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WIAW–Rocking Out the Long Day

April 11, 2012

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a great week! Things are going well for me, although school is really starting to pick up so I’m getting a little overwhelmed! Here’s some motivation for anyone else feeling overwhelmed by school, work, family or anything!


Hahahaha, not the words of wisdom you were expecting? Naps and laughs help everything.

So today is Wednesday and I’m sure you’ve learned by now that this means another installment of What I Ate Wednesday! If you’ve never heard of WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons and learn a little about WIAW, as well as check out other blogs that are participating!

Peas and Crayons

I woke up bright and early at 5:05am and headed straight to the gym to complete a workout for Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. Monday was a push strength workout with drop sets. Never heard of them? Neither had I! You start your set by doing 8 reps, which means that you use a higher weight than normal. When you’ve finished your 8, drop to a lower weight and then continue to do the move to exhaustion! I had a lot of fun with this workout, it was great to try something new!

When I got home I hit the shower and packed up my stuff. I was already feeling hungry so I munched on a rice cake while I scrambled out the door!

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For breakfast I’d packed up some overnight oats I made the night before! I was out of a lot of things so I had to improvise. In the mix: 1/3 C Oats, 1/3 C Flax milk, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 T chia seeds, 1 packet stevia, a little vanilla and some sliced mango!

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A few hours later I had a mid-morning snack to tide me over until lunch. I forgot to take a picture because I was pretty hungry… But it was an apple and then a rice cake cut in half and “sandwiched” with hummus and avocado. A liiiiiiitle soggy after being in my bag half the day, but I’m glad I have a new snack option a shot!


On Mondays I already pack 2 snacks and breakfast, so I like to give myself a treat by picking something up! Today I decided to end the Chipotle streak and head to I Dream of Falafel, a local Chicago chain.

I got their salad with Raita sauce, tons of veggies and falafel! I normally get chicken, but I thought I would mix it up this time and I LOVED the falafel! So good!

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During my last class I had a couple snacks to tide me over: carrot sticks and some of my protein bars I made the other day. Turns out I should have cooked the bars about 5 minutes longer because they were a bit mushy… Still good though! I loved having the apple chunks in there!

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I also had a chai tea, and plenty of water!

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When I got home I was pretty hungry so I wanted something quick and easy (plus my kitchen was a mess…) so I heated up one of Amy’s Gluten Free Burritos! I’d seen Amy’s products all over blogs and at Whole Foods, so I decided to buy a burrito for when I was in the mood for Mexican. I was surprised that it was beans, cheese and the tortilla and only 260 calories!

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The burrito was pretty good, but nothing amazing. I’d rather make something myself like this, but it was great for having to do zero prep work. I also think it would have been better if I’d cooked it in the oven, but that was supposed to take 40-45 minutes, and that would have defeated the purpose of a quick dinner!


For a snack after dinner I decided to try a new popcorn trick I’d heard of: just put kernels in a brown paper bag and put it in the microwave! Sadly it didn’t work out too well for me… I got very little popcorn but had to pull it out because the bag was burning! I think my issue was that I didn’t have any lunch sack size bags, and I improvised but cutting down a larger brown paper bag.

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I also had some yogurt mixed with stevia and vanilla! I actually had a little over 2 of the yogurt pictured (HAD to finish of the tub…) .


Have you ever tried the popcorn in a brown paper bag trick?

Anyone else try one of Amy’s Organics products?

44 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2012 5:46 am

    I like all the food you’re eating. Yum! I’ve never had anything by Amy’s and I think I’ll skip the burritos. Thanks for the review 🙂

  2. Meagan permalink
    April 11, 2012 6:40 am

    I haven’t tried the brown paper bag thing but Target sells a yellow bowl w/ a plastic lid in the popcorn section that i use to make popcorn. i love it because you don’t have to use oil or anything and all the kernels pop without burning. You should check it out!

  3. April 11, 2012 6:55 am

    I have always wanted to try the paper bag thing because popcorn is such a healthy snack and I like having something to munch on at night, but now I’m kind of scared to try it! haha. I like Amy’s products too when I’m in a pinch, but I agree that homemade is always better 🙂

    • April 11, 2012 9:33 am

      haha I’ll probably try it again with a normal sized bag, I’ll let you know how it goes!

  4. April 11, 2012 7:22 am

    I haven’t had success with the paper bag trick, either!

  5. April 11, 2012 8:02 am

    I love their veggie burgers. They’re California burger in a wrap with hummus tastes like falafel. Yumm!

  6. April 11, 2012 8:32 am

    I love their asian noodles. I used the udon noodles in a couple of stir fry dishes and they are amazing and healthy!

  7. April 11, 2012 8:46 am

    I never tried their burritos but they sound delish! Ive tried their gluten free lasagna, which was okay but I really want to try their pizza and new gluten-free sandwich thins, which I can’t find!

  8. April 11, 2012 8:57 am

    haha i love that quote! i took a nap yesterday afternoon and it solved my “problems” too. 😉 i rarely ever take naps, so it was nice for a change!

    • April 11, 2012 9:35 am

      I’m the same, I rarely have a chance to nap or feel like I should, but when I do I always feel a little better!

  9. April 11, 2012 9:03 am

    I love Amy’s products but haven’t bought them in awhile. I remember really liking a brown rice bowl with spinach back in the day.

    I love the words of wisdom, so cute. I’m almost positive I’ll need a nap today too…

  10. April 11, 2012 9:27 am

    mm i love falafel! all of your eats look delicious!

  11. April 11, 2012 9:49 am

    I LOVE Amy’s foods!! Also, YES to the falafel–that looks amazing! You have some awesome eats going on there 🙂

    • April 11, 2012 11:27 am

      Haha I spent some time this morning browsing all the products online! They all look so good!

  12. elise permalink
    April 11, 2012 12:13 pm

    i agree about amy’s. sometimes they seem a little boring (easily something i could make myself). but they are still good (healthy) emergency freezer items.

    • April 11, 2012 5:24 pm

      Definitely good for emergencies, I’ve been browsing their website and had no idea how many great options there are!

  13. April 11, 2012 12:48 pm

    I love falafel salads! That looks excellent.

  14. Veggies n' Dogs permalink
    April 11, 2012 12:58 pm

    I love Amy’s tomato soup varieties. They have a several different kinds such as low sodium and low fat. Pair it will a grilled cheese… delish!!

  15. everydayvegangirl permalink
    April 11, 2012 5:02 pm

    I am addicted to eating popcorn. I went on a streak of eating it everyday for weeks. I do the paper bag trick and it has always worked well for me. Maybe the bigger size bag didn’t work because it was too thick? I think the lunch size bags are thinner.

  16. April 11, 2012 5:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of that popcorn trick, I’m curious to try though! ha I love popcorn!!!
    That was hilarious! I was kind of expecting some inspiration to get up and go! ha But yes naps are always necessary and useful as well! ha Recharge a bit!!!

  17. April 11, 2012 8:06 pm

    I’ve tried the Amy’s burritos too – it was pretty good, but I didn’t think it was anything amazing. I’ve her their mac and cheese is great so I’ve been wanting to try that!

    Good luck powering through this tough part of the school year!

    • April 11, 2012 8:41 pm

      I think they have a gluten free mac n cheese, I should look into that! And thanks for the well wishes with school, I’ve just got to focus!

  18. April 11, 2012 9:47 pm

    I love how much chia seeds expands when you leave them in food!

  19. April 11, 2012 9:59 pm

    Wha your food looks DELICIOUS! Chia seeds is my absolute passion ❤

  20. April 11, 2012 10:14 pm

    I have been looking for a good protein bar recipe, and yours looks great! I think I found a winner! Can’t wait to try they out 🙂

    • April 12, 2012 6:34 am

      Definitely, I’ve tried a ton of her flavors and they’ve all been pretty good! I think chocolate was my favorite because it was almost like eating a brownie!

  21. commitcomplete permalink
    April 11, 2012 10:49 pm

    Amy’s soups are a winter go-to for me! The reduced sodium butternut squash one is my favorite.

  22. April 12, 2012 2:34 pm

    I make paper bag popcorn pretty regularly, oddly enough I’ve never posted the steps on my blog (jotting down blog topic on the “blog to do list” right now!). But I just buy a pack of like 50 “lunch” size brown paper bags from the grocery store. Lunch size is small and narrow, probably 5″ wide at the base. They’re nestled in the aisle somewhere amidst the Ziplock sandwich bags. I always do 3 TBSP of kernels, and I don’t add anything else while it cooks. Add salt/seasoning afterwards. I fold the top of the bag tightly (you could tape it shut) and lay it on its side. My microwave is wompy and cooks things pretty unevenly, but usually 2:30-3:00 works. And if I have leftover kernals, I just throw them back in for another minute or so. It just takes some experimenting! I burned mine the first time. Like. Real bad…

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