WIAW #25 – Asian Foods and Chocolate Balls

Hump Day?Lolz. I hope you’re all having a nice week so far! I can’t complain about mine, really, but obviously I’m looking forward to the weekend! We’re hanging out with Ashley and Jared (and their new fire pit…with s’mores) on Friday night and Ashley and I are taking a barre class on Saturday and hitting up the farmers market and I can’t wait!!! As for the rest of the weekend, I like to think I’ll be spending an equal portion of it relaxing and simultaneously being productive. Hopefully we’ll get the last little bit of the nursery together so that I can start to decorate and get everything in order.

Eeeeeeeee.

I can’t believe how fast this is all going!! I’m 34 weeks pregnant tomorrow!! I really need to post a bUmPdate sometime soon, too. Perhaps this weekend!! Lol.

Anywho, time for the food party hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week let’s take a look at my Monday eats!!

Breakfast: Breakfast on Monday was my go-to bowl of banana chocolate chip oats with some flax topped with peanut butter. It’s really what I look forward to most on the mornings that I have it lol. I also had some *gasp* caffeinated English Breakfast tea because I was all out of decaf. (FYI – Twinings English Breakfast Tea contains approximately 40 mg of caffeine in an 8 oz cup. According to my doctor and every other thing I’ve read about caffeine consumption during pregnancy – 120 mg/day is considered perfectly safe…so I’m good, man.)
oats

Snack: Snack time on Monday was a hard boiled egg and a string cheese. I didn’t snap a picture of the string cheese, but I’m sure you all know what it looks like. Either way, noms!
egg

Lunch: Lunch was leftover Chinese food!! Leftovers are totally the best part of Chinese food, right? We tried out a new place on Sunday night that just opened by us that actually delivers!! That’s pretty amazing for central PA. I’m still sad our favorite place closed down, but I actually really enjoyed this new one! My personal go-to pretty much anytime I get Chinese (and I’m not with people who like to share) is Chicken and Broccoli with White Rice. I like to add just a litttttttle drizzle of soy sauce to my white rice, too. Johnny was a little sad this place doesn’t have Boneless BBQ Spare Ribs on their menu, but he settled for Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice. He liked the chicken, but the fried rice didn’t win him over. No fried rice will if it doesn’t have egg in it! Either way, I was pleased to have enough left for lunch on Monday. Next time we order from them I need to try their Wonton Soup – that’s the true test of a good Chinese Restaurant!
chicken and broccoli

Snack: My afternoon snack was 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat greek yogurt with about 1 teaspoon of honey in the mix, 1/4 cup of frozen mixed berries, and about 1 tablespoon each of walnuts and chia seeds. Gotta get my omega-3s on for Miss Emma’s lil baby brain development… annnnnnd because they’re delicious. Two birds, amiright?
berries and yogurt

Dinner: Well we got take out on Sunday because I reallllly didn’t feel like going to get groceries, so we HAD to get them on Monday night. We opted for a quick Wegmans dinner so I snagged an Avocado Summer Roll and a Spicy Shrimp Summer Roll. They’re probably two of my favorite things Wegmans has to offer in general food wise. Their sushi bar is soooooo fabulous and I love that I have so many options that aren’t raw (for now…muhuhaha). There was SO MUCH avocado in the avocado one it was perfect!! I also felt like I had eaten a lot of beige throughout the day, and I wanted to get my veggies on.
avocado and shrimp summer rolls

Dessert: I finally decided that Monday was the night I would make my own homemade chocolate chip peanut butter larabars/date balls/energy bites/whatever you wanna call em. I took 12 medjool dates, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup of crushed peanuts, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of water, and a handful of mini chocolate chips and whizzed them all together in the food processor. It made about a dozen little balls. I rolled the little balls in some more crushed peanuts just for funsies, too. I wound up munching on two of these. I also wound up taking the tablespoon I measure the peanut butter with and I accidentally dropped it into a jar of nutella…so I had to eat it…obviously. I also did not take a photo of the glass of orange juice I had later on in the evening whilst watching Couples Retreat…which I effing love and watch every time it’s on!!
chocolate pb date ball

So folks…
What’s your go-to for Chinese take out??

What is your favorite weekday breakfast??
Have you ever made date balls? What’s your favorite combination?

13 comments

  1. Leigha

    The Chinese looks awesome!! Although, I will admit that I’m a little iffy about ordering chicken from a Chinese restaurant! And oh my gosh those wraps look amazing. I wish I had some sort of deli like that where I live!

    I’ve never made my own balls!! I want to so bad! Yours sound de-lish! 🙂

  2. Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat

    Excited to see that upcoming bumpdate! 🙂 I try to make larabars every week. Our favorites are apple cinnamon and coconut-chocolate chunk. I have a couple recipes on my site, if you’d want to check those out. Have a happy Wednesday!

  3. Jenni @ Fitzala

    Yum! That Chinese food looks so delish- I always drench mine in soy sauce so it’s probably good that we don’t have any near us for the time being 🙂

    Your larabar bites look good! For some reason, I’ve never made anything with dates in my Ninja and now I’m almost afraid to… Trying new things = too hard 😉 I kid, just time consuming.

  4. Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy

    I have seen these date balls all over the place, and they look so yummy! One of these days I am going to make some.

    My favorite weekday breakfast is the breakfast sandwich, and I do several variations. It usually consists of some sort of eggs (whole or whites), cheese (limitless options) and sometimes veggies on toast/English muffin/bagel thin. And I sometimes top it with hot sauce, salsa or sriracha if I am feeling spicy. Yum! And so filling.

  5. Chelsea Eats Treats

    First of all, those wraps look fan-tastic. I could go for a whole plate of those right now. And also, I’m new around here (hi!!) and so intrigued by the banana chocolate chip oats with peanut butter. Do you have a recipe?

  6. Jennifer

    Oh thanks, all!! The oats are quite simple!! Mash up 1 banana and mix in about 1 tablespoon of milk (whatever kind you fancy). Then I stir in 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of flax meal, 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, a pinch of cinnamon, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips. Mix it all up until it’s all combined, microwave 5 minutes until the oats are set (you should be able to pop it out of the bowl almost like a mug cake or cookie) annnnd top it with some peanut butter. Voila!

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