It’s safe to say that during my week visiting my family and friends, 75% of my meals were eaten out of a restaurant. I guess that’s what happens a lot of the time when you’re away from home. Consequently, this week I’ll be focusing on a lot more lean meat and vegetables, and not so much beer and burgers.
^lunch at Whole Foods, before I’d been able to get some groceries I actually got a salad this time! Included was greens, daikon radish, red cabbage, chicken, roasted eggplant, and artichoke hearts. Random fact: I am not a huge raw veggie fan. In fact, most of the time, when I make salad, the only raw veggie it contains is lettuce (or another green leaf.)I actually did enjoy the daikon (whatever that is) in this salad, though!
Whenever I visit Illinois, I’m learning that it’s a fast and furious race to see all of my loved ones – and what a better way to catch up than over a meal out? Yep, it was a pricey and calorie-laden trip, but worth it to visit with my friends and family.
Needless to say, today’s What I Ate Wednesday post spawns out of one of the days that I was home. I can’t really tell you which day, because I had no sense of time or date for the 7 days I was away from Colorado. I actually think this might have been day 1 or 2, because I went to the gym on this particular day… Anyway, let’s get to it!
Each night I was “home,” I logged at least 8 hours of sleepy time, which was great. I didn’t wake up to an alarm clock once, and thought I could really get used to this. Usually when I woke up, I went straight to the kitchen to make some breakfast:
…which typically looked something like this: 2-3 eggs, veggies, and some avocado.
After downing some breakfast, I would get dressed and head to the gym with my mom. She’s a cardio junkie, and loves her spin class and the elliptical, while I stayed downstairs in the weight room. My workout looked something like this:
-10 minutes of mobility and dynamic warm up work
-40 minutes of lifting – front squats, overhead press, RDL’s, chin ups, push presses, and stability ball planks
-10 minutes of metabolic work – I think I did 1-legged squat thrusts, split squats, and push ups this day…
Then I ran upstairs, grabbed my mom, and headed on home. Actually, we stopped at GNC first, and grabbed something she needed, plus about 5 Quest Bars.
Before last week I’d only tried two: coconut cashew and chocolate chip, both of which I love. Now I realize I do not like the PBJ flavor at all, Chocolate Brownie tastes like a tootsie roll with a weird aftertaste, and Cinnamon Roll as well as White Chocolate Raspberry are pretty good.
When we got back home, I had my post-workout meal:
Protein oats, cooked like this: 1/2 c. oats cooked in 3/4 c. milk. As soon as the oats are done, turn off the heat, and add your protein powder (right now I’m loving Poliquin’s chocolate – very high quality stuff) and stevia, if needed. Then I topped mine with some peanut butter and plain whole Fage. And MOAR coffee!
I can’t remember what I did the rest of the day…maybe shopped? maybe saw a friend? maybe bummed around with my dad? Somewhere in between one of those, I managed to make myself a salad. I never make myself salads!
I think it had spinach, red pepper, sunflower seeds, avocado, and chicken in it, with ranch dressing on top. I was a little heavy handed with the ranch, and ended up adding more spinach leaves later. I was also a little heavy-handed on the peppers, and left some of those in the bowl
Since salads never really satisfy me, I also had a cup of Fage yogurt with some cereal mixed it it, about 30 minutes later.
Weird, I’m really drawing a blank on what I did during the day most days I was at my parents’ house. Somehow the time passed by, though, and very quickly. That night, I met two of my good friends, Jessica and Steph, out for dinner.
I went with a cheeseburger and their seasonal veggies, as well as a pale ale. This was pretty good, but something was off about how the veggies were cooked. I didn’t eat too many of them. And after we all finished out meals, we hung out in our booth for a good hour just continuing to catch up. We finally got the hint after our waitress not so subtly came over and asked us if we were still having fun.
I probably also had more Fage and granola when I got home, since that’s what happens every other night of the week. Someday, I know I’ll get burnt out on that nighttime snack, but for now, it’s my jam!
How do you prefer your veggies: raw or cooked?