The Avocado Series

Since starting my blog back up and getting in the habit of recording my healthy attempts on a daily basis, I’ve realized just how much I eat avocado. Hint: It’s A LOT. So, as a result I’m beginning the “Avocado Series”–A.K.A. a log of all my yummy interactions with avocado. From simple toast to more adventurous meals and possibly a few beauty treatments, feast your eyes and try not to salivate 😉

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Stay tuned…

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Bye, soda.

Now, when I was growing up my mom always kept soda stocked in our fridge. Eventually we moved from full-sugar to diet, but honestly–that’s no win in the end.

I’ve always loved that crisp bubbly sensation, but really don’t love what all of that fake stuff does to my body. Besides my stomach instantly growling upon finishing my soda, I’ve read way too much on how regular and diet soda can harm your body (increased risk for certain cancers, metabolic syndrome and weight gain to name a few).

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I used to think anyone who drank seltzer and liked it was full of nonsense (or they were just lying through their teeth). However, since beginning my new job I now have unlimited access to almost every flavor of seltzer I could possibly want.

It took a few weeks of forcing myself to drink the flavored water-bubbles, but truth be told, I’m actually beginning to get a taste for it. It makes a WORLD of a difference if you add a splash of lemon or lime (practically Sprite at this point), doing so may help you get on the wagon if you’re trying. My favorite flavor to date has got to be the pomegranate, though. It has a very subtle hint of berry-like sweetness and almost no bitter aftertaste that some flavors have.

So while I still do have the occasional Diet Coke (ugh, TRYING!), I’m doing my best to say bye to soda one seltzer-swap at a time.

The Other Nut Milk

According to the Milkadamia carton, “Moo is moot”.

I can’t say that I agree (mainly because I have a really tumultuous relationship with cheese), but I can jive with exploring other options.

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While I haven’t been officially diagnosed as lactose intolerant, I do notice a sensitivity to dairy and try alternative options when possible. Coconut and almond milk are regulars in my coffee rotation, but macadamia nut milk kind of just appeared out of nowhere. (Leave it to modish little cafe’s in NYC’s Nolita to throw your staple order for a loop).

The verdict? I can’t say that I’d be able to tell the difference between this or any other nut milk in my coffee. It’s super light and doesn’t add much body or cream, so if you’re used to half-and-half I’d gear up for a big difference. However, I added a teaspoon of honey and a few shakes of cinnamon, which brought this latte back up to par.

As far as the pros go, I’d vet the non-dairy, non-GMO and gluten-free tags. These cartons also boast relatively low sugar and calorie counts compared to competing milks. Just don’t expect the same hit of protein or creamy texture you’ll get with dairy milk.

So, would I order it again? Probably. Would I go out and buy a full carton? Only if the price is right!

 

The Egg Shop

Let me tell you: This meal was simply egg-cellent.

Really though, I took a brunching hiatus in an effort to save money (and calories–let’s be honest). However, never again will I deprive myself of one of my favorite pastimes. Especially when I have access to the brunch mecca that is New York City.

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My first attempt at getting into the Egg Shop was thwarted by a 2-hour wait. I kid you not. Thanks to a blizzard and an early arrival time my gal pals and I were able to get a seat in under 45 minutes.

Brunch menus can be particularly intimidating to navigate when you’re trying to be healthy, but as a general rule of thumb I skip right over the pancakes and french toast and seek out egg-centric dishes (pretty easy when the entire menu is in fact egg dishes!).

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Though famous for their sandwiches I opted for a “cruiser” (A.K.A. a burrito bowl, but for eggs and the like). This bowl was stuffed with pulled pork carnitas, diced tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, a poached egg and sprinkled with crunchy tortilla strips. Now, this is no egg white veggie omelette, but I like to think it’s a much healthier alternative to bread-heavy staples smothered in maple syrup.

In short, I’d highly recommend the Egg Shop. It’s cute, affordable and won’t completely derail your diet because hey, eggs are good for you 😉