What I Ate for a Day: All the Food. All of It.

In celebration of our first-ever Fit Bottomed Eats Week, each FBG is blogging about what she ate for a day. Join along on all of our culinary adventures—or lack thereof—here

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.

First breakfast: Banana.

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.

Mmmm, chocolate milk.

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.

Stop! Smoothie time!

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.

Wasabi almonds always hit the spot.

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).

Sometimes it’s not just the body that needs a little fuel; it’s the mind, too!

Like a good little FBG, I waited until a little after noon to dig into my veggie sub on whole-grain bread.

I got a little excited and took a bite before I remembered to take a picture. Sorry.

It. Was. Awesome.

All done!

By mid-afternoon, I was on the hunt again, opting for a small bowl of cold, crunchy grapes.

Pretty and good for you!

To avoid joining the senior citizens at the early bird special dinner, I grabbed another little snack after work.

You’re never too old for string cheese. Promise.

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 can’t tell from the picture, but this was a LARGE bowl of salad.

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.

Like you could’ve resisted. Please.

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

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  1. Thank you for sharing! I know what you mean – swimming makes me want to eat everything 🙂
    Sincerely appreciate you guys…and love my “Keeping a Lid on the Junk in the Trunk” tank!!
    Keep on keepin’ on!!
    Coach Kimmie

  2. Kristy Doyle says:

    THIS is my favorite one so far!! This is how I eat, especially on days when I have a tough workout. I just get so hungry. Sometimes I read “What I ate” blogs and I just do NOT understand how these girls eat so little and work out, it’s disheartening, because I have to EAT. I work out hard, I make healthy food choices, but I eat when I’m hungry. Thanks!

  3. edita says:

    So healthy! Curious — did you only drink water throughout the rest of the day, and how much?

  4. Oh man, what’s that say about me that this doesn’t look like a crazy amount of food to me? 😉

  5. stacy01 says:

    Wow! Thanks for these tips. All of these are nutritious and very good to our health. I love to have these in my menu lists.

  6. Jill says:

    Low-fat chocoalte milk is my favorite recovery “food” as well. It’s definitely a motivation to work out because I enjoy it so much afterwards.

  7. Wow! All these food are truly good to eat. They are delicious and nutritious. I like it for they are good to our health.