WIAW: Less than Perfect

My regular readers know that I work really hard to share clear and pretty foodie pictures here on the blog.  Sometimes this means I turn a plate or bowl multiple times, in a variety of locations, until the perfect angle and lighting is obtained.  Yes, ten pictures of my bowl of chili may seem a bit extreme, but I don’t mind the extra work if it means the pictures turn out nice.  This is also why 99.9% of all my What I Ate Wednesday shares come from the weekends.  True, I have more time to style the food, but the main factor is that the lighting is much better during the day.

 Healthy Buffalo Chicken Chili

This is a Buffalo Chicken Chili recipe that will be coming to the blog very soon!!

Here’s the thing, I eat breakfast when it is dark out, I eat dinner when it is dark out, and my lunch is most likely packed in a Pyrex container.  It is obvious that pretty weekday meals my schedule does not make!  The summer is typically better due to the lighting, but the winter months are basically a lost cause.

However, I thought today I would go outside my comfort zone and share some less than perfect pictures of my daily eats.  This way, you can take a peek into what a true day of eating really looks like when I am balancing the blog, a full-time job, maintaining a home, taking care of my puppy and husband, freelancing, and exercising.  Let me reiterate however that although the pictures may not be amazing, I promise that the food still tastes delicious!

Yesterday morning my alarm went off at 5:15 am, I hit the snooze button once and we were up by 5:25 getting ready to take Tebow on a morning walk.  I absolutely love family walks in the mornings!  Tim’s schedule can be a little sporadic at times so he may get home at 5:30 pm, or 8 pm…you just never know!  That is why we like to spend time together being active in the morning, because not much interrupts the 5 o’ clock hour! Since it has been so cold, snowy and rainy lately too, we have been trying to get Tebow out exercising whenever the sky clears.  Plus morning walks wake me up, help me stick to my fitness goals, and gets me outside into the fresh air for a bit.  I could just go on and on with the benefits, but I think I will skip ahead to breakfast instead…

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal

Yep, let the ‘pretty’ pictures begin! Don’t let the lack of styling fool you though, this bowl of goodness is delicious each and every time.  This is a bowl of Breakfast Cookie Dough Cerealfrom the Fitnessista; one of my favorites (and Ashley’s too)!  This mix includes 1/3 cup of raw oats, ½ scoop of Designer Whey Vanilla Praline Protein Powder, a big pinch of cinnamon, a little stevia, almond milk, and oh yes, loads of peanut butter.  Seriously, I think my two scoops of peanut butter is more like ¼ cup of peanut butter!  I personally need a ton of healthy fats for my body to work properly though, maybe even more than most, so I make sure to get plenty at breakfast!  You know my feelings on this matter; never be stingy with your peanut butter!

After breakfast, I proceeded to take a classic mirror shot so I could show all of you my favorite vest for the one millionth time!

Banana Republic Vest

It is seriously one of the most versatile pieces in my closet and I could literally wear it every day if I wanted to bore you all every time I do a fashion post! (Speaking of which, it has been awhile since I have done one! I will share one soon!)  I have been trying to give my husband a break from taking my picture  every day by using the mirror instead.  I know he says he doesn’t mind, but I also know that one can only take his neighbor waving hello as he takes his wife’s picture in the front yard so many times!  I used to think mirror pics were a little silly, but now I love them!  I think it’s a great way to document your outfits without having to rely on other people, and it gives your husband just a little break…  Win-win! 

Let’s skip ahead quickly through the work day, think spreadsheets, email attachments, and number crunching in excel…

Packed Lunch

Lunch was a leftover bowl of Mushroom and Chicken Noodle Soup, and my afternoon snack was an orange.  My breakfasts usually keep me full all morning long, and I like my lunch to be lighter.  Nothing makes me crash more in the afternoon than a heavy meal and a stuffed stomach.  I like to have a green tea after lunch for a little pick-me-up, and then a piece of fruit around 3 in the afternoon.  I also drink plenty of water throughout the day, at least 12 glasses.  When I get home after work, I usually have a big snack that will keep me satisfied until we eat dinner around 6:30 or 7.  If I don’t, I can get pretty grumpy as this is usually the time I get tired and hungry.  Never a good combination!

Snickers Protein Shake

Yesterday I had a Snickers Protein Shake, which is one of my new favorites!  I snacked on this while making dinner, doing laundry, blogging and waiting for Tim to get home.

Vegetarian Chili

Dinner was a vegetarian chili that was filled with black eyed peas, black beans and cannellini beans, as well as plenty of bell pepper, garlic, tomato and sweet potatoes.  It turned out delish!  I topped our bowls with  a little smoked cheddar cheese, and put a scoop of organic sour cream on both of our servings.

So there you have it; typical weekday eats for me!

Thank you Jenn for hosting today’s WIAW!  If you are looking for more eats, make sure you stop by the blog Peas and Crayons for the weekly link-up!

Conversation Time.

  • How many times a day do you eat?  Do you prefer morning and afternoon snacks, or do you like to skip those?
  • Do you prefer a larger lunch, or do you like small meals split up throughout your day?
  • Do you like to have something sweet every day?  If so, what is your favorite go-to treat?


  1. Loved this! I like seeing things how they really are, but I feel you on eating breakfast AND dinner in the dark–how many days until spring?!

    Is your Tervis a 16 oz.? I always keep one at work and try to feel it up at least four times throughout the day but I want to start drinking MORE water.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh for sure! The shorter days are definitely hard… I feel tired when I leave and get home from work because it is so dark out! My Tervis is the 16 oz bottle. I actually use my 24 oz blender bottle for my water though, and the tervis is for my coffee and tea!

  2. Calie says:

    Holy moly, that chili looks fantastic! Do you have a recipe on the blog or are you planning on posting it?!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Calie! I am going to post the chili soon! It is adapted from a recipe that a friend gave me. The original didn’t call for diced sweet potatoes, but I thought it added a nice touch. 🙂

  3. Im so in awe of the styling.
    Id say I NEED TO TRY—but I can so so se see how that would go down around here 🙂
    we have ugly yummy eats.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha! That happends sometimes! I feel like a lot of my weekday meals are not very pretty because they aren’t being styled for the camera – like these I shared today! 😉

  4. I pretty much eat three meals and two snacks, although I break my breakfast up into two mini-meals: one before I leave for work and one mid-morning.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That is a good plan! I started doing that, but I realized that things come up at work and I may not be able to eat the morning snack. I don’t want to be ‘hangry’ until lunch, so a larger breakfast works for me!

  5. I eat breakfast and dinner in the dark everyday during the week. I usually have a big breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. I like to eat a little lunch and then add in two snacks to help keep the energy going throughout the day. I’ll be excited to see the chili recipe!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh I miss those warm summer days of eating my breakfasts and dinner while the sunshine pours in! I agree, the snacks definitely help keep you focused meal-to-meal. I used to eat a morning snack, but too many things come up at the office and I ended up missing it and would be starving for lunch. That is why I now go with a larger breakfast. It works for me!:)

  6. I eat a variation of the Snickers shake myself but never thought to call it that, I love that. I do need to get myself some caramel flavor/syrup/extract to add and then that will probably make more Snickersy. I love your eats anyway!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Absolutely! The caramel + peanut butter + chocolate definitely gives the protein shake a ‘Snickers’ flavor. Definitely a good one for refueling and satisfying a sweet tooth!

  7. These look a lot like my WIAW: poor lighting and a lot of tupperware. But hey, gotta keep it real right?! I want the summer back so I can actually take photos of my dinner in the daylight. I tend to want an afternoon snack more than a mid-morning one. My sweet tooth seems to kick in around 3pm everyday.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      That is what I was thinking! I don’t want people to think my eats are always styled and pretty! Although I wish they were, nobody (including me!) has time for that every day! 😉

  8. I try and snack throughout the day as well! And I’m with you, I like my lunch to be fairly simple, otherwise come 2 or 3 I’m DYING at my desk!!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh me too! Especially on days when we have lunch brought in, if I eat more than normal or something less than healthy, I am literally in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon… no fun!

  9. That Snickers protein shake sounds awesome! I’m heading over there right now to check out the recipe!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Yes, definitely check it out! It is one of my new favorites! Caramel + Chocolate + Peanut Butter can’t be beat! 😉

  10. I’m pretty consistent with my 5-6 meals a day. Sometimes it feels like I’m always hungry! 🙂 That chili looks amazing. Definitely need to make that ASAP, it looks perfect for this cold weather we’ve been having lately!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ha ha don’t worry girl, you are not alone! I constantly feel hungry as well, but it doesn’t usually hit me until the afternoon when I start to want to get snacky and am anxious for the work day to end. That is why for me, having a smaller lunch + small snack + large snack in the afternoon seems to work best! 🙂

  11. I’m definitely a frequent snacker/mealer with 5-7 times a day. My time “out in the world” spans 12-13 hours so lunchtime is more like linner. That chili looks delish!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      I used to never snack, but now I find it really is great for my energy levels! Besides, I love to eat, so I would rather have smaller portions more frequently than one huge meal! 🙂

  12. Your chili looks so good!Are you going to post the recipe soon?!
    I was thinking about your “pretty” pictures talk and I have to say that sometimes I actually appreciate photos taken in their real element and for no other reason than I am nosey!! I like to see if someone ate their lunch at their desk, or in their car or with a kid hugging onto their leg. Haha, what can I say..I have a curious nature!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks so much Ashlee! Yes, I am thinking next week as everyone is starting to prepare for Super Bowl festivities! 🙂

      And I have the same curious nature as you! I love seeing the planned and pretty posts, but I think the ‘real’ posts are important as well for both the readers and blogger!

  13. That’s adorable that you all walk in the morning 🙂 I love the idea of the breakfast cookie cereal or oats and might have to test it out!
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Thanks Kaitlin! It is the best part of the day for us to spend a little time together with no distractions! 🙂

  14. I totally eat 6 times per day. I love Dashing Dish protein shake recipes with the cottage cheese. So good!

    Can’t wait for that chili recipe!

    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh I know! Who would have ever thought cottage cheese would be good in the recipe, but with one bite I quickly became a believer! 🙂

  15. That looks a lot like my standard day of food, too. I snack a bit more, though. I will use the baby growing inside my as my excuse (for now :D) I agree that’s it’s so hard to snap good photos when it’s so dark all the time!! The life of a food blogger, right?! Good for you getting up so early and walking together with your puppy and husband! My puppy and husband sleep together in my spot on the bed while I get ready in the morning before I wake them up so we can head to work.
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    • HappyWifeHealthyLife says:

      Ahh absolutely! You have every right to snack as much as you like! 😉 And I think if my dog and husband were curled up and comfy in bed while I was getting ready, I would give up and climb back into bed too lol!

  16. I love breakfast the best. And sushi 😉 Snickers shake looks really good.
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  17. That snickers shake sounds so good!! Love the breakfast cereal too 🙂
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