WIAW: Something Cheesy, Something Blue

Hey guys! Thanks so much for the welcome wishes for dear dear Vickie! It’s so good to have her home again!

Are you ready of another edition of What I Ate Wednesday? I know I sure am!

I swear I look more and more forward to Wednesdays each week!

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Alright! Let’s do this thang!

Breakfast (6:20am)
Donna’s Chocolate Blueberry Breakfast Cookie
A mug of “lifeforce” black with cinnamon…the way nature intended!

Have you checked out Donna’s blog over at Love, Run & Travel? I love her personality and sense of humor…definitely a girl who knows how to laugh at herself! My kind of woman right there! I was perusing her latest posts last night, and when I saw her microwaveable breakfast cookie recipe, I knew EXACTLY what I was having for breakfast this morning.

I subbed in carob chips for the chocolate, used vanilla in place of the Splenda, and went with frozen bloobs since the fresh ones are so dang expensive right now!

It was absolutely perfect! A very slight amount of sweetness from the banana, a little tart from the bloobs, and the carob? Well, I you guys know by now how deep my love for carob is!

Closssssssse Up!

Snack (9:40am)
Strawberry Soy Joy Bar
Sooooo much better than there Banana Butt Bread flavor!

Lunch (12:15pm)
Salad beast with nooch and pine nut hummus and a big JUICY orange!

Green leaf lettuce, carrots, green bell pep, portobello mushrooms, zucchini, cherry
tomatoes, and green onions with some TJ’s 21 Salute sprinkled on top!

I know, I totally surprised you with the salad for lunch, right? 😉

Pre-workout Snack (3:00pm)
My new go-to pre-sweat sesh nibble…the biggest date I can find!

Post-workout (4:30pm)
Chocolate protein shake mixed with water

I did a 5 mile run with a few walk breaks for a time total of 51:24. It was hot…and windy…and I totally forgot sunscreen! I know, my bad…my bad! :-/

When I got back in, I was super shaky and knew I needed some fuel, but couldn’t stomach (haha, get it?) the thought of food. Then I remembered the sample packs of protein powder I received a few months ago from a local Arbonne representative!

I’m always excited to try new things, but I have to say that working in a nutrition/supplement store for four years while in college made me seriously picky when it comes to protein shakes!

So what did I think of the Arbonne Essentials chocolate protein powder?

…thumbs down! 🙁

With the first sip, I thought, “Mmm, not bad, not bad.” Then, I swallowed and the aftertaste came in…and it was SOOO super sweet! I almost chucked it, but I really didn’t want to clean Mr. Bullet and start over, so I just added a tablespoon of peanut flour to it and thankfully that made it tolerable.

As soon as I had my first sip, I flipped over the package to see why on earth it was so sweet tasting…how about sugar being the FIRST frickin’ ingredient?! 9 grams? Seriously?

Oh Arbonne, you can do so much better! 🙁

Now that the sugar coma has worn off, I’m about to head into the kitch and whip up some BFD (breakfast for dinner)!

Dinner (7:15pm)
Kristina’s Popped Quinoa & Cheesy Eggs 

I’ve made this for breakfast TWICE this week! It is THAT good…may not be the most photogenic, but so amazingly delicious! And it’s ready to eat in no time!

Crispy crunchy (I can’t believe it’s not butter popcorn) quinoa with ooey gooey cheesy and runny egg yolk…what more could you ask for? Maybe some more fruit salad…sadly, I finished it off yesterday! 🙁

Oh and can I get a heck yeah? Here in just a minute I will have downed THREE of these suckers today! That’s 96 ounces!

I’m bringing sexy camel bak! 😉

What is your favorite protein powder?
My favorite is American Sports Nutrition, but I’ve been out for months and have been too lazy to buy it online. I used to get if from the gym I went to…ugh, I should’ve stocked up!

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39 Responses to WIAW: Something Cheesy, Something Blue

  1. I like peanut flour the best for protein powder. Dang, those eggs, the breakfast cookie an that salad! I wish I ate what you ate today! YUM!

  2. owlmazing says:

    Love the salad – yummm! I love giant salads with hummus 🙂 Your breakfast looks great too…I’ll have to try that! And I want to try your breakfast for dinner too- all in all a very food-spiring day!

  3. I’ve never tried Arbonne, but now I’m not so sure I want to. How can the first ingredient be SUGAR – in a “healthy” protein drink?? Seems a bit off to me…I LOVE the look of those quinoa eggs! That will need to make an appearance this week 🙂 Love your blog by the way! 🙂

  4. Making that quinoa dish like right now. OMG that looks good.

  5. Ummm… I think I might be having popped quinoa and eggs for dinner too… quite the possibility!

  6. Mrs. Fish says:

    I usually use Whole Food’s 365 protein powder! 🙂
    I so didn’t drink enough water today for my run this PM, of course it was in the upper 80s when I decided to leave school and run! It made my run brutal!

  7. That breakfast cookie looks absolutely amazing. I need to hop on that bandwagon! Same goes for your salad…and dinner. Geeze. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; when can I come over?!
    I go through love-hate phases with protein powder! I love it at first and then either find that I end up relying on it too much OR get totally burnt out on it and half the container goes to waste. Packets would probably be a much better option for me but I guess I just haven’t looked into it! At least I know to keep an eye out for Arbonne :

  8. Lee says:

    I just did my first WIAW! My eats are boring!

  9. Dates are my favorite pre-work out snack these days too! I stuff it with cashew butter and when I work out I just feel like I have SO much more energy. Amazing looking breakfast btw!

  10. Chelsea says:

    Oh my gosh your breakfast&dinner have been added to my to-eat list!

  11. umm that quinoa looks so ridiculously fantastic! and i so miss my camelbak… i lost it 🙁 it was fairly tragic. lol.

  12. Rebecca says:

    I use Spirulina. Have tried lots of others and keep going back to it. Tasty and lots of great flavor choices. Definitely needs to be mixed with milk – either non-dairy or cow. Yum! I know what I’m going to be drinking in the morning! 🙂 I think I might be starting WIAW on my blog!

    • Rebecca says:

      UGH! Way too late for me to write properly. I meant Spirutein, not Spirulina! Sorry!!! Going to bed.

    • I’ve only tried the berry flavor of Spirutein…it was ok, but had kind of a funky after taste :-/ I’ll have to give it another go with one of the other flavors.

      Oh yay! Do it! It’s so much fun to link up and see what deliciousness everyone has had!

  13. Thats why I dont do chocolate smoothies! sweet stuff makes me ralph! bah! ok not all sweet stuff but shakes and such are tooooo much! bah!

    Happy WIAW my little mojito! mwah! love you like woah!!!!!!

  14. Ahhhhhhh YAY, i’m blushing
    Thank you thank you for your lovely lovely words!
    You totally rocked that cookie and i need to make that quinoa and eggs dinner immediately
    Thanks again SO much for the blog loving 🙂

    • No, thank YOU! I could not believe how fast this came together and it was SO filling! I can definitely see this becoming a regular in the breakfast rotation! Try the quinoa and eggs…it will totally change your life…for serious!

  15. YUMMMM!!!! Heather, you are by far HEALTHER!!! 😉 You always eat so healthy! I love it!

  16. Emilia says:

    Nice eats, women! I can’t tell you how similar they really are to mine. I mad almost that *exact* salad today, minus the tomatoes. I love adding heaping spoonfuls of nooch to almost everything- the best!
    I’m totally making that quinoa- egg dish a- sap 🙂

  17. You’re drinking enough water for the both of us! I should probably drink another glass, I haven’t done very well with my H2o consumption!

    I’ve only just discovered protein powders, so I’m not too picky. The worst powdered drink is Slim Fast, blech! My dad used to drink it and it had to be the most vile thing I’ve ever tasted!

  18. LOVE your bfast cookie! I SO AGREE wtf is sugar the first ingredient…. try it stirred into oatmeal or make pancakes.. its good that way! I can never drink pro powder straight up… bleh!

  19. That breakfast looks great! And I am so attached to my CamelBak. 🙂 My favorite protein powder is this vanilla pea protein… I think the brand is Phyto Protein. It’s so yummy and has a really “clean” flavor!

  20. KT says:

    That all looks so good–especially breakfast and breakfast for dinner (my favorite!) Also, your cold camelback made me thirsty. Time to get some water 🙂

  21. Tiff says:

    That breakfast looks great! I used to love Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Whey in banana flavor (good in my oats), but I’ve recently switched to GNC’s Natural Soy protein in vanilla flavor. It’s good too, so I recommend it!

  22. How can they even sell the protein powder with sugar cane being the FIRST ingredient. Just feels wrong, ya know?

    Ok, I HAVE to try Kristina’s Popped Quinoa & Cheesy Eggs. Yours (and hers) look AMAZING. So crispy. Yummmmmm.

    My favorite protein powder ever is Lifetime Life’s Basics Vanilla protein. it’s vegan and plant based and tastes like vanilla frosting. The stats are awesome too: protein 22g, fat 1 g, sugar, 2.6 g, and calories 129. Stellar!

    and you cannot beat the price! http://astore.amazon.com/whrulo-20/detail/B003O1TRZ6 (sorry, it’s on sale!)

  23. That breakfast cake looks so good!! I love how dense it is. Do you find it keeps you full long enough, though? I have microwave things like that for snacks sometimes but I can’t imagine they’d keep me full for breakfas.t I may not be adding enough “umph” to them, though.

    • Actually, I was surprised to see that this keep me full for about 4 1/2 hours! I’m usually the same way with little microwave cakes and stuff but I guess the ratio of oats and eggs made for a perfect filling combo!

  24. Jenny says:

    I love Casein protein powder and Scivation Whey.
    Omg your WIAW is amazing! That breakfast bake cookie looks insane. I love all the bloob action you got going on. And I must make that quinoa and cheesy eggs dish. Love it!

  25. Oh, I love your breakfast! That looks like the PERFECT start for the day! I need to get more creative in the mornings 🙂

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  27. kbwood says:

    YOUR PICS ARE GORGEOUS! Seriously your blog rockS! your breakfast looks so good- i need to jump on that band wagon!

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