what i ate wednesday #21

Another Wednesday! I know, I should get used to the fact that Wednesdays keep coming and weeks keep flying right on by. I feel like this past week went exceptionally fast since Thursday – Saturday were spent in Seattle, and then I had just one short day as my “weekend”. This weekend isn’t even all too relaxing either since I have my first 10k race of the year – the Shamrock Shuffle! It is nice because it is a Wisconsin race so we won’t have to stay overnight anywhere, but we will have to made our way from Milwaukee to Madison on Saturday to join in the Mad-Town St. Patrick’s Day festivities… not too high of hopes for this race, but only time will tell… ;).

Anyways, back to food! Last week my eats were quite green – and orange! – and I tried to keep up the veggies as green as possible today to go with the theme, but wasn’t quite as successful as last week!

Breakfast/pre-Yoga Body Bootcamp: PB & Banana French Toast – yum! With a juicy grapefruit on the side.

Lunch: Homemade quinoa pita with wilted spinach, tuna, mustard and hot sauce – delicious and filling!

Afternoon snack: Green smoothie (spinach, frozen banana, coconut milk, PB2) and a homemade zucchini muffin.

I also had a couple of these homemade buckwheat crackers – recipe will be on the blog soon! They are tasty. And ended up photographing quite well!

Dinner: This meal was super delicious. Homemade chicken nuggets (chunked up chicken breast coated with egg whites and rolled in sorghum flour, crushed up gluten free pretzels and seasoning), with baked french fries and green beans. All served with ketchup, naturally ;). But not green ketchup, because that was just nasty. Do you remember that? Not sure whose idea it was to strip the color out of red tomato ketchup and add buttloads of green food coloring to it, but they were sure hailed a marketing genius for a few weeks! I’m almost embarrassed to admit I think we bought a bottle of the green variety… I was obviously focused on health as a kid.

After dinner required a couple peanut butter chocolate chip cookies Sister had made when I was gone. They reminded me of bakery peanut butter cookies – yummm.

This entire day was filled with brand new eats, all of which were so good! I will definitely have to be making these foods again soon :). Happy Wednesday, everyone!

what i ate wednesday #20

It’s the first GREEN-filled What I Ate Wednesday! Quite fitting as it’s March, and the weather has been truly spring-like the past couple of days – yesterday was a whopping 60*, and for Wisconsin in early March, basically unheard of. I’ll take it! And I think I’ll blame it on Spring Fever, but I failed at documenting a full day of eats, even trying multiple days! Oh well… at least all my eats were green!

Breakfast: These were a hit last time I had them, so I had to make them again! Green eggs (from ground up Spinach!) with chicken sausage, cheese and Frank’s RedHot (my new absolute favorite condiment, even if it isn’t green!). On the side was a Zucchini muffin. YUM.

Lunch: This was my lunch I packed for work on Monday – Lettuce with chicken + dijon sauce with Peas and bread. Someone was not liking that is was Monday…

Also had to balance out all the green with some orange!

Afternoon snack: Keeping up the orange here is a new favorite snack. A baked sweet potato with coconut butter… melt the coconut butter and put a spoonful on top of the sweet potato. Hot or cold, this is an awesome snack that curbs any sweet craving! (Think Sweet Potato Pie almost).

Dinner?: Well this was actually a lunch over the weekend, but it could easily be a dinner! The easiest tuna salad = tuna + pickles + mustard on bread with lettuce on the side. All topped with more Frank’s!

And if this wasn’t a filling enough day, you could end it all with a green smoothie. Mmmm.

Happy 1st Wednesday in March!!!

what i ate wednesday #19

It is officially the last day in February… and a bonus day since it’s a Leap Year! I can’t wrap my head around tomorrow being MARCH already – yikes! It’s also the last week of Love your Veggies month with Peas and Crayons… but there’s a green-filled month ahead to look forward to!

Pre-Run: Coffee + milk. Banana. Rice cake + pb + jelly.

Running: I ran six miles today and decided to start experimenting early with other running fuels. I started later in my Disney 1/2 marathon training and never got totally used to them… so hopefully an early start helps! I took two squares of Clif Bloks along and my water bottle that had 1/4t salt and a little juice mixed in. I took one of the Clif Bloks at 2 miles and the second at 4. Besides being frozen they were really good!

Breakfast: I usually don’t do smoothies for breakfast because they fill me up initially, but don’t keep me full for longer than two hours or so. Since it was already after 10 when I got back and was ready to eat, I figured it would be okay since lunch wasn’t far off! In the smoothie was the last of our spinach (hence not being too green), a banana, ice, protein powder, cottage cheese, cocoa powder and PB2. There was a lot of protein in that baby, but unfortunately not a whole lot of taste. Definitely need to work on this for the future! Topped with a sprinkling of flax + granola.

Lunch: The smoothie kept me fuller longer than normal… maybe because of all the protein? So I made it at least 3 hours until lunch – what an accomplishment ;). Lunch was delicious. An orange, grilled cheese, lettuce and vegetable soup. There really wasn’t anything “special” with this lunch, but everything just went together perfectly!

After lunch I was wanting some sugar, so I decided to have a piece of carrot cake. Since there’s vegetables in it, it’s not too bad, right?! Plus is was the most delicious carrot cake (+gluten free!) with cream cheese frosting from Outpost. Yum!

Afternoon Snack: Lunch + dessert kept me really content for the entire afternoon so I wasn’t hungry until after 4:30. I didn’t want to eat dinner too early, so I ate a couple of carrot sticks along with some veggie straws. It also powered me through a couple loads of laundry and cleaning the bathroom and my room!

Dinner: For dinner I got all experimenty. I’ve wanted to make Edible Perspective’s Quinoa Egg Veggie Bake since I first saw it on her blog and this was the first time I actually did! I started out by making her perfect quinoa and then added green pepper, peas, sausage and topped it with cheese! Also covered with ketchup and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. A salad with cottage cheese on the side. This dinner was SUPER delicious and really filling – loved it!

Bedtime Snack: I had one of these little guys (recipe coming tomorrow!).

And a small bowl of chocolate chex in the pretty much empty Barney Butter container. This is by far my favorite almond butter – I can’t believe it’s all gone! Actually our entire nutbutter stock is severely diminished right now…

And that sums up the last WIAW of Love Your Veggies Month! Look for green meals next week ;). Happy Wednesday!

what i ate wednesday #18

There’s only one week left in February! I know this is usually a short month (and we even have an extra day), but time just keeps flying by as usual. As it’s Wednesday, it’s time to have another WIAW with the Peas and Crayons link party!

I tried to do better with my veggies this week, and they were definitely a main component in each of my three meals! I just have to get better at finding good veggie snacks that are filling :).

Breakfast: I tried to make the Bacon Waffle recipe as pancakes and without the bacon… something definitely went wrong and they ended up being a gooey mess. I had to microwave them all to try and cook them some more, and then topped it with melted coconut butter + cinnamon. Definitely not the tastiest breakfasts, but you can’t win them all! On the side was green eggs! Blended up egg whites + fresh spinach  and cooked normally. You can barely taste the spinach in them and it’s a much funner way to eat eggs in the morning! I should have skipped the pancakes and just had green eggs + ham instead ;).

I went to another butt-kicking Yoga Body Bootcamp class at my yoga studio and I was wiped when I got home! As a post-workout snack I grabbed a few almonds and had a packet of Emergen-C. Electrolytes + protein = perfect pick-me-up!

Lunch: Lunch was not far after my post-workout snack. I managed to take a shower and clean up my room and bathroom a bit first, but then I couldn’t wait any longer to eat! Lunch was devine. Leftover fajita steak and green peppers, stuffed in a brown rice tortilla with shredded cheese, and then topped with guac, salsa and plain yogurt with a big side of lettuce! I could eat these fajita quesadillas every day.

After lunch wouldn’t be complete with a cookie (on weekend’s at least!). This weekend was butterscotch, oatmeal and chocolate chip. Very tasty and I consumed my fair share of these over the weekend :).

Afternoon snack: Homemade Chocolate Brownie Clif Bar! With a schmear of peanut butter on top. I’m so sad this was my last one…

Dinner: This dinner was delicious! Chicken cordon bleu (just chicken breast, ham, swiss cheese + Trader Joe’s aioli mustard) with spaghetti squash and green beans on the side. I just LOVE spaghetti squash, I ate both those halves and easily could have eaten more :).

I think the Love Your Veggies month has definitely urged me to get back in the habit of trying to have veggies with every meal. Hopefully even after this theme is over I can keep up with that and continue eating my greens throughout the day! I definitely go through phases where I love certain veggies, and then I can’t stand them at all, but I think I just need to get over that and find a way to cook them that I’ll still enjoy ;). Happy Wednesday!

what i ate wednesday #17

Welcome to the second What I Ate Wednesday Love Your Veggies Month! I’m loving the theme, and tried to incorporate more veggies into my eats but could still use some more work! To be honest, it was the end of the day before I remembered the theme haha – but I still did okay!

Pre-Run: Rice cake with peanut butter + trader joe’s preserves. Also coffee, naturally.

It was my first “long run” of my second half marathon training plan today, so I’m getting back into the swing of my weekend workout routine! Today was a snowy 5 miles and it felt so good!

Breakfast: After getting back from my run I whipped up a batch of muffins (recipe to come!) and put them in the oven to bake while I stretched and did some ab work. I had two of the Banana Millet Chocolate Chunk Muffins along with a yogurt parfait. Blueberries, Orange Vanilla Chobani Champions greek yogurt (LOVE this new flavor!), and LOVE granola. Quite a delicious breakfast!

It was really cold out today so Crosby was chillin in his hoodie all day :).

Lunch: We had some leftover steak, broccoli and sweet potatoes from a dinner during the week, so I decided to slice up the steak and stir-fry it with broccoli, peas and some gluten free teriyaki sauce and had it with the sweet potatoes and a pile of lettuce that needed to be eaten on the side! Peas, broccoli, sweet potato and lettuce definitely make this a VEGGIE filled lunch!

I was still hungry after lunch so I had some almonds, raisins and a little chunk of chocolate.

Snack: For an afternoon snack I decided on a chocolate Luna Protein bar with a side of chunky peanut butter. I love having pb with granola bars – not a good habit to get in, but it is a good protein boost, right?!

Dinner: We ended up having a very late (for us) dinner tonight. We were thinking of going out for mexican, but decided to make it at home instead! Not quite the same, but this combo was delicious! Will definitely have to make it again :). Bed of greens with taco meat + cheese, Wholly Guacamole and Wholly Salsa (both so good!) and quite a few tortilla chips.

I also needed to end the day with a little more sweetness. A little chocolate ice cream with milk stirred in (like a shake) with a crumbled Almond Flour Coconut Chocolate Cookie. Delicious :).

what i ate wednesday #16

**I must say I love the monthly theme for WIAW! I should definitely increase my veggies for next time… I had some but I could use more!

This day was a very good day. And it was also Super Bowl Sunday. While I didn’t watch a second of the game (albeit a few minutes of the half time show on YouTube after the fact…), my lunch was definitely inspired by the game ;). Before lunch however, was breakfast.

Breakfast: Grain-Free Bacon Waffles. Yup, bacon waffles. They were delightful. Recipe to come soon (and I’m sure they’re delicious without the bacon if you’re not a bacon lover). Peanut butter and a drizzling of some agave-maple syrup. Oh so good.

After breakfast I went to my first ever Yoga Body Bootcamp class. It was quite the workout and I was in a complete smoothie mood when I got home (which hasn’t happened for months because of the weather). I created a Hydrating/Energizing Orange Smoothie and it definitely did the trick! If only I had some spinach to put in the blender too! After chugging this I quickly went to the shower so I could get out of my sweaty clothes…

Lunch: I absolutely love eating snacks in lieu of a real meal on the weekends. I like the random flavor combinations and it’s the perfect thing to eat while watching a movie and just relaxing. We also technically had the excuse of it being Super Bowl Sunday… even though the game was hours away haha. We made taco dip with tortilla chips, bbq meatballs, and homemade guac with plantain chips. So good and a few veggies anyways! I definitely went back for seconds while watching Crazy, Stupid, Love (I totally laughed every time they said Mrs. or Mr. Weaver – so weird for someone in a movie to have my last name! Especially when Mr. Weaver is played by Steve Carell).

Afternoon Snacks: I was still steamed up in the afternoon from my bootcamp, and the food processor was still out from making Cocoa Coconut Butter in the morning, so we whipped up a batch of Chocolate Banana Softserve (recipe to come soon too!). Topped with sprinkles. Because everything is better with sprinkles. No veggies, but tons of fruit!

Later on I had a handful of almonds + raisins. I love this combo but never end up having it during the week. That needs to change!

Dinner: We had such a successful making/baking weekend in the kitchen, another item of which was for dinner. We made up a half batch of an Almond Flax Pizza Crust and topped it with marinara, the leftover bbq meatballs from lunch, green olives and string cheese. This was the absolute best pizza crust I have had in a very long time! Why has it taken so long to try almond flour?! On the side was a salad with cottage cheese + balsamic vinegar. An excellent combination (reminds me of a mozzarella salad!).

After dinner I definitely nibbled on a few of the cookies below… I’ve showed many cookies on my WIAW posts the past few weeks because I have been in a definite cookie mood, and this recipe once again does not disappoint. The recipe will be coming soon (I sound so taunting in this post – sorry!). So many good things coming to the blog in the next few days from my highly productive and successful weekend in the kitchen! You can keep up to date with my posts on Facebook if you want to make sure you don’t miss out ;).

Thanks once again to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting this lovely weekly event! And I need to remember to eat more veggies :/.

what i ate wednesday #15

Oh my, yet another Wednesday! It is also the first day of February in 2012 – this year is going way too fast already. I’m not sure what weather is doing in other parts of the States, but Wisconsin is having some major spring temperatures, as in mid-40’s. Definitely no need for a coat today! But with these temperatures at the beginning of February, I am worried about what the actual Spring may bring… I guess we’ll just have to wait to see! Anyways, onto the eats :).

Breakfast: Homemade French Toast on Udi’s Ancient Grain Millet-Chia Bread with a little powdered sugar and a grapefruit. Yup, still loving the grapefruit! Also had coffee with chocolate milk on the side – when it’s super easy to make a homemade mocha, I just can’t resist! Especially when the sugar + cals are way down from what a coffeeshop mocha would be.

After breakfast Sister and I went on a 6 mile walk I think? Usually the winter is way too cold for just walking, but besides being really windy it wasn’t too bad!

Lunch: A delicious combination of ground chicken, broccoli and a homemade sloppy joe sauce. A little ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and spices make this dish delicious. Swap out some BBQ sauce if you don’t have the other ingredients on hand. On the side are some new-to-me Risotto Chips (sea salt flavored – so good!).

Snack: I felt like more coffee this afternoon, so we broke out the Sister’s Espresso machine Christmas present and made homemade lattes. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk + cinnamon, frothed with the Aerolatte and then the espresso on the top. But I guess when the espresso is on the top, it’s a macchiato? I guess there’s a reason I was never a barista… ;).

Two (or more) cookies on the side. Recipe coming tomorrow!

Dinner: Steak on the grill (did I mention is feels like Spring?!), sweet potato fries and roasted broccoli in the oven. Roasting veggies is definitely the best way to cook them!

After dinner I had a small dish of Talenti gelato and a couple more cookies – the cookies are just way too delicious! And there’s a sneaky healthy ingredient in them… but I bet you’d never guess it ;).

Happy Wednesday!! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for the cookie recipe – definitely do not want to miss this one!

what i ate wednesday #14

I have zero creativity right now. I tried to think of a clever title and what did I come up with? What I ate Wednesday #14… There was quite a large gap between number 12 and number 13, but only one week between 13 and 14! I would say that’s improvement :).

With wonderful Wisconsin winters and an 8:30-4:30 job, natural lighting for food pictures is a rarity. So, this week, I decided to take my pictures on Sunday when I was home to take in the natural lighting. Genius, no?

With that, I give you breakfast!

Udi’s Whole Grain Bagel with Cream Cheese and a 1/2 of a grapefruit on the side. I am loving grapefruits lately – even without any suger topping! I always used to load at least a teaspoon of sugar on each half, but this was so naturally sweet that it needed nothing.

Lunch was leftovers from the day before. P.F. Chang’s Gluten Free Pork Fried Rice. This was the best fried rice that I’ve had in so long! I was absolutely in love :). And even though it looks like I used chopsticks to eat it… I so did not.

Midafternoon snack was a Nonfat Latte from Stone Creek Coffee. I absolutely love Stone Creek (just a Wisconsin chain I think?). There was a line of at least four people with one barista behind the counter, and I waited for at least 15 minutes instead of pulling up to the Starbucks drive thru. Good thing it was Sunday and there was nothing better to do so I could wait in line for this delicious and perfectly frothy drink!

I also had some gluten free pretzels + string cheese. I headed off to a heated Vinyasa Flow class in the late afternoon, so I needed come carbs + protein to make it through!

Dinner was definitely a pizza night. Nothing tastes better after sweating buckets in yoga class! Brown Rice Tortilla + marinara sauce + string cheese + mini turkey pepperoni. So good!

We ended up watching quite a few movies this weekend, and what’s a movie without popcorn?? We use the airpopper, and then top with canola oil spray and popcorn salt. The saltiness of it is the perfect way to end a night, and a weekend!

Oh, and how can I forget the multiple World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies? Yes, a few of those were consumed as well…

So happy it’s Wednesday!

wiaw revisited

Wow, it’s extremely hard to believe that I haven’t participated in a WIAW since August 10th. What the heck happened? Well, I’m back for the day but not with nearly as nice of pictures to go along with it! Next week will be better!

I wrote way back then that I was in the middle of my third week of working… I’m now coming up on 6 whole months. Crazy, right? I was really busy at work today. Well it’s actually been crazy ever since I got back from the Disney 1/2 Marathon last week – I guess I deserve the busyness for skipping out of work for three (work) days right after the holidays!

I started out this morning the same as I do every day… with a tablespoon of chia mixed in V8 V-Fusion A?ai Mixed Berry  and a (couple of) cups of coffee with my current favorite mix in, chocolate milk, frothed with the Aerolatte. Mmm, I love coffee :). Drinking some chia in the morning really helps me stay hydrated throughout the day, as well as provide some additional protein + fiber for the morning! The coffee is merely a necessity at this point… I wouldn’t want to be around me without it haha.

For breakfast I ate steel-cut oats, made the easiest way ever. 1/4c steel-cut oats + 1 cup water, cooked on the stove the night before. Bring to a boil and cook for just two minutes, and then cover and let sit overnight. The next morning all you have to do is reheat! So simple and I much prefer the texture of the steel-cut oats to rolled. I mixed in some flaxseed and put a big scoop of Smucker’s Natural Chunky peanut butter on top :).

I ended up making it through the whole morning without a snack, even though I was hungry – there just wasn’t time! So I made up for it at lunch by having a salad (with a hidden scoop of hummus), some cottage cheese and Udi’s Millet-Chia Ancient Grains Bread – this is by far the best GF bread on the market!

Pretty much immediately following that I had some Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels and string cheese. I don’t know what it is about it, but this is one of my favorite combinations ever! Definitely brings me back to my childhood :).

A few hours later I ate this Mint Chocolate Luna Protein bar – I am more than slightly obsessed with these bars. Full of protein and they taste like a candy bar?! The Mint Chocolate flavor is definitely one of my favorites.

I left work a little later than usual, but was able to make dinner in no time! Sweet Sister put it all together the night before so all I had to do was put it in the oven to warm up and then eat! It ended up being perfect because I was able to shovel (seriously snow, you decide to snow for the first time last week, and it’s already the second downpour in 5 days?!) while it was warming up. Then I quickly ate and was off to my first massage! I ate too quickly and forgot a picture… but this is what was left after we ate – it’s a “baked ziti” dish with gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash, mushrooms, mini turkey pepperoni’s and some sliced string cheese on top. It looks a little interesting, but it was delicious and filling!

The massage was definitely my favorite thing of the day! I had never gotten one before, but Sister gifted me one for Christmas. It was so nice to be in a heated room and on a heated bed for an hour when it’s so cold and snowy outside! It was also really nice to get my muscles relaxed after the 1/2 marathon, I somehow manage never to stretch enough after running and am always tight. Massages might need to happen more in my lifetime… hmmm. And to top it all off I now smell like a coconut haha. The masseuse also had a dish of Dove Dark Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Chocolates – I had never had these before but they’re delicious! When I got home I continued to help shovel off the driveway – I guess that ended up being my workout for the day, darn snow!

Hope you all enjoyed my semi-return to WIAW – I’ll try my best to remember next week and have my food be a bit more colorful! Happy Wednesday!

what i ate wednesday #12

Three months.  That is absolutely crazy.  It is also the middle of my third week at work – well, technically it should be the end of my 3rd week since I worked over the weekend.  But I will be using my comp days for Hawaii in November so I can’t really complain!

Post-Workout Snack

I really need to integrate more weight-lifting into my workout routine so I started using the book The New Rules of Weightlifting for Women.  Today was my first workout from the book (after a 2 mile run) and I can already tell it’s going to be a great addition to my routine!  The book urged you to have a protein-powder smoothie/recovery drink after the workout so I happily obliged this morning.  I made my favorite Pineapple-Mango Smoothie with a 1/2 scoop Raw Protein Powder added in.  I’m not really a fan of the taste, but I need more protein so I’ve got to do it.


Overnight oats – just can’t get enough of them!  I also added 1/2 a scoop of protein powder in these and topped with a nectarine, blueberries, ground flax and sunbutter.  For some reason this did not sit with me too well…  Maybe a mixture between the protein powder and sunbutter?


Leftovers from dinner last night.  I’m keeping Sami’s Bakery in business!  We made a pizza topped with Mama Pea’s Hummus (from her new cookbook!) and curry.  So delicious.  Last night we topped it with lettuce, but I had a side of baby carrots and a hard-boiled egg instead.  Also had another nectarine and watermelon – lovin the summer fruit!

Mid-Afternoon Snack

I brought two rice cakes with PB2+J.  I don’t care if it makes me a child, I could have peanut butter and jelly every single day.  So good.


Grilled out tonight!  It actually felt like fall here rather than mid-August but I am definitely not complaining – fall is my favorite season!  Had sweet potato fries + garden green beans on the side.  And of course homemade pickles!  My new favorite :).  Another new favorite?  Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Covered Almonds.  Oh my word.  Had a handful of those after dinner…

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I’m back to getting caught up on all the blog posts I missed this past weekend – only 4o more to go!