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 #87: Intuitive-ish

I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion recently that I’m trying to figure out what and how to eat again. I honestly have no idea how it’s going. Some days are better than others in terms of being full, feeling bloated, satisfying cravings, etc. I think it’s still too early to really know what works best for me for sure and things definitely change too.

I’ve also had some really good chats with the wonderful Lindsay of Cotter Crunch and she recommended keeping a journal of not only what I eat, but how it makes me feel. I’ve been doing this for a couple weeks now and it’s nice to be able to go back and see just how I reacted to certain foods. I’ve often used that as a reference when repeating meals to see if my body reacts the same way. I really recommend trying this method if you’re having digestive or other issues; I’ve also been using this to try to eat more intuitively and, as I said before, I think it’s still too soon to really know, but hopefully this works out well!

Pre-Workout
Peanut Butter Trail Mix Healthy Bites Cotter Crunch

1 peanut butter coconut trail mix healthy bite. Sometimes I need a little something right when I wake up to tide me over during a workout and I love having these little guys. I also seem to be doing well with peanut butter again lately [knock on wood!]

Breakfast
Peachy Palate Paleo Coconut Flour Pancakes

Paleo coconut flour pancakes with peanut fluff. Delicious and incredibly satiating but left me feeling a little bloated. I find that coconut flour can leave me feeling that way sometimes, but not always. These pancakes did pack a pretty powerful punch, though, and kept me full for almost 5 hours!

Lunch
Sweet Potato Noodles Kale Asparagus Chicken Tequila Habanero Sausage

Leftovers: sweet potato noodles, asparagus, kale, a little tequila habanero chicken sausage, shredded chicken thigh, and a little balsamic vinegar. I could eat sweet potato any and all ways for days! It’s a wonder we have any noodles left at all 😉 I noticed that I felt bloated when I had this for dinner on Monday, but no bloating yesterday. Success? Maybe?

Snack
Fage Greek Yogurt Banana Peanut Butter

Mashed banana in greek yogurt with a couple dips into my [quickly dwindling] homemade peanut butter. For some reason, I’ve really been craving this combo lately and it makes my stomach happy so this is a win-win. Yay peanut butter!

Dinner
Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad How Sweet It Is

I turned the pecan crusted chicken wrap into a salad and added some roasted bell pepper, onion, broccoli, and cucumber to it for some more veggie punch. We haven’t done salads for dinner in a while so it was nice to have something lighter, though especially filling—plenty of protein, fat, and fiber for a good balance.

Dessert

Raspberry Apricot

A raspberry apricot and a piece of black bean protein fudge. The raspberry apricot tasted like a pretty standard apricot. Delicious, but nothing crazy. And I love having the black bean fudge in the freezer for when I want a little piece of chocolate at the end of the day.

I think soon enough I’ll be able to really pinpoint what works best for me, but in the meantime, I’ll keep journaling along and maybe one day in the near future I can have some real results to share! Fingers crossed.

Food for Thought

Do you consider yourself to be an intuitive eater?

What I Ate Wednesday #73: A Quick Recap

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

I have to be honest, I don’t have much sugar to coat yesterday. It was just one of those not-so-awesome homesick kinda days. But like I told my mom, at least my food was good! When you’re someone that enjoys good food, that counts for something, right? Right. So let’s get to it, shall we?

[Breakfast]

Sweet Potato Cashew Butter Pancake

Beautiful, no? 😉

I found these quick, 3-ingredient pancake recipes on Whitney’s blog the other day and just happened to have half of a sweet potato leftover from Monday night’s dinner. I played around a bit, adding some spinach, a couple peanut butter chips, and doing 2 egg whites instead of 1 egg. Of course it was topped with more coconut cashew butter and chips. Heavenly.

[Lunch]

Bev Cooks Chipotle Black Bean Burger Homemade Almond Flour Sandwich Thins

You know it’s homemade when it falls apart more and more with each bite!

Monday night I made chipotle black bean burgers and they were awesome [even Nathan approved]! I was feeling a sandwich for lunch and decided to whip up some almond flour sandwich thins. I made a half batch [12 total at 2 tbsp per thin] and they turned out great. I layered up some kale, red pepper, chipotle ketchup, a little parmesan, and avocado with my burger and pretty much ended up scooping everything off the plate by the end haha.

[Afternoon Snack]

Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar Coconut Cashew Butter

It’s hard to make this look pretty..

The chocolate brownie Quest bar baked in the oven at 375 for 5-10 minutes honestly tastes like a brownie. And brownies need coconut cashew butter, right? I think I need to find the Cookies N Cream bars!

[Dinner]

Healthier Cincinnati Chicken Chili Half Baked Harvest Zucchini Noodles

Alright, not the prettiest again.. really tasty though!

The recipes from Half Baked Harvest have been on my weekly menu for weeks now. They’ve pretty much all been winners and this one pot Cincinnati chili is no different. I made it early in the day, let it simmer on the stove for a few hours, and added some frozen roasted corn and kale at the end. I served it over zucchini noodles and threw some cashews on top. So easy and so many leftovers!

[Evening Snack]
An apple. Again.. and a few PB M&Ms because they’re the best.

Food for Thought

Are you a Quest bar fan?
Is there a blogger that you’ve found and consistently loved their recipes?

Five Things Friday

It’s been a week since we moved in and I’m happy to say that we’re really getting settled now. It feels so good to sleep in our bed, eat at a dining room table instead of the coffee table, and play in the kitchen again!

  1. Speaking of playing in the kitchen, I broke out my brand new spiralizer and Vitamix this week. Holy cow I’m in love! I’ve spiralized zucchini and sweet potato so far and can’t wait to play with more. I also may never buy nut butter ever again. In 2 days I made toasted pecan butter and coconut cashew butter. Seriously. Fresh nut butter in 5 minutes? Amazing.

    Oatmeal Pecan Coconut Cashew Butter Love Grown Foods Granola

    Couldn’t decide between the 2 nut butters.. why not both?!

  2. I’ve also started going back to my Pinterest boards for recipe inspiration. The honey sriracha chicken turned out great and I full intend on making this Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Fried Quinoa with Macadamia Nuts soon!

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Fried Quinoa with Macadamia Nuts Half Baked Harvest

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain and Coconut Fried Quinoa with Macadamia Nuts
    – Half Baked Harvest

  3. Speaking of Pinterest, I’m loving all of the easy storage and decoration ideas I’ve found! Did you know lentils aren’t just for eating? 😉

    Lentil Decoration

    Crafty and delicious!

  4. Last week, I won one of the Love Grown Foods 14 Days of Giveaways packages. I was far too excited to dig in before taking a picture, but this stuff is awesome! I’ve had it once before but I forgot how good it is. Perfect on top of my oats!

    Love Grown Foods Raisin Almond Crunch Oat Clusters Granola

    There’s coconut in there too!

  5. I’m looking into getting a personal training certification. I plan on pursuing NASM since I’ve read so much about it and it seems like that is the most universally accepted certification. Thoughts? Tips? Think I’m nuts? 😉

This whole “new life” thing is pretty exciting and pretty scary. But I think I’m doing alright. That said, if anyone would like to solve all of my life’s mysteries and tell me what I should do with my life, I’m all ears! Haha happy Friday!!

Food for Thought

What is your favorite type of nut butter?
Have you gotten a personal training certification?

What I Ate Wednesday #69: My New Kitchen

I’m in love. Seriously, my new kitchen, while still a bit cluttered, is so wonderful. Maybe I’m excited about the granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, maybe I’m just plain excited to have a real kitchen again, or maybe it’s that I have a some extra time on my hands. Whatever it is, I’m really enjoying taking my time and putting together some pretty delicious meals these past few days.

It didn’t start out so pretty though..

STUFTmama Sweet Potato Naturade Chocolate Vegan Protein
I call this my STUFT mama-inspired lunch! The day before we got all of our furniture delivered, supplies were limited, including plates and utensils. Luckily I had some leftover sweet potato and a packet of Naturade VeganSmart Chocolate Shake which, with only a little water, I turned into this delicious-looking mess 😉 Trust me, it tasted way better than it looks! Naturade sent me 2 packets of chocolate and 2 packets of chai; I would absolutely get the chocolate again. It has such a short ingredient list, low in sugar, and chock full of [20g] protein!

Since then, I’ve made some pretty colorful, tasty salads.

Kale Avocado Hemp Seeds Wildbrine Squash Brussels Sprouts

Kale Cabbage Sugar Snap Peas Tomatoes Carrots Roasted Corn Hemp Seed Sriracha Avocado Honey Mustard

And obviously I had to roast up some squash and brussels sprouts for our first dinner here! I also made honey sriracha chicken which turned out great even though I fudged half of the ingredients.

Honey Sriracha Chicken Squash Brussels Sprouts

AND!! I broke out my brand new spiralizer for a chicken stir-fry with tomatoes, broccoli, red onion, garlic, and white wine. Topped with shredded gouda, of course. Got Nathan to eat zucchini so I’d say that’s a win for me!

Spiralized Zucchini Noodles Chicken Tomato Gouda Broccoli

I’m super excited to try spiralizing more veggies! It was so fast and easy, I think this is really going to become a thing around here. If you need me, I’ll be spending some time over at Inspiralized 😉

Food for Thought

Are you a sweet or savory sweet potato fan?
Have you ever used a spiralizer?

This is a sponsored post from 4sponsor.com with my unbised thoughts. Naturade sent me these products for free to for an unpaid review.

Five Things Friday

Holy moly, what a week! In my attempt to take a quick breath [but not really], let’s do a little week wrap up, shall we?

  1. IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING! We’re no longer hotel dwellers! We finally moved out of the hotel Thursday morning, slept on an air mattress last night, and the movers are delivering our things today. To say that I’m excited would be an understatement. Six weeks in a hotel is entirely too long.

    Hotel Internet

    P.S. the internet is killer!

  2. Funny story about entirely too long. Wednesday morning, someone staying in the hotel said to me “you were here last month, right?” Immediate thought was “oh great, now I’m being recognized..” Well, not only was he here last month, he’s been home and is now back. The lady that works the breakfast shift also disappointingly asked if I was leaving them as I was wheeling out a couple suitcases. It’s time.
    I've been here too long
  3. My aunt and uncle got us a Vitamix for our wedding gift but we asked them to wait to order it until after we were moved in. Guess what was delivered on Thursday! Nut butters, smoothies, soups, and more.. HERE I COME! [Nut butters especially..]

    Roasted Coconut Peanut Butter Peachy Palate

    Roasted Coconut Peanut Butter – Peachy Palate

  4. ALSO! My mom ordered me a spiralizer! That was another kitchen gadget I planned on getting as soon as we were settled but she beat me to the punch 🙂 I’ve been pinning away at some veggie noodle recipes and I cannot wait to start trying them.

    Roasted Butternut Squash Zucchini Pasta with Kale Apricots and Wheatberries Inspiralized

    Roasted Butternut Squash Zucchini Pasta with Kale, Apricots, and Wheat Berries – Inspiralized

  5. On Wednesday afternoon, Sweat Guru and OMPower teamed up for an Iron Yoga class. I absolutely love the idea of incorporating weights into yoga and was bummed that I couldn’t make it but with all things moving [yay!], it just wasn’t realistic. Luckily for me [and anyone else in the San Francisco area], they host classes every Wednesday at 2pm. Check it out!

    Iron Yoga Sweat Guru Fit Approach OMPower

    Iron Yoga with The Sweat Guru and OMPower

Welp, I guess it’s time to unpack! I’m hardly disappointed that I have to unpack so many boxes. I just can’t wait to have my stuff again. And sleep in my own bed! YES!

Food for Thought

What is the longest you’ve ever stayed in a hotel?
Share your favorite Vitamix recipe with me!