This week has been pretty awesome. I had a great weekend filled with yummy food and fun. We went to a Cabane a Sucre which is also known in English as a Sugar Shack where maple syrup is made. We had maple taffy (made on top of snow!) and ate some delicious maple themed foods in several courses. I also had fish and chips at a local shop called Brit & Chips. It was SO good.
So this week, I’m eating according to my goals of getting a bit leaner and fueling my workouts and busy workdays. Not to say that I’m being uber strict or hard on myself because that would just result in some messed up attitudes towards food and I’m not about that life.
And if you read last week’s WIAW and you’re wondering if I will be talking about maple syrup every darn week…. well I just might. I make no promises.
Just a digression: my partner is from Scotland and they call eating fish and chips, having a “chippy”…. isn’t that adorable? Like sickeningly adorable? I have noticed that British people turn a lot of words into cutesy versions. Here are some other examples:
- Popsicle = ice lolly
- Transport truck = lorry
- Shopping cart = trolley
- Trunk of car = boot
- Hood of car = bonnet
- Pacifier = dummy
- Crossing guard = lollipop lady/man
- Diaper = nappy
- Dessert = pudding
- Candy = sweeties
What I Ate Wednesday: Breakfast
Often, I use my Instant Pot to make steel cut oats. Whether using the IP or stovetop method, I typically add shredded zucchini to the pot and once it’s cooked down with the oats and some almond milk, I add egg whites and protein powder and finish cooking.
At this point I’ll add my toppings such as fruit, nut or seed butter, honey, maple syrup, nuts and spices.
The protein from the egg whites and protein powder make this into a well balanced breakfast.
What I Ate Wednesday: Lunch
Just thinking about this salad makes me want it again! So yummy. I just went grocery shopping on the weekend and made a stop at my local Middle Eastern/Mediterranean grocer on the way home. I bought some stuffed grape leaves and the most delicious creamy hummus. Yes, I do make humus at home myself often but this stuff is super cheap and made of simple, pure ingredients.
One “treat” I also often buy is pre-peeled and cooked beets from the company Love Beets. They make adding beets to meals easy and I avoid purple hands!
This plate had stuffed grape leaves, olives, hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, feta, turkey breast, and splashed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
I’m definitely going to make this again this week!
What I Ate Wednesday: Snacks
Between lunch and supper I had two snacks. My workout came a little after lunch and by the time I was finished I was ravenous! I tried to get by on one snack because I was making supper but I was too hungry and let me tell you something about me… I do not go hungry.
Not when I’ve fueled myself well all day and I know I’m not just hungry because I gorged on chips or something that spiked my blood sugar but did nothing to fill me. I totally listen to my body when it’s giving me signals this clear.
So after my workout, I had a cherry greek yogurt, a clementine, and some walnuts with dark chocolate chips.
While making supper I had a few pretzel chips and natural peanut butter. If you’ve never tried this combo before, I highly recommend it! 😍
What I Ate Wednesday: Supper
So… this may be the single best burger I’ve ever made. And I make a lot of burgers!
Korean kimchi burgers folks. With soy, garlic, ginger, sesame seasoned beef patties, homemade Korean BBQ sauce, a kimchi slaw, and a chili garlic and green onion mayo! All piled on a brioche roll with some avocado to top. Holy moly.
This wasn’t the healthiest meal ever, I’ll admit. I’ve been great with meeting my workout goals and I know I need the fuel. A big white bun isn’t something I’d eat all the time but I was craving a burger and so I went with a homemade version instead of some restaurant version that I wouldn’t be able to control in terms of ingredients and portion size.
It was worth every bite!
I served it with a korean cucumber salad and sesame green beans!
Week Three Notes
This week has been great so far in terms of eating and exercise. My partner and I had some time to go shopping (super rare) and out for lunch this weekend alone which was a nice break from the usual.
One thing I plan to start implementing is more self-care and de-stressing time. My kids have been pretty stressful lately and we actually had a SNOW STORM (in APRIL) yesterday so everyone is realllll sick of not being able to get outside much and play in the parks they miss.
I would love to get back to doing yoga and meditation and implementing a better skin and hair care routine. Right now, I’m stretching myself pretty thin with all of my endeavors and it’s starting to show up in ways I’m not thrilled about. Gotta look after your mental health!
Have a fantastic week!!