Fueling for Activity + What I Ate Wednesday

  Sep 20, 2017  |  #Eats

Happy Wednesday friends. Happy half way point! I’ve gotten feedback that a lot of you like seeing a day of eats, so I’m happy to show everything I ate in a day. I urge you to not look at this as a comparison, but more so with an open mind that we are all different. We need different amounts of food and eat at different times.

Breakfast

I was feeling a smoothie, so blended frozen bananas, blueberries, some spinach, whole milk and a little bit of protein powder and topped it with some banana peanut butter chocolate baked oatmeal, hemp seeds and peanut butter. Always peanut butter. Pretty sure there’s rarely a day I ever go without it. Do you have a one food like that too?

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I then headed off to a local BNI networking meeting and had a few cups of coffee. This is a great way to network with other local business owners, get referrals, etc, so I’m excited to see what kind of opportunities this can bring for our clinic.

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I met with some clients and did some charting before stopping for a snack of crackers, hummus and a peach. I know this hummus color is not appealing, but it’s a spinach artichoke hummus that tastes great. We got a huge tub at Costco. We go through hummus really quickly in our house, so it’s one of those things we’ll always stock up on if they’re on sale (buy 2, get 3 free). I’m not kidding – Ed can down a whole hummus pack in one sitting.

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Lunch

I made a tuna salad sandwich. Usually, I’ll use greek yogurt but I was all out so I added a little bit of mayo, hummus and salt and pepper and ate it in a pita. Tuna salads in pitas are so much better, IMO.

I had some roasted veggies on the side, and a black bean corn dip with some tortillas chips, and an unpictured apple. (Still going through the bunches from apple picking). Loving the Pamplemousse La Croix right now, so one of those too!

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I also had some of one of these salted caramel brownies that a coworker brought in!

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Snacks

A little bit later, I snacked on a Siggi’s mango yogurt with some more chocolate PB baked oatmeal swirled in. Before a workout, it’s important to get some source of carbohydrates. I knew this mid afternoon snack would be my pre workout snack. I do okay with some protein before hand (especially since this was 90 minutes prior to my run). If you’re eating less than 45 minutes before a workout, you don’t need protein, just carbohydrates. If it’s over an hour and you can handle it, then maybe have some protein for staying power.

For those of us who have a regular exercise routine, it can be easy to forget to fuel more for exercise. Many of my clients forget that they’re burning through their normal meals and snacks, so an additional workout snack is necessary. You need to fuel FOR activity. Remember, exercise is a stress on the body, and food is how we nourish our bodies. Especially, with antioxidant rich foods. For more information, see here, here or here.

I stopped to run on my way home at a nearby trail, just an easy four miles. I started dinner prep as soon as I got home, since Ed was a doll and hit the grocery store for me.

Dinner

I threw a spaghetti squash in the oven, while sauteeing some black beans, zucchini, onion, tempeh, nutritional yeast, corn and spices. When the spaghetti squash was done, I added the “squash noodles” to the stirfry and mixed it all up before transferring it to the empty squash boats. Bonus: leftover filling for lunch tomorrow! I love spaghetti squash, but I was impressed at how much Ed loved it.

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Some of these + popcorn for dessert. I’m really loving the chocolate-popcorn mixture, a perfect mix of sweet and salty.

And then I had to finish a freelance article before bed.

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Is there a food you eat every day? For me, it’s peanut butter and yogurt.

27 responses to “Fueling for Activity + What I Ate Wednesday

    1. I love them! I used to love the pretzel ones – did you try those? I couldn’t find them recently though, so not sure if they still make them.

  1. I eat chocolate every day. Not even a bit of an exaggeration. I think I would have said peanut butter in the past, but I think some days have been slipping past recently.

    I hope to turn Dan onto spaghetti squash. I’m going to be very interested to see what he thinks when I – without telling him – serve him dinner using it. He probably won’t even notice…ha.

  2. This is really insightful to see considering I’m a runner & do strength training 3 times a week.. sometimes I forget that I need more fuel to use in those workouts and to help the recovery process! But everyday without a fail, I have yogurt, peanut butter and bananas!

  3. Lately I’ve been eating yogurt every day…And Im pretty sure I have spinach in some form most days, either in a smoothie, salad, or with dinner. Oh, and I usually have some dark chocolate every day:)

  4. That’s my favorite way to make spaghetti squash- with black beans and a Mexican-type filling! Hmm… I think it really depends but I’ll often get in little food patterns where I eat a lot of the same few foods for a few months and then switch things up. But for now: probably oats and dark chocolate!

  5. That all looks delish! I’m obsessed with Pamplemousse La Croix now too. I rotate between that, Lime, and Tangerine. Did you hear they’re coming out with a Key Lime flavor next?

    Your diner looks so good too. I forget how easy it is to make a bowl out of spaghetti squash.

  6. Yum, I love spaghetti squash too! I also was surprised to find out that my husband loved it too when I first started making it. I make this spaghetti squash casserole that’s one of his favorites. And I’m pretty sure I eat some form of nut butter every single day – whether peanut, cashew, almond, chocolate PB or some other kind that I always have in my cabinet!

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