My oh my, it’s finally Friday! Since I haven’t technically been working at an office since the end of March, right before Noah and I got hitched, I haven’t really understood what the difference was between weekdays and ends, but over the last couple of weeks, a few things happened that really drove the point home.
1. I had so much work (freelance) to do that I wound up sitting around in my apartment in a gray sweatsuit typing away all day long.
2. I was in the midst of interviewing in Philly. For any fellow writers out there who have ever applied for a job, you know what I mean. Writers don’t just “get” jobs — they earn them by completing various tasks and exercises designed to prove just how okay you are. Worth it in the end? Yes. Exhausting? Yes!
Last weekend was dedicated to everything but what I’d typically do on a weekend. In fact, it wasn’t a weekend at all. It felt more like just a happy little extension of Monday through Friday.
Fortunately, I’ve been able to run…
…to workout in my living room and to put together some generally healthy meals from the comfort of my
jail cell apartment.
Sunday’s dinner was a homemade lentil salad using pre-cooked lentils from Trader Joe’s.
Then on Monday, it was a delicious Mediterranean-inspired chickpea salad, again, over greens of endives and watercress (I’m a big fan of peppery lettuce).
On Tuesday, Noah and I cooked up a celebratory meal (celebratory because our life in Philadelphia is beginning to fall into place in a great way) of buttery mushroom tacos. Sauteed mushrooms are a great way to celebrate.
Wednesday’s was a special meal. After so many days of workworkworkwork, I decided to cut myself some slack and go back to my hometown in Long Island, where I spent the day hanging with my nephew. I ate dinner with my little man that night; he obviously made the spaghetti and cream cheese concoction my mom put together (a favorite of mine growing up too, I’m told) look very appetizing.
In addition to nutritious meals, I made a real effort to consume healthful snacks while working away at home. And while I may or may not have plowed my way through an entire large bag of Starbursts (only the red and pink — duh), I also found time to fill my body with energy thanks to a little shipment I received from my friends over at Enerchi Bites.
Coffee and 1 or 2 Enerchi Bites became one of my favorite ways to start my day this week. A little caffeine. A little bite-sized ball of chia seed-filled energy.
The little nuggets of heaven come in three flavors: Coconut Oatmeal Raisin, Cocoa-Date and Apple Cinnamon (my personal favorite of the trio). Best of all, they’re easy on the belly being that they’re made with vegan, gluten-free, soy-free ingredients and are totally raw. A bonus: they’re also rich in omega-3s.
The story behind Enerchi Bites hits close to home for me. They were thought- and cooked-up by twin rockstars, Annie and Marla, who, as they put it, were having trouble finding the perfect snack while on-the-go that could fill them up without ruining their next meal.
(Meet Annie and Marla. They’re the brains behind this awesome bite-size snack. Photo cred: Enerchi Bites.)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled with this very same problem. An apple or a full granola bar is enough to affect my stomach if I eat it too close to a real meal; and if I eat just half and save the rest for later, I’ll wind up with a crumbled granola bar at the bottom of my gym bag. Le sigh.
Enerchi Bites were in full force this week as I traveled back and forth from New York to Philadelphia. Not once did I have to shake out my bag; from one city to the next, my travel gear stayed completely crumb-free.
On one occasion, my train broke down (it couldn’t withstand the rain?) leaving me stranded in Trenton, New Jersey on the platform and in the rain. I was tired, cranky, hungry and improperly dressed (for an interview, not for a monsoon; I didn’t intend to be outside for more than 5 minutes). In this situation, I’d have otherwise turned to candy — Skittles more likely than not. Not that there’s anything wrong with Skittles, but I was grateful that I had packed a bag of the Enerchi Bites alongside my resume and portfolio — you know, just in case.
In addition to consuming them on their own, I also found another way I really enjoyed eating the Enerchi Bites: broken up into small pieces on top of yogurt and warmed frozen raspberries and blueberries (frozen fruit winds up tasting like pie, which is why I often eat it over the fresh kind).
(No, that is NOT whipped cream on my yogurt. Okay, yes. Yes it is.)
Not only did the cocoa-date variety give my snack a bit of a chocolaty boost, but it’s also automatically portioned out to give you just what you need — a hint of Enerchi without overdosing before a meal. I’m not totally into calorie counting, and so I won’t mention them here, but if you are, I assure you that these won’t break the bank.
Does this sound like something you’d be interested in trying? Lucky for you, Marla and Annie were kind enough to share the love and offer to give away 2 large bags of Enerchi Bites to 2 lucky winners! As always, I promise that entering is easy.
To qualify, simply leave a comment below with the two flavors you’d love to try most along with the best way we can reach you if you’re chosen as a winner (Twitter handle, Facebook page, email address, morse code — anything).
Remember: the flavors are Apple Cinnamon, Cocoa-Date, Coconut Oatmeal Raisin.
The giveaway will end at on Friday, May 16th at noon. 2 winners will be announced shortly after.