WIAW: Staples and Goals

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s also Lady Gaga’s birthday…can you tell I’m obsessed πŸ˜€ Ummmm yeah, so it’s also almost April and Easter–crazy stuff! In just a little over a month, I’ll be done with my sophomore year of college. I think my mom was right in saying that time flies by once you’re an ‘adult’–I still don’t feel like an adult, but I’m already going to be turning 20 in 4 months. Wow, where’d my childhood go?

Instead of reminiscing, let’s take a look at this week’s meals. With the change of seasons, extra daylight and amazing weather, I’ve been changing up my eats somewhat lately so I want to share some of my latest staples, plus an update of the goals I made for March.

Voluminous overnight oats topped with pretzel sticks, peanut flour paste, kettle corn, raisins and drizzle raw honey.

Okay, so overnight oats have been a staple in my life since last summer, but lately I’ve been loving on the sweet and salty combo. My go-to toppings are crushed pretzel sticks, almond peanut cashew butter, raisins and a little raw organic honey. I mixed it up on Monday when my peanut flour order came in (I can’t tell you how excited I was to see the package in the mail–can you say addicted?) by subbing PF paste for the nut butter and also adding in a little Whole Foods kettle corn. So. Good.

It looks like soda, but it's not and it's wayyyyy better!

I’ve professed my love for Starbucks’ unsweetened iced coffee a lot lately–but can you blame me? It’s just so refreshing! Now, I’m not hardcore enough to be able to drink it sans any sweetener–I just bring my own Truvia packets and stir away. That way, I can control the sweetness and it’s a natural sweetener so it’s healthier. My former favorite summer drink from the ‘bucks was their light Frapps, but this may be my new drink for the warmer months.

Fresh spinach and red cabbage salad topped with crumbled southwestern Sunshine burger and vegan Caesar dressing.

Usually my dorm room meals are sadly lacking in the veggie department. I usually have some baby carrots and edamame stocked in the fridge, and sweet potatoes of course, but I rarely have greens. After spring break, I had some leftover spinach, so I decided to bring it back up with me. Best decision ever! Now I’ve been able to enjoy a salad for dinner some nights. I’ve been really loving topping the spinach with a crumbled veggie burger. I haven’t had a Sunshine burger in several months but my mom happened to leave me some so I was able to have them again. I think they’re becoming my go-to veggie burger brand, because of how simple yet nutrient-packed they are.

Return of the snack plate: crushed Late July chips (summertime blues and sea salt by the seashore), Whole Foods kettle corn, raw kale chip crumbs, dried fruit (mango, pineapple, raisins and stuffed date), vegan pepperoni slices.

I rediscovered my obsession with snack plates over spring break, and I brought it back with me to school. Lately, I’ve been having combos similar to the one above. They’re the perfect snack for an indecisive person like me. I just love having a variety of flavors and textures to choose from.

Why didn't I try this earlier?

My bar obsession is still going strong. My current favorites are the Clif Mojo white chocolate macadamia trail mix bar, KIND peanut butter & strawberry bar, Pure chocolate brownie bar…and Larabars? Yes, I actually just tried my first one yesterday and wow! Why have I never tried these before? I love that they have so few ingredients, yet taste exactly what they’re named for. I guess I never tried them because of their low protein content (this flavor has 5 grams, though, and a few others have 6 grams, which is decent) and their high calories/fat. Since I’m working on feeling safer with higher calorie and fat things as long as they’re healthful, I decided to buy one, specifically the cappuccino flavor since I love anything coffee-flavored. It was perfect, especially paired with some dark chocolate chips! Now I can’t wait to try more Larabar flavors. I’m addicted!

Lovin' on the bright colors: belted coral ruffled tank (Hollister), pink plaid scarf (American Eagle), jeggings (American Eagle), various bracelets.

Not a food staple, obviously, but with spring and the warm weather, I’ve been really loving wearing brighter colors. I am not someone to shy away from color, even in the winter, but spring and summer bring out the color-lover in me even more. I love how the tank top pops against the dark jeans, and coordinates nicely with the scarf.

Now onto the goal updating. I actually think I did pretty well with most of them, and it inspired me to make a few more for April!

  • Eat more veggies: Check! This WIAW doesn’t showcase many, but I definitely got in my veggies Β a lot over spring break, and have been doing pretty well with my limited groceries back at school. Some of the veggies I’ve been enjoying include spinach, kale chips, yams, carrots, red cabbage and grilled asparagus. I’m excited to eat my veggie quota again during the summer!
  • Summer internship:Β I’m happy to announce that I landed an internship with a TV station back at home. I’m super excited to start working and it’ll be a great opportunity. It’s unpaid, of course, but amazing work experience.
  • Cook more:Β I definitely accomplished this over spring break. Of course, it’s basically impossible to cook while at school since all I have is a microwave, but I’ve been making do. When I was home for break, I made quite a few things and even shared 4 new recipes.
  • Budgeting: This was one area I didn’t really do too well on. I got paid right before spring break, and all I could think of doing was going on a major clothes shopping spree. So that’s what I did, and while I don’t regret it, I wish I had planned out my spending more wisely. I also really need to work on my grocery shopping budget, since I’ll be doing more of that myself next semester and I need to not blow all my money at WholeΒ FoodsΒ Paycheck.
  • Avoid food ruts:Β Spring break helped me do this, since I had so many more food options, but I’m still doing well with this goal even with fewer groceries at my disposal.

With my success at goal-making and accomplishing this month, I wanted to set a couple new ones for next month.

  • Eat more.Β This goes back to my honest post a couple weeks ago, but it’s something I need to be consciously working on. I don’t want to lose all the progress I’ve been making in my ED recovery, so this is a non-negotiable goal. However, it’s still extremely hard. Most days I’m never super-hungry, so it’s difficult to eat more than I have been, but I’ve just gotta buck up and do it.
  • Don’t get burned out.Β Yes, summer is just around the corner. Yes, finals and final projects are too. I’m in the home stretch, and I can almost taste freedom. However, I’m also starting to get really burned out with school. I need to keep my motivation going for the next few weeks so I can finish this semester out strong.
  • Focus on eating more “whole foods”.Β Obviously, this doesn’t mean just stuff from Whole Foods, as much as I love that store. I’ve been reading a lot lately on how processed soy products are really not that healthy, and I want to cut them out of my diet. I’mΒ not cutting out soy completely–just the more processed stuff. I’ll still be eating edamame, tempeh, tofu (0n occasion) and Clif Mojo bars, because they’re all either organic or more whole/natural forms of soy and therefore a lot healthier. Yes, things like soy bacon and other fake meats are tasty sometimes, but I’m going to work on finding better, “whole foods” versions to replace them with, like Sunshine burgers which are only made with veggies, seeds, brown rice, beans and spices; and beans, quinoa, etc. I don’t think all processed things are bad, but I’ll be buying things that have as few ingredients as possible, or at least all pronounceable, healthy ingredients.

Do you have any goals for April? What’s one of your food staples right now?

22 thoughts on “WIAW: Staples and Goals

  1. Cutttteeee outfit sista!! And huge woohoo for almost being done with sophomore year of college, I cannot wait to be a junior….actually I just can’t wait for summer haha πŸ˜‰
    Your goals have totally inspired me to set some for April! Time to get the brainstorm pants on I guess heehee πŸ˜€
    Have a great one friend!

  2. Congrats on your goals and good luck with the next ones. I don’t think you eat too much processed food (then again I only see what you posted here), because at least the ones you are eating are healthy, but whole foods are almost always better, I do agree with that. And, I’m happy you got an internship! Hope that goes well for you and you make a lot of connections at it!

    And sunshine burgers are really good! Our store here doesn’t carry them anymore, though 😦

    • Oh I definitely agree about the processed foods. I am eating ones that are pretty healthy and have few ingredients, I’m just mostly concerned because I rely a lot on faux meats for protein and I want to find more real versions to sub in instead because they can be pretty high in sodium and kinda expensive.

      I’ll keep you all updated about the internship this summer. I’m really excited to get this opportunity!

  3. hey love πŸ™‚ i don’t think i’ve ever commented, well perhaps on your old/previous blog (or just when it was from a different server, or i might be totally wrong here!) but…ahh love the kind bar strawberry peanut but i think that flavour is only in the states because i have not seen it here (canada)…but so yum, i picked it up when i was in nyc last october. it tastes like a yummy natural pb & fruity jam sandwich. and i wish they had that lara flavour out, but maybe they’ll bring it here soon ;P is it really coffee-strong? i love coffee but im not sure i’d like it in a food-form. but i will try it when it comes! we actually just got the cookie dough and blueberry ones, and the cookie dough, i’ve tried it a few times and love it so i was happy πŸ™‚ i think your goals sound really detailed and great, some of mine are sort of similar. it might be a challenge, but i know you’ll achieve them. xoxox

    • Thanks girl! I think you did comment on my old Blogger blog, so glad to see you here!

      I think you’ll like the cappuccino bar if it comes to Canada–I love coffee things too and it isn’t too strong, its just a light taste and kinda nutty and sweet. I still need to try the cookie dough kind so it’s good to know that it’s really yummy! And I feel the same about the Kind bar–it really does taste like a PB&J sandwich!

  4. Congrats on the internship Ashley! I know you were hoping for that, so I am proud of you, and happy for you of course πŸ™‚
    Cute outfit too lady, I always love your choices!
    Your goals are great too… all of them are allowing you to keep progressing with recovery but not losing control at the same time, which is of course TERRIFYING for people like us with EDs. Keep up the great work, keep focusing on those goals and keep us updated πŸ™‚

  5. sarah says:

    Wow, well done for getting the internship, it sounds like a really amazing opportunity! I imagine you’ll need tons of energy for it, which will hopefully make your steps in moving forward in recovery a little easier:), I think you are doing awesome.

    Iv been consciously trying to eat mostly wholefoods for a little while now, and I do really feel better for it- I can’t imagine going back to eating some of the processed stuff I used to. A cappuccino lara bar sounds GOOD and stuffed dates are amazing!

  6. I’m so excited you got an intership,Ashley! I’m sure it will be great! πŸ™‚
    All of your goals sound pretty good,too.
    I am also graduating soon and although I am super nervous in the face of my finals in April/May,I’m so ready to be done!
    Onto the “eating more”-thingie… I feel you there! I’ve really given my best te past few weeks,but I’ve been to the doctor yesterday and apparently,it still wasn’t enough. 😦 I honestly have to figure out how to eat even more calorie-dense without a) freaking out,and b) being forced to eat A LOT – my stomach cannot handle this after five years of torture! 😦
    Anyhow,Larabars are great,aren’t they? I cannot buy them here,but my friend sent me some a few months ago and I loved them! You should really try the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough one,it’s so yum! πŸ™‚

    • I can totally relate on the freaking out/eating a lot thing. It’s so hard to change that mindset and the uncomfortable feelings but I know we both can do it!

      I have so many Larabars I want to try now–the cookie dough is one of the next ones on my list!

  7. Congrats on the internship! And everything looks delicious – just TINY! Girl, eat some food! πŸ˜› You know I mean that in a nice way (not trying to harp on you, please don’t take it the wrong way!) but it really will be good for you. You can do this! Especially since your future has so much promise right now. Rock that TV thingy!

  8. caloricandcrazy says:

    I’ve been having a tortilla craving lately, but I also had some fun with some overnight oats! That sweet and salty combo of yours looks delish. Top that with a Luna Protein Bar, and that’s my craving right now :P.

  9. Tt in nyc says:

    Congrats on doing so well with your goals! And oh man, sunshine burgers are hands down the best veg burger ever. Period. And i cant manage without lara bars! They are all crazy delicious. I think that if they make you uncomfortable now due to ED hesitations that only means you need to eat a LOT more of them until there is nothing scary left….;) i actually rip up the blueberry lara bar and put with some pb ontop of my morning oats- best bfast maybe ever.

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