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When I have absolutely NO idea what to have for breakfast and need something quick, nutritious and filling, I turn to Greek yogurt, granola and fruit. I am hitting all of my nutritional bases with whole grains, protein and a serving of fruit. I try to pick a granola that is organic (Be careful when you buy granola, many of them have TONS of sugar and are highly processed.) and that has a bit of fat for staying power. I like using a lower fat granola for topping purposes, but when granola is the main component of my breakfast paired with a low-fat yogurt I like a heavier granola for satiety.

This morning I was NOT in the mood to make oatmeal (weird I know…I always am) and I wanted something cold, so toast was not an option. I received a package of Chobani Champions to sample yesterday, and it felt like the perfect opportunity to try another flavor. I am trying to widdle down my cereal/granola collection and I thought that my Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola would be the perfect addition to the Honeynana yogurt. I was extremely excited to try this flavor because I LOVED the Chobani non-fat Honey Greek Yogurt I tried a while back, and love the combination of honey, banana and nuts. I used 1/4 cup granola (almost didn’t fit in the cup!) and had a small Gala apple on the side to round my breakfast out.

I really like the flavor of this yogurt. I think the Champion line is a great product for people who have never tried Greek yogurt or for children. Both the chocolate and honeynana had a thinner consistency than other Chobani products, less protein and big flavor. I love Greek yogurt because of the tangy flavor and rich texture, but I have found that for many people it is an acquired taste. The Champion product is great because it is a bit more mild but still packs more protein than regular low-fat yogurt, has probiotic cultures and excellent nutrition! I love the diversity of Chobani’s products; there is something for everyone to enjoy!

I have one hour-long class this morning then it’s off to the gym for my upper body lifting committment! I’m sticking to this in hopes to gain some upper body strength by summer. I haven’t been sore after the past two sessions, so I think I am going to switch up my routine. I think it is important to work different muscles and “build” weights if you are looking to gain muscle, not simply tone-up. And of course I packed one of these:Chocolate Whey Protein Shake: 1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk, 1 scoop Organic Chocolate Whey. Is it weird that I actually like these? I just pack it up with some cold packs, shake and drink…tastes JUST like a chocolate milk shake! Lunch time is usually right after the gym, so I typically don’t have a “post gym” snack, however; since I am trying to build back muscle, I read that protein shakes are the best recovery because your body absorbs the nutrients faster than through a food source. I try to have this as soon as I am finished, and then head home for lunch about an hour later. I haven’t had this routine long enough to promote any results, but I am hoping it helps!

Happy Friday!

Nora

What are essential breakfast elements you have even when you are in a hurry?

How do you feel about protein shakes? Any experience/advice for strength exercises?

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Before I get into my snack bar reviews, lets start with my favorite meal of the day:  breakfast. Unless I have something in mind (Let’s be honest, I usually think about what I am going to have for breakfast before I go to bed!), my breakfast cravings tend to be non-existent in the morning; I have to debate with myself as I am getting ready about what I am “in the mood” for. Today was an exception to this, and I woke up thinking, “WARM SPICED APPLE, WARM SPICED APPLE.” I quickly entered the kitchen and made stove top oats with natural chunky apple sauce. In my mix: 1/3 cup natural apple sauce, 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4 cup water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/2 TBS chia seeds, 1 TBS natural crunchy almond butter, Crofter’s North America Superfruit Spread, 1 TBS Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola. It was warm and delicious! I’ve never tried almond butter that is JUST ground almonds and was surprised by the runny consistency. I actually really liked it in my oats, but for spoonfuls of nut butter, I think I prefer the sweetness of MaraNatha Crunchy No-Stir.

I have a massive snack bar collection that I need to start cutting down on before graduation! I don’t even know how many Larabars, Kind Bars, Clif Bars, Luna Bars, Kashi Bars and other random bars I have in my apartment. WHOOPSIES, I’m a snack bar pack-rat. I was hungry slightly after breakfast this morning, and decided to try the Bumble Bar, that I purchased a few weeks ago.  It was somewhat bland but extremely hearty packed with sesame and flax seeds. I think I am more of a fruit/nut bar person, so this wasn’t my favorite but the toasted sesame flavor was on key.

Before heading back to school yesterday I had a photo-shoot with my princess-cat, Rose, and tried the Ginger Snap Larabar. This bar contains: Dates, Almonds, Pecans, Cinnamon, Ginger and Cloves. I am SO impressed with the flavor! It was spicy and warm; perfect with a cup of orange tea. I immediately ran to my mom’s spice cabinet to investigate the prominent flavor in this bar. The result: Ground Cloves. I love the cozy feeling of this spice, and think it might be making some appearances in my cooking soon!!

I’m having a bit of  cookers-block. I have been trying to think of new dishes I want to create but the more I search recipes etc for ideas the more confused I am about where my flavors are coming from, and the combination’s I want to try. This is semi-frustrating, but I know it will pass…well I hope it will pass because I plan to participate in this week’s Cook’s Mission!

I wish I could take after my Princess Rose and lay around all day. How nice it must be to live the life of a cat.

Warm Wishes,

Nora

What are your favorite spices and how do you use them?

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On Sunday I went to Target to treat myself to a few new items in honor of my birthday. Along with a new dress (they seriously always have the cutest clothes!), and 2 types of granola bars, I wound up with this:A beautiful new scarf, Bon Appetit and Mini Clif Bars. I am a huge fan of Clif Bars (I like Luna Bars, but not as much as these!), and was excited to finally make this purchase. These are the perfect snack on the go or workout fuel. They are each 100 calories and have between 4-5 grams of protein!

On Tuesdays I have a dance class from 9:40-10:55 and a Philosophy class from 11-12:20, so I thought this would be the perfect pick me up for in between. I have never tried the Blueberry Crisp variety, so it was my first pick. This dense little bar with filled with pieces of dried blueberry and had a nice crunch. It was so satisfying and held me over until lunch time. I will certainly toss a few of these in my bag from now on for some fast fuel!

As promised, I incorporated Crofter’s North America Superfruit Spread into my lunch!!The composition: Two Pieces of Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread (Cinnamon sprinkled on each half after removed from the toaster), Crofter’s North America Superfruit spread on each half (~2TBS), slices of White Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, a mound of Clover Sprouts, sliced English Cucumber, and Turkey Breast.

Winning combination!! Cinnamon is probably my go to flavor for everything, I just can’t get enough of it! The sharp cheese with the bitter cranberry was phenomenal! This spread was made for cheese. I liked the North America spread in my oats, but I LOVED it in this sandwich (mainly because of the cheese contrast). I had this and a big crunchy Jonagold; a meal made for the fall.

I lifted some weights this afternoon, so shortly after lunch I was still a bit hungry. To be full and focused, I went for the Chobani that I have been patiently waiting for the right moment to try: Non-fat Honey Greek Yogurt. I have ordered Greek yogurt for dessert at Greek restaurants and am always floored by how something as simple as thick yogurt, real honey and nuts can be so indulgent. I topped mine with Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola (~3 TBS-1/4cup), which is packed with almonds, walnuts, pecans, raisins and dried cranberries. I still have to try 3 more flavors to make a complete assessment of their products, however; this might be my favorite. It was thicker than the “fruit on the bottom” varieties, and had a stunning honey flavor. This is the way Greek yogurt should taste!

Happy Eating,

Nora

What ingredients do you find yourself adding to everything?

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