Hey guys!

Let’s go through the day, shall we?
(I’m currently kinda waiting for my laptop to charge so I can go to the library…)

I considered going to Crossfit this morning, but instead decided to sleep in and give my legs a rest day. Tomorrow I’m going to do a short run at my 5k goal pace-probably about 2 miles, so I want fresh legs!

Brunch this morning was beans, chicken, salsa, and guacamole over lettuce.


Plus some frozen blueberries and mango.


Today was a little bit rough in project land-we had a tea party for a sorority recruitment event, and there were so many cookies!


But hey, at least it got me out in real people clothes, right?? I mean a dress-who’d have thought?


After staring down tons of cookies, I desperately wanted something when I got back.

Enter my special delivery-my mom is the best. She brought me this vat of berry compote-blueberries and raspberries!


Which I paired with yogurt and sunflower seed butter.



I was still wanting my cookies, so I did a bit of experimenting. I had an idea for cookie dough style pre-workout balls, so I thought I’d give it a try.


I made chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. The base was banana, coconut flour, vanilla, and salt. For the chocolate chip, I simply added unsweetened chocolate. For the oatmeal raisin, I added cinnamon, oats, and raisins. Overall, not bad, but a little bit too coconut flour-y for me. Plus, coconut flour is very high fiber which may not be the best pre-workout option. 

Today, I had a lot of “sweet like things” which I think is where I can tend to get in trouble-I stuffed now from these balls plus some dried fruit and dinner!


Brown rice, chicken, broccoli, and this mixture:


Which surprisingly has a decent ingredient list!

Today was going to be our dessert for the week, but to be honest, I’m not really feeling it at this point. 

The moral of this post? When trying to be healthy, you don’t do a lot for yourself by trying to mimic the real thing. This is where I’ve gotten in trouble in the past, and while today wasn’t awful, it’s still kind of besides the point of the project. And I think ultimately, it makes things more difficult because I’m not eating the real thing. As I enter week 2, things will change a bit. I don’t have the same quantity of food prep done, I’ve eaten a lot of the same foods, and I’m going to venture into the dining hall more. On the easier side though, there are less events with cookies this upcoming week. 

I guess what I’m saying is if you aren’t me doing a super strict project, you may be better off just having the real thing-in moderation of course. Faking it just doesn’t do it! 

Do you have any favorite healthy versions of things?

8 comments on “Faking the Good Stuff

  1. Julie

    I love the idea of a tea party!

    1. Aurora

      They’re so much fun!

  2. caileejoy

    Your brunch looks amazing!! In fact I ate some frozen mango this afternoon as well… so good!! And that compote looks so good!! As do those healthy cookies!! YUM!! Hope that you have a great week!

    1. Aurora

      You too!

  3. smilemilegirl

    You are still doing the challenge, so try not to be so hard on yourself! The natural sugars you had were much better options than processed cookies and flours and such. That rice looks really yummy- I’m a sucker for any kind of 90 second rice or quinoa. (: Good luck this week with the dining hall, I can’t wait to read about it.

    1. Aurora

      Thank you! Haha I’m a sucker for 90 second anything-I’m way too impatient!

  4. Matt @ Runner Savvy

    It’s always nice to get out in real people clothes 🙂

    1. Aurora

      It is! It just doesn’t happen much!

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