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trident cafe

After work, I met Emily downtown at Trident Bookstore & Cafe on Newbury Street.  This place is adorable!  In all the years I have been in Boston, I can’t believe I have not been here.

We sat in the cafe and ordered some drinks.  They had a huge selection of coffee, tea, fresh-squeezed juice and smoothies, as well as a big menu.  I opted for a tea tonight, since I had a fruit filled snack before getting there, but I will be back for juice and smoothies!

(Fruit filled snack of an Apple Heart Thrive and an Orange.)

I chose the Seven Herb Tea, which was a blend of hibiscus, cloves, lavender, orange, licorice & lemon. It was delicious!  The cloves made it just a tad spicy.

This place is so cute!

After we chatted away for hours, we parted ways for dinner.  By the time I got home, I was famished!  I quickly popped a Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burger onto the grill for dinner, and a can of Amy’s Alphabet Soup in a pot on the stove.

Soup & Salad Combo : Veggie burger on a whole wheat pita with lettuce, ketchup and a laughing cow wedge & Amy’s alphabet soup with kale chips (need some green!).

I do love these veggie burgers, and the soup was delicious.  Not too salty, as many canned soups are.  All in all, a perfectly nutritious, delicious and quick meal.

Tips for healthy & quick dinners

I find that it is really important to keep a stock of some healthy lunch and dinner options in your fridge and pantry when you are trying to eat healthy.  On days like today, when I get home late and am famished, I could easily reach for something unhealthy if I had it.  But, for this reason, I don’t keep unhealthy options in the house.  Instead of the daunting task of making a full meal, I grabbed a frozen veggie burger from the freezer, and a can of soup from the pantry.  Within 5 minutes, they were both heated up and ready to eat.  My lettuce was washed and ready to go, stored in a bag in the fridge (I try to prepare this every Sunday night), so it was easy to get some greens into my dinner.  And, I had kale chips left over from the batch I made last week.  If you take time to prepare some things over the weekend, it makes weekday dinners that much easier.

What types of things do you do to make weeknight dinners quick and easy?

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one lucky duck

I could not wake up this morning!  So much for going to that spinning class at 6am at the gym!  Oh well, I finally dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 and made due with 30 minutes of weights at home – better than nothing, right?  Plus, I was in desperate need of some weight lifting, even though my arms are exhausted from my swim last night.

After weights, I made an ice cold super cherry chocolate bomb smoothie for the road.  My new travel smoothie cup is awesome!

I used Kristen’s Cherry Chocolate bomb recipe, but added a few extra goodies.  In the mix:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass (extra greens!)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1/2 container Siggi’s plain yogurt
  • squirt of NuNaturals vanilla stevia
  • 1 cup water

Phew – super smoothie (read about my ingredients here)!  I recently decided to use frozen spinach in my smoothies instead of fresh spinach because I found that the spinach I was buying for smoothies was going bad so quickly!  When I have fresh spinach, I will obviously use it, but frozen is perfect when in a pinch.

My super smoothie kept me full until lunch – maybe it was the yogurt I put in that filled me up.  Lunch was a salad, apple and yogurtSalad with red leaf lettuce, cucumbers, garlic & salt sprouted sunflower seeds, raisins and spinach & artichoke hummus.

For my lunch treat I snacked on a Chocolate Chobani with a warmed apple and Chocolate Crispies from One Lucky Duck!

I bought the chocolate crispies on my trip to NYC last weekend.  They are sprouted buckwheat groats and Peruvian cacao with a stellar ingredient list (organic buckwheat, organic maple syrup, organic maple powder, organic cocoa powder, organic vanilla extract, Himalayan crystal salt), and are very tasty and completely raw!

They made a perfect, crunchy addition to my yogurt.

Random note, but I’ve been thinking lately about how much I love blogging!  I already think that I eat pretty healthy, but this blog has made me eat even healthier.  It makes me eat enough fruits, veggies, proteins, fats, etc. each day, which has proven to increase my energy and happiness!  I don’t always show every single thing that I eat, but instead try to show you healthy options for recipes and snacks.  I am always on a mission to find or create new healthy snack ideas for people on the go.  It is definitely better to fill your meals with nutrients, but sometimes you just need a snack!

See you for dinner. 🙂