When CAN I Have Sugar?

Posted on February 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Stand back–I’m going to try being 1/2 serious in this post and somebody might lose an eye.

Raw Vegan Mint Coconut Macaroon, Coconut Oil Chocolate

Last night presented one of the silliest dilemmas yet: I wanted an Emmy’s Organic mint chip macaroon AND I want a coconut oil chocolate bar; which one should I put on top of the chocolate avocado pudding I couldn’t have cared less for? Doy! I nixed the pudding and went ahead and had both. I forgot how quick these bars are to make! Just 3 minutes prep and popped it in the freezer while I washed the dishes and good to go! A little later, another chocolaty snack:

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Sunspires

Hello, sweets! I was wiped out after writing the draft for a paper by 9:50 and needed the agave syrup/cane juice whatever here to stay up a little longer. Ice skating was not helping with that either; is that really a “sport” or more of an “art”? And how disturbing are the relationships of half of those teams? Yuck! That was not what I needed for sweet dreams, but thankfully I was too tired to care mostly.

Jay Robb Fudge Brownie Protein Bar

When I woke up, I was having a major chocolate almond craving. I could have gone for a bowl of oatmeal right then and there, but I wasn’t sure how that’d sit with my stomach running, so I grabbed this Jay Robb chocolate bar with almond butter as the first ingredient.

Ingredients

Overall, I liked this bar, but wouldn’t get it again most likely; I’ve never been one for protein bars to begin with. The flavor was almost more “milk” than “fudge” from all the whey, although the almond chunks were really flavorful. The xylitol had me scratching my head, but I was comforted to read that it’s naturally derived from kosher, non-GMO corn and used here to keep the protein and fats high but the net carbs low.

Running Part 1

Looking at my day, I could tell 2 things: I’m going to be studying a lot of Greek, and it’s going to pour buckets. At that, I knew I wanted to leave everything I had on the gym floor and go for my long run of 11 miles today. I broke my run into 2 halves so that, during the break, I could go to the bathroom, change treadmills, and swap the television channel(I know, I’m a needy person).

Running Part 2

I finished in 98:30 and got a lot of quality television time in. While I was running, I couldn’t help but notice the new Splenda commercial and find myself arguing with it. If you haven’t seen it, the families in the commercial are using Splenda EVERYWHERE. I don’t mean taking a packet and pouring it in their coffee; they take a pound bag and advertise it for use in everything from sweets like cookies, lemonades, and pies to savory things like dip and chicken marinade an. Basically, the message was to put Splenda anywhere and everywhere there would otherwise be sugar–no excuses. And it really didn’t seem like this was being marketed towards diabetics(I don’t even remember if this is mentioned at all) but just the general population.

Of course, after my initial disgust, this got me thinking; I believe my actual thoughts were” Jesus, when can I have sugar?”. What’s ever wrong with something like good ol’ agave nectar in coconut oil chocolate? And then the hypocrisy started to hit me: I put NuNaturals‘ stevia in my coffee that morning, sweetened my soy yogurt with vanilla extract stevia, and the Jay Robb bar had xylitol in it. Naturally sourced or not, this all seemed like quite a contradiction to me, which is the thought I had going in to breakfast…

Oatmeal With Coconut Milk And Chocolate Almond Butter, 2% Yogurt With Banana Rum Jam

Oatmeal With Coconut Milk And Almond Butter

Finally, some real chocolate almond butter ala Justin’s to hit my sweet tooth along with rich coconut milk. I’ve put the coconut milk in a bag to try to keep odors out but it still doesn’t taste quite as magical as those first few days; is there anyway to keep coconut milk tasting fresh? On the side was some yogurt sweetened with a little stevia and topped with this magical jam. I think rum should be at every breakfast table–just sayin’.

This gave me more time to think and ask myself if my disdain for this particular commercial contradicted the way I life my life? My answer: Yes and no(Ha! Not only am I wholly a contradiction but I’m good at it too ;-)). I get not wanting to drink 40g of sugar, and I get the delicious appeal of a frothy Coke Zero. Trust me–I have those cravings even after giving that stuff up and Zevia can only help so much. And I just don’t think I could have plain greek yogurt if I tried–it’s too tangy for me. But that’s where I draw the line; 99% of the 0-cal sweeteners I use are in beverages or yogurt/pudding, and that’s where I draw my line. Almost any other time I’d rather have agave nectar, maple syrup, or good ol’ sugar. The thought of basting chicken in Splenda or stevia is just a little revolting.

Have you seen this commercial? Do you have any thoughts on Splenda or sweeteners? Did anybody lose an eye from my seriousness? Why did I not crack open my Greek text all weekend?

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Yellow Yolks

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

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

Banana Soft Serve With Milk Chocolate

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

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

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pistachio Butter

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

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

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

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

Jay Robb Cashew Coconut Bar

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

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Bean Sugar

Oatmeal With 2 Cage-Free Organic Eggs

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

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

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Fun With Bullets

Posted on January 15, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Not these kind of bullets:

Or this kind of bullets:

  • But
  • These
  • Kind
  • Of
  • Bullets

Excuse me if I have a little too much fun this post. I’ll start off with this ridiculousness:

Montana At The Computer

That would be Montana, at the house computer. Should I tell him I’m taking my chair back when I go back to school or would that just break his heart? Anyway, it’s a really good thing I’m not on weight watchers, because I don’t wan’t to know how many points this would be:

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With vanilla Almond Butter

Chocolate AND vanilla AND almond–too perfect. I think I just wanted an excuse to eat a big spoonful of this almond butter. Since there’s been a couple questions about this recipe, I’ll clear them up all at once and I’ve also updated the page with tips and nutrition info.

  • Yes, what you see me make and eat is 3oz like the recipe calls. It bulks up to 5oz thanks to the liquid, and even afterwards is very airy and volumnous.
  • You can use basically whatever liquid you’d like. I prefer So Delicious coconut milk kefir but here I just used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze.
  • Vanilla powder is not a necessity, either. Vanilla is traditionally put in chocolate desserts but can be omitted.
  • You don’t need a food processor. In fact, I hardly ever make this with a food processor. Cleaning that out at 9:30 at night is just not my idea of a good evening. I just use an oversized bowl and a fork, and then scoop it into this bowl.

Now you all have no excuse not to make this 😀

As if The Biggest Loser and American Idol competing didn’t suck, now we’re back to NBC vs. Grey’s Anatomy. Why can’t all the shows just get along? And we have Tivo, but becuse of the cable box it can only record or watch 1 thing at a time. Boo. I went with ABC and Grey’s because NBC is less of a pain to watch online. Because of the crossover event, I got suckered into watching Private Practice, too. If there’s one thing that’s universal about Grey’s and Private Practice it’s that they have great music soundtracks. Remember when The Fray broke out onto the scene? All Grey’s. Afterwards I got a killer craving for some killer cornbread:

Killer Cornbread

BUT I’m one big ol’ creature of habit, and I like my oatmeal before bed. What’s a boy to do? Make a recipe, of course!

Cornbread Oatbran With Mighty Maple

  • 15g oatbran
  • 15g whole grain cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 a cup of water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar

This was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. So great for a quick cornbread fix. At the same time, I realized it was missing something afterward: milk! If I made this again, I’d definitely swap out 1/2 or all the water for milk. Besides that, you must try this for a change from oatmeal.

This morning I lied in bed for 10 minutes awake not doing a damn thing–glorious. Then I got to work. For the 3rd day in a row, I did my core followed by 200 flights. I’ll repost the core today:

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

Followed by 200 flights of stairs, during which time I listened to my recently added playlist twice. On it right now are these songs

  • Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  • Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus
  • Cowboy Casanova by Carrie Underwood
  • Maybe by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Come Home by One Republic
  • Fireflies by Owl City
  • Hey Soul Sister by Train

For breakfast I whipped out and up a new product:

Jay Robb Vanilla Whey Protein

Jay Robb sent me some samples to try and review and this morning I decided to make HEAB’s protein ice cream. Eat this and look like that? Sure, I’ll do it!

Vanilla Protein Ice Cream

I cannot express how big that bowl is or how much this made. It’s insane. I couldn’t eat more than half of it and shared with my dad; it’s just that voluminous. I don’t have time to make up a page for review right this moment, but I will say I liked this protein powder for several reasons and would pass it up for others and am giving it a 9/10. I LOVE that it uses stevia, which really makes it abotu the protein and not the sugar content. And it smells really vanilla-y. But the flavor is only so-so and there’s a strong whey aftertaste which I’ve never been a fan of in protein powders. Along side of this, I had my bowl of oatmeal.

Bananamon Oatmeal With NuttZo

Which looked completely ugly but tasted divine. Just bananas, cinnamon, and topped with NuttZo. No added sugar at all here and yet it was so sweet–perfect to start off the day. And now I’m wondering if I should grab something else before we leave for the doctors’ office, because really all that ice cream was mostly water and if I go pee while we’re waiting I’ll empty out the majority of my stomach, if that makes any sense whatsoever. And now I’m wishing I just went with greek yogurt like normal :-/ Boo. Oh well, maybe now I’ll start looking like Jay Robb? Here’s hoping.

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