72 Bitter-Sweet Hours

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

What could have been bitter? Over the past 72 hours, I…

As if that wasn’t all sweet enough, last night was a blast, too. We had family friends over for dinner. There were hors d’oeuvres…

Cheddar Food Should Taste Good Chips

Cheddar Food Should Taste Good Chips

I snacked on raw carrots and grape tomatoes and these Food Should Taste Good chips I had to try after hearing them referred to as Doritos. I disagree; they’re much classier and mroe sophisticated than Doritos. but they definitely have that Mexican tang that regular cheddar chips don’t. Anyway, yum!

Seasoned Fries, Roasted Brussels, Chipotle Chicken

Seasoned Fries, Roasted Brussels, Chipotle Chicken

I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture of all the food; there was a lot! But this was my plate: potato fries(I made these for myself because there were only sweet potatoes otherwise and I wanted white), roasted brussels, and chipotle marinated Amish chicken. The chicken was remarkably good, and that’s coming from someone who usually thinks poultry is too “bland”. I suppose we would have expected no less from something grabbed from Whole Food.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

My mom made chocolate covered strawberries for dessert while I baked these blondies and our guests brought ice cream. It was all plenty rich for us.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie With Tahitian Vanilla Gelato

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie With Tahitian Vanilla Gelato

This was my first plate. I get the irony of Talenti gelato on a dairy-free blondie but I don’t care; this was too good for words. The blondies came out so moist and everyone loved them.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie

I didn’t really take pictures of what else I ate but just assume I kept picking at the blondies and that’s why there’s less than half the pan left. After everyone left, I turned on Iron Chef and curled up with this:

Bulk French Chocolate

Bulk French Chocolate

Buying chocolate in bulk was a genius move. I have no idea how much chocolate this was, but it was all excellent. And there’s something so satisfying about biting in to a chunk of chocolate.

Today is being devoted to leftovers:

Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Chipotle Chicken

Oatmeal With Peanut Butter, Chipotle Chicken

Lots and lots of leftovers:

Chipotle Chicken

Chipotle Chicken

I wasn’t “feeling” greek yogurt this morning for protein, so why not chicken just to get it out of the fridge before it goes bad? I’m curious how this is going to play out on a run…

So what’s been bitter? Over the past 72 hours, I tried going without stevia. I don’t use any artificial sweeteners, but have often used natural stevia in tea and coffee and a few other things. I’ve never gotten a bitter taste to it; it’s always been sweetness. And I think it’s perfectly fine in moderation and all. But, trying to go without it, I noticed my sweet tooth in general grew smaller and I discovered so many other pleasantly-bitter flavors.

Starbucks Sumatra Decaf

Starbucks Sumatra Decaf

I’ve been drinking black coffee, unsweetened iced tea, and dry seltzer, all of whose flavor I’ve been enjoying more and more without added sweetness. It took just a little getting used to, but I don’t really miss anything.

Virgil's Root Beer

Virgil's Root Beer

I did get one craving for a sweet drink, so I just had one sweetened with cane juice. This wasn’t my favorite beverage, but that was because of the flavoring and not the sweetening. I’m totally open to trying more, too.

2% Fage With Organic Strawberry Conserves

2% Fage With Organic Strawberry Conserves

Plain yogurt has become less repulsive in all its tart-glory. It helped to find Fage on sale, which is creamier and dreamier than any other brand in my opinion, but the same holds true for Oikos and Chobani plain.

French Bulk Chocolate

French Bulk Chocolate

And, of course, my favorite bitter treat is, was, and always will be, dark chocolate, which doesn’t need much to taste juuuust right. Have you ever had/used stevia? Like it? Hate it? I do enjoy it and think there’s nothing wrong with using it. But even now that the 72 hours are up I’m not rushing to throw some in my drinks.

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Too Much Nature For Me

Posted on May 20, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes, I have to look at how my post makes me seem and laugh; I swear I’m not too crunchy granola, really 😉 I do have limits to my love of nature. Bloggers, do you feel like your blog persona is never the true you?

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

Vegan Peanut Butter Fudge

I snacked on vegan peanut butter fudge before my run. Not only was I nervous about the thought of a 14-miler after 3 days of not running, but to make things work I looked out my window and say a big, black ball in my draveway. It turned out to be a wild turkey, and this one looked mean :-/ He left and soon enough I was off.

14 Miles

14 Miles

The highlight of the run, by far, was running past a beautiful, big brown cow who looked straight at me going by. The decaying possum on the side of the road I had to pass twice? Yeah, not so much. Oh, and the joy of everything was just finishing!

Raw Salad With Cherry Tomatoes And Olive Cashew Cheese, Multigrain FTSG Chips

Raw Salad With Cherry Tomatoes And Olive Cashew Cheese, Multigrain FTSG Chips

Since raw food takes no cooking, why not have a raw meal for quick post-run recovery? I mad a simple salad with arugula, spinach, basil, and olive oil, and tossed grape tomatoes in sea salt and black pepper.

Raw Olive Cashew Cheese

Raw Olive Cashew Cheese

We bought this cheese on this occasion at Grezzo’s and I finally dethawed it. Wow, is it delicious! It doesn’t really remind me of cheese, or cashews. It’s so unique. And somehow I insist I’m not that crunchy granola 😉

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

Dessert was an apple, and then I was off!

Wolf Hill Farm

Wolf Hill Farm

Raw Local Honey

Raw Local Honey

I went down to the local farm to get more honey. Apparently, I can go through almost a pound of honey a week–who knew?! I love supporting a local farmer, but… I really wish the middle aged woman running it would buy a support bra with all that support I’m giving. Now she is that crunchy granola.

Plain Chobani With Honey And Crunchy PB

Plain Chobani With Honey And Crunchy PB

This afternoon snack was a no-brainer: yogurt with honey and peanut butter. So good! It helps to mask that plain favor I despise so much. Have you seen the new blue containers? I think I dig them more than the pink, but it’ll take some getting used to.

Coconut Ice Cream With Crunchy PB

Coconut Ice Cream With Crunchy PB

And before dinner I polished off a coconut coconut milk ice cream to make room in the freezer. Adding peanut butter to ice cream is never as good than ice cream with peanut butter already in it. I think it needs a little extra sweetness.

Black Beans With Daiya, Peppered Potato Wedges With Caramelized Onions

Black Beans With Daiya, Peppered Potato Wedges With Caramelized Onions

Dinner was a lot of carbs with a new recipe! I’ll be posting it Saturday night, so potato fans keep an eye out 😉 I have just come to love the white potato over the past few weeks. Maybe I was Irish in a past life? The only thing that disgust me is cleaning the potato itself, especially once it’s started to grow stars. Ew, ew, ew! Too much nature for me.

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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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2 Cuisines, 2 Times The Beans!

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

Today I’ve been traveling the globe with my eats. My first stop was a (late) lunch in Me-hi-co

Black Beans With Salsa And Avocado, Broccoli, Lime Nachos

I had 1/2 a can(or more) of black beans from Tuesday’s lunch to use up, so I heated those with some salsa, the last of the broccoli I had, and mashed avocado(you mean this is edible not in pudding form?!). I don’t know why I buy unsalted beans; I then just have to add loads of salt to make them appealing. But the real reason I had this meal was for the chips.

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating: chips are my kryptonite! They’re my Achilles’ heal, to use a Classics term. I have no problem with sweets, chocolate, etc. But chips–they get me. And there’s really no nutritional way to back them up; they’re just emptiness, but so delicious. I keep a few(4 or 5) bags on hand because I’m not in to depriving myself in anyway, but I also look for different ways to satisfy those cravings with more wholesome foods. This time I took myself about 2/3rds of a serving of these to satisfy my chip tooth. And since I remembered that I reviewed these for the company a while back, I knew that they, too, need a sprinkling more salt to dance.

I took a trip to Vancouver, of course, through the television while visiting Ancient Rome and Greece through my books and internet texts. This afternoon was the speed skating; I love speed skating. If I had any ability on the ice whatsoever that’s what I’d like to do with it. I also love the Netherland’s uniforms. Spandex and bright orange–now that’s how to roll.

Snickerdoodle Soy Ice Cream, Coconut Oil Chocolate

My afternoon snack was inspired at breakfast. I liked the idea of a “sundae on Saturday”, so I scooped out 3/4 of a cup Snickerdoodle ice cream by So Delicious and then added 1/2 of a coconut oil chocolate bar. If you haven’t tried this ice cream yet, you must! It’s one of my absolute favorites. And it’s technically not even “ice cream” but rather “soy milk cream”, though I don’t think that rolls of the tongue. It’s full of gluten-free snickerdoodle cookie dough balls–yum! I was tweeting about them with So Delicious on Twitter 😀 They’re so fun to tweet with. They also must think all I eat are milk alternatives; dare they learn of my greek yogurt obsession?

Speaking of the coconut oil chocolate bar, it now has a recipe page! I was getting so many requests for that that even though it was far done on my to-do list in terms of site maintenance I figured it had to be addressed. I tried to keep the recipe general, but it’s really something that benefits from owning a kitchen scale. That’s how you can control the flavor and get what you want.

Thai Red Curry Sauce

For dinner, I took a plane with Trader Joe-San to Thailand. The first time I used this sauce was absolutely months ago; I figured I needed to revisit it now that I have a coconutty obsession and this is coconut milk based! It also has a lot of other questionable ingredients I wouldn’t have thought to be Thai. Like egg yolks? And xanthan gum(which I own but can still give me the willies sometimes). Anyway, I steamed a good amount of organic tofu and then added steamed vegetables with the sauce and let that simmer for 5 minutes or so.

Tofu In Thai Curry Sauce, Mushrooms, Watercress, Snap Peas

Mmm, all this needed(besides natural light, but I don’t control the sun) was some salt and fresh basil(not like I had any) to pop. I love how much flavor store bought sauces can bring to dishes with minimal ingredients otherwise. And so often I forget that tofu is beans! The fact that it’s smooth and white makes me think it’s probably over processed, but I do love that funky tofu texture 😀 I usually buy the one labeled “soft” for the really great texture.

I should probably return to Greece via Plato’s Phaedo before I get sucked in to Vancouver. What country would decaf hazelnut coffee be in? Because I’m making a major pit stop there.

And wow would I love to win this blender for some raw goodness!

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Eating The Alternative

Posted on October 5, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Beside my daily grind, today I want to point out some of the foods I ate yesterday that are something of an alternative to the traditional. I hope you find something fun and funky to try; and I’d love to read comments about any alternatives you’d think I like because I love trying new foods(and all the better if they’re delicious :-))

So I’m kind of bad with rest days, case in point: I run on them. Write after I wrote and (thought I) posted, I got to thinking about a walk. And then I thought “why walk when you could run?” Well that did it for me. Plus there were some old streets I hadn’t been by in a while and I thought it’d be interesting to run around and see if anything’s changed. One thing I don’t like about running any other time than first thing is having food digesting, and feeling my body switch from running on simple carbs to stored energy. About 2 miles in I felt the switch and got a little dizzy for a minute, but thankfully that past and I continued on feeling like I do every morning. I saw a skunk as roadkill and about a mile later almost made a baby squirrel road kill, too; he darted right in front of me and it took a hop, a skip, and a jump to avoid him I ended up running 7.18 miles in 59 minutes. When I got back I showered and it was pretty much time for lunch.

Bison Steak Medallion, Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts

Bison Steak Medallion, Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts

Alternative first: Bison. Consider bison and yam the meat and potatoes of the new millenium, because they’re here to stay. Bison is a much leaner red meat than beef yet has the same robust flavor and is very very tender. My 6oz medallion had 180 calories, 1.5g saturated fat, and 38g protein. Amazing, isn’t it? It cut as well as butter and was perfectly fulling. If you’ve read this for a while, you’d know I don’t eat meat unless I think it’s quality, and this definitely was. Of course, it went great with the sweet potato, which is an alternative we all already know a lot about probably. I top mine with salt but cinnamon is a great alternative for something with a bit of a punch. What’s Sunday lunch without dessert, right?

Vitabrownie

Vitabrownie

Not really alternative, just delicious 🙂 I ate this in the car to my second Massachusett’s home, also known as Trader Joe’s. I stockpiled things for the dorm including bread, cheese, mac n’ cheese pouches, canned tuna, and peanut butter filled pretzels. If you haven’t had a TJ peanut butter filled pretzel, you have experienced life. We stopped at Whole Foods because it’s literally across the way(how cool is that?) where I got another one of my favorite alternatives for dinner. Not too much time was spent back at home; it was mostly pack the car, serve some ice cream, and go. Or was it?

Purely Decadent Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Mocha Almond Fudge Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Alternative second: Coconut milk ice cream. I love all types of ice cream, frozen yogurt, soy yogurt, etc. And don’t get me started on the joy of goat milk ice cream! Coconut milk is just one of the many great alternatives. It is higher on fat, particularly saturated, but it’s all plant based so it has no cholesterol(and I think plant saturated fat doesn’t have the same negative effect on cholesterol as animal meat but someone might want to correct me here). That’s why coconut milk is great, but here’s why this ice cream is: I first had it after seeing Jenna gush about it. I love anything mocha and the fudge in this blends with the coffee so well. And the almonds are a perfect touch, especially since they’re roasted and salted to really bring out the flavor for a salty/sweet punch.

Getting back to college this time around was much better than the emotional disaster of last. My roommate was not in the room, so I invited my whole family to actually come in the room this time. Of course, we had to yell at grandma when she started picking up my roommates clothes on the floor, haha. My dad even scraped down the freezer that was all iced up so it hopefully will run better now. This time the goodbyes were much more normal and after they left I got a case of the munchies:

Peach, Toast With Cream Cheese And Pumpkin Butter

Peach, Toast With Cream Cheese And Pumpkin Butter

It’s been so long since I’ve had a good peach, too long. This one was a bit soft but it was not a disappointment at all. I’m missing the perfect peach season 😦 Summer, come back! Oh wait, we have pumpkins and apples to comfort us. Meh. I also had some T light whole wheat bread with cream cheese and TJ pumpkin butter. This sweet/savory combo works really well. And I like this bread for toast when I’m not looking for a real artisan bread because it has a light, wheaty flavor that toasts well and doesn’t impede on the spread. Gotta watch out though; 5g insoluble fiber per slice can get a little dangerous if you know what I mean. I met up with a friend for dinner but I already had what I wanted in mind so I brown bagged it:

Gardenburger With Light Cheddar Cheese And Tempeh Bacon, FSTG Potato & Chive Chips

Gardenburger With Light Cheddar Cheese And Tempeh Bacon, FSTG Potato & Chive Chips

Alternative third: Tempeh bacon. Try getting a bacon cheddar cheeseburger at any burger joint and I bet you won’t find this. The flame-grilled gardenburgers have a great flavor on their own, but with the smokiness of the tempeh bacon it was just out of this world. Obviously, tempeh bacon is a great vegetarian alternative. It has no cholesterol and has heart-healthy fats; and the Lightlife brand uses all natural flavorings to give it that bacon-essence. The potato and chive Food Should Taste Good chips totally top and greasy fries you’d find at a burger joint, too. There’s something so deliciously intriguing about them that makes it hard to stop eating them.

Last night I started off with The Amazing Race. I don’t really think it’s all that great of a show, especially not worthy of the crap load of Emmy’s it’s one. But I also have an addictive personality and aren’t too picky about reality shows so I’ll probably be watching the whole season. Usually each season has a pair of charming old people but I think this season’s missing that, which is so disappointing. Instead, I tihnk I’ll be rooting for the couple that came in 2nd last night and the gay brothers. I don’t really care for those shrewd poker players. One of my latest kicks lately has been the black and white cookies. I’ve never tried them, but after seeing them on blogs I got curious. I’m told I’m not missing anything special, so I don’t really feel like I’m missing out anymore, but that quest did inspire some kickassbutt oatmeal:

Black And White Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Black And White Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Ok, I can stop questing for the cookie now that I have this. I used P.B. Loco’s cookie dough peanut butter, which has vanilla bean extracts and chocolate morsels, and used 1/2 serving grain sweetened dark chocolate chips and 1/2 serving ghiradelli’s white chocolate chips. This was definitely a “dessert” oatmeal, and it was so perfect. It took me almost an hour to finish because I was also watching Family Guy and working on my essay(1/4 of the way there…). I thought Family Guy wasn’t as great as last week but still decent enough to keep up its reputation. Afterwards I made some homemade pumpkin pie yogurt with double alternatives:

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar Glaze

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Turbinado Sugar Glaze

4th and 5th Alternatives: Stevia and Turbinado sugar. There are a lot of ways to sweeten our favorite dishes; and when it comes to sweeteners, while none might be all that great for us, in moderation there are some better than others. Stevia is an all natural zero-calorie sweetener from the stevia. Normally, I’d be suspicious of things like that that seem too good to be true. But since I own my own stevia plant and can see what this comes from, it puts my mind to ease. NuNaturals has a great line of products, too. Another better option is turbinado sugar. This is the unrefined crystallized form of evaporated can juice. Because of the method employed, it’s more slowly absorbed into the body than other table sugars and retains more of the nutrients. Again, though, these are all sugars and need moderating. I topped off the night with some more of Holly’s amazing cookies and toast with peanut butter cookie spread and watched Brothers & Sisters. I fell behind last season but I’m trying to get back into it and feeling really bad for Kitty at the moment 😦

This morning I felt decent enough. I decided to keep it in the gym because there was one part of my important morning routine that wasn’t happening and I wanted to keep it close to a bathroom, if you catch my drift. My first machine was definitely broken, telling me I was running 7 mph but going wayy faster than that. I hopped over to another machine and tried readjusting. I’m not quite sure I trust all the stats but according to the machines I went 8 miles in 66:46. I’ve also been lucky enough to make a gym friend(i.e someone who you constantly run in at the gym and awkwardly acknowledge each other’s presence). She’s a rockin’ 60 or so year old who kicks her butt out of bed to walk for a few miles and even do a bit of jogging while watching the Today Show. Clearly she’s a woman after my own heart. Breakfast was a little bit of a nuissance; my kitchen scale has run out of batteries so I needed to measure everything with tablespoons and measuring cups. I really love using a scale for oatmeal and other grains because it gives me the perfect amount with the perfect amount of water every time. Nevertheless, I trudged on:

Peanut Butter Flax Oikos With Granola Bar Granola, Eggy Oatbran

Peanut Butter Flax Oikos With Granola Bar Granola, Eggy Oatbran

Alternative Last: Peanut Flour. A while back, when I came in 2nd at The Peanut Butter Boy‘s recipe contest, The National Peanut Board sent me some peanut flour to play around with. This very easily became a new food obsession with me. Peanut flour is the roasted, ground, defatted product of a peanut. It retains much of the flavor and essence but is in a dry form, much more easily mixed in to liquids and cold products such as Oikos. I recently ordered 2 more pounds of it from Byrd Mill to continue using. A 24g serving has a whopping 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber and I typically will use 1/2 a serving in my yogurt. I’ve also added it to bread and cookie recipes to add nutrition. This breakfast was pretty decent; I think the oat bran came out a little dry because there wasn’t enough water, but hopefully I’ll get batteries for the scale later on today. For the granola topper I used Cascadian Farms Vanilla Chip, which is extremely delicious, but on its own will not fill you up at all.

Not much for the day ahead other than batteries and essay writing. I hope you enjoyed and learned something from all these alternatives. Again, please share anything you love that’s a little bit different so we can all learn and experience a little more.

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Lazy Autumn Afternoons

Posted on September 18, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How long do you take to get ready in the morning? Apparently I take about 3 and a half hours. Ridiculous, no? I guess considering all I do before my 10:30 class it’s no surprised I’m ready to just sit and read, haha. Before I jetted off, I had an AppleBerry Vitatop as a part of my breakfast.

This was one of, if not my absolute, favorite “healthy flavor”. I couldn’t really pick out the apple chunks like I could the berries, but the apple flavor was diffused throughout somehow and made this so sweet and delicious. I loved the medley of blueberries and cranberries for days when you just can’t decide whether you want sweet or tart, ya know? And that pumpkin pie yogurt was incredible. Give me a few more days and I’ll have a real recipe up and running for it.

Greek class was delightful. I love the language, the culture, the yogurt–it’s all good. Afterward I wasn’t quite hungry and had a lot of email/blogging to do so I went back to my dorm and did a little arts and craft project.

Pokemon Adorned Key

Pokemon Adorned Key

Let’s not even pretend like we all didn’t love the TV show and video games and collector’s card even if it was more confusing than Bridge. I always felt deprived, yes, deprived, because I’ve NEVER had a cell phone that you can add those little tie characters to. So I was wicked excited when I realized my key had a little hole that I could attach these to. Dorky? Definitely. But now I’ll never lose my keys 🙂

Corn, Grilled Chicken With Steack Sauce, Cooked Peppers And Zuchinni With Shredded Prosciutto

Corn, Grilled Chicken With Steack Sauce, Cooked Peppers And Zuchinni With Shredded Prosciutto

Lunch was just meh today. I saw the prosciutto at the antipasto station and my hankering for some baconing kicked in and I grabbed a slice. Just a little bit of meat to season veggies is really all you need for the full flavor. There wasn’t enough at the dining hall to entertain me so I added the last of the corn from the farmers’ market to beef it up a bit. Apparently I was the only person on the planet not to see Emma Watson at the dining hall, and both my roommate and my friend Adam later had to tell me she was there. How could this happen? I literally keep one eye out for her at all times; I’ve just been off my game. I finished up, watched Days(+100 to all of you who know what show this is without me saying the full name), and stepped out the door. Just not before grabbing this:

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

This chocolate is entirely my guilty pleasure. Why does it make me feel guilty? Not for any sensible reason, but because this has me eating my words. In my day I’ve been such a milk chocolate basher/dark chocolate elitist, but honestly this is one of my favorite chocolates ever. I can’t put it into words again; check out my first products review of it to get the full sense of its greatness.

I digress. The reason I stepped out was for a bit o’ grocery shopping. I went first down to Eastside market because my favorite veggie burgers were 1.99 a box. Yes, the dining hall offers veggie burgers, but none like this. Then I went to my teeny tiny Whole Foods since they’re 1/2 a block away. To give you a sense of how big this is, here’s the “bulk bin” section:

Whole Foods Bulk Bin

Whole Foods Bulk Bin

It’s hard to put into perspective with this picture, but try to guestimate the size with the tubs of nuts to the right and the pencil holder in the center. I giggled a bit because I started thinking about the HUGE bulk bins in Dedham with goji berries and maple syrup and how nothing I buy here could really be considered “bulk”. I think I ended up wandering the whole store, up and down each aisle, and got 2 yogurts. Apparently I still have my grocery shopping addiction, but I’ve curbed the whole purchasing thing. Improvement, right? Here was the loot from the trip:

Groceries

Groceries

All of that was only 4.83 after coupons. Not bad at all, considering that Oikos would have been 4.99 without a coupon. Yikes! Oikos is delicious but packs a punch on the wallet. Oh and if you can’t tell what flavor Stonyfield that is, it’s Pumpkin Pie! You heard right. It’s seasonal, and I can’t wait to try it. I wonder how it will compare to my yogurt from breakfast yesterday. I definitely needed a snack, but wasn’t feeling the sweet. I chose the oh-so-savory root.

Flame Grilled Veggie Burger And FSTG Potato And Chive Chips

Flame Grilled Veggie Burger And FSTG Potato And Chive Chips

I love how the burger came with grill marks on it, even though I obviously made it in a microwave, lol. Too cute. And thank you, Ms. Everythingtarian, for reminding me of the Food Should Taste Good Potato And Chive chips I packed en route to college; I love how salty and chived they are, and the texture is some crazy nacho-potato chip fusion. Killer. Afterward I picked up some mail I had waiting for me and was excited to find this new product:

Susta Natural Sweetener

Susta Natural Sweetener

There’s a new natural sweetener on the block, and its name is Susta. I contacted NXT Nutritionals when I heard of their brand new product and was thrilled when they offered to send a sample before it’s even hit any of the stores around here! Susta isn’t another stevia based no-calorie sweetener. What it is is a 5-calorie blend of inulin, fructose, probiotics, and vitamins and minerals. In this way I think it’s better than stevia based sweeteners because it’s bringing nutrition to your cup of coffee or however else you might use it. Naturally, I needed to try it in some coffee.

Susta In Blue Sky Coffee

Susta In Blue Sky Coffee

The coffee tasted a little watery, but I wasn’t sure whether it was the sweetener or the coffee itself. You never know what kind of quality you’re going to get when you ask for decaf; seriously, decaf people get the shaft all the time. We never get flavored coffee, the pot is usually stale, and we’re only drinking it for our pure love of sugar and milkcoffee. I digress, when the main point was this was an inconclusive taste test.

Vegetable Stew, Sweet Potatos, Snap Peas

Vegetable Stew, Sweet Potatos, Snap Peas

Dinner tonight was very sub-par. The main protein was jerk chicken. If it has the word “jerk” in it, it can’t be anything good, hence why we call some people “jerks”. That’s my logic at least. The stew was like a medley of frozen veggies. And I had to wait holding my tray for 15 minutes for a new batch of sweet potatoes. At least they were right out of the oven? Oh, and my friend Adam FINALLY asked me why I take photos of my dinner. Way to go on the uptake. Maybe he’ll be reading this? Probably not, so I can talk smack about him. he also told me I don’t eat enough and probably am not getting enough protein because I refuse to eat the meat the Ratty serves. I’m blessed to have caring friends: misinformed, but caring. He was right though, that clearly was not enough, so I made a fast snack when I got back:

This was totally an excuse to eat the baking chips which I can’t bring myself to just pour into my hand and eat. Weird, right? Anyway, delicious and I ate it to the season premier of Survivor! One reality show ends and the next begins: it’s a vicious cycle. It’s always hard to get a sense of people after the first episode, but I liked the Rambo lady; I’m sure she’ll be a hoot. I’m definitely NOT a Russell fan. I get that it’s a game, but no one should lie about experiencing Katrina. And then there was the Office, which required more snackage:

French Toast Oatmeal

French Toast Oatmeal

Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie Yogurt

The Office was OK. I laughed; it didn’t blow me away, but I feel it’s a lot like Friends was: a show that was consistently good and you never mind watching reruns of. I’m super excited for Pam And Jim’s baby. Like, way more excited than anybody should be for a TV baby. What do you think they’ll name it? Oh, and obviously I broke into that yogurt long before I was expecting to and, let me tell you, it rocked. It tastes just like pumpkin pie! Minus the crust, which I’ve never eaten anyway. It also wasn’t awful on the nutrition; most Stonyfield yogurts suffer from too much added sugar but this one has a reasonable 20g, at least 6-8 of which must be lactose. Of course, it wasn’t quite as good as my peanut-pumpkin-flax yogurt from the morning, but for a quick substitute this was delicious. And it will make the best overnight oats I’m sure for all of you who love those.

Today was another treadmill morning. I’m glad to hear there are a good amount of treadmill lovers out there. My one concern with the treadmill is that I’ll start planning my runs while on the treadmill, which is why I always pick a distance/pace/time I want to run and stick to that. Today, I decided I would stop at 8:30 because that’s when my show was finished that’s what sounded good to me. I ended up doing 6.35 in 51:55. When I got back and showered I was actually a little apathetic towards breakfast. The only thing I knew I wanted was a banana nut vitatop which Christina thankfully reminded me I have to review. I just went with the theme and got a little banana nuts myself:

Banana Oatmeal With Maple Honey Peanut Butter, Plain Oikos With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Banana Nut Vitatop

Banana Oatmeal With Maple Honey Peanut Butter, Plain Oikos With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam, Banana Nut Vitatop

Last time I tried banana outs I was a bit of a bad mood bear, so I wanted to give them another go; this time I diced 3oz banana and microwaved with 30g whole grains for 3 minutes. The flavor was much more even and delicious without overpowering the peanut butter. I’m also really liking Oikos, too, and how it takes on the flavors of anything you give it without being too tangy. And the Vitatop–oh my god. This has got to be one of my favorite flavors. It taste like a fresh banana muffin from the bakery, but the nutrition is clearly amazing. Vitalicious has really outdone themselves with this flavor, and it’s now one of my favorites.

Can you believe it’s Friday already? It doesn’t feel like it should be, but I’m excited for the weekend. If it’s nice out I think I’ll go home and pick some fruit at Tougas Farm. Does anything say Fall better than fruit picking? I think not. What are ya’ll up to? I could use some more ideas.

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Food Should Taste Good Nacho Review

Posted on September 6, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , |

If you don’t like chips, this is nacho review. Ok, I got that pun out of my system. I was thrilled when Emily over at Food Should Taste Good agreed to send me over some of their nachos. I’d never tried any before, but this company stood for a lot of the principals I’m looking for in my food. They use minimal ingredients, minimal processing, and believe that quality of production results in quality of product–don’t you just love that? From their founder,

“I love food and have been working in grocery stores and restaurants since starting my first job in high school. The most important lesson I learned along the way is that food tastes best when it is made with quality ingredients and thoughtful preperation. This simple idea inspired me to take wholesome, all natural ingredients and capture their great flavor by baking them INSIDE a chip to create a new kind of snack. It just felt right to call my company, FoodShouldTasteGood, Inc. It’s a lot of work to live up to the name, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

I love reading companies mission statements because it’s a great way to get to know them. This mission statement had me VERY excited to give these a try. And Emily was nice enough to send me their 4 new flavors–yellow corn, potato and chive, lime, and cinnamon–as well as their two spicy flavors–buffalo and jalapeno. Males tend to prefer their spicy flavors over the others; I found this bit interesting. I certainly love my spicy but I didn’t know it was a common trend. Ladies, keep that in mind when grocery shopping for your boyfriend or husband. Another fun thing I liked about these was that each bag came with suggestions for what dip worked best with each chip. It was a simple touch, but one that really impressed me and would be great for any slapped-together party. For most of the chips, however, I ate them straight to get the best sense of the flavor.

Lime

Lime

Lime: Lime is my favorite flavor for nachos. I’d been so used to the generic brands that use artificial flavorings that I was ecstatic to find a chip made with real lime and minimal ingredients. Overall I thought the lime was subtle, and perhaps a bit too much for my taste. When I added a bit more salt to the nacho, the flavor really came out and was absolutely wonderful. These were very thin and crisp and tasted freshly baked–definitely a rarity from an open bag. I would highly recommend this flavor(as would my dad who ate well more than half the bag :-))

Potato & Chive

Potato & Chive

Potato & Chive: This was perhaps the oddest flavor to me and made me the most curious to try. I loved the combination of potato and corn in the same chip; the result was slightly thicker than a nacho but with a potato chip crunch and taste. The chives added a delicate touch, which made these perfect with a little sour cream or black bean dip. I really can’t suggest them to either a nacho or potato chip lover, since they’re so in a league of their own. But I can–and definitely do–suggest them.

Buffalo

Buffalo

Buffalo: I must say I’m a bit of a buffalo freak. I’ve grown up on pizza and wings, and remember a time when bleu cheese and Frank’s hot sauce graced our table every Tuesday nights. These chips were good, though they didn’t impress me as much as most of the other flavors. I got the cayenne but I didn’t really get the tang of vinegar. I’m very used to having Kettle Chip’s Buffalo Bleu which also have powdered bleu cheese on them to add a dimension, so these felt rather simple in comparison. Serving these with a bleu cheese dip would be a great pairing, but I think you’re best going with a different flavor.

Yellow Corn

Yellow Corn

Yellow Corn: The first appealing quality of these chips were the ingredients: yellow corn, oil, and sea salt. 3 ingredients really is all you need to make a good nacho and these prove it. The salt was a nice touch which made these tasty enough to eat on their own and light enough to appreciate any salsa or dip you might be eating with them. Again, these tasted like they had just came out of a fryer. As you can tell, these were very delicious, but I think unless you are a thick and through purest your money is better spent on a more extravagant flavor.

Jalapeno

Jalapeno

Jalapeno: My first bite of this chip made me feeling like it was a little bland. That was until I hit a jalapeno piece baked into the chip, which really set my mouth on fire–in a good way. This chip brings excellent heat to the table just as you would expect from the pepper. I think it suffers from a common problem with Food Should Taste Good chips which is not enough salt to bring out the flavors more, but I prefer my chips be underseasoned than overseasoned. These would be great with a thick and chunky tomato salsa. Don’t bother going with spicy–you won’t need it with these!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon: I found this as one of the weirdest concepts: dessert nachos? When do you eat them? What do you eat them with? Huh? A little puzzled, I sat down to a plate to see how they were. Oh my God. Dinner, dessert, breakfast–it really wouldn’t matter when you eat these because they’re so good. Instantly they gave off a strong aroma of cinnamon. Like any nacho, they were thin and crisp, yet somehow reminded me of a soft and chewy churro. Is there anything better than fried cinnamon? I think these nachos answer with a resounding: No.

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Roaming With The Roomie

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey y’all. Lemme give you a low down on the weekend. I’m probably not going to have time to post my regular hilariousness(oh he thinks highly of himself). Well turn those frowns upside down, because I do have several product reviews ready to be posted that I’ll put up in place of my dailies, and hopefully be back and blogging by Monday. Get it? Got it. Good.

Yesterday was basically all a-go-go so I’m glad I fueled well, starting with this guy:

Homemade Lemon Cashew Nectar Bar

Homemade Lemon Cashew Nectar Bar

I had the other half of the bar from yesterday. Cleaning out your freezer definitely has its perks, like discovering tasty little goodies you forgot about. I grabbed this and felt like stretching my arch which gave me some trouble on the run by taking a walk. On the route I came across this lil’ bugger:

Catapillar

Catapillar

Was he not a little weird? His head and behind were bright green, and his mid section silver. I seriously thought he got a heavy dose of spray paint but it seemed au natural. The second I got home I needed to whip up a lunch to eat in the car.

Vegan Veggie Burger With Avocado, Habanero FSTG Chips

Vegan Veggie Burger With Avocado, Jalapeno FSTG Chips

How can you ever go wrong with a nuked soy burger topped with avodaohmythat’sgood? I also gave the jalapeno Food Should Taste Good nachos a try because I wanted something spicy on my plate. My oh my did these deliver. At first I didn’t find them particularly flavorful and then I hit a pepper and got my wish and more. These might have been a little too intense to eat plain. I’d love to try them with a wet and chunky salsa. Mild will do–these definitely bring their own kick!

Well I ate in the car because we were on the way to my old stomping grounds.

Boston University

Boston University

Honestly, I don’t think I gave myself enough time away from this place. It was nice seeing some of the old faculty but it had only been 3 months. I had much higher expectations of seeing all the same people even walking down the street whom I would pass daily last year. But the times have changed and a new bunch of froshes arrived and it just felt weird.

Well we only stayed at my school for 20 minutes before going to Boylston to meet up with my new roommate! I must admit: I was very nervous going into this and felt kind of awkward. Then I thought “You’re feeling awkward about meeting someone you’re going to live with for the next year?” Yeah, that definitely got me over it and I walked in with a positive mind. After a bit of searching, my mom and I found him and his mom and said our hellos. Right away they were starving so we brought them to Ufood Grill right around the corner to sit and chat. Turns out I’m basically living with myself! He’s very chill, a lover of good food, messy but not dirty, and did I mention chill? He’s actually 20 and spent the past 2 years at a school in Hong Kong. How cool’s that?! While we were learning about each other I grabbed a snack:

Tart & Raspberry FroYo Swirl

Tart & Raspberry FroYo Swirl

I never got these at Ufood because we always went for lunch and I would be full after my meal but I figured I’d get some today. It was deliciously tart, like a plain low-fat yogurt. We talked a bit more and found just how alike we are: Last month I showed my parents this restaurant and said I would be interested in eating there. Raw and vegan obviously didn’t appeal to my family enough for them to take me, but it turns out they went to that restaurant just last night after wandering around the city and coming upon it by chance–how random!

After that we walked around a bit and talked some more. They really wanted to see something famous so we took them to Mike’s Pastry:

Mike's Pastry

Mike's Pastry

Where I had this:

Coffee And Bina's Peanut Butter Cup

Coffee And Bina's Peanut Butter Cup

Confession: The peanut butter cup was not from Mike’s; it was actually from Bina’s alimentari where we stopped at a bit earlier. Mike’s is authentic Italian-American treats, but Bina’s is the real Italian deal. Things there are made in such smaller batches and it’s so less commercial that it really comes out in the quality. Case in point: My roomate and his mom split a cannoli, but we forgot to tell them to ask for ricotta so they got the commercial cream filled ones, which just aren’t as good. Oh well, now they have something to go back for.

After that we walked around some more. These people really like to walk apparently. Don’t they run 6 miles in the morning? Haha I guess that’s just me. We ended up saying goodbye to them at their hotel and heading home rather late. We didn’t get home until 7:30 which none of us were expecting. I kind of threw this dinner up on the fly:

Bison Burger With Basil And Steak Sauce, Refried Pinto Beans, Yellow Corn FSTG Nachos

Bison Burger With Basil And Steak Sauce, Refried Pinto Beans, Yellow Corn FSTG Nachos

Let me tell you, this did NOT taste like a thrown-together-on-the-fly dinner. That was the last of the bison burgers I made a while back. So sad to see them go; what’s tastier than a patty you make with your own hands? And for nachos from a bag, those Food Should Taste Good chips tasted better than the stuff they make in house at most Mexican restaurants. It was crisp and not greasy, with that perfect corny taste. The flavor was good enough for it to be eaten on its own and subtle enough to enjoy refried beans with. Another Food Should Taste Good Winner!

Getting back so late, I had A LOT to catch up with on the web and what not. needless to say I needed a pick me up and turned to a pint.

Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Carrot Cake Ice Cream

What kind of pint did you think I’d be talking about? Of course I finished off the Rice Divine Carrot Cake ice Cream. I loved the bits of hermit cookie dough in this one and definitely want to try one of the company’s other fun flavors. Like I mentioned, my google reader was all in bold, but I worked my way through it. Afterwards I had soe good ol’ breads and spreads.

Toast With Almond Butter And Raspberry Jam, Deep Chocolate Vitatop

Toast With Almond Butter And Raspberry Jam, Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I nuked the vitatop for about 10 seconds more than normal and it came out amazingly soft and pillowy. Winner, winner, chicken dinner, as Guy Fieri would say. Salted almond butter and raspberry in my opinion is one of the best combinations out there; you get the saltiness and the tartness. It’s even better on Trader Joe’s 10 grain bread with sunflower seeds. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, that’s one loaf I definitely recommend trying out. i can’t believe there’s no Trader Joe’s in Providence! Argh, we’ll have to fix that.

This morning I told myself I’d be fine with 6.7 miles. But something inside me really wanted to go for it and capture that special moment last Friday when I broke double digits. After 6 laps I still felt really good so I went for it and ran 10.04 miles in 1:22:18. I’m having such a great runner’s high right now and I feel as though I can leave having conquered the neighborhood. Now I’m blogging with an incredibly healthy breakfast:

Stonyfield Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

JK. Not about the frozen yogurt, about the healthy breakfast thing. After 10 miles, I just want some quick sugar and probiotics. Don’t worry, I’ll fix myself a real breakfast filled with peanut buttery goodness once I’ve licked this cup clean.

P.S. Zevia giveaway!

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My Whole Foods Is Thiiiis Big

Posted on September 3, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

G’morning. Yesterday my savory breakfast threw my body way off. I was totally not hungry for a mid-morning snack but I figured I could use one anyway:

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

Homemade Lemon Cashew Larabar

The homemade larabars were definitely a worth while time investment. Too bad dates haven’t been on sale and so cheap since back in July. I ate half and stuck the other half back in the freezer. I always heard that a high protein source for breakfast makes you less hungry over the course of the day; I definitely think it’s true. Another way the savory oats threw me off: I was craving sweet for lunch. I never want something sweet for lunch, but all I could think about was a PB&J, or just the J! I also really wanted to finish off the box of salmon burgers, and that won out.

Salmon Burger And FSTG Potato And Chive Nachos

Salmon Burger And FSTG Potato And Chive Nachos

I had to have more of the potato and chive Food Should Taste Good chips. They’ve really grown on me, and with a healthy dose of salt and pepper they were remarkable. For a time when I was craving something sweet, this salmon burger hit the spot nonetheless. I wish I checked the ingredients to see how they’re seasoned, because adding anything on top of these would be a sin; they’re so flavorful on their own.

I actually ended up eating lunch in the car, as it were. We planned a special trip for today. The largest Whole Foods in all of New England opened in Dedham.

Dedham Whole Foods

Dedham Whole Foods

How could I not visit this before going off to Brown? It was a 45-55 minute drive, and we passed one of our regular Whole Foods on the way, but it was soooo worth it. Check out the bulk section:

Bulk Section

Bulk Section

They had EVERYTHING in bulk bins. They even had bulk containers for agave nectar, honey, and maple syrup. Not to mention bulk gojis for $20/lb(Fritz would have gone bulk bin nuts). From this section I got Grade A maple syrup and vanilla sugar. I should have gotten a lot more vanilla sugar; I didn’t realize it would smell so amazing with all the bean pieces in there. To give you a better idea of how big this place was, know that it had a coffee bean roaster, a walk in cheese cellar, homemade pasta, a butchery, about 5 different salad bars, a nut and trail mix section seperate from the bulk bins, a full wine section, several dessert bars, sushi, a gelateria, and full bakery. Classy, very classy. Oh yeah, and there were some groceries, too 😛 I wouldn’t say it had more variety than other Whole Foods, just a lot more. Imagine how high our bill would have been if I didn’t have to think about moving! Argh, I did, however, pick up an organic chocolate hazelnut butter I’d been eyeing at other Whole Foods as a sort of souvenir.

Whole Foods Loot

Whole Foods Loot

We were in there for over an hour–no lie. It was no wonder I needed a snack when we got in the car:

Peach And Morning Maple Cookie

Peach And Morning Maple Cookie

The peach wasn’t organic, but it was cheap and from a farm that’s closer to my house than the Whole Foods(irony) so I figured it must be very fresh. The cookie is one of my Morning Maple Cookies I resurrected from the freezer; at first I didn’t really care for these but the sweetness of apple and maple has really grown on me and they’re incredibly pillowy considering they have flax, wheat germ, oats, and whole wheat flour.

When we got home, I had this conversation with myself:

Gut: Hey, can we get some of those healthy probiotics?

Tongue: Sure, do you mind if they come in frozen form?

Gut: Not at all. They’re dormant in the freezer but become active again at higher temperatures.

Tongue: That’s interesting, I never knew that.

Brain: I did. Now eat some Frozen Yogurt.

Vanilla, Coffee, And Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

Vanilla, Coffee, And Chocolate Frozen Yogurt

I could’ve finished the vanilla container but I was feeling a little more fun than that. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in one bowl, does it get any better? I also got an amazing package in the mail that contained this:

NuNuNatural Products

NuNuNatural Products

The kind folks at NuNuNaturals sent me a wide variety of their products to try. In the line-up they included their Stevia powder used as a sugar substitute, cocoa and vanilla stevia drops, and their Better Baking formula. This powder can be substituted into any recipe at a 1:1 ratio for sugar, and instead brings fiber, not sugar, to your baked good. That’s perfect, thanks NuNunaturals! I planned on making myself Banana Goodness Bread on Friday as a housewarming gift for myself(is that weird? that’s weird. I’m weird, yeah I already knew that) and this sounds like it will fit into my recipe perfectly! New things always get me so excited so I had some toast and milk:

Toast With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Toast With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Vanilla Almond Milk

Vanilla Almond Milk

On the toast I spread my new chocolate hazelnut butter. This stuff is absolutely amazing and melted into a rich, velvety coat the second I put it on. It tasted exactly like Nutella and brought back fond memories of that. I don’t eat Nutella anymore because it’s artificially flavored, so having this as an alternative is wonderful. What I like even better than Nutella is that this has a nutrition label more like a nut butter than a dessert sauce. Sure, hazelnut is the 3rd ingredient, but it has almost half the sugar as Nutella and more healthy fats. In the vanilla almond milk I added Nuvia’s vanilla drops. It’s hard to tell whether the vanilla came from the milk or the drops, but this drink was very good. it was cool, creamy, and hit the spot; and better yet, there was no funky stevia taste I’ve experienced in the past.

All these good eats, I might not have been hungry for dinner if it wasn’t my favorite: Salmon!

Salmon, Corn, Brocolli, Laughing Cow Cheese

Salmon, Corn, Broccoli, Laughing Cow Cheese

I must have more omega-3’s in me than the ocean. Thankfully, I’ve done some research on the subject and the main side effects of a high Omega-3:Omega-6 ratio is just diahrrea, slightly thinned blood, and perhaps a slightly elevated mood. I can deal with the first two for salmon. Obviously I wanted to play with my new toys products for dessert.

Yogurt With Peanut Flour And Cocoa Bean Stevia

Yogurt With Peanut Flour And Cocoa Bean Stevia

Coffee With NuNatruals Stevia

Coffee With NuNatruals Stevia

First I tried making some PB&C(chocolate) yogurt with the cocoa bean stevia. I like this product because it’s non-alcohol based which makes it more appealing to add to uncooked products. The yogurt definitely tasted sweetened, but I don’t know that I got the cocoa. Maybe the problem was that yogurt typically requires more sweetening than beverages, which the instructions are geared towards. Then I tried their plain stevia powder in my cofffee. Just like the package says, there was no bitter taste. I use stevia in the raw typically and this was a great replacement; it’s much better than other brands I’ve tried like Treader Joe’s which has a very odd aftertaste. I fixed myself some more breads and spreads and watched Top Chef. Is it weird that nothing they made that challenge really appealed to me? Clearly the brothers are dominating and the only two worth keeping an eye on this season.

Today’s running was not how I would have liked it. I should have stayed in the neighborhood today but I went for a road run anyway. My left arch started feeling tight but I was too stubborn headed to stop. Around 2 miles in a soccer mom barreled up to a Stop sign; if I was 1 second behind I very clearly would have been hit. At that point I was thinking of just sitting on the side of the road and waiting for my dad to pass me on his way to work, but I kept going. 4.5 miles in that first side effect of too many Omega-3’s kicked in and I had a new motivation to get back into the neighborhood. Finally I made it back, safe and sound, and was just thankful to sit down to breakfast.

Kashi Strawberry Waffles With Dark Chocolate Almond Spread, Yogurt With Banana Jam, Carrot Juice

Kashi Strawberry Waffles With Dark Chocolate Almond Spread, Yogurt With Banana Jam, Carrot Juice

This meal finished off the box of waffles and container of yogurt–double score. The almond butter calls itself a “spread” but it has less than 10 grams of sugar and almonds are the first ingredient, making it a butter in my books for what it’s worth. I thought after the picture to add some cocoa stevia into my yogurt. Again, I didn’t get a strong cocoa sense, but it definitely sweetened it well.

Today I might meet up with my new roommate and his mother in Boston. They’re from Montana but flew in to see the city I guess. I also have some last minute “Why didn’t I think to take care of this sooner” things to workout before I move, so it should be a busy busy day.

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Getting My Calcium In Frozen Form

Posted on September 2, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I hope you all rung in the new month well. Some of us were just hid under blankets all day:

Montana Under A Blanket

Montana Under A Blanket

He totally stole that from me. Doesn’t he know those of us without fur need the blankets when it’s 70 out? Sometime after taking this pic, I realized I might actually, genuinely miss my dog when I move out. Sure, he annoys me, cries a lot, won’t let me pick him up, and has accidents all over the rugs(never the hard wood–just the rugs), but I might actually miss him. Crazy. For lunch I gave these two products a try:

Food Should Taste Good Potato And Chive, Flame Grilled Vegan Gardenburger

Food Should Taste Good Potato And Chive, Flame Grilled Vegan Gardenburger

The chips are one of the new samples I was sent to review. I picked out these ones because they reminded me of the potato chip/nacho love child from Trader Joe’s that we’re out of. The burger was my own buy; I love the Morningstar’s Vegan and this is the same company but with all natural ingredients(and surprisingly it was cheaper!). I grilled even though it was all microwavable mostly for the nostalgia of Summer*drifts away…*

Vegan Veggie Burger With Steak Sauce, Broccoli And Salsa, FSTG Potato And Chive Chips

Vegan Veggie Burger With Steak Sauce, Broccoli And Salsa, FSTG Potato And Chive Chips

The veggie burger was soft and kind of fell apart in my mouth, but that’s what I’ve come to expect from veggie burgers. I was actually surprised it managed to stay firm on the grill and didn’t stick too much even though I didn’t spray. We didn’t have any “burger cheese” so I kept it plain and simple(for burgers I like a mild, low-fat cheddar). The taste was very similar to the Morningstar one and slightly smokey. Overall it was a great veggie burger. The chips were equally impressive. Something about pressed corn meeting potato makes a killer chip. These are powerfully addicting, though I’m not sure I got the chive sense in every bite. They’d probably be good with a sour cream dip or something, if they don’t make a pit stop at your mouth first. This all filled me up surprisingly well considering the burger and bun was only 200 calories. But that’s clearly not a lot of fuel so I turned to a little frozen lovin’.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

This quart will definitely be gone by the time I have to leave for college–no worries there. We went to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods where I mostly spent time perusing the products I would buy if I wasn’t trying to eat out the damn fridge. Well all that perusing made me go back on my word and I feel victim to getting something for the freezer.

Shopping Loot

Shopping Loot

Organic chocolate syrup and flaxseed meal; doesn’t every kid bring that to his dorm room? Let’s hope my roomie has an open mind… After Julia’s recommendation on the Creme Caramel from Jogging My Memory and suffering one major caramel craving, I knew I needed to pick that up. And, as always follows picking up, scooping into a bowl and licking as it melts.

Stonyfield's Creme Caramel

Stonyfield's Creme Caramel

Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man, Julia was so right. This ice cream has the perfect salty/sweetness going on. I don’t know how to ooo and ahh any more over it. It’s just perfect from the caramel flavored base to the caramel swirl. I have only two flavors of Stonyfield left to try: Vanilla and minty chocolate chip. But I might have to break from flavor trying and take another hit of this in between. We went back out to Roche Bros. Because there was one flavorer I really wanted to grab before heading off.

Vanilla Powder

Vanilla Powder

Obviously with my vanilla obsession I needed this last piece of the puzzle. It’s pretty expensive at 10 dollars for 2.5oz but maybe it lasts a long time? I’ve never used it before, but I can’t wait to flavor my own oatmeal and yogurt with it. The madre offered to pay for it, and did, but I insisted(aka, shoved the 10 dollars in her hand and said I’d be angry if she didn’t accept it) that I would. Probably a decision I’ll be regretting in a week or so? We live and we learn. After we got home and cooked, dinner was perfect.

Asparagus, Sweet Potato Fries, Steak, Root Beer Zevia

Asparagus, Sweet Potato Fries, Steak, Root Beer Zevia

Today was the last day at $5/lb boneless sirloin steak at Whole Foods which was the entire reason we went. It seriously cut like butter. And the more I eat good meat like this the less I have trouble cutting out blander meat from my diet and opting vegetarian more meals. The sweet potato fries were frozen and not homemade, but incredible nonetheless. That Alexia knows how to cook, whoever she is. I obviously like to get my chocolate fruit for dessert, so I made up this platter:

Frozen Cherries With Midnight Moo Sauce, Deep Chocolate Pomegranate Brownie

Frozen Cherries With Midnight Moo Sauce, Deep Chocolate Pomegranate Brownie

I thought “How can I jazz up frozen cherries?” and chocolate sauce was the natural answer. I needed something to go with my brownie which looked so lonely on the plate(and yet delicious in my mouth). It didn’t have a huge pomegranate flavor, but that was AOK with me because I was just wanting the chocolate, err, I mean, nutrition?

I’ve seen a lot of talk about the Vita products so I figure I’ll throw my voice on out there. They’re marketed as a dieter’s product and a breakfast replacement. 100 calories for breakfast? Ha, my legs would strangle me. Obviously that part has no appeal for me. What does appeal to me is the nutrition, flavor, and convenience. I havn’t tried many vitaproducts, but the ones I have I’ve enjoyed. I’ve had the chocolate top, chocolate muffin, chocolate and pomegranate brownie, and blueberry muffin. The chocolate ones were all–surprise–chocolatey and delicious. The blueberry one definitely tasted “healthy” but it is a muffin after all so that really didn’t bug me and instead I enjoyed the blueberry and cinnamon flavor. In terms of convenience, these all taste like freshly baked goods. And since you know who didn’t have to bake them himself, they make me very happy. And here’s the nutrition fact for the brownie:

Again, ignore the left and focus on the right. They pretty much pump these things with vitamins and nutrients, and I’m a sucker for all-natural fortified foods, so this part also really appeals to me. Overall, I think they’re overpriced, especially if you get them off the website. Occasionally they have a great offer and you could use some codes, but they’re still pricey. I wouldn’t pick them up anywhere else than Market Basket where I can get them 3.50 a box.

Before bead I made myself a little breakfast for dessert:

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Scone

Toast With Mocha Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Scone

Proof that breakfast is the best meal ^. It can be eaten anytime, anywhere. I slathered some toast with mocha peanut butter, which is really growing on me, and resurrected a peanut butter scone from the freezer, which was nice and soft after quality time with Mr. Microwave. I ate this to Big Brother and Flipping Out. I think this season of Big Brother is severely lacking big twists like last seasons had, which kind of frustrates me since it’s almost over. Flipping Out is just… crazy. It makes me glad my bosses were somewhat normal. Something about trashy reality shows of non-realistic situations I cannot resist.

This morning I did 6 times around the neighborhood, or 6.7 miles. I might have reconsidered that route if I remembered today was the first day for Marlborough public and all the kids would be waiting for their buses. Oh well, I managed to not run into most of them… mostly. For breakfast the plan was to finish off the kashi waffles but my taste buds had other plans, as always.

Savory Oats

Savory Oats

I actually haven’t had these before despite how amazing they always look over on Eating For England. For this I did 1/2 cup oat mixture with 1 egg and 1/4oz shredded sharp cheddar from the farmers market. It was OK but it didn’t blow my mind. Definitely better with some salt(ok, a lot of salt), and clearly a good way for me to get some protein into breakfast without greek yogurt, but I wasn’t blown away. Any suggestions?

oday might or might not be VERY exciting(for a foodie, that is). The largest Whole Foods in New England opened today 45 minutes away and we might make the trek to go visit it. This thing is MASSIVE; can you think of all the nut butters they might have? Cross your fingers.

P.S. Cookie giveaway!

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