WIAW: Packing in the Protein

Oh yeah, it’s that time of week again…

Please join Jenn and me in saying Haaaaaaapy What I Ate Wednesday!

Let’s party!


Ok, so before you read any further, I just finished typing this up and realized a bit of a theme…and well, you already knew that since you saw the title of the post…but anyway, yeah, I thought it’d be fun to add in the protein counts for all of my meals.

 Protein totals will be in red


When I rolled out of bed Monday morning, even after spending most of the night with frozen shins, I knew there was NO way I was getting to the gym for Bodypump at 5am. Most people would have just reset their alarm clock based on this realization, but me? No I just hit snooze every 9 minutes until a little after 6am!

Nursing my post-run hangover, there was only one thing on my mind when I finally pulled my booty out of bed…


But this time, I tried a little something different…

Cinnamon before brew > cinnamon after brew!

Along the last of my candy vitamins

Looks like someone needs to plan a little trip to Target…oh darn! 😉

After I got a little caffeine in my system, it was time to whip up some breakfast:

Breakfast (6:45am)
Vanilla Protein Pancakes 
topped with bananas, coconut, and “special sauce”

Pancake mix = 7g, protein powder = 20 g, sauce = 3 g
Breakfast total =  30 grams

It may look disgusting, but let me tell you, my newest pancake topping is definitely a winner:

3 Tablespoon chai latte mix + 1 Tablespoon coconut flour + water


The perfect spicy complement to vanilla protein pancakes!

I can’t wait to try this with hot cocoa powder!

Snack (10:00am)
Peanut Butter Creme Power Crunch Bar

Snack total = 13 grams

After falling in love with the chocolate flavor last week, I was so excited to try the peanut butter flavor (for obvious reasons)…the first couple of bites were good, but then there was some sort of weird aftertaste to it…boo!

Lunch (12:30pm)
Leftover Honey Curried ChickPEA salad with a side of raw okra 

Bread = 8 g (4 g per slice), Chickpea salad = ~15g, Okra = 2 g
Lunch total = 25 grams 

I still can’t get over how much the flavors intensify in this salad…even better than the first day I made it!

Snack (5:00)
1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese + 1 cup pineapple

Snack total = 14 grams

Tea Time (6:00pm)
Love combining different tea flavors into one cup!

Dinner (9:00pm)
An over-zealous breakfast burrito

So I may have had to break out the fork with this guy…
(Hello, my name is Heather and I’m a habitual “over stuffer”)

I added a little nutritional yeast to two scrambled eggs before topping them with sauteed onions and bell pepper, tomatoes, black olives, and a bit of sharp cheddar…holy yum!

Wrap = 4g, Eggs x 2 = 12g, Nooch = 3g, Cheese = 7g
Dinner total = 26 grams

Daily Water Consumption: 96 ounces

I’ve been forgetting to include my water in the last few WIAW posts, but I’ve been pretty proud of myself lately…since I switched to drinking out of my smaller Camelbak bottle, I’ve actually been doing a lot better about drinking more…kinda funny how that works.

Daily Protein Total = 108 grams

Hmm, not too shabby! 🙂

Do you pay attention to the amount of protein you eat each day?
Actually, I think I’ve been doing it for so long that it just comes as second nature to me now. This day’s eats weren’t intentionally planned to include more protein, it’s just how I eat!

What is your favorite source of protein?
Right now, I’d have to say Trader Joe’s peanut flour…14 grams per 1/4 cup!

*I am not a registered dietician or a medical doctor. The statements above are of my own personal opinion based on life experience. Please consult a medical professional for questions regarding specific diets.

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