What I Ate Wednesday #96: #FuelYourBetter

Haaappy hump day, friends! Hope your week is going well. I’m currently enjoying my couple of mid-week days off before I have lots of shifts coming up. It’s going to be a busy week and a half so you know I’m loving the down time and getting things done around this place!

Monday’s meals started off a bit on a different foot from my norm. For whatever reason, I was looking for another way to fuel my morning and the Vega team did just that for me with their #FuelYourBetter campaign.

[Breakfast]
Vega Sport Vanilla Protein Banana Peanut Flour Smoothie Bowl

A breakfast smoothie is so strange of me. I almost always go for a hot breakfast of oats or pancakes with lots of nut butter. I guess when you really think about it though, I just swapped the oats for Vega Sport vanilla protein powder; the rest that went into the blender is banana, peanut flour, almond milk, and ice.

This is the first time I’ve had the Vega Sport protein powder and having tasted a little before making the plantain protein bread on Sunday, I knew I really enjoyed the flavor so I didn’t want to add too much to my smoothie. I was pleasantly surprised that this smoothie bowl held me over as long as it did. It was super light but very satisfying which was perfect for post-workout. I might have found my new favorite protein powder!

[Morning Snack]
Vega Sport Vanilla Protein Plantain Bread Almond Peanut Butter

I had to get a little nut butter in before work so I warmed up a plantain protein bread and topped it with half almond butter and half peanut butter. I got the recipe for these little guys from Taylor and it’s so easy and delicious.

Ingredients
– 3 plantains
– 2 eggs
– 2 scoops protein powder

Directions
Mix all of the ingredients well and bake in muffin tins at 350°F for about 15 minutes.

I only had 2 plantains but it still worked great. I also really like the vanilla flavor in these because my plantains were so ripe that they were extra sweet!

[Lunch]
Trader Joes Spinach Fontina Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage Avocado Salad

Lap lunch at work. Nathan brought home a huge salad that was leftover from a lunch at his office and I’ve been using that for lunches this week. It’s been nice to have everything thrown together already. There are mung bean sprouts, cabbage, kidney and garbanzo beans, carrots. I’ve just been adding protein [Monday’s was spinach, fontina, roasted garlic chicken sausage from Trader Joe’s], avocado, and a little dressing.

[Afternoon Snack]
Vega Sport Vanilla Protein Plantain Bread Almond Peanut Butter Carrots

After work I was really in the mood for something a little crunchy, but obviously needing more nut butter. I’ve been trying to get my sweet tooth to take a chill pill this week after too much my brownie brittle obsession last week, so I opted for the carrots for dipping and another plantain protein bread. Again, I couldn’t choose between almond or peanut, but they have different benefits so technically I needed both of them.

Sierra Nevada Oskar Blues Beer Camp Rye Bock

When Nathan got home, we popped open this Sierra Nevada / Oskar Blues Beer Camp collab. It was so delicious! You really can’t go wrong with a rye bock though, am I right? Look at that color!

[Dinner]
Piri Piri Spicy Orange Chicken

Piri Piri Spicy Orange Chicken Sweet Potato Brussels Sprouts

I’ve decided we’re the worst at meatless Monday. Last week I made 3 lbs worth of turkey meatballs and this week we roasted a whole chicken. That said, the whole chickens were $.99/lb so not only did we roast this baby up, Nathan also cut up a second chicken that I threw in the freezer. So thrifty!

This was an awesome dinner. The piri-piri chicken had great flavor [though I’m not sure I’d consider it piri-piri..] and the brussels were roasted oh so perfectly. Look at that char. Mmm!

[Evening Snack]
I finished off my night with an apple. Like I said, I’m trying to kill the brownie brittle beast that I was last week so a simple apple hit the spot.

Vega Fuel Your Better

Food for Thought

What is your favorite way to fuel post-workout?

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary shipment of the Vega Sport Recovery Protein as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own.

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?

Vega Fuel Your Better

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.