WIAW #2: On a Monday

Two weeks in a row? I am really on a roll with this WIAW business!

Truth be told, my goal is always to be mindful of what I eat- and taking snapping photos definitely helps. But as long as we’re being honest- I didn’t photograph every single bite that I ate. I did have just a few little nibbles that weren’t captured by my iPhone- like a few almonds, a rice cake with a little jam before teaching my early morning class and maybe a little spoonful of Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter sometime in the afternoon… I live on the edge, I know.

Here’s what I did photograph, and the majority of my eats on Monday:

Between 5:30 am – 8:00ish:

I took this picture (obviously) after I got home from the gym. I had a bottle of water + BCAA Aminos before/during my workout (which was teaching Bodypump, followed by and AWESOME Kettlebell/Bosu trainer/Medicine ball workout and 10 minute on the elliptical to wind down at the end) and the protein drink afterwards. I actually got the protein drink in my Blend swag bag, and it’s been in the back of my fridge ever since!

I’m trying to get in the habit of having some form of protein waiting for me in the car to consume immediately after my workout (yesterday’s was a single container of plain Chobani). I tend to wait way too long to actually eat after working out (I like to shower and unwind a bit first), which is not good. At least this way I have something waiting for me, and can have my “real” breakfast afterwards.

And speaking of “real” breakfast, this was it, around 9:30:

2 Van’s Light Waffles with some coconut-peanut butter (thanks to Deb’s recipe!), banana and heated up strawberries mixed with chia and honey. And a cup of Dandy Blend with almond milk on the side. Mmmmm.

I had a late morning cup of coffee somewhere around 11:30… not pictured. I know you’re sad.

Lunch (1:30ish?):

Tofu salad (made with Twin Oaks Fine Herb tofu- the best!!) on top of mixed greens, cucumber and bell peppers


1/2 of a sweet potato with Greek yogurt mixed with peanut flour, topped with some baked apple + cinnamon and peanuts

I saved about half of the baked apple for an afternoon snack sometime around 4:30, which was an ‘apple pie’ smoothie (1/2 baked apple, ice, 1 scoop Sunwarrior vanilla powder, guar + xanthan gum, pumpkin pie spice):

And then I crumbled up a caramel rice cake to put on top. This was an awesome idea.

This smoothie was delicious! I’ve made it several times using Greek yogurt or whey protein powder, but this was the first time using Sunwarrior. I think I liked this version the best!

A little later on (6:30ish), Greg and I threw an easy dinner together:

Chicken + broccoli stir fry with black sesame seeds and a side of freekeh. This was very tasty, but it was a pretty small portion and I was still hungry after eating it. So, I ate a frozen yogurt push-pop:

Lance thought that if he sat like a good boy, I might give it to him. Not going to happen, buddy.

I love making these! I blended some plain Greek yogurt with chia seeds, strawberries and almond milk and then added a few mini chocolate chips and poured it into the push-pop mold to freeze. The chocolate chips all sink to the bottom (which is really the top)- but that’s okay!

One more snack a little later:

Another egg white protein cookie. Dang, I’m obsessed! This had 1.5ish T coconut flour, 1 T egg white protein, 1 T egg whites, 1/2 tsp coconut oil about 2 T pumpkin puree, stevia, baking powder and mini chocolate chips. These taste SO GOOD. (Although a “real” chocolate chip cookie tastes better- I’m not going to lie).

I also had a bite of this:

Yup. That sweet tooth reigns supreme at the end of the day.

If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, go buy this now! I love the texture of Mexican chocolate, and the kick from the pepper is awesome!

And there you have it, folks- what I ate on Monday.

What’s something great that you’ve made (or just eaten!) so far this week?


  1. I just tried that TJ’s chocolate the other day–I LOVED IT! I loved the texture, although my husband didn’t. It’s distinctly different. SO GOOD!!!

  2. Those egg white protein cookies look delicious!! Love making homemade popsicles! Where did you get your molds from? The ones I always end up getting are awful.

  3. Mmm!!! Push pops!! That sounds awesome. I made some paleo sweet potato enchiladas last night, and I have another recipe I’m looking forward to tonight. You’re so creative with your snacks!! I love t!

  4. Something delicious that I made this was was Jamie Eason’s cinnamon protein bread. It was a little too delicious and now it’s gone. Have you tried it?

  5. I made some delicious chocolate banana protein muffins the other day. SO good! And then because I couldn’t help myself, I made a similar version but they were chocolate pumpkin protein muffins. OH.EM.GEE!

  6. Pushups? those were the best. I must find those so I can make my own. Also, I’m going to stalk that tofu salad recipe now.

  7. I really want to spend a day with you eating all of your food. SO yummy looking. That cookie looks just like a real cookie!! :)

  8. Your dog is too cute! That’s what mine looks like whenever I get something from the kitchen.

  9. I love eating protein smoothies! And YESSS–must eat protein right after teaching/working out. I always have my chocolate milk + whey protein powder waiting for me ;)

    I’ve been eating my 40-g protein pancake like every day. SO freaking good.

  10. Push up molds, how awesome is that! I have to get some of those….

  11. Everything looks soo yummy!

  12. Good boy, Lance! hahah – just like my dogs, Lauren! whenever me or husband are in the kitchen, they act like the most behaved dogs ever! its too funny!

  13. Good for you keeping stuff in your car to eat now! I was wondering how in the world you waited so long to eat after your rockstar workouts. :)

    That TJs chocolate is awesome! And SO much cheaper than the WF variety. :)

  14. I’m moving in.
    You have the best meals!!!!

  15. That smoothie looks great!

  16. My goodness, that cookie looks delicious.. same w/ the apple pie smoothie :).

  17. Hi Lauren, Just wondering which is the peanut flour you order from Byrd plantation, the light or the dark.



  18. “Real” cookies are always better than the healthy versions. Oh, well. At least there’s a time and place for both! I’m so bad at eating right after workouts too. I mean, I make myself get some protein in, but I’d much rather wander around and chill for awhile, too. And something great I ate this week?? Your vegan bread pudding!

  19. I love your “real” breakfast! So pretty…and that sweet potato with the yogurt looks AWWWWESOME! :D

  20. i have to try your protein cookie!! oh and your sweet potato looks amazing…great addition of apples!

  21. Oh my god, I’m drooling over absolutely everything! That shake, the push pop, and then you just HAD to go and break out that cookie!? Girl, you are KILLING ME! That’s it…I need to go to bed before I go raid the pantry for chocolate chips!

    Note to self: make that cookie!

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