What I Ate Wednesday is a food gawking link-up party created by Jenn and hosted by Laura and Arman each Wednesday. Join me as I share some things I ate.


Aloha! Can I even greet you this way now that I live in Boise and not on Kauai? Yes I can. I’m declaring today ‘Aloha Wednesday’.

So aloha! Welcome to Wholesome Paradise.

I’ve slowly been trying to grow this blog recently. In case you missed it, I created a monthly link-up party called Healthy Blogger Book Club. Our next link-up is coming up on June 2nd and happens the first Thursday of each month. Carrie and I would love to have you join us. We’re reading Sleep Smarter by Shawn Stevenson but you can read and review any health book you’d like.

Now onto some things I ate.

As usual, these are weekend things. Because I usually write the majority of my posts over the weekend and schedule them to go live later in the week. And I’m sure you do that too sometimes. It’s just so helpful that WordPress has this feature. If you’re not taking advantage of it, you really should.

Anyway, here was breakfast.


This level-up latte doesn’t look so filling but it is. I packed it full of protein and fat. And I promise a recipe coming soon.

I followed it up with 2 squares of Alter Eco blackout dark chocolate. Whole Foods has had them on sale 2 for $6 this whole month so I’ve been stocking up and hoarding them in my pantry. I’m a food hoarder. No shame!

I headed back down to check out the downtown farmer’s market again this past Saturday. It was chilly and rain was on the way so I didn’t stay long. But I stayed long enough to take this picture of beautiful peonies.


And to check out booths full of veggies.


I also stopped at Whole Foods while downtown to pick up a rotisserie chicken and some other essentials.


Have you seen these Whole 30 Approved tags in your local Whole Foods (Rocky Mountain region only for right now)? I’m thinking about completing the Whole 30 challenge again in June since it now seems easier than ever to do. Who’s with me?

I came home and made a Whole 30 approved lunch.

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It’s just some cabbage slaw from Costco, plus half a diced avocado and some rotisserie chicken sauteed in Tessemae’s Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce. This sauce is seriously a game-changer if you like spicy things. It’s so delicious! Tessemae’s actually makes a bunch of Whole 30 approved dressings and sauces that I love. So yes, do a Whole 30 challenge with me in June, shop at Whole Foods, and use Tessemae’s products.

This past Saturday there was this event at Expo Idaho called Boise Ultimate Garage Sale. Basically just junk and some food trucks. I went to check it out but it started dumping rain as soon as I got out of the car. I wasn’t impressed and I didn’t stay long.

I did however make it to Cost Plus World Market Saturday afternoon. They’re relocating next week so they have the whole store on clearance. I scored a good deal on my favorite red wine, Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon. I couldn’t find any Kendall Jackson Chardonnay though. Sad face.

I’ve been trying to cook more of my meals at home lately so I came home and made myself dinner.

I’m calling this creation ‘fajita plate’.


I had more rotisserie chicken but this time I sauteed it with 1 sliced red bell pepper and half a sliced yellow onion. I added 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning and 1 tablespoon of salsa verde for some South of the Border flavor. Plus half a smashed avocado on top. So simple yet so good.

I think ‘so simple yet so good’ is the theme for my life right now. I’m still loving Boise even though it went from being 90 degrees last Wednesday to 50 and rainy all weekend. And I still don’t have a job. But I’m okay with that. It’s spoiling me though so I’m not sure how it’s going to be once I start working again. I’m kind of eager to start working but I’m also not. Does that make sense? If only this blog could be my job…


Grab a cup of tea and sit down for some good reads. It’s the Wholesome Weekend Roundup featuring my top health and wellness links from around the web this week.


Why Your Body Thrives When Using Fat as Fuel – Just reading the phrase ‘carb loading’ makes me itchy.

Everything Causes Cancer: How Much Can Science Really Tell Us? – Really? Three scientific studies have linked tea to cancer? This is why I take most scientific studies with a grain of salt.

Here’s What Getting Spanked as a Kid Did to Your Personality – “It’s a basic human right to grow up free from violence of any kind and abuse, we see that even lesser forms of aggression and violence have long-term effects on you as an individual.” News to me, so yeah. My house was not free from violence, hatred and negativity.

7 Strategies to Reverse Infertility – 1 in 7 couples suffers from infertility. Sad but true. And it’s becoming more common.

Tips to Avoid Diabetes – Great tips, but so many people don’t follow them. Especially #7 which is so easy to do.

Physical Activity Associated with Lower Risk for Many Cancers – How do you plan to get moving today? I’m going for a jog later if it’s not raining.

New Findings Explain the Connection Between Melatonin and Type 2 Diabetes – My circadian rhythm is on point but that doesn’t exactly mean I’m in the clear.

Burn 600 Calories Sitting, and Other Sauna Benefits – I’ve wanted a sauna for a while. My new gym has one and I should try using it one of these days. I don’t think it’s infrared though. So I’ll probably end up buying the one mentioned in the link or a Pocket Sauna in the future.

What Foods Can Help Fight the Risk of Chronic Inflammation – Polyphenols for the win!

The Real Cause of GERD (It’s Not Acid Reflux) – This news took over the interwebs this week.

How Collagen Can Reverse Your Aging – I use this one daily. It must be working because the librarian and Boise Public Library asked me if I was over 18 when I signed up for a library card the other day. In case you were wondering, I’m in my early 30’s.

Can a Healthy Lifestyle Prevent Cancer? – Quit smoking, avoid drinking heavily, lose weight, and exercise regularly. Doesn’t seem so hard to do.

I hope it’s bright and sunny where you are so you can get outdoors and enjoy your weekend. Live it up! Summer’s almost here so enjoy the last few weeks of spring.



What’s the one…

Healthy food you never want to run out of?

Fresh vegetables. That’s broad, I know. But I don’t ever want to be without fresh, seasonal veggies. I have a whole drawer in my fridge that’s exclusively dedicated to them.

“Non” healthy food you never want to run out of?

Chocolate. Definitely chocolate.

Kitchen appliance you would hate to lose?

My Vitamix. I use it daily.

Self-care item you stock at all times?

Supplements…I guess. Does that count?

Self-care service you never miss?

Hair appointments. I can’t, for the life of me, cut my own stubborn hair so I gladly pay others to do it for me.

Piece of equipment at the gym you would miss?

Foam rollers. What’s a gym without high quality foam rollers?

Fitness class you hope never goes out of style?

Mat pilates. Not that I go regularly. But still.

Piece of workout clothing you must have?

Does a good pair of shoes count? I’m currently loving my pair of Nike Pegasus.

Fitness gadget you cannot live without?

My iPhone. It’s attached to me at all times when I’m working out so I’m counting it as a fitness gadget.

Fitness or health app you would hate to see go away?

MyFitnessPal. I don’t use it consistently but I like having it there when I need it.

Thing or item you must do/have to go to sleep?

I cannot sleep unless my teeth are brushed and it’s dead silent.

Body part you love the most?

My feet. I am trying to learn to love other parts of me.

Personality trait you love most about yourself?

I’m very inquisitive. I constantly have a desire to learn more. Especially when related to health and wellness.

Now pick one thing and post your answer in the comments below.

I originally saw this fun healthy living survey on Becki’s blog.

And I’m linking up with Amanda today because this totally counts as thinking out loud.