Keeping it balanced while eating out

It’s Friday night – my favorite! Adam is finally done working crazy hours and I can enjoy his company this weekend. Yay! We “celebrated” by going out to dinner – a meal we planned on having on Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday… Friday was the lucky day. I told Adam if he wasn’t going to be home on time, I was going to go out without him. I was going to be eating Indian food, with or without him 😉

As you will see below, I also enjoyed a lunch out with my friend Katy, who is moving to NYC very soon. It was sad to realize that she’s no longer going to be in the same city as I, but I’m super excited for the next stage in her life. Plus, it’s NY!!!! And today’s weather could not be more perfect for a good-bye lunch.

Two meals out can get a little crazy on the calorie front. I kept my healthy living checklist in mind and did my best. It really is all about balance. I enjoyed lots of delicious foods (as always) and feel like I still took care of my body at the end of the day. That’s all I can ask of myself, right? :) So let’s get to it!

BALANCED BREAKFAST – check!

Multigrain waffles with Barney Butter, strawberry rhubarb jam and 1/2 banana

It does not get much better than this on a weeknight morning. Actually it doesn’t get much better than this on any morning. Buttery, sweet, creamy. Delicious!

BALANCED LUNCH – check!

It was absolutely gorgeous out today and this calls for a lunch on Newbury St. La Voile brasserie was recommended to me by my co-worker and I’m so glad I asked for his suggestion. The place looks like nothing special on the outside. In fact, the sign looks pretty cheesy and I assumed it was just another tourist trap trying to utilize its Newbury St real estate. I was wrong.

The outside patio (it got busy while we were eating):

My lunch date :)

Warm French baguette with butter – it was crispy on the outside without braking your jaw. Perfect!

A glass of house savignon blanc. Katy ordered one and I decided to join her. It tasted like a “house white” – very drinkable yet pretty flat on taste. Who cares, though – it felt like summer and we were enjoying a fabulous lunch out!!

A classic nicoise salad with seared tuna

Wow this was  gorgeous! The tuna was perfectly seared, the dressing was perfectly light enhancing the flavor and freshness of all the vegetables. I thought the marinated anchovies were especially fun :)

This meal was fantastic!!!

Hey, remember it was my birthday last weekend? I didn’t! I honestly asked Katy who the gift was for, thinking she was meeting another friend after that. Ha!

I got three awesome foodie books – Katy really thought of everything. One is like a food bible – shows different foods and facts about them (how to prepare them, the best way to eat them, etc.); Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (which I’m currently listening to on my ipod but I actually wanted a hard copy because there are a lot of facts and references that I just kept forgetting while running) and finally a book about digital food photography!! I can’t wait to go through these!

SNACK

Lunch was really fun and delicious but to be honest I was hungry way too soon after it. I made it until 3:30pm and prepared a heftier snack. I make instant oats when I need something that will last until dinner time. Mad Hectic oatmeal to the rescue (I received it in the Healthworks swag bag).

It took only 60 seconds in the microwave but their recommended proportions were off. I’m going to add at least 2/3 cup of water or milk to 1/2 cup of dry oats next time. At the end I got the texture right and this was delicious!! I loved all the nut chunks and it was slightly sweet without being overwhelming like so many other instant oatmeal packets can be. This will definitely come in handy in the future!

TREAT – check!!!

Baked brownie. Also known as the best brownie I’ve ever had. Yeah – buttery and rich without being too chewy and sticky. I am so obsessed with these it’s not even funny. Thank you all who suggested that I make these. This recipe is a keeper for sure! :mrgreen:

Don’t worry, I only had one… and savored every bite. Seriously – there are no words to describe how truly great these are. Amazing! :)

DINNER – not really balanced but pretty good given the circumstances (plus I had plenty of veggies at lunch 😉 )

Dinner was at Kashmir, a restaurant we’ve been to numerous times (you can read about it here and here). I often order the chicken tikka masala but lately I’ve decided to avoid non-organic meats. This left me with either vegetarian choices (all had onions – boo) or seafood. I chose the tandoori jhinga which consisted of 5 gigantic shrimp marinated in yogurt and baked on skewers in a tandoor

The shrimp were very salty but very flavorful

The dish also came with a creamy tomato sauce. I only used a small spoonful and stole a little of Adam’s chicken tikka masala sauce. :)

Mmm, I love chicken tikka masala but I don’t like tortured chicken. The sauce was cruelty free. The basmatic rice and garlic naan were fabulous, as always. 😀

I feel really good about how I handled today. I never felt overly stuffed. I ordered what felt right, while keeping in mind what would make me feel my best. Great, great eats. Oh yeah, checking a few things off the list.

No food with junky ingredients – check!

Moved for at least 20 minutes (went for a walk with Adam around Boston before dinner) – check!

No mindless snacking – check! yay

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are. 😀

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19 comments to Keeping it balanced while eating out

  • Yay for finally seeing our husbands! I can’t resist Tikka Masala sauce!

  • Great balanced restaurant meal choices! I love instant oatmeal as a snack too, it’s filling and usually pretty balanced!

  • the visual food lovers guide.. major food porn right there! and i love how u prove u can eat balanced when ur out. again, lovely breakfast as always. enjoy ur fabulous weekend <3

  • Those books look like so much fun to read! & your lunch looked so amazingly veggie packed, great restaurant choice :)

  • all that food looks amazing, i love tuna! xx

  • I agree that you kept things quite balanced given dining out x 2! I love tuna nicoise salad (hold the olives ;)) and it really was the perfect day yesterday to dine al fresco.

    John and I are going to India Quality in Kenmore next week, and your dish inspired me to perhaps order seafood – which I’ve never done at an Indian restaurant. Looks great!

  • That tuna salad looks fabulous! Sign me up. By the way you’re going to love Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. It made me wish I lived on a farm and grew my own food which is decidedly NOT my personality at all 😉

  • Katy is adorable; it’s sad that’s she’s moving to NYC, but at least it gives a good excuse to go into the city for a reunion, right?And how thoughtful are the books? I actually saw The Visual Food Lover’s Guide while perusing my campus bookstore and thought of you.

    Kyle and I had Indian last night, too. I went the Tikka Masala route, but now you’ve made me feel guilty. It’s so easy for me to plan/cook organic foods when I’m making them at home, but somehow I never find myself considering organic when I eat out. Strange. I think I’ll have to be more mindful, now.

  • What a great and balanced day of eats! I too love baked brownies…but mine have to have walnuts; brownies are not brownies without walnuts! just like banana bread!

    What great bday presents! glad you got to have lunch w/ your friend!

  • ah, you made it to kashmir! i still need to get there to use my gift certificate :) fabulous day of eats, you certainly had an awesome day! yay for dining al fresco, too! i’m interested in that photography book, mayhaps you’ll do a review 😉

  • Awesome job!!! I definitely struggle with eating out sometimes, especially when it’s multiple times in one day. You did a great job of balancing everything without sacrificing or denying yourself – yay! :)

  • Eating out can be so hard, but you really made great choices! Mindless snacking is such a hard habit to break – good job!

  • I love how you’re thinking about what you’re eating in relation to animals. It’s really inspiring to see.

    Way to go on doing well with your goals!

  • Way to stay on track today girl!

  • Good job on doing so well with your healthy check list! I kind of have a list like that but reading your posts and watching you do so great is making me want to put in more of an effort. :)

  • I absolutely luuurve Indian food. For some reason when I go out to eat a lot and try to pick healthy eats, I still end up gaining weight all of a sudden :(

  • YAY!! Great job keeping your day balanced! You must feel awesome 😀 I really like the picture of the house wine by the way… I see a little rainbow on the table!

  • i love these books! i have to go check them out immediately!

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