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A Saint Patrick’s Day of Food!

Today’s post is going to be a fun one 🙂 I work with a lot of people who love food, embrace holidays – and above all are Irish! So this is their holiday. I was only in a little bit of trouble for not wearing green today… Oops!

My day started out normally – my new breakfast of Arnold’s Double Protein bread (or toast) a little less than a tablespoon of Barney Butter and a teaspoon of french raspberry jam:

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This amazing piece of toast is on a special plate that I keep at my desk. A few of my work friends love celebrating any and all occasions with cake – and our friend Laurie has made everyone special cake eating plates. I love mine and I use it often for breakfast and lunch, too – it gets a lot of use at my desk!

At 10:45 I went down to see my friends for “snack time”. Today’s snack time had an Irish flare to it! There was Irish Soda Bread made by my friend Colleen. Her recipe is a family secret – and it is the best Irish soda bread I have ever had. I adore it.

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I could not resist a piece of this amazing stuff – it was a great morning snack!

The treats did not end there… my friend Jenny made the most incredible culinary treat – chocolate Guinness cupcakes filled with Irish whiskey chocolate ganache, topped with Bailey’s Irish butter cream frosting. Are you kidding me!? No – I am totally serious. Here is one of the beautiful cupcakes:

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I took this lovely treat back to my desk, and eventually split it three ways with two much deserving colleagues. Thankfully it was a beautiful day in Boston – fantastic walking weather! I went for a great 30 minute walk, and covered just over two miles (I was speedy!). It felt soo great to be outside in the sunshine. Although we were walking right by the water and it was breezing, I was still warm enough to take off my jacket after the first mile. It certainly feels like spring has sprung! I am sure we will have more cold weather in the coming days, and perhaps even more snow – but I am loving this spring time weather at the moment. There is nothing better!

Usually I am famished after my lunch time walk… but not today (gee, I wonder why?). I eventually had lunch a few minutes after 1 o’clock. Another salad. This one was jam packed in my to go wear:

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Ingredients:

broccoli, red peppers, green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, chicken and 1 T dressing. Yum.

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At three o’clock I had three whole wheat crackers (different ones this time!) and I went back to the light Babybel cheese for today. It was a perfect afternoon snack (no more Irish treats to be had at work). I left work at 4:15 hopped in the car and started the drive home. On the drive I demolished an apple and got really excited for my afternoon run. I ran 3.25 miles after work and it was fantastic! I ran in shorts and a tee shirt and it was 67 degrees. Insane weather we are having!

Dinner was sort of lame, because I was exhausted and did not feel like cooking. I enjoyed a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch (1 cup, 200 calories) with 1% milk. When I got home from the run I had a handful of Trader Joe’s peanut butter pretzels. After dinner I had two handfuls of Cheez-its.

For dessert (I did not expect to have dessert, thus the Cheez-its) Mark made me a special St. Patrick’s day treat. (Seriously, I can’t get enough today – I am totally spoiled) Look at this LOVELY rice crispy treat:

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How adorable! I only had the little stem of the shamrock tonight – but I am sure I will snack on the rest of it tomorrow. 🙂

I hope you all had a great St. Patrick’s day – and I know a few of you readers probably had the day off from work for Evacuation Day – woo-hoo! Back to work tomorrow. See you then!

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