Happy What I Ate Wednesday. Hope you’re having a great week so far. For those of you who were off on Monday, I hope it was a wonderful long weekend. For today’s edition of the weekly “what I ate”-style link-up, I thought it would be fun to share what I ate at a wedding with friends last weekend.

Some people try to “save” up their calories for a big event, but showing up hangry tends to backfire, especially if it’s an evening wedding. I like to enjoy healthy, balanced meals with plenty of veggies early in the day to stay well-fueled so I have energy for socializing and dancing. Also, alcohol on an empty stomach = no bueno. I actually wrote an article for Fitness about navigating weddings, so check it out for some more ideas. I used love weddings, then I hated weddings, and now I’m neutral until given a reason to feel otherwise. I was really looking forward to catching up with some old colleagues and spending time with RD friends outside of work at this one, though, so that was really nice.

One of those tips is to wear something you feel great in. Since this wedding was black tie, I rented a dress from Rent the Runway and loved it. It was so comfy and I could actually wear proper undergraments—always a plus.

rent the runway 5th avenue dress

As for the food part…

Breakfast: Savory oatmeal (recycled picture but same basic thing, made from this recipe)

savory oats

Lunch: A big salad with chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, and roasted kabocha (this recipe)

chicken brussels sprouts kabocha salad

Snack: I knew dinner wasn’t going to be until late, so I made a smoothie and added a teaspoon of seeds.

cauliflower green smoothie

Cocktail Hour: A mix of roasted veggies, kebab, and hummus from the buffet. I had a whiskey on the rocks, which was definitely a more generous pour than I needed—it was a good thing there was lots of good food to enjoy with our drinks.

Linzy and Rob wedding menu

Dinner: There was a beef and a fish entree, and decided between the two was hard!

wedding salad

The salad was gorgeous, and I was very happy with my decision to order the fish. The miso flavor was perfect and paired so nicely with the bok choy.

miso sea bass

Bedtime Snack: Our car came before cake and dessert happened, but I’m sure it was lovely. I had some yogurt to settle my stomach before bed. This old lady is not used to staying up past midnight. It’s crazy to think that used to be the norm back in college. Definitely did not take a picture.

Do you like weddings? Do you have a strategy for keeping healthy at big events? 
To see more WIAW, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons or visit hosts Laura and Arman‘s blogs.

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