Marvelous in my (NYC) Monday

It’s been ages since I’ve linked up to MIMM!

This was only the second time I actually spent a full weekend in NYC, and it was packed with great workouts and eats. I cannot get over how vegan friendly this city is! Every time I turn the corner, I stumble across another juice bar, smoothie bar, fruit stand, vegan pastry shop, or vegan restaurant. Even the coffee shop right next door to me offers vegan gluten free bagels, vegan grilled cheese, and vegan soups, which they don’t even advertise because it’s just so commonplace here.


Down to bidness.

Thursday night, some coworkers and I celebrated my birthday with karaoke, which kept me out far too late, but I still managed to get up and get in a killer back workout and run on Friday morning.

20140622-192922-70162295.jpg (ps) how FREAKING hilarious is this birthday card from my brother and his wife?


20140622-192925-70165182.jpg I went out to Indian food for lunch at Nirvana with some partners from work and thoroughly enjoyed a delicious salad, a heaping pile of rice, and some mixed vegetable curry from the lunch buffet.

20140622-192923-70163312.jpg Friday, I treated myself to an 80 minutes sports massage because I’d been nursing some hip and leg pain for about 6 days (probably from overtraining), and sometimes you gotta just TREAT YOSELF I had a gift card to my gym that I’d received from referring someone else. The massage was fabulous – my body needed it so badly, and it encouraged me to really enjoy my rest day on Saturday, which consisted of…

A VERY hydrating breakfast of very ripe pineapple and a large coconut water. Despite drinking tons before bed, I still felt the need to hydrate excessively after my massage, as I was having lots of muscle pain.

20140622-192937-70177512.jpg A random street fair popping up near my house selling all fruit smoothies and huge cups of watermelon! I just stumbled across this place on my way to run errands and picked up some fresh watermelon and a mango pineapple smoothie.





20140622-192929-70169175.jpg My later meal that day was brown rice mixed with butternut squash and broccoli rabe with half an avocado.

20140622-192930-70170225.jpg I love how many more frozen vegetable selections are hitting the market. It seems like every week I notice something new: beets, sweet potatoes, squash, etc. Although frozen veggies are not as good as fresh, they are better than canned and so convenient. They work especially well for me because my at-home cooking is very sporadic these days. I need things that I know will last in case I don’t use them right away.

20140622-192936-70176965.jpg Saturday night, I was lucky enough to hit up Wild Ginger with a friend for a late dinner. I got the tofu pad thai (unpictured), and then we hit up The Smith for some drinks (never gets old, Caitlin!). Although I wasn’t in the mood for it, I had always wanted to try their Sweet Green Smash: gin, alpine liqueur, celery syrup, citrus juice, and sweet peas. Luckily, the person I was with ordered it, and I got to try some.

20140622-192931-70171311.jpg Sunday, I woke up planning for another legs day according to my schedule. After quickly realizing that my back was not recovered yet (along with my hip and right leg), that seemed like a bad idea. I decided a second rest day was in order, which will result in me pushing my legs day until tomorrow and cutting out one day later this week. Sometimes I hate adjusting my schedule, but 2 days of rest after a deep tissue massage and near injury is vital.

Sunday was then filled with real life responsibilities: grocery shopping, laundry, errands, and catching up on phone calls to friends and family from home. I was super pumped to see fresh figs back in season at Trader Joes!

20140622-192932-70172205.jpg To make the day a little better, I whipped up a delicious salad at home:

Spring mix, yellow bell pepper, baby cucumber, and organic red grapes topped with fat free mango balsamic dressing.

20140622-192933-70173109.jpg Then, I treated myself to some gluten free vegan pizza from Keste Pizza while I folded my laundry and watched Orange is the New Black. The second season of that show is so much better than the first! I’m loving it. I sauteed up some of the same butternut squash and broccoli rabe to put on top of my pizza to add some extra flavor and some veggies. ‘Twas delish – a bit salty for my taste, but I’m just not used to the salt in pizza crust anymore. Overall, still great!



20140622-192935-70175894.jpg Back to the real world tomorrow. I’m planning on getting in bed by 9pm tonight (but you’ll be reading this tomorrow) to prepare for another long (but stellar) week.

Cheers to the weekend,

Avocado Athlete

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New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 5

One of the coolest things about eating a plant-based diet right now is that the market is exploding with new products. As I’ve said in previous posts, there is rarely a week I go to the grocery store that I don’t see a new product or brand offering a new meatless dairyless option. Keep in mind that just because these are vegan doesn’t mean they’re healthy. I mean, come on people. Vegan cookie dough is still cookie dough, but if you like having a vegan diet with some junk food balance, then even some of the less healthy options will be right up your alley and certainly superior to their animal product counterparts.

Keep in mind that not all of these are mock meat and dairy or vegan substitutes. Many of these products are just new things that have hit the market that are easy to make meals that just happen to be vegetarian or vegan. I get even more excited to see those things because I know they target a much larger market. If we can get people eating organic quinoa that microwaves in 3 minutes rather than chinese takeout, that’ll be six steps in the right direction.

If you’re curious about other new products, check out my previous 2 posts: New {Plant-Based} Product FindsNew {Plant-Based} Product Finds 2New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 3, and New {Plant-Based} Product Finds 4.

1. Nacheez

THIS STUFF IS FREAKING AMAZING. I honestly like it better than regular nacho cheese. The flavor is unbeatable, but it doesn’t leave you with that heavy fatty feeling after eating it. If you can find this, no matter how much it costs, buy it. That’s an order.


2. Go Veggie! Dairy Free Cheese

This is probably not new to many of you, but my Whole Foods only started carrying it recently. The reason why it’s amazing?

Dairy free. Soy free. Gluten free.


3. Trader Joe’s Stir Fry Veggies

Makes. Life. Easy.


4. Nori sheets

I’ve been LOVING making homemade sushi with these. I usually don’t take the time to roll them. I just tear off an oddly-shaped piece, pile some rice and veggies on it, and stuff it in my mouth in a completely non-socially acceptable way.


5. Bare Fruit Apple Cinnamon Chips

My latest favorite movie snack.


6. Ezekiel Gluten Free Breads

I’ve been eating the Ezekiel gluten free brown rice bread for a while now – not often, but on occasion. After traveling in both California and NYC, I found out that there are tons of varieties of the gluten free bread that we don’t have in Boston!

Raisin Pecan? YES. PLEASE.


But also, exotic black rice, rice millet, and Bhutanese red rice.




7. Cherry Chia Lime Naked Juice

Naked juice has a few new flavors out, including Kale Blazer, their new all green juice that I didn’t love. This Cherry Chia Lime, however, is a record breaker. The flavor and texture are spot on. I don’t even like cherries, and it may sound like an odd combination at first, but I promise you won’t regret trying it.


8. Dr. McDougall’s

Anyone who has been eating plant-based for a while probably knows of Dr. McDougall’s dry soups. They are low fat, whole foods, easy on-the-go snack/meal options. In Boston, I only saw the traditional ones – split pea soup, black bean soup, miso soup, etc., but here in NYC, I’ve discovered some new ones. This one in particular is one of my new favorites!



9. Raw Vegan Coconut Wraps

I haven’t tried these yet, but they look phenom.


10. Frozen Sweet Potatoes

MUST HAVE. As much as I like cooking, the busier my life gets with this whole career thing, the more I’m willing to pay for convenience. Sub these in for roasting sweet potatoes for 55 minutes and then cleaning a pan? Sign me up.


That’s all for now, folks.

Please let me know of any new plant-based products you’ve been loving lately, new or old! Also, if you’re in NYC, leave a comment below with your favorite NYC plant-based restaurant!


Avocado Athlete