What I Ate Wednesday: Eat All the Things

November 27, 2013

So, my phone is filled up with pictures of meals that really have no good category to fit in, but that I want to share with you guys!

Enter, WIAW: Eat All the Things.

Enjoy!

Breakfasts:

I usually always have a green smoothie post-workout, but on days when I don’t workout first thing in the morning, oatmeal is my go to. My latest obsession:

Oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon, and stevia, topped with banana, raisins, and peanut butter

Oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon, and stevia, topped with banana, raisins, and peanut butter

Oatmeal topped with cinnamon, peanut flour sauce, banana, and hemp seeds

Oatmeal topped with cinnamon, peanut flour sauce, banana, and hemp seeds

Lunches:

Some version of a HUGE salad.

The common thread? Whole Foods’ Sun Dried Tomato Salad Dressing (from the brand Cindy’s Kitchen). TRY THIS NOW. It smells like pizza and tastes like amazingness.

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Spring mix, baby carrots, grape tomatoes, red & yellow bell pepper, roasted butternut squash, roasted green beans, sprouted lentils, and sun dried tomato salad dressing

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Snack:

1/2 container cultured almond milk yogurt, 2 tbsp. peanut flour, cinnamon, stevia, hemp seeds, and 1/2 chopped apple

1/2 container cultured almond milk yogurt, 2 tbsp. peanut flour, cinnamon, stevia, hemp seeds, and 1/2 chopped apple

Dinners:

Food prep:

Orange cauliflower

Orange cauliflower

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When my fridge is basically empty, this has been my go to:

Brown rice, brussel sprouts, 1/2 can lentil soup, and a Dr. Praeger's veggie burger.

Brown rice, brussel sprouts, 1/2 can lentil soup, and a Dr. Praeger’s veggie burger.

I microwave the brussel sprouts and (frozen) brown rice in their bags (Trader Joes). Throw in half a can of soup and a frozen patty. When dinner comes, microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy.

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Quick and easy at-home dinner:

Ezekiel toast spread with hummus, a double veggie patty layer (Trader Joes' Veggie Masala burger and a Dr. Prager's burger) with a side of corn and peas (frozen)

Ezekiel toast spread with hummus, a double veggie patty layer (Trader Joes’ Veggie Masala burger and a Dr. Prager’s burger) with a side of corn and peas (frozen)

TONS of roasted veggies and Trader Joes' Quinoa Duo drizzled with tahini and a sauce made of nutritional yeast + water

TONS of roasted veggies and Trader Joes’ Quinoa Duo drizzled with tahini and a sauce made of nutritional yeast + water

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Desserts:

Protein pancakes with raw almond butter and agave nectar

Protein pancakes with raw almond butter and agave nectar

Homemade hot cocoa: unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder, stevia, and peppermint extract

Homemade hot cocoa: unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder, stevia, and peppermint extract

What meals have you been enjoying lately? It’s not hard to eat healthy when you’re short on time – what shortcuts have you found? 

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete

(ps) Don’t forget to check out some other WIAW posts!


Marvelous in My Monday: Gap Obsession

November 25, 2013

Another beautiful, beautiful weekend in the books.

Hubby and I went out for Indian food at a (new to us) place called Curry House.

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The food was a bit salty for my taste, but overall good, and I couldn’t have been happier with the naan. If you’ve ever eaten Indian food, you know the naan is the best part – delicious, chewy bread. They give out HUGE pieces of naan! I could only finish half mine, but hubby just about polished the rest off, along with his.

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This was followed up with a paint-your-own-mug night. Yes, we are 40 years old. It was the perfect remedy after a busy week.

There is something so therapeutic about sitting, painting, talking, and oh yeah – drinking wine straight out of the bottle.

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I also hit up Gap for a 50% off sale with a friend this weekend.

I used to buy jeans at Gap back in the day, but had a few bad experiences with ripping seams and holes from wear and tear. I didn’t go back there for a long time. Recently, a friend of mine worked there and told me how much they had redone all of their stuff. She encouraged me to give it another chance. I recently got several pairs of leggings for both working out and daily wear.

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This past weekend, I splurged (a whole $15 each) on a new sports bra and some long sleeve thumb-hole workout tops – love, Love, LOVE.

The sports bra is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever worn and gives SO MUCH support. I instantly regretted purchasing Under Armour sports bras for nearly $50 a couple months ago.

Decked out in Gap from head to toe: G-Fast performance leggings, long sleeve thumb hole top, and sports bra

Decked out in Gap from head to toe: G-Fast performance leggings, long sleeve thumb hole top, and sports bra

If you haven’t tried these yet, give them a shot.

This new gear was about the only thing that got me out of the house in 18 degree weather with a 7 degree windchill on Sunday. I bundled up and headed to the gym for LEGS DAY!

  • Front squats
  • Dumbbell swings
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Cable kickbacks
  • Leg curls
  • Glut/ham raises
  • Box jumps
  • A long walk with heavy groceries (in place of my usual incline walk)

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Although I love packing my body with vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes after a workout, I just couldn’t bring myself to eat a cold smoothie after my cold walk home. I reverted to my old postworkout meal: cream of rice, coconut oil, and a protein shake (just protein powder, water, and ice).

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I also did a huge veggie roast for the week while studying: brussels sprouts with onions and mushrooms, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, broccoli, and butternut squash.

This made for a huge delicious plate for my afternoon snack.

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Dinner started with a broccoli slaw salad with peanut/sesame dressing and finished with 1/2 large sweet potato topped with Trader Joes 3 Layer Hummus and nutritional yeast with a side of Trader Joes’ Vegetable Pakoras (frozen). I freaking love those things.

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Early to bed meant an early morning for me. Crawled out of bed at 5am to hit the gym for shoulders and sprints and…

Did my first ever 30 second sprint at 12mph!

It was my last of 8 sprints, so I felt super good that I did it and finished it strong.

Sprints: 30 second sprint, 1 minute walk, 15 second jog, repeat.

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I may have also finished 3 full sets of Turkish Getups with 35lbs. BOOM.

#progress

Hope y’all had a fabulous weekend! Any new fitness goals reached? Anyone else loving/hating the cold weather? Anyone else ditching smoothies for the winter? 

Cheers,

Avocado Athlete

(ps) Need more marvelous in your dreary Monday? Check out some other MIMM posts!