This year has been the year of learning to cook! It’s so tempting to eat out and order in when living in NYC that this year I’ve made a conscious effort to at least cook 3-4 meals per week. I really feel a difference now that I’m more aware of what I’m putting in my body! If you’re a novice in the kitchen like me, check out Jessica Seinfeld’s “Can’t Cook” cookbook – there are so many simple, delicious recipes in there for breakfast, lunch & dinner. And if I can do it, you can too!
If I have time before my first session of the day I will always have scrambled eggs with sautéed onion, tomato and basil. So easy, quick and delicious! I love starting the day with lots of protein before I teach. I also have one cup of coffee to get me going… I am quite sensitive to caffeine so I make sure I don’t have any past 10am if possible!
Snacks – mid morning & mid afternoon
I need to make sure I still have as much energy for my 4th and 5th session of the day as I do for my first, so I am constantly snacking! I have a banana every morning without fail, mostly because I love them but they are also an incredible source of fiber and potassium, which helps prevent muscle cramps.
I also have a greek yoghurt most days… I love to mix in a little amount of honey, cinnamon or sliced almonds to add flavor.
I am currently obsessed with the new Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt KIND bars. They are super sweet and delicious (I have a big sweet tooth) with only 5g of sugar per bar.
I’m not a big salad eater, but I discovered one at Westside Market that I absolutely LOVE at the start of the summer and have been creating a big batch of it every week since: Blanched kale, Roasted butternut squash, sautéed onions & cranberries tossed together. It is delicious, nutritious and your apartment will smell like Thanksgiving after cooking it up! Check out the recipe here: http://www.wmarketnyc.com/recipes/pumpkin/butternut-squash.html
A few of the BBS NYC girls are learning to cook and totally obsessed with Blue Apron! Fresh, pre-portioned ingredients are delivered directly to your door (for free!) and the meals are varied and delicious! We all send each other photos of our meals and share our tips with each other, it’s lots of fun! Check it out at: http://www.blueapron.com
If I have opted out of Blue Apron for the week I will usually grill a piece of chicken or salmon and serve it with 2/3 vegetables. At the moment I’m loving sweet potatoes, green beans with almonds and roasted lemon asparagus.
I absolutely love ice cream and can’t go without it! I will usually buy the little mini single serve tubs as if I buy a whole pint I can’t stop! I LOVE Ben & Jerrys chocolate fudge brownie, however Edy’s Slow Churned Mint Chocolate Chip is my ‘healthier’ choice as it has half the fat of regular ice cream.