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.
This 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!
We 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.
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!
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.
They also brought out delicious mini apple muffins while we waited for our meal, so, of course, I had one of those.
When 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.
It 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.
It 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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