This WIAW features a day of eats from something rare in my life lately (and promising to be for the next few months). Between last Wednesday’s final exam in one law school course, and tomorrow, when I start to prepare for grad ball, graduation, and bar exam prep, I’ve had free time to do whatever I wish. Meaning running, cooking up healthy and delicious eats all day (no snack packs on the go), and hitting a favorite spot for dinner out on a weeknight!
Pre-run snack: A PB&J Oatmeal Cake and an iced coffee. I got up early and let this bake while I started to get my bar review materials organized (oh joy, oh bliss!) I didn’t end up going for a run yesterday until a little later in the morning than usual, around 10am, so I had the time to eat and digest. I was glad I had a fairly substantial snack, because it was so beautiful outside I ended up turning my planned 5-miler into a gorgeous, easy-paced 8 miles!
Post-run brunch: A plate of my favorite gluten-free pancakes, paired with a Greek yogurt and apple and a mug of decaf coffee. Sweet, protein-packed, and delicious!
Late lunch: I whipped up one of my smoked salmon scrambles, rolling it up into a brown rice tortilla and pairing it with a salad with honey dijon dressing. It was the perfect meal to tide me over – I can never make it from brunch to dinner, no matter what kind of nutrients I get in early in the day.
I know a lot of people claim that eating more protein and fat will satiate you for longer, but everyone’s body marches to the beat of its own drummer. I think no matter what I’ll need to eat more times each day than average, because of my activity level and body composition. I’m basically a spark plug, lots of muscle from gymnastics and ballet and now running. I run anywhere from 20-30 miles each week, and walk at least 4 miles in addition to that most days, because I live in Manhattan and have had a commute to school (and will have one to work in a few months). Even when I’m out in Connecticut, I go on long walks with Sasha and easily top that! Plus, I fidget All. Day. Long. So…
Dinner: I got to go to J.G. Melon, one of my favorite neighborhood spots. They’re well-known for their burgers, but they also make a mean warm sliced chicken salad. It is literally romaine, cucumbers, tomatoes, and amazing grilled chicken, topped with oil and vinegar. I love going somewhere I don’t have to make any alterations to a dish. And the cottage fries are cooked in a potato-only fryer! I’ve been coming here forever, and my dad used to come here when he was my age. This time, I was with my friend Kaitlin. She had never been, so it was fun introducing her to the way it’s done up in Yorkville!
Dessert: Later that evening, I treated myself to a peanut butter cup sundae, made with peanut butter cup ice cream and extra mini Reese’s. These few short days between the end of finals and graduation are fun free time, after all. I wanted to feel like a kid again for a little while!
And to finish on a naturally sweet note, some fresh strawberries and blackberries. I always like to end the day with fruit!
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