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Trader Joe’s and diet staples

Lets start off with my Sunday night. Since I have next to no friends over here in Albany it was a pretty lonely day, since I decided to stay here for the weekend. Last night consisted of a good dinner, some pre mixed margarita and a chick flick.


I promise that the food item on the right of my plate is cooked and not some bloody slab of road kill that I found on the side of the street. It is grilled chicken with this spicy tomato sauce that my mom brought from Canada, it is very tasty, mixed with some black olives. Again, that is not pieces of dirt and animal flesh. On the side I have some sweet potato wedges with unpictured peanut butter, which are one of my most favorite food items in this universe. And that was a great grammatically correct sentence. The sweet potato wedges are great, I always make a huge batch and then eat them cold for lunch the next day, which is what I did today. With either almond butter or PB!

Sweet Potato Wedges:

  1. Scrub sweet potatoes
  2. Cut sweet potatoes into wedge shapes
  3. Toss into large Ziploc bag, with olive oil, sea salt, cumin, and this time I used some paprika
  4. Close bag, throw and toss bag around, maybe chuck it at someone
  5. Line baking sheet with tin foil, place marinated wedges on sheet, bake at 450 degrees for around 30 min

Viola! Delicious.

I did my Nike Training App this morning. Lots of burpees, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, froggers, planks, lunges. I felt my behind going up the stairs of my apartment tonight!


Toasted wheat sandwich thin, toasted in my oven, because I am a poor intern too cheap for a toaster. Topped with almond butter, strawberries, and raspberries. Almond butter and raspberries is seriously one of the best combinations ever. Along with sweet potatoes. And a lot of other things.

Today was an uneventful day at the internship, just preparing for the big final presentation on Wednesday, gah! Oh I did burn my hand on the toaster oven, but I will spare you the picture I took of it.  I have to practice my presentation tonight… but soon it will all be over and I will be on the beach with my family. Ahhh I cannot wait.

After work I ran some errands, which included Fleet Feet to drool over the Nike Lunarglide+ 4 that I neeeed to buy. And Trader Joe’s finally! It just opened on Friday so it was packed, and they were in short supply of a lot of items. It is amazing how popular of a place that is. I did not find the Peanut dressing, or the 21 Seasoning Salute, but I did score this booty:

Whole Wheat wraps, Sea Salt, Peanut Butter cups, and Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette.

Those peanut butter cups are amazing, and I wanted to buy a loaf of their fresh bread, but I am trying to cut back on the amount of carbs I eat in my diet. I want them to come from sources such as fruit and veggies, and less from bread and starches. Speaking of food in diets, I was thinking this morning about my favorite foods (no surprise there, that topic tends to be on my mind almost 78% of any given day) and I realized that I eat pretty much the same standard foods every week. I have especially noticed this since I started doing my own grocery shopping this summer. I heard that it is best to only stick to the perimeter of any grocery store when your shopping, because thats where all the whole, healthy and unprocessed foods are located. And turns out, I barely wander down the aisles at all. In fact, the only reason I did yesterday was for a bottle of seltzer water. Just because I feel like torturing you and talking more about my favorite foods, here is the list of my most common diet staples (foods that I must have-cannot-live-without every week): 

  • Bananas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Oatmeal
  • Nut butters
  • Iced coffee
  • Soy/Almond/Coconut milk
  • Asparagus
  • Hummus
  • Tomatoes
  • Sauvignon blanc
  • Avocados
  • Berries (Rasp, Blue, Straw)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Brownies
  • Chicken
  • Almonds
  • Kashi Go Lean Crunch
  • Feta/goat cheese
  • Dark chocolate covered almonds

And thats pretty much it! I’m pretty simple right? Sometimes there could be random obsessions on there, like grapes, peaches, kiwis, cherries, chocolate cake, cupcakes, pizza, etc… but those are the foods I find myself buying every week and always craving! I have made myself into a very healthy eater. I don’t even crave pasta anymore! A big, steamy, meaty and creamy bowl of pasta used to be one of my favorite things in the world, along with a fresh chunk of bread and dipping oil, but now that just sounds scary. I still enjoy a good Italian dinner, but maybe once a month. Random picture from my drive home:

I got stuck at a red light where the sun was so bright that the glare made me unable to see when it was going to turn green, so I had to hang my head out the window for a bit. And this is a longgg light. I got a few inquiring looks from drive-bys. Dinner tonight was Salmon with feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and asparagus, wrapped in tin foil and baked in the oven at 400 for about 20 min. I might turn into a salmon soon with all that I have consumed lately. Its so good and so easy!


Tomorrow morning I have a 4 mile run planned and a reader request! What’s that you say? You have readers? Yes my friends, I received a reader request. Well she is one of my best friends and my very first college roommate and I basically force her to read my blog, but she is a nutrition nut like me and suggested I write about how to get that lunchtime “crunch” without having to resort to packaged foods like chips and pretzels! And she thinks that fruit with lunch is weird… which is just crazy because it is fresh and juicy and sweet and satisfies my sweet tooth and my need for an after lunch dessert 🙂 But I will humor her and come up with some ideas for tomorrow! And she better comment… if she is reading this.. which she will be because I will be forcing her to. Alright, have a great night people!

What are the main staples you find in your diet? Do we have any in common? 

If you like salmon, how do you cook it? 

What is your favorite Trader Joe’s item? 


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