Sweet Potatoes And Cookie Dough

Posted on September 14, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks for all your great responses yesterday. I read and took to heart all of them. I think the magic ingredient missing in this equation is time. That’s a bit tough for me because I’m usually rushing to finish off anything and everything I can in my day before noon. But from your stories this transition sounds like something that takes weeks, months, and maybe–but hopefully not–longer to work itself out.

Whenever I’m feeling stressed or just not upbeat, a little crunch(and chocolate) always helps my mood.

Smart Food Chocolate Chip Cookie Pecan Popcorn

Smart Food Chocolate Chip Cookie Pecan Popcorn

Muuuuch better. Since starting Thrive I’ve often been thinking WWBBE, or “what would Brendan Brazier eat?” Would he like this because it has 5g fiber from chicory root or 20% my DV of calcium from calcium carbonate? No. He would not like that. But I like that, not to mention the whole chocolate chip thing, so clearly the Thrive diet is not working for me. My grandmother came over for a traditional Sunday lunch. This was good because she was too busy gambling doing something productive I’m sure the days before I left to say goodbye to me.

Broccoli, Chicken With Soyaki, Carrot Medley, Sweet Potato

Broccoli, Chicken With Soyaki, Carrot Medley, Sweet Potato

My first thought was “this is all stuff from the cafeteria”. After actually eating it, though, I realized how much of a difference home cooking makes. Thanks mom 🙂 Bring me cooked food more often? kthnx. Obviously I love sweet potatoes; they’re one of those things, unlike pizza, where even when they aren’t great, they’re good. These were great. So great I almost had another for “dessert”. Then I had this conversation with myself:

“Might there be sweet potatoes in the Ratty tonight?”

“Maybe”

“Will there be Stonyfield’s Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt”

“Nope.”

Stonyfield's Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield's Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

I finished off what was left of the pint. I find it ridiculous how nobody touches my ice cream while I’m gone, as if I’m going to show up one day and notice a serving or two missing from the whole freezer. After we left the casa I made a request for a stop. Over the weekend I got a total of 11 dollars slipped to me by various family members and it was burning a hole in my pocket.

P.B.Loco's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

P.B.Loco's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

I just needed to get this from Roche Bros, mostly because it’s the only place in either states I know that sells it. I’ve heard mixed reviews, and it was a steep 5.99, but, as my poetic side states,

sweet potatoes

and cookie dough

are two things to which

I can not say no

Catchy, right? We stopped at Target on the way to get a soap holder. How does nobody think of these things when moving out? I guess it never occurred to me soap needs to be put somewhere when you don’t have your own shower. We live and we learn. When I got back to casa numero dos(aka my dorm), I unpacked all my laundry and made some afternoon oats.

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Because I was supposed to go how long without trying this? The first thing I noticed was how it smelt: like nutella. This I liked because the two ingredients which make this “cookie dough” is vanilla extract and chocolate chips, both of which are found in nutella. Obviously, this has a peanut base as opposed to hazelnut, and from the nutrition label it has much less added sugar. I resisted stirring the jar because I heard that messes it up and makes the chocolate entirely blended. After taking a spoonful of oats with some peanut butter, I was surprised how neutral the taste was. It wasn’t bad, but it was a little too subtle. You definitely get the hint of chocolate and vanilla, but I’m not sure it all pulls together for a “cookie dough” sense. I added a bit of salt which I think perked it up. Overall I really liked this but I’m not sure how the flavor met the expectations, but I’ll definitely keep a jar stocked.

Otherwise my afternoon was a little dullsville. I just did my Iliad reading. I think I’m a bad Classics student for absolutely hating that piece of literature. Thankfully, the entire world(except my father) has also been forced to read it multiple times so I don’t feel picked on. I just can not get into it no matter how many spears are run through gallbladders. Dinner at the Ratty was a little… repetetive?

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Carrot Medley, Seedy Bread Hull, Minestorne With Tofu

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Carrot Medley, Seedy Bread Hull, Minestorne With Tofu

First off, who called the whole sweet potato thing? I didn’t even look at the menu before hand; I think I’m just psychic. The carrot medley veggies were a bit waxy but the broccoli was properly cooked which super excited me. I threw some tofu in vegan minestrone soup for some protein. This tofu wasn’t as good as the last time. I think it was firmer? I like the weird, wobbly, squishy tofu, if that makes any sense.

Yesterday was also Sunday which meant one thing: Big Brother. Just for alliteration’s sake I had a brownie:

Vitalicious Nut Vitabrownie With Coffee

Vitalicious Nut Vitabrownie With Coffee

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.

Back to Big Brother, I kind of liked how it was almost a “clip show”, because I missed some of the episodes. It reminded me of how funny and quirky this cast was, but I’m still disappointed there were less twists in the game, especially after the first episode made me thinking there’d be more old house guests. Now I really don’t know who I’m rooting for; just be happy Michelle’s out of the house! I had some more breads and spreads throughout the night while working on readings.

PB Puffins, Toast With Maple Almond Butter And Pumpkin Butter

PB Puffins, Toast With Maple Almond Butter And Pumpkin Butter

Isn’t a serving of cereal sad? I never eat cereal out of a bowl with milk, but I think if I did I’d be downing half a box at breakfast. I forgot how great Peanut Butter Puffins were, mostly because the last time I tried them was from a more-than-stale box. The only thing that could make the better would be whole grains, but throw them aside some whole wheat toast and who can tell the difference.

This morning I wasn’t sure what or where I wanted to run, so I just kind of explored. I ended up finding some nice shops about a mile away, turning back, passing my teeny tiny Whole Foods, finding a new Starbucks(which actually isn’t as easy as you’d think in Providence, and looping around the campus a bit. My aim was to run for an hour but I settles at 6.93 miles in 56 minutes or so. For breakfast I had two things on my mind: blueberries and smart balance. I have such odd, healthy food cravings.

Oatmeal With Smart Balance, Yogurt With Blueberries And Cinnamon, BlueBran Vitatop

Oatmeal With Smart Balance, Yogurt With Blueberries And Cinnamon, BlueBran Vitatop

I tried stevia in my oatmeal for the first time; I used vanilla bean NuNatural stevia thinking it would bring some good flavor. Sweet oats are just not for me, though, so I think I’ll be sticking with my NaCl from now on. Frozen blueberries are perfect food for a dorm; they’re cheap, full of antioxidants, and don’t spoil. And the vitatop was spot on, too. 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.

Today is one of those 3-class days. Looking at the menu for today, it’s not so interesting, so I might try exploring a bit and finding alternative sources for lunch. Or of course I could end up in my dorm room eating out of my stash and desperately scrambling to finish up some homework. One of these is definitely more likely than the other.

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I Have Class..es

Posted on September 9, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If there’s one thing I really dislike it’s “scarfing down” food, especially breakfast since I’m always thinking I’ll be hungry in 30 minutes.

Yesterday's Breakfast

Yesterday's Breakfast

Yesterday’s breakfast definitely held me over through the advisor meeting, because I was still full of flax by 11:30. I went back to my dorm and muddled around a bit, trying to figure out what I was going to take. I took a break for dining hall cuisine(how could I miss that?).

Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn, Mushrooms

Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, Corn, Mushrooms

This looks exactly like 12 of my dinners over the Summer. Except I’ve got to remember that the person who’s making this stuff for me isn’t really looking out for nutrition and anything could be on that plate. Those fries were not Miss Alexia’s and did not come out of an oven but an actual frialator(oh the horror… and deliciousness). The corn was actually pretty bad and it wasn’t even the dining hall’s fault. I just forgot how much boiled corn sucks in comparison to the grill. Oh Summer, how I miss thee.

After I ate while watching my obsession(Days Of Our Lives, gotta love TV’s in dorms), I went out to stretch my sore legs. I wound up at the Brown bookstore. I love seizing the moment and eating odd, local finds. So I was really intrigued when the bookstore had a ginger smoothie for sale.

Ginger Smoothie

Ginger Smoothie

My oh my. Something that doesn’t seem like it should works works perfectly. I was being a creeper and peering over the barista’s shoulder. I think this was just milk, ice, plain yogurt, and pickled ginger. It came out with a great spiciness from the ginger and tang from the yogurt. Each sip was so spicy it made you take another to cool it off, which just started the cycle all over again. Basically this was irresistible and I highly recommend one if you see it on any menu.

I also had a good idea of what classes I wanted to take(though registration didn’t open until 5) so I went ahead and bought what books I could.

Books

Books

And so the intimidation begins. The only one I couldn’t get was math, which had a big sign saying “go to class first”. That did not seem like it bodes well; maybe they think people would reconsider buying the book after attending class? Yikes. I’ll find out today.

Registration opened at 5, like I said, and everyone on campus was clogging up the system like hair in the sink. After a lot of page reloading(and I mean a lot). I got myself signed up: Intro Greek, Epic Poetry From Homer To Lucan, 3rd Semester Calculus, and Intro To Phonetic Theory. The Greek and Calculus I both took last year, but definitely need a bit more experience to get it down at a college level. The linguistics is, for now, hesitant; it’s a 2nd year course but I took Intro To Linguistics last year so I think the prerequisite will be raised. Overall I feel like I have a good composition of classes I feel cocky comfortable about and ones that will have me pulling out my hair in the library challenge me.

After that whole ordeal we were all ready to get some grub. I got my first taste of tempeh!

Lentil Soup, Tempeh With Cooked Veggies, Salad Bar

Lentil Soup, Tempeh With Cooked Veggies, Salad Bar

Ok. Someone wanna tell me what exactly tempeh is? Don’t get me wrong; I actually really liked it(double surprising cause it was cafeteria food). It tasted very grainy and nutty. Am I on the right track? Next time I go home I’m going to pick up the Trader Joe Tempeh and experiment with that because I really liked this for what it was. I think the zuchinni and lentils were all the same ones from yesterday but cooked differently… how appetizing. Oh, and I totally dove for the last 2 asparaguses because that’s how I roll. Each stock is HUGE here; it slightly perturbs me and makes me wonder how many hormones they’re pumped with.

Later in the night I went back to my dorm to watch Big Brother and eat this:

French Toast Oatmeal

French Toast Oatmeal

These taste sooo good when they’re made with eggs you bought yourself… with your student ID which is payed for by your parents. I’m so glad Michelle is gone from Big Brother. Kevin seems like the only one worthy of winning at this point. Overall I thought this season was lame and lacked most of the twists and turns Big Brother is known for. Oh well. I also had a bit of toast and some secret butter because I wanted to fuel for a longer run.

Secret Butter On Toast

Secret Butter On Toast

Anyone got guesses on what it may be? I’ll give you a hint. Even though it’s crazy-ridiculous-good, you won’t be going nuts over it. Clever, aren’t I?

This morning I went out to find the cemetery Melissa talked about. I did and it was pretty beautiful. It’s kind of far away(2.9 miles) so in order to fully explore it I’ll need to go on a long run, but the sight I got today was nice. I ended up doing 6.6 and came back, showered, and made breakfast:

Carrot Juice, Plain Yogurt With Raspberry Jam, Oatmeal With SB PB And Baking Chips

Carrot Juice, Plain Yogurt With Raspberry Jam, Oatmeal With SB PB And Baking Chips

I really have been craving smart balance peanut butter. It has it’s own distinct flavor I think. It goes ridiculously well on a Trader Joe’s bran muffin, but there’s no Trader Joe’s anywhere near here! Isn’t that a shame? This was a fine substitute, though. I mean, look at it.

Oatmeal With Smart Balance And Chocolate Chips

Oatmeal With Smart Balance And Chocolate Chips

I like to dip my spoon in the peanut butter and dot it around while it’s still hot so it melts over the top of the whole bowl and every bite has some peanut butter. I’ve got it down to a science.

Speaking of science, I have math in an hour and Greek and Epic Poetry after that. Hopefully the first day will all go smooth, wish me luck!

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Dinners For Dessert

Posted on August 20, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Before I begin, can I just say what amazing songs can do for a run? I wasn’t sure how today’s 6 would be but I really pumped through it with the help of some Cobra Starship and Black Eyed Peas. All I need is a 3-hour mash-up of I Got A Feeling and Good Girls Go Bad and I could run a marathon. Haha, ok maybe that’d get a little boring after a while, better throw in some Don’t Trust Me 😉

Backtracking a ton, for lunch Thursday I really couldn’t pick anything or even a theme so I threw a bunch of things onto a plate:

Bunless Salmon Burger, 1/2 An Avocado, Refried Beans, Guiltless Gourmet Lime & Chile Nachos

Bunless Salmon Burger, 1/2 An Avocado, Refried Beans, Guiltless Gourmet Lime & Chile Nachos

It all sort of works, except for the salmon burger which is a bit random but soooo good. I’d only had these with parmesan cheese before which I thought brought all the flavor; I was way wrong. I should see what brand they are/how they’re seasoned because these really don’t need a damn thing on them. I put the chips on to eat the refried beans with but then I ate the chips straight and had the beans with a spoon 🙂 They’re so much better that way. For dessert I kept up with cleaning out the freezer.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

So Delicious Coconut Milk Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

So Delicious is so delicious. And it’s on sale again this week at Whole Foods! Once this pint’s gone I’m going to pick up another(or 2 or however many I can get away with). I checked and the almonds in this are roasted and salted which makes all the difference and the flavor pop. And I like it because it’s pretty low on sugar and high on fiber for an ice cream, and sure it has a lot of saturated fat but it’s plant based.

We hit up CVS for a new passport picture. I’m a little weary that they didn’t let me see the picture and I still haven’t looked at it. Oh well, as long as it’s not God awful I’ll live. Then we went to Hannaford where I bought… nothing! Nada. Zippo. When was the last time that happened? No clue, but I couldn’t find anything. We got home and I made a little snack.

Raspberries, Plain Yogurt, And Sliced Almonds

Raspberries, Plain Yogurt, And Sliced Almonds

I never would have pictured myself as a plain yogurt person just a few months ago but now I dig it. It has only milk and bacteria in it and a great flavor(ps. tart is a flavor). Well then I got to work on using up the figs from Whole Foods, some of which I’d let go moldy(oops). I used the adapted version of VeggieGirl’s Fig And Almond Blondies from Mindless Living which I adapted a little myself. Check it out.

Ingredients

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons canola oil

6 tablespoons(about 1/3 cup) honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/4 white whole wheat flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

5 ounces fresh dates, diced

2 ounces slivered almonds, toasted

Preheat your oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together the first 5 ingredients. Sift in the flout, baking soda, and salt. Add in the dates and almonds and mix until well incorporated. Pour into an 8 x 8 baking pan and bake until golden, about 35-38 minutes.

There was a little accident during this recipe.

Finger Wound

Finger Wound

I cut myself with a butter knife dicing the figs. Wtf? I’ve done much more dangerous stuff; I’ve diced mango and avocado in a rush at 9am with a steak knife and didn’t brush the skin. I must have been off my game, but I washed it and worked on. Here were the beauties out of the oven:

Fig And Almond Blondies

Fig And Almond Blondies

No time to taste quite yet, though. Right after this I started making the 4-C scones I posted yesterday. And as soon as those came out of the oven, dinner went on the table.

Grilled Carrots, Turkey With Steak Sauce, Corn With Sunflower Butter

Grilled Carrots, Turkey With Steak Sauce, Corn With Sunflower Butter

Yes, you read right, sunflower butter on my corn. I’ve been having trouble falling in love with this butter so I thought it’d be better on a savory dish instead of toast. Funny story: As I put it on the corn, my mom said “I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that”. After a short explanation of how sunflower butter is NOT peanut butter, she just rolled her eyes and smothered butter on her corn. Oh the irony. It tasted pretty good on the corn, though I think there’s more potential out there to be found.

Well, let’s see. What could possibly have been for dessert…

Fig And Almond Blondie And 4-C Scone

Fig And Almond Blondie And 4-C Scone

Let’s see, where to start. How about at YUM! The fig and almond blondies were amazing and a hit around here. They’re definitely going to be the first thing I make whenever I get my hands on figs again. Major props to Mindful Living and VeggieGirl. I don’t know that I would ever change the recipe anymore, but if I did it would be to swap the 2 tablespoons canola oil for 2 tablespoons olive oil. It might sound weird but a fruity olive oil would go perfectly here and just lend a very subtle flavor to the overall dish. And the 4-C scones were also delicious. Like I said, the recipe as is doesn’t have a very pronounced cashew flavor; it mainly serves as a healthy fat in the recipe. To get a better flavor, swap out all the cream cheese for cashew butter, or simply cut your scone in have and spread more cashew butter on! After all this sweetness, I needed a bit more savory:

Snobby Joe

Snobby Joe

I told you there’d be dinners for desserts. Again, microwaving lentils is not the proper way to make them, but it gets them soft enough to chew, and that’s all I cared about. Is it said this dish is so fiberous, proteinrific, full of health benefits, and I would have it on my death bed? I ate this watching Big Brother. Ok, I know there are other obsessed people out there: Don’t be shy and admit it. What the hell was with Shima? I would NOT have given up an opportunity of being on Big Brother like that. I hope they throw in some cool twist to replace her.

Well that certainly makes good running fuel because the next morning I was up at 6 and out at 6:30. I kind of forgot that I run at 6 before work on Wednesdays, so I was really confused when my alarm went off, but eventually it hit me and I got the pot o’ joe brewing. I ran 5 miles a little slower than 8:00 min/mile pace but I think that’s because it’s been so darn hot up in New England lately(and, yes, it was hot at 6:30am). I finished up, showered, and threw together a breakkie before hopping into the car:

French Toast Oatmeal, 1/2 Banana, Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Vanilla Almond Butter

French Toast Oatmeal, 1/2 Banana, Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Vanilla Almond Butter

I had some oats soaking for the past 2 days that needed to be used or losed so I made french toast oatmeal. I’m really liking this new concoction(especially when I added a bit more maple-agave blend this time ;-)). And I tried something I’d actually never done before–nut butter on yogurt. I always like having yogurt and nut butter be somewhere around my breakfast, but I wasn’t sure how to fit the nut butter in with the french toast oatmeal without toasting up some bread, until I remembered seeing this on some other blogs. It was pretty good considering the vanilla/vanilla combo; I made sure not to stir it in to keep the flavors pure. It’s not my preferred way of eating either but it’s a great way to fit in both to a balanced breakfast.

Work was… work? This is my last week. I was willing to work another week but they didn’t quite have the money for that. I’m lucky to have gotten a job and so many paychecks as is in this economy so I’m very thankful for that. I brought in 5 4-C scones and they were all gone by 11:30. I also packed one for myself(grab I packed it seperate or I might not have gotten it!). For lucnh I was feeling cheesy and we hit up UFood.

UFood's Veggie Cheeseburger

UFood's Veggie Cheeseburger

It’s easy to eat veg when they make it this tasty. I ate my pickles on the side; I like them but don’t want them playing with my burger flava. And they put wayyy too much ketchup on the bottom which made it sweet like a candy bar. I scraped that off with a knife and swapped it for some mustard/steak sauce. Much yummerer. These were buy 1, get one at CVS so I thought I’d give it a try:

Sobe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranite

Sobe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate

It’s naturally sweetened with Stevia. I really enjoyed this flavor; it was like a great Hawaiian–not overly sweet with a touch of tartness from the pomegranate. It’s also fortified with plenty of Vitamins which I’m sure I already get enough of but why not get some more? I would definitely buy this again. The one question I have is if it is “all-natural”. I know it has natural flavors and is naturally sweetened, but I’m a little confused with some of the ingredients which (I think) are the added vitamins.

I broke away from the bars for an afternoon snack:

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Justins Maple Almond Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Justin's Maple Almond Butter

I picked up the maple almond butter pack at a Starbucks a while back and finally got to use it. Those things are so handy and portable; I’d love to stock up on them but the expense isn’t worth it considering I usually eat toast at home where my pantry is right at hand. Still, it was nice to eat fresh food instead of packaged stuff(not that I see much wrong in packaged stuff so long as it’s wholesome). But would it kill my office to get a toaster?

Dinner was pollock; I’m becoming such a fish snob I don’t even want to eat anything other than salmon, but I closed my eyes, covered it in Soyaki, and tried pretending. Then I placed a celebratory last-week-at-work order to Naturally Nutty(!!). I’m getting myself some new flavors but I’ll keep it hush hush until the package comes. We all went for a walk and when we got back I wasn’t quite ready for dessert, so I had another dinner for dessert:

TJ's Instant Mac N' Cheese And Al Fresco Buffalo Chicken Sausage

TJ's Instant Mac N' Cheese And Al Fresco Buffalo Chicken Sausage

Here’s where I don’t even make sense to myself; I try to limit the amount of animal meat I have at meals as a self-challenge, but apparently desserts don’t count? Maybe that’s just me over thinking things. Either way, this was good and hit the spot. What with cheese doesn’t hit the spot?

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Vegan Fluff, Fig And Almond Blondie

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Vegan Fluff, Fig And Almond Blondie

Finally I was up for something more desserty. I love this Vegan Fluff I found at Whole Foods. It’s a local company and it’s all natural made with real vanilla bean. It’s as nutritionally void as regular fluff, but it doesn’t have vanillin so it fits in with my first motto in To Live By… And to stop raving about those blondies would be a sin. There’s only 3 left on the counter as of 9am this morning and 6 in the fridge. Yikes, I better eat them up before others do!

Like I said, I ran a pretty decent 6 miles today. Later we’re going to Whole Foods and Trader Joes to pick up some essentials(like bread) and some not-so-essentials(like whatever works its way into my hands). I dreamt up a recipe on my run that I’m itching to try for my last day of work tomorrow(!!). If it goes good be sure to look for it on Saturday. Until then, g’bye!

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Starting Off With A Smile

Posted on August 17, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Movie Review, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

English muffin With Almond Butter And 365 Raspberry Jam, White Peach With Wallaby Vanilla Bean Dipping Yogurt

English muffin With Almond Butter And 365 Raspberry Jam, White Peach With Wallaby Vanilla Bean Dipping Yogurt

If that doesn’t make you look forward to the day ahead, I don’t know what will. I ran 6 miles this morning; it was so hot and humid I snuck over into my neighbor’s sprinklers for a quick mist. I don’t even know where our sprinklers even are but I might have to find them later lol.

I didn’t even get a chance to eat a snack between blogging and lunch yesterday the time was so short. My grandmother came over for a family Sunday lunch. This was my plate:

My Lunch Plate

My Lunch Plate

I sometimes feel like just doing my own thing at meals, but then I feel bad disregarding the food my mom made, so I compromised on this one. I took the chicken and broccoli and smothered it with Whole Foods Steak Sauce–so addicting! Then I heated up some Whole Foods refried beans and ate it with some Trader Joe’s Potato Nachos. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, find these and pick them up. they’re made with corn flour, potatoes, and brown rice flour, so it’s like this weird nacho-potato chip love child that tastes sooo good.

Stonyfield Cookies N' Cream Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Cookies N' Cream Frozen Yogurt

Dessert was a bit of froyo. If it looks like I’m eating a lot more ice cream/frozen yogurt lately, I probably am. our freezer is wayyy too full and there’s only one way to fix that: eat our way out. Haha, I’m definitely not minding that “mission” considering it’s a heat wave up here.

We planned to see Julie & Julia in the afternoon so I packed some snacks. I hate buying snacks at the theater because they’re so unhealthy and overpriced. I decided to go with something old and something new:

Something Old

Something Old

Something New

Something New

I opened up my 2nd bar of Mocha Milk Chocolate. After trying all the Newman’s Organic Chocolates and coming back to this one. I really can’t say why I love it so much, other than I really really do. It’s not like their milk chocolate at all; and the coffee isn’t like a dark roast or espresso bean but just a simple cup of joe. it just all works so perfectly. i haven’t seen these in many stores but I highly suggest you buy a bar if you do.

I also figured I’d give the high protein pretzels a try. These have 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber in every serving, so Newman’s definitely trumps the competitors for the nutrition. Overall they were Ok, but not great. They needed more salt, but then again I pour way too much salt on everything. I don’t eat pretzels much but these felt more airy and crispy than others I’ve had, which I liked though didn’t exactly remind me of a pretzel. Overall I think they’re a great product because they really left me feeling full and satisfied. These would probably be optimal for dipping in yogurt or mustard to add a little more flavor, but I definitely want to keep these in my dorm.

Before we hit the theater we went to the same Target as yesterday to pick up a printer for my dorm. It was on sale this week. 2 dollars off isn’t much, but a sale’s a sale right? Then we hopped over to the AMC to see Julie And Julia. We got there 50 minutes early so I killed time playing Soul Caliber in the arcade. Fun Fact: I don’t play video games much but when I do I kick some CPU ass butt, except when it comes to first person shooter which I’m awful and impatient at.

Overall I really liked the movie. I didn’t think the story of Julie and the story of Julia were as parallel as the director tried to make them seem, but I liked that they kept them true to the real stories, both of which I wasn’t too familiar with. Oddly, I’ve been to France and I have to say I didn’t like the food that much; but it’s always great to see someone else so enthusiastic about a culture’s food. Julie’s story I thought would have been inspiring and motivating and encourage me to take this blog somewhere. But actually it just made me feel good for doing what I do and like I want to keep it up. And I like that the movie showed how blogging, while fun, can sometimes feel like a 2nd job and definitely extends into your life past the keyboard.

We got home pretty late(for us, at least) so we grilled for a quick dinner. I tried Morningstar’s Grillers Vegan for the first time.

Morningstar Griller's Vegan

Morningstar Griller's Vegan

I really liked these. They tasted smokey and grilled, a lot like the veggieburgers at UFood Grill. And the ingredient list seems more natural than other Morningstar products, which was an added bonus. I also tried Newman’s Own Organic popcorn to keep with the movie theme.

Newman's Own Organic Pop's Corn

Newman's Own Organic Pop's Corn

Again, this was a Newman’s Own Organic product I really liked. It definitely had a buttery and salty flavor but wasn’t overly done or greasy like others. Of course, the fact that it’s organic makes it all the better. Did you know cheaper brands stick artificial color in there just to make it look more buttered? Yikes. I’m a little sad I only was sent 3 bags of this because that means I’ll be going out to buy some more real soon probably, lol.

At dinner my parents talked about how many times they had seen Julia Child eating at Legal Seafoods. Don’t you hate that feeling of missing out only to realize it’s hard not to miss out on things that happen before you’re born? I was about 20 feet away from Hillary Clinton back in 7th grade on a trip to DC, that’s about as close to celebritydom that I’ve gotten. My dad read that Mrs. Tom Brady shops at one of the same Whole Foods I do, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for her from now on(for some pretty obvious reasons):

After missing the past 4, yes 4, episodes of Big Brother and getting semi-caught up with my On Demand, I finally caught an episode as it aired. I love this show so so much and life has made it hard to really get into this season but I’m trying. Lydia is definitely my favorite at the moment. Woohoo for anyone labeled an off-beat! In High School I always felt like a bit of an off-beat, but I don’t think anyone else saw me like that. I pretty much hung out with every crowd, and I’m glad that I went to a school where I could do that and not feel ostracized by any social group.

The highlights of dessert:

Pecan Sticky Bun Granola In Greek Yogurt

Pecan Sticky Bun Granola In Greek Yogurt

Peanut Butter Cookie Toast And Seeduction Bread With Sunflower Butter And Pumpkin Seeds

Peanut Butter Cookie Toast And Seeduction Bread With Sunflower Butter And Pumpkin Seeds

I picked up the granola today because it was on sale. 20 cents isn’t much of a “sale” but it certainly was an excuse 🙂 I though it was pretty good. It must have been sweet because I mixed it with plain greek yogurt and didn’t notice any tartness. I usually eat granola as a topper to yogurt so I’m going to need to try this again a different way to get a better taste of it. The seedy bread was a bit of genious, if I may say so myself. I’m liking sunflower butter more now that I’m learning to use less; it’s a little bit bigger on flavor than nut butters and a tablespoon is just too seedy for me(pun intended, obviously).

On a last note, I think I caught a virus last night shopping peanut butter on Amazon… I wouldn’t believe it if it weren’t me, either. Anybody know any good software to get rid of it? Spybot Search And Destroy doesn’t seem to be doing the trick.

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Product Review: Would You Like Coffee With That?

Posted on July 6, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning all! I hope you had a good long weekend. I can’t believe the sun came out and stayed out in New England–miraculous! How about some quick TV talk, shall we? Katie got kicked off The Next Food Network Star 😦 I enjoyed her healthy point of view but she definitely has a lot to learn before becoming a “star”. As for now I enjoy reading her articles over on the Healthy Eats blog, check it out! Also, this week Big Brother Season 10482 premiers. I’m such an addict to this show, anyone else? I even purchase the 24 hour feed to the house and watch that when I’m bored; it’s a bit stalkerish but so worth it, plus I know half the good dirt from the house before the next episode premiers. Ahh, can’t wait. Also, this morning I almost PR’ed my long 7.5 mile run. I came in at 1:00:25. I was very happy, definitely faster than I’ve been running recently. It feels awesome to be able to run these longer distances and more often. Plus it’ll help keep my weekly mileage up once I start working, which I do this week! I better start downloading podcasts onto my ipod because there is nothing else to do while filing. Ok, product review time.

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The first product is Cappuccino No Pudge Fudge brownie mix. I bought this for two reasons: I’m a sucker for anything that is chocolate and coffee, AND they had a tip on the back for making individual brownies with 2 tablespoons brownie mix and 1 tablespoon yogurt. That sounded perfect for me since I usually make a whole pan when I’m on a brownie fix, eat two, and push the rest onto the toddlers next door lol. So these seemed like a real time and money saver. And the verdict: Delicious. You can’t really taste anything “cappuccino”y but I think the coffee brings out the chocolate well. Be warned though: two tablespoons of powder makes a small brownie, even less than the “serving size”, so up it to at least 3 tablespoons, probably more like 4 for a decent brownie. And don’t be afraid to shove in the mix-ins! One of the best things about individual brownies is you can really personalize them. Try throwing in coconut, jam, chocolate chips, or anything else.

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The next product I tried was Kashi’s Dark Mocha Almond granola bars. Again, I’m a sucker for anything chocolate and coffee, so this seemed like a winner. Add in some almonds and you’ve got a magic formula, right? Well unfortunately these were not as good as some of Kashi’s other bars. These seemed unusually dry and healthy tasting. The mocha and chocolate was far too subtle to really feel decadent. Definitely pass on these and get one of their other bars. My suggestions would be the chocolate cherry or the happy trail mix.

So brew some coffee up, sit down, relax and have a brownie or two! Sounds like a good evening to me(just be sure to make it decaf). See ya tomorrow.

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