A Very Vanilla Weekend

Posted on August 31, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In case you left the planet for the day, check out my Naturally More nut butter review. And don’t confuse that with the Naturally Nutty company, for which I already have a second review in the works(the first being here).

Phew, let’s take a break from peanut butter… Ok that’s over. Saturday was such a dreary morning. You know it’s bad when you need flash at 11am to snap your snacks:

Peach With Naturally More Peanut Butter

Peach With Naturally More Peanut Butter

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

I took a tip from Erik over at VeganFritz and tried my peanut butter with a peach. Why did I doubt this would work? It was like a double-dose of Georgia in my mouth. I think I might prefer bread overall, but it’s nice to have a few simple swaps in the toolbox. I also grabbed a mini-slice of bread and flew out the door to the bank where I cashed my last paycheck!

Wallet

Wallet

Lettuce in the pocket πŸ™‚ Ok I kind of already spent most of that on peanut butter but it felt like I was getting more, and nothing beats that winning feeling. When we got home it was a munchy lunchy inside.

Veggieburger with Cheese, Broccoli With Ground Flax And Pepper

Veggieburger with Cheese, Broccoli With Ground Flax And Pepper

Don’t you love how you can make anything in the microwave these days? The veggieburger was Morningstar’s grillers vegan, which is pretty great but has a bit of a weird and long ingredient list. I have some Gardenburgers’ Grillers which is made by the same company but organic lying in the freezer, so hopefully those will be a good replacement. Afterward we hung around a bit while my dad did his errands. I thought I’d bake up some fig and almond blondies with our figs before they grew mold. Well, it was a little late for 2 of them, but the rest seemed fine so I plowed ahead(just don’t tell anyone).

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondie With Almond Milk

Fig And Almond Blondie With Almond Milk

I also resurrected on of this batches’ older brothers from the freezer while it was in the oven and enjoyed it aside some vanilla almond milk. I can’t believe I drink that stuff straight now. I first bought it to lighten up my coffee but couldn’t stand it plain. Now I drink my coffee black and my almond milk straight up, yo… sorry, I don’t know where that came from.

After that we did some Back2School shopping. Ugh, if you need proof that we feed our kids too much sugar, go to Walmart on back to school weekend. Them lil’ buggers be running up and down every aisl, ahootin’ and ahollerin’. I grabbed a stabler and was out of there. We also stopped at Market Basket for lots of loot including Carrot Juice and Whole Foods. I was pretty famished at Whole Foods, so I grabbed a Kind Almond & Cashew bar by instinct. Then I thought “Sure, this is pretty nutritious, definitely delicious, and all the ingredients are recognizably food, but could you do better?” At that point I put it down and hopped over to the salad bar for something special.

Whole Foods' Chicken Rice Soup

Whole Foods' Chicken Rice Soup

I’m the last to think I’d be getting chicken soup in August, but it was that kind of day in Massachusetts. This soup was packed on chicken, light on the rice, so I knew I was getting a heavy dose of protein. It was actually a little underseasoned; isn’t that rare to find in premade soups these days? This definitely gets a big “Food” stamp. When I got home I was proud of myself, but also a little munchy. I made up this parfait:

Vanilla Chobani With Cinnamon And Cinnamon Puffins

Vanilla Chobani With Cinnamon And Cinnamon Puffins

Vanilla and cinnamon were made for each other, just like Laverne and Shirley. If you recall, we were supposed to be seeing the Savannah Chef doing her thang over a stove tonight, so dinner wasn’t really planned, and definitely didn’t go over smoothly. I’ll spare you the drama and pathetic pic of “dinner”. What was much better was dessert(isn’t this always the case?). I had been looking for a good vanilla frozen yogurt and finally just went with elan’s at Market Basket, hoping it’d be suitable.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

I was a little worried, because this wasn’t vanilla bean, which is the only way to know you’re getting real quality vanilla. But oh my god, was this good. It definitely was not one of those this-has-no-flavor-so-let’s-label-it-vanilla flavors. No, this was like frothy milkshake from a burger joint vanilla. I just let it sit and licked it like a cone as it melted, which made the flavor even purer. And because it’s elan it’s all natural and has a readable ingredient list. +1000 on this purchase.

Flashfoward to Sunday morning. I was planning on just running around the neighborhood about 6 times, but I decided to take advantage of the fact that nobody’s on the road on Sundays, so I went out for 8.5 miles. I would call this my “long run” but Friday kinda trumped that. I was ready for refueling after that, so I made myself this:

Pineapple Chobani, Banana Goodness Bread, Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

Pineapple Chobani, Banana Goodness Bread, Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

I wanted to give pineapple Chobani a second chance after seeing it so much on the blog world. I didn’t like it so much the first time but I figured I must have missed something. I enjoyed it much more than I remember. This time I could taste the creaminess from the 2% base. And I thought that the pineapple wasn’t a distinct flavoring but rather more a sweetener which masked the natural tartness, which I also enjoyed about it. I gave the mocha peanut butter a second try after not getting a strong taste of it the first time. I don’t know if I’m down with coffee in my peanut butter, but there’s no denying the flavor is there and kicking. Of course Sunday morning meant coupon clipping time:

Weekend Circulars

Weekend Circulars

My mom totally stole the coupons I clipped myself. I’m going to have to raid her stash for the things I eat before heading off on my own next weekend(odd thought, right there). Check out my shirt I got on the internet last year(that doesn’t sound sketchy at all)

Get Your Greek On

Get Your Greek On

What a painful reminder I have 2 dead languages to relearn for next week after my brain rotted this Summer. Oh well, I’ve studied Latin so long I can probably pick up the Aeneid and start translating, but Greek is another story.

Sunday also meant having my grandmother over for dinner. I was not feeling turkey(what was being cooked) so I turned on the grill and fired up one of the bison burgers I made last week.

Bison Burger With The Fixings On Whole Wheat Bun, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato

Bison Burger With The Fixings On Whole Wheat Bun, Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato

Clearly, I’m not becoming a vegetarian any time soon. But I would like to cut animal protein out of my diet a bit and the first thing that I feel good about giving up is bland poultry(not that my mom’s turkey is bland more than any other turkey). That being said, nothing’s bland about bison, am I right? I picked up a trick from UFood and put steak sauce underneath the burger. That way your tongue gets a dose of it before the meat, making for a flavorful combo. I was also a bit of a genius when it came to dessert.

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Vanilla Frozen Yogurt And Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

I can not begin to describe how good this was. The vanilla with the cinnamon and cookie dough chunks made for some super-cookie-concoction with protein, fiber, and probiotics. It was also a delicious way to stretch an expensive ice cream(the snickerdoodle) with a cheaper one(the vanilla). Too bad I figured this out with the last of the snickerdoodle 😦 I got out the college check list…

College Checklist

College Checklist

…and hit up Target…

Blue Spoon And Newman's Own Organic Decaf

Blue Spoon And Newman's Own Organic Decaf

Not the largest loot but not bad. I picked up that spoon, which was the only blue one in a sea of green and white, so it was obviously meant for me. And I couldn’t belief that coffee was on clearance. It’s the same stuff from McDonalds and is soooo good(not to mention organic). Newman’s Own Organic have made my Summer in more ways than one; can’t wait to bring them into my dorm! We also swung by Roche Bros. where I completely beat the system with the sales.

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola And Kashi Vive Cereal

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola And Kashi Vive Cereal

Check this out: Both of these were on sale for 2 dollars a piece, and I had a 1.50 off any 2 boxes of Kashi cereal, making this a 2.50 grab. At normal prices, this would be over 9 dollars. Isn’t that ridiculous? If they had Kashi Honey Sunshine, I could’ve grabbed a box of that for 50 cents with my coupon, but they were out so I’ll check another store this sales period. I haven’t tried either of these, but I was sold on the Vive when I heard it had probiotics and vanilla yogurt balls. And granola is just impossible to pass up ever. Hopefully they’ll both be good.

For dinner we grilled. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to I made up some lentils but figured salmon would also be good.

Snobby Joes In A Whole Wheat Bun, Salmon Burger With Avocado

Snobby Joes In A Whole Wheat Bun, Salmon Burger With Avocado

I’m totally doing an impressive job freeing up our freezer by eating all these burgers. Plus it doesn’t take much convincing for me to eat salmon πŸ˜‰ We went for a walk after dinner and got in right before it became dark and the bug started swarming.

Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Deep Chocolate Vitatop And Breyer's Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt

Consider operation eat-out-the-fridge-of-my-food officially on. I really can’t complain about that operation; it’s giving me an excuse to eat vitatops and ice cream for any and every meal πŸ˜‰ I also tried catching up on some TV shows before all these new seasons start in September! Crazy!

This morning the run wasn’t so hot, just like the weather. I got in 6.7 but I don’t feel like I ever really got going. I think my time was 56:45. Maybe I spent too much time on my feet and not enough time in front of the tube, which I will make up for today. Breakfast was more let’s-finish-this-crap-so-we-can-make-some-space:

Raspberries, Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt With Maple-Agave Syrup, Strawberry Flax Waffles With Cream Cheese And Syrup

Raspberries, Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt With Maple-Agave Syrup, Strawberry Flax Waffles With Cream Cheese And Syrup

Ok, by “crap” I meant really yummy stuff. I’m definitely bringing my TJ’s Maple Agave syrup to Brown. It’s so good at sweetening up just about anything. And the raspberries are still from the bunch that we picked last weekend. A little bit less on the freshness and nutrition by this point, but still tangy and delicious. Today I’m debating buying myself a really nice chair for Brown because it’s 50% off. Besides that I’m going to see how many more Kashi coupons and loot we can score. Boy this was a long one, thanks for hanging in there!

P.S. Mary over at Food & Fun is having her first giveaway. Check it out and add her to your blogroll if you haven’t already!: http://mponz.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/my-first-giveaway/

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i am starting to regret finding your blog, because every time you make a post, i want to just inhale my computer haha

nice job with those kashi cereals! i love coupons :p

fig and almond blondies sound sooo yum!

i gotta say though, i am not a fan of the vita muffins or brownies … the kinds i have tried are so tasteless. everyone seems to rave about them, and i just dont get it. they taste how baked goods taste when i try to make something fat free and it goes horribly wrong, lol.

whole foods soup is amazinnnnng. i don’t love all their hot foods (the chicken never tastes as good as i want it to…), but the soups are sooo good. if you ever see the moroccan (? some country… I think it’s moroccan) vegetable soup try it-amazing!

that shirt is amazing.

also i love how you into snobby joes you are – definitely one of my favorite meals. i’m having lentils tonight actually but in a cauliflower curry instead.

Vanilla chobani with cinnamon AND cinnamon puffs…party in your mouth?
Snobby Joes also look amazing – as does that ice cream! Note to self: stop reading food blogs at 4.30pm when you are getting hungry!

Good job on the 8.5 mile run, that’s awesome! Your fig cake sounds really really delicious! You’re ice cream also looks amazing:)

wow! All of this food looks so good!!! I wish I could be there to eat some of it. haha. I love shopping for food to go back to school…esp. things like Kashi cereal…I just did that the other day.

Thanks for the shout out at the bottom of your post! πŸ™‚

ummm you had me at ice cream. and naturally nutty PB. and that veggie burger. and that you speak two additional languages.

love it all.

Great deal on the Kashi cereals! They’re awesome about coupons!
That veggie burger looked really good, with the melted cheese on top…YUM!

fig and almond blondies. yes please.


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