Posted by Nicole

Wow.  The past few days have been extremely busy on this little ol’ blog.  Lauren and I have been on the phone quite a bit trying to communicate to each other during our transfer from WordPress to self-hosting!  We joined Bluehost and their customer service was a great help.  If you’re considering self-hosting, give them a shot :)

Enough about that… Moving on to the theme of today.  As always, thanks to Jenn for the awesome WIAW linkup!  Check out her blog for more meal ideas/new blogs.

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Breakfast

I had two bowls of cereal this morning before heading to class.  I didn’t take a picture (fail!), but hopefully my description will make up for it?  I combined Fiber One, Cinnamon Chex, Special K, lots of fresh strawberries, and almond milk.  Such a great mix!  Here’s a recycled pic of an old cereal bowl.  Let’s pretend it’s the real one.

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It was my first time trying Cinnamon Chex and I was pleasantly surprised.  As a child, I was a huge fan of the ridiculously sugary cereal (ok let’s be honest, I am still am obsessed with it).  Cinnamon Chex reminded me of Cinnamon Toast Crunch, but relatively healthier.  If you haven’t tried it yet, getchoself a box stat.

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After breaking the fast, I biked to class.  I love walking/biking about a mile to class because it forces me to wake up before lectures.

1 – Science of Human Performance – We learned about pulmonary function, breathing, and lung volume.

2 – Weight Training - I did a 2.3 mile warmup run (9:00 pace) and then LiveFit Day 41 (legs).  I’ll be soooore tomorrow.

3 – Marketing Fundamentals – We learned about product development, branding, etc.  We watched a lot of short videos about companies/products so it was pretty interesting.

After 4.5 hours of class, I sure was ready for lunch.

Lunch

Each week at DG, a room of girls gets to choose the weekly menu.  I guess we have been at school for 21 weeks because this week my room, Room 21, got to choose the grub this week.  I made sure that Waldorf Salad was on the menu, and today was the dayyyy.

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Ahh, such a beauty.  Mixed greens, strawberries, grapefruit, apple, mandarin oranges, and green grapes.  It was so good that it didn’t even need salad dressing.

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Veggie soup that was extra salty and extra delicious.  I was freezing from the bike ride back from campus and this warmed me right up.  Oh, and this…

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Hot chocolate.  Sugar-free and fat-free.  Artificial and delicious.  MMM.

Lauren wanted me to share what she had for lunch because she was proud of her creation:

“Today’s lunch theme at work was ‘Burger Bar.’ Instead of using a bun, I placed a garden burger patty on top of mixed greens (with green apple slices, craisins, and mandarin slices).  That’s nothing new, yeah I know.  But!!  I did one of my favorite burgeralad things – I added pickles, mustard, ketchup, AND onion rings as toppings.  Along with a side of (mushy) sweet potato fries and half a peanut butter cookie, this lunch totally hit the spot.  That is, until 2 hours later when I wanted some cereal to snack on.  Typical! Lunch doubled as a meeting to learn more about our company’s new health and wellness website.  It was, in a word, intriguing.  I’ll probably share more on that later!”

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I think it totally looks like a burger that turned into a salad.  Lauren has always been the more creative sister…  As evidenced by her 77 flavor cupcake business!!!

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Great.  Now I’m craving a cupcake.

After lunch, I did some school work, tried to fix some blog issues, and fell asleep for an hour and a half.  What is with me lately?  I think it’s because I haven’t been drinking as much coffee.  I guess I’ll have to fix that problem soon? ;)

Dinner

I had an early dinner today at about 6.

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There was a lot on this plate: eggplant and squash casserole, marinated tofu and bok choy, glazed carrots, and some romaine.  Lots of veggie lovin’.  It was yummy, but afterwards I just wanted sweets on sweets on sweets…….. No surprise there.

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My sweets craving was satisfied with a bowl of strawberry greek yogurt, Fiber One, and vanilla soy milk.

Snacks

Later on, I had a Promax LS protein bar.  I LOVE these bars because they have a ton of protein (18 g) + dietary fiber (14 g) + some healthy fats, all for 220 calories.  They also have no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, HFCS, maltitol, or gelatin; and they are gluten-free.

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And they taste like chocolate!  The Peanut Butter Chocolate flavor is pretty tasty, but my favorite is the Chocolate Fudge.  These make for a great replacement candy bar and come in handy when I’m craving dessert or in need of a substantial snack between classes.

I guess my nap gave me a second wind because I got motivation to go run at 9 PM… This motivational spark happens once in a blue moon, and I definitely welcomed it!  I completed some running intervals for an hour and then foam rolled like a boss.  More details from my DailyMile:

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Afterwards I snacked on some cantaloupe and part of a Clif Builders Cookies ‘n Cream bar.

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After a quick shower, I zonked out.

Now some exciting news!  If you are a regular reader, you might remember the “Exercise Science Notes” series I did last semester.  These posts included some great things I learned in my Principles of Nutrition and Exercise course.  As you know, I’m taking Weight Training this semester and we are starting to learn some quality info.  I’ll be posting some notes throughout the next few weeks to share the knowledge.  Remember to check back, subscribe through e-mail or Google Reader, etc. if you’re interested.

With that, have a good day!

- Nicole

Q4U: Best thing you ate today?

Breakfast….. a bottomless cereal bowl would be amazing, someone needs to invent that ASAP…………

Q4U: What’s your favorite protein bar brand/flavor?

Tie between the Promax LS bars and ThinkThin peanut butter bars!

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6 Responses to WIAW 2/29: Cinnamon Chex are bomb

  1. I loved seeing your daily eats!

    I LOVE Clif bar’s Blueberry Crisp bar.

    Favorite thing today was my breakfast. Strawberry Chobani mixed with oats overnight. It tasted like strawberries and cream!
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    • admin says:

      I’ve never tried the Blueberry Crisp flavor, but I love their White Chocolate Macadamia Nut! I could eat sooo many of those bars because they taste like dessert :)

      Your breakfast sounds gooood, especially after your RAW week. I love pouring vanilla soymilk on strawberries for the same reason- instant strawberries ‘n cream!

      - Nicole

  2. The ThinkThin peanut butter (smooth and crunchy) are my absolute favorites! The best thing I ate today was my afternoon snack: plain greek yogurt + peanut butter + a few crumbled up pretzels.
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  3. I would love to hear more about your transition to self-hosting! I’ve been wanting to make the change myself but it sounds so daunting and I don’t really know where to start!

    It sounds like you had a delicious meal day– especially your dinner! YUM! And Lauren’s burger salad looks great too! The best thing I ate yesterday was the Zucchini soup I made! Can’t wait to have it again today!
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    • admin says:

      If you end up seriously considering self-hosting I can totally e-mail you and give you a run through of what we did! It’s kind of a pain in the butt, but worth it because it gives a lot more freedom to the site.

      Zucchini soup sounds good. I can’t wait to go home next week and make a really good, hearty vegetable soup in the crockpot. I’ve been craving veggie soup despite the warm weather!

      - Nicole

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