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WIAW: November 12, 2014

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Things are getting old school here in Clean Eating Veggie Girl land today.  For the past several months I have been sharing my “recent eats” each Wednesday for What I Ate Wednesday.  Today, however, I am taking things back to when I first started participating in WIAW and I am showing you a full day of eats.  I somehow miraculously remembered to take a picture of everything that I ate in a day, so I figured “why not?!”

But before we get to the food, last Wednesday I mentioned that I already had my Christmas decorations up.  So I feel that it is only right that I share a picture of my pretty little Christmas tree.  Feel free to roll your eyes at this point in the post.

christmas treeIsn’t it cute?  It is a little four footer that is just perfect for my apartment!

Now enough with the Christmas craziness…

wiaw-fall-into-good-habits-buttonWhat I Ate Wednesday: November 12, 2014

wiaw smoothieMy daily breakfast #1: a green smoothie!  In the smoothie was unsweetened vanilla almond milk, chocolate Vega smoothie protein powder, frozen banana, frozen zucchini, and tons of fresh spinach.

wiaw cerealMy second breakfast was a giant bowl of cereal.  This is the exact same breakfast that I ate last Wednesday.  I was on a cereal kick over the Summer, stopped eating it for awhile, and now I am loving on it again.  My mixed bowl of cereal included Kashi Go Lean, 365 Whole Wheat Flakes, puffed kamut, and Cascadian Farm’s Chocolate O’s.  I always top my cereal off with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and I always eat  A LOT of cereal in order for it to stick with me for awhile.  Just ask Jeremy.  I made him a bowl last weekend and he said it “was the biggest bowl of cereal he had ever eaten.”

wiaw pruneI always randomly snack on dried prunes throughout the day.  I usually end up eating two or three whenever a sweet craving hits.

wiaw runzaMy lunch was made up of two things that I pulled out of the freezer: a leftover Vegetarian Runza (dipped in sundried tomato ketchup) and a side of peas.  This lunch really hit the spot!

wiaw appleA couple hours later I was hungry again, so I snacked on a sliced apple dipped in a spicy hummus.  I know it may sound strange, but I love the sweet and savory/spicy combination so I thought it was delicious.  Do not knock it until you try it!

wiaw balance bareI was having a haaangry afternoon, so I went in for a second snack.  I chose a new-to-me Balance Bare bar in the Sweet & Spicy Nut flavor (again with the sweet and spicy/savory combo).  I tend to be super picky when it comes to bars and only like ones that have simple ingredient lists, so I was pleased with the fact that I could actually pronounce every ingredient that was in this bar (nuts, spices, coconut oil, etc.).  It tasted pretty darn delicious, too!  This bar has officially been added to my list of Hannah-approved nutrition bars- for both healthiness and taste.

wiaw balance barThe Sweet & Spicy nut is not the only flavor that these bars are made in.  There is also a Sea Salt Caramel Nut and a Mixed Berry Nut.  I have since tried the Mixed Berry and, it too, is spot on.  Both the Sweet & Spicy Nut and the Mixed Berry Nut bars are vegan, which I loved.  Since I try to keep my nutrition bars dairy-free, I passed along the Sea Salt Caramel Nut bar to Jeremy when he was visiting a couple weekends back.  I actually give him one of each bar and he said that the Sea Salt Caramel Nut was his favorite flavor.  So there you go.  If you are into dairy then it sounds like that is a great way to go.  Talk about a healthy alternative to your traditional candy bar!

wiawDinner was one of my all-time favorite ways to use spaghetti squash: Robyn’s Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai.  I have made this countless times and talked about it here on CEVG on several occasions.  I feel like maybe I should be a spokeperson for this recipe 😉

wiaw popcorn!I have a lot of favorite popcorns, but this is definitely one of the best!  I finished off the night with a big ‘ole bowl of this vegan white “cheddar” popcorn.  It was the perfect way to end the night!

There you have it.  A day of vegetarian eats.  Have a great Wednesday!

What is your favorite thing that you ate yesterday?

When do you normally put up your Christmas tree?

Disclaimer: I was provided with free Balance Bare bars for review, but was not compensated for my time.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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  • Jenny November 12, 2014, 12:59 am
    Well, I was all ready to tell you apples and peanut butter are a favorite around here, but you threw me with the hummus. We love hummus too, but we have never tried it with apples.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 9:27 pm
      I just started eating that combination about a month ago... but I am definitely hooked!
  • Stephanie Hartley November 12, 2014, 4:23 am
    I love hummus and endlessly eat apples, but have never tried them together! Definitely going to give it a go when I get home. Thanks! :) Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com Stephanie Hartley recently posted...Spooky Vegan Stuffed PeppersMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 9:55 pm
      You should definitely give it a shot! If you are a fan of sweet/savory then I think you will like it!
  • Farrah November 12, 2014, 4:32 am
    I haven't made a green smoothie in ages! :[ (Probably because it's cold, but I need to go do that!) Skinny Pop popcorn is awesome! :] I brought some in the other night as a healthier snack option for everyone working the night shift in ER! Farrah recently posted...Biscoff Twix PopcornMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 9:59 pm
      How nice of you!! I am sure that everyone really enjoyed and appreciated that :)
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 12, 2014, 5:49 am
    I can't wait to decorate the house and put up the tree when I get home! Christmas couldn't come earlier this year! Yes! Your a "cereal-mixer" like me! I just ate a huge bowl with rice chex, vegan cacao brown rice crisps, and mesa sunrise! Gotta load it in!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:13 pm
      Mixed cereal bowls are the BEST! What brand is your vegan cacao brown rice crisps cereal? That sounds delish.
  • Sonja Pound November 12, 2014, 6:02 am
    I usually drink Shakeology each day after my workout, but recently bought some single Vega packets. Your mix sounds great. I also need to put those bars on my list. I also only eat ones with whole foods and simple ingredient list. They look great. Sonja Pound recently posted...Five Ways to be More SocialMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:14 pm
      They really are delicious and I love that they do not contain a bunch of extra unnecessary crap. You'll have to try them and let me know what your favorite flavor is!
  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies November 12, 2014, 6:43 am
    I have approximately 100-cal bags of skinny pop stashed strategically across my house, office, and car. Can never be too far away from my next snack! :-p Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies recently posted...Butternut Squash GravyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:20 pm
      That just sounds like really smart planning and a great snacking strategy!!
  • Joanna @Makingmine November 12, 2014, 6:51 am
    You have inspired our whole family to mix cereals! We currently have about 8 boxes open (thanks a lot, haha) And I LOVE the tree! Mine is going up the minute everybody leaves the house from Friendsgiving on Sunday night ;) Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...little things that make me really happyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:22 pm
      You totally could have put your tree up before and I would not have minded ONE BIT!! ;) And yay for mixed cereals! I will agree though that you have to eat a lot of cereal in order to go through it quick enough that it doesn't get stale :/
  • Ashley November 12, 2014, 6:54 am
    I love your tree! I can't wait to put mine up - but we're waiting until after thanksgiving since I already have so many fall decorations out! But I've decided that I am going to start watching christmas movies this weekend! :) Ashley recently posted...Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes with Brown ButterMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:27 pm
      GOOD idea! I have a few Christmas movies on my list for tomorrow too!
  • Heather @Fit n Cookies November 12, 2014, 7:01 am
    I haven't made a smoothie in forever. I blame my blender but I am hoping to get a new one for Christmas this year!! Love the Christmas tree. I'm about to put ours up! haha Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted...EQT Pittsburgh 10 Mile Race RecapMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:29 pm
      I hope you get yourself a new blender! That sounds like the perfect Christmas gift :)
  • Mary November 12, 2014, 7:31 am
    I am a big fan of the traditional Balance bars so I'm very anxious to try the new Balance Bares. All three flavors sound yummy.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:34 pm
      If you like the traditional Balance bars then I am sure you will like these. I bet you will like the ingredient list even more, too!
  • Jessie November 12, 2014, 8:16 am
    I was just telling Becky yesterday how I needed to make the runzas she mentioned. I don't think i'd ever heard of them before. I love the idea of pairing it with sweet peas. Only one of the best sides :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:35 pm
      Trust me, I had never heard of them either until I moved to Nebraska. I am glad I made a veg version, though, because they are delish! And peas are a definite must, of course!
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien November 12, 2014, 11:20 am
    OMG. Majorly crushing on the sketti squash pad thai!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:35 pm
      It is SO good! You seriously have to try it.
  • Jennifer November 12, 2014, 11:32 am
    All that food looks so yummy! I would love to be a vegetarian. To get my husband on board is different story. I only eat meat a couple times a week, but would rather not. These are some really great options! :)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:38 pm
      I am so lucky that my boyfriend will literally eat anything that I cook. I don't think I could ever get him to give up meat fully, though. Good for you for limiting your meat intake. I'm sure your body appreciates that :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 12, 2014, 12:30 pm
    I'm so jealous you still have Runzas left! I'm craving them! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Sending Sweetness with eCreameryMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:39 pm
      I actually still have 2 left in my freezer.. but they are the first two I made and aren't stuffed as much. I kept avoiding picking those ones out of the bag because I wanted the bigger ones. Maybe I'll have to eat both of the small ones at once ;)
  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables November 12, 2014, 12:35 pm
    I love the looks of that spaghetti squash pad thai! YUM!! Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted...How to Survive the Stomach FluMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:40 pm
      It is SO good, Brittany! You definitely need to try it :)
  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles November 12, 2014, 2:05 pm
    I don't celebrate Christmas but I enjoy seeing everyone else's trees! So pretty. meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted...WIAW- Peanut Butter Cup Apple BowlsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:43 pm
      They sure are pretty! I am glad you can see them all through bloggers' posts :)
  • Dana | fresh simple five November 12, 2014, 3:56 pm
    How do you like the Vega protein? I've been looking for a plant-based powder for my morning smoothies... just curious if you have any recommendations. Dana | fresh simple five recently posted...WIAW #4: Crockpot DinnerMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:44 pm
      I really like the Vega powders! The chocolate and vanilla are super good. I'm not a huge fan of the fruit flavors, though.
  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt November 12, 2014, 7:57 pm
    I had this amazing Honey Crisp apple that was the size of a grapefruit. Pretty awesome. I wait until after Thanksgiving. I don't want the "Mad Turkey" to come and get me :-) Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted...5 Reasons Why You Should Run a Spring MarathonMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:45 pm
      Haha, that is funny! Since I don't eat turkey, I am thinking the "Mad Turkey" will still like me and will forgive me ;)
  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal Blog November 12, 2014, 8:07 pm
    Great photos but man, Christmas tree already huh? I'm not ready for the season yet, it's creeped up WAY too quickly - time is going by so fast ;( Kammie @ Sensual Appeal Blog recently posted...5 key mindfulness principles to breathe space within yourselfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 22, 2014, 4:18 pm
      I know... so awful! But what can I say, I am a Christmas LOVER!!
  • Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious November 12, 2014, 8:15 pm
    I usually put my tree up on Black Friday so I can avoid going out. Love the spaghetti squash pad thai! Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious recently posted...WIAW…Birthday Redux & Someone Likes My BootyMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:47 pm
      That is a great strategy, Megan. I has plans to put up my parents' Christmas tree on Black Friday. They aren't crazy like me and won't have it up before I'm home ;)
  • Mattie @ Comfy & Confident November 12, 2014, 8:25 pm
    Yum! your eats look so good! I love Skinny Popcorn and cereal all day, every day!I had it for dinner last night. I always mix multiple cereal in one bowl too, I can never decide which flavor I want.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:48 pm
      I am so glad that so many others understand why mixing cereals is the best thing ever. Having just one is too boring, isn't it? ;)
  • GiGi Eats November 12, 2014, 8:42 pm
    HELL YES to already having XMAS decorations up!!!!! GiGi Eats recently posted...Mean Girls Is Quite The Holiday MovieMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:51 pm
      YES!! I'm so glad that not everyone thinks I am crazy ;)
  • Courtney Bentley November 12, 2014, 10:45 pm
    Skinny Pop Corn is the BEST I am literally obsessed and wish I could get it out here in Asia!! Thanks for sharing your eats ;) xo C
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:52 pm
      It is SO good! I wish you could get it too! :(
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 12, 2014, 11:33 pm
    Your Christmas tree is so cute!! I had a little one like that for years when I lived in my apartment. Now my mom uses it in hers :) My tree is 10 feet tall now hahah. That smoothie looks good...and oh, I love how you mixed those cereals! Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Holiday Steak Bruschetta and Le Creuset Giveaway!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:53 pm
      Wow, I bet your tree is gorgeous!! You'll have to share pictures on your blog. I'd love to see it!
  • Kay @ Kay Bueno November 13, 2014, 1:29 am
    I love tinier Christmas trees. Living in a studio I appreciate smaller things. I had a really amazing bowl of soup yesterday. Potato, garlic, and leek, and I love that it wasn't super creamy or anything. Sometimes potato soups lean too much on dairy. Kay @ Kay Bueno recently posted...What I ate WednesdayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:54 pm
      That sounds amazing, Kay! Do you have a recipe? I LOVE leeks in coup!
  • rachel November 13, 2014, 7:39 pm
    apples and hummus actually sound really good together! have to try!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 14, 2014, 10:55 pm
      If you enjoy the sweet/savory combo then I bet you will definitely like it! It's delish!
  • Mary Legare Whaley November 18, 2014, 8:33 pm
    Aww! Your tree is precious! I get slightly irritated when Christmas comes too early, but my frustrations are aimed at retailers. I have friends who wait, on the edge of their seats, for Halloween, only because they start Christmas music/decorating/etc. on November 1st! I just let it go. Ha! I'm game for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. I tend to wait a little while before getting a tree. I've found that I can get a serious discount on a tree around December 15th. A 6 ft tree for $17? Yes please. And since it's super dried out, it smells uh-maaaazing! This is last weeks WIAW, but the best thing I ate yesterday was a warm spinach, edamame salad topped with a sweet potato, covered in a fire roasted tomato salsa. Lunch. It was awesome. =) Your dried prune made me laugh. It's so cute. And pruny. Haha! Mary Legare Whaley recently posted...I got domestic tonight. I do that. Sometimes.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 22, 2014, 4:20 pm
      It sounds like you are very smart when it comes to buying a tree. I love a good deal, too! And yes... the prunes are SO random. But I am seriously hooked on them. They were perfect when a sweets craving hits!

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