What I Ate Wednesday: First post!

March 7, 2012

Thanks everyone for the sweet comments on yesterdays post about our new home 🙂 We are both very excited to move in!

You may or may not be familiar with a blogging event that happens every Wednesday here on the web. Created by Jennifer over at Peas and Crayons. Every Wednesday bloggers post what they ate the day before, usually, and share their food creations or new ideas for meals etc.


Jennifer says:

What WIAW is about
Celebrating one of the glorious things we all have in common: We all eat!
WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so much more <3
Celebrate blogging. Celebrate Food. Celebrate Individuality.
I’ve been blogging for almost four years, after beginning in 2008. Of course, I have only begun to blog more frequently in the past year or two. School sometimes gets in the way, but I’ve been trying to blog more often. As a part of this goal, I decided to join What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW). As Jennifer mentions on her site, people love to see other peoples meals, and get inspired to cook new and exciting recipes and ideas for eating healthier. I love reading other bloggers WIAW every week, so why not contribute as well?
This months ‘theme’ is Green. It fits because this month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday festooned in green. It also fits in with Fitnessista’s Marvelous March – Making one Green meal a day
So! Here is my first WIAW!
Breakfast: 6:30 AM, Bowl of Rice Krispies with Almond Milk (still on my Allergy Diet, you can read about that here)
At about 10:00 am I decided I needed a little snack before the gym. I came across this post by Peanut Butter Fingers for Walnut Oatmeal Date Balls. They reminded me of Averie’s Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough balls. They only have six ingredients! I altered my recipe a little to accomodate what I had on hand. I tried making these before here, but I didn’t pulse long enough to make it more of a ‘dough.’ This time they turned out much better!
Raw Vegan Almond & Date protein balls
  • 7-8 dates, pitted
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats ( I used Gluten/Wheat Free )
  • 1/2 cup Almonds
  • Spoonful of Almond Butter
  • Tbs. Protein Powder
  • Chocolate Chips (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and pulse. Continue until everything is blended together and a dough forms. This may take a few minutes. You can add more/less dates depending on consistency.
  2. Roll the dough into balls by hand and refrigerate until ready to eat.

You can really use whatever nuts you have on hand, walnuts, cashews, almonds etc. and use peanut butter (unless you have an allergy, like myself).

These are great to grab before a workout or as a sweet snack on the go.

I can eat almonds and almond butter, as I know I do not have an allergy to them, and I’m not sure you can be allergic to dates.. though Adam always says ‘you can be allergic to anything!’ But I felt these were safe as a snack. And I now know I have a wheat allergy, and I am going back to the doctor’s this week to find out my blood work results for the celiac test, so I used gluten free and wheat free oats from Trader Joe’s.

Post Workout Snack: Green Smoothie 12:30 pm – Almond Milk, Ice, Handful of Spinach, Banana. Blend in blender until liquified. Delicious!! + It’s Allergy-Diet Friendly 🙂

For Dinner I had planned on making black bean soup, but I remembered seeing this recipe and decided I wanted to make Turkey Burgers! These were really simple and SO so delicious.

Dinner: 6:30 pm Homemade Turkey Burger, crumbled Goat Cheese, Spinach, Homemade Cranberry sauce from Adam’s mom, Yam (sweet potato? depending on what you call it!) and Black beans.

This was SO Good. Definitely going to be dinner again tonight!.. Or lunch, depending on how hungry I get 😉

I only had enough turkey for two burgers.

Turkey Burger
Recipe adapted from:
From Hungry Girl Por Vida  


1/2 medium onion, diced fine (pulsed in food processor)

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

Dash of Rosemary

1 pound lean, ground turkey

1 egg

3 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste


In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, sweat onions and garlic. Once onions become translucent, add rosemary and saute another minute. Do not brown or the garlic may burn. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, and cooled onion/herb mixture. Mix gently to combine. Divide meat into 4 sections and shape into patties (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick), making a shallow well in the center. Refrigerate patties for 20 minutes to firm up.

Heat a heavy skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle patties liberally with salt and pepper, cook, flipping only once, for about 4 minutes on each side.

Serve immediately.


So there! That’s my very first WIAW!!

Do you participate in WIAW?? Share a link to your page 🙂

If you don’t, what was your favourite thing you ate yesterday? Any new recipes you tried?


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  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga March 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Thanks for linking up my choc chip cookie dough balls and the ones you made look delish!

  • Reply Josie Penner March 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Your smoothy was such a beautiful color. The rest looks very tasty too. I am putting on a Women’s ST. Patick’s Day luncheon on Mar. 17th. And I have a menu that is all green or has green in it, lol. I am making layered crustless, green cream cheese & crab sandwiches & have made a duplex cookie with green peppermint icing. We will be having all kinds of green colored salads,eg. green bean, lime jellied, vegetable, etc. Spinach wraps & dip. Other green colored desserts too. I am making a green punch, hope it is as beautiful a color as your smoothy. You are such a culinary artist!

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