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It’s my 26th What I Ate Wednesday!  Thanks for reading.
Call it the stalker in me, but I like reading what people eat. It makes me feel normal when they eat mini meals all day like me and I’m always finding new ideas from my fellow WIAW-ers.

What do you like about the WIAW party?

It’s been a while since I gave you a traditional food log so here goes. This is a normal day of eating for me…so let’s get started.

815am – Whole wheat bagel + natural PB + coffee with loads of cream (my indulgence)

10am – Low sodium v8

1115am – Kashi Go Lean + Honey Nut Chex + almond milk

125pm – yummy apple

230pm – Lindsay’s Curried Tuna Salad.

  Tuna + Chobani Greek yogurt + avocado + curry powder. 2 slices of Udi’s gluten free bread, grapes, and snow peas

5pm – post run banana

715pm – Pulled crock pot BBQ chicken.

No bun for me – carb free dinner!

  I put the chicken breasts in the crock pot with chicken broth to cook and then I shredded them.  I topped them with Sauer’s BBQ sauce.  Sauer’s is a sauce I grew up with in Virginia.

Minnie approves

 It’s cider based, so it has much less sugar then traditional BBQ sauce (3g). My mom ordered it online and she gave me a bottle over Christmas.  Aren’t Moms the best?  I also had roasted broccoli and a few of Kyle’s asparagus with sliced cucumber in rice wine vinegar. 

Overall I’m happy with the amount of veggies I had today and I felt full all day long.

Are you a BBQ sauce fan? What kind do you like?

Love and lip-smacking good,
Carissa & Kyle

ps- I’m thinking of moving to a self-hosted blog and thinking of hiring a designer to help with that.  I’d appreciate any thoughts/feedback on that idea. Thanks! 

WIAW – Disney Marathon

Posted: January 11, 2012 in races, wiaw

Thanks for all the great feedback on my Disney Marathon announcer post! It is a long day, but all the runners make it fun! Isn’t fitness awesome? 🙂

I decided to use the marathon to put a fun spin on this week’s What I Ate Wednesday post.

It’s hard enough to plan and eat healthy on a regular day…but how about when you’re up at 1am and working through 2pm?
The folks at Disney are great and provide us food, however it’s a lot of carb-heavy snacks.  Through my years at the marathon, I’ve found that if I munch too much on processed snacks then I feel even more tired.  Insulin spike anyone?
This year I tried to pack healthy, nutritious snacks, stay hydrated, and eat at regular intervals.

Here’s a look at a Disney dining day:
Breakfast – 3am – Whole wheat bagel + PB + blueberries + coffee. Wouldn’t you know that I forgot to take a picture?  It’s 3am…forgive me.
Snack 1 – 6am – Muscle Milk 100 calorie shake (I took this pic late after the drink was long gone…hence why it’s so sunny)

Snack 2 – 730am – Honey Nut Chex + apricots

Lunch – 10am – Veggie omelet + potatoes + fruit from the VIP tent. That was a seriously good omelet.

Snack 3 – 1230pm – Low sodium V8 + yellow bell pepper + H20

Lunch #2 – Lasagna + roasted broccoli.
Whenever I have a really busy time coming up I try to make a meal that will have lots of leftovers that I won’t mind eating. My skinny turkey lasagna fits that bill perfectly.

3pm-6pm – Coma like sleep
Dinner -730pm – Carnitas de pollo + ranchero beans + chips

I tried to be healthy all day, however I wanted to get out of the house and enjoy a meal with my husband.  I was in no condition to head to any place nice and we have a pretty good Mexican restaurant by us.  Ole! Ironically one of our other announcers was there too!
We also got to watch Tebow’s amazing OT touchdown against the Steelers.  Wow!
I came home with a full belly and was in bed my 930pm.  What a weekend!

I have one more Disney Marathon post to do…a video blog! Check back Friday!

Do you keep up your healthy habits when you’re busy?

Love and early birds,
Carissa & Kyle

Well hello there WIAW!  I’ve missed you and your food chronicles!

This week I bring back WIAW with a tale of two meals.  One healthy, one indulgent, one holiday, one any day, and both delicious!
The first is my very FAVORITE meal of the entire year: my Mom’s Christmas breakfast!  I get excited and emotional just thinking about it.  I traveled to Virginia after Christmas this year, however I still enjoyed this most special of breakfasts on the 27th.  It never made the blog and I just couldn’t let that happen!

We all have special Christmas traditions that mean the most to us and this is mine.  I don’t remember when this breakfast officially became “Christmas breakfast” but it’s been about 15 years. The only change is that coffee replaced the chocolate milk with whipped cream of my youth.  Although I wouldn’t begrudge the return of some whipped fat on my latte!

Christmas breakfast means Grands biscuits with salty, Southern red eye ham, and sharp cheddar cheese.  Ah AWESOME! 

My Mom also makes baked apples the night before, usually on Christmas Eve.  She dices up red & green apples and cooks them down in butter and loads of cinnamon.  Kiwi is always enjoyed on Christmas am too.  Don’t ask why – it’s just tradition and you don’t mess with it.  Dear Pilsbury – your Grands biscuits are amazing.  Thank you.

From the indulgence of December comes the focus of January.  Butter, cheese, and ham sadly won’t be on my table anytime soon.  I’m not crazy, however I just feel all over better when I eat better.
Tonight’s dinner was warm, healthy, and full of fiber.  It is actually FREEZING here in Orlando today!  I switched up our meal plan and made green chile chicken chili. Or GCCC (cuz it deserves an acronym).  
If my dear husband is reading this…I know you’re over chili….I’m sorry…I love it….and I cook…there’s always cereal. 🙂
I used my dutch oven that I got for Christmas to create this comfort masterpiece.  I peeked at several recipes online, including this one from Cooking for Two, and went to work.

Green Chile Chicken Chili or GCCC
– 1lb chicken breast cubed
– 1 diced onion
– 1 diced green pepper
– 1 T diced garlic
– 1 T lime juice
– 2 cans drained white beans
– 1 can chopped green chiles
– 1 can chicken broth (you can use more if you want a soupier chili)
– 1 T cumin
– 1 t chili powder
– 1 t cayenne
– 1 t salt

– In a dutch oven brown chicken. Add onions and garlic. 
– Add green peppers and spices.  Stir well.
– Add green chiles, beans, lime juice, and chicken broth. Simmer as long as you can and enjoy!
– You could also top with cheese or add brown rice.

Do you have a devilishly delicious favorite breakfast?

Love and southern cooking,
Carissa & Kyle

My Mom is cute. Way cute.  She always does her best to make every event special.  Her efforts at a healthy tailgating are the topic of week’s What I Ate Wednesday…Tailgating style!
Last week my Mom was in town for a visit and some Monday Night Football! We made the drive to Jacksonville to watch the Chargers take on the Jaguars.

The city of Jacksonville
Talk about some muscular legs.

You may have heard me talk about the Cowboys….. a lot…Kyle loves the Cowboys and because I love him…I love the Cowboys.  However my Mom is a Chargers fan and I grew up a distanced east coast Chargers fan in Virginia.

In an effort to be healthy and eat a good, yet portable, meal before the game my Mom created an in-hotel tailgating buffet.

Our spread included:

  • whole wheat bread
  • deli chicken and roast beef
  • deli cheeses
  • fresh tomato and romaine lettuce
  • baked chips
  • kumquats
  • potato salad
  • veggies
  • Beck’s light
  • Chocolate chip macadamia nut high protein cookies from the cookie party
It was great to have a fun meal and something lighter then typical tailgating fare.  Sammy’s and chips are great to me!
The game was wonderful as Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense finally got a movement going! We also had amazing second row seats! Thanks MOM!
Kyle & I polished off the remainder of the cold cuts, cheese, and veggies on the late drive home.
Thanks Mom!
Check out our other post on more healthy tailgating tips.
On another note today is Kyle’s birthday! The BIG 3-0!  Happy birthday KYLE!!

Love and first downs, 

Carissa & Kyle

I have so much I want to share and blog about!  My mom’s visit, the cookie party, our awesome Monday Night Football experience…but I also have so much to do! I did blog about our chilly trip to ICE.

Busy, busy, holiday dizzy!  Stay tuned for those great posts and enjoy today’s WIAW offering and recipe.
Tonight’s dinner was healthy and budget friendly – a frittata!  A great way to clean out your fridge and stretch your food dollars.I always “say” that I’m going to make a frittata and it turns into more an a scramble, because I’m lazy! Eek! But a frittata is well worth the extra effort. Delicious! Give it a try next time you want a breakfast for dinner kind of night!
What I Ate Wednesday rundown:– Breakfast – nothing! We were having our resting metabolic rates tested at school today so we had to fast.  Not fun! But I have a crazy high RMR – 2100!– Snack – Kashi Go Lean + Honey Nut Chex + berries + soy milk– Snack – banana– Snack – protein bar– Snack – (do you see a pattern?) raw yellow peppers and carrots– Snack – homemade Gatorade! Super healthy recipe coming this week!

– Snack – toasted wheat thins<insert nap here>– Post run snack – Dessert protein shake with waterDinner – egg, potato, onion, zucchini frittata
It was a haphazard day of eating, but I’m happy to have found a way to get lots of veggies in.
Do you eat 3 meals or lots of snacks?
Now for the promised recipe:

Veggie Egg FrittataIngredients:

  • 4 eggs, 3 egg whites
  • Diced onions
  • Diced potatoes
  • Diced zucchini
  • splash organic milk
  • green onion
  • diced ham
  • Mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  • In a large saucepan in EVOO sautee onions, potatoes, and zucchini until soft.
  • Add ham and allow to crisp
  • Scramble eggs with milk, salt, and pepper
  • Add egg mixture to pan
  • Slowly pull back the edges as the egg cooks and allow the uncooked egg to spread to the edges.  When a majority of the egg is set, place the pan in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes or until the eggs are almost set.
  • Top the frittatta with cheese and broil until browned
  • Enjoy!
Do you eat breakfast for dinner?

Love and eggs,

Kyle & Carissa

What I Ate Wednesday – Off Day

Posted: November 16, 2011 in cat pictures, wiaw

Last week I had a beautiful, glorious entire day off!  A miracle right! I didn’t work, I didn’t go to school, I didn’t clean anything…it was awesome!

Can I have this mom?

Now I can’t say for sure what mischief Minnie got into while I was gone…but here’s a little What I Ate Wednesday “off day” version for ya!

The morning started off pretty usual.  1 cup of Kashi Go Lean with almond milk.  Then I took off for a long run and fueled up after with a banana and protein shake made with water.  Now here’s where it gets a little interesting!

My mom, our friend Leslie, and I headed out to see an 1145am showing of The Help.  It’s at a place called the “Cinema ‘n Draft” house.  Basically you can eat, drink, order food all while watching the movie. And our movie was only $1!

Mom & Leslie

We snuck a few snacks in as us frugal women do!  I enjoyed wheat thins, apple, pear, and a dark chocolate orange bar.We also felt a mid-day celebration was in order so my mom ordered a bottle of the joint’s finest white zinfandel! 🙂  It was after 12…I think! 🙂

You stay classy Virginia.

We enjoyed the wine, some jalapeno poppers, and a pretty good movie.  I read the book and I felt like it stayed pretty true to the original story.  I didn’t like the ending in the book, so I still didn’t like it in the movie.  I wanted something more uplifting!After the movie we did a little shopping and then went home to relax and cook up dinner.

I enjoy home-cooked meals when I’m visiting mom.  I know they’ll be healthy and full of veggies!She made lemon pepper chicken and I roasted up some butternut squash.  She also made a fresh waldorf salad and brussel sprouts.  See – I told you lots of veggies!

My mom is like Sandra-Lee…she excels at semi-homemade cooking that doesn’t take forever and she has beautiful table settings! Isn’t it pretty?

What a great day off! Can I get another one of those soon?  Survey says….NO! 

Cass hoping for chicken scraps.

Did you see The Help?  What did you think?
Love and happy hour, Carissa and Kyle 

Welcome to another mid-week “you ate what session”. Affectionaly known as, “What I Ate Wednesday!” To check out all the bloggers food journals visit Jen’s site Peas & Crayons.

After two weeks of festive WIAW, I decided to give it to ya straight and simple this time, food journal style.
Breakfast – This morning I went the smoothie route.  Somehow they make me feel full of nutrients.  Today I used Hippie Butter protein powder. Yes, it’s made of hemp! Yes, that…which you are thinking of….that’s hemp!  

According to my nutrition professor, hemp protein is more “biologically available” to your body.  Meaning your body absorbs and can use more of the protein than traditional whey blends for example. It also contains the essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.  

And no you will not fail a drug test for using hemp protein and yes it’s legal.  

It has a “green” taste, but blends well into smoothies or oatmeal bowls. Today’s smoothie bowl had hemp, frozen strawberries, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and was topped with granola.

Head over the Hippie Butter and check out all the hemp products they have.  You MUST get your essential fatty acids, so why not chew hemp?

Snack 1- Roasted chick peas with olives and leftover cornbread

Snack 2- apple + v8 + Gatorade preworkout
Post-Workout snack – 100 calorie chocolate muscle milk
Lunch – Kinda a treat meal – I went for leftover pasta and marinara sauce. Pasta NEVER gets old!
Dinner- Ma’s Meatloaf + roasted asparagus + red potatoes. I used Kyle’s Mamma’s meatloaf recipe which I blogged about here.

Tomorrow I’m off to VA for the Norfolk Freedom Half Marathon.  To announce…not run…but I did get a run in today.  A quite short, quite quick one. 2 miles under 16 minutes.  
I “think” I’m going to do a half in January.  It will be tough to get all the training in but we’ll see…….what do you think?

Would you try hemp protein?

Love and funions, 
Carissa & Kyle

Have you ever been to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival


It’s epic.  Ask anyone in Orlando and they will rave about it! We go annually and it is a day I always look forward too. 
Food + Wine + Disney…sign me up!  If you’re not from Orlando and you’ve never been I suggest you plan a trip one year.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

That brings me to this week’s What I Ate Wednesday.  All about my trip around the world at Epcot this Sunday.

I was lucky enough to have 2 trips to Food & Wine this year.  The first was with our friends and was more focused on the latter.  The wine!  

Fist pumpkin in Italy. Naturally.

Last Sunday I scored a second trip as part of my birthday celebration.  This trip was focused on food and spending a gorgeous Sunday with my gorgeous husband. 

We were only there for a few hours, but that was plenty of time to take in the sights, taste some delights, and view a culinary demonstartion from a registered dietitian.

If you have no idea about Food & Wine Festival at Epcot here’s what their website says:

A food and wine lover’s paradise awaits you this fall at Epcot Theme Park with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, held September 30 to November 13, 2011.

From tasty tapas and refreshing beverages to celebrity chef demonstrations and rock star performances, there’s something to satisfy most every taste and interest.
Food Stands via
There seriously is something for everyone.  There are 25 kiosks offering food and wine from that particular country. The foods range from $3- $5 a plate with wines about the same price.  There’s also plenty of beers and desserts to nibble on too.  In addition there are daily culinary demonstrations and specialty wine tastings as well as concerts each night.  Hanson was there this week! MMMBop!
Here’s a look at our global eats:
– Australia: Grilled Shrimp on the barbie with a berry citrus glaze; Penfolds Chardonnay
-Argentina: Grilled beef skewer with Chimichurri sauce and bonita puree
-Germany: Nurenberger sausage in a pretzel roll *Kyle’s favorite*
USA: Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat beer
-Canada: Chicken chipotle sausage with sweet corn polenta *Carissa’s favorite*
-Morocco: Baklava

As I said before we also took in a culinary demo at the Festival Center with Pamela Smith, RD.  It was fun to see someone doing a job that I aspire to do after I get my RD.  
She made a delicious lemon-thyme rubbed salmon with arugula, goat cheese, and raspberries.  I’ll share the total recipe later this week.  Kyle, who typically doesn’t like fish, really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up my birthday weekend.  Thank you to Cindy for giving us the Disney tickets and booking our culinary demo.
Shout out to Duffy the Disney Bear: I’m obsessed!
Have you ever been to Food & Wine or an event like this?
Love and global a go-go,
Carissa & Kyle

Welcome to another happy What I Ate Wednesday (or WIAW) as it’s known around here. Past WIAW: version one,  twothreefourfivesixseveneight,  nineten, eleventwelvethirteenfourteen, fifteen.

This week I decided to share a very fun, festive food that I put together along with my eats.

First here’s a run down of Tuesday’s eats:
Kashi Go Lean + Cinnamon Chex cereal mash up with Almond Milk
Snack 1
Low sodium v8
Snack 2
Quinoa + roasted zucchini and mushrooms + chick peas
Snack 3
Small apple + 4oz Gatorade pre-workout
Snack 4 (wow!)
1/2 Think Thin Gluten Free lemon cream bar
Lunch (finally)
2 slices of Udi’s Gluten free bread, rotisserie chicken “salad” made with cole slaw dressing + roasted veggies + H20
Snack (again)
Dessert Lean Protein shake made with water
Sofrito Chicken and beans + spinach salad + raw red pepper

Lots of snacking….and I was hungry all day? What gives?

Anyway… onto the happy little healthy skeleton! 

I got this idea from a blogger who saw it on Pinterest. I can’t remember who it was exactly, but if it was you then thanks!
I always try to bring healthy snacks like veggies to a party. Mindless munching happens, but it’s much less calorie dense if it’s raw veggies over chips or cookies.  I feel good about downing celery whilst gossiping!

I chopped all the veggies at home and put them into different bags, so they would be organized and clean when I went to assemble. It took me about 15 minutes.  I also made sure there were plenty of extra veggies to nibble on.  The “head” was filled with a fat-free ranch I made from fat-free sour cream and a Hidden Valley ranch packet.

The Pinterest version
My version. How’d I do?

The skeleton was made for a family birthday party.

Someone gave me pumpkins! I love them!!!

  There are 5 birthdays within 10 days with Kyle’s family + me!

Kyle’s sister Kelsey – one of the birthday kids!

I got to open a few early birthday gifts and I was soooo happy to get Skinny Italian! Somebody was reading the blog! Thanks Aunt Vickie! I can’t wait to cook some “skinny” pasta!

I shouldn’t be that excited..but I AM!

The skeleton was a huge hit! He’s already had requests to appear at other events this Halloween. Please contact me for booking info. 🙂
I heard that there was a “cat vegetable skeleton” on Pinterest too…hmmmm….intriguing.

What’s your favorite healthy party snack?

Love and anatomy,
Carissa & Kyle

WIAW- Greek Chicken Meatballs

Posted: October 19, 2011 in recipes, wiaw

Hola friends! Welcome to yet another WIAW celebration! If you’re new to the party be sure to check out past WIAW posts here and check out Jen’s blog Peas & Crayons for more WIAW happenings! 

Past WIAW: version one,  twothreefourfivesixseveneightnineten, eleventwelvethirteen,fourteen

This week’s blog includes a recipe for some pretty darn tasty chicken meatballs that I created last night.  If you saw my leg workout last week than you know I was having some more problems with the herniated discs in my neck. 

Cool as the other side of the pillow.

Yesterday they were particularly painful so after a visit to the chiropractor, I spent the afternoon sleeping on the couch.  In a pillow cocoon safe for sore necks! I woke up at 650 and I needed dinner made by 745.  In a still foggy daze I whipped together some amazing meatballs! They were truly amaze-balls a la Guiliana Rancic.
Here’s a food rundown for the day:Breakfast2 pieces of Udi’s Gluten Free Millet & Chia bread with natural PB, coffee

Snackv8LunchLeftover turkey lasagna (recipe tomorrow)

SnackCinnamon chex and almond milk (I have a chex addiction.  There I admitted it)DinnerGreek turkey meatballs, roasted zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus

It’s less food than I usually eat in a day…but I was asleep in a medicine induced coma from 3-650.
Now onto the meatballs – I didn’t measure anything but threw every “Greek” thing I could think of in a bowl.  Great success.  Try them.  You’ll love them. Scouts honor.
Greek Chicken Meatballs

  • 1lb 95/5 ground chicken (or turkey)
  • 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup organic fat free milk
  • 2T egg whites
  • 1/2 cup diced sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • lots of feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 2T oregano
  • 1t Italian seasoning
  • 2T garlic powder
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
Mix breadcrumbs and milk.  Let soak 1 minute.  Add feta, egg white, sun-dried tomatoes, and seasonings. Mix well.  Add thawed ground chicken and mix well.
Form meat mixture into uniform balls and place on a Pam-sprayed baking pan.
Bake in a oven pre-heated to 350 for 20-23 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the largest meatball reaches 160 degrees.
Serve with a simple basil tomato sauce if desired.

What carb are you addicted to?

Love and neck braces,

Carissa & Kyle