WIAW: Bacon Makes it All Better

Happy What I Ate Wednesday ! Hopefully you’re enjoying a great week and you’re enjoying some beautiful fall weather. It was actually in the 70s this week and last weekend, which is not fall for Cleveland, but I’ll take it!

Here are some of my eats from last Thursday. The day started out with some egg white oatmeal. I’ve been hooked on this for the past few weeks and on this day was no different.  I made a ton which was so good and kept me full for most of the morning. I also had some pumpkin spice chai tea.

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I ended up having some  boobie balls (recipe here) as a snack before a late lunch. Sorry for the blurry balls 🙂

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Lunch was leftovers – and they were so good! I had some veggie hash the night before with sweet potatoes and zucchini and I put it on top of a bed of spinach with some BACON. OMG I love bacon and it had been forever since I last had some – it was the perfect lunch. Paired with a local apple!

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Snacks that afternoon included some mixed nuts AND a homemade apple streusel muffin.20161027_143215

This picture doesnt do it justice, but these muffins were amazing. They were the bomb dot com. Does anyone say that anymore?

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Dinner was fresh from my freezer with some add ins. My mom had made some chicken rollatini for me and brought it the last time she visited – it was SO GOOD and it was so nice not to have to cook! I had that on top of some Ohio City pasta and roasted zucchini. 20161027_195437

That was it for my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like bacon? Any kind in particular? I like turkey or regular. I bought regular pork bacon that was nitrate free and had that with our hash for leftovers.
  • Do you plan meals so you have leftovers for lunch? Yes, if I can! 

Try It Tuesday: Apple Cider Vinegar

I know I’m semi-behind the times, but have you heard about the vinegar craze? Or more specifically, apple cider vinegar? Or “ACV” to those who are in-the-know? 

About a year or so ago, my Instagram feed was completely taken over by people and their vinegars. Drinking this vinegar for this reason, using this vinegar for that reason, etc. But the most common one? ACV.

I admit it, I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to try apple cider vinegar. I already have a pretty solid vinegar collection (red wine, rice wine, balsamic, etc.) for dressings and marinades and cooking. And I wasn’t sure I wanted to try drinking the stuff.

So, when Swanson Health Products asked me to try their apple cider vinegar, I was intrigued. I was told that it is raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized; this means it still has the “mother,” a natural complex of proteins, enzymes, fiber and friendly bacteria.

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How did I try it out?

  • I made some salad dressing to top on a salad. I mixed 1 TB ACV + 1 tsp Dijon mustard and 1.5 TB extra virgin olive oil. It was great!
  • I tried it as a drink – I mixed 3 TB ACV to about 1/4 c of water. I first gargled with it (it’s supposed to help with a healthy throat!) and then drank it. The taste was a lot better than I expected. Bonus: I did this after working out, as not only is it good for a healthy throat, but ACV is supposed to help with preventing lactic acid build up!
a little in my mug

a little in my mug

then diluted with water and gargled for throat comfort!

then diluted with water and gargled for throat comfort!

  • I made a fruit fly trap – I put a few tablespoons in a bowl and added a few drops of dish soap. I had no idea we had so many fruit flies in our apartment – eep!
  • I made a ginger, cinnamon ACV drink. This was my FAVORITE – it was so so so good!

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What did I think?

Honestly, it was great on all ends. It not only killed fruit flies, but also made a good dressing and a better-than-expected post-workout drink and gargle!

Apparently apple cider vinegar is good for all sorts of other things. Some unexpected uses (I haven’t tried) include (and more are here!):

  • Getting rid of the hiccups
  • Getting rid of bad breath
  • Creating shiny hair
  • Making rice fluffy
  • Making a facial toner

Who knew?!

Some questions for you:

  • Have you tried ACV?
  • What are some products, like ACV, you’ve tried for unexpected or new solutions? I was surprised that I could make my own natural window cleaner with citrus! I did that once and it worked out great.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but was provided a gift certificate and product (apple cider vinegar) by Swanson Health. My views and comments are solely my own and do not represent those of Swanson.