That Food Network Show I Hate

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’m not very picky when it comes to television, especially since moving back home and getting more channels with a DVR. I men, you have to be a TV whore to record something called Sex In The Ancient World airing at 3:01am, right? To be fair, I had a history class period this past semester devoted to that, a whole awkward class period. But there’s one Food Network show that I both watch and loathe.

What’s right about this show? I’m sure the contestants are great hometown chefs, but they never pop. They just aren’t Food Network chefs and it shines through. The producers are constantly trying to build the pressure when there just isn’t any. And presentation is always overemphasized. If you can mix sugar cookie dough and miso and make a dessert, you can dress it up all you want but I just want to know how it tastes. There was no emphasis on pressentation last night. No funky ingredients. And no Chopped.

2% Fage With Raw Honey, Green & Black's White Chocolate

2% Fage With Raw Honey, Green & Black's White Chocolate

Green & Black's White Chocolate

Green & Black's White Chocolate

I like to balance the incredible health benefits of raw honey with nutritionally void white chocolate. It’s OK when it’s organic 😉 And so delicious. Just look at those vanilla bean specks! Green & Black, you have my heart.

Oatmeal With Dark Choc And Peanut Chunk PB

Oatmeal With Dark Choc And Peanut Chunk PB

See? I would definitely fail presentation on chopped, even if you can never go wrong mixing crunchy peanut butter, peanuts, and dark chocolate shavings. I had no clue what I was in the mood for at the time, but how can you go wrong with peanuts and chocolate?

Oatmeal With Almond Butter, Fage With Fig Jim And Hazelnuts

Oatmeal With Almond Butter, Fage With Fig Jam And Hazelnuts

This morning was all about the almond butter. The Trader Joe’s creamy salted is to die for. But I think I have enough nut butter to shingle a roof so I’ll have to wait to buy another jar.

Fage With Fig Jim And Hazelnuts

Fage With Fig Jam And Hazelnuts

I think I’ve been spoiled with Fage since it seems to be on sale everywhere lately. It really is the best plain yogurt to get, and you can dress it up with anything, like fig jam(from an open market in France!!) and hazelnuts. That makes the day feel so much more adventurous already.

What television show can you not stand?

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200017 Things Making Me Smile

Posted on April 29, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

1. They now sell 18 Rabbits granola bars(reviewed here) in an on-campus cafe!

365 Peanut Butter

365 Peanut Butter

2. Finding a jar of 365 creamy peanut butter I was convinced I didn’t have amongst my array of nut-butters.

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

3. Organic chocolate at every meal, this time courtesy of Newman’s Own Organics

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

4. All too much of my absolute favorite nut butter: 365 peanut butter with Madhava’s vanilla agave

April's Food Network Magazine

April's Food Network Magazine

5. This months Food Network Magazine, about which I’ve said, and I quote, “This issue deserves to be framed.” Love it.

6. Getting a response from the Food Network editors for what I wrote in!! I wrote in about their lack of tofu recipes. The response wasn’t so much about that, but that they might use my comment in an upcoming issue and wanted to verify my name and hometown! I’d be so excited if I made it in 😀

Zevia Ginger Ale

Zevia Ginger Ale

7. Feeding my diet soda addiction, naturally.

8. Avocadoes! And that they’re on sale this for 98 cents along with other good deals.

Tuna Salad With Chili Lime Yumnuts, 1/2 An Avocado, Lime Nachos

Tuna Salad With Chili Lime Yumnuts, 1/2 An Avocado, Lime Nachos

9. Healthy salads, filled with tuna salad with chili lime Yumnuts, avocado with lemon juice, and lime Food Should Taste Good chips.

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

10. Chips! OK, maybe this was an addiction better left forgotten.

11. 2 ancient historians referencing the Godfather in a candid, back and forth lecture on this, the day of their students’ class.

Purely Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Zig Zag

Purely Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Zig Zag

12. Chocolate and peanut butter in ice cream(or anything). It works every time! Unfortunately, this was the last of the pint, which shouldn’t have been the case except it looks like somebody felt it was OK for them to eat my ice cream last night 😦 Seriously, if it’s not yours, don’t take it! Ugh. At least that assisted in Project Cleanout?

13. Finding a dime in the bathroom. I should’ve cleaned it first.

14. Our last fire drill of the year coming when I had dinner baking in the oven. OK, I was actually panicking at the time and assumed I let something explode, but it definitely gave me a chuckle in hind sight 🙂

Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

15. My skills in [not] baking must be getting better because this bar of chopped dates, cherries, raw walnut butter, maple glazed almonds(non-raw) and agave nectar came out… well, it came out 🙂

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli, Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli, Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

16. Hot meals out of the oven, like my maple baked tofu. Traditionally, I might serve this with sweet potatoes. But tonight I thought I’d try changing it up since that dish just never satisfies me as good as it is.

200016. Today, we will have hit 200,000 page views, all thanks to you and your wonderful support 🙂 I think without growth and backing, I’d be afraid to “blog on”. But I feel the love and the momentum and can’t wait for 200,000 more.

200017. New Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy tonight! Get excited!

What has made you smile today?

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She Thinks My Treadmill’s Sexy

Posted on February 26, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m afraid I’m going to get charged with a PUI: Posting Under the Influence. I overdid it on Country music this morning; that stuff goes straight to my head like triple X whisky. Let’s see how this pans out…

Greek Yogurt With Cherry Butter And Dark Cherry Chocolate

Like Sugarland preaches, in life there ain’t no rhyme or reason, no complicated meaning, ain’t no need to overthink it, let go laughin’. Sometimes you just need to put unholy amounts of cherry butter and chocolate on top of your yogurt to make life a lil’ better 🙂 Ain’t no shame. I enjoyed this gourmet yogurt mess while watching Survivor; at this point, I’m just waiting while they knock out the suckers in the game and get to the real players.

Food Network Magazine

Did you know it’s apparently legal to have “free time”? I did not. But I finally got around to reading the new Food Network magazine I got ages ago. Most of the recipes seem so complex I want to tear my hair out, but the articles are nice, and there was this killer recipe for avocado hummus snuck in a St. Patrick’s day article. Not so holy? Me singing out loud both parts of Lady Antebellum’s All We’d Ever Need. It got noisy.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With SP PB, Nutritional Yeast, And Sea Salt

I wrapped up the night with the same bowl of oatmeal I had at breakfast–no shame. If there was any confusion, what I put on this is Smart Balance Peanut Butter, their one sweetened with agave syrup. They have several products out that sound similar, but that’s the one I like. I also thought about how I ate completely vegan yesterday, save 4oz grass fed beef and 6oz greek yogurt. Not bad considering when you see a deer, you see Bambi. And I see antlers up on the wall. Brad and I have things in common.

Tribal Cinnamon Oatmeal Bora Bora Bar

This morning, I accidentally set my alarm for Tuesday/Thursday time. 6:15 on a day with no class? No thank you. I “slept in” until 7, then hit the gym with this bar in hand. I really didn’t have a set distance. 8? 10? 12?!

12 Miles In 1:47:45

Yep. 12. I haven’t ran that far or felt that good since back in December. Was it the dried fruit in the bar? Was it the company of the other treadmillers? Was it The Today Show? Was it the copious amount of country music? No idea. But, like Miley says, Ain’t about how fast I get there. Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side. It’s the climb.

Found Money

On the walk back to my dorm alone I found 27 cents! Sweet deal; that’s about as much of a paycheck as I’ve seen lately. Since I’m a poor Country singer, hopping bar to bar for a paycheck, I thought about how much beer food this pays for. I was pleasantly surprised to realize this matched the cost of 3 bowls of organic oatmeal. It’s like getting paid to eat…

Chocolate Avocado Pudding, Oatmeal With Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Keeping with the organicness of it all, I topped my oats with Naturally Nutty‘s not-yet released organic vanilla  cinnamon almond butter and organic coconut milk. The avocado I think was from an organic batch? To be honest, I mostly get organic when it benefits me in price, or is the same either way. 1 exception to that is always organic oats from the Whole Foods bulk bin and load up when they’re on sale for 99 cents a pound. I mix that in a 50/50 blend with Trader Joe’s oat bran and it’s a perfect bowl every time. I don’t think there’s a country music song about organic foods 😦 When do you “do organic”?

Coconut milk: How do you store it/for how long? I opened this can up on Saturday night and I’m thinking it’s getting a little back-of-the-barnyard funky even covered in the fridge. It reminds me a little too much of pina colada at this point like something(though I can’t wholly complain). Also, check out this asian dinner giveaway and an iherb shopping spree. Have a good one, ya’ll 😉 Oh God–how many people are going to find my blog through “ain’t” today?

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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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Yellow Yolks

Posted on January 20, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I don’t want to think what I’ll do without a food processor when I go back to campus. It’s sooo amazing. For instance, it can turn fruit into ice cream… twice in one day!

Banana Soft Serve With Milk Chocolate

I had a second bowl of banana soft serve. This time I omitted cocoa powder and added some xanthan gum because the bananas weren’t fully frozen to begin with–delicious. I topped it with the milk chocolate that Kristie gave me. Holy yum was this good! I didn’t check but I bet they use butterfat in the ingredients because this was soooo rich and creamy and delicious. I think it rivals Divine’s milk chocolate; would it be ironic that one of my new favorite milk chocolates was given to me by a vegan? Thanks, Kristie!

I also like the food processor because it makes seeds into seed butter, such as it did yesterday with my pistachios, which I couldn’t wait(literally) to dive into.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pistachio Butter

This bowl was saltier than the sea but it was sooo delicious, too. I forgot how much I liked pistachios; they’re just such a pain to deshell. I ended up watching Chopped, which is one Food Network show I don’t care for. Have you seen it? It’s just not my style. What I do like is trying to figure out what I’d make if I were one of the contestants. For instance, they had to make a dessert with tofu, cacao nibs, cherry tomatoes, and gingersnaps. If I were them, I would have made a gingersnap crust, filled it with chocolate tofu pudding, and garnished with whip cream, a candied cherry tomato, and cacao nibs. I don’ know how good that’d come out but it’d be worth a shot 🙂

When I woke up I was pumped for a strength and cardio session. I did my core of

  • 40 push-ups
  • 50 standing lunges, 50 walking lunges
  • 70 side crunches, both sides
  • 100 crunches
  • 70 crunch pose-hold
  • 240 arm rotaries
  • 5 sets of 7 chair swings
  • 40 squats
  • 70 standing marches
  • 70 rower arms
  • 40 second rower’s pose hold
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 70 tricep dips
  • 100 air bike kicks

Followed by the standard 200 flights. I knew my after-dinner snacks wouldn’t hold me over through all of that so all the while I was nibbling on this new bar I was sent to review:

Jay Robb Cashew Coconut Bar

As with all Jay Robb products, if it will make me look like that, I’ll eat it no matter what it tastes like. Thankfully, this cashew coconut bar was also delicious. It really tasted quite tropical with the coconut and sweet cashews. I couldn’t even notice the rice crisps, which I normally detest. And I love that it’s lightly sweetened with agave nectar and sugar alcohols; who wants a lot of sugar when they’re reaching for a protein bar? That’s what energy bars are for. This also has a good deal of NUTrition(cashew butter is the first ingredient), so for breakfast I went for some other fats.

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Bean Sugar

Oatmeal With 2 Cage-Free Organic Eggs

I had(what I thought) was a lightbulb moment: I separated the whites and yolks, cooked the oatmeal with the whites for 1 minute and then added the yolks fr the last 30 seconds. They came out so perfectly runny while the whites were completely set. That’s how I’ll be making eggy oats from now on. For the yogurt, I just took a plain So Delicious and added vanilla bean sugar from Whole Foods bulk bin; don’t you love looking at something and seeing vanilla beans? I definitely eat vanilla with my eyes first.

Today’s Tip: Eggs It seems like there’s a million different things to think about with eggs(then again, I overthink everything) and I was wondering: Where do you stand? Love it all? Just the whites, please? Or no eggs for you? For me, they’re a package deal. I think they’re a perfect protein balanced with fat when you eat the whole egg. And so much of the vitamins and nutrients are in the yolk that they’re hard to pass up. Of course, there’s the cholesterol that comes in the yolk, too(a healthy egg should have a bright yellow/orange yolk). But after reading the literature on egg cholesterol and cholesterol in general, I’ve came to the decision that it doesn’t matter to me. I do, however, keep a carton of egg whites on hand, just for those times when I want a protein boost or need the structure they provide in baking. If you want your baked good to be cakey, add 2-3 eggs. If you’re looking for something airy, omit the yolks and whip the whites. Or, on the contrary, if you want something a bit beefier like milk chocolate peanut butter chunkies, use just the yolk. Ideally, I’ll own my own hen coop some day. That way I’d know where my eggs come from, how the hens are treated, and not have to pay for eggs ever again. Clearly, not much plans to move to the big city here. So what are your thoughts on eggs?

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Why, Alton, Why?

Posted on January 19, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In case you haven’t heard, Alton Brown totally revamped his diet with some simple rules he follows that has him happier and healthier than ever. That’s great. Good for him. That’s not what gets me. What gets me is how he’s still giving me major pound cake cravings with his shows. Why, Alton, why? You know I don’t have a stash of pound cakes around. And you’re basically telling me a pound cake is one of the hardest things to bake. Don’t do this to me! OK, well after all that I didn’t have a pound cake. BUT I found something remarkably similar.

1/2 An "I Really Need A" Cookie

Maybe it’s not a pound, but these chocolate chip “I really need a” cookies have a full tablespoon of butter(along with plenty of other healthy things like that ;-)) in them. I wasn’t super hungry for a cookie, so I split one with my dad, and covered my half with a little more earth balance. For something that wasn’t a pound cake, this was super good and hit the spot. Take that, Alton. After a great episode of Unwrapped(which I’ll be rewatching today because I’m obsessed with Unwrapped), I made an equally great bowl of oatmeal.

Banana Oatmeal With NuttZo And 2 Goji Almond Oat Cookies

This wasn’t even like oatmeal; it was like warm banana pudding *drool*. I used the same amount of oatbran as usual but cut 1/3 the thick cut oats and added stevia(not a normal oatmeal ingredient) and that made it perfect. Then I topped it with two of the sweetest treats I could find: the last of my almond oat goji gourmet cookies and a dab of NuttZo. If I were more awake, I would have added vanilla to the oatmeal; thankfully, the sweet vanilla of the cookies saved the day–soo good! And then I went to bed a little early after listening to Jay Leno explain what’s been going on himself. All I can say is the NBC executives have really made a mess for themselves.

Backyard Snow

Ironically, today was the day I was thinking “Maybe it will warm up enough for a run”. Haha. Well Mother Nature had another plan, and I’m OK with waiting a little more. I was a little bit extra pumped to do my cardio this morning because last night I downloaded Say Hey and Tick Tock. Those are such pumping songs! I definitely gave Tick Tock and extra listen, even though 1/2 the time I feel too old to be listening to something like that and the other 1/2 too young.

Better Than Roasted Just 4 Nuts Butter

I really had no appetite for anything after stretching, other than trying out this new nut butterBlue Mountain Organics sent. Just 4 nuts? I think that includes me 😀 it has almonds, cashews, pecans, and walnuts, is raw, and has no salt added, so I was very curious how it would all come out.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Just 4 Nuts Butter

Plain Greek Yogurt With Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Brownie

When you can’t get yourself to want greek yogurt, throw a brownie into it. Unfortunately, I’m running out of said greek yogurt fast 😦 On the bright side, the nut butter was delicious! I wasn’t sure how it would come out, whether a muddled or sweet flavor. It was enjoyably sweet, with a nice nutty crunch to it. I think as someone who isn’t a raw purist it’s hard to be “satisfied” with raw and unsalted nut butters but this one was definitely flavorful and artisan.

It’s still snowing 3 hours later! I love it; it looks so nice and fluffy. Here’s a health tip for the day: Did you know organic, thick cut oats at the bulk bins at Whole Foods are just $1.49 a pound? For less than 15 cents, you can have a healthy and green breakfast. What kind of oatmeal do you eat?

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(Half-)Marathon Monday

Posted on October 19, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday when I got home, the gang was there to welcome me:

Montana

Montana

I can’t decide whether he looks annoyed or apathetic. My grandmother was also there to slip me a little money for the food(thanks, grams!). I was a little worried, because the only thing I smelled upon entering the house was chicken. I’ve decided that chicken and turkey that’s not wild or grass fed I am more than happy to give up for good. Thankfully, though, there was a slab of salmon hiding in oven as well. My mom apparently felt that for the 4 of us we needed broccoli, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, carrots, a chicken, and salmon. My plate simply looked like this:

Sweet Potato, Salmon, Brussel Sprouts

Sweet Potato, Salmon, Brussel Sprouts

Salmon, sweet potato, and brussel sprouts. Isn’t this my every meal? Of course it was all delicious. The only problem was that this occured about 20 minutes after shoveling in my muffin and cream cheese so afterwards I felt the bloat–majorly. I parked my butt in front of the TV and caught up with my beloved Food Network. Tivo records Unwrapped so I caught up on all the inside scoop with marshmallow foods, and then it was time for Paula’s Party. They cut open a coconut; I now have much more respect for anything I eat that has a decent amount of coconut milk because that is not easy stuff to harvest. It began snowing quarter-sized flakes at 2pm:

Snow In The Backyard

Snow In The Backyard

What month is it? This is not ok with me at the moment. By 3 we decided to hit the road, not before raiding the freezer of course:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Just because it’s snowing and I’m bloated does not mean I’m not in the mood for ice cream. Let’s not make that mistake. I seriously love this Snickerdoodle, which I reformatted the product review specially for this post, so if you want to hear all about it click on the link. Or, ya know, just buy it and take my word on that. We swung by Hannafords because I remembered they sold a certain new favorite product of mine:

Coffee Bean And Raspberry Dark Chocolate Attune

Coffee Bean And Raspberry Dark Chocolate Attune

Attune bars! I only had 1 coupon left but both of these flavors sounded so promising I didn’t mind paying for the other. These really do come in plenty of fun flavors and I hope they taste as good as they sound. It was snowing ridiculously, but for some reason I feel so much calmer riding in the snow; I guess it’s fun to think of the whole “carriage ride in the snow” thing even if you’re just in the car. I managed to spill coffee all over my freshly washed jeans–way to go, Evan. When we got back, I didn’t have much to put away other than a ton of clothes. I was feeling like something wheaty but a big bowl of oats right before dinner wasn’t appealing. Instead I had toast!

Toast With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Toast With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

My jar of Cookie Dough Peanut Butter is almost gone, which on the one hand means oats in a jar! But on the other means I’m going to need to swing by the 1 store near home I know that sells it soon. I might have accidentally ditched my friend for dinner, not thinking we were meeting up tonight. Oops. Well he ditched me last night when his parents came and he got a real meal so I’m going to play the even stevens card. Instead, I put together this in my room:

Flamegrilled Gardenburger With Ketchup, Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Carrot And Zuchinni Medley

Flamegrilled Gardenburger With Ketchup, Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Carrot And Zuchinni Medley

The first thing I loved about this meal was that it was entirely vegan! I could never go vegan or really any restricting diet for a prolong period, but I love eating different ways at different meals. Look at the size of those broccoli spears; I love it when my cafeteria has those available. And sweet potato? How luck could I get. I was really craving the flamegrilled gardenburger(my last one :-() doused with ketchup. Trader Joe’s ketchup is much more vinegary than most and definitely a unique twist.

The Patriots completely owned Tennessee last night, but apparently this wouldn’t prevent them from showing the game and screwing up the primetime line-up. Instead I caught up on some Simpsons and their treehouse of horror; it’s such a weird thought that that’s gone on for 20 years and the show is older than me! I knew precisely what I wanted for probiotic source #2 for the day:

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Attune And French Vanilla Coffee

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Attune And French Vanilla Coffee

This bar was definitely unique and delivered on the promised flavor. You can catch my full review here. I really love anything dark chocolate and berry or berry and peanut butter; they definitely don’t make enough foods with those flavor combos. Do you think we should petition for a chocolate raspberry vitatop? I do. I also needed–yes, needed–to have this bowl of oats:

Pumpkin Maple Oats With Pepita Sun Butter

Pumpkin Maple Oats With Pepita Sun Butter

I forgot how amazing pumpkin oats with the real deal maple syrup could be. Don’t get me wrong; I still love my salty pumpkin messes. But this sweet variety is also quite nice. The single(and I do mean 1 and only) thing I don’t like about this and other Naturally Nutty peanut butters is that they don’t melt so purdy on oats. I’m actually more of a fan of runny, need-to-stir peanut butters and Naturally Nutty makes a point of their no stir formula. Oh well, at least the flavor is spectacular.

Finally The Amazing Race came on but it coincided with Brothers And Sisters; since I really hate falling behind on my dramas, it was a pretty clear choice which one I’d go with. I’m loving the progression of this season with all its twists and turns; it’s a wonder why this show doesn’t get the hype of others. I had one last bedtime snack:

Deep Chocolate Vitatop

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

For some reason, I’m just not a big fan of the muffins. It should be the same as the vitatops or brownies in theory, but it doesn’t feel that way. At least it was better digested than last time’s english muffin. By the way, I have a great roommate who vacates the room at 10:30 because he knows grandpa here wants to get to sleep.

This morning my alarm went off at 6:30… and then again at 6:40. I felt I needed a little pre-run fuel even though I didn’t have much of a plan:

Decaf French Vanilla, Whole Wheat Bread With Mighty Maple

Decaf French Vanilla, Whole Wheat Bread With Mighty Maple

Love that mighty maple. By the way, it’s pitch black here until 7. When did that happen? Bread’s not easy to spread in the dark. I got to the gym and started on the treadmill at a really easy pace of 7.1mph. After a while I knew how far I wanted to go if I continued to feel this good and that it could be my 2nd half marathon. Around mile 9, I had to do a quick bathroom break, and the last mile was definitely a push, but that’s no time to call uncle. I ran 13.1 miles in 1:50:56 and it felt great. Wouldn’t it be awesome to do that every day? I think I just heard my legs laugh. Anyway, that really put me behind for my morning and breakfast was a quickie to help me catch-up:

Jumbo Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Voskos Vanilla Bean Yogurt

Jumbo Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Voskos Vanilla Bean Yogurt

The cinnamon raisin rolls by Zen Bakery are amazing; even after time in the freezer and the microwave it’s still delightfully yeasty(giggle, giggle), light, and airy. The butter toffee peanut butter made a good frosting, too. I’ll write up a review for this Voskos yogurt, which was a sample from the company. I haven’t ate it yet but I see real vanilla beans(!!) so this is muy promising.

And have you ever wondered how any of the Peanut Butter & Company peanut butters are? Well, this weekend I set out to reformat my entire nut butter review section if you remember. That was far too large an undertaking, but what I did accomplish was the PB&Co. section so check out those if you’ve ever had any questions. One of the flavors even gets a perfect 10/10! Which could it be…

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Determination And A Bit Of Math

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

I don’t know what happened, but yesterday was not 24 hours. It was 8, maybe 10 tops, and I have the pictures(and not the productivity) to prove it. The day started off good enough in class. I realized for the first time just how many grad students and upperclassmen I have for classmates. If I don’t Ace all my classes, I at least will feel comforted that my curve is being screwed by people who already did the college thing. I went to the lunchroom for lunch and ended up throwing out most of the food I picked up. I felt bad, but I’m sure the cafeteria throws out wayyy more than what I did. Instead I had a delicious microwave made meal:

Trader Joe Multigrain Pilaf

Trader Joe Multigrain Pilaf

TJ Pilaf, Flamegrilled Garden Burger, Steak Sauce, Broccoli

TJ Pilaf, Flamegrilled Gardenburger, Steak Sauce, Broccoli

You don’t get this stuff from the dining hall. The Flamegrilled are my favorite Gardenburger, and they’re also vegan! I love simplicity of ingredients like that. The pilaf was very good; I’d had it before but don’t remember much more than liking it enough to buy it again. It had just the right amount of spice and salt, and a really fun play on texture. Tomatoes was the 2nd ingredient, which was odd because it didn’t seem like much there, but overall it was very tasty and filling, especially for something made in the microwave. 365 Steak Sauce just completes any dish–if you’ve tried it, you know what I mean.

Normally I’d have stayed in and watched Days and Rachael Ray. But the weather was not getting better with time here in New England, so I figured I might as well “get it over with”. As I started walking towards Whole Foods and F.Y.E., it started raining. This was entirely warranted:

Organic Decaf Coffee With NuNatural Stevia

Organic Decaf Coffee With NuNatural Stevia

Look, ma, no cardboard holder! Nothing was getting between me and my warmth… literally. I pretty much gulped this down over the mile walk in record time. I first stopped at F.Y.E. to buy myself a little treat, then to Whole Foods to buy a little more. Would you believe my Whole Foods doesn’t have any Vitaproducts? What’s with that? I needed bread–I had made that admittance to myself. I also got enamored by the fresh cut deli meat so I got 1/4 pound Honey Maple Turkey. Yum!

Shopping Loot

Shopping Loot

When I was walking back, it really started raining. Thank God I’m a talented power-walker along with runner. I stopped by the mail room where I had an argument with my mailbox; I can remember what the numbers are, I just can’t keep in mind what direction to turn the dial! So frustrating, and all I had waiting for me was a bank statement. I did however have a very special package I was thrilled to receive waiting for me at the window. It was the order I placed Sunday night!

Naturally Nutty Products

Naturally Nutty Products

My Naturally Nutty Seed Butters! Have you ordered yet? What are you waiting for? Well I definitely needed a good bowl of oats to help me warm up. But I needed a good melting peanut butter and, despite how good Naturally Nutty is, it just doesn’t melt like PB&Co.:

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Butter Toffe Almonds

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Butter Toffe Almonds

Soul-hitting? Yeah, that’s the word. I’m glad I’m not the only blogger with a serious addiction to this, see proof. Joint intervention? I hear those are cheaper. I caught up on Family Guy and SNL at this time. Loved Family Guy, but meh on the SNL. It just hasn’t been itself in ages. Around 6 I didn’t want to be ravenous at dinner so I snacked on this apple:

Mystery Apple

Mystery Apple

Calling all apple experts: This was delicious! Except I have no idea what it was. Is there such a thing as a Golden Delicious? Because that would certainly fit the bill for this one. It had a great sweetness at first but then mellowed out with a slight tartness, but not too much. One of you, I’m sure, will keen on this one I’m guessing. For dinner, my day all came together. My friend had to head back to Boston earlier so dinner with him was off; it was also raining cats and dogs so I was more than happy to stay inside and eat what I bought earlier:

Cherry Zevia, Honey Maple Turkey Sandwich With Cranberry Apple Butter And Cream Cheese

Cherry Zevia, Honey Maple Turkey Sandwich With Cranberry Apple Butter And Cream Cheese

Can you practically taste Thanksgiving already? The honey maple turkey had such a nice salty sweet flavor. And the Trader Joe’s Cranberry Apple Butter was just perfect and the cream cheese really mellowed it all out in the end. Ideally this would have had some vegetable on the plate, but the only one I had in my dorm was a sweet potato I didn’t feel like nuking and I certainly was not swimming to the dining hall to get carrots and broccoli. While I ate this I reunited with The Food Network. Did you know you can watch full episodes of certain shows like Good Eats? I found out exactly why yogurt is “good eats” and why I’ll probably never be making my own any time soon. If I did make my own, though, it would probably be out of goat milk:

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Goat's Milk Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Goat's Milk Ice Cream

Because it sure makes for one hell of an ice cream. When I went down to the communal freezer, I said a little prayer along the lines of, “Just let it be there, damnit, or someone’s going to pay”. Don’t I make great prayers? At 6.99 a pint, you have to be a bit protective. Thankfully it was there so I scooped some out and put the itty-bit that’s left back in the freezer. I ate this to the tune of Survivor. I would so rock that show if I were on the island. The only problem is I don’t think I could stomach half the things they eat, and my metabolism would probably be racing so I would need to eat a lot. That would be a disaster. How is it that Russell has fooled them all? I couldn’t imagine watching these episodes after having gone through all that and been voted off and not feel a little cheated. For Grey’s I needed to get my probiotic on. I didn’t quite want to eat my other Attune bar yet; I want to save it for a “life could be worse. There could be no such thing as chocolate” moment, so I went with good ol’ Stonyfield instead:

Carrot Cake Yogurt

Carrot Cake Yogurt

Stonyfield with a kick, that is. The muffin butt to my carrot ginger muffin had mysteriously been squished, so it made it all the better to grind up and add to this. It came out a little too yogurty because I used a lot, but ’twas still good with some NuNaturals vanilla stevia and cinnamon. Meanwhile I was having a ton of fun playing with this new feature to the MyPyramid website. It’s kind of fun, but kind of wrong, too, in my opinion. I don’t see why whole milk yogurt would have 65 “extra calories”(i.e. empty). Yes, it has fat solids, but its not like it has the same effect on the body as refined sugar. To each their own.

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With SB PB, Toast With Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With SB PB, Toast With Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

Can you tell I needed something to butter me up? The Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter is ah-mazing. It has a very similar flavor to the Pepita Sun Butter but isn’t quite as sweet, I’m guessing in part because of the extra cinnamon. I also watched Matt Lauer on Jay Leno and decided a Today Show Host is my new official dream job. Why? Well first of all who doesn’t love all of them. And Matt was talking about going to bed early and getting up and doing his job first thing in the a.m. How about perfect for me?

This morning was not normal, and I’m a creature of habit, so naturally I was a bit annoyed. I set my alarm 30 minutes early to do a longer run, and slept in for the first 15. Ididn’t get the best nights sleep, so my hunger was unusually raging when I woke up, so I grabbed this before going to the gym:

Chocolate Orange Nature's Path Optimum Energy Bar

Chocolate Orange Nature's Path Optimum Energy Bar

I’m not accustomed to eating before exercise, so this felt a little weird. But I didn’t want to just ignore hunger. Hopefully this isn’t an every day occurrence and sleep gets better or I’ll be putting on a Freshman 15 overnight(literally). After running about 3 1/2 miles, nature called and I had to make a pit stop. Thankfully, I recorded how far I’d run but not how long, and when I got back to the machine it had reset–oi. I kept going and after another 5 miles the same thing happened. This time I took note of distance and time, but I was still pretty annoyed as you can imagine. By the end, I had ran 10 miles, and after adding up all my distances/times/estimated times I ran it in what I think was 85:28. It almost doesn’t “feel” like a 10 mile run after all the interruptions and oddities. But I kept determined all the way through and that’s what matters.

When I got back there was another disappointment: My basil plant practically died overnight. I’m trying to water him all he’ll take but I’m guessing it’s just not a hospitable environment for him right now(hell, or me, I’m cold!).

Blueberry Banana Yogurt With Strawberry Marmalade, Chocolate Vitatop With Chocolate Sunflower Butter

Blueberry Banana Yogurt With Strawberry Marmalade, Chocolate Vitatop With Chocolate Sunflower Butter

I really felt like I needed a “cleansing” breakfast this morning to shake off the bad and absorb the good, and that’s exactly what this was. Fruit and yogurt always feel nice and healthy, so I whipped up 1/2 a banana and unfroze some blueberries, mixed with Stonyfield and topped with jam–yum! The vitatop with the new seed butter was deeeelicious. The Sunflower Butter is very thick like most of Naturally Nutty’s products so it was hard to spread, but had a great flavor. It reminded me of Nutella except it’s not laden with sugar; in fact, sugar is one of the last ingredients. I’m going to try and convert all my peanut butter reviews into the new format this weekend, and I’ll be sure to add the new ones in. Speaking of this weekend, I’ve no clue what I’ll be doing. There’s so much to do at the Boston Regatta and campus and, at the same time, so much not to do so that I can catch up on work. I’ll have to figure that out today.

I would really go nutz to try Nuttzo, aka, don’t enter this contest 😉

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Foodie Gallery

Posted on October 11, 2009. Filed under: Restaraunt Review, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Warning: If you’re prone to drooling on your keyboard, get out a napkin for this post. Ironically, my morning was very disorganized and ugly. I was running way behind yesterday morning(not so much literally as figuratively). Apparently, there was a tornado warning and my room was affected:

Dorm Room

Dorm Room

Thankfully(or not), somebody was also a bit late leaving my house that morning, so I had more time than I thought to pack. For a 3-day trip home, I feel the need to pack as though all I’m eating is what I pack. 4 jars of nut butter and my coffee machine were necessities, of course. Because I was still eating breakfast in the car, we skipped the Whole Foods on the way home and got there by 1. I was very excited to see not 1 but 2 packages waiting for me:

Packages

Packages

So many exciting goodies here. In one of the packages was 2lb’s of peanut flour I ordered. I really liked my gift from The National Peanut Board, so much so I ordered these 2 pounds for myself. I can’t wait to see how the dark roasted contrasts in flavor to the light roast. The second package was an amazing surprise from my friends over at Nature’s Path:

Nature's Path Organic Products

Nature's Path Organic Products

Wow. I am so spoiled 😀 My good friend, Joy, from Nature’s Path Organic sent these over for me to sample and review.  Thank you, Joy, for all these great sounding products. She asked me if there were any in particular I wanted to try and I mentioned how among all their products their Pumpkin Flax Granola really stood out to me so she was sure to include that. Now, normally I reserve oatmeal and yogurt–as much as I love it–as just a morning and dessert thing. Well, special exceptions were made in this case because I just couldn’t wait, so I made a unique lunch:

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Butter Toffee PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumkin Flax Granola

Pumpkin Oats With Chocolate Butter Toffee PB And Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumkin Flax Granola

Did I mention I also got my dad hooked on Naturally Nutty, so much so that he ordered some for himself and this was his Chocolate Butter Toffee I was stealing trying? Well now you know. Overall what can I say about this meal but that it was pumpkinrific. I actually wasn’t blown away by the chocolate butter toffee because of how remarkably similar it was to the regular butter toffee. But since I love their butter toffee I wasn’t too disappointed. The Pumpkin Flax granola was exactly what I was hoping for. I liked this a lot. It was crispy without being dense. A lot of granolas are either light and get soggy or crispy but very hard and dense; this was light but it remained fresh even after spending quality time with my yogurt. I could definitely make this a daily whole grain. We needed to do some Trader Joe lovin’ while I was around so I grabbed this and jumped into the car:

Peanut Butter Vitatop

Peanut Butter Vitatop

It’s definitely not one of my favorite because the peanut butter is a bit scarce and lacking in flavor, but as with any chocolate vitatop: even when it’s not good, it’s still pretty good. I also translated my Greek homework, which was a great break because I actually translated the exact story last year in another book. Lucky, huh? I can’t wait to be tested on it for the 3rd or 4th time. We hit up Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in a reasonable amount of time. I picked up ice cream at the first store so that really got my booty moving in Trader Joe’s to get in and out as quick as I could. Overall I would call it a great success:

Grocery Trip Loot

Grocery Trip Loot

I grabbed fruit, because apparently that doesn’t exist to my parents besides bananas. I also got 2% greek yogurt from Trader Joe’s; this is part of why I love the pineapple Chobani so much and I completely forgot TJ’s made their own! There was also english muffins and whole wheat cinnamon raisin rolls via my new favorite bakery. They’re 200 calories each with little sugar and a great, yeasty base–heaven. I grabbed my favorite ice cream on sale, snickerdoodle! And to round it off I picked up some more vitatops and Stonyfield plain lowfat yogurt. Oh, and I got some Trader Joe pumpkin whoopie pies which I bought especially for when we see my relatives today; trust me, it’s taken a lot of restraint to keep away from those. Well I definitely needed a snack, and boy this was a good one:

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Sugar Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Vanilla Bean Sugar Frosting

I channeled my inner Jenny to make this, and oh my God was it good. I heated up a cinnamon roll and mixed 1 tablespoon greek yogurt with vanilla stevia to make an icing. Then I sprinkled on my special vanilla sugar from Whole Foods. This was perhaps one of the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. When I say that I mean this actually topped the ones from the mall with 1000 more calories. I’ve never been lucky enough to have a Holey Donuts cinnamon roll, but I bet this beats that, too. Oh my God. You have no idea. Ok, ok, I’ll stop gushing. My afternoon “project” was to make something for seeing the relatives. Of course I went with my new favorite recipe:

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookies! Holly definitely showed her inner genius here. I modified her version a bit but it’s impossible to improve on perfection. My cousins’ grandmother made a great molasses cookie. These aren’t quite as good, probably because they’re way lower on the butter and sugar, but I’m hoping they’ll enjoy them along the same strand. And, you know, if they don’t love them I certainly do 😉

Well we(read: I) decided we should go out for dinner tonight. The first and only place to pop into mind was Tomasso. It’s definitely the classiest, most amazing restaurant within 30 minutes of here, and makes Italian food we just love. Best yet, the restaurant is very conscious about serving “food” that’s local and organic when possible. You’d be hard pressed to find anything processed in their kitchen. The entire menu looked amazing and deliciously seasonal. I decided to order of the menu and go with the special of the night.

Local Albacore Tuna With Vegetable Salad Medley

Local Albacore Tuna With Vegetable Salad Medley

This fish was absolutley delicious. When they say local and fresh, they mean it; my guess is this was caught this morning or yesterday. And it was so rare that I couldn’t have (not) cooked it better myself! Yum. I felt a little naughty adding some sea salt to it, because it was so nicely seasoned; the truth is I just salt everything including the soups at my dining hall, so I salted it in secret. My parents decided to get a pizze:

Margharita Pizze

Margharita Pizze

I’ve had this as my main before, and let me tell you this: It’s the best pizza I’ve had within the United States. I had to cut myself off a piece just because it was there. They also ordered a ton of appetizers to split amongst themselves. The only one I tried was the polenta fries:

Polenta Fries

Polenta Fries

It was OK, but not something I’d order. It tasted a lot like something I could make myself with some polenta, milk, and a mild cheese. When I go out to dinner, I really like to focus my meal on a great protein like fish or beef rather than something carby; I can always make myself pasta but I’m not going to go out and butcher a cow for my dinner(I let someone else do that because it’s less messy). Overall it was a great night and I’m glad everyone enjoyed their meal.

While my dinner was fantastic, it wasn’t as filling as my usual veggie-fest nights, so I quickly grabbed this from the freezer:

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

I love my snickerdoodle and I can not lie. I had to enjoy this with a cup of coffee; I’ve never understood desserts that involve coffee on top of ice cream, but to each their own. The perfect show for me was on TV at 8: Good Eats Salt. I never learned so much about salt. Thanks, Alton Brown! I never liked Good Eats when I first started liking Thee Food Network. I always thought it was too much talk and not enough cooking, plus the recipes always confused me. Once I got a food scale and realized that recipes really were all about the science behind them, I started liking the show a lot more. For instance, I know that yeast makes things rise which makes them light and airy and makes me want to eat them again:

Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Greek Yogurt Vanilla Bean Icing

Vegan Cinnamon Roll With Greek Yogurt Vanilla Bean Icing

I used a little less vanilla stevia in the yogurt which gave it just the right sweetness to not overwhelm the roll. I seriously think this could convert the fickiest of healthy eaters. I intended to catch up on TV shows on the internet and homework for the night. What actually ended up happening was the 10th anniversary of Good Eats! What a great special that was; I love how he sat down, came up for the concept of some crazy cooking show that’s never existed, and got it done. For some reason, the night did not seem complete until I had my oats:

Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

I love that I’ve corrupted people in this house enough that I don’t need to bring certain flavors because I’m positive if I crave them there’ll be there. Case in point: White Chocolate Wonderful. This was good eats for Good Eats. And I forgot how good of a melting peanut butter this is. Peanut Butter & Co., 365 Brand, and Crazy Richard’s are all my staple for oatmeal because they get so liquidy that it’s joyous.

This morning was a bit of a mess again, but a mess I’m glad to have done. You see, I greatly underestimated how cold it was when I decided to run. Now Mr. Weatherman is telling me it was 30’s and 40’s, and I’m definitely an 80’s and 90’s boy. Well even though I couldn’t feel my fingers a mile out, I figured I’d keep going while I was already running. Towards the end of the run I had major digestion… let’ just not go there and instead say I was dashing for the bathroom when I got back before thinking about stretching. On the bright side, it was a goregeous run through the back roads of Marlborough and Southborough and I got to listen to my country songs which really helped me feel grounded. And those issues probably sped me up to finish 8.5 miles in 1:09:25. If Sunday’s good for anything it’s breakfast and circulars:

Pineapple Chobani, Nature's Path Maple Nut Oatmeal With Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

Pineapple Chobani, Nature's Path Maple Nut Oatmeal With Mighty Maple Peanut Butter

I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t on my mind the whole run. The pineapple Chobani is simply one of my favorites; my mom who almost never eats yogurt had one and liked it, too! I think it must have been the cream because she uses 2% in her coffee and it’s obvious she misses the real stuff. Normally I don’t do packeted oatmeal; it’s much better in my mind to do 20g oatbran, 20g irish oats, and liberal salt and make my own. That being said, Nature’s Path Organic sent me some of their instant oats to try and this one really appealed to me. Rather than have me gush about it here, however, I’m going to gush about it here. This is how I hope for my whole Product Review section to look in the future. Let me know if you like it; I think it makes things much neater and simpler for me and you, not to mention I don’t have to worry about deleting pictures or old posts for space.

Today like I mentioned we’re going to see the relatives. There will be something bright red on my dish that was living about 20 minutes before I cracked it open. Ok, not the most appetizing description, but any guesses what that might be? 🙂

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Let’s Just Not Talk About It

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

How about an entire post of things from yesterday we should just not talk about, shall we? Like let’s not talk about how sometimes I get a bit bogged down and end up writing to you about how The Iliad is ultimately a story of mortality equating to universal suffering and to my professor about how great last night New Adventures Of Old Christine were. But let’s do talk about how supportive and awesome you all are and how yesterday was the second most viewed day for my site, only passes by the day my refrigerator was on Carrots N’ Cake. Thank you so very much. All your comments mean a lot and I love reading them and finding new friends and new blogs.

Let’s not talk about all the horrible Latin jokes we made in class like “A good Latin student never declines sex”(sex is the latin word for 6 and all numbers after 3 are indeclinable) or “you always forget in the genetive”. If you get that last one, I’m sorry, it’s not even funny or dirty, it’s just educational. It felt like forever before the bell rang but it did at 11:50 per usual. Because it was Wednesday, the Farmers’ Market was back. I of course hit up the creamery station.

Narragansett Creamery

Narragansett Creamery Station

Let’s not talk about how disappointed I was to find out they made a whole new batch of kefir but didn’t load it in the van before leaving 😦 I did sample and end up getting suckered into some goodies, though.

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Let’s not talk about how bad of a decision this was. I don’t eat cheese. I love it, but I let it go bad in my refrigerator and grow mold. Why did I buy this? Because I got a yummy free sample, but overall it was pretty stupid. Oh well, I’ll bring it home over the long weekend and somebody will get a kick out of it.

Let’s not talk about how much of a weirdo I must have looked like carrying my entire lunch plus a cup of shredded carrots(for oats) plus an extra container of just tempeh out of the dining hall. They almost never have tempeh so I loaded up like nobodies business and refrigerated a ton. Here was the lunch I made from what I didn’t save:

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

The chili was pretty good. I added some cinnamon and salt and that perked it up. I’m now convinced cinnamon is a necessary ingredient for anything involving soup or beans. And I just adore tempeh now. I didn’t even need to put anything on it; I don’t know how to describe the straight flavor other than tempehlicious.

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Let’s not talk about how I whipped out my camera in the middle of Greek History to talk a picture of this delicious Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie. My professor studied all our faces online so now he knows all our names and years. A little creepy for a lecture course with 0 class participation in my opinion.

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

Let’s not talk about how I should have gone straight to my room to do work after Epic Poetry but decided to go out grocery shopping instead and snack on this KIND bar. I like nut bars because I almost never have nuts, just nut butters. I think they’re a little less convenient, unless they’re in bar form.

My Big Shopping Bag

My Big Shopping Bag

Let’s not talk about how ridiculous I mist have looked with a bright yellow shopping bag over my shoulder, or about how I managed to spend 90 minutes of my afternoon grocery shopping.

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Let’s not talk about how much this cost. Let’s just not. But let’s talk about how amazing some of these finds were. Oikos + Libby’s pumpkin you should just expect at this point. You know how much I love my healthy muffins, so I was dying to try the blueberry raspberry oat bran flavor, which have 270 calories, 8g fiber, 8g protein, 7g healthy fats, and a super simple ingredients list per muffin. And that peanut butter is gourmet organic pumpkin peanut butter!! That was really the splurge here, but it’s made by a local company and I couldn’t resist it at all. It’s pumpkin peanut butter, people.

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Let’s not talk about how great a study blog snack this muffin was with some cream cheese. It was pretty much what I was hoping for: super soft and berrylicious. It’s also vegan and gluten free because it uses rye flour, too cool.

Let’s not talk about how I was going to ditch my friend for dinner again so I could keep working on my essay, but decided that two times in one week wouldn’t be cool. Then about how he called me saying he couldn’t get dinner with me, essentially ditching me first. Isn’t that the worst? When someone beats you to the ditch? Clearly we’re besties enough to make a sport out of screwing with each other.

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Let’s not talk about how much of my mother’s son I am for this meal. She was always about having a protein(aka meat in her mind but she said protein), starch, and vegetable on the plate. That always bugged me since those aren’t even part of the same verbage system and a vegetable could fill all the spots, but I tried not to give her too much grief over it. Anyway, I was at The Ratty and got a real craving for chicken with steak sauce. My first reaction was “It’s just chicken, don’t bother. Put some steak sauce on a flame grilled veggie burger”. But then I thought about it again; the whole reason I don’t properly align myself with veganism or vegitarianism is because I know there will be times when I just crave meat, pure and simple, and now was one of those times. I listened to my body more than my head and that was definitely the better decision here.

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Let’s not talk about how amazing all this was because I’m a food blogger and that’s what I do. The peanut butter Oikos + vanilla sugar has just become a staple. I might havegot a little carried away with playing around with settings on that photo, but it’s all to show how dramatically good it is. I like to think of the vanilla sugar as “sand”. Did anybody else grow up playing with colored sand in glass jars? Wow, I was easily amused… And to not have made those oats last night would have broken the 11th commandment. Seriously? That bowl had me wanting to curl up on a couch and watch Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin Patch or whatever that special is that’s on each year. The pumpkin peanut butter was 110% what it sounded it would taste like. The ingredients are just peanuts, pumpkin pie spice, canola oil, salt, sugar, and stevia. It was very thick so it didn’t melt over the hot oats, but with a little spoon-action I managed to spread it out and each little bite was nice and chewy like real peanuts. Thankfully no regrets whatsoever on buying that jar.

Let’s not talk about how distracted I’ve been writing this to this Food Network bombshell on the Today show.

Let’s not talk about how sore I was this morning from yesterday but rather the fact that I got out there and ran 7.26 miles in an hour. The gym was oddly empty for a Thursday, which was very convenient since I had some air to work out of my system if you catch my drift.

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

Let’s not talk about how intricate the seasoning was for this breakfast but rather how good it tasted in the end. I was thinking about it on the treadmill this morning(because that’s what I do) about how long it’s been since I had French Toast Oatmeal, so that was pretty much a no brainer. The vanilla powder and cinnamon really spice it up. Well, aside that I needed to make what has to be my favorite yogurt mess of all. I take the butt of a carrot muffin, warm it in the microwave, and mix it with plain organic yogurt, flax, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia, and I swear it comes out like carrot cake. You can try this with any muffin or muffin butt. Personally, I love eating muffin tops(as in the ones from an actual muffin) but that leaves a lot of waste, so this is a great “leftover” recipe(although in this case I’m eating the butt before the top).

Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ll be late for class because I was blogging if I don’t get a move on it! Yikes!

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