A very atypical WIAW

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So with the busyness of summer and managing my job, working at church, and being a dog mama, it’s been quite a while since I jumped in on the What I Ate Wednesday party! Sad, right?

Thankfully, I’m back this week with a very atypical WIAW. I normally stick to capturing a full day of eats on a weekday, but someone I caught pictures of all of eats last Saturday, so I wanted to share!

I typically stick to a pretty standard eating schedule: three meals, three snacks, but we were celebrating my sister’s 21st birthday, so it was definitely all over the place!

I started off with a few handfuls of unpictured Honey Nut Cheerios around 7:45 a.m. before heading out for a run with my sister. After our run, we quickly showered, got ready, and headed to brunch at White Rose Bar & Grill. Kate & I split a veggie omelet and crab omelet with tri-colored potatoes and wheat toast.

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I ate all of my omelet, one slice of toast, and almost all of my homefries. I don’t know what it is about purple potatoes, but I absolutely love them…fabulous meal! I ended up staying full for hours. Around 3:30, I started to get a little hungry so I picked up a fruit cup and nut & fruit mix from Starbucks while we were out shopping. (Sorry, I snapped the photo after I had finished everything up!)

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On the way home from our shopping adventures, we stopped by Chipotle and I enjoyed a salad with chicken, brown rice, fajita vegetables, mild salsa, and corn salsa…and some chips on the side, of course!

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That was it! I was (comfortably) full all day and got to enjoy two of my favorite meals — breakfast and Chipotle!

Do you have a strict eating routine or do you mix it up? 

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A grown-up PB & J: WIAW edition

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It’s Wednesday! And, you foodies know what that means…(If you don’t, then head to Peas & Crayons for the scoop!)

I hate to admit this, but I went through a phase in high school where I ate PB & J for lunch. Every. Single. Day.

And, no, I’m not talking about having natural peanut butter and homemade strawberry jam on a whole wheat bread.

I’m talking processed white bread, peanut butter that was far from natural, and grape jelly with lots of added sugar. I may or may not have enjoyed this with a Choco Taco on the side. (P.S. I miraculously never gained weight during this sugar-laden time of my life. Thank goodness!)

But, anyways, I still love the taste of PB & J. What I don’t love is refined sugars, processed ingredients, and empty starches. That’s why I’ve started to create my own “grown-up” concocotions of PB & J…first, my healthy PB & (Strawberry) J bowl and now this…

PB & J oatmeal

 

It’s Healthy PB & J Oatmeal! Here’s what’s in the mix (one serving)…

  • 1/4 c. steel cut oats, cooked (Or use 1/2 c. regular oats)
  • Splash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp. natural strawberry jam
  • Additions: hemp seeds + flax seeds
  1. In a bowl, combine oats and milk. Microwave for 1:10.
  2. Top with strawberries, jam, peanut butter, and any extra additions. Enjoy!

Mmmm, so yummy!

Here’s what the rest of my day looked like…(Trust me, they’re not as pretty. The rest of my eats were all on-the-go!)

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11:45 a.m. –> apple

WIAW6.18_lunch12:40 p.m. –> Mini turkey burger topped with TJ’s reduced-guilt guacamole + lettuce + white onion on quinoa flax bread from Whole Foods (it’s amazing) + baby carrots on the side

WIAW6.18_snack4:00 p.m. –> 3 oz. plain 0% CHO + 3 oz. plain 2% Mango CHO topped with sliced almonds, puffed wheat, and oats

WIAW6.18_dinner6:00 p.m. –> Roasted sweet potatoes + roasted brussel sprouts + watermelon (It was a very colorful — and tasty — dinner!)

Unpictured: 2 Hershey Kisses while at a meeting + my nighttime snack (1 banana, warmed in the microwave, with 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter, 2 tbsp. oat bran, and a splash of milk)

 

 

 

A very berry WIAW!

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What’s the best part of summer? The berries!

Okay, well, I”m sure there’s many other things as well, but as a foodie, I’m all about the berries, and today’s What I Ate Wednesday is a testament to that. Not part of the WIAW trend yet? Head over to Peas & Crayons to see what it’s all about! This week’s eats come from yesterday…

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Breakfast: (You saw this yesterday!) 1/2 c. oats, 1 Tbsp. chia seeds, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 scoop vanilla protein powder, natural crunchy PB, strawberries and blueberries

Morning snack: Pink lady apple

Lunch: 1/4 c. quinoa with chicken and bean crockpot “chili” + baby carrots on the side

Afternoon snack: 3 oz. plain greek yogurt + 3 oz. black cherry CHO with puffed wheat and oats mixed in (I am loving these mason jars for my yogurt!)

And, then came dinner…

I was planning on photographing a yummy pasta dish that came together fairly quickly yesterday, but it just so happened that my side dish stole the show. I mean, if you put this together, would you be able to resist photographing this plate of summery, clean eating deliciousness?

Spinach strawberry feta salad

 

Fresh spinach, sweet strawberries, crunchy walnuts, a dusting of feta…

 

Spinach strawberry feta salad

 

I’d love to share the “recipe” per say, but does anyone really measure salad ingredients? Here’s what was in the mix:

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • Chopped strawberries
  • Small handful of walnuts
  • Sprinkle of feta
  • Trader Joe’s fat-free balsamic vinaigrette dressing

What’s your favorite part of summer? What’s your favorite “summer” food?

Let’s partayyyyy, WIAW style!

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Happy Wednesday, Levelites!

It’s time for another installment of What I Ate Wednesday…if you’re not familar, get yourself over to Peas & Crayons to see what the fun is all about!

This week is all about one thing: pizza! Red onion, mushroom,  and kale pizza, that is.

Kale, mushroom, and red onion pizza on whole wheat crust

This pizza is the pizza of all pizzas…homemade whole wheat no-rise dough (yes, it’s done in less than 15 minutes!), fresh veggies, a touch of sauce, a whole lot of kale. The recipe is simple: Make your dough, cook for about ten minutes, remove and add your toppings, stick it back in the oven for ten minutes or so and bam! You have yourself a beautiful, healthy pizza.

But, that’s actually not everything I ate last Wednesday. Let’s back up a bit… (Sorry, the pizza was just that good. I got excited!)

Banana cottage cheese pancakesI started off the morning with three small banana cottage cheese pancakes topped with some peanut butter, TJ’s maple agave syrup, and flax seed.

WIAW6.5_strawberriesFor a snack, I enjoyed some fresh strawberries. These were the best ones I’ve had all season so far!

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When lunchtime rolled around, I enjoyed some leftover healthy “fried” rice with shrimp and tons of vegetables with a fresh cucumber salad on the side from a friend!

WIAW6.4_snackFor snacktime, I had 3 oz. apple cinnamon CHO + 3 oz. plain CHO mixed with some peanut butter, puffed wheat, and raw oats.

Kale, mushroom, and red onion pizzaDinner time included two slices of my kale, red onion, and mushroom pizza with some baby carrots on the side!

A healthy chicken poppers kind of WIAW!

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I’ve been gone from the WIAW world for the past two weeks, but I am back! Let’s do this 🙂

My eats come from last Friday…and I sure was hungry for some reason! I think I ate all day long…

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Breakfast: Two-ingredient banana egg pancake with almond butter and some flax seed +unsweetened coconut

Morning snack: I raided the office kitchen to find some pretzels and two clementines. They sure hit the spot!

Lunch: Sweet potato bowl with 1/2 roasted sweet potato, black beans, red and green peppers, onions, and corn topped with chipotle salsa + baby carrots on side

Afternoon snack: Mango Chobani with puffed wheat and oats (and a few handfuls of puppy chow as I made it for the hubby!)

Dinner…oh, it’s coming! Keep scrolling 🙂

Evening snack: Small bowl of Crispix cereal with unsweetened vanilla almond milk

And, now for dinner…

Popcorn chicken dippersOh yeah…don’t you just want to dip some right now? I call them healthy chicken poppers, and they are phenomenal with an easy-as-can-be honey dijon dipping sauce! Do you want the recipe?

You do?

Okay, well if you insist…

Healthy popcorn chicken with honey dijon dipping

 

Healthy Chicken Poppers & Honey Dijon Dipping Sauce 

  • 2 large chicken breasts, trimmed of fat and cut into small cubes
  • 1 c. whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/3 c. panko
  • Salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 3/4 Tbsp. honey
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Set out two small bowls. In the first bowl, combine bread crumbs & panko + salt and pepper to taste. In the second bowl, beat two eggs.
  3. Roll chicken pieces in egg wash until covered and then immediately place in breadcrumb mixture. Mix until each piece is covered and then set on the baking sheet.
  4. Once you have breaded all chicken poppers, place chicken in oven and cook for about ten minutes, flipping once. (The smaller your pieces, the less cooking time you’ll need.)
  5. In a separate bowl, combine greek yogurt, dijon mustard, and honey for your dipping sauce. Enjoy!

 

How to level up this recipe: 

  • Gluten-free or breadcrumbs just not your thing? You could easily “bread” your chicken with almond meal instead.

How to level down this recipe:

  • For an added punch of flavor, add 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese to the breading mixture.

 

A post-marathon 26.2 WIAW!

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for WIAW and a short break from all my marathon talk!

This week’s eats come from Monday, the day after my marathon. Normally after long runs I’m absolutely ravenous, which didn’t seem the case on Monday…however, I still got in lots of recovery carbs and protein (and some treats!) to celebrate the end of my journey to 26.2!

I started the day off with “Apple Pie Oats”…

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Serves 1

  • 1/2 c. oats
  • 2/3 c. liquid (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk; you can use a combo of milk + water if you’d like)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed
  • 1 small apple, chopped (I kept the skin on, but that’s optional.)
  1. In a small saucepan, combine oats and liquid over medium-high heat. Stir regularly.
  2. Once the liquid begins to be absorbed, add in your egg white and apples and cook for about a minute or until egg is cooked throughout.
  3. Stir in your tablespoon of flaxseed and mix well. Remove from heat and serve — preferably with a big ol’ scoop of nut butter!

After breakfast, I had a pretty busy day so I snapped my eats on the go!

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Morning snack: Baby carrots

Lunch: One large sweet potato with sauteed peppers, corn, and black beans served with fresh pico de gallo and unpictured TJ’s quinoa lentil chips

Afternoon snack: I had an Apple CHO all ready to go, but when someone came back with half price Starbucks fraps for the office, I couldn’t resist! I had a Mocha Cookie Crumble and it. was. phenomenal. (Almost cherry shaved ice status!)

Dinner: 1/2 c. whole wheat angel hair pasta with shrimp sauteed in 1/2 tbsp. butter + 1/4 tsp. garlic + steamed broccoli + balsamic vinegar

Evening snacks: A small homemade granola square sent from my mother-in-law (amazing!) and part of the fruit from an Edible Arrangement I received as a congrats on my marathon! 🙂 (Dollop of plain 0% CHO on the side)

Unpictured: Lots of water! In retrospect, I should have had some Gatorade as well to replenish the electrolytes, as I was feeling pretty sloggish still on Tuesday morning!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?

 

White Pizza WIAW!

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Happy Hump Day, my friends! In the food blogger world, perhaps it’s more accurate to say Happy WIAW Day? Yes, we’ll go with that!

My What I Ate Wednesday came from last Thursday. Let’s get to it!

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Breakfast: Banana egg pancake topped with almond butter, flax, and unsweetened shredded coconut

Morning snack: Orange

Lunch: A delicious mess of a salad! Romaine, spinach, red onion, carrots, broccoli, deli turkey, and pickle topped with balsamic vinaigrette dressing with Trader Joe’s quinoa lentil chips on the side!

Afternoon snack: Chobani Bite Coffee mixed with plain 0% CHO, puffed wheat, and oats

And, then came dinner! After a trip to Trader Joe’s, I had a whole wheat pizza dough I couldn’t wait to use. I had this idea of a white pizza and balsamic glaze, so I threw this together. It was definitely a winner!

Balsamic white pizza

 

Balsamic glazed white pizza
Serves 4 

  • One whole wheat pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s pre-made.) 
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 large roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  1. Preheat oven according to what pizza dough crust you choose. 
  2. Next, mix your balsamic vinegar, olive oil, oregano, and basil, and use a brush to lightly brush top of pizza dough.
  3. Top balsamic glaze with tomato, spinach, and red onion. Top with cheese.
  4. Place in oven and bake until crust is cooked and cheese is melted. Enjoy!

How to level up this recipe:

  • Use more veggies! I would also love asparagus, yellow pepper, or mushrooms on top of this.
  • For a grilled flavor, make your pizza on the grill! (I’m sure this would be phenomenal! I’m sad we don’t have a grill.)

How to level down this recipe:

  • Leave off whatever veggies you don’t like.

Happy Wednesday!