Food For Thought

I came across a really interesting article today on Juice Press’s FB page: What a Week of Groceries Looks Like Around the World.  The piece is a series of images of families posing with their week of groceries from all around the world.  It is SO fascinating to look at the composition of those groceries.

It got me thinking…what would my week of groceries look like?  So far, I would have bread, peanut butter, green juice, oatmeal, grapes, apples, vegetable soup, sushi, granola bars, coffee, milk, wine.  Not terrible, but CLEARLY lacking in vegetables.  I get a few in every day, but not as much as I would like.  Aaaaand we here are full circle: I need to bring my lunch to work.  I don’t know why that is so difficult for me!

I made a list of mini-goals to combat this issue:

1.  Go to the grocery store on Monday and get food for the week.  No more of this eating on the fly and stopping at the grocery store to get a few things here and there.

2.  Buy vegetables that last longer, like carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli that can accompany a pita pocket sandwich.  I’ve been digging pita pocket sandwiches with ham or turkey for lunch, but I need to bring a side of vegetables.

3.  Aim to eat veggies at both lunch and dinner.  Sounds so simple!

4.  For dinners, concentrate on quinoa/brown rice with sauteed vegetables & chicken.  Tasty!


What food group is your weekly grocery list lacking?


Weekend Fun

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a fun weekend.  I had a spectacular New York weekend with FW and friends.  I’ll take you back to Friday night…

We had a wonderful dinner with LC & WE at Tsampa where we devoured delicious Tibetan food.  I got a yummy noodle dish with chicken and vegetables.  It was so good I forgot to take a picture.

Saturday morning I pulled myself out of bed at 8:00am, threw on my running clothes and dashed out the door to go meet up with the Juice Press Running Group.  We met at their 92nd & Madison store location (they also had a group meeting at 72nd & Columbus) and headed to the park where the two groups met up.  My friend KJ, seen in the picture next to me, introduced me to the club.  I really enjoyed it.  Our coach for the day, Chris (pictured far right with yellow headband), gave us running form and training trips which was super helpful.  And since it was a small group, we really had a chance to ask questions and discuss.  Chris told us how we should have a cadence of about 180 steps/minute.  Everyone from elites to casual runners should have the same cadence; isn’t that wild to think about?

Here is our picture (note to self to pick up my feet!) that was posted on the Juice Press Facebook wall; check them out to get details about the group runs!

As a group we ran a total of 5.57 miles at around a 9:00 minute pace.  I ran home because I wanted to add a few more miles so I finished up with about 8 miles.  It was perfect.  We also got a free juice when we finished, which is no small treat because these babies cost $10.99.  I opted for Doctor Green which was awesomesauce.

green juice

After eating, showering and napping, FW and I headed to Central Park for Jazz & Colors.  It was SO fun.  It’s a totally legit event put on by the park featuring really talented jazz groups of all different styles.  We spend the afternoon walking through the park going from group to group.  There were a lot of people participating, but not so many that it was too crowded.  We were able to get right up front for most of the groups.  Here are a few shots from our favorites:

jazz 1 jazz 2 jazz 3

And us enjoying the day…

FW and AQ

Girlfriend needs some water; such squinty eyes!

Sunday morning was a rest day, and I took that very seriously. Ha.  I had a lazy Sunday morning of reading and napping with the kitty, then spent the afternoon cleaning/folding laundry.

Sunday morning

Um, also? I discovered “Real Life Mysteries”, a Dateline show, and it is fantastic.  Perfect way to distract me from the mountains of laundry I folded 🙂

What did you get up to this weekend?