WIAW: Lots to Share

Have I mentioned that I like summer? And summer break? Well, I do. This past week(ish) has been full of relaxing, friends, and family, and I couldn’t ask for more than that!

The weather has also been absolutely gorgeous. Everything is blooming and the trees and grass are my favorite bright green color. I can’t get enough of it!

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I’ve also been gluten-free for exactly a week now. It has been going pretty well, as I mentioned in the post yesterday. I’ve only had one slip up – I thought a cereal I ate a few handfuls of was GF, but turns out, it wasn’t. Boo. It’s interesting, though…I’m really not feeling any different. I suppose I shouldn’t have expected any changes after just a week, but I admit I was. Oh well. I’m interested to see how I’ll feel on May 31st!

So, in addition to sharing pictures of lots of yummy foods, I have two new recipes that I want to share with you all as soon as possible. Hopefully within a week!

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Hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. Check on over there for some more WIAW posts!

Breakfasts

My mom bought a few pints of strawberries over the weekend, and man were those things good. Yet another sign that summer is coming! 🙂

I enjoyed them in a Greek yogurt bowl…

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…and in a new breakfast quinoa! Look for the recipe soon!

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Lunches

Huh. Turns out I didn’t take any pictures of my lunches. They were actually mostly just leftovers of my dinners, so look below. 🙂

Snacks

As it turns out, I actually have been eating many gluten free things anyway. These two are some of my favorites:

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And then there are these amazing Cinnamon Raisin Clif bars that I made. I will brag…these things are GOOD.

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Dinners

Oooook, I have lots of deliciousness to share with you all.

First up, on Friday, I made some pasta. I used GF pasta mixed with some quinoa to bulk it up (see this post for a picture of the brand), and made a simple red meat sauce. On the side was a delicious salad. Yum.

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Then on Sunday (Cinco de Mayo), we had chicken fajitas. Usually we’ll wrap them in a flour tortilla, but I just ate the chicken and veg without one this time. Still delicious!

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On Monday night I kind of threw a whole bunch of things into a pot and it turned out great! In the mix: leftover fajita peppers & onions, corn, spinach, black eyed peas, quinoa, Mexican cheese blend, salsa, and lots of lime juice.

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I love it when I can literally throw together a good meal! 🙂

Then last night I made this amazing dish: Chana Masala. It was my first time cooking Indian food, and it was soooo good. And easy! The recipe was inspired by one I saw made and sampled at that Incredible Edibles contest. I’m definitely a fan.

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Desserts

On Sunday night my mom and I went to TCBY. I ordered regular (no sugar added) vanilla yogurt, raspberries, mini M&Ms, hot fudge, and sprinkles.

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It was good, but I don’t know that I’ll go back there again. There was SUCH a risk for cross-contamination that it was ridiculous…as in, there was no need for it. I know most people don’t think about that because they don’t need to, but still, it just seems like the company should be more strict about that.

A few days later, I was in the mood for ice cream. We didn’t have any, and I didn’t want to make a trip out for some, so I decided to concoct a dessert Greek yogurt bowl. I mixed in some strawberries and white chocolate chips, and voila! Good stuff!

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Now for the dessert that I’m verrrrry excited to share with you all…

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Key Lime Sorbet!

Ohmygoodness is this stuff good. I mean, seriously good. I think I could live off of it. Well, not really, because it’s totally loaded with sugars and fats…but yeah. I will have the recipe up by the weekend!

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Ok, so now that you’ve seen all my eats, I guess I should clear up my GF diet. While I’m absolutely not eating anything with wheat and I’m trying my hardest to stay away from all things gluten, I’m not being totally stringent about it. For example, there might have been traces of gluten in the foods I ate out this week. While I know those with intolerances or Celiac absolutely can’t take that risk, I feel I am ok with it. As long as I am not eating things that I know even have a chance of having gluten in them, I feel ok with what I’m doing. I just wanted to clear that up. 🙂

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Workouts May 5-11
Sunday: off
Monday: 40 minutes elliptical + strength training (I did 45 pushups!)
Tuesday: 15 minutes jogging + 45 minutes walking on incline on treadmill (I was going to go outside for a longer run, but my allergies are just horrible)
Wednesday: P90X Yoga
Thursday: rest
Friday: 40 minutes elliptical + strength training
Saturday: My first 5K!

On that note, I need some suggestions. My race begins at 7:00 (or is it 7:30? Either way, early) which doesn’t give me enough time to eat. (If I eat before I run, I need at least 3 hours to digest.) Soooo what I want to know is: what’s the best small snack to eat before a run? I’ve been told a banana or protein bar as well as 8 oz. of water, but I’m wondering if you all have any more suggestions? Please let me know if you do!

Other than that, I don’t really have too much going on. Not complaining, of course! 😉

So fill me in…what’s new with you??

Check back for new recipes soon, and please have a great day!

25 comments

  1. Yes, definitely don’t go stir crazy with cross-contamination stuff if you don’t have to 🙂 Beautiful pictures of the blooming trees! It looks much the same here with nice green grass. I don’t ever want it to end.

    1. I don’t either! If there was a place on earth that was always green but not unbearably hot, I would move there in an instant!

  2. Can I please come over and you cook me some of these delicious meals.. oh and then we can go get ice cream w/ sprinkles!

    1. That sounds just perfect to me, Jessie! I’d love that! 🙂

  3. Love this! The pictures of the blooming trees are freaking gorgeous — I love springtime! 🙂 Also, I love all the foodie pics, which all look incredibly delicious. Chicken fajitas? Yum. Home-made Clif bars? Yum. And really, key lime sorbet?! YUM. 🙂

    I can totally see where you’re coming from on the issue of cross-contamination, too. I have to be uber-careful, but for people who don’t have Celiac, it makes perfect sense not to be extra vigilant about trace amounts of gluten. If my immune system weren’t a total hater, I’d do the same thing! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I love spring too! 🙂

      Yeah, exactly. I mean, I don’t want to be rude and bring it up, but still, sometimes it feels like I should!

  4. Those strawberries look delicious!

  5. LOVE the blooming trees. I love running in the spring in the trails. Makes my run more fun if I see trees with beautiful colors.
    OMG! I love the look of that keylime sorbet! YUMMMM! So perfect for spring/summer! 🙂

    1. With the chance of sounding super cliche, it really was like tasting summer! I’ll have the recipe up tomorrow. 🙂

  6. Natalie @ Lift,Sleep, Eat · · Reply

    …all of your food looks so yummy!
    that fro yo! wow! so jealous hehe.
    loving the look of your throw everything together meal too 🙂 i love meals like that.

    1. Thanks! I love meals like that too. 🙂

  7. I usually have 1 piece of whole wheat toast w/ a small amount of peanut butter & 1/2 a banana. If I eat this right when I wake up then I usually have about an hour to digest it and it tends to sit quite light in my stomach, but still gives me that energy boost I need before I run!

    1. Thanks for the tip – that’s good to know! 🙂

  8. Ahh love the weather. And still drooling over those clif bars!!

    1. Me too! 😉

  9. This all looks delicious! Especially those strawberries in your yogurt bowl 🙂

  10. I am interested to read how your GF diet goes. Best of luck with that. I am seeing breakfast quinoa bowls all over the internet now. I have got to try making one, although that might be tough now that my kitchen has been demo’ed.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, they really have become popular – I love them!

  11. I think it would be hard to avoid gluten all together! But your eats look great. I’m a frozen yogurt addict 😉

    1. I think so too. I’m amazed that some people can actually do it! Thanks! Oh my gosh, I am too. 🙂

  12. That key lime sorbet! Perfection! And those trees are all beautiful- love the colors 🙂

  13. Those Clif bars look so good!!!

    You’re going to have so much fun at your first 5k! I’m usually okay if I eat a piece of fruit (apple or banana) and a few sips of water before running. If you have a chance, I would definitely suggest trying it out first, before the race.

    Like, on Friday, maybe do a super short run (10 minutes or something) after eating what you plan to eat on Saturday. Just to be sure!

    1. That’s exactly the sort of tip I was looking for. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Beautiful photography.Love the shot of the blossoms. Looking forward to the new quinoa recipe.

    1. Thanks! I’m thinking I’ll put it up on Monday, just so you know. 🙂

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