What I Ate Wednesday # 147

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So, this isn’t just any What I Ate Wednesday, but it’s also my last day at my old job. The past few weeks of training at the new one on weekends and days off has been nothing short of exhausting, but in the grand scheme of things, totally worth it to me. For this week’s post, I thought I’d share a day of weekend work meals. As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

I realized as I was posting that these are quite similar to last week’s WIAW eats. Whenever I’m starting something new (work wise), I tend to go on autopilot, working with what I know travels well and things I know will keep me satisfied for the right amount of time. What can I say—I thrive off routine, especially when I’m getting acquainted with a new setting.

  • Breakfast: Greek yogurt with flax & cinnamon, a banana
  • Lunch:A giant salad; hummus on the side for dipping
  • Snacks: an unpictured hard-boiled egg before an early morning gym visit; carrot chips; a green apple; avocado toast when I got home from work; unpictured cottage cheese with cereal before bed (was so tired I forgot to take a picture)
  • Dinner: Red lentil chili (this incarnation had pumpkin instead of squash, and a little bourbon cooked in for a kick); an unpictured bottle of ginger kombucha and square of dark chocolate

Do you ever put your meals on autopilot? 

What I Ate Wednesday #145

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cab viewGood morning and Happy What I Ate Wednesday. It’s also a full moon day. Anyone else ever feel more tired the week of a full moon? Just the other day I was talking to someone about how I’m up like a f***ing shot every morning, but go figure, Monday morning, I totally thought my second alarm clock was a dream, and 7:30 a.m. found me in a cab heading to work. The universe was obviously laughing at me. 

I then proceeded to show up for a meeting that wasn’t scheduled until Tuesday. I’m shocked I managed to stay awake, much less get any real work done. Yet somehow…

Anyway, I thought we’d backtrack a little to Sunday this week, which was spent cleaning and hanging with friends at a cookie exchange party (where the hosts surprised us all by announcing they’re getting married!). As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

  • Breakfast: Savory oats with zucchini and spinach cooked in, later topped with tahini (recycled pic)
  • Lunch: Big salad with pulled quicken, goat cheese, and balsamic; toast with hummus and roasted eggplant
  • Dinner: Chickpeas, kale, and mushrooms in a spicy tomato sauce (similar to this recipe—perhaps I’ll post a new recipe soon)
  • Snacks: Greek yogurt with fig preserves & cereal, bites of a few cookies at the party; an after-dinner chocolate treat from my friend Surkhab; sliced banana with non-fat ricotta before bed

Do you get tired during the full moon? What’s your favorite cookie? 

Four Things for Friday: Oloves and the “m” word.

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1.) This week, the American Heart Association released new cholesterol guidelines. Rather than focusing on specific numbers, the focus is on weight and lifestyle factors related to heart attack and stroke risk.

For patients who have tried diet/lifestyle medications, the basis for determining whether a person should be on a statin drug to lower cholesterol will depend not on simply their cholesterol levels but more so on the question of, “Will this drug lower risk of heart attack and/or stroke?” As this New York Times piece explains, you need to know your heart risk, and use medications when appropriate if it will reduce proven risk.

2.) Had to share this bit from Buzzfeed about why we need to stop using “moist,” the dreaded “m word.” Though I share in the passionate dislike of the term, I am equally fascinated by the way it makes me cringe.

3.) I am loving these lately. Oloves ftw! Oloves

Ugh. I am just not a “ftw” type of gal. Oh well, thought I’d give it a try. Let the eye-rolling-at-myself commence.

4.) While we’re talking about cholesterol…Here’s another thing I’ve been digging. I go through phases where cheese and fruit is my go-to snack. Usually these phases are determined by whether I find a nice cheese at the store. This chocolate cheddar cheese from Trader Joe’s is delicious (just sharp enough to enhance the slight sweetness of the chocolate)—a little goes a very long way. In the context of a day that includes mainly foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, a little real cheese is way better than a crap-ton of weird “diet” cheese. Chocolate Cheddar Cheese

What are your four things this Friday? 

“But it was on sale…”

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Going back to the topic of impulse buysdark chocolate with caramel and sea salt

I totally went in just to buy tinfoil and face wash. Let’s be honest, though—I’d have bought this even if it weren’t on sale.

A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a coworker about candy—”It’s probably the one thing I don’t eat,” I said, “with the exception of dark chocolate, of course.”

“Dark chocolate isn’t candy,” she replied.

We laughed, but hey, I guess you can argue the antioxidants are at least doing you a few favors. Ask not what you can do you for your food; ask what your food can do for you. Or something.

Everyone is different, but I’m one of those people who can enjoy a square of really delicious chocolate after a meal and call it a done deal rather than feel the need to finish the bar or the bag. We all have our things—mine is liquids (I always want the large cup of coffee or goblet of wine). And gum. Oh god…I am probably keeping Orbit in business.

People are often surprised to hear I eat chocolate every day (dark, of course—I hate milk chocolate), but since my everyday life diet has a little room for that bittersweet treat (oh geez, lamest accidental rhyme ever), I can enjoy a piece after dinner without any swirling “omg I just ate chocolate” thoughts. This keeps me feeling satisfied and less inclined to eat “healthified” processed junk that just makes me want the real deal even more. It’s all about balance, my friends.

Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite kind? Are there any foods you eat everyday that others might find surprising? 

Presentation Day

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So today is the day. I’ve been having anxiety nightmares about this for weeks—this afternoon (3:46, to be exact) I’m presenting my capstone project. I’m trying not to think about the fact that I’ve essentially been working towards this for the past four years, but, well…yeah.

I worked late yesterday and came in to work early today so I can be there for all the presentations (required). In typical Jess fashion, I packed plenty of snacks: IMG_2361

I feel like this photo says a ton about how my eating habits have changed over the past 4 years too! In 2009, I’d have definitely had a few packs of splenda or some kind of artificially-sweetened yogurt, and soy crisps instead of, uh, turkey jerky (awkward name, but hey). There would also have been a giant diet coke involved. Maybe the Gnu bar would have been a Luna Bar. And the sliced green peppers? Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Haha thanks for putting up with some of my delirious posts lately. I see light at the end of the tunnel!

What 200 Calories Looks Like

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Yesterday my friend Caitlin sent me this fun list (with pictures!) of what 200 calories of various foods looks like. Some of these were foods you’d eat in their pictured context. Others…not so much. Here are a few examples:

Red Onions:

from Bored Panda

Werther’s Originals Candies

courtesy of Bored Panda

Kiwis (this actually looks really good—why don’t I eat kiwi more often?):

from Bored Panda

Mini-Peppers (too cute):

from Bored Panda


from Bored Panda

Some of my real-life favorite 200-calorie snacks of late:

Yogurt with berries & cereal


Beer & a mini Guinness Cupcake: IMG_1663

I also ate bone marrow on toast a few nights ago, in the context of a dinner-hour whiskey tasting. Even the small amount I had was probably more than 200 calories, but it was…interesting. I can’t say I’d try it again, but I also can’t say I wouldn’t. The flavor was fantastic, but the texture…the whole experience felt really primal and strange. Some primal & strange can be very good (wink, wink), but bone marrow on toast—jury’s still out for me.

What are some of your favorite 200-calorie snacks? Have you ever eaten bone marrow? 

What I Ate Wednesday #99

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Good morning and happy  What I Ate Wednesday. It seems crazy that I’ve been doing this for 99 weeks! That’s almost 2 years. Crazy, how fast time passes when you’re having fun and doing a zillion things. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

With such a weird schedule, it doesn’t seem to matter whether I post week or weekend days. I’ve been finding my weekdays—and nights—are very busy, while the weekends leave me wanting to rest. Saturday I was really tired and feeling under the weather, so I took it pretty easy. Mostly, I read RD exam review stuff and napped (and maybe got around to checking out Downton Abbey on Amazon Prime to see what the fuss is about), but I did take a half-hour to check out a massage & reflexology place I’d recently found out about—I was so glad I did! Not only was it freaking amazing, it’s inexpensive enough that I could afford to make it a regular thing.

As for the “what I ate” part of the day…

Breakfast: Oats with flax, veggies, and turkey bacon, topped with a poached egg and goat cheese

Lunch: Tortellini soup

Snack: Green apple and a ginger kombucha

Dinner: Whole wheat pasta tossed with shredded brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and turkey bacon, topped with pecorino

Snack: (unpictured) sliced banana with PB2 mixed with cocoa powder and the last bit of some pumpkin puree

I’m not ashamed to admit I totally crawled into bed at 10 pm that night and slept almost 10 hours. It was exactly what I needed, I guess. I felt 99% back to normal the next day!

Have you ever tried reflexology? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?