My Favorite Healthy-ish Snacks

(*None of which are actually shown in the image, I just couldn’t really find anything better for the sake of the post’s cover photo haha.*)

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Hi Guys! 🙂

For today’s post I wanted to share with you guys a list of some of my favorite healthy-ish snacks.

I thought this would be a good post because if you’re anything like me, you’re a HUGE snacker, and even though we may be trying to diet a little more and clean up our eating, old habits die hard.

And personally, for me, the hardest part of “dieting” is not being able to snack the way that I used to (obviously it’s for a greater purpose, but nonetheless, I miss it so much sometimes 🥺😩)

So, that being said, I wanted to share with you guys some of my healthy-ish alternatives that have been working pretty well for me whenever I want and/or feel the urge to snack; they’re nothing crazy and also not that bad macro-wise, which make them even better.

I figure since there’s some variety to the different snacks I eat, why not break them up into categories?

The categories I chose were chocolate-related, chips (although some also include popcorn and crackers), and just “other” because there’s a few different things going on in that category.

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So, without further adieu, here are some of my current favorite snacks:

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*For all of the Fiber One brand snacks, some of the main nutrition facts to look out for are shown right there on the boxes.*

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The Fiber One snacks are really great because this brand alone, comes with a variety of snacks for you to choose from. A lot of them tend to be like 90 calories only which is why you’ll see that end up being advertised the most. It’s great because they’re pretty tiny for you to just grab one and go, which is usually what I end up doing everyday. I’ll pack my lunch, throw one of these in my bag for a midday snack, and I’m ready to go! 🙂

 

The Len & Larry complete cookies are pretty good, but they’re also pretty hefty when it comes to the amount of calories that are within them (total calories for 1 serving, which is technically only half of the cookie, is 200 calories!!). A lot of people tend to say that they’re also pretty bland and dry tasting, but for a while I REALLY liked them……until they came out with the complete CRUNCHY cookie (shown on the right side)!!!

Guys, if i had to recommend either of them to you right now, I would instantly say go with the crunchy cookies, they’re SO good, and not as crazy when it comes to the calories per serving size. 1 serving size is 6 cookies and comes out to 160 calories.

Although in general, as I always say, you should try them both and come to your own conclusion(s) about them.

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Chips

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In general, I LOVE to snack on Ritz crackers which is why there are 2 different “kinds” shown here. I think they’re SO good. But if I had to choose between all the different flavors, etc. I think I would say that these 2 shown are my absolute favorites.

The toasted chips have a nice somewhat subtle salty taste to them, and each serving is is 1oz which is about 8 chips, and comes out to 130 calories, whereas the Hint of Salt crackers, have VERY little salt to them at all, but still taste good to me. A serving of these is 16 grams, which is about 24 crackers and equates 80 to calories.

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These are my absolute FAVORITE chips. If I go to any store now and am on the hunt for chips, I’ll most likely be finding and grabbing for these (unless it’s a cheat-day and I’m craving something else 😂). 1 serving size of these is about 15 chips, and comes out to 160 calories.

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I really don’t tend to crave popcorn like that anymore the way that I used to when I was younger, but the few times I do, I’ll opt for grabbing a bag of this. It’s gluten free, light, airy and just generally tastes really good. This is also a great snack because since it’s so light, the calories in just one bag are super low, it’s only 100 calories. That’s really not bad at all for like a midday or late night little snack.

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Others

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Recently whenever I really am craving some ice cream, Halo Top has been my way to go. Diego actually introduced me to this brand. The great thing about this ice cream brand is that it’s low carb, low fat, AND high protein; and depending what flavor you end up getting will depend on how many total calories are in that one pint (which is shown right on the front of it). My personal two favorite flavors are the cookies and cream (320 calories total) and chocolate chip cookie dough (360 calories total) ones (highly recommend you try those).

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I used TO love fruit snacks when I was a kid, but it had gotten to a point that I ate them so much, I ended up disliking them for a LONG time. But, recently I’ve begun to really like and want them again. I like the Mixed Fruits one, but if I had to choose between the two, I would 100% go for the Berries ‘N Cherries flavored ones. This again, is not too terrible of a snack for throughout the day. One pouch goes for about 80 calories total.

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I’m not usually a HUGE fan of yogurts, but nowadays if I ever actually want and/or crave one, chances are, I’m going to be going for one of these. These are great because each package comes with a little side for the yogurt, along with another side for the toppings of that specific flavor. My personal favorites include Cookies and Cream (190 calories), Almond Coco Loco (230 calories), Smores (180 calories), and Peanut Caramel Satisfaction (200 calories).

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that in some way, shape or form, if you’re anything like me and are in need of looking for some healthy-ish alternatives for snacking, this helped you.

When it comes to things like this, it all comes down to personal preference. You really just need to try a bunch of these things and really figure out what you like, what you don’t, what works for you and what doesn’t. What works for me, may very well not work for you, BUT you have some new possible recommendations here that you can try out and hopefully end up liking!

What are some of your guys’ favorite stuff to snack on when you’re in the mood (whether they’re full-on healthy or healthy-ish like a lot of my suggestions)?! Do we have any of the same favorites? Maybe you have some that you could recommend for ME to try! Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you guys ☺️👇🏼

As always, thank you guys so much for reading, please follow, like, share and comment and I’ll see you guys in my next post! 🙂

*Also, something for you guys to think about….I’ve really been wanting to do some sort of Q&A post for a while now and have already been getting a few questions from people on my social media, so if you’re interested (either in the comments below, reaching out to me directly on social media or through email), ask me some questions of things you guys would like to see me address in that post! 😀 The questions can literally be about anything; my blog, my future, relationships, family, personal stuff, etc. etc. I want to make it as fun and interesting for you guys as possible, so don’t be shy! 🙂 *

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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On The Menu Today: Old Rose

Hi Guys! 🙂

Today’s post is FINALLY another/new restaurant review post!! 😀

The restaurant I’m going to be reviewing today is called Old Rose, which is located in the Jane Hotel near the Highline.

I REALLY need to get into the habit of writing down how the heck it is that I find these places, especially when I plan on doing reviews on them, because I ALWAYS forget lol smh. 🤦🏻‍♀️

BUT, I’m sure I just stumbled upon it on Instagram somehow like I typically do, looked up the restaurant’s profile, as well as fellow Instagrammers posting about it, and looked up reviews online to see whether or not it was actually a place I wanted us to try, and sure enough, it was!

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From all the pictures I was seeing online, it looked like such a cute, sort of elegant spot to eat, so I figure why not go there for brunch so that we could get dressed up, take pictures, etc., and that’s exactly what we ended up doing!

Walking to the restaurant was ROUGH, because it was FREEZING this day and it was such a long walk from where we got off the train (in 14th Street) to the place. But we didn’t want to let that ruin the experience at all, so we stayed optimistic about the entire thing.

The Ambiance

Walking into the restaurant the immediate feeling I got was like some sort of old school ballroom, that got converted into a chic coffee shop in the West Village; with the marble-ish table tops, black and white tiled floors, and simplicity of it’s decor, I immediately felt comfortable.

When we finally got there, it took us about 5-10 minutes to get seated while they finished getting our table ready. It really wasn’t that bad or long, and in that time we got to sit at the bar and order ourselves a mimosa, so we were pretty content. 😂

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The tables were fairly small and rounded, but once the food started coming we actually saw that it was kind of the perfect size for everything that we had ordered.

Generally, the service was pretty good and quick, and the server we had was really friendly and helpful with anything/everything we needed (again, I wish I had gotten her name to be able to give her a quick shout-out, but I completely forgot to ask her).

Even the bussers were super friendly and helpful if we wanted or needed anything, which I thought was pretty cool considering most times you go to a restaurant they kind of just do what they have to and don’t really interact with the guests.

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The Food

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Overview of our table.

As sort of our “appetizer” we got the Vodka Burrata pizza pie, which was enough that we each got 2 slices out of it (there were 3 of us there). This was one thing that I kept seeing all over their website, as well as posts people would put up from here so we figure we try it. The server we had also highly recommended it and said it was one of her favorites, so it gave us the extra push to actually order it.

I definitely liked it, especially since I’ve never had anything like it before, and it was generally really tasty, you guys know I’m pretty picky so I was kind of surprised at how much I liked it, so that was pretty exciting! Lol.

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The Vodka Burrata pizza pie

 

After our little “appetizer” and mimosas, came the main course.

For me, it was relatively early still and I was craving somewhat of a traditional breakfast, so I got their ‘American Breakfast,’ which consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, crispy smoked potatoes, grapefruit, and sourdough bread.

Overall, I liked it, but wish it didn’t have as much of what I can only really assume to be parsley, all over it because it was a lot, and there just really wasn’t much need for it. A little bit, sure, but that was a lot sprinkled all over my eggs and potatoes.

But, other than that, I was pretty happy with my dish. Again, it came out relatively quick, everything was cooked well the way that I wanted it, and it was a decent portion size for me, especially after eating the pizza just before this.

If you’re anything like me (in the sense of a picky eater), or just looking to have something more traditional here, I definitely recommend this.

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The ‘American Breakfast’.

Diego and Geno opted for the Lamb burger, which had goat cheese, roasted tomato, pickled red onion, with fried potatoes.

They both made it clear to me that they REALLY enjoyed the burger. They both thought it was well cooked and generally tasty, so they definitely recommend this if you’re anything like them and tend to opt for mainly burgers whenever you go out to eat haha.

The only thing Diego personally didn’t care for was the fact that they didn’t actually have regular french fries here at all. It was either the fried potatoes, or nothing. We both agree that the potatoes were good taste wise,  but he felt it went a little better with something like the dish that I got as opposed to the burger they both got, which I can understand and agree to.

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The Lamb burger.

And finally, the “dessert” portion of brunch.

Only Geno and I ended up getting something for this, partially because Diego doesn’t usually tend to care for any sort of desserts, and partially because they didn’t have too many options to begin with.

Geno had ordered their Housemade Granola which came with Ronnybrook yogurt, honey, and fresh fruit in it. This was probably the only thing out of the entire time we were here, that actually took forever to come. We’re still not sure why honestly, especially since it was just yogurt pretty much, but it did.

And when it finally arrived, Geno said he didn’t actually care for it, and I’m not exactly sure if it’s because it took as long as it did to get to him or if it just really wasn’t that exciting at all, but those were his honest, general thoughts on it.

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This is their ‘Housemade Granola’.

For me, I really wanted to be able to try their coffee, because I had heard a LOT of good things about it, so that’s what I did. I got one of their lattes, as well as a chocolate croissant because all of the pastries looked SO good sitting in the case by the bar (don’t judge me).

Being that I always go to Starbucks where you can 100% customize your drink to your liking with how many sugars, what milk, sweetener, etc., I was a little nervous about trying/drinking a regular coffee without having any of the usual stuff I tend to put in it, but I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.. it was definitely strong coffee, but also pretty good tasting which I was happy about.

And the croissant was pretty standard and good tasting, the only thing with that though is that I wish it could’ve been warmed up. I’m not sure if they don’t do that there, or maybe they do but I had to “specially” ask for it, but even then, that really didn’t bother me too much, it just would’ve been a nice little added bonus.

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Latte and Chocolate Croissant.

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General Thoughts

Overall, I have to say that I personally, really liked the place. Generally, the service and food was good, and it wasn’t TOO expensive either. Considering everything we ordered (food, drinks, etc.) and the location of the restaurant, I would say it was pretty moderately priced.

It doesn’t take too much to impress me for things/places like this unfortunately being that I am a picky eater, but I also don’t have any problems being honest about certain things that I may or may not like about places like this.

But also, as always, take what I say/suggest with a grain of salt and come to your own conclusion about these places.

Out of 100%, I would give this place an 80-85% rating. But I do definitely think that it’s worth trying at least once. So go, come to your own conclusions about it, and let me know what YOU guys ended up thinking about it!

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Let me know in the comments below or through social media if you guys have been here before, if so, what were your thoughts on the place?!

Also, let me know if there are any other places you would like to see Diego and I check out in the near future, and we’ll be sure to go and write an entire post about it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Please like, share, follow and comment and I’ll see you guys in the next one! 🙂

-Xoxo, Leo Girl ❤

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Best Restaurants To Take Your Significant Other Out For Valentine’s Day (in NYC)

In light of Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys some of my suggestions for what I think are some of the best, romantic looking places in NYC to take your significant other for that special day.

And regardless of whether you’ll be celebrating it on the day of, or waiting until the weekend to do something, I think the suggestions I’m going to mention in a moment are nonetheless cute places to go to for a date night sort of thing with your significant other.

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Side Note: If the types of foods served at the restaurants I’m going to mention all are similar and/or the same, that’s completely coincidental. When Diego and I go out and find these places, we’re not actually looking for any sort of particularly cultured food, it just so happens that a lot of them tend to be similar.

Now, in no particular order, here are my recommendations:

  1. Almond Restaurant

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Location: East 22nd street, near Madison Square Park.

Type of food served: Bistro, French comfort food.

Ambience: Rustic, dim lit and comfortable feel.

Diego and I had come here for a date night of ours, without actually having it in mind to dine at. We kind of just stumbled upon it one night when our original dinner plans fell through, BUT, I’m kind of glad we ended up here. It was super cozy, good food and not that expensive either. Service was good, and it definitely had a romantic feel to it with the dim lighting and candles on the tables.

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2. Haven Rooftop

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Location: West 47th Street, on the rooftop of the Sanctuary Hotel, near Times Square.

Type of Food Served: French influenced dishes.

Ambience: Cabana styled, glassed-in rooftop spot.

I actually took Diego here for the first birthday that I had spent with him when we got together. He had mentioned to me that he really wanted to celebrate his birthday on some sort of rooftop, and since I know he’s not necessarily the party type, I did my research, found this spot and figured why not take him to a late lunch/early dinner at this popular rooftop spot?

The food was really good, and since they were just switching over from lunch to dinner, we ended up being some of the first guests here and had the place to ourself. And although I remember it being a fairly gloomy day when we came, the views from the top were still really great. Diego’s birthday is in April, so it was still pretty cool outside, but it’s closed in by glass, so it was still comfortable.

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3. Molo’s Restaurant 

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Location: Weehawken, New Jersey. Definitely on the far side compared to all the other places I’m mentioning, but 100% worth the trip if you decide to come here.

Type of Food Served: Mediterranean eatery, specializing in seafood.

Ambience: Modern, upscale riverfront with an AMAZING view of the city.

Probably one of the, if not THE most beautiful and romantic ones I can recommend. I brought Diego here for his birthday 2 years ago and it legit left an imprint on us…I don’t typically care for seafood, but I know that he does, so I figure why not?

It was about an hour and a half drive but generally it was nice to be able to listen to music and talk. And the location itself was stunning. I remember we had arrived about half hour early, so we got to walk along this boardwalk type thing and take pictures, which was really nice. And then when we finally got to be seated, we managed to get a seat right by the window which was absolutely beautiful to see the view of the city, especially since it was late afternoon and we got to watch the sunset from inside.

The servers were super nice, quick and helpful and the food was good. Although I should mention that this is more on the pricier side, but regardless think it was 100% worth every penny. If you can, I definitely recommend checking this place out.

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4. And finally, Serra by Birreria

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Location: this is another rooftop location atop Eataly in the Flatiron district, right near Madison Square Park.

Type of Food Served: Italian cuisine, house brewed ales and high-end imported beer.

Ambience: At the moment it’s sort of like a themed pop-up restaurant, in that, it’s supposed to make you feel like you’re taking a trip to the Italian Alps, while also being in a Winter Wonderland sort of feel.

I suppose this is kind of cheating to some extent, because we haven’t actually tried this place just yet (we’re supposed to be going next Monday). BUT,  I found this place online and read some pretty great reviews on it. It’s apparently a pretty popular place. It seems to have some pretty good food options, and personally, I think it looks to be a pretty romantic and/or comfortable setting regardless of whether you go with a significant other or friends. I can’t wait to be able to check it out next week and actually give you guys my full opinion on it!! (Stay tuned for that 😉 )

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I could literally probably go on FOREVER giving you guys suggestions of restaurants Diego and I have gone to and loved, but I think (thus far) these 4 are probably the most romantic-feeling ones that I can recommend with Valentine’s Day approaching.

*Also, all of these places take reservations, and they’re all available on OpenTable to be able to do that if you’re interested.*

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that it helped you in some way, shape or form, whether you’re celebrating it on the day of, or just looking for some nice new restaurants to try out.

Also, I’m really sorry that things like this are subjected to the New York area only, but it is where I’m from and that’s all that I REALLY know.

Once I begin to travel a little more soon, I’ll be able to suggest more to you guys for things and places outside of New York.

But nonetheless, as I said, I hope you enjoyed. Please like, share, comment and follow and I’ll see you guys in my next post! ❤

-Xoxo, LeoGirl ❤

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