Archive for July, 2009

Everything Out Of The Norm

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For instance, I normally don’t post twice in one day, and never at night. But seeing as how tomorrow is a work day and a lot’s been going on/I’m really bored and whiney, I figured blogging would be best(and potentially amusing for you).

Before I start the complainathon summary of today’s festivities, let’s do a quick TV talk, shall we? The Best Thing I Ever Ate? More like The Best Show I Ever Watched. Sorry I’m a little late on this, but I tivoed the last episode and just got around to it, and it totally blew my mind. I love listening to chefs go gaga over other peoples dishes, and this week’s episode was all about Breakfast. I didn’t even delete it from my tivo, because I want to go back and rewatch it. That’s how lame I am good it was. Also, anyone else psyched for the new season of Ace Of Cakes? I wish I worked in that bakery; they always have so much fun for people “working”, and I definitely wouldn’t need to work so hard gaining weight if I was around fondant and buttercream frosting all day.

Ok, well after blogging, I went for a walk and came home to my 2nd banana whip ever.

Banana Whip

Banana Whip

Like I’ve said, I think we’ve got a real winner here people. It’s not there yet, but it’s damn good. I’m thinking about doing something a little special some time, but I want to keep it a secret… Ok I suck at secrets: I want to stick some fresh basil in the food processor. Basil?! What?! Evan, you’re mad! No, I’m just channeling my inner Giada.

Giada de Laurentiis

Giada de Laurentiis

Ok, I just wanted an excuse to look at/post that picture. Sue me.

Anyway, after that I got a little inspiration from France for lunch:

English Muffin With Turkey, Goat Cheese, Spinach, And Herbs Du Provence

English Muffin With Turkey, Goat Cheese, Spinach, And Herbs Du Provence

I’ll have that tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and for dessert, please. I’ve definitely been on an herb/spice kick lately. They just can add so much flavor for something so simple. I need to stock up well before heading off to college. I also had this for dessert:

Toffee Almond Blondie

Toffee Almond Blondie

I think this one was meant to be given to our neighbors? Well they haven’t been easily accessible so sucks to be them. I actually ate this on the car to Market Basket and Whole Foods. I kept the purchases to a minimum to soothe the madre, but I did manage to find and snatch some Deep Chocolate Vitatops and amber agave nectar. It’s all so cheap at Market Basket, I just couldn’t say no. I also picked up some Wallaby Vanilla Bean Nonfat Yogurt at Wholefoods because it was only 2.50 for 27oz. It’s a little thin for my preference, but I have no preference at that price 😉

Now, normally I like to plan my baking a few days ahead and, as my coworker would say, “just do the damn thing” all at once. However, I spotted a recipe for Banana Chai bread this morning and needed to give it a go.

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup agave nectar

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

2 tablespoons ground flax

6oz mushed banana

1/2 cup strongly brewed chai tea

Batter

Batter

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In a cup, let the flaxseed sit in the chai tea for 5 minutes. Mix together the agave nectar, yogurt, and tea in a seperat bowl. Incorporate the banana and blend well. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until fully incorporated. Note: The batter will be thick. Transfer into a loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Banana Chai Loaf

Banana Chai Loaf

The chai flavor wasn’t very strong; that being said, this is the best banana loaf I’ve ever made, so I’m sure that little kick of spice boosted the flavor. Hopefully, this will be a recipe I revisit in the future and find modifications for the better.

This was the part of the night where things started going down hill. Have I mentioned my order from Naturally Nutty yet? I have? Ok, well I’ve been obsessively tracking this with the UPS code, and it SHOULD have came today. In fact, the UPS man stopped RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE… and then gave packages the next 2 houses… Oi. Tomorrow’s another day right? I’m sorry, I’m just not a patient person.

The next disappointment of the night was this:

Broken Kitchen Scale

Broken Kitchen Scale

Sometime after dinner, my scale went a little haywire and froze like this. It also flashed a low battery sign at some point, so the problem’s pretty clear. However, if you’re like my dad and can’t accept anything at face value, you’re going to argue that a low battery sign might not mean low battery… I don’t get him. I love to use my scale for everything: measuring out amounts for recipes, measuring out food for calorie counting, weighing random objects out of boredom. Hopefully we’ll get a new battery soon so I can go back to playing “guess how much a lemon weighs”.

So all this put me in a whiney mood tonight, but now I’m sitting down to this magical trio to try to lift my spirits:

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And English Muffin With White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese And Maple Almond Butter

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And English Muffin With White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese And Maple Almond Butter

I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feeeeeeeel sooooo baaadddddd. Ok, I really need to stop drinking coffee at night(the really sad thing is it’s 98% decaffeinated… I’m a light weight). This meal has lifted my mood, though I’ll still probably have a deficit for the day. Oh well, what’s going to happen is I’ll wake up at 6am tomorrow, feel like crap, not run, and go to work sore and angry in the morning. Luckily I’m one of those people who believes life needs to really suck sometimes so you can appreciate when things aren’t so bad. And I realize that on the grand spectrum of things, things don’t “really suck” tonight, they just aren’t as peachy and rosey as normal.

Fun Fact: Vitatops have 50% of your DV of iron. What the hell? I don’t think anything in my house has more than 10%. What are they stuffing these amazing pillows of chocolate with? Anyone else have some nuggets of nutritional wisdom to share?

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Work Hard, Run Harder

Posted on July 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. Ok, not so good; it’s pouring here, but at least I got in 6 miles before the rain started, and now am sitting down to some fluffernutter oatmeal. I remember just a few days ago when it was so nice and sunny. After blogging Tuesday I enjoyed a nice walk around da ‘hood with a snack.

Mostly Eaten Loaded Scone

Mostly Eaten Loaded Scone

Yum. The only thing better than a homemade snack is a portable one. After that walk, I was ready for lunch. And for lunch, I broke all the rules. Well, not ALL the rules, just 1: Italians don’t mix cheese and seafood. Oops. Oh well, I was craving some parmesan cheese so I grilled up a salmon burger and topped it off with that.

Grilling Lunch

Grilling Lunch

Salmon & Parmesan Burger With Corn

Salmon & Parmesan Burger With Corn

It’s great when you cook for your cravings, because it really hits the spot no matter how weird it is. I must be a little slow, though, because it took me a good hour to realize in hindsight that this was technically a cheeseburger.

After lunch we ran the grocery store circuit. First up was Roche Brothers where I actually didn’t buy a thing(aren’t you proud of me? I am :-)). I was tempted to pick up a pint of figs, but I like it when you can choose each individual fruit instead of a pre-loaded pint where you can get bruised and dead ones. Also, I found out Roche Brothers carries P.B. Loco, including Jungle Banana and Cookie Dough. Now, I’ve avoided P.B. Loco since I tried their dark chocolate and was not a fan. But should I give them another shot? Any opinions on them and those flavors?

After that was the more fruitful Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Normally, I’m not a chocolate chip person, but for some reason I was craving cookie dough so I ate this while shopping.

Chocolate Chip Z-Bar

Chocolate Chip Z-Bar

It’s not a flavor I keep in the house because I usually don’t care for it, but this REALLY hit the spot at the time.  I hate eating food in the grocery store, but gotta keep that energy up for shopping, right? Well there wasn’t any purchases besides the ordinary english muffins and greek yogurt. The one thing that was a little different was TJ’s Spreadable Goat Cheese.

TJ's Goat Cheese & Fig Spread

TJ's Goat Cheese & Fig Spread

I’ve been craving goat cheese since having that amazing goat cheese and fig pizza, so I heated up an english muffin and slathered one side with the goat cheese spread and the other with fig jam. The goat cheese was a little mild, probably because it was a soft spread and not a log or crumble. Still mighty delicious though.

After dinner my parents wanted to hit up some major pre-sales tax sale at a liquor store. I love sales but I can’t drink so I went over to Stop & Shop to satisfy that cookie dough craving from earlier. I thought I was looking for plain jane cookie dough ice cream; why did no one tell me that a beast like this existed?

Ben & Jerry's Half Baked FroYo

Ben & Jerry's Half Baked FroYo

Holy crap yum. I saw this, grabbed it, and we booked it home. I love that it’s frozen yogurt, because I’m a probiotic junkie. And not only does it have that crazy cookie dough I wanted but also brownie batter?! Yes, please! And it’s made with all natural ingredients, so this baby is 100% guilt free.

My Bowl

My Bowl

Later on I enjoyed some Chobani with cocoa powder and agave nectar(nothing says lovin’ like chocolate yogurt) and then topped it with that Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti granola.

Chocolate Yogurt with Granola

Chocolate Yogurt with Granola

Ok, well believe it or not that was all Tuesday. On Wednesday I woke up with Eye Of The Tiger playing in my head(not really, but roll with me here) and went for a 5 miler at 6am. Actually, it was 5.3 miles, and I did it at a sub 8 pace. Not shabby 😉 I did, however, have to come home to this:

Bloody Sock

Bloody Sock

Ugh, I hate running feeling that your toes bleeding but just ignoring it. Well a quickie shower cleaned that up and before I knew it I was off to work. I did make myself a rather impressive breakfast considering the time pressure I was under:

Plain Greek Yogurt Parfait with Cherries, Cocoa Powder, And Homemade Chocolate Granola & A Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cinnamon Raisin PB And Cream Cheese

Plain Greek Yogurt Parfait with Cherries, Cocoa Powder, And Homemade Chocolate Granola & A Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Cinnamon Raisin PB And Cream Cheese

I’m digging the cocoa powder lately, have you noticed? Also the cream cheese; I think I’m becoming a cream cheesaholic, lol. But the mild flavor just goes with anything and everything.

I totally crashed mid-morning. I don’t know if it was the 6am running or the fact that my office is as boring as a Dr. Phil episode. Luckily, I got a coffee break(while on the clock, too!). I snacked on one of these:

Kashi Trail Mix Chewy bar

Kashi Trail Mix Chewy bar

I love Kashi bars in general because they’re full of fiber, fat, and protein and have very low sugar. Yes, there are about 5 different sources of sugar in this(cane syrup, honey, and molasses come to mind), but it all amounts to a relatively low amount. And this bar lives up to its name: Trail Mix. It has almonds, cranberries, raisins, and pepitas–all making one winning combo. I also happened to come upon this:

Set of Will & Grace

Set of Will & Grace

Look familiar? It’s the set of Will & Grace. I’ve known it was on campus for years now, I just never happened to stumble upon it. Turns out it was hiding in the libray; well no wonder I’d never came across it, lol.

After that exciting adventure, there was only a little more work until lunch. Again, we went back to Ufood Grill(see restaurant review page) and again I got the chopstick chicken. Yeah, yeah, I’m a little boring with my food choices. But with brown rice, steamed brocolli, shredded carrots, grilled chicken, and thai terryaki ginger glaze, you’d be ordering this again and again too.

Chopstick Chicken UBowl

Chopstick Chicken UBowl

While I was out of the office I also picked up some Liberte Yogurt with grains. These are the same people who made the goat yogurt, so I wanted to try it. Overall, it was pretty low on the grains; luckily, I packed my own flax seeds so I stirred those on in to make this a grain heaven.

July 29th & 30th 021Per request, we had burgers for supper. I love making my own burger because I can leave the middle as pink as I want. I figure if I die from the bacteria, I’ll have died eating a burger I loved. I also FINALLY got around to eating oatmeal out of a peanut butter jar. I hate to say it, but this was slightly overrated; I should have left more PB in the jar before doing this.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter With Vanilla Oatmeal

White Chocolate Peanut Butter With Vanilla Oatmeal

Oh well, I suppose this was one of those rights of passage things. I also enjoyed some chocolate avocado pudding(no picture :-() I’m loving this in the mini-chopper; it comes out so smooth and creamy and thick. If you haven’t tried it, I still HIGHLY recommend it. I won’t be doing much today I figure besides waiting for my Naturally Nutty package and contacting Holey Donuts about how I couldn’t order anything at their sales price yesterday since the server kept crashing. Oh well, maybe that was a sign that I shouldn’t be spending 40 dollars on donuts? I’ll have to think about that one.

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Double, Double Bake? No Trouble.

Posted on July 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Scones didn’t burn

But blondies bubbled

See? I can do Shakespeare no prob 😛 Haha. Anyway, like I said, yesterday was a get ‘er done type of day.

To do:
The Beak of the Finch Letter
Blog
Core Workout
Cut Nails
Check Mail
Plan Dinner
Bake Loaded Vegan Scones
Bake Toffee Almond Blondies
Run
Contests
Start College Checklist
Read Blogs

See how they all have lines through them? Yeah, I’m that good. And yes, I’m totally one of those people who needs to give forethought to simple things like cutting my nails/toe nails, because otherwise I’ll just push it off until god knows when.

One of the easiest things on that list was checking the mail. I was kind of hoping for my order from Naturally Nutty to come in(no luck yet :-(). I did, however, get this from Odwalla:

Coupons And Stickers From Odwalla

Coupons And Stickers From Odwalla

You’ve probably seen Odwalla carrot juice on my blog many many times. Well, the last carton I had was pretty nashtay; it had long carrot skins and a weird fermented taste to it–not good eats. I contacted the company and they were more than generous in reimbursing me. And how did they know I like stickers? Can you say dorm room decoration? After reading some blogs I was starving. Apparently, I need to put Eat on my to-do list from now on or else I’ll forget to do it. Once I remembered, I whipped up this:

Tuna Burger With Banana Pineapple Jam And Honey Hickory BBQ Chips

Tuna Burger With Banana Pineapple Jam And Honey Hickory BBQ Chips

Honestly, I really just wanted the Banana Pineapple Jam, but I figured I needed to eat something real and filling, so I slathered it on a tuna burger for a tropical delight. And we have so many chips around here, it’s basically a casino. I ended up choosing the flavor by which will (almost) finish the bag.

Again, I worked on more list stuff after lunch, and snacked on this:

Clif Dark Chocolate Walnut Bar

Clif Dark Chocolate Walnut Bar

I love these Nectar bars; they’re kind of like Larabars but with more fruit and less nuts. This definitely isn’t my favorite flavor but I was craving something chocolaty. The cocoa powder in this adds great flavor, but combined with the walnut makes it a little dry overall. Still, it’s a good chocolate fix. It’s also loaded with fiber and a smattering of nutrients(such as selenium, where else are you going to get that?).

Finally it came time to preheat that oven and get things acookin’. I love the combination of apricots and white chocolate, and, as I’ve learnt through my amazing peanut butter cookie sandwiches, White Chocolate Wonderful blends amazingly with light cream cheese. So I combined the peanut butter boy’s scone recipe with an apricot cream cheese scone recipe from King Arthur’s website, substituted a lil’ flaxseed because I could, and voila, these were born. I’m just going to call them Loaded Scones because a more descriptive name would get very long very fast.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

5 tablespoons peanut butter(I used white chocolate wonderful)

5 tablespoons light cream cheese

1/2 cup white sugar(I used 80 grams which is just slightly less)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed

2/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried apricots(80 grams), diced

Cutting In The Peanut Butter And Cream Cheese

Cutting In The Peanut Butter And Cream Cheese

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a measuring cup, stir the flaxseed into the almond milk until gelatenous. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chopped apricots in a large bowl. Cut in the peanut butter and cream cheese until coarse and crumbly. Slowly incorporate the almond milk mixture and vanilla extract. Move the mixture onto a hard surface and work a few times over. Break into 3 identical pieces and form each into a large circle. Cut each circle into 4 pieces and soften the edges. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned.

Loaded Scones

Loaded Scones

I wish I could capture smells, because these made my kitchen smell heavenly. If you’re vegan, simply replace the cream cheese with more peanut butter, or use a substitute like Tofutti. I’m a cream cheesaholic myself. It has to be my favorite cheese, which is a little sad because I don’t think it’s definitively a cheese? Be careful not to overwork the batter, and work quickly. Mine got a little soft and before I knew it, there was dough all over my hands. Still, they were delicious.

My second recipe was what I plan on giving to my new neighbors. These are my absolute favorite brownies/blondies because they’re so delicious and sinful tasting. They’re called Toffee Almond Blondies and are a recipe from Starbucks. You can find the original recipe on my recipe page, but know that for this batch I made some health(ier) substitutions after looking at tponz’s(www.tponz.wordpress.com) fig and almond blondies. I dropped the canola oil from 1/4 cup to 2 tablespoons, and replaced the 1/4 cup applesauce and 3/4 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup apple butter. All that removed 640 calories from the pan, and you would absolutely never know it. I wasn’t too afraid to make those substitutions, since the star of the blondies is the mix-ins anyway. Even so, the base is just as moist and sweet, and the apple butter gives it more of a toffee color.

Apple Butter, Eggs, Canola Oil, And Almond Extract

Apple Butter, Eggs, Canola Oil, And Almond Extract

Batter With White Chocolate Chips, Heath Morsels, And Slivered Almonds

Batter With White Chocolate Chips, Heath Morsels, And Slivered Almonds

If you do take these on, know that the batter is VERY thick. This is not a mistake and it will bake just fine, but it certainly nerved me.

Fresh Out Of The Oven

Fresh Out Of The Oven

I can’t wait to pass these on to the neighbors and people at work. I’ll admit, I’ve already snuck 6 into the freezer for myself 🙂

After all that cooking, I still had to make dinner for myself and my dad. Can you say “what a drag”? Well I phoned it in worked my brain and decided to grill a frozen pizza since it worked so well last time, and also threw some frozen oven fries on the grill while it was on.

Magharita Pizza And Oven Fries

Magharita Pizza And Oven Fries

Meals like this remind me of two things. 1) An herb garden can make anything taste gourmet. I picked some basil and threw that over the pizza, and cooked some parsley in with the fries–delicious. 2) I’m so american. Seriously, where else would you get pizza and fries? It reminds me of going to a little town house restaurant and getting an order of fries to split with the table no matter what you’re eating.

Finally I brewed up a pot of coffee and sat down with my lil’ addiction:

Toffee Almond Blondie

Toffee Almond Blondie

Can you see the white chocolate chips, almonds, and toffee? I should hide the pan from myself until I figure out how many I’m giving away.

This morning I was a little sore but pounded out a strong 6.7 miles. I’ve been listening to the same playlist for the past 3 days which is full of songs I don’t usually hear. Would people be interested in seeing that? Finally I’ll leave you with a snapshot of breakfast. Today’s a lot less hectic than yesterday luckily, so I’ll see what I can snap pictures of to keep it looking interesting at least.

English Muffin With Mighty Maple & Raspberry Jam, Carrot Juice, VoskosGreek Yogurt, Peaches And Raspberries

English Muffin With Mighty Maple & Raspberry Jam, Carrot Juice, VoskosGreek Yogurt, Peaches And Raspberries

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To Do: Blog. Check.

Posted on July 27, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hi, Hi. Before I get into anything, I wanted to point your attention to the new page I set up. I love sharing some of my favorite products, and warning you about other products I would suggest avoiding. I’m always delighted to hear when you try something featured and share my enthusiasm for it. For that reason, I’ve made the products I’ve reviewed evermore convenient for you to find by formalizing a page with links to the posts. This also has showed me what amazing products I mention in passing but have yet to give a comprehensive review of, so expect more of my favorite products to come.

Ok. Well today is just one of those days where I’ve drawn up a to-do list and go at it like this woman were behind me with a whip:

Suze Orman

Suze Orman

Yikes. That’ll get me moving.

After blogging yesterday we had a delicious Sunday family lunch. My Italian side is huge on roasted chicken; me, not so much, but I saved the day by shredding my piece and tossing it with leftover mango and avocado, lime juice, fresh cilantro, and throwing it on top of chicken. My mom baked sweet potatoes. Normally, I love baked potatoes, but it was 80 degrees out and I felt like a baked potato, so I passed and saved mine for dessert at 8pm. Yes, dessert. First avocado, now potatoes, what next? It was VERY yummy with a marshmellow melted on top(though it needed salt), so don’t knock it ’til you try it!

After lunch we began my Brown shopping. It’s so weird shopping for school; I really just want to take things from my house and stick them in my dorm, but I don’t think my parents would appreciate it if they lost their refrigerator and half their silverware. Here was the loot of the day:

My Comforter

My Comforter

A Mini-Chopper

A Mini-Chopper

Yes, my comforter is Brown like my school, lol. It’s also a lot like the one I have for home, which will make me feel comfortable. I plan to get a loud colored sheet to go under it though, because that’s my style. The mini-chopper is no food processor, but it was only 7 dollars(and much better than the hand chopper we had)! I have yet to make avocado pudding with it, but I did try banana whip for the first time. Confession: I thought banana whip was one of those things dieters make and convince themselves it’s great and just like the real thing but aren’t actually happy with it. Boy, was I wrong and you guys right. It wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty delicious and really accentuated the flavor of the banana. I hate eating bananas straight but love banana flavored products and this was much more like the latter. I can’t wait to try this with cocoa powder and peanuts mixed in.

We also had to pop over to Hannaford for this:

White Chocolate Wonderful

White Chocolate Wonderful

I finished off my White Chocolate Wonderful and scooped the rest into its replacement. Mighty Maple and Cinnamon Raisin Swirl are also pretty low, so I’ll have to get onto those next! We also picked up some steak when shopping; not very great cuts of meat but something different for dinner I guess. I definitely saved mine by turning it into a, what’s the name? Hugh Jass salad? Shout out to LovIN My Tummy! your blog was very entertaining.

Grilled Peach & Steak Salad

Grilled Peach & Steak Salad

I threw the steak over some spinach with 1/2 a grilled peach, steamed broccoli, and Trader Joe’s Smokey Peach Salsa. It was way simple and had a ton of flavor. With a little more refining, this could definitely be something you order at a restaurant. After that I had a little dessert:

Cherry Fage

Cherry Fage

I’d never tried Fage before since it’s quite costly, but I got a 1 dollar off coupon at the grocery store and picked this up for 79 cents. The cherry compote tasted a little sugary and artificial(even though it’s all natural), but I mixed in a tablespoon of cocoa and that really tamed the flavor and made it great. I love yogurt for dessert. And did you know that calcium help prevents some of the bad fats from meat from being absorbed into your system? Or something like that. I don’t know, but it was on AOL so it MUST be right :-). Also for dessert was the afformentioned sweet potato and banana whip, both of which had crappy pictures so I won’t blur up your screen with those.

Like I said, today’s just one of those days where I’ve got my to-do list and am going to town. Now I can cross blog off of it. Here’s a tip: If you have your to-do list in an email or on the computer, don’t delete the things you’ve done; highlight, click on font, and click strikethrough. It’s a lot more encouraging to physically see the things you’ve done rather than just delete them like they didn’t happen. So what stuff is there for me to do? Well, for one we have new neighbors–how exciting! I want to make them something, and while I’ve been dying to bake(and eat) some toffee almond blondies recently(check recipe page), I’m thinking something individual and portable like scones or muffins is a better idea. Also, I might be going to Georgia on Thursday? Wtf? I would love to, but it’s a little last minute and I really need to figure that out soon. If I do, be sure to see plenty of good eats and blogging from there over the weekend.

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Clafon’t You Want Some?

Posted on July 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning, all. Last night I was such a bottomless pit. It’s a good thing I had such good eats on hand to keep me entertained and happy. My morning was a decent paced 6.7(6 times around the neighborhood). I definitely felt like I could’ve gone another time around, but then I realized just because I could doesn’t always mean I should. I imagine a lot of us have problems pacing and limiting ourselves; maybe the runner’s flu is going around! lol. My day is pretty empty as of now. I’m sure my jars of Cinnamon Raisin, Mighty Maple, and White Chocolate Wonderful are all going to be finished off during the week, SO I could be a plan-aheader and get those today. Also, there’s a reunion at Bertucci’s with a few people I haven’t seen since 5th or 6th grade; I could go to that, but not quite sure how it’ll be. Anyone else ever hesitant to reunite with people after so long?

Well after breakfast and blogs yesterday we planned on having a burgerlicious lunch. I was really craving something asian, though, and couldn’t quite figure out how to orientize my burger, so I just didn’t try.

Thai Peanut Tuna Sandwich & Pork Dumplings

Thai Peanut Tuna Sandwich & Pork Dumplings

It’s always good to just go with your cravings. Maybe my body was low on sodium, and it knows when it wants sodium just ask for Chinese and it will get more than its share.

After that we headed to the mall for my mom to exchange some clothes; aka nothing too exciting. I was thirsty though and craving something a little lemony so I picked up this:

Lemonade Vitamin Water

Lemonade Vitamin Water

I remembered buying this during the school year and not being impressed, but I thought I’d give it a second chance. And I’m so glad I did. This was nice and sweet, and tart; just like lemonade should be. I like that it’s natural and uses Truvia as part of the sweetness. I used to think the flavor was bland, but I think cutting out excessively sugary foods has allowed me to appreciate subtle flavors like lemon more.

After that we went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. You know how it is: You go for a loaf of bread and you come out 50 dollars poorer. Oh well. At Trader Joe’s there was a woman who had clearly never been there before and was getting really excited about sunflower seeds, goji berries, and sour yogurt. All I could think was “Is this woman a blogger? Should I know her?” lol. I think she thought I was giving her weird looks, because she kept whispering to her friend and nervously giggling. While we were in Whole Foods hunger struck my like a ton of bricks. I tried getting away with a cheap bar, but I really wanted something grainy with granola, so I dug deep into my pocket and bought a 6-pack of this for *cringe* 4.79

Vanilla Chip Cascadian Farms Granola Bar

Vanilla Chip Cascadian Farms Granola Bar

This was a bar I had been eyeing at stores for quite some time now, and let me tell you, it was entirely worth the money. This is absolutely one of those bars people talk about when they say they’re “disguised as healthy”; basically it has more sugar than whole grains, and very little protein or fiber. But the redeeming quality for this bar is the amazing flavor. Unlike the other not-so-healthy granola bars, which still taste like granola, this seriously tasted like raw cookie dough. Vanilla is such an underused flavor and this bar is bursting with it. Go out and buy a pack NOW, and enjoy it for dessert or a quick sugar pick-me-up.

Dinner was rainbow trout, which I thought was OK but not flavorful enough on its own/ i was surprised to learn trout is more of a fatty fish like salmon. I would’ve thought by that it’d have more flavor, but lemon really brightened it up.

Well the night called for a great dessert after my distance PR. We had fresh picked blueberries still on hand and cherries that were on sale so I threw together a Cherries N’ Berries Amaretto Clafouti

Ingredients:

5oz cherries, pitted

140 grams blueberries

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

60 grams sugar(about 5 tablespoons)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup almond milk

1-2 tablespoons amaretto

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cherries N' Berries

Cherries N' Berries

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a deep, 9×9 baking dish, spread out the cherries and blueberries. In a bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk in the eggs one ate a time. Pour in the almond milk, amaretto, and vanilla extract and mix. Pour over the fruit evenly in the baking dish. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let set for at least 5 minutes before cutting into.

Fresh Out Of The Oven

Fresh Out Of The Oven

This recipe was incredibly simple and delicious. It’s definitely something to make when you’re having company over because it’s so easy and yet seems so decadent. And it really is best within the few hours out of the oven. You can sift powdered sugar over the top for serving. The almond flavor was a little subtle, so if you’re someone who likes louder flavor increase the sugar in the batter. The best thing about this recipe is that it can easily be adapted to fit certain dietary needs. Try swapping out the flour for almond meal, and using flaxseed meal as a thickener to replace the eggs.

If you can believe it, the entire pan has only around 860 calories. I did not feel bad at all eating half of it myself. Here was my first slice along with some hazelnut coffee.

Clafouti For Me

Clafouti For Me

Another GREAT find yesterday was Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Granola from Target. This was another product I’d been eyeing for quite a while and finally caved in and let other people pay for it for me, lol. It went really well with some chocolate avocado pudding.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Granola

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Granola

At least that big box for 5 dollars will last a while; I mainly just use granola for going over yogurt and pudding, so I’ll get quite a few parfaits out of that.

Wow. What am I going to do today that’ll come close to all that deliciousness? I’m completely daunted by the thought. I suppose I’ll come up with something!

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Winding & Grinding

Posted on July 25, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Breakfast

Breakfast

Mango Avocado Tuna sandwich + Peach and Agave Greek Yogurt + Peanut Butter Z-Bar + carrot juice = post-run fuel from my new distance PR! Today I scheduled my long run of 7.5 miles, but after that 5th mile I decided to take a different route home and added an extra mile to my distance, making that the longest I’ve ran EVER. And I was sooo close to having a sub 8:00 pace overall but finished just a little over. Oh well, that’ll give me something to work on next time 🙂

Backtracking a bit, after my blogging on Thursday I took a trip to the dentist. He’s a nice man, but I felt like he spent more time asking me every question possible about my life/going to college than he did on my teeth. Oh, and what happened to the good ol’ days when we got to choose what flavor toothpaste they would use? Anyway, the good news was no cavities, and he didn’t bring up my wisdom teeth, so I’m clean and clear for another 6 months.

After that a quick trip to Market Basket was in order. I’m getting so disappointed with that place. The first time we went they had Dark Chocolate Vitatops–some of the best dessert I’ve ever had. Ever since they’ve only had corn vitatops and bran muffins 😦 I need my chocolate fix; at least Z-bars are there for that. I also picked up a pint of the best frozen yogurt ever: Stonyfield Cookies N’ Dream. The next rainy day I am popping in a movie and digging into that. I knew that all this dentistry/food shopping would cut into my eating time so I packed lunch.

Lunch

Lunch

Leftover turkey shredded and mixed with avocado, and some buffalo blue kettle chips. I’m wicked proud of myself; I never eat leftovers(mostly because I never have leftover oatmeal or yogurt to eat). But now no one besides me has touched that leftover turkey and the next time I get told I spend too much at food I will totally play the turkey card. Also, I love those chips. They have such an unexpected cheesiness to them. Try them out.

Fast foward through my uneventful afternoon and arrive at my slightly more eventful night. I’ve been experimenting a lot with ground flax seeds lately for their nutrition and thickening properties. As I’ve mentioned before, I like Stonyfield’s yogurt flavors but their yogurt is just too thin for me. So I tried mixing 6oz of Banilla with a tablespoon of flaxseed meal and arrived at this:

Banilla with Flaxseed Meal

Banilla with Flaxseed Meal

Photogenic? No. Flavorful? Yes. The flaxseeds definitely thickened it up and added a nuttiness that worked with the banana flavor. Some peanut butter granola or just a tablespoon of peanut butter really would have made this pop–it’s definitely something I’ll be trying again and again. Other highlights of the night: I made some more chocolate avocado pudding and even convinced my mom to eat some. And what’s more, she actually liked it! Well, she said it wasn’t sweet enough, but then I made fun of her for liking thiings super sugary and secretly added a stevia packet because she was right. I also spent A LOT of money on peanut butter from Naturally Nutty. That’s all I’ll say for now until the package comes in. But I figured it was ok to spoil myself since I now have a job and am getting payed.

Well the next day my alarm went off at 6am but I did not budge. I could hear it pouring outside so I wasn’t ready to run. I must have shut off my alarm because the next thing I knew it was 7:35 and my dad was waking me up. Crap. I am not someone who can get completely prepared in 15 minutes. After a lot of scrambling and food prepping, we got out the door around 8:10 and I downed this in the car:

Breakfast

Breakfast

An english muffin with apple butter and mighty maple, honey almond flax bar, and green tea chai pudding. It was pretty good considering the mad rush/cloud of fog I was in. I also thought I had to make myself lunch for the day so I threw together a turkey and avocado sandwich(I didn’t even realize I was eating the same thing as the day before until I wrote this blog). I was so rushed for lunch I completely forgot a to take a picture, but I did remember to photo this which I made a special trip for 🙂

Pomegranite Chobani

Pomegranite Chobani

Thank you, Chobani, for a delicious flavor. The tartness is a lot like raspberry except with little pomegranite seeds added in. I hope these come to Hannafords soon. After work on the way home I munched on this lil’ bar:

Almond, Macadamia, & Walnut KIND Bar

Almond, Macadamia, & Walnut KIND Bar

I was really excited to try this because of the 10 grams of protein. The bar, however, was incredibly dry and almost inedible. I think the soy protein needed honey or dates or something to offset them. I would not buy this guy again.

Well I was home alone for the night so I decided to get my culinary skillz on. First off, we had an Amy’s Margharita pizza gathering dust in the freezer, so I decided to have that for my dinner. I’d never tried grilling a pizza before but I figured there’s a first time for everything.

Amy's Pizza on the Grill

Amy's Pizza on the Grill

Dinner

Dinner

First off, let me get something off my chest. I’m a complete poser, lol. The second after I snapped that photo I moved everything indoors, plopped myself on the couch with my laptop and dug in while watching Conan O’Brien. That being said, that was one kick ass butt dinner. The pizza tasted great; the bottom had a distinct, burnt flavor while the inside was soft and doughy. And of course I added some fresh basil to really liven up the cheese. And I gave the Zevia cola I won a try. I thought it was OK, not quite as good as the root beer but definitely not bad. I think I’m so used to fake diet Coke that I forgot how real cola should taste. I also did some flaxseed grinding:

Flaxseed Meal and a Coffee Grinder

Flaxseed Meal and a Coffee Grinder

Try it! The health benefit from the fresh ground flax seed is great, and they add a great nuttiness and thickness to any dish. I added some to Stonyfield Java frozen yogurt last night; it became thick like frozen custard. Unfortunately, I stuck it in the fridge thinking it would take on more of a yogurt consistency and it got too thin, but this is definitely something to play around with in the future.

After a night of good eats, I woke up and ran my distance PR and that was that. Hopefully there won’t be too much to do today; I need new socks since my big toe was hanging out the entire time today. Time to read your blogs, see ya!

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A Berry Long Past Two Days

Posted on July 23, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It feels good to sleep in, check my emails, and blog in the morning again 🙂 I swear if my work week wasn’t just 2 days and that money wasn’t being put towards some tasty peanut butter I would just stay home and not write that reflective essay I’ve been neglecting so well. And look what was waiting for me when I got home: it’s the Zevia I won from Melinda’s blog! Thanks! I love how it’s a sampler of all the flavors–I had only ever tried root beer.

Zevia Package

Zevia Package

Anyway, let’s jump back to rainy Tuesday. After a hectic morning of running around/blogging/contacting Odwalla because my last carton of carrot juice had more skin in it than a Playboy magazine/other stuff, my body was craving red meat. Of course, the one time I crave red meat the grill won’t start. But it was that bad that I settled for a skillet cooked burger, along with some TJ Mac N’ Cheese.

A Burger & Mac N' Cheese

A Burger & Mac N' Cheese

I was really hungry, and that lunch hit the spot. Once the rain let up, I went out for a short walk around the neighborhood. Apparently I do my best thinking on walks. I was thinking about what to make with my buckets o’ blueberries; I had picked out a recipe for maple blueberry muffins with flax seed. Well, I didn’t really feel like cooking with flax because it seemed complicated. And, although I like maple, I love white chocolate. I never actually restashed my white chocolate after my last batch of Toffee Almond Blondies, so I thought about the next best thing: vanilla. Hmmm, vanilla and flax? Sounds like my favorite Kashi oatmeal. SO, I took the lazy shortcut and modified the recipe.

Ingredients

4 packets Kashi Creamy Vanilla Cereal

1 cup white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 cup almond breeze

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups(210 grams) blueberries

The Set Up

The Set Up

In a cup, let the almond breeze and lemon juice stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal packets, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, oil, and sour milk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly incorporate the egg mixture. Fold in the blueberries and mix until it reaches a lumpy batter. Line 12 muffin tins and pour equal amounts of batter into each one(it should fill up to the rim). Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are golden and springy.

Blueberry Mixing

Blueberry Mixing

Muffins Out Of The Oven

Muffins Out Of The Oven

I’ve got to say, these muffins are amazing. You would never know they’re at all healthy with the soft, cupcake-like bread and the generous mix of blueberries. They have a strong vanilla flavor that ties in with the blueberries well. And the best part about these muffins is the oatmeal shortcut adds all the flavor and health benefits for you. Next time I’m going to try this with raspberries(and maybe toss in a few white-chocolate chips if I restock).

While those were cooling, we ran to the store and picked out a few things:

Blueberry Z-Bars

Blueberry Z-Bars

Blueberry Sausages

Blueberry Sausages

I was absolutely craving those Z-Bars the entire time I was baking. Is it bad that I ate one of them before I ate my own blueberry creation? They’re just so delicious. I think I’ll keep them in permanent stock from now on. The sausages I had never seen before and needed to grab. I just figured they would go so well with my blueberried dessert. They ended up being really good. The blueberry flavor is subtle, but the maple really brings pizzazz to the sausage overall and makes it more of a dessert than a meal. It went really well with these:

Warmed Blueberry Muffin

Warmed Blueberry Muffin

I popped it in the microwave for about 10 seconds so the blueberries were nice and juicy.

Can you believe that was all only Tuesday? Well on Wednesday I kicked my butt out of bed at 6am for a 5.3 mile run around the neighborhood. Why I do this I do not know but it felt so good(in hindsight, not so much at the beginning). I think I was running on blueberry power maybe? Haha. Well then I had to do what I do best worst and make a breakfast for the road. My taste buds led me to this:

Pumpkin Oatmeal In The Car

Pumpkin Oatmeal In The Car

At least I wasn’t driving, right? In the mix was oatmeal, pumpkin, ground flax seeds, Mighty Maple PB, and sliced almonds. This was the first time I used ground flax, so I was a little nervous. Overall they came out nice and thick and nutty; ground flax is definitely something I’ll try using more of.

Why I Love My Office

Why I Love My Office

Work was pretty bland. Luckily it was a meeting day and when there are meetings I get kicked out and get to go on a coffee break. I got an extra hour and a half to sit and sip 🙂 Also, I wasn’t really paying attention to what I was packing after my run before I had to head out of the door. I found it a little funny when I actually looked:

My Bag Of Bars

My Bag Of Bars

I’m seeing at least 7 snacks plus the cinnamon raisin Larabar I made and threw in the company fridge. Well if there was a blizzard in July and we were trapped suddenly I would have been Mr. Popular. For lunch my dad and I went over to UFood Grill, a restaraunt I did a review on a while back. I love this place because of the generous portions, healthy simple dishes, cheap prices, and friendly atmospher. i got their signature Chopstick Chicken UBowl:

Chopstick Chicken UBowl

Chopstick Chicken UBowl

This is one of those dishes I feel like I should be able to recreate but just can’t. It’s steamed brocolli, grated carrots, and seasoned kitchen all over a big pile of brown rice and covered by a teryaki ginger glaze. In all honesty, their might be a little too much brown rice. This really filled me up, filled me up like air into a Macy’s Day Parade float. For the rest of my time at work I nibbled on a chocolate brownie Z-Bar. And then once I got off hunger hit me like a ton of bricks. Luckily we were planning to go to Whole Foods anyway so I grabbed this to give a try:

Goat Milk Raspberry Yogurt

Goat Milk Raspberry Yogurt

I was craving something cool and creamy with a tang. This went above and beyond the call. I absolutely loved the goat milk base which gave a very unique flavor. Also, the manufacturers use chicory roo insulin to thicken it, which not only adds fiber but also makes it somewhat thick(not greek yogurt thick, but not Stonyfield creamy thin). If it ever goes on sale, I will be loading up on all of the flavors. Wow that was a long two days. Hope Thursday turns out restful!

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Screw The Blues, I Got A Cheap Date

Posted on July 21, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

These Blues:

Blueberries

Blueberries

These dates:

Medjool Dates

Medjool Dates

Shortly after blogging, my mom wanted to go to Hannaford to pick up something for dinner. I’m never one to pass up a grocery trip, so I tagged along. boy was I shocked to find these; it seems like the 1.50 dates I found in Maine last weekend followed me down. These things are 11 dollars a pound at Whole Foods and 5 at Market Basket. What a steal, right? I basically grabbed a bag and went to town. I thought I took an absurd amount but guess what: My huge haul was less than 2 dollars because they’re so cheap. I of course attacked the bulk bins for some dry roasted nuts to make Homemade Larabars.

Now, I don’t have a food processor, so I severely improvised using a hand chopper and making these one at a time. yes it was painful, but it was also very worth it. The ratio I used was 3 parts fruit to 1 part nut, which makes it more like a Nectar bar than a Larabar(which I prefer). However, mine were larger in size than the average Nectar bar and had a calorie count more similar to a Larabar.

The Set Up

The Set Up

Homemade PB&J Larabar

Homemade PB&J Larabar

I got 14 out of my 1 1/4 pounds of dates(plus one failed attempt at a banana bread flavor). I made 5 PB & J, 5 Cinnamon Raisin, 1 Pistachio, and 3 Lemon Cashew. The PB & J had dates, craisins, peanuts and salt. The Cinnamon Raisin had dates, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon. The Pistachio had dates, lime juice, and pistachios. And the Lemon Cashew had dates, lemon juice, and cashews.

This was a ton of fun and delicious and cheap but I really don’t recommend doing this without a food processor and have no plans on doing it again until I get myself one.

After that it was time for a quick trip to the doctors. It had been 7 weeks since my check-up and he wanted to do a follow up on my weight.

Snacking In The Doctors Office

Snacking In The Doctors Office

The good news: I’ve gained 6 pounds. The bad news: my doctor was incredibly unencouraging. He basically acted like I hadn’t gained anything, told me I should cut my running down, and repeatedly asked me annoying questions like “are you stressed out? skipping meals?” Honestly? Who the hell gains 6 pounds skipping meals. Anyway, I’m one of those people who thinks the best way to get negative feelings out is to write a letter, so here’s my frustration put into organized and eloquent thought:

Dear Dr. Who

Our last meeting left me more discouraged than I think I have right to be; I feel as though you were unfairly discouraging in my progress so far. Over the past 7 weeks(the time since our last appointment), I’ve accomplished several things. First and foremost, I’ve been able to enjoy my summer with friends and family and live life to the fullest; this I prize more than anything considering it is the last Summer I will be home before going off to college. Secondly, I have become a stronger person. I have never felt more energized, and I’ve become a better and faster athlete. Last, but certainly not least, I have managed to increase my weight 6 pounds. This is one accomplishment I am very proud of as it has not been easy to take-in such an excess of calories each and every day but something that I’ve taken very seriously and am reaping the benefits of. Along with the weight-gaining, I’ve learned a lot about nutrition, world cuisine, cooking techniques, and other points of information I can take and apply into the real world. I can now make anything from spicy thai noodles to bagels to a myriad of other dishes. Like I said, I myself am proud of all that I’ve just mentioned in this letter, and found your lack of enthusiasm rather discouraging. If I misread our meeting at all, please do reply with anything you have to say. Thank you.

*Sigh of relief* Much better. Should I actually bother to send that? I feel like it could be taken as a long, eloquent “F-U”. What do you think?

Well, skipping dinner and moving onto dessert, I had picked up this little guy at the store and wanted to give it a try:

Stonyfield Strawberries & Cream Cream Top Yogurt

Stonyfield Strawberries & Cream Cream Top Yogurt

I’m one of those people who would rather have a fine yogurt or pudding than a bowl of ice cream(weird, I know). I was excited to try a cream top yogurt to see if it made it taste any more luxurious. This, however, was quite a disappointment. First off, I’m not a fan of Stonyfield’s fruit on the bottom variety; I never feel as though the flavoring is at all fruity. And when I did stir it up, I noticed something odd in my strawberries: a blueberry! No, it was not one of the ones I picked(I would never have picked such a small blueberry). Well I emailed the folks at Stonyfield about that and they were nice enough to say they’re sending replacement coupons(Ok, I really didn’t need to get replacement coupons just because I found a silly blueberry in my yogurt. I guess they’re just really nice people over there at Stonyfield). And the thinness of the yogurt is really what killed it for me. Apparently, I’m a Greek boy thick and through–for yogurt at least. Oh well, I’m glad I gave the cream top a try but probably won’t be rushing back to grab another.

Anyway, that was my yesterday. Today has been super super busy and this blog entry has taken me over 2 hours. I’ve been running around like a nut and am starving(does anybody else find when they get caught up in work the first thing to shove aside is eating/nutrition?). I did a quick 6.7 after sleeping in and enjoyed the ultimate comfort food:

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Blueberry Parfait

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Blueberry Parfait

Love them fluffernutter oats. Anyway, now I need to make lunch and then get back to the to-do list, which includes a lot of blueberry baking. When will I have time to read any of your blogs? Aghh. Anyway, bye.

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Feeling Picky

Posted on July 20, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Clearly my taste buds are still asleep because they dreamed up this post-run “breakfast”

Breakfast

Breakfast

A parfait with Plain Chobani, blueberries, and Maple-Agave syrup, and an Angry Tropical Tuna Sandwich(see recipe page for details). Yeah, pretty random, right? Oh well, it’s what I wanted, and I’m happy I didn’t have to waste the other 1/2 of a can of tuna. Anyway, today was a really quick 6 miles. I feel like I ate sooo much after dinner last night that the fiber and protein were still digesting when I woke up and that gave me some great energy for the run(the coffee might have helped too ;-)).

Back to yesterday, the day was full with plenty of fun as you will see. Our original plan was to take my grandmother to Foxwoods for her birthday present. Well, she was pretty tired from spending the week gambling with her sister, and I wasn’t feeling so hot after 2 days of high-mileage running and eating out(probably all resulting in undereating). SO, we settled on having her over for lunch. Again, the plan was for grilling, but I had some avocado and mango going bad that I wanted to use up so I dreamed up a DELICIOUS sandwich that apparently my forefinger prevented me from getting a picture of 😦

Ingredients:

1/2 can tuna

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1.5oz mango, cut and cubed

1oz avocado, cut and cubed

1 tablespoon tropical jam(banana or pineapple)

2 slices of bread

Spread the jam over one slice of bread. In a bowl, mash together the tuna and Greek yogurt. Fold in the chunks of mango and avocado. Scoop and sandwich between the two slices of bread and cut down the middle. Like I said, delicious. The creamy avocado and yogurt go great with the sweet jam and mango.

After we drove my grandmother out the door finished lunch, we wet to a local farm called Tougas for some blueberry picking.

Blueberries

Blueberries

Bucket #1

Bucket #1

Picking fruit can be such a fun way to spend the day and enjoy the sun. And it’s definitely something you can only do this time of year so seize the moment and get out there! It’s also great because you get just the good ones(I do not hesitate to take the imperfect ones out of my bucket and toss them to be fertilizer). In the end I think we got about 4 1/2 pounds of blueberries. We could have gone for 10+ but we don’t have much freezer space at the moment. needless to say, if you have any blueberry recipes please send them my way.

After blueberry picking we did a little grocery shopping. I found some homemade pumpkin butter at another local farm(thank god because my TJ pumpkin butter is almost all gone :-() We had to hit up TJ for some of my favorite sandwich bread(5g insoluble fiber and 3g protein per slice–that’ll get you moving!) and Price Chopper where I found this:

Pineapple Chobani

Pineapple Chobani

The second of the new Chobani flavors. The first thing I noticed about this was that it’s the 2% variety, unlike the other fruit Chobani which are 0%. I ain’t afraid of no ghost fat, and I was hoping the added cream would make the product more thick and dessert-like; ultimately, I think they have to use it because of an enzyme in the pineapple which thins the yogurt. It was still good, but I definitely prefer the tart pomegranite flavor.

While my mom was picking up some paint at Ace Hardwares I ran in a little Deli & Grocery and was surprised to find these:

Indigo Rabbit Cookies

Indigo Rabbit Cookies

Indigo Rabbit is a health-food company based out of Northborough that makes 5 cookies using onoly the purest and simplest ingredients. They use vegetable puree as the base for the cookie making them quite healthy. Some of their varieties such as the peanut butter cookie are also vegan friendly. I decided to go with their Gingerlicious flavor. These were really good; they were soft and had a strong molasses flavor(they should, it was the first ingredient!). You would never have known these cookies were healthy or only 50 calories each. They seriously taste fresh out of the oven and I couldn’t recommend them more(as proof by the 4 that are missing from my box already).

Sunday night has turned into one crazy night for television if you ask me. First there’s Big Brother which I’ve already expressed my enthusiasm for. Then of course at 9 there’s The Next Food Network Star. I really don’t like Jeffrey and I don’t know why but I hope he doesn’t win. Jameka I feel was better at the beginning of the season but since had crashed and needed to get booted. And then at 10 I completely forgot Ace Of Cakes was starting their new season! What an entertaining show; I was getting tired of the repeats all the time though.

Dare I say I was not feeling the peanut butter cookie sandwich at this time of night? It’s become somewhat of a ritual to have that as my last thing of the night because my runs the next morning have always felt great(I swear this is the magic combination of fiber, protein, and fat). But, like I said, I was just not feeling it; SO I worked my brain and made up the sandwich’s close cousin, the chocolate chip cookie sandwich.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

Just as simple. Just as delicious. The same thing except using Dark Chocolate Dreams instead of White Chocolate Wonderful. I’ve tried combining cream cheese with some of the other flavors like cinnamon raisin but it just doesn’t work the same. I think the slight sugar content in these two flavors is what really makes the sandwich creamy and dreamy.

Up for today I hope to be making something with blueberries, so look for some baking photos tomorrow. Besides that there’ll be a quick trip to the doctors for a check-up(here’s to hoping no shots!). Also, I’m practically waiting by the mailbox for my first paycheck. I’m thinking of celebrating by buying some naturally nutty peanut butter or other gourmet nut butter. Any suggestions for a brand/flavor?

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Tomorrow’s Post Will Include…

Posted on July 19, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Something Old(a sandwich recipe)

Something New(a healthy cookie product review)

Something Borrowed(jokes from your blogs)

Something Blue(It’ll be round and a berry)

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