raspberry granola yogurt bowl

Itz been a hot minute since I’ve linked up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!  I thought today would be a good day, mostly because yesterday I actually remembered to snap photos of most of what I ate.  But first, let’s begin with some William cuteness.  He spent the day at my parents’ house (his Yaya and Pops), and clearly had the best time ever.

william yaya pops

Itz a shame he’s not a happy baby, eh? 😉

Ok, now for my tasty food.  Breakfast involved a raspberry granola yogurt bowl.  (And itz the name of this post since itz literally the only thing I actually made to eat all day.)

raspberry yogurt granola bowl

We’ve got some plain Chobani Greek yogurt sweetened with Pure Via vanilla stevia, mixed with Cascadian Farm ancient grains granola, and tons of fresh raspberries. Driscoll’s raspberries were on sale for a dollar at the grocery store; I’ve never seen them that cheap, so I stocked up and put an entire container in my bowl.  So good.

When my dad picked up William for the day, he also brought some chicken salad that my mom made.  I love this chicken salad and will soon make my own batch of it.  But for now, I’ll eat hers for lunch (while I pump).chicken salad

My mom’s chicken salad includes chicken (duh), light mayo, dijon mustard, dried cranberries, almond slivers, celery, and apples.  Itz the perfect combination.

You all know I snack ALL.DAY.LONG. and I captured most of them.

snacks

  • Detour SMART bar in blueberry
  • Juicy plum
  • KIND bar in nut delight
  • Dates with peanut butter
  • Turkey slices
  • Banana chocolate chip muffie (made by my mom)

Not pictured snacks included honey wheat pretzels from Trader Joe’s and fruit salad.  So this was the first time I tried the whole date with peanut butter thing.  I had seen it on several other blogs and I love both dates and peanut butter, so I thought why not?  I was at my parents’ when I tried it and my dad immediately said it sounded weird.  To be honest, I didn’t love it.  I felt like the peanut butter overpowered the sweet date flavor and I couldn’t really taste the dates at all.  So after one, I put the peanut butter away and helped myself to a few more plain dates.

I’ve been drinking tons of water lately thanks to breastfeeding.  I usually drink an entire bottle when I pump and I pump three times at school and twice at home on working days.  Usually one of those bottles includes a Cocogo packet.  Use code ITZLINZ to save $$!

cup

My absolute favorite cup ever.

I hung out at my parents’ when I picked up William, and my dad had made a delicious beef stew in the crockpot for dinner.

beef stew

We had steamed cauliflower on the side.

For dessert, I had a bowl of Edy’s slow churned mint cookie crunch ice cream, but instead of showing you that I’m going to show you dessert from the weekend because there is a funny story that goes with it.  It was at the rehearsal dinner of my cousin’s wedding, and the waiters were bringing dessert to the table.  There was cherry pie and a delicious super chocolatey thing (I don’t know what itz called).  Well, they were alternating plates of dessert for the guests at each table, so every two people had one of both.  I noticed our server still had two plates left on his tray after we were served. I don’t like sharing dessert, so I begged and pleaded for him to give me my own set of desserts.  Then my sister chimed in and told this young man that I was breastfeeding. Needless to say, I got both desserts and was pretty happy about it.

dessert

I devoured both.  (See, Uncle Ricky? I told you this picture would make the blog!)  Jonny is smiling in the background either because he’s just as happy as me that he didn’t have to share his dessert or because he’s proud of my skills to get extra dessert!

And just for kicks, let’s end with a picture of the world’s cutest baby.

william happy smile

Bye bye now.

What delicious food have you eaten lately?

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake

Apparently itz National Cheesecake Day.  I didn’t even know.  Well, this is just perfect!

There’s just something about milkshakes that call summer’s name.  Itz probably because they’re cool and creamy and delicious which compliments summer’s steamy temperatures quite perfectly.  Most milkshakes are not the healthiest, and while itz fun to indulge on occasion, I’ve got a perfect solution that you can feel good about anytime.  Even daily.  Itz a healthy strawberry cheesecake protein milkshake.  And itz absolutely amazing.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain Chobani Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 scoop Designer Whey Luscious Strawberry protein powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • Pure Via vanilla stevia to taste
  • *optional – whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

If you don’t have or don’t want to use protein powder, reduce the amount of milk.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake

The idea for this healthy strawberry cheesecake protein milkshake came when I saw this lightened-up cheesecake dip.  Anything cheesecake is a win in my book.  And if you want to give it an extra little something, go ahead and top it with some whipped cream.

Healthy Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Milkshake Recipe

I mean, why wouldn’t you, really?

What’s your favorite flavor of cheesecake?

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Healthy edible cookie dough? That’s my heaven.  I freakin’ love cookie dough.  It was what I missed most when I was pregnant.  Itz only now that I created this recipe though and itz probably a good thing because I would have eaten it all too often during my pregnancy.  And we all know I’m a big believer of moderation and balance.  So is this guy:

william smile9

ok, fine, that was a lame excuse to include a picture of my cutie

Anyway, I was recently sent a Summer Fit Kit from Pure Via through a FitFluential campaign.  Pure Via is a zero calorie, stevia sweetener.  The fit kit’s contents were:

  • Box of Pure Via® non-GMO packets
  • Bottle of Pure Via® stevia liquid
  • Bottle of Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • Container of instant iced tea
  • Pure Via mason jar & straw
  • Pure Via pedometer
  • Pure Via SPF 15 lip balm

pure via

Did you know June is National Iced Tea month?  HERE are several great recipes.

The liquid vanilla stevia is my absolute favorite.  I’m a major vanilla fan and I’ve been adding this to everything.  Most recently, I’ve been adding it to my healthy edible cookie dough and itz the perfect sweet vanilla touch that it needs.  Ready for the recipe?

Healthy Edible Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk
  • Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid
  • tiniest pinch of sea salt
  • optional: toppings such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc.

Directions:

  1. Combine almond meal, sea salt, and brown sugar.
  2. Slowly add almond milk while stirring until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Stir in Pure Via® vanilla stevia liquid. Taste to test. Add more as needed.
  4. Stir in toppings and enjoy!

cookie dough

If you don’t finish the bowl in one sitting, store it in the fridge.  Of course you can add in whatever else you’d like – chocolate chips are Jonny’s preference while white chocolate chips and sprinkles are mine!

Note: It is not recommended to omit or replace the brown sugar as that gives it the true cookie dough flavor.

And because Pure Via is so great, they’re giving away one of their Summer Fit Kits!  (One kit per household.)  But wait, there’s more!  Besides iced tea, what else goes perfectly with summer?  How about coupons for two boxes of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt bars? Their newest flavors, peanut butter cup, mint chocolate chip, chocolate fudge, sea salt caramel, and dark chocolate raspberry, are sure to cool you off this summer.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’re most looking forward to this summer (mandatory).  For an additional optional entry, follow Itz Linz, Pure Via, and Yasso on Twitter and tweet, “Summer is here! I want to celebrate with @PureVia & @eatyasso through @ItzLinz‘s GIVEAWAY! http://wp.me/p2WMfo-2tJ” and leave a separate comment telling us you did.

*Winner must live in the US.

This giveaway will be open until Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 at 8:00 pm CST.  The winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, June 26th. CLOSED.

Congratulations to #38 Em @ Love A Latte! Please email me so we can get you your summer goodies! 🙂

*Disclosure: I received a Pure Via Summer Fit Kit and coupons for Yasso’s Frozen Greek Yogurt Bars.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.