What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy WIAW… here’s what I’ve been eating lately:

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BREAKFAST: avocado toast on Ezekial English muffin… I seriously ate this every morning for a week (with my coffee, of course).

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LUNCH: best lunch lately was the yogi sandwich (I ordered it with bacon but it comes with sun-dried tomato hummus, carrots, cucumber, kale and sprouts) from Sprout near where I work.

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SNACKS: potato chips, unfortunately. They taste so good but then afterwards I feel so crappy! I got these for free and after they were done, I did not buy more!

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Chicken with Hummus, Saratoga Springs

You’ll have to excuse the terrible pictures from this dinner that was four years ago, but I still wanted to share because the meal was a great, gluten-free idea. Flavia (in the back, Maggie in the front) cooked us all dinner one night at our house at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs.

 

It’s such a great, simple and easy idea but I never would have thought of it: roasted chicken and vegetables served over hummus. Low-calories, healthy, gluten-free and nutritious. I will have to make this sometime soon!

Dinner at Grandma Tallie’s

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As I mentioned in my 2014 recap, I got to visit my grandma in Rhode Island twice this past year. She lives in a super cute, very old house (that I have a great picture of, but won’t post it here out of respect for her privacy – so here’s a picture from a walk we took instead).

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My dad and I went to visit her the first time, and we brought a bunch of food from Dean & Deluca (we drove out from NYC).

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Our vegetarian (for my grandma, she’s a serious animal-lover) dinner spread was amazing: bean salad, fingerling potatoes, jarred artichoke hearts, bread, cheese, sesame noodles, cauliflower with pomegranate, sweet potato chips and two types of hummus. Yum!

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For dessert, my dad went all out: cherry clafouti and champagne! It was the perfect takeout / dine in dinner and dessert.

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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What I Ate Wednesday: Lake Colchuck

Kiyo and I ended our recent road trip by meeting our friends Maggie and Chelsea in the middle of Washington [state].

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We camped out on a beautiful site in Cle Elum, and the next morning, drove about an hour to Leavenworth, a strangely Bavarian-themed town (who knew that real towns can come themed?) for breakfast at healthy café Good Mood Food. Maggie and I both got coffees and toasted croissants with eggs, scrambled with ham and cheese. Our croissants came with small side salads (lettuce, tomato, carrot, quinoa, dried fruit) which were tasty, but the dressing was a bit too sweet for my taste.

WIAW Colchuck Lake

After breakfast, it took us about an hour to find the trailhead for the Lake Colchuck hike. It’s especially confusing because you actually have to begin hiking the Lake Stuart trail, and then about a mile and a half in it splits and the Lake Colchuck trail begins. The Lake Colchuck hike is 8 miles roundtrip and gains 2,280 feet.

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The Washington Trails Association describes this hike as “a trail that even a dedicated couch potato could complete.” Let me just say, that is totally misleading! Chelsea, Maggie, Kiyo and I are all athletic, in our mid-twenties, and us girls all workout regularly. This hike is not for couch potatoes! We did the four miles to the lake in two hours and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we finally got to the lake. Our legs were a bit sore the next day too; but it was totally worth it!

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I brought two of these 750-ml Camelbak water bottles on the hike and finished them both in the first half. Next time I will definitely bring more water than I think I need.

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You know right away when you’ve hit the lake, because the beautiful turquoise waters peek out from the foliage.

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We sat on the cliffs overlooking the stunning lake to eat our lunch. Mine was actually two snacks: a plum and zucchini bread I bought at Good Mood Food. I threw out half the plum, which was rotten, and that was really disappointing because I was pretty hungry at this point.

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Kiyo and I split the delicious zucchini bread, which also had walnuts.

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It was difficult to capture the beauty of our surroundings in a picture, but this was the closest I got; it was stunning!

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