EAT (in)

Packing Healthy: Bento Style and Fox 19 (video included)

About 16 months ago, I began what I hope is a lifelong journey to being healthier.  To me, that means taking time for myself, thinking about the nutrition in my food, and finding exercises I enjoy!  At this point, I’ve lost 85 pounds, but I am desperately seeking that 100!  I hope to share that achievement in a few months. Like many people, I’ve hit plateaus, felt frustrated, and picked myself back up.  And, I know I write a blog about going out, but in order to go out, I have to eat healthy in! Thanks to Fox 19, I got to share some of my journey on air.

For me, weekly shopping (at Trader Joe’s) with a strategic list (hitting the outside aisles as much as possible) and prepping lunches and snacks, has made the most impact.  If I get super hungry and don’t have something with me, I will hit the vending machine . . . or grab some chocolate from a coworker.  If I’m running errands, tired and stressed, I might hit the drive-thru!  So now I think about two things: balance and protein.  I’m not against carbs; it’s just that sometimes when I eat carbs (cereal for example) I end up hungrier sooner than I’d like to be or I experience drops in blood sugar.

One answer to these problems, for me, has been high protein bento boxes.  I buy these on Amazon, but you can pack this way in any kind of container or lunch box! Just keep extra ice packs around to ensure lunches AND snacks stay cold!  Originating in Japan, Bento style lunches, simplified, equals several smaller portions of various foods.  I pack a lot of high protein foods like hardboiled eggs, string cheese, nitrate free turkey, tuna salad, yogurt, and edamame.  I’m not super adventurous with veggies yet. I pack plenty of carrots, celery, and cauliflower. Fruit I try to keep seasonal, but I love making my own fruit medleys.  I haven’t hit the lunchroom cafeteria once in the last year.  And keeping snacks in the car has saved my butt on numerous occasions.

Check out my segment on Fox 19 (linked here) to hear more! I’d love to hear about your health journey! Whether we want to shed some pounds, get off a particular medication, or be more active, we can do this!  We are never too old to give up!  We are never too old to find adventure!

GO THERE (Trader Joes, Amazon)!  TRY THAT (Bento high protein packing)! 




EAT (out)

CWC, a restaurant by Cooking with Caitlyn

People continually ask me to name my favorite new restaurant.  Typically, that’s pressure.  But now, I don’t even have to think about it.  It’s CWC!  Points to my husband for finding this gem.  CWC, a restaurant by Cooking with Caitlyn, is located in the heart of Wyoming, a Cincinnati suburb.  Chef Caitlin Steininger and her sister, Kelly Trush, own and operate CWC; however, “Cooking with Caitlyn” is far more than a restaurant; it’s a brand.  In fact, the restaurant is preceded by a radio show, cooking videos, and the publication of original recipes.  Check out their website, Cooking with Caitlin, to access all Caitlin’s recipes.  There are no secrets here.  These sisters love food and are willing to freely share that love!

Caitlin taking a quick break from cooking! Sit at the counter to watch her work her magic.

Right now the restaurant is open weekends only (with the exception of Third Thursdays which I will get to in a sec).  The restaurant opens Friday at 4 pm, Saturday at 5 pm, and Sunday at 9 am.  My first visit to CWC was Sunday brunch.  The entire meal made me smile.  My husband and I shared the special-  a deliciously filling egg-over-pork-over-potatoes dish.  Just know, because this restaurant is fresh and creative, the menu changes.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the Homemade Yeast Donuts.  Do NOT pass these up.  For reals.  These donuts are fried to order, hot, and served with three different creams (Mexican Hot Chocolate, Vanilla, and Orange- Ginger). You need these in your life.  Promise.

Brunch menu.


Sunday brunch.

I recently attended a Third Thursday event with a group of friends.  And it is an event.  Third Thursdays is a time for Caitlin to experiment with recipes that may be on a future menu.  It’s about 9 bite-sized portions of deliciousness. Be sure to make reservations and arrive early.  The bar will be open and plenty of mingling will be happening.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Kelly who is the nicest, the perkiest, the sassiest, the smilingest host a dinner guest could ask for.  She truly makes you feel like family- like you belong there!

This biscuit with carrot jam made me like biscuits!

Third Thursday.

Third Thursday.

Kelly makes sure every person has a great experience!

I realized, after the fact, that all my pics are sweet treats!  Totally my state of mind.  Please know, Third Thursday isn’t all about dessert.  We tasted kimchi grilled cheese, fish, Chicago-style pizza, shrimp, and the most amazing Brussel sprouts! Between bites, it was all about spending time with friends.

These sisters are special.  This family is special.  Most importantly, the food is special.  Yep.  My new fave; no doubts!

GO THERE (CWC)! TRY THAT (Third Thursday, Sunday Brunch)!

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