WIAW: The Best Food of 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve! I am having so much fun looking back and reflecting on this amazing year. I normally look back and say eh, it wasn’t so great, blah, blah, but I have such a different attitude this year. I really try to focus on the positive because why not? It just makes you happier and I’d rather feel great than down on myself, what is the point, right?

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So to do one more recap of 2014 I am going to share some of my favorite meals for WIAW! There were a TON of great eats, so this is going to be tough!! This year I have developed a healthier mindset about food and eating. I eat pretty “clean” because it makes me feel good, but I indulge when I want, eat the yummy treats I bake, and try new foods! I think I have almost learned how to eat intuitively and listen to my body to it’s cravings and needs. I know what works well for me and what doesn’t and I actually think I eat a lot more than I have in the past because I have learned that we need to nourish our body and muscles, not starve them. I have also learned a TON about cooking and baking this year and I think that is the best part. I know (most of the time) what ingredients I am eating and I actually like my food more than some restaurants. πŸ™‚ 2014 was a great year of eating- here it goes!

Favorite Breakfasts:

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A traditional Cuban breakfast from this tiny Cuban place in Miami. Egss, Cuban Rice, and Plantains for like $4. So simple, so good.

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Chipotle Eggs Benedict from a Diner in Paramus after a 10 mile run.

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Breakfast made by yours truly. Veggie Omelet with Sweet Potato Pancakes covered in Nut Butters.

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Expensive Whole Foods Brunches after long runs in Central Park

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Egg Baked Dish by my Dad!

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Eggy Oatmeal

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My different Overnight Oats and Smoothie Recipes

Favorite Lunches:

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Homemade Salads lounging by the Hoboken Waterfront.

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Three Course Pre-fixe Lunch at Molos in Weehawken for Hudson Restaurant Week.

Favorite Dinners

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My Dad cooked us some amazing Native American food after his trip to Arizona.

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Such a fun and delicious dinner at El Bandido!

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Salad Pizza after the Brooklyn Half- ate the whole thing!

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Dinner at Scarpetta in the Fontainebleau in Miami.

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The most delicious veggie burger at Houston’s.

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Italian Cooking night with my Dad!

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Homemade Pizzas on Christmas Eve

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Homemade Corn Chowder, Pumpkin Cornbread, and a Kale and Parsnip Salad.

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All of my kitchen adventures in meal prepping this year!

Favorite Appetizers:

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Football Cheese ball for the Super Bowl.

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Butternut Squash Dip for Thanksgiving.

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Watermelon, Feta, Cucumber, Mint Salad made by me.

Favorite Snacks:

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Best Iced Coffee in the world in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Cookies and Cream Quest Bars

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S’mores Quest Bars

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Dates with Coconut Peanut Butter

Favorite Desserts:

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Homemade Banana Ice Cream with Chocolate and PB Swirls with Hot Fudge from the Jersey Shore.

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Doughnuts from Dough in Brooklyn

 

 

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Fresh Watermelon

 

 

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Chocolate Soft Serve with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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Fro-yo from 16 Handles with a gorgeous view

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All my different Arctic Zero creations

Favorite Baked Goods (baked by me):

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Easter Bread

 

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Fun shaped cookies for my friend’s bachelorette party πŸ˜‰

 

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Chickpea Blondies

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My first attempt at baking after winning my baking basket

 

 

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Italian Rainbow Cookies

 

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Pignoli Cookies

 

 

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Italian Wedding Cookies

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Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving

WOW! What a delicious year it has been! I’m sure there are some meals I am forgetting but I think this just shows how great a year it has been! Food is intended to nourish, celebrate, and be enjoyed and I did just that! πŸ™‚

I hope you all have an amazing New Years Eve! I will be running at Midnight in Central Park!! Such a great way to start the New Year!!

Thank you all for reading and supporting my blog this year! I am looking forward to continue to grow and write more in 2015!

What was your FAVORITE dishes of 2014?

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