What I Ate in 10 Days

Taking control of eating and spending habits requires resiliency. Here is an account of me saying no to doughnuts because they look better than they taste, but sometimes saying yes to cake for the opposite reason.

Saturday
5:48: I don’t know why I am awake, showered, and dressed at 5:48 on a Saturday morning. I am sipping lukewarm coffee and working on the blog. ☕️

7:30: My classic green goddess smoothie. I have this almost every day, so photos and recipe cwill be found below.

8:45 I’m glad this week isn’t the money diary because I just dropped my car off for repairs. 😱 Anyway, we are downtown getting a lavender latte because Pickwick (Now Hero coffee?) is literally the cutest coffee shop in the whole world.

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I ended up eating 1/3 of my boyfriend’s Manhattan Bagel. 10/10 would have again.

1:30 We tried to go to a football game. That turned into a fruitless 45 minute bike ride followed by a frustrating moving of the car from one shop to another, and finally, a desperate stop at Potbelly. I ate the whole classic smoked ham and swiss sandwich (with tomato and lettuce, please!) along with some tangy salt and vinegar chips and an S. Pellegrino that I sourced from my refrigerator. Then I had a Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cup. 🚴

6:00 A post rock climbing feast at Green Street Smoked Meats. While I really only needed half of either, I ate all of a serving of pulled pork and loaded baked beans. No regrets.

9:00 A mini Trader’s Joe peanut butter cup while I soberly sipped water with my friends. Later: 1 (maybe 2?) baby pigs in a blanket and many, many tortilla chips.

Sunday

11:00 I had a lazy morning of sipping coffee until suddenly the coffee hit and I was STARVING. I hangrily rampaged the kitchen and whipped together a winning brunch of one pot bacon, green beans, and potato.

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12:00 A handful of pretzels I think, a chocolate covered banana, chunky monkey ice cream… skipping breakfast was not a great strategy.

4:00 Woops, I took a long nap. 2 dark chocolate peanut butter cups and a bowl of popcorn, because I haven’t been grocery shopping yet. I washed and prepped kale, which is almost like eating it.

7:30 Kale and butterbeans! 🍲

9:30 One more peanut butter cup and like 10 more pretzels (oops)

Monday

8:00 Another hangry day, because I have fasting bloodwork sometime between 9 and 12. This appointment and its many requirements means that I have the day off work.

8:54 I am so hungry.

9:26 I’m not getting less hungry.

9:54 Like, coffee would be nice. I wouldn’t mind not eating if I could have a hot drink.

10:12 Seriously, how long can this appointment last?

10:35 The nurse just guessed that I am run by looking at my legs. HIGH PRAISE.

11:35 Okay, I went a little crazy.
I just consumed:
-a egg and cheddar biscuit with butter and jam
-a chocolate almond croscent
-leftover kale and butter beans
-two cups of coffee
-a handful of pretzels

All at once. I really didn’t spread it out. This is a case for eating small meals throughout the day, also a valid argument for not skipping breakfast.

5:30 Taco night! I had mine on kale to compensate for my wild and crazy brunch.

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10:30 Sneaking snacks of pita chips and hummus before bed.

Tuesday

7:30 My school week breakfast and lunch routine is pretty consistent. The night before I make a green goddess smoothie.🍐🍌🍐🍌🍐Having that with coffee!

11:00 I have a snack of carrots and celery in garlic hummus. I clean my teeth and garlic breath with a giant honeycrisp apple.

1:00 Lunch is always last night’s leftovers on a bed of kale and spring mix lettuce. Tacos were made up of sweet potato, black bean, corn, onion, and red pepper. Add a lime wedge and enjoy! And then an orange. Everyone loves the smell of fresh citrus. It’s a pleasant aroma that lingers.

6:00 Our meal that was so good I forgot to take pictures followed by a chocolate cake with too many shortcuts and a decedent icing.

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8:46 Too many tastings of the icing. My stomach hurts, bad.

9:48 Still feeling bad. Maybe it was taking medicine with the cake? Dad swears by coconut water to cure acid reflux. I had some. It seems to help.

Wednesday

7:30 I wasn’t kidding about the consistency. Green goddess smoothie and coffee. I owe you some photos and recipes!

11:00 My afternoon carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.🍎

1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. 🍊

5:00 Sneaking in a baked potato with olive oil, salt and pepper before my climbing class. I meant to pack tomorrow’s lunch before I left, but…

5:20 Popcorn with olive oil and BOTH Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Sorry not sorry. Those were followed by two hours of working out. 💪🏾✌🏾

9:45 Pita chips and hummus.

Thursday

7:30 Green goddess smoothie and fresh coffee! Here’s the smoothie recipe. Instead of almond butter, I use almond flour.

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11:00 Carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.

1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. I brought my canteen of coffee today, and that is a much needed pick-me-up this afternoon. ☕️

6:00 Leftover Indian food from earlier in the week!

8:30 Instead of popcorn and chocolate, I had a few pistachios and then I blended banana and cocoa powder together. It tasted like dark chocolate pudding but it was essentially the nutritional value of a banana. Brilliant.

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Friday

7:30 Basically the same food day as yesterday. A green goddess smoothie and fresh coffee for breakfast.

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11:00 Snack time: carrots and celery in garlic hummus with a side of giant honeycrisp apple.

1:00 More taco on kale followed by an orange. I sipped from my canteen of coffee while I had a surprisingly DELICIOUS birthday cake from the teacher’s lounge. A great way to celebrate Friday (and my principal’s birthday). ☕️🎈 🎂🎉

6:00 Leftover Indian food from earlier in the week, and a big bowl of popcorn.

Saturday

7:30 First breakfast: banana bread loaded (unnecessarily) with butter. Much coffee.

10:00 Second breakfast: a brat burger grilled fresh at the farmer’s market.

1:30 An extraordinarily late delivery of our order from a great little place called Two Cats Cafe. I had a curried omelette, the Morning in Mumbai, unsweetened turkish coffee, and a nutella strawberry banana smoothie.

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5:30 Mom’s potato soup, which tastes like cozy nights in the warm kitchen during cold weather months. Followed by Mom’s pistachio salad. There was a bite of a “cookie” from my brother in there- that cookie turned out to be a spicy cracker. I was so surprised that I I just spit it out.

8:00 A huge cuppa coffee as I hit the road. 🚘

11:30 A much needed slice of late night pizza as I returned home. 🍕

Sunday

8:30 You know how you microwave a frozen burrito and it is frozen on the outside so you end up putting it in for 4 minutes like three different times and then it is lava hot on the inside? Yeah. Bonus points for this burrito being homemade, and for my boyfriend and I have the foresight to freeze it for later. 10 points to Gryffindor!

11:04 Hmm. I’m still hungry.

12:00 Okay, I went to the grocery store and picked up some fruit so I could make a peanut-butter strawberry banana smoothie. Very good. Very filling.

5:30 Gardetto’s. A desperate snack on the road.

7:30 Potato soup (Thanks mom!), grilled cheese and apple cider.

Monday

8:45 I spent like an hour this morning making all of my meals for today and half of tomorrow, and then left without my breakfast smoothie! Luckily, my very thoughtful boyfriend was willing to meet me halfway to work and drop it off. Love the green goddess smoothie and getting all the good stuff in first thing in the morning. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget my coffee.

11:00 You know the drill. Hummus and carrots and celery! Then my honeycrisp apple.

1:00 Veggies on a bed of kale, an orange. An S. Pellegrino because I need a little crisp fizzy pick me up.

6:00 Leftover pizza and a cup of strawberries during my climbing break, and some coconut water to replenish those electrolytes!

 

Thanks for reading my food diary! You learn a lot about yourself and your habits when you track your lifestyle in this way. Next up: money diary. Any suggestions for habit diaries?

 

Harvest Colors

We are approaching harvest season and I have noticed bright autumn colors showing up on my plate. Here are the high-contrast plates I’ve enjoyed this week.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetA hummus spread featuring Stacy’s Multigrain Pita Chips and Sriracha Carrot Hummus.

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetBeautiful dark, leafy kale salad with sourdough and this bright flavored soup.

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Flowers from my boyfriend with tacos to match. Inspired by this recipe, we added sweet potatoes to our vegetarian entrée, and now we’ll never go back.

Weekend Pick-Me-Up

It’s warm and sunny and you should go for a bike ride but all you want to do is nap… enter, the weekend pick-me-up! Loaded with caffeine, protein, and a little bit of fruit, this indulgent smoothie will get you up and moving.

Banana Mocha Smoothie

-1 banana
-1/2 c. coffee
-1/2 c. almond milk
-tbsp. cocoa powder
-2 tbsp. peanut butter
-2 tbsp honey

Blend and enjoy!

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The Meal that was SO Good I Forgot to Take Pictures

I have always been intimidated by East-Asian cuisine. I love eating it, and will try anything no matter how spicy or unique the dish, however I have always read through recipes and thought, ‘That sounds too complicated.’ Enter: Curried Chickpeas.

This recipe strikes me as an American interpretation of Thai/Indian food. I am sure that experts in this style of cooking would be appalled by the over-simplification of the recipe, but that is what makes this meal accessible for anyone to make.

There are 4 parts to this meal: The Curried Chickpeas, Coconut Rice, Toasted Naan, and Masala Chai.

Curried Chickpeas
-2 tbsp olive oil
-1 onion, finely diced
-2 tsp curry powder
-salt to taste
-2-4 cloves of garlic, finely diced and smashed
-2 cans of chickpeas
-1 can of coconut milk
-1 c. vegetable broth
-1-2 tbsp Sriracha
-1-2 tbsp honey

First, start the rice. It will take longer, so make the rice right now. Then, start the curried chickpeas by sautéing the onion in the olive oil until caramelized. Sprinkle the curry powder over the onions and breathe deeply for 30 seconds (count them and smell the curry: it’s meditative.) Add salt and garlic, stir it all together, and then add the remaining ingredients. Let everything simmer and stew for 10 minutes, then TASTE IT. This recipe only works if you taste it and adjust the seasoning. I felt like it was just a little off, and ended up adding another 1/2 tsp of curry, sprinkle of salt, and an extra 2 tbsp of honey. The only way to know which adjustments to make is to taste it as you make it. When it is all done, serve over the coconut rice and top with cilantro.

Naan: We bought ours from the store, brushed it with olive oil, and sprinkled it with garlic salt and cilantro before toasting it.

Coconut Rice
-2 cups of rice
-2 cups of water
-1 cup of coconut milk

Put everything on the stove together and bring to a gentle boil. Immediately turn the heat down and put the lid on. Leave at a gentle simmer for 50 minutes, or whatever time the package says. Coconut milk gives rice the best flavor and texture, but admittedly we haven’t mastered this method of cooking rice. My approach is low heat, and if the rice needs more time to cook, add small amounts of water to prolong cooking time.

Masala Chai: Here I will defer to an expert. I used this recipe exactly. Follow it exactly and you will have the best spicy chai you’ve ever tasted. I always refrigerate half to add to my coffee the next day, or drink iced in the afternoon.

Simple Dinner: Roasted Sweets and Greens

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So simple. Ready?

Cut 2 sweet potatoes into fry-shapes. Don’t just chop down the middle! Cut the fries off the sides. It is easier.

Drop these fries into a pan with olive oil, top with salt, black pepper, and cinnamon. Roast for 20 minutes at 425°F.

Cut the florets of broccoli and add to the pan. (I like to use broccolini when I can find it!) Add salt and pepper, and pop those suckers into the oven!

Roast until the broccoli is bright green, and the potatoes are toasty.

Eat! Enjoy! Save some left overs for lunch, tomorrow.

 

Related: More Greens and Green Chile Green Chili

Friday Frappe at Home

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  1. Pour coffee into an ice tray. Keep this tray always ready! It is vital for the strongest iced coffee and a quick frappe, whenever you have the whim.
  2. Dump half the coffee ice into a blender. Pour some milk in, add the flavor/sugar of your choice. This could be a thick drizzle of caramel and sprinkle of salt. I chose to make mine “magical” by adding vanilla and heaps of brown sugar.
    Note: I added heaps of sugar and it still tasted barley sweet. I take this as a sign that Starbucks is dumping fistfuls of sugar in their drinks, because they are always sickly sweet in comparison to this drink. 
  3. Blend! Drink! Relax.

 

Related: Weekend Bliss and Saturday Check-In

Travel Snacks

With weeks of back-to-back travel ahead of me, I have made sure that I am well-stocked with snacks. These are my favorite reliable snacks to bridge the gap between the time that you had dinner and the time that your plane lands, or the snack that lets your skip a fast-food joint on the road, saving you time/money/nutrition. What is your number one go to snack while traveling? (I knew a family who always bought gas station corn nuts while on the road. Admittedly, I will usually stop just for an Arizona tea.)

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In-shell Pistachios, if you are not driving. (Out-of-shell if you are!)

Mix almonds and craisins for THE BEST salty/sweet flavor combination

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My favorite pre-made trail mix is Target’s Sweet Cajun

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I like to hide emergency Clif bars in my purse or backpack or that middle console in the car so that they are there if I really need them. I especially love these caffeinated mint-chocolate bars.

Salad Inspiration

I ordered a simple shrimp salad and was struck by two things:

  1. This is so simple and delicious!
  2. I could make it better.

The restaurant I was dining at did not use the freshest veggies. I prefer fresh or frozen corn in a salad over canned corn. When I use corn and black beans, I like to season them with lime and red pepper. I would love to make a spicier, zestier version.

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Wonderful Ways to Eat Your Greens!

I am on the Kale in the smoothie train, and even though I can’t taste the greens I swear it is making me crave more… well, greens.

I can’t wait to make these Pan-Fried Butter Beans and Greens

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And this Summer Salad is my faaaaaavorite. (Have you tried toasted Halloumi??)

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I make this for every potluck and family party, and even salad-haters are converted by the end of the meal.

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Gado-Gado Peanut Butter Stir Fry!

Gado-Gado is an Indonesian salad with a peanut sauce. This recipe is my sister’s crazy good stir-fry interpretation.

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Gado-Gado Stir Fry

Stir-Fry Veggies
Broccoli
Bell Peppers
Snap Peas
Carrots

Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil in the pan and sauté the vegetables until cooked to your satisfaction.

RiceMake rice according to the directions on the package!

Peanut Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Garlic
Brown Sugar
Soy Sauce
Peanut Butter

Saute garlic in the olive oil. Stir in 1-2 tblsp brown sugar and soy sauce. At 2 tblsp peanut butter.

To plate, start with a layer of rice, add vegetables, and smother in peanut sauce. Top with chopped peanuts!