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December 17, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday #74

Hello! Is it Wednesday already? Shoot. Christmas will be here before we know it next week. Ready or not… have fun at the post office! Speaking of the holidays, I want to wish a very Happy Hanukkah to everyone who is currently celebrating!

If you are somewhat new to the blog, you might be wondering what the heck WIAW means. Well, it’s Wednesday. (Almost) every Wednesday, I link up with Jenn (the creator of WIAW) and take the morning to cover an entire day of my eats.

I have received questions on how often I eat, what I eat, why I eat it, and so on. To answer them, I cover the same day (Tuesday) every week for WIAW, and don’t change what I eat or how much I eat for the sake of documenting it. Some weeks I am on point with my goals of eating the rainbow, while others I barely put forth any effort into my meals and grab what’s convenient. Even so, it’s generally healthy(ish).

The goal is to get you on board with snacking frequently (again… maybe not so much this week… ha) and trying more nutritious foods. Eating healthy is anything but dieting. It’s a lifestyle I have come to not only live but love.

I think y’all can too! Let’s dive right into yesterday’s eats, shall we?

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

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I wanted to try something new for breakfast…

healthy breakfast toast and greek yogurt

Two slices of whole wheat toast smeared in apple butter with a 5.3 oz cup of pumpkin spice Greek yogurt with coffee.

(Too full for a mid-morning snack today.)

Work at the gym, then return home for lunch.

healthy salad with black bean gardenburger

Spring mix greens with tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, chick peas, black olives, black pepper feta cheese, topped in a black bean veggie burger and drizzled in balsamic vinegar.

I worked on the computer for a couple of hours, and then took a break to send some packages out at the post office.

(Oh, I can’t wait to go back again today… *sense the sarcasm*)

I grabbed another pouch of baby food (flavored adult applesauce to-go) to eat on the way for a snack!

meijer baby food healthy snack

Apple & carrot baby food. I swear, the fruity flavors taste delicious. They’re pure fruit and veggies people, c’mon.

I ran errands after the post office and returned when it was dark. Not wanting to go outside and run, I made up a cardio-focused HIIT workout I completed inside. It requires zero equipment and 25 minutes of your time.

at home hiit workout with cardio

I plan to share the details this afternoon!

I hurried upstairs to shower just so I could get back downstairs and cook dinner. I was hangry! Scott requests pasta a lot during the week, so I have learned how to make it lighter and include more of the food pyramid. Basically, add any veggies that make sense to the sauce, add a protein, and stick to veggie, wheat, or gluten-free noodles.

adding ingredients to make pasta healthier

vegetable pasta with shrimp

Veggie penne noodles with organic garlic marinara sauce, red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, and baby shrimp topped with fresh Parmesan.

Every now and then I’ll revert back to regular angel hair pasta, but I’m fortunate that he usually enjoys the veggie noodles as well.

We spent the rest of the night catching up on The Voice while I wrapped presents and finally got to the finale. I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t watched yet… so I’ll just say my favorite got 3rd place. They were all so good. This was probably one of the most talented seasons yet!

I also made an impressive dent into this coconut milk ice cream for dessert.

SO delicious dairy free coconut milk ice cream

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Mint Chip Ice Cream 

It lives up to the name, my friends. I chugged a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before bed, which you can assume I do just about every night. So good!

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So there you have another week of another day of meals around here. I probably could have done a better job at snacking, but that would involve more planning on my part.  (Ideally, I should have had another snack like a banana or apple, and some kind of protein bar or shake after my workout.)

Oh well… maybe next week!

Feel free to explore the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar, click over to Peas & Crayons to check out plenty other WIAW posts, and link your own.

See you back later with that HIIT workout!

Question of the Morning

What have your eating habits been like lately?

(Do you usually stay on track during the holidays or are you one to try every holiday baked good and dessert put in front of you? *Guilty*)

December 3, 2014

WIAW #72: Soup Weather

Hello! Today I am jumping back on the What I Ate Wednesday train.

I know a lot of you like seeing these posts, so I have to preface this edition with a disclaimer… it’s nothing special. In fact, my meals were very thrown together and jumbled together yesterday.

I went to bed full, but I know I could have done a much better job at getting in more fruits, proteins, and veggies… and I don’t know, maybe something other than soup for a substantial meal?

I guess it happens.

You’ve been warned. Here we go!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I wasn’t super hungry for breakfast, so I settled on a big cup of coffee and a sliced up honeycrisp apple. I normally like to dip apples in some kind of peanut or almond butter, but I just wasn’t feeling that either this time.

breakfast apple and coffee

A small breakfast it was!

That did the trick and held me through working on the computer for a couple of hours. After I finished blogging, I had a couple of administrative tasks to take care of for the new job and before I knew it, I had ten minutes to get out the door.

Lucky for me, I have a solid collection of Amy’s Kitchen soups on hands at all times. I know… I always talk about Amy’s. These frequent mentions are not sponsored in any way, and I simply have a true and meaningful love for the brand. Amy and I are pretty close y’all. I see her quite often.

amys minestrone soup over rice

This time it was a can of minestrone over leftover rice to scarf down for lunch on the way to training!

I wanted to put together and complete a new workout when I got home around 4:30 p.m., but it just wasn’t in the cards. I promise that I am trying to get more workout material up for you guys!

I quickly put together my latest race recap and snacked on a hearty helping (or five) of sweet potato & sea salt triscuits dipped in hummus while I typed. Yep… that is exactly why I insist on using a keyboard cover. Classy.

sweet potato and sea salt triscuits and hummus

I knocked out my post and had just enough time to change and head out to the area for the Pistons vs. Lakers game. I got there in a hurry and was sad to see another loss for our team. We get so close to a W every time! Hopefully things change soon.

By the time I got back to the car, it was close to 10:30 p.m. and the last thing Scott and I wanted to do was go out to dinner. We were both pretty hungry, so Scott and I met at home, he heated up leftovers, and I made anything I could find that somewhat remotely made sense.

I went for the same loaded sweet potato I shared last week, but it just didn’t turn out the same this go around.

amys chili spinach and cheese over sweet potato

Sweet potato topped in spinach, Amy’s chili, and Parmesan cheese.

It may not have looked a great, but it tasted good and did the job just fine. I finished it off with a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk and called it a night soon after!

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So there you have another full day of 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 complete day of meals and snacks looks like for me. Most likely, those posts will contain more balanced meals and more of the food pyramid.

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

Question of the Morning

What is one of your go-to food brands you often turn to in a hurry?

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