Fridays Were Made For Sundaes

Posted on March 13, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey, ya’ll! I feel like all I’ve done since this last post is eat and sleep. There was some reading in there, too! But, yes, this is a painfully early Saturday morning post before the day has to kick off in an hour. Besides, it’s not like I was eating boring things 😉

Purely Decadent Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I mentioned I picked up dessert yesterday afternoon while I was out. What I grabbed was another pint of Purely Decadent‘s vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. This stuff is awesome! I love how you can see the real vanilla beans. It has a bit too much of a coconut flavor, but it’s so thick and creamy that that aspect of it doesn’t even matter anymore.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream With Mini Peanut Butter Cups

I mixed the last of my old pint, the start of my new pint, and about 10 Trader Joe’s mini-peanut butter cups. How perfect are these peanut butter cups to have around, Trader Joe’s fans? I just love them! They really took this from “ice cream” to “a sundae”. In fact, this was my 3rd Friday night in a row enjoying a sundae. A new tradition forming? I hope so, because it’s one I can get on board with.

Newman's Own Organic Peanut Butter Cup

Of course, I could have eaten about 10-20 more of those mini peanut butter cups before realizing what I’d have done, so instead I just grabbed a normal sized, organic peanut butter cup. I love my homemade ones, but these are so much simpler to keep around. The only problem was this was practically melted at room temperature! Go figure–it must be hot in here.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Later on I made a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal with Justin’s chocolate peanut butter. Typical–I know–but oh so delicious. I can’t wait till they hit East coast stores this month! As I was eating eating, I watched 20/20; is it sad that I just realized John Stossol doesn’t host that anymore? or is it sad that I miss John Stossol as the host? or is it sad that I’ve watched 20/20 long enough to know and care about who the host is? These are the things I ask myself…

Despite the horrendous sleep I got at the beginning of this week, it’s actually been so good as of late and I got almost 9 hours worth! If you can’t appreciate that, what can you appreciate? I would have kept snoozing, too, if I didn’t set my alarm. I wish I could have kept sleeping because my dream was hilarious: My relatives were over and my mom was making cupcakes with Bob’s Red Mill‘s gluten free vanilla mix but refused to use coconut oil, only would make them with butter, and they kept coming out burnt. Why do I dream these things? Alas, there weren’t any cupcakes at breakfast.

Banana Oatmeal With Maple Cashew Butter And Sea Salt, Pomegranate Yogurt With Cacao Coconut Butter

Pomegranate Chobani With Cocoa Coconut Butter

For something fast and simple, I topped a pomegranate Chobani with a tablespoon of my raw cacao coconut butter I made yesterday. This hardened over night like I was hoping to a thick peanut butter consistancy. Yay! The only problem is it gets too cold on yogurt and hardens, so now I have a lump on a log 😦 It’s a mighty tasty lump, though. For the oatmeal, I used most of a small banana and 40g grains cooked with cinnamon and topped with Tierra Farm‘s organic maple cashew butter and sea salt–yum! I opened a new 1lb shaker of coarse sea salt last night. I feel like I’m going to be going a little overboard happy with it in the meanwhile.

Some of you commented on cashew butter when I had some mid-week. I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d eaten any! But yes, I do keep cashew butter on hand(4 different brands); you’d be hard pressed to find a nut whose butter I don’t have or have tasted 😉 For those who haven’t tried it, cashew butter is slightly lower in protein than peanut butter but higher in iron and heart-healthy fats. It has a really rich, creamy consistency and flavor, and pairs amazingly with bananas because of that slightly higher fat content. The cheapest and most commercial brand would probably be Whole Food’s store brand, but there are certainly others out there available. And now I need to run(unfortunately, not literally)!

I have a field trip in one of my classes at a historic house museum. What grade am I in? What school do I go to? What happened to John Stossol? A field trip? Apparently. Good thing it’s indoors because it’s pouring 😦 And lastly, here’s a giveaway for energy bites! I need all the energy I can get…

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How Do You Feel NOW?

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Morning, all! How are you feeling today? How about right now? If the difference doesn’t make sense, hopefully it will soon. Right now I feel on top of the world because of some good news I’ll share at the end 😉

Love Raw Foods Cashew Butter

Last night I broke out this new cashew butter I was sent to sample and review from Blue Mountain Organics. It’s raw so the nuts have only been soaked, low-temp dried, and slow ground. I was interested to see if it would still taste as “nutty”.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Raw Caramel Sauce

I was really craving something caramel, but wanted to keep it vegan while I could. I read on a website that an equal mixture of agave, maple syrup, and cashew butter makes for a raw caramel sauce and gave it a try. The result wasn’t incredible but it was pretty tasty no less; with a little sea salt it definitely tasted more caramel-like. But I think for something really raw and caramel you’ll want to try lucuma powder(not like I ever have but it’s what I’ve heard). Anyway, it went well over chocolate avocado pudding made with stevia and almond milk.

Banana Oatmeal With Raw Cashew Butter And Maple Syrup

For a better taste of the butta’, I went with a bowl of banana oats with 1/2 a banana and the grains for a small bowl, along with a HUGE dollop of cashew butter and some maple syrup. I loved how sweet it tasted, even without the syrup. And the consistency was nice and airy. I definitely wouldn’t have known there was anything “different” about it because it was raw; it tasted like cashews should. And I equally loved watching Modern Family while eating this; how hilarious was the turtle plot line?

Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

One thing to know about me is I like to go to bed FULL; not hungry, or even satisfied, but feeling really well fueled. On days with long runs in the morning, I can go 14 miles and 3 hours without having time to eat, so I definitely need that night time energy. When I asked myself “How do you feel now?” after that first bowl, I knew I wasn’t there yet and made another with white chocolate wonderful. That hit the spot.

Making Raw Chocolate

As it turned out, when I woke up, I felt more or less like I’d been hit by a bus; clearly, it was not a runner’s high or anything. Still, I wanted to get to the gym. 3 times I started and stopped walking. My excuses to keep going were always something like “I might feel like going later and would have more time now” or “the weekend would be so much better for a rest day”. Both of those thoughts were true, but then it hit me: I don’t feel like running now and that’s when matters. Maybe I will feel like going to the gym later, and if so I’ll have to find the time to squeeze in. But instead, I spent my morning doing something more practical: Making raw coconut oil chocolate 😀 This was a triple batch I made into 3 bars for refrigeration.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Raw Chocolate, Soy Yogurt With Hemp Seeds

Breakfast ended up being another expression of feelings. I felt hungry earlier than usual, so I ate earlier. I felt like eating vegan and not oatmeal, so I avoided oats and dairy products. And I had a definite sweet tooth, so I might have gone a little chocolate/stevia happy. Isn’t listening to your feelings great? I had a So Delicious soy yogurt with Bob’s Red Mill hulled hemp seeds for protein, and along side that more chocolate avocado pudding(stevia sweetened) with 1/2 a batch of coconut oil chocolate on top. For the pudding, I cracked open a container of my secret ingredient…

So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir

You can really use whatever milky liquid you like in the recipe–it’s only 3 tablespoons anyway. Usually I use almond milk since I always seem to have an open container, and occasionally I’ll use coconut milk but that’s a little much to use all the time. A good option is this coconut milk kefir, which is almost as thick as full fat coconut milk, much lighter, and has probiotics to boot! It’s a bit on the pricey side, but I let myself grab some whenever it’s on sale(which it is in the New England area at Whole Foods right now fyi).

Another reason I let myself get a little “desserty” with breakfast was because I got really good news right before making it. I’ve been a little secretive with all the extra things I have going on this week; some of that is for other’s privacy, some of that is because they’re boring things I wouldn’t trouble you with. One of those “boring things” was an optional Greek exam put on by the Classics department here for freshmen. As it turns out, I came in 1st along with a classmate of mine and we both got $875 in prize! Maybe now I can afford a new bowl that’s not plastic, made for a 5 year old, and bright “apple green”? 😉 Of course, that doesn’t excuse me from actually going to Greek class, which I need to do now 🙂

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A Wonderful Night

Posted on March 5, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last night felt a little “special”, mostly because when does the weekend not? To celebrate this time, I broke out the good red stuff.

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice

Nope, not wine. 100% pomegranate juice! To be honest, this stuff has been sitting in my fridge untouched for a while since POM sent it; I’m just not a big juice drinker since it’s something I rarely crave and is so full of sugars. I couldn’t do anything about the latter, but for once I really was craving this and thought I’d give it a shot. I liked how the flavor was tart like grape juice but then mellowed out with a sweetness–sort of like apple–at the end. It was still awfully sugary, but also full of potassium and antioxidants. While it’s not something I’d have every day probably, it’s definitely a treat I won’t be denying myself on the events I do crave it.

After all those carbs, I was happy for a lot of fats. Confession: I pretty much grew up having a few bowls of this ice cream daily at my grandparent’s house. Isn’t that what grandparents are for? Well, I haven’t bought it in a long time; I’m not even sure if the ingredients would fit my diet these days, and I know there are “cleaner” brands out there that’d be better. Even better, I knew I could fix this up in pudding form.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Peanut Butter Swirl

Chocolate avocado pudding, that is. I made a regular batch with coconut milk and vanilla stevia, and added a compote of 365 brand and brown sugar on top for the salt-sweetness. Was it just like the flavor? Not really. But then again what is :-/ While I ate this, I watched the new The Office. It was a ball of laughs and the best choice on TV. My favorite line was “What could be more important?” “I have an ice cream cake in the car” “Oh my God, what’s wrong with you? Are you insane? Go! Go! Go!” That describes my family all too well.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

After that I didn’t feel too hungry; maybe the sugars in the POM weren’t as empty as I thought. Still, a 6:50 wake-up call for a run warented some nighttime oatmeals, so I heated up a bowl with Justin’s chocolate peanut butter. I love how adding the peanut butter and then continuing to microwave it makes it so the oats surround the pb and keep it in a warm blanket. I am going to run out of this flavor so soon; I hope they really do appear in stores on the East in mid-March like they projected! Also: who wakes up at 6:50 on a day with no class to run? Apparently me. But this time I had reason in the morning to push things a little earlier.

10 Miles in 88:24

You can just call me Speedy Peterson(Olympics, anyone?) 😉 Not really, but this was the fastest I’ve run since rehitting the treadmill in January, and makes me think I’m improving towards how I was in 2009. The last 2 miles felt like a bit of a drag; maybe because I didn’t have my magic apple beforehand? That and maybe the fact that time didn’t feel on my side, so my mind was elsewhere. I’m grateful for the quick run, no less.

Pomegranate Yogurt With Raw Chocolate

Banana Oatmeal With Barney Butter And Nutritional Yeast

Maybe some of my pomegranate loving slipped from last night to this morning, because I was so ready for some pomegranate Chobani. A dollop of coconut oil chocolate on top made it so good; I love the tart/sweetness combo. For the oatmeal, I had banana oats with Barney Butter; this combo always makes me think of Tina. So good! And now let the Friday time crunch begin.

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