I have not participated in the What I Ate Wednesday game for quite some time. Today seemed like a good time to join in! I was whipping up these posts quite regularly for a while. I had started to feel like they might be getting a little repetitive. After all, I tend to go in phases with food, and often eat the same things for weeks on end! Perhaps I just wanted to spare you from looking at another i-Phone picture of eggs sitting on toast. I have been enjoying a few new things lately! Plus it always seemed like these posts were helpful to people searching for quick and nutrition meal and snack ideas.
The philosophy behind WIAW is not to compare, but to look for inspiration. You may think someone eats a lot or not enough glancing into their diet this way. However, so many things (including activity level) play a huge part. So just ecause someone eats 2 cups of oatmeal in the morning does not mean you should triple your serving size. Everyone is different. These photos revealed to me that apparently I eat squash at every meal. Anyway, moving onto the food.
WIAW #30: Squash Madness
Breakfast time. I woke up pretty hungry and started rummaging through the fridge while I put some water on the stove to boil for coffee. I settled on 2 pasture raised eggs, greens, leftover butternut squash and a slice of bacon all cooked in a bit of coconut oil in one pan over the stove. A word on bacon – it is delicious of course, but very dense. I limit myself to one slice as a serving.
There was coffee on the side. You may notice the red straw sitting upon the cup and that is because I read recently that using a straw helps to minimize coffee stains on your teeth. Maybe I just stopped doing WIAW so I would not have to reveal these strange idiosyncrasies.
For lunch, I looked again to see what was sitting in the fridge. I had done some meal prep on Monday, and I like to use things up. Nothing is worse than doing all that work, and then throwing it head long into the garbage can. Salad! Spinach with a cut up pork chop, one cooked beet, more butternut squash and a few pecans. Dressing was simply apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.
I had been sipping on water after I finished my coffee, but I also broke out the Kombucha for lunch. Scott and I have discovered they sell Kombucha in what they call a growler at the Farmers Market. It is much less expensive than the individual bottles I have bought in stores. Synergy Brand is still my favorite, but it is a very costly habit. So we have been going this route instead.
After a few hours of work I decided to take a break to workout. I refilled my water and grabbed a Cashew Cookie Larabar because I was a little hungry. I always get a little hungry before I work out. Maybe because food will not be an option for a little while? Ridiculous I am sure. Lifting weights does take a little while because there is always some set involved and changing of the plates on the bar. So while I am not necessarily working out the full time it is easily over an hour every time.
After my workout, I blended up a quick protein shake containing a cup of coconut water, Pro 70 Hemp Protein and some frozen strawberries. It was really refreshing after being out in the heat. Garage gym = fans and no air conditioning. The heat snuck up on me out of nowhere! I drank it while reading through some emails on my computer.
Dinner was solo since Scott works most evenings. I did not roll with butternut squash. This one is acorn. I threw them all in the oven at the same time and now there is a plethora of choices. I made very quick chicken meatballs which I ate with a little mustard and honey. The roasted veggies were a mix of zucchini, red pepper, yellow squash and grape tomatoes.
I always wish I could say that eating well was easy, and did not involve a lot of work. It does require some commitment, but I think there are ways to make it a little easier. Preparing ahead of time is a life saver! So having the squash, the beets and the veggies already cooked were a big help.
Something sweet is on my radar after dinner every night. My selection was two small Banana Chocolate Chip Squares from a recipe on Paleo Running Momma. Michele has a lot of great and easy Paleo recipes on her blog that you should definitely check out. These remind me of the Bethenny Frankel Banana Chocolate Chip cookies that I used to love. Little tip – I really like them frozen too.
There you have it! Squash madness and all.
Questions of the Day: Do you like squash? If so, what is your favorite type?
Thank you to Jenn, the creator of WIAW, for hosting the link up this week!