What I Eat in a Day as a Fitness Instructor – Healthy Meal Ideas

Good morning and welcome back to another week! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer weather and starting to find some normalcy as life begins to reopen a bit.

This past week, I decided to film a video going through an entire day of my meals and snacks. As I’ve mentioned, I am currently teaching fitness classes online while still at home, so I filmed this video on a day where I was teaching two classes and definitely wanted to eat healthier and boost my energy. I thought it would be a good idea to go more in depth with each meal I eat and list out specific recipes for you all, so while I’ve linked my vlog from last week below, I’m going to walk you through another day in my life where I ate slightly different meals – still focusing on staying healthy!

Breakfast

To start every day, I drink either a hot lemon water (which I did today), or a hot lemon ginger tea. This helps wake me up and slowly start my metabolism for the day.

A few hours later, I’ll make an iced coffee – usually hazelnut – with just a splash of almond milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’m trying to break my habit of drinking two coffees per day, so I find that if I can hold off on my first coffee until 11 or 12, I don’t end up needing one later in the afternoon.

Once I’ve finished my coffee and start to get hungry, I make my breakfast. On this day, I made my favorite green smoothie: two hand fulls of spinach (about half of the blender), 2/3 frozen banana, a hand full of frozen pineapple, a large scoop of almond butter, 2-3 tbsp hemp seeds, 1-2 tsp cinnamon, 1-2 scoops collagen powder, and either almond or coconut milk (I keep adding milk as I blend it until it’s the thickness that I want). I top my smoothie with coconut flakes and chia seeds, first to get more protein, and second to slow down how quickly I drink it!

Lunch

For lunch today I had my usual avocado toast – a slice (or sometimes two) of any multigrain seed toast, half of an avocado mashed, lemon juice, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes. Normally I use the Food For Life brand rice bread, but I can only get that at Whole Foods near me and right now it doesn’t make sense to shop at more than one grocery store, just to be safe! This is my absolute favorite lunch that I have most days, and it definitely fills me up enough to hold me over throughout the day.

With my lunch today I also had a bowl of SkinnyPop popcorn – another favorite snack, and not too filling. It’s nice to be able to mindlessly snack on something knowing it’s still (relatively) healthy!

Dinner

For dinner I made a rice bowl with coconut white rice, and then topped it with roasted broccoli and cauliflower. I roasted the veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then topped the rice with coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce). This is one of my favorite dinners – I love roasted vegetables – and it’s super easy to make. This also fills me up after exercising or teaching a class!

A little while after dinner, I end my night with a bowl of red grapes, and a cup of lemon-ginger-tumeric tea. I’m a big dessert person, so eating grapes instead of sweets after dinner was a good habit for me to pick up. Drinking this tea also helps me to digest everything from the day, reset my stomach for tomorrow, and calm myself down before going to bed.


I know this is just one day in my life, but I love coming up with new recipe ideas and playing around with my meals, so I will definitely do another post like this in the future if you are interested. Of course what I eat varies day to day, but for the most part, this is a pretty good representation of my diet.

I’ve linked below the vlog I filmed last week bringing you along another day in my life, and if you have any questions or comments, please let me know! Health and fitness is one of my main interests, so I love sharing this information and writing posts like these.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief day in my life, and I hope to see you all next week! Let me know if there’s anything you want to see in the future, and enjoy this start to the summer 🙂

xx,

Megan


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Hits (& Misses) of Quarantine Recipes

Happy Monday!

As always, I hope you’re all doing well, especially as it seems things are finally starting to slow down a bit. At least in Boston the weather has finally started to warm up as well, making May my favorite month of quarantine so far. Last week I finished classes, so although I still have a few papers and projects due this week, for the most part I’m done with my junior year. That being said, I’m starting to find a lot more time on my hands, and theres only so many workouts I can do, and so many Netflix episodes I can watch in one day.

Growing up I’ve always enjoyed cooking and baking, but that has really taken a turn these past few months. At least once or twice a week I’ve been trying new recipes, from meals to desserts to drinks. While some have been amazing and I’ll definitely be remaking them, others haven’t been so great. So, I want to share my favorite (and least favorite) recipes with you all so you can try some out for yourself if you have the time, or even try to improve/alter the ones I didn’t like so much to make them better! I know this isn’t my usual topic of content, but then again, nothing is normal right now, so I might as well take advantage of it.


Banana-Oat-Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8-1/4 cup chocolate chips (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter (to taste)
  • Cook at 350º for 15-18 minutes

I saw this recipe on Margot Lee’s Instagram story, and they looked amazing. I tried them myself and I really liked them, but I definitely think there’s room for improvement. The basic flavor of the cookies I really liked, but I think I would like them a bit sweeter and a bit moister. If I tried them again, I would probably add some honey to the batter, maybe some more chocolate chips (or add peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips), or even more banana. Overall, though, I would recommend these and I’ll be making them again!

Vegan Banana Pancakes

Our entire Easter breakfast spread – veggie hash browns, banana pancakes, and quiche cups.

I followed this recipe, and this was by far one of my favorites. We made this for breakfast on Easter Sunday, and I usually am not a big pancake person, but these were amazing. I put extra bananas and maple syrup on top, and they were delicious. Highly recommend, and I will be remaking these – I wouldn’t change a thing!

Veggie Hash Brown Breakfast

We also made this dish on Easter, and although they took a while to prepare and cook, they were definitely worth it. I found the recipe here, and again, I probably wouldn’t change anything about it (unless you prefer different veggies, or something easy to change like that). I used vegan butter instead of real butter, but other than that I followed the recipe as it instructs. I think you could definitely play around with the spices and proportions based on your taste preferences, but otherwise I think the flavor was perfect!

Banana Oatmeal Loaf

  • 1-2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Bake at 350º for about 15 minutes
  • Drizzle peanut butter on top

This was a recipe I found on Tik Tok (and I can’t find the video link anymore), and although the idea seemed good and the outcome wasn’t horrible, I probably wouldn’t make it again. There really was not much flavor, the loaf was pretty dry, and there wasn’t a good time to eat it (it’s not quite a breakfast, but not really a dessert either). It didn’t taste bad, but I think if I were to make it again, I would add some honey or more banana to sweeten it, and maybe chocolate chips to make it more of a dessert. If you’re able to play around with this one and it turns out better, let me know what you recommend!

Quiche Breakfast Cups

This was our third (and final) dish on Easter, and I followed this recipe. The concept was great, and I’ve seen these before, but I think they could’ve been a lot better. We made two versions – spinach/mushroom/feta, and bacon/egg/cheese. The first issue was that the hash brown crust tended to stick to the pan, so when taking them out, they fell apart pretty easily. It also seemed like the didn’t cook entirely through, so the center was a bit runny. However, the flavor was great and I think by playing around with the temperature and cook time, these problems could be fixed!

Orange Cookies

So far, I think this has been my favorite recipe. My family has always made orange cake, so with a few extra oranges lying around, I decided to try a variation of this dessert, and it turned out great. I followed this recipe, and the cookies ended up tasting just like the orange cake I’m used to! I wouldn’t change anything about the recipe, and would definitely make these again.

Sangria

In a large pitcher, combine:

  • Cut up fruit of your choice – I used: 1 red apple, 1 green apple, 1 orange, 1/2 container blueberries
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup brandy
  • Fill the rest of the pitcher with any red table wine
  • Let chill overnight, serve with sparkling water on top

Now that the weather’s been nicer, my friends and I have been trying some different summer drink recipes. I grew to love sangria well studying abroad in Spain last semester, so I wanted to try to make my own. It was hard to find a simple enough recipe that still had a lot of flavor to it, so I combined a few different ones I found, and it ended up tasting great! I would definitely recommend this for summer dinners or parties in the future!

Frozen Strawberry-Lime Cocktails

  • 2 shots of vodka
  • 1 hard seltzer, lime flavored
  • 1 tbsp pink lemonade powder
  • Handful of frozen strawberries
  • Handful of ice
  • Blend until frozen consistency, makes 2 drinks

This was another combination of a few recipes I saw that turned out great! There are so many ways to alter this to fit your preferences as well, so I think just the simple idea of a frozen fruity cocktail is great for the summer. Let me know if you come up with any good variations of this!

Cocoa Banana Latte

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Blend until mixed, then add 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee and stir

This recipe I got from Kenzie Burke’s Instagram, and the idea seemed like something I would love, but it ended up tasting kind of bland. I might try this again with different proportions or flavors, but if you’ve made something similar, let me know how it turned out. I think if it were thicker, maybe by adding ice, it would taste better, but something about the banana flavor in a coffee drink tasted funny.

Whipped Iced Latte

  • 2 tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp very hot water
  • Hand or electric whisk until light brown and frothy
  • Pour over glass of ice and your choice of milk

This is another favorite, and I’ve been making it almost every day since I tried it. This recipe has been trending on Tik Tok as well, and definitely for good reason! I use brown sugar (and a little bit less than 2 tbsp), but you can also use white, and for the milk I combine almond milk with a splash of coconut-almond milk vanilla creamer. This is such a nice change from hot coffee, especially now that it’s getting closer to summer! It’s a super quick and easy recipe, and I would highly recommend this to any coffee drinkers.


These are my top 10 so far, but I will definitely be trying out lots more recipes in the next few weeks! If any of you are able to try these, let me know how they turn out, and if you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment below! Once I finish all of my school work, I will be much more active with my posts, so stay tuned for exciting content coming up!

xx,

Megan


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