Welcome to this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday! Here is what I ate today. As always, these posts are meant to be fun, informal, and informative. I am by no means telling you what and how I eat. I simply hope that these posts inspire you to nourish yourself with some delicious and wholesome food, and provide some meal ideas.
I’ve been working out before breakfast lately. A post-workout protein smoothie bowl always hits the spot afterwards. I made this In the Buff Smoothie Bowl from Oh She Glows. It’s a blend of banana, avocado, hemp, chia, almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla protein powder, and almond milk. It’s so satisfying. I topped my smoothie bowl with frozen wild blueberries and lots of homemade pumpkin spice granola. Then I had a big cup of coffee to warm up! I also had half of a grapefruit before making the smoothie bowl.
I made these delicious apple cinnamon rolls on Sunday, and I just decided ton a whim to enjoy one for lunch. It sounded good and they’re not too sweet without the icing. I topped mine with apple butter and cheddar cheese, and enjoyed it with two fried eggs, sauerkraut, and spinach from my CSA box.
Made this Sunday Chili for dinner with some white rice (I feel like that isn’t a thing in Ontario, but very much a thing on the prairies and the way my parents have always done chili) and some pumpkin sourdough bread from the farmers’ market and butter. We also get our beef from a regenerative permaculture farm called Arc Acres.
I created this apple spice blended baked oatmeal and it was so tasty and satisfying. I’ll be sharing the recipe in the next post. It’s a blend of rolled oats, almond milk, egg, spices, peanut butter, baking powder, salt, vanilla, applesauce, apple, and raisins. I garnished mine with a big spoonful of my chocolate almond butter and had a glass of goat milk with it.
I’ve been trying to be mindful about eating enough lately. I think I was unintentionally overtraining and under-fuelling during the summer months (I have an addictive personality, and I tend to use exercise as an escape), so I’m aiming to strike more of a balance. It’s easy for me to forget how much more I need to eat when I have an extremely active lifestyle. :/ Sometimes in the summer, I would decide not to eat an evening snack if I wasn’t hungry. But now I know that I actually need to eat something before bed regardless, just to get enough calories to recover from the demands of training and nourish my body adequately. That was a very long-winded way of saying that I have been all about my bedtime snacks lately. I really look forward to them! I’ve made everything from protein pancakes to chocolate almond butter cup bars to pumpkin banana bread. I’ve also been experimenting with some recipes of my own. It’s amazing how much better I feel when I have a hearty evening snack. My sleep is more restful and I wake up feeling strong and energetic.
I’m also trying to train smarter, not harder. I’ve cut back on my workout volume and intensity a bit and gotten back into easy runs a few times a week instead of always doing HIIT on my cardio days. Balance isn’t something that comes easily to me, but I’m glad that I can now at least recognize that I’m taking things to an extreme and back off a bit before I hurt myself. I’ve had to learn this the hard way a few times. Chalk it up to life experience and maturity!
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post! Have an awesome day!