WIAW 7/9 + Quest Bar Giveaway {CLOSED}

Happy What I Ate Wednesday, foodies and readers!

It’s funny to me how quickly WIAW comes around…but hey, it’s completely fine with me because it might be my favorite day. So, thanks to Jenn for hosting!

Peas and Crayons

So, last night I had the pleasure of running some crazy trails at Red Mountain Park with Alabama Outdoors, and let me tell you. Trails are growing on me. I need more! The only problem with that, is that all the nearest trails are between 20-30 minutes from my house. I did see a tepee at Red Mountain Park…I could possibly move in? Yes? Okay, maybe not such a good idea. Alright, moving on!

Yesterday, if you read my post, I was having a difficult time finding something to eat for breakfast because there were NO bananas! Almost everything I eat for breakfast has a banana in it and I really wanted a banana. So, I ended up just eating like 1/2 cup of coconut chia granola cereal with almond milk and some pecans (with a sad face).

Breakfast

Speaking of pecans, you know you’re supposed to soak them? We’ve been soaking our pecans lately and let me tell you, they taste way better.

Tuna Salad

For lunch, I had tuna salad (posted the recipe on instagram), organic blue corn chips, and 1/2 Fuji apple that tasted SO GOOD.

From lunch and until 4:30, I was in the kitchen baking! I made my Paleo Coconut Flour Cupcakes but I added more liquid and brown rice flour to the recipe to thin out and create more batter so I could get more cupcakes! Also, I added some chocolate chips and my lemon vanilla icing<—recipe also on my instagram!

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paleo coconut flour cupcakes

By 5:45, I was at the park and ready to run trails. We didn’t get through until 7 and we stayed a while and talked. Then when we got home which was about 8:00 p.m., food was not on my mind. I don’t know about you, but eating a meal at 8:00 at night, is not very fun to me. So, I ate nothing. Boo me. Yeah, whatever. I survived! I’m ready to devour the whole kitchen. Okay, kidding. That would be rude.

But, you know what would have been good last night? A quest bar!

Which leads me to…THE GIVEAWAY!

I’m so happy that Quest Nutrition wanted to team up with me to let me give 2 of my readers a chance to both win a 16 bar sampler pack!

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I’ll have the winners on Friday!

Have a great day everyone!

xx Audrey

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A Different Type of Chocolate Chip Cookie

I experimented a little yesterday afternoon in the kitchen. Everyone wanted some chocolate chip cookies, so I thought, “How about some semi-healthy chocolate chip cookies?”

So I saw a recipe and tweaked it a little and got 12 cookies out of it that were soft and delicate but still thick, not flat and hardly there.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar (Would have used stevia if I would have had some)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (I didn’t have arrowroot starchSad smile)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 6 tbsp strawberry applesauce (can also use plain)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, flaxseed, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the coconut oil and apple sauce. Then add the vanilla and stir. If the dough is not thick enough add more brown rice flour. If it needs more liquid, add 1/4 cup more of coconut oil. Then stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop TBSP sized balls of dough onto  the cooking sheet. 1 1/2 inches apart. bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes!!! (Important!!)

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Breakfast

This morning I wanted one thing…a green smoothie. Weird? You bet. But this one was realllllllly good! I actually can’t believe it was this good because I put celery in it! Celery!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk + a little water
  • 2 big handfuls of raw spinach
  • 1 small granny smith apple
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 4 frozen strawberries

AND BLEND!

Lunch

I completed a 30 minute workout consisting of Zwow#26 and a new arm routine I came up with that is definitely going to make me sore tomorrow.

arm workout

Then I came to my kitchen to begin making lunch. I sliced up half a cucumber, sliced some carrots, sauteed some broccoli, heated up half a baked sweet potato, and sliced a boiled egg.

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Now, I have to get ready to run a few miles tonight. Fun!

Have a good day Smile

Rainy Mondays Don’t get me down

Happy Monday! Hope your day has been good. Mine was actually pretty laid back, which was terrific.

Breakfast

I started my morning with a green smoothie that turned brown due to adding blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries instead of just strawberries…Sad smile

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I also added whey protein to the smoothie for protein. I wasn’t feeling like eating eggs this morning.

Lunch

I prepared my lunch last night using leftovers from last night’s dinner. I had half a sweet potato, quinoa with salsa, and sautéed chicken.

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Sunday

Let’s take a look at Sunday’s dinner. It was so, so tasty. I love wholesome, clean meals such as these

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I prepared sautéed mushrooms, sautéed chicken, baked sweet potatoes, and quinoa. With the mushrooms, I sautéed them in olive oil and salt; with the chicken tenders, I sautéed them in Mrs. Dash mesquite grille and spices: sea salt, oregano, sage, garlic powder, and curry. They only thing I would have done with the chicken was add more salt. I can never add the right amount!

Snack

So I totally roasted some pecans…it might be my favorite snack during the cold season.

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They were delicious by the way, in case you were wondering. (Almost burnt them Disappointed smile)

And while the pecans were cooling off, I finally got around to painting my nails

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I love this color because it looks good with almost everything and its not too crazy. And I also like how this brand of finger nail polish glides on perfectly. Plus!

Well that’s it! Getting pumped for Tuesday! Why? One day closer to Friday, whoop, whoop!


Question of the Day

What is your favorite nail polish brand/color?