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October 22, 2014

WIAW #69: Fall Inspired Eats

Hello! And another big THANK YOU going out to all of you who took the time to fill out the reader survey yesterday. I will share some of the results later, but for now I will start with something that actually surprised me.

The majority of you all love What I Ate Wednesdays!

I have been curious to see whether WIAW posts are something you all enjoy reading. According to click history, a lot of you like reading them, so I have kept them up almost every week.

I have been wondering, however, how often I should feature them.

Do you like seeing them on a weekly basis? Just every now and then? Or would you prefer me to just drop the entire day of eat recaps and include more food into my every day posts?

Feel free to let me know your preferences in the comments section!

For now, I will continue to play and link up with the best of ‘em. Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!

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What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

My Tuesday was filled with a lot of (unintentional) fall inspired eats.

Breakfast started with something new Scott brought home that I had to try: pumpkin spice oatmeal.

instant pumpkin spice oatmeal breakfast

Quaker Oat Instant Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal topped with pumpkin.

I don’t usually eat instant oatmeal, but I couldn’t resist this specific flavor. It was pretty good, friends.

I felt full and happy for the remainder of the morning, then cut up a golden delicious apple for a snack right before lunchtime.

golden delicious apple snack

I had a 1 p.m. appointment to check out a new gym in our area (more on that coming soon!) so I figured I should eat lunch before I left.

Without much time to prepare anything, I heated up leftover butternut squash soup. It’s perfect soup weather!

trader joes butternut squash soup

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Soup topped in pumpkin seeds.

I got home from running errands a few hours later and dove into a box of flavored brown rice crackers and hummus. I was hungry.

healthy snack triscuits and hummus

Sea Salt & Black Pepper Triscuits with Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

I also had the last one of my chocolate chip banana muffins.

chocolate banana muffin recipe

I worked on the computer for the rest of the afternoon and took Roadie for a walk around 7:30 p.m. As soon as we got outside, I went right back in and put on my winter coat for the first time this season.

heather in winter coat and leggings

It was so cold and windy! Seriously? Not ready.

I wanted to create a workout to do right there in the living room when we got back inside. I originally wanted to run a couple of miles outside, but I wasn’t feeling the motivation to fight the wind. Not that day.

Instead, I combined cardio and fat burning moves into a 20 minute plyometric workout. I’ll be sure to share the details this afternoon!

living room workout at home

I actually completed the workout in my living room while I started cooking dinner. (Ha!) Multi-tasting at it’s finest, no?

I cooked the peas and boiled the noodles while I was throwing myself around the room, all the while checking on them in-between circuits. As soon as I finished the workout, I heated up pre-cooked chicken and turkey bacon and threw everything together.

chicken pasta healthy dinner recipe

Ronzoni Garden Delight rotinni noodles, peas, chicken, and turkey bacon, tossed in (extra virgin oil oil) “butter” spray and parmesan cheese.

Mine was the bigger plate, obviously.

Scott had a late lunch and wasn’t too hungry. I was.

chicken turkey bacon pasta with light sauce

It was great dinner and took all of twenty minutes to put together!

We spent the remainder of our evening catching up on The Voice. I’m already loving the talent and judging panel this season!

Scott also may have suggested ice cream and he ever so kindly scooped me a generous serving of rainbow sherbet for dessert.

rainbow sherbert dessert


So there you have it… 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!


Question of the Morning

• What are your favorite ingredients and (healthier) sauces for pasta?

I am in need of some new pasta inspiration. Scott likes me to make noodles a couple of times a week, and I don’t want to get tired of regular old marinara too quickly. I will probably try a pesto again soon, but would love to hear what you like to eat at home!

October 8, 2014

WIAW #68: Unfiltered Eats

Good morning! It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday!

(Almost) every week, I break down an entire day of my meals and snacks in an attempt to answer a popular question I often receive.

What does an entire day of eating look like for you?

The answer isn’t always the same, in fact, it’s almost never even remotely similar. A lot of what I choose to eat for the day depends on my level of activity, how much I am home vs. out and about, and what my current appetite is like. (It tends to change on me from time to time.)

The best way to answer it is to show you through these WIAW posts, so I will continue to share them as long as you all continue expressing an interest.

Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesdaywiaw fall into good habits button

I have been falling into a new habit for breakfast, and it involves anything topped in pumpkin and peanut butter.

gluten free waffles with pumpkin and peanut butter

Gluten-free waffles topped with pumpkin, SuperButter seed butter and a drizzle of agave nectar.

Coffee (this time with splash of French Vanilla Silk Soymilk Creamer) is an obvious, and the combo did a good job of holding me over until lunch. Well, lunch at 11:30 a.m. that is. Do you ever do that?

While browsing the refrigerator, I found white bean chili left over from the weekend and scooped a serving over a bowl of brown rice.

white bean chili soup over rice

It tasted great like that, but didn’t keep me full for long.

About an hour later, I sliced up a Granny Smith apple and enjoyed snacking on the slices dipped into (more) seed butter as I worked on the computer.

sliced apples with seed butter

I just love sour apples. Scott has always been more of a fan of the red ones so any green ones in the house are usually reserved for me. I’ll take ‘em!

Around 2:30 p.m. I left the house to run some errands and popped by a Subway on the way home. I was already hungry again (whoa there, appetite) and ordered my go-to 6 inch turkey on wheat to save for dinner.

I got home around 4 p.m. and worked on the computer for a bit before I realized I needed to complete my training run and a workout to stay on top of my training plan. An hour later, I grabbed Roadie and ran down to the trails and back to cover a quick three miles.

But first, a protein pick up.

LUNA protein bar mint chocolate chip

We haven’t been on the trails for a while, and I could tell he really enjoyed the scenery!

trail run with roadie in fall

As did I.

fall foliage on trails

Look at those beautiful leaves!

When we got in from the run, I took a short break before starting this dumbbell circuit workout in the basement.

Cardio + Circuit Workout

I purposely chose one that included cardio at the beginning and only required an additional 20 minutes of work. It seemed easy enough at the time, but I definitely woke up sore today!

at-home circuit workout

After a shower, I devoured my sub in about two minutes flat.

subway turkey with veggies and cheese on wheat

Turkey, American cheese, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, jalapeños, black olives, and pickles sprinkled in pepper and drizzled with oil + vinegar on wheat bread.

I was also craving some sort of chips, so I dug into these Popped Wheat Thins Scott brought home.

wheat thins popped sour cream & onion

Have you ever tried these? They remind me of baked chips, but way better.

wheat things popped chips

I was supposed to go to the first Pistons Pre-season game last night, but I stayed in to study and finish up a few projects instead.

I ended up spending the entire night on one assignment, so I guess that was a good decision. Today I need to hit the books hard to make up for it.

Around 11 p.m. I wanted popcorn and heated up a bag of movie theater butter popcorn since that’s all I could find.

popcorn for dessert

Honestly, it wasn’t all that good. I actually prefer the lighter, sweeter taste of SmartPop. (Mental note to re-stock on those.)

I turned in what I needed to for the night at 1:30 a.m. (!!!) and hit the hay.

So there you have it… an 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!


Questions of the Morning

• Movie theater butter (loaded) popcorn: yes or no?

• What is your current favorite “healthier” version of chips?

Yes to loaded with butter and seasoning movie theater popcorn at the movies, but not from a bag at home. I have been loving any kind of baked chip for years now. Can’t get off of them!

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