I was asked about what I currently eat during during the LiveFit 12-Week Trainer program. This was as of yesterday. Here it is!
Meal #1: I woke up around 7:00am-ish yesterday morning. After physically getting out of bed and finishing meditation, I started my breakfast around 8:00 a.m.
I have my usual daily morning green smoothie first. My smoothie base is often made with fresh kale and spinach, half a frozen banana, a dash of orange juice, one heaping spoon of each ground flaxseed and chia seeds. I made it extra delicious by adding some kumquats (my favorite citrus fruit) and fresh mint leaves (my favorite herb). Zesty, tangy and very refreshing! Then I ate one of my sweet potato banana peanut butter protein muffin and enjoyed a cup of brewed coffee. I’m ready to start my day!
Meal #2: Ate it around 11:00am.
A canned albacore tuna mixed with a spoonful of dijon mustard, steamed broccoli, fresh cherry tomatos, and two scoops of Zuké “pickled things” made with beets, dulse and kale that I picked up at Wholefoods in Kansas City last weekend. This stuff is like crack. So.Flippin’.Good. Then I finished with a slice of sweet watermelon—my first taste of summer is here.
Meal #3: ate around 2:00pm. This is usually when I have my standard mid-day “dessert-meal”, something cool and sweet to change the taste profile since my last meal—greek yogurt cookie dough ice cream! It keeps my sweet tooth in check and still provides my protein intake! Win-win.
Meal #4 (pre-workout snack): Technically I wouldn’t call it a “meal” since it’s so small. I ate around 4:00-4:30pm. I had a piece of my raw coconut goji berries cashew cream granola bar and an pink lady apple. Got my carbs in and some energy boost before I hit the gym.
Meal #5 (post-workout fuel): I chugged my protein shake right after I got back from my workout. I’m currently using my stash of Sunwarrior’s raw vegan vanilla-flavored protein powder. Added with a cup of unsweetened almond milk and lots of ice, shaked it up and chugged. It’s very simple, refreshing yet delicious. Just enough hint of sweetness and slightly nutty flavor, it tastes like soy milk, which I love. I also snacked on some dried pears that I scored at TJMaxx (no sugar added, just “pears” appeared on the ingredient list) Yummy!
Meal #6: I ate around 7:30-8pm. This picture doesn’t do its justice. It’s a big plate of yummy goodness:
- baked chicken breast (with BBQ rub seasoning)
- chunks of baked zucchini, sweet bell peppers and sweet potatos
- cherry tomatos
- quinoa + brown rice mix
- black beans
- sprinkles of feta cheese
- more Zuké purple “pickled things”
I went for a second (half a plate of the first). I was so hungry already while I took this photo! I couldn’t snap a picture fast enough before realizing I missed it for my second plate. Oops.
I don’t count calories but I try to note how much proteins I’m getting. As I used to eat more vegetarian like diet (veggies/fruits are my main dish, plus meat on the side), I realize I didn’t eat enough protein to start on the onset of this program. Since I started weight training, I am feeling much better physically combined with more proteins in my diet.
As I mentioned before, I love my current way of eating—consists of more proteins, whole foods and less carbs (in terms of processed carbs). Starting today, I’ll be incorporating cardios in my daily workout in Phase 2, so I’ll probably bump up some carbs to ensure I’m fueling myself properly. This also encourages me to create more delicious and nutrition-focused recipes (i.e., my banana sweet potato PB protein muffin and turkey muffins!). My eating has more become part of the enjoyable process of the fitness journey. I can’t wait to share what else I come up with in the kitchen!