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WIAW: Perfect Way to End the Day

by Courtney on January 22, 2014

Today is one of those days where I’m having a really hard time coming up with anything fun, quirky, and/or even slightly interesting to start off my post. So this is what you get.

Despite my less than stellar post beginning, I’m pumped to be checking in with you all today! Hope the week is treating you all nicely so far (is it really already Wednesday?! Woop!). I managed to document all of my eats yesterday, so I’m hopping on the WIAW bandwagon once again today. Heeeeeere we go!


2 Van’s Lite Waffles topped with Justin’s Vanilla Almond Butter & bananas + coffee


It had been quite a while since I last had some waffles and oh mannnn, were they good.

Mid-Morning Snacks

The rest of my banana from breakfast + 2 energy bites


I also got the chance to try a bit of a unique treat…pear ginger Riesling sorbet(!).


One of the guys I work with actually made it and brought it in to share at our morning meeting. I wanted so badly to love it (I mean, it sounds incredible, right?!) but unfortunately, I just am not a fan of ginger, so I only had a couple small bites.

Despite the fact that it wasn’t my favorite flavor, I did get a newfound desire to try out the ice cream maker we got last December (and still have yet to take out of the box…whoops!). Maybe we’ll have to give it a whirl this weekend…?


Talk about a KILLER salad.


Lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, grape tomatoes, pickles, red onions, feta cheese, dried cranberries, avocado, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Oh myyyy…that thing was just too delicious.

Shortly after lunch I also snacked on a cara cara orange (my absolute favorite orange!), which I almost forgot to snap a picture of.


Pre-Dinner Munchies

I was pretty hungry by the time I got home from work so I snacked on a couple small handfuls of Van’s BBQ chips while Lucas napped and I worked on putting dinner together.



Oh, it could not come fast enough. I was starrrrrrving!

Somehow, I recently came across an old post of mine where I made this Quick Patstitsio recipe and it really sounded good, so I made sure to pick up the ingredients at the store over the weekend to make it this week.


Mmm mmmmm. It tasted so good that I had to go back for a small serving of seconds, and I’m pretty sure I would have inhaled that plate in record time if I wasn’t also feeding Lucas his dinner simultaneously. Winking smile


Nothing like ending the day with a nice, sweet treat.


Once Lucas was in bed and the dishes were done/bottles were washed and filled/my lunch was made for today, I sat down and thoroughly enjoyed a small dish of cookie dough ice cream while Jay and I caught up on our Monday DVR’d shows (Mike & Molly and HIMYM). Perfect way to end the day, if ya ask me.

What kind of snack are you loving at the end of your day lately? Sweet or savory?

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1 Jenny January 22, 2014 at 6:44 am

I’m in the sweet camp! ALWAYS sweets. lol
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2 Katie@LifesNextBigStep January 22, 2014 at 7:07 am

Dark chocolate every day :) gotta love Trader Joes to satisfy that sweet tooth!
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3 Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie January 22, 2014 at 7:08 am

I’m with you on not liking ginger. I wish I did, but I just can’t.

That pasta looks incredible! I bookmarked that recipe to try sometime in the near future.

99% of the time, my snack cravings are sweet. If I ever crave a savory snack, then I know something is really off with my body!
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4 Linz @ Itz Linz January 22, 2014 at 7:42 am

ginger can definitely be overpowering – i only like it in very small doses. i’ve gotten in the habit of almost always having a little something sweet in the evening!!
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5 Jamie @ Dishing Out Health January 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

Just about anything with nut butter! I’ve been loving apple slices with White Chocolate Wonderful PB, as well as banana slices with Cinnamon Raisin PB. Or just eating it straight outta the jar by the spoonful :)
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6 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine January 22, 2014 at 8:15 am

I have been loving the savory snacks! Cheese and crackers lately. Can’t.get.enough. I love Van’s waffles and I’m looking forward to trying their other things! What has been your favorite Van’s snack?


7 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

The only one I’ve tried so far is the multigrain chips (which were yummy!). Other than that, I’ve long been a fan of their waffles :)


8 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

You’ve put me in the mood for waffles….and ice cream!
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9 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 22, 2014 at 8:29 am

mmmm…ice cream!
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10 Stacey M. January 22, 2014 at 8:48 am

Hmmm … I have yet to try waffles with banana and peanut butter. Guess I need to get on that soon – yours look soooo good!

Also love that large salad you had for lunch. Last night, I made myself a salad out of chopped brussel sprouts (raw), green onion, apple, walnuts, dried cranberries and little cheese. It was delicious – I’ve actually been eating these for a while now because the produce I normally put on a salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) just aren’t in season right now. However, I failed to add any protein to my salad which is probably why I woke up pretty hungry this morning.

I must also mention that I LOVE the shoes you’re wearing in the photo of your energy bites! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find those? I’ve been looking for something similar for a while now. Also, do you wear any nylons with those? (sorry for all the questions!)


11 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Thank you! I got them from Target maybe a year or two ago? And I actually really like to wear toe cover socks with shoes like these:

They’re great because they provide a little extra inside without having to wear the full nylon knee-highs!


12 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life January 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

I have been all about oranges lately too! My work offers free fruit to its employees and I always take advantage of the huge ripe oranges and the honey crisp apples :)


13 Kelly January 22, 2014 at 8:54 am

Just a random comment but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I somehow stumbled across it a year ago and love how positive/upbeat you while at the same time being honest about the times things aren’t as great. :)


14 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Aww, thank you so much, Kelly! I really appreciate that :)


15 Jenn@Mark My Mile! January 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

That pasta dish looks amazing! I am going to put that on the menu for this weekend. Lately, I’ve been loving both sweet and savory snacks. I have been adding salted, roasted almonds with dried sweetened fruits. the best of both worlds!
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16 Shel@PeachyPalate January 22, 2014 at 8:58 am

I’m loving roasted crunchy edamame beans and freshly made popcorn too at the moment!


17 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

Don’t worry I am not a ginger fan either and I probably would have done the same thing :)

Looks like you had a great day of eats!
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18 Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne January 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

Yum that ice cream looks super good! That is the only thing I miss (after finding out I’m lactose intolerant). Mmmm I’ve been eating my dessert in the early afternoon haha I come home from my classes and just want a sweet, so I eat some dark chocolate :)
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19 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

That pastitsio looks bombbbb.
I almost always end my day on a sweet note— ice cream, dried fruit, yogurt bowl… Otherwise, my palate just doesn’t feel right! :)
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20 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 22, 2014 at 9:05 am

I’ve been loving huge salads too with tons of random things thrown in there! Pumpkin seeds and goat cheese are two of my favorites lately!
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21 Betty January 22, 2014 at 9:06 am

end of day snacking – trying to move away from sugar based – step away from the sweet – so it’s been on the stove cooked popcorn

and oh, could you make me a salad everyday – I’ll pick it up on my way to work – just leave it out :) – looks great !


22 chelcie @ chelcie's food files January 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

justins vanilla almond butter is my FAVORITE. I need to get my hands on more of that good stuff asap
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23 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life January 22, 2014 at 9:16 am

Dessert is ALWAYS the way to go :) PS your breakfast looks so tasty!
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24 Sarah @ Sweet Miles January 22, 2014 at 9:19 am

Mmm I sometimes like to just eat a small handful of dark chocolate chips and call it a night :) That pasta look delish!!
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25 Hayley@healthyregardshayley January 22, 2014 at 9:25 am

ALWAYS sweet. I don’t think I have ever gone for a savory snack post dinner, actually half the time I try to make dinner sweet. LOL. I almost always eat yogurt or cottage cheese with pb/pb2 and some rice puff cereal and honey. Helps me sleep (:
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26 FitBritt@MyOwnBalance January 22, 2014 at 9:29 am

Almond butter! Any flavor on anything!
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27 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

I’m not a ginger fan either, so I don’t think I’d enjoy that sorbet. I wish I liked it, but it’s just not my thing.

Mmm cara cara oranges are my favorite too! I just bought some yesterday at the grocery store. Can’t wait to dig into them today.

SWEET is always my thang for my evening snack. I’ve always been that way. Eating something savory before bed doesn’t even sound appealing to me most of the time. I’ve been loving a mug brownie or ice cream lately.
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28 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Your mug brownies always look SO good!


29 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 22, 2014 at 9:49 am

I have yet to try out the Justin’s brand of almond butter. I totally need to get on that because it does look awfully tasty!

I’m definitely loving something sweet after dinner. I love a piece of dark chocolate or a mug cake!
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30 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 22, 2014 at 9:50 am

I’m all about the sweets at the end of the day…ice cream being a particular favourite ;-)
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31 Mandee January 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

That pasta looks so good! I bet you would love bobby deens cheeseburger casserole, I’ve made it four times and my family loves it! Tastes just like a cheeseburger, but yummier and no grease. I also made a seafood dip from his book, and everyone loved that too. The casserole is on skinny taste if you wanna try it:


32 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Funny you should mention that…

Haha we loved it too! :)


33 Mandee January 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

OMG that is too funny!!!


34 Joanna January 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

Hi Courtney,

I was wondering if you could possibly do a post about “salads” that people can take to work as well as a post about healthy lunches for work? I know it sounds like a simple thing but somehow whenever I am making a salad for work its boring and never as good as yours! :)

In general any tips for making healthy lunches for work are greatly appreciated! Thanks!


35 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Hey Joanna!
I’ll have to see what I can come up with, thanks for the idea! In the meantime, when I make my salads, I literally just try to add as many veggies that I can find in my fridge. On top of that, I almost always like to add feta and dried cranberries, and usually a protein like grilled chicken. If I don’t have any protein, I usually make up for it with some peanut butter later on ;)


36 Ashlee@hisnhers January 22, 2014 at 10:09 am

That pasta dish looks SO good. Gonha have to maket hat!
Im not a ginger person either. I dont see how people eat it in juice all of the time! Yuck


37 Wendy Dry January 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

YES to cara cara oranges! The grocery store closest to my house has giant, delicious ones right now, and I want to buy 5 million pounds of them before they go away! Also, ginger-ew.


38 Ali January 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

I’ve been loving Skinny Popcorn, bananas and peanut butter and Kind bars!


39 Jennifer Lambert January 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

I always end my day with chocolate. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Right now I’m hooked on Jcoco chocolates. Especially the Vanquatu Coconut Pecan. They come in packs of three 1oz bars. Clocking in at about 160 calories. I think some of their other flavors come in at 140 and above. Highest being in the 160 range. 1oz of pure bliss. Expensive but worth it. clocking in at 2 dollars per 1oz bar. But proceeds also go to charity.


40 Cristal January 22, 2014 at 12:48 pm

This is totally off topic, but you mentioned you and your husband were shopping for a mattress. Did you end up buying one? We are also in major need of a new one and I feel totally overwhelmed by the varieties and hate to spend money on something that I don’t like. Curious to hear about what you have found…


41 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

Haha, we never even made it out to look! We’re hoping to this weekend though


42 Nicole January 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Always sweet – no contest!

What flavor of ice cream is that? Looks so good!! :D


43 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Cookie dough! My absolute favorite :-P


44 Annette@FitnessPerks January 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

I usually always end my day with a bit of something sweet–esp now with being over tired. haha ;) I love me some ice cream!

And those salads you make always look so yumm!
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45 Claire January 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm

I have been craving both sweet and salty in the evenings…! I blame it on my being pregnant ;-) Last night, Cole went to the store and got chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches…I had a small bite of one last night and have already broken into them again today and it just turned noon here on the West Coast! But, I am also eyeing those BBQ chips you have/had something’ fierce!!


46 Courtney January 22, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Girl, I’d totally be having more than just a small bite ;)


47 Jen@Twenty-Something&Starving January 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Oh yum! That’s one of my favorite breakfasts!! I always end my days with something sweet, too. Lately it’s been plain vanilla froyo topped with raspberries…or chocolate cheerios!
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48 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

My favorite after dinner treat right now is So Delicious Greek Style yogurt in Strawberry. It is thick and creamy without too much sugar!
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49 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

That ice cream looks amazing…it’s been so long since I had an ice cream, I think I’m overdue! ;)
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50 Leigha @ Minougirl January 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

What a yummy day of eats!! I’m never really much for savory. Lately my night snack has been a nice piece of chocolate cake leftover from le birthday!
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51 Amee @ Did Someone Say Chocolate? January 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Your blog is what introduced me to WIAW, so thank you! That salad looks amazing and I was excited to hear about the sorbet as well, but I too am not a huge fan of ginger. I’ve been ending my day with a cup of Yogi Tea’s “Bedtime” tea. So sweet since the flavors are on the sweet side even without sugar.
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52 Lyric January 22, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Sweet! Always sweet ;) Lately the sweet tooth has been cured with whatever I baked that day because I’ve been really into baking lately!
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53 Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment January 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Sweet almost always. My favorite after dinner treat lately is dark chocolate.
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54 Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives January 23, 2014 at 1:22 pm

I used to be such a sweets fan, but pregnancy sure changed that. Lol! I’m def. more in the savory camp these days – my fave breakfast is 1 or 2 boiled eggs & some turkey sausage. I was delighted to be able to actually enjoy some mixed fruit and Chobani greek yogurt this morning though! That hasn’t happened in months… oh how I missed my sweets! :) Maybe this means I’ll be back in the sweets camp soon… fingers crossed!
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55 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

after dinner dessert/snack: sliced banana, almond butter, dark chocolate chips, and sometimes hemp hearts :)


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