daily eats: 4.29.13

I’m currently a little obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book It’s All Good. I’ve paged through it about 4-5 times so far. The recipes are great, the pictures are beautiful and she’s not bad to look at either. :)

I’m also coming off of a weekend in Vegas, a few days of being sick and eating out an insane amount of times. So I could use a LOT of “good” this week. Lots of good vegetables, protein, workouts and water. She is my inspiration this week!

am workout: 20 minutes of physique 57 (strength)

coffee: (duh) + 1/2 & 1/2 while I made my daily “to do” list. I never cross off as much as I would like to…

breakfast: One of Gwyneth’s (and co-author Julia Turshen’s) favorite breakfasts is avocado toast and even though it’s nothing new, I thought the addition of mayo (she uses vegenaise) was interesting. Verdict? Yes, I love it! I don’t know what it is that makes it so delicious but I’m hooked. I had a touch of vegenaise + a small avocado on 2 slices of sprouted bread.

lunch: salad (also from the cookbook) with a delicious vegan, creamy parsley dressing and all sorts of toppings: cucumbers + garbanzo beans + beets + 2  hard-boiled eggs.

snack: baby carrots + greek yogurt ranch dip

workout: 30 minutes on the elliptical + 40 minute walk (to/from gym)

dinner: While making dinner I snacked on a few olives + chips and salsa. Burgers weren’t on the original menu but they kept getting pushed back so had to be eaten tonight. I also had them last night at a family cookout and have a lunch date at The Counter tomorrow. Life could be worse and you won’t ever catch me complaining about eating burgers. :) Broccolini + onion & jalapeno on the side!

dessert: small handful of dark chocolate almonds

approximate nutrition stats: 1955 calories, 121 grams fat (53%), 145 grams carbohydrates (28%), 40 grams fiber, 33 grams sugar, 96 grams protein (20%). My Dad (who works in Cardiac Rehab) might fall over if he sees that 50% of my calories came from fat…

I know Gwyneth can be polarizing – love or hate?  


  1. says

    I feel indifferent about her, she has been in the media a lot lately and I am getting a bit tired of all of that. I paged through her cookbook and there does seem to be some good recipes.

  2. says

    I have heard only good things about her cookbooks! I think she has some good supporting editors because it sounds like she keeps her family on a STRICT diet. What kind of toast does she suggest? I have never tried veganese but I do have another vegan mayo that I like in my tuna. Love avocado for sure!

    • Emily says

      I think the “strict diet” for her family was a little un-warranted. They don’t eat gluten (along with a lot of other people) and she had a kid-friendly section of the book with healthier/gluten-free alternatives to chicken fingers, dumplings, etc. Maybe because I’m in the nutrition/blog world I don’t see anything that strict or ridiculous about what she feeds her family…

      She uses gluten-free but also suggests sprouted. I’m a sprouted bread fan so that is what I used.

      • says

        Wow…I certainly didn’t mean to offend or judge!!! I haven’t even looked at the book but have heard that she keeps the kids on a strict diet (which is why I said it sounds…) in terms of no gluten, dairy, carbs, etc. I can see how that was misinterpreted and will make sure to be more clear in the future. I know plenty of people who do well with a gluten free lifestyle or dairy free or meat free and support it all.

        • Emily says

          Oh, you didn’t offend me!! I just re-read and it does sound like I’m mad! It was totally a case of tone coming off not in an intended way! I didn’t mean the comment by YOU was un-warranted, I meant the media in general. (So sorry for the confusion!) I heard the same things about her kids on a strict diet and then when I read the cookbook, it didn’t seem that “strict” to me…especially compared to other people!

  3. Erica says

    I’ve heard very mixed things about her latest cookbook (one of the recipes is for a boiled egg?!?) and to me she always comes off as very out-of-touch with the average person… Whether that’s true or due to media spin, I can’t say.

    Would be interested in hearing more about the recipes in her book, though.

    • Emily says

      She does have a section at the end with “Basic Recipes” but I don’t think is too unreasonable…
      I definitely understand that some people think she is out of touch/the ingredients are too expensive/etc., but I have a whole collection of diet/nutrition/crazy cook books so I guess nothing seems that ridiculous to me anymore!
      I think I’ll follow up with a more detailed description of the book once I try out a few more recipes!

  4. says

    You know, I don’t have strong feelings about Gwyneth. I think people can often be too hard on celebrities (I mean, would you walk down the street and announce that you HATED a passerby b/c of their smile or outfit or way they said hello? Probably not!), so I’ll say that I don’t mind her but I don’t pay that much attention to her either! Although, if she likes avocado+mayo, she’s pretty cool in my book. :)

  5. says

    I won’t lie, I’m in the I-don’t-love Gwyneth group (because hate is not a nice word). But honestly, toast with mayo/veganaise and avocado sounds awesome. I’ll have to give it a try.

    Also, I’ve heard The Corner is awesome and I’m dying to try it. Let us know how it is!

    • Emily says

      The Counter is really good! My recommendations are to keep things simple and basic. You get a piece of paper that you cross off what ingredients/toppings you want and it can be tempting to get really creative but the simple ones are always my favorite. Also, if you order fries, you have to specifically ask for them to come out with the burgers or they come right away. Yesterday I tried a burger on a salad (Med Turkey) and it was pretty good too!

  6. says

    I don’t know enough about Gwyneth to love or hate her, but she always seems to be graceful and confident, which is a plus. I would be really interested to read her book. The avocado toast sounds simple but delicious!

  7. says

    I’m intrigued by her. She seems a little out of touch, but who wouldn’t be with her life? I am on the waitlist for her book at the library after thumbing through it at Target a few weeks ago. It seemed good and up my alley. I just finished a Clean Program cleanse and she is one of the celebrity endorsers. I actually think I may have first read about it a couple of years ago when she talked about it in the media. So I guess she does influence me. :)

    I’ve missed sprouted bread. Going to add that back in soon.

  8. says

    Love Gwyneth. Don’t understand why people hate her so much. Yes, she is alittle out of touch (ok, maybe alot out of touch), but people really hate her. And the fact she got ranked #1 most hated Celebrity by Star and Chris Brown was #20 bewilders me.

  9. says

    Some of the recipe’s that you have shown look great. I will definitely check out the cookbook. Guess I’m a little out of the loop, I did not know who Gwyneth was, but now that I looked her up, I have seen her before.

  10. karenk says

    Hi! Just found you but love that you eat!! Love that you had 96 g of protein! Yee Haw! I’m a personal trainer and SO tired of all these women aiming for less than 36 g/day. I just can’t work with that! And I am afraid to train them for fear they will pass out!

    Also, love Gwenyth. Followed GOOP for years. Liked it better when it was a bit more ‘her’, less commercial. But, still real stuff she does, eats, and uses!

    Ta Ta, keep eating!

  11. says

    Thanks so much Emily for the posts and helping me to learn about all of these great recipes! Your site is quickly becoming a DAILY read for me. Am going to definitely try the avocado on toast, I have been trying it in a couple of dips but have been getting sick of them as of late, so really hoping this will turn into a new alternative. Hoping I can find the vegenaise, that sounds wonderful. Thanks again :).

    Oh, and on the fence regarding Gwen. Somewhere in the middle I suppose ;).

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