It’s Moving Day

Posted on May 11, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m so so pleased with the response this morning’s post has been getting; I wasthinking that if it would resonate with just one reader it would be worth it and it sounds like a lot of you felt the same way. To Target we will go!

Home Fries

Home Fries

I don’t know whether the response to the post or these home fries have made me feel better. Really, I can’t get my mind off of these. And the fact that I’m the one who made them–wow! I can’t wait to be home where I won’t have to go down 3 flights of stairs with pans at 8am to make something like this more often.

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Vegan Chocolate Fudge

What would any morning be without fudge? I wanted a little pre-workout fuel. I think I went a little overboard after I took another tiny piece straight from the pan. But since I scraped the peanut butter not-quite-fudge layer off, that made it healthier, right?

12 Miles In 1:48:08

12 Miles In 1:48:08

I ran for 12 miles. I didn’t think I had those in me at first, but the fudge must have kicked in, or something. The last two miles were brutal, but only because The Today Show ended. I figured that wasn’t a good enough reason to cut the workout short.

Sweet Scoops Madagascar Vanilla

Sweet Scoops Madagascar Vanilla

I wasn’t hungry for a full meal, and I had my last class of the semester to get to, so instead of lunch I just snacked on some Sweet Scoops vanilla frozen yogurt and went on my merry way. Gotta empty that freezer somehow!

Baked Potato With Spicy Vegan Chili

Baked Potato With Spicy Vegan Chili

After class, I was definitely ready for a lunch. I reheated 1 1/2 baked potatoes and then topped that with 365 vegan organic spicy chili. Yum! With some extra sodium(because I’m a sodium pig), this was so very satisfying. I ate 3 baked potatoes today, and much more this week 8-| Why the new obsession? No clue, but I think it’s here to stay.

Packing

Packing

This was the state of my bed around 3:30. Now I’m fully packed and there’s about twice that, plus my minifridge and microwave. How are we ever going to get this all in one car load? I can’t say that we will… I needed chocolate to appease the situation.

Green & Black's Ginger Chocolate

Green & Black's Ginger Chocolate

I’m just in love with Green & Black’s ginger flavor now. It’s perfectly warm and satisfying. A constant supply of chocolate would make the world a much, much better place.

Coconut And Chocolate So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Creams

Coconut And Chocolate So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Creams

And now I’m waiting for my car to show up so we can start loading it. Again–gotta eat out that freezer. In here is the last of the chocolate coconut milk ice cream with a little bit of the coconut coconut milk ice cream. I think I just might be ice creamed-out for the day. Maybe. Then again, talk to me after another hour of moving bags full of junk and I’ll be saying pass the spoon.

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Mother’s Day Brunch On Broadway

Posted on May 9, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Restaraunt Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Happy Mothers Day! I have been loving today; it’s felt like my own very holiday even though I’ll never be a mom(and I’m OK with that)! And I think everyone else, including my own mom, has enjoyed it as well 😉

8 Miles 69:03

8 Miles 69:03

I ran a well-paced 8 miles while watching the newest Dr. Who(This episode freaked me out! for anyone else likewise addicted). I wanted to push it to 10 or even 12, but I just new my legs would appreciate me so much more if I didn’t, so I saved those miles for a rainy day.

Blueberry Chobani With Raw Almond Butter

Blueberry Chobani With Sprouted Almond Butter

I had some time before my family would arrive so I refueled with a blueberry Chobani and Better Than Roasted sprouted almond butter. Blueberry and almond is such a magnificent combination!

Better Than Roasted Raw Almond Butter

Better Than Roasted Sprouted Almond Butter

I couldn’t help myself from finishing off the almond butter jar(it was a small one) when my parents were running late. I’ve never made this parallel before in my mind, but isn’t nut butter straight from the jar like a vegan’s form of turkey jerky from a bag? I think so. Once everyone did arrive, we set off to this place for lunch:

Nick's On Broadway

Nick's On Broadway

Despite being in Providence almost a year, I haven’t been able to get myself to Nick’s On Broadway until today. It was highly recommended by Heather and Sabrina and was voted in the top 59 breakfast places in America! Even though the wait was an hour, I had a feeling it would be well worth it for Mother’s day brunch.

Open Kitchen

Open Kitchen

We watched the chefs in the open kitchen while we waited, and the smell of homefries, eggs, and toast with butter was absolutely intoxicating. We got a table earlier than expected and someone wasted no time:

Drinks Galore

Drinks Galore

That would be my grandmother with both a sangria and a bloody mary in front of her. She actually ended up with neither and drinking a decaf coffee instead, but I thought the photo was funny 😉 I sipped the bloody mary and even though I have nothing to compare it to I have to say it was really really good, and that’s from someone who hates horseradish. My one complaint was that the decaf coffee, which I did have, wasn’t terribly hot at all. I was so excited for my meal.

Local Hereford Beef

Local Hereford Beef

Homefries

Homefries

I ordered a local cut of beef with a side of homefries. Between Providence and the Garden Grill Cafe, I’ve grown a love for homefries and had to try Nick’s; they were deliciously and not overly oily at all while still being crisp and delicious.

Local Hereford Beef

Local Hereford Beef

The beef was perfectly cooked and seasoned, with a nice herby crust and a rare center. I love the emphasis on local, which is something I’ve found a lot of in Providence. It’s easy to want to eat from within your own state when it’s the smallest in the country 😉 On the way out the head chef, Derek, wished us well and a happy Mother’s day, which I thought was a great, personal touch. Overall I had a fantastic time at Nick’s and can’t wait to go back again.

Whole Foods Bag

Whole Foods Bag

We did some grocery shopping and I had a HUGE craving for what was in the bag. Can you guess what it might have been?

Sweet Scoops Madagascar Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Scoops Madagascar Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Ice cream! The real, dairy deal. No coconut milk would have sufficed for me, and this was so good. It tasted like straight up vanilla extract, which I know a certain blogger would appreciate if she could tolerate dairy.

Microwave Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Microwave Vegan Chocolate Fudge

And now for my dessert-dessert, I’m eating the last piece of microwave vegan chocolate fudge. This would be such a sadder moment if I didn’t also pick up earth balance and have something in the fridge cooling at this very moment 😉 Check back tomorrow for a new and delicious recipe! And now I need to get back to Leap Year; I have 3 hours before it expires which worries me even though it’s only 90 minutes long.

What do you order at brunch? I don’t usually crave eggs. And as much as I love the smell of toast I cant tolerate the gluten. But one thing my brunch has to have is homefries. I’m awful at making them myself and, when they’re done right, I could eat them as my main course!

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My Night In Rhymes

Posted on May 8, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , |

I’d rather be cooking,
Or go for a run.
And though working’s no fun
It has to be done.
Yukon Gold Potato Covered In Vegetarian Chili, Broccoli With Seasoned Tofu

Yukon Gold Potato Covered In Vegetarian Chili, Broccoli With Seasoned Tofu

That supper last night,
it filled me up well.
My stomach did swell,
I lie I do not tell.
Sweet Scoops Black Raspberry

Sweet Scoops Black Raspberry

Topping With Green & Black's Cherry Chocolate

Topping With Green & Black's Cherry Chocolate

Black Raspberry With Cherry Chocolate

Black Raspberry With Cherry Chocolate

There’s always room
For sweets and ice cream.
If you play for my team,
this is the scheme.
Peach Mango Honest Kombucha

Peach Mango Honest Kombucha

Before I slept,
I drank this kombucha, too.
The flavor was new.
I’d not recommend it to you.
To get things moving,
I better turn on the power.
I’ve been awake for an hour,
no breakfast, no shower.
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Nutrition Starts TODAY

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Rise and shine! It’s always easy to say that when you’re the one who got a good nights sleep, but a nightmare to hear on the other end. Right? I am so ready to start my day, get back to classes(which, according to this post, a lot of you can sympathize with), and maybe sneak a run in? Only if it doesn’t feel like an overexertion.

Sweet Scoops Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Sweet Scoops Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

I grew up always eating ice cream at my grandparents house. Lots and lots of ice cream. Because of that, I developed a strong taste for the “old people flavors”, or at least the ones they always kept: black raspberry and coffee. Black raspberry easily trumped coffee in my book, along with most other flavors. And so I was super excited to find a brand that makes an all-natural one. And they’re local! Double bonus 🙂

The actual flavor was a little light on the sweetness and a touch icey. That said, I’ll gladly finish this pint, and I’m sure there’s another one down the road I’ll have, too. Last night, I got to enjoy this while reading 1 of the 4 food magazines I’ve had sitting around for way too long. I fall behind on those so easily with school work 😦 Once that was done, I pulled out dessert number 2.

Local, Gluten-Free Brownie

Local, Gluten-Free Brownie

In case you were wondering why I didn’t call this post Nutrition started yesterday, where the hell were you?”, this is why. I realized there were about 10 other, more vitamin-packed things I could eat in this dorm to fight my flu. But we picked this up at a little Natural store in my hometown and I wanted to eat it while it was fresh. C’est la vie. Oh yeah, and on including nutritional panels on home baked goods: I did not want to know.

Local, Gluten-Free Brownie

Local, Gluten-Free Brownie

This was good, but not really great. It had that “gluten-free flour” taste to it, which it masked with loads ad loads of dark chocolate chips. I’d rather have one of my gluten free brownies, which definitely have less fat and still taste phenomenal. Plus, I think the black bean flavorin them is less pronounced than the starchy flavor in this one.

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter, Pomegranate Yogurt With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Multi-Vitamins

Oatmeal With Chocolate Almond Butter, Pomegranate Yogurt With Pomegranate Walnut Granola, Multi-Vitamins

After 10 hours of serious downtime in bed(part of which spent with the brownie), the oatmeal of the day was topped with Justin’s chocolate almond butter. This stuff is serious yum, but I can’t wait to restock on the chocolate peanut butter. And to get my probiotic dosage pomegranate Chobani topped with the remainder of an Honest Foods pomegranate walnut crisp plank. I love how much seeds and nuts are in these! But I wish that were all there where and not whole wheat flour :-/ I don’t think a little at the bottom end of the ingredient list is going to trigger any gluten-intolerance; I just wish it weren’t there.

Yummi Bears Sour Multi-Vitamins

Yummi Bears Sour Multi-Vitamins

Aren’t these little buggers cute? They bring me to a theme I’ve been thinking about lately. I’d like to [re]emphasize in my diet over the next month the following things

  • Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics
  • 3 sour gummy bears daily
  • More fresh and raw fruits and vegetables, when available
  • Less sugar
  • 3 Servings of dairy a day, max
  • Be more gluten aware

Like I said, this isn’t so much a change as a re-emphasis on things. And nothing’s maniacally absurd. I’d like to reduce dairy because it’s mucus forming which is an easy gateway to getting sick.

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Super Salad And The Great Egg Debate

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Good afternoon! It feels more like afternoon now than evening or night just because it’s still sunny! This time shift thing is definitely throwing me for a loop; I love the extra light at the end of the day, but feeling around for everything in the dark at 6:15? Not a fan. P.S. Google Reader and formatting both have not been my biggest fan today so if you missed my chocolate obsession eating and Alter Eco review you can still read it here.

Red Delicious Apple

I had my entire lunch packed and ready to go for class when hunger struck like a brick 20 minutes before hand. Rather than gobble down what I packed, I grabbed this apple. Most foods I like to eat slowly and savour but apples I can deal with the chew-and-go nature. Besides, I really wanted to give time to the salad I made.

Hemp Oil Dressing And Mulberries

The combo of these ingredients does not get old. But winding back, last week I was craving chickpeas like craaaazy but since I try to make the most out of my meal plan and the dining hall never had any, I was out of luck 😦 Over the weekend, I decided since when does anyone go poor off of buying canned chickpeas? So welcome back to my life chickpea salad!

Chickpea, Mulberry, And Cheddar Salad Over Dressed Spinach, Gingerade Kombucha

What makes this a super salad are all the other ingredients. First I overdress the greens with Foods Alive hemp oil sweet & sassy dressing, which really does have that sweet(agave nectar) vinegary flavor going on. Next up, I toss 1/2 a can chickpeas with Navitasdried mulberries(a superfruit!) and a diced raw & probiotic cheddar cheese stick ala Next Generation Dairy. I think cheese sticks by their very nature are super, don’t you?

Chickpea, Mulberry, And Cheddar Salad Over Dressed Spinach

The result is one big old trip to flavertown–I never thought I could enjoy a salad so much! And the health benefits here are ridiculous. Beans? Great vegan fiber and protein. The cheese has living enzymes for positive digestive health. The spinach is filled with vitamins!! The mulberries–well they’re a superfruit so they have to be healthy but they’re also a great subtle sweetness. And the hemp oil has healthy omega-6’s and -3’s. You can’t go wrong! I really enjoyed washing it down with a gingerade kombucha; did you know ginger has anti-flu properties to it? Not to mention kombucha also restores your body’s alkalinity and is probiotic as well. Wow, I’ve beaten that salad to death, so I’ll move on to dessert.

So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Yogurt And Sweet Scoops Mint Chip Frozen Yogurt

Flash forward after 3 hours of class and some email responding and you have a munchy college student on the first day the sun’s been out 5 days. The answer? Ice cream! To shake things up, I had a scoop of Sweet Scoops‘ mint chip froyo(dairy & probiotic) with a scoop of So Delicious‘ vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream(vegan). The flavor came out perfect with a coolness from the mint and a cleanness from the vanilla bean. And since my stomach’s been a bit off since Sunday when I had that gluten-freefilled cookie, this was easy cals to take in without feeling more bloated.

French Toast Ingredients

Now if you thought lunch was just the bee’s knees, you’re going to looove dinner. I’ve had eggs in my fridge for weeks now that I’ve been wanting to eat but not knowing how to eat in a way that would excite me. Why eggs? Because they’re packed with protein and healthy, nutrient-rich fat from the yolk when they’re given the right feed. These were local, organic, and tested for 600mg Omega-3’s per 2 eggs, which is excellent! Especially since my diet has been lacking DHA omega-3 from fish this entire month and 1/2 I’ve been at school. Then I just needed to decide what to do with them…

Cornmeal French Toast Oatmeal

The man(and I’m pretty sure this was a man and a lazy bachelor living in a crappy apartment at that) who first used breakfast for dinner as an excuse was a genius. Since french toast oatmeal never fails me and tastes delicious, I figured that would be appropriate. To switch it up, I replaced the oatbran with cornmeal! And then continued to make it with 2 local & organic Country Hen eggs and patted with pasture butter, drizzled with New Hampshire maple syrup, and then topped with cinnamon and vanilla powder–magnifique! as the French would say 😉

Like I said and believe, eggs are very nutritious in their complete form. However, they’re subject to so much labeling! You can get regular, cage-free, cage-free organic, cage-free vegetarian fed, omega-3–the list goes on. Personally, I think so long as it’s vegetarian fed, it’s good enough; that’s really the only label I think “matters” and while some can be better vegetarian fed, the changes after that get wish-washy. However, I try to buy the most labeled eggs I can find. This time, I bought the Country Hen eggs; usually I go for Eggland’s Best cage-free, organic, even though I think they’re just as good as their regular ones. Why? The labeling makes me feel better. It just does when it comes to eggs–not all foods, but eggs in particular. I like to imagine the happy chicken wandering around dropping eggs as she pleases(even though I realistically know this is never the case) and so I shell over the extra money for the better bird. What about you? Does it matter at all, or are you at some sort of conflict like me?

And here’s an awesome giveaway for coconut oil!

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Full Of Probiotics

Posted on March 4, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

That pretty much describes me right now! These days, I don’t really keep track of any part of my diet. I don’t do calorie counting, I don’t keep track of my fruit and veggie intake, if I’m not down with a protein at a meal I let it slide, etc. The one thing I have sort of kept up with as of lately is getting 2 sources of probiotics a day. They’re a superfood of mine because I think they’re great for digestion, an upset stomach, and longevity. But even this isn’t much of a “goal” because 2 sources is quite average for me. You know what’s not average? 5. And that’s all before dessert.

Pineapple Chobani With Custom Goji Granola

Backing up, what are probiotics? They’re strands of bacterial culture added to foods, most recognizably yogurt. Since these bacteria already exist in our digestive tracks, eating more of them helps to bolster any that might have died out over time. Probiotics have been suggested to have a host of other benefits from weight management(unless you’re only getting them through gallons of frozen yogurt) to flu prevention. This morning, I got S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L. Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei from my pineapple Chobani.

Hemp Oil Dressing And Mulberries

For lunch, I had another superfood salad in mind! I had something like this Monday; I’m really not a big salad eater, but something about this particular combination of ingredients just “works” and made me crave it. In the mix was a good dose of Foods Alive‘s Hemp Oil Sweet & Sassy dressing and Navitas Naturals mulberries.

Chickpea, Mulberry, And Garlic Cheddar Salad Over Dressed Spinach, Gingerade Kombucha

Chickpea, Mulberry, And Garlic Cheddar Salad Over Dressed Spinach

I mixed the dressing with spinach, and made a composite of chickpeas, garlic, sea salt, diced Next Generation Dairy raw & probiotic garlic parsley cheddar, and the mulberries. I love the mulberries here, which are like golden raisins but less sweet and more fiberous. On the side, I had a gingerade kombucha. Overall, not only was this meal fantastic, but it was amazingly healthy. The dressing, spinach, mulberries, cheese, and drink were all raw. Only the chickpeas were cooked, but those are healthy anyway so who cares? And the cheese was fortified with Ganeden BC30 probiotics, while the kombucha has 1 billion Lactobacillus Bacterium and S. Boulardii. That’s a lot of cultures!

Mint Chip Sweet Scoops Frozen Yogurt

Let’s just say I was more than happy to get out of my class at 4pm–it was the weekend! And I needed it, too, seeing as how much I had juggling in my mind to handle “once the school work was done with”. Well, really the first thing I did was get to my dorm, turn on the computer, and scoop out some frozen yogurt. We picked up this mint chip frozen yogurt from Sweet Scoops on Sunday; I’ve had it before so I knew I’d like it. Plus I love anything mint. But I think Sweet Scoops is also good because they keep the milk kind of fatty so it has a thick texture.  And it had my good friends, L. Bulgaricus & S. Thermophilus–score.

If you’ve ever wondered about the cultures in frozen yogurt(because I know you have ;-)), they are live but–unlike in yogurt–are not active. The freezing process puts the bacteria into a dormant state. Once they get into your system, however, where the temperature is much higher, they become active again. That is what makes frozen yogurt what it is(it has nothing to do with fat content). Running around like the nut that I am pressing tofu and shoving vegetables in the oven, I needed more fuel before dinner. Enter into my life more probiotics:

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Milk Chocolate Peanut Sunspires

How many times do I eat this? A lot. And yet I never thought to notice that each time I do I’m taking in L. Bulgaricus, S. Thermophilus, L. Rhamnosus, L. Acidophilus, Bif. Bifidum, and Bif. Animalis. Good to know. It was also quite delicious, perfectly sweet and salty, and a little nutty. I’ve heard that Stop & Shop employees in R.I. are going on strike this weekend! I sure hope not; it’s $1 cheaper to get these So Delicious soy yogurts there than it is at Whole Foods. Now, if you can believe it, there weren’t any probiotics at dinner.

Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato Chunks With Maple Baked Tofu

What it was was my ultimate comfort food dish; would it make sense to have anything else on a snowy night that’s kicking off the weekend? I think not. I was thinking about putting this on a plate, but a bowl seemed so much more comforting. Bowl? Plate? Doesn’t matter? This all tasted awesome with some sea salt to balance it out. I’m impressed the tofu pressed well in only 90 minutes.

Not only was that bowl incredibly comforting, it’s going to be very well digested. I think I got about 10 different strands of bacteria in me, if not more, and billions of cultures. Incredible, huh? Don’t get me wrong–today was a bit of an abnormality, and really getting any probiotics is a good start. If you aren’t a yogurt or frozen yogurt fan(although how could you not be?), they also make supplements that are concentrated forms of probiotics; Avery would be the one to see on those. Now, I’m freezing my butt off tonight; the bacteria strand S. Thermophilus would not be happy(this means heat lover in Greek). I think they lowered the heat in the whole building because my coconut oil used to even be liquid at room temp and now I’m cold 😦 PJ’s, a sweatshirt, and Survivor will cure the cold.

And because I’m tired of writing out scientific names for bacteria, I’ll talk about giveaways. Kate is giving away ch-ch-ch-chia seeds. Click here to win some Maranatha. There’s also a Tropical Tradition Coconut Oil giveaway. Here’s a chance to get some of my favorite protein bars. And, lastly, a [me] & goji custom cereal giveaway.

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