Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday

A little while ago, my friend and colleague Sharon Palmer, who just came out with her second book, Plant-Powered for Life (stay tuned for a giveaway later this month!) tagged me to participate in “What I Ate Wednesday, RD edition." Through blog posts, registered dietitians are asked to share what they eat on a typical week day. My days are always different, but here’s a little peek into some of the foods I love.

Breakfast: Breakfast is without a doubt, my favorite meal. I change it up often; it could be eggs with sautéed spinach, oatmeal with chia seeds and dried fruit, peanut butter and banana toast, or leftovers from dinner! On this day, I had a whole grain waffle hidden by a heaping spoonful of nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I stir vanilla and cinnamon into mine) with frozen, thawed mixed berries and a sprinkling of slivered almonds. I pour the juice from the frozen and thawed berries over my waffle, too – it acts as my syrup. I enjoy every bite.

Snack: Lisa and I have an ongoing joke that I need to carry snacks with me at all times. To keep my brain buzzing and my energy up during the morning, I like to have a snack before lunch. On this day, I had a small bowl of blackberries and handful of walnuts (I ate a few before I remembered to take the photo!) – they really are nature’s perfect finger foods!

Lunch: On most days, I like to have a big salad for lunch to get in a healthy dose of veggies. Here’s one of my favorite go-to lunchtime salads: arugula, a little bit of farro (or whatever whole grain I have cooked and ready to go), a small cucumber, cherry tomatoes, ½ of a chopped red bell pepper, two hard boiled eggs, and a spoonful of Basil Pesto from Trader Joe’s.

Snack: Our contributing blogger, Jaime recently wrote about my love iced tea in the late afternoon. She knows me too well! Here’s a typical snack: veggies with a spoonful of hummus and of course, my iced tea! I also had a few Way Better Snacks (in Sweet Potato).


Dinner: On this particular day, I went on an early evening hike with a friend and we stopped off at Eat Real Café before heading home. It’s one of my favorite spots in my community. I ordered the Cali Wrap, which is made with grilled chicken, quinoa, red onions, tomatoes, kale, arugula, and artichoke pesto. It comes with a side salad, too. Their house garlic chia dressing is the best!

Dessert: I would say that most of the time I have something sweet after dinner whether it’s a small serving of dark chocolate (I had two small squares on this day), a tiny serving of ice cream, or even just candied ginger. To me, it’s all about portions and eating in a way that helps to keep me feeling good, happy, and nourished.

The WIAW Dietitian Tag! #WIAWRD

This blog post is a part of a ‘dietitian tag’ to see what other registered dietitians from around the world really eat!

To carry on this tag all you need to do is:
1) Copy and paste this section (marked within the ******) to the bottom of your WIAW blog post.
2) Tweet/Facebook the link using the hashtag #WIAWRD (What I Ate Wednesday Registered Dietitian).
3) Add your blog post link into the section below.
4) ‘Tag’ 2-3 other dietitians to carry on the tag via email!

We tag:
Jaime Ruisi (RD To Be!)

Previous WIAW Blog Posts (add yours here along with where you’re from!):
Nic’s Nutrition – Weekend Edition (West Yorkshire, UK)
Gemma Critchley, Dietitian Without Borders (Liverpool, UK)
Nic’s Nutrition – Week Day Edition (West Yorkshire, UK)

Helen West, Food & Nonsense (Uluwatu, Bali)
Diana Chard, Bite My Words (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Mark McGillGlipho (Ottawa, Canada)

Debra, Sensitive Dietitian’s (Iowa,Florida, New Jersey,
Aaron Flores, Balance Variety and Moderation RDN (Los Angeles, CA)

Michaela Ballmann, Wholify (Los Angeles, CA)
Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Blog (Los Angeles, CA)
McKenzie Hall, Nourish RDs (Los Angeles, CA)

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