Hi friends! I hope you have all had a great Hump Day.
Today proved to be eventful, as I spent the early morning and majority of the afternoon working an outside event at Belle Isle with HOOPER and the Pistons Entertainment teams. I might just share more stories tomorrow!
As expected, a full day in the sun left me zonked, so I’m currently sipping on coffee #2 for the day. I tend to do that from time to time.
Getting right to it, I’m here to share a full day of my eats and participate in another week of What I Ate Wednesday!
Or… yesterday, which would technically be What I Ate Tuesday.
What I Ate
Breakfast came after dropping Scott’s Jeep off to get looked at. It was doing some kind of shifting nonsense that was scary, but I’m happy to report everything is back to being a-okay today.
On the way over to Scott’s office, we stopped into Crates Coffee House for the first time and I treated myself to a Crates Mocha which had magical ingredients like white chocolate, swirls of caramel, (<- already amazing) steamed skim milk and espresso.
I also ordered an Quaker Real Medley Apple Walnut Oatmeal. Not too shabby for something warm and filling to grab in a pinch!
I made it back home with enough time to work for a little bit before lunch and then came upstairs and decided to create a salad out of my normal ten ingredients bubble.
Fresh spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, feta, and quinoa drizzled in grapeseed oil.
It was good, but seemed to be missing a little bit of flavor. I think next time I’ll season the quinoa and add balsamic vinegar to the mix. Loved the addition of the quinoa, nonetheless.
That held me for about an hour before I wanted a snack. I’ve been loving these gluten free peanut butter and jelly sandwich bars Van’s sent me!
Apparently, the pup wanted a piece of the action as well. (What’s new.)
Later in the afternoon, I wrapped up my projects for the day and took Roadie on another long walk around the neighborhood. I have a feeling he’s going to be pretty spoiled with time outside if this nice weather keeps up.
We wandered around for about 2.20 miles and ran into a fun surprise at our neighborhood “lake” on the way home.
Do you remember when I mentioned that we have plastic swans sitting about that had me fooled as real animals for the longest time? Ha.
Well, I’ve been seeing another species of bird this summer and I can confidently say that they are no kind of plastic. Check ’em out!
Goose babies! So squishy… I wanttt one!
I put Roadie back inside, grabbed a pair of leggings and gym clothes for Scott and met him at work to pick up his Jeep. From there, we both sat in a traffic for a while and eventually made it to the gym to take our favorite Tuesday night group fitness class.
I ate a crunchy braeburn apple on the way!
We actually arrived twenty-five minutes early, which gave me at least fifteen minutes to do something before class. Since I already went on a walk I deemed that my cardio and moved on to a stretching machine I haven’t visited in quite some time.
Have you ever seen these before? They have pictures of stretching positions with instructions and I went through every single one.
I followed that up with another five or so minutes of foam rolling and headed into class feeling extra ready!
(Umm… sorry about the cat hair. It’s inevitable.)
Scott and I claimed our spots fifteen minutes before class started, and I’m so glad we did. The room filled up quick!
This Fitness Pilates class was taught by the best (Hi Val!) who always knows how to give us a challenge. Both Scott and I agreed that either we’re out of shape or… her classes aren’t getting any easier.
Not letting us get fully comfortable and always changing up the exercises is what keeps us coming back so much!
Still getting over a little bit of the sickness that consumed me over the weekend, I wanted to go to bed as quickly as possible when I got home.
But first, dinner. I ate considerably light throughout the day, so I didn’t realize how much my body wanted to skip a salad and eat a real “meal” until late in the day. I tend to do that. (Whoops.)
Since it was later than normal, I wanted to keep my choice of pasta on the healthier side. I opted to grab Garden Delight Vegetable Penne pasta and threw some extra substance into the spicy marinara sauce.
(spinach, banana peppers, tomatoes + Al Fresco chicken meatballs)
I also seasoned it with extra oregano, basil leaves and red pepper flakes! Everything turned out great, and I barely convinced myself to snap a photo before I faceplanted into it.
Combinations similar to this plate have been happening very frequently around here!
After dinner, we made a run to the arena to get ready for today’s event. We returned around 11 p.m. which gave me just enough time to grab a tall (unpictured) glass of dark chocolate almond milk and get into bed.
Nice little Tuesday!
Questions of the Day
• What do you add to your pasta sauce to make more nutritious?
• Favorite snack of the summer?
Besides these chicken meatballs, I love cooking with ground turkey and adding as many vegetables to my sauce as I can get away with! If I’m just cooking for the two of us, I prefer to make my sauce with a kick, since both Scott and I enjoy spicy dishes. My favorite snack this summer has to be fresh fruit or pretzels dipped into hummus!
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Hannah@ Sprints & Scones
I wrote about pasta today too! I try to make my own sauce and freeze it. I always add extra veggies to boost the flavor & fiber. Yum 🙂
I’m on the chocolate almond milk train too. It is becoming a post workout habit. Oops.
I’ve heard (from a few different trainers) that having chocolate milk post-workout is great for you! I need to remember to make more sauce and freeze it more often.
Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat
I’m not normally a pasta fan, but that dish delicious! I prefer to make my own sauce, which always has tons of garlic and basil in there 🙂
I love adding garlic, but sometimes forget to. My mother is allergic, so I grew up with my dinners cooked without it. Nowadays, I love both garlic and basil!
That pasta dish looks delicious! Definitely something I could face plant into as well. 😉
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
I like adding peppers or broccoli to my pasta dishes. Yum!
I wanted to add red and green peppers, but didn’t have any one hand. Great suggestion!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
Everything looks delicious! I’ll add shredded carrots, zucchini, squash, crushed tomatoes, and spinach into our pasta sauce. I have to be extra creative with vegetables since I have a certain little toddler who is picky! 🙂
Favorite summer snacks: SMOOTHIES! We have them almost every day!
Love squash! I always forget to cook with it. And YUM – I can’t get enough smoothies this summer!
Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie
Omg I love ducks in a line! Too cute. And all your eats look yummy!
I couldn’t resist. I just want to go squeeze them! 🙂
Olena @ candies & crunches
Everything looks sooooo goood! Especially, the salad with feta (I haven’t had feta in forever from what it seems) and pasta with meatballs. YUM! I’ve never seen a stretching machine like that before so I am very intrigued. It’s awesome that it has pictures of various exercises on it; otherwise, I probably wouldn’t know what to do with it. That being said, I really miss classes… I need to find something nearby asap! xoxo
I’m on a total feta kick right now! And I’m with you. I need to try more variety of fitness classes. I’ve been stuck on the same ones because I love them so much but changing it up every once in a while couldn’t hurt!
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
The pasta looks delicious! We grill out a lot in the summer, but I also love to make a veggie and chicken pasta with peppers, onions, mushrooms, broccoli (basically whatever veggies that I have on hand) and season it with cajun seasoning. Makes for a quick and delicious meal.
YUM, that sauce sounds delicious! Yes on the cajun seasoning!