29 August 2012

What I Ate Wednesday #84

ahhhh! this is our last installment of summer staples!  It's kind of fitting considering summer is almost over.  I'm going to miss it!  Luckily I have some tricks up my sleeves for the next few months worth of WIAWs that will keep you guys happy, healthy, and on your toes.  Also, with veggies in your face.  That's how we roll here.

side note -- We're on number EIGHTY FOUR!? This is the party that never stops!  Do you guys perpetually have your party pants on or something?  We've established that I don't exactly wear pants but... I guess I will keep a party hat on for good measure.  It's only fitting.

So my WIAW is ridiculous... I have some road trip adventures to share as well as a standard day of eats b/c my road trip food photography was lacking.  Seriously -- we were so preoccupied with getting the food into our faces that we forgot to snap photos.  Paul and I did manage to get a whole foods hot bar photo montage of our face stuffage though.  Pay no attention to the food dribbling down my chin.  I lose all control around veggies.  Especially a box of Whole Foods Market hot bar veggies. *drool*

getting real in the whole foods parking lot

I asked Paul why he was pouting and giving a thumbs down and he insisted it was because he's a dirty carnivore with a hot bar box full of meat.  I snorted.  

I think I'm going to be a brat and save the rest of our road trip shenanigans for it's own post.  So until then, here's my What I Ate Wednesday day of eats from last week! <3

black coffee [duh!] fresh fruit and an icy cold glass of trilogy kombucha with apple cider vinegar

snackage of fresh crinkle-cut carrot chips and english cucumber

lunch was a savory stuffed sweet potato with an explosion of veggies from my garden

Hello most unconventional snack ever! I love these almond-green bean freezer packs from Green Giant

dinner was confetti mac and cheese w/ a big leafy green salad [with oodles of cucumbers of course!]
I'm not one to deny myself a small mountain of macaroni and cheese when the craving strikes so finding a way to turn it into a balanced meal is a must!  I make mine confetti-style with a boatload of veggies from the fridge and freezer and a pinch of garlic powder, parsley, and red pepper flakes for extra oomph!  Now the typical 1 cup serving of macaroni and cheese is bulked up with an extra cup of veggies, so instead of a small sad scoop, I can have a PILE of the stuff!  I round out the meal with a big green salad and indulge without even the slightest smidge of guilt.  Its balanced, beautiful, and freaking delicious!

Sometimes I get so excited while eating mac 'n cheese that I forget to breathe.

It's funny... because it's true =)

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45 comments:

  1. WHY do I keep forgetting to mix my aminos with kombucha?! I'm going to have to put a sticky note on the fridge.


    Happy 84th!!! You are such a genius for doing this.

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  2. geez my stomach literally growled at that mac and cheese. YUM.

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  3. I love the Whole Foods Hot Bar. Ah.maze.ing. YUM!

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  4. Last installment of Summer Staples?! Summer is almost over already? *sniff**sniff*
    your glass of kombucha looks delicious. never tried the stuff, yet.

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  5. Sarah @ The Smart KitchenWednesday, August 29, 2012

    I wish I ever thought to actually pour my kombucha into a pretty glass instead of just chugging it (much too quickly) from the bottle. [Sigh] I do love me some trilogy.
    I am the way with spaghetti the way you are with mac + cheese. Veggies + sauce and a wee bit of noodle. YUM.

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  6. that mac n cheese looks amazing! i've been lacking in the vegetable department lately and now i think i know what i'm going to make for dinner tomorrow night! ;)

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  7. I get all giddy over Whole Foods hot bar!! There are just so many choices!!!

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  8. This is my first WIAW. I am doing a Green Thickies challenge this week so I thought it would be a good opportunity to share that with you and to let you know my mid week results so far.


    Wow that whole foods bar looks amazing. I wish we had something like that in this country. I have to take all my healthy foods with my wherever I go.


    Thanks so much for hosting and I'm so glad to be finally joining in the fun.

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  9. kelsey@somuchlifetoliveWednesday, August 29, 2012

    Whole Foods hot bar all the way!! Thanks for doing this, Jen!


    p.s. I'm sorry my picture looks a bit inappropriate...I'm wearing a strapless dress, I promise:)

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  10. I keep seeing your kombucha/ACV combo on here - I'm going to have to try that!! Happy WIAW Jenn! (Andrea @ Vegvacious)

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  11. kim@hungryhealthygirlWednesday, August 29, 2012

    All of your eats look delicious and super cute photos of you and the hubs!

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  12. Your eats look awesome, lady! I LOVE mac and cheese and pairing it with veggies is the only way to go. YUM!

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  13. Amy B @ Second City RandomnessWednesday, August 29, 2012

    I'm a fan of the loaded mac and cheese as well. The more I'm allowed to have? The better.

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  14. Can't wait to hear about the themes for the next WIAW's!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED oh my goodnesssss!!!!!! You're so much fun Jen :) <3


    You should have seen when I stepped foot into my first WF's which was when I was in Boston for HLS. We did a mini mingle there for lunch one day and I WENT WILD. Everyone was laughing at me haha

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  15. I am digging on all of the cucumbers you are putting down (so YUMMY). I look forward to reading about your antics in Raleigh, looks like Whole Foods was a success (however was there ever a question that it would be?).
    So very glad to see Paul back and you looking so very happy in pics.

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  16. YUM-Oh em gee!! I love that you snorted!! You're the cutest thing ever!! Happy wiaw! :D xo

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  17. I love love love love that collage with you two.

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  18. I'm having trouble linking my first blog onto this amazing WIAW and I really want to participate! Any suggestions/help?!

    All of these food choices look so yummy!!

    Littlegirlhealthyworld.blogspot.com

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  19. I've Only Commented Once on your Blog about a Healthy Baked Good that I still Haven't Made =( But I wanna Say. . . Your Blog Rocks! I love it, and your personality through your words is Awesome. My Family are Meat Obsessed, but I Make Sure They Get Their Veg On. . . Because I Love Veggies too. I do Try to Go Meatless 2x a Week, and It's Working Because They Love The Meatless Meals I Come Up With.
    Thanks for Cheering me Up Every Week! =) And I'm Happy to See Your Hubby is Home.

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  20. Everything looks yummy! So glad that Paul is home again...hooray!! ;-)

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  21. You are a hoot! And Basil is a sweetie! Thanks for hosting this partay!
    Deirdre

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  22. Joann @ Woman in Real LifeWednesday, August 29, 2012

    It is a great party, that's for sure! You and Paul are adorable. Enjoy your time together, and don't worry if you don't get photos of it all. We understand. :) Joann
    www.womaninreallife.blogspot.ca

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  23. He's my muse... so glad that little monster is back! =) Thanks Fran!

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  24. My family is full of carnivores too -- they're lucky to have us to veg them up on a daily basis eh? =) *High Five!!!* Thanks so so much for the sweet comment! Happy to have ya as a reader and meatless-meal partner in crime! xooo

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  25. K @ Finding a skinnier meWednesday, August 29, 2012

    Mmmm that mac n cheese looks AMAZING!!!!! I also LOVE stopping by Whole Foods for a salad.. they have the best salad making stuff!!!

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  26. I HAD HOT BAR LAST NIGHT!! with kurty bear!! i feel like we were on a date or something

    so happy you two are back in action togetherrrrr on the roaaaaad stuffing face!!

    and that potato explosion needs to explode into my mouth and omg that sounds so dirty but im not deleting it

    xoxoxo

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  27. LindsayLovesVeggiesWednesday, August 29, 2012

    Paul reminds me of NPH. That is awesome. :)

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  28. I am so with you on bulking up mac & cheese with veggies. Besides—it's way more interesting that way!

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  29. Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well MommyWednesday, August 29, 2012

    I love making mac & cheese the same way...loading it up with lots of veggies! I'm definitely going to miss our summer staples, too. I'm enjoying peaches, nectarines and juicy vine ripe tomatoes!

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  30. That mac'n'cheese looks delicious!!! And I love me some leafy green salad. I feel funny if I don't eat my salad with dinner.

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  31. CARROT CHIPS ARE MY FAVORITE!! Sorry I got a little excited I saw them on someone else's blog. :)

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  32. Marisa@TheCollegeCuisinerThursday, August 30, 2012

    Let's party Jenn, who needs pants! I miss my London Wholefoods not only was there a hot bar the size of a Trader Joe's but a full floor food court, two restaurant, two wine bars and an entire London block. Now I want hot bar....darnit!

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  33. BEST.
    COMMENT.
    EVER!!!!!!!

    I have to drive 2.5 hours for a hot bar fix so I feel your pain! When I'm on vacation I beeline for the nearest whole foods like my pants are on fire. But I don't wear pants soo.... like my butt is on fire? ;)

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  34. I'm using the link and copying into my wordpress blog but it's not showing up! It just shows the link there. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

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  35. Hey Haley! <3
    The box you normally type your post in for wordpress, switch it to HTML, paste the code [this works for any HTML code =)] and then switch back to type as per usual and you should be good to go! Let me know if that doesn't work for some reason! xoxo

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  36. Got it! It worked! (I'm new lol) Thank you!!

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  37. Yay! I closed out the party on Thursday but can add your link/image to my post if you wrote one for this past week -- or are you prepping early for next week? <3

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  38. Yep, I'm just prepping early for next week :)

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  39. Hahaha, I just cracked up at that e-card about the mac n cheese. Definitely happens to the best of us;) I'm new to your blog and love your sense of humor already! Can't wait to continue reading and join in on WIAW next week!

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  40. Thanks Connie! Nice to meet you! Can't wait to have you as part of the WIAW party!!! <3

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  41. I laughed out loud to your mac and cheese some ecard...it's so true! it's the best food. ever.

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  42. haha never delete anything! I love you, dirty girl! MWAH!

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