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My First Ever What I Ate Wednesday.


I always look forward to blog reading on Wednesdays, because I get to see everybody’s delicious eats. For the first time, I’ve decided to join the WIAW party. Smile



Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

I usually only show meals on my blog, so showcasing everything that’s going into my mouth is a bit different for me. So here we go!


I woke up at about 7:30 this morning ready to go for a run. I didn’t really care how long it was, I just wanted to get out there. If the Hamilton half-marathon ends up happening, that probably means I should start running more often, right?




I popped a handful of these babies in my mouth and I was off.

When I’d mentioned to people I’d met in town that I was a runner, they all recommended I go check out the running trails near the river. The trail is part of the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway in Brantford. It’s a gorgeous, paved trail (so more like running on a sidewalk than trail running) that was busy with people out walking their dogs and getting a bit of exercise in before starting their day. I will definitely be coming back to this route again!

I ran to the trail, followed it to one of the checkpoints, before turning around and coming home.



I considered running longer, but I was running right past my apartment so I decided it was a good time to stop.

The splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:13
  • Mile 2: 9:43
  • Mile 3: 9:28
  • Mile 4: 9:48
  • Mile 5: 10:03 (lots of stoplights)
  • .84: 9:51


Overall pace of 9:41. Not my fastest run ever, but I’ll take it.


Breakfast – 9:45


I decided pancakes sounded like a good breakfast today. But not just any pancakes – I had seen Heather’s recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes the other day and decided those needed to happen.



Mmm, green.



Ignore the fact that they’re kinda falling apart, I promise they were delicious.

On Pinterest, I had seen a link for homemade cooking spray. It seemed like a great idea, and super simple. All you had to do was mix water and olive oil in a spray bottle.

Umm, don’t try. It doesn’t work. Pinterest fail.

So, they stuck to the pan and didn’t look as pretty. But they tasted amazing.




I made a few small recipe adjustments – I used chocolate peanut butter protein powder (I didn’t have vanilla), and I added a tablespoon of extra protein powder in lieu of the coconut flour.

I also added a little bit of the mint  extract to the chocolate sauce – just for a little extra minty chocolate goodness.

I threw some vanilla Greek yogurt on there and I was good to go. Tastes super indulgent, super good for you. Heather, you’re kind of brilliant.Open-mouthed smile


Lunch – 1:45

As soon as it gets a little bit colder, I want fall/winter foods.



Soup definitely falls into that category, doesn’t it? Amy’s reduced sodium minestrone was definitely fitting the bill here.

Although, one can of minestrone clearly isn’t going to fill me up for more than 20 minutes.


On the side, I had about 1/2 cup cottage cheese with wildberry jam (Cottage cheese and jam is amazing. Do it) and a sliced banana for some added sweetness and protein.



Although apparently, not sweet enough because this happened as dessert. Multiply by…two. Or three. This is what happens when I have open bags of chocolate chips – they disappear pretty quickly. Smile


5:00 – snack



Trusty cheesestring. Definitely one of my fallback snacks – high in protein, easy to grab and tasty.


While preparing dinner, a few of these made it into my mouth as well.



Note: some of them are green because they’re guacamole tortilla chips. My mom left me this bag during the move – and she does the same thing with chips as she does with cereal. She mixes them all in one bag – it makes every bite a surprise. Smile


Dinner – 8:15 pm

(yes, we’re late eaters around here).



Fairly simple, tasty dinner. Chicken wrapped in turkey bacon (wrap turkey bacon around seasoned chicken breast, sear it on both sides, place in 400 degree oven and cook for about 30 minutes, turning once), baked sweet potato with a bit of butter and cinnamon, and simple green salad (romaine, tomatoes, bell pepper, goat cheese and this dressing).


Two lessons learned while making this dinner:

  1. Do not attempt to use a cast iron pan that hasn’t been properly seasoned. Unless, you want whatever you put on it to never move again. Wow, that was sticky.
  2. If you place sweet potatoes directly on the rack to cook, eventually, the juices will start to drip. This will effectively turn your oven into a smokebox. I set off the fire alarm about 4 times in 6 minutes – pretty sure my neighbour thinks I’m burning down the fourplex.


And there are my eats for the day! I may grab a spoonful or two or vanilla yogurt for dessert (maybe with some more of those chocolate chips thrown in). By maybe, I mean it just happened. I cannot resist those little morsels of deliciousness.


Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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27 thoughts on “My First Ever What I Ate Wednesday.

  1. Those pancakes look really good 🙂 I haven’t made pancakes in too long! Good idea 😉 Happy WIAW!

  2. Yum, those pancakes (and the chicken) look delish!

  3. Those pancakes look really good! And I’m so with you on the soup, I think that’s going to become a more common lunch for me (at least during the weekends haha)

  4. Those pancakes look divine! What a way to start the day 🙂

    Happy WIAW! Welcome…

  5. Those pancakes do sound good! And the spray fail – glad you clued me in since I had thought about doing that trick with the olive oil. Good to know it doesn’t work too well.

    And I’m so happy for soup season to be back. Love me some soup!

  6. loving anything wrapped in bacon, my kind of girl.

  7. YAYY for WIAW!! I’m a sucker for dark chocolate chips too…they’re just…perfect.

  8. Welcome to WIAW!!! That’s awesome you already tried Heather’s ‘cakes. I was drooling over them. She IS a genius, right?

  9. Woot, welcome to the WIAW party Sam, you will be an addict of it soon! 🙂 Those pancakes look really good, I am going to make some this weekend when I have extra time in the morning… aka no school 🙂

  10. Can these pancskes be made gluten free?

  11. I’m a late eater too! Lots to do around these parts 🙂

  12. What a fabulous day of eats! I LOVE guacamole tortilla chips. They’re great solo, but even better with extra guacamole. 🙂

    I’m so intrigued by the mint chocolate chip pancakes, and will definitely be checking out that recipe now. I’m guessing they’re green from spinach? Regardless, eating ice cream-flavored foods is one of my favorite ways to start the day! 🙂

    Oh, and I’ve definitely experienced the *sweet potato juices burning in the oven* scenario more than once. Now I always wrap them in foil and use a baking sheet!

    • yup, there’s spinach in the recipe – But eating ice cream flavoured foods is definitely a great way to start the day, especially when they’re secretly healthy!

      And I will definitely be doing that next time I bake sweet potatoes in the oven, that was not a fun scenario.

  13. Hooray for your first WIAW!! What a delicious looking day…of course, I may be a little biased when it comes to breakfast! 😉 I’m SO glad you liked them…and I wouldn’t have even noticed that they were falling apart since I was totally drooling over those toppings! Food porn quality FOR SURE! 😉

    And omg, I am the SAME way with chocolate chips! I have to hide them on the top hard to reach shelf in my pantry! Of course, that doesn’t stop me from grabbing a kitchen chair and digging them out every so often, but at least it’s not every day…or hour like I’d like it to be! Lol

    Nice run! I wish we had more good trails around here (especially ones that I could actually run to instead of having to drive all the way across town)!

    The chips…hahaha, your mom cracks me up!

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