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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?

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• 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.

March 26, 2014

WIAW #47: Dinner Snacks

Good Afternoon! Today put us right back into a busy week with a home game both tonight and Friday. I leave for Florida on Saturday morning, so there is a lot to do on this girl’s to-do list before then!

I only have a few minutes to put this post together, so lets get right down to business and talk What I Ate Wednesday.

This week I am covering a full day of snacks and meals that took place on Monday. While I normal highlight Tuesdays, Scott and I had a dinner date at a nice steakhouse last night, and I knew I would feel a bit silly whipping out my camera to take pictures of our meal there. (It was phenom, by the way.)

All right, before I start rambling… here’s this week’s extra snack-y eats!

What I Ate Wednesday Monday

Breakfast came together in a pinch, thanks to the preparation of a batch of overnight oats Sunday night.

This time I changed it up a little by leaving out the chia seeds and substituted Super Oats (<- the same bag used in yesterday’s recipe!) instead of regular rolled oats.

overnight super oats with blackberries

I think it is time for me to dedicate an entire post to overnight oats and the concoctions I come up with to create them. There’s a ton.

Until then, please refer to Julie’s recipe to get the gist!

overnight oats with super oats and greek yogurt

I felt content and full enough to skip a morning snack, then ended up turning to lunch early right a Noon.

I had one thing and one thing only on the mind, which was a Monster Salad.

monster salad with beans feta and olives

Spring mix, baby spinach, warm black beans, tomatoes, carrots, black and green olives, feta cheese, ground pepper, and an oil and vinegar drizzle for dressing.

I am becoming quite the black bean maniac and have been averaging 1-2 cans of them per week. Is that normal? Borderline excessive? I haven’t been huge on meat lately, so it has been nice to fill in the protein gaps with them when I am just not feeling it.

Anyways, immediately after I face dove into the salad, I finished off my lunch hour with a small bowl of fresh berries.

fresh berries healthy snack

I could probably eat an entire pint of them in one sitting if I wanted to.

Soon after making my way back downstairs to the computer, I spent the rest of my afternoon back and forth to the kitchen. Instead of “dinner” Monday, I found myself craving small snacky meals and just let it happen.

Dinner Snack #1: Gluten free corn tortilla chips and black bean salsa.

gluten free chips and black bean salsa

(I told you, I might actually turn into chips + salsa. Same with the black beans?)

Dinner Snack #2: Amy’s Gluten Free Veggie Burger, Havarti dill cheese, and ketchup on a whole wheat English muffin, sided with a pickle spear.

organic GMO free veggie burger

I might have had to improve on the bun situation… but it seemed to work out just fine.

(Plus!) I finally found a Non-GMO, organic veggie burger I actually like! I know I can always count on Amy’s to keep me straight.

amy's organic sonoma veggie burger

Dinner Snack #3 (packed and consumed during dance practice): Chocolate Brownie Clif bar and Earth’s Best Butternut Squash Pear baby food.

clif bar and butternut squash baby food

Yup. Still goin’ strong on the baby food thing. Judge me all you want… the fruity flavors are an incredibly delicious and nutritious pick-me-up!

*Word of advice: if you decide to give it a go, I have heard to steer clear of the meat flavors. So far, I have tried anything from sweet potato to cran-apple and they have all tasted great.

I finally started feeling full around the end of practice and wasn’t sure if a real “dinner” would even happen when I got home. By the time I took a shower and got back downstairs, I wanted a little something and settled on a can of Amy’s Organics Rustic Italian Vegetable soup.

amy's organic vegetable italian soup

Another Amy’s purchase for the win! This week, I skipped over the dessert and still went to bed feeling more than satisfied.

Welp, I guess I better get going so I can make it out the door ready for court time. See you all tomorrow morning!

• 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

• Do you ever find yourself snacking your way through the day, rather than of eating three big meals?

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

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