What I Ate Wednesday #129: Snacking the Day Away

Congrats to Danielle C. for winning my MealEnders giveaway!

Phew! These past few days have been exhausting and I am so looking forward to the weekend. Though, I said that on Sunday, too! Monday was a crazy bit of running around and when I went to pack up a lunch on Sunday, I realized I really didn’t have time to eat anything other than snacks. Luckily, we’re always stocked up on snacks and that was just what I did.

Peas & Crayons What I Ate Wednesday WIAW

[Breakfast]
Protein Oatmeal Egg White Oats Coconut Peanut Butter Coffee
The trusty egg white oatmeal breakfast. I knew I’d need something to hold me over and I can always count on my oats.

[Snack #1]
Love Grown Foods Power Os Daisy Cottage Cheese
An old picture, but essentially the idea. I mixed some Greek yogurt with a little chocolate peanut butter protein powder and chia seed, then topped it with Honey Power O’s. The honey is quite tasty but I really need to get my hands on some chocolate Power O’s again!

[Snack #2]
S'mores Quest Protein Bar
They just keep getting better! I’m in love with Quest bars and this was my first time trying the S’mores. I expected it to be similar to the Cookies N Cream bar but the little bits of graham cracker are SO good! And this bar was nice and chunky. MMMMM! I had limited time to get from Athleta to the train and get my butt into the city so this was the perfect treat.

[Snack #3]
Tender Green San Francisco Roasted Vegetables Quinoa
Once I got into SF, I had just enough time to stop at Tender Greens and get this delicious bowl of roasted veggies and quinoa. Literally just enough time to get it. And then throw it into my bag because I had no time to eat it until after my appointment. Well worth the wait, though.

[Snack #4]
Chicken Thigh Heinz Ketchup
Somehow I convinced myself to hit the gym after all of my running around. Probably because I knew it was best for my sanity this week! But after the rest of the snacks from earlier, I wasn’t too hungry post-workout so I ended up grabbing the last small chicken thigh and topping it with a little ketchup. I’ll call this one #strangebutgood. I also ended up having a few baby carrots while I was prepping dinner.

[Dinner]
Apricot Sage Lemon Pork Loin Cauliflower Kale
An actual meal! And a really tasty one at that. I used this sticky baked chicken recipe as a guide but made it with pork loin instead. I seared the pork in a skillet and tossed it into the oven, glazed it a few times, and then sliced and served. The side dish was inspired by this roasted cauliflower meuniere recipe but I decided to be lazy and nixed the egg and breadcrumbs. Oh yea, and the butter sauce. Sooo it was really roasted cauliflower with lemon-garlic sauteed kale with shallots. And it was something I’ll definitely make again!

[Snack #5]
Almond Butter
My apple was soon followed up with some almond butter scrapings. I left just enough to top my oatmeal yesterday but it was tough to leave that much in the jar!

Life might slow down at some point in the future, but in the meantime, I’m working on getting used to being a little more prepared to be less prepared.

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite snack?

What I Ate Wednesday #114: The True “Normal”

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I may have gotten back to my pretty “normal” eating last week after Thanksgiving, but the truth is I was still on vacation. It might have just been at my parents’ house, but that still means a little extra snackage, a little bit bigger meals, going out for dinner and drinks with friends more often.. it all adds up. I was ready to get back to normal, normal and yesterday was the first day of that.

Peas and Crayons

[Pre-Workout]
Skoop Superfood Blueberry Bite
I missed these little bites!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oatmeal Oats Almond Coconut Peanut Butter Coffee
I don’t even know how many months I’m going on now with this breakfast but there’s just nothing better.

[Mid-Morning Snack]
I had to run to Berkeley Bowl and Trader Joe’s so of course I had to grab a couple samples! A bite of cheese, truffle salami, a bite of a cookie, and some coffee. The new truffle salami from TJ’s is fabulous! I rarely buy the sampled items but I couldn’t resist.

[Lunch]
Sesame Kale Bibimbop Ocean Spray PACt
Nathan didn’t finish his bibimbop the other night for dinner so I added it to sesame-marinated kale and topped it with an egg. The egg made it, obviously. On the side, I had a bottle of Cranberry Blood Orange PACt from Ocean Spray. It’s a cranberry extract drink with only 10 calories and 2g sugar per bottle; we all know the benefits of cranberries and cranberry juice, but there’s just so much added sugar. This drink tastes great—though I didn’t get a ton of blood orange flavor—and I’d definitely get it again.

[Afternoon Snack]
Love Grown Foods Power Os Daisy Cottage Cheese
I was so excited when I got a LOVE drop yesterday from Lindsay. It actually came the day after we got to Baltimore but I had no idea what it was! I’d been wanting to try the Power O’s for so long and had yet to come across them. They’re made from beans, you know. Clearly I needed to fit these into my snack today and they’re delish! I mixed a little NuStevia chocolate syrup into some cottage cheese and topped it with these crunchy bites. I can’t wait to try the other flavors!

[Dinner]
Roasted Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup
I wasn’t going to do squash this week, but when I saw butternut for $.39/lb at the store, I couldn’t resist! I decided to make my butternut squash soup for dinner tonight and also worked in some Thai basil turkey with carrots and green beans. This was such a good combo and I totally added more turkey to the top after I took some [much needed] replacement pictures for my original recipe post!

[Evening Snack]
The apple and nut butter prevail! I’m a creature of habit.. clearly I like my days to start and end the same way.

Food for Thought

Have you ever had a bean-based cereal?
What’s your favorite soup?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of PACt from Ocean Spray. All thoughts and opinions are my own.