WIAW 17: Wild Blueberry Pie Smoothie

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I feel good about my food choices yesterday.

I’m trying to focus more on what, when and why I eat and start taking back a little control. You see, I don’t always post everything that I eat in my WIAW posts. There’s often a handful of this or that (and this or that is usually something like nuts or crackers that add up to some extra calories pretty quickly!). And believe me- those handfuls add up, and have been showing up on my hips, thighs and belly more than I would like to admit. Yesterday, I did a pretty good job of eating mindfully and not overeating like I’ve been doing too much of lately.

Breakfast:

Perfect oatmeal with strawberries instead of cranberries. I ate 1/2 of the banana before breakfast as a little bit of fuel before I taught Spinning and Core Strength. Greg was gone by the time I got home, but I was happy to see this little pot of coffee waiting for me. :)

In between lunch and breakfast, I snacked on some veggies that I had cut up and placed in the fridge (in an attempt to grab these when I’m hungry instead of nuts or crackers):

I also drank quite a few of these:

Ashley wrote something on her blog a while about drinking a full glass of water before every meal (to help fill the belly a bit). That’s something that’s stuck with me, and I’ve tried to remember to make it a habit. I’m getting there…

For lunch, I made some tuna salad with tuna, Vegenaise, celery and dijon mustard. I had 1/2 of it on a toasted Ezekiel bun and mixed the other 1/2 into a bowl of spinach, tomato and balsamic vinegar.

I also had an Asian pear sprinkled with cinnamon and peanut flour. Whoa, that was good.

For an afternoon snack, I made a wild blueberry pie smoothie.

The “pie” factor is created by the addition of flax seed and cinnamon. It makes a huge difference!

Wild Blueberry Pie Smoothie

1 c. frozen wild bluerries

5 ice cubes

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Blend)

1 T ground flax seed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

water or milk of choice

(optional) guar + xanthan gum

Combine all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high speed for one minute, or until all ingredients reach a smooth consistency.

I am totally in love with this smoothie lately. :)

For dinner, I made a recipe that I had been drooling over since I saw it last week: Amanda’s Mock Mashed Potato Shepherd’s Pie.

It’s impossible to make this look pretty, but it tastes SO good. I even used my own homemade seitan! As you may remember, I’m a huge fan of her Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s one of my top five favorite recipes to make! The sweet potato version has a slight edge- but the mock potato version was pretty darn good. Greg and I even agreed that each bite was better than the last! I’m pretty sure that the leftovers will be pretty spectacular, too.

I had a few swigs of the beer from the advent calendar:

This is actually made by Brewer’s Alley, a local brewery (in Frederick). It was okay.

I made a few “PB Cocoa Bites” by combining 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 T peanut butter, a little stevia and almond milk and rolled them up into little balls. Then, I rolled each “ball” around in peanut flour and froze them. It’s the perfect little sweet bite after dinner!

And finally, one more pear. I’m obsessed!

Have a wild, wonderful Wednesday!

What are your best tips for eating healthy?

Comments

  1. Drinking water about 10-15 minutes beforehand is also great for digestion, gets the juices flowing!

  2. How sweet of the hubs to get the coffee going for you =) Sounds like a keeper! Great meals too btw, and love your nails!

  3. Love the manicure!!! And the tuna salad. Yummy!

  4. Oh man, I love pears and definitely need to get my hands on some soon. And that smoothie looks A.MAZ.ING!!!

  5. Cute header! I always forget about tuna salad and how much I love it. I need to make some… Maybe today for lunch? I can be bad about snacking mindlessly too, so I really just try to focus on my mentality when I eat. Am I hungry? Am I bored? Am I stressed? Why am I reaching for this handful of trail mix?

  6. OOH your mani looks so cute! Love the design & that smoothie… I’m gonna have to try it. Looks so good & both shepherd’s pie look to die for!

  7. Fun nail polish! And I like the holiday-themed header!
    I thought you might like that variation of the shepherd’s pie. :)

  8. Love your nails!!

    I drink tons of water–and it is a great way to stave off headaches or crazy cravings. I too am loving pears lately. Yummmm

  9. Eating small portions of healthy food often!

  10. those little balls looks so good…and EASY. Defintitely trying that

  11. Know that this is not the only time in your life you will ever be able to eat a brownie (and it probably won’t be the best one you’ve ever eaten)…and then decide how badly you want one.

    And if this is the only time if your life you will ever be able to eat something. Well, you better do it.

  12. I totally skipped down the rest of your post to see the recipe for the blueberry pie smoothie :) Sounds delicious and easy too!

  13. I can’t wait to make that smoothie. I also really love how greg made you coffee. Its the little things <3

    My healthy tips – make at least 1/2 plate veggies, cook for yourself – pack your lunch and make things ahead of time!, and avoid processed foods and added sugar.

  14. My # 1 tip – follow Dr Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program. Greens, greens, and more greens! I lost 12 lbs without even trying and never feeling hungry. I have a slow metabolism as well so it took me 4-6 mos. to lose it but thats totally ok w/me. Coincidentally I also went soy-free and gluten-free which seems to have made me fel a whole lot better too.

  15. I love the smoothie recipe!

  16. I just made this smoothie today and it is DELICIOUS… I feel an obsession coming on with these ;) thank you so much for sharing the recipe!! As far as eating healthy goes… EAT CLEAN! Minimally processed foods, lots of fruits and veggies, raw nuts, beans, lean meats, complex carbs (whole grains), etc. Eat every 2-3 hours to keep your metabolism going! And listen to your body’s cravings. Clean eating is even more fun than eating an unhealthy diet, so get creative! :)

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