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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 »

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What I Ate Wednesday #148: How the Light Gets In

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Good morning! How’s your week going? My inner clock is a bit confused from working Friday through Monday, so today is sort of like my Sunday this week. Whatever works, right?

This actual past Sunday was gorgeous in New York. Waiting for the bus in the morning felt almost like spring. While scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed a post from Foodtrainers featuring a quote from one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs: “There is a crack, a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.”

That line has been in my head since then. It’s the kind of thing that, when you sit and think about it, takes on more meaning and depth. The way I respond to it certainly has changed and evolved since I first started listening to L. Cohen when I was 18, but in other ways, some things remain the same.

Anyway, light has been on my mind a lot in general, mostly because I’m getting a lot more of it in my day to day life. I mean that in the most literal sense of the word. After spending almost nine months in a windowless office, I’m still not over the novelty of sunlight as I eat breakfast at my desk. Today’s What I Ate Wednesday post will feature Sunday’s well-lit meals and snacks. I definitely notice I need to eat more snacks to get me through work days, especially at this new place, where I feel like on my feet in a way I haven’t been since I was a dietetic intern. I can’t lie, though—I kind of love it. 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!

  • Breakfast: Overnight oats made with Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp flax, 2 tbsp oats, cinnamon, and berries—simple and satisfying
  • Lunch: Big salad with roasted veggies, black beans, and half an avocado
  • Snacks: Green apple, Trader Joe’s teriyaki turkey jerky
  • Dinner Part One/After-Work Snack: Sprouted grain toast spread with nonfat ricotta and topped with roasted eggplant and a sliced hard-boiled egg
  • Super Bowl Party Snacks: I was pretty full from my snack/mini-dinner, so I munched on some carrots and hummus
  • Dinner Part Two: Red lentil chili (again—I have lots in my freezer) when I got home from the party and realized I was hungry. Working hours that are different from other people’s “normal” means weird meal times occasionally, but as long as it all works out in the end, no harm no foul.
  • Chocolate Fix: I had a square of this before calling it a night. This chocolate is basically my wildest PMS dreams come true.

Actually, I think my wildest PMS dream of late is a recent one about trying to froth coconut water, mostly to see if it worked. Long story. Paging Dr. Freud.

Do you have natural light in your workplace? What’s your wildest PMS dream? Any good Super Bowl eats? 

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 #144: Snow day

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Welcome to the first What I Ate Wednesday post of 2014. Or okay, the first one about food actually consumed in 2014. Ironically, this week I’m giving you a look at last Friday, on which I took my last vacation day of 2013.  Whatever works, I guess. It was “use it or lose it,” which is why I took so many random days off in November and December. I am and am not looking forward to working full weeks at my clinical job now that the new year has started. On the one hand, it was nice to have the extra time to do other things, but on the other, it was really stressful to squeeze in as much as I could on the days I was there. So this was a nice way to spend a snow day, and I got to eat a lot of delicious things. 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: Quinoa with kale, roasted veggies, egg whites, and goat cheese
  • Lunch: Leftover red lentil chili; salad; a toasted whole wheat sandwich thin with hummus and roasted eggplant
  • Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with cinnamon, cereal, and fig & ginger jam
  • Dinner: Shakshuka at Hummus Place in the West Village, along with some mezze I shared with my friend Anna. We had falafel, roasted eggplant in tahini, and roasted cauliflower. And about a gallon of mint tea, which our server kept bringing. She even sent us each home with a cup to go, on the house. So nice! The restaurant also serves wine and beer, but as I’d had a glass of red wine at a nearby bar before dinner, I was more than happy to sit hot tea. It was the coldest night in 20 years, according to the chitchat on WNYC.
  • Dessert: One of these chocolate-covered cherries my aunt and her husband brought back from Seattle. So delicious!

Man, I could eat shakshuka pretty much every day and not get sick of it. Naturally, Saturday morning, I had to buy eggs and canned tomatoes so I could make my own. Traditionally, you poach the eggs in the spicy tomato sauce, but I usually make a short-cut version in which I just top a mix tomato sauce and veggies with a poached egg. Not exactly authentic, but super-satisfying.

What food could you eat every day and not get sick of? 

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?