weekend eats

by Laura on September 7, 2011

in WIAW

Hi y’all!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! Today I’m giving you some dirt on what I ate this past weekend, which I mentioned on Monday.

 

As I’ve mentioned before, my weekend eats tend to be slightly larger and less frequent than my weekday or school eats. I typically eat out one dinner and a lunch on weekends, and then I usually make a slightly more indulgent home cooked meal. I find that by splurging a little extra on the weekends (and saving my alcohol consumption for the weekend), it helps me to stay on track much better during the week.

Then when the weekend does come, I’m able to balance my splurge meals with healthier eating the rest of the day. I find it’s easier for me to balance it all this way and it keeps my food intake where it needs to be for the week!

This Saturday started with a bowl of my favorite cereal (1 cup) with 1 cup skim milk. I also had some iced blueberry green tea on the side.

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Normally I have fruit with breakfast, but I’ve been uninterested in fruit the past week or so. Isn’t that weird?

We had a busy afternoon placed, so lunch was grabbed from Freebirds, a really good burrito place. Think chipotle, but like wayyyy better. They have so many more toppings and you can make burritos, tacos, salads, etc. Plus everything they put on your meal is pre-portioned, so you can trust their nutritional information is accurate to what is actually on your plate!

I had a salad with spring mix, mixed cheese, pico, grilled fajita veggies, onions, grilled white meat chicken, black beans, avocado, salsa and ranch dressing on the side.

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You can see I barely even touched the ranch. I’m just not a big dressing fan!

This salad though, I’m a big fan of – as if you couldn’t tell ;). It was so fresh and left me full of energy and feeling great. Gotta love those greens!

Snack was later in the afternoon after I did some blog work.  I had one big banana (that I cut in half twice) along with butterscotch peanut butter. This peanut butter is divine and sinful. We had it while at HLS and Michelle sent some to Sarah, who was the sweetest girl in the world to share with me. You can only buy it in Pennsylvania and I have checked – they unfortunately do not ship it anywhere else :(

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I’m so sad it’s almost gone :( wahhh

Then FINALLY dinner! I was looking forward to dinner all day. We had company over, so I put together homemade pizzas for everyone. I made a big circular pizza and a smaller, thinner crust, square pizza.

I used this recipe for the dough (subbing whole wheat pastry flour for the whole wheat flour), though I made 1.5 times the dough since I made 2 pizzas. I topped the dough with tomato sauce that I doctored with herbs and spices, then mozzarella cheese and pre-cooked sweet italian chicken sausage. That’s it!

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I had four slices of the thinner, square pizza. When I make just one pizza I make the circular one and I eat 2 slices (1/4 the pizza). This was the exact same amount of food, just in flatter thinner slices.

It’s so simple but I promise once you try homemade pizza, you won’t go back to takeout pizza again. I love the dough for this pizza because it’s actually filling and doesn’t leave you with a blood sugar spike 2 hours later. I also love that the chicken sausage is much leaner and lighter than traditional pork sausage. It doesn’t hurt my stomach the way takeout sausage pizza does.

Plus, you are controlling the quality of the ingredients and the amount of cheese and toppings you put on the pizza!

That’s all I ate for the day! No alcohol, no dessert, no munchies that night. It’s pretty amazing to me that I can go from eating 6ish times during the week to only eating 4 times on the weekends. But I guess that’s what happens when one of your meals is more indulgent.

Tell me what a typical weekend of eating looks like for you? Have any weekend tips or strategies for people?

My weekend strategy is to indulge, but do so with balance. I knew I was going to have a heavier, more carb filled dinner – so I opted for a salad with healthy protein and fats for my lunch.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 7, 2011 at 8:59 am

Butterscotch pb?!?! I want!! What brand is it?

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2 Laura September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

It’s from Reading Terminal Market in Philly. The brand is Kauffman’s Family Farms. I’ve looked it up and you can only buy it in PA and they won’t ship it out :(

BUT SarahSnacks is working on re-making it right now and hopefully she’ll have a recipe soon for us to all use to make it! It’s SINFUL.

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3 Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland September 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I can’t wait!!!

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4 Sarah September 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

I freaking LOVE Freebirds! It’s waaaay better than chipotle or Qdoba, and they’re more veggie friendly too!

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5 Laura September 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

I love them too! So much better than the other places! Though, I do like Chipotle’s barbacoa, but I never eat it.

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6 Rachel @ An Education In Health September 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

That Freebirds salad looks delicious! Mexican is one of my favorite ethnic foods… And that pizza!? Yummmmm! You had some amazing eats this weekend. I think it is great how you allow yourself to relax a little on the weekend and truly enjoy your eats. I am still working on doing that myself, and you are great inspiration. I have to say, I just love your blog. You have such a great voice and a different perspective. Your blog is always refreshing to read. Keep it up!

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7 Laura September 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thank you so much!

It’s taken me a LONG time to get to this point of relaxing on the weekends, but I find it really really works for me. Especially because I don’t go hog wild and I try to have balance and remember to get my veggies and plants in on those days as well.

Sometimes it’s rough and I don’t do as well as I want, or sometimes I’m a bit more indulgent during the week, but overall – it’s been working really well for me. I’m glad to be an inspiration to you and let me know if you have any questions or want to talk about it!!

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8 Shannon September 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I love cereal for breakfast! :)

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9 Andrea @ Vegvacious September 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

That salad looks awesome!!! Who needs a processed Ranch dressing when you’ve got great big globs of avocado on top?! And Butterscotch PB?! Why is this the first time I’ve ever heard of this?!

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10 Laura September 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I agree! I would rather use guacamole or salsa (both were on my salad) than any salad dressing any day. I typically just dip my fork into the salad dressing then grab a bunch of salad to have a little bit of the flavor. That’s how I end up with so much dressing leftover!

I have no idea how no one else makes butterscotch peanut butter but this one company! They also had toffee peanut butter that looked amazing! I want some now!!

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11 Natalie @ will jog for food September 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I was at HLS and sadly didn’t get to try that PB, wahhh!!

I would love some pizza, I need to make my own dough one day, but am so lazy, hehe.

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12 Laura September 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

I’m lazy too, soooo I make my dough in my breadmaker :)

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13 Kati Mora, MS, RD September 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Your eats look super yummy! I’m especially digging the salad – delish! :)

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14 Hannah@mindrunningwild September 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I love that cereal!! So yum! and that pizza, how did you get the crust so fluffy- that’s amazing :)
butterscotch pb? I wish I could find that= wowowowow

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15 Cherie @ Cherie Runs This September 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Your final salad picture looks like mine always do–I CLEAN up that plate and hardly touch the dressing! And I made pizza for dinner tonight too. I loooove making it at home. I had a major tweetsession with Sarah about vegan cheese! Yours looked amazing! :-)

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