What I Ate Wednesday

It’s been awhile since I did a WIAW post, so I thought I’d give it a go today.

I’ve been craving cereal in the morning the last few days, so I started my day with a bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart and almond milk. Since cereal on its own doesn’t fill me up for long (which is why I usually don’t bother with it), I added a handful of chopped walnuts for staying power, plus extra protein and good fat.

Kashi Heart to Heart healthy breakfast

With Emme awake for the day before six, breakfast was pretty early, so I needed something else before my workout, which happens after her first nap. In the mood for something salty, I picked mixed nuts to power me through my workout (total body circuit that kept my heart rate up, plus 20 min treadmill HIIT).

mixed nuts, healthy snack

After the gym, we headed to Trader Joe’s where we stocked up on bananas, among other things. For the first time ever, I bought two bunches of bananas–one that was yellow and one that was green. The kids–Emme especially–are very into bananas these days and I can’t keep up. Hopefully this will do it.

We came home and each had different things for lunch (this is typical for lunch, as I just serve whatever’s around, frequently various leftovers). Reece had two servings of ham, cheese, baby carrots and strawberries. Craving something vinegary (not unusual), I made a nice salad with arugula, persian cucumbers (my favorite kind because they have less seeds), radishes and feta. I tossed it with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic salt and pepper, which is my go-to dressing.

healthy lunch, salad lunch

On the side, I had a small piece of leftover chicken from our dinner at The Cheesecake Factory for my sister’s birthday the other night. It was from the Skinnylicious menu, which I’ve actually found to be quite good.

cheesecake factory tuscan chicken skinnylicious

After Emme woke up from her second nap, she helped make an espresso in our Nespresso machine, with a bit of sugar. She loves putting the capsules in and pushing the button. I really wanted something to go with it, like a biscotti, but we didn’t have anything. I did find salted dark chocolate caramels, though, so Emme shared two of those with me. That girl is a chocohollc! She freaks out until I give her another bitty piece.

espresso and chocolate salted caramel nespresso afternoon pick me up

I don’t always look at calorie counts, but this was a time when I did look at that as well the fat content of the various sweet items I could’ve chosen. I wanted something sweet, but didn’t want to super-indulge and passed up the first few things I looked at when I saw how high the calorie and fat content was. Especially shared with Emme, the caramels were not too bad (150 calories and 7 grams of fat for 2) and they went well with my espresso.

Later on, Emme was ready for snack and I mindlessly munched on a few Trader Joe’s Inner Peas before remembering to take a pic. Mindless snacking=no bueno and that can be easy to fall into when you have a toddler eating snacks a lot. Once I remembered I was taking pictures of what I’m eating today, it helped me think about what I was doing and I stopped myself from eating anymore since I really wasn’t hungry. This is why tools like food journals are handy for those trying to lose weight.

selfie trader joes inner peas

Dinner was a quickie one tonight. We had some leftover tomato soup I had made, but it was pretty thick and I decided to turn it into a family staple, “past fazool” (in Italian, it would really be pasta e fagioli, but that’s what my family always called it) since that’s supposed to have a soupier sauce anyway. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it was actually quite good. I just added more Italian seasoning, minced garlic and chick peas and served it over perfectly al dente spaghetti, topped with parmesan and a side of broccoli. Normally, I’d make a side salad with this meal, but I wanted to diversify since I had salad for lunch. I also enjoyed a glass of red wine.

healthy dinner

I was super excited because tonight was the first time Emme has eaten any broccoli I’ve given her. I always just put the food we’re having on her plate, but she hasn’t even been interested in putting broccoli in her mouth before. This time I gave her teeny pieces of florets instead of a whole floret and she liked them and asked for more. Victory! I never make a big deal out of it when the kids try and like something new, but I’m always cheering in my head. It’s really important to offer them everything many many times because they will eventually try it and like it. I lost count of how many times I’ve offered Emme broccoli before, but it was a lot. Definitely more than 10 times.

A little while after dinner, I had some clementines for dessert and I’ll probably have a little piece of dark chocolate before the night is over. I like closing the night with something sweet.

Do you ever find yourself mindlessly eating? If so are you able to stop yourself when you realize it?

What’s a family staple you grew up eating?

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