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Bigger meals = fewer snacks?

When I woke up this morning, I found a container of GoodBelly that I hadn’t opened yet and only a few days to drink it!

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I really liked this Black Currant Flavor but the mango is still my favorite. I also made another bowl of stove top oats for breakfast, I think I’m hooked 🙂

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Aren’t they gorgeous? This bowl contained 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, cooked with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Silk vanilla almond milk.

Then I stirred in 1/2 cup pumpkin, some flax, pumpkin pie spice, a drop of agave nectar and then topped it all with almond butter and raisins. Yum 🙂

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This filled me up for a long time, including through a 2+ hour dental appointment!

It got me thinking about trying to eat bigger meals more often and maybe that way I’d snack less?

When I finally got to work, I had a banana and some black coffee. I did want coffee today!

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I didn’t pack my lunch on purpose because I couldn’t decide on anything, so I went to Subway, which I hadn’t done at work in a LONG time.

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I got a 6-inch veggie delight sandwich on wheat bread (contains honey). Since half of my mouth was still sort of numb, it took me forever to eat it!

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This sandwich contained lettuce, tomatoes, onion, green peppers, banana peppers and mustard. I skipped some of the other veggies since I didn’t want to have to chew anything too crunchy.

I couldn’t pass up the Sun Chips though! 😉

I ate lunch around 1 and it took me a while to eat it. I didn’t feel the need to eat a snack at work that afternoon. So it would seem a bigger breakfast and lunch kept me full longer, hmm…

On the way hope, I picked up some red, red wine.

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I’d had white the last few times, so I was ready for a change!

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This was pretty tasty. I think Shiraz is one of my favorite blends of any brand. Plus it’s the name of one of my favorite restaurants, ha ha!

For dinner, I had leftover Indian food, plus a sweet potato with Smart Balance Light and cinnamon.

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It was nice to eat at home since I had take out for lunch!

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Josh and I watched some TV and movies, during which I enjoyed some oats with AB and chocolate chips.

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And popcorn!

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Do you eat three smaller meals and snacks or three larger meals during the day?

I go back and forth, but most of the time I do the smaller meals and snacks. I’m thinking of changing it up for a while though.

Early workout

Since I skipped my run last night, I decided to hit the gym first thing in the morning!

By 7:15, I had gotten in  a 3 mile run, which works out not just for my schedule but believe it or not, the weather has been a bit on the hot side!

Before I left home, I had half a pita with almond butter.

Even though I trying to just eat enough for my workout, I was kind of hungry still, so I had half a banana which did the trick.

Sorry it’s so dark, it was rather early this morning!

After my run, I refueled with this delicious Odwalla beverage that I will be buying again in the future (when it’s on sale, ha ha).

You gotta love a drink that tastes like a fruit smoothie, yet in addition contains things like wheat grass and Jerusalem artichokes. Plus no added sugar! Love it.

Today was another day without coffee. I don’t know what has gotten into me but I just don’t want it. Hmm…I did have two cups of tea though.

And some edamame for a snack later in the morning.

For lunch, I had leftover refried beans from last night on a salad, only I totally forgot to bring the rest of my avocado! I was so bummed. But luckily I found some leftover salsa in the fridge which helped spice things up a bit 😉

Finished off by a juicy delicious orange. I have found that eating a piece of fruit with lunch not only makes lunch more filling, but totally satisfies any sweet cravings I get so there isn’t a need to hit the vending machine or go on the hunt for chocolate.

When I started writing this post, I had just finished eating my afternoon snack. This is my last soy yogurt for a while.

I bought a bunch of them when they were on sale but I’m doing a challenge in May (details soon) that this will not fit in with because of the added sugar.

That being said, the peach flavor was really good! I believe this was my first time having it, in a while at least.

Are you doing any challenges in the coming months?

I’ve got one lined up for May that is food related and I’m thinking up one for June that is fitness related. Challenges really help keep me motivated and focused on my overall goal, which is to live the healthiest and happiest life possible 😉

No coffee

I started off the morning with a green monster!

001 This one contained: 1 cup Silk almond milk (vanilla), 1/2 frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen cherries, and a few handfuls of spinach.

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Mid morning I had two cups of tea and some nuts, which I almost forgot to take a picture of!

004I mentioned on the blog earlier that I was hoping to cut back on coffee this week. Well, I have had NONE today so I guess that is progress?

I did have three cups of herbal tea and it was nice. I had no desire to drink coffee today and if I had done so, it would’ve just been out of habit, which is not how I want things to be.

I want to drink coffee when I really want it and not when I don’t.

For lunch, I tried a new frozen meal that I found at Meijer over the weekend.

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Moo Moo’s “specializes in unique, healthy, flavorful vegetarian and vegan cuisine, providing the health conscious consumer unprocessed, well-balanced, palate-pleasing creations.”

The roasted cashew stir fry was pretty tasty! I will have to try some of their other meals soon. They aren’t cheap so it will be a once in a while kind of thing!

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I also had an orange 🙂

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Later in the afternoon, I had some more tea and yogurt with granola.

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I loved this blueberry yogurt! Gosh, I wish it wasn’t so high in sugar. I could eat it every day otherwise.

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For dinner, I decided to get a little creative with my tofu. I was inspired by Mama Pea’s slow cooker BBQ tofu dish she made recently.

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I didn’t end up using the slow cooker, but I did go the BBQ route! I pressed my tofu and then put it in a baking dish and drizzled this hot stuff on top!

011 The tofu came out pretty good, but that sauce was not lying. It was HOT!

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With the fire in my mouth tofu, I had some pita, a sweet potato with Smart Balance and cinnamon and some steamed broccoli with Smart Balance too.

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I let my dinner settle for about an hour before I headed out for a 3 mile run! There were a few moments where the only thing that kept me going was repeating to myself: wine and strawberries, wine and strawberries…

014After some stretching and a nice hot shower, that is exactly what I had, plus some DCD 😉

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Time to watch “24” with the hubby! I haven’t been too thrilled with it this season but it’s quality time with the man.

Good night!

Snacky Sunday

Yesterday morning, I had a special breakfast planned which is becoming a weekend tradition…pancakes!


This time I used my Hodgson Mill Buckwheat pancake mix and added almond milk, applesauce, pumpkin and a little agave nectar to the mix. I love knowing exactly what my pancakes are made of, don’t you?

Topped with Dark Chocolate Dreams & syrup, plus some blackberries on the side.

At church, I got a little hungry, so I snacked on some raisins.

But then during service, I got HANGRY so I broke into a Clif bar that was in my purse for emergencies (and to use it up since I’m sticking to less processed foods from now on). I ate half.

For lunch, we all went to Penn Station because my parents have only been there one time. Such a shame! Haha. Penn Station is another one of those great places for Josh and I to go together because we can both get something we want and not compromise our personal dietary preferences. I forgot to snap a pic so here is a recycled one from November (note: I didn’t eat fries this time).

The sandwich I had yesterday looked way better than that one, haha. I got the grilled artichoke sub (no cheese, no mayo) and added mushrooms, lettuce and brown mustard. Since I had snacked so much during church, I skipped the fries and chips. I didn’t need them anyway! 

After lunch, I ate the other half of my Clif bar for dessert 😉

I took Suzie to run around the dog park for a bit (she loves it), then headed to Mom’s. I tried to eat this orange while I was there but it was old, so I threw it away!


Dinner was another smorgasbord of multiple leftovers but still quite delicious!

Organic pinto beans on top of leftover couscous, pita with hummus, mixed vegetables. I ended up having another half of pita with hummus because I didn’t feel full yet.

Then I had a spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams before I went grocery shopping. Can’t go to the grocery store hungry at all! Too dangerous.

When I got home from all that, I was so tired from everything I’d done over the course of the day. So I sat down with a glass of wine and my favorite dessert 🙂

‘Twas a lovely Sunday. I snacked a bit more than normal but I was hungry and I’m trying to listen to that more than the voices in my head, haha.

How was your weekend?

Sunny Saturday

I was up bright and early this morning to be a patient for my friend who was taking her dental board exams. She is awesome so I know she will do great 😉

I started my morning off with oats!

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This bowl contained 1/2 cup oats (cooked with 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup water), 1 tbsp flax, a banana and almond butter.

By the time I got done with my dental work, it was lunch time, so I stopped somewhere on the way home!

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By us, the Jimmy John’s and Starbucks are attached to each other, so I couldn’t resist.

I tried the iced dark cherry mocha with soy milk. It was like a dessert!

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My sandwich from Jimmy John’s was a #6 (vegetarian) with no cheese or mayo. I love the avocado spread on here 🙂

008   Then for something sweet, I had a juicy orange to finish out the meal 🙂

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Once my lunch had digested well, I went for a 4 mile run in the beautiful sunshine. Then I took Suzie to the dog park and snacked on this bar on the way there.

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I did not love this one, it was left over well before I gave up bars for Lent. But it held me over until I ate dinner!

I had quite the smorgasbord. Organic pinto beans, leftover mashed sweet potato with cinnamon and Smart Balance Light, leftover cornbread, leftover asparagus…

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I also had the rest of my wine from the other night.

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What a great meal!

015I’m taking the rest of my chocolate from last night and some tea bags to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the UFC pay per view with Josh tonight.

It’s been such a great day. I feel truly blessed to have so many things in my life that I enjoy!

Hope today has treated you well too 😉

See you tomorrow!

Oat bran in a jar

I haven’t done oats in a jar in forever and last night when I saw how little was left in this particular jar, I decided it was about time!

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It ended up being oat bran in a jar! I cooked 1/3 cup oats with 1/3 cup Silk almond milk and 1/3 cup water. I totally meant to add flax but I forgot!

Topped with a sliced banana 🙂

004Do I even need to say how good this was? Great way to start off a relaxing morning at home (I took off work today)!

006I enjoyed two cups of coffee with more almond milk before getting started on my errands and chores for the day.

I got pretty hungry by 11:30, so I went ahead and made lunch. I had a little bit of everything I was craving, including lots of leftovers!

007Leftover falafel (with hummus), couscous, asparagus and sweet potato cornbread.

After lunch, I wanted something sweet and this ripe, juicy pear was just the ticket 🙂

009I’m hoping to get Suzie outside for a walk soon because it’s so pretty out and I need my Vitamin D.

Tonight, Josh and I are going out to dinner (not sure where yet) and then we are going to a friend’s house to play some board games – can’t wait!

Hope you enjoy the day too!

Three days in a row

So, here I am again! I guess when I’m are eating foods I am proud of, it is easier to post them on here 😉

I made another green monster for breakfast this morning. Again, not my favorite but it was pretty good and surprisingly filling.

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This smoothie contained: 1 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup POM juice, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 banana, and some ice cubes.

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Mid-morning, I snacked on some leftover nuts from the other day (with my coffee) because I forgot to pack a snack. So glad I still had these!

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For lunch, I had leftover tofu scramble with asparagus and a bagel thin. I sort of made a sandwich out of it and I swear, for a minute, I forgot it was tofu 🙂

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I also ate the other half of my banana from this morning. And a second cup of coffee.

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Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some carrots & hummus.

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Then I headed outside, where it was a warm 77 degrees and I tried out run/walk intervals for a race I am doing on Saturday. I keep all my fitness routines on another blog, River City Fitness.

When I got home from my workout, I was starving, so I had a Primal Strip to hold me over (Thai Peanut, yum yum).

Tonight was our girl’s night potluck, featuring Vegan Cornbread Casserole. Thanks, Margie, this was delicious!

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With some pinto beans on the side. Beans ‘n cornbread y’all. Oh boy…

I also had a glass of Barefoot Moscato wine, which was actually really good. I’ve only had one other Moscato before and I thought it was nasty, so I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

I was in charge of dessert tonight 🙂

009 I brought the cream cheese dip for my non-vegan friends. I figured I owe them for always accomodating me 😉 The soy yogurt behind it was mine.

I made myself a plate. I love having fruit for dessert!

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The granola was delicious too!

I didn’t go back for anymore because I was perfectly satisfied and I had two cups of hot tea while my food digested.

I feel like I am really handling myself better this week. It took a lot of mental rehearsing and willpower tonight. We even talked about how we handle being stressed out and how that relates to food, ha ha!

Hope you had a good night too. I’ll think of a question one of these days 😉

Last one until Monday

Hey guys!

So after reading through your comments and giving it some serious thought, I know that I definitely still want a whole day’s eats as part of my blog. Just not every single day.

My food tends to get repetitive, especially when I make a recipe that only I will eat and I repeat a meal several times over the course of a week!

So I plan to do a full day of eats, drinks and everything one time a week…on Mondays!

The rest of the days of the week will be focused on other things like recipes, products, weight loss challenges, thoughts, etc. This way I can keep posting on the blog daily but not get overwhelmed or think it’s too boring.

So enjoy, this is the last full day for a few 🙂

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Raisin chocolate chip oatmeal.

Somehow I managed to leave my morning snack at home, so I had to break into part of my lunch early, which worked fine.

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Then an hour or so later, I ate the rest of it which was leftover chickpeas and brown rice.

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I drank a cup of Yogi Stress Relief tea but forgot to document it for you guys 😉

For my afternoon snack, I got to try a new flavor of Whole Soy & Co – apricot mango!

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This was tasty and even though I’m not a huge fan of the 18g of sugar, that is lower than a lot of other soy yogurts on the market.

I just try to only have them once in a while.

After my snack, I went to a yoga class before heading home.

For dinner, I made another Morningstar Farms Grilled Chik’n patty on whole wheat bread with mustard and a side of broccoli with Smart Balance Light.

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I think I will use my last one in spaghetti sauce again, they don’t have a whole lot of flavor on their own, but this dinner filled me up just fine.

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After dinner settled, I headed to the gym and ran a few miles on the treadmill.

I rehydrated with this! Told ya, it’s becoming a habit.

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I love these things. But does anyone know of any “natural” fitness drinks? I’d hate to keep spending $1 a pop since that is one of the reasons I gave up bars for Lent!

When I got home from the gym, I had a small serving of oats with almond butter and chocolate chips.

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Perfect end to a pretty great day. See you guys tomorrow 🙂

Everything…almost

I decided today that I wanted to show you all everything I eat and drink in a day. Sometimes I leave things out because I think you are tired of seeing it, but really that is me.

It could be that this is your first time visiting my blog and I would be wrong to assume that you’d be tired of seeing anything. So here we go!

Breakfast this morning was an awesome combination: oats (with almond milk), flax, strawberries, and almond butter.

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I forgot to photograph my boring black coffee, which is why I had to put “almost” in the title, ha ha.

I snacked on some nuts mid-morning.

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And some pomegranate raspberry green tea 🙂

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Lunch was in three parts:

First was a salad with balsamic vinaigrette (vegan).

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I was surprised I didn’t end up using half the dressing. That’s why it pays to just use a little at a time instead of dumping the whole thing on there!

Second was leftover spaghetti from last night.

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And finally, some Musselman’s all natural applesauce with real cinnamon.

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More tea! Rooibos Red this time.

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My afternoon snack was a piece of bread with peanut butter.

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And oops, a Diet Pepsi. I do have one every now and then, like once a week if that. I just haven’t been able to let them go 100%, yet.

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I kept dinner pretty light because I was going to the gym not long afterwards.

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Chickpeas, brown rice and steamed asparagus. Looks simple and boring, but it really hit the spot and gave me good fuel for a workout.

Find out what I did over at River City Fitness!

I also drank this SoBe Lifewater while at the gym.

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I stopped by Whole Foods on the way home (right by the gym, another big selling factor) and then enjoyed my favorite snack ever.

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The best part? I finished the last bite at 8:59.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my whole day. I kind of liked it too 😉

If you are a blogger, do you blog all of your meals, snacks, etc. or are there things you leave out? Why or why not?

Normally, I would’ve left out all the drinks and probably the nuts since I eat them every day.

Motivated

Since today is the first day of the first week of my Pound for Pound Challenge, and one of my goals this week is to journal my food, I figured showing you all what I ate today would be a good thing to do. 🙂

Breakfast this morning was pumpkin chocolate chip oat bran with almond butter.

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After my weigh in, I snacked on some veggies and hummus from a party we had at work this morning.

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For lunch, I had leftover tofu stir fry that I made on Saturday night.

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This batch contained red and green peppers, onion, bean sprouts and mushrooms all sautéed in Buffalo Sauce. The leftovers were awesome!

After lunch, I wanted something sweet so I had some Jasmine green tea with a navel orange. Yay, vitamin C!

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Then my real afternoon snack was apple slices with peanut butter.

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I’m still adjusting to not eating bars during Lent, but I feel like this has been a great challenge so far.

This snack was great and fueled me for a 5-mile treadmill run that I also very much enjoyed 🙂

For dinner, I incorporated a product I hadn’t had in a while.

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According to the box, these are 100% vegan, which is a semi-rarity in Morningstar products, so I grabbed a box since they were on sale and I had a coupon!

I made Barilla whole grain spaghetti and topped it with a sauce containing mixed stir fry veggies and one of these Chik’n patties.

I made enough to have this again for lunch tomorrow 🙂

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It basically took on the flavor of the sauce but I liked the texture well enough too. I have three more so we’ll see!

For my evening snack, I had a piece of toast with almond butter and 1 tsp chocolate chips.

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I so could’ve eaten another one but 9:00 showed up and made me realize I’m not really hungry, just obsessed with this delicious snack.

So I had a cup of tea and now I am winding down and getting ready for bed. I’d say Day One was a huge success!

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