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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 24, 2014

WIAW #66: On-The-Go Eating

Happy Hump Day! I hope your week is going well for you. Mine is truckin’ along in this chilly weather. Is anyone else excited that it’s officially fall?

In usual What I Ate Wednesday fashion, I am covering an entire day of eats today. I often get questions about what my every day eating habits are, and to help sum it up I participate in Jenn‘s WIAW link up 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! Yesterday had me on-the-go for almost every meal, which can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s how I attempted to keep it healthy!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

Yesterday started early with a trip to the gym for Life Barre!

I knew I would get a solid breakfast after my workout, so I grabbed a banana and filled up my favorite water bottle to start with something pre-workout.

pre-workout breakfast

Class was no joke, and I was grateful in my decision to at least eat that banana. I always feel a little faint by the end and become overly excited to grab a substantial breakfast as soon as I’m done.

egg pesto sandwich on udis bread

Egg, pesto, cheese, and tomato between two slices of Udi’s gluten-free bread with a side of yogurt with chia seeds.

That did the trick and kept me full for a while. I walked Roadie as soon as I got home, hopped in the shower, then spent the next couple of hours (with a large cup of coffee!) on the computer before I drove across down for a hair appointment.

I fully planned on making myself lunch before I left, but simply ran out of time. On-the-go snacks (that coincidentally match my pants) to the rescue!

healthy snacks luna bar and fruit babyfood

White Chocolate Macadamia LUNA bar + Blueberry, Pear & Purple Carrot baby food.

Don’t knock the baby food if you’ve never tried the good flavors and kinds, friends. Plum Organics has been my favorite lately. I like to think of it as a fancy applesauce you can eat anywhere!

I arrived in Royal Oak right around 2 p.m. and spent the next three hours chatting the afternoon away with my hairstylist and friend, Emma. We are slowly trying to get my hair lighter towards it’s natural color without stressing my hair out in the process. The goal is to get it to grow out and as healthy as possible.

fresh haircut

(Obligatory I just got my hair done photo.)

She did a great job!

I couldn’t waittt to grab dinner as soon as I was done. Or would it technically be lunch? It was right after 5 p.m., so let’s just say dinner. Regardless, I was hangry and needed food sooner than later.

I had passed by this vegetarian cafe several times on my walks through the area, and finally went in after a couple of recommendations by friends.

Cacao Tree cafe royal oak

I loved the Cacao Tree Cafe!

Everything on the menu is vegetarian, raw, and gluten and soy-free! I spent more than I normally would on dinner for one, but wanted to try a carrot, apple and beet juice to hold me over while I waited for my entree.

cacao tree cafe juice

It was delicious and gone in about thirty seconds.

I ended up getting my zucchini noodle pasta salad to-go and figured I could eat that at home. I said no to the bag and to-go silverware for that very reason. Then traffic happened.

traffic fail

I spent the next hour kicking myself during my slow crawl home. Then, I was really the definition of hangry. Sorry for being dramatic, but it’s a thing, you guys. #firstworldproblems

I finally got home around 6:30 p.m. and barely convinced myself to snap a photo of the “pasta” before I devoured the entire thing. Isn’t it beautiful?

cacao tree cafe zucchini noodles salad

Spiraled zucchini noodles tossed with a creamy Southwest sauce (cashew, lime, cilantro, chili, chipotle, coconut vinegar/nectar, garlic) served over a bed of baby spinach with sweet corn, avocado, carrots, sweet pepper, cheery tomato, and sliced red onion.

Ahhh. It was so, so good! And I now have a new level of motivation to buy any kind of device that helps me make zucchini noodles at home. Yum!

After a quick nap (don’t jude me), I parked myself at the dinner table and studied for the remainder of the night. I felt incredibly full and extremely bloated for hours.

I couldn’t put a finger on why, since my day of eats consisted mostly of fruits and vegetables, with the exception of eggs and gluten-free bread. What gives?

Thinking my body wanted something other than fruits and veggies, I snacked on blue corn chips and salsa but that only made it worse.

blue corn chips with salsa

I have been experiencing an extreme on-and-off discomfort in my stomach over the past few days and am on a mission to figure out what it is. Dairy? Cheese? Grains? Fruits and vegetables? I could be intaking too much fiber.

If there is something you are seeing in my diet that I’m not, please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

Anyways, that concludes another edition of WIAW. As you can see, these recaps aren’t always the same, but they have the common goal of trying to keep my plate filled with healthy eats. I hope you are inspired to try something new!

Question of the Day

• What is one of your favorite healthy snacks to grab on-the-go?


• 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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