Nuts, balls, and freebies

So last, night, even through I was all caked up, I managed to have one last little snack before I went to bed: the last 1/2 cup of my chocolate peanut butter frozen yogurt (unfrozen) from a couple nights ago.


So so so so so so delicious. And there’s not even anything junky in it! Maybe I need to start having chocolate peanut butter frozen yogurt at every meal …

This morning, I woke up at 6:30 even though I had time to sleep until 8. I love waking up to sunlight because it’s so easy — I just wish the sunlight didn’t arrive until at least 7:45 on weekends! Around 8, I made a too-much-cake-upset-tummy-settling bowl of oat bran:


On the stovetop, I whisked 1 egg, 1/4 cup soymilk, and 1/4 cup water over low heat until it thickened custard-style. At that point, in went 2 tbsp oat bran, 1 tbsp ground flax, cinnamon, nutmeg, 1/4 cup pumpkin, and a chopped Medjool date. Once it got “mealy,” I immersion blended to make it creamier:


Around the outside is 1/3 cup of yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp PB2 (and sprinkled with unsweetened coconut):


With soymilky celestial seasonings almond sunset tea:


After breakfast, I headed up to Physique 57 for for the first of my two free classes with the coupon that Melissa handed out at the blogger brunch last month. I was quite a bit nervous for this class because I’ve been reading the reviews of it by some of my other NYC ladies — Ashley, Diana, Dori, Missy, Sara — and they scared me with their talk of quivering thighs and name-brand designer gym clothes! But, the class ended up being much more manageable than anticipated. Granted, I had sweat running down my face and I was certainly quivering at points throughout (I was also convinced my legs would burst into flame at any moment) but always had time to recover — and no one laughed at my four-year-old gym clothes from Target 😀 The instructors were helpful, patient, and encouraging, and I really enjoyed the class. I’m going back next Saturday for #2. Thanks, Melissa!

From Physique, I headed up to meet Vani at Penn Station, where we had planned to collect Danielle from the NJ Transit for our lunch date. Collection was successful, and the three of us enjoyed a summery (apparently, there will be no spring in ny this year??) 30-ish block walk from there to Peanut Butter & Co for lunch. Now, I’ve always wanted to eat at PB & Co. … yet I’ve somehow never managed to do so despite living in the city for nearly nine years, four of which were spent within a five-block radius of the darn place!

It was so airy and bright and cute inside:


We ordered our food and then took pictures of it (though I think the best part of this picture is the random crazy child in the background) 🙂


I got a The Heat Is On sandwich with whole wheat bread, spicy pb, pineapple jam, and pieces of chicken breast:


The sandwich came with chips and carrot sticks, but I don’t like chips so I got it with extra carrots instead:


Mmm, simple on the outside but full of bite and zing on the inside. I kept offering Vani bites by accident and then forgetting she was vegan. Even though I couldn’t share with Vani, she shared some of her sampler platter with Danielle and me:


What a great deal — all 8 flavors with plenty of extra to take home! I had some on a celery stick:


And some on a melba toast:


When we finished at PB & Co, Danielle requested we make a pit stop at Tasti-D since she’d never been. While there, I had a sample of their peanut butter flavor (because there’s no such thing as too much pb!).


Vani and I spotted some balls across the street, so we raced over to get in on that action. I ordered an unsweetened almond milk tea. We posed with our treats:


Next, we made a super-exciting stop at CVS so I could buy a box of band-aids since my feet were struggling to adapt to their first flip-flop experience of the season. Once I applied about 30 bandages, we were off again … this time to the Union Square Greenmarket. Somehow, I managed to get my hands on a million samples as we strolled the grounds. I don’t know how that happened. Scoring samples is very unlike me 😛



Vani, caught in the act:


All in all, it was a super fun day full of sunshine, perfect company, and peanutbuttery food.

In your opinion, what are the three most necessary components of an excellent day?

I’m off to take a very necessary shower and get ready for dinner. My mom and stepdad are passing through the city tonight as part of their massive East coast return road trip — Providence to Atlanta and back, all driving, stopping at several points along the way to visit family and friends — and staying overnight in Brooklyn. I need to think of a good place for us to go. Hmmm …

24 thoughts on “Nuts, balls, and freebies

  1. Dori says:

    So glad you liked Physique! I went to Core Fusion today for the first time!

    I am DYING to go to PB&Co, especially considering I am in love with their peanut butter and buy it all the time! I need to just get myself there — jealous!

    And I LOVE farmers markets in any way, shape and form. There is a teeny one on 66th and Broadway and I bought unsweetened raspberry jam and a spelt banana nut muffin there today!


  2. Heather Eats Almond Butter says:

    Haha Sarah,
    You and your samples always make me laugh. 🙂

    Your cake oat bran sounds delicious, and I am dying for one of those PB & Co. sampler platters. Genius!

    My most excellent day would consist of morning coffee with the husband, an amazing yoga class, and lots and lots of warm sunshine! 🙂

    Maybe I need to start having chocolate peanut butter frozen yogurt at every meal? Um, yes…duh!


  3. Erin says:

    What a fantastic idea to eat lunch at PB & Co. I, of course, could not eat there w/o making a complete heiffer of myself and the dark choco pb. Otherwise known as crack.

    Excellent day = walking thru a European town in which all the streets are paved with cobblestones + eating fresh bread and cheese in this town + drinking wine and sampling pastry in this town + ( I know this is extra but whatever) it being sunny and 73 degrees outside.


  4. janeterin says:

    Yum! Everything looks great, per usual! I went to PB& Co when I was in NY! I think I had the dark chocolate, cherry preserves and coconut sandwich. Oh, yum!

    3 components:
    A good night’s sleep the night before
    Good weather
    Being outside!


  5. verbalriot says:

    OMG so sad I missed out on the Brooklyn blogger meet up 😦

    We must have one when I’m back home? Please?

    Also, I LOVE the heat is on! That’s what I get all the time too!


  6. brandi says:

    well, any day with nuts, balls, and freebies is just about the perfect day 🙂

    you crack me up! seriously. I’m sitting here by myself laughing as I’m reading your post!

    glad you had a good day!!!


  7. Priyanka says:

    Wow that looks like a wonderful day!

    My perfect day:

    1) Good night sleep the night before
    2) Lots of sunshine
    3) Good eats enjoyed out in the sunshine!

    ( Also no schoolwork please, no thought of it even in the remotest part of the brain)


  8. Amy says:

    Looks like a fun and successful day!

    Perfect day for me?
    1. Playing sand volleyball
    2. Playing with puppies
    3. Swinging on a really tall, really high swing set.


  9. luckytastebuds says:

    omgosh i love love this post! you had me at your peanut butter fro yo. GOsh I really do have to try that breakfast too!!! You have me wishing i live in NYC so i can go get that sandwich you ordered. hahahaha

    perfect day…
    1. Sun & Warmth
    2. People I love around me
    3. Eating tasty food


  10. Susan says:

    PB & Co sounds delightful!! And no, there is no such thing as too much peanut butter 😛

    My perfect day would consist of a morning in bed, an afternoon spent wandering outdoors and then a lovely dinner at my favourite restaurant.


  11. runnerskitchen says:

    Looks like the perfect spring day in NYC. Hooray for peanut butter and Tasti D-Lite! I was walking around Washington Sq Park yesterday and it was so nice to see everyone out and about after a winter of hibernation.


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