WIAW: Vitamin C!

Happy hump day! That’s right it’s WEDNESDAY. Which means it’s totally time for What I Ate Wednesday.  (and no, it’s not Friday yet)

Today’s eats are from Monday. I’ve been fighting a cold coming on for the past few days and have been trying to get rest (unsuccessfully), take it easy (semi-successfully) and up my Vitamin C. So on this day I had TWO oranges! Well, one orange and one tangelo. Stay tuned…

Breakfast started with some egg white oats. I’ve been adding some brewer’s yeast and flaxseed to mine lately to help with my milk supply. Not sure if it’s working, but they tasted good! Oh and of course-  said tangelo.

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Lunch was part leftover salad from Stone Oven (their Janea salad has tabbouleh, chicken, feta, roasted red pepper, couscous and amazing croutons – I’m hooked!) and part sweet potato that I roasted.Plus some fruit salad (a mini pear and thats right – an orange!) and baby carrots.

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I had a late work meeting so around 4 p.m. I decided to have some mixed nuts and a few of these boobie balls. Or energy balls – whatever you want to call them. This batch has mini chocolate chips and M&Ms in them – perfect for an afternoon sweet fix!

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Since I had a client meeting that started at 5:30 p.m., B was on daycare pick AND dinner duty. He made me dinner of runny eggs, beans and spinach – and it hit the spot.

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Yes, there’s a baby in the background!

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Oh, and I ended the day with some chocolate. B had picked up a box of chocolates from a local chocolatier over the weekend and I couldn’t help but dive in. YUM!

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That was it for my What I Ate Wednesday eats! I hope that I start to feel better soon – this vitamin C better do the trick! Since I’m still bf-ing, there’s not much in terms of cold meds that I can take.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any tricks to fighting or shortening colds?
  • Do you have a favorite nut?

WIAW: A [Semi] Day Off and Thanksgiving Leftovers!

As I mentioned, B and I were supposed to go back to New York and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, but sadly our plans fell through. Since we had already planned to take a day off, we decided to keep the day off and just do a little work among enjoying a relaxing day together. Confession: I still put in 4.5hours of work – BUT – it was still great to be in my PJs all day, go out to breakfast and take a walk in the afternoon.

Because I was off, we had a great day of food. So here are some of those eats for today’s  What I Ate Wednesday! For breakfast B and I went out to the West Side Market diner and split two meals – sadly I only got a photo of the french toast. Whoops. But we split the french toast AND the hash. Both were great!

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Lunch was Thanksgiving leftovers! A little bit of turkey, some stuffing, veggies and cauliflower. Yum.

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My snack? Some of these Famous Amos cookies. I got them after our Thanksgiving Day 5 Miler (along with a banana of course) and opened up the package in the afternoon. They weren’t that bad!

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Dinner was spaghetti squash marinara. It included squash, some chicken sausage, spinach, sautéed onions, eggplant and of course tons of homemade pasta sauce and parmesan. Oh, and wine!

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I was totally going to have some Halo Top for dessert, but I got too tired and ended up going to bed around 9 p.m. Boring, I know! Especially since I picked up all these flavors this weekend!

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Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any go-to easy meals? Spaghetti squash marinara is one of mine!
  • Did you have Thanksgiving leftovers? I was so glad to have some for lunch!

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! 

WIAW: Typical Office Eats

Welp, as I mentioned, I’m back at work from maternity leave.  Which means – back to my typical office eats. Every day is somewhat different, but for today’s What I Ate Wednesday, I wanted to share a pretty typical day of food and snacks when 99% of the food I ate that was at my office. Here are last Thursday’s eats!

Breakfast was oats – I’ve been on an egg kick lately, but B was traveling for work and didn’t have time to make me eggs and since I’m lazy, I made some egg white oats and topped it with banana and mixed nuts. They were SO good! I love egg whites in my oats heated up – they fill me up longer AND take on a custardy type texture.

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Snacks also included more mixed nuts. Here are the containers we have at work. 20161006_121400

Lunch is not that pretty looking but it hit the spot! A ton of roasted veggie s(squash, eggplant, onion, zucchini) and some ground chicken gyro meat that was leftover from dinner. All on top of some spinach. YUM.

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Later snacks included an apple.20161006_135408

And a few of these boobie balls. Or energy balls – whatever you want to call them. I may have consumed more than 2 as the day went on …20161005_100658

Dinner was one of my favorite quick and easy meals – roasted veggie hash topped with a runny egg. I need more easy quick meals in my life!20161006_182547

And of course, dessert. Arctic Zero Vanilla Maple topped with some chocolate chips, chocolate wafers and PEANUT BUTTER. There was more peanut butter on the bottom too.20161006_200221

That was it for my What I Ate Wednesday eats! I headed to bed literally right after my dessert and conked out. I’m so tired now that I’m back at work. Between running, working, and not sleeping (FW is still waking up 1-2 times a night to eat), I’m not sure how my brain is functioning most days.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like Arctic Zero? Favorite flavor?
  • Do you prep lunches for work/school in advance or make them daily?

WIAW: Back From Maternity Leave

Last week I went back to work after taking off 3 months of maternity leave. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do and I was so surprised that it was. I was an emotional wreck. After spending 3 months with FW, I could barely think about leaving him all day. I may go into those emotions more in a future post, but for now, it’s  What I Ate Wednesday! And here are my eats from my first day back at work, last Thursday.

But first, here’s a pic of FW all dressed up for his first day of daycare. It’s from my Instagram account (@koskim).

Anyway, breakfast was B’s specialty! He made me egg whites, spinach and tomatoes and I packed it up and brought it into work. It was nice to be back eating at my desk and an old staple.

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Lunch was a whole bunch of roasted veggies I had prepped a few days earlier and some grilled chicken, all on top of some spinach. Plus some avocado. It was so good and hit the spot. 20160929_132638

Snacks during the day included an apple from our apple picking adventure, a PB&J muffin AND some nuts. You can see some pistachios AND these delicious pumpkin spice almonds that my coworker shard with me. I love pumpkin spice flavored things!!20160929_144747 20160929_152453

Dinner was right from the freezer. I knew I’d be too tired (emotionally and physically) and drained after my first day back to think about dinner so I had taken out some Skinnytaste Late Summer Enchilada Pie from the freezer and paired it with some more spinach and roasted zucchini. This dish is my FAVE and it freezes well! SO happy to have some freezer meals these coming weeks as I get back into the groove of work and figure out how to balance little sleep, running and a newborn. Yikes.

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That was it! I almost had some ice cream and leftover french toast for dessert, but I honestly was too tired to move off the couch and open the freezer. I passed out around 8:30 p.m. – a record for me!

Some questions for you:

  • Working moms – any tips for getting healthy meals for dinner ready?
  • Do you like pumpkin spice flavored things? What’s your favorite?

Ice Cream for Dinner after the Dentist

Happy Wednesday! We’ve made it halfway through the week, and this Wednesday is especially special because tonight B and I are going out to celebrate his birthday. His big day was yesterday (and of course we celebrated with a great dinner from Mod Meals and a cake I made), but tonight we’re having Aunt Mary babysit so that we can get dinner out, just the two of us. Our second date night since FW was born!

It’s also What I Ate Wednesday! This day’s eats aren’t the healthiest – but that’s what WIAW is about, sharing our eats, for what they are.

Breakfast was pretty good – I’m on an overnight oats kick again, mainly because I don’t have granola anymore, am trying to not eat a gallon of yogurt a day (I think FW doesn’t like that, so I’ll keep my dairy to ice cream) and they’re easy to eat with a baby around. This time I had some cinnamon and almond and peanut butter in my mixture of oats, chia seeds, honey and almond milk.20160908_090043

Midmorning, FW and I went to two farmers markets that are walkable from our apartment. We may have gotten a little overexcited and purchased a little too many peaches, nectarines, veggies and local bread.

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So  naturally, I snacked on a peach (it was SOOO GOOD) and nectarine that morning.20160908_114742

I also made some buckeyes that morning for a surprise for B’s birthday. So naturally I had one or two of those.

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For lunch, I had leftover grilled chicken (my parents had sent me home from NY with leftovers, yay!), half a baked sweet potato, sliced local tomato (SO much better than non-in-season tomato) and spinach.

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For dessert, I had a few spoonfuls of this deliciousness.

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AND of course, I had to try a slice of that cinnamon bread I had bought at the market. So good!

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B and I had dentist appointments that evening and after the dentist opted to stop by the local Dairy King for a quick treat to beat the heat. I had vanilla soft serve dipped in butterscotch. It was so good – but I was stuffed and not hungry for dinner after our 6 pm ice cream treat!
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So those were some of my eats from last week’s dentist appointment day to share for What I Ate Wednesday.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any traditions from going to dr or dentist appointment growing up? B’s family used to always go out for dinner or a treat after the dentist, which is one reason we went. 
  • Have you been to any farmers markets recently? What did you get?

WIAW: Cookies For Lunch (Whoops!)

Happy What I Ate Wednesday ! Hopefully you’re enjoying a great week and you’re enjoying the last few days of summer (I can’t believe the unofficial end is in sight! eep!)

This day includes a less-than-heathy day…a day when I happened to have a few cookies for lunch. Whoops!

It all started out fine – some delicious fruit salad (peaches this year ARE SO GOOD!) and some of these boobie balls (recipe here).

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And then lunch – I was baking to bring in treats to B’s office and ended up baking while FW slept and when I usually eat lunch. So this became my lunch. These peanut butter bars were SO good though!20160829_141212 20160829_152815

In the afternoon, FW and I took a walk to Bloom bakery. Not pictured – but while we were there buying a loaf of their amazing house white (it tastes like sour dough!) we enjoyed some free samples. A bite or two of brownie and chocolate chip cookie.

For dinner, I was craving something summery. So I may have gone a little overboard. Some turkey burgers with corn on the cob, some sweet potato and red potato salad, fat free refried beans, spinach and a side salad.

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That was it! I opted to only have a bite of one of those cookie bars before giving it to B to try. Enough dessert for one day! And that was my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever end up working through lunch and eating something less-than-healthy?
  • What’s your favorite summery meal?