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 #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!

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!