Weekend Eats & Treats

September 24, 2012 · 7 comments

in HEALTH, LIFE, MISCELLANEOUS

Happy Monday, friends! How are you feeling? During my years of yo-yo dieting and binge eating, I almost always started the work week feeling gross and bloated. Now, I know how to enjoy myself over the weekend without going overboard. And even if I do overindulge a bit, I stay calm, drink tons of water and move on! H20 is pretty much my answer for everything.

I started my weekend off right with French toast topped with a smear of peanut butter, fruit, cinnamon and a drizzle of syrup on Friday morning before work. Friday evening I wasn’t in the mood for anything, but ended up getting a bag of Garden of Eatin’ blue corn tortilla chips at the store. I had a few handfuls with hummus and salsa and called it dinner. It wasn’t exactly my brightest healthy eating moment, but it satisfied a craving at the time. I have heard that if you have a hard time deciding what to eat that it might mean you aren’t actually hungry yet. I think that definitely could be true, but I was meeting up with friends that evening for drinks and didn’t want to go out on a completely empty stomach and leave it to chance that I would indulge in bar food. Sometimes, picking the “lesser of the evils” is all you can do!

Saturday morning I had a bowl of oatmeal + banana + 2 spoonfuls of PB for breakfast and this Avocado-Egg Pizza for lunch. I added one Al Fresco chicken sausage and cherry tomatoes—tasty touches! It was good, although I should have left the pita under the broiler for a bit longer to make it crispier. Sometimes I get impatient and excited to EAT that I rush the cooking process—I need to work on that! Later, Luke and I banged out an 8-mile run through Williamsburg. I like running over the bridge, but getting into the heart of the ‘Burg was…interesting. Turns outs, bobbin’ and weavin’ through hipsters isn’t exactly my favorite way to exercise! Ha!

Saturday night we met our friends Lorraine and Christopher for dinner at The Brindle Room in the East Village. I was excited to to try their infamous pizza, but after my faux-pizza lunch, I was in the mood for something lighter. I started out with this kale salad; it was delicious! So light and fresh—I need to figure out how to recreate it.

Salmon + couscous + MORE kale! It was really good, but I left half of the salmon so I could save a little room for…

French fries! They were so good, so worth it. I didn’t eat them all, of course.

These flowers were placed all around the restaurant—so pretty!

Sunday afternoon I met my cousin Amanda for brunch at Westville in the East Village. I usually get the veggie plate, but the breakfast burrito was calling my name. I skipped the hash browns and opted for a big side salad and a latte. It was so good—I left just a few bites of burrito on my plate.

Liza and I had a sleepover at her place on Sunday night. We didn’t feel like cooking, so Two Boots pizza it was! I got a side salad and a “Mother Earth” slice: Whole wheat crust + spinach + peppers + mushrooms+ onions, no cheese.

I used to have huge control issues with self-serve froyo places, but I’m getting much better. I’ve found that if I stick to one flavor and add just a dollop of another in the middle, that I can keep things in check. As for toppings, I now stick to fruit + nuts + chocolate chips. Oh, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup! This “formula” keeps me from being tempted to have a taste of everything.

Now that I’m looking back at it, I ate out A LOT this weekend! The weekend before, I only ate one meal out. The good thing is, I’m excited to get back into cooking and clean livin’. I’ve also started to reconsider how I treat “cheat meals” and weekday vs. weekend eating. I’m going to discuss that in a post on Friday, so stay tuned!

Tell me: What were your weekend eats like? Did you cook? Go out? Any highlights? Tell me in the comments!

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lizac September 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

YUM! Everything looks so good!! I’ll have to try that avocado and egg pizza.  I went to Balaboosta in Nolita on Friday night….the perfect Mediterranean/ Middle Eastern mix of food. I can’t wait to go there again!

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Wannabe Health Nut September 25, 2012 at 12:30 am

 @lizac Ohhh that restaurant sounds delish—I have to put it on my ever-growing list of places to try in NYC!
 

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haveyourcakeand September 25, 2012 at 12:02 am

every. single. thing. you ate this weekend looks so amazing! Especially that pizza. I usually go out to breakfast once on the weekends and sometimes we order out for dinner but generally I like to do some cooking since I tend to have more time on the weekends!

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Wannabe Health Nut September 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

 @haveyourcakeand I know, girl, I was an eating-out fool this past weekend! I never do that. (I’d be living out on the streets of NYC if it was a regular thing!) What do you like to cook?

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msgracechang September 25, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I definitely relate because I used to be a binge eater and yo-yo dieted for years! Nowadays, I aim for moderation because deprivation just makes me crave things more!
 
I love NYC . My sister works there so I visit a few times a year. It’s hard NOT to eat out in the city since there are so many fabulous choices. Food looks yummy!
 
I try to cook as much as possible since I do love cooking at home. I tend to find that I can cook what I’m craving pretty well for a lower cost and fresher ingredients. When I travel, eating out is a definite perk though! I like to do my research ahead of time!

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Wannabe Health Nut September 25, 2012 at 2:57 pm

 @msgracechang Hey MsGrace! Moderation, yes…my favorite word. :) Isn’t it a nice feeling to finally learn how to strike that balance? I like to cook, too, especially because it makes eating out feel more like a treat. I don’t know what go into me last weekend! What do you like to cook? (I’m always looking for ideas!)

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