What I Ate: Monday 3/5

Since this “What I Ate” series was such a hit last week, I think it’s here to stay. (Assuming that I actually remember to take pictures before eating.)

Here’s a peek at Monday’s meals.

Breakfast

white mug with a tea bag and hot water

Morning green tea, sitting among a jungle of cords at my desk.

hand holding a peeled banana with a bite taken out of itA ripe banana, also eaten at my desk. While I’d prefer a fresh vegetable juice as my breakfast, it doesn’t always happen when I’m rushed.

Fresh fruit works in a pinch!

Lunch

green smoothie in a KU glass with a straw in it

Spinach & Banana green smoothie. Into my VitaMix, went a frozen banana, half a bag of fresh spinach, a heaping spoonful of coconut oil, water, cinnamon, vanilla and a large handful of ice–> which makes it nice and slushy-like. It also makes TWO 16-oz. glasses worth!

I “rounded out” the meal with a few vegan banana bread cookies.

two vegan banana bread cookies on a plateWhich, as a couple of you commented yesterday, are really more like muffin tops! Delicious, filling (thanks to the flax seed and almond butter), and totally guilt-free. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dinner

I met up with a couple of girlfriends for dinner at The Cheesecake Factory last night. I was pleased to see that they offered a new “Skinnylicious” menu— with all the offerings under 600 calories– but after looking it over, I stuck to my usual.

plate of salad I ordered their tossed green salad, and brought my own fixin’s–> a container of roasted red peppers and a big chunk of soft goat cheese, along with my favorite dressing. I’m pretty discreet when I throw on my toppings, but I find that it never bothers anyone when I fix-up my restaurant meals.

I’m also convinced that I’m never going to get sick of this flavor combo. It’s seriously the best-tasting salad in the world!

glass of red wine

A glass of wine was also enjoyed with dinner, though I’m a serious light-weight and could only finish about half. My friends were happy to help me polish it off. ๐Ÿ˜€

Dessert:

three pieces of dark chocolate

This shouldn’t be a surprise. I forgot to take a picture of my dark chocolate bar until it was almost finished, but I always eat the full bar. Hence, why I’m trying to buy the smaller bars from Trader Joe’s. (Pretty sure I don’t need a full 3 oz. bar every night, even if my taste buds say I do.)

What are YOU eating lately?

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April

You are SO smart! I am definitely going to start bringing my own “fixings” to dress up restaurant salads in the future! I just need to get a bigger purse first. ๐Ÿ˜€

Suman

just curious about how you discreetly spread the goat cheese on your salad in the restaurant. i can never seem to get the soft goat cheese onto my salads without either having one large blob in the center of the salad, or having to use my hands ๐Ÿ™‚ i know it is a strange question, but i’m curious, since i’ve been having to bring a secret stash of ingredients to doctor up restaurant salads since i’ve started this new way of eating! thanks!!

Tracy

Do you melt your coconut oil before adding it into the smoothie? The first (and only) time I attempted using coconut oil I wound up with hardened almost nut like pieces through out my smoothie…

    Megan

    I’ve had that happen before, too!

    The trick is to blend the coconut oil into the smoothie BEFORE adding anything cold. The coconut oil doesn’t have to be melted, as it will be warmed by the blending. I simply blend the water, greens and coconut oil first, and once it’s creamy and emulsified, I add in the frozen fruit and ice. Also, I’ve never tried this in a regular blender, only in the VitaMix, so that may make a difference, too. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚

McKenna

I found your website off of Natalia Rose’s community. I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for doing this and for all the yummy perfectly combined meals. I don’t know if its way to much to ask, but I was wondering if you could do a post of what you eat every day. I don’t think everyone needs pictures-
I’d just like to follow along with what you eat to keep me motivated:)
Thanks again so much for this great blog.

    Megan

    I actually tried doing that once, but it was exhausting– even without pictures! Also, it opened me up to a lot of criticism, since my diet isn’t “the norm.” I could only handle so much of that…

    But, maybe I’ll try doing an extra “What I Ate” post each week. ๐Ÿ™‚

      McKenna

      Oh, I understand. Such a bummer that people would criticize you…that really confuses and annoys me when people do that. Its like, “then stop reading my blog if you don’t like what I have to say!”
      Anyways thanks for the great read:)

Cheya

I would have never thought to put coconut oil in my green smoothie! I’m definitely going to try that. I love these posts, they are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Pure2raw twins

have not been to the cheesecake factory in years, need to go back

sophie

please tell me that’s not ALL you eat in one day! such a small breakfast!!!!!

    Christina

    I agree! I think I would collapse if I only ate that much! More power to you, though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Megan

    That was actually a hesitation of mine for posting my daily eats– I don’t really believe in eating a big breakfast, and I know that is a controversial subject!

    Usually, I stick to green juice until lunch, and eat the majority of my calories between noon and 8pm. Some refer to it as intermittent fasting, but it’s just the way that makes me feel best right now. Sometimes I still experiment with eating larger breakfasts, but I almost always end up going back to eating light-to-heavy throughout the day. And I still end up eating 1700+ calories by bedtime, so my body is getting what it needs– just with different timing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      sophie

      I too eat light-to-heavy, but I guess I just asked because I have more than a juice for breakfast and I am still pretty hungry by lunch. The thing is – we are all different. It’s whatever works for people!

      Thanks for explaining your situation, even though you didn’t have to!

      Just another reason why I love your blog!

Emily

Love that you’re keeping the what I ate style posts! I find it fascinating and inspiring – especially when we eat kinda similar ๐Ÿ™‚ I have never had coconut oil in my smoothies – I guess my half an avocado has a similar effect, but love the idea of the slightly tropical taste.

    Megan

    Yes, the coconut oil makes it creamier, and from what I understand, reduces the glycemic load of the fruit I throw in there.

    I have to try NOT to eat avocados every day, as I have been known to develop an intolerance to them, so coconut oil is one of my favorite substitutions of choice when I make smoothies. ๐Ÿ™‚

sam

Hi chocolate girl:-)

I have found the best best best chocolate I have ever ate. Even better then rapuzel one(have you tried 85% rapunzel? it is smooth and creamy.) This one is from Naturata caled panama it is 80% cacao and it is so so smooth creamy very good flavour, I will send you the link if you want, both of them are without any soy lecithin!!!

    Megan

    I tried Trader Joe’s 85% bar this week, and found it too “fruity” tasting for me… I like it smooth and rich, too. I’ll have to try those brands you mentioned!

      sam

      I am the same way with IF and two meal. I keep juicning till noon and have lighter lunch and heavier dinner. Please keep posting what you eat it is really helpful. Now rapunzel one is Natalias fav., but I bet she does not try Naturati panama yet cause it taste like heaven. I have tried probably all chocolate 80%plus cacao on the market and this one is the best one. You might have problem to find it it is swiss chocolate but rapunzel 85% you can find in iherb.

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I’m with ya, goat cheese salads for life!!! lol! and dark choc dessert ๐Ÿ™‚

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