What I Ate Wednesday, 10/8/14

Hey guys! I’m back for my every other week appearance on the blog. Lately, I have really been failing at balancing all of the things I need/want to do on a daily basis. I have so much going on right now! Mostly it’s very exciting stuff, but I wont get into that now. Maybe I will share more in another post, but right now I am gonna share my food because that’s what you came here for, right?

Breakfast

20141008_064812My breakfast was the most pathetic thing ever. I ran out of almond milk, so not oatmeal this morning. 😦 I guess I could have used water, but that’s not as good. I wasn’t very hungry this morning anyway, so I just toasted one slice of my 7 sprouted grains bread with a little butter and grape jelly. I had some coffee by Caribou Coffee in my adorable Frankenstein mug (again) with organic half and half.

Snack

I forgot to take a picture, but I had a KIND bar in a new flavor. Well, new to me at least. It’s called Caramel Almond and Sea Salt and it is probably my favorite KIND bar now! Another good thing about this flavor is that it is low in sugar compared to a lot of the other ones (only 5 grams). Go try it!

Lunch

20141008_140257I was pretty much starving by the time I was able to eat lunch, which was around 2pm. I decided to pick up a Cobb salad from Chick-fil-A. I know this is the least healthy salad I could have chosen, but I don’t really care, so ha!

Dinner

20141008_195532My dinner was something I have pretty much once a week, and I have probably featured it more than once on previous WIAW’s. I made baked wild-caught sockeye salmon topped with olive oil, a little black pepper, minced garlic, and fresh lemon juice. I also steamed some green beans and made mac and cheese to make the boyfriend fiance 😉 happy. The macaroni is by the brand Annie’s. It’s organic and non-GMO and all that good stuff, but it’s still a packaged food and something I don’t consider very healthy. But, I guess it may be a little better than other brands. I had some water with lots of lemon with my dinner. Isn’t Rose a cute little beggar?

Well, that’s everything. Not very exciting, I know! I’m sorry. I hope you guys have a great rest of the week. Thank you for reading!

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

My Week in Pictures 8/11-8/17

This past week was not a typical week for me. I spent Monday and Tuesday working at a store other than my home store and then had almost a week off! Just for fun, here is a glimpse of my week in pictures, with limited verbage!  Enjoy!!

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Received the cutest little card from Kelsey, a friend of Ashley and myself, thanking me for her baby shower gifts!

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Drank from my new mug from Anthropologie.  I love it so!

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Tried on some crazy, yet surprisingly comfortable shoes at Nordstrom Rack.

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Visited Toast Paninoteca in Downtown Durham and it has the best panini ever.

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And here’s the best panini ever for you to see!  Mozzarella, prosciutto, and tomato.

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Typical #fromwhereIstand picture taken in Downtown Durham as I explored!

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Durham Bull with the awesome construction zone behind it! [sarcasm :)]

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Monuts Donuts in Downtown Durham.

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The three donuts I bought for my boyfriend and I to share.  Chocolate Bacon Peanut, Lemon Crumb, and Lady Grey.

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Ate some delicious sushi from Sushi Blues in Downtown Raleigh.

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Went to Bittersweet for drinks and desserts.  The best mousse I’ve eaten in my entire life came from here.

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Sunbathed with my fur baby.  She loves the sun.

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Took naps with my fur baby.  We spent some quality time together!

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Got my beautiful leather jacket in the mail.  Happy Birthday present to myself!

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Birthday wine at my birthday dinner!

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I didn’t want the waitress to know it was my birthday, but once I realized I got a cannoli out of the deal, I was game.  Cannolis are my absolute favorite dessert, and the best ones I’ve ever had are at Bella Monica!  Oh, and what a cute little birthday cake stamped onto the table!

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Waiting in line for the Verbolten at Busch Gardens.

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What a cute little knick-knack at Busch Gardens!

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The pretty scenery at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

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The two grey wolfies waiting patiently for their meat snack!

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Bird!

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And this is exactly how I celebrated my 24th birthday…acting like a kid. 🙂

I hope everyone has a great upcoming week!  Bows and Arrows, Lynda

What I Ate Wednesday, 7/30/14

Is anyone else wondering how in the world it is already almost August!? Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like this year is flying by. Anyway, today was a pretty good day for me. I went to work, walked my dog, and even managed to workout and cook dinner when I really didn’t feel like it. Go me for not being a lazy pants! So, this is what I ate today…

Breakfast

20140730_063732I drank coffee while I put on my makeup this morning. Don’t mind the messy background. This coffee is SO delicious. It’s from a local coffee roaster called Larry’s Beans. The specific blend is called Woodstock.

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I didn’t have time to cook my typical oatmeal, so I settled for 2 scrambled eggs and a slice of 9 sprouted grains toast with grape jelly.

Snack

20140730_121711 Not really a snack, but I had a tall Americano from Starbucks while at work. I also drank tons of water all day. I swear I pee pretty much every hour. Yay for hydration!

Lunch

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My lunch was inspired by Lynda’s most recent post of her simple summer salad. My salad is made with spinach and baby spring mix, blueberries, chopped granny smith apple, sunflower seeds, feta cheese, shredded chicken (that I made in the slow cooker yesterday), and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. So yummy!

Snacks

20140730_160003I ate a banana!20140730_182510 Then after my workout I drank a protein shake. It’s just one scoop of Optimum Nutrition 100% natural whey protein in the flavor vanilla mixed with 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner

20140730_201213For dinner I made Zuppa Toscana soup which I’m sure I have mentioned before on a WIAW. It’s probably my boyfriend’s favorite thing that I cook, so obviously I make it for him pretty frequently to make up for all the not-so-great things I cook for him. 😛 I drank some simply apple juice with my dinner and now I’m drinking more water.

I’m going to get ready for bed now because I’m an old lady. Hope you guys have a fabulous rest of the week. Thanks for reading!

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday, 5/7/14

Today is another example of what happens when I don’t plan out my meals ahead of time. The day consisted of quite a bit of eating and drinking in the car while on the way to work and while running errands. I really hate eating in the car, but sometimes it is necessary when you fail at planning and time management like the Ashley pants.

Breakfast

IMG_20140507_084538_456I started my morning off by talking to Lynda online while drinking a big cup of Trader Joe’sIMG_20140507_095335_056 (1) breakfast blend coffee with organic half and half.

My breakfast wasn’t anything special. It was one fried egg with a little salt and pepper, a slice of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and cinnamon on top, and an organic granny smith apple. I also drank water out of my boyfriend’s Redskins Tervis tumbler that I commandeered because he never uses it. 😛

Lunch

As usual I took my sweet time getting ready this morning and didn’t allow enough time to prepare lunch for myself before leaving for work around 12:30. I didn’t want to be late for work, but I knew I would not last all day with no food. So what did I do? Well, I swung by Bojangles of course. ughh shame shame! What a terrible “nutritionist” I am (and I use that word very lightly). The struggle is real. Isn’t that what the kids are saying these days??

IMG_20140507_124758_506I got the kids chicken supreme meal with rice. I ate it on the way to work because I am not about to broadcast my poor food choices to everyone in the wellness center I work at. Even though I’m broadcasting it on here…shhh! Oh well, just keeping it real.

Snack

I was craving a smoothie several hours later, so I decided I would find a smoothie from somewhere while running an errand for work. I went to Panera Bread remembering that I had seen smoothies on their menu before. They had two choices: strawberry or mango. I chose strawberry. It was pretty good! One complaint though…why are their straws so fat? I got instant brain freeze! Again this was consumed in the car :-/

IMG_20140507_161547_368Dinner

Well, I had planned to cook some sort of Mexican food like tacos or taco salad, but then I didn’t get out of work until almost 8pm. All motivation for cooking was lost! So I settled for the next best thing, Chipotle.

IMG_20140507_202335_701This is a chicken burrito bowl and I think it has been featured on one of my WIAW’s not too long ago. I eat Chipotle at least once a week now because I work nearby one, so it is hard to resist. I also drank more water with my dinner. I didn’t mention this, but I drink water constantly all day long while at work, but I never take pictures of that, because that’s kind of silly. “Here’s my water at 11 and then again at 11:30. And here’s me holding my water at 12” 😛

Now I am sitting here cuddling with Rose about to watch an old episode of Doctor Who before bed. I hope you guys are having a great week! Thanks for reading!

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley

 

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday, 4/23/14

Hey guys! I’m back again for my WIAW. Today turned out to be a pretty good day. It got off to sort of a rough start when I lost power randomly at my house before work. Luckily I had already made my coffee and breakfast, but unluckily I had just gotten out of the shower and was not able to dry/style my hair for work. I can’t complain though because the rest of the day went pretty smoothly, although my poor doggy is still not feeling well. 😦 It was a pretty busy day for me, but I managed to capture most of what I ate today.

Breakfast

IMG_20140423_075423_669I didn’t have oatmeal today! Crazy, I know. I just fried up an egg and toasted a slice of honey wheat bread with a little butter and some a lot of grape jelly. I also had some of my Trader Joe’s breakfast blend coffee with some organic half and half. I also drank some water on the way to work.

Lunch

IMG_20140423_165227_228This sad picture of my lunch in the trash is all I have to document what I ate because I was very hungry and never even thought about taking a picture until after the food was gone and in my belly already. I was at a health fair with a coworker for most of the morning so I didn’t eat lunch until around 2:30. Since you obviously can’t tell from this picture, I had a Cobb salad from Chic Fil A. I also drank more water.

Snack

DSCN0701I got home from work around 7:30 and ate some of my Trader Joe’s kettle corn to hold me over until dinner was ready. Isn’t this a cute paper towel with the girl walking a dog. It looks kind of like a schnauzer. 🙂

Dinner

My dinner was extremely spur of the moment. On my way home from work I was trying to think of something to cook and I remembered that I had an unopened jar  of Teriyaki sauce in the pantry. I parked in the grocery store parking lot and looked up a chicken teriyaki stir fry recipe on my phone. I’m not comfortable just winging it with cooking. I wish I was, but I just feel like I have to have a recipe. I am trying to get more confident in the kitchen, but so far the progress has been pretty slow for that. I bought the ingredients I needed and headed home to cook.

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Most  of the ingredients (I ended up not using the broccoli)

Most of the ingredients (I ended up not using the broccoli)

 

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I thought this turned out pretty good. It took me maybe a total of 25- 30 minutes from start to finish, so it was fairly quick to make.  If you are interested in following the recipe I used it can be found here. I served this over white rice because I didn’t have anything else, but you could definitely use noodles or another type of rice instead.

Dessert/Snack

DSCN0724Okay, so I’m sorry if these don’t look that appetizing. I have to admit, they do kind of look like poop, but I promise they don’t taste like poop. Well, I’ve never tasted poop, so I can’t say that for sure, but yeahhh. 😛 Anyway, that’s all I ate today. Now I am going to go to bed! I’m a sleepy pants. Hope you guys are having a great week. Today was such a beautiful day. Finally feels like Spring, which makes me a happy pants. I hope you all are having some nice weather too. Thanks for reading!

Bows and Arrows,

Ashley