A day of some new eats and all (actually all) pictures accounted for. Success of the week. Get ready for another What I Ate Wednesday plus a little education about new-to-me and maybe-new-to-you foods to try. I love reading other WIAW posts in the blog world because they provide some great inspiration. Granted, I obviously like my go-to breakfast, lunch and snack options, but still, inspiration achieved and new notions brewing.
Side note: it turns out coming up with blog post titles is really hard….suggestions are welcome.
Now let’s get to it!
That blueberry muffin recipe is here. I love having baked goods in my freezer! Repping my years of ballet training with my favorite tea mug.
Breakfast had a new food find! After my recent yogurt post, a great company called Maia offered to send me samples of their Greek yogurt. Never one to turn down an opportunity to try new, healthy products, I happily accepted. Maia Greek yogurt is made with grass-fed, hormone free cow’s milk and non-GMO ingredients. One of the biggest benefits of Maia is the extremely high probiotic content, over 25 billion beneficial bacteria per 6 oz cup. To support this high level of probiotics, 3 grams of oat fiber are added. It serves as “food” for the bacteria to yield higher growth. Fiber in yogurt? A bit strange and it will unfortunately put this yogurt out of the running if you have IBS or other gastrointestinal issues. I prefer to get my fiber from fruits, veggies and whole grains but this addition doesn’t alter the taste at all. The biggest perk of this Greek yogurt is the lower added sugar! Huge win! If you read my yogurt post, you know that I feel most flavored yogurts are dessert in disguise. You can actually taste the yogurt in each lightly sweetened cup (just 2 grams added sugar/serving). What a novel concept? I’ll keep these yogurts in my rotation 🙂
The lure of muffins in my freezer got the better of me. My breakfast definitely didn’t have enough healthy fat to carry me through to lunch-I needed my sunflower seed butter fix.
This dragon fruit purchase is an example of what happens when the gorgeous food displays and sale signs at Whole Foods come together. It was down from $9.99/lb (crazy, I know) to $4.99/lb (still crazy) but I was intrigued. What a bizarre fruit! Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a fruit from a cactus primarily grown in southeast Asia. Despite the wacky outer appearance, the inner flesh is actually quite mild. You can just scoop out the inner portion with a spoon. The texture is similar to a kiwi with crunchy little seeds and a slightly sweet, juicy, muted flavor. My adventurous fruit choice hopefully makes up for the fact that I have a new lunch rut. Out with the years of salad and in with my new wraps.
I went to a indoor cycling class at my favorite studio, The Handle Bar, at 4:30. This snack was the perfect combination of energy-boosting carbs and sustaining fat.
I try to eat 30-45 minutes after exercising, so I opted for an earlier dinner after cycling.
I love tempeh, but I get strange looks when I recommend it. It is fermented soybeans compressed into a rectangular block. Okay, so the description is a bit weird but it is delicious. It has a nutty, chewy texture that holds up well to strong marinades and stir-frying. Tempeh adds excellent texture to sandwiches or salads and is a great protein-packed vegetarian option. It definitely has to be marinated and cooked in some way (although I have be known to eat it raw but I have weird dietitian taste buds…). Because it is fermented, tempeh is a good source of probiotics. Lots of health promoting bacteria for me yesterday.
I served my sauteed veggies over spinach, one of my favorite tips for nutricizing your meals!
What happens when you go into Whole Foods on a hot day….everything in the freezer section looks delicious! I liked the mini size of these soy-cream sandwiches. A perfect summer treat. Yum!
Have a good rest of your week!
Tell Me: What are some of your go to meals?
Disclosure: Maia was kind enough to send me samples of their yogurt. I was not asked to, or paid, to discuss their product. All opinions expressed are my own.