I’m not sure about you guys, but I love reading “day in the life” posts from bloggers! I’m always fascinated by their routines, what they eat, and how they structure their work day especially if they are self employed or have unconventional schedules. I partnered with Snap Kitchen to show you what a day of eating Snap Kitchen looked like (and tasted like) from AM – PM. Snacks, juices, and 3 delicious meals later, I’m happy I took the challenge of eating strictly Snap Kitchen for a day, and not having to cook was the best perk of all.
If you’re not familiar with Snap Kitchen, they offer pre-made, prepared fresh DAILY meals that are fantastic if you’re looking for allergen-free food. Everything is gluten-free, but they’re so transparent with the ingredients used in each of their dishes, that it’s easy to navigate just about any allergy or dietary need when picking up meals there. From paleo and Whole 30 options to vegetarian and vegan, they have it all covered, and labeled clearly. Nothing is artificial, no preservatives used, it all tastes homemade (if a chef was in your home) but without the work of cooking and prepping meals yourself.
Pretty much, they make eating healthy a delicious and simple experience, so I’m a fan. I’m all about ease, especially since beginning other projects like The GOOD Fest and B+YND which don’t allow me as much time in the kitchen as I used to have!
They have multiple locations around Philly, so it’s so quick and easy for me to stop in on the way home after a meeting or a coffee shop work session and pick up dinner. Everything is fresh, but lasts a couple days so I stock up on a couple days worth of meals as “prep”.
Here’s what went down today in my totally-ordinary-but-totally- real, life.
8:00 AM – RISE AND SHINE!
I’m up by 8AM on the days I work from home. I know this is actually pretty late for some people, but I enjoy working at night so I’m usually up late. I also love working out mid day because that’s when I have my most energy and need to step away from the computer for a brain break, so 8 AM works for me.
8:15 AM – HYDRATE and vitamins!
I drink about 20 oz of water when I first wake up, usually with lemon juice or a few drops of chlorophyll. I also take my vitamins, which include ashwaganda (great for stress and anxiety!) and HUM Nutrition’s Daily Cleanse. I also quickly do my skincare routine which includes a quick rinse with water and a couple drops of Franklin and Whitman’s Walnut Hill face serum. I only scrub or use a face wash at night. I use Piperwai all natural deodorant and that’s about it for a beauty routine… Low maintenance!
Back home from a morning walk with Ralph, my beagle. We take a long morning 30 minute stroll every morning and I usually listen to podcasts, sip iced green tea (I gave up coffee a month ago), or work on emails while I walk.
8:45 AM – Breakfast… Snap Kitchen Style.
I usually make a green smoothie or a bowl of oats with almond milk, fresh fruit and chia seeds but today I had Paleo BANANA PANCAKES from Snap Kitchen. I was so excited to have pancakes mid week. I usually whip up gluten free banana pancakes on Sunday’s, but these are a great way to switch up the routine. When I stopped in Snap Kitchen earlier this week the Almond Butter Pancakes with Berry Compote weren’t there – they ran out by popular demand, and I understand the hype. I had them one day last week and I will definitely be sure to pick some up whenever I see them on the shelves!
What’s in the banana pancakes?? Banana, organic egg, almond butter, maple syrup, lemon juice, cinnamon, baking soda, vanilla bean, nutmeg. Seriously, that’s it. They taste unreal, it’s hard to believe they are grain free.
How are they?? YUM. I didn’t need to add any syrup because they are that delicious, but I did anyway along with some fresh banana slices. The almond butter takes these pancakes to the next level, and provide some great fats and protein rather than just being a ton of empty carbs like traditional pancakes. I usually eat half, when I purchase the Medium size portion, and save the rest for a snack or second breakfast the next day because they really fill me up, plus I tend to do two breakfasts… more on that below.
9:30 AM – WORK BEGINS!
Today I shot some photos for a brand, edited photos for materials for our B+YND CMPNY Membership, emailed (because, when am I not emailing?), and had a call with a potential speaker for GOOD Fest LA. Needless to say, job love. I love working from home, but it takes discipline to sit down and WORK without distractions. I usually take breaks every hour for a couple minutes, keep music or podcasts playing for background noise, and usually stand rather than sit for the majority of the day. I’m actually more productive when on my feet, and word on the street is that sitting is the new smoking.
11:30 AM – BREAKFAST, take 2.
Yes, I really eat two breakfasts most days, or maybe I should consider the second breakfast as a snack? Whatever we decide to call it, today I devoured the Pineapple Vanilla Cashew Parfait. I ate it while at my computer and before getting ready for the gym.
What’s in it??: Organic light coconut milk (organic coconut, water, organic guar gum), pineapple, organic chia seed, lemon juice, cashew, organic coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, acidophilus probiotic, cinnamon, sea salt, vanilla bean
How is it?? Great flavor! The combo of coconut milk and vanilla is perfect. It was much better than the kinda bland chia puddings I whip up! This snack was again super filling and satisfying but not heavy, which was great before the gym.
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM – GYM!
I have been really diligent with my gym routine because I’m lucky enough to live 1 block from the gym. I only did a 45 minute workout today but it was an effective one that left me feeling energized and ready to get back to the work I had to finish up.
1:30 PM – READY FOR THE GREENS.
I’m usually ready to eat by 1 PM on the dot, and after the gym, I was READY to eat. I ran to my fridge and I had a salad pre-made from Snap Kitchen. Good thing, because it’s sometimes easier to reach for avocado toast of peanut butter sandwich when I need to eat quickly between a call or meeting. Not that those options aren’t great, but after my pancakes this morning, I was ready for some greens! Speaking of, Snap Kitchen also has affordable and delicious cold-pressed juices, so I drank that with my lunch today. I always opt for the Super Greens because it doesn’t have added fruit. Today I enjoyed with the Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad. I dined al fresco, because I love being outside but the wifi is ehhh out there, so I just ate lunch work-free!
What’s in it??: Mesclun lettuce mix, strawberry, cooked organic quinoa, zucchini, goat cheese (pasteurized goat milk, cheese cultures, vegetal rennet, salt), radish, almond, mint, organic apple cider vinegar (organic raw apple cider vinegar, water), water, organic coconut palm sugar, mustard seed, smoked paprika, turmeric, lemon juice, maple syrup, orange juice, extra virgin olive oil, olive oil, onion, organic dijon mustard (water, organic mustard seeds, organic vinegar, salt, organic turmeric, organic spices), poppy seed, garlic, sea salt, lemon zest, ground black pepper
How is it??: I avoid dairy, and very rarely eat goat cheese, but I do on occasion because I find it’s the easiest for me to digest and the tangy flavor is great on salads. I couldn’t resist a salad with fresh strawberries, quinoa, pickled zucchini (it’s so good, trust) and a sweet vinaigrette. Other salads I love from SNAP? The Goddess of Green…yes, the delcious one so many of you enjoyed at the GOOD Fest.
2:00 PM – BACK ON THE COMPUTER, again.
Round two of work begins and I’m putting together a contract, working on my content calendar, and doing some of the less creative stuff because this time of day is when I’m more task-oriented and in a “get it done” kind of mood. I usually cross off the bulk of my to do list or schedule calls for this time of day.
6:30 PM – DINNER DATE.
Feeling so grateful that dinner was ready for me today. I picked up the beef, broccoli and cauliflower rice dinner for Max when I was at Snap Kitchen, and I got myself the Mediterranean Mezze Bowl. We’re ate together, but not until I took a photo of it for the blog. #bloggerlife. Luckily it’s summer now so it’s light out at 6:30 again!
What’s in it?? : cauliflower, eggplant, organic chickpea (organic chickpea, water, salt), roasted red bell pepper (red bell pepper, water, sea salt, citric acid), zucchini, kale, kalamata olive (kalamata olives, water, sea salt, red wine vinegar, olive oil), tomato, red onion, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, jalapeño, water, ev olive oil, sea salt, parsley, nutritional yeast (inactive dry yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hcl, riboflavin, thiamin hcl, folic acid, vitamin b12), turmeric, ground black pepper, garlic powder, lemon zest, beet hummus (beet, apple, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt), vegan tzatziki (cucumber, cashew, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, mint, dill, sea salt, nutritional yeast)
How is it?? : Again, yummy!! The vegan tzatziki was my favorite part, and the beet hummus that comes with it is bomb, too. The chickpeas were seasoned well, I loved that it included eggplant, and the cauliflower rice is perfect for anyone looking to avoid grains. Of course like everything from Snap this dinner was entirely gluten-free!
7:30 PM – VEG OUT, and maybe have a glass of wine or a little chocolate…
I don’t have any on hand today, but the cookies and brownies from Snap are both gluten free and oh so good. I pretty much eat something sweet, everyday. I just eat it mindfully and enjoy it without guilt, making a small portion totally satisfiying. I’ll probably have some dark chocolate covered almonds tonight or gluten-free pretzels dipped in Soon Chocolate Tahini. It tastes like Nutella! I also plan on catching up on the Bachelorette tonight because I missed half an episode on Monday, and that’s just NOT ok. This time in the evening is also when I catch up with Max, call family members to check in (I talk to my parents daily) and take Ralph out again for an evening stroll after dinner. Its pretty chill!
10:00 PM – LAST round of screen time.
I’d be lying if I told you I unplug at 7pm. I never do, but I love it that way. I value my flexibility during the afternoon and mornings more. I like being able to run errands or catch a workout, rather than prioritize a work free evening. Usually from 10-11:00, I’m finalizing my workday / preparing for the next day. A couple follow up emails and the final touches on a blog post are what I plan to do tonight. This also happens to be the time I most like to write my blog posts, with a little Trevor Hall playing to chill me out.
11:30 PM – Nighttime routine.
I meditate at night before bed. Sometimes this is 5 minutes, sometimes 10 and sometimes 15. I just go with what feels comfortable and typically just sit on the edge of my bed rather than roll out a yoga mat. It helps me decompress from anything that happened during the day.
I also add a drop or two of lavender essential oils behind my ears or on my wrists, to help put me to sleep if I’m still feeling alert this late at night.
11:45 PM – SNOOZE TIME.
I’m not sure what it is about 11:30-11:45, but I feel like it’s soooo much earlier than midnight, so I make it a point to hop in bed and go to sleep at that time, and tonight will be no exception!
Thanks for following my day! Be sure to follow Snap Kitchen on Instagram, and visit their stores if you’re in the Philadelphia, Austin, Houston, Dallas or Chicago areas! I can’t wait to see them expand to even more cities, because can’t say enough great things about their selection of pre-made, FRESH meals made with whole ingredients.
This blog post was sponsored by Snap Kitchen, but as always, opinions are my own.