What I Ate Wednesday: New Foods!

I love grocery shopping.  And I love finding new and fun foods at the grocery store.  I used to only eat “clean foods” and didn’t enjoy grocery shopping because I felt like I couldn’t buy any fun foods.  Now that I eat with more moderation, I can finally buy foods that may have been ‘off-limits’ before.  Although I usually choose whole foods anyway, I love the freedom that balanced eating has given me.

This post is dedicated to some new fun foods I have tried.  Because life is too short to eat boring food.

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breakfast// 1/2 cup oats cooked with vanilla MTS Whey protein for 2 minutes in the microwave, swirled in 1/4 cup pumpkin puree and lots of cinnamon, dumped into almost-empty Sprouts natural peanut butter jar and topped with Artisana coconut butter

Breakfast is a no-brainer.  I haven’t added new food finds to this in awhile…maybe I need to change that soon!

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lunch at work// Wild-caught trout from the weekend and steamed organic broccoli with Joseph’s flax and oat bran pita and Justin’s honey peanut butter

snacks// Fage 0% greek yogurt, Chocolate Chex cereal, almonds, Chocolate Peanut butter Quest bar

The Joseph’s Mini flax, oat bran, and whole wheat pita was a new find!  I heard about from 1FitAshMom on YouTube and found these near the Deli in Walmart.  The nutrition stats are amazing as they are made with wheat gluten and oat fiber.  They have 50 calories, 1 gram fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein!  These are a great substitute for a whole grain rice cake or low-carb flax wraps-they even have lavash and flatbreads that you can make pizza with! They do have soy flour and soy oil in them which I usually try to moderate in my diet so I probably will not eat these daily.

The Chocolate Chex is a new cereal to me.  I honestly like the Vanilla Chex better though.  I like Chex because the cereal has a mix of plain and flavored Chex pieces-so it’s not too sickeningly sweet.  These little squares are perfect for a pre-workout carbohydrate source.

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dinner (after my evening workout)//salsa and egg scramble (1 egg and 4 egg whites) with a boat-load of broccoli slaw topped with nutritional yeast, sweet potato and pumpkin pie spice, La Croix coconut (the BEST)

dessert (eaten 1-2 hours after dinner)// the infamous Kim Hoeltje Soft Chocolate Chip cookies (drizzled with peanut butter after photo).  These are a perfect healthy treat and you would NEVER know it!!  Made with white beans, pumpkin puree, vanilla protein powder, egg whites, and 2 T Enjoy Life chocolate chips.  Even my parents and cookie-connoisseur of a sister approved when I made these over Thanksgiving!! Search for KimHoeltjeCookies on Instragram or I can do a post on the cookies if anyone cares for the recipe and isn’t on Instagram?!

These Enjoy Life chocolate chips are new to me.  And so are the cookies I made them with!  I have made these cookies before without beans but the beans make these cookies SO believable that they are FULL fat and full sugar!  The chocolate chips are dairy, gluten, and soy free and are great.  I don’t have any allergies to these things so I may just buy dark chocolate chips next time.

Thanks for following along.  Any new fun foods you have tried from the grocery store?  I love finding new hidden gems so spill the beans!! Thank you to Jenn for hosting as always.

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