After two weeks on the new job in DC, I realized I had a huge problem: I was eating out waaaaay too often. Every day, I was leaving the office between 12 and 1 to scout the local salad, sandwich, and pasta/pizza scene for something cheap and healthy to eat. My selections ranged from clam chowder on a rainy, gloomy day to a lobster salad with wheat berries, spinach, and onions (I could not resist…) to a shrimp and avocado salad with a double chocolate cupcake for dessert. It wasn’t always healthy or cheap. But things still felt kind of unfamiliar to me at the office and with my new routine, so I felt like I needed the flexibility of “where should I go to grab something?” instead of being the new girl who eats weird things. Luckily, after one of my new colleagues suggested all the girls in the office have lunch on the rooftop this past Friday afternoon to which she brought a very healthy lunch of fresh berries in vanilla yogurt and a super earthy power salad in real dishware and not Tupperware, I finally felt safe enough to let my own freak flag fly. So, I am back to making my own lunches.
One thing I always need as part of my lunch is a sweet tooth fix. Finding something that is chocolate-y and healthy can sometimes be a challenge. If you make a chocolate baked good, you have to have all the other ingredients that make up the baked good. Dark chocolate is obviously the healthy choice, but if it’s too dark, it’s like eating tar. Hot chocolate and chocolate milk are other options, but more often than not, they are too sugary or processed to be a healthy alternative. Enter chocolate bark. Continue reading “Yummy Eats: Salted Blueberry and Walnut Dark Chocolate Bark”