To celebrate this lovely day we call Friday, today I’m going to bring you 5 foods that I’ve been loving lately.
Most healthy, some not so healthy, but all delicious nonetheless. So I just had to share!
1. Life Alive Adventurer Bowl. Last Sunday evening, Will and I were both starving, yet also both feeling too exhausted to even think about cooking. We don’t get takeout very often, but this was just one of those days. We decided to go with a local vegetarian restaurant seeing as we both felt like we needed a fresh, clean, healthy meal to cap of the weekend.
I’ll start this off by saying that I am not a vegetarian, in any sense of the word. I love chicken, steaks, burgers, fish… you name the animal, and I’ll probably eat it. (Well, within reason). So when Will suggested this restaurant, I was hesitant at first, but honestly too tired to suggest anything else.
What I ordered was the Adventurer, and it was a delicious bowl full of heaven, for lack of a better description.
Ok ok, I guess I’ll give you the actual description: Corn, Beets, Broccoli, dark greens, shredded cheddar, tofu, and tamari almonds over quinoa and brown rice, all in a Sesame Ginger sauce.
Talk about a combination of foods that were meant to be together! If you live in the Boston area, check out Life Alive Cafe, in Central Square, Cambridge. It is all vegetarian, but even for you meat lovers, the flavor combinations and heartiness of their meals more than makes up for the lack of meat. I will definitely be heading back there to try more of their awesomeness!
2. Smoothies! I know, I know, this goes without saying, but I’ve been making an awful lot of them lately. Three that I’ve been
making loving are:
Peanut Butter/Banana (Or a Jimmy Carter)
1 Tbs Peanut Butter
1 Scoop protein powder
Little bit of greek yogurt to thicken
Strawberries and Cream
Fage 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Scoop unflavored protein powder
(Usually I’ll add some Kale into this for some green goodness!)
Plain 2% Greek Yogurt
1 C frozen cherries
1 Tbs unflavored protein powder
1 Tbs cocoa powder
YUM. This one is my favorite for now!
Smoothies. SO simple and easy, yet so good, filling, and nutritious.
3. Garlicky Smashed Potatoes
I saw a recipe somewhere (but sorry I can’t for the life of me remember where I found it) for a little bit of a twist on baked/roasted potatoes and thought I would give it a try. Basically, what you need to do is boil small round potatoes (any of the small varieties will work) until they are soft. Place them on a cooking sheet, and smash each one with a potato masher so that it flattens (almost like a cookie). Brush them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and any herbs or seasonings you like, and bake them in a 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. I tweaked the recipe a little bit and added in 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the olive oil before brushing over the potatoes, which honestly was probably the best thing I could have done. For a great, fast, easy alternative to your basic mashed potatoes, try these…but be careful, they’re addictive!
4. Farm Fresh Eggs
We picked up some delicious farm fresh eggs from the farmers market last weekend, and I have been loving them scrambled, over easy, and on some open faced breakfast sandwiches. It really is amazing how much better eggs are when they come from a local farm and from free range chickens. And I won’t get into the ethical and health benefits in this post, but that’s definitely something to take into consideration too.
5. Frozen Yogurt of course!! Now that it’s officially warm outside, my cravings for FroYo have increased exponentially. I actually had been craving FroYo so much over the past two weeks that I had it for dinner the other night. Frozen Yogurt for dinner? YES. And it was Damn good.
I’m a huge believer in everything in moderation, and within that is the belief that if every once in a while you want to fulfill a meal with something that’s maybe not the best choice, hey that’s ok!! I did end up having to have a protein filled snack later on because my FroYo dinner didn’t really pack a protein punch (no surprise there). My absolute favorite place to go is BerryLine, which is a Boston based company and in my opinion has the best quality of the “tart” type of FroYo in the Boston area, with some absolutely amazing choices for toppings. YUM-O.
So those are some of my favorite foods lately…As I said before, some are healthy, and some are not so much, but even the less healthy options are not that bad for you when consumed in moderation!
Now I’m off for an errands and packing filled weekend because I’m leaving for Europe on Monday!!!! I’ll be back for one last post before I go, don’t worry.
What foods have you been loving lately? Do you normally go to vegetarian restaurants? Do you shop at farmers markets and do you find it important to buy farm fresh, organic eggs? How do you like your FroYo?