Posts tagged ‘three-part breakfast’

August 3, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday: “Annie’ Knows Asian” Edition

It’s time again for 2 Wednesday things: inappropriate office jokes regarding the word hump and the always-popular, What I Ate Wednesday.  I’m excited to share my eats with you.  They aren’t pretty, but they are nutritious, filling, and delicious!

I’m back to my 3-part breakfasts.  I start with half a banana before my workout, and then I have an all-natural, vanilla, whey protein shake with water after the workout.

My real, sit-down breakfast includes more of my Love Grown Foods granola with all-natural, fat-free, plain yogurt.  I wish it were organic yogurt, but my grocery store doesn’t sell plain, organic, fat-free yogurt.  Bummer.

parfait

Lunch is the same Monday through Friday this week, and it’s awesome.  I’m having a whole wheat wrap with tuna, broccoli slaw, and 1 TBS of Annie Chun’s teriyaki.  Oh, and there’s also a side of peach.

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Annie – thank you for making my lunch both yummy and HFCS-free.  What can I say?  Annie knows Asian!

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Snack consists of cherries and 115 grams of 2% cottage cheese.  The fat and protein in the cheese keeps me satisfied for quite a while.  I’ve also been snacking when I get home from work.  Whoops!  I’ve kept it healthy, like the remaining half of the banana with 1 TBS peeb.

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Earlier this week, Kev and I had natural chicken sausages two nights, and I’ll get to enjoy a sweet potato the next two nights.  Kev wanted birthday steak last night, so I got half a filet.  I told ya’ my eats weren’t pretty this week!

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Did you expect to see birthday cake as a dessert?  Although I offered to make a little something, I knew Kev would decline.  He doesn’t eat sweets.  Crazy, right?  You know what that means… more ice cream for me!!!

  • Do you plan your meals out for the week, or do you roll with whatever’s in the house?

By the way, thanks so much for the book ideas!  I think I need to add Hunger Games, other The Girl Who… books, and Poacher’s Son to my list (just to name a few).  There were a ton of good suggestions!

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June 29, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday

It’s WIAW time!  Blog parties are fun, and if you agree, hop over to Jenn’s site to check out other WIAW entries.

If you all read Monday’s post, you’ll know I’ve boarded the healthy train this week.  Yup, the train is right on track.  I’ve been working out despite my inexplicable lethargy, and I’ve been eating relatively well.

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Welcome to the Gun Show

Breakfast consists of my regular three-part breakfasts.  I have a pre-gym brown rice cake and a post-gym hardboiled egg.  I’ve really taken a liking to these eggs!  Sometimes, if I wake up hungry, I throw a little peeb (peanut butter) on the rice cake.  It hits the spot.  Once I arrive at work, I have a parfait full of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt, homemade granola (not very sweet or tasty, but filling), and ½ cup of berries.

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The snozberries taste like snozberries!

Lunch is another veggie bowl.  Woohoo!  I’ll be posting the recipe tomorrow, so stay tuned.  Hint, it involves red quinoa that I ordered from Amazon… and veggies… duh.

I pair the veggie bowl with five almonds.  Why?  I sometimes feel like munching, and that’s just enough to satisfy my greedy taste buds.

Snack includes veggies (carrots or celery, usually) with one 90-calorie serving of 2% Daisy cottage cheese.  I love that stuff, but I don’t understand how something so seemingly natural has such a long shelf life.  Maybe I shouldn’t question a good thing – just roll with it Tiff…

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Recycled Pic - I brought more carrots, but same idea...

Dinner is the same for three nights this week.  I’m having half a humongous chicken breast with barely boiled asparagus (0.3 lbs of it to be exact), and a leftover slice of eggplant.  I just learned the eggplant is great on the countertop grill – no oil needed!

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Plain Jane Kind of Meal – No Offense Jane

Oh, and I also had popcorn after dinner Monday and a couple servings of ice cream (light organic strawberry) after dinner Tuesday.

Kevin’s dinner three nights this week has been a little more interesting, so I’ll post it too.  I made him a tuna-noodle casserole with peas and celery.  The store did not have any natural or whole-wheat egg noodles (grocery store = fail), so he got the regular kind.  Luckily, I’m the only one who actually enjoys wheat pasta/bread/etc.

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30% is missing - I was too late for a good pic

Instead of two cans of condensed cream of celery soup, I made the creamy sauce for the casserole with cashews, unsweetened almond milk, and a few herbs.  This was my first cashew sauce experiment, and it was a winner!  The sauce was sort of bland, and it dried out a wee bit in the oven.  However, the dish still tasted good, and the tuna was not overpowered by soup flavor.

Bad Things = cooking two separate meals leads double kitchen clean-up

Good Things = leftovers for both of us for three nights – Wahoooo!

What are your thoughts on leftovers?  Do you make extra so you get leftovers, or do you avoid them when possible?

June 22, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW)

Yesterday’s workout was bad.  There.  I said it.  It’s over.  After a short run and an ab workout, I called it quits.  Today will certainly be better.  I’ll show that elliptical who’s boss!

You know what time it is – time for another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW).  Woohoo!  Check out the blog hop Jennifer set up at Peas and Crayons to see the other good Wednesday eats.

The day began with a pre-gym rice cake, and then I followed up with a post-workout hardboiled egg.  Yum!  Two hours later, I had the last part of my three-part breakfast- oats, berries, flax and almonds.

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Berry Oats

I usually have fruit with 1/2 cup of oats, but after a stranger in the break room told me I was eating enough for two last week (yeah… total jerk… hope I never meet him), I backed it down to 1/3 cup this week.  I added in a 50-calorie mix of raw almonds and ground flax to make up the difference.

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I found a smooshie one!

For lunch all week, I have had a mini TJs whole wheat wrap with about 1/2 a large chicken breast, some spinach, and a little bit of red pepper.  I also had a side salad with grape tomatoes and goddess dressing.  Yum!  That’s a pretty low-calorie lunch, and because it left me starving at by dinner time on Monday, I supplemented with an apple the rest of the week.

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That's a wrap people.

Snack is a delicious portion of Daisy 2% Cottage Cheese and 7 baby carrots.  I hadn’t had Daisy brand before, but I’m now a fan- not a Facebook fan, just a fan.

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Cottage cheese is so filling!

I planned to have a great cob salad Tuesday and Wednesday night in order to celebrate the start of summer.  As many of you pointed out yesterday, summer produce is worth a bit of excitement.

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Practice Safe Salad - Cucumber Knows What's Up

The salad consists of lettuce, red bell pepper, cucumber, red onion, steamed corn, 2 slices of preservative-free turkey bacon, and a pack of Wholly Guacamole.  Holy Moly, Wholly Guac is good!  I look forward to eating it again tonight.

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First Cob Salad of the Season

I’ll probably also have a bit of popcorn and almonds for dessert.  What’s a day without a treat?  Also, for those who were wondering, I think my good skin diet has helped give my skin a little more of a glow, but I’m still breaking out like crazy.  Oh well – I’ll keep it up a bit longer and see how it goes.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten this week?  My fro-yo lunch Sunday might take the cake so far.

What do you do or say when a stranger comments on your eating habits? I smiled, but was fuming inside!  haha

June 1, 2011

WIAW #3

It’s that time again – What I Ate Wednesday (wiiii-aawwww)!  If you’re a foodie, health nut, or cook, head on over to Peas and Crayons to check out other bloggies’ muchies.

I started with another three-part breakfast, which included a pre-gym rice cake and a post-workout GNC Vanilla Soy Protein (natural and under 5 ingredients) workout shake with water.  Now that I’m at work, I’ll also be enjoying a parfait.  It’s all-natural plain yogurt (fat-free), with 1 cup of blueberries, and my first attempt at toasted oats. 

Due to my Real Food June challenge, which I mentioned yesterday, I couldn’t buy any granola at the store or use my regular Kashi GoLean cereal for parfait topping.  I was convinced I could make a lower-fat and lower-sugar version myself. 

Toasted Oats/Granola/Topping/Nom Noms

Toasted Oats/Granola/Topping/Nom Noms

My oat topping includes 1 cup of oats lighted toasted on stove top and then mixed with 1 tsp olive oil, cinnamon, and 2 tsp maple syrup.  I then spread the oats on two baking sheets and baked them at 350 for about 8 minutes.  The little buggers are pretty good, but I’m not posting this as a recipe.  They’re not cereal or granola quality, but they’re good, cheap, and all-natural.  Hopefully they last me 3 mornings!

As you can see, my lunchbox is packed to the max.  It’s a huge box too!  This includes 3rd part of breakfast, lunch, and snack.  Lunch is another veggie bowl.  This one is not as tasty, but it’s not bad.  I plan to post a recipe tomorrow.  It’s perfect for losing a little water weight, which feels good after my vacation.  It includes basil for flavor and asparagus for its diuretic properties.

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The Lunch-Box-O-Plenty

My afternoon snacking consists of two servings of hummus with a cup of raw broccoli florets every day this week.  I got a little hungry yesterday, so today I also brought a green apple.  Girl scout motto = be prepared!

Dinner will be more leftovers from Monday night (the last of it).  We are having one of Kev’s college buddies over for a sleepover tonight, so I’ll make the boys meatloaf.  Mmmmm!  It’s my mommy’s recipe, and it’s fan-didilly-tastic.  I’m going to cook it and try my best not to pout in the corner with my lame leftovers.

There were a couple other mini things I wanted to mention.

  1. I was just invited by Jemma at Celery and Cupcakes to join in on a bloggie food swap with UK bloggies.  I had to decline, but stay tuned for an update to Jemma’s roundup of all who participated.  (Trust me.  The other bloggers do NOT want my baked goods!  My cookies don’t bring any boys to the yard.)
  2. FitSugar had a neat post yesterday about non-vegan drinks.  I already knew that about Guinness, but it makes me wonder how many other beers use animal products.  Check it out here.

Have a great hump day y’all!

  • Have you made your own granola before?  How did it turn out?
  • What’s the best thing you ate (or plan to eat) today?
May 18, 2011

What I Ate Wednesday #2

Heavens ta’ Betsy!  Thank goodness it’s Wednesday!  No, there’s nothing special happening today, but it’s hump day.  My week has been draggggginnnngggg, so I’m pretty ready for Friday.  As I said yesterday, I’m also getting fired up about my 5k Saturday morning.

Today marks another What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) <– I prefer to call it “wiee-awww” instead of saying out the letters like “W.I.A.W.” – but that’s just me.

I kicked off the day with another 3-part breakfast.  I had a pre-gym rice cake, which I couldn’t help but dip in a wee bit (approx 1 tsp) of peanut butter.  Here’s another odd pronunciation for ya.  In my house, peanut butter is shortened to P.B.  However, instead of saying P.B. and J. or something normal like that, it is pronounced “peeb.”  It’s shorter, cuter, and more fun.

Back to breakfast… after the gym, I had my GNC natural vanilla soy protein with water.  Now that I’m at work, I’m having cruddy coffee (work coffee = ick) and a yummy parfait.  It’s nonfat, plain Dannon yogurt (Sorry, my grocery store doesn’t carry plain organic yogurt.  Bummer!) on top of ¾ cup Kashi Go Lean cereal and 1/3 a pint of sliced strawberries.  I love berry season!

Breakfast (Part Three)

Here is what lunch will be.  I actually took this yesterday because I’m eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch all week.  I usually do that.  This week I made a big pot of it Sunday so that I can grab-n-go every morning.

Lunch Bowl

It includes 1 white onion, 1 pint of sliced baby ‘bella mushrooms, and a bit of garlic cooked in 1 TBS oilive oil.  It also has one can of organic diced tomatoes, 2 boxes (10 oz each I think) of frozen spinach, 1-2 tsp oregano, and 1 can of rinsed garbanzo beans.  Mix all that with 3 servings of cooked quinoa.  It’s cheaper, more natural, and healthier than boxed frozen lunches.  Eat that Lean Cuisine!

Snack will be a big one.  I’ve been ridiculously hungry all week, so snack has been 1 pear and 1 Cascadian Farms Organic Chewy Vanilla Chip Bar.  I won’t buy those again.  They’re like pitiful excuses for Rice Krispie treats.

Dinner will be an organic chicken breast with 1 serving of brown rice, ¼ a white onion, 1 a sliced jalapeno, and ¼ a sliced green bell pepper.  I’m not sure yet if I’ll put sauce on it, but I do have some yummy General Tsao’s stuff in the fridge.  We’ll see, but you get the gist.  Lately I’ve also been gorging munching on 100-calorie bags of popcorn at night.  One day I’ll actually get my own popcorn maker so that I can make the natural stuff and add my own ingredients, but I’m not there yet.

By the way, here’s a pic of last night’s dinner.  I’m not linking to the recipe because I changed it around a bit, and it wasn’t that awesome.  I’m just posting because it’s pretty.  Balsamic beans and greens over baked microwaved poatatoes.

Nothing is ever to pretty to eat.

Would you guys like me to post other lunch bowl recipes and ideas?  I’m a huge fan of Sunday-prepped lunches.  What’s your go-to lunch?

PS – I did my weight routine this morning, which still got my heart rate up a little bit.  It took 50 minutes.  I plan to walk a bit tonight (if it’s not raining) before baking muffins.  Yup – the non-baker is actually baking tonight.  Stay tuned for a recap of potential kitchen mishap!

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