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July 9, 2014

WIAW #57: I Tend To Do That

Hi friends! I hope you have all had a great Hump Day.

Today proved to be eventful, as I spent the early morning and majority of the afternoon working an outside event at Belle Isle with HOOPER and the Pistons Entertainment teams. I might just share more stories tomorrow!

As expected, a full day in the sun left me zonked, so I’m currently sipping on coffee #2 for the day. I tend to do that from time to time.

Getting right to it, I’m here to share a full day of my eats and participate in another week of What I Ate Wednesday!

Or… yesterday, which would technically be What I Ate Tuesday.

Whatever works.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

Breakfast came after dropping Scott’s Jeep off to get looked at. It was doing some kind of shifting nonsense that was scary, but I’m happy to report everything is back to being a-okay today.

On the way over to Scott’s office, we stopped into Crates Coffee House for the first time and I treated myself to a Crates Mocha which had magical ingredients like white chocolate, swirls of caramel, (<- already amazing) steamed skim milk and espresso.

breakfast at crates coffee house

I also ordered an Quaker Real Medley Apple Walnut Oatmeal. Not too shabby for something warm and filling to grab in a pinch!

I made it back home with enough time to work for a little bit before lunch and then came upstairs and decided to create a salad out of my normal ten ingredients bubble.

salad with quinoa and beans

Fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, feta, and quinoa drizzled in grapeseed oil.

It was good, but seemed to be missing a little bit of flavor. I think next time I’ll season the quinoa and add balsamic vinegar to the mix. Loved the addition of the quinoa, nonetheless.

That held me for about an hour before I wanted a snack. I’ve been loving these gluten free peanut butter and jelly sandwich bars Van’s sent me!

van's gluten free peanut butter sandwich bars

Apparently, the pup wanted a piece of the action as well. (What’s new.)

Later in the afternoon, I wrapped up my projects for the day and took Roadie on another long walk around the neighborhood. I have a feeling he’s going to be pretty spoiled with time outside if this nice weather keeps up.

We wandered around for about 2.20 miles and ran into a fun surprise at our neighborhood “lake” on the way home.

neighborhood lake

Do you remember when I mentioned that we have plastic swans sitting about that had me fooled as real animals for the longest time? Ha.

Well, I’ve been seeing another species of bird this summer and I can confidently say that they are no kind of plastic. Check ‘em out!

baby geese

Goose babies! So squishy… I wanttt one!

I put Roadie back inside, grabbed a pair of leggings and gym clothes for Scott and met him at work to pick up his Jeep. From there, we both sat in a traffic for a while and eventually made it to the gym to take our favorite Tuesday night group fitness class.

I ate a crunchy braeburn apple on the way!

braeburn apple

We actually arrived twenty-five minutes early, which gave me at least fifteen minutes to do something before class. Since I already went on a walk I deemed that my cardio and moved on to a stretching machine I haven’t visited in quite some time.

precor stretching machine

Have you ever seen these before? They have pictures of stretching positions with instructions and I went through every single one.

I followed that up with another five or so minutes of foam rolling and headed into class feeling extra ready!

using the foam roller at the gym

(Umm… sorry about the cat hair. It’s inevitable.)

Scott and I claimed our spots fifteen minutes before class started, and I’m so glad we did. The room filled up quick!

group fitness equipment

This Fitness Pilates class was taught by the best (Hi Val!) who always knows how to give us a challenge. Both Scott and I agreed that either we’re out of shape or… her classes aren’t getting any easier.

Not letting us get fully comfortable and always changing up the exercises is what keeps us coming back so much!

Still getting over a little bit of the sickness that consumed me over the weekend, I wanted to go to bed as quickly as possible when I got home.

But first, dinner. I ate considerably light throughout the day, so I didn’t realize how much my body wanted to skip a salad and eat a real “meal” until late in the day. I tend to do that. (Whoops.)

Since it was later than normal, I wanted to keep my choice of pasta on the healthier side. I opted to grab Garden Delight Vegetable Penne pasta and threw some extra substance into the spicy marinara sauce.

adding veggies to spaghetti sauce

(spinach, banana peppers, tomatoes + Al Fresco chicken meatballs)

I also seasoned it with extra oregano, basil leaves and red pepper flakes! Everything turned out great, and I barely convinced myself to snap a photo before I faceplanted into it.

chicken meatballs al fresco

Combinations similar to this plate have been happening very frequently around here!

After dinner, we made a run to the arena to get ready for today’s event. We returned around 11 p.m. which gave me just enough time to grab a tall (unpictured) glass of dark chocolate almond milk and get into bed.

Nice little Tuesday!

Questions of the Day

• What do you add to your pasta sauce to make more nutritious?

• Favorite snack of the summer?

Besides these chicken meatballs, I love cooking with ground turkey and adding as many vegetables to my sauce as I can get away with! If I’m just cooking for the two of us, I prefer to make my sauce with a kick, since both Scott and I enjoy spicy dishes. My favorite snack this summer has to be fresh fruit or pretzels dipped into hummus!


• 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.

July 2, 2014

WIAW #56: Give Me All The Almond Mix and Cucumber Water

Hello! I hope you are doing well on this summery Hump Day.

This week, Scott and I have been making an effort to go to bed earlier in order to wake up earlier. It’s been going relatively well, with the exception of this morning. I think I might be coming down with something, because I woke up with a sore throat, a cough, and an achy body.

I had big plans of publishing this post well before lunch time, but hey, I guess at lunch time will have to do. Either the allergies are different up here or… I’m just getting old. Both of us roll out of bed congested, sore and in some kind of pain every day. It’s nuts!

But enough about our first world problems. I’m ridiculous to even complain here. In an attempt to kick whatever is trying to get me down, I’m upping the Vitamin C intake and trying to get as much sleep as I can. Hopefully that does the trick!

Jumping back on the What I Ate Wednesday train, this week I have a full day of Tuesday eats to share with you, along with some random thoughts thrown into the mix. (Isn’t that always how it goes?) You know you love it.

What I Ate Wednesday Tuesday

(Thanks for hosting another week, Jenn!)

I’ve been back on an oatmeal kick again.

Breakfast was a popular one this week sided with a “fancy” coffee, thanks to a milk frother my mother gave to us.

oatmeal breakfast with coffee

Nature’s Path oatmeal (hot cereal) topped in fresh berries.

natures path oatmeal with berries

Throughout the day, I had a small jar of Red, White, and Blue Almond Mix nearby to snack off of.

Summer Red White and Blue Diamond Mix

It’s kind of addicting.

cucumber and lemon water

So is this cucumber lemon water I’ve been refilling constantly!

I had an appointment at the Apple store at 12:30, so I got ready and went to the kitchen to throw something quick together for lunch.

turkey and veggie quinoa lunch

Simple Truth Mediterranean Quinoa topped with rotisserie turkey, sliced cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese.

I don’t know why I haven’t been buying rotisserie chicken or turkey on a regular basis. It makes substantial meals come together quicker than ever!

I spent the next couple of hours running around town and stopped by Scott’s office to scan some documents. Our Cannon printer is fully capable of doing that sort of thing, but somehow I can’t figure out how to make it work. I swear I’ve tried everything. When Scott does it and even shows me how he does it, it works. But when I’m alone and complete the same exact steps, it freezes. I’m convinced that our printer/copier/scanner hates me.

Anyways, I returned home right around 2:30 p.m. to hop on a call with a friend of mine who helps me with the blog on the back end. I also enjoyed a crunchy braeburn apple.

braeburn apple

I’m so grateful to have him as a reference, but every time I talk to him I have a list of twenty more to-do’s I want to get done immediately. This growing blogging adventure is always a work in progress my friends!

While on the computer, I had a few more handfuls of the patriotic almond mix and before I knew it, it was time for me to get ready to celebrate a friend’s birthday for dinner.

I hopped in the car and took a package of Fiber One fruit snacks with me.

fiber one fruit snacks

We met at a local bar to be able to watch the World Cup and I just had to get a hard cider.

angry orchard hard cider

I picked that over the birthday cake and attempted to keep it “healthy” by ordering a spinach, bacon, and egg salad.

spinach and bacon salad

Not too shabby for bar food, right?

We didn’t stay too long after the game ended (we still love you, Team USA!) and Scott and I went straight home.

I tidied up around the house for a while and when I was just about to take a shower I got the urge to go for a run outside instead. I still can’t get over how late the sun stays out these days!

neighborhood run

By the way, I finally figured out that the white swans that are always by this tiny lake are not real. Ha! It only took about two years for me to catch on there. The ducks, on the other hand, I believe are alive and cute as ever.

I grabbed Roadie and set out right around 9 p.m. for a sunset run. I didn’t know how long we would run, but soon realized he was loving it and kept him out as long as he was able to keep up.

run with roadie at night

He seems to do much better when the sun isn’t beating down on us, so I took him through the “short loop” through the trails.

run with roadie on trails

He kept pulling me the entire time, so we just kept running. As we made our way back to our subdivision, I realized we were going to break Roadie’s long distance run record! I’m so proud of him for completing 4.5 miles!

Roadie after a run

It’s amazing how much the weather can affect our runs. It was perfectly light out without being sunny, and just the right amount of breezy in the low 70s. I’ll take that any day!

We came back inside and went straight to the showers. Finally, I came downstairs and made myself a fruit and yogurt smoothie.

fruit and yogut smoothie

Raspberry Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, banana, and almond milk.

It was good, but I should have definitely added ice to make it thicker and colder. After the smoothie, I foam rolled for a good ten minutes and went upstairs to call it a night. I think all of us were pooped!


Today I opted for Scott to take the car so I was forced to stay home and get some things done, including studying. You guys… I am SO behind. I started out really strong there for a minute, but the craziness of summer outings and travels have done me in. Time to get back to my schedule and hunker down.

See you later on this afternoon with some blogging tips!

Question of the Day

• What are some of your favorite smoothie combos? I’m in need of some inspiration over here…

• 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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