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The time I ate allll the food groups

Hi guys!

You want to hear something cool? Build Up Dietitians, a group of Registered Dietitians (RD’s) and dietitians-to-be that back the science of nutrition and support upcoming RD’s, shared my gluten post on their Facebook and twitter pages yesterday. Whoaaa, awesome!

Build up RDs

I obvs love to chat about food and nutrition. So, what a great lead in for showing pictures of my (Tuesday) meals and snacks. Happy WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday), everyone! Head on over to Laura’s page to see more.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to incorporate some balanced fats in every meal, so let’s see how I did yesterday. I woke up Tuesday as a hangry gal, and ate too quickly before I could even think about snapping a picture. But so you’re in the know, I went with a little bit of greek yogurt (2%), bananas, peanut butter, blueberries, chia seeds and chocolate chips, with a a hard boiled egg. The hard boiled egg was eaten in addition, not IN the yogurt, sillies. I haven’t gotten to that level of mixing yet. Imagine something similar to this picture, but add some colorful fruit and copious choco chips.


Carbohydrate: Fruit,  Protein: Greek yogurt, egg, Healthy Fat: egg (must eat the YOLK for this to count), peanut butter, chia seeds

As part of my 2016 goals, I’m working on organization and balance. I willingly spent far too much time organizing and inputting everything I could think of into my Erin Condren Life Planner – which have I mentioned how much I love it? If you’re considering getting one to organize your life, you can use this code to get $10 off! You win, I win, it’s a win-win.

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Around 11 am, I needed a snack and opted for another hard boiled egg and a protein cinnamon bar with a handful of unpictured peanuts and sunflower seeds. Some healthy fat, protein and carbs. Bam. IMG_3724

Around 1pm, I raided the fridge to put together lunch;  a salad with a little bit of everything – spinach, kale, zucchini, red peppers, broccoli, radishes, brussels, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and baked tempeh. I probably could have added more healthy fat here (i.e. avocado), but I did add some olive oil for dressing.


Carbohydrate – vegetables, Protein – tempeh, veggies,  Fat – tempeh, olive oil 

Followed up with some kombucha and an apple with peanut butter.

apples and PB


Later, I went for a little run around Charlotte (I haven’t run downtown in a while) and boy have things changed! So many new food places and beautiful neighborhoods. I then met a friend for hot yoga at Arrichion, which kicks my butt every time. It’s not relaxing yoga, it’s a kick-butt workout. On my way home, I chugged water with NUUN. I loveeee NUUN, and always drink it after a hard run or workout to replenish those electrolytes. I love fruit punch and the lemonade flavors best.


Check out this great picture after our workout! I had never done the double plank before (Sorry, Em, for my toes all up in your face).

#regram from @papkindoesyoga, my yogi bestie. Really embracing #yoga this year to supplement #running and loving the clear mentality and increased strength! #doubleplank #beyondyourlimits #bgbcommunity #bgbinstachallenge #wellness #befit #bloghealthy #bestrong #charlotte

Dinner, like lunch, was this delicious bowl over a bed of spinach – we threw in some baked butternut squash, quinoa, garbanzo beans, brussels, radishes, avocado, and topped with pumpkin seeds. This was obviously a craving for Portland. The novice food-critic in me found that the radishes gave it some spicy bitterness, the pumpkin seeds gave it some crunch, the butternut squash some sweetness, and the avocado some comforting fat for some mouth-feel. Make sense? The novice food-critic in me found that the radishes gave it some spicy bitterness, the pumpkin seeds gave it some crunch, the butternut squash some sweetness, and the avocado some comforting fat for some mouth-feel. Make senseIMG_3733

I drizzled it with some balsamic. It came out AMAZING! If you guys want the recipe, I’ll try and put it together but it was a guess and check thing! Can you tell I just LOVE mixing things together? So pretty!

And then, for dessert, while watching the State of the Union: popcorn and some pomegranate dark chocolate. I flavored my popcorn with some coconut oil and cinnamon.


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Have you tried a double plank before?


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  1. I love having a sweet popcorn by adding a little bit of honey and cinnamon, makes it sticky but oh so good! This is a super balanced day of eats, seems like your new years goal is going strong! Congrats on being mentioned on the Facebook page, what an honor!! Was the protein cinnamon bar store-bought? Looks so tasty, if it’s homemade I want that recipe!

  2. I love that notebook. It makes me think about how I feel after quiet time in the morning and working out. :)) Your double plank is pretty neat too!

  3. You have me really wanting to make a more conscious effort to ensure I am getting all the macros in every meal – especially proteins and fats. I think I do well without thinking of it, but actually listing it out would make me feel more certain (and appease my list loving ways), and help me in those meals or snacks where I know I am lacking one or the other. Double plank! Damn right!! Nicely done to both of you! I would like to dive into that dinner bowl, please. That has me written all over it.

  4. Aww that is awesome that your post was shared!! Very well deserved 🙂 I am LOVING your reminders (and examples) of balanced snacks because it’s the type of thing that I know in theory but that easily falls off my radar. And so I often end up gravitating towards carb-only snacks, which you’re making me more mindful of avoiding. The hot yoga workout must be killer but amazing! Love the double plank pic 🙂

  5. Congrats on the post share! That is so exciting! And I want everything that you posted here 😀 Also, I am firmly of the opinion that balsamic or lemon makes everything better.

  6. Congrats on having your blog shared! It’s awesome to have your work displayed.
    I love how being at home means random lunches of what ever is in the fridge! One of the things I don’t like about packed lunches is having to plan my lunch and then not really feeling it once lunch rolls around. My dream job has a well stocked kitchen in it. 😀