housekeeping + wiaw

Before I get to WIAW, a little housekeeping to take care of:

(1) If you enjoyed MacKenna’s weekly pictures, I am still doing them every week. I will have them posted on the side bar on the left and also in the “Baby Girl” tab at the top. I take them every Tuesday evening, but sometimes I don’t get them edited until a few days later (or like last week’s, a week later).

(2) I finally finished making a Facebook fan page for The Concrete Runner! Like my page for blog updates and other fun things!

Now, onto the yummy-ness…

Wake-Me-Up Snack

I have to eat first thing in the morning. It gets my metabolism going and wakes me up. I had 2 fruit leathers to hold me over until my breakfast in the car.

Calories: 90


I seriously can’t get enough of these smoothies every morning! Even when it’s cold out, I still love them. I think it helps that I am wearing gloves while I drink it in the car.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Green Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • A handful of spinach
  • 4 ice cubes

Calories: 325

Mid-Morning Snack

Honey roasted peanuts – again, I’m addicted to these! I probably needed to switch to dry roasted since these have a ton of added sugars, but they just taste so darn good!

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Calories: 160


Leftover whole wheat penne with chickpeas. The tomato sauce has cumin in it for a little added kick, a great addition! And an apple for dessert.


Calories: 470

Afternoon/Pre-Workout Snack

My usual Chobani with granola. You don’t need to hear/see me rave about this combo again.

Calories: 210


Ran to the gym to do my CrossFit workout and ended up chatting with my friend Elena and talking to my mom on the phone while there. Not too hard of a workout when you spend half of it talking! I also ran home, but took a round about way so that I got in my 3 easy miles for the day, untimed. Felt nice to just relax and enjoy the cool air.


I made this creamy Italian white bean soup out of one of my cookbooks. While we both really liked it, next time I’m going to add some potatoes and vegetarian sausage to make it more like Matt’s favorite soup from Olive Garden.


Calories: 300


I was way under my calorie goal so I had a big bowl of cereal featuring double chocolate Krave, honey roasted peanuts, and my new find…

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Dulce de Leche Cheerios! I was searching for the new peanut butter ones, but couldn’t find them. They had these though! Much better with milk than dry.


Calories: 425

Total Calories: 1980

This is almost 300 calories under my “goal”. According to this calculator, I need between 2200-2300 calories while nursing (which I am still doing exclusively – YAY!). Trying to make up for those missing calories with a huge bowl of cereal at the end of the day probably isn’t the best or healthiest idea either. I’m still struggling to lose, which doesn’t surprise me when I’m not eating nearly enough. I’ll get there…

Have you tried any of the new Cheerios flavors? What’s your favorite flavor, new or old?

  • We got the cherrios and the pb one and another new one. so far only had the dulce de leche but loved it!

    • Kristen

      They’re definitely not as sweet as I was expecting, but I liked them!

  • Jen

    I love that breastfeeding calculator! I still have that pesky 5 lbs to lose and I think knowing my calorie goal will help me. I’ve been wondering how much breastfeeding affects my calorie needs.

    I’m glad to hear you’re still breastfeeding exclusively. How did you get it to work? Are you pumping more?

    • Kristen

      I know, I’m still totally stuck. One bad weekend threw me off and now I’m still at where I was last month. GRRR. Hopefully this will help! Still breastfeeding exclusively, though I’m not really getting too much more than I did before, maybe an ounce or 2. I’m about 2-3 days ahead of what she’s eating. My goal is to get to our 4 months doctor’s appointment which is in 2 weeks and I think I can make it. I’ve realized there’s no way I’ll make it to 6 months without having to supplement a little, but it will only be 1 bottle a day and we’ll be starting her on solids in the next few months anyway, so I feel like 4 months is a great time to start. But, I’m going to try to go as long as I can! (My spring break is coming up in about a month, so that would be exclusive breastfeeding – no bottles, so I’m really hoping I can make it that far so that I can get some more reserves!)

      • Jen

        I’m in the same boat as you – just trying to hang on til Spring Break!

  • I was curious about the new Cheerios flavors…I’ll have to give them a try sometime. I just have such a hard time prying myself away from the original & honey nut kinds hehe 🙂
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    • Kristen

      Honey Nut are still my favorite, but I also love the chocolate + fruity ones, and the banana, and apple cinnamon… Oh goodness, I just love Cheerios! I think I will have to buy a box of the chocolate along with the PB ones to see if it is close to Reese’s Puffs cereal!

  • I have a Facebook page too, I’m still trying to figure it out! I already “Liked” yours!! Everyone is doing What I Ate Wednesday thing…I think its time I jump on the wagon. And, as always love seeing pictures of MacKenna so keep those up.
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    • Kristen

      It took me awhile to figure it out – they don’t make it easy, that’s for sure!

  • Amy

    I haven’t tried any of the new cheerio flavors, but I love honey roasted peanuts!! They are so addictive =)
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    • Kristen

      Can’t. Get. Enough. PEANUTS! 😉

  • I just found the pb ones! and cinnamon! though I haven’t had a chance to dig into them yet!

    happy wiaw! off to check out your new fb page! <3
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    • Kristen

      Thanks so much for putting WIAW together, Jenn! I LOVE doing it! I haven’t had the cinnamon Cheerios yet, but I think I need those in my life along with the PB ones! Hopefully I’ll find them this weekend on my grocery trip!

  • Yes! I’ve been munching on the Dulce de Leche Cheerios, too. I agree that they are better in milk…when the caramel-ness can inflitrate the vanilla almond milk I soak them in.

    Keep looking for the PB ones! They are less sweet…but more delicious.
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    • Kristen

      Yes, they are excellent with vanilla soy/almond milk! 🙂

  • Lee

    The PB ones are delicious. I found them at Target.
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    • Kristen

      Ah! Will be looking at Target when I go this afternoon!