Here’s What A Food Blogger Eats In A Day During Quarantine

Here’s What A Food Blogger Eats In A Day During Quarantine

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Houston native Jazzmine Woodard, 30, sticks to a work-from-home meal routine that’s nutritious and under-budget.

Meet Jazzmine Woodard — she’s the Houston-based blogger behind Dash of Jazz.

Jazzmine Woodard

The 30-year-old Nigerian-American grew up in Texas as the oldest of five. At 13, Jazzmine made her first Martha Stewart recipe — and has been cooking ever since. She learned a lot from her maternal grandmother, a classic Southern cook who always hosted Thanksgiving and summer cookouts.

“A few years ago, she passed down to me a huge binder with all the different recipes she used to make or had clipped from different cookbooks and magazines over the years,” says Jazzmine. “That’s one of my most prized possessions.”

Cooking is a passion of hers, but Jazzmine says her daily food habits — especially now, at home — are based on practicality. She sees the food she eats as the fuel she needs to get through the day.

Because Jazzmine has found a way to eat well even with her busy schedule, we were curious about what she eats on the regular. Below, you’ll find Jazzmine’s food diary from a recent day in her kitchen! 🍋


8 a.m.: I’ll start my day with a large glass of lemon water.

Jazzmine Woodard

I always do a full glass of water with lemon or lime squeezed in. It wakes me up and gives me something to take my vitamins with. I try to drink water as often as I can, and it’s been a habit I’ve had since college. I also don’t really drink coffee. Coffee actually makes me a little sleepy!

At 9 a.m, I’ll make a breakfast smoothie with fruit, veggies, vegan protein powder, and a kick of cayenne.

Jazzmine Woodard

Pre-pandemic, when I was going into the office, I’d prep frozen smoothie packs at the beginning of the week so I could just toss everything in the blender and put it into a to-go cup. This recipe is one of my favorites. It’s really good with cherries, blueberries, and peaches — and it’s easy and fast to put together.

In the cooler months when I want something cozy that doesn’t take a ton of time, I’ll have an oatmeal muffin or instant oatmeal — both of which I prep ahead of time.

Jazzmine Woodard

I like these options because I can do them any day, even on a really hectic workday morning. I prep them at the beginning of the week and have them throughout.

The muffins are baked oatmeal cooked in cupcake tins so that they’re grab-and-go. I’ll just microwave them for like 30 seconds in the morning. The oatmeal mix has nuts, dried fruit, spices, and sea salt. Just add hot water!

Around 10 a.m., I’ll drink a gingerade — made with ginger, turmeric, and mint — that’s inspired by an old family recipe.

Jazzmine Woodard

I drink the gingerade when I want something flavorful and bubbly. It’s actually based on an old family recipe that my dad and uncle still drink as a tea. I wanted to do something fun with the original recipe, so I made a syrup with turmeric and other ayurvedic ingredients. I’ll keep it in my fridge and add it to club soda.

At noon, it’s time for lunch! Today is leftover spaghetti and meatballs with extra veggies thrown in.

Jazzmine Woodard

I made the spaghetti for dinner the night before. It’s baked using the same method my mom used to make lasagna when I was growing up. The base was unboiled lasagna noodles which she would toss into a pan along with sauce and veggies. The steam from the latter cooked everything through.

That’s how my spaghetti works, too. It comes out perfectly al dente because it’s just sucking in whatever water is in the sauce and veggies, so it doesn’t get too mushy.

Around 3 p.m., I’ll snack on a plum and some cherries.

Jazzmine Woodard

I want to have something sweet every day, and I’ll try to turn to fresh fruit for that. Summer is my favorite season because there’s such good produce! I love cherries, but I think plums are my favorite. I’m always on a mission each summer to find really good plums.

Dinner is usually around 7 p.m — and tonight I’m treating myself to take-out. I order roasted gulf fish, gumbo greens, and hoppin’ John from my favorite restaurant in Houston: Lucille’s.

Jazzmine Woodard

In normal times, I don’t usually order in as often. But for the past several months, I’ve tried to make it a point to order from a local restaurant at least once a week because the hospitality industry has been hit really hard.

Finally, around 8 p.m., it’s time for a nightcap of golden milk and honey.

Jazzmine Woodard

My evening routine is I turn off all screens, do my skincare routine, and stop eating a few hours before bed. I’ll have a drink though — and I’ll make this golden milk and honey one when I want to have a really good, deep sleep. The golden color comes from turmeric, and the warm milk base helps relax me. I usually make it in the microwave, but you can also do it on the stovetop really quickly.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

‘What I Eat In A Day’ is a meal-by-meal look into the food lives of bloggers, families, fitness pros, and more. Find past editions here, here, and here.

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