What I Ate Wednesday

October 10, 2012

Its Wednesday - HUMP DAY - half way - woot woot! Here are my eats for What I ate Wednesday (from yesterday teehee).

Breakfast was a deliciously random concoction of all things drool-worthy - peanut butter, chocolate, oat bran, and egg whites!

Cooked up in some coconut oil and topped with unsweetened chocolate and stevia. Yumm! And a side of NATS water - because I wont be at the game today!

Mid-morning, I had a tasty farmers market honey crisp and 1 tbsp unsalted almond butter. I ate this too fast to take a picture (#ilovefood).

I miss apples - and since starting clean eating, I have really been watching my sugar intake. I got a little crazy and minimized my fruit intake to a small serving with breakfast and a 1/2 banana with my post-workout shake. Why cut out something so beautiful, delicious, healthy, and full of good things for my body? (slapping face). This month is about not just meeting my macros, but first eating those beautiful greens and naturally sweet fruit that the world makes us!

For lunch, a P28 BAGEL with melty almond cheese, grilled chicken, lettuce and toms. A side salad of all things green complimented this perfectly!

Not only do you NEED to purchase some almond cheese to make a healthy heaven like this (Whole Foods, Yes! Organic for those in DC!!), but these P28 protein bagels are so freakingly delicious! Remember they sent me that huge package last month? Well I froze one package of bagels and one of the bread to see how it would last. Well this baby was fresh out of the freezer and I couldn’t even tell! YUMM!

For a mid-day snack, I opened up my first Quest bar from my sample package Quest Nutrition graciously sent me to try out.

First off, after I go through all the flavors, I will report back with a full review. But for a tease.

Drooling? Okay - strawberry cheesecake = dynamite. I was told by every living soul on instagram to heat the baby up for 20 seconds in the microwave. Well boy were they right. Holy amazing. Seriously - tasted like a strawberry cheesecake cookie/cake/unhealthy hot thing in my mouth. AHH I cannot wait to try them all out!!!! And these are sweetened with stevia, no artificial nothing! Talk about music to my clean eating ears. More of this to come this month!

For my pre-workout boost, I made some new balls! Remember my post about my protein balls? Well these are better due to a few changes. One - chocolate and peanut butter. Why do I love this combo so much? Two - honey.

Again - I have shyed away from eating honey. Why? Calories, sugar, blah blah. Well I have been reading a lot about Striking Sugar in Tosca Reno and Christina’s posts recently and they lay out perfectly what are good sugars and bad sugars. Their goal in September was to strike out all added, bad sugars. But keep in those natural, good ones (in moderation) and learn to love them!

Check out Christina’s chart that lays out what is and isn’t allowed in the strike sugar world. Guess what is on the allowed list? Honey. Well, in moderation of course. Don’t go eating a gallon of honey because it says it’s allowed! Fruit is also on there - and Christina says the same thing as I did. Why not allow some fruit in our diet? WE LOVE FRUIT and its healthy and nutritious.

So back to my balls.

These taste like they are SOO BAD FOR YOU but perfectly suitable for a pre-workout (tr)eat.

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Balls

What you’ll need (makes 6):

1/4 cup peanut flour (I don’t use PB2 anymore because of the added sugar and salt, but use instead Byrd Mill’s Light 28% Fat variety here or at Netrition.com!)
1/2 cup oats (or you can use oat flour)
1/4 cup oat bran
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tbsp flax meal
2 tbsp honey
1-2 tbsp water

Mix all together, form into balls, and refrigerate.

Each ball comes in at 113 calories, 16 g of carbs to get you through your workout, 3 g of healthy fat (flax is one of the only fats I will have before a workout!), 8 g of protein, and 5g of sugar - all from your delicious and approved honey!

I eat mine about 1 hour-45 minutes before I get to the gym - and it gives me that little boost I need!

Post-workout - my usual 1/2 frozen banana, 1 scoop protein powder, and unsweetened almond milk. Never gets old!

Dinner was a medley of good!

I never have sausages because of all the random things they stuff in them, but I found a great red pepper variety from Applegate Farms that has no added NOTHING just real meat in there baby! I had those with some no sugar added ketchup (tastes like reallll tomatoes!), spaghetti squash with cinnamon, and roasted broccoli!

Yums all around!

What are some sugars you can cut out this month?