Healthy Eats for a Busy Life

This week has been very very busy. I’m trying to get as much as I can out of this free Equinox pass (for the intenSati Warrior Challenge) and work is pretty crazy and I’m also trying to have a social life. Is that impossible? I wish I didn’t have to sleep.

I have eaten some very yummy things, though. These are steamed Japanese sweet potatoes:

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I just cut up a humongous ‘tater and steamed it for about 6-7 minutes. The chunks were small enough that it cooked quickly. Tasted kind of like a ripe kabocha, but not quite as good. I miss kabocha squash – I should definitely make an effort to get some. I think I had this sweet potato with some maple syrup. Those are paint chips in the background.

AM New York (a free paper that I get going in to the subway) has had coupons recently for $5 off at Energy Kitchen. Energy kitchen is a fast food store that only sells dishes that are under 500 calories! I love it. I got this total tuna sandwich the other day:

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It has 290 calories. Obviously you can’t just have one dish from there, because it wouldn’t be much food – but if you get a sandwich and have something extra like an apple, it’s a really yummy, healthy, satisfying lunch. I wish I had pictures of the other things I’ve tried: the veggie egg wrap with broccoli and onions (274 calories), the ostrich (!) burger (271 calories), the steamed broccoli side (kind of boring), and the sauteed mushrooms and onions side (very good!). My coworker likes Energy Kitchen too – his new year’s resolutions had to do with being healthier and eating less meat, so we like similar stuff!

Last but not least is this great salad I had a few weeks ago when I was in NJ for new year’s:

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It’s called the Whole Earth Salad (named after the Whole Earth Center in Princeton, where my dad and sister got it). I wrote down what I think is in it so that I can try to recreate it: kale, almonds, rice/bulgar, cabbage, carrots, sesame seeds, marinated firm tofu, and a lemony dressing. It’s vegan (and vegetarian).

Off to snuggle. What are you doing this weekend?

19 Replies to “Healthy Eats for a Busy Life”

  1. I saw Energy Kitchen all over the place when I visited NYC in October. The sammie looks yum and amazing for so few cals!
    kale, tofu, almonds, bulgur, sesame seeds- Superfood salad indeed!
    Love xox

  2. I also like to steam satsuma imo (Japanese sweet potato). You can use it to make lots of Asian-inspired desserts too! 🙂

  3. Maggie without kabocha – say it isn’t so! 😀

    What a great find – that sandwich looks big for under 300 calories!

    I have twin fest today – lunch with my twin sister and our best friends who are twins – lots of catching up to do!

  4. Vegetables aren’t as fun on the east coast as they are on the west coast huh?

    I’m not doing anything this weekend. The Colts play so it’s football weekend for the hubs 🙂

  5. I really wish we had places like Energy Kitchen where i lived. It would be so handy to be able to pick up fast food that’s pretty healthy too. I definitely want to hit that place up next time I’m in NYC.

  6. Japanese sweet potatoes are my second greatest [root veggie] love, right after kabocha. So good, sweet, especially baked until caramelized… ahhh <3

  7. hi miss maggie!

    i have NEVER had a japanese sweet potato or even heard of one?! i wonder where i could find one.

    paint chips??? do we have a project happening?

  8. i need some kabocha too. MMM

    we went to visit my Dad. It was nice but toddler’s and car trips make for not a peaceful time. haha

    Happy Monday Chickie dee

  9. I grew up in Princeton and I love the whole earth center! I wish I had one of those around me now and the energy kitchen sounds awesome too!

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