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What I Ate Wednesday: March 4, 2015

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I am more than excited that Wednesday is here!  That means I am almost halfway through one of the busiest work weeks of the year.  If you work in higher education, you know that the time of year right before the start of a term or semester is usually nuts.  I already feel like I have been through an entire work week, and it is only Wednesday.  Since my brain is already overworked, I am going to keep today’s What I Ate Wednesday post simple.  Some pictures.  Some photos.  Lots of food.  That will keep everyone happy, right?  Take a look at a day of Thursday eats!

What I Ate Wednesday

Today I am linking up with Jenn from Peas and Crayons.

What I Ate Wednesday: March 4, 2015

WIAWPer usual, I started my morning off with a dried prune.  Weird?  Maybe.  But I have been loving this ritual.  It is also the perfect little “something” to tide me over before my smoothie on the way to/at work.

Vega oneAnd there she is (yes, my smoothie is a “she”)!  That gorgeous green smoothie!  In the mix was unsweetened coconut milk, French vanilla Vega One protein powder, frozen banana, frozen cucumber, frozen spinach, and tons of fresh spinach.  I still cannot get over how much it tastes like drinking a vanilla milkshake for breakfast.

oatmeal with milkBreakfast #2 came at about 10:00.  I reheated a bowl of my butternut squash oats with a couple of splashes of coconut milk (otherwise it is too thick when you reheat it).  I topped it off with a heaping tablespoon of Sun Butter.

veggie tuna on rice cakesLunch was leftovers from the night before.  I made a veggie-packed tuna salad that I’ll be sharing more about in a future Friday Foodie Favorites post.  I served it on brown rice cakes topped with fresh spinach, and ate a pickle spear on the side.

mixed vegetablesI am a snacker in the afternoons.  I ate a little bowl of cookied veggies, some (unpictured) kale chips,

organic appleand an organic gala apple.  I take the “an apple a day” statement seriously.

grilled cheese tomato soupMy dinner was so good, you guys!  I made a semi-homemade tomato soup and served it alongside a vegan grilled cheese sandwich.  I got the idea to make tomato soup with TJ’s butternut squash soup and tons of slow roasted tomatoes (I used an immersion blender to make everything smooth) from Simi.  This will absolutely become a staple for the rest of Winter.  Granted, I have also been known to eat soup in the middle of July!  My grilled cheese sandwich was made with Ezekiel bread- spread with a little bit of coconut oil- and Field Roast’s vegan cheese slices.  They have the BEST vegan cheese around.  Hands down.

popcornOf course my night would not have been complete without tons of salty popcorn!

dark chocolateI also changed my popcorn accompaniment up a bit on this particular evening.  I normally go with fruit, but was craving something a bit richer.  I have been trying to listen to my cravings more, so I went with it.  A piece of dark chocolate did the trick!

It was another truly fantastic day of eats.  I do have to say, though, that the grilled cheese and tomato soup were the highlights.  There is nothing better than a warm and comforting meal that takes you back to your childhood.

Have a great Wednesday, all!

What is your ideal warm and comforting meal?

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  • Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie March 4, 2015, 6:24 am
    Grilled cheeses are such a comfort food for me. Surprisingly, I cannot tell you the last time I had one though. This must change! Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted...Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Feta TacosMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:35 am
      It is funny because it had been forever since I had eaten one. I'm so glad I finally changed that. I think I am back on the grilled cheese kick now ;)
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies March 4, 2015, 6:32 am
    I've been craving tomato soup basically every day this week. Your dinner looks SO tasty. Love the combo of butternut squash soup + tomatoes blended in. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Minty Supergreens and Strawberry SmoothieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:40 am
      It was SO easy to make and super delicious! I love anything that only requires two ingredients :)
  • Pamela March 4, 2015, 7:56 am
    I love how healthy you eat! I wish I was more like you, but alas I just can't do with out some foods. I love soups in the winter too!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:42 am
      It's all about balance and moderation. You don't ever have to give up the foods you love. Just work to incorporate in the healthy options more frequently!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 4, 2015, 8:04 am
    Ohhh is that Skinny Pop? I love that stuff! When my mom comes to visit she usually brings a big bag from Costco :) haha
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:43 am
      It is!!! Isn't it so good? I am seriously obsessed!
  • Erin March 4, 2015, 9:11 am
    I have been trying to eat healthier, thanks for the ideas! Erin recently posted...What I read in FebruaryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 5, 2015, 12:32 pm
      You are so welcome, Erin! I hope you found some inspiration :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 4, 2015, 9:33 am
    Must make some butternut squash oatmeal.....!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:46 am
      It's the best!!! You must give it a try :)
  • Katie @ running4cupcakes March 4, 2015, 10:05 am
    Popcorn! I need to pick some up. The perfect evening snack. :) Katie @ running4cupcakes recently posted...Krusteaz Giveway Winner!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 11:02 am
      It seriously is! No matter how much I sometimes TRY to stray from it at night, most days my body always tells me to eat it. It is a craving I just cannot shake!
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles March 4, 2015, 10:07 am
    Even if I enjoy a good tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich (because I really don't like soup or even cheese) but yes to this combo! It's so good, especially the TJ roasted red pepper tomato soup! meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...Spring Preview 2015My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 11:03 am
      I'll have to try that soup next!! It sounds even easier than the "semi-homemade" version ;)
  • Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog March 4, 2015, 11:03 am
    My comfort food of choice is usually a big bowl of mac n' cheese or mashed potatoes. Or just carbs in general. Carbs make me not sad... =) Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog recently posted...Spring Bucket List: 2015My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 11:04 am
      Mac and cheese is definitely one of the best comfort foods ever ever EVER. I don't eat much cheese, but even I will agree to that ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul March 4, 2015, 11:10 am
    Yum! I'm craving grilled cheese and tomato soup ever since I heard Tom and Chee opened!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 12:50 pm
      I know, right? I was so excited when I heard about them being in Omaha. We will have to go once the initial rush slows down a bit!
  • Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie March 4, 2015, 12:18 pm
    grilled cheese on a cold rainy day is literally what makes me survive sometimes. It is the greatest comfort food for bad weather. Plus cheese is one of my favorite foods in the entire world haha Lindsay @ The Functional Foodie recently posted...WIAW the rest of AustinMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 12:51 pm
      It is most definitely one of the BEST comfort foods ever. You are so right about that!
  • Farrah March 4, 2015, 3:46 pm
    hmmm, I've never tried throwing cucumbers into my smoothies! :O I've only ever used spinach or kale so far, so I may have to attempt that at some point! I have a superrrr hearty chicken/tomato stew/soup that I'm having for dinner! :D Can't wait!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 3:53 pm
      I love throwing in either frozen cucumber slices or frozen zucchini. You can't even taste them!
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health March 4, 2015, 8:34 pm
    soup or stew is definitely my idea of comfort food. that tuna salad looks wonderful. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...What Dietitian Eats?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 4, 2015, 9:26 pm
      It was so good! I love veggies added into just about everything, though, so it's not really a surprise that I loved it ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien March 5, 2015, 10:19 am
    Dying over your little pre-breakfast prunie. Yay for veggie loaded tuna!! On a rice cake, duh.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 5, 2015, 12:20 pm
      AND with a pickle! ;) I love that you are totally on to my weird eating quirks ;)
  • Faith VanderMolen March 5, 2015, 10:55 am
    love all your food! I made butternut oatmeal the other day too. Seems like butternut squash is getting into everything at my house recently:) Faith VanderMolen recently posted...Butternut Carrot Whole Wheat Vegan MuffinsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 5, 2015, 12:21 pm
      Isn't it so good? It tastes good in almost everything!!!
  • Emily @SinfulNutrition March 8, 2015, 9:51 am
    Is it just me, or does a pickle spear just seem to make every lunch meal complete? Emily @SinfulNutrition recently posted...10 Dairy Free Sources of CalciumMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl March 8, 2015, 5:31 pm
      Oh, it is definitely not just you!! It makes the meal!
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