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Whole30: Day Ten (WIAW)

March 30, 2016

Hello! I’m back again for another update on my Whole30 program experiment. If you want to catch up, here is my first post and my day five update. First, look at this beautiful day we are having in Seattle! First sunny day in FOREVER. So excited not to run in the freezing cold rain anymore!
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How I feel right now:

I feel sick actually. I contracted a cold from somewhere! This is upsetting because I rarely ever get sick, like I can’t remember the last time I was sick and it happens when I’m apparently eating the healthiest I’ve ever eaten! Also, I’m bummed because I feel very tired so my runs haven’t been going well this week 🙁 Oh well, I”ll give myself a rest day from the gym today probably since I feel a little feverish also and hopefully this goes away soon! OTHERWISE, I feel good and my skin is really clear and glowy! Still falling asleep pretty fast but I have been waking up in the middle of the night the last few nights, I think it’s because I’m eating too much sugar (fruit) before bed…

What I’ve been eating:

Lots of good stuff! Here is what I ate today:

Breakfast: Delicious kale sweet potato egg muffins that I kind of just winged as far as the recipe. I also had some snap peas and strawberries.

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Lunch: My favorite easy lunch, tuna with avocado and crushed almonds with kale salad and balsamic vinaigrette (homemade). Also had some red bell pepper slices.

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Snack: According to the Whole30 rules, you are supposed to avoid snacking but sorry, I just can’t go without eating for 5 hours in-between lunch and dinner yet! I’m missing a veggie here also, but I had extra at lunch so maybe that makes up for it? 😉

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Dinner: I’m going to have a sweet potato baked with guac and a couple eggs mixed with sauerkraut! My grandma bought me some fancy locally made kraut and I have been enjoying it so much! I also got some fresh eggs from her neighbor, score! Notice the dirt/poop on them below ha ha. I really wish I had some pet chickens, nothing beats a fresh egg and the difference between the store ones and fresh are quite noticeable.

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My “dessert” will probably be a few dates stuffed with almond butter, ugh, I can’t get enough of them!

Improvements?:

Eating too much fruit still, like tummy hurts too much. Going to try to just have one serving of fruit with each of my three meals instead of also as snacks. Also, I find myself hungry between meals a lot so I think my meals are too small. I’m going to try to make my three meals bigger so I’m not reaching for snacks in-between.

In other news, I got an odd package in the mail yesterday and opened it and it was a medal from the hot chocolate run I did a few weeks ago! I didn’t know getting third place in my age group got a medal! What a nice surprise…a rare surprise since I never win anything! 🙂

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Have you ever won anything?

Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you for hosting Arman!

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: The Busy Season

September 2, 2015

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Hello! Today I have a quick WIAW post. The busy season has started at work so my life has been a bit chaotic recently and that will continue until mid-November, ugh. It is nice to be busy because time goes by so fast. As long as I don’t get too busy that I am unable to workout, then that would be bad busy because I need to workout to keep my sanity!

Here are my upcoming trips:

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The hardest part about traveling is finding time to workout and eating healthy (especially hard since we also have cookies lying around!).  I have been working out pretty often the last few weeks since it is a good stress-reliever. Today after work I am running up and down stairs outside with my friend! Other news in my life, I am getting a pet rat! Some people think they’re gross but I think rats (pet ones only!) are adorable and smart. I have my eye on a black and white fancy rat from Petsmart. Unfortunately I’m going to wait until November to get her because I’ll be gone for many of the weeks from now until then. But, I’m excited to get another pet and I already picked out the name: Esther Mae. I love old-fashioned, formal-sounding names for pets, they are so funny!

I used to have a hamster named Jimmy but he’s been on the ‘missing hamsters list’ for over 6 months now…He made a grand escape in my mom’s house while she was watching him and we haven’t seen the little bastard since. We looked everywhere but no trace has been found. I do hope he has a little family somewhere in the house insulation.

Okay enough rambling! On to my meals.

Breakfast: flax apple cinnamon oats with a tablespoon of hemp seeds

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Lunch: spaghetti squash with pesto sauce, carrots and a kombucha

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Snack: these cute little desserts were at a work function and they were too cute not to try! I had the cheesecake in the back and the creme brulee.

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Dinner: a kooky quesadilla with cheese, salsa, pepper, green onion, and mushrooms

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What are YOU looking forward to this fall? I obviously, am looking forward to getting my rat 😉

XOXO

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: The best guacamole

July 15, 2015

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Happy WIAW!

Breakfast: Oats with pb2, cinnamon, honey, chia and hemp seeds. Obviously not my picture but I woke up a  little late today and had to scarf it down super fast!

Snack: As a I slept last night these dried plums were being cooked up in the food dehydrator so I had a yummy snack this morning.

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Lunch: Not the healthiest but very tasty: Amy’s mattar paneer frozen meal. I got a bunch of these at Costco for hot summer days (it wasn’t hot today…but I didn’t want to cook!). Last weekend I made big pot of green curry with tofu and cauliflower “rice,” which I already ate, so I feel like I’ve done my cooking for the week!

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Dinner: corn tortillas with organic refried beans, chickpeas, salsa and guacamole. This really hit the spot, I LOVE guacamole and it was nice and easy since I had just got home from a long workout and I was starvin marvin! And yes, those are my pjs, I change into them immediately sometimes!

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On 4th of July weekend, I went to visit my grandparents and my grandpa introduced me to the easiest best guac ever, you just mash up 2-3 ripe avocados in a bowl and dump a jar of good salsa in! I don’t know why I have never thought of that! Anyways, I made it again this week and you should try it asap.

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Serve with chips, carrots or just eat it with a spoon!

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I finally got my hair done, it’s been about 9 months. I got my hair cut for $7 at this Chinese beauty school near my apartment and I got full highlights at my favorite place Bocz salon downtown.

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Okay, we just have to get through Wednesday and then it will almost be the weekend! Hang in there!

My weekend is a lot closer this week because I am taking Friday off, and my birthday is on Sunday!

What are you looking forward to right now?

Do you have any birthday traditions?

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Trader Joe’s Finds + Custard

July 1, 2015

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Hello lovely people of WIAW! Wow I can’t believe it;s the first day of July, it’s been so hot it feels like its been summer for longer to me. I’m excited this week because we have Friday off work and I am going to my grandparents beach house for the weekend! I’m planning on making a Fourth of July treat too. If you want some ideas, check out my last post!

Breakfast: This oatmeal from Trader Joe’s, I feel like it’s better for you than the Quaker instant oatmeal (which I used to think was healthy!) so I treat myself to this every once in a while instead of making oats myself. I like to add in a bit of regular plain oats to each packet so it’s more filling too. I forgot to take a picture clearly, whoops.

Snack: Blueberries! Definitely my favorite fruit. I can’t wait to go blueberry picking later this month. I ate all of these in about 5 seconds, like a ravenous squirrel.

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Lunch: Another Trader Joe’s item, a prepared kale, quinoa, lemon-y salad. I have gotten this twice and both times the kale is right on the edge of being to wilty and spoiled to eat, not cool TJs! Other than that it’s pretty tasty. I like the crunchy quinoa puffs and the cranberries the best. I also had some peppermint tea.

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Dinner: My friend Sulki and I got our favorite tacos at Barrio. we split some fish tacos and chips and salsa. It’s amazing how fast we eat, we were both done in 20 minutes! (probably not a good thing ha ha).  Picture is blurry because excitement.

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Dessert: Some deliciously sweet frozen custard from Old School Frozen Custard.

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They have flavors of the month! Blueberry cheesecake sounds good.

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We both got the S’mores sundae which had vanilla custard, graham cracker crumbles, chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and hot fudge sauce. Just writing it out makes me drool! It was super yummy, except there were too many mini chocolate chips for my taste.

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 Jeez all of my photos are blurry, sorry guys! One more beauty shot:

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This lady is going to Thailand this week. How exciting!

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Have a good rest of the week!  And happy Fourth of July (almost)!

Do you have any Fourth of July traditions? 

Did you bake anything special for it last year? 

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Dehydration Station + Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

June 17, 2015

 

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Yayy it’s Wednesday! That means Friday is coming  which is all I care about right now. Join me today for Jenn’s WIAW hosted today by the lovely Arman.

Breakfast: my oats are struggling right now without raisins or blueberries, I must buy more soon. I want to do some new combos because I’m kinda tired of my boring ones! Any easy ideas?

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 Lunch: is the best! This is seriously so simple to make and pretty cheap. All I do is cut a spaghetti squash in half, gut it of it’s seeds (sounds so violent), place the halves face down on a cookie sheet (along with the seeds for snacking!), put it all in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes or until tender. Then I scrape out the insides and mix it with homemade pesto and eat the squash seeds. See? So easy! Then I pack it for lunch and microwave it.

For the pesto I always eyeball the measurements but for this batch I used almonds (I’m out of walnuts), 2 cloves of garlic (super garlicky stuff is my fav!), basil, olive oil, salt and some Parmesan.

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Dinner: A classic. This was super yummy with the garlicky pesto. Good thing my BF is long-distance cause ain’t nobody gonna kiss me after today!

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Snack: Dried mango and apple slices. My mom gave me her old food dehydrator and now I am OBSESSED with drying fruit! My dehydration station is on my kitchen floor since I don’t have room on my counter and I totally have not tripped over it more than once… Anyways, I cut up TEN mangoes this weekend and dried them all. It’s so much better than store-bought dried fruit because the mango slices are warm right out of the dehydrator and I like to leave a little bit of softness in the centers. I leave it on overnight usually and then by morning it’s done! I think I’ll do bananas or plums next.

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All this…

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Into this! Of course I ate almost all of the mango…which means I ate 10 mangos in 2.5 days…oopsy!

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What are your weekend/Father’s Day plans? I’m taking my pops to a Mariner’s game and we’re going to brunch at Plum Bistro. I’ll post some pics afterwards!

What fruit or veg should I dehydrate next? Did you know you can do cantaloupe and melons? It take like 2 days but it’s do-able! Nothing like plugging in a hot little machine in a 400 sq ft studio apartment without AC on a summer day!

 

 

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: PB&J Balls & Molly Moon’s

June 10, 2015

 

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Oh boy! I have a good day of eats for you guys (for once :)). As always, thanks for hosting Jenn and for any newbies, come join the WIAW party and link-up here.  I had to skip last Wednesday because of a work meeting in Chicago that took up all my free time, you can read about my trip here!

Breakfast: As per usual, oats with blueberries, maca, hemp, chia and some honey.

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Lunch: a light lunch of a green smoothie called a Fast Eddy from a local smoothie/healthy cafe. It has mango, spinach, banana and some other ingredients, they add protein upon request too.

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Dinner: here comes the good stuff! My dad came to Seattle to visit his friend and his significant other who is visiting here so we went to a restaurant called Local 360 in Belltown. All the ingredients they use are from within 360 miles of Seattle.  A definite farm-to-table style restaurant. I do love their decor, it is very rustic and in a garage type of building.

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Cute menus

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On the appetizer list I spotted “PB&J balls.” What a novelty! So I insisted we order them, for my sake and my blogs sake… well mostly for my sake 😉 They are actually deep fried and came nestled in a puddle of jelly with a cute shot glass of milk.

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I didn’t expect the peanut butter to be liquid-y inside but it was a nice surprise! It basically tasted like a spoonful of pb with a slightly crunchy shell, they might have used cornflakes for the crust. Definitely more of a dessert. These would also be really good with chocolate sauce or honey!

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As you can see we had no problem finishing our  sweet appetizer! (My dad drank the glass of milk)

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For my entree I ordered one of their specials of the day, a white salmon with celery root puree, sea beans, zucchini noodles and roasted turnips and an herb salad on top. It was good, not great. For the price it was very small (looks way bigger int he picture than it was) and I just ate some delicious salmon at another restaurant that was a huge portion for the same price.The fish meat itself was good, and the puree was very tasty. I wasn’t a fan of the way they prepared the turnips and the zucchini noodles were plain and could’ve used some spices/flavor.

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One of our dining companions chose the rabbit leg.

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And the other chose the fried chicken which is topped with a fried egg and layered on cheesy grits, yum!

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My dad got mussels and a beet/goat cheese salad, he seemed to enjoy both a lot.

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Of course the PB&J balls weren’t enough to satisfy our sweet tooth and since we were with some visitors to Seattle, we went to Molly Moon’s for a scoop (or two)! I got scout mint and Sasquatch. Sasquatch is chocolate and vanilla mixed together with some sort of crunchy addition, honestly I didn’t hear the girl explaining it and it just tasted chocolaty and sweet! I chose it because of the name, obviously.  Mint was a good way to go on this hot day, very refreshing as always!

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My dad got vanilla and strawberry I think but he had them pour balsamic vinegar over the top. That brown stuff is NOT chocolate syrup! It’s vinegar! He liked it a lot. They have a balsamic strawberry ice cream that is actually really good but this is too far overboard for me!

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Well that’s it folks! I hope you enjoyed this post and the other WIAW bloggers, I sure do.

What is the weirdest flavor of ice cream you’ve ever had or seen? I tried durian ice cream once and it tasted like onions, bleh! Durian is a tropical fruit that smells like rotting corpses but is supposed to be a custard-y, sweet tasting.

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Split Pea Soup & Pumpkin Muffins

May 14, 2015

 

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Hey guys! It’s WIAW time again, join Jenn and link up!

Breakfast: recycled pic but same tasty bowl of blueberry oats with chia, hemp, mac, cinnamon, sucanat and frozen blueberries

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  Lunch: homemade split pea soup, I have been eating this all week. It’s from the Moosewood cookbook.

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Workout: 3 mile run + some planks and stretches

Dinner: salmon patty, edamame and un-pictured watermelon

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Dessert: these amazing flourless pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

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Fall is a busy time for work and it’s already starting! At least I’ll get some good food pics 🙂 I’m going to Chicago on Monday for a meeting, I’ve never been there surprisingly. Any must-see/must-eat suggestions?

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Always remember this guys!

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Okey dokey, short n’ sweet today! Thanks for reading and check back soon for another post about…food (like always lolz)!

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What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Arctic Zero, Running & Oatmeal

May 6, 2015

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Happy Wednesday folks! I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already! Join me in linking up to Jenn’s WIAW through our lovely host today, Laura.

I had a great long weekend because my favorite boyfriend G came to visit from the land of techies and hipsters, San Francisco! Obviously you can tell he is extremely handsome and I…well…my face does weird things sometimes 😉 Anyways, we had a grand ol’ time and I’ll be doing a post re-cap of that very soon!

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Breakfast: oats with blueberries, chia seeds, sucanat, cinnamon, hemp seeds, maca powder and raisins.

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The gang’s all here!

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I also enjoyed a Kevita tonic and popped a evening primrose supplement.

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Snack: two Brazil nuts, getting my selenium!

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Lunch: Sorry no pic! Wasn’t pretty anyways. A hodge-podge of snacks including some hummus, carrots, Mary Gone Crackers crackers, banana and a protein bar. Not my best lunch day since I reallly need to go grocery shopping! I plan on making split pea soup today or tomorrow.

 

Dinner: two eggs with some green pepper and cheddar, half an avocado, salsa and more green pepper! SO good.

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Dessert: Arctic zero chocolate peanut putter, half a pint (aka like 5 calories!). If you’re expecting this to taste like ice cream, it doesn’t really. It’s not sweet and creamy enough and has  a very subtle peanut flavor and very icy. I guess that’s why it’s a “fit” frozen dessert! As far as the ingredients, I need to research Monk fruit since I don’t know much about it…The rest seems healthy-ish I guess? Next time I would add some toppings or sauce but I still like this flavor.

INGREDIENTS: PURIFIED WATER, WHEY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE (MILK), ORGANIC CANE SUGAR, CHICORY ROOT, SUGARCANE FIBER, DUTCH PROCESSED COCOA POWDER WITH ALKALI, GUAR GUM, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL PEANUT FLAVOR, SEA SALT, MONK FRUIT CONCENTRATE.
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I ran 4 miles yesterday and it felt good! I was surprised I pulled that off because I have a terrible cold right now but sometimes when I feel like I can’t, I surprise myself, I guess most of it’s mental. I’m thinking about doing this training program below, what do ya think? I don’t really have a desire to run a half marathon but I’d like to see how far I can go and I like that this will give me a schedule to follow.

Yes You Can! 4-Month Beginner Half-Marathon Training Schedule

Have you ever tried Arctic Zero ice cream? What’s your favorite flavor?

What are your must-have oatmeal additions?

As always, thank you for reading!

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: The Usual + A New Toy!

April 30, 2015

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Happy WIAW! How are you all on this lovely Wednesday? I am typing this post from my brand new MacBook Air, something I have saved up for for a long time! This is my first Apple computer so I have a lot to learn about it still. Any tips? It’s such a beautiful machine, so sleek and clean, I keep washing my hands before I touch it, my shiny new baby!

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Breakfast: recycled oats photo, my usual fare of rolled oats, cinnamon, raisins, chia seeds, hemp seeds and maca root powder.

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Lunch: spinach and mushroom quiche, I made this last night. Not so pretty and a bit too watery but good otherwise. Un-pictured snacks: an apple, almonds and snap peas!

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Dinner: Salmon patty with some green beans after a good workout, I ran 3 miles and did about 45 minutes of strength training.

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Dessert: a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bar doused in crunchy PB, delicious as always but I really wish I could have had this beauty that I demolished last Saturday again: a molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream from Hot Cakes. AMAZING.

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Hey look I found a picture of my face when my molten cake came to the table!

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Nothing better than a bite of warm gooey chocolate with a cold creamy taste of vanilla!

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Speaking of sugar, right now I’m watching that movie on Netflix called “Fed Up” a documentary about child obesity in America. It’s pretty good, I recommend it! Remember to eat your veggies people!

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Thank you for reading xoxo

Are you a Mac or a PC user? If you’re a Mac person, what’s your favorite feature?

What I Ate Wednesday

WIAW: Waffles & The BEST Salad Ever!

April 22, 2015

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Happy WIAW! Seattle has been gorgeous lately, kinda chilly today but we’ve had a pretty good sun-streak. I’m in love with cherry blossoms.

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For breakfast I had two kodiak cake protein waffles, because I’m out of oatmeal for the first time in like ever! Don’t fret, I ordered 8 lbs through Amazon as soon as I realized I was out, and it’s supposed to be here today! I won;t run out for at least a month now 😉

These waffles look like they’ve been through the ringer lol! I had some technical difficulties with the frozen blueberries.

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Ugly photos but pretty plate right?

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My waffle on Sunday looked way better (thanks to Ann, the waffle queen)!

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For lunch I had the BEST kale and apple salad I have ever eaten. I also had it for dinner on Saturday so this pic is recycled because on my paper plate at work looks not so pretty! The recipe is from the Agate Pass Cafe restaurant on Bainbridge, you can find it here. Do yourself a favor and make it! It takes a bit of work but is well worth it!

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In the recipe you make roasted pecans with just powdered sugar and cayenne, they taste incredible!

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For dinner, I had a salmon patty, sweet potato and hummus.

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For dessert, a coconut fruit bar!

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I’ll leave you with this…Sorry it’s off-center a bit!

 

What’s your favorite waffle topping? Mine is Greek yogurt and maple syrup!

Thank you for reading <3