fat tuesday eats

Almost every year, Matt + I “sacrifice” something for Lent.  Lent is a time period of confession + reflection in the Christian church and I like to use that time as a reminder of everything He has done for me.  While my sacrifice will never compare to the one the Jesus made for my sins, I like to give something up to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice He made.

I didn’t give up anything last year (unless you count alcohol since I was pregnant at the time), but 2 years ago, Matt + I decided to give up eating after dinner.  Not desserts, per se, but just the after-dinner-before-bed treat.  I’ve done desserts + chocolate in the past, but I always find ways to replace desserts or chocolate (such as large bowls of cereal at night).  So, instead, we are giving up eating after dinner again.  If we want a dessert, it has to be sometime before dinner.  We are allowed drinks after dinner – tea, wine, beer, and maybe an occasional hot chocolate (without marshmallows).  This is not an easy thing for me to do, which is why I think it is the perfect reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Fat Tuesday wasn’t much of a “fat” day as some people make it out to be.  I tried to get in as much veggies as possible, and you better believe I had a (large) slice of cake AFTER dinner!

Pre-Workout Snack

Homemade peanut butter protein bars that taste like fudge.  No picture though…


MacKenna had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, so I got my run in on the treadmill.  A 35 minute tempo:  10 minutes easy, 15 minutes at 7:30-7:47/miles, 10 minutes easy.  It was a nice, sweaty run!


I hope ya’ll don’t get sick of my standard breakfast…

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Strawberry Peach Green Monster

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 cup peaches
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • a handful of spinach
  • 2 ice cubes

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Blended to perfection.  Yum!

Mid-Morning Snack

Geez, I’m boring.  Honey roasted peanuts!  These are the cheapest nuts at Trader Joe’s (but not the healthiest).

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Leftovers from Monday night’s dinner.  Quinoa, roasted veggies, and crispy tofu – so delicious!  There was an apple involved too.  (I’m an “apple a day” person… yet, I’m getting over a nasty sinus infection right now.)  And hot chocolate, because I was still hungry after lunch. (This is a recurring theme.)

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Afternoon Snack

I seriously can’t get enough Greek yogurt lately!  I’ve never had TJ’s before and it was darn good.  With the world’s best granola of course!  I think it might be Sunbelt brand, but I’m still not positive.

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One of my favorite quick + easy dinners.  Tuscan Pasta – cheese tortellini with Classico sundried tomato Alfredo + tomatoes, basil, and parmesan.  Takes only 15 minutes start to finish – LOVE!

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Plus, a Cadbury egg because I was still hungry after dinner.

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My mother in law’s birthday was last week and we went over to their house this past weekend for pizza + cake.  They got a half a sheet cake for 8 people, so there was a ton left over.  I’m usually not a fan of chocolate frosting, but this literally took the cake!  I would seriously sit and just eat the icing off this if I could, but I won’t.  Perfect last after-dinner treat before 40 days without!

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Are you giving anything up for Lent?  Or have you ever done like a “30 day challenge” before?  What have you done in the past?

  • I’m glad you are genuinely giving up something for Lent with your heart & mind in the right place! It bugs me when people “give up” things when in fact they’re using it to diet or whatever! I have given up stuff in the past and this year I’m trying to think if there’s something less tangible to give up (ie. gossiping)

    umm and that cake looks delish 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Costco cake! So good! I’ve thought about giving up some TV, but I’m not sure my husband would be on board with that! 😉

  • Lee

    I’m Jewish so I’ve never given up anything for Lent, but I did give up alcohol for 30 days recently. It was not as hard as I thought.
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    • Kristen

      I thought 9 months without alcohol was going to be difficult, but it definitely wasn’t as hard as I expected either!

  • Lent is such a great practice and a way to center our thoughts during this time of year! Praise God for the cross. For reals. 🙂
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    • Kristen

      🙂 Agreed!

  • I like that challenge of giving up the post-dinner snack. I need to do that! I am trying to give up added sugar right now.
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    • Kristen

      That’s a great thing to give up! I try to avoid artificial sweeteners, which is really, really hard!

  • Surprisingly enough, Costco has awesome cakes! Yours looks to be no exception – yum!

    I’m super excited about Cadbury creme eggs and the mini eggs…droooooool 🙂
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    • Kristen

      I actually think that was the first time I’d ever had one! They’d be better with dark chocolate!

  • ErikaMC

    You must share the homemade fudge-like bars!

    I like your idea of giving up snacks after supper. I need to do this. I try not to eat after 8:00, but honestly I’m so hungry after feeding or pumping (breastfeeding a 6-month old) that I have to eat something before bed.

  • I’ve given up dairy before and went vegan for 30 days. I’ll probably do it again after this baby is born. I’ve seriously been considering giving up sugar for 30 days because I keep craving it 🙁 ..today I ate a Krispy Kreme doughnut… I can’t say if I’m giving anything up yet because honestly I don’t know that I have the will power lol…and being pregnant is my excuse :p
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    • Kristen

      Ha, I used pregnancy as my excuse last year! I figured since I couldn’t drink and was already a vegetarian, I really didn’t need to give up anything else!

  • Oooh, that chocolate cake looks so good. I am giving up sweets for Lent, which I do most years. It’s really just dark chocolate that is always calling my name… and it’s nice to remind myself that I am stronger than sugar!
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    • Kristen

      Oh man, I totally understand! I am finding it really hard to not eat anything after dinner!