Waiting On Chickpeas And What The Internet Knows…

Posted on April 28, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m glad you all seem to love fudge almost as much as I do

Could I resist having a piece this morning after photographing it? Not a chance. That does not bode well for how long this will last in my freezer. At least it’s raw, and the coconut oil gave me good energy for a run.

10 Miles In 90:16

10 Miles In 90:16

Maybe that’s a lie, too. This run was a little slower than I’ve been able to do recently. My left foot hurt and I suspect it’s because there’s so little arch support. These shoes seriously have 2000-3000 miles on them, and I really need a new pair 😦 Perhaps after the half-marathon this Sunday. Besides that, I was entertained by the new Dr. Who and pushed past that.

Blueberry Chobani With Sprouted Almond Butter

Blueberry Chobani With Sprouted Almond Butter

Instead of regular class, I had an earlier museum tour today. I didn’t have enough time between running and that for a proper lunch, but it’s always important to fuel, so I threw some Better Than Roasted Sprouted Almond Butter and sea salt on a blueberry Chobani; I love the blueberry/almond flavor combo.

Ancient Egyptian Mummy

Ancient Egyptian Mummy

The museum tour was pretty interesting; the RISD art museum is famous and somewhere I’d really like to spend more time if I get the chance. As is, we just had 40 minutes to go through a few rooms and get lectured on ancient artifacts.

Tumeric Spiced Carrot Cake Chickpea Salad With Toasted Walnuts, Gingerade Kombucha

Tumeric Spiced Carrot Cake Chickpea Salad With Toasted Walnuts, Gingerade Kombucha

Tumeric Spiced Carrot Cake Chickpea Salad With Toasted Walnuts

Tumeric Spiced Carrot Cake Chickpea Salad With Toasted Walnuts

I was so excited for this salad when I got back. I’ve been toying around with the thought of carrot cake chickpeas in my mind for a while now, and this was a spicy twist on that. In the mix was

  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • shredded carrots
  • organic hunza raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  • sea salt

I took the extra 5 minutes to go down stairs and toast some walnuts in a pan, too. If you have the time, you really should toast your nuts. The flavors here were all incredible and I loved it! This’ll definitely be a new salad recipe to keep in mind for the future. On the side and in my next class I sipped on a Gingerade Kombucha.

Vanilla Bean Purely Decadent And White Chocolate Cranberry Giovanni Gelato

Vanilla Bean Purely Decadent And White Chocolate Cranberry Giovanni Gelato

Vanilla Bean Purely Decadent And White Chocolate Cranberry Giovanni Gelato

Vanilla Bean Purely Decadent And White Chocolate Cranberry Giovanni Gelato

Even though the weather is crappy and cold, I can still crave ice cream; I can always crave ice cream. In accordance with project cleanout, I knocked down both of these pints, neither of which had a real serving left. I think the combination of a coconut/vanilla flavor with white chocolate was bliss. Could someone make a vegan white chocolate ice cream next, maybe? I’d buy. That was all in prep for dinner.

Grass-Fed Burger And Sweet Potato Chunks

Grass-Fed Burger And Sweet Potato Chunks

It wouldn’t be a Wednesday night in this house dorm without sweet potatoes and a burger. How long has it been since I’ve had sweet potatoes? 4 days? That’s too long. This meat also tasted nice and fresh since we just got it Monday and I hadn’t unsealed the pack yet–yum!

I always find it funny seeing what website my internet thinks I want to go to just when I type in the first letter. Some of them are dead on; others I can’t fathom what it’s thinking. I thought I’d post them all here for a laugh and encourage any other bloggers to do the same.

A- Aol.com/television

B- Brown.edu

C- CarrotsNCake.com

D- Database Library(Brown)

E- EmmysOrganics.com

F- Foodmakesfunfuel.com

G- Google.com

H- HealthyTippingPoint.com

I- iHerb.com

J- JPLicks.com

K- KickassCupcakes.com

L- Loveveggiesandyoga.com

M- Mycourses.brown.edu

N- Nomeatathlete.com

O- Nothing

P- Pokemon.com

Q- Quakeroats.com

R- Rhoderaces.com

S- Stonyfield.com

T- Tinyurl.com

U- Ulimana.com

V- Vivani.de

W- Wikipedia.org

X- Xagave.com

Y- Youtube.com

Z- Zingbars.com

Anyone care to post this on their blog for themself?

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“These Aren’t Treadmill Miles”

Posted on March 6, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This morning marked a glorious return to outside running. I’m a bit of a nit-pick when it comes to the weather; I like it hot and sunny, 80’s please. But with my race coming up in 3 weekends, I thought it would be good to do some outdoor running while the weather was so gorgeous today. 50! It felt like springtime. So I laced up, booted up the Garmin, and hit the streets of Providence down the Eastside path. I’m not the biggest fan or run reports, but since this was my first time outside in nearly 4 months, I think it’s worth one 😉

Through The Window

Mile 1: All I could think was how much I wanted to grill, drink a blueberry smoothie, and eat a peach! Memories of Summer came flooding back and I felt incredible. Everything felt alive again.

Mile 2-3: It started to hit me: These weren’t treadmill miles I was running. In my mind, miles on the ‘mill are as good as the road; my legs, however, disagree, and it didn’t help that at times the path was not paved and still soaked from snow a few days ago. I really didn’t know how long I could go.

Mile 4: I just tried to keep my mind off of things, and even worked on a smoothie recipe(to follow).

Mile 5: Should I stick with my intentions for 9 miles or cut back to 6? No, I can do this!I’ve done it once and I can do it again, literally(the run I was on had me repeat a 3-mile path route.

Mile 6-7: I really soaked up the sun, enjoyed the company of fellow runners and dogs. Getting out of my mind was the key.

Mile 8-9.5: I had a great time and a great run. I even ran into Whole Foods to grab a blueberry Chobani and tried not to dilly-dally looking at groceries too much(though I easily could have).

9.56 Miles In 1:24:13

Will I hit the streets again sometime soon? You betcha! Probably even tomorrow. During the week, I really like running 1st thing, so that time will probably be at the gym. But the weekends can be another story. I was also ready to refuel(food does make fun fuel, after all), and whipped together that smoothie I mentioned.

Blueberry Almond Recovery Shake

In the food processor went

  • 1 blueberry Chobani
  • 1/4 unsweetened Almond Breeze
  • 1/2 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 5 ice cubes

This was the perfect smoothie considering what I had on hand. It’s full of quick carbs, complete protein, and a little fat to help with the fat-soluble nutrients. Not only is a smoothie a great way to cool down, it also let me not worry about making a full lunch fast so that I could shower, rest up, and put together a good meal.

Grass-Fed Quarter Pounder, Roasted And Charred Sweet Potato

You would not believe how soft a sweet potato is after 4 1/2 hours in the oven; it’s hardly a solid at that point. I put it in at 9:30 when I anticipated getting back from my run late. I turned off the oven at 10:30 but let it continue cooking in there in the foil. By the time the burger was done at 2, the sweet potato could have fallen apart in my hand. So as to not waste the beef fat, I sliced it in half and charred it in my pan–easy clean up, too! It all tasted soft and delicious(even the meat, which was–admittedly–undercooked). My only complaint would be that sweet potatoes hardly feel filling after all that.

After almost 10 miles outside, sitting in, doing work, and watching a movie sounded like a goodthing to me. 95% of the movies I watch are on TV, so I was pretty excited to stumble on The Da Vinci Code not 5 minutes in. I also was really craving a brownie, but wasn’t about to walk the mile to Whole Foods to get one. What to do?

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chip Brownies

The freezer to the rescue! I found the last two-bite bits of these brownies I made for New Years Eve with peanut butter chips. Holy yum! They were still as good after dethawing. The trick to a good brownie is good chocolate chips in them.

Chocolate Bacon Peanut Brittle

A little later and I was feeling a bit… gluttenous? I don’t think Lent is healthy for me; it gives me the oddest meat cravings to repress on Friday only to erupt Saturday. This time, I thought I would try the chocolate bacon peanut brittle from Sir Francis Bacon.

Soy Yogurt With Chocolate Bacon Peanut Brittle

Over soy yogurt, of course, because I eat up that irony! Wow–the brittle was an experience like no other. I recapped them both at the end, but I think the chocolate version was such an improvement over the original. You can really taste the milkfat in the chocolate and that’s pretty key.

Apple

Before dinner I snacked on this apple and plenty of coffee while reading all about the slave and sugar trade for class. All day I felt like I was either eating or thinking of what to eat next, which makes me wonder if outdoor miles really could be different from treadmill miles and require more food. Clearly, I was happy to oblige. But for dinner I really just wanted to sit down and eat a meal that would make me feel full.

Salt And Pepper Tuna Salad, Broccoli, Pickles, Sunflower Cheddar Flatbreads

Salt And Pepper Tuna Salad, Broccoli, Pickles

I also wanted picnic food! Today’s good weather had me thinking a tuna salad–as simple as they are–sounded perfect. When I was in pre-K, I remember getting served tuna salad sandwiches for lunch and making them scrape off the tuna and mayo; I was not a fan :-/ Now I make them with 365 brand wild caught tuna fish in spring water and greek yogurt(2% here) and love ’em! The broccoli felt fresh, and what could say picnic better than Dr. Krackerssunflower cheddar flatbread? It’s not a gluten-free food by any means. But I love the cheddar with the chewy sunflower seeds and any discomfort will be well worth it.

First of all, there’s this giveaway for Honest Foods bars to tell you about. Next up I have to ask how do you feel about movies on TV? Like I mentioned, they’re about all the movies I see. I’m looking through the TV Guide right now and it looks like not much other than Forest Gump will be on here. Humph. Lastly, let me review some bacon peanut brittle for you.

Bacon Peanut Brittle

8.5/10: No, your eyes do not deceive you. Sir Francis Bacon does indeed make a brittle composed of peanuts and bacon. A lot went through my mind in trying this. The first things I noticed were the instant aroma of smoked bacon opening the package and the abundance of ingredients in this brittle–perfect. I’ll admit that I was nervous–to say the least–that this would taste like a 7-Eleven reject. And it very well might have if the company didn’t put such tremendous care in making a smoky, robust brittle with a subtle sweetness to liven it all up. Thankfully, this tasted delicious and just as I described. I would not recommend this to anyone unsure about the idea of bacon and dessert; the flavor really is potent. But if you’re wacky for eccentric foods, this just might be worth tracking down and paying the rough-but-fair price tag.

Chocolate Bacon Peanut Brittle

9/10: I don’t know what to say about the combination of peanuts, bacon, and milk chocolate other than–wow! This really was an improvement on the original bacon peanut brittle; not only are the pieces perfectly pre-proportioned because of the chocolate covering but the chocolate itself has the perfect milkfat content to be rich and powerful against the smokiness of the bacon. Similar to their other product, this is definitely something you need to be interested in before going whole hog and trying it. But if you know the flavors are for you, be a pig and dig in to the box of chocolates.

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No Regrets And Chocolate

Posted on March 6, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If anything could better sum up last night than “no regrets” and chocolate, I don’t know it. But first, since I think it’s worth recalling, be sure that you read all about my Friday and special guest, cookie fest, and all the rest(I’m a poet ;-)).

What’s better to do on Friday night than pop open a cool one and watch TV? Well, I don’t actually keep my soda in the fridge, but you get the picture. And this Zevia definitely hit the spot. At the same time, all I could think about was how much I wanted chocolate ice cream but how I didn’t have any. I knew just where I could get some, too, but I wasn’t too keen on layering up and going out to get some. And then I remembered: The only steps we regret are the ones we don’t take.

I haven’t had many regrets over the past few years. And yet, the secret isn’t in not living in the past. It’s always taking the action you want to take. Had I stayed around, I would have regretted not getting the ice cream. But even if I had gone and there wasn’t any to get, I’d have had nothing to regret. So I threw on jeans(over my PJ’s, of course, because I’m classy like that), and walked down to the Tedeschi mini-mart.

Wouldn’t you know, they had just what I was looking for? And I learned that it’s actually cheaper to get these So Delicious coconut milk ice creams there than it is at the groceries stores! How else would I have learned that but by taking that step forward? It may have been a cold walk, but there were no regrets.

Here’s where the chocolate part of my night begins. I was craving chocolate. Dark chocolate. I took about 3/4 cup chocolate ice cream and added Trader Joe’s gluten-free, vegan baking chips–holy yum! If only it came like this, but I didn’t mind doing the mixing. The ice cream I thought tasted a little too coconutty, but I guess that’s to be expected from coconut milk. These chocolate chips are just the best; I should use them for everything. Unfortunately, I switched it up for my nighttime oats.

Delicious? Absolutely. The nut butter was Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter and kept feeding my chocolate craving. The chocolate chips seemed like a good idea at the time :-/; they were dark chocolate grain-sweetened ones I picked up from Dedham Whole Foods a while ago. After hearing a rumbling in my stomach, I remembered that those “grains” used are not gluten-free. Whoops. It was a small amount and didn’t effect me much. But from now on it’ll be Trader Joe’s all they way(they taste better, anyway).

I decided that I would go for a run outside today! It’s supposed to get pretty warm(I say that considering it’s New England), and I think it will be good training. So despite going out at 8am when it was still cool, I made breakfast and am putting the run off until mid-morning. I had no clue what I wanted, so I went with another good thought: When in doubt, go for chocolate. I used Justin‘s chocolate peanut butter this time; OK, seriously, these need to come to the East coast ASAP because I am almost out and can not pay shipping for those again.

The one thing I did know I wanted was another 5-ingredient peanut butter cookie. Great breakfast choice, right? Well, I settled for using 1/2 of one as granola over a blueberry Chobani. And now I’m doing my favorite academic subject in my head: cookie math. You know, the math where you tally up how many cookies you’ve eaten compared to the people around you and how much more you can get away with before it becomes piggish. That’s good math.

Have you tried Zevia? Do you want to? I’m not having a contest for them, but it seems like everyone else is, so you have a good chance at getting some. Just Audrey is hosting one, as is Me and Jorge, Melinda Joy, the Amelie Fille blog, and Review Retreat here.

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So This Is Sunday

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So this is Sunday,
An what have I done?
Saturday’s over.
But a new day’s begun.
And so this is Sunday
I haven’t done much–
Sleeping in mostly,
Eating and such…

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Chocolate Coconut Oil Topping

I’d say I’m predicatble in a good way when it comes to my eats 😉 I had 1/2 an avocado leftover from another one and could have practically jumped for joy when it was the exact amount needed for pudding(did I just admit that?). Anyway, in went the avocado, almond milk, cocoa powder, and stevia. Then, for a chocolaty topping, I mixed cocoa powder, agave nectar, and Tropical Traditions coconut oil in a 1:1:3 ratio with a little vanilla powder added in–yum! I imagine this is something like raw cacao paste would be if I had some. A bit after this I was still ravenous and dug on in to my next snack:

Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Sunspire Topping

Hello, probiotics and carbs! I think I would rather have this than a bowl of ice cream most nights; is that wrong? Don’t tell me because then I wouldn’t want to be right. This was a bit off I’ll admit; every once and a while, I get one that’s too runny. I think they forget to add one of the gums or something to stabilize it, so for this one I mixed in a little Bob’s Red Mill guar gum and voila! It was just like the real thing again. Who would have thought such an obscure ingredient would be so handy?

Oatmeal/Oatbran With Honey

Still hungry. More carbs. But this seemed to be settling. I loooove the smell of warmed clover honey; I think that in itself was enough to make me want to go to bed. I saw Apolo win bronze in his race and then was out of here.

Through the night, I had some wacky-wonky dreams. In short, I don’t think I’ve ever wanted cake batter more 8-| I used to eat up cake batter ice cream like crazy(Coldstone’s sinless ftw), but haven’t found a good all-natural one to date. Maybe I could just buy an all-natural cake mix and work from that? It’s worth a shot.

Tweeting

Sleeping in led to the classic decision: Should I go to the gym or put it off? Surprisingly, I never have issues with this during the week; I’m usually raring to run and watch some television. But on the weekends, the gym opens a bit later, the television shows lessen in quality, and my motivation suffers because of all of that. Guess what I decided:

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter, Blueberries, And Coconut Milk

It was definitely the right decision. Just as I dream of sweet yellow cake(oh, how delicious), I dreamt up this amazing combination of awesomeness. The coconut and the blueberries just sounded so perfect together. On top of that, I love any sort of berry with chocolate. And almond was a nice, subtle bitter tone to finish it all of. Hallelujah! AND I learned from the ever-knowledgeable Joanna in this post that coconut milk makes fat more readily available as a fuel source; look out, gym, here I come!

3 things to check out before I do. First, check out this Chobani giveaway! Next up, Caitlin had an awesome mood-boosting post this morning; go on and try it! And then a giveaway for coconut oil! Something fun for everyone.
So this is Sunday,
What will I do?
Groceries and homework
To name a few…
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Eat Food. A Lot. Mostly Fiber.

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

Today all the running I’ve done has been up and down grocery aisles and boy has it worked up an appetite! I’m pretty sure I’ll be half way through a field a broccoli by the time I finish this post. Anyway, this morning I was a bit surprised when I woke up and realized I slept 10 hours. Yikes, talk about oversleeping. I guess I must have needed up but when I oversleep that much I just feel blah the rest of the day. From now on, my aim will be 8 always–never more than 9 or less than 7. I think that’s a good goal ti keep in mind.

For breakfast I thought I’d try out a new product.

Al Fresco Wild Blueberry Chicken Sausages

Katie from Al Fresco sent me an amazing array of their sausages to review. They use all natural ingredients with vegetarian fed chickens and believe it’s not the quantity but quality of their meat. How perfect is that for me?! Best of all, their products are fully cooked so you just have to heat and serve(aka, I can make these in my dorm pretty darn easily). These breakfast ones really stood out, so I seared them in a pan for 6 minutes or so to brown.

Pan Searing Sausages

Then, in true Food Makes Fun Fuel style, I chopped them up and added them to some oats for breakfast–gotta have them whole grains 😉

Oikos With Maple Syrup, Oatmeal With Wild Blueberry Sausages And Mighty Maple

Well, maybe not everything should be put in oatmeal. But that aside I looooved the flavor of these. The hint of maple syrup baked inside really made them. That being said, not everything goes in oatmeal–lesson learned. I really wanted to get out and run at 11 but the weather was cold, forecast grim, and time wasn’t on my side. Instead there was a change of plans and it was time to dive right in to chores. There was the other type of fuel…

McDonald's Decaf Coffee

…And then we were off to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. Taking the backroads let me see all the barns and stables around here in the winter time and they looked amazing. I think I have a new goal in life to buy and live in one of those. I’d hate to have to take care of them, and I’m sure they’d be some crazy money to heat, but dreams are meant to be unrealistic, right? At Whole Foods there might have been additional coffee while checking out all the sales and coupons. At Trader Joe’s I had a ton of fun picking up treats for my blogger secret santa 🙂 I know they’ll love them. I also might have snuck a few goodies for myself.

Fun Groceries

Well, whole wheat mac n’ cheese isn’t “fun” but I got it for 66 cents on sale with a coupon. Isn’t that a bargain? Those cranberry oatmeal white chocolate dunkers were calling my name, as was the milk chocolate orange. I love those other ones but they unfortunately have some artificial flavorings–Trader Joe to the rescue! I also picked up a new toy:

Thai Red Curry Sauce

And when I say “toy” what I really mean is sauce. I was pretty hungry by the time we got back so I just got to work. I cooked in a pan some tofu and red peppers with the sauce while microwaving some broccoli for efficiancy. All in all, it was a TJed meal.

Red Curry Thai Tofu And Red Peppers, Broccoli With Soyaki

Delicious! The thai sauce was a good level of spice, and the soyaki added a nice touch of salt and sweetness. Tofu is so much better when you have tools other than a microwave to cook it with. I should try baking some while I’m home. I was still a little hungry so I had a fiberous dessert.

Apple

And then I was good to go. Right after lunch we headed out to for a last minute hair cut, and then to Hannafords for yet more secret santa goodies and some more to eat. Again, getting home I was starving even though I just ate not 2 hours earlier, so I went for yet more fiber and more protein.

Brussels Sprouts And Lightlife Ground Sausage With Southwest Seasoning And Maple Syrup

And that’s what I’m currently being held over by, though for who knows how long. This was the first time I got the ground sausage and not some preformed meat. While I don’t think it would be useful in a dorm room, with all the equipment I have to cook it at home it’s a much better bargain and tasted just as good. The chili seasoning with maple syrup sounded out but tasted perfect. And now I’m off to bake some cookies for the fundraiser Ashley held! I’ll have to resist eating them myself and make sure they make it to the highest bidder 🙂

Here’s a flaxy giveaway

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Locked Out

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So much for getting back into the swing of things! I couldn’t have been more off my game yesterday if I’d crashed my car into a tree and then drew attention to myself by releasing a sketchy statement about it. I completely forgot the first rule of morning time management: The days you want extra time are exactly the days you won’t get it. Regardless, I skipped doing the dishes and ran out the door at 10:45 to grab coffee before class. For the first time, I forgot my camera. What if yesterday was the day I ran into Emma Watson and explained to her about my blog and she offered to pose for a photo with me?… I like to dream big so that whatever happens in the day isn’t a disappointment. Well that wasn’t the case, but I did get my coffee, sit through an rough hour of “welcome back, now work” class, and hustle on back to my dorm to pick up where I left off. After cleaning, emailing, and blog reading, I made another meal of leftovers.

Cheesy Broccoli, Tofurkey Slice, Acorn Squash With Caramel Mustard

I think from now on I’ll just cook everything on the weekend and only eat “leftovers” all week long because they’re always the best. The broccoli was simply steamed and mixed with a slice of cheese from Trader Joe’s. The acorn squash was delicious with the caramel mustard, which I definitely had a heavy hand with(how could I not?). And the Tofurkey roast was still mighty fine, though I made sure not to overdo it again because apparently too much Tofurkey is rough on the stomach! Cost for calorie, these aren’t so bad to buy on sale after the holidays eat throughout the week. Here’s hoping to more in the future!(besides what I still have as leftovers :-P)

I don’t know where my head was because I almost left my room and went to class without any of the books I needed. In history we got back our 3 midterm essays, all of which I did really well on and lifted my spirits. Then we got our final paper topic–yikes! That’ll be 12-15 pages of get-me-out-of-here. After class I “had” to dash back to my dorm to pick up stevia packets for a coffee before epic poetry(going to class without a coffee would be dangerous). Unfortunately, as New Englanders know, the weather was awful in the afternoon and my plans to grab something at Whole Foods were no more. I headed back to my dorm, at which point I was struck with a Jimmy Neutron brain blast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

I loved this recipe so much, I had to post it immediately. That is seriously going to change the way I eat anything carby(probably not for the better but oh well). Oprah had some awesome guests on, including Sugarland, all singing Christmas songs! It was pretty awesome–I wish I’d known to tivo it. Afterwards I had to get out even if it was raining. Naturally I chose the bookstore.

Coffee At The Bookstore

I realized I forgot all my cold-weather clothes at home, as well as an umbrella and q-tips. Again, where was my head? After perusing I couldn’t find any good coats, and the umbrellas were a bit much(and I completely forgot about the q-tips :-() so I left empty handed. I was still feeling a bit snackish, though, so I dug up this bar back at the dorm.

Lemon Ginger Gnu Bar

Wowza! I think this bar had the most flavor out of any of their bars, and I really really liked it. The lemon and ginger were both loud and it made a fun study snack. While doing some work before dinner, I realized I hadn’t heard from my friend if we were doing dinner. That’s because I forgot to turn my phone on in the morning and it’d been off all day… wtf. After getting some texts and finding out I was too behind for the rest of the world, I ended up grabbing something and eating in.

Vegan Roasted Vegetables, Sweet Potato, Wildwood Teryaki Tofu

Do you see the sun? It needed to come out at some point. Before I dug into this, I realized, I took my only fork home before break and forgot to bring it back. What’s wrong with me? Chopsticks and my baby spoon it was. Unfortunately, the flavors were not nearly as sunny; this was one of those meals that just felt like a waste after eating it(except the sweet potato, which would take a lot to feel like a waste). I wish this tofu had half the flavors on the ingredient list but in the end it tasted much like their savory flavor and wasn’t teryaki at all. As for the veggies, I tried to ignore the massive amounts of olive oil, but I had to stop 3/4ths the way through and throw out the rest. I don’t mind healthy fats, but I’m not a big fan of olive oil :-/ Nuts, peanut butter, avocado–all good. But this was too much to an absurd amount.

The night just went downhill from there. Heroes was OK but nothing to draw my attention, and my stomach just felt off, which I’m going to go ahead and blame on the vegetables. I did some light reading but realized I was tired. Could I go to bed at 9 and be asleep at 10? Was that allowed? Why the hell not, so I shut down my computer early, and figured out what to have right before sleeping.

 

2% Greek Yogurt With Strawberry Jam And Strawberry White Chocolate

Well the night wasn’t a complete bust; I removed 1oz plain and replaced it with 1oz full fat yogurt to give the base a 2% taste. Then I swirled in strawberry jam(technically “conserve”) and topped with a shaved Divine bar and some more jam. Just what I need before going to be–sugar. Midway through this I realized I forgot to brush my teeth, and so went to the bathroom to do that. In the 3 minutes I was in there, my roommate must have came home and grabbed something, locking the door and leaving. I was locked out in my pajamas, glasses, barefoot with a toothbrush–glorious. I freaked out for a minute and tried running outside to find him but no luck. Thankfully, one of the RC’s on the other side of the dorm was home and called campus services on my behalf. She also lent me slippers to wear while I waited outside(in 40 degree weather) for the campus security to show up. By the time I got in my room, i completely missed Big Bang Theory and was quite livid. The only thing I could do from wanting to tell someone off was eat this.

 

Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I’m not sure how well that worked, but heating it a little extra and just holding it in my hands for warmth made me happy. I totally didn’t get to bed early like I had planned, and the entire night felt like a waste. I maybe got 20-30 minutes more of sleep than normal–maybe. When I woke up I just needed to run it out, so I grabbed this and just left:

 

Amazing Grass Berry Energy Bar

I swear I always run farther than planned when I have an Amazing Grass bar. Stock up while they’re still on sale! I was first thinking 8, then pushed it to 10, then settled at 12. 3 days in a row? I think that’s a new favorite distance. My time was a little slower(1:41:11) but not bad. I was very pleased that my room wasn’t locked when I came back this time, and I was able to get in and make a quickie breakfast.

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance And Maple Syrup, Plain Chobani With Blueberry Jam And A Double Chocolate Pillow

Is there anything better than opening up a new jar of PB? I bought this Sart Balance with agave to replace the one I had with molasses–it’s just better! And perfect on some salty oats with maple syrup. And the yogurt–yum! I love the combination of chocolate and blueberry but it’s so hard to find in foods unless I make it myself. The pillow cookie made a perfect, rich cocoa topping.

How about a question of the day, shall we? Tell me either your worst story of being locked out(fortunately this hasn’t happened too me more than 2 or 3 times in my life) or your most annoying roommate story(I realize my roommate could have been a lot worse so now I want to hear about those who were). And here’s to December not being as bad as November ended!

 

 

 

 

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I Go Back

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

Normally, I hate leaving my room if it’s not perfect. Even if that just means one dish is unclean. What did it look like yesterday?

Messy Bed

Beautiful. But let me explain. I get out of class at 2:50 and my dad had planned to pick me up at 3. I was using the “throw it on the bed as you remember it so you can grab and go later” method. Surprisingly, I think it worked, because it’s been a day and I can’t think of anything I forgot. After my first hour of class I grabbed a bit of lunch and supplemented it with a bit more of what I was feeling.

Trader Joe's Mac And Cheese, Roasted Balsamic Portabella

Broccoli With Cream Cheese

I think the backlash of vegan Thursday was wanting dairy products wherever I could put them(i.e. on broccoli). By the way, that was delicious and something I’ll do more often. And the mushrooms from the dining hall were soooo good. I’m not even sure what they were roasted in but there was tons of rosemary. This really filled me up for my next two classes, and when I got out at 2:50 things when just as planned. We piled everything up in bags and hit the road. I grabbed a nutritious pick me up.

Orange Zevia

Let’s pretend this has nutrients even though it completely doesn’t and doesn’t even have caffeine. On the way home, I did something I haven’t done in forever: nap in the car. I tried working but napping one out. I usually can’t/don’t and am always afraid my contacts will disappear somewhere if I sleep with the but it felt so good I couldn’t care less. That also made the trip that much shorter. When I got home I realized we really didn’t have much of the food I’d like, so I grabbed a snack and we went off to Hannafords.

Blueberry Crisp Clif Bar

This was the last of the Clif bars I recieved to review and i’m very happy that it ended things on a good note. I was a little skeptical about how this flavor would be, but I think the blueberry flavor with the plethora of spices(which I take to be the “crisp” part) worked really well. A little bit heavy on the sugar but I probably needed that at that point. We just picked up some Greek yogurt and pumpkin(surprise surprise) because we really didn’t have tie to do more damage.

The reason I came home yesterday was because my elementary school principal was retiring and they were having a banquet. Not many people get to know their elementary school principal and facutly well but I went to a very small school for 7 years where it was easy to become like family with everyone. My graduating class in 6th grade was 4 kids including me, and my full class(6th plus 5th) was 7. Here’s the class photo that was on the wall last night:

6th Grade Class Photo

I’m the little chubby one on the bottom left. I guess I’ve always liked food 🙂 But I like the better food now(i.e. not tacos from a box). It was a ton of fun to get to see all my teachers. Because it’s so small a school, most of the faculty’s the same; my kindergarten teacher from 13-14 years ago still teaches kindergarten and was as kind as ever. There were just a few speeches, the best given by the man himself.

Mr. O'rourke

Did I mention he’s retiring at 87?! We actually don’t know his age; it’s been debated that might be 89, but it’s pretty high up there. Amazingly, he also has most of his mind with him. Most of the night was fun and light-hearted but it was a little emotional when he mentioned how he missed my grandfather; in the time I was here they became good friends and he even surprisingly showed up to his funeral 4 years after I left the school. There was even someone from my old class there.

The Thomas And Tardiff Family

Andrew(the tallest one who dwarfs us all) was pretty much my best friend from kindergarten to 5th grade. We basically all sat and chatted about the scandelous moments from the past, like when so and so broke a window or someone knocked over the school’s sound system. I was hoping I could make a dinner out of the Whole Foods energy bar I packed and what there was but it really wasn’t the case; thankfully, Whole Foods is pretty close to the school so we took a short trip there.

Carrot Ginger Soup, Traditional Stuffing, Salad

Yum! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away, at which time I’ll have about 10 times more that stuffing. It’s soooooooo good. And the soup was delicious, too. The ginger gave a strong kick. There was cake:

Retirement Cake

Which I avoided because I figured it was box mixed and the frosting was from a tub. There was apple crisp:

Apple Crisp

It wasn’t very good and probably because it had twice as much flour and butter as it should have but I figured it had a good chance at being all-natural none the less. This made me appreciate how amazing my vegan apple crisp is for something relatively healthy. It was a fun night and such a trip to go back and think “this is where I learned to read”. I hope that I retire long before 87. I even got approached by a 50-60 year old man who saw my sweatshirt and was an alumnus of Brown. Apparently, his kids went to my school in the 80’s. I honestly don’t think I’ve met an alumni of Brown who’s had anything bad to say about the school. I’m so happy to be part of that community. When I got home I was a bit famished from the lack of eats, so I made some comforting oatmeal.

Pupkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

I’ll pretend like this wasn’t almost exactly my breakfast except with chocolate butter toffee instead of butter toffee peanut butter. Nope. Not me 🙂 I was basically away from my computer since noon so there was tons of catching up to do but only so much that could happen before my self-imposed bed time(maybe I am 87 already?). After I logged off I was still hungry so had some random snacklings.

Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Cookie

Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Raw Broccoli And Carrots

I warned you it would be random. I forgot how much I love those cookies until I heard Tina and Melissa mention they score a NuVal score of 41 when the average for a cookie is 3! I’ll eat to that 😉 The chocolate square was good, although I was looking for my favorite Mocha Milk Chocolate. Apparently this family likes their chocolate too much for it to stick around while I’m gone. And the vegetables were eaten in bed when I realized I was still pretty hungry. I forgot that I hated raw broccoli, so left half the bag untouched. Talk about going back, I found The Golden Girls on The Hallmark channel to fall asleep to. Things like that remind me of being sick when I went to elementary school and staying with my grandparents and watching their daytime tv. Such great memories 🙂

This morning I slept in until a little after 8. Glorious. After grinding some beans and making a pot, I mostly meandered around the house until I got hungry an hour later.

Pumpkin Oats With Maple Yogurt Frosting And Mighty Maple, Snickerdoodle Greek Yogurt

I couldn’t decide what I wanted so I went with the obligatory pumpkin oats. Still delicious 🙂 The snickerdoodle yogurt was just plain with cinnamon and vanilla stevia, and then topped with 5g of turbinado brown sugar. The fun thing about buying plain in my mind is you can do with it whatever you want, and 5g of raw sugar compared to the pre-flavored ones is a smart move.

This morning I’d love to get out and run 5-7 miles. It doesn’t even look that bad out. However, at the moment, I’m catching up on the TONS of tivoed shows, and I kind of haven’t started homework even though it’s a pretty light weekend. You can be assured that, since I’m home, there’ll be baking and recipes 🙂 We just need to hit Whole Foods and Price Chopper today to grab the ingredients and we’re good to go. Yikes, that’s making running seem less probable. Have a great weekend!

Here’s a soupy giveaway.

Michelle(Lucky Taste Buds) is really outdoing herself with a peanut butter giveaway, a soda stream giveaway, all in honor of her own birthday! Happy birthday!

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Want It? Throw It In A Cookie

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I don’t have time to dilly-dally, I’m a very busy man(not really but roll with me here :-P). So let’s just dive right into it, shall we? Blogging got off to a late start yesterday morning so I was snacking on this all the way through:

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Larabar

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Larabar

Hummana hummana hummana. I’m so glad I spent an afternoon making these even if all I had was some crappy hand chopper. It’s surprising that the cinnamon really comes out from the natural sweetness of the dates.  Does Larabar even make a cinnamon raisin? I’m going to need to track down some more dates because I’ll be out of these before I know it.

After that I started chopping up lunch. I was going to make a tuna salad sandwich to use up some of the hotdog buns left over from Snobby Joes, but somewhere along the way that turned into a Hugh Jass salad. Don’t you love just throwing a bunch of random thingstogether, slapping it on some spinach, and calling it a salad? I started by cutting up a mango.

Skinned Mango

Skinned Mango

Confession: I basically just buy these to show off my slicing skills to the rest of the family and make them jealous. I learned how from Food Network: How To Boil Water. This guy had sort of a weird seed shape, but all my fingers are still in tack. Then I chopped up some avocado, mixed that with basil and lime juice, opened up a can of tuna and garbanzo beans, chopped some celery, threw it on my plate over spinach, and voila:

Mango, Avocado, And Tuna Salad

Mango, Avocado, And Tuna Salad

Why, yes, that did taste as good as it looks, thank you for noticing ;-). I would have put cilantro in but that plant in our herb garden is slightly… dead. So I went with basil instead; I liked how it tasted with the mango–almost like anise.

There was some random errand running followed by a walk with a cookie dough vanilla chip granola bar.

Cascadian Farm's Vanilla Chip Granola Bar

Cascadian Farm's Vanilla Chip Granola Bar

Seriously, these things are so sweet and delicious. Yes, it probably counts as one of those “candy bar granola bars”; you know, the kind that have more sugar than grains and aren’t really as healthy as they crack themselves up to be. But since I prefer to eat granola bars to candy anyway this is perfect for me. They’re on sale at Whole Foods here for 3 dollars a box. Go out and treat yourself by buying one, and that’s an order.

When I got back I was having a lot of cravings all at once. The nuttiness of cashews, the tartness of cherries, the sweetness of white chocolate, and the sure bliss from dark chocolate. What could I do other than make some kitchen sink cookies? I used Ellie Krieger’s recipe but swapped out the oil and butter with cashew butter, used 3oz dried fruit, 2oz nuts, and1oz of each chocolate.

The Mix-Ins

The Mix-Ins

The Wet & Dry

The Wet & Dry

Stonyfield's White Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield's White Chocolate Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

The Result

The Result

I got a little impatient during the baking process so I grabbed me some Stonyfield frozen yogurt. Unlike their regular yogurt, it’s not too soft and soupy, which is why I enjoy it. But now our freezer is running pretty low; did you know a full freezer costs less to keep cold because there’s less air volume? Clearly it’s a sign we need to stock up, haha. As for the cookies, overall I’d suggest using the butter and oil, adding baking soda, and using less mix-ins or making more dough. Don’t get me wrong, these were good, and perfect considering I couldn’t have cared less for the dough and just wanted the mix-nis. But if you’re making these for somebody or because you want a real cookie, go with the real recipe.

Dinner was grilled turkey. It’s too bad we didn’t have any cranberry relish or honey mustard dressing. What do other people put on their turkey usually? I settled for 365 steak sauce, which was good, but then again you could put that on ANYTHING and it’d be good(steak sauce oats? anyone?). Post din-din eats were these:

Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Mint Chip Yogurt, Kitchen Sink Cookie

Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Mint Chip Yogurt, Kitchen Sink Cookie

Kitchen Sink Cookie, Wallaby Vanilla Bean Yogurt, Vanilla Almond Butter On An English Muffin

Kitchen Sink Cookie, Wallaby Vanilla Bean Yogurt, Vanilla Almond Butter On An English Muffin

Peanut Butter Cookie Spread On English Muffin

Peanut Butter Cookie Spread On English Muffin

Like I said, the cookies were pretty damn darn good. But the real “treat” was the deep chocolate vitatop. Those things are ridiculously delicious and I could easily go through a 4-pack in a day, but I pace myself and only let myself have one once and a while. I figured I’d been running so good lately and aren’t going to be home soon for a few days so I’d have one last night. I won’t be able to afford those on a college budget soon :-(. Maybe I should make a list of all the food gifts my parents can spoil me with when they come and visit.

Well this morning it took me 45 minutes to get out the door but I did a solid 6 miles after all. It’s starting to get pretty humid around here; I need to work on getting dressed and running faster. I prepared myself some oats to sit and soak before I left but got back and was completely in a frozen waffle mood(I can see myself living off of these in a few months). breakfast was a blueberry-fest:

Kashi Blueberry Waffles With Maple Agave Syrup, Brown Cow Blueberry Greek Yogurt With Blueberries, Toast With Mighty Maple

Kashi Blueberry Waffles With Maple Agave Syrup, Brown Cow Blueberry Greek Yogurt With Blueberries, Toast With Mighty Maple

I love it when flavors go together 🙂 I’ve seen people put peanut butter on their waffles but it usually doesn’t work out/spread right for me, any tips? I’m ok with it just being on a side piece of toast, though. I like non-complex flavors like that. The Brown Cow Greek Yogurt was new to me. It was delightfully thick until I stirred up the fruit on the bottom which was a bit too liquidy. Overall, though, it was decent and pretty cheap. I might start alternating between this and Chobani depending on what we have a coupon for. Today I’m taking one last trip to Target before heading to Georgia Friday. I really want a trail mix with dark chocolate covered espresso beans for my trip, but I’m wondering if I can resist opening it for that long, haha. We’ll see.

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