When I asked my Fit Tribe what they wanted more of on my blog, everyone said they like to see how and what I eat. My What I Ate Wednesday posts have become quite popular and I am here to today to highlight a full day of eating. When I do this, I show you exactly what I ate. The healthy foods and even the fun sweet treats (you will almost always see that here).
What I Ate Wednesday
Today’s “What I Ate Wednesday” showcases my eats from Monday. I am officially three weeks into being a mom of three and three weeks into breastfeeding. It is so important for me to fuel my body properly so I can keep up with my two big kids and nourish my body well so I can continue to nurse my littlest munchkin.
I do not follow a certain diet; we try to eat a lot of real, whole foods while also enjoying treats and the occasional adult beverage. Since I am nursing I am eating a little more than normal right now. I have been trying to increase my protein and healthy fats (hello, more almond butter) to help with my milk supply and to maintain my muscle mass while I am not lifting heavy. Enough reasoning for my eats, let’s get to it and check out how I eat in a day.
8am: Morning Start
I start my day the same way every single day: water + lemon + 1 tablespoon of grasped gelatin followed by my first cup of coffee. I have recently added the scoop of gelatin to my lemon water after my friend Jen suggesting it and then doing my own research and I love it. Research shows that it improves digestion; gives you quality protein as one tablespoon as 5.5 grams of protein; supports skin, nails and hair growth; helps with hormone balance; and also maintains healthy bones. Need more reasons to add this to your daily routine? Check out the Top 20 Benefits of Gelatin.
If you’ve been a long time Muscles & Munchkins reader you can probably guess what I ate for breakfast today. I love my oats and I love my eggs. I have just increased the amount (especially of protein) to deal with my breastfeeding hunger.
I started the day with 1/2 cup of oatmeal topped with chia seeds, almond butter and blueberries. I ate this alongside 2 eggs and 2 egg whites (only one egg pictured because I devoured the other three!).
12:15pm: Breastfeeding Snack
(No picture for this delicious snack as I was clearly so hungry I just ate it.)
It was time for S to eat so no time for lunch for me. I was starving and new I needed to eat something while nursing. I sat down on the couch to nurse with a quinoa bar and a glass of water. I make a HUGE batch of these every few weeks, freeze them and then get enough out for the week. They are so yummy
That quinoa bar kept me hungry for a bit, but I knew I should fuel with some lunch before I got too hungry. Having grilled chicken on hand has been key for my healthy meals while busy with three kids. On Sundays my husband will grill a bunch of chicken and I chop and measure out 5 ounces of chicken into small bags so I have for the week. Almost every day I have been eating some kind of chicken salad or chicken rice bowl and I love them.
Today’s consisted of chicken, romaine, rice, corn, edamame, crushed up tortilla chips and topped with a heaping scoop of amazing homemade salsa courtesy of my dear friend, Krista. This was a huge salad filled with protein and I knew it would hold me over for a few hours.
4:30: Post Workout
I have started to slowly workout again- keyword being slowly. I have been doing light body weight workouts that will be a part of my newest online bootcamp coming out soon for people who want to get back or a start a fitness regimen.
The key for me is listening to my body and I am making sure I am doing that. Right now I haven’t done anything over 30 minutes. I am also being very cautious of core work as I don’t want to worsen my diastasis recti.
With that being said, after a 25 minute workout outside I refueled with a rice krispie treat. They were staring me down and I knew there were a good source of fast carbs so in my mouth it went.
However, I felt a little guilty and new I needed to balance that out with some protein so I added a scoop of chocolate plant protein powder to my water and shook it in my blender bottle and down it went.
We have been so blessed with delicious dinners from so many different friends. Dinner consisted of the best pulled bbq chicken I have ever had. Everyone in our house devoured it and C even put down four of the delicious brussel sprouts. As for me, I loaded my plate with all of the goodness and it was amazing. (Don’t let this photo fool you as it does not do it justice to the amount of food I ate! I think that was almost 2 cups of chicken!)
Of course after dinner, I had to have one more rice krispie treat before I ended my eating for the day because it is all about balance, right? And two rice krispie treats in one day is okay.
As always, I drank water throughout the day and filled up my glass several times. I haven’t been keeping track of my water, but while breastfeeding I am definitely still exceeding one gallon of water per day.
Fruit, veggies, meat, potatoes, eggs and rice krispie treats… sounds like perfect balance to me. This is how I eat and how my family eats too. Check back next month for another edition of my “What I Ate Wednesday”.
Want more of how I eat? Or how some of my friends eat? Check out some of my previous posts.
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