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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!

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.

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