Jars, New Products, And Raw Desserts

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

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

Tazo Rest

Tazo Rest

One Lucky Duck Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

One Lucky Duck Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

Almost Empty Nut Butter Jars

Almost Empty Nut Butter Jars

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

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Raw Cashew Butter

Oats With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter And Raw Cashew Butter

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

Chia Moon Drop

Chia Moon Drop

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

Honest Foods Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Granola Plank

Honest Foods Pomegranate Walnut Crisp Granola Plank

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s Just Not Talk About It

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How about an entire post of things from yesterday we should just not talk about, shall we? Like let’s not talk about how sometimes I get a bit bogged down and end up writing to you about how The Iliad is ultimately a story of mortality equating to universal suffering and to my professor about how great last night New Adventures Of Old Christine were. But let’s do talk about how supportive and awesome you all are and how yesterday was the second most viewed day for my site, only passes by the day my refrigerator was on Carrots N’ Cake. Thank you so very much. All your comments mean a lot and I love reading them and finding new friends and new blogs.

Let’s not talk about all the horrible Latin jokes we made in class like “A good Latin student never declines sex”(sex is the latin word for 6 and all numbers after 3 are indeclinable) or “you always forget in the genetive”. If you get that last one, I’m sorry, it’s not even funny or dirty, it’s just educational. It felt like forever before the bell rang but it did at 11:50 per usual. Because it was Wednesday, the Farmers’ Market was back. I of course hit up the creamery station.

Narragansett Creamery

Narragansett Creamery Station

Let’s not talk about how disappointed I was to find out they made a whole new batch of kefir but didn’t load it in the van before leaving 😦 I did sample and end up getting suckered into some goodies, though.

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Let’s not talk about how bad of a decision this was. I don’t eat cheese. I love it, but I let it go bad in my refrigerator and grow mold. Why did I buy this? Because I got a yummy free sample, but overall it was pretty stupid. Oh well, I’ll bring it home over the long weekend and somebody will get a kick out of it.

Let’s not talk about how much of a weirdo I must have looked like carrying my entire lunch plus a cup of shredded carrots(for oats) plus an extra container of just tempeh out of the dining hall. They almost never have tempeh so I loaded up like nobodies business and refrigerated a ton. Here was the lunch I made from what I didn’t save:

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

The chili was pretty good. I added some cinnamon and salt and that perked it up. I’m now convinced cinnamon is a necessary ingredient for anything involving soup or beans. And I just adore tempeh now. I didn’t even need to put anything on it; I don’t know how to describe the straight flavor other than tempehlicious.

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Let’s not talk about how I whipped out my camera in the middle of Greek History to talk a picture of this delicious Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie. My professor studied all our faces online so now he knows all our names and years. A little creepy for a lecture course with 0 class participation in my opinion.

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

Let’s not talk about how I should have gone straight to my room to do work after Epic Poetry but decided to go out grocery shopping instead and snack on this KIND bar. I like nut bars because I almost never have nuts, just nut butters. I think they’re a little less convenient, unless they’re in bar form.

My Big Shopping Bag

My Big Shopping Bag

Let’s not talk about how ridiculous I mist have looked with a bright yellow shopping bag over my shoulder, or about how I managed to spend 90 minutes of my afternoon grocery shopping.

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Let’s not talk about how much this cost. Let’s just not. But let’s talk about how amazing some of these finds were. Oikos + Libby’s pumpkin you should just expect at this point. You know how much I love my healthy muffins, so I was dying to try the blueberry raspberry oat bran flavor, which have 270 calories, 8g fiber, 8g protein, 7g healthy fats, and a super simple ingredients list per muffin. And that peanut butter is gourmet organic pumpkin peanut butter!! That was really the splurge here, but it’s made by a local company and I couldn’t resist it at all. It’s pumpkin peanut butter, people.

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Let’s not talk about how great a study blog snack this muffin was with some cream cheese. It was pretty much what I was hoping for: super soft and berrylicious. It’s also vegan and gluten free because it uses rye flour, too cool.

Let’s not talk about how I was going to ditch my friend for dinner again so I could keep working on my essay, but decided that two times in one week wouldn’t be cool. Then about how he called me saying he couldn’t get dinner with me, essentially ditching me first. Isn’t that the worst? When someone beats you to the ditch? Clearly we’re besties enough to make a sport out of screwing with each other.

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Let’s not talk about how much of my mother’s son I am for this meal. She was always about having a protein(aka meat in her mind but she said protein), starch, and vegetable on the plate. That always bugged me since those aren’t even part of the same verbage system and a vegetable could fill all the spots, but I tried not to give her too much grief over it. Anyway, I was at The Ratty and got a real craving for chicken with steak sauce. My first reaction was “It’s just chicken, don’t bother. Put some steak sauce on a flame grilled veggie burger”. But then I thought about it again; the whole reason I don’t properly align myself with veganism or vegitarianism is because I know there will be times when I just crave meat, pure and simple, and now was one of those times. I listened to my body more than my head and that was definitely the better decision here.

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Let’s not talk about how amazing all this was because I’m a food blogger and that’s what I do. The peanut butter Oikos + vanilla sugar has just become a staple. I might havegot a little carried away with playing around with settings on that photo, but it’s all to show how dramatically good it is. I like to think of the vanilla sugar as “sand”. Did anybody else grow up playing with colored sand in glass jars? Wow, I was easily amused… And to not have made those oats last night would have broken the 11th commandment. Seriously? That bowl had me wanting to curl up on a couch and watch Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin Patch or whatever that special is that’s on each year. The pumpkin peanut butter was 110% what it sounded it would taste like. The ingredients are just peanuts, pumpkin pie spice, canola oil, salt, sugar, and stevia. It was very thick so it didn’t melt over the hot oats, but with a little spoon-action I managed to spread it out and each little bite was nice and chewy like real peanuts. Thankfully no regrets whatsoever on buying that jar.

Let’s not talk about how distracted I’ve been writing this to this Food Network bombshell on the Today show.

Let’s not talk about how sore I was this morning from yesterday but rather the fact that I got out there and ran 7.26 miles in an hour. The gym was oddly empty for a Thursday, which was very convenient since I had some air to work out of my system if you catch my drift.

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

Let’s not talk about how intricate the seasoning was for this breakfast but rather how good it tasted in the end. I was thinking about it on the treadmill this morning(because that’s what I do) about how long it’s been since I had French Toast Oatmeal, so that was pretty much a no brainer. The vanilla powder and cinnamon really spice it up. Well, aside that I needed to make what has to be my favorite yogurt mess of all. I take the butt of a carrot muffin, warm it in the microwave, and mix it with plain organic yogurt, flax, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia, and I swear it comes out like carrot cake. You can try this with any muffin or muffin butt. Personally, I love eating muffin tops(as in the ones from an actual muffin) but that leaves a lot of waste, so this is a great “leftover” recipe(although in this case I’m eating the butt before the top).

Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ll be late for class because I was blogging if I don’t get a move on it! Yikes!

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