What I Ate Wednesday 2/19/14

Ok, before I delve into all the wonderful things I ate yesterday, let me just say that last Wednesday it was SNOWING.  Yes, snowing.  And this Wednesday, it was 72 degrees outside.  Such weird weather patterns here in the good ol’ NC.  Anywho, here’s what you’re waiting for:


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For breakfast, I drank my typical coffee with organic cream.  I also drank a bottle of water, but I didn’t take a picture of it.

I ate an apple turnover, a navel orange, and a banana.  While I would like to say that my apple turnover was homemade, because I haaaave made them before, it was actually one of those Pepperidge Farm frozen Puff Pastry Turnovers that you bake for 20 minutes to delicious perfection.  I devoured the turnover, then I ate a banana and navel orange as they were.  I love me some fruit!


I was at work during lunch, so I only had a limited amount of time to eat, and seeing as I didn’t really give myself time to pack a lunch before I left for work this morning, I decided to go to Panera Bread during my lunch break.  I ordered the “You Pick Two” option for a salad and sandwich however, I only had enough time to eat the salad (and I just took my sandwich home for lunch tomorrow).  So here was my lunch:

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The “You Pick Two” sized portion of their classic salad with extra cucumbers and their balsamic vinaigrette.  I also drank half a bottle of water with my lunch.  So boring, I know.


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Since my lunch wasn’t terribly filling, I had a snack when I got home from work, so I could fuel up to take my Gabberwocky on a “walky!”  I ate a cup of French Vanilla Yoplait yogurt mixed with ¼ cup of French Vanilla Almond Granola from Nature Box.  I can never have enough vanilla flavored things!  It doesn’t look terribly appetizing, but it sure is!  I drank the other half of my bottle of water during my snack time as well.  Yes, I am 23 and I used the term “snack time” when referring to my own day.  I also have a “nap time” if you were wondering.


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While my chicken was baking in the oven, I made myself a glass of strawberry lemonade herbal tea from Teavana with a teaspoon of their German rock sugar added to it.  I also drank this during dinner, and yes, that is a Stictch cup.  I’m only kind of a kid. 🙂

For dinner, I made my own simple recipe of baked Italian chicken (I will post the recipe for this dish at a later date), as well as some Uncle Ben’s Butter and Garlic rice with some seasoning (rosemary, thyme, and basil) added to it, and French style green beans. 2014-02-19 20.12.18

I have to say, I was not a fan of this flavor of rice, and I haven’t ever disliked any of the Uncle Ben’s flavors of rice.  I tried to ‘doctor it up’ as much as I could with the seasoning I added, but I think there was just too much ‘fake butter flavor’ (is that even a thing) in it for me to like it.  So I ended up eating only a third of the rice that I had on my plate. Womp womp.


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Because I didn’t completely finish all of my dinner, since I wasn’t a fan of the rice, I ate my dessert less than an hour after I finished my dinner.  And my dessert consisted of an entire can of peaches (yes, unfortunately the kind in the oh-so-sugary syrup) as well as 4 Birthday Cake Oreos.  And let’s not get me started on how delicious those are…2014-02-16 18.49.50

So there ya have it!  What I put in my tummy on our wonderfully sunny Wednesday!

Bows and Arrows,


A Nature Box Review

I’ll just go ahead and admit it.  I’m kinda, sorta, slightly addicted to subscription boxes.  Not to the point that my entire income supports said addiction, but there was a point in time that I was subscribed to four different boxes at once.  I know. Four.  There are some people out there that get a different box each day of the month, so really, four is nothing in comparison. However, I just couldn’t justify it.  Nature Box, however, is one of those lucky boxes in which I decided to subscribe.


Armed with a 50% discount on my first Nature Box, thanks to Pop Sugar Must Have, and my love for subscription boxes, I signed up right away to receive awesome healthy, wholesome snack foods right at my door!  And indeed they were!  The first box they curate for you, with a variety of snack foods to try, and they even included a bonus snack, which was exciting!  After your first box, you can choose what comes in your box from there on out, via their website. This is actually my third and most recent box.

What I received in my box this month:


Firecrackers:  Spicy rice crackers

These were good.  Nothing spectacular, but not bad either.  I will say that I have finished the entire bag, granted I received them over a week ago.  They were great to have in my purse as a snack at work.  I will say that there was nothing “spicy” about them.  I rarely enjoy spicy foods, in fact, I generally avoid it if it says spicy on the label, but these were not spicy at all.  The entire bag was only 105 calories, and it took me four different attempts to snack on these before I finished the bag off, which means only 26 calories per snacking!

Far East Rice Crackers


The next snack in my box was similar to the first snack.  These differed in that they contained dried peas, and the rice crackers were seasoned a bit differently as well as coming in multiple shapes.  This entire bag contained only 140 calories!  In comparison to the last snack, I did like these better as the different shapes seemed to have a different texture.

Lemon Tea Biscuits


I love tea, so I love these little biscuits I can snack on with my morning tea!  I received these in a previous box, and I liked them so much, I ordered them again!  However, I would like to note that the lemon flavor is quite subtle, so if you’re looking for something zesty, this is not it.

Granny Smith Apples


These are dried apple slices.  And that’s literally the only ingredient, but it’s an awesome twist on eating our daily serving of fruit.  The first one I ate was strange, but I quickly became addicted and have ordered them in every other box so far.

French Vanilla Almond Granola


Let me just say, nom.  That about sums this granola up.  Nomtastic.  Seriously though, hands down the best granola I’ve ever had.  And it’s an awesome addition to yogurt, or to just eat as a cereal in the morning.

That wraps it up for the items I received this week in my Nature Box.  If you’re interested in getting Nature Box for yourself or for a friend, here are some details!

It’s $19.99 a month for 5 snacks to be delivered to your door.  For $5.00 off your first Nature Box, use the code REFER25.  Nature Box contains NO high fructose corn syrup, NO partially hydrogenated oils, NO artificial sweeteners, NO artificial flavors, NO artificial colors, and 0g trans fats! 

Bows and Arrows, ex’s and oh’s,


Disclaimer:  These are my own views, and in no way was I contacted by Nature Box to review their products.