What I Ate Wednesday #89: Throw It In a Bowl

I didn’t realize it at the time, but Monday was a day where everything I ate was absolutely delicious but turned out to be less than aesthetically pleasing. That said, I think they’re worth a share. I say as long as my stomach is happy, I’m happy!

[Pre-Workout]
Still going strong with my Vega energizer and peanut butter healthy bites!

[Breakfast]
Steel Cut Oats Coconut Cashew Chia Peanut Butter
Back on my oatmeal kick. I think I missed the creamy, melty nut butters on top and the coconut almond milk was delicious in it too!

[Lunch]
Spiralized Zucchini Zoodles Yellowfin Tuna Cauliflower Rice Sriracha
I was incredibly indecisive when it came to lunch and started getting really hungry but when I figured out what I wanted, it came together really quickly. I whipped up some zoodles with a crumbled cauliflower roll, a can of tuna, and a peanut curry sauce, similar to the sauce I made last week but with a touch of Thai red curry paste. Please note: cauliflower belly is worse than kabocha belly. Yet both are worth it.

[Snack]
Vega One Bar All
I wasn’t overly hungry for a snack but I wanted a little something sweet so I was going to have just one bite of the chocolate peanut butter Vega one bar. Except it was entirely too delicious and I had half the bar and decided to save the rest for a snack yesterday. Yum!

[Dinner]
Lentil Ratatouille
Made a lentil ratatouille and my huge ceramic dutch oven was filled to the gills and looked so pretty going into the oven.

Lentil Ratatouille Avocado Fresh Pasta
I served it over a fresh roasted yellow bell with habanero and serrano pepper pasta that I got a from a place around the corner. Everything was perfect except when I realized half way through eating it that I forgot to stir in the lentils at the end. Ha! Oh well, extra lentils in the leftovers!

[Dessert]
I snacked on an apple and decided I needed some chocolate and nut butter in my life so I grabbed a dark chocolate Adora disc and topped it with a little coconut cashew butter [apparently I was on a serious chocolate/nut butter kick!] Perfect. No time for pictures, though it might have been the prettiest thing I ate all day 😉

Food for Thought

Do you always try to make your food pretty?
What’s your favorite snack?

What I Ate Wednesday #88: Orange is My Color

A week later and I’d say the whole intuitive-ish eating is going pretty well! I’ve also noticed that my appetite has increased since I’ve been working more being on my feet for 5 hours at a time. It’s a really good feeling; and so is really feeling tired again. I actually took a nap after work on Monday. It was glorious!

Pre-Workout
Vega Sport Sugar Free Energizer
Back in the days of my Tone It Up slim downs, they said to make sure to drink 2-3 cups of water before working out in the morning. That was something that really stuck with me because I’d always wake up so dehydrated. I’ve continued to do it everyday, even if I’m not working out, and adding this Vega energizer powder to my water really has given me a little extra pep. It’s been extra nice when I’m waking up earlier to get in a workout before heading to an earlier shift, like yesterday.

When I was offered the opportunity to review this product, I checked out the list of ingredients. Vega has a great reputation for clean ingredients so I had no doubtscoconut seed, yerba mate, ginseng, green tea, turmeric, ginger—sounded good to me! Admittedly, the taste takes a little getting used to, but if you ask me, it’s worth it for the benefits.

Breakfast
Protein Steel Cut Oatmeal Coconut Cashew Chia Peanut Butter
Post-workout, I refueled with one of my favorites: steel cut oats, egg whites, and nut butters. I love this breakfast; it packs a great carb/protein punch which is vital after a workout and the nut butters give it an extra staying power for me. I’ve been going back and forth everyday trying to choose which I prefer that day—coconut cashew butter or chia peanut butter—and yesterday the chia PB won. Gotta save the best bite for last!

Lunch
Taste of Nature Exotics Canadian Maple Forest
I actually had a smoothie for lunch—protein powder, coffee, 1/2 banana, a few strawberries, 1 tbsp PB, & beet/turnip greens. I love smoothie lunches at work; they’re quick, easy, and filling. Unfortunately the beet and turnip greens are entirely too “green” for this kind of smoothie and it was NOT good! I had half of this amazingly delicious bar to wash it down ha! Ya win some, ya lose some, right?

Snack
Baby Carrots Sriracha Yogurt
On my walk home for work, I had the other half of the bar and went to town on some carrots and greek yogurt/sriracha mix when I got home. The orange theme continued into the night..

Dinner
Orange Rosemary Chicken Kale Carrots

Orange rosemary chicken, roasted carrots, and kale. I also snacked on some of the oranges after I squeezed them for the sauce so I wasn’t super hungry when dinner rolled around. Whoops! This was, however, a nice refreshing salad.

Snack
Fage Sweet Potato Coconut Cashew Butter Cinnamon

My sweet potato wasn’t ready when dinner rolled around, so I sprinkled some cinnamon on it and tossed it back in the oven. For dessert, I put it on top of some yogurt with coconut cashew butter and unsweetened coconut. I think I could have eaten 5 more sweet potatoes! Food is fuel, right?

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Food for Thought

What’s your favorite was to fuel your workouts?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of the Vega Sugar-Free Energizer as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.