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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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

This is what an unplanned day of eating looks like, when I just throw things together that are already available, when I’m already hungry. As you’ll see, it’s interesting, but not the healthiest way to eat.

I also wanted to clarify, since I think there has been some confusion lately: I’ve been in Hawaii for the past two weeks, and I’ve just moved back here! So while I will be visiting NYC and Astoria again shortly (and hopefully often!) I am living in Honolulu again now. My blog posts do not necessarily reflect my current situation. This particular WIAW post was from a day last week, but other posts are often from weeks or even months before. It takes me a long time to catch up with my own eating!

WIAW Honolulu

Breakfast: iced coffee with cream, and fried rice made with a bunch of different leftovers! We had some white rice with scallions left over from Chinese takeout, so I threw that in a pan with some “Asian stir fry oil” (organic soy oil, organic peanut oil, organic sesame oil, natural flavors), soy sauce, hot sauce, frozen peas, steamed broccoli and scrambled eggs. It was pretty delicious, and really filling.

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Snack: I don’t remember now what I did during the day, but it’s been really hot here in Honolulu, which means lots of liquids! I love kombucha and there are so many great flavors to try. I had half this bottle (one serving).

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Snack: my sister left some gluten-free chocolate chip walnut cookies in the fridge, so when I needed a snack later on, I grabbed one. It was ok but a bit too dry.

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Snack: I made iced tea by adding dried hibiscus, lemon juice and stevia to boiling water. It turned out too sweet for my taste so I watered it down, and then it was delicious.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Seattle & Vashon

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Last week Wednesday this post went up prematurely; I’d scheduled it and forgotten to write anything! So apologies for the repeat, but here are the pictures again, this time with explanations:

Kiyo and I spent a couple of days in Seattle this month, staying with his brother and sister-in-law. Here’s what one of our days looked like:

Breakfast: tiny apple and black coffee, before an hour-long power yoga class at Urban Yoga Spa. I really disliked this teacher, but I ended up taking three classes over three days, and the third teacher was great.

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Snack: Right after my yoga class, Kiyo and I shared leftover Thai food from our dinner at Buddha Ruska: white rice with crispy garlic chicken, and chicken pad see ew with broccoli.

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Lunch: After running a few errands, Kiyo and I met up with his friend Lizzie (the co-founder of awesome vegan & fitness blog Photosynthesis206) for lunch at Lá Lốt – more Asian food! I ordered the sausage, which turned out to be meatballs, but were delicious nonetheless. The meat came with vermicelli, a sweet and sour dipping sauce, and a vegetable and herb salad.

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Snack: After lunch, Kiyo and I picked up iced coffees (mine with half a packet of stevia and just a drop of skim milk).

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Snack: On the ferry ride back to Vashon, where Kiyo’s dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew live, we snacked on a Trader Joe’s dark chocolate / caramel / sea salt bar. These are so good! I had the full serving of four squares.

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Welcome Lunch, St. Thomas

Lunch in St. Thomas

Kiyo and I went on a much needed vacation to St. Thomas this past March. We were lucky enough to be hosted by my best friend Zan’s parents. (Zan is living in Australia, so sadly, she wasn’t there.) Zan’s mom picked us up from the airport and served us a wonderful homemade lunch back at the house.

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She made a vegan salad that I definitely want to recreate at home: oranges with kalamata olives, capers, and fresh basil from their garden. So simple, but so good! I’ll have to ask her if there was olive oil drizzled on it, I can’t remember.

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Funny story: I wasn’t sure if what was on the table was tuna or chicken salad. I don’t like seafood, which Zan’s dad teases me for, but he wasn’t there, and I wasn’t sure if Zan’s mom remembered. I didn’t want to be picky, but I also didn’t want to end up with a mouth full of fish, so I took a tiny, tiny amount, and then took a tiny, tiny bite. It tasted very mild, so I figured it was chicken, and I scooped a whole bunch onto my slice of bread (which I’d also smeared with fresh pesto). Later on, when we were alone, Kiyo said he was surprised that I’d eaten so much tuna. I said no way, that was chicken! So later, we asked Zan’s mom and she said it was TUNA! I’d been fooled, and I’d even enjoyed my tuna salad sandwich!

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This was our idyllic view during lunch. Zan’s family’s house is awesome, built onto the side of a cliff, and the view is obviously stunning. Kiyo and I were so lucky to be able to vacation there, and we had the best time! More St. Thomas posts to come…

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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