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September 10, 2014

WIAW #64: Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint?

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

First of all, I have to note that I loved reading your comments in yesterday afternoon’s post. It looks like I’m not the only one who gets embarrassingly excited over the silliest things. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and think about the little things in life that make you smile. Thanks for sharing what does that for you!

My Wednesday got off to a later than normal start, so I am going to get right to the good stuff. EATS! As usual, this What I Ate Wednesday is covering my entire day of meals and snacks yesterday.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Without much food to pick from in the house, I didn’t have much room for creativity at breakfast.

scrambled eggbeaters and turkey bacon breakfast

Eggbeaters scrambled with shredded cheddar cheese, Jennie-O turkey bacon and a large cup o’ coffee.

That did the trick and kept me content until right before lunch. I didn’t have a mid-morning snack, but I did test out a serving of Sugar-Free Orange Metamucil stirred into an iced spiced apple chai tea.

metamucil chai and orange tea

(PSST! I am currently working on a campaign with them, so keep a lookout for recipe ideas and an awesome giveaway from a major retailer on the blog tomorrow!)

I peeked into the refrigerator to come up with something for lunch and was pleasantly surprised to find leftovers from dinner at Bar Louie on Sunday. I told you I always forget about them…

restaurant leftovers pasta and salad

Bar Louie Chop Chop salad and Tuscan Chicken Pasta (I split with a friend).

I spent the rest of the afternoon on the computer and dove into a couple of heaping handfuls of these Sweet Potato tortilla chips from the Archer Farms line at Target as a snack.

archer farms sweet potato tortilla chips

If you haven’t tried sweet potato corn tortilla chips, do yourself a solid and get on that. Trust me.

I shut down my work for the day around 5 p.m. which was just enough time to fit in a trip to the grocery store before the gym.

Add re-stocking all of the staple groceries and produce I need to eat at home for a week to the list of things that get me embarrassingly excited too. Oh, you need some milk? We’ve got organic skim, unsweetened almond and dark chocolate almond. BAM.

See? That’s why I labeled it as being something I get embarrassingly excited over.

Anyways, I grabbed a Chocolate Peppermint LUNA Bar out of a bag to snack on during the car ride home and only had enough time to get the refrigerated items inside and put away before Scott and I needed to get back out the door. I may have also tweeted about the bar on the way over while Scott was driving.

tweet to LUNA bar

That’s how you know it’s love.

Following through towards being completely predictable on my Tuesday workout, Scott and I made it to Fitness Pilates class ready to work.

fitness pilates class and equipment

It was a rough one with a killer lower-ab scissors section that lasted minutes at the end. Phew! That class is something else! But I love it.

We made it home shortly after, and I put a couple of monster salads together as soon as I could. Hello, raging appetite.

chicken and egg veggie salad

Romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, red and green pepper, cucumbers, green olives, kalamata olives, a sliced hardboiled egg, feta cheese and rotisserie chicken drizzled in balsamic vinegar for dressing.

It was a good one!

We turned in our lazy cards and spend the rest of the evening catching up on Big Brother and America’s Got Talent. I also enjoyed an Oatmeal Raisin Fiber One cookie with a glass of unsweetened almond milk for dessert.

Fiber one oatmeal raisin cookies and almond milk

I planned on eating two, because I could easily eat five regular oatmeal raisin cookies but ended up giving one to Scott. The added in fiber made me full!

All right. I have some recipes to conjure up and a full afternoon of getting my act together to complete some projects before training tonight. I hope to check in a bit later if time allows!

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• 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.

Questions of the Day

• Are you more of a pumpkin spice or peppermint flavor person?

• What is one inspirational meal or snack idea you’ve enjoyed this week? (Feel free to link it below!)

My answer is both. I continuously and secretly enjoy both flavors in my coffee drinks and protein bars throughout the entire year, and rotate them with each other to avoid getting burnt out. Whoops.

September 3, 2014

WIAW #63: Navel Orange Goodness

Hello, hello! Today I am jumping right into the eats for What I Ate Wednesday. Per usual, I go through an entire day of unfiltered meals and snacks on any given Tuesday to share with you on Wednesday.

The point is to show you that eating a (mostly) balanced diet isn’t something you have to do a ton of meal prepping and planning for. I have never been one to spend my weekends thinking about what I will be eating the following week, and hope you find inspiration from these posts here and there. Let’s get to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast started with an old go-to. It had been a hot minute since I made eggs at home and craved them.

egg white and turkey sausage breakfast

Egg whites + egg beaters scrambled with cheese, turkey bacon, and a cup of coffee with almond milk and stevia.

That held me over for a while, until I discovered a big batch of organic grapes that needed some attention.

organic grapes

And by attention, I mean devouring them by yours truly for a snack.

I spent the morning working on the computer, then took a break for a late lunch around 2:30 p.m.

leftover pizza and salad

I can’t help it if there was leftover pizza with Italian sausage and peppers that needed to be eaten, right? I happily enjoyed two slices and made a quick side salad to round it out.

side vegetable salad

Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, mushrooms, and green olives with ground black pepper and a vinaigrette dressing.

Scott got home from work right at 6 p.m. which was just enough time for me to get ready for Fitness Pilates class!

Fitness Pilates class

Yup… for the moment, I have my membership back. You better believe I am going to use it while I can!

Class was extra hard, and I’m not sure if it was because I took some time away or if the instructor wanted to challenge us. I’m guessing it was a little bit of both!

With all of the running we are about to do, we skipped on cardio and came home with appetites. I hopped in the shower and was ridiculously excited when I came down to this beautiful sight waiting for me.

navel orange salad appetizer

Navel orange, cilantro, kalmata olives, and onion drizzled in picholine extra virgin olive oil.

If you happened to catch a similar instagram photo I shared over the weekend, we found a navel orange salad at a new restaurant that we had to re-create at home. That we did! It tasted fabulous and will be something we prepare for guests and small dinner parties in the future.

Still playing refrigerator clean out, I heated up the rest of another re-make of almond crusted chicken and corn on the cobb.

almond crusted chicken

Scott must have been in a cooking mood because he whipped up a batch of his infamous homemade salsa directly after that.

homemade salsa and corn chips

I have never shared the recipe! I think I just might tomorrow…

After I cleaned up the kitchen, I carried my books and laptop upstairs to study. I feel like I’m finally getting into the habit of cracking them open every day. (It’s about time!)

I grabbed a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before bed and called it a night around 11:30 p.m.

And I guess that does it for this edition of WIAW! I am off to run a couple of important errands, but will be back later this afternoon. Happy Hump Day!

Question of the Day

• What is one dish you ordered out that you are dying to remake at home?

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• 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.

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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.



I do NOT post everything I eat. All content I post on this blog stems from my personal experience and knowledge, and I recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet or fitness routine.



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