The Week’s Healthy Eats (31).

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BREAKFAST: Overnight golden (aka turmeric-y) oats with raisins and chia seeds + topped with a dollop of almond butter, duh.

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LUNCH: More like brunch, but who cares? The avocado smash with a poached egg on top from Bluestone Lane never (ever) fails to please.

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DINNER: A big old bowl of goodness: brown rice hidden under crispy tofu, sautéed cabbage and mushrooms + raw scallions for a kick. Cashews added after the snap, too.

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BREAKFAST: Switched it up on a recent weekend morning with scrambled eggs topped with salty feta and a slice of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread + strawberry jam.

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LUNCH: Oldie but goodie. The Hummus Tahina from Sweetgreen. On repeat.

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DINNER: The colossal taco salad from vegan hotspot by CHLOE. Yep, there’s “soy chorizo” in there and nope, I don’t know what that is.

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The Week’s Healthy Eats (29).

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BREAKFAST: Creature of habit. Classic combo of 0% Fage Greek yogurt mixed with unsweet vanilla almond milk, frozen bluebs, and homemade granola from my fave recipe ever.

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(Breakfast for) LUNCH: A seriously satisfying + balanced breakfast sammy (for lunch) from downtown hotspot Egg Shop NYC. “The Reformer” consisted of lots o’ egg whites scrambled with super salty (in the best way) feta cheese, fresh tomatoes + spinach, and mashed avo on toasted multigrain. The sea salt flakes on top weren’t a bad touch, either.

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DINNER: Anyone else thoroughly intimidated by the prospect of cooking meat? I always have been, but this nutty easy recipe from Delish made me less of a chicken (humor me…please?).  Like most recipes I’m partial to, this one for crispy oven-baked chicken + an arugula Caesar side salad was ready in less than 30 minutes.

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The Week’s Healthy Eats (28).

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BREAKFAST: Nothing new here. 0% Fage Greek yogurt, topped with frozen bluebs, Purely Elizabeth pumpkin fig granola, Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter + cinnamon.

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LUNCH: Lunch from one of my favorite healthy spots in Atlanta, Metrofresh, where the menu changes daily. This loaded-up plate was just what I needed for pre-bike ride fuel: kale salad studded with juicy peaches and crunchy walnuts, pesto grilled chicken, and a slice of crusty multigrain baguette.

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DINNER: Homemade goodness, thanks to this recipe from Skinny Taste for turkey / zucchini / feta burgers and a tomato, cuc, olive side salad. I decided to ditch the “naked” aspect and put these babies on top of fluffy brioche rolls for a little extra oomph. Ready in less than 30, these burgers are easy to whip up, even on a weeknight.

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Last Atlanta Moments (Part II).

Four years in Atlanta taught me a lot. I learned that I can never again live in a city where a car is a necessity and that humidity is no friend of mine. I also learned that life outside of NYC can be way restorative. There’s less hype, in a good way. Lines are shorter, prices are lower, and strangers almost never curse you out for no apparent reason (this happened to me on the subway yesterday…twice).

 I reflected on these lessons during my last moments in Atlanta, most of which were spent eating. Here’s one final recap of my eats in the city that fed me right for four years.

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First, a stop at Krog Street Market. A confession: I’ve only ever tried Yalla at Krog, despite the market’s diverse offerings including Mexican, sushi, and bbq, among others. Alas, Yalla’s freakishly delicious Mediterranean / Middle Eastern fare had me hooked since day one. So sue me. My last-ever bowl from Yalla was heavily lined with thick hummus and labne, topped with Israeli salad and pickles, and finished off with 5 crispy-as-can-be falafel  balls + a healthy drizzle of tahini. I also added fried eggplant, you know, for good measure.

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Later in the week, I ditched Yalla’s fast-casual vibes for a luxe evening at St. Cecilia, where I celebrated my graduation with all things fancy: think prosecco, oysters, and handmade pasta.

Classy affair that it was, the oysters arrived on ice jewels and the just-baked bread with salt and pepper ricotta…

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We also sampled artichoke-stuffed tortellini for the table, before moving on to our mains. I opted for the octopus (as I almost always do when it’s on any menu, anywhere, ever), which came pesto-slathered and with a hearty three-bean side salad. Also, roasted rainbow carrots. Neither pictured, both devoured.

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My last 48 hours weren’t all cocktails and congratulations, though. I spent a sweaty morning hauling boxes to FedEx, driving donations to Goodwill, and disassembling furniture. As you might imagine, my trip to the dump, where my father and I discarded a broken dining table amidst days-old Chinese takeout containers, just missed the blog-worthy cut. Instead, I’ll show you my post-moveout refuel:

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One last biscuit for the road, paired with cranberry-apple butter, an egg white / cheddar / mushroom / spinach omelette + fruit salad from Atlanta brunch institution, The Flying Biscuit. Solid sustenance for the (not so) long journey home.

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And while I can’t say I’ll miss my tumultuous four-year relationship with Delta Airlines, the place it transported me to will forever be cherished.

Thanks for the memories, Atlanta.