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September 17, 2014

WIAW #65: Seriously Snack-y

Hi there! Today I am jumping right into the eats for What I Ate Wednesday. Per usual, I go through an entire day of my meals and snacks on any given Tuesday to share with you on Wednesday.

The point is to show you that eating a (mostly) balanced diet isn’t something you have to do a ton of meal prepping and planning on the weekends for. I have never been one who puts too much thought into what I will be eating the following week, so I hope these posts help those of you who are similar in that regard.

This week, however, my appetite has grown into something serious. When this happens, I’m not sure if working at home is a blessing or a curse. I can’t get out of the kitchen!

Here’s what my plates looked like yesterday…

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

wiaw fall into good habits button

Breakfast was enjoyed at Starbucks following an early morning barre class!

starbucks chi tea latte and spinach feta wrap

Grande (non-fat, no whip) chai tea latte + spinach and feta egg wrap.

I stuck around the coffee shop for a few hours, took Roadie for a semi-long walk when I got home, then grabbed a peach for a mid-morning snack.

peach for a snack

I was getting hungry for lunch right before noon, so I searched our pantry for something easy. I found a can of Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup and made it a little more traditional by adding my own rotisserie chicken to it.

amy's chicken noodle soup with chicken

It was good!

My appetite started flaring up again about an hour later, so I searched around the refrigerator and came up with a super random (but yummy) snack plate.

hard boiled eggs cottage cheese and pickles snack

Hard boiled eggs, low-fat cottage cheese, and dill pickle spears.

That, along with a handful of pumpkin seeds an hour or so later, held me over through the afternoon.

pumpkin seeds for a snack

I started closing down the computer around 5:30 p.m., but then got word that Scott wouldn’t be home for at least another hour. Knowing this gave me a craving for cereal, so I poured myself a bowl to tie me over.

quaker oat squares with blueberries

Quaker Oat Squares cereal with organic skim milk + fresh blueberries.

My appetite is seriously snack-y this week!

About an hour and a half later, dinner was served. Attempting to use up everything that was about to spoil in our refrigerator, I settled on starting with a side salad…

healthy side salad

Spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, black olives, shredded cheddar cheese, and ground pepper with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

… and finishing with a health(ier) loaded baked potato.

baked potato with ground turkey and turkey bacon

Baked potato topped in shredded cheddar cheese, ground turkey, corn, and turkey bacon.

I only ended up eating half of it. I guess the bowl of cereal beforehand really did me in!

I was going to skip dessert all together last night, but that was before Scott made us a couple of Ghirardelli hot chocolates with marshmallows. I mean, how can you really say no to that?

hot chocolate and marshmallows

I grabbed the baby one in the back and called it a night.


And that does it for this week’s edition of WIAW! I am looking forward to an afternoon training run (and taking advantage of this beautiful weather while it’s here!) and plan to keep studying my face off before something (possibly) exciting tonight.

How vague am I? Ha! Sorry. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but Scott might be able to get us a couple of last minute tickets to a concert I am dying to get to. That’s all I’m going to say for now…

I hope you are having a great Hump Day!

Question of the Day

• Are you a big or frequent snacker?


• 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 10, 2014

WIAW #64: Pumpkin Spice or Peppermint?

Hello and Happy Hump Day!

First of all, I have to note that I loved reading your comments in yesterday afternoon’s post. It looks like I’m not the only one who gets embarrassingly excited over the silliest things. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and think about the little things in life that make you smile. Thanks for sharing what does that for you!

My Wednesday got off to a later than normal start, so I am going to get right to the good stuff. EATS! As usual, this What I Ate Wednesday is covering my entire day of meals and snacks yesterday.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Without much food to pick from in the house, I didn’t have much room for creativity at breakfast.

scrambled eggbeaters and turkey bacon breakfast

Eggbeaters scrambled with shredded cheddar cheese, Jennie-O turkey bacon and a large cup o’ coffee.

That did the trick and kept me content until right before lunch. I didn’t have a mid-morning snack, but I did test out a serving of Sugar-Free Orange Metamucil stirred into an iced spiced apple chai tea.

metamucil chai and orange tea

(PSST! I am currently working on a campaign with them, so keep a lookout for recipe ideas and an awesome giveaway from a major retailer on the blog tomorrow!)

I peeked into the refrigerator to come up with something for lunch and was pleasantly surprised to find leftovers from dinner at Bar Louie on Sunday. I told you I always forget about them…

restaurant leftovers pasta and salad

Bar Louie Chop Chop salad and Tuscan Chicken Pasta (I split with a friend).

I spent the rest of the afternoon on the computer and dove into a couple of heaping handfuls of these Sweet Potato tortilla chips from the Archer Farms line at Target as a snack.

archer farms sweet potato tortilla chips

If you haven’t tried sweet potato corn tortilla chips, do yourself a solid and get on that. Trust me.

I shut down my work for the day around 5 p.m. which was just enough time to fit in a trip to the grocery store before the gym.

Add re-stocking all of the staple groceries and produce I need to eat at home for a week to the list of things that get me embarrassingly excited too. Oh, you need some milk? We’ve got organic skim, unsweetened almond and dark chocolate almond. BAM.

See? That’s why I labeled it as being something I get embarrassingly excited over.

Anyways, I grabbed a Chocolate Peppermint LUNA Bar out of a bag to snack on during the car ride home and only had enough time to get the refrigerated items inside and put away before Scott and I needed to get back out the door. I may have also tweeted about the bar on the way over while Scott was driving.

tweet to LUNA bar

That’s how you know it’s love.

Following through towards being completely predictable on my Tuesday workout, Scott and I made it to Fitness Pilates class ready to work.

fitness pilates class and equipment

It was a rough one with a killer lower-ab scissors section that lasted minutes at the end. Phew! That class is something else! But I love it.

We made it home shortly after, and I put a couple of monster salads together as soon as I could. Hello, raging appetite.

chicken and egg veggie salad

Romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, red and green pepper, cucumbers, green olives, kalamata olives, a sliced hardboiled egg, feta cheese and rotisserie chicken drizzled in balsamic vinegar for dressing.

It was a good one!

We turned in our lazy cards and spend the rest of the evening catching up on Big Brother and America’s Got Talent. I also enjoyed an Oatmeal Raisin Fiber One cookie with a glass of unsweetened almond milk for dessert.

Fiber one oatmeal raisin cookies and almond milk

I planned on eating two, because I could easily eat five regular oatmeal raisin cookies but ended up giving one to Scott. The added in fiber made me full!

All right. I have some recipes to conjure up and a full afternoon of getting my act together to complete some projects before training tonight. I hope to check in a bit later if time allows!


• 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.

Questions of the Day

• Are you more of a pumpkin spice or peppermint flavor person?

• What is one inspirational meal or snack idea you’ve enjoyed this week? (Feel free to link it below!)

My answer is both. I continuously and secretly enjoy both flavors in my coffee drinks and protein bars throughout the entire year, and rotate them with each other to avoid getting burnt out. Whoops.

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