daily eats: 12.22.13

How was the weekend? Mine was pretty quiet and quite nice. We had pizza and saw American Hustle, got in some workouts (after a two-week break!) and spent lots of time in the kitchen. I’m so ready and excited for Christmas!

This daily eats is what a standard Sunday looks like around here…

coffee/breakfast: I don’t usually eat breakfast on the weekends, and after an indulgent meal the night before (wine, crab legs, eggnog and too many brown butter snickerdoodles) I definitely wasn’t hungry this morning. I enjoyed my coffee (and 1/2 & 1/2!) with a side of RHOBH and some blog/learnist work.

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workout: 6ish mile hike to, up and back from Runyon canyon. I love being able to get a good hike, right from our house. I didn’t take a picture today, but this is what it looks like:

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I also decided that as of today, I’m always wearing a hat when we go for hikes. No wrinkles for me!

snack: when we returned home, I was (of course) hungry so I dug into some Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuits. I don’t buy these crackers often because I eat them in three sittings…every time I bring them home.

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lunch: I wanted to go out, but we had a Packer game on the DVR and little desire to “get ready” so lunch was random. Leftover pizza (from Stella Barra – yum!) + some frozen chicken & kale dumplings that we had made a few weeks (months?) ago + a cookie for dessert.

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wine: I sipped some wine while making mushroom lasagna – béchamel and all!

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snack: saltine crackers, a bit of pickled herring and another splash of wine

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dinner: Sadly, the mushroom lasagna wasn’t for us…it smelled SO good. But it did put me in the mood for pasta, so I swapped out the planned sweet potato fries for mac & cheese. :)  Chicken legs + mac & cheese + green beans…and a cookie, of course! (I buy organic chicken legs from Costco, they are tasty and pretty inexpensive.)

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I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas! (What’s on the menu?)

lately i’ve been…xv

drinking tea again. I don’t drink much tea in the summer, but now that the weather has (sort of) cooled down, I’m all about it. I also try to use Sugar Cookie tea as a dessert in the winter. Sometimes it works. :)

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finishing my half marathon! I ran the Rock N’ Roll Los Angeles on an early Sunday morning. I hit my goal of finishing under two hours (I think my time was 1:57) and I’ve got the terrible race photos to prove it. It feels like that was SO long ago now!

discovering starbucks rewards app. So many convienient things about this app. I can load money and pay with my phone which is the most amazing thing. I’m hooked.

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having little bro in town! We had a great weekend full of exciting hikes, football games, rum at the Tiki Ti and lots of chicken wings.

making fun cocktails. Bourbon Maple Apple Cider from fruetcake was a big hit. I’m not a huge cocktail person, but I tried a sip and Richie loved it. I think it’s a new favorite in our house. Not to mention we now have 78 ounces of apple cider…

having friends in town! SO fun. Dinner at Connie & Ted’s, lunch at Villa Blanca (complete with a Lisa & Ken Vanderpump sighting), shopping, drinks at The Beverly Hills Hotel and dancing at SUR. We packed a lot into 48 hours.

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updating my “About” page. It was long overdue!

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obsessed with all things holiday parties and holiday decorations. (Above is one of my favorites, from Haiti.)

not running. I don’t think I’ve run since the half! I’ve been doing elliptical and/or incline walking, the 7-minute workout and barre3 dvd’s.

getting some Christmas shopping done at Uniuqe LA (modern, made-in-America goods).

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trying out a new restaurant in Culver City called FIN. Delish sushi (and my favorite, crispy rice)!

wrapping lots of gifts and getting them in the mail! CB2 has the cutest wrapping station FYI.

watching my friend Mercedes (Satisfy My Sweet Tooth) on The Today Show! She did absolutely amazing, I’m so proud.

What have you been up to lately? Ready for Christmas? 

 

simple & sophisticated appetizers

Appetizers are, by far, my favorite thing in the world.

If I invite you over? We’re having lots of appetizers. (I think I’ve only hosted two actual sit-down dinners).

If I offer to bring something over to you? It’s always appetizers.

When I eat out, I always choose appetizers over dessert. And often, I order a bunch of appetizers instead of an entree.

So, you get the point, right? I. love. appetizers.

And this time of year, it seems there’s endless opportunities for appetizers.  Whooooowooo!

But as much as I love spending time in the kitchen, it’s important to have an arsenal of recipes that can be made ahead of time, don’t require cooking and can sit out at room temperature. These are some of my favorites!

 simple & sophisticated appetizers | a nutritionist eats

Links: prosciutto wrapped figs | wine bar nut mix | warm olives with rosemary, garlic & lemon |beet-pickled deviled eggs | smoked salmon with potato chips and lemon crème fraîche | parmesan shards (cut chunks of high-quality parmesan)

What are you making this holiday season? 

amazing grass review

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

One of the most amusing things to look at when checking out my google analytics stats is the search terms by which people find your website.

can i drink a mojita and champagne in the same evening? Yes, you most definitely can, and this champagne mojito recipe is a great way to combine them into one delicious drink.

are drunken noodles healthy? Hmm, at home you can control the amount of oil used, but it also depends on how you feel about pasta.

i want to work in a hospital as a nutritionist what kind of schooling would i need? So you want to be a Nutritionist? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

addicted to eating out. Me too, I feel your pain.

how many calories in burratta? Doesn’t matter. ;)

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

It’s actually inspired this updated post about Amazing Grass (affiliate!). SO many people come to my blog by searching “amazing grass” “amazing grass flatulence” “amazing grass meal” “amazing grass gas” “is amazing grass any good?” (I’m serious with all of these!) And the original post needed some updating. So it was time for a revamp and full review on the full Amazing Grass product line.

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

I set off to Whole Foods (West Hollywood!) and picked up every single Amazing Grass powder they had.

And then we drank a lot of greens. Going into this, my favorites were the plain wheat grass and original and it remained that way throughout the tasting. I prefer to mix the greens with a few ounces of water and a splash of orange juice while Richie preferred some of the flavored varieties. In all honesty, I found all of the flavors too fake and artificial-tasting so it all depends on your personal preference.

Nutritionally speaking, I think greens like this have a time and a place, especially if it is difficult to get the recommended fruits and veggies in on a daily basis. I’ve used them when I’m traveling or when eating vegetables isn’t always easy and in that sense, I think they are great! If they are in addition to a veggie-filled diet, more power to you. If you eat great and hate them, don’t feel bad! If they cause you gas, I would probably skip them. Different bodies digest things differently and if yours isn’t a fan, listen to it!

Flavor:

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Wheat Grass variety was in my top two favorites but Richie thought  it was “awful,” even though he likes fresh wheat grass! (I think the gritty texture is the reason.)

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Original is still my favorite and the one I would buy first (I would also buy the wheat grass).

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

The Pineapple Lemongrass was probably Richie’s favorite of the flavored varieties. I didn’t love it, but liked it more than most of the other flavors.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

Lemon-lime was also one that Richie didn’t mind too much, not surprisingly, it reminded me of flat sprite – not in a good way.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

We couldn’t tell a ton of difference between the berry varieties…

 

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eats

…but did prefer the Raw Reserve a little more. I also like that it is made with E3Live which is an amazing algae supplement.

 

amazing grass review | a nutritionist eatsWe were both terrified to drink the chocolate greens. Because…well, chocolate + greens? But, surprisingly, this was my favorite of the flavored versions. Richie didn’t agree and his only comment was, “Gross.”

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