What I Ate Wednesday

Time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday! I realize that last week I didn’t do a good job of explaining what everything was…I apologize for that (I was short on time and  had a lot of pictures to catch up on). This week I will caption each photo 🙂 I’m not so technologically savvy with blogging and formatting, so please forgive the poor formatting. I hope you’re able to overlook it and just enjoy the content 😉

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This journey for better health has been a blessing to my life for the sole reason of deepening my relationship with God. He is so gracious.

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This is what I strive for–a life of healthy habits, not restrictions. No food is off limits, but I do believe in balance and nourishing my body most of the time.

Breakfast:

Though it requires an extra little bit of time in the mornings, I make it a priority to eat a nutritious breakfast. It starts the day off on a good note, sets the tone for a healthy day, and keeps my tummy happy until lunchtime!

Recipe for the turkey blueberry muffins was found here. Check it out, even if it sounds pretty repulsive, because they are surprisingly DELICIOUS! Bonus–they are all natural, so if you’re a fan of clean eating (or doing a Whole30), these are right up your alley. Husband approved and convenient for meal prepping. And they have fantastic reviews!

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1 egg + 2 egg whites scrambled with spinach, zucchini, & yellow squash (all seasoned with Mrs. Dash) and topped with avocado + uncured turkey bacon + strawberries/blueberries

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Sometimes I eat weird things for breakfast. 🙂 a microwavable sweet potato topped with almond butter (favorite brand is the Target brand..all natural and tasty!!), yellow bell peppers, brussels sprouts, & a tuna salad packet

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Perfect long run fuel! While doing the Whole30, I had to completely eliminate all grains and found myself super tired/lethargic and lacking in energy for my ultra marathon training. Endurance training without any sort of grains can take a toll on your body! So, I made the decision to add them back and it has made a difference. 1/2 cup oats cooked in dark chocolate almond milk/water + almond butter + banana + strawberries + a raspberry for garnish

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One pan meal 🙂 Aidell’s chicken apple sausage + broccoli + sugar snap peas + butternut squash + yellow squash + mushroom + onion all sauteed in spray coconut oil and served with one fried egg

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Breakfast at my parents’ house: 1/2 sweet potato with almond butter + chicken lunch meat + hard boiled egg + berries + banana

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Chicken apple sausage (I could eat one of these everyday! So tasty…found at Kroger and Target) + butternut squash + sugar snap peas + yellow squash + kale + green peppers + celery + 1/2 an apple sauteed together in spray coconut oil + raspberries/blueberries

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Turkey Blueberry Muffins! I realize these sound disgusting and don’t look that appealing (especially with poor lighting and a messy pan), but TAKE MY WORD, THEY ARE AMAZING. Even my husband says so–and he was VERY reluctant. They are perfect to reheat in the mornings–fast and convenient. These will be a new staple around our place!

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Two turkey blueberry muffins + a hard boiled egg + brussels sprouts/onion/mushroom sauteed in spray olive oil + strawberries

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Lunch:

Most of my lunches are eaten at work, so I prep and pack them the night before or occasionally during meal prepping on Sundays.

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Leftover bacon, spaghetti squash, & parmesan fritters (see recipe in Dinner section) + fresh veggies with one wholly guacamole pack + grapes

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Chicken stir fry cooked in liquid aminos (a healthier alternative to soy sauce), topped with cashews and served on a bed of spinach/kale + raspberries/blueberries + mixed raw veggies with cauliflower hummus (link to recipe in snack section)

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I call this a Grinch lunch with all the green 🙂 salad with romaine, kale, spinach, chicken chunks, green pepper, tomato, fresh lime juice, guacamole, & salsa + grapes + broccoli/grape tomatoes

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One yellow bell pepper sliced in half and stuffed with a mix of chicken chunks, one mini wholly guacamole pack, and salsa + carrots + grape tomatoes + an apple with PB2 (powdered peanut butter mixed with water–45 calories per one serving of 2 tbsp)

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For National Fun at Work Day, one of the (very sweet) teachers I work with decided to treat us to lunch out at one of the local restaurants. I ordered my favorite veggie wrap–spinach, carrots, cucumber, sprouts, tomato, black olives, and mushroom on a sun dried tomato wrap served with fresh fruit. Instead of using the ranch they provided for dipping, I used my side of cauliflower hummus. YUM

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Snacks:

One of my new favorite snacks is this cauliflower hummus. I was introduced to it at our church’s lifegroup (the lifegroup leaders eat Paleo and have discovered that we enjoy a lot of the same foods :)). The men remarked how pleasantly surprised they were by the hummus. I predict I will make this almost weekly now…it pairs so well with fresh veggies! I love it!

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I tried the new Quest Bar flavor after my run this weekend. Smore’s Quest Bar…my new favorite flavor! These are great protein bars with only 1 gram of sugar (which is way better than most protein bars). One of the best brands on the market…chocolate chip cookie dough and white chocolate raspberry are also good flavors.

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This is a great protein shake option for before or after a workout. I used 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk (I now prefer this over almond milk), 1 banana, chocolate PB2, and 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (cheap brand found at Wal Mart)…all blended together with some ice. Tastes like a milkshake!

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Fun finds at Target 🙂 You know those addicting Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate treats? Well, now they come portion sized in 90 calorie baggies! I haven’t broken into them yet but was excited to find them. And these boomchickapop snack packs are awesome–I’m a sucker for fun flavored popcorn. A fun indulgence and portion control–I’m all for that.

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Veggies dipped in cauliflower hummus…I am addicted to this Paleo version of hummus. And this new devotional is wonderful so far!

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Sometimes a girl just needs her Starbucks (especially when she has gift cards burning a hole in her wallet ;)). A skinny vanilla latte for a Monday morning!

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This was actually a lunch one day (grab and go kind of frazzled morning), but these are all good snack choices. Blueberries, cuties, grape tomatoes, and an Rx bar. These Rx bars are Whole30 approved and all natural protein bars, made with egg whites, dates, figs, and nuts.

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Dinner:

We tried a new recipe this week called bacon, spaghetti squash, and parmesan fritters. These might be life changing they are SO good. We already enjoy spaghetti squash, but this took it to a whole new level of awesome! They are a little messy to make, but they are worth it (and that’s saying something because I hate messy recipes). We actually argued over the leftovers 😉

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Simple dinner throw together at my parents’ house while visiting. Salad mix with rotisserie chicken lunch meat, all the veggies, and BBQ sauce. I LOVE BBQ sauce! 🙂

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Spaghetti squash boats topped with spinach and pesto marinara sauce with ground beef. To make spaghetti squash, we cook ours at 425 for 40 minutes–but for the boats, we only cooked it half an hour, then shred some of the squash in the boat, and add the meat sauce. Return back to the oven for another 20 minutes, reducing the heat to 350. Aaron added cheese on top of his before putting it back in the oven.

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Pizza night at the Brown’s! A flatout flatbread topped with sauce, mozzarella cheese, spinach, onion, green pepper, broccoli, black olives, mushroom, & 1/2 a chicken sausage. We baked the flatbread pizzas at 375 for 12 minutes. They were delicious!! Satisfied a pizza craving in a healthy way

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Bacon, spaghetti squash, & parmesan fritters served with broccoli and grapes (because we didn’t feel like making fancy sides after making the fritters..haha). Also, notice we ate off our coffee table because we had made a mess in the kitchen 🙂

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A turkey burger served over spinach/kale and topped with guac/salsa + green peppers + 1/2 sweet potato with cinnamon + tomatoes + grapes

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