I am very excited because today I’m hosting my very first giveaway on this blog, but more on that in a minute. It is still Wednesday, and that means that it’s time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday, the post where I (over)share everything I ate for one full day. This week’s food diary is going to look a little different than last week’s cleanse diary, I can tell you that.
What I Ate
Wednesday Tuesday 2/17/15
8:15am – Bulletproof Coffee. Surviving a full week without coffee was surprisingly not terrible, but it was the thing I most looked forward to reintroducing. I did have some mid-cleanse brain thoughts about creating an iced bulletproof coffee smoothie… It has been added to my list of projects.
10:30am – Living Room Workout. I was planning to go to the gym, I really was, but when I saw that I had 5+ hours of Bachelor drama on the DVR, I cancelled my gym plans. Instead, I pulled out this old favorite and worked up a major sweat while enjoying some crazy girl drama.
12:00pm – Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats. Another food I missed a little while on the Magic Cleanse, oats! They’re so amazingly basic. They take minutes to prepare and taste like dessert. Plus, I received a bag of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts to try out last week and had been waiting until after the cleanse to taste them.
Immediately, I knew I wanted to try putting Hemp Hearts on a batch of Overnight Oats, and I’m glad I did. The hemp hearts are light, but crunchy and a little nutty. I could see using them the way I use chia seeds or flax, as a way to up the protein content of oats, smoothies, salads, etc. without overpowering the dish.
Hemp Hearts are tiny, but they pack a hearty dose of nutrition.They’re naturally high in fiber (5g), super high in protein (18g), and low in sugar (1g). In my opinion, they’re pretty bland on their own, but that just makes them ideal to pair with a variety of other flavors. I happen to know first hand that they pair exceptionally well with strawberry and banana.
Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats w/ Hemp Hearts
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
1-2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts
Combine oats, milk, chia seeds, half of the sliced banana, and half of the sliced strawberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least a couple of hours). In the morning, stir in the yogurt and top with remaining banana and strawberry slices. Sprinkle Hemp Hearts on top and enjoy!
3:00pm – Chocolate Chip Cookie! Because we’re living in a post-cleanse world, and chocolate chip cookies are what’s up.
4:30pm – Another chocolate chip cookie. And this is why we can’t have sugar in the house.
8:00pm – Chicken Sausage, Kale, and Tomato Pasta w/ Marinara Sauce. Yum. In 27 years, this was my first time making marinara sauce from scratch. I’ll have you know it was very easy.
9:45pm – I Love Lemon Tea
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts Giveaway
So here’s the fun part. I get to share the Hemp Heart love with one of you (US or Canada residents only)! To enter, leave a comment below sharing what you’d put your Hemp Hearts on, and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter. You have until next Monday, February 23rd at midnight PST to enter. A winner will be randomly selected and emailed early next week.
Have a lovely Wednesday. 🙂
As always, you can see what others are eating this Wednesday on Peas & Crayons.
Disclaimer: I am a Sweat Pink Ambassador and part of the Manitoba Harvest #HempHearts Campaign, but I was not compensated to write this post or host a giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own. As always, I greatly appreciate your readership and support.