A Look Into Tuesday’s Eats!

Remember those weeks where I used to always do a What I Ate Wednesday post? I remember, and I miss those posts! Since I’m almost a week on my new fitness and macro program, more on that in an upcoming post, I thought it’d be fun to share what I ate on Tuesday. Previous daily eats posts used to include 3 meals and 3 snacks, but over time, I’ve moved on to 3 larger main meals and 2 smaller snacks. It works for me, especially when my work days can get busy, so let’s dive on in!

Breakfast // 7:50 am

1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 1 egg white, 4 grams chia seeds. Topped with warmed up frozen blueberries and 1 tbsp of peanut butter. Oats have returned to my daily rotation, and I’m quite happy about this!

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Lunch // 12:15 pm

I am utterly obsessed with this meal, and could eat it all day long. To appear normal, I eat it for lunch every day. Mashed sweet potatoes with lean ground beef, Appelgate hot dogs and broccoli.

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Snack // 3 pm

I needed chocolate in a bad way, so while I was at the store on my lunch break, I found a Quest bar and snagged it!

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Dinner // 5:30 pm

This meal makes me oh so happy, mostly because it’s a solid balance of fat, carbs and protein. Roasted sweet potatoes make my life complete. The best way to eat sweet potatoes!

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Snack // 7:00 pm

I never understood how people could eat dessert immediately after dinner, but now I get it. That’s all I want to do these days, so waiting until 7 pm was hard!! To finish off my macros for the day, I made Hilary’s 30 second brownie, and topped it with a little bit of peanut butter. Recycled photo just because.

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What was the best thing that you ate yesterday?

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings?

WIAW: Everything That I Ate Yesterday {Active Rest Day}

Happy Wednesday and more specifically, What I Ate Wednesday, although this is really a what I ate on Tuesday type of recap. Yesterday’s meals were really fun and ridiculously good, so why not show you what I enjoyed for my meals and snacks. Let it be known that this was an active rest day for me, so on days that I don’t have a heavy workout, I try to be as healthy as possible, while still enjoying fun treats that don’t leave me feeling deprived. Before my work day started, I did get in a 3 mile walk, but that’s about it. On to the food! I realize that I ate a lot of processed carbs, and it is my goal to incorporate a banana with peanut butter for one of my snacks instead of peanut butter on a type of bread (I do this practically every day except this one, of course, ha!).

Breakfast 8 am

My go-to 1/2 cup of oatmeal with 46 grams of liquid egg whites, topped with maple syrup and 1 tbsp of peanut butter.

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Late-Morning Snack 11:30 am

Egg, bacon and cheese sandwich, on a hamburger bun. I’m almost positive that this snack has to be a reoccurring snack in my work day, because bacon at work = happiness.

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Lunch 1:45 pm

2.5 oz of sweet potato, 4 oz of grilled chicken from the BBQ over the weekend (omgsogood!), and steamed green beans.

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Afternoon Snack 3:30 pm

A Joseph’s Lavish bread wrap with 1.5 tbsp of peanut butter. I fold it up into a wrap, but this is what it looks like when I’m making it!

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Dinner

A tuna wrap mixed with sweet relish in a Joseph’s Lavish wrap. Delicious and filling, just what I want to keep me from feeling like I need to eat “more.” Adding the relish adds a sweet kick to the wrap, which is what I crave in the evening. Sweet cures my evening cravings… just weird that my “sweet” came from relish and not chocolate or peanut butter haha!

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Last Meal

A greek yogurt with 1 tbsp peanut butter. More sweet to end my night!

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And that’s everything that I ate yesterday!

Do you eat differently on a day of no physical activity?

What cures your sweet tooth?

WIAW: High Carb Day

For today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to highlight what I ate on Saturday which was both my high carb and leg day. Since leg workouts require the most energy and take the most out of me, I like to make sure these both fall on the same day. I do a 2nd lighter leg workout during the week as well, but it’s never as strenuous as my typical Saturday leg day workout. I’m also really trying to listen to my coach, so I told myself I would hit my refeed day spot on, which I actually ended up doing! Here is a look at everything that I ate on Saturday, in order!

Chocolate Chip Protein Donuts { 45 carbs/ 14 fat/ 41 protein}

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Tuna Wrap {15 carbs/ 6 fat/ 33 protein}

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Pineapple greek yogurt w/ 1 package of mini Oreos & 20 grams puffed cereal {43 carbs/ 5 fat/ 17 protein}

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4 oz Chicken & 6 oz sweet potato {30 carbs/ 1 fat/ 28 protein}

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222 grams of cucumber with Walden Farms dressing { 5 carbs/ 0 fat/ 1 protein}

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20 grams puffed cereal w/ 1.5 tbsp pb & 1 tbsp Walden Farms maple syrup {20 carbs/ 9 fat/ 7 protein}

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95 grams banana w/ 20 grams puffed cereal & 1 cup cashew milk {38 carbs/ 2 fat/ 5 protein}

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I actually struggled to eat all of this, especially the last few meals. The dinner wasn’t until about 7 pm at my uncle’s house, so having the last two bowls of food was hard at 9 pm! I wanted to make sure that I had a good mix of healthy foods and fun foods, so I tried to choose high carb foods, such as the banana and sweet potato! It was such a fun day of eating, and I cannot wait for my next high carb day on Saturday! 🙂 It’s hard to believe, but I actually weighed less the morning after eating all of this! Refeed for the win!

Chocolate chip pancakes, donuts or muffin?

Pancakes!

Day in the Life & What I Ate Wednesday

Are you guys ready for this post? I’m super excited because today you’ll get a double whammy of my two favorite types of blog posts. A “Day in the Life” and “What I Ate Wednesday” post. I took yesterday off from work and used a vacation day, which I never do! I rarely take time off from work, and after a busy week of traveling and moving, I just wanted to relax in the sun and get some color… so that’s what I did!

My morning started at 5:37 a, but then I thought to myself, sleep in a little longer, so when my alarm went off at 6:10, I rolled out of bed to start my day. I immediately went into my kitchen to prepare my drinks for the gym. Pre-workout goes in a water bottle so I can just dispose of it at the gym, and my BCAA’s, which I now swear by, goes in my actual water bottle.

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I owe my coach a check-in with pictures, so after weighing myself, I throw on my progress picture bikini and take 3 pictures: front, back and side. Once I’m happy with the pictures, I change into my gym clothes, throw a towel in my gym bag, grab my drinks and head out the door.

At the gym I focused on Cardio (20 minute HIIT run)/Chest/Shoulder/Glutes. I follow a program on bodybuilding.com, so I just follow that every day at the gym. It tells me what to do for how many reps and sets, and it allows me to enter my weight, reps, and my resting time between sets. I LOVE it and would be lost without it! If you friend/follow me on bodybuilding.com, you can follow my workouts! My username is alewis19. 🙂

imageSo that’s what I did for my workout! I left feeling and smelling rather ripe, which is a term that I just learned about yesterday haha.

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Once I made it home, I immediately showered, but only used soap and a tiny bit of conditioner since I knew I was going to sweat again very shortly. Once I was dressed, I went into my kitchen to whip up a batch of protein pancakes. I wanted to treat myself to a delicious breakfast since I’m usually eating breakfast at my desk every morning.

Protein Pancakes from scratch!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cashew milk
  • 2 egg whites, or about 60ish grams of liquid egg whites
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 serving of protein powder
  • 1/4 cup of cottage cheese
  • pinch of baking powder

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I prefer the pancakes with my Protizyme Vanilla Cake protein, but I left that at my parent’s house. That protein makes it taste like lemon cake… the Slap Protein is better in shakes… but that’s just my own opinion! My above grill can also be turned into an open-faced griddle (love!), so I whipped up my pancakes and then topped them with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and Walden Farms maple syrup. I uploaded my progress pictures and then sent my check-in email to coach Ashley, before packing my day bag and heading to my parent’s house. {Eaten around 9 am}

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All I wanted was a day off to lay in the sun and read. I hopefully temporarily lost Eat, Pray, Love, which was the book I was reading, so thankfully I had checked this book out as well at the library. It’s a crime novel, and so far it is ADDICTING! I always read while lying on my stomach.

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I’d prefer to get color on my front side, but just lying there can be so boring, and then I remembered how obsessed everyone is with the Serial podcast. I grabbed my phone, downloaded a few episodes and quickly found that I’m obsessed too!

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This little man got plenty of frisbee action, until he tore it apart, and then I just kept throwing balls for him to fetch.imageWhenever I’m in the sun for long periods of time, it typically suppresses my appetite, so around 1 pm I went inside to dig into the lunch I brought over. 5 oz of grilled chicken, 115 grams of roasted red potatoes, honey mustard and ketchup.
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After that, it was more reading outside, before I headed in for good around 2:30. I showered, folded the laundry that I did, and then got to work on this post. The Block Island organic sunscreen is my go-to for days like these! It’s the same sunscreen I brought to the beach.

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LOVE Sparkling ICE drinks! Drank this while getting ready for the rest of my day.
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Random mid-afternoon snack around 3:40 was a salad topped with tuna salad, which I’ve been craving for weeks now!

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Nessie gets lots of kisses from me. She has a fever so she’s been sleeping a lot, but hopefully her trip to her vet will have her back to her crazy self soon!

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Around 4:15 I left my parent’s house and headed out to run a few errands, before prepping food for Thursday, and enjoying a mini Larabar. I was craving something sweet, so this bad boy fit my macros perfectly!

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Around 7 I cooked up dinner and continued reading for a few more hours.

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And for dessert, around 8:30 I enjoyed 1.5 tablespoons of peanut butter to round out my macros spot-on for the day! Such a delicious day of eating! 🙂

peanut-butterWhat was the best thing that you ate yesterday?

The burger!… even though I failed with my cheese and forgot to put it on while it was finishing on the griddle 🙁

WIAW: A Typical Work Day

First things first, every single one of you that comment on yesterday’s post, whether on the blog or on Facebook (love you Shawna & Sara), are amazing. You helped make me feel not guilty at all, and your personal stories were so nice to hear, so thank you all! 🙂

On to my favorite thing ever. Food. My Mom recently asked me if eating is my favorite part of my day. Yes, yes it is. For this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, I thought I’d show you what a typical work day looks like when it comes to eating. This is what I ate on Monday!

8:15 am

1/2 cup oatmeal, 46 grams egg white beaters, water, and topped with 1 tbsp of peanut butter & 2 oz of grilled chicken for extra protein. I prep all of the ingredients in a tupperware container the night before so that the oats can soak up the water and get soft. Then the next morning after my workout I microwave it, and every 30 seconds I stir the oatmeal so that the egg whites don’t scramble. I’ve noticed that egg white beaters don’t scramble, while the egg white from an actual egg does.

This is my breakfast after my morning workouts and it always does a great job of keeping me full and happy after a tough workout.

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11:25 am

This is eaten during the snack time, but it is typically considered my lunch. A tuna wrap! I mix 1 can of solid white albacore tuna with 1 tbsp of Olive Oil Mayo, and spread that in a Joseph’s Lavish wrap.

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1:40 pm

Strawberry greek yogurt with peanut butter. ‘Nuff said!

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3:50 pm

FRIGGEN STARVING. I had a random craving for a banana with peanut butter and enough carbs left for this, so I went for it. This tasted as good as I had imagined it would!

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5:40 pm

For dinner I made myself a chicken stir-fry that also included broccoli and yellow peppers. Stir-fry is one of the easiest and healthiest meals in my repertoire, and I never get sick of it! I typically only eat it for dinner simply because it does not fill me up enough for it to be a lunch.

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8:10 pm

3 Suzie’s rice crackers with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 tbsp of greek whipped cream cheese. I love rice cakes, but because I’m all about getting lots of peanut butter in every bite, the thickness of rice cakes aren’t a good ratio for peanut butter, but these rice squares are thin so it’s the perfect rice cake to peanut butter ratio! Also had 3/4 serving of a casein shake after this as well!

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WIAW: High Carb/Long Run Day

Woohoo, happy Wednesday, although I think for most of us in the corporate world it’s really our Thursday. I will take that! In honor of it being Wednesday, I want to celebrate What I Ate Wednesday by showing you what I ate on my high carb day, which was Saturday. Yes, I finally listened to my coach and enjoyed the full-on high carb day that she wants me to have once a week. Since I had a long run that morning (7.35 miles) and a concert in the evening, this was literally the perfect day for lots of food… and thank goodness for it since I didn’t get to bed until 2:30 am!

So here’s a look at what I ate!

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7:30 am: 1/2 cup oats, egg whites & 1 tbsp of peanut butterimage

10:30 am: 3 Gu Chomps mid-run… my body definitely prefers the gels!image

11:00 am: Post-run shake: 1 cup cashew milk, 44 grams frozen strawberries, 1 scoop SLAP Peanut Butter protein powder, 4 grams sugar-free vanilla pudding powder (key to this shake), few ice cubes and a pinch of xanthum gum to thicken it

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1:15 pm: 1 serving of Kodiak Cake Protein packed pancakes

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3:45 pm: English muffin with 1.5 tbsp peanut butter

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6:10 pm: 4 oz chicken with 100 grams yellow peppers

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7:45 pm: 1 Big Coloassal Super Cookie Crunch protein bar. SO GOOD! These are my life. {Image Source}

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12:30 am: 1 medium sized banana

imageAnd believe it or not, I feel like I didn’t eat that much, but that bar is packed with macros & 410 calories, so that bad boy was my saving grace!

What do you crave after a long run?

If you could have a guilt free high carb day, what would you choose to eat?

DONUTS!

WIAW: Looking Back This Was a Weird Day of Eats

This week is absolutely flying by! With good day after good day and good news after good news, this week is really off to such a great start! I’m hoping to get back into a schedule of 4 blog posts a week, so let’s get to it with a look at what I ate on Sunday, which happened to be a heavy back/bicep day, which followed a 2 mile shake-out run after my 7 miler on Saturday.

Pre-Workout {{7:50 am}}: 1/2 of a mini Larabar with a pre-workout drink, which was just C4 mixed with water.

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Post-Workout {{9:45 am}}: Protein shake made with cashew milk, SLAP peanut butter protein, handful of ice cubes and several frozen cherries. SO GOOD!protein-shake

Breakfast {{11:15 am}}: Oatmeal mixed with egg whites and topped with peanut butter

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Post-Apartment hunting {{1:45 pm}}: Kodiak Cake Protein Packed pancakes

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Afternoon Snack {{3:05 pm}} Joseph’s tortilla wrap with 1 tbsp peanut butter & 1/2 tbsp blueberry cream cheese. I’m addicted to this combo!
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Dinner {{6 pm}} Salad with grilled chicken

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Pre-Bed Meal {{8 pm}}: 1 serving of Muscle Pharm cookies & cream casein shake (just mixed with water) and 1 tbsp of peanut butter with jello. My cousin Lindsay thinks I’m disgusting, but the combo is really good!

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Anddddd one little dessert! Ryan and Chelsey sent us a box of treats from Japan. SO GOOD. Help!image

And that was my weird day of eating on Sunday

What did you eat for Father’s Day?

What is your favorite foreign treat?

WIAW: Leg Day Eats

Hi friends! I hope you have been enjoying the first half of your week so far. Mine has been nice and relaxing thanks to this wonderful weather we are having over here in southern New Hampshire. For today’s What I Ate Wednesday post, I decided to show you what I ate this past Sunday, which happened to be leg day at the gym. Since I always push the most amount of weight during a leg workout, I tend to be really hungry on these days, so here’s a look at what I enjoyed throughout the day.

Macros: 118 grams carbs || 39 grams fat || 140 grams protein {{hit macros perfectly}}

 

Pre-Workout {{7:50 am}}

1/2 mini Larabar Cashew Cookie

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Post-Workout {{10 am}}

**46 grams of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of cashew milk & 1 scoop of Protizyme Vanilla Cake protein powder
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Mid-Morning Snack {{11:35 am}}

1/2 cup oatmeal mixed with 1 egg white & topped with 1.5 tbsp of peanut butter
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Late Lunch {1:45 pm}

Chicken stir-fry (5 oz) with sautéed zucchini, peppers & sweet potatoes.

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Late Day Mini Snack {{5:25 pm}}

Ate a mini B-UP Sugar Cookie protein bar on the way home from Lindsay’s.

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Dinner {{6 pm}}

3 egg whites mixed with 1 slice of cheese with an english muffin topped with strawberry cream cheese.eggs-english-muffin

 

Dessert {{ 7:30 pm}}

I had originally planned on making a beltsander brownie but I changed my mind at the last minute when Lindsay sent me home with a sample of her Cellucor Red Velvet protein powder. I took her advice and whipped up a shake made with cashew milk & frozen strawberries. SO good! That protein powder would definitely make for a good beltsander brownie! I had a little bit of fat and carbs left, so I paired it with 1 tbsp of peanut butter.

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What workout causes you the most hunger?

Usually leg day or a long run!

WIAW: Recent Favorites

Now that I have officially begun my half marathon training, more on that in another post, I am really trying to focus on choosing high quality meals and really fuel my body. While I of course am still going to have protein pancakes, froyo and chocolate, I want to make sure that I’m focusing on choosing lean meats and lots of veggies for my main meals.

Within the past week I decided that I wanted to incorporate different meals into my weekly meal plan and bring back some of my old favorites. For this What I Ate Wednesday, take a look at my favorite meals I’ve had over the past few days!

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Favorite Breakfast:

The comeback of apple chicken sausage, spiralized sweet potatoes & eggs! I accidentally deleted the picture so here’s a recycled image!

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Favorite Mid-Morning Snack:

Oatmeal {{with 1 egg white & 1 tbsp peanut butter}} Oh ya, totally nixed that “Week of no peanut butter” thing. Homegirl needs her peanut butter. Having my allotted servings actually help me stay on track.
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Favorite Lunch:

Baked chicken {{marinated in liquid aminos & garlic powder}} with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes.

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Favorite Afternoon Snack:

Welcome back into my life strawberry greek yogurt with 1 tbsp of peanut butter!

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Favorite Dinner:

Apple chicken sausage sautéed with asparagus.

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Tied with this egg & cheese bagel. I ate this for dinner after the bridal shower and it was more than words.

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Favorite Dessert:

A Beltsander Brownie with peanut butter on top. —Microwaved for 30 seconds—  {{1 scoop Syntha-6 vanilla ice cream protein + 2 tbsp cocoa powder + 1/4 cup cashew milk + pinch of baking powder}}

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And now I’m hungry just looking at all of these pictures!

What was the best dessert you had?

What is your dream meal?

WIAW: Cheeseburger In A Bowl & Bye Peanut Butter

Halfway through the work week… I could totally get used to having 3 day weekends! Since today is Wednesday, I of course want to celebrate What I Ate Wednesday. Before food pictures, I need to tell you that I’ve decided to take 1 week off from peanut butter. I feel like I’ve hit a plateau the past few weeks, and I’m ready to challenge myself in new ways… aka giving up the heavenly pb. My goal is to find a few new snacks that are just as fun instead of my go-to peanut butter english muffin, along with seeing how my body responds to no peanut butter. I know I won’t notice a huge difference in one week, but it’s only 7 days, so challenge accepted!

{{Update: I have gone 1 day without peanut butter with ease and no crazy Allie moments occurred.}}

Moving on, here are some of my favorite meals and snacks from yesterday!

Lunch yesterday was ground turkey sautéed with asparagus, squash and mixed with a little bit of A1 sauce.

imageWith a side of cinnamon sugar toast. I made the topping with ground cinnamon and Truvia (sweetener packet). Tastes just like the cinnamon sugar in a packaged bottle! SO GOOD!cinnamon-sugar-toastDinner last night was a cheeseburger in a bowl. Oh. My. Gosh.

Cheeseburger In A Bowl

  • 96/4 beef
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 84 grams of squash
  • Mixed in 1/4 cup shredded cheese once it was finished
  • Topped with 2 chopped pickles and a squirt of ketchup.

Make this. Right now!

cheeseburger-in-a-bowlI tried this Pure Protein Chewy Chocolate Chip bar for a snack yesterday, and it legit tasted like I was eating cookie dough. This is my newest addiction.

pure-protein-chewy-chocolate-chipAnd dessert before bed was 2 slices of toast; 1 topped with cinnamon sugar and the other with Honey Pecan cream cheese, with a side of watermelon and cantaloupe! Eaten on the back deck because eating outside > eating inside.

toast-fruitWhat’s your favorite topping for toast?

JAM! And peanut butter.

Do you like cheeseburgers?