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Eat A Rainbow & WIAW

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Hey Friends!

Do you eat a rainbow everyday?

I personally love Jen’s theme this month for What I Ate Wednesday.

Peas and Crayons

I would obviously be all for this theme as I’m a veggie-aholic. Sometimes to my own demise…Why you hatin on my veggie lovin tummy?

That being said, I feel like I would be just showing you what I normally eat as my plate is always at least 1/2 filled with vegetables. SO what is a food blogger to do when they want to jump back into this shindig?…

Hmmmm..

Challenge time!

I decided to challenge myself this WIAW by ensuring that I ate at least one thing from each of the colours of the rainbow + a black, brown and white food too. I didn’t have to put much thought into some colours, as I knew those were easy to get BUT some I did have to think about. There ain’t many foods that are purple lets be real here…Let’s see how I did shall we..

Don’t forget to check out Miss Jen’s page for her veggie-filled day and to see how vegetables infiltrated all the other foodie’s Wednesday as well. Check that all out here.

Oh, I also want to make a guess as to which colour I think won in the ‘Most Eaten‘ category.

My guess…

If you’re a follower of mine, what colour do you think will win?

Breakfast.

It’s my rest day today (no gym) so it’s Zoats for breaky.

Normally I only have berries on my rest days but today I wondered where yellow was gunna fit in and decided what the heck, banana’s diving into my oats this morning too.

IMG_4153Colour Count: Oats: White. Chia Seeds: Black. Zucchini: Green. Banana: Yellow. Thawed strawberries: Red. Lucuma Powder: Yellow. Coconut oil: White. Raw cacao nibs: Brown. Nuts N’more Chocolate Peanut Butter: More brown

Colour Winner: Brown and Yellow and White

Rest days also call for naps. 😀 Yay 1.5 hour nappies before my interview at the gym (for summer part time position) at 10:30 this mornin. After my nap, I took my fish oils and ate the last lil bits of my flaxy baked chicken fingers (unpictured) and ran out the door.

Score 2 for Green and Brown

Although it was my day off today, I picked up an hour shift for 12:15 at the gym for one of the trainers as she was sick. So, after my interview I rushed home to nom away at my colourfully prepped lunch and grab my stuff for later errands before runnin out the door yet again to go back to the gym and work.

Did I mention my lunch was a colourful one? #DoYouEvenSalad?

Before it was dressed

Before it was dressed

All mixed up

All mixed up

Colour Count: Spinach: Green. Asian Slaw Mix: Green (cabbage, cucumber, snap peas, bok choy), Purple (raddiccio), Orange (carrots). Roasted mushies: Brown. Roasted onion: White. Roasted Squash (butternut and acorn). Orange. Avocado: Green. Flaxy Baked Chicken Fingers: Brown.

Colour Winner: Green.

Man was that a good salad! Topped with my usual homemade dressing (1/2 tsp olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water, 2 tsp mustard, chili flakes, rosemary and garlic powder to taste).

After my one hour shift, I needed to hike it up to Limeridge Mall (which is quite the trek as I have to take a bus…turns an hour trip into a 4ish hour whirlwind) to check for a new steamer, stock up on some more Questbars (Despite just receiving my new Cookies and Cream box, my other flavours were gettin too low for my liking. Anyone else get antsy when they have only one bar of a given flavour left?) and hopefully get my new iphone all fixed up.

After all of that running around in the mall, this is what I ended up with..

IMG_4164

Love the fact that Popeyes allows you to make your own mixed box!

+ some groceries.

Ugh. Oh and…umm yes that is another box of Cookies and Cream in addition to my personalized mixed box. I’m already a 1/3-1/2 the way through my new box I received just last Friday cuz it’s been #EatAllTheC&CQuestBars lately for my nightly snack. They are addicting and may just be my new favourite flavour. Oh, and Dad, if you are reading this…

Just because I got another box doesn’t mean you can ask again for 6-7 of them. I’m a horrible daughter I know but 6 or 7! That’s just crazy talk. 😛

Rant Moment. I have literally been calling and calling trying to get my new iphone fixed. The brand spankin new iphone 5s that I so graciously received at Christmas from my parents will not turn imessage on thus not allowing me to get any messages from people who have an iphone. Basically that means I receive texts from no one (including my boss) as it’s an iphone world out there these days. Lil bit unsettling if you ask me and beyond frustrating. Apparently they have come to the conclusion that it must be a hardware issue and I have to go to the nearest apple to either get it fixed or get a new one. Tell this to the person who doesn’t have a car and the nearest one is Mapleview Mall that borders Burlington. Daaaaaaaadddd help me! Hopefully I can work something out with my parents this weekend as I can’t deal with this ‘no messaging’ thing for much longer.

Phew. Sorry I just needed to let some of that out.

Anyways, back to the food.

During my running around in the mall, searching high and low for a microwave steamer pot (failed to find one), I nommed on this weeks pronut flavour. Peanut butter and plantain.

IMG_4150Colour Count. Plantain: Yellow. Oats: White

Not my favourite of the flavours to date, but still good. All I did was take my PB&J pronut and sub 50g of plantain (steamed) for the raspberries and the apple sauce and upp’ed the liquid a tad.

Dinner was fab except for the fact that I was suuuuuupppper bummed to discover that the acorn squash I bought at the grocery store today was actually supposed to be a kabocha….

Confession: I think I cried a lil bit when I opened the fridge and found no kabocha as I was craving it allllll day.

NO KABOCHA! My world just ended.

#ConfessonsOfASquashAddict….Or rather #ConfessonsOfAKabochaAddict

I had to make due with the other squashes that were in my fridge to go along with my beautiful piece of steelhead trout. That trout may have helped ease my pain a lil bit…

Colour Count: Rainbow Swiss Chard: Green (mostly). Mushrooms: Brown. Roasted Acorn and Butternut Squash. Orange. Steelhead Trout: Pink. Homemade Basil Pesto: Green.

I won’t count my spices, which were curry, turmeric and chili powders and chili flakes, BUT I will give a lil tidbit about turmeric.

Turmeric has been researched a lot lately for its anti-inflammatory properties (amongst other potential benefits) thanks to the main component in turmeric, curcumin. This active ingredient, which is also the main pigment in turmeric making it yellow, has begun to be bottled for selling purposes to those looking for a natural remedy for inflammation. ONE NEAT FACT! Absorption of curcumin is best when paired with fats due to being fat soluble. Therefore if you want the most benefits from the use of turmeric in your foods ensure you dissolve it in a fat of some kind (cooking oil) or use it on a fattier protein (like trout or salmon).  Learn more here.

Colour Winner: Green.

For the rest of my night I intend to just relax, hopefully get another recipe up on this here bloggy and snack a lil later on my puddin (Unpictured…you’ve all seen that frozen mess before..) and another one of these guys

So so so so good. #QuestObsessed.

Can I count that as blue? 😛

IMG_4165Colour Count: ON Chocolate Peanut Butter Casein: Brown. Crunchy Peanut Butter. Brown. 1/2 C&C Questbar: Black and White

Colour Winner: Brown. Wow I still eat way too much brown

So there you have it friends. My rainbow day. Now, I didn’t hit all of the colours…I missed blue, but as you can see, eating a rainbow is not hard when you are veggie lover like I am and nom away on whole foods.

So what colour won?

Green: 7

Brown: 8

Gah. I’m officially boring. I was almost right. Need to drop that brown down somehow. Why must my yummy nut butters and mushrooms be brown I ask?!?

What colour do you eat the most of?

Favourite food from each of the rainbow colours? Toughie, but here goes…

Red/Pink: Trout

Orange: Squash (easy!)

Yellow: Banana

Green: Swiss chard

Blue: Bloobs I guess as I can’t think of another blue food atm…

Purple: Beets

-Chelsea

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12 thoughts on “Eat A Rainbow & WIAW

  1. Such a silly question, but how exactly do you make Zoats & why do you add zucchini?

    • No such thing as a silly question 🙂 I make zoats the same way I make all my other oatmeal EXCEPT I grate 70g of zucchini into my bowl and let that sit overnight with my usual base of oats, whey, almond milk, water, chia seeds. If you are cooking oatmeal all at once in the morning, just add the grated zucchini when you add the oats in and you may need to decrease the water a tad to compensate for the high liquid content of the zucchini. If you are nervous about the zucchini (you can’t taste it, but depending on your grater size there may be some added texture…which I like), you can also blend the zucchini with the almond milk and add as you would normally add the liquids.

      I do that for the extra veggie power in my oats (with no added taste) AND because the zucchini, like egg whites, plumps my oats up! I love me a huge, voluminous bowl of oatmeal 😉

  2. NOM NOM NOM- that oatmeal looks so delicious with all the colours.

  3. Way to go Chels! By challenging yourself to eat all those colours, you really stepped outside of your normal food routine. In regards to your last post, that is SUCH SUCH SUCH a big accomplishment. You are seriously, so strong- not just mentally but emotionally as well. I really admire you. PS: can’t wait to try those chicken fingers. I am obsessed with anything breaded and look forward to a healthier alternative.

    • Thank you! and thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 I really liked the taste of those finga’s, nice and spicy. They didn’t crispen up too much, so they are more soft than anything. Perhaps try adding almond flour and see if that helps with the crispy aspect. I’m going to try that next time. If you test them out, let me know how you like’em. 🙂

  4. I’m going to sound crazy, but hey-take it in a good way. I totally saw you at the pulse today and actually realized just how hard you go. You are way tinned (sooryy!), than others, yet were killing it with the weights. I’m in such awe! It made me pump up the resistance a bit on the row machine!

    • awww thanks! I’m trying really hard to build muscle and love lifting to my max. Hopefully my heavy lunges face didn’t freak you out 😛 hahaha. I have been told that I am very misleading when it comes to how much I can lift based on appearance.

  5. I had the exact same issue with “kabocha” squash yesterday! Those buttercup squashes look exactly the same. When I cut it open, I DID cry. I was so looking forward to it 😦 Luckily I was able to pick one up today, so all is good again.

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