What Makes A Good Day?

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Is it setting a distance PR?

Is it starting the day off with this Amazing Grass bar?

Decaf Coffee And Plain Chobani

Is it abusing using your meal plan to hook yourself up with coffee and greek yogurt before class?

Is it getting an email that you have a package waiting for you in the mailroom after Latin class?

Wildwood Sample Products

Is it getting a great box of soy products from Wildwood including burgers, yogurt, and baked tofu to sample and review?

Is it making lunch with a new condiment?

Wicked Natural Caramel Mustard Dip

Caramel Mustard Tofu, Broccoli And Sliced Carrots, Flamegrilled Gardenburger

Is it having a lunch that tastes almost like a dessert, except with a vinegary kick to it?

Is it vegetables that taste fresh with a little salt even though they’ve been in the dining hall God-only-knows-how long?

Is it an old, favorite vegan veggie burger with a smoky kick?

Lemonade Vitamin Water 10

Is it standing 1 foot next to Emma Watson when you go to the convenience store in the mail room to grab a drink between classes?

Epic Poetry Paper

Is it getting an A you totally didn’t expect because, even though your work kind of sucks and you gave up hope half way through a paper, the teacher sees enough progress and takes enough pity to give a damn good grade?

Peanut Butter Chip Cascadian Farm Granola Bar

Is it eating a granola bar with very low fiber and protein and no fortified vitamins or minerals but that has peanut butter chips in it?

Is it forgetting your water bottle in Greek History class, invading the room and another class 2 years later, and getting mistaken as an “escort” for a sick girl?

Is it watching Oprah, but an episode that unfortunately has no porn stars, ex-vice president nominees, or ex-vice president nominee’s grandbaby’s daddy who’s becoming a porn star?

Pumpkin Oats With Cranberry Frosting And Cranberry Vanilla Peanut Butter

Is it having a colorful bowl of oatmeal that reminds you you don’t need artificial ingredients or colors in your life for edible things to look and taste amazing?

Is it being inspired by New England to make a dish with pumpkin, vanilla, and cranberry as the flavors?

Carrots And Caramel Mustard Dip

Is it dipping carrots straight into the jar?

Is it convincing yourself that this is better than just eating straight caramel because there’s mustard and vinegar in their, too?

Local Products

Is it a day when, despite the fact that the Farmers’ Market ended two weeks ago, local companies arranged to send their products to Josiah’s for a special night?

Is it buying more caramel mustard for Thanksgiving and a new jar of local jam and paying with 2 breakfast meals because you eat oatmeal in your room every morning?

Baked Scrod, Sweet Potato, Steamed Vegetables

Is it the dining hall having fish, sweet potato and steamed vegetables all on the same night?

Is it laughing at how the one night that you don’t get food from the vegetarian line your friend, a completely careless meat eater, won’t touch the fish?

 

Greek Yogurt With Raspberry Chocolat Jam And Shaved Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate

 

Is it having a dessert with fruit and chocolate that clocks in with 20+ grams of protein?

Is it being convinced that because fruit is the first ingredient, jam with chocolate is still reasonably good for you?

Is it having no unread emails in your mailbox for the first time at 8:45pm?

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

 

Is it having your favorite bowl of oatmeal, with the same exact combination of ingredients/nut butter/topping that you’ve had umpteen times?

Is it watching a new Modern Family and laughing a little too hard at “she came to the Halloween party as Sigfried and half of Roy”?

Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Is it eating one of your favorite desserts ever with a blend of chocolate, peanut butter, and toffee just because you can?

Is it getting 50% your daily value of iron in said dessert?

Is it knowing and respecting your body well enough to listen to it when it says it wants to go to bed at 10:20?

Amazing Grass Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar

Is it waking up and feeling energized, and grabbing this bar you’ve been dreaming about on the way to the gym?

Is it watching television shows you’re about 8 years too old for because they make the treadmill an enjoyable experience?

Is it running 10 miles in 83:41 when you only planned to go 7 miles because you feel so darn good?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Nog And Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

Is it that your room smells like fresh cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg at 9am?

Is it when you realize that you won’t have to give up anything going vegan for a day–again–but rather just find different ways to love the food you normally eat?

 

Is it the thought of winning this amazing coffee filled giveaway?

I think it’s all of those things(especially the Emma Watson one ;-)) What about you? What makes it a good day?

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Tempted By Tempeh

Posted on October 1, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you’re thinking you’re reading yesterdays post, don’t worry, you’re not. I just have such a repetetive(yet delicious) life that everything seems the same… because it was sort of. After comparing my breakfast yesterday that would have had Dr. Atkins rolling over in his grave to the protein-fest from the day before, I’ve came to this conclusion: carbs make me satisfied, protein makes me full. What’s the difference? I don’t feel stuffed on carbs, but I can go a long time without being hungry or having all my thoughts go to food(well, they do this anyway, but some things can’t be changed ;-)). Protein, on the other hand, I eat and it feels like a cement mixer emptied into my stomach–not so fun. That being said, it’s good to reach a balance which is something I’ll try to work out better with my breakfasts/meals.

On my way to Latin yesterday I saw Hermoine Emma again. She asked the person in front of me where a dorm is. Had I been 10 seconds ahead in my day, I would have been that direction giver. FML. The day was almost ruined then, but totally saved later on. After Latin I popped by the Farmer’s Market that’s here every Wednesday:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

I didn’t get anything this time, sadly. The kefir was a one week only thing apparently. The creamery still makes AMAZING other cheese products and had a homemade ricotta, but I really didn’t want to buy something I didn’t think I’d eat all of before it goes bad. Besides, I still had hopes that I would end September without going over my food budget(oh how naive). Instead I popped in the dining hall to get some food and went to my dorm to dress it up:

Maple Mustard Tofu And Tempeh, Broccoli, Japanese Veggies, Polynesian Ragout

Maple Mustard Tofu And Tempeh, Broccoli, Japanese Veggies, Polynesian Ragout

Mustard Maple Tempeh And Tofu

Mustard Maple Tempeh And Tofu

Kath’s maple mustard tofu was really a hit with me(and apparently some of you, too). So much so that I needed to make it again. This time I used tofu from the salad bar and tempeh from the cafe a few nights ago and doubled the sauce recipe. Holy yum. I don’t think people around me in my Greek History class knew what the hell I was eating but it didn’t matter. There was also cold Japanese veggies, steamed broccoli, and Polynesian vegetable ragout to round out the meal. I think tempeh is a lot more nutrient dense than I realized because this REALLY filled me up and had my stomach begging for some fluid, which ended up completely making my day.

Remember how I saw Emma between classes on Monday? Well, I figured out she walks to class the same time and direction that I do. i.e. We’re class walker buddies. When I saw her today, I kept walking, again, that tempeh had me feeling the coffee, so I went to The Blue Room. Guess who was in line 5 people in front of me? Yep 🙂 Thank you, tempeh. Emma was getting her lunch: a sandwich, a brownie, and a Nantucket Nectar. I’m glad to see she eats things like brownies and doesn’t fall into the pitfall of other teen celebs. She even had to walk past me to get the Nantucket Nectar and said “sorry” when I moved out of the way; I might have almost fainted at the cute little British accent 🙂

So I think it’s pretty understandable I couldn’t focus at all during my Epic Poetry class. We’re now starting The Odyssey while writing an essay on The Iliad. In my classicist opinion, Odyssey kicks Iliad booty. Afterward, I went back to my room and Google Readered it up the wazoo. But it wasn’t too long until the Whole Food bug bit me–don’t you hate that guy? I stepped out and ate this on my walk to the store:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Walking, Whole Foods, Spooky Smores–I told you it was Tuesday, but again, it’s just me living every day like ground hog day. It’s getting so depressingly cold in NE already; I almost lost circulation in my fingers on the walk. I lose circulation pretty easily, but it’s not a good sign that that’s happening in September. After I got out of their with what I could in my wallet, I stopped by the dining hall to pick up dinner ingredients and a snack. Of the whole trip, this is what I came back with:

Trip Loot

Trip Loot

The Oikos and Fakin’ Bacon were my Whole Foods loot. I had hopes of not going over budget this month, but in fact I did by 2.88. That’s not that bad considering I’m not counting the numerous $$’s slipped to me by the ‘rents and grandma; it’s just not fun to know overall how much I cost to feed. From the dining hall I picked up some stuff for dinner as well as an afternoon snack, because who said snacks need to be oatmeal and peanut butter or cost me money? I got some ‘fu because I’m a sneaky sneaky dining hall theif. And I also found a heart thrive cookie in the trash by the mens room. Now, normally I don’t condone taking things from the trash to eat, but since I’m in and out of there all day I know it wasn’t there for more than an hour, plus it was still in the wrapper. If ya’ll don’t care too much about mold, I can’t imagine you being too appalled at that. Speaking of my snack, voila:

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato, Chicken Stir Fry

Honey Roasted Sweet Potato, Chicken Stir Fry

This sweet potato was actually cooked to perfection, which you never find at the Ratty. And normally I don’t go for chicken, but that stir fry looked and tasted just like good Chinese food so I didn’t mind it. I finally caught up with Google Reader after 10 hours–oh how good that felt. I pretty much knew last night I was not in the mood to “eat out”(at the dinner hall). It just felt like such a long day all I wanted was to eat in my room near my computer. And thankfully, because it’s college, I can do that. So I used some of the food I got at the dining hall earlier with what I had lying around to make this taste of delight:

Mac N' Cheese, Tempeh Bacon, Sauteed Peppers, Green Beans

Mac N' Cheese, Tempeh Bacon, Sauteed Peppers, Green Beans

My first reaction to the tempeh was a bit disappointing. That was until I got the after flavor. Again, holy yum. It’s not quite bacon, but it is delicious(and I’m guessing sodiumrific). I only wish I could properly pan fry this to get a better flavor, but this was quite amazing and might just become a staple in my house. And what goes better with bacon than melted cheese over carbs? I used TJ’s instant mac n’ cheese, which I absolutely adore. They come prepackaged so it’s the perfect size for a side, and you can make it with just a microwave. Best of all, it has that weird, instant mac n’ cheese guilty flavor that makes you feel like it’s something naughty but it’s all naturally and has healthy nutrition; Trader Joe’s is clearly run by the Gods who make things they know we’ll like. This was probably one of my favorite dinners of college yet and inspires me to make more meals for myself(so long as my wallet allows it!).

Wednesday’s are really hyped up as comedy night for most of the broadcast TV stations but I just wasn’t feeling it. The New Adventures of Old Christine and Modern Family were funny but not laugh out loud. I suppose that’s a good thing since I hadn’t done any homework until 8pm all day. I mean, how could I with Emma Watson and tempeh on the brain. I was reminded to call my grandmother who turned 70 yesterday so that ate up some time as well. After 9 I sat down with some poetry and made the snacks desserts that had been on my mind all day:

Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Oikos With Peanut Flour And Midnight Moo Sauce

Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal With Raisins And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal With Raisins And Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter

Ok, all day’s a bit of an exaggeration, but these totally hit spots that needed hitting. The peanut butter yogurt is, as you can guess by its numerous appearances on numerous blogs, a God send. I’m almost out of the peanut flour The National Peanut Board sent me since I’ve had so much fun baking with it; I think I’ll be purchasing another 1lb online from the same company, Byrd Mill. And normally I’m not a raisin person, but clearly I was just repressing something that exploded into oatmeal. I made a base adding 5g turbinado sugar and a ton of cinnamon, and topped with Newman’s Own Organic raisins and Cinnamon Raisin PB. I loved how the sugar slightly thickened up the oats, and the raisins were plump and delicious. Should I be cooking them along with the oats? I just added them on top at the end, but the former would also make sense. I also devoured savored a TJ cinnamon raisin english muffin with cream cheese right before dozing off, because evidently I wasn’t down with my cinnamon raisin kick(it’s a good kick).

Today I planned on doing 6.3 on the treadmill. Even though I didn’t get the best night of sleep, I felt super energized this morning and loved it. That’s why I mentioned the cinnamon raisin english muffin, even though I don’t always mention everything I eat: because proper fueling has its perks. I got to the gym a bit early and ran my little heart out. A funny thing happened: 45 minutes in I broke the treadmill. I noticed it was not going 7.5 mph like it said, and when I tried changing the speed I realized it dropped to about 6.5 and stuck. I calmly hopped off that machine and moved to the one over and continued, going 7.13 miles in 58 minutes. This was a case of man vs machine where man clearly one. When I got back I had the weirdest idea for breakfast:

Elvis' Yogurt Parfait, Blueberry Muffin Top With White Chocolate Peanut Butter

Elvis' Yogurt Parfait, Blueberry Muffin Top With White Chocolate Peanut Butter

That stuff on top of the yogurt is not granola, my friends(well, a granola of sort). I was really insppired by the Peanut Butter & Company cookbook to make their Elvis sandwich into Elvis’ Yogurt Parfait: yogurt with peanut flour, flaxmeal, and banana jam, topped with bacon(or, in my case, fakin’ bacon). Umm, Elvis, you might have been known for your singing but you’re taste buds were freaking incredible. If you want you can use diced bananas, too, but bananas are not one of my favorite fruits. The muffin top, which was literally the severed top of a muffin, was equally delicious; white chocolate and blueberry just go together like Pam and Jim.

Lastly, check out this amazing pumpkin giveaway over at Danica’s Dailies. So much pumpkin and Trader Joe’s goods it warms my heart!

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Bitter And Sweet And Savory, Too

Posted on September 29, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Firstly, thank ya’ll for the well wishes. Yesterday definitely was a great start to a brand new week and the 10-miler was just the kick-off to it. Despite being a full hour behind schedule, I made it to Latin class well and prepared with 1/2 eaten 1/2 muffins in both of my hands. We managed to get through 3 poems, which I think is a new record, but still slightly frustrating since she has us translate about 6 a night and we’ve fallen way behind. Oi. When I got back I finagled a bit with my Google Reader. Here’s a tip: Don’t click Mark As Read on the home page or it’s a lot harder to catch up on all the lovely blogs out there 😉 So just don’t do it. I was equally as excited for a new week in the Ratty and to see what food lines there were this week:

Gnochi, Italian Veggie Melange, Asian Vegetables With Moroccan Chickpea Stew

Gnochi, Italian Veggie Melange, Asian Vegetables With Moroccan Chickpea Stew

I’ve got a feeling, wooo ooo, that this week’s gonna be a good week, that this week’s gonna be a good good week. The mashed potato bar of last week is gone and in its place is a make your own noodle bowl. I’m not a fan of Japanese noodles, but this does mean endless supply of Japanese veggies 🙂 And that AMAZING Moroccan stew from last Friday also will be there ALL WEEK. I checked the website to find out what made it so great–raisins, cinnamon, and tumeric. I wouldn’t have guessed but it makes tons of sense after tasting it. Gnocchi was the Italian option; normally I don’t go for heavy, carby lunches but it was good fuel after a 10 mile morning.

Well those 2 boxes amused me through Greek History as much as the professor, followed by Epic poetry where I got my first essay assignment of the year! Don’t I sound enthused? Hmm, can’t even fake it, oh well. Something very exciting DID happen in the 10 minutes between classes. For a solid 10 feet I walked directly next to Emma Watson. It was kind of like this:

Walking With Emma Watson

Walking With Emma Watson

Except, you know, my head was attached to my own body and all. It was pretty great, nevertheless. In response to any requests for me to take a picture next time I see her, I feel like that wouldn’t exactly be helpful in making her feel welcome as a normal college student and make me a very obvious creeper. So until a proper opportunity arises and she makes herself available for a photo opportunity, I will not be whipping a camera out will-nilly. I celebrated the afternoon mostly by sitting and not doing homework. I spent my time doing better things, like making a damn attractive afternoon snack:

Banana Goodness Bread, Voskos Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Sliced Banana, Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Stevia

Banana Goodness Bread, Voskos Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Sliced Banana, Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Stevia

Winner, winner, ‘naner dinner? If that works for ya, then definitely. I heated up the bananas and banana bread slightly after being in the fridge to get them warm but not hot. Then I made a side sauce of 2 ounces thick Greek yogurt and 1 tablespoon of that sweet jam. A little Butter Toffee Peanut Butter to round out the plate with healthy fats and a sprig from Steve(because who doesn’t love edible garnish?). I think taking the time to make your plate look nice makes the whole eating experience more enjoyable; I’ll definitely be making that more of a priority–when I’m not an hour behind and running to class that is. Speaking of pretty presentation, I caught up on Top Chef with the rest of the afternoon; I think it’s still at the point where they’re eliminating all the characters we don’t really care about. I still say one of the brothers will win. Dinner was more of the same, but that’s a good thing this week:

Tomato Barley Soup, Broccoli Rabe, Cooked Carrots, Hugh Jass Salad With Morrocan Chickpeas

Tomato Barley Soup, Broccoli Rabe, Cooked Carrots, Hugh Jass Salad With Moroccan Chickpeas

This school has an obsession with barley in soups. I’ll never understand it, but I suppose that’s one way to get a whole grain. And I probably should have known this but broccoli rabe is B-I-T-T-E-R. It took a LOT of salt to get through that. The salad was a little bit of everything, including spring mix, grape tomatoes, raw onion, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, cucumber slices, and, of course, more sweet Moroccan stew. Can I just get a vat of that delivered to my dorm room? Kthnxbai.

Monday night has a jam packed line-up of TV, so I started by watching HIMYM and making a probiotic snack, when I found this:

Mold In Oikos

Mold In Oikos

Mold in my Oikos? Ew. I’ve long expected my fridge and freezer aren’t cold enough; thank god oats will survive anything. For now I took what I could from around the mold and dumped the rest of the container.

Pumpkin Peanut Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar

Pumpkin Peanut Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar

So this kind of comes out like a candy bar, but I don’t feel bad because I don’t eat candy bars, ya dig? I love how the turbinado sugar melts with a little bit of time, even though I’m wildly impatient. I thought HIMYM was good, but it didn’t have me laughing as much as I hoped. I actually found The Big Bang Theory a little later to be funnier. I also watched the season premiere of Family Guy on the fox website. Hilarious: If you’ve ever watched and loved an episode of Family Guy, you are encouraged to keep doing so. I did, however, completely miss Heroes due to my lack of remembering show times. Alas, I’ll find it online another day. I made some more snacks since I wasn’t convinced what I’d eaten over the day properly refueled a 10-miler:

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter And Strawberry Jam, Loaded Scone

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter And Strawberry Jam, Loaded Scone

English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Fig Spread

English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Fig Spread

The scone is my own recipe, which you can find here. I felt it was missing something after the first bite when it dawned on me: cream cheese. I lathered it up after that. The mocha peanut butter by Naturally Nutty is really a mystery to me. It’s kind of like the peanut butter I reach for when I don’t want peanut butter? The flavor is very unique is all I can say. I topped one half of my last TJ english muffin pulled out from the back of the freezer with cookie dough peanut butter by P.B. Loco and the other half with a fig I mushed up. That peanut butter is delicious if I may say so and I’m working hard to get some oats in a jar action on that some day.

One of the best things happened right before I went to bed: It started pooring! I’ve always loved the rain and lightening while I’m inside and especially as I’m going to bed; it’s just so calming, don’t ya think? When I woke up I was a little tired but got my booty moving because Tuesday’s an early class day. Because of the rain I opted for the treadmill, and, can you get this, a girl changed my TV station to watch infomercials? Umm, what? I was working 2 TV’s, so I wasn’t really upset or lacking, I just thought what a ridiculous thing to change it to. I ended up doing 7 wonderful miles at a perfect pace and finished in 55:59 minutes. I got back to my room with my roommate still sleeping and the door unlocked–just like it should be–(actually, he’s still sleeping), showered, and made a savory-sweet breakfast like no other:

Oats With An Egg And Steak Sauce, Peanut Flax Maple Greek Yogurt

Oats With An Egg And Steak Sauce, Peanut Flax Maple Greek Yogurt

If you haven’t tried the egg and steak sauce oats because you’re one of the crazy cool vegans out there, no sweatin’ it. But if you’re a meat and potatoes person who’s just been a little lazy or scared off, I say go for it. It totally redefines breakfast for me. The yogurt was delicious and, again, candy bar-esque. Unfortunately it was my last probiotic source in the fridge so I think I need to go pick up more today. I might even look for some good kefir after my great experience with it at yesterday’s breakfast.

Speaking of breakfast, if you enjoyed drooling over my descriptions of the vitatops these past weeks, drink extra water for a special post later today at 4 that sums up all my reviews into one, convenient post. No doubt after reading it you’ll have a good idea of which flavor’s for you.

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Open Wallet Day

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning? Ever have one of those days when you just need to buy things to make yourself feel better? Well yesterday felt like that day, but I kept it pretty modest(just not entirely on budget). The second I got to Latin class I realized I completely forgot these in my room:

Dorm Keys

Dorm Keys

How could I forget something so adorable? Well that was on my mind all Latin class, speaking of which, yesterday’s discussion was which sounds like a bigger insult: slut or whore. I would feel more offended by slut(though neither term really bothers me because a) I’m a guy and b) I don’t think either really applies). Which do you think? The solution to the problem in class was to just use the Latin word and get the sense. When I got out of class I was so excited that it was Wednesday which meant the Farmers’ Market was on my quad:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

They have a great system where you can pay 200 dollars and get a bag of local products delivered each week. I would love to do that but I’m on a pretty all-inclusive meal plan and wouldn’t know what to do with extra heads of lettuce in my room. What I did get was these guys:

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Local Corn

Local Corn

Yep, that’s local kefir. I’ve never tried the store brand or any kefir before, but I had to grab this. I can’t wait to try it, since I always try and eat 2 sources of probiotics a day. I can’t decide whether it’d be best straight or with cereal or some other way. How do you eat kefir? Needless to say, kefir wasn’t what was for lunch.

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

I’ve definitely picked up a pattern: The lunch room is for protein and veggies, and my dorm is for grains and treats. That’s what makes sense/tastes good to me, so I’ll stick with it while it works. I wasn’t jazzed to try the stir fry again because it upset my stomach last time, but this one was sans noodles and a little less oily, so it wasn’t an issue. The beans were beany(aka good). And I think I got my servings of leafy greens, don’t you? I’m not a big raw broccoli fan because it’s so fiberous; I chew it about 50 times to make sure it doesn’t give me bowling ball stomach syndrome.

This didn’t seem like a lot at the time but it actually held me over through my 2 classes and more. I was thinking of eating something at 3 because that’s my routine, but I decided to try and listen to my stomach, which said it didn’t need/want anything. With that in tummy mind, I went to where not thinking about food is impossible: Whole Foods. Again, I could spend about 30 minutes just browsing the aisles, and I think I did. I ended up with way less than usual but spending a bit more:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

I definitely set out with hopes of snickerdoodle in my future. When I got there, I had to look at EVERY flavor and change my mind about 100 times. But once it started getting ridiculous, I decided to take what I intended to all along and be happy. Which I was. Very very happy. The muffins were a bit of an “impulse buy”, and an expensive one at 6 dollars. In hindsight, I don’t like the idea of paying so much for something which main ingredients are water and oat bran, but I’m a sucker for a healthy muffin 😦 And at 22o calories, 10g fiber, and 6g protein per muffin, these definitely make the cut. I managed to spill my water bottle all over my bed after taking this photo, but kind of ignored it so I could eat this:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Since I spent longer grocery shopping than I planned, I was actually pretty famished when I got back. This definitely hit the spot, and there were so many cookie dough chunks in the scoops I gave myself(not even on purpose!) that it ate like a meal. Let’s just say I was very very pleased with this “investment”. I figured my diet had been severely lacking in grains since breakfast and was easily convinced into this:

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Normally I don’t eat granola except for on yogurt. But like I said, I was jonesing for some grains, and what’s a better source than granola? I didn’t like how this was more chewy than crispy, but it sufficed while I was doing Greek homework. I met up with some of my high school friends for a special local dinner at the Ratty; everything was local from the veggies to the meat–how cool is that? While we were waiting for Mike I had my 4th siting of Emma Watson! I was wicked excited. We even were in the same line inside, and technically ate under the same roof! Anyway, that excitement aside, here was the eats:

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

What tasted better than this meal was knowing that it supported local farmers, and that everyone in the Ratty was doing the same, whether they make that their mission or not. I’ve always tried to eat local veggies, which are generally more nutritious. I was excited to try local protein, too, to see if it would feel different eating it. It tasted the same, but felt a little more special, ya know? I don’t think I would have taken the stuffed pepper if I knew it had copious amounts of cheese in it, but I’m glad I did because copious amounts of cheese are always delicious. And one thing I’ve never had to be forced to eat are brussel sprouts; I just love them!

Wednesday nights and quality TV weren’t besties last night, so I started out with some modest google readering homework and a nice muffin:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Here’s a life lesson: Anything healthy tastes better under cream cheese. Take notes, children. This muffin was OK but it wasn’t stellar like the carrot ginger ones from Trader Joe’s, which I think are actually made by the same Massachusetts bakery. These tasted a lot… branier? No, Microsoft, I refuse to believe that’s not a word. One of my biggest qualms in life is that nobody makes blueberry chocolate chip bagels or muffins. What’s with that? I think the two are a match made in heaven. Take a lesson, Panera. I tried to get in to the new ABC show, Modern Family. I have to admit I laughed a lot during it, but it felt like most of the funny moments were from the previews and I’m wondering how it’s going to keep up. More study snackage:

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

Please excuse me while I eat through my entirely too big stash of bread. Bread’s my number one thing to buy at the store, always, which is a little ridiculous since I usually microwave my grains in water. I still have 3 english muffins, parts of cinnamon raisin and 10-grain loaves, and a whole whole wheat loaf in my freezer, plus 3 bran muffins. Need bread? I’m your boy. I figured why change up the flavors of the night and stuck with blueberry, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and maple. Can’t go wrong with any of that. My dad sent me a funny article around then telling me I worked at the most dangerous college in America over the Summer; of course Emerson has to report a high amount of crime because it’s right on the common where all the crazy shitstuff goes down, but it’s a legit college I promise.

This morning was a treadmill morning on account of my early class. I resolved to go 6 miles before I got on. Can I just say this morning was absolute torture; I don’t know why, but my body never fully got into and I felt like I was fighting a snail’s pace the whole time. With .3 miles to go, nature was calling–loudly. Amazingly I just kept running, finished the 6, and then ran another .05 to the bathroom. I did the 6 in 51 minutes flat, which I wasn’t jazzed about but more happy that I stuck it out for that long and got a good run in. When I got back it was time for a little inspiration to strike for Miss PB&Jenny’s oat’s round up.

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

I love my Oikos, but even better is fruit sweetened greek yogurt. Not the kind you can buy, but using actual fruit from your store(or in my case, the freezer). And let’s just call these oats one for the record books, my friends; I feel as though I’ve perfected them and here’s the magic formula,

20g(1/4 cup) oatmeal

20g(1/4 cup) oatbran

160g(2/3 cup) unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

1 egg

15g(1 tablespoon) maple syrup

7g(1 tablespoon) sliced almonds

Cinnamon

Sea Salt

Were you taking notes? Cook the oats in the almond breeze for 2-2 1/2 minutes. Crack in an egg and swirl until broken but not completely mixed. Microwave for a further 1-1 1/2 minutes and top with maple syrup, almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt. If Julia Child ever made oatmeal, this is how she would have made it.

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FroYo Follows Me Where I Go

Posted on September 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If you couldn’t tell, I was rushing through the end of yesterday’s post because of a complete alarm clock failure. That being said, it felt amazing to get 9 hours of sleep. I must be the lamest person to sleep so much at college orientation but I don’t care because it felt sooo good. Plus, I was tired after partying it up with some Brown Bears the night before:

The Mascot And I

The Mascot And I

My friend(whose last name is Bear) is apparently not so good at photos because I look like a reincarnated demon but oh well. I woke up at 8:17, rushed into the shower, threw together a breakfast, and ate it at the 9am lecture. Just because I was on the go, though, didn’t mean breakfast wouldn’t rock.

Toast With Fig Jam And Honey maple PB, PB Greek Yogurt, Water

Toast With Fig Jam And Honey Maple PB, PB Greek Yogurt, Water

The toaster was soooo worth the 13 dollars. What was I thinking? That I could go without toast for 4 years? I need to learn to listen to my body better apparently. Sadly, there was no coffee time. I should’ve gone with a little Mocha Peanut Butter to perk me up, but the Honey Maple one I found is also very good(and a local product ;-))

The two lectures weren’t awful, just long. But dare I say it felt good to get into an educational environment after all this time wasting? Strange, but true. Afterward I went back to my dorm because I hadn’t checked my email at all that morning, and I snacked on an apple while google reading being scholarly. My stomach started to alert me to what time it was so I hit up the Ratty and brought the food back to my dorm for some microwave lovin’.

Vegan Veggie Burger, Roasted Potatos, Zuchinni, Seedy Bread

Vegan Veggie Burger, Roasted Potatos, Zuchinni, Seedy Bread

I’m definitely improving at figuring out what’s good eats, but it’ll still take a little work. I went for the vegan burger cause it seemed a little different. With me, it’s all about ingredients–what ingredients in my food, are they natural, yada yada yada. So I try to stick with simple things they relaly can’t make artifical like chicken, but I’m hoping the vegan and veggie options will also be good choices. The bread was OK, but it tasted a little sweet even though I suppose it had whole grains? I mostly ate the crust(which had sunflower seeds!). I also had some beans and guac I was saving for later but that were calling my name. Sue me.

I needed to get out after lunch because it was so sunny. I went to the book store where I found where I could buy a lot of school supplies(and coffee) on my parent’s money(yayyy). I got a regular–should have had a decaf. At least I was wide awake and alert for walking those Providence streets with the scary churches. I made my way down to a local grocery store that reminds me of Whole Foods except cheaper. There was plenty of good products, like Providence made whole milk yogurt, but I kept it simple:

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Roasted And Salted Soybeans With Goji Berries

Elan Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, Roasted And Salted Soybeans With Goji Berries

Two days without frozen yogurt? Again, I clearly was not listening to my body, lol. Because I’m a kid in a candy goji store who needs to try everything the second he bring it home:

This stuff was addicting, and actually pretty cheap, too! It was $2.50 for 3.5 servings, which I can make last longer in oats or yogurt as opposed to straight noshing. I think I actually likes the soybean part more than the goji berries. I know they bring a lot of good antioxidants, but the soybeans brought a lot of good… salt. Lots and lots.

I popped on over to the student fair to get some literature on class picking. It was packed like Mariah Carey’s jeans so I spent 20 minutes and brought the info back to my room where I could actually read it.

Class Pamphlets

Class Pamphlets

I’m going to do the sensible thing here and ask people over the internet to determine my future, what should I take? I’ve got a line up of Classics, Linguistics, American History, and Math. I’m thinking of going with the old dart board trick–that always works, right?

Dinner was not so great at the dining hall tonight. Thankfully the rest will open up once classes officially begin, but I made due with what there was.

Dolmas, Sweet Potatos, Carrots, Beans,

Dolmas, Sweet Potatos, Carrots, Beans,

I’m all for some EVOO but when your dolmas bleed green you get a little skeptic. At least there was sweet potatoes; I’d been  meaning to pick some up to test the “potato” feature on my oven, but things taste so much better when they’re already cooked for you. I salted that baby, mushed it with a fork, and ate it like I was back home. After dinner we had a lecture on diversity. The speaker was actually pretty funny and charming and dealt with a lot of issues straight on and gave the best answer: there is no right answer. Afterwards we walked back to the dorms when guess who we saw on Thayer street?

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Note: Photo totally stolen from online. Sighting number 3. Yes, she is that crazily beautiful in person. It wasn’t as great a sighting as number 2 because she was with some guy who better get of my girl but it was exciting nevertheless.

I got back to my dorm and played beer pong in the lounge… JK! I played with Map My Run a bit and heated up some banana goodness bread with vanilla Chobani. I make my own fun and that’s just the way I like it. My roommate went to an alien dance across campus, which left me with the room and the TV. Banana bread and TV? Life’s too good sometimes. I snacked on these in bed:

Newman's Own Organic's Double Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Newman's Own Organic's Double Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Minty. Chocolatey. Delicious. I managed to fall asleep to my favorite red haired Late Night host, but wouldn’t you know I was up an hour later, and for 4 more hours. It was kind of hellish. Why does no one sleep at college? All that time awake not only annoyed me but got me thinking(uh-oh). I really don’t want the stress of college life to overtake me like it did Senior year and make me lose focus. I stopped taking care of myself and it took the whole Summer to rebuild and get stronger. That thought kept me up a lot. Around 2 I ate a Peanut Butter Z-Bar hoping the carbs would help for tiredness.

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Around 7:12 I heard the faint buzzing that apparently was my 6:30 alarm. I turned the volume down so it would wake my roommate, but it was so low it didn’t wake me! I rushed on some clothes and went on a run I mapped last night. Melissa had a great tip on a cemetery nearby I’ll check another day. Overall I ran 5.5 miles which wasn’t bad. I want to do 7 miles again soon but time hasn’t allowed it so far. I hopped in and out of the shower and threw together a recovery breakfast:

Yogurt With Chocolate Stevia, 3/4 Banana, 1/2 Tablespoon Flax, And Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Granola, Carrot Juice, Toast With Almond Butter

Yogurt With Chocolate Stevia, 3/4 Banana, 1/2 Tablespoon Flax, And Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti Granola, Carrot Juice, Toast With Almond Butter

It’s really hard to make breakfast quietly; I usually have pots and pans flying everywhere, machines toasting, and am doing some mad measuring, but I’m working on keeping it silent. Now I’m off to meet my academic advisor and(hopefully) pick classes! Maybe they’ll have some ideas what to do with my life cause I sure don’t, lol. And later I get to take a trip to the bank to make sure my account got set up, isn’t that fun? Hell, I might go all out and throw in some laundry. Party. Catch you on the flip side.

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