In my lack of posts due to running around like a mad woman getting in the hang of working again, I’ve barely had a chance to sit down and post. I’ve been throwing a bunch of random things together for meals, eating at work or just grabbing some leftover homemade soup out of my fridge. I wanted to let you in on some of my favorite meals recently and pretty much what I’m LOVING as of lately. Most people get a glimpse of what I’m loving through anything and everything I post on Instagram but I’ll let you in on a little more information about it all.
First things first, anything on toast. I’m craving it every day for breakfast, every day for lunch I want a sandwich of some sort… paninis are the real bad (before anything else). Two days ago for breakfast I made over easy eggs on avocado toast, smothered with 21 Seasonings Salute (an amazing seasoning from Trader Joe’s with basil, garlic powder, onion powder, bay leaf, oregano and thyme for only $1.99) and nutritional yeast for a bit of a cheesy twist.
Another day for a pre-workout snack I had a piece of avocado toast with some leftover sweet potato wedges on it. I thought it looked a bit odd but when I instagrammed it, it received over 200 likes. The most likes I’ve ever received on any social media post. Needless to say, I was in awe. By the flavor and the favorites! 🙂 It made me also realize you can put literally whatever on toast or on top of avocado/hummus/peanut butter toast and 9 times out of 10 it will taste amazing.
Another favorite munch of mine lately has been a bowl of Power O’s from Love Grown Foods. Love Grown Foods is one out of three or four cereal brands I actually trust and will consume because there are no funky additives or sugars like Kellogg’s or General Mills products. Power O’s consist of SIX short ingredients: navy beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, brown rice, salt and vitamin E for freshness. The company instantly had be with including garbanzo beans. Anything chickpea related instantly wins my heart over.
I always opt for the original flavor but they also sell honey, strawberry and chocolate. Strawberry looks so freaking good, one day I definitely will need to try it but until then, I just top my original with sliced apples, cinnamon and almonds. Last night I had a bowl with sliced strawberries and broken cashew pieces. So so good and with a whopping 6g of protein, you can’t go wrong.
On Monday after work I decided I’d treat myself to lunch at one of my favorite simple restaurants in downtown Chicago, Hubbard Inn. Hubbard Inn is an American restaurant serving up some great dishes like a mouth-watering turkey burger with brie cheese and cranberry sauce along with some phenomenal flatbreads and salad.
When I first stopped in this past December, I had heard of their chickpea crepe but didn’t try it until this week. It blew me away! The crepe itself was made from chickpeas and was filled with a mix of harissa, lentils, cauliflower and spinach with a cucumber salad on the side and a white tzatziki-type sauce on top. It was the largest crepe I’d ever eaten so I ended up taking half home. For $14 it seemed a bit pricey but with the flavor, heat and size, it was well worth it.
Lastly for this week of deliciousness, I stopped at Whole Foods on Tuesday to grab some Suja Juices for a project I was doing in my Advertising class. My group was working on a powerpoint that was directed at a specific company and we chose Suja. Despite the class looking disgusted with our samples, I knew how delicious each one was. Granted, I’m a huge juice fan. I rarely buy Suja because of the price tag and the elements line which is cheaper contains more sweet varieties. I’m not a fan of juices with apple in them so I did not try the King of Greens but my classmate said she liked it more than the Macachino.
The Macachino is my absolute favorite juice (or coffee-type drink I would say) from Suja’s Elements line. It is a blend of almond milk, coconut sugar, coffee extract, coconut, vanilla bean and maca. The combination of maca and coffee is what gives you a boost of energy but the creaminess of the coconut and almond milk make it the dreamiest coffee drink on the block. I love it!
I purchased the 2 Suja juices for $5 (each $2.50 – what a steal) as Whole Foods has them on sale currently. I also found a Daily Greens hemp milk drink for myself that was on sale at around $6.50 when Daily Greens products usually run at about $9-10.
Daily Greens is a company based in Texas, created by co-founder and breast cancer survivor Shauna Martin. She helped recover post-cancer by drinking green juice daily and wanted to share the goodness with the rest of the world by creating her own line of juices. Daily Greens features a line of 6 juices including Purity, Vitality, Renew, Rejuvenate, Harmony and Elevate. There is also a line of hemp milks: Enlighten and Replenish (chocolate variety).
The milk I chose, Enlighten, is an exclusive to Whole Foods and is a blend of hemp seeds, coconut nectar, camu camu (a Brazilian super fruit stocked with Vitamin C), himalayan pink sea salt, madagascar vanilla and E3Live blue green algae (containing Vitamin B1). One bottle has 8g of protein which is a terrific way to end any workout. I added drank half in class and used the other half to blend my morning smoothie. A light and smooth taste, the drink definitely did not weigh me down.
Now that you’ve got a look into some of what I’ve been loving (and drinking/eating) lately, let me know what items YOU are loving lately. Any good granolas out there? Restaurants I should know about? More juices I need to spend my life savings on? Comment below!