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August 20, 2014

WIAW #62: All the Colors

Hello, hello! How’s your Hump Day going?

Hopefully yours is a little more sunnier and warmer than ours.

rainy afternoon in michigan 2

I’m not complaining though. When I was flying home from CA on Sunday my phone informed me that it was 108 degrees in Phoenix during my layover. Yowza! I guess the grass is always greener until you get there, right?

Anyways, if you are new around here (welcome!), Wednesdays are usually filled with a lot of  pictures of food.

I choose to participate in What I Ate Wednesdays to hopefully inspire you to try something new and add a little more color to your plates. Jenn started the link up lightyears ago and it continues to spread across the healthy living blog world like wildfire!

Almost every week, I take snapshots of my Tuesday eats from the time I awake to the time I turn in for bed and share them with you on Wednesday.

I continue to receive great feedback, so as long as you all still enjoy reading them, I will keep the WIAW party going! Let’s get to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast came later than usual, since I seem to have been bitten by the sleepy bug.

I really can’t get enough of it lately, so I’m slowly trying to trick my body into waking up earlier by going to bed earlier. I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

oatmeal breakfast with goji berries

(Nature’s Path flax oatmeal and coffee with almond milk and Stevia.) 

Trying something new, I threw a handful of goji and blueberries on top.

oatmeal breakfast with berries

Love them!

I worked on the computer for the rest of the morning and didn’t even realize it was lunch time until about 2 p.m. Ready for something substantial, I went to the refrigerator and put together a loaded turkey and veggie wrap.

turkey and veggie wrap for lunch

A whole wheat tortilla filled with spinach, tomatoes, pickles, cilantro, diced Havarti dill cheese and Cajun seasoned turkey meat.

I often buy spiced deli meat and cheese to replace the need for a dressing or mayonnaise. You should try it!

healthy lunch with turkey wrap

(Wrapped up and sided with strawberries.)

About an hour later, I wanted a snack and grabbed one of my standards.

Raspberry Greek yogurt healthy snack

Raspberry Chobani Greek yogurt topped in Bear Naked Fit granola.

I powered through a ton of emails and projects on the computer for the remainder of the day and finally shut down around 7 p.m. I had big plans of taking Roadie out for a run outside, but the weather had other ones.

I guess you could say he was okay with it.

Roadie making himself at home on pillows

You’d think I put those on the floor just for him or something. I didn’t.

He just claimed them as I was making the bed that morning and I didn’t have the heart to move ‘em.

roadie on pillows

I really can’t handle that mug sometimes.

Knowing I still wanted to get a workout in, I went down to the basement and turned to an old at-home HIIT workout to break a sweat.

30 Min. At-Home HIIT Workout

(See the full workout with video demonstrations!)

at home HIIT workout with Polar

Just as annoying/awesome as I remember.

Directly after a shower, I went right to the refrigerator again and put together the definition of a monster salad for dinner.

monster salad for dinner with corn and beans

Anything and everything, get in my belly.

quinoa burger and beans on salad

Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, red and green peppers, chick peas, navy beans, and corn, topped in a Qrunch quinoa burger, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinaigrette dressing, and grounded black pepper.

The combination with the beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and greens was quite good! I rounded off my hunger with a couple of small handfuls of Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins dipped in hummus (predictable)…

wheat thins and hummus

And finished off the night with a serving of SmartPop with a tall glass of unsweetened almond milk for dessert.

popcorn and almond milk.jpg

Scott thinks that combination is weird, but I love it.

I guess that’s it for now! I’m planning on putting a couple of reader requested posts together and hope to roll one out later this afternoon.

See ya then!

Question of the Day

• What is one strange but good food combo you have enjoyed lately?


• 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.

August 13, 2014

WIAW #61: When It Rains…

Hi friends! Today I’m kicking things off bright and early, as Scott and I head out to the airport. My original flight scheduled to depart at 11:20 a.m. got cancelled due to weather, so I am now rescheduled for a 7:35 a.m. flight without a seat assignment or ability to check-in online. Awesome.

I guess I have to be thankful that I even got a flight out at this point. It’s been raining so much the past couple of days in our area that there are several floods, and the main highway is closed!

Our normal hour long trip should be interesting, and we are planning an extra hour to get there. Hopefully everything goes smoothly and the next time I check in with you guys it will be from a layover in Dallas.

Let’s go ahead and get straight to it. Below you will find an entire day of eats for What I Ate Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I started my Tuesday with half a cup of coffee and a trip to the vets.

Cali was due for her two week check up after being diagnosed with a bladder infection and certainly was a trooper through it all. Thank goodness for sinks!

Cali at the vets

Apparently they are comforting to both her and Aspen when they get into an examination room.

She is about ninety percent back to normal, so she got another injection of medicine and should be back to good in no time!

Breakfast came shortly after we returned home, and I had a serious craving for turkey bacon. Couldn’t tell you why.

egg whites and turkey bacon with mango brakfast

I happily heated up three slices, scrambled egg whites with cheddar cheese, and finished off my plate with a few slices of fresh mango. Coffee was also and obviously included here.

I wasn’t too hungry for a snack, but grabbed a small bowl of berries to hold me over anyways while I sorted through piles of clean but unfolded laundry (classic move) and packed.

fresh strawberries and blueberries

Aspen helped.

Aspen on my suitcase

I caught up on some emails for a while, took Roadie for a walk, and searched for our address book to send something out for at least thirty minutes.

I’m convinced that one of the pets ate it because it is absolutely nowhere. Good thing I’ve been slacking on Christmas Cards, because after unexpectedly getting a new phone earlier this year, I barely have anyone’s home address on hand. Whoops.

Eventually, I got hungry for lunch and made myself the definition of a monster salad, Southwest style.

monster salad with salsa and beans

Spring mix, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, black beans, garbanzo beans, corn, ground pepper and salsa for dressing.

salad with corn salsa and beans close up

I also enjoyed a serving of blue corn chips dipped into the parts loaded with salsa. It was extremely filling!

A couple of hours later, I noticed a break in the rain (finally!) and acted quickly by grabbing Roadie and setting out for a run on the trails. All was going well until we actually got there. It took all of ten seconds (literally) for Roadie to get into a patch of stickers. He would do that.

roadie got into stickers

Luckily, I was able to pick them off quickly and move right along.

I wanted to stop by an overlook since I have been all about those lately. Trails really are my happy place these days.

trail run and overlook

trail run and overlook water

It was pretty! But I couldn’t get over the muddy water… must be the rain.

We got all the way to our turn off of the trails before it started raining again. I guess it wasn’t the best run ever, but we still trucked through it and made it back home after four miles.

After a shower, I was ready for dinner and threw something even more filling than lunch together.

While I was cooking, I couldn’t wait and dove into my current go-to snack of pretzel crisps and hummus.

pretzel crisps everything flavor and hummus

Twenty minutes later, dinner was served!

chili over noodles with beans and parmesan

Gluten free spaghetti under Amy’s spicy chili with corn and navy beans topped in Parmesan.

I know… another Amy’s soup. I swear they aren’t paying me for the shout outs, or even providing me products for that matter! I’m just that obsessed.

I think my eyes were bigger than my stomach on this one, because I was already full half way in. Thinking I would only eat half of it, I ended up eating it all instead and questioned why I do that to myself. I have a problem leaving things on my plate had a pretty epic stomach ache as a result. I almost always finish my meals at home, but never have an issue saving leftovers at a restaurant. It’s the craziest thing.

I rounded out my evening with a tall glass of dark chocolate almond milk while I put most of this post together and called it a night.

Time to get moving! I hope you all have a great start to your Wednesday, and be sure to check in after lunch (granted there is wi-fi on the plane) for another fitness fashion giveaway!


• 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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