WIAW #60: Early Summer Weekend Eats

This WIAW I’m featuring eats from a weekend at my parents’ house in Connecticut, filled to the brim with early summer eats. It isn’t quite the season yet for my favorite wild raspberries or plump peaches, but the first slices of watermelon have been consumed and the grill put into use! Things kicked off about 45 minutes before my long run Saturday, I had a Granny Smith apple with some peanut butter. Ended up finishing the jar, too.

 

 

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WIAW #56: Home for a Saturday

In this WIAW, I’m showcasing my eats from a Saturday that included a short morning run, one of my closest friends’ bridal showers, and dinner at my family’s house in Connecticut. About 45 minutes before my run, I had a mug of warm lemon water and an apple with peanut butter.

 

 

Granny Smith apple and peanut butter

 

 

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WIAW #29: First Week at Work

I’m sharing my WIAW eats from my first Wednesday at work last week. It was a big change for me to be eating most, if not all, of my food for the day outside my house, or at least somebody’s house, because even during all my travels this summer I was usually staying with friends (and their kitchens) and was only in hotels for a few nights. If I learned anything, it’s that I need to start taking meal prepping seriously, and devote several hours on Sundays to ensuring that I’ve got my breakfasts, lunches, and even dinners – not to mention snacks – set up for the week ahead. Anyway, on to the food!

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WIAW #22

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Good morning! This is my first normal WIAW in a few weeks, because the last two Wednesdays I have been in England. Read all about my gluten free eating in the Lake District and in London, and then dive in to today’s post about my eats from Monday.

 

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WIAW #21: Sandwiches to Sashimi

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Welcome back to What I Ate Wednesday! I know I missed last week – it was actually the first Wednesday I hadn’t posted since March, which is crazy. The fact that I’ve been blogging for almost 8 months and doing WIAW for 5 is unbelievable. You know what else is hard to believe? Last Wednesday I was sitting in Day 2 of the bar exam, and now I am free ūüôā So without further ado, yesterday’s eats await…

 

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Nostalgia and a Summer Storm

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This Thursday, I’m thinking out loud about a random assortment of things. Some from running, others studying, and some brought on by the storm that flashed over the Northeast on Tuesday!

For starters, I got all nostalgic during some of my runs over the last week or two not because of any retro races, but because of all the graduation signs and balloons posted on front lawns around the town where I grew up. It’s been six years since I graduated high school, but sometimes it feels like just yesterday, whereas others it feels like a lifetime ago. Seeing these signs definitely brought out the latter! It is weird to think that a whole quarter of my life thus far has happened in between. Time really flies… My class always joked that we were ‘the last of the O’s’ because we were the class of 2009 – but pretty soon, kids who were BORN in the 2000s will be graduating and oh my goodness what has happened to make time go by so fast?

 

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WIAW #13

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Welcome to the first WIAW of June, featuring the Monday kickoff of my second week of studying for the bar. I’ve got a bit less time to be creative in the kitchen around here, but while that means many repeat eats, they’re still delicious and (mostly) healthy, and I have managed to sneak in some seasonal specials, despite the very unseasonable weather that ushered in the week.

 

Pre-run breakfast: A Peanut Butter Puff-in-a-Mug with some strawberries and iced coffee, eaten at 8am while reading the paper and reading a few blogs. Like I said last Thursday, I’ve been eating this dessert-for-breakfast a LOT lately because it’s quick and easy. And my muffin-making has been lower than usual because I don’t want to heat my apartment or house by using the stove!

 

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WIAW #12: Brain Food

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Welcome to my first bar prep WIAW! For the next two months, my posts are likely going to feature a mish-mash of eats, because studying for the bar means an off-kilter schedule. I’ve worked out a routine these first few days. The lectures for the bar exam review course are actually available through an iPhone app, so I’ve been listening to the first hour and a half on morning runs or walks and cool-downs/stretching times. Then I come back, shower, eat breakfast or brunch, and finish up the rest of the lecture either at my laptop or while running errands (it’s amazing when you can listen – on the subway, getting a haircut, grocery shopping – as long as you don’t zone out and become a walking zombie!) I’m trying to fill in the lecture handouts and make flash cards for each subject while I do this. I take a late lunch or snack break, get outside, maybe play with Sasha, then do an hour or two of review and practice questions and look over the lecture notes for the next day, cutting off bar-related things by 5:30pm or so. I work best when I break up material into manageable chunks and focus for fewer hours. This may all change when things get more intense, but so far it’s working. It does mean my food is a little boring, because what is easy to grab? Apples and yogurt and snacks you crunch on while working like popcorn. Prepare for a million more photos of Pink Lady apples and peanut butter Greek yogurts, my friends! And also, my laptop and/or study books in the background. 

 

Pre-run breakfast: Just a muffin and some blueberries before my 9am run. I try to keep this small when I’m running 6 miles or less. It’s still strange eating before such short runs – when I first started running, I didn’t ever eat, even before long runs, until I learned my lesson at my first half marathon. But if I am going to start my run later in the morning (after 8am or so) which I’ve been doing to coincide with peak lecture-listening, and also to avoid Ridgefield traffic early in the AM, my stomach actually starts growling en route. 

 

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WIAW #8: Last Week of Class

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Welcome to another round of WIAW, linking up with Jenn at Peas & Crayons and featuring my eats from Monday – the first day of my last week of school ever! 

 

Breakfast: I began Monday with a protein-packed plate of Turkey Cheddar Omelet with Food for Life gluten-free corn tortillas to make miniature breakfast wraps and a side of cucumber slices. There’s still dairy because I started my 21-day spring reset challenge a day late (on Tuesday). As of today (Wednesday) I’ve gone 24 hours sans dairy, and I’m pretty sure that’s a first for as far back as I can remember!

 

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WIAW #4: From PB&J to Gourmet

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Welcome to this week’s What I Ate Wednesday, hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This post features Monday’s eats.¬†I think my PB&J cravings and insatiable appetite that day¬†were the result of doing my first long run on Sunday since the NYC Half (I jogged to the start of the 10k, making it 8 miles and change). I’m always extra-hungry for a few days after one of those. In fact, after this morning’s November Project PR Day, I’m not sure my tummy is going to STOP growling! The sunrise was a beautiful way to usher in April…but now I need to make some breakfast to start my monthly eats off right. So without further ado…

Breakfast:¬†I was really craving PB&J Monday¬†morning. Before my run, I had a salted rice cake with a smear of Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator and some blueberry jam, topped with fresh blueberries. I did 5 miles in the sunshine in the park, just a nice and easy pace, and felt fabulous. Both my food and fitness for the wee hours seemed to be exactly what I needed. Then, when I got home, I mixed up a PB&J Oatmeal Cake and put it in the oven to bake while I showered and readied myself for the day. My stomach was already rumbling, so I had a peach Greek yogurt to tide me over. The oven timer couldn’t chime a moment too soon! I enjoyed my oatmeal cake with some more fresh blueberries and a crisp Pink Lady apple, and a mug of Green Mountain Wild Blueberry coffee. Scrump-diddly-umptious!

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Lunch: An¬†assortment of snacks to get me through a long afternoon of class and internship. As regular readers know, I tend to eat a lot of little things strung together during the day, bookended by a big breakfast and dinner, because I’m often on the go and dislike¬†feeling weighed down (as I snack, my backpack gets lighter!) OR hungry (because for me, hungry = hangry). This day featured a salad of greens, cabbage, and carrots, with smoked sockeye salmon and feta cheese, topped with Annie’s honey mustard vinaigrette as my ‘lunch’ entree. I ate¬†this with a side of baby carrots around 12:30. I ate the muffin around 2pm before leaving school for Lincoln Center, and had the apple and pretzels around 4pm while at my internship. Then I had a pre-dinner snack when I got home around 6pm and had to wait a bit for dinner as I was going out to eat with a friend. To tide me over for the hour, I had the¬†yogurt – banana cream, with some kettle corn and blueberries crumbled in.¬†

 

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My pack of snacks for the day

 

 

 

 

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