What I Ate Wednesday #91: Berrylicious

I love this time of year. The kitchen is almost always stocked with fresh fruits and veggies but right now everything is at its peak. We’ve been seriously stocking the fridge with lots of fruit; it’s hard not to when everything is so good!

It’s usually not until I sit down and look at my meals for the day as a whole that I see some sort of theme going on. Yesterday’s theme was berries. I wouldn’t mind having that theme happen more often either.

Breakfast
Blueberry Oatmeal Peanut Almond Butter
Quite possibly the ugliest oatmeal ever, right? Blueberries really have a way.. I just swapped my usual 1/2 banana in my oatmeal for 1/2 cup blueberries. It was pretty wonderful if you can get past they bowl of gray.

Lunch
Chipotle Cherry Laughing Cow White Cheddar Turkey Zoodles Avocado
I have a thing for hot lunches these days and zucchini noodles are such a fast fix. I also have a serious cheese craving going on so I got Laughing Cow White Cheddar wedges the other day. I threw one of those into the mix with chipotle cherry sauce, ground turkey, shredded carrots, and zucchini noodles. I topped it off with avocado and BAM! Delicious lunch.

Snack
Balance Caramel Nut Blast
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Balance bar, but honestly, I was running out the door hungry and it was the first one I saw. The caramel nut blast is pretty darn tasty!

Blue Diamond Toast Coconut Blueberry Almonds Dark Chocolate Pretzels Raspberries
And since I felt the need for something sweet and berrylicious when I got home, I grabbed some almonds I just got from Blue Diamond—toasted coconut and blueberry—and threw them in a bowl with some raspberries and dark chocolate pretzels. I swear, Nathan was trying to hide those pretzels from me! Also, the blueberry almonds are not something I would typically buy myself, but they were much better than I expected!

Dinner
That Skinny Chick Can Bake Feta Chicken Kabobs Joy the Baker Toasted Pecan Blueberry Couscous Salad
You guys. This chicken. I’m in love with the marinade! I ended up making extra to go on the side because it’s so good. I used this feta chicken kabob recipe and toasted pecan and blueberry couscous salad on the side. I ended up cutting the amount of couscous in half and adding some leftover quinoa that I had. The whole dinner was so good and I’m glad I made a bunch for leftovers!

Snack
Sourdough Bread Almond Butter

An apple and a little more homemade sourdough. We’re still riding the struggle bus when it comes to making bread but we’re getting closer. Maybe one day soon we’ll be successful.. here’s to hoping!

Food for Thought

What’s the best recipe you’ve tried lately?
What’s your favorite berry?

What I Ate Wednesday #32: Groupon Date Night

Have you entered my Peanut Butter & Co. giveaway yet?

I don’t know about you, but for me, sometimes Groupon is wayyy off on their deals for months, and sometimes they’re spot on. For months. Which means we end up with a ton of deals! On Saturday, we decided to cash in. Impromptu date night courtesy of Groupon? Sure!

What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Peas and Crayons Groupon Date Night Blue Hill Tavern Baltimore Maryland MD Carrots N Cake Sweet Breakfast Scramble Peanut Butter Co

[Breakfast]
Oh, like you really expected to see something other than a sweet breakfast scramble? Of course, my lightened version of it..

I also snuck a Powerball before my workout 🙂 Have you tried them yet? So tasty!

[Lunch]
I had planned on meeting my brother at Panera and devouring another Power Chicken Hummus Bowl [so good!] from their hidden menu, but when I walked around the place for 10 minutes without finding a single seat open, I decided to hit the road!

Off to Cosi! I always like to pretend like I’ll try something new there, but their Asian Salmon Salad is so delicious that I just stick to that. Creature of habit? Me? 😉

[Dinner]
We braved the cold and headed out, Groupon in hand, to Blue Hill Tavern. We started off with some hot, fresh rolls. I snagged the walnut raisin before Nathan even had a chance! I was feeling awfully fancy so I ordered myself an elderflower white cosmopolitan. Sounds fancy, tasted like a cosmo.

Appetizer
Garde Manger – Chicken and pork terrine with spicy homemade ketchup & smoked duck breast with candied orange jam and walnut raisin crostini.

Entree
Seared blackened tuna with grilled baby bok choy, rice, and butternut squash puree. Do you see the size of those pieces of tuna?! Fabulous. I ate it all!

Nathan ordered a rabbit and dumpling stew. It was so full of flavor and definitely very filling! He was lucky enough to end up with some leftover.

Dessert
I really had no choice in the matter. It was being ordered whether I liked it or not! [Spoiler alert: I liked it!] Really though, what’s not to like about a cinnamon butter tart with homemade cinnamon ice cream? Exactly. There is nothing to not like!

[Snacks]
– Carrots & a Laughing Cow veggie wedge
– A piece of black bean powerbake mixed with some coconut peanut spread. It was heavenly!

Food for Thought

Do you make my purchases on Groupon or other similar websites?

What I Ate Wednesday #22 – Election Day Eats

The day after a presidential election is always a good day. Whether you’re please with the result or not, I think we’re all glad the ads are over!

All politics aside, the day after election day means it’s time for another WIAW!

Barr & Table Cinnamon Overnight Coachs Oats Trader Joes Roasted Red Pepper Soup Sharwoods Thai Red Curry Chicken Broccoli Sweet Potato Turnip Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt Protein Plus

[Breakfast]
Poor, poor planning on my part of not requesting an absentee ballot, not changing my voting place to right down the street from where I live now as opposed to down the street from my parents house, and not attempting to vote early resulted in an early morning for this gal. Knowing this, I planned accordingly. Cinnamon overnight oats adapted from my Overnight Oats & Quinoa recipe made me quite happy while I was waiting in line to vote.

[Lunch]
Trader Joe’s has some awesome boxed soups. If you haven’t tried them yet, I’d highly recommend you get on it! I added some edamame and nutritional yeast* to my tomato and roasted red pepper soup. Delicious and full of protein!

[Dinner]
Thai red curry chicken with roasted broccoli, sweet potato, red onion, and turnip. I’ve become a big fan of Sharwood’s sauces and since finding a reasonably priced bag o’ garam masala, I’ve been looking forward to breaking out the Thai red curry. I’m happy to have leftovers 🙂

[Snacks]
A (not pictured) grapefruit in the morning and Gnu Espresso Chip Bar in the afternoon are added to the list. But the snack to top them all is my current favorite (clean eating) dessert. Vanilla greek yogurt with mini chocolate chips and peanut fluff (peanut flour*, stevia, & water). This has been satisfying my night time sweet tooth and has a good amount of protein to make it a great snack for after workouts. Sometimes when I need a little crunch, I top it with a few bunnies 😉

*I get my peanut flour and nutritional yeast from iHerb.com. Use code ZAF482 for $5 off of your first order.

Look out Friday! I have a delicious treat coming for ya that I can’t wait to share.

Barr & Table Banana Brulee Protein Pancake TIU Tone It Up Perfect Fit

And big thanks to FitSugar for sharing my Pumpkin Protein Souffle with Cream Cheese Filling & Frosting!

Food for Thought

Did you stay up all night watching the election results roll in or did you find out this morning?

I zonked out at 11, but woke up at 2am and checked twitter to find out. Because really, where else do you go to learn about current events?! 😉

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Fest and a Giveaway Winner!

Did you know that October 26th is National Pumpkin Day? Although, based on what I’ve seen on pinterest, I’m pretty sure once October 1st hit, everyday has been National Pumpkin Day for many. I’ve definitely had fun playing with some pumpkin recipes this week so I have a couple for you today.

Pumpkin Protein Souffle with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling & Frosting

Serves 1
Adapted from Wish & Whimsy

Barr & Table Tone It Up Perfect Fit Pumpkin Protein Souffle Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling Frosting

Ingredients

Souffle
2 egg whites
1 packet Perfect Fit Protein [or 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder]
1/4 cup pumpkin puree [not pumpkin pie filling; I use Libby’s]
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk [I use Almond Breeze]
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Filling & Topping
1 cinnamon cream cheese Laughing Cow wedge, divided*
1/2 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine all souffle ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. Pour into a greased ramekin. Cut your cream cheese wedge in half and place half of it in the middle of your souffle. It will sink a bit, so be careful as you transfer your souffle to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

While this is baking, prepare your frosting by heating the other half of the cream cheese wedge with the almond milk. Microwave for about 10 seconds just to warm everything up and to help it smooth out. Mix it together until smooth.

Once your souffle is finished baking, pour your frosting over top and enjoy!

*If you can’t find Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese, you can sub 1 tbsp low fat cream cheese & 1 tsp cinnamon. But ask your grocery store to get this in stock immediately because it is just. that. good.

Barr & Table Tone It Up Perfect Fit Pumpkin Protein Souffle Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling Frosting

Yummm! Look at all of that delicious cream cheese pumpkiny goodness! You won’t believe the amazing stats on this..

Nutritional Stats
Per souffle with filling & frosting

222 Calories  /  5g Fat  /  10g Carbs  /  4g Fiber  /  3g Sugar  /  35g Protein

This is the perfect post-workout breakfast packed with all of that protein! And because I just couldn’t get enough pumpkin, I have another tasty treat for you.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Dip

Serves 1

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Greek Yogurt Dip Barr & Table

Ingredients
1/4 cup vanilla greek yogurt
1/8 cup pumpkin puree [not pumpkin pie filling; I use Libby’s]
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tbsp mini chocolate chips

Directions
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and get ready to dip! I love slicing up apples to dip in this, but you can also double the recipe and eat it by itself as a great post-workout snack!

Nutritional Info
Per serving

94 Calories  /  2g Fat  /  14g Carbs  /  1g Fiber  /  12g Sugar  /  5g Protein

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