The “WIAW” That Never Was: Honolulu

Sometimes I have a problem remembering to document a full day of eating. So, here’s my first WIAW from Hawaii that’s from a bunch of different days.

BREAKFASTS: 

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Iced coffee with almond milk, and fried rice made with leftover stir-fry of tofu, bok choy from the CSA box, and onions. Surrounded by my current reading and the GRE prep book I keep avoiding… I need to get a book stand so I can eat and read without difficulty.

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After yoga one morning I made a big breakfast of

  • CSA box organic grapefruit
  • CSA box organic mizuna greens (sautéed with olive oil and cumin, turmeric and curry powder)
  • Eggs scrambled with cottage cheese
  • Half a chicken and spinach sausage
  • Condiments: hot sauce, ketchup and mayo (yes, all three!)

LUNCHES: 

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Caprese sandwich: prosciutto, mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto (served with chips and fruit salad) at the Neiman Marcus café with my dad. I ate half the sandwich at lunch and the other half later in the afternoon, at home.

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Another lunch with dad, this time at Hard Rock Cafe in Waikiki right after I taught and took yoga classes. I had the “fiesta” burger: topped with cheese, salsa and guacamole. Let’s be honest, it was the guac I was after. Again, I ate half and then finished it later at home (actually, the next day. I actually love having leftover burgers, they’re sturdy so they can easily be reheated)/

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At home: I roasted potatoes and two types of sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil, fresh rosemary and Meyer lemon from the CSA box. I topped it off with a soft-boiled egg and homemade garlic aioli (nonfat Greek yogurt, mayo, garlic, herb sea salt, pepper). This was GOOD if I do say so myself.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

A lot is suddenly going on right now, so I’ll have to be brief today for WIAW. Updates and more posts coming soon!

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Breakfast: iced coffee and green smoothie (aloe water, tart cherry juice, frozen strawberries, acai berry powder, moringa powder, chia seeds).

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I taught a power yoga class and then took an all-levels vinyasa class.

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Lunch: sandwich with homemade pesto (basil, garlic, olive oil, almonds), mayo, mustard, cheese, capers, roasted eggplant (with turmeric, cumin, paprika) and mixed greens.

Beanitos chips for lunch

We had some white bean and sea salt Beanitos chips on the side. These are so delicious! And they’re basically all protein.

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Kiyo and I had to move bricks for my mom; they were heavy and it felt like a workout! Then I did my barbels, 30 pounds. I also practiced some forearm stands, I’m getting better but still not there without the wall.

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Dinner: We made salads with the mixed greens and daikon from our CSA box, topped with a veggie burger (these are from Costco, are made with sweet potato and sunflower seeds and are a great option if you’re not a big fan of mushrooms). I made us a dressing by pureeing our leftover roasted eggplant with tahini, sesame oil and Greek yogurt. It was a bit too thick but tasted good. I also had a glass of white wine, and (not pictured) some chocolate chips for dessert.

Total estimated calories: 1,800

What did you eat today?

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy Hump Day and What I Ate Wednesday! This is actually what I ate on a recent Saturday. Hurricane Ana was supposed to hit, but luckily we just got a lot of rain and wind.

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First I taught my power yoga class, and then I stayed at the studio to take the next class, a 75-minute vinyasa flow. I actually really enjoy going to and teaching yoga when the weather is stormy. It’s so cozy to be inside practicing when it’s rainy and windy outside. I had a coffee before the first class, and then I snacked between classes and after the second class. My snacks were:

  • Half a cup of pistachios
  • 1 light Babybel cheese
  • Half a grapefruit (from our organic farm CSA box)
  • 1 apple banana (also from the box)

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After yoga I headed to the park to watch a family friend’s soccer game. It was so rainy and windy out, we all had to crouch under an umbrella with rain coats on, and we still got pretty wet! Afterwards I snagged a clementine and a small slice of pizza from the kids’ food table. Don’t worry, I waited until after all the little soccer players had eaten their fill!

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After that, I hung out at home getting some work done and reading. My cat, Holly, hung out inside with me. She’s usually an outdoor cat but Kiyo and I like to let her in to hang out with us; she’s getting really spoiled!

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For dinner, Kiyo made flatbreads topped with leftover pot roast. I sauteed some chard from our farm box in bacon fat and Tahitian lime (also from the box… can you tell that our entire lives now revolve around these boxes?). We spread homemade pesto on the bread (made with almonds, olive oil, garlic and basil from the CSA box) and topped it all off with shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese. This dinner was so delicious that I ate the whole thing (we each made our own) even though it was huge!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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8:15 AM: Breakfast

A cute little apple banana from our CSA box, and iced coffee with rice milk (not pictured).

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9:30 AM: Teach Yoga

I believe this was Thursday’s morning flow class, which I will be teaching through the end of October if you’d like to come check it out!

10:45 AM: Snack

I had some water and a chocolate chip CLIF bar after class…

11 AM: Yoga 

and then stayed at the studio to take the next class.

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12:30 PM: Lunch(?)

I had a light Babybel cheese and a few slices of salami as a snack, but since it was lunchtime I guess I can call it a small lunch.

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1 PM: Barbels

I’m up to 30 pounds, but on this day I was working with 25. It sounds like so little but feels so heavy by the end of the last rep!

 

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1:30 PM: Snack 

My friend came over and brought Kiyo and I each an acai bowl from Lanikai juice, what a sweet (literally!) surprise. They come with granola, honey and bananas. We went to the beach for a few hours but sadly I forgot to take a picture.

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Lunch at Little Uncle, Seattle

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Kiyo’s cousins own my favorite restaurant I’ve been to in Seattle: Little Uncle. To be fair, I haven’t been to too many restaurants in Seattle since when I’ve gone, it’s always been to visit friends or Kiyo’s family, which translates to lots of time spent in people’s homes, not out. But, this Thai restaurant is just so freaking delicious that I don’t think many others could compare.

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The original Little Uncle, open for lunch and dinner, is in Capitol Hill. Little Uncle Pioneer Square, the one I’ve been to twice, is the second incarnation of PK and Wiley Frank’s interpretation of Thai cuisine. PK is from Thailand, and after she met Wiley in Seattle they went back to Thailand for a few years. Luckily for the hungry people of Seattle, they came back. They say they cook food that they like to eat.

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The Little Uncle menu is inspired by the indigenous dishes made in the street side stalls and family-run shophouse restaurants of Thailand. The Little Uncle version of pad Thai is by far the best I’ve had in the US. Simple, vegetarian, and gluten-free, it is made with rice noodles, organic eggs, tofu, tamarind, peanuts, garlic chives and bean sprouts. Little paper bags filled with peanuts, chili flakes and sugar come with the dish. I know it sounds weird, but these toppings work so well on the noodles. The sugar is counterintuitive at first, but it makes sense with the salty, bitter and savory elements of the dish.

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Kiyo and I also ordered the poached chicken with garlic and chicken fat rice, winter melon broth, and spicy soy-ginger sauce. This dish was also simple and superb, but the pad Thai was just so delicious that it definitely stole the show. I loved though how all the different elements of this dish worked together, and the chicken fat garlic rice made you never want to go back to plain rice again. The sauce was sticky and sweet, perfect with the salt and fat of the chicken, rice and broth.

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We were stuffed, but they gave us an order of roti stuffed with curried beef, served with spicy cucumber vinegar. These were soft with a crunchy exterior, and full of flavor.

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