Deciding What to Eat

Hey, hey!

We’re already halfway through the week, believe it or not! It’s been a busy one over here.

Well, I suppose I’ve made it busy for myself. I’m hosting a little Valentine’s Day shindig for my mom’s group on Friday, so I’ve been making myself busy prepping for that.

Oh, the details!

I could make it super simple, throw out some store bought cupcakes, and call it good, but that’s just not my style. Apparently I like to make things complicated. Winking smile But, I really do enjoy it all. I love to host and entertain, so this sort of thing is right up my alley. Now to just get a bigger house!

Moving on to food…

It is What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) after all! (<—click on the link to learn more about it!)

Peas and Crayons

I thought it may intrigue some of you if I went into a little more detail about how I decide what to eat for each of my meals and snacks. Quite honestly, I don’t put nearly as much thought as I used to into my food choices (this is a good thing for me because it used to be way too obsessive!), but I still try to be mindful about how I’m fueling my body. Let’s take a peek into (most of) my eats from yesterday, and I’ll explain.

breakfast: “Cookie Dough Cereal” (aka oats, protein powder, cinnamon, peanut butter, almond butter, topped with berries)


What I aim for in a breakfast:

  • Easy/convenient
  • A good balance of carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein
  • A serving (or two) of fruit or veggies
  • Delicious
  • Sweet (I’m just more of a sweet breakfast kinda gal. This isn’t to say I love savory breakfasts occasionally though.)

AKA Why I love the above “Cookie Dough Cereal” – it accomplishes all of the above no problem!

post workout snack: plain Greek yogurt mixed with Designer Whey Almond Vanilla protein powder, topped with chia seed and almonds


What I aim for in a post workout snack:

  • Easy/convenient
  • High in protein
  • Delicious

lunch: kale salad with turkey, cranberries, almonds, & goat cheese drizzled with poppyseed dressing




What I aim for in a lunch:

  • Easy/convenient (are you sensing a theme here?!)
  • A large serving size of veggies
  • High in protein and healthy fats

afternoon snack: banana and Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams


What I aim for in an afternoon snack:

  • Easy/convenient
  • Basically, whatever I feel like eating! (without going overboard, of course)

I try to make this a healthy snack to help me get to dinner, but sometimes it ends up being a brownie or a peanut butter/chocolate chip spoon!

dinner: Four-Bean Vegetarian Chili w/ Cheesy Italian Quick Bread


Bad lighting + hungry Ashley = terrible photo!

What I aim for in a dinner:

  • Can be prepped/assembled in 30 minutes or less
  • A serving (or two) of vegetables
  • A protein source
  • Delicious

dessert: Mug Brownie


What I aim for in a dessert:

  • Single serving (for convenience sake & to help me keep my portion control in check)
  • Whatever I’m feeling!


Are you generally more simple or detail-oriented?

How do YOU decide what to eat?

Do you put a lot of thought into your meals/snacks or not so much?

What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

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  1. says

    love this! I think you and I are very similar – all about the convenience and balance :). Though I’m working on not obsessing so much about having perfectly sized portions and just enjoying what I want, when I want it.

  2. says

    Wow check out that mug brownie!! I could dive into that. I just had some vegetarian chili this weekend. A local restaurant makes it here and they always season it perfectly. And now I’m craving it again!

  3. says

    Some days I put a lot of thought into my meals, some days I don’t. In terms of sweet and savory, my meals are pretty consistent though…Breakfast has fruit (always!), Lunch is heavier on veggies, afternoon Snack typically has fruit or something a bit sweeter, and then Dinner consists of more savory foods and veggies again.

  4. says

    I’m all about easy and convenient when it comes to meal planning. I think that’s why I love the slow cooker so much – throw it all in and walk away.

    The best thing I ate yesterday was a raw kale salad with pine nuts, red onion and craisins. It was deeelicious!

  5. says

    I don’t put as much thought into what I eat as I used to. I aim for balanced, healthy, quick meals now and whatever that may be is fine. I also really like to make a bigger batch of whatever I’m making so we have leftovers.

  6. says

    I’m with you on the simple meal process – so much easier that way! I just try to make sure they include a good balance of carbs, fats and protein, there’s usually some sort of produce involved (but not always) and that it satisfies a craving. If it matches all those, I’m happy!

  7. Naomi says

    I am definitely more simple! I am terrible with party planning type stuff as well as decorating a house or apartment. It just isn’t my thing. My meals tend to be pretty simple too!

    • Ashley says

      Haha! It seems like it’s gotten even smaller since Hunter came along… 😉 I LOVE that bread – it’s one of my favorites!

  8. says

    Loved getting a sneak peak into the thought process behind your meals, and I can definitely relate to wanting to eat mindfully without getting too obsessive. Back in the day, I would literally spend HOURS planning out my meals so that they were ‘perfectly’ balanced and laid out — definitely not normal. These days I more or less know what works for me, so it’s a lot easier to just go with the flow.

    • Ashley says

      Yes, I was right there with you on the obsessive thing! So NOT fun! I’m glad we’re both past that and can look at food in a healthier way. :)

  9. says

    That brownie looks tasty! The best thing I ate yesterday was quesadillas made with black beans and daiya, topped with lots of salsa and so delicious coconut milk ice cream for dessert! :) These days I’m all about simple healthy meals just because they are convenient!

  10. says

    Yummm that Reese’s heart looks delicious! I’ve been hinting to Christian to buy me them but I don’t know if he got the hint 😉 For my meals, I just aim to get a good mix of protein, carbs and fat. Snacks are the same idea as you: whatever sounds good (reasonably)! That breakfast looks so perfect!

  11. says

    Easy and convenient are totally high on my list, too!!! I think I used to be more detail-oriented but am becoming more simple, although, I liked detail-oriented Char better haha!! I hope your little v-day party on Friday goes great!!

  12. Amanda N says

    I put too much time into think what to eat/make for meals. Seriously waste so much time starting at the fridge/pantry and recipes. I do so much better when I plan ahead but I don’t always do that. I guess I like my meals complicated? Best thing I ate yesterday was my random dinner….roasted zucchini and cauliflower over baby spinach topped with fresh bruschetta and feta with a side of grilled cheese. It was so good!

  13. says

    veggie chili sounds deeeeelish!! And that salad?! YUMMO!

    I too go for convenient on pretty much everything–so that is why it’s key for me to have fresh ingredients ON HAND, or else chips for a snack it is! hah

  14. says

    I am incredibly detail oriented. I was an event planner for 6 years so it comes with that 😉
    I meal plan all suppers for lunches and based off that, if supper lacks veggies, lunch might be a salad or if supper is lighter I might add more carbs or heavy foods into lunch. Breakfast just depends, usually almond butter and toast or oatmeal in this cold weather!
    I had leftover Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa from Iowa Girl Eats for lunch – so good!

  15. Katie says

    I used to be very detail-oriented but now simple is better! I usually make my breakfast the night before because I never know how much time I’ll have in the AM or what kinda patience Drake will have 😉 I always decide what to eat on my hunger cues, cravings and if I worked out or not! I usually have a high protein/good carb ratio right after a workout. I try to meal plan with a lot of thought so then throughout the week I don’t have too! Best thing I ate yesterday… Fresh Strawberries & Blackberries with Chocolate 😀

  16. Stacey M. says

    Well, because I eat pretty much the same foods for breakfast and lunch everyday, it makes “planning” much easier. I too have been enjoying that cookie dough cereal for months now and still can’t get enough! I tried switching it up on Monday, but just missed this cereal so much I had to return to it. Lunch is always a Fage greek yogurt, chia seeds and some Ancient Grains granola, along with some kind of fruit (grapes, melon, apples, etc.). I like this lunch because it’s convenient, keeps me full for 3-4 hours, and I don’t have to warm it up (I work in a cube in a smallish office). Dinners are whatever I’m feeling that day, but they’re usually something savory. Yesterday, for example, I had a sweet apple chicken sausage link with sweet potatoes that I roasted in the oven over the weekend, along with some baby carrots. Delicious! I also like having chopped brussel sprouts salads with apples, walnuts, craisins and chicken sausage too. Soup or chili is also a great choice, and something I love to make because it’s easy and convenient.

  17. says

    I’m sorry, I was unable to pay attention to anything else once I saw the Reese’s. TRULY my biggest weakness. Thank goodness they make them for all holidays. I love hearts, trees, pumpkins. Now if only they could come up with one for over the summer?

    • Ashley says

      Seriously!!! I’m totally with you on the summer Reese’s idea! Maybe a flag for the 4th of July?! Or something… We need to contact Reese’s and get them on board!

  18. says

    Love this post idea. Such a creative twist on WIAW. Girl, I’m totally like you…I love hosting, prepping for a party, and entertaining, but I often like to make it difficult for myself in the meantime. I’m sure it will turn out as cute as can be though!

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