Happy Wednesday! I’ve come to love Wednesdays :)
I know I already said this in the previous post, but I can’t believe we are already into March and it’s already getting into the second week! Where is the time going..?? It always seems like the year goes by so fast and I have a bunch of things I put on my to-do list and I somehow never make more than a tiny dent in it. Lists are a beautiful thing, though. Truly.
In any case, it’s time for another round of What I Ate Wednesday and we’re into the 7th edition of it! I’m going to try something different where I first list the things I ate last Wednesday then show highlights from the week! This is also the first WIAW for the month of March and Jenn is having us do something different. We’re calling it:
Breakfast 8:30 a.m.:
Consisted of the usual plain oatmeal with 1 tablespoon natural granola, chia seeds and one packet of Splenda. And of course my coffee with sugar-free creamer. I can’t start the day without my one cup!
Lunch 12:00 p.m.:
These lentil crackers are awesome! I can’t remember the name, but I’m sure if you did a search online you could find a variety of brands that will work! They’re crispy and delicious. So half was used here for lunch, to scoop extra noms of chili.
Snack 2:30 p.m.:
The other half of the lentil crackers were my snack with a wedge of Laughing Cow Light. I had forgotten how much I love those little cheese wedges! At only 35 calories per wedge, you can eat it with crackers, apples or pretzels.
I also made sure to have one thing throughout the day:
TEA! I love this Vanilla Comoro tea. It helps suppress the hunger pangs that usually come back around 5 p.m. before dinner time. But Wednesday nights are weekly dinner night with my friend Kelly and trivia!
Dinner 7:30 p.m.:
She and I went to Cafe Felix, a little French bistro in town. They completely changed their menu from what was online and now they actually have a vegetarian section. I was so, so happy. I started with a cup of the tomato basil soup.
I was also extremely happy to know that this soup was vegetarian and wasn’t made with chicken broth or stock. It’s the little things :) My main course was a no brainer. When I saw it on the menu, I just had to get it.
I did have zucchini and other yummy green veggies in the ratatouille so that was partly green ;)
So now, here are some highlights of eats from the rest of the week:
REB and I had a date night on Thursday and decided to go to Seva, one of our absolutely favorite places in town to eat. It’s completely vegetarian/vegan and most anything on their menu can be made vegan if not already listed. I love this place. We ordered off their weekly special menu to try something different. We started with a few drinks from their juice bar. REB got his usual Solar Blast (citrus and ginger – yum!) and I decided to try something new.
Now if that doesn’t scream loving your greens, I don’t know what will!
Next was appetizer and dinner:
The Eggplant Rotolo was basically veggies layered in slices of eggplant and then rolled up and baked. It was completely vegan (my first time trying vegan cheese!) and it was delicious! A little TOO much cheese for my taste, but the flavors were intense and awesome. It came with a side of carrot quinoa salad. Yum! REB got the Lasagna Verde, which was basically a Mexican lasagna. It was also really, really good (from what bites I could steal off his plate ;))
Saturday was my drink and tofu day. I made Chai with roasted cardamom (a spin on the usual recipe), a lightened up version of mango lassi and then for dinner, we made tofu Parmesan!
I got up early to get Soup Sunday finished and packed way for my lunches, so that REB and I could spend the day together. We cleaned a bit, watched some TV then decided to run a few errands. While we were out, we were famished so we went to our favorite spot in town for brunch, Cafe Zola. It’s a cafe owned by a Turkish woman and they are known for their brunch. I don’t think we’ve ever been there for anything but brunch! On fall weekends during football Saturdays, you either need to get there super early or be willing to wait up to an hour to be seated to eat. And yes. It’s totally worth it. We actually had a pre-wedding brunch there the day before our wedding as a thank you to our wedding party <3
They have a whole bunch of yummy things on their brunch menu from sweet and savory crepes, to open face omelets, salads, burgers and Challah French toast. But the thing REB and I always get is the Turkish Brunch. Cafe Zola can be kind of spendy, and we feel that this dish is worth every penny and you get the most bang for your buck!
The Turkish Brunch is a plate of tomato and cucumber slices, some whole pieces of Havarti and Feta cheeses, a variety of Greek olives, two hard boiled eggs and grape leaves. It also comes with a basket of different breads and pastries, butter and marmalade. You also get either coffee or tea with your meal! REB just got coffee, but I always get a half pot of Chai when I go there. I think they gave me a full pot though since I ordered the Brunch and opted out of any other kind of tea or coffee. I swear I got about 5 cups of Chai out of that press!! Despite the size of this meal, it’s actually very light. Whenever I get their crepes I feel like it’s not enough and when I get their omelets, you have to roll me out of there. So this dish is just perfect.
For Meatless Monday (which really doesn’t mean much for us since we’re meatless any day that ends in “Y”) we had some leftover pita pockets, marinara and veggies. So we stopped at Whole Foods and get the Yves meatless pepperoni, some grilled veggies from their salad bar and made pizza pockets! 90-calorie (per half) pita pockets, low sodium marinara, part-skim shredded mozzarella, grilled summer veggies, one serving of the meatless pepperoni and baked them up in the oven for 5 minutes = filling and satisfying.
After letting our food settle, we did a quick work out at the apartment complex gym. It was REB’s lifting day so while he weight trained I did some cardio and burned 272 calories on the elliptical (25 minutes going between Level 6 and 8). I sometimes feel discouraged that I don’t burn more calories during a work out, but then I have to keep reminding myself: I don’t eat a lot throughout the day. So any little bit helps! The point is to stay active.
There’s a lot going on this week, so I hope you all stay tuned! I’m still not sure what this week’s Soup Sunday will be…but I have five days to figure that out! Hope you all have a great week :)
How often do you work out during the week?
Do you have work out goals?