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Soybeans Make Meals

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Firstly, I’m glad I have tough readers who don’t let a little mold scare them off from their favorite food. As a testament to the kind of company Oikos is, Kristina, the representative who first introduced me, came across that part of the post and offered to send replacement coupons. Thank you, Oikos; Clearly I’m just not eating my tubs of yogurt fast enough, but that’s fixable. My breakfast yesterday must have filled me up with protein because I was not hungry at all by the end of Greek. Looking back, between the oatmeal, egg, greek yogurt, and peanut flour, there was about 40 grams in all–and much tastier than just eating a piece of grilled chicken, too! I muddled around my room a bit, went to the Ratty, and got the PERFECT inspiration for lunch:

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Maple Mustard Tofu

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

I know I’m not the only blogger who has drooled whenever Kath makes her tofu; I thought hers always sounded really interesting, so I worked with what I could. I tooke 3oz chopped tofu from the salad bar, tossed with 2 teaspoons mustard and maple syrup, and microwaved for 40 seconds. She was definitely right about the flavors here because they’re AMAZING. It’s not quite sweet like maple, and not quite savory like mustard, yet it’s very earthy and subtle. The lentil soup completely failed in comparison to the tofu. Is anyone else always surprised when they find lentil soup? I know how much water it takes to make regular lentils so I can never imagine how much water is needed for lentils AND soup.

I was originally going to go to Whole Foods after Days with my friend, Adam, but he said he didn’t want to go today since he just went grocery shopping yesterday. What, normal people don’t go grocery shopping every single day and don’t find browsing the aisles fun? What’s up with that? I went by my lonesome, but I think that’s a good thing because I took so long he would have gotten really frustrated. I had this in my pocket to snack on:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

So loving these right now. And why not, ’tis the season. They have a bit more saturated fat than my other faves, the chocolate brownie and the peanut butter, but they also have more whole grains. And I swear, if you have any intention of eating a Z-bar during the day, keep it in your pocket beforehand. Some people swear by microwaving these, but I think the pocket is a much better method because it heats from the outside, more like an oven. After a few hours it’s really soft and slightly melted–unbelievable. So what did I end up getting at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Just my yogurt. I browsed the kefirs to see if there was any I wanted to try, but I wasn’t sure what brand to go for, what flavor, etc., so I let that one be for now. Besides, after this I have 2.25 left in my food allowance for September and with today being the last day I really want to try to start October out on the positive. And I like the Organic Lowfat variety; in my opinion, lowfat gives the best combination of nutrition and texture out there, and Whole Foods doesn’t make a non-organic version of it. When I got back to my room, I downloaded the new google chrome, which has made uploading pics so much less of a pain, and made a snack:

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

This is another Naturally Nutty flavor that puzzles me but I really like. I’m convinced if you try it unknowing, you can’t tell that it’s not regular peanut butter, yet you’ll like it a lot more than plain. The vanilla adds a subtle something that does a good job at just enhancing the nuttiness. And dark chocolate chips… speak for themselves. I ate this while catching up on Heroes. Now that the episodes aren’t 2 freakin’ hours long, I can get a lot more into them and appreciate the plot; it looks like this will be one hell of a season. For dinner, I met up with my friend at the V-W since the online menu looked more appealing:

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Enter soybean source number two of the day. I’ve only recently tried tempeh since eating at the dining halls and I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. It’s much meatier than any other meat-alternatives I’ve had and I’d love to try some of the great blog recipes I’ve seen if I ever get back into a kitchen. The curry added a nice mild spice to this. The bacon soup was a bit to soothe my bacon tooth I had last week that went untouched; it didn’t really do much more than give me plenty of gas. Bacon in soup is just sad and flabby, whereas bacon should be salty and crisp(and, some people might argue, in dark chocolate bars I eye every time I’m at Whole Foods). The soy definitely won out in this meal.

NBC officially has me on Tuesday’s. First up was 2 hours of the Biggest Loser. Is it just me, or is this the nastiest, meanest, most depressing season yet? Isn’t it great in a horrible way? I think Bob and Jillian must be tired with the show or have HUGE egos because they have gotten pissy–love it. The last scene before they went into the elimination room was so emotional, it was almost hard to watch. Of course, there was snacks throughout:

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Plenty of good eats for the night. See my mug? Oh yeah, I’m a devoted fan(/it was dirt cheap at the NBC store in Rockefeller center since no one else wants them). Where to start, where to start. Holly’s post last night had me drooling at her amazing pumpkin molasses cookies. I’m definitely adding those to the to-bake list, but for the meanwhile it reminded me I had some frozen gingerlicious cookies to devour. I’m sure they aren’t as good as Holly’s but at 50 calories each with fiber and a veggie puree base, they aren’t shabby at all. I finished off a tub of cream cheese in making my peanut butter cookie spread toast; I was thinking of oats in a container at first but somehow I don’t think the plastic and hot oats would be friends. And the scone was made with a recipe from The Peanut Butter Boy. That’s definitely one of the favorite recipes amongst the members of my house. I made mine with flax and almond milk so they’re vegan. Note to self: flaxy scones + flaxy peanut butter might be a bit too much fiber for the stomach right before bed. I wound down the night with Jay Leno’s new show. I really like it and hope it’s here to stay because it’s a reliable source of entertainment. I’d rather be watching Flipping Out at that time but we don’t get Bravo here so no dice.

This morning was another “why do I get up early to run morning”, but run I did nevertheless. I didn’t even look at milage/time on the treadmill because I think it takes so much longer if you obsess about those numbers. Instead I just kept my eyes focused on The Today Show and the drama that is Jon And Kate Plus 8(Sorry, but I can not stand this show or all the press around it). I ended up going 8 miles in 68:30 minutes; I think the older woman who’s there every morning like me thinks I’m a bit crazy for running even after the treadmill shuts itself down; then again, I can’t disagree with her. I think my breakfast speaks for itself today:

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Normally, I try to vary up the plate with dairy, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats, and normally I’m pretty good at that, no? I mean, what doesn’t say balance better than a bowl with oats, egg, and steak sauce. This morning balance just did not appeal to me, and I wanted bready carbs. I almost got the toaster out to add a slice of 10-grain bread, but showed restriction after the oats. The banana nut vitatop was clearly one of the winners from the sampler I recieved; though I must say it has serious competition with my Banana Goodness Bread with dark chocolate chips. And fluffernutter oats, ah fluffernutter oats, nothing else is so universally satisfying. See, there’s fruit on the plate in the banana jam. That counts, right? I used Butter Toffee Peanut Butter by Naturally Nutty for this batch because I think the flavor just works well with banana(and who doesn’t love B-alliteration?).

I’ve been in such a rush this morning, I haven’t even looked at what the new sales are at Whole Foods. Can you imagine that? Please excuse me while I fix that. But I want to leave you with this hilarious quote I came across yesterday, that is just too true for words:

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles

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VitaRound-Up

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , |

Here’s my summary of the sampler pack Vitalicious sent me.Thanks, again, to the company, and I sincerely hope you give some of these a try–I know you won’t be regretting the decision!

Anything labeled Deep Chocolate deserves a tasting, right? My main concern was that these would be very similar to Chocolate Brownie Z-Bars, which are cheaper and are more portable. Nutritionally, these are packed with fiber, are a good source of calcium and iron, and have 8 whole grains per serving. They are also only 100 calories.  I heated mine up in the microwave for 18 seconds just as the package says and out came a lovely lukewarm vitatop. The chocolate flavor was present in every bite, and the consistency was much like a fresh baked cake-yum! I was surprised something this light and airy could come from a freezer.

This smelled just like a Fig Newman, which I loved. After being thawed in the microwave a bit it was ready to be eaten. I thought the flavor was pretty decent, but I wasn’t rushing out to buy more, which I normally am tempted to do with limited edition things. Maybe it’s because I’ve had fig almond blondies and fig jam at my disposal all summer that these didn’t taste as special as they sounded. Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely delicious. But I would stick with the deep chocolate variety in comparison.

From the beginning I was worried about this one–worried for its own sake. Anything that calls itself “fudgy” and “peanut butter” is setting some high expectations for itself. “Fudgy” is a little misleading since I’m pretty sure this has the soft, cake-like base as any other chocolate vitatop. That’s one of the things I really like about them; they taste like a light and airy baked good even though they’re from the freezer. The fact that there were 4 peanut butter chips across the whole top seemed a little sad; and the peanut butter tasted a bit more like dietetic peanut butter than the real deal. If I were a dieter this might be more appealing, but I could use all the calories I can get and prefer to smother things with peanut butter, so this was a bit of a let down. Overall, the vitatop was OK, but didn’t leave me loving it.

The last few vitaproducts I’ve had hadn’t impressed me very much. This brownie totally redeemed the vitaname for me. I nuked it in the micro for 30 seconds until it was soft but still moist. I loved the little addition of nuts on the top, which is a helpful reminder that eating healthy, diet food does not mean giving up the health benefits of nuts–so many people think this which saddens me and my beloved nut butter stash quite a bit. Back to the brownie, the flavor was like a fudgy chocolate; this might have had bits of chocolate chips in it, but if it did they melted during the microwave process. I love the texture, too, which is more cake-like than dense. I love cakey brownies and always added extra eggs to my box-mixes as a kid. Of course, the nutrition is spot on like any vitabrownie.

This vitatop was spot on. Not so surprisingly, the healthy vitatops I’ve tried I’ve really enjoyed. Their taste is authentic, and this has some great blueberry/cinnamon/bran action going on. I also like that it doesn’t have sugar alcohol, which I’ve heard(though haven’t experienced yet) can cause inflammation. If you’re looking for a good, breakfast vitatop I’d definitely recommend the BlueBran to start your morning chipper and nutrient-loaded.

This was the last of the chocolate flavors I had to try, so you know it wasn’t going to last very long with me. The first thing I noticed was it had a good amount of white chocolate chips, which was appealing. I microwaved it and it came out nice and melty; the chocolate base was the same as the other vitatops, which I like because it reminds me more of an airy cake than a dense brownie. Unless we’re talking chocolate brownie Z-bar, I’ll take the cake any day. The white chocolate chips had a marshmallow-like taste. It wasn’t quite white chocolate, but it was very vanilla, which I thought contrasted perfectly with the chocolate. I think if it were real white chocolate chips the calories would be a lot higher. Still, I enjoyed it whatever it was and would gladly get these again because my name is Evan and I’m a vanillaholic.

This was one of, if not my absolute, favorite “healthy flavor”. I couldn’t really pick out the apple chunks like I could the berries, but the apple flavor was diffused throughout somehow and made this so sweet and delicious. I loved the medley of blueberries and cranberries for days when you just can’t decide whether you want sweet or tart, ya know?

Oh my god. This has got to be one of my favorite flavors. It taste like a fresh banana muffin from the bakery, but the nutrition is clearly amazing. Vitalicious has really outdone themselves with this flavor, and it’s now one of my favorites.

had to try my corn muffin Vitatop while I had a grill handy so threw that on, too. This flavor left me really confused in the end. I liked it, but it wasn’t what I was expecting from a corn muffin. Most of the corn muffins I’ve had were quite savory, whereas this one was pretty sweet. It tasted more like something for breakfast, but I wasn’t sure how to fit a corn muffin into any of my breakfasts. I liked the flavor, and maybe as a brunch food along with quiche this would be great, but I just wasn’t sure what to do with it. Personally, it could do without the sugar alcohol which would make it less sweet and more understandable nutritionally, but maybe that’s just me and my muffilosophy.

The nutrition for this vitatop threw me off a bit; I wouldn’t have imagined something “bran” having so much sugar. But I was happy there weren’t sugar alcohols and the ingredient list was about as simple as could be. The flavor was just what I expected and hoped for: bran. Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t want everything to taste like a dessert(though I give you plenty of reason to not believe me, there). I would definitely buy this vitatop as a morning-starter, though if I had the choice of flavor I might go for one of their fruitier healthy flavors like BlueBran or AppleBerry.

This was the last vitatop I had to review, and I wish it ended on a better note. Cranberry is such a New England Fall flavor but this one didn’t have me feeling it. There was a generous amount of cranberries, which I liked, but they lacked tartness or flavor. And the base wasn’t like the other bran bases and a little too bland, even for a “healthy” flavor. I’d definitely rather have the BlueBran or AppleBerry.

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Bitter And Sweet And Savory, Too

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Firstly, thank ya’ll for the well wishes. Yesterday definitely was a great start to a brand new week and the 10-miler was just the kick-off to it. Despite being a full hour behind schedule, I made it to Latin class well and prepared with 1/2 eaten 1/2 muffins in both of my hands. We managed to get through 3 poems, which I think is a new record, but still slightly frustrating since she has us translate about 6 a night and we’ve fallen way behind. Oi. When I got back I finagled a bit with my Google Reader. Here’s a tip: Don’t click Mark As Read on the home page or it’s a lot harder to catch up on all the lovely blogs out there 😉 So just don’t do it. I was equally as excited for a new week in the Ratty and to see what food lines there were this week:

Gnochi, Italian Veggie Melange, Asian Vegetables With Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Gnochi, Italian Veggie Melange, Asian Vegetables With Moroccan Chickpea Stew

I’ve got a feeling, wooo ooo, that this week’s gonna be a good week, that this week’s gonna be a good good week. The mashed potato bar of last week is gone and in its place is a make your own noodle bowl. I’m not a fan of Japanese noodles, but this does mean endless supply of Japanese veggies 🙂 And that AMAZING Moroccan stew from last Friday also will be there ALL WEEK. I checked the website to find out what made it so great–raisins, cinnamon, and tumeric. I wouldn’t have guessed but it makes tons of sense after tasting it. Gnocchi was the Italian option; normally I don’t go for heavy, carby lunches but it was good fuel after a 10 mile morning.

Well those 2 boxes amused me through Greek History as much as the professor, followed by Epic poetry where I got my first essay assignment of the year! Don’t I sound enthused? Hmm, can’t even fake it, oh well. Something very exciting DID happen in the 10 minutes between classes. For a solid 10 feet I walked directly next to Emma Watson. It was kind of like this:

Walking With Emma Watson

Walking With Emma Watson

Except, you know, my head was attached to my own body and all. It was pretty great, nevertheless. In response to any requests for me to take a picture next time I see her, I feel like that wouldn’t exactly be helpful in making her feel welcome as a normal college student and make me a very obvious creeper. So until a proper opportunity arises and she makes herself available for a photo opportunity, I will not be whipping a camera out will-nilly. I celebrated the afternoon mostly by sitting and not doing homework. I spent my time doing better things, like making a damn attractive afternoon snack:

Banana Goodness Bread, Voskos Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Sliced Banana, Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Stevia

Banana Goodness Bread, Voskos Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Sliced Banana, Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Stevia

Winner, winner, ‘naner dinner? If that works for ya, then definitely. I heated up the bananas and banana bread slightly after being in the fridge to get them warm but not hot. Then I made a side sauce of 2 ounces thick Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon of that sweet jam. A little Butter Toffee Peanut Butter to round out the plate with healthy fats and a sprig from Steve(because who doesn’t love edible garnish?). I think taking the time to make your plate look nice makes the whole eating experience more enjoyable; I’ll definitely be making that more of a priority–when I’m not an hour behind and running to class that is. Speaking of pretty presentation, I caught up on Top Chef with the rest of the afternoon; I think it’s still at the point where they’re eliminating all the characters we don’t really care about. I still say one of the brothers will win. Dinner was more of the same, but that’s a good thing this week:

Tomato Barley Soup, Broccoli Rabe, Cooked Carrots, Hugh Jass Salad With Morrocan Chickpeas

Tomato Barley Soup, Broccoli Rabe, Cooked Carrots, Hugh Jass Salad With Moroccan Chickpeas

This school has an obsession with barley in soups. I’ll never understand it, but I suppose that’s one way to get a whole grain. And I probably should have known this but broccoli rabe is B-I-T-T-E-R. It took a LOT of salt to get through that. The salad was a little bit of everything, including spring mix, grape tomatoes, raw onion, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, cucumber slices, and, of course, more sweet Moroccan stew. Can I just get a vat of that delivered to my dorm room? Kthnxbai.

Monday night has a jam packed line-up of TV, so I started by watching HIMYM and making a probiotic snack, when I found this:

Mold In Oikos

Mold In Oikos

Mold in my Oikos? Ew. I’ve long expected my fridge and freezer aren’t cold enough; thank god oats will survive anything. For now I took what I could from around the mold and dumped the rest of the container.

Pumpkin Peanut Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar

Pumpkin Peanut Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar

So this kind of comes out like a candy bar, but I don’t feel bad because I don’t eat candy bars, ya dig? I love how the turbinado sugar melts with a little bit of time, even though I’m wildly impatient. I thought HIMYM was good, but it didn’t have me laughing as much as I hoped. I actually found The Big Bang Theory a little later to be funnier. I also watched the season premiere of Family Guy on the fox website. Hilarious: If you’ve ever watched and loved an episode of Family Guy, you are encouraged to keep doing so. I did, however, completely miss Heroes due to my lack of remembering show times. Alas, I’ll find it online another day. I made some more snacks since I wasn’t convinced what I’d eaten over the day properly refueled a 10-miler:

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter And Strawberry Jam, Loaded Scone

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter And Strawberry Jam, Loaded Scone

English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Fig Spread

English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Fig Spread

The scone is my own recipe, which you can find here. I felt it was missing something after the first bite when it dawned on me: cream cheese. I lathered it up after that. The mocha peanut butter by Naturally Nutty is really a mystery to me. It’s kind of like the peanut butter I reach for when I don’t want peanut butter? The flavor is very unique is all I can say. I topped one half of my last TJ english muffin pulled out from the back of the freezer with cookie dough peanut butter by P.B. Loco and the other half with a fig I mushed up. That peanut butter is delicious if I may say so and I’m working hard to get some oats in a jar action on that some day.

One of the best things happened right before I went to bed: It started pooring! I’ve always loved the rain and lightening while I’m inside and especially as I’m going to bed; it’s just so calming, don’t ya think? When I woke up I was a little tired but got my booty moving because Tuesday’s an early class day. Because of the rain I opted for the treadmill, and, can you get this, a girl changed my TV station to watch infomercials? Umm, what? I was working 2 TV’s, so I wasn’t really upset or lacking, I just thought what a ridiculous thing to change it to. I ended up doing 7 wonderful miles at a perfect pace and finished in 55:59 minutes. I got back to my room with my roommate still sleeping and the door unlocked–just like it should be–(actually, he’s still sleeping), showered, and made a savory-sweet breakfast like no other:

Oats With An Egg And Steak Sauce, Peanut Flax Maple Greek Yogurt

Oats With An Egg And Steak Sauce, Peanut Flax Maple Greek Yogurt

If you haven’t tried the egg and steak sauce oats because you’re one of the crazy cool vegans out there, no sweatin’ it. But if you’re a meat and potatoes person who’s just been a little lazy or scared off, I say go for it. It totally redefines breakfast for me. The yogurt was delicious and, again, candy bar-esque. Unfortunately it was my last probiotic source in the fridge so I think I need to go pick up more today. I might even look for some good kefir after my great experience with it at yesterday’s breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, if you enjoyed drooling over my descriptions of the vitatops these past weeks, drink extra water for a special post later today at 4 that sums up all my reviews into one, convenient post. No doubt after reading it you’ll have a good idea of which flavor’s for you.

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TGIM

Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sorry for the negative Nedness I’ve been putting forth lately. I promise it gets more cheerful at the part about this morning, so just skip ahead to the big muffin if you’d like. Overall, this was just one of those weekends where we hail the arrival of a fresh new week and wave goodbye to the weekend happily. They happen, but the important this is moving on and looking at things with a pleasant disposition. But let’s back up a bit. Yesterday I enjoyed my morning in and made a breakfast around 9:

Kashi Vanilla Oatmeal With Peanut Flour, Greek Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

Kashi Vanilla Oatmeal With Peanut Flour, Greek Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

The Greek yogurt with figs and vanilla sugar was clearly something off of Mount Olympus itself, and I should know since I’ve been trudging through the Iliad for the past 3 weeks. The creamy yogurt contrasted with nutty fig seeds and crispy sugar to be just perfect. The peanut flour in the instant oats was great and it come out as thick as pudding. It was missing one thing though:

Peanut Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Peanut Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

White Chocolate Wonderful. Wonderful. I’m so glad I’ve gotten my dad(who admitted to being the culprit who reads this) to be an addict for that peanut butter and keep a jar in the pantry. I also decided that I’d keep up the baking while I had the opportunity. I made my Maple-Apple Morning Cookie recipe and tried altering it for oatmeal raisin. I swapped the maple syrup for NuNaturals baking blend, added 1/4 cup of water, swapped raisins for the apple, swapped the amounts of oatmeal and flour, and halved the ground flax.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The result was OK, but not spectacular like the originals; I could kind of taste the baking blend a bit too much, which wouldn’t had been an issue if it was more like brown sugar, but it’s not. We also went out for another Sunday morning treat:

McDonald's Decaf Coffee

McDonalds' Decaf Coffee

So good. But wait, it get’s better. That was free. Yep, McDonalds is having a promotion until Wednesday where any  hot coffee is free. And the fact that I couldn’t make my morning decaf and refused to drink the regular stuff my mom makes made this so much more sweet(well, that and all the stevia). Before I even got a chance to do some homework it was lunch already–kind of a problem since I had virtually neglected all homework on Saturday with the drama. My grandmother came over, we sat down, and had a nice Sunday lunch:

Sweet Potato With Cinnamon And Salt, Brussels And Carrots, Steak Tips, Twist Zevia

Sweet Potato With Cinnamon And Salt, Brussels And Carrots, Steak Tips, Twist Zevia

This meal had everything that should have put me in the right mood but just didn’t. The Zevia Twist flavor was really good and sweet, more like 7Up than Sprite. The sweet potato, despite being amazingly seasoned by moi with salt, cinnamon, and black pepper, wasn’t quite as spectacular as it should have been; it was even so big I had to cut a bit off to make room on my plate for anything else. The steak tips were the biggest disappointment. I like eating meat when it’s well prepared and a choice cut, but this was like most steak tips and too fatty for my taste. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really enough on the table for me to make a well balanced vegetarian meal so I ate my protein and tried being happy with it.

Well while I was in MA there was one thing I had to do before departing:

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

I believe there’s one in all of RI that’s no where near me so this was a must. I picked up some of my favorite cinnamon raisin english muffins, carrot ginger regular muffins, and turbinado sugar to fuel my recent sugar-over-yogurt kick. I’m excited to try turbinado, both because it’s less refined and I expect the molasses flavor to be perfect with pumpkin oats. Trader Joe’s has tons more I’d like to try, like their new black beluga instant lentils–yes, I said instant lentils. I kept the trip minimal though. We got back and loaded up the car, but not before I took a few more scoops of this:

Whole Soy & Co. Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt

Whole Soy & Co. Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt

Like I said, this IS nutella in frozen yogurt form, only with better nutrition. The second time around I think I totally liked this more because of a funny realization I had: this is fake milk ice cream btu it tastes just like the real stuff. I completely missed the first time that this was soy milk because it’s so creamy and doesn’t have a touch of aftertaste.

I won’t deny that lifted the mood of the weekend, but froyo alone is not enough for a man to enjoy life on. When we got onto campus it was a bit of an emotional silliness. My entire family including my grandmother carried things to my dorm room, a place where I didn’t even want them to come in the first place. I came into my room to find my roommate and his friend hanging out, watching youtube, and pretty much blowing the weekend off. Now my mind was really all over the place. The family who I didn’t want to come this close to my dorm I now wanted to have stay for as long as they could but didn’t want them to come into my room, which isn’t even “my” room because it’s shared with someone who I might be able to live with but don’t connect with at all. We said our goodbyes in the hall, and I don’t even know how sincere I came off because my mind was running 10 directions. When I got into the room I really just wanted to throw myself on the bed and bury my head in my pillow, but I didn’t even feel like I could do that with the people around. I calmly unpacked my groceries and laundry and made myself a snack:

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Apple Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Apple Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Like I mentioned, the cookies didn’t come out slammin’ like I had hoped; this was when I found that out. I suppose it would be good as a topper on plain yogurt with a heaping amount of cinnamon to balance it out. Thankfully, melted almond butter has a way of making problems slide away(I know a lot of you know what I mean here).

After I caught up on emails/blogs, I wasn’t really sure what to do with myself. I didn’t want to stay and do homework because I was not in a people mood, so I went for the one thing I knew I did want: the caramel sauce I found at Dedham Whole Foods but put back. I decided it was an entirely necessary Fall item even if I was paying for it, and it was the perfect item for me because it came in a squeeze bottle and only had milk and sugar as its ingredients. Well, I went for a walk in the rain to my Whole Foods for it, and after going 1.2 miles I was extremely disappointed to find out they don’t carry it. They have a different brand with cream as its first ingredient in a glass jar, but that’s not the kind I’m looking for. It hit me that the Dedham Whole Foods might just be the only place I’d found that particular brand before, and now I wasn’t going to get it until the next time I go there, which won’t be for a good long while most likely.

Walking back in the rain was incredibly long and frustrating(not to mention wet because the Thomas family doesn’t believe in umbrellas). I was pretty much throwing myself my own pity party and not beaming a smile when I went into the cafe. I didn’t even bother eating there because I wanted to get into my dorm and put on my PJ’s despite the fact it was 6:40. That’s when I decided, if I just eat out of the plastic take out containers and don’t season my food, it’s only going to feel worse. If I take the time to make myself a decent meal I’m excited about, I might just turn my frown upside down. So that’s what I did.

Snobby Joes, Sweet Potato, Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli And Beets, Peas And Mushrooms

Snobby Joes, Sweet Potato, Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli And Beets, Peas And Mushrooms

One of the things in the Ratty was a “lentil stew”. It was completely under/not seasoned which actually worked for me; I mixed it with some mustard, ketchup, and steak sauce to make a sort of “snobby stew”. All the vegetables tasted like their vegetable self, but it was nice to have some cheery colors to look at.

The night indeed got a little better after that. My roommate FINALLY got himself out of the room for dinner and I was able to dissolve to some music, watch The Amazing Race, and make this:

Pumpkin Oats With Dark Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

Pumpkin Oats With Dark Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

The Amazing Race definitely isn’t my favorite reality show, but it has its moments and eats up time well. These oats were pretty decent, too; the dark chocolate chips are from Dedham Whole Foods and sweetened with grains rather than corn products, isn’t that cool? I really didn’t care what nut butter I had on it, I just wanted something melted and gooey. Half way through I realized it wasn’t enough, and I needed something a little flaxy in my life:

Adding A Spoonful Of Smart Balance

Adding A Spoonful Of Smart Balance

Much better. I don’t know why, but I think chocolate and Smart Balance go hand in hand. Maybe they really do in this case since both had grains in them, haha. To round out the night, I pretty much cut myself some slack and stopped doing homework once I did the bare minimum for today; it was a little thing but really helped to take pressure off my shoulder. I was in bed, watching TV, and ready to go to bed by 10:30. I’m sure my roommate thinks I’m nuts but I’m taking up a new attitude where, if I just want to go to bed that damn early and not do work or go out, so be it.

I was very excited to kick off a new week. unfortunately, the kick off happened about 25 minutes late because I slept through my alarm. I wasn’t sure what to do at that point, because I planned on doing a long run for that day. But then I thought why should anything change? So I hit the gym and did my long run on the treadmill–yes the treadmill. These are not optimal for long runs because a) it’s easy to get bored and b) they stop after 60 minutes, but I didn’t let any of that stop me. And even though I was listening to a playlist I made up in a bad mood, my mood was higher than ever thinking about finishing. I did 10 miles in 81:30 minutes and couldn’t have felt better by the end. Talk about a runner’s high, I was practically dancing back to my dorm, until I realized my roommate locked me out while he was taking a shower. Oi. After 10 minutes of standing in the hall, he FINALLY got back, I took what was perhaps the quickest shower of my life, and threw together a fast, portable breakfast:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Protein Peanut Butter, Raspberry Maple Kefir

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Protein Peanut Butter, Raspberry Maple Kefir

Portable? Check. Nutricious? Check. Probiotic? Check. Delicious? Can I get a check check? When life makes it so that oats are a little inconvenient, I love a good healthy muffin to kick off the day. The Honey Maple peanut butter is made by a Providence company and has 14 grams of protein per serving! Not to mention it tastes very similar to Mighty Maple and Butter Toffee. The kefir was my first try at portable probiotics; I decided to just drink it straight up like I believe Ada mentioned. It was pretty decent. It definitely had the raspberry flavor, and was thick sort of like a milkshake. I was a little shocked at first by the tanginess I assume is lactic acid, but got used to that. I could definitely see myself trying more brands of kefir for the future.

I completely messed up my google reader, haven’t opened my mailbox(wait, I just did), and have class in less than 30 minutes. Needless to say, my running 10 miles has me running behind, but I’m not letting that put a damper on my Monday. So please excuse me while I dash off to work on all of that and here’s to a great week!

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We’re Drama People

Posted on September 27, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

First off, I’d like to let the somebody in my house who reads this know I’m on to them 🙂 Dad, I’m guessing it’s you since you probably can work the browser history better, but clearly not well enough to make it so that I couldn’t find see my own self. Oh well, now I just can’t write anything too too bad about ya’ll.

Yesterday morning that sugar really had me pumping, so much in fact I took a walk down to Eastside Market to pick up another pint of black mission figs. That’s just too good a deal not to take advantage of again and again. Then I popped over to Whole Foods where I didn’t buy anything but I sure had fun browsing!

Swordfish Sample

Swordfish Sample

My school might not feed me fish, but my Whole Foods sure will. There was also some cheese I’d never heard of but was nice and sharp. Good cheese is something I’ve definitely been missing in college life, but I eat it so rarely and in such small amounts at a time it doesn’t make sense to buy any. I actually didn’t buy anything during this Whole Foods trip, just snacked on the freebies and dashed. I found the new Whole Deal for October/November(!!) which I was super excited to see hit shelves.I think I spent a little too long scoping out the freebies because by the time I had gotten back on campus, grabbed my lunch, and made my way into my dorm room it was 12:50.

Broccoli, Artichoke Vegetable Melange, White Bean Ragout, Roast Beef

Broccoli, Artichoke Vegetable Melange, White Bean Ragout, Roast Beef

As far as Ratty meals go, this is one I’d happily have more often. Roast beef was the main protein option; I don’t think you need as much as they encourage you to put on your plate but a sensible amount of meat as a side to a meal is always welcomed. The veggie option, which I had reserves about, was a white bean ragout with mushrooms and leak. It looked heavy but the nutritional info insured me it had a relatively low amount of fat and no butter. Overall this was really good. The mushrooms and white beans ad a real earthiness to them tat paired with the roast beef. I also like the artichoke melange, but got a sharp piece in my mouth–not so fun.

When I finished this my parents pulled onto campus, I hopped in the car, and we were off to foodie heaven:

Dedham Whole Foods

Dedham Whole Foods

If you remember my trip here at the beginning of September, you’d know that Dedham now has the biggest Whole Foods in New England. That picture does it no justice and captures about 1/20th of the store. This place is so big you can(and we did) spend well over an hour shopping each aisle. And look what I found:

Spooky Smores Z-Bars

Spooky Smores Z-Bars

It’s totally Fall now. I’d been looking for these forever and you readers who mentioned having found them were just more taunts until now. I did my little happy dance and loaded up the cart. Now do you believe me this was foodie heaven. If not, let me mention the amount of ridiculous add-ons it has that I’m now convinced should be in every Whole Foods:

Trail Mix Bar

Trail Mix Bar

Dessert Bar

Dessert Bar

You know, in case the walk in cheese cave, sushi bar, gelateria, winery, and massive bulk bins sections weren’t enough for you, maybe the trail mix bar and dessert bar might be. What do I mean when I say dessert bar? I mean they had full bread puddings, boston creme pies, strawberry shortcakes, AND carrot cake for you to scoop and buy by the pound. Normally, I can’t turn down a good carrot cake, but I didn’t have too much trouble passing up this one; to get it you had to scoop out your piece rather than cut, which made the whole thing really messy and disassemble.

This was pretty much where the day went from fun to just not. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to read about other people’s family drama(do people like that exist?), skip wayyyy ahead past the rant. Otherwise, strap in for some of the most pointless family bickering as of yet which was probably the result of how little sleep we’ve all gotten lately, my parents due to my dog who cries in the night and I because of my dormmates who drink during the night. as we proceeded to the check-out, my mom insisted we pay separately and that my items come out of my allowance. Umm, say whaaat? Obviously getting free groceries was not my ENTIRE point of coming home for the weekend, but I would be lying if I said it wasn’t something I was looking forward to. I think I was more insulted than anything, because I keep such good track of my allowance, expenses, and income; I even have a whole Microsoft document devoted to it. Well communication kind of broke down at this point while I put back all the fun stuff like 2 year old cheese and butterless, HFCS-less caramel sauce(which I’ve since resolved I must go back to a Whole Foods and buy with my money because Fall won’t be Fall without caramel apples).

The car ride home was more awkward than a fart in an elevator. A loud fart. I snacked on this to make try and calm my nerves at least:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Honestly, I wasn’t in the right state of mind to properly review this bar. I definitely liked it, but in hindsight I can’t remember why. All that I was thinking about was how the day had played out so far. I mentioned being taken back to my dorm without going home, and gave it a lot of thought, even once we were in the driveway at my house. I went into my room to compose myself(which didn’t really work out) and then demanded to go back to school. The way I saw it, I came home to bake and have a good time with family, and the former wasn’t going to happen since I put back half of my baking supplies at Whole Foods and the latter just wasn’t happening. Now we were all crying for one reason or another and none of us particularly well at sharing our feelings. What can I say? We’ve watched way too many soap operas in our house and now we’re just turning into one. After really bad communicating, I ended up staying, which was probably the best decision for all. Enough drama for you? Because it’s enough for me. Here’s the loot I ended up paying for from Whole Foods:

Whole Foods Loot

Whole Foods Loot

Essentials, right? I got the 6 5 Spooky Smores bars, cream cheese(aka old faithful), vanilla sugar, raisins, Greek yogurt, honey(for baking), grain-sweetened dark chocolate chips, and chocolate hazelnut Whole Soy frozen yogurt. One of the things that convinced me to stay was a trip to Hannafords for the rest of my baking needs, but not before this:

Elan's Chocolate FroYo And Whole Soy Chocolate Hazelnut FroYo

Elan's Chocolate FroYo And Whole Soy Chocolate Hazelnut FroYo

Chocolate, meet chocolate hazelnut. I think you two are half-siblings, but you make a perfect marriage. How dramatic is that? In all seriousness, this frozen yogurt was AMAZING. It tasted exactly like liquid nutella. Not to mention it has a skim milk base so it’s light and airy and similar to soft serve when it’s slightly melted. It has decent nutrition(120 calories per serving) and actually less sugar per serving than real Nutella and no artificial flavors–chew lick on that.

We were out and back lickity split, or as least as lickity split gets with grocery stores and I. On the agenda was 2 recipes, the first of which being my Banana Goodness Bread:

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

I switched up the original recipe a bit using some of the various baking products I’ve received for the blog. The first change I did was using 1/2 cup of NuNaturals special baking blend; this can fit into any recipe in a 1:1 replacement for sugar and adds fiber, not empty calories, to your product. The second change I made was adding 1/2 cup peanut flour instead of oatbran. In terms of recipe swapping, this was a bit of a mismatch. Oatbran adds structure whereas the peanut flour adds 24g protein and 6g fiber to the loaf, but I had hopes it would work. Dinner interrupted the baking magic.

Corn On The Cob, Broccoli, Salmon, Goat Cheese, 2 Year Cheddar

Corn On The Cob, Broccoli, Salmon, Goat Cheese, 2 Year Cheddar

Salmon was also part of the “please, won’t you stay” shpeal, but honestly it didn’t taste that great after all that went down. I felt like I should have swiped my dining hall card or payed for my portion to eat it, which was just absurd but where my mind was at. As soon as my loaf was out of the oven, my fig and almond blondies went in. The original is Veggie Girls’ and let me just say there’s someone who knows how to bake. Every time I see figs on sale, my mind goes to that recipe, and this week was no exception. When the whole gang was out of the oven, it looked like this:

Banana Goodness Bread And Fig And Almond Blondies

Banana Goodness Bread And Fig And Almond Blondies

And my plates looked like this:

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

Spooky Smores Z-Bar, Fig And Almond Blondie, Blueberry Muffintop With Vanilla Almond Butter Creamcheese

Spooky Smores Z-Bar, Fig And Almond Blondie, Blueberry Muffintop With Vanilla Almond Butter Cream Cheese

I spent the night having “quality time” with my DVR. Oh how I miss some channels in college. I completely caught up on The Food Network shows–phew, right? On the snackage front, everything was amazing. I would have preferred a nice hot bowl of oats to the muffin but we have no oatbran in the house and a bowl of straight oats just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. The banana bread and fig and almond blondies came out perfectly despite all the distress surrounding them and I can’t wait to have them back in my dorm. And the spooky smores bar was PERFECT in my opinion. I can’t really compare it to the peanut butter or brownie because they’re all so different; I liked how this one had the graham base but with white chocolate specks inside that instantly gave a vanilla flavor –love at first bite. And I liked how the smooth chocolate drizzle melted with time and imposed itself as an after taste. I’m seriously stocking up on these before the season’s over.

Sleep last night was pretty amazing. I had a deep, full nights worth. And I had one of those long, intricate dreams which feel like I glimpse of the past and future with all these people, some who you recognize obviously but some who you can’t help but feel you’ll see on the street someday. Don’t you love sleep like that? Unfortunately, this morning I also woke up to this:

Rain

Rain

A bit unfortunate that my rest day coincides with the day I’m back on my old running turf but necessary nonetheless. Even though I’m not running, my metabolism’s pretty much running the same, so I plan on DVRing it until hunger strikes, probably around 9. Now if you’ll excuse me, this grandpa couldn’t stay up for SNL last night so he needs to get caught up.

BTW–If you loved drooling over my Vitatops, you’ll love even more the giveaway over at Busy Mom. head over there to win a HUGE vitasampler!

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I Go To College, But I Don’t Learn

Posted on September 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday morning I achieved a lot before 11am, we talked about actual Latin poetry instead of sexual themes in class, and things went equally well once I got back into my dorm; isn’t life boring when it’s not hectic? I’ll try to fix that by completely forgetting to put on my pants next time or something(which, in the right state of mind, I could see myself doing). Well things didn’t go so honky-dory come lunch time. It was another one of those times where nothing in the lunch room was appealing at all, so I had to go back to my room to fix up a lunch and take to my next class:

Steamed Broccoli, Mixed Chinese Vegetables, 1/2 Sweet Potato And Cinnamon, 1/2 Tuna Avocad Cream Cheese Sandwich

Steamed Broccoli, Mixed Chinese Vegetables, 1/2 Sweet Potato And Cinnamon, 1/2 Tuna Avocad Cream Cheese Sandwich

Fact: Steaming broccoli from the salad bar in my microwave is now my favorite thing. Fact: Baby corn is entirely adorable and edible and there was a 99% chance those veggies were frozen from Green Giant but they were still good. Fact: I discovered I can feed my cream cheese addiction with tuna sandwiches now; watch out, tuna. Fact: Sweet potatoes will now be a staple in my dorm eats since a little time in the microwave with some salt and cinnamon makes them ridiculously good and convenient eats.

Maybe it’s a good thing I’m such a picky eater in the cafe because I end up making uber healthy and delicious things for myself in my dorm; I just am not a fan of the whole putting it together thing. I’m lazy, what can I say? Greek history was torture but not for the reason that it usually is. Stupid me did not wear a coat and had to sit near an open window which made the whole class a bit of the shudders. I had to–fun use of the phrase “had to” here–buy a decaf coffee before epic poetry to dethaw. That made the next class all the more pleasant and I was happily back in my dorm, nice and snug, afterwards. That happiness lasted about 30 minutes until I discovered this:

My Ice Creams

My Ice Creams

Noticing anything missing? Well, I wouldn’t really expect you to. But see, if my beloved Elan Decaf Cappuccino were still in existence, she’d be nestled in between those two. Apparently it happened again that someone ate my FroYo, which was clearly named and even had a little extra duck tape around the top that should have said “Don’t touch me, you scalliwager”. *Sigh* I didn’t learn from my first experience and I let it happen again–what a fool. Well clearly I need to rethink a bit. I sent an email to my RC because that’s what we’re “supposed” to do, but I don’t expect much more than a “that’s college” right back at me, because that is college. Well that made this about 10 times less enjoyable:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

That being said, 10 times less is still pretty damn enjoyable. This one was way lower on the snickerdoodle cookie dough balls, which didn’t surprise me because I had an unholy amount in my last cup. There’s still a tiny bit left but I hope to finish it before the thieves and pirates usurp it. I kept with the cookie dough theme throughout the afternoon:

Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

I think I went 4 days not having this peanut butter? That’s too long. And see those little white specks on top? No. My camera wasn’t dirty nor was the bowl; that’s a bit of the vanilla sugar I picked up at the Dedham Whole Foods last month. It didn’t really add much because I used so little, but it felt delightfully special 🙂 I almost did homework on a Friday afternoon. Can you imagine that? Thankfully video games whipped me into my senses and lasted me until dinner. Tonight, baked pollock was on the menu at the V-W, an eatery across campus.

Baked Pollock, Green Beans With Mozzarella, Vegan Dahl, Broccoli And Beets

Baked Pollock, Green Beans With Mozzarella, Vegan Dahl, Broccoli And Beets

It was definitely a bit far, but I would walk 10,000 miles and I would walk 10,000 more just to be the man for fish. It was so good and refreshing after going so long without my salty friend. Speaking of salt, I think I dumped half the shaker and squeezed a whole lemon over it, which made it that much more fishtacular. The green beans with cooled mozzarella I was not feeling, so I grabbed broccoli and beets from the salad bar. I have a fear when eating raw broccoli that it’s going to take 10 years to digest on its own, so I chew it about 100 times legit. Is that weird? Don’t answer that. I also tried Dahl which I still don’t understand exactly but it was good; it had chickpeas, rehydrated raisins, and a blend of spices that tasted a bit like cardamom. It was definitely something I’d have again.

On the way back I picked up some of my favorite, fair trade decaf coffee from the bookstore. Note: If you order decaf past 7, you’re going to get a fresh pot made for you, and you’re going to feel special. It’s great, trust me. I had to make a phone call to wish my cousin Happy 8th Birthday. Apparently, at 8, I’m cool enough that he’ll put down the Star Wars book to talk to, but just for a few seconds. I still have the 3 year old on my side though. I sat down to watch Ghost Whisperer and had one of the greatest “parfaits” known to man:

Plain Oikos With Peanut Flour, Flaxseed, Vanilla Stevia, And Brown Sugar

Plain Oikos With Peanut Flour, Flaxseed, Vanilla Stevia, And Brown Sugar

All right, maybe I do learn stuff in College, such as how to be creative with simple ingredients. If you think I’ve lost my food and fitness roots, I’ll be the first to tell you that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with sensible amounts of sugar. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with unsensible amounts of sugar, either, if it’s the difference between enjoying your food and eating it because you feel you need to. Especially when you’re adding the sugar and not buying a product that’s been premade to someone else’s idea of sweet and nutritious. And this all holds exceptionally true for those of us who exercise and run simply for the love of being active. We need calories, but every calorie doesn’t need to be nutritious. So long as sugar isn’t pushing the nutrients out of your diet but sitting alongside them, such as it is here with 22.5g protein, 3.5g fiber, and calcium, it’s a perfectly acceptable addition to your diet. That’s my 2 pennies in a pod on the subject.

I was so excited for the new season of Ghost Whisperer last night, like I said I’d be. I’m happy their baby came out fine, but I’m not sure how I feel about the whole skipping years thing. Even though they were never written or filmed, I feel like I’m missing something, and unsure of where the characters are now. It’d had been like if they skipped 5 years at the beginning of Friends and Monica and Chandler were suddenly married(hope I didn’t spoil that for anyone still catching up on their DVR). I made more snackage, and had an odd late night craving:

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Chips And Cinnamon Raisin PB

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Chips And Cinnamon Raisin PB

Orange Zevia

Orange Zevia

Zevia after dinner? This really had me feeling like a rebel without a cause. That was until I thought of all the people playing beer pong downstairs who will probably be doing so way after I go to bed. Not so rebellious there, Evan. I was also graving cinnamon raisin AND chocolate, so I tried throwing it all into some oats. Chocolate, raisins, and cinnamon? Not so much. But you need to experience the duds to find the winners.

This morning I slept through my alarm for 25 minutes. Talk about not like me; I guess the partying had a bigger effect on my sleep than I realized. I contemplated taking a rest day, but decided I was up and ready to run. It was cold out, but the gym doesn’t open until 9 on the weekend–How ridiculous is that? What better things do people have to do? Sleep? Nuhuh. Well I ran up and down North Providence with all the other local runners and it ended up being a nice time. I forgot what it really feels like to go somewhere instead of watching TV while you run. When I got back I did some arms and abs work and made a simple and very sweet breakfast:

10-Grain Sunflower Seed Bread With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With A Newman's Own Organic Hermit And Brown Sugar

10-Grain Sunflower Seed Bread With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With A Newman's Own Organic Hermit And Brown Sugar

Newman's Own Organic Ginger Hermit And Brown Sugar Granola

Newman's Own Organic Ginger Hermit And Brown Sugar Granola

We’re just going to call it a granola because it’s on top of yogurt; that’s what granola means, right? Again, sensible sugar makes my world go round, and why shouldn’t it after running 6.3 miles? Newman’s Own Organic Hermits are divine if you’ve never tried them and you absolutely must go get some. Equally divine yet less readily available is the Butter Toffee Peanut Butter by Naturally Nutty. On the Runner’s World forums, it’s been a recent hot topic about how much peanut butter we use on toast or oats. For myself, I’ll tell you that I usually use 1 tablespoon on my english muffins or oatmeal and that’s more than enough to suffice for me. For this bread, since it’s a bit larger per slice, I used 1 1/2 tablespoons which coated it nice. What about you? Do you have any amount you use or just load it on?

Alright, buckeroonies. Now that I’m wired on some sensible sugar, I have more energy than I know what to do with. There’s plenty in store for today, including a possible trip to foodies paradise. Any guesses where that is? You’ll find out soon enough.

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Our Desserts Are Not Normal

Posted on September 25, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like all Thursday mornings, yesterday was rush rush rush. I actually finished my breakfast in under an hour. I literally can not think the last time I ate that fast(because a fly usually can be born and die while I eat a meal). Greek class was pleasant as always. Another gem of a quote from my professor(this one’s mostly sane), “A coffee addiction is a terrible thing; I have to wear a lot of Brown clothes”. Too true. And unfortunately for me, decaf stains and burns the same. I grabbed lunch at the Ratty and came back to this horror:

Google Reader

Google Reader

You all keep me busy; please keep it coming. I pretty much tore down what I brought from the lunchroom and rebuilt it into a more decent meal:

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

What did I learn at this meal? Let’s see. Broccoli from salad bar steamed in a little water in the microwave is beast. My microwave’s potato setting actually does a decent job but this could have used a bit longer. “Savory spinach” is just spinach cooked down. And cheese can easily be picked out of 3 bean salad which can then be sauced however you please. I thought the steak sauce, mustard, and maple syrup would make a nice flavor together. It was OK, but not as great as I had hopes for. Anyway, I ate this and worked worked worked my way through google reader, watching some quality Days. I planned to give my legs a complete rest yesterday and just mostly hang around. I’m not good at following the itinerary, because at 2 I was headed out the door with this in hand:

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Coffee and chocolate make a mocha heaven, that’s all I’m saying. In case anyone’s ever wondered what this Midnight Moo stuff I talk so much about is, it’s Trader Joe brand organic chocolate syrup. It’s very well priced compared to the competitors and all natural, so definitely pick some up if you’re lucky enough to live near a TJ’s. Where was I headed and why? I think this sums it up:

Black Mission Figs

Black Mission Figs

1.88 a pint for black mission figs. Curse you, Eastside Market, for ruining my rest day with such a great sale. How could I say no? And of course while I was there I had to shop the whole store AND the Whole Foods right across the way. I knew once I started looking at 1/2lb blocks of raw cheddar cheese, I needed to get out of there with my wallet in tact. Well, I actually kept my spending really modest after all.

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

With sales and coupons, that was all 3.80. I would call that a success, wouldn’t you? I hear Spooky Smores Z-Bars are out there now; if you’ve found them, I envy you. I saw them on their website over the Summer and was unsuccessful in tracking them down thus far. I have high hopes for the Halloween season but not if the only stores I can get to are Eastside Market and Whole Foods. Anyway, I decided to watch How I Met Your Mother when I got back and make a study–wait for it…–snack:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

I do not understand Smart Balance Peanut Butter–I just slip my spoon under it and eat it. It doesn’t have any fun flavor, and it’s made to be healthier, so how come it tastes so funky fresh good? The mysteries of life… I really liked that episode of HIMYM and the show’s progression. Robin and Barney are too cute together. After this I finished up all my homework for Friday(impressive, no?) just in time for dinner:

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

I totally got the “why is that guy taking pictures of his food” look for this one, but it was worth it. I was not feeling the protein or veggie option tonight. So, when in Rome doubt, I made a sald. Let me tell you what went down in that. I started with some spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Topped that with broccoli, onion, shredded carrots, and shredded beets. Finished with the jalapenoes and sunflower seeds. Can we say winner, winner, no chicken in that dinner? I’ll have to remember that long ass combo. When I was finished my mound of green and my friend his white cake with chocolate pudding frosting, he asked me why I never eat dessert there. Rather than open up the whole can of worms on eating unrefined, all natural, food that actually looks appealing, and all that jazz, I told him I have a lot of desserts like oats and peanut butter when I go back to my room. He told me that wasn’t “dessert”. Oh no? I think someone doesn’t read enough blogs…

Actually, my desserts did start out pretty normal by all standards:

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

I defrosted one of my fig and almond blondies which was perfect for the night. If I go home this weekend, I’m definitely grabbing a ton of figs and baking a big old batch. I love that they aren’t too too sweet but the honey is definitely prevalent, and how incredibly moist they are. Figs are a funny thing, I must say; when they’re ripe, they’re perfection, but when they aren’t they’re just bland. Some of these were ripe; some of these were bland. I was pretty enthralled in Survivor while eating these. I thought the entire show was ridiculous and hilarious in a “laugh at not with” kind of way. Russell finding the immunity idol without any clues kind of p-ed me off since I hate him, but that has to be one of the greatest Survivor moves out there. And when he and his tribe mate were being racist–priceless. Not good, just good TV that makes them the people you love to hate. After Survivor, it was new show, new snack time:

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

I don’t care if you’re a healthy eater or not, how can white chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, and fig not be appealing as a dessert? Seriously, normal people aren’t normal. I was super excited for the 2 hours of Grey’s Anatomy. No surprises with George being killed off; I was surprised how not sad that all seemed. I liked the story line progression. To be honest, my favorite scenes have always been the one’s where Chandra Wilson’s and Sandra Oh’s characters have broken down and gone apeshit crazy. I’m looking forward to what’s to come with the hospitals merging, but I hope it doesn’t get too too dramatic in a soap opera way(though I do like my Days). I would have made some delectable oats during the second episode, but my roommate and his friend were around, and I didn’t feel quite like breaking out the food scale and measuring grains in front of them. Instead I stuck with toast with the best jam in the world, a peanut butter Z-Bar, and some more of these:

Black Mission Fig

Black Mission Fig

This morning was about as “5 more minutes of sleep, mommy” as I get. I really didn’t want to get up, nor go to the gym, nor do a damn thing. On top of that, I was feeling a little hungry which was a sign to me that yesterday’s fueling was not enough. As I snacked on some figs and peanuts, I thought about whether or not I wanted to run this morning. I realized the shirt I was wearing was my Nike shirt from the Olympic collection which says “Just Do It” on it. How could I ignore that? I went to the gym, got on the treadmill, and just ran. There was a giant EXIT sign in front of my machine, but that’s one sign I ignored. Half an hour in, I got off to turn on the TV, because running without it is just a sin. I surprised myself by doing 7.34 in an hour flat. That’s a much better pace and further than yesterday, all on a day when I wasn’t feeling it. Needless to say I was pretty cocky proud of myself. After I showered I was ready for the oats that never were from last night and more:

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Nothing was bad about this meal. I baked the figs in the oatmeal which diffused the flavor well. If anybody wondered what kind of Fluff I use, it’s by a local company called Tiny Trapeze, and it’s all natural and vegan. The almond butter is Naturally Nutty. It’s definitely not one of my favorite flavor of theirs, but that’s just because they make so many other great flavors this one gets swept under the rug in comparison.

TGIF! I’m so ready for this weekend, not like I have any clue what I’m doing as of yet. I’m excited because one of my favorite shows, Ghost Whisperer, comes back on tonight; I think Jennifer Love Hewitt makes an excellent dramatic actress. I need to decide if I want to take a trip home this weekend, which seems sensible since my roommate and best friend will both be out of town and wild atlantic salmon is on sale at Whole Foods. Ok, I’m more persuaded by the latter argument, I’m not going to lie. Have a good Friday!

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Open Wallet Day

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning? Ever have one of those days when you just need to buy things to make yourself feel better? Well yesterday felt like that day, but I kept it pretty modest(just not entirely on budget). The second I got to Latin class I realized I completely forgot these in my room:

Dorm Keys

Dorm Keys

How could I forget something so adorable? Well that was on my mind all Latin class, speaking of which, yesterday’s discussion was which sounds like a bigger insult: slut or whore. I would feel more offended by slut(though neither term really bothers me because a) I’m a guy and b) I don’t think either really applies). Which do you think? The solution to the problem in class was to just use the Latin word and get the sense. When I got out of class I was so excited that it was Wednesday which meant the Farmers’ Market was on my quad:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

They have a great system where you can pay 200 dollars and get a bag of local products delivered each week. I would love to do that but I’m on a pretty all-inclusive meal plan and wouldn’t know what to do with extra heads of lettuce in my room. What I did get was these guys:

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Local Corn

Local Corn

Yep, that’s local kefir. I’ve never tried the store brand or any kefir before, but I had to grab this. I can’t wait to try it, since I always try and eat 2 sources of probiotics a day. I can’t decide whether it’d be best straight or with cereal or some other way. How do you eat kefir? Needless to say, kefir wasn’t what was for lunch.

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

I’ve definitely picked up a pattern: The lunch room is for protein and veggies, and my dorm is for grains and treats. That’s what makes sense/tastes good to me, so I’ll stick with it while it works. I wasn’t jazzed to try the stir fry again because it upset my stomach last time, but this one was sans noodles and a little less oily, so it wasn’t an issue. The beans were beany(aka good). And I think I got my servings of leafy greens, don’t you? I’m not a big raw broccoli fan because it’s so fiberous; I chew it about 50 times to make sure it doesn’t give me bowling ball stomach syndrome.

This didn’t seem like a lot at the time but it actually held me over through my 2 classes and more. I was thinking of eating something at 3 because that’s my routine, but I decided to try and listen to my stomach, which said it didn’t need/want anything. With that in tummy mind, I went to where not thinking about food is impossible: Whole Foods. Again, I could spend about 30 minutes just browsing the aisles, and I think I did. I ended up with way less than usual but spending a bit more:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

I definitely set out with hopes of snickerdoodle in my future. When I got there, I had to look at EVERY flavor and change my mind about 100 times. But once it started getting ridiculous, I decided to take what I intended to all along and be happy. Which I was. Very very happy. The muffins were a bit of an “impulse buy”, and an expensive one at 6 dollars. In hindsight, I don’t like the idea of paying so much for something which main ingredients are water and oat bran, but I’m a sucker for a healthy muffin 😦 And at 22o calories, 10g fiber, and 6g protein per muffin, these definitely make the cut. I managed to spill my water bottle all over my bed after taking this photo, but kind of ignored it so I could eat this:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Since I spent longer grocery shopping than I planned, I was actually pretty famished when I got back. This definitely hit the spot, and there were so many cookie dough chunks in the scoops I gave myself(not even on purpose!) that it ate like a meal. Let’s just say I was very very pleased with this “investment”. I figured my diet had been severely lacking in grains since breakfast and was easily convinced into this:

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Normally I don’t eat granola except for on yogurt. But like I said, I was jonesing for some grains, and what’s a better source than granola? I didn’t like how this was more chewy than crispy, but it sufficed while I was doing Greek homework. I met up with some of my high school friends for a special local dinner at the Ratty; everything was local from the veggies to the meat–how cool is that? While we were waiting for Mike I had my 4th siting of Emma Watson! I was wicked excited. We even were in the same line inside, and technically ate under the same roof! Anyway, that excitement aside, here was the eats:

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

What tasted better than this meal was knowing that it supported local farmers, and that everyone in the Ratty was doing the same, whether they make that their mission or not. I’ve always tried to eat local veggies, which are generally more nutritious. I was excited to try local protein, too, to see if it would feel different eating it. It tasted the same, but felt a little more special, ya know? I don’t think I would have taken the stuffed pepper if I knew it had copious amounts of cheese in it, but I’m glad I did because copious amounts of cheese are always delicious. And one thing I’ve never had to be forced to eat are brussel sprouts; I just love them!

Wednesday nights and quality TV weren’t besties last night, so I started out with some modest google readering homework and a nice muffin:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Here’s a life lesson: Anything healthy tastes better under cream cheese. Take notes, children. This muffin was OK but it wasn’t stellar like the carrot ginger ones from Trader Joe’s, which I think are actually made by the same Massachusetts bakery. These tasted a lot… branier? No, Microsoft, I refuse to believe that’s not a word. One of my biggest qualms in life is that nobody makes blueberry chocolate chip bagels or muffins. What’s with that? I think the two are a match made in heaven. Take a lesson, Panera. I tried to get in to the new ABC show, Modern Family. I have to admit I laughed a lot during it, but it felt like most of the funny moments were from the previews and I’m wondering how it’s going to keep up. More study snackage:

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

Please excuse me while I eat through my entirely too big stash of bread. Bread’s my number one thing to buy at the store, always, which is a little ridiculous since I usually microwave my grains in water. I still have 3 english muffins, parts of cinnamon raisin and 10-grain loaves, and a whole whole wheat loaf in my freezer, plus 3 bran muffins. Need bread? I’m your boy. I figured why change up the flavors of the night and stuck with blueberry, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and maple. Can’t go wrong with any of that. My dad sent me a funny article around then telling me I worked at the most dangerous college in America over the Summer; of course Emerson has to report a high amount of crime because it’s right on the common where all the crazy shitstuff goes down, but it’s a legit college I promise.

This morning was a treadmill morning on account of my early class. I resolved to go 6 miles before I got on. Can I just say this morning was absolute torture; I don’t know why, but my body never fully got into and I felt like I was fighting a snail’s pace the whole time. With .3 miles to go, nature was calling–loudly. Amazingly I just kept running, finished the 6, and then ran another .05 to the bathroom. I did the 6 in 51 minutes flat, which I wasn’t jazzed about but more happy that I stuck it out for that long and got a good run in. When I got back it was time for a little inspiration to strike for Miss PB&Jenny’s oat’s round up.

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

I love my Oikos, but even better is fruit sweetened greek yogurt. Not the kind you can buy, but using actual fruit from your store(or in my case, the freezer). And let’s just call these oats one for the record books, my friends; I feel as though I’ve perfected them and here’s the magic formula,

20g(1/4 cup) oatmeal

20g(1/4 cup) oatbran

160g(2/3 cup) unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

1 egg

15g(1 tablespoon) maple syrup

7g(1 tablespoon) sliced almonds

Cinnamon

Sea Salt

Were you taking notes? Cook the oats in the almond breeze for 2-2 1/2 minutes. Crack in an egg and swirl until broken but not completely mixed. Microwave for a further 1-1 1/2 minutes and top with maple syrup, almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt. If Julia Child ever made oatmeal, this is how she would have made it.

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Let’s Give This Another Try

Posted on September 23, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So yesterday morning I was in a good mood sporting the t-shirt I won:

Zevia T-Shirt

Zevia T-Shirt

Sadly no one asked me what Zevia was all day. Then again, I’m not in the business of thrusting my chest into people’s faces, but I think that’s a good thing. Some of you came up with the idea of a page of quotes for my crazy professors, which I loved. If I do end up setting one of those up, this would be my first: my Greek teacher is one of the most charming middle aged woman ever and gets way too into her subject. She finally said “sometimes I find myself looking up the etymology of these Greek words and think to myself ‘God, you have no life’. Then I realize this is my life! Yay for me!” She was so genuinely excited, it was hysterical. It also made me realize how that’s totally going to be me if I don’t find a double major somewhere along the way; not that I have any problem with Classicists, but I know the pay, and that will not keep me through the week at Whole Foods. Speaking of foods, I lunched it up:

Asparagus, Quinoa With Veggies, 1/4 Avocado, Flame Grilled Veggie Burger With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter, Orang Zevia

Asparagus, Quinoa With Veggies, 1/4 Avocado, Flame Grilled Veggie Burger With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter, Orang Zevia

Asparagus was on the lunch line today so I took more than is holy. It was pretty overcooked, but asparagus nonetheless, so I was happy. I wanted to give quinoa a try and I’ll admit it wasn’t bad but it’s not my favorite grain. The flame grilled burger was good but needed a kick–a peanut buttery on. I have so little excuses to eat that peanut butter so I like to fit it in when appropriate. Oh, and the orange Zevia was a completely necessary throwback to my shirt. I basically dined on this while watching midday TV, aka the best, and doing some light studying, aka the worst. After watching the first 10 minutes of Rachael Ray, I was out and about.

I walked down to the two places I kind of hoped to go yesterday: Whole Foods and Eastside Market. I spent way too long browsing both; the people must’ve thought I was homeless and wanted somewhere with air conditioning. Midway through I got super hungry and ran to the register with this.

Organic Gala Apple

Organic Gala Apple

I’m still a Red Delicious fan, but I’ll say this was pretty darn good and a close second. Plus it was the type that was on sale, and that beat everything at the time. The real disappointment was when neither place had the entire reason I went for: Snickerdoodle Ice Cream. Ah, yes. It’s been far too long since I had my share of doodles. What I ended up doing was taking a second chance:

Oikos Plain Yogurt And Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

Oikos Plain Yogurt And Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

I’m loving my Oikos, but not loving that my coupons are gone 😦 Thanks, Stonyfield, for giving me the chance to try your Greek yogurt! I’ll definitely be making it one of my staples from now on. I also decided to rebuy the frozen yogurt that was oh-so mysteriously taken from the common room. Am I taking a chance and not learning from my mistakes? Yes, but that’s basically how I’ve lived my life so far and will probably continue to do so. Well, I figured if this gets taken tonight, I’m at least going to have gotten some of my money’s worth by then if I make myself a snack:

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

I eat this so much with midnight moo sauce or some other topping, I forgot how cool and creamy it is on its own. That’s one reason I prefer frozen yogurt or even some dairy-free brands is that the product is often airier and lighter in texture and much better for cone-licking. Sure, Ben & Jerry’s got some banging flavors, but ice cream like that is too thick to enjoy in my opinion. Well after this I was still pretty hungry ravenous, so I made something that might actually soothe my stomach beast(too much epic poetry).

Pumpkin Oatbran With Maranatha's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Pumpkin Oatbran With Maranatha's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Ok, that was better. That was food. By the way, miss Jenny over at PB&Jenny is running a fun thing where you can send your impressive oatmeal concoctions(and if you read blogs like this, I’m betting you know how to make a mean bowl of oatmeal) and she’ll feature them. I’m working on a great bowl to send on over and you should start thinking, too! This had me a bit stuffed, but I was persuaded into dinner pretty easily:

Mushroom And Barley Soup, Salad, Snow Peas And Carrots, Beats, Vegan Chili

Mushroom And Barley Soup, Salad, Snow Peas And Carrots, Beats, Vegan Chili

A) I make a conscious effort to make my food look like Mickey Mouse whenever possible. B) I’ve learned to load up on the veggies in the cafeteria because those are where the nutrients are and they’re expensive as hell to buy from Whole Foods. The main protein and veggie option weren’t spectacular, but I found the chili from yesterday… which hopefully wasn’t the chili from yesterday. Besides that, it was all pretty much how you would expect vegetables to taste assuming you’ve had them before. I never had beets before the lunch room but now I really like them.

Tuesday nights and one of my favorite shows is back: The Biggest Loser. It got me to start the night with a somewhat healthy snack:

Raspberries With Midnight Moo Sauce

Raspberries With Midnight Moo Sauce

Unsurprisingly, one of the things I really miss is my mini chopper banana whips, even if they aren’t so smooth. Of course I go home on the one weekend it’s freezing, so I didn’t make any. but I thought I’d try the same by mushing up raspberries and chocolate sauce with a fork. The verdict? It was definitley cold and firm, and had good flavor, but the seeds made it entirely unappealing. Who wants to chew their ice cream? Looks like I’ll have to think of something new.

Did anyone else watch the Biggest Loser? I think it’s one of the most inspirational shows on tv; your heart just has to go out to all the families affected by the show. It’s a little too obvious in its product endorsement if you ask me, and it gets repetitive with the challenges and guest starts, but I still really like it and will probably watch the whole season. More healthy eats were inspired:

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With Smart Balance PB And Chocolate Chips

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Bran Muffin With Smart Balance PB And Chocolate Chips

These Trader Joe muffins are the only one’s I’ll eat besides vitamuffins and the ones I bake myself. Any other muffin tends to be too sweet which makes it a cupcake. Chew on that(oh I’m punny). I don’t have the carton with me but all the ingredients are found in most kitchens and it has a good deal protein and fiber. I love detaching the muffin top and spreading some peanut butter on it–then it really feels like a vitatop. Of course, the butt can’t go to waste, so I pushed in a few chocolate chips which melted ever so slightly after the muffin had been microwaved–score. It was my last muffin though 😦 So I’m going to have to stock up at a Trader Joe’s back in MA sometime.

I got an amazing night sleep and woke up exactly 1 minute before my alarm; now it’s definitely starting to feel like home/the Summer. It was nice and warm but I wanted to run a set disstance so I headed to the gym to do 6 on the treadmill. I got to 6 and thought “why not 7?” so I stayed for an extra 8 minutes and ended up running 7 in 56:45. I try not to change my workout once I get on the treadmill but that seems like a good change, right? When I got back I admit I had no inspiration or desire for breakfast but that’s no excuse not to refuel.

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Milk And Secret Butter, Pumpkin Pie Yogurt, Cranbran Vitatop

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Milk And Secret Butter, Pumpkin Pie Yogurt, Cranbran Vitatop

See Mickey again? I try. Believe it or not, one thing I’ve never done is made my oats with anything but water. I’m a purist in that way, but I was inspired by some blog gals to give it a shot. It came out OK, but I wasn’t blown away. The texture wasn’t changed like I thought, but the flavor was definitely introduced. The unsweetened vanilla almond breeze didn’t really fit here, but I think it would go perfect with an egg in some french toast oatmeal, so you can be sure to see that sometime soon. The yogurt and vitatop followed through on the “only OK” theme the pumpkin yogurt like I reviewed is good, but a tad sweet and thin. I’d rather eat my own version. This was the last vitatop I had to review, and I wish it ended on a better note. Cranberry is such a New England Fall flavor but this one didn’t have me feeling it. There was a generous amount of cranberries, which I liked, but they lacked tartness or flavor. And the base wasn’t like the other bran bases and a little too bland, even for a “healthy” flavor. I’d definitely rather have the BlueBran or AppleBerry.

The one shineout of the meal was the Secret Butter from Naturally Nutty which I reviewed quite a while ago here. Well I left some hints and some of you had some great guesses including pumpkin butter and sunflower seed butter. Well, here’s the truth: you were all right, and wrong. This is a special blend of equal parts sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds, with added all spice and vanilla powder. I swear it tastes JUST like french toast sticks, and does that not sound like one of the healthiest nut seed butters around? I’m not quite sure when the flavor will be available to buy on their website but I know I’m getting a nice, big jar when it is. I hope we can all sleep at night now that we know the secret, haha. Have a great day!

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Veggies For An Upsest Stomach

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. So I’m thinking I need a section of this blog where I solely talk about how ridiculous my professors are? As in when we’re translating a Catullus poem that deals with bed squeaking and my Latin teacher uses the phrase “going at it, hot and heavy”. Yes, that will scar you. Or perhaps my Greek History class which is taught by my Latin teachers husband in which he frequently mentions how the Olympians were naked, oiled, and wrestling. Should I mention to her that her husband might have something else on his mind? Thankfully, Epic Poetry is a break from the craziness. I love our professor; she’s a middle-aged Spanish woman with a heavy accent and it feels like a museum tour guide is talking to you when she leads discussion ❤

After the Latin class experience, I, amazingly, still had an appetite and went to the Ratty

Vegatable Stiry Fry, Tofu With Steak Sauce/Mustard/Agave Syrup, Snap Peas, Sprouts, Waterchesnuts, And Broccoli

Vegatable Stiry Fry, Tofu With Steak Sauce/Mustard/Agave Syrup, Snap Peas, Sprouts, Waterchesnuts, And Broccoli

The new Taste Of The World section is up and running for the week and this week is Japan. How exciting, I grabbed some scoops of the stir fry which was supposed to have tofu and veggies in it but was lacking. To compensate I grabbed some for the side as well as some tofu which I heated in my microwave with the described sauce. Something in this meal did not sit with me at all. I knew it wasn’t that much food or fuel and I should have eaten more but I could barely get down what was in the picture; I’m thinking it was the stir fry, since oily things tend to give me trouble, so I’ll be steering clear of that this week. Around Epic Poetry I started to have an appetite so I ate these in order:

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

I hate getting hungry in class because it’s hard to whip out a Whole Food that’s portable and quiet to eat, but the Z-Bar is a close second. When I got back to my dorm I noshed on the apple. Red Delicious all the way for me, which is great because that’s one of the varieties that I can steal from the dining hall 🙂 My roommate was in the room reading all day; I really was not in a people mood so I decided this’d be a good time to run an errand I’d been meaning to do.

Providence Place Mall

Providence Place Mall

So I’ve lived a mile from a mall and only went to Bed, Bath, And Beyond on the first day–what’s up with that? I was impressed how big this place was: 5 stories! I didn’t get anything, but it’d be a fun place to hang if I ever stayed here over the weekend like I should. If they would only put a Whole Foods in there…

When I got back I had a craving for mint ice cream. Normally, I might go out and buy a quart and that’d be that. But given my recent “experience” I was too hesitant to buy anything new and improvised:

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt With Dark Forest Mint Chocolate

Vanilla Elan Frozen Yogurt With Dark Forest Mint Chocolate

It wasn’t really mint ice cream :-/ But I did what I could, right? Maybe tomorrow I’ll go out and get the real thing. By the way, 1 square chopped up goes a long way in ice cream. I’ve always wondered how chocolate bars are so calorific but chocolate chip ice cream not so much. After the sweet I had a little salty:

Roasted And Salted Edamame With Goji Berries

Roasted And Salted Edamame With Goji Berries

This was such a great find last week at Eastside Market. Not only is it uber healthy with fiber and protein, and uber salty with… salt, it was pretty cheap, like 2.50. Considering the amount of goji berries in this, I’m guessing it’s a better option than buying goji’s from the bulk bins. Delicious. Come dinner time I definitely had my appetite back and didn’t touch the stir fry station.

Vegan Chili, Green Beans, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Veggie Stew, Sweet Potato

Vegan Chili, Green Beans, Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Veggie Stew, Sweet Potato

That’s a lot of vegetables, and it sat with me. Well. The stew was mostly just a ratatouille with less tomatoes which reminded me of Provence. The artichoke hearts were also delicious and apparently made with a cooking wine which I really didn’t taste. And the chili was pretty great. It reminded me of Wendy’s chili except without the dodgy meat. I was very happy and very full with this meal(well, full for an hour, which is about what you can expect from me).

There was too much to choose from last night on TV. I decided to go with Heroes, and this lil’ guy:

Deep Chocolate Vitabrownie

Deep Chocolate Vitabrownie

For chocolate fixes nowadays, I don’t even go for chocolate chips or chocolate cookies; I go for vitaproducts. 30 seconds in the microwave and they become so cakey yet with a fudgy flavor. Perrrrfect, because I’m a cake person but hate how most cakes chocolate cakes come out tasting too vanilla(and not in the “vanilla bean” kind of way). I was so excited to see Chelsea from Days Of Our Lives as an actress on Heroes! And then she got killed off… wtf. I’m going to try and pretend that the season wasn’t ruined then for me. And for all you HIMYM fans, don’t worry, I’m still loyal to the show. I just need to track the new episode down online in my oh-so-plentiful free time. 2 hours is way too long for 1 show, in my opinion. I had to make snacks half way through.

French Toast Oatmeal And 10-Grain Bread With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

French Toast Oatmeal And 10-Grain Bread With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

Talk about hitting the spot. At first I was hesitant to make the oats; I thought to myself “Evan, do you realize you’ve gone a whole day eating vegetarian? Do you want to change that at 9pm at night?” Well, as much as I support the cause, I’m not a vegetarian and thought it’d be kind of silly to ignore a craving over something like that. The secret to good french toast oats: lots of vanilla powder. It’s not a household staple, but you should make it one.

I ended up in bed with my Nintendo DS copy of the Iliad and spent the night mostly like that and got some great sleep. My roommate is starting to get a cold or something so I’m being careful to get my sleep and eat right to fend of the flu this season(no shot for me. I’d rather bolster my immune system with food than fluids). When I got up it was a “treadmill morning” because Tuesday’s and Thursday’s my mornings are a bit hectic and I wanted to be done running at 8:30 sharp. I did 6.86 in 55:10, which is almost perfect pace for me. My right arm and shoulder started getting really sore; I need to learn to watch the TV in front of me rather than 10 feet to the side. When I got back I had the weirdest morning cravings:

Oatmeal/Bran With An Egg And 365 Steak Sauce, Multibran Vitatop With Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

Oatmeal/Bran With An Egg And 365 Steak Sauce, Multibran Vitatop With Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Carrot Juice

I warned you. What I really wanted was the steak sauce. Don’t ask why, but 365 steak sauce is just addicting. Obviously that would have been too weird to just put on oatmeal, right? Gotta have an egg to balance it out. Oh, and salt. Lots and lots of salt 😉 Because I’m such a Bran boy I was happy to try this vitatop. I took a lesson from Christina and topped it with one of my favorite peanut butters, Butter Toffee by Naturally Nutty. The nutrition for this vitatop threw me off a bit; I wouldn’t have imagined something “bran” having so much sugar. But I was happy there weren’t sugar alcohols and the ingredient list was about as simple as could be. The flavor was just what I expected and hoped for: bran. Believe it or not, sometimes I don’t want everything to taste like a dessert(though I give you plenty of reason to not believe me, there). I would definitely buy this vitatop as a morning-starter, though if I had the choice of flavor I might go for one of their fruitier healthy flavors like BlueBran or AppleBerry.

Why oh why did I make oatmeal on a day I have early class? Seriously, I can spend 2 hours on a good bowl in the morning. I better get my butt moving and the spoon to my mouth. I’m wicked excited for today because it’s going to be nice and sunny and I’m done with class at 11:50! Where will the day take me? I’m guessing it’ll be a Whole Foods lot of fun, wherever it is.

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