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WIAW #20 – Monday Noms & My Thoughts on Fiber

Greetings, pals and gals!! Hey, I got 23 cents – anybody wanna chip in for a dog-sled delight?! (I don’t know where all my money goes! A dime here – 15 cents there…)

Oh snap – who can name the movie that’s from?! I’ll give you a cookie! Well, probably not a cookie actually, what with the internet not being the best provider of pastries. But a nice shout-out for being awesome – that I can do!

Anywho, happy Wednesday to all. It’s the first What I Ate Wednesday of Spring!! Huzzah!!

We got a taste of some spring weather over the weekend and it was faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous!!! Of course, it’s about 25 degrees outside today and we got some more snow, but the weekend was perfect. *sigh* I really hope it warms up soon.

At least next weekend I’ll be in South Carolina!! I can’t wait for the mini vaca!! We’re staying with Johnny’s Grandparents and I can’t wait to see them!!  Though, I’m a bit terrified at the thought of how many times I’m going to need to stop to pee on the way. Today, I peed 5 times in less than 3 hours after I woke up. Sure, that may be TMI for a blog post that’s going to talk about everything I ate on Wednesday Monday but I decided to share it with you so I can’t take it back now. And you’ve got to admit…that’s ridiculous!!

On that note…let’s get to the food…shall we?! (Hey Jenn – Thanks for hosting!!)

Breakfast: So I tried changing things up a little bit on Monday and instead of my typical peanut butter covered banana oat cookie/muffin/squishy-delishness I just microwaved myself a bowl of “standard” style oatmeal. Ya know. The creamy kind. In the mix is 1/2 cup of oats, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon of flax meal, 3/4 of a mashed banana, 1 cup of almond milk, and some cinnamon. I microwaved it at work for 5 minutes, stirring it up every minute or so. I couldn’t not add chocolate chips to it. It was tasty. Not as good as my peanut butter covered banana oat/cookie/muffin/squishy thing. But good. I also had some decaf green tea with it.
oatmeal and green tea

Snacks: Boy was Monday a snacky day. It all started with some strawberries. Delicious, juicy strawberries that I can’t seem to stop eating! I cut these ones up and enjoyed them with a fork instead of making a huge mess all over my desk as usual….
strawberries
About an hour later I was still hungry so I snagged an apple cinnamon rice cake that I smeared in almond butter (Warning: I know I say I have a new snack obsession every week. This one belongs to this week!)
rice cake and almond butter

Lunch: Recycled salad photo!! I said I need to start making this salad more the last time I had it. So I did. Like a boss. Except the one in THIS photo is muuuuuuuch prettier than mine was Monday…because I forgot to take a picture before I shook it all up and it turned to an egg yolky/avocadoy/mess of noms.
salad

Snacks: I told you I snacked a bunch today man. Here is a recycled photo of an apple…because I knew I had one and I was like…gosh I’m hungry I don’t want to take a picture I want to eat. So I did!
apple
Then I ate some pistachios…
pistachios
…and then some decaf green tea…
green tea
…and then some edamame…
edamame
….and then some carrots.
carrots

Holy munchies, Batman!! I realized at this point in time (thanks to my fitness pal) that I hadn’t even consumed 1,000 calories yet in the day!! Thattttt’s why I was starving! With baby on board I try to consume between 1500-1600 on an inactive day and that’s been working really well for me. I don’t track my food every day – but since I was feeling sooooo hungry I decided to check in and see what my numbers for the day were looking like. Lots of fiber, not enough protein.

For me, personally, I find that a diet higher in protein and healthy fats with a wee bit less fiber works to keep my satisfied for way longer than a diet higher in fiber. I was all about fiber until I started running and lifting. Fiber One bars were my jam. I can’t even tell you the last time I had one, now, which is a good thing… because all they do is give me gas and make my belly hurt. It turns out, if you get enough fiber in your diet from natural sources like fruits and vegetables and whole grains your body is NOT happy when it gets extras from additives like chicory root fiber (which, beeteedubs to all my preggos out there, is not recognized as safe during pregnancy but is in LOADS of products. read your labels!) WHODA THUNK?!  Boy, the human body is such a fascinating thing. *STEPS DOWN FROM SOAP BOX*

Dinner: By the time I got home I was soooooooo excited for dinner…for so many reasons!! I was starving…and I knew I was making CHEESE BURGERS!!! It had been a while and it was just on my list of things I realllllllly wanted. For my burgers I use 85% lean ground beef, oats, worcestershire sauce, and looooooads of garlic and black pepper. Topped with some american cheese, romaine, tomato, and onion on a toasty whole wheat bun. Oh goodness. It wassssss perfection (even cooked to well done #pregnancy). I also made some sweet potato “chips” on the side using my brand spankin’ new Simple Slicer from The Pampered Chef that came in my New Consultant Mini Kit!! Oh man, it’s soooooo easy to use (way easier than the Ultimate Mandolin – which it looks a lot like – but I’m telling you it’s a million times better!!), easy to clean (the blade locks into place so it’s nearly impossible to cut yourself or your sponge), and it made PERFECTLY sliced sweet potatoes. I love how it has three different thickness settings. I sliced my sweet potatoes on the second level and I thought they were just the right thickness!!  I just tossed them in olive oil, threw em’ on a sheet pan with some salt and garlic powder, and baked them at 450 for about 30 minutes…flipping them after 15. I sprinkled mine with (probably too much but I don’t care) Cajun seasoning when they were hot from the oven. I need to make these more often. 😀
cheeseburger and sweet potatoes
Dessert: Obviously, a burger and sweet potato chips weren’t enough (jkallday) buuuut I still indulged in some Wegmans brand chocolate frozen yogurt after. I restrained myself, though, and did NOT add a giant spoonful of peanut butter to it. *pats self on back* Johnny went out for a bit on Monday night, so it was just me and the pooch nomming some froyo and watching The Big Bang Theory. I then proceeded to try on a bunch of my “springtime” clothes to see how they fit with my giant baby belly. I may need to go shopping. *sigh*
fro yo

So what are your thoughts on a high fiber/high protein diet? Which works best for you and your body?

Do you have any mini vacations planned soon? What about regular sized vacations?

Are you familiar with The Pampered Chef? What’s your favorite product?!


 

 

I Am A Snack Machine – WIAW #14

Hello, friends. I have a confession to make today. My name is Jen, I am 25 years old, and I am a snack machine.

I can’t help it. This silly baby is growing inside me at a rapid rate annnnnnnnnd all she wants me to do is nom nom nom on everything I see!!

Oh well, at least it’s finally Wednesday!! Huge thanks, as always, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for making midweek more bearable with her fabulous link-up party!! Don’t forget, tomorrow I will be hosting my very first link up, too!! I shared the deets in last week’s WIAW post, so please check them out! Now it’s time for my What I Ate Wednesday Monday noms!!

Breakfast: Breakfast Monday was a serving of my Scallion & Red Pepper Frittata with a super toasty half of a Wegmans brand whole wheat english muffin with 1 tbsp of smart balance and decaf tea. Scrumptious!

frittataSnack: My first (of many) snacks on Monday was an ounce of pepper jack cheese on 6 triscuits and a clementine. Gosh I effing love cheese. We bought a food scale over the weekend to help with our portion control and apparently, I already portion control like a boss!! My first attempt at slicing an ounce of cheese was PERFECT! Woot! (It’s the little things in life, right?)

cheese and crackersLunch: I’m really trying to do what I can to get my veggies on this week. This weekend was certainly not the healthiest (such is my life lately) so I’m trying to make sure that during the week I’m a good girl and eat some salad. So I did! It was spring mix with orange and yellow bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes, and cucumbers with a tiny bit of balsamic and olive oil. I also had two of my Turkey Meatloaf Muffins that I prepped over the weekend! They’re super moist and delicious – though they probably would have been a little better if I added some salt when I made them. Oh wells! Next time, Jen!

meatloaf muffinsSnacks, Snacks, Snacks: Boy do I snack a lot lately. Not gargantuan amounts of food, clearly, but in the afternoon I feel like I’m almost always munching on something. First,  I had 4 of these little banana protein bites I made! They are essentially the same thing as my banana oat protein bars, only I ground the oats into oat flour and didn’t use any baking mix and added 1 tsp baking soda instead. And I made them in a mini muffin tin so they are perfectly snackable. These little guys are sooooo delicious and addicting and have 3g protein each!! Johnny loves them, too, which makes me sooooo happy!! Maybe an hour later I had an apple. I was so hungry I almost forgot to snap a picture, which is why there are a few bites taken out of it. OOPSIES!! Then about 30 minutes later I had a handful of raisins, and another 30 minutes or so later I had some carrots and roasted garlic hummus! SNACK MACHINE!

protein muffins

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Dinner: I’m doing quite well sticking to my meal plan so far this week! Monday night we had a pretty late dinner, actually, because Johnny and I had to attend out Baby Pre-Hospital-Admission class right after work. In addition to filling out a bunch of paperwork now (so we don’t have to do it when I’m in labor) we got to learn about car seat safety and shaken baby syndrome. Not gonna lie… was noooot expecting that. It was a little heavy for me. But ya know, I took no shame crying about it in a room filled with other pregnant women! Even Johnny was like “Welp – I guess we’re never letting anyone else watch our baby…ever.” Heh. We’re also taking a Child Birth Prep Class in March, a Breastfeeding Class in April, and a Baby Boot Camp Class! I’m really looking forward to learning more. But ya know…that has nothing to do with my dinner…which is why we’re here after all, yes? Dinner was Minestrone Soup (based on the recipe in the link – minus the ravioli) with the other half of that english muffin from the morning rubbed with some garlic with some melty mozzarella on top. In lieu of dessert, but needing something sweet like the crazy preggo I am,  I opted for a peach mango sparkling juice to go with my dinner. By the time I ate, cleaned up, and got our lunches together for Tuesday it was 9:30 annnnnd I was sleepy. So I put on some pjs, snuggled with Q and my book (reading Allegiant right now) and fell asleep by 10!

minestroneSigh. I’m so irritated by the lighting in our kitchen. I’ve been meaning to construct a light box to improve my photos at home. Granted, I take my WIAW pictures on my camera phone for ease and the ones I take with my camera come out much nicer. But the perfectionist in me is always super annoyed when I see how nice all of my daytime pictures come out and how my dinner ones always look like butt. #FoodBloggerProblems.

What are some of your most obnoxious #FoodBloggerProblems?!

Are you reading anything good right now? I would LOVE a few recommendations! 

Do you food prep and meal plan? Send me a link to some of your ideas!!

Don’t forget my Real Food Recipe Roundup starts tomorrow!! I hope you’ll join me!!!

 

Happy New Year!!

Holy cow, dudes!

It’s 2014!!

Can you believe it?! 2013 was a pretty awesome year for me, but 2014 is definitely going to be the biggest one yet!! (My belly will be the biggest to date, anyway. 🙂 )

We didn’t get too crazy this year… and I’m totally good with it. Johnny and I just hung out at Melinda and Kyle’s. Check out these party animals. 😀

Melinda and Kyle - Asleep

This photo was taken at 10:30 last night. Dont worry, though, they woke up just in time to watch the ball drop and go to bed. Hehehe.

After grabbing some food and drink at Troegs, we went back to their place, ate some more, and then literally just sat on the couch from 8:30 to midnight watching New Years Rockin’ Eve. I only dozed off once or twice during some commercial breaks. Did anyone else feel super old watching some of past performances?? Rhianna looked amazing and classy (not something I’m used to seeing these days) performing Umbrella in 2007…7 years ago already. It’s hard to belive that in April, Johnny and I will have been together for 7 years! Sheesh! Time goes by so fast!! Though no matter how much time goes by, I’m not sure Johnny and I will ever be capable of taking a nice picture of the both of us at the same time. Heh. We’re just goofs.

Johnny and I 1Johnny and I 2Obviously, that means we’ll be awesome parents.

Right?

Good, I thought so, too. 😀

That’s actually my New Year’s Resolution this year : I resolve to take care of myself and, in turn, baby (who’s heart is thumping away happily in my belly) to the best of my ability until baby is born and then to be the best Mommy I can be!

What about you? Do you have a New Year’s Resolution this year?

To start the New Year off right, I had to partake in What I Ate Wednesday! Today wasn’t too shabby. (I thought about taking picture of my food yesterday – taylor ham, egg, and cheese on a garlic bagel – root beer – fondue – poutine – pizza – and my weight in buffalo chicken dip. Buuuuuuut the photographic evidence would make me feel shame. Delicious, cheesy, carb laden shame!) It was wonderful to have the day off work. We got to sleep in and I made a super fun breakfast for everyone. Enjoy my day of eats!

Breakfast: I made some chocolate chip pancakes and bacon for everyone. I also enjoyed a clementine, which I can’t get enough of lately, and some 1% milk. I actually wound up having another pancake after I took this picture. It was all delightful.

pancakes

Lunch: Johnny and I grabbed a lite lunch at Wegmans today since we had to pick up some groceries. I just had a small cup of their chicken noodle soup, some saltines, and a glass of water.

chickensoup

Tea Time: I had a lovely cup of decaf Lady Grey when we got home from grocery shopping. I was sad this morning when I thought I had brought my tea with me to Melinda and Kyle’s so I could have some with breakfast and it was nowhere to be found. I actually forgot it on the kitchen counter. *sigh* Pregnancy Brain.ladygrey

Snack Time: I enjoyed a S’more Luna Bar (thank, Susan ;P) while digging into my new copy of “Orange is the New Black; My Year In A Women’s Prison. ” I swear, I always wind up reading anything a show or movie I like is based off of. I loved the Netflix series so much that when I saw this on sale at Target last weekend I had to snag it!

lunabarDinner: Johnny helped me make dinner tonight! It was so much fun!! Definitely a great way to start the year off right! We made meatballs together – he was responsible for meatball construction while I chopped up all of the ingredients to add to them. I made a little spaghetti to go with it, but the meatballs were the star of the show. I also filled my plate halfway with a salad of butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, red onion, carrots, red bell pepper, black olives, and a tiny bit of Italian dressing.

meatballsandsaladDessert: Johnny got me a box of Lindor truffles for Christmas. He’s so good to me. Hehe. I had a dark chocolate truffle to end my New Year’s Day on a sweet note.
lindor

 


 

I hope you all enjoyed your New Year’s celebration as much as I did. I’d love to hear your resolution if you have one!! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a puppy to snuggle and Top Chef to watch!

Happy 2014!

My Bowl Full of Jelly & WIAW #7

Happy Wednesday, everyone!! It’s almost the weekend!!

I am particularly excited for this weekend! Friday Johnny and I will be heading into NYC to see the tree (which we haven’t done in years!) with Susan, Bill, my Papa Bear, and his lady friend.  Saturday we’ll get to catch up with an old friend I haven’t seen in quite some time and we’re meeting up with all of my extended family for dinner, which is the first time I’ll be seeing everyone since announcing that I’m pregnant, which is super exciting! And Suuuunday we’ll be meeting up with Johnny’s family and our good friend Sue and her husband Matt. We’ll also finally get to meet their little munchkin who’s already 7 months old!! EEEEE. I can’t wait to squeeze him!! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend! Do you have any great weekend plans??

Anywho, it’s What I Ate Wednesday! Check out the link up at Peas and Crayons and see what some other chicas ate today!! Here are my noms:

Breakfast: Small and simple today. Just a cup of peanut butter muligrain cheerios with nonfat milk and some chai tea.

cheeriosSnack: There were some holiday pecans up for grabs in the office kitchen today and I was the first to snag some!! I love pecans! I mixed a few halves and a handful of pomegranate  into my black cherry chobani around 10 am and it was delicious! Then, at 11, my belly started to rumble. Curse my tiny breakfast! I swear if I don’t eat a minimum of 300 calories at breakfast I’m ravenous for the rest of the day. So I munched on some triscuits and a laughing cow cheese wedge to hold me over until lunch time!chobani

snack2

Lunch: Johnny and I had lunch with our friend Nicole at Panera today! We had a Panera problem for a while, and were probbbbbbably going there like once a week. We’ve cut back to just once a month now, haha. I’m always torn with what to get, as I enjoy so many things on their menu (Big Kid Grilled Cheese, anyone?). Today I went with my standard You-Pick-Two: Thai Chicken Salad (my favorite salad on their menu) without the crispy wontons and Broccoli Cheddar soup – because it’s so snowy and cold out and it’s soooooo warm and delicious. I had a whole grain baguette on the side, but I always share a bit of it with Johnny. He’s a bread monster.

panera

Snack: I took my vitamins after lunch but figured you guys don’t need to see those again. I also had 3 Hershey Kisses around 2:oo for a sweet little pick-me-up. Come 4:45 pm it’s serious snack time again. Today I enjoyed a pear…in the dark…because I hate the overhead lights in my office.

shadowpear

Today I had a pretty great arm and shoulder workout at the gym! I’m still lifting and I feel great! I also walked on the treadmill at a 15% incline for 15 minutes and I swear I sweat more doing that than I have on any run in a long time!! I’m definitely starting to feel like this baby bump is for reals now though. I can’t wait for it to be firmer…right now I’m feeling a little too much like Twas The Night Before Christmas and that I’ve got a little bowl full of jelly.  Et voila!

preggers

Dinner: Tacos for the hubs, taco salad for me! This is one of my favorite post workout meals actually! A bed of spinach topped with chopped bell pepper, black olives, onion, hot salsa, avocado, a little cheese, about 1/2 cup lean ground beef, and a taco shell!! Delicious!tacosalad

Dessert: I still have a huge bag of cookies left from our cookie bake last Saturday, so I nommed on one of the ridiculous S’Mores cookies that Susan made. Behold. They really are glorious!

cookie

And there we have it, folks! Make sure to stop by again soon for my Five Cheese Pancetta Mac & Cheese Recipe!! XX/OO

Weirded Out & WIAW #4

Good morning! I hope you are swell! I wish I could say that I was, I’m feeling a bit under the weather today. 🙁
I always get kind of sick when the seasons change. Hopefully this won’t be too bad. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Feeling a little sick didn’t keep me from the gym last night, though, and I got totally creeped on! BLAH! (Has this ever happened to you?!)

The gym was much less crowded than normal last night, which made me very happy. I decided to hang out in the corner of the free weight area so if anyone wanted to use the benches (which were, literally, all empty) I wouldn’t be in their way and I could do my split squats and squat presses without interruption. Then, of course, some fairly (OK – ridiculously!) muscly man decided out of all of the empty benches the one right next to me was the most appealing. He proceeded to stretch, leaning closer and closer towards me, with a great big smile on his face. I had my headphones in and avoided eye contact, trying really hard not to be super rude (even though he was). The he decided while I was doing squat presses that some chest flys were a great idea. Had I not decided then to move on I would have gotten chest flied right in the face.

*sigh*

Gym etiquette people!  Aren’t headphone the international ” I don’t want to be bothered” symbol??

What are your gym peeves?

I also can’t stand when people are talking on their cell phones while walking on the treadmill!


On to What I Ate Wednesday!! Big thanks, as usual, to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for making this fun link-up possible!

Here’s what I ate yesterday! At least my dinner totally stuck with the green theme!!!

Breakfast: 1 cup Kashi Heart to Heart Warm Cinnamon Oat with 12 walnut halves, 1/2 cup mixed berries, and 1 cup skim milk. Yogi skin detox tea.
Snack: 1 slice Wegmans 98% fat free deli turkey and 1 part-skim string cheese.
Lunch: Leftover chicken parm with spaghetti squash mixed with smart balance, parm, and (maybe too much) garlic.
Snack: 1 square Wegmans dark chocolate with almonds, coffee with skim milk and 1/2 of a splenda packet (the coffee was an attempt to get rid of my garlic breath! it actually kinda worked…though gum would have been best!).
Pre-Workout Snack: 3/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
Dinner: Turkey Taco Salad! 1 1/2 cups spinach/arugula blend, 1/2 orange bell pepper, 1/2 roma tomato, 1/4 of an avocado, 2 tablespoons diced white onion, 2 tablespoons shredded taco cheese, 1/4 cup ground turkey taco meat, 1/4 cup Wegmans garlic & lime salsa, 1 1/2 crumbled hard taco shells.
Tea Time: Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea – my favorite before bed time. I also curled up with my Sookie Stackhouse book. The newest one comes out in May I think?? I am obsessed with True Blood and I LOVE these books!! Anyone else out there read them??

 

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