What I’m Loving Lately {Food Edition}

Hope everyone is having a great week! I’ve been crazy busy with meetings at work. No breaks for this SLPeep. I wish I could spend all my time with my kiddos doing speech therapy rather than sitting in meetings. Just a part of the job though. I try to remind myself how much I love what I do and it puts things in perspective. 🙂

I missed the “official” What I Ate Wednesday yesterday because I posted the recap of the half marathon. Instead I’m highlighting some of my favorite eats lately!

oatscollageI have and will always love oatmeal. I get pretty excited when my peanut butter containers get low so that I can make oatmeal in a jar. Some blogs feature overnight oats, but I’m not a fan of cold oatmeal. I like my oatmeal nice and warm any time of the year. It goes perfectly with a hot cup of coffee. My favorite way to eat oatmeal is with 1 TB of chia seeds and a scoop of peanut butter mixed in (and pumpkin butter, but I ran out :().

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Festival Foods recently had Kind bars on sale for 99¢ so I snatched up a bunch. I’ve tried the peanut butter dark chocolate and dark chocolate cherry varieties in the past, but this gave me the opportunity to try a bunch of new flavors. My favorites have been pomegranate blueberry pistachio and blueberry vanilla & cashew. I snack on one of these between breakfast and lunch most days.

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I celebrated my half marathon finish last Sunday with a sub from Quiznos. I ordered the bacon club with veggies and honey mustard. It was not quite as tasty as the sweet taste of victory, but a close second. 🙂 It definitely hit the spot after the race.

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I’ve been majorly slacking with meal planning. I really need to devote time each week to making a plan because more often than not lately we’ve just been eating “whatever.” When these nights happen I usually make an egg white sandwich on a bagel thin with bacon or ham and a wedge of laughing cow. It’s easy, quick and satisfying!

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One of my favorite snacks lately has been Back to Nature’s Sweet Potato and Cinnamon crackers with a wedge of cinnamon cream cheese spread from the Laughing Cow.

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Another favorite snack is my homemade apple chips with cinnamon. I dehydrate fruits and/or veggies a couple times a week. I’ve saved SO much more produce since we bought the dehydrator. I used to throw away produce when it went bad. Now I either freeze it or dehydrate it if I think we won’t eat it before it goes bad. Yah for saving money!

cookiesCan’t forget about desserts, can we? I have some type of dessert usually with every dinner. My favorites lately have been these Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon cookies from Festival Foods {hey, they have an “Eat Well” label, so healthy right?}. OMG. These are so good. They are soft, chewy, and dense just like a cookie should be.

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Do I need to say much more than there are mini marshmallows in the ice cream!!! You know how much I love mini things! If I had to pick one ice cream to eat for the rest of my life, this would be it.

On the food front, I’ve been feeling good lately. I haven’t discovered any new foods that give my stomach trouble. I still watch portion sizes for some potentially problematic foods like apples and almonds (I follow a most low-FODMAP diet). I try to limit the amount of bread I eat. I’ve drastically cut out a lot of bread at meals. For the most part my breakfast is usually oatmeal, lunch a spinach & quinoa salad, and dinner chicken/veggies. This is what is making me feel good at the moment.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday, friends! After this busy week I am ready to head out of town for the Brewers 10K race in Milwaukee. It will be much needed.

Do you eat the same thing for most meals or mix it up? What’s your favorite dessert? Do you believe in indulging a little everyday or a lot one day?

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WIAW #2

Hope you’re off to wonderful Wednesday! I’ve made the transition back to work and I’m still alive! I am the kind of person who loves and needs a consistent routine, so going back to work isn’t so bad. It has been great to see all my coworkers again. I work with some amazing people who truly care about the success and well being of the kids in their class. Woohoo for teachers!!

Today’s post is What I Ate Wednesday numero dos. Thanks again to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

First up, not an eat, but a drink. I am loving Dunkin Donuts iced coffee lately. I am a iced coffee “newbie” so I’m still unsure exactly how to order it (does it or does it not automatically come with skim milk?), but it usually turns out okay. I’d rather drink an iced coffee later in the day than hot coffee. And every time I go there it’s $0.99! Score!

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My husband was actually the one to research and buy a dehydrator for us. I was skeptical at first. I’ve bought gadgets/small appliances and then never used them. I hate to have things in the cupboards just taking up room. I am happy to report I have been loving our dehydrator! It’s so easy to use. My favorite foods to dehydrate are zucchini, bananas, strawberries, and apples. Dehydrated fruit is so easy to pack up and travel with. I’ve been eating banana and apple chips on their own, in oatmeal, and on top of toast.

2013-08-26 15.00.232013-08-26 20.06.48I have been craving fresh, crisp salads lately. Sometimes I find that I’m thirsty and the water in the veggies helps to quench my thirst (and water does too :)). I love the versatility of salads and I usually just grab whatever veggies are currently in my fridge. Veggies in this salad included grilled and marinated portabella mushrooms, hard boiled egg, cucumber, shredded carrots, sliced almonds, and lots ‘o spinach. I could seriously eat this every night.

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Isn’t it pretty?

I’m always up for trying a new recipe. In the blogosphere overnight oats are very popular. I tried them a while back with blah results. I’ve always been a hot oatmeal kind of girl. Because I was in need of some inspiration in the kitchen and was looking to try something different, I gave overnight oats another shot. I tweaked this recipe from Caffeinated Runner.

Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup of oatmeal
  • 1 container Activia Blueberry Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 TB chia seeds
  • 1/2 Clif bar
  • Blueberries
  • Scoop of peanut butter

Combine the oatmeal, yogurt, and chia seeds in a container and let sit overnight. In the morning add blueberries, peanut butter, and top with a crushed Clif bar.

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I used 1/2 cup of oats and it was a little dry. Did it completely change me over to cold oats? Nope, but it wasn’t bad and I’d try some variation of it again. It’s nice to change things up and eat something cold when it’s so hot and humid out right now!

What have you been eating? Any new, easy recipes I should know about? I’ve been stuck in a breakfast rut lately…help please. 🙂 

Sights in the City

I’ve lived in my city for about a year now. I grew up close by, so I was slightly familiar with the area. What I knew of the city previously? It stinks, literally, because of the paper mills. Thankfully, we bought a house as far away from the mill as you can get. I smell cow manure more than the paper mill, which I will take.  When I run, I usually stick to familiar routes around my neighborhood. Today, I decided to do some exploring on the other side of town after my group fitness class.

Rise and shine! Centergy was awesome this morning, as always. I can do many of the routines on my own now, as I’ve memorized the moves. I’ve tried to find some of the songs on google music so I can do the routines at home too.

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Then I changed and headed out for my run.

Gear: 

-non-slip headband from BandItHeadbands

Asics Women’s ARD top

Koss Fitclips (that I won on Facebook!)

-VOGO running shorts from TJ Maxx

Women’s Champion running low cut socks

-Mizuno Wave Elixir 8’s

Flipbelt (under my shirt)

-Garmin Forerunner 10

My town is hilly which is great for building some endurance. My half marathon next month is relatively flat, but I figure throwing in some hills here and there can’t hurt.

Did you know? 

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I ran past this park where someone spelled out “1 in 5 teens abuse Rx drugs” with red solo cups. Interesting.

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A look over the bridge. My city has many dams, which are kinda pretty on a nice day.

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I also ran past this painted mural. Can’t imagine how long it look to paint all that! It was a good run, though I struggled to get into until the second mile.

Splits: (1) 9:28 (2) 9:12 (3) 9:08 (4) 9:29

Miles: 4.22

Time: 39:15

Avg. min/mile: 9:18

I didn’t have a set number of miles for today, just what felt good. It was great to see another part of the city on foot!

dehydrator

On the food front, Amazon came a knockin’ yesterday and left this at our doorstep {translation, I bought it}. I’m really excited to get started dehydrating foods! Since we’ve been going to farmers markets more often, I sometimes end up with more fruits/veggies than we can eat before they go bad. My first attempt will be making zucchini chips. Crossing my fingers they turn out!

Question: Do you like running new routes or sticking to familiar ones? Do you dehydrate foods? Any tips/tricks I should know?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!