What I Ate

What I Ate Wednesday #150

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I can’t believe today is my 150th What I Ate Wednesday post. What’s especially crazy about that is I don’t think I missed many—if any weeks. Out of 150.  And neither has the lovely host, Jenn of Peas & Crayons. I love that one blogger was of getting a look at what she was eating turned into a fun weekly link party. If you want to see more WIAW from other bloggers, take a little visit on over there. 

It’s kind of amazing how much has changed since Week One, back on April 14th, 2011 (yes, I had to go look back in the archives—I’m terrible at remembering dates). Here’s what my day of meals and snacks looked like: Read the rest of this entry »

What I Ate Wednesday #149

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Since I’ve posted a few work-day WIAW’s in a row, today’s What I Ate Wednesday post is from last Sunday, when I enjoyed lunch and a movie with my family and did zero work. As always, many thanks to Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—take a little trip over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

actions and words fortune cookieSince I saw plums at Fairway the other day, oatmeal with plum and tahini is becoming a regular thing again. This will always be one of my favorite breakfasts. Sometimes I cook in an egg white, as I did recently, as I was really hungry after a sweaty workout and knew lunch would be a way’s away. Of course, my stomach was growling an hour before I was supposed to meet my family for lunch. Apparently, I am that weirdo who snacks on roasted broccoli. It’s so freaking good. If you haven’t, you should try it! We enjoyed a late lunch at Shun Lee, which is one of my dad’s favorite places. We shared a bunch of things. The soupy dumplings (the one on the spoon) actually came with instructions for how to eat it—I wish I had taken a picture! At the end of the meal, we all laughed over our fortune cookies. I can’t not add “in bed” to mine…

After walking around for a while, we saw Twelve Years a Slave. Finally. PMS or no PMS, I think the waterworks were inevitable. That said, it was so well done, and such a story! I’m very curious to read the book now…

Anyway, here’s the “What I Ate” part of this week’s post. Hope you enjoyed some tasty things this weekend too.

  • Breakfast: Plum oatmeal with tahini
  • Snack: Roasted broccoli
  • Lunch: Veggie and “soupy” dumplings, spare ribs to start, followed by Szechuan shrimp and broccoli (yep, more broccoli) and orange beef; an unpictured glass of sparkling wine (I love bubbles with Chinese food) and a bite of my fortune cookie
  • Dessert: A nonfat latte from Le Pain Quotidien and a few bites of a shared raspberry ganache I forgot to snap a picture of
  • Dinner: A Mediterranean-spiced stuffed pepper with veggies & hummus, topped with goat cheese
  • Snack: A sliced banana—I didn’t bother with a picture because, well, we all know what a banana looks like…Why do I feel like I just made a dirty joke?

What was the last movie you saw in theaters? What’s your go-to Chinese food order? 

 

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 #146

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Mid-week already? Well then. Happy What I Ate Wednesday. 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!

I started my new clinical job on Monday, even though I’m technically not done at the other place until the 29th. I’m just doing a few training days in between. It sounded manageable when I agreed to the set-up, but I’m sure in a month, I’ll be able to call  this two-week period of crazy what it is and laugh at myself for biting off more than any sane person would think to take on.

Monday morning had a 7:30 start time. Normally, I like to work out first thing in the morning, but for the sake of my immune system, which was calling out for more sleep, I slept in until 5:30 (gasp) and planned to try out a new-to-me Barre 3 DVD in the afternoon. Though I’ve done the 4:45 wake-up call (my burn unit rotation—good times), Sunday’s scratchy throat/runny nose/headache combo suggested that was probably not the best idea. Glad I listened.

Anyway, here is what I ate on Monday to get me through the madness. Having a nice lunch to look forward to was a huge load of stress off my back—trying to procure a good meal on a first day at any new job is awful. I  was relieved to see that a few of the other RDs also packed their lunches so I didn’t feel like the weird kid. Not that this has ever stopped me from doing things before.

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oatmeal with PB—what else? Later, I had some coffee at a Starbucks because I was running early.
  • Lunch: A salad with baby spinach, lentils, brown rice, roasted eggplant and peppers, and caramelized onions; hummus with goat cheese on the side instead of dressing
  • Snacks: Carrot chips during a morning break; yogurt with flax and blueberries when I got home
  • Dinner: Black bean chicken chili and avocado toast
  • Snack: Sliced banana with nonfat ricotta‚yes, again. I’m on a jag.

Do you pack lunch on your first day at a new job or school? What time of day do you like to work out? 

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? 

What I Ate Wednesday #143

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Happy New Year! Are you excited for 2014? It’s cheesy, but I am. I hate New Years Eve (which is why I willingly volunteered to work New Years Day), but I love the fresh, clean feeling of January 1st. I always try to make good choices to inspire more for the 12 months ahead, and I try to sneak a few lucky foods in there. 

As we welcome a new year I thought I’d use this week’s  What I Ate Wednesday to pay tribute to the poorly-lit workday meals that kept me going through most of 2013. It’s not always pretty, but hey, sometimes you just have to eat to live. I’m curious to see in what ways my tastes will change—and remain the same in 2014. Not a lot changed over the past year, except that I got over some of my kitchen fears and started paying a little more attention to presentation—at least at home! Packing and eating two desk-meals per day was new, but a welcome challenge. One thing I am hoping to do in 2014, though, is to not have to rely on shelf-stable peanut butter. This coconut oil stuff tastes good and I feel slightly better about it than I do palm oil versions, but nothing beats straight up ground peanuts. 

Anyway, let’s get to the “what I ate” part of the post, shall we? 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!

Here’s what I ate on Monday, which was a bit hellish, as we had less than half our usual staff, but thanks to a new Spotify playlist in my headphones, I powered through all the notes and to-do list items. I had hoped that spending slightly more time at my desk would keep me from getting hungry as soon, but thanks to the morning’s interval workout (something I do once a week instead of the usual, just to shock the system so my muscles don’t get bored), I was just as hungry as usual. One day, I will miss having this problem.

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oats with PB (pardon the recycled pic)
  • Lunch: Salad and chicken chili. A little while later I had some crackers.
  • Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon, ~1/4 c cereal, and ~1 tsp Fig & Ginger jam before running out the door for some after-work errands
  • Dinner: Another serving of last week’s Mushroom, Kale & Chickpea detox recipe; alongside some toast with hummus and roasted eggplant on top. I also had a small glass of wine. Apparently 3 ounces is my sweet spot.
  • Snack: I’d made another batch of the zucchini oats for the next few mornings and had ~1/3 cup left, so a few hours after dinner, I had that with a little warmed up soy milk. Even though I eat something an hour or so before bed, I wake up ravenous, so part of me wonders why I bother. However, if I don’t eat before bed, I wake up ravenous in the middle of the night, so hey…

One of the things I love about Jenn’s WIAW link party is the focus on creating a judgment-free zone. It can be so easy to compare ourselves to others, but one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to tune in to your body and listen to what it needs—not what you think you should want or what someone else tells you should need. You’re the expert on yourself, after all.

How did your tastes change over the past year? 

Home for the Holidays

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wallpaperWhen I arrived at my parents’  house on Monday night, my old room was in a state of disarray, thanks to my dad’s latest home improvement project. Even though I haven’t lived there in 10 years, it was still weird. I tried to view the mess/transition as a metaphor, and that actually helped. In a way, I also kind of loved seeing the old retro wallpaper 16-year-old me had wanted to paint over when the family moved in.

Christmas Eve morning, I went to hot yoga with my mom, sister, and aunt after interviewing someone for a writing project I’ve been working on. It was a great way to start the holiday. A little Christmas pre-tox, anyone?

Oh, and it snowed. Someone enjoyed that. dog on table

Christmas Eve dinner was fairly low-key this year, as it was just my immediate family. For some reason, sushi is the traditional appetizer in our house, and though we usually do Greek lamb, this year that was saved for Christmas Day, so we enjoyed salad and some items from a local Italian market. After my mom played us all her favorite parts of last week’s SNL episode, we traded a couple gifts and had dessert. I enjoyed a mini chocolate cake my mom made from a friend’s recipe—it was like a mini soufflé!

My sister and I always exchange our gifts on Christmas Eve. Remember when I posted our text conversation about dinosaurs? Now I know why she was asking my favorite. dinosaur planter

I think this guy is going to be a planter…or maybe a holder for incense once I put some little rocks in him.

Christmas morning I was up at the ass-crack of dawn because I heard my mother walking around. I read on the elliptical machine in the basement to kill some time until the rest of the house was up. We opened presents, had breakfast, and did stuff around the house until my mom’s side of the family came over.

As always, the food was delicious. I enjoyed an assortment along with wine.

It was a mellow Christmas holiday—no complaints! It’s always good when, at the end of the night, you feel like everyone had a nice time.

What did you do for Christmas? Any favorite food items?