Whole 30 Eats {WIAW 33}

I feel like my “What I Ate Wednesday” posts are getting super tedious. I think Daddy Honey Bee needs to make an appearance again. Maybe when he is feeling better… he is having his hip replaced today so let’s all send him lots of love for a speedy recovery :)

Little Amy Dad bball

My eats are obviously pretty similar as of late: eggs/chicken/fish, avocado/nuts/oil, something green, sweet potato/squash, fruit… repeat. Hey. If it aint broke, why fix it? And it aint broke. I do want to try and get a bit more creative with my meals but honestly I’m busy and who do I have to impress? I’m cooking for one and simple is easy yet still delicious. So hopefully this doesn’t bore you to tears. In Whole 30 fashion, this is what I ate yesterday.

Oh but I should tell you that most/all of these pics were snapped at home… I feel too awkward taking pictures at CrossFit or work given that I am still a newbie at both.

What I Ate Wednesday Yesterday

I woke up at 4:45 (yup, that’s what time I wake up for weekday CrossFit), ate a hard-boiled egg, some cashews while sipping on some tea. Sorry for the awful picture but you’ll forgive me given that it was 5am…

Cashews and hard boiled egg

We worked on our deadlifts and power cleans before getting into the WOD – “Bowser”. Super Mario anyone? I’m terrible at video games. Is it normal that my collar bone is bruised from power cleans?!

Right after the workout I had another hard boiled egg and banana before jumping into the shower.

Egg and banana

I showered, put make-up and real clothes on and headed to work.

Once I got to work, I had two salmon, sweet potato cakes (recipe coming your way asap!) and roasted brussels sprouts before starting my day.

Salmon cakes and brussels sprouts

My tummy started to grumble at around 11am so I ate the almonds I packed to have with lunch.

By noon I was ready for the rest of it. Roasted broccoli, sweet potato and chicken – made my new favorite way! I’ll be sharing my chicken secrets tomorrow. Plus an apple.

Lunch

I was still hungry. Oh well! I had a Cashew Larabar at around 3pm.

Larabar

The afternoon kinda crawled by but I was totally satisfied.

I got home and put an acorn squash in the oven to roast. And then I tackled my red meat! Eeeeek. It was fine. I’m a drama queen. I bought a thin piece of 100% grass fed beef, seasoned it with a bit of salt and pepper and cooked it in a pan with coconut oil (2 minutes per side). I stuffed the squash with cauliflower rice (puree cauliflower, sautee garlic and onion in coconut oil, add cauliflower, satuee, add spinach, eat) and some de-frosted frozen berries with a dollop of cashew butter. Dinner is served…

Beef dinner

Meat verdict: it was fine but I honestly just ate it for the nutrition. I think I am going to try ground beef next time.

And that did it for day 2 of the Whole 30.

So how did I do? Well obviously not perfect. I clearly ate more times during the day then it is outlined in the Whole 30. I am finding this part particularly challenging: to figure out how much to eat at “meal” times – especially when I am on-the-go. To my understanding, the “three meals a day” is the goal in order to regulate blood sugar so that’s why I am trying this out. I am proud of myself for making and eating meat and overall having a very nutrient dense few days. It is definitely a learning process and yesterday taught me to add more fat to my first meal after my workout to set myself up for a less “snacky” day at work.

 

 

Questions of the day…

Watcha been eatin’ lately? 

How should I prepare ground beef? 

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49 thoughts on “Whole 30 Eats {WIAW 33}

  1. I definitely prefer ground beef to a whole steak or at least beef strips as part of a stir fry. I love to make healthy bolognaise using ground beef and lots of veggies added then I serve it with more veggies instead of pasta and it is yum and freezes well. Another favourite is to make meatloaf, it is really quick to put together.

    I hope your dad feels better soon. Definitely sending him my thoughts.

    Lol that they named the WOD Bowser. I thought all the WODs were usually women’s names?

  2. Looks like such a good day to me!
    I like to make burers with ground beef, so easy. You can even add some shredded zucchini or carrots. Or just cook it in the skillet with tomatoes and stuff a squash or eggplant with it!

  3. I think you did amazing, but maybe that’s just my inner cheerleader (I was never a cheerleader…). I asked John if a bruised collar bone was normal from power clean but he didn’t know. So much for my live in sports medicine expert! Kidding, he is a genius, that’s just outside his specialty. I think I need to try cauliflower rice. We eat a lot of rice here, which is fine, but it might be nice to mix it up.

    Sending lots and lots love to you and Papa Honeybee today! I hope everything goes as smoothly as possible. <3 <3

  4. I’m just wondering because I also do a lot of food prep on the weekends, how do you cook and save your eggs. Do you peel them then put them in containers? How long do they last? Also just out of curiosity do you heat up your chicken for lunch?

    1. I just hard boil the eggs and peel them right afterwards. I store them in an airtight container in the fridge. I make them on Sundays and I finish them by Friday. I wouldn’t keep them much longer than 5 days. I don’t heat up my chicken… I actually like it better cold. Hope that helps!

  5. I’ll keep your dad in my thoughts today – I hope his surgery went well!
    And as for beef, I’ll echo Jan – thinly sliced beef in a stirfry with veggies is awesome. I’m not sure how limited you are with sauces in Whole 30, but I’m sure you can throw something together. If you’re going to make a piece of beef like that, I would maybe make a dry rub rather than just salt and pepper. More flavourful that way!

    1. You are so right Allie! Thank you! That’s what I did today and I am so far “snack-free”. I can’t get on the shake wagon just yet…

  6. Just said a prayer for your dad! You know how I feel about your new eating style! And again, I’d say season your beef with onions – I promise that makes a world of difference! I like mine a little spicy too. Being from Louisiana, I feel like I am a seasoning queen (ha ha ha) so if you ever want any suggestions (and let’s be real, even if you don’t, I still give them to you) let me know!

  7. I know how it feels to put that red meat back in! Haha since I’ve started eating meat again I’ve actually only had red meat in the form of ground beef. I like making homemade burger patties or adding it chili.

  8. You did amazing!!! Congrats on the red meat! I also cooked red meat last night for the first time maybe ever? Or at least in 12+ years! You know me and I’m totally not a Whole 30 expert, but I would have to think that the part about only eating 3 times per day is of secondary importance to the pieces on food quality and nutrition contents, AND also that it may come after a few days. So give yourself a little bit of a ‘free pass’ for the first day or two (in my opinion)! I’m a snacker, too, and while I don’t think it’s healthy to be eating tiny things 15 times a day (which I have definitely done), I don’t think you should be upset with yourself eating more than 3 times a day if you’re hungry. YUM to the acorn squash dish!!!

  9. Aren’t roasted Brussels sprouts the best!?! That’s pretty much the only way I like to eat them these days! I love that little almond tin. At least you know you’re get just the right portion and not over doing it.

  10. Bruises are totally normal! I always get them, especially on just one because it sticks out more than the others. I’m all bruised up from CrossFit this week + last, but hey! It’s okay (and a small price to pay, right!?) Your eats look pretty darn good. YUM!

  11. That’s an early wake up for a workout!! Looks like you had a great day of eats! I was super hungry this morning and ate through my morning and afternoon snack before heading home for lunch. I think it’s important to eat when your hungry. Your dinner looks good, I love stuffed squash!

  12. I’m so excited you’ve broken into the red meat category! :) Hooray!! As for ground beef I like to just drop it into the skillet with olive oil, onions and MUCH garlic!! Then salt, pepper and salt free Mrs. Dash. I think you did very well on your day two. Hope your dad feels better after his surgery love!!

    1. That sounds super easy and actually tasty! Thanks friend. Thinking I’ll add some tomatoes and have it with spaghetti squash or something

  13. Best wishes to your dad! My dad had hip resurfacing over the summer and he is doing really awesome. So great to see him active again. My food is looking remarkably close to yours! I hear ya with being busy. Maybe make a no bean chili and eat it over spaghetti squash?

    1. That’s so great to hear Tara! And I love that idea about the chilli and spaghetti squash… totally doing that next week… thanks!

  14. Chicken secrets?! Sweet potato cakes!? I need it all! I actually never eat a piece of beef like that- but I like using ground beef for all the things Jan mentioned, or buying sausage that is already flavored and cooking that up. I am proud of you for just digging into a huge chunk of beef ‘for health’! haha.

  15. I love grilled grass fed ribeye… so good!!! Maybe you’d like it more if you gave that a try… it’s really all about the cut. Good for you on trying it though! I LOVE the Whole 30, but hated that they discouraged snacking. I just am a born snacker… I tried, but ultimately, I just like to eat. ;)

  16. You did great! IT took me awhile to get used to eating larger meals. I would say eating a big breakfast really helps to set up the day. If I don’t eat enough at breakfast I’m much more likely to snack the rest of the day. Same with lunch. Have you tried Bison? I actually prefer it over ground beef. Also, try mixing your ground beef with ground turkey at first. This helped me when I started adding it back in my diet.

  17. Looks like an awesome day of food! Don’t be so hard on yourself though – eating doesn’t have to be perfect! :) It looks like you fuelled yourself well and ate tons of delicious food, so I’d call that a success!

    Hmm you could make ground beef with marinara sauce and have it over spaghetti squash? Or flavour it with taco seasoning and make a taco salad!

  18. I try to d 3 meals a day but I seriously struggle sometimes. I have digestive difficulties to put it nicely so eating enough in 3 meals to get me through can be really tricky. I end up at 5 times a day, 4 at the absolute minimum most times. And that works for me for now. Hopefully one days I get to 3 because I would love to not feel that energy slump/hunger as often!

    Looks like you’re doing awesome, keep it up!

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