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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.

This past week I found a bunch of fun new foods/drinks and I also started the new school year. Which means I’ve transitioned from “summer staples” to “school staples.” I have a lot of fun photos to share with you this week, so let’s get started.

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My sister actually told me about this Arnold Palmer zero calorie drink from Arizona Iced Tea. It’s really refreshing and definitely not too sweet.

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I’m a sucker for matching “lunchables.” I got the coffee tumbler from Target, and it keeps the coffee hot for quite some time. The insulated lunch bag is from Sachi.

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My lunch staple for this time of year, before the weather turns cold. Fruit, salad (this version had mache, a tiny bit of sweet corn, 1/2 cup of sugar snap peas, and 3 oz rotiserie chicken) and Chobani yogurt. It keeps me full till dinner.

20120821-201643.jpg I tried The Fitnessista’s Breakfast Cookie for the first time this week, and I can say that it is the best make-ahead breakfast I’ve had. Period.  Delicious, modifiable, and packed with protein.  If you haven’t tried it yet, do it.

Next up is a fabulous food find from Trader Joe’s: Gourmet Chicken Meatballs.  I bought both flavors: sun-dried tomato, basil, provolone AND spicy buffalo style with blue cheese.   The nutrition is for the buffalo, but the sun-dried were similar (150 calories).

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Tuesday’s dinner: Salad (romaine hearts, Persian cucumbers, raspberry vinaigrette), buffalo chicken meatballs, and brown rice medley.

Those who know me know that I am a coffee lover, so I was thrilled to see this can of limited edition Peaberry Kauai coffee beans at Trader Joe’s.  It says medium roast, but it’s definitely a full-bodied coffee.  A great way to start the day.

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What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?

  • Do you have a go-to salad idea to share?
  • Have you found any new foods?
  • What’s your favorite make-ahead breakfast?

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

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On a side note, late last year when school was ending, I was really struggling with heavy snacking in the afternoons, after school until dinner.  It was like I had a compulsion to overeat, and I set myself back every single day because not only was I eating way too many calories, but I would get really sluggish and not work out.  I had some ideas for how to tackle this, and I’m proud to say that so far this year (I’m only 2 days in, but I’m feeling confident about this), I’m not having that same issue.  Part of it is that I’m eating more at each meal (400 calories), but I’ve also changed my habits.  I get home, change, and take Sofi for a walk immediately.   Then when we get back, I clean up my lunch stuff and set up my lunch bag for the next day.  Afterward, I head straight into a workout.  And by then it’s time for dinner.  Alternately, I’ll go straight from school to workout, then come home and do the walk, clean-up, set out tomorrow’s clothes, and cook dinner routine.  The point is, I keep myself busy and don’t sit down until it’s finally time for dinner, and that makes all the difference.

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.

This week I was able to make some really yummy food, which is always fun to share on these WIAW posts.

A salad of prawns, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, corn, and chives dressed with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, a dash of olive oil, and the juice of one lemon.

This salad was inspired by the Chilled Lobster Salad with Sweet Summer Corn and Tomatoes recipe I saw on Skinnytaste.  I substituted shrimp instead of lobster and added in cucumbers for a bit more crunch.  The weather here has been over 90 degrees for a week, so a light, summer salad was an ideal dinner.  I liked the original recipe so much that I decided I’d indulge in the lobster and invite my parents and sister over on the 24th to make it for them. I’ll make sure to post pictures.

Grilled pork chop with Chaka’s MMM sauce, steamed zucchini, and toasted pine nut couscous.

This meal was my “recovery” dinner after my grilling disaster on Saturday night.  If you want to feel better about yourself as a cook, go and read that post.  This dinner turned out really well, and since it’s been one of the staple meals this summer, I was so glad to have all the components on hand.

My second attempt at these pancakes turned out much better than my first batch a month ago.

I originally found the recipe for Blueberry “Cheesecake Pancakes from Sara @ Nourish and Flourish. The first time I made them, I was making 4 servings and had to use my blender and hand mixer to get the dough blended.  It also turned out that the original recipe had been missing one key ingredient (1/4 up of milk/almond milk), and they turned out very dense.  This time I only made one serving, so I was able to use my Magic Bullet, and what  difference it made!  The Bullet completely ground up the oats into a true oat “flour,” which made my batter much lighter and fluffier.  I also used coconut oil for the first time with this recipe (to grease the pan). I love making these pancakes on a Sunday morning as a special treat that still packs quite a protein punch (37g for a 300 calorie serving).

This week I also spent some time on Pinterest, Self.com, and of course Peas and Crayons gathering great ideas for future lunches and dinners.  I can’t wait to try them out soon, and when I do, you can believe they’ll be in a future WIAW post.

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?

  • Do you have a go-to summer salad idea to share?
  • How would you recover from a recipe gone wrong?
  • What’s your favorite weekend breakfast?

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It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another WIAW. What I Ate Wednesday is a fun weekly post/blog social event started over at Peas and Crayons. If you want to follow my eats everyday, become my friend on MyFitnessPal.

I haven’t written a WIAW post in several weeks because I’ve been eating the same foods I highlighted earlier in the summer. But when I saw that the focus for August is “summer staples,” I figured that I have a few things to share.

When school is in I usually bring a salad with grilled chicken with me everyday, changing it up with the different accompaniments and dressings that I use. I really enjoy salads, but I guess I got a bit burnt out, because I really haven’t eaten many salads this summer.

Instead, my daily staple has been wraps made with Flat Out Bread and filled with turkey, tomatoes, laughing cow cheese and some sort of sprout. Which leads me to the first photo I want to share:

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My sister turned me on to these organic pea shoots from Trader Joe’s.  She adores them, and buys them every time she goes to the store.  I enjoyed them quite a bit, but I do like alfalfa and clover sprouts better.  Still, I’m glad I tried something new.

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Yesterday instead of the usual wrap I had wheat toast, topped with fat free ricotta.  I love it, and I thought it paired well with the salami and grapes.  Most of the time I have thin-sliced turkey in my wraps, but I was at Trader Joe’s, and I really don’t like their sliced turkey (it’s really thick and just sort of breaks apart).  So instead I bought some salami.  Salami is much higher in calories than turkey, but it’s nice to change things up now and then.  Plus, the extra calories motivate me to push my workouts a bit father.

One of the questions that goes along with these August WIAW posts is how we like to beat the heat with our workouts.   When the weather heats up, I like to make sure to take Sofi for a walk early in the morning, around 9:30, before it gets too hot outside.  Plus, I like starting the day with a nice walk to take in all the sites and sounds that remind me what a great area I live in.  My main form of exercise has been from swimming, which is the best way to get in a full-body workout while staying nice and cool.  I’ve tried to make it to the pool almost every weekday this summer, and it’s really helped with my weight loss.

That’s about all I have for you this week, because the rest of my food has been about the same as the meals I’ve posted in previous WIAW.

I highly recommend joining in on the WIAW posts! Not only do you get a TON of great ideas for healthy, interesting meals, but you can make some new blogging buddies, too.

What was the best thing you’ve eaten today? This week?

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