Five Foods Friday

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!

Here goes…

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)

Almond Milk

1 Banana

1 Tbs Peanut Butter

1 Scoop protein powder

Little bit of greek yogurt to thicken

Strawberries and Cream

Almond Milk

1 Banana

Frozen Strawberries

Fage 2% Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Scoop unflavored protein powder

(Usually I’ll add some Kale into this for some green goodness!)

Cherry Chocolate

Almond Milk

Plain 2% Greek Yogurt

1 C frozen cherries

1 Banana

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.

Eggs overhard on an Ezekial English Muffin…One of my favorite recent breakfasts!

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.

This is a recycled pic, not my actual dinner the other night…But you get the idea. 

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.

Happy Friday!

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?

15 thoughts on “Five Foods Friday

  1. That bowl under #1 looks INCREDIBLE!!!! I’m drooling just thinking about it! And nothin beats some smoothies and froyo mmm 🙂
    Have a blast packing for Europe, I’m so excited for you!

    1. It’s SO good….I actually just had another one tonight! YUM!

  2. triathlonobsession May 18, 2012 — 10:38 am

    I’m a smoothie addict (cherry choco looks awesome!)and totally agree with farm fresh farmers markets–love them. And now I’m hankering for some plain fro-yo from yogurt land with mochi and tapioca bAlls. Yum!

    1. I’m such a smoothie addict too…they are just so good and easy to make! And YES Mochi!! I absolutely love getting that on my FroYo, it’s the perfect texture!

  3. I love those potatoes!! I make them a lot…. I have the recipe I found on my Recipes board on Pinterest, if you want to go out and find it to re-post! And I will definitely be trying some of those smoothies!

    1. Ohhh Thanks for letting me know!! I’ll actually go look at that and edit the post so I can give credit where it’s due!

  4. onehealthymunchkin May 18, 2012 — 11:46 am

    I love vegetarian restaurants, even though I’m not a vegetarian. I love how their food always tastes so fresh and healthy. Your Adventurer bowl looks delicious!

    And fro yo for dinner… I need to do that sometime! I love getting a bunch of different flavours of fro yo and topping them with Oreo bits, chocolate chips, fruit, granola, and chocolate sauce. 😀

    1. The bowl was SO delish, I had another one tonight!! I can’t get enough of that place… Annnd I’m not going to lie I’m probably going to get some FroYo later tonight as well 🙂

  5. OK, those potatoes look dangerous. I can eat massive bowls of mashed potato without blinking. So good!

    I’ve never had fro-yo!! It doesn’t exist in Australia, but I’ve seen a few places in London so far. I’m going to have to try it because that looks amazing!!

    1. @ Tara- I can’t believe you’ve never had Frozen Yogurt!! Girl you are missing out big time!

    2. Oh goodness, they are so dangerous it’s not even funny!! I found myself picking them off the tray right as I took them out of the oven… So so good with the garlic and herbs too. And WHAT you have never had froyo? You must!!

  6. I had that same peanut nutter/banana shake today, but mine had 1/4 cup oats in there as well!

    Fro-Yo is a must if your going to cheat! ha that’s pretty much how I always satisfy my sweets craving. For me, it depends on the fro-yo flavors that I get. If I love the flavor, I won’t top it with anything because sometimes toppings can take away from the fro-yo. Other times I get a plain base, like tart/white chocolate mousse etc and top it with granola and fruit!

    I would like to go to the Farmers Market more- the one right down the street from me is pretty lame, so if I want a good one I have to drive down town which I never feel like doing on a Saturday morning! Ha Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Sometimes I put oats in my smoothies too, it just makes it a little heartier and a little bit more filling! The PB-Banana is just so good, I crave them all the time. And I totally agree with you on the FroYo, sometimes just a good flavor is enough without the toppings! I usually top mine with fruit and some form of chocolate…although coconut and mochi are also faves of mine!

  7. I love this post 🙂 That chocolate cherry shake would be my favourite too 🙂 I love cherries! YUM! Also the strawberry one! I will have to try that 🙂 !! I have been having chocolate strawberry shakes all week after my workouts and I have been enjoying those 🙂 !

    I have seen those smashed potatoes too! I found the recipe on food gawker 🙂

    I have only been to a vegetarian restaurant once and LOVED IT! I really wish I could eat like that more, but I am such a seafood lover and I couldn’t go without my chicken either hehe.

    Have a great weekend missy! I will be thinking of you! I am so excited for your trip 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Meg!! I’m super excited for the trip, and just finished packing!! The chocolate cherry smoothie is definitely my favorite that I’ve had lately…and I actually used the “No Pudge Fudge” mix, instead of straight cocoa powder because it was all I had, and it was really good like that! Not sure if you’ve ever tried that stuff, but even uncooked, it makes an excellent add-in to yogurt and smoothies!

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