What I Ate Wednesday: Healthy Living

Today I’m going to give you a peek into my daily meals in a What I Ate Wednesday!

I’ve recently become slightly obsessed with YouTube videos for fitness and food bloggers/professionals etc. I’m in awe of how effortlessly they share their lives with their followers and it’s really fun to see how differently people approach day-to-day adventures. I’m following everything from bikini competitors and body builders to vegan-specific channels and professional athletes.

One of the things that I’ve noticed during my recent binges is that while most health-oriented folks are doing their own cooking, the YouTubers who eat plant-based diets overwhelmingly eat healthier, more nutritious, whole food-based meals.

It’s not a judgment or a criticism, just something I noticed. Specifically, that the individuals more focused on hitting macros and counting calories tend to eat more processed foods, sweeteners, and chemical-filled fat/sugar/carb-free “foods.”

 

After watching a million YouTube “What I Ate Wednesday” style videos featuring sugar-free syrup on protein pancakes, zero-calorie cooking sprays, and protein bars as dessert, I wanted to offer an alternative view at what a healthy diet can look like.

1st Meal – Oats

I make a HUGE serving of oats and eat half first thing in the morning and the second half after my first workout.

  1. 1/2 Cup Oats
  2. 1 Serving of protein powder
  3. 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  4. 1 Tsp maca
  5. 1/4 Tsp ginger
  6. 1/4 Tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/2 Cup of berries or a peach or plum or banana

I prep everything around 8am and the oats soak in hot water for about an hour to give the chia seeds time to do their thing before devouring half of them around 9am.

2nd Meal – Snack

Almonds, Walnuts & Cashews

*I usually have my 1 Up Nutrition watermelon BCAAs during/after my 12pm workout. If I go running during the day, I have them afterwards, but if I’m lifting at the gym I drink them throughout the workout.

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3rd Meal – Smoothie

  1. Spinach and/or kale
  2. Maca
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Ginger
  5. 1 Banana or 1 Cup cut fruit
  6. Protein Powder 

4th Meal – Oats Part II

I don’t like feeling stuffed after a meal, so splitting my oats up has turned out to be the perfect balance for me. I always want to eat something 30-45 minutes after my smoothie so having those oats ready is a lifesaver and keeps me from grabbing unhealthy snacks.

5th Meal – Snack

My afternoon snack doubles as a pre-workout energizer and varies depending on what I feel like and what I have on hand.

I love love love pumpkin spice RX bars, but if I don’t have any in my gym bag then I’ll have veggies & hummus or a hardboiled egg or a date stuffed with almond butter.

6th Meal – Dinner

My midweek dinners vary, but not too much. The two most frequent options are salads or stir fries/roasted veggie bowls. This means lots of veggies, some protein, and a simple dressing or sauce.

I don’t like huge meals at night because I don’t sleep well on a super full stomach, and since I get home from my workout classes between 6pm-6:30pm, I don’t have a lot of time to eat before bedtime {8:30pm is wind down time!}

I also eat most of my protein in my first two large meals, so I’m rarely worried about getting more at dinner, I mostly add some to increase satiety.

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{See more of my meals on Instagram or Snapchat: moicontrelavie}

Here are two simple & easy outlines for midweek dinners that I eat most days.

  • Salad:
  1. Greens {I like to mix romaine hearts + spinach for some crunch}
  2. Diced veggies – Cucumber, radishes, carrots, peppers, cabbage… Whatever is in the fridge
  3. Protein – Nuts & seeds or a hardboiled egg or a chopped up veggie burger
  4. Dressing – Balsamic vinaigrette
  5. Spices – Turmeric {of course}, Himalayan sea salt & kelp granules
  • Bowl/Sautee:
  1. Greens – Spinach or collards or chard
  2. Veggies – Sweet potato, leeks, celeriac root, carrots etc
  3. Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, faro, barley…
  4. Protein – Veggie burger or chickpeas/kidney beans or diced tofu
  5. Sauce – Bragg’s Amino Acids or Coconut Aminos or TJ’s Soyaki Sauce {high in sugar but pretty tasty} or I’ll cook it in coconut or olive oil and then top with dragon sauce at the end

Did you enjoy this What I Ate Wednesday? Any questions or suggestions? Let me know if you want to know anything else about my eating habits!

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