WIAW #5

Another Wednesday…Another Food Log!

 

 

Before we get into the eats…I’m thinking of getting another little furball. And by little, I mean…

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Awwww, aren’t they cute! There are actually three little ones in that sleepy pile. When I was junior high, I wasn’t allowed to have a dog so I got a hamster instead. I named her Muffin…she was my bestest little friend, I took her everywhere. These little ones look exactly like her and I’m smitten. I want to go get one so bad. I’ve already picked out a name…which is a probably a sign that one will be coming home soon. I’m just waiting to find out about jury duty first, but Baxter might have a little sister soon! (Not to actually play with of course…he’d probably eat her on accident. Who am I kidding…she’d scare him silly, he’s a big baby).

Ok, now on to the food.

 

Breakfast

I’m not much of a cereal fan, but I’ve recently found one that I actually like. Kashi shredded wheat in Island Vanilla is absolutely delicious! It’s healthy and just slightly sweet. It’s perfect with a bit of Organic Milk and a bowl of blueberries.

 

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Lunch

Did you know that some Panera’s are being built with a Drive thru? It’s genius and today I was able to pick up half a Caesar salad and a Turkey/Bacon/Avocado sandwich without getting out of my car. I could tell Baxter wanted to take a car ride, so that’s why we went through the drive thru…

Oh who am I kidding, he didn’t really want to go…I went their because I was hungry and didn’t want to change out of my  yoga pants. The epitome of delicious laziness.

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Dinner

Today is a very long work day. In fact I’m writing this after midnight because I just finished work about 30 minutes ago. I’m going to be in court all day tomorrow so it’s like preparing to go on vacation every single day and I have to clear out as much work as possible in case I have to be in court all week. I broke around 8 for a comfort dinner and made a big bowl of Spaghetti and (frozen) Turkey Meatballs.

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Unpictured: a few pieces of chocolate before bed, my eboost and many glasses of water.

 

I don’t know why, but I’ve been incredibly productive lately. Even with work all day, I still managed to get a workout in and start a few other things around the house. Whatever’s gotten into me…I hope it sticks around.

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WIAW #4

Happy Wednesday!

 

Today has been a much better day than yesterday, and the best part is that I now have a working Air Conditioner! Wait no…the best part is that the repairs were under warranty and it didn’t cost me a penny (YAY!). The AC unit will need to be replaced in the next year or so, but it’s working and that’s all that matters right now.

 

 

Breakfast

I woke up wanting something special this morning. I am in love with the Uncured Trader Joe’s Turkey Bacon, it’s absolutely delicious. By far the best I’ve ever tasted. I paired it with 2 Van’s Protein Waffles and a big scoop of blueberries.

Breakfast

 

Lunch

This is a repeat meal on the blog, and I stole this picture from a previous post. However, I ate exactly this meal. It’s a big bowl of romaine lettuce, a chopped up chicken breast, Parmesan cheese, and Trader Joe’s Cilantro Dressing. I eat this for lunch all the time since it’s quick, easy, filling and healthy. Sometimes I like to add a scoop of black beans or quinoa to change things up.

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Dinner

I’ve been seriously craving BBQ lately so my entire dinner was created around BBQ sauce. I just bought some sweet potatoes so I topped the potato with grilled chicken and BBQ sauce. I paired it with a plate full of sautéed garlic green beans. So, it’s not quite like local BBQ faire, but it worked in a pinch.

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Snacks

One of my favorite snacks is lunch meat, particularly the Rotisserie Style Chicken from…where else…Trader Joe’s! I also had a bit of chocolate (not at the same time as the chicken) from my Dark Chocolate stash. By chocolate stash, I mean the last Dark Chocolate Holiday bar that I’ve been hoarding because it’s my favorite and I can’t get it until Christmas time. Damn you Trader Joe’s seasonal specials! I’m stocking up next year, hope no one else in my city wants these chocolate bars…I’m buying them out! 🙂

Snacks

 

As usual, water and eboost are unpictured.

WIAW #3

Happy Wednesday!

Or, LUCKY YOU, if today happens to be your ‘Friday’. I can’t lie, I’m a little jealous of anyone with 4 days off for the holiday. I do get Independence Day off, but I have to work on Friday.

 

 

I’m going to continue with the WIAW posts each week. I probably won’t post any recipes on these, so if you see a recipe you want, just let me know. I can email it to you or draft up a separate post.

My eating has been really out of control lately, and breaking those bad eating cycles has been tough! So today was a good chance to get back on track since I snapped a pic of everything. It’s amazing how taking pictures of your food really makes you reconsider what you are going to eat. *reaches for Oreos…ugh, I have to take a picture…grabs a big glass of water instead*  Yep, that happened.

 

Breakfast

First thing in the morning I always have a glass of hot water and fresh lemon juice. I don’t think I’ve photographed this in any of the past WIAW posts, but it happens everyday. I buy bags of tiny lemons at Trader Joe’s each week since you usually get 6-7 and they are the perfect size to squeeze a whole little lemon into your water.

Lemon Water

Today I had very limited time for breakfast so I had to go for convenience. I picked up a few Good Food Made Simple Egg Burritos at Target recently and they’re pretty damn tasty! This one had egg whites and chicken apple sausage, along with potatoes, cheese, and peppers. They cook in the microwave in less than 2 minutes and the nutritional stats are pretty decent. I paired it with a big bowl of strawberries.

Egg Burrito and Strawberries

 

Lunch

Fish Tacos!! I had no idea what to cook for lunch today until I saw some leftover fish in the freezer (I work from home so I typically cook lunch as opposed to eating out). I’ve actually featured these on the blog before, you can read the original recipe here. I was out cabbage so I used Spinach instead along with big chunks of avocado. So delicious.

Fish Tacos

 

Dinner

Apparently I was feeling egg deficient today because I ended up having more for dinner. Actually, I went with breakfast because it was simple. This past weekend it was 111 degrees at my house and my AC just broke, AGAIN! So I escaped to my parents house one night to visit with my parents sit in front of a working AC vent. On Sunday morning, my mom made the best scrambled eggs with bacon and cheese. In fact, as a kid, I remember eating these eggs all the time when we would go camping. I scrambled 1 whole egg with 3 egg whites along with a dash of milk, wilted spinach, turkey bacon and a little cheese. I paired the amazing eggs with some hashbrowns (from the Trader Joe’s freezer section) and a few slices of toast. Excellent comfort food.

Breakfast For Dinner

 

That’s it! The only things that escaped the camera were glasses of water and the eboost I had around 4pm (since it’s just mixed into more water). I drink A LOT of water.

WIAW #2 & Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

I really liked participating in WIAW last week so I’m back this week. This is a very typical day of eats for me so I thought it was a good day to share. I received a few requests for the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe I showed last week, so I’ve included that info below. It’s a really easy recipe that guarantees a healthy and hearty breakfast on the fly.

 

Breakfast

Speaking of Apple Cinnamon Oats…I was in a rush for breakfast this morning so I grabbed one from the fridge. I added a dash of coconut milk and microwave it for 2 minutes, I find that it revives really well. Coffee was necessary and I’m currently loving the KCup Mocha Coconut from Donut Shop with frothed organic milk, topped with a dash of cocoa powder. Then I grabbed a handful of Rainer cherries on the side.  Cherries are my FAVORITE fruit so I eat them in bulk during their limited season.

 

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Apple Cinnamon CrockPot Steel Cut Oats

Serves: 4

 

1 Cup uncooked steel cut oats

1 T Ground Cinnamon (adjust this to your personal taste, 1 Tablespoon is quite strong)

2 medium apples, cored and chopped (I left the skin on)

1 Cup Vanilla Coconut Milk

2.5 Cups Water (I like my oats drier, if you prefer, you can increase the water to 3 cups). You can also use all milk or all water for this recipe.

 

Add all ingredients to the Crockpot and cook on low overnight. I put mine in at about 11:30pm and it was ready when I came down for breakfast at around 8am. That’s it, super simple and delicious.

 

Snack

In between morning calls I grabbed a small apple (anyone else love those bags of little apples at Trader Joe’s?), sliced Rotisserie chicken, and a glass of VitaminWater Zero in Revive. I tend to run incredibly low on potassium and the Revive water has no calories, no sugar, and 880mg of potassium. So lately I try to drink one bottle over the course of the day.

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Lunch

Lunch was my go to salad. Trader Joe’s sells cooked, seasoned chicken breasts in their prepackaged food case. They’re a little higher than I like in sodium, but they’re are incredibly convenient. This salad had one chopped chicken breast, about 3 cups of Romaine lettuce, 2 Tablespoons of grated parmesan, and 2 Tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Cilantro Dressing. Sometimes I add some black beans, but today I kept it simple, and paired it with a big glass of unsweetened iced tea.

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Dinner

This dinner was a total win and really very simple as well. It’s a bed of brussel sprouts (sautéed with a bit of coconut oil), black beans, and feta cheese tossed with a little Italian dressing. I topped the sprouts with a piece of (premade) Macadamia Nut crusted Mahi Mahi. I buy the fish in the freezer section at Costco and they are DELICIOUS! I know frozen fish can get a bad wrap in terms of taste, but this is the best I’ve ever had, I absolutely love them. Not pictured, I had another glass of the VitaminWater.

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Dessert

After dinner, I had the last of my angel food cake topped with fat free whip cream and fresh blueberries. Too good for words.

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So that’s it. I did have an eBoost around 5pm and I finished the VitaminWater after working out later that evening, but otherwise this was everything I ate. Oh, and I don’t usually take pictures of the water I drink, but I down a lot of water over the course of the day in addition to the beverages above, usually around 12+ glasses. For those that know I’m trying to lose weight, this is very typical of what I eat, though I usually leave out the angel food cake. This was about 1500 calories, 32g fat, 110g protein, and 30g fiber. If you want to see more of my daily eats, let me know…or you can follow me on instagram. I don’t post every meal, but I share quite a few.

 

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) #1

Ok, I give in…I’m jumping on the WIAW bandwagon (a bit late). I don’t know why I find it so fascinating seeing what other people eat throughout the day. Perhaps it’s because I love to cook, so I feel a bit inspired…but it also gives me alternate ideas for snacks and quick meals. Here’s a foodie snapshot into my day yesterday.

Breakfast

I tried a new recipe this week and made a batch of Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut oats in my Crockpot. It was so nice to wake up to hot oatmeal without lifting a finger. I also made enough to reheat throughout the week. I like to get a lot of protein in the morning, it keeps me full throughout the day, so I paired the oatmeal with a few egg whites.

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Snack

I broke away from a meeting to grab a quick snack later in the morning. I filled a bowl with fresh pineapple, some Pineapple Flavored Greek Yogurt and a scoop of grape nuts. Most of the time grape nuts tastes like little rocks, but the yogurt softens it perfectly and it adds the best crunch to a creamy snack.

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Lunch

Lunch stumped me yesterday. I only had a few minutes between meetings and I didn’t want another salad (which is my go to quick lunch), so I made a few chicken & cheddar quesadillas. I topped them with a bit of mashed avocado and downed a sparkling water just before I had to dial in for my next meeting.

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Dinner

Since I was lacking some veggies for lunch, I  made a whole bunch of green beans for dinner. I tossed them with a Tablespoon of parmesan and baked them at 425 for 10 minutes. Crispy and cheesy! I also threw a baked potato and Feta chicken burger on the plate. It looks a little boring, but it was oh so delicious.

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I also had my standard glass of eboost around 3pm, and a (not so standard) brownie as desert which I forgot to photograph. I may have also eaten half the green beans before I remembered to snap the picture above. How do the daily eats bloggers do it?