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WIAW #21- Stuck in a Rut

Hey ya’ll!! So happy it’s finally Wednesday, wouldn’t you agree?! I’m terribly sorry for my lack of posts this last week. It’s been a pretty busy time – and I know it’s just going to get busier in the coming months!! When I get busy…I get stuck in food ruts!! Do you have the same problem? It’s a little disappointing that I was on such a roll posting a new recipe every week and then *BAM* the busy hit and it’s just sooooo much easier to plan meals that are tried and true rather than trying to get creative. On this week’s menu I’ve got all of my fallbacks – chicken fajitas, teriyaki tilapia with brown rice and salad, and chicken pesto tortilla pizzas. Of course I’m pretty lucky to only have to prepare dinner for the hubs and I a mere three nights this week – because Friday we’re leaving for South Carolina!! Woot!!! I am so excited to get our mini vaca on (I am less excited for the car ride and the amount of times I will need to stop to pee.)

As usual, a big thank you goes out to Miss Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting this linkup every week. Time for the foods (albeit pretty standard and what I’ve been eating lots of lately) I ate this Monday!

Breakfast: Another one of my fallbacks, banana chocolate chip protein muffins. I made a double batch so we can take some on the road with us this weekend, too! Though I’m getting to a point where I’m so effing hungry all the time that these guys only fill me up until about 9:30 before I want to snack and I used to be able to make it to 10. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the baby growing in my belly. I’m also pretty sure she loves these muffins, because after I eat them she usually does a little dance for about a half hour or so. I also had some decaf earl gray in my Charleston Tea Plantation mug to prepare for the weekend!!
nommy muffins

Snack: My first snack of the day was a hard-boiled egg and some 2% pepperjack. This particular photo is NOT recycled. I do actually always make a smiley face with this snack…because why not?
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Snack Again: Still hungry? Yes! At about 11 I munched on a gala apple.
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Lunch: I made up a batch of my ravioli minestrone last Thursday maybe…either way…it was a big batch and I’m still enjoying the leftovers. This bowl was sans the ravioli with a little parmesan on top and probably more red pepper flakes than I needed, but it was delightful!
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Delicious Beverage: As the weather is finally getting enjoyable, Johnny and I took a walk to the nearest coffee shop on our lunch break on Monday and I snagged my first iced coffee of the season! Just a decaf one with a wee bit of half and half and some sugar! Perfect!!
ice coffee

Snack: There have been times when I’ve asked myself over the last 30 weeks if I reaaaaally think I’m going to be a good mom. When I think about it, it’s so terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I feel like most great things are. (Like roller coasters!) Generally, I do. I think I’m going to be a pretty awesome Mom, actually. And I know that my hubalub is going to be an amazing Dad. I’ve already determined that my baby girl will lovingly be referred to as a number of food items as I’ve already started calling her “muffin” and “pumpkin” and “cupcake” when I talk to my belly. When I do have a moment of doubt, though, I remind myself that if I make snacks this pretty for myself – I’m going to make awesome snacks for my kids. Lol.
pretty rice cake

Snack: Carrots and hummus to tide me over.
carrots

Dinner: Johnny went out on Monday night so dinner was all up to me! I made myself a SEAT! Spinach, Egg, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich!! I found out at my last doctor’s appointment that I’m slightly anemic and I need to start taking iron supplements in addition to my prenatal vitamins. Although my diet is already fairly high in iron, it’s much higher in calcium, which can hinder iron absorption. I’ve been doing what I can since I found out to eat as many iron rich foods (like spinach and egg yolks!) as I can to make my body happier. I wilted two giant handfuls of spinach down in a small skillet and added two whole eggs that I cooked over hard. I plopped my spinachy eggs on some whole wheat toast with avocado and tomato slices. It was soooooooooooo delicious!! Sure, it’d probably be even better with bacon and cheddar cheese (but what wouldn’t be, really?), but I was trying to stay on board the health train.
SEAT

Dessert:And obviously my day isn’t complete without sometttthing a little sweet to cap it all off. More peanut butter greek yogurt with chocolate chips please. Yes, the photo IS recycled….but that’s because I was too busy watching Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II on ABC Family to bother snapping a photo of my snack when I had this perfectly good photo to reuse.

peanut butter greek yogurt

So that’s all she wrote, folks!! Next week I’ll be sharing some of my eats from my trip to SC!

What are your favorite snacks to bring on a road trip??
When you go out to eat on vacation, do you try to keep it healthy or do you prefer to indulge?
Are you a sucker for a Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family like me? Or can you resist?!

The Last WIAW of Winter!!

stitch say hi!
Hehehehe. Gosh I just love, Stitch! He’s my fave! He reminds me of my husband and my dog if they were combined into a single being…take that however you want it. Ha!

Anywho, I’m so happy it’s finally Wednesday!!! It’s been a pretty productive week for me so far, which is probably why this is my first post of the week!! Oops!! I had a loooovely weekend in New Jersey, a doctor’s appointment on Monday. (I took my glucose test and they took some of my blood and I DID NOT pass out. That’s two times in a row now where I’ve gotten my blood taken without passing out. I may very well be an adult just yet.), and had a pretty solid workout on Tuesday night. In fact, I’ll discuss that a bit more in a few because this week I’m sharing my TUESDAY eats!

Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for the link up party!! Here’s to the last What I Ate Wednesday of Winter (because it’s officially Spring tomorrow no matter what the weather man says)!!! HUZZAH!!!

Breakfast: Breakfast for me yesterday was the same Berry Ginger Chia Smoothie I linked to a few weeks ago. It’s so effing delicious I didn’t care how cold it was outside. I enjoyed it with a big old mug of decaf green tea!
smoothie to go

Snack: My first snack of the day was an Apple Walnut Flax Muffin (recipe tomorrow!!) and I had it around ten. It’s soooo perfectly moist and nutty and cinnamony! I was hungry again around 11, so I nommed on an apple, served on my belly which seems to be getting bigger every day! I will be 28 weeks pregnant tomorrow and that is so crazy!!! I’ve even started to notice my belly wiggling around like jello when the little munchkin in there does her kung-fu! It makes me giggle. Every single time. Even if it’s inappropriate. Like in a meeting at work. Oops! If I don’t make eye contact hopefully no one will notice my giant goofy smile!
apple flax muffin
apple

Lunch: For lunch yesterday I heated 3oz of shredded chicken in the microwave until it was nice and warm and then I mixed it up with about 1/3 of an avocado and a squeeze of lime juice. I smushed it all in a toasted whole wheat pita with some thin sliced red onion and crisp romaine lettuce. I’m usually all about spinach, but I really wanted the texture of the lettuce in this! Ya gotta change things up a little here and there, right? Right!
avocado chicken pita

Snack: So thanks in large part to some fabulous strawberries I had over the weekend (that Susan so kindly provided me) – they are all I want to eat lately. I pretty much invented the best snack ever yesterday with some strawberries I had. I spread them with a cinnamon cream cheese laughing cow cheese wedge, and then rolled them in crushed pistachios. Sweet. Creamy. Salty. Perfect. Seriously. It’s going to be an issue if and when I run out of these ingredients.
the ingredientsperfection

More Snacks: Well my tummy started rumbling agaiiiin around 4, so I had some roasted garlic hummus with about 8 baby carrots and 3 triscuits. I brought more with me, but after munching on all of that I decided that my belly was happy and I tucked the rest away for another day.
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Dinner: I had a pretty decent workout last night, focusing primarily on my biceps and back…but I threw in some random chest presses. Oh well. I also did a 20 minute walking interval on the treadmill. Sigh. I am really looking forward to being able to run again this summer! I wanted to make sure I got my protein on when I got home, but also didn’t feel like making a big elaborate dinner. Lately, when I’m doing my meal planning, I always have an “empty” weeknight slot where I just make eggs and toast. Last night was that night. Johnny gets 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites, 2 slices of american cheese, and 2 slices of whole wheat toast with some smart balance with omerga 3s. I made myself an omlette with 1 whole egg and 2 egg whites whipped up with some skim milk with red onion, portobello mushroom, spinach, and 2% mozzarella cheese. I had it with 2 slices of smart balancy toast, too. It was exactly what I needed!!
spinach, portobello, and mozzarella egg white omlette

Dessert: Of course my life isn’t complete without dessert these days!I’m really hoping to break this habit once baby is born and I’m less hungry all the time. Of all the desserts I could have though, I don’t feel bad about this one…particularly because sometimes I eat it for breakfast!! It’s just 1/2 cup of plain nonfat greek yogurt with 1 (okay 1 HEAPING) tablespoon of peanut butter with some chocolate chips on top!! I love everything about it!! And obviously I’m feeding my muscles with more protein…and my baby with chocolate chips. Nom!!
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So dudes..what’s the BEST thing you ate this week so far? I’m still reveling in my snack invention glory.

What’s your favorite omelet filling?

My Brilliant Idea & What I Ate Wednesday #14

Hey Ya’ll! Happy Wednesday!!

Are all of you East Coasters hunkering down for the next storm we’re supposed to be getting tonight?? Maybe I’ll actually have a snow day tomorrow??? I won’t hold my breath, but a gal can dream, can’t she??

Anywho, I had a brilliant idea this week and I’ve decided to share it with all of my favorite What I Ate Wednesday Bloggers.

For a while now, I’ve looked forward to Wednesdays more than any other day of the work week because of the What I Ate Wednesday link up!! Jenn at Peas and Crayons is awesome for having started such a simple thing and having acquired so many participants. I love spending my time going through blogs, drooling over delicious looking food, finding inspiration in others, and interacting with the WIAW community.

Although I love sharing what I eat in a day, my primary focus when I started Twenty-Something & Starving was not just to share my eats, but to share recipes!! I still do, of course, as often as I can anyway. Sometimes, though, convenience outweighs creativity. For the last month or two I’ve found myself stuck in a sort-of-but-not-quite-rut using the same few recipes in rotation every week.  After a long day at work and a super sweaty workout I really just want to come home and put food in my belly as soon as I can. My staples, as of late anyway, include things like Chicken and Black Bean Fajita Burritos, Sesame Chicken Stir Fry, Tilapia Tacos, and Tortilla Pizzas. Johnny and I both enjoy them, they are quick to throw together (always important for me) and they are nice, healthy post-workout meals.

So where’s the brilliant idea?? I’ve decided that I am going to start my own link-up party! One where other healthy living bloggers can share recipes for some of their favorite things using real foods. I shall call it  – Real Food Recipe Roundup with Twenty-Something & Starving!! It’ll be a Thursday thing, so as to not take away from What I Ate Wednesday, which I love so very much. It also gives anyone who chooses to particpate until  Thursday to have their recipe together. I know personally I’ll make something on the weekend and be lucky to have it ready to go for Thursday.

Now, I know there are loads of different ideas as to what constitutes “real food” out there.  What do I mean when I say “real Food?” The way I see it is that real food isn’t complicated. As a woman who, more or less, considers herself a healthy living blogger, I think everything is about balance. I cook with loads of veggies and lean protein, but I also cook with butter and cheese. What I’m looking for in this Real Food Recipe Roundup are real foods made with real ingredients. Other than that, the sky is the limit!! For round one of this round up – which will be next Thursday – let’s start with a recipe in your repertoire that you make again and again and it never fails you! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert doesn’t matter!! Let’s all just share our recipes!

Now, FINALLY, let’s get to What I Ate Wednesday Monday!

Breakfast: I’m sure you’re shocked by my banana/chocolate chip/oat combo. If it ain’t broke, right?? Anywho, this is actually a new recipe I tried out and it’s quite simple. It’s 2 super ripe bananas (mashed), 1 whole egg and 1 egg white, 2 1/2 cups of rolled oats, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder (I used Vanilla Almond Designer Whey), 1/3 cup of whole wheat baking mix, 1 cup of lite vanilla soy milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Mix it all up and bake it at 350 for 35 minutes or until it’s set. Let it cool for 15 or 20 minutes before you slice it into 8 portions. Each portion (according to the calculations on MyFitnessPal) is 206 calories, 33g carbs, 4g fat, 11g protein, 4g fiber, and 8 g sugar. I was actually surprised this was under 300 calories, but I’m totally cool with it, because that leaves more room for the calories in the peanut butter I smear all over the top of it.  I enjoyed this with a mug of decaf earl gray. Noms!

proteinoatsSnacks: Monday’s AM snacks were simple. I had a gala apple and some triscuits with a french onion laughing cow cheese. The triscut picture is recycled because I’m lazy and reallly just wanted to munch.

applesnack2Lunch: Since Sunday wasn’t the healthiest day (though it was quite delicious) I made sure to get my veggies in for lunch Monday. I had a nice big spinach salad with cherry tomatoes, peppers, onions, and black olives with a wee bit of italian dressing. I also has a leftover turkey burger with some 2% american cheese on a toasted whole wheat english muffin. Beige food is so unphotogeneic. Oh wells, it was so tasty either way. I load my turkey burgers with garlic, garlic, and more garlic. It’s impossible for them to taste bad OR take a good photo.

salad turkey burger

Snacks: Afternoon snackage included a spoonful of Mighty Maple…which I need to replenish my stock of very shortly as I am scraping the jar. Annnnd about 1/2 cup of chocolate cheerios with some skim milk…which I proceeded to drink when I finished the cheerios because calcium and who doesn’t love chocolate milk?! And later I had some carrots with chipotle hummus…which I will also need to resupply with soon. *sigh*  I feel like my appetite is really starting to kick into high gear these last few days what with this whole baby growing inside me thing. I also has two hershey kisses when I got home, which are unpictured…because I was preparing apple crisp for our dinner later on.

 

pb cheerios carrots and hummusDinner: For dinner on Monday we finally got the chance to check out the brand new home of our friends Ashley and Jared. Their house is perfect and adorable and I love it!!  Ashley made a suuuuper yummy white pasta fagioli soup, which I’d never had before and LOVED!! Really any soup you can top with parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes is a winner in my book, but this was so tasty. And as it is still FREEZING outside soup for dinner always makes me happy! We also had salad with some avocado and mushrooms and apparently (this totally blew my mind) there is a mix available for purchase to make your own Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits. Well… we had some of those, too. And they were amazing. And I ate two of them. Because I love them.  We brought Quincy with us to play with Oliver and they were running around like little crazy men while we ate. They are too cute for words!

Ashley's soup and salad

the babiesDessert: Since I threw dessert together in 20 minutes before we left to head to their place I decided on my Honey Walnut Apple Crisp. I pretty much followed my recipe exactly except I had to use vegetable oil instead of coconut oil and I added a wee bit of brown sugar to the mix just for fun. Johnny and Jared are really cut from the same cloth, as they were more excited for the Ready Whip that went on top than the were the crisp I think. Silly Boys.

apple crisp

So there you have it!! I hope you’ll choose to partake in my Real Food Recipe Roundup next week!! Do you have any fun plans for Valentines Day this year?? Do you even like Valentines Day?? Johnny and I are just staying home, snuggling up with some movies, and making a “fancy meal”. I’m pretty sure shrimp scampi for dinner and crepes for dessert are what’s on the menu, but who knows!! Happy What I Ate Wednesday!!

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

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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.

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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!

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