WIAW #95: Switching Things Up

Last week I asked you guys if you were a fan of my What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) posts, and the results came in with a resounding YES. That being said, here we are with another one!

Peas and Crayons

As I was prepping some of my food yesterday, I got to thinking about various ways we can make small ingredients swaps and additions to switch things up within our regular meals. Let me tell you what I mean…


First up is breakfast. As you know, I’ve been loving this cereal lately. Sorry to break it to ya, but things haven’t changed in the past week. However, I do like to switch things up with it sometimes. For example, I’ll rotate my nut/seed butter – sometimes I use peanut butter while other times it’s sunflower seed butter or almond butter. I also will change the toppings – sometimes it’s blueberries while other times it’s strawberries or raspberries. Most of the time I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but every once in awhile I use regular cow’s milk if I’m out of almond milk or need an extra protein punch. Lastly, you can use a variety of protein powder flavors. For this cereal, I typically use vanilla or peanut butter whey protein, but the sky is the limit! These little changes and swaps help me not get bored with it super easily (obviously considering I’ve been eating it nonstop for the past few months – ha).


Yesterday morning I combined peanut butter and vanilla protein powder with my oats, and topped it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and a few strawberries.

P.S. I used the new Love Grown Foods Super Oats they sent me, and I absolutely LOVE them! The nutrition facts are superb, and the added crunch from the seeds and nuts are a huge plus. Yum!


I also had my usual mug of coffee. Lately I’ve been enjoying it with this So Delicious Coconut Creamer. SO GOOD!


post workout

After my run, I knew I needed a little something and I definitely needed to hydrate. I thought this Designer Whey Protein 2GO would be perfect for accomplishing both of these. They come in a few different flavors, but the berry one is my favorite! It reminds me of a gummy bear.



Around 10:30 AM, I was getting a little hungry, so I made my own little version of Tina’s Cookie Dough. Rather than using honey, I added about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. I think the brown sugar made it taste even MORE like cookie dough.



Lunch was a veggie burger sandwich, and it was DELISH. Sandwiches are another one of those things you can get really creative with and add/swap ingredients all over the place to switch things up. I used a Morning Star Black Bean Veggie Burger I found in the back of our freezer, and added goat cheese, avocado, and spinach to my sandwich. Winning combo I tell you. Goat cheese and avocado make the world a better place.


Some other ideas to switch things up on your sandwiches:

  • Veggies (i.e. spinach, romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, etc.)
  • Condiments (there’s a bazillion different kinds of mustards, hummus, mayo, etc.)
  • Meats (i.e. roast beef, turkey, chicken, ham, or go veggie style!)
  • Cheese (i.e. cheddar, pepper jack, goat, provolone – cheese can change the taste so much)
  • Breads (i.e. whole wheat, sourdough, rye, you name it!)

I also had this string cheese as part of my lunch.



I chowed down one of these Odwalla bars as I was walking out the door to the grocery store. I won these as part of a giveaway awhile back. They are tasty, but I must admit, they are pretty high in sugar. I also wish they were higher in protein. But they did the trick for a quick snack on the go.



We never ended up having the stuffed peppers I meant to make last week, so I made them last night. These things are super easy, healthy, and delicious!



And dessert … it’s a must. I had a couple pieces of chocolate with a small glass of milk. The sweetest Annette gave me some of this Trader Joe’s Swiss Chocolate when I saw her on Monday, and it is SO GOOD. She always tells me how much better Swiss chocolate is compared to American chocolate, and she is so right. I’m never going to want American chocolate again.


I also licked the knife a few times after stirring up a new jar of peanut butter. My favorite part about a new jar of peanut butter. Smile

Make it a great day my friends!

What are some ways you switch up your favorite meals? What are your favorite sandwich fixins? Have you ever tried Swiss chocolate?

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  1. amelia says

    Always love these posts! That creamer is amazing! My fave is French vanilla. Oh, and their coconut ice cream is the best!!! I like the bars that have a chocolate almond shell on the outside!

    If you like Gina’s cookie dough cereal, give her protein fudge a whirl next time youwant a snack as a change from tinas cookie dough. SO good!!

  2. says

    Ahh I love this! I’m like you as I switch up my daily breakfast nut butter every day. I like peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, pepita sunseed butter (from Naturally Nutty), and whatever else we happen to have in stock!
    I’ve tried avocado with a lot of things, but I have yet to eat it with goat cheese–must do that. These past three days, I’ve been taking an avocado and smoked salmon sandwich to dance and it is amazing! A new take on salmon and cream cheese :)

  3. says

    By adding different toppings to breakfast on things like oats, berries, flax, nut butters, yogurts, carob chips, coconut – so many options!
    Right now I love a new sandwich combo I recently came across, smashed avocado on bread, fried egg, pickles, spinach and tomato. SO good.

  4. says

    I like sprouts on my sandwiches (though I’ve been advised to avoid them during pregnancy). I also prefer my sandwiches warm so I usually press them in a panini maker.
    Your stuffed pepper looks delicious!

  5. says

    If it even remotely tastes like cookie dough, I’ll love it…I’ll have to look into that recipe! And I don’t make sandwiches often, but I love a good grilled cheese with a couple different kinds of cheese and a slice of ham or turkey thrown in the middle. So good.

  6. Lisa says

    If you like Swiss chocolate, you need to try IRISH CADBURYS chocolate, I am telling you it will rock your world!!!
    These posts always make me hungry and sad that I can’t get most of the stuff you post in Ireland:(

  7. Meg says

    Hey Ashley,

    I hope you’ll be open to me correcting an error I’ve seen you make? Please don’t think I’m trying to hurt your feelings! I just have noticed you use the phrase “that being said” incorrectly – it should be used when you are about to contradict what you’ve just said. For example, “I need to lose five pounds. That being said, one more ice cream cone won’t do much damage.” In your post, you say that everyone wants to keep reading WIAW, “that being said, here we are with another one.” That doesn’t make sense; an appropriate follow up would be “Therefore, here it is!”

    Again, I am sorry if it hurts your feelings – I subscribe to your blog and it just makes me cringe every time you use that phrase.

  8. Michelle says

    I have been adding your protein cookie dough to my vanilla smoothie….That has been my breakfast all week! It is pretty awesome!

  9. says

    Oh yummmm! I love Swiss chocolate; the way its just so deliciously creamy!! The fact your bar has hazelnuts in I think would just make it even better!!
    I’ve never really found a sandwich that I like that much! I don’t know what it is! Even as a kid I wouldn’t eat them!

  10. Amanda N says

    My friends actually just came back from a trip to Europe and brought tons of chocolate home with them. Oh man – even the plain chocolate is absolutely delicious!

  11. says

    I get a weekly CSA from the farmers market, so having new veggies every week helps me mix things up. I eat a ton of veg for lunch and dinner so it’s nice having seasonal stuff, even some veg I’ve never heard of to make things interesting.

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