lunch. These aren’t the healthiest option for a snack, but they’re also not the worst! It’s best if I take a handful and put the bag away, rather than mindlessly munch away.
As usual, lunch was leftover from the night before. It’s always prettier at home in a nice bowl rather than the tupperware.
This bowl was a mix of greens, quinoa, tomato, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds and nutritional yeast with a lemon tahini vinaigrette. I’m going to sound redundant after having my all-time favorite breakfast, but this is also one of my favorite lunches. The mix of grains, greens and seeds is so, so filling.
If you’re looking to make your own buddha bowl, follow this simple equation: 1 serving grain/protein (quinoa, brown rice, tempeh, lentils, chickpeas, black beans) + 1 serving greens + 1 serving veggie + 1-2 servings healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado) + dressing (your choice!).
I was so full from this lunch that I saved my ‘dessert’ for a late afternoon snack.
I have no doubt that Chickpea is going to be a fruit fan, because I can’t get enough! Kiwis were on sale this week so I picked up 2 boxes, and am already almost though box #1. 😉 Water on the side of course
because #pregnant because I try to fill up several times throughout the day.
The rest of the afternoon was spent working away, and also rearranging my desk to make room for the bump.
I have a convenient little corner spot for my computer that leaves a little more room for my growing stomach, and stowed a chip can underneath for a nice foot rest.
If you’re looking for a super easy weeknight meal that is also super healthy, this dish is for you! I don’t have picky eaters on my hands (yet), but I imagine this dish would be a big hit with kids as well.
Dessert was part of a dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s. Mmmm.
The rest of the evening was spent typing up this post, vaguely watching Real Housewives (come back OC or NYC!), and snuggling with Sydney before calling it an early night. Those 5 a.m. alarms come way too quickly!
What’s your go-to easy weeknight meal? I’m always looking for new ideas! (The less prep and dishes the better.)