Get Those Oats On A Scale!

Posted on January 30, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Morning! I feel like everybody was working for the weekend this week, so if you were, it’s finally here! I hope you kicked it off well. The start to mine was a little bland admittedly; I read this book for my object history course: Stuff. It’s all about the big efforts that go in to making something as simple as a french fry or soda can. I try to live as green as possible and it had me feeling like a total tax on the environment. Yikes! At least the closing thoughts were “Focus on what you can and do do and not on the things that are so much bigger than you”. That, I can do. Meanwhile, I tried to make a greenish snack.

Dried Raspberries, Raw Vegan Brownie

This was a fun snack, especially since I’ve started thinking of these dried raspberries as “nature’s Swedish fish”. And some of the brownie was organic, so I wasn’t killing too much earth. But it wasn’t doing it for me, so I got a little creative.

Rolling Up Dried Raspberries

Raw Chocolate Covered Dried Raspberries

These were 10 times more creative and tastier. You could probably make the brownies by substituting other dried fruits for half of the dates. Some Latin homework also got done(much lighter than Stuff surprisingly) as I realized Friday night television has gone to hell; didn’t there used to be great shows on then like 1 vs. 100? What happened to those? Later on, I got hungry, which leads to a confession…

Rapunzel's Organic Hazelnut Butter

I’ve made my opinion on Nutella very clear. And Justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter is an excellent hazelnut butter. But–let’s face it–when you’re craving Nutella you actually want milk chocolate and not hazelnut. So I do have a milk chocolate spread on hand, which looks about as bad as Nutella.

Rapunzel's Organic Hazelnut Butter

It still is more of a “Palm Oil Butter” than a “hazelnut Butter”–don’t know how I feel about that. But, on the bright side, it has 1/2 the sugar of Nutella so I can eat twice as much and is organic.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Oh. And did I mention it’s downright delicious? That, too. Right after having my dose of palm oil from the butter, I got a nasty craving for some coconut oil(very different, the two). Thankfully, I now keep a bar of coconut oil chocolate already made waiting in the fridge for just an occasion.

1/2 Raw Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Bar

Since it was right before bed I kept it to half. This one I made with raspberry flavored agave syrup, but to be honest the flavor wasn’t that much different, which was a little surprising. Raspberries and chocolate go so well together; I don’t understand how chocolate covered strawberries are the more popular dessert. Maybe it’s because they’re larger and you get more chocolate?

Pondering that thought, I slept 9 1/2 hours and oh boy do I feel rested. I actually woke up at 6:45 naturally but the gym doesn’t even open until 9 so I forced myself back to sleep for a few hours. I wanted to get to the gym when it opened, but after waking up it made more sense to eat breakfast, workout, then have lunch rather than have breakfast at some ungodly time(and I just can’t skip breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day).

Oatmeal With Chocolate Peanut Butter

So Delicious Soy Yogurt Plain With Milk Chocolate Peanut Sunspire Drops

This was all pretty much dessert for breakfast–it tasted that good. But I’m hoping the simple sugars will be better pre-workout than anything else. And it was all organic! Except for the oatbran in my oatmeal, but it’s all about focusing on what you do do.

In making this, my kitchen scale’s batteries started to die. It wouldn’t even turn on for a while! I would be so lost without this thing; I don’t even own measuring cups for my oats or water because I have the scale to be more perfect. When I got it working again, I just threw them on as fast as I could! Everything worked out, but I definitely need to buy more batteries at CVS. And, to top it all off, those oats I was throwing on I’m running out of. And yet, walking 1+ mile to Whole Foods in sub-freezing temperatures does not sound fun. Screw saving the environment–I need a ride!

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Let Me Eat Oats

Posted on January 24, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy national peanut butter day! Right now, I’m sitting here watching the Screen Actor’s Guild awards that I tivoed and I’m still entirely in a food coma from yesterday. Seriously–how do you get over food like that? At the same time, I’m so happy to get back to “normal” eating. I’ve often thought about how great it would be to be a celebrity and eat at the best restaurants every night, but 1 day and I’m dying to get back to good old cheap-and-tasty food. Does anybody else think certain celebrities are the same? Steve Carell is one celebrity I could certainly picture going home after a long day of work and reaching for a bowl of oats instead of anything fancy; I like down-to-earth celebs like that.

I didn’t want to completely abandon my ritual of chocolate after dinner last night, so I found room for some dessert 😉

Chocolate Banana Soft Serve

It always amazes me that cocoa powder, bananas, and a dash of nut milk can make something so glorious. I’m planning on making a How-To post for chocolate banana soft serve, because there’s a little “trick” to it if you ask me. But when you’ve got it right, it comes out so deliciously cool and creamy–you’ll think it’s soft serve!

Did anybody catch the new Unwrapped last night? It was on at a really odd time: 10:30. It was all about bargain eating, and the first 10 minutes were devoted to Trader Joe’s! Gotta love that store. They also showed a visit to the Hungry Man factory; I don’t know how anybody who works there would eat one of their meals. I actually thought some of the photos were bit graphic(if you saw this and the chicken, you might now what I mean).

That show probably influenced a dream I had last night about being at Trader Joe’s and looking for Swedish fish with a friend from high school. I used to love Swedish fish, and it sort of bums me out I haven’t found a natural alternative yet. There just soooo good. I might have to make an exception in my diet one day soon for them. Anyway, the dream got me hungry so I scrounged the kitchen for the closest thing to Swedish fish.

Dried Raspberries

You know–for something not Swedish fish, these weren’t half bad? Chewy? Check. Sweet? Check. They were just a little too tart, but I bet blended with dates they’d be a good substitute. When I stumbled on an old Disney Channel Original Movie on the TV at 4am, I might have had a mid(quarter?)life crisis; why can’t we all grow young like Benjamin Button? No worries–I’ll spoil the hell out of my kids and live through them. Lucky bastards 😀

Because of my latenight wanderings, I slept through my alarm for a full hour. That’s not an easy thing to do at the volume I play it, so I’m sure other people got an earful. I decided to just save time by nixing the strength workout since it’s good to give muscles a rest, but kept the cardio and did stairs for 200 flights(which takes almost exactly 1 hour). For breakfast, I was soooo up for eating more “normal”.

Crofter's Europe Superfruit Spread

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy myself; I opened the European superfruit spread from Crofter’s Organic to see if I could add some exotic(or at least organic) flavor.

Goat Milk Yogurt With Europe Superfruit Spread

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Organic Pasture Butter

I thought the goat milk yogurt with Europe superfruit spread would be a fun and exotic(well, as exotic as Europe gets) combination; honestly, the spread did not wow me, and it would have been a better idea to completely mix the two since it’s so thick. On the other hand, it was pretty “European” in flavor, so if you just can’t quit Europe this might be your best bet. The oatmeal was a divine treat. It came out kind of like pancakes topped with butter and brown sugar, except with a peanut buttery twist. All I wanted was my oats–no fillers–so I just loaded up on ‘dem grains 😀

They just played the In Memoriam section of the SAG awards. Those are always my most and least favorite parts of an award show; I totally forgot Bea Arthur died this year 😦 Youtubing Golden Girl clips for the rest of the day? Yeah, that could be a plan.

Here’s a giveaway for teather fruit strips and here’s another for nutrasalt!

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Just Your Average Sunday

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

Yesterday was all I could ask for from a Sunday. I rolled out of bed at 8:30, which is about as late as I’ll ever sleep in these days. I had no plans for running, and I wasn’t quite ready for breakfast. Hmm… what to do…

Kashi Vanilla Blueberry Raspberry Muffins

Kashi Vanilla Blueberry Raspberry Muffins

Bake! I hate shelling out all that money for blueberry raspberry oat bran muffins so I thought I’d give a hand at doing my own. I used my lazy man’s muffin recipe, and did 1/2 blueberries and 1/2 raspberries. Ps. I’m trying to get this recipe picked up by Kashi, so if you have connections hook a brother up 😉 The best part of these is they really require no flavoring or healthifying since the oatmeal packets and berries do it all for you. This was my “mystery muffin” at breakfast yesterday:

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Tempeh Bacon, Mystery Muffin With Mighty Maple

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt With Tempeh Bacon, Mystery Muffin With Mighty Maple

Muy bueno. It was really good, but I’m also going to be critical on myself because it wasn’t quite at blueberry raspberry oat bran muffin level. I think these were a bit too soft and wheaty, whereas the others are firmer and branier. My oh my, those are words only an oatmeal-lover could adore, haha. Nevertheless, it was good with mighty maple(and I’m sure will be great with cream cheese :-))

Did I say yesterday would be a rest day? Well for the first time in a while the sun was out with no clouds, the temperature was heating up, and I hadn’t ran around my neighborhood in a long time. I headed out at 11 and did 6.7 miles in 53:33. I didn’t realize how fast that was at the time, but I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever done 6 laps around my neighborhood(which has 3 hills, one being a real crusher). I got back a bit before lunch and (re)learned something about myself: I’m kind of an ass butthead when I’m hungry and feel like I can’t eat what I want when I want. I really wanted my “breakfast foods” fast but had to wait for a family lunch. I tried to not be so tense and just put things on my plate I’d eat:

Salmon, Asparagus

Salmon, Asparagus

The asparagus were a special request, which I had about twice that amount of. My excuse is that I wanted smelly pee when I went back home. I finished my plate and grabbed a quick dessert:

Whole Soy & Co Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt With Banana Goodness Bread Mix-In

Whole Soy & Co Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt With Banana Goodness Bread Mix-In

I don’t think it’s called dessert when you plan it and eat it with others who are on their meals.I felt a lot better after this because it was what I wanted. The banana and Nutella frozen yogurt went together as well as the real things do–Yuuuummmm. It was a lot easier to sit down and study after that while scratching Montana. My parents spoil me, I spoil him, it’s all part of the circle of life. I wasn’t in a huge rush to get back to school but better sooner than later. We stopped at Market Basket on the way to pick up two things:

Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt And Matthew's Whole Wheat English Muffins

Stonyfield Frozen Yogurt And Matthew's Whole Wheat English Muffins

And better yet this was only 3.69. The english muffins were on sale from 3.09 to 1.50; I prefer Trader Joe’s but that’s not remotely between my house and school. The ice cream is normally 2.69 and I had a 50 cent off coupon. It was probably the last of its flavor and I had to push aside about 100 other pints to find it, but I was determined for that price.

When we got back to school, things went as smoothly as I could have hoped for. The roomie was gone; my dad helped me put things away, and I was snacking on this:

Maple Nut Clif Bar

Maple Nut Clif Bar

This was another one of the bars Clif sent me. I was a bit hesitant to try it because I thought I had had it before and not enjoyed it. I must have thought wrong because this was awesome. No lie. Read all about it here. It might have been because I could have gone for anything maple at that time, but this was really good. It might be high on sugar, but anything maple and low sugar tends to be a disappointment, and I would gladly eat this instead of any sugary dessert any day. I got a bit more done before breaking in to this:

Stonyfield Cookies N' Dream Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Cookies N' Dream Frozen Yogurt

I planned to have it after dinner, but I guess a little fell into my cup and then my mouth sooner. Oops 😉 I love this frozen yogurt; Stonyfield does not skimp on the cookies part. I take “cookies n’ cream” as the ingredient list, which would suggest that it be loaded with cookies first, and cream second. This isn’t too creamy, buy it has plenty of cookies. And the fact that it’s not creamy makes it lighter so you can enjoy more of it(I might or might not have eaten a whole pint of this before in one sitting before. Again, oops ;-)). Before I left home, I grabbed a good amount of leftovers from lunch, and made a meal out of that and stuff from the dining hall:

Glazed Carrots, Cooked Spinach, Acorn Squash, Salmon

Glazed Carrots, Cooked Spinach, Acorn Squash, Salmon

College has definitely got me loving leftovers more. I forgot how good acorn squashes are; this one was baked back at home so it was super soft but I’m wondering if it’s possible to make one in the microwave. I’ll have to experiment with that next time I make it to a farmers market. I haven’t been loving salads lately so cooked spinach is an efficient way to get my greens for the week. And, of course, the salmon was good again. Thank you, mommy 😀

I must be getting old because I was overjoyed when 60 Minutes was on at 7 and whatever sports event on before it didn’t run long. I wonder if I can qualify for senior discounts at the grocery store? I’ll take the money where I can get it. Last night’s form of procrastination came in the form of reminiscing. My elementary school headmaster is retiring, and I couldn’t help but think back to those days and start to miss them so much. Since when is art not a class? or book reports not the biggest assignment? and what happened to school plays in cheap costumes? or singing song about planting daffodils? I guess we can’t really in all sensibility go back to those times, but I’m positive I’m going to be reliving them through my children some day.

Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter And Maple Syrup

Oatmeal With Maple Almond Butter And Maple Syrup

Funny enough, I don’t remember ever having oats as a kid. For breakfast, I remember M&M Kudos bars, and the occasional fishy tasting medicine pill wrapped in white bread, but never oats. Maybe me having them twice a day is making up for lost time. This started as a healthy bowl with pumpkin and sliced almonds. Then I realized that was all (figurative) vegan fluff and I really just wanted something maple(thanks, Clif). Luckily, no matter how much sugar you put on oats they’re still healthy, right?

Toast With Mighty Maple, Banana Goodness Bread With Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Toast With Mighty Maple, Banana Goodness Bread With Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Now that I have a replacement jar of Mighty Maple, I’m excited how low my old jar is getting! Pumpkin oats in a jar? I think so. For the “Nutella” like spread I use Rapunzel brand. It’s organic so it has all natural ingredients. It also has more hazelnuts and less sugar per serving than Nutella so it’s more like a nut butter. I’ve also found an all natural Italian brand at Market Basket I might try after this jar runs out. Brothers and Sisters was great last night; I really think that show goes underrated. My hunger suddenly woke up after that oatmeal because I also needed this:

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

That and some water did the trick. It might have done the trick too well; fiber is a loud thing to fall asleep to while still digesting.

This morning… I don’t know where I was(figuratively, of course). I got on the treadmill and nothing felt so hot. But I had it in my mind to do 10 miles and this time in particular I really just wanted to finish. There were some annoying bathroom breaks and my right foot flared up again but I tapped into my stubborn Pollack side and kept going, finishing in 83:53. I was sure to stretch my right foot extra special and I think I’ll do that again later today just for security.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Pineapple Chobani With PB Puffins

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Pineapple Chobani With PB Puffins

10 miles is a lot of time to think about breakfast, and I think I went through 20 different scenarios, but this was a good one to settle on. Pepita Sun butter is kind of like the holidays in a spread, with all its allspice and vanilla goodness. And I completely forgot how much an addiction PB puffins are; I should eat up the bag, too, before it goes stale, right? 😉 That’s my excuse anyway.

Sunday felt too good to believe that it’s Monday already and the work week is back. Let’s all commiserate so that the time will pass faster.

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Open Wallet Day

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning? Ever have one of those days when you just need to buy things to make yourself feel better? Well yesterday felt like that day, but I kept it pretty modest(just not entirely on budget). The second I got to Latin class I realized I completely forgot these in my room:

Dorm Keys

Dorm Keys

How could I forget something so adorable? Well that was on my mind all Latin class, speaking of which, yesterday’s discussion was which sounds like a bigger insult: slut or whore. I would feel more offended by slut(though neither term really bothers me because a) I’m a guy and b) I don’t think either really applies). Which do you think? The solution to the problem in class was to just use the Latin word and get the sense. When I got out of class I was so excited that it was Wednesday which meant the Farmers’ Market was on my quad:

Farmers' Market

Farmers' Market

They have a great system where you can pay 200 dollars and get a bag of local products delivered each week. I would love to do that but I’m on a pretty all-inclusive meal plan and wouldn’t know what to do with extra heads of lettuce in my room. What I did get was these guys:

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Maple Raspberry Kefir

Local Corn

Local Corn

Yep, that’s local kefir. I’ve never tried the store brand or any kefir before, but I had to grab this. I can’t wait to try it, since I always try and eat 2 sources of probiotics a day. I can’t decide whether it’d be best straight or with cereal or some other way. How do you eat kefir? Needless to say, kefir wasn’t what was for lunch.

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

Hugh Jass Salad, Stir Fried Tofu And Veggies, Bean Casserole

I’ve definitely picked up a pattern: The lunch room is for protein and veggies, and my dorm is for grains and treats. That’s what makes sense/tastes good to me, so I’ll stick with it while it works. I wasn’t jazzed to try the stir fry again because it upset my stomach last time, but this one was sans noodles and a little less oily, so it wasn’t an issue. The beans were beany(aka good). And I think I got my servings of leafy greens, don’t you? I’m not a big raw broccoli fan because it’s so fiberous; I chew it about 50 times to make sure it doesn’t give me bowling ball stomach syndrome.

This didn’t seem like a lot at the time but it actually held me over through my 2 classes and more. I was thinking of eating something at 3 because that’s my routine, but I decided to try and listen to my stomach, which said it didn’t need/want anything. With that in tummy mind, I went to where not thinking about food is impossible: Whole Foods. Again, I could spend about 30 minutes just browsing the aisles, and I think I did. I ended up with way less than usual but spending a bit more:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream And Blueberry Bran Muffins

I definitely set out with hopes of snickerdoodle in my future. When I got there, I had to look at EVERY flavor and change my mind about 100 times. But once it started getting ridiculous, I decided to take what I intended to all along and be happy. Which I was. Very very happy. The muffins were a bit of an “impulse buy”, and an expensive one at 6 dollars. In hindsight, I don’t like the idea of paying so much for something which main ingredients are water and oat bran, but I’m a sucker for a healthy muffin 😦 And at 22o calories, 10g fiber, and 6g protein per muffin, these definitely make the cut. I managed to spill my water bottle all over my bed after taking this photo, but kind of ignored it so I could eat this:

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Since I spent longer grocery shopping than I planned, I was actually pretty famished when I got back. This definitely hit the spot, and there were so many cookie dough chunks in the scoops I gave myself(not even on purpose!) that it ate like a meal. Let’s just say I was very very pleased with this “investment”. I figured my diet had been severely lacking in grains since breakfast and was easily convinced into this:

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Kashi Mountain Medley Granola

Normally I don’t eat granola except for on yogurt. But like I said, I was jonesing for some grains, and what’s a better source than granola? I didn’t like how this was more chewy than crispy, but it sufficed while I was doing Greek homework. I met up with some of my high school friends for a special local dinner at the Ratty; everything was local from the veggies to the meat–how cool is that? While we were waiting for Mike I had my 4th siting of Emma Watson! I was wicked excited. We even were in the same line inside, and technically ate under the same roof! Anyway, that excitement aside, here was the eats:

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

Cilantro Chicken, Brussel Sprouts, Turnips And Beets, Stuffed Bell Pepper, Corn On The Cob, Crude Salsa

What tasted better than this meal was knowing that it supported local farmers, and that everyone in the Ratty was doing the same, whether they make that their mission or not. I’ve always tried to eat local veggies, which are generally more nutritious. I was excited to try local protein, too, to see if it would feel different eating it. It tasted the same, but felt a little more special, ya know? I don’t think I would have taken the stuffed pepper if I knew it had copious amounts of cheese in it, but I’m glad I did because copious amounts of cheese are always delicious. And one thing I’ve never had to be forced to eat are brussel sprouts; I just love them!

Wednesday nights and quality TV weren’t besties last night, so I started out with some modest google readering homework and a nice muffin:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Chocolate Chips

Here’s a life lesson: Anything healthy tastes better under cream cheese. Take notes, children. This muffin was OK but it wasn’t stellar like the carrot ginger ones from Trader Joe’s, which I think are actually made by the same Massachusetts bakery. These tasted a lot… branier? No, Microsoft, I refuse to believe that’s not a word. One of my biggest qualms in life is that nobody makes blueberry chocolate chip bagels or muffins. What’s with that? I think the two are a match made in heaven. Take a lesson, Panera. I tried to get in to the new ABC show, Modern Family. I have to admit I laughed a lot during it, but it felt like most of the funny moments were from the previews and I’m wondering how it’s going to keep up. More study snackage:

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Blueberry Jam With Chocolate Chips, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With Cream Cheese

Please excuse me while I eat through my entirely too big stash of bread. Bread’s my number one thing to buy at the store, always, which is a little ridiculous since I usually microwave my grains in water. I still have 3 english muffins, parts of cinnamon raisin and 10-grain loaves, and a whole whole wheat loaf in my freezer, plus 3 bran muffins. Need bread? I’m your boy. I figured why change up the flavors of the night and stuck with blueberry, cream cheese, chocolate chips, and maple. Can’t go wrong with any of that. My dad sent me a funny article around then telling me I worked at the most dangerous college in America over the Summer; of course Emerson has to report a high amount of crime because it’s right on the common where all the crazy shitstuff goes down, but it’s a legit college I promise.

This morning was a treadmill morning on account of my early class. I resolved to go 6 miles before I got on. Can I just say this morning was absolute torture; I don’t know why, but my body never fully got into and I felt like I was fighting a snail’s pace the whole time. With .3 miles to go, nature was calling–loudly. Amazingly I just kept running, finished the 6, and then ran another .05 to the bathroom. I did the 6 in 51 minutes flat, which I wasn’t jazzed about but more happy that I stuck it out for that long and got a good run in. When I got back it was time for a little inspiration to strike for Miss PB&Jenny’s oat’s round up.

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

Almond Encrusted French Toast Oatmeal, Plain Oikos With Raspberries And Maple Syrup

I love my Oikos, but even better is fruit sweetened greek yogurt. Not the kind you can buy, but using actual fruit from your store(or in my case, the freezer). And let’s just call these oats one for the record books, my friends; I feel as though I’ve perfected them and here’s the magic formula,

20g(1/4 cup) oatmeal

20g(1/4 cup) oatbran

160g(2/3 cup) unsweetened vanilla almond breeze

1 egg

15g(1 tablespoon) maple syrup

7g(1 tablespoon) sliced almonds

Cinnamon

Sea Salt

Were you taking notes? Cook the oats in the almond breeze for 2-2 1/2 minutes. Crack in an egg and swirl until broken but not completely mixed. Microwave for a further 1-1 1/2 minutes and top with maple syrup, almonds, cinnamon, and sea salt. If Julia Child ever made oatmeal, this is how she would have made it.

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Let’s Give This Another Try

Posted on September 23, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

So yesterday morning I was in a good mood sporting the t-shirt I won:

Zevia T-Shirt

Zevia T-Shirt

Sadly no one asked me what Zevia was all day. Then again, I’m not in the business of thrusting my chest into people’s faces, but I think that’s a good thing. Some of you came up with the idea of a page of quotes for my crazy professors, which I loved. If I do end up setting one of those up, this would be my first: my Greek teacher is one of the most charming middle aged woman ever and gets way too into her subject. She finally said “sometimes I find myself looking up the etymology of these Greek words and think to myself ‘God, you have no life’. Then I realize this is my life! Yay for me!” She was so genuinely excited, it was hysterical. It also made me realize how that’s totally going to be me if I don’t find a double major somewhere along the way; not that I have any problem with Classicists, but I know the pay, and that will not keep me through the week at Whole Foods. Speaking of foods, I lunched it up:

Asparagus, Quinoa With Veggies, 1/4 Avocado, Flame Grilled Veggie Burger With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter, Orang Zevia

Asparagus, Quinoa With Veggies, 1/4 Avocado, Flame Grilled Veggie Burger With The Heat Is On Peanut Butter, Orang Zevia

Asparagus was on the lunch line today so I took more than is holy. It was pretty overcooked, but asparagus nonetheless, so I was happy. I wanted to give quinoa a try and I’ll admit it wasn’t bad but it’s not my favorite grain. The flame grilled burger was good but needed a kick–a peanut buttery on. I have so little excuses to eat that peanut butter so I like to fit it in when appropriate. Oh, and the orange Zevia was a completely necessary throwback to my shirt. I basically dined on this while watching midday TV, aka the best, and doing some light studying, aka the worst. After watching the first 10 minutes of Rachael Ray, I was out and about.

I walked down to the two places I kind of hoped to go yesterday: Whole Foods and Eastside Market. I spent way too long browsing both; the people must’ve thought I was homeless and wanted somewhere with air conditioning. Midway through I got super hungry and ran to the register with this.

Organic Gala Apple

Organic Gala Apple

I’m still a Red Delicious fan, but I’ll say this was pretty darn good and a close second. Plus it was the type that was on sale, and that beat everything at the time. The real disappointment was when neither place had the entire reason I went for: Snickerdoodle Ice Cream. Ah, yes. It’s been far too long since I had my share of doodles. What I ended up doing was taking a second chance:

Oikos Plain Yogurt And Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

Oikos Plain Yogurt And Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

I’m loving my Oikos, but not loving that my coupons are gone 😦 Thanks, Stonyfield, for giving me the chance to try your Greek yogurt! I’ll definitely be making it one of my staples from now on. I also decided to rebuy the frozen yogurt that was oh-so mysteriously taken from the common room. Am I taking a chance and not learning from my mistakes? Yes, but that’s basically how I’ve lived my life so far and will probably continue to do so. Well, I figured if this gets taken tonight, I’m at least going to have gotten some of my money’s worth by then if I make myself a snack:

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

Elan's Decaf Cappuccino Frozen Yogurt

I eat this so much with midnight moo sauce or some other topping, I forgot how cool and creamy it is on its own. That’s one reason I prefer frozen yogurt or even some dairy-free brands is that the product is often airier and lighter in texture and much better for cone-licking. Sure, Ben & Jerry’s got some banging flavors, but ice cream like that is too thick to enjoy in my opinion. Well after this I was still pretty hungry ravenous, so I made something that might actually soothe my stomach beast(too much epic poetry).

Pumpkin Oatbran With Maranatha's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Pumpkin Oatbran With Maranatha's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Ok, that was better. That was food. By the way, miss Jenny over at PB&Jenny is running a fun thing where you can send your impressive oatmeal concoctions(and if you read blogs like this, I’m betting you know how to make a mean bowl of oatmeal) and she’ll feature them. I’m working on a great bowl to send on over and you should start thinking, too! This had me a bit stuffed, but I was persuaded into dinner pretty easily:

Mushroom And Barley Soup, Salad, Snow Peas And Carrots, Beats, Vegan Chili

Mushroom And Barley Soup, Salad, Snow Peas And Carrots, Beats, Vegan Chili

A) I make a conscious effort to make my food look like Mickey Mouse whenever possible. B) I’ve learned to load up on the veggies in the cafeteria because those are where the nutrients are and they’re expensive as hell to buy from Whole Foods. The main protein and veggie option weren’t spectacular, but I found the chili from yesterday… which hopefully wasn’t the chili from yesterday. Besides that, it was all pretty much how you would expect vegetables to taste assuming you’ve had them before. I never had beets before the lunch room but now I really like them.

Tuesday nights and one of my favorite shows is back: The Biggest Loser. It got me to start the night with a somewhat healthy snack:

Raspberries With Midnight Moo Sauce

Raspberries With Midnight Moo Sauce

Unsurprisingly, one of the things I really miss is my mini chopper banana whips, even if they aren’t so smooth. Of course I go home on the one weekend it’s freezing, so I didn’t make any. but I thought I’d try the same by mushing up raspberries and chocolate sauce with a fork. The verdict? It was definitley cold and firm, and had good flavor, but the seeds made it entirely unappealing. Who wants to chew their ice cream? Looks like I’ll have to think of something new.

Did anyone else watch the Biggest Loser? I think it’s one of the most inspirational shows on tv; your heart just has to go out to all the families affected by the show. It’s a little too obvious in its product endorsement if you ask me, and it gets repetitive with the challenges and guest starts, but I still really like it and will probably watch the whole season. More healthy eats were inspired:

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin With Smart Balance PB And Chocolate Chips

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Bran Muffin With Smart Balance PB And Chocolate Chips

These Trader Joe muffins are the only one’s I’ll eat besides vitamuffins and the ones I bake myself. Any other muffin tends to be too sweet which makes it a cupcake. Chew on that(oh I’m punny). I don’t have the carton with me but all the ingredients are found in most kitchens and it has a good deal protein and fiber. I love detaching the muffin top and spreading some peanut butter on it–then it really feels like a vitatop. Of course, the butt can’t go to waste, so I pushed in a few chocolate chips which melted ever so slightly after the muffin had been microwaved–score. It was my last muffin though 😦 So I’m going to have to stock up at a Trader Joe’s back in MA sometime.

I got an amazing night sleep and woke up exactly 1 minute before my alarm; now it’s definitely starting to feel like home/the Summer. It was nice and warm but I wanted to run a set disstance so I headed to the gym to do 6 on the treadmill. I got to 6 and thought “why not 7?” so I stayed for an extra 8 minutes and ended up running 7 in 56:45. I try not to change my workout once I get on the treadmill but that seems like a good change, right? When I got back I admit I had no inspiration or desire for breakfast but that’s no excuse not to refuel.

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Milk And Secret Butter, Pumpkin Pie Yogurt, Cranbran Vitatop

Oatmeal With Vanilla Almond Milk And Secret Butter, Pumpkin Pie Yogurt, Cranbran Vitatop

See Mickey again? I try. Believe it or not, one thing I’ve never done is made my oats with anything but water. I’m a purist in that way, but I was inspired by some blog gals to give it a shot. It came out OK, but I wasn’t blown away. The texture wasn’t changed like I thought, but the flavor was definitely introduced. The unsweetened vanilla almond breeze didn’t really fit here, but I think it would go perfect with an egg in some french toast oatmeal, so you can be sure to see that sometime soon. The yogurt and vitatop followed through on the “only OK” theme the pumpkin yogurt like I reviewed is good, but a tad sweet and thin. I’d rather eat my own version. This was the last vitatop I had to review, and I wish it ended on a better note. Cranberry is such a New England Fall flavor but this one didn’t have me feeling it. There was a generous amount of cranberries, which I liked, but they lacked tartness or flavor. And the base wasn’t like the other bran bases and a little too bland, even for a “healthy” flavor. I’d definitely rather have the BlueBran or AppleBerry.

The one shineout of the meal was the Secret Butter from Naturally Nutty which I reviewed quite a while ago here. Well I left some hints and some of you had some great guesses including pumpkin butter and sunflower seed butter. Well, here’s the truth: you were all right, and wrong. This is a special blend of equal parts sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds, with added all spice and vanilla powder. I swear it tastes JUST like french toast sticks, and does that not sound like one of the healthiest nut seed butters around? I’m not quite sure when the flavor will be available to buy on their website but I know I’m getting a nice, big jar when it is. I hope we can all sleep at night now that we know the secret, haha. Have a great day!

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Pick Me! Pick Me!

Posted on August 24, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

After going through a mountain of circulars and clipping some coupons I noshed on this little guy:

Juicy Peach

Juicy Peach

Peaches seem to be a favorite of bloggers, myself included. This turned out to be a cling peach, which I don’t like nearly as much as the free stone peaches(although not liking nearly as much is still liking a lot). Any other people with a preference one way or the other? I also like peaches with a darker orange flesh. White peaches are just not up my alley, sorry to get all racist on ya’ll. For lunch we were grilling but I did my own thing.

Turkey And Avocado Sandwich, Newman's Own Organic White Cheddar Soycrisps

Turkey And Avocado Sandwich, Newman's Own Organic White Cheddar Soycrisps

Turkey and avocado is just so tried and true I couldn’t turn it down once it got in my head. And I really like the Newman’s Own Organic white cheddar soycrisps(and the fact that they sent me 2 bags since the first is almost gone ;-)) They’re much better than their barbeque counterpart I decided after trying these again. For dessert I killed some dead weight:

Stonyfield Cookie's N Dream Frozen Yogurt

Stonyfield Cookie's N Dream Frozen Yogurt

Doesn’t it feel good to empty out a pint and make room? I don’t even know what I’m going to replace this with, but I’m already racing my mind. Any suggestions are welcome so long as it’s an all-natural brand/flavor.

I really didn’t think today would be all that exciting or interesting until my mom came up with a great idea–berry picking! We went to Tougas Farm a while back for blueberry picking, from which we still have some berries, but this time we wanted something different. We decided to be fancy and mix it up.

August 23rd 004

August 23rd 005We decided to get 1 pint of blackberries and 3 of raspberries, since raspberries are just that pro(and so expensive to buy in the store). I really kick the other people in this family’s asses butts when it comes to picking berries, mostly because I find the really ripe ones and then put them in my container instead of my mouth. I ended up doing about half the total picking, including this pint which I proudly labeled after getting home.

My Pint O' Raspberries

My Pint O' Raspberries

Peaches were also in season at the farm(!!) but there was a bushel minimum. I enjoy my peaches, but a bushel plus the ones we already had would make enough pies for a Southern State Fair, so we just bought some already picked. I asked the lady distributing them who said they were free stone, which has me pumped to try one.

Tougas Farm's Peaches

Tougas Farm's Peaches

After that my parents needed to get some coffee from price chopper. Folgers is definitely not the best part of waking up, but they got 2 containers for 3 dollars, which I must admit was a killer deal. We also stopped at Trader Joe’s for some whole wheat hot dog buns for an upcoming meal. I was also getting the snackaroo’s at this point and figured it was a great chance to try one of Trader Joe’s muffins.

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin

Trader Joe's Carrot Ginger Muffin

Normally, I’d say avoid any store or cafe muffin, but Trader Joe’s are the real deal. They’re well sized with decent nutritional stats–full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. I love that all the ingredients make sense and are things I would put in my muffins. And what I love more is that I don’t have to lift a finger to make them 🙂 I chose the carrot ginger flavor since it sounded like my most beloved dessert–the carrot cake. The carrot and ginger flavor was present but subtle, which I liked because it made this muffin taste like a muffin and not a dessert. The oatmeal and oatbran added a lot of texture, and the water, oil, and white grape juice kept the muffin moist. Overall it was a great, filling snack and would make a killer on-the-go breakfast. I definitely want to stock up on these to shove in the freezer and heat up whenever I’m feeling a wee bit lazy.

Before dinner I took a little note from my previous day:

Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate With 365 Crunchy Peanut Butter

Stonyfield After Dark Chocolate With 365 Crunchy Peanut Butter

2 pints free from the fridge? Ooo, I could buy a quart of ice cream now 🙂 Another pick-up from Trader Joe’s was some Wild Atlantic Salmon for dinner.

Summer Squash, Atlantic Salmon With Homemade Sauce, Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley

Summer Squash, Atlantic Salmon With Homemade Sauce, Trader Joe's Brown Rice Medley

I made my own sauce for the salmon instead of turning to my standby Island Soyaki and am so glad I did. All I did was take 1 part apricot preserves to 1 part soy sauce, added a few squirts of agave nectar and zested a little lemon and voila. It was light and citrusy and asian, so basically perfect for this meal.

Of course dessert started with this little number:

Plain Greek Yogurt With Agave Nectar, Raspberries, And Slivered Almonds

Plain Greek Yogurt With Agave Nectar, Raspberries, And Slivered Almonds

I totally had this in mind when I was picking my berries. It’s one of those combos that you just know works and is going to be good. Nothing beats berries and cream in the Summer, am I right? I tried to toast the almonds for 6 minutes, which didn’t really work but I was feeling a little impatient. If you have the time to, toast away–it really brings the flavor out. Then I noshed on a little more homemade banana bread with coffee.

Banana Goodness Bread With Coffee

Banana Goodness Bread With Decaf Coffee

One idea I had was to bake the bread with instant coffee granules to give it a bit of a mocha taste, but if it had any caffeine in it I probably would be afraid to eat it past 5pm because, yes, I am that much of a lightweight.

This morning I really didn’t know what to run so I did the same 6.7 as yesterday. My time was only 1 minute slower than yesterday, which I thought was pretty good considering my legs weren’t feeling 100% and I was slightly bored/hesitant running the same path. Maybe I’ll be spending more time on Google Maps today looking for something new. As I write I’m sitting down to a deliciously orange breakfast:

Carrot Juice, Peach, Carrot Ginger Muffin With SB PB, And Wallaby Yogurt

Carrot Juice, Peach, Carrot Ginger Muffin With SB PB, And Wallaby Yogurt

I love whole grains at breakfast but I always turn to toast or oatmeal. One of the challenges of the breakfast challenge for me has been how to work whole grains in in a new way, to which my response is this delicious muffin top, smothered in peanut butter. The peach from the farm wasn’t really free stone, but it didn’t matter. It was so ripe and buttery it all practically fell apart and tastes amazing. Alas, that was the last of my quart of Wallaby Vanilla Bean yogurt that I got for 2.50. That was a good Whole Foods sale. Today I plan on getting a lot more college stuff done. i can’t believe I move in in less than 2 weeks; it seems so close yet so far!

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