Priorities And Directions

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

Good evening. I’ll just mention now that I’m bloggin’ from another state! But more on that in a bit. When I was wrapping up the post from this morning, I was thinking how much I really wanted to walk to Whole Foods, but didn’t have a lot of free time. Where are my priorities! I’m scarily good about doing what “should” be done, but not so good about always doing what I “want” to do. At that point, I let the dishes be dirty, the emails go unanswered, and stepped out the door. I know, I’m a rebel 😉

Groceries

I grabbed the typical stuff for next week: soy yogurt, beef, condiments, etc. The only thing they didn’t have was any soft tofu >:-( We got that a little later on in the day, though. And I say we because my dad met me at Whole Foods to pay for this and pick me up(double score). I just really felt like I needed a trip home this weekend after a lot of work and 3 weeks of not being in my own bed. So I packed up and was out of there!

Buffalo Chicken, Broccoli, Snikiddy Cheddar Cheese Fries

On the way back to good ol’ MA, we stopped a different Whole Foods to grab some lunch. I grabbed buffalo chicken off the food bar, a bag of new chips that were on sale, but broccoli out of the produce section(!!). This is the trick to eating at Whole Foods without breaking the bank: get the things that are cheaper raw and cook them in the microwave–it’s so simple and instead of $7 a pound broccoli was $1.50 a pound.

Snikiddy Cheddar Cheese Fries

These were the chips that were on sale made by Snikiddy and oh my God were they brilliant! I had never tried any of their products, but if it’s on sale I’ll definitely give them a taste. Cheddar Cheese Fries says it all; these were like straight up Cheetos. Heavenly. Unfortunately, Whole Foods didn’t have one of the Bob’s Red Mill products I was looking for, so we went across the way(literally, right across the street) to Market Basket.

Bob's Red Mill Products

Check out that selection! And it’s all super cheap because nothing costs much at Market Basket(granted, most of the stuff they sell I wouldn’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole). I definitely need to keep this place in mind more often.

Red Delicious Apple

After I found what I wanted, I snacked on this apple until we got home safe and sound, where mom and Montana were waiting to say hello. Apparently, it’s been snowing in MA all week, or at least moreso than it has at all at school. Now, for the big unveiling…

GF Vanilla Cake Mix, Coconut Oil, Eggs

What I wanted to pick up was Bob’s Red Mill‘s gluten-free vanilla cake mix! God, I really need to lay off the exclamation marks in this post. Normally, I wouldn’t use a mix, but since I know so little about gluten-free baking I felt like I needed to the first time. But Bob’s is a good one because it uses whole grain gluten-free flours(very important to me). I used 1/2 the bag to make 8 cupcakes. And, while it called for vegetable oil, I asked myself “WWFLBD?” or “what would fat-loving bloggers do?” and swapped that out for an equal amount of coconut oil. Is there anything coconut can’t do?

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcake With Coconut Oil Vanilla Frosting

I couldn’t wait longer than 30 minutes for them to cool; these smelled too good. And they tasted too good, too! So perfectly light, airy, and sweet. The texture was a bit chewy, but I think that’s just the general way of gluten-free flours and eggs. For a frosting, I mixed powdered sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla extract–heavenly. But you know what they say about cupcakes…

Gluten-Free Vanilla Cupcake

1 is just not enough. At least I didn’t frost this one? It may have been a bit more sugars than I’m used to in an afternoon, especially an afternoon where all I did was find TV shows like Friends on channels I haven’t had in a while, but no regrets; when there’s cake around baked fresh, you better eat it up! To compensate, there at least was a vegan dinner.

Asparagus, Snobby Joe Mix

I actually love green lentils. Too bad they aren’t more dorm-room friendly. For the mix, a little ketchup and mustard and a lot of steak sauce and voila! It’s so good! And I couldn’t imagine a more homey meal. On the side was asparagus grabbed from Whole Foods because, well, they really keep this house bare. And now it’s already almost 7:30; how did that happen? I need to get a move on things! I can’t wait to hear what people think of the cupcakes once they eat them for dessert(obviously, I hated them ;-)).

Here’s a popchip giveaway! Perfect for fueling my addiction.

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Say Cheeese And A Giveaway!

Posted on January 12, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Giveaway, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Road trip! Route: Memory Lane

Did anybody else eat way too many of these in their childhood? It might or might not be just a New England thing; I’m not sure. Basically, these are cheese sandwich crackers with peanut butter in between. They’re not exactly health food, but at least they don’t have trans fat or HFCS(anymore at least. I have doubts about when I was a kid). OK, well I didn’t quite have these, BUT I figured out a kickassbutt way to work them into my lunch.

Cheddar Pop Chips With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

While trying out a new flavor of Pop Chips. Pretty snazzy. Plus I had real food.

Snobby Lentils And Broccoli With Nutritional Yeast

And something tall and bubbly to wash it all down.

Blueberry Pomegranate Steaz

And then I moved this all to the couch in front of the television. No, really, I did. My stomach was still feeling funky for lunch so instead of tofu I kept it simple with overcooked lentils and snobby joes over broccoli. I think I’m becoming a bigger and bigger fan of nutritional yeast; you just need to add A LOT at the time. The soda was OK but the flavor didn’t blow my mind; it mostly just tasted like green tea.

Also “just OK” was this flavor of Pop Chips. It just didn’t have that same, overly processed flavor as other cheese snacks. But maybe that’s a good thing? It’s just what I’ve come to expect from cheddar chips. What was really good was them with the peanut butter. It was just like the crackers! The sweet and salty work so well together. I might have to buy a bag of Pop Chips just for that.

After lunch and television, I started working on dinner.

Wet Ingredients

Along with the meal plan, I was making some killer cornbread. This time, I tried a variation some variations on it: I sweetened with 3 tablespoons agave nectar, accidentally poured in about twice the salt, and cut in cold pieces of Earth Balance natural butter spread at the last moment instead of mixing in the butter well.

Killer Cornbread

I actually think it might have cooked a few minutes faster, but besides that it looked and smelled the same: delicious. I also made up a rub for the chicken.

BBQ Chicken Rub

BBQ Chicken Rub

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt, if desired. Rub over chicken before cooking.

Marinating Chicken

It might technically be a marinade. I’m not sure. But if it’s a problem for you, please take it up with my lawyers. After that I rewatched the newest episode of Unwrapped(because, really, you need to see it twice to let it sink in). As much as I hate to eat bars at home, I was craving something dense and chewy, much like a granola bar. It was that or cut into the cornbread early.

Nature's Path Peanut Butter Optimum Energy Bar

I won this bar from Nature’s Path‘s facebook page and had no reason to try it until now. It definitely wasn’t very peanut buttery, but at least it had peanuts in it, as well as fiber and protein. Probably didn’t need all that added sugar for sitting on the house and converting recipes, but c’est la vie. After a good while, I got a start on dinner by putting broccoli and the chicken in the oven, and made a snack while I waited for that.

Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt With Organic Strawberry Conserves

Vanilla bean sugar makes everything feel special 🙂 And I just noticed my strawberry is organic, which has me far more excited than it should. Now I feel like I’m saving the earth every time I have some, though that’s probably not the case.

Killer Cornbread, BBQ Chicken, Roasted Broccoli Fries

Killer Cornbread, BBQ Chicken, Roasted Broccoli Fries

Finally, some decent broccoli fries. The perfection comes in the patience; these roasted for over an hour. The chicken was really good, but it would have been better had we had the grill to use. Still, the notes of cinnamon and cayenne were perfect. And the cornbread came out much better than the last time, probably because last time I forgot to add 1/2 the sweetener. This batch we decided was definitively more “corny” due to the agave nectar.

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I’ma Survivah

Posted on December 20, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Correction: I’m watching Survivor. The finale is on tonight! Anyone else excited? At this point, I kind of want Rusell to win; I mean, anyone who screws his way to the final 4 deserves it. Otherwise, my day was snow packed.

Snow

I didn’t even have to get up to capture that as I was blogging. Can I reiterate how amazing Boulevard’s hot chocolate with vegan fluff was? It was really really good. For lunch, I think the original plan was spoon roast? My stomach was not up to meat, however, and neither was someone else’s, so we played it safe with lentils.

Snobby Lentils, Carrots And Parsnips With Salsa, Broccoli

I always associate lentils with massive bloating and a huge feeling of being full but for some reason this didn’t do it; in fact, all day I’ve been sort of on and off the fence of hunger when I’m eating and when I’m not. I think all those brussels last night might have funked things up but I bet it will pass in a few days with fiber and regular exercise. I was still a bit hungry, so I went for a dessert.

2% Chobani With Dark Chocolate Raspberry Jam

Me? Having trouble getting 2 sources of probiotic a day? Not with tasty jams like this. So perfectly creamy and sweet(I added a little vanilla stevia to the base). After that I continued to put my things in their proper place, lazed around on Twitter, and did some behind the scene blog work I’ve been meaning to since… Oh, I don’t know, October? Yikes. I had another amazing(and fibrous) snack.

Chocolate Brownie Gnu Foods Bar

Normally, it’s just a bar. But when you stick it in the microwave, it get’s kissed by heaven. Seriously, this was too perfect; I had the chocolate chips boiling they were so hot, and the outside got a little crusty–yum! I had to sprinkle a little stevia on top, though, because these really aren’t that sweet on their own. Well after my dad snowblowed us out, he needed to go out. Of course, I tagged along for the opportunity to be free. I grabbed a snack before I left.

Kim & Scott's Pizza Pretzel

Kim & Scott's Pizza Pretzel

A very savory snack. I had a coupon for a free box of Kim & Scott’s pretzels and after looking at the flavors I could find near me pizza seemed like the best choice. You can read my full review here, or just know that this was super doughy and delicious. A little skimpy on the sauce, but overall a winner. It was also whole wheat with fiber and protein, so I felt rather good while hitting up Job Lot(for cheap goodies), Price Chopper(for a guest post project), and CVS(camera batteries). I think I said yesterday we wouldn’t have time to shop at all before Christmas? Yeah that was a lie.

Groceries

I got a few things for baking projects you will see(yeast and peanuts), some more decaf tea because apparently I’m as addicted to that as I am coffee, some peppermint to get into the holiday spirit, and a new peanut butter! It scored a NuVal 49, which is HUGE for peanut butter, so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about. I’ll let you know how it is once I give it a whirl. When I got home, other people went out, so I figured a snack before dinner was in order.

Apple Slices, Cinnamon Raisin Toast With White Chocolate Wonderful

But then once they got back my mom decided her stomach wasn’t up for dinner and I’d be on my own. Not a problem, as that’s how I’ve rolled for the past 4 months. And it gave me a chance to a) try something I’ve been mulling over in my mind for a while and b) stay veg for the day.

Amy's Tomato Bisque

White Chocolate Chickpeas, Asparagus

The soup was on sale 1.25 a can at Whole Foods; it wasn’t bad. It wasn’t particularly flavorful but it was a good, basic tomato soup that I could have herbed up. What I really wanted to taste was the white chocolate chickpeas. Yes. You read that right. I melted down a tablespoon of white chocolate chips and tossed it with canned chickpeas, and it was excellent. It was even better once the chocolate hardened up a bit to cling to the chickpeas. It’s not quite a “dessert” flavor because there’s not that much chocolate; what it’s more like is chickpeas in a sweetened cream sauce. I will definitely work on these and make them again.

Apparently Montana isn’t as big a fan of Survivor, because at one point he stepped on the remote and turned on the Home Shopping Network. That dog needs to learn his priorities.
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Messy Monday

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

Sometimes, Fall in New England can be kind of nice.

On Campus

But first, some loose ends…

Thank you to all my readers; yesterday finally broke the record set by the day my refrigerator was featured on Carrots N’ Cake as the most trafficked day yet. You guys all rock(and clearly have nothing better to do on a Monday than read blogs :-D)

Banana Goodness Bread has been updated to reflect the change I tried this weekend whereby I used a container of Vanilla Oikos for the yogurt.

In regards to some questions, all the products featured on this blog are all-natural unless I make a point otherwise. “All-natural” means no artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, or ingredients. I think the last thing I ate that didn’t fit this was the frosting on the vegan cupcake from vegan friday, though I didn’t turn purple so I think all is well 😉

I have, under my bed,

23 peanut butter jars(currently including 2 mighty maples and 2 smart balances)

7 almond butter jars plus 2 barney butter packets

1 pepita butter

3 sunflower butters

1 cashew butter

1 chocolate hazelnut butter

and 1 jar of vegan fluff

And I’m always looking for more in my collections so if you have something all-natural you want me to review send it my way 🙂

Okay, back to yesterday morning, I felt like a drain; I could not get enough water in me. After I got tired of water, I took a walk to the mail room, which happens to sell organic decaf coffee. They also happened to have this for me:

Goji Gourmet Cookies

Goji Gourmet Cookies

The amazing bakers over at Goji Gourmet sent me these cookies to try(the fact that I said amazing bakers should probably clue you in these didn’t stay unopened for long). Their cookies are infused with superfoods like the goji berry, packing an antioxidant punch with some fun flavors like almond oat, ginger walnut, cherry cacao, and orange mintchip. They’re all natural, mostly organic, and without refined ingredients. A more perfect food for me? I think not. I kept these in my bag through Latin class, then went to the Ratty to pick up broccoli and back to my dorm to make lunch:

Black Lentils And Beets In Snobby Sauce, Broccoli Spears, Clifi Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

Black Beluga Lentils And Beets In Snobby Sauce, Broccoli Spears, Clif Fruit And Nut Mojo Dipped

More good news: The “flame grilled veggie burgers” my cafeteria serves some days are Gardenburger variety, aka my favorite frozen veggie burger and the ones I’ve thus far been paying for. Well, that was awesome to know, but I wanted to use up my Trader Joe’s lentils before they went bad(do lentils even go bad?) so I stuck with them. I think any dish that is 1/4th composed of sauce is an automatic winner. I also love when the dining hall serves broccoli rather than me making it from the salad bar because the spears are huge.

That Clif bar had my name all over it, so I didn’t hesitate giving it a go. The flavor was right, but the bar threw me for a loop. You wouldn’t have guessed there were many fruit or nuts from the looks of it. The vanilla coating really saved it though; I’ll go for anything vanilla. I ate this mid-history class and I have to say that the more he talks about the midterm the more I feel prepared for it. That’s a good sign, right?

When I got back to my dorm I had hopes of plopping on the bed and shamelessly lounging around. Unfortunately, my roommate was taking an afternoon nap(who does this?) and I’m too prideful to be lazy in the company of others. Instead, I think I woke him up by making oats that I was dreaming about during epic poetry:

Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter, Cherry Butter, And Goji Gourmet Cherry Cacao Cookies

Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter, Cherry Butter, And Goji Gourmet Cherry Cacao Cookies

Chocolate cherry is one of my favorite flavor combo’s, so I knew this would be the bag with the first broken seal. But I’d be lying to you if I said I ate it like that.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Mess

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Mess

Much better. And then, to eat. Holy chocolate cherry cow was this good! First of all, the cookies were amazing. Take note, ye who are blood obligated to get me a Christmas present: I want these in my stocking. The cherry essence was infused in the chocolate, and the cacao nibs were wowza! Besides that, the chocolate sunflower butter and cherry butter really complimented each other, though I might have to spring for the tried and true dried cherries next time I’m at Whole Foods. I didn’t think this bowl would tame this ravenous beast for the afternoon, but surprisingly I was set until dinner. I had wanted to go to the farmers’ market to get acorn squash but my legs and wallet decided homework would be a better way to spend the afternoon, and I obliged. By dinner time, I was ready to load my plate:

Salmon, Sweet Potato, Green Beans, Steamed Vegetables, Vegan Chili

Salmon, Sweet Potato Green Beans, Steamed Vegetables, Vegan Chili

That was the last of the leftover salmon from Sunday’s lunch :,-( Getting 3 meals out of 1 is never bad, though. There was also an all-star line up of veggies being offered, so I went at those. The vegan chili they serve is very good here. But i really had “corn niblets” so I tried to just eat the beans around them–if it ain’t on a cob, it ain’t good corn. This had me feeling nice and bloated stuffed, which is good concentrating for homework blog reading.

Did anybody else find Heroes a bit… hmm, what’s the word… horny for Monday night television? I do not know what was with that opening scene. I don’t particularly think of that kind of stuff when I go to watch Heroes. Blood and explosions is more what I’m looking for. After that I made a pretty racy snack:

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Chips And Grain Sweetened Baking Chips

Oatmeal With Smart Balance Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Chips And Grain Sweetened Baking Chips

I don’t know why my bowl decided to be so segregated; it’s a bit depressing looking back. When I made it into a mess(unpictured), at least the peanut butter seemed to be accepted by both sides :-/ My Smart Balance is running so low. I’m going to have not one but two oats in a jar in my future 🙂 I made word documents for the 3 history essays I have; I don’t know why, but making documents always feels like a huge step even if… it’s not.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Yeast Roll With Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Yeast Roll With Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Have I made you salivate with these yet? That’s really cruel of me, considering I don’t think it’s possible to get outside of CA or MA. These whole wheat cinnamon raisin rolls from the bakery are to die for; if you find anything like it in your neck of the woods, go for it! For the “frosting” I did probably 2 parts cream cheese to 1 part greek yogurt. This made it creamy but also smooth and spreadable like real frosting. I also used 4 drops vanilla stevia to sweeten it just the right amount.

I fell asleep to Man Vs. Wild last night, so that was clearly a good sign I’d be beastly for the morning, right? I slept in until 7:10. a) When did that become sleeping in and b) God that felt good. I decided to pump up the pace today and ran 8 miles at 7.5 pace in 64:22. I find when you’re running fast just don’t look at the treadmill distance and go go go. I caught up with my gym friend for the last few miles; she was in Florida 2 weeks ago and it was 93 degrees! Boy was I jealous to hear that.

Vanilla Bean Voskos Organic Yogurt, Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal, Sunland All Natural Valencia Peanut Butter

Vanilla Bean Voskos Organic Yogurt, Nature's Path Organic Hot Oatmeal, Sunland All Natural Valencia Peanut Butter

Breakfast today is literally all products for reviewing. I won’t say much about it now, because I like to give it a bit more time and thought than my hectic mind has right now(Greek class in 30 minutes!). I will say that the oatmeal smells appley, the peanut butter peanuty, and the yogurt doesn’t smell at all, so that’s all good signs! I hope today stays nice because I get out at 12 and hope to make a great Whole Foods trip! At the very least, I need some bulk bin oats; I have a new bag of Trader Joe oat bran but my organic steel cuts are on their last leg. More tempehtations and dried cherries might also be in my future.

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13.1 And Done

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

Believe it or not, coffee was not my well-rounded breakfast for yesterday. Rather, this was:

Peanut Yogurt With Pumpkin Flax Granola, Pumpkin Oats With SB PB And Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Peanut Yogurt With Pumpkin Flax Granola, Pumpkin Oats With SB PB And Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Oh, oh oh oh. Much better than a cup of coffee. I opened up a new pound of peanut flour to fix the yogurt, added pumpkin pie spice and stevia, and topped it with my new favorite granola. So so good. I love the little flax seeds in this which really add a super chewy crunch to them. I honestly had no motivation for peanut butter with my oats so I went with smart balance; I was kind of hoping for the omega-3’s in there to get some things moving that the coffee didn’t, if you catch my drift. By the way, I hope you all salt your oats. It adds a great last touch of flavor. I put plenty in at the beginning, and then add a little on the top at the end. It really goes great with sweet things like chocolate and maple nut butters.

On Sunday  I had a light bulb moment while running. Don’t you love those? Well not so much when the light bulb is that you completely forgot the whole reason you went to Trader Joe’s the day before. Yeah. Fun. To fix the situation, we took a trip yesterday morning back to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

Whole Foods

Whole Foods

Because clearly you can’t go to one without checking out the other, right? We picked up a few things for lunch but mostly just browsed, as usual. I did end up getting some fun finds:

Grocery Loot

Grocery Loot

The Maple-Agave syrup, which I use for everything from oats to tofu, was the staple we forgot. I also found TJ Cranberry Apple Butter which I think is another seasonal item I can’t wait to give a go. Spooky Smores and a new batch of coffee were equally welcomed. As were these two Lifeway Lassi probiotic drinks which I got for 50 cents each with sales and coupons! I love a good bargain. For lunch I made a special request for snobby joes:

Snobby Joe, Broccoli, Celery

Snobby Joe, Broccoli, Celery

The hot dog bun was just a formality; this was so sloppy from the steak sauce/mustard/ketchup that I ate it primarily with a fork. The best thing about a meal seasoned to taste is that it’s always delicious. Apparently, when a bean or vegetable is the main part of the dish, my mom doesn’t think you need anything else. So we steamed up broccoli in the microwave and added chopped celery. Basically, this was a fiber-me-up lunch like no other. After lunch I didn’t want to spend too much time lounging around because anything I had to do was back at my dorm. I had a strawberry tooth and was dying to try the new Lassi drink I got in the car:

Lifeway Lassi Strawberry Drink

Lifeway Lassi Strawberry Drink

Unfortunately, this did not hit said strawberry tooth. I actually only took about 2 sips and put it down for good. It wasn’t thick at all, and the flavor was more of a generic sweetness than anything like strawberry. I usually at least finish products I’m not so fond of but seeing as how this was pretty much milk + sugar + probiotics, I let it go. I was particularly looking for something with a bit more of a tang like the kefir I got from my farmers’ market. Any recommendations out there for a good one?

After that bad experience I tried to just enjoy the car ride. I even managed to finish my readings and squeeze in a solid 30 minutes of not work. Oh I spoil myself. When we got to RI I asked to make a stop to grab something that would hit my strawberry tooth, and then we got to campus. I’ve realized I’m never in a great mood when I get back to my dorm, and it’s mostly because of this:

Unpacking

Unpacking

I could live without living out of a suitcase, or in my case, Whole Food, Stonyfield, and Abercrombie bags and a backpack. Thankfully the current plan for next weekend is for them to come to me if anything and I couldn’t be more grateful. After 30 minutes of folding, hanging, and organizing, I was done and could eat that special thing I mentioned:

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

Laloo's Strawberry Darling Ice Cream

This ice cream is the creamiest of the crop. It’s made with goat’s milk and is strawberry flavored with a balsamic vinegar swirl. It may sound gross but it works so so perfectly. And best yet, I’ve updated the product review page for it here so you can read all about it. I can’t wait until I have that going for every product, but right now it’s going at the rate of the Big Dig. Fortunately, all the great new product reviews I have coming up in the next few weeks will automatically be put into that format so look out for those.

At this time I very well could have gone to the gym and done some running or even cross-training. However, 2 things were on my mind. First and foremost, by 4:30 I certainly hadn’t been eating like a runner so I knew any flopping about on the treadmill I could do wouldn’t have been smart. I was asked if I kept track of my intake, and the answer is yes and no. I try to make sure I’m taking in 2500-3000 a day, but I don’t really keep track other than in my mind. And as for protein/carbs/fat ratio, I let the dice roll. I think most studies have shown that after a point of intake it’s all the same, and I definitely like to pass that point. The only thing I do do is keep sugars and refined grain low, which I really don’t have trouble with these days. My decission to lounge around was also persuaded by the fact that I hadn’t seen the newest Grey’s Anatomy. So, to fix the situation, I made a snack and did “work” to abc.com playing in the background:

English Muffin With Cashew Butter And Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

English Muffin With Cashew Butter And Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

Ignore what looks like dust; it was just english muffin residue. My body was weirdly craving cashew butter and I’m never one to deny a taste so I fixed up an english muffin. That episode of Grey’s, which I’m sure had low ratings against Pam and Jim, was perfect. It had funny and emotional going for it, even though all of the characters’ actions were pretty predictable(especially the patient dying of cancer in front of Izzy). Still I loved it. Unfortunately again, I don’t think anything could have made my computer run slower and I hardly got anything done. I really needed to step back and remember the days when logging onto the internet alone took 8 minutes of staring at a progress bar and breathe a sigh of relief when 5 open windows run perfectly.

Macaroni And Cheese, Sweet Potato, Glazed Carrots, Green Beans With Mushrooms

Macaroni And Cheese, Sweet Potato, Glazed Carrots, Green Beans With Mushrooms

I really didn’t have an appetite for dinner, but macaroni and cheese was at the dining hall. I took the inspiration and made a batch of my favorite brand(aka Trader Joe’s) along with some veggies from the dining hall. At the end I added a little maple syrup to everything, which I couldn’t taste but wish I added more of; I think maple, sweet potato, and cheese should all go beautifully together. Maybe maple powder would be more appropriate for the job. I think a big plate of veggies was what I needed in the end to get out of my eating funk.

I’m not even gonna lie and just admit I was in my PJ’s with a warm cup of coffee at 8pm ready to conk to Heroes. It was another don’t judge me moment but thankfully my roommate had gone off to study for the evening. The season is just starting to lose me with the crazy plot twistage with Claire. Sylar I could not care less about after all the drama he’s caused over the past few seasons. And the new hero with the power to see sounds is just a bit too out there. My night might have been better off with HIMYM.

To the tune of 2 And A Half Men, I concocted this:

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Cranberry Apple Butter

English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Cranberry Apple Butter

3 things to say at this point. 1) The boy in that old has gotten so old they’re going to have to face the fact and call it 3 Men. 2) I brought 3 english muffins to my dorm because I didn’t think I’d eat them before they go bad. I ate 2 in 6 hours. Wtf? 3) Oh my God was that cranberry apple butter good. I’d never had it, so I was really excited to try it. It tasted just like that high-fructose corn syrup laden cranberry sauce from a can and I couldn’t have loved it more. It inspired me to make a whole new page for product reviews of my favorite jams. Definitely stocking up on these during the season. Inspired by Run, Eat, Repeat, I made the best thing my little dorm room hear could have asked for:

Microwave Apple Crisp

Microwave Apple Crisp

This was so good I had to go and make a recipe page for it. But basically all it was was a diced apple, 365 brand crunchy PB(nice and runny), and 25g Pumpkin Flax granola. Sometimes life’s not fair in a good way, and this is an example. It’s not fair that something that’s fruit, whole grains, and healthy fats can be so delicious, but I’m fine with it that it is. I’d be lying if I said a forkful of crunchy pb didn’t make its way straight into my mouth; I completely forgot how a little crunch and a little salt could marry so well.

This morning I did plenty of things different. I knew after yesterday I wanted to get a good, long run in; problem is Tuesday’s I’m usually pressed for time. I decided to set my alarm for 6:30, and got to the gym by 7. My aim was to run 90 minutes, but once I got going I just didn’t want to stop. I knew today was the day to break that next milestone, which I decided was to run a half marathon. I finished 13.1 miles in 1:49:51 after watching 2 shows on Cartoon Network and most of a Charmed episode. Surprisingly, I wasn’t famished for breakfast. In fact, nothing really drew me in, but I settled for a good ol’ muffin and cream:

Stonyfield Plain Yogurt With Strawberry Jam, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

Stonyfield Plain Yogurt With Strawberry Jam, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With White Chocolate Wonderful And Cream Cheese

So many goodies. Did you know Stonyfield now has codes under the lid to enter for points on their website? I just opened up my 32oz container this morning so I’m going to enter that code soon and hopefully will get some nice freebies after a while.  You can get anything from a free Oikos to Nature’s Path Organic product to so much more, so save those lids! Pretty much the only thing that kept me going last night and this morning was the thought that I’m out of class by 12, so I have plenty of time to lounge around and not have a care in the world today. What I thought was “way too much food” is now seeming like an awful little so I might have to fix that.

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Posted on September 28, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Rant, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sorry for the negative Nedness I’ve been putting forth lately. I promise it gets more cheerful at the part about this morning, so just skip ahead to the big muffin if you’d like. Overall, this was just one of those weekends where we hail the arrival of a fresh new week and wave goodbye to the weekend happily. They happen, but the important this is moving on and looking at things with a pleasant disposition. But let’s back up a bit. Yesterday I enjoyed my morning in and made a breakfast around 9:

Kashi Vanilla Oatmeal With Peanut Flour, Greek Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

Kashi Vanilla Oatmeal With Peanut Flour, Greek Yogurt With Figs And Vanilla Sugar

The Greek yogurt with figs and vanilla sugar was clearly something off of Mount Olympus itself, and I should know since I’ve been trudging through the Iliad for the past 3 weeks. The creamy yogurt contrasted with nutty fig seeds and crispy sugar to be just perfect. The peanut flour in the instant oats was great and it come out as thick as pudding. It was missing one thing though:

Peanut Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Peanut Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

White Chocolate Wonderful. Wonderful. I’m so glad I’ve gotten my dad(who admitted to being the culprit who reads this) to be an addict for that peanut butter and keep a jar in the pantry. I also decided that I’d keep up the baking while I had the opportunity. I made my Maple-Apple Morning Cookie recipe and tried altering it for oatmeal raisin. I swapped the maple syrup for NuNaturals baking blend, added 1/4 cup of water, swapped raisins for the apple, swapped the amounts of oatmeal and flour, and halved the ground flax.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The result was OK, but not spectacular like the originals; I could kind of taste the baking blend a bit too much, which wouldn’t had been an issue if it was more like brown sugar, but it’s not. We also went out for another Sunday morning treat:

McDonald's Decaf Coffee

McDonalds' Decaf Coffee

So good. But wait, it get’s better. That was free. Yep, McDonalds is having a promotion until Wednesday where any  hot coffee is free. And the fact that I couldn’t make my morning decaf and refused to drink the regular stuff my mom makes made this so much more sweet(well, that and all the stevia). Before I even got a chance to do some homework it was lunch already–kind of a problem since I had virtually neglected all homework on Saturday with the drama. My grandmother came over, we sat down, and had a nice Sunday lunch:

Sweet Potato With Cinnamon And Salt, Brussels And Carrots, Steak Tips, Twist Zevia

Sweet Potato With Cinnamon And Salt, Brussels And Carrots, Steak Tips, Twist Zevia

This meal had everything that should have put me in the right mood but just didn’t. The Zevia Twist flavor was really good and sweet, more like 7Up than Sprite. The sweet potato, despite being amazingly seasoned by moi with salt, cinnamon, and black pepper, wasn’t quite as spectacular as it should have been; it was even so big I had to cut a bit off to make room on my plate for anything else. The steak tips were the biggest disappointment. I like eating meat when it’s well prepared and a choice cut, but this was like most steak tips and too fatty for my taste. Unfortunately, there wasn’t really enough on the table for me to make a well balanced vegetarian meal so I ate my protein and tried being happy with it.

Well while I was in MA there was one thing I had to do before departing:

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's

I believe there’s one in all of RI that’s no where near me so this was a must. I picked up some of my favorite cinnamon raisin english muffins, carrot ginger regular muffins, and turbinado sugar to fuel my recent sugar-over-yogurt kick. I’m excited to try turbinado, both because it’s less refined and I expect the molasses flavor to be perfect with pumpkin oats. Trader Joe’s has tons more I’d like to try, like their new black beluga instant lentils–yes, I said instant lentils. I kept the trip minimal though. We got back and loaded up the car, but not before I took a few more scoops of this:

Whole Soy & Co. Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt

Whole Soy & Co. Chocolate Hazelnut Frozen Yogurt

Like I said, this IS nutella in frozen yogurt form, only with better nutrition. The second time around I think I totally liked this more because of a funny realization I had: this is fake milk ice cream btu it tastes just like the real stuff. I completely missed the first time that this was soy milk because it’s so creamy and doesn’t have a touch of aftertaste.

I won’t deny that lifted the mood of the weekend, but froyo alone is not enough for a man to enjoy life on. When we got onto campus it was a bit of an emotional silliness. My entire family including my grandmother carried things to my dorm room, a place where I didn’t even want them to come in the first place. I came into my room to find my roommate and his friend hanging out, watching youtube, and pretty much blowing the weekend off. Now my mind was really all over the place. The family who I didn’t want to come this close to my dorm I now wanted to have stay for as long as they could but didn’t want them to come into my room, which isn’t even “my” room because it’s shared with someone who I might be able to live with but don’t connect with at all. We said our goodbyes in the hall, and I don’t even know how sincere I came off because my mind was running 10 directions. When I got into the room I really just wanted to throw myself on the bed and bury my head in my pillow, but I didn’t even feel like I could do that with the people around. I calmly unpacked my groceries and laundry and made myself a snack:

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Apple Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Cinnamon Raisin English Muffin With Maple Almond Butter And Apple Butter, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Like I mentioned, the cookies didn’t come out slammin’ like I had hoped; this was when I found that out. I suppose it would be good as a topper on plain yogurt with a heaping amount of cinnamon to balance it out. Thankfully, melted almond butter has a way of making problems slide away(I know a lot of you know what I mean here).

After I caught up on emails/blogs, I wasn’t really sure what to do with myself. I didn’t want to stay and do homework because I was not in a people mood, so I went for the one thing I knew I did want: the caramel sauce I found at Dedham Whole Foods but put back. I decided it was an entirely necessary Fall item even if I was paying for it, and it was the perfect item for me because it came in a squeeze bottle and only had milk and sugar as its ingredients. Well, I went for a walk in the rain to my Whole Foods for it, and after going 1.2 miles I was extremely disappointed to find out they don’t carry it. They have a different brand with cream as its first ingredient in a glass jar, but that’s not the kind I’m looking for. It hit me that the Dedham Whole Foods might just be the only place I’d found that particular brand before, and now I wasn’t going to get it until the next time I go there, which won’t be for a good long while most likely.

Walking back in the rain was incredibly long and frustrating(not to mention wet because the Thomas family doesn’t believe in umbrellas). I was pretty much throwing myself my own pity party and not beaming a smile when I went into the cafe. I didn’t even bother eating there because I wanted to get into my dorm and put on my PJ’s despite the fact it was 6:40. That’s when I decided, if I just eat out of the plastic take out containers and don’t season my food, it’s only going to feel worse. If I take the time to make myself a decent meal I’m excited about, I might just turn my frown upside down. So that’s what I did.

Snobby Joes, Sweet Potato, Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli And Beets, Peas And Mushrooms

Snobby Joes, Sweet Potato, Cooked Cabbage, Broccoli And Beets, Peas And Mushrooms

One of the things in the Ratty was a “lentil stew”. It was completely under/not seasoned which actually worked for me; I mixed it with some mustard, ketchup, and steak sauce to make a sort of “snobby stew”. All the vegetables tasted like their vegetable self, but it was nice to have some cheery colors to look at.

The night indeed got a little better after that. My roommate FINALLY got himself out of the room for dinner and I was able to dissolve to some music, watch The Amazing Race, and make this:

Pumpkin Oats With Dark Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

Pumpkin Oats With Dark Chocolate Chips And Mighty Maple

The Amazing Race definitely isn’t my favorite reality show, but it has its moments and eats up time well. These oats were pretty decent, too; the dark chocolate chips are from Dedham Whole Foods and sweetened with grains rather than corn products, isn’t that cool? I really didn’t care what nut butter I had on it, I just wanted something melted and gooey. Half way through I realized it wasn’t enough, and I needed something a little flaxy in my life:

Adding A Spoonful Of Smart Balance

Adding A Spoonful Of Smart Balance

Much better. I don’t know why, but I think chocolate and Smart Balance go hand in hand. Maybe they really do in this case since both had grains in them, haha. To round out the night, I pretty much cut myself some slack and stopped doing homework once I did the bare minimum for today; it was a little thing but really helped to take pressure off my shoulder. I was in bed, watching TV, and ready to go to bed by 10:30. I’m sure my roommate thinks I’m nuts but I’m taking up a new attitude where, if I just want to go to bed that damn early and not do work or go out, so be it.

I was very excited to kick off a new week. unfortunately, the kick off happened about 25 minutes late because I slept through my alarm. I wasn’t sure what to do at that point, because I planned on doing a long run for that day. But then I thought why should anything change? So I hit the gym and did my long run on the treadmill–yes the treadmill. These are not optimal for long runs because a) it’s easy to get bored and b) they stop after 60 minutes, but I didn’t let any of that stop me. And even though I was listening to a playlist I made up in a bad mood, my mood was higher than ever thinking about finishing. I did 10 miles in 81:30 minutes and couldn’t have felt better by the end. Talk about a runner’s high, I was practically dancing back to my dorm, until I realized my roommate locked me out while he was taking a shower. Oi. After 10 minutes of standing in the hall, he FINALLY got back, I took what was perhaps the quickest shower of my life, and threw together a fast, portable breakfast:

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Protein Peanut Butter, Raspberry Maple Kefir

Blueberry Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese And Honey Maple Protein Peanut Butter, Raspberry Maple Kefir

Portable? Check. Nutricious? Check. Probiotic? Check. Delicious? Can I get a check check? When life makes it so that oats are a little inconvenient, I love a good healthy muffin to kick off the day. The Honey Maple peanut butter is made by a Providence company and has 14 grams of protein per serving! Not to mention it tastes very similar to Mighty Maple and Butter Toffee. The kefir was my first try at portable probiotics; I decided to just drink it straight up like I believe Ada mentioned. It was pretty decent. It definitely had the raspberry flavor, and was thick sort of like a milkshake. I was a little shocked at first by the tanginess I assume is lactic acid, but got used to that. I could definitely see myself trying more brands of kefir for the future.

I completely messed up my google reader, haven’t opened my mailbox(wait, I just did), and have class in less than 30 minutes. Needless to say, my running 10 miles has me running behind, but I’m not letting that put a damper on my Monday. So please excuse me while I dash off to work on all of that and here’s to a great week!

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