Target Finds And 10 Reasons To Love Home

Posted on April 14, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey, all! As if I couldn’t be more confusing, I’m back to blogging from my dorm. I felt good enough today to come back for my Thursday classes. In all honesty, I wanted to come back early today to go to the classes I missed, but common sense prevailed and I needed to rest. Would you believe those are the only 2 classes I’ve missed all year?! I’ve always been the type of person who hates missing classes and trumped to school when he was sick >:-( Were you like that? Or were you more than happy to have an excuse to miss class 😛

Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate

Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate

I knew I was feeling more like myself when I wanted to snack on some Newman’s Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate before lunch…

Grass-Fed Burger, Indian Fries, Sea Salt & Vinegar Pop Chips

Grass-Fed Burger, Indian Fries, Sea Salt & Vinegar Pop Chips

The weather today was lovely. It took every ounce of my strength not to break rest and move around outside. Instead, we gassed up the grill to enjoy the sun. I prepared sweet potato fries with EVOO and indian spice last night before I got sick, so we reheated those up along with a grass-fed 85/15 burger. And then there were Sea Salt & Vinegar Pop Chips with extra sea salt. Yum! I think I’m addicted to chips in the good weather.

Jokerz Candy Bar

Jokerz Candy Bar

Jokerz Candy Bar

Jokerz Candy Bar

As we drove around town to run some errands, I cracked open a Jokerz candy by from Go Max Go Foods. Love these! If I didn’t limit myself to 1 a week I’m sure I’d be in the poor house before I knew it. Speaking of the poor house, my favorite store, Target, will do that to you. And look what I found!

Luna Protein Cookie Dough Bars

Luna Protein Cookie Dough Bars

S'mores Z-Bars

S'mores Z-Bars

Disclaimer: I didn’t actually buy either of these; I have enough bars to last me through a snow storm and more. But I did find it interesting that 6 cookie dough Luna protein were only $5.99! Also, remember Spooky S’mores? They’re now a permanent flavor! Wahoo! I think I’m going to base my diet around bars now just so I can run out and have an excuse to buy these(not really(sort of)).

Fruit & Nut Boomi Bar

Fruit & Nut Boomi Bar

Boomi Bars are a good deal more natural than the Luna’s, anyway. I loooved the nutty flavor of this one; something about whole hazelnuts really put a smile on my face 🙂 And it was a good deal fruity, too. It just seemed to have too many sesame seeds 😦 I’ve never been a fan, and this wasn’t Fruit & Nut & Seed.

Yummi Bears Sourz Multi-Vitamin

Yummi Bears Sourz Multi-Vitamin

I made one last purchase at Whole Foods that was a tough decision to make: Yummi Bears Sour multi-vitamins. In the past, I’ve always been somewhat against multi’s, saying that it’s better to just pay and get your nutrition from the foods you eat! And I still believe that. But lately I’ve been frustrated with the lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in my diet. And, short of going to Whole Foods every few days and dropping way too much $$ on produce, I haven’t been able to find a fix for this. The sudden illness just put that all over the top, so I thought for my last month on campus I’d keep the nutrition up by taking a multi-vitamin to ensure nutrition. Yes, I realize these are children’s and yes I realize they’re sour bears. Why else would you think I’d buy them 😉

Tofu And Tempeh With Broccoli And Coconut

Tofu And Tempeh With Broccoli And Coconut

Dinner was a simple 5 ingredient meal:

  • Soy Sauce
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Broccoli
  • Coconut Shreds

I cubed the tofu and tempeh and threw those in a pan over medium-high heat. As they were cooking, I added the soy sauce to sauté them in. Meanwhile, I steamed broccoli in the microwave for 3 minutes and then threw that in the pan for the last few minutes while everything cooked down. Over the top, I added shredded coconut for the nuttiness of it(it probably would be more flavorful toasted but I already had washed the pan and moved upstairs. I don’t normally love tempeh, but from time to time it’s a nice change of protein.

Going home reminded me of all the reasons it’s a great place to be. In fact, I’ve found it easier not to want to go home simply by forgetting all the reasons it’s a great place to be. But, alas, I can’t fight those feelings anymore, and so I made a list of the 10 things I’m looking forward to about living at home over the Summer.

  1. Montana(and the other people, potentially)
  2. A bigger refrigerator
  3. A quiet room and bed
  4. Fresh produce and food
  5. Grilling
  6. Baking
  7. All my wonderful neighbors
  8. Farmer’s markets visits
  9. A paying job(?)
  10. Less expectations and more time to be lazy 😛

Why do you love home?

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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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Feeling FRESH

Posted on January 17, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning afternoon! Actually, I “gave myself the morning off”, which doesn’t mean much when you don’t do much but has a great psychological boost behind it 😀 Have you done something little for yourself that’s made you feel 10 times better than you thought it would? Do tell, because I’m always looking for little things like that. When I make a lunch in the oven or anything more intensive than the microwave, that always has me feeling like a million bucks.

Vegan Meatloaf With Smokey Ketchup, Broccoli With Nutritional Yeast

This lunch yesterday was neither “fresh” or made in anything but the microwave, and yet still had me feeling like a million bucks. I decided to finish off the vegan meatloaf. My first thought was “Wow, this is really a lot. Maybe I should portion better.” followed by “Oh well, it’s all healthy foods so it’s OK to go a bit over on.” ended with “This is all healthy?! I need to make another one this week!” Clearly, we know what I’ll be doing at some point soon 😉 I topped it with ketchup and liquid smoke(love this combo) and some nutritional yeast; I think I need to get a pound of nutritional yeast next time I go to the Dedham Whole Foods and I’m not even exaggerating.

After lunch my mom went her way and my dad and I went ours and I feel like we went everywhere! First up was Job Lot, which always has fun finds. This time it was maple and blueberry flavored agave nectar, but I passed on any of those. Then I happened to stumble on an unbelievable sale at Price Chopper while waiting for my dad to pick out socks.

Lightlife Soy Beef And Buffalo Wings

Lightlife products were buy 1 get 1 free! I only bought 1 and got 1 and now I’m thinking I should have grabbed more but oh well. I’ve been wanting to try their Buffalo Wings forever so now was my opportunity! I’d never have paid $5 for them had I not gotten a log of soy beef for free–love that last part. I can’t wait to make beefy things with it(a burger? Ooo Summer’s been gone for too long).

After Price Chopper I pretended to be an educated individual and took us to Borders. I love the idea of book stores; there’s so much variety! Buuuut… I always end up looking at the same food books. Haha, one track mind much? And I ended up buying one!

Cook This Not That

I think the Eat This Not That series is one of my guilty pleasures, and I was able to get this for $14 with a coupon. This is my 3rd or 4th, and it’s all about recipes of restaurant favorites. Normally I don’t bother paying for cookbooks and just use the internet or my own head but I love ones like this that also have interesting and unique facts and articles. Did you know the pecan is the most antioxidant-full nut? Fascinating. I also looked at Michael Pollon’s new book about food rule, which looked awesome. It also looked like a lot of things that seem like “common sense” to me after reading In Defense Of Food, though, which I did not feel like paying $10 for. But words like “You can eat all the junk food you want so long as you make it yourself” is what people need to here!(and good news for me with all my peanut butter cups ;-))

Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunky

Well, not a peanut butter cup, but still some wholesome junk food I packed for a snack instead of a granola bar. After that we ended up at Target followed by a trip to the eye doctors. Good news and bad news–I’m just as blind as I was a year and a half ago 🙂 I remember when I first got contacts and the employee had to sit with me for 30 minutes while I tried to figure out how to put a lens on my eyeball. I felt soooo bad taking forever, I just wanted to give up. Now I pop them in and yank them out like putty, haha. Oh how times change. And on the way home we dropped by Whole Foods where brussels sprouts were on sale! We didn’t have these at all this week, so I grabbed 3 pounds. Will that be enough? I doubt it.

Thai Peanut Primal Strip

We decided to be fun and funky and go out for dinner last night, mostly through my own persuasion 😉 Before we left I wasn’t really hungry but had this thai peanut Primal Strip I was sent to review so I wouldn’t get hungry waiting for dinner. I hate being hungry at restaurants; then you can hardly enjoy the delicious food! I liked this strip as a quick and portable protein source–definitely an upgrade to the sugary granola bar and held me over well. I really wanted somewhere I could eat vegetarian and not pasta, which is a rare breed around here. We ended up driving back to Framingham past the eye doctors to Big Fresh Cafe. I’d never been there before, but you can just look at their website to see how awesome they are and how tough it was to choose one thing from their amazing menu.

Teryaki Vegetables And Tofu Over Organic Brown Rice

I ended up going with the teryaki vegetables and tofu over organic brown rice. It was awesome! I think this might have been the first time I’ve had someone else prepare tofu for me–so good. What I loved most was how this was basically fast food, with no fuss ordering and quick cooking. You’d also never a place devoted to natural, fresh food was here; it’s next to a Papa Gino’s and across from a McDonalds and has the tiniest sign. But we’ll definitely be coming back again! This was what was left of my plate.

Leftovers

Don’t worry; we took it home in a container and I’m going to make fried rice one of these days for lunch. Why let some good organic brown rice go to waste? On the way home we stopped at Whole Foods again(I know; we live here) because my dad and I didn’t actually get any protein for dinners that my mom would eat. We left with a hunk of beef and enough chicken breasts to fill Playboy. When we got home, I was held over well by my meal, but inevitably reached for some chocolate.

Goat Milk Yogurt With Chocolate Raspberry Jam And Original NibMor

Don’t you hate finishing a really good bar? This was my last piece of NibMor original–so sad. Then again, I can’t really say I have a chocolate shortage. Even my jam has chocolate in it! Or at least this one did; it was a fun twist on the raspberry and goats milk combo. I didn’t think I’d be hungry for a bowl of oatmeal later on but I was, much to my pleasure.

Egg White Oatmeal With Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter

I got to try out my egg whites I bought at Whole Foods; they add such great fluff to the oats! Now I get why bloggers love them. It’s a bit more expensive than just buying the eggs but I’d hate to waste yolks. In my dream-filled mind, the yolks to these were all used well in pudding and custards. Likely? Probably not, but I can hope. And I tried out the new chocolate cherry peanut butter I bought with X-mas money. A little low on the peanut flavor but I suppose there are mroe reasons to eat and like it than peanut.

This morning I very much just wanted a good, full workout. I started off with my core while watching some Sunday morning cartoons. What else is more motivating during push-ups than Cartoon Network? Beats me. When I got to the stair portion, I decided to give a new bar a try.

Chocolate Cherry Almond Luna Protein

I also picked the chocolate cherry almond luna protein up at Whole Foods, and unfortunately it just did not rock my socks 😦 I don’t know what it was about it that was so unappealing; it really did taste like chocolate cherry almond! But still did nothing for me. I ate half and gave half to my dad. So when I got to breakfast I was ready for something anything other than chocolate, cherry, or almond.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Nutritional Yeast And Smart Balance Peanut Butter

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Sugar

Organic Red Delicious Apple

Organic Red Delicious Apple

I just love the nutritional yeast and peanut butter combo! I’m going to need to buy a pound from Dedham Whole Foods before I go back to school in a week and a half. I mixed 1/2 a tablespoon in with the pumpkin and reserved 1/2 a tablespoon for topping along with a big glob of Smart Balance Peanut Butter–holy yum was this good! Alongside, I felt like a plain So Delicious soy yogurt agave sweetened and topped with vanilla bean sugar. This “held me over” but didn’t really “fill me up” so I reached for an organic red delicious apple at the end which did the trick.

I enjoyed my morning off with some SNL and web-browsing. How ugly will the Jay Leno and Conan thing get? Really, I just wish something would be resolved because they’re two great hosts and it’s sad to see all this bickering mar their good names. After my parents went to a birthday party, I whipped up a lunch for one, inspired by the cafe last night and all the FRESH foods I’ve been seeing.

Lightlife Buffalo Wings, Carrots And Broccoli With Cashew Almond Dressing

Where to begin? The wait on the buffalo wings–totally worth it! I just loved these; if I ever were to really go vegetarian(that’s a HUGE if right there), I’d be content with living off these. Hell-I don’t think I’ve had a real buffalo wing in sooo long and I’m still content with these. There was a creaminess about them that was unreal. For the veggies, I steamed them while whipping up 1 tablespoon cashews, 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and a squirt of lemon juice in the mini-processor. So sweet! It was really perfect with the vegetables in place of something bleu cheese which I don’t have. And then, to end my being veggie streak of almost 48 hours, I had… chocolate?!

Vosges' Bacon Milk Chocolate Bar

That’s right 🙂 I finally broke into this bar that I bought a while back with my Christmas money. I actually think I’ll be just nibbling on it throughout the afternoon while I do work around here because all those fresh veggies filled me up. Tonight we’re getting a storm! Hopefully, it will bring plenty of snow for the long weekend 🙂 I’ve thrown on a FRESH pot of coffee and now I must flip through my Cook This Not That book to find out what’s for dinner.

Contests

A giveaway for Theo Chocolate

Here’s a giveaway for a chocomize bar!

A Zola beverage giveaway(never tried these, but I will if I win)

And an Oogave beverage giveaway(also never tried)

And last(but certainly not least) an awesome vitamix giveaway!

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Say Hello To My Little Friend

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Freebie alert: go to Barneybutter.com to sample their delicious almond butter for free(but watch out because you’ll get hooked). Just click on the ad in the top left and say you heard about it through FoodMakesFunFuel.com

*In an awful Italian accent* Say hello to my little friend:

Trader Joe's Plain Goat Milk Yogurt

Really, Trader Joe would be my bestie, but I don’t have any pictures of him, so this yogurt will substitute as my little friend. Think it’s intimidating? It’s not really. In fact, it’s very similar to cow’s milk.

Goat's Milk Nutrition

See? The nutrition is pretty much the same as a low fat plain cow’s milk yogurt. The only difference is that the flavor is much tangier and, as Avery has taught us, closer to human’s milk explaining the greater toleration for it. If you’re lactose intolerant, you must try goat milk; what’s there to lose? Well, OK, you might still not be able to tolerate it and gas up the place. But you also might be able to and find a new food. But before I got to open this up, the UPS man came.

Naturally Nutty Nut Butters

He never comes after dinner, or knocks on our door(and really intimidatingly); Montana tried barking and sounding tough but it kind of sounded like we were drowning a cat. Anyway, our order from Naturally Nutty came in! I placed this order shortly after Christmas with some gift money and my dad and I both ordered so we could save on shipping. I got something old(the butter toffee), something new(the chocolate cherry), and Katie from the company threw in an unreleased one for me to sample and review! It’s vanilla cinnamon almond butter and it’s all organic! Thanks, Katie, I can’t wait to give it a try(especially since the vanilla almond butter itself is unreal)! OK–back to my little friend:

Goat Milk Yogurt With Gluten Free Peanut Butter And Chocolate Brownie

I swear there was goat milk under that. I still have some gluten free chocolate brownies from New Years in the fridge. Oops. At least they’re still delicious 😀 That one might have been cut a little big, because it kept giving and giving, but it was so good! Also good was Modern Family last night; I had to break from Idol to watch it and it was soooo worth it. Afterwards, I was really boring:

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Nutritional Yeast And Smart Balance Peanut Butter

2 nights in a row and no shame–it’s good. And it’s giving me such ideas for an original recipe; should I get in the kitchen this afternoon? Maybe… I have to say, this bowl was a lot more than I thought it’d be and made me feel a bit sick after eating it all. Or maybe that was just because I had the thought “Hey, the nutritional yeast kind of looks like dandruff” half way through. It’s disgusting, but doesn’t it? I should stop talking before I convince you out of eating it.

This morning I did the same workout as yesterday, which was great! When i did this my first week on vacation just once, it put me out of exercise for a few days; clearly it’s been building strength and endurance. Yesterday I didn’t need anything as a workout snack but today I felt famished half-way through.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

I’m reusing this photo from a few days ago, only because it looks so good! And it was 🙂 I should just buy a case of these protein bars and maybe save 60 cents that way. Today’s workout got me sweating! But sweat is good; embrace the sweat 🙂 It means you’re doing it right. Obviously, a quick shower was in order before breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Honey-Maple Peanut Butter

Goat Milk Yogurt With Raspberry Preserves

My little friend returned! But first I had some pumpkin oatmeal with protein honey maple peanut butter for some delicious and healthy fats. And then along that I had raspberry jam over goat milk; these two flavors were entirely meant for each other, like peanut butter and jelly. I do sweeten the goat milk yogurt a tad with vanilla stevia but not so much so as to lose the tanginess.

I tivoed a good couple of hours worth of shows last night, so I guess I know what I’ll be doing next. But first 2 awesome bloggers are having giveaway. Happy 1 year anniversary to Brandi! And win some Chia seeds(how exotic) from Avery.

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My Shirt Matches My Oats

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. I love that it’s a new week! For some reason, it just feels like everything’s nice and fresh and ready to start anew. Maybe I’m just happy to have the house to myself again? That’s probably it. I have a new goal! I’m new to Twitter and now I want to get 100 Twitter followers before I go back to school. I think that’s very practical so let’s do it! Follow me here. Last night there was so much dessert to choose from. My mom was first to dive in and gave glowing reviews for the peanut butter cups, which was funny because I just made those on a whim when I had leftover chocolate. Well, I figured I’d start with those.

Soy Yogurt With Homemade Peanut Butter Cup And Vanilla Sugar

Over soy yogurt, just like I like it. The irony was lost here because there was no milk in the chocolate and this was totally vegan 😦 I like irony. It’s tasty! But so were these peanut butter cups. Making these for myself is definitely a practice I should get into because it’s so much more frugal and still delicious. My mom actually set one aside to take as an afternoon snack today, haha.

Last night, against my normal Food Network nature, I wtched the Simpsons’ 20th year special. I’m afraid to admit it, but the Simpsons are older than me! And they’re still good. I find that remarkable. I really hope they never end, which is not the case for some of my other favorite shows as of late *cough*Leno*cough*. Sometime through, I had a ball.

Banana Bread Ball

Jess was pretty smart with these because they’re delicious! The thin layer of chocolate over breading is just perfect. It reminds me of a chocolate covered donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, but not as sweet and 10 times better for you. This would be a fun thing to make for a brunch; I don’t think I used enough cream cheese, thought(which is odd because I’m known for having a heavy hand with the cream cheese ;-)). I started watching Brothers & Sisters and decided to make some oats with a new product.

Oatmeal With Maple Cashew Butter And Agave Ginger Cashews

It’s so hard to find crunchy nut butters that aren’t peanut butter, so instead I just used a cashew butter and these new Tierra Farm’s agave ginger cashews. I was very impressed by these. I almost never deal with glazed nuts because I never find them flavorful unless they’re salt roasted but then they just taste like salt. But these were entirely different; at times I felt like I was chewing on ginger! Wowza were they hot, but in a good way. These would be very gourmet to put in a dish at a party, for sure.

This morning I woke up feeling like a little strength training would be good. I threw on my new Target shorts that cost 3.50 and an old t-shirt from Greece and did a full core, which consisted of

  • 40 push-ups
  • 50 standing lunges, 5 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(forgot to do this)
  • 40 second rower’s pose hold(and this, too)
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 70 tricep dips
  • 100 air bike kicks.

Did you know when you do crunches you should have your legs elevated? It works your lower abs better. I put mine up on a desk chair. After that I grabbed something for protein:

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

Delicious, but really I just wanted not to have a partially eaten bar lying around; that drives me crazy! And I did 200 flights of stairs for cardio. It’s hard to tell how long it took because I had to stop not once but 3 times to let somebody outside to go to the bathroom(I’m assuming by the “let outside” part you understand it wasn’t me). I wanted to just decide to stop after the 3rd time because it made my workout feel less-so but I realized that’s not the right reason to stop a workout and it’s always better to finish no matter what. After that I showered up and made another seasonal breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With NuttZo And Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Nog Greek Yogurt

Am I going to crave pumpkin in the Spring? I think I just might. I loved the NuttZo which is kind of sweet but has no added sugar, especially with the savory cream cheese–yum! And I had some Noggy yogurt which makes Christmas feel not so long ago. Thanks to Xanthan Gum, this was so nice and thick; otherwise it’d been runny like a fat-free Stonyfield and I can just not stand that. Xanthan does have a bit of a dulling flavor so it needed a little more sweetener. Afterwards I wondered why I went for NuttZo for breakfast…

NuttZo T-Shirt

Clearly, I’m not the smartest cookie since I was wondering for so long 😛 I forgot: I added cinnamon to my pumpkin oatmeal this morning for the first time. It’s not that I wanted to taste it, or even did, but I’ve been seeing so many commercials for cinnamon as a heart-healthy spice I thought I’d add it. Does my heart feel happier? Well, I don’t know, but it didn’t affect the flavor and I’m sure it didn’t hurt.

PS. Here are some reviews I rewrote last night, in case you’ve ever been interested in any of these. They’re all ice cream. Clearly, I had something on my mind.

WholeSoy & Co. Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream

Purely Decadent Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream

Stonyfield’s Cookies N’ Dream Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield’s Creme Caramel Frozen Yogurt

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Buttercream Is Just Too Easy

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am liking the whole meal planning thing. It’s soo good knowing how much food we really have and when it’s for. It’s interesting to find out things like, while it’s fun to have so many flavors of chips, they just don’t cut it for the entrees. Well I have things sorted out through Friday and it looks like we’ll be eating well 😀 For lunch, ironically, the first planned meal was “do what you want”. This let me eat some leftovers and my parents have their pasta.

Lightlife Savory Chicken Tenders, Microwaved Potato With Salsa, Garlic Broccoli

I’m the best at eating 1 serving of something and letting the rest sit around for far too long, so this time I decided to nip the Lightlife tenders before they went past savory and to funky. On the side I was craving some of the really spicy salsa we picked up at Market Basket, so I had a plain, starchy potato. So good! Seriously, this has some heat. Before we left to do errands I wanted to get all my food processor projects out of the way.

Banana Bread Balls

I made some of Jess‘ balls! her and Avery really know their balls(I’m sorry, but I just had to say it). We had leftover banana goodness bread sitting in the back of the fridge so I combined that with 4oz of cream cheese and made balls to get cold. After those hit the fridge, I threw out some of my less successful nut butters and whipped up a new one.

Organic, Raw Almond Butter With Fair Trade White Chocolate And Strawberries

This one was definitely a winner! I just used 7oz of raw, organic almonds and mixed that up with 1/2 of my favorite white chocolate bar ever, the Divine white chocolate with freeze dried strawberries. I haven’t tasted this yet but the aroma is incredible–just like the chocolate! And I bet the nutrition isn’t terrible for something that must be flavorful. I can’t wait to put these over oats. My mom wanted to go to the mall to look for clothes for herself, and I easily obliged, mostly on account of this:

Seat Heaters

While it was 30 degrees outside, my butt was getting 76 degrees of heated seats. Aww yeah. My dad dropped her off at Macy’s and we went somewhere far more entertaining: Target! I contimplated getting the newest Harry Potter film, but passed up until it’s cheaper. Hell, maybe I can befriend Emma this semester and get it as a gift from her? Well, I can dream 😉 I did pop a drink open while shopping.

Mango-Melon Sobe Lifewater

Walking around looking at things is tough work, you know! It was decent. I like the melony flavor because it reminded me of Summer, despite the fact that the weather oh so disagrees with me. I did end up getting a new pair of running shorts for 3.something on clearance 70% off. I’d say 90% of what I wear came from the Target discount rack or was a gift to me; I never buy expensive clothes. I’d rather eat well and wear the shopping bag, haha! Speaking of eating well, while we waited for my mom we went to the Framingham Whole Foods which is the only place so far I’ve been able to find the best protein bar I’ve ever had.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

So good, and yet, not this afternoon. We picked up 2, and I thought I really wanted to eat one of them then, but I only got 2 or 3 bites in.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

While these are tasty, they’re pretty much a candy bar unless you’re working out. And I knew I was hungry for food, so this would not do at the time. As much as I hate not finishing bars, I wrapped the rest back up for God knows when and waited until we got home to eat something real. I threw a really quick bowl of oatmeal together when I got in the door.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Barney Butter

That definitely hit the spot so much more than the rest of the bar would have. I like Barney Butter because it’s pretty much how I imagine Jif or Skippy would be if they made those in almonds. I was a lot happier after that and ready to keep working with Jess‘ balls. I melted together a mish-mosh of chocolate: a Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, a Super Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, and 4 Unsweetened Bakers square. Really, I was just using things up because we didn’t have a bag of chocolate chips I wanted to use, but I like the resulting bitter chocolate.

Chocolate Coated Banana Goodness Bread Balls

These came out great. And they were so much simpler than I would have imagined! I’m keeping these in the back of my head for something different to bring to a dessert party that no one else will have(now, anyone want to invite me to a dessert party ;-)). I had leftover melted chocolate, and for a moment thought “What am I going to do with this?”. Where was my mind?! I quickly figured out what to do with it.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

See? I knew if I made them once I’d be making them again real soon. I filled these with some Earth Balance peanut butter since that’s agave sweetened and would work with the bitter chocolate. After that, I had one last thing to “whip” up.

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

Vegan Maple Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting On Maple Cupcakes

Remember those maple cupcakes I made a few days ago? Well, most of them hit the freezer, but I kept a few out for my parents’ anniversary. I made a simple, small batch of vegan buttercream frosting 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter spread, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. I always thought buttercream was something incredibly complex to make but this could not have been simpler! Mine might be a little lumpy, but that’s just because I was lazy. Knowing how easy it is to do is just a little dangerous. I mean, this is “healthy” in the sense that there’s no cholesterol, but it’s no superfood 😉 If you can believe it, cupcakes were not on the meal plan as dinner.

Grilled Steak, Green Beans, Nog Spiked Butternut Mash

This meal was so great; I can’t remember the last time I had something on the grill! It just has not been the right weather but we wiped off the snow and fired it up, and the meat came out nice and rare like I love it 😀 For sides, we steamed green beans and mashed butternut squash with 1/2 a cup Silk Nog. That last combination never gets old. I could practically eat a bowl for dessert. Now, I don’t think anyone has started picking at desserts yet. Then again, I haven’t been keeping a hawk eye on any of it, so who knows what’s left. I know there’s certainly no lack of things for me to eat up tonight.

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Finding Groceries And Motivation.

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

I love it when title just right themselves. It saves me from trying to be witty and failing. This one totally applies to my past 16 hours. Right after blogging last night, we made a midnight(err, 7:30pm) Whole Foods trip. It was simpler to do this with our schedules these days and we needed meals for the next few nights. We went to the Framingham Whole Foods and now I have to wonder: How long has it been since I’ve been there? Because there was a lot of new finds. First we stopped at Stop And Shop to get more pumpkin, and 2 things caught my eye.

TRUwhip At Stop And Shop

Soap Opera Digest

Stop And Shop now sells TRUwhip and for cheap! Unfortunately, the holidays are over but if you have any excuse to buy some, do! It’s so good and keeps in your freezer. And apparently I’m in for a “shocking death” sometime this week. If I write a really nasty and angry blog post around 2:05 tomorrow, assume I wasn’t happy with who died 😦 Then we went to Whole Foods where I basically ran around like a chicken without a head. They always ay go grocery shopping Wednesday nights and it’s so true! There was no one there(except me, of course). And I just wanted to get things and get out so I could go to bed. But look at all the new products I found!

Caramel And Chocolate Oikos

Luna Protein Bars

Clif Fruit And Nut Strips

Clif Fruit And Nut Strips

The new Oikoi(Oikos in plural in Greek) are out! Like I said, I don’t know why these are so exciting to me since I could theoretically put chocolate and caramel over a plain Oikos, but for some reason they are(I didn’t end up buying one though). And the new Clif bars are here, too! Even though they weren’t on sale, I couldn’t resist picking one out “just to try”. I went with the cookie dough Luna because I love me some cookie dough. We saved so much on coupons and sales, it was ridiculous! The cashier actually commented and wanted to know how we were doing it 😉 All you need to do is cut from the Whole Deal flier and wait for the sales to match. There was one thing I payed for myself not on sale or with a coupon.

Burnt Sugar Chocolate Fudge

I’ve been having a major fudge craving. I was thinking about making my own vegan version, but after realizing all the powdered sugar I’d need, it seemed so much simpler to pay someone else to make it for me. This should be delicious. If I did make a vegan version, I would use this:

Soy Free Earth Balance

The kind people at Earth Balance sent me some coupons to try their version of an all-natural vegan butter spread, and with my first coupon I picked out this one which I’ve seen on Heather’s blog a lot. A solid fat has a lot of advantages in cooking and baking that liquid doesn’t so this should be fun to play with. And it has no cholesterol because it’s vegan–score.

Steaz Soda And Organic Whole Wheat Pasta

I think my dad was more giddy about the savings we got than I was. The pasta is normall $3 a pound, but they were on sale for $2 and Whole Foods had a $1 coupon off two, so we got BOTH for $3. And the Steaz is normally around $4.49 for a 4-pack, but are on sale for $2.66 this week, and there’s a buy 1 get 1 in the Whole Deal. So instead of $9 for both, we got both for $2.66. That is some savings! We also got regular stuff like chicken and beef for dinners(both on sale). After everything was put away, I had a new chocolate to sample and review.

Vivani Organic Dark Chocolate With Lemon

Vivani sent me some of their products to try and review and lemon was just what I was craving. They’re a European country that makes their chocolate with only 3 or 4 ingredients and no soy lecithin. If you’ve never looked, that’s a common emulsifier in American chocolate, so this is more friendly to people who are allergic to or intolerant of soy. This flavor was really good; the lemon wasn’t super loud like I was hoping, but then again no one would want to bite into chocolate and feel like they’re sucking on a lemon. I loved the flavor of the 70% dark chocolate which makes me excited to try that one soon.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

A little later I needed something nutty and melty so I made this with a new can of pumpkin. Yum! It hit the spot. After watching Hugh Jackman on Jay Leno I tried to get to bed, but no dice. Ever have it when you’re just so ready to start the next day you can shut off your mind to end this one? That’s how I felt like last night. And the fact that I almost napped during Gettysburg didn’t help. After 40 minutes of turning I decided hot food would help.

Tempeh With Quick BBQ Sauce

Who craves tempeh at 11:40? Apparently, I do. It was so good with a little BBQ sauce(ketchup, liquid smoke, and mustard). I turned on Conan and fell asleep to that, and amazingly wasn’t to tired when I woke up at 7:30. Now for the motivation part: Yesterday, I was completely lazy all day and did nothing. There’s nothing wrong with that, and in fact I think it made me more excited to get things done today and how! I wrote a to-do list before I went to bed detailing as much as I could. First up was my workout; I decided to do my core followed by 200 flights. After the muscle-building power moves of the core, I reached for a snack to eat for the cardio of the stairs.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

Ho-Ly-Crap. This bar was amazing! It was so good, I had to give it a 10/10. The flavor for once was a perfect rendition of cookie dough. And the nutrition was just what I like during a workout: some sugars, a good deal of whole proteins, minerals to be absorbed, and sodium for replenishing. Really, I couldn’t stop thinking about this for the hour I was climbing(that and pumping along to embarrassing songs like Cowboy Casanova and Hey, Soul Sister). What I also loved was it was the perfect size to let me cool down and shower before making breakfast without feeling in a rush. That way, when I had breakfast, it was just how I wanted it to be.

Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal With Maple Walnut Butter

Chobani With Raspberry Jam

Sometimes there’s nothing better than simple yogurt topped with simple jam–fruity and delicious. I meant to make banana goodness bread oats which would have involved vanilla powder and vanilla stevia but I forgot(whoops) and instead it was simple banana and cinnamon. That was good, but not as flavorful. On top I mixed together Artisana raw walnut butter with maple butter from New Hampshire for some nutty sweetness.

1/7/10 List

See? There really is a list, for today anyway. I love how my day is broken up: Workout, Shower, Breakfast, Lunch, Baking, Dinner, Dessert. That pretty much sums me up 🙂 And I’m doing so good! Right now I’ve done everything I was supposed to, except having banana oatmeal instead of pumpkin. Well, we can’t all be perfect, right 😉

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Christmas Eve 2009

Posted on December 26, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Oh my goodness have the past few days felt rushed. If you can’t tell(though I know you can :-)), I’m a complete homebody and since I haven’t been home for very much for the past 3 days, I’ll definitely be enjoying the couch all day long. But I think the last time I left you was Christmas Eve with brownies in the oven. After those came out, I started thinking about the day and realized I might not get another chance for a 2nd source of probiotics.

Xocai Xobiotic Square

Thankfully, Xocai sent me some of their healthy chocolate(yes, isn’t that music to your ears?) to review and one of them happens to be the Xobiotic Square, fortified with 300 million viable bacteria cells and your DV of flavonoids. Once I got over those factoids I could not get over the taste; this was such a scrumptious piece of dark chocolate, you’d never think twice because you’d be too busy enjoying it.

At 3:30 we left the house for Christmas Mass. It was packed. We were stuck standing in the back. There were even 2 masses going on at the same church and both were filled with Christeasterers like us. There was a little Latin that people sung but didn’t understand which amused me(I’m clearly such a nerd). Afterwards, we hit the road to go to my mom’s cousins family party. On the way I had a festive snack.

Luna Chocolate Peppermint Stick

‘Tis the season, after all. Of course, it was nice to see family I see only a few times a year. And of course, since they’re Italian, they cooked enough food for 30 even though there was only about 12-15 of us.

Entree Spread

Unfortunately, my options were limited. Very limited. Everything had meat in it or was meat, or had something else artificial. There were 7 things through the night that I could eat, and then some of that wasn’t very appealing anyway. I stuck with what we brought to the table.

Lemon Thyme Salmon, Roasted Broccoli

My mom liked the lemon-thyme combination I made for her on her birthday enough to make it again here. I took a moderate amount of that(though I ended up being the only one) and a lot of broccoli. That was definitely my “nibbler” item of the night; I think I ate at least 2/3rds of the whole batch for the crowd! After our present exchange, we had dessert.

Dessert Spread

Same situation, mostly: A lot of what I couldn’t or wouldn’t have(even the coffee was regular–not decaf–so I stayed clear of that) and I stuck with what we brought.

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Biscotti

These biscotti were definitely a hit with my family. Really? How could they not be. We ended up staying, waiting for another relative to show up but eventually we just had to leave; I think we were all still exhausted from our NYC trip. When I got home I was starving because I hadn’t really eaten much other than broccoli.

Milk Chocolate Advent Candies

Not like this filled me up but an obligatory treat. It’s so sad the advent is over; these were tasty! I might have to make chocolate after dinner an everyday tradition anyway.

Oatmeal With NuttZo

That was much much better. I think the valencia peanuts must make NuttZo so sweet because it has no added sugar though you might think it’s almost a flavored nut butter it’s so delicious. I was watching the last bit of It’s A Wonderful Life to make it a very merry Christmas Eve… until I found Grey’s Anatomy. Somethings are just merrier than that movie 🙂

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The Skin Is The Best Part

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

Well running didn’t happen this morning, certainly to no one’s surprise. I love snow, but I hate the cold, and sub-60 is “cold” for this New Englander so sub freezing was not happening. What was happening was work on my paper; thatnk you all for th support! If I get this much motivation for my 15 page paper, I can’t wait to share how overloaded I a for next week 🙂 Haha, but seriously, better not to think about that. I got a bit snackish before lunch so I spoiled my appetite entertained myself with a healthy appertif.

Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I would have gone for an apple or something, but I ate all of those(read: 1) yesterday and there isn’t much else in the way of quick snacks at home. Oh well, this has plenty of nutrients so it was all good. Eventually my grandmother showed up and we had a Sunday meal. We picked out chicken from Whole Foods yesterday because it was on sale, but I just wasn’t in a meat mood even though I knew it was vegetarian fed and all. I hate to pick out something and then not eat it but tastes change and I knew someone else would have my part for leftovers.

Curry Chickpeas, Broccoli, Sweet Potato With Maple Syrup

For a quickie-meal I heated up 1/2 a can of chickpeas and microwaved it with curry simmer sauce. It was surprisingly flavorful for so cheap and easy! And we all agreed that these Trader Joe sweet potatoes were like candy. Sweet potatoes are always good, but these were great; they practically caramelized in the oven. The skin was so crispy I skinned a particularly phallic looking one and just ate that.

Sweet Potato Skin

The skin is definitely the best part. My family, unfortunately(or not?) doesn’t agree, so I also ate my mom and grandmother’s sweet potato skin. Why do I admit these things? I’m sure I’ve said much worse. After lunch I mostly sat on the couch with Montana working until it was time to go. Since last week the Christmas tree had been decorated.

Christmas Tree

It didn’t happen this weekend, but I’m still holding out for when I’ll be sitting in a blanket, drinking Boulevards hot chocolate in front of a fire, and watching It’s A Wonderful Life. *Sigh* It’ll happen. And so I said bye to this and got going with only 5 bags this time!

Montana

The ride felt very speedy. Maybe it was because I was reading Greek or maybe it was because we didn’t stop anywhere until Providence. When we got near campus we swung by Stop & Shop for some Vitatops and Libby’s pumpkin. I was getting hangry so I also grabbed this for protein:

Peanut Butter Cookie Luna

After a really positive experience with the chocolate peppermint stick luna I was psyched to try out another flavor; unfortunately, it was not nearly as entertaining. It felt so one-note: sweet. It would have been an improvement to even just as some whole peanuts and salt. Ah well, I was hungry so this went down before we checked out(literally). After that was Whole Foods for some ice cream and fake-chicken patties, and some garbanzo beans and soy yogurt because I passed those. Moving things back was fairly simple. I had it in my mind to have the ice cream I bought but I was so cold I couldn’t think about ice cream. I lose circulation very easily and so winter is never my friend. Anyway, I got a decent idea to resolve everything.

Snickerdoodle Soy Yogurt

I took a quarter serving of the Snickerdoodle Soy Ice Cream and mixed it in a soy yogurt with extra cinnamon and stevia. The flavor was a bit weaker but it was definitely all I could handle at the time and this was plenty cold enough. My dorm room is particularly cold tonight. I hope it’s only like this because nobody has been home much and not because it’s going to be like this for the whole next 2 weeks. Dinner was definitely uninspired.

2 Food For Life Chicken Patties, Broccoli, Dips

You can definitely feel OK about eating the skin of fake meat; I was curious how these would taste to be like chicken, and the answer was very bland unfortunately 😦 I had 2 not out of love but because I couldn’t think of what else to eat. For dips there was a very vinegary ketchup and mustard as well as a house-made honey mustard. Is it weird that I forgot how good honey is? I think I’ve been eating too many vegan things because it tasted uniquely sweet and I could have downed the whole bottle(or bear as it is).

The Amazing Race finale was tonight–has it been a whole season already? That’s pretty ridiculous. I glanced up and down while translating the bit of Greek I chose for my paper. When I say that, what I really mean is blog reading to the point where I really wanted a sugar cookie. Why is that the one kind of cookie I didn’t bake this weekend? Oh well, this bar and tea was just as good:

Vanilla Chip Cascadian Farms Bar

I actually got under the covers to eat this because it feels that cold. How much hot liquid can I possibly pump into my body? We’ll see. I predict a lot of waking up and running to the bathroom tonight. The right team totally won The Amazing Race. I’m just glad the bickering brothers didn’t. After that, Family Guy was hilarious and I got 3 solid paragraphs done before giving up and making oatmeal 🙂

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Frosting, And An Advent Chocolate

Soooo good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: milk chocolate and peanut butter all the way. The frosting here was 2 tablespoons greek yogurt with sweetener and a tablespoon organic chocolate hazelnut butter for some added NUTrition. I’ll be eating this to the tune of Brothers & Sisters; there should be some good twists tonight! Really I’m excited to hit the hay and get up tomorrow for the run. Since reading week is beginning, I have no class tomorrow and so can run to my heart’s contents time free. Maybe another 16 miler? With 2 days of complete rest, it might come more naturally than I could hope. Goodnight, all!

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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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