WIAW Whole30: Weekend Style (day 13).

For my WIAW today, I am skipping ahead to my Whole30 eats this Saturday. My days have been pretty similar lately, and this one is a little more fun! This past weekend one of my friends came into town to attend a wedding. On Saturday morning, we decided to go to the Farmer’s Market together.

I was up early so I went for an hour walk, and then threw together this breakfast plate. 

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Cauliflower rice, and 2 eggs. Simple. I only ate about half of it before we headed out

At the Farmer’s Market we explored the different booths. I’m a regular attendee of the market, but my friends had only been once or twice before. I’m always shocked when people tell me that. Such an amazing source of fresh produce and meats right downtown, why wouldn’t you go? But then I remember that for most college students the proximity + price >> value//health//supporting local farmers. (even though produce here is usually cheaper than in-season produce at the grocery store!)

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Left: smoothies//Right:Pasta

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Plant shopping! 

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I will definitely be back to test this cute hole-in-the-wall store out.

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More plants. I almost caved, but not this time.

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Obligatory stop in Antrhopologie. I mean, when there’s a 15% off sale..you just have to. I bought an Angel Food Cake candle that I have been lusting after for over a year now.

After walking around all morning and taking our sweet time in Anthropologie, everyone was ready for a meal. We hopped over to Tupelo Honey Cafe and enjoyed some brunch fare.

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Omelet and potatoes for me. White potatoes: now Whole30 approved :)

After we returned from downtown, I spent the afternoon studying, packing up my apartment, and a quick break for painting my nails. I threw a workout somewhere in there, the perfect break from being stuck in my apartment all day.

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I love summer colors- blue is the best.

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For dinner, the boys and I stopped by Whole Foods to grab our favorite dinner before doing the weekly grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I scored some blackened cod right as they were putting it out. So delicious!

Later that night, after packing up my apartment for a few hours, my friends Mary, Bevin, and I headed down to Sip to check it out. Mary met us there after attending a friend’s wedding, so we got the dish, and enjoyed chatting together. I didn’t have anything there (driver + Whole30) but it was overall just a fun place to hang out. There were little couches and tables, as well as some standing tables, and a giant picnic style table in the middle for a more social seating. We hung out on our own little couch for a couple of hours, before calling it a night!

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See- you can still have fun on the Whole30!

Whole30: Day 11

Whole 30 Day 11! I can’t believe how far I am along.

Breakfast

Cauliflower rice, peppers + onions, and a few eggs. I cooked the cauliflower rice in ghee and it was on point, as usual. For the eggs, I heated the veggies in a pan first, then cooked the eggs over them.

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Lunch

Prosciutto, avocado, peppers, and spaghetti squash. A delicious protein + veggie packed meal.

 

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Snack

Berries + pistachios. This combo of sweet fruit and salty nuts is SO good.

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Dinner

Another fantastic meal, cooked with the boy. Spaghetti squash (pasta for him), chicken, sauce, and amazing, amazing asparagus. This meal was so filling (that spaghetti squash has volume).

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Questions of the day:

Have you tried spaghetti squash? It’s ah-mazing!

Whole 30 Day 10

My Whole30 is rolling right along! Let’s check out Day 10 eats.

Breakfast

Frozen veggies are a life safer. They cook so quickly, and I always have a few bags around for when my fresh veggies run out and//or I don’t want to prep anything.

This was eggs, frozen peppers + onions, and some cauliflower rice cooked in ghee. Cauliflower rice + ghee is my favorite. It has so much flavor!

Breakfast also included banana, almond butter, coconut milk, and cinnamon. Pretty much the usual lately.
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Lunch

For lunch, I grabbed a salad at Upcountry Provisions. I had avocado, peppers, cucumbers, and some fried thing on top. I didn’t realize it came with a ‘topper’ so I just did my best to eat around them. Sometimes a good talk with a friend is just more important.

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Snack

That salad left me pretty hungry, so a little later I followed it up with an apple and some delicious pistachios.

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Dinner

While we were preparing dinner, I finished the second half of a Kombucha I had laying around. It was the perfect appetizer to our brinner.

Brinner was amazing, as always: eggs, potatoes, spinach, and onions.

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Questions of the day:

Brinner: yay or nay?

Whole 30 Day 9

Breakfast

Eggs, salsa, peppers, avocado. Simple but delicious breakfast.

 

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Lunch

Lunch was random and eaten on the go. After eaten a bunch of pistachios in my car, I had 2 pieces of prosciutto and a peach. Simple and delicious.

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Dinner

This was a delicious meal! Shredded chicken, roasted veggies, and cauliflower rice. Simple healthy ‘comfort’ food.

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Another delicious day on my Whole30!

Whole 30: Day 8

Whole 30 Day 8… wow the time is flying. Today is actually Day 12 for me, but I’m a few days behind on the food updates. It is going really well though. There are foods that I crave sometimes but I the food I am eating is always delicious. Literally sometimes I’m like wait… is this really Whole30? It tastes too good to be true…

Breakfast

Another breakfast on the go. Eggs, veggies and guac//banana, coconut milk, cinnamon and almond butter. So good.

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Lunch

Lunch was a simple mic. Canned wild salmon, guacamole (mashed together) topped with bell pepper. Follower by apple + almond butter. Easy on the go nutrition.

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Workout

I was feeling good and did a mix of bodyweight and machine exercises to kill my legs!

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Dinner

For dinner, the boy and I threw together a delicious mix. Burgers, greens, and sweet potato fries.

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Snack

A little later that night I was still hungry so I threw together a favorite bowl lately. Berries, coconut milk, coconut butter, and some roasted almonds.

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All in all a pretty delicious day!

WIAW & Whole30 Day 7- Cauliflower Rice?

Happy WIAW!! Today I have my eats from Whole30 Day 7 and my first attempt at cauliflower rice!

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A morning walk with some friendly lake animals. Baby ducks are too cute.

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The walk ended with a side of rain. But I was already out, so I just went with it.

Breakfast

Eggs, salsa, spinach, and avocado. This is a dreamy combination.

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Lunch

I had a snack-y lunch because it was hot and I wasn’t really in the mood for anything more exciting than that. And that’s ok.

Fish, followed by  berries with pistachios and coconut butter.

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Then I attempted my big adventure of the day: making cauliflower rice.

I’ve been interested in cauliflower rice for a while, but it always seemed so intimidating. I mean..how does it even work? Do I have to hand grate this stuff? Shred it with my hands? I am not domestic enough for this…

But it turns out that making cauliflower rice was incredibly easy, and I didn’t have to get any more domestic to make it work!

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Step 1:

Cut your cauliflower up into small pieces, and remove the stalk/stem. I cut mine up into about the size pieces I would normally eat, maybe a little smaller. This is not an exact science, so don’t over think it.

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Step 2:

Blend it up! Food processors are generally recommended for this, but I don’t have one, so I changed it up. Vitamix to the rescue, again. I just made sure to do the cauliflower in smallish batches so it wouldn’t overwhelm the 2 blades of the blender.

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Step 3:

You did it!! To cook this you can either toast it in the oven, or cook it in a pan.

I’ve been cooking mine up with some ghee and it is delicious. The ‘rice’ doesn’t really have any flavor, so your options are endless! Stir fry, mexican rice, breakfast rice, anything you can dream up!

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Workout

I stopped by the gym in the afternoon and did a HIIT workout. Quick & dirty, it’s the way to go!

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Typical Furman. Looking so beautiful.

Dinner

I threw together a quick dinner of fish, spaghetti squash and guacamole. It was a random combination, but still scrumptious. I love having prepped veggies around, it makes busy weekdays much easier.

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Questions of the day:

What do you prep to make your week easier?

Have you tried cauliflower rice or any other ‘alternative’ versions of typical foods?

Whole30: Day 6

On Saturday, I was nearing the end of my first week. The days really are flying by, and it hasn’t been nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. I’ve definitely had a couple of weird stomach/GI days, but according to the official Whole30 timeline, that’s to be expected as your body heals itself from the inflammation. On to the food!

Breakfast:

Eggs, spinach, avocado and eggs. I don’t usually make scrambled eggs anymore, so it was fun to change up my eggs!

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Lunch

I spent my morning running lots of errands, I got home to make a snack-y lunch. Kale chips (yum yum yum), pistachios, and apples + coconut butter. Followed a little later by a fresh peach.

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Dinner

I threw together a quick dinner before heading out for a sitting job. Eggplant, peppers, spaghetti squash, sauce, and fish.

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Then I got to spend the rest of my night playing with this cutie and her older sister. Basically, I got paid to watch//sing//dance Frozen. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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Snack

After the babes headed off to sleep, I snacked on some nuts + banana. I was soooooo hungry from playing piggyback, dancing, lifting the girls up in the air, and running around the house with them.

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Questions:

Did you have as crazy of a Saturday night as me? ;)

Burger Night, Puppies, and Whole30: Day 5!

This past Friday was Day 5 of my Whole30, and it was also my first time eating out at on the Whole30 diet. I was a little worried about what I would be able to eat, but it wasn’t so hard after all! You can eat out and eat clean, whole foods.

Breakfast

I packed up my first meal of the day to eat while I spent the morning working in my lab. Eggs with avocado, cucumbers, spinach and pico de gallo // a side of banana in an empty almond butter jar with some cinnamon and coconut milk thrown on top.

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Lunch

Also eaten on the go- lunch was 2 eggs, sweet potato wedges, cucumber, pico de gallo, and spinach. I ate some roasted almonds on the side. Almost the same thing as breakfast- I guess it’s just easier to pack!

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Workout

For my workout, I did 30 easy-ish minutes on the StairMaster. My legs were pretty sore from the previous day’s leg workout but I wanted to get some kind of activity in. I also did about 50 squats with a 45 lb bar for a trial in lab… oh the joys of working in a Health Sciences lab..we get to play with stuff and test procedures on ourselves!

Snack

When I finally made it back to my apartment I was hungry, but it was close to dinner, so I threw together and easy snack while I was getting ready. Frozen berries, a little coconut milk, and a little coconut butter.

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Puppies for days!!!!! This little guy is too cute!

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Dinner

Salad and a burger. No complaints here.

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Question of the day:

How was your friday?

What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?

Whole 30 Day 4

Hey! Happy Weekend y’all! This post is all about the food, so I’ll get straight to it. This is Day 4 eats of my Whole30 journey. I hope they provide inspiration and healthy eats ideas for you guys.

Breakfast

A mishmash of everything I had in my fried. Fish, spinach, spaghetti squash, sauce// an apple + coconut butter on the side.

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Lunch

2 parts: eggs, spinach, and avocado. Followed by delicious plantain chips with ‘lazy girl guacamole’ (avocado, mixed with pico de gallo//other pre-made salsa).

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Workout

I took one of my friends to workout for the first time- lots of fun!! We did a leg workout with some abs thrown in. It was a 10-9-8-7-6 workout, meaning we did 10 reps of each move, then went through the circuit again doing 9, etcetera down to 6 reps/move. This workout is no joke, and I promise your booty will feel it the next day (and the days after that….)!

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Snack

I was hungry after that workout, so I threw together a bowl with frozen berries, a little almond butter, and some coconut milk drizzled on top. The coconut milk froze and made a delicious layer on the berries!

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Dinner

Spaghetti squash, spinach, tomato sauce, and fish. Basically breakfast repeated… #ifitaintbroke

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Snack

A little late night snack for my hungry tummy. Bananas, almond butter, and a little coconut butter drizzled on top.

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Question of the day:

What are some of your healthy eats lately?

Whole30: Day 3

Day 3: I did it! I am taking this one day at a time, but it hasn’t been too bad so far.

Breakfast:

Eggs, tomatoes, onions, avocado.

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Food prep!

I made plantain chips, and fish to have for the week.

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Lunch

Avocado + plantain chips. And a salad with fish, cucumber, spinach, and salsa.

 

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Workout

This was KILLER. I loved it.

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Snack

Apple and sweet potato drizzled with almond butter.

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Dinner

Chicken ‘fajita’ bowls with onions and peppers. Plus some sweet potatoes and plantains drizzled with coconut butter. Yum!

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So far so good!
I know I am a few days behind on my updates but I’m trying to catch up today!