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Shop And Save At Whole Foods

Posted on April 23, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Whole Foods doesn’t get the name “Whole Paycheck” from no where; You can easily go in and find an organic goat’s milk cheese for $30 a pound or organic marinated pork for $15 a pound. But where can’t you find pricey items like that? The truth is that Whole Foods can be equally as thrifty as expensive if you play your cards right.

Avoid The Perimeter

This sounds like exactly the opposite of what you’re supposed to do at a super market; the outside is where all the fresh produce is. Well, that tends to be Whole Foods downfall. Their conventional and organic produce are often more expensive than at other stores. Leave these be here, and instead look elsewhere for produce.

365 Reasons To Love Whole Foods

Like any store, Whole Foods has their own brand: 365. And it’s very reasonable! There are plenty of products I find comfortable and cheap getting 365:

Proteins

Proteins

Canned beans and meat are pantry staples and always taste fresh from Whole Foods. For something even cheaper, get a bag of your favorite beans dried and make them yourself.

Flavored Decaf Coffee

Flavored Decaf Coffee

Whole Foods is one of the few people to sell decaf coffee that’s also flavored. And it’s priced reasonably, too! Beyond that, it just tastes good and not like the muddy other store brands I’ve had. Wake up 365 days a year to Whole Foods.

All-Natural Soap

All-Natural Soap

Beyond food, I also use some Whole Foods products in other places in life. Their soap is by far the cheapest all-natural brand around. The same can be said about a lot of their 365 personal care items. If you’re picky about your body care, it may not be premium. On the other hand, if you’re just a bachelor like me, it’s as good as any.

See The Whole Deal

If you’ve never picked up a Whole Deal flier, you’ve been missing out. Not only does it have fun recipes and ideas, but it’s filled with coupons. And if you match these with store sales, the savings can be unreal. I paired a Steaz beverage sale(2 for $5) with a buy 1 get 1 coupon to get 8 Steaz for 2.50! That otherwise would have cost $9+.

365 Peanut Butter

365 Peanut Butter

My favoite current coupon is $1 off their 365 peanut butter, which brings the price down to just $1 for a 16oz jar. This is by far one of the best all natural peanut butters I’ve had, and that price is better than so many else. I would say pick up a jar or 5 while they’re still so cheap!

Buy In Bulk

Bulk Section

Bulk Section

The bulk section is one of my favorites. It’s double beneficial: Usually, whatever you can get at the bulk bins are cheaper than buying them otherwise. I get my organic oatmeal for $1.50 a pound, or 99 cents if it’s on sale. It also helps that you can buy just the right amount at the bulk bins, too. When I’m making my raw vegan brownies or any other recipe with dried fruits and nuts, I use the bulk bins to buy just what I need and not have extra. Averie has brought up–and rightly so–that these can be breeding grounds for God-knows-what and you can never know whose hands have used them. Still, I put trust in my bulk bins and enjoy so much from them.

Eating At Whole Foods

Lastly, one of my(and I suspect others’) favorite past times is eating at the amazing Whole Foods salad bars. These can also be a nightmare for cost-conscious people. I would say first and foremost to just enjoy it like a night out; how often do you really get to do this?

Roasted Carrots And Broccoli, General Gao's Chicken, Golden Sesame Tofu

Roasted Carrots And Broccoli, General Gao's Chicken, Golden Sesame Tofu

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews, White Fish With Lemon

Avocado Kale Salad With Roasted Cashews, White Fish With Lemon

But there are ways to save, too. Look where and what might be cheaper. Is the $7.99 a pound from the salad bar really the best option? It might be cheaper to buy a protein from the prepared foods(not to be confused with the salad bar) or the refrigerated section. And if you’re just going to be getting plain veggies, get them from the produce section and use the in-store microwave to cook them. Just because you’re eating at Whole Foods doesn’t mean you need to eat from the salad bar; save that for fun and unique foods that you wouldn’t be able to make yourself or get any cheaper.

Those are my tips for Whole Foods. I hope I’ve encouraged anyone who has avoided this store to give it another shot. There are plenty of ways to eat great and cheap, too! Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go pick up more jars of 365 peanut butter…

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I Embrace Embarassment

Posted on January 16, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

It’s primetime and I just got back to my computer after 6 1/2 hours of being out. Rather than try to write something halfway decent, I’ll do the only sensible thing: make a fool of myself with old family photos until I get organized tomorrow. Until then, enjoy!

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Handsome Blogger

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Good morning and Merry Christmas! I won’t even begin to try to recap Christmas Eve or this morning so far right now; so far the presents from mom and dad have been opened, breakfast has been made, and soon enough we’ll be driving up to NH to be with my dad’s family for the day and it should be a blast. Instead, this morning I thought it’d be fun to address this award.

We’re going to pretend that says handsome blogger and continue 😉 Some beautiful and funny bloggers like Averie and Anne called me out on this one and now it’s time to share 7 random facts about me(I feel like I do this a lot? So I’m not sure what will be “random” or unexpected).

1. I have 30+ jars of nut butter. It might or might not be 40+ now; I don’t count because I don’t want to know. And I still plan on getting and trying more. However, I think this blogger definitely deserves the title of peanut butter king(I’ll settle for prince though ;-))

2. I used to be a Diet Mountain Dew addict. I could put away 6 a day. If they ever made a natural or organic product, they could probably profit off of me alone.

3. I’ve taken 2 college linguistic course in High School and have long considered double-majoring in that for an actual “career” opportunity.

4. I’ve always wanted to be an actor even though I don’t act. I really just want to be involved in television some how.

5. Alton Brown is one of my (newest) idols. He has a great background where he started as a director working on music videos. Then he decided he could do a food show and went to culinary college on a whim. After all that, he made a pilot that sat around for years until Food Network picked it up in 2009.

6. My room is bright orange. I’m talking bright orange. The actual paint name is “orange alert”.

7. The Beijing Olympics is what inspired me to get into running and fitness. Before that, I fenced and played on the ultimate frisbee team at my high school, but I certainly wasn’t as fit then as I’ve become

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A Preview To Tomorrow

Posted on November 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Just to give you an incite into me eats of today before tomorrow, here’s a little back and forth between my dad and I.

Me: “I have a cold but I think it’s just the cold. mostly sneezing”

Him: “Drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of rest that’s the only advice I have heard for a cold.”

Me: “I’m drinking plenty of coffee and resting by not taking a trip to the grocery store with my afternoon. Hopefully that’ll be enough. Oh and I got some Amazing Grass products that will hopefully help”

Him: “I’m sure there is some amazing_grass at Brown (I just had to say that.)”

Way to kick a Brown student when he’s down…



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Is It Okay With Y’all?

Posted on October 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

Is it OK with y’all if I go ahead and post for a 3rd time today? Not like you would want to miss my Sunland Inc Review or regular shenanigans, I just wanted to share that I’ve partnered with the people at SpringPad.

What is SpringPad? It’s basically a site for overall organization, which you can use for any number of things. But how this is best for me and you is that it can serve as a recipe database where you can keep track of recipes. But wait, it gets better! These aren’t just my recipes, but rather can come from a number of other blogs that have partnered with SpringPad including Danica’s Daily, Carrots N’ Cake, and KERF. Aren’t your blog-surfing hearts just a little happier now? I know I’m a clutter freak and a site like this is amazingly helpful.

To add a recipe, you simple need to make an account and click on the SpringPad button that says “save it”, and instantly it will be added to your recipe box. Right now, I’ve adjusted my Banana Goodness Bread and Loaded Scones to be saved into SpringPad, and over the next few weeks I’ll be adjusting others. So get an account and get baking!

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Foodie Gallery

Posted on October 11, 2009. Filed under: Restaraunt Review, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Warning: If you’re prone to drooling on your keyboard, get out a napkin for this post. Ironically, my morning was very disorganized and ugly. I was running way behind yesterday morning(not so much literally as figuratively). Apparently, there was a tornado warning and my room was affected:

Dorm Room

Dorm Room

Thankfully(or not), somebody was also a bit late leaving my house that morning, so I had more time than I thought to pack. For a 3-day trip home, I feel the need to pack as though all I’m eating is what I pack. 4 jars of nut butter and my coffee machine were necessities, of course. Because I was still eating breakfast in the car, we skipped the Whole Foods on the way home and got there by 1. I was very excited to see not 1 but 2 packages waiting for me:

Packages

Packages

So many exciting goodies here. In one of the packages was 2lb’s of peanut flour I ordered. I really liked my gift from The National Peanut Board, so much so I ordered these 2 pounds for myself. I can’t wait to see how the dark roasted contrasts in flavor to the light roast. The second package was an amazing surprise from my friends over at Nature’s Path:

Nature's Path Organic Products

Nature's Path Organic Products

Wow. I am so spoiled 😀 My good friend, Joy, from Nature’s Path Organic sent these over for me to sample and review.  Thank you, Joy, for all these great sounding products. She asked me if there were any in particular I wanted to try and I mentioned how among all their products their Pumpkin Flax Granola really stood out to me so she was sure to include that. Now, normally I reserve oatmeal and yogurt–as much as I love it–as just a morning and dessert thing. Well, special exceptions were made in this case because I just couldn’t wait, so I made a unique lunch:

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Butter Toffee PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumkin Flax Granola

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Butter Toffee PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumkin Flax Granola

Did I mention I also got my dad hooked on Naturally Nutty, so much so that he ordered some for himself and this was his Chocolate Butter Toffee I was stealing trying? Well now you know. Overall what can I say about this meal but that it was pumpkinrific. I actually wasn’t blown away by the chocolate butter toffee because of how remarkably similar it was to the regular butter toffee. But since I love their butter toffee I wasn’t too disappointed. The Pumpkin Flax granola was exactly what I was hoping for. I liked this a lot. It was crispy without being dense. A lot of granolas are either light and get soggy or crispy but very hard and dense; this was light but it remained fresh even after spending quality time with my yogurt. I could definitely make this a daily whole grain. We needed to do some Trader Joe lovin’ while I was around so I grabbed this and jumped into the car:

Peanut Butter Vitatop

Peanut Butter Vitatop

It’s definitely not one of my favorite because the peanut butter is a bit scarce and lacking in flavor, but as with any chocolate vitatop: even when it’s not good, it’s still pretty good. I also translated my Greek homework, which was a great break because I actually translated the exact story last year in another book. Lucky, huh? I can’t wait to be tested on it for the 3rd or 4th time. We hit up Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in a reasonable amount of time. I picked up ice cream at the first store so that really got my booty moving in Trader Joe’s to get in and out as quick as I could. Overall I would call it a great success:

Grocery Trip Loot

Grocery Trip Loot

I grabbed fruit, because apparently that doesn’t exist to my parents besides bananas. I also got 2% greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s; this is part of why I love the pineapple Chobani so much and I completely forgot TJ’s made their own! There was also english muffins and whole wheat cinnamon raisin rolls via my new favorite bakery. They’re 200 calories each with little sugar and a great, yeasty base–heaven. I grabbed my favorite ice cream on sale, snickerdoodle! And to round it off I picked up some more vitatops and Stonyfield plain lowfat yogurt. Oh, and I got some Trader Joe pumpkin whoopie pies which I bought especially for when we see my relatives today; trust me, it’s taken a lot of restraint to keep away from those. Well I definitely needed a snack, and boy this was a good one:

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Sugar Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Sugar Frosting

I channeled my inner Jenny to make this, and oh my God was it good. I heated up a cinnamon roll and mixed 1 tablespoon greek yogurt with vanilla stevia to make an icing. Then I sprinkled on my special vanilla sugar from Whole Foods. This was perhaps one of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. When I say that I mean this actually topped the ones from the mall with 1000 more calories. I’ve never been lucky enough to have a Holey Donuts cinnamon roll, but I bet this beats that, too. Oh my God. You have no idea. Ok, ok, I’ll stop gushing. My afternoon “project” was to make something for seeing the relatives. Of course I went with my new favorite recipe:

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies! Holly definitely showed her inner genius here. I modified her version a bit but it’s impossible to improve on perfection. My cousins’ grandmother made a great molasses cookie. These aren’t quite as good, probably because they’re way lower on the butter and sugar, but I’m hoping they’ll enjoy them along the same strand. And, you know, if they don’t love them I certainly do 😉

Well we(read: I) decided we should go out for dinner tonight. The first and only place to pop into mind was Tomasso. It’s definitely the classiest, most amazing restaurant within 30 minutes of here, and makes Italian food we just love. Best yet, the restaurant is very conscious about serving “food” that’s local and organic when possible. You’d be hard pressed to find anything processed in their kitchen. The entire menu looked amazing and deliciously seasonal. I decided to order of the menu and go with the special of the night.

Local Albacore Tuna With Vegetable Salad Medley

Local Albacore Tuna With Vegetable Salad Medley

This fish was absolutley delicious. When they say local and fresh, they mean it; my guess is this was caught this morning or yesterday. And it was so rare that I couldn’t have (not) cooked it better myself! Yum. I felt a little naughty adding some sea salt to it, because it was so nicely seasoned; the truth is I just salt everything including the soups at my dining hall, so I salted it in secret. My parents decided to get a pizze:

Margharita Pizze

Margharita Pizze

I’ve had this as my main before, and let me tell you this: It’s the best pizza I’ve had within the United States. I had to cut myself off a piece just because it was there. They also ordered a ton of appetizers to split amongst themselves. The only one I tried was the polenta fries:

Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries

It was OK, but not something I’d order. It tasted a lot like something I could make myself with some polenta, milk, and a mild cheese. When I go out to dinner, I really like to focus my meal on a great protein like fish or beef rather than something carby; I can always make myself pasta but I’m not going to go out and butcher a cow for my dinner(I let someone else do that because it’s less messy). Overall it was a great night and I’m glad everyone enjoyed their meal.

While my dinner was fantastic, it wasn’t as filling as my usual veggie-fest nights, so I quickly grabbed this from the freezer:

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

I love my snickerdoodle and I can not lie. I had to enjoy this with a cup of coffee; I’ve never understood desserts that involve coffee on top of ice cream, but to each their own. The perfect show for me was on TV at 8: Good Eats Salt. I never learned so much about salt. Thanks, Alton Brown! I never liked Good Eats when I first started liking Thee Food Network. I always thought it was too much talk and not enough cooking, plus the recipes always confused me. Once I got a food scale and realized that recipes really were all about the science behind them, I started liking the show a lot more. For instance, I know that yeast makes things rise which makes them light and airy and makes me want to eat them again:

Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Greek Yogurt Vanilla Bean Icing

Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Greek Yogurt Vanilla Bean Icing

I used a little less vanilla stevia in the yogurt which gave it just the right sweetness to not overwhelm the roll. I seriously think this could convert the fickiest of healthy eaters. I intended to catch up on TV shows on the internet and homework for the night. What actually ended up happening was the 10th anniversary of Good Eats! What a great special that was; I love how he sat down, came up for the concept of some crazy cooking show that’s never existed, and got it done. For some reason, the night did not seem complete until I had my oats:

Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

I love that I’ve corrupted people in this house enough that I don’t need to bring certain flavors because I’m positive if I crave them there’ll be there. Case in point: White Chocolate Wonderful. This was good eats for Good Eats. And I forgot how good of a melting peanut butter this is. Peanut Butter & Co., 365 Brand, and Crazy Richard’s are all my staple for oatmeal because they get so liquidy that it’s joyous.

This morning was a bit of a mess again, but a mess I’m glad to have done. You see, I greatly underestimated how cold it was when I decided to run. Now Mr. Weatherman is telling me it was 30’s and 40’s, and I’m definitely an 80’s and 90’s boy. Well even though I couldn’t feel my fingers a mile out, I figured I’d keep going while I was already running. Towards the end of the run I had major digestion… let’ just not go there and instead say I was dashing for the bathroom when I got back before thinking about stretching. On the bright side, it was a goregeous run through the back roads of Marlborough and Southborough and I got to listen to my country songs which really helped me feel grounded. And those issues probably sped me up to finish 8.5 miles in 1:09:25. If Sunday’s good for anything it’s breakfast and circulars:

Pineapple Chobani, Nature's Path Maple Nut Oatmeal With Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

Pineapple Chobani, Nature's Path Maple Nut Oatmeal With Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t on my mind the whole run. The pineapple Chobani is simply one of my favorites; my mom who almost never eats yogurt had one and liked it, too! I think it must have been the cream because she uses 2% in her coffee and it’s obvious she misses the real stuff. Normally I don’t do packeted oatmeal; it’s much better in my mind to do 20g oatbran, 20g irish oats, and liberal salt and make my own. That being said, Nature’s Path Organic sent me some of their instant oats to try and this one really appealed to me. Rather than have me gush about it here, however, I’m going to gush about it here. This is how I hope for my whole Product Review section to look in the future. Let me know if you like it; I think it makes things much neater and simpler for me and you, not to mention I don’t have to worry about deleting pictures or old posts for space.

Today like I mentioned we’re going to see the relatives. There will be something bright red on my dish that was living about 20 minutes before I cracked it open. Ok, not the most appetizing description, but any guesses what that might be? 🙂

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Won’t You Celebrate With Me?

Posted on October 2, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Cookie Friday, that is. Treat yourself! You deserve it.

October 2nd 003

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I’m A Registered Voter

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I’m voting as we speak. No, not for the presidency, silly, for you! The FoodBuzz blog nominations are open, and I think this is a great chance to honor one another. So won’t yu join me? Gather your thoughts on this lovely community and head here to vote. There are plenty of categories so it should be great to see all the different blogs that get nominated!

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Making The Move

Posted on September 16, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hey friends! Update your google readers because starting today I’m officially at http://www.foodmakesfunfuel.com So head on over there to get your daily dose of Evan(and 25% your DV of calcium)

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Honest Scrapping

Posted on August 9, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Honest Scrap Award

Honest Scrap Award

Thanks, Erik, for awarding me this! I almost missed the post in all this interweb hecticness but I’m glad I found it and this totally made my day at only 10:45 am!

1) To brag about it.

My bet peeve is when people don’t just spit the truth, especially when it comes to Product Reviews. I want to tell you just how I think it is, and I don’t ever feel ashamed because I know we all have different feelings towards things/taste buds and completely leave it to you to form your opinion. I just like sharing mine

2) Bequeath it to seven more brilliant bloggers and link to their blogs.

-The Ponz’s for trying new recipes what seems like each and every day. mponz.wordpress.com and tponz.wordpress.com

-Tina from Carrots N’ Cake for being an awesome blogger, fellow Bostonian, and really jumpstarting my suscribers by featuring my fridge photo. carrotsncake.com

-Nick from The Peanut Butter Boy for making me feel like I can always bring my level of peanut butter love higher. thepeanutbutterboy.com

-Julie from Striving For Balance for always dealing with life’s curveballs and looking ahead to the prize. strivingforbalance.wordpress.com

-Holly from The Healthy Everythingtarian for keeping every post amusing. thehealthyeverythingtarian.wordpress.com

-Meghan from Healthy Tipping Point for really kickstarting a discussion about product reviews, the morals and the truths. healthytippingpoint.com

3) List ten honest things about myself

-I like grocery shopping way too much and would ideally work at one

-I have 14 nut butters at home, 1 down in Atlanta, 1 in the mail, and can’t wait to order more

-No one I know irl knows about this blog(at least I don’t think so)

-I’ve never had alcohol or used any illegal substances and I don’t plan to for my first few years of college

-I’m slightly worried the above fact might alienate me from making friends

-I’m usually pretty grouchy if I don’t run 5 miles in the morning

-I admire people who are always trying new recipes and aspire to be like them

-I could never go vegan/vegetarian but I would love totry a few meals like that and have found a raw restaurant in Boston

-I usually take 2 1-mile walks during the day when I’m at home to cut the boredome each and every day

-My default channel is The Food Network

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