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.

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?