I hardly ever…actually, never… record “food diary” style entries in my blog, but today I have a few reviews, so I am making an exception. I have a pretty long and busy day today so, I thought it was appropriate for a double dose of Amazing Grass. My victims:
I woke up feeling like I had a sore throat coming on! AH! I CANNOT AFFORD TO BE SICK!!! I decided to start my day with a dose of greens and OJ. I prefer mixing the powders into smoothie form to reduce the grittiness, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I poured the BERRY Green SuperFood pack into a large glass and mixed it with a bit of water before adding the orange juice. The Verdict: Not too bad!! I was expecting it to have a weird taste but it was fruity, light and refreshing. It did have a bit of a gritty texture (not lumpy though, it mixed fairly well), but you have to anticipate that when you mix a powder into liquid. It soothed my throat and gave me necessary energy to power through my 9:40-10:55 ballet class (NO COFFEE NEEDED!). I paired my drink with a cool breakfast of 1/4 cup muesli soaked in 1 cup of vanilla soy milk, cinnamon and a sliced banana. I swear there is something about the sunflower seeds in this muesli that makes it extra hearty. They are nutty, crunchy, and the star ingredient in this mix!
During my second class (I usually have to run because this class starts at 11:05), I fueled up with my new Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar. I picked the chocolate bar to try first, because I was slightly nervous about the contents, and EVERYTHING tastes better when covered in chocolate…right? The Verdict: It wasn’t as scary as it looked!! I really liked the taste; it had the distinct flavor of Green Amazing Grass, which to me tastes like a combination of banana and green tea, and was chocked full of dried fruits and nuts! The density was nice (it was an extremely hearty bar), however; I found it a bit too dry, and I was constantly sipping on my coffee (BAD NORA…it’s the last day before Lent I couldn’t say no, I love the flavor) to clear the particles from my teeth. Overall I really enjoyed this bar and it kept me satisfied and motivated through my lifting session after class. On the days that I lift, I typically do a light 20 minute elliptical warm up, but today I was motivated to do a 20 minute run! Talk about green power!
This bar is 230 calories with 9g of fat (1.5 grams of Omega-6, and .2g of Omega 3), no cholesterol, 25mg (1% daily value) sodium, 330mg (9% DV) Potassium, 37g (12%DV) carbohydrates, 5g (10%DV) protein, 35% DV (all from Beta-carotene) Vitamin A, 15% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 15% Iron, 20% Vitamin K and 8% Vitamin B-12. To see a full list of ingredients click here.
After lifting, it was lunch time. I really liked the Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted whole grain bread I purchased a while ago, and decided to give their cinnamon raisin a try. I have to pause here for a “YUM” moment, it was fantastic. I wasn’t in the mood for an almond butter and jelly sandwich, so I tried something a bit more savory with the sweet bread, creating my “I Miss Thanksgiving” sandwich.
I went on a refrigerator hunt for goat cheese (LOVE goat cheese on dried fruit/nut bread!) and cranberry sauce but was out of luck, so I went for the next best things. I spread one piece of toast with lingonberry jam and one with pumpkin butter. I sprinkled cinnamon over the pumpkin butter and almonds over the jam, and added slices of extra sharp white cheddar, mixed greens, alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens, cucumber and sliced turkey breast. I enjoyed my sandwich with an apple, and I have to say, it was all I expected and more– a simple lunch full of Thanksgiving flare. My favorite part of this sandwich was the contrast of sweet raisins, pumpkin butter and Cinnamon against the sharp cheese and peppery sprouts. I think next time I might make a grilled cheese and pumpkin butter sandwich with this bread–I can guarantee that it will be out of this world good!
I have work tonight from 3-6pm but know that it will fly by. I have had such a good day of “living life and eating right” (yes I am THAT corny), that nothing could shatter my attitude. All the while, I will be dreaming up a yummy dinner to complete my day…and don’t worry, I’ll be sure to post.
Eating AMAZING and Feeling AMAZING,
Have you tried any Amazing Grass products? What is your favorite, and how do you enjoy it? (i.e If it is a drink mix what do you add it to…if it is a bar, do you eat it as a post work out snack? A quick energy boost when your on the run?)