What I Ate Wednesday + Dinner at Energy Kitchen DC

by Sara on January 30, 2013

Hey hi howdy hello and happy Wednesday!

Wow. You guys are the greatest. Thank you SO much for offering your insights and opinions about clean eating and healthy living extremes on Monday’s post! Conversations like that are the reason I love blogging; discussing everything from controversial topics to delicious food to fitness fads—and everything in between—truly adds a beam of light to my day! <3

Speaking of beams of light…

Meal 1

Banana Bread Pudding has been my morning muse for seven days straight. I warned you about those breakfast phases. This bowl of yum won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, either. I baked a quadruple batch Monday night, so now I can grab, heat, eat and go each morning. No prep needed!

I enjoyed the above coconut butter-drizzled bowl yesterday, alongside one egg + one egg white (unpictured).

Shortly after, I hit the gym for a killer shoulder workout, and refueled at home with a raspberry-coconut-banana protein smoothie.

Meal 2

In the blender, I combined 1 scoop MRM Whey, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup oats, and 1/2 banana. The toasted coconut flakes on top were what made this a real winner, though. It may be the middle of winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tropical treats, yeah?

After running a few errands and meeting my manager to discuss a program we’re launching next week, I returned home for lunch.

Meal 3

A serious egg and cheese craving had to be taken care of FAST. I quickly scrambled one egg with four egg whites, garlic, and spinach, then melted a small slice of cheddar cheese on top. I can’t remember the last time I had cheddar! Typically I stock my fridge with Parmesan, goat cheese and yogurt cheese, but I walked on the wild side this week and bought cheddar, too. šŸ˜‰

What’s your favorite cheese?

On the side, I ate half and avocado and roasted butternut squash, which was pulled straight from a tupperware container. I prepared a huge batch Monday night, and have been loving having it handy for quick meals.

Meal 4

I was still pretty full from lunch two hours later, but knew I should eat again before heading out the door to study.

Whipped cottage cheese bowls are back!

This bowl contained 3/4 cup cottage cheeseĀ  (sweetened with stevia and blended in the Magic Bullet until smooth), Puffins cereal, blueberries, peanut butter, and coconut flakes.

Easiest meal of the day. Best meal of the day! šŸ˜€

The rest of the afternoon was spent at Starbucks, where I enjoyed my first soy Cafe Misto!

On Friday, I proclaimed my love for cappuccino foam on Instagram. One of my followers replied that I had to try a foam-only misto, so I followed her advice, and took a step outside my coffee comfort zone yesterday.

I think I found my new go-to Starbucks order. Maybe.

Ā Meal 5

At 7:00, I met James—my restaurant review partner in crime—for dinner at Energy Kitchen. You may remember reading about our soul food meal at Georgia Brown’s last November—oh, that cobbler! This time, we were in the mood for something on the healthier side.

Energy Kitchen is a New York City-based company that prides itself in serving better-for-you fast food. I’ve been anxious to try their burgers ever since they opened their first DC location a few months ago.

After hmmming and haaaaing over the menu, I opted for the sirloin cheeseburger (cheddar tally for the day: 2!) šŸ˜‰

It was served with a deliciously creamy special sauce, which I spread on top.

James went for the bison Swiss cheeseburger.

We also shared two orders of fries: sweet potato and sea salt. They were light, airy, and best of all—crispy. Pretty impressive for “fries” that were, in fact, baked.

I actually enjoyed the sea salt fries most, but I think it’s because I eat sweet potato fries on a regular basis, so the flavor was a bit more treat-like. They were—dare I say—reminiscent of Mickey D’s fries. Gasp!Ā  I’m serious.

Energy Kitchen only serves fat free cheese, which was better than I expected it to be, but still not as good as the real thing. I’d like it if they offered a full fat–or even low fat option; fat free cheese doesn’t quite cut it for this cheese-lover!

Overall it was a great meal though, enjoyed with even better company!

Meal 6

Before hitting the sack, I tucked into my favorite nighttime snack: vanilla casein “fudge” (not fudge-like in the least, but I can’t think of a better word to describe it!) and peanut butter.

Oh, and a few Reece’s peanut butter cups, too. šŸ˜‰

As always, thanks for hosting this food party, Jenn!

Ā Happy Wednesday!!



I want to know…

What types of cheese (if any) do you always have on hand?

Do you enjoy eating at “healthy restaurants” like Energy Kitchen? What do you think about dining establishments that replace regular ingredients for low fat or fat free alternatives?

I like to support restaurants that offer customers healthy options, however I think there are ways to serve healthy food without going too healthy. When I eat out, I want my meal to be special, not necessarily the healthiest food I put in my body during the day.

Sweet potato or regular fries? Be honest!

I truly love both equally!


  • http://jessielovestorun.wordpress.com/ Jessiejoshua21

    I think I want to go to this restaurant when I’m in D.C.!!!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      It’s ON like donkey kong! šŸ˜‰ I hope you’re feeling better, hun! <3

  • Lucie Pfaendler

    Favorite cheese? That’s hard…I live in Switzerland, which means I live in Cheese-heaven. We have SUCH a large choice. But I always have Parmesan at home which is not even Swiss :-) I like if the y have both choices – full-fat or fat free/low fat. That gives the opportunity to make a spontaneous decision :-)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh, I am SO jealous of the cheese variety you have to choose from in Switzerland! Not only that, but chocolate, too! AND gorgeous mountains to top it off…I’m ready to move! šŸ˜‰

  • http://www.sweatlikeapig.com/ Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I wonder what on earth fat free cheese is made of!! It can’t be good :S

  • http://twitter.com/KhushbooThadani Khushboo Thadani

    Yum, yum…especially at that burger! I love restaurants which offer healthier options but like you said, there’s a limit! I rather the “healthy” foods focus on being nutritious rather than low-calorie…if i want a low-cal meal, I would stay at home! Even if the fat-free cheese wasn’t as great as normal cheddar, I’m sure that burger more than made up for it- whatever is lurking looks delicious! Lately the 2 cheeses I always have at home are feta & cheddar, especially as both are so versatile! I actually stocked up on various cheddars last week such as cranberry, apricot, balsamic and chilli- yep I’m good with cheese for a while :)!

    Have a great Wednesday, Sara!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Cranberry, apricot, balsamic and chili cheddar cheese?! Oh my GOODNESS. That’s unheard of in the States! I’m missing out big time. xoxo

  • Coco

    I could eat every meal you posted here!!! Seriously… we should dine out one day!!! Can I take a part time job of James? :)

    I like goat cheese, mozzarella and cheddar. Unfortunately milk cheese is not good for breastfeeding, so I’m in a pause now.

  • http://twitter.com/flakeandcake Claire

    Wow Sara that looks like a fab day of eats! Love how pretty you made the smoothie too :) I’d love to try a restaurant like Energy Kitchen!

  • http://onehealthymunchkin.blogspot.ca/ Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    I ALWAYS have parmesan on hand, and usually 2 other types of cheeses too. Currently those cheeses are gruyere and goat cheese.

    Also that restaurant sounds really neat! As much as I love going out for indulgent meals at restaurants, it can be so nice to have have a healthier meal out once in a while too. I agree about the cheese though – I don’t consider full fat cheese unhealthy at all (unless you’re eating like 2 cups of it in a sitting) so I find it weird that they don’t offer it at their restaurant. I’d much rather eat cheese as it was intended to be eaten rather than the low fat kind!

    Also, I love your friend’s t-shirt haha. šŸ˜€

  • Brittany Lesser

    Honestly? Sweet potato fries ALL the way. I’m a sucker for the sweet stuff šŸ˜‰ Everything look sooo good especially that cottage cheese bowl!!

  • http://betterwithsprinklesblog.com/ Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    My fridge is usually stocked with parmesan, goat cheese, and usually either mozzarella or cheddar…although I do have both right now! But as far as cheese goes, I wouldn’t be happy with fat-free either. A year or so ago I made the switch from buying low-fat to regular cheese, and the difference was huge. If regular cheese is that much better than low-far, than fat-free can’t even compare.

    I’m actually not HUGE on regular fries – I know! (and I kind of Mickey D’s fries…too matchstick-y and salty for me) so sweet potato fries are usually my first choice…or onion rings!

  • http://Www.annatheapple.com/ AnnaTheApple

    I like the sound of this resturant, sounds really unique. I do like healthier resturants but agree about going overboard. It would be nice if you could order a base meal with optional extras or swaps so you could choose how naughty or good you wanted to be. If I eat too healthily at a restuarant I feel I lost out a bit and feel cheated hehe.
    I wish more places in the UK served sweet potato fries!! It’s always either skinny fries or big chunky chips (though I do love chunky chips with ketchup, heaven!)
    PS I love that your friend is wearing a Hobbit t-shirt (such a good film!) šŸ˜‰

  • Meg @ A Dash of Meg

    BABY this made me so happy! SOOOOO happy I got to see your eats from yesterday thank you thank you thank you!

    You continue to inspire me each and every day – my gosh I love your blog :)

    I am so happy you wrote that post on Monday, too! Seriously, still so proud of you for that post!

    I would have really loved that restaurant! Maybe sometime we can go together, huh?? šŸ˜‰

    I got major drool happening when I saw your eggs and cheese! I need that ASAP. ALWAYS used to do that when I was like 6 hahahaha.

    Love you sis!

  • http://twitter.com/ShannonLauraK Shannon

    All your eats look SO SO GOOD!! What types of cheese do we always have on hand? We always have Swiss and gouda cheese. Wish we had cheddar cheese here in Germany. That’s my favorite!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Gouda is one of my favorite cheeses, too! I wish I could send you some cheddar, but I’m guessing it would probably go bad on it’s journey across the Atlantic. :(

  • http://twitter.com/HealthyDiva31 HealthyDiva

    I love the whipped cottage cheese, I think I can finally eat it again! First months of pregnancy, Baby G was not having it, I knew it was something I would eat and would not agree with me, so I stayed away. I think I am craving it now and it will be yummy to me and Baby g!

    LOVE sweet potato fries all the way, although when I was little I LOVED french fries with gravy on them, oh yeah!

    Love you to pieces and hope your week is going great! <3

  • Sarah

    Hey – I found you over at peas and crayons and so glad I did! I will be following you. Love this first post I read


    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Thanks for saying hi, Sarah! I’m looking forward to checking out your blog!

  • http://www.optimistichealth.com/ Carley @OptimisticHealth

    Girl we are on the same page with those sweet potato fries! DELICIOUS.

    There are a few healthy restaurants that are great but when I say healthy, they also have unhealthy too with a good selection of healthy!

    Your food all looks awesome. I need to start jumping on that menu :)

  • http://consciouscravings.wordpress.com/ Lindsay @ Conscious Cravings

    Oh yes for reese’s peanut butter cups. So delicious. I totally know what you mean on those breakfast phases. I’m currently on one, and I definitely would continue one if I was on that banana bread pudding.

    That energy kitchen sounds like a really cool place. I wish they had something like that here. I love a mix of both fries to be honest. We have this cool place in Austin called Phil’s Icehouse where you can get mixed, sweet potato, or regular.

  • Devon @ Health in Equilibrium

    Wow, I wish we had something like Energy Kitchen near me. Why does EVERYTHING have to be greasy and fried. I mean, there is a time and place for that, but not ALL the times and places!! I also really need to try this coconut butter that everyone is eating. I’ve never seen it in Canada!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Yes, you MUST try coconut butter! I’ll send you a jar if you can’t find it!

  • Brittanie Stuber

    Love everything you have here! How do you make your “fudge?”

    I’m on board with feta on everything!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      The casein fudge is just 1 scoop of vanilla casein (I like Optimum Nutrition), mixed with enough water to make it “fudgy.” I never measure, but I’d guess several tablespoons to 1/4 cup. Sometimes I add peanut butter or PB2 to the casein, too, and I always spread extra peanut butter on top!

      • Brittanie Stuber

        Thank you!

  • http://glitzglamgranola.com/ Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Ohhh this looks like such a delicious day of eats! I’m the same way when it comes to breakfast phases- I eat the same things over and over again but don’t usually mind! I’ll occasionally switch it up on the weekend but not always! I love that you used coconut flakes for your yogurt bowl and smoothie though! I definitely need to try that! And that looks like such a fun dinner with your friend! I absolutely love healthy food restaurants because more often they have gluten-free/dairy-free options and make it easier for me to order! And baked fries at a restaurant sound divine! Before my DF days, I used to always have parm, goat cheese, feta and a low-fat mexican cheese on hand! And then for parties would get lots of fun cheeses. Oh how I miss thee!

  • http://redletterdayeblog.wordpress.com/ Cassie @RedLetterDaye

    Energy Kitchen looks great! I do tend to assume that when I eat out it will be less than healthy– I gave up on ordering only salads when I go out to eat long ago. But I do try to not go overboard either (my stomach would not be happy). I don’t do fast food but that place seems like a legit alternative. I also gave up on yucky FF cheese. Some things aren’t meant to be modified. It doesn’t melt, and I can only imagine what they replace the actual fat and cheese itself with. :/

    If I had to pick, regular fries- or Rasta seasoned fries, curly fries, gravy fries, or OHHH, BBQ Tofu Fries (With Rice and Cheese!). Sometimes that needs to be done. :)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      BBQ tofu fries? Shut the door! I’d love to try these! šŸ˜€

      • http://redletterdayeblog.wordpress.com/ Cassie @RedLetterDaye

        I know, they’re ridic. I’m nowhere near vegetarian, and I’d be happy making a meal of them (although my belly might not be).

  • http://www.runningwithspoons.com/ Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Wait… what?! Do I need to try this foam-only misto?! You know I love my cappuccinos, and the thought that something might be better is just kind of mind-boggling… but I trust your tastes and you’ve got me curious enough to give it a try. Maybe it’ll happen this afternoon šŸ˜€

    And when it comes to fries, while I do enjoy both, I have to say that regular fries end up coming out on top… and I think a lot of that has to do with my love of McD’s. There’s just something about them that no other fries can beat.

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Umm, YES, you must try the misto! It’s not as filling as a cappuccino because it’s…well, foam, but it’s a fun change-up. Let me know what you think! <3

  • http://lisalately.com/ Lisa

    Oh! Foam misto sounds super intriguing!! I definitely need to try this out!
    I love all your eats, they always look super delicious. Hm, I honestly can’t remember the last time I even had real fries. Yikes. The last time I had them someone put mustard on them, and since I’m allergic it was the worst thing ever, so I don’t know if I can look at the the same way ever again haha. I don’t really like sweet potato fries as much as a plain baked sweet potato. So neither? Haha. I DO however like reese’s! Yum, give me those instead for Dinner:)

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      You should definitely try the misto!! I’m always sad when I finish the last but of foam in my cappuccino, but with the misto it doesn’t happen! Mega foam! šŸ˜€

  • http://peacelovenutrition.wordpress.com/ Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition

    Sweet potato all the way!!!

  • Rach

    Wait? Is that an orange polkadot spoon?! ‘Cause it’s adorable! Also, I actually don’t like regular fries all that much, but I LOVE sweet potato fries! Yum!

  • purelytwins

    Sweet potato girls all the way :)
    we like going to healthy restaurants, as we like to see what chefs can do with food :)
    us we are nerds haha

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      We can be healthy food nerds together then! šŸ˜€

  • Kristen

    I love sweet potato fries. Whenever I see them on the menu, I know I have to get them!
    That cafe misto sounds delicious! I will have to try that out. I know what you mean about moving out of your Starbucks comfort zone. I usually stick to a cappucino so I have difficulty trying something different.

  • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

    I would love to be your foodie roommate! It would be a peanut butter and chocolate fest all day long. šŸ˜‰

  • Debbie (Accidently Delish)

    i am now on a search for a recipe for that banana bread pudding!! and honestly, i love sweet potato fries better. we have an irish pub that has THEY best and they serve it with this sweet molasses like sauce. ah-mazing.

  • Sally

    Maybe we can squeeze in a visit to Energy Kitchen when I visit in early March. You and James are definitely foodie critics! Banana bread pudding is still on my “to make” list! xo

  • Gbesecker77

    Yum! All your eats look delicious! I’m intrigued by the casein fudge. Do you make it or buy it? We usually have goat cheese, swiss cheese and maybe some feta on hand. However, I’m doing a paleo challenge so I just bought some swiss for the hubby but that’s it. I miss my goat cheese!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Oh, I don’t blame you for missing goat cheese! I can’t go more than a day without it!

      I make the casein “fudge” by mixing several tablespoons of water or almond milk with one scoop of vanilla casein (chocolate is good, too). Sometimes I’ll mix the peanut butter into the fudge, but I enjoy spreading it on top most!

  • http://www.cleaneatingveggiegirl.wordpress.com/ Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    I just ate dinner and a snack not too long ago, but I am fairly certain that I could easily scarf down your Meal #3. It looks SOOO good!! Veggies, eggs, avocado, cheese…um, yes please! :)

    I like both regular and sweet potato fries, depending on my mood. I think that I order sweet potato fries more often, but regular fries are absolutely delicious too. Recently I ate at a restaurant that had baked curry french fries. They were to die for!

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Baked curry French fries DO sound to die for!!

  • Julie Luong

    I honestly love sweet potato fries more but the last time I had baked ones, they weren’t good. I bake them at home and they’re much better.

    I always get dressing on the side.

    Goat cheese is my favorite.

  • Ksenija (health-ninja.com)

    Your breakfast really looks to die for! I am going to search your blog for the recipe, when I am done commenting (you must have posted it somewhere, right?).

    And I am also a big fan of smoothies and cottage cheese bowls recently. I just made a great discovery today: yogurt topped of with a little cooked oatmeal instead of the usual cereal tastes divine.

    And my favorite cheeses to go are goat cheese, feta, camembert and mozzarella – I really like it white šŸ˜‰

    • http://www.nourish-and-flourish.net Sara Stewart

      Hey Ksenija! I forgot to link to the recipe–so sorry about that! You can find it here: http://nourish-and-flourish.net/2013/01/proof-in-the-banana-bread-pudding/

      I’ll have to try your yogurt-oatmeal creation–sounds amazing!

      • Ksenija (health-ninja.com)

        so sweet of you! I actually didn’t mind the time searching: every distraction from studying for exams is a good distraction šŸ˜‰

        Hope you like it just as much as me. And I’ll report back how I liked the banana bread pudding as soon as I made it!

  • http://www.liftsleepeat.wordpress.com/ Lift, Sleep, Eat

    Your eats look amazinggg! šŸ˜€ Especially your breakfast, definitely my favourite meal of the day.
    Would you believe I dont like any cheese..other than Quark but that doesnt really seem like cheese to me.
    I love healthy restaurants; there’s not that many near me though – the UK has a much smaller market for these things.
    Would definitely choose sweet potato fries over regular – theyre wayyy tastier for me!

  • julie

    loveeeeeeeee the energy kitchen! i haven’t been in so long but their sweet potato fries are amazing! i always get their omelet wraps and i remember their mushrooms being so spicy! now i want a honkin’ smoothie hahah and its snowy outside!

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