Do you guys remember when bloggers used to post all of their meals and snacks practically every single day?
If you’ve been reading blogs (mainly, in the ‘healthy living’ circuit) for at least 5 years, then you may likely remember just how different they used to be (i.e., 3 blog posts per day, one for breakfast/lunch/dinner). If you’re a new(er) reader of blogs, then you likely have no idea what I’m talking about, huh?
While I could never go back to blogging 3x/day (whew!), I do often miss that different, casual style of blogging. And I also really used to love seeing what others were eating because I’m nosey AND I’ve actually discovered some really, really awesome foods from reading blog over the years.
So today, I’m going “what I ate in a day” style (also dubbed, “What I Ate Wednesday”) since many of you have asked to bring it back after sharing last week’s post. All of the eats in today’s post are from Monday, and I’ve also included my protein counts for each meal/snack, since many of you have also asked for protein ideas!
1/2 of an iced oatmeal cookie Clif Z Bar
Since I do my workouts early (5:45am-ish) I’m not usually super hungry, but just having a couple bites of something seems to help with that early start time.
Protein: 0-1 grams
Note: I typically do 1 egg with the egg whites, since egg whites are a bit bland on their own, but we were all out.
Protein: 36 grams
An iced coffee with dark chocolate almond milk + full fat (4%) cottage cheese with blueberries
I eat this snack practically every single day, and it’s a great source of protein, too!
Protein: 14 grams
Salad with lots of veggies, leftover pork tenderloin from dinner the previous night, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Jay and I really love buying the Hatfield Pork Tenderloins (the Tuscan Herb Dry Rub flavor is our favorite) because they’re just SO convenient. And they’ll also occasionally go BOGO at Market 32 so when I see them on sale, I usually try to stock up on some.
Protein: 22 grams
Monday was a bit of a different day, since I had to leave work early to bring Lucas to the doctor, so when I got home to pick him up, I grabbed a leftover mini Fudge Fancy cookie before heading back out the door.
These cookies are SO good! If you aren’t local and can’t get to the Cookie Factory, then you should absolutely try my Fudgy Frosting recipe. Pair it with your favorite shortbread/sugar cookie, or my Crackled Sugar Cookies. YUM!
Protein: 0 grams
Late Afternoon / Pre-Dinner Snack
Typically, I’d have an afternoon snack around 3pm-ish at work – usually something like a Luna Bar or an RXBar (Peanut Butter Chocolate is my favorite!), but because I was out with Lucas I never got the chance to have one. Knowing we were likely not going to be eating until later, I snacked on about a serving of Wheat Thins shortly after we got home.
And then enjoyed a Corona Premier out on the deck with Jay while we hung out with the boys.
Protein: 0-1 grams
We fed the boys their dinner a little earlier and decided to wait to cook ours until they went to bed since it was getting late. So once they were finally down, Jay grilled up dinner.
Grilled chicken topped with fresh mozzarella and a tomato-avocado salsa, with sugar snap peas on the side
This dinner was SO good! Jay is way better at cooking than I am, hands down.
Protein: 29 grams
Coconut Cream Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt + mini chocolate chips + melted peanut butter
I looooove my after dinner yogurt snack/sweet! The mini chocolate chips are almost always a guarantee, but I needed some more fats in my day, so adding in the peanut butter was a perfect addition.
Protein: 19 grams
How Much Protein?
Since I know many of you have asked about getting enough protein in your day, I will say that this particular day of eats provided me with about 120g of protein (which is right about where I aim to be). It’s also SUPER important to note that just because I am aiming for 120g of protein a day, doesn’t mean that that is necessarily the right amount for YOU. I would strongly encourage you to not try to match what someone else is doing, but rather, determine what might be best for you and your own, personal goals. If you’re really curious about what might be an appropriate number for you, Emily has an awesome new program where she’ll help you set your macros and provide a free consult (for only $29!). You can check that out HERE. (<– not an affiliate, no kickbacks, etc., just wanted to share).
So there ya have it! Aside from my missing afternoon snack, this was a pretty standard day of eats for me (although our dinners are always changing!).
What’s the best thing YOU have been eating lately?!