Disclaimer: Be prepared for boring boring meals. I started my externship and even though I am happy to report I have survived my first few days, I am not happy to report that since two of my three meals are eaten either in the car or at work, they are not exciting nor photo worthy. And I’ll be honest after 11 hour work days I don’t have much motivation to make dinner presentable.

You were warned.

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I did however want to make sure I participated in this week’s What I Ate Wednesday because as mentioned above, I have no idea if my meals will be worth mentioning anytime soon. Maybe since I won’t be eating breakfast or lunch at home, it will force me to be more creative at dinner time. I can’t make any promises though.

But before that happens, let’s first head over to Jenn’s at Peas and Crayons and say thank you and check out everyone’s tasty eats, and then let’s look at what might be my last artfully put together meals.

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I first want to prove my point of non photo worthy breakfasts.
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This breakfast was so ugly, I felt like I just had to share it.
Even though it looks like absolute garbage, it was still pretty tasty.
In the mix:
1 heaping handful of organic baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup Trader Joes frozen Berry Blend
– 1 tbsp Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
1 scoop Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder
5-7 drops of  liquid vanilla Stevia
dash of cinnamon, ginger
and to bulk it up a bit I added a sprinkle of chia seeds and rolled oats.
I actually made this the night before to let it all absorb and hopefully get a bit thicker (I think I added too much liquid when making it)

So let me redeem myself and show you my last photo worthy breakfast I made before I started externship.

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 This was my last relaxing morning breakfast I plan on having for awhile. I enjoyed it very very slowly and savored every last bite.

Everyone always says oatmeal is boring. Not around here. I love oatmeal, you can seriously flavor it so many ways, and put endless toppings on it. You just have to be creative. How is that boring?

This delicious looking bowl was

Chai Overnight TVP/prOATs.

In my mix:

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/3 cup TVP

1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder (stirred in at end)

1 cup almond milk (I use Silk vanilla)

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

7-9 drops vanilla Stevia

Topped with my typical mish mosh of frozen banana, fresh strawberries, and a local granola for the crunch. I gotta have that crunch.

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Maybe not as pretty, but worth mentioning, I have been snacking on some pretty tasty things lately.

I have a new favorite post work out snack. Gotta re-fuel with those proteins and carbs!

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Pumpkin/cinnamon spiked cottage cheese on top of pumpernickel bread.

I seriously love pumpernickel bread. Total carb girl here. No shame.

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I also tried a new to me yogurt.

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Well I guess technically it’s dairy free, but I love Silk almond milk, so when I saw they have a yogurt out I had to try it.

It was pretty tasty, after a quick stir I would even say you can’t even tell it’s dairy free.

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And something that isn’t new to me?

Celebrating and relaxing in the liquid form.

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Matt and I got this bottle of wine from our favorite local winery I honestly want to say about 2 years ago.

I had braces at the time and didn’t drink red wine due to not wanting to stain my teeth.

We decided it would be our celebratory wine when I got my braces off.

Yea, that never happened.

I figured my first day of externship, first 11 hour day of many to come, finally called for a little red wine celebration.

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So with that being said, I am off to be a grandma and go to bed early.

I hope to have something worth showing you next week, but if not don’t hold it against me!

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Do you guys have any good green/power smoothie recipes to share? I need something that will make them tasty, yet will keep me full for hours. The chia seeds, peanut butter and oatmeal seemed to help, but I’m open to suggestions!