Posted in Almond Butter, Almond Milk, Bakery, Banana, Breakfast, Chobani, Cinnamon, Crofter's, Lunch, Nuts, Oatmeal, Sandwich, Sandwiches, tagged Almond Butter, Avocado, Banana, Breakfast, Chia Seeds, Chobani, Cinco de Mayo, Crofter' Organic, Ezekiel 4:9 Bread, flax, Lunch, Monster Sandwich, Overnight Oats on May 5, 2010|
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m READY! I’m ready to take MY LAST TEST and ready to be DONE WITH COLLEGE! I started today feeling quite prepared. Last night as I was waiting for my artichoke to cook, I assembled both breakfast and lunch. I knew I wasn’t going to have much time before my exam, and hate feeling rushed so this was an excellent decision. For breakfast I had overnight oats.
This happy crab bowl contains: 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 TBS rolled oats, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp ground flax, cinnamon, 1/2 a banana, 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk. I added 1/3 cup Chobani Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt, crunchy almond butter, Crofter’s Asia Superfruit Spread, blackberries, more cinnamon and a splash of almond milk in the morning.
I’m debating my overnight oats method. I think next time I’m going to add more liquid and chia seeds. I like using oat bran for warm oats because it adds so much volume, but I think for cold oatmeal it just gives it a pasty consistency. I really liked the roasted/salted almond butter in my oats! I thought it was too salty alone but when you add it to oatmeal it gives the perfect amount of flavor. I’m also starting to rekindle my love for Crofter’s in my oats. The Asia Superfruit Spread is one of my favorites, containing whole pieces of raspberries and yumberries. I really liked the tartness in conjunction with the sweet banana and full-flavored almond butter. I need to get over my green monster streak and get back on the oats band wagon!! In all honesty, I love green monsters and they really hit the spot when I’m in the mood but NOTHING fills me the way oats do.
For lunch today I’m having yet another monster sandwich. I went a little festive, and added avocado for the holiday! Plus I love avocado. I will be packing some variation of sides to enjoy with my sandwich that are yet to be determined, but I’m thinking apple slices, celery and carrot sticks with almond butter for dipping! I like that idea…so be it. This sandwich was made with two slices of whole grain Ezekiel bread, 1/4 of an avocado, hot sauce, 1/4 red bell pepper, 1/2 Roma Tomato, sprouts and turkey. I know I say this everyday, but I am quite pleased with my fridge cleaning abilities!
My exam is probably going to take me the entire three hours, so snacks will be necessary. I stuck a few “emergency” bars from my stash into my bag last night. See how prepared I am? I’m working at the bakery tonight, which I am SO excited for because it is the perfect way to spend some down time before finishing up my paper for Friday. Dinner will be a random lunch box throw together with some Cinco de Mayo flare. Perhaps a sweet potato and black bean burrito? The world may never know.
Happy Hump Day,
Do you own a lunch box? What do you usually pack in it?
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Posted in Almond Milk, Almonds, Amazing Grass, Antioxidant, Apple, Bakery, Banana, Breakfast, Cheese, Chobani, Cinnamon, Granola, Nutrition, Nuts, Pumpkin, Smoothie, Spinach, tagged Almond Butter, Amazing Grass, Artisana Coconut Butter, Beets, Chobani, Dinner, Fruit, Green Monster, Kodiak cakes, natures path granola, Smoothie, smoothie in a bowl, Soy Milk, Tempeh on April 25, 2010|
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AH! I feel like I have been away for ages! This weekend was a little NUTS and filled with a few too many NUTS.
I began my Saturday with a lovely breakfast with my roommate of Cinnamon Peaches and Cream Kodiak Cakes with sliced pineapple, watermelon, orange juice and coffee on the side. I love Kodiak Cakes. Unlike many whole wheat mixes I have tried, Kodiak cakes are fluffy, doughy and extremely easy to make. For a single serving all you have to do is add 1/3 cup mix with 1/3 cup water! I added cinnamon to the batter and topped it with sliced peaches, Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt and more cinnamon. My roommate always thinks it’s a bit odd when I take pictures of food (she doesn’t know about my blog) so I decided to forgo a picture and enjoy our breakfast together. There was a big event on campus so we headed over for a while to enjoy the nice weather, music and good company. Before I knew it, it was 4pm and I was so busy having fun that I had forgotten lunch! I’m a little embarrassed to post this (and almost didn’t), because the premise of my blog is “healthy living” and this definitely wasn’t the healthiest of days for me, skipping lunch and then going a bit overboard with my evening eats. But blunders are a part of life–living and learning
I was starving and slightly thirsty when I got back so I decided to make myself a SUPER Green Monster topped with Granola and Raw Almonds. This monster was so big that I barely fit it into the bowl! It contained: 1 large frozen banana, 1 carrot, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, 1 scoop GREEN Amazing Grass Superfood, ~1 TBS peanut butter, 2/3 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/3 cup water, 2 large handfuls of spinach and 3 ice cubes. I topped it off with 1/4 cup Nature’s Path Vanilla Almond Granola with Flax and raw almonds.
After a few bites, I thought I needed more substance so I added melted Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and Coconut Butter to my bowl. This was very tasty but I think I went a little over board with my nut butters! It was really filling, but I couldn’t consider it a full meal especially since I missed lunch. A little while later I had an apple, a large carrot and made a plate with a serving Dr. Crackers and Broccoli and topped it off with a copious amount melted Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. I was beyond full and decided a nap was in order after such a long day. When I woke up, I wasn’t hungry but made a snack with the rest of my Chobani, Almond Butter ~2 TBS and cinnamon . I also made toast topped with almond butter, raspberry jam, chopped date and apple sauce (random but delicious!). I nearly emptied my almond butter jar so I think it’s safe to say that oats in a jar will be making an appearance this week. Everything I consumed was “healthy food” but the quantity was a bit much; my eyes were much bigger than my stomach! I love nut butters but they tend to be the type of food that I can get a bit carried away with. Between the peanut butter, almond butters and coconut butter I think I had something around 5-6 TBS in a very short period of time.
Needless to say my stomach was NOT feeling so hot after all of these random-mish-mashed foods. I was just looking for a quick fix and went a little overboard. Happens to the best of us.
I wasn’t hungry when I woke up this morning, and my stomach was still feeling uneasy from my food selections but each day is a new day for health. I decided to start today on a fresh foot with a bowl of sliced strawberries, blackberries, Nature’s Path Vanilla-Almond Flax Granola, and vanilla soy milk. I had an apple and cappuccino for a mid-afternoon snack and started to feel a bit more on track. I settled for an early dinner which was fresh and clean. A big spinach salad with 1/3 block tempeh, 1/2 of a roasted beet, 1 golden beet, cucumber, red pepper, tomato, mushrooms, 1 large carrot, clover sprouts in a red wine vinaigrette. I had a few Dr. Krackers on the side and for dessert I had an ice cream sandwich.
I usually carry around granola bars and pack small snacks “in case of emergency”. I hate when I miss a meal or a snack and then try to compensate for it later in the day; it just leaves me feeling uncomfortably full and lethargic. Like I said before, each day is a new day for health so I just left my Saturday behind and started Sunday off with a fresh outlook. My mom always says, it’s better to be proactive then to dwell on things.
To Fresh Starts,
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Posted in Bakery, Banana, Bear Naked, Cheese, Chobani, Cinnamon, Dinner, Granola, Lunch, Nuts, Product Review, Snack Bars, Snacks, Spinach, Thoughts, Wine/Beer, tagged Bear Naked, Chobani, Dessert, Dinner, Fruit, Kashi, Kashi Go Lean, Kombucha, Life, Lunch, Nuts, Perry's Ice Cream, Produce, Snacks on April 22, 2010|
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Do you ever have days where you feel like you are constantly racing against the clock? It is either moving too fast or too slow, leaving you bored and idle or overwhelmingly busy. Today was one of those for me. After my morning classes I grabbed lunch at a campus eatery (loaded salad–mixed greens, spinach, water chestnuts, snow peas, chick peas, marinated portobello mushroom, artichoke hearts, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, tofu…and much more with a Granny Smith apple) and still had time to kill so I went to Starbucks for no particular reason. I was bored so I got a grande hazelnut latte and a Berries GoMega Odwalla Bar. I know sugar-free lattes aren’t the best for me but I have a slight addiction. I don’t even want to know what chemicals are in it, it’s GOOD. Win some, lose some right? I really liked the Berries GoMega bar. I wasn’t particularly hungry for it but I ate the entire thing because it was SO delicious. I loved the pieces of dried fruit and the light sweetness of the bar.
After my afternoon class I came back to get ready for work. As I was packing up dinner I decided I needed a snack. I ate a large carrot while I was packing my lunch box (not even sure what I threw in there…some tempeh, a banana, veggies, roasted beets, cheese, nuts…I was going full speed, I can’t even remember!) followed by a Cranberry Kombucha, 1 cup Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt with Bear Naked Fruit and Nut and Blackberries. I only had about a 1/2 cup left of this granola (I put about 2 TBS into my yogurt), and to my COMPLETE sadness, it was all mushy and stale. After a few bites, I added a good amount Kashi GoLean Crunch and Kashi Mountain Medley Granola for crunch. I have had the Mountain Medley for a while and it isn’t my favorite granola so I sprinkled some on top to continue working on widdling down my stash.
I have to pause here for a moment and tell you about MY FIRST KOMBUCHA experience. All I really have to say is: “Hello Lover.” I have been wanting to try it for a while after hearing about health benefits, and seeing it in blogs. Lindsay from Cotter Crunch recommended Cranberry to me for a “first try” flavor. I’m a girl who likes beer, so the suprising beer-like flavor from the fermentation was appealing. It tasted like beer meets cranberry juice…beer-mopolitan? Regardless, it was refreshing to drink and I will be going back for more. Thanks Lindsay!
Dinner was a mishmash at work followed by a bite of a pumpkin muffin and dark chocolate almonds. When I got home I continued my “rushed” state and finally settled down to a big bowl of Perry’s Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt. I didn’t take the time to get a picture of my bowl (er…well I went back for seconds, so of my two bowls.) but I wanted to show this AMAZING yogurt off. Just look at those peanut butter ripples. I love huge chunks of frozen peanut butter; they melt in your mouth! The chocolate chips are big squares and give it a nice crunch. Honestly, how can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?
I felt like I was rushing all day long. My mind was moving a mile a minute, and I felt like I was incapable of doing everything that needed to be done/addressed in the course of my day. My stomach was actually a bit upset from the randomness/perhaps at times a bit too large quantity of food. It reminds me that life is never perfect OR easy. You can’t plan out every moment. You just have to go for the ride, let things happen and accept them for what they are. That being said, it is always nice to take a DEEP BREATH and SLOW DOWN when things seem to be getting out of control. When my world starts feeling off , I have to step back and get a healthy dose of perspective. Usually perspective comes from some self-reflection…and my mom.
1) I’m really, REALLY against wasting food. Even if I don’t really like the item I bought, I try to think of ways to use it all up. My Fruit and Nut granola was not worth saving. It was so mushy and stale :(. Instead of throwing it all out I saved the nuts from the bag….well..more like picked them out and ate them. I’m so thrifty.
2) Along with my “sugar-free” syrup love, I also really like a sparkling beverage produced by my grocery store that is chocked full of preservatives and aspartame. I try not to think about the list because it is so good! I’m not a huge soda drinker but these things are bubbly and refreshing!
To a Calm Tomorrow,
What are your “guilty pleasures”?
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I hope everyone had a relaxing day of rest! I spent a little too much time in my apartment snacking/movie watching/doing busy work on my computer and HAD to get out! I decided to take a “walk and talk” and called my mom for a little catching up and a heart to heart. When I returned I prepared a quick and easy fish dinner.
I know I have said this several times but I LOVE working at my grocery store. Not only because the bread department is amazing, but also because the store environment is so positive. All of the workers genuinely care and respect each other and go above and beyond to demonstrate extraordinary customer service. Even on my days off I love walking in because it feels like coming home to a big, welcoming family. I am greeted with a smile and conversation by employees in every department, regardless if we actually know each other. Today I was talking to one of my friends in the seafood department and he recommended the Alaskan Halibut. I decided to splurge and bought a piece.
I had to have an early dinner tonight and since I had a late lunch/was snacking all day wanted to keep it light. I baked the halibut with a little olive oil, thyme and parsley at 375 for about 15-20 minutes. I finished the fish with a “tapanade” aka roughly chopped kalamata olives and fresh Roma tomato. On the side I had a Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad with a POM vinaigrette. I roasted 1 medium beet and 1 golden beet at 400 for 40 minutes. Once cooled, I cut them into small cubes and dressed it with a vinaigrette that was a mix of honey, POM juice, olive oil, orange juice and a dash of balsamic vinegar. It was light and refreshing.
For dessert the freezer was calling my name. Ice cream is by far my favorite dessert. In fact after a long internal debate (yes I am so cool that I debate with myself) I determined that it was my favorite food. This is a big deal because I literally have not been able to find a food that I dislike. Sure, there are some things that I prefer over others but there is nothing that I wont eat. I already had two open ice cream containers in my fridge but felt compelled to buy Perry’s Peanut Butter Chip Frozen Yogurt when I saw it in the store. I had a generous bowl of this, and it completely HIT THE SPOT. I loved the big ripples of frozen peanut butter running through the yogurt and the hearty chocolate chip squares. I am actually shocked that this is a frozen yogurt. It was so creamy and luscious that I would not have been able that it was a yogurt by taste alone….plus it has the added bonus of probiotics! What could be bad?
What is your favorite food? What types of things do you strongly dislike?
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Posted in Antioxidant, Apple, Bakery, Banana, Blueberries, Breakfast, Cheese, Chicken, Cinnamon, Dinner, Produce, Vegetables, tagged asparagus, Berries, Breakfast, caesar salad, Cheesecake, Chicken Marsal, Dinner, flax, Kashi Go Lean, Roasted Potatoes, Shrimp Cocktail, Soy Milk on April 17, 2010|
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Dessert (what was left of it when I remembered to snag a picture)
The boys did a GREAT job with dinner last night. They slaved over this meal all day, and all we had to do was show up! How lucky are we? When we arrived we were welcomed into their main foyer with cheese and crackers. After mingling for a while we were directed downstairs, where they had a long table set up with the “proper” plate and utensil arrangements and dinner was served….on paper plates with plastic forks and knives. Let me tell you it was SO difficult to cut that chicken in a graceful manner. It was such a thick piece of meat, I almost broke my knife and my fork pierced through my plate. So much for etiquette, but I think I probably ruined that when I took my phone out for pictures :). I didn’t really learn much about proper dining but it was fun to meet new people!
For an appetizer they had shrimp cocktail. There were a few plates like this on the table to share along with cocktail sauce. We were then given a first course of Caesar salad. The salad was extremely petite and a bit over dressed. I was having so much fun talking to my “date” that I only ended up having a few bites of this before the main course was served. For our main course we had chicken Marsala, roasted potatoes and steamed asparagus. This was the real selling point and “effort” of the meal and it was AMAZING. It was a huge piece of chicken but well-cooked, and the potatoes were so flavorful. For dessert we were all given full pieces of strawberry cheesecake. I forgot to take a picture so this is only my last bite’s worth of dessert. Needless to say I was excited about cheesecake and devoured the entire thing. I was a classy date.
For breakfast today I was inches away from making a green monster and granola bowl but decided that blender clean up was not worth it. I went back to something I haven’t had in a while: Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Soy Milk, Banana, Berries, Flax and Cinnamon. I use to eat this almost every day, especially in the summer months. You know what? It wasn’t as good as I remember it being, I’m disappointed in my breakfast choice today (hate that feeling!). I also had a big Fuji apple on the side, which I think made my stomach a bit upset! I’m having a rough start to my day.
I’m off to work, and couldn’t be happier because it is a rainy day. The bakery should be pretty busy this afternoon, and I can’t wait to have a little change of pace from school. I only have a week and a half left and I’m so excited to finally be finished.
What do you eat when you can’t decide what you are in the mood for? (For any meal/snack.)
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