WIAW 1.7.15

Whether or not you end up sharing any of it with anyone, I’d recommend recording a day’s eats for yourself every once in a while.  Take pictures on your phone or write down everything on a slip of paper, and then look back over it at the end of the day.  See what you’re proud of, what you could’ve done a little differently (like eaten an extra snack so you weren’t starving by dinner and then overate, or maybe you didn’t quite eat enough, or maybe you could’ve packed lunch to save money on dining out expenses, things like that).  I think it’s beneficial to just check in with ourselves every once in a while about our diets to see where we can make little improvements.  Then, the following day, make a mini goal for yourself in response to the day before.  It’s a great way to make small, lasting, necessary changes.

Here’s a look into one of my recent day’s eats…

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check out more food journals over at Jenn’s site if you’re looking for ways to change up your meals (check there to also find out the real meaning of these WIAW posts if you’re new to the whole link-up)

breakfast

fried plantain, peanut butter - breakfast

I fried up a plantain in coconut oil on the stovetop, sprinkled it with cinnamon, and then enjoyed it with a big scoop of peanut butter.  It turned out SO good!

morning snack

smoothie with Skoop

recycled photo, but you get the picture…

this smoothie contained:
baby kale, frozen raspberries, frozen beets, maca root powder, a scoop of protein powder, and a little green tea powder, plus water

lunch

beef hotdog, sweet potato fries - lunch

an organic beef hotdog (I ended up having 2 since they were so good) plus sweet potato fries

afternoon snacks

yogurt, pear, brownie - snack

plain coconut milk yogurt (with a couple drops of vanilla stevia) with a square of homemade brownie from new year’s eve and a sliced up pear

pistachios

I also snacked on some pistachios in the evening.

dinner

homemade pizza

some of the homemade pizza that I mentioned here

this crust (but with 2 tbsp ground flaxseed in place of the yeast), topped with marinara sauce, baby kale, green pepper slices, tomato slices, lentils, garlic powder, and mozzarella cheese

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Do you ever food journal, in any variety?  Why or why not?

When I started making healthier food choices years ago, I food journaled for a while, maybe a few months straight?  It helped me identify areas for improvement and taught me a lot about my more negative eating habits (binging when stressed, waiting to long between meals and then overeating on less healthy foods, etc.).  I learned a lot through it, and then I knew when I was ready to be done journaling!

Plantains, yay or nay?

YAY from me.

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they’re back…

This blog needs more food, yes?  So I’ve decided to bring back the What I Ate Wednesday posts.

I used to post these weekly, and in their long absence, I kind of miss the sharing.  I honestly have fun reading through others’ WIAW posts (I get a lot of meal/food ideas), so I figured I could participate and share mine once again.

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I probably won’t post every single week, just because life doesn’t always allow for it nor does every week have something interesting to share, but be prepared that food talk is back!

*If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can check out this post for all the details on #wiaw – Jen’s got the scoop.*

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my food journal from Monday, December 8th…

breakfast

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a green smoothie that included;
frozen spinach
frozen banana
frozen mango
ground flaxseed
maca powder
apple cider vinegar
and water

mid-morning snack

homemade pumpkin bread loaf

after breakfast I baked a loaf of pumpkin bread, and then after my workout I helped myself to a big piece

lunch

tator tot hotdish

leftover tator tot hotdish*
*sharing my version of this classic Minnesota recipe tomorrow

afternoon snack

apple snack

coconut macaron Larabar snack

an apple and a Coconut Macaroon Larabar
(some things never change)

dinner

mexican food plate dinner

I’ve been making a version of this go-to meal for months now…
I sauteed 2 eggs and half of a bell pepper in butter, sprinkled with a ton of sea salt and black pepper, then I stir in some salsa, and serve it alongside more salsa, half an avocado, and some (local freshly made) tortilla chips!

dessert

homemade sunbutter chocolate cup

and a homemade (just 4 ingredients, lots of healthy fats and antioxidants) chocolate sunbutter cup to end the night

plus lots of water throughout the day!

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Does your state have a famous dish?

Minnesota has quite a few gems, some good, some scary ;)

What’s your go-to quick and easy meal right now?

Are you a fan of What I Ate Wednesday posts?

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have you entered this week’s giveaway yet?

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enjoy your day! {wiaw}

The middle of the week is upon us already!  I can’t believe how fast this week is going.

I’m not sure if I’m just growing up and this comes along with maturity or if it’s fully because I’m relying more and more on God’s guidance (most likely the latter, though probably some of both), but I’ve gotta tell you – I’m getting so much better at living in the moment instead of always worrying about what’s on my to-do list.  Sure, I still make a list for every day, and I do my best to be productive, but I just don’t let as many little things bother me anymore – the sudden change of plans, the bump in the road, the negativity of a situation – I’m just over that stuff.  Life is too precious, yes?

And how’s that for a deep thought to kick off your Wednesday?  If nothing else, consider it a smiling reminder to enjoy your day and choose happiness.

Let’s move on and talk about food…

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check out Jenn’s link-up for more food shares!

breakfast

I had a bowl of roasted butternut squash, sliced banana, cinnamon, chia seeds, and Nuttzo.

However, I didn’t get a picture of it.  whoops!  That’s what happens when you remember mid-morning on Tuesday that you’re doing a WIAW post this week.

It looked similar to this, minus the lonely egg ;)

breakfast - egg, cereal bowl with squash and banana

lunch

lunch - green smoothie - yogurt granola strawberries bowl

a green smoothie + coconut milk yogurt (plain, but added a few drops of vanilla stevia) with homemade granola and fresh strawberries

snack

whole wheat crackers

In the afternoon I met up with a friend at Caribou and drank a peach black tea while we chatted, and then I munched on a few of these crackers in the car between running errands and meeting with a client!

dinner

mexi-bowl with chips dinner

a version of Mexi-bowls for dinner…in the mix:
onion, bell pepper, garlic, white cannellini beans, green onion, and pea shoots (or sprouts? I need to google what the different is.)
topped with salsa, avocado, and scooped up with tortilla chips (about 4 times the amount currently shown on that napkin)

dessert

homemade grape jello

some homemade grape jello

Cacao Bliss organic raw Artisana - chocolate dessert- healthy

and a few bites of this goodness.

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for the deep thinkers…

When you’re in a negative situation or are having a rough day, how do you pull yourself out of that rut and choose happiness?

and for the light-hearted food lovers…

What’s your favorite snack these days?

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One Year Ours and WIAW

This week marks the one-year anniversary of us adopting Zida!  I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

Even though I had dogs during my childhood (Pudgy, Snowball, Angel – all whom I adored), I never really understood how “crazy” people got over their pets.  But I think I’m now one of those people.  It amazes me just how much a part of our little family she is and how much we love her.

A few pictures of baby Zida to make me sad “awww” at:

Zida

baby Zida by remote

Jesse, Danica, Zida (puppy)

She was so tiny and precious!

Over the past year she’s quintupled in size (truly – from 3 pounds to over 15 pounds), learned a few tricks, behaves really well 98% of the time (she still goes bonkers when people come over and occasionally eats a blanket corner), goes for short runs with us, and seems to love nothing more than cuddle on our laps.

Zida helping put groceries away

I’m trying to convince Jesse that she needs a playmate :)

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Let’s take a look at this week’s WIAW….

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be sure to check out the full link-up HERE!

eats from yesterday…

breakfast

breakfast quinoa banana Nuttzo bowl

a bowl of quinoa (drowning in almond milk) + chia seeds + banana + Nuttzo

morning snack

apple and pistachios snack

apple + pistachios

lunch

sweet potatoes rounds, veggies with avocado, chips lunch

ummm this was fantastic:
roasted sweet potato (with coconut oil and cinnamon) + sauteed onion (in sesame oil) + pinto beans + avocado + salsa + black bean chips
with a side of Zida.

dinner

salad with tilapia dinner

salad!
romaine + carrots + sunflower seeds +olive oil + a clementine + baked tilapia (with lemon and peppercorn)

evening snack

muffin, bites, chocolate snack

a banana raisin muffin + Nuttzo Date Bites + dark chocolate

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Do you own a pet?

What was the best thing you ate recently?

this week's grocery haul {wiaw}

hey hey!

How’s your week going so far?
It’s flying by for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  The weather has been gorgeous, and Jesse and I have fun weekend plans (hint: baseball is involved!).

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I have another day’s eats for this week’s WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up again.

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food journal from 4/8…

breakfast

breakfast - peanut butter raisin muffins, apple and sunbutter

2 peanut butter raisin muffins and an apple with sunbutter

lunch

lunch - salmon, carrots hummus,pickles, quinoa rice milk cinnamon

salmon (leftover from eating out last weekend), carrots and hummus, bread & butter pickles, and a dish of quinoa with cinnamon and (homemade!) rice milk

afternoon snack

afternoon snack - green smoothie

green smoothie:
spinach, banana, avocado, maca powder, ground flaxseed, a big scoop of Nuttzo, ice, and almond milk
plus an additional spoonful of Nuttzo, straight from the jar – that stuff is good

dinner

dinner- grilled burger on bun, green beans, broccoli

grilled burgers (hello, taste of summer!) on a bun with ketchup and pickles, which I’ve been craving like crazy lately.  <–I just realized how that sounds, but don’t get any ideas!
roasted broccoli with garlic powder and nutritional yeast
and green beans with butter and sea salt

dessert

dark chocolate

a few squares of dark chocolate!  #myfavorite

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I also grocery shopped in the afternoon.

I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously love grocery shopping.  And I always look forward to it. #foodnerd

Curiousity gets the best of me, and I’m one of those people that is interested in what others buy, too.  When other bloggers do grocery shopping/meal planning posts?  Love those.

I thought I’d share what came home in my grocery bags this week:

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note: this is not everything needed for the meals I have planned – I use what I already have at home as my basis!

produce:

  • red potatoes
  • romaine lettuce x2
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • green bell peppers
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • avocados
  • apples
  • orange
  • lemon
  • bananas  (I always plan to freeze some or use some to bake with, but we typically end up eating them all first)

meat:

  • beef for burgers (dinner last night)
  • chicken

frozen:

  • raspberries
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • tator tots  (yep.)
  • meal for Jesse

other:

  • almond milk
  • garlic powder
  • coconut shreds
  • black beans
  • pinto beans

and that should get us through to next week!  All for less than $75 by the way, and mostly organic.  It (literally) pays to meal plan and shop sales!

Zida helping put groceries away

Zida-girl helped me put everything away :)

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Do you enjoy grocery shopping?  Are you ever curious about what others are buying, like I am?

Have you started to crave any “summer foods” yet?  (grilled meals, smoothies, salads, etc.)

this week’s grocery haul {wiaw}

hey hey!

How’s your week going so far?
It’s flying by for me, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  The weather has been gorgeous, and Jesse and I have fun weekend plans (hint: baseball is involved!).

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I have another day’s eats for this week’s WIAW.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting the link-up again.

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food journal from 4/8…

breakfast

breakfast - peanut butter raisin muffins, apple and sunbutter

2 peanut butter raisin muffins and an apple with sunbutter

lunch

lunch - salmon, carrots hummus,pickles, quinoa rice milk cinnamon

salmon (leftover from eating out last weekend), carrots and hummus, bread & butter pickles, and a dish of quinoa with cinnamon and (homemade!) rice milk

afternoon snack

afternoon snack - green smoothie

green smoothie:
spinach, banana, avocado, maca powder, ground flaxseed, a big scoop of Nuttzo, ice, and almond milk
plus an additional spoonful of Nuttzo, straight from the jar – that stuff is good

dinner

dinner- grilled burger on bun, green beans, broccoli

grilled burgers (hello, taste of summer!) on a bun with ketchup and pickles, which I’ve been craving like crazy lately.  <–I just realized how that sounds, but don’t get any ideas!
roasted broccoli with garlic powder and nutritional yeast
and green beans with butter and sea salt

dessert

dark chocolate

a few squares of dark chocolate!  #myfavorite

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I also grocery shopped in the afternoon.

I know I’ve said it before, but I seriously love grocery shopping.  And I always look forward to it. #foodnerd

Curiousity gets the best of me, and I’m one of those people that is interested in what others buy, too.  When other bloggers do grocery shopping/meal planning posts?  Love those.

I thought I’d share what came home in my grocery bags this week:

grocery haul - spring

note: this is not everything needed for the meals I have planned – I use what I already have at home as my basis!

produce:

  • red potatoes
  • romaine lettuce x2
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • green bell peppers
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onions
  • avocados
  • apples
  • orange
  • lemon
  • bananas  (I always plan to freeze some or use some to bake with, but we typically end up eating them all first)

meat:

  • beef for burgers (dinner last night)
  • chicken

frozen:

  • raspberries
  • mango
  • pineapple
  • green beans
  • broccoli
  • tator tots  (yep.)
  • meal for Jesse

other:

  • almond milk
  • garlic powder
  • coconut shreds
  • black beans
  • pinto beans

and that should get us through to next week!  All for less than $75 by the way, and mostly organic.  It (literally) pays to meal plan and shop sales!

Zida helping put groceries away

Zida-girl helped me put everything away :)

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Do you enjoy grocery shopping?  Are you ever curious about what others are buying, like I am?

Have you started to crave any “summer foods” yet?  (grilled meals, smoothies, salads, etc.)

food phases {wiaw}

I go through major food phases.

There are certain foods or meals that I just fall in love with, eat on repeat, and then, once I get tired of them, move on to another favorite.  And then repeat the cycle.

For this week’s WIAW, I’m pointing out what I’m particularly loving (to eat) right now in addition to this past week’s foodie highlights.

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*check out Jenn’s link-up*

hot oats breakfast bowl

hot oats have returned as a breakfast favorite!

walnuts make an appearance every day (in some meal) right now.  healthy fats, please!

and my favorite addition to hot oats:

coconut oil - organic

coconut oil!

raspberry banana greens smoothie

the best smoothie I’ve made in a long time:

spinach + arugula + frozen raspberries + frozen banana + maca powder + ground flaxseed + apple cider vinegar + vanilla protein powder + water

lunch plate

lunch plate!

rice cakes with avocado (one with added arugula and tomato), an egg, and clementines*

*I have the worst luck(?) choosing a good bag of oranges/clementines…is there an actual secret to it?  I’m just thankful the one I bought most recently turned out to be a winner

chicken and wild rice salad - lunch

chicken and wild rice salad
from a lunch date with a friend on Sunday…don’t you love those friends you can just meet up with every once in a while and just talk for hours about life?!  #thebest

lunch plate!

another lunch plate similar to the one up above…I’m loving (gluten-free) toast or rice cakes with avocado right now.

and that dish in the top right corner = plantain chips (addicting!)

sweet potato and lentil chili topped with avocado - dinner

sweet potato lentil chili topped with avocado
mmmm

gluten-free banana bread

Best EVER {Gluten Free} Banana Bread

I can’t argue with that claim.  This recipe is fantastic.

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What foods are you loving a little extra right now?

mostly dinners! {wiaw}

Did yesterday’s post seem completely random to you guys?  Really, it was.  I just found that video so interesting and thought-provoking that I wanted to share it to give you all a chance to think it over, too.  That was my only intention, so I hope that no one was offended in any way.

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Apparently I was particularly interested in taking photos of dinners this past week?  I went to check back on my photos and there was definitely a dinner theme.  I guess that’s the meal that gets changed up for me most often and feels more “picture worthy” ;)

{check out Jenn’s blog to see more picture worthy foodie moments}

Here are a few highlights for this week’s WIAW:

frittata

my first frittata!  served alongside toast topped with mashed avocado.

I totally decided to wing it and both Jesse and I loved it.  I love when that happens :)

moroccan chickpea stew - dinner

Moroccan Chickpea Stew served over amaranth

this recipe is actually from a cookbook I have (Peas & Thank You  <– did anyone used to read Sarah’s blog?  I just recently discovered that the site is taken down…so I’m glad I have her cookbooks at least!)

date night - dinner - veggie burger and fries

this was from our date night on Friday – housemade mushroom & veggie burger (sans bun since I’m trying out this whole gluten-free thing!) and sweet potato fries.  I demolished the plate.

homemade enchiladas

enchiladas!  You know what they say…cook once, eat twice 6 times!

homemade pizza - gluten free and dairy free

dinner staple = homemade pizza

snack plate

snack plate (love these): broccoli and carrots with hummus, one of these muffins, and an apple to scoop up some dessert hummus!

And I just made a mental note to take more pictures of non-dinner meals next week :)

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When you go to repeat restaurants, do you stick with what you know is good or do you like to try something new off the menu each time you eat there?

I used to always stick with what I knew, but now I love trying new things.  Also, I’m always looking at my meal thinking about how I could remake it at home haha

just for fun…if you set any resolutions or goals for 2014, how are they going so far??

12 Things Happy people do differently and WIAW

Happy Wednesday!

a little inspiration to start the day off with:

12 habits of happy, healthy people

and now let’s check out some of my food highlights from the past week…

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head over to Peas & Crayons to see more delicious food!

hot oats breakfast with banana and blueberries

a bowl of hot oats topped with a banana and raisins

green smoothie

green smoothies.

salad topped with veggie burgers

salad made up of: romaine, diced carrots, corn, pine nuts, 2 veggie burgers, and olive oil for dressing

chicken, asparagus, mashed potatoes dinner at friends' house

dinner from Sunday night (made by a friend – thank you Jenna!)…stuffed chicken (so good!), asparagus, and mashed potatoes.

purple potatoes

tried purple potatoes for the first time the other night.

To prepare them, I chose to dice them, toss with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, s&p, and roast them until browned.  They really just tasted like “regular” potatoes, and they were delicious!

tuna salad, chips, carrots, celery, dinner

last night’s dinner was tuna salad (I followed Lindsay’s recipe) and I scooped it up with chips, carrots, and celery, plus went back for more – it felt like a summertime meal.  #dreamingofwarmweather

pb&J bars - dessert - gluten free dessert

peanut butter & jam bars!  I need to tweak the recipe just a bit first, but I’ll certainly share it once I do!

chocolate dessert healthy

can you even tell what this is?  :/

for a healthier dessert, I’ll often mix a bunch of stuff together (almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, applesauce, chocolate stevia or vanilla extract, and almond milk) then top it with raw cacao nibs  <3

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homemade apple crisp!

one of my absolute favorite desserts.

and I’ll be sharing the recipe with you tomorrow!!

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What’s your absolute favorite dessert?

this is a tough one for me…dark chocolate, apple crisp, and under-cooked homemade brownies are probably my top 3 ;)

Is there one thing you have most days for breakfast?  Or are you always changing it up?

I never really eat the same thing two days in a row, but it’s kind of a rotation between oatmeal, smoothies, and cereal/whole-grain bowls.

wiaw: Eat the Rainbow!

Yesterday’s Elf for Health challenge was to “Eat the Rainbow!

And I have to say, this is probably one of my absolute favorite challenges of the whole 4 weeks.

It’s fun to pay attention to the different (beautiful) colors our fresh produce comes in…I didn’t get in any blue or purple yesterday, but it was fun to get in all of the others!  I can throw some frozen blueberries into my smoothie today ;)

{be sure to check out this week’s wiaw link-up}

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and in old-school fashion (for this blog), the following is my food journal from yesterday, Tuesday, December 3rd

breakfast

green smoothie - breakfast - ninja ultima blender

After a mug of hot lemon water, I had a green smoothie that consisted of; spinach, frozen mango, frozen strawberries, avocado, unsweetened almond milk, orange juice, ground flaxseed, and maca powder.

mid-morning snack

banana snack

a banana!

lunch

spaghetti squash with marinara and broccoli lunch

spaghetti squash with marinara sauce, sauteed onion, and roasted broccoli with nutritional yeast!

theo holiday chocolate bar dessert

plus the last 2 squares of this chocolate bar :)

afternoon snack

hot oats with chia seeds, apple, and almond butter - snack

a bowl of hot oatmeal cooked in water and mixed with chia seeds with an apple and almond butter on top
(also my pre-workout meal)

dinner

homemade chili and cornbread - dinner

homemade chili (which included sweet potatoes, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, red and green bell peppers, with avocado on top) and cornbread (x2)!  I never get sick of this dinner – it’s easily one of my wintertime favorites.

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If you weren’t part of the Elf for Health challenge, or even if you were, I’d encourage you to pay attention to eating the rainbow one day!

and just for fun…
What’s your favorite food in each color??
red?
orange?
yellow?
green?
blue?
purple?