What I Ate Wednesday #84

ahhhh! this is our last installment of summer staples!  It’s kind of fitting considering summer is almost over.  I’m going to miss it!  Luckily I have some tricks up my sleeves for the next few months worth of WIAWs that will keep you guys happy, healthy, and on your toes.  Also, with veggies in your face.  That’s how we roll here.

side note — We’re on number EIGHTY FOUR!? This is the party that never stops!  Do you guys perpetually have your party pants on or something?  We’ve established that I don’t exactly wear pants but… I guess I will keep a party hat on for good measure.  It’s only fitting.

So my WIAW is ridiculous… I have some road trip adventures to share as well as a standard day of eats b/c my road trip food photography was lacking.  Seriously — we were so preoccupied with getting the food into our faces that we forgot to snap photos.  Paul and I did manage to get a whole foods hot bar photo montage of our face stuffage though.  Pay no attention to the food dribbling down my chin.  I lose all control around veggies.  Especially a box of Whole Foods Market hot bar veggies. *drool*

getting real in the whole foods parking lot
I asked Paul why he was pouting and giving a thumbs down and he insisted it was because he’s a dirty carnivore with a hot bar box full of meat.  I snorted.  
I think I’m going to be a brat and save the rest of our road trip shenanigans for it’s own post.  So until then, here’s my What I Ate Wednesday day of eats from last week! <3
black coffee [duh!] fresh fruit and an icy cold glass of trilogy kombucha with apple cider vinegar

snackage of fresh crinkle-cut carrot chips and english cucumber

lunch was a savory stuffed sweet potato with an explosion of veggies from my garden
Hello most unconventional snack ever! I love these almond-green bean freezer packs from Green Giant

dinner was confetti mac and cheese w/ a big leafy green salad [with oodles of cucumbers of course!]
I’m not one to deny myself a small mountain of macaroni and cheese when the craving strikes so finding a way to turn it into a balanced meal is a must!  I make mine confetti-style with a boatload of veggies from the fridge and freezer and a pinch of garlic powder, parsley, and red pepper flakes for extra oomph!  Now the typical 1 cup serving of macaroni and cheese is bulked up with an extra cup of veggies, so instead of a small sad scoop, I can have a PILE of the stuff!  I round out the meal with a big green salad and indulge without even the slightest smidge of guilt.  Its balanced, beautiful, and freaking delicious!

Sometimes I get so excited while eating mac 'n cheese that I forget to breathe.
It’s funny… because it’s true =)

Peas and Crayons

Want to join in on the fun?  


  1. Sprint2theTable says

    WHY do I keep forgetting to mix my aminos with kombucha?! I’m going to have to put a sticky note on the fridge.

    Happy 84th!!! You are such a genius for doing this.

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says

    I wish I ever thought to actually pour my kombucha into a pretty glass instead of just chugging it (much too quickly) from the bottle. [Sigh] I do love me some trilogy.
    I am the way with spaghetti the way you are with mac + cheese. Veggies + sauce and a wee bit of noodle. YUM.

  3. says

    This is my first WIAW. I am doing a Green Thickies challenge this week so I thought it would be a good opportunity to share that with you and to let you know my mid week results so far.

    Wow that whole foods bar looks amazing. I wish we had something like that in this country. I have to take all my healthy foods with my wherever I go.

    Thanks so much for hosting and I’m so glad to be finally joining in the fun.

  4. kelsey@somuchlifetolive says

    Whole Foods hot bar all the way!! Thanks for doing this, Jen!

    p.s. I’m sorry my picture looks a bit inappropriate…I’m wearing a strapless dress, I promise:)

  5. Andrea Bloomfield says

    I keep seeing your kombucha/ACV combo on here – I’m going to have to try that!! Happy WIAW Jenn! (Andrea @ Vegvacious)

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness says

    I’m a fan of the loaded mac and cheese as well. The more I’m allowed to have? The better.

  7. Meg says

    Can’t wait to hear about the themes for the next WIAW’s!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED oh my goodnesssss!!!!!! You’re so much fun Jen :) <3

    You should have seen when I stepped foot into my first WF’s which was when I was in Boston for HLS. We did a mini mingle there for lunch one day and I WENT WILD. Everyone was laughing at me haha

  8. says

    I am digging on all of the cucumbers you are putting down (so YUMMY). I look forward to reading about your antics in Raleigh, looks like Whole Foods was a success (however was there ever a question that it would be?).
    So very glad to see Paul back and you looking so very happy in pics.

  9. says

    I’m having trouble linking my first blog onto this amazing WIAW and I really want to participate! Any suggestions/help?!

    All of these food choices look so yummy!!


  10. Jessen says

    I’ve Only Commented Once on your Blog about a Healthy Baked Good that I still Haven’t Made =( But I wanna Say. . . Your Blog Rocks! I love it, and your personality through your words is Awesome. My Family are Meat Obsessed, but I Make Sure They Get Their Veg On. . . Because I Love Veggies too. I do Try to Go Meatless 2x a Week, and It’s Working Because They Love The Meatless Meals I Come Up With.
    Thanks for Cheering me Up Every Week! =) And I’m Happy to See Your Hubby is Home.

  11. says

    My family is full of carnivores too — they’re lucky to have us to veg them up on a daily basis eh? =) *High Five!!!* Thanks so so much for the sweet comment! Happy to have ya as a reader and meatless-meal partner in crime! xooo

  12. K @ Finding a skinnier me says

    Mmmm that mac n cheese looks AMAZING!!!!! I also LOVE stopping by Whole Foods for a salad.. they have the best salad making stuff!!!

  13. Erica says

    I HAD HOT BAR LAST NIGHT!! with kurty bear!! i feel like we were on a date or something

    so happy you two are back in action togetherrrrr on the roaaaaad stuffing face!!

    and that potato explosion needs to explode into my mouth and omg that sounds so dirty but im not deleting it


  14. Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy says

    I love making mac & cheese the same way…loading it up with lots of veggies! I’m definitely going to miss our summer staples, too. I’m enjoying peaches, nectarines and juicy vine ripe tomatoes!

  15. Ana says

    That mac’n’cheese looks delicious!!! And I love me some leafy green salad. I feel funny if I don’t eat my salad with dinner.

  16. Marisa@TheCollegeCuisiner says

    Let’s party Jenn, who needs pants! I miss my London Wholefoods not only was there a hot bar the size of a Trader Joe’s but a full floor food court, two restaurant, two wine bars and an entire London block. Now I want hot bar….darnit!

  17. says


    I have to drive 2.5 hours for a hot bar fix so I feel your pain! When I’m on vacation I beeline for the nearest whole foods like my pants are on fire. But I don’t wear pants soo…. like my butt is on fire? πŸ˜‰

  18. Haley says

    I’m using the link and copying into my wordpress blog but it’s not showing up! It just shows the link there. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!

  19. says

    Hey Haley! <3
    The box you normally type your post in for wordpress, switch it to HTML, paste the code [this works for any HTML code =)] and then switch back to type as per usual and you should be good to go! Let me know if that doesn’t work for some reason! xoxo

  20. Connie says

    Hahaha, I just cracked up at that e-card about the mac n cheese. Definitely happens to the best of us;) I’m new to your blog and love your sense of humor already! Can’t wait to continue reading and join in on WIAW next week!

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