Yay for making it halfway through the week. This is our last full week of school before Spring Break next week, so I am anxiously awaiting Friday afternoon! The last week has been a roller coaster. Last Wednesday I could barely hold myself up at work, went to the doctor and found out I had the flu. I was so bummed because I always try to be super healthy, wash my hands, but sometimes there’s no avoiding it. I was supposed to run a 10 mile race last Sunday, but because I still had a few flu symptoms, I decided to sit it out. I told myself there will be plenty of other races and I needed to do what was best for my health. It was really hard for me but I think I made the right choice. I went back to work on Monday and after having no appetite, to only craving crackers and ice cream while sick I was ready for a week of healthy eating. So I figured what a perfect time to share a day of eats through the What I Ate Wednesday link party with Jenn.

I took several days off of working out when I was sick , so it felt good to get back into it, the only not so good part was waking up at 5 am. On Tuesday I went over to our community gym to do some treadmill intervals. I did something similar to this workout for about four miles. Then ended with this ab routine, it’s my favorite, I always feel the burn by the end. After stretching I headed home to blend up a smoothie and shower. I had a smoothie with spinach, banana, strawberries, and vanilla Shakeology and also had some coffee and water while sitting watching the news and reading other blogs before finishing getting ready for work.

Around 9ish I ate some steel-cut oats with egg whites, cinnamon, and a tablespoon of almond butter. I usually make a large batch of steel-cut oats in the crockpot on Sunday and add half a carton of egg whites with about 30 minutes left. Then portion them in containers with cinnamon and almond butter so I can have them at my desk at work to help keep me full until lunch. There are some people who would combine this with a supplement to help keep them fuller for longer, for example, checking out a Bio X4 review to look at what they can do is a route that people may go down if it’ll suit their lifestyle and food intake, however, for me, the oats and almond butter fills me right up.

For lunch Tuesday I had some leftover Greek grilled chicken and veggies wrapped in bibb lettuce with a side of tzatziki. I also snacked on a small portion of almonds, I always need to portion almonds or mixed nuts or I’ll eat WAY too many.

Late afternoon when I got home I walked the dog I snacked on two hard boiled eggs and some kombucha. I then continued to practice Bodypump choreography as I hope to submit my testing video next week to officially get certified as a Les Mills Instructor.

After about 45 minutes of practice I started prepping dinner. I tried something new based on one of our favorite low carb meals, this Pizza Spaghetti Squash Pie, but I wanted to turn it into a taco bake. I baked the spaghetti squash then pulled all the ‘spaghetti strings’, is there a technical term for these?!? I cooked up some grass-fed beef, onion, and red pepper, added homemade taco seasoning and a can of tomatoes. Then combined the spaghetti squash, beef mixture, and three eggs and baked for an hour. Toppings could be cheese, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, hot sauce, etc. I choose avocado, cilantro, and some hot sauce. It was delicious and I’ll definitely have to share an exact recipe with you soon.

After all the dishes were cleared, I took two Chocolate ‘Caramel’ Protein Fudge Bites out of the freezer from a large batch I had prepped last week and finished the last episode of This Is Us. I had started watching it back in the Fall and then forgot about it, but kept hearing everyone rave about the show. While I was sick I binge watched the entire first season and OMG so good. I love how there was something I can relate to in each episode and don’t think I’ll be needing a good cry for awhile now.

And that’s it for a full day of eats and actually what I typically eat throughout the work week. Be sure to check out previous What I Ate Wednesday posts here. Always follow along on Instagram where I share most of my meals.

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10 Comments on Healthy Eats, What I Ate Wednesday

  1. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby
    April 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm (6 years ago)

    Yum! Do you have the recipe for the steel cut oats with egg whites? I’ve made steel cut oats in the crockpot but never threw in egg whites (I usually do collagen after) would love to see how you did it!

    • sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh collagen is a great idea too! I prepare the oats just with water then with about 45-30 minutes left I add the egg whites and stir everything all up when it’s done. Love the added protein and thickness the egg whites give it!

  2. Emily
    April 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I actually just made some Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal for breakfasts this week yesterday; and so I’m excited to dig into that. I also really love overnight oats.

    Your oats with nut butter look PERFECT! I love how you didn’t skimp on the nut butter.

    • sweetandstrong
      April 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Large clumps of nut butter are necessary to maximize flavor right!

  3. Evangeline
    April 5, 2017 at 11:06 pm (6 years ago)

    I call the inside of a spaghetti squash the ‘flesh’, which now that I think of it sounds pretty gross. Maybe spaghetti strings is a better name. I’m glad you’re feeling better and decided to sit out the race. You’re so right. There are a billion other opportunities race. Plus, running while you feel crappy is never fun.

    • sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:50 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh yes the flesh definitely makes sense! And already looking into signing up for a race later this month. Just definitely hoping to stay in shape and healthy for it!

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    April 6, 2017 at 1:09 am (6 years ago)

    That dessert looks yummy! Easy to make?
    I am a big fan of baked oatmeals to make ahead for breakfasts. I also like to eat leftovers from previous dinners for my lunches at work so I dont have to think about it in the mornings.

    • sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:52 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes the chocolate caramel protein fudge is so easy! The recipe is on the blog under ‘snacks’, we love them! My husband always takes the leftovers, which I’m thankful for since I’m not the biggest leftover fan.

  5. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    April 7, 2017 at 12:56 pm (6 years ago)

    AWWWW!! I’m so sorry you got the flu and had to miss your big race. That stinks. Sounds like you are feeling better now though?
    Hope you have a great weekend.

    • sweetandstrong
      April 8, 2017 at 2:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Feeling so much better now! And already looking into finding another race to sign up for 🙂