What I Ate Wednesday, 11/19/14

Hello friends! It’s Ashley…returning from my bloggity hiatus! I missed the blog quite a bit, but I’m so happy that Lynda was able to fully take over while I was gone. A lot has happened in the last month…some of it wonderful and some of it, well, not so wonderful. Things are finally settling down now and I am feeling more like my old Ashley Pants self. I will explain more in an upcoming post, I promise! For now though I will just tell you all about the yummy foods I ate today.

Breakfast

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I made a packet of instant oatmeal because I didn’t have time to cook my usual oatmeal. The brand is Nature’s Path and it’s called Blueberry Cinnamon Flax. It’s pretty good for something quick in the morning. I made mine with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I also fried one egg to go with it. I also had coffee, of course, but I failed to get it in the picture.

 

 

 

 

Snack

20141119_102555 (2)My snack while at work was this KIND bar in the Vanilla Blueberry flavor. I’ve mentioned these before I think. So good! I also drank lots of H2O because I need it to keep doing the living.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch

20141119_141517My Lunch wasn’t all that exciting. I had a turkey sandwich with pepper jack cheese and mustard on some Ezekiel bread. I toasted it in the toaster oven. I also made a smoothie, which actually turned out to be more of a slushy. The “smoothie” consists of about 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, a handful of baby spinach, and a cup or so of coconut water. It was very good! A little thick, but that can be easily fixed by adding more water, I just didn’t care that much. The pineapple makes it naturally perfectly sweet. And look how pretty it is!

 

 

 

Dinner

20141119_182548 (2)My dinner was Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken…a recipe I found on Pinterest. I’m not sure what to call this, but it ended up being a burrito bowl of some sort. The recipe is really simple. It’s pretty much chicken breasts, corn, black beans, tomatoes, and spices all thrown in the crock pot and cooked for several hours. It’s really good over rice and/or with chips. I added some salsa and some Trader Joe’s spicy guacamole on top. The recipe can be found here. I also ate some Trader Joe’s Quinoa and Black Bean infused Tortilla chips with it! I drank more H2O…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we are all caught up to right now. I’m not eating anything, but I have to say I wouldn’t hate it if that ice cream in the freezer somehow magically ended up in a bowl and then in my belly. I’m not gonna do it though! I hope you guys have a wonderful night. I’m looking forward to posting on here more regularly again. Thanks for reading! xoxo

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

What’s in my Pantry: Larabars

You just can’t beat the convenience of snack bars for when you’re on the go! There are so many out there to choose from and some are definitely healthier than others. Choosing the right bar can be a challenge! Some are more like granola bars, others are actual protein bars, and then there’s the ones that contain so much sugar, chocolate, and JUNK that you might as well be eating a candy bar. Even some of the more popular brands at the grocery store that seem nutritious and are even marketed to look healthy and “all natural” are not always! I have bought bars in the past like Nature Valley and even Chewy granola bars (ahh!) when I was younger, but I now realize that was not the best option for a healthy snack on the go. My rule for packaged bars now is that they have to have an extremely short ingredients list and I need to be able to identify the ingredients. I also try to avoid bars that contain a lot of added sugar. This is actually a good rule for all packaged food in general. Ideally I would like to think that I could make my own bars at home so that I could REALLY control the ingredients, but I just know that’s not going to happen…at least not all the time. Luckily there are some pretty delicious and nutritious bar options available.

If you’re looking for an “all natural” bar that REALLY contains all natural ingredients, then I would have to suggest Larabars!20140831_153713These are the two flavors I currently have in my pantry. The Coconut Cream Pie is my favorite out of all the one’s I’ve tried! Allow me to list the ingredients for you. Blueberry Muffin contains: dates, cashews, blueberries, blueberry juice concentrate, lemon juice concentrate, and vanilla extract.<<<That’s SIX ingredients! Coconut Cream Pie contains: dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, and extra virgin coconut oil. <<<FIVE ingredients!

Some of the other flavors I’ve tried and loved are: Apple Pie, Cherry Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Lemon Bar. These all have 6 ingredients or less. These actually do taste good or I would not be suggesting them, I promise! However, if you have never had Larabars try not to get turned off by their appearance. They don’t exactly look beautiful, but who cares?! Also, if you want a crunchy granola type bar, these aren’t for you. You might want to try these or these which are also by Larabar.

Another bar that is probably my second favorite is KIND bars. KIND bars usually contain a few more ingredients and often have some added sugar in some form or another, but they are still a pretty healthy bar in my opinion. Also, most, if not all of them, are gluten-free and non-GMO. I recently tried the ones that are in a square shape and I really like those!

I feature Larabars so often on my WIAW’s I figured it only made sense to mention them in a “What’s in my Pantry”. You guys should definitely give these a try! I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend!!! Thanks for reading.

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

March Favorites

It’s that time again!  The end of the month!  So I’ve rounded up my 10 favorites from these last [insert adjective here] 31 days.

1.  Pedometer App by Runtastic

Pedometer App for iPhone

Pedometer App for iPhone

I downloaded the free version of this app on my iPhone in the first week of March, and I’ve been using it every time I take my fur baby on a walk.  I really use it because I like knowing how far I walk her each day.  The free version allows you to save 3 different days of statistics and asks you questions once you’re finished like what the weather was like, where you walked/ran (such as a trail, along a road, etc.), how you felt afterwards, what the temperature was, etc..  I didn’t feel the need to purchase the full app because I don’t really need to save this information for anything.  On the main screen, it tracks distance, steps, how long you walked/ran, and speed, and you can have it running in the background while still listening to music, or making a call.  I’m sure this app does other things, but I’ve just been using it to track distance.

2.  Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock by Northcube AB

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app for iPhone

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock app for iPhone

I’ve been using this app every night since I’ve downloaded it (I have the full version) in the middle of March.  With this app, you place your phone on the corner of your bed, above your head, and it tracks your sleep movements and cycles to wake you up at just the right time within a 30-minute timeframe so when you wake up, you feel most energized.  This app also records statistics from night to night and shows a variety of graphs that compare each night’s sleep.  I really like to see how my sleep is affected by factors such as the amount of time I spend in bed, how early I have to be up, whether or not I’ve had caffeine that day, my stress levels (which, who am I kidding, they are always high), etc..  Someone I work with at the coffee shop also uses it, and we like to compare our maps the next day, especially when we haven’t slept as much as we would have liked the night before.

3.  Ipsy Cosmetic bags

Various Ipsy bags from 2013

Various Ipsy bags from 2013

Currently, I am not subscribed to Ipsy because I am a poor. Ok, that sounds bad.  I’m not “a poor,” I’m just not making enough to currently afford subscription boxes (which is very unfortunate, because I loved getting surprises in the mail each month).  Ipsy sends deluxe, and sometimes full-sized cosmetics in a small cosmetic bag, which changes every month.  I now have a small collection of these cosmetic bags, which really came in handy when I went on my vacation to Florida.  I also have some floating around the house storing my Sharpie pens, and other various items.  I even keep one in my [overly organized] purse to store all my small items that would otherwise end up forgotten about at the bottom.

4.  House of Harlow sunglasses

House of Harlow Aviators

House of Harlow Aviators

I recently rediscovered these for my Florida trip.  I received these in a Pop Sugar Must Have box last year.  I had them hiding in my closet because this eternal winter we had for the last few months didn’t warrant sunglasses.  But I wore the heck out of them in Florida, and during the last few days of March, they were actually worthy of hanging around in my purse, because it was sunny enough to wear them!

5.  Tokyo-Milk Dark hand-crème in Tainted Love

I got this from a cute little boutique on my trip to Florida, however, I have seen it at Sephora.  Let me just say, I put this stuff on my hands, and everyone flocks to me to tell me that something I’m wearing smells amazing.  That would be this stuff right here!  Not even exaggerating.  You can get some here.

Tokyo-Milk Shea Butter Handcreme in Tainted Love

Tokyo-Milk Shea Butter Handcreme in Tainted Love

6.  Madewell zip pochette in calf hair

Madewell zip pouchette in calf hair, Spring 2014

Madewell zip pochette in calf hair, Spring 2014

Yet again, something I used while in Florida.  Go figure.  But really though, this makes a great wallet inside of my bigger purses, but also a nice clutch since it has a pocket and card slots inside.  You can get one for yourself here!  And if you don’t like that one, there is this one as well.

7.  Julep Sea Salt texture spray

Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray

Julep Sea Salt Texture Spray

I have now noticed this monthly trend my favorites being things I used while in Florida, that I received from subscription boxes.  I got this hair product in a Julep Maven subscription box sometime last year, and it is the best sea salt spray I have used.  It actually enhances my wavy hair and doesn’t make it frizz out.  And I also don’t have to use half of the bottle to make it work!

8.  Madewell denim vest

Madewell denim vest, Spring 2013

Madewell denim vest, Spring 2013

Let me just say, I call myself an expert when it comes to choosing outfits that are fitting for theme parks.  Just sayin’.  You can disagree.  But I really think I do a good job of being comfortable, while also being stylish, and making sure I have everything I need without having to carry around a purse or backpack.  Really though, when you go into a theme park with a bag, it slows you down for many reasons, two being that it has to be checked, and you can’t get on many of the rides with them.  When I went to the two theme parks in Florida, I wore my denim vest both times.  It’s not too hot, and it has inside pockets, where I can store all of my crap wonderful things.  This way, it isn’t going to be jacked off my person while I’m staring at Hogwarts in awe wondering if my letter was accidentally mailed to the wrong address, and my precious Instagram machine (because what would I do without my iPhone, I don’t know, die probably) also isn’t going to fly out of my pocket when the Dragon Challenge flips me upside down.  I do wear this even when I’m not at theme parks too!  It’s a really easy layering piece.

9.  Betty Crocker Parlor Perfect confetti sprinkles

I am not ashamed to say that I went through an entire bottle of these in a week.  I’m also not ashamed to say, yes, I am that girl that gets THIS excited about sprinkles.  They are like crack for frozen yogurt.  It’s like my brain said, “Lynda, you’re eating deliciously healthy frozen yogurt with live and active cultures, why not add something to it so you’re amazing dessert is not-so-healthy anymore!”  And then I said, “Ok, but only if I find the CRUNCHY sprinkles and not those disgusting WAXY ones.”  And alas, Harris Teeter had the crunchy sprinkles.  These babies.

All I gotsta say is "NOM."

All I gotsta say is “NOM.”

10.  Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt Kind Healthy Grains Bars

Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt Kind Bar

Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt Kind Bar

And to round off my March favorites list: these maple pumpkin seeds Kind bars.  Please note that these are the square ones, not the rectangular ones.  I have only ever been able to find them in a box, not individually.  During the months of October and November, they have a spot on the shelf in Kroger, but they are never ever there.  Ever.  But in the middle of March, you can find an entire FIVE boxes on the shelf.  They are really that popular.

 

Bam.  So there you go.  The things I liked during the month of madness and green beer.  So long March, hello April!

Bows and Arrows,

Lynda

What I Ate Wednesday, 1/1

Hey guys!  Happy New Year!! So, it’s my turn to share with you all what I ate this Wednesday. Can I just say really quickly though how happy I am that it was Lynda’s turn last Wednesday and not mine. I ate sooo much on Christmas..and leading up to it..and after. But, that’s okay because now it’s all over and we can all focus on our new years resolution of eating healthier, right? Well, about that…

Breakfast, 7:30-8:30am

I ate some of this KIND bar, but didn't finish it because I got busy at work and forgot about it.

Madagascar Vanilla Almond KIND bar

I guess this was my pre-breakfast snack. Usually when I work early in the morning I am not very hungry right away, but I happened to be hungry this morning so I grabbed this before I headed out the door. I have yet to find a KIND bar I didn’t like. You all should try these if you haven’t already.

Iced Americano with cream…and three little “squishys” that photo-bombed.

Obviously no breakfast is complete without coffee of some sort and it doesn’t get much better than the coffee/espresso at work. If you’re wondering what the deal is with the little critters in the picture you can ask about them in the comments, but for the sake of keeping on task with WIAW I won’t explain it here. Basically, I work with some silly gooses and we have too much fun sometimes.

My usual oatmeal, but in a cup.

My usual oatmeal, but in a cup.

I brought my dried oats (quick cooking kind) in a ziploc baggy with chopped walnuts in it. When I got ready to eat it I dumped it in a cup, added hot water, sliced up my banana, sprinkled cinnamon on top, and voila! Oatmeal on the go.

Lunch, 2:00pm

Bojangles chicken filet biscuit

Bojangles chicken filet biscuit

Hey, I never said anything about giving up Bojangles for new years! It’s been a while (okay, maybe only a couple weeks) since I’ve eaten this deliciousness, so I stopped by on my way home from work. I have to admit, I also drank sweet tea although I did not take a picture of that. This picture was also before I covered it in Texas Pete. Yum!

Dinner, 8:00pm

Baked tilapia, brown rice, and a salad

Baked tilapia, brown rice, and a salad

I cooked dinner and tried to keep it somewhat light. This is a typical dinner option for me, as I usually cook some sort of fish once a week. This was also a perfect amount of food after having such a heavy fatty pants lunch. Not that I regret that decision. No way! But anyway, the tilapia recipe is a variation of one I found on Pinterest. It is extremely simple, but really tasty. The original recipe uses shredded cheddar cheese on top, but I used shredded parmesan. It’s good both ways. The rice is literally just minute brown rice cooked in chicken broth instead of water. Is that weird? I don’t know. And then my salad is a baby spring mix with chopped carrots, broccoli florets, salad toppers, and Bolthouse Farms Ranch dressing. I eat salads with my dinner a lot, as you’ve probably noticed. I am not all that crazy about many vegetables and struggle with eating a variety of them. Salads are just so easy and delicious and it’s an easy way to consume a variety of vegetables all at once. Plus, since it’s raw you don’t have to worry that you’ve cooked out all those wonderful nutrients. And don’t worry, that salad dressing doesn’t ruin it by adding tons of fat and calories. I’ve talked about it before in other WIAW’s, so if you’re interested you should read those.

After Dinner Snack

Dove Peppermint Bark and a Lindt Lindor truffle

Dove Peppermint Bark and a Lindt Lindor truffle

I wanted a little something sweet so I ate these two chocolates that I received in a Christmas gift. I had never tried either kind, but they were both delicious!

Well, that wraps up another WIAW. Wishing you all a very happy new year! Thanks for reading.

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

What I Ate Wednesday, 12/11

So last week, Ashley disclaimed our What I Ate Wednesday posts, and how some of our food choices may or may not be the healthiest choices.  This is very true.  I work weird hours, which means sometimes, I’m unfortunately buying my food out at the mall food court, quickly picking up take out from a restaurant, or microwaving a frozen meal.  Don’t judge.  You know you occasionally do it, too!

I am also the type that eats small portions, and snacks many times throughout the day.  My schedule doesn’t always allow me to snack whenever I want though, so if you see snack after snack some Wednesdays, and no snacks on others, this is why.

Ok. So today, December 11th.  Two weeks from Christmas, if you’re counting.  What I Ate on this Coldish Wednesday:

Breakfast

Let’s just say my breakfast was cinnamon themed.

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First, I had a third of my leftover Cinnabon.  I can never finish one of those.  They are very sweet, very delicious, and way too much for me to consume at once.  Also, HOLY CALORIES!  Let’s just say that if you can finish an entire Cinnabon classic on your own in one sitting, don’t question how many calories you just consumed, because you’ll just want to eat another one to cure the depression you’ve just sunk into.  But really though, it’s nice to indulge yourself every now and then.  And they are oh, so delicious!  (If you’re curious now about the calorie content, just click here.  And I only ate a third, so you can divide that by three for me!)

My other breakfast item was a Fuji apple, diced, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  I love apples, but I get tired of just eating them plain all the time, so my current favorite way to eat them is sliced up in little pieces, with a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top of them.  The cinnamon and sugar brings out the juiciness of the apple and kinda makes it taste like candy!

Last, I had a cup of coffee with extra half and half (organic).  Love me some coffee!!

Side note:  If you like my cute little plate, it’s from CB2.  Click here for more like it.

Lunch

I was home for lunch!  This happens once in a blue moon!  But really though, it happens probably once every 10 days.  Today, for lunch, I made myself a tuna salad sandwich.  I also ate some chips and guacamole.  My drink was hot tea.

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My tuna salad was homemade and I placed it on honey whole wheat bread with a sliced lettuce leaf.  My homemade tuna salad recipe is below! As my side, I had a single portion of tableside chunky guacamole with tortilla chips.  My hot tea is a blend of Teavana teas.  I blended their English Breakfast black tea with their Roobios Tropica roobios tea.  I’m kind of addicted to teas.

I know everyone makes their tuna salad differently, so here is how I make mine! It’s super simple!

1 can Starkist chunk light tuna in water, drained

1 tbsp mayonnaise

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp sweet relish

Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix well.  Bam!  Done. 

Dinner

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I was at work during dinner, so I packed some quick things to eat.  My sad little dinner consisted of a short Starbucks coffee with extra cream (to get me through the rest of the night), a vanilla blueberry Kind bar, an apple blueberry pomegranate Gogo Squeez fast fruit, and a homemade chickpea salad.  This is one of my go to salads because its fresh, healthy, fills you up, and can be a stand-alone meal because of all the essential nutrients chickpeas provide.  Chickpea salads can contain many ingredients, however, this is how I make mine, which I think is so flavorful!

Lynda’s Chickpea Salad

1 can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained

1 Roma tomato, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

1 tsp rosemary

1 tsp basil

1 tsp parsley

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1tbsp balsamic vinegar

 Drain liquid from can of chickpeas.  Empty into a mixing bowl.  Dice roma tomato and red onion and add to mixing bowl.  Measure out and add all spices.  Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar; toss. 

So there you have it.  What Lynda ate on this fine Wednesday.  Feel free to leave questions or comments about any of the recipes provided!