WIAW #5: A Momentous Occasion

Hi there! Soo I totally spaced yesterday and forgot to take photos of my food, so instead of Tuesday’s meals I’ll be sharing today (Wednesday’s) eats instead. Cool? Cool!

If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head on over to Peas and Crayons and read all about it.

Breakfast – 9 a.m.

I made a batch of banana oats on the stove and they turned out super thick and delicious. It’s not the most exciting looking breakfast, but it tasted pretty darn good. In the mix were oats, milk, a mashed banana, pinch of cinnamon and a scoop of almond butter. I also had a cup of coffee that went un-photographed.

Lunch – 1 p.m.

I took a break around lunchtime to go for a run on the beach because the weather was finally nice for the first time in what felt like forever. Since the weather has been so crappy, running has been missing from my workout routine lately. I ran four miles on the beach and my legs and lungs were burning like no other. Note to self: run more often. It will make the experience much more enjoyable.

When I got back I threw together a wrap with hummus, turkey, spinach and pickles with some baby carrots and hummus for dipping on the side.

 Snack – 4 p.m.

I was hungry a few hours later so grabbed a peach and some almonds. The peaches I bought at Harris Teeter on Sunday ripened FAST so Brian and I are trying our best to eat them as quickly as possible. I don’t think that’s going to be too difficult though :).

Dinner – 7 p.m.

I made Rachael Ray’s Spanakopita turkey burgers for the first time a few weeks ago and they turned out great, so I repeated the recipe tonight. That woman annoys the heck out of me but she sure knows her stuff when it comes to making delicious, healthy burgers. These babies are packed with spinach, feta and fabulous spices.

Of course, I totally spaced and got halfway through my burgers before I remembered to take a picture. I eat way too fast for this to ever be a “What I Ate” blog every day of the week.

My burger was bun-less tonight because we only had a few sandwich thins left and I’m too cheap/lazy to buy any more since Brian and I will be away for three weeks beginning this weekend.

Dessert – 9 p.m.
 

Since I was such a selfless wife and sacrificed my burger bun for Brian, I deserve fro-yo tonight, right? Just nod and say yes, mmkay.

My cup of deliciousness included chocolate, vanilla, cake batter and peanut butter frozen yogurt topped with blueberries, mango, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips and coconut. If there was a competition for who could include the most ingredients in a cup of fro-yo for under $2.50, I would win, no contest.

I also got a cup for Brian to enjoy when he gets home from work later tonight. He is boring and only likes one or two flavors and toppings at a time, so I got him oreo fro-yo and the same chip selection that I had.

Note how much bigger his serving is – not because he can eat more fro-yo than me (hah! what a joke) – but so that he will think I am a generous wife when in fact I am just planning ahead for when I make him share with me later. I am an excellent planner when it comes to the important things in life.

Now for the exciting part: when the cashier rang me up, she told me that I had completed my loyalty card! YESS!

Free ice cream makes me crazy happy! Or just crazy. Either way, there is a free small cup of frozen yogurt in my very near future.

Stay tuned next WIAW for a post including the biggest cup of frozen yogurt ever assembled.

Have a good one!

WIAW #4: Cookie Love

Happy Wednesday! I woke up this morning hoping for some sunshine, but when I opened the curtains I was greeted by another gloomy, rainy day. Yuck.

On the bright side, my chest, shoulders and back are nice and sore from yesterday’s workout! Not too sore, but just the perfect amount of DOMS. Am I crazy or does anyone else like being sore after their workouts?

Another good thing about today is that it’s What I Ate Wednesday! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and check it out.

Here are my eats from yesterday:

Breakfast
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I toasted a cinnamon raisin bagel thin and topped it with some sunflower butter and a sliced banana. I also gulped down a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts French vanilla coffee with vanilla soy milk.

Lunch

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I made a delicious sandwich with whole wheat bread, mashed avocado, turkey, swiss cheese, tomato and spinach. I was so good I ate half of it before remembering to take a photo 🙂 I’m thinking I may need bigger slices of bread next time since my sandwich fillings were coming out the sides of my sandwich.

Snack

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Black cherry Chobani is hands down my favorite yogurt flavor. Sometimes I stick it in the freezer for a bit then put add a few chocolate chips and it tastes just like a healthier version of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any chocolate chips yesterday, but it was still delicious. I also had a Jazz apple which went un-photographed.

Dinner

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Brian came home for dinner and informed me he only had an hour before he had to go back to work, so we made a quick, easy dinner of whole wheat pasta with Prego tomato basil sauce and Al Fresco sweet Italian sausage. I ate mine atop a bed of baby spinach to add a little veggie boost to my dinner.

Dessert

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After dinner I enjoyed one of these babies: a coconut pecan cookie from Harris Teeter. These cookies are SO good. I don’t normally buy baked goods since I love to bake, but we don’t have an oven in our hotel room (a.k.a. our home for the summer) and I was having a major cookie craving this week.These cookies are chewy, moist and have lots of delicious coconut. I definitely recommend them!

There you have it, another What I Ate Wednesday! Have a fantastic day 🙂

What is your favorite kind of cookie?? 
I never met a cookie I didn’t like, but if I had to choose I would say my favorite is oatmeal butterscotch. Mmmmm.

WIAW#3: Ice Cream Ending

Happy hump day! What better way to get over the mid-week hump than a little WIAW action! If you’re new to WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) head on over to Peas and Crayons and check it out!


Breakfast

Oatmeal with vanilla soymilk, pumpkin pie spice, flaxseed, strawberries and almond butter

And some good old Dunkin’ Donuts french vanilla coffee. Why are there no Dunkin’ Donuts in Virginia Beach? It is a travesty.

 Lunch

Ham and Swiss on a sandwich thin with mustard, lettuce and tomato. Baby carrots and guac on the side.

Snack

A hard-boiled egg and tomato slices atop 2 Wasa crackers covered in Laughing Cow

 Dinner

Pulled pork sandwich. Yum!

 I made this pulled pork using Julie’s recipe for the easiest pulled pork ever and it came out really well! One pork loin, one can of beef broth, 8 hours in the Crock Pot and voila! I mixed it with some barbecue sauce and it was dee-lish.

I also made a taco salad with romaine lettuce, salsa, shredded cheese, tomato and a few spicy sweet potato chips. It was a fiesta in my mouth.

The hubby had some work to do last night so I went out to rent a movie from RedBox after dinner. I got Something Borrowed, mainly because Jim from The Office was in it, but was pretty disappointed. Jim (I don’t know his real name) was adorable, but the movie was kind of frustrating to watch and a little sad. I also hated Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson’s characters so that was a letdown.

On the way home from picking up the movie I got a call from Brian requesting dessert, and being the wonderful wife that I am, I swung by Dairy Queen and picked up a Blizzard for him and a cup of soft serve for me. I ordered a cup of chocolate with marshmallow topping only to be told that they were out of chocolate ice cream. OUT OF CHOCOLATE?!?! I’m pretty sure the guy behind the counter thought I didn’t believe him because I made him repeat it like five times before I finally accepted the fact that they didn’t have any chocolate ice cream.

The vanilla actually ended up being really delicious with the marshmallow topping. So delicious that I gobbled it up before I even thought to take a photo…whoops. I guess I’ll just have to get another one next Tuesday so you can see how beautiful it was 🙂

Have a great day!

WIAW Numero Dos

Welcome to What I Ate Wednesday! I’m still new to the whole blogging thing and I messed up the link to Peas and Crayons last time, so hopefully I’ll get it right this week! Head on over and check it out:

I was craving something chocolate-y when I woke yesterday, so I whipped up some oatmeal with almond milk, chocolate protein powder, PB2 and banana slices mixed in.

I also had a mug of hot coffee. Please excuse the nasty banana peel in the background.

Lunch was my new favorite sandwich: turkey on a whole grain flatbread with guacamole, lettuce and tomato. I also had some baby carrots into which I dipped the rest of my 100-calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole. Guacamole may just be one of my favorite condiments ever.

Later that afternoon I had a pre-workout snack of a cinnamon raisin bagel thin with Laughing Cow cheese and a jazz apple.

Dinner was Julie’s recipe for Mushroom Spinach Wheat Berry Mock Risotto. I tried it last week and loved so much I made it again last night.

This isn’t the prettiest picture, but it tastes really good, I promise.

Anddd I may or may not have stayed up until 2:30 last night reading the newest book in the Divergent series, and I may or may not have gotten hungry and had a midnight snack of Wasa crackers smothered in Laughing Cow. No, I did. I definitely did.

Thank goodness I got 87 percent of the way through the book last night, so I’ll be able to finish it tonight and be asleep by a reasonable hour. And with that I’m off to enjoy some dystopian young adult literature. It’s a good thing I majored in English in college so that I could grow up to have such mature and scholarly taste in books 🙂

WIAW #1: The Inaugural Post

Today is my first WIAW post! I first discovered “What I Ate Wednesday” over at My Food n’ Fitness Diaries and learned that it was started by Jenn, the blogger behind Peas and Crayons. Jenn’s blog even links to all of the bloggers who participate in sharing their eats every Wednesday- so cool! You should definitely head over to Jenn’s blog and check it out.

Unfortunately, since this was my first shot at a WIAW post I kinddd of botched it up and forgot to photograph my breakfast and morning snack. But you can just use your imagination, right?

I had an early doctor appointment so I prepared some overnight oats on Monday evening by combining:

½ cup Quaker oats
6 oz. Chobani apple cinnamon yogurt
A splash of almond milk

In the morning I mixed in a spoonful of Sunbutter. Apples + nut butter = the best.

When I got back from my appointment I made some coffee with Almond Breeze Almond Coconut milk mixed in. I bought this for the first time on Sunday and am still deciding whether or not I like it. I think I like regular almond milk better, but maybe that just because I’m used to the taste of it. I’m going to give it until the end of the carton decide on my final verdict.

I was hungry again around 10:30 so I microwaved a deep chocolate flavored Vitatop and smeared some Sunbutter on top.

For lunch I made a huge salad with romaine lettuce, chickpeas, baby carrots, tomatoes, white mushrooms, almonds and my favorite pear and Gorgonzola dressing.  

I also had a deliciously crunchy Jazz apple for some sweetness.

Since my lunch was a little lacking in the carb department, I snacked on a banana with some PB2 about an hour before Crossfit.

I had planned to make linguine with meat sauce for dinner, but when I realized that we had some frozen stir-fry veggies leftover from Monday night’s dinner I thought they would be the perfect addition to the sauce. I had to talk Brian into since he thought the stir-fry veggies would taste “weird” in a pasta sauce, but he ended up loving it. He should really just accept the fact that I am always right.

And, last, but not least, dessert was a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. Chocolate, of course.

And there you have it, my first WIAW post!