WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY 13: NO BREAD, NO CHEESE, NO PROBLEM

Happy Hump Day! Whoa, it's been a while since I've written one of these. But I got the urge, so here ya go! You might have surmised from the title that I am going bread-free this week. And just for shits and giggles, I thought I might as well go cheese-free while I'm at it. (With the exception of cottage cheese you see below.) I've been feeling a bit bloated/Marshmallow Woman-esque for the past weeks and I know from experience that eliminating bread helps. Not so sure about the whole cheese thing (#IllMissYou) but I shall report back with my findings.

Onto my Tuesday of eats...

6:55am: Ice water & a grande unsweetened iced coffee with So Delicious Dairy Free French Vanilla Coconut Milk Coffee Creamer. Wow, that's a mouthful. A delicious mouthful. I start most mornings with a brisk walk that ends at Starbucks. It's a nice way to wake up.

8:15am: Cottage cheese. This is the cheese I'm making an exception for because one serving packs 10 grams of protein, and also because, well, I just love it. When I'm in the mood for something savory in the morning, this always hits the spot.

10:45am(ish)Banana & almond butter. Most mornings, I eat my full breakfast over the span of a few hours. Grazing works well for me. This pair is an easy go-to. It's relatively cheap, portable, and requires no preparation (except if you like to chop it up and eat it with a fork like I do). My dad picked up a whole sleeve of these Justin's packets for me at Target. I used to buy the smaller 80-calorie packs but I'm not sure if they still make those... I haven't seen them in awhile.

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1pm: Chop't salad. This is where eliminating cheese and bread from my diet hurts a little bit! I always ask for a half-serving of cheese in my salad, and I love the whole wheat flatbread served at Chop't, but today I passed on both. My salad had spinach, grape tomatoes, carrots, hard boiled egg whites, chickpeas and dried cranberries... dijon vinaigrette on the side. I ate about 2/3 and stashed the rest in the fridge. (P.S. When I said "no thanks" to bread and made a sad face, the lovely Chop't associate told me that their flat bread has no yeast and does not make you bloat. I still said no but appreciated her offering the info.)

3:15pm: My favorite blueberry smoothie. I lightened it up a bit by skipping the coconut sugar, using unsweetened almond milk instead of coconut water and Tru-Nut Powdered Peanut Butter in place of creamy almond butter. (45 calories a serving vs. 150-200, if you're wondering.) It wasn't quite as delicious as the original version, but it was still a yummy pre-workout snack, with a side of current wedding inspo.

6:45pm: Post-workout snack. I took my first Tabata class in months, which in hindsight might not have been my brightest idea. I don't know that it was necessary for me to come outta the gates, HIIT guns blazing on Day 1 of Bread Free Life. It was a killer workout and I felt pretty dizzy rolling around the market afterward. This Health Warrior Chia Bar never tasted so good.

8:10pm: Dinner! I was in the mood for something simple, so I made Applegate turkey burgers, Whole Foods brand sweet potato fries and roasted mushrooms with truffle oil. Nothing special, but it hit the spot.

8:59pm: Sweets. I ended my day with a little TV, a glass of milk and two pieces of this dark chocolate sea salt English toffee. I impulse purchased it when I was waiting in line at Whole Foods and it is SO. GOOD.

Thanks to Jen for hosting these fun link-ups. I forgot how much I enjoy writing these little food diaries.

Alright, party people! Happy hump day! What are you eating lately? Do you make impulses purchases in the grocery line, too? And what do you think about the Bachelorette so far?