wiaw: {chicken florentine bowtie pasta}

Hey ya’ll!

Wow…. this week at home is already completely flying by!! Before I jump into yesterday’s eats for WIAW… I have to tell ya… I ate a LOT more than what is pictured in this post. I kinda forgot throughout the day to take pictures but I ate plenty of handfuls of wheat thins, chocolate chips, etc. It was just one of those days, ya know?! My stomach was way off and I barely ate anything on Monday so yesterday I was like a ravenous little pig HAHA.

I DID manage to take picture of my 3 main meals, so here ya go! As always, thanks Jenn for hosting!

wiaw

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Breakfast:

Almond butter french toast + side of fruit!

Lunch:

My grandmother took my sisters and I to a new restraunt! I ordered a grilled shrimp po-boy with a side of cole slaw. I ended up taking the bread off because it ruined the sandwich.

Dinner:

Before my mom left for work yesterday, she asked me to make chicken florentine bowtie pasta for dinner. It was delicious. Head on over to Picky Palate for the full recipe!

The only changes I made were less mozarella cheese and only 1 cup of the cooking creme. An easy peasy weeknight dinner!

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Have a great, yummy, healthy, happy Wednesday!!!!!

mimm: {pictures from our weekend}

Hi friends!

How are you?! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! Mine was so much fun. I will give you a little recap:

{As always, thanks Katie!!}

Dinner at Saint Ann’s with best friends… breakfast at Whole Foods… run on the Katy trail… lunch at Company Cafe and East Hampton… Kite and Key formal… driving back home… cuddling with my bestest furry friend.

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I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Check back with you guys soon.

wiaw: {two new favorite desserts}

Hi friends!

Happy What I ate Wednesday!! Do you ever have those just greaaattt eating days where you love everything you eat? That was me yesterday.

Let’s jump right into all of my yumminess. Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

wiaw

Breakfast (7:00 am)-

Egg whites + two slices of turkey bacon

Morning snack (9:30 am)-

Banana

Lunch (Noon):

Tortilla soup (X2)

Smores cookie bars (X2)… I love smores… and I love cookies. What more could you ask for?

I PROMISE I am getting a manicure. Tomorrow. I know… gross!

Snack (3:30 pm)-

Bowl of Strawberries

Workout (4:30 pm)-

Bikram Yoga. Do I even need to go into how much I love it?

Dinner (6:15 pm)- 

Balsamic chicken + the last bite of green beans left + spinach.

3 layer cookie brownie. This was warm. Oooey and goooeeey. Need I say more? I think it was this recipe.

After Dinner Snack (8:00 pm)-

Hot chocolate (almond milk + sugar free hot chocolate packet).

This is a perfect before bedtime treat!

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Happy Wednesday!!

Questions: What kind of yumminess are you eating today?

foodie friday: {thankgiving inspired breakfasts}

Hi friends!

So you guys probably remember that I made a lot of yummy food this summer when I had a kitchen. Unfortunately, I do not have a kitchen at school because I live in the Kappa house. NOT that I am complaining at all that I have all of my meals made for me… I still really miss being in the kitchen.

I will be home the whole week for Thanksgiving and you better believe that is where I will be living. Sorry mom and dad… I know you love when I cook all day 🙂 And because I naturally have to pin every single recipe I see, I have quite an array of different options to make.

I have been on a giant recipe searching “bread-y” breakfast kick. I have been craving spice bread. Pumpkin muffins. Apple muffins… any and all things that smell and taste like fall.

Come on… you know there is absolutely NOTHING better than a warm piece of yummy bread and coffee to start your belly off happy for the day.

Some of these recipes are healthy. Some are absolutely not.

What do you think I should make?

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Marshmallow-Buttercream FrostingMini Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Pepita Streusel Topping

Easy Maple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

Loaded Apple Cider Oatmeal Muffins

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Muffins

Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Mini Cinnies-Bite Sized Cinnamon Rolls

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Happy fall y’all!

Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?! TELL ME!!

wiaw: {election day fun}

Hi friends!!!

So… before I jump into yesterday’s eats let’s talk about the fact that I 100% think election day should be a holiday. I was entirely too focused consuming myself with the news and didn’t do a lick of one productive school thing. Or maybe that is because I am a complete journalism junkie? Yeah… that is probably it.

Anyways… On to what I ate during my own election day “holiday”.

Thanks Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

wiawI knew it was going to be a very long night (it was not nearly as long as I expected!) so I knew I needed to full properly in the morning and squeeze in a quick workout.

Breakfast 8 am:


After a morning run and walk, I fixed a quick bowl of oatmeal + a spoonful of almond butter + half a banana + handful of blueberries. Tastes just like a muffin!

Lunch 11:45 am:

Monday night I picked up a few things from Central Market to have on hand for the day.

Grilled chicken+ cranberries + quinoa + a little Kappa pasta salad bc I love it!

Anyone else love the sweet and salty combination of cranberries with meat or fish? I love it!

Snack (3:30 pm):

I had a ThinkThin bar for some major protein. I swear these things can keep me full for hours!

Dinner 5:30 pm:

Even though the pizza in the journalism school smelled fantastic, I knew that my stomach would probably not appreciate it too much and I did not want to be uncomfortable all night sitting at the anchor desk.

Salmon ceaser salad (also from Central Market… can you tell I love that place?).

Desert 8:30 pm:

I brought an apple + nutella just in case my stomach was grumbling… and it was.

No pictures of it though!

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Overall, such a fun day! No matter what the outcome was or what your opinion is, we are all still Americans and I fully intend to support President Obama for another 4 years!!

Have a great day friends. Eat something yummy and healthy for me!

wiaw: {healthy eats come back in my life}

Hi friends!

Long time no talk. When I left you on Friday I was headed to Vegas and then to Cali to visit my sister. It was a whirlwind of 5 days but it was SO much fun!! I am still putting together all of our pics, etc. so I will have a FULL recap super soon.

Today let’s talk about getting some healthy food back into my life. In Vegas I basically ate whatever and whenever. We really didn’t even eat all that much, it was just a bunch of junk whenever I did sit down to eat (if you can imagine!!). However, it was an awesome 3 days with amazing friends and I wouldn’t take back a single morsel of food or beverage I consumed.

SOO… now let’s talk about how I am getting back on track/ planning to STAY on track for the next week!! Thanks Jenn for hosting this!

Even though I was traveling yesterday and was in the airport, my body was craving healthy eats.

Workout (8:45 am):

I started the day with a 40 minute sweat session in the basement gym of my sister’s dorm (I want a basement gym!!!) while she was in class.

Breakfast (9:45 am):

I forgot to snap a picture of breakfast but it was a banana + bite of scrambled eggs (way to buttery for me!!) + fresh pineapple.

Lunch (12 pm):

For lunch I grabbed a chopped salad from Subway before my flight.

Shredded lettuce + spinach + turkey + olives + tomato + pickles + balsamic vinegar. I got in some much needed veeeegggiiiieesss.

Snack (2 pm):

As a snack I had some sliced apples and dipped them in my Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter Packet. This almond butter tastes like candy. So, so, so good.

I also had a couple of handfuls of almonds between flights!

Dinner (8 pm):

Mallory picked me up from the airport and we went to Central Market to grab dinner. I wasn’t starving so I had the spring rolls! Delicious.

Bedtime snack:

When I got back, I had a couple of squares of dark chocolate while unpacking. This is my new favorite brand! Amazing.

Today I am planning on cleaning up my eats even more… I started with some egg whites and spinach and am currently snacking on a grapefruit trying to decide if I should go on a run?!?

Ohhhhh…. and I am taking a personal day. #notsorryaboutit.

See you guys soon!! Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Question: Does your body start to crave healthy foods after a few over indulgent days!?

foodie friday: {why we decided not to go paleo}

It’s Friday!

How pumped are you guys?! ME TOO!

I am so excited for this weekend. I honestly plan on doing nothing!! I am in the mood to just chill, hang out with my friends and be productive. I found this picture and unfortunately feel like it describes my life.

Haha moving on…

Today I wanted to talk to you guys a little bit about the paleo diet.What is it? Read this article for more!

I actually have been doing a ton of research on this and Parker and I have been going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether or not we wanted to try it out. I would NOT call this a diet. Diets do not go over well with this girl. Most people go paleo as a lifestyle change. I think it is awesome! It focuses on eating real, whole and natural foods. Some even call it a “caveman diet”.

If you know P and I, we are kinda all or nothing people. And we also love food. Like a lot. When we first started thinking about it, it sounded really appealing. There are definitely things we could both do to clean up our eating habits and thought this would be a great way to start.

WELL… the more we started thinking about it, the more we realized that it is actually very unrealistic especially while we are in college. The main thing that got both of us is the no grains and the no dairy.

For us, at the stage of life we are in right now, cutting out one or more entire food groups just does not make sense to us. For example, last night I went to a meeting that lasted until 9 pm  and there was free dinner and all they had was pizza. Well I was not going to not eat the pizza. It was my only choice for dinner and I was starving. I came home and ate my favorite KKG desert ever, caramel ice cream loaded with butter and sugar. This is in no way paleo!!!

I’m sorry but I LOVE a good bowl of wheat pasta, quinoa or a gigantic bowl of cereal. I love a piece of cheesy ooooooey gooey pizza or a turkey sandwich. I could live off of sushi with rice. I like cream in my coffee and I really like a gigantic bowl of ice cream or slice of chocolate cake. I am not about to spend my last year of college avoiding alcohol or the deserts at the Kappa house.

I think Gina does a fantastic job of explaining what we we feel are the pros and cons of the paleo diet in this post: Focus On: The Paleolithic Diet.

However, we did sit back and realize that a lot of our meals could be considered very paleo-ish. I find myself eating a piece of meat or fish with vegetables all the time. But I also find myself eating sweet potatoes ALL the time which are not considered paleo and I LOVE a sweet potato. In the mornings, I need a piece of toast with my eggs or an english muffin with my almond butter.

Maybe one day when we have our own kitchen and have more time to prepare and plan meals this would be awesome to try! For now I think we are just going to focus on cleaning up some of our eats and incorporating more paleo-ish style meals into our daily diets, but we definitely do not want to do this right now.

For those of you that are paleo, more power to you!! This is TOTALLY just my own personal opinion about it. I think it is AWESOME that you have this much will power. Send some our way?!! 😉

For all of you crossfit lovers, check out my article for The Daily Campus this week-Crossfit: a unique fitness program and the paleo diet. I also did a blog post for The Fit Mustang with a few of the paleo recipes I want to try- Paleo recipes.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Just something a little different to talk about?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

Question: What are your thoughts on paleo?!!!??

wiaw: {reeling in my snacky fingers}

Hi guyyyyss!

Is it really only Wednesday? Why is this week going by SO slow?

So in yesterday’s post I talked to you about my set up for the week. My goal is to keep my fingers from hanging out in every chip bag multiple times a day. AKA the sweet potato chips, Pirates Booty popcorn, animal crackers and baked cheetos. If I could only have a handful that would be great. But once I eat a few, I end up eating like 6 servings and then am too full for a nutritious snack or meal.

The thing is, I honestly would rather have an apple and almond butter or greek yogurt with berries but grabbing some chips seems easier than cutting the apple and spooning out the nut butter. When in reality they both take about the same amount of time. You guys know I am crazy.

Sooo… yesterday was my first time attempt at switching my snacks to better options. Now if I could just make it a habit…

Thanks Jenn for hosting WIAW!

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wiawBreakfast- 7:45 am:

Oatmeal pancake loaded with banana slices + blueberries + chia and flax seeds and topped with a smidge of peanut butter and sugar free syrup.

Lunch- 11:45 am:

Gigantic salad beast.

{Grilled chicken, tomato, 1/4 avocado, shredded carrots, cucumbers, spinach with a tsp of hummus and tsp of tetraziki sauce}

Snack(s): 

You may thinks this looks like a lot of snacks… BUT I like to snack. I just need to remember to have snacks that are good for me 🙂 It gives me energy and powers me through the day especially if I do not have a big lunch or have an afternoon workout.

1:30 pm-

Still kinda hungry from lunch so I had a little baggy of almonds. Maybe like 20?!

2:30pm-

Banana (unpictured!! sorry!!)

3:30 pm-

1/2 apple with 1 tsp of almond butter

Workout- 4:30 pm:

Bikraaaammmmm!!!!!!

Dinner- 7 pm:

Salmon filet and broccolini from Central Market + a baby half of a sweet potato

Desert- 8pm:

Green tea + 2 squares of Dove chocolate 🙂

I have said this before and I will say it again… I will never give up desert. EVER. Life is entirely too short.

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And that is a full day of eats for me!! I hope you guys have a fantastic Wednesday!

Question: Do you have snacky fingers?! What are you eating today?!

My First Foodie Pen Pal

Well hello friends!!

I told you that I had an exciting post for you guys today. I participated in my first foodie penpal for August hosted by Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean.

This month I was lucky enough to receive a box FULL of yummy goodies from the adorable Sarah. She sent me all kinds of things I had never tried before!

I have to say my favorite thing was the cinnamon raisin spread. YUM. Paired with an apple = perfect snack 🙂

Thank you Sarah for sending me such a fun box 🙂

I LOVE participating in this and can not wait to do it again next month. I had so much fun shopping for my foodie pen pal as well!

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No idea what a foodie pen pal is?!

Here are all the details from Lindsay’s blog:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

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I hope that you will join in next month!!!

Have a fantastic Friday! See you guys soon.