What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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This WIAW is jam-packed full of food and physical activity. When I’m physically active, I become ridiculously hungry and also need a large amount of sleep. Here’s what one of my active days recently looked like.

8:00 AM: Breakfast

I had an iced coffee with stevia and a smoothie (nettle leaf iced tea, tart cherry juice, lemon juice, acai powder, green super food powder, ice, chia seeds).

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9:00 AM: Yoga

I taught a Morning Flow yoga class at Yogaloha (if you’d like to come to one of my classes check the October schedule here). It was my first time teaching this class and I loved it!

10:30 AM: More Yoga!

I took the next class, which was CORE Yoga. Since the Morning Flow class was small, I practiced along while I taught; so after this second class my muscles were starting to feel sore and I was starving!

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12 Noon: Snack

I wanted to cook for lunch, so first I quickly peeled and ate an organic carrot to stave off that hangry feeling.

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We’ve eaten so many fresh, local veggies lately thanks to our Ma’o Organic Farms box. I promise to write a full post about it soon! We got a ton of dandelion greens this week, so I chopped up a whole head for lunch.

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I sautéed the greens with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, black pepper and Maui onion salt.

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12:30 PM: Lunch

We had some leftover foccacia bread, so I toasted that up with butter. I scrambled the greens with three eggs with half a cup of cottage cheese. I know that might sound strange, but honestly it just mixes in with the eggs and you can’t even tell the cheese is in there. Kiyo hates cottage cheese and he didn’t even realize I’d fed it to him! Cottage cheese is great to add to your diet because it has probiotics and is super low in fat and sugar, and high in protein. I ate my eggs with mayonnaise and ketchup (yes, both, it is delicious!).

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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I started my day yesterday with a big iced coffee with stevia and almond milk. Lately I’ve been so tired, but I don’t know why; maybe it has to do with being on a new schedule, or perhaps it’s just my body readjusting to the weather in Hawaii.

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About an hour later, after some errands, I made a smoothie with (right to left) nettle leaf tea, tart cherry juice, lemon juice, acai powder and green super food powder (not pictured: ice).

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The smoothie tasted good but it didn’t look pretty, and it actually had the consistency of juice.

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Recently I ordered prickly pear extract with aloe, on Amazon. You take just a drop a couple of times a day. Prickly pear is a cactus that can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. Some researchers think that it might also decrease cholesterol levels, prevent hangovers, and kill viruses in the body. It also tastes good!

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Amigos Taqueria y Tequila, Westerly

Mexican food Westerly RI

About a year ago, my friend Nicole and I drove from NYC to visit Maggie in Connecticut. She lives right on the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island, so we actually mostly hung out in Rhode Island. One night we had dinner in the cute little town of Westerly, at Amigos Taqueria y Tequila.

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They have lots of fun drinks and flavored margaritas (not sure why I didn’t take a picture of those, whoops). Maggie had tacos, served with a side of rice and beans. Nicole and I split a huge burrito. The food was good, nothing bad but also nothing outstanding. If you’re in the area with a craving for Mexican food, it’ll do.

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Amigos Taqueria y Tequila

Location: 2 Canal St, Westerly, RI 02891 Phone: (401) 315-5800

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

WIAW breakfast smoothies

8:00 AM: Breakfast

Before heading to a doctor’s appointment, I made a quick smoothie with tart cherry juice, apple juice (both organic and not-from-concentrate), nettle-leaf iced tea, acai berry powder, green powder, ice and chia seeds on top. It was really watery, more like juice than a smoothie, but the taste wasn’t bad.

iced coffee & scone WIAW

11:00 AM: Snack

I was hungry again after the doctor, so I swung by Diamond Head Market & Grill for one of their famous blueberry cream-cheese scones. They are HUGE (you can’t tell from this picture) so Kiyo and I split it when I got home. Usually scones are quite dry, but this one was so moist I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting butter or anything else on it, it was perfect just as it was. We also had iced coffees, mine with honey and almond milk.

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1:00 PM: Lunch

Kiyo and I got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Ma’o Organic Farms this weekend! The arugula was great on sandwiches over the weekend, but we still had a lot of it and it was starting to wilt, so I decided to make it into a purée, similar to pesto. It was super easy: I simply put the arugula, a clove of garlic, olive oil and about two tablespoons of walnuts into the food processor. I spread the purée on a slice of whole-wheat bread, and with cheddar I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so tasty, I have to give myself a pat on the back for the idea.

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3:30 PM: Exercise

I spent the afternoon finishing my book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It is so well-written, with such developed, interesting characters and unexpected plot twists, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. I started and finished it in just about 24 hours. Then I did half an hour of yoga (at home) and ran 2.5 miles. It was 82 degrees out with 83% humidity, and I was struggling hard, even though I wasn’t even going fast!

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Dinners at Maggie’s House, North Stonington

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This summer, I lived with Maggie and her parents at their home in North Stonington, Connecticut, while the two of us were in Yoga Teacher Training. Maggie’s mom cooked us so many delicious, homemade dinners! Above is a dish Maggie, Chelsea and I made: pesto pasta made with fresh basil from the garden. We also made a version of the pesto with avocado, which was really good.

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We had a salad along with the pesto pasta.

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Another night we grilled burgers; Maggie’s family only uses the grill (no stove or oven) during the summer.

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One night we helped Maggie’s mom make an amazing pasta salad with fresh herbs, zucchini and yellow squash from the garden, as well as ham, peppers, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

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YUM!

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Maggie’s mom made us lots of great salads; here’s a cobb salad.

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