Because it was my birthday, duh! Truthfully, most days I do eat what I want, but I put a lot of my focus on eating nutrient dense foods. I also usually plan snacks and such, but this day was a little more spontaneous.
So today I’m linking up with the WIAW party to share my birthday eats.
Breakfast: cherry vanilla bagel with cream cheese, a fried egg, 2 cups of black coffee, and a square on dark chocolate. A bagel from Panera with the 2 oz tub of cream cheese was one thing I KNEW I wanted for my birthday breakfast. I went the night before to get them and Terry rounded it out with a fried egg.
My husband was super awesome and woke up even earlier than I do to set up this wonderful presentation for me. I am so excited he decided to get me the Ninja Professional, because I really wanted a reliable blender that chopped everything up! So far I am loving all that it can do.
Morning snack: Watermelon. I was so surprised this watermelon actually tasted good! I saw them on sale for $2.50, so I took a chance. THIS has to be the last good melon, right?
Lunch: Grilled salmon & asparagus salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Plus a few club crackers and a fried green bean from my dining partner.
My internship director took me out for lunch on our break and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Salmon is probably my all time favorite meat, so I am glad I enjoyed some on this day. The asparagus was wonderful too, especially since I can never cook it as good as restaurants do.
Snack: Cheese stick and nutty rice bites. I was craving sweet + salty and this hit the spot for a pre-workout snack.
When I got home from the gym, I had a spoonful of peanut butter, another square of dark chocolate, and a few chugs of almond milk.
We went out to dinner to a new-to-us place, A Piece of Havana, which is a Cuban restaurant on the outskirts of Charlotte. We enjoyed AMAZING food and live music.
Dinner: we shared a chicken empanada for our appetizer. It was the cutest little thing! The pico was especially good- the tomatoes were perfectly ripe.
For my entree, I had the roasted chicken with sauteed onions, Cuban-style green beans, and plantains. Terry got a Cuban sandwich and yucca fries that came with a creamy cilantro dipping sauce. He was pleased that I convinced him to try the yucca fries in place of their French cousins.
I was so incredibly pleased with my birthday dinner. The chicken had a wonderfully crispy skin and the food was seasoned really well. I had a bite of Terry’s sandwich and a taste of his fries- both so tasty!
Dessert: Chocolate Eclair ice cream bar
This ice cream bar was absolutely favorite as a child. I alternated between this one and the strawberry shortcake flavor as a kid, but of course the chocolate was my favorite. For some reason this bar came to mind when trying to choose my birthday dessert and I believe it was pure nostalgia that made the decision.
Truthfully? Not as a good as I remembered. I guess you can say I have more “refined” taste buds now. Still, it was a yummy way to end a day of dream eats.
I’m not going to pretend like this day was super indulgent, but that’s because I truly enjoy healthy food. I love a good balance!
If you had a day where you ate EXACTLY what you wanted, what would be a must have for you?