Smoked Avocado and Egg Salad + Recipe Roundup 2

Meatless lunch recipe round up 2 is here, along with an easy recipe from yours truly 🙂

I had egg salad for the first time last year at my old job.  I had forgotten to bring lunch and the only thing that looked appetizing to me was an egg salad sandwich.  I must point out that this is shocking, because I’ve always steered clear of egg salad.  Story time!  When I was in elementary school, a girl I was friends with used to have and egg salad sandwich EVERY. DAY. and, honestly, it just always looked (and smelled) so gross.  Cue me, swearing off egg salad forever.  Until…that one day at work.

I ended up liking it so much, that it became one of my go to sandwiches at my job when I would forget lunch.  Since I’ve moved on, job wise, I no longer have access to those yummy sandies, but I do have the option to make my own!  And so this Smoked Avocado and Egg Salad was created.  I used avocado to give this salad a creamy texture instead of mayonnaise, because, let’s be honest, avo is soooo much tastier than mayo (and healthier too!).  Plus, I added some smoked paprika to give it a nice smokey flavor.  With healthy fats AND protein, this tasty lunch is sure to keep you satisfied until afternoon snack time!  Have it with a side of your favorite crackers or between two slices of your fave whole wheat bread!

Smoked Avocado and Egg Salad

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Servings: 1


  • 1 large hard boiled egg
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Slice hard boiled egg
  • Slice the avocado into 1/2 inch pieces
  • Add avocado and egg to a bowl and add smoked paprika
  • Gently mix together until combined
  • Serve on 2 slices of whole wheat bread or with your favorite crackers.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 195; Fat: 16.5 g; Saturated fat: 3 g; Cholesterol: 185 mg; Sodium: 75 mg; Carb: 6.5 g; Fiber: 5 g; Sugars: 0 g; Protein: 7.5 gimage3 (4)

In addition to this, I have six more meatless recipes from some amazing dietitians to share!

Lindsey, from Nutrition To Fit, shared her Polenta Panzanella Salad with homemade vinaigrette.  If you’re looking to shake up your daily salads, this is the recipe for you!  Lindsey suggests adding some fresh mozzarella or cannellini beans for an extra protein punch!polenta

Kelli, from Hungry Hobby, shared her Tzatziki Tuna Pita.  Getting tired of the same old tuna sandwich?  Whip these up yummy pitas instead!tzazki-tuna-pitas

Pushpa Soundararajan shared her Low Potassium Savory Pasta Primavera.  This is a delicious meatless meal that Pushpa says you can add additional veggies to (like asparagus or spinach) and tastes good without being warmed up!image1 (8)

Erica Julson shared her Quinoa Collard Green Wraps.  Replace your tortilla wraps with blanched collard greens in this awesome protein AND veggie packed meal!Quinoa-Tabbouleh-Collard-Wraps-759x1024

Jessica, from Nutritioulicious, shared her Grilled Avocados Stuffed with Corn and Black Bean Salsa.  Try something new and GRILL an avocado!  She added yummy black beans for protein and suggests that you eat something else with this or pile a bit more of the salsa on to help keep you full and satisfied.avocados

Danielle, from The Every Kitchen shared her Golden Beet Couscous Salad.  Her salad has a simple dressing to help the flavors of the delicious toppings shine through!  Plus, it’s super pretty which makes lunch that much more awesome.golden-beet-couscous-salad

Stay tuned for next week’s recipes!

Weekend Roundup 7

image6What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!


Breakfast: 1 cup Siggi’s vanilla yogurt, 10 chopped dark chocolate chips, ¼ cup Purely Elizabeth granola, 1 cup of strawberries.  I totally forgot to snap a pic of this and didn’t even realize until I went into my phone to upload the picture here!  This breakfast is always delicious and filling and is so easy to throw together when I forget to pack my meals the night before.  Thursday was a late night because I had a Greater New York Dietetic Association event that night and then spontaneously met Bernie and his dad at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden for the final game that night.  We didn’t get home until 11:30-12 PM, so I was definitely not making my meals that night.  I came home and went right to bed!

Snack 1:  I was feeling a little hungry between breakfast and lunch, so I snacked on a few extra dark pretzels that I had in my desk.  The other day, I was hungry at work and went to the store for a quick snack.  Since I shopped hungry, which I know I shouldn’t do, I ended up buying a big bag of these pretzels and white cheddar skinny pop.  I have to admit, I am someone who needs to have things pre-portioned out because, if not, I have a hard time saying no and only having one serving.   I was doing some extra snacking when I wasn’t hungry at work because these bags were easily accessible in my desk.  I’ve learned my lesson and will either have pre-portioned snacks in my desk or no snacks at all so I don’t unconsciously over eat.pretzels

Lunch:  Sons of Thunder poke bowl.  When I started my new job, the girl who was training me introduced me to a bunch of delicious places in that area.  One of them was Sons of Thunder.  They have amazing poke bowls!  I get one with brown rice, ahi tuna, avocado, mixed greens and spicy sauce on the side.  It hits the spot every time!poke bowl

Snack 1:  My easiest on the go snack to grab is a banana with a tablespoon of sunflower seed butter.

Dinner:  Friday Funday in NY was cancelled because it was FREEZING and we were exhausted from being out late the night before.  Instead, I met Bernie at work and we went home to Jersey City together to watch a movie and eat some pizza.  We got a spinach roll and an eggplant parmesan pie.  I had a slice and a half of pizza and half of the spinach roll with some of my new favorite iced tea.  DELICIOUS!  I love pizza honest tea


Breakfast: I slept in a bit on Saturday morning and woke up to a coffee and a whole wheat everything bagel with veggie cream cheese from Bernie!  YAY!!!  I took off most of the cream cheese (jeez do they pile that stuff on there) and ate half of the bagel before my run.  I am running in my third half marathon in May and training started last week!  My first long run was 5 miles, this Saturday, in the cold.  I did my run and then stopped at the gym for some weight lifting.  I haven’t been really following a weight lifting schedule and was able to start that up again this week too and it felt great!image2 (6)

Lunch:  After the gym, I got home and made Bernie and myself some Chai Pumpkin Protein Smoothies.  They are the perfect post workout meal.image2 (7)

Snack 1:  Bernie and I had church at 4 PM and were meeting some friends for a drink before I had dinner in the city with a friend, so I knew I needed a small snack beforehand, because I didn’t want to go until 7 PM without eating.  I had a 100 calorie Zing Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter bar and it was amazing!  This was a sample I had gotten when I went to the food and nutrition conference in November and I haven’t tried it yet.  I’m so glad I did, I will DEFINITELY be buying more!image7 (2)

Dinner:  A good friend of mine is moving to Miami, so I met up with him for food before he went.  I got a turkey burger with a side salad and we split some fries.  I removed half of the bun, since I wanted to indulge in the fries, but didn’t want to over do it.  After dinner, I went back to Jersey and met up our friends for dueling pianos at House of Que in Hoboken.  It was so fun!  I had a drink with dinner and another drink when I met up with our friends after dinner.  I had to be up early on Sunday for a spin class, so I didn’t want to over do it with the drinking.image4 (3)image3 (3)


Breakfast:  Sunday was a day full of spinning.  I started it off with a Show Tunes themed spin class at Hoboken CycleBar, with two of my friends.  It was the best!  Afterwards, I got breakfast with one of my them at Shaka Bowl in Hoboken.  I made my own acai bowl with, acai base, granola, strawberries and cacao nibs and had a cold brew coffee (you may have seen this on my insta) and it was so delicious!  I can’t wait to go back!!image1 (20)

Snack 1:  I was scheduled to cycle at Cycle For Survival in NYC with the Greater New York Dietetic Association.  Upon my arrival, I got a banana and ate half since I knew I was going to feel hungry soon, but didn’t want to eat too much because I was about to exercise.  I hopped on the bike at two and cycled for 50 minutes.

Lunch:  They had free food at the event, so lunch was a turkey sandwich with mustard.  Prior to the event, I was scheduled to cycle once, but someone had to pull out of the event because of an injury, so I volunteered to cycle again at 4 PM.  The sandwich was just what I needed between both cycle times.  A good mix of carbs and protein to fuel me before my second ride.

Dinner:  After the event, we went to an italian restaurant where I got my fave, chicken parm, and some pasta with vodka sauce.  I also had a bit of bread and olive oil.  I really needed/wanted to load up on some carbs after all the cardio I did that day and this meal was so delicious!image5 (3)

There you have it!  A weekend full of dietitian’s eats!


Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl + Recipe Roundup

Confession time!  Even as a dietitian, I’m not always as creative as I would like to be when it comes to meat-free meals for lunch at work.  My go to lunch, as you know, is a turkey sandwich, but now that Lent has started, I need some new options for Fridays.  I do like a tunafish sandwich, but that definitely gets boring after a while.  So, I did some thinking during one of my runs and created this recipe!  I also reached out to my fellow AWESOME dietitians about what their best meat-free recipes were, and I got some delicious answers!  For the next 6 weeks, I’ll be sharing my new recipes AND theirs on Thursdays.  Get ready for some new, amazing lunch ideas!

Roasted Tomato and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

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Servings: 1

Serving Size: 1 bowl


  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Olive oil spray
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • 1/2 cup canned low sodium black beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


  • Pre-heat oven to 350⁰F.
  • Cook quinoa according to package.
  • Half grape tomatoes, add to a sheet pan, spray with olive oil, season with garlic and onion powder and place in oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Open canned beans, drain and rinse.
  • Add cooked quinoa, tomatoes and beans to bowl and mix together.
  • Add mozzarella cheese on top.  When you heat this meal in the microwave the next day, the cheese will melt on top for a delicious, protein packed meal!

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 420; Fat: 8.5 g; Saturated fat: 3.5 g; Cholesterol: 15 mg; Sodium: 250 mg; Carb: 60 g; Fiber: 13 g; Sugars: 8 g; Protein: 22 g

Check out these yummy meals below for some great lunch options!

Lindsey, of Nutrition To Fit, shared this delicious Freezer to Slow Cooker Lentil Stew.  This is an easily prepared meal that healthy and full of vegetables!

Lentil Stew

Dixya, of Food, Pleasure & Health, shared her Lunchbox Chickpea Salad.  This is a great meatless recipe that can be whipped up in only 10 minutes and lasts for days!Lunchbox-Chickpea-Salad

Haven’t tried cauliflower hummus yet?  Then give Kara Lydon’s, recipe a try!  She shared this drool-worthy Grilled Cauliflower Hummus Sandwich.


You all know by now that I love my brussies, so I was super excited when One Hungry Bunny’s Katie, shared this Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad.  Filled with veggies and protein and topped with a delicious homemade dressing, this recipe is an awesome lunch idea!DSC_1568-e1482987665249

Amy, of Amy Gorin Nutrition, shared her Protein Punch Marinara Spaghetti Squash.  She uses cottage cheese for the protein punch in this meal and it looks delicious!

Liz, of Simple Swaps, shared her Cowboy Salsa Tacos.  These are delicious, vegan and ready in 5 minutes!


Stay tuned for more recipes over the next few weeks!

Weekend Roundup 6

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What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!


Breakfast: 1 cup Siggi’s vanlla yogurt, 10 chopped dark chocolate chips, ¼ cup Purely Elizabeth granola. Unfortunately, we ran out of fruit by the end of the week and I was so busy I didn’t have time to run out and grab something to add to my yogurt.


Lunch:  Just Salad’s new avocado toast! Since it’s Lent, I can’t have meat on Fridays for the next few weeks. I’ve got some awesome blog posts coming up that will have some delicious meat free recipes that you can make.  But for now, I ran to Just Salad and got some meat free toast! Smashed avocado, feta cheese, pumpkin seeds and crispy onions. Yummy!


Snack 1:  Since the avocado toast was so filling and I knew we’d be going out to dinner, I munched on a bit of White Cheddar Skinny Pop.

Snack 2: After work, I met with my good friend at Le Pain Quotidien and got a cappuccino.

Dinner:  Friday Funday was back in NY this week.  We went to Becco, one of our favorite Italian places and got their pasta special and a glass of moscato! For the special, you get a salad or anti pasta and unlimited pasta. Each day they have different specialty pastas. We got to try their linguini with clams, kale and ricotta ravioli and bow tie pasta with red sauce. We finished dinner up with two cappuccinos. It was amazing, as always!
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Breakfast: Breakfast was a delicious wrap with egg whites, spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese and coffee that Bernie surprised me.
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Dinner:  I wasn’t feeling great on Saturday and the wrap was pretty filling, so I ended up skipping meals until dinner. I don’t usually do that, but Saturday was an exception. Our friends came over and we went to Talde and split a few menu items. We had the pretzel pork and chive dumplings, shrimp shumai, kung pao chicken wings, everything roti bread and beef short rib kare kare.

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Dessert: We went to Cookies and Crepes in Jersey City for the first time. I got the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake and ate about half.

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Breakfast: I woke up on Sunday and ran 5 miles. It was super cold, but since I hadn’t been able to exercise for the four previous days, it felt awesome. After my run, I had a Health Warrior chocolate peanut butter chia bar because we were going to church and we had brunch reservations at 11:30 AM.  I chose to have a small granola bar because I don’t like to wait more then 1 hour after exercising to eat and I didn’t want to eat something large before brunch. We had a delicious brunch on Sunday at Kitchen Step with some great friends. Bernie and I got the eggs benedict with smoked salmon and croissant French toast and split them. YUMMO!
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Dinner:  For dinner, we decided to get some pizza and split it. It was still freezing out and we still have to go food shopping for the week. We went to Rustique, which is right down the block from our apartment. We got the Red and White pizza which is half white pizza and half margarita and the Tammy which has spinach, caramelized and garlic. The Red and White was delicious, but we didn’t really like the Tammy as much.

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There you have it!  A weekend full of dietitian’s eats!

Avocado Mousse Parfait

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Who doesn’t love avocados AND dark chocolate?  I love them so much I decided to put them together for this delicious parfait.  I’ve seen a few different recipes for avocado mousse, but I think my rendition has the perfect amount of sweetness and chocolatey taste.  Make these for your next get together and your guests will be thanking you all night long!


Avocado Mousse Parfait

Servings: 4

Serving Size: 1/2 cup mousse; 1/2 cup strawberries; 1/4 cup whipped cream


  • 2 medium avocados
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup Hershey’s dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup fat free whipped cream


  • Add all ingredients to food processor and process until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Layer avocados, strawberries and whipped cream to make parfait.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 233; Fat: 11.58 g; Saturated fat: 1.45 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 91.97 mg; Carb: 38.31 g; Fiber: 7.67 g; Sugars: 22.2 g; Protein: 2.06 g

Weekend Roundup 5

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What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!
Breakfast: 1 cup of my homemade dark chocolate coffee quinoa and 1 cup of sliced strawberries.  I can’t wait to share this recipe with you all on the blog!  This quinoa cereal is so delicious and provides me with a great mix of carbs, healthy fats and protein to start your morning off right!
Lunch:  Another turkey sandie!  ½ a mashed avocado with some garlic and onion powder, sliced red onions, 3 oz of turkey and 2 slices of multigrain bread.
Snack:  We got a bunch of bananas at the beginning of the week and they were starting to go bad, so I grabbed one for a quick mid-day snack.  Snack was a banana with 1 tbsp of sunflower seed butter!  Easy and delicious!
Dinner:  Bernie has still been in some pain, so we did Friday Funday in Jersey City instead this week.  We went to Talde, and as always, it was amazing!  It’s more of a tapas type place where you split everything.  We split their everything roti bread, the pretzel pork and chive dumplings and beef short rib kare kare.  We loved it!
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Breakfast: Breakfast was a quarter of a whole wheat everything bagel and 1 egg with some cheddar cheese.  I wanted something small and quick before my morning run because I woke up hungry.  After breakfast, I did a 5 mile run on the boardwalk because the weather was amazing.  Then Bernie and I got a 24 hour day pass for CitiBike and took a ride to our friend’s place to see their new baby and hang out.
Snack: Dark Chocolate Health Warrior Chia Bar
dark chocolateLunch:  Since we had a few friends hanging out, we got some sandwiches and chips for lunch.  I had a whole wheat eggplant wrap and half of a half of a broccoli rabe and mozzarella cheese panini.  I also had a few chips on the side and an iced coffee.
Dinner:  We went out to dinner at GP’s Restaurant with a few friends on Saturday night and it was amazing!  We split the meatballs, roasted brussel sprouts and burrata.  They were all amazing.  I ordered chicken parmesan, one of my favorite italian meals and had a Blue Moon.
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Breakfast: We woke up early Sunday to get an hour of biking in.  Before we went out, I ate a Chocolate Peanut Butter Health Warrior Chia Bar.  We did our biking then I met my friend for a four mile run in the park.  After the run I had Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Fig and Ancient Grain Granola and Puffs Cereal with skim milk.
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Lunch:  We had a Christening on Sunday, so lunch was at the party after mass.  I had a half of a turkey, avocado, bacon sandwich and half of a sautéed veggies with mozzarella sandwich.  I also had a bit of broccoli salad, cole slaw and potato salad.
Snack: A small slice of cake.
Dinner:  For dinner we met Bernie’s mom and step dad for sushi.  I had a spicy tuna roll and a specialty roll with shrimp and avocado!  I’m sad I forgot to take pictures of these because the specialty role looked so beautiful with the avocado slices on top!
There you have it!  A weekend full of dietitian’s eats!

Weekend Roundup 4

weekend roundupWhat does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!
Breakfast: 1 cup vanilla Siggi’s yogurt, 1 cup sliced strawberries and 10 chopped dark chocolate chips.  I got some strawberries on sale this week and I was loving including them in my breakfasts and snacks.  I’m a HUGE strawberry fan.
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Lunch:  I’m back to my turkey sandies this week!  ½ a mashed avocado with some garlic and onion powder, sliced red onions, 3 oz of turkey and 2 slices of multigrain bread.  While it was nice to mix things up a bit in the past two weeks, I was happy to be back to my turkey sandwich this week because they are just delish!
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Snack:  2 tbsp hummus, 1 serving of rosemary and olive oil triscuits and 1 cup sliced strawberries.  I always say to try your best to get multiple food groups in your snacks.  I love when I have well balanced snacks like these, because they really keep me full until dinner time!
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Dinner:  Friday Funday was cancelled since we were taking a trip to Long Island and Bernie had mouth surgery.  Since Bernie had the mouth surgery, we decided to take a trip to Panera to get him some soup.  My dinner was the Broccoli Cheddar Soup with the Roasted Turkey and Carmelized Kale Panini.  I don’t always go for the broccoli cheddar because of the high fat content, but I was in the mood for it Friday, so I made sure to get it in a you pick two so I didn’t eat just the soup and I got some additional veggies in with the kale.  I am not a fan of red apples, so I usually just give my side to Bernie or ask for no side with my meal when I’m getting a sandwich, since that’s a lot of extra bread.
Breakfast: You may have seen my Saturday morning breakfast on my insta.  It was just as good as it looked!  After a 5 mile run on the bike path, I ran a few errands and chowed down on this yogurt bowl.  I finally got around to buying Purely Elizabeth’s granola and I’m so happy I did, it was an awesome addition to the yogurt bowl!  This included sliced strawberries (again purchased on sale – yay!), ¼ cup granola, 10 dark chocolate chips.  A quick tip about granola – a lot of them are high in calories and sugar, so make sure you read the package and also measure it out to only one serving size, which is usually about ¼ cup.
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Dinner:  Since breakfast was a littler later then usual, I skipped lunch and we had an early dinner with my best friend Gina at my favorite Mexican spot…Chichimecas!  I got the quesadillas, as always.  I hate 6 of them and took the last two home.
Dessert:  Besides the quesadillas, another awesome thing about chichis is that they almost always give a complementary dessert to share with your table.  It’s this little churro type pastry with some whipped cream.  The three of us split this one.
Snack:  After dinner and church, we headed back to Jersey City.  Since Bernie’s mouth was still hurting, the weather was amazing and we were still too full from dinner to eat anything big, we stopped at our favorite ice cream store, Torico.  I got a cone of their amazing coffee cookies ice cream!
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Breakfast: After a 5 mile run on the boardwalk (which was essential because the weather was incredible).  I whipped up the same breakfast I had Saturday because it was just that good that I wanted it again!
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Snack: 1 serving of rosemary and olive oil triscuits and 2 tbsp hummus
Lunch:  We went to a housewarming party on Sunday afternoon and I had a few snacks homemade by one of my awesome dietitian friends Amy!  I chowed down on some cheese, crackers and honey, a few crositini that were topped with whipped cream cheese, sun dried tomatoes and a balsamic reduction and some wonton cups filled with broccoli, tomatos and cheddar cheese.  Amy is a great cook, I love going to things at her house because she’s so creative with food and everything always tastes delicious!
Snack: A good friend of mine stopped by and we decided to go to a bar and hangout since it was so nice out.  I got a beer and we split the meatballs and the chicken wings.
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Dinner:  For dinner we decided to get some food from the City Diner.  I was feeling like splurging a little and split a turkey avocado sandwich and a pulled pork grilled cheese sandwich with Bernie and a had a few fries as well.
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I was kind of excited to share this weekends eats with you because, I’ll admit, Sunday was not the best eating day for me.  I ate a little more poorly then usual.  But I know that I have the ability to start fresh the next day, and that was exactly what I did.  Sometimes you want to splurge a little or you don’t feel like having super healthy meals all the time and this was one of those weekends for me.  I want to remind you that dietitians don’t always eat super healthy and sometimes we get cravings or have poor eating weekends or weeks.  We struggle with food sometimes, just like everyone else.  Remember that even if you have a day where you don’t eat as healthy as you’d like to or you think you should, it’s okay.  Tomorrow is always a new day.  Wake up, get in a good workout and start your day off with a healthy breakfast.

What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!
Breakfast: 2% Coconut Siggi’s Yogurt with 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, 10 dark chocolate chips and a small banana.  After a late night out at the Macy’s Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, I needed something easy on Friday morning.  I threw this together and grabbed a banana on the way into work to give myself a serving of fruit.
 Lunch:  I still had some chili leftover from last week, so I put that into a to go container and that was  my lunch again.  I topped it with a few whole grain tostitos and a bit of cheddar cheese.  I was starving by lunch time and forgot to take a picture until I was almost done with the chili!
 Snack:  Mediterra Sundried Tomato and Basil granola bar.  I got this granola bar in a swag bag I received at a conference and was trying it for the first time today.  I recently became interested in savory granola bars after a co-worker let me try one of hers.  I wasn’t as into this one.  It tasted fine, but I’m not sure I’d eat it again.
 Dinner:  Friday Funday was back on the schedule this week and we spent it in Jersey City instead of NYC!  There was a Midnight Market in Jersey City and we got tickets to go and try some delicious eats for $5 a pop!  After arriving and getting so excited about having all this food around me, we took a quick walk around to see what our options were.  Our first choice was the Garlic Knot Sliders.  OMGGGGGGGAmazing.  I got the chicken parm one and Bernie got the eggplant parm one.  They were the perfect size for sampling.
Next up were some pierogies, we got three and split them.
We spotted a booth that was doing brunch on a stick, so of course we had to try one of those because brunch is the best.  There were a few options, including quail eggs, which were super cute and small, but we went with the bacon wrapped in a pancake with a drizzle of syrup.  YUMMO!
Here’s a peek at my main man chowing down on brunch on a stick.
Next up was The Guac Spot, which had a bunch of different things that featured my faveeeee…avocados.  We got the avocado cream cannoli which had a chocolate bottom and maple bacon on the ends.
For our final savory item, we got the bacon mac and cheese.  DELISH!
Then we ended the night with mini donuts!  Which of course, I was in love with.  So, it’s safe to say that we will be going back FOR SURE next time they are in town.  I absolutely loved all the food and the serving sizes because it let me sample a few things, split them with Bernie and get a taste of a bunch of delicious items.
Breakfast: I started my Saturday off with a brisk 4 mile run.  About an hour after my run, I had planned to go to the Hip Fit class at JC Barre Studio, so I needed a little fuel before eating a full breakfast.  I had one half of the packet of Kashi Honey Oat Flax granola bars.  After class, I came home and made us English muffin egg sandies.  I was obviously starving and forgot to snap a pic.  They were made with whole grain English muffins, one egg over easy, 1 oz cheddar cheese and a few slices of red onion. MMMMM
OQHJ6999Lunch:  We headed to Bernie’s dad’s house after that to have a birthday lunch.  Lunch was a delicious spread of sandwiches and salads.  I had one roast beef sandwich and one turkey sandwich without cheese and with only half the bread and a scoop or so of the cole slaw.
IMG_6135Dinner:  We went out to dinner for Bernie’s Dad’s birthday as well.  I had a few bites of his Caesar salad and a Blue Moon to start.  I ordered the grilled chicken with roasted red peppers, white wine sauce, spinach and artichokes.  It came with a small side of delicious mashed potatoes and some extra veggies.  It was delicious!
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Breakfast: We ended up sleeping at Bernie’s Dad’s spontaneously, so I wasn’t able to exercise because I didn’t have anything with me in the morning and it also snowed a bunch overnight.  We went out and got everyone bagels and I had a whole wheat everything bagel with veggie cream cheese.  Usually I try to have a protein with my bagel, but I haven’t had cream cheese in so long, so I just decided to have that instead.
 THBM9203Dinner:  Since I was pretty full from breakfast, we skipped lunch and had a slightly early dinner.  I got a greek salad from a nearby diner and called it a night!
There ya have it!  Another weekend of eats!  Don’t forget to check in next week for more delicious food!

Weekend Roundup 3


What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!


Breakfast: I opted for a quick breakfast this morning because I was running late and forgot to pack my lunch the night before.  I whipped up my Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie.  Filled with a great mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat, this was a great way to start my day and kept me full until lunch time!

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Snack 1:  1 tablespoon of sunflower seed butter and a banana. This is my idea of a quick snack that I can grab on the go when I’m packing my lunch in the morning.  I love topping fruit (or granola bars) with nut butters to add some protein to my snacks or breakfasts.


Snack 2:  After literally sprinting to Penn Station to make my train home, I met my best friend, Jenn, for some Starbucks before dinner.  I wasn’t in the mood for coffee (shocking!) and was super thirsty, so I chose to get the Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango™ Tea….and chugged some water.


Dinner:  Friday Funday was cancelled again since my cousin is going to Australia for a few months and we wanted to have a goodbye dinner for him.  We went to my FAVORITE Mexican place on Long Island, Chichimecas.  I always get the same thing when I go there, the smoked chicken quesadillas.  They are, honestly, the most amazing quesadillas I’ve ever had.  Plus they are so filling, I’m usually only able to finish half of them, so I get extras for later on in the week.  Side note: I realize you may be seeing a trend here.  I have eaten quesadillas every weekend since I started posting.  I realized that on Friday when we decided to go to Chichimecas, but I couldn’t say no to my favorite thing on their menu.  Next weekend will be quesadilla free!  Maybe.



Breakfast: We stayed over my parent’s house on Friday night, so I woke up and had breakfast before my run.  A delicious omelet with peppers, onions and cheddar cheese with ½ of a whole wheat everything bagel.  Whenever I go to Long Island, I have to have a bagel on at least one of the days because they are just so good!  We started going to a new bagel place recently and they are MASSIVE, so usually half of one is good for me.  After this, I got some work done and went for a 5 mile run on the bike path, one of my favorite places to run.


Snack:  I was having an early dinner, so I grabbed a Health Warrior Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bar for my post run snack.  I has this and an iced coffee, with skim milk and 1 sugar packet, before my mom and I got relaxing pedicures. IMG_5872


Dinner:  Cheesecake Factory with Jenn!  We started with the Thai Chicken Wraps and they were awesome!  Delicious grilled chicken with an assortment of veggie toppings, a drizzle of thai peanut sauce and HUGE lettuce leaves as wraps.  I ordered off their Skinnylicious menu for dinner and got their avocado and turkey sandwich with a side salad.  I also decided to remove half of the bun because I had some bread prior to our appetizer getting to the table.

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Dessert: Godiva Cheese Cake and a cappucino.  I don’t go to Cheesecake Factory often, so when I do I always get a cheesecake and this is my favorite cheesecake of all time.  The best part about it, is that it is so rich that you can only have a few bites at once, so you end up having 1 slice of cheesecake last you a whole week or more!



Breakfast: On Sunday, I got up early to do a 4 mile run and then I went to a barre class at JC Barre Studio.  Barre is my new favorite thing, I just started it this month and it’s so addicting!  After my workouts, Bernie and I headed to brunch with a dietitian friend of mine and her husband.  There are some great choices for brunch in Jersey City, but we didn’t plan ahead and went to 4 places that were either not open yet or booked!  Finally, we decided on South House and just waited outside for a few minutes until they opened at 12 PM.  It was a great choice!  I had their Migas Tacos with queso on top.  It comes with three, good sized tacos filled with eggs, avocado, and tortillas crisps, topped with queso.  They were AWESOME and I was full for hours!  I cannot wait to go again. IKWS9453

Dinner:  SUPER BOWL FUN!  I’m the first to admit that on holidays, I tend to indulge a little more than usual.  I think life (and eating) is all about balance and sometimes, that means you over eat a little and just restart your healthy eating the next day!  In our house the Super Bowl is like a holiday, we all love football and we all love eating.  I made homemade soft pretzels stuffed with ham and cheddar cheese, taco dip and brownie bites.  Our friends brought buffalo chicken dip, assorted cheeses and crackers, guacamole and cupcakes.  My plate was filled with a mix of multigrain pita chips, cheese, buffalo chicken dip, the soft pretzels, guacamole and half a cupcake.  I also had a beer on the side.


There ya have it!  A weekend full of delicious eats with a dietitian.  Stay tuned for next weekend’s eats.

Weekend Roundup 2


What does a dietitian eat?  Healthy foods all the time?  NO!  Organic foods daily?  NO!  Super small portions?  Nope!  Dietitians are just like you!  We have food days that are super healthy (fruits and veggies at every meal, lean proteins, alcohol free and no sweets!) and we have days that are not as healthy (think chocolate, beer and nachos).  Check out my weekly weekend roundup posts so you can see what my weekend eats are all about!


Breakfast: If you tuned in to my Weekend Roundup last week, you know I started my day off with a delicious bowl of oatmeal filled with sunflower seed butter, strawberries and a few dark chocolate chips, plus a cup of coffee with skim milk and one teaspoon of sugar.  This Friday was the same! The only difference was that I used frozen strawberries, instead of fresh, which is why the picture doesn’t look as cute. Frozen fruit can work just as well in oatmeal and yogurt. When I make my oatmeal with frozen fruit, I mix it in while it’s still cooking, so it melts down right into my oatmeal. If I use it with yogurt, I like to leave it in overnight, so it melts down into the yogurt with all the delicious juices. I took Friday off from working out again because I had a long week and an even longer weekend ahead, so I knew I needed my extra rest.


Lunch:  Since I ran out of turkey this week, I decided to do a tuna sandwich instead. Usually I like my tuna with a touch of olive oil mayo, but when I went into the fridge to pull out the mayo, it wasn’t there! I guess we threw it out when we moved in October and I forgot. So, I improvised and used some Ken’s Balsamic with Honey Dressing instead. I piled the tuna and a few fresh lettuce leaves onto whole wheat bread and hoped for the best. It ended up being delicious! I’ll definitely be doing that again.


Snack:  2 tbsp of hummus and one serving of Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits. I’ve always been a huge Triscuit fan, but the Rosemary and Olive Oil ones are, by far, my favorite.  So delicious, and great paired with hummus or cheddar cheese. I took a short lunch time walk and got a small coffee from Starbucks with 1 pump of sugar free vanilla syrup, skim milk and ½ a packet of sugar since I needed a little extra boost.


Dinner:  Friday Funday was cancelled this week because I was volunteering for the 15th Annual Health and Wellness Conference for the Greater New York Dietetic Association and had to help set up on Friday.  Before the set up, I met up with an RD2Be friend of mine and we went to Just Salad. I got the Turkey Health Cobb with broccoli, pita chips and cucumbers added in. I have their reusable bowl so I get extra toppings for free and help the environment as well!  I love that they have a dietitian create their menu!



Breakfast: I woke up early on Saturday to get a 4 mile run in before the conference. After my run, I had 1 cup of chocolate milk since I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat breakfast until I got to the conference and I don’t usually like waiting more than half an hour after exercising to eat. Chocolate milk is a great mix of protein, carbs and fats, which makes it an awesome post workout snack. Once at the conference, I had Siggi’s 2% Coconut yogurt with Purely Elizabeth’s granola. This was my first time having a Siggi’s yogurt that was not made with skim milk, and it was great! So creamy and delicious, YUMMO!  I’m also not usually a fan of granola, but this granola, was amazing!

Lunch:  For lunch, we had so many options! I chose half of a whole wheat turkey wrap with cole slaw, roasted squash and zucchini, micro greens with a drizzle of dressing and a few cubs of cheddar cheese.


Snack: A good friend of mine came to the conference and afterwards, we decided to go get some dessert at Cookie Do NYC’s new location! We waited 45 minutes on line, but it was soooooo worth it! I got the Chocolate Dream flavor mixed with their Fluffernutter flavor. This shop uses specific ingredients that make their cookie dough completely safe to eat, which has made all my dreams come true 🙂 P.s. my eyes were wayyyy bigger then my stomach when I ordered. I ate about half and Bernie had the rest.IMG_5734

Dinner:  Hudson Restaurant week! I’m a huge fan of restaurant week because it lets me sample fare that I usually wouldn’t get at restaurants I go to. This Saturday, we decided to double date with friends of ours and check out Amelia’s Bistro in Jersey City. We started off with their amazing bread basket (best bread ever!) and their hummus that you get to mash yourself (check out my insta post of us mashing those delicious chick peas). I indulged in their Mango Mojito because it’s my favorite drink to get there. The deal gets you an appetizer, entrée and dessert. I started off with their flat bread topped with brussel sprouts, bacon and mozzarella cheese. Brussel sprouts have easily become my favorite veggie over the past year and this app did not disappoint. For dinner Bernie got butternut squash raviolis and I got the short rib with mashed sweet potato tots and – you guessed it – brussel sprouts! We split our meals so we could both try something new and of course, they were both AMAZING. I love Amelia’s on a regular day, but their restaurant week menu is ON POINT. For dessert, I ordered an apple crisp but ended up being too full and brought it home.

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Breakfast: Sunday was another early morning run since I had to get to Long Island early. After my run, I chowed down on the new ClifBar Chocolate Hazelnut nut butter filled bar since I knew I would be having brunch with my parents not long after, but still needed some fuel. I also had a small Starbucks coffee with 1 sugar and skim milk.


Brunch: After my appointment, we went to brunch at Cabo, a Mexican place in Rockville Centre. We started off with guac and chips. The guac was made table side and was sooo fresh! I ordered quesadillas made with spinach tortillas, chicken, black beans, tomatoes and cheese. They were great, but huge, so I ended up taking half home.

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Snack:  2 tbsp of hummus and one serving of Rosemary and Olive Oil Triscuits.

Dinner:  Dinner was the leftover quesadillas since we were tired after the long weekend and didn’t feel like whipping anything up.

There ya have it!  A weekend full of delicious eats with a dietitian.  Stay tuned for next weekend’s eats.

Disclaimers:  The Clif Bar I discussed in this post was a free sample. I am part of the Siggi’s Ambassador program for health and wellness professionals.  As always, all opinions are my own.