In what I can only describe as a stroke of sheer genius, I decided to choose the first day of summer swim class to photograph everything I ate in a day for you. And, there’s something you should know about me. Swimming makes me hungry. Like, starving. So do morning workouts. And summer swim class? It’s at 6:30 a.m. I’m pretty sure you can figure things out from there.
Breakfast number one was a banana before class. I don’t really like eating super early in the morning, but I also know better than to try to do a one-hour swim class with no fuel.
As soon as I got home from swimming, I grabbed a half a glass of low-fat chocolate milk—my favorite recovery drink. Sometimes I think I just work out so I get my post-workout treat.
Then, it’s time for second breakfast. I’m just like a hobbit! Except I don’t think Frodo made many smoothies out of almond milk, frozen berries, Greek yogurt, protein powder and chia seeds. But then again, I only read The Hobbit. Maybe that was covered more in the Lord of the Rings books.
I’m not going to lie. The smoothie was delicious, but 30 minutes after I finished it, my stomach was already asking about lunch. I knew I needed to make a grocery run, so I figured I’d pop out to the supermarket, pick up some goodies for dinner, and while I was at Publix, I’d get a veggie sub. Before leaving, though, I grabbed a quick snack. It’s never a good idea to hit the grocery store hungry, you know.
While I was out, that 6 a.m. alarm started catching up with me, so I swung by Starbucks for a little caffeine fix. I don’t go all that often, but when I do, I enjoy every sip of whatever I get (which is almost always a skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte).
Like a good little FBG, I waited until a little after noon to dig into my veggie sub on whole-grain bread.
It. Was. Awesome.
By mid-afternoon, I was on the hunt again, opting for a small bowl of cold, crunchy grapes.
To avoid joining the senior citizens at the early bird special dinner, I grabbed another little snack after work.
And, for dinner, I made a killer salad packed with spinach, strawberries, carrots, avocado, raw almonds, goat cheese, and a touch of mango poppyseed dressing. I might’ve snacked on half a red bell pepper while preparing a salad for my husband, too. It happened too quickly to say for certain. Or, at least, to take a picture.
You probably think I’m done, but ha! I’m not. I made brownies for a party over the weekend, so I had a small brownie with a couple of scoops of frozen Greek yogurt. What? You can’t let brownies go to waste. It’s not right.
After a busy day (of eating), I settled down before bed with a nice cup of sleepytime green tea. You know, the one with the cute teddy bear on it? Yeah, that one.
So, I’m the first to admit that here in photographic form, this looks like a lot of food. But you know, I listened to my body. I ate when I was hungry, and, for the most part, made pretty damn healthful choices. I’m never going to let myself get hangry just to drop a couple of pounds, especially when I know the source of my ravenous appetite is a bad-ass morning swim based off a workout Lance Armstrong posted.
I have days where I eat lighter, for sure, but I also have days when my choices are a little less healthful. I think this falls pretty well in the middle. How about you? How does this day of chowing down compare to a regular day for you? —Kristen