Last year my mother forced me to try on a dress that I knew I was not my style, was too form-fitting and most likely too short. You love how your mom can still make you try things on even when you are in your thirties.
When I came out of the fitting room, we both agreed I looked like someone who belonged at The Blue Banana.
Please tell me you know The Blue Banana. You know, the club from Pretty Woman?
We aren’t going to talk today about how to dress for your body type (although maybe we should one day) but we are going to talk about the abundance of blueberries and bananas in my life at the moment.
As I put together today’s What I Ate Wednesday post, I realized that I have been eating a ton of fruit lately.
Some people shy away from fruit or limit their portions in fear of the sugar content. I am not one of those people.
Some days I do not want salads. Some days I do. Some days I do not want a ton of vegetables. Some days I do.
Some days I crave more protein. Some days I crave less.
I can’t force myself to eat something I am not in the mood to eat nor can I ignore a craving, especially a fruit craving. Why talk yourself out of fruit?
Breakfast yesterday is about to look like it belonged in someone else’s kitchen.
Like, who am I? I don’t know either but I woke up wanting nothing more than a toasted slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread with a mixture of mashed banana and peanut butter (PB2 mixed with Crunch Time) with blueberries poked on top before my run.
I highly recommend mashing your banana into the peanut butter before spreading it.
If that wasn’t enough to confuse you, my blender has been making an appearance after my run.
This mug contained my version of a smoothie, if we can even call it a smoothie.
I am the last person to ask about how to make a smoothie. I never measure anything, I don’t use protein powder, or almond milk (allergies!) or anything green.
All I did was blend up some frozen Very Cherry Berry Blend, a handful of fresh blueberries, a few frozen banana chunks, some cooked oatmeal for texture, drop of skim milk and a spoonful of PB2.
I didn’t even add greek yogurt for the post-run protein boost. I wasn’t in the mood. I just wanted something thirst quenching, fruity, cold and slightly chewy.
When it was finished blending, I added in regular peanut butter for more chewable texture and ate it with a spoon.
I found the Very Cherry Berry Blend in the back of my freezer. Can we talk about my freezer for a minute?
You may have already seen my organized mess of a freezer on instagram.
I was having problems with my refrigerator last week in that it wasn’t stay cold. The maintenance person told me my freezer was overloaded which was causing an issue somehow with the temperature.
I don’t know that I believe my overload of frozen vegetables has been causing the appliance issue but since then, I have been trying to use up the food in the freezer and I found the bag of Very Cherry Berry Blend wedged in the back. I like saying very cherry berry over and over but don’t really like to keep typing it.
I know you are wondering if I am still using the Fruit Infusion Pitcher and what fruits are in the center cylinder this week.
This week I layered blueberries and lemon slices with cucumbers on top just because I was eating them while I filled the pitcher.
I don’t know that the cucumbers go with the mixture but it’s my pitcher so I can do what I want.
I don’t love hummus but it goes nice with cucumbers as a snack.
I really try to limit my Red Mango lunch parfaits to the weekends but having a gift card has given me an excuse to go more often.
Layers of original and strawberry greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola and dark chocolate chips.
Perfect lunch, don’t you think?
The recipe for Sweet Corn and Quinoa with honey lemon vinaigrette was super easy and I followed it pretty closely. I just added in extra vegetables (from the freezer!) and avocado to round it out as a meal.
I highly recommend it. It has a nice light flavor which is perfect for summer when you don’t feel like something too heavy.
You would think that come dessert time, I am tired of fruit. Not the case this week.
I haven’t been eating too many apples with peanut butter but bowls of berries and bananas with peanut butter, that’s another story.
With whipped cream on top. It’s so simple and perfect.
I absolutely refill the bowl. How could you not?
I keep thinking that I should bake up something with all of my berries but sometimes it’s just not necessary to put in the extra work and get all fancy like that.
I am off now for another sweaty summer run. Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!
Is your freezer organized, an organized mess or crazy stuffed like mine?
Do you eat according to your cravings or force yourself to eat based upon the nutrients you feel you should consume at each meal?
Do you eat the same breakfast everyday or routinely switch it up?