Happiest Wednesday to you!
Wow. You guys blew me away Monday! The comments about your experiences living with or without “skinny rules” were so insightful and inspiring! Conversations like that are the reason I love blogging; discussing everything from controversial topics to delicious food to fitness fads—and everything in between—truly brightens my day. <3
Speaking of brightening my day…
Let’s chat about the sun….err, sunnyside eggs!
When I was living by my own skinny rules, there was no way I would have eaten two whole eggs for breakfast—albeit even one egg yolk! Too many calories…too much cholesterol…too much fat…blah blah blah. Now? I couldn’t imagine eating eggs without the yolk. The yellow is where it’s at, my friends! No silly rules for this girl.
Sure, I avoid gluten because it turns my stomach into a balloon; I stay far away from highly processed foods 99% of the time; and I’m pretty picky about where and how my eggs, meat and dairy are raised. However, restricting my dietary choices to a list of “acceptable foods” created by someone else doesn’t work for me. I love whole, nutrient-dense meals, but I don’t hesitate to sink my fork into a TruWhip-adrorned strawberry shortcake from time to time, too.
I realize that people who follow a prescriptive diet for medical reasons are healthier and happier for it, and I think that’s awesome! Food truly can cure, and sometimes adding or eliminating foods is the answer to living a healthy life. I also completely respect those who follow a a diet for ethical, moral or spiritual reasons. What we put into our bodies is a very personal choice, and I firmly believe that what works for one person very well might not work for another.
What works for me is a semi-clean eating everythingtarian (i.e. nothing is completely off limits) plan. This means healthy food most of the time, with a side of not-so-healthy some of the time. The result? A healthy and happy me.
Since it’s What I Ate Wednesday, and I haven’t shared a full day of non-travel day meals in what feels like aaaages (my San Francisco and Park City foodie adventures were pretty epic, though!) let’s take a look at yesterday’s somewhat typical but certainly not boring (heh 😉 ) eats…
As always, a big thank you to Jenn for hosting this weekly food fiesta!
Back to those eggs… Talk about the longest digression ever?
As much as I love my runny yolks, the star of the morning was cheese.
Oh my gosh, YOU. GUYS. This stuff is my new kryptonite. It’s a salty n’ sweet-lovers dream. If you haven’t honey goat cheese (or goat cheese with honey) get on it.
p.s. I’m a total cheese hoarder. Yesterday I realized I have nine types in my fridge. Heh.
I softened the goat cheese for few minutes in the microwave, spread it on one toasted Van’s waffle, and then drizzled extra honey on top. On the other waffle, you see “melted” strawberry jam (just strawberries cooked in the microwave for 40 seconds).
Of course, I couldn’t help but stack everything together…
I was tempted to type #yolkporn, but in all honesty, I really can’t stand that hash-tag. Porn, in my opinion, is disgusting. Sunnyside eggs most certainly aren’t disgusting! 😉
Breakfast powered me through a TOUGH leg workout, which looked like this:
In between sets, I sipped on Fitmixer BCAA fruit punch aminos, which provided a much needed boost.
I would nurse this stuff all day, if I could. It reminds me of the Hawaiian Punch I used to love as kid! However, because it contains caffeine, I have to cut it off after noon.
I was ravenous when I arrived home, so I quickly whipped up protein banana “frozen yogurt” in the Magic Bullet.
In the mix: one frozen banana, one scoop of MRM Vanilla Whey, and 2 tablespoons PB2. Thick. Creamy. Yum.
Sidenote: if you’re looking for a new whey protein powder, I highly recommend MRM. It’s all natural, stevia-sweetened, DELICIOUS, and most importantly, it doesn’t upset my stomach like other whey powders tend to do.
After showering, I headed to my favorite place between four walls for a three hour-long NASM studying session. While I was there, I made a visit to the salad bar.
Party in brown box! This one was packed with goodies: mixed greens, arugula, Moroccan carrot salad, cherry tomatoes, pulled chicken, blue cheese crumbles, red onion, butternut squash, red bell pepper, sliced almonds, and dried cranberries. I drizzled my favorite sesame tahini dressing on top, and DUG in.
A few hours later—still at Whole Foods—I snacked on a Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zing Bar.
These are quickly becoming my favorite energy bar. They’re soy-free, packed with protein, and taste like a healthified cookie. Triple win.
There was lots of food crowding our fridge that needed to be eaten from Monday’s Memorial Day barbeque, so dinner was a total repeat from the night before.
Even though I’m not typically a fan of leftovers, I had absolutely zero complaints about eating this meal again. Everything tastes better when it’s thrown on the the grill, right? Right.
On my plate: Steak and vegetable kabobs, spicy sweet potatoes fries (<—love!) arugula salad with ranch dressing, and grilled corn on the cob (<—first of the year!).
It’s been awhile since I’ve had whipped cottage cheese, but it made a comeback last night!
Hello again, lover.
So there ya have it! My semi-clean-eating-everythingtarian-carbs-any-time-of-the-day-some-sugar-added eats.
Not perfectly vegan; not perfectly South Beach; not perfectly Paleo…but perfectly imperfect for me.
One more thing…
I’m putting together an FAQ post with questions that have been emailed to me by readers. If there are any questions you’d like me to answer in that post, feel free to leave them in the comments, or send them by email. I’m an open book, so ask away! (The contact tab is in the upper right corner. All questions will be anonymous.)
I want to know….
What’s your daily caffeine intake typically look like? Do you have a coffee/tea cut-off time?
If I drink caffeine after noon, I’ll be buzzing ALL night. I’ll usually have one or two cups of coffee in the morning, BCAA’s pre-workout, and then nothing more the rest of the day. Even caffeinated teas, which contain a lot less caffeine, affect me! It’s funny because I was a twice/day Red Bull girl all the way through college (shudder), and it never kept me awake.
What’s your favorite food to grill?
Corn on the cob! Runner up: salmon.
Any other cheese hoarders out there? How many types of cheese do you have in your fridge right now? Which are your favorites/which do you typically have on hand?
Ready for this? Goat, honey goat, feta, raw sharp cheddar, blue, gouda, Parmesan, cream cheese, and cottage cheese.
Are there any hash tags that bother you? Which ones?
#foodgasm #fitspo #eatforabs…