New diet trend: gnats and tumeric (WIAW)

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a day of eats, and while they can get old pretty fast, I think it’s fun to see what other healthy living bloggers eat with their busy schedules. Everyone’s idea of healthy differs, and it’s interesting to see what those ideas are.

You know that one spice that you can barely pronounce or describe but you just know when it’s in something you’re eating? I know a lot of people who can’t stand the taste of cilantro and if a dish even has a hint of the herb, they’re done. That’s how I am withΒ tumeric. For awhile now I’ve been on the fence about it — I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it, but it’s ususally the only thing I can taste when it’s in a dish.

For breakfast the other day I needed something quick before a doctor’s appointment. Luckily a KitchFix just opened up on State Street so I stopped in a paid way too much for a smoothie. Thank goodness it was a good smoothie but damn — I hate when meals where I don’t have to chew cost more than a Chipotle burrito. Just gonna leave that there…

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The smoothie was actually killer — “The Golden” has organic coconut milk, raw honey, orange, ginger, flaxseed, and tumeric. The tumeric is the most prominent flavor in there and it changed my mind on the spice. The flavors were great and it wasn’t too sweet, which normally would turn me off because I love my smoothies to taste like dessert. But it was just sweet enough to keep me interested and I automatically felt healthier drinking it so win-win.

I did all my grocery shopping and some food prep for the week (it was my day off since I work weekends). I had scrambled eggs and a Kashi waffle + jam on the side while I did my work (plus some pistachios on the side).

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Food prep included pumpkin bites that came from mixing pumpkin, oats, an egg, tons of random spices and chocolate chips in a bowl and throwing them in the oven. They actually turned out great! I love how pumpkin keeps desserts from drying out.

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I also kept up my lucky streak of “throw everything together and hope for the best” and made some Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup. I’m sure there are 100 recipes out there but I should definitely share this one because it was so good! It’s also 90 degrees out so I’m not sure why I was craving soup, but I went with it.

That night I met up with my guardian angel Brigitte for a nine miler along the lake. It felt like I was running in a sauna but we made it happen. Thank goodness for this girl otherwise I definitely would have stopped after half a mile — it was hot, sticky, and there were gnats everywhere. I must have eaten at least a dozen and they kept sticking to my sweaty skin as I ran. Nasty.

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I’m normally not a fan of nighttime runs but it sure is cool when they start off sunny and humid and end with this view, the skyline lit up in the moonlight. Absolutely beautiful.

I stopped at Walgreens to pick up a Gatorade (there’s nothing more refreshing after a long run), hobbled home, and immediately threw dinner together (eating copious amounts of guacamole while I made it — I’m not the only one who does that right? Appetizers are the best part of dinner….)

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My favorite meal lately: baked chicken (garlic, dijon, and panko) + arugula salad with cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, and EVOO + balsamic glaze. I could eat this meal for the rest of my life (and I probably will because it’s so easy and pretty darn cheap for how fancy it looks). Dessert was a few too many peanut M&Ms, but I gave up feeling bad about that years ago. M&Ms bring me happiness, so I’ll never compromise on that.

It was my favorite kind of day — any day when I can grocery shop, prep food for the week, watch The Kardashians, and run makes me all kinds of happy.


  • What’s the one “unhealthy” food that you won’t compromise on?
  • Is there a spice or herb you can’t stand?


  1. Hey girl!! Yummy meals! Oh man, I just LOVE looking at pictures of food! I’m so obsessed with arugula salads lately! Just made one 2 nights ago for dinner! I so agree, too that Gatorade after a nice sweaty run is perfect!! I’m so on the Gatorade kick lately especially because of the gross humidity! I also love chocolate milk after runs! I’m a huge fan of turmeric and it’s so so good for you! Turmeric is a great accent in smoothies! Have a wonderful Wednesday! You’re the best! XOXO

  2. I live for pizza. I don’t care what anyone says but I have it at least once a week! And I cannot deal with rosemary… please do not put it anywhere near me or the food I am eating.

  3. We make caprese a ton but I never really thought about just throwing that on top of some arugula and making it a salad! I might just do that to get in some more greens! I’ve had turmeric in recipes but don’t really recall caring about it either way. What temp and for how long did you cook those pumpkin bites? Those look so good! I was randomly craving those no bake oatmeal cookies that are full of chocolate the other day, but I think pumpkin would be a healthier option! I can’t get on board with expensive smoothies. I make my own healthy smoothies at home for cheaper, so whenever I see $7 smoothies, I just can’t do it!

  4. I would thing ginger would be the most prominent thing. I love to throw that in my smoothies. I was just thinking about you yesterday as I looked at my jars of turmeric that it will take me a year or more to finish. I still need to give you some!

  5. I am one of those people who wants to throw daggers at cilantro, so I understand. I do like turmeric, though! I think it has to deal with my infatuation with mustard. I LOVE mustard. On a deep level. I throw that stuff on top of my salads at restaurants as my “dressing”. No kidding.

  6. Love your outlook on peanut M&Ms! lol. That’s how I feel about nightly spoonful (or a few…) of peanut butter! No compromises there!

  7. The gnats last night were epic. And by epic I mean epically gross. Worse than the dragon flies a month or so ago because these damn buggers you couldn’t escape. I get enough protein as it is, thank you. And I like my eyes. BLEGH

  8. I cannot stand anything hot. So sriracha, hot sauce, anything that says “with a kick” or “zesty” is out. #baby I also cannot stand mayo and I’ve tried the vegan kind. It’s a deal breaker.
    One food I will never compromise on is peanut butter. I know I should get it natural and raw etc, but I will eat any kind, HFCS and sugar included. I don’t care as long as it’s peanuty and good πŸ™‚

  9. That smoothie sounds sooo good! I am a big fan of the throw everything together and hope for the best method. I just made a soup in my slow cooker like that! I also love to use a packet of soup as a base when I don’t have much time and add a whole lot of veggies and a can of tomatoes πŸ™‚ I cannot stand cilantro!! As you say, even a hint is so offputting to me!

  10. That salad looks delicious!!! Also, I’m a big fan of peanut M&M’s too. There are probably a lot of things I would never give up, though I will try to stick with the “everything in moderation” rule πŸ™‚ Great job with the running! It’s been so hot and sticky here too – I’m so ready for summer to end…

  11. Totally agree about not wanting to spend a ton of money on liquid meals. I’m always tempted by the awesome pressed juices at Whole Foods but I just can’t justify spending $7 on a bottle of juice. Can’t do it. Sorry about the gnats! Hopefully they’ll go away soon. πŸ™‚

  12. I wish I could get on board with KitchFix, but man, they are SO expensive. So, so, so expensive. I mean, I suppose all the ready-made healthy meal places in Chicago are the same–My Fit Foods and Snap Kitchen are insane as well–but I just cannot throw down that kind of $$$ on the regular. And/or ever, unless it’s on an enormous, indulgent meal. And kale salads are not something I file under “indulgent.” Hahaha.

  13. I can’t give in on froyo – especially seen as I can get it now. If it was the good, fresh, made from organic local milk blah blah blah then I would feel no guilt. But the stuff we get is the one out of the machines, flavoured by goodness knows what and it tastes bloody amazing! πŸ™‚
    Also I want that smoothie… Like now!

  14. Love those pumpkin bites- they look awesome! It’s too freaking hot to want to turn my oven on, but maybe next week when we leave the outer rings of hell in the weather department πŸ˜‰

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