WIAW: AKA Why I'm Not a Food Blogger

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) - yes, you read that right! This ain't no food blog, but this week I'm letting you into the wild world of my pantry, which will reveal:
1) How much I love snackies
2) Why I'm not a food blogger

I recently heard that the average American has more than $200 worth of food in the pantry at any given time. $200? That's my entire monthly meal budget! I decided to do a little social experiment - how long can I last without going to the grocery?

The goal is simple: clean out my fridge, freezer and pantry. 

Each day I last is worth $6, because that's about how much I spend on groceries each week. I haven't been to the grocery for two weeks since I was out of town, except to buy celery, eggs and kale. I figured this was the perfect time to dig into my reserves (looking at you frozen broccoli) to see what I could come up with.

There are some caveats:
1. I don't want this to be misconstrued as a weight loss challenge, so if I get to the point where I have a little food left but can't make enough for the day, the challenge is over. :) 
2. The huge stash of Perfect Bars that I bought on Black Friday is off limits. I want to make those babies last as long as possible for days when I don't have time to make breakfast. 

I was raised in a house with five kids and a revolving door. 

My parents never knew who would be in our house, which meant a packed pantry and tons of leftovers. Building a hearty pantry is in my nature! But: no excuses. It's time to eat like a champion.

So far, I'm three days in to the challenge and things are getting interesting.

I've got a stockpile of oats right now, so my days are starting with: Rolled oats with cinnamon, chia seeds, almonds, peanut butter and frozen berries. Alongside my coffee, of course.

After that I had the Hummusapien's Snickdoodle Smoothie, which I made from slightly freezer burned bananas, dairy-free milk, peanut butter, chia, vanilla and cinnamon. (Forgot to take a pic of it. Told you I'm not a food blogger!)

I'd normally have a morning snack, but with my smoothie I wasn't hungry until lunch.

At lunch I said Hallelujah! for the kale I'd purchased and then topped it with nutritional yeast, quinoa, broccoli, corn, almonds and olive oil. It was amazing.

I discovered celery in my fridge and raisins in my pantry - both of which I'd forgotten. They make an obvious team for my mid-afternoon snack: ants on a log! 

My second afternoon snack was trail mix leftover from my trip to Bloomington last week and a sparkling Dasani (have you had these yet? I love them). 

For dinner, I had eggs and sourdough bread with grass-fed butter, alongside a kale salad. The eggs completely fell apart and reminding me why I'm not normally a WIAW poster.

So, I'm three days in. I'll let you know how long I make it!

And all you WIAW girls out there - keep doing what you're doing! You impress me!