What I Ate Growing Up

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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At Mal’s Super Awesome Birthday Weekend, a few of us started talking about Kool-Aid””probably because of some sort of reference to drinking the “CrossFit Kool-Aid,” which Mal and I have apparently guzzled. The two of us have actually become those annoying people who talk about one thing (CrossFit) all the time to our friends, but, honestly, we can’t help it. We even try to reign it in and talk about something else, but our conversation always ends up back at CrossFit. Let’s just say, I’m glad our friends still like us.

Anyway, back to Kool-Aid.

I used to drink Kool-Aid all the time as a kid. In our house, the choices for beverages were Kool-Aid, milk, water, and, occasionally, Sunny Delight, which, if I drank nowadays, would probably cause me to immediately vomit. I mean, the second ingredient in Sunny Delight is corn syrup! I can’t believe this stuff even exists. Eww!

Anyway, since I’m all over the place this morning, let me cut to the point of this post. It’s to tell you what I ate growing up.

As a child of a single parent, I ate a lot of “convenience foods,” like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Ramen Noodles, and TV dinners, but we didn’t know a lot about good nutrition back then””for instance, the dangers of transfat in Little Debbie Snacks. My mom often cooked vegetables for dinner and there was always fresh fruit in the house, but there were also tons of other “fun” foods, which, as kids, my sister and I preferred.

Some of my favorite foods growing up:

  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
  • Little Debbie Snacks
  • Bologna sandwiches
  • Pop Tarts
  • Jello Pudding Pops
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Fruit Roll-ups
  • Kudos Bars
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Honey Graham O’s
  • Kool-Aid
  • Bugles
  • SmartPop Popcorn



Last night’s WOD was a good one! Check it out:



7 Squat Clean/Thruster

100 Meter Sprint

Rx: (135, 95)
L2: (115, 75)
L1: (95, 55)
Beg: (75, 35)

For this workout, we had 12 minutes to do as many rounds of 7 Squat Clean to Thrusters + 100 meter sprint as possible. I used 60 pounds for the Squat Clean to Thruster and finished 6 rounds + 7 reps in 12 minutes. I did the 7th sprint, but it didn’t count because I ran out of time.

I’m not sure if I told you guys this or not, but Mal got his Level 1 CrossFit Certification and will be teaching at our box this summer. It’ll be his summer job and a part-time gig during the school year. Obviously, this job is perfect for him, and he is so psyched about it.

Before Mal can start teaching CrossFit classes, he needs to observe our coaches/classes for a certain number of hours, so last night he observed the class that I took. While I was doing the Squat Clean to Thrusters, Mal (and one of our coaches) watched my form. They gave me a few tips to improve them (i.e. keep my elbows up), but Mal said my Cleans looked really good. He even said they were some of the best he’s ever seen me do””and Mal’s not one to sugarcoat. He’d tell me if I was sucking ass at them! I’m just glad to finally make some progress with them. Cleans are hard for me!


After CrossFit, I came home to make lettuce wraps for dinner. I cooked the chicken ahead of time, so all I had to do was wash the lettuce (I think Boston or Bibb works best for wraps) and cut up some veggies.

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In the mix: chicken breast, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrot.

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Sliced almonds.

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And Annie’s balsamic vinaigrette for the dressing.

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I ate five or six lettuce wraps with everything in them. So delish!


Weekly Workouts

  • Sunday: 1 mile
  • Monday: CrossFit + 1 mile
  • Tuesday: CrossFit
  • Wednesday: CrossFit
  • Thursday: CrossFit
  • Friday: Run
  • Saturday: Run

Truffle Oil Giveaway

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Question of the Day

What was your diet like as a kid? What were your favorite foods?

P.S. Don’t feel like working out today? This post from CrossFit St. Cloud will give you the kick in the butt you need: Enough With the Bullshitting!



  1. Thinking about what I ate in my youth literally makes me shiver. I won’t go into details but let me just tell you – I have 7 cavities :/ Yup…I basically lived off of candy. And chipotle. And lots of other nastiness. *shudder*

  2. I ate a lot of weird things growing up in an Italian family. Tongue and tripe top the list. But there was a lot of “junk” food my brother and I loved. The frozen chimichangas from Costco which now make me want to throw up, Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Whenever I was babysitting I would eat Lucky Charms and Pop Tarts like it was my job since my parents never let us have that stuff in the house.

  3. I used to love Mondo’s and Squeeze-its, Pop Tarts, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, Fruit Roll ups, all that delicious sugary stuff!

  4. I definitely ate a lot of those same foods – I loved pop tarts, Kudos, oatmeal pies, KoolAid, Kraft mac n cheese and hot dogs. However, my mom did cook a relatively healthy dinner, which always included vegetables (usually frozen). I didn’t eat a ton of fruit as a kid – we did always have applesauce, bananas and summer fruits when in season. To this day, I definitely prefer veg over fruit! I was an only child of a single mom in nursing school, so I spent a lot of time with grandmas & aunts, who introduced to me to vegetables a lot of kids don’t like, so I’ve always been a pretty ‘good’ eater (even though I enjoyed the junk, too) 😉

  5. Congrats to Mal on his cert!! I also suffer from OCD (Obsessive CrossFit Disorder) and my husband and I have a safe word to make each other stop talking about it when people are glazing over. Ha! Going for my cert in August. So excited!!

  6. As a kid we eat a lot of real food – I had a stay at home mum and she cooked most nights but my favourite treat was slushes on our weekly trips to the corner store… yummy with 5 Cent candies in them…. Dinner and meal Mac n Cheese

  7. My favorite kid treat was soft pretzels – piping hot! I remember having them after my soccer games!

  8. My diet consisted of peanut butter & jelly (strawberry always), peanut butter & honey, peanut butter & banana – getting the theme? Oh yeah, and an 8oz glass of whole milk with every meal (thank mom). I still love the pb, but now I can’t stand milk!

  9. My diet was all bad. Bagels or cinamon rolls for breakfast were a must;( Now I can’t live without my oatmeal.

  10. I was shuffled between single parent homes, and while my mom tried to make us somewhat healthy meals, my Dad had no idea what he was doing. When we were at his place, a dinner usually consisted of Hamburger Helper, with a piece of white bread (not-toasted) with butter, or ham and pineapple from the can. My favorite foods were fruit-roll-ups, Dunkaroos, Pop-tarts, Mini Muffins, Frosted Flakes, cosmic brownies, and Chaco Tacos- oh, the splendor of being a child and not caring about what you eat!

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