Oh Wednesday! I really love getting to this part of the week. Mondays and Tuesdays can be so hard and the weekend can seem so far away! Wednesday at 5pm in my mind marks the end of the week. I don’t know why but I honestly really enjoy my Wednesday nights, Thursdays and of course Fridays. I also love Wednesdays because we get to party! So let’s get this going with What I Ate Wednesday for this week!
I am loving all of the pumpkin products out the world right now! I went a tad overboard at Trader Joe’s recently with all of these wonderful fall inspired products…pumpkin cream cheese, honey apple butter, dark chocolate peanut butter cups, apple cider, pumpkin pancake and waffle mix. Needless to say my cabinets and refrigerator are stocked. This week I have been eating pumpkin bagels with some pumpkin cream cheese on top! It’s so delicious!
I do not normally eat bagels on a regular basis but I’ve kind of been on a kick lately. I think it’s OK to treat yourself every now and then with something like this. I did finish the last of these yesterday so I’m looking forward to getting back to cereal and oats. Since I am not marathon training I really do not need to consume as much carbohydrates. I don’t have a photo but I did eat my daily banana on the side!
Lunches have been a lot of leftovers! Remember that Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup I made? It’s been filling my lunch bag everyday since I made it lately but now that it is gone I am switching to a roasted chicken sandwich on 12 grain bread with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and mustard. On the side I had some pretzel sticks, an organic pumpkin spice granola bar with flax seeds and an apple (I forgot to include this in the photo…forgive me!)
Bringing a brown bag lunch to work everyday can get challenging and boring. I like to keep lunch exciting and avoid ruts. I always try to make enough of dinner to have leftovers but sometimes a good old sandwich can be just as delicious!
Since I’m not training for anything right now and am just maintaining my fitness level with gym workouts, yoga and runs I do not feel the need to eat lots of carbohydrates at night. I try to only eat pasta once a week and try to only eat potatoes and rice when I eat dinner at a reasonable hour, like 6:30 or 7pm. I don’t get home until about 6pm and then head to the gym for about an hour and a half or two hours. It’s often just after 8pm when I get home and I still need to shower, make my dinner, eat and make lunch for the next day not to mention do anything around my house, write blog posts and just relax. As a result dinner needs to be easy and quick. And eating potatoes and rice after 8pm when I head to bed just before 11pm doesn’t help me sleep. Salads are awesome in my world. I love buying different toppings and vegetables to include and like mixing in some warmer ingredients with the cool vegetables!
I missed my salads for dinner during marathon training so I’m really loving these lately! They are so good!
Dessert this week has been chocolate pumpkin bread pudding! It’s the perfect amount of chocolate and pumpkin flavor. And oh so satisfying on these cold dark nights!