Eat Dessert First

My work week began with my usual coffee and a few bites of Farmer’s Market blueberry cake (umm, thanks Nate).

When I got to the office, it was time for my real breakfast – a container of Fage 2% Greek yogurt, dried cranberries, and 3/4 cup of Heritage Grain flakes. So good! I love the combo of creamy, crunchy, sweet, and tart.


After sitting on my bum all morning, I needed to get some blood pumping at noon. I made a quick visit to the gym for 30 minutes of elliptical intervals (2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy). I returned to my desk refreshed and h-u-n-g-r-y! On Sunday night I decided to roast the beets that I had picked up at the farmer’s market. I loosely followed this NY Times recipe. After washing the beets, I peeled and cubed them. I tossed with a Tb of EVOO and a Tb of Nakano seasoned rice vingar and popped in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. I covered the beets with foil for the first 20 minutes and then removed the foil after that.

Preparing beets

I mixed chopped raw beet greens (umm…probably should have steamed these first) with the cooked beets, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, and 2 Tbs of hummus. It was a yummy combo of flavors, but the raw beet greens were pretty tough and bitter. Note to self: Just because it’s green, doesn’t mean it will taste like lettuce. And eventhough it’s summer can still roast veggies! Roasting brings out the sweetness in veggies like carrots, onions, and beets. Check out the latest Skinny Kitchen post about roasting vegetables!


Alma was nice enough to bring me a mini-balsamic vinegar packet from Spain. I used it on my salad today!

balsamic vinegar

With my salad I enjoyed quite a few yummy salt and pepper pretzels. They had the perfect amount of kick!


I stayed in the office kind of late and my tummy starting growling around 6pm – a coconut lara bar was the perfect solution. Mmm, nuts and fruit!

lara bar

I also had 2 squares of Newman’s Own Organics dark chocolate

dark chocolate

After work Katie and I met up for a class at Yoga to the People and although it was super-crowded, I felt 10x better after going. Yoga is such a great de-stressor after a long work day! Plus it forces encourages me to strength train and stretch. Afterwards, we headed to a vegan ice cream spot in the E. Village. The  design and layout of Stogo reminded me a lot of a gelato shop. I tried the Almond Joy flavor and while it was good, we all know I’m helpless when it comes to peanut butter. I chose a cup of the  peanut butter fudge and it was ahhhhmazing! There was the slightest hint of soy flavor, but other than that it was just as sweet, creamy,and delicious as regular ice cream. Stogo flavors are 100% vegan and sweetened with agave nectar. They have 1/2 the fat and only 2/3 the calories of regular ice cream.  The peanut butter flavor really shone through in this dessert and I ate every last bite!

Vegan ice cream at Stogo


vegan ice cream

All gone!

Of course the problem with eating dessert first is that it leaves you still very hungry! On the subway ride home, I snacked on a few prunes. And then re-heated some leftover high fiber mac ‘n cheese (with broc and beets), and had a few Wasa crackers with almond butter and homemade peach jam on the side. Yum!


Mac and cheese

Wasa and jam

My eating was a little untraditional today (a bit of cake before breakfast, dessert before dinner…), but it was all yummy and I think I covered most of my nutritional bases.

Question: Do you ever eat “untraditionally”? For example, eating dessert first? Or pancakes for dinner? Leftovers for breakfast?


11 Responses

  1. I eat breakfast for dinner sometimes and I have dessert first a lot!! I wish there were places like that vegan ice cream shop near me. All we have is plain old ice cream. At least there is a TCBY!

  2. I always eat dessert first. I have no patience to speak of. I mean, who came up with the rule that sweets have to come after dinner? I also like to have breakfast foods for dinner and lunch as well. :)

  3. Breakfast for dinner is awesome but I actually rarely do it. I’m much more likely to get involved with dessert for breakfast like I have the last few days! If not pancakes then muffins or something else resembling sweets!

    Peanut butter fudge sounds ridic. I hate that when you feel you should be full after a sweet indulgence but of course you’re not…

    Oh and leftovers for breakfast all the way…if it’s pizza.

  4. Roasted beets are one of my favorite foods!! I love the beet greens, but I agree you have to cook them and they’re really delicious slightly sauteed.

  5. You have a VEGAN ice cream joint?!?!?! Why can’t Chicago have one of those….. so jealous :)

  6. i eat like this all the time haha…sometimes dessert is a midmorning snack, lunch is afternoon snack and breakfast is most def dinner.

    yummmm on all the eats today – love the lunchtime workout. i always feel sooo much better when i do that!

  7. i love stogo!! you’ve gotta try the caramel dulce de leche or something along the lines of that. so delicious! and the banana flavor! and those roasted beets sound delicious. i’ve gotta try that – will add to my list of must-cook!

  8. You are right about roasting bring out the sweetness. I used to boil my plantains and if you don’t salt the water it usually tastes bland but since I have been roasting/baking it I don’t have to add anything, just yesterday I was remarking how sweet they have been tasting since I have preparing it this way.

  9. Yum, that vegan ice cream looks delish. I love roast beets, but have shied away from them in the warm summer months. You have inspired me to start making them again!

    I usually follow a pretty traditional diet, but there are definitely occasions when I will eat leftover pizza for breakfast or ice cream for dinner;)

  10. Hi!
    Thanks for your thoughts on yogi teas over on KERF. I think you are right that it would be the laxitive/dieuretic effect! I’m kinda a warnings/advisory nerd, I read the labels on everything!


  11. ok. seriously. we need to live together again. i need help fueling for days with no lunch breaks (thanks surgery) and all of your food looks amazing. btw – charlottesville has a great gelato place with really interesting flavors. Jesse tried the chipotle chocolate. miss you!

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