WIA(Saturday)+a Simply Choices Giveaway!

Wednesday once again! Only one more Wednesday after this one left in my semester! Thank god. It’s been a rough one. But summer is so close, I can taste it!

Speaking of taste, today is obviously all about food here on the blog! Lucky for you all, I managed to capture a FULL day of eats on Saturday! I usually just show a random collection of meals from the past week, but every once in a while I act like a proper WIAW blogger and get a full day!

But that’s not all I have for you today….

I am apart of Simply Choices Blogger Wellness program, so every month I get a nice delivery of goodies to share with you all! Well, this month’s shipment was MAJOR.IMG_5139

4 boxes FILLED with their Simply Protein Crunch! So what does that mean? A giveaway for you all of course!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

4 winners will receive SIX bags of either Banana Caramel or Raspberry Coconut Protein Crunch<—-my two favorite flavors!

Enter below….

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now onto Saturday’s eats

Breakfast: 

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pumpkin pie smoothie with corn puffs, ezekiel cereal, oats, dried fruit, dried pumpkin, and coconut flour//pumpkin yogurt with cottage cheese and peanut butter

Post Gym Snack:

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nakd cocoa delight and apple crunch bars

Lunch: wiawlunch

tuna saute salad//toast and protein buns with feta//pureed lentil soup

Afternoon Snack: wiawsnack2

matzah//smoked string cheese//orange//tomato juice with whey crunchies (don’t knock it till you try it!)

Pre Dinner Dessert :) :

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self explanatory. ;)

Dinner: 

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coconut protein pancakes//japanese sweet potato//blueberries//peanut butter//steamed veggies//black bean dip

Night Snack: IMG_5350mixed cereal//yogurt with cottage cheese, cocoa, and amazing grass//carrots with peanut butter//dried plums and apricots//sliced apple

Other delicious food from the week…

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shipment of fresh produce from Frieda’s: starfruit, pepino melons, baby fennel, and jiacama

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 almond cookie thunderbird bar//apricot cranberry krono barOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

turkey-purple cabbage salad//tortilla with frozen banana and peanut butter OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

tortillas with tomatoes and cream cheese//raspberry coconut Simply Crunch

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pear and blueberry powerbowl with whey, cinnamon, and whey crunchiesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

more ahi tuna spring rolls with veggies and thai peanut sauceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

tuna sushi//roasted kabocha//roasted broccoli

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10 spice vegetable soup with cashew cream from the Oh She Glows Cookbook

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chopped greek turkey burger//toasted pita//tzatziki

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chopped turkey salad//crisps and crackers with pb and banana

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toasted scuffin//mozarella cheese//powerbowl with watermelon amazing grass and whey crunchies OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

cheesy tofu nuggets and onions//roasted kabocha//roasted green beans and broccoli IMG_5356

nakd strawberry crunch bar//cashew kits organic bar

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egg whites with salsa and spinach//pita pizza

What’s your FAVORITE food as of late?

How many meals and snacks do you typically have everyday?

Have you tried Simply Choices products before?

Kaila

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White Clam Sauce Pasta [Recipe Redux #7]

I have to admit, this month’s Recipe Redux theme had me stumped for a bit! With all the other months I’ve been almost immediately been able to think of or at least start brainstorming about a recipe to create and share with you. But this month…nothing! I definitely had to put my thinking cap on!
Treasured Cookware – Share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it. Some of us will be celebrating Mother’s Day next month (May 11,) but it’s more than once a year that many of us cook with a pan, a wooden spoon or another piece of cookware passed on to us from the kitchens of our favorite relatives. Let’s see what you can cook up with your treasured kitchen tool!
Hmm…treasured cookware?! My family has a TON of recipes that we’ve passed down, but not a whole lot of special pots, pans, or cooking utensils! But then it hit me! The huge metal strainer that we took from my grandma’s kitchen after she passed away a few years ago!
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My grandma was the classic italian grandma and she LOVED making her special sauce and pasta dishes. So having her strainer on hand whenever my family and I make pasta definitely brings about great memories of crowding around my grandma’s small kitchen table with a big plate of noodles and a big pot of sauce in front of us.
So what better way to honor my grandmas memory and spotlight her special strainer than by sharing one of my family’s favorite pasta recipes?
It truly is one of the most delicious pastas I’ve ever had and it’s an instant favorite of anyone who tries it! Without further ado….

Now I know what you’re thinking…clams?! But before you judge, hear me out. This dish is incredible! It’s so simple to make yet BURSTING with amazing flavor! So if you’re feeling a little adventurous and feel like veering away from your typical red sauce or meat sauce on pasta…..THIS IS FOR YOU!

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White Clam Sauce Pasta

by Healthy Helper

Ingredients

  • 1 lb whole wheat pasta
  • 1 bunch asparagus , ends snapped off and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 cans of clams, drained with 1/2 cup liquid reserved
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 jarred hot cherry peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut olive oil spread (such as Olivio brand), any vegetable based buttery spread, or unsalted butter
  • 1 cup italian parsley, chopped

Instructions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add asparagus during last 4 minutes of cooking. Drain and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes until just starting to color, stirring so that garlic doesn’t burn.

Add clam juice and cook 1 min. Stir in drained clams, lemon juice, cherry peppers, and salt. Cook 1 min or until heated through. Stir in butter and parsley.

Toss pasta and asparagus with the sauce. Drizzle with olive oil if desired and serve immediately. Sprinkle with romano cheese!

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Let me know if you try this recipe out for yourself! I’d love you to share this dish with your families! It’s such a great comforting meal for me and I am sure you’d get as much joy as I get from eating it if you tried it out. :)

Does your family have any special cookware that has been passed down from generation to generation?
What’s one food or recipe that has special meaning to you and your family?
What type of sauce do you usually top your pasta with?
Kaila
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Never too early to start Lending a {Healthy} Hand for next week’s round-up! Tell me what you’ve done to help someone else lately!