It’s Wednesday, and I’ve got some very sweet NYC treats to share with you.
Yesterday, I started my day admiring the view of central park, while noshing on some nutritious oatmeal, and ended it with the most classic cupcake in all of NYC back upstate. Let’s jump right into “What I Ate Wednesday,” (WIAW) because my New Year’s resolution is to keep posts under 500 words…let’s see how long that lasts.
As I mentioned, breakfast was enjoyed with a view, as I basked in the sunlight and quiet NYC morning. Despite the fact that NYC is constantly buzzing, when I’m in this hotel room, I feel completely at peace.
The oatmeal was topped with rich milk and fresh berries. It was just the fuel I needed for a quick workout before leaving NYC.
For anyone ever visiting NYC, I would definitely suggest popping by Le Pain Quotidien for a coffee and pastry. It’s a “French” cafe located in a few big cities in the US, but I just love the European vibe of the cafe, and the food is incredibly unique. I highly recommend the bread basket, which comes with a variety of homemade breads PLUS an indescribably delicious variety of chocolate spreads (think Nutella…but better).
I also purchased a quinoa scone, which I nibbled on as I worked.
I’ve never had a quinoa scone before – it landed in the “savory scone” category but definitely gets high marks for taste!
A couple hours later, I had some time to kill at the train station, so I took advantage of the juicing station…the morning glory muffin was calling my name, so I made an impulse purchase.
The juice was a mix of carrot, ginger, apple, celery and lemon. I’m always shocked at how filling these juices are whenever I have them. Each time, I think “Wow, I really should invest in one of those juicers!” Then I remember that I would need a large visit from the “paycheck” fairy..
After all the morning nibbling, I had my usual gigantic salad for lunch, packed with veggies and cottage cheese for a protein kick.
Snacks were a mix of lovely randomness, pure usual. I was really feeling the new products on my Monday grocery store run…
Chia Pod: Love the concept. Chia seeds, mixed with coconut milk and fruit. No other ingredients, and no added sugar. Unfortunately, the lack of ingredients made it majorly lacking in taste. While I don’t doubt the nutritional value, I will not be buying a Chia Pod again.
Snapz Crisps: Crispy veggies and fruits that aim to replace potato chips at an average of 30-40 calories per bag. It was so weird that I couldn’t help but grab a few (3 for $1, why not?). They actually DID taste like zucchini, but were surprisingly delicious. Sometimes Healthy Gold Star!
And finally, my “Sometimes Healthy” trail mix, with yogurt pretzels, Swedish fish, nuts and raisins from the local grocery store bins. I gotta stop calling this healthy…
Since we’re still sans kitchen, dinner came together in the microwave: fresh mushroom barley soup from the same local grocery store + a wheat bread bowl.
With meals like this, who needs a kitchen?
Of course, even after the Sometimes Healthy trail mix, my sweet tooth was aching after dinner. The good news? I brought back some mini cupcakes from the classic NYC bakery, Magnolia.
The bad news? They were completely “deconstructed” in-transit. Oh well, no use crying over spilled cupcakes! I enjoyed that caramel apple cupcake in the center with a nice little extra dab of pink vanilla frosting.
The cupcakes were devoured as I devoured my latest television obsession: Shark Tank.
I initially thought it was a show with a concept similar to American Idol: some quality, mostly crazy people take their shot in front of a bunch of rich people and try to convince them to invest in their company. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out it’s actually about much more than that – as corny as it sounds, it’s about the clichéd American Dream, and it’s quite heart-warming to see some of these hardworking people achieve it.
The episode I watched not only featured a product from my hometown (Omaha), but also, the product happened to be incredibly brilliant:
eCreamery allows consumers to create and personalize their own ice cream flavors as a gift! While the sharks did not invest, I’m definitely a fan and already dreaming up ways to utilize this fabulous service.
I’ll leave you with that great idea on a sweet note!
If you could create your own ice cream flavor, what would it be?
To juice or not to juice?
Finally, on a random note, please help me settle a long-standing “discussion” with my significant other: Leather jackets on men – yes or no? Explain.