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WIAW: December 18, 2013

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Wednesday has once again rolled around.  Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive nearly as quickly as I was hoping.  Now that we are only a week away from Christmas and I am only five days away from traveling back to my hometown, each minute, hour, and day seems to slowly crawl by.  The anticipation is killing me, I guess ;).  But in an attempt to make myself feel better I have been treating myself to some tasty eats.  Here’s a recap of What I Ate last Wednesday.

Pre-Workout Snack

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Before heading to the gym for some cardio and strength training, I snacked on a rice cake with blackberry jam.

Breakfast

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The first part of my breakfast was my favorite thing right now: a green smoothie!  In the mix was unsweetened vanilla almond milk, Vega One vanilla almondilla protein powder, 1/3 frozen banana, frozen peach slices, frozen blueberries, frozen cranberries, and TONS of spinach.  I go through about 3-4 bags of spinach per week…it’s getting to be a bit insane!

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I ate my second breakfast of the day at work.  Lately I have kind of strayed away from cereal in favor of overnight oats and buckwheat bakes, but I brought it back this Wednesday.  In the mix: Kashi GoLean, Arrowhead Mills Puffed Corn, plain Cheerios, and vanilla Chex (yum!).  Oh, and for clarification, it is not a good bowl of cereal unless it contains at least three different varieties ;).

Mid-Morning Snack

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A nanner!

Lunch

friday favorite spaghetti squash putanesca

Lunch was leftover spaghetti squash pasta puttanesca.  More on this delicious dish in a future Friday Foodie Favorites post!

Snacks

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Blue Diamond coconut almonds and raisins.

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A sliced honeycrisp apple.

Dinner

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Dinner was red lentil dal from The Happy Herbivore which I served over cauliflower “rice” and alongside sauteed kale and red peppers.  Have I ever mentioned that I love lentils? ;)

Snacks

On the evening snack menu:

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Carrots: obsessed.

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Black grapes: more obsessed.

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“Baked” white sweet potato topped with Justin’s maple almond butter: As obsessed as one can possibly be.  If you have never tried this combination then you really need to.  And if you have never tried white sweet potatoes, well get to it.  I am hooked!

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Next week I’ll be taking a break from my usual WIAW post to celebrate my favorite holiday :).

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  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. December 18, 2013, 6:04 am

    Your anticipation to go home reminds of the anticipation I’d always feel for Christmas to come when I was little. There’s something to be said about time draaaaaaaging while you wait for you want. It makes it all the more special when you finally get it.

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:26 pm

      It is so true, isn’t it? And then once it is here it will FLY by! Always does!

  • Jessie December 18, 2013, 7:31 am

    I’ve looked high & low for white sweet potatoes at our grocery stores, but they just don’t exist. So not fair. They obviously hadn’t read your post yet & saw your demand. Ha Ha! :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:27 pm

      Haha, what a bummer! It is not that often that I see them here actually, so I will be sad when they are gone :(.

  • Katherine December 18, 2013, 7:38 am

    Carrots obsessed. Girl me too. I think I need therapy. I recently bought some rice cakes inspired by you! I’m loving them! Blog friends have the best recommendations!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:28 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you have been enjoying them. They are seriously one of the most versatile foods out there. I swear the topping options are endless.

  • Joanna @Makingmine December 18, 2013, 8:08 am

    I love rice cakes but I never considered putting jam on them. What a good idea!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:29 pm

      It is so good! Also, I definitely recommend avocado with sea salt too :).

  • Jackie December 18, 2013, 8:14 am

    I’ve never seen a white sweet potato before!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Well if you ever do then you definitely need to pick one up. They are fantastic!

  • Kat December 18, 2013, 9:11 am

    I love all your food!! Everything looks super delicious girl!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Kat!! It was a tasty day of eats for sure :).

  • Ashley December 18, 2013, 9:49 am

    I hear ya – the days are creeping by right now until we get to head to my parents’ house to celebrate! I’m excited for that spaghetti squash dish – looks so good!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

      The days will creeeeep by this week and then I can almost guarantee that next week will fly by!! That’s always the way it seems to work.

  • Alexis @ Hummusapien December 18, 2013, 11:47 am

    OMG….i just took a look at the red lentil recipe at it looks FAB! Totally making that soon. And that sweet tater with almond butter–swoon! Love it!!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:31 pm

      The red lentil dal is awesome and could not be easier to make. I am sure you will definitely love it! And seriously…there is nothing better than sweet potatoes and nut butter.

  • Ashlee@HisnHers December 18, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Ive never even HEARD of white sweet potatoes! Do they taste the same?? I do love the pb + sweet potato combo though and eat it quite a bit!

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 1:55 pm

      They are a bit softer and sweeter…aka DELICIOUS, especially with nut butters :).

  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness December 18, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Don’t you hate it how time seems to stop when your excited and waiting for something! Your day of eats looks fantastic, especially dinner and the baked sweet tater with nut butter! I hope the rest of your minutes tell you go home fly by!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 2:53 pm

      Thanks so much, Nicole! And yes, it would be great for this week to FLY by and then for next week to slow waaaay down! The breaks always go by way too fast :(.

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables December 18, 2013, 3:12 pm

    I need to hop back on the smoothie train. I’m seeing so many delicious smoothies around the blog world today!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 3:34 pm

      I always wonder why I make them during the Winter because they make me SO cold, but they are just SO good! ;)

  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl December 18, 2013, 3:40 pm

    Today was my last full day at work….Yippee! I’ve never tried a white sweet potato. Are they very different from the orange variety?

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 3:48 pm

      Lucky!!! I am super jealous! I still have 2 1/2 days to go! But soon enough I guess. I am in love with the white sweet potatoes. They are a bit softer and sweeter when you bake them as compared to the orange variety. They seriously pair perfectly with nut butters :).

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats December 18, 2013, 4:23 pm

    I love that you had a sweet potato for dessert!

    You seriously need to buy all those banana accessories I found you on Instagram :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 4:25 pm

      Baha, I totally do!! I may have a slight obsession with bananas… ;)

  • Danica @ It's Progression December 18, 2013, 5:23 pm

    I LOVE adding nut butter to baked potatoes, but I always have a problem with baking the whole potato! It’s the weirdest thing…I don’t know if I have the oven too hot or something, or I just estimate the time wrong, but I rarely get a potato that’s cooked “just right.” What’s your secret?! (and it’s okay if you’re dumbfounded by my lack of baking a potato – I told you it was weird considering how much I cook/bake/create in the kitchen!)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 9:18 pm

      I actually don’t bake mine! ;) I “bake” them in the microwave! Here is what I do: scrub the potato to clean it, prick it several places with a fork, wrap it in a cool/wet paper towel, microwave 4 minutes, flip, microwave an additional 3 minutes. Works like a charm every time for me! :)

  • Paige@FitNotFad December 18, 2013, 8:24 pm

    The first time someone suggested I try sweet potatoes with almond butter I scoffed in horror..it sounds so weird but I finally caved and it’s SO DELICIOUS!! And yes Justin’s is the way to go in that case!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 18, 2013, 9:19 pm

      I am so glad that somebody brought you over to the “dark” side! Aka the DEEELICIOUS side! ;)

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities December 18, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Spaghetti Squash Pasta Puttenesca is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES – You need to put a little seared tuna on top and OH WOW, stunning… Or you could put some scallops, Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!!! I am so excited because I am going home tomorrow and my father makes THE BEST Puttenesca sauce, so it’s ON BABY :)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:20 am

      Going home for the holidays is great for so many reasons…but especially the food! ;)

  • Arman @ thebigmansworld December 19, 2013, 1:41 am

    THANK YOU for making my spinach consumption seem normal ;)

    I bought a costco sized tub for $10 and went through it in 5 days…the guy there said it lasts people 2 weeks. PEOPLE.
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:21 am

      Yeah it really is out of control how much spinach I go through in a week in my smoothies and my cooking. I suppose it is a good obsession, right? :)

  • Sarah@creatingbettertomorrow December 19, 2013, 5:24 am

    Hmmm I’m intrigued I’ve never heard of a white sweet potato, lately I’ve been craving carbs/oatmeal for dinner…literally squash, oatmeal, potatoes for dinner + nut butter…so this might be a new discovery! Oh yes – LOVE that you mix your cereals!
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 19, 2013, 11:23 am

      You definitely need to try to track down a white sweet potato and incorporate it into your next dinner. They are SO good, especially with nut butter!

  • Kaitlin December 19, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Spaghetti squash for the win!! Such a great meal or leftover. And that’s saying something because I despise leftovers :)

    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:10 pm

      It is amazing how good it tastes as a leftover. I am planning on roasting some up tonight and I’m super excited about it :).

  • Faith VanderMolen December 19, 2013, 7:48 pm

    I don’t remember the last time I’ve only had one type of cereal in a bowl. I always mix! I’m glad to know others do too:)
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    • ClnEatingVegGrl December 20, 2013, 2:13 pm

      Mixing is the ONLY way to go!! I need at least 3 different kinds in a bowl ;).

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