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October 1, 2014

WIAW #67: Spicy Pasta is My Jam

I often get questions about what my every day eating habits are like, and to help sum it up I participate in Jenn‘s What I Ate Wednesday link up (almost) every week.

In no way do I plan meals out for the purpose of looking healthier or more “on track” than I normally would. I eat what I eat, I document it, and I share it with you! That’s the beauty of doing it so often.

Nothing about my day of meals is planned just for this purpose, and for the record, I barely even plan any meals at all! My “food prep” merely consists of a trip to the grocery store once a week and keeping my refrigerator and pantry organized enough to sort through. I guess that is another post and topic for another time though…

I have been feeling a bit under the weather over the past couple of days (thanks a lot, unpredictable back-and-forth Michigan weather), and know my body is trying it’s best to fight something off.

Since I hadn’t been getting a ton of sleep, I turned in early (for me) last night and ignored my alarm this morning. After a good ten hours of shut-eye (!!!), I finally feel human again! It’s amazing what a little R&R will do for the body and soul.

Anyways, let’s get to the eats!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

My Tuesday started extra early with a 6:30 a.m. workout at Xtend Barre.

Xtend barre class

Taking a clue from my first class, I made sure to grab smaller weights for the warm-up arm series. Laugh all you want, those 1 and 2 pounders creep up quickly when you’re circling and pulsing your arms for minutes at a time.

Class was challenging and we (Alex has been joining me!) celebrated with breakfast at Starbucks afterwards.

starbucks turkey bacon breakfast sandwich and skinny vanilla latte

Veering off from my normal spinach and feta wrap, I ordered the reduced-fat turkey bacon breakfast sandwich on a whole wheat English muffin and a skinny vanilla latte.

Alex is able to work from home every other Tuesday, so she joined me in working the morning away at the coffee shop. We wrapped things up for a break around 11 a.m. and she mentioned stopping into Papa Joe’s to pick up some groceries. How have I never been here?

Papa Joe's Gourmet Market

Correction. I have been in once (a looong time ago), my mind was blown, then somehow I completely forgot it existed. Why, I’ll never know.

As much as I love Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, I sure do miss my weekly trip to a Fresh Market ever since we moved. Papa Joe’s gave me that similar comforting feeling I always get walking through FM doors. Is that weird?

Papa Joe's market pumpkin

Over a hundred dollars more than I planned on spending later, I loaded my car with groceries and headed home.

grocery re-stock

Roadie seemed extra anxious when I arrived, so we went on a walk around the neighborhood.

fabletics salar pants reebok skyscapes

(Still swooning over these Fabletics Salar Leggings + Reebok Skyscapes.)

As soon as we returned, I snacked on fruit salad while I made lunch.

fruit salad

I was hungry and craving lots of greens!

veggie and turkey salad with feta

Baby spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, red, yellow, and green peppers, carrots, black olives, deli turkey, and feta cheese with balsamic vinegar.

Once I put everything from lunch away, I went upstairs for a shower and returned wanting a snack. I picked these Glutino gluten-free pretzels up at Papa Joe’s and dominated half of the bag right then and there. Whoops.

glutino gluten-free pretzels

Feeling tired, I made myself a cup of coffee and typed up my afternoon blog post. Funny, it was about coffee and why it’s okay to have an afternoon cup every once in a while…

coffee makes you smile

I spent another hour or so on the computer afterwards and did a load of laundry before I sat back down to study.

Two hours later, I finished reading my very last chapter of my NASM CPT book! Woo hoo! Dinner with a celebratory glass of wine sounded perfect.

spicy healthy pasta and wine

Veggie spaghetti noodles in Sockarooni Pasta Sauce with spinach, mushrooms, and Al Fresco Sweet Italian Sausage with added spices of pizza seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes.

spicy chicken italian sausage pasta

It was spicy and delicious! I also made a slice of wheat toast and decided I was too full to even think about dessert.

Scott and I spent the rest of our night watching The Voice (Adam Levine, I’ve missed you…) and went to bed right around 11 p.m.

It was a great little Tuesday!

Questions of the Morning

• Do you ever order or make your pasta spicy?

• What show are you most excited about tuning into (if any) this fall?

It’s funny, I never used to like spicy food. Until about the age of 22, I never even tried anything spicy. Once I started dating Scott, he introduced me to a ton of new foods and my tastebuds adapted well. Now, I love the extra hotness in dishes and almost always make my pasta spicy! Arrabbiata sauce is my favorite to order out!


• If you liked this WIAW post, head on over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty others, or even link your own.

• Also, you can always find my latest What I Ate Wednesday posts by exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar.

September 25, 2014

Almond Breeze in my (Dunkin’) Coffee

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Hi friends! I hope your Thursday has started off on a good note. I’m currently coming to you from a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts.

Word on the streets is that the country’s most popular non-dairy alternative to coffee creamer (almond milk!) is now served nationwide at Dunkin’ Donuts. Today I am happy to report that the rumors are true!

Heather at Dunkin Donuts with Almond Milk
(Tigers gear on me and my coffee cup was a total coincidence. Go Tigers!)

A couple of weeks ago, the kind folks over at Blue Diamond Almond Breeze sent me an alluring care package filled with two of my favorite things.

blue diamond almond breeze at dunkin donuts coffee

They must know me pretty well, right?

I have always been a fan of Dunkin’ coffee but rarely buy the original flavor. I was eager to give it a try!

dunkin donuts coffee with almond milk at home

(Please ignore the chipped nail polish. Also, those are definitely Scott’s moccasin slippers. #sowhatifweshareshoes)

Yum. All kinds of comfort and deliciousness made my morning cup of coffee feel like a bunch of warm hugs. Make fun all you want, but that’s what it felt like as I was sipping my cares away.

Helping kick off this exciting addition to the DD menu, I was asked to visit a location near me that offers almond milk. Twist my arm, why don’t you.

I started my morning off with a quick three miles with Roadie around our neighborhood and planned to treat myself with a visit soon after.

training run with roadie

(Yup… I predict those running suggestions are going to be put into use at a slow pace after the antics he pulled today. Neighbors, bikers, and runners are not a threat, Mr. Protective.)

Anyways, as soon as we were done, I hopped in the shower and got in the car as fast as I could. I needed coffeeeee stat!

dunkin donuts coffee with almond breeze almond milk

It looks like the majority of the locations offer this additive (as well as free wi-fi… holla!). You can visit the store locator and search for a special “AM” symbol indicating locations offering Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Vanilla Almondmilk.

I ordered an unsweetened Hazelnut coffee (did you know they now offer sweetened Hazelnut too?) with the recommended 3 almond milk cups for the medium size and a turkey sausage breakfast sandwich. That was my first time trying it and it was really good!

Dunkin Donuts coffee and turkey sausage english muffin

I used to visit DD close to every other day in Orlando. In my defense, there was a drive thru literally within walking distance from our condo.

After a quick search on the web, I was thrilled to see a couple of locations relatively close to me that offer this new almond milk addition to any hot or iced coffee!

I posted the photo I shared at the top of this post on Instagram earlier and I can already tell you guys are just as excited as I am about the news.

Here’s hoping you get to go out and give it a try soon!

Questions of the Day

• How do you take your coffee? Have you ever tried using almond milk?

• (Just for funsies) favorite DD donut… GO!

I used to use skim milk and some kind of natural sweetener, but I have slowly switched over to strictly almond milk. A little bit really goes a long way, and this campaign couldn’t have come at a better time!

I’m not going to lie to you. As soon as I hit publish, I’m off to try a pumpkin munchin or three. I’ll be sure to let you know if they’re everything I’m dreaming them to be!

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I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist, or certified fitness professional. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.

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