What I Ate: TV Show Prep

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!

making pumpkin bars with maple pecan glaze

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!

chocolate superfood shake, salad in a bowl, cup of vanilla "freeze", pumpkin bars, and a plate of sautéed cabbage with scrambled eggs

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?

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Gia

Thank you so much for sharing your Wednesday- you have no idea how awesome it is to just grab your bundled days worth of food and run with it for a couple of days! Hope Pittsburgh gets a Pressed Juicery soon- I’m so jealous, lol, I’m drooling every time I see your amazing all natural soft serves from there. LAX is worth enduring just for a fix, no doubt!❤️

    Megan Gilmore

    Ha, no! Nothing is worth dealing with LAX or the traffic!! LOL 😉

      Maegen

      I’m also begging to try Pressed Juicery freezes as well!! I keep asking people I meet from LA area about it. I hope they’ll establish something like this in New England area. My wish for the future is for Paleo restaurants with dinner and desserts. That’d be heaven 🙂 THANK YOU Megan for the reminder to eat healthy year round, AND just as importantly- to stay away from obsessive/controlling eating behaviors. You look great and am excited for you! I bet more appearances to come for you.

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

I couldn’t believe it when I saw you on the show! The week before they had Tessa (The Blender Girl) and now you 😉 All the food bloggers! And you did lovely dear! xoxo

Samantha @ThePlantedVegan

Congratulations on being on TV, how cool! I used to eat a lot of cabbage, but don’t as much anymore..I’m sure I will once the fall and winter weather comes around!

Emily

You look beautiful! I find sauteed cabbage so comforting too. I cook mine with some garlic, ginger,and shredded carrots. Add a little soy sauce and an egg and it almost feels like Chinese take-out. I wouldn’t be fooling anyone by calling it that but I do find it rather tasty:)

Rande | RandeMoss.com

I love that your “what I ate tv show prep” WASN’T a juice fast or anything restrictive – we see plenty of that sort of thing anyways! You looked beautiful and I’m looking forward to trying the pumpkin bars!

Christine

Megan, Thanks for sharing what you ate. It shows that you can a few treats and not gain weight by adding lots of vegetables to your diet. I watched you on Monday. I thought you did great. You did not seem too nervous at all. I have been telling my husband that I wish you could get your own cooking show. You cook with so much flavor . I think you’re as good as Ina and Giada!

Kayla

I loved your segment, you looked so beautiful! It’s awesome you put healthy eating out there and make it look so simple. People want to make it so complicated. Thanks for all you do!

Hez

I just watched the segment. You were seriously so cute on the show! Good job!

Kezia @ Super Naturally Healthy

Well done Megan – you did great on the show had a look just now !! Great on camera and looked FAB!!!

Jessica @ Styled Nutrition

Congrats, that’s so exciting! Love those bars! I agree, I don’t restrict anymore before events. I sure wish I had Pressed Juicery freezes near where I live!

chelsea

I’m vegan and I make these bars every year, and they’re always a big hit. I’ve found that the best substitute is using an actual egg replacer, like Bob’s, Ener-G, or Organ. They’re a combo of tapioca startch and leavening (baking powder/soda) that work to bind and rise like eggs. They can have ‘meh’ ingredients though, so it’s actually really easy to make your own with tapioca/arrowroot/baking soda – it just requires a little like testing when you’re making it yourself to get the amounts spot on and it keeps the ingredients limited while still working to bind and rise, which sadly chia and flax don’t do so much. 🙂

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