Go On And Live Your Life

Posted on February 9, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you entered my yogurt contest yet? Or maybe my coconut oil giveaway? Both are still active!

Let’s just pretend that “funked-out” guy from this morning never happened 😀 The stress was good in that it motivated me to go 3 extra miles on the treadmill. But after thinking about it and realizing it’s one of those things that’s just out of my control at the moment, I realized it’s nothing worth fretting over. In the immortal words of Rhianna, “Go on and live your life”. OK–“immortals” an overstatement. But it’s a good song to run to 😀 I was certainly living my cravings at lunch!

Mexican Bowl

I needed something from South of the border in my life. I filled a bowl with lettuce, chopped tomatoes, green peppers, raw onions, and sprouts from the dining hall(underneath). On top I added cooked broccoli(I cannot do raw here), 1/2 a can of black beans, a little avocado mashed up, and TJ’s salsa. Muy bueno! I don’t remember the last time I ate Mexican, authentic or otherwise. Did you know Chipotle is a very eco-friendly chain? I’ve never eaten from there, but after seeing them on Oprah I want to now. Along with this, I had some raw goodies.

Gingerade Kombucha And Caribbean Cheddar Raw & Probiotic Cheese Stick

Kath wrote a good post a few days ago on getting nutritional bang for you buck; I think both of these products fit that bill! I loved this flavor of Next Generation Dairy‘s cheese; even though I don’t normally like cilantro, it really worked here. And would you believe this was my first Synergy Kombucha ever? The company sent me coupons to try and review their raw & probiotic beverages. Well where I bought this(a local cafe) couldn’t take the coupon, but I decided to pay for it anyway since I psyched myself up for it hoping I’d like it. Like it? I loved it! This was so deliciously ginger; and the fermented flavor was oddly nice! I loved the little “warning”.

Kombucha Warning Label

Perfect–I was drinking alcohol in class. That’s nothing that hasn’t happened at Brown 😉 I did almost fall asleep at one point during this Greek History class, though. Oops. It’s not that bad though, I swear! After that, the classes just kept coming, as did my hunger.

18 Rabbits Belle Banana Foster Bar

Taking pictures in class? Do I get the good blogger award for that? This bar from 18 Rabbits had such an enticing description–“banana foster” with “caramelized banana”. Yes, please! Unfortunately, the flavor was very heavily like banana chips. This wasn’t a bad thing, per say; on the contrary, I really liked the flavor! It just needs to not set up itself for such high expectations with a name like that.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

When I finally got back to my room for the evening, I whipped up some chocolate avocado pudding to relax a bit. My afternoon might have looked something like this: The Office, 30 Rock, 5-page paper on food processors. Yes, you read that last one right. Why? I have no idea; we need to have a rough draft on an object in our lives we can look at from an objective perspective by tomorrow at 3pm and it was what popped into my mind. Thankfully, it’s not really due to be graded for 2 weeks, so I can surely change the subject if nothing pops(or processes as the case would be).

Along with my “meal planning initiative”, I had a brilliant idea for dinner: Breakfast! It’s true that I most always have oatmeal and yogurt for breakfast. On the one hand, they’re cheap and tasty. But part of that is also because post-run it’s easy to whip together. Instead, I decided to make something with a little more complexity…

Coconut Flour Oatmeal Pancakes With NH Maple Syrup And Grass-Fed Butter

Goat Milk Yogurt With Xagave Raw Chocolate Sauce And Mulberries

Gluten-free, coconut flour oatmeal pancakes! Yum! It’s been far too long since I’ve had pancakes, and when I got this coconut flour from Bob’s Red Mill I knew this was one way I wanted to experiment with it. In the bowl went 1/4 cup oats, 2 tablespoons coconut flour, 1 egg white, 1/4 cup almond milk, stevia, and salt. I cooked them in a bit of coconut oil and topped them with pasture butter and local maple syrup. Can you say heaven? My favorite fat blogger(that would be, one who blogs about fat ;-)) has a longstanding tradition of pancake eating; I think I need to follow suit here, too, because I’ve been missing out! On the yogurt, I made some raw sauce with Xagave and added Navitas NaturalsMulberries; they may be a superfood but I was not that into them :-/ I’d rather have something like dried raspberries. Maybe they’ll give me superpowers? Here’s hoping 🙂

Go on, live your life, and enter this giveaway from a loyal reader for peanut butter!

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A Room Of My Own

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning. I feel so much more chipper today than yesterday. Maybe it was the not running in the rain, maybe it was the sleeping in my own bed. I’ll get to all of that later.

The ‘rents came down to Providence around 11:30. I loaded up a cooler with half the vitatops to bring home in case my school freezer wouldn’t cut it. On the way home we had a few stops, the first being here:

Farmer's Market

Farmer's Market

This is part of the same Farmer’s Market loop that comes to my quad on Wednesdays. There were a lot more vendors today but nothing peaked my interest(except specialty jams which ALWAYS do except they’re so expensive). Afterwards we went to the Whole Foods which has an exceptional collection of ice cream–but more on that later. It was lunch time and I needed a snack or a full blown meal to keep my crankiness down so we went with the salad bar:

Salmon, Sweet Potato Tempeh Taco Filling, Lentils With Brown Rice

Salmon, Sweet Potato Tempeh Taco Filling, Lentils With Brown Rice

Salmon is always a good choice, no? It was a bit dry, and cold, but you know how I am about salmon: just say yes. I also got some hot sweet potato/tempeh taco filling and some cold lentil/brown rice concoction. I put them in the same container because I didn’t realize one was hot and one was cold wanted to spare the environment. Again, these were pretty damn good. I was so happy to see this lil’ bugger when I got back:

Montana

Montana

He was happy too, and I’m taking sniffing my leg, itching himself, and falling asleep as happy signs. Remember when I mentioned that ice cream? Well let’s just say I didn’t ask my parents to come down to Providence and bring a cooler for nothing.

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

I came across Laloo’s on my goat’s milk kick(which I’m totally still on). It’s an ice cream made of goat’s milk that comes in fun and interesting flavors. It’s carried at a few stores such as Whole Foods and a pint costs around 7 dollars. I was immediately drawn to Strawberry Darling–juicy strawberries in cream married to a graceful swirl of balsamico. Um, yum? This totally lived up to its description and more. The sweet strawberry flavor with the natural tang of goat’s milk was wonderous enough, but the balsamic swirl really set it over the edge. It added a savoriness that half made me want to stop eating it and half shove the whole thing in my mouth. Yes, it’s expensive and I probably wouldn’t buy it for more of the plain flavors; but I think for some of the more extremes it’s a must go-to.

Afterwards we went out for a bit more errands. My mom made it expressly clear that if I planned on staying we needed yogurt and bread. Yogurt, I understand, but why does no one buy bread once I leave? They clearly can’t function without me. First we stopped by a small store where I couldn’t help picking up these:

Indigo Rabbit's Gingerlicious Cookies

Indigo Rabbit's Gingerlicious Cookies

I love these little cookies. They’re soft and delicious and taste like they’re from the oven of a happy, healthy home–better yet, not mine. We also worked our way down to Trader Joe’s where I was jumping up and down the aisle at the sight of these:

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

They’re baaaaack. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter has hit the shelves again. I got 2 jars and I’m already regretting not getting more; I’ve had other pumpkin butters that taste like baby food but this is the real spiced-up deal. I can’t wait to bring one back to my dorm. When I got home I knew just what I wanted for a snack.

Snobby Joe

Snobby Joe

Properly cooked lentils. What can I say? I’m a man of healthy tastes. Having lentils so much at the Ratty that were cooked only OK made me really want to bust out the pans and start simmering. I made a batch and added snobby joe sauce. Believe it or not, this was only OK. I had to use Market Basket steak sauce instead of 365 since I stole that for my dorm room; I never realized just how much of the flavor it brought.

For dinner we tried something a little different and sort of special?

Tomass's Margharita And Eggplant Pizza

Tomass's Margharita And Eggplant Pizza

We ordered take-out pizza from this place. I love Tomasso even though I’ve only been there once. It was such a great experience that took me back to Italy. I’m tantalized every time I get a facebook update about their specials for the night. That being said, getting their take out just did not make the night feel special at all. It tasted blander than when we ate it fresh out of the oven; I would have rather a good homemade dinner even if it was just something bland like chicken. To make things worth, no one said a word during dinner. Not a word. There were a few little nuisances earlier in the evening that caused a little awkward anger–not the way anyone wants to spend their time “home”. Oh well, I happily left the table and moved to the fridge to get a little more Laloo’s.

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

I really love this flavor. The pint’s almost gone 😦 I’ll need to try their seasonal flavor, pumpkin! I can’t even begin to imagine how that’ll be 🙂

I needed some totally-different-carbs to get my mind off dinner.

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful

I picked out the Carrot Ginger Bran Muffins from Trader Joe’s. These totally have that healthy-muffin taste which is what I love about them. A muffin SHOULD be healthy. Otherwise it’s a cupcake–nuff’ said. My big box o’ PB was back at my dorm, but luckily I left a little White Chocolate Wonderful back home for just such an occasion. Yum. I was thinking about trying out Skippy Natural which was a new find in my pantry(can I just say how proud I am of my parents for actually learning something about nutrition from me). But I thought “If I’m going to have a peanut butter with sugar in it, I might as well have a flavored peanut butter”. Speaking of peanut butter, I gave this a try while catching up on television shows via Tivo and the internet:

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

Crazy Richard's Chunky Peanut Butter

How was it? You’ll have to wait and see until I try both varieties and write a full review. But I think it’s clear from the picture that, when Crazy Richard’s says chunky, they mean ChUnKy. This was more like smooth peanut butter + whole peanuts than coursely ground peanuts. Can I reiterate what a blessing tivo and internet television sites are? I’m still having trouble tracking down a lot of my Food Network shows(oh, Unwrapped, where art thou?), but otherwise I’m almost caught up.

This morning I hoped to do 8.5 miles on my own turf. I realized I just wasn’t feeling it towards the end and took a turn that landed me at 7.5 miles. But I did do this at sub 8:00 pace and finished a little under 59 minutes, which I loved; it’s so hard to go fast on those Providence hills but it really helped on the flats here. When I got back I showered, had a bit of an identity crisis, and made breakfast… we’ll get back to the middle part after breakfast.

Peanut Butter Muffin Tops With Honey Almond Butter And Strawberry Jam, Cherries With Chocolate Yogurt And Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Muffin Tops With Honey Almond Butter And Strawberry Jam, Cherries With Chocolate Yogurt And Chocolate Chips

The yogurt and cherries is my excuse for getting potassium. There’s potassium in there, it’s just under the chocolatey goodness. The peanut butter muffin tops are from the batch I froze and taste just as delicious, although I prefer them as “pancakes”. They’re light and airy and the peanut flour really pumps the protein. Both the spreads were new; I really loved the strawberry spread. It tasted like the smuckers that you would slather on toast at Denny’s except it’s organic and the first ingredient is strawberries, just as it should be. The honey almond butter was a bit of a disappointment. It was like almond butter-light, meaning the flavor was really neutral and almost unrecognizable. I added some salt which always perks up almonds, but I probably won’t buy this again.

Like I said, I had a bit of a moment, and I’d love to hear any thoughts you guys have on this. The weekend home really wasn’t what I thought it’d be; it didn’t feel at all special really since we just grocery shopped and watched the rain outside, and at times it didn’t even feel like “home” since half of my stuff is back at my dorm. That being said, my dorm doesn’t feel like a “home” either. I mean, how could it when I have half a room to call my own and pretty much rely on the college for everything else including food, cable, and entertainment, as hit-or-miss as those all may be. A lot of you have probably gone though this experience and felt the same way at one point or another, so I’d really appreciate any advice/stories on how you dealt with the transition.

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