Back in the District!

Hey guys! Matt and I are back in DC – but not for long! We’re heading out of town later today for New Years Eve weekend festivities. We got back on Wednesday evening, though, so it’s been nice to have a bit of time to reset and get organized before leaving again. We arrived home on Wednesday around dinnertime, and we knew our fridge was empty, so on our way home we swung by Sweetgreen to pick up some salads for dinner. Hit the spot, as always!

sweetgreen salad

Mine had arugula + kale + chickpeas + shrimp + cabbage + avocado + cucumber + lemon juice +  balsamic vinaigrette. I think one thing that sets Sweetgreen apart from other salad places is their dressing – it’s so delicious! Also, their bread – the best.

On Thursday morning, I was up and out the door to meet Chelsea for a workout! I’m going to miss having our Christmas tree lights on when I come downstairs and it’s still dark outside – makes it seem so much cheerier in the morning. :) Keeping the tree up for just a little longer – I’m not ready to say goodbye to it yet!


Chelsea and I both thought a sweaty boot camp sounded like a good idea after all the holiday fun, but apparently we were the only ones because we were the only 2 people there for the 7 a.m. class at Urban Athletic Club! Sweet – private class, and this meant the instructor could take blog photos for us. ;) For your viewing pleasure, here is a masterpiece I’ve entitled “Sweat”.


urban athletic club georgetown workout

It was so hard – partly because it was just hard in general but also because it was hard to get up early and do a tough workout after a week of sleeping in! Felt good, though, and we had fun chatting away as usual. Here’s me after the workout – so tired!


The rest of yesterday was spent doing some work from home, running some errands, and doing laundry and tidying up around the house! I hit the grocery store for some basic provisions in the late afternoon, but at lunchtime the fridge was still empty so I threw together one of my pantry favorites – canned tuna mixed with dijon mustard and sauerkraut (thankfully we had some of that on hand in the fridge!) with crackers (the Blue Diamond Nut Thins are my all time fave) and tomato soup (I love the organic Pacific brand tomato soup).

easy tuna salad lunch

Simple and delicious! Afternoon snack once I got some groceries: plain full fat Greek yogurt + half a juicy pear + walnuts + Chex for crunch:

easy yogurt bowl afternoon snack

As for dinner, I picked up these fun sweet potato spirals at the store to incorporate into the mix. I’d never tried them before but they seemed cool and like they’d be a good way to mix it up from pasta!

veggie noodle co sweet potato spirals

They are literally just spirals of sweet potatoes – no other ingredients.

To go with the sweet potato spirals, I pulled some leftover saucy tomato chicken out of the freezer (left over from the evening of my recent Day in the Life of a Dietitian Blogger post, if you want to read more about exactly what was in it). I tossed the sweet potato and some baby spinach in a pan with a little oil:

what to do with sweet potato spirals

And then added the leftover saucy tomato chicken (it had artichokes, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. in it) and half a random tomato that was in the fridge and needed to be used. We defrosted the chicken a bit in the microwave first, FYI.

sweet potato noodle pasta

I poured some jarred pasta sauce that we had leftover in the fridge on top, too, and about 5 to 10 minutes later it was ready to eat! Yummmm – this was so good. I’ll definitely buy the sweet potato spirals again – this was a fun mix up!

sweet potato spirals tomato pasta

This morning’s breakfast was my flour free breakfast pancake but microwaved instead of cooked in a pan because I was feeling lazy. I paired it with some frozen wild blueberries and sprouted pumpkin seeds. Plus, a side of green tea, the Washington Post Travel section, and some cat hair.

healthy microwave breakfast

Post-breakfast I did work for a couple hours before meeting up with my friend Sokphal for a late morning run – holiday weeks are the best because late morning runs are doable. :)


Fun run as always! The bottom right photo in the collage below is us showing off our matching sunglasses – cheap ones from Cabot that are light and perfect for running! The plaid on the side is fun too. :) Go Cabot Fit Team! (Sokphal was part of my Cherry Blossom 10 miler Cabot Fit Team group this year so that’s when she got the glasses!)

dc running winter

And now, Matt and I are packing up and hitting the road. Have a fabulous weekend my friends – and I’ll see you back here in the new year! :)


  1. 1

    Those salads look so fresh and delicious!
    Happy New Year!!!

  2. 2

    You’re so creative in making up meals without groceries! ;)
    See you next year

  3. 3

    I like your blog. I am new to blogging and would like to share some of your healthy food ideas on my page. I am a Registered nurse with a running blog, hoping to inspire others to be healthy and run. Happy New Year!

  4. 5

    The sweet potato noodles look fantastic! I experimented zucchini noodles with pesto yesterday and fell in love with the veggie noodles. Btw, your cat looks like a maine coon!

  5. 8

    I bought some Christmas clearance white lights to put up in my apartment to keep the cozy soft lights going when I take my tree down. The place always seems so vacant and sad when all the xmas decorations are down, I’m hoping this will help! Winter too is too cold, dark, and long to enter January lightless ;)

  6. 10

    I love your blog, which keeps me interested. Keep up the good work and continue introducing new healthy recipes.

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