Bringing It Back

by tinareale on July 18, 2012

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Since I seem to be in a sharing from a personal perspective mood, I figured what better time than to bring back an old favorite type of post. What I Ate Wednesday!


For those of you unaware of What I Ate Wednesday, it’s a link up for bloggers to participate in where we all share our daily meals to provide inspiration and ideas for others on a healthy living journey. You should definitely check it out. You can always find a load of great meal ideas and recipes in the posts! Thanks to Jenn from Peas & Crayons for leading it.

I used to participate in What I Ate Wednesday quite often, but then I got into more of the fitness blogging side of things. What can I say? I love to “talk shop”. I still eat, though. And I still focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet on a daily basis. I regularly share my workouts with you in my Move It Monday posts, but this week I want to share my regular daily eats with you too.

I tend to stick to the same basic meals and components on a regular basis, so what you see here will give you a good glimpse into what I regularly eat on any given day. I mix it up, of course, but this will provide a very realistic look at my meals. I don’t count calories or track my macronutrients, although I do think those habits can be beneficial in many cases. I simply strive to get balance in my meals and choose as wholesome and natural foods as possible, with some little splurges here and there.


Breakfast – 1/2 cup oatmeal + 1/2 cup mixed berries + 1-2 tablespoons natural peanut butter


(Post Workout )Snack – Green Smoothie made with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze, 1 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons peanut flour, 2-3 handfuls fresh spinach, 1/2 scoop protein powder (and coffee! gotta have the coffee before play time with the kiddos!)


Lunch – sweet potato with Cinnamon Laughing Cow wedge, hummus + carrots, 1 egg


Snack – Chobani Greek Yogurt (plain w/ NuNaturals drops added) and Clif Kids Z Bar


Dinner – salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas, dried cranberries, pecans, and balsamic dressing

Dessert – serving of frozen yogurt (mmmm Mocha!)

As I always say, I don’t strive for perfection in my meals but I do strive for overall balance and as healthful choices as possible. It takes the stress off and it works great for me!

Your Turn – Best thing you ate in the past few days?


1 Annie July 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

The best thing I ate lately is pretty boring, but spectacular to me because I am learning to let go of stringent eating. Basically it’s overnight oats with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chia seeds, greek yogurt, diced apple and banana, spoonful of syrup, cinnamon, a big spoonful of peanut butter and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs, sliced almonds and crumbled up Cookie Crisp cereal! So yummy and perfectly filling until lunch.

2 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

That does sound SO good!

3 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List July 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I had ice cream last night too…and the night before.
ok fine. I eat ice cream every day. :)

4 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Ice cream or chocolate every day. I keep it to a small serving and it makes me happy.

5 Kaelin July 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

We are huge ice cream family! My husband gave me an ice cream maker in June and we have put it to work! Cranking out all kinds of yummy flavors this summer. It’s my daily indulgence too. And soooo worth it!

6 Sharla July 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I had gone almost a month without ice cream, but busted it out the last two nights and can’t say I regret it :) Also working on more balanced meals in general. I’ve had Katie’s salad several times this week!

7 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I have that recipe in my to-make list. Looks so good!

8 Amanda July 18, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I made these pretty awesome loaded potato skin chip things that were probably the best thing I’ve ever randomly made (non-baked good best thing anyway). Thank you pinterest for random food ideas! It had bacon and cheese so my Husband loved it too ;P

9 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm

we made man cupcakes for our small group last week (beer in the cake, whiskey frosting, topped with bacon, peanuts, chocolate chips) and let me just say that the leftovers are veeeery tempting :)

10 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Send me one! ;)

11 Kaelin July 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

How do you cook your oats? Just water or do you use milk or something? They look delicious!!

I have been digging my lunch time salads. Our garden is overflowing with fresh veggies, so its a perfect time to eat giant salads everyday. I try to get creative with my toppings so I don’t get bored, and it has really hit the spot lately! Leftover corn on the cob? Sure! Cucumber and onion salad? Toss ‘em in! The more the merrier I say!

12 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I do 1/2 cup oats and cover them with water (ends up about 3/4 cup water I believe). Then I microwave them at 50% power for about 4 minutes. The 50% power should keep them from exploding but I still keep an eye on them.

Once the water is soaked up from the cooking, I take them out and add some unsweetened vanilla almond milk until I get the consistency I like. That’s when I add any toppings and NuNaturals vanilla stevia drops to give a hint of sweetness.

13 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I didn’t know Laughing Cow has a cinnamon flavour! That sounds amazing!

The best thing I’ve eaten in the past few days was my meal at Buca, an authentic Italian restaurant in Toronto. I split a cheese plate with my family to start and for my main meal I had a pizza with burrata, truffles and basil. It was sooo good! :D

14 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

They now have a full line of light cream cheese wedges – cinnamon, regular, strawberry, and garden veggie. They are tasty!

15 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 18, 2012 at 2:40 pm

We have really similar eating habits! I love a small lunch so I can have some yummy afternoon snacks. :) I could really go for some frozen yogurt, yum!

16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries July 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

i love how well rounded your meals are! i’ve been loving ice cream lately for my evening snack/dessert. i could never get sick of ice cream! :)

17 [email protected] Palate July 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Welcome back!!! I love WIAW! I made Heather (at kiss my broccoli’s) carrot parfait with my own twists this morning…died and went to heaven!

18 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

hmmm…best thing i’ve eaten lately? i had this great pulled pork blackberry spinach salad when i was in california recently…so fresh and delicious!

19 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm

That sounds like something I would order. YUM!

20 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson July 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Where did you find the Cinnamon Laughing Cow? I can’t find it anywhere

21 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:30 pm

I actually found it at Wal Mart of all places! Whenever I have to run an errand there for soemthing cheap I grab a few to save them since they aren’t ever at Kroger where we do our groceries.

22 Sabrina @Work It Ms Jackson July 19, 2012 at 9:38 am

I’ll have to check Walmart again. The last few times I went there I haven’t seen it but it doesn’t mean they don’t have it now. Or maybe Savannah is a little behind the times. haha!

23 Annie July 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I forgot to buy hummus this week so I made my own. Let’s just say I’ll never buy it again it was that good! Plus, you can have more as it’s much better for you too :D

24 Danica @ It's Progression July 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

looks like a great balance!
the best thing I ate recently was homemade banana soft serve–so delicious and just a mixed up banana and unsweetened almond milk!

25 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Love banana soft serve! But I’m such a sucker for the smoothie I always end up using my banana there.

26 Lisa July 18, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Oh goodness, your sweet potato, laughing cow cheese, egg meal looks so good! I want to recreate! Actually all your food looks delicious!! Hm, best thing I ate was probably protein muffin, love those things!

27 RunEatRepeat July 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I crave a sweet potato everyday lately :)

28 Heather @ Better With Veggies July 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

We took a packing break last night and went to Root Down in Denver – had an amazing Bourbon BBQ Tofu. Not sure it was the healthiest choice, but it was really good!

29 Kelly July 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hold up…did I read that right? Cinnamon Laughing Cow?! No way!!

The best thing I ate today was protein pancakes topped with 2 tbsp. coconut butter. AMAZING!

30 tinareale July 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

They have a line of cream cheese flavors now! Cinnamon, strawberry, veggie, and plain. You should try them. I am in love with the cinnamon one.

31 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama July 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Sweet potatoes+eggs=one of my favorite lunches!

32 Lee July 18, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I’ve never seen the cinnamon laughing cow before. I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for it.

My boss and I went to the Flying Biscuit today. While my lunch was good (Tofu scramble), the best part was obviously the biscuit. They are so good!

33 lindsay July 18, 2012 at 8:14 pm

girl i am the same, one week i am fitness, the next food. it’s all about balance though, right?

I LOOOOOOVE the peanut flour in my green smoothie. Makes it a little creamier in my opinion.

34 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I love peanut flour in my smoothies too! :) Your meals looks so good!

35 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Best thing I ate lately – sweet potato smoothie soup! Yum!

36 [email protected] LoveMintChocolateChip July 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm

your eats are always so yummy, fresh and balanced!!

37 Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane July 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I want that frozen yogurt!! :D :D

38 [email protected] July 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I LOVE that laughing cow cinnamon cheese. SO good.

And I kinda want fro yo now…. ;)

Best thing I ate lately: protein strawberry dip. SO good.

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