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WIAW

Hello hello and here we are for another What I Ate Wednesday thanks to Jenn 🙂 This is a look at what I ate on Tuesday… so let’s just pretend that all of this actually happened today.

My day started off with an awesome early morning workout after I voted! I started off with thirty minutes of cardio intervals and then completed a short but sweet arm workout and then headed home to this for breakfast:

My breakfast, which was eaten around 8:15, included egg beaters with low fat shredded mozzarella cheese along with two mini oatmeal chia seed muffins. I topped my muffins with a little low fat cream cheese and sugar free jelly 🙂

This meal kept me super full and I didn’t eat lunch until 1:30 (and shockingly had no snacks between breakfast or lunch–weird, I know). Lunch included about six ounces of baked chicken along with vegetables and a bag of 100 calorie pop chips.

Around 5:00 I had a handful of un-pictured grapes. After work I had an errand to run and was starving once I got home. Against my judgement, I had a handful of crackers but didn’t want to keep snacking so I ordered sushi:

I ordered a miso soup, sashimi, a roll with brown rice, and two pieces of brown rice sushi but the restaurant I ordered from was kind enough to include a free California roll! Score! I wound up saving half of my California roll and two pieces of my tuna roll along with one piece of sushi which I will eat tomorrow.

I’d say this was a pretty good day of food 🙂 Tryna’ keep it as healthy as possible before Thanksgiving! I know those will be a few days with tons of treats. Can’t wait!

Have a good day everyone 🙂

Cape Food

This past weekend in Cape Cod revolved around food and drinks… food and drinks… and more food and drinks. Lemme give you the run down in pictures..


Our first morning included pastries and donuts.. which were around the house ALL weekend so lots of snacking involved these lovely puffs of heaven.


One word. CANDY.


Cup of Kale Soup and Tuna Salad Sandwich in Provincetown


A crab cake egg white omelette with vegetables and a side of fruit. This was especially delicious since it was enjoyed while staring at the water.


My mom’s special pumpkin chocolate chip bread. This stuff is seriously insane.


Antipasti and vino


Happy hour with complimentary goldfish. Done and done.

An amazing dinner at The Naked Oyster which included Lobster Bisque (sorry for the terrible picture) and salad with tuna sashimi. Score 🙂

Needless to say, I am on my best behavior this week when it comes to eating as healthy as possible. I’m also trying to work out every day this week up until Sunday! It’s going to be a challenge but I know I can do it 🙂

Before signing off — MOLLY! Please email me! You are the Muir Glen give away winner (StephSnacks@gmail.com)!

Question of the Night: Do you have a favorite breakfast you look forward to on special occasions? My mom always buys pastries when my sister or I go to visit them.

WIAW

Happy WIAW everyone! I am going to be showing you what I ate yesterday — so this is technically a ‘What I Ate Tuesday’.. but I’m still showing it on Wednesday so there ya go! Thanks as always to Jenn for throwing this shin-dig together. Also, at the end of this post I have a great give away for all of you! Make sure to enter 🙂

For breakfast, which was eaten around 8:15-8:30, I whipped up some ‘Pumpkin Cheesecake Oats’ — these were amazing and I will definitely be making them more often.

It’s really simple to make these. What you’ll need:

-1/2 cup plain oats
-1 tbsp chia seeds
-about one cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk you prefer)
-1 dash each of sea salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice
-2 tbsp lowfat plain cottage cheese
-2 tbsp pure pumpkin
-1 tbsp low sugar maple syrup

Directions: Stir oats, chia seeds, milk, and spices+sea salt over heat. Once thoroughly cooked, transfer to your bowland mix in the cottage cheese and pumpkin. Then drizzle the maple syrup on top if you choose!

This kept me full for a while. I didn’t eat lunch until 1:00. On Sunday night, I roasted some sweet potato, eggplant, and tempeh in the oven at 350 degrees for about twenty minutes. I simply chopped the eggplant and sweet potato and sprinkled olive oil and sea salt over them. For the tempeh, since I purchased it plain, I marinated it in an Asian ginger dressing for a little while before placing it into the oven. Both the vegetables and tempeh are delicious and together they create a healthy, filling lunch. I also throw in a 60 calorie string cheese for fun 🙂

(FYI, I picked at a granola bar throughout the day — I usually have about half before lunch and the other half after)

I also did something yesterday that I never do — I booked a last minute hour massage appointment for right after work. After a weekend of not working out, I worked out on Monday and my body was so stiff. I literally suffered through my workout and I know it’s because I’m just tight and sore–primarily in my back and legs. There’s plenty of reasons for this — running around the city, being busy, and working out–but I needed to fix it so I decided to skip the gym and get a massage instead! I booked my appointment through Lifebooker which is a discount beauty website that includes manicures, massages, hair treatments, you name it. Check it out!

Dinner was pretty simple:

And that was my day of food! Let’s get to the give away. Muir Glen is an amazing company that is committed to selling certified organic tomato’s. All of their tomato’s are canned without any preservatives or chemical additives. Muir Glen wants to give a StephSnacks reader the opportunity to win one of their ‘Reserve Kits’. The Reserve Kit includes:

The kit contains:

-One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
-One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Diced Tomatoes
-One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
-One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic No-Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
-A recipe booklet featuring a variety of recipes created by award-winning chefs from around the country made with the 2011 Reserve Tomatoes

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Good luck!

WIAW

Hi there! Well here we are again, ‘What I Ate Wednesday’! Can’t believe we are half way through the week–but I certainly don’t mind. Thank you as always to Jenn for throwing this party together 😉 Below you’ll see a few things I have been enjoying recently!

Breakfast:

In my smoothie mix was the following:
-1 cup skim milk
-1/2 cup frozen berries
-1/4 cup pure pumpkin
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-pinch xantham gum

I also tossed in about 1 tbsp of oats on top for a little extra texture. It makes a difference to me!

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to receive some Hershey’s Lite Chocolate Syrup to taste-test. It has been recommended by professionals to drink a glass of chocolate milk post-workout in order for the muscles to experience a solid recovery. Protein from the milk helps restore the muscles, vitamins and minerals sustain strong bones, and chocolate milk has the perfect carb to protein ratio–3:1.

To be honest I have been loving having a glass of chocolate milk either before or after my workout. I really enjoy that it’s not too filling, but also provides me with the energy I need. A huge perk of the Hershey’s Lite Chocolate Syrup is that it has 50% sugar than other chocolate syrup products. Score!

Lunch lately has been some sort of soup. It’s easy on the stomach yet filling. I wasn’t the biggest fan of having soup as a meal, but I am slowly but surely changing my tune. The soup below is a can of 99% fat free New England Clam Chowder (220 calories for the whole can) with some pretzels stirred in. Ya gotta try this soup with pretzels mixed in–insanely good.

Dinner last night was a serious winner in my book:

I drizzled the above with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled on some sea salt. Perfection!

Before signing off, I wanted to share two links with you — each warmed my heart. They are both about accepting our bodies in world that can be very non-accepting. It shows that we can break the mold and be happy with ourselves if we really want to. Hope you enjoy!

Deep Thoughts: Body

Model Robyn Lawley

Question of the Night: What are some meals you have been enjoying lately? Any new snacks?!

WIAW

It’s been so long! Well maybe not SO long — technically I did leave you with a fashion post last Thursday prior to enjoying Labor Day Weekend. Dancing, drinking, and eating were on the agenda for my LDW and I wanted to show you a little bit of that before sharing my What I Ate Wednesday eats.

It was nice to get out of the city and spend time with my college friends. Onto WIAW — thanks, as always to Jenn for throwing this together! PS – Can you believe it is officially September and the WIAW theme is ‘FALL into good habits’?! I can’t.

Breakfast was eaten around 8:15

In the mix was one cup of nonfat plain greek yogurt, a tbsp of oats, 1/4 cup frozen berries, and 1 tbsp of sunflower butter. This kept me full until 1:00 when it was time for lunch.

My salad was kind of lame, I hate to admit. A couple of slices of deli turkey with shredded soy cheese and raw mushrooms over a small bed of arugula. Lame-o. Whatevs, ya win some ya lose some right??

My snack around 4:45 was an unpictured Asian pear. If you haven’t had an Asian pear, I suggest buying one! They are super delicious and can be found in almost any grocery store 🙂

And finally for dinner, which was eaten around 8:15, was a salad which consisted of arugula, a Trader Joe’s veggie burger, some soy cheese, and crushed tortilla chips. I topped it all with a tbsp of BBQ sauce. Quick and delicious!

Have a great day, everyone!

WIAW

Here we are! Another What I Ate Wednesday. I don’t have anything too new or exciting to share with you but figured I could at least drop in and show my eats for the day. Thanks as always, Jenn, for throwing this shin-dig together.

This morning for breakfast I brought something back I haven’t had in a while. I’m so guilty of neglecting my Vitamix all Summer. Unless you count the time we made Firefly Slushies at our July 4th party (aka alcoholic iced tea slushies… so good yet so lethal). While I didn’t have a firefly slushy this morning, I did opt for a chocolate berry protein smoothie:

Into the blender went:
-1 packet of eggwhite chocolate protein powder (110 calories)
-about 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
-1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (40 calories)
-teeny tiny pinch of Xantham Gum to thicken up the smoothie

Once the smoothie was done mixing, I poured it in a bowl and sprinkled plain oats on top. I’d say the whole smoothie was about 250-275 calories and did an awesome job at filling me up. Thank God it kept me full, too, because I didn’t get to eat again for another 5 1/2 hours.

My very late lunch included a little mix of baked eggplant segments, brusssel sprout, and tofu along with some grapes:

For something sweet I rounded out the meal with a graham cracker spread with some Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter along with Sugar Free Blueberry Jam:

Dinner was just finished a little while ago and included egg whites, soy cheese, and a Trader Joe’s veggie burger. I paired it all with my favorite Trader Joe’s crackers.

A good day of eats I would say!

Question of the Night: What would you say your typical day of eats looks like?

A Saturday in Brooklyn

Hey there! How was your weekend? If you missed my Friday night over-view, check it out here. Onto the next–>Saturday! My friends and I had really been looking forward to Saturday because we had plans to head over to Brooklyn for a free tour of the Brooklyn Brewery. Brooklyn Brewery beer is really well known in NYC so we were pumped to check it out. We got ready at the apartment and headed out in time for our 5:00 tour:

I spotted this quote outside of the brewery which I now hold near and dear to my heart:

Once inside, we went into the back of the brewery — there was a group of about 40-50 of us — where a tour guide gave us some facts about how the brewery started and the differences between pale ales, lagers, and alcohol content. Quite honestly, the tour wasn’t as much of a tour as it was a lesson in the basics of beer, but it was still nice to do something different.

After the ‘tour’, the girls and I headed out to the beer garden which is attached to Brooklyn Brewery. It was time to have some beer! In order to get a beer, you need to have ‘beer coins’. Each coin costs only $5 and gets you one beer; not bad.

We each purchased a beer (I forgot which one I drank, sorry!) before heading off to dinner.

We didn’t make any reservations on purpose so that we would be able to walk around Brooklyn for a little bit. As someone who lives in Manhattan, I don’t head to Brooklyn nearly as much as I should. Before long, we spotted a restaurant that is really popular in Manhattan and happened to have a location in Brooklyn. The Meatball Shop! I had heard so many good things about this place and was stoked to learn that we only had to wait about ten minutes before being seated.

Once seated, we all agreed to split a pitcher of the ‘Bitches Brew’. While delicious, it was a tad on the sweet side.

For my entree, I rolled with the ‘Everything but the Kitchen Sink Salad’. I chose vegetable meatballs with pesto sauce. The dish also came with red beans, beets, marinated cucumbers (my favorite), and arugula.

I absolutely loved my entree — especially the vegetable meatballs paired with the pesto. Pesto isn’t something I eat too often, so this was a real treat. I must admit, though, that the vegetable meatballs didn’t seem to be completely on the healthy side. I’m not sure exactly how they were cooked, but they kind of tasted like falafel. Delicious nonetheless.

All in all it was a great day exploring an area that I’m not too familiar with. I will definitely be making more trips back!

Question of the night: When was the last time you visited a place you weren’t so familiar with? Where was it?