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October 29, 2014

WIAW #70: I Heart Grits

Good morning! How is the week going for you so far?

Mine is just trucking along over here. Nothing crazy.

Today I will be covering an entire day of eats, which is in no way altered for the sake of this post. I’m also linking up for What I Ate Wednesday!

Everything I eat (usually on the Tuesday before) is listed with an end goal of inspiring you all to take a step back and look at what you are putting into your bodies.

Is what you’re eating helping you grow stronger or holding you back?

To me, food is fuel. Just like all of you, I have my cheat days/weeks, but I always re-check myself and get back into an overall healthy eating style. And, yes, that most certainly includes dessert.

My hopes of featuring these WIAW posts is for you to do the same! Let’s roll.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

My Tuesday morning started with a good old fashioned breakfast.

eggs apple chicken snausage grits breakfast

Real eggs, Al Fresco sausage links and a side of grits with coffee.

real eggs grits and apple chicken sausage breakfast

I can’t believe how long it had been since I had eaten grits!

Please tell me you like them. Half the people I dine out for breakfast with up here don’t even know what they are. The Southerner in me drops my jaw every time I hear “What are grits?”.

They’re amazing. Plain, buttered, with or without cheese, alone or under something substantial, they’re really good. That’s all you need to know.

My breakfast did a great job of holding me over for hours. I felt hungry around Noon, but wanted to wait until after my workout to eat lunch.

I was in the groove of working on the computer, so I reached into the refrigerator and grabbed two of these No Bake Maple Syrup Energy Balls for a snack to power me through!

pure canadian maple syrup energy balls recipe

I need to make more of them. Like, now.

I had a personal training appointment at 2 p.m. and made the short drive over to Rock City Fitness for my afternoon workout.

Rock City Fitness outside

I briefly mentioned this in last week’s Friday Favorites, but I am currently reviewing their 30 Day training program. I have been loving the sessions and the offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

As I go through the Fitness Assessments, I am also getting to see a lot of the material I learned while studying for my CPT in person.

(By the way, I am hoping to finish my NASM Study Guide to share with you all later this afternoon!)

I completed a strength workout that targeted exercises to compliment my running training. I also went home with a list of exercises to help correct my left winged out scapula. Who knew I had that nonsense going on?

I’ll be sure to share more about that as the program goes on!

Directly after my workout, I went a couple doors down and tried something new at Quizno’s for lunch.

Quiznos Spicy Monterey Sandwich

Spicy Monterey Sandwich (no mayonnaise) with extra veggies on wheat.

I usually go with the Turkey Lite, but I wanted to mix it up. The Spicy Monterey was a great choice!

I got home and took Roadie for a walk before getting back on the computer. The weather has been so gorgeous lately… even though it was raining off and on, I wanted to be outside to enjoy the warmth.

I got back to work around 3:30 p.m. and pummeled through projects and updates on the back end of the blog until about 7:30 p.m.

I realized I was pretty hungry, and without much motivation to get too creative, I turned to an easy dinner for one ready in about ten minutes.

healthy dinner quinoa vegetables quorn chicken nuggets

Quorn Chik’n Nuggets (<- non-GMO!) with bean salad over quinoa.

It did the trick, but I was still wanting something to finish it off a few minutes later. When in doubt, chips and salsa it out, friends.

sweet potato gluten free chips and salsa

Finally feeling satisfied, I turned on the Halloween movie marathon and didn’t look back.

I was home alone at the time, so I distracted myself by turning all of the lights on and working on the computer. That seemed to (kind of) work.

Plus, the Halloween III movie is just weird. It has nothing to do with Michael Meyers and I can’t take it seriously. So I guess that helped.

I might have had a couple of sugary snacks too.

Yates cold apple cider

Yates apple cider over ice

rainbow sherbert dessert

More rainbow sherbert… (same pic as last week)


So there you have another entire day of my unfiltered eats.

This is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar if you’re ever curious to see what another full day of meals and snacks looks like for me.

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

Have a great Hump Day and I’ll see ya back later!

October 9, 2014

Healthy Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes

I can’t believe it has been nearly two months since I have posted a full recipe on the blog! I used to feature something new from our kitchen on a weekly basis, but I haven’t done that in quite some time.

Is that something you guys would like to see more of?

I have a feeling that once I obtain my certification and transition back into working a regular schedule, my meal planning will need to improve.

I have never considered myself to be a fabulous cook, but more of the hurry up and get something healthy-ish together type of meal preparer. I think that is pretty clear through my WIAW posts.

This week, a friend came up to me asking which HWG recipes she should try if she doesn’t have a lot of time or patience to cook in the evenings.

I figured she’s probably not the only one who would appreciate my response, so consider this the first of many Recipe Recaps to come!

Healthy Dinner Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

A small collection of some of my favorites…

Healthy Chicken Macaroni Salad

A lighter (and tastier, if you ask me) alternative to chicken salad!

I need to make it again soon.

Healthy Chicken Macaroni Salad

Lean Beef Burrito Bowl

A spicy at-home version of Chipotle.

Lean Beef Burritos Bowl cover

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Okay, this one takes 35 minutes total… but it’s too easy not to include!

pulled bbq chicken sandwich

Easy Pesto Pasta

Light, fresh and easy green pasta!

parmesean pesto patsa 2

Veggie Pizza Toast

Perfect for lunch, dinner, and anytime you are craving pizza!

Quick and Easy Healthy Pizza Toast

10 Minute Black Bean Soup

This one tastes better than it looks, promise.

Black Bean Soup

Skinny Tex-Mex Macaroni and Cheese

One of my go-to ways to “do” mac ‘n cheese. This recipe has a spicy kick!

Skinny Tex Mex Macaroni and Cheese

Light + Healthy Vegetable Pasta Salad

Meant to be a side, but has been served as the main dish in our household several times.

light and healthy vegetable pasta salad Housewife Glamour

Easy Cream of Mushroom Chicken

I need to re-make this to photograph it better.

Even so, this is one of my biggest page hits to date!

Cream of Mushroom chicken

Lean Beef + Chili Rotini 

Pretty similar to the Skinny Tex-Mex Macaroni, only easier (if that’s possible) and not as spicy.

Lean Beef and Chili Rotini


Yeah, I think it’s time to get the creative cooking juices flowing in the kitchen again. Soon, my friends.

I plan on spending the remainder of my day glued to my books before my training run. I’m taking my CPT test in 5 days, ya’ll!

If you need me, I’ll be re-watching content videos and coloring in muscles in my anatomy book until the Pistons Pre-Season game tonight.

Have a great rest of your Thursday!

Questions of the Day

• What is your go-to easy “I need dinner in a hurry” recipe?

• Any specific type of recipe suggestions?

(You know… once I actually start cooking again.)

See you back bright and early tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

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I am not a registered dietician and 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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