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January 28, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday #79

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a great Hump Day so far. I only have a few minutes to share our weekly What I Ate Wednesday post, so let’s get right down to business.

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What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday



Breakfast started with an old favorite I posted about earlier this week.

greek yogurt breakfast

Raspberry Greek yogurt sprinkled in blackberries and Super Oats.

greek yogurt and super oats with berries

You can’t really go wrong with yogurt, fruit, berries, and something like raw oats, almonds, or cereal flakes for texture. I used to have a version of this exact bowl at the end of my serving shift almost every single day for years!

I left for the gym to teach a small group training class around 9:30 a.m. and returned home about two hours later. I wasn’t quite ready for lunch, so I grabbed anther go-to snack to tie me over.

coffee and clementines snack

Clementines with a second cup of coffee.

I rarely have two different cups of coffee these days, but it was needed. I barely slept the night before, so it was for the best.

I packed a bag, grabbed my laptop, and set out to run some errands around 2 p.m. I was pretty dang hungry by then, so I opened the fridge and assembled a veggie loaded salad before I left.

healthy lunch salad

Baby spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, black olives, feta cheese, and diced almonds.

veggie loaded salad with almonds and feta cheese

I loved the addition of almonds! I almost forgot how much I like the extra crunch they provide on my salads. I drizzled the same cilantro dressing I shared last week, ate my salad while watching an episode of Friends (best lunch break ever), and headed out for the Jeep dealership to get an oil change.

I ended up waiting for almost an hour, but I was happy to have the downtime and perused Pinterest for dinner ideas which sparked my afternoon blog post. Thankfully, I also found a LUNA protein bar in my purse to help tame my drooling over the computer screen.

LUNA protein bar chocolat cookie dough

The Chocolate Cookie Dough flavor is amazing, FYI.

Want to know what else is amazing? Sunshine!

its sunny out

Yesterday afternoon was the first time I needed my sunglasses in months. Seriously. I can’t believe how much I took a simple delight like sunshine through my window for granted while I was living in Florida. Any sunny day in the winter in Michigan is a great day!

Anyways, that was me hanging in my car for a good thirty minutes trying to put a grocery shopping list together. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that. The good news is, I left with everything I needed and them some. #success

I walked in the door just after 6 p.m. and was ready to eat my arm. I was so hungry! Lucky for me, dinner was only a few minutes in the microwave away.

healthy pasta with turkey meat sauce

Leftovers: veggie & whole wheat pasta with ground turkey marinara sauce

Scott was busy working a Pistons game, so I had a few hours to catch up on emails and prepare material for upcoming posts. I wanted to get in a workout, but I didn’t want to spend much time figuring out what to do or actually working out since I was still sore from my workout the day before!

I put together a quick under 10 minute mini-circuit and hopped in the shower directly after.

walking lunges

The pasta did a great job at keeping me full, so I poured a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before when I got downstairs and went back upstairs for bed shortly after.

dark chocolate almond milk


That pretty much sums up an entire day of eating around here. I think I am finally back in the groove of eating close to my normal healthy balance again. It feels great!

If you’re ever curious to see what another complete day of meals and snacks looks like for me, this is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar. If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own!

Questions of the Afternoon

• Do you secretly like the hot sun beating down into your car window too?

• What was the last snack or meal you ate?

January 27, 2015

Some Oldies But Goodies

Good morning! Yesterday was a day filled with old favorites for me. Have you ever caught yourself in the same type of pattern?

It’s comforting to be able to turn to something you just know is going to work out. Whether it’s a rockin’ playlist, a workout, a recipe, or even just your go-to order at a restaurant, there’s just something about knowing my choice is going to be a win that makes me happy.

Without even realizing it, I even continued on to an oldie but goodie choice for breakfast this morning.

greek yogurt and super oats with berries

Have you guys ever tried Super Oats? They’re like raw oats, just super-fied with ingredients like quinoa, amaranth, and chia.

super oats chia

I discovered these about a year ago and used to make oatmeal and even pancakes with them all the time. Every now and then, I will grab the bag and sprinkle a handful on top of my yogurt bowls and smoothies. I love the texture!

Backing up to yesterday, here is what my Monday evening of go-to faves looked like:

My friend Amanda came over right after work and asked if we could do a workout together. I’m so glad she did becuase I could have easily worked on the computer through the evening and completely miss my window to get moving. We didn’t have much time, but I always say that twenty minutes is better than nothing.

I turned to a throwback to a circuit workout I posted around the holidays and it had us sweating in no time!

holiday jump and jack cardio and circuit workout

We didn’t make it through a full two rounds since I had to head up to the gym to plan my class for the next day. Even so, I’m feeling sore again today. You’ve gotta love lunges!

Amanda came with me to the gym and then the two of us headed over to Panera for dinner to catch up. I saw the new Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Cage-Free Egg and almost tried it. I just couldn’t get out of my normal “You-Pick-2 please” habit of ordering. So, I did what I always do and ordered a cup of soup and salad.

Panera you pick two turkey chili greek salad

The turkey chili is where it’s at, y’all.

panera bread turkey chili

I love the unique addition of garbanzo beans! I also had the Greek with chicken salad that never lets me down.

Everything was delicious, but I definitely want to give the lentil quinoa bowl a try next time!

The two of us packed up and drove over to another friend’s house for our weekly bible study shortly after that. As much as I don’t prefer to have plans on my calendar every Monday night, I’m so grateful for the group of girls I meet with. We had a such a great session!

We ran a lot longer than normal (and there might have been a lot of emotional girl-tears)(it’s fine), so I didn’t walk in the door until after 10 p.m. Scott wasn’t home yet, so I gave him a call and, of course, he was looking for pasta for dinner. I could have done without another dinner, but I figured I could quickly whip something up for him.

He likes the taste of veggie noodles, but prefers the taste of “regular” ones most of the time. A lot of you asked me about what I refer to as my veggie noodles. As much as I wish I could say I make my own, that’s just not in the cards. Instead, I pick up noodles with veggies already made into them. I know it’s not the same, but I’m completely okay with it.

barilla veggie rotini noodles

I often turn to Barilla Veggie Products found in the regular pasta aisle.

This time, I used half a box of whole wheat shells leftover from the week before and a little less than half a box of veggie rotini.

veggie noodles and whole wheat shells

I browned a package of ground turkey, grabbed a jar of Prego Fresh Mushroom sauce (when I don’t go organic, I go Prego), and added my own spices like Pizza Seasoning (not even sure what’s in it, but it’s amazing), crushed red pepper flakes, and garlic.

ground turkey meat sauce pasta

It did the trick, and I thought it was a great comforting compromise to “regular” pasta and “Heather” pasta.

It’s the little things, right?

Today I’m hurrying out of here to get to the gym! I’m teaching a small group strength training class and then have plans to hopefully get an oil change and finally experiment with a few new recipes. I hope you all have a great start to your Tuesday!

Questions of the Morning

• Do you ever fall into the same food/recipe/workout habits?

• What is one of your all-time favorites from the list above?

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