Spick And Span

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

That’s the most ridiculous phrase, if you ask me. Does anyone actually know what it means? I feel like I could do some funky research with my linguistics background but–meh–it’s a holiday and I’d rather be lazy 🙂 Anyway, that’s what we’re doing right now: Making everything “spick and span” for our guests soon to arrive. That’s as opposed to last night when I was throwing pillows everywhere, emptying salt containers on the counter, and rustling the leaves from out Christmas tree just for fun. JK! But I was in a mood to try something new.

Dark Chocolate Q.Bel Wafer Rolls In Raspberry Chobani

Correction: I tried 2 new things. To get some more probiotics in my day, I gave the raspberry Chobani a try. Yum! I am soooo excited for this flavor to hit shelves. I would grab the pomegranate one soley because it reminded me of raspberry. However, I’m majorly depressed sugar beats out raspberry on the ingredient list 😦 That’s not the case on any other Chobani fruit flavors, so I can’t help but wonder why here?

The other thing I tried was Q.bel‘s dark chocolate wafer roll. Again, yum! But then again, what dark chocolate isn’t? I liked how this was more sweet than bitter, but only because of the wafer part. In my mind, I was hoping for more of a hard chocolate coating but a soft, flowing syrupy center(I can dream, can’t I?). That wasn’t really the case, but it was still good. After that I was exhausted and wanted to go to bed early. My mind, however, had other plans.

Vegan Whole Wheat Cinnamon Roll With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I really think they’re lying on the ingredients or the nutritional info here because these are simply too good. Is cinnamon roll envy a viable reason to spark an investigation against a company? I think so, and I’m not above that. To make it more “night time appropriate”, I slathered on some healthy nut butter and picked out all the raisins.

Leftover Raisins

Definitely didn’t need that sugar before going to bed. I’m actually not a big raisin fan at all(hence leaving them out of my cinnamon roll recipe). That is unless we’re talking about Rum Raisin Gelato, in which case all bets are off 🙂 I thought I was waking up earlier this morning after listening to a few songs on the radio and shutting my alarm off but as it turned out I woke up at 7:40, again. Oh well, I’ll save that change for the new year. Eventually I got around to drinking more coffee than I’d care to mention and making a breakfast.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pumpkin Cream Cheese And Walnut Butter, Fat Free Greek Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

My last breakfast of 2009, to be exact(I really hate always thinking about that “last” thing). I didn’t have any pumpkin yesterday so clearly that erupted into my bowl of oatmeal. I love the pumpkin cream cheese/walnut butter combo because the cream cheese has speckles of walnuts in it. I was soooo happy to have something other than 2% yogurt after 2 weeks. Even “plain” as a flavor can get old. Fast. Afterwards I got spick and span myself in the shower and started the party plating.

Pad Thai Hummus And Sunny Hummus

My two hummuses I made yesterday. I’m predicting the Pad Thai Hummus to go over really well with this crowd. I also baked, of course.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter And Chocolate Brownies

Since one of the people coming is perhaps the biggest chocolate fan I know I decided to make gluten free chocolate mint brownies. This time, however, I made the chocolate and peanut butter by swapping out vanilla extract for mint and using 2 tablespoons chocolate chips and 3 tablespoons peanut butter chips. The peanut butter chips weren’t gluten-free certified but none of the ingredients should have gluten. And since it’s not a genuine health concern of anybody, I figured it’d be fine. I decided I was hungry for lunch at 12 and ended up spending 45 minutes making a meal. I think that’s a new record for me. Oh well, it was worth it!

Pad Thai Hummus With Green Pepper, Brussels With Steak Sauce And Tempeh Bacon

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I caved on the hummus a little early because I’m not much of a snacker at parties and like to just eat things in meals. Now I can recommend it and have had my full 🙂 I was looking for a more smoky flavor with the brussels than the steak sauce has so I added a strip of pan-heated tempeh bacon and plenty of salt. Really, though, the pudding was entirely what I wanted; and it was sooo good! I pureed 3oz avocado with 2 tablespoons cocoa in my food processor. After that I used a fork to add 3 tablespoons coconut milk kefir, stevia, and vanilla powder. The result could not have been more perfect. All it is(besides delicious) is fat and fiber. And look how nicely the day is turning out!

Snow

I was dreaming of a white Christmas New Years and it looks like we’re getting one! I can’t bellieve it. I also can’t believe that a) my mom hasn’t been stressed out by company being here in a few hours and started yelling yet and b) that the decade is now almost over. After listening to the DJ’s on the radio reminisce and think back myself, I think this decade was best for two things: American Idol and Survivor. I hardly ever voted for American Idol these days, but who can deny that it has given us so many great artists? Besides that, Survivor is just my favorite show on television, and I imagine the same for others since it’s going into its 20th season. It totally built the world of reality television. What will you remember the decade for?

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Vegan Thursday

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

I’ve done a vegan Friday, yesterday was vegan Thursday. 5 more days to go and I’ve knocked out a week of being vegan. Not too shabby, eh? This time around, however, I was much less prepared; I literally decided I would be vegan when I made my breakfast and chose not to put a greek yogurt frosting on the oatmeal.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Pepita Sun Butter, Nog And Cinnamon Soy Yogurt

It was good, albeit not 100% what I wanted, though that’s my own fault for not properly stocking up rather than anything else. All I can say is thank god coffee is vegan, because I would not have made it through Greek class without it. In class, we translated about the courier at Marathon who ran 136 miles from Athens to Sparta in a day. Yeah, I think I have a bit of a ways to go, but how cool is it that running was someones job?! When I got back to my dorm, I scrambled to think of what I had that was vegan lying around. Thankfully I got that wonderful package from Wildwood on Wednesday so I had options.

Southwestern Wildwood Sprouted Tofu Burger With The Heat Is On PB Over Broccoli

Strawberry Wildwood Soyogurt

Like I said, BIG thanks to Wildwood for saving me on this one. Plus, I got to get a ton of reviews out of the way, such as this yogurt and this veggie burger. The yogurt was a bit thin; I think after greek yogurt everything’s a bit of a let down. The burger salad was quite delicious and spicy! I enjoyed this while watching Days. Would you believe me if I told you I’ve been watching it on and off since 7th grade? I saw an episode while eating lunch at Foxwoods around Christmas time in which someone got murdered and it’s been my crack ever since.

I tried to pay extra close attention to see how my vegan eats made me feel as opposed to my regular meals. This lunch left me stuffed much longer than most I have, and I don’t think it was much of a calorie increase at all. If anything, this meal was heavy on fats, which makes me think I should increase fat intake in place of some protein and sugars in my regular eating. I wasn’t at all hungry at 3 when I went out for a little escapade.

Blue State Decaf

I’m low on coffee in my dorm. Like, really low. Thankfully, I have a few bags waiting for me at home to pick up, but I decided to buy some then so I had some left for this morning.

Thanksgiving Cards

I also swung by the mailroom and found Thanksgiving cards from my mom and grandmother(by which I mean 2 from my mom). It’s so much fun to get mail, even though she wrote out in the cards how they’ll be seeing me for Thanksgiving(hell, my mom will be seeing me tonight…). I worked a bit and wasn’t hungry for a snack until into Oprah.

Peach Wildwood Soyogurt With Grain-Sweetened Chocolate Chips

Unfortunately, this was a bit of a compromise yet again. What I really wanted was some nice, thick greek yogurt. Or at least plain soy yogurt that I could play with. On the bright side this was one of the best peach yogurts I’ve had, ever. And with high protein, fiber, and omega-3’s and low sugar, it was a healthy option too. After 5, I grabbed this and went out:

Banana Nut Kardea Bar

I’ve had this bar to review for quite some time; I was so happy to see it’s vegan, too! I liked the spices and earthiness to it, though neither the banana nor the nut played a very large part. I had gone out for some more coffee and to pick up some veggies dinner. I also looked around Thayer street to find if anywhere sold plain soy yogurt. No luck 😦 But I did find an elusive pomegranate Chobani to not be enjoyed yesterday.

Wildwood Savory Baked Tofu, Broccoli With Ketchup, Carrot And Zucchini Slaw With Steak Sauce

Again, a bit of compromising and a big save from Wildwood. In my mind, the carrot and zucchini was going to be part of some great, creamy slaw, until I remembered no greek yogurt. Ugh. The steak sauce was good but a little strong for my tastebuds. The broccoli with ketchup, on the other hand, was genius and delicious. And I enjoyed, though didn’t love, this tofu. I’m not even sure what “savory” should be like, so I hesitated reviewing it in the first place. I think the flavor ended up reminding me of whole wheat bread, in a good way. I’m not going to lie–I’ve eaten plenty a slice of bread straight out of the bag to much enjoyment.

Survivor was sooo good. There has been so much gameplay and twisting this season, I just love it! And once that was done, I had the real reason I participated in Vegan Day.

The Vegan

You know it; it was so I had an excuse to get The Vegan from The Cupcakerie. It’s a vegan chocolate base with vegan vanilla bean buttercream frosting–yum! The bit of food dye on the top probably isn’t natural but that’s the extent of the .1% artificialness I let in and it won’t kill me. I like to eat my cupcake like this because I take tiny bites and otherwise the whole thing gets top heavy. Plus the frosting to cake ratio works out much better on those last bites 🙂

Grey’s Anatomy was great last night; I hope someone else out there watched it instead of The Office(you can watch both online afterwards anyway). It was holiday themed and NOTHING goes better together than holiday and drama. I mean, c’mon, what can be made more tragic than the holidays? After I finished all my homework for today(which I’ll admit didn’t look like it was going to happen), I made one last vegan meal.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Mighty Maple And Tempeh Bacon

Have I mentioned how much I love Fakin’ Bacon? Again, I wasn’t prepared for today, I just always keep this stuff on hand. It’s so delicious and much easier to prepare in a dorm than the real stuff, not to mention healthier. It goes great with the sweet, maple flavor. And personally, maple is the best sweetener. Who needs honey? Let the bees have it. I’ll take my sugar from a tree, thank you.

This morning, I woke up a little zapped of energy. I grabbed the densest, perkiest bar I could find.

Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein

Much better. I still didn’t feel 100% so I kept my pace very slow. I also had planned to go 13.1 miles but decided to stop after 12 in 1:43:16 because I just didn’t have time to do more. Oh well, I’ll hit that half another day. When I got back I was ready for some very non-vegan eats.

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie, Pumpkin Chobani, Chocolate Amazing Grass

Butter toffee peanut butter. Yum. I’m almost out, so I need to reorder from Naturally Nutty and soon. The cookie actually is vegan but it’s nothing without the peanut butter. I also enjoyed some yogurt(thank you, oh thank you) and my first taste of Amazing Grass drink! I went with the 8 gram chocolate supplement. I used plain water since I don’t have milk. Overall it came out a bit watery(duh–because I didn’t follow the directions) but had great flavor and outstanding nutrition. I could definitely get into this stuff 🙂

I’d like to say that looking back Vegan 4 A Day was a wonderful experience I absolutely loved but that’s just not the case. The first time around that’s how I felt, and I really understood my relationship with animal food products. This time around, however, it felt more like self-deprivation than self-learning. I don’t like learning things twice. I even get annoyed when I teacher recaps what they taught in the last class. Definitely try the experience once, I’d say, but that’s about it.

In spirit with the day, I thought I’d mention you can go to P.B. Loco’s website and now buy their Dairy-free pack for 4 vegan flavors they offer. Best yet, add the coupon code DAIRYFREE and get a free Munchy Crunchy! I think that’s something vegans and meat eaters can appreciate 🙂

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The Egg, Then The Chicken

Posted on November 4, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Don’t you love that question of which came first? Well yesterday for me it was the egg, then the chicken. But first of all was Greek! Normally, I’m rushing in last minute with a half eaten breakfast. Last Thursday I went in with my oats in a jar, and definitely earned some glances for that. Well I didn’t have much foodwise because I chugged down breakfast and thankfully it kept me full and focused the whole time(thank you, fiber). I didn’t like the idea of going back out to the dining hall after I had gotten on and logged on to my computer, but I read they had tempeh. Free tempeh? I’m so there. Then I had a better thought. What if I make an awesome healthy twist on steak and eggs?

Vegan Tempeh Steak And Eggs With Broccoli

Vegan Tempeh Steak And Eggs With Broccoli

Umm? Healthy Yum! *Toot*toot* What’s that? My own horn for thinking this up. I quick marinated 3 ounces tempeh with mushrooms in 2 tablespoons 365 steak sauce, and heated that up. The eggs were not restaurant quality in taste or appearance, but you’ll have to forgive my microwaving ways. They were still tasty, and that’s what matters most to me. What is it that’s so good about biting into a bit of yolk that’s so sinfully good? Anyway, I was proud of myself for this one.

Ricki Lake was on Rachael Ray talking about sex after 40. Wow. I used to like that show but now it just has crappy guests and subjects so I had no problem ditching for Whole Foods. There wasn’t anything I desperately needed, but the weather was actually nice and Tuesday’s I have the time. I studied for a test during the mile walk. Everytime I go to the grocery store, either Whole Foods or Eastside Market, that “piles on” 2 miles for the challenge! I find that exciting. I was thinking about buying a slightly expensive Milk Chocolate Bacon Bar(yes, milk chocolate with smoked bacon cooked in) and counting that as a personal expense and not a grocery expense on my fancy shmancy budget tracker(i.e. a word document). Instead, I chickened out; I decided there were other things and ways I could “treat” myself with and the fact that it’s not on sale yet means it wasn’t went to be. What I did get was good though.

Groceries

Groceries

Groceries

Groceries

I’m terribly transparent in my groceries, aren’t I? At Whole Foods, I got Oikos plain greek yogurt and a new brand of soy yogurt. I’ve been getting plain So Delicious but they were out. Besides, it gets expensive to buy individual containers so I hope this brand of bulk is decent. It has the most fiber and protein and least sugar of any of the other “plains” I could find. Seriously–it’s not a plain if it has 20g grams of sugar.

I also picked up chipotle lime chicken for dinner; I wanted to pick up something nice and this was the last day of the sale. I asked for a small piece and I got a 1/3lber. I know that probably isn’t much, but for someone who rarely eats meat it sounds like a lot. Anyway, it was cheap, and I’m pretty sure the prepared Whole Foods chicken is good quality. I grabbed some eggs at the campus store, too. They were mad expensive compared to Whole Food ones, but they were “free” because I can use dining points for them–That’s just 1 more reason I should probably come off my meal plan system. When I got back, I was ready for a snack.

Peanut Butter Soy Yogurt With White Chocolate Chips

Peanut Butter Soy Yogurt With White Chocolate Chips

What I really wanted was vanilla yogurt with peanut butter chips. Problem? I don’t have peanut butter chips. Solution? K is my constant reminder that things can taste good inside out. With that in mind, I swapped it and had peanut butter yogurt with vanilla chips. This trick worked like a charm. And I was surprised how much better the soy yogurt took on the peanut flour compared to Oikos. Maybe it’s because it’s thinner? I also snacked on this:

Chocolate Peanut Mojo Dipped With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

Chocolate Peanut Mojo Dipped With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I’m pretty sure I said not 2 hours ago that I liked to eat real food and not bars when I have the option; what happened to that? Well I made an exception for this bar. It’s mostly nuts, which are the same bar form or not, right? A little Smart Balance to balance out the chocolate smartly and it was perfect. Salty/sweet/flaxy 🙂 On the 6 o’clock news was the story “Rhode Island is no longer the only state to allow indoor prostitution”. Is it bad that my first thought was “Where else allows that now?” Thankfully, no where, and Rhode Island finally followed suit. What an odd state this is. I’m not even going to try to make the transition and just say dinner was delicious.

Chipotle Lime Chicken, Herbed Turnips, Broccoli

Chipotle Lime Chicken, Herbed Turnips, Broccoli

The chicken was only 1.66 on sale and it tasted restaurant quality. Like we needed another reason to love Whole Foods? The herbed turnip from the cafeteria were also decent. I like how they cut them into fry shape and baked them. It reminded me of baked sweet potato fries, except not as chewy. Still, it’s a much healthier option for the students than fried potato fries. What wasn’t so “healthy” was seeing someone come out of a stall after doing their “business” and not washing their hands while I was washing my dishes. Seriously? College is the time when we have the option to do things like that but are responsible enough not to. Now I’m carrying Purell everywhere.

I loved how The Biggest Loser tried to use its influence in DC. If anywhere change is going to be made, it’s going to start on the TV and move to Congress; I think it’s definitely more important to get the people on your side first these days when it comes to movements like this, and that’s a good thing. It makes me feel like my footprint matters 🙂 To celebrate, I had “recycled” oats.

 

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter And Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Chocolate Sunflower Butter And Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

 

And by “recycled”, I mean I made them in the afternoon and decided I didn’t want them, but saved them because I knew I’d use them anyway. I definitely need to make another batch of these cookies soon. And then for Thanksgiving. And when’s Christmas, again? Thank you, Holly, for a recipe that keeps on giving. And the chocolate sunflower butter is just the best! Though I think it’s a bit more of a pate because it’s soooo thick. I managed to finish all of my Latin homework for the week; that’s such a great feeling knowing there’s 1 language I just won’t have to look at.

Did anyone else do a little dance when Tracy got kicked off The Biggest Loser? Thought so. She was on The Jay Leno Show right afterwards, and I have to say I started thinking of her in a better light after seeing her human side. I just have a problem with how she played The Biggest Loser like a game for money when it’s so much more.

 

Oikos With TJ Mini PB Cups, Chocolate Vitatop

Oikos With TJ Mini PB Cups, Chocolate Vitatop

I couldn’t get a great picture because my roommate had a friend over, but you get the idea–it was delicious. My roommate’s friend told me when he saw my big Oikos that he likes yogurt too. At first I couldn’t imagine someone saying something so blatantly obvious, and then I remembered that not all of the general population loves yogurt and yogurt messes. Do you ever forget how “normal” people eat?

This morning was unnormally normal. I woke up at 6:40, and wasn’t hungry or craving a thing in the least. I made my coffee, did my routine, and went to the gym, where I watched my “normal” shows. I ran 10 miles without any, erm, bathroom interuptions, and finished up in a time that left plenty left before class. Why is it that the most “normal” times seem the rarest? I don’t know, but it felt great. My breakfast was very cookie themed(if there’s a better theme I know not of it).

 

Oatmeal And English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

Oatmeal And English Muffin With Cookie Dough Peanut Butter

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Plain Oikos With 2 Newman's Own Organic Chompion Chip Cookies

When I have a theme, I go all out. It’s why I’m good at throwing themed parties. I really wanted a soft baked chocolate chips cookie to crumble into my oats. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those, but the english muffin with PB was actually a perfect substitute. Carb heaven? I think so. The Newman’s Own Organic cookies are good but they’re more the hard kind than chewy, so I used them as “granola”. Let’s face it–most store bought granola is sugar anyway, so it’s all the same 😉

Today’s the last Farmers’ Market of the year! How said, but I can’t wait to see what the vendors whip out to entice us. It’s also a really nice day so there’s no way it’ll be cancelled.

 

 

A Nasoya giveaway! I’d love me some tofu.

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Take Your Time

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yesterday was great, not for any other reason than I had time. Yes, it seems like something so simple. But think of the origin of stress in your life and I bet 80% of it would be solved if their wasn’t an ever present time crunch over our heads. It’s a vicious cycle, mostly because we all want time but put pressure on each other. So I ask you today, if you’re in the leadership position, to tell someone to take their time. Or if they say “I just didn’t have time”, rather than roll your eyes, tell them you understand, because I bet you do. All it takes is a few outliers to break the cycle and get the motion rolling in the opposite direction.

After Mid-breakfast, I left my dorm  little early to give myself time to get coffee and make it to class a little early(normally both do not happen). I think I managed a few odd looks walking around with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon; people need to read more blogs. When I got out, I was nice and full from my oats; this gave me the time to go back to my room, read a little(blogs, not books ;-)), and let the rush at the dining hall die down. Eventually I went and got some food, and then came back and took the time to make a quintessential Evan lunch.

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Flamegrilled Gardenburger, Sauteed Spinach, Steak Sauce

Broccoli, Sweet Potato, Flamegrilled Gardenburger, Sauteed Spinach, Steak Sauce

There’ something really great about sitting down to a meal where you know all the flavors and you know you’re going to love them. Unfortunately, this meal reminded me how low I am on 365 steak sauce; add that to the weekend grocery list. I took my time eating this to the tune of Days Of Our Lives. When Rachael Ray came on, I asked myself what I really wanted to do for the day. Well that was obvious–go grocery shopping, of course. But did I have time? I just told myself “You have time because you’re going to make time” and headed out. I was working with an October food budget of .92 cents…. Yeah–not going to happen. Just because I wasn’t going to stick to it didn’t mean I would go nuts; I decided to dip into November but only buy what was on sale, I had coupons for, or I really wanted.

Groceries

Groceries

Mission greatly accomplished. I got everything you see above plus an acorn squash(who apparently missed the photo opp or is blending in with the background so well I can’t even see him) for 3.54. Impressive, right? My momma didn’t raise no fool. The Oikos, Stonyfield, and Lightlife tempeh all fell under coupons. The soy yogurt was a sale item; normally I would have gotten plain but they didn’t have any and the sweetened form only has about 5g more sugar anyway. And the pumpkin, Z-bar, and acorn squash all fell under the “I’m going to be kicking myself in 2 hours if I don’t buy these” category. Since I dont plan on winding up at a grocery store today, I think I did reasonably well for October. Of course, I made a snack within minutes of entering the door.

Oikos Parfait With Mini PB Cups And Vanilla Sugar

Oikos Parfait With Mini PB Cups And Vanilla Sugar

How funny that I had this right after thinking to myself “Why is it that I’m always buying yogurt at the grocery store?” This was such a sweet treat. Maybe it was the hefty does of vanilla stevia I put in… I love the Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups; I cut each one in half so they were all crumbly and it reminded me of getting a Reeses mix-in at Coldstone. More yogurt like this to come? I think so. I took the time to work on my email stuff, and then set aside the time for homework; I think setting them aside rather than rush at everything at once, as tempting as it is, really cuts the stress. And when you really want to save time, what’s better than prepackaged oats?

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

Kashi Vanilla Creamy Oatmeal With White Chocolate Wonderful

I love the combo of vanilla on vanilla; what can I say, I’m just a vanilla(bean) kind of guy 😉 I’ll spare you the gory details of the time I spent studying for my history midterm, and skip ahead to dinner. I told who I was going to have dinner with earlier that I would be too busy studying to eat at the cafeteria. It probably would have saved me time to just go to The Ratty, pick up a plate of food, and walk back to my dorm with it. But sometimes we need to make time to do the things we love, and I love making my own food. I was feeling a BBQ mood so I went for a real western meal.

BBQ Tempeh, Acorn Squash, TJ Mac N' Cheese, Zevia Cola

BBQ Tempeh, Acorn Squash, TJ Mac N' Cheese, Zevia Cola

Yeehaw! What a fun meal this was. It was my first time trying this Lightlife tempeh; you can read my review or get a sense of how it was by me being happy I still have 1/2 the package left for another meal 🙂 The acorn squash was fun to prepare and delicious to eat; I cut it, scooped out the center, and microwaved this 1/2 for 4 minutes. I love how this squash tastes a little buttery without actually needing butter(I don’t eat butter. I know it’s all-natural and certainly has simple ingredients but I just don’t touch the stuff. It’s not a diet or health thing, it just gives me the willies.). And of course any BBQ needs soda and a mac n’ cheese dish to round it out. Now if only BBQ’s had natural diet soda and whole grain pasta more often…

I swear I do study sometimes. Like all through Survivor, for instance. I know I must have been focused on something other than the show because I wasn’t sure who to expect being voted off at the end. I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard this from my dad: “I had my oatmeal in my maple almond jar today.  The jar was good for oatmeal but that almond butter just clumps.” We’ve infected the general population.

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Carrot Ginger Muffintop With Smart Balance And Chocolate Chips

I think I’m getting back on my muffin top obsession, which means muffin bottom yogurt to come. Also, my Smart Balance obsession hasn’t left, just switched jars. I’ve gone from agave sweetened to molasses sweetened; it was hard to tell how “funky” the flavor here was because the chocolate chips also sweetened it. Clearly I’m not too concerned with the GI load of agave vs molasses if I’m throwing chocolate on top… Grey’s Anatomy was as good as ever last night; did you know that surgery of Dr. Sheppard’s was based on a real medical surgery that was deemed as equally impossible? It’s great seeing art imitate life.

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Pepita Sun Butter And Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Pepita Sun Butter And Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

I couldn’t decide what to do with my last whole wheat cinnamon roll so I let it go both ways(TWSS). I find adding a bit of real vanilla sugar to the stevia, cream cheese, Oikos mix gives it a purer flavor. And that pepita sun butter is plenty vanilled-up already. One last snack rounded out the night:

Chocolate Br

Chocolate Brownie Z-Bar

When I buy something at regular price “because I really want it”, I need to eat it the same day, right?

This morning I gave myself time by setting the alarm a little earlier for my long run. I’d been having trouble with pace and this morning I finally settled it; I just accepted that while my outside pace is 7.5mph my treadmill pace is more 7mph and to push it everyday is just not the way to go. I let myself go at my new pace and just kind of enjoyed the morning, watching the crazy costumes on the Today show. I did 12 miles in 1:43:18, which was actually my first time ever running between 10 and 13.1 miles.

Banana Goodness Bread Toast With White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Vanilla Oikos With Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate And Dried Cherries

Banana Goodness Bread Toast With White Chocolate Cherry Almond Butter, Vanilla Oikos With Newman's Own Organic Super Dark Chocolate And Dried Cherries

Clearly, I took all that time and put it into making this breakfast, and it was well worth it. I just looooove dark chocolate and cherry. How could you not? I also like cutting up a square of chocolate so that it gets unequal and crumbly and looks really “professional”. I’m not sure how big a fan of the toasted banana bread I am; somethings are just meant to be soft and mushy.

Today has so much excitement. It’s Cookie Friday! I’ve got some ideas, but we’ll have to see how the day plays out. It’s also the day before Halloween, so I’m going to all 3 of my classes in full costume. You’ll have to wait and see what that it 😉 And I have a history midterm! That one’s… not so exciting.

Sodastream giveaway! I might no drink the soda but I would looooove those flavor essences–it’s been so long since I’ve had seltzer why is that?

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Let’s Just Not Talk About It

Posted on October 8, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How about an entire post of things from yesterday we should just not talk about, shall we? Like let’s not talk about how sometimes I get a bit bogged down and end up writing to you about how The Iliad is ultimately a story of mortality equating to universal suffering and to my professor about how great last night New Adventures Of Old Christine were. But let’s do talk about how supportive and awesome you all are and how yesterday was the second most viewed day for my site, only passes by the day my refrigerator was on Carrots N’ Cake. Thank you so very much. All your comments mean a lot and I love reading them and finding new friends and new blogs.

Let’s not talk about all the horrible Latin jokes we made in class like “A good Latin student never declines sex”(sex is the latin word for 6 and all numbers after 3 are indeclinable) or “you always forget in the genetive”. If you get that last one, I’m sorry, it’s not even funny or dirty, it’s just educational. It felt like forever before the bell rang but it did at 11:50 per usual. Because it was Wednesday, the Farmers’ Market was back. I of course hit up the creamery station.

Narragansett Creamery

Narragansett Creamery Station

Let’s not talk about how disappointed I was to find out they made a whole new batch of kefir but didn’t load it in the van before leaving 😦 I did sample and end up getting suckered into some goodies, though.

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Munchkin Pumpkin And Cumin Cheddar

Let’s not talk about how bad of a decision this was. I don’t eat cheese. I love it, but I let it go bad in my refrigerator and grow mold. Why did I buy this? Because I got a yummy free sample, but overall it was pretty stupid. Oh well, I’ll bring it home over the long weekend and somebody will get a kick out of it.

Let’s not talk about how much of a weirdo I must have looked like carrying my entire lunch plus a cup of shredded carrots(for oats) plus an extra container of just tempeh out of the dining hall. They almost never have tempeh so I loaded up like nobodies business and refrigerated a ton. Here was the lunch I made from what I didn’t save:

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lentil Chili, Tempeh

The chili was pretty good. I added some cinnamon and salt and that perked it up. I’m now convinced cinnamon is a necessary ingredient for anything involving soup or beans. And I just adore tempeh now. I didn’t even need to put anything on it; I don’t know how to describe the straight flavor other than tempehlicious.

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Let’s not talk about how I whipped out my camera in the middle of Greek History to talk a picture of this delicious Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie. My professor studied all our faces online so now he knows all our names and years. A little creepy for a lecture course with 0 class participation in my opinion.

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

KIND Fruit & Nut Bar

Let’s not talk about how I should have gone straight to my room to do work after Epic Poetry but decided to go out grocery shopping instead and snack on this KIND bar. I like nut bars because I almost never have nuts, just nut butters. I think they’re a little less convenient, unless they’re in bar form.

My Big Shopping Bag

My Big Shopping Bag

Let’s not talk about how ridiculous I mist have looked with a bright yellow shopping bag over my shoulder, or about how I managed to spend 90 minutes of my afternoon grocery shopping.

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Pumpkin, Oikos, Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffins

Let’s not talk about how much this cost. Let’s just not. But let’s talk about how amazing some of these finds were. Oikos + Libby’s pumpkin you should just expect at this point. You know how much I love my healthy muffins, so I was dying to try the blueberry raspberry oat bran flavor, which have 270 calories, 8g fiber, 8g protein, 7g healthy fats, and a super simple ingredients list per muffin. And that peanut butter is gourmet organic pumpkin peanut butter!! That was really the splurge here, but it’s made by a local company and I couldn’t resist it at all. It’s pumpkin peanut butter, people.

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Blueberry Raspberry Oat Bran Muffin With Cream Cheese

Let’s not talk about how great a study blog snack this muffin was with some cream cheese. It was pretty much what I was hoping for: super soft and berrylicious. It’s also vegan and gluten free because it uses rye flour, too cool.

Let’s not talk about how I was going to ditch my friend for dinner again so I could keep working on my essay, but decided that two times in one week wouldn’t be cool. Then about how he called me saying he couldn’t get dinner with me, essentially ditching me first. Isn’t that the worst? When someone beats you to the ditch? Clearly we’re besties enough to make a sport out of screwing with each other.

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Sweet Potato, Chicken With Steak Sauce, Cooked Spinach, Carrots And Zuchinni

Let’s not talk about how much of my mother’s son I am for this meal. She was always about having a protein(aka meat in her mind but she said protein), starch, and vegetable on the plate. That always bugged me since those aren’t even part of the same verbage system and a vegetable could fill all the spots, but I tried not to give her too much grief over it. Anyway, I was at The Ratty and got a real craving for chicken with steak sauce. My first reaction was “It’s just chicken, don’t bother. Put some steak sauce on a flame grilled veggie burger”. But then I thought about it again; the whole reason I don’t properly align myself with veganism or vegitarianism is because I know there will be times when I just crave meat, pure and simple, and now was one of those times. I listened to my body more than my head and that was definitely the better decision here.

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Peanut Butter Oikos With Vanilla Sugar

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Oats With Pumpkin Peanut Butter And Dark Chocolate Chips

Let’s not talk about how amazing all this was because I’m a food blogger and that’s what I do. The peanut butter Oikos + vanilla sugar has just become a staple. I might havegot a little carried away with playing around with settings on that photo, but it’s all to show how dramatically good it is. I like to think of the vanilla sugar as “sand”. Did anybody else grow up playing with colored sand in glass jars? Wow, I was easily amused… And to not have made those oats last night would have broken the 11th commandment. Seriously? That bowl had me wanting to curl up on a couch and watch Charlie Brown And The Great Pumpkin Patch or whatever that special is that’s on each year. The pumpkin peanut butter was 110% what it sounded it would taste like. The ingredients are just peanuts, pumpkin pie spice, canola oil, salt, sugar, and stevia. It was very thick so it didn’t melt over the hot oats, but with a little spoon-action I managed to spread it out and each little bite was nice and chewy like real peanuts. Thankfully no regrets whatsoever on buying that jar.

Let’s not talk about how distracted I’ve been writing this to this Food Network bombshell on the Today show.

Let’s not talk about how sore I was this morning from yesterday but rather the fact that I got out there and ran 7.26 miles in an hour. The gym was oddly empty for a Thursday, which was very convenient since I had some air to work out of my system if you catch my drift.

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

French Toast Oatmeal With Cinnamon And Vanilla Powder, Carrot Muffin Bottom Yogurt With Vanilla, Cinnamon, Flax, And Mighty Maple PB

Let’s not talk about how intricate the seasoning was for this breakfast but rather how good it tasted in the end. I was thinking about it on the treadmill this morning(because that’s what I do) about how long it’s been since I had French Toast Oatmeal, so that was pretty much a no brainer. The vanilla powder and cinnamon really spice it up. Well, aside that I needed to make what has to be my favorite yogurt mess of all. I take the butt of a carrot muffin, warm it in the microwave, and mix it with plain organic yogurt, flax, cinnamon, and vanilla stevia, and I swear it comes out like carrot cake. You can try this with any muffin or muffin butt. Personally, I love eating muffin tops(as in the ones from an actual muffin) but that leaves a lot of waste, so this is a great “leftover” recipe(although in this case I’m eating the butt before the top).

Let’s not talk about the fact that I’ll be late for class because I was blogging if I don’t get a move on it! Yikes!

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