WIAW: Summer Staples

I’m 2 weeks into the 4 weeks of working at the Fair and already getting a little sad about it.

In a few weeks, I will be back at work. Not that I don’t like work, but summer has been so much fun this year: I went to Austin, Texas for the first time, went hiking multiple times, and oh yeah, worked this cool job.

I also made some food discoveries this summer. I’m no longer eating Frankenfood. I didn’t eat a lot of it to begin with, but I’m ditching frozen yogurts, the idea of Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches, and fake sugars even if I only add it to coffee, something else I drink very rarely. I’m also not shying away from real sugar and other real food.

I adopted Tone It Up protein pancakes made with Sunwarrior raw protein and bombshell spell, a pineapple juice-based metabolizing drink. Natural sugar.

Today’s grocery list was short because I already have the bases for my meals. Xantham gum may not be as natural, or it doesn’t sound like it.

What I really ended up buying…

Strawberry fruit spread for protein pancakes and peanut butter & jelly protein bars, a thinkThin bar because I had a coupon (caramel fudge), protein/spicy jalapeno chicken sausage, amaranth even though I have little idea of what to do with it, & the cheapest wine ever: $1.99 Charles Shaw shiraz to make sangria

Cottage cheese, Sprinkelz, and Dr. Oetker organic vanilla pudding mix – it’s higher in fat but has a less weird ingredient list – for a Dashing Dish’s cake batter protein shake.

I had stevia but didn’t put it in, but I added sprinkles. At $1.99, the Sprinkelz are more expensive, however, I figured I liked having sprinkles for photos. 🙂 Just wish it was more colorful.

I brought lentils to eat at work, but since we had a floorset, my manager got us pizza from Z Pizza. This is the slice of an XL Provence pizza with artichokes. I love pizza!

For dessert, my blended failed and couldn’t whip up cottage cheese for whipped cottage cheese. I just ate the cottage cheese with some strawberry fruit spread.

Recent staples:

If I get into a bind and I’m hungry, I’ll eat Fage with some mix-in.

I actually went home at a decent hour. 

Tomorrow is another work day, but I get off early and then got my other shift covered. I didn’t need both though I do want to go to TurboKick tomorrow so it’s happening!

Also on the agenda for tomorrow: return library book, find new Chobani Chocolate Chunk, and buy some real ice cream.

Have you tried Chobani Chocolate Chunk?
What do you eat when your tummy is grumbling at night?

July Foodie PenPal: Coincidental

The Lean Green Bean

My July Foodie PenPal was Lindsay from Live. Love. Nutrition. and did she know me well!

I love all these nut butters. See how I already ate a little of each one. I do that, all the time. Variation is not a good idea for me.

Local-ish granola, Ola! Granola from Connecticut.

I made The Lean Green Bean’s Chocolate Dipped Frozen Yogurt Bites with the granola and Chobani peach. Note: Chobani freezes better than Fage.

I’ve never had this peanut butter.

And of course, a note, on notebook paper. I do that all the time too!

And guess who Lindsay just met who I didn’t see but came to the Fair: Robert Irvine! What a coincidence!

If you’re interested in Foodie PenPals…
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th! You will receive a confirmation email from me within 24 hours if you sign up. IF YOU DON’T GET ONE, send me an email!

Have you ever watched “Restaurant Impossible?” I haven’t because I don’t have cable. I’ve only ever seen shows with Gordon Ramsay.

This or That: Health & Fitness Edition + Meal Plan Monday

I admit Marvelous in My Monday is my favorite weekly link-up. I get to talk about whatever I want and share it with people. Though often it’s food, it’s not the case all the time. Orthorexia be-gone.

This week, Nourish & Flourish shared a questionnaire that I thought was super fun – This or That: Health & Fitness Edition. Give it a go too and link up in the comments! 🙂

  1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow? I prefer the heat. I love dripping in sweat – why I go to hot yoga!

  2. (source)

  3. Have washboard abs or flat abs? The easier of the two, but I’ll take ANYTHING!*
    *Ryan Lochte is hotter (right)

  4. (source)

  5. Dr. Oz or The Doctors? I’ve only ever seen Dr. Oz.
  6. Cardio or strength? Eek, I like both but I love strength training more now. I used to be all cardio.
  7. Source: tumblr.com via Julie on Pinterest

  8. Cravings: Protein or carbs? Protein! Once I stopped eating so many carbs, I forgot about them.
  9. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper? Because of her awesome podcasts, Jillian Michaels!

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  11. Frozen yogurt or ice cream? I love frozen yogurt, but I haven’t been craving it lately.
  12. To train: upper body or lower body? I used to love training lower body. Now it hurts so bad that I like upper body training.
  13. Protein powder or food with protein? I love protein pancakes so uh, as natural as it gets protein powder.
    Check out a new blog I found, Dashing Dish, with all these amazing recipes!

  14. (source)

  15. Lunges or squats? Lunges have always been my favorite even though my hurt toes don’t allow it to be as comfortable.
  16. Source: shape.com via Julie on Pinterest
  17. Sweet or salty? Sweet! I still have a killer sweet tooth. Thankfully a little chocolate goes a long way nowadays.
  18. Workout attire: cute or comfy? Comfy and as cute as I can get it to be. Cute stuff has a tendency to ride up.
  19. Body Pump or heavy lifting? I like lifting on my own but really have to get in the mood.
  20. Yoga or Pilates? Yoga all the way. I like the different variations like with hand weights. I go to Pilates once in a blue moon.
  21. Nike or Adidas? Nikes! I prefer New Balances though.
  22. Running on the treadmill or outdoors? I like the treadmill for sprint work. I hate running otherwise.
  23. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? Trader Joe’s has better deals and I only like the hot bar/deli side and chocolate aisle of Whole Foods.
  24. Summer or Winter Olympics? I love swimming and gymnastics so I’m all for summer Olympics though I haven’t watched one match yet! 😦

  25. (source)

  26. Exercises classes or exercise videos? I love classes! Sometimes I yearn for more, but I love the energy and people.
  27. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies? Roasted veggies, of course.

 Meal Plan Monday


  • m1 TIU protein pancake + bombshell spell
  • m2 cauliflower pizza
  • m3 cake batter protein shake
  • m4 pizza (Z Pizza Provence XL slice)
  • m5 whipped cottage cheese
  • work 3:30-7:30
  • workout Rest







This or that? Answer any or all of the questions above!