Old School is New School: What I Ate
One of my biggest goals for 2018 is blogging like I'm in college again. Back then, I posted FIVE times a week on top of studying, participating in a million extracurriculars and partying like a maniac. A very resilient, hangover-free maniac, that is. (Oh, how fun it is to get older!)
I've been fortunate enough to get some feedback from longtime followers via comments here and on Instagram, and it seems like there's a consensus that daily eats posts are still of interest. I LOVE that, especially because I'm nosy and always want to know what new snacks, meals and restaurants to try, and I love sharing that, too.
I feel like I need to warn you that my meals are not gorgeous, glamorous or even well thought out most days. The only dietary rule I live by is: "What do I feel like eating right now?" Truth be told, I don't even think that much about food groups anymore. I mostly just want to eat something that won't upset my stomach (like tons of raw fiber, for example) and won't make me gag (grilled chicken).
I snapped photos of everything I ate the last two days and will walk you through that and what I was up to!
Wednesday morning I took a 7am yoga class, which is my latest go-to workout. I'm about 10 years late to the party. Mixing up high-intensity weight and cardio sessions with yoga makes me feel more connected to my body, and I love having a gentler option.
I came home, showered and made a basic but delicious breakfast of avocado toast. Two slices of Ezekiel sesame seed sprouted bread with 1/2 avocado smashed across both pieces. I like to top mine with salt, pepper and red chili flakes and that's it!
I worked all morning from home and broke for lunch around 1pm. One of our wedding gifts was a salad spinner, so I have a whole new motivation for washing and chopping up lettuce. (Is that ridiculous? Perhaps. But a salad spinner is a game changer!)
I made a trip to Trader Joe's this week-- sadly, this is rare anymore-- so everything you see here is from TJ's. Romaine topped with cucumber, celery, TJ's Apple Cranberry Quinoa Salad (not my fave-- tastes like old lip gloss), sunflower seeds, raisins, Organic Girl Salad Love Pomegranate dressing and a side of TJ's Three-Seed Sweet Potato Crackers. Newsflash: they're definitely not crackers; they're 100% mini tortilla chips.
After eating, I finished up more work and then got ready to head downtown. A social media client of mine had a pop-up shop at the Staples Center during the Lakers game. The pop-up was gorgeous, but it did take me four attempts before I found the correct entrance. I ended up being there from 5:30pm to 9:30pm and was starrrrved by the time I got home at 10.
Thankfully, my sweet angel of a husband (still getting used to writing/saying that) ordered cacio e pepe from Superba for me.
I ate this while watching The Great British Baking show and followed it up with two mini mango mochi (also from...you guessed it...Trader Joe's). Overall, a THRILLING night!
I slept like absolute garbage and woke up feeling similarly. Puffy eyes, headache, the works. I skipped my workout in favor of relaxing with water and coffee and easing into the day.
Around 10am I poured this incredibly gourmet bowl of cereal-- a mix of Barbara's Honest O's and Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Blueberry Hemp Granola. It's hard being this creative in the kitchen.
I worked all morning, then got ready for a client meeting in Sun Valley. Our meeting ended up being two hours (one hour of socializing-- love them), so of course I was snacky by the time I got back in the car. I prepared for this, though.
The drive from Sun Valley to Venice (where I live) is always about an hour. A lot can happen in an hour, like eating a whole bag of these Spud Crunchies. They absolutely BLEW my mind. They look and taste exactly like fries but almost better since they're crunchy. I chomped away while listening to Watch What Crappens, one of my top 5 favorite podcasts.
I don't know what my deal was Thursday, but I was so tired I just worked some more and chilled at home. Zach and I watched La La Land and ate takeout (a common theme you will see here). While we waited for it to arrived I had a now seasonally inappropriate pumpkin spice beer.
I ate 90% of what you see here: vegetable udon, mango avocado sushi and edamame. After that I had an Oreo and was done for the evening!
It's so fun and also weird to do these again. I'm not used to taking a close look at everything I eat throughout the day anymore, but it already makes me want to eat prettier food. I'm going to aim to do one of these each week-- let me know if you like 'em!
I'm off to run errands and prep for the weekend!
Ciao for now,
P.S. What are your go-to lunches right now? It's always my least favorite meal-- I need some inspo!