daily eats: 2.19.14

Hi All! How was Valentine’s Day? We spent the evening drinking my favorite wine (Evolution) and celebrating a birthday at a bar called Mickey’s in our neighborhood. Lots of fun and lots of boys in underwear. :)  It was also a great weekend (aren’t all three day weekends?) – we saw Gravity (I hated it!), hung out with friends, went for a hike and ate a lot. Oh, and started watching House of Cards…or I should really say, binge-watched House of Cards. Do you watch it? We’re obsessed.

workout: 45-ish minute run/walk at the gym (about 3.5 miles total)

beverage 1: green juice: romaine + cucumber + parsley + lemon + wheat grass + pineapple

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beverage 2: coffee + 1/2 & 1/2

breakfast: bagel + cream cheese during a work meeting

Nutritionists never “recommend” eating bagels for breakfast – they are high in calories, not very filling, and studies always show you eat more than if you were to eat eggs in the morning – BUT you know what? I love them. If I try to avoid them, I’ll think about bagels all day so I eat the bagel, enjoy it and not give it another thought. Could I be skinnier (or stronger – which seems to be the latest word) if I stopped eating bagels and cupcakes and cheese? Probably. Would I be happier? No.

My definition of eating perfectly isn’t about eating “100% clean” or “whole30 approved” or  “low-carb.” It’s about eating a balance of good (for you) food and good (for your soul) food.

lunch: egg salad (2 eggs + mayonnaise + onion) with a big salad (greens + cucumber + cilantro dressing). Loved this ultra-simple egg salad.

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snack: brown rice crackers + cheese stick + a few fried peanuts

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dinner: parmesan crusted chicken breast + asparagus was on the menu. Then there was a last-minute invite to visit Top Round and we never say no to a dinner date. Revised dinner was a roast beef sandwich with provel cheese, horseradish cream, roasted mushrooms on a sesame bun + curly fries + a few bites of custard. It was delicious.

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approximate nutrition stats: 1,940 calories, 96 grams fat (44%), 191 grams carbohydrates (39%), 16 grams fiber, 27 grams sugar, 83 grams protein (17%)

thoughts: The calories weren’t as high as I would have thought – a pleasant surprise! Fiber and protein are lower than I usually like, but today was heavy on the good (for your soul) food and that’s ok.

haricot verts with shallot vinaigrette

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

I know I should probably say that kale or swiss chard or something with an insane amount of antioxidants is my favorite vegetable but if I had to name a favorite – and only one favorite vegetable – it would be haricot verts. (And not green beans, haricot verts.)

If you aren’t familiar with haricot verts, they are a thinner, more delicate, and some say more flavorful, french green bean.

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Basically, I LOVE THEM!!!! 

We eat them every week. And typically prepare them the same way: lightly steamed and then sautéed in a bit of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. But sometimes I switch it up.

These haricot verts, are lightly steamed and tossed with a shallot vinaigrette and can be eaten warm, chilled or at room temperature. They are delicious and I love that they can be made ahead of time.

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Serve them alongside a protein for dinner and get ready to fall in love with haricot verts!

nutrition facts (4 servings): 121 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein,  7 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Keywords: steam side gluten-free low-carb paleo

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 Tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 oz haricot verts

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients but haricot verts until emulsified. (Or shake together in a small jar.)

Lightly steam haricot verts in a glass bowl with a splash of water for 2-3 minutes, depending on how done you like them.

Drain off water and toss with dressing.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

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7 toppings for your toast

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I ate toast every single morning for a good two years. Seriously.

Sometimes I would switch it up with some oats or a smoothie but I started my day with a sprouted bagel or two slices of sprouted bread toast for two years. It was also when I worked in a bakery so there was a) lots of bread, b) I ate/slept/dreamt bread, c) it was easy and d) it was delicious!

I’m getting back into my toast routine but I’m stepping up the topping ideas to add some more fun – and NUTRITION – to your typical toast.

Get your toasters ready…

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsAvocado has to be one of my favorite toppings for toast. A touch of mayo, or a slice of cheese adds a lot, but it’s also delicious on its own. Sprinkle with some high-quality salt (It seriously makes a big difference, I love maldon) and some red pepper flakes if you want a little heat.

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsProtein-rich greek yogurt gets a sweet drizzle of sweet honey for a delicious and creamy breakfast. Your morning yogurt is now a full meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist Eats

This is a standard breakfast/lunch/dinner meal. Topping toast with a fried egg is a natural choice and for good reason. Spread with a pat of butter or coconut oil if desired, or simply leave the yolk runny for ultimate dipping.

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsMozzarella + Tomato may be a little out of the ordinary for breakfast, but why not? A drizzle of olive oil + a sprinkling of salt + pepper is all this toast needs but if you want a little more flavor, add some high-quality balsamic vinegar. It also makes a perfect lunch.

 

 

 

 
Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsPeanut Butter is always a good idea on toast. And it is what I always topped mine with for those two years. Adding bananas + honey is icing on the “toast” cake in my opinion.

 

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsVegetable Cream Cheese (I couldn’t find one that I liked, so I made my own!) + sprouts is one of those meals that is almost too good to be true. You could also top with some sliced cucumber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toast Toppings | A Nutritionist EatsRicotta Cheese + Preserves feels like such a treat on a weekday morning. I like it topped with preserves, but you could also go a savory route and top with a drizzle of olive oil + salt + pepper. Apricot or orange flavors are perfect, but really, anything will work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to mix up your toast. What do you top your toast with? 

 

meal prep in 3 easy steps

I’m a planner.

I plan my evenings. I plan my weekends. I plan my mornings. And I definitely plan my meals.

When you plan and prep your meals in advance, it makes life easier, but it’s also really important if you are trying to eat healthier or lose weight. 

Depending on your life/work/school schedule, meal prep can go in a few directions. Because I eat breakfast and lunch at the office, I specifically plan out those meals and pack everything up in separate containers (or double up portions and leave at the office fridge). 

Step One: I start by planning the meals I want to make first. It might be a fun meal from pinterest or something I tore out of a magazine, or a recipe that I’m testing for my blog or other work. A lot of my meals during the week are really simple and I save the fun meals for the weekends when I have more time to actually enjoy the cooking process.

Step Two: After you’ve planned your meals, consult your pantry/fridge/freezer for the ingredients you already have, and make your list. Decide which ingredients it makes sense to buy cooked or cleaned ahead of time and which ingredients you’ll prepare from scratch.

Step Three: Cook! Set aside a few hours and prepare and pack up all of your meals (for me it is just breakfast + lunch) so they are ready to grab on your way out the door!

Enjoy!

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