I’ve Never Felt So Guilty

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

Oh, dear. Oh, dear. How am I going to say this? Growing up Roman Catholic, guilt’s been built in to me from day 1. Seriously, you want to talk about Jewish guilt? Find a Roman Catholic guy, mention his mother, and watch him crumble. I guess the best way to get it out there is just to blurt it out:

I’ve never felt so guilty about using a boxed mix than since becoming a food blogger. Let me try to excuse myself by saying I was really craving chocolate pudding and chocolate avocado pudding was not about to do. Actually, I was craving peanut butter pie; watching Man Vs. Food can really screw you up. But let’s not get in to that. True to my “foodie” nature, I kept some things unique:

Raw milk chocolate pudding, anyone? I know I couldn’t get weirder; I embrace that fact.

Topped with whipped cream and peanut butter fudge topping(peanut butter, whipped cream, and powdered sugar mixed together in a little dish–super simple, super delicious).

There! I feel better getting it off my chest. I did it! It was me! And I’d do it again! And again! And again! He had it coming to him! Lock me up and throw away the key!–Whoops, wrong confession.

Now, make me feel better and tell me what you last felt guilty about?

Maybe you had a bit too many? No worries–this was simply organic limeade in a cup with some salt. Love that saltiness 😉

Maybe too much fried food on a Friday night? Let me tell you: Fried herbs on seared meat is a little bit like heaven, just a little(OK, a lot).

Did you have too much chocolate? If that day ever comes, I’ll let you know; don’t hold your breath. And who ever decided peanut butter and honey? PB & Agave is the way to go.

Did you spend your Friday night watching Man Vs. Food and rocking out to Sugarland and Adam Lambert? Me neither…

Did you raid the fridge for a midnight snack for cold chickpeas? I agree. That would be ridiculous(I heated them up).

Guilty as charged

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How To Break A Bottomless Pit Day With 1 Move

Posted on May 25, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The only thing I hate more than having a bottomless pit day is realizing that I’m having one and obsessing over it. I see the same in a lot of healthy living blogs I read. To be fair, I can’t sympathize on how much it sucks to take pictures of snack after snack and post them for people who like to show all they eat(I do about 98% but every now and again I’ll grab an undocumented handful of baby carrots or something). But I haven’t had one in a long time, and I don’t think I will again, because I’ve got the one trick that breaks the bottomless pit feeling: Eat a meal.

If you’re hungry enough for a meal, even if it’s right after one or it’s not really a normal meal time, put down the apple you think might help your hunger and make something solid. Right after this post, I threw together a kitchen sink salad.

Caprese Chickpea Salad With Seasoned White Potato

Caprese Chickpea Salad With Seasoned White Potato

The “caprese” part of this was grape tomatoes, fresh basil, and raw probiotic mozzarella. With that were chickpeas and a quartered white potato. Delicious, no? Absolutely. Except it wasn’t all I needed after my run. Enter lunch #2:

Sweet And White Potato Homefries, Scrambled Eggs

Sweet And White Potato Homefries, Scrambled Eggs

After this, I felt much better, and like I had beaten my bottomless pit day. A simple mix of onion, sweet potato, and white potato in some olive oil and salt came out perfect. And between my vegan baking and the general lack of egg love, we have a ton(read: 2 dozen) of old eggs to use, so I did my part and ate a couple scrambled in all that oniony love. I guess it’s no surprise we have so many eggs when neither the ice cream nor the brownies I make call for them…

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie With Raw Chocolate Chip Cashew Gelato

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondie With Raw Chocolate Chip Cashew Gelato

That would be an extra special blondie under a mountain of raw chocolate chip ice cream. J’adore this ice cream but I can’t wait to try new recipes by Gina once there’s room in my freezer! I continued to support that cause…

Raw Chocolate Chip Cashew Gelato

Raw Chocolate Chip Cashew Gelato

For dinner I had one huge craving to satisfy: steak. We served steak on Sunday night to our guests and had plenty of leftovers, but I really try to only eat grass-fed or local beef. It was worth waiting and pushing aside the craving until I could satisfy it with exactly what I wanted.

Grass Fed Steak With Caramelized Onions Over Asparagus And Arugala

Grass Fed Steak With Caramelized Onions Over Asparagus And Arugala

Oh my goodness, was this delicious. I’m pretty sure this was the fattiest cut of beef possible, but–hell–I took it and it did perfect. And considering a pound of the steak cost $7 while an entree at Tomasso’s of local beef is $24, I see big savings here.

What have you been craving of late? For me, it was the beef. Of course, now that I’ve discovered my love for onions cooked down in any and every fat, any excuse to eat more of those is also welcomed. Just beware of my breath.

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Eating Raw With Bloggers

Posted on February 7, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good morning! I meant to set something up last night that’s exciting to auto-post, but clearly that didn’t pull together in time. Such excitement will have to wait for the week, but I can show you what exciting things did happen. Lunch was about a 7 on the excitement scale.

Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, And Cauliflowe With Grass-Fed Steak And Colby Cheese

Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, And Cauliflowe With Grass-Fed Steak And Colby Cheese

I think 7 is very good for leftovers. I steamed some vegetables and shredded some raw & probiotic colby cheese on top(but remembered not to stick it in the microwave because that would defeat the purpose of raw!). On an inside grill, I reheated the leftover steak in grass-fed butter, and then poured the drippings after cooking on top. OK–the steak was good, but the drippings were fantastic. Butter and beef fat–yumm. After lunch I made a little dessert.

Raw Vegan Brownies With Frosting

Raw Vegan Brownies With Goji Berries And Hulled Hemp Seeds

Before you start drooling too much, this was only 1 pan. The first photo was a before and the second an after shot 😀 But I didn’t make these all for myself(though I could have); last night there was a Boston blogger meet-up at Grezzo’s Restaurant which is all raw so I thought this would be an appropriate(and tasty) dessert, recipe here. Let me also show you my new adoration:

Bob's Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seeds

Bob’s Red Mill hulled hemp seeds. I don’t know where to begin. The nutrition? Fantastic. The preparation and care they put into providing and packaging their product? Amazing. The inherint, nutty vanilla flavor? Sock it to me. These were perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Chocolate Coconut Oil And Hulled Hemp Seeds

Now that’s exciting. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as filling as I was expecting. Was there not enough fat? o_O Sooo, after reading other blogs, I decided vanilla froyo must be the missing secret ingredient. We may not have self-serve frozen yogurt around Boston, but we do have freezers and delicious varieties of name brands.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

My favorite, for anyone keeping track.

Elan's Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

That hit the spot and held me over for dinner. It’s cool. It’s creamy. It’s everything a vanilla should be. Unfortunately, that’s all she wrote for it.

Empty Container

:-/ At least I made plenty of space in the freezer for another container!(which will probably be an exact replacement of this one :-P). Right before leaving, I found more evidence of my exciting insensibility: Something that I thought I brought to school, looked all over for, decided I left at home, looked all over for and could never find turned out to be in my backpack all the while. Thank God I can laugh at myself because I give me a kick 😀

At 7 I arrived at Grezzo’s and found a great number of bloggers and readers. There were 9 of us in total; it was all set up by Melissa at Crunches For Cupckakes. Thanks, Melissa! I think I was the only one to have eaten there before(documented here). That didn’t matter much because the menu had completely changed for dinner. I wasn’t sure what to order but I ended up going with a pasta dish(I know–I was surprised with me here, too!) that 5 other people also got.

Gnocchi Carbonara

The “gnocchi” were made out of cashews and oat flour, I believe, and in a nut-cream sauce. It was delicious! They were soooo rich and doughy and simply melted in your mouth. I think I liked them way more than regular gnocchi. The cream sauce was also good, but I only ate about 6 peas; I’m just not a fan of raw vegetables.

Bloggers

One of the interesting things brought up at the table was if we thought we could eat like this much. The easy consensus was no. For 1, raw takes sooo much preparation; some of our food was made and sat for days in advance. That’s simply not easy to do on a working schedule. The other reason was simple: We love hot food! Oatmeal, baked vegetables, microwaved vegetables–I know I, for one, couldn’t give up things like that. A big bowl of baked veggies and tofu with maple syrup is totally my comfort food. At first I wasn’t planning for a dessert, but… c’mon 😉

Chocolate Mint Cookie With Chocolate Frosting

Surprisingly, this was one of their less extravagent desserts; can you believe it? Check out Lauren’s blog for a shot of her brownie sundae. Next time I go, I most definitely want to try their gelato. The rawest ice cream I’ve had is banana soft serve so that would most definitely be a kick. All in all it was a great night and my first chance to meet some awesome bloggers. I even got a few new ones to add to my blogroll! After stopping at a party where my parents were to say hi to old friends, we didn’t get home until late. Let’s just say it’s been a while since I’ve seen Saturday Night Live live. I also wasn’t terribly tired and a little voracious. I think the cookie had ton of agave nectar, which won’t spike your blood levels but will keep you going and going and going(I was like the Energizer Bunny!). The other half of that was that eating raw meant so much less volume of food, even if it was calorically dense. The solution?

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Vanilla Peanut Butter

Pumpkin oats! Another example of why I could never go raw 🙂 I certainly enjoyed my night and I can’t wait to go to my next blogger meet-up someday!

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Sweets And Cheese

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If I had to summarize in two words what I ate today, it would be “Cheese” and “Sweet”. I’m pretty sure those are the only two tooths I have in my mouth(and I embrace that).

Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar

The first culprit was this bag of Pirate’s Booty. I was sent a ton of flavors to review; none were particularly “sweet” so I went for the cheesiest mother of them all. At the same time, I had the oven going and baked some maple tofu.

Aged White Cheddar Pirate's Booty, Maple Tofu, Steamed Broccoli

Maple Baked Tofu

Maple baked tofu–simple, sweet, and so(y) delicious. The tofu came out particularly good because I had it pressing all morning and changed the towel thrice; when you get a ton of water out, you really notice the difference. These corn puffs were good, but didn’t really blow me away; I liked the flavor but the texture was just OK and overall they were “meh”. Maybe one of the other flavors will impress me more.

While I was watching this I got around to watching my DVRed Oprah with Michael Pollon. I know–I’m so behind! But I really liked this episode and was able to connect with it a lot. The part with Alicia Silverstone and Oprah talking about their business had me rolling on the floor! I do get what they’re saying, though. I also found it funny that Alicia “slips up” on cheese sometimes. It gets the best of us 😀

Count-To-10 Workout Sheet

In the afternoon I did my Count-To-10 workout. This’ll be perfect for any readers lamenting being stuck in doors for the storm! In case you forgot, it’s super simple:

  • 10 flights of stairs
  • 10 push-ups(15 for me)
  • 10 flights of stairs
  • 10 sit-ups(20 for me)
  • Repeat 10 times.

Obviously, I use a checklist just to keep track. While I was doing this, the mail came, and I got a “sweet” surprise.

Uli Mana's Raw Desserts

Uli Mana sent me a sampler of some of their sweet and raw treats. The seal on them was broken, but since these came straight from a closed USPS box, I assumed they were untampered and safe.

Chocolate Avocado Pudding With Goji Berries And Raw Chocolate Sauce, Raw Hemp Brownie

Umm, sweetest post-workout recovery meal ever? I think so. Where to start? This brownie was simply amazing. I’ll count it as my “Cookie Friday” treat(like I don’t have one of these every day). This was the 3rd bought raw brownie I tried, along with the 2 that I’ve made, and it was by far my favorite; it tasted sooo fudgy! I think the secret must have been in the cacao butter. I need to find me some. Any good brand suggestions? Or even just brands? The pudding was delicious and antioxidant rich with Navitas Naturals goji berries, but I added a little something to sweeten it up even more…

Xagave Raw Agave Nectar

Xagave sent me some of their agave nectar to bake and experiment with. Again, where to start? Simply put, from the 1 time I’ve used this so far, I’d highly recommend it. I mentioned on Monday(and even got some agreeance from readers!) that the agave nectar I used just didn’t taste sweet at all. Well, that was “Trader Joe’s raw agave nectar” for anyone curious. This, on the other hand, tasted sweet. It tasted really sweet, like I’ve been told agave nectar should. I can’t wait to bake more with it! Since I don’t prefer sweets for dinner, it was back to eating cheesy.

Next Generation Organic Dairy Raw Probiotic Garlic Parsley Cheddar Cheese Sticks

Yet another flavor of Next Generation Organic Dairy cheese to review. I knew this’d make a great addition to dinner not only because it’s no-carb, and high-protein and fat, but because of the added probiotics.

Lemon Cauliflower, Garlic Parsley Cheddar Cheese Stick, Grass Fed Beef Medallion

Dinner was also particularly good since we found out that Whole Foods(at least the one in Providence) sells grass-fed beef; sooo much cheaper than from a restaurant! And perfectly cooked so long as you know what you’re doing 😀 It tastes fantastic and I had my whole medallion. I was a bit underwhelmed though with this cheese stick; it tasted cheesy for sure, but the complexity somewhat stopped there. I suppose if it were too garlicy, that also would have been a problem, so I’m not sure where the perfect balance would have been. I do just love that they even make these in stick form; perfect for probiotics on the go!

And now, I’m thinking more sweet than cheesy for dessert. Wouldn’t you agree 🙂 For some interesting reading, here’s an article on the benefits of goat’s milk yogurt!  That’s a bandwagon I can get on. And here’s a jam giveaway and a granola giveaway

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If I Ate Like This Every Day…

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

If I ate like this every day, I’d be

  • poor by the end of the week
  • happy as a clam
  • the “healthiest” me I could be(in my opinion, though this is completely relative)

Really, words cannot express my gratitude just for being alive today. To recap from my breakfast post, I kicked off the day with a full core and cardio, after convincing myself that a core wouldn’t be that bad if the promise of a raw vegan raspberry brownie was attached(I totally bribed myself with food here :-)). I followed that up with a bangin’ breakfast of greek yogurt and oatmeal with a couple of cage-free organic Eggland’s Best eggs. Have you heard that they now test higher in vitamins and minerals than supermarket eggs? Fascinating.

After breakfast, I was off to the city(which in my case means “Beantown”, or simply Boston) to meet with an old friend from high school. I suggested a cozy little restaurant I’ve been wanting to try.

Grezzo Restaurant

Grezzo is the only raw vegan restaurant around Boston that I know of and as I learn more and more about that cuisine, I’ve been dying to eat here. I arrived a bit early and got to look at the menu before my friend, Eury, arrived.

Grezzo Menu

Not like that extra 10 minutes helped me at all; I still had no clue what to order after reading all their good options. I wanted to ask the waitress about everything because the descriptions were all very brief and you know at a raw and vegan restaurant a “slider” is very different. I ended up just taking a leap of faith and choosing the burger(that’s a safe choice wherever you go, right?).

Seaweed And Wild Mushroom Bistro Burger With Guacamole

Sweet Potato Chips

The burger was made with seaweed and mushrooms, topped with guacamole, and served between cucumber “buns”. The burger had a great meaty texture, but it might have been a tad bit underseasoned. The guacamole was absolutely delicious and pure and I ate it by the spoonful. On the side came “sweet potato chips”; they were very thin slices of sweet potato dehydrated overnight. They were sooo good; they actually sort of reminded me of dry marshmallows, but in a delicious way. Maybe I need a dehydrator next Christmas?

Big House Salad

Eury got the big house salad. I had a lot of fun explaining my knowledge of raw food and explaining how the “cheese” was actually made of nut milk. You know you’ve been a blogger for too long when you are surprised that someone doesn’t know what a nut milk is. We had a great time catching up; I had yet to giver her her graduation present  8 months gone by and it was hilarious not remembering in the least what I wrote on the card.

We ended up walking around a bit afterwards down to South Station were we went our separate ways. On the way home my dad and I did weekly grocery shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Note to self: Saturday afternoon in the city is not the time to go grocery shopping; I’m surprised we got out with our limbs! There was a cute baby behind us in one of the register lines who kept on saying “Hi”. When we finally got home, I was so happy to put away the groceries, brew up some decaf coffee, and break out this baby:

Raw Vegan Hemp Seed Brownie With Chocolate Frosting

I took a dessert home from Grezzo, namely their hemp seed brownie with chocolate frosting. Another raw brownie? Sure, why not 😉 The raw frosting was simply amazing. I’m guessing it was agave nectar, cocoa powder, and avocado from my limited knowledge of raw foods and how they work together. The brownie was OK I thought. It had a nice chocolate flavor without any fruitiness; it might have been a bit too hard and dry for my taste, but seeing as how I can’t get my recipe to be hold together better I was very impressed that there’s is so firm.

If the day had just ended there, I would have been very content. To my blessing, it continued. For the past two weeks, I’ve been hearing about the dishes Tomasso has been making with 1/2 of a local, 100% grass-fed cow they received. Do you get where this is going? We wanted to go Thursday night, but then ended up closing for a private party. Thankfully, they still had the beef for a special tonight(though by far a pricier cut).

18oz Local Grass-Fed Sirloin Steak

Rather than eat there and all order entrees, we decided to simply get the special take-out along with an appetizer-size pizza, and cook our own vegetables as sides; we figured just the one entree should be enough for the 3 of us( I mean, we aren’t that big eaters).

Local Grass-Fed Beef

Steamed Broccoli With Sea Salt

Holy. Freaking. Yum. This was absolutely everything I could have hoped for. The meat was so tender that parts of it just melted away in my mouth. I had 3 big ol’ slices of the meat. I have no clue how much that totaled up to and quite frankly I don’t care; when the beef is grass-fed like this was, the quality is through the roof, the fat is omega-3 rich, and in my line of thinking it’s all “healthy”. Portioning out and only eating 3oz would have been a shame, so I didn’t bother. As a simple side, I steamed up some broccoli; just like the beef was grass-fed, so was I 😀

And now, with today as a memory, I will not at all mind returning to eating oatmeal and beans for every meal this week(and with me returning to school soon, that’s not that big an exaggeration). I’m stuffed. And I can hardly fathom(though I will) eating something for dessert(cheap, like a banana processed with cocoa powder). Perhaps I could add to the menu some Honest Food Granola Bars if I won this giveaway or some Zevia if I won this one.

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Buttercream Is Just Too Easy

Posted on January 10, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I am liking the whole meal planning thing. It’s soo good knowing how much food we really have and when it’s for. It’s interesting to find out things like, while it’s fun to have so many flavors of chips, they just don’t cut it for the entrees. Well I have things sorted out through Friday and it looks like we’ll be eating well 😀 For lunch, ironically, the first planned meal was “do what you want”. This let me eat some leftovers and my parents have their pasta.

Lightlife Savory Chicken Tenders, Microwaved Potato With Salsa, Garlic Broccoli

I’m the best at eating 1 serving of something and letting the rest sit around for far too long, so this time I decided to nip the Lightlife tenders before they went past savory and to funky. On the side I was craving some of the really spicy salsa we picked up at Market Basket, so I had a plain, starchy potato. So good! Seriously, this has some heat. Before we left to do errands I wanted to get all my food processor projects out of the way.

Banana Bread Balls

I made some of Jess‘ balls! her and Avery really know their balls(I’m sorry, but I just had to say it). We had leftover banana goodness bread sitting in the back of the fridge so I combined that with 4oz of cream cheese and made balls to get cold. After those hit the fridge, I threw out some of my less successful nut butters and whipped up a new one.

Organic, Raw Almond Butter With Fair Trade White Chocolate And Strawberries

This one was definitely a winner! I just used 7oz of raw, organic almonds and mixed that up with 1/2 of my favorite white chocolate bar ever, the Divine white chocolate with freeze dried strawberries. I haven’t tasted this yet but the aroma is incredible–just like the chocolate! And I bet the nutrition isn’t terrible for something that must be flavorful. I can’t wait to put these over oats. My mom wanted to go to the mall to look for clothes for herself, and I easily obliged, mostly on account of this:

Seat Heaters

While it was 30 degrees outside, my butt was getting 76 degrees of heated seats. Aww yeah. My dad dropped her off at Macy’s and we went somewhere far more entertaining: Target! I contimplated getting the newest Harry Potter film, but passed up until it’s cheaper. Hell, maybe I can befriend Emma this semester and get it as a gift from her? Well, I can dream 😉 I did pop a drink open while shopping.

Mango-Melon Sobe Lifewater

Walking around looking at things is tough work, you know! It was decent. I like the melony flavor because it reminded me of Summer, despite the fact that the weather oh so disagrees with me. I did end up getting a new pair of running shorts for 3.something on clearance 70% off. I’d say 90% of what I wear came from the Target discount rack or was a gift to me; I never buy expensive clothes. I’d rather eat well and wear the shopping bag, haha! Speaking of eating well, while we waited for my mom we went to the Framingham Whole Foods which is the only place so far I’ve been able to find the best protein bar I’ve ever had.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

So good, and yet, not this afternoon. We picked up 2, and I thought I really wanted to eat one of them then, but I only got 2 or 3 bites in.

Cookie Dough Luna Protein

While these are tasty, they’re pretty much a candy bar unless you’re working out. And I knew I was hungry for food, so this would not do at the time. As much as I hate not finishing bars, I wrapped the rest back up for God knows when and waited until we got home to eat something real. I threw a really quick bowl of oatmeal together when I got in the door.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Barney Butter

That definitely hit the spot so much more than the rest of the bar would have. I like Barney Butter because it’s pretty much how I imagine Jif or Skippy would be if they made those in almonds. I was a lot happier after that and ready to keep working with Jess‘ balls. I melted together a mish-mosh of chocolate: a Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, a Super Dark Chocolate Newman’s Own Organics bar, and 4 Unsweetened Bakers square. Really, I was just using things up because we didn’t have a bag of chocolate chips I wanted to use, but I like the resulting bitter chocolate.

Chocolate Coated Banana Goodness Bread Balls

These came out great. And they were so much simpler than I would have imagined! I’m keeping these in the back of my head for something different to bring to a dessert party that no one else will have(now, anyone want to invite me to a dessert party ;-)). I had leftover melted chocolate, and for a moment thought “What am I going to do with this?”. Where was my mind?! I quickly figured out what to do with it.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

See? I knew if I made them once I’d be making them again real soon. I filled these with some Earth Balance peanut butter since that’s agave sweetened and would work with the bitter chocolate. After that, I had one last thing to “whip” up.

Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread

Vegan Maple Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting On Maple Cupcakes

Remember those maple cupcakes I made a few days ago? Well, most of them hit the freezer, but I kept a few out for my parents’ anniversary. I made a simple, small batch of vegan buttercream frosting 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter spread, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, and a dash of cinnamon. I always thought buttercream was something incredibly complex to make but this could not have been simpler! Mine might be a little lumpy, but that’s just because I was lazy. Knowing how easy it is to do is just a little dangerous. I mean, this is “healthy” in the sense that there’s no cholesterol, but it’s no superfood 😉 If you can believe it, cupcakes were not on the meal plan as dinner.

Grilled Steak, Green Beans, Nog Spiked Butternut Mash

This meal was so great; I can’t remember the last time I had something on the grill! It just has not been the right weather but we wiped off the snow and fired it up, and the meat came out nice and rare like I love it 😀 For sides, we steamed green beans and mashed butternut squash with 1/2 a cup Silk Nog. That last combination never gets old. I could practically eat a bowl for dessert. Now, I don’t think anyone has started picking at desserts yet. Then again, I haven’t been keeping a hawk eye on any of it, so who knows what’s left. I know there’s certainly no lack of things for me to eat up tonight.

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Playing Blogger Catchup

Posted on December 27, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes the day after Christmas can be just as exciting as the real thing itself. I started like any teenage boy the day after a present haul: playing my new wii game for an hour. Thank God for no responsibilities 🙂 By 8 at least I wasn’t the only one up so I started getting things done. Eventually, I worked up a breakfast that would get things out of the house.

Chocolate Mint Brownie Yogurt

Pumpkin Oatmeal In A Mighty Maple Jar With Monkey Boy Peanut Butter

I think that’s going to be a theme this week: eating to make room. We have so many leftovers! I secretly love it 🙂 The brownies and yogurt was so so good; I love chocolate mint and that creamy texture so much. And since the yogurt was sweetened with stevia and the brownie erithrytol it was all naturally low sugar, too(ergo I could make out this was a “healthy” breakfast. The oats in a jar were long awaited and a perfect touch. I had hoped on getting out, cashing some checks, and doing shopping before lunch but I’m definitely the faster movie in this house and that did not end up happening. Instead, I made a breakfast of comfort foods.

Asparagus, Thinly Sliced Spoon Roast, Whole Wheat Mac N' Cheese

I may have steamed the asparagus too long, but they were still nice. The spoon roast really had to be eaten a few days ago and for some reason I had steak and mac n’ cheese in my mind. The best thing about a kitchen scale is definitely being able to portion out individual servings of the instant stuff from a family size box before cooking it(because, if I made the thing, I could definitely put it all away, too :-)).

Eventually, we did get rolling. First up was Target to use up some gift certificates. Did anybody else get a singing one from Target? They’re cute, but they’re about 1/2 an inch thick. And I got 3 of them. Can you imagine the wallet disaster that is? I was able to use up 2 and transfer what remained on the last one to a normal gift card. After that we went to the mall to return some stuff where I only was able to score more gift certificates 😦 And then to Macy’s to exchange my mini food processor for this.

Black & Decker Food Processor

I think I hit upon a mac daddy of food processors! It ended up costing me $43 more but I think it will be entirely worth it. Banana soft serve, chocolate avocado pudding, raw cashew cookies, my own nut butters! Really–this is opening doors. After that I grabbed a quick drink.

Yumberry Pomegranate Lifewater

And then we were off to Whole Foods. I asked for chocolate for Christmas but not a single square wound up in my stocking 😦 I planned on getting a milk chocolate bacon bar which I’ve been wanting to splurge on since the Summer but they were all out 😦 😦 I’m sure I’ll find it next time because the man said he’d order some for me(though I’ll probably just go to a different Whole Foods that I know always carries them).

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar

I grabbed my favorite “candy bar”. Seriously–these are too good to be healthy. When I got home it was time to put away my new “toys”(though I bet I’ll be breaking the food processor out pretty soon to play with).

Marvel T-Shirt, Dark Chocolate Raspberry Chocolate Bar, Season 1 I Love Lucy

From Target I got some things on my Christmas list: a new shirt to wear/run in, chocolate, and I Love Lucy on DVD. I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been so aware that this show is never on TV anymore! Shame because it’s the best, don’t you agree?

My mom decided she needed to get out of the house for dinner. I decided I needed to stay in and eat “my food” for the first time in days. It all worked out and I got the run of the house for myself to play with. Naturally, I decided to turn to the oven and eat a meal probably no one would care about that they missed but me.

Maple Baked Tofu

Sweet Potato Maple Roasted Veggies Pie

There was definitely more maple syrup present here than at most breakfast tables because it was in the pie, on top, and all over the tofu. Scrumptious 🙂 I loved the real baked tofu; it’s 10 times more flavorful than the microwave. Unfortunately the back of the fridge froze the other half of my container and that got thrown away. And for “dessert” I had quick leftovers.

Cantaloupe With Sea Salt

Which were perfect with a little dessert fork. Tiny utensils are just the best. Christmas definitely threw me off because I had no idea it was Saturday night. But nothing ended up being on TV anyway 😦 Instead of pop in a movie I waited for parents to get home and watched Days, followed by more dessert.

Chocolate Soy Yogurt With A Peanut Butter And Chocolate Biscotti

I don’t even know how much cocoa powder and hand mixing it took to get soy yogurt that color and smooth but it was A LOT. I’ll definitely stick with plain chocolate yogurt from now on because of that and reserve soy yogurt for simpler things. These cookies still taste as good as ever. After this I was stuffed but had a HUGE craving for pecans, which I never get.

Oatmeal With Pecan Butter

This definitely put me over the top of fullness. But ’tis the season, right 😉 I can’t wait to make my own pecan butter with my food processor! I was actually planning on doing that at night, except I didn’t have any pecans… Definitely an ingredient fail.

This morning I had no motivation for anything. I stayed in bed for 40 minutes after looking outside to see the rain washed away most of the snow. Yuck. But when I felt guilty about not wanting to be active, I just kept in mind that they’ll be plenty of time for that in the future, and a day or a week or a month of pure laziness and joy should be well warranted.

Chocolate Mint Brownie Yogurt, French Toast Oatmeal

Also well warranted would be repeating the same yogurt from yesterday because it’s “healthy” and delicious and uses up leftovers. Can’t beat that logic, can you 😉 I think I need to get to making eggs the proper way again while I’m home but for the morning I like my oatmeal so this was a compromise. And now, of course, I’m looking for recipes to make with my new food processor and muffin top tins. If you have any at all, send them my way.

Would you believe the same blogger has a Newman’s giveaway, Vans Natural giveaway, Zevia giveaway, and Annie’s giveaway?

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Not On Schedule

Posted on December 21, 2009. Filed under: Daily Update, Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why bother making a schedule? Things happen; life happens. You can plan and plan the day but good luck having it work out.

Kashi Honey Almond Flax

I ended up being hungry before lunch–not planned because I never am? I thought this bar, which I’ve enjoyed before, would be nice. After eating it and thinking it was unusually stale and nasty, I realized it expired 2 months ago. Since when do things like this even expire? It was odd, to say the least.

While I was off-schedule anyway, I thought I’d get a head start on my baking. I planned on making this recipe with a bunch of little changes that I wrote up here. As it turned out, we had no flour. Really? I planned and planned for this and went to the store twice to get ingredients and never thought to check for flour? Ugh. After freaking out for about 5 minutes I decided to enlist help.

Red Dodge Neon

I called my 81 year old grandmother for a ride; if you see this card on the road ever, you might want to be a little careful. Actually, she’s not an awful driver, but I was holding on a little tight. She was happy to take me to Hannafords(she needed scratch tickets anyway, don’t ya know ;-)). While I was in her car I noticed two things.

Purple Steering Wheel

She has pizazz apparently. 3 years ago at Christmas, this steering wheel cover caused a heated argument during yankee swap; no one wanted it except the old people so that’s who it went to.

Wendy's Kids Meal Map

I also found kid’s meal stuff in the back seat. My grandmother and her 80 year old sister are the only two people who go on this car. Apparently, they’re not above ordering off the kid’s menu on their way to the casino. Oh, to be old…

King Arthur's White Whole Wheat Flour

I grabbed what I needed, and that was all. After I got home, I realized I was borderline hangry because it was almost 2pm(so not on schedule) and all I’d had for “lunch” was that expired granola bar. After a kitchen failure with 2 eggs and a pan, I made this masterpiece.

2 Egg Omelet With Broccoli

Seriously, this was so good; I think I tapped in to my inner “chef”. As I’ve said before, I’m a baker who loves precise times and measurements. Therefore, “meal” food doesn’t work well with me. I put that mindset aside, put “a lil’ earth balance” in the pan to melt, cooked the bottome of the egg “until it looked ready”, added the cheese and folded. It was so beautifully runny and rich and cheesy, just the way eggs should be. Maybe I do have a lil’ chef in me? In my attempt to get back on schedule, I quickly got working on the recipe.

Browning Earth Balance Butter

That would be 10 tablespoons of earth balance(original recipe calls for real butter) melting until brown and nutty. Amazingly, this wasn’t a Paula Dean recipe, either, but one featured on Healthy Eats. I actually think this might have been my favorite part; something about a large pool of melted, fragrant butter… *drool*. Anyway, while I was doing this I spotted some old friends.

Wild Turkey

There’s a group of 20something wild turkeys that live in our neighborhood. Naturally, I was nervous since I haven’t seen them since Thanksgiving. Turns out, they’re doing just fine in this snow.

The Beaters

There was definitely some licking of the raw dough with this recipe. No, it was not vegan, but I’ll take my chances on the raw eggs. Ever since I’ve seen documentaries on body builders who eat 6 eggs or something crazy to start their day, I’ve been a bit balls-to-the-wall with raw dough. I’m a wild man, right?

Peanut Butter And Chocolate Biscotti

The biscotti came out amazingly(minus the 6 or so that crumbled in to pieces). This recipe was definitely a winner with a little reworking. While I was baking, I got some fun packages.

NuttZo T-Shirt

The people at NuttZo saw I was a nut for their product and sent me a shirt! I’m such a brandaholic; I was actually wearing my zevia t-shirt just today, haha. I think I need to wear on Christmas just to kick off that conversation. And perfect timing because I just wrote a review for NuttZo this morning here.

Nature's Path Granola And Bars

I also got these awesome granola and bars. 2 weeks ago I was their “fan of the week” on facebook and got to pick out 3 products to get 2 boxes of. Naturally, I went for everything peanut butter or cherry. I’ve never tried any of these so I can’t wait to see how they are. Once the biscotti were done, I didn’t want to dive in to them because I wasn’t sure there’s enough for Christmas Eve and Christmas yet. Instead, I made some similar oatmeal.

Oatmeal With Teddy Unsalted Natural Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chips

I picked up this new peanut butter yesterday at Price Chopper while working on a guest post. It’s rated really better than most other brands. And it’s 1-ingredient: peanut. I needed to see what the fuss is about. I admit, for something unsalted this was rather tasty and had a good consistency(not “oily” at all yet still smooth and melty). I don’t know that it deserves the rating it does but it was pretty cheap, too, so I’m not complaining.

Let’s just say “workouts” at this point are definitely a point of contention; I don’t plan on forcing myself to do too much strengthening if it’s not what I want(I’m a cardio lover at heart), but I also don’t want to completely fall off the ladder. I resolved this by playing 2 rounds of wii tennis, 1 wii fitness test, and 2 sets of 25 stair flights. This also gave me time to plan dinner, which I had going before my mom got home.

Sirloin Roast, Roasted Brussels, Noggy Butternut Squash

Let’s just say, I couldn’t have dreamed this up better. It was soooooo good, and everyone enjoyed it I think, which makes me doubly happy. In ordinance with my “new plan” towards meat, I portioned out 3oz of rare meat, and loaded up on the vegetables. The meat was so excellent, and I think limiting that amount was just perfect in also letting me appreciate what I did have. I had in mind to mash butternut squash with 1/4 cup Silk Nog and some stevia to taste and my parents loved it(my mom thought it needed 2 tablespoons of brandy, haha). It was really earthy and delicious.

After all that, I finally got a chance to sit down and finish Days(which I started 3 hours ago). Now that Caitlin has reminded me via twitter that I have instant chocolate pudding in the pantry, I think you can guess what I’ll be “making”.

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Ridiculous And Amazing: Amazing

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

It would have been ridiculous to leave you hanging with part 1 for too long, so here’s the amazing part of my day yesterday.

We got to the event right on time and the whole place looked stunning:
This was, by all accounts, a foodie heaven. There were even a few other bloggers around, though most were people from corporations or other sources of the media. I really felt like a true food blogger just being there and I can’t wait for more opportunities like that. But I digress, let’s get to the eats!
Believe it or not, these were all just the appetizers and tasters. My easy favorite was the tuna tartar with ahi tuna in a ginger and chile aioli sauce that put my mouth on fire. It was perhaps the peak of ridiculousness, The pecan halibut with local honey mustard sauce was definitely a close runner up. But I did not care for the ritoni or the mahi mahi, both of which were a bit bland. I may have also had a few of these over the course of the night:
Let me set that straight. I had about 3 sips of the apple cider martini(my first alcoholic beverage ever by the way) and about 6 cups of organic decaf coffee. Your boy knows where it’s at. After that came time for the real deal stuff:
These were the courses being judged and they were all worth judging. But my clear favorite of the bunch was the steak with coffee gravy and banana squash puree and whole coffee beans on the top. Oh my god. I could have eaten the entire station of this. I had to shake the chefs hand on my way out and tell him how much in love I was with his dish. It was ridiculous that this didn’t win. The duck with coffee sauce and local produce salad was the judges favorite. That was definitely a strong dish and my 2nd favorite; the only one I didn’t care for was the sea urchin cappuccino, which was basically fish and vanilla cream… in the same cup. There was also a Ben and Jerry’s station with fair trade ice cream including a new flavor!
Unfortunatly, Ben, Jerry, and I are not a friendly crown. Three’s Company, they say. I think it stems from when I ate a pint of Lite Phish Food in one sitting(I‘d like to think this was ridiculous but that would just be an invitation to you all champ eaters to out show me so I won‘t), but ever since it’s been too creamy and thick for my preference, so I passed and went back for 2nds and 3rds on the real food.
Overall it was an amazing night. And the best, most ridiculous part about it was the loot I walked away with:
Umm, let’s see. Full grab bag + red delicious apple + 2 of the biggest yams I’ve ever seen + 2 bags of coffee(and my dad took a 3rd for me). I am well stocked now. Because my class was cancelled, it didn’t make sense for me to go back to Providence, though this clearly showed me how I’d changed. A month ago, I’d have loved any chance to go home; last night I actually would have liked to have gone back to my dorm, in all its food-lacking glory, because that’s where my home is now. But I was not going to make my dad drive for an extra hour plus, so I packed the bare essentials before I left my dorm at 5 and we went to my other home. I was a bit over psyched to find this waiting for me:
The gracious people at Sunland Inc offered to send me some of their nut butter to try. For shipping security reasons, they were sent to my house and arrived on Monday, so I planned on getting them over the weekend anyway. I can not wait to try these; they both sound so good! And banana peanut butter? Does anyone else think that’d go good with a certain recipe of mine?…

We got to the event right on time and the whole place looked amazing:

Chef Station

Chef Station

This was, by all accounts, a foodie heaven. There were even a few other bloggers around, though most were people from corporations or other sources of the media. I really felt like a true food blogger just being there and I can’t wait for more opportunities like that. But I digress, let’s get to the eats!

Roasted Tenderloin With Coffee Demi-Glaze And Simply Whipped Sweet Potato

Roasted Tenderloin With Coffee Demi-Glaze And Simply Whipped Sweet Potato

Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar On Naan

Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar On Naan

Sustainable Mahi Mahi With Preserve Peach Chutney And Local Cranberry And Apple Compote

Sustainable Mahi Mahi With Preserve Peach Chutney And Local Cranberry And Apple Compote

Butternut Squash  Risotto Arancini

Butternut Squash Risotto Arancini

Free Range Chicken Sate With Local Peach Chutney

Free Range Chicken Sate With Local Peach Chutney

Rotini Basilica

Rotini Basilica

Pecan Crusted Local Haddock With Local Honey & Mustard Sauce

Pecan Crusted Local Haddock With Local Honey & Mustard Sauce

Apple Stuffed Baked Vermont Brie Pastry

Apple Stuffed Baked Vermont Brie Pastry

Believe it or not, these were all just the appetizers and tasters. My easy favorite was the tuna tartar in a ginger and chile aioli sauce that put my mouth on fire. It was perhaps the peak of amazingness. The pecan halibut with local honey mustard sauce was definitely a close runner up. But I did not care for the arancini, pastry, or the mahi mahi, all of which were a bit bland. I may have also had a bit of this over the course of the night:

Apple Cider Martini

Apple Cider Martini

Let me set that straight. I had about 3 sips of the apple cider martini(my first alcoholic beverage ever by the way. Isn’t that amazing?) and about 6 cups of organic decaf coffee. Your boy knows where it’s at. After that came time for the real deal stuff:

Bacon And Coffee Crusted Pork With Sweet Potato Puree And Vanilla Cayenne Glaze

Bacon And Coffee Crusted Pork With Sweet Potato Puree And Vanilla Cayenne Glaze

Sea Urchin And Coffee Vanilla "Cappuccino"

Sea Urchin And Coffee Vanilla "Cappuccino"

Tea Smoked Sirloin With Banana Squash Puree And Coffee-Sunchoke Gravy

Tea Smoked Sirloin With Banana Squash Puree And Coffee-Sunchoke Gravy

Dark Roast Coffee Marinated Duck  With Parsnip Puree And Vanilla Chimichurri

Dark Roast Coffee Marinated Duck With Parsnip Puree And Vanilla Chimichurri

These were the amazing courses being judged. My clear favorite of the bunch was the steak with coffee gravy and banana squash puree and whole coffee beans on the top. Oh my god. I could have eaten the entire station of this. I had to shake the chefs hand on my way out and tell him how much in love I was with his dish. The duck with coffee sauce and local produce salad was the judges favorite. That was definitely a strong dish and my 2nd favorite. the only one I didn’t care for was the sea urchin cappuccino, which was basically fish and vanilla cream… in the same cup. There was also a Ben and Jerry’s station with fair trade ice cream including a new flavor!

Ben & Jerry's Station

Ben & Jerry's Station

Amazingly, despite all the ice cream I consume, Ben, Jerry, and I are not a friendly crown. Three’s Company, they say. I think it stems from when I ate a pint of Lite Phish Food in one sitting, but ever since it’s been too creamy and thick for my preference, so I passed and went back for 2nds and 3rds on the real food.

Overall it was an amazing night. But the best part was the amazing loot I walked away with:

Swag Bag

Swag Bag

Umm, let’s see. Full grab bag(with Oikos coupons) + red delicious apple + 2 of the biggest yams I’ve ever seen + 2 bags of coffee(and my dad took a 3rd for me). I am well stocked now. Because my class was cancelled, it didn’t make sense for me to go back to Providence, though this clearly showed me how I’d changed. A month ago, I’d have loved any chance to go home; last night I actually would have liked to have gone back to my dorm, in all its food-lacking glory, because that’s where my home is now. But I was not going to make my dad drive for an extra hour plus, so I packed the bare essentials before I left my dorm at 5 and we went to my other home. I was a bit over psyched to find this waiting for me:

Sunland Inc Peanut Butter

Sunland Inc Peanut Butter

The gracious people at Sunland Inc offered to send me some of their nut butter to try. For shipping security reasons, they were sent to my house and arrived on Monday, so I planned on getting them over the weekend anyway. I can not wait to try these; they both sound so good! And banana peanut butter? Does anyone else think that’d go amazing with a certain recipe of mine?…

No night is complete without a few desserts, and after that kingly dinner I still felt like I needed some grains and nuts in my system:
Clif Mountain Mix Mojo
Clif Mountain Mix Mojo
Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin

This was my first time trying this Mojo bar. On the front it said “peanuts, almonds, raisins, and chocolate chips” and it absolutely delivered! I hate when a bar sounds like one thing but gives you another, but that was basically the gist of the whole thing and it was amazing. I also might have snuck a little “chocolate cake” from the freezer. I didn’t even defrost it so it was like one big chocolate chip.

It was amazing how the little amount of coffee in all those dishes kept me up an extra 30 minutes. When I woke up 70 minutes later than planned, I was a little very flustered. I didn’t have my good shoes, my contacts burned like hell, and I didn’t have my new ipod or running watch. But it was such a beautiful day in N.E. I couldn’t pass up the chance to run on my home turf. All in all, I did a 7.5 mile course in what I think was 60:50. I didn’t have much time for the 1 oatmeal packet I packed, so I made a breakfast to go:

English Muffin With Raspberry Jam And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, Chocolate Greek Yogurt With Dark Cherries

English Muffin With Raspberry Jam And Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, Chocolate Greek Yogurt With Dark Cherries

Who says you have to go to a fancy shmancy party to eat amazing? I was a bit worried about breakfast because I really wasn’t prepared to eat at home, but I made do with what we had. I added unsweetened cocoa to vanilla yogurt to make it chocolatey, and added some frozen fruit(how I missed thee). Thankfully we had 2 english muffins left in the freezer from God knows when, so I toasted one and used some great spreads. See? I can make do with where I am; I don’t always need to pack for 2 weeks, haha 😛

Healthy Halloween? Sign me up! I still need to find a costume, too…

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TGIM

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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