WIAW: Food Finds, Flavor Combos and a Few Recipes Just For Fun

It’s Wednesday already, meaning it is obviously time for another fabulous What I Ate Wednesday, sponsored by Jenn over at Peas and Crayons! Thanks again, girl, for creating a fun way to unite the blog world, and provide inspiration for menu change-ups!

So today, if you are like me and totally bored with some of the foods you have in your pantry, or the routine meals and recipes you make day after day, I may just have the solutions for you!

This weekend as I was browsing the shelves of Target and I came across a few things that got me very very exited.

Although it has been a beautiful week, my body is starting to have more fall and winter cravings, equating to soups, hot meals, and different fruits and veggies.

With that in mind I am sure you will understand my elation when this was staring back at me:

Panera Bread Vegetable Quinoa Chili

You all know I love Panera; I have mentioned it several times (even though not all have been positive ED experiences!) so when I saw stores now carry a variety of their soups, dips and salad dressings I was thrilled to bring some of my favorites back to my own kitchen!

Plus, this is absolutely perfect to throw in my lunch box for this Friday, when we will be outside at Gretna Glen, in 45 degree weather!!! What an awesome way to warm up!

So if you are like me, LOVE your Panera, and a good hearty soup, check out some of the types they have at your supermarket. I think they had about five at this particular Target, and I had my eye on the Chicken Tortilla for next time! Taco Salads anyone?!

And on the topic of lunch box ideas, THESE looked like a fantastic addition…

  • Emerald Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts Cinnamon Sugar
  • Emerald Sweet and Salty Mixed Nuts Original with Glazed Waltnuts
  • Target Monster Trail Mix

Holler for healthy fats! (ok or maybe some that aren’t so healthy 🙂 )

My friend Lauren is doing a tremendous job at incorporating more of these essential nutrients into her diet, and she inspired me to evaluate my daily eats for where there are gaps and holes.

You see, I am doing very well at meeting my caloric requirements, BUT I am not doing stellar with varying my choices, eating challenge items frequently, or listening to my body. I would have thought at this point in my recovery these aspects would all be improving, but unfortunately I am sometimes still very stuck.

There are certain parts of my body that I really want to repair…heart function, muscle tissue, bones, my hair and skin, all because they are just not keeping up with the process, but in order for these characteristics to get better I need to increase my intake of fats.

Enter my new stash of nuts!

I did purchase large canisters of Emerald Nuts, in the new flavors that sounded delicious to me, but I have mental obstacles with things that are not portioned out for me…

What do I mean?

Well, I tend to obsess, even if I do use a measuring utensil, that I took too much, I am overeating, I don’t deserve the suggested serving size, etc. so it just makes it easier for me when things are already done…case in point the Monster Mix that I can pretty much guarantee I would not have purchased in a large bag, as it is very intimidating to my still ED distorted brain.

For some reason I can somewhat justify having the portion-controlled packs since they are essentially equivalent to a yogurt and piece of fruit. Weird, I know, but I am still very much a work in progress.

Aside from my purchases, I also baked some treats to give to my bl-iends at our meet up this weekend, and threw together some new combinations that I thought were pretty darn tasty. Obviously I have to share! 🙂

I had been drooling over these for a few weeks now, after I saw them on Melissa’s site. Uncle Sam’s cereal, which I already love, made into crunchy cereal bars, sign me up!

Pretty Healthy Heath and Attune Cereal Snackers

Makes 12 Bars

  • 1.5 C White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1.5 C Uncle Sam Original Cereal
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 t Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t Baking Powder
  • 1/4 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 C Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/3 C Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/3 C Heath Bar Pieces


1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cereal, sugar, baking soda and baking powder.

2. In a small bowl, stir the oil into the milk.

3. Add the milk to the dry mix and stir gently until combined.

4. Stir in the chips.
5. You may need to add more milk if the mix is too dry. The result will be more dry than a typical cookie batter and a bit crumbly.
6. In a prepared square baking pan, spoon the batter. Flatten it out with the back of your spoon.
7. Bake at 375* for 12 minutes.

And then, because I had some overripe nanners sitting on my counter, I searched for a new recipe to utilize the lovely fruit.

Health Magazine had some great options, but I ended up choosing these muffins, and I am so glad I did.

They were delectably moist, super easy and perfect for crumpling up into plain Chobani with a drizzle of nut butter. I also loved that it only made 9 servings. Does anyone else hate when you find a recipe you love and it yields like 40?! I know I have complained about this before but seriously!

The last thing I have for you is just a few ideas that have been awesome for changing up my morning and utilizing pretty much anything I can find in my kitchen.

FACT: Plain Chobani is the best best best base for creating a protein-packed breakfast!

FACT: Thawing out frozen fruit is fantastic to mix into the plain CHO. (Hello cherries, I love you!)

FACT: Nut butters are fabulous for making the fruit-yogurt medley a sweet and salty combination that almost tastes like a PBJ (but better, obviously!)

FACT: Put these combinations over Van’s Frozen Waffles, Toasted English Muffins or the amazing pumpkin swirl bread that is now disappointingly gone, it makes an amazing tower of deliciousness.

FACT: Cereal and nuts are also pretty darn good with the above listed options. Kashi Cinnamon Heart to Heart and Life Cereal are AWESOME!

And with that, it is soon time for breakfast.

Happy eating!!!! 🙂


19 thoughts on “WIAW: Food Finds, Flavor Combos and a Few Recipes Just For Fun

  1. aw sounds all delicious im always looking forward reading your useful posts i think mom may need to go grocery shopping sooner than expected lol

  2. Oh my, I MUST find that Panera soup! I’ve never even heard of it. They don’t usually have it in the actual restaurant do they? You’re definitely taking the right steps. I would recommend taking things like nuts and cereals and placing them in containers without any labels. I do this with my cereal and granola and it helps me remember that “my” portion is what is to remember, not what it says on the back. Try it with one or two things and see how it goes. 😉
    PS- Your cereal bars were delicious! I shared mine with Jen on Saturday night and we both loved it. 😉

    • no i have never seen it at Panera but apparently Target has picked up a few varieties I have never seen at the actual restaurant!
      thats a great idea for granola because that is still one of my more difficult grains to incorporate. Sarah’s granola, however, is too delish to pass up!

  3. I do the same thing with nuts! I normally buy six single serve packs and eat one pack a day through the week. Anything else is just too hard to manage. I wish I wasn’t like that, but at least I am getting my nuts with all their nutritiousness.
    Sometimes I buy a bigger portion though if I am having them as part of a meal, rather than just for snacking.

    Also what is chobani? Pretty sure we don’t have that is Aus!

    • Oh girl chobani is a delicious Greek yogurt n I think they actually just debut in Australia!!! Check it out! The flavors are awesome but the plain is perfect for mixing!!!

  4. 1) I’ve seen that Panera soup at Target & have been eyeing it up! My husband will be away this evening, so a pit-stop at Target to pick up some dinner might be in order…

    2) I LOVE that monster mix from Target!

    3) Those bars will delicious & I definitely need to make them ASAP!

  5. TRUTH. I eat plain chob every single day with bfast 🙂 Love you chica, it’s not always easy to get past measuring compulsions, but you are SO much bigger and better than that measuring cup or measuring spoon. Your stomach knows you better than a piece of plastic. Love you!!!

    • omg Katelyn I miss you!!!!! Thank you for the amazing words of encouragement! you are such a sweet girl and i hope you are doing well at school! we need to catch up soon hun!

  6. Sooo I have plain chobani every.single.morning! And it’s glorious 🙂 I understand about those nuts too… I tend to binge on things like that, self-control goes flying out the window to say the least
    Good job on changing things up and including those amazing healthy fats!

  7. I just found the Panera soups at my Target last week! I was so excited. They also carry their salad dressings- the Poppyseed is my favorite.
    I’m currently working on adding more fats into my diet, as well. Nuts and avocados galore! Thankfully, their tasty. 🙂
    Those bars look phenomenal, by the way!

  8. I love emerald nuts. The most depressing thing though is that they used to make cinnamon sugar almonds and they just randomly decided to stop carrying them. That was a really depressing day for me. haha. Panera makes quinoa soups? What? Seriously where have I been? I must go now.

    • i just bought emerald cinnamon almonds!! they still make them! maybe your store stopped carrying them? i order a lot of my stuff on amazon when I cant find it in a store. if you are a prime member its usually free shipping! score!
      and the soup isnt actually at the restaurant, just sold in stores. its pretty darn tasty!!!!

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