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WIAW: Lotsa Greens and Bargain Book Shopping.

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*Note: I love how many people have weird pinkie toes. I don’t feel so alone in my freak toe-ness! :-p 

Happy first day of Spring!

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Yea, I’m calling bullshit on that. Where are you warm weather?!

But I digress…

Happy WIAW! Many thanks to Jenn for her hosting duties, as per usual.

So, for once I feel like I actually followed the WIAW theme of the month. These are my eats from yesterday, and there is a surprisingly large amount of green things. At least, by my standards.

So, on with it!

Breakfast

A usual around here, my old-lady Fibre 1 with a sprinkle of coconut chia granola and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 2 eggs + 1/4 cup egg whites on the side.

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I’m pretty much the most uninventive person when it comes to breakfast. I love getting creative with dinners and the occasional lunch, but at 8:00 am apparently I’m incapable of putting together something fancy for breakfast. I’m ok with that though!

Pre\Post Workout

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A scoop of Watermelon-y BCAAs pre and post workout. Yesterday was leg day, AKA: I-am-really-going-to-hate-stairs-for-the-next-two-days day. Buuut it’s still my favourite Smile

I swung by the bookstore at my school on the way home because they were having a bargain book sale – each book was $2.50.

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Woot cheap books! I picked up:

  • Entertaining with Sopranos (I have no intention of hosting an Italian wedding or Christening anytime soon, but the recipes looked good)
  • The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook (It is never to early to start thinking about Christmas cookies. Never)
  • Suck it, wonder woman! – Olivia Munn (she’s hilarious, so I’m intrigued to read this)
  • a Laura Lippman book of short stories. As much I love my epically long novels (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones) I seriously adore a ten-page story now and then. 

Although, before I left I noticed that they had a ‘Goosebumps’ book – Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes. I kind of really wished I had picked that up. I was obsessed with those books when I was a kid. I’m pretty sure I had the first 50 or so in the series?

 

Lunch

Post gym = lunchtime.

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A massaged kale salad (olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and honey, then topped with salt and pepper) with chopped carrots, buffalo-marinated tofu, and a piece of Irish soda bread with a bit of butter. I’m not going to lie, I kind of feel healthier just looking at that picture (kale and tofu have that effect, apparently).

And side note – I’m not a huge bread person (I like it, but I don’t generally go out of my way for it; I prefer potatoes, pasta, oats and rice for my carbs) but I’m obsessed with that stuff. I give it a month, maybe two max before I make it again. There was definitely a small hunk of two in the afternoon that escaped pictures Open-mouthed smile

Then an afternoon of school-related reading (what else is new?) and marking before class. First, a snack:

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Cottage cheese, strawberry jam, peanut butter and a crumbled graham cracker. Simple and delicious.

Dinner

Second side salad of the day – I’m impressed with myself.

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I had a chicken in the slow cooker all day, which I shredded when I got home from class. I cooked up half an onion, and tossed everything in buffalo sauce before shoving it into wraps.

That means I had buffalo-flavoured proteins for lunch and dinner yesterday. And I’m giving you a buffalo recipe tomorrow. Is it fair to say that I really, really like that stuff right now? (yes).

Dessert

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That would be a graham cracker topped with cookie butter and chocolate chips. It was one of the smartest things I’ve done lately.

Nighttime Snack

I wasn’t too hungry last night, but just to keep me going until morning:

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A few spoonfuls from my giant container of coconut Oikos. Ending the day on a good note. Open-mouthed smile

Hope your Wednesday is fabulous!

<— Would you rather read a book of short stories or a long novel?

<— What book collections did you have when you were a kid? I also had pretty sizable Nancy Drew, the Baby-Sitters Club, and Sweet Valley High collections!

<— Favourite carb? It’s a tough question, I know.

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73 thoughts on “WIAW: Lotsa Greens and Bargain Book Shopping.

  1. Wait why did I never think to pair graham crackers with cookie butter and chocolate chips? Oh wait.. because I can’t get my spoon out of the jar long enough to think about doing anything with said cookie butter…

  2. I was all about sweet valley high to the point where I even had a fan website I was obsessed :)I tried to read the new SVH grown up books but found them to be terrible.

    Still loving the look of that bread you made!

  3. HAHA OMG thanks for the blast from the past- I LOVED Sweet Valley (Kids & High) & Babysitters Club (including Little Sister Karen)…oh and Goosebumps! I used to read and re-read them all the time! All your eats look yummy, especially that graham cracker dessert- the only thing that would make it better is grilling it for a couple of seconds ;)! As of late, my favorite carbs are a tie between oats, sweet potato and rye bread…don’t ask me to choose between the 3 ;)!

  4. I loved Enid Blyton stories and also Agatha Christie. My favourite carb has to be.. CAKE! And sweet potato. But mainly cake.

  5. I’m partial to short stories or long novels, but more often I read novels. Sherlock Holmes stories are great any day though!

    I just went to a book sale this past weekend too. My library hosts one every few months and fills two rooms with ginormous rows of books. Heaven 🙂 I walked out with two magazines, a Nicholas Sparks book, a Sherlock Holmes (!) book, a few books on CD, and a few mystery novellas. Let’s just add them to my tall pile from last time that I haven’t had the chance to read yet… Haha.

  6. I am LOVING the looks of your lunch! Buffalo marinated tofu sounds amazing! 🙂

  7. Baby Sitters Club and anything by Judy Blume of course!!

  8. The graham cracker, cookie butter, chocolate chip combo looks to die for! Thanks for the great snack idea!

  9. I remember Goosebumps! I had pretty much all of them when they were all the rage, and it kind of makes me sad that I gave them away 😦 Would be interesting to go back and read them again to see what I liked so much. Now I prefer longer novels – I just find that I have an easier time getting into them and really connecting with the characters.

    Girl! WHERE did you find that huge container of coconut yogurt?!!? All I can find are the dinky little single serving sized ones and they’re nowhere near enough to satisfy my newfound addiction. SOS!

    • I kind of want to do the same thing one day – go back and read my favourites and figure out what made them so amazing. They’re pretty much the reason I became obsessed with reading at a young age, so they’ve definitely got that going for them.

  10. Oh wow, all your food looks SO good. Definitely a delicious day!!!
    I love long novels. I am a fan of Jennifer Donnelly latley, I almost eat her books.

  11. Ohhh I love bargain book shopping! Well, I love any book shopping…but when it’s cheaper you will never find me complaining! When I was younger I was CONSTANTLY at the library to get more Nancy Drew books. I was addicted I guess you could say!

  12. That cookie butter graham cracker concoction is kind of brilliant.

  13. Score on the book deals! I enjoy one long story usually. We read a lot as kids, my mom was a teacher & I feel so lucky she impressed that on us. Loved the “Boxcar Children” & anything by Judy Blume! I’m all for putting chocolate chips on anything to make it better, yum!

  14. Laura Lippman is my favorite! Her books read really quickly because they are so intense. Let me know if you want any recs after you finish that one!

  15. I am loving all of these graham cracker uses, they really are so good! I used to be 100% obsessed with the cinnamon ones when I was younger, I would eat them by the sleeve! Not joking. YES for book deals, I love me some bargain book sales, I actually scope them out if they are near me! There were a ton of them when I was at school in Amherst, one every other weekend or so in the spring and fall and yeah, I would be at them quite often
    Can’t say I was ever a fan of the Goosebump books, they scared the bageezes out of me and apparently I was too much of a wimp to enjoy them haha
    Great job on the greens too. I agree, when I look at a dish like the kale one you have here, or a soup that is chalk-full of veggies, well my body just suddenly feels better 😉

  16. Your day of eats looks amazing, healthy and green! I am not creative with breakfast, its almost always oatmeal. Oats and sweet potatoes are my favorite carbs but i also love bread! I love how you can eat cottage cheese with pretty much whatever and it tastes great.

  17. I need to find this coconut flavored oikos, gosh drooling.

  18. Favorite carb?? That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! I love them all 😉 I enjoy longer stories these days, although a shorter book every now and then is welcome…and i loved lots of different stories as a kid, including baby sitters club, silver blades, those american diaries things, and american girl

  19. Haha that’s hilarious so many people had freaky pinky toes 😉
    Um how did I miss it’s the first day of spring, yikes. Fail on my part.
    I love Olivia Munn too, I didn’t know she was that funny, I mean she was in interviews and stuff, more awkward funny which I like.
    Oh man, I had SO many different books as a kid; Sweet Valley High, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Goosebumps. I was obsessed with all of them in a major way. I loved my books.
    Kind of sad I got rid of them now!
    Favorite carb, oh man can’t decide…bananas, oats, kabocha. Too many too choose!

  20. Don’t feel bad about your boring breakfast…I eat exactly the same thing every morning too: 6 egg whites & 2 pieces of whole wheat toast w/ peanut butter. I’m on autopilot in the am!

    So funny about the Goosebumps books! Those were some of my favorite as well. I distinctly remember one really scary one about an amusement park. Those things used to give me the worst nightmares!

    As for favorite carbs (though it’s very hard to pick since I’m addicted to them all), I would say bagels take the top spot. Mmmmm.

    And you’ll be happy to know that Olivia Munn is just as cool in person as she seems on TV. I interviewed her recently and she was a sweetheart!

  21. While I do enjoy the occasional short story I’m more into long novels. Especially if it’s an absorbing read where I feel like I’m really getting to “know” the single characters and can identify with them. Then I just find myself wanting the story to never end.
    Favourite carb? That’s much too difficult to answer but I’m glad I’ve been rekindling my liking for them again after my ED. Maybe I’d have to go with oats as a favourite because I’m having them every day.

  22. $2.50 for each book! What a ridiculously good deal! Can’t wait to see some of those cookie recipes 🙂 And I think it’s time for me to head out and try that coconut Greek yogurt, it looks so good!

  23. Mmm that dessert is certainly one of my favorites!

  24. I agree with calling bullshit on the weather — 17cm of snow yesterday plus another 5cm today. What the heck?! We neeeeeed spring. Seriously contemplating trading my first born child for some good spring weather right about now. Sigh. It’s coming!
    And favourite carb is probably cereal. I eat an awful lot of it. Mind you, after seeing your graham cracker dessert, I’m thinking that exchanging all non-cereal non-fruit non-maple syrup carbs in my diet for graham crackers might be imminent. BRILLIANT idea for a delicious yet simple dessert. Genius right there.
    Also — can you let us know what you think about Olivia’s book? I love your reviews!

    • It’s coming, it’s just taking it’s damn time, apparently.

      And I’m loving graham crackers so much right now. So simple and delicious.

      Will do! I’m just finishing up another book now, so I can do it in a few weeks.

  25. I’m pretty uninventive with all my meals. I like things simple!

  26. Your dessert was one of my favorite snacks! Amazing. Awesome deal on the bargain books. I love great finds like that.

  27. Mmm…all your eats look amazing! First of all, I must agree that I absolutely LOVE irish soda bread. The fact that they only have it in stores around St. Patties Day is totally not right, in my mind. I’ve been looking for a good recipe to make it on my own. It sounds like you made yours? What recipe do you use??

    Second, cookie butter plus anything = smart decision! I always dip animal crackers (regular and chocolate) into the jar for a sweet treat before bed 🙂

  28. I was obsessed with the Babysitters club books as a kid! And I loved the movie too. Also I read this series called the Trixie Beldon series that I think were around from when my mom was a kid haha! No one else has heard of them, but I loved them.

    I can’t even begin to choose a favourite carb! Bread, oats, brown rice, wild rice, sweet potatoes, handmade pasta… I love them all! 😀

  29. I am so with you on the weather, even over here in CA it rained and was definitely not the epitome of spring. My favorite carb has to be oatmeal, by far!

  30. I’ve been seeing that coconut Oikos popping up on so many Canadian blogs! You all are such a tease! WE don’t have that flavor in the US (at least to my knowledge), and it’s safe to say that I’m REEEEALLY jealous. 😉 I may try stirring coconut milk into vanilla yogurt, per the suggestion of Amanda, but somehow it just doesn’t seem like it will be the same (too runny?).

    Anyway…delicious eats, lady! I’m loving all the buffalo-flavored foods, and am looking forward to that recipe tomorrow. 🙂 Have you ever tried buffalo chicken dip? It’s all sorts of amazing.

    I’d love to take a peek at each of your new books, but I’d probably spend the most time flipping the pages of The Great Christmas Cookie Swap. You’re right–it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas!

    I was a huge Goosebumps fan, too. Other series I loved: The Babysitters Club (and the Little Sister/Karen books), Sweet Valley, The Boxcar Children, American Girl Dolls, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and all the Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books. Basically, I loved reading. Now, I rarely find time to read novels–I can’t wait to be finished with school so that I can start tackling a very long must-read list. 🙂

  31. Love the title of your blog. Just a thought from a fellow dessert lover, spread some marshmallow fluff on that dessert graham cracker and you won’t be sorry. =D

  32. I love book shopping, just browsing in a book store or a library feel therapeutic! Bargain book shopping is even better!

  33. Damnit woman! Quit taunting me with your coconut Oikos!!! Haha! I KNEW those graham crackers would be sneaking into a WAIW soon enough! I’m not gonna even TRY the cookie butter/chocolate chip/cracker combo because I know I won’t be able to stop! Ugh, three very ADDICTIVE things all in one! Lol

    I LOVED the Babysitter’s Club and Goosebumps (though I went more for the Fear Street ones instead of the regular). And I love reading short stories. I have all inclusive ADD…not really conducive to large novels…which is probably why the last few books I HAVE finished have been from the young adult section! (Twilight and The Hunger Games)

    Favorite carb: BREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!! I will take bread, rolls, toast, you name it over potatoes, rice, or pasta ANY day!

  34. I like a story but not too long unless its just that goood. I really enjoy nonfiction books really!

    I didn’t really have a book collection. I was the first person in my city to get the third hunger games? 😀

    Favorite carb probably bagels, I don’t eat them much or very often but i do love them toasted!

    I hate to be the person to say this (especially not knowing if you ate more) but this just seems to be not very much food especially with working out! Sorry again to be “that guy” but..

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