New York City + New Rituals

Hello lovely people! I hope everyone is doing well and had a lovely weekend. I know I sure did – I went home to New Jersey to spend time with my family and visit all my best friends living in NYC! I have a bunch of pictures to share with you all today:

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Scenes from my dad’s garden.

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Veggie pizza from New Jersey- nothing can beat it!

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Springtime magic in NYC.

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Kristina and I on an NBC Tour! Jimmy Fallon was taping while we were there!

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Dinner at Candle 79, a vegan restaurant in the Upper East Side. This was a free sample they gave us, which was black rice mixed with veggies. For dinner, Kristina and I split the dumplings, and for my meal I got lemon caper seitan with mixed veggies and mashed potatoes. My phone lost the picture but you can imagine how good that must taste!

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The Low Line – an indoor garden and first “underground park.”

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Baby’s first acai bowl – 1 frozen acai pack with 1 banana and 1/2 cup almond milk in the blender, topped with banana, blueberries, and some homemade granola!

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Speaking of the homemade granola – I made Chai Spiced Granola from Gimme Some Oven. It is so good and really does taste like a chai tea latte! Yum.

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New favorite snack – parm crisps from Whole Foods that are literally just baked parmesan cheese. This one happened to look exactly like the United States of America.

Now onto food for the week! Breakfast will be the usual smoothies, and lunch will be egg salad wraps like last week because I enjoyed it so much. For dinner I made noodle-less vegetable lasagna…

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What you need:

  • 3 zucchinis
  • Medium package white mushrooms
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Large can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 325°. Line baking tray with olive oil.
  • Cut zucchini into long, thin strips and lay across the baking tray.
  • Cut up onion, garlic and mushrooms and mix together in a bowl. Add in 3 tbsp olive oil, and spices to cover/taste. Mix well.
  • Add above mixture onto zucchini strips. Cover the mixture with the crushed tomatoes.
  • Cover the veggies in the parm and mozz cheeses. The cheesier, the better!
  • Bake for one hour. If the cheese starts to brown, cover in foil and continue baking.

Let me know if you try it, and if you miss the noodles or not when eating it!

And the last thought of the week… Sometimes your days may be incredibly stressful, upsetting, anxiety-provoking, draining, etc. It is important to create a ritual for yourself to end your day with, in order to have something to look forward to each day and to know that no matter what, you have a special way of ending the day, even if your day didn’t go as according to plan. This could be spending 10 minutes to journal each evening after dinner, or calling a friend at the same time each day, or taking a walk after work to clear your head, which is what I’m going to start doing once this dang snow melts. No matter how stressful or busy your day is, you will always know there is a nice relaxing activity waiting for you at home.

What do you enjoy doing to destress after each day?

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