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What I Ate Wednesday #2

It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday! I missed last Wednesday because I was out of clinic doing vendor visits for Putnam County grocers. So if you saw a crazy curly haired girl running around the produce area grabbing them all and scanning them with her phone, it was ya girl. Let’s be real…I’m always that girl running crazy through the produce section because it’s my favorite thing. Work just gave me an excuse to spend some time doing what I love.

Man, I’m really going to miss this job when I start my internship. Over the past 1.5-ish years I’ve really fallen in love with WIC. Luckily I’ll get to do a short internship rotation at my current job and dabble a bit more in other areas of community nutrition. I can confidently say I love community nutrition and this is where I belong.

Tuesday I did my grocery shopping at Aldi, Kroger, and Wal-Mart. I love grocery shopping and seeing new food products. I’ve been looking everywhere for Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter and I finally found it at Wal-Mart!! I’ve heard great things about it from one of my fav food bloggers/dietitians Rachael’s Good Eats. We both were pumped I had finally found it! I ended up getting a jar of each–crunchy and smooth.

For breakfast that morning I knew I had to try one out. I grabbed a baggie of celery I chop up and keep ready to eat in the fridge to pair with my Crazy Richard’s Crunchy Peanut Butter. I tried the crunchy first because Rachael said it tasted like candy and boy was she right! This is without a doubt my new favorite plain peanut butter–and I don’t even like crunchy peanut butter! Oh, and it only has ONE ingredient: peanuts! How awesome is that?

While it was seriously tasty (no really I can’t wait to put that baby on some waffles or pancakes this weekend!!) there was no way that was a filling breakfast to carry me through my work day. I paired it with a protein shake to help keep me full. Aaron’s friend gave us this GNC Total Lean Shake in Chocolate Peanut Butter so I decided to try it out this morning. I was experimenting with the ratio. I typically only do one scoop of protein powder (most directions call for two) when I’m just drinking a shake without working out. Plus I find doing that much protein powder usually ends up too chalky for my likes. I did one scoop with 10oz of unsweetened almond milk and I liked the first taste. I added a second scoop and it was awful. I added 10oz more of the unsweetened almond milk to try to cut it, but it was still pretty thick. Working in pediatric nutrition has taught me that I definitely have unresolved texture issues. I’m pretty good at tricking myself I don’t have them, but sometimes when food hits my tongue just right, I can’t eat it at all. Life man.

Protein powder was a huge staple in my diet during undergrad. It was perfect for my lifestyle at that time. I’ve never been big on drinking it just powder and a milk option. So I wasn’t huge on my shake this morning. Give me time and maybe I’ll come around. I prefer to add my protein powder to a smoothie in my blender. I just don’t have my mornings together enough to do that again quite yet.

I always joke that I’m the bag lady or the cup lady, but that’s because it’s true. I’m always carrying at least two cups and two bags with me at all times. If I ever move to the big city, I’m going to need one of those push carts. JK, please you guys don’t let me become that person. While that idea is a little embarrassing, I have no shame in my hydration station going on at my desk at all times. If I ever get the chance I will give you a full powerpoint presentation complete with handouts on hydration status and the inaccuracy of the thirst mechanism. Seriously. I still remember the first time I went on this rant to Aaron when we were first dating and he just stared at my like a crazy lady. Drink your water people!! If you are thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Drink more plain water. Nothing is as hydrating or good for quenching your thirst like plain water. I love a good beverage, but don’t buy into all the hype. Plain water is where it’s at my friends.

I had a desk lunch so I could catch up on some nutrition. I made my favorite Strawberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad for lunch and got so many compliments on it from my co-workers! I topped it with some Light Champagne Vinaigrette from Trader Joe’s and had some plain water. I browsed through cooking/nutrition magazines, caught up on my professional e-mails, and did some planning (life and blog). I would be lost without planners. Especially the next few months because there’s so much going on!

The afternoon picked up in clinic big time. I ended up counseling (and doing my charts/notes for) like 15 clients in the last 3 hours of work–that’s a little more than one person every 15 minutes for three hours straight. Counseling makes ya thirsty AND hungry. I had some more water and a banana for a snack.

When I got home I took care of the pets, changed, straightened up some things, and got some laundry started. I realized I had a bad headache. I wasn’t sure if it was from the stress of driving in rush hour traffic, a caffeine headache, or I was hungry. I didn’t want to eat anything too fulling with dinner happening soon. But I also didn’t know when Aaron would be home. He’s been working overtime this week. I also wasn’t sure what my headache was from, so I didn’t want to just eat to eat. I decided to listen to my body and I had a Rebbel Matcha Latte with two Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I sat out on my front porch to enjoy these. After getting some caffeine from the drink and dark chocolate, getting some adaptogens from the drink, hydrating myself, having a sweet treat, and relaxing outside my headache was gone!

Aaron eventually made it home and fired up the grill. I read some magazines on the front porch with neighbor while the neighborhood kids played. Some of you may know from my posts on social media, but we’ve kind of adopted an outdoor cat. One of the neighbors moved a few months ago and left only one of their cats. We started taking care of Axel before she moved because she would leave him and an orange cat named Monroe outside all the time, even during the below freezing nights of winter. We ended up setting up a safe place for them to sleep on our porch. When she moved, she took her 3 indoor cats and Monroe with her, leaving Axel completely alone. Luckily the neighborhood has adopted Axel and we all take care of him. He played with the kids and ate his dinner on our porch. We’re really torn on moving and what will happen to him. If any of you have some advice on outdoor kitties and relocation I would love to hear it.

We’re trying to use up random things before we move. Aaron had been wanting to use up a bottle of BBQ sauce from Trader Joe’s. He made grilled BBQ chicken tenders, garlic green beans, mashed potatoes and seasoned grilled corn on the cob (de-cobbed, is that a word??). He had a beer and I had a glass (because hello Wine Wednesday) of red wine.

I cleaned up the kitchen after dinner and got mine and Aaron’s lunches ready for the next day. He’ll be taking leftovers from dinner and I’ll have my Strawberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad again.

Until next time,

Sara xx

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