No Regrets And Chocolate

Posted on March 6, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If anything could better sum up last night than “no regrets” and chocolate, I don’t know it. But first, since I think it’s worth recalling, be sure that you read all about my Friday and special guest, cookie fest, and all the rest(I’m a poet ;-)).

What’s better to do on Friday night than pop open a cool one and watch TV? Well, I don’t actually keep my soda in the fridge, but you get the picture. And this Zevia definitely hit the spot. At the same time, all I could think about was how much I wanted chocolate ice cream but how I didn’t have any. I knew just where I could get some, too, but I wasn’t too keen on layering up and going out to get some. And then I remembered: The only steps we regret are the ones we don’t take.

I haven’t had many regrets over the past few years. And yet, the secret isn’t in not living in the past. It’s always taking the action you want to take. Had I stayed around, I would have regretted not getting the ice cream. But even if I had gone and there wasn’t any to get, I’d have had nothing to regret. So I threw on jeans(over my PJ’s, of course, because I’m classy like that), and walked down to the Tedeschi mini-mart.

Wouldn’t you know, they had just what I was looking for? And I learned that it’s actually cheaper to get these So Delicious coconut milk ice creams there than it is at the groceries stores! How else would I have learned that but by taking that step forward? It may have been a cold walk, but there were no regrets.

Here’s where the chocolate part of my night begins. I was craving chocolate. Dark chocolate. I took about 3/4 cup chocolate ice cream and added Trader Joe’s gluten-free, vegan baking chips–holy yum! If only it came like this, but I didn’t mind doing the mixing. The ice cream I thought tasted a little too coconutty, but I guess that’s to be expected from coconut milk. These chocolate chips are just the best; I should use them for everything. Unfortunately, I switched it up for my nighttime oats.

Delicious? Absolutely. The nut butter was Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter and kept feeding my chocolate craving. The chocolate chips seemed like a good idea at the time :-/; they were dark chocolate grain-sweetened ones I picked up from Dedham Whole Foods a while ago. After hearing a rumbling in my stomach, I remembered that those “grains” used are not gluten-free. Whoops. It was a small amount and didn’t effect me much. But from now on it’ll be Trader Joe’s all they way(they taste better, anyway).

I decided that I would go for a run outside today! It’s supposed to get pretty warm(I say that considering it’s New England), and I think it will be good training. So despite going out at 8am when it was still cool, I made breakfast and am putting the run off until mid-morning. I had no clue what I wanted, so I went with another good thought: When in doubt, go for chocolate. I used Justin‘s chocolate peanut butter this time; OK, seriously, these need to come to the East coast ASAP because I am almost out and can not pay shipping for those again.

The one thing I did know I wanted was another 5-ingredient peanut butter cookie. Great breakfast choice, right? Well, I settled for using 1/2 of one as granola over a blueberry Chobani. And now I’m doing my favorite academic subject in my head: cookie math. You know, the math where you tally up how many cookies you’ve eaten compared to the people around you and how much more you can get away with before it becomes piggish. That’s good math.

Have you tried Zevia? Do you want to? I’m not having a contest for them, but it seems like everyone else is, so you have a good chance at getting some. Just Audrey is hosting one, as is Me and Jorge, Melinda Joy, the Amelie Fille blog, and Review Retreat here.

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Friday Fish And Chips

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

Happy Lenten Friday, everybody! OK, that has an awful and fake sound to it. The Church needs to come up with something catchy. But while they do, I’ll catch you up on what we decided. Last Friday I posed the question yay or nay on fish if I consider them a “meat” in terms of vegetarianism. A lot of you raised compelling arguments and the clear answer was that fish was cheap at the time of Aquinus which is why Catholics can still eat fish during Lent, but it’s “in the spirit” to have only the lesser-quality fish(aka no sashimi :-(). Of course, I also consulted my mom who’s the real my-word-goes-if-you-know-what’s-good-for-you and she agreed that fish was OK. Why am I saying this when fish wasn’t even on the menu for lunch?

Asian Tofu And Egg Stir-Fry With Honey Ginger Veggies And Hemp Flax Crackers

In my way overworked pan, I browned the last of a block of tofu(1.5 servings maybe) in soy sauce. Then I added these honey ginger vegetables I picked up at the dining hall until they were heated. Lastly, I cracked in an egg and cooked through–delicious! I’m not sure what was on the veggies; I don’t want to know. But this tasted perfectly greasy like real Chinese food. Over the top, I sprinkled some Omega-3’s ala seed crackers:

Foods Alive Hemp Flax Crackers

Foods Alive Hemp Flax Crackers to be exact. These were so deliciously herby! Rosemary is towards the bottom of the ingredient list but the flavor was LOUD and proud, and good, too! I actually opened this thinking it was “herb” instead of “hemp”; perhaps it should have been.

Apple With Coconut Oil Agave Dipping Spread

While watching America completely own Finland, I had an ingenous and delicious snack. I sliced up a red delicious apple and spread on it Tropical Tradition‘s coconut oil mixed with Xagave–sweet fats, this was good! I could have just eaten the coconut oil with a spoon; OK, I might have done that a little, too 😉 Anything to distract me from work! But then I got hungry again, which meant early dessert apparently:

Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Peanut Sunspires

I was on such a good vegan streak until the egg, and then milk chocolate. Oh well, if my milk and meat teeth want to return, fine by me. While majorly enjoying this, I stuck a sweet potato in the oven, but it didn’t cook in time for dinner 😦 I had all the time in the world; I should have put it in early. I’ve since stuck it in the fridge for another meal. Here’s where the fish comes in:

Trader Joe's Wild Alaskan Salmon

Ain’t she a beauty? Straight from a can. It kind of made me think I was eating cat food(like, a lot). I guess that’s the spirit of Lent! 🙂 To flavor it, I added some maple syrup and maple butter. And because my sweet potato didn’t turn out, I had a very different form of potatoes…

Maple Butter Alaskan Salmon, Broccoli, Sour Cream & Onion Pop Chips

Is it wrong that I probably liked the Sour Cream & Onion popchips more than I’d have liked the sweet potato? Yeah, no shame. The salmon was pretty decent for being from a can; they didn’t keep much fat in it, though, which is where all the Omega-3’s would be 😦 Good enough, I suppose? I’d actually been thinking about finding a good DHA supplement this year, but my final verdict is the same: I don’t really believe in supplements(fortified foods I’m a bit more tolerant of). I’m much more apt to want to get the nutrients from the foods themselves. And it’s especially hard for me to justify that I would need fish oil when there are so many healthy vegans and vegetarians. So no supplements for me! And I probably saved some good money with that decision, too 😉

Looking back over this week, I learned 1 block of tofu is not enough for this soy lover, and 4 soy yogurts barely got me through. Add those to the shopping list! And looking ahead, I’d really love to go home and bake a cake for no reason, but I don’t see that happening 😦 Visions of sugar cakes baking in my sleep? I’m guessing…

I hate to barrage you with contests but there are a lot out there right now and since I recently won I figure I’d keep the luck going and maybe get some scratch tickets later, too! Avery is having a peanut butter giveaway, here’s a chia seed giveaway, a popchip giveaway(which I obviously need to feed my addiction), a giveaway for shredded coconut from Trop Traditions, an ice cream machine giveaway, and lastly one for chia goodness oatmeal.

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Won’t You Celebrate With Me?

Posted on October 2, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Cookie Friday, that is. Treat yourself! You deserve it.

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Weekend Recap

Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy Monday! I always feel really refreshed on Mondays for some reason 🙂 Sorry if you’re a Monday hater because it means the work week starts back up. don’t worry, I’m pretty down on Fridays; even though it’s the last day of the work week, it’s also 50% of the work week for me. It was such a nice weekend in New England. I would start with Saturday but I have one little thing from Friday night. These babies:

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Homemade pistachio, chocolate, hazlenut biscotti from Bina’s. what a great way to unwind from the work week day: with a cup of decaf and some biscotti. I ate 2 and shared the rest.

Saturday morning I kicked my butt out of bed at the crack of dawn(ps. 7am is the crack of dawn for me) and pumped out a good 5.6. I don’t think I would’ve been sane the rest of the day without getting a run in so that was welcomed. After a blueberry breakfast, we drove up to Maine. I read some more the Beak Of The Finch(bleh) and watched some Baby Blues(lolerific) on my ipod. I forgot how much I liked that show. We arrived just at lunch time, and the menu was burgers and hot dogs. Like I’ve mentioned, I’m not big on the back yard bbq food unless I pick it out and cook it, so I decided to be special and get some salmon burgers from Hannaford. They were pretty good and my 7 year old cousin even almost tried one, but alas lost the courage when it was put in front of him.

A momentary serious aside. I definitely had a serious breakthrough over this weekend. I eat the food I do because I love it. I’m never depriving myself and choosing an alternative because I’m restricting myself; I’m making the alternate choices because their what I actually want. And, yes, what I choose is usually for a “health” reason, but that is such a relative term. Anything can be healthy or not healthy, and there’s certainly a difference between healthy for the heart, healthy for the mind, and healthy for the soul. So sometimes I might choose a salmon burger for the healthy omega-3’s, and other times I might choose a soul-healthy slice of pound cake loaded with whip cream because that’s what I want. The only thing that really gets to me is when people think I’m depriving myself; that’s when I start to eat what others want me to eat, not what I want to eat. And that is the unhealthiest of anything in my opinion. So my newest goal is to always stay assertive and comfortable with my food choices, for health of mind, body, and soul.

Yikes, sorry to get so serious, lol. I’ll stick with tantalizing pictures and quick summaries for the rest of the post. Back to the salmon burger, it was pretty good, but no WF tuna burger, which we’re also out of so add that to the grocery list, please. The plan was to go to Funtown that night with the cousins, my aunt and uncle, and grandparents. Is it just me or does a place called Funtown sound more not-fun than if it had a different name? Well as with little kids, they can never get their butts out of the door to go any place. While they were having fun in the pool I dropped a not-so-subtle hint that I wanted ice cream. My gramps told us abotu a place that makes their own and that was all I needed to head out the door. Normally, I always get soft serve or frozen yogurt, but this place had a horrible selection of those. Once I decided I would get real ice cream, I had a tough time deciding on a flavor, but this one definitely hit the spot:

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Lemon Meringue Pie. It was cool, refreshing, and definitely something different. I also popped into the fresh bread store and picked up this for the next morning:

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Blueberry peach cobbler with amaretto jam. Umm, that’s like all of my favorites bundled into one so I knew I needed to get it(ok, I’ve never had straight amaretto, but I’ve had it in desserts and those little sugar cookies). The cousins were still in the pool, supposedly getting ready for Funtown. I hated to be the party crasher, but I was not feeling the Funtown. After I decided this was my vacation too, I suggested to my parents that we not go with them, and instead eat out sicne we haven’t been to a restaraunt in over a month. Of course, they were down with that and that became the plan for the night.

Did I mention my cousins are Spoiled with a capital S? This weekend was to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary, and my uncle and dad’s birthday. There was a chocolate cake for my 3 year old cousin, and a vanilla for my 7 year old, which basically were taken in and out of the fridge at any point for their desire. And every time we had to light candles and sing happy birthday to god-knows-who. Here’s a pic of the cakes. I never actually had a slice of either because my mom also made a buttermilk cake which was 10 times more delicious than any store cake could have been so I just munched on that one for the weekend(but somehow forgot to take a pic)

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Like I mentioned, we hadn’t been out to eat in over a month. Wtf? Between my mom’s operation and me trying to make sure I was eating enough to support 30 mile weeks AND gain weight, eating out took a back seat. My tastebuds were feeling asian and there was a new resteraunt with chinese, japanese, and thai so of course we needed to check that out. The menus had literally hundreds of choices AND there was a buffet. I was thinking I wanted sushi but nothing had brown rice. Then I noticed this entree called the Seafood Wor Bar on the chinese menu and my mind was set. Lobster, crab meat, scallops, shrimp, and veggies on a sizzling hot plate. Umm, yes please? Plus, I knew my mom would go for the sushi(she got the salmon platter) so I knew I’d be eating off of her plate and stealing her miso soup.

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That was all certainly delicious. Everyone was home waiting for us when we finished–turns out they couldn’t get their butts out the door to go to Funtown or the movies. We enjoyed a nice night at home where I introduced people to Apples To Apples while Harry Potter 5 played in the background.

The next day I was up and wide awake for a run at 7. Isn’t it fun to run somewhere you don’t know, for some length you don’t know? I went down Mile Road, ran along the beack street, up some random neighborhood where I thought I was getting lost but ended up along the main road right near the ice cream place and asian resteraunt. It ended up being a fairly fast 4.6 miler–definitely a mood booster for the day but I wish I had gone longer along the water’s edge.

My mom picked up a baker’s dozen of doughnuts from this homemade doughnut bakery for everyone, and a special cup of hazlenut coffee for me because she probably knew I wouldn’t be eating a doughnut–nice and thoguhtful 🙂 Lard’s just not my idea of a post-run meal. But do not fear, my breakfast was just what I wanted: So Delicious Cinnamon Bun yogurt, Lemon Vanilla Cashew Nectar Bar, TJ whole wheat cinnamon raisin english muffin with blueberry peach cobbler with amaretto jam.

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At first I made myself a cinnamon cardamom roll from the bread store nearby; I didn’t realize cardamom is a savory spice or something, because the flavor was just off and definitely not breakfasty. And this is definitely one of my most favorite yogurts, but they’re so expensive at Whole Foods. I figured that vacation is for splurging though so I picked this guy up at Hannafords when we got salmon burgers. A good yogurt is the best way to start the day 🙂 After breakfast their was some active time for my little cousins followed by a trip to the beach.

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Then afterwards it was time for lunch. I had my 2nd lobster of my lifetime. I also was somewhat of a hero for bringing a packet of TJ instant mac n’ cheese because that happened to be a favorite amongst my cousins(and my grandfather lol).

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Oops, I should’ve put out a naked cousin alert. The 3 year old(Avery)’s at a point where clothes aren’t so appealing as M&Ms and cookies. Again, we planned on going to Funtown but never actually went. What did end up happening was several temper tantrums over lighting candles and singing happy birthday, followed by melting cake. Again, I skipped on the cake and went for this which I picked up at Hannafords. I love it because it’s a Maine brand, and I really felt like I was seizing the moment; turns out they opened up a store where they sell all their flavors right here in my town–go figure. It was still super yummy.

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Can you tell I’m getting tired of typing? I’ll wrap it up quickly. We said our sad goodbyes and my 7 year old cousin already wants to have a “playdate” in Boston where we go on the duck tours. As we were driving out of town, we were all pretty full but spotted this sign and had to stop.

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Soft serve around here is chocolate, vanilla, or a twist, so 24 flavors was mouth-watering. I got the cheesecake, which wasn’t bad but also not very bold. It tasted very vanilla. But here’s a little secret: vanilla is actually one of my favorite flavors but I hate ordering it out at places because I feel boring and not taking advantage of all the other options. So this was actually pretty perfect for me 🙂 My dad’s irish cream was also damn good. Hopefully we’ll be going back to that place soon so I can try the other 22 flavors.

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