What’s in My “Emergency” Bag

Nourish Snacks

One of the most annoying things –I’m sure most of you will agree– is when you’re running errands/waiting for a friend/stuck in a long line (like the DMV) and being without a snack. “Hangry” is a term for a reason, and I hate to admit that when I’m tired and hungry (throw in overheated for an ultimate gripe-fest), my productivity plummets, I get a headache, and am just wholly unpleasant to be around… aka hangry. Anyone else? Not to worry, guys. I have a bit of a solution…

After I graduated from college and began living in an city, I decided to make my own real person “emergency kit.” It fits in the bag I carry around most days and has the basics I find myself repeatedly reaching for while on the go: a Tide to Go pen, nail file, lotion, lip balm, tissues, blister stick, hand sanitizer, a granola bar, ibuprofen, etc. The granola bar is by far the dud of the group… no matter the variety, it’s never appetizing and I always choose to a) go hungry or b) buy a generally unhealthy snack– both of which defeat the purpose of even carrying something to munch on. Enter: Nourish Snacks. The perfectly sized portions of goodness that, in my opinion, are the ultimate “back up snack.”

Nourish Snacks

Nourish Snacks

Each packet is under 200 calories, gluten-free, and is what I like to call the ultimate “graze food.” You know, the food you have at your desk to graze on for the entire afternoon. The fact that I want to use my “emergency back up snack” to satisfy an afternoon food craving is amazing… hello, healthy option! Not going to lie, I used to regularly frequent Corner Bakery and pick up one of their chocolate baby bundt cakes. Delicious, but a terrible option nutritionally. Now that I’ve been making an effort to put better food in my body, I’ve been on the hunt for delicious snacks that aren’t terrible for me.

Nourish has so many varieties to choose from, but my favorites so far are Ps & BBQs, Miss Popular, and Monkey Love. Really though– you can’t go wrong! And the best news?

Nourish is giving Cake & Lilies readers 10% off your order with code CAKE10 until the end of August!

Shipping is fast, so you should be able to order a test run and reorder your favorites :) I’d go with the sample pack first, if you’re conflicted!

Anyone tried Nourish or been hoping to test the waters? What are your favorite ones? I’m determined to try them all, especially now that they’re being sold at Starbucks… a healthier option than those chocolate croissants and glazed donuts, not to mention a great energy boost for road trips and flights!

Nourish Snacks

Photos by my sweet friend Brittany + me

Nourish Snacks, a brand + product I genuinely love, provided me with products for this post. As always, all opinions are my own!

Around the World: The Library Hotel, NYC

Library Hotel, NYC

When I go to NYC, I’m in town to see friends. A decent number of my college buds settled there post-graduation and it’s a no-brainer that I crash at one of their apartments whenever I’m in town. The downside (in addition to feeling awful for crowding their little space)? Never staying in hotels. I’m beyond grateful not to have to fork over the $$$$ that comes with staying in an New York City hotel, but definitely want to make it a point to check out some of these beautiful institutions scattered throughout the city. Good thing I adore hotel bars…

Library Hotel, NYC

Library Hotel, NYC

The Library Hotel is a book lovers dream– seriously, it’s library-themed without being cheesy and over the top. Any space that makes the best of cramped quarters is a win in my book, and sticking with a theme without going overboard is both impressive and appealing. Having been a book lover my entire life, I’d love to call this hotel home for a night or two. Also, cue thinking of how to incorporate small built-ins like this in my future home!

Library Hotel, NYC

A kind of unexpected façade for a hotel, but check out those details! The archway, awning, and what look like tiles above the second story are gorgeous.

The hotel was apparently inspired by the Dewey Decimal System library classification and the property has over 6,000 books that guests can peruse during their stay. It’s certainly an indulgence, but your stay comes with an expansive breakfast and what sounds like a fantastic cocktail hour. I’m a sucker for hotels who include all of this, so the Library has won me over in more ways than one. Let’s also acknowledge the bathroom for a sec: how un-NYC is it? I’d imagine it’s quite tiny, but it definitely seems a little more spacious than most. I love the mixed tile, the faucets, and the cherry wood contrast. 90% chance part of why I’m won over is how cutely it’s styled– Pellegrino in a bathroom? Well ok!

Have any of you heard of or been to the Library Hotel? It’s new to me but I’d love to pay a visit! And find a way to sip rosé on the balcony, because how good does that look?

Library Hotel
299 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Library Hotel, NYC

Library Hotel, NYC

All images via the Library Hotel website

Recipe: Healthy Turkey Nachos

Healthy Nachos

Healthy nachos…sounds like an oxymoron, right? I love nachos –who doesn’t?– and can easily eat a large serving in place of a meal. Since doing that generally means foregoing anything remotely nutritious, I wanted a way to sneak some good things into the mix without sacrificing what makes nachos so good in the first place. Yeah, turkey isn’t beef, but it is packed with protein. I love me some refried beans, but black beans are good too. And corn? It’s in Mexican food all the time, so why not throw it on nachos? The only things that cannot be sacrificed are cheese, sour cream, and salsa. It’s all about balance, riiiiight?

The original plan was to make a huge batch of these for a few friends who were going to come over and watch the Bachelorette finale last night (wahooo, Shawn!!) but after a kind of rocky Sunday afternoon, I was ready for some alone time + playing catch up on my computer. So instead, I used about half the ingredients to make these for my roommate and I and will be using the other half as taco salad for lunch today and tomorrow! The perfect way to use your leftover ingredients, too :)

Healthy Turkey Nachos
Makes two large portions

Ingredients

– Approximately 5 oz of a bag of chips (I used the Trader Joe’s guilt free ones)
– 1/2 pound ground turkey (generally 1/2 the pack… like I said, I used all the extra ingredients for taco salad!)
– 1 cup black beans
– 1/2 cup cooked kernel corn
– 1 cup shredded cheese (I used a light Mexican blend)
– Paprika (optional)
– Sour cream
– Salsa

Directions

Cook turkey in skillet on stove and sprinkle with paprika, turning until paprika is combined and turkey is fully cooked.

On a tinfoil-lined baking sheet, spread chips close together. Evenly sprinkle ground turkey on chips, followed by corn and black beans. Coat with a generous layer of cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 400°F, checking to make sure chips aren’t burnt. Cheese should be melted. Transfer to plate and serve immediately with sour cream and salsa.

Photo by Monica Dutia for Cake & Lilies