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What I Ate Wednesday: August 12, 2015

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I skipped out on the last couple of What I Ate Wednesday posts since my reduced blogging “schedule” went into effect, but I am back today with a full day of eats.  I finished up the Whole 30 about a week ago, and while I am continuing to eat mostly Whole 30-compliant, I am allowing myself some Paleo pancakes, smoothies, banana ice cream, wine, etc. now and then.  It’s all about balance, right?

For today’s WIAW post, I am sharing what my post-Whole 30 eats looked like this past Saturday back at home.  The day was filled with engagement pictures and time spent at my friend’s quarry.  Oh, and plenty of tasty eats!

What I Ate WednesdayWhat I Ate Wednesday: August 12, 2015

almond butter bananaJeremy and I had engagement pictures at 7:30 in the morning… which meant I was awake at 5:45 on a Saturday morning to get ready.  I was so happy that we went early, though, because it ended up raining some later on in the day and got quite warm.  As you can imagine, I was not super hungry when I woke up.  I ate a banana topped with crunchy almond butter while I got ready.  I figured this would tide me over until second breakfast.

eggs and veggiesSecond breakfast was eaten around 10:00 when we arrived home from pictures.  I ate two crispy fried eggs in coconut oil topped with pepper and some raw carrots and celery on the side.

chicken apple sausage potato brussel sproutsObviously breakfast #1 and #2 did not fill me up a ton (or maybe it was simply because I had woken up so early), but I was ready for lunch by 12:15.  I ate a leftover grilled chicken and apple sausage, a baked sweet potato (in the microwave) topped with crunchy almond butter, and steamed brussels sprouts.  I am kind of obsessed with this lunch and cannot wait to make it again.  Plus, it was super easy.  Win-win!

apricot La CroixRight after lunch, Jeremy and I headed to the quarry to hang out with one of my best friends and her husband.  It was a pretty warm and muggy day, so I tried my best to stay hydrated.  This apricot flavor is my favorite La Croix flavor ever.  I have yet to find one that I think is better.  Granted, there are about a million flavors, so I still have plenty more to try.

almondsI snacked on raw almonds and an unpictured apple during the afternoon.  I absolutely adore these pre-portioned packages of almonds from Trader Joe’s.  They are convenience at its finest.

grilled cabin dinner paleoI kept my dinner Whole 30-compliant by bringing along all of my own food.  I ate a grilled burger topped with a quarter of a not very good avocado, raw cucumber slices and carrots, cantaloupe, raspberries, and plenty of plantain chips.  I always need to have a little crunch!

Apothic red wineAnd there is my first non-Whole 30 item of the day.  A couple of glasses of Apothic Red wine.  This was my first alcoholic drink since I began the Whole 30 in July, and it was every bit as delicious as I anticipated it would be.

coconut cream LarabarAfter we arrived home around 10:00, I rounded out my evening with a before bedtime snack: a coconut cream pie Larabar.  I think this is probably my favorite flavor to date.

While this is a #lifeafterWhole30 post, really the only thing non-Whole 30 was the wine.  It turns out Whole 30 eats aren’t all that bad and I still like eating them the majority of the time.

A look at what a post-Whole 30 day of eats looks like! #Whole30 Click To Tweet

What is your favorite La Croix water flavor?
What is your favorite Larabar flavor?

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  • Miss Polkadot August 12, 2015, 4:27 am
    Where have I been/how did I miss the post annoucing it??? Very very late but congrats on getting engaged, Hannah! I hope the pictures turned out just the way you'd hoped for. Miss Polkadot recently posted...Date your dietMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 7:30 am
      I did not do an entire post dedicated to the engagement, so that could be why. Either way, thank you!!
  • Lisa August 12, 2015, 6:56 am
    I love your snacks! Peanut butter and banana is a winner and I always like to have a packet of nuts on my desk to nibble! Lisa recently posted...WIAW Colourful EatsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:34 am
      I'm quite certain that nut/seed butters were invented to be paired with bananas ;) It is such a good combo!
  • Ashley August 12, 2015, 7:33 am
    Oooo I need to try that apricot flavor of la croix! I seem to change all the time what my favorite flavor is of them! haha Hope you guys had a great time taking your engagement pics! :) Ashley recently posted...Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls with Peach SalsaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:35 am
      We had a great time! And yes... you MUST try the apricot. It is literally SO good.
  • Meredith N. August 12, 2015, 7:40 am
    Your lunch is going to be our dinner tonight but with spicy turkey sausage. Thanks for the idea :) Love simple meals!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:35 am
      You are so welcome! That sounds amazing. I have never had turkey sausage before, but now I want to!
  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 12, 2015, 7:43 am
    Whew, the Whole 30 plan sounds tough. I can't imagine sticking to a food regimen like that. I'm way too fond of my ice cream. Kudos to you though for doing it. Happy WIAW and thanks for linking up.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:47 am
      It certainly isn't the easiest thing ever, but I have found it to be easier than I anticipated... thank goodness! I have been missing ice cream though ;)
  • mama lola August 12, 2015, 8:07 am
    i love that you popped your sweet potato into the microwave and then topped it with almond butter! so yummy! i think my kids would LOVE that, as would i! eating whole can be tricky, but having lots of good ideas is so helpful! thanks for sharing yours! XO mama lola recently posted...summah-mama burn out… i got it!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:48 am
      The almond butter/sweet potato combo is SO good. You must try it!
  • Dana August 12, 2015, 8:08 am
    I recently started having my husband do the grocery shopping since he has a really great grocery store right next to his work. I put Berry La Croix water on the list, but he said he couldn't find it. Instead he bought me Apple Berry and Cherry Lime. I didn't even know they did these flavors! Haven't tried Cherry Lime yet, but Apple Berry is delicious. So grocery shopping is staying his job now.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:49 am
      It sounds like he did an awesome job! I have not tried either of those two flavors, but they both sound delicious. I'll be on the lookout for them!
  • Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food August 12, 2015, 8:10 am
    I've been seeing La Croix drinks popping up everywhere! I, generally, don't like flavored water but I think I need to give them a try! :) Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food recently posted...Seasoned Grilled Corn on the CobMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:50 am
      I did not think that I liked flavored water either, but I have found that I REALLY do. It is so refreshing!
  • Jamie | The Kitchenarium August 12, 2015, 8:27 am
    Sweet potato + almond butter is a new combo for me. Sounds great. Congratulations on completing Whole30 -I made it two weeks before I caved (I was nursing at the time and it was taxing on my supply) I am looking forward to giving it 100% once nursing is done. Jamie | The Kitchenarium recently posted...Current Podcast FavesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 8:57 am
      Two weeks was halfway there so I am sure that once you are done nursing you will totally rock a Whole 30!
  • Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood August 12, 2015, 8:56 am
    I need to just get on the La Croix bandwagon already. Your dinner looks so good, so smart to bring your own! I LOVE Larabars, but I've never tried that one in particular. Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood recently posted...What I Ate Wednesday: Leftovers for DaysMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 9:00 am
      You definitely need to try both La Croix and the coconut cream pie Larabar. They are major favorites of mine!
  • sara August 12, 2015, 8:57 am
    I'm not a fan of flavored water or of Larabars (remind me too much of Fig Newtons, shudder). Sounds like you had a great weekend, how fun getting your engagement pictures done! sara recently posted...WIAW #4 Epic Calorie DayMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 9:06 am
      We are so glad to have them done. Now I am super excited to see how they turned out!
  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 12, 2015, 9:06 am
    The only original larabar I like is the Pumpkin Pie one....but I need to try the other seasonal ones like snickerdoodle and gingerbread!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 12:57 pm
      All three are SO good. You definitely need to try them :)
  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks August 12, 2015, 10:37 am
    Every time I see your plantain chips - every time I see them, I want to go out and buy a bunch for myself! Dani @ Dani California Cooks recently posted...Life update: Being gluten/dairy free + food relationshipsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 12:58 pm
      Please do! They are seriously my favorite "new find" from the entire year of 2015 so far. I LOVE them.
  • Cailee August 12, 2015, 12:02 pm
    YUM!! I love this! All of your eats look so fresh, healthy and delicious!! :) These are seriously some of my fave eats! Cailee recently posted...Saturday Superfoods- Farmers Market Finds!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 12:59 pm
      Thank you, Cailee! Everything was super delicious. I hope you found some inspiration.
  • Liz August 12, 2015, 1:12 pm
    Love that flavor Larabar! It is one of my favs (next to PB Chocolate Chip.. which isn't whole30). I found myself eating mostly Whole30 after the challenge too.. I just liked it better! Although I did miss the wine :) Liz recently posted...3 Ingredient Peanut Butter ‘Ice Cream’My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 2:00 pm
      Some things you just miss and HAVE to have back in your life... wine is one of those things for me ;)
  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion August 12, 2015, 2:10 pm
    Great menu for the Whole30. I love larabars! Ilona @ Ilona's Passion recently posted...Pesto Quinoa Portobello PizzaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 3:25 pm
      You and me both! They are delicious!
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 12, 2015, 2:14 pm
    Yay for wine! Lots of yummy eats! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Girls Night OmahaMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 3:25 pm
      Major yay! We need a wine night sometime soon!
  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West August 12, 2015, 2:47 pm
    Hi Hannah! I love to see your Whole 30 meals, and it's neat to know that you don't have to stray too far from it now that it's done. I was on a huge sweet potato kick for months and months, and haven't had one now in three weeks. Clearly I need to go back to them, and I usually pair my tater with eggs and veggies or top it with almond butter like you did. Nice work! Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted...Because we all like to look at pictures of foodMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 3:26 pm
      Isn't the almond butter and sweet potato combination so good?? I think you need to get it back into your life ASAP!
  • Shann Eva August 12, 2015, 3:23 pm
    You always have the best food combinations. Thank for sharing these great ideas. Shann Eva recently posted...Adventures to the Shedd AquariumMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 12, 2015, 3:30 pm
      Thank you! I like to think that I eat some tasty food ;) I hope you come away with delicious ideas to try.
  • Gina August 13, 2015, 11:48 am
    Good for you for sticking with mostly Whole30 foods these days! I recently discovered the pineapple/strawberry La Croix flavor and it's become my new fave! Gina recently posted...My 5 Year Blogiversary and a Giveaway!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 14, 2015, 8:28 am
      I had no idea that they made a pineapple/strawberry flavor! I MUST try that!
  • Cathy August 14, 2015, 10:19 am
    In another post you stated that you were nightshade free. What do you mean by that? That is poison! Do some foods have that?
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 14, 2015, 11:30 am
      "Nightshade" foods include things like white potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, all peppers, and spices like cayenne pepper, paprika, and curry. They are known to be inflammatory to the body (for some people), which is why I am trying to go without for awhile to see if it has a positive effect for me. I hope that helps to answer your question!
      • Cathy August 14, 2015, 12:37 pm
        Thank you for your reply. It helps me understand what "nightshade" means.
        • ClnEatingVegGrl August 14, 2015, 12:39 pm
          You bet! I'm glad it helped.
  • SusaNR August 29, 2015, 2:08 pm
    Are these veggie sausages and veggie burgers? Not criticizing, just confused. Sorry I thought this was a veg blog.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl August 29, 2015, 7:17 pm
      They are not. I transitioned away from vegetarianism close to a year ago for health reasons.

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