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What I Ate Wednesday #11

Halloween is officially two weeks away and I am SO excited!  I don’t normally get this amped up for such a spooky holiday, but this will be the first year that Harper is old enough to enjoy it, so there is a whole new meaning to the festivities this time around.

And I am not just looking forward to the candy (although that is a definite perk).  I am most giddy about costumes. Last year we dressed up as the Flintstones, which was a blast until I ended up in the ER with an allergic reaction to my costume.  We were racking our brains wondering what we could do to top that until one evening, during a late night run to Target we found the perfect costume for Harper, which in turn, sparked the inspiration for our costumes.  And now we are counting down the days until we can dawn our new threads and ask strangers for candy.

Speaking of candy…I may or may not have caved at the check out counter at the grocery store today.  I couldn’t help myself.  I was alone and hungry and dark chocolate sounded like a good idea…

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats


Swiss Chard Smoothie with Vanilla Protein Powder

1 hardboiled egg

I am totally in love with this smoothie.  It is jam-packed with an entire bunch of swiss chard in addition to some of my favorite fruits.  I made this for breakfast yesterday and still had some leftover for round two.  It was the perfect way to start the day.

Snack #1:

1 Apple

I had planned on enjoyed Snack #2 (see below) but it proved to be a bit too messy on the go.  So I snacked on this delicious apple instead. It was sweet, crunchy and just what I needed to get me through until lunch time.


1/2 Lentil Flatbread Pizza (recipe coming later this week)

Everything Salad

This flatbread pizza has quickly become a household favorite.  I got the recipe from the tester’s booth at TJs (best inspiration around) and I have been hooked ever since.  Second day in a row I am enjoying it for lunch :)

Snack #2:

Banana with NuttZo Butter

It’s official.  I am nuts over Nuttzo!  And in the midst of creating the link back to the website, I came across a video about the owner and now I am an even bigger fan of Nuttzo (if that is even possible).  If you haven’t had the chance to check out this amazing nut and seed butter, please do.  It will change your life…seriously!


Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crumble Topping

Even though it is still 80 degrees outside, and there is no chilly weather in sight, I was in the mood for some good ol’ comfort food tonight.  Freddie and I both agreed that this meal was a winner.  Looking forward to sharing the recipe soon :)

Guilty Pleasure:

Dark Chocolate M&M’s

In the midst of making dinner, I realized that I was out of lemons.  So I ran out to the store to pick up a few and these M&M’s caught my eye while I was checking out.  I am not sure if it is because I am usually distracted by a toddler or if I have been living under a rock lately (probably both), but I never knew these existed.  And now that I do?  Dangerous.  They are AWESOME!

Now that I have officially fallen off the Clean Eating bandwagon, I am going to do my best to rally myself up to get back on track.  Which means there might possible be another 2-week meal plan in my future.

Hope you all have a lovely hump day!

Your turn:  What are you dressing up as for Halloween?  Any favorite Halloween treats that you are excited about?  Looking forward to reading your responses :)

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What I Ate Wednesday #6


September 11th.  A day that will forever be remembered in our country’s history.  I am sure we can all recall where we were when we heard the news.  The reality of the events were shocking.  But the way that our country came together to support one another was encouraging.  As a family member of an active serviceman, I can’t help but be grateful for all the men and woman who have devoted their lives to ensuring our safety.  The sacrifice that they make is truly inspiring.

After such a heavy intro it’s hard to find a way to transition into talking about today’s meals without there being an awkward moment.   But I figured if I recognized the elephant in the room, it wouldn’t seem so silly…So without further ado, here is a look at what I was munching on today…


Melon Smoothie

1 egg, hardboiled

Ever since I made this smoothie for the first time during my clean eating journey, I have been hooked.  I love that I can cram in two servings of fruit and veggies during in my first meal.  Helps me to start the day off right :)

Snack #1:

1 pluot

Handful of raw almonds

With as tasty as these pluots were, I couldn’t dare use them in a crumble.  Instead, they have become my staple snack this week.  Crunchy, sweet and delicious!


Chicken Enchiladas: Corn tortillas stuffed with ranchero chicken, black beans, brown rice and cheese.  Topped with mild enchilada sauce, and sour cream.

Green leaf, red leaf and Romaine lettuce tossed with grated carrots, jicama, red cabbage and sprouts in a tahini dressing.

I wish I could take credit for this yummy lunch, but I owe it all to my leftovers from take out the other night.  And as much as I loved the enchilada, the salad was the best part of this meal.  The tahini dressing is amazing.  It’s so good I kind of want to drink it.

After lunch indulgence:

A handful of Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips

I don’t normally find pleasure in eating chocolate chips out of a bag.  I would much rather whip them up in a baked good.  But while I was putting some groceries away in the pantry this afternoon, they caught my eye and I immediately began to salivate.  I think I have just started a new habit…one that has the potential to become dangerous…

Snack #2:

Salty Date and Almond Raincoast Crisps topped with Dubliner Cheese

Thanks to my sister-in-law, I am hooked on these amazing crackers.  And really, calling them crackers doesn’t even do them justice.  Because they in no way belong in the same category as Ritz.  They deserve to be in a food group all their own.  Simple divine.

Southwestern Rubbed Flat Iron Steak, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables

Last week, Harper started back at swimming class.  And while I love being in the pool with her again, Tuesdays are now the busiest day of the week.  So until I wrap my head around our new schedule, when it comes to dinner, we are opting for take out.  And this meal definitely hit the spot.

After Dinner Treat:

1 Coconut and Mango Smooze!  Fruit Ice

I seem to have quite the sweet tooth today.  I was really craving some mango, but after coming up empty-handed, I settled for this refreshing treat instead.  And it didn’t disappoint :)

So how am I doing with my “falling into good habits?”.  Overall, I think I did pretty well.  Could have probably skipped the sweet indulgences, but I definitely think they were the lesser of possible evils.  For me, it’s about finding a balance where I can eat clean without feeling like I am making huge sacrifices.  It is a work in progress but I am proud of my efforts…

Hope you all had a lovely little Tuesday.  Here’s to good eats and yummy treats!

PS:  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  You only have 1 day left to get your entries in.  Remember to leave a comment on the original post letting me know that you have completed the tasks.  Your comment acts are your entry into the giveaway.  Good luck!  

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Clean Eating: Round 2/Day 12

Today was great.  I woke up to some snuggles from my little girl, hung out with a bunch of adorable babies at music class, enjoyed an afternoon nap, played in the sand at the park and went for an evening stroll in the neighborhood.   Doesn’t get much better than that.  And peppered throughout my day were some pretty darn good eats.  Check out what was making me drool today…


1/2 cup Muesli, 1 cup milk, 1 cup mixed and sliced strawberries and blueberries

Snack #1:

Sweet Mango Smoothie


Crispy Panko Chicken with Garlic Smashed Potatoes & Peppers

Snack #2:

1/2 each red and yellow bell pepper, diced, sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil with 1 cup cooked brown rice and 1 tbsp chopped pecans


Bean Chili:  1 can Cuban Style Black Beans (from Trader Joe’s), 2 oz ground turkey (cooked), 1/2 tsp chile powder.  Topped with 3 cherry tomatoes, chopped, 2 tbsp chopped green onions and 1 oz avocado, chopped.

Highlights:  Breakfast was a delight.  There isn’t a better way to start your day then with a bowl full of berries.  And this version of Muesli redeemed my first attempt the other day.  Super delish!

Lowlights:  No lowlights today!  Everything was pleasing to the tummy :)

And just when I thought my day couldn’t get any better, it’s time to beat the hubby in some board games…

Hope your holiday weekend is filled with love, laughter and fun!

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Clean Eating: Round 2/Day 6 & 7

It’s funny how one’s perception of the weekend changes over time.  I can remember when I was little, weekends meant sleepovers, watching cartoons and donuts (mmmm….donuts!).  Once I got a little older, weekends were about staying out late, partying and sleeping the day away (oh what I wouldn’t give to sleep the day away…).  Now, my weekends are a success if I get out of bed by 8, stay in my pjs as long as possible and spend lots of time as a family.

So, taking my current standards into consideration, I would say this weekend was a home run!  I was able to get done all of the things I set out to do.  Pedicure?  Check!  Make naughty clean eating dessert?  Check!  Snuggle with my baby (and take a 3 hour nap!)?  Check!  Play a late night game of Scattergories with the hubby?  Check!  Eat delicious, clean food?  Check!  Pretty nice little Saturday if you ask me (although I didn’t have time to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond…)!  And my tummy is happy too…

1.  Breakfast:  1 cup Greek yogurt topped with 2 pluots, pitted and chopped and 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

2.  Snack #1:  1 cup halved grape tomatoes, 1 oz mozzarella, cubed, 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar and 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

3.  Lunch:  1 serving Five-Spice Pork with Sweet and Sour Broccoli

4.  After Lunch Treat:  1 Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blondie

5.  Snack:  Melon Smoothie and 20 Popchips

6.  Dinner:  4 oz chicken, 3 cups arugula sauteed in 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp red wine vinegar, 1 cup cooked quinoa, handful of steamed broccoli

Highlights:  Although it is obvious that the Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blondie was the highlight of my life day, since it’s not on the meal plan it’s not in the running for a shout out.  So I will have to go with the deconstructed caprese salad I had for my snack.  I have never thought to make it this way but it was super delish!  Only wish there was a bit more to be enjoyed…

Lowlights:  As much as I like the pepperiness of arugula, I wasn’t a fan of it warm.  The sauté didn’t turn out as yummy as I had hoped.  I think in that future I will stick with cold arugula on salads and sandwiches.

1.  Breakfast:  Banana- Nut Oatmeal (Combine 3/4 cup cooked oats, 1/4 cup cooked teff, 1 banana, sliced, 1 tsp honey, 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 10 hazelnuts, chopped)

2.  Snack #1:  1 apple sliced and 2 tbsp almond butter

3.  Lunch:  Ginger Tofu Stir-fry (3 oz tofu, chopped, sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil with 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped, 1/2 zucchini, chopped, 1/2 cup green beans, 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce and 1/4 tsp peeled and minced ginger on top of 1 cup cooked brown rice).

4.  Snack #2:  Vanilla Peach Treat

5.  Dinner:  Hearty Salmon Penne (1/2 cup corn, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1/2 cup navy beans, 3 leaves basil, chopped, 3/4 cup cooked whole wheat penne, 3 oz broiled salmon tossed with 1 tsp olive oil)

6.  After Dinner Treat:  1 Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blondie with 1 cup milk

Highlights:  Breakfast was divine!  It was just what I needed to get my day started off right :)  I love the combination of the oats and the teff.  Makes for an interesting and delicious texture.  I will most definitely be enjoying this again.

Lowlights:  Not too sure about the salmon pasta.  I like salmon and I like pasta.  But together?  Not a match made in heaven.  Which is why I decided to reward myself with a blondie for dessert :)

After some good rest, pretty pink toes and a clean eating dessert fix, I’m ready to start my week off on the right foot :)  Happy Monday!

ps:  How was your weekend?



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Clean Eating: Round 2/Day 3 & 4

Food.  We all need it to live.  But what we choose to put in our mouths can either build us up or break us down.  Never before did I fully comprehend the mantra “you are what you eat” until I began this Clean Eating journey.  But with so many temptations out there, it can be hard to follow through with your best intentions.  That is why this meal plan is so helpful for me.  It keeps me on track by offering me a strict framework.  It also allows my body to detox from the yucky foods that I have enjoyed in the past.  And what I am finding is that the longer I go without those foods, the less I crave them and ultimately, the better I feel.  This meal plan has introduced me to cleaner versions of my favorite foods, helping me to make better choices in the future.  And the last few days have been a good example of this.  Check out what I have been stuffing my face with lately…

1.  Breakfast:  Peanut Butter Teff Porridge (Toast 1/2 cup teff on medium-high heat for 1 t0 2 minutes.  Add 1 1/2 cups water, reduce heat to a low boil and cook, stirring, for 20 minutes.  Combine 1/2 cup cooked teff with 1 banana, smashed, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter and 1 tsp honey)

2.  Snack #1:  1 cup Cream of Tomato Soup, 1 oz mozzarella cheese

3.  Lunch:  Quinoa Confetti (3 oz chicken breast, chopped, 1 cup cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup steamed corn, 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning)

4.  Snack #2:  2 cups cubed cantaloupe topped with 1/2 cup cottage cheese.

5.  Dinner:  Seafood Salad (4 oz bass, seasoned and broiled, over 2 cups each spinach and arugula, 1 cup chopped grape tomatoes, 2 slices red onion, 2 redskin potatoes, chopped and steamed tossed with 2 tsp red wine vinegar and 1 tsp olive oil.

Highlights:  It’s hard to pick one highlight today, since everything was so yummy.  But I am most excited about my new favorite grain.  Teff.  It made for a delicious breakfast and I am looking forward to learning new ways to prepare it!

Lowlights:  No lowlights today!  Everything was great :)

1.  Breakfast:  Melon Smoothie (1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup watermelon, 1 cup spinach, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup water, 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder) and 1 hard boiled egg.

2.  Snack #1:  15 Beanitos Black Bean Chips with 1/4 cup hummus.

3.  Lunch:  1 serving Italian Meatball Casserole served atop 3/4 cup cooked whole wheat penne and 1 cup each green beans, diced red bell pepper and diced Vidalia onion sautéed in 1 tsp olive oil.

4.  Snack #2:  Vanilla Nectarine Treat (1/2 Barbara’s Shredded Wheat biscuit, crushed, 1 nectarine, pitted and chopped, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 10 whole almonds, chopped.

5.  Dinner:  Asian Tofu Bowl (4 oz tofu, cubed, 1 zucchini, sliced, 1 carrot, sliced, 1 cup rice and 1 tsp soy sauce)

Highlights:  I am in LOVE with this Melon Smoothie.  I was a little hesitant at first because I am usually not a fan of melon flavored things (although I enjoy eating melon as is).  But this smoothie was A.MAZ.ING!!!  I will be making this over, and over, and over again.  And I’m lucky enough that it appears again on this meal plan.  Yay, me!

Lowlights:  No lowlights today either.  This meal plan ROCKS!

Whether it’s because I’m now considered a seasoned veteran or because I haven’t had to eat any canned salmon this time around, Clean Eating is no longer feeling like a sacrifice for me.  I am completely satisfied after every meal and don’t feel the least bit deprived.  This round is helping me to build the confidence I need to move forward with this new lifestyle and embrace change.  As long as I can come up with some Clean Eating desserts, life will be grand :)



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Clean Eating: Day 5 & 6

As we approach the end of my first week of Clean Eating, all is well.  The food is getting yummier and my body is feeling happier.  My husband and I were talking in the kitchen today as I was preparing dinner and we both agreed that even though we miss some of our naughty food indulgences (like ice cream and crusty french baguettes), eating this way has us feeling pretty good.

So here’s a look at what has been fueling us the last few days…

1.  Breakfast:  Peach Smoothie (1 frozen peach, 4 oz super firm tofu, 1 cup milk, 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds, ice as needed).

2.  Snack #1:  2 lightly salted brown rice cakes topped with 2 tbsp almond butter, 2 tbsp raisins.

3.  Lunch:  2 cups Summer Pasta Salad, 4 oz red snapper (prepared like this), 2 cups mixed greens drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

4.  Snack #2:  1 plum, 1 tbsp raw sprouted almonds.

5.  Dinner:  4 oz pork chops, 2 cups kale (sautéed with 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 diced bell pepper, 1 minced clove garlic, dash of vegetable broth), 1 cup quinoa.

Highlights:  Dinner was definitely my favorite meal…and it wasn’t because of the pork (although the pork was lovely).  I have never sautéed my kale with bell peppers before.  It was SO good!!!  I’m actually craving it now.  It brought a nice sweetness to the kale with added a new dimension of flavor.  I will definitely be trying that again!

Lowlights:  As much as I LOVE smoothies, this one wasn’t great.  I think it was the tofu that threw me off.  The flavor was pretty strong and it just didn’t seem right to have it paired with peaches.  Bummer, cause I love peaches.  Not as successful as my first smoothie.

1.  Breakfast:  2 slices of Ezekiel Bread dipped in 1 egg, 1/8 tsp cinnamon and dash of vanilla extract, cooked in a skillet over medium heat, 3 minutes per side.  Topped with 1/2 cup cottage cheese and 1 cup sliced strawberries.

2.  Snack #1:  3 prunes, 10 walnut halves.

3.  Lunch:  2 cups chopped  Romaine topped with a mixture of chopped celery (1 stalk), carrot (1 stick), cucumber (1 small) and 3 oz salmon tossed with a homemade dressing of 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/8 tsp each dried basil, garlic powder and dried oregano.

4.  Snack #2:  1/2 whole wheat pita topped with 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter and 1 banana sliced.

5.  Dinner:  8oz super firm tofu sautéed in cast iron skillet mixed with 1/4 chopped red onion, 2 cups chopped broccoli and 1 cup chopped zucchini sautéed with 2 tsp olive oil and a dash of tamari on top of 1 cup cooked brown rice.

Highlights:  Dinner was another winner.  Although the tofu experiment from yesterday was unsuccessful, this meal was satisfying and scrumptious.  It reminded me of a stir fry that we often order from a local restaurant.  The red onions added a nice sweetness and the tamari brought in the saltiness for balance.

Lowlights:  As much as I love a good salad, this one didn’t tickle my fancy.  I blame the salmon.  I just can’t get on the canned salmon train.  I think I only have one more meal with the salmon and then I might have to kick the habit.

I have always believed that you are what you eat, but sometimes my cravings can get the best of me.  But after working so hard this week and reaping the benefits of the difference clean eating makes, I look forward to continuing these new habits even after the two week journey is over.

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend (and the Olympics!).

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Clean Eating: Day 2 & WIAW

2 days down and 12 to go.  And I’m feeling good so far.  Hungry…but good.

But honestly, I do feel clean.  Very clean on the inside :)  I don’t feel weighed down or foggy.  I don’t feel full and lazy.  I feel energetic, healthy and great!  Just a tinge hungry…

Since I am documenting my eats for the next few weeks, I have decided to participate in a blog link up called What I Ate Wednesday or WIAW.  It’s a fun and exciting link party thrown by Jenn of Peas and Crayons where bloggers from all over the blogosphere share their delicious eats for a day.

This month’s theme is Summer Staples.  When I think of summer, I think of fruit (surprised?).  And drinking a nice cold smoothie filled with fresh and juicy fruit is a great way to stay cool in the summer heat.  Enter today’s breakfast…


Green Berry Shake:  Blend 1 cup mixed greens, 1 cup blueberry, 1 cup milk (I mixed cows milk and almond milk), 1 tbsp flaxseeds, dash of cinnamon and 6 ice cubes.

1 egg, hardboiled

Snack #1:

2 organic lightly salted brown rice cakes, 1 tbsp unsalted peanut butter, 1 banana and 8 oz organic low-fat milk


2 sprouted corn tortillas each topped with 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 oz turkey and a handful of mixed greens

1 cup organic black bean vegetable soup

Snack #2:

1/2 grapefruit and 1 tbsp flaxseeds


3 oz chicken, seasoned with salt, pepper and paprika

3 oz sweet potato, baked

2 cups spinach sautéed in 2 tsp olive oil with 1 clove garlic, minced

Biggest success of the day…

Hardboiled eggs.  I made perfect hardboiled eggs.  I have made hardboiled eggs before, but this hardboiled egg was the best I have ever tasted.  It has been a while since I hardboiled an egg so I googled a how to and follow this “recipe”.  It was perfect!  I highly suggest giving it a try…unless you have your own magical way to make hardboiled eggs, in which case…Please share :)

Since tomorrow is my weekly CSA link party, I won’t be posting my eats.  But I will make sure to post Wednesday’s meals on Thursdays post.  Double the pleasure, double the fun.  Can’t wait until Thursday?  If you want a sneak peek, follow me on Instagram (inherchucks).

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