Diet Nonsense + Recent Meals + Best Bagels

I’m happy to report that I haven’t seen too much about January diets so far this year. You know, the whole new year, new diet, new challenge, new workout routine, “new you” nonsense? I stopped following so many of those types of influencers over the years because I can’t stand that mindset and the January approach to dieting. I’ll never join a 30-day challenge that eliminates certain foods that don’t even need to be completely eliminated or challenge you to do workouts that don’t need to be repeated 30 days in a row as it will likely burn you out both mentally and physically come February.

Actually, I addressed why I hate the January diet mentality more in-depth last year so I won’t keep rambling about it now. It makes me too angry to talk about it anyway.

Let’s move on to recent meals and things like that instead!

I stopped at Town Bagel the other day for a chopped salad.

Here are my salad ingredients:

  • romaine
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • beets
  • roasted red peppers
  • chickpeas
  • roasted cauliflower
  • avocado
  • mushrooms
  • honey mustard dressing on the side. The full-fat kind because why bother with fat-free dressing?

town bagel chopped salad

Another week, another opportunity to take out from The Cheesecake Factory. I picked the vegan cobb salad instead of the barbecue ranch salad for a change.

vegan Cobb salad

Best Bagels & Bialys

I was in the area of House Of Bagels (in Dix Hills) so I just had to make a stop for bialys. I’m going to go out on a limb here to say that House of Bagels most definitely ranks at the top for best bagels in New York and DEFINITELY the best bialys.

I mean, we are talking best bagels on the same level as H & H and Pick a Bagel in the city, and if you ask me, best on Long Island. I have yet to have a bialy as good as House of Bagels bialys.

Obviously, we all have our favorites but I love House Of Bagels. All of their bagels and bialys are giant and soft yet have the right crisp to the outside and are nice and doughy. Don’t know what bialys are? Here you go.

house of bagels

I’m sure someone reading remembers me saying how I used to eat a toasted bialy from House Of Bagels for lunch every day for years with melted mozzarella and tomato, right? Does someone remember?

I still love melted mozzarella and tomato but I also crave vegetable cream cheese from time to time so that’s what I had on this half of a toasted bialy with a salad.

In my opinion, House Of Bagels has the best vegetable cream cheese.


I’m still the pizza bagel queen. This time, let’s call me the pizza bialy queen. When you don’t know what to have for dinner, make a pizza bagel.

pizza bagel

In other food news, I keep forgetting to say that I bought this spice set from Trader Joe’s around the holidays. My son likes to cook lately so I thought that buying this holiday set of spices would be a fun thing to bring home.

trader joes spice set

We can always use another Everything But The Bagel Sesame Seasoning and it’s been fun to try the other blends too. We like the Cocoa Cinnamon Sugar on warmed apple slices. Oh, and the Spicy Italian seasoning is really good on roasted vegetables and was delicious on the above pizza bagel.

Speaking of roasted vegetables, here’s my top viewed post of all-time – how to roast frozen vegetables.


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