What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Finally, a real, full day for WIAW! Here’s what I ate last Wednesday, a day off from work (finally!) and teaching.

pines green powder

Breakfast: smoothie, per usual. This was tart cherry juice, coconut water, frozen spinach and peaches, and PINES organic superfood blend (wheatgrass, alfalfa, hemp protein and stevia).

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Not pictured: coffee with coconut milk creamer.

power yoga hawaii kahala

I took an hour and a half power vinyasa class at my favorite yoga studio here, Power Yoga Hawaii.

open faced egg salad sandwich

Lunch: When I got home, I was famished! I found hot dog buns in the freezer, so I toasted one up and made egg salad (two hard-boiled eggs, capers, spicy brown mustard, veganaise). Kiyo made pickled daikon a few weeks ago with daikon from our Ma’o Organic Farms CSA box, so I put that on the open-faced sandwich as well.

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Review: Pines Mighty Greens

GREEN smoothie

As you know, I’m a big fan of smoothies, and green smoothies in particular. Many people like juice, or green juice, but I prefer smoothies. They’re thick, cold, and not as sweet (at least when I make them), which I prefer.

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I like to try new ingredients and products in my smoothies, since I drink them almost every day. Recently, I was introduced to the brand PINES, “the wheatgrass people.”

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This green powder is their “Mighty Greens Superfood Blend,” which contains wheatgrass, alfalfa, hemp protein powder and stevia (all organic). Awesome!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Astoria & New York

making a smoothie WIAW

Welcome to yet another WIAW hosted by the awesome blog Peas and Crayons!

Breakfast: here is my smoothie in the blender pre-blending. I thought the vibrant orange and green looked pretty cool, so I took this before picture.

green smoothie WIAW

This smoothie consisted of (all organic except the cantaloupe):

  • Wheat grass powder
  • Matcha green tea powder
  • Maple syrup
  • Celery
  • Cantaloupe (frozen)
  • Lemon juice
  • Water

best vegan sandwich ever

Lunch: sadly, I had to eat at my desk, but at least I brought an awesome sandwich from home! I think this is one of my favorite vegan creations, and I ate it three days in a row last week. The whole-wheat bread sandwich is loaded up with:

  • Avocado hummus
  • Vegenaise
  • Homemade tahini pesto (I mixed olive oil and basil with tahini and lemon juice in my new food processor; amazing!)
  • Pickled beets
  • Capers
  • Lentil sprouts
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Arugula sprouts

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The Counter, New York

The Counter NYC

I’ve written about the chain restaurant The Counter before, but that was the Hawaii version. Since I’m a sucker for saving money / deals / free things, when I found out you could get a free order of french fries by signing up to be on “The List,” their membership / rewards program, we decided to sign up and eat some fries. The plate was massive and the fries were really good. I like them thin like this. Despite the greasy goodness, The Counter can actually be a really good, reliable option for a healthy lunch or dinner. This is because their menu is create-your-own, so you can go as caloric and heavy, or light and healthy as you like.

The Counter NYC

For example, I ordered a grilled chicken “burger” on an English muffin with alfalfa sprouts, spinach, aioli and some sort of sauce (chutney?) on the side. You can also get the burgers on top of salads if you’re gluten-free, or on a gluten-free bun. It’s not the healthiest meal I’ve ever eaten but compared to a Shake Shack burger or its equivalent (which is amazingly delicious, I’m not denying that), this is a great option. And since the combinations are limitless, you can go to The Counter every so often and never get bored with it. If you’re going to eat at a chain, The Counter is one of your best options.

The Counter Times Square

Open: Every day 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Address: 1451 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 Phone:(212) 997-6801

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What I Ate Wednesday: New York

Apples with almond butter and raisins

Last Friday I ate breakfast at work (see my to-do list in the background?). I had one organic apple with almond butter (that came with chia seeds!) and raisins. It was delicious.

All About Food NYC salad

Although I almost always pack my lunch, on this day I hadn’t had the time, so I picked up a salad from nearby All About Food. My chopped salad of romaine lettuce included alfalfa sprouts, edamame, beets, broccoli and balsamic vinaigrette.

Dirty salt & vinegar chips

I also treated myself to a bag of addicting “Dirty” salt and vinegar potato chips.

Plan Tea black tea

At this point, I needed a caffeine boost to get me through the rest of the afternoon and evening; I had plans to go out with friends later. I had iced black tea with mint and “a drop of honey.” It was good but not as good as warm mint tea with sugar.

For dinner, a few friends from work and I went to nearby Papillon for a glass of wine (I had pino grigio). We also split the charcuterie plate: pâté de Campagne, saucissons, bresaola, prosciutto di Parma, mustard, cornichons and grilled country bread (I skipped the bread since I’m trying to give my digestive system a break from gluten). It was quite the spread and we all enjoyed it. I sadly have no pictures because my phone died right as we arrived! Later that night I had a couple more drinks with other friends, also not pictured. Alcohol calories add up way too quickly, don’t you think? What do you like to drink?

Total Estimated Calories: 1,800

What did you eat today?