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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.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out!

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

All the Slow Cooker Recipes

I have been in a very slow cooker mood lately. Mind you, I haven’t actually pulled our Crock-pot out more than a dozen times over the last year, but that is just because I have been awful at meal planning and prepping.

Is that something you do consistently? If so, I truly wish I could say the same.

I usually have time on the weekends to put a solid plan of attack for the week together, but it’s the motivation I’m lacking. Week after week, I think of meals I want to try or new recipes to throw together and I find myself doing one of two things:

1) I go to the store and buy the things I need for that specific lunch or dinner

2) I pull the “I don’t want to go to the store” card and skip that specific idea all together

As I am currently sitting in the lobby of the Jeep dealership (time for an oil change!), I can’t help but peruse the endless slow cooker recipes I see floating around Pinterest. In fact, I finally started a Slow Cooker Recipes board. It was well overdue.

I am planning on stopping by the grocery store as soon as I get my car back, but now I just want to try all the slow cooker things.

Really though. There’s just too many great ones to pick from.

Should I go the easy route and remake one of my own soup recipes?

Healthy Chicken Tortilla Soup

(a few faves)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Simple Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Split Pea & Ham Soup


Should I try something I saved online?

shrimp and artichoke barley risotto


Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Rissotto via Cara’s Cravings

Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers via SparkRecipes

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken via Gimme Some Oven


Cook something I saw on another blog?

Courtney is always posting something I want to make!

• Julie’s Crock Pot Garam Marsala Chicken & Chick Peas

• Anne’s Ridiculously Easy Chicken Crockpot Curry

• Gina’s Slow Cooker Shredded Mexican Chicken


Should I try something I pinned?

slow cooker chicken stew


Chicken Enchilada Quinoa via Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

Crock Pot Veggie Lasagna via Weelicious

Chicken Tuscan Stew via Sweet Peas & Saffron


I seriously want to make everything. I am a bit overwhelmed and don’t even know where to start.

*Deep breaths*

Okay, so I’ll pick one. Baby steps. Maybe it will be an original creation, maybe it won’t. We’ll see how creative I feel while walking the aisles!

Welp, my Jeep is ready. I better run! I’ll be sure to share any successful dinner creations with you in the future. Have a great rest of the day!

Question of the Afternoon

• What is one of your favorite (easy, somewhat healthy) slow cooker dinner recipes?

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