New York, New York and Food- My Favorite Things

Mondays come fast and furious. It was a whirlwind weekend with a day trip to New York City on Saturday. Even though it was busy and crowded and overwhelming, and we stuck to the areas around Times Square, I loved every minute. That city is something special. Whenever I leave, a piece of my heart gets left behind with it.

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Here’s what I ate to the days leading up to the big trip:

Before workout breakfast included an egg and a cheesestick. It was just enough fuel to get me going.

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After workout breakfast included this delectable baked oatmeal full of peanut butter, banana, and blueberries. Topped with more peanut butter!

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Here we find a peanut buttered English muffin with a smear of jelly. After the gym, I also had some berries and a hardboiled egg, but I finished that off in the car, so I couldn’t get a picture.

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A combo of almonds and raisins revved me up enough to fit in my workout.

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This egg, cheese, bacon, English muffin sandwich hit the spot afterwards. Every single bite was Melty and delicious, leaving me sad when I finished.

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Due to what was supposed to be slippery conditions, I had planned my Thursday morning workout for home. I had this peanut butter toast with berries. It is a great, quick option in the morning because it contains a ton of nutrients and energy without leaving you feeling overly full during a workout. I also had a small batch of raisin cinnamon overnight oats.

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This beautiful wrap contained peanut butter, chopped banana, and raspberries. It was so easy to make the night before and consume the next morning. And delicious!

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I followed up my workout with another one of those egg sandwiches. They are seriously so good and it barely takes a minute to cook an egg any way that you like!

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After an early morning wake-up call on Saturday, I toasted up some whole wheat sour dough bread and topped it with peanut butter jelly. In the excitement and rush of the day, I forgot to eat my fruit! This hit me pretty early on in the bus ride and I was hungry when we finally pulled up to our stop!

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With a lack of bananas at the end of the week, I couldn’t make my favorite peanut butter pancakes, so I settled on some pumpkin French toast. Not a bad substitute, at all!

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Soup and salad was on the menu for the first lunch of the week. This hamburger soup is stuffed with veggies, whole grains, and protein. It was an excellent accompaniment to a fresh salad, leaving me full, warm, and satisfied.

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I was craving a nice stir fry the next day. I didn’t have any chicken on hand to grill, so I went with the premade honey barbecue pieces. These always smell better than they taste. I think I can do better job! The veggies and rice were unseasoned and a little bland, but at least I felt full!

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This salad came topped with some grilled tilapia, which might be my favorite fish! It switches every so often with salmon. I enjoyed a piece of whole wheat cranberry walnut bread on the side.

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I went with another stir fry, this time with chickpeas for my protein. Legumes have been a consistent part of my diet for a long time, but lately I’ve forgotten about them. It’s time I brought them back because they are so versatile! A little feta and Italian dressing helped to liven up the flavor.

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I’ve been pretty good about incorporating fish into my diet lately. This salmon came with my favorite brown spinach rice and a mixture of veggies. I swirled in a tablespoon or so of some Thai peanut sauce for a nice splash of flavor. Colorful goodness!

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I hope this inspires you to realize that work lunches do not need to be boring!

To be honest, this sandwich at the deli we ate at in New York sounded a lot better than it tasted. With pepperjack cheese, lettuce, and tomato stuffed between a roll with fried chicken, I expected spectacular flavor. I expect spectacular flavor always, but especially when I’m splurging. It was okay, but at least the fries were tasty! I still managed to finish it off, so I can’t protest too much.

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Pizza is always on my mind. After a long day of shopping- almost done for the holiday!- I was craving this cheesy goodness. I held off long enough to eat it in order to make a big salad to go along with it. I don’t think you could eat enough veggies!

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My first dinner of the week was fresh grilled tilapia, seasoned with lemon pepper, and leftover homemade fusilli pasta. A veggie on the side of course.

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Short ribs are one of my favorite meats and barbecue sauce is one of my favorite marinades, so when they come together, I find perfection in one dish. Paired with mashed potatoes, corn, and broccoli, and this meal is complete!

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Wednesday evening, I enjoyed a sister’s night out at a Mexican restaurant halfway between where we live. To go along with the chips and salsa and a margarita, I enjoyed these chipotle steak fajitas with peppers, black beans, and spinach. It was sizzling good! It’s great to spend time with my sister.

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This yummy piece of salmon was blackened with red fish seasoning and served with brown spinach rice and a medley of veggies, including broccoli, squash, peppers, and mushrooms. Divine!

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Friday night, I had a host of options running through my mind, but I settled on this homemade curry dish because I knew I would be splurging quite a bit on Saturday. To be fair, I did start my meal with a few tostitos with cheese. This curry included peppers, snap peas, carrots, mushrooms, and zucchini and leftover brown spinach rice. It was hot and spicy and oh so good! It’s also easy to assemble, helped by the fact that the sauce is store bought- but has all natural ingredients!- and you just throw everything into a pot together.

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When we got home from New York on Saturday night, it was late. I had finished off my day there with a scoop of Haagen Daz, but by the time I got home, I needed a little something before bed. I went with another piece of toast with peanut butter and it was satisfying as it always is!

Since the late lunch on Sunday, I wasn’t all that hungry for dinner. It was another great week of eating! Now just a week and some change away from Christmas!

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