What I Ate Wednesday #4

Well folks, it’s Day 6 of my second round of Whole30! (Technically it is about my fourth attempt at Whole30, I’ve successfully completed one, but once again, I’m going for a successful round two— it’s wedding season, you guys…)

More importantly than that, today was the last day of school! 😀
:::insert cheers and tears:::funny-school-signs Thankfully, this sign is not from our school, but the giggles are wonderful.

The last day, I knew, would consist of extra goodies and treats. I took extra precaution to fill my lunch box with delicious, healthy things to ward off the temptations sure to be lurking.

Breakfast: Running late to work, I quickly threw three eggs in boiling water to prep my Hard-boiled Eggs while I ran around my house trying to get ready. My Green Smoothie was also prepared, but devoured before it was photo time. Oops!eggsThe students got out of school early today, so the teachers were celebrating with an Italian Feast after school. During my break I opted to snack a little bit and wait to bring my Whole30 Italian Lunch to the feast.

Snack: Simple and delicious. An Apple Pie Larabar and 1/2 cup of Strawberries did the trick! Along with copious amounts of water.Larabar & StrawberriesAs I planned, the Italian Feast was overwhelmingly delicious looking AND smelling. And so NOT Whole30! I’m talking bread, cheese, and more bread… and cheese. With this in mind, I intentionally planned my lunch to be “Italian-themed”.

Lunch: Incredible. Say hello to Fresh Zoodles with homemade Roasted Red Pepper Sauce and Ground Buffalo Italian Meatballs. Can’t forget the Fresh Basil! Presentation, people.Zoodles with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce & Ground Buffalo MeatballsDinner, on the other hand, was an absolute mess. For starters, there was a piece of fish I was itching to cook, but apparently I waited too long since buying it. I also wanted to make some plantain chips. And you can see how that turned out…Burnt Plantain ChipsDinner: Chipotle saves the day!! Carnitas Salad with TomatoesHot Salsa, and Guacamole! Thank you, thank you, Chipotle!Chipotle Salad Chipotle Salad2And so, we end another scrumptious Whole30 day! Please say a little prayer for me as my roommate sings, “I love feta cheese! It’s delicious! And it’s yummy!” for the rest of the evening. Okay Sarah, I get it, cheese is delicious and not Whole30 approved! 😉

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 🙂

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Spicy Lime Salsa

There is currently a small handful of dying tomatoes at my house. How do we help all the dying tomatoes?! We make salsa. 

Spice Lime Salsa with Sweet Potato Chips

Not just any salsa; this is Spicy Lime Salsa. (Did I mention we have some limes that are fading fast too?)

Spicy Lime Salsa: (makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:
2 medium tomatoes (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (finely diced)
1/2 green bell pepper (finely diced)
2 small garlic cloves (minced)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
1/2 tbsp Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Zest & Juice of 1 Lime

Directions:
1. Chop, dice, and mince all the produce.
2. Throw all the ingredients together in a bowl (or place gently if you’re feeling less daring).
3. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. <—This is the time I like to start a batch of sweet potato chips for dipping!

Spicy Lime Salsa

Get ready for a spicy citrus kick!


Today was filled with a few [window] shopping trips: Nordstrom Rack, The Container Store, Sports Authority, & Target. I really enjoy walking around stores and taking in all the sites. When it comes to clothing stores, however, I tend to get a bit overwhelmed. I never know what matches what or what’s currently in style. Anyone else have this issue? I love Sports Authority though; I know my way around athletic clothing.

Is this how you wear this thing? Am I pulling it off yet?
Is this how you wear these crazy headband things? 

Last stop of the day was a lovely trip to Starbucks–that wonderful Austin fellow treated me to some black iced coffee. ❤ I happened to check out the Community Board and noticed a bulletin for an upcoming 5k run: the Quack Attack on Poverty! Not only do you get a race t-shirt and finisher’s metal, but also an inflatable duck float with registration! And the proceeds are going to benefit those in poverty through the local Community Food & Outreach Center. Did I mention you get to wear the float while you run?

Quack Attack
Two Words: DUCK FLOAT.

Are there any unique races coming to your town?

Berry Delicious!

Berry Bounty

Summer is coming to a close. The weather is cooling down–unless you’re in Florida with me, then it feels like it never going to end! Ah! One of my favorite things about summer are all the fresh BERRIES. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries; you name it, I’ll eat them. And oh, the sales! Hello there, 2 for $4 strawberry cartons… but now what do you do with all these berries besides throw them in a smoothie?! (Nothing against smoothies; I do love a good smoothie.)

Well, here are some options:

1. Blueberry Syrup (or any kind of berry really…) – the other day I made an AWESOME Crockpot Coconut Cake and it needed “a little something”. I threw this syrup together in a matter of minutes and it added that extra moisture and sweetness the cake needed. This morning, I used the same syrup to top off my waffles! And I added some strawberries to the mix as well.

Blueberry Goodness
Doesn’t that look berry good? Oh puns..

Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh berries (this time I used blueberries)
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1/2 tbsp coconut flour

Directions:
1. Place berries, water, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Mash berries to your preferred consistency. (I like my syrup to have chunks of berries, but if you prefer smooth, you could just throw it all in a blender first.)
3. Bring mixture to a boil, then add coconut flour.
4. Once boiling, bring down to a low simmer for 8-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Syrup should begin to thicken.
5. Take off stove top and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes (or however long you can stand.. I am usually licking the spoon at this point.)


2. Banana Berry Popsicle (serves 4) – If I would have realized how easy it was to make popsicles, I would have been doing this ages ago. Also, it’s a fantastic way to let your creative juices flow while you mix up all kinds of concoctions to eat in popsicle form!

Banana Berry PopsiclesIngredients:

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1 banana
1/4 cup blueberries*
1/4 cup strawberries*
*Any kind of berry will do…

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.


3. Strawberry Lime Salsa (makes about 2 cups) – This gem of a recipe just came to me one summer afternoon. Okay, so it came to Austin. (What a guy, am I right?) Get ready to add a new berry twist to your fiesta. Ole!

Hot Salsa
Note: This photo is not the Strawberry Lime Salsa because it was previously devoured, but you get the idea.

Ingredients:

2 medium tomatoes (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cucumber (diced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime

Directions:
1. Chop, dice, and mince all produce as stated.
2. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
3. Refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better to allow the magic to happen)

 Enjoy all your berries this summer and don’t be afraid to think outside the blender!