What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday– a day in the life of a busy working woman! A snack here, some kale there, and lots and lots of coffee!

Hidee hooooo chickadees! Happy Humpday! Your girl has been werk, werk, werk, werk, werkin’! And by that I mean my eats have been pretty gosh darn boring and simple. I’ve been thinking about doing a “What I Ate This Weekend” post just so you poor souls don’t have to see the same ol’ shiz over and over again! Any interest? I promise there are far fewer veggies and a few more beers. More to come!

As the sun rises, so does my sleepy a$$. Per usual, John and I split a banana before hitting the squat rack. No picture because it’s dark af at 5:30am.

There’s just nothing this body craves after a workout like a smoothie. Preferably my Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie. Nope, still not sick of it. Oh and this is my face because I realized I don’t show it on here often.

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After an AMAZING coffee meeting with a super inspiring babe, I was so hyped up on caffeine my shaky hands spilled the last 1/4 of my cup of joe into my purse with my laptop. KEWL. Think it miiiiiight be time to scale back on that coffee consumption again…

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If you think I’m crazy for spending bookoo bucks on bags of kale chips every week, let’s get one thing straight. I only buy these when they are on WooHoo (Kroger speak for clearance) and marked down to $1.99. They’re still not the cheapest but man, I love them.

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Sometimes I’m amazed by my ability to cram a literal fart ton of leafy greens into one tupperware container. I should put it on my resume. “Lettuce Cramming Artist”. I dig it. Anywho, this monstrous salad is a whole bunch of leftover Blueberry Corn Summer Salad piled on top of romaine, beet greens, and topped with extra sunflower sprouts. I brought a jar of extra dressing with me for the week and doused the greens in it. Oh! And my lovely coworker who knows me oh so well brought me a fancy new bevvie to try. This sparkling apple cider vinegar drink was so delicious and refreshing! A bit sweet for my taste but I would definitely drink it again.

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My eyes were bleeding from staring at spreadsheets for so many hours and I needed a break… I brewed a cup of decaf coffee to trick my heavy eyelids into staying open. Oh, and polished off the rest of the bag of kale chips. Then right back at it!

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My poor fried little brain needed a break (albeit short-lived) from the computer screen so I took a few minutes to play with my food. Check out this gorgeous plate! I sliced thin eggplant in half lengthwise, drizzled with avocado oil and S&P, and had John get them nice and charred on the grill. Maybe 8 minutes? Meanwhile, I mixed tahini, plain soy yogurt,  grated garlic, lemon juice, and S&P to make a tahini yogurt sauce. Plated up the eggplant, drizzled with the sauce, dolloped on some pesto I made with farmer’s market basil this weekend, and topped with mint leaves from the garden. We fancy huh?? Not pictured is the hugh jass pile of leftover grilled corn I gobbled down on the side.

Dat’s it. Let’s enjoy some more exciting eats next week, shall we?

Blueberry Corn Summer Salad

Flavor forces of summer unite! Blueberry Corn Quinoa Salad is super healthy, super summery, and super delicious!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a disturbing story video of John and I gnawing on empty corncobs, sucking out every drop of sweetness. We are proud born and bread corn-fed Midwesterners. And we are absolutely obsessed with summer corn.

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Every year, we eat our way through ear after ear of fresh, juicy maize. There are few feelings like the snapping and popping under your front teeth as you pry the tender kernels off the cob. Even when I was a kid with a gap-tooth grin, I always found a way to gobble up every piece. So it’s only natural that summer corn season is one of my favorite times of the year.

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When it comes to buying dozens of ears of my beloved corn, only local will do. I was raised on Ohio corn and there’s just nothing sweeter. Shopping at the farmer’s market is not just how I know I’m getting the best corn, it’s how I know I’m getting the best deal. This weekend, ears went for $6 per baker’s dozen and the price only plummets as farmers find themselves with an abundance of ears.

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Shopping at the farmers market and soaking up the sights and sounds has been inspiration for many a AYKM recipe, and this one is no exception. While we were browsing the stalls, I couldn’t resist a huge bag of fresh basil, plump juicy blueberries, and some unique sunflower sprouts. If you can’t find the same things at your market, use what you do find! That’s the most fun of it anyways!

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If you need me, I’ll be nibbling on corncobs and throwing corn in everything for the next two months…

Blueberry Corn Summer Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 4 servings

Flavor forces of summer unite! Blueberry Corn Quinoa Salad is a super healthy, super summery, and super delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn (about 3 cobs worth)
  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • ½ cup dry quinoa
  • ¼ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower sprouts (or other sprouts)
  • 6-8 large basil leaves, very thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted
  • Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup agave or honey
  • 3 Tbs. Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. To make the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. Add to a small pot with 1 cup salted water or vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain any excess water and allow to cool completely.
  2. To make the dressing: Add lime juice, agave, and mustard to a jar. Shake well to combine.
  3. Assemble: Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently to combine. Garnish with additional basil or sunflower seeds if desired.
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What I Ate Wednesday

Summer is in full swing, so naturally the grill is fired up and filled with veggies! What I Ate Wednesday is heating up!

Happy Wednesday, friends! Pretty uneventful week over here, so let’s dive into some noms!

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John has been nursing a minor sore throat, so I was on my own for the gym this morning. Since I didn’t have a banana buddy, I just snagged a Brazil nut and a few raisins. Tasted like a deconstructed Larabar and I actually think I’m going to make it a more regular snack…

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Will I ever get sick of my Chocolate Cherry Beet Smoothie? Survey says, no. I’ve been drinking it through this thin metal straw lately because I have a tendency to gulp it down in a split second and give myself a massive tummy ache. Oye.

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I rode my bike to and from a doctor’s appointment and then to work, so needless to say I was ravenous by the time I got to my office. I gobbled down some grapes (so cool and refreshing after sweating to death outside) too quickly to even remember to snap a pic. I wasn’t satisfied so I slammed bag of Brad’s Kale Chips. They’re crispy and crunchy and cheezy and so healthy you can ignore the multiple servings label on the back panel and just eat the whole damn bag. Trust me, I have lots of experience in this.

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Whilst rushing off to a meeting, I heated up a big mug of the black eyed pea soup I posted about last week. I froze a lot of it and it has made for some great warm lunches.

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For dinner, we got grill happy and grilled a llllllll the veggies! I marinated eggplant slices in BBQ sauce mixed with a little broth, sliced up some mushrooms, and halved two big zucchinis. Look at the char on that eggplant! I dipped everything in extra BBQ sauce because… BBQ sauce.

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This Healthaid kombucha flavor was new to me so I had to snag it when I saw it at Lucky’s this weekend. Sipped on it while we watched a movie and wound down from the day.

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I hope you all have a marvelous week!

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