When Your Weekend Meals Differ From Your Weekly Meals

  Jun 8, 2016  |  #Eats

Hey friends! Hope your week is going well. I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in a few weeks and I thought it would be nice to do a transparent post about a full day of eats on a weekend day, where every choice may not have been the healthy one, but it was the right one for the moment.

It’s okay to branch out on the weekends, enjoy good food, drinks, and eat a little more than you may during the work week. I have adopted the mentality to just go with the flow on the weekends, especially if you’re with groups or somewhere new.

Just take it all in, and don’t worry about the stress of over-thinking and critiquing every thing you put in your mouth. ESPECIALLY when there are birthdays involved.

Saturday started with a 6 mile training run. Upon returning home around 9am (it was already so hot!), I had some iced coffee and a homemade breakfast sandwich with two pieces of sprouted toast, two eggs, spinach, tomatoes, peppers and cheese.

This meal was probably my best meal of the day, and I figured it would be my only chance to have a few vegetables.

breakfast sandwich

I then ordered some Cake Batter Coconut Butter (can’t wait to try this flavor!) and headed towards uptown Charlotte for a Brunch and Learn with the Charlotte Food Bloggers Group. They had some full-time bloggers come and talk to us and we were able to network with other local bloggers while learning more about SEO.

Though it was the day after National Donut Day, there were still donuts galore, thanks to the local vendors who donated them to us. There were also a variety of pastries, fruit salads, mimosas, quiches and mini cupcakes.

weekend donuts

weekend meals donuts

I had a few servings with a little bit of everything. I also snagged an extra donut on my way out for the birthday boy and headed to pick him up from the airport. He was in Utah for the week for work, so I was excited to finally have him home.

Brunch and learn

After picking Ed up, we headed home so he could shower and take a quick nap, and I heated up some leftover Lemon Tahini Lentil Dip and ate it with tortilla chips.

I didn’t get much protein at brunch and was needing some fuel. I am seriously addicted to this recipe I posted yesterday!

Lemon Tahini Lentil Dip

And obligatory mini cupcakes I had picked up the day before! Even after that brunch, I still opted for the oreo cookie one, while Ed opted to save his for later since he was racing.

mini cupcakes

We headed down to the Noda area for the Noda 5k race. It was like 95 degrees so I was pumping Ed up with water, and I was chugging some too, even as a spectator.

Ed won the race so we had celebratory beers at the race before heading to a nearby bar, where I had organized a mini surprise party for Ed. We had cupcakes from Maddy’s Fatty’s, and apparently I was so caught up chatting with everyone that I forgot to take a picture.

So this is from the company website – we got 8 different flavors and cut them so people could try a few flavors. I tried the strawberry and chocolate maple bacon and both were unbelievable. 

weekend meals, cupcakes

We hung out for a few more hours (and drinks) before the group decided we should order pizza. I had a piece of cheese and a piece of everything, which really hit the spot. I think we were all needing some real food in our systems by this point, and there’s just something about greasy pizza and beer going really well together.


We eventually called it a night and I made sure I had everything on hand to make this baked peanut butter banana french toast for Sunday morning.

french toast

Did I have one too many sweets on Saturday? Maybe, but at the same time, it felt pretty natural to go with the flow and not stress about it. As a result, my sweet tooth has tamed down this week, so I’ve been piling up on the veggies and whole grains.

I normally wouldn’t eat out and have cupcakes, donuts and pizza all in the same day, but when you release any food rules, you realize that one day isn’t going to change anything. Just like one day of loading up on fruits and veggies isn’t going to change your lifestyle.

It’s about the bigger picture, friends, and balance. My friend Robyn wrote a great post about it yesterday.

I just want you to know that it’s okay if you eat more on a certain day, or eat a second serving of birthday cake, or that extra cupcake that’s tempting you, or share that extra beer with friends.

Chances are that if you really want it and don’t give it to yourself, you’ll crave it more later. Don’t stress about the calories, focus on the memories you’re creating around the food, and the experience.

How do you celebrate significant other’s or spouse’s birthdays? Do you prefer small intimate celebrations or group celebrations?


38 responses to “When Your Weekend Meals Differ From Your Weekly Meals

  1. First of all – Happy birthday and a HUGE congratulations to Ed!! Holy running machine!
    Second of all – this is awesome. It’s next to never you get the opportunity to try so many specialty sweets and see so many friends in one day – so to turn any of it down would have just been a shame. Always a great advocate for living for the moment, miss Sarah.
    I think I’d like both – I’d like to take them out for a larger surprise gathering but then also retreat to something more relaxing like a home cooked meal.

  2. I love the positive message! I know I used to try to eat 100% healthy on the weekends as well but going with the flow has made life so much more enjoyable!

  3. Sounds like a yummy weekend! I definitely agree with you. If I limited myself and never allowed myself to go with the flow, I know there’d come a point where I would just binge eat and feel terrible after!

  4. We’re both on the weekend dessert bus! Haha. After seeing this I am more convinced you need to make it to Cupcrazed!
    It looks like Ed had an amazing birthday. Go wife!

  5. I love seeing all the different donuts here. That would be a perfect celebration for my birthday! I don’t think my week day eats differ from my weekend eats because I usually also work on the weekends, so my days are relatively the same. Thanks for sharing you weekend 🙂

  6. Love this, almost as much as I love pizza and beer 🙂 You’re right, it’s just the perfect combo!

    I’m all for doing both kinds of celebrating… I always like a big party with lots of friends and family and then maybe a one-on-one date night for something more intimate. But regardless of the setting, you can bet there will be lots of yummy treats!

  7. I can personally testify to this. When I just eat the donut, and not think about it, I don’t really want tons of sweets later. My body just knows what it wants. It’s amazing how God created our bodies to just know what we need at the time. I LOVE that you enjoy all the food, because that’s an example to me to listen to my body, and to just go with the flow and certainly not stress about extra donuts and cupcakes, because living life is so much better than stressing.

  8. I always liken eating and health and fitness (well, hell, everything in life) to walking a path. It is fine to go off the path and explore a bit! Just remember and take into account how much work it will take for you to get back to that path. If you are ok with that, explore away!

  9. I totally agree with your message in this! I do this too, eat relatively well during the week and eat what I want and sounds good more on weekends. I think it helps just not to think and stress about it. For birthday celebrations I love going to a breweries! I get way too excited to try out a new one haha.

  10. It’s taken me a long time to move away from “today was a bad day of eating, tomorrow will be a good day” and just accept that one day won’t change anything, just like one day of good eating won’t change everything!

  11. All of your eats look so so delicious!

    We don’t really do gifts on our birthdays as we prefer to celebrate our birthdays with experiences. For Jesse’s birthday this year we went to see a “gold class” movie which is basically a private cinema with recliners and restaurant food whilst you sit back and enjoy your movie on the same big screen that’s in all of the other cinemas. That was so good that we think it’ll have to become a birthday tradition 😛

    As well as that we usually like to invite our close friends over for a barbeque or dinner party – basically using our birthdays as an excuse to entertain and eat yummy food 😉

  12. Some days are definitely born for sweets! Birthdays obviously included 😉 Though what we do for birthdays depends on the birthday person’s requests, it always involves some homemade gluten free cake, ice cream and gifts 🙂

  13. Everything looks great! I think is such an important topic to highlight – balance. No one is perfect 24/7; nor should we be! I’m sad I missed out on donut day! I might have to have my own donut day this weekend,..hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love your mindset Sara! I think it is so important to learn to go with the flow like that. Really makes you feel free too and not stressing about food allows you to LIVE in the moment and enjoy all that moment has to offer!

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