WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) 11

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Woo hoo! It’s Wednesday.

And what a busy week it has been!

High school soccer starts Monday, and from tonight through Sunday I’m taking a Youth Coaching License class. Fun stuff! Although it should be fun, because I get to play soccer and learn more about the sport. :)

So a quick WIAW post and then I’ll likely be out of commission for oohhh…maybe a good week or so! After two-a-days next week perhaps I’ll find a little more time (until school starts that is!). August – October is the Andy-and-Katie-don’t-see-each-other much part of our year. Except for the late night “hello” and then “goodnight”, and then some on the weekends (around his Friday night games, my Saturday games, and Vikings football on Sunday). Is it bad that I consider Friday night football games a date? I mean I do get to see him, from across the field. :)

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a short time that flies by, and it’s much better to be in it together anyhow. And not to mention, I’m totally geeked for the season to start!

Settling into the new house has been fun, as I’ve been actually able to use the kitchen again (hooray!). I also made my first trip to Costco (no judging quite yet!). Although I’m a huge proponent of local businesses, and especially local food, I couldn’t help but love the place. I was able to stock up on all sorts of all-natural and organic snacks and produce. They even have organic meat! Long story short, I joined, and am looking forward to the next trip (after I eat like 2 pounds of hummus!).

So what did I eat this week? Read on!

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A little snack platter for when my friends came to check the new house on Sunday. I am loving that we can finally have people over now!

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 Organic cheddar cheese, rice crackers, green bell peppers, carrots, and hummus.

And then just some broccoli and hummus for myself.

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 Add in some carrots and you’ve got my afternoon snack the past two days.

My juicer is back in action from being packed away, so I made this lovely green juice for breakfast yesterday.

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 Celery, kale, carrots, and black grapes.

The fiancé and I are back cooking. We made homemade pesto with baked chicken (no grill yet!), with tomato, corn-on-the-cob, and green beans all from the Farmer’s Market. It was our first dinner in the new place! :)

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The night after we made our take on shrimp and grits. Creamy polenta with sautéed shrimp, asparagus, and mushrooms. The polenta was not my favorite (perhaps too rich?) and I probably won’t be making it again for awhile (if ever!).

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I’ve been at home for lunch so far this week, so it’s consisted mostly of veggies and hummus, beef jerky, string cheese, some pistachios (my favorite!) and almonds. I love snacks and could eat them for every meal I’m pretty sure! Breakfast has basically been bananas and KIND bars (except the green juice day!). I need to get back into my smoothie making here soon!

And don’t be fooled, it’s not all healthy. The fiance’s mom sent us with these to.die.for carmel chocolate nut bar thingies. I don’t even know what they are, but I do know they are damn good! Remember when I gave up sugar for 10 days? I might have to do that again after I polish off the batch of these babies sitting in our freezer. Every day I need one. Need. Yep, I’m addicted. :)

Alright folks, anything good you’ve been eating these days?! New dinner ideas or snacks to share? I’m all ears!

Until next time, happy clean eating!

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Carrots today for What I Ate Wednesday!


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Howdy ya’ll. Happy What I Ate Wednesday (night). It’s a little after 10 p.m. here. Am on my way to bed here soon, but thought I’d sneak in a quick WIAW post.

Summer is humming along. Or cruising. Or speeding. Going way too fast is basically what I’m trying to say.

We spent a beautiful weekend up at the cabin. Lounging on the dock, going for swims, taking the boat to different sand bars. A perfect weekend filled with sunshine, cold beer, good friends and family, and lots of relaxation. Just. what. I. needed.

I didn’t photograph what we ate last weekend, but it was your typical cabin food. Corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, grilled meats and salad for dinners. Homemade Chex Mix and cookie bars (courtesy of the fiance’s mom!) for snacks. Scrambled eggs and thick cut local bacon for breakfast. I don’t even think we ate lunch either day. Too busy out enjoying the sunshine. We didn’t go hungry, don’t worry. :)

I’ve been on a bit of a splurge these past two weeks. Lots of food and drink. Summertime is hard for me to be on a healthy eating routine because 1) I don’t have as set of a schedule and 2) there are too many fun things going on that involve food and drink. My body is definitely paying the price. However, I’ve deemed it’s worth it, at least in the short run.

I’d like to think once we move into our new house next week (only 5 days to go!) that we’ll be cooking more. The past few weeks have just been a bit nuts around here, and we haven’t been home a lot, especially for dinner.

When I get back in the kitchen, I promise I’ll start posting recipes again. :)

Until then, I’m posting for WIAW and sharing a collection of what I’ve enjoyed over the past few days.

Enjoy!

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1) Gluten-free sugar-free Zucchini Muffins.

These were actually grain-free entirely. Being the experimental baker that I am, I decided to stray from the recipe and add a little coconut flour. The batter seemed really goopy and I thought it would help firm things up a bit. Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong. This is why I could never be a master baker. Too many substitutions and “I’ll just try it” moments. The muffins turned out wayyy too dry. I’d love to make the recipe again, however this time without the flour. I mean zucchini and apple, what’s not to love about that combo?!

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My failure of a muffins.

2) Caprese Salad (take a peek at my recipe here!)

Fresh heirloom tomatoes and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, topped with a little salt and fresh herbs (this time I used mint). One of my most favorite dishes that just screams summer.

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3) A Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate KIND bar.

I picked this guy up at the gas station on the way to a soccer game yesterday. Had yet to try this kind (no pun intended), and it has definitely got my approval! I love that it has 7 grams of protein too. (Check out my other posts on KIND bars here, here, and here – can you tell I’m obsessed?!). :)

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My favorite on-the-go snack. 

4) Spring Rolls from Na’s Thai Cafe in Chanhassen, MN.

I was running from the chiropractor to the soccer game (that I mentioned above), and had yet to eat lunch (it was 4:30 p.m.). I spotted this place on my way out of the chiro, and decided it was worth a swing into. I ordered the spring rolls to go, and they were delicious. I am a sucker for a good spring roll. Another one of my all-time summer favorites.

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Fresh veggies, soft rice noodles, and crispy pork. What’s not to love?!

5) Smoked Meat Sandwich from Andrew Zimmern’s A to Z Canteen at the Twins game today.

Some of the best (taste wise!) food at Target Field. Sandwich was delicious, and topped with their very own slaw and a sauce with a bit of a kick. The homemade chips weren’t half bad either. Probably not the cleanest choice, although when it comes to the other options, at least I know it’s decent quality. Andrew Zimmern knows his food. And if you don’t know who Andrew Zimmern is, you should find out. :)

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Alright folks, until next time…

happy clean eating!

And p.s. – feel free to leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you! :)

-Katie

Linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons today!

WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) 9

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High ho, high ho, it’s off to work we go!

I’m taking a class at the University of MN this week on Entrepreneurship Economics, and with the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. schedule it feels like I’m back at work. Boy, am I not used to it! I’ve been utterly exhausted all week. It’s also a lot of knowledge being crammed into my brain, which is draining in and of itself, but it’s all good stuff. Makes me want to start my own business some day. :)

This weekend was also exhausting, but in the best of ways. Girls night Friday (complete with all the wine and delicious food your heart could desire), bridal shower Saturday, Basilica Block Party Saturday night, baby shower Sunday, and a Pedal Pub Sunday for a friend’s 30th birthday. Whoofta! Nothing like lots of good food, live outdoor music and celebrations with friends to round out the weekend. It was super fun, and I totally paid for it on Monday. It was worth it though. So so worth it.

The downside to all this fun? I honestly can’t remember the last time the fiancé and I have cooked something. Sometime last week is my guess. This weekend we ate out for dinner all nights and even lunch one day (yikes!). We’ve been eating out more than usual lately. I’m going to chalk it up to the fact that we are moving to the other side of town in less than 2 weeks and are trying to get to any last places we’ve been dying to go to! Excuses, excuses…I know. :)

This week I’ve been fed both breakfast and lunch at the conference, and met out with some college friends last night before teaching yoga. Tonight I’m on my own for dinner. So far I’ve had…cheese and crackers. Hmm. I better raid the fridge here soon and see what else I can scrounge up for dinner!

So today’s What I Ate Wednesday is a mini compilation of a few things I’ve had to eat (and drink!) this past week. I’m super bad about taking pictures of one’s days worth of food lately. Although I could tell you about it sans pictures, but that’s just no fun.

Here ya go!

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1) Fruit kabobs and veggie cups at the bridal shower. My mom made these fruit kabobs – I thought it was such a cute idea!

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2) A chia tea latte with almond milk at a little place in Minneapolis called Parka. This was on Saturday afternoon, in between the baby shower and the block party. I needed a little pick me up on what was a rainy afternoon!

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3) A shot of green juice Sunday morning to detox. Kale, lettuce, and spinach with some strawberries. It was pretty bitter for my taste, but I survived!

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4) Fried rice from our favorite Asian restaurant that I have not stopped talking about (and if you follow me regularly, you know what I mean!). It’s probably the best fried rice I’ve ever had. My mouth is drooling just thinking about it!

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5) Pho. That I pronounce exactly as it is written, but is not the correct way to say it. It’s more like Fha than Pho. Anyway, it was good, but not my favorite. I’ll have to try it at another place to see if I like it better!

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And that’s all I’ve got for you for tonight. Tomorrow I’m hoping to write for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Now off for a late night stroll around the park (and finding something to eat for dinner!). Have a great rest of your night and see you back here soon! :)

P.s. – Feel free to drop me a line below – I love hearing from you!

Kate

Linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons today!

 


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It’s Wednesday. And this is What I Ate Wednesday.

And you know what?! Between the wedding planning (I think we found a venue!), house closing (which happens in a few weeks!), and high school soccer season approaching wayyy too quickly (although let’s be honest, I can’t wait for it to start!), life is just busy. 

So let’s just get into it, shall we? :) 3, 2, 1, go!

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1. Farmer’s Market on Sunday.

Fresh roasted corn (with oodles of melted butter!):

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The tastiest starchy vegetable.

And homegrown chemical-free strawberries. Not those mongo strawberries you find at the grocery store. These guys are tiny and cute, and oozing with juicy goodness!

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 Pure bliss, in the form of a strawberry. 

2. Pistachio Gelato Pop. 

Whole Foods in downtown Minneapolis does a gelato bar. A what?! Yes, you read that right. A g-e-l-a-t-o bar. Oh ok, pull my leg. I’ll just swing by on my way home from teaching yoga. That’s wayyy too convenient. But, it’s delicious. And worth every single lick (err, bite).

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No food coloring here!

 3. Annie Chun’s Organic Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers.

We don’t eat a lot of frozen convenient foods around this joint, but when these potstickers are on sale, I always buy them. They are quick and easy to make – and delicious! Not to mention they are organic, which makes it all the better. I had these for breakfast yesterday morning. With 14 grams of protein per serving, I figured that’s a good enough start to the day! :)

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One of my all-time favorite foods.

4. Stir fry with chicken, pineapple, cashews, carrots, onions, and pea pods in a creamy turmeric sauce. 

Tonight after looking at a wedding venue (that I think we will book – exciting stuff!) we stopped at our new favorite Asian place Wok in the Park (that name – I just love it). We didn’t discover the place until a few weeks ago (right before we move of course), and so we’ve been going there or getting take out basically once a week, and will likely continue to do so until we move to the other side of town at the end of July. That way hopefully we’ll be sick of it enough so that we won’t feel bad leaving. Hopefully being the key word here!

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Welp, that’s all she wrote. Literally. :)

Hope you’re having a great week! Stay tuned for Thinking Out Loud Thursday tomorrow and my thoughts on ‘Shoulda’ Situations.

And feel free to drop me a line below – I love hearing from you!

Until next time,

Kate

Linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons today! 

WIAW 5 (What I Ate Wednesday)

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Good morning! It’s Wednesday already, can you believe it?! Crazy crazy.

Even more crazy is that the fiancé and I leave for Washington DC tomorrow night. It was an early birthday surprise for his 30th birthday, although someone leaked the secret a few weeks ago (I won’t say who!). Besides doing the normal touristy stuff, we are also going to stay with a good friend of mine from high school and her fiancé.

Although I don’t talk to or see my friend Amber as much as I’d like, she is still one of my favs. We played soccer together in high school, worked together at the local soccer store, and went to college at Madison together our first semester (before I transferred colleges). Besides having a huge heart, she is funny, sweet, and beyond compassionate. My freshman year in college was rough for me as I was still working to overcome an eating disorder. After I transferred Amber always sent me sweet cards, that I still have to this day. I am beyond excited to see her!

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My high school 2nd best friend :)

So anyway, there probably will be a lack of posts between now and when we get back next Monday. I’ll see what I can do about putting together one in advance, but the next two days are going to be jam-packed!

Let’s move on to today. It’s What I Ate Wednesday! This is what I ate yesterday, and it’s all good stuff. Read on:

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Breakfast: Some of these Grain-free Peanut Butter Banana Muffins I whipped up earlier this week. They are the best gluten-free (and in this case grain-free) muffins I’ve ever had. Not too sweet, which is just my style. You could certainly add more honey to sweeten them up, or some chocolate chips. I’m definitely making a double batch of these next time!

Lunch: After weight training with the soccer girls, I came home and put together this beast of a salad. It was delicious, although I think I overdid it on the whole grain mustard and apple cider vinegar. It was a bit vinegary for my taste! Regardless, it was still yummy!

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 Eat yo veggies. 

I also had a mini slice of French bread from the bakery with mashed avocado and a sprinkling of salt. So simple yet so good!

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Dinner: The fiancé and I made this stir-fry Monday night, but I had the rest leftover for dinner before I ran off to teach yoga. We were also making my favorite Buffalo Wings but they weren’t going to be done in time before I had to leave. So the fiance finished them up and I had a few once I got home!

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Peppers, onions, broccoli, and chicken with a peanut sauce over jasmine rice. 

So that’s about it! Oh, and I also had a KIND bar earlier in the afternoon. They finally came in the mail after what felt like forever! I’ve found it’s much cheaper to order them in bulk through the Vitamin Shoppe than to buy them from a grocery store. $15.99 for 12 is a pretty good deal! The Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt are my favorite, as they have low sugar and chocolate. Can’t beat that.

I also had a bite of this Sugar Free (sweetened with Stevia) dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s for dessert. As you could tell I just tore that corner right off and dug in!

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Alright you all. Hope you’re having a wonderful week! If I don’t talk to you between now and next Monday (or so!) have a wonderful weekend as well! And feel free to leave me a message, I love hearing from you!

Linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons today!

WIAW #4 (What I Ate Wednesday)

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It’s summer! OK, it’s summer break. But still, it’s summer! Or at least to me. :)

Last Friday I posted a Friday Favorites and mentioned how crazy my weekend was going to be between the soccer tournament, 30th birthday party, and wedding. Yep, it was just as crazy as I thought it would be! I got about 10 hours of sleep total between Friday and Saturday night, and it took me until today to feel totally recovered from the craziness.

And although school is over and I wrote in an earlier post about how I couldn’t wait to have more free time and relax, that has yet to be the case. Soccer camp started Monday, and runs for 5 weeks this summer. I’ve been in my classroom all week as we are moving buildings, and then today I had a half day workshop for using data in the classroom. Fun stuff! Between that and teaching my usual yoga class, having a friend in town from Madison, and presenting at a youth soccer night, the craziness from last week hasn’t stopped!

What has that meant for my diet (and when I say diet, I mean what I’ve ate)? I’ve basically eaten crap since last Friday. Today’s post is not so much what I’ve eaten in one day, but what I’ve eaten since the last time we’ve met. And folks, it aint pretty.

Here we goooooo!!

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Friday was our end-of-year picnic. I brought a spinach salad with candied pecans (that I candied myself!), cucumbers, strawberries, blue cheese, bacon, and a homemade vinaigrette that consisted mostly of apple cider vinegar, sugar, and lemon (good thing I’m off that no sugar thing!).

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Friday night I ate a slice of pizza, kettle corn, and a bag of Fritos at the soccer tournament. It gets worse people, it gets worse.

Saturday I had to be at the tournament at 6:30 a.m. My breakfast consisted of a banana, another bag of Fritos, and a powdered sugar donut. Ugh. 

That night we had a wedding at the State Fair Grounds for two of my high school friends. The menu consisted of pulled pork sandwiches, elk burgers, walleye cakes, cheese curds, mini donuts, and corn dogs. You know, the usual state fair foods. :) I did have some of everything, minus the mini donuts and corn dogs. It was like a taste of the State Fair, in June!

Late Saturday night (well technically Sunday) we got a flat tire on the way home from the wedding. Although I had a plug in it, I had to get it fixed Sunday morning. On the good side? I got to sleep in past 5:30 a.m. On the bad side? I had to get a whole new tire.

While I was waiting for my tire to get fixed, I walked down to Agra Culture, my new favorite restaurant. It’s the place I raved about last Wednesday. I ordered the seasonal hash with fingerling potatoes, asparagus, peppers, and onions with a side of nitrate-free bacon. With a green juice to start. Hello yum!

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Sunday during the day I was back at the tournament, eating more kettle corn and Fritos. They also had Noodles and Company at the concession stand, so I had some of their Penne Rosa pasta for lunch. And then Buffalo Wild Wings later on. Whenever I eat their boneless wings I get a monster stomach ate. Why do I do this to myself?!

The upside to free food? It’s free. The downside? It’s usually crap for you. :(

After I got done with the tourney I went and picked up dinner for my mom and I (being I was in the neighboorhod). At Noodles and Company of all places. I had chicken noodle soup due to the stomach ache from before. My mom had their Indonesian Peanut Sauté. It’s one of my favs there.

Monday was just as crazy. I went to lunch with my coworkers for the last time and had Southwest egg rolls. They were amazing. And then I was in a food coma trying to finish my grades. I tell ya.

That night I went to my friend Andrea’s house for a girls night, and everyone brought something. I made these taquitos. This time however, I used rotisserie chicken and added sour cream, cheese, black beans and chipotle salsa to the mixture before rolling them up. So delicious!

Tuesday I finally got a little bit back on track. I made my favorite smoothie. Then for lunch I had a salad at Chipotle. Chipotle is definitely my favorite non-fast food fast food place. I feel like I can make relatively healthy decisions while I’m there! This salad included black and pinto beans, chicken, onions and peppers, corn and tomato salsa, with a little bit of sour cream and cheese. Oh, and guacamole. Can’t forget the guac.

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For dinner I had a few leftover taquitos (I was on the Mexican theme for the day!).

Then this morning I had the usual smoothie, although I realized I bought the WRONG YOGURT! It’s the Vanilla Greek yogurt, not the plain stuff. I can’t believe how sweet yogurt with sugar added tastes to me these days. It was still yummy, don’t get me wrong, but a little too sweet for my taste.

Anyway, life goes on.

This afternoon I ate the rest of my Chipotle salad and then met a few former coworkers for happy hour. We split some wings and onion rings (again, so healthy) and I had an amazing drink with organic (and local!) gin, honey syrup, and lemon. It just screamed summer! And was amazing.

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And that’s it. Bah! Not an especially clean or healthy past few days (err, week, I mean). I’ll get into my summer routine here shortly though, and have planned out my meals and snacks a little better.

Until then, I’m just living a little, and enjoying the beautiful weather while we have it. :)

Hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday! And feel free to drop a line – I love hearing from you! :)

Linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons today!

WIAW #3 (What I Ate Wednesday)

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It’s WIAW #3 (What I Ate Wednesday)! And also our school’s graduation tonight. :)

That means that a) school is almost over, and b) school is almost over. Can you tell I’m excited?! 7 more days after today…

I CANNOT WAIT to enjoy the slowness that summer brings. Sleeping in a little longer, eating breakfast (and lunch!) at home and outside (on days it’s nice), having more time to read, to walk around the lakes, to enjoy the beautiful weather.

My summer will also consist of working in the weight room with my high school soccer girls 4 days a week, and then soccer itself will start up mid-August. I also have a week long soccer training course, a week long economics course, and a weekend yoga training course. That plus a couple of other days of training for work and I’ll be sure to stay busy!

I thought about getting another part-time job, but then I realized that I would be making the same amount as my high school students. And let’s be real, that’s just not cool. :) I’d like to think my time is a little more valuable these days than $8.00 an hour (or whatever the going rate is for retail/restaurant jobs!).

Last week I missed WIAW. I blogged about what I ate on Wednesday for the Fed Up Challenge (it was Day 10), but didn’t actually post it until Thursday.

Interested in my other What I Ate Wednesdays?! Check them out here:

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WIAW #2

After a day off, today I’m back on the WIAW train of fun!

And since today is Wednesday, this is actually what I ate yesterday.

Enjoy!

Breakfast: Organic Greek yogurt with organic frozen mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries), chia seeds, and cacao nibs. It’s like eating ice cream, for breakfast. :)

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Lunch: Well this is pathetic. I had yet to go to the grocery store since we were out of town all weekend (and it was too nice Monday to bring myself to do it!), so it was pretty slim pickings around our place. I had some ham and cheese in the fridge, along with some carrots. So that’s what I ate. Ham and cheese roll-ups with carrots. Again, kind of pathetic.

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Snack: The usual at work. Mixed nuts. These are from Whole Foods, but I sometimes buy them at Target or Trader Joe’s (where they are a bit cheaper!).

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Dinner: Tuesday nights I teach yoga at Yoga Sol in Minneapolis. It’s the first donation-based yoga studio of it’s kind in Minnesota, which is pretty sweet. I love being able to offer yoga classes to those who need them, but might not be able to afford them otherwise.

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Last night I was on my own for dinner, as the fiance was hanging out with his brother after work. Being we didn’t have any groceries, and I was super hungry after work, I headed to a new fast-casual restaurant in town (Agra Culture in Uptown) that serves up organic and local food with lots of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Love it!

I ordered the Chicken Cobb salad, with a side of roasted yam fries.

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 Salad with kale, nitrate-free bacon, local blue cheese, slivered almonds, cherry tomatoes, and free-range chicken – yum!

It was amazing. Especially because it was both quick and healthy. I will definitely be back!

Dessert: When I got home after teaching yoga, I had one of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls from the freezer. I’m obsessed!

Alright friends, that’s all I’ve got for this version of WIAW. Hope you have a marvelous Wednesday yourself!

Also, feel free leave a comment or question below – I love hearing from you!


Day 2 Fed Up Challenge and WIAW

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Woo hoo! Day 2 Fed Up Challenge down. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my post from yesterday.

Today is also What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) hosted by Peas and Crayons.

Being I am posting what I ate each day for this Fed Up Challenge, I figured I might as well make my WIAW about what I ate yesterday (which was Tuesday, but whatever!).

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Let’s jump right in:

Breakfast (7:15 a.m.): The same Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie I’ve been obsessing over. No, I’m not sick of it yet. And yes, I will let you know when I am (if that ever happens!).

Snack (10:00 a.m.): Handful of Nut Harvest Lightly Roasted Almonds I picked up at Target the other day.

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Lunch (11:15 a.m.): Salad with rotisserie chicken, avocado, cojito cheese, and shredded carrots. Lightly dressed with Annie’s Oil and Vinegar dressing. Seriously, it is hard to find salad dressing without sugar! Thus why it’s better to make your own when possible.

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Snack (6:00 p.m.): Organic beef summer sausage with organic cheddar cheese. I was so beyond hungry when I started dinner, that this is what I snacked on while cooking! Perhaps than this is more like an appetizer…

Snack (7:00 p.m.): Dinner is still not done and I’ve got to run to teach yoga. So another snack it is. This time it’s organic blue corn with flax seed chips and Amy’s black bean and corn salsa. No sugar added of course!

Dinner (9:30 p.m.): Being the fiance finished up dinner, I was able to eat this delicious braised chicken thighs with mushrooms and wild rice dish when I returned. So good! It turned out a bit spicy, although were not quite sure how. It was adapted from Emeril’s recipe for Braised Chicken Thighs with Button Mushrooms.

I took this picture at 9:30 p.m. last night, and honestly didn’t care too much about how it looked as I just wanted to devour it! So it really does not do this dish justice. It was full of flavor and the chicken just feel apart. And the crunchiness of the wild rice with the savoriness of the mushrooms – delish! I’ll post the recipe here once this 10-day challenge is done.

Day 2 Challenge Chicken and Rice I www.eatcleanwithkate.com

Challenge I encountered?

The fiance really wanted to use brown sugar to help caramelize the onions and mushrooms (like we usually do!). But we decided to take the healthier route and just say no (to sugar!).

Tip of the Day

Read labels. Educate yourself on what’s in your food and drink. Even things you think are healthy might still contain sugar or other additives!

Alright, that’s it folks. Here’s to another day of no sugar! Feel free to leave me a comment below – I love hearing from you!

Have a great (clean eating kind of) day! :)

Homemade Margarita Mix

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Hey there everyone.

Happy Hump Day. The last time we met was during this past Saturday’s Ultimate Coffee Date. I had a lot of fun writing the post, and hope you enjoyed it yourself!

We did end up making it to La Fresca Saturday night, and it was just as delicious as it was the first time. I had this Poblano pepper stuffed with ground beef, boiled egg, and olives. Topped with pickled onions and a tomato relish. Sounds strange – but it was surprisingly very very good! The owner has two other restaurants, so I’m thinking we’ll have to try them out sometime.

On Sunday, I attended a little Cinco (well technically cuatro) de Mayo celebration with friends. The host made carnitas, and everyone brought something to share. Because I decided to attend the day of, I didn’t have time to run to the store beforehand, and thus had to use what I had in the house. I decided on a good ‘ol standby, beans and rice. Pinto beans, rice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic, jalapeño, green onions. Wasn’t too shabby for being it was last minute.

On Cinco de Mayo itself, the fiancé and I made tacos. Grilled peppers, onions, steak, and homemade tortillas (with the fiancé’s famous homemade guac!). Apparently I couldn’t get enough of the Mexican food!

I also made these yummy Margaritas. Margarita mix at restaurants (unless it’s also made by scratch) freaks me out. It’s got this strange glowing green color to it, and just tastes a little too artificial if you ask me. This mix is easy, and made with all natural ingredients.

Easy Homemade Margarita Mix

Ingredients

3 limes

2 oranges

3 tsp Agave syrup

salt (optional)

lime wedges (optional)

your favorite tequila

Directions:

Squeeze limes and oranges into a small pitcher.

Add in Agave syrup.

Stir to combine.

Using a lime wedge, run it along the edge of the glass. Fill a small plate with a thin layer of salt. Place glass rim-side down on salt and lightly press down and twist until edge is coated.

Fill glass with ice. Pour in tequila (about 1/4 cup – or more depending on how strong you like it!)

Pour margarita mix over.

Enjoy!

Notes:

You can also use a small cocktail mixer and add the tequila into the mix, if you’ve got one.

Consider doubling, tripling (or quadrupling!) this mix to share with others. Ours made just enough for two small margaritas.

If you like your margarita a little sweeter consider adding more agave, a little bit at a time, until it suits you!

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I could get used to this.

Also, today I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for their ‘What I Ate Wednesday’.

I used to think ‘What I Ate’ posts were a bit on bragging side (Do you really care what I ate for every meal today?), but then I realized they’re a really good way to get some new meal and snack ideas. It’s actually a pretty cool idea (the why-didn’t-I-start-this-earlier kind of cool!). And besides, it’s fun to get a glimpse into other people’s lives. Isn’t that what blogging is all about?! :)

Unfortunately, I think I might have caught whatever the fiancé (and a few of my coworkers!) have/had. So today has been a little odd in terms of what I have eaten. “Starve a flu, feed a cold”, right? That’s probably not sound medical advice, but honestly, I don’t usually have much of an appetite when I’m sick. So, here’s my ‘What I Ate Wednesday’, anyway.

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (with cocoa nibs and chia seeds). My new favorite. It gives me an excuse to eat something chocolaty in the morning, while still being healthy! Stay tuned for the recipe.

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Don’t worry, I’m not driving yet. 

Lunch: Alright, my lunch today was pathetic. An orange (not pictured – because I ate it before I realized I should have taken a picture!), and some celery with PB. Literally that’s all I could find in the house this morning before I left for work. And like I mentioned before, I didn’t have much of an appetite.

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 Yes, I was eating off a paper towel at work. Classy, I know.

Snack: Carrots on the way home from work. These are my favorite. I buy them in the 32 oz. size, as we tend to go through a lot of these between the two of us!

carrots

When I got home from work I took a nap, and then took a nice long bath. Anything to make me feel better! After my nap I had a handful of tortilla chips (Que Pasa Organic – not pictured). No salsa, which was a huge bummer! Chips and salsa is literally one of my favorite snacks.

Dinner: Then the fiancé brought my home chicken noodle soup from the place down the street, Yum. No literally, the cafe is called Yum. :)

Yum

chicken_noodle_soup  Mmm mmm good.

And that’s all she wrote!

Thanks for reading, my beloved readers. :)

Happy Clean Eating!

 

Homemade Margarita Mix (and #WIAW)
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1-2
 
Delicious all-natural margarita mix!
Ingredients
  • 3 limes
  • 2 oranges
  • 3 tsp Agave syrup
  • salt (optional)
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • your favorite tequila
Instructions
  1. Squeeze limes and oranges into a small pitcher.
  2. Add in Agave syrup.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Using a lime wedge, run it along the edge of the glass. Fill a small plate with a thin layer of salt. Place glass rim-side down on salt and lightly press down and twist until edge is coated.
  5. Fill glass with ice. Pour in tequila (about ¼ cup - or more depending on how strong you like it!)
  6. Pour margarita mix over.
  7. Enjoy!