Indian Summer

The recent weather in NYC has been unbelievably sunny and warm (remind me of this in a few months…). After the usual 1/2 decaf coffee yesterday morning, I set off to Central Park for a sunny, Autumnal 4 mile run. Considering Sunday’s 12 miler, my legs felt surprisingly OK. Yay! I made sure to stretch and foam roll afterwards – I want to keep them feelin’ good.

Breakfast was plain Oikos greek yogurt with PB2 and a chopped apple mixed in. And then I crumbled an Honest Foods granola plank on top. The maple nut flavor was really good! It had a consistency similar to Kashi Go Lean Crunch – very crunchy. The granola plank was rather caloric, but packed with nutrition - (380 cals, 12 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, 600 mg omega 3′s). It kept me full until after 2pm!

Oikos and granola plank

Honest Foods Granola Plank

Lunch was from the salad bar. It was Monday – I needed something exciting!

  • arugula, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms
  • roasted acorn squash
  • wild rice stuffing
  • bit of potato salad
  • pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, feta cheese
  • Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

Salad

And then the afternoon snackeroos – decaf cappuccino and chocolate vita muffin

Cappuccino

vita top

Around 4pm, the work really started to pile up and I knew it was going to be a late night in the office. Luckily, I had prepared and brought along a whole arsenal of healthy snacks for the week. When I’ve been sitting at my desk for hours on end and my stress levels are high, it’s so tempting to reach for candy (we have M&M dispensors in the pantry!), so that’s why I plan ahead. I know I’ll feel much better if I have a piece of fruit or something with a little protein & fiber.

Around 8pm, I broke into the almonds and they helped me power through the rest of my work.

Healthy Snacks

I took a car home from the office (that’s one benefit of overtime!), but since I never drive anymore (subway and walking only for this lady) I actually got a little car sick. It was kind of funny in retrospect…

I had a coke zero to settle my stomach and some leftover pumpkin risotto with spinach and a dollop of greek yogurt for a late din-din.

pumpkin risotto

Dessert was a white chocolate pumpkin cookie while I worked on some exciting blog updates – to be announced SOON! And then I attempted to get some zzzzz’s….

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Unfortunately I was too wired (coke zero, damn you) to fall asleep easily and I tossed and turned for quite a bit.  At some point I realized I was hungry and in need of a snack. I stumbled to the kitchen and munched on a clif bar. That seemed to do the trick – I was finally able to get to sleep! Lessons learned: don’t drink caffeine after 9pm and always have a snack at the ready!

clif bar

If you’re tense or angry, you’re more likely to get injured. Read this Runner’s World article on how to run safely under stress.

Check out this NY Times article about a woman who walks up to 43 miles per day!

What healthy snacks do you keep at your desk? Fruit, nuts, and vita muffins are my go-to choices!

Sweat.It.Out.

Check out this article from the LA TimesWhat We Eat When We Eat Alone by Deborah Madison. Obviously, my go-to home alone meal is pb & banana on toasted bread!

Wednesday morning started off with the usual coffee, plain Oikos greek yogurt, a big pile of strawberries, and about 1/2 cup of Bare Naked banana nut cereal. The cereal is a very interesting mix of wheat flakes, dried apple, banana chips, and oat pieces. It’s pretty good, but I think I like Bare Naked granola better.

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Lunch was a lovely salad from the cafeteria – mixed greens, red onion, mushrooms, shredded carrot, tomato, zucchini in pesto sauce, kidney beans, hummus, feta cheese, pita chips, and some balsamic vinaigrette. Holy yum!

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During my lunch break, I headed to the grocery store to use a coupon for free FiberOne yogurt. The yogurts have 80 calories each and 5 grams of fiber, so they seemed like a good find. However after I bought the pack, I looked at the ingredients: aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, potassium sorbate. Umm…no thanks! I actually ended up returning the yogurt. Lesson learned: Just because something seems “healthy”, doesn’t mean you should eat it! To satisfy my sweet tooth, my afternoon snack was 1/3 bar of organic dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel.

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Before yoga class, I had 1/2 peanut butter think thin protein bar that was hanging out in my desk drawer. These bars are just ok, you can definitely taste the sugar alcohols and I don’t think I’ll be buying it again!

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I met Katie for a hot power yoga class at 6pm. I love this class! I always feel so de-toxed and limber after its over. Of course, it also leaves me a sweaty mess! I headed to my gym to shower, but my tummy seriously needed some food ASAP. I re-fueled with some watermelon…while checking my BlackBerry. They don’t call it the “CrackBerry” for nothing…

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Dinner was late and quick – OJ, toasted hemp bagel, peanut butter, banana, and honey. Such a delicious and reliable combo! The banana slices are pretty haphazzard – I was starving and could not wait to eat. No time for food styling!

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Dinner was another bowl of Edy’s slow churned French Silk. One of Nate’s Chips Ahoy! cookies also may have hopped into the bowl. As I was chowing down he said “If only your blog readers could see you now…” Hehe, I keep no secrets. I’m very open about my love of ice cream :-)

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Check out this article about label-reading from Runner’s World.

Question: Have you ever bought a “healthy” sounding product only to read the label and discover otherwise?

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