WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday

I’ve been swamped with work and haven’t had much time to think about good stuff in the kitchen or shopping (but I wish)! I had a great labor day weekend at the beach and I’ve been eating some really delicious stuff lately, so I thought today would be the perfect day to share.


Cotton Candy Grapes: Holy moly! I’ve heard about these the past couple seasons, but haven’t found them in the store until this year! They taste just like Blue Cotton Candy! GUILT FREE!


Perfect Fit Protein Blueberry Pancakes: So if you take the new Perfect Fit Protein and use it in the traditional pancake recipe…IT TASTES LIKE A REAL, AMAZING PANCAKE. I’ve been obsessed. The new PFP concoction is just amazing.


My Go-To Healthy Dinner: Just quick cook up some chicken, asparagus, and quinoa. Nothing fancy, but delicious and healthy.


Oreo Donut: While at the beach my fiance was kind enough to make a donut and coffee run while I actually ran. I had this oreo donut, warm and fresh from the oven. DA BOMB! Except now I’ve been craving donuts all week…


Fruit Smoothie: I enjoy trying various mixtures of fruits in smoothies…I really enjoyed this mornings smoothie. 1 scoop PFP, 1 cup coconut water, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, and 5-6 ice cubes. Delicious!

Did you try any new recipes or foods this week? Let me know!

❤ L


Weekly Meal Plan

Last week I went totally on the fly with my meals…and it was awful. Our weekend was just so busy that we were too tired to meal plan and grocery shop…and that just doesn’t work out when you are trying to eat healthy!

I made sure I got my act together this week, and it I planned and prepped everything way more than I ever have!

I can’t share most of the recipes because they are for TIU Nutrition Plan members (I will star * these), but here is a peek at what I am eating this week:

Breakfast wrap: Egg whites, bell pepper, roma tomato and some Mrs. Dash in a whole grain low cal wrap with a dollop of guacamole

Perfect Fit Protein Pancakes* (this recipe is actually widely shared)

I struggle with finding a lunch that satisfies my cravings and keeps me full. I kept it simple this week and just made a whoooole bunch of Power Packed Quinoa Bowls*

Lemon Garlic Chicken* and Steamed Broccoli

Turkey burger topped with Sabra Mango Peach Salsa (so yummy!) with sauteed zucchini

Chicken with asaparagus and quinoa

Ground chicken fajita bowls – just sautee some bell peppers, onion, and jalapeno; brown some ground chicken with taco/mexican seasonings; serve in a bowl topped with salsa and guacamole (for more protein add beans/quinoa)

Chicken with Cucumber Salsa* and steam green beans

I’m sticking to fruit and green tea this week! Mostly grapes (I finally found cotton candy grapes!) apples, and bananas with Steaz zero calorie teas and Yogi green tea. I am also likely to have a couple squares of dark chocolate and a glass of wine here and there.

Planning my meals usually isn’t the problem…it’s the PREP! The past couple weeks I have found myself just NOT wanting to make dinner when I got home from work. I just wanted to lay on the couch and have the food appear in front of me. Not good! That leads to many nights of pizza and french fries. So last night I cut up all the veggies I would need for the week, trimmed the chicken, prepped my lunches, and put everything in separate bags so that I could just grab and go all week. It was a lot of work but it already paid off tonight when I just had to grab the chicken from the fridge, dump it in a baking dish, bake and eat! No cutting/prepping necessary!

What are you planning to eat this week? Are you trying any new recipes? Let me know!

❤ L

Favorite Finds: Snacks

Hey all!

I am busy studying away for my board exam, but I just wanted to get in a quick post about some little snack items that I am just loving right now! I am a big stress eater, and am always looking for sweets when I want to relax – so all of these things are pretty sweet! Some on the healthy side, and some not!


Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream: Let’s talk about this for a moment. I saw this on pinterest like, two years ago. I was so excited I immediately went to buy it and discovered that in order to get some to your house, you had to buy minimum 6 pints and then spent about $60 for shipping. NO THANKS! I mostly forgot about it and then by some twist of fate a couple of weeks ago, I found it in a liquor store near my house. I have now had 3 flavors: Red Raspberry Chardonnay, Strawberry Sparkling (made with Moscato), and Chocolate Cabernet (my favorite, but not pictured). I personally love them all, but I will say this: first two ingredients are cream and wine. So, it actually tastes like wine. Some people I have given spoonfuls to haven’t enjoyed that. But to me that’s the whole point – TASTES LIKE WINE! Will you get drunk? Well, the most I’ve had at one time is half a pint, and no, I did not get drunk. This is coming from someone who gets tipsy off a glass and silly off of two glasses.


Boom Chicka Bites: I bought these for two reasons – I like their popcorn and they were on sale at Target. I got this Tropical Mix and the Mixed Berry, and boy do I love them! They taste like their names. There isn’t much else to say. But the good thing about them is they are made with real fruit. You can see the blueberries and the pineapple pieces. It isn’t just candied syrup. I highly recommend these if you enjoy flavored popcorn.


Bai5: THESE. I cannot say enough about these drinks. I have one almost every day. They have both sparkling and still drinks. I’ve pictured the grapefruit, but I am REALLY in love with the Tanzania Lemonade Tea. Can’t beat 10 calories for a huge, sweet, half and half. But these little 5 calorie sparkling cans are a great fizzy drink to help fill your tummy without having soda. I like them in grapefruit and pineapple (both of which are great for your belly!) I also feel like they would make good mixers for spirits, but I always drink them before I get the chance to try. The downside is they are a little pricey (like, over a dollar per can, so not THAT bad but still) .


Elli Quark: I originally heard about these through Tone It Up, and I bought them because they are TIU approved AND because of the flavors. Mint chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, Bananas Foster, and Red Velvet. Well, those are the flavors I bought. They have reasonable flavors too. Apparently this is some form of German cheese, and they claim it is less bitter than Greek Yogurt. Personally I find them to be about equal in taste (I eat really sugary greek yogurt anyway), but the win here is that its 80 calories and more natural. Greek Yogurt, if you get the legit kind, is over 120. Any low-cal Greek Yogurt is packed with more artificial flavors and higher sugar. The annoying thing for me is that I can’t find the dessert flavors in any store near me, so I have to order them. I may put a request in at my grocery store, but I feel like that requires more effort.


Ghiradelli Cabernet Matinee (I should not need to link this for you hah): This is the dark chocolate that made me fall in love with dark chocolate. Each square is amazing, and somehow manages to satisfy all of your cravings. Trust me, I cannot ration out chocolate. I am terrible at it. But I have never sat down and eaten and entire one of these bars. I have only ever eaten 2 squares at most, and that has been enough. I also clearly have a thing for chocolate cabernet flavors. Also, if you pair this with some popcorn and a glass of wine on the night your favorite tv show comes on, you’re in for a real treat!

So those are some of my favorite treats at the moment, besides my usual snacks of fruit and protein shakes.

Have you discovered any amazing food brands or snacks lately? Let me know!

❤ L

Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Chicken

I have so cleverly entitled this dish after the sauce I used.

I was getting ready to make dinner last night. I had a couple of squash that my friend gave me from her garden, and I was going to roast it with some chicken and flavor everything with cinnamon and brown sugar.

That was until I decided that there wasn’t NEARLY enough squash to make a full meal for two.

I looked through my fridge and found that I had plenty of onion and green bell peppers from the Farmer’s market, so I pulled them out and added them to the baking dish. I didn’t feel that cinnamon and brown sugar were the appropriate seasonings any longer.


I bought this sauce at Giant (Stop & Shop, whatever it is near you) and we have been LOVING it as a marinade for grilled chicken. So I decided to use it as the sauce for baking. I seasoned the veggies with some pepper and Cayenne. Then I seasoned the chicken with salt  & pepper and poured this sauce on top.


I baked the entire dish together at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, until the chicken was done.


It was spicy but it was very delicious! If I make it again I may have to actually marinate the chicken in some coconut tequila or something!

Full recipe below!

❤ L

Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila Chicken


  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion
  • 2 small squash (butternut or similar)
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 4-6 tbsp of Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop peppers, onion, and squash and place into baking dish. Sprinkle with pepper and Cayenne. Place chicken breasts in center of dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with Pineapple Coconut Mango Tequila sauce. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked through and squash is tender. Enjoy!

Fleshing It Out: Sugar

To get all this going, I think I’ll start by going more in depth about each aspect of the blog personality. Let’s start with sugar. I am by no means creative with my food. Mostly because I don’t have the time and money to waste in the kitchen at the moment. I would love to start experimenting with my own baked goods (especially learning to work with fondant) in the future. I have been a student up until….well, Monday. Once I get settled in the workforce and have a real income, perhaps I can start dreaming up my own cute things. But until then…PINTEREST! My Pinterest boards for food are outrageous, especially the dessert section. I always love to pull new things to try, especially when I have the opportunity to make something cute around the holidays. Below are a few things I have churned out over the past couple of years.


My own variation of this Bunny Butt Cake – I stayed up until midnight icing it and then ran 12 miles the next morning. Miserable. But it was delicious!


These Easter Egg chicks were an interesting first attempt at Deviled Eggs. Literally, I had never made Deviled eggs. I also do not eat Deviled eggs, so I don’t even know how they tasted. I was told they were good.


The Frankenstein Cupcakes I made last Halloween are by far my favorite baking experience. They were ADORABLE and delicious. Actually, Your Cup of Cake is one of my favorite blogs ever for adorable and delicious cupcakes.


Fourth of July treats – Red, White and Blue strawberries and cupcakes. Nothing too crazy but they were fun.


A Brownie Bottomed Cheesecake topped with chocolate covered strawberries was my first adventure into cheesecake making. And it was absolutely amazing. I am honestly not even sure where I pulled the recipe from because I can’t find it on my pinterest board. 😦

So that is just a small sample of some of the yumminess I have cranked out of the kitchen! If I can gather the photos and recipe links I may do some more throwbacks in the future. Mostly, I am excited to have a venue to share all of my future adventures! I have so many things I want to try!

❤ L

New Beginnings

Hello, Blogosphere!

Welcome to my new blog! Yet ANOTHER girl who wants to share her two cents on food, fitness, and fashion. I do not claim to be an expert in any of these areas (although with how much I eat, food could be a close one), but I like to talk, and I just wanted somewhere to organize my thoughts, feelings and experiences with these three categories. I love food (mostly baking, hence the sugar), I work out to counteract that love (hence the fitness), and I find any excuse to shop (fashion).

A vague story about me, which may give you a better idea of where I am coming from: I grew up overweight. I ate junk food like it was my job, especially sweets. A particular childhood friend of mine used to count the number of different ice cream varieties in our freezer every time she came over. It was her thing. I played sports my whole life, stopped when I went to college, became even MORE overweight/morbidly obese, and then decided to get my act together. I lost 80 lbs in a year, and have now successfully kept that weight off for 3 years. I still have SOME weight I ultimately want to lose, but overall I am pleased with where I am at. I still eat plenty of sweets (because I firmly am addicted to sugar), but I enjoy being fit and working out. And the best part, I now (generally) can shop anywhere and find something that works, as long as it can fit around my large and muscular thighs/booty, which is something I will always battle.

Sound interesting? Let’s hope so.

❤ L