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My First What I Ate Wednesday!

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Each Wednesday I look forward to reading all of the What I Ate Wednesday posts that are a part of Peas And Crayon’s weekly link up party.

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If you aren’t familiar, What I Ate Wednesday is a weekly gathering of healthy living bloggers hosted by Jen over at Peas and Crayons where bloggers post about their daily/weekly/new eats. It is a great opportunity to learn some new recipes, get ideas to spice up your routine meals and experience some new blog friends.

I have never participated before but decided today was the perfect opportunity after yesterday’s post about my vegetarian diet plateau. I have really been making a conscious effort to shake things up and increase my protein at each meal.

Breakfast lately:

Instead of my usual oatmeal variety bowl, I have switched on over to my version of the two-ingredient pancake.

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Using a mix of either egg plus whites or all whites combined with mashed banana, I create a pancake (or omelette) that is both sweet and savory as well as a good does of protein and carbs to get me through my morning run.

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I am working on flipping it perfectly.

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Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

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Either way, topped off with some peanut butter (and a drop of jelly on occasion), my stomach is satisfied and happy. Best part? I can run shortly after eating this breakfast without any digestive issues.

Do I miss my morning oatmeal? Nope.

But that’s only because I look forward to seeing it at lunchtime.

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If you follow me on instagram, you already know that lunch lately has more often than not been an oatmeal yogurt parfait. I always hated lunch simply because I never felt like anything – it was always that meal in between a great breakfast and a yummy dinner.

These days however, I am absolutely loving my lunch.

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A good mix of cooked oats (I love oatmeal cold) combined with plain greek yogurt, berries,  granola and peanut butter and I am a happy camper.

The only vegetable I see midday lately is if I decide to go crazy and add pumpkin to the parfait.

And yes, that is a parfait in a mug. I don’t know why, but I love my oatmeal yogurt concoctions served in anything but a traditional bowl.

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Like this travel cup – parfaits pack well. Try it.

I really believe that reducing the amount of vegetables I am consuming combined with a bump up in my protein has worked wonders on keeping me full and satisfied without weighing me down. My stomach and I have learned that I can only handle so many vegetables so I have reserved the majority of them for dinner time or late afternoon snack (which really means snacking while cooking dinner).

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Dinner really hasn’t changed much as of late. It is always a random mix of roasted and steamed veggies and avocado accompanied by a complex carb such as quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, sometimes a mix of all three and/or a variety of squash. I try to include either beans, cheese or my favorite meatless meatballs as a protein source.

Depending upon the night, I either go with an Asian, BBQ flavor or Italian theme.

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I have noticed that my intake of beans (chick peas and black beans) has dropped considerably lately but that’s OK. I know I will come back to them.

You know what else has dropped off? Sit down for this.

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Meet my new weeknight dessert. A Double Chocolate Chunk Quest Bar topped off with a mix of Crunch Time Peanut Butter and PB2.

I know, I didn’t think I would give up my evening apple and peanut butter either. But I am so loving the Quest bar warmed with the peanut butter and the extra protein isn’t hurting me either.

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Random apple slices are happening throughout the day and sometimes they make a great snack topped with egg white omelettes.

And there you have it. My very first WIAW and a glimpse into my recent meals.

This was fun. Is it sad what I consider fun?

Now go check out the other WIAW posts. I am telling you, great meal ideas!

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I NEED TO KNOW:

What have you been eating for lunch lately?

Favorite type of apple? I love my granny smith but lately the pink lady is making me happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures November 6, 2013, 9:37 am

    All your food looks so yummy! I never realize which bloggers do WIAW and which ones don’t so it’s fun to read a new WIAW! And that breakfast pancake sounds perfect. If I have time to attempt that this week, I will be doing so – with jelly on top because I like sweets like that! 🙂
    I am with you – I’m not big into lunch, mainly because all I eat is a salad whilst sitting in my desk… My life is riveting, I tell ya!

    • WordPress.com Support November 6, 2013, 12:35 pm

      Riveting lol – you crack me up on a daily basis!

  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen November 6, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Yay for your first WIAW! I’ve been meaning to write one too. My favorite apples are Jazz- heard of them? So crisp and delicious!

    • WordPress.com Support November 6, 2013, 4:47 pm

      Jazz are tasty- I love a crisp apple!

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl November 6, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Congrats on your first WIAW post!! They are so much fun! 🙂

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. November 6, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Awwr yay for your first WIAW 😀 It’s seriously a post that I look forward to writing every week — I just love talking about food 😉 And girl… you do lunch RIGHT. Lunch is my least favourite meal of the day as well, but I find that I definitely look forward to it more when it’s on the sweeter side. I may just have to take after you and jump on the breakfast for lunch bandwagon.

    • WordPress.com Support November 6, 2013, 5:58 pm

      I am all for breakfast for lunch – nothing makes me happier midday than a sweet meal.

  • emily November 6, 2013, 6:29 pm

    I am so trying out that 2 ingredient pancake – although I suspect my flipping expertise is not quite as good as yours!

    • WordPress.com Support November 6, 2013, 6:38 pm

      It’s OK – it will still taste good!

  • Lauren @Will Run for Boston November 6, 2013, 10:38 pm

    My two favorite types of apples are Macintosh and Cortland! They can be hard to find but they are so good! Sweet and crisp!

  • Lauren @Will Run for Boston November 6, 2013, 10:59 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try those two-ingredient pancakes! They seem like a great way to start the day, lots of protein!

    • WordPress.com Support November 7, 2013, 2:05 pm

      They are really good and filling.

  • Georgia November 12, 2013, 3:39 pm

    The pancakes look yummmy! I think im trying that tomorrow!