What I Ate Wednesday

A little reflection, a little coffee, and a lot of delicious eats. What I Ate Wednesday is a grab bag of goodies this week!

Hey y’all! We made it to Wednesday! I’m taking Friday off this week, so it’s basically Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means my week is basically almost over. Logic.

Before the eats, I want to share a bit of a bit of a backslide I’ve had lately. I’ve been working extremely hard on loosening the reigns around food and exercise. A few injuries and some serious mental and emotional instability came as a warning sign that I was slipping back into some unhealthy disordered eating behaviors. So for the last few months, I have been feeding my body what it craves and moving it in ways that feel good, even if it means eating more and moving less. And everything has been feeling great until the last week or so…

As some negative body image and self-depreciating thoughts have crept in, so have my anxiety and need for control. I noticed it today when I thought to myself “it’s time to stop eating so many snacks“. HOLD UP. Snacks are great. Snacks keep me sustained through the day. Snacks keep me from eating my arm off before dinner.

I’m proud of the fact that I’m able to recognize these unhealthy thoughts and call them out for what they are. But it’s hard. It’s hard to feel shitty about my body and accept that I don’t need to act on that. I’ve been torn between wanting to control my body to look a certain way and wanting to just be able to relax be comfortable in my own skin. The choice is obvious but like many things in life, it’s “easier said than done”. But aren’t all things worth having at least a little hard?? Isn’t that why we buy pistachios with the shells on??? No…? Oh…

Thanks for listening to my ramblings. Putting these thoughts on a page help me cope. Now let’s talk about the fun stuff, shall we?

Per usual, we split a banana on the way to the gym. Even more exciting though, was what we picked up AFTER the gym. First, we voted (hopefully you did too!). Then, we hit up the brand new Native Cold Pressed juice bar and cafe that opened in our neighborhood. John got the coffee smoothie and I got a pumpkin pecan protein bite and a pumpkin hazelnut latte. When we got home, I used the latte as creamer in my Dandy Blend coffee substitute. It was SO DOPE and I already know my bank account is going to suffer now that this new shop is open…

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Despite the goodies, I still wanted a full breakfast so I whipped up a hugh jass smoothie. I packed in: frozen banana, blueberries, cauliflower, beets, Garden of Life chocolate protein powder, Amazing Grass greens powder, a big handful of spinach, and almond milk. Super yum!

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I snacked on the aforementioned protein bite throughout the morning which kept me full for a surprisingly long time.

I’m just going to throw it out there, my lunch was disappointing. Womp, womp. We were at Easton this weekend and popped into Piada for lunch. I was pumped to see their new Mediterranean Power Bowl, which looked right up my alley. GUYS. I was blownnnn away. It far exceeded my expectations. So much so, that I tried to recreate it at home. I cooked up some quinoa, piled on roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes, and sautéed some chickpeas with za’atar. I even made the harissa yogurt sauce that I didn’t get at the store (because dairy) with Kite Hill plain Greek style yogurt. But without the pickled onions, cilantro, and green harissa sauce, my copycat iteration just lacked the pop of acid the original heftily delivers. Looks like I’ll be finding excuses to get to Piada more often…

The Piada version:

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My version:

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Someone please tell me I’m not the only one who snacks while waiting for dinner to cook….. Bueller…? I’ve been on a kick for crunchy snacks lately and these green bean crisps are my love language. Peep the little kitty begging for a bite…

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Please don’t judge this dinner by its dimly-lit cover. It may be ugly, but the Mexican taco casserole I made on Monday has been a dinner hit all week. It was totally improvised but I may have to try to recreate it to share the recipe here! Some more roasted cauliflower and broccoli on the side to fill up our plates and bellies.

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After dinner, we fooled around with John’s new iPhone 8+ and I sipped on this Healthaid ginger lemon kombucha. I hadn’t had this flavor before and while I love ginger, I wouldn’t get it again. The ginger was so strong I had heartburn all evening…

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That’s all I got! Be kind to yourself this week. Love yew!

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What I Ate Wednesday on Halloween is full of treats- no tricks! 

Happy Wednesday! It’s been a while since I checked in with a What I Ate Wednesday post… work has been insanely busy and I’ve just been really drained in the evenings. But there’s light at the end of the busy season tunnel and the holidays are right around the corner! Not a lot else to report so let’s get into the eats, shall we?!

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I haven’t been sleeping great (although melatonin has been a HUGE help) so I opted for extra sleep instead of the gym. Slurped down a smoothie at my desk before I remembered to snap a pic. Oops! Today’s flavor was pumpkin with lotssss of cinnamon. So yum!

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Switched up the typical scarf-down-food-while-working routine and went to lunch with a friend! We went to Two Dollar Radio’s new headquarters and were both obsessed! I had been there before but am still in love with their book selection, all-vegan coffee, cafe, and bar, and just general chill vibe. Our lunches were FANTASTIC! My sandwich was the “Bad Hombre”- corn + kale burger, barbecue sauce, pimento cheese, sliced red onion, jalapenos, on locally-made ciabatta. It was TO DIEEE FOR. My friend got the “Vegan Lunchpail”- chorizo, house mozzarella, jalapenos, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, tomato, lemon pepper aioli, hot sauce, on locally-made sourdough and was equally thrilled. If you’re in the Columbus area, I can’t recommend this place enough!

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My lunch was soooo filling so it was a rare no snack day! Gasp! John was starving when I got home so I had a small bowl of chili and a few bites of his organic tater tots. [Lol- never thought I’d say the words “organic tater tots”…]

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We bought a shiz ton of these mini bags of pretzels but sadly, only had two trick or treaters! Oh well, more for me to snack on while finishing Stranger Things muahahaha…

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I spotted these goofy-looking Moondrop grapes at the store this weekend and HAD to have them. Good news- they’re also absolutely delish. Perfect for night time snacking.

And that’s it, friends! Have a wonderful first day of November!

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Another busy day of What I Ate Wednesday eats! Happy Humpday! 

Hey there babes! I’ve been admittedly bad at remembering these posts with how crazy busy life has been… Super long days spent hunched over my keyboard leave little room for snapping pics of my lunch. But I managed to take a few today in the midst of the madness!

I’m working through another nasty back injury so our gym routine has been spotty. I’m trying to not let it bother me too much but I definitely miss my morning sweat sesh. Although I must admit, sleeping in late (6:30) this morning felt very refreshing. Anyways, after a good night’s sleep, this pumpkin smoothie was delightful.

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My day was packed with meetings and I forgot to take a pic of the apple I chowed down while running from one to another.

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Lunch today was a picture of fall! I’ve heard it’s hot outside and not at all fall-like but it’s always a cool 70 degrees in my prison cell office. 😉 I roasted a bunch of the veggies from the farmers market this weekend for lunches this week. Sweet potatoes, delicate squash, apples, Brussels sprouts, chickpeas, and kale. I dipped it all in the leftover of my Caramelized Onion Hummus I made and it was deeeelish.

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Our dinners have been less than organized but I’m not complaining! Toast with Treeline nut-based cheese, steamed broccoli, and Shishito peppers. I didn’t make my herb dipping sauce but we had some bottled dressing that was a decent stand-in.

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I had a raging sweet tooth after dinner so I dug into some leftovers of a sweet treat recipe I’m testing. I’m not going to divulge what it is yet, but let’s just say…. it’s SO fall. And it tastes a lot better than it looks…

That’s its friends, have a wonderful rest of the week!!

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