East Village Eats

I planned on waking up at 6:30am, but the clock said 7:25am when I finally opened my eyes Tuesday morning. Rather than being irritated, I was thrilled! I haven’t been sleeping well for the past few weeks, so finally feeling rested was amazing! I had time for a quick cup of coffee and then it was out the door for a 6 1/2 mile run. I started off slow, but my last few miles were under 9:00/mile pace and I felt great! My upper right hamstring was making its presence known when I chugged up hills, but other than that it was a pretty great run. I’m praying that my bizzaro injury is fading farther and farther a way. Fingers crossed! Today’s soundtrack featured a lot of Fergie and Blackeyed Peas. A great way to start the morning, if you ask me.

After the quickest shower ever, I was out the door and on my way to work. By the time I sat down at my desk and at breakfast, I was famished! My morning meal involved a local Gala apple, strawberry Stonyfield yogurt, and a cup or so of Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch.

Pumpkin Raisin Crunch

I worked all morning and broke for lunch around 1pm. The day wasn’t sunny, but it was warm enough to eat outside so I headed to Central Park. I’m going to be eating out a ton this week, so I’m trying to pack my lunch a few times. Buying my daily ginormous salad, drink, and sunchips from the cafeteria is getting to be a little pricey 🙁

When I made dinner last night, I prepared extra and packed the leftovers: arugula, clover sprouts, sunshine burger, chipotle hummus, and a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.

Sunshine burger salad

Homemade salad

I love sunshine burgers SO much. They taste great, contain 8 grams of protein, and aren’t full of over-processd soy product. The only ingredients are organic sunflower seeds, organic brown rice, organic carrots, organic herbs, and sea salt.

And part II of my lunch: salt and pepper pop chips and a good book (Jane Eyre). I know that chips aren’t the healthiest food choice, but sometimes you just.gotta.have.them. And sometimes you need A LOT of crispy, crunchy chips to satisfy a craving. Popchips are “popped”, not baked or fried. Each 1 oz serving has about 120 calories and NO trans fat, saturated fat, artificial colors/flavors, or preservatives. I love getting the big 3 oz bags and eating most of the bag some with my lunch. And the salt and pepper really give each chip a nice “kick” of flavor.

Pop Chips

The rest of the afternoon passed s-l-o-w-l-y (I think Tuesdays are my least favorite day) and I needed a snack around 4pm. I’ve been receiving a lot of bar samples lately, so I decided to try out a cranberry almond Kind Bar. I’d never had one of these before and it was surprisingly good! The puffed rice made it taste like a rice krispy treat. However, the bar was a little small – I needed a glass of milk (unpictured) to satisfy my hunger.

Kind and Lara

Kind Bar

Finally it was time for this lady to hit the road. After work I had a nice long chat with my mom as I walked to the E. Village to meet Katie for dinner.

I’ve been wanting to try this little Vietnamese hole-in-the wall restaurant for a while and it did not disappoint. I ordered the summer rolls (hah, ironic because today is the first day of fall!) on top of a bed of vermicelli noodles. The summer rolls were packed with shredded lettuce, tofu, clear noodles, potato jicama, grounded brown rice, mint, and cucumber.

Summer Rolls

Lan Cafe

Yum! This was refreshing and veggie-packed 🙂

Dinner is all well and good, but obviously a night with Katie is not complete without vegan ice cream from Lula’s. I went half and half with coffee & cookies and cookies & cream.  Swoon.


I ended up walking for a long time after dinner. I have a lot of things on my mind, a lot of tough things I’m trying to deal with right now.  I felt a little better by the time I made it back to my apartment and topped off my tank with a comforting bedtime snack: small cup of Stonyfield Oikos, Bear Naked cereal, and a spoonful of peanut butter.  


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Finally – A recent study out of University of Scranton (hometown love!) concluded that whole grain cereals and snacks pack an antioxidant punch rivaling the amount that fruits and vegetables contain. That’s great news for all of us who prefer Kashi over broccoli. Still…it’s probably a good idea to keep eating your veggies 🙂

Question of the day: What’s your favorite whole grain?

  • Yay. It was a lovely evening, as I can personally attest. Glad you refueled after all the walking. Your entire day is extremely delicious, I must say!

  • Lizzy

    That vegan ice cream looks awesome! my sister said she tried some recently and LOVED it!


  • I hope you sort out what’s bothering you. The ice cream combo looks great! I love popchips!

  • thats great news on whole grains because I eat oatmeal several times a day! haha. I love doing 1/4 cup oatmeal with 1/4 oatbran. Corn on the cob is another great grain

    Lula’s looks incredible! MMM I want me some of that vegan ice cream

  • for some reason I had a terrible dining experience at Lan Cafe a few years back… not sure if it was just a fluke or what. ah, i must try lulu’s – is it better than Stogo?

    hope you feel better soon. love long walks/ runs to sort things out in my head.

  • woowoo on your run…i need to start waking up early and getting in a routine for the marathon!

    yay for sleeping better, sunshine burgers (try the breakfast flavor – its amazing), ice cream and meeting up with fun people.

    hugs and love girl.

  • I think my new favorite grain is quinoa – tastes great and full of protein.

    I also love pop chips – the bbq flavor is my favorite!

  • Once again, I am SO jealous of your meals. The salad looked yummy (never had chipotle hummus before!), and I’ve gotta try those summer rolls!


  • I love Lula’s! You would never know their ice cream is completely vegan because it tastes so heavenly:)

  • Oh my sweet pea – sorry that you are dealing with so much right now 🙁 Ice cream all the way!
    I heart Vietnamese hole in the wall places! Those summer rolls looks really good – love em.
    I also LOVE that you always post such interesting articles – keep it up!!

  • I basically love any grain! especially whole wheat fresh pasta from a great italian market.