What I Ate Wednesday: Downtime Needed

February 24, 2016

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

We have reached the halfway point to the weekend – whoop whoop! I don’t know what it is about these last few weeks, but life has felt extra crazy and downtime has felt extra short. I think this has to do with having two busy weekends in a row on top of two busy weeks at work. I haven’t had much time to truly unwind, so I am counting down the days until the weekend to hopefully get some r&r.

I am going to try to make this post short and sweet (ish), because it’s 8:20 pm on Tuesday night and my bed/book is calling my name. Due to said lack of relaxation, my energy levels and digestion have been a little out of whack. Because of this, I have been trying to focus on eating lots of nutrient-dense whole foods to power me through.


I started this morning with a new ritual I am hoping to adopt – drinking warm lemon water. I drank it while I got ready for work and I have to say, I really enjoyed it!



After my lemon water, I sat down for breakfast. I baked a few sweet potatoes on Sunday to mash for breakfast bowls (inspired by Jen!) and I’m so glad I did. Today I enjoyed a sweet and savory breakfast – a mashed sweet potato with cinnamon and raw almond butter plus scrambled eggs with kale and cherry tomatoes.

My tastebuds are loving these new-to-me breakfasts! I might do a recap post in a few weeks once I’ve experimented more.


My breakfast ended up keeping me full until lunch, when it was time to dig into this salad. This combination was one of the best I’ve had in a while, including spring mix, roasted carrots/red onion, roasted butternut squash, avocado, pistachios, a hardboiled egg, and my homemade orange balsamic dijon dressing.

Blueberries on the side for “dessert”. Nature’s candy, right? 🙂



The afternoon snack flow was going strong as always. Up first, a Pumpkin Spice RXBAR.

I’m running low on my giveaway-winning stash, so I think ordering a new box is in my future. These bars are a little on the pricier side, but SO worth it in my opinion. Check out that ingredient list!


Up next were carrots and celery with a tablespoon of NuttZo Crunchy Power Fuel. The folks at NuttZo were kind enough to send me a few jars and sample packs, and I’m in nut butter heaven! It might be a new contender for my favorite…



After a post-work cardio session, I was starving and ready for dinner. I recently purchased frozen wild-caught salmon from Whole Foods, and decided it was time to break it out. I eat fish from time to time, but rarely cook it for myself. Eating vegetarian is so much easier and cheaper, so making fish always feels new and exciting.

I roasted the salmon with lemon juice, garlic powder, and a sprinkle of pink himilayan sea salt, then topped it on a bed of  zoodles, cherry tomatoes, and broccoli coated in nutritional yeast. Red pepper flakes on top, because that’s how I roll.


Night Snack

After dinner, I was on a mission to get through a number of tasks before bedtime. Do the dishes, take a shower, finish the Bachelor (#priorities), roast more sweet potatoes, hard boil more eggs, make more salad dressing, pack lunch, write blog post, BREATHE.

See what I’m saying about the down time? Sheesh! After completing said activities, I worked up an appetite and enjoyed a sliced gala apple with Nuttzo Chocolate Power Fuel and cinnamon.


It’s safe to say I’m nuttzo for NuttZo.

Your turn:

Do you ever have weeks when you feel like you have zero free time?

Have you tried NuttZo?

xo, Bailee

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  • Reply Katelynn February 24, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I know how you feel! We just got a puppy so I’ve had no free time the last couple of weeks. Weird question..what size is your hydroflask? I just ordered the 40 oz and I’m scared it might be too big to lug around!

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood February 24, 2016 at 8:19 am

    Free time is such a luxury in our busy lives! I hope you get some free time this weekend to relax and have fun! xo

  • Reply clara norfleet February 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    YES. this week and last week have been NON-STOP for me. i feel like i’m drowning with no free time!!! ugh. we will make it to the weekend soon enough!

  • Reply Meah March 1, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I know what you mean about feeling like you’re just going, going, going! On the weekends after weeks like that, I always crash and am so ready to just unwind and rest. I’ve been hearing people rave about Nuttzo for a while. I’ll definitely need to give it a try!

  • Reply Abby March 1, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Bailee – looks like a delicious day to me! I haven’t ever tried Zoodles but they look delicious <3

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