My Typical Menu: What Do I Really Eat?

I get asked all the time by members of the Autumnation: What do I really eat in a day? It’s a great question, and the answer may surprise some of you. Let me share my typical menu for a busy day.  


I love to eat!


While I enjoy spending time in the kitchen when I can, the reality is, like many of you, I’m super busy most of the time. As a working mom, time is not a luxury that I have and so most of my meals are super quick and take under 10 minutes to make. I keep things as simple as I can day to day which results in simple, nourishing food that fuels my body so I can keep up with my hectic schedule.


Here is a typical menu for a busy day:


Egg whites with one whole egg scrambled with spinach. I use a tiny bit of coconut oil spray to cook them in.  I will also have steel cut oats that I cook on the stove. I love to add pumpkin pie spice, a tad of agave & 1 teaspoon of organic pb to make it all extra tasty.

Tip: Start oatmeal and then make eggs to finish cooking everything at the same time!


Post Workout Meal:

(within an hour of finishing workout)

My favorite Shakeology meal! I’m a chocolate girl so it’s one scoop of either Vegan Chocolate or Regular Chocolate Shakeology added into a blender, 1 banana, 1 teaspoon peanut butter, unsweetened coconut/almond milk and ice. Blend it until creamy and yum!

Meal 3:

1-2 slices Ezekiel toast, 1 sunny side up egg, 1 small apple, 10 almonds


Meal 4:

Jenny-O 99% lean ground turkey with sweet potatoes: I peel then chop sweet potatoes in slices. Give them a spray with coconut oil, add pumpkin pie seasoning and bake in the oven until tender. I usually make multiple servings at once to prep ahead for more days in the week.


I also will cook whole package of turkey at once and save some for my next meal. I cook the turkey and add salt-free or very low salt spice mix to it for a kick. I love Mrs. Dash fajita! I will have another small apple and sometimes 10 more almonds.


Rule: No carbs after 4 PM!


Meals 5 & 6: (I told you I love to eat!)

Mixed green salad with leftover ground turkey on top! For dressing I usually just good amount of balsamic (low calorie, big flavor), a drizzle of olive oil and Mrs. Dash garlic and herb.


While I do switch up some things here and there, but by and large I am a creature of habit. I hope that sheds some light on how I typically eat on a busy day. Remember, keeping it simple can be one of the best ways to stay on track.


Don’t over complicate things when you’re crunched for time. Stick to basic clean eating principles and use spices and seasonings to give you big flavor with virtually no calories.


Eat on, Autumnation!

Your partner in health,
Autumn Calabrese


  • Tracy

    Hey Autumn, I usually drink Recovery post workout (I was previously mixing my shakeology very similar to yours post workout, but switched it up when I started Hammer & Chisel. I now replace one of my meals during the day with my shakeology). Is this a good practice to follow or should I be sticking to Shakeology post workout? I also workout every morning at 5 a.m. so I don’t eat anything prior, but I do drink Energize. Any tips or a thumbs up on the above would be appreciated!

  • Julia Vecchioni

    Hey Autumn! I don’t work an 8-5 job, I work 1-midnight, so no carbs after 4 doesn’t really work for my schedule…do you have any recommendations for someone with my work schedule? Any tips are greatly appreciated! Thank you!

  • Bernadette

    Oh my gosh! I love it. I usually work out after work so I need carbs with dinner. Love the idea of working out in the morning. Get it out of the way. Fuel up. And my dinner a salad will be satisfying. What time do you eat your first meal and what time do you workout?

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