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Hi guys! While I certainly haven’t been posting as much as usual, I have been taking pictures of some of my most delicious eats over the last week or so. There’s been some great meals! So let me share…

DINNERs

We’ve been low on groceries, I’ve tried to keep cooking…

First up, a simple and delicious meal: A tomato and cucumber salad with a warm tuna melt.

I just made the tuna salad, scooped it on some bread, topped it with some shredded Gouda and toasted it up! This is a Loren/ Kat favorite. And the cats always want some, too!

One night, when we were very low on groceries, I was proud of myself for putting together a healthy, veggie-filled meal from the pantry and my freezer. I combined some frozen chopped spinach with a big can of Trader Joe’s tomato sauce and some chickpeas. I just made some whole wheat angel hair pasta (the best kind of whole wheat pasta because it has a nice texture) and topped it with the sauce. I also made a green salad on the side.

YUM!

If you don’t like the texture of whole wheat pasta, and therefore don’t eat it, I highly recommend you try angel hair whole-wheat. You can find it at any grocery store.

But my favorite dinner that I’ve cooked in the last week was definitely wild salmon- baked in aluminum foil in covered with a sauce of olive oil, lemon, capers, and dijon grain mustard. In the oven for 22 minutes at 400.

And voilà, the best salmon EVER. And I cooked up some really easy veggies to have on the side: corn and haricot verts (fancy word for skinny string beans). They were so easy because I could just boil both vegetables (at different times) in the same pot.

And there you have it- a 20 minute meal. ūüôā

BREAKFAST

These are some of my favorite breakfast as of late…

Apple/banana oatmeal.  I added half a chopped green apple and half a sliced banana to the oatmeal and let it all cook together for about seven minutes. I added lots of cinnamon and some maple syrup as well.

Then there was the “waffles benedict”- Yogurt, apple, apricot jam, and PB on whole wheat waffles!

SOOO good!

A simple sunny side up egg on toast. Little bit of cream cheese. Lots of hot sauce!

And my favorite breakie of all: today’s! Scooped out FRESH whole wheat-everything bagel with a little bit of chive cream cheese, capers, sliced tomato, and lox (smoked salmon).

Yes, I am a Jewish girl at heart. This is my people’s food! I’ve gotta love it- its in my blood. ūüėČ

And that’s about it for the greatest as of late. I promise to try to post more regularly- please bare with me!

Today I am actually attempting a double workout- lets see how that goes. I swam for 30 minutes this morning and I am heading to a Novice/ Open pilates class. I’m excited- I really want to get into Pilates- seems so good for toning, stretching, and strengthening the body. And I found a great-looking studio right down the street! Love Brooklyn.

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Even though I¬†didn’t do much¬†this weekend, I feel like it flew by! Why does that always happen?

Yesterday was a perfect Sunday in terms of rest/ productivity- a good mix. I went to the gym in the morning, read my book while I ate breakfast, went out for a long walk and some produce shopping, went to TJ’s with Loren, cleaned up around my apartment, and went out to dinner at the BEST Japanese place with Nishant (houseguest/ friend) and Loren. And then I read some more. The Hours is amazing- I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. I loooove Virginia Woolf’s work, so the book is perfect for me.

What wasn’t so great about yesterday was going through my winter sweaters and discovering moths/ larvae/ holes in some of my favorite sweaters. And having to throw them out. And pick larvae off my clothes. I did not grow up in the Northeast and had no idea moths could do such a thing. Grooooosss.

Breakfast yesterday was a big bowl of “holiday oats”. Basically, just my usual pumpkin oats with some dried cranberries on top. Festive, no?

I also made one of my favorite lunches: tuna salad with crackers and carrots. It is very simple, but definitely comfort food for me. My mom used to make us the best tuna salad- all the time. It feels like home!

I now use mayo made from olive oil- its very good!

My post-TJ run snacks included some indulgent little goodies:

These mini ice cream sandwiches are delicious and only 120 calories each! (They are also quite small). Perfect for a snack or small dessert.

I also had some watermelon and pineapple slices (I know, I know… I’m bad. Not local, not at all).

And later we went to dinner at Hibino in Brooklyn. The food here, as always, was amazing- but the service last night was really bad- way too slow. And our waitress was not so nice.

But, like I said, the food was awesome!

I got a seaweed salad which had all kinds of seaweed in it (I ate most of it- some were a little too “sea-ish” for me!) and we split¬† an order of asparagus tempura. Yum!

And I had some “pressed sushi”. One had cooked mackarel with shisho sauce on top; the other was tuna with a bit of avocado and shisho. They were both incredible- so fresh tasting. The tuna melted in my mouth.

Even though the servie wasn’t that great, the food made up for it (and I am usually not so forgiving).¬†Hibino is definitely my favorite sushi joint around!

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Morning!

I woke up yesterday and headed straight to the gym… but to the pool instead of the machines! I swim all the time during the summer and tend not to in the winter months because I don’t like walking home in the cold with wet hair. But I need to more. It is so much better for my knees than anything else! I did 30 minutes of straight laps, some stretching, and felt great- pain-free!

I wasn’t very hungry for breakfast after my weekend of over-eating, but I was craving lots of fruit. I made a smoothie with frozen mango and berries, a banana, and peanut butter. I also had a Honey Graham Kidz Bar.

And I packed lunch to take to work. I was working from 1-9, so I needed some good snacks to hold me through the day.

I brought a turkey sandwich on Ezekial Bread with laughing cow cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard; a bag of baby carrots; 2 clementines; 1 string cheese; and a bag of TJ’s almonds, cashews, and whole grain crackers. It was the perfect amount to graze on during the day. The sandwich was the best part!

At 9 pm sharp, I came home to a lovely spread that Loren put together… his favorite, of course- burritos! I love them, too, so I was a happy camper. We used TJ’s whole grain tortillas and packed them full of brown rice, black beans, veggies, lowfat yogurt, and hot sauce.

YUM!

Oh, and some melted cheese in there, too….

He made a big salad on the side, too, because I requested lots of vegetables.

I actually went back for more salad. I was so excited to munch on cold, crisp veggies!

Burritos have to be one of the cheapest, healthiest, easiest weekday meals. And the tastiest!

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Morning!

Yesterday’s eats were almost back to normal- no big meals out, so that was good! We have nooo food in the fridge because we won’t be spending much time at home for 4 days, so I had to scrounge a bit to find healthy, filling meals.

After doing Level 2 of the 30 Day Shred (killer!), I threw together a bowl of fridge-finds: the last of my cottage cheese, a chopped apple, some pumpkin granola, and some apricot preserve. It was pretty tasty if I do say so myself, and a great post-workout dish.With a Chai Black Tea (Yogi-tea brand).

Why does my almond milk always curdle in my tea?! The bizarre mysteries of the universe that I cannot unfold….

I had nothing to bring to work for lunch because we are  fresh out of all veggies and fruits. But, I got lucky!

I work in an adult education program, and the students were having a pre-Thanksgiving party in class. They all brought in the most amazing dishes from home. We have a lot of Mexican and Latin American students and they made the most delicious food!

As much as I would have loved to eat a bunch of rice and beans and tacos, I tried to make myself a healthy version of Mexican food. I plopped a lot of salad and guacamole onto my plate and a sprinkle of Oaxacan cheese. On the side, I had a few homemade blue corn chips (amazing!), some pureed black beans, and a little bit of potato salad.

It was soooo good! And I got my veggie-fix. ūüôā

I also had a vegetarian flauta¬†(a small rolled up tortilla, filled with potato -I think- and lightly fried) earlier in the morning. They were eating Mexican food at 9 am! I don’t know why that is always so surprising to me… I remember when I went to India thinking how weird it was that people at Indian food for breakfast. OBVIOUSLY, genius!

I was very snacky yesterday- wanted to much all day. My snacks included:

A bowl of popcorn at work (so easy to make in the microwave- pretty healthy!).

A smoothie when I got home (with frozen fruit, water, and almond milk- got my fruits in!):

And a string cheese:

I was so snacky, that even though I made this for dinner…

(Chicken sausage, spinach, garbanzos, and brown rice)

….All I wanted was this:

A PB and jelly on Exekial bread with a glass of almond milk.

Don’t worry, Loren ate up the good, healthy, real food!

Buzz was hamming it up during dinner, and wanted to be photographed, so I obliged.

And later, after a really hot bath, I was feeling faint/ exhausted, so I had some Tasti-Delight (from my freezer). Dulce de Leche with some chocolate chips. Miracle cure! I felt much better. ūüôā

Now off to work. Today is all about getting out of work early, cleaning my apartment, and going to see my parents/ family for dinner. I might or might not exercise. My body (read: knees) kind of feels like it needs a day off! Maybe something light, like a long walk…

See you guys later!

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Good morning, guys! How can we not be in good spirits this week? Can’t believe my week is over at 3 pm tomorrow (my office closes early)! My family comes to NYC for Thanksgiving and we all go to my sister’s house in Westchester (close suburbs) and then we all hang out with my parents at their hotel over the weekend and do “New York things”. It’s kind of like a staycation! What are your plans??

So, onto food…

Yesterday was a strange day of eating. I wasn’t hungry for anything all morning, but around 11, I had a banana because I had worked out for 45 minutes at the gym and felt I needed something. Around 1, my hunger finally woke up! I had a salad with tuna topped with balsamic and EVOO. I went to take a picture and realized I hadn’t put my memory card into my camera! I hate when that happens. Luckily, I had my trusty blackberry, which takes pretty good pictures…

Such a lovely ambience in the background, no?

I went back for some more veggies a little later. For snack, I had a bowl of popcorn at work and a string cheese when I got home.

I love this string cheese!

Last night I had to go out AGAIN for dinner. My parents wanted my sister and I to go out with some of their friends who we had never met. Thus, I didn’t feel comfortable taking pictures of my food. I had a beet and goat cheese salad and a piece of cod for dinner. During dinner, I mentioned my blog and they seemed really interested. So, by the time dessert came, they wanted to see how I would photograph it… Of course, I was happy to oblige!

I had a really light dessert of sliced pineapple with some passion fruit sorbet, topped with a dried pineapple kind of flower. It was lovely looking! There wasn’t great light in the restaurant,¬†but I did my best to document it…

The sorbet was awesome- sour and tart, without much sweetness. I loved it.

It was a really nice dinner, but I was happiest to get home and get into bed. I am a true homebody and heart, and just love being with my boyfriend and kitties in our cozy apartment. All this eating/ going out makes me really appreciate home!

I got about 8 hours of sleep last night and woke up feeling ready for a new day. ūüôā Hope you all have a great one!

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Hi guys!

So, I need to catch you up on the last few days of eats! Not to toot my own horn, but I feel good about the choices I have been making to stay healthy and fit before the holidays. Around this time, there are always more dinners out, parties, food at work, etc., and I think that, while its important not to deprive myself, it’s also important not to see every meal as a time to indulge.

Tuesday morning, I did an exciting¬†¬†new workout- one I have been reading¬†about for a while: the 30 Day Shred! I bought it on Amazon for $10 and it was totally worth the big bucks! It¬†only takes 22 minutes, but really worked my muscles and pushed me cardiovascular-ly. And I like working out “with” Jillian- she pushes you to keep going when things get tough and has some creative ways of incorporating cardio & strengthening, upper & lower body.

I was in a rush that morning, so I just grabbed a banana when I ran out the door. For lunch, I had a salad with lettuce, cukes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and some tuna salad. I dressed it in simple oil and vinegar.The tuna¬†gave me some great staying power and I really wasn’t hungry all afternoon. Around 5, I munched on some “healthy” rice chips (1 serving) just to hold me over to dinner.

We didn’t have much in the fridge after the weekend vacation,¬†so dinner was thrown together using some staples: a whole wheat tortilla, a Dr. Prager’s veggie burger (mashed in), and some cottage cheese one the side.

I threw some carrots in there, too! Gotta get some veggies in at every meal.The veggie burger “quesadilla” was really good! I put a little bit of cheddar in¬†it for some extra flavor. I dipped it in the cottage cheese which was delicious- it served as a healthy sour cream.

Later that night, I ate a banana because my tummy started grumblind again.

Yesterday morning, after 35 minutes on the elliptical, I came home and made a quick breakfast: a peanut butter, pumpkin butter, and banana sandwich on Ezekial Bread. With a Skim Awake Tea Latte with Pumpkin Spice.I feel so much healthier when I make something at home rather than grabbing something at a deli/ coffee shop on the way to work.Yesterday we had a staff meeting, which I knew would be catered by an Italian restaurant. Italian food can be tricky for the waistline, but I was happy with my choices.I took a lot of salad, skipped the baked ziti and meat lasagna, and instead went for 2 meatballs (yay for protein) and a small piece of eggplant parmesan, just to get a taste of one of my favorite dishes without all of the calories.

Snack was a bowl of carrots and dip.And dinner took place here:My parents are visiting and took us out to the Metropolitan Opera! Before the opera, we had dinner at the fancy shmancy Grand Tier restaurant. The food was yummy!

I had a cream of wild mushroom soup to start.It was delicious but very rich, so I only had about half. I had two delicious slices of bread as well.

My main dish was amazing!

Seared salmon on top of brussel sprouts. The brussel sprouts had some pancetta mixed in and it all went together so nicely.We ordered dessert, but I gave mine to my dad. Figured it wasn’t worth the splurge- I have plenty of sweets to look forward to in the weeks to come.

Now off to work- have a great day! The weekend is (already) almost here!

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Hi guys! I’ve been a bad blogger this weekend… whoops! Sorry— I have missed you!

It was a busy and beautiful weekend and I spent as much time as I could outside, which meant a lot less time at the computer. It was a nice break, actually. I think after my Friday night pizza craze I needed a little break from food blogging. As much as I love it, I do think it puts a lot of pressure on me to eat perfectly and it hard not to think about body image when I am blogging all day. I guess it was a much-needed break.

Thank you all, though, for your very nice and supportive comments. I know we all go overboard sometimes, it just makes you feel a bit like a sham when you write a food & healthy living blog!

Since I have so much to catch you up on, I will do a quick weekend recap.

Saturday I did my best to eat cleanly and healthily, which for me means eating smaller portions, lots of fruits and veggies, and less carbs, cheese, and chocolate. When I woke up, I went straight to the gym. I was feeling uninspired and I saw that a Cardio Sculpt class was starting. I had never done one, but I am so glad I tried it! It was an hour of cardio- crazy moves that really got my heart rate up and had me sweating up a storm. We incorporated ¬†light weight into a lot of the moves and I love it! I will definitely be going again. I am still sore today (Monday) so it is clear that the class really woke my body up and used certain muscles that I don’t normally engage while exercising.

I wasn’t hungry at all until about noon on Saturday, when I made a smoothie for me and Loren using lots of frozen berries, mango, and almond butter. I used a mix of almond milk and water to add some liquid. Frozen fruit is the trick to a great smoothie because you then don’t have to add ice. The flavor isn’t watered down at all.

IMG_8913This hit the spot. I’ve been in the mood for smoothies ever since it got cold outside. How weird is that? I didn’t drink many this summer, but now I want them all the time!

Loren and I headed to Prospect Park where we had a really nice walk up hills and in the wooded areas (it’s a pretty wild park). Around 4, I was finally hungry for something substantial, so we stopped at a coffee shop that I love right by the park with great sandwiches.

Loren and I split a turkey, avocado, and arugula sandwich on whole wheat. I didn’t have my camera with me, but I did have my trusty blackberry!

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IMG00225-20091107-1620We walked all the way home (probably 2-3 miles) so we got some great exercise in… while having fun! It was a beautiful day out and all I wanted to do was stay in the sun. I wanted to make salmon for dinner, but when we got to the fish shop, they were out of wild salmon and only had farmed. So we went back home to see what we could put together. We decided to wait a little bit to eat dinner, so I munched on some veggies and a little bit of dip.

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We made a salad with lots of veggies, green apple and a sprinkle of goat’s milk feta. I made a honey mustard dressing using honey mustard, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, rice wine vinegar, and a little bit of maple syrup. I topped my bowl with some Applegate farms turkey bologna for protein. Not very pretty, but it tasted great!

We also split a baked sweet potato. I put a small dab of butter, cinnamon, salt and pepper on mine. Again, not very pretty, but tasty!

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Sunday I had two meals out with friends. I tried my best to select things that I would enjoy (i.e. not diet food) and that would be healthy as well. We had brunch around 12:30 and I had 2 poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked salmon. I asked for the Hollandaise sauce on the side, and didn’t really end up eating it. It was delicious without it. I ordered a side of fruit and I was impressed with the amount they gave me and the variety: apple, pear, figs, and mango. Instead of OJ, I got an iced tea.

IMG_8928They also brought out delicious mini apple muffins while we waited for our meal, so, of course, I had one of those.

IMG_8926When we got back to Brooklyn, we went back outside (another glorious day) for a long walk and a grocery shop. When we got back around 4, we had a snack. Another smoothie (pear, banana, almond butter, frozen berries) and we split my last Glo-bar! Sad. They were so good! I may have to order more.

IMG_8931IMG_8932It had Chia Seeds in it. Yum!

At 5, I went to a 90 minute yoga class. It was much-needed! I felt so much more relaxed and in the present when I left. I love yoga and I made a vow to do it once a week at the studio right by my house. Sunday is a great day for it because it starts my week off in the right tone.

Around 8, my friend Charlotte came all the way down to Brooklyn (thanks, Char!) to have dinner with moi. I have known Charlotte since we were little babies, so being with her is like hanging out with my sisters. We went to Buttermilk Channel, a restaurant I’ve been wanting to try for a while. The food is local, organic, fresh- all that good stuff! We split a squash appetizer but sadly the picture got deleted off of my camera! For dinner, I ordered the burger- which was home ground, local beef. I know that there have been a lot of beef scares lately (my TJ’s was having a beef recall yesterday), but I think you can eat beef, just be smart about it. Get a piece of beef and then ask for it to be ground, or order it at a restaurant like this one, where it is ground in-house. Then you know you are eating the meat of 1 cow, not 20. Much healthier! Here is a really informative article about hamburgers/ ground beef if you would like to read more on the topic.

The burger was great! It had pickles and onions on top. I asked for a salad instead of fries, which was a light contrast to the burger. I ate 1/2 of the bun and the whole patty- just didn’t need all of that bread.

IMG_8936It was a really nice way to end the weekend. Now that I am finished with law school applications, I have my free time back- and I don’t know what to do with all of it. For one, I am going outside to enjoy another beautiful day before heading to work. Have a great day!

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