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…
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.
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.
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. 😉
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.
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 cheese (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! 😀
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.
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!) 😉
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! 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!
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. 😉
As always, thanks for hosting this food party, Jenn!
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!