01/09: WIAW

by Meg on January 9, 2013

Good morning, love bugs!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a What I Ate Wednesday that consisted of a full day of my eats! The reason for this is because everyone is different and I really didn’t want my readers to look at my daily meals and begin comparing them to how they eat.

However, I decided to post a full day of meals for you today in hopes that it will inspire some of you as I find some of my blogger friendsWIAW’s very inspirational

I’ve been training with a personal trainer since September and am working my butt off both in and out of the gym.

In the gym, I lift heavy 4 times a week, but outside the gym I have to work hard, too. Eating to gain is hard work! I’ve learnt a lot about myself since September; one of those things being – I can eat a lot of food.

In all honesty, the scale hasn’t budged much since eating more since September; however, I am lifting heavier than ever before. But, that’s not good enough for me! I want my muscles to grow, so my trainer and I have developed a solid meal plan for me to follow in order to get those gains I want!

This is a typical training day for me, but rest days (usually Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday) are the exact same minus the protein shake I have at the gym after my workout:

Breakfast

I can’t go a day without eggs, so one of my seven feedings will most definitely consist of eggs! Breakfast is usually the eggy meal of the day, though! Even though I have been called the queen of runny yolks in the past, lately I’ve been liking my yolks broken and flipped! Yolks are just delicious in general, though – runny or cooked. I also have a bowl of oatmeal at least once a day, too, because it’s one of my favourite things! :)

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1 egg, 1/2 cup egg whites, and “Quick Microwave-Style Steel Cut Oats” (recipe at bottom)

Mid-morning

I love eggs, I love oatmeal, but I also love many other foods, too! One food I cannot get enough of lately is cottage cheese and I like it even more when it’s whipped! Follow this link for my whipped cottage cheese recipe.

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whipped cottage cheese, golden quinoa, and walnuts

Lunch

I created this delicious salad and will probably definitely make it multiple times this week. The combination of flavours and textures is to die for!

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Bulgur wheat, red quinoa, chicken breast, 1 egg, broccoli, and healthy honey mustard dressing (minus the greek yogurt)

Post workout

I always have a protein shake after my workout while I’m still at the gym. I make it before I go to the gym and take it along with me in my Magic Bullet cup!

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1 scoop About Time whey protein powder, 1 banana, strawberries, ice, and water

Mid-afternoon

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Pan seared mahi mahi, sweet potato, and asparagus

Dinner

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Renee’s Balsamic Vinaigrette marinaded chicken thighs on top of bulgur wheat, red quinoa, and greens

Bedtime

Before calling it a day and crawling into my cozy bed, I sip on tea and munch on a bowl of casein pudding topped with almonds.

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1 scoop casein powder mixed with water and topped with chopped almonds
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Steel cut oats is one of my favourite things. Surprisingly, many people I have talked to in the past about steel cut oats have never tried them because they “take too long to cook”. This is very true, they do take a fair amount of time to cook and, let’s be honest, when you are ready for breakfast you are ready for breakfast! And that means, no waiting around for your oats to cook!

To solve this problem, I’ve cooked my oats the night before. This worked wonders! I was able to enjoy a delicious steamy bowl of oatmeal upon awakening after just a minute or two of waiting for my already cooked steel cut oats to heat in the microwave!

However, this doesn’t always work. What if you don’t know if you’ll feel like having oatmeal in the morning? What if you don’t have the time to cook oats during your evening? What if you have a sudden craving for steel cut oats half way through the day!?

Well, I will solve your problem today with a microwave-style of steel cut oats ;)

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Quick Microwave-Style Steel Cut Oats

1/4 cup uncooked steel cut oats

1/4 cup egg whites (optional)

1/2 cup water

Place ingredients in a Magic Bullet (or any blender of your choice).

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Blend together and pour into a microwave safe bowl. Cook in microwave for 2 – 3 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave) or until fully cooked, while removing the bowl a few times to stir.

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In the end, you’ll be left with a fluffy bowl of oats for your hungry belly :)

Enjoy!

What is your favourite type of oatmeal?

Did you participate in What I Ate Wednesday this week? Link me up!

Did you enjoy my What I Ate Wednesday?

Love always,

Meg xoxo

DON’T FORGET! Email me your high fives for this week’s High Five Friday! :) Read here for more information!

This oatmeal recipe will also appear in Kierston’s Recipe Friday link up!

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{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

TorontoRunner January 9, 2013 at 7:27 AM

I have never, eeeever, had oatmeal before. That’s totally weird, isn’t it!??
Also, it’s rare I go a couple of days without eggs – theee best breakfast food!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:35 PM

BAHA I kind of can’t believe that, but I hated oatmeal up until 3 years ago, so it’s not totally crazy ;)

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Hi can you come and cook for me? Kthanks. Just a visit sans cooking will also do. :) :) xoxo

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

LOL yes – A VISIT

but you know I’d cook anyways ;) MUAHAHA

Love you

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Samantha January 9, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Meg, i have been following your blog for a ye and a half now and you are such an inspiration. I hve been recovering from annorexia for a yr now ad have finally reached my goal weight. However, i reached this weight by eat around 1200 to 1600 calories a day and know that is pretty low. How did you manage to increase your calories and mantain a healthy weight?! Your body is incredible, so strong, healthy, thin and perfect! Im so scared to gain more weight but i want to eat more. Any tips?! Thanks so much! I cant wait to hear from you!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Hey sweetie!

Currently, I am trying to gain weight. In my opinion, I am too thin, so don’t strive to be like me.

I have a very fast metabolism, so I am dealing with that right now and having to increase my intake constantly. Everyone is different, so people will gain weight at different paces; therefore, I don’t really have any tips other than to EMBRACE weight gain. It is healthy for your body if you need it :)

xoxo

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Jen M January 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Oh this is an amazing response to her comment <3 P.S. I think this is my first actual comment on your blog after months of creeping.

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Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness January 9, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Everything looks so great Meg! I know it mustn’t be easy to make those gains you want but I admire your determination and I just know you will get there!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thanks, sweetie! YOU are such a gem <3

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Jo @ LivingMintGreen January 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Meg!! No runny yolks?! I feel like I don’t know who you are anymore ;)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Your food all looks so delicious to me! Yum!

I’ve never developed a taste for cottage cheese. I tried, I really did. I wonder if I’d like them whipped?

My favorite breakfast, that I have EVERY day is oatbran cooked with 1/3 c. of egg whites, water, cinnamon and chia seeds, and then topped with berries or banana and a scoop of almond butter. Best meal ever. I absolutely love oatbran and it’s consistency over regular oats. :)

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

You must give whipped cottage cheese a try and report back to me :D

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

p.s. I totally agree – oat bran > reg. oats

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Allison @ Life's a Bowl January 9, 2013 at 10:43 AM

I loveee cottage cheese + quinoa! I made some last night with peanut butter + cereal [added crunch]… Mmm :) And your salad looks delic!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:32 PM

YAY!!!!! You like my combo :D

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Amanda @ Run Principessa January 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Ooooh, gotta have the runny yolks. LOVE them. And thanks for the tip on steel cut oats! I’m far too disorganized to remember to cook them the night before. As soon as I wake up, I want food in my belly. No time to waste! ;)

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Alex @ therunwithin January 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

mm all that chicken looks so good. glad you get to have some food you really like in the meal plan

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

I love that you posted this. When I was working for a rather wealthy family a few years ago, their personal chef at the time told me the key to quick cooking steel cut oats is the same as quick cooking rolled ones: make ‘em smaller. :)

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

YAY! I am so happy to hear you liked this post :)

I love the fact that you told me about what the chef said – that made me really happy! I am doing it right lol

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Olivia @ Liv Lives Life January 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Ooh, that broccoli and chicken salad looks great. I bet the textures make it! Sometimes, my stomach is a bit sensitive to oatmeal, so recently I’ve been using quinoa in place of oatmeal in the mornings! It’s so good! :-)

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:31 PM

I LOVE USING QUINOA INSTEAD OF OATMEAL! LOVE IT!

Twins ;)

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Luvena Cervantes January 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

LOVE your WIAW!! Everything looks SO yummy and pretty LOL!! I am working on getting a blog up and running so I could participate in WIAW’s and ALL the other fun stuff that comes along with blogging. Hhhhhhooowever…..technology doesn’t seem to like me very well LOL!!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

LUVENA! So happy you loved this post :)

Good luck with the blog xoxo you can do it, girl

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I love seeing all of your meals! I need to get some mahi mahi. I’ve only made burgers at home. Still haven’t been able to stomach asparagus yet. LOL!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Oh, twin! It makes me so happy you enjoyed this post :D You know how much I love your WIAW’s

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Caitlin January 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I know you already saw my WIAW today so I won’t link it to you :) but I like how you said “feedings’, hahah! Yes I can eat a lot too as I and you know ;) letting myself do it is an ongoing journey but strong women like you always inspire me in that path! I am loving that salad you made, that combo totally sounds amazing. Everytime I read your blog I feel like I want to eat more eggs but then I just never end up doing it! Except hard boiled in my salads. Gotta say I’m a weird blogger and really don’t like oatmeal much!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I am so happy you said I inspire me because YOU inspire me as well, love bug <3 Or should I say, fish friend ;) LOL

Oh Cait, you are not weird at all… there was a time I hated oatmeal as well

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lifeasliv January 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I’m a huge fan of creamy, custard, pumpkin oatmeal with rolled oats, an egg white, a banana, and a pumpkin. SO GOOD. Love your easy microwavable recipe! I feel like you can do a lot to it, which is always fun. :)

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:28 PM

That bowl of oats you described sounds INCREDIBLE!

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bravehannah January 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Everything looks awesome Meg! You rock! I definitely will be trying that lunch salad of yours! Looks delicious! I will probably use smoked tofu instead of chicken since I’m no longer eating meat but hey should still be awesome!
My favorite type of oatmeal would have to be raw with cold almond or soy milk!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Oh let me know how you like the salad! I LOVED IT!

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Megan @ runningonajava January 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I’m so glad you linked up! I’m always so interested in your food after seeing it on Instagram. I’ll definitely have to try that oatmeal…I love egg whites in my oatmeal! Do you think it would work with traditional rolled oats as opposed to steel cut?

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

DEFINITELY!!!! :)

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Alexandra January 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Love this post! Not only does it all look yummy, it is VERY inspirational to see what you eat :) Thanks for sharing.

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM

This makes me very happy, Alexandra! That is exactly why I did it – to inspire :) Thank you for sharing that with me :)

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Ali Wood (@creativali) January 9, 2013 at 6:37 PM

that lunch you had with the honey mustard dressing sounds amazing! :) i’ve been wondering what other dressings i can have other than balsamic vinegar that’s healthy!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Yes, try this recipe for my healthy honey mustard :) Definitely my FAV! It even beats balsamic IMO ;)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables January 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Your food looks amazing girl!! Packin on that protein!! :)

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IHeartVegetables January 9, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I was just thinking I need to try casien protein and you make yours look AWESOME!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM

HAHA! Yes, give it a try :) It’s a fun snack to have :)

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BroccoliHut January 9, 2013 at 8:21 PM

I loved seeing a full day of your meals! I will definitely have to try making whipped cottage cheese, as I’m pretty much a cottage cheese addict these days.
I really love steel-cut oats and oat bran. I usually alternate between the two :)

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Girl, you and I both – cottage cheese ADDICTS! I just said to my friend the other day that if I had to have it for every meal in some form I WOULD! Lol I just love cottage cheese so much, so PLEASE try it whipped and let me know what you think, sweetie! I’ve been whipping mine with avocado lately for even MORE volume and nutrition :) It’s SO incredibly silky! :)

I alternate between oat bran and steel cut too! The only way I enjoy regular oats is raw lol and usually in whipped cottage cheese or greek yogurt ;) HAHA

So happy you loved seeing my eats :) Thanks for saying that!!

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Scarlet January 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Hi Meg! I just wanted to say that I think you are a sweet heart and I love your blog!

I know that you get a lot of tough talk from people about weight, calories, etc. and I just wanted to say that I think you handle it pretty well. I was wondering if for a future post you could talk about the steps that you are taking to gain weight, maybe some recipes, what you struggle with, and suggestions that you’ve gotten from your doctor? That would be so helpful and I’d love to know what you’ve been doing!

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Meg January 9, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Hey, Scarlet!!

Thanks for the sweet comment and suggestions!! <3 It means a lot to me :)

I will definitely take your requests into consideration and try to write a few posts for you that will answer your questions!! :)

xoxo

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sarah January 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I ALWAYS look forward to seeing what you are munching. So many good , nutritious ,healthy meal/snack ideas for meeee. Thankyou!!
I have a speedy metabolism( I’m a hard gainer too), & love to train, like your lovely self :), so it’s nice for me to see how you are eating to help with you fitness goals( which you are ROCKING BTW).

I was on theee biggest kick of having quinoa, greek yog & strawberries sprinkled with cacao powder for a while…Gah, I keep meaning to have it with whipped cottage cheese after seeing you do it! Whipped cottage cheese= dreamy. I love adding lemon zest, cinnamon & vanilla to mine.
Okay, so I’m definitely recreating some of these meals tommorow *excited*.

Favourite oatmeal?…that is a really hard question, since oats are basically amazing. I’ve actually been loving on brown rice flakes right now( tastes just like rice pudding). Topped with greek yogurt, home-made apple sauce & almond buttah- one of my current meal obsessions- DROOL!
Xxx

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Sara @ Nourish and Flourish January 10, 2013 at 12:05 AM

Oh, sis! So much to say!! I love you to pieces and I’m so proud of you!!

You’re never going to believe me, but I still haven’t tried steel cut oats! How crazy is that? I know devotees swear by them, but they look so funny to me! I’m loving this microwave method, though, and am now 100% inspired to give them a try! You’ll know when it happens. ;)

Our chat today was amazing!! We’re in this together…ALL. THE. WAY. <3 <3 <3

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Taylor January 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I want to join the goal to gain muscle/bulk up, too! If that’s okay with you ladies, of course (:

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Lot-O-Choc January 10, 2013 at 6:33 AM

a delicious day of eats by the looks of it! think i might try that casein pudding topped with almonds tonight it looks so delicious! yummm!

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Jill January 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

I eat whole eggs + WAY too many whites per day…I think I have “overdone’ my egg and dairy consumption and need to do a full-on elimination but just can’t seem to do it mentally. Gosh, I know I need to.

I wish I could eat as good and healthy and bravely as you. But I definitely don’t exercise, so I feel so …unsure. WISH you were my RD, seriously.

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Sarah January 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM

I havent gotten very creative with oats. I used to love oat bran, but since im now gluten intolerant i just stick to plain oats.

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Kierston January 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Oh awesome! You know I love my oats Doll! Thanks for the shout out and link up! xoxoox

Your shoulders are unreal!

Keep it up!

xoxo

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Meg January 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Haha, thanks for the compliment – always thinking of you throughout my workouts, though ;)

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Miranda @ Biting Life January 11, 2013 at 11:21 PM

I’ve really been into eggs and oatmeal, too, lately. They’re both just so good for you — and tasty :) I like my eggs over-easy and runny, though. On a piece of whole-wheat toast!

That salad looks really good by the way. It’s been way too long since I’ve had an awesome salad like that…

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Meg January 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Eggs and toast is delicious :)

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Heather January 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

Speaking of eggs..what are your thoughts on eating the whole egg? I don’t have an egg every day but pretty close. I see tons of recipes with egg whites only but I usually throw the whole egg in. I think it’s partly the idea of my grandma watching and shaking her head at wasted food. My mom told me that when she was a kid, if toast was burnt black my grandma would scrape it off so they could eat it!

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Meg January 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The whole egg? I always have whole eggs! Yesterday I had THREE!

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Lo January 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

I am the same way with eggs! We buy in bulk at costco because I eat so many! We have the same taste buds I recently discovered whipped cottage cheese and it is to die for. Although, I cannot eat it unless it’s mixed with other things like fruit!

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