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What I Ate Wednesday – 1/23/13

It’s Wednesday again.  Do you know what that means???  You get to see what I ate today!!!  🙂

I have to admit, after all the stress I’ve been under this past week, I haven’t been eating very much.For breakfast, I made an omelette.  But I didn’t eat it.  😦   It looks so yummy, but I just didn’t have the appetite for it.

omelette

For a late morning snack, I ate a Granny Smith apple and took some vitamins.

(I’m loving that new C Spray that came in my Bulu Box).  And I just bought that Ginkgo yesterday and plan to start taking it every day.  I’m hoping it helps sharpen my brain and my memorizing abilities.  (You know, since those babies sucked all my brain cells dry and I’m going to need them for studying)!

apples

For lunch, it was yogurt.  I just LOVE these new Kroger Greek Lites.  It only comes in a few flavors, though.  But at only 90 calories, 16 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar, it’s my new favorite snack.  Not too many places where you can find that much protein for so few calories.

lunch

Just ignore the fact that the expiration date was a week ago.  That’s the “sell by” date, not the “eat by” date, right??  Well, it still tasted good and I haven’t keeled over yet so I think we’re all good.  🙂

yogurt

I ate it at my desk becuase I spent my lunch hour at Trader Joe’s.  Post coming soon on my favorite TJ’s products!!  🙂

So when I got home, we snacked on chips and salsa.

chips and salsa

That salsa is very smoky and spicy.  My 2-year old stood there and dipped about 100 chips in the salsa.  At one point her eyes were even watering but she still kept dipping.  Definitely my kid!  🙂

And I wish I’d taken a video of her doing burpees.  Yes, my 2-year old did burpees with me tonight.  It’s so cold outside and I wasn’t in the mood for any workout where I had to think at all.  So I just decided to do 100 burpees.  I didn’t time myself, but I wish I had.  I stopped and rested at a few intervals, though if the clock had been ticking, I might not have.  Maybe I’ll try it again in a few days with a timer.  I’ll post the results.

Anyway, dinner was easy.  I simply heated up leftovers.  Last night I made the pizza meat loaf again.  It’s sooooo yummy.

meat loaf

As a side note, my phone’s camera has started taking some HORRIBLE photos.  Most of them were a green hue til I had to turn the flash off.  But the color still isn’t right.  I think it’s time for a new phone.  😦

After a couple old episodes of The Big Bang Theory with hubby on the couch, I needed a late night snack.

cookie butter.

Oooohhhhh  yeaaaaaaahhhhhhh …..  CRUNCHY Cookie Butter!  I saw it at the TJ’s and couldn’t resist trying the crunchy version.

I still prefer the Biscoff spread over the Cookie Butter if given a choice, but I still love the cookie butter.  YUM.

So that concludes my eats for the day.

Questions for YOU:  Do you take Ginkgo or any other vitamins on a daily basis?  Do you ever eat yogurt past its expiration??  And have you ever done a 100-burpee workout??

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What I Ate Wednesday – 12/5/12

Wow is it really Wednesday again so soon??  Which, as I’m sure you may have figured out already, is one of my favorite days.  Not only is it Hump Day, but it’s also What I Ate Wednesday Day.  So I have to give a quick shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons and say thanks for the fun linkup.

And I’m loving that new holiday banner!

Confession time:  I have a new favorite.  Move over Kale Protein Shakes, there’s a new breakfast in town.  Egg sandwiches.  And this is coming from a girl who never really cared for egg much the first 30 years of her life.  Now I love them.  Can’t get enough.  And if I ever did eat scrambled eggs before, you better not dare put anything in them.  Now I love omelettes.  Bring on the veggies!!  Crazy, huh?  It’s so strange how your tastes change.

egg sandwich

So that’s an egg with spinach on a whole wheat English muffin (except Trader Joe’s calls it a British muffin – LOL).

breakfast ingredients

But, the piece de resistance (said in my best French accent) is the Red Pepper Jelly.  Yes, I said Red Pepper Jelly.  (By who else, but Trader Joe’s, of course!!)  It was amazing!!!

Outfit of the Day

Outfit of the Day

Here’s my #ootd pic I posted on Instagram with the hash tag “all dressed up and no where to go”.  I didn’t have any meetings scheduled, just sat at my desk and worked all day.  Well, not the whole day – I went for a run at lunchtime!!  🙂

pre-run snack

pre-run snack

Yep – I ran on my lunch hour!!  Go me!  I felt I had to take advantage of this gorgeous weather we’re having in December.

Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park

I’m getting pretty good at this running on my lunch hour thing!!  I can change clothes, get over to the park, run for 45 minutes, get changed again and back at my desk in just under 70 minutes.  I’d say that’s pretty good!

Post-run lunch

Post-run lunch

Let me first say that I bought this yogurt without even looking at the nutritional information.  I’ve never seen pumpkin-flavored yogurt before, and since it was Trader Joe’s brand, I knew I would love it.  So it’s way high in sugar content.  (But hey – I figured I just ran 4 miles, I kinda deserved it).  It’s also really high in protein (score!!).  And it was deeee-freaking-licious!!!  The only thing missing was a little granola crumbled on top.  Pumpkin flavored granola, at that!!

fancy caramels

We have carrier reps sending us all kinds of crap during the holidays.  This time of year our counters are full of donuts and cookies and you name it, it’s probably there.  Rarely do they ever send the healthy baskets.  Anyway, there were these cute little caramel candies.  I couldn’t resist trying one.  (While you see there a picture of 4 caramels, I promise you – I only had one!  Which one do you think I tried first??  The espresso, of course!!)

For dinner, we originally made plans to go to a local place called the Stir Fry Cafe.  I have one of those Groupon deals I bought where you pay $10 for $20 worth of food.  (Love Groupon)!  Anyway, once we pulled out the printed certificate we realized that there is a restriction – you can’t use the deal on Wednesday nights for Half Price Sushi night.  Bummer.  Well, I already had it in my head that I wanted sushi.  So, by darn I was getting sushi.  Even if I had to pay full price for the half price sushi.  lol

eating a spring roll

I have to apologize … these pictures are horrible.  It’s really dark in the restaurant and the camera on my phone has been acting up lately and not wanting to focus.

I started with an appetizer of 3 Thai spring rolls. The kids loved them!

Here’s a funny story – as soon as we got home from school, my 7-year old ran upstairs to put his jammies on without me realizing.  When he came back down, I told him he needed to change back into his school clothes because we were going out to dinner.  He gives me this big huff and asks “Why?”  My response was “just because”.  (Mostly the answer was because the fridge was bare and the only other option was to go to the grocery store, which I didn’t want to do because I didn’t have my list or my coupons ready – but I didn’t tell him all this).  He asked me who we were meeting at the restaurant.  I said no one, it was just us.  He looks all puzzled and asks, “Then why are we going?”  I guess he didn’t think we could go just the 4 of us.  We rarely go out unless it’s a special occassion and we’re celebrating a birthday or something.  Kids are funny.

fish tacos

The hubs ordered fish tacos, of course.  I think we’ve tried them at almost every restaurant in town.  And Marlin and Rays still wins hands down!!

sushi

The White Diamond and Red Dragon rolls

There’s another local place called Nama, which to me is the standard by which all sushi should be judged.  Nama has the BEST sushi I have ever had.  While these rolls were good, they weren’t Nama-good.  And now that I’ve had mid-grade sushi a few times in the last couple of weeks, I think I’ll be making a trip to Nama soon so I can remember what the gold standard tastes like.  (Get the Soy Joy if you go)!!

So that was what I ate Wednesday!  Now head over to Peas and Crayons to see what everyone else ate on Wednesday.  🙂

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WIAW – 8/8/12

I’m a few days late in posting this. But better late than never, right?  Because I actually did take (most) of my pictures that day.

coffee in pottery

I started the day with coffee in my favorite mug.  Pottery by Teresa Pietsch.  She is a potter that works alongside my sister-in-law, Joy Tanner, at the Energy Xchange in NC.  Coffee just tastes better in pottery!

protein shake

Had the usual kale shake for breakfast.  Boring, I know.  But it’s soooooo good. And I recently discovered a new flavor of protein powder, Cookies ‘n Cream!!  Made by Body Fortress.  It’s really yummy.  I like it even better than Chocolate Peanut Butter.

almonds

About 11am, I got hungry and needed a snack.  Blue Diamond has the BEST almonds!!  Although, this one could stand to be a little hotter, the flavor is really good.

For lunch, I ran errands, so I ate yogurt in my car.

low-carb yogurt

Have you tried these Carbmaster yogurts from Kroger???  They are sooooo good.  And very low in calories and carbs.  This 6oz container only has 4g carb!!  Compared to other yogurts (even Greek) that have 20+ carbs, most of which is sugar.

tuna salad

All of the snacks tided me over til around 3pm when I ate the salad I brought from home.  Spinach, mushrooms, yellow peppers, onions, sprouts, and shredded cheese.  Topped with a pouch of Bumble Bee tuna.  Yum!

And I totally forgot to take a picture of dinner.  My husband made a beautiful homemade pizza, something he has perfected over the years.  His dough is every bit as good as Mellow Mushroom’s.  Since I’m doing the low-carb thing, I ate one piece, minus the thick crust.  Back in the day, I probaby would have knocked out three full pieces.  He topped it with spinach, mushrooms, olives and feta for a Greek/ Mediterranean feel.  My favortie.

Question:  Who makes the best pizza, in your opinion?  And what are your favorite toppings?

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