What I Ate Wednesday: Moving edition!

Moving time always brings about my most creative, disgusting, and occasionally accidental-genius meals, so this

is all about using up the random ingredients in the fridge. Breakfast has been a desperate attempt to finish up all my various protein powders. I didn’t realize I was such a whey protein ho?…

protein waffles topped with coconut butter, almond butter, brasil nut butter, and suga free maple syrup!

After breakfast, I read for a while, packed more, and then hit the gym. Since studying for my personal training certification, I have realized that I need to change up my lifting workouts! I always was aiming for high weight, low reps in order to get stronger and build more muscle, but now I am understanding the importance of having days that are aimed at muscular endurance. It was so much fun to do something new(ish) at the gym!

Foot Injury Friendly Lifting Workout 

If possible, do each pair of exercises by alternating sets. AKA, do a set of 15 reps of one exercise, then a set of 15 reps of the other exercise, and repeat 5 times. Pick a weight that you can complete the full 15 reps. 

  • Bench press and Leg extension machine
  • Lat pull down and Hamstring flexion machine (where you are on your stomach and pull your feet back) 
  • Back extensions holding weight plate and tricep raises holding weight plate

After that workout I was ready for lunchLindsay inspired me a while ago to use broccoli slaw mixed with canned tuna, greek yogurt, and spices to make a healthy salad. This has turned into a go to meal that is easy, quick, healthy, and satisfying both physically and mentally. The possibilities are endless!

The Go-To Lunch Salad

Recipe: Serves 1 – high protein, low carb, grain free

  • the protein: canned tuna or sardines or salmon
  • the sauce: 1 tbsp mayo + 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • the veggies: my favorite is broccoli slaw + chopped red bell pepper + diced onion. or any salad greens, sprouts, shaved carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  • the spices: my favorite combo is curry powder, salt, pepper, raisins, and a splash of red wine vinegar and worchesire sauce. or mustard, honey, and a dash of red wine vinegar with slivered almonds. or lemon juice, lemon pepper, honey, a pinch of cumin, and a dash of white wine vinegar.

Dinner was left over chicken breast and roasted sweet potato with the a green bean salad on the side. I had this recipe pinned for months now and realized it was the perfect opportunity to use up the rest of my blue cheese and make a dent in my walnut oil and walnut stash. I was not expecting it to be fabulous – but it was. So much so that I immediately made another batch for tomorrow!

green bean salad with walnut oil, black walnuts, and blue cheese

Recipe: Serves 2

slightly adapted from cooking spree

  • 1 bag of green beans
  • 1 1/2 tbsp walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup black walnuts, chopped
  • handful of blue cheese, crumbled
  • salt, to taste

DirectionsHer directions are totally different than mine and will probably yield tastier beans, but I wanted to make this quickly. Add the beans to a large bowl with a drizzle of water, cover, and microwave until softened, about 3 minutes. Drain the water. Add the oil, salt, and blue cheese and toss so that the beans are evenly covered. Sprinkle with the chopped walnuts and enjoy!

And we mustn’t forget dessert….

Peanut.

butter.

bacon.

cookies.

Clearly, I can’t contain my excitement.

Recipe to come… ;)

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19 responses to “What I Ate Wednesday: Moving edition!

  1. Just hearing those cookie ingredients has me ridiculously excited for the recipe. Thanks for sharing your lunch recipe. It looks & sounds amazing!

  2. Grossed out by the cookies :D (sry, not a bacon-lover … bet my boyfriend would LOVE them thouhg), I do love the simple salad idea. Have to get some canned fish today and try to make this as a work lunch tomorrow – thanks for the inspiration! (Bet this would work great as a sauce for spiralized vegetable pasta) And the green bean salad looks divine. Healthy, but satisfying.

  3. Excited for this cookie recipe! Those waffles look amazing, especially with the coconut butter on top! How delicious !

  4. Everything looks amazing!! That waffle….omg I havent had a waffle in ages. Love it!! Not a bacon lover, but I know a few people who are!! Cant wait for the recipe!

  5. You really bug me sometimes, Lauren. I just want the recipe for those darn cookies!!! I mean seriously-peanut butter bacon?! Sounds like heaven :D

  6. Serious??! PB and Bacon….I totally want some! Where did you get the recipe for those?

  7. SHUT the front door. PB+ Bacon cookies? I’ll kiss you if they’re Paleo… just sayin’. ;) Love that protein pancake recipe, but I’ve never made em as waffles…another must try from your stash of yummies. Along with the tuna ideas – I keep forgetting good protein doesn’t require hours in the kitchen! Oh, and please tell me where you find your coconut butter and what brand you prefer? Thanks, L! :)

    • I love Artisana coconut butter, I get it at Whole Foods or the co op! And they arent really paleo… they have sugar which isnt paleo and peanuts arent paleo…. you could use honey and almond butter? but that would just suck. maybe.

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  8. HOW DARE you tease with a photo and no recipe!
    I tend to do the random five items left in my fridge meal way more often than I should. Grocery shopping is just so expensive! At least you have good reason.

  9. I am not a bacon fan, but my bf is obsesssed. I bet he would love cookies with bacon! Can’t wait to see the recipe so I can make them for him!

  10. I am loving your breakfast! I havent had waffles in the longest time. I think its about time I make some again. :)

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