WIAW – Staying Cool & Hydrated

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I did much better today with photographing my meals & snacks throughout the day than I did last week, so I actually have a lot to share!

To find out more about WIAW & to see what other bloggers are eating, check out Jen’s blog, Peas & Crayons!

AM/Pre-Workout SnackBanana

I usually don’t eat anything in the morning before I workout, because I tend to do better on an empty stomach. However, this morning I woke up with a rather painful (& irritating!) headache, so I knew I needed to eat something to be able to take some medicine before heading off to spin class. (I can’t take headache medicine on an empty stomach; I get all shaky!)

BreakfastDunkin’ Donuts veggie egg white flatbread & a medium iced coffee

My plan was to finally try out the Van’s waffles I purchased at the store this week. My plans went awry, however, when 10:30AM rolled around & I still hadn’t eaten an actual breakfast.

Spin class was from 9:15-10:00, then I had a few errands to run afterwards. I knew I was going to be getting a DD iced coffee on my way home, but the desire for quick convenience took over as I was sitting in the drive-thru & I decided to go for the flatbread sandwich! (I’ll definitely be trying my new waffles tomorrow though!)

LunchOvernight oats & water (lots of water)

It was a scorcher in southeast PA today, so the thought of anything hot for lunch was not appealing. “Overnight” oats sounded perfect though, so I whipped up a batch & let them soak in the fridge for about 30 minutes. This batch was made up of…

  • 2/3 c. oats
  • About 1 c. almond milk
  • 1 heaping tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Sliced strawberries & raspberries
  • 1 tsp. of my new Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter
  • And a bit of honey

I also was sure to drink a ton of ice water throughout the day – my persistent headache + the heat called for it. I must have filled up my “Bride” tumbler 6 or 7 times throughout the day!

Afternoon Snack100 calorie pack of Blue Diamond almonds & a mug of Awake tea, sweetened with Sweet-X Xylitol Crystals

Chris & I purchased a huge box of the individual packs of almonds on our last bulk shopping trip. I believe there were 32 packs in a box, which cost around $9.00 – so much better than buying the 5-6 pack boxes in the grocery store!

I received both the Tazo tea ($3.19 for a box of 20 bags) & Sweet-X ($4.20 for an 8 oz. container) from Swanson Vitamins & I am loving both products. I’m not the biggest fan of tea, but I really enjoyed this particular flavor. I added a tsp. of Sweet-X (I like most things sweet, in case you didn’t know! ;-) ) & loved how it added just a touch of sweetness without overpower the beverage. I’d recommend either product, & at Swanson’s amazing prices, you really have nothing to lose!

DinnerChicken casserole & green beans

I tried out a new chicken casserole recipe this evening, & it turned out awesome. (I’ll share the recipe soon!) Even though the casserole itself including veggies (love the all-in-one factor of casseroles!), I served up some green beans on the side because they were on their last leg.

DessertFrozen grapes

I’m really not the kind of person who counts fruit as a “dessert” (c’mon now…) but tonight, these frozen grapes hit the spot. They tasted sweet, cool, & refreshing… perfect for 100*+ temps! (Don’t be fooled, in reality I sat in the AC all day!)

So, there you have it! I actually have to pat myself on the back a little bit; I think I did pretty well today. I feel like I’ve been indulging way more than usual (or necessary!) lately, so it feels good to have reeled it in a bit.

What do you crave most in super hot weather? While the frozen grapes were good, I would’ve happily traded up for some frozen yogurt or ice cream! :-)

Disclaimer: I received products from Swanson Health Products free of charge, however all thoughts & opinions on these products & Swanson are my own. (Seriously, their prices are amazing!)

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