Comedic Aspirations And An Iron Stomach

Posted on May 25, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This morning, I realized I have at least 2 things in this world that no one can take away: a sense of humor and an iron stomach. I took my act to my Twitter feed last night.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries, 2% Fage

Chocolate Covered Strawberries, 2% Fage

This snack was damn good, but I’m pretty sure it was a little hot and heavy for a Monday night alone watching How Alien Moons Are Made.

Oatmeal, Divine Milk Chocolate

Oatmeal, Divine Milk Chocolate

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Divine makes the best milk chocolate on the planet. Their secret ingredient? Dried cream. So fattening and rich it’ll knock your socks off. Luckily, this was late enough at night that I wasn’t wearing socks anymore.



So yes, that’s my thinly veiled plea for you to follow me on Twitter. You only have to listen; how the hell will I know if you aren’t really laughing out loud over the web?

Then there’s my iron stomach…

Vanilla Goat's Milk Yogurt, Blueberry Vanilla Granola Plank

Vanilla Goat's Milk Yogurt, Blueberry Vanilla Granola Plank

When I woke up, I just needed food so I grabbed a vanilla goat’s milk yogurt and a blueberry vanilla honest foods‘ granola plank. I was a huge fan of the vanilla goat milk; now that “was like ‘woah'”. The granola plank wasn’t bad, either. It definitely satisfied the cereal craving I needed.

Bulk French Chocolate

Bulk French Chocolate

And then I realized I needed to run now or it would be too hot so I grabbed this plus a little more chocolate and got out the door. I know you aren’t supposed to swim 30 minutes after you eat, what about running? It turns out, I have an iron stomach.

11.15 Miles

11.15 Miles

And it was hot! I came back dripping in sweat; you could have fried an egg on me but a) it would have been salty as hell and b) my iron stomach did not want food at the time.

Grape Bot Water

Grape Bot Water

Instead, I tried the grape Bot water, which was perfectly lightly sweetened and packed for refueling electrolytes. And now I think the iron stomach wants more! So I’m off to the kitchen.

Do you wear socks when you sleep? No way, Jose. When I’m in bed I want to feel free to wiggle my toes. I can’t understand wearing socks in bed unless you have really cold feet.

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You Don’t Have To Run To Be A Runner

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This morning felt like the worst.

Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Honest Foods Bar

Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Honest Foods Bar

It was hot. I was stressed. I felt lethargic. I had just about every negative word in the book to say. I wanted to run when I knew I wasn’t mentally “there”. I had a piece of Honest Foodspomegranate walnut crisp granola plank, which was even more a tip-off I was stressed(granola is definitely my stress-food). 10 minutes later and I still wasn’t running or feeling any better.

No Meat Athlete T-Shirt

No Meat Athlete T-Shirt

I put on my No Meat Athlete shirt today, hoping it would inspire me to run. Instead, it did something of the opposite and I couldn’t be more grateful: It reminded me that you don’t have to run to be a runner. I have a bad habit of forgetting and needing to relearn lessons, like why labels don’t matter. Today, I had to relearn that you’re just as much a runner on a rest day as the days you go out. Meghann and Ashley are just as much ultra-marathoners now, even though they aren’t currently running one. And we’re all just as much food bloggers as when we aren’t taking photos of our food.

This lesson was in part learned this morning, when an update on the news about the West Virginian miners abruptly ended my pity party(please, pray for those families; it’s all they ask for). Part of it came in my Object History course when we did an exercise judging each other on our clothes. Immediately I was pegged as a vegetarian. I then had to explain why I wasn’t but still wore the shirt because I support Matt himself as a runner and the rights of ethically and naturally raised animals(touched on in my food philosophy). When I was asked if I was”OK” with people assuming I was a vegetarian, I didn’t know how to respond; of course I was “OK” with it, if the contrary opinion is that I could walk into a KFC and order some chicken without caring one bit about the animal that gave its life for that piece or how it was raised. Even if I wasn’t running a half-marathon then or eating raw food I was just as much a runner and a raw food enthusiast. I didn’t have to be doing either to be either. That is what I learned in class today.

Chickpea Salad With Raw Garlic Cheddar, Maple Golden Raisins, And Hemp Oil Spinach

Chickpea Salad With Raw Garlic Cheddar, Maple Golden Raisins, And Hemp Oil Spinach

For lunch, once I decided to not run, I made a highly raw salad, with chickpeas, spinach dressed in Foods Alive hemp oil dressing, Next Generation Organic Dairy raw garlic parsley cheddar cheese, and my attempt at maple golden raisins.

Chickpea Salad With Raw Garlic Cheddar, Maple Golden Raisins, And Hemp Oil Spinach

Chickpea Salad With Raw Garlic Cheddar, Maple Golden Raisins, And Hemp Oil Spinach

The organic hunza raisins were a new product from Tierra Farm. I wanted to rehydrate them in a mix of water and maple syrup; it worked a little bit and where it did was wonderful. But they needed much more time than the 1 hour I allowed.

Citrus Kombucha

Citrus Kombucha

In the beginning of Object History I sipped on a citrus kombucha; the ginger and lemon reminded me of a vinegary, unsweet lemonade on this 90 degree day and was the perfect flavor.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zing Bar

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Zing Bar

A little later on, I snacked on an oatmeal chocolate chip bar by Zing. I got the chocolate chip part, but other than that this was just plain ol’ sweet. What I really liked moreso was the nutrition. It had a good amount of healthy fat from cashew butter, 10g of protein, and was sweetened with natural fruit juices and agave. I would have thought all that nutrition would’ve stuffed me up. It didn’t.

White Chocolate Cranberry Gelato

White Chocolate Cranberry Gelato

I was dreaming about this gelato all through class; how could I not outside on a 90 degree day? It tasted perfectly rich and sweet, and I ate it on my way to–drumroll–Whole Foods! I had a major salmon craving, and the weather was so nice. I couldn’t find a reason not to walk the 1.2 miles and pick up a dinner.

Citrus Salmon, Kale Avocado Salad, Raw Broccoli With Lemon

Citrus Salmon, Kale Avocado Salad, Raw Broccoli With Lemon

Citrus Salmon

Citrus Salmon

I brought this dinner of salmon, avocado-kale, and raw broccoli back to the dorm to enjoy. The salmon was perfectly what I needed to eat. And Whole Foods makes the best avocado kale! I need to take tips from them. And no one fret; I changed out of my No  Meat shirt before eating this 😉

Wow that post took a while! But I think it was worth it, and all stuff that needs to be said. Just because I haven’t been studying doesn’t mean I’m not a student, right 😉 And if this self-reflection helped or resonated with just one person, it will be worth it. G’night!

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I Can’t Pass Those Bars

Posted on April 7, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ll never be a lawyer, so I don’t have to worry about passing this bar.

And it will be a while until I can get into this kind of bar. But there’s another kind that if I were a cowboy I’d say I just can’t quit…

Alter-Eco Dark Chocolate Mint

Alter-Eco Dark Chocolate Mint

Chocolate bars, of course! This bar from Alter-Eco was another one I the Easter Bunny grabbed or my basket; it was on a recommendation from a friend, and since I hadn’t yet found a dark chocolate mint bar I liked I thought it was worth the shot…

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Mint Bar

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Mint Bar

Good choice, Mr. Bunny! This bar in a matter of minutes became one of my favorites. I don’t know where to start; the flavor was perfectly minty; the raw sugar added an amazing subtle crunch to it. It was just perfection! I had to review this one here, if only to remind myself one day of how much I loved it.

Crofter's Europe Spread And Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter

Crofter's Europe Spread And Justin's Chocolate Almond Butter

I also had(while watching The Biggest Loser, no less), a bowl of oatmeal. Since oats are all about the toppings, I picked out two winners here between Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter and Crofter’s Europe Superfruit Spread

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Crofter's Europe Spread

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Crofter's Europe Spread

Suuuh-weet. I forgot how good warm jam on oatmeal can be; it doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s yum! And the sweetness of both of these spreads was unreal. I guess you can never go wrong with 2 good things.

You would think sleeping in would be a good thing, too; but I’ve never felt more behind than this morning 😦 It’s almost 10, and I haven’t run, gotten all the work done for today or tomorrow, and am just now finishing off this breakfast.

Oats With Mighty Maple,Pomegranate Chobani With Ambrosia Granola And Dark Chocolate

Oats With Mighty Maple, Pomegranate Chobani With Ambrosia Granola And Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Ambrosia Granola And Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Ambrosia Granola And Dark Chocolate

On a simple oatmeal/oatbran blend I added a scoop of Mighty Maple. What was much more interesting was the pomegranate yogurt topped with Nuts About Granola‘s Ambrosia granola. The flavors of this unique “granola of the Gods” are pomegranate, mango, and walnut. I loved the flavors from mango and cinnamon, which really made these feel both earthy and godly. It was also great to read how a lot of the ingredients were local to the company; touches like that are so inspiring. You can click on this link to read my review. And again, I couldn’t pass up this bar; I figure if I’m going to be stressed out it might as well be with chocolate in hand…

What time do you wake up? And when do you run? And how does it all fit together? I’m very curious, clearly. There are only so many hours in the day, unfortunately, and today mine will not be spent in the kitchen, but luckily I have enough leftovers/fast foods to make that not an issue

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Jars, New Products, And Raw Desserts

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

I hope you’re all liking the wellness giveaway! You have until March 31st to enter.

Tazo Rest

Tazo Rest

One Lucky Duck Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

One Lucky Duck Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was not terribly hungry for dessert last night while watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. Did the chicken scene just make anyone else want to give up on meat? I couldn’t go that far, probably, but it makes me feel good that the meat I choose is wild, natural, or organic and minimally processed.

I must have been affected by a British accent because I snacked on “tea and cookies”, with Tazo Rest and One Lucky Duck‘s chocolate chip raw cookies. This was the last sample from One Lucky Duck I had and it did not disappoint. I liked how–very easily–there was a flavor distinction between the cookie and the chocolate, which isn’t easy to do at all with raw foods. It also didn’t have that raw, fall-apart-in-your-hand texture but wasn’t stale. They’re a bit pricey but a good treat for a raw foodist.

Almost Empty Nut Butter Jars

Almost Empty Nut Butter Jars

I couldn’t help but noticing not one but 2 of my nut butter jars were on their last leg. And since I had just had a chocolate chip cookie made mostly out of cashews, this couldn’t have been a more perfect pairing 🙂

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Raw Cashew Butter

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Raw Cashew Butter

On top was the very last of P.B.Loco’s cookie dough peanut butter and Love Raw Food’s cashew butter. There was definitely more nut butter than oats so this was delicious and rich. And I love just being able to toss the jar out when you’re done 🙂 Is it just me, or is it still impossible to get the jar satisfactory empty no matter how much you work at it?

Chia Moon Drop

Chia Moon Drop

I woke up at 5, and took an awful long time getting back to bed(hence not waking up again until 9, yikes!) :-/ Sometime then, I got snackish and went for Uli Mana‘s chocolate chia moon drop. It was a good choice. I think I got through half of it before even realizing where the chia were; that was a good thing since they still sort of freak me out. It was nice and chocolaty, too. I wish it were richer(maybe add some cacao butter?), but it was still pretty great.

Honest Foods Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Granola Plank

Honest Foods Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Granola Plank

I woke up at 8, put on my glasses, and then woke up again at 9. Oops. Don’t you hate when that happens? After deciding what was for breakfast, I grabbed a new Honest Foods granola plank to try out.

Pineapple Chobani With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Pumpkin Oats With Walnut Butter In A Mighty Maple Jar

Pineapple Chobani With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Pumpkin Oats With Walnut Butter In A Mighty Maple Jar

Pineapple Chobani With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Pumpkin Oats With Walnut Butter In A Mighty Maple Jar

Pineapple Chobani With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Pumpkin Oats With Walnut Butter In A Mighty Maple Jar

Another almost empty nut butter jar? I spoil myself 🙂 In the Mighty Maple jar went pumpkin oatmeal and a scoop of walnut butter; the pumpkin, peanut, walnut, and maple all work so well together! And I had a pineapple Chobani with about 1/3 of the Honest Foods granola plank. I like the ideas of the grab-n-go granola, but the pomegranate flavor in the pomegranate walnut crisp was just not there. It also wasn’t very crisp? It was much more chewy and soft. All the walnuts and peanuts made me happy, though, so clearly I wasn’t complaining much.

I’m sure you’ve noticed Cancun 2010 is no where in my Spring Break plans, haha. In case you were wondering, today I’m heading home to see my dog for the first time in 4 weeks. It’s felt like forever! Tomorrow, I have my 1/2 marathon to run along the New Hampshire coast–not looking forward to the weather. And then Monday is the day I become one really old teenager. We won’t celebrate until Easter with the relatives, though(OK, there’ll be a little celebrating ;-)).

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Putting What In My Which?

Posted on March 4, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s probably no surprise I’m all about the layering. I don’t do much–if any–snacking, so when I want to eat, I want to eat. And often that means layers of flavor through some sort of base and some topper.

ChocAlive! Coconut Raw Truffles

These were the 2nd flavor of ChocAlive! truffles I was sent to review. Of course, what better to put raw chocolate on than chocolate avocado pudding made with coconut milk no less?

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With 2 Coconut Truffles

This was too perfect; the pudding came out light and “whipped”. The trick is adding the avocado last after fulling mixing the first few ingredients–heavenly. The coconut truffles tasted deliciously sweet, probably from the dates included in the body. It seems like an unusual addition but it works well, not so much for the richness but definitely so for the sweetness. Who couldn’t use sweetness in their life 🙂

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

After a crazy episode of Law & Order with Kathy Griffin, I whipped up some coconutty oats with Justin’s chocolate almond butter. I can not get enough of this! But the coconut milk didn’t taste quite as rich, even though I know it hasn’t gone bad; I think it’s just never as good as when you first open the can. Still, coconut milk as a topper for oatmeal? How could you go wrong. Mmmm, taste that coconut!

Apple

I got a great night’s sleep, which is just what you need when you plan tog et up at 6:15 to run. I wasn’t particularly hungry, but since an apple worked such magic the day before I thought why not? Naturally, I was the first person at the gym, and just kept going and going while listening to an iPod.

9 Miles In 79:58

I had time to run 8 miles. I ended up running 9 and in 79:58. It felt great! And like I could have even done more. But that was not happening. I hurried my butt first to grab some yogurt and then shower up. I needed things I could throw together fast for my 9am class.

Me & Goji Custom Granola

My [me] & goji granola was just begging to be used for some quick and tasty calories. You can read all about my experience making this like I posted back in 2009 here. I only wish I had known then I had or would have a slight gluten intolerance so I could have opted for their wheat-free granola! C’est la vie.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple, Pineapple Chobani With Custom Granola

Pineapple Chobani With Custom Goji Granola

Quick and delicious. I whipped up some pumpkin oatmeal and topped that with PB&Co.’s mighty maple. By the time I got to class and took the lid off the container, this had all melted down to a frosting–holy yum! One of the yogurts I picked up was a pineapple Chobani which I then topped with my granola. In the granola is tons of seeds and nuts, dried blueberries, raspberries, and goji berries, and chocolate covered peanuts and goji berries. Could anything describe me better? I just didn’t get any chocolate covered peanuts this time 😦 I think the last time I ate it I picked them out. Oops. Once I had scooped off most of the granola, I succumbed to the ultimate “what in my which?”

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple With Pineapple Chobani

Oatgurt! I’m usually not a fan of this, but something about the pineapple, pumpkin, peanut butter, and pmaple(it needed a p to keep up the alliteration) worked really well. I’m still not a fan in general, but this was darn tasty 🙂 I just have to advice against reheating your oatmeal at this point. Why? Like how milk curdles, yogurt does, except much faster because of the bacteria. That’s another thing–microwaving kills the healthy probiotic(a superfood of mine). Normally killing bacteria is a good thing, but not when they’re healthy for your gut. Interestingly, this property of microwaves makes microwaving a sponge to clean it efficient. Go figure!

The weekend is practically here! It doesn’t even matter that I’m just bookmarking websites at this point to get to them at a later time because I’m sipping some Celestial tea, so you know I’m starting to feel calm. Happy Thursday(which is my Friday)! And here’s the final recap of the ChocAlive! products I reviewed. Have you tried raw chocolate? Love it/Don’t care for it? Clearly, I love it, as I constantly try to make my own. Not like it could compare to these gourmet ones.

Coconut

9/10: Shredded coconut enrobes a raw truffle ball comprised mostly of cocoa, agave, and coconut–yes, please! As a raw chocolate and coconut lover, I can attest that the two flavors go together beautifully. The texture of the shredded coconut contrasts but doesn’t compete with the smooth, mellow body. I find the inclusion of dates into the truffle an interesting choice which makes them more sweet and soft than rich, but it does add a great, deep sweetness. These are definitely a “treat” when it comes to cost, but a well-deserved one for any raw foodist and one that I’d recommend.

Dark Chocolate Crunch

8/10: A good truffle, in my mind, would have a smooth base with a consistent flavor, and something that truly makes it unique. This has both, but unfortunately the two fight each other. The center of raw cocoa, coconut, dates, and agave was deliciously smooth and sweet. The cacao nibs on the outside, in contrast, certainly added character, but the bitterness was too intense for my palate in contrast with the truffle. To be fair, raw cacao nibs have never been a favorite of mine. But the sweetness of the truffle makes their bitterness all too apparent here and I much preferred the chocolate of the truffle alone.

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Trying New Things

Posted on January 29, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As much as I love my routine, I also love trying new things(so long as they fit in, somehow). Well, I’ve just tried 4 new things and 3 of them were a hit! Would you be surprised if I told you the 3 were food and the 1 was not? 🙂 Didn’t think so. Last night it seemed like everything was a repeat on television; what was with that? I ended up watching an old Grey’s and having a sweet snack.

Q.bel Mint Wafers

Q.bel came out with 2 new flavors this year and I got both of them in the prize pack I won from Facebook! One of those flavors is mint, which seemed like a nice palate cleansing dessert. I looved this, and reviewed it here. It was kind of like a peppermint patty but with a little wafer in there, too. I’m confused why they used milk fat in the dark chocolate; that makes it milk in my book, but it’s still really deep in flavor. These Q.bel bars are really dense in calories for something so light, but Twitter friends assured me it’s all good:

TryingToHeal @EvanFMFF Um, yes. All chocolate should be devoid of calories anyhow.

The judge has spoken. After that I tried another new thing with my bowl of oatmeal.

Organic Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter

I ordered a few favorites from Naturally Nutty with my Christmas money. When I opened up the box, I was surprised to find this little gift Katie snuck in: a new flavor! It’s so new, it doesn’t have it’s own label yet. But when it comes out in Spring it will be Organic Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Butter. Yes please!

Oatmeal With Organic Vanilla Cinnamon Almond Butter

This was delicious! I had a feeling I’d like it, since I looove the vanilla almond butter for it’s clean, crisp taste. The vanilla cinnamon almond butter had that same cleanness to it, but with an added depth from the cinnamon. I was impressed how it’s spiced so that the cinnamon doesn’t detract from the other spices–definitely on to keep an eye out for on their website.

This morning I “slept in” and felt raring to go to the gym.. And when I say slept in, I mean 7am; I just couldn’t not be an early bird. I grabbed a bar–a new one–and was off.

18 Rabbits Funky Figs And Cherries Granola Bar

I’ll share the disappointing part first: This bar didn’t really taste like figs or cherries 😦 It definitely had those in there, but they tasted more generic like raisins in raisin bran. Overall, though, this was another story; I loved how the texture was chewy and crunchy, and this was packed with seeds and nuts. The strongest flavors were hazelnuts and cacao nibs, which were perfect. And this has so little sugar, it really makes me happy. The quaker oats man needs to take a lesson from 18 Rabbits!

New Bike Machine

As for the workout, I started by running an awesome 7 miles. I had to slow the pace a lot lower than I’d like. But that let me go further than I expected I could at this point at the game, and I’m all for rebuilding that endurance. After 7 miles, which took a little more than an hour, I decided to try this bike machine for another 30 minutes of The Today Show at resistance level 3. Confession: I’ve never really used a bike machine before, so this was totally new.

Uncomfortable Seat

It felt like an OK workout–not quite like running in my opinion 😉 My only question has to be what is with that seat?! I would think if you’re going to be rigorously active somewhere for extended periods of time, you’d want that place to be comfortable. A pillow, maybe? Not something with a rigid figure that probably was too loose. Another thing: I wouldn’t mind a virtual reality helmet so I feel like I’m biking through a sunny neighborhood or something–just saying.

Greek Yogurt With Raspberry Jam

French Toast Oatmeal With 2 Cage Free Eggs, Maple Syrup, And Cinnamon

Breakfast was not at all new and that I did not mind. I could just never get enough of yogurt with raspberry jam. And no fancy shmancy jam here; 365 brand is a great and tasty bang for your buck. I picked up a french toast craving somewhere along the way and made my oatmeal with 2 Eggland’s Best cage free eggs and topped it with New Hampshire maple syrup and Trader Joe’s cinnamon–perfect. It felt so “homey”. And maple syrup season is only 2 months away! So I better eat up all that “old” stuff, haha.

I’m so glad it’s really the weekend already; I love having most of my morning to spend working out, but if I were expected to do anything after that I’d feel so behind and lost. I have a short and simple to-do list to tackle, and plenty of time to get on that. Happy Friday!

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Whippin’ It

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

Alternate titles: A Fruity Morning, Freezing My Potassium Off, and I Said I Wouldn’t. All very descriptive, the last one as in “I said I wouldn’t go back for more vegan meatloaf last night.”

Vegan Meatloaf

I had to. It was just too good. And, no, this wasn’t like I didn’t eat enough at dinner and needed a little more. I filled up on this at dinner(trust me), and this was me wanting this for dessert 2 hours later. I even thought about all the chocolate I could have instead. Nope. I wanted meat(sort of). This was probably a good choice to watch The Biggest Loser with. Did you watch it? I did, but honestly I don’t feel any connections with contestants when there are still so many. After that, I noticed a recipe on Facebook that was calling my name!

Vanilla FroYo Banana Whip With NuttZo And 2 Goji Almond Oat Cookies

The link was to a NuttZo blog post about banana whip ice cream! It looked so good, I had to break out the food processor. I blended 4oz banana(about 1 big one) with 1/4 cup really pure vanilla frozen yogurt, and then topped it with some Goji Gourmet almond oat cookies and a spoonful of NuttZo. This was so good! The banana ice cream had such great flavor and texture, and the cookies and NuttZo really hit the spot. And the healthy sugar here didn’t even keep me up at all so that I was sleeping pretty 30 minutes later.

By the way, did anybody else catch the Jay Leno Show? It was perfect. First Kim Kardashian deep fried Oreos with Guy Fieri, then Jillian Michaels came out and traded insults with Jay. She admitted her fat food of choice was Cheetos as a child. i could not picture her ever eating a Cheeto. Anyway, this morning I woke up in time to say goodbye to everyone heading off to work. I decided I needed something that felt like dessert for breakfast, so banana whip it was!

Banana And Chobani Whip With Xanthan Gum

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Butter, Strawberry Frosting, And Strawberry And Cocoa Granola

This time I whipped the same amount of banana with 1/2 a container of plain Chobani and some NuNatruals vanilla stevia. The texture came out more like a smoothie so I added xanthan gum and refroze it. I feel like a mad scientist playing with that stuff 🙂 For oatmeal, we’re running low on pumpkin. W’ere not out, but dangerously close so that I want to save it for an oats emergency. Instead of break the little glass box that holds the last can of pumpkin, I made some plain oats and gave it a fruity frosting with my MojaMix granola that has dried persimmons and strawberries. Yum! It went great with the clean but earthy vanilla almond butter.

So far today, I’ve been very lazy(still in my PJ’s :-)). Morning TV has been eventful, though. First, Goji Gourmet was featured as Rachael Ray’s snack of the day! And it was the almond oat flavor I had last night–too funny. After that, on Regis and Kelly, a guest explained how you can use alternative natural sweeteners to cut sugar out of the American diet. Perfect! Except he said Fage yogurt was good for you “because it has only one sugar cube per serving”. Correction: Fage yogurt, and other plain yogurts, have no sugar cubes per serving. They have sugar, but it’s lactose which is completely natural in milk. Attacking that would be like attacking the sugar in apples. OK, I just had to get that out there.

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Eat For Your Brain

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If anyone ever said brainfood couldn’t be yummy, they clearly didn’t know what they were talking about. Some of the best foods are also the best foods for you.

Chocolate Pudding With Dark Chocolate Peppermint Newman Cup

Ok, I’m not actually sure if peppermint is brain food, but it definitely doesn’t hurt? And this blogger eats a lot and seems pretty darn smart to me so it must do something. But mostly I was just eating this to get probiotic #2 of the day… tasty, delicious probiotic number 2. But was the center of the Newman cup supposed to be like a powder? It might have been a bit old.

Advent Chocolate And Omega Xocai Square

Then there was brain food via chocolate. Of course, my 20th piece of advent calender(I’ll be so sad when this goes away :-() and a new product: Xocai’s Omega Square. Each piece of chocolate has 70mg of DHA Omega-3’s(the kind we need) and is well balanced for the 2:1 Omega-6:Omega-3 ratio we as Americans should be getting. I definitely enjoyed the chocolate. If you’ve taken supplements before that have been fishy, this was nothing like those; the only “funny” tastes in it were orange peel and flaxseeds, which weren’t so much “funny” as just unexpected.

Banana Oatmeal With Maple Cashew Butter, Raw Walnuts, And Maple Syrup

I’ll admit I was upset when Russell lost on Survivor; I spent all season hating him but he played so well he deserved to win. Anyway, after getting over that, I made more brain food. I topped banana oats with Tierra Farm‘s raw organic walnuts and maple cashew butter. I thought I’d give the cashew butter another chance; it still wasn’t very mapley, though continues to impress me as a nice cashew butter. I’ve never been a fan of raw walnuts, but I gave Tierra Farm’s a try anyway; they were just as dry as I expected, but at the very least I got good brain food, right?

This morning I fully intended to try another workout but when I got up I was so sore. Yesterday’s really pushed my limit and left my legs shot. After trying something out, I decided better to push it off to the afternoon or never than overwork anything. Instead I mulled about and dreamed up a brain food breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter

Pumpkin Oikos With Me & Goji Granola

Goji berries I think are a brainfood? They have plenty of antioxidants, at least. And my [me] & goji granola is packed with them(and dried blueberries and raspberries–yum!). Today felt like an almond butter morning so I had some of justin’s nut butter. While eating I pondered everything I have to do today and it turned out to be a lot! Whoever said vacation was for resting did not know me. I’ve made a schedule to keep myself on top of my game.

9-12: Internet work
12-1: Shower and make lunch
1-2: Eat, watch Days, and more internet work
2-3:30: Bake for Christmas Eve and figure out mom birthday plans
3:30-5: Workout?
5-5:50: Internet work
5:50: Start dinner

For Christmas Eve I’m baking an intermediate(aka, this could get messy) cookie recipe. I’m hoping it goes well, though honestly a bit intimidated. Care to know more as it happens? Follow me on Twitter. Also(and this is my favorite thing about blogworld), I need some advice from you: Got any good workouts to do at home you suggest or can point me towards? Bring them on. Also, for dinner I have sirloin roast, butternut squash, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and sweet potatoes to work with. Suggestions? Edit: And whole wheat mac and cheese(from a box). And no, I don’t intend to make ALL of these, just 2 or 3.

An amazing machinery giveaway!

And a Plush Puff Marshmallow giveaway!

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Sweet 16

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I did it! As I mentioned in a 6:29am mad rush yesterday, The Biggest Loser inspired me to get out and try for a distance personal record. More specifically, what I was inspired by was the contestant’s goal: not necessarily to “run a marathon” but more “to move their bodies 26.2 miles”. Every morning I’ve gotten up and ran until it was time to stop(which, if the time is a literal thing, around 8:30). Yesterday I decided no time excuses–that I was going to get up and “move my body 16 miles”. While I wanted to run it, I acknowledged I might need to walk, to hop off the treadmill for the bathroom(which happened a lot), or to take a water break. Regardless, I was determined to hit the distance and not factor in anything else. While it was long, it wasn’t nearly as grueling as I anticipated. I overprepared like a pro.

Peanut Butter And Jelly Larabar

I brought 3 bars and only ended up eating what you don’t see of this PB&J Larabar. And, yes, I made it 16 miles. Needless to say, it felt quite good to finish after a time of 2:17:50 and I was into the 3rd hour of The Today Show. Best of all, I learned a new way of thinking; I loved the mentality shift from running to moving myself a certain distance. It makes all sorts of distances look possible for the future. Also needless to say, I was a sweaty mess when I got back to my dorm at 9:20, so I showered and made this salty and sweet mess:

Sweet And Salty Oats

Oatmeal
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 tablespoon Smart Balance PB
1 tablespoon peanut butter chips
2 strips Fakin’ Bacon
Maple Syrup
Sea Salt

If this is at the end of 16 miles, I’m running 32 tomorrow. I was short on time after ignoring it so I went with the throw-everything-in-a-bowl method and wow was this good. I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll just let your imagine soar 🙂 I still wanted to get some breakfast probiotics though, so I gave a new product a try.

Vega Vanilla Chai Whole Food Health Optimizer

You can read my review here, but to sum it up I’d say the nutrition was ridiculously amazing, the flavor decent, and the coloration scary. I think that’s how it works with most green drinks, at least the last part anyway. I ended up walking into class right with the bell(score!) just in time to do teacher evaluations… I’m sure I’ll stick out like a thumb on my evaluations in the classes where I’m the only freshman(and that’s the first question on the paper) but I tried being honest in all of them. After class I picked up something at a campus convenience and made my way home for emails and lunch. Lunch came in to parts:

Trader Joe's Mac N' Cheese, Broccoli

Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna

It just felt like a mac n’ cheese day; I don’t think that needs any explanation 🙂 When I saw a chocolate peppermint bar at the convenience store, I had to grab it. Yes–it’s a bar marketed for women. But I see you gals eat Clif bars all the time so if you can gender-bar hop so can I 😉 Plus it just felt so nice and seasonal. I really liked it and even bought another one afterwards to enjoy with cocoa some time.

All I could think about in classes 2 and 3 was how I almost spent as much time on the treadmill as I would in class yesterday–insane! When i got out, I wandered around a bit up and down Thayer street. I bought 2 magazines even though I had 3 I hadn’t read yet(whoops), and managed by Blue State for some coffee. Eventually, I realized all of this was procrastination since I had an overflowing inbox and homework to do, so I hung my head and got back to the dorm. I also picked up this delicacy while I was out and about:

Pizza Strip With Lightlife Breakfast Sausage

A pizza strip is a local food comprised of a yeast dough topped with a thin layer of herby sauce and nothing more. I added some breakfast sausage to make it a “faux meat lovers” pizza–yum! I think this officially makes me a Rhodey now, right Big Girl? The afternoon was filled with busy work. I got pretty hungry by 6 but didn’t want to ruin my appetite for meeting folks at the dinning hall at 6:30 so I snacked on an apple.

Apple

It’s really unfortunate this is my pre-dinner snack because my dining hall serves some pretty bad apples and I refuse to buy produce with my grocery money that’s not some sort of tuber or I can’t store under my bed 😦 For dinner, I knew I didn’t want the veggie option so I made my main in my dorm and relied on the cafe for side veggies.

Maple Mustard Tofu Steaks, Sweet Potato, Steamed Vegetables

It feels like ages since I’ve done the maple/mustard combo, so it was welcomed to have it back. I cut up 3 slices(2 servings) of firm tofu and tried letting it marinate for 30 minutes and “glaze” in the microwave but in the end it was more of a sauce. I don’t know why the sweet potato doesn’t look like much here because it felt HUGE and sat like a rock in my tummy. I was honestly stuffed when I got back to my dorm and just wanted to put on stretchy PJ’s and my glasses to watch TV.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who was glued to the tree lighting ceremony? Rudolph was also on, and so were some new ABC shows, but how often do they light the Rockefeller tree? I never knew Jane Krakowski was an actual singer; I never would have guessed that from her 30 Rock character. Eventually, when there was room, I had a seasonal snack.

Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna

Haha, guess I’m getting a little repetitive? I blame this blogger for giving me a peppermint craving(and by blame, I mean utterly adore). It was still as good as the first time and prompted me to write a review so I can spread the crack love. Other than that, I got an embarrassingly low amount of work done 😦 It’s just that time of year when things are piling up so high doing the “normal” amount of work won’t cut it. I realized when enough was enough(aka, quitting time) and tried getting out with my sanity. I was ready to get under the covers and enjoy one last night time snack.

Oatmeal With Peanut Butter Frosting, TJ's Mini PB Cups, Smart Balance PB And An Advent Chocolate

Holy oats! So good. True fact: I’m all for dark chocolate and it’s antioxidental power, but when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter I need my milk–it’s just better if you ask me. For the peanut butter frosting, I did 2oz greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon peanut flour and 5 drops stevia. Expect to see about 22 more of those little hearts before Christmas.

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

I might have snuck a little more milk chocolate. At least I’m good enough to take pictures of it? Sleep felt so easy and natural last night; it was raining when I went to bed and I love falling asleep to the sound of rain. Unfortunately, when I woke up, it wasn’t rain but a full blown torrential downpour. I decided to sleep in and not run(and since I run in the gym, you can imagine how bad this ran seemed at the time). I got up an hour or so later and realized I’m so lost when I’m off my “routine”. Regardless, I tried to normalize things with oats and yogurt.

Banana Oatmeal With Banana Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Yogurt With Pumpkin Flax Granola And White Chocolate Chips

Normal tastes gooood. I think I underseasoned the oats because I tried to make them taste more like my banana goodness bread but they came out just banana with a touch of cinnamon. Salt and this peanut butter perked it up. I completely forgot how nice and flaxy the Nature’s Path granola is. Yesterday I got awesome news that I was their “fan of the week” on facebook and am getting some products I’ve never had before!! I can’t wait to try them.

As the sun is coming out, it’s making me feel bad about not getting a great run in. Well where was it at 6:30am? I might take the rest day, or might be drawn out after class. Or I might just call a trip to the Whole Foods salad bar a “workout”. Any of those are good options.

Giveaway over at the PB queen herself’s blog!

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Me And Goji Experience Review

Posted on December 1, 2009. Filed under: Product Review | Tags: , , |

I am loving reading all of your locked out and horrible roommate stories. Keep them coming! And if you need a pick-me-up yourself, go ahead and check them out because some of them are hilarious.

A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to get to try and review [me] & goji‘s custom artisanal cereal. By going on their site, I was able to custom build a cereal/granola that fit my tastes, and it was handmade by one of their employees and shipped to my door. After realizing I couldn’t give a typical product review because everything with them is custom, I thought I’d share on my general experience with the company and the product.

Me And Goji

Building Your Custom Cereal

As a custom cereal company, clearly the fun is focused on building your own mix. I found this the most difficult and amusing experience; with so many options, your brain really goes wild! They offer plenty of different bases for cereal or granola, including gluten free options. Mix-ins include all the standard dry fruits, nuts and seeds(although peanuts were noticeably absent), specialty health-food options like amaranth, and more “fun” options like chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate covered goji berries. One thing I really found neat was you can add the same mix-in multiple times so that you have a higher ratio of them.

For my own creation, I made a mix called “Chocolate And Berries” with vanilla granola, chocolate covered gojis, gojis, dried blueberries, dried raspberries, and chocolate covered peanuts. It was awesome to receive my own dream appear in the mail, and I thought they gave an impressive amount of mix-ins compared to store bought granola which is almost always mostly oats. My favorite by far was the chocolate covered peanuts, which were organic too so you know you aren’t getting some knock-off M&M. In fact, all of the ingredients are all-natural, so you know you’re getting quality there. Best of all, each mix has a unique code that you can use to reorder the exact same one. For instance, if anyone particularly likes my “Chocolate And Berries”, all they’d need to do is use the recipe ID 149666 to purchase it!

Chocolate And Berries Granola

From Production To My Door

The hardest thing I had to do here was wait, and even that didn’t take very long. I liked how the company kept me very well notified on the status of my order. I got confirmation emails after I created it and when it was shipped with a tracking number. And after that it was just a few business days.

Personability

I think my favorite part of all of this was how professional everything was handled, and yet with the care of a small company. [me] & goji is run primarily by 3 people, Adam, Alex, and Carl, who share their great story about how the company came to be. On your capsule of cereal, the person who put it together even signs their name(mine was done by Adam). For me in Massachusetts, this is somewhat of a local company. But even if it weren’t and I lived across the country, I can’t help but think it would still feel like a local company, and that says a lot.

Overall, as I’m sure you can tell, I had a very positive experience with [me] & goji and would definitely recommend them. They offer gift certificates, and I can’t help but think with the holiday season coming up that this would make a great and very personal present for any foodie. Build a mix for them or let them make their own because you can’t be sure what they’d want–either way you couldn’t go wrong. The fact that you can put pictures on their capsules make for the perfect holiday gift. Also, they are conducting a $500 sweepstakes on their facebook page www.facebook.com/meandgoji (American Express Gift Card of $500) which would be a joy to win. So stop reading and get mixing!

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