Whole30 #3: Days 7-9 Recaps & The End

 I am documenting my THIRD Whole30 journey to help me see how far I’ve come from my first Whole30 (Feb 2015), my second (April 2015), to now! Plus, I don’t want to fall into any food ruts. Hopefully this will keep me inspired through the whole process. I’m looking forward to the transformation in how I approach food, cook with it, and enjoy it. Check out all my Whole30 related posts HERE from why I did each previous Whole30, why I am doing this one, and all my food diaries. 

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{Day 7}

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Ugh, what a day. It was a rough food day. Days like this make me realize how hard it is to stick to Whole30, and how important it is to stick to Whole30.

Breakfast

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Banana and almond butter

This was eaten on the run, actually, in the car, but close enough.

We slept in so we didn’t have time to make breakfast before having to get in the car and go up to NH to visit Catherine and Ed. It was great to get extra sleep but made the morning tough in the end. We stopped off at McDonald’s on the way to get (black) iced coffees and to get an Egg Mcmuffin for Autumn. I wanted that damn Egg Mcmuffin!! ha!

Lunch

NADA!!

It was such a messed up day. It happens. Not great but it happens.

Dinner

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Grilled Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausages with baby bella mushrooms, shishito peppers, and sauteed kale

OMG food!!!!!!

We were so freaking hungry from skipping lunch. It was so, so good. Fresh, flavorful, delicious. I used a lemon olive oil from Trader Joe’s on the baby bellas. Loved it!!! And I ordered a box of Maldon Sea Salt from Amazon and I am so glad I did as it’s great on the shishito peppers.

Late Night Snack

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Homemade Potato Salad- made with tiny red potatos, homemade mayo, radishes, green onions

So I had planned on making this earlier in the day but didn’t get around to it until later on at night. Of course, I had to sample some… :-)

Activity- 

7,711*

My Fitbit was dead in the morning so it effected my step count, but I still don’t think that I would have made my 10K step goal since we spent part of the day in the car and inside.

Hydration- 

It was a decent day from iced coffee, water, seltzer, etc

{Day 8}

Monday, July 27th, 2015

I spent most of the day battling thoughts about stopping this Whole30. I wasn’t feeling committed to it, like I had in the best, even when the going got tough. Instead I just felt restricted and alone (since Price cheated on Day 6). I was excited that my mom was doing it too in FL, as well as a co-worker, but I didn’t feel great about it this time. My heart wasn’t into it.

Breakfast

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2 over-easy eggs, sweet potato hash, pico de galo

Nice and simple.

Lunch

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Salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, radishes, avocado, and chicken with a homemade ranch dressing, then a Key Lime Pie Lara Bar (45 mins)

My avocado wasn’t ripe yet. Such a bummer. But the chicken was ah-mazing. It was was seasoned really well and really juicy. Glad I took the time to cook it that morning.

The Larabar was so good. Glad I found this flavor at Whole Foods on Sunday.

Dinner

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 Steak with fajita veggies and cauliflower rice, served with pico, cilantro, and limes

YES!!!! This was such a good dinner. I really loved the flavors and different textures from the steak, ‘rice’, veggies, and salsa. I could eat this all the time. I feel like I should have blogged about it!

Activity

4,811*

I plugged my Fitbit in at lunch and then forgot it there, so it didn’t get the rest of my steps counter, but I know that I hit my 10K step goal. Def!

Hydration

I should have had more water. I had coffee, water, and seltzer, but I still felt that my in-take amount was low for the day.

{Day 9}

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

DONE…

Yeah, so I fail at my 3rd Whole30. I broke the rules at lunch.

Breakfast

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2 over-easy eggs with ‘fried’ plantains with Frank’s Red Hot

It’s easy to call them fried plantains, but in reality I cooked it with barely any oil. I love them for breakfast. So, so good.

Lunch

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Southwest Chicken Salad and some oven baked fries from B.Good with a Berry Chia Agua Fresca from 4 Petal

I basically knew I was going to stop Whole30 on Wednesday as I was going to the Boston Public Market blogger tour, where there would be lots of samples!, so I just decided to stop a bit earlier.

Megan requested that we go to B.Good so she could get a Southwestern Chicken Salad before moving so we got salads to go to enjoy sitting in PO Sq. I had successfully eaten at B.Good while doing Whole30 previously, but I decided that I really wanted the same salad as Megan so I ordered it… and enjoyed it!!!

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Lunch with my friend was just perfect! I’ll miss you tons and tons Megan! Have fun and lots of success in New York! xox

Dinner

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Leftover Spaghetti Squash with Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce 

This was complaint to the Whole30 program. Just because I stopped doing the program at lunch doesn’t mean I am going to completely trash up my diet. :-)

I ate half of what was pictured, which was more than plenty. Then I rushed off to a planning board meeting.

Activity/Steps

11,569*

Since I forgot my FitBit in the charger at work, it didn’t count my steps prior to getting to work, so it was a great day!

Hydration

A great day! Coffee, water, agua fresca, more water. yes!!!!

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Why I stopped my 3rd Whole30 of 2015…

I am all for committing to something and sticking to it, but I honestly was feeling suffocated by the restrictions. I just kept thinking about how I wanted to eat fresh summer-time corn on the cob. It just made me feel so sad that I’d deprive myself of that. I wasn’t craving a cookie. I was craving corn on the cob.

So I bailed on Day 9. Part of me wishes I just stuck with it. But I feel okay with myself that I stopped. I’m a grown ass adult so I can make my own decisions and feel good about them!! ha!

Yes, I know that I feel great while doing the Whole30 program but it’s not meant to be a long term dietary program. I figured out that I had done 68 days of Whole30 in 178 days. Not too shabby! It is a great accomplishment to complete one Whole30 program, so it was extra awesome to do 2 in a short period of time. We were going a little crazy with our eating after the wedding, but ultimately, we really weren’t!

Yes, I had my cookies and other naughty foods, but I wasn’t drinking very much, I wasn’t drinking soda, I was steering clear of rice, sugars, and avoided a lot of dairy. Our previous Whole30’s helped us out our cabinets, fridge, and freezer of non-compliant foods. And it helped us get stocked full of good for you things like flavored oils, vinegars, mustards, nuts, and a more diverse selection of fruits and veggies (hello chayote squash!)

I know that I will forever spread the word about Whole30 and how it greatly impacted my life and how I feel about the foods I chose to put into my body. I know that I will even do it again, and again for a healthy refresh! #lovewhole30

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Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburger

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburger

Vacation is so close that I can almost taste it. And it tastes like burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cake, wine, and s’mores.

Dear lord, that’s a lot of food. ha!

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We leave Saturday morning to head to The Cape to have a big family vacation to celebrate my dad’s 75 birthday. woohoo!

I have some big cooking plans for the week, as there will be so many of us there. Man, I love cooking for a crowd! I am prepping by making big batches of macaroni salad and potato salad and a birthday cake with Oreo buttercream frosting on Friday night. Man, the car is gonna be packed on Saturday. ha!

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I’m hoping to make these Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburgers again while I am down there. The kids will prob skip the jalapenos but I have a feeling the adults will dig in. Like, really dig in!

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The flame grilled burger gets topped off with a big hunking dollop of a tangy cheese mixture, which is then topped off with slices of grilled jalapenos.

I love jalapeno poppers! I love ordering them at sports bars. They are delightfully naughty! Spicy peppers that are filled with tangy cream cheese. The poppers are always served so hot that the cheese is burning lava hot. And I never wait enough time so I always burn my mouth. Always. I will never learn.

So if you love poppers as much as me, this burger if for you. Plus, it has bacon. Yes!

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I hope that you will enjoy this Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburger this weekend. You totally need to fire up your grill for this bad boy. It’s the perfect mash-up of one of the best spicy appetizers and a juicy burger. noms!!

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Bacon Jalapeno Popper Cheeseburger

Makes 4 Burgers

Ingredients

  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 1 1/4 pound of ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Sour cream
  • 1 1/2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, snipped into small pieces
  • 2-3 jalapenos
  • tomato, lettuce
  • 4 Kaiser Rolls

Process

  1. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a skillet. Place on paper towels when done.
  2. Season the ground beef with the salt and pepper. Create 4 equal sized burgers.
  3. Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and green onions in a bowl.
  4. Fire up your grill!!
  5. Place jalapenos on your grill over medium heat. Rotate to evenly cook. When all sides have been blackened and the pepper is soft, remove and let cool. Once cool, cut the stem off the peppers, slice into long pieces.
  6. Grill your burger over medium heat. After 2-3 minutes, flip your burger. Add a quarter of the cheese topping to the burger. At this point, add your buns to your grill in an area when the heat is low. Close your grill.
  7. Serve your burger by placing a burger on the bottom portion of bun, add some grilled jalapeno pepper slices, top the burger off with some lettuce and tomato slices. Enjoy!

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Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Puffle Waffles

Guava & Cream Cheese Puffle Waffle

Years ago, while I was staying at a resort in the Caribbean, I grabbed a late night snack at the hotel’s on-site Dunkin’ Donuts. Tired from the glorious day of sun, I stumbled in there for a coolata.

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And then I saw it.

I saw the most amazing thing ever.

A doughnut filled with guava jelly.

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Okay, so it was just a Dunkin’ Donuts’ doughnut, so it wasn’t the best doughnut ever, but I was hooked on this guava filled doughnut. It was fun and tropical. It was the perfect late night snack that night.

The thing is that I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I used to always look for guava filled doughnuts but I never saw them here, so I just figure it was something special for the Caribbean locations. Lucky them!

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Well, I was recently stumbled upon guava paste while I was grocery shopping. It was in a weird shaped can, which is exactly why it caught my eye. I had no idea what to do with it but I impulsively tossed it in the cart.

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I’m glad I did as I quickly discovered that guava paste is really versatile. It can be eaten on just crackers or used as a filling for empanadas or swirled into cheesecake or even used as a glaze on pork tenderloin. Awesome!!

It pairs really well with cheese so I decided to play on the idea of traditional Pastelitos, which are pastries often filled with guava and cream cheese, when I made these puffles.

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Now is the time to find some guava paste so you can make your own Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Puffle Waffles. Love!!

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Guava and Cream Cheese Stuffed Puffle Waffles

Makes 8 puffles

Ingredients

  • 1 17.5 ounce box of puff pastry dough
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup guava paste
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Process

  1. Thaw the puff pastry according to the instructions on the box. (Typically 40 minutes at room temperature prior to use)
  2. While the puff pastry is thawing, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface to be 12″ x 12″. Work the dough to eliminate the seams. Cut the dough into 4 equal sized pieces. Score each piece in half.
  4. Leaving 1/2″ boarder, spread a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture on half of each piece. Add 3 small spoonfuls of the guava paste on the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Fold the other half of the puff pastry over the filling, crimp the edges to seal the filling inside the pastry dough.
  6. Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry dough to make the other 4 puffles.
  7. Preheat your waffle iron at this point. Place the puffle dough on the waffle iron. Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. The dough should no longer be expanding and puffing up when you open the waffle iron.
  8. Gently remove, and place on a cooling rack until ready to serve the puffles.
  9. Plate 2 puffles, shake some powdered sugar over the puffles, drizzle some warmed maple syrup on the puffles. Enjoy!!

Inspired by Epicurious

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I hope you are enjoying all my #WaffleWednesday recipes and enjoyed this month of fun puffle recipes. Be sure to give them a try. xoxo

 

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Farm Feedery Lunch Delivery: Review

Farm Feedery Review

What do you do when you are so completely bored with your typical lunches at work? Is the sub down the road feeling plain? Or is the big burrito just too heavy?

What Blue Apron is doing for dinners, Farm Feedery is doing for lunches here in Boston!!! But the best part is that you don’t have to dirty any dishes as they deliver your prepared meal right to you at work. And they are in compostable containers. I freaking love that.

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I had the pleasure of trying out Farm Feedery a few months ago for some lunches. I am a big, big fan of bringing my own lunches to work. It helps me save money, but the reality is that I quickly fall into the same ruts of making the salads and eating leftovers. So boring. And then I start skipping making lunch at home so I have to go out to lunch. Pretty soon spending $8-11 for a sandwich, burrito, burger, or salad gets annoying. And boring. I’ve worked in the same office for the past 8 years so I even get tired of the restaurants and cafes around there.

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I completely loved the meals that I sampled from Farm Feedery!

The first one that I dove into was the Orecchiette with Asparagus and Goat Cheese. Fresh vegetables with a mellow sauce and pieces of tangy goat cheese… bliss!! The asparagus was cooked perfectly, even holding up to reheating. Similarly, I felt the pasta held up well to being reheated, which can sometimes get chewy, but not this.

I found that this meal was rather large(for me, for lunch). It could easily have been split into 2 lunches, and supplemented with a piece of fruit. It felt like such a great deal for the portion and the quality of the lunch.

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They serve their meals in compostable containers with clear instructions on how to properly reheat each meal. Also, I love how they calculate the nutrition facts for all of their meals.

While they can’t promise to be allergy (nut, gluten, diary) free, they do they include all of the ingredients in their meals, which I find helpful.

Side note: You might notice that all the packaging sayings ‘Farmavore’, well I received my lunches when they were just starting out, and since they recently just changed their name then. But don’t fret it’s the same company, and you be getting great meals like these if you signed up for Farm Feedery!

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Farm Feedery was founded with the idea of creating nutritious, delicious, affordable food from local, sustainable agriculture. They are passionate about supporting local agriculture whenever possible. As well, much of the food comes out of their own farm!  With so much experience with growing their own foods they are able to plan fresh seasonal meals.

They are a subscription based service so you can customize your preferences to have 1, 3 or 5 meals a week delivered to your office. Rates vary from $10- $14 dollars a meal, depending on the plan, with the best deal being the 5 meal plan. The chef, who has over a decade of hospitality and catering experience from running her own catering shop, works to create meals are developed and prepared based upon your preferences, like if you prefer meat or not, or any other dietary restrictions. (I’d be putting in big bold letters that I hate, hate, hate olives!)

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The other meal that I tried was the Asian Chicken over Rice Noodles.

I actually brought this home for dinner as my day was so hectic. I had planned on eating this while giving Autumn a bath (multitask-er for life!) but things got hectic and after a few bites I had to immediately return to work for a mini crisis. Lucky Price now had a delicious dinner.

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While I enjoyed a few bites, Price really was able to dive in and savor every bite. So not fair! Right off the bat, he thought the chicken was seasoned really well and was cooked perfectly. The veggies had a nice crunch which provided a nice contrast in texture from the soft, tender rice noodles.  The sauce is what really tied the dish together. The fish sauce in the dressing really packed a flavorful umami punch.

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You know when you order a salad with some toppings and you get a bunch of greens and an intensely small amount of topping?  You can forget all that with this salad.  Price said nearly ever bit had peanuts, basil, carrot,  onion, and shaved carrots along with  rice noodles and the lovely chicken.

Just look at this salad.  It looks light, fresh, and tasty.

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I highly suggest checking out Farm Feedery if you work in the Boston and Cambridge areas. Their sample menus are really impressive, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy your lunch and lunch break.

 Now just step away from that computer, take a walk outside, grab some grass (I suggest PO Sq!), and enjoy every bite.

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While I received complimentary Farm Feedery meals to sample, all opinions are honest.

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Monday Munchies: Tasty Burger Food Truck

Tasty Burger Food Truck_Monday Munchies

I love Tasty Burger!

I love food trucks!

Tasty Burger Food Truck = LOVE! LOVE!! LOVE!!!

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Tasty Burger is a Boston area burger joint that has damn good burgers. They have juicy, flavorful, hearty burgers that are paired so perfectly well with fries, onion rings, or their tots. Or skip the burger and grab a chicken sandwich or hot dog. No matter, it will be wonderful. A cold beer washing it all down doesn’t hurt either. It’s just that kind of place with that kind of food.

They have 5 locations in Boston and Cambridge, in neighborhoods like Fenway, Back Bay, and Harvard Square. Each location is great. Their Fenway location, which we frequent most often, was an old gas station that was reworked and redesigned so it went from changing oil to frying in oil.

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But what happens if you work downtown and you start craving a burger? Well, have no fear! They have a food truck that you can visit or even rent out for events. Cool!

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Thankfully, the truck stops at City Hall plaza on Thursdays. So just a short walk and I am in burger nirvana! Sometimes Price and I have burger lunch dates so we can split tots ($6+) and a drink ($2.75) while we munch on burgers. The City has new summertime seating which makes kicking back for lunch a real treat.

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On a recent trip, Price had the Bacon Cheeseburger ($5.85), that he thought was a great combination of a perfectly cooked burger (medium is standard) with salty, crunchy bacon, and fresh lettuce and tomato.

Tasty Burger prides itself on the products they produce and sell as they strive to source their ingredients from the best places. They create 1/3 pounds burger patties from steers that eat a “100-percent vegetarian grass and grain diet.” They visit the pastures where the cows are grass fed, purchase their hot dogs from local butchers, and get their buns from local bakers. They are hands on with sourcing their products and produce and in the end the quality shines through.

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They have the best eco-friendly packaging for their burgers. I love peeling back to wrapper to reveal the burger.

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I love their Spicy Jalapeno ($5.75). It has just the right amount of kick with burger that is topped off with a spicy cheese sauce and then roasted jalapenos.

Besides their delicious burgers, they also serve vegan & gluten free veggie burgers ($5.75), Fenway Park Sausages ($6), bowls of chili ($3.95+) that you can load up with toppings. And lastly, they have 1/4 pound hot dogs ($3.95) that can get piled high with toppings like bacon, chili, sauerkraut, or their cheese sauces. Such epic food.

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I’ll be honest, their lunch can set you back pretty well as their burgers average $5 and then a plain tot is $6 and a soda is ($1.75 or $2.75). And if you get loaded tots it is now $9, but that is exactly why Price and I make this our special lunch date. Great large portions to share and it saves on getting a sitter!!

Grab a friend, grab a chair, and grab some Tasty Burger for a great lunch. Then head back to work with a naughty food coma! ha!

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Be sure to try the Official Burger of the Boston Red Sox’s at one of their food truck stops or at one of their 5 brick and mortar locations, which has much more elaborate menus that include chicken sandwiches, the most addicted thinly sliced onion rings, and brain freeze inducing milkshakes.

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Food Truck Menu (check for schedule HERE)

Fenway

Harvard Square

Southie

Back Bay

Fenway Park

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