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What I Ate Wednesday #75

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I love spring, mostly because it brings with it grilling weather and changes up my taste buds.  Gone are the days of heavy stews, soups and roasts.  I’m digging salads, fresh veggies, grilled meats and so much more.  We’ve been focusing more on veggies, portion control, less sugars and more protein.  Michael is starting to lose weight and I’ve been feeling really good when it comes to food.  I’ve found that it’s easier to say no to the junk food because it just really doesn’t make me feel good since we’ve been eating so much good stuff!

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Breakfast.

I’ve been loving pancakes and waffles.  During the week I’ve been having waffles with peanut butter and bananas, or with maple syrup and fruit.  This weekend we made homemade pancakes with fresh strawberries on top.  I’ve been perking up my coffee with chocolate almond milk which makes it taste so good!

Homemade Pancakes, Fresh Strawberries and Coffee

Homemade Pancakes, Fresh Strawberries and Coffee

Lunch. 

Lunch has been filled with variety.  Last week I was loving turkey with American cheese and mustard on a sandwich thin.  This week I have chicken and a baked sweet potato topped with salsa and sour cream.  Also in the mix have been frozen burritos.  I even bought some fresh bread to have an old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly one day.  Snacks have been lots and lots of fruit…bananas, strawberries, grapes, and apples.  I’ve also been loving raw almonds or yogurt.

Snacks:  Red Grapes and Raw Almonds

Snacks: Red Grapes and Raw Almonds

Dinner.

Friday night we went to dinner at this italian restaurant near by.  There are only 7 tables in the restaurant and it always seems like there is a long wait for a table.  We got lucky and only waited 10 minutes to get a table.  The restaurant is famous for its fresh baked bread which is incredible!  I had fettucine with mushrooms and truffle oil which was so good!  Sunday we made grilled chicken, roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and salads for dinner…and margaritas (it was Cinco de Mayo)!  Also in the mix has been fish, salad and broccoli.  We also made a healthier version of steak sandwiches with peppers and onions and a little bit of cheese.  It’s so good!

Dinner

Dinner

Dessert.

I couldn’t resist the other night…I NEEDED a bowl of fro yo in my life.  Moose tracks frozen yogurt to the rescue and it was good!

Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt

Moose Tracks Frozen Yogurt

Waffles or Pancakes? What are your go to snacks? What new dinner ideas are you loving?  Favorite Fro Yo flavor?

What I Ate Wednesday #73

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Last week was so busy which meant that my meals were quick and easy.  By Friday our fridge was empty and required serious creativity to piece together a lunch, I couldn’t deal so I headed to the Whole Foods hot bar.  I ate out dinner more times last week than I prefer.  This week I was motivated to eat good, healthy home cooked meals.  It’s only Wednesday and so far, I’ve been eating pretty darn good!

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Breakfast. 

Saturday morning I had to work, and by work I mean I had to meet my team running the Nike Women’s Marathon Half with Team In Training.  We chatted fundraising, training and all things D.C. while out running.  I got in a solid 6 miles.  By the time I got home I was starving and happy to be done for the week.  I took leftover ham and heated it up to have with scrambled eggs, strawberries and blackberries.  Breakfast and a cup of coffee was exactly what I needed to relax.

Ham and Eggs.  Banana Nut Muffins.

Ham and Eggs. Banana Nut Muffins.

In preparation for the week I made sugar-free banana nut muffins.  I love having a toasted muffin with cereal or yogurt and granola.  It’s always delicious.  Plus, it packs well when I have to eat breakfast at work because I teach in the morning.  So good!

Lunch. 

For lunches I made one of my favorite spring and summer meals, avocado chicken salad.  It’s a recipe from Cooking Light Magazine last April.  It comes together so quick thanks to a rotisserie chicken, the cilantro freshens it up and the avocado makes it creamy.  I like to eat it with tortilla chips, Michael likes it on a wrap…to each their own.  It’s definitely filling thanks to protein and good-for-you fats.

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad

Along with it I had my go-to strawberries and blackberries, an apple, banana, and almonds.  I packed it all in my new bento box thanks to Michael.  It takes Tupperware to a new level! It’s so much more convenient and I love how it all bundles together!

Dinners.

I love being home for dinner, really I do.  I love meal planning, cooking and most of all eating.  Sunday we used the last of the lamb from Easter.  We turned it into lamb ragu and served it over polenta with a dollop of ricotta cheese on top.  It was so good, I love ending the weekend with a hearty warm meal.  On Monday we made something new!  Michael has always said he didn’t like salmon but he’s had a change of heart.  I’m psyched because I love salmon!  We made salmon cakes served over lettuce with broccoli on the side.  They were so delicious and light.  Definitely something we’ll be making again and not a bad way to start the week!

Lamb Ragu with Polenta.  Salomon Cakes over Lettuce.

Lamb Ragu with Polenta. Salomon Cakes over Lettuce.

Be sure to check out Jen’s blog, Peas and Crayons for other great What I Wednesday posts!

What type of muffins are your favorite? Have you made an untraditional chicken salad before?  What are your new-to-you dinners?

What I Ate Wednesday #72

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I love new months when it comes to food.  It gives me a chance to mentally reset.  Last month I kept finding myself reaching for chocolate around 3pm.  It wasn’t a habit I really felt proud of it.  To start this month on the right foot I set an alarm on my phone for 3pm.  It’s a reminder to stop what I’m doing a reach for a healthy snack. I was always really good about this at my last job but with my new job I’m so busy that I don’t always notice the time or my hunger cravings.  Hopefully the alarm will help!

April is also a new theme for What I Ate Wednesday!  This month we are serving up an extra cup of veggies! Now that’s my kind of month!

Breakfast.

Breakfast has been random these days.  Some days it’s a mini bagel with cream cheese or a waffle or scrambled eggs.  If I have time to make eggs, they are always my go to! Friday was a morning off with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.

Scrambled Eggs, a Waffle,  Meatless Sausage and Coconut Coffee

Scrambled Eggs, a Waffle, Meat-less Sausage and Coconut Macaroon Coffee

Today, it’s an egg sandwich on the run…I’m heading to NYC for work meetings all day!

Lunch.  

This isn’t so much of a lunch as it is snacks for a full day.  I’m taking the train (very early I might add…it was 4am when I got up!) to NYC for work meetings and then grabbing a 5pm train home…it will be a long day.  We’ll have lunch during our meetings but I like to be prepared for a full day.  I packed a banana, an apple, yogurt and granola, nuts and rice cakes with peanut butter.

Lunch and Snacks

Hopefully this will keep me full and satisfied throughout the day!

Dinner.

Saturday was date night in.  We made homemade pizza and salad (in new bowls!) and watched Lincoln.  It was simple but tasted so good!

Homemade Pizza and Salad with Artichokes and Sun-dried Tomatoes

This week we had tacos with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese.  I also made homemade guacamole. It’s one of my favorite dinners that comes together in no time at all!

Homemade Turkey Tacos

Dessert. 

More Skinny Cow…what can I say? I love it!

Skinny Cow

Skinny Cow

As always, many thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting the party!

What snacks do you pack for a long day traveling?  What is your favorite date night dinner?

What I Ate Wednesday #71

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My eating habits were really thrown off last week because Michael was sick.  It’s far less fun to cook dinner, eat dinner and clean up dinner by yourself.  Normally dinner is one of my favorite parts of the day.  I love coming home, putting comfy clothes on, cooking dinner and chatting about our days with Michael.  I ended up making quick and easy meals with the ingredients in the fridge.  I went out to lunch twice last week (which I NEVER do), and since I worked from 6am to 3pm on Saturday and was on my feet all day my eating habits were completely thrown off.  This week I’m focusing on getting back on track, and cleaning out the fridge.  Since Michael hardly ate last week and we had lunches and dinners for two we had a full fridge.  We decided to use things up and clean out the fridge before heading to the grocery store again.

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Breakfast. 

Monday morning I was up early, got my run in and was ready for work extra early.  I made myself scrambled eggs with swiss cheese, rye toast and strawberries for breakfast and drank my coffee out of a real mug.  I even got to watch the Today Show while I ate…it was so nice. 

Scrambled Eggs, Rye Toast, Strawberries and Coffee

Scrambled Eggs, Rye Toast, Strawberries and Coffee

I’ve been obsessed with Archer Farms Coconut Macaroon coffee.  It’s so good and instantly makes my morning better!

Lunch.

I’ve been bored with lunches and have been trying to mix things up.  I thought treating myself to lunch out last week would solve my problem, thankfully it did but it took two days.  This week I’m getting back on track.  This week I’ve had some Lentil soup, baby carrots and hommus, bananas, oranges, yogurt and nuts.

Lentil Soup, Carrots, Hummus, Orange, Yogurt and Nuts.  Homemade Kombucha.

Lentil Soup, Carrots, Hummus, Orange, Yogurt and Nuts. Homemade Kombucha.

One of my favorite things to sip on throughout the day has been my homemade kombucha.  I made a strawberry flavored batch and it’s so good!  I love how good kombucha makes me feel.

Dinner. 

Dinners been veggie filled!  Sunday night we made Alexa Onion Rings, Veggies burgers with sautéed mushrooms and onions and cheddar cheese.  Sunday was such a lazy day, I was craving something really yummy and a burger sounded just right to me!  Monday night we made quinoa with beef stir fry.  Into the stir fry went snow peas, carrots, red and green peppers, carrots and mushrooms.  It was so delicious!

Veggie Burger and Onion Rings.  Beef Stir Fry with Quinoa.

Veggie Burger and Onion Rings. Beef Stir Fry with Quinoa.

Dessert. 

Let’s talk sweets shall we? I’ve been obsessed, obsessed with ice cream and chocolate. Skinny Cow ice cream has been my go to. It’s not too high in fat and calories and satisfies my sweet tooth.

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Skinny Cow

What kind of cheese do you like on your eggs? What is you favorite flavor of kombucha? What do you like in your stir fry? Are you a fan of Skinny Cow Ice Cream?

What I Ate Wednesday #69

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It turns out that eating less carbs really just makes me want them more.  And really it’s not like I’m NOT eating carbs.  I still am, just not with dinner.  I hoping this is just temporary and my dreams of pasta, baguettes and potatoes will fade soon.   On the other hand though, I’m LOVING how green our plates have been looking and all the veggies we are eating.

With the exception of dinner, breakfast and lunch are what I packed for lunch today.  Wednesday mornings I teach my YogAthlete class at 6am. After class I grab a coffee at the shop next door and head into work.  Once I get to work I get ready for the day and have breakfast.  I leave for the day at 5:30am so I pack breakfast, lunch and all my work clothes the night before!

Breakfast. 

One of my favorite things to pack for breakfast is bread to toast, hard-boiled eggs and fresh fruit.  It makes for a deliciously balanced breakfast! Today I’m eating a cinnamon raisin english muffin with peanut butter and half a banana on top, 2 hard-boiled eggs, and blueberries.  It’s simple but so good!

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin, Hard Boiled Eggs, Blueberries and a Banana

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin, Hard Boiled Eggs, Blueberries and a Banana

Lunch. 

Lunch has been a combination of leftover veggies and a roasted chicken.  Somedays that ends up being a wrap and other days it’s a salad.  Today it’s a quinoa bowl with mesclun mix, beets, sun-dried tomatoes, and chicken.  I like to warm the whole thing up.  On the side baby carrots and hommus, an orange, nuts and yogurt.  It’s a rare day if I eat all my snacks. I usually eat only 2 or 3 of the snacks I packed.

Quinoa with chicken, beets, sun-dried tomatoes and mesclun mix, baby carrots and hommus, orange, nuts and yogurt

Quinoa with chicken, beets, sun-dried tomatoes and mesclun mix, baby carrots and hommus, orange, nuts and yogurt

I’m pretty excited about this bowl of quinoa, chicken and veggies!

Dinner. 

One of my favorite meals we have each week is fish.  I love haddock with Ritz crackers and lemon.  It’s simple but so delicious.  On the side green beans sautéed with lemon, and a salad.

Haddock, Green Beans and Salad

Haddock, Green Beans and Salad

This meal usually comes together in about 30 minutes.  Quick, simple and so good!

Dessert.

Friday we got an unexpected foot of snow which meant I had an unplanned long weekend.  I wasn’t thrilled about the snow but I didn’t mind a quiet day at home.  I got inspired mid-afternoon to make cupcakes.  I’ve never made them before but gave it my best effort.

Cupcakes!

Cupcakes!

I was pretty proud of my creations.  The chocolate cake was so good and the buttercream frosting was delicious! I love cupcakes because it’s so much easier to practice portion control and eat just one.  Plus, they freeze nicely so it’s easier to not eat all of them in one week.

Thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting the party each and every week!

What is your favorite breakfast to take on the go?  What do you like to mix with your quinoa? Are you a fan of cupcakes?