Chocolate For My Morning And How To Do To-Do

Posted on March 24, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Who else watched the Biggest Loser last night? I loved that the contestants got to see their families and had so much support. And I totally thought Jillian was going to bust out of that big box and whip them in to shape. Anyone else? While I was watching that, I was writing an essay on my midterm about the gripping effect sugar had on England between 1600 and 1800 and how that pushed slavery. Yikes! Scary stuff. So I made a resolution to eat without added sugars for a bit.

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

An apple fit that bill and made me feel healthy for the time being. “I’m on a roll!” I thought.

Emmy's Organics' Lemon Ginger Raw Macaroon

Emmy's Organics' Lemon Ginger Raw Macaroon

And then, whoops! Fell off that train 🙂 I had a hankering for a lemon ginger macaroon by Emmy’s Organics. I think choosing raw desserts sweetened with agave nectar is a pretty good compromise for sugary goodness 😉 The hint of spice here from lemon and ginger is so nice! It was a perfect treat for sending in my take-home midterm.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And French Toast Almonds

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And French Toast Almonds

And then–ipso facto–sugar never counts when it’s on top of oatmeal 😀 I had pumpkin oats with some butter toffee peanut butter from Naturally Nutty and my own homemade french toast almonds to seal the night off. This made me thing homemade nuts would be a great thing to make for Easter lunch. The only thing is I’m not sure if/which flavors would work. Suggestions?

I listened to not 1 but 2 of my mental health tips. First of all, after I sent that paper at 9:15 it was me-time all the way. I spent it with television and mindless games. It’d be more fun if me-time were, say, during the day, but I’m glad I snuck it in at the end. I also didn’t set my alarm this morning, got 8 and a half hours of sleep, and decided to postpone any run. Even if I end up running to the bickering of Kathy Lee and Hoda, the sleep was worth it.

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Quinoa Chocolate, OIAJ

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Quinoa Chocolate, OIAJ

Breakfast in bed had to be a little bit more “desserty” than usual, right? The first thing that came to my mind was pre-flavored greek yogurt; this always tastes like a dessert, but totally passes the “healthy” bill. I grabbed a pomegranate Chobani and added some Dark Quinoa Chocolate from Alter Eco. And then what could be better than oats in a chocolate peanut butter jar?!

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter Oats With All-Natural Fluff

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter Oats With All-Natural Fluff

In the bowl jar was my standard 40g oat blend, what was left of the white chocolate cherry almond butter from Naturally Nutty, and some all-natural fluff. I was worried because the fluff stuff was rock hard at room temp(it’s an old container), but it seemed to melt well over everything and add a smooth vanilla tone.

To-Do It Right

To-Do List: Homework

To-Do List: Homework

Last night’s Mental Health Week tip was all about decluttering your workspace; now I want to talk about how to work! While we could try to juggle everything in our mind, why? All that remembering and forgetting easily adds stress. The first step is to put it down in writing. I use Google Tasks because it goes wherever I go, and I can have different lists. Above was my homework list circa 11am yesterday morning, but I also have them for everything from blog stuff, to television shows I need to watch online, to my grocery list, etc. And my favorite mental booster is to cross off–not erase–tasks gone by; seeing things with a strike through them will remind you of what you’ve done and make you feel more accomplished. Do you keep a list? If so, where is it?

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I Wanna Be “That Guy”

Posted on January 21, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve decided that I want to be “that guy”. Not “that guy on the bus”,

Or “that guy who got screwed by NBC”,

I want to be “that guy” who, when he’s 80 and grey, his grand kids can recite all the rituals he did every day. I want to be “that guy” whose routine you can set a clock to. Basically, I want to be boring. But I don’t see it as boring. Other people see it as boring and tell me I should want to switch it up and try new things. Great. Fine. But here I am knowing what I want to do; and last I checked, when somebody knows what they really want, that’s something to celebrate, right? So rather than fight my routine, I’ve decided to start embracing it. For instance,

The Raw Bakery Cacao Brownie

The Raw Bakery Cacao Brownie

I want to be “that guy” who has something chocolate every night after dinner. That seems to be the theme, as of late. I’ve had raw things after dinner. I’ve had yogurt after dinner. But, in the end, they’re all chocolate. Does anyone want to argue with me that that’s a bad thing? Didn’t think so. Last night’s treat was a raw cacao brownie from The Raw Bakery. I definitely didn’t need something composed of dates and agave right before bed but c’est la vie. This was OK, but it tasted oddly figgy and not chocolate enough. It had a great texture–better than most cooked brownies I’ve ever had. I’d definitely have it again, but, in all honesty, I could probably make a recipe for these or find a better brand.

I want to be “that guy” who has his shows and is always up to date on them. How could I ever show my face at the water cooler if I didn’t know how hilarious Modern Family was last night(seriously, wasn’t that good?).

Oatmeal With Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter

I want to be “that guy” who has oatmeal with nut butter every night before going to bed. I’ve fought this one before and it’s just not worth it; I love it, it’s good for me, and I’m going to do it. Last night, I even got to try a brand new nut butter: Justin’s chocolate peanut butter. I bought this with my Christmas money, skeptical of how it’d be since I haven’t had a chocolate peanut butter I like before. My verdict? YUM-O! This is seriously one of the best peanut butters I’ve ever had, and the first chocolate peanut butter one I’ve liked. You can taste both flavors, and they aren’t mixed into one; it’s simply perfect. I can’t wait until these are in every Whole Foods, at which time PLEASE get yourself a jar. And it’s organic–my heart be still.

I want to be “that guy” who sleeps 11-7, so long as he can help it. Sure, once and a while I’ll be up later than that, or have to hit the snooze button. But I’m not letting anyone convince me that I shouldn’t be asleep that early at my age. It’s just how I am.

I want to be “that guy” who gets up and exercises! To be honest, I’ve fought myself on this one. I mean, really, who’s thinking anything difficult is “fun” 10 minutes after waking up? But you know what? After I do it, I feel energized and ready to tackle the day, and sooo much better than when I don’t or put it off. Sometimes, we may need to tell ourselves what we want, but that’s just how it is. This morning, I told myself I wanted to do  full core and 200 flights, and that’s what I did. And I felt so good afterwards.

Justin's Chocolate Peanut Butter And Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme

I want to be “that guy” who sets the record straight. For months now, I’ve been calling the all-natural Fluff I’ve been using vegan. Well, a little while back I double checked the ingredients and saw egg whites top the list. Oops. Turns out it wasn’t vegan, just all-natural. Because it wasn’t breaking news, I didn’t think to make a point of it. Recently, Suzanne’s sent me some of their goodies to review. And their ricemellow creme is vegan. There. Record straight.

4 Parts 0% Greek Yogurt : 1 Part Full Fat Greek Yogurt

Bananamon Oats With Justin's Chocolate Peanut Butter, Suzanne's Ricemellow Creme And NOO's Cinnamon Grahams

I want to be “that guy” who has yogurt and oatmeal at breakfast everyday. Predictable? Definitely. But what’s wrong with that when you’re getting protein, fiber, probiotics, whole grains, and healthy fats? Nothing. And occasionally things do change, like trying out my new vegan ricemellow creme. Honestly–I loved it. Fluff who? This was an identical match. It was airy and gooey and sweet. I only wish it had improved on the vanilla flavor of Fluff rather than match it. Definitely not a disappointment by any means, though.

I want to be “that guy” who watches gets his news from Regis & Kelly and The Today show every morning. It’s pretty much how I stay on top of things. I think it’s a lot more reliable than The Jay Leno Show these days, don’t you?

I want to be “that guy” who tries new things from time to time, too. On today’s plate(literally): seitan. I had had seitan jerky but never seitan as a main part of a dish. I bought pre-prepared seitan and just heated it up.

Prepared Seitan, Smoky Soy Brussels Sprouts, Honey Barbeque Baked Potato Chips

Smoky Soy Brussels Sprouts

I want to be “that guy” who brings you fun flavor ideas, like wheat-free tamari and liquid smoke brussels sprouts. Seriously, every time I hear a commenter say that putting certain flavors together was a great idea or that they tried it and loved it, it warms my heart. Really, I don’t think too much about things. I just throw them together if they sound good, and thankfully these came out amazing with the honey barbeque chips and seitan. But also sometimes they don’t work out; that’s one of the benefits of having a dog 😉

I want to be “that guy” who’s a hoot to watch shop, moving slowly and picking up and feeling every product. Yes. I shop like an Italian grandmother, which was ironic today because it was my Italian grandmother who drove me to the natural food store down the road. But I totally encourage shopping like this, because how else would you know if a fruit is ripe? Or nut properly roasted?

NuNaturals Pure White Stevia Extract 1oz

I want to be “that guy” who people trust for good recommendations. I’m kind of hoping to be that already, and I’m hoping you’ll trust me when I say this is the best stevia I’ve had to date. I was sent this along with other NuNatural products over the Summer to sample and review. I’ve boughten 2 or 3 of this particular product because it is truly the purest, least bitter stevia I’ve found. If you think it’s pricey($14 for 1 ounce), know that you get at least 200+ servings out of it so it’s not so outrageous.

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

I want to be “that guy” who raises his family right but never deprives. I like to take cues from Mama Pea. She’s so popular, I’m sure I don’t need to plug her. But if you haven’t heard of her, you must check her blog out; she’s raising her two girls so well, giving them wholesome snacks that they truly enjoy(like chocolate banana ice cream), and if I raise kids half that well one day I’ll be happy.

I don’t want to be “that guy” who calls his dad in a whiny voice complaining how we have no dinner for tonight and our back-up restaurant randomly completely closed due to a private engagement(seriously, how often does this happen?), but I was that tonight. I’m just trying to keep us all fed, people.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Organic Pistachio Butter

I want to be “that guy” who has all the crazy cool nut and seed butters. Can I be that guy already, with this organic pistachio seed butter I ground with Tierra Farm‘s organic salted pistachio meat? There’s something kind of fun looking at a bowl of what should be oatmeal and peanut butter and seeing all orange and green–just saying.

I want to be “that guy” who wins this giveaway for Chobani, so don’t enter.

So there it is. That’s just the kind of guy I want to be, day in and day out. Why the word “want”? Who’s stopping me? That’s the guy I am.

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What Is Fluff?

Posted on December 23, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , |

Lately, I’ve been getting a few questions like “what is that?” or “what is Fluff?”…. What is Fluff? That seems like the silliest question in the world, to me. Fluff is Fluff! And then I remember: Fluff is mostly a New Englander thing, and I’m thankful to have a readership that not only crosses states but countries. Therefore, I think it’s time I addressed “Fluff”.

Firstly, Fluff is technically a brand–not a food item. It’s so common, however, that it’s come to describe the product they make. Fluff is actually a marshmallow spread. If you can’t imagine this, think of a melted marshmallow, but one that stays like that at room temperature and you can spread with a knife from a jar. That is Fluff.

Actual Fluff is made of 4 ingredients: corn syrup, sugar syrup, egg whites, and vanillin. Real healthy, right? It also comes in raspberry and strawberry flavored forms. Since vanillin is an artificial ingredient, what I eat isn’t actually “Fluff”. Thankfully, there are several brands of vegan alternatives which do use all-natural ingredients. The one I have is Tiny Trapeze which can be found at Whole Foods around New England. A more common brand across the company would be Suzanne’s Rice Mellow Creme.

Boulevard's Organic Hot Chocolate With Vegan Fluff

Even vegan and natural Fluff is still primarily spreadable, sweet vanilla. And that’s Fluff’s glory. How do I use it? Well, for one, it’s in some of my recipes like shortcut cream cheese frosting and the award winning fluffernutter cupcakes. On the other hand, it’s perfectly fine on it’s own as a topper over oatmeal. You know how fun it is to eat melted marshmallow? Yeah, that’s exactly what it’s like. You can also add it to hot cocoa for a sweeter twist. And lastly there’s the pride of New England: The Fluffernutter. I couldn’t begin to count how many of these I ate in my childhood: partially hydrogenated Jif, Fluff(the name brand), and 2 slices of Wonderbread white bread. Over the years I’ve changed so much and yet so little; I’m not one to turn down a sandwich of vegan fluff, NuttZo, and 2 slices of organic, whole wheat sprouted grain bread 😉

Are you a fluff fan? Had you known about it before?

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New Plan, Stan

Posted on December 20, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last night, the plan for dinner was Whole Foods turkey(on sale). Well, the smallest turkey was 11 pounds… we’re 3 people. New plan: Dinner at Tomassos! I adore this restaurant, as it’s by far the best one near us, Italian or otherwise. I even dropped some not-so-secret hints last weekend I wanted to go, so I was glad those were picked up. I definitely did not want to go hungry, so I kept snacking on through the afternoon.

Apple

Organic Sprouted Cinnamon Raisin Bread With Macadamia Butter

This was my first time trying macadamia butter, and I have to say the bread really outshined it. It tasted almost precisely like cashew butter(which is the other ingredient in it). It wasn’t bad, and if I were a vegan I could see myself turning to this as a “butter replacement”, but it really didn’t wow me. It seemed like something that could highlight other flavors rather than stand on its own. A little white chocolate with this would have been amazing(Ok, that can be said about a lot of things). We got to the restaurant around 6:30.

Tomassos

I love the open atmosphere; you can see right into the kitchen and the dining room is perfectly arranged for relaxation. The funniest part of the night was when my mom asked our hostess “So is your sister home yet?” with no pretext; last time we were there, we decided that the hostess looked like a girl I went to elementary school with, though we never confirmed this and she clearly had no clue who we were. This time, my mom thought that we had confirmed this with her and she knew who we were, but in reality she gave us a very creeped out glance back. Once we explained things it turned out it was her and she was shocked to come across us. Isn’t it fun running in to old acquaintances?

Pizze Margarita

I had to steal a slice of my parents pizza as an appetizer. This is seriously the best margarita pizza I’ve had outside of Italy, and even then only 1 pizza has ever tops it. It’s perfectly thin and crispy, with an herby sauce and light but fresh cheese. For my dinner I had a really hard time deciding but settled for the maiale

Local Pork With Local Cranberry And Pear Monstrada

I can’t say I’d ever reorder this. The monstrada was delightfully spicy and sweet, but I’m just not someone who can sit down to a big plate of meat and feel good(and that’s all there was on this plate). It felt vulgarly big. I ate most of the leaner meat, but ended up giving 1/3 or so of it to my parents and not feeling particularly satisfied with what I’d eaten. In fact, I was just about downright hangry as we were leaving and other people were talking about how full they were. When I got home, I knew just what I needed.

Brussels Sprouts With Vanilla Sugar

Maybe I should change this blog to VeggieBoy in homage to this lovely blogger(who we should all wish good luck on finishing her finals!). I sprinkled a little vanilla sugar on top because I couldn’t decide if this was a “dessert”. At heart, I’m truly a vegetable lover, which led me to this new plan: Eat meat as a side or seasoning, never more than 1/3 of the meal. Don’t order it while out(I could, but I don’t expect many restaurants to meet the first sentiment, so why set myself up for disappointment?). Maybe those brussels sprouts were more than I expected, because they left me big and bloated. But there’s always room for chocolate!

NibMor Original Style Chocolate

This was a new chocolate I got in the mail yesterday to sample and review by NibMor.

So Delicious Agave Sweetened Plain With Dark Chocolate Newman's Cup And Original NibMor

With a little more chocolate and some soy yogurt to go along side. Yum! This chocolate really impressed me. The flavor was slightly more bitter than I prefer, which was odd because this was a 70% and that’s usually my perfect number. But overall the flavor was good. And I couldn’t get over the fact that this was entirely organic and raw! Seriously, that part astounded me as I couldn’t taste any difference. After posting my peanut butter cookie recipe, a snack plate was in order.

Peanut Butter Cookie, Deep Chocolate Vitatop, Advent Chocolate With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I don’t think they’re quite as good after being frozen from a week, but oh well. Not quite as good still equaled damn fine for a “healthy” cookie. I ended up getting to bed before 11:30, only to wake up around 3:45 and having difficulty falling back to sleep; I think I was either in anticipation of the snow or workout(both to come). I ended up making some 4am oatmeal to settle myself.

Oatmeal With Honey

McLure's Clover Honey

I don’t usually sweeten my oatmeal with stevia or anything; in fact, I like salty oats. But I thought I’d try out my new honey as I definitely was having a bear’s tooth for it. I only did 1/2 a tablespoon(I was trying tog et back to sleep after all), so I didn’t get a lot of flavor, but what I could taste was so nice and pure. I can’t believe I got this for only $4. I did eventually get to bed, and the snow outside was soooo amazing when I woke up.

7:30am

Could you think of something better to wake up to? Well I spared no time in starting my quest to find some good at home workouts to do over the next 30 days if that’s going to be the case. This morning, I did an overall body core workout first which kicked my butt. I need to readjust it for my level before I go and post anything. That took 30 minutes, and afterwards I did stair iterations for 200 flights, which took another 60 minutes. I was literally dripping sweat by the end but it felt soo good. New plan: Get a workout in every day, even if it’s just some light walking around. You’ll feel so much better once you do! And being couped up at home doesn’t have to be an excuse to get out of exercise. I was so ready for breakfast after showering.

Pumpkin Oatmeal WIth Mighty Maple And Pumkin Cream Cheese

Boulevard's Organic Hot Chocolate With Vegan Fluff

This was perfect for a snowy day. I know she wasn’t the first person ever to do this, but Brandi deserves a huge shout out for reminding me of hot cocoa and fluff. The combination of Boulevard’s Organic and vegan marshmallow spread couldn’t have been simpler and tastier. And I just love my pumpkin oats with mighty maple and pumpkin cream cheese(as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now). But that brings me to a final new plan: Get 2 sources of probiotics a day. Actually, this is a rather old plan of mine, and something I generally do, but I think I need to remind myself of this one. Probiotics from fortified foods is so good for the digestive system and I shouldn’t be skimping. If that means I have to eat frozen yogurt at night, who’s to complain? 😉 Clearly there weren’t any at breakfast which just means I’m going to need to fit them in a bit later.

I can’t believe how much it’s still snowing; this is too perfect!

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Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Recipe | Tags: , , , |

Shortcut Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1/2oz(approximately 2 tablespoons) Fluff
  • Sweetener to taste(optional)

In a small container, combine cream cheese and Fluff(I use an all-natural vegan alternative) and whip until light and fluffy. Add a pinch of sweetener if desired.

I don’t think it can get simpler than this. And because I don’t keep a bag of powdered sugar and a high-speed beater in my dorm(shocker), this is like a little taste of home. I add a little vanilla stevia, but it has a perfectly cream flavor without it.

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Popcorn Flavored Cod

Posted on November 16, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m very stubborn. I insist to eat oatmeal when I know I won’t have time to finish it all. Boy am I a crazy person 😉 Jk, but I was still working on my bowl yesterday morning when my parents arrived around noon. They didn’t mind sitting around while I finished, and look what they brought me!

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Archer Farm's Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter

A new peanut butter? A new Target product? A food present I didn’t have to physically pick off the shelf? This was like everything I like all in one ❤ Big thanks to Naomi at One Fit Foodie for giving me the heads up on this one. After putting that and some other groceries they brought, my parents, grandmother and I headed of to Foxwoods! We’ve been going there every few months or so since I was 2 or 3. Don’t judge my family because we bond over institutions of gambling; there are sooooo many other reasons to judge us. Anyway, I can’t gamble until I’m 21, and the arcade room has lost its luster to me, so when we go my dad and I usually eat at one of their great restaurants. This time it was Junior’s.

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Junior's

Junior’s started in Brooklyn, and is much more well-known for their cheesecake. Bobby Flay even threw down(and beat) them! They also built a restaurant at the MGM part of Foxwoods. When you arrive, they give you pickles, beets, and relish.

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Appertif

I thought that was really cute. And it was all so vinegary! It was perfect. For entrees, Juniors has a lot of heavy items; would you really expect anything less from a place whose main appeal is cheesecake? I was in a white-fish mood, so I went with the broiled cod.

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Broiled Cod With Broccoli

The dish came with florentince rice, but I asked to substitute that with the vegetable of the day, which was apparently broccoli. I also didn’t realize that at 2pm I’d be getting the dinner portion. It was very delicious, but I wasn’t expecting the pool of butter it came in. In fact, when I first tasted it I though “Why does my cod taste like popcorn?” That’s how divorced I am from butter; I only know the flavor through popcorn. I’m not even sure what the sauce on the side was but it tasted like mayo and was pretty bland so I didn’t bother with it. One thing that was great about Junior’s was their mustard.

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Junior's Mustard

They make their own, and my dad(who got a steak burger) and I both agreed it was incredible. Luckily, they also sold it, and mustard was on my shopping list, so I got one for 4 dollars. I love buying sauces and jams from places I visit because I think the flavor of their product says a lot about the institution and bring back good memories. We didn’t get any cheesecake, but I snapped a picture on the way out for you to drool at 😉

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Junior's Cheesecakes

Can I move one now? 🙂 We walked around a bit more while my mom and grandmother had fun gambling. I had a huge coffee to flush out the butter from my system. Foxwoods has some fun stores that sell Stonewall Kitchen and other jams. Some of them had me drooling, but I wasn’t in the business of buying new and expensive jams. Once people had had their full(and lost their money), we made the long trip back to Providence. I say long because we stopped at 3 places. For energy I snacked on a new bar.

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NuGo Carrot Cake Bar

It had an interesting flavor. It was definitely sweet, though I’m not sure it was “carrot cake”. Then again, what is carrot cake, anyway? It’s one of my favorites ever, so I’ve had a ton, and I know no two have ever tasted the same because people change up the ingredients so often. Anyway, the first stop was probably the one I was most excited for.

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Rhode Island Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s is always exciting; add in the facts that 1) I haven’t been to one in over a month 2) this was a new one to me and 3) this is their only location in Rhode Island and you’ve got a happy foodie. It felt like reuniting with an old friend. At the same time, so much has changed! They have great looking new profucts like chocolate covered peppermint Joe-Joe’s. And have they always had those vanilla fudge cranberry dunkers? If so, why did I never buy them?

Well, it was dark when we got out of their. After that we went to Stop And Shop for Libby’s pumpkin and Vitatops, but as luck would have it Cascadian Farm’s granola bars were $3 a box and I had coupons! Score. Lastly was Whole Foods, where I restocked on a lot of jam that my yogurt-loving ways have taken, and picked up a dinner. I even slipped my dad $10 my grandmother had slipped me earlier because I felt the groceries had gotten a little out of hand. Here’s the proof:

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Groceries

Like I said, quite a bit. On the bright side, only 3 of the groceries were neither on sale, a coupon item, or store brand. And there was at least $6 saved with sales and coupons, so that counts for something. I rushed to put these away because time had completely gotten by me and was more than ready for dinner.

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Whole Foods Chicken Dumplings And Tuna And Salmon Brown Rice Sushi

Did I mention my parents also bought me a dinner? 😀 This was sooooo good. I haven’t had sushi or Chinese dumplings in what feels like ages; I know of some great sushi places but honestly I’m content with Whole Foods. I like brown rice and most real Japanese places don’t offer that. I’d definitely get it more if it weren’t expensive(though, to be fair, it’s a way better deal than loading up on veggies from the salad bar).

This dinner made me very happy for the ridiculous amount of email responding/blog reading/internet bemusement I had to do. The rest of the night felt like hectic catching up but I’d much rather have a fun day and a stressful night than anything else. For a bit I ran around putting things away, cleaning plates, jumping into PJ’s, and making a snack.

 

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt With Harvest Spcie Granola

 

I was still hungry immediately after dinner, which I think was either from my low snackage of that the sushi had enough protein. Regardless, pumpkin pie greek yogurt was by far the best answer. I added 1/4 cup pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla stevia, and used 1 Harvest Spice bar as granola. This tasted just like pumpkin pie. It definitely hit the spot. I don’t know that I’d like that bar on its own, but as an on-the-go granola I could see it being handy. Amazing Race and Family Guy were decent, but nothing to gush about. This snack was though:

 

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Peanut Butter Chip Granola Bar, Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

 

Why people pay an arm and a leg for supplements when they could buy tasty, fortified food I will never understand; I swear I always feel better the day after I have a vitatop for dessert. Even if it’s all in my mind, it’s damn tasty 🙂 The granola bar was good, too. Nothing fortified or particularly nutritious, but definitely delicious. I think this one would make good on-the-go granola, too.

Nerd rant: The Aeneid is just awful to read in translation. At least when you read it in Latin you feel like you’re testing out your knowledge and can enjoy the poetry side of it. As a book, though, it pretty much sucks. In fact, the author, Virgil, wanted it burned after he died because he never finished it and didn’t like it himself. Some people are very glad those orders were not carried out. I, on the other hand, am not.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Smart Balance, Newman's Own Organic Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, And Vanilla Sugar

Speaking of fortified, this was fortified with goodness. I actually used to worry about not getting enough calcium, but with 3 cups of yogurt or milk a day and green vegetables that’s not really a concern. And I think a sprinkling of vanilla sugar is totally justified when you buy plain and unsweetened yogurt 🙂

I’m finding the better I stay hydrated, the more often I need to get up and go in the middle of the night. A bit unfortunate, but if that’s the price for proper health I’ll pay. I grabbed a fruity bar and hit the gym.

 

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Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

This one’s not my favorite, but it had me at “and nut”. I think Monday’s are the best for long runs because usually I lower mileage over the weekend, and I’m excited to see The Today Show gang and 7am cartoons. Today pretty much fit that bill. I decided on 12 miles and finished in 99 minutes flat. None of my gym friends were there this morning 😦 But I know where they work so I can give them hell for being lazy and make sure they kick their own butts tomorrow 😉 Breakfast was decided long before it got made.

 

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Oikos With Strawberry Jam And Fluff, Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter And TJ's White Chocolate Chips

Yum! I love getting new “toys” to play with. The vanilla cranberry butter was surprisingly thin, and the cranberries weren’t whole but rather finely ground. Still, it had GREAT flavor. I think it’d be good in some yogurt. And the white chocolate chips were perfect. I think you can tell they’re made with cocoa butter. I don’t know why, but I was craving a little sticky fluff, so I threw that on the yogurt. Perfect 🙂

 

 

 

Xagave Giveaway! I’d love to be baking with this stuff!

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Build Me Up Butternut

Posted on October 7, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As you can tell, there are a few new changes to the blog. Yesterday was all about building up, up, and away. I can’t believe Food Makes Fun Fuel has come this far from a Summer distraction, and I can’t wait to see where it will go next. After sending in an application last week, yesterday I became a Featured Foodbuzz Blogger. I’m super excited as you might be able to tell to take on that role and whatever might come of it. I’ve had to adjust the layout a bit. Any ideas for what you think the header should be? I stuck with some Fall themed PB & Oats, since I think that’s pretty descriptive of everything right now. That being said, don’t be surprised if I’m procrastinating on a paper some day soon and switch it up. I also have big plans over the next month(yes–we’re talking month because I do have homework and an attempt at a life) to reorganize the Product Reviews for them to be much more readable like the Recipes page. Lastly, I wrote up a quick blurb called How I Fuel for new readers to get a sense of my food philosophy, so check that out.

And thanks for all the well-wishes on my exam. I think it went pretty well; it’s kind of hard to tell with language courses because you either know the vocab and constructions or you take a guess at the vocab and constructions. That being said, I think I finished feeling about par for the class so I feel strong and know I did what I could. Afterwards I stopped by somewhere I might not have otherwise expected myself:

Rockefeller Library

Rockefeller Library

We have a pretty decent library, but it’s very… libraryish? I’m not a fan of anywhere where a cough is a spectacle and books are the main source of entertainment. Funny because my grandmother was a town librarian for 40 years. Yikes. I printed what I needed and dashed. I swung by the dining hall and grabbed a lunch that really buttered me up:

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup, Maple Mustard Tofu, Broccoli, Italian Veggies, Mushrooms

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup, Maple Mustard Tofu, Broccoli, Italian Veggies, Mushrooms

Get the joke? Oh, I’m punny 🙂 This soup was actually AMAZING. Better yet, I looked up the nutrition/ingredient details because I can and it was equally spectacular. This was pretty much straight, seasoned squash puree with a little EVOO. I try to stick to “vegan” things in the dining hall because anything else risks a heavy case of butteritis(and not butternut). I added a little cinnamon and salt and that took me off to heaven. The rest was decent, too. No protein really stood out to me so I went with the maple/mustard combo of last week and that was perfect.

I hope you’re sitting down reading this: I didn’t go to a grocery store yesterday afternoon. Fever? Nope. Swine Flu? Nope. I just really had nothing I needed other than to get work done, so I stayed put on campus. It’s not entertaining, but c’est la vie. This was more what my afternoon looked like:

Study Area And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Study Area And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Plus daytime TV, of course. How could I miss that 😉 I try not to do the processed food thing when in my dorm room but I needed something I could nibble slowly on to work and my palate said chocolate brownie Z-bar or straight baking chips; I think I chose the better route. I’m not going to claim to have done anything spectacular other than translate pages and pages from dead authors who have been translated time and time again, but if that doesn’t get your goat I don’t know what will. Oh, maybe this:

Banana Goodness Bread With Smart Balance Peanut Butter In Low-Fat Plain Yogurt

Banana Goodness Bread With Smart Balance Peanut Butter In Low-Fat Plain Yogurt

When Baked Goods Met Freezer should be the sequel to When Harry Met Sally, because it’s a hit. I dethawed some of my Banana Goodness Bread and topped it with Smart Balance peanut butter(which I’ve been oddly obsessed with lately) and threw in some plain low-fat yogurt for a controlled yogurt mess. I think low-fat plain yogurt has the perfect flavor, with just a touch of cream, to the point where it doesn’t need any sweetening whatsoever. Speaking of X Met Y, I might have caught up with How I Met Your Mother at this time and that might have been the best episode of the season thus far in my opinion; anything Barney + Robin I’ll be a sucker for. I met Adam whom I ditched last night for dinner:

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup, Carrots, Green Beans, Black Bean And Spinach Ragout

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup, Carrots, Green Beans, Black Bean And Spinach Ragout

Why do you fill me up, butternut baby? Again, delicious. I even brought cinnamon to the dining hall to add to it(is that weird? Don’t answer that, I’ll take a wild guess). The veggies were all their veggie self. The bean and spinach thing wasn’t bad, but it definitely didn’t prompt me to finish all of it. I was happy ending the meal on the note of my soup and Grease playing in my mind.

Tuesday nights NBC has stolen me. With The Biggest Loser and Jay Leno, how could I not just park myself on that station? I loved the theme of this week; how Americans have so much trouble eating out I don’t know but they do and that needed to be addressed. I’ve always felt a little “special” when i get nit-picky about my food when we eat out, but it’s entirely worth it to have a healthy and delicious meal made the way you want it(so long as the waiter doesn’t get p-ssed and spit in your food). Midway through I got an intense craving and had to leave my dorm for this:

Don’t I take a great photo 😉 But in all seriousness, in getting this yogurt, I was robbed. Not on the walk over, or even the walk back, but in the cafeteria, at the checkout, when I realized it was 2.85. Wtf? Is it made with gold now or something? I’ve always believed in feeding your cravings but not if they’re going to drive you to the poor house. I’m going to need to bolster up on some Oikos soon at Whole Foods to avoid that situation. But I do love that hint o’ cream in the base, and that this flavor has less sugar than other Chobani fruit flavors, so I guess it’s OK in the end. Have I not mentioned my obsession lately?

Smart Balance And Semi-Sweet Baking Chip Oats

Smart Balance And Semi-Sweet Baking Chip Oats

Dear Smart Balance, please make a chocolate flavor and spare me the extra effort. Your stalker, Evan. If this were a flavored nut butter I might understand the cravings; last I checked, flax oil wasn’t a “flavor”, but that might have just changed. And in case anyone’s ever wondered, the side-effects from too many Omega-3’s in the diet are an elevated mood, diarrhea, and thinned blood. I looked that up one day over the Summer when my intake of salmon, Smart Balance, and flax was a little more than gratuitous. I also had some toast with cream cheese and peanut butter cookie spread because I really wanted to fuel for the AM run.

When I woke up it was pouring. And I’m talking “Get out the ark” pouring. But I took it in stride and went to the gym. I wanted to run 10 miles this morning. But I knew if I used that word “want” that left doubt, so instead I told myself I was running 10 miles. I put on the ipod video and got going, although the real drama was the lightening and monsoon occurring outside. Mile 4 was the longest by far, and continually peeking at the distance didn’t help. I got through it nonetheless and finished strong in 82:46. Obviously, I was ecstatic because that’s only the 5th time I’ve run that distance and I felt really strong afterwards. I got back to my dorm a little later than usual but dent ahead with my planned bowl of oats:

Oatmeal With Fluff, Vanilla Almond Butter, And Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Chobani

Oatmeal With Fluff, Vanilla Almond Butter, And Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Chobani

Strawberry, vanilla, and almond could not possibly go better together; this bowl makes me miss Summer so much as I look out on the damp streets right now. This Chobani was not 2.85, thankfully. It’s from the ones I won off of Heather’s contest. It’s a little thin, and a lot of sugar, but it’s got some good flavor. I really wish they used the 2% base more because I think that really makes the yogurt.

Today I have no clue what to do. I suppose it’s dependant on the weather, like always in New England in Fall. I have 7 strong essay pages, so I’m not stressing that one too much yet until I realize I have nothing to make it longer with(TWSS?). Anyway, toodle loo!

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Soybeans Make Meals

Posted on September 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Firstly, I’m glad I have tough readers who don’t let a little mold scare them off from their favorite food. As a testament to the kind of company Oikos is, Kristina, the representative who first introduced me, came across that part of the post and offered to send replacement coupons. Thank you, Oikos; Clearly I’m just not eating my tubs of yogurt fast enough, but that’s fixable. My breakfast yesterday must have filled me up with protein because I was not hungry at all by the end of Greek. Looking back, between the oatmeal, egg, greek yogurt, and peanut flour, there was about 40 grams in all–and much tastier than just eating a piece of grilled chicken, too! I muddled around my room a bit, went to the Ratty, and got the PERFECT inspiration for lunch:

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Maple Mustard Tofu

Lentil Soup, Broccoli, Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

Mustard Maple Tofu

I know I’m not the only blogger who has drooled whenever Kath makes her tofu; I thought hers always sounded really interesting, so I worked with what I could. I tooke 3oz chopped tofu from the salad bar, tossed with 2 teaspoons mustard and maple syrup, and microwaved for 40 seconds. She was definitely right about the flavors here because they’re AMAZING. It’s not quite sweet like maple, and not quite savory like mustard, yet it’s very earthy and subtle. The lentil soup completely failed in comparison to the tofu. Is anyone else always surprised when they find lentil soup? I know how much water it takes to make regular lentils so I can never imagine how much water is needed for lentils AND soup.

I was originally going to go to Whole Foods after Days with my friend, Adam, but he said he didn’t want to go today since he just went grocery shopping yesterday. What, normal people don’t go grocery shopping every single day and don’t find browsing the aisles fun? What’s up with that? I went by my lonesome, but I think that’s a good thing because I took so long he would have gotten really frustrated. I had this in my pocket to snack on:

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

Spooky Smores Z-Bar

So loving these right now. And why not, ’tis the season. They have a bit more saturated fat than my other faves, the chocolate brownie and the peanut butter, but they also have more whole grains. And I swear, if you have any intention of eating a Z-bar during the day, keep it in your pocket beforehand. Some people swear by microwaving these, but I think the pocket is a much better method because it heats from the outside, more like an oven. After a few hours it’s really soft and slightly melted–unbelievable. So what did I end up getting at Whole Foods?

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Whole Foods Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Just my yogurt. I browsed the kefirs to see if there was any I wanted to try, but I wasn’t sure what brand to go for, what flavor, etc., so I let that one be for now. Besides, after this I have 2.25 left in my food allowance for September and with today being the last day I really want to try to start October out on the positive. And I like the Organic Lowfat variety; in my opinion, lowfat gives the best combination of nutrition and texture out there, and Whole Foods doesn’t make a non-organic version of it. When I got back to my room, I downloaded the new google chrome, which has made uploading pics so much less of a pain, and made a snack:

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

Oats With Vanilla Peanut Butter And Grain Sweetened Dark Chocolate Chips

This is another Naturally Nutty flavor that puzzles me but I really like. I’m convinced if you try it unknowing, you can’t tell that it’s not regular peanut butter, yet you’ll like it a lot more than plain. The vanilla adds a subtle something that does a good job at just enhancing the nuttiness. And dark chocolate chips… speak for themselves. I ate this while catching up on Heroes. Now that the episodes aren’t 2 freakin’ hours long, I can get a lot more into them and appreciate the plot; it looks like this will be one hell of a season. For dinner, I met up with my friend at the V-W since the online menu looked more appealing:

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Curry Tempeh, Broccoli, Green Beans, Carrots, Beans And Bacon Soup

Enter soybean source number two of the day. I’ve only recently tried tempeh since eating at the dining halls and I’ve really enjoyed it thus far. It’s much meatier than any other meat-alternatives I’ve had and I’d love to try some of the great blog recipes I’ve seen if I ever get back into a kitchen. The curry added a nice mild spice to this. The bacon soup was a bit to soothe my bacon tooth I had last week that went untouched; it didn’t really do much more than give me plenty of gas. Bacon in soup is just sad and flabby, whereas bacon should be salty and crisp(and, some people might argue, in dark chocolate bars I eye every time I’m at Whole Foods). The soy definitely won out in this meal.

NBC officially has me on Tuesday’s. First up was 2 hours of the Biggest Loser. Is it just me, or is this the nastiest, meanest, most depressing season yet? Isn’t it great in a horrible way? I think Bob and Jillian must be tired with the show or have HUGE egos because they have gotten pissy–love it. The last scene before they went into the elimination room was so emotional, it was almost hard to watch. Of course, there was snacks throughout:

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Coffee, Gingerlicious Cookies, 10-Grain Bread With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Scone With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Plenty of good eats for the night. See my mug? Oh yeah, I’m a devoted fan(/it was dirt cheap at the NBC store in Rockefeller center since no one else wants them). Where to start, where to start. Holly’s post last night had me drooling at her amazing pumpkin molasses cookies. I’m definitely adding those to the to-bake list, but for the meanwhile it reminded me I had some frozen gingerlicious cookies to devour. I’m sure they aren’t as good as Holly’s but at 50 calories each with fiber and a veggie puree base, they aren’t shabby at all. I finished off a tub of cream cheese in making my peanut butter cookie spread toast; I was thinking of oats in a container at first but somehow I don’t think the plastic and hot oats would be friends. And the scone was made with a recipe from The Peanut Butter Boy. That’s definitely one of the favorite recipes amongst the members of my house. I made mine with flax and almond milk so they’re vegan. Note to self: flaxy scones + flaxy peanut butter might be a bit too much fiber for the stomach right before bed. I wound down the night with Jay Leno’s new show. I really like it and hope it’s here to stay because it’s a reliable source of entertainment. I’d rather be watching Flipping Out at that time but we don’t get Bravo here so no dice.

This morning was another “why do I get up early to run morning”, but run I did nevertheless. I didn’t even look at milage/time on the treadmill because I think it takes so much longer if you obsess about those numbers. Instead I just kept my eyes focused on The Today Show and the drama that is Jon And Kate Plus 8(Sorry, but I can not stand this show or all the press around it). I ended up going 8 miles in 68:30 minutes; I think the older woman who’s there every morning like me thinks I’m a bit crazy for running even after the treadmill shuts itself down; then again, I can’t disagree with her. I think my breakfast speaks for itself today:

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Fluffernutter Oatmeal, Banana Goodness Bread, Banana Nut Vitatop

Normally, I try to vary up the plate with dairy, fruits, carbs, and healthy fats, and normally I’m pretty good at that, no? I mean, what doesn’t say balance better than a bowl with oats, egg, and steak sauce. This morning balance just did not appeal to me, and I wanted bready carbs. I almost got the toaster out to add a slice of 10-grain bread, but showed restriction after the oats. The banana nut vitatop was clearly one of the winners from the sampler I recieved; though I must say it has serious competition with my Banana Goodness Bread with dark chocolate chips. And fluffernutter oats, ah fluffernutter oats, nothing else is so universally satisfying. See, there’s fruit on the plate in the banana jam. That counts, right? I used Butter Toffee Peanut Butter by Naturally Nutty for this batch because I think the flavor just works well with banana(and who doesn’t love B-alliteration?).

I’ve been in such a rush this morning, I haven’t even looked at what the new sales are at Whole Foods. Can you imagine that? Please excuse me while I fix that. But I want to leave you with this hilarious quote I came across yesterday, that is just too true for words:

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles

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Our Desserts Are Not Normal

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

Like all Thursday mornings, yesterday was rush rush rush. I actually finished my breakfast in under an hour. I literally can not think the last time I ate that fast(because a fly usually can be born and die while I eat a meal). Greek class was pleasant as always. Another gem of a quote from my professor(this one’s mostly sane), “A coffee addiction is a terrible thing; I have to wear a lot of Brown clothes”. Too true. And unfortunately for me, decaf stains and burns the same. I grabbed lunch at the Ratty and came back to this horror:

Google Reader

Google Reader

You all keep me busy; please keep it coming. I pretty much tore down what I brought from the lunchroom and rebuilt it into a more decent meal:

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Savory Spinach, 3 Bean Salad With Steak Sauce, Mustard, And Maple Syrup

What did I learn at this meal? Let’s see. Broccoli from salad bar steamed in a little water in the microwave is beast. My microwave’s potato setting actually does a decent job but this could have used a bit longer. “Savory spinach” is just spinach cooked down. And cheese can easily be picked out of 3 bean salad which can then be sauced however you please. I thought the steak sauce, mustard, and maple syrup would make a nice flavor together. It was OK, but not as great as I had hopes for. Anyway, I ate this and worked worked worked my way through google reader, watching some quality Days. I planned to give my legs a complete rest yesterday and just mostly hang around. I’m not good at following the itinerary, because at 2 I was headed out the door with this in hand:

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

Coffee and chocolate make a mocha heaven, that’s all I’m saying. In case anyone’s ever wondered what this Midnight Moo stuff I talk so much about is, it’s Trader Joe brand organic chocolate syrup. It’s very well priced compared to the competitors and all natural, so definitely pick some up if you’re lucky enough to live near a TJ’s. Where was I headed and why? I think this sums it up:

Black Mission Figs

Black Mission Figs

1.88 a pint for black mission figs. Curse you, Eastside Market, for ruining my rest day with such a great sale. How could I say no? And of course while I was there I had to shop the whole store AND the Whole Foods right across the way. I knew once I started looking at 1/2lb blocks of raw cheddar cheese, I needed to get out of there with my wallet in tact. Well, I actually kept my spending really modest after all.

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

Pint Of Black Mission Figs And Peanut Butter Z-Bars

With sales and coupons, that was all 3.80. I would call that a success, wouldn’t you? I hear Spooky Smores Z-Bars are out there now; if you’ve found them, I envy you. I saw them on their website over the Summer and was unsuccessful in tracking them down thus far. I have high hopes for the Halloween season but not if the only stores I can get to are Eastside Market and Whole Foods. Anyway, I decided to watch How I Met Your Mother when I got back and make a study–wait for it…–snack:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

I do not understand Smart Balance Peanut Butter–I just slip my spoon under it and eat it. It doesn’t have any fun flavor, and it’s made to be healthier, so how come it tastes so funky fresh good? The mysteries of life… I really liked that episode of HIMYM and the show’s progression. Robin and Barney are too cute together. After this I finished up all my homework for Friday(impressive, no?) just in time for dinner:

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

Brussel Sprouts, Hugh Jass Salad, Vegan Chili

I totally got the “why is that guy taking pictures of his food” look for this one, but it was worth it. I was not feeling the protein or veggie option tonight. So, when in Rome doubt, I made a sald. Let me tell you what went down in that. I started with some spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers. Topped that with broccoli, onion, shredded carrots, and shredded beets. Finished with the jalapenoes and sunflower seeds. Can we say winner, winner, no chicken in that dinner? I’ll have to remember that long ass combo. When I was finished my mound of green and my friend his white cake with chocolate pudding frosting, he asked me why I never eat dessert there. Rather than open up the whole can of worms on eating unrefined, all natural, food that actually looks appealing, and all that jazz, I told him I have a lot of desserts like oats and peanut butter when I go back to my room. He told me that wasn’t “dessert”. Oh no? I think someone doesn’t read enough blogs…

Actually, my desserts did start out pretty normal by all standards:

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

Fig And Almond Blondies, Black Mission Figs

I defrosted one of my fig and almond blondies which was perfect for the night. If I go home this weekend, I’m definitely grabbing a ton of figs and baking a big old batch. I love that they aren’t too too sweet but the honey is definitely prevalent, and how incredibly moist they are. Figs are a funny thing, I must say; when they’re ripe, they’re perfection, but when they aren’t they’re just bland. Some of these were ripe; some of these were bland. I was pretty enthralled in Survivor while eating these. I thought the entire show was ridiculous and hilarious in a “laugh at not with” kind of way. Russell finding the immunity idol without any clues kind of p-ed me off since I hate him, but that has to be one of the greatest Survivor moves out there. And when he and his tribe mate were being racist–priceless. Not good, just good TV that makes them the people you love to hate. After Survivor, it was new show, new snack time:

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

English Muffin With Peanut Butter Cookie Spread And Fig Preserves

I don’t care if you’re a healthy eater or not, how can white chocolate, peanut butter, cream cheese, and fig not be appealing as a dessert? Seriously, normal people aren’t normal. I was super excited for the 2 hours of Grey’s Anatomy. No surprises with George being killed off; I was surprised how not sad that all seemed. I liked the story line progression. To be honest, my favorite scenes have always been the one’s where Chandra Wilson’s and Sandra Oh’s characters have broken down and gone apeshit crazy. I’m looking forward to what’s to come with the hospitals merging, but I hope it doesn’t get too too dramatic in a soap opera way(though I do like my Days). I would have made some delectable oats during the second episode, but my roommate and his friend were around, and I didn’t feel quite like breaking out the food scale and measuring grains in front of them. Instead I stuck with toast with the best jam in the world, a peanut butter Z-Bar, and some more of these:

Black Mission Fig

Black Mission Fig

This morning was about as “5 more minutes of sleep, mommy” as I get. I really didn’t want to get up, nor go to the gym, nor do a damn thing. On top of that, I was feeling a little hungry which was a sign to me that yesterday’s fueling was not enough. As I snacked on some figs and peanuts, I thought about whether or not I wanted to run this morning. I realized the shirt I was wearing was my Nike shirt from the Olympic collection which says “Just Do It” on it. How could I ignore that? I went to the gym, got on the treadmill, and just ran. There was a giant EXIT sign in front of my machine, but that’s one sign I ignored. Half an hour in, I got off to turn on the TV, because running without it is just a sin. I surprised myself by doing 7.34 in an hour flat. That’s a much better pace and further than yesterday, all on a day when I wasn’t feeling it. Needless to say I was pretty cocky proud of myself. After I showered I was ready for the oats that never were from last night and more:

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Fluff And Fig Oatmeal, English Muffin With Cherry Butter And White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Carrot Juice

Nothing was bad about this meal. I baked the figs in the oatmeal which diffused the flavor well. If anybody wondered what kind of Fluff I use, it’s by a local company called Tiny Trapeze, and it’s all natural and vegan. The almond butter is Naturally Nutty. It’s definitely not one of my favorite flavor of theirs, but that’s just because they make so many other great flavors this one gets swept under the rug in comparison.

TGIF! I’m so ready for this weekend, not like I have any clue what I’m doing as of yet. I’m excited because one of my favorite shows, Ghost Whisperer, comes back on tonight; I think Jennifer Love Hewitt makes an excellent dramatic actress. I need to decide if I want to take a trip home this weekend, which seems sensible since my roommate and best friend will both be out of town and wild atlantic salmon is on sale at Whole Foods. Ok, I’m more persuaded by the latter argument, I’m not going to lie. Have a good Friday!

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Learning How To Hold Them, How To Fold Them

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday morning I had the 3rd semester Greek I was too intimidated to sign up for. Sure, what was on the board at the beginning of the class looked like complete gibberish, but I’m starting to feel with the notes at the back of the book time I will relearn the language and do quite well in the class. And the students and professor seemed much more mature and better than the intro class, which I also appreciated. I had gotten an email that a package was waiting for me so after class I tracked it down to a sketchy warehouse and look what I found!

Vitatop Super Sampler

Vitatop Super Sampler

The folks from Vitalicious agreed to send me their super sampler for review! I’m very excited for these. My local Market Basket only carried a smattering of flavors which I had already tried all of. I think from this whole box I’ve only had the deep chocolate(coincidently my favorite so far) so I can’t wait to give them all a review. The best thing about vitatops is how fortified with vitamins and minerals they are; I’d prefer to get all that from food but since I’m no longer purchasing food or cooking for myself, I’ve been thinking about a multi-vitamin. These are much better–and tastier. Thanks, Vitalicious!

I knew it was time to bite the bullet and do my first load of laundry. Of course this never goes smoothly for anyone, right? It wasn’t that bad except for the fact that my Brown ID which should have money for laundry on it didn’t and I ended up scrambling around for street vendors to make change and give me quarters(old-school style). I probably looked insane running around eating lunch because at this point in the day I was starving.

Grilled Chicken, Black Beans With Salsa, Couscous Salad

Grilled Chicken, Black Beans With Salsa, Couscous Salad

The grilled chicken was plain, which was just what I was looking for. It let me drown dab it with 365 steak sauce. The couscous salad was definitely different and something I wouldn’t mind now and again. And black beans are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Good thing that they’re so proteinous and fiberous.

After I got enough quarters that they probably thought I’d open a bank, I went downstairs to work the machines. I accidently payed for the dryer above mine to go for an additional 60 minutes(oops) which cost me another 5 quarters(double oops) but I got it all worked out in the end. While I waited I shucked corn in my dorm room–not recommended. Those darn little hairs are so hard to clean. And one of my corns had this to reveal:

Maggot In Corn

Maggot In Corn

That’s what you risk when you buy fresh from a farmer’s market. It kind of creeped me out that I might have eaten that if I wasn’t paying attention, but I just shoved it out. And when I was done so was my laundry.

Laundry

Laundry

Amazingly everything was the same color going in as it was coming out: joyous. I still had more to do but I was out of quarters for the day. One vitatop was still in my mind after unpacking it and shoving it in my teeny-tiny dorm freezer so I knew I had to try it.

Chocolate Fig Vitatop

Chocolate Fig Vitatop

This smelled just like a Fig Newman, which I loved. After being thawed in the microwave a bit it was ready to be eaten. I thought the flavor was pretty decent, but I wasn’t rushing out to buy more, which I normally am tempted to do with limited edition things. Maybe it’s because I’ve had fig almond blondies and fig jam at my disposal all summer that these didn’t taste as special as they sounded. Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely delicious. But I would stick with the deep chocolate variety in comparison. I ate this on a walk to my favorite place:

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Where I picked up some real goodies:

Blue Diamond Honey Almond Butter, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Mint Chocolate

Blue Diamond Honey Almond Butter, Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Mint Chocolate

Believe it or not, I haven’t boughten a honey almond butter before, and I was able to get this for 3 dollars between sales and coupons. The mint chocolate was also a sale item and something I’ve been craving this week. I don’t like spending money on food while I should be eating from my meal plan, but for 5.08(the cost of these products) I got over 2000 calories, which is really quite great when you think about it. As long as I don’t buy things like organic celery(lol at the thought) I think it’s a smart purchase for my stomach and my wallet. Speaking of eating up my food, I had this when I got back to my dorm:

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Yes, I brought one of those adorable silly little cone cups from home. I’m still a little bumbed the frozen yogurt melted and refroze cause it’s a bit icy, but it’s still decent; plus, I won’t let myself buy a new one until I finish the last one. I’m thinking I should just wait until my parents come down to buy my next pint, anyway. The Whole Foods here has a strawberry goat’s milk ice cream with balsamic vinegar swirl. Umm, holy yum? It’s 7 dollars, though, so I ain’t paying for it.

I read a bit of the Iliad before dinner. God I forgot how much I hated that book. Shame, too, because it’s like the number 1 piece of Classical literature and I’ll probably be facing it 10’s of times in my future. For dinner we went to the Ratty and met another friend from high school who’s in her Junior year.

Black Beans, Cajun Corn, Broccoli, Baked Potato with Salsa

Black Beans, Cajun Corn, Broccoli, Baked Potato with Salsa

Black beans are officially my bffl(best food for life). The cajun corn was nice and spicy, but I hate it when something has flavor and you don’t know what the flavor’s from. The broccoli was just… sad. After we went to the activity fair; unfortunately, it was mostly just “legit” clubs. Where’s the get-together-and-watch-season-20-of-Survivor club? I’m sure it will pop up soon. I grabbed some decaf and went back to my room to get minty fresh.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Rain Forest Mint

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Rain Forest Mint

I like how this chocolate has a 72% cacao base; it makes it very dark and slightly bitter. The mint is refreshing and noticable at first, but the flavor kind of subsides as the chocolate melts. I like how solid the bar is–it doesn’t seem like it would melt easily even after a long day in your pocket. Overall, I thought this was good, but I don’t know if I’d be buying it again. The fact that the mintiness disappears with time is too disappointing and I’d like to find a bolder brand.

I had a great night of watching Big Brother(c’mon, Kevin!) and Grey’s Anatomy(dramaaaaa) while eating some savory oats:

Oatbran/meal And An Egg

Oatbran/meal And An Egg

Why are these so good? Oh right, the half a shaker of salt I put on them. I also managed to finish reading my homework in the Iliad a little early so I picked up the next chapter of this book:

Thrive

Thrive

I already have a lot of problems with this book by page 70, but I’m going to go ahead and finish it before it frustrates me enough to throw it out the window. I know I’m completely electing to read it and Brendan Brazier is just sharing his own diet, but I feel like he comes off as condescending to any other sort of way of eating, not just the typical America refined foods. And of course I take issue with his food pyramid; grains at the top and no spot for peanut butter or chocolate? We’ll have to agree to disagree.

This morning I went a little more than 6 miles. I’m definitely feeling stronger than at the beginning of the week when this was all new to me but I haven’t had that feeling of “why don’t I just keep running to 10” since I was home. I’m curious as to how much of this is the new courses, how much is mental, and how much is dietary. Hopefully things will keep improving. I had one of those I-have-no-idea-what-to-have-for-breakfast days. Don’t you hate those? Luckily fluffernutter oats is always a pleasing standby.

Carrot Juice, Vanilla Chobani With Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, Fluffernutter Oats With Maple Peanut Butter

Carrot Juice, Vanilla Chobani With Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, Fluffernutter Oats With Maple Peanut Butter

Fluffernutter Oats

Fluffernutter Oats

What is fluffernutter oats some of you may be wondering? It’s 20g oatbran/20g oatmeal cooked and topped with 1 tablespoon fluff(or technically an all natural, vegan, marshmallow creme), banana pineapple rum jam, and a peanut butter(in this case Mighty Maple). Yes, there are oats under that blanket of goodness in the picture even though you can’t see them 😉 I also finished my containers of vanilla Chobani AND Odwalla carrot juice. But good news on the carrot juice! One of the cafes here sells it for the mondo-ridiculous price of 8.50 but I can use a meal credit to pay for it, which I have ample of because I don’t eat breakfast at the crapacafeteria. So don’t worry; my natural orange hue will remain in tact.

Today is supposed to rain the day away, which works for me. i’ve fallen so far behind on my TV watching because we don’t get the Food Network. I know, I should right to whoever’s in charge; how am I supposed to get the recent doings of Charm City Cakes?

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