Hi friends! It’s been a while since I wrote a What I Ate Wednesday post, but that’s partly because I’m such a creature of habit and really haven’t been switching up my meals that much. While I do like to vary my dinners (thank you, meal planning!) my breakfasts and lunches are pretty much the same every day. That being said, I still take a lot of pictures of my food, and as I was scrolling through pictures on my phone the other day I realized there are a bunch of food photos that never made it onto the blog. I thought today would be a good time to share them with you, since it is Wednesday and all!
Ok, let’s take a look at some of my recent eats!
Oh juice! Fabio and I actually stopped using our juicer for about two weeks due to too much travelling and not enough grocery shopping, and you know what happened? I got sick. Get this – ever since we started juicing back in January neither one of us got sick. I feel like I usually get some kind of cold in the winter or at least a stuffy nose, but this year I didn’t (at least not that I can remember…). I stayed healthy all winter and I really think having fresh juice with micro-nutrients to take care of my cells really made a difference. I also don’t think it’s a coincidence that a couple weeks after we stopped having fresh juice every morning I got really tired and wound up having a sore throat. Clearly I need to keep juice in my diet!
Now we are back on our juicing train and I am going to make it a priority to make juice from now on, even when life gets busy. I <3 fresh juice!
This batch (which was almost gone by the time I remembered to take a picture – oops) had spinach, kale, a green apple, carrots, ginger, zucchini and half an orange. Yum!
Most days my breakfast looks like this: a bowl of Life cereal with a little bit of Kashi Go Lean Crisp thrown in, plus 1% milk, slivered almonds, and a banana. Recently it’s been eaten while catching up on Women’s Health magazine. 😉
It’s such a good breakfast and although I enjoy eating it every day, I’ve been eating some other stuff too! One day a couple of weeks ago I enjoyed a piece of toast with Laughing Cow cheese and a fried egg on top. I can’t remember why it came out looking like this – maybe I was trying to make it partially scrambled? Who knows. I remember it was delicious though!
Speaking of eggs, I’ve had some hard-boiled ones lately too! Although I take most of my fitness classes at 6:00 am and have time to eat breakfast at home, some mornings I take a 7:00 am class and then wind up eating breakfast at work. For these days, I usually throw a banana into my bag (we almost always have bananas) and then pick up two hard-boiled eggs from a little cafe/deli down the street from my office. The eggs are really cheap – usually about $1 for both – and I like that they’re still warm! I usually throw a little salt and pepper on top and apologize to my coworkers about the smell before digging in. 🙂 Another great breakfast!
Ok so this one is not a typical breakfast for me at all, but it was delicious so I had to share. I think I mentioned that during CC and Steve’s wedding my stepdad and uncle David tag-teamed making breakfast for the group, and this is what they came up with on the second day (all made from scratch!): home fries, poached eggs, bacon, and cinnamon raisin French toast. SO good! What a fun breakfast.
Like my breakfasts, my lunch doesn’t change a whole lot. Usually I have a huge salad with lots of greens plus some mix of quinoa or rice/chicken/carrots/other veggies/feta/Craisins/avocado or nuts with a homemade dressing (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and sometimes some hummus if we have it).
While it’s delicious and nutritious, I try to mix things up a bit too! I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but there’s a little cafe across the street from my office (not the one where I buy the eggs, but it’s similar) where they sell the most delicious chicken Caesar salad wrap. The chicken is warm, the croutons are crunchy, and there is always just enough dressing to make every bite taste great without the wrap being drenched in sauce. So good! The guy there knows my name and puts my order in before I even get to the front of the line because I get the same thing every time I go there. Haha! I’d say I get one of these wraps about once every two weeks, and I try to enjoy them outside in my office’s courtyard whenever I can. 🙂
When I’m not eating salads or those wraps for lunch, I’m usually having leftovers from dinner (I’d say that happens about once or twice a week too). Nothin’ wrong with a little leftovers!
Woohoo! My favorite meal of the day – dinner. The other day I came home from work, changed into PJs, turned on some tunes, poured a glass of wine, and started making dinner. I guess I had a ridiculously big smile on my face because Fabio commented on how happy I get when I’m in the kitchen making dinner. What can I say? I like being in the kitchen! I know some people don’t like spending time in the kitchen but I just get so much joy out of experimenting with a new recipe and making something healthy and delicious for us to eat.
The other day I made this pork tenderloin with Thai peanut sauce and cilantro and served it on a bed of sauteed kale and cauliflower “fried rice” and it was SO good.
The sauce was really flavorful and I loved how it paired with the cauliflower and kale. The cilantro on top gave everything a really fresh taste, and Fabio and I both gobbled this meal right up! We will definitely be having this again.
As much as I enjoy being in the kitchen, there’s something to be said for quick meals too. I made these chicken salad lettuce wraps a while back, only I used half an avocado in place of the mayo and used grilled corn instead of Craisins. They were delicious! Next time I would add a little something crunchy to the mix because it was just a little too mushy for me (you know I’m a texture freak) but everything else was spot on!
Fabio and I are also pretty good at tag-teaming dinner, and last night he cooked up some delicious steaks while I made guacamole and turned some corn tortillas into crispy tostadas. We topped our tostadas with the steak, guacamole, cheddar cheese, and sweet and spicy mango salsa, and we both raved about how delicious everything was. I wound up having another one and was very full after. Oof.
And there you have it – just a peek at some of my meals lately. Although I’m definitely still sticking to my usual favorites, I’m happy that we are adding some new options to the rotation!
Question of the day: What was the last meal you cooked?