Built In Dessert

Posted on February 2, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Routine, routine, routine! I feel like I’m settling in to my new weekday routine pretty well, but Tuesdays and Thursdays are going to be packed. I guess that’s a price I’m more than willing to pay, though. No complaints here 😀 Excuse me if I’m short on words because I’m short on time. Some things don’t need words, like how amazing this combo is:

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Peanut Sunspires

Gah! I’m drooling thinking about it. I’ll admit: Like a vegetarian who misses meat, I’m an all-natural eater who misses some of the “silly things”, like colored M&M’s and Swedish Fish(*drool*). Sunspires mend my heart a bit, though they need to come in more colors! Still, I do get a kick about mixing them all in…

Yogurt Mixed Up

Pretty!…ish? If it were frozen, it would remind me of a McFlurry 🙂 Ahhh, I remember having way too many of those one vacation in Florida as a kid; that’s what vacations are for, right? Note to self: Bananawhip + Sunspires = McFlurry? It’s a possibility and something to try…

Heroes has me so lost at this point, I’d think I’m watching Lost! Claire’s father had another family? How old is he? Mostly I just waded through some homework while I was trying to figure that one out. I also realized I was putting off a chapter of a book that was only about 7 pages. I think I could deal with 7 pages 🙂

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Chunky PB, Agave Nectar, Sea Salt, And Nutritional Yeast

I didn’t want to have the “same ol’, same ol'” pumpkin, nutritional yeast, and Smart Balance agave peanut butter oatmeal before bed. Instead, I started with oatmeal and then added pumpkin. To top it, I threw on some Crazy Richard’s chunky peanut butter(which was basically a clump of whole peanuts–yum!) and squirted on some agave nectar. Then I added a little nutritional yeast and sea salt at the end. So… I ended up with the same ol’ same ol’ anyway, haha. I think you just can’t ignore perfection. Does anybody else though find agave nectar not that sweet? It’s supposed to be 1.7 times sweeter than sugar but I can hardly taste it 😦

This morning I was pumped to be up at 6:15!… Not really, but I was up at least. I hopped out of the room and into the gym. I’m surprised I was only the 2nd one there; someone really wanted to get their elliptical in I guess. I, of course, grabbed my treadmill and got going for 5 miles. I love that I’m building speed again! This way I’m not falling too behind in my morning rush 😉 I finished in a sweaty 44:54 and got right back into the dorms to throw together a breakfast and check emails.

Egg White Oats With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And Cinnamon

Raw Vegan Coconut Oil Chocolate

Holy protein, Batman! That’s what I was thinking over my oats. After cooking them, I beat in 2 servings of cage-free egg whites(from a carton), and cooked it until puffy. Then I topped it with high protein honey-maple peanut butter. Yum! It needed something, though, so I threw in some cinnamon. For something that has no sugar, does anybody else find egg whites surprisingly sweet? And not agave nectar? Maybe my taste buds are just all crossed. Breakfast had a built in dessert with the chocolate bar–I think I need to make this an every meal thing 😉 Actually, I packed it for Greek class, and by the time I got to it the agave nectar had seperated a lot from the cocoa powder and coconut oil. It still tasted good; I just needed to mix it up and eat it with a spoon. Now I see why every chocolate bar has soy lecithin(except Vivani)!

That was speedy. On the list: Make a replacement chocolate bar, Greek History reading, make lunch, Greek History, no Latin today because it was cancelled(sweeet), meeting with peer advisor, and then I’m free for the day! It’s going to be a long run one. Gooo!

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Crazy For Peanut Butter

Posted on September 19, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , |

Am I crazy for peanut butter? Yes. But you know who’s crazier? Crazy Richard.

Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

After nearly 30 years Crazy Richard’s may “still be crazy after all these years.” We make our Peanut Butter the old fashioned way with no salt, sugar, hydrogenated oils or trans fats added. We’re Totally Nuts, and that’s just what our Peanut Butter contains, only nuts. Oil separation occurs naturally, just stir it up!

That excerpt from their website pretty much sums them up. Crazy Richard’s is an all natural peanut butter brand with 1 ingredient: peanuts. They’ve been recognized as some of the best all-natural peanut butter out there by Men’s Magazine and other taste tests. I was super excited when Nanette from Crazy Richard’s sent over these two jars for me to sample.

I was a bit worried about these, and I’ll tell you why: You might think it’s easy to make a product with 1 ingredient. Well, frankly, I think that’s the hardest thing to do. 1 ingredient means no playing with flavors and proportions to find that magic formula. 1 ingredient means 1 chance to get it right, and that’s not easy to do. As a lover of salted peanut butter, I was wondering what flavor this would have. Like their mission statement says, oil separation is natural and both required stirring to get to the right consistency, which I never mind but some people might.

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

The first one I tried was Crazy Richard’s Chunky Peanut Butter. Since I’m used to flavored butters, I don’t have chunky style that much. I was pleased to see just how “chunky” they made theirs; it really lives up to the name! Whereas I think most chunky is just coarsely ground, Crazy Richard’s seemed to be their naturally smooth peanut butter mixed with a generous portion of crushed peanuts. I was equally impressed by the flavor, namely that it had so much of it. I prefer salted peanut butter because I’ve had too many unsalted that were over roasted and ground and came out bland. Not so with Crazy Richard’s; each bit gave a very clear and pronounce peanut flavor.

Peanut Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With Crazy Richards Peanut Butter And Cinnamon Roll Granola

Peanut Pumpkin Flax Yogurt With Crazy Richards Peanut Butter And Cinnamon Roll Granola

That experience had me geared up to try the creamy style. This time, I tasted it over some yogurt. Again, the flavor of peanut was very prevalent and delicious! My first instinct was to add salt but I resisted since that might interfere with the yogurt, and I’m glad I did because it would have been completely unnecessary. One thing I liked about both peanut butters was their thin consistency, even when fully stirred. I don’t prefer a thin or thick peanut butter, rather that my peanut butter be one or the other, and not some midpoint. Thin peanut butter’s like this are great for putting on cold or room temperature items like muffins, yogurt, or ice cream. They’re also what I prefer to use in baking. And since Crazy Richard’s has no added salt, it’s even better for baking so that you can season to taste.

Crazy Richard’s is sold in gourmet grocery stores as well as Whole Foods. My local Whole Foods do not carry it but yours might, and you can always request to your store manager a product to stock. You can also order Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter from their website, Crazyrichards.com

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My Brain Was Frieday

Posted on September 12, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I loved my fluffernutter oats yesterday(obvs) but it’s leaving me with an obvious problem: oats are hard to clean of the side of a bowl. I scrubbed and scrubbed and thankfully got it all before I had to go out in the rain to my 11 o’clock class.

A Dreary Day

A Dreary Day

It’s another Classics class. The best thing about Classics is it’s a pretty small concentration where everyone takes the same classes so I’m already noticing the people who I’ll be doing a lot of studying making friends with. I missed a morning snack, though, because I always feel awkward busting out a bar in class. Don’t get me started on fruit; I love munching on an apple but I feel like every time I take a bite the crunch would wake a dinosaur. Instead I just went out for lunch, and then back to my room to finish it off.

1/2 Corn, 1/2 Avocado, Salad With Zuchinni And Tomato

1/2 Corn, 1/2 Avocado, Salad With Zuchinni And Tomato

Chicken With Olives, Portabella Mushroom, Oregon Veggie Blend

Chicken With Olives, Portabella Mushroom, Oregon Veggie Blend

One part of the Thrive Diet I can get with is eating more raw veggies and leafy greens. I threw together that salad from the salad bar, heated some corn from the farmer’s market, and cut into my own avocado(no, my cafeteria is not cool enough to have avocados. They have guacamole but it’s not the same). On the other plate was olive chicken, “Oregon vegetables”(i.e. green beans and onions), and portabello mushrooms. I forgot how good cooked mushrooms are. I should have grabbed twice that much. On another note, I feel like I’ve been eating chicken a lot because I want to know I’m getting protein, not because I want the chicken. I don’t like this and it’s something I definitely want to figure out a solution for.

After lunch was a double-header of classes. Even though you’re just sitting in a room listening to someone else speak, this really dragged the life out of me. My Greek History professor doesn’t know what he’s saying half the time, which is often more funny than discouraging; he doesn’t like archaeology because they try and date civilizations by things as simple as “pots and pans”. Not sure how much the archaeology majors in the room liked that.

After Epic poetry I grabbed some joe, walked back to my room, and made a snack:

Coffee And Toast With Secret Butter

Coffee And Toast With Secret Butter

No one has figured out what this Naturally Nutty butter is, not like I really expect anyone to since it’s pretty complex. I’ll give you another hint, though: Just because the day wasn’t sunny didn’t mean my snack wouldn’t be. I got an email saying I had a package back at the building I JUST had class at. Frustrating, but well worth the trip.

Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard's Peanut Butter

I heard about Crazy Richard’s peanut butter when I was looking up all-natural nut butters. A lot of magazines have voted them as the best in the country, which their consumers who have been loyal for the past 30 years are a testimony to. I was very happy when Nanette agreed to send me some samples. Crazy Richard’s is carried at some Whole Foods and all natural gourmet grocery stores but none around here. Thanks, Nanette! I can’t wait to try your family’s delicious peanut butter. I also plan to hand in requests for my local Whole Foods to carry this brand so I can refer my friends and family to it if I enjoy it(which I’m really hoping I will).

The rain only picked up and it started thundering. In my own house wrapped in a blanket in my PJ’s I might like this but it’s not so fun at college running to the dining hall. We were supposed to have an outdoors BBQ tonight but that got shifted inside.

Escarole Soup With Tofu, Corn, Scrod, Carrots, Watermelon

Escarole Soup With Tofu, Corn, Scrod, Carrots, Watermelon

I was sooo happy to see next to the BBQ chicken an alternative: baked scrod! I’ll take fish over poultry any day. The corn was OK but not as good as the one from the farmer’s market. I also recently discovered the tofu at the salad bar; I wasn’t sure what to do with it after plopping it on my plate so I threw it in some of the soup–delicious. I know for some people the texture is off-putting but for me it’s a total turn on… you know what I mean. And for good BBQ measure I threw a pickle and some watermelon on my plate. I give so much reason for people to think I’m weird at the dining hall. I take pictures of my food, and I salt everything(Yes, I salted the soup and the watermelon). I’m wondering what’s wrong with these people that they haven’t asked anything about that.

Rainy nights always make me feel like a movie and popcorn. Unfortunately my stomach was about 12 times its size after that dinner plus some watermelon on the way out, not to mention I forgot all my DVD’s. Determined to make the night special, I pulled out the most amazing sounding Vitatop.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Vitatop

Fudgy Peanut Butter Vitatop

From the beginning I was worried about this one–worried for its own sake. Anything that calls itself “fudgy” and “peanut butter” is setting some high expectations for itself. “Fudgy” is a little misleading since I’m pretty sure this has the soft, cake-like base as any other chocolate vitatop. That’s one of the things I really like about them; they taste like a light and airy baked good even though they’re from the freezer. The fact that there were 4 peanut butter chips across the whole top seemed a little sad; and the peanut butter tasted a bit more like dietetic peanut butter than the real deal. If I were a dieter this might be more appealing, but I could use all the calories I can get and prefer to smother things with peanut butter, so this was a bit of a let down. Overall, the vitatop was OK, but didn’t leave me loving it. I’m still a bigger fan of the deep chocolate vitatop and chocolate pomegranite vitabrownie.

I had some more unpictured snacks as I watched Larry King Live. Normally I hate that show but Kathy Griffin was the guest and she’s always hysterical. Have you seen her Kate Gosslin spoof?

I knew it was supposed to rain this morning, but it seemed good enough to go out. Bad idea. Not a mile out it starting pouring cats and dogs. And since you know me, you know I’m too stubborn-headed to turn around, so I went the full 6.4 miles livid and drenched. All I wanted to do was shower and eat some oatmeal when I got back. One thing I don’t like about having roommates who sleep in is making breakfast. Let’s face it: oatmeal and microwaves make a lot of noise. But I try to do what I’m going to do and just as quietly as possible. Breakfast this morning kind of reflected how I was feeling: a mess.

Oatmeal With SB PB And Banana, Plain Yogurt With Vanilla Stevia, Maple Syrup, And Peanut Flour

Oatmeal With SB PB And Banana, Plain Yogurt With Vanilla Stevia, Maple Syrup, And Peanut Flour

Something rain makes me want a nice, thick peanut butter like smart balance. For the first time I tried banana in my oatmeal–not a fan. It just made the bowl taste more plain and distracted from the peanut butter. I was looking for a change from chocolate chips but CLEARLY I’ll have to go back to them. Oh what a hard life it is… 😉 This yogurt concoction with the peanut flour is probably better suited for post-run with it’s carb:protein ratio than other’s I’ve tried, but I still prefer vanilla Chobani with peanut flour. It’s more rich, thick, and decadent.

I was planning on taking a trip home today already but I’m so happy to be doing so after that awful run. I have a bag of wet clothes now begging to be washed. Hopefully I’ll hit up a Trader Joe’s back home since there are none here and get some dorm-room goodies(on my parent’s pocket, that is). I also can’t wait to see my dog again who I hear misses me(though that could be a big fat lie) and maybe even a special dinner? We’ll see 🙂

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