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January 28, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday #79

Hi friends! I hope you are all having a great Hump Day so far. I only have a few minutes to share our weekly What I Ate Wednesday post, so let’s get right down to business.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONS

 

Breakfast started with an old favorite I posted about earlier this week.

greek yogurt breakfast

Raspberry Greek yogurt sprinkled in blackberries and Super Oats.

greek yogurt and super oats with berries

You can’t really go wrong with yogurt, fruit, berries, and something like raw oats, almonds, or cereal flakes for texture. I used to have a version of this exact bowl at the end of my serving shift almost every single day for years!

I left for the gym to teach a small group training class around 9:30 a.m. and returned home about two hours later. I wasn’t quite ready for lunch, so I grabbed anther go-to snack to tie me over.

coffee and clementines snack

Clementines with a second cup of coffee.

I rarely have two different cups of coffee these days, but it was needed. I barely slept the night before, so it was for the best.

I packed a bag, grabbed my laptop, and set out to run some errands around 2 p.m. I was pretty dang hungry by then, so I opened the fridge and assembled a veggie loaded salad before I left.

healthy lunch salad

Baby spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, carrots, black olives, feta cheese, and diced almonds.

veggie loaded salad with almonds and feta cheese

I loved the addition of almonds! I almost forgot how much I like the extra crunch they provide on my salads. I drizzled the same cilantro dressing I shared last week, ate my salad while watching an episode of Friends (best lunch break ever), and headed out for the Jeep dealership to get an oil change.

I ended up waiting for almost an hour, but I was happy to have the downtime and perused Pinterest for dinner ideas which sparked my afternoon blog post. Thankfully, I also found a LUNA protein bar in my purse to help tame my drooling over the computer screen.

LUNA protein bar chocolat cookie dough

The Chocolate Cookie Dough flavor is amazing, FYI.

Want to know what else is amazing? Sunshine!

its sunny out

Yesterday afternoon was the first time I needed my sunglasses in months. Seriously. I can’t believe how much I took a simple delight like sunshine through my window for granted while I was living in Florida. Any sunny day in the winter in Michigan is a great day!

Anyways, that was me hanging in my car for a good thirty minutes trying to put a grocery shopping list together. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that. The good news is, I left with everything I needed and them some. #success

I walked in the door just after 6 p.m. and was ready to eat my arm. I was so hungry! Lucky for me, dinner was only a few minutes in the microwave away.

healthy pasta with turkey meat sauce

Leftovers: veggie & whole wheat pasta with ground turkey marinara sauce

Scott was busy working a Pistons game, so I had a few hours to catch up on emails and prepare material for upcoming posts. I wanted to get in a workout, but I didn’t want to spend much time figuring out what to do or actually working out since I was still sore from my workout the day before!

I put together a quick under 10 minute mini-circuit and hopped in the shower directly after.

walking lunges

The pasta did a great job at keeping me full, so I poured a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before when I got downstairs and went back upstairs for bed shortly after.

dark chocolate almond milk

Yum!

That pretty much sums up an entire day of eating around here. I think I am finally back in the groove of eating close to my normal healthy balance again. It feels great!

If you’re ever curious to see what another complete day of meals and snacks looks like for me, this is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar. 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 Afternoon

• Do you secretly like the hot sun beating down into your car window too?

• What was the last snack or meal you ate?

January 21, 2015

What I Ate Wednesday #78

Good morning! I hope the Hump Day has started on a great note for you. I have a lot to get around to on this little ‘ol laptop of mine today, so I’m going to dive right into yesterday’s eats for What I Ate Wednesday.

Have no idea what I’m talking about? Check it out!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

WHAT-I-ATE-WEDNESDAY-NEW-BUTTON-PEAS-AND-CRAYONS

 

Breakfast couldn’t have been easier. I poured a tall cup of coffee and scarfed down a bowl of Fiber One Cranberry Almond protein cereal. It was really good, and I had the same exact breakfast this morning too!

fiber one protein cereal and coffee

(Go Hogs!)

Scott talked me into running some errands with him before lunch that included picking up a new washer and dryer across town. We forgot our dolly at home, so it was a real adventure. At least I got to play (slash fear for my life of slipping) in the snow, right?

winter snowfall michigan

playing in the snow

I was hungry for lunch right when we returned. Scott left for work and I made a giant monster salad to last as side salads for a couple of days.

making a monster salad

Power greens, baby spinach, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, chick peas, black olives, and feta cheese.

I scooped out a plateful, then heated and cut up a veggie black bean burger for substance.

monster salad with veggies and garden black bean burger

It all tasted great with this cilantro dressing!

stonewall kitchen cilantro lime dressing

I went downstairs to work on the computer for a couple of hours and stopped for a coffee and clementine snack mid-afternoon. I didn’t get much sleep the night before, so I was draggggging.

clementines for snack with coffee

I had a video chat meeting around 3 and then drove up to the gym to put together a handful of workouts.

special k blueberry bliss snack bar

(I was grateful to find a Special K snack bar in my purse two hours in.)

I returned home around 8:30 p.m. ready to eat my arm. Per usual, Scott requested pasta so I compromised with my version of extreme veggie pasta.

making healthier pasta sauce

(About half of that glass of wine was happily consumed in the process.)

Scott got home with a trailer holding our new washer and dryer right after 9 p.m. He had impeccable timing and wanted to unload them right after I dished up dinner.

We successfully moved both pieces into our garage, but I’m pretty sure I got a hernia in the process.

I planned on completing a workout in the basement before dinner, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I’m going to give it a go after lunch and hope to share it with you all later this afternoon.

Dinner got heated up as soon as I walked into the door. My plate was considerably full, but I ate every last bite.

vegetable spaghetti with turkey meat sauce

Vegetable spaghetti noodles topped in marinara with Italian seasoned turkey sausage, tomatoes, spinach, onions, and crushed red pepper flakes.

It’s impressive/scary how much veggie pasta I can put down y’all.

Just like every other night, I grabbed a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk before bed and went upstairs shortly after.

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If you’re ever curious to see what another complete day of meals and snacks looks like for me, this is just one of the many examples you can find exploring the “WIAW” tag on the right hand sidebar. 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

• Veggie noodles: yes or no?

• When is the last time you took an unintentional “rest” day?

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