Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What I...Wednesday

Today I have an outfit and food to share, so I decided to linkup for What I Ate Wednesday as well as What I Wore Wednesday. I figure it's a likely pair, since we're always wearing something and eating something else. 

I went to the grocery store last Friday with the intention of stocking up on whole, healthy foods that would be fresh and unprocessed. I loaded up on vegetables, (limited) whole grains, a few fruits, lean meats, and a few other new and health things I'd never tried before like brown rice pasta, flax seeds, and coconut oil. I was excited to try it all, and I was even more excited that I was able to buy it all at one of the Publix locations down the street that has a large Greenwise sections. That meant I could skip the expensive Whole Foods! I always rack up more of a bill in there than I thought possible.

I did things a little differently this time...instead of planning out meals, I bought a balance of meats and veggies that I could put together for meals as they fit. I knew I'd be able to get at least a week and a half of meals out of it, and so far that has be happening. The one exception was on Monday night when I went out for a birthday dinner, but more on that in a second.
You can see above a wrap with tuna and more veggies than would successfully fit inside the whole wheat tortilla wrapped up, a kale salad filled with veggies and avocado, whole roasted almonds, carrots with hummus, and then a chicken and veggie stir fry. I served that with sweet potato wedges that I roasted in the oven at 375* for about 30-35 minutes. They were delicious with just a little salt and sprayed with cooking spray. I didn't take a picture of the brown rice pasta, but we really like it. It was a little chewier than regular pasta, but it was tasty and held the pasta sauce well. 

If you're looking to eat healthier, I'd suggest just doing what I did. Here's the easiest way to explain it:
1. Read healthy blogs for a bit to see exactly what kinds of meals people are eating and what looks good or not so good to you.
2. Start a shopping list of items you see frequently.
3. Check out online suggested shopping lists for healthy additions. I used these two:
4. Modify it all to come up with your own list. What works for someone else won't necessarily work for you!
5. Have fun creating things for each meal. Just keep up with what you bought and when it goes bad to make sure you use it all in that time frame.

On Monday, though, I met up with some girlfriends for a birthday dinner and a local German place called Mr. Dunderbaks. 
The menu was filled with all kinds of fried deliciousness, and I was so torn between ordering a salad and something more German traditional. I did end up getting the potato pancakes with sour cream and homemade applesauce, which were delicious, but then I decided on the cheese tray with summer sausage as my main meal, and though pretty good, it was neither that authentic nor healthy. Wrong thing to order! Oops. I ate about half of it and brought the rest home for Tim and to add to lunch the next day.
That was also the day that I took some mirror selfies to share for an outfit of the day. 
In my outlet haul, I picked up the sweater and shirt above. I love that shirt and have it in the neon salmon color and cream. The sweater and shirt are JCrew Factory, the pants are cords from LOFT, the necklace is JCrew Factory, and the leopard loafers are Steve Madden. I wore the cream top to the Yelp event I attended on Sunday; it's making me think I should pick up another color or two. 

For a game night with friends we went to on Saturday night, I wore some of my new Stella & Dot jewelry from my hostess order as well as the new dress from Gap Outlet. I luckily found my light violet sweater to pair with it, because it matched perfectly with the lines that you can't really see because of this shot. 
And because I don't think I shared my Stella & Dot hostess haul with you, here that is:
I had a trunk show in October and earned all of that for free or half price. I still have two half priced pieced left to use. I'm thinking of buying a statement necklace or two. 

What have you been wearing lately that you're loving? 
What's on your menu for this week?

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Alison @ Get Your Pretty On said...

Potato pancakes are one of my absolute favorite foods ever! Your maxi dress and cardigan are just perfect together. Thanks for linking up!

Erin said...

I LOVE flax seeds, I just discovered them a few months ago and I always top my salad with them, and sometimes I put them in our nutribullet shakes we make too!

I'm excited to check out those sites about shopping lists- I struggle sometimes and get overwhelmed with grocery shopping, lol! Thanks for sharing! :)

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables said...

Great grocery shopping tips! And I love your maxi dress!

Kat @ Sneakers and Fingerpaints said...

You've been doing so well with your clean eating, way to go girl!

Beka said...

I love Mr. Dunderbaks - but it is definitely not in the "healthy" category!

Love the jewelry haul! I have such a problem finding maxi dresses that aren't too long for me :( Short people problems.... lol

ty said...

Dear Heavens, the cheese tray just made me drool. said...

Thanks for sharing your Stella and Dot purchases. What a haul!

I also love your outlet mall purchases. I'm in dire need of getting some new clothing for the office.

Bon Bon said...

mmmm. food! I haven't had lunch yet, so I'm totally wishing I could snatch one of those photos and have it be real! xoxo

spiffykerms said...

Love the name of that German spot you went to! McDunderbaks! Ha, it's like McDonalds but not (sorry... I love Mcdonalds, truly..)

All that food you posted looks SO good.

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

Your meals look soo good! And you have such great tips for clean eating, too. Love your dress!

Lauren said...

The food all looks amazing, I love Mr. Dunder's! Want that coral top so cute.

Ashley said...

I love the Publix Greenwise section. It's true, you save so much more than Whole Foods (which I love, but can't shop at daily).

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