Catch Up, Run, Devour!

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Giveaway, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Things I need to do more often: Relax! But that’s not happening now, so let’s get into it.

Tips To Save

I’ve been wanting to bring this one up for a while. I get asked a lot “How do you save money on groceries?”. My answer is that there are tons of ways! You just need to tap into them!

Proteins

1. Buy off-brand and do it yourself! These are two biggies anyone can do. If you trust a store brand, it’ll often be cheaper than the name ones. I buy a lot of Trader Joe products, which are almost a dollar off their competitors at normal price. I also try to buy the raw ingredients rather than premade/seasoned, which are always more expensive. And the best thing you can do is simply cook for yourself! You’ll save a lot more if you buy proteins and cook them than if you order them out.

If you’re asking yourself “what’s he going to do with a pound of beef in a dorm room?” I’m thinking the same question :-/

Yogurts

Yes, I do acknowledge my yogurt obsession, but this brings up 2 more tips.

2. Follow your favorite brands on Twitter. It sounds weird, but by doing this I won 12 Chobani in one of their contests, and you could too! It’s a great way to connect with your favorite brands. I tweet @So_Delicious all the time, and while it hasn’t won me anything so far, it’s really fun!

3. Store sales and coupons! I’m sure we all had mothers who sat at the table clipping coupons and reading circulars until the cows came home, right? Well, turns out she had a point! If you check, you’re favorite foods(like Oikos) just might be cheaper this week. And if you pair a $1 Oikos sale with a $1 off Oikos coupon from the circulars, that’s a freebie right there!

Groceries

4. Fan Your Favorite Companies. Similar to tweeting, email and Facebook are two great ways to stay up to date with your favorite company, and they often help you right back! In this picture, I managed a free bag of Popchips because I get their e-newsletters, and 2 free Nature’s Path products because I won a fan contest on Facebook by being their friend. It does pay to be friendly!

I hope that has enlightened or at least amused you. Personally, I loooove seeing other’s groceries 🙂

Almost Empty Smart Balance Peanut Butter

While I was home yesterday, I grabbed this out of our pantry. Who takes almost empty things just to use them once and throw them away? Apparently, me!

Pumpkin Oats In A Jar With Chocolate Chips, Vanilla Greek Yogurt

I also seriously felt like I needed protein, since I had so little all day. I added an Oikos in to put my mind at ease. Does anyone else make the oats in a bowl, and then add them to the jar? I just don’t really trust microwaving that plastic for 2 minutes. Also, for good measure, there was Trader Joe’s chocolate chips involved. There always are 🙂

Last night I could not sleep for the life of me. I think the attendant at McDonalds gave me real coffee instead of decaf at 6pm, which threw me off for the night! I tried to get sleepy; I shut down everything but the TV at 10. But then 11 rolled around, and I was up. And then 11:30. Finally, I had a snack.

Nature's Path Pumpkin N' Spice Chewy Granola Bar

I’m not saying something as carby as this bar is good at 11:30 when you can’t sleep. But it did hit a certain spot, and was free because of the Nature’s Path Facebook coupon, so left me with good conscious. The flavor reminded me of anything and everything toted as “frosted” from my childhood. And I was a little disappointed that even the seeds weren’t hard anymore but rather chewy. Anyway, I don’t think I actually fell asleep until after 12:30, which definitely P.ed me O, if only because there’s so much I could have done with that amount of time, and I knew I had a long run in the morning.

10 Miles in 89:51

I’ll start with what matters: I did it! Woohoo! The first time I hit 10 miles on the treadmill I remember needing a movie to keep me going. Well, this time I had The Today Show. I tried to get their early to dominate the TV’s but most of the ‘mills were taken by 7am! Let the competition begin. I felt a little lagging half way through, but then a gym friend showed up, and we talked about the opening ceremonies and not being able to be awake for the whole thing, haha. The time was a little slower than I’d like–a 9:00min/mile pace. But hopefully I’ll get speedier once I get more used to these distances.

Better Than Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s also been a rather slow(but busy!) morning; I took 60 minutes between getting of the treadmill to do everything I had to do before sitting down to a breakfast. Time gap much? I pulled out these new seeds for some optimum nutrition and worked them in to some favorite foods.

Pepita Sun Butter Oats, Soy Yogurt With Hemp And Pumpkin Seeds

Agave Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Stevia, Pumpkin Seeds, And Hulled Hemp

Clearly, when I get on a theme, I get on it. I had a somewhat obligatory bowl of oatmeal with pepita sun butter from Naturally Nutty. Since that has pumpkin, flax, and hemp, naturally my yogurt should follow suit, right? It was a glorious reunion with soy yogurt after a week of being out of it! It was nice and sweet, which gave good contrast for the pumpkin seeds and hulled hemp. I guess overall it was a pretty seedy breakfast 😉

Back On Track

I tried this last week and liked where it got me! But then some things took a downturn over the weekend, so here’s to me getting back on track.

1. Meal plans. In short, I need to make them. They may not be necessary, but they make life so much simpler, especially on work days, so why not? Any ideas for all that beef? I have a few, but I’d love to hear what you can come up with!

2. Planned Runs. Last week I hit my running goals spot on, and I hope the same for this week! Mon: 10. Tues: 5. Wed: 10. Thu: 7. Fri: 8. Those are the goals, at least.

3. Protein & Fat. I feel like I was doing so well at incorporating more protein and fat and then–what happened? Over the weekend was beans and chips and oatmeal–oh my! Hopefully, this one will come naturally if I stick to number 1 and number 4…

4. Eat Nutrition! I don’t mean to demonize carbs, I really don’t. But the fact is that heavy carb items–sugar, oatmeal, starchy vegetables–are also usually not as nutrient dense as light vegetables, seeds, nuts, and proteins. I was not a fan of Thrive by Brendan Brazier, but one point that stuck out to me was that he went from eating 8000 calories of starchy, white foods a day to 2000 of nutrient-rich ones and became 10 times better in what he does.

5. Work First, Internet Later. This is more of a one-day goal, specifically today! I have a HUGE to-do list before the week starts up, and anything beyond my inbox just does not need to be addressed soon I figure. So for now, it’s work work work!

And now, drumroll please….

The winner of my biggest contest thus far is reader Melissa MC! Congrats! I will contact you for your information. If you didn’t win, keep an eye out for more contests soon and more coconut oil recipes!

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Pans And Pies

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

I didn’t feel that much pressure to get out and run yesterday. At the same time, I wasn’t sure how many opportunities I’d get today and tomorrow, so I decided to take the time and go out. It was a slightly slow 6.7 but felt good to be active for an hour(because I firmly planned on being lazy the other 23). When I got home, I challenged myself to make a lunch not with the microwave. It’s simple enough but there’s so many flavors and textures it just can’t achieve. After planning out a menu, I got to work with my fancy pan I won from some Hood milk promotion last month.

Brussels And Sausage In A Pan

First I scrambled 2 eggs and cooked those in the pan to the perfect doneness–so much easier than in a microwave! Then I steamed raw brussels for 3 minutes in the microwave and then pan-browned them for another 2 minutes. I also heated up a pre-cooked chicken sausage in the microwave(btw, all these uses of it don’t count ;-)) and finished that in the pan.

Scrambled Eggs, Spicy Chicken Sausage, Brussels Sprouts

This deserves a Holy Yum award. Brussels sprouts are seriously my favorite green vegetable and by far the best thing here, even though they were a bit dry, with a touch of salt. The browning gave a good crispness to the outside. The sausage was also quite good. Note: It was real meat and not faux meat. I think I can love them equally. The fennel in it was really impressive. For dessert I had something that took neither pan nor microwave.

Oikos With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

So perfect. Well, OK, it could have used more jam, but then again my ideal would be eating the jam from the jar with a spoon, which is a no-no when it costs as much as this one does. I had a lovely evening on the couch planned, but then my mom asked if I wanted to accompany her to Market Basket while she picked up some last minute food. My knee-jerk reaction was a big yes, and next thing I knew it I was in the car. Oops. At least I brought a little work with me. For those who don’t have a Market Basket, it’s a place full of interesting finds…

Christmas Decor

Oh, Canada. What are you doing up there? Jk, but Market Basket does have good finds. It’s right across the way from Whole Foods, and while it might only carry about 30% the same stuff, what it does have is very often cheaper. The only thing I could find on my list this trip was a 4-pack of deep chocolate vitatops for 3.69. they had faux meat, but unfortunately nothing all-natural and breakfasty 😦 It was pretty late when everyone was done, so I was happy to grab a snack in the car.

Banana Walnut Gnu Bar

Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow. All you have to do is read my review to know I loved this. I don’t like bananas that much, but I swear anything that tastes like bananas I’m game with. And this was just like banana bread. There wasn’t a large presence of walnuts, but that was fine by me since I don’t care for the. And all the fiber filled me up and kept me calm when I realized I still had to make the pie! Yikes. By the time we got home it was dark and I was getting anxious about that, until I remembered this is the simplest recipe and I didn’t even need to check my computer to remember how to make it.

Unbaked Crustless Pumpkin Pie

There was a mini-issue with the pesky water bath, but otherwise crisis averted and sanity restored. I felt a little something was in order along with a pat on the back.

Chocolate Elan Frozen Yogurt

This snack ended up being a little littler than I expected; who knew we were almost out and there was hardly a serving left in the container! Too bad nobody realized this over the past 4 weeks we’ve been having freezer-space issues. Normally I’m happy to finish an ice cream but I love elan and this flavor so much I feel like I need to get an exact replacement for it. I watched 1 of the 2 SNL’s I slept through and then the pie was done.

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

It had a couple bubbles but no cracks and definitely nice and firm so that it will stand on its own at the table. Amen 🙂 And then there was dinner.

Haddock With Soyaki, Beets, Parsnips With Peach Salsa

Not quite my pan-licious lunch, but this was pretty good, too 😉 There was a little more beets taken after the photo and we finished it all! We didn’t want any leftovers going in to Thanksgiving. I swear this house empties of all vegetables when I’m not here so I made sure we got good ones at Market Basket. Parsnips are so good for a soft and white vegetable; I don’t like white potatoes because they always taste dry and starchy but I think I’ve found a new friend in parsnips.

I almost forgot about The Biggest Loser last night! I was so thankful my tivo reminded me of it. I brewed some coffee and had a naked dessert.

Deep Chocolate Vitatop

I kept racking my brain to try and figure out what to do with this vitatop. It finally occurred to me: If it wasn’t coming naturally, it wasn’t meant to be. And this vitatop tasted just delicious on its own. It was great to see where former contestants are and to know they’ve really changed their lives. I think finding and staying with that balance must be the toughest thing. There was another snack.

Oikos With Turbinado Sugar And Chocolate Chips

Turbinado sugar is good for you because it has the minerals crystalized in, right? And it’s from Trader Joe’s so it cures cancer, right? We’re just going to go with all of that because this hit my sweet tooth. It was so depressing seeing the winner who gained back so much weight. Clearly, though, he felt bad about it, too, so it’s hard to be upset with him.

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter

Let’s just say, this bowl took a lot of work to figure out what to do with it, but I’m happy where I settled. I forgot how good and chocolatey(not to mention thick) the chocolate sunflower butter is. And probably a better choice at 10:30 than chocolate chips with my sugar tolerance(or lack thereof).

I set my alarm for 7 this morning. On a holiday–why’d I do that? To run, of course. I wasn’t sure it was going to happen but it was actually reasonably warm and I felt refreshed with only 8 hours of sleep. I grabbed a bar for the run.

 

Amazing Grass Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar

What a delicious way to start Thanksgiving 🙂 I ate 3/5ths of it on the run and then never needing the last bit. I ended up doing 10.55 miles–my longest run outside! The course was completely new to me; they demolished a bridge near my house which pretty much eliminated as options all my longer runs but I figured out a new course that worked perfectly. I came home to a house already smelling of food–love that. I got a touch creative with breakfast:

 

Pumpkin Yogurt With Smart Balance Peanut Butter And Nog Cream Cheese Frosting, Peanut Oikos

Ok, I’ll admit it, I used the microwave for the oats and I don’t regret it because this bowl was perfect. The frosting, which I dreamed up on the run, really made it; the recipe is 1oz greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon low fat cream cheese, and 1 tablespoon Silk Nog with 3 drops vanilla liquid stevia. I wouldn’t give such precise measurements if I weren’t convinced those are the measurements of the Greek Gods. It’s sweet but not so much that you lose the cream cheese, and it’s entirely seasonal.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Now I’m kicking back, watching The Parade with Pikachu just having floated by. My relatives are coming in just 2 hours! I’m so excited, even though I realize the 2 little cousins will probably have me tearing my hair out of my head by the end of the day, haha.

 

NuNaturals giveaway! I think they’re stevia taste the purest(and this is coming from someone who, from time to time, nibbles on his plant).

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Caffeine Hangover

Posted on October 22, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Alright, folks. I have a midterm in 2 hours so let’s make this snappy(jk, I write most of this the night before anyway ;-))

Yesterday felt like one big caffeine hangover after Wednesday’s amazing night. The sad thing was I didn’t even have any caffeine besides what was in the food itself; I’m such a light-weight. Being at home yesterday turned out not to be such an inconvenience. My dog had a doctor’s appointment halfway towards Brown so I ended up just hitching a ride that way. I would have preferred if it wasn’t so damn early that I had to run, shower, eat, and blog within a couple of hours, but I made do.

Montana

Montana

I would like to say he was big and brave, but he’s totally a wimp. He was shaking the moment he knew where he was, and all they were doing was following up on an ear infection. He has a lot of infections/allergies. He’s also grumpy a lot and likes to sit on the couch near the TV. Hmm, maybe that thing they say about owners and dogs is true. I ended up getting back to campus exactly at the time I would have got out of class had I had it. I swung by The Ratty because I was starving, and put away all my loot from the night before as I ate:

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

Did you know eggs scrambled in a bowl and microwaved for a few minutes will cook and fluff? I didn’t know that, but I’m glad they do, because I really wanted something savory for the steak sauce to go on and I was out of vegan burgers(from vegan burgers to eggs. How ironic…). I am loving Trader Joe brand ketchup. It’s a lot less sweet and a lot more vinegary than other brands I’ve had. This is a highly recommended TJ product if you have one near you.

All that party-hardying made me very behind on google reader, but I had(somewhat) caught up by 3pm. Isn’t that a great feeling? Not when you haven’t studied, but otherwise yet. For once, I actually felt like going to Whole Foods was a chore. I tried to convince myself I had enough food, but surprisingly opening and closing the fridge 3 times doesn’t make bread appear. I grabbed a snack and hit the road.

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Dear, Miss Everythingtarian

Please stop making so many tasty dishes using Mighty Maple. It’s making me crave it at an alarming rate and run through my jar. Otherwise, I might have to stop reading your hilarious blog. It’s not me you, it’s you me.

Anyway, it was a great day for a walk in N.E. The weather was sooo good yesterday, it felt like Spring! I walked around Whole Foods a lot(as usual) but did major self editing at the check out and walked out with the “bare essentials”:

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

I’m not going to lie. It definitely hurt putting back other things like my Gardenburgers, Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt, and the non-existent salmon from the salad bar. On the other hand, I knew I had 15 dollars after this to make last for the rest of October before I start digging into. I resisted the urge to call anyone to rant/tantrum, and just admired my new shopping bag:

Oikos Grocery Bag

Oikos Grocery Bag

Isn’t it nifty? I like it a lot more than the Stonyfield one because it’s more my color, fabric, and yogurt. I also love the new designs for the Oikos containers, but sadly they only had those out for the 5.3oz ones. I tried getting back quickly so that I could make a quick snack because I was stahhving and–hopefully–study. The latter didn’t happen but boy was the former a success!

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

I decided to test out my new Banana Peanut Butter sent to me by Sunland. By test, I really mean I threw this one to the lions; fluffernutter oats have a huge place in my heart and this peanut butter needed to fill some big shoes. Right when I opened the jar I noticed 2 promising things: it smelled like fresh sliced banana bread with peanut butter slathered on it and it was thick and smooth like PB&Co. That was all promising and a good indication for the peanut butter itself. It didn’t melt quite like I was hoping/expecting, but the flavor was spot on. It reminded me of having a sandwich on Wonder Bread in kindergarten. If any nut butter can do that over whole grains, it’s a winner in my book.

These oats were good, but not filling. That was out of the ordinary, but thankfully dinner was right around the corner and I could wait for this:

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Ginger Soup

I wish I could say this was as good as it should have been but it never all clicked. The snap peas were at least not overcooked and had some snap. The sweet potatoes were good(duh!) but I’m actually developing a taste for them microwaved. The tofu was… tofu. But a little TJ mustard(yes, I packed my own mustard) perked it up. i didn’t even finish the soup; it seemed promising with carrot, ginger, and honey, but it never all clicked.

When I got back to my dorm, simply doing internet stuff took almost 2 hours. My computer was running sooo slow. I had to grab this while I was waiting for an update:

Zevia Cola

Zevia Cola

I didn’t quite realize why I was craving it for a while, until I noticed 45mg caffeine on the ingredient list. That couldn’t be too much, right? Well it’s the amount in a light roast regular cup of coffee. Yikes. My remedy for this was to gulp it, of course, because then the caffeine would enter my system early. Wtf? Bad judgement call here. We live and we learn–ain’t that the truth. I also watched Modern Family and Survivor. How hilarious was this weeks Modern Family? Not many shows make me laugh like that one did. I am definitely going to need to illegally download buy this season when it comes out. Speaking of Miss Mighty Maple Addict

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

You know I could never stop reading that blog and am full of hot air; I’d miss out on killerness like this. It’s such a smooth and sweet texture play, it’s ridiculous! I’m almost out of my favorite oatbran(toasted Trader Joe’s) so this was straight up steel cut. Normally, I’m not a fan because of the coarseness, but the pumpkin softened that. Grey’s Anatomy was… interesting? last night. I liked that they switch up the format of the show to make it different; but I don’t know that that way really worked. I’ll be watching The Office and 30 Rock over the weekend at some point to make up. I also might have snuck one of these into bed with me:

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Holy Hannah was that good; now I understand why I consider these an “essential”. For the frosting I did 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon plain 2% Voskos, and a little NuNaturals vanilla stevia. I wasn’t sure if cream cheese and yogurt together would work, but that was a big fat yes. It was smooth and creamy and held it’s consistency but was still soft; could you ask for something more?

One of the things I think is best for tests is sleep so I went to bed a little earlier than normal and got a real good nights sleep. My right foot did not feel up to par this morning, but I wanted to run anyway. Why am I so stubborn? I think it’s a familial trait. I waddled through 10 miles in 85:14. All that time gave me time to think and realize the reason I was sore was because I completely forgot to stretch anything yesterday–lesson learnt. I had a muffin planned for breakfast, but banana on the brains caused me to come up with this:

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

I love how creamy properly mushed banana makes oatmeal; it’s a great substitution for when pumpkin isn’t the right flavor. And the banana peanut butter is definitely growing on me, in case you can’t tell. That was just one big banana nut mess! But do you notice anything missing from my breakfast this morning? Whole Grains? No. Probiotics? Nope. Nut Butter? Big nope. Animal products–yes! I’ve decided that, in honor of Lightlife and Tempehtations, I’m going to take it upon myself to eat vegan for today. I actually had this planned for Wednesday but that all changed when I got invited to the dinner(there was no vegan dishes there so it would have been a huge fail). I’m very excited to try this out; it’s not something I’ll pick up permanently but I feel like it will be a fun adventure–wish me luck!

P.S. Nature’s path giveaway! They have great vegan and gluten free cereals and granolas so be sure to enter this one.

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