Nutelling What I Think

Posted on January 26, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Rant | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I keep things in my life–including my blog–free of controversy. I don’t confront people a lot, and always try to respect others opinions while keeping my own. At the same time, I love a good rant 😀 So skip down to the end for me blowing my top on a not-so-nutty topic.

Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Peanuts

I wanted to eat up this soy yogurt so it would be one less thing to carry back to school with me. Of course, what’s soy yogurt without a milk chocolate topic? Irony is tasty. I love how the peanuts taste a little roasted and salted; that contrast definitely helps bring out the sweetness of chocolate. I tried throwing myself back in to Heroes since it looked like the only new thing on television, but since I haven’t seen any of the 2010 episodes I was a little confused. Claire has daddy drama again? That can’t be healthy.

I decided the night would be perfect for a new nut butter. This was one of the ones I bought from Justin’s online store with my Christmas money. It’s similar to Nutella in concept, but the stats are much better as I’ll go into later.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Mmmm, yum! It melted so well over the oatmeal. This one’s a keeper. It didn’t taste too chocolatey; it more tasted like hazelnuts sweetened up. But that’s what I hope for in a hazelnut butter. And, unlike Nutella, this is vegan! I hope it reaches store shelves before I go through it(I hear it’s already in Colorado!). I ate this watching the star from NCIS on Leno. That was possibly the least interesting interview I’ve seen; oh Conan, we’ll miss you and your wit! I ended up tuning out early, going to bed, and waking up to a sweet surprise.

Box Of Q.Bel Chocolate

I mentioned yesterday that I won a Facebook contest for reviewing Q.Bel. Well, apparently they have Speedy Gonzalez running deliveries for them because I got my prize at 7:20 am from FedEx. Look at that chocolate! I can’t wait to try out the 2 new flavors. That’s definitely one way to start the day. That excitement aside, I started doing my core and did that through. When I got to the cardio(stairs), I grabbed something with protein and carbs.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Protein Bar

I wish I had time to review this now; I will sometime soon and I’d give it a 7.5/10. But I think I say it all when I ate about 1/3-1/2 and just threw the rest out. And I HATE wasting food. It just tasted OK. But it almost was more like a candy bar and definitely not a whole food. I figured, if I wanted to eat a candy bar at the time I should have a Q.bel and if I wanted peanut butter I should have peanut butter. After I finished all the flights, I made a breakfast to “redeem” chocolate and peanut butter.

Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

Ok. I’ve made my peace with chocolate and peanut butter now. I assure you, the dollop of peanut butter was big; it just got “nestled” into the oats after I popped it back in the microwave for 15 minutes(doesn’t that sound delicious :-D). For the yogurt, I just mixed full fat and 0% with some vanilla stevia and vanilla powder and it was nice and clean tasting. Once again, Justin’s nut butter made me happy 🙂 That was such a good purchase with my Christmas money.

Not Nutella

I’ll admit it: There was a time I adored Nutella and kept it in my pantry. There was also a time I had a Barney plush and thought about tearing out all my teeth if it meant I’d get a dollar under my pillow. But I’ve grown older, and wiser, and just cannot stand Nutella or its marketing. Have you ever noticed how they call it a “Hazelnut spread”? That’s because, legally, they cannot call it a hazelnut butter. The ingredients and statistics of it are so poor, I’m amazed they can get that far.

INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, MODIFIED PALM OIL, HAZELNUTS, COCOA, SKIM MILK, REDUCED MINERALS WHEY (FROM MILK), SOY LECITHIN: AN EMULSIFIER, VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

What’s more appropriate would be “Chocolate Pate” or even “Palm Oil Spread”. But would you top your oatmeal with something called “Palm Oil Spread”? Probably not. But there it is, higher on the ingredients than hazelnuts. And modified to boot! And the list is rounded out with vanillin, which I just can not stand and am happy to have out of my diet. Is it going to hurt you? Not at all. It’s just the hallmark of a cheap product. Now let’s look at Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter:

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Hazelnuts, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Natural Vanilla, Sea Salt.

That looks 10 times better to me. No, 100x. It’s a legitimate hazelnut butter–not a chocolate spread. The ingredients are straight forward and organic. And the nutritional information reads like a nut butter. I’ll leave you with a good rule for buying a flavored nut butter: If the grams of sugar are more than the fiber and protein, look at it with a skeptical eye; if the grams of sugar are more than the fat, put it down and walk away.

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Why, Alton, Why?

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

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

1/2 An "I Really Need A" Cookie

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

Banana Oatmeal With NuttZo And 2 Goji Almond Oat Cookies

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

Backyard Snow

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

Better Than Roasted Just 4 Nuts Butter

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

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Just 4 Nuts Butter

Plain Greek Yogurt With Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Brownie

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

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

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Cheery For Cherry

Posted on January 9, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ahh, how could I have forgotten to mention last night that it was the new season of The Best Thing I Ever Ate?! Well, it was. Sorry about that if you missed it. I think there were better episodes than that one in Season 1 but of course it’s all about what you’re looking for. While I was watching that, I had something that’s not the best but pretty damn good.

Cherry Amaretto Coconut Milk Ice Cream

I don’t expect that pint to last much longer if it’s still there. I just love this flavor! The base is so creamy and soft it’s almost like soft serve. I think I picked out all the cherries, though, so not sure how that last bowl will be. Really, this was just a serving while something more substantial was in the microwave.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With NuttZo And Dark Chocolate Chips

I think I need to reign in my sweet tooth at night. Then again, it was Cookie Friday(a national holiday, in my book) and the closest thing I had to a cookie was the vanilla snackaroons in the morning so might as well throw in a few poorly-timed chocolate chips. I gobbled this down watching my future dream job of being a Tonight Show correspondent hang in Jeopardy; I really hope this whole Leno/Conan/NBC thing gets resolved because watching them fight is like watching your parents fight 😦 This segment was hilarious last night.

Last night had to be one of the scariest nights of sleep I’ve had in a while. Waking up from a dream sometime in the middle of night, I went through a stage of REM sleep, where you think you’re awake but really are subject to dream like hallucinations(this is the leasing cause of alleged alien sightings). Well I could have sworn somebody was in my room, eating loudly, and then that they leaned over and started talking to me but I couldn’t scream or say anything. Once I actually woke up, my heart was pounding and I spent the rest of the nut with my head covered–not fun. I did get back to sleep and loafed around until I wanted breakfast.

Cherry Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Goji Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal With White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter

I just couldn’t kick the cherry habit. The first thing I went for was the yogurt, which was awesome. Just cherry butter, vanilla bean sugar, and vanilla stevia mixed in some plain greek yogurt and it was so flavorful. Of course, it wasn’t complete without these cookies we picked up on our trip to NYC where Goji Gourmet is located. I didn’t have a taste for much else, so on the side I just had pumpkin oatmeal with more cherry flavored stuff. Actually, I was craving a sweet almond butter like this one and thought the fact that it also had cherry was too much to pass on.

Behind The Scenes

I feel like a game developer–too cool! Anyway, I just wanted to point out that there’s been some behind the scenes work around here lately. More specifically, I’ve been continuing the process of reformatting my Product Review page like I want it to be. Ideally, each page would link from a food type to a company to a product page with a picture from the company’s website if available, a score out of 10, and a short summary. That’s not always the case with products I reviewed a long time ago but it will be one day. Most recently, I finished up the Naturally Nutty page for anyone thinking of ordering from their site. More of that to come and more of new stuff, too. Now Montana has a check-up in an hour so we should probably wake that sleepy pup up 😀

Check out this Vitalicious Giveaway!

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Some Light Rawflections

Posted on January 8, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last night, I took the plunge:

Homemade Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

I went from the only person in blogworld not to make these to just the last! Boy that felt good 🙂 I heated up Newman’s Own Organics’ milk chocolate and filled that with 365 salted in a muffin liner. I did not realize how much chocolate these call for! So instead of two I only ended up making 1 :-/ Oh well. I know me and here’s how I am: I will have a recipe on my “to-make” list for months and keep putting it off because I think it will be difficult. Then I’ll do it once, fall in love, and keep doing it for 2 weeks. Now that I’ve done these, I’m sure I’ll be pumping them out like Reeses. Of course, I ate this like I eat all my peanut butter cups.

Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup And Peanut Butter

Over soy yogurt. Oh, how I swim in the irony of topping soy yogurt with milk chocolate 😀 I threw in a little extra peanut butter because this was feeling chocolate heavy, but the result was awesome. I love the touch of salt–gotta have my sodium. After that I watched Leno and am so confused on the controversy here. Is he getting cancelled? Is he moving time slots? I hope not because having a consistent, reliable program on at 10 night after night is the best thing that’s happened to TV in a long time, I think. Right before bed I made a snackeroo.

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I think I really wanted more milk chocolate, but could convince myself into this because my tongue associates smart balance peanut butter with milk chocolate from all those advent calender treats I had pre-Christmas! Do you think anyone makes an advent calender that counts down to Christmas starting from January 1st? I could definitely get on board with that 🙂

This morning I definitely felt like a cardio workout, but not-so-much strength. I wanted to want both, but it just wasn’t happening. But when I thought about not working out, I knew that wasn’t the answer either. Instead, I decided a plain and simple 200 flights would be a good settlement. Just a note: I do not run these. It’s more like power-walking than running. Running would be… Oh God, I don’t want to think how my legs would feel after that. After an hour of that, I showered up(because this really makes you sweat) and thought of what I wanted for breakfast. Funnily enough, I wanted eggs and avocado. Those are “normal” breakfast foods on their own, right? Well I wanted them a little differently.

French Toast Oats

Probiotic Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Vanilla Snackaroons

Can you believe it? NO peanut butter OR greek yogurt? And I’m not even feeling sick, too. Go figure. For some hot protein I made a big bowl of oatbran and oatmeal and cracked an egg right in there. So delicious, simple, and satisfying(especially when you add the maple syrup and cinnamon but you can do that to anything and it’ll be satisfying). With the avocado, I made my almost raw chocolate avocado pudding with 1/2 a leftover avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla powder, stevia, and coconut milk kefir, and topped them with The Raw Bakery‘s Vanilla Snackeroons. This was so good! I loved how it all worked together. The coconut from the snackeroons with the creamy avocado made a great mingling of two foods I don’t eat enough. And the Vanilla Snackeroons were great! Nothing makes me happier than looking at a food and seeing real vanilla bean specks.

Rawflection: Today I got a great bunch of products from Blue Mountain Organics and their companies of raw products to sample and review, which I’m excited to bring you over time. One of my resolutions as of late has been to try new foods like raw dishes into my diet. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job, too, so long as we’re counting banana whip and chocolate avocado pudding 😉 And I have to say that I have not felt better or more “regular” than I have in the past 2 weeks of eating. Being so in control of my eats with wholesome, clean foods has had great side effects for me. Some of that’s been raw, which I hope to continue, and some of that has just been simple and pure foods like pan-seared ahi tuna, which I also hope to continue. If you’re looking to purify your diet or change things up for wellness, then mark my words when I say you do not need to go on some steadfast, total cleanse for a week. Just slowly but surely and raw and simple foods into your diet. Nothing needs to be 100%; a little at a time can go a long way 🙂

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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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The 11th Commandment

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you had the chance to check out my new HoliDEALS page? or enter my giveaway? Yes? Good, then let’s continue.

After having been on self-promoted dorm arrest for the past few days with the first of 4 papers let’s not talk about it, I decided to obey the 11th commandment: treat thyself. In this case that manifested with a trip down to Eastside Market and Whole Foods right after breakfast. It was chilly, but I was a man on a mission *insert serious face smiley*

Ok, it was really cold, so I was relieved to make it in Eastside Market and snoop the new sales. There really wasn’t anything that looked enticing, but I did find a Tofurkey Farm.

Tofurky Products

They were full price so I didn’t feel pressure to snag anything. But I’m comforted to know these are still existing at least until Christmas. I just picked up some squash and decided to see if there was more at Whole Foods. How had I not noticed organic gum drops before? I was very tempted to grab these but the price had me putting them back. I also noticed bulk bin oats were on sale, which had me laughing; usually don’t things go on sale and people pick them up “to give the a try” or because “they’re too expensive regularly but now they’re on sale.”? I’m pretty sure neither has ever applied to oatmeal. There was a lot more meandering and picking up things to only put them back; I wanted to just pick up a few things that I knew I’d eat and finish.

Groceries

Ok, so maybe I did buy some bulk bin oatmeal 😀 But I was going to buy it anyway. I also obeyed commandment 11 by treating myself twice(is that too holy?). I grabbed herbed turkey for dinner and a carrot cake slice that was calling my name. I quickly made a “healthy”ish lunch.

Snobby Joe, Baby Carrots, 1/2 Slice of Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

If you’re going to have carrots, you really ought to have carrot cake, too. Or is that the other way around? To be honest, my favorite part of this meal was the snobby joe, followed by the cream cheese frosting. How is that possible? Maybe I’m just not a sweets person as I thought because, while it was good, some oats with melting peanut butter would have been fine, too. Oh well. Sometimes we do what we think we want and it’s not right; how could I have known I’d be happier with 3/4 pound gumdrops for the same price? C’est la vie.

I worked a bit more created a twitter account just to play and win Chobani’s spoons. Score for free Greek yogurt! You can follow me @FunFuel, but if you expect me to ever update it you are sadly mistaken 😦 I was totally bought with yogurt. After my super nutritious lunch, this was definitely in order:

Apple

And then a trip out. I swung by the mailroom which meant some more calm:

Tazo Calm Tea

Ok, this tea is growing on me slightly. I also swung by the dining room, because it was so cold I knew I wouldn’t want to leave my dorm 2 hours later when it’d be even colder. Brussels were on the menu. What was actually there was stir-fried(read: dripping in grease) veggies. Not cool, dining hall, not cool. I grabbed some apples and a banana to replenish my fruit stash and went back to make a snack.

Pumpkin Oats With Honey Maple Peanut Butter And A Chocolate Pillow Cookie

I think after two weeks my pillow was ready to be a crumble. It kind of looks like a mudslide pudding, don’t you think? Well it didn’t look like that for long because I was ravished and attacked this. Apparently carrot cake digests fast and isn’t very filling 😦 Who would have guessed? It’s a vegetable, right? But the peanut butter(which is high protein) totally took care of that. Then again, I don’t think I needed another reason to like peanut butter more than cake. Dinner was touched with a little magic. And when I say magic…

Indian Curry Spice

I mean this Indian spice I picked up. Except it was salt free–is that a contradiction? Good thing I have plenty of sea salt to go around.

Herb Roasted Turkey, Broccoli, Acorn Squash With Curry Spice And Maple Syrup

This was one meal in which the 11th commandment was kind to me 🙂 The turkey was perfect. As you know, I don’t have meat much because I opt for only organic, natural, or wild, so it pains me when I do find meat like that but it’s flavorless. This was soooo juicy and bursting with herb flavor. Truly that beat out carrot cake and gum drops. And the combo of maple syrup and curry is just killer; it sounds a little iffy but you try it out and you just “get it”, if that makes sense. For dessert, I acknowledged that sometimes you just need chocolate.

Chocolate Yogurt With Midnight Moo Sauce

And I forgot how bitter real cocoa powder could be! Seriously this had plenty of vanilla stevia and vanilla sugar as well as the Midnight Moo sauce but some scoops still tasted really dry. I think I need to buckle down and by some sugary sweet pudding. Trader Joe must make that, right? I finished my 2nd paper while eating this 🙂 It was by far the easiest assignment, but 2 down and 2 to go still feels like a huge relief. Mid-30 Rock I had a HUGE craving for a warm and gooey, buttery blondie.

Cascadian Farms Vanilla Chip Granola Bar

I don’t know what’s sadder; that this is marketed as “healthy” or that it 120% hit my craving. I was just happy I had it. And it’s good to keep bars like this around to honor the 11th commandment. Since I’m an intense creature of habit, I needed to finish the night off as always.

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Chocolate Vitatop, Advent Chocolate

I ate this while watching Matt Damon on Leno; the man gained 30 pounds for one of his recent movies and couldn’t have had a better attitude about it. He talked about how the “man’s version of anorexia” where no matter how ugly or out of shape you are you think you look like Brad Pitt(btw, this is so true). Do you think you could gain weight for a role?(or, if you’re already an accomplished actress, have you?) I think if they gave me enough guidance and an intense trainer to whip my butt in the gym to pack on muscle, I’d do it.

This morning I definitely honored the 11th commandment by sleeping in 30 minutes. It wasn’t even “sleep” because I was awake the whole time, but sometimes it feels really good just to lie awake without a care. When I did get to the gym it was rather empty(score) and I felt very energized from the night before(double score). Not looking at the treadmill infor for the first 5 miles really helped the time pass, and in the end I wound up going 12–10 purposefully and 2 more to see Mark Bittman on the Today Show(He was making cheddar shortbread cookies. Need I say more?). But when I got back I was way in a peanut butter mood.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Smart Balance And Mighty Maple

2% Peanut Butter Yogurt With Strawberry Jam

Yum! I don’t think a double dose of peanut butter counts as treating yourself; it’s too healthy. But it sure does taste good! And I’ve found the trick to peanut butter yogurt made with peanut flour: salt. It makes so much sense. I love salted peanut butters, so why not carry that over?

At the moment, I have a very full inbox and google reader. So naturally I’m surfing the web for anything to help get my mind off of those.

Here’s the original article. As you might guess, with my all-natural diet, I advocate always looking at the ingredient list first; you can usually get a good sense of the product just by what’s in it and how much. But I also really like this new food label for Americans who don’t pay the same attention to ingredients. And I really like the idea of “added sugar” and not just “sugar”. Did you know lactose in milk and fructose in fruit are included as sugar in products? That’s why a plain Chobani has 7g of sugar even though the only ingredient is milk.

Check out the Healthy Eats blog peanut butter taste test.

Here’s a lovely giveaway for some winter goodness–soup!

Holly’s having a lil’ giveaway as well!

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Seasons And Seasonings

Posted on November 13, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Seasons: Fall

Yesterday morning was fairly autumnal in New England. To be honest, I’m a man of extremes, and I’d rather it be hot hot like Summer or start with the snow. Of course, I won’t feel that way when I have to walk to class in the snow. I was so happy when Greek got out at 12 because I had my entire day planned out in terms of “errands” to run. First I swung by the dining hall and then to my room, where I read some emailed and edited(read: spell-checked) my Epic Essay. At the same time I was making lunch.

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Broccoli With Red Peppers, Sweet Potato, 1 Egg Plus 1 Egg White With Raw Cheese

Seasonings: Red Pepper, Cheese, Salt

A commenter asked yesterday if I eat broccoli every day. Pretty much 🙂 Except last Sunday(I checked). It’s undoubtedly one of my favorite vegetables, and the easiest to self prepare, so I think I’ll stick with it. Besides that, this lunch was pretty average. I felt like I hadn’t had a sweet potato in too long, and definitely needed it here. I was sure to stealthily scrub it in the bathroom first so the skin would be extra delicious. I really was ready to go right when I finished eating. But of course the one day I have a lot to do there’s an actual plot progression in Days Of Our Lives. What the hell was with that? I stayed to watch the whole episode, and headed out at 2. First was a swing by the mail room. No mail, but I did pick up coffee.

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Organic Decaf

Seasonings: Stevia

Definitely my favorite part of that building 😉 Next up was getting my “staple” groceries. I piled on a mile walking down to Waterman Street Whole Foods where I got to see all this weeks sales; nothing particularly exciting, but I was ecstatic to see that Oikos is still on sale! They also had these adorable all-natural gingerbread men coated in chocolate I almost bought but they were a bit out of my price range and a luxury. And look what I spotted near the checkout.

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Silk Nog And Pumpkin Spice Drinks

Seasons: Autumn, Winter

This is the first time besides Hannafords I’ve seen the Silk Nog, and the first time I’ve seen pumpkin spice besides the Eating Machine’s blog. I just love finding things I see on other blogs; I think learning about and trying new products is my favorite thing about the blog world. After that, I hopped over to Eastside Market. Again,t he sales weren’t too impressive, so I stuck with the staples. I picked up a snack at Whole Foods to eat on my walk back.

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Cantaloupe

Seasons: Summer

I’ve been wanting cantaloupe for a while after seeing them on blogs. Just as good as they were during the Summer! This was also perfect because it was prepackaged at exactly .5lb which wrung up to exactly 2.00. I like it when things work out like that. I had to swing back by the mail room to pick up eggs(they sell a lot of decent groceries there). Then I snuck my food into the library to print out two of my essays including the Epic Poetry one. God, that felt good. There might have been some more coffee at that point. I aimed at getting everything done in 2 hours and I got back at 3:53. Score.

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Groceries

After that, I broke bended the rules. I knewI had a ton of work and needed to grab my dinner early so I could work the rest of the night knowing I didn’t have to go out for anything. Unfortunately, yesterday was also this big, special BBQ dinner at The Ratty where you couldn’t take things out. Well sneaky little me snuck in a food container and snagged some BBQ asparagus, extra sauce, and some peppers. I was a bit worried it would leak in my sweatshirt but that thing needs a wash anyway. When I got back I put that away for later and made a study snack.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter And Maple Yogurt Frosting

Seasonings: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Allspice, Maple

This was divine. The frosting had Oikos with maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia. Sicne the main flavor in the pepita sun butter are vanilla and allspice, it all just went together. I read what I was supposed to have done for Wednesday for the rest of the evening; I hate that feeling of being behind and catching up. I’m one of those annoying people who would rather be working ahead of the syllabus. At some point, I decided to put things away and make dinner.

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BBQ Tofu, BBQ Asparagus, Whole Foods Stuffing

Seasons: Summer, Autumn

Seasonings: BBQ Sauce, Salt, Thyme, Rosemary

BBQ is a cuisine I don’t eat much, and this reminded me why for the most part. I like for foods to just taste like their natural selves, and be enhanced by salt. BBQ, on the other hand, is all about sauce and the flavor from that. The tofu was nice and lightly seasoned(since I was the one who prepared it) but as for the asparagus I ate about 1/2 and threw the rest out after getting a big bite of mostly sugary sauce. If I was enjoying it like I might have been if it was an oriental sauce I would have kept eating it, but the flavor wasn’t working so I felt free to ditch it for these:

 

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Pepper Strips

 

Seasonings: None

These tasted much cleaner, and made up for the veggie fail. But lets talk about the stuffing. Whole Foods makes the best stuffing. I knew I had to get it when i saw it on the prepared food line. It’s not whole wheat or healthy or anything, it’s just good stuffing. Actually, it’s the best and the only one I’ll eat. I’m sure I’ll be inhaling unholy amounts on Thanksgiving. Survivor was excellent last night. Russell plays the game so well, even if he’s a little jerk. I made a quickie snack between that and Grey’s.

 

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Soy Yogurt With Trader Joe Mini Peanut Butter Cups And Vanilla Sugar

 

Seasonings: Vanilla Sugar

This was a new brand of soy yogurt to me. It tasted nice and soy-y like I was hoping for. Texturally and nutritionally I prefer So Delicious brand but this is a bit cheaper and more widely available. Grey’s was really good. Like really good. I like how this season is going. I think it’s becoming clear who the next to go after George will be. There was some late night oats involved after I did all the work that I should have done by Wednesday.

 

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Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Baking Chips

 

Seasoning: Chocolate Chips, Salt

For Leno, I turned off my computer, put away the books, and made my favorite bowl of oatmeal. This is when I unwind every day and I wouldn’t want it any other way 🙂 I think I prefer the agave sweetened Smart Balance to the molasses one; the flavor is the same but the agave stays thicker on oatmeal. As for cleaning the bowl, you all had wonderful suggestions of letting it sit overnight in water. However, I go with a simpler route. I just assume I’m going to be having oatmeal for breakfast and leave it be for the time. I hope that’s not appalling, haha.

I think my roommate got home at around 6 this morning? And my alarm went off at 6:15. Great. After I fumbled around trying to make coffee, because it’s dark again, I also made a pre-workout snack.

 

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Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

 

Seasonings: Salt

The Smart Balance and chocolate is a flavor combo I just can’t quit. I probably should have prepared this earlier, because I ended up eating it on the treadmill and made a bit of a mess. Oops. Hopefully no one allergic will be using that treadmill today, plus I washed off what peanut butter touched the machine. I ran a slowish 10 miles in 85:34. I think I ended up walking around too much yesterday doing errands–2 official Pile On The Mile miles but probably a good 3+–and tuckered out my legs. instead of fight it, however, I let the pace be what it was and went with it.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal With Protein Honey Maple Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie, Pineapple Chobani

 

 

Seasons: Autumn

Seasonings: Cinnamon, Salt, Ginger

Delicious. The high protein honey maple peanut butter actually reminds me almost exactly of butter toffee from Naturally Nutty. I was thinking of making my own yogurt with plain Oikos, full fat Voskos, and banana pineapple rum jam, but prepackaged is so much simpler 🙂

And now I leave you with the emails I wake up to: “The vet changed Montana’s medicine to a people one. I had to go to CVS pharmacy to get it. The lady asks “Does Montana have any questions for the pharmacist”?.  I said hes a dog. hee hee.”

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Mister Antebellum

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

After yesterday’s run I was so dehydrated. I didn’t even realize how bad it was until I took a trip to the bathroom and remembered when my mouth felt dry back at mile 2… I will definitely 100% be bringing a water bottle with me whenever I go to the gym from now on. I did this morning and, though it was a bit fumbly drinking on the tread, I’m glad I did. Yesterday, after about 2 full water bottles at breakfast, I grabbed this on my way to class:

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Zevia Cola

Some people like their caffeine from coffee, I prefer Zevia cola 🙂 I must admit, I was considering not going to class at all yesterday; if I didn’t I could just dedicate a large chunk of time to essay writing and I’m much better at doing projects all at once than split up. Nevertheless, I was a good student and went to them all. That was good for Latin because we got our old essays back.

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Catullus Essay

See that little thing that looks like a teepee? Yeah, that’s an A 🙂 This was definitely needed to give me a boost of spirits. By the way, this professor has the tiniest, neatest hand writing ever. Times New Roman’s got nothing on her; I can hardly read half her comments. After that I swung by the dining hall and went to my dorm to finish up computer stuff and lunch.

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Broccoli, The Heat Is On Tofu Salad, Brussel Sprouts And Carrots

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Lemon Bar Larabar

Lunch was magnifico. I also bought some Chobani and baby carrots but decided not to go with them. I love that The Heat Is On tofu salad though so I’m sure those carrots will get used yet. And this Lemon Bar was the first of the Larabars I was sent. Loved it! It was so pure and lemony, but also sweet. The only thing I thought was weird was cashews and almonds; why not one or the other instead of mixing flavors? Also, I got a whole almond among the mostly chopped nuts, which threw the texture off a tad. But overall this was not a lemon 😉 Oh, and we got more graded back in class.

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History In Class Midterm

Double wahoo! Ok, this was a little expected after the teacher called me out in class, but it was so nice to hold it and see it was real. I still have 1 midterm essay to write but since I did so well on this and feel pretty good about the other two, I’m not going to sweat or rush this last one. Epic, on the other hand, would have been a great choice to skip to get work done. Oh well, but the good thing about that was I got to check my mail and find this.

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One Lucky Duck Samples

The people at One Lucky Duck sent me these 4 samples of raw, organic, and vegan snacks! How exciting; of course all my eats are all-natural and a good portion organic, but raw and vegan is something I haven’t tapped in to much. Thanks, One Lucky Duck! I’ll have to think of a special time and place to enjoy these delightful cookies 🙂

When I got back to my dorm I had a coconut craving. I think I need to explain something here about coconut: I hate it in anything that is not coconut flavored(i.e. when granola randomly has it as an ingredient). But as a distinct flavor, if I’m in the mood, I don’t mind it at all. This was all I could find, though, that had coconut that I had:

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Tropical Fruit Tart Larabar

2 in 1 day? I’m burning through these babies. The tropical fruit tart was good, but nothing like the lemon bar. The only flavor that I really got was pineapple. Still, it was better than I thought it’d be. From the stories I’ve heard I expected to be spitting this out on the floor. I watched the newest SNL in the afternoon. I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan so that was great to see; she wasn’t hysterical, but she was decent, and for someone who’s only 19 and not an actress or comedian it was a job well done. I don’t get why her musical performances weren’t online, though. Anyone know where I can watch those? I also got a bit of inspiration for some oatmeal.

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Frosting Ingredients

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Pumpkin Oats With Eggnog Frosting

This was inspired by Sunday’s breakfast and snack, and it was sooo good. For the frosting I did 2 ounces Greek yogurt(full fat) and 2 tablespoons eggnog with vanilla stevia to taste. Seriously, that was some of the noggiest, best frosting I could have hoped for. I think I should have let the oats cool just a bit, though, because the yogurt did not like the hot oatmeal. After some working I ended up at The Ratty with a friend for dinner.

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Sweet Potato With Black Bean Taco Filling, Beets, Broccoli Spears

I was having a moment where I couldn’t decide if I was hungry or full; I think the heated up yogurt wasn’t sitting well in my stomach(still make the frosting for a cool dish if you get the chance!). After seeing what was available, I realized I was hungry. There was huge broccoli spears, whole beets, and roasted sweet potatoes. To eat a little something other than just plain veggies I took some taco filling and mushed it on the potato–yum! I love the sweat heat it added. Catching up was equally exciting because we hadn’t been both available for dinner in a while.

When I got back to my dorm I blasted a bit of Lady Antebellum(hence the title ;-)). By 8 I couldn’t quite understand why I wanted to go to bed. I mean, I know I’m practically a grandpa, but 8? That’s way before Leno. Then I remembered the <5 hours of sleep I got and it started making sense. I decided it’s worth staying awake if only for the emails I get from my parents. One was from my mom, complaining my dad takes forever to get home from work and about how much she loves pineapple Chobani(and I don’t think I ever saw her even eat a yogurt in the 18 years I lived at home). Then 1 and a half hours later I get an email from my dad(I guess he does take a while getting home) telling me about blog contests for gas relief products. Thanks.

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So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Chocolate Chips And Vanilla Sugar

Naturally there was yogurt and chocolate chips. I t’s definitely a full blown addiction now, which is sad because Agave Sweetened So Delicious Soy Yogurt is no longer a sale item 😦 I do love that this is a completely vegan snack though, not to mention one with a hefty dose of fiber 🙂 Heroes really didn’t grab me last night. As in, I was too busy working/staring at my yogurt to even notice what the plot was.

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TJ Carrot Ginger Muffin With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Ginger Cream Cheese

This was gingerlicious as well; I don’t remember the last time I had this flavor muffin in my fridge. I forgot how good it is! The ginger preserves suggested pairing it with cream cheese, and they were sooo right. Then again, I pair everything with cream cheese, so they had a good shot with me. Naturally, I needed to dehead the muffin like I was Henry VII to eat it.

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Chocolate Brownie Z-bar With Butter Toffe Peanut Butter

I discovered I’m out of chocolate vitatops 😦 But fortunately a Z-bar was there to lift me up. I’m honestly thinking I should buy the 5lb tub of butter toffee peanut butter next time from Naturally Nutty because I am going through this like wildfire. I decided to go to bed early because I was so exhausted, but Kathy Griffin was on Leno so I knew I needed to stay up at least until 10:30. Did anybody else see her new stand up special? Hysterical. Even my mom laughed at most of it. Anyway, 10:30 and I was out like a light. I heard my roommate come home some time but wasn’t awake for more than 2 minutes, and slept in until 7.

This morning I wanted something lighter and simpler at the gym so I decided on 7 miles in 58:26. I must be a very influential person because this morning while I was watching the Today show the 50 year old weight lifters turned another TV onto the Cartoon Network! There is something very amusing watching a 300 pound man stationary bike to Pokemon.

My Oats: Pumpkin Patch Oatmeal

Pumpkin Patch Oatmeal

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Eggnog Yogurt

Tis definitely the season 🙂 I used only oat bran today instead of an oatmeal/oatbran mix(because I overpoured). It’s so nice and creamy with pumpkin but I think I prefer the oats for a little bulk and texture. Of course, what makes pumpkin oatmeal if not pepita sun butter and pumpkin seeds mixed with a little bit of honey> So sweet and delicious! And I need to buy about 5 more cartons of the Silk nog at the rate I’m going through. Just 6oz Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup makes the perfect, noggy protein.

Today I have just Greek which will be a guest lecturer(aka a waste of time), and then the whole afternoon to do work(aka go to University Plaza Whole Foods). I completely forgot to get nutmeg for my nog while I was home so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for that, and I think coconut is still on sale, too! Enjoy your day!

PS. Holly has a giveaway for some amazing sounding protein powders. These are seriously gourmet.

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I Act Like A Blogger When…

Posted on November 6, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I act like a blogger when I read other blogs rather than study for my test in 30 minutes. Fortunately, I peeled myself away from the screen to make it to class in time. The test was a bit longer than any of us thought it’d be but I feel like exactly the passages I studied were the ones on the test and that I did really well. I guess the Greek shirt just has good luck in it?

Broccoli, Carrots, Tofu Salad With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

Broccoli, Carrots, Tofu Salad With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter

I act like a blogger when I get obsessed with a food. Now it is tofu salad with The Heat Is On peanut butter. Every time there’s carrot at the salad bar, I’ve convinced myself I’m doing the right thing by eating this. That, and it’s just too good to turn down. I used a little less tofu this time(because I ran out) and the peanut butter flavor was even better. Definitely needed some stevia and salt though to pumpkin it up.

Cinnamon-Raisin Greek Yogurt

Cinnamon-Raisin Greek Yogurt

I act like a blogger when I’m convinced Greek yogurt can be a “dessert”. All it needs is some vanilla, raisins, cinnamon, and voila. I was trying to recreate this amazing rum raisin gelato made by a Massachusetts company which is so light and smooth but I don’t have rum. I probably could find that in a dormitory pretty easy but I didn’t feel like “meeting the neighbors” with the line “Excuse me, do you have rum for my Chobani?”.

I act like a blogger when I spend 30 minutes making a granola for the Facebook  MojaMix contest I won. I went with a ginger base with dried strawberries, persimmons, chia seeds, chocolate sprouted sunflower seeds, and cacao nibs. How awesome does that sound? I can’t wait till it comes!

I act like a blogger when I ditch on the end of Days Of Our Lives and all of Rachael Ray to go get groceries.

I act like a blogger when I almost neglect an awkward “Hi” with a classmate because I’m fascinated by how the raisins soaked up the yogurt liquid and were now cinnamon infused. Seriously, that was awesome. I didn’t even plan it like that but viola. The raisins got so moist and well seasoned, it totally converted me to liking raisins again.

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Vermont Sweet Vermont Bread Co.

I act like a blogger when I get really excited about bread. I found a new flavor of Vermont Bread that has maple syrup as the 3rd ingredient! Don’t tell me that doesn’t sound awesome. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on sale and I didn’t have a coupon, so back on the shelf it went 😦 I’m just ecstatic to know this exists.

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Groceries

I act like a blogger when I come home with pumpkin, tofu, and greek yogurt. I’m guessing 90% of you have these items in your fridge at the moment. I got it all for 4.38 using store sales and coupons! I’m getting good at that 😉

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Oikos With Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Biscotti Granola

I act like a blogger when I position my greek yogurt and granola in a precarious position to take a picture of it, then proceed to drop it all in my lap. Fortunately, most of it stayed in the dish so I ate it anyway. I love this granola because it already has chocolate in it! Sure, it could benefit from a little more, but what couldn’t?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful And Vanilla Powder

Pumpkin Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful And Vanilla Powder

I act like a blogger whenever I use my $10 vanilla powder. It finally occurred to me to put this on oatmeal after 2 months. Oh my heavens was the vanilla on top of the pumpkin delicious. I’m sure the white chocolate peanut butter didn’t hurt, but the powder pushed it over the edge.

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Tiny Apple

I act like a blogger when I get excited by tiny fruit because it makes me feel bigger.

Vegan BBQ navy Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Squash

Vegan BBQ navy Beans, Brussel Sprouts, Summer Squash

I act like a blogger when I whip out my camera in the middle of the dining hall to take a picture of dinner. That’s a fun way to meet people. I thought of you all when the main vegetarian dish was pumpkin ravioli in cream sauce 🙂 I, however, was still a little pumpkined out, and the cream sauce made it a little less appealing. Instead I had the vegan BBQ navy beans. These taste just like good baked beans should taste like and were amazing. They had a very deep molasses and tomato flavor to them. All I could think about eating them was how smelly my run would be this morning but how I didn’t care.

 

Root Beer Zevia

Root Beer Zevia

 

I act like a blogger whenever I drink Zevia. Does anybody know a non-blogger who’s even heard of this? I don’t think I have, which is a shame because it’s so darn good.  There’s even a Zevia giveaway from Green Dog Wine! Don’t actually enter it though, because that would lessen my chances and I need to restock 😉

 

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

Newman's Own Organic Mocha Milk Chocolate

 

I act like a blogger when I choose organic chocolate because I know it’s better for the earth. Or maybe I ate this because it’s one of my favorite chocolates ever? Yeah, definitely the second one.

I act like a blogger when, instead of getting up to get my notebook out of my backpack to do work, I figure out how to see how many google reader subscribers I have.

 

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Banana Goodness Oatmeal

 

I act like a blogger when a good night is evaluated on the basis of the oatmeal. Last night I decided to try and recreate banana goodness bread in my microwave since I haven’t made a loaf in a few weeks. I used 2oz banana, vanilla powder, and vanilla stevia in the oatmeal, and topped with semi-sweet baking chips. It was a decent substitute but of course not the real thing. I also sprinkled salt over the top at the end and I think that really helped the flavor.

I act like a blogger when I stress over watching Grey’s Anatomy or The Office. Oh wait, I was doing that years ago. Nevermind.

 

Fig And Almond Blondie, English Muffin With Banana And Chocolate And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

Fig And Almond Blondie, English Muffin With Banana And Chocolate And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter

 

I act like a blogger when carbo loading couldn’t be easier. I defrosted one of Veggie Girl’s Fig And Almond blondies. After a few month of being frozen, they aren’t quite as good, but a little cream cheese fixed that. I also had an english muffin with mushed banana and chocolate chips(and salt, of course) and cinnamon vanilla sunflower butter. Perfect. Rachael Ray was on The Jay Leno Show and gave some hilarious answers to 10 at 10 in case anyone missed that.

I act like a blogger when I set my alarm at 6:15 to get up and do my long run. I had planned for another 13.1 miler today. I wasn’t particularly hungry but I figured food would be good so I grabbed a mojo.

 

Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo

Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo

Apparently, this bar isn’t just one of my favorites but a favorite of a lot of you guys, too! I just loved the saltiness. And the combo of pb chips and peanuts gave me good immediate and long lasting energy. I actually constantly forgot to be eating this, so it lasted me 13 miles. Speaking of which, I set a new PR record of 1:46:28! That’s the fastest I’ve ran a half marathon by a good 3 minutes

I act like a blogger when I choose running over course registration. As in, course registration opened at 8, and by the time I got back to my dorm it was 8:40. I didn’t think things would go so fast but 1 of the courses I really wanted to get into filled up fast and I got pretty upset with myself for letting me miss it. I’m hoping I can still wiggle my way into that class yet, but I’ll talk about that more once I know more.

 

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Banana Oatmeal With Banana Peanut Butter And White Chocolate Chips, Vanilla Chobani

I act like a blogger when I feel compelled to perfect an oatmeal recipe the next chance I get. This time I used 3oz banana and a lot more salt. I think it came out a tad bit better.

I act like a blogger when I decide a theme like “I act like a blogger” would be cutesy for a post and then by the end I want to go back and delete every time I wrote those annoying damn words! Haha. Don’t forget it’s Cookie Friday! I need to get my thinking cap going. And I’m going to work very hard to fix that class situation I mentioned, because I am a bit disappointed and I’m sure I can get in if I pull some strings. Anyway, have a good day!

 

 

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Build Me Up Butternut

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

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

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

Rockefeller Library

Rockefeller Library

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

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

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

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

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

Study Area And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

Study Area And Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smart Balance And Semi-Sweet Baking Chip Oats

Smart Balance And Semi-Sweet Baking Chip Oats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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