Eating Picnic Foods

Posted on March 19, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Well if you live in the Northeast, I hope you got outside for this amazing weather. If you don’t, I hope the sun was shining where you are, too! March is the best month: In like a lion, out with my birthday like a lamb.

Endangered Species 70% Organic Dark Chocolate

I’m lucky to love the treadmill and running out doors. They’re very different things, and both have their good points. When I get bored of one, the other can be there to pick me up. Today, that was the case where I didn’t feel like running on the treadmill first thing but was ready for an outdoor run around 11. I had 2 tiny squares of my favorite organic dark chocolate from Endangered Species and hit the road.

11.25 Miles In 1:35:10

This was a long run. In fact, it turned out to be my longest outdoor run ever! by .7 of a mile. I went up and down the Providence Path 3 times. There was even some running team(maybe collegiate?) holding time trials so I had good company and motivation. At the 3rd turn, I went down Hope street and ended my run at Whole Foods to do some refueling and grocery shopping.

Odwalla Carrot Juice

For some reason, I had it in my mind that this Whole Foods made fresh pressed carrot juice. I guess not :-/ But I was happy to refuel with this brand. Not only do I find carrot juice incredibly sweet and delicious, but it’s one of the best recovery drinks around.

Carrot Juice Nutrition

What makes a good recovery drink? Well, we could really debate this for hours. Chocolate milk gets a lot of attention for its 4:1 carb:protein content. Coconut water seems to be the new fad, but I have yet to try this and can’t speak for it. What I love about carrot juice is the potassium content: Look at it! That’s more than a banana, and for 1/2 the bottle. And potassium is something necessary for recovery. Another reason to love carrot juice is it’s 1 natural ingredient: carrots.


I’m sure you’d believe me if I told you the first thing I grabbed at the store–even before the juice–was the milk chocolate sunspire peanuts. Could I live on without them? Beyond that, I just grabbed a sweet potato(albeit, a huge one), some canned fish for dinner and yogurt on sale. I was pushing my timing and had to get back to shower and make a full recovery lunch fast.

Chili Lime Yumnuts

In my rush, I remembered I wanted to try these seasoned cashews sent to me by Yumnuts. I’m not much of a spicy or savory snacker but for my meals they sounded wonderful and picnic-y. I threw everything in one big container and met my friend, Adam, on the campus green to enjoy the sun!

Tuna Salad, Chickpeas, And Chili Lime Cashews Over Dressed Greens

I started by tossing bitter greens with my favorite dressing from Foods Alive. I tossed on top the remaining 1/2 a can of chickpeas, a can of tuna mixed with 2oz Voskos plain non fat for a healthy tuna salad, and a small handful chili lime Yumnuts. Could you imagine something better for picnicing? Because I couldn’t. This was all perfect! I forgot how much I loved tuna salads with a little salt. I guess the “trick” is to reserve just a little liquid from the can so that it’s not dry when you mix it with the thick-and-creamy binder. And the Yumnuts were–well–yum! They really were quite spicy, which I appreciated. Maybe a bit of sweetness for contrast wouldn’t have hurt? Still, they were quite good, and even flavored the tuna a bit.

Tazo 0 Cal Zen Green Tea With Lemongrass And Spearmint

To wash this all down, I sipped on this new tea from Tazo. It’s sweetened naturally with erythritol and stevia which is a great renovation to the sweet tea line if you ask me. It was definitely enjoyable, and probably sweet enough for most tastes. I did think the lemon part of it was lacking a bit, but still I’d happily grab this over any sugared-up competition. Overall, I hope it’s bright and sunny again soon because I want to eat this whole meal again!

Chocolate So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream

After getting a little work done and cleaning up after the hurricane that hit my dorm, I was craving something chocolate. Can you imagine that? I finished off the pint of chocolate So Delicious coconut milk ice cream I’d been working on. Is there anything sadder than finishing a pint of ice cream with no ability to immediately replace it? I think not.

Vanilla So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt With Organic 70% Dark Chocolate Shavings

And, since that wasn’t enough So Delicious, coconut milk, and chocolate, I gave their yogurt a try with the final two squares of the same chocolate bar I ate earlier. A pint and a chocolate bar? Man, I was knocking them out today. Concerning the coconut milk yogurt: holy yum! This was amazing. Like I really needed another food to be obsessed over? At least I’m hooked while it’s on sale; you know there’ll be more of these over the weekend.

Dr. Kracker's Seeded Spelt

Another perfect picnic food, of course, are crackers. What’s not to love? I decided I’d try these Dr. Krackers because I loved the idea of sunflower seeds baked right in for a little crunch. I also read from Whole Foods that spelt flour–while wheat and so gluten-forming–has a higher tolerance level among gluten intolerant people than regular wheat. I’m not above conducting mini-science experiments on myself.

Spaghetti Squash, Broccoli, Wild Alaskan Salmon, Seeded Spelt Crackers

I didn’t plan to have so much but when I read that spaghetti squash was at the cafeteria, well you know I had to make adjustments 😉 Overall, the whole meal was good, but not really “put together”. The crackers were nice, but they missed the crispness I was expecting; I really enjoyed the sunflower seeds with this sunny weather, though! The salmon in a can was–in a word–disgusting; I wasn’t expecting it to be not even deskinned or deboned. I only took 2 servings and threw the other 1.5 out. It tasted fine, but I think I would rather go without omega-3’s during my time at college than eat that more often. At least it was in the spirit of cheap fish during Lent? I’ll be happy when that’s over.

Annnd as much as I talked about the sun, it’s now dark out. Good thing because I should work work work on these midterms. I also want to keep up the “sundae on Fridays” tradition, but need to find some good ice cream to suit my palate. Enjoy the night!

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Your lunch looks great! Way to enjoy the nice weather! Never tried those yogurts but now I am intrigued.

Awesome run…11.25 miles! Rock it Evan!!

you just reminded me how much i love that yogurt ! amd if its on sale, i will def have to pick it up again !

Midterms. Omg you poor thing. Honestly I spent college studying on most Fri nites. I didnt hit my wild streak of going out party girl Fri nites til I was outta college. but since I graduated at 20 I was still underage LOL.

Anyway yumnuts. Just typing that word makes me laugh. And way to avoid the playboy question on my blog. I totally noticed 🙂 And canned fish. OMG have i been a vegan for too long that that makes me laugh?

The yumnuts look good but salty! And yes the Betty lou’s cookies are SUPER good and soft and nice..and at 100 cals each not that you nor i need to worry about this, they’re not some huge thing, it’s truly a snack.

tazo. i have it too and also zevia. im sure youd say you like zevia better b/c i know you’re partial to it.

p.s. glad you hung out with a friend on a fri afternoon and got some sun. That is like the perfect afternoon!

Yum! I’ve been really wanting to try that TAZO tea. I’ve been to their website to try and win the free samples already (:

Yumnuts? How cute! And delicious!!! Oh man, I could go for some of that So Delicious chocolate ice cream. No, wait. I could really go for some So Delicious vanilla coconut milk yogurt and Endangered Species dark chocolate! Yowza! You’re killing me with all that chocolate yumminess! Wish I could run like you. Then I could eat all that chocolate!

Good luck on the midterms…glad you are enjoying the beautiful weather 🙂

Can’t wait for your birthday eats!

hopefully the weather is this nice next weekend for the race! although maybe not so warm, it was 70* when i finished my run this morning at 11!! i did hear the possibility of rain buttttt weathermen can’t tell me tmrw’s weather so i’m not too worried a week out haha

That picnic sounds awesome! I’m highly addicted to the So Delicious Coconut milk products, but wait for the yogurts to go on sale…$2 a pop is a bit much for 1 yogurt in my opinion. I really want to try those Tazo teas with the stevia..I’m not a fan of the sugar-ladened ones, but zero cal sounds about right. Eating calories > drinking them! As for the salmon, did you eat it raw? Right out of the can? I love that brand but I form them into patties (the can plus the water in the can, plus 1 egg, plus ground flax as a binder, pan fried in oil is how I make them…plus seasonings of course). For some reason I really like the skin on the fish, especially when bought fresh, and in the cans I’ve always liked those little round bones for their crunchiness.

Yeah, i ate the salmon straight. It must have been precooked, I’m guessing. I figured it was a lot like a can of tuna. And the yogurt I think is regularly 1.79 here which is why I’ve never tried it but now it’s 1.25

How do you afford your delicious eats?

I make an effort to buy only what’s on sale or I have coupons for. Beyond that, we all need to spend our money somewhere and food’s the part of life that appeals to me for that. I don’t care much for shiny new toys or clothes, so Whole Foods basically gets whatever falls in my pocket

Coconut water is the new thing, and I admit to joining the masses on this. It, like the carrot juice, has more potassium than a banana in 11oz (60 cals) and tastes so refreshing. I love the Zico mango and the Vita Coco pineapple. The plain coconut is good, too

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