WIAW–Lately

I haven’t managed to pull together an entire day for WIAW this week, but I figured I should give you a look at the things I’ve been eating over the past several days, including my time in Charleston!

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Breakfasts:

Dairy-free overnight oats:

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Microwaved oatmeal, almond milk, & sunwarrior protein powder plus some almond butter (please don’t be intimidated by my fancy dishware):

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And lots of Chobani and Chex were consumed while in Charleston for quick breakfasts:

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Meals:

Veggies and eggs when I’m low on groceries:

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Salad from Verde in Mt Pleasant, SC!!!!

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Salad from Sultan’s Market in Chicago:

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Shrimp and Grits from 82 Queen:

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Treats/Snacks:

Margarita…. (does this count as healthy snacking?..)

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Frozen yogurt!

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Quest Bar and Health Warrior Chia Bars

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HEALTHY BITES!!!

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Half Pops from Kona Kase

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What’s your favorite restaurant to eat at on vacation?

Have you ever had shrimp and grits?

Thursday Thoughts

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I’ve got work to do, so let’s get to it: this week’s Thursday Thoughts!

 

1. Saturday is Miss Molly’s SECOND BIRTHDAY! She is SO grown up now! She accepts gifts.

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2. I “slept in” today until 5:45am because our class is online only. How sad is my life? Haha.

 

3. Has anyone tried out the Beautiful Mess app? It lets you quickly add doodles and words to images on your iPhone – my friend Maddie said I had to try it out! Obviously I tried it out on a picture of her dog, Penny!

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4. Overnight oats are saving my early mornings, but I think the dairy from the yogurt is a bit much for me. Anyone have some good non-dairy overnight oats recipes they want to share?

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5. These were on sale at whole foods this week – LOVE them! Just wish they weren’t so expensive for such a tiny bar… (that’s coming from the girl who will buy Quest Bars in a heartbeat…).

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6. I don’t know what it is, but I feel like I’ve lost my “sparkle” this week… You ever feel like you just want to curl up and hide away from everything? Or maybe just go live on a sailboat (haha sounds nicer)? That’s me this week. Let’s hope I get some sparkle back.

 

7. To leave you with some humor, I found this link from Lindsay’s Bean Bites this week and died laughing at several of the options. Here are a couple favorites:

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Happy Thursday!

 

Overnight oats suggestions?

How do you get your “sparkle” back?

What’s your favorite phone app?

WIAW–School and PT

Hey everyone, happy Wednesday!

Before we get onto this week’s WIAW, I wanted to let you all know how my IT band is doing. I’ve been seeing a physical therapist but so far I’ve seen zero improvement. I have been running, about 4-5 miles a week, so I decided yesterday morning (after a pathetic half mile) that I would take off a full two weeks of running. I really hope this helps. I’ve taken off a week at a time, but clearly that didn’t do much. I never thought I’d be the type of person that wanted to cry because she COULDN’T run! Crazy how life changes…

But anyway, enough of that, on to today’s WIAW, which comes from Monday of this week! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to find out what it’s all about.

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Breakfast was a repeat of… the last 6 weeks or so. Haha, this is my current favorite breakfast. It’s filling, it’s good and its really easy and quick to make! 2 over easy eggs on a microwaved sweet potato with 1/4 avocado and sriracha sauce!

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After breakfast I got some work done and then headed to school for my only class of the day. After class I headed to the El (train/subway in Chicago) and went back to Lincoln Park for my PT appointment. I had an hour to kill so I grabbed lunch from a grocery store salad bar. I forgot to take a picture… but it was lettuce, hearts of palm, corn, peas, and red pepper, then I topped it all with some cottage cheese.

Here’s what it looked like:

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Pretty, right?

I also had one of these:

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After my appointment I headed to Starbucks to finish some essays for an application. I was there for a while so I grabbed a coffee, a KIND bar and their fruit cup.

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Once I finished up, I headed to the gym and did 20 minutes of cardio, followed by about 40 minutes of full body weights. After the gym I stopped at Trader Joe’s to get some groceries and then back home for dinner.

I had some leftover veggies from the Whole Foods hot bar, so I warmed those up and had them along with a microwave muffin that I made (1 T coconut flour, 1 T almond Flour, 1/2 T Flax, 2 egg whites, 2 T coconut milk, baking powder, stevia and vanilla). It was pretty good!

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Since my dinner was lacking protein, I also had some protein ice cream (okay, okay, I planned it that way). I made plain protein ice cream and added 1/2 Cup frozen blueberries.

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An hour and a half later I had an evening snack of… PROTEIN ICE CREAM! Haha, are you shocked? It’s a good thing my ice tray only has the capacity for enough ice cubes for two of ice cream… This time I added about 3/4 cup frozen strawberries. I was feeling fruity!

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What is your favorite evening snack?

What flavor ice cream should I make next?

WIAW–Clean Out The Fridge

Hellooooooooo from Kansas City! My flight yesterday went very smoothly and I am home with my family! Well… with my parents since my older brother isn’t coming home for Thanksgiving and my younger brother moved into his own apartment!

Anyway, I’m sure you all have traveling and cooking to get back to, so let’s get on to What I Ate Wednesday! If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about and find other participating blogs!

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This week’s WIAW is from Monday, and shows my attempt to clean everything out of my fridge before I left! I decided to sleep in on Monday and do my workout later, so breakfast was a sweet potato, two eggs and some sliced bell peppers (sriracha added after photo).

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Then I was off to class! For snacks, I had a Health Warrior Chia Bar, which I’m loving right now…

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And then a banana on the way home! I knew I was going to make lunch when I got home but my stomach was growling and I just couldn’t wait a whole hour!

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For lunch, I cut up two chicken sausages from Trader Joe’s and sauteed them with spinach and eggplant.

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And a Dark Chocolate Hersey’s Kiss for dessert!

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After lunch I read a few blogs, and then went to run some errands. One of them brought me near my froyo place, so I stopped in! When she checked off my sheet, I saw I hadn’t been in for weeks!!! Blasphemy! (for new readers, I won a year of free froyo!).

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After errands, I stopped by my brother and sister-in-law’s to see this gorgeous face!

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After hanging out with her a while and then taking her to the park, it was time for the gym! However I was feeling a little hungry so I snagged a brown rice cake (thanks lauren…!) and topped it with some salsa. I only ended up eating about half because it was more filling than I expected.

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After my workout, I headed home and showered and then made some dinner! It will look very familiar…. This time I sautéed two chicken sausages with eggplant and bell peppers! Haha thrilling, but delicious.

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I ended the evening with some strawberry protein ice cream. Perfection.

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Do you eat weird meals to clear out your fridge before traveling?

Are you a snacker or do you prefer just three big meals?

WIAW–A Case of the Mondays

Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a good week so far. Mine is pretty busy, I had a test yesterday, a presentation tomorrow, an exciting blogger event tonight, and 3 physical therapy appointments!

Since I’m a little strapped for time, we’re going to do a somewhat abbreviated version of WIAW. If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, head over to Peas and Crayons to see what it’s all about!

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Today’s WIAW comes from Monday, which turned out to be a busy day! I decided to skip my scheduled workout and take a rest day, so my morning started with some devotions and tea:

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Then for breakfast I had a microwaved sweet potato with 2 over easy eggs, avocado and sriracha. This has pretty much been my breakfast for weeks now… Loving it.

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Right after my morning class, I hung around and chatting with a couple girls and got a little studying done. I snacked on a Health Warrior Chia Bar, which I really liked! I didn’t like their chocolate peanut butter flavor, but this one was really good!

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I didn’t have time to head home for lunch after class, so I stopped at a Starbucks right by my physical therapist and had oatmeal with a packet of nuts while I did some more studying.

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I was really hungry when I got home from physical therapy, so I made some tea and snacked on an apple, while I had a kabocha squash in the oven!

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I chopped it up, sprinkled it with cinnamon and roasted it at 450 degrees for 45 minutes. I ate it with sriracha… this is becoming an addiction. This was part 2 of my afternoon snack:

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Dark chocolate for my sweet tooth.

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For dinner I had some spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, chicken sausage and zucchini. I forgot to take a picture so I used an old one where I didn’t have zucchini. My drawing totally looks real… right?

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And for dessert: protein ice cream!

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There you have it! A super speedy WIAW! Have a great Wednesday everyone!

 

What’s your favorite kind of squash?

Where do you eat when you’re in a hurry and can’t go home/didn’t bring anything?