A Quick Trip to NYC

This weekend seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye. All of a sudden it is Sunday evening, and I’m rushing to get ready for the busy week ahead after being out of town all weekend. Can anyone else relate?

After work on Friday I hopped on a bus to head to NYC for the weekend. Since I knew I would be on the bus through dinner time, I made dinner at home on Thursday night to bring with me. I spread hummus on a whole wheat sandwich thin and added sliced cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, spinach, and a slice of pepper jack cheese. To enjoy on the side, I packed sliced apples and pears sprinkled with cinnamon.

veggie hummus sandwich

I also brought along a variety of snacks to get me through the weekend and the bus ride back on Sunday.

During my bus ride, I listened to a few episodes of a podcast I recently discovered called Food Psych. The podcast talks about intuitive eating and emphasizes positive body images to foster healthy relationships with food. Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Traffic wasn’t too bad and I managed to make it to my friend Jenna’s apartment in NYC before 10PM. Jenna and I were roommates when I lived in NYC right after college. I wish we still lived in the same city, but it is always wonderful that we are able to pick right back up where we left off whenever we get to spend time together. I spent some time catching up with Jenna and her husband before calling it a night.

Jenna and I started Saturday morning off with a walk along the East River to enjoy the weather and stretch our legs a little before I had to get ready to head to a bridal shower. I spent the majority of the afternoon at the bridal shower. I didn’t take any pictures because I was soaking up time with everyone at the shower. It was an afternoon filled with love and joy celebrating the bride to be, and I can’t wait for the wedding in a few months!

Saturday night I met back up with a few friends to grab dinner at Sojourn, a tapas restaurant, on the Upper East Side. I failed to take any pictures at dinner because I was also enjoying catching up with friends I haven’t seen in several months.

For dinner we shared several dishes between the four of us including an arugula salad with apples, red onions and almonds, duck spring rolls, tagliatelle with braised short ribs, brussels sprouts with a honey sriracha vinaigrette, and chicken satay with grilled pineapple. All of the dishes were delicious but the standouts for me were the arugula salad and the chicken satay. The peanut sauce that came with the chicken satay had me basically licking my plate clean.

After dinner was over, we weren’t quite ready to call it a night, so we ended up grabbing some dessert and wine and all headed back to Jenna’s apartment.

frozen yogurt

Sunday morning was spent relaxing and doing some meal prepping for the week ahead before I had to leave to catch my bus to head back to DC. Don’t mind the smudge at the top of the page, this is what happens when I watch This is Us while meal planning.

I grabbed a falafel salad from Fresh & Co to eat for lunch on the bus. The salad was a blend of kale and romaine topped with baked falafel, chickpeas, several different vegetables, and a lemon tahini dressing. After a Saturday spent indulging in a variety of foods, a veggie heavy salad hit the spot.

Once I made it back to DC, the boyfriend and I made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up some food for the week. We then enjoyed whole wheat gnocchi mixed with canned tuna, broccoli, spinach, and pesto for dinner.

I packed the leftovers away for lunch on Monday and prepared a batch of strawberry peanut butter overnight oats for breakfast.

The rest of the night was spent relaxing on the couch, finishing up this post, and catching up with the boyfriend.

As you can see I didn’t fit in a lot of exercise beyond walking this weekend. Unfortunately, I seem to have strained my upper inner thigh muscle on my left leg while running earlier in the week. Luckily it feels okay while walking, but I haven’t been able to run without pain. I have been taking it easy in hopes it will recover before the 10-miler next weekend.

Now that we are all caught up from the weekend, it is time to share my meal plan for this coming week.

WEEKLY MEAL PLAN: MARCH 27TH-APRIL 1ST

  • Monday: Chicken tacos with whole wheat tortillas and all the fixings
  • Tuesday: Slow Cooker Loaded “Baked” Sweet Potatoes from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook
  • Wednesday: Leftovers
  • Thursday: Asiago-Crusted Chicken Breasts, Whipped Parmesan Cauliflower Puree (both from Skinnytaste Fast and Slow), and roasted green beans
  • Friday: Homemade Veggie Pizza
  • Saturday: Pasta with Tomato Sauce (pre-race)

Did you do anything fun this weekend? Did you travel anywhere?

What is on your menu for the upcoming week?

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