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WIAW–Back to Class

November 30, 2011

Good Morning!!! Today’s What I Ate Wednesday includes all my food from Monday! If you haven’t heard of WIAW, be sure to check it out on Peas and Crayons. I love it because it gives me great new ideas, and I find new blogs to follow! Not that I don’t already follow enough… Haha.

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My Monday morning started out with a 7 mile run, and then a frantic scramble to finish up some reading that I didn’t realize I had! Oops. The reading needed some coffee with almond milk. I have a feeling you all will be seeing a lot of coffee on this blog for the next three weeks…

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For breakfast, I was craving some greens. I hadn’t eaten any vegetables yesterday and just desperately wanted some veggies! I decided to make my first smoothie in a long time and experimented with tons of greens.

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In the mix: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 packet truvia, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup spinach, 2 cups kale, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp xantham gum. I realized mid-smoothie making that I didn’t have anything to top it with, so I microwaved 1/4 cup oats, 1/4 cup almond milk and a bit of water. I added cinnamon, and ta da!

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It was pretty chilly Monday and I needed something to warm me up, so I got of the bus a couple blocks early and hit up the Argo Tea inside Willis Tower. I got a Masala Chai with an almond milk topper (um, didn’t know that was an option!?!?). They had gotten all set up for the holidays and the decorations put me in a good mood!

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For lunch I had the cabbage and lentil soup that I made on Sunday and packed up for the week. I got the recipe from Chelsey on Clean Eating Chelsey. On the side, I had a slice of Udi’s bread. I really like their bread! It almost tasted like it had butter on it! No idea how… but I liked it.

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The soup was so good, I couldn’t wait to eat it and actually burnt my tongue pretty badly! It sill hurts, even now! I should learn my lesson…

For an afternoon snack, I had an apple sliced up, and a Pure bar.

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Lucky, lucky me, my last class was cancelled! Normally I have to pack lunch AND dinner on Mondays, but my teacher who teaches my late class cancelled for both Monday and Wednesday this week, so I got to go home early!

For dinner I had more of the soup (too good…). I realize this makes for a boring WIAW, but make this soup, and then try and tell me that I’m crazy.

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And then for dessert, I made a sampler! Haha, I know, I’m a little crazy. I made a Cinnamon Protein Cupcake, then I had about 1/3 cup greek yogurt with PB flour and truvia mixed in, and finally about 1/2 cup canned pumpkin with almond milk, truvia, cinnamon and nutmeg mixed in. Aaaaand some chocolate chips, of course.

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Totally my style of dessert! I can never make up my mind on just one thing!


Do you ever put together “sampler” platters because you just want everything??

How do you feel about “green” smoothies? Yay or nay?

28 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2011 7:24 am

    i still can’t get bring myself to call that building the willis tower… growing up in chicago, it will always be the sears tower to me!

    i love green smoothies. they are such an easy way to pack in veggies. i make them a lot when we are eating out the rest of the day so that i know i’ve gotten in at least something good for me.

    • November 30, 2011 8:09 am

      Haha I get that a lot about calling it the Willis tower, but I moved here right after the name change, so it’s normal to me!

  2. November 30, 2011 9:03 am

    I’m a little scared of green smoothies ever since I tried Vega greens powder a few years ago. I had a bunch of baby spinach about to go bad and was tempted to use it in a smoothie – but remembered how nasty that green Vega stuff was and just could not do it!

    • November 30, 2011 10:51 am

      I’ve never tried Vega, but my sister in law said it was awful. I promise, spinach alone probably doesn’t taste like that! Especially if you add in fruit. I used to put spinach in all my smoothies, check out some of my recipes! (most don’t come out green!)

  3. November 30, 2011 9:13 am

    I am all over the sampler platters or as I call them snack plates! I love that for dessert especially as sometimes I fancy some chocolate, and nuts / nut butter, and fruit and candied ginger etc! I also love that kind of approach for lunch with crackers, veggies and dips!

  4. November 30, 2011 9:44 am

    i honestly have never tried kale! I’m not sure why but it scares me a little bit..I’ve tried putting spinach in my smoothies though which I really like!

    • November 30, 2011 10:52 am

      You should try kale! although when you start, definitely let the dressing soak in for a few hours first, or steam it!

  5. November 30, 2011 10:00 am

    Sampler platters are definitely the way to go! Why have one dessert when you can have three?! :-p When I’m cooking just for myself (which is most of the time), I do the same with lunch and dinner foods. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that make me a happy girl.

    Chelsea’s soup sounds awesome! When it’s cold and I have a cold (per today), all I want to eat is soup! I’m definitely going to check out that recipe.

    And yay for Christmas decorations! I am so giddy for the holiday season! xoxo

    • November 30, 2011 10:56 am

      I hope your cold goes away! And I’m the same way with eating alone, I always sample bunches of things!

  6. November 30, 2011 10:46 am

    I definitely do sampler plates… I usually want a taste of so many different foods, so this is a great way to accomplish this 🙂
    And I love Pure bars.. I haven’t tried that one though! I shall be on the lookout

    • November 30, 2011 10:57 am

      they have this one and a chocolate brownie flavor at Trader Joe’s, although I haven’t tried the chocolate brownie yet!

  7. November 30, 2011 11:54 am

    Multiple desserts = good day 🙂

  8. November 30, 2011 11:54 am

    Sampler platters are the best when you can’t decide what to eat!

  9. November 30, 2011 12:11 pm

    I love argotea! I don’t think I’ve ever had anything bad there. I love their Mate Latte and chai though. So good!

  10. survivingcandyland permalink
    November 30, 2011 12:20 pm

    That soup looks so good. I’m definitely going to have to try out the recipe since you seem to love it so much.

  11. November 30, 2011 1:10 pm

    Your soup looks delicious!!

  12. November 30, 2011 2:29 pm

    Just started making green smoothies and I have to say I like them quite a bit. I love the amount of veggies you’ve got in there.

  13. November 30, 2011 3:59 pm

    I have late evening classes on Monday as well, so I can imagine how nice it must have been to eat dinner at home.
    I never was a smoothie girl – I like my veggies with crunch. But I have eaten carrots for breakfast 😉

  14. November 30, 2011 8:21 pm

    I can never make up my mind on dessert either—you should see my fro yo cups….oh wait, you probably have. Hah. 5 flavors, 4 toppings. Awesomesauce.

    I am ALL about greens in a smoothie if a day was missed without much veggies! Good choice!

  15. November 30, 2011 8:36 pm

    a sampler for dessert? love it!

  16. November 30, 2011 9:24 pm

    I looooooooove sampler platters for meals (my favorite is just grabbing some bean dip and dunking a whole bunch of things in it) but man oh man I am introducing the dessert sampler to my life.

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