What I Ate Wednesday
This What I Ate Wednesday post is from this past Monday, the day after getting back from an amazing weekend in New Orleans! On Monday I was so excited to eat all the foods I adore so much. It's crazy how after just a couple a days of not eating my normal way (and lots of drinking) I start to break out, sleep worse, have issues with digestion and just feel fatigued!
With that said, I have zero regrets- I was looking forward to tasting my way through the city and New Orleans did not disappoint! Life is all about the balance and some eats are more about nourishing my soul instead of my body. There's a time and place for all foods in a healthy lifestyle. 10-20% of my diet is all about the craft beer, juicy cheeseburgers and ice cream or in the case of this trip- Hurricanes, po boys and beignets!
I was so happy to get back to eating all the vegetables and nourishing foods on Monday. But it's not because I needed to restrict calories or go on a detox or back on my diet- it's about eating foods that make me feel my best. I happened to exercise twice this day, but not because I had to work off what I ate this weekend. I was looking forward to exercising and moving my body, and with a few days of rest beforehand and the anticipation of not working out this weekend (another bachelorette weekend to come!) I felt comfortable that I would not be over-exercising.
I woke up and enjoyed my version of bulletproof coffee with a (very large) cup of coffee blended with 1 T MCT coconut oil, 2 heaping T coconut cream, 1/2 tsp maca blend, freshly grated nutmeg and 4 drops liquid stevia. I also had a 1/2 banana for pre workout fuel.
When I got back from the gym I couldn't wait to dive into a smoothie bowl! Post workout fuel smoothie bowls are the BEST. Made with a handful of frozen spinach, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen berries, 2 T PB2, 1 scoop grass fed whey chocolate protein powder, 1/2 tsp maca blend, dash of cacao powder and cinnamon blended with coconut water and almond milk. Topped with Blissful Eats blueberry granola, cacao nibs and 1 T peanut butter.
I also made an unpictured matcha latte (with coconut and almond milk) on my way to work, because truthfully, I needed all the caffeine this morning.
I didn't need a mid-morning snack today, and for lunch enjoyed leftovers from dinner the night before.Thai take out! Green curry with chicken, leftover brown rice from the night before, and I added some red rice as well. Oh and extra spinach, too! I enjoyed this with a mocha energy bite (recipe coming Thursday!). About an hour or so later I had a homemade blood orange kombucha.
Pre-workout fuel #2 was my afternoon snack, 2 brown rice cakes with 1 packet of Wild Friend chocolate peanut butter with protein and a crumbled energy bite and a tablespoon or so of trail mix for the crunch factor. On my way to yoga class, I started to get hungry again, so I had another energy bite.
Dinner and post-workout fuel (after a booty kicking hot power yoga class!) was Trader Joe's pesto chicken sausage sauteed with broccoli and spinach in olive oil, topped with an egg, olives and 2 small slices of whole wheat toast. We have no groceries in the house, can ya tell?! We had different plans for dinner that night, but neither Nick or I made it to the grocery store that day, so we just worked with what was in the house.
I was still hungry an hour or so later, so I had another smoothie :) When I get hungry, I always try to think of what nutrients and food groups I need and also what I am craving. I had only had fruit in the morning, and was looking for some extra digestive help for that day (to help recover from the weekend), so I made a smoothie with papaya and pineapple, both contain bromelain a wonderful digestive enzyme. I also made the smoothie with cacao powder, PB2, 1/2 scoop grass fed whey protein powder and coconut milk. Topped with my beloved cacao nibs for extra antioxidant power and for the crunch factor. As a dietitian and foodie, I am always thinking of the nutrition AND taste.
Have you ever been to NOLA? What was your favorite meal?!
What do you crave when you get back from a vacation?