On the Train Again

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Greetings from Penn Station!

I can’t believe I’m already headed back to Boston. What a whirlwind/awesome trip! A big thanks to the California Grape Commission for showing me such a wonderful time in the Big Apple!

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The other day when I grabbed a snack from the café across the street from my hotel, I stumbled upon a delicious-looking breakfast option called “Swiss Oatmeal.” I was really intrigued by it, so I got it for breakfast this morning.

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Not the most appetizing photo, but in the mix: low-fat yogurt, a little bit of granola, tons of chopped walnuts, raisins, and chucks of apples.

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My goodness, it was delicious! Clearly, I need to recreate Swiss Oatmeal at home.

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Also with breakfast, I ordered a soy latte, which was insanely strong. Holy cow! I don’ think the barista put enough milk in it? Or maybe she just threw in an extra shot of espresso? I dunno, but I ended up drinking the whole thing, and now I’m wiiiidde-awake!

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After breakfast, I walked to Penn Station to get my train back to Boston. I planned to hit up Zaro’s to buy lunch to take with me on the train, but, sadly, their salad bar wasn’t set up yet for the day. Bummer. I thought about buying one of Zaro’s pre-made salads or sandwiches, but, for some reason, I’d much rather watch someone make my salad (or sandwich) than buy a pre-packaged one.

I wandered around Penn Station looking for a different lunch option and, not even a minute later, found a similar-style salad bar at Chickpea. Yay! The salad bar at Chickpea had all the veggie fixings as well as falafel, chicken, hummus, and guacamole, which I added to my salad. I probably got a little carried away with the ingredients because my salad cost me a fortune, but it looks delicious, and it’s packed with protein, healthy fats, and nutrients. It was worth it!

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Question of the Day

What are your thoughts on pre-packaged salads and sandwiches? Love ”˜em? Hate ”˜em? Do you buy them or avoid them?

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  1. i’m not okay not knowing how long my salad has been squashed in the to-go container… i’m with you, Tina!

  2. I am weird about salads too. First, I hate making them at home myself. They just never taste good or I don’t have the right toppings or something. And I don’t really like pre-packaged ones either. I am always wondering how fresh it really is.

  3. Not sure I’d mind them under certain conditions, pretty sure I’d mind them at Penn Station and not sure I’d eat anything there, only because I’d be concerned about how long it had been out and how many people may or may not had handled it. I live next door to a Farm that specializes in organic, micro greens, I’ve heard the horror stories…

  4. I’m really picky about salads and prepackaged ones freak me out. Also most food at Penn Station skeeves me out because late at night I have seen cockroaches literally crawling on pizza at Penn 😡

  5. I am currently in Prague, just left Switzerland and I ate that stuff everyday for breakfast when I was there! We need to bring it back to the states! Ty blackberries in it, it’s the best 🙂

  6. I live in Germany, and the Swiss Oatmeal is called Bircher Musli. You should be able to find all kinds of recipes for it. It has to be one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast.

  7. I’m not into prepackaged anything especially lettuce. About a year ago I had a huge container of loose spring organic lettuce that my family was eating on for a week. One night for supper I was having leftover tacos and was grabbing a handful of lettuce for my second taco and I looked in the container and the entire bottom of the container was full of worms that were as big as tooth picks. It was only recently that I was going to try buying pre packed lettuce again and the first package I picked up (it is also supposed to be pre washed) I found a different kind of worm AND a ladybug. I just can’t do it anymore. I just think sitting in those containers the eggs are there and shortly worms. Sorry. Just had to share.

  8. I have another comment about prepackaged salads. I know some stores use the items that are past date on the shelf to make salads since they can’t sell them otherwise. They cut off wilted parts of vegetables. A friend that worked in a deli told me that once. I think it depends on the store but since I don’t know which stores do this then I stay away.

  9. Envious of your NYC trips! I loved living in Boston for that reason- so many fun places to visit for a short [weekend] trip!

    Prefer salad bars where I can toss in however much or none of something I want 🙂

  10. Ugh im not a big fan of prepackaged sandwiches and salads. Especially sandwiches that look like they’re on regular wheat bread with nothing special going on… basically something i can sooo easily make myself at home for so much cheaper!

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