What I Ate Wednesday #112: Taking It Easy

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t relishing every single second at home. I’ve spent my last 2 afternoons with this cute little nugget.
Jilly Bean

She’s a big fan of walking right now and even though she may be walking right by me, just being with her is the best! She really is the cutest.. I’m not biased at all either, you know.

Between all of the travel and excitement, I’ve been doing my best to keep my diet up to par with my normal eating, but I have to admit, it’s not my first concern. I’ve taken very few pictures which is so rare for me. But it’s nice to let my brain go for a change.

[Pre- & Post-Workout]
Think Thin Pumpkin Spice Lean Protein Fiber Bar
Before my workout, I grabbed a handful of trail mix to get a little something in my stomach. And almost immediately after my workout, I trained my dad. In between, I had one of these limited edition Think Thin bars. These new lean protein & fiber bars are some of my faves!

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Almond Butter Egg Whites Cinnamon Coffee
I was shocked when my mom didn’t have any homemade nut butters on hand when I got here so that had to change immediately! I grabbed some almonds from the store and whipped up a batch of almond butter for my oats.

[Lunch]
Grilled Salmon Mediterranean Greek Salad
I’ve been doing a pretty solid job of not finishing breakfast until close to 11 a.m. which means late lunches have been what’s up. I was out shopping with my mom and we stopped at a nice cafe for lunch. The salmon on this Mediterranean salad was so good! And it was the perfect fuel to finish my shopping date and head over to see my little bean.

[Dinner]
Iowa Girl Eats Crispy Buffalo Chicken
This is an older picture from the last time I made the crunchy stuffed buffalo chicken, but that’s what was on the menu last night with roasted potatoes, eggplant, and salad. Mom and I have been making a pretty good team in the kitchen. Thanksgiving’s going to be fun! 🙂

[Evening Snack]
I spotted some SweetTango apples at the store the other day.. they’re pretty much my favorite aside from Fuji, so I snagged a bunch! And to top it off, I had a spoonful of almond butter. Best way to start and end your day!

Food for Thought

Do you have a favorite meal when you go home?

What I Ate Wednesday #110: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Mug Cake

A few weeks ago I received a package from Cellucor as part of a FitFluential campaign. Included in package was the Super HD, C4 Pre-Workout, Alpha Aminos, and two flavors of whey protein powder—Peanut Butter Marshmallow and Mint Chocolate Chip. I’ve tried some pre- and post-workout drinks before and enjoyed them so I was looking forward to trying a new brand.

I immediately started on the Super HD plan—twice per day, once in the morning on an empty stomach and again 5-6 hours later. Day one, I noticed a huge spike in my energy which was awesome.

[Pre-Workout]
Cellucor Super HD Peach Mango
Started Tuesday morning with a little peach mango energy. Perfect for my pre-workout drink; just the extra push I need to get through an early workout. It’s a touch on the sweet side, but I just add a little extra water and I’ve really started to enjoy it!

[Post-Workout]
Cellucor Alpha Aminos CELLUCORFIT FitFluential
When I get back from my workout, I go right for the Alpha Aminos. The watermelon is definitely very sweet and reminds me of a watermelon jolly rancher. I’m not a huge fan but I chug it pretty quickly before my breakfast so it’s not too bad 😉

[Breakfast]
Protein Oats Egg White Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Almond Peanut Butter Coffee
Yup. It’s the oats again. I know, you’re absolutely shocked!

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Banana Butterscotch Simply Protein bar. A quick and easy bite to hold me over at work.

[Lunch]
Tuna Salad Pumpkin Avocado Sugar Snap Peas
This salad was not nice to me. It may not look so bad, but about half way through making it Monday night, the knife slipped and landed on my finger. It was definitely not my finest moment. At least I salvaged the salad and it was pretty darn tasty. My favorite part was the leftover pumpkin from dinner Monday night. Winter squash is the best!

[Afternoon Snack]
Cellucor Peanut Butter Mashmallow Whey Protein Mug Cake
After downing another round of the Super HD and letting that settle, I decided it was time for a nice, warm mug cake. The peanut butter marshmallow whey protein powder is delicious!

Peanut Butter Marshmallow Mug Cake

Ingredients
– 1 egg
– 3 tbsp almond milk
– 1 scoop Cellucor Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey Protein
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– Pinch of salt

Directions
Mix all of the ingredients together in a greased, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, top with more nut butter, and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
216 Calories / 8g Fat / 5g Carbs / 2g Fiber / 1g Sugar / 31g Protein

[Dinner]
Maple Glazed Salmon Sugar Pumpkin Asparagus
It was a leftovers night [my fave!] and I loved having the leftover maple glazed salmon and sugar pumpkin from Monday. The asparagus is good too but.. you know.. it’s asparagus. Not like they’re brussels 😉

[Evening Snack]
It started with an apple. And then we moved onto the jar of peanut butter with a spoon. Ha! No shame. At least I can usually limit myself to 1/2 – 1 tbsp at a time.. most of the time!

In all honesty, I also tried the C4 Pre-Workout Extreme drink but I was not a fan of the way that it made me feel. It almost made me too hyped and like my heart was beating super hard. Nathan has been drinking it before his workouts and while it’s also pretty sweet, he says that it does give him a nice jolt of energy to help him power through the workouts. It’s interesting that it has such a different effect on us but I’m glad he’s getting good use out of it. I’ll just keep the rest!

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If you want your own, check out their website and use the code CELLUCORFIT at checkout for 25% off your order!

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried a stack of pre- and post-workout drinks before?

Disclaimer: I received these products through FitFluential and Cellucor in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.

What I Ate Wednesday #109: Fueling for Opening Day

Friends, today is a big day. It’s not just Wednesday. It’s opening day for Truve! It has certainly been a long process [and I wasn’t even around for much of it!] but that’s part of what makes opening so exciting. I can’t wait to work with my clients at a brand new facility with lots of new equipment that I haven’t had much of a chance to play with.. like kettlebells! Oooh my clients are going to hate me 😉

Anywho, clearly yesterday I had to properly fuel myself for the occasion. You know, all that excitement really drains me. Ha!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oats Oatmeal Almond Peanut Butter
Tired of seeing this yet? Well, I’m certainly not tired of eating it! My new favorite thing, however, is to prep it the night before. Toss in a little extra almond milk in the morning and throw in the microwave for a few minutes and I’m good to go. I’m also loving sprinkling a little salt on top. Try it. Trust me.

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Think Thin Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar
All I wanted was peanut butter and chocolate. And thank goodness for my ThinkThin bars! So good.

[Lunch]
Kale Avocado Sweet Potato Turkey Burger Persimmon
Sunny day lunch outside is the best. A 20 lb [ok, that’s an exaggeration..] kale salad with Monday night’s turkey burger, sweet potato, snow peas, cucumber, and persimmon. A wonderful combo. Topped it off with a dark chocolate pretzel. I only bring 1 with me to work because I know if I bring more, I’ll eat ’em all!

[Afternoon Snack]
Unpictured: homemade ginger kombucha and peanut butter. Right outta the jar. Give me a spoon and I’m a dangerous gal!
Buffalo Popcorn
Still feeling snacky though, I went for some popcorn drizzled with buffalo sauce. Dang, that was a good choice.

[Dinner]
Pomegranate Chicken Brussels Sprouts Bacon Red Kuri Squash
Pomegranate chicken, bacon pom brussels, and roasted red kuri squash. Use your imagination to double the brussels and squash and that’s probably closer to what I actually ate 😉 This was my first time having red kuri squash and it’s fabulous! So creamy and sweet. My last kabocha was dryer than dry so this definitely more than made up for that.

[Evening Snack]
Apple and 2 dark chocolate salted cashews. Again, if I don’t close the bag after 1 or 2 cashews, I’ll eat ’em all. Kind of like my spoon and PB jar issue.. or non-issue, depending on who you ask.

I think I’m properly fueled for tonight’s opening.. but just in case, you can expect more oatmeal, nut butters, and salad on the menu today 😉

Food for Thought

What food is your weakness?
Have you ever salted your oatmeal?

What I Ate Wednesday #108: National Chocolate Day

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

Did you know that yesterday was National Chocolate Day? I found out later in the day but luckily I happily celebrate everyday 😉 I swear, no one should have told me that dark chocolate is good for me.. that means I can have it by the handfuls, right? If you’re looking for ways to have a belated celebration, check out these delicious recipes!

Chocolate for every occasion!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oatmeal Almond Peanut Butter Coffee Califia Coconut Almond Milk
Same ol’, same ol’. I’ve been running dangerously low on my nut butters but I’m trying to use up as much as I can before I make more. Let me tell you, it’s rough! Haha I live such a hard life..

[Mid-Morning Snack]
I won a box of Banana Butterscotch Simply Protein bars and they’ve been a great little snack for when I have a quick break at work and know that I’ll need a little something to hold me over. At 130 calories, 8g fiber, 15g protein, and only 1g sugar, they do just that!

[Lunch]
Skirt Steak Avocado Trader Joes Cowboy Caviar Fuyu Persimmon
It’s nice having leftovers that aren’t chicken sometimes. A steak salad turns out to be pretty darn exciting! Especially with a sweet persimmon and some cowboy caviar from Trader Joes.

[Afternoon Snack]
Protein Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
Like I said, I celebrate National Chocolate Day everyday! I’m loving having these brownies in the freezer; I just pop it in the microwave with a little coconut almond milk for 30 seconds and top with almond butter. It’s just so good and hits the chocolate spot!

[Dinner]
Half Baked Harvest Spicy BBQ Chickpeas Crispy Polenta Roasted Aparagus
Note to self: Nathan isn’t a fan of meatless Monday. Ha! At least I enjoyed dinner..

[Evening Snack]
Another apple. More almond butter. And more chocolate.. in the form of chocolate covered salted cashews. Try limiting your intake on those bad boys!

Food for Thought

Did you celebrate National Chocolate Day?

A Quiet Weekend for the Win

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you’re all feeling as rested up as I am. We had a really quiet weekend despite plans to get out and explore yesteday. Sometimes you just have to give into the tired feeling and spend some quality time with the sofa. Am I right?

Friday was a lot of running around, but definitely in a good way. I kicked off my morning with an awesome HIIT workout at Sweat with my friend, Melanie. This was my second time going to Sweat and I love it; these workouts make me push myself in ways that I don’t always when I workout on my own. And I definitely feel it the next day!

Sweat HIIT Melanie

After my workout and kicking other peoples butts in the gym, I met Nathan for happy hour. It was such a nice night [pretty much as always..], we opted to sit outside. I swear he was there too 😉
Barclays Beer Happy Hour

We hit up a new-to-us place for dinnerSummer Kitchen & Bake Shopwhich was good, but nothing to write home about. That said, after dinner, we shared a [freshly made] waffle cone of rosemary-pine nut-praline ice cream from our favorite shop, Ici. They have the most creative flavors and 9 times out of 10, they taste as incredible as they sound!

Saturday, the weather was supposed to be rainy so we planned on running errands. I guess if you’ve never seen rain before, you’d consider what we had to be terrible weather. It turned out to have drizzled some before we left the house and there were some clouds in the sky. Ugh, just the worst! Ha. California “weather” makes me laugh all the time! Our errands took us out to Tender Greens for lunch and it was wonderful! I had the albacore tuna plate with double roasted veggies. I love fall/winter veggies!
Tender Greens Albacore Tuna Roasted Sweet Potato Parsnips Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread

After lunch, we popped into World Market for the first time. There was a lot of fun stuff there but we made it out with only a couple single serving packets of Barney Butter. I’ve never had it before so obviously when I saw the Cocoa + Coconut and Vanilla Bean + Espresso squeezies, I had to get them. And because I can’t get enough nut butter, I decided Saturday night was the right time to make these protein brownies with almond butter swirl.
Protein Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies

I’ve never been one for brownie edges. I like the gooey middle pieces.. though I think I could have taken these guys out of the oven a minute or two earlier. Next time!

Yesterday was super quiet. It was a day for the gym, groceries, and cooking dinner together. It was a true team effort; I love when that happens!

Skirt Steak Roasted Garlic Kabocha Red Pepper Onion Mushrooms

We had plans to go for a hike, but we both pretty much decided that would be way too much effort for a Sunday! It’s nice to start the week feeling rested.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Seared skirt steak with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and roasted kabocha
MondaySpicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus + Ranch Hummus
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki with spiced roasted carrots
Wednesday – BBQ margarita chicken with mango slaw
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Are you a middle brownie fan or an edge/corner fan?
Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #106: The Unpictured

We’ve all read it before—things are not always what they appear to be. So many times we read blog posts or see pictures on instagram and get a peek into someone’s daily life; what their workouts look like, what their meals look like. It can be pretty easy to fall into the dreaded comparison trap. What we don’t always remember when reading these posts is that you don’t necessarily see every little piece.

[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I’m loving my Skoop superfood blueberry bites and will absolutely be making more when these run out.
Not Pictured: A carrot cake energy bite. I like a little variety in my morning bites!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oatmeal Oats Artisana Coconut Butter Almond Butter Peanut Butter Baltimore Orioles Coffee
My nut butters are running pretty low and I have a little packet of coconut butter that I’ve been saving. I forgot how delicious it is! Not to mention, nice to add a different flavor in there.
Not Pictured: A second cup of coffee. Stevia and coconut almond milk are my favorite mix-ins.

[Lunch]
Salad Avocado Carrots Red Pepper Cucumber
A quick throw-together break room lunch—mixed greens, shredded carrots, cucumber, tomato, red pepper, and avocado with orange rosemary dressing.
Not Pictured: The protein—a crispy quinoa burger on the side—had to keep it that way so I could warm it up! Also, a dark chocolate covered pretzel. Sweet and salty after lunch is necessary.

[Afternoon Snack]
Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake Peanut Butter Co Old Fashioned Crunchy
I was starved by the time I got home so I whipped up a pumpkin protein mug cake, topped with some Old Fashioned Crunchy.
Not Pictured: The pumpkin ravioli, chocolate coconut almond, and coffee samples from Trader Joe’s. Is it possible to go into that store and not pick up the samples?! Oh, and the chocolate coconut almonds are ridiculously delicious. I also snacked on a couple grapes and some of Monday night’s dinner. What? Girl’s gotta eat!

[Dinner]
Tandoori Style Turkey Burgers Martha Stewart Baked Potato Wedge Fries
Martha Stewart did me right! Nathan’s plate was much prettier than mine because he had his tandoori-style turkey burgers in a pita, as suggested.
Not Pictured: An extra potato wedge and ketchup. I usually tend to snack a bit while I’m cooking dinner, but I think my extra snacks did the trick!

[Evening Snack]
Peanut Butter Co Old Fashioned Chunky Fuji Apple
This one pretty much sums it up. Apples and peanut butter are just the best.

It’s a good thing you’re not just going by my instagram, huh? You might have thought I only had oatmeal and a turkey burger salad yesterday 😉

Food for Thought

Do you ever fall into a comparison trap, whether it’s with workouts, physique, food, or anything else?

Full Body Resistance Band Workout + Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

It’s Friday! And it’s ALCS game 1 day! It’s unfortunate that I’m not at all excited about the Orioles 😉

Yesterday was a fun one. It started out slowly [no complaints here!]; I took my time getting ready for the gym, only to decide to pack it in after 20 minutes on the elliptical. I was just not feeling it so I went home and snuggled up with a bowl of oatmeal on the couch. It was a good trade, I’d say. I also had lunch with this gal..

Danica It's Progression

If you don’t know Danica, get with it! She just moved to the bay area a few weeks ago and it was great to finally meet in person. Hooray for transplants! Haha 🙂

Onto the big Friday fun.. Usually I’ll stick with Fitness Friday or Foodie Friday but since I have a couple goodies for you, I decided to pack it all into one post. Boom!

I put this workout together for my client today; one of my biggest challenges with her is creating lots of workouts that she can do at home with little or no equipment. Because I’m a big fan of using weights in a gym, rather than doing body weight workouts at home, this is a bit out of the norm for me. That said, I’m really happy to have this workout now because not only is it great for small spaces [hellooo watching the O’s game in my tiny apartment!], but it’ll be a great workout for when we head home next month too. Pack your bags and get to sweatin’!

Full Body Resistance Band Workout | Barr & Table

Start out with the push ups and make your way around the circle doing 12-15 reps per exercise. Once you get back to the push ups, do a round of the cardio burst. Complete 3 rounds total for a 30-40 minute heart-pounding, sweaty workout.

If the resistance band isn’t feeling quite tough enough for you, there are a couple of options to make it more difficult. First, you can cross the bands in front of you so they make an “X”. If you still want more resistance, step your feet apart a bit. Make sure you feel the burn!

And if you’re hungry after that workout [which you will be!], make yourself a little snack.

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake

Serves 1

Pumpkin Protein Mug Cake | Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder [I used Vega Vanilla Performance Protein]
– 2 tbsp pumpkin spice peanut flour [I used MyOatmeal PB Lean but you can sub regular peanut flour]
– 2 egg whites
– 2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 1 tbsp canned pumpkin [Not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– Pinch of salt

Directions
Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray. Mix all of your ingredients together and microwave for 2 – 2 1/2 minutes, until the cake is just set. Top with your favorite toppings [like nut butters] and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Per mug cake, without toppings

169 Calories  /  1g Fat  /  11g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  8g Sugar  /  24g Protein

Now that I’ve jam-packed some sweat and tasty treats for ya, get your booty movin’ and enjoy your weekend!

Sprint 2 the Table

Food for Thought

Do you prefer body weight workouts or sweating it out with some weights?
Any fun plans for the weekend?

What I Ate Wednesday #104: Restaurant Quality

Nathan can take credit for the title, but I’m taking credit for the meal behind the title! Not all of my eats from Monday might qualify as restaurant quality, but seeing as how I was pretty darn excited when Nathan made that comment about dinner, I say it works. Honestly, though, who’s to say my favorite oatmeal breakfast shouldn’t be served at a restaurant? I’m pretty sure it’s better than any bowl of oats I’ve ever had out!

[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I love starting my morning with a Skoop superfood blueberry bite. Don’t be fooled by the color; they’re delicious!

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Coffee Almond Peanut Coconut Cashew Butter
I guess if I were serving this in a restaurant I’d have to make it look a little prettier, huh? Looks aside, the banana, cinnamon, and nut butter combo can’t be beat. Knowing that I have this waiting for me is mostly what gets me through my workouts every morning 😉

[Mid-Morning Snack]
Think Thin Creamy Peanut Butter Protein Bar
I’ve recently decided that it’s a better idea when I’m not working too late at Athleta to save lunch for after work instead of trying to scarf it down in 15 minutes. [Not to mention, it’s less food to pack the night before!] I’ve fallen back in love with these peanut butter ThinkThin bars. They’re just too good and with 20g of protein, they hold me through the next few hours till lunch.

[Lunch]
Chinese Braised Pork Shoulder Cucumber Kimchi Snow Peas Red Pepper
And speaking of.. snack plates are fun. And even more fun when you have leftovers [even though this is the pork that I gave Nathan a hard time for ordering]! It’s just tastier than grilled chicken and nice to mix it up sometimes.

[Afternoon Snack]
Greek Yogurt NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup Paleo Almond Bread
I totally forgot that I have paleo bread in the freezer! I mixed up some of my NuStevia cocoa syrup into plain greek yogurt, crumbled a piece of bread on top, and drizzled a little more cocoa syrup. It was nice and filling with the protein from the yogurt and the fat from the almond meal in the bread. Yum!

[Dinner]
Half Baked Harvest Thai Basil Turkey Lemongrass Cauliflower Rice
I have a feeling this dinner is going to become a staple. This is my “restaurant quality meal” courtesy of Half Baked Harvest. I subbed turkey for the beef and made cauliflower rice instead of regular rice [still added the lemongrass but not the coconut milk.] It was super easy because I was just using ground turkey instead of having to slice up some chicken breast and it was crazy flavorful! I also used our homemade thai chili sauce which might have kicked it up an extra notch. Yea.. definitely making this again!

[Evening Snack]
The fuji never fails me! I’ve been trying some new apples since the season is upon us but the fuji is still my go-to.

Food for Thought

What’s your most successful meal that you’ve made?
Now that apple season is back, do you have a favorite kind you’ve been waiting for?

What I Ate Wednesday #103: Mostly Recyclables

I’ve been slacking. But I’m blaming my phone. It’s time for a new phone for sure and I’ve been keeping it plugged in pretty much all the time. That said, it’s not in always in my hand to take quick pictures of my food so today’s WIAW is [almost] all about the recycled pictures. Thank goodness I eat so much of the same food all the time, right?

Monday was another flip day at Athleta so that meant another early morning. I didn’t get my workout in at the gym, but with all of the running around we do at the store and lugging boxes of new merchandise, I think it’s safe to say I did, in fact, get a workout in for the day!

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[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Cobbler Bites
I have a new bite recipe to share! It’ll be up later this week but for now, I’m trying not to eat the whole container. Often times, pre-workout snacks focus more on healthy fats and carbs to fuel the workout so when I’m making my bites, I try to stick with a coconut/peanut flour and peanut butter base. Makes for a delicious and creamy treat! –>

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Egg Macadamia Cashew Almond Nut Butter Coffee Orioles
Protein rocks! <– [Best commercial ever.] But for real, this is my favorite breakfast, workout or not. It has the perfect balance of protein, carbs, and fat for refueling and keeps me full for hours. It was just what I needed.. especially piping hot at 5:30 am.

[Morning Snack]

After all of my running around, I scarfed down a Salted Caramel ThinkThin bar. I’ve always loved ThinkThin but this new bar is by far my favorite. It’s basically like a little treat!

[Lunch]
Kale Spinach Avocado Panko Chicken Tomato Carrots Cucumber Corn Honey Mustard BBQ
Big ass salad, anyone? I pretty much throw the contents of my fridge on top of whatever greens we have and call it lunch. They mostly end up looking like this because wouldn’t it be the worst to have a salad without avocado?! I always make sure to have 4-6 oz of protein and some healthy fats with my 10 tons of veggies.

[Afternoon Snack]
Homemade Kombucha Shop
I’m so bad about drinking water when I’m at work. Because I’m running around, I can’t have my water bottle with me all the time. I got home and chugged some homemade kombucha that I’ve been rationing out until my next batch is ready. Thankfully, we’re all a go for the second fermentation and in just a few more days I’ll have another gallon’s worth!

[Dinner]
Franks Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Okra Broccoli
Something new! Nathan’s been requesting buffalo chicken and I figured roasted broccoli and okra would compliment nicely. I’d never made okra before but decided to give it a shot. I ended up eating pretty much the whole batch so I’d call it a success.. for me, at least.

[Evening Snack]
Peanut Butter Co Old Fashioned Chunky Fuji Apple
Carbs and fats [clearly in nut butter form] are easily my faves so I think it’s the perfect way to end the night. I’m really digging the chunky peanut butter right now too!

And even though this is from last night, not Monday, I thought I’d share anyway..
Homemade Vegan Peanut Butter Cup
because how can I keep my homemade peanut butter cups all to myself? 😉

Food for Thought

Are you a food creature of habit or do you switch it up regularly?

What I Ate Wednesday #102: Bubbly

I cannot believe the my Orioles clinched the AL East last night and we weren’t there for it.

Top of the 9th, 2 outs. I stopped cooking dinner so I could watch the final out. As soon as the O’s got that out, Nathan and I popped the bubbly. Hey, they were doing it at the stadium so we needed to participate too, right?!

Sparkling Wine Brut Orioles AL East Champions

I also sent a text to my dad. He’s been my Orioles partner-in-crime my whole life and with all of the terrible games we’ve been to over the years, I was so freaking bummed to not be able to celebrate with him. We so would have been there [Nathan was cursing California the rest of the night because of it!] and quite possibly would have gone into work late today. Like we say though, you should always have a bottle of bubbly in the fridge.. you never know when you’ll need it! Also, don’t be jealous of our extra large champagne flutes 😉

Now back to the rest of the food.. which is actually from Monday. I’m still in the “eat all the food” mindset, possibly because I most likely need more sleep. Do you get super hungry when you’re lacking rest? I know I definitely do!

[Pre-Workout]
I’ve been really rationing my coconut vanilla latte bites. I don’t want them to end [even though I can always make more..] but sadly my stash is just about depleted. I’m thinking I’ll need to create a new bite recipe soon though!

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Egg Macadamia Cashew Almond Nut Butter Coffee Orioles

Because clearly we can never get enough oatmeal and nut butters. And repping the Orioles every morning..

[Morning Snack]
Dannon Oikos Pina Colada Greek Yogurt

You know when it’s just about lunch time but you’re not hungry enough for lunch? Boom! Greek yogurt saves the day. And this stuff fo realz tastes like Pina Colada! That said, I’m not usually one for the flavored yogurts anymore, but darn their fun limited edition packaging.. gets me every time!

[Lunch]
Romaine Carrots Chipotle Balsamic Chicken Avocado Tomato Onion Sugar Snap Peas Salad

By the time I got home from work, I was ravenous! I’m surprised I actually made myself a full salad instead of just eating a head of lettuce with veggies on the side. Ha! I had just enough time to shove this beauty in my face before heading to another meeting.

[Dinner]
Costco Rotisserie Chicken Maple Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

Speaking of saving the day, that Costco rotisserie chicken was definitely the right plan for a day that I was running around. I just popped it in the oven, chopped my brussels, and with a tiny amount of effort, dinner was ready! I tossed the brussels with maple syrup, sriracha, and a little smoked paprika. They were pretty delicious but I have to admit, I’m definitely one for regular old EVOO + S&P brussels. Some ketchup made it’s way onto my plate too.. still going strong!

[Dessert]
Peanut Butter Co Old Fashioned Chunky Fuji Apple

I recently got a jar of Peanut Butter & Co’s Old Fashioned Crunchy and I just. can’t. stop. It’s so good! This plate was topped off with a carrot cake energy bite. I like to sandwich my day’s eats with some bites 😉

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite condiment or spread at the moment? [Nut butters are always at the top of my list!]
What’s your most convenient go-to dinner?