Nothing New But Still Yummy

Hey everyone, had my long day at work today so I had to bring all of my meals except breakfast.  I enjoyed all of my meals even though they are standards for me, but I guess you can’t go wrong with lots of veggies :)

Check it!

Breakfast: My new favorite oatmeal combo…banana, cinnamon, walnuts, coconut and ground flax. NOMS.
Midmorning snack: Iced coffee and a fruit salad of watermelon and grapes.
Lunch: Stir-fry
Dinner: Chopped salad with half an avocado.  Look how amazing the avocado looks!!!
Took another day off from the gym today but I plan to hit the training hard tomorrow :) I may take the rest of the week off from running though just to give my body a rest and start my 3.5 mile runs next week.  We’ll see what time and how I feel when I wake up tomorrow.

Nommy Day

Today started off really well :) I decided to take the day off from running because my body is really shot from all of the working out and my crazy work schedule and I needed a little break.  I started my day with a trip to the “good” Whole Foods which is a little further than another location and it was so worth it.  I went early so it wasn’t crowded at all and I had time to peruse at my leisure.  After that I went to the book store and picked up a few magazines as well as Ani Phyo’s Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen.  I’ve been interested in making more raw meals because I prefer to eat lighter meals in the summer because heat makes me feel super yucky.  I only had a chance to skim the book but the recipes look AMAZING so I can’t wait to take time to actually read it through :)

On to the grub (mostly courtesy of the Whole Foods salad bar)!

Breakfast: Strawberry Banana Smoothie with flax and chia seeds.  I’ve found that this angle works best for drinks!
Midmorning Snack: Nectarine and almonds.
Lunch: Golden sesame tofu from the WF salad bar with roasted sweet potato and some watermelon (waaaaaaay in the back).
Afternoon snack: Iced coffee followed by baby carrots and hummus.
Dinner: Chopped salad with goodies from the WF salad bar.  I made a mix of mesclun greens, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, a few artichoke hearts, double dose of protein (chickpeas and tofu) and later added sun-dried tomatoes.  I wish I took a pic pre-chopped because it was a beautiful salad but I obliterated it before I thought of it. Oh well!
Hope you all had a lovely day!

Keeping My Head Above Water…

Hey everyone, this is going to be a quick post because I’m super tired from a crazy week/weekend at work.  Nothing interesting to eat today but I figured I’d share anyway.

Breakfast: Oats, cinnamon, coconut, walnut, and banana.
Midmorning snack: Iced coffee and a fruit salad of watermelon, grapes and nectarine.
Lunch: Stir fry
Afternoon snack: Key Lime Larabar
Post workout: Protein Shake
Dinner: Chopped Salad

Z Hotel Launch Party Part 2 – Party Pics

Here are a few fun party shots from the night!

The staff has very unique, casual uniforms: Jeans, converse sneakers and plaid shirts.  I liked it :)
One of the rooftop bars with the view of the bridge in the background.
The owner of the hotel busting out a little dance move. Check out that stunning view in the background!
More dancing.
The ladies bringing it down!
Hope you all enjoyed a few of my shots from the night!

Z Hotel Launch Party Part 1 – Details

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to be part of a team that shot the Launch Party for the brand new Z Hotel in Long Island City, NY.  I shot for Carmen Rubio Photography with Carmen Rubio and Steven Garib Jr. and as always, I had a great time working with them!

The hotel is beautiful, has a cool indoor lounge and a gorgeous rooftop lounge with a breathtaking view of the city.  Here are a few detail shots from the night.  I’ll do another post with some party shots ;)

The Z Hotel sign outside
The bar in the downstairs lounge.
The gorgeous chandelier.
Champagne glasses.
Signature cocktails on the rooftop.

Guess Who’s Back! Back Again! ;)

I’m finally back after the craziness of the week…before the craziness of the weekend!  I had this really cool opportunity to shoot a Grand Opening party for a new hotel on Tuesday so I had switched my work schedule from the evening to the morning then went to the shoot…I was out from 8:30 am until 1:30 am the following morning.  It was exhausting but a great experience :)  Yesterday I had my 10 hour day and was so exhausted so I didn’t get to post but here I am!

I started off my day today with a 3 mile run which surprisingly felt great! After work I had a training session which also felt good so I’m really happy with my workouts today.

I know I promised I wouldn’t post recycled pics but today I have to because I decided that posting a recycled pic is better than not posting at all, so I apologize for that :(

Anyway, check out the noms.

Breakfast (post run): gluten free oats with ground flax, raisins, walnuts and coconut.  I think this may be my new favorite combo!!
Snack: Iced coffee and a peach.
Lunch: Rice and beans with some veggies.  So good!
Snack: Lemon Larabar.  One of my favorites!!
Post workout: Protein Shake
Dinner: I’m house sitting for my bro tonight and there was no food here so I decided to order Thai food.  This is “spicy” mixed veggies with tofu.  It is good but not anywhere near as spicy as I’d like.  It is also much greasier than I’m used to so I feel really full and there is a ton left so I’ll eat it for lunch tomorrow.
Hope you’ve all had a great couple of days!!

Super Active Day!

I started off my day today with round 1 at the gym: a 7:15 am spin session.  It was my first time doing spin and it is hard! I have to say it was a great workout and I totally enjoyed it, but that seat was a killer.  It was so uncomfortable and now I’m so sore from it.  After that I went to work and ended the day with a training session.  Needless to say I’m exhausted and tomorrow is going to be crazy…a really long day for work (approx 8:30 am – midnight…though I’ll get home later than that).  Just gonna be mellow tonight :)

OK onto the yummy eats.

Breakfast (pre-spinning): Smaller bowl of oats (1/4 cup oats, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1/3 cup almond milk) topped with fresh strawberries.
Post spinning: Protein shake
Midmorning snack: iced coffee and yummy watermelon.
Lunch: Stir-fry
Post training: Another protein shake (so didn’t want to drink it!!)
Dinner: Roasted cauliflower, roasted chickpeas and an apple (I know I’m not supposed to eat fruit late but sometimes I just need something sweet!).
Overall a really yummy day! Hope everyone is staying cool! 

Happy Father’s Day!

Hope you all had a great day! I started mine off with a three mile run which was REALLY hard because I’ve been so sore from all of my other workouts and from work. I powered through though!  I’m excited and a little nervous for tomorrow because it is my first time doing spin!  It is a private session too so all focus is on me so it’ll be intense for sure!  Then I have another training session at night! AH!

Anyway, onto todays eats!

Unpictured breakfast: Post workout protein shake + LOTS of water.
Midmorning snack: COFFEE.
Lunch: Whole Foods tofu with broccoli over 1/2 cup brown rice (yes there is rice under there!).  It was delicious.
Afternoon snack #1: Yummy peach
Afternoon snack #2: Handful of cashews
Dinner: Another chopped salad. NOMS.
Dessert: Big ass bowl of watermelon!
Sorry I couldn’t get pics of everything but it was all SO YUMMY! Great meals today and hopefully more tomorrow!
Have a great night!

Move, move, move!

So sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days! I feel like I haven’t stopped moving since Thursday!  I had to work a wedding yesterday so the eats were sporadic (yet yummy, I must say) and today I started off my day with an hour of vinyasa yoga followed directly by a training session.  After that I went to work for a few hours then ran errands.  I am finally able to relax and share at least one meal I’ve had over the past few days.

I haven’t been eating nearly enough veggies over the past few days so for dinner I was craving a big ass salad.  I bought a chopped salad with the usual suspects (I need to load up on my produce tomorrow) and topped it with half of an avocado.  It was SO GOOD. It is amazing how somedays I don’t want to see a veggie but other times I crave them like crazy.
I ate a super late breakfast (after my almost 2 hour workout) at work so i didn’t get a pic but not surprisingly it was oatmeal.  I snacked during the day because my breakfast was more like lunch but the only noteworthy mention was this AMAZING ripe, juicy peach I had.  It was so good, the best peach of the season so far…so much so that I kind of want another :X I guess I could be craving worse things!
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Another Super Yummy Day!

Today was my long day at work so I had to bring my lunch and dinner with me.  I definitely need prettier to go containers because these tupperware dealies totally kill the pics.  In any case, I made some pretty yummy meals today :)  Nothing too far from what I normally eat but everything totally hit the spot today.

Breakfast: I know it is a shock but I had oatmeal for breakfast.  Todays oats had ground flax, cinnamon, banana, drizzle of peanut butter and a sprinkling of coconut.  So delicious.
Midmorning snack: Coffee and an apple
Lunch: Brown rice with roasted chickpeas, roast cauliflower and sun-dried tomatoes.  Seasoned with garlic, pepper and some nooch.  It was damn good!
Afternoon Snack: Iced soy latte
Dinner: Chopped salad.  I really love chopped salads and they are so good and light in the summer.  In fact…it may make another appearance tomorrow ;)
OK so does anyone have a good granola recipe?  I’m looking for something as clean as possible, cinnamon is a bonus, and low yield is preferable (although I could always halve the recipe).  I’ve been craving a nice refreshing breakfast of fruit topped with a little granola and almond milk but I don’t want to buy granola.  Any favorite recipes are definitely appreciated! Thanks!