Welcome To The Weekend

Posted on February 11, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Giveaway | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to my weekend, at least! I can’t think of a more perfect way than with a new Survivor season starting in 20 minutes! I’ve been watching the show since season 1 when I was only around 8 or 9 years old. Has it really been that long? Anyway, It felt soooo good getting out of my class at 4pm this afternoon. If you’ll remember, last Thursday it was out of class and off to chocolate fest so there wasn’t much “downtime”. This afternoon, however, has been nothing but. Speaking of being lazy, I really didn’t want a “real lunch” this afternoon. All I cared about was dessert. I ended up doing something sloppy and simple.

Scrambled Eggs With Ketchup, Canned Pumpkin With Nutritional Yeast

What can I say? I’m a college student 😛 I scrambled 2 Eggland’s Best Cage Free eggs in a little pasture butter and topped with ketchup–OMG. I seriously forgot how satisfying just scrambled eggs are. My grandma would make them for me all the time; I’ll need to do them more often. On the other hand, I’ve decided pretty firmly that I just do not care for pumpkin anywhere but in my oats. It tastes bland and nasty, in my opinion. Blech. But I was also out of fresh, fiberous vegetables and was in a pickle(Mmm… pickles). More importantly, I just wanted my dessert.

Banana Whipe With Peanut Flour Topping

Banana whip! Oh how I love thee. So smooth. So creamy. So delicious. I’ve been keeping bananas from the dining hall in the dorm fridge for this; it’s free for me and takes up common space 🙂 For the topping, I meant to make a peanut sauce but didn’t use enough flour so it was more like dough. That doesn’t matter; what was important was that I realized peanut flour is something that upsets my stomach. It’s weird to think something that’s only peanut would do that to me, but it does. And it sucks that it’s a perfectly vegan source of protein 😦 I don’t even know what I’m going to do. Thoughts? Any lactose intolerant ice cream eaters out there?

Choco Peanut Butter Honest Foods Bar

During my 2nd of 2 classes this afternoon, I broke open this bar from Honest Foods. Honestly? It was pretty fantastic. I’ve come to notice that anything that’s supposed to taste like peanut butter with grains in it usually doesn’t; thankfully that wasn’t the case. I think any walnuts/sunflower seeds in here would have been better off being more peanut halves, but beyond that yum!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Coconut Oil

I could have been dancing getting out of my last class this afternoon; it didn’t quite matter that I didn’t do all the homework for it because we never get that far in translation courses. To celebrate the afternoon, I had some raw chocolate avocado pudding with Tropical Tradition‘s coconut oil. Welcome to the weekend indeed! If this is any indication, this weekend will be fattening 😉 After that I mostly vegged out doing some potential online shopping(aka filling a shopping cart with foodie finds but not hitting “check out”) and planning a comforting dinner.

Spinach & Feta Chicken Sausage, Roasted Brussels Sprouts And Sweet Potato With Maple Syrup

I think that pretty much sums up my comfort foods: brussels sprouts(or broccoli–either will do), sweet potatoes, maple syrup, fatty meat, salt, and anything roasted! Actually, the vegetables were a bit of a disappointment in that respect; either the fact that they were cooked in the dining hall(with no apparent fat) or my lack of patience meant they weren’t well roasted. This flavor of Al Fresco all natural chicken sausage cooked in a pan with some pasture butter made up for it a bit.

Fat Talk

Since I have a bit of time, I thought why not address some fat talk. And not the kind that we all snickered about in High School! I want to talk about fat in your(or my) diet. I was turned on to different and new fats and ways of thinking about them by bloggers like Heather and Averie. If today can be seen as an average day, then I get a good deal of mono- and poly-saturated fats from almond butter, peanut butter, and avocado, and my saturated fats from coconut, grass-fed butter, and hormone-free meats.

The obvious question would be “How do you feel?”. My answer is “Pretty darn good”. The fat is definitely delicious and filling. I haven’t had any stomach issues save the peanut flour which is actually only 12% fat. And–for what it’s worth–my skin and complexion seem smoother and clearer. If I had to sum it all up and be catch, I’d say “Fat is here to stay”. And I still think that getting the mono/polysaturated fats as well as the “bad” saturated fats. These really aren’t so bad if you stick with sources like coconut and grass-fed meat and dairy options.

Well that’s just my 5-minute 2 cents. But without further ado, the winner of the Yogurt Maker via Random.org is…

Erika!

Congrats! I can’t wait to see what she cultures up. And, if you didn’t win this, you can win Chobani from Anne in her giveaway here.

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The Big Fat Post

Posted on January 27, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Race Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Before I go into too much, I want to stress that everything hear is based on my own opinion. I’m not a certified nutrition anything, and these are personal thoughts reached through researched. I also recognize that I change my mind like crazy, so let the record show it is 1/27/20092010*

You’re all invited to my big fat Italian-Polish-French-Welsh-Canadian wedding after you read my big fat post. Really, I should call this my big post about fat, because that’s the topic on today’s agenda. I don’t think anyone would deny that fat’s an important part of your daily intake. And I really don’t think anyone would deny that it’s usually pretty delicious(Helloooo, peanut butter?). At the same time, there are several different types of fats stemming from countless sources. After taking advice and literature from 3 intelligent bloggers, I’ve decided to incorporate saturated fat from 2 new sources into my diet.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

Common literature would tell you that saturated fats are awful and should be limited. That same literature, however, once toted trans-fatty margarine over all-natural butter. Things an opinions change. These 2 pieces of literature(#1 and #2) combined with other effects and observation led me to this decision. The fats themselves, as you’ll read, are quite nutritious in themselves. Unlike commercial butter, grass-fed butter hosts a range of nutrients and a higher omega-3 content; this was also the butter that our great-great grandparents were living and thriving off of–not margarine. You can read all about Pasture Butter here. Coconut oil hosts a bound of benefits of saturated fats without a speck of cholesterol. It also hosts a wide and unique array of beneficial components, including lauric acid, the same food infants thrive off of from milk.

The other half of this shift will be limiting the amounts of canola, safflower, soy, and other refined liquid oils. The reasoning for this is two-fold: Firstly, they aren’t nearly as “natural” as some of their counterparts like Rachael Ray’s favorite, EVOO. Secondly, introducing new fats into my diet means I should probably take some of the old ones out, and these ones serve little purpose on their own. Of course I’ll still be getting a strong flow of fats from nuts and, on occasion, animal sources. But I did want to put this out there, so that there’s no surprise that I might be featuring food like this a lot:

Homemade Raw Vegan Chocolate Bar

And why wouldn’t I when it’s this yummy? That would be my 3rd ever homemade raw vegan chocolate, made with 13g gold label virgin coconut oil, 19g agave nectar, and 12g cocoa powder. I really liked this blend. And, yes, when it comes to these raw chocolate bars it’s grams–not even teaspoons–that change the flavor completely! I’m loving playing around with the flavor with my minute changes and I think this one came out best of all so far. I’m going to pass over the irony of eating coconut oil and a chocolate bar while watching The Biggest Loser 😀

WHILE WE’RE ON THE TOPIC, I am totally infuriated with the red team. I really hate it when anyone “plays the game” instead of just losing weight. As much as I love Alison Sweeney, I really miss the days when Caroline Rhea hosted and the contestants entered not knowing what they were doing but solely devoted to getting healthy. Meanwhile, teams like the grey team keep me thinking there are still those like that out there and have hope. I needed oatmeal to distract me from being angry.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter And Maple Butter

If I’m working grass-fed butter into my diet, I should work more maple butter in too, right?(For those who don’t know, maple butter is simply granulated maple syrup and, in fact, not at all butter). I think I need to add less salt to my oats because even with all this mapleness nothing tasted sweet. I might have had to have an extra spoonful of maple butter from the jar. Oops.

This did not help my first night of sleep back in the dorm. I don’t know why, but I think it took a good 60 minutes of nothingness to fall asleep. My mind was just racing with thoughts about the new day and everything. The thing I was most anxious about was running again. To top it all off, I forgot to set my alarm! I managed to wake up naturally at 7:20, though, so only slept in 20 minutes. I guzzled down a cup of coffee from a fresh canister, and hit the gym.

365 Decaf Hazelnut

It’s so hard to find coffee that’s flavored and decaf; and this really tastes like hazelnut! Love it. What I didn’t love so much was reuniting with the treadmill. The run was so tough. I knew it wouldn’t be as easy after 5 weeks but I couldn’t believe after 2 miles it was becoming a battle, even though I had The Today Show to entertain me. My goal was 7 miles and I pushed to that in 59:59; I don’t know how I’m going to build back up for my half in time. When I got back to my dorm, I was ready to refuel!

Bananamon Oatmeal With Cinnamon Raisin PB

Peanut Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Newman's Cup

This hit the spot. I needed to go to the dining hall to get bananas and I grabbed 5 while I was in there 😀 I’ll be set for a bit I think. I love the cinnamon raisin peanut butter but I almost feel like it was too much raisins! Good thing I had soy yogurt with peanut flour to help satisfy my peanut tooth. The trick to good peanut flour yogurt: salt. It makes it that much more authentic.

Today’s the first day of classes! Already so much has happened I want to share and I’ve gotten a ton of good news, but I think after covering 1 big fat topic, that’ll be enough for this post. Instead, I’ll leave you with some giveaways.

Enter here for a goji gourmet giveaway(it’s one of my superfoods!)

Here is 1 iHerb giveaway and here is another! You could get a lot of herbage with that, lol.

And an Oikos giveaway!

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Let’s Try This Again

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

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

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

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

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

Vivani Dark Chocolate With 85% Cocoa

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

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

Chocolate Vitamuffin With Fig Goat Milk Ice Cream

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

Books And Appliances

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

Closet Space

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

Underbed Storage

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

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

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

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

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

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Get Your Lutein Here

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Avocado

Can you possibly look at that and not think “healthy”? I just love opening up an avocado and seeing all that green–makes me very happy 🙂 Yesterday, I think I set a record; I had my 2nd chocolate avocado pudding of the day(first one at breakfast). I know–I should just cave and buy a whole tree, right?

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Dark Chocolate Raspberry Jam

What could possibly make a dark chocolate pudding better? Maybe this dark chocolate fruity jam. Sooo in heaven. I could eat this everyday. Oh, wait! I do! Haha. I ate this while watching The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Salt. Hello! Could there be a more perfect program for me? Oh, how I love my sodium. I took notes on EVERYTHING they said. Now I have the name of a brownie with caramel and sea salt I need to hunt down in Brooklyn, not like I’m ever there. It might or might not have inspired me to eat the best thing I ever ate with salt.

Trader Joe's Toasted Oat Bran

I got to open a new bag of oat bran(try not to get too excited)! I get the Trader Joe’s brand which is less than $3 for 2 pound. That’ll spread over 60 bowls for me! That’s a huge bargain. And they’re certified as gluten-free, if anyone needs that as well.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With SB PB And Nutritional Yeast

I might have been so excited I just had to take a picture while it was still in the microwave. I am just loooving the nutritional yeast/sea salt/peanut butter with agave combination; it tastes like a Lance cheddar cheese and peanut butter cracker 🙂 So salty and good right before bed time.

This morning I woke up right with my alarm(how often does that happen?) and thought about just doing cardio on the stairs. A little bribing and I decided to do full core as well…

Raw Vegan Raspberry Brownie

Not going to lie–I’m 100% bribable with baked goods 🙂 These set a little better overnight, and were still as rockin’-raspberry as ever. I updated my review of The Raw Bakery’s raw cacao brownie, however, because making these gave me a better appreciation for what they made. For breakfast, I was thinking about how the last thing I ate that wasn’t vegan was the goat milk yesterday afternoon. Oh what a departure from that!

2% Greek Yogurt

Oats With 2 Eggs

And a delicious one at that. I don’t really know the percent of the yogurt; I just take 4 parts plain 0% and mix it with 1 part full-fat, which gives it the perfect creaminess for flavor. For the eggs, I seperated the yolks and whites and cooked the whites 1 minute and added the yolks for 30 seconds; they ended up coming out a tad more done than I’d like for yolks because both were broken by the time I added them 😦 I think for them to be undercooked for me, they’d have to be still in the chicken.

Tip Of The Day: Lutein! What is it? It’s a carotenoid that’s beneficial for us, and in particular our eyes. It can be found in green goodies, most notably spinach and kale(so I’m sure no bloggers have problems getting their lutein ;-)). It’s also found in high quantities in avocadoes, like the one pictured in the beginning, and in egg yolks. Farmers actually feed their hens lutein-rich feed in order to make the yolks brighter and more appealing to consumer; the counter-benefit to this is that the yolks are packed with lutein(along with other notable vitamins and minerals). That’s one of many reasons to opt for vegetarian-fed eggs.

Today I have a super exciting(for me, at least) trip into the city planned, which means I’ve got to get ready in 3… 2… 1… now!

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20 Things I Love

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

1. Cookies at random times of the day

Kashi Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookie

2. Healthy junk food I don’t have to bake. I kept this around the kitchen while I was cooking from 11-1.

Meatloaf Seasonings And Rice

Vegan Meatloaf

3. The smell of McDonald’s burger. No, really. This smells just like a McDonald’s burger, and if you don’t believe me, make the recipe!

Maple Mustard Tofu, Curry Maple Acorn Squash, Toasted Walnuts

4. Roasted things in maple syrup. The tofu and squash were in the oven for 90 minutes. That was 1/2 of a squash… before being dehydrated to death.

5. Fat. On account of my recent testing with fat, I swapped out vegetables at my lunch and replaced them with an equal amount of healthy fats, here from Tierra Farm‘s walnuts. My first thought? Damn, that sucks to go from all that broccoli to a half-handful of nuts. After that, I realized that they didn’t fill me up the same way a pile of broccoli would have, but they were very “satisfying” in that I didn’t feel like I needed anything more.

6. Days of Our Lives(probably saw this one coming)

7. Tivo. More specifically, tivoing shows that are on past when I’m out cold for the night.

Organic Apple

8. Organic fruit. I’ll eat the plain stuff, but I can’t help but wonder things…

Scratch Tickets

9. Grandparents who encourage gambling. Aren’t old people the best?

10. Winning $30 dollars! That then led to an inward debate as to whether that’s a sign to pay $16 dollars for a chunk of goat’s milk fudge from the internet. I’m thinking no…

Laloo's Black Mission Fig Goat's Milk Ice Cream On A Chocolate Vitamuffin

11. New food combos. I swear there was a chocolate vitamuffin under there. And I swear it was one of the best things ever, slightly warmed with cold ice cream. The ice cream was goat’s milk(!!) but it surprisingly didn’t taste as tangy as I was hoping 😦 Still really good–almost like the inside of a Fig Newman.

12. Not paying attention to things like cholesterol. Otherwise, a day where you had 2 eggs for breakfast and ice cream made with egg’s yolk wouldn’t be pretty.

13. Convincing people to take me to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

Full Fat Greek Yogurt, Goat's Milk Yogurt, Plain Soy Yogurt

14. Obscene amounts of yogurt. You know what’s more obscene? How quick this will be gone. Give me a day or so and see 😉

Trader Joe's Pound Plus Milk Chocolate

15. Equally obscene bars of chocolate. OK, here me out–this isn’t for me(or, not just at least). My mom really liked those peanut butter cups I made and has been dropping hints for more like crazy since. But I really only like peanut butter cups made with milk chocolate. So when I saw this gigantic baking bar I thought problem solved! Isn’t melting chocolate fun?

Vegan Meatloaf With Nutritional Yeast And Parma, Green Beans

16. Healthy, hot dinners. I compared the original parma to the nutritional yeast and I think I prefer the latter, but that might just be because the meatloaf was so flavorful that it really needed something basic on it for contrast.

17. Meal planning. It’s made this week super simple so far.

18. Ironic thoughts, such as “You know what would go good on this vegan meatloaf for our vegan dinner? Full fat greek yogurt…. Wait a minute”.

19. Repeat episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, like the ones I’ve been watching while writing this. The bomb episode from Season 2 was just on. Classic.

20. Really bad people on American Idol. I’m a glutton for them 😉 It’s even better when the auditions are in your home town, like they were last night.

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Good News For Fat

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

*Don’t forget to enter the Chobani Giveaway*

I love watching the media’s view on fat. In case you need a recap: Trans fat and movie theater popcorn are still bad, but now butt fat is OK and even kind of good. Personally, I’d rather take the wisdom of fellow bloggers like Heather than NBC who’s toying with my beloved late night talk shows. And after dinner last night, when I was still hungry, I did think about Heather’s wisdom; yesterday she wrote a great post about how fats help satisfy her and I realized that my dinner was appauling in that it had virtually no fat. There was some in the cornbread, but it wasn’t like I was dipping broccoli fries in peanut butter. After giving it some thought, I’ve come to realize that fats are my filling food, too, and now I’ll try keep meals more well balanced in that respect. But like I said: fats are my filling food and work for me, though by no means everyone. So while I recommend exploring this for yourself, it’s by no mean a blanket answer. I think you can guess what I had to feed my fat craving ways.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With NibMor Original Chocolate

Sooo good. I think we discovered there was 15g of fat in this? Well, I look at this dish in a whole new light now that I know there’s also 10.2 grams of fiber there; I definitely kept a warm drink nearby as I ate this and watched both The Biggest Loser and American Idol. I hate that the two are competing! I ended up watching American Idol more, because I find it amusing at this stage whereas I don’t have any connection with The Biggest Loser’s contestants. Plus, I know if I miss any real drama, I’ll read about it on food blogs 😉 After American Idol, I threw together a unique combo on the whim.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Nutritional Yeast

Is the combination of nutritional yeast and peanut butter outlandish or not? I haven’t seen it on any other blogs, but they feel like two things that just “work” together; maybe I’m not looking at enough vegan cookbook/desserts. You definitely get a delicious, cheesey mouth-feel from the nutritional yeast that pairs with the peanut butter. And I think I feel a recipe coming on.

This morning’s workout was 10 times better than yesterday’s attempt; I ended up doing my core(minus leg works) and 200 flights. To get myself into “the spirit” of working out, first I got in the right clothes; comfy socks and PJs are fun but not really motivating like basketball shorts. I also put on the ipod and blasted that. Yes, I would have liked to listen to The Today Show, but it’s not as fist-pumping as songs. Speaking of which, I’m not quite sure what’s wrong with my Top 25 Most Played, but I can not imagine a time in my life went Push It by Salt N’ Pepper was played that much. I ended up not having anything mid-workout for a snack(besides 2 or 3 cups of coffee you couldn’t pry out of my hands if you tried). I was oddly not even that hungry for breakfast, but made something nice nonetheless.

Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Oatmeal With 2 Cage-Free Organic Eggs

Similar to how I laugh at the media’s take on things, I just don’t agree with a lot of modern medicine advice. I’ve heard both that the cholesterol in eggs isn’t bad for us and that we “can have up to 1 egg a day and do no harm”. No. I can have as many eggs a day as I can fit in my body. You suggest up to 1 a day. There’s a difference. I have high cholesterol, but it’s completely hereditary and I’m not convinced it hurts me or will change no matter what I do. Along with the oatmeal and eggs(and enough salt to make a doctor cry), I had some greek yogurt with vanilla powder, vanilla bean sugar, and vanilla stevia. I guess I’m a vanilla kind of guy 😀 I wish it were 2% but they don’t sell that near me 😦 Maybe I’ll buy a full container of full fat and mix in a couple tablespoons in each of my bowls.

Once again, Don’t forget to enter the Chobani Giveaway!

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Yeah, There’s Healthy Fats In That

Posted on October 10, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One thing I(literally) could not live without are healthy fats. Not only are they vital for the body, but they help you feel satisfied. I’m also convinced no one ever will feel full if they don’t feed their cravings. And, let’s face it, we usually crave things with a good bit of fat. The trick is just to pick the good fats for us. And yesterday I was swimming in healthy fats(not really, because that would have been gross).

This is my 7th year taking Latin, and if I weren’t from a harder stock, it would be my last. The poetry of Catullus is so dirty that I’m wondering if this is even stuff worth translating. “Oral —” should not be words you have to hear your 50something year old Latin teacher say. Ever. The beloved sharpens-her-pencil-with-a-knife girl is also, surprisingly, very timid and bashful, so she made sure the poem she was going to translate aloud had very few swears in it.

After class I was surprisingly not hungry. I was a bit worried thinking it over after the fact that my breakfast, which ended up having more peanut butter but the same amount of calories as usual, wouldn’t hold me over as well as if those other calories came from fruit or something more voluminous. Well, let me tell you, the peanut butter held me over better. I ended up doing a bit of computer work and not eating until I got to my 1 o’clock class.

Flame Grilled Vegan Gardenburger, Broccoli, Black Beans With Guacamole

Flame Grilled Vegan Gardenburger, Broccoli, Black Beans With Guacamole

One of my favorite healthy fats is avocado. Over the Summer, I would add some to everything, and even make chocolate pudding with it. As you can imagine, avocado isn’t popular on the lunch room line, but they do have guacamole occasionally which still has plenty of the good fats. I mixed that with some black beans because I have high hopes of torturing the people next to me on the treadmill, and ate that with my favorite veggie burger. I was a bit disappointed to not see Emma again between classes. I haven’t seen her all week; maybe she’s adjusted her class schedule? That’d be a shame.

When I got done for the day I was a little surprised to find that my roommate had left for the weekend. I know he didn’t go home, because he lives in Montana, so I’m not sure where he went. Well, I’m not complaining about having the room to myself 🙂 I decided that even though it was gloomy and drizzeling, a Whole Foods trip was a necessity. I snacked on this on the way:

Bear Naked Chocolaty Cherry Granola Bar

Bear Naked Chocolaty Cherry Granola Bar

There was a lot to say about this bar. On the pro side, it had a great flavor, a good amount of healthy fats from almonds and pecans, and was decently low sugar at 14g. On the down side, honey was the second ingredient, it had an odd, soft texture I wasn’t expecting, and it was a bit bigger on calories than I was expecting for a snack bar of its size. Overall, it was good, but I wouldn’t pay what usually single granola bars cost for it.

This was another one of those times when I spent wayyy longer shopping than I should have. I definitely spent a good hour in there. I wanted a soft brie, but the smallest amount I could buy was 3.50’s worth, and I was really just wanting a taste. I found cinnamon raisin rolls by Zen Bakery that looked amazing, but seeing as how I just splurged on their muffins Wednesday, I thought I’d save those for next week. And I tried finding something for Cookie Friday, but nothing truly jumped out at me. Well that’s all I didn’t get, but here’s what I did get:

Plain Oikos, 4oz Salmon

Plain Oikos, 4oz Salmon

Of course, gotta keep my yogurt stash up and healthy. And on my way out I saw the most glorious thing on the salad bar: shredded salmon. I knew the options for the dining hall last night weren’t fish or even anything good, and here was salmon for 8 dollars a pound whereas a fillet cost 20 dollars per pound. My mom raised me not to miss a bargain like that, so I took a good portion for dinner. I also swung by a local cafe where I knew there’d be something amazing for Cookie Friday:

"The Vegan"

"The Vegan"

Or should I say Cupcake Friday. And yes, I’m going to try and convince you there’s healthy fats in that, too. This is made by a little company called The Cupcakerie in Rhode Island. It’s a very small company, so I’m lucky to have found somewhere to buy their products. They have some amazing sounding flavors, but today I was feeling like chocolate so I went for “The Vegan”. This has a chocolate base with a vanilla bean “buttercream” frosting, but of course it’s vegan so the base is made with heart-healthy canola oil and the buttercream is done with vegetable shortening. I always use canola oil for butter in my recipes because I also think it makes an airier product. There’s a lot of talk about vegetable shortening these days because of cheaply hydrogenated oils, but I’m thinking that a quality company like this probably uses good enough ingredients that I don’t have to worry about that. And while I generally try to avoid all things artificial including colors, I’m not so prude as to deny a little purple and green flower, especially when it’s piped so beautifully. If you look closely, you can actually see the vanilla beans in the frosting–amazing. It was about as good as I think I’ve made it sound, and then some.

After that fantastic experience, I was left for myself for dinner. My roommate’s out of town and some of my friends have already gone home for the weekend, so I kept it simple in the dorm room:

Salmon, Sweet Potato, Stewed Okrah With Tomatoes, Vegetable Melange

Salmon, Sweet Potato, Stewed Okrah With Tomatoes, Vegetable Melange

Obviously, I planned the salmon well in advance and it was very much worth it. Salmon is another great source of healthy Omega-3s. Wild is best, which is lower on Omega-3’s but has a much smaller chance of Mercury contamination. The rest of the dinner was equally good. I love how many of you eat the skin! I knew it was a nutritious and delicious part but I could never figure out why no one in my family ate it. Now I’m thinking they’re just a bit off, haha.

How great was Ghost Whisper last night? The last few episode I felt were dragging but they really bought the good old formula for a ghost story with a twist last night and I loved it. I also translated more dirty poetry, because what doesn’t make a Friday night more fun? Oh, how about this:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oikos With Vitabrownie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Oikos With Vitabrownie

Pardone moi for the blurry pic but lighting is not on my side these days. This time I tried add 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder to the peanut butter Oikos. Surprisingly, it was not as snacktastic as it might sound. I realized after this pic that the meal was missing two things: chocolate sauce and coffee. I got right to that, and watched reruns of Modern Family and Patricia Heaton’s new show, both of which, though I don’t find hysterical, are definitely solid “background noise” TV programs. More snackage:

Macoun Apple With Dulce De Leche Sauce

Macoun Apple With Dulce De Leche Sauce

Toast With Raspberry Jam And White Chocolate, Cookie Dough PB, and PN Cookie Spread

Toast With Raspberry Jam And White Chocolate, Cookie Dough PB, and PN Cookie Spread

Random much? My taste buds just did not know where to go, but it was all good. I think Macoun apples have some solid sweetness going for them; I’m more a fan of the Red Delicious or Honeycrisp but I can settle for a Washington Macoun(I can settle for anything in caramel sauce;-)). And could we possible do a post about healthy fats without talking about my favorite? Cream cheese Peanut butter. My PB heavy breakfast held my tooth for it off until pretty late, but it wouldn’t be bed time without peanut butter and the healthy fats it has along with protein and fiber. Even the more outrageous flavored peanut butter in my collection I make sure are high in healthy fats and low on sugar. Palm oil, flax, and other thickening agents are fine, so long as they aren’t hydrogenated. The funny thing about my body is it likes to realize it ran 10 miles at around 11 pm right as I’m trying to sleep, so I ended up eating a bit more after this which caused major digestion interruption over night. I guess you really shouldn’t eat that close to bed time.

Well the weatherman said it was going to be pouring this morning, so I slep in until 8:30 planning to hit the gym when it opened. When I woke up it was bright and sunny and warm. Umm, what? Well I stuck with the plan and did 7 on the tredmill in 57:35. This has definitely been my highest mileage week ever and it was well into the 50’s. Getting up so late clearly put me behind and I didn’t have a breakfast made until 10:30!

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese, Maple Peanut Oikos With Tempeh Bacon Granola

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese, Maple Peanut Oikos With Tempeh Bacon Granola

Yowza yum. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can make the claim that cream cheese or anything cream is a healthy fat. However, I do love and would never give up my lowfat cream cheese or lowfat plain yogurt. The good thing about cream is it takes a very small amount to make things taste decadent(don’t you love that word when describing food?). If you ever have to make the choice between lowfat and nofat dairy, go with lowfat. The fat helps absorb the nutrients in the dairy, usually makes for  a less artificial product, and jut tastes better. Well the muffin had the savory going for it so I needed some salty sweet. The combo of Fakin’ Bacon and maple syrup was just the thing. I microwaved it a little longer than usual and it got extra crispy–holy not-made-from-a-pig-or-cow! Now my room literally looks like a tornado hit it and my dad should have been here 4 minutes ago. Fun times. Gotta run!

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Know what I don’t eat enough of. Hummus. I might if I won this giveaway.

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