All The Reasons I’m Screaming

Posted on May 12, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s been a little loud around here today.

To-Do

To-Do

Frankly, there was no way all of this was getting put away today, and there might have been some swearing involved. 12 miles I could have done; this, not so much.

TJ's Temptation Trail Mix

TJ's Temptation Trail Mix

It took Trader Joe’s Temptation Trail Mix to calm me down. I don’t suppose it’s a temptation anymore after you give in.

I’m screaming in joy because today I officially finished up with my 3rd class but in agony because my fourth and last, while being 6 days away, I already feel unprepared for and as if it’s a waste of time to study(not like I’ve found the chance yet).

Meat And Potatoes Cooking

Meat And Potatoes Cooking

I could have screamed and yelled to tell everyone what an amazing cook I’ve become, but no one’s been home to listen. Of course, my dog will come running once he smells something cooking. Is it bad that he responds to “little shit”? My grandmother and I have got to get better about that…

Bison Medallion, Seared Sweet Potato And Onion Over Greens

Bison Medallion, Seared Sweet Potato And Onion Over Greens

Yum! I found an old bison medallion in the freeer to thaw and cook in a little EVOO with a roasted potato, onion, and fresh rosemary. How can anybody not look forward to fresh herbs?! They just add so much flavor.

I might have hollered a bit when I realized that some flavors of Celestial Seasonings contain gluten! Sleepytime Throat Tamer didn’t, however, and it said it would help my throat, which has been a little scratchy all day(probably from the screaming), so I thought I’d give it a taste.

Scratch Ticket

Scratch Ticket

I squealed a little when I won $5. It wasn’t much of a scream, but it made my day.

Mint Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Mint Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

J’adore mint chip coconut milk So Delicious ice cream and I’ll shout it from the rooftop! It’s so minty and the touch of coconut oil chocolate adds a nice, cool crisp to it all. I also love that everyone else in this house won’t touch coconut milk ice cream. More for me.

Oatmeal With 365 Crunchy

Oatmeal With 365 Crunchy

It’s also cheaper to shout and bicker that it’s 48 degrees in May than turn up the heat. Why the unseasonable weather? Why? Warm oats, get inside my belly!

But what’s the real reason I’ve been screaming? Well…

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

I scream for ice cream makers! I got one a few weeks ago and it’s been waiting here ever since. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about this; oh the possibilities! But that’s where you all come in. If you had an ice cream maker, what would your dream flavor be? Or, if you have any specific recipes from websites you like, please share! I’m a little wary of dealing with egg yolks to begin with, so now I’m just thinking of working with simple flavors/recipes. Hermit ice cream, maybe? 😉

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Let’s Try This Again

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m officially back, blogging from a dorm room! The lighting is awful; I can hear into every room from mine; and I’ll be running back and forth to the bathroom for everything from water to plate cleaning. Welcome back to me 😀

This morning was hectic with packing and organizing. I really tried remembering what I never used 1st semester and what I wish I had, trying to bring the perfect amount of things. The food processor did not make the cut; it would have been too bulky for my little room, and I’m sooo overprotective of it I’d need 10 feet of bubblewrap to move it. Banana whips will have to wait for the weekends I’m home. Since the weather was soooo nice, we grilled for lunch!

I had really odd cravings for my final meal. We grilled a frozen bison burger that I made out of ground bison back in September. When I took my first bite, I realized it was seriously undercooked(which says a lot coming from me), so I committed the cardinal sin of meat by microwaving it to cook it.  At least it was became edible. On the side I had broccoli(duh) with soy sauce, ketchup, and peanut butter! I just really needed to fit peanut butter in there somehow. The earthiness of it went great with bison.

After the car was packed and we left, wed ended up taking 2 hours just to get to campus. We needed to stop to pick up last-minute food items, but it seemed like all the stores were reorganizing or out of things! Only after Market Basket and Whole Foods did we find canned pumpkin at Stop & Shop. Ugh. I think the shortage is starting to take effect. When we were almost here, I started getting hungry and reached what was in the closest box behind me.

Vivani Dark Chocolate With 85% Cocoa

Lucky for me, that turned out to be dark chocolate 🙂 I liked this flavor of Vivani, but it felt a little bland all by itself. It would have been really great in yogurt, with peanut butter, or just about any application other than plain because the sweetness and bitterness were both so dim. 3 simple, organic ingredients(cocoa mass, cocoa butter, and sugar) though make me a happy man 🙂

We had a happy system going when we finally got here: I stayed in my room putting things away while my dad brought them from the car, up the stairs, and into the room. I really liked that deal 😀 I think it all looked like so much more in the car than it does in the room, that or I did a good job organizing it all. When I was halfway through, I had a made time for a quick snack.

Chocolate Vitamuffin With Fig Goat Milk Ice Cream

Yum! I love the chocolate and fig combo, even though it doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven. The goat milk ice cream is Laloo’s brand, which I bought a few weeks ago and brought on campus to keep in the basement. I hope I can eat it before someone steals it, because it cost a good deal(and this was with my money, not the parents’). This snack made my line of thought go from “How am I ever going to eat all this?!” to “I bet this’ll be gone before I know it.” I forgot how big my appetite can get when I’m on campus and running again! Let me give you a quick tour:

Books And Appliances

On my desk, I have my alarm, coffee maker, some movies I’m sure I won’t get around to watching all semester, and books(mostly pleasure reads I won’t get the pleasure of actually reading). On top, I keep all my electronics on the left and spices/seasonings on the right–gotta have those at quick hand as a foodie.

Closet Space

My closet has just about everything but… clothes. OK, there are some shirts in there. There’s also my coffee, chocolate, shopping bags, pots, pans, storage containers, towels, utensils, and plates. I’m glad it has shelves because that’s the majority of my storage space(I couldn’t fit myself in there and close the door so at least I don’t have to worry about getting locked in).

Underbed Storage

And, as any college student knows, bed raisers are a saint. No, really, I don’t know what I’d do without my under-bed storage. This has all of my food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated, a LOT of bars, more nut butters than you would believe, natural sodas, and, at the end, dirty laundry(as in, literal dirty laundry).  Well that’s my space! I hope you like it. So, I’m sure you’re all sitting on the edge of your seats wondering how my first real “meal” back went, right? 😉

3oz All-Natural Dark Meat Turkey, Asparagus Cuts, Lemon Tahini Cauliflower

Pretty darn good if you ask me. From the dining hall, I was able to scrap up asparagus tips and cauliflower in a lemon-tahini sauce, which was actually quite delicious! One of the great things about my dining hall is that the ingredients for all of their dishes are readily available so I’m able to know if the food fits my current food philosophy(and these obviously made the cut). The main protein was leftover turkey from Sunday lunch, which I chose to eat tempeh instead of then. I took every shred of dark meat I could because I like it better; yes, it has more fats, but it also has more flavor. And since I just occasionally eat moderate amounts of meat for enjoyment anyway, it’d be silly to opt for the leaner but flavorless cuts–that’s just my 2 cents.

It’s almost time for Biggest Loser and American Idol! I love how something are very much changing, like location and what’s on my plate, while other things are more constant, like good friends and good television shows(and by “good”, I mean trashy, addicting reality TV :-D).

Here’s a coconut peanut butter contest! Yum. I like my peanut butter any which way.

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I’m A Scaredy Cat

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


November 8th 001

Tougas Farm Apple

I’m afraid of biting into an apple only to find half a worm, but I went ahead and at this anyway for some pre-baking food yesterday morning. It was from the 10lbs we picked last weekend.

November 8th 002

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

I’m afraid of how many eggs I might have used making these so many times except for the fact that they’re vegan. Seriously, though, what is this? Batch number 3 or 4? We just go through them like wildfire around here. While these were cooling and my other baking project was cooking, I went ahead and had breakfast.

November 8th 006

French Toast Oatmeal, Nog Greek Yogurt With Nutmeg

I’m afraid of eggs exploding on my in the microwave, but that seems not to be an issue when I make french toast oats. The eggnog yogurt was awesome; all it was was 6oz plain Oikos, 7 drops vanilla stevia, and 1/4 cup of this:

November 8th 004

Silk Nog

I’m afraid of what I’m going to do when this is out of season. I asked my mom to buy me this from Hannaford since it’s the only place I’ve seen it and it is so good. I don’t remember the last time I had “real eggnog” and I don’t care after this. It tastes just fine in all its vegan-self 🙂

November 8th 009

Pumpkin Bread Hull With Chocolate Chips

I’m afraid of losing recipes, which is why I’m glad to have a blog to post them on.

Moist Moist Pumpkin Bread

Ingredients:

7.5oz canned pumpkin

2 eggs

1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce

1/3 cup water

1 cup brown or turbinado sugar

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon ginger

November 8th 007

Pumpkin Bread Loaf

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 9×5 loaf pan. In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, applesauce, water, and sugar. In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. When dry are evenly mixed, dump into the wet while stirring. Stir only until no more dry ingredients can be seen, but take care not to over mix. Pour batter into pans and put in oven until a knife in the center comes out barely wettened, or about 50 minutes. Let sit in pans for 10 minutes and then remove.

I’m afraid of how many miles we’re all piling on together. Guys(and gals), we’re rocking it. These numbers people are posting are incredible. I ended up for a 6.7 mile run around my neighborhood. One thing I don’t like about not running first thing is that my energy levels feel so much lower. I felt like I could’ve stopped at any point but I really wanted to finish what I set out to do.

November 8th 012

Bison Medallion, Grilled Sweet Potato Fries, Parsnips

I’m afraid of red meat, but not bison. At much lower cholesterol and saturated fat levels with all the same flavor, what’s not to love? I’m clearly never afraid to eat my meat slightly undercooked. And the sweet potato fries were all my mom’s idea! She knows what her lil’ blogger wants when he comes home 🙂

November 8th 014

Giovanni's White Chocolate With Cranberry Gelato

I’m afraid that if I didn’t eat this while walking out the door to go back to my dorm, I might have had the whole pint. This stuff rocked. It tasted like straight up white chocolate. It’s made by a local company based in Newton, MA in small batches. This was pure decadence, and I love that the ingredients were just milk, cream, white chocolate, cranberries, and emulsifier.

I’m afraid that this semester has been a bit of a waste of money food-wise. I’m on the best food plan option which gives me more dining hall visits than I know what to do with, and honestly, I love buying and making my own food; it’s one of those things that makes me feel valuable and responsible. Despite that fear, we stopped at Whole Foods and Eastside Market on the way back.

November 8th 018

Groceries

I’m afraid that I’m going to get arrested, because at the prices I got some of this stuff for it was practically a steal. With sales and store coupon, the Oikos normally 2.19 was .25 and the chocolate bar usually 3.00 was 1.25. And a jar of ginger preserves was only 2.69! We thought it was a misprint since that’s cheaper than most of the store brand fruit jams, but it was correct.

I’m afraid to ask what happened Saturday night when I wasn’t in my room. My roommate left a note saying he had people over and someone dropped something that went behind my bed so they had to move a few things to get to it and tidy up after themselves. That’s all well and good, but, uhh, why was my comforter made on my bed upside down? Do I want to know?

November 8th 020

Pumpkin Bread With Ginger Spread, Nog Greek Yogurt, Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I’m afraid I’m a little confused what season it is between pumpkin bread and nog Greek yogurt. Is it Christmas yet? Or am I supposed to halt for Thanksgiving? And are we officially done with Halloween or can I bust a spooky s’mores out from time to time? Someone please clarify.

I’m afraid of losing the remarkable friends I made in high school. Thankfully, that doesn’t look like it’s happening anytime soon, because they were there for me when I needed to do some Facebook ranting about my next semester schedule which took a backwards turn after thing started looking too good to be true.

November 8th 021

Blue State Decaf

I’m afraid of spilling coffee grounds everywhere in my dorm room, so I went out for coffee. There was a heaping amount of cinnamon involved. I don’t actually get the change of flavor this supposedly has on coffee, but cinnamon’s supposedly good for us and it’s free so I went ahead and shaked liberally.

November 8th 023

Flamegrilled Vegan Gardenburger With TJ Ketchup, Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Tempeh Bacon

And I’m afraid of sharing how random my dinner was last night, but I’m a food blogger and I’d be an awful one to deprive you of this laugh. I was feeling quite lethargic(vocab word!) and decided rather than forcing a “real” dinner on myself to just eat what I could convince myself into. Last night, that was pumpkin oatmeal(a vegetable and a grain) with a gardenburger, tempeh bacon, and mighty maple(3 delicious and vegan sources of protein). See? It was well rounded in the end.

I’m afraid the people on my floor must have thought “Who is that nut blaring and belting Sugarland?”

 

November 8th 002

So Delicious Plain Soy Yogurt With Chai Dagoba Milk Chocolate And Ginger Preserves

 

I’m afraid that I give off the impression that all I eat is yogurt and chocolate. Except that’s probably the truth. They just work so well together in my opinion, how could you not love it? This new bar, even though it supposedly had chai and ginger in it, didn’t taste very special. Maybe I need to have it again.

I’m afraid to admit how little productivity got accomplished yesterday.

 

November 8th 005

Oikos With A Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

 

I’m afraid that my eats were a bit stress affected last night, because they sure were off. First I decided that this Oikos was taking up too much space in the fridge, so it needed to be eaten with a milk chocolate Newman’s Own Organic peanut butter cup.

 

November 8th 006

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Cream Cheese Frosting

 

Then I made myself this beauty but decided that I didn’t really want this and threw it out after two bites.   hate throwing anything out, but a began whole wheat cinnamon roll tops those charts, especially when it’s my last one. I just don’t know what got into me.

 

November 8th 009

Sweet Vermont Toast With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

 

I’m afraid of running out of hard to find peanut butters, but that doesn’t stop me from eating them. The only store I know that sells this is Roche Bros. for an arm and a leg but it’s so good I’ll have to buy another when it’s gone.

I’m afraid Brothers And Sisters is going to get screwed by the Emmy’s like the best shows usually do. But last night convinced me yet again it’s one of the best dramas on TV. Please tell me someone else saw the head shaving seen with Kitty; that was just so moving.

I’m afraid of falling asleep in class today because I had horrible insomnia last night. Despite trying to go to bed at 11, I don’t think I fell asleep until 1. Sugar was probably to blame. I had a few TJ mini peanut butter cups at the end of Brothers And Sisters as well, and no oatmeal last night(besides dinner) to slow down those quick carbs.

 

November 8th 014

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

 

I’m afraid of depleting my bar stash because that means I need to buy more. I ate this around 12:45. I think the bready carbs are part of what helped me fall asleep.

 

November 8th 016

Clif Peanut Butter And Jelly Mojo Dipped

 

I’m afraid of having to go to the bathroom while running at the gym because I feel like getting off the treadmill makes everything less of an accomplishment. Thankfully, that didn’t happen today. In fact, I set a new distance PR of 14 miles in 1:55:22!! I truly felt I needed to have a kick-butt workout to sweat out anything negative even though I only had 5 hours of sleep. The Mojo above was eaten around mile 10.

I’m afraid people think I’m crazy for watching cartoon network at 7am. But I just could not care less about whatever’s on CNN, and I’m not going to slog on a treadmill for 2 hours watching something I have no interest in because it’s the adult thing to watch.

 

November 8th 019

Kashi Strawberry Flax Waffles With Strawberry Jam And Vanilla Almond Butter, Pumpkin Peanut Maple Soy Yogurt With Chocolate Chips

 

I’m afraid I might have lost a pound or so after these past few weeks/month of higher mileage, so feel free to kick me in the butt if I’m slacking on my eats, k? You won’t find that this morning. The Kashi waffles had on it vanilla almond butter by Naturally Nutty and Wild Oats strawberry jam(great combo). I’m not a huge fan of this new brand soy yogurt I bought last week because it’s so thin and doesn’t have much of a funky flavor at all, but it thickened nicely with peanut flour and pumpkin, topped with maple syrup and chocolate chips.

I’m afraid of skipping classes, even though that’s supposedly “OK” in college. If I weren’t afraid, I’d probably stay in my dorm and work on my essays today, but I’ll probably wind up going to all 3.

I’m afraid that you’re going to win and not me if I mention this amazing contest at Chocolate Covered Katie for some serious foodie appliance lovin’

So tell me, what are you afraid of?

Disclaimer: This post was about 20% serious and 80% me having fun. Isn’t that the way life should be 😛

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Ice Cream For An Upset Stomach

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As magical as the title sounds, yesterday morning was not fun. Almost as soon as I posted, my stomach started hurting. It felt like one giant cramp that wouldn’t go away and only slightly lessened if I crouched like an old man. Instinct told me to drink water but I looked so bloated and the fact that tightening my belt made it worse made me think twice. Unfortunately, I also had to get all my stuff into my dad’s car when he came. I definitely go a bit snappy when he was questioning me on my stomach, but that’s because I really felt like I needed to go somewhere and lie down. Instead of doing that, I kind of sucked it up and went to Market Basket and Whole Foods. You don’t look too ridiculous hunching over when it’s on a shopping cart. We picked up kind of a lot:

Groceries

Groceries

I like Kashi products; who doesn’t? On a normal day, I probably would have grabbed something at the Whole Foods salad bar, or I at least have made myself something now, but my stomach wasn’t feeling food so rather than fight it I got myself situated at home. By 2 I finally felt a little better and convinced myself to eat something:

Sweet Scoops Coffee Cookies N' Cream Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Scoops Coffee Cookies N' Cream Frozen Yogurt

Should I try and pretend like this was a good lunch option? I mean, it did have calcium, and probiotics, and was from hormone free cows. Oh, and there were grains in there, too(you know, the processed kind in the cookies n’ cream part). Or maybe I should not try and pretend and just say that when you aren’t “feeling” food but it’s still important to get energy in your system, go for whatever the hell you want. I was actually a bit let down by this flavor because the cookies n’ cream part felt a little lacking; Stonyfield makes a great Cookies N’ Dream flavor I’m going to have to pick up next time it’s on sale.

Even though I might not have felt like eating food, I was completely up for making it. I whipped together one of my favorite recipes.

The Dry

The Dry

Hmm, what has whole wheat flour, oat bran, flaxmeal, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, chocolate chips…

The Wet

The Wet

… canola oil, eggs, sugar, yogurt, vanilla extract, banana…

The Raw

The Raw

…and is sprinkled with vanilla bean sugar on top? Well while your pondering that, you can look at my snack:

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

I don’t do premade oatmeals much. But I do really enjoy this Kashi vanilla and some of the Nature’s Path Organic ones they sent me to review. It’s a lot simpler than bringing my steel cut oats and oatbran home, too. Naturally, the Cookie Dough Peanut Butter with a little salt rounded out the dish. And while I ate this I caught up to Flipping Out; I don’t understand why I find that show appealing but damn if I don’t. Oh right, back to the bread 😉

Banana Goodness Bread

Banana Goodness Bread

It was banana goodness bread, of course! This time I used NuNaturals baking blend in place of the sugar and a vanilla Oikos instead of plain yogurt to see if it’d come out more-or-less the same. I love how the vanilla sugar on top crystalized to form a crust. Definitely a must for any bread recipe!  I was lucky enough that both of the Top Chef episodes I had yet to see were on right after Flipping Out, so I got fully caught up on that while translating Greek and Latin. Since my eats were definitely slacking for the day by 5:30(just breakfast, frozen yogurt, and oatmeal :-(), I decided to try out one of the healthiest bars I brought:

Kardea Chai Spice

Kardea Chai Spice

Each Kardea bar has 1g plant sterols, 7g fiber, 7g protein, an all-natural ingredient list, and plenty of nutrients, so I knew at least my nutrition for the day would get a boost after this. It was definitely unique and I didn’t mind eating it, but it didn’t have me rushing out to buy another. You can read my full review here. We didn’t actually have anything for dinner, so my parents went to the store. I told them to “get me something I’ll eat or even just burger buns”. I’m real specific, aren’t I? When they came back, they had a big fatty piece of steak and burger buns with partially hydrogenated oil in it. Ugh. I was not a happy camper. But I tried eating something other than ice cream for a meal:

Trader Joe Whole Wheat Mac N' Cheese, Bison Medallion

Trader Joe Whole Wheat Mac N' Cheese, Bison Medallion

Well that’s a far cry from eating vegan. I really could have gone for something like tofu or tempeh, but I would have died if I found those in our refrigerator. I still had a bison medallion in the freezer from a few weeks ago, so I threw that on the grill and made some instant mac n’ cheese. The bison was really undercooked but I was too lazy to turn the grill back on; honestly, it’s a wonder I don’t get horrible stomach issues more often. I tried explaining over dinner that what I really mean by “something that I’ll eat” is “wild meat or fish, tofu, and tempeh”, though I’m not a good communicator so I’m not sure how well the meaning of “wild” was portrayed.

I really had not had enough coffee yesterday so I freshly ground some of the swag that I got from Wednesday night.

Green Mountain House Blend Decaf Organic

Green Mountain House Blend Decaf Organic

Times like us all hovering over the coffee grinder to smell the grounds remind me of why we’re a family. For a quick dessert I had some yogurt with granola:

Soy Plain Yogurt With Vanilla Sugar, Chocolate Chips, And White Chocolate

Soy Plain Yogurt With Vanilla Sugar, Chocolate Chips, And White Chocolate

I’m eliminating the rule that granola needs to have whole grains. Most are just sugar, anyway; this is just getting rid of the bulk I didn’t want. I had to buy this yogurt again because I loved it despite the fact that it tastes like tofu. Wait. Let me change that. I had to buy this yogurt again because I loved it because it tastes like tofu. My mom refuses to eat soy. She thinks it will give her cancer or make her not be able to have more children(hah!) or something. Whenever you see soy on this blog, you can be sure of where it didn’t come from. More bread:

Toast With White Chocolate Wonderful, Banana Goodness Bread

Toast With White Chocolate Wonderful, Banana Goodness Bread

For some reason, I was down right opposed to the peanut butter being on the banana bread, so I went and added another slice of TJ 10 grain. Yum! I always forget how great of a melting peanut butter white chocolate wonderful is. And the banana bread was nice and moist, got a little crispy in the toaster, and the hard sugar coating just made it perfect. I also finished all my Greek homework for those who care 🙂 My professor assigned wayyy too much, and told us to “stop after you’ve worked long enough”. I hate those instructions because I never follow them. I feel lazy if I don’t do it all. I guess that’s just me being silly but it gets annoying.

No running for me this morning… yet. I intended for today to be a rest day after such high mileage. And I’ll admit my feet wouldn’t mind the break either. Although it’s an awesome morning in New England and I am on my home streets so it’s hard to say how long I can fight of the running bug. Right now, Tivoed Unwrapped is doing a good job helping.

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Tempeh Bacon, Mystery Muffin With Mighty Maple

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Tempeh Bacon, Mystery Muffin With Mighty Maple

Breakfast has me playing the “It can’t be wrong if it tastes this right” card. I hade a huge tempeh bacon craving, but felt compelled to put it over something instead of eat it straight. I made homemade pumpkin pie yogurt with canned pumpkin, Voskos plain non fat(which reminds me about this review to post), vanilla stevia, and pumpkin pie spice, and topped with the tempeh bacon and maple syrup. All I can say is salty/sweet is real and here to say. I also had a mystery muffin with Mighty Maple that I asked my mom to buy for me 🙂 It’s not a mystery muffin to me; that’d be weird. It’s just a mystery to you for now.

The weather’s so nice, I would be a fool not to at least go for a walk later. Hope your weekends are all going swell, as well.

Applesauce giveaway! Because I love things that look like baby food and toddlers can eat

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Eating The Alternative

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beside my daily grind, today I want to point out some of the foods I ate yesterday that are something of an alternative to the traditional. I hope you find something fun and funky to try; and I’d love to read comments about any alternatives you’d think I like because I love trying new foods(and all the better if they’re delicious :-))

So I’m kind of bad with rest days, case in point: I run on them. Write after I wrote and (thought I) posted, I got to thinking about a walk. And then I thought “why walk when you could run?” Well that did it for me. Plus there were some old streets I hadn’t been by in a while and I thought it’d be interesting to run around and see if anything’s changed. One thing I don’t like about running any other time than first thing is having food digesting, and feeling my body switch from running on simple carbs to stored energy. About 2 miles in I felt the switch and got a little dizzy for a minute, but thankfully that past and I continued on feeling like I do every morning. I saw a skunk as roadkill and about a mile later almost made a baby squirrel road kill, too; he darted right in front of me and it took a hop, a skip, and a jump to avoid him I ended up running 7.18 miles in 59 minutes. When I got back I showered and it was pretty much time for lunch.

Bison Steak Medallion, Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts

Bison Steak Medallion, Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts

Alternative first: Bison. Consider bison and yam the meat and potatoes of the new millenium, because they’re here to stay. Bison is a much leaner red meat than beef yet has the same robust flavor and is very very tender. My 6oz medallion had 180 calories, 1.5g saturated fat, and 38g protein. Amazing, isn’t it? It cut as well as butter and was perfectly fulling. If you’ve read this for a while, you’d know I don’t eat meat unless I think it’s quality, and this definitely was. Of course, it went great with the sweet potato, which is an alternative we all already know a lot about probably. I top mine with salt but cinnamon is a great alternative for something with a bit of a punch. What’s Sunday lunch without dessert, right?

Vitabrownie

Vitabrownie

Not really alternative, just delicious 🙂 I ate this in the car to my second Massachusett’s home, also known as Trader Joe’s. I stockpiled things for the dorm including bread, cheese, mac n’ cheese pouches, canned tuna, and peanut butter filled pretzels. If you haven’t had a TJ peanut butter filled pretzel, you have experienced life. We stopped at Whole Foods because it’s literally across the way(how cool is that?) where I got another one of my favorite alternatives for dinner. Not too much time was spent back at home; it was mostly pack the car, serve some ice cream, and go. Or was it?

Purely Decadent Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Alternative second: Coconut milk ice cream. I love all types of ice cream, frozen yogurt, soy yogurt, etc. And don’t get me started on the joy of goat milk ice cream! Coconut milk is just one of the many great alternatives. It is higher on fat, particularly saturated, but it’s all plant based so it has no cholesterol(and I think plant saturated fat doesn’t have the same negative effect on cholesterol as animal meat but someone might want to correct me here). That’s why coconut milk is great, but here’s why this ice cream is: I first had it after seeing Jenna gush about it. I love anything mocha and the fudge in this blends with the coffee so well. And the almonds are a perfect touch, especially since they’re roasted and salted to really bring out the flavor for a salty/sweet punch.

Getting back to college this time around was much better than the emotional disaster of last. My roommate was not in the room, so I invited my whole family to actually come in the room this time. Of course, we had to yell at grandma when she started picking up my roommates clothes on the floor, haha. My dad even scraped down the freezer that was all iced up so it hopefully will run better now. This time the goodbyes were much more normal and after they left I got a case of the munchies:

Peach, Toast With Cream Cheese And Pumpkin Butter

Peach, Toast With Cream Cheese And Pumpkin Butter

It’s been so long since I’ve had a good peach, too long. This one was a bit soft but it was not a disappointment at all. I’m missing the perfect peach season 😦 Summer, come back! Oh wait, we have pumpkins and apples to comfort us. Meh. I also had some T light whole wheat bread with cream cheese and TJ pumpkin butter. This sweet/savory combo works really well. And I like this bread for toast when I’m not looking for a real artisan bread because it has a light, wheaty flavor that toasts well and doesn’t impede on the spread. Gotta watch out though; 5g insoluble fiber per slice can get a little dangerous if you know what I mean. I met up with a friend for dinner but I already had what I wanted in mind so I brown bagged it:

Gardenburger With Light Cheddar Cheese And Tempeh Bacon, FSTG Potato & Chive Chips

Gardenburger With Light Cheddar Cheese And Tempeh Bacon, FSTG Potato & Chive Chips

Alternative third: Tempeh bacon. Try getting a bacon cheddar cheeseburger at any burger joint and I bet you won’t find this. The flame-grilled gardenburgers have a great flavor on their own, but with the smokiness of the tempeh bacon it was just out of this world. Obviously, tempeh bacon is a great vegetarian alternative. It has no cholesterol and has heart-healthy fats; and the Lightlife brand uses all natural flavorings to give it that bacon-essence. The potato and chive Food Should Taste Good chips totally top and greasy fries you’d find at a burger joint, too. There’s something so deliciously intriguing about them that makes it hard to stop eating them.

Last night I started off with The Amazing Race. I don’t really think it’s all that great of a show, especially not worthy of the crap load of Emmy’s it’s one. But I also have an addictive personality and aren’t too picky about reality shows so I’ll probably be watching the whole season. Usually each season has a pair of charming old people but I think this season’s missing that, which is so disappointing. Instead, I tihnk I’ll be rooting for the couple that came in 2nd last night and the gay brothers. I don’t really care for those shrewd poker players. One of my latest kicks lately has been the black and white cookies. I’ve never tried them, but after seeing them on blogs I got curious. I’m told I’m not missing anything special, so I don’t really feel like I’m missing out anymore, but that quest did inspire some kickassbutt oatmeal:

Black And White Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Black And White Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Ok, I can stop questing for the cookie now that I have this. I used P.B. Loco’s cookie dough peanut butter, which has vanilla bean extracts and chocolate morsels, and used 1/2 serving grain sweetened dark chocolate chips and 1/2 serving ghiradelli’s white chocolate chips. This was definitely a “dessert” oatmeal, and it was so perfect. It took me almost an hour to finish because I was also watching Family Guy and working on my essay(1/4 of the way there…). I thought Family Guy wasn’t as great as last week but still decent enough to keep up its reputation. Afterwards I made some homemade pumpkin pie yogurt with double alternatives:

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar Glaze

4th and 5th Alternatives: Stevia and Turbinado sugar. There are a lot of ways to sweeten our favorite dishes; and when it comes to sweeteners, while none might be all that great for us, in moderation there are some better than others. Stevia is an all natural zero-calorie sweetener from the stevia. Normally, I’d be suspicious of things like that that seem too good to be true. But since I own my own stevia plant and can see what this comes from, it puts my mind to ease. NuNaturals has a great line of products, too. Another better option is turbinado sugar. This is the unrefined crystallized form of evaporated can juice. Because of the method employed, it’s more slowly absorbed into the body than other table sugars and retains more of the nutrients. Again, though, these are all sugars and need moderating. I topped off the night with some more of Holly’s amazing cookies and toast with peanut butter cookie spread and watched Brothers & Sisters. I fell behind last season but I’m trying to get back into it and feeling really bad for Kitty at the moment 😦

This morning I felt decent enough. I decided to keep it in the gym because there was one part of my important morning routine that wasn’t happening and I wanted to keep it close to a bathroom, if you catch my drift. My first machine was definitely broken, telling me I was running 7 mph but going wayy faster than that. I hopped over to another machine and tried readjusting. I’m not quite sure I trust all the stats but according to the machines I went 8 miles in 66:46. I’ve also been lucky enough to make a gym friend(i.e someone who you constantly run in at the gym and awkwardly acknowledge each other’s presence). She’s a rockin’ 60 or so year old who kicks her butt out of bed to walk for a few miles and even do a bit of jogging while watching the Today Show. Clearly she’s a woman after my own heart. Breakfast was a little bit of a nuissance; my kitchen scale has run out of batteries so I needed to measure everything with tablespoons and measuring cups. I really love using a scale for oatmeal and other grains because it gives me the perfect amount with the perfect amount of water every time. Nevertheless, I trudged on:

Peanut Butter Flax Oikos With Granola Bar Granola, Eggy Oatbran

Peanut Butter Flax Oikos With Granola Bar Granola, Eggy Oatbran

Alternative Last: Peanut Flour. A while back, when I came in 2nd at The Peanut Butter Boy‘s recipe contest, The National Peanut Board sent me some peanut flour to play around with. This very easily became a new food obsession with me. Peanut flour is the roasted, ground, defatted product of a peanut. It retains much of the flavor and essence but is in a dry form, much more easily mixed in to liquids and cold products such as Oikos. I recently ordered 2 more pounds of it from Byrd Mill to continue using. A 24g serving has a whopping 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber and I typically will use 1/2 a serving in my yogurt. I’ve also added it to bread and cookie recipes to add nutrition. This breakfast was pretty decent; I think the oat bran came out a little dry because there wasn’t enough water, but hopefully I’ll get batteries for the scale later on today. For the granola topper I used Cascadian Farms Vanilla Chip, which is extremely delicious, but on its own will not fill you up at all.

Not much for the day ahead other than batteries and essay writing. I hope you enjoyed and learned something from all these alternatives. Again, please share anything you love that’s a little bit different so we can all learn and experience a little more.

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Burgers And The Emmy’s

Posted on September 21, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. How awesome were the Emmy’s last night? I’m such a TV junkee, an award show on TV about TV is my yearlong fantasy. Wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. So yesterday I did my 10.10 miler, had my frozen yogurt(which was delicious by the way) and blogged it up. For some more-fuel-more-fun food  made a favorite english muffin combo of mine:

English Muffin With Apricot Jam And White Chocolate Wonderful/Cream Cheese Spread

English Muffin With Apricot Jam And White Chocolate Wonderful/Cream Cheese Spread

Amazing. I got the White Chocolate Wonderful/Apricot combo idea from the Peanut Butter & Company cookbook. It also suggest adding sliced almonds, which are never a bad thing I suppose, but I’m not sure how the flavor would fit. Cream cheese and white chocolate peanut butter were just meant to go together in my opinion; it’s got a sweet and savory thing going for it like nothing else(and definitely works best with White Chocolate Wonderful). I had a bit of a “special request” for my lunch at home so we hopped in the car to go to Roche Bros. On the way out of the store I tried this out after seeing such praise for them on the blog world:

Honey Crisp Apple

Honey Crisp Apple

It definitely lived up to the name: It was sweet and very firm. However, I still prefer my Red Deliciouses. They just seem sweeter and firmer. And I like how they’re the quintessential teacher’s desk apple. It makes me feel like such a suck up but it’s true. Well, what was my special request?

Homemade Bison Burgers

Homemade Bison Burgers

Ground bison. Since being at college, I’ve moved more towards eating meat only for pleasure and never for protein because I feel like I have to. Bison is definitely pleasure. Not only is bison healthy with only 4g saturated fat in a 4oz serving and lower cholesterol than beef, it’s actually really affordable despite sounding “exotic”. 1lb ground was 5.50, which made 4 quarter pounders. I didn’t add any seasonings to these–just bison.

Bison Burger With Steak Sauce, Corn Muffin Vitatop, Zevia Cola

Bison Burger With Steak Sauce, Corn Muffin Vitatop, Zevia Cola

How am I supposed to go back to cafeteria food after a meal like this? The bison was sooo good. I cooked mine a little too long, but it was still delicious(by the way, “a little too long” with me means barely cooked enough so that any harmful bacteria won’t kill me). I had to try my corn muffin Vitatop while I had a grill handy so threw that on, too. This flavor left me really confused in the end. I liked it, but it wasn’t what I was expecting from a corn muffin. Most of the corn muffins I’ve had were quite savory, whereas this one was pretty sweet. It tasted more like something for breakfast, but I wasn’t sure how to fit a corn muffin into any of my breakfasts. I liked the flavor, and maybe as a brunch food along with quiche this would be great, but I just wasn’t sure what to do with it. Personally, it could do without the sugar alcohol which would make it less sweet and more understandable nutritionally, but maybe that’s just me and my muffilosophy.

After lunch we ran out to Best Buy, where I basically went to look at things I knew I wouldn’t purchase or, if I do, I’ll get it for cheaper online. Why do we do this? Oh yeah, ’cause it’s fun and kills time. We got back home and I watched my Tivoed Flipping Out. That show gets crazier each week. Love it. Before we head off Brownward I grabbed some of this from the freezer:

Sweet Scoops Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Scoops Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

All natural pumpkin frozen yogurt? Yes please. We bought this when we bought the bison. It had the words “limited edition” on it and–well let’s just say the deal was set then. I enjoyed this a lot, because it tasted just like a pumpkin pie, and was very similar to the Stonyfield’s Pumpkin Pie Non-Frozen Yogurt I had. I don’t, however, think I’d buy it again, simply because a) I make a damn amazing crustless pumpkin pie and b) whenever I want a pumpkin fix I usually keep a can of Libby’s on hand. Still, it was good and definitely a unique way to enjoy the flavor.

On the way back to Brown we stopped at Target where amazingly I didn’t purchase a single thing. Shocker, right? My dad was bitten by the Target bug, though, and got some lawn bags. No one is protected. When I got back to my dorm, I was happy to unpack my laundry/food, but something was a bit… err, off? My bed had clearly been remade, there was a wine cork next to it, and my floor was sticky. Oh joy. Also, I noticed my jar-o-trail mix was slightly more depleted(yes, I’m a freak who can recognize things like this) than I left it. Hmmm, waiting for an explanation on all of that. I was also getting hungry for something that was peanut butter and whole grains but that I didn’t have to clean up for and wasn’t toast. Odd craving, but this hit the spot:

Smartfood Peanut Butter Apple Popcorn

Smartfood Peanut Butter Apple Popcorn

Perfect fit for the mood. I also had a peach that had been in my fridge for so long I don’t even think it was organic anymore. Well this was like 40 minutes before dinner so I really didn’t do anything other than play video games and just met some people at the Ratty.

Vegan Tomato Soup With Rice, White Bean Ragout, Savory Spinach, Glazed Carrots

Vegan Tomato Soup With Rice, White Bean Ragout, Savory Spinach, Glazed Carrots

Considering I didn’t even want to eat in the dining hall because I didn’t think there’d be anything that appealed to me, this was pretty good. The soup thankfully didn’t have that much rice; I just don’t do grains in my soup, don’t ask me why. I’m not sure what a “ragout” is, but the beans were an edible protein source. The “savory spinach” was just spinach–good with that. And the glazed carrots weren’t too too sweet. It was fun to catch up and learn that nothing really happens over the weekend of the sort that I would participate in or feel like I’m missing out on. And no Emma Watson sightings either, so I’m not falling even more behind.

This was the point in my night where my mind toward the Emmy’s and never looked back. I just love the Emmy’s. And Neil Patrick Harris is so hilarious in general, you just knew it would be a great show. I started of with this for some monologue snackage:

Vanilla Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Vanilla Oatmeal With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Cookie overload! Oh wait, that’s not possible 😉 I think I’ve gone through 1/3 of that jar which, when you consider I have over 30, really says something about it. speaking of 30, domination much by 30 Rock? That’s OK with me though; I love that show and think it’s hysterical. I was surprised Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t nominated more, and thought all the drama categories were a bit off on their nominations and winners. Somewhere around the nominations for reality TV(Yeah, Survivor!), I had the most ingenious moment:

Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Pumpkin Cheesecake Spread And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Pumpkin Cheesecake Spread And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

I have pumpkin butter. I have cream cheese. Why have they not met yet, and on something cinnamony? This was sooo good. The pumpkin butter, Trader Joe’s of course, is very well seasoned and sweet and melted into the savory cream cheese. All you pumpkin fans(and I know there’s a lot) spread the word on this one.

There were more eats and some reading of the night but I won’t bore you with that and instead will do so with running. As much as I would have been entertained by Emmy recap on the Today show, I decided not to treadmill it and instead enjoy the warmish weather. I ended up doing 6.25 in decent time on the nice side of Providence. When I got back, though, was when the Emmy drama began. I did my stretches/push ups in the common room and thought to look in the freezer to check on my babies(read: Elan frozen yogurt). Well, my friends, my decaf cappuccino, which still had a good 4/5ths left for me to eat, was gone. Some people clearly downed it over the weekend or something. Obviously, this upset me. It’s not so much the 4.50 the frozen yogurt costs as the fact that now I wonder if I can keep anything in that freezer and feel safe. What’s the point in spending my money on things I’ll on only eat once before they disappear? Well that was a bit of a Debbie Downer moment before breakfast, which was nonetheless great:

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Butter, Strawberry Jam, And Vegan Fluff, Pumpkin-Peanut-Maple-Flax Yogurt

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Butter, Strawberry Jam, And Vegan Fluff, Pumpkin-Peanut-Maple-Flax Yogurt

Vanilla, strawberry, and almond were definitely all meant to be. The fluff was unnecessarily yet perfect, just as fluff always is. The yogurt was a perfection of the recipe, which you can find here. It comes out so thick and creamy like plain greek yogurt but with a sweet and more delicate, autumn flavor. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, it also is packed with protein thanks to the yogurt and peanut flour and fiber due to the pumpkin and flax. Delicious, I wonder if I could get away with making a super batch for Thanksgiving? Haha.

I can’t wait to see all the follow-up shows to the Emmy’s today. I also want to start exploring central Providence more and the mall, but I’m not sure if today’s the day. Should I even bother going down too Eastside Market and getting more frozen yogurt? That’ll be weighing on my mind.

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Beans And Bison

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Thanks for all your advice on the virus. I ended up listening to my dad and downloading and installing Symantec Antivirus from the Brown website and that or something did the trick. I guess being related to a Director of Information Technology comes in handy when you’re not so hot at computers. While I was running 1000 different scans, I took a walk to clear my mind and snacked on this:

Blueberry Z-Bar

Blueberry Z-Bar

I really hope these go on sale somewhere soon because at 1-a-day this could become an expensive habit if I continue it into college. The walk wasn’t actually that relaxing because I came across a snake. I hate snakes; they’re kind of my biggest fear. That being said, though, I’m not too too afraid of them so maybe I’m braver than I give myself credited for. It was slithering into grass when I noticed it so I just kept walking and stayed a little closer to the road.

I got back and was really in the mood for a Trader Joe burger with the Whole Foods bun I always feel like I should eat but don’t get the chance to. of course someone had to throw the buns out THAT morning. Ugh, the excuse was so lame. A little mold never killed anybody… that I’ve met personally. I really wasn’t in the mood for anything else but had a pretty big deficit starting already and was getting hungry so I made a Snobby Joe and ate these Newman’s crisps I’d been eyeing:

Newman's Own Organic Barbeque Soy Crisps

Newman's Own Organic Barbeque Soy Crisps

Lunch

Lunch

Ok, microwaving lentils for 10 minutes isn’t the proper or best way to cook them(they were still a little hard). But put 2 tablespoons steak sauce, 1/2 tablespoon ketchup and 2 teaspoons mustard on anything and all your problems kind of float away in a cloud of bliss…. Sorry I was just thinking about it and drifted off for a second. The soy crisps didn’t blow me away like I was hoping or their other products have. They had a great barbeque flavor in every bite, but left you with that soy aftertaste. I much preferred the white cheddar because it either didn’t have an aftertaste or the white cheddar was a nice subtle flavor which eased into the aftertaste. I still liked these chips, enough that I’d eat them again. And their a great source of veggie protein(7 grams per serving). But if I was looking for just a good barbeque flavor on a chip I’d go for Kettle Chips Baked Honey BBQ.

Naturally, in keeping with the theme of freezer cleaning, I had a little Stonyfield Java froyo.

Stonyfield Java Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Java Frozen Yogurt

I really loved the So Delicious Mocha Almond Fudge but my palate just needed something simple and refreshing and wasn’t up to the massive complex sweet and salty flavor so I stuck with the Stonyfield. It hit the tongue spot in the car on the way to Market Basket and Whole Foods in Bellingham. This is the perfect store combo because you never know what you’ll find at Market Basket and any of the staples you can fill in at Whole Foods across the street. Here was the notable loot.

Vermont Natural Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Vermont Natural Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Ground Bison And Organic Omega-3 Eggs

Ground Bison And Organic Omega-3 Eggs

We go through so much bread in this family. We’re going to turn into a bunch of loaves. This all-natural brand was on sale for 1.99 at Market Basket so I thought I’d try it; it’s a nice break from my cinnamon raisin english muffins. Getting the fancy-shmancy eggs was a bit of a battle with my mom but I won out. Normal eggs are fine with me for baking but I don’t eat many eggs straight and the ones I do I prefer be as healthy as possible. And the bison was for bison burgers of course! We also picked up some replacement buns so I’d get the lunch that never was. But first I needed a little something-something to power me through:

Banana Whip With Organic Chocolate Syrup

Banana Whip With Organic Chocolate Syrup

Things didn’t go as smoothly with my food processor as I would have liked(haha, get the pun?) but I got through. The Trader Joe’s organic syrup was an amazing find. It’s like 1/2 the price of any other brand and it’s all natural. I’ll admit their isn’t much difference between the first ingredient in this being sugar and the first ingredient in Hershey’s being high fructose corn syrup but it’s enough of a difference for me to have peace of mind. Back to the bison, I formed my first patties ever.

Bison Patties

Bison Patties

We got 5 3.2-ounce patties out of the meat. 5 bison patties for 5 dollars is a great bargain these days and it was all super simple. I wasn’t sure what to mix in so these were all-meat. I was thinking of flaxmeal(I’m serious, keep with me here) because it would act as a binder and give the meat a grilled nutty flavor, but I wasn’t sure how the parents would like it. Here was my dinner plate:

Burger And Fries

Burger And Fries

I threw in some homemade Alexa’s sweet potato fries. They crisp up pretty nicely from the freezer to the oven. And the burger was really good, too. My mom for some reason thinks bison is this far-out-crazy meat and didn’t understand it–she asked if it was considered a red meat. She really liked it, though. Hopefully not enough to steal the 2 extra patties we made from me.

For dessert first up I needed to try out my new bread.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Raisin Bread And Peanut Butter

What to top this with was a bit of a no brainer, but I kept the spread light and only used 1/2 tablespoon because I really wanted to get a sense of the bread. The most obvious thing was how it was OA with raisins, major plus. The bread was a little tough–I think it needed to be toasted wither a little longer so it was really crisp or a little less so it was soft. Overall it was pretty nice, but unless it’s on sale more often, I’ll stick with my english muffins.

Next I tried another crazy runner concoction I heard about on the RW Forums:

French Toast Oatmeal

French Toast Oatmeal

What is it exactly? 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal with an egg cracked in, lightly swirled, cooked until the egg is done, and topped with maple syrup and cinnamon. It didn’t actually taste like french toast, but it was pretty good. The egg wasn’t fully swirled in which I liked and made every bite unique. It tasted like having oatmeal, pancakes, and egg all on one plate and letting them intermingle with one another. I don’t eat eggs so often but this is how I’ll eat them from now on when I do. I also gave another Newman’s Own Organic product a try.

Newma's Own Organic Fig Newmans And Toast With The Bee's Knees

Newman's Own Organic Fig Newmans And Toast With The Bee's Knees

I knew I liked Fig Newtons but I did not know how much I love Fig Newmans. Straight out of the package, of course they were incredibly fresh and soft like pillows. The breading didn’t crumble until it hit my mouth and which point it sort of melted goodness. The fig filling tasted like real fig(and I should know considering the pints I’ve gone through this Whole Food sale period). And when fig is the 3rd ingredient, you know you’re getting good quality. Another noticeable flavor was the strong presence of vanilla. At first I wasn’t sure how to react to it. But after letting the flavors sit in my mouth, I realized the vanilla is really what make this taste like a cookie that just happens to be healthy as opposed to a healthy cookie. And with the simple and short ingredient list these clearly beat out the original fig newtons in my opinion.

Tuesday is kind of my “recharge day” when I basically make it a point to charge anything electronic. I’ve got my Garmin going now and my ipod’s next. Anybody else have specific days of the week where you make it a point to do something you could in theory do whenever?

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