WIAW: Every Day Should End With Ice Cream

It’s Wednesday, it’s Wednesday … woopwoop! Which means it is a day for sharing eats and seeing what other people eat. Yup, I love What I Ate Wednesday and all the foodporn that it results in!

Here are y eats from earlier in the week – a pretty boring weekday. But on a non-boring note, spoiler alert – the day DID end with some ice cream!

The day started with some of my favorite overnight oats. Same as last week but no yogurt this time – just oats, almond milk, banana, honey and some peanut butter. So delicious.

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I had an apple and some nuts as well for a mid-morning snack.

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Lunch was a mishmash of random things. I had plans to eat lunch out with coworkers at a new BBQ place (which would have made for a WAY more interesting WIAW post), but I ended up getting pulled into a few meetings and having to work through lunch. Luckily I had a random assortment of food at my desk – leftover tabbouleh and baba from Friday night, carrots, plus a sweet potato (half with honey and cinnamon) and half an avocado. YUM! It hit the spot.

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I had some assorted hard candy for snacks that afternoon. Per usual.

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And a pear. Because pregnant Melissa LOVES FRUIT.

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B and I had our hospital tour after work that night. We got a quick tour of where I’ll be giving birth – wow. Somewhat made things a little more real to us! Anyway, that meant a late but quick dinner was needed – so we stopped off and had dinner at The Soupermarket.  I had their jambalaya soup, some amazing bread and B and I split the Market Greens salad.

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And I pulled the whole “I’m pregnant and want ice cream” and we stopped off at Sweet Moses on the way home. B got a root beer float and I got some salted caramel ice cream with toffee topping. SO GOOD. But I was stuffed!

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I tend to get VERY full during pregnancy – I’m well into the third trimester now and after some meals I just can’t get comfortable. That was the case after the ice cream. But so worth it! A perfect way to end my What I Ate Wednesday day.

 

Some questions for you:

  • Do you need dessert every night? What do you have?
  • How much fruit do you eat on a daily basis? I eat fruit at least 2x a day. 

WIAW: Two Workouts, No Sleep

Do you ever get insomnia? I don’t typically have trouble sleeping, but Sunday evening I woke up at 3 a.m. and could not get back to sleep. I tossed and turned for quite some time, until I gave up. I got up, clean (somewhat) the kitchen, finished some laundry, cleaned up my closet a little, did some work and then decided to get in a little workout. It’s amazing how much you can get done between 3:30 and 8 a.m.! (And I hope I never have that again. It’s also amazing how tired you can be during the day when you get stuff done for those 5 hours instead of sleeping)

Anyway, onto my Monday. I hadn’t originally planned to work out in the morning because I had a short run after work planned for the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, but I ended up getting in a short run before work and a walk. And then was hungry most of the day.

I had an early meeting on the road and didn’t end up have time for my usual breakfast at my desk. So, I had a chocolate protein shake.

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And when I got to the office I had some snacks. Apple and cashews.

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Lunchtime was some meal prep I had made over the weekend. Roasted veggies – cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips, carrots and a veggie burger. I seriously can’t get enough of this lunch.

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And snacks included a pear, some fruit salad and my favorite Siggi’s.20160314_173350 20160314_144116

Oh yeah  – and a cup of peanut M&Ms a few hours before my run. For fuel….right?20160314_152148

Then it was time for the run! 3.8 miles before a t-storm hit. They had free beer after the run, but I obviously did not partake.

it may look like I have a beer belly - but it's just a nearly 7 month pregger baby bump!

it may look like I have a beer belly – but it’s just a nearly 7 month pregger baby bump!

We grabbed some soup from Soupermarket for dinner – I got their special – Thai Peanut Chicken. And that hunk of bread. LOOK AT THAT BREAD.20160314_195141

AND for dessert? B and I shared this almond croissant from a new bakery that just opened downtown, Bloom. Not only was the pastry fabulous, but Bloom has a great business model – per their website, it’s a “business with a heart. We bake to provide jobs for low-income and disadvantaged adults in Greater Cleveland.”

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Anyway, those were my What I Ate Wednesday eats. Another delicious day.

With the two short runs (honestly the two short runs equaled a normal pre-pregnancy run for me), I ended up with 20,000+ steps, more than I typically get on the average Monday.

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Some questions for you:

  • Do you ever get insomnia? What do you do?
  • Do you prefer morning or afternoon workouts? Morning all the day! The only way I got out there that evening was because it was a group run.  

WIAW: Typical Eats

Well, after last week’s WIAW featuring some meals in Mexico, I feel like this week is a little weak. And I should apologize to you in advance. But you know what? This week’s entry is pretty typical. It’s a typical day of eats for me. So here you go – a pretty typical day:

Breakfast – egg whites, veggies. Always love this. And typically have some salsa or hot peppers with or in my eggs 🙂 And lately been loving some citrus with my breakfast – so I had a cutie.

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For lunch I had a pretty awesome homemade salad. It was spinach, chicken, sweet potatoes, artichoke hearts, avocado, feta cheese and olives. SO good!

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And a pear. This pear was pretty awesome.20160201_153240

For a snack later in the day I had some carrots and mixed nuts. Love the combo of the salty/nutty and carrots.

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And some tea in the afternoon. I bought this tea in Mexico City and the mandarin lichi tea was great!

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For dinner we had spaghetti squash marinara with cheese and meatballs. B made meatballs and they were so so so good. I may have had some mozzarella cheese on the side (not pictured).

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And I like to end the day with something sweet – a few spoonfuls of this ice cream was SO good and hit the spot! And that was the full day.20160201_190325

Some questions for you:

  • Do you typically end the day with something sweet?
  • What’s something you like to put on salads that may not be typical? I’ve been told sweet potatoes are not typical but I love them!

What I Ate in Mexico City (Comida en la Ciudad de México)

Have you read either of my previous posts about our trip to Mexico City last week during my birthday? If not, you should stop and read Part One now (or at least look at the pictures) because I guarantee that seeing the food will make you want to stop everything and go. Okay? (Part two is coming!) Bueno. Now that that’s over with, for this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, here are some food highlights from our week in Mexico City.

Breakfasts/Desayunos

Most days, B and I just walked to a local coffee shop and enjoyed something quick before a full day ahead of us. My favorite breakfast was the guava bread and fresh mango B and I shared on my birthday. B’s favorite breakfast was probably Huevos Divorciados – fried eggs with green salsa on one side, red on the other.

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Lunches/Almuerzos

We stuck to the local typical food and enjoyed tacos, guacamole, enchiladas, molcajete and other Mexican local cuisine for lunch and dinner most days. Some of my favorites included the guacamole with grasshoppers we made in the cooking class, the molcajete (look at all that food in that mortar/pestle style bowl) and the tacos we sampled at Tacos Califa on my birthday.

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amazing tacos and guacamole and cactus.

amazing tacos and guacamole and cactus.

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cactus leaves!

tamal!

tamal!

guacamole with grasshoppers.

guacamole with grasshoppers.

grasshoppers up close.

grasshoppers up close.

Dinners/Cenas

Depending on what we had for lunch, dinner varied. We enjoyed seafood, more tacos and guacamole and even local soup. I enjoyed it all!

me with the tacos al pastor meat in the background

me with the tacos al pastor meat in the background

a mescal mixed drink. how gorgeous is it?!

a mescal mixed drink. how gorgeous is it?!

more guacamole. without grasshoppers but with cheese and pomegranate seeds. And look - DP - the name of our restaurant (Dulce Patria!)

more guacamole. without grasshoppers but with cheese and pomegranate seeds. And look – DP – the name of our restaurant (Dulce Patria!)

fish fish fish!

fish fish fish!

local tortilla soup. so good!

local tortilla soup. so good!

Desserts/Postres

Mexico City has a ton of bakeries and we definitely enjoyed our fair share of treats. Some of my favorites included their Conchas (the cookies below the heart-shaped cookie) and the pastel de elote (this super moist corn cake).

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pastel de elote. YUM.

pastel de elote. YUM.

so many baked goods!

so many baked goods!

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YUM. I want to go back now and eat it all again!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you like Mexican food? What’s your favorite?
  • Ever eaten grasshoppers? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten?

WIAW #43: Home for the Holidays

 

 

 

 

I’m home for the holidays! While it’s not quite yet Christmas, and I still haven’t finished all my gift wrapping (fingers crossed my last package from Fedex arrives today as planned!), I’m back home in New York and enjoying some rest, relaxation, lots of reading (finished two books, onto the next!) AND home-cooked meals. So for this week’s WIAW, instead of one day of eats, here is a glimpse at a few of the meals I’ve enjoyed since I’ve been home.

Breakfasts have been pretty standard while I’ve been home. Some cereal (my parents’ cereal collect rivals that of Seinfeld) and fruit. Pretty standard AND delicious. Oh, and I love my mom’s homemade granola.

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Granola! (no, not frozen yogurt)

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Lunches have varied somewhat, typically including some sort of bread with cheese, fruit and a type of soup.

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For dinner, I’ve eaten all meals home (and homemade by my mom!) but one. We went out to dinner one night in the beautiful Saratoga Springs and hit up Ravenous, a place known for their crepes and frites. They did not disappoint. Otherwise, we had some roasted turkey breast, pesto pasta and cornish hens. All hit the spot. So. Much.

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And desserts. How can I forget about these? I’ve been baking up a storm for the holidays and of course sampling some of the treats, including chocolate covered pretzels, lemon bars, chocolate fudge cookies and jam cookies. ‘Tis the season!

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Questions for you:

  • What have you been baking?
  • What’s your favorite home-cooked meal?

WIAW #42: One Friday, Two Cities

It’s time for another exciting episode of … What I Ate Wednesday! That’s right, it’s already Wednesday. And for me, it’s my pseudo Friday, because I’m off work tomorrow and Friday! Yippee!

This post features my eats from last Friday. It was a semi interesting day of eats, because it started with a somewhat normal work day, but since we were going away for the weekend, we had very few groceries. And then we were traveling and then we were in NYC Friday night! So, this post features 2 cities in one day.

The day started out with a non-typical breakfast. As I mentioned, we didn’t have many groceries, so I had some grapes and a few bites of B’s peanut butter toast. I wasn’t too hungry, so a few bites were all I needed.

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I was starving by my usual mid-morning snack time, and I opted for half a banana and some peppermint bark.

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I hadn’t brought a lunch, so I decided to walk over to Stone Oven. I got my FAVORITE salad, Jaina’s salad. It has chicken, feta, croutons, tabbouleh, couscous, roasted red pepper and their amazing bread. I ate the whole thing up.

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I left work a little before 5 to head home to finish packing, grab a snack, and head to the airport. My snack was a cookie or two from our holiday cookie exchange the day prior. Look at all those cookies!!

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At the airport, I grabbed some mentos, a lemonade and gum and then we headed to NY.

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I was so hungry by the time we got into the city and met up with my friend Jane.  It was after 9:30, and we grabbed some Mexican food at a local place near her and it was great.

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Chips, guac and three tacos later, I was stuffed. Not a bad start to a fun weekend in NY!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have any upcoming trips planned? I’ll be back in NY again soon to spend the holidays with my family!
  • What’s your favorite holiday cookie or treat? I love peppermint bark! But love the simple shortbread cookies that my mom makes.
  • Do you have any go-to meals when you have no groceries?

 

WIAW #41: Dinner with Friends

Phew, we made it to Wednesday! Ever have those weeks where each day seems like two to three days? And by the time you get to Wednesday it feels like it should be a Friday? Yup, that’s me this week. Work, real life and personal life are getting a little crazy thanks to the holiday season and end of the year coming soon and I am SO ready for Friday!

I somehow missed last week’s WIAW. Whoops! Blame it on a busy week? So I’m back! With not a very exciting day, but a day that includes going to dinner with friends, so there’s that. And some hummus. Because what day is complete without some hummus? Amiright?

 

For breakfast, I started the day with some yogurt and fruit. I mixed plain Greek nonfat yogurt with some fruit I leftover from a weekend yogurt parfait and a pear. Delicious. But I can’t remember the last time I had my staple of eggs and veggies for breakfast!

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I had a lunch meeting that day, and we ordered in from Tomaydo Tomahdo. I got their southwestern salad, minus the tortilla crunches, and it was pretty good. I like the cilantro dressing and had some of it on the side. Any salad with a ton of cheese is a good salad in my mind 🙂

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I still got hungry later and had an apple, some nuts and a cookie for a snack.

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For dinner, I had a plans to meet up with some girls at Taza, my favorite Lebanese restaurant. They have THE BEST hummus in town and we shared some hummus, falafel (not pictured) AND a salad with feta (yum) and chicken.

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And that was about it! I love love love some hummus right now and it definitely hit the spot. And those pitas. They were like pillows!!

 

  • Middle eastern food – yay or nay?
  • When you order lunch in, do you have a go-to order?
  • Tell me something about your week!

 

WIAW #19: Zoodles and Birthdays

Guess what day it is … that’s right – it’s What I Ate Wednesday! These were my eats from Monday. It included a new zoodle recipe and a birthday dinner (one of a few) with my friend/running bff Nicole.

The day was also my first day of my training for the August half marathon I signed up for. I know – a half marathon, in August, sounds hot, humid and notsomuch fun. Oh well. I’m doing it! Anyway, day one was 3.5 miles so I tried to run them pretty fast (for me) and then finished with kettle bells and the elliptical. My post-run breakfast was made for me by B! Egg whites with italian hot peppers, mixed veggies and spinach.

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For lunch, I had made myself a salad. I made salads Sunday during some meal prep and also some quinoa salad so I mixed it all together. Topped with a Heinen’s flamegrilled veggie burger. YUM. No dressing this time.

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Snacks the day included a nectarine, strawberries, mixed nuts and carrots.

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For dinner, Nicole came over. It’s the start of her birthday week and she confessed to me that she has NEVER HAD ZOODLES. I know, right?! So in honor of her bday week we had plans to make pad thai zoodles for dinner. I snacked on some of those peanuts in the background before/after cooking too.

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For dessert, I finished a glass of red wine (yes, it’s leaning on B in this picture) and may have also had a peanut butter oatmeal M&M cookie.  These cookies were REALLY good and I’ll definitely be making them again and sharing the recipe soon!

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That was it! That was my day. How did I do? Two questions for you:

  • Do you like oatmeal cookies? What do you put in them?
  • What’s your go-to Thai or Vietnamese order? Pad see mao or pad see ew for Thai, Pho or Bun or cabbage salads for Vietnamese! 

WIAW #18: Baseball and Basketball Games

Happy Wednesday – are you ready for another What I Ate Wednesday? These were my eats from YESTERDAY. I tried to switch things up a little bit in my eats – starting with breakfast. For those of you who follow me on a regular basis, you know I typically eat egg whites and veggies in the morning – I started it with a little different food! Here we go:

The day started with a 5-ish mile run with Nicole around downtown! We made sure to run by the Q (Quicken Loans Arena) where the Cavs are playing in the NBA playoffs. There were already news stations parked downtown (ESPN, etc.) and the streets were alive and decorated. Before the run I had a spoonful of honey and some water.

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My post-run breakfast was a homemade yogurt parfait. I had leftover yogurt at work from our last week’s smoothie party – Dannon Light & Fit – which I mixed with some frozen berries, chia seeds and flaxseed. Yum!

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For lunch, I had made myself a salad. I typically have leftovers but I decided to give B the leftover stir fry for today and instead I had a salad with chickpeas, quinoa, a Heinen’s veggie burger, carrots, radishes and black beans. No dressing  – I’m super picky about the dressing and didn’t have any homemade dressing available.

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Snacks the day included a nectarine, lots of herbal tea (my office was freezing!), some radishes, some mints and a handful of nuts. Nuts not pictured.

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B made me dinner – some whole wheat pasta with sausage from our CSA and sautéed zucchini and shallots. It was soo good and luckily I got home from work about 6:45 and we had time to eat before heading to the Indians game.

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We ended up spending the evening at the Indians game BEFORE watching the Cavs game so my after-dinner snack was a beer at the ballpark. I didn’t realize it was going to be this big and I admit I didn’t finish it all. I maybe should’ve gone for the ice cream 🙂 We enjoyed spending time in the ballpark watching the Indians (they lost :() but also spent time in the ballpark bar and watched the Cavs game – and watched the Cavs win!! What a perfect ending to a Tuesday … is it Friday yet?

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Hellllo ginormous beer

Me and Nicole at the Indians stadium bar watching the Cavs game

Me and Nicole at the Indians stadium bar watching the Cavs game

That was it! That was my day. How did I do? Two questions for you:

  • Who are you rooting for in the NBA Finals? Cavs? Oakland? Nobody?
  • What’s your favorite ballpark food? If we hadn’t eaten dinner I would’ve gotten a pretzel or veggie burger. Or ice cream 🙂 

WIAW #16: B Cooks For Me …

Surprise- not only is it National Running Day, but it’s also time to talk about another one of my favorite subjects – food! That’s right, it’s  What I Ate Wednesday! These were my eats from YESTERDAY, because that is when I remembered to take photos. I really need to start taking photos on a different day of the week.

Basically as I’m typing this, I realize how lucky I am. B makes me soooo much of my food. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking or don’t know how to cook – it’s frankly because some days I’m just too crazed to think about cooking/eating/etc. and B takes care of me. So not to be overly gushy, but I can’t help write this post without acknowledging that. Anyway, breakfast included egg whites with hot peppers, spinach and frozen veggies. B made me the breakfast at home and I brought it into the office – and plated it – so I could eat this delicious meal at my desk.

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I also had a blueberry snack mid-morning.

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This week is our office’s Wellness Week so for lunch we had a salad bar potluck! Each person in our office contributed some ingredient for a salad and we made our own salads at lunch. BEST IDEA EVER. Check out my delicious salad- there’s feta cheese, blueberries, spinach, mixed greens, craisins, hard boiled egg, tomatoes, a few bites of chicken, chickpeas, carrots, cucumbers, and beans. No dressing – I’m weird like that. And served with an apple!

BEST SALAD.

BEST SALAD.

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Snacks the day included baby carrots, a nectarine and perrier, a handful of cashews and wintergreen mints.

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Dinner was great, as usual. I fully intended on making dinner but some client work popped up unexpectedly so after I started to chop up veggies, B took over. He made some pork from the West Side Market, cauliflower and broccoli.

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Yum! I was going to end the day with an Arctic Zero sundae, but I simply was too tired to do so.Yup, too tired for dessert … it doesn’t happen often, but it happens!

Some questions for you:

  • Do you have someone in your life that makes you meals when you’re short on time?
  • What are your favorite salad toppings?