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April 16, 2014

WIAW #49: Grapes + Green Things

Good Morning! I trust that the week is going well for you.

Since it’s Wednesday, I am diving right into WIAW and have all of my Tuesday eats to share with you. I have a vet check-up for Aspen shortly, so lets get right to it!

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Since Monday was the first post-season day off for Scott and I, we celebrated by ordering pizza and eating ice cream for dessert that night. It was pretty wonderful, although I woke up still kind of full Tuesday morning, which sparked this simple breakfast.

healthy breakfast

(Dunkin’ Hazelnut coffee with almond milk, egg beaters with sharp cheddar cheese, turkey bacon + organic strawberries and grapes.)

I picked up an appetite around Noon, but didn’t feel like making lunch until I was finished with more work on the computer. This snack of pretzels and carrots dipped in hummus held me over for a while.

carrots pretzels and hummus

Around 3:30 p.m. I put together the epitome of a monster salad for lunch.

making monster salads

Baby spinach, spring mix, cucumbers, red, orange, and banana peppers, carrots, black and green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, cilantro, ground pepper.

Okay, maybe it was more like linner.

monster salad with lots of veggies

(Same salad drizzled in red wine vinegar for dressing!)

The plate of greens definitely hit the spot, but I wanted something with a little more staying power before heading to the gym.

When in doubt, toast and peanut butter it out! That’s what I always say…

almond butter and bananas on toast with chia seeds

Whole wheat toast smeared in almond butter and topped with sliced bananas and chia seeds.

I wanted more than one piece, but two might have been pushing it. I was pretty full even an hour later before Fitness Pilates.

fitness pilates class at station

By the end of class, I wasn’t incredibly hungry, but chose to grab a protein green smoothie on the way out to recover.

green smoothie lifetime

(Avocado, kale, organic pineapple, almond milk, VeganMax protein & Energy Boost.)

On the way out to the car, I also noticed how stunning the sunset has been lately, despite the recent snowfall that is totally uncalled for.

lake view after gym

That little cup of goodness ended up keeping me full and content until about 9 p.m., when Scott brought me the last slice of leftover Hawaiian/veggie pizza (?) upstairs to me.

leftover pizza

You can’t really say no to that kind of service.

Then I wanted something sweet. As much as I was tempted by ice cream again, I went ahead and grabbed a big tub of organic green grapes we needed to use up.

green grapes snack

Mission accomplished! ;)

All right. This has been fun, but I must wrap things up and get out the door with one little furry feline. Aspen has been dealing with an ear infection on and off for quite a while and I am hoping to leave with news that it has finally passed. See you all again this afternoon with a continuation of Beauty Week!

Have a great Wednesday!

• 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.

April 9, 2014

WIAW #48: A Day of Favorites

Good Afternoon party people!

So… did Hump Day fly by for anyone else? Just me? Okay, cool.

In true Wednesday fashion, I have hopped back on the WIAW train and complied all of my Tuesday eats into one post. As long as you guys keep giving me good feedback on these weekly check-ins, I’ll keep doing them!

All right, lets skip the small talk and just jump right into it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

I had a goal of trying to picture new things yesterday. I can be a creature of habit and gravitate towards the same foods over and over, so for the sake of WIAW, I tried to think out of the box a little.

Breakfast seemed pretty simple, but it had been ages since I have blogged about something like this… so here we were.

healthy breakfast eggs turkey bacon and whole wheat english muffin

Scrambled egg beaters with shredded cheese, turkey bacon, and a whole wheat English muffin with a little butter.

And, a large cup of coffee flavored with almond milk and a splash of flavored creamer, of course. Always.

That did the job and kept me full for a couple of hours before I got the craving for something sweet for a snack. Good news… I had plenty of fresh berries to go around.

fresh berries healthy snack

 Give me ALL the berries.

I worked at the computer for a while before getting hungry for lunch, and when that happened I raided our vegetable drawer for any feasible monster salad ingredients. Lucky for me, there were lots of those!

healthy salad lots of veggies

Baby spinach, spring mix, red, yellow and green peppers, cucumbers, shredded carrots, green olives, chick peas, feta cheese, ground pepper and a balsamic vinegar drizzle.

Remember my pep talk on spinach earlier this week? Boom.

While enjoying lunch, I couldn’t help but notice how gorgeous it was outside and used that as motivation to take Roadie for a long trail walk.

Roadie on trail

Four miles later, we both returned feeling happy and hungry.

I curbed my dinner appetite with a pear and a large (<- ? and slightly burned) serving of sweet potato fries.

pear healthy snack

sweet potato fries

Leave it to me to get distracted and forget about them cooking in the oven.

Burnt or not, I still loved them, and they did a great job of holding me over until dinner.

Since Scott arrived home earlier than normal, I started thinking about what we would be eating shortly after. While raiding our refrigerator again, I realized that I totally flaked out in the meat department on our last trip to the grocery store. Whoops!

The only protein that would even sort of make sense for what I was going for were a couple of Hot Italian Al Fresco chicken sausages.

cooking chicken sausage with peppers

So, I sliced them up and sauteed them with some sliced sweet peppers.

I couldn’t decide between fajitas and quesadillas, so I created a combination with whole wheat Nuevo Leon tortillas. (<- Thanks, Olga!)

making fajitas

I shredded some sharp cheddar cheese, then layered the sauteed chicken sausage and veggies on top of the tortilla with sliced tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and more cheese.

It looked wonderful, until I tried to fold it over and call it a quesadilla. I have a bit of a habit of overloading ingredients into wraps and sandwiches!

loaded chicken sausage fajitas

Whatever… it still tasted delicious, and was happy when Scott thought I used some version of “chorizo”. Sure did! ;)

With dinner at a regular time, we had enough of our evening left to relax and finally watched The Great Gatsby.

Scott requested a big bowl of buttery popcorn, so I heated that up along with a mini bag of Orville Redenbacher Smart Pop for me.

oriville redenbacher smart pop mini bag

Both the movie and the late night snack were really, really good!

And there you have another week of WIAW eats. But before I go, I have a request slash question for you…

Beauty Tutorial Requests?

Over the past several months, I have received a lot of questions concerning beauty tips. Some were answered through my hair tutorials, and I have a few planned to share next week with you regarding spray tans and teeth whitening.

I figured I have enough material to make a whole week of it and am officially deeming next week: Housewife Glamour Beauty Week.

How To Curl Hair Video Tutorial Housewife Glamour

Coming up, you can expect to see a short series of beauty, hair, skin, makeup, and nails tips and tricks. And, to help fuel the fire and to hopefully deliver what you actually want to know, I ask you…

Is there anything beauty related that you are curious to know? A routine or tutorial you have questions on?

Feel free to use the comments section or email me at to make a suggestion. Thanks, ya’ll!

 Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

• 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!)

March 19, 2014

WIAW #46: Green Things + Carbs

Good afternoon everyone! It’s Hump Day, which means you know exactly what to expect around here.

Today marks the forty-sixth week of What I Ate Wednesday. Crazy to think!

Per usual, I have a full day of eats from our household ready to share, always with the same goal in mind: to inspire you to add more veggies and green things into your diet! And don’t worry… I have also included carbs in the spotlight this week for the skeptics out there. Because apparently I am slowly but surely becoming a healthy carb monster. No shame.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast yesterday was more effortless than usual when I turned to a bowl of cereal and berries to do the trick.

Fruitful O's cascadian farms cereal

Cascadian Farms Fruitful O’s in unsweetened almond milk topped with fresh blackberries.

For any of you who grew up loving Fruit Loops (or who are currently still enjoying them), you would appreciate this box of goodness. It’s definitely a step-up in the health department, packed with whole grains and fiber and tastes great with the natural fruit flavors.

I also took a big ‘ol handful of strawberries on my way out the door.

strawberries for a snack

I made a trip to the dentist office and upon my return got the craving for hummus. While I could have easily grabbed some carrots and celery to dip into it, my body wanted whole grain crackers.

It wants what it wants, what can I say?

triscuits with red pepper hummus

Reduced-Fat Triscuits with Roasted Red Pepper Sabra hummus.

About another hour later, I wanted a fresh juice. I didn’t have the patience to get out our juicer and clean it afterwards (<- at least a twenty minute process, am I right?) so I decided to make Scott and I a simple fruit smoothie instead.

green and blackberry smoothie

Frozen spinach, fresh blackberries, strawberries, and enough almond milk to make it move.

It wasn’t the best combination I have come up with, but did the job of keeping me satisfied until lunch.

That happened late around 2:30 p.m. with a monster salad featuring the Gardenburger black bean vegan burger I have been wanting to try!

Gardenburger black bean chipolte

Instead of doing my research at the point of purchase, I waited until I got home and realized this brand is not 100% Non-GMO. Dang.

For what it’s worth, it was delicious atop my plate of greens anyways.

gardenburger vegetable salad

Baby spinach, spring mix greens, tomatoes, carrots, black and green olives, feta cheese, and a black bean Gardenburger drizzled in balsamic.

I plan to use up the rest of my box of them and hopefully find a different Non-GMO brand to fill my need for veggieburgers next time!

I talked Scott into taking me to the gym that night, but enjoyed a late-afternoon snack beforehand.

pineapple peach salsa with sweet potato chips

Garden of Eatin’ Sweet Potato corn tortilla chips with Tostitos pineapple peach salsa.

Yes, yet another picture of these Sweet Potato corn chips. They’re pretty much the jam and taste unbelievable paired with any sweet salsa! NOM.

Around 6 p.m. Scott and I hurried out the door to make it to Fitness Pilates class. Those of you who have been reading for a while know this is usually the Tuesday night standard. I just can’t get enough of the hour long challenge of cardio, strength and core toning through Pilates movements!

fitness pilates class

My friend Katlyn joined me in the studio, and we also ended up walking a few inclined miles on the treadmill and chatting away while Scott played basketball.

I finally talked him into leaving around 8:45 p.m. and told him he owed me a smoothie from the Life Cafe in the lobby for making me wait so long.

lifetime life cafe smoothies

Mocha Madness: organic milk, Mocha Java Boost, and whey protein (left) + Emerald Energy: avocado, kale, organic pineapple, almond milk, VeganMax protein powder and Energy Boost (right).

I’ll give you one guess as to whose is whose. ;)

We finished them up on our way home and went right upstairs to get cleaned up before starting a late dinner. I also put Scott in charge of that while I finished up putting away a few loads of laundry, and was quite happy to see one of my favorite meals appear shortly after.

grilled cheese with turkey

Grilled cheese on whole wheat bread and Cajun turkey with a small bowl of vegetable minestrone soup.

It was the perfect full day of veggies and carbs if you ask me! And now I am currently dreaming of repeating that dinner tonight since it’s rainy out. Whoops.

Have a great rest of your Wednesday!

• 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.

Question of the Day

• What is something you have been craving lately?

Clearly carbs is on the top of that list for me. I all about listening to the body and giving it what it wants, so I have been allowing myself to enjoy them as often as my body asks for them. Of course, I could take advantage of it and go for regular flour pizzas and pastas, but instead I try my best to stick to whole wheat and whole grain products. Occasionally, I will choose the gluten-free option, but if my body wants true carbs I go for them!

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