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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I make my oatmeal with water too. I don’t taste a difference and I’d rather save the extra calories to mix in cottage cheese.

I never would’ve been able to guess the secret ingredient. I can’t wait for it to become available. It sounds delicious!

Congrats on the awesome run!

i always use water with my oatmeal. it just seems weird to use anything else because that’s what i grew up on.

i ❤ waking up a minute or two before the alarm. much better than getting jarred out of bed!

hmm interesting mix for that nut butter. i am no seed fan, so i probably wouldnt like it.

that berry cone looks so yummy!
my tummy is grumbling, it is almost lunch time .. it is taking every fiber of will power i have to not eat my entire lunch before my lunch hour haha

Sorry for the double comments, but I’ve been meaning to ask what kind of cones do you use for your frozen yogurt? Are they any special kind? Thanks!

Hehe, they aren’t edible if that’s what you’re asking. It’s from a set of 4, they’re just plastic with a cone design on them, but don’t they look real?

Yea they do! I’m so letdown.

I tried out the cranbran today too!! i didnt hate it but i wasnt completely in love with it, either. i honestly wish there were more cranberries. i liked the texture that they had.

i totally saw the contest over at PB and jenny…I gotta think of something good!! your bowl of oats looks delicious!! I make my oatmeal with water too! i tried with soymilk once but i couldnt taste the diff!

yes i watch the biggest loser…so good!!

You have the absolute best taste in Froyo…I must admit sometimes I live vicariously through you : )
Have a great week!

wait a minute. DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER?!? How have I not seen this? and why don’t they sell it here? That sounds amazing.

I always make my oatmeal with water. I used to just splash a bit on top, but then I quit doing that, too.

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