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We had high school friends visiting from Philly this weekend and Adam and I had a marvelous time.  We also had alcohol, lots of alcohol – thank goodness for three-day weekends!  I knew that booze was on our show-off-the-city agenda so I left my camera at home and kept my food blogger mode turned off (though I couldn’t help instagramming a few of our more fantastic eats: follow me here, I’m @emilywax).

Instead of a weekend wrap-up, I’m going to share a few of my recent favorite things from around the interwebs.

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The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines were released recently.  I am pretty pleased with most of the updates, particularly the fact that they no longer villainize eggs (fyi, saturated fat has a much more deleterious effect on your cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol does).

Some of my favorite Dietitian bloggers posted breakdowns of the new guidelines.  Check out the posts from – Nutrition Unplugged, Miles for Miles, and Grapefruit & Granola.

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I live for a good pun.

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The struggle is real (but worth it!).

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You can feel smart while you giggle at these two.

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Does anyone not do this?

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And these two pretty much describe me to a T.

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I hope everybody has a great week!

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We are four days into 2016 and I’ve yet to have a weekend day – my Christmas four-day weekend and an upcoming vacation (yay!) meant that it was my turn to work both the holiday and Saturday and Sunday. <–worth it!  The weekend coverage shifts – and subsequent week days off – are one of the main “perks” of my new inpatient position.  And clinically the last few days have been fascinating, lots of malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and parenteral feeds.

The only downside to the extra busy days (and terrible weekend-menu cafeteria food) is that there’s no #newyearnewyou around here, instead it’s been lots of junk food and zero gym time.  You win some, you lose some.

daytime eats

I opened the year with an extra shot of espresso in my iced latte, a good way to start anything.

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Plus an apple with cheese.  My apple selection this weekend was Piñata and Pink Ladies, all of which were exceptionally juicy and crisp.

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Saturday breakfast was all about the cartons – a winter cheer cold brew and an Icebox Water.  The water was a freebie product review.  It’s really hard to characterize the taste of water (unless you dislike it for some reason, Dasani tastes like carrots to me and I think it’s terrible) but I will say that I found this one enjoyable/refreshing and definitely inoffensive.

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Obviously the ideal would be that people would refill reusable water containers but Icebox Water does offer a more environmentally sustainable option to bottled waters.  Each BPA-free carton is 100% recyclable (and made of 76% less plastic than traditional bottles).

Sunday was my busiest day and thankfully my biggest coffee.  Plus strawberry champagne(!!) seltzer.

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The cafeteria is only partially open on the weekends and the offerings are grim.  I relied mostly on packaged foods from home for lunches.

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Plus gross cafeteria pizza that went unphotographed.

nighttime eats

You have to eat black eyed peas on the 1st.

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I made my favorite BEP recipe – beans / chopped green pepper / smoked almonds / chopped Dubliner cheese / green Tabasco / plus the new addition of shredded chicken breast.

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With a big pile of green beans roasted with shallots on the side.

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Saturday we gussied up some long-ago leftover leftovers.  I made my artichoke and mushroom pasta unhealthy great again by pan-cooking it in lots of evoo and adding an obscene amount of Sriracha and mozzarella cheese.

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This was better than the original dish.

Sunday, Adam met me after work for date night.  Fonda did not disappoint.  I spotted the Rosalita margarita on Instagram and knew that it would be fantastic.

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I was right!  It’s a hibiscus margarita with a hibiscus salt rim, swoon.

We split a salad that was scrumptious – avocados, roasted carrots, toasted pecans, soft goat cheese and romaine hearts drizzled with a lime mustard vinaigrette.  I swear, there was more avocado than lettuce!

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As well as fried sweet plantains with sour cream and queso fresco.

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Adam got chicken enchiladas and I got a vegetarian chile rellano.

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Roasted poblano pepper filled with carrots, zucchini, corn kernels, pickled jalapeños and Chihuahua cheese. Served with a roasted tomato guajillo sauce, pickled onions and Mexican crema.  Stuffed chiles are my favorite Mexican dish and this was the best version I’ve ever had.

With Kahlua tres leches for dessert.

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We both want to go back immediately.  I’ve got my eye on the brunch menu.

Snacks for the week included fancy popcorn from my stocking.

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And cookies.  David Lebovitz’s chocolate chip cookies really do deserve all the veneration they’ve gotten in the food press.  I made a batch for a NYE party and both the party-goers and my co-workers lost their minds over them.

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Recipe notes, because you know I always have to change something:  I used salted butter, skipped the nuts and doubled the chocolate instead – a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate chips, and refrigerated the cookies as preformed balls instead of slice and bake logs.  I don’t think my changes hurt anything, in fact I’m pretty sure the nut for chocolate swap was an improvement!

I also made a less lauded but still terrific peanut butter (chocolate chip) mug cookie.

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My year is off to a sweet start!

BEC, FTW

Big life change alert – I have a new job.  As of Monday this week I officially transferred over to the inpatient nutrition team full-team.  I am very sad to no longer be working with prenatal clients on an outpatient basis but the job opened up I knew that it was time for me to get back to my roots with acute care.  My new job lets me work with and learn from other Dietitians on a daily basis and gives me exposure to a much greater scope of practice.  I’m excited about it.

My new job comes with a nice perk – free meals from the cafeteria, so you are going to see some big changes in my weekly lunches.  And this transition week was unbelievably busy so there were a lot of bites that missed the camera.  You’ll just have to picture a lot of snacking, both candy at my desk and copious taste-testing while preparing dinners.  Plus a lot more coffee, of course.  Here the bites I did capture…

breakfast

Coffee!  With a SweeTango apple.

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Or a Nonni’s caramel apple biscotti and a persimmon.

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Or a Fiber One cheesecake strawberry bar and a persimmon.

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This week’s coffee masterpiece was Grady’s Cold Brew with skim & vanilla almond milks.

lunch

My old team brought in a giant cake on my last day.  So sweet!

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I ate a serious amount of frosting.

Now that I’m “buying” lunch instead of packing my yogurt bowls {tear!} you’re going to see a lot of salads and sandwiches.  Romaine / ranch / cheddar / chickpeas / veggies / cole slaw.

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Romaine / ranch / corn salsa / peppers / maple pumpkin seeds.

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Plus chocolate a new coworker brought me.

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Yesterday I had a simple sandwich.  Toasted wheat bread, mayo, turkey, pepperjack.  Plus a carton of chocolate milk.

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Apparently I’m six.

dinner

In spite of the fact that Adam and I both had crazy weeks, our dinners were all winners.  We let the crockpot help out one night.  Chicken breasts topped with bbq sauce and fresh cranberries and set on low for 8 hours.

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We’ve made this dish three winters in a row now and it is always wonderful.  Served with roasted green beans and TJ’s sprouted California rice.  And a Warlock pumpkin stout.

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We used leftovers in our BECFR, aka Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Fried Rice.

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Rice stir-fried in olive oil with turkey bacon and chunks of cheddar and eggs.  Roasted cruciferous veggies on the side.

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I’ll toot my own horn – cheese in fried rice is freaking genius.  We tried to watch “Fresh Off the Boat” while we ate but I was mmmning so loudly that we kept having to pause.

Finally, a quick salad.

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Baby spinach / feta dressing / cucumber / pumpkin seeds / roasted coconut chips / avocado / turkey bacon / and goat’s milk Brie.

It’s been an exciting work-week but I am feeling ready for the weekend!

Around The Web

Some of my recent favorites from the internets…

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“Natural” is a bullshit way to describe food.  This article manages to cover almost every nutrition trend that makes me see red

And Real Mom Nutrition explains why eating “clean” is a privilege

Some baking how to’s from Serious Eats:

And one from Delicious knowledge: cooking with tofu

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Ahahahahahaah!

ducks aren't paleo

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Personal space invaders

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I’m not a centipede

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This is my life

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Anything amazing you want to share in the comments?

Around The Web

I’ve had some really yummy eats this week that I am excited to blog, but first I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been loving on other people’s web sites…

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the buzz about Science Babe’s epic takedown of the Food Babe by now.  {article linked here}  In short, Food Babe has absolutely no medical, nutritional, or scientific background, and she, like the big names in anti-vaccination, preys on America’s recent history of sub-par STEM education and misuses the term “toxin” so egregiously it may actually be the newest, deadliest sin.  Zen & Spice did a great job of unpacking the Science Babe’s arguments from an RD’s perspective.  {article linked here}

Love & Zest talked about the value of foods beyond their nutrients.  Moderation is important because a brownie may not be “good for you,” but it can certainly be good for your soul.  {article linked here}

Green Mountain wrote their version of the “Five Foods You Should Never Eat” article.  I really hate the original articles – unnecessary dietary restrictions are unsustainable and unenjoyable and the titles are blatant clickbait – so it was nice to read June’s funny but reasonable spoof.  {article linked here}

Debbie Dietitian Dishes did another one of her great nutrient examinations, this time a look at carbohydrates – what they are, what they do, and what you need.  {article linked here}

food and nutrition funnies

Very few things are better than cupcakes, but these guys qualify –

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So true, even I fall victim to this occasionally –

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And Poorly Drawn Lines has been killing it lately.

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humanely raised demons

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Have you been keeping up with the most recent Food Babe drama?  If this was your first time hearing of the Food Babe, when you went to check out her website did you feel like your head might actually explode with rage?

Weekly Wrap-Up? Yes Please!

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As promised, here is a picture of my gaudy new cell phone –

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I’m liking it more now that I’ve gotten used to the new system.

This week I gave an hour-long nutrition presentation at a women’s shelter near the hospital.  We talked primarily about added sugars, reading nutrition labels, and the plate method.

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I opened with an activity where we compared the sugar content of different beverages.

I started reading Amy Poehler’s memoir, Yes Please.  I am halfway through and completely smitten.

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It is just as hilarious and inspiring as you’d expect it to be.  And her relationship with Seth Meyers – he guest writes a chapter – makes me love both of them more if that’s even possible.

breakfast

Coffee and a chocolate coconut water.

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Latte and an Opal apple.

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Stumptown cold-brew box with turkey jerky and dates.

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Coffee (duh!) and yummy hot chocolate with marshmallows that the hospital administration had for employee appreciation day.

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They also had a bunch of cookies out, but it was 9 o’clock in the morning and one of the midwives brought in bagels for the clinic so I went with one of those instead.

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I definitely made the right choice, my pumpernickel bagel was splendidly chewy.  Also – I poured my marshmallow cocoa into my coffee after it had cooled down and it was ridiculous.

lunch

From home – yogurt bowl.

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Blueberries, Heritage Flakes, and a Dannon butterscotch Greek yogurt.

From the cafeteria – a turkey sandwich and baked fries.

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My sandwich had turkey, provolone, mayo, mustard, lettuce and red peppers and my fries had a side of blue cheese.

From home – another yogurt bowl.

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An Opal apple and plain Fage with amazing 18 Rabbits Caramel Apple Granola.

From the cafeteria – a giant chicken quesadilla.

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With cheese, chopped bell peppers, and sour cream and guacamole on the side.  I planned on only eating half because it was quite big, but it was so good I ended up demolishing the whole thing.

Dinner leftovers (see the scrambled egg night) on top of spinach with ranch, chopped carrot, and cucumber from the cafeteria.

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The salad bar packed lunch mash-up was perfect, I’ll have to remember to repeat it the next time I’m getting tired of my yogurt bowls.

snack

Adorable gummies from last weekend.

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Baby carrots and dip.

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I made an oatmeal chocolate chip mug cookie.  It was quite enjoyable but basically raw so not a recipe for sharing.

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Jarlsberg mini cheese.

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Chocolate milk.

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Coffee with almond milk.

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Sundaes that Adam and I made with this dream team:

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Girl & The Fig’s salted fig caramel is perfect.

dinner

Bibimbap bowls.  I couldn’t get a great picture, but these were sooo good.  Runny egg yolk goes wonderfully with spice.

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Jasmine rice with rice vinegar // baked tofu cubes // broccoli and baby kale sautéed with canola oil, a bit of sugar, and tons of Sriracha // chopped sesame seaweed // and a sunny side up egg.

We used the leftovers the next day for another Asian-ish dinner.

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Leftover rice and veggies stir-fried with sautéed onion, eggs, fish sauce, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

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Plus “beef and broccoli” aka chicken with broccoli and cauliflower.

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I way overcooked the chicken and this was not very good.

I guess the next day was pretty similar as well.  I sautéed chopped seitan, corn, and spinach in evoo and Sriracha and then scrambled in eggs and part-skim mozzarella.

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It tasted so much better than it looked.

Chipotle in front of the tv on Friday.  We were supposed to go into Brooklyn but it was terrifically cold outside and changing into pajamas just sounded too good.

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Chicken rice bowl with sautéed veggies, three types of salsa, cheese, sour cream, and lettuce.  Plus chips.  There’s a giant diet coke just to the right of that photo

Have you read any actor memoirs that you loved?  I was a HUGE fan of Mindy Kaling’s too and I’m excited for Tina Fey’s next.

What I’m Loving Around The Web

A mash-up of my lists of blog posts/jokes that I think are great and my rambling posts about things that are rocking my world.  In list format, unorganized, and in no particular order, 10 things from the recent internets that give me good feels…

{1} Farrah of Fairyburger, a third year medical student, wrote a guest post on Hypertension Prevention.  {via Zen & Spice}

{2} I don’t know if this is true, but I hope with all of my heart that it is.  {source}

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{3} Raise Healthy Eaters lists Five Popular Pieces of Nutrition Advice That Fall Short.  She updates these old-standbys to help them more realistically apply to your life.

{4}  Everyone knows that the sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird is maybe coming out this summer, right??  This book was actually written first, and I really hope that Lee actually consents to its release because TKM is one of my all-time favorite books and I so want to be excited.  Buzzfeed published a round-up of some important TKM quotes.

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{5} I cannot think of a better way to describe my life in twenty words; this is me –  {source}

i hate myself a little bit less than i hate everyone else

{6} This is also me – {source}

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{7} Meals for Miles explains why Dietitians hate Diets That Are “Free” of Something.  Instead she recommends foods to add to your diet.

{8} On a related note, A House in the Hills posted a tongue-in-check Definitive Guide to Healthy Eating.  I love the way she showcases all of the conflicting, confusing, “healthy eating” advice.

{9} This is so true!  Mine’s a tie between the stegosaurs and the pterodactyl, fyi.  {source}

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{10} Buzzfeed posted Neil Degrasse Tyson giving an epic explanation of the meaning of life.