Disgusting

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Warning: I’m not going for the pretty post today.

You could ask, when do I ever go for the pretty post? Well played, well played. But everything today was just pretty gross and disgusting, no matter how good it got.

The thought of eating 2 sticks of earth balance, or any fat really, grosses me out. So why do they taste so damn good in this recipe? Note to self: Don’t ever cook that rich again if you’re going to have leftovers for the next 3 days.

Running 14 miles is disgusting, especially when New England decides to warm up. Was I proud? Damn straight. But it was hot. There was cow manure involved. Every part of me got sunburned. And you get really dirty running without a shirt on. In the end, I looked like this:

Disgusting, no? I’m practicing to compete with some of Holly’s self-portraits. I’ve got a long way to go on growing out the hair and getting that kind of frizz.

The entire soda industry is–let’s face it–disgusting. There’s high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors and preservatives. And all those plastic rings kill sea-life. Not cool, Coke, not cool. Instead, I made a much cleaner version of “Sprite” for recovery: 1/2 cup lemon seltzer, 1/2 cup organic limeade, fresh lime, and some light agave nectar. Sweetness.

The raw olive “cheese” from Grezzo’s looks like a pile of poo; I’m aware. But it tastes deliciously rich in olives. And was perfect on a salad with some organic balsamic vinegar. Oh, and this is the best 2.50 you will ever spend:

Don’t look at the nutritional information; it’s not pretty. “Golden” means fried, but it’s fried by Whole Foods, so it’s magical and delicious. I love keeping one of these around for times I really just don’t feel like cooking, even if I’m taking in my daily limit of way too many things.

Sweet potatoes? Love them! But after they’ve been roasted, grilled, and sitting in the refrigerator for 3 days… There’s a reason that’s not in any recipe book.

…I don’t have any more words to defend myself. Even as a food blogger, sometimes you gotta eat a little disgustingly.

That is 6 squares of my favorite dark chocolate by Endangered Species and a pomegranate Chobani with Justin’s chocolate almond butter. The only disgusting thing here is how much chocolate I can eat in a day. If anybody ever hears of an organic chocolate eating contest, send it my way. We can split the prize money.

What’s the last thing that’s made you think “Gross!”? For me, it was the fish at the beginning of the post. It’s an Asian carp, and it’s making a move to be the next, big, sustainable seafood. Not on my plate, it isn’t.

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Repetition, Repetition

Posted on May 20, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , |

If it’s good the first time, it’ll be good a second time around, right? I think that’s why I had another biscuit after dinner, as well as some other food repetitions.

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Chocolate

It’d been too long since I had this combination: Pomegranate Chobani with 2/5 of my favorite dark chocolate bar. And talk about an antioxidant kapow! Between rich pomegranate extract and cacao, let the flavanoids roll in. It was so good, I had to have another.

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate

This time it was a Pomegranate Chobani with this orange dark chocolate; something about the pomegranate flavor with a little citrus is amazing; try adding a little orange zest to your Chobani next time and I promise it will blow your mind!

Biscuit With Butter Toffee PB, Oatmeal With 365 Creamy

Biscuit With Butter Toffee PB, Oatmeal With 365 Creamy

This morning, another “conundrum”: Besides the fact that I had eaten all my pomegranate Chobanis, I just wasn’t craving yogurt, or protein, or anything but carbs and nut butter. But an unbalanced meal once and a while would never hurt; and it’s all healthy, right?

Oatmeal With 365 Creamy

Oatmeal With 365 Creamy

Healthy, creamy, and dreamy.

What 3 foods could you always eat? I would say oats, peanut butter, and dark chocolate. And because the first two are so cheap, I don’t mind splurging on the good chocolate 😀

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“I’m A Runner. I Can Eat Whatever I Want”

Posted on May 13, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I hear it all the time, either on the Runner’s World forums or in real life: “A runner can eat whatever they want”. Let me tear this one to shreds. First of all, are we all really “runners”? at least in this sense? I do think that there’s little difference between anyone who runs a mile for fun or 10 miles for fun. But there’s a BIG difference between people who run for fun and people like Ryan Hall who run for a living. Now those are runners.

OK. Let’s assume we are all runners. The same rules of life still apply. That’s why my first point is to listen to what mom always said and have your 3 balanced meals each and every day.

Black Bean And Potato Salad With Daiya And Salsa

Black Bean And Potato Salad With Daiya And Salsa

Dinner last night was a simple medley of black beans and organic russet potato over spinach and topped with Daiya. Yes, I really was just eating everything else as a way to have Daiya. But I thought this would be better than eating it straight from the bag to get more nutrients, don’t you think?

Moldy Chobani

Moldy Chobani

Some things none of us can eat, like moldy yogurt. Yeah, this wasn’t the most pleasant way to start my day.

Vegan GF Midnight Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan GF Midnight Chocolate Cupcakes

And other things we could eat but probably shouldn’t. Case in point: these cupcakes for breakfast. I know people who would call a cupcake a “muffin” if it’s eaten before 10am. But with no whole grains, and little of–well–anything, these would not have been kind to me during my 14 miler I have planned. That’s when I made a new plan for breakfast:

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Chocolate Almonds

Pomegranate Chobani With Dark Chocolate Almonds

Much better. A new yogurt, topped with Tierra Farm‘s organic dark chocolate almonds, and oatmeal topped with vanilla peanut butter made with Madhava vanilla agave. Sure, there was sugar here. But there was also 30+ grams of protein, 20g whole grains, 20g bran, healthy fat and antioxidant from cacao and pomegranate. This was most definitely one of my “balanced meals”.

I don’t want to make the case that a runner always has to eat healthy; that’s a dangerous mindset I hear too much, too. The truth is, balance is the key. At a certain point, a calorie is a calorie and a runner might just need more to do more. That’s where dessert comes in.

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Coconut PB And Coconut Oil Chocolate

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Coconut PB And Coconut Oil Chocolate

Indulgent? Sugary? Delicious? All of the above. Still, I try to find some nutrition in my desserts, which is why I often reach for coconut products. The saturated fat in coconut is medium chain, making it easier for our bodies to break down to energy than long chain. And it’s plant based so it has no cholesterol. Besides that, it just is easier for me to digest than dairy. What more could I say to get you on the coconut train?

Oatmeal With Chunky PB And Organic Dark Chocolate

Oatmeal With Chunky PB And Organic Dark Chocolate

And if I’m notorious for anything, it’s my nightly bowl of oatmeal with nut butter. Do what you want. But the warm carbs are great for a good night’s sleep. And this is nothing but a healthy dessert. And those squares of Endangered Species organic smooth dark chocolate–all for the antioxidants 😉

Fudge

Fudge

So I guess I can’t play the runner’s card to attack this pan anymore, huh? Well it will still be there if and when I finish running 14 miles. The sun is shining and things are heating up so if ever that’s happening it will be soon. Tonight’s post will be a recipe-packed post with all of your ice cream suggestions and what’s in the pan above.

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Blurt

Posted on May 5, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m sorry if this post is spazzier than a disco ball but there’s so much I have to say, I can’t think of any way to connect it all so I’m just going to blurt it out.

My official half-marathon time on this race was 1:37:51. Wow. What? I wasn’t even sure I could break 1:40 the day before even though that was my goal, and that’s far beyond what I trained at. I’m just so relieved, and glad to have no new goals(not until next year, at least…).

Pomegranate Chobani, Vegan Fudge

Pomegranate Chobani, Vegan Fudge

I might have a fudge problem, and I’m not complaining. What has led me to this conclusion? Oh, I don’t know, the mostly gone pans of microwave vegan fudge and raw vegan fudge in my fridge were a clue. And the recipe in my head for vegan peanut butter fudge isn’t helping until I can actually make it. Otherwise, this was a perfectly healthy Biggest Loser snack.

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

I’m starting to realize that’s not a tablespoon of nut butter on my oatmeal. I would have thought a jar of peanut butter I opened just last week wouldn’t be 2/3rds gone already. Whoops! But really, the combination of Madhava vanilla agave and 365 peanut butter is that good.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

I slept in instead of running right away and ate breakfast first. I tried to keep the ingredients pretty well, but if I didn’t have at least 6 squares of this chocolate, nothing would have filled me up. I’m a big fan of eating what you crave because, if you don’t, it won’t matter what you eat–you just won’t be satisfied. Let there be chocolate!

I’m very proud of this post and I hope it gets picked up by healthbuzz. I didn’t think anything in my life was interesting(besides fudge) at that point, so I threw that post together. I loved your responses to “the perfect pantry”. It seems a lot of you agreed with me and would add

  • Almond Milk
  • Pitas
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Cold Cereals
  • Pasta
  • Coffee
  • Kombucha
  • Tempeh

I love that Kelly would call Kombucha a staple; that’s my kind of girl. Coffee, too–how could I forget that?

9.5 Miles In 83:12

9.5 Miles In 83:12

I didn’t really “know” that I felt like running today; I told myself “just go to the gym and do what you feel. If that means walking right back, do that”. Well, I actually ran 9.5 miles and enjoyed it. The best way to be healthy is just put yourself in a healthy situation. The real good news, though, came when I got back from running. I split 2nd prize in another translation test and got a great cash reward. For knowing 2 dead languages, these are really starting to pay off, and I’m totally planning all the technology upgrades in my life these can be used for.

Tuna Salad With Mustard, Raw Broccoli, Chickpea Salad With Walnuts And Craisins

Tuna Salad With Mustard, Raw Broccoli, Chickpea Salad With Walnuts And Craisins

Lunch was thrown together on the fly to make a moved class time, but it ended up being really good. Tuna salad with mustard, chickpeas with Tierra Farm‘s raw walnuts and craisins, and raw broccoli all over spinach. Besides the fact that I adore chickpeas anytime, anyway, with some dried fruit they’re just amazing.

Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

Flashforward 3 hours after a class and studying for a final in office hours. I was starving by the time I got out  and loaded up this delicious ice cream dish. I was so hungry, anything would have done, but I am more than pleased to have made this combination of So Delicious Vanilla Bean coconut milk ice cream and Earth & Vine banana pineapple rum jam. It was like Pina Colada ice cream. Yum!

Organic Cameo Apple

Organic Cameo Apple

There was also an organic apple involved when the ice cream was demolished since I wasn’t quite full. But you know what this brings me to? I have to pee all the time and it’s annoying. Call it the “side-effect” of a healthy-living blogger. Whatever it is, it’s getting on my nerve. If only I could put down the salt shaker, back away from the water bottle, and throw my hands in the air. But I needed those hands to make dinner(while guzzling water).

Broccoli In A Jar

Broccoli In A Jar

Lunch was from canned food, and dinner was jarred. Aren’t containers fun?

Shitake Veggie Burger, Broccoli With PB, Spinach

Shitake Veggie Burger, Broccoli With PB, Spinach

I finished off the last of my jar of The Heat Is On by tossing steamed broccoli in it and making a veggie burger salad. This was my first time trying Wildwood Shitake veggie burgers, which actually tasted just like the original. And, yes, there were no black beans or salsa today; I felt no obligation to eat Mexican food today so I didn’t. I felt like everyone was eating Mexican today, and even Rachael Ray made some amazing fish tacos. But unless she was going to cook them for me and deliver them, I wasn’t getting them. So no festive eating done here 🙂

What do you have to blurt out? Killed a man in Reno 8 years ago and need to get it off your chest? I promise my posts to be more tidy after I’ve got it all out there.

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200017 Things Making Me Smile

Posted on April 29, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

1. They now sell 18 Rabbits granola bars(reviewed here) in an on-campus cafe!

365 Peanut Butter

365 Peanut Butter

2. Finding a jar of 365 creamy peanut butter I was convinced I didn’t have amongst my array of nut-butters.

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Pomegranate Chobani With Orange Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

3. Organic chocolate at every meal, this time courtesy of Newman’s Own Organics

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

4. All too much of my absolute favorite nut butter: 365 peanut butter with Madhava’s vanilla agave

April's Food Network Magazine

April's Food Network Magazine

5. This months Food Network Magazine, about which I’ve said, and I quote, “This issue deserves to be framed.” Love it.

6. Getting a response from the Food Network editors for what I wrote in!! I wrote in about their lack of tofu recipes. The response wasn’t so much about that, but that they might use my comment in an upcoming issue and wanted to verify my name and hometown! I’d be so excited if I made it in 😀

Zevia Ginger Ale

Zevia Ginger Ale

7. Feeding my diet soda addiction, naturally.

8. Avocadoes! And that they’re on sale this for 98 cents along with other good deals.

Tuna Salad With Chili Lime Yumnuts, 1/2 An Avocado, Lime Nachos

Tuna Salad With Chili Lime Yumnuts, 1/2 An Avocado, Lime Nachos

9. Healthy salads, filled with tuna salad with chili lime Yumnuts, avocado with lemon juice, and lime Food Should Taste Good chips.

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

Lime Food Should Taste Good Nachos

10. Chips! OK, maybe this was an addiction better left forgotten.

11. 2 ancient historians referencing the Godfather in a candid, back and forth lecture on this, the day of their students’ class.

Purely Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Zig Zag

Purely Decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Zig Zag

12. Chocolate and peanut butter in ice cream(or anything). It works every time! Unfortunately, this was the last of the pint, which shouldn’t have been the case except it looks like somebody felt it was OK for them to eat my ice cream last night 😦 Seriously, if it’s not yours, don’t take it! Ugh. At least that assisted in Project Cleanout?

13. Finding a dime in the bathroom. I should’ve cleaned it first.

14. Our last fire drill of the year coming when I had dinner baking in the oven. OK, I was actually panicking at the time and assumed I let something explode, but it definitely gave me a chuckle in hind sight 🙂

Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

15. My skills in [not] baking must be getting better because this bar of chopped dates, cherries, raw walnut butter, maple glazed almonds(non-raw) and agave nectar came out… well, it came out 🙂

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli, Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

Maple Baked Tofu, Roasted Broccoli, Raw Fruit & Nut Bar

16. Hot meals out of the oven, like my maple baked tofu. Traditionally, I might serve this with sweet potatoes. But tonight I thought I’d try changing it up since that dish just never satisfies me as good as it is.

200016. Today, we will have hit 200,000 page views, all thanks to you and your wonderful support 🙂 I think without growth and backing, I’d be afraid to “blog on”. But I feel the love and the momentum and can’t wait for 200,000 more.

200017. New Survivor and Grey’s Anatomy tonight! Get excited!

What has made you smile today?

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Who Doesn’t Love Fudge?

Posted on April 28, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Do you love fudge? I thought I liked fudge, until I had that goat’s milk fudge a few days ago, and now I’m realizing I love fudge. I can’t get it out of my head! It’s my newest obsession. And just when I think I’ve figured out how to make a killer vegan fudge, I go off to school where I have none of the supplies or ingredients. Boo 😦 Well, I can’t do a killer vegan fudge for you today. But how about a killer raw vegan fudge?

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup nuts or half the amount nut butter*
  • 1/2 cup(80g) dates
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar

In a food processor, process the dates until a smooth paste. Remove and process the nuts until a coarse and crumbly texture. Finally, add all the ingredients back into the food processor and blend until incorporated. Once the mixture is emulsified, pour into a container and remix by hand if the coconut oil separates(it should be liquid by this point). Freeze and cut. Makes about 6-10 servings.

*You can mix it up and use your own blend to alter the flavor. Cashews have a nice, neutral flavor whereas others add their own touch. I like 3/4 cup cashews with 1/4 cup hemp seeds and walnuts

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Dark Chocolate

I bought a ginger Green & Black bar way back when they were on sale, and held on to it for so long thinking I wouldn’t like it. I think the fact that I had 12 squares and went back for 6 more proves me wrong. I loved the sweetness and “warmth” as they called it the ginger added to dark chocolate!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge And Chocolate Yumnuts

Raw Vegan Chocolate Fudge And Chocolate Yumnuts

At the end of the night I broke in to my pan of raw vegan fudge along side some chocolate Yumnuts. I love the name. And yum! These were super. I didn’t like them at first, until they started to remind me of chocolate-coated M&M’s–not even the peanut find, just the chocolate M&M’s themselves. Anything this healthy and natural that could do that is a rockstar in my book.

Pomegranate Chobani, Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Pomegranate Chobani, Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

I woke up and could have worked out first thing. It would have made timing for the rest of my day a lot better. But I realized I wanted to be fueled by a big bowl of oatmeal and not fudge, so I stayed in and ate breakfast.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Still no Justin’s chocolate almond butter to be found here, so I’ve gotten to making my own. And I’m pretty good at it! I think there’s a secret ingredient; I’ll save that for another day. And what would be hot oatmeal without coconut milk? I’m just loving my coconut milk as of late.

Do you like fudge? Now that I’ve given you a no-bake recipe to make some, I expect no excuses.

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Ice Cream For A Cause

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

Hello, hello! I feel like this weekend totally flew past me between the auction Friday night to Avery’s birthday party to now being back in my dorm room and attending classes again with little to no transition in between. When the flow goes, go with it!

Avocado Rubbed Kale, Sweet Chili Tofu And Peppers

Avocado Rubbed Kale, Sweet Chili Tofu And Peppers

We packed up the car last night and made it to the Whole Foods in Providence in record time. Of course, we hit up the salad bar while grabbing groceries. My plate had some avocado-rubbed kale, sweet chili tofu, and pepper strips. The tofu was to die for. I can’t begin to explain how crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside it was. And the sweet and heat balanced perfectly. I would have had more, except that wasn’t really my dinner…

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

As any Rhode Islander knows, there were massive floodings earlier in the month from a huge rainstorm that hit us. Businesses and houses were destroyed, and Whole Foods was holding an ice cream social to help raise money for those families. I can definitely get into ice cream for dinner for charity.

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae With Chocolate Syrup, Whip Cream, And A Cherry

Vanilla Ice Cream Sundae With Chocolate Syrup, Whip Cream, And A Cherry

I was hoping they’d break out the fun and funky pints for this, but they just had 365 vanilla and chocolate :-/ I got vanilla ice cream with organic chocolate sauce, 365 whipped cream, and a natural maraschino cherry. Sundaes always taste better when someone else makes them for you with a heavy hand. The 365 vanilla is OK, but I’ve definitely branched out from dairy-based ice cream and have had better. Other fun finds(but not purchases) at Whole Foods were the new So Delicious flavors in stock and Daiya vegan cheese!

Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apple

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Deep Forest Mint

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate With Deep Forest Mint

While working on some homework not-so-hard, I had the snack of champions: an apple, mint dark chocolate, and decaf coffee. Could I have had a little more sugar last night? It was all for a good cause–let’s keep that in mind. Last Summer I managed to switch from caffeine to decaf coffee; this year it’s been about weening off the stuff completely from the acidity, but I do have about a cup a day, which is probably an ideal balance of antioxidants and acidity. I don’t think I could/would give it up completely.

Oatmeal With An Egg And The Heat Is On PB

Oatmeal With An Egg And The Heat Is On PB

I couldn’t deal with more sugar before bed so I went the spicy route with The Heat Is On peanut butter and a savory Omega-3 egg. It might be hard to believe it through my sweet tooth and all, but I definitely could not go a day without a good deal of savoriness. Sometimes, my garlic tooth is just as big.

Pomegranate Chobani With Quinoa Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Quinoa Dark Chocolate

Back to classes and rain meant back to runs first thing, so I woke up at 6:30 to squeeze an 8-miler in before class. Normally, dairy and protein wouldn’t work for me before a run. But it was all I was craving. And since I was going to run anyway, I thought why not have the damn pomegranate Chobani with Alter Eco dark chocolate quinoa.

10 Miles In 86:16

10 Miles In 86:16

Something must have worked, because I extended my run to 10 miles and ran at a 7mph pace. The best part was finding out through the news that the forecast for Sunday’s half-marathon is sunny and warm! Crossing my fingers…

Cranberry Greek Yogurt With Craisins, Oatmeal With An Egg And PB

Cranberry Greek Yogurt With Craisins, Oatmeal With An Egg And PB

Finally, for breakfast I was craving craisins. I just wish there was a bar called that so I could have known what to eat so much easier. I mixed Crofter’s Organic Europe jam in a plain chobani and topped with Tierra Farm‘s organic dried cranberries–holy yum were these soft and squishy! On the side I had oatmeal with another egg and some Teddie’s pb sweetened up a tad. In class I got bored and calculated that I ate around 50g of protein and all before lunch! Sure, you could just take 2 scoops of a powder and call it at that. But I love getting so much nourishment from real food.

Do you have any cooking goals? 2 of the things this weekend inspired me to do are 1) use my food processor to make more complex and delicious raw foods and 2) learn to fry tofu. An ironic pairing, no? Well, if things go my way today, I’ll be incorporating one of those into dinner… Is there anything you want to learn to do in the kitchen?

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It’s A Freaky Friday

Posted on April 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was enamored by labels.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Baked Mac N Cheese With Broccoli And Mushrooms And Tempeh Bacon

Gluten-Free, Vegan Baked Mac N Cheese With Broccoli And Mushrooms And Tempeh Bacon

Ordering Garden Grille’s vegan, gluten-free macaroni and cheese, I forgot a few important things: I don’t like macaroni all that much, and a meal without a good amount of fat and protein just do nothing for me. Sure, this was kind of tasty with the vegan cheese. But really I just wanted to gnaw my arm of 5 minutes afterwards because it felt like eating air. Cheesy, vegan air.

So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream

So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream

When I got home, I broke into our fridge and went straight for two things: fat and protein. First up was the (frozen) fat from So Delicious vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. I swear, even if it’s just ice cream, it filled me up 10 times more than macaroni ever would. It’s also sooo much tastier, wouldn’t you think?

Plain Oikos With Organic Raspberry Jam

Plain Oikos With Organic Raspberry Jam

Onto the protein, I had a plain Oikos with organic raspberry jam swirled in to sweeten. Delicious and 100% organic–how fun! Isn’t it funny when the foods that make us feel best and full are the same ones we eat all along?

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Lastly(finally), I finished off the night in my own bed with some oatmeal. I’m not sure why, but I woke up at 2 freezing with the heat high and under covers; somehow among the shuffling I managed to get sick, apparently 😦 It took a long time to finally feel OK and fall back to sleep, so I slept in and decided not to run, at least first thing.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Cashew Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Cashew Butter And Coconut Milk

Pomegranate Chobani With Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, And Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Dried Cranberries, Blueberries, And Dark Chocolate

To make a chocolate nut butter, really you just need cocoa powder, sweetener, and some form of vanilla flavor. I made this with Madhava’s vanilla agave. It was good, but Justin could do better. Since no morning’s complete without fruit and chocolate, I broke a chocolate bar filled with dried blueberries and cranberries over my pomegranate Chobani; it has fruit, so it’s healthy, right?

Tonight I am attending an auction at my old high school. While I’m excited, I am a little wary going into it as my first event where I’ll be avoiding gluten. I’m hoping I’ll be able to just enjoy the night, but I’ll also have a pocket full of larabars or something just in case. And in my absence, I have a post prepared on how to shop and save at *drumroll*… Whole Foods! Yes, I do believe it’s possible, and I’ll tell you how.

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Homemade Raisinets

Posted on April 21, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

One of my favorite Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is “You can eat all the junk food you’d like, so long as you make it yourself”. I couldn’t agree with a thought like this more. Sometimes I wonder, “Is that hamburger and sweet potatoes meal I alway make all that different from a McDonald’s burger and fries?

Grass-Fed Burger, Sweet Potato Hash

Grass-Fed Burger, Sweet Potato Hash

There are obvious differences: The lack of a refined-grain bun, no added oils or frying, naturally raised and grass-fed beef, etc. But even if my version topped the charts in calories, fat, you name it, I’d still feel 10 times better eating it knowing I made it myself. In fact, the last time I ordered a burger out has to have been August at Ufood Grill. I couldn’t agree more that–on the occasion–having food made for you couldn’t feel like a better treat. But if you’re making from scratch 90% of what you eat, it’s a great way to feel healthy and on top of your game.

Melted Milk Chocolate And Raisins

Melted Milk Chocolate And Raisins

Last night, I started craving milk chocolate covered raisins like nothing else. Chocolate’s not so weird for e, but dried fruit? Funky. Even though I didn’t have any, I had all the ingredients. Why not make some? I was sure they’d come out with a cleaner ingredient list than raisinets, anyway. I used raisins from the Whole Foods bulk bins and 3 chunks Trader Joe’s pound plus milk chocolate bar.

Drying Raisinets

Drying Raisinets

I might have overlooked the annoying fact that these needed to dry individually. Eventually I moved them to the refrigerator, which worked much faster.

Homemade Raisinets

Homemade Raisinets

Homemade Raisinets

Homemade Raisinets

Voila! Don’t they look authentic? I still can’t believe I was craving dried fruit, but that’s another story. These tasted so much fresher than the raisinets I remember, too. Best of all was not thinking about “How many from a King sized box is a serving?” There was no serving. A serving was how much I made and I ate them all up, happily and healthfully.

Tierra Farm Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds

Tierra Farm Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds

Give me some time and I think I could make even dark chocolate covered almonds. But last night it was just a handful of Tierra Farm‘s while passing the time with a book.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter And Coconut Milk

So happy to have a fresh can of coconut milk opened that I love. It’s just 365 brand organic, but it’s so much better than the other I’ve tried. Sadly, this was the last good scoop of Justin’s chocolate almond butter :,-( I’m sure I could make my own, but I love the way Justin’s tastes. I hope to find them in stores really soon.

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple, Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple, Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

I think we can extend the homemade metaphor to breakfast. As in: No matter what or how much you top oatmeal and yogurt with, it’s healthy so long as you do it yourself. That seems legit, right? My oatmeal was actually quite reserves with just 1 huge plop of mighty maple. Do you think it’s a problem when you start singing “Addicted” by Simple Plan to your peanut butter?

Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

Pomegranate Chobani With Mint Dark Chocolate

Look where those bears wound up today! Trying to steal some of my chocolate. This was a new bar to me: Dark Chocolate Mint by Divine. It was good and definitely had some minty staying power. I wasn’t a fan of the crisps, though(never am). I’m still infatuated preferring Alter Eco’s dark chocolate mint on this one.

What was your last do it yourself project? Besides these raisinets, I haven’t had much of a chance to play around this semester between everything else :-/ A little birdy tells me, however, that there’ll be vegan and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes coming up this weekend…

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Cheesecake For Breakfast

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I can’t offer you some recipe for oatmeal that will make you think, “Wow! This is so good, it’s almost like cheesecake for breakfast!” Instead I can say, if you want cheesecake for breakfast, have cheesecake at breakfast.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

Let the jaws drop. I guess I still am feeling a little defeated from last night, because this morning, nothing was appealing. Oatmeal wouldn’t have done anything for me. And this cheesecake needed to be eaten sometime. All that was a big “Why not?” to me.

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Pomegranate Chobani, Cookie Dough Cashew Butter

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Pomegranate Chobani, Cookie Dough Cashew Butter

“Oh thank God. He’s got protein in there”. On the side was a pomegranate Chobani and a ball of cookie dough cashew butter. Gotta get those healthy fats in there, too, right 😉 To be honest, I don’t feel guilty in the least. There are times when you crave cheesecake for breakfast and times when you crave oatmeal for dessert. And I know my nutrition overall is good and that this is not a habit. For instance, I craved and ate oatmeal last night before bed.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter And Coconut Milk

Oatmeal With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter And Coconut Milk

Swap the two around and you have an indulgent night and a back-on-track breakfast. It was definitely one of those times when a big and warm bowl of carbs felt like just the right thing. I love Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter, but not quite as much as the almond or peanut flavors; this one melts too much, I think because it has more palm oil maybe? 😦 And I had to  got to open a new can of coconut milk…

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk

But I’m really not loving this brand. It was Thai Kitchen, organic, and on sale. I thought it would be better than store brand, especially when the water and milk separated and I was able to drain that off, but it actually becomes more watery on top of oatmeal :-/ Back to 365 brand, it is!

Gummi Bear Vitamins

Gummi Bear Vitamins

Oh, I’m also eating my multi-vitamins along with breakfast, too. That makes the cheesecake healthy, right? Now the real question is, do you think they’d let me join the cast?

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