It’s time for another “What I Ate” post! In case you’re new to the blog, each Wednesday I aim to share a look at the meals I’ve been enjoying, along with a little peek into what’s going on in my life.
Last week was a particularly stressful and exciting time for me, as I was booked on my first national television show. Many of you probably already read about this in my weekly newsletter, but in case you missed it, I was on the Hallmark Channel’s daytime talk show, Home & Family, last week making a batch of my delicious pumpkin bars!
This was a last-minute booking, so I had only three days to prepare– which I think was a blessing in disguise. If I had more time, I just would have stressed about it the whole time. Instead, I immediately got to work with my segment producer to figure out which recipe we should make. We settled on these Pumpkin Bars with Maple Pecan Glaze, and they were a HUGE hit with the whole cast and crew!
Three days doesn’t leave you with much time to crash diet to look camera-ready, either. The “old me” probably would have tried to do a strict juice fast or eat low-carb to look as skinny as possible on camera (since it supposedly adds 10 pounds), but this experience proved to me that I’m in a much better place than I used to be– I had no urge to do anything crazy, and I didn’t feel the need to stress eat, either. As a former binge eater, this was huge for me!
So, I thought I’d share a peek at how I ate while preparing for the show last week. I did make a point to avoid dairy and gluten as both have a tendency to make my skin breakout, but other than that I enjoyed the same foods I usually do– including some treats!
Breakfast: Chocolate Superfood Shake. (recipe in the bonus pack) My whole family enjoys this filling “milkshake,” so we’ve been having it nearly every day of the week! My son is obsessed with it, and I’ll often add a large handful of baby spinach so that we all get an extra serving of greens without affecting the flavor.
Snack: I baked three(!) batches of pumpkin bars the day before the show, just to make sure the recipe was perfect. I tried to come up with an egg-free variation, but the vegan experiments didn’t turn out so well. For your reference, chia eggs do NOT work as a substitute in that recipe, and using an arrowroot substitute made for really flat bars. I think I ate 3 or 4 bars throughout the day, because they smelled SO good!
Lunch: A large romaine salad topped with shredded carrots, bell peppers, leftover roasted chicken, and Everyday Basil Vinaigrette— my favorite salad dressing of all time. (recipe in the cookbook)
Snack: I needed to shop for some last-minute items, so I took my son with me and we shared some vanilla “freeze” from Pressed Juicery. The only ingredients are almonds, dates, vanilla, and sea salt and it’s SO creamy. My favorite combo is vanilla with fresh strawberries!
Dinner: This may sound weird, but I find sautéed cabbage so comforting. It reminds me of hash browns! I ended up sautéing an entire bag of Trader Joe’s shredded cabbage in coconut oil, with a dash of salt and pepper, and served it with 3 scrambled eggs as a “breakfast for dinner” type of meal.
Dessert: I had a cashew butter cookie from the freezer with some hot tea while relaxing on the couch.
I hope this shows that when you eat well year round, you don’t have to do anything drastic even when a big event comes up! If you missed the show, you can see the cooking segment here. (And for more cooking videos in the future, subscribe to my new YouTube channel!)
Reader Feedback: What are YOU enjoying this week? Any big events coming up?