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WIAW–The Vanishing Day

February 29, 2012

Okay, so my food on today’s What I Ate Wednesday is from Monday, not today (which I’m referring to as the “Vanishing Day”), but it works. Before we get to my eats for WIAW, does anyone know what today’s date is?

It’s February 29th! I’m calling it Vanishing Day (because it vanishes most years! and I read too much Harry Potter), but many of you common folk refer to it as leap day! According to my trusted source for everything, Wikipedia, Leap Day occurs in years divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012, etc. It then continued to explain many other mathematical things which made no sense to me. The purpose of having a leap year, when this one extra day is added, is to keep the calendar year coordinated with the earth’s position in relation to the sun. Otherwise, over a couple hundred years, summer dates and months would turn to actually being during fall, then winter, etc. Crazy, huh? Leap Day was actually introduced during Roman times.

You know what I always think about when we have a leap day? What if you were born on February 29th!?? You wouldn’t have an actual birthday most years! I mean yes, you probably just celebrate on the 28th or something, but it just seems so weird to me! Now all I’m going to think about today is all the babies being born today who aren’t going to have a birthday! And obviously I think of birthdays because they involve cake, and who doesn’t love cake?

Speaking of food, it’s time for my WIAW! If you’ve never heard of WIAW, head on over to Peas and Crayons to learn more about it, and maybe find some new blogs to follow or recipes to try! This Wednesday is the last Wednesday in February, meaning it’s the last day of WIAW, Love Your Veggies Month! Good thing I got in plenty of veggies today to show my love!

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My day started off bright and early with a 5am wakeup call to hit the gym! I woke up Monday with a lot of pain in my heel and decided I should definitely not run Monday and probably not Tuesday, so I did the stationary bike for 20 minutes and then did a couple rounds of Ashley’s For The Love of Push-Ups Upper Body Circuit Workout! I’ve actually been doing this every Monday because it’s quick and it really gets my upper body, I’m always sore the next day!

Since my heel was hurting I was a little slow moving, so good thing I had already made some overnight oats the night before. I ended up having to toss them in my lunch bag and eat them when I got to school!

Night before:

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In the mix was 1/2 cup flax milk, 3/4 cup water, 2 T chia seeds, 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, stevia, and nutmeg.

The next morning:

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I do wish I hadn’t added the last 1/4 cup of water, or at least did more milk instead of water. It had a bit of a bland taste to it and it think it was because it was too watered down? I added some cinnamon and nutmeg before I headed off to school with it! Since it wasn’t amazing, I’m not adding it to my recipes tab (trust me, there are PLENTY of amazing oatmeal recipes on there!)

While I was at school it was FREEZING in my building so I went to the cafeteria for a cup of tea! They just started carrying Tazo Tea, which is the type of tea Starbucks carries. I decided to go for the Passion tea and loved the color!

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It was pretty good! Very fruity!

After class I had a little time before I needed to head to a doctor’s appointment, so I stayed at school for a bit to enjoy the lunch I had prepped the day before!

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In the mix: quinoa, kale, carrots, tuna and Raita sauce from Trader Joe’s! It was even better than I’d been hoping! I am really in love this this sauce and it mixed so well with the tuna! I’ll have to make more mixes like this in the future!

After my Doctor’s appointment I headed home to relax. The pain in my heel had gotten considerably worse throughout the day and I knew any walking wasn’t helping. I decided it was best to skip my last class, get a cab, and head straight home. When I got home, I snacked on some pumpkin seeds that I bought at Walgreens!

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These actually turned out to be a mess. First off, I didn’t realize until several seeds in that I wasn’t supposed to eat the whole thing… That I should have taken off the shell. Whoops. Tasted just as good to me. But then, trying to get the seed out of the shell was ridiculous! Let’s just say that I spent about an hour eating this bag while doing some school work. And I’m glad I wasn’t in public…

For dinner I was feeling Mexican! So I made up a quesadilla with black beans, some shredded brussel sprouts and some gluten free shredded Mozzarella cheese. On the side I had two kinds of salsa and some hummus!

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It totally hit my craving but I was hungry after, so I made up a bowl with 1 cup greek yogurt mixed with stevia and cocoa powder, topped with granola (def added more granola…). There was also a big spoonful of PB involved as well.

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What’s your take on pumpkin seeds? Do you eat the shell? I tried Googling this…

Do you know anyone whose birthday is today?

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47 Comments leave one →
  1. February 29, 2012 8:12 am

    I know a few people whose birthday it is today..they tell me they always normally celebrate on March 1st and joke about how they are only x amount of years old..I always thought that the concept of leap day was so bizarre!

  2. February 29, 2012 8:43 am

    ❤ pumpkin seeds.

    Aaaand actually, someone I dated in college (during a break the husband (boyfriend at the time) and I had – don't ask…), his mom's birthday is on February 29! I still talk to her from time to time so I have to wish her a happy birthday today!

    • February 29, 2012 9:42 am

      That’s got to be so weird that it’s never “really” her birthday except every few years! Haha and sounds like an interesting story

  3. February 29, 2012 9:25 am

    I love the passion tea! i get that quite often from Starbucks, and the fruity flavor is so good! 🙂

  4. February 29, 2012 9:45 am

    i love that tazo tea – i always get a big iced one during the summer!

    and i usually just eat the shell and everything with the pumpkin seeds- but i get tired of them really easily.

  5. Catalina @ Cake with Love permalink
    February 29, 2012 9:45 am

    I like the Tazo Passion tea, it is very good, and I also like snacking on flax seed, you should have some orange juice with them to increase iron absorption.

  6. February 29, 2012 10:34 am

    When I’ve roasted my own pumpkin and squash seeds at home I’ve always just eaten the shell, I can’t imagine it doing any harm!

  7. February 29, 2012 10:41 am

    I always think about the birthday thing, too! I also think that I need to make today a REALLY good day, because I won’t have another chance for four years.

  8. February 29, 2012 10:42 am

    Your oats look super filling! I love that Passion tea iced in the summer!

    • February 29, 2012 10:50 am

      I always make sure my oats are filling, since I don’t get lunch until 2 and just have a snack in between. I need to stay full!

  9. February 29, 2012 10:43 am

    I used to drink Passion fruit tea like it was nobody’s business but my wallet really didn’t appreciate it so I had to cut back on it. It’s definitely one of my favorite fruit teas though!

  10. February 29, 2012 12:13 pm

    I know this isn’t normal but I eat the seeds of everything.. pumpkin and even sunflower seeds! I just don’t have patience to do the technique in your mouth where you pop the seed out!

    • February 29, 2012 1:42 pm

      lol i got very impatient and just kept eating them with the shells. It tasted fine to me!

  11. February 29, 2012 12:17 pm

    I was super confused when I was reading about the pumpkin seed shell. I guess I never realized there was a smaller seed in there. When you plant pumpkins, you plant the whole seed so I just figured I would eat the whole thing too. I think the outer shell has a lot of nutrients too! Especially fiber!

  12. February 29, 2012 1:20 pm

    I eat the shell of pumpkin seeds when roasted, but have actually never bought them from the store before..so I’m not sure!

  13. Maggie @ Running on Fro-Yo permalink
    February 29, 2012 1:23 pm

    I eat the shells 😀 haha I do NOT have the patience to take them off!

  14. February 29, 2012 1:31 pm

    I EAT the shells!! YUmm. Extra umppphh and fiber 😉

    And yes, my friends’ dad is like 7 today…haha.

    • February 29, 2012 1:44 pm

      hahahaha he’s a bit young to be a father! I wonder how many jokes he gets about his bday!

  15. February 29, 2012 2:35 pm

    My grandmas birthday is a on leap day! We would always joke about in 4 years she could see rated R movies or something ha I look forward to my one day every year more than anything I could not imagine only being able to have that day every 4 years! ahh!

    That greek yogurt dessert looks amazing! I will have to try that combo sometime! 🙂

  16. Laura permalink
    February 29, 2012 2:42 pm

    Yummy eating day! I love quinoa salads. Sorry about the heel pain… running injuries are the worst, it is so hard to rest long enough for recovery! Hope you see improvement soon!

  17. February 29, 2012 3:03 pm

    You’re supposed to shell pumpkin seeds? Who knew?

    Also, have you thought about getting a brace to help with your heel pain? A friend of mine () was having a lot of heel pain while marathon training this summer so she got a brace from Walgreens to help with plantar fasciitis. It made a huge difference for her!

  18. February 29, 2012 3:12 pm

    i’m glad you’re liking that upper body workout! it always gets me sore too… i love it! 😉

    i’ve always eaten the whole pumpkin seed!

  19. February 29, 2012 3:50 pm

    I love pumpkin seeds but mostly I buy them shelled and throw them in salad. My husband loves loves loves pumpkin seeds (it’s his go-to post-dinner snack) but he does not dare eat the shell. He’s mastered shell removal using his teeth and tongue. He taught it to me and although I’ve gotten very good, sometimes I just get lazy eat the whole thing.

  20. February 29, 2012 4:15 pm

    Haha I didn’t know all that about the leap year! That’s interesting!

    Those pumpkin seeds look good!

  21. February 29, 2012 10:16 pm

    A few of my students had birthdays today and they were loving telling everyone that they were 4 years old 🙂

    I LOVE that Starbucks Passion tea! It’s my favorite tea ever!

    • March 1, 2012 8:52 am

      I can’t believe you had multiple students with yesterday as their birthday! I couldn’t find one person I knew!

  22. March 1, 2012 6:49 am

    I think I ate the same main meals as you yesterday, but lunch and dinner switched. Great minds think alike! 😉

  23. Lindsey permalink
    March 5, 2012 2:50 pm

    I just stumbled on your blog, LOVING it! 🙂

    I had to comment because my oldest son is a leap year baby. He is 4 years old, so this was his first real birthday, he had a blast!

  24. March 24, 2012 1:26 pm

    The passion if my favorite Tazo tea!!!

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