Remember when I started my "weekly" meal-documenting series called Friday Eats in college? Remember how it only lasted for two weeks until I got lazy and it fell by the wayside? Well, now that I have a little more time on my hands, I'm bringing it back. Or at least, something like it.

This time around, I'm inspired by a few things. First, by my love of nutrition in general, as well as a few certain nutrition blogs (such as this one) that provide me with simple recipes and tips for eating well. Second, by my desire to lead a healthy lifestyle and to eat a variety of wholesome foods, while remaining free of limiting labels (such as paleo, vegan, gluten-free, etc.). I tend to hop from diet to diet based on what's popular that week, but I've learned that cutting out entire food groups is just not conducive to a well-balanced (and happy) Emily. (Sidenote: Regardless of how I choose to nourish my body, I encourage everyone to do what works best for them. If, for you, that means cutting out grains or eliminating red meat or banning dairy from your diet, then more power to ya! We're all unique, and our bodies react differently to different foods. I don't believe so much anymore that there's only one right way to eat.) Luckily, I don't have any food allergies or intolerances that I know of. That said, I'm hoping to focus more on quality ingredients rather than any form of deprivation. And third, by my longtime goal to grow my experience in the kitchen. After all, if I plan on documenting a few of my meals every week, I'm going to want to spend a little more time on them.

I know what you're thinking. I'm not a nutritionist, this is not a food blog, and nobody really cares what I'm eating. Which is all fine and good. But if posting my daily eats once a week helps to keep myself accountable in accomplishing my goals (see above), or even gives me a chance to share my favorite recipes, I'm thinking why not? It will be fun! For me, at least. If, however, this kind of thing annoys or just plain bores you, feel free to move right along. I won't mind. :)
Breakfast || chocolate chip cherry torte Larabar + coffee with my favorite coffee creamer. Larabars have become my morning staple when I'm in a hurry and have to eat on the run. I try not to indulge in this little convenience every day, though, because they're packed full of sugar: 22 grams in this bar alone. It's natural sugar from fruit, yes, but I'm not sure my pancreas can tell the difference.

Lunch || Chipotle salad bowl w. black beans, pinto beans, guacamole, corn, tomatoes, & mild salsa. Chipotle is Scott and I's favorite lunch stop once a week. You can't get much healthier fast food than that.
Snack(s) || a peppermint candy + a few squares of 88% dark chocolate. Expect to see dark chocolate on almost every list. I eat a lot of the stuff, and unashamedly so.
Dinner || a huge filet of pesto salmon + baked zucchini + sweet potato hash. I confess, I was not the one who prepared this nutritiously delicious meal. Snaps for my awesome boyfriend, who whipped it up while I napped on his couch.

There you have it, week one of Emily's Eats!

P.S. If you are at all interested in food journaling, Two Grand is a great iPhone app to try. It allows you to share photos of your meals, log your workouts, and follow other users with similar backgrounds—plus it's free! Think of it as an Instagram for foodies. I've been toying around with it for a few months, and I must say, I'm a little addicted.