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I’ve been on a bit of a morning-post kick, so I figured I’d follow in line with yesterday’s What I Ate Wednesday!

If you’re not familiar with WIAW, check out Jen’s blog Peas and Crayons to learn more about this awesome blogger concept!

This month’s WIAW is about fun, food AND fitness, so I thought I’d first share this Full Body Circuit Workout that I recently tried from FitSugar. I didn’t stray from their version, so just CLICK HERE to access a printable copy of the workout!

This was a very manageable circuit, and something I’ll go to when I want a bit of strength training but don’t want a total butt-kicking.

Now, I wish I could say that my WIAW was full of festive 4th events and eats, but unfortunately I needed to take the day to really get stuff done, and I stuck to what was in my kitchen.

Nonetheless, everything ended up tasting deeeelicious!

I started the day with a lovely breakfast in bed:

Last of my Great Harvest 9 Grain Bread with butter, almond butter and honey. Plain Chobani with honey, cinnamon and 1/2 sliced banana. I could literally eat this meal 3x day/7 days a week!

After an hour or so of digestion, I did an incline treadmill workout that I came up with on the fly and can’t remember the details of. It was pretty low key but I broke a sweat—exactly what I was looking for!

My knees have taken a little trip to funkytown recently 😦. I can’t pinpoint why they’re hurting all of a sudden, since I don’t run much anymore. Maybe the plyometrics I’ve been doing in my circuit workouts? Must investigate.

I also completed the arms portion of my Monster Strength Workout.

After the gymnasium, I stopped at Walgreens and picked up a few things, including:

This impulse purchase! I love anything with bbq flavor and could not resist buying and snacking on these in the street. UMMM, they’re flipping amazing and addictive!

Another small handful of these kept my hunger at bay till about 12:30, and I knew just what I wanted for lunch!

Homemade Egg Salad: 2 hardboiled eggs, pesto and cottage cheese whipped quickly with an immersion blender. Enjoyed with Wheat Thins! I also snacked on a bunch of baby carrots dipped in balsamic while throwing this together.

Lessert ( lunch/dessert obvi): other 1/2 sliced banana with melted Trader Joe’s Pound Plus 70% chocolate. YUMMMMM.

A few hours later, I headed to a Murray Hill neighborhood Starbucks to catch up with my sweet, amazing friend Audrey whom I hadn’t seen in far, far too long.  Audrey is one of my very best friends, one of the few people who NEVER fails to leave me smiling, and I missed her company dearly.

I figured we’d be there chatting away for a while, so I packed some snacks to munch on!

Baggie of cracknuts a.k.a Blue Diamond Bold Habanjero BBQ Almonds and a slice of my Whole Wheat Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Bread—I froze a chunk of it the day I baked it, and busted it out last night to thaw. Just as moist and delicious as day 1!

I was so excited to see Audrey that I completely forgot to take a picture of my coffee, which was FREE?!?! Apparently, Starbucks was offering free tall coffees today (only hot, not iced) in celebration of Independence Day. Or maybe it was just this location?

Either way, bonus!

Even more crucial on this HOTTTT summer day was the truly tall free ice water I ordered as well.

Today was a scorcher! No complaints from this peanut bread gallery though; I’d take sweltering over freezing cold any day

Audrey and I stayed at Starbucks for THREE hours—I swear I could chat with that girl till I’m blue in the face and never get sick of listening to her thoughts and opinions.

We parted ways around 5:30 and I headed home to pack (!) and relax for the rest of the evening.Yes, I am dork and am staying in on the 4th of July. Judge me if you like, but I am 100% happy with my decision!

I old-lady gummed some cottage cheese right when I got home :).

Dinner was just as tasty and easy to throw together as the rest of the day’s eats.

Brussel sprouts steamed and tossed in butter, garlic salt and red chili flakes

Large and in charge plate of Goat Cheese, Fig and Rosemary Whole Wheat Pasta, with sliced turkey added for a protein boost. I used up the last of my Figgy creation on this meal :(.

I ended the night with a festive and summery dessert—my 2nd culinary nod to this special holiday!

Breyer’s Vanilla with Fresh Sliced Peaches and crumbled Delta Biscoff Biscuits. Good to the last drop of melty, cinnamony cream!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my tame 4th of July. And I did celebrate my country, by exercising my freedom to do exactly as I please!

Hope you all managed to stay cool and enjoy your Independence Day as well!

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Hi guys! I cannot believe I’m already preparing for my next weekend adventure, but the time flies when!

I’m honestly counting down the hours until my, erm, FOUR AM pick up this Friday morning, which’ll take me to JFK then onto Charleston, South Carolina for my bestie Frankie’s bachelorette weekend!!!!

Charleston is a dream city of mine—I’m in love with everything I know about it and have always felt a hankerin’ to move there one day.

When you put it that way…

Combine that with a beach house, a cold Blue Moon and my favorite gals…yep, now you’re on my program :).

My eats the last two days have been  extra super-duper yummy, so for today’s WIAW, I thought I’d do a lil’ combo, highlighting the best of!

If you’re new to What I Ate Wednesday, you gotta get in the game! This awesome concept was started by Jen over at Peas and Crayons, and I highly suggest scoping it out to learn more. Such a fun and inspirational weekly blogger “event”!

Here goes!

Yesterday’s Bfast: this meal! Whole wheat English muffin with almond AND regular buttah, sandwiched into doughy heaven post-pic. Plain Chobani with sliced banana, honey, cinnamon and a sprinkle of Kashi Go Lean Crunch! So filling and SO yummy.

Lunch Today: Switchin’ it up and it feels tastes so good! Falafel in a magnificently doughy whole wheat pita. Can’t get enough dough! This was enormous and I did NOT anticipate taking the entire sucker down.

Oh me of little faith. Halfway to the finish line!

Two Oreos with milky tea as a pat on the back 🙂

My first fruitful afternoon:Bowl of the sweetest, juiciest ORGANIC LOCAL cherries everrrr. I had this x2!

And my 2nd! Never gets old!

Yesterday’s Snack: In the running for potential new favorite! Harvest Cheddar Multigrain Sunchips and Cottage cheese. Been craving savory snacks way more?!

Train snack both days, plus a handful of nuts while running out of the office. [uhh just had an imagine of lycra-clad almonds making their personal bests around my office]

The current theme of WIAW is Sensible Snacking, and I’ve been more conscious of my snack choices as a result.

I don’t advocate eating processed foods, but variety truly is the spice of life, and sometimes you just gotta go for what sounds good. So, although some might argue that my Sunchips and Oreos weren’t super healthy, I believe they fit squarely into my idea of an overall healthy lifestyle (ok, I’d let them have the Oreos).

Seeewwww, you may be wondering how my aforementioned DATE went last night….

Best way to sum it up? The quality of the food purty accurately reflects the quality of my time with this particular gentleman :).

To begin with, he chose a killer restaurant for our meal! I’d heard fabulous things about Piadina Restaurant from my West Village-dwelling friend Hillery, but had never wound up there myself.

As soon as we walked in, I knew the spot was right up my alley. Cozy, quiet and rustic, I felt like a traveler abroad in the Italian countryside, going tete-a-tete with a handsome foreigner.

Ti adoro!

Our menu choices only served the perpetuate the fantasy—simply made with fresh ingredients, each dish was more delicious than the next.

Unfortunately, I was too nervy beans to take pictures at first, and our appetizers didn’t make the cut. To begin, we shared a salad of arugula, strawberries, pine nuts and goat cheese (perfect) and a bowl of mussels. My date brilliantly requested a side of bread, and we took full advantage sopping up the leftover garlicky mussel broth!

From my previous due-diligence, I knew that Piadina is touted for its house-made pasta, and one look a the day’s specials made my order choice reeallll easy:

Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu: Midway through our entrees, my sweet date acknowledged my blog and said he was totally comfortable with my snapping pics. What a guy!

I’m a SUCKER for ragus, and holy macaroni was this delicious!

I mean really, is there anything better than a forkful of warm, fresh-made pasta with rich, tender chunks of meat? Methinks not!

And apparently, hethinks not also, and ordered something quite similar:

Tagliatelle with Beef Ragu! Also totally delicious, but I preferred my choice…and he preferred his! Win-win 🙂

I nearly polished off my entire steaming plate of pasta, but I’m glad I didn’t have it in me, because this DUDE suggested hitting up the nearby, famous gelateria Grom after dinner (g’luck deciphering the website)! I’d been wanting to try Grom forever and was thrilled to continue our Italian overseas adventure!

PEOPLE—I can hands down say that I tried the BEST/my FAVORITE ice cream flavor of all time last night.

I ordered a trio and they were all scrumptious, but one-of-these-things-was-NOT-like-the-other

Bottom: Dark chocolate cherry. Right: Dark chocolate hazelnut….Top: Crema Di Grom *** with battifollo biscuits and colombian chocolate chips

That gorgeous, buttery-colored CREMA DI GROM knocked.my.sandals.off. Subtly sweet and milky in flavor, the silken, creamy texture finds its match  in chewy chunks of cookie (a gingerbread/shortbread hybrid).

I could eat this ice cream for days…recklessly….with abandon….for every meal. Cannot WAIT to find another opportunity to head to this neighborhood for a Crema fix!

The Boy ordered strawberry sorbet and double dark chocolate, both of which were wonderful, but I don’t think I could ever deviate.

All in all, the mouthwatering food and fantastic company made for a truly special night, and I went to bed a very full and very happy girl :).

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Before we get goin’ I want to give a shout out to my gorgeous best girlfriend on her birthday!

Happy Birthday, Nellie!!!

Since our first year of college, Nellie’s been right by my side through a lotta good, a lotta bad, and all the wacky and confusing in between! Our friendship is raw, strong and beautiful after everything we’ve experienced together, and I am unbelievably thankful to have her in my life. Yin to my yang in the best possible way :).

Aforementioned “in between”

Aaaannndd now it’s time for another rousing round of WHAT I ATE WEDNESDAY!!!

If you’re not familiar with WIAW, click HERE to jump on over to Jen’s blog Peas and Crayons and check it out!

WIAW means something slightly different to every blogger and reader, but for me, it’s a way to review my own “dietary” (I HATE the connotations of that word) habits in a non-judgmental, objective way, and potentially exclude or incorporate new eats into my life.

It’s also a fun, voyeuristic peek into the foodie lives of other bloggers, and I’ve picked up some great tips and recipes through their WIAW posts!

The current WIAW theme is Sensible Snacking, which made today a interesting day to ‘record’, as I was continually peckish after lunch despite or because of the snacks I chose?!

So let’s get snackin’!

Mickey Mouse Breakfast: Whole wheat English muffin with butter and almond butter. Chobani plain Greek yogurt with honey, cinnamon and LOCAL ORGANIC cherries! Heavenly little bursts of sweetness!

I ended up eating another spoonful of almond butter after taking this down—amazing how much more filling a banana is (my usual yogurt add-in) than other kinds of fruit!

Crisp veggies with balsamic vinaigrette and a deeelectable sandwich I concocted: Two sliced hard-boiled eggs, whipped Philly cream cheese, sliced baby tomatoes and pesto mayo on toasted multigrain. This was lipsmackin’ good–will definitely be recreating.

This was followed by a 1-2-3 Chocolate Cake ball, but honestly they’re sooo unappealing when pottyphotographed, I just couldn’t bear to SOIL my post with it! Hehe.

Bowl of ripe, fragrant ‘loupe

Ok, so here’s where the snacking got tricky. Due to the stifling/come-to-mama-and-never-leave heat (Laura lizard?), I was craving something cool when my tummy began a-rumblin’ around 3:30, and cereal sounded absolutely perfect.

Kashi Go Lean Crunch and Puffins in Vanilla Soy Milk

I poured myself a hefty cup, and the Kashi and Soy milk technically provided me with more protein than some of my other usual snacks…

Yet, for some reason, I was ravenous an hour later!

Salty roasted almonds and a lone cashew

AND an hour after THIS!

Eaten on the train home. Usually does the trick…

And even though I didn’t hit the gym tonight, I was still so hungry after the peanut butter granola bar that I scarfed down a banana in Grand Central. What was going on here!?

This was actually like the world’s most perfect banana. A Banana Best in Show. Thank you, Dishes!

Perhaps I should attribute my hunger in part to the heat, since it definitely takes more energy to operate in extreme temps, but my grumbling gut tells me that it was my afternoon snack choice of CEREAL!

I adore cereal, and it tasted delicious going down, but it just does not fill me up! I feel like I could eat 5 bowls of it and still be unsatisfied. Anyone else experience this? So many people I know eat a small bowl of cereal for breakfast each morning, and it boggles my mind that they’re not chewing their hands off an hour later.

My theory behind the why of this cereal phenomenon is more than I wanna go into now, but suffice it to say I’m pretty sure that my cold, crunchy bowl set me behind for the rest of the afternoon!

Eventually I made it home and had a surprisingly filling salad for dinner that totally hit the spot.

Picture does NOT do this yummy salad justice. Spinach, grilled chicken, toasted walnuts, blue cheese, dried cranberries and cukes with tomato basil vinaigrette. Sooo good.

I just ended my WIAW Round 7 with the perfect nightcap to such a steamy New York day!

Breyer’s Vanilla with drippy crunchy pb and cinnamon 🙂

Breyer’s Natural Vanilla is hands-down one of my favorite store bought ice creams. Look at this amazing ingredient list:

MILK, CREAM, SUGAR, TARA GUM, NATURAL FLAVOR

Counted on one hand. Simple and real is (almost) always better!

Hope you enjoyed this Wednedsay’s eats, and I would love to hear your opinion on why you think I was so much hungrier in the afternoon after a typical breakfast/lunch?

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Gosh golly, it’s already here! Another WIAW!

I totally sweat What I Ate Wednesdays—they have such a fun sense of healthy-living-blogger solidarity :).

Though we’re scattered across the country, we’re united by a common goal to be healthy but moderate, which means enjoying the goodies that life has to offer!

If you’re not familiar with WIAW, click HERE to read all about it on Jen’s blog, Peas and Crayons.

Today was perfect timing for a “What I Ate” day, because everything I chose to munch was completely DELICIOUS. As I was typing this post, I kept finding myself wanting to describe everything Tony the Tiger style (like me?)!

So without further delay…

Breakfast: Oh man this was SO good! Whole wheat English muffin, lightly toasted: 1/2 with butter, 1/2 with almond butter and strawberry preserves. Chobani plain Greek yogurt with sliced grapes aaaand Kashi Go Lean Crunch cereal!

The cereal was a last-minute and brilliant addition if I do say so, and I think this particular brand might top the charts for me. P.S. if you haven’t tried grapes in Greek yogurt yet, I implore you! Game.Changer.

Lunch Part 1: Assorted fresh veg with outrageously addictive pesto mayo.

Lunch Part 2: Heart-healthy-olive-oil-fried falafel, uber-doughy whole wheat pita bread and sesame tahina sauce for dippin’! YUM.

So moist! Must create a baked version.

I also enjoyed an unpictured square of Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus dark chocolate with milky mint tea after lunch! I snapped a shot, but it literally just looked like a nugget of coal.

Daily fruit fix

Switched it up for one of Food’s most famous pairs! Specifically, cheddar and Mutigrain Wheat Thins! I could eat cheese and crackers till the cows come home…because I’ve used up their milk supply…eating cheese.

Since I realized last week that the current WIAW theme is Sensible Snacking, I’ve been wanting to mix it up and bring back some old afternoon favorites (click to check out a list of my Sensible Snacking ideas!).  This is definitely one! Most of the time I crave sweet  over savory, but today cheese and crack sounded just right and my palate was quite pleased :).

Last of some Peanut M&Ms I shared with coworkers

Kashi Chewy PB Bar—gets me over that brutal 6:30 pm commute crash.

Sorry for the awful picture! RANDOM but fabulous dinner: Leftover Speck, mushroom, spinach, TRUFFLE OIL pizza from Emporio! And a hodgepodge salad that I packed with every protein source available to bulk it up: hummus, sesame seeds, sesame tahina sauce, Almond-Basil Pesto. There was method to my madness–SO tasty!

Moist, fudgey chocolate cake with Vanilla Protein Frostingrecipe coming soon! NOM NOM.

Suuucchhh a happy belly right now, and it’s just about time for my bed and my book.

Today I started reading Drop Dead Healthy for my Peanut Butter Fingers Book Blub, and I am already hooked.

Have you guys read this?  I’ll be reviewing it in a few weeks so I don’t wanna go into too much detail, but it is CHOCK full of interesting health-related factoids and ideas, and I won’t be able help sharing some with you!

For example! In researching all facets of what it means to be truly “healthy”, author A.J. Jacobs points out today’s noise epidemic:

“Around 26 million adults are walking around with noise-induced hearing loss. And with our omnipresent earbuds, that number is bound to rise.”

As a typical New Yorker who walks everywhere with headphones stuck in her ears, excess noise as an aspect of health never crossed my mind before. I’m super lucky to live in a neighborhood that is fabulously quiet, but it definitely doesn’t negate the honking, yelling and drilling that I hear on a daily basis.

Not sure what to make of this yet, but definitely something to consider…

Anyways, I’m wiped and ready for bed. Hope you enjoyed this week’s WIAW, and don’t forget to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A BOX OF DELICIOUS GRAB THE GOLD SNACK BARS! (Click HERE for more details).

Nighty night!

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BLERGH!

So I completely bumbled yesterday’s WIAW, because I failed to check out Jen’s post before writing my own. Turns out, yesterday wasn’t just any ole’ WIAW—it had a special theme!

How cute?!

So instead of sulking about the fact that I didn’t get it “right”, I’m going to make some deee-licious lemonade, and use this an opportunity to discuss Sensible Snacking, snack ideas and make an exciting announcement!

[Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The below is simply my opinion, based on my personal research and life experience]

What is Sensible Snacking?

To me, a Sensible Snack is one that you and your body have decided that you want—something that sounds and tastes good to you. In other words, one that comes about through intuitive eating.

Honoring your cravings and eating intuitively insures the following:

  1. You’re giving your body a nutrient/food group that it’s telling you it needs—even if that’s fat, sugar, carbs etc. We need it all!
  2. You’ll actual enjoy your snack. Food should be pleasurable whenever possible. Health matters, but so does quality of life! Like it first, and then decide how nutritional benefits should come into play.
  3. Along the same lines as #2: You will be satisfied with your snack, which will prevent you from mindless munching!

The cool thing I’ve learned is that when you give your body what it wants, most of the time it WILL MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES. When I listen to my cravings (for any of my eats) I generally find myself reaching for good-for-me foods.

We aim to peas.

The one thing I do try to keep in mind when I go a-snackin’, especially if it’s pre or post-workout, is choosing a snack that’s a combination of protein/fats and carbohydrates. The latter gives me noticeable energy, the former keeps me full. Again, however, I naturally gravitate towards this combination without putting too much effort into it.

During the work-week I tend to fall into a snack rut, because my routine is so similar that I often end up craving the same things (hello pb-pretzel paramours). However, I’ve definitely done my share of creative snacking over the years—particularly on the weekends—and have accumulated quite the delicious treasure trove!

Here are some of my tried and true favorites down to the brand that have gotten me through many-a long afternoon AND tickled my tastebuds:

Killer Combo: Cottage Cheese, sliced strawberries and oozy peanut butter

I could go on, but these are definitely the top performers!

You might have noticed (I’m giving myself way too much credit) that one particular product is missing from this list, one that I have RAVED about on this blog literally since day one…

Yoouuu nailed it!

All-weather friend.

This heavenly hockey-puck of delicious, wholesome ingredients is far and away my FAVORITE snack bar in the land!

I first tried a Grab the Gold with my mama several years ago, and I fell so hard that I began ordering them by the box, despite the steep price tag, when I realized nothing in NYC could stack up.

Honestly, I have yet to find another bar that tastes as good, has such fabulous nutritional stats, and gives me the same prolonged boost of energy.

THE BEST PART? A CASE OF THESE COVETED LITTLE-ENGINES-THAT-DO COULD BE YOURS ABSOLUTELY FREE!

That’s right folks, I will be hosting my first-ever giveaway on Beanie Bumbles in VERY soon, and the glorious prize is an entire box of GRAB THE GOLD BARS.

On the day that I announce the official beginning of the giveaway, I’ll provide you with detailed information on how to enter and any rules that may apply. So if you’re even the least bit curious to try one of these babies, stay tuned for the big day!

I’m off to pull something scrummy out of the oven that I’ll be sharing with you soon, but I hope you found my snack list useful, and that you’re as excited as I am for this fun giveaway!

What does Sensible Snacking mean to you? What are your favorite snacks?

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Hiya!

Passed these GO-JUSS flowers on my walk to Grand Central today!

How’s everyone’s week going? I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday (I may say that every Wednesday, but how time flies!), which means another WIAW is upon us!

If you’re not familiar with WIAW,  you can click on the above icon and head to Jen’s blog to check it out!

For me,  WIAW is an opportunity to:

  • Share my tastes and meals with the healthy living blog community, and in turn take ideas from them
  • Gain perspective on my eating habits and look for places where I can improve.

I try to eat intuitively, but there are internal and external factors that get in the way sometimes (stress, fatigue, things I read, media concepts of “should” or “shouldn’t”). Taking the opportunity twice a week (Protein Friday!) to journal my eats and take a look back helps me to know if I’m doin’ for me, or for someone/something else’s idea for me.

Today was actually a great exercise in intuitive eating! Yesterday I had a turkey sandwich for lunch, and for some reason my tastebuds were just not digging the meat. So, I decided to go vegetarian today! Everything ended up tasting EXTRA delicious, so I’m really glad I listened to my body.

Here goes!

Whole wheat English muffin, 1/2 buttered, 1/2 almond buttered and strawberry jammed! Chobani plain yogurt with cinnamon, Splenda and a ripe banana. Why do I say ripe? Because it is KEY to making this concoction taste like banana pudding!

They’ve become much butter friends.

Avocado, Swiss, hummus, lettuce and pesto mayo on lightly toasted 12-grain bread. I discovered this on one of our Seamless menu restaurants this morning, and it was surprisingly tasty! Will be ordering again. I paired this with a side of bell peppers, carrots and orange baby tomatoes—usually I douse my veg with balsamic, but they were sweet as candy on their own and I didn’t wanna mess with MN.

One of my last1-2-3 Chocolate Cake balls :(. Already brainstorming for the next combo..;emon cake with White Chocolate? Vanilla cake with dark chocolate coated in coconut? FUNFETTI CAKE BALLS?!?!

Strawberries, pineapple and watermelon. Summer in a bowl!

These little rubies were delivered from a LOCAL ORGANIC farmer!

See how red the strawberry is on the inside?

My friend Anne-Marie informed me that red innards signal a berry picked at its peak, and thus a local berry that required little travel-time. Strawberries grown in hot-houses and shipped cross-country are white on the inside, because they’re picked too early. Knowledge is power!

You know it, you love it: Happy Herberts with super drippy aaaalll natural PB. Sometimes I switch it up for a different afternoon snack, but more often than not I’m left disappointed, missing my loyal duo.

Enjoyed my pb and pretz with a cup of Vanilla Soy milk sprinkled with cinnamon for an extra protein boost! I adore this stuff.

Chocolate Cherry Cashew LARALEABAR on the train, hence the blur!

This dinner was absolutely scrumptious, down to the last plate-lick! Bowl of steamed veggies topped with Sabra hummus and balsamic; two eggs scrambled with pepperjack cheese and red chili flakes, LAST tiny leftover piece of the Pesto Pistachio pizza from L’Asso—even better reheated, if possible!

Cherry on top of a yummy day!1-2-3 Lemon cake with Protein Frosting: Plain Greek yogurt mixed with Vanilla sugar-free instant pudding mix and vanilla extract.

I can honestly say that when I cut back on meat and increase my veg protein I have more energy, feel more hydrated, AND I don’t carry the burden of wondering whether or not the animal was treated humanely in the end.

The success of my delicious vegetarian lunch today prompted me to research other ideas for vegetarian sandwiches. As you may know by now, I adore sandwiches, but I’d convinced somehow myself that there aren’t many filling veg fillings out there.

Plain.Sillyness! There are LOADS of delectable and innovative vegetarian recipes, just ripe for the pickin’. Here are sites I found particularly inspiring:

And these are only a SMALL handful of what I found!

Some of the ideas already fit snugly into my meal rotation,  like nut butter and jam or egg sammies, but there were plenty of fabulous options that never crossed my mind! In particular, nut pates such as this, or spreads made from legumes and flavored with myriad spices, such as this.

I’m excited to take a closer look at the Seamless menus available to our Firm each day and come up with some new meat-less combinations. Several of the restaurants offer sides such as hard-boiled eggs, hummus, potato salad etc., and now that my creative juices are flowing, I think I might be able to make some veggie magic happen!

Obviously, if I wake up tomorrow and want roast beef, I’m going to have roast beef. But I look forward to the next opportunity to put my research to good use :).

Hope you enjoyed this week’s WIAW, and I’ll see you over the hump!

  • What are your favorite vegetarian meals, if you have any??

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It’s WIAW!!!

Click HERE to read more about this awesome phenomenon in the Healthy Living Blogger world.

I’m gonna keep this post short, sweet, savory and visual!

Breakfast: Under-toasted whole wheat English muffin, 1 side with butter butter and the other with nutter butter! (Honey Cinnamon Flax AB); plain Chobani with Splenda, cinnamon and sliced banana–the riper the better!

Douugghhyy butters sandwich. Could eat for every meal.

1/2 pulpy OJ, 1/2 seltzer. I’ve been battling allergies for the last few days, and needed this soldier

Lunch Part I: Nearly finished my bowl o’ veg before thinking to snap a pic, but it was this X about 10! The orange-cherry(?) tomatoes were sweet as candy!

Sandwich queen throws a lunch curveball!

Lunch Part II: Giant falafel ballz over a bed of israeli salad, dressed in an amazing sesame-tahina sauce, with a side of UBER-DOUGHY whole wheat pita bread!

I ADORE the restaurant where this came from, Tabouli Grill! From their website:  “Tabouli Grill uses only fresh, wholesome ingredients—no trans fats, no preservatives, lots of veggies, whole grains, extra virgin olive oil, simple grilled meats and fish—foods you can feel good about eating!

And I do! I don’t mind fried food a’tall, if I trust that it’s been cooked using heart-healthy oils (and even the bad stuff’s ok every now and again :)).

Milky mint tea and a square of TJ Pound Plus 72%. I drink the tea sort of AS I eat the chocolate and it melts and is heavenly.

Daily fruit infusion

New slamalammin’ snack courtesy of my friend Sara at Sarasmiles. Cottage cheese with Peanut Butter Nature Valley bar crumbled a-top!

Banana scarfed in Grand Central

Insanely delicious dinner: Chicken breasts from my Basil-Peach Chicken with an addictive blob of recipe-to come :). Leftover Israeli salad mixed with hummus and sesame tahina sauce, carrots dipped in extra sawce!

Slice of Lemon 1-2-3 Cake artfully baked by my roommate Carina; Greek yogurt mixed with Vanilla Instant Sugar-Free Jello pudding, vanilla extract and cinnamon. If you haven’t tried this combo yet (any cake flavor!)–I implore you.

And that’s all for now, folks!

I have to say, this was a rather delicious day from start to finish :).

Have a fabulous night!

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