WIAW: Go Big or Go Home

Hey, guess what?!? Today’s WIAW post is a little bit different from usual…

…because it’s filled with all of the eats that I actually ate on a Wednesday! Who woulda thought?!? You guys remember last Wednesday when I actually took a little time to unplug? Well, I still managed to document all of my eats from that day, so now you get to see, well, What I Ate Wednesday!

5:45am – Pre-Breakfast Snack

I had a 6:00am client to train, so I made sure to eat a little something (as always) before getting started.

Nine times out of 10, a Clif Z Bar is consumed first thing when I have early clients or am doing my own workout early in the day.

8:30am – Breakfast

A grande blond roast coffee + 2 pumps sugar-free vanilla syrup & skim milk with a batch of overnight oats in a jar.

I had some time to kill in between sessions so I decided to head down the road to Starbucks and eat there. It was a nice change from the kitchen area at the gym.

This particular batch of OOIAJ was fantastic…

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 3 tbsp plain Chobani
  • cinnamon & nutmeg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • blueberries
  • Love Grown Foods granola

Photos taken a la Instagram…I’m still learning. Winking smile

11:00am – Mid-Morning Snack

My first piece of Zucchini Banana Chocolate Chip Bread for the day.


1:45pm – Lunch

By the time I got back home from work, I was ready to dig into something FAST. Luckily, this came together in no time.


I made a ham & melted provolone sandwich on a toasted whole wheat English muffin, paired with some honey mustard, spinach, and tomatoes.


On the side, I finished up the rest of the tomato and paired it with some baby carrots.


So bright and colorful…I loved it.

5:15pm – Pre-Dinner Treat

It’s a recycled photo, but did enjoy a lovely glass of chardonnay while flipping through the pages of my book. I also ended up snacking on a handful of Kashi crackers which went undocumented.

7:15pm – Dinner

Ever since Jay had received his latest issue of Men’s Health (you know, the one with the hottie on the cover) he’d been asking if we could have one of the recipes that was featured. He said he was in the mood for “something fresh,” which sort of made me laugh, but I liked where he was going.


The recipe was for Grilled Chicken Shawarma (<—recipe link) and it turned out pretty amazing. The chicken had awesome flavor from being marinated in the Greek yogurt, garlic, and spices, and it went perfectly with the extra veggies and yogurt sauce.

I used whole wheat pitas to layer everything up which, for me, included hummus, chicken slices, cucumber slices, red onion, lettuce, tomato, and the yogurt sauce. Jay liked them so much, he went back and made himself a second one.


I, on the other hand, used the rest of my appetite to nibble on the Alexia Sweet Potato Fries that I cooked up…totally forgot that the bag was still in the freezer from the last time that we made them. So quick and yummy!


9:00pm – After-Dinner Dessert

This particular Wednesday was all about giving into my cravings, and shortly after dinner, Jay and I both had a craving for ice cream. Not fro-yo, not the reduced fat stuff…real ice cream.


(Bonus points to anyone who can remember where else they’ve seen that green spoon here on STSL!) Winking smile

Luckily, we have a Stewart’s Shop just down the road from us, which makes some of my favorite hard ice cream in the area. They just recently came out with five new flavors too…one of which I thoroughly enjoyed here called “Happy Camper” – graham cracker-flavored ice cream, with swirls of marshmallow and mini peanut butter cups.


It’s basically heaven…especially when paired with some added caramel.

Oh yes, my friends. Sometimes ya gotta go BIG or go home.

Know what I’m sayin’? Winking smile


  1. olivia says


    I love all your oatmeal creations you make b/c we are an oatmeal family. But I am curious are you actually cooking your oats or just adding them to the mixture and guessing maybe the almond milk is soaking them up a little but I am thinking still a little uncooked taste to them. Sorry if this is a totally crazy question. Thanks so much for your amazing meal ideas!!!

    • Courtney says

      Nope! For the overnight oats I just let them soak. It’s a different texture from cooking them but I love it!

  2. says

    Good for you… Sometimes you just gotta fulfill that craving!! :). That ice cream sounds amazing… Like a frozen s’more with peanut butter! I’d be scared my once-in-a-while craving would turn into a nightly thing with that treat so close!

  3. says

    Oh my gosh I got so excited when I read Stewart’s shop! When I was a kid I would always go to Stewart’s with my grandma every time I went to visit :) Such great memories and they really do have the best ice cream!
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  4. says

    You do a great job of eating regularly throughout the day. I can’t seem to do this. I like to eat & get it over with & not have to worry about it for hours. I’m going to see if I can eat more frequently today…you’ve inspired me :)
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  5. says

    Another Starbucks on WIAW. Yikes, I gotta go get a coffee before I finish visiting everyones site. But that sandwich, now that looks to die for! Gee, that ice cream doesn’t look half bad either. Starbucks and ice cream….I am on it! Jana

  6. says

    Courtney – I have to get you the new report on Kashi. I just learned of this morning. :(

    I want to get into your overnight oats routine – they look amazing.

  7. says

    I love chicken schwarma! That’s one of Nick’s favorites so he makes it for us quite a bit – he’s a pro at this point :)
    How does Jay like Men’s Health? I always think maybe I’ll sign Nick up as a random present or stocking stuffer type thing but then I wonder if he’d actually want to read it or get anything out of it. Maybe I overthink it but I just don’t imagine guys as excited about mags as us girls.
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    • Courtney says

      Hahaha…if you notice in the picture, it’s hiding behind my purse. Aaaaand I was also sitting in a corner by myself :)
      Then again, I really don’t care if people thought I was odd!

  8. Cindy says

    That spoon is from 16 handles! I know that for 2 reasons–I remembered thinking it was cute when you posted about your trip to 16 handles not to long ago, and second because I recently went to 16 handles (nyc) and got my own spoon! I also saved it and use it for breakfast :) so cute


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