WIEW: Tis the Season?

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I guess it’s time to whip this bad boy outta storage?

So, whether you are ready or not, it’s the holiday season. Christmas commercials are now interrupting my favorite shows, grocery stores are stocked up on turkeys, cranberry relish and dinner rolls, department stores are decked out in lights and trees and Christmas music is starting to decorate the airwaves. This is my favorite time of year, so I’m REALLY excited. Especially since, if all things go right in my life (which never happens, but I’m praying) I’ll have time to actually ENJOY the holidays. I’ll have time to bake, shop and spend time with my family. The past 2 years have been so busy with work, I’ve only spent a few days with them. I want more time with my family. That’s what the holidays is all about, right?

Why all the talk about the holidays all of a sudden? Well, Starbucks has introduced it’s holiday cup! My venti non fat pumpkin spice latte is now being served in a bright red and festive cup! What better way to kick off the holiday season right? And, what better introduction to What I’m Eating Wednesday!


What better way to start the day than with a Christmas infused latte 🙂 Now, I know coffee does not a breakfast make, but work? IT’S CRAZY. We have our big walkathon in 2 WEEKS (SIGN UP HERE!) so my life is a bit hectic. I promise to do better when the walk is over.


A rather horrible iPhone photo of pasta! I’m trying to slowly ween myself off carb dependence so I’m aiming to eat carbs for breakfast-lunch and limit them at dinner. Which sucks, because I love carbs. But my stomach? Hates everything right now, especially things that make me happy. Go figure.

Low fat red velvet cupcake with my light cream cheese frosting. I said I was cutting carbs at dinner, remember? (I have a problem). I made these for our Halloween party and they were a huge hit! No one had ANY idea they were low fat! Score 🙂


[Photo via My New Roots]

I’m totally recreating this version of spaghetti squash from My New Roots for dinner tonight. Except, I’ll probably sub out spinach for kale and add some caramelized mushrooms, feta and diced tomatoes. I love spaghetti squash and it’s such a fabulous alternative to pasta. Yum.


[Photo via Simply Recipes]

Fresh, homemade applesauce. YUMMMMMMM. I have about 1,000 apples I need to use up  before they go bad (which I fear is soon). Plus, it’s healthy. Add a bit of fresh cinnamon and you have a perfect dessert.

So friends, what are you eating Wednesday? And are you as stoked as I am for the holidays?

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  1. Posted by Rachel on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Your foods look great (even the coffee for breakfast).Hope the next two weeks go by and don't stress you and that the walk goes off without a hitch.
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      Aw thanks Rachel!
  2. Posted by Fran@BCDC on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Not ready for Christmas!!  Your pasta and the veggie dish look delicious!!
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      ahhahaha. I'm not ready either. I'm excited, yes. Ready? HECK NO.
  3. Posted by Kiri W. on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Personally, I'm not at all in a Christmas mood yet, or even Thanksgiving (well, I'm German, what do I know about it) - probably because I have my PhD dissertation defense in the week after Thanksgiving and am completely crazed. Sigh. At least I did all my holiday shopping in China back in May and don't have to worry about that...
    The spaghetti squash dish looks wonderful, and I'd totally go for your suggested changes on the dish!
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      You have got it GOING ON. See, I wait until the last minute. I never learn.
  4. Posted by Jessica Trimble on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Spaghetti squash sounds soooo good.
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      I know right?
  5. Posted by Lauren on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Yum! Everything looks great :)
    • Posted by claire on
      Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
      Thanks dear!
  6. Posted by Jane Austen on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    I sometimes feel like every household could use their own personal nutritionist around holidays. What is it about holidays (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas) that makes us forget about healthy eating habits?...ok maybe the answer is obvious, but I still think we could do a little better. Thanks for your suggestions they look delicious!
  7. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    I need to try spaghetti squash!
  8. Posted by Liz on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Oh, man, that Christmas tree was a shocker! Not ready for the holidays at all!  But I may just order my Thanksgiving turkey tomorrow to get it out of the way.  Your spaghetti squash toppings sound marvelous..yum!  Good luck with your walkathon!!!
  9. Posted by Jess on
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    Oh dear. The holidays always sneak up on me. 
  10. Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
    You have 1000 apples to finish up?  Wow!  I love the spaghetti squash idea - I think I saw something similar before but forgot about it.  That looks really delicious.  I'm looking forward to the holidays!! =)
  11. Posted by Alexia @ NamasteYoga on
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    spagehtti sqash! i love your dinner!
  12. Posted by Professor Vegetable on
    Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
    Your what I ate Wednesday post is very cool. That squash looks amazing. In what type of market did you get it?
  13. Posted by Katie C on
    Thursday, November 10th, 2011
    Yayyyy for holiday season starting! I am really wondering how long until it is acceptable to put up our Christmas tree.....