What I Ate Wednesday

I woke up yesterday morning bummed that Halloween was over. There were so many trick-or-treaters out the night before and we had a blast giving out candy to them all. The best costume of the night was this little boy who was probably around four years old dressed as Indiana Jones. He was so stinkin’ cute.

Even though Halloween is over, I am happy for a new month because it always feels like a fresh start which is nice. I started November off like I do every other morning by eating a couple of eggs in a piece of toasted pita bread. Lately I have also been drinking a glass of Good Belly first thing in the morning.

I recently read Bonzai Aphrodite’s post on how to make your own kefir and started reading up on probiotics and fermented foods. I went to the store to buy kefir when I spotted Good Belly and it sounded awesome so I picked one up. It’s really, really good and I’m excited to eventually start making my own.

Breakfast wasn’t over just yet. I also had a pumpkin oatmeal cookie that I’d made on Halloween.

About an hour later, I had a couple of cups of coffee with almond milk and a handful of pretzels while reading a few blogs.

I went to the gym around noon and did fifteen minutes on the treadmill and fifteen on the elliptical before I got too bored to go on. I need to stick with group classes because I am so much more motivated to workout in that environment.

I came home and had a bowl of red lentil Thai chili that I’d made the night before. You have to make this chili because it is wonderful! The coconut and curry tastes incredible in an otherwise pretty basic chili recipe.

I had a slice of pumpkin pie brownie after lunch. This was another Halloween night recipe I had made.

I snacked on an orange and a few tortilla chips with guacamole in the afternoon.

For dinner I was craving pasta so I made a bowl topped with a ton of marinara and red pepper flakes.

I roasted some pumpkin seeds in olive oil, salt, and paprika a few days back and can’t get enough of ‘em. I had some last night while drinking a mug of hot tea and watching Transformers. I wanted to watch something a little light after the scary movie fest we’d been having for a few days now.

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween! Did you get any trick-or-treaters?

34 Responses to What I Ate Wednesday

  1. Krissie J says:

    We didn’t get any trick or treaters at all and I didn’t buy any candy as I made that mistake last year and had two bags to deal with myself. :)

    • Anastasia says:

      I bought too much this year so I’m left with quite a bit of leftovers. I bought all the candy I don’t really care for though (nerds, starburst, tootsie rolls) so it’s not a problem haha

  2. I don’t celebrate Halloween but all your food look gorgeous! Especially that pumpkin brownie pie! Halloween sounds really fun though!

  3. 1. I love your lamp-in-coffee photo up there.

    2. You have inspired me with your egg-plus-egg-whites to make use of the whites I have left after making ice cream. I’m gonna start keeping them in the fridge and adding them to my breakfast! So thank ya.

    • Anastasia says:

      I didn’t even see it until I went in to edit the photos. I was really happy with how it looked!

      That’s a really good idea. Egg whites at the store can be pretty pricey. I always feel bad for getting rid of the yolk.. I wonder if there are any recipes I could use those in?

      • Custards (ice cream, pudding, etc.) and curds (lemon is divine!) call for yolks, and I think there are some rich bread doughs and pasta recipes that call for just yolks.

        I feel you on the throw-out guilt — I feel it every time I toss veggie scraps that I could be using to make stock. One day, Lindsay, one day …

        • Anastasia says:

          Pasta is a really great idea! I will try to find a recipe for beginners and see how it turns out.

          I never thought about making stock out of scraps. I always feel bad throwing them in the trash because they could be composted. One of my goals is to start composting so I need to get on that.

  4. Jes says:

    Just visiting bc of WIAW & wanted to say hi. We got like 15 trick -or-treaters this year, which seemed really low. I feel like everyone is talking about how few trick-or-treaters they got this year. Wonder why. Happy Wednesday!

    • Anastasia says:

      Hello & thanks for stopping by! Congrats on your 20lb loss! I love how you did the visuals of things that weight that much.. it really puts it in perspective.

      We definitely didn’t get as many as last year. Maybe because of it being a school night? It was on Sunday last year, but I bet they were more into it/not as tired since they weren’t in class all day. I’m not really sure.

    • Anastasia says:

      It is my new favorite dinner recipe! I’ve been eating the leftovers for lunch too.. it’s just so good. The curry makes gives it that warmth that is perfect for fall.

  5. love your pics! the guac looks super tasty! as does everything!

    • Anastasia says:

      Thank you! That was definitely the best guacamole I’ve ever had. I never realized how easy it is to make your own. I was a little apprehensive about using onions and black beans since I don’t like chunky guacamole or salsa, but it turned out wonderful.

  6. cheryl says:

    i love Good Belly! I’ve only ever had the mix-in packets, i’ll have to keep an eye out for the carton….and I’ve also book marked that chili recipe, I’ve been looking for a new spin on chili so thanks for sharing!!! :D

    • Anastasia says:

      I didn’t know they made mix-in packs! I’ll have to look for those. If you go to their site and sign up for their 12 day challenge they send out some really good coupons, btw.

      I hope you enjoy the chili!

  7. Errign says:

    We never, ever get trick or treaters at my house. I love Sleepytime and all of your eats. Looking forward to hearing about your kefir adventures :)

    • Anastasia says:

      Aw, that stinks :[ My favorite part of Halloween is seeing all the costumes.

      I hadn’t had Sleepytime in forever (been using plain ol’ chamomile) and when I opened the box I forgot how wonderful and minty it is. I love it.

      I will definitely report back on the kefir experiment! It sounds easy enough, right? :]

  8. Eggs + toasted pita = Brilliant!!! Much better than my standard eggs on toast :)

    • Anastasia says:

      I used to eat them on toast every morning and then I ran out of bread and had to use a pita. That changed everything haha :]

  9. That. Pumpkin. Pie. Brownie. Looks. AMAZING!

  10. I like pouring good belly over a bowl of frozen blueberries. It makes almost like a slushy fruity mix. It’s SO Good!

  11. That Good Belly looks pretty tasty… is it? My doctor recommended taking a probiotic, but if I could drink something rather than take a pill, that’d be preferable. :)

    And holy crap… pumpkin pie brownie.

    • Anastasia says:

      Yes, it’s really, really tasty. The blueberry acai is the best flavor, in my opinion. The only downside is that each carton only has four servings and it costs $3.79 each (at least here it does) so it can add up. If you go to their website and sign up for a 12 day challenge they e-mail you some really great coupons though. Right when I signed up I got two coupons—$1 off and buy one, get one free.

  12. Your eats look so good! I love having some pretzles as a snack :)

    • Anastasia says:

      I bought them to make a specific recipe and had a ton leftover. I never really snacked on them before but they are great! I’ve been keeping a ziploc bag of ‘em in my purse in case I’m in a pinch when I’m out and about.

  13. Lou says:

    Wow, all your eats look amazing…. I’m really interested in trying out Kefir too. Love the look of those pumpkin seeds, I ‘ve never tried roasting my own, but sadly it’s not pumpkin season here in Australia… it’s all about mangoes at the moment here (not such a bad thing at all :) )

    • Anastasia says:

      Have you tried kefir before? I never have and am not really sure what to expect. Mangoes sound pretty darn good right now!

  14. Wow, Betty Crocker…is there anything you DIDN’T bake on Halloween?? Those pumpkin brownies look delicious! And now I’m curious about the Good Belly drink. You’re the second person I’ve heard (er, read) recommend it this week. How’s the sugar content?

    PS, my fried would LOVE your HK toaster oven! She just got the toaster and has a microwave too!

    • Anastasia says:

      Haha! I love making a ton of stuff on Halloween and then watching scary movies, eating all the food, and handing out candy. So much fun!

      The sugar is a bit insane. An 8oz serving has 25g! I’ve been having problems with bloating (need to chill with all the veggies/beans/lentils/tofu/etc.) and it has really helped so I’m overlooking it for right now. Some of the other flavors may not have as much sugar (this was the blueberry acai flavor).

      Microwave?! Oh man, I would love that! I have a Hello Kitty coffee pot too :]

  15. Kari says:

    That cookie looks amazing…mmm. yum. And I’m fan of sleepytime tea, tastes soo good!

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