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WIAW: Christmas Meals Edition


Howdy friends, and happy WIAW!

Thanks as always to Jenn for hosting! Open-mouthed smile


Breakfast was awesome, because last night I found a peanut butter chocolate chip muffin lurking in the depths of my freezer, so I saved it as an oatmeal topping for this morning:


Banana oatmeal with cashew butter, topped with a muffin and cinnamon!


Breakfast tided me over right until lunch (rare for me!), which was leftovers from my Christmas dinner!


Leftover roasties, leftover spinach and sweet potato bake (I’ve posted the veganised recipe here) and leftover spinach from making the bake!


I wish there was leftovers of the chocolate pudding pie that I made, but sadly it was demolished, mostly by us two…



Worth the food baby! Also, for your Christmas dinner, don’t make the rookie mistake that I made of wearing a snug-fitting top. It does not conceal food babies very well.


On Christmas, I will be wearing sweatpants and a hoodie I think! Bring on the food baby! Open-mouthed smile


Afternoon snackage/pre-run fuel was two wholewheat English muffins with peanut butter and banana:


Definitely my current favourite snack! I toast the muffin, add toppings, and then zap in the microwave for 15 seconds until it all goes warm and gooey mmmm Smile


*Insert team training: 5×600’s. I have four words for you that will sum up how awful this workout was for me: my asthma is back. More on that tomorrow!*


This evening I went out to a restaurant with a group of friends for a Christmas meal. I went straight there from training and definitely didn’t fit in with the ‘smart-casual’ dress code! Messy hair, muddy running shoes, and wearing running tights…really cool! Smile with tongue out


My meal was not so great either!


Half-eaten, I admit, but all it was was vegetables and a few roasties covered in gravy! Apparently they didn’t get the message that I was a vegan (even though I called in advance!) so all they had was vegetables and roasted potatoes! Smile with tongue out


Oh, and the best meal I’ve had in a while was yesterday night. Don’t tell me this isn’t fairly creative or I’ll cry.


Half a kabocha squash stuffed with giant wholewheat couscous and veggie sasusage! So random, I know, but trust me when I say this tasted AMAZING!


I have also consumed four lattes in the last two days. That is £10 in just a couple of days on coffees!!


Must. Break. Addiction.


Oh, and I spent all last night updating my Recipes page, so check it out! I’m now using Recipage, which is free, and I love it!



What was the best thing you’ve eaten recently? All the food from my first Christmas dinner! That chocolate pudding pie…mmm so good!


What was your last workout? I love hearing about other people’s workouts!


Coffee or Tea? Coffee!! I’m particularly partial to gingerbread lattes Winking smile


Have a great day everyone! <3


35 Responses to WIAW: Christmas Meals Edition

  1. hellooooo delicious oatmeal breakfast! :D dude food babies are the best too, nothin can beat ‘em haha
    Looks like you had a ton of fun!
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  2. Everything looks amazing!! I am dying to try Kabocha squash. That’s an awesome idea. Happy Wednesday :)

  3. best thing i’ve eaten in a while? gosh, that’s a hard one. i’ve been eating a lot of rice cakes topped with peanut butter, pumpkin, dark honey, and spinach…random, i know, but so good. it sounds healthy…but not when i eat 4 of them at a time!

    last workout? maybe i should count the miles i ride every day- today i biked 22 total. otherwise, my last actual workout was just a 54 minute steady run.
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  4. Your lunch looks really yummy.
    I had some yummy tiramisu when I was out for a Christmas lunch today. And now there are maple walnut cupcakes sitting in my kitchen (soon to be on my plate).
    This morning I did some elliptical trainer followed by stair master (about 20 minutes on each)
    I like coffee in the morning but then usually switch to tea for the rest of the day. Always have decaf tea in the evening.
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  5. OMG I neeeeed to stuff a kabocha!!! What a great idea!! And you look gorgeous in red girl…that is so your color!!! Christmas is the perfect holiday for you LOL!
    Kaila @healthyhelperblog recently posted..WIAW: Reunited!

  6. Best thing I ate today was gingerbread biscotti. Well, it was the most recent thing I ate, but it was really good!! I love your kabocha squash idea. I usually just eat mine plain, but I should try stuffing it sometime! Oh and on christmas I plan on staying pajamas ALL DAY. No one will ever know of my giant food baby!

    I didn’t know you had asthma!! I hate to hear that it’s back. I hope your shins felt okay at least? You’ve left me with a cliffhanger!!
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  7. That oatmeal looks great! Sorry to hear about your restaurant woes. :( The best thing I ate today was a homemade clifbar.. Nomz.
    Chelsea @ The Nut Butter Runner recently posted..Oatmeal Fail..

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about the asthma. :/ At least it seems like you had some brilliant Christmas meals! Still drooling over that sweet potato/spinach bake. Off to explore your new recipe page! :D

    My last workout was an 18 minute barefoot along the corridor. Need to train ‘em achilles up! And definitely teaaaa. I love the aroma of coffee but I can’t stand the taste.
    Lyn @ FueledBySalad recently posted..An eventful weekend and savory oatmeal.

  9. That stuffed kabocha is brilliant!
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  10. oh what a wonderful time! you look so happy and full of Joy!! merry christmas friend.
    I’m starting to like chai tea more and more these days.
    lindsay recently posted..Christchurch: A New Beginning

  11. Delicious eats as usual! I love how much more bubbly (didn’t think it was possible) you are around Christmas! Best thing I’ve eaten recently was a fig and almond tart with vanilla bean ice cream…I was doubtful of the combo initially but I loved it! I feel like I should say tea because I drink SO much of it…although I do love a tall glass of iced coffee, especially after my workout!
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  12. bahaha what food baby!? I don’t see one =) Happy WIAW love! <3
    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday #48 [Lazy Day Eats]

  13. Looooove the idea of stuffing a squash with couscous! And I’m glad I’m not the only person who loves crumbling muffins (well, and cookies) on top of oatmeal!
    Liz @ iheartvegetables recently posted..What I Ate [as an elf] Wedensday

  14. Hmmm,I really want to try the Sweet Potato Bake! It sounds so good to me! Spinach + Seet Potatoes = Love² :P
    Oh,and you are SO creative with your squash and couscous,Emma! ;)

    Best thing I ate recently was definitely greek yoghurt! I tried it for the first time ever and I think I found a new addiction…

    Last workout was a Pilates workout which I am still feeling right now… haha!
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  15. sweatpants & hoodie for Christmas sounds like a great idea! You don’t have a food baby, it’s a very nice photo of you.

    last workout was this morning 1hr on the stationary bike & light weights. I’ve been consuming an awful lot of chai lattes!
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  16. Such a shame about your Christmas dinner – at least you had that amazing squash to make up for it! ;-) I am so all over coffee right now, come January I really am going to have to dial it down! You’ve just made me start to rethink my Christmas day outfit which stupidly was going to feature skinny jeans…then again I don’t mind sitting with the top button undone ;-) x

  17. Your dinner yesterday looks so good! I’ve never seen couscous that big!! It kinda looks like corns!
    I’ll be terrible sad when the gingerbread lattes are gone :( need to drink them up while it’s here!! :D
    Vien @ We Dare Food recently posted..Char Siew & Summer Somen

  18. Oh dear that meal at the restaurant was not very inspiring!
    My last workout was weeks ago (before I went into hospital)- I think it was a 4 mile run on a Sunday afternoon. Although I did walk around the shops yesterday which did feel like a workout!
    Tea all the way for me- soya chai latte from Starbucks mmmm
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted..Christmas Pudding Fudge recipe

  19. Your spinach and sweet potato bake looks so delicious! The best part of Christmas food is definitely the leftovers ;)

    My last workout was a 5 mile run at 7am this morning, it actually wasn’t too cold/frosty for once and was a great way to start the day. I can never bring myself to run before work usually but I’m loving being able to now that I’ve finished work for the Xmas hols :)

    I’m not sure I could chose between tea or coffee… I love both equally! I’m with you on the Costa addiction though, I lovelovelove their flavoured lattes and you’ve inspired me to go there this afternoon for a wee pre-Xmas treat!

  20. The spinach sweet potato bake and the squash stuffed w/couscous look wonderful. Gotta try them both!
    Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count recently posted..We Need A Little Spirit…WIAW!!

  21. oh booo I hate when you go to a restaurant and the meal is less than what you’d hoped! :-( Oh well, you MORE than made up for it with that kabocha squash thing – that’s seriously epic! I still have a kabocha chilling in my garage, I definitely need to try stuffing it with something! :-D And I too am addicted to coffee – I don’t usually get the lattes since I don’t tolerate milk or soymilk well, but coffee with a couple pumps of flavor syrup is almost as good!

    My las workout…well, I’ve mostly been pool running and strength training, but on monday I got to run a bit at physical therapy!! I get to try a run again today too!! finally haha
    Kate @ Chasing It recently posted..WIAW: ITS ALL ABOUT THE FOOD!

  22. Your oatmeal breakfast looks great… as it usually does Emma :)
    And ahh also the spinach and sweet potato bake! Basically two of my favorite ingredients in one
    My last workout was a walk/run… err mostly walk! I meant to go on a run, but my legs were just not having it
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..WIAW- Conquering Fear Foods Edition

  23. I got into coffee whilst in the States. I was addicted to pumpkin spiced lattes…yum!
    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes recently posted..WIAW…Curry-tastic!

  24. SO many things I see that I like. :) I’ve been stuffing everything into squash…posting a (vegan) recipe this week for a quinoa salad with roasted grapes and apples in acorn squash. Yum!

    Also, I’m definitely going to have to check out the vegan sweet potato and spinach bake. That looks DELICIOUS.
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  25. As always, yummy eats! :)
    I hate when I wear a snug fit top and eat a bunch of food and then I look like I’m pregnant..even though I’m NOT! :P
    Shannon from Healthiful Balance recently posted..Chocolate Muffins Galore

  26. Jess @ Healthy 'n Hungry

    Food looks amazing!! How do you link your recipage to your blog? I just started my blog today and really want to have a recipage on it too. Thanks!

  27. That stuffed squash looks amazing! I’m leaving for London in a week for 4 months to study at University of London any good vegetarian spots you could reccommend?
    Marisa@The College Cuisiner recently posted..Small Town: Butternut Squash and Mushroom Risotto

  28. Haha! It’s an unwritten rule that holiday dinners = comfortable pants and an oversized shirt! Oh, and chocolate pudding pie?! Sweet balls of amazingness, that sounds so good!
    Jen@FoodFamilyFitness recently posted..Why Wait

  29. Ooh sorry to hear about your asthma. Hope it goes away asap! The stuffed squash thing look so so good! Do you bake it or grill it or what? I love any latte, but I’d have to say that Chai tea wins by just a little over cinnamon coffee. :) Ran 8 miles this morning!
    Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee recently posted..It’s all about the holidays

  30. Best thing i’ve eaten lately? definitely peanut butter buckeyes!! i came home last night for vacation and was greeted at the door with so many Christmas cookies!!!!!!!!!! But my eyes were on the buckeyes! sooooooooooooo delicious!

    My last workout was just a couple hours ago! I went for a run, and it started running about 5 minutes after i started!! but, i kept going, cause i was already out, and it was so much fun!

    i’m definitely a tea person! coffee is okay, but my favorite is green tea or peppermint tea :)
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  31. OMG your kabocha squash creation has me drooling. That looks AMAZING. I definitely need to try combing vegan sausage with my squash. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that.
    English muffins with nut butter are seriously my go-to snack. They fill me up and keep me energized. (Plus they’re delicious!)
    Oh and your hate is so adorable! haha. Looks like fun. :)
    Emily recently posted..WIAW #11: The Case of the Missing Veggies

  32. 1. Pomegranate Pumpkin Protein Pancakes with Nut Butter
    2. Today’s Workout: 75 Minute Hot Vinyasa + 40 Minute Interval training on the treadmill. Needed to earn my rest day tomorrow.
    3. COFFEE!!! Always!
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  33. OMG your squash recipe looks SOOO tasty! I love foods that also serve as a bowl :) I have to try it, thanks! And you look awesome in your red top and crown. I love those paper hats, they were always a tradition with my Grandma, so fun.

    Happy Christmas!

  34. I think the squash coucous thing looks delicious! Haha. :)
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  35. Oh man Emma! That squash with couscous looks to die for. I see no food baby, you are seeing things!
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