WIAW #8: New Recipes & Thanksgiving Tips

This week, I broke away from the usual eggs, protein bar and salad combos that tend to fill up my days.  I found a couple new recipes and decided to give them a try, so let’s get to it with this week’s What I Ate Wednesday (really, Tuesday).  Also, keep in mind, I do not list every single thing I eat, there is always a handful or two of trail mix, some Dove chocolate mixed in there.

Thanks again for hosting, Jenn!

I tried this Sweet Breakfast Scramble recipe out this weekend that I found over at Carrots ‘n Cake and really liked it, so I decided to repeat this week.  I followed the recipe, but I only used 1/2 a banana and added 1/2 cup of pumpkin.  It was nice to change it up for once!



  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • topped with peanut butter and honey


While I was out running errands this weekend I spotted this protein pumpkin muffin mix at Home Goods and couldn’t pass it up.  Not too shabby for a packaged mix!




I found this recipe for Pumpkin Turkey Chili over at GiGi Eats Celebrities and had to give it a try, especially when they said you couldn’t taste the pumpkin.  I didn’t tell Matt what the “secret ingredient” was and he had NO idea. Winning.  It was so good I had to repeat it for lunch.



Apple and peanut butter.  No pictures.  Enough said. 🙂


I got home late so just decided to whip up an egg scramble complete with egg whites, spinach, low sodium ham and goat cheese.  One of my favs!  It doesn’t look like much in the picture, but that’s because I forgot to snap one until I was almost finished.  #bloggerprobs.  I also snacked on half of another protein muffin and I can’t forget my Dove chocolate!


Since tomorrow is Turkey Day, I thought I would leave you all with a few tips to keep it a little on the healthy side. I will preface this by saying that I am a big believer in having everything in moderation, and holidays are no exception.  I try to eat healthy 80-90% of the time, so there is no reason I can’t live a little on days like this….or even on a random Thursday for that matter. 😉  I am definitely not going to tell you to go to Grandma’s house and only fill your plate with turkey and green beans.  If you have the willpower to do that though, more power to you!  For me, the key is portion control.

1. Workout Thanksgiving morning.  Trust me, you will feel much better about indulging if you already got in a daily sweat session.

2. Portion control. Portion control. Portion control.  Don’t skip the potatoes and pie if that’s what you’re into, but it’s all about the portions.  Fill up most of your plate with protein, veggies and greens and then take small amounts of “the good stuff”.  This way, you can have your cake (or pie!) and eat it too. 😉

3. Bring something you “can” eat. My mom and I are all about this.  Bring a dish that you know will provide a healthy alternative.  That way, you know there will be at least ONE dish that you can count on being semi-healthy.  You might be surprised how much everyone appreciates that too!

4.  Take a walk.  After your big meal and after getting a little couch potato/football-watching time in, bundle up and take a walk.  Invite your family members to come along; it would be a good chance to get outside, breath in some fresh air, and catch up with grandma.

5. ENJOY the day!  Holidays are about spending time with family and friends, it shouldn’t be about stressing over what you ate (or didn’t eat).  Sit back, relax and take it all in.  You worked hard for it!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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  1. Amee @ didsomeonesaychocolate.com says:

    I love your tip #3. I always do that too whenever possible. I was surprised to find my grain free, no dairy, chocolate chip cookies demolished at our last get together. lol Cute blog! I’m glad I stopped by! Thank you!

    • I know, I love when people gobble up (pun intended ;)) my healthy dishes! Thanks for stopping by! P.S. LOVE your blog name!

  2. Your eats look so much like mine – pumpkin overload lol! I love all of your healthy holiday tips! We do the local turkey trot every year so I will definitely be working out in the morning, but I love your walk after dinner idea too! 🙂

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • I know, I can’t help myself this time of year! I need to look for a Turket Trot in our area, those always seem like so much fun! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I am so happy you like the pumpkin chili – I am craving some more right now! I wish I had some ground turkey so I could make it today, oh wait a second – I can just wait to make it on Friday with the left over turkey from TOMORROW 😉

    And I AM THRILLED your BF didn’t notice at all! #SCORE!
    PS: Your sweet eggs look ALMOST better than the turkey chili 😉

    • I know, I thought that was a success! Don’t be fooled, although the sweet eggs look like ground beef, I swear they are good…but the pumpkin chili stole the show this week. 😉

  4. I have to say it’s funny how baked goods never look the same as the picture (no offense at all..this always happens to me!!). Have a great Thanksgiving!

    • Oh, I know! Somehow I never get that straight from the bakery look, more like a jumbled mess. Tastes the same though!

  5. That pumpkin spice baking mix sounds awesome! I always have some chocolate everyday myself. Dove is divine 🙂 Happpppy Gobble Day 🙂

  6. You did quite the awesome job trying new recipes – I’m really loving the look of your chili and egg scramble. It all sounds delicious, Christa!

    Happy Thanksgiving hunnie. Enjoy your time w/ the family

  7. That Sweet Breakfast Scramble looks delish and super easy! I am looking forward to trying that one!

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