Weekly Wrap-Up? Yes Please!

happenings

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}

lunar pun

{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.

to kill a mockingbird

{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}

the only honest excuse

{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}

growing up sucks

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

Around The Web

FYI – No wrap-up post this week.  I checked my camera last night and found a total of four (out of focus) photos; whoops.  Instead, here are some of my favorites from sites that were putting out actual content…

{for learning}

1) A post from Real Mom Nutrition on how people who don’t strictly calorie count can still use the nutrition information on restaurant menus.

2) Another one from Sally, on why she doesn’t like using the word “never” to describe foods.  I am in 100% agreement with every word of this.  And it’s funny!

3) Science-Based Medicine explains why “detoxes” are bullshit.  <– I highly recommend this site

4) 4 myths about gluten-free from RDelicious Kitchen via Fannetastic Food.

5) Grapefruit and Granola looks back at her first year as a Registered Dietitian.

{for laughing}

csi my house

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50 shade of unrealistic

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adopt a sense of humor

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fruit bat's fruit bat

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what is like

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That last one is definitely me with television!  And music, books, foods, and pretty much everything else.

Festival Of Links

to make you think

  1. Nutrition Unplugged looks at the positive sides of the Paleo Diet.  Spoiler – she’s still not a huge fan, but I think this post is very fair.
  2. Love and Zest talks a bit about protein.
  3. Oh My Veggies debunks some common myths about sugar.  I hear #2 and 3 all the time at work and it drives me crazy.
  4. Slate published a really great autobiographical piece on “Why Poor People Stay Poor.”

to make you giggle

Ahahahahaha!  source

oh the snowmanity

This is barely even hyperbolic.  source

life

I also really don’t like when my feet aren’t under the covers.  source

the bed is safe

This slays me…  source

he could not

Happy Hannukah to all of my readers who celebrate!

Lunch And Learn; Weekend Wrap-Up

I spent Friday and Saturday in New Jersey at a pediatric nutrition conference getting my learn on.  A girlfriend, a co-worker, and I all went together and we had a very nice time.  It stinks to lose a Saturday to “school,” but the lectures did include pediatric nutrition support, oncology, failure to thrive, and GI disorders; all big interests of mine.  The conference ran for 8 hours each day but since it was only an hour or so away from the city I did get to have some fun with the husband in the evenings too.

Here are five favorites from the weekend…

{1} Saturday’s breakfast.

Getting to Jersey for the conference meant waking up by 5:30 both Friday and Saturday.  On a typical workday, I should be up by 6:50; 50% of the time I set my alarm for 5:20, and 100% of the time I wake up after 7:10, so I was understandably a bit worried about the early wake-ups.  I was excited about the conference so I managed, but Saturday was easier because Adam drove us in and I was looking forward to time in the car with him.

We stopped at Dunkin Donuts for the new cookie lattes – Snickerdoodle and Sugar Cookie – which were only okay,

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and at La Bagel Delight for an everything bagel with jalopeño cheddar cream cheese.

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That was great, obviously.

{2} Conference eats.

I didn’t do the best job of packing breakfast/lunch the first day and was not very happy throughout the afternoon.  On Saturday, the three of us used the break to drive to Chipotle for a real lunch.

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My friend and I split a rice bowl, which is always good.

And, as we were driving home I spotted a Sonic!!

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Strawberry diet cokes are flipping amazing.  My friend thought I was crazy for freaking out when we saw the sign, but once she tasted it she got it.

{3} Dinner in Koreatown.

Friday night, I met Adam in Penn Station (we took the train that day) and we walked over to Koreatown for dinner.  There is a food court there that we had been dying to try.

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We shared a steamed red bean bun.

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Then got big bowls of bibimpap for dinner.

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Mine, with tofu and tons of kimchi, was delicious.

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We tried a canned coffee for dessert.

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And stopped at Tous le Jours for mochi to share as well.

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The chocolate was good but the maple was better.  Soooo chewy.

{4} Sushi in Park Slope.

Saturday we ended up at Yamato, a favorite spot of Adam’s from when we lived in Brooklyn.

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Salad with ginger dressing to start.

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Veggie roll combo.

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The cucumber avocado roll was the best, but I smothered everything in wasabi.

Plus we stopped and got hot chocolate for dessert.

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That’s a homemade marshmallow!

{5} A package from Dannon Creamery.

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Dannon’s newest line, Dannon Creamery sent me a super cool box of samples.

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These desserts were sent to me free of charge to review.  I received no further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

DC makes cheesecakes made with Greek yogurt plus three flavors of pudding, all averaging about 200 calories per serving/cup.  I had tried the strawberry cheesecake on my own in the past and didn’t like it, but I was pleasantly surprised by the two other flavors I’ve tried so far.

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Lemon cheesecake was opened pretty much the minute I got the package.

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Nothing artificial about the topping and the mouthfeel of the cheesecake was great; I’m a fan!

I also quite enjoyed the dark chocolate pudding (with a leftover chocolate chip cookie).

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I’m looking forward to the other flavors.

Around The Web

A round-up of some of the things I’ve enjoyed on the internets lately.

Food for thought (<– that’s punny because the articles are all about food and nutrition!) followed by things that make me lol.

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How to Interpret Blood Taste Results – Fannetastic Food’s Anne does a great job of breaking down nutrition-related lab results, along with tips for improving your numbers

Don’t Be Afraid of Pumpkin Spice Lattes – a look at our fear of “chemicals” in our foods.

Guide to Sugar, Aka “The Sweet Stuff” – from Dietitian Debbie Dishes, this includes a helpful printable pdf that you could bring grocery shopping with you

Guide to Dietary Fats – another one from Debbie; if you haven’t already guessed, I kind of have a dietitian crush on her

giggle

kiwi wish

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this is my life

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robot smack

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why i drink iced coffee

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this is a good joke

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Insta-Wrap-Up, IX

Instagram dump, fall edition!

I was sad to have to put this lacy white dress away with my summer gear.

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But the closet swap meant that this scarf is part of my life again.  It was a Hanukkah gift from my cousins last year and it is so me.

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The fall smells at Bath and Bodyworks are killer.  We usual burn two at once to “blend” the scents.  Fun fact – Adam doesn’t actually have a sense of smell, but he still thinks these guys are fun.

pumpkin at bath and body works

Our clinic is moving over to an electronic medical record soon {yay!} and I’m particular and obsessive so I’ve mapped out the entire nutrition section myself.  Then I wrote it all out by hand… with color coding… and a key.

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Pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds.  My salted caramel apple slice was delish.  Also their espresso is our very favorite.

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When I was a kid, my best friend and I used this book to memorize all of the US presidents in order.  We also had one for the US state capitals.  She recently texted me that she bought a copy and I died for jealousy and then immediately ordered one of my own.

yo, millard filmore!

The boys are ridiculous when they cuddle.  The dog isn’t happy unless one of us is spooning him in his sleep.

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He’s flying!

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Recommended Reading

My mom is an elementary school librarian, so reading has always been a big part of my life.  The only resolution I repeat and consistently achieve each year is to “read at least 1 book per month.”  Lately it’s been more like 4+ books per month.  I complain a lot about my crazy long commute, but really I’m not sure what I’d do without the daily reading blocks my time on the LIRR gives me.  I’ve read more books this past year than any other time in my adult life!

I just wanted to pop in and share some of the things that have made my fingers flip through pages (or scroll through Feedly) extra quickly lately…

{think} blog posts from other RDs

According to Elle – “Debunking Yet Another Low-Carb Claim

          An educated look at the recent study that pitted a low-carb diet versus a low-fat diet.  I think this is basically a must-read!

Bitchin’ Nutrition – “Testing Your Intestines

          Information on the types of tests required to diagnose food allergies and intolerances involving wheat and gluten.

Grapefruit & Granola – “School Vs. Clinical Dietetics

          A comparison of her days in a school cafeteria versus the hospital.  This one is probably most interesting to other Dietitians.

Dietitian Cassie – “Are Organic Foods Worth It?

          I’m cheating, this is actually a video segment!  She discusses which foods it is most advisable to buy organic.

{fun} two books I really loved recently

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

Little Giant of Aberdeen County

From the back of the book:

Meet Truly Plaice – part behemoth, part witch, part Cinderella.  Born larger than life into a small-minded town, Truly breaks her family into smithereens.  Her mother dies during Truly’s birth, and when her father follows shortly afterward, Truly and her dainty sister, Serena Jane, are destined for very different fates.  As Truly grows larger and larger on a rundown farm, she watches lovely Serena Jane become the town’s adored May Queen and the obsession of a local boy, Bob Bob Morgan – the youngest in a line of Aberdeen’s doctors, who for generations wove their influence among the town’s citizens.  Yet no matter how far apart life propels them, Truly and her sister are forever linked.  And Truly will find her future shaped by Serena Jane’s relationships, a centuries-old antique of Dr. Morgan’s, and the reality that love cannot be ordered to size.

This book was 340 pages long and I tore through it in one day.  Putting it down was not an option!  Baker was beautifully descriptive and I think she achieved the perfect balance of tragedies to happy endings.

Dead Wrong by Allen Wyler

Dead Wrong

Note – This book I received free of charge to review from Astor + Blue.  I was not obligated to post unless I wanted to and I did not receive compensation for this post.  It’s also available on the Nook.

From the back of the book:

When a top secret program of implanting harrowing memories into innocent people comes to light, neurosurgeon Tom McCarthy is literally caught in the crossfire.  While McCarthy looks forward to a three-day weekend, his office is suddenly raided by two Department of Defense investigators bent on arresting him for a crime he didn’t commit. All hell breaks loose when an inadvertent scuffle escalates, leaving one agent dead at the hands of the other, and McCarthy fleeing but hopelessly trapped inside the labyrinthine corridors, heating ducts, and stairways of a gigantic Seattle medical center.

With the CIA and Seattle PD closing in, McCarthy unwittingly pulls Dr. Sarah Hamilton into the fray. And like rats in a maze, they struggle to stay one step ahead of their deadly hunters, while simultaneously uncovering a trail of corruption that reaches shocking dimensions.

Penned by master neurosurgeon, Allen Wyler, DEAD WRONG brings the reader inside the world of an insidious and terrifyingly plausible narrative, to create a heart pounding, claustrophobic and nightmarish thriller.

The only reason I didn’t finish this one in one day as well was because I started it during the work week.  I could not wait to see what was going to happen next or to learn more about why things were unfolding the way they did.  Wyler did a nice job of switching between first and third person narrative and the shifts in perspective helped to pull me in as well.  I don’t want to give anything away, but I was pleased with the ending.

Do you have any books to recommend?

Weekly Wrap-Up; By The Day

This is a short “week” because my weekend technically starts tonight (Thursday night) – my parents are coming into town and I took Friday and Monday off.  Woo-hoo!!

And since I managed to photograph every single thing over the past three days (minus tons of water and diet coke), I thought it would be fun to do an old-school recap and go by the day rather than grouping things into meal categories.

Monday

Breakfast at my desk, iced Americano and fat-free chocolate milk for the win.

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Lunch was one of those yogurt bowls I’ve been loving lately.

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TJ’s 0% Honey Greek Yogurt with strawberries {that I picked myself!} and some granola from my KIND package.  I used Raspberry Clusters with Chia Seeds this week and was a big fan; this flavor had some nice tang compared with the first bag I tried.

It was a fabulously busy day at work and I ran around all afternoon.  I’m usually not involved with the Labor and Delivery floor, but I’ve recently started following my Gestational Diabetes patients when they go inpatient so there is better continuity of care.  Getting out of the clinic is always nice because it breaks up the day.  And it’s good to have a little more time to go over the education when we are in a hospital room and not my office where other clients knock at my door right and left.

I ate some of the green curry turkey salad, straight from the container, the minute I got home.

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I was feeling snacky, and there were already leftovers for Adam to eat, so I decided to do a series of snack plates for dinner.  First, a Jazz apple with Mary’s Gone Crackers Sea Salt Pretzels and TJ’s Teriyaki Turkey Jerky.

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I don’t know how TJ’s gets their jerky to stay so soft, but that stuff is delicious.

Next up was a bowl of cucumber salad.

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I let some thinly sliced Persian cucumbers hang out with some sugar (1 tsp of sugar per cup cucs) for a bit then folded in tons of Sriracha and crushed peanuts.

And I ended the night with nachos, aka the craving that lead me to a snack-style dinner in the first place.  2 servings of potato chips baked with 2 servings of low-fat three cheese blend.

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The chips were part of the rather embarrassing “reduced guilt” line and they were amazing.

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I read the bag very carefully before deciding to give them a try; the chips are made using less oil (I have no idea how) but no scary ingredients like Olestra.  The flavor was identical to TJ’s normal kettle chips and the texture was slightly crunchier, which I think is an improvement.  I will definitely buy them again.

Tuesday

Astonishingly, I woke up early enough on Tuesday to go outside for a quick run.  I only had time for 15 minutes of actual running amid my walking, but the weather was gorgeous and getting out there was glorious.  I have been on a total workout hiatus since our move (almost a year ago!!) but starting Saturday I have been making a concerted effort to get back into the habit.  <– hold me to that, please!

I was home and dressed in time to blend up this swampy smoothie.

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It was only slightly better than it looked.  Frozen strawberries with honey, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and Kiss Me Organics Matcha Powder.

Since Tuesday is my inpatient day, I packed a lunch that didn’t need the fridge.

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An apple cinnamon oatmeal bowl with Cacao Bliss and a pear on the side.

I always want to tell you guys more about what I’m doing at the hospital but I like my job and want to keep it so it’s best to follow HIPAA.

I can say that I charted on an impressive 10 patients and I left the hospital a little late which caused me to miss my train.  While I waited to get home I purchased some fun snacks.  A blackberry mojito tea (sans lemonade) from Starbucks.

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And a bag of the new York Patty minis.

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I had searched for that stupid candy for weeks and was thrilled when I spotted it at Target.  Yorks are my favorite chocolate-based candy.

When I got home I made green curry.

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I sautéed shredded carrot, green onion, broccoli, and peas in evoo; then whisked together a can of light coconut milk with tons of green curry paste and a little galangal and brown sugar; then let everything simmer for a while.  Served on a bed of brown rice.

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So flipping good.  And I didn’t even follow a recipe so I’m pretty proud of myself.  Adam wasn’t home because he was on nights all week but I watched “Longmire” while I ate which was a nice substitute.  Are you watching that yet?  It is super good; there was a scene in the 2nd episode of this season that made both of us cry!

Wednesday

I slept in until the last possible minute yesterday so I did another breakfast at my desk.

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Coffee and a Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond KIND Bar (former freebie).  I’m still completely awed by how wonderful this flavor is.

Back to my old standby for lunch.

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Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with Meyer lemon curd, granola, and strawberries.

We have no food because we’ll go out to eat with our guests, so I planned on buying food on my way home but ran out of time for anything but coffee (with skim milk and sugar).

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I had to do my best to cobble dinner together.  Lean Cuisine stuffed pretzels and baby carrots with hummus.

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Not too terrible, but if I’d thought ahead I would have eaten a salad at lunch.

I also ate chocolate-covered gummy bears while I wrote this post.

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🙂

Do you guys miss my old style of posting or are you happier with the new wrap-ups?

Weekly Wrap-Up; A Giveaway Winner And Another Giveaway!

Hey there!  First things first, the winner of my Sandwich, Bagel, and Pocket Thins giveaway is – #30, laurajacobson.  {if you’re only here for the next giveaway keep scrolling to the bottom of this post!}

I haven’t talked much about work beyond posting some pictures of my office, so I thought I’d share a few updates:

a) Most of my coworkers love my purple hair.  Everyone has said that they wouldn’t have expected me to be the type of person to get a crazy color, which is funny because over the past decade I’ve gone purple or pink (or one really unfortunate shade of maroon) several times.

b) As of this week I’m going to be covering inpatient floors on Tuesdays.  I’ve been enjoying my job but it is very exciting to get back into acute care!  My heart belongs to tube feeds.  And since I’m just going where I’m needed, I’ll be able to get exposure to a little bit of everything.

c) It finally happened… one of my former students came into the clinic!!!  I saw her name on my list but didn’t put two and two together until she was standing in front of my door for nutrition counseling.  We both spent the first 10 minutes of our time reminiscing and freaking out. It was really fun to see how grown-up she was.

Now onto the food, in reverse. I had many really amazing new things this week and you’re in for a lot of gushing; you’ve been warned…

dinner

Fancy pasta.

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Whole wheat noodles, sautéed shrimp, and torn kale tossed with lemon, parmesan, and fat-free half & half.

A total fail.

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This was my attempt at okra masala, sans recipe.

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Things were going well until I added a 2nd round of dried herbs and spices, rendering the dish inedible.  I ate a bag of gummi bears for dinner instead.

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Plus my kale chips.

In celebration of upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, Fairway contacted me to see if I would like to try* their house-baked beer bread.  Yes, please!

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The bread is made with NY local Blue Point Brewing Co. Hoptical Illusion IPA.

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The bread was delicious – between sandwiches and toasted slices with cheese melted on top we finished the entire thing in two days! – but even more magical was what happened when I went to go pick it up.  Apparently I had never been inside a Fairway before, because, holy foodie heaven, you guys, I have found my new favorite grocery store.  Fairway was better than TJ’s, Whole Foods, and even {gasp!} Wegman’s.  The store was impeccably clean, the produce was the best I’ve seen all winter, and I spotted at least five of the products I’ve been trolling other stores for over the past six months.  There was even a hot bar!  I don’t think I saw any store brands so my wallet won’t let me shop their exclusively but I am very jazzed to add it to my grocery rotation!

As for the bread, I decided to stay on theme and make turkey reubens.

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Beer bread, fresh sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, and Applegate Farms Herb Turkey Breast and Emmentaler Sliced Swiss.

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For our green on the side we did baby kale sautéed with dried blueberries and honey roasted almonds.

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Such a good combo, the berries took it over the top.

And Thursday I was too lazy to make dinner soIatepopcornwhilewatchingtv,theend.

snacks

Recently Cow Wow reached out to me about trying* their cereal milk.

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Cow Wow is low-fat, kosher, gluten-free, all-natural and organic.  They sent me three flavors in an adorable little lunch box.

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DSC08532Adam and I split a Fruity Trudy Organic Low-fat Milk one night as a snack.

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The flavor was spot-on for milk from the bottom of a bowl of fruity cereal.  I hate fruity cereal, so it was a little too spot-on for me, but Adam liked it.  I’ll talk about the other flavors lower in this post, but to enter to win a lunchbox of your own just scroll to the end of this post!

A super sundae.

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Dannon Café Latte Frozen Greek Yogurt – the flavor was wonderful but the texture had the hollowness that low-fat ice creams tend to have –

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topped with candied pecans and Spoonable Flowery Lavender Caramel Sauce.

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Beer bread with cheese.

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I didn’t even use the oven that time.  I microwaved it.  Like an animal.

And Blackberry Oikos with the last of the pecans.

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lunch

Lunches vacillated between freaking awesome and very weak.  Monday was a strong showing.

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An Everything Bagel Thin with Applegate Farms Roasted Turkey, a fantastic crunchy cheddar from TJ’s, and banana peppers.

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Tuesday I bought a salad from the cafeteria and didn’t take a picture.

Wednesday was insane and I ended up not having time for my packed lunch.  Instead I just drank this Arriba Horchata Energy Drink.

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I poured it over ice and it was ridiculous good.

Thursday I ate Wednesday’s lunch.

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A Cara Cara.

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And a Fage Coffee Fruyo.

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This yogurt is my new favorite.  It blows every other coffee variety out of the water!  This was not enough food though (I forgot my other bag of snacks at home) and I ended up eating candy at my desk all afternoon.  Boo.

breakfast

Last Friday I finally got to try the new vanilla macchiato from Starbucks.

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It was flipping fabulous and I’ve had one almost every day since.

Random sidenote – Now what I really need to try is this:

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I want it so bad I can practically taste it but none of the locations I’ve been to have had it frozen.  I’m a woman obsessed.

A set of cinnamon.

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Cinnamon Crunch Somersaults.

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And a Cinny Minny Cow Wow.

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Again, the flavor was a perfect match to the bottom of the cereal bowl.  And I do like cinnamon cereal so I was a fan.

A ridiculously fantastic breakfast sandwich.

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An Everything Bagel Thin with sautéed kale, fancy cheddar, roasted turkey, and a fried egg.

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It was tasty, filling, and it didn’t even take me all that long to make.

Cereal and milk cereal milk and fruit.

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A great pear – TJ’s has been killing it with the bosc and d’anjou pears lately.

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And my last flavor of Cow Wow.

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The fun of chocolate but not too sweet for breakfast.  Chocolate Chip Cathy was my favorite flavor by far.  Though they also have a marshmallow flavor and if I can ever get my hands on it I’m pretty sure it will win my affection.

*both the bread and the cereal milk were sent to me free of charge.  I was not provided further compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.

the giveaway

To enter to win your own lunchbox packed with three flavors of Cow Wow, simply leave a comment on this post by 8 pm EST on Monday, March 17th.

***Update – #10, latanya, was the winner.