Happy What I Ate Wednesday. How are you adjusting to the time change? This year, I find I don’t really care about being a little tired—I’m just so excited about spring starting. It’s not even that this winter has been so awful, I don’t think. I’m just ready for something new, I guess. I’ve got a lot of good stuff coming up this spring, and I’m excited to get into it.

As I mentioned in last week’s WIAW post, I took a little weekend work trip. I went up to Boston to give a presentation (based, in part, on what I discussed in this article) and food demo.

I started my Friday morning with a post-workout bowl of savory oats. This is one of my go-to breakfast on a day I’ll be traveling and not sure what the day will look like in terms of eating. I feel like front-loading my day with veggies gives me a little more flexibility.

savory eggplant oats

I packed a salad and some yogurt to eat on the train. Stonyfield send me some of their whole milk Greek yogurts to try, and I LOVE them. I didn’t use much of the flavor sidecar, though, and opted, instead, to stir some flax in. stonyfield yogurt

Snacks I packed: apples, banana, peanut butter, dry-roasted edamame–the usual

Friday night there was a reception dinner. As far as the food is concerned, I always have a little anxiety about whether I’ll have to navigate any tricky allergy situations, but it was a pleasant evening. I actually got a good laugh because when I told the server I was allergic to shrimp (the entree was a take on surf & turf), she returned with a plate with two steaks on it. Turf & turf. That was kind of them, but I only ended up eating one because, well, one steak is plenty. The nut-free dessert was a token fruit plate and, again, was much-appreciated. I stuck to one polite glass of wine. I’m going through a phase where I’m super-sensitive to alcohol, and even though my tastebuds wanted to end the night with a whiskey, my logic-brain won out.

westin steak dinner

The next morning, I was up at freaking-morning-people-o’clock and met some friends for breakfast at a local place called Thornton’s. I was too caught up in chatting and enjoying my plate of scrambled eggs with feta, mushrooms, and spinach to think of taking a picture, but if you find yourself in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and want a no-fuss, delicious breakfast, this is a great spot.

westin red lentil hummusMy presentation was Saturday morning. For the demo portion, I did red lentil beet hummus, and the hotel kitchen actually made samples for the 100+ people there. They made it look way prettier than I would have. I was overwhelmed by how kind the audience members were when they came up to me afterwards. A few had really nice stories to share. One woman, in particular, said, “Thank you for talking to us on our level” and gave me a big hug. Haha I think that’s a first for me, but it’s always nice to know when people actually get something out of what you’re talking about. I’d never want someone to feel like I glossed over something or talked over their head or ignored important stuff.

Before catching a train back to NYC, I had time for a girls’ lunch with my aunt at Douzo. We both ordered salmon lunch box specials with salmon teriyaki. I had a brown rice Alaskan roll with mine—so darn good. I skipped the brown rice because I was more interested in the other stuff, but overall, it was just such a nice way to end my trip. Even the green tea tasted extra-special. The company was awesome too : )

Douzo bento


Some snacks on the train (apple and dry-roasted edamame) helped me avoid arriving home hangry. I usually would just reheat something from the freezer, but I got it in my head to throw some tofu in the oven while I unpacked. I tossed it with the end of a bag of arugula, some riced cauliflower, and made a quick dressing with sesame oil and rice vinegar.

tofu salad

Predictably, my stomach started growing soon after, so I had some more Greek yogurt, this time with a sliced banana and a spoonful of peanut butter. This flax & chia crunchy peanut butter from Trader Joe’s is, like, too good. I’ll be sad when this jar is gone.

yogurt with PB and banana

Have you ever been to Boston? Is there a particular food you like to eat before traveling? 

To see more WIAW, check out founder Jenn’s blog Peas & Crayons.


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