The Thursday {3}: Guava Empanadas from La Isla, Sour Jacks, Vega One Protein Shakes

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The Thursday {3} is back! Our editor shares her favorites from the week in Hoboken… chock-full of tips and tricks to navigating {read: eating, mostly} in the Mile Square. Here’s what’s on today’s list:

Sour Jacks Candy

sour jacks candy

These gummies are far from sugar free or good for your clean diet {BUT they are gluten free!}, however I just had to share how delicious they are. Recently, I brought them to my office, and they were gobbled up a few minutes after putting them out by everyone. Favorite flavor? The watermelon! So delicious. They taste like sour-candy heaven, and I literally cannot stop eating them.

Vega One Shakes

Vega One Shake Hoboken Girl

This has been a longtime favorite of mine, and it’s too good not to share! This protein powder has a few different flavors, but the best IMHO is the French Vanilla. Another major plus is that the powder contains no whey {which is milk-based} and no gluten. Win win + lots of protein and filled with veggies and nutrients — hard to go wrong! The best part is that you can mix it with water in a blender OR by hand, and it’s a perfect post-workout or morning supplement!

Guava Empanadas {and Cafe Con Leche} at La Isla

La Isla Guava Empanada Hoboken New Jersey

If you’ve ever wanted a non-alcoholic nightcap and treat, La Isla downtown is the place to go. This Cuban joint was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives — and with good reason. Their food is just AMAZING {and probably most of the reason they were able to open a second location uptown!}. Their cafe con leche {picture above as well} is also out-of-this-world. Perfect for a rainy night when you just want a little comfort food {and if you haven’t tried their mashed potato ball, you’re missing out}.


Well, that’s it for our Thursday {3}, but now you have a few things to do — get coffee and empanadas, have some gummy snacks, and feel guilty the next morning {so you drink a protein shake}. Win/Win.

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.