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WIAW: Avocado Mini Fail

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already!  This is my last day in the office this week, which is soo exciting.  Even though I still have to work for the next 2 days, being remote still makes the week feel shorter.  Always a good thing.

On to the WIAW (or in this case Tuesday) Eats!


Breakfast: The usual, Chobani and Grapenuts.  I went with the strawberry flavor this morning.

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Morning Snack: Yup, you guessed it another banana.

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Lunch: I went with another Mexican inspired salad, spinach, tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, quinoa, chipotle roasted sweet potatoes, and avocado.  Unfortunately, my avocado was a bit of a dud.  I’ve been spoiled by some really good ones lately, so I guess I was due for a bad one.  It was the right amount of squishy when I held it, but somehow that ripeness did not go all the way through the fruit.  The top layer was squishy, but the inside was hard as a rock and did NOT want to come off the pit.  It turned into a bit of a mess.  Oh well, the salad was still decent.

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Afternoon snack:  I had two, first my regular apple

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and second a Chobani Flip.  I went to an Orange Theory class after work yesterday for the first time (review coming soon) and knew I would need a little extra protein to power through.  I noticed these little snacks on sale at the grocery store and decided to give it a try.

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I LOVED it. Yummy yogurt, almonds, and a little bit of dark chocolate.  It really hit the spot and gave me 13 grams of protein to boot. I will definitely be picking up more of these.

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Dinner: Chicken tamale pie.  Have a mentioned that I love tamales? Well I haven’t gotten around to ordering more from the Tucson Tamale Company yet, so this was the next best thing.  The picture doesn’t look particularly appetizing, but this dish is ah-mazing.  Green chile cornmeal base topped with chicken, black beans, spicy enchilada sauce, and cheese.  It really, really hit the spot after a tough workout.

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I added in some veggies with a big ol’ beet and goat cheese salad.  This time I added TJ’s Honey goat cheese and man was that delicious.  I could eat a whole block of that by itself. Yum.

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Dessert: A cup of Nightly Calm tea.  I am not a big tea drinker, but my sleep has been so rough lately that I was willing to give this a try.  I was worried it would taste horrible, but it actually wasn’t bad.  It smells a lot like a spa which was kind of nice.  I’ve tried the tea two nights in a row now and have slept pretty well both nights.  No idea if the tea had anything to do with it or not, but I’m willing to keep it up just in case.

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That’s it for me.  Happy Hump day!


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WIAW: This One’s for You Hubs

Ugh, I am still completely wiped out.  It’s been over a week now and I REALLY can’t wait to get a bit of energy back.  I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in over a week and I am not adjusting to it well.   I’ll be so screwed once we have children.

I’ve been doing all the little things I can think of to try and improve my sleep: forcing myself to workout even though I’m exhausted, no sugar, reading before bed rather than watching tv, earlier bedtimes; unfortunately none of that has really worked. I’ve seriously contemplated taking a nap in my car at lunch on several days now.  Only thing stopping me…no pillow. Oh well, hopefully we’ll turn a corner here soon.

On to What I Ate Wednesday (or in this case Tuesday)! wiawloveyourveggiesmonthbutton2

Breakfast:  I had a dentist appointment in the morning, so I had a little more time for breakfast than I usually do.  I took advantage by making one of my favorite weekend breakfasts: oatmeal (way overcooked so its almost solid, mushy oatmeal is the worst), vanilla greek yogurt, sliced banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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Morning Snack: Banana again, I didn’t plan that well.

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Lunch:  A big, yummy salad of spinach, tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, quinoa, chipotle roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocado.  Unfortunately, I had a meting that ran long so I didn’t end up eating my lunch until around 3. It was so late that I had gone past starving and wasn’t even hungry anymore.  I was able to make it through about 2/3 of the salad though.

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Afternoon snack: Yummy apple.  We’re rocking the Fujis this week and loving them.

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Dinner: Meatball subs and salad.  I try not to eat red meat very often and because I do most of the cooking, that generally means that Hubs doesn’t eat a lot of red meat anymore either.  For the most part he’s ok with that, but the one thing he really misses are meatballs.  Hubs is very Italian, so meatballs are sacred.  For him, turkey meatballs are not meatballs, they are an abomination. So every once in awhile I throw him a bone and make the real thing. And I have to admit, they are pretty delicious.

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Homemade meatballs, homemade sauce, bread straight from the bakery, his Nana would be proud. (And no I did not make all of that on a weeknight, are you crazy? I defrosted it from 2 weekends ago. C’mon son.)

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I added a big salad of spinach, goat cheese, and beets salad to mine to round out the meal. Soo good.

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Sidenote: I watched Monday’s episode of How I Met Your Mother last night and LOVED it.  Such a great episode, I can’t believe we finally got to see Weekend at Barney’s. (Also, “Dude you’re a grown man, why are you throwing a Tantrum? I died).  I can’t believe there are only a few more episodes left.  Tear.

Dessert: None today, trying to avoid sugar to see if it helps my sleeping (so far not really).

Water: 2 full Camelbacks at work and 2 big glasses at home, so about 80 oz for the day.


That’s it for me today. Hopefully we’ll be back to regular posts tomorrow.  Happy Hump Day!

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WIAW – The Sleepless Edition

Oh man am I tired.  (Ironically, as soon as I started to type that ‘I’m So Tired’ by the Beatles came on my Pandora.  Fate?)  On Monday, I thought it was just a result of a completely packed weekend.  My siblings flew in to visit for the weekend and we had an amazing, totally packed weekend with them.  But now it’s Wednesday and I’m still completely wiped out. This is also the reason there have been no posts so far this week. I’m pooped.  I hope I’m not coming down with something.


Anyways, onto What I Ate Wednesday, or in this case, Tuesday.

Breakfast: I started off with my usual breakfast of (Olympic) champions, Grapenuts and a peach Chobani.

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Speaking of Olympic breakfasts, have you ever thought about what they must be eating in the Olympic village? I would think that most of those athletes are on fairly specific diets.  Do they have to bring some of their own food? Does the US team just take care of that for everyone? If so, they must have been shipping in a crazy amount of food.  I can’t imagine there’s a heck of a lot of fresh, local produce around in a wintery Russia.  (See I should totally be an Olympic commentator, I ask the tough questions.)

Morning snack: A big handful of baby carrots

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Lunch: Since we had a crazy weekend visiting with the fam, I did not make it to the grocery store for my usual salad fixings.  Instead I popped downstairs to our cafeteria and picked up a bowl of chicken tortilla soup.  I feel like it should have been called chicken wanton soup, because those tortilla strips did not look like any tortilla I’ve ever seen before, but it was still tasty.

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I also had little roll that comes with it.  I always try to avoid eating the roll and I very rarely succeed.

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Afternoon snack:  This little runt of a banana and a nice big apple

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Dinner: Dinner was a little bit of a cluster. When I got off work I was REALLY craving mac and cheese.  Well, what I was really craving was risotto, but I figured mac and cheese was the poor, time crunched man’s version.  Creamy, gooey, warm, and cheesy.  Seems to have all the components to me. I had to stop by the grocery store anyways, so I figured I might as well pick some up.

I convinced myself that the Annie’s organic version would be better for me than the classic Kraft blue box (obviously I wanted it badly), but the grocery store didn’t have any! As much as I have loved the Kraft version throughout my life, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. I left the store pretty grumpy.


Instead, I made myself a small grilled cheese once I got home.  It was delicious, but not entirely the same. Hey, real cheese is better than powdered cheese so I guess that’s a win.  I paired it with a bowl of my Vegetable Lentil soup that I’d frozen from a few weeks ago and a grapefruit with a little sugar sprinkled on top.

photo 1(4)I may have also had a fingerful (or two) of leftover cream cheese icing while I was making dinner.  It was there, I was hungry, and it was delicious.

Dessert: 1/2 of the last red velvet whoopie pie.  I’m sad to see them go, but they were a big hit with everyone this weekend.

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Water: 2 full Camelbacks and 2/3 of a 3rd one while I was at work.  3 big glasses of water once I got home.  So about 112 ozs for the day.


Off to muscle through the rest of my day. Have a good one!

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WIAW: Ice Storm Edition


It is sooo gross out.  The freezing rain+wintery mix+snow combo we have been getting is making me want to just curl up under a blanket and not move. I have to say that so far this storm has not been nearly as “catastrophic” or “crippling” as they made it out to be, but it is letting me work from home so I will take it!

See, it doesn’t looks so bad:


Anyways, it’s Wednesday (the hardest day to spell) so on to yesterday’s eats!

Breakfast: Another Chobani and Grapenuts combo.  This time I had the pear flavor.

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Morning snack: Another banana.  My bunch is ripening much faster than I would like this week.  They are already on the brink of becoming too much for my liking.  Not a good sign since it was only Tuesday. Humph.

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Lunch:  Well I started out with another yummy salad with spinach, spicy sweet potatoes, black beans, and avocado but I had a super busy afternoon so I only ended up eating about 1/2 of it. Here’s what was left when I got home.

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Snack: Luckily I was able to leave a little early because of the impending doom of the ice storm so I was able to make up for my 1/2 lunch with a big piece of buttery cornbread, leftover from Sunday’s dinner, when I got home.

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Dinner:  A big ole piece of chicken caprese (yes this was my second night in a row of eating it).  I loaded on a bunch more chopped tomatoes and basil after this picture, it looked a bit less pretty but was sooo yummy.

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I also had a big side of broccoli (not pictured). And a side salad with spinach, tomatoes, green pepper, beets, and goat cheese.

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Beets and goat cheese are my jam.  Seriously awesome combo.

Dessert: Yeah, I was too lazy to get off the couch to grab anything, so I skipped it.

Water: I decided to start tracking this as well.  I am a big water drinker.  I try to have a water bottle with me wherever I go, and if I ever realize I am situation where I’m without water I immediately get thirsty and need to find some. The Hubs thinks its because I grew up in the desert.  I’m pretty sure that has nothing to do with it, since I wasn’t wandering around searching for water among the cacti, but whatever.


Yesterday I packed in 2 full Camelbak bottles (24 oz each) at work and then had about 3 large glasses at home, so around 96 oz total.  Not bad.

That’s a wrap for me.  Happy Wednesday!


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What I Ate Wednesday

WIAWbuttonThanks to Jenn for hosting WIAW!

Unfortunately, we are snow and snow day free this week, so I’m back to my regular noshing. It amazing how quickly my work stamina drops off the table.  After 2 snow days last week I feel like I should be able to just work from home all the time.  The idea of a full week in the office sounds like torture.  Thank goodness its already hump day.  This is a really busy week at work for me, so that means lots of reheating meals I made over the weekend.

Breakfast:  My usual Chobani and Grapenuts.  Apple Cinnamon flavored this morning, love that extra cinnamon punch!photo(1)

Morning snack: A nice banana, I have been on a real banana kick lately.  I think its because the clementines around here have been so disappointing lately.

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Lunch:  I have been going through a bit of a lunch slump lately.  My usual salad combo was not working for me anymore, so I came up with this yummy option on Sunday.  I cubed and roasted a few sweet potatoes that were sprinkled with chipotle chili pepper, cumin, sea salt, and a little olive oil. They were SO good.  I mixed that in with spinach, grape tomatoes, green pepper, carrots, quinoa, black beans, and a bit of avocado.  This definitely cleared up my lunch time blues.  I am loving this combo.

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Afternoon snack: A nice big apple.

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Dinner: A big bowl of my vegetable minestrone.  I made a big pot of this on Sunday (recipe coming soon!) and have been eating it all week.  It is so nice to have dinner already made when I get in from work.  I finally got Hubs to eat a bowl of it last night, after some serious cajoling, and he liked it! Big win.

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Dessert:  We topped the night off with some of the last chocolate chip cookies while watching the Duke b-ball game.  Thankfully they dominated and the cookies were still ah-maazing. Nice way to end a long day.

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What I Ate Wednesday

I stole this post idea from Courtney, I will attempt to recap everything I ate yesterday in the WIAW post. Although to be perfectly honest, I think a lot of my weekday eating can get a little boring.  I generally eat the same breakfast and a very similar lunch each work day, but we’ll see how it goes.

Breakfast:  Per usual I had a Chobani greek yogurt mixed with Grapenuts.  Wheaties is lying to you, this is the fast breakfast of champions. So yummy, easy, and it packs a serious protein punch. This morning I went with the peach flavor.  Fun fact: when I was a kid I would only eat peach flavored yogurt. No idea how that was the flavor I landed on, strawberry seems like a more logic choice, but I digress.

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Morning Snack: A big, beautiful banana that I did not take a picture of, remembering to take pictures of all your food is not as easy as it sounds.

Lunch: This is where we veer off course from a normal day.  As I mentioned, and you’ve probably seen on the news, the South got walloped by a winter storm yesterday and as a result, I got a 1/2 snow day.  After surviving a nail-biter of a drive home I decided to reward myself with something amazing….tamales! Such an amazing comfort food, if you haven’t had one you are seriously missing out.  And it turns out they make the perfect snow day meal, hot and gooey with cheese.  What more could you want?

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I had two different kinds in my freezer, some Cheese and Green Salsa tamales I had picked up at Trader Joe’s when I was feeling a little homesick and some Chile Relleno tamales from Tucson Tamale that my wonderful friend Liz brought with her when she visited a few weeks ago.  Of course, I had one of each. The Trader Joe’s version was fine, I’m sure I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t paired it with an authentic tamale from Tucson, but I did and it was a bit pale in comparison.  That Tucson Tamales was a-freaking-mazing.  I LOVED it. It had so much flavor and it was packed with a massive chile and just oozing with cheese. To make things even better, I went to their website and discovered they now mail order tamales across the country! I am in love and will be putting in an order shortly. Seriously made my day.

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Afternoon snack: No need since I had my lunch at about 4:00 pm (whoops, damn snow driving delays).

Dinner: A big bowl of my veggie lentil soup, what a wonderful coinkydink that I had that all ready made and waiting in my fridge.  I added in a buttery, toasted piece of Publix Whole Wheat mountain bread. Can we just take a beat to bask in the awesomeness that is Publix bakery bread? Such good stuff.

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And yes, that is a recycled picture.

I had the soup a little later and it was so filling I decided to skip on dessert.  So that’s it for the day, all in all it was pretty delicious.

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