What Kat Ate #20

Hey my Spectacular Morning Rays of Sunshine! <3

I’m back for another What Kat Ate — #20!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting this awesome party! :)

BREAKFAST: 6:00am


Reese’s PB Cup Oatmeal: Oats, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon (optional), and Vanilla extract, cooked with either milk of choice or water and topped with a big dollop of Peanut Butter to melt on top. (I have seriously had this every morning for a long time…. Heheh.)

SNACK: 10:00am


A batch of my Reese’s PB Cup treat and a baked spiced apple, alongside a glass of unpictured soymilk.

LUNCH: 2:00pm


A bowl of lentil soup with black beans and spinach, alongside a bowl of French style green beans (topped with smart balance lite buttery spread) and a sliced orange.

DINNER: 6:00pm


Whole wheat pasta with a mixture of beans (I cooked a bag of 15-bean soup beans in my crock pot and love to eat them just like that), a steamed broccoli and cauliflower, topped (or pretty much drenched) with lots of chunky vegetable spaghetti sauce.

SNACK: 8-9:00-ish

If I’m hungry (or had a really intense workout that day), I’ll have a snack in the evening, i.e., a frozen banana topped with cinnamon alongside a glass of soymilk. (Unpictured.)

My meals really vary depending on the day. My last one is an example of a 5-6 meals a day, while this one is a 4-5 meals a day. It really just depends on my schedule that day and where everything fits. It might also change this next semester since I’ll have different classes at different times and places.

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Green Smoothie Challenge

Btw, Katherine is holding another 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge – 2013 Spring Cleaning Edition. 

What do you do? Just add one green smoothie to your daily eats each day for a week! :)

I think this will be fun and a great way to start off my next semester of classes — in a vibrant, energizing green way. Since my classes are starting back up this next week I won’t be able to post about my smoothie every day, but I hope you’ll join me in a little green party action. :)

With lots of hugs,

Kathleen

What Kat Ate# 19 – TFC edition

Hey My Colorful Autumn Leaves!

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. You’re support really means a lot to me and always brightens up my day. :) I’ve been really enjoying the convenience slow cookers can bring into my life (and the deliciousness too!). It’s helped me start adapting to a college-thinking mindset and get into the groove of it.

As a part of ThisFitChick’s program, I’ve been following these guidelines, which are pretty adaptable for any kind of diet (from gluten-free to paleo to vegan to whatever!).

Thanks for hosting these WIAW parties, Jenn! They are always so much fun! :)

BREAKFAST:


This morning I found a bag of mushrooms that need to be used, so I sautéed them up in a little olive oil and had them with an egg w/ a few egg whites (seasoned with chili powder, garlic seasoning, and a mix of herbs), a big handful of almonds, and a large apple.

LUNCH:


A vegan burger with chickpeas, almonds, and homemade kale chips! I made the kale chips by rinsing the leaves, removing the stems, tearing the leaves into bite-size bites and laid them out on a dry baking sheet. (I use enough kale leaves to fill the sheet.) I sprayed them with oil olive and topped with ground pepper and a little garlic salt. I then baked them at 400*F for about 10 minutes until they crisp up. They don’t take long to prepare and are a delicious addition to any meal (or snack).

SNACK:


Bowl(s) of frozen strawberries.

(This picture is cropped from another picture because I always seem to eat my strawberries before I ever get the chance to take a picture.) My parents bought a HUGE 6lb bag of frozen strawberries from Costco a few days ago and I feel like I am in heaven! I am an absolute strawberry monstah! They are my favorite fruit EVER! I can seriously go through an entire 2-lb bucket of them all by myself (not that I would know… ;)). That’s why we buy frozen ones now — they take me longer to go through.

DINNER:


A big bowl of my Slow Cooker Quinoa with Black Beans topped with coconut oil and a little garlic salt alongside a 10oz package of frozen spinach cooked and topped with smart balance light buttery spread.

Note: There’s almost always some unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my day too cause I love it so much. Also, some mornings I have oatmeal, a smoothie, or pancakes, or what I have pictured above  – my meals just really depend on what I’m in the mood for and/or have the time for. 

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Favorite food pictured?

I’m loving strawberries right now, so I’m going to go with them. <3

Which recipe do you want next: Cake-Batter Almond Butter? Homemade Evaporated Milk? Or Copy-Cat Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread?

I always love nut butter, but that’s just me. ;)

With lots of hugs,


What Kat Ate + ThisFitChick’s Workout Program

Hey My Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Swirls! :)

I’m so glad that you enjoyed my grain-free cookies. I know my family and I have been enjoying them, and I love how there are so many whole ingredients in them! (I’ve also come up with Chocolate Soy-Nut Butter, so I’ll be sharing that deliciousness soon, too!)

I thought it was time to do another What Kat Ate #18– “Fall”ing into Healthful Habits Style.

Thank you so much for holding this party every week, Jenn! It is always so much fun! :)

BREAKFAST:


My Vegan Pumpkin Spice Milkshake, topped with Dark Chocolate Chips and chopped Pecans (both of which I added more after stirring them in – they are just so delicious that way).

LUNCH:


I had been craving some spinach for lunch, so I made myself a 10oz package of it (I get it frozen and cook it for convenience), steamed a fillet of tilapia (topped with no-salt seasoning and a little season salt), and had both along with a side of chickpeas which I like eating rinsed straight from the can. (I really need to try roasted chickpeas though – I’ve heard they’re SO good!)

SNACK:


I had a Chocolate Raspberry Fiber Luna Bar for my snack. I always love snacks (and breakfasts!) that involve chocolate. This was a little sweet for my taste, but still good.

DINNER:


I tried Two Peas in a Pod’s Vegetarian Quinoa Chili for dinner. (Thank you Pinterest!) It is SO good! I loved it so much (my family enjoyed it too, which I was SUPER excited about!). I especially love how easy it was to throw together. The recipe originally calls for it to be made in the stove, but it worked beautifully in the crock-pot. (I started it around lunch and cooked it on high until dinner time.)

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Carrie from This Fit Chick contacted me and asked me if I would like to try out one of her workout packages(I had seen her mention them on her blog a few days previously, and I thought it would be a lot of fun!)

Each of her workout packages are only $20 – $30 at most for each, which is much more affordable than many other workout programs I have seen — and you get so much information and support from it! She has 3 workout programs right now:

  • Strength and Hypertrophy Workout Program (If you are looking to increase muscle mass, gain strength and achieve a strong and muscular physique.)
  • Slim and Sculpt Workout Package (If you are looking to turn your body into a fat burning machine and achieve a lean and sculpted look.)
  • Customized Training Programs (If you are looking to achieve specific fitness goals and want a more individualized program.)

And each workout program consists of:

  • A Periodized 12 Week Training Program
  • A supplemental workout log to go along with your program
  • A nutrition tips and guidelines sheet
  • 12 Weeks of online consultation from me to answer any questions you have during your program.

She sent me the Slim and Sculpt Workout Package to try out. I’ll keep you updated with how this goes for me. (I just did my first workout this morning.) I love being able to have a workout plan set in front of me – not only does it help keep my workouts fun, but it also makes working out easier as I focus on my college classes. :)

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What is one healthful habit you are working on this fall?

I’m striving to get enough sleep at night. When I don’t, I can’t focus and it just inflicts extra stress on my body it doesn’t need. I also get more done throughout the day.

Favorite food pictured?

I’m really liking the quinoa chili. I will HAVE to make some more of that soon. ;)

Do you prefer cardio or weights? Which do you enjoy more?

I really like weights. I just feel so powerful after doing them. ;)

With lots of hugs,