lately.

it’s been quite a while since a shared. sorry guys! beginning of the semester madness, you know how it is! but I am trucking along, tying to keep a good balance of healthy eats as I settle back into the college environment.

eats lately:

breakfasts:
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^loving my bone broth lately. it’s a gut healing spectacular nutrition powerhouse.^

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^all the spaghetti squash, eggs, tomato sauce, vegetables, and goat cheese.^

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^canned salmon for the win. plus Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.^

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^Eggs, spinach, celery, avocado.^

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^I recently tried the Applegate bacon made from the pork shoulder rather than pork belly. I love the meatier nature of this bacon, it feels more substantial and has a delicious pork flavor. All that aside, I will always have a special place in my heart for bacon.^

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^a pre-hiking breakfast last weekend with my boy. bacon, eggs, red pepper, and goat cheese.^

lunches:

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^i made paleo banana bread last weekend. it was amazing. served with veggies and meat, please.^

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^all the kale. when I make kale chips I just eat them all. I can’t stop. It could be worse, right?^

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^cook your veggies with your bacon. then tell me you don’t like them.^

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^an afternoon studying/coffee-ing together.^

dinners:

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^to go form the dining hall. added canned salmon on top, because the ‘clean’ protein options from our Dining Hall are pretty much nonexistent.^

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^it works for breakfast or dinner- spaghetti squash, sauce, Dubliner cheese, buttah, and chicken.^

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^kale chips AND plantains?! these are seriously amazing. with avocado? just STOP. it’s too good.^

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^pretty much the same mess, with some extra vegetables thrown in. yummers.^

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^dinner at Sidewall, a new local pizza place. Salad + gluten free pizza with broccoli and Brussels. I’m in love. it was a little pricey, but freshly made so… #worthit.^

Christmas Classics

Do you guys have any special Christmas Classics//Holiday Season favorites? Living in New York the past 10 years {+ the fact that my mama grew up here} has turned me into a NYC Christmas addict. I am a firm believer that there is nothing like New York City at Christmas time…it’s simply magical. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend that you get into NYC– even just to walk around, window shop, and take in the spirit of the season!

Last week, my best friend Krista, her mom, my mom, and I headed into Manhattan together. It’s about a mile from my house to the train, so it’s easy for us to hop on and zone out for the trip! It’s almost a 2 hour train ride but we always have too much catching up to notice.

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^Good ol’ Empire State Building^

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^Macy’s decorates pretty well :)^

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^We ate at John’s Pizzeria— super touristy! But it used to be a church, which is really cool. Also see above ^^ we tried to take about 1000 pictures but… we only got one where we were both looking at the same camera.^

After lunch, it was time for the main event– the Radio City Christmas Spectacular!! Featuring our New York City Rockettes. This is one of my absolute favorite things to do during the holiday season. It has lots of numbers– from the Reindeer, to the Santas, to the famous Tin Solider number, and finally– it ends with a gorgeous nativity scene. Nothing like it to put you in the Christmas spirit. And there is a live orchestra to boot!

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^Holiday ready^

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^Nativity Scene… breathtaking.^

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^oh yea… it snowed inside!^

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^The Rockettes!^

After the show, we wandered around the city for a bit longer before realizing there was a train in 20 minutes… so we sprinted to the station and make it there 30 seconds before the doors closed. I was pretty sleepy on the train ride home.. but that just meant snuggle time with the best friend.

The perfect start to the holiday season!

Do you have any holiday traditions?

Anything that makes you feel like it’s really time for the holiday season?

birthday celebrations.

the past few days have been a whirlwind between a test, and all the birthday celebrations for my sweet boyfriend!

Tuesday:

On Tuesday I took the boy out for a delicious lunch at The Lazy Goat. It’s a mediterranean//greek place and one of our favorites in Greenville. For my lunch I got a grilled vegetables and couscous plate. The boy had an Italian Grilled Cheese, which he gets every time we’re there.

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Later that night//early Wednesday morning– he turned 21! After the first present was given {one of 21 I gave him that day!} we headed over to get him his first beer!

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The next morning-I made him breakfast and champagne! I didn’t actually get a picture of what he ate– eggs and bacon. But my breakfast was pineapple and pumpernickel bread with honey.IMG_2700  IMG_2701IMG_2699

For dinner, we went out with a bunch of his friends to Barley’s Taproom, a really awesome pizza and beer place. It’s not expensive, and they have a huge variety of choices- including soy cheese and whole wheat dough!
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^such an awesome boy!^

Any fun plans this week?