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Today is going to be the LONGEST day of my life. I have been up since 6:45am and have my hardest final at 4pm. I have been studying for the past few hours, so thought a quick post was in order before making my way to the library. Yes, that’s right, no coffee shop for me today! I want to stay on campus studying until 3:50pm then casually make my way over to the exam room.

Today I woke up and needed an energy boost. I decided on a Loaded Green Monster for breakfast.I almost couldn’t fit the whole thing in my big wine glass! It was so refreshing and thick because I added some extra ice and frozen blueberries to the mix today. I’m doing extremely well with the whole “clean out my refrigerator/freezer” initiative. I just keep throwing random bits and pieces here and there, so I think I should be successful by the end of next week when I officially move out. Scary to think that one week from Sunday I will be out of here!

In my monster: 5 ice cubes, 1 large frozen banana, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder, 1 scoop Green Amazing Grass Superfood, cinnamon, 1 TBS crunchy natural peanut butter, 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup water and 2 big handfuls of spinach.

It was so thick that I ended up eating it with a spoon. I should have added granola to it because shortly after I wanted something crunchy and had a Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bar with a cup of coffee.  I love pumpkin, and went through a serious pumpkin phase this fall where everything I ate had this flavor. I had pumpkin coffee, muffins, bread, yogurt, pie, ice cream, granola bars, custard…the list goes on, it was intense. I had two of these just sitting in my overflowing pantry and thought it would be a nice treat before starting some major studying.Lunch today will be out of my lunch box. First up, Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Sandwich with goat cheese, cinnamon (seriously, I put cinnamon on EVERYTHING!), Crofter’s North America Superfruit Spread, spinach, cucumber and turkey. As I said before, I’m doing extremely well with the whole fridge cleaning thing!Next up a variety of sides: Apple, Chobani with cinnamon and blackberries, almonds, 1 large carrot and 2 stalks of celery.I can already tell you that my apple will be devoured before lunch time. I get nervous when I am “crunch time” studying and apples are the perfect way to keep me focused. I ate a few extra almonds out of my jar while packing…what can I say, I need brain food :)!

I already have a little something-something planned for dinner after my exam. I planned it knowing that it would be a long and tedious day and wanted to come back to something exciting before I start studying for my second exam, which is tomorrow at 12:30pm. Looks like it’s going to be a long day and night :/ . Such is the life of a college student. 3. More. Days.

Working Bee,

Nora

What are your favorite work snacks?

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Why do I bother making sandwiches?

Behold: BEET JUICE.

I hope everyone is having an amazing Friday so far! The weather here has taken quite a drastic turn from the once sunny skies and 80 degree temperatures, to a bitter 40 degrees and dark clouds threatening rain. On gloomy days I like to relish in life’s simple pleasures; things that are relaxing and make me happy. I secretly love stormy weather in the Summer time because it gives me an excuse to cuddle up in blankets, make comforting food and watch movies for hours on end.

I feel extremely lucky to have some free time this afternoon to recuperate from a busy week. I even had time to make lunch: Bakery-made Muligrain bread, hummus, spinach, cucumber, mushrooms, sprouts, Roma tomato, and red bell pepper along with a jumbo glass of beet, Fuji Apple, carrot and celery juice. I always take time during the week to make a thoughtful meal in the morning and evening, however; lunch is usually a product from a campus eatery or a soggy sandwich concoction that I made hours before consumption. When I have the time I love making a fresh, and hearty lunch. There is nothing better than toasted bread. When you make sandwiches before hand they just aren’t the same.

This sandwich was MASSIVE and delicious. I honestly do not know why I bother with sandwiches/wraps because I tend to try to stuff way too many ingredients into such a small space. I think that the ultimate topping for this bread is hummus. The 7 grains and 4 seeds produce such a hearty texture and nutty taste; it doesn’t get much better than that!

I am officially obsessed with my Breville juicer. I don’t care what anyone says, I fully intend on juicing my heart out every chance I get. Today I made Beet, Apple, Carrot and Celery Juice. I can’t believe how much juice this produced, almost 16 ounces, and LOTS of foam.  I love the foam! Even at Starbucks, I always get the cappuccinos because of the yummy foam on top. (Okay, let’s pause to laugh.) This has such a great flavor but was missing something…ginger. I searched high and low but couldn’t find the small piece I had left :(. Next time I make this combination, I will definitely be adding a small piece of ginger!

I had a piece of Easter chocolate, to round out my carefully prepared lunch and can certainly say that the foods you eat can turn even the worst day upside down!

BEETing the Weather Blues,

Nora

What is the most unusual juice you have tried?

Has anyone tried any new recipes/ingredients lately? (I need some inspiration!)

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Background:

In high school, my twin brother and I shared a car. Unfortunately (or fortunately) we went to separate schools, and would alternate who got the car from week to week. The weeks when we were car-less, my dad would drive us in. I always found this to be such a special time to catch up with my dad and listen to talk radio. It is even more memorable to me because EVERY morning he would prepare us each a piece of toast and a beverage for the car ride. I would always have peanut butter on whole wheat bread and my dad would have butter on potato bread. He always had the same Lipton tea with lemon and made me a double hot chocolate in the winter and NO PULP orange juice on the nicer days. I have to stress the “NO PULP” part because at the time I hated pulp, however; the rest of my family loved it so the only orange juice we had in the house contained pulp. My dad would take a hand strainer and remove the pulp for me every morning! I will never forget that. (MISS YOU DAD!!)

This morning I decided to do a little “throw back” breakfast, and tribute to my dad. Last night I was working in the bakery, and couldn’t stop thinking about the multigrain bread we carry. I decided to buy a half loaf because I needed a piece with my dinner. I had a few pieces last night and thought it would be the perfect way to start my morning. This bread is so dense and has 5 grains and 4 seeds packed into it. I smothered it with crunchy peanut butter and topped it with banana slices. The banana I used was quite large so I had more peanut butter on the side for extra dipping. It was a fun way to start my day!

I also paid tribute to my dad by making an effort to MAKE juice! I USED MY BREVILLE FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY!!!!!!!!! I was dreaming about it all night, and woke up like a child on Christmas morning anxious to make my juice. I decided to make “Glowing Sunshine”, a suggestion from Angela at Oh She Glows a drink that contains grapefruit, carrots and ginger.It was so easy to use, and I was surprised by how quiet the machine was. Check out the remains! I ended up getting a big glass full, and it was spicy and delicious. The grapefruit was a bit tart but balanced nicely by the carrot. It was a welcomed change from orange juice and extremely refreshing. I feel SO energized and ready to start my day!

New Takes on Old Favorites,

Nora

Do you remember “favorites” growing up that you haven’t had in a while?

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The Beginnings

Favorite Study Snack: Turkish Apricots Stuffed with Almonds

Happy Lick-Your-Almond-Butter-Jar-Clean Day Friday. Remember that almost empty jar I pictured yesterday? Well, I made sure to put it to good use today with Oats In a Jar! I have done this before with overnight oats, however; putting warm stove-top oats in a jar makes for an infinitely better melty-almond experience. I used my standard banana-oat mix ( 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup steel-cut oats and 1/2 TBS chia seeds), mixed a handful of blueberries in at the very end, added the mixture to my almost empty Maranatha Almond Butter jar and topped with Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt, Crofter’s South America Superfruit Spread (Maqui berries and Passionfruit), chopped Turkish Apricots and Galaxy Vanilla Almond Granola. DELICIOUS! There were points were I literally was eating spoonfuls of ALMOND BUTTER! Whoever started this OIAJ trend needs an award. My favorite addition was the Turkish Apricots. I love dried apricots, and often snack on them with mixed nuts. (see picture above, my favorite way to eat them= stuffing with almonds!)  These are the most flavorful, and have the best texture. I find that bagged apricots are some times “gummy” and have a preservative taste. I only chopped 1 or 2 to put into my oats, and despite the other flavors, could taste them in every bite.

I’m headed home this afternoon for an eye doctors appointment. The pink eye I had about a month ago turned into an allergy and I have been wearing glasses ever since! I am glad to finally be glasses free, plus I get to go out for a fish dinner with my parents! (Fish because we don’t eat meat on Friday during lent/ I love fish! Can you believe Lent is almost over? I gave up caffeinated beverages, and only cheated a few times, plus get de-caf lattes and coffee so it’s not all bad! I have to say I have been feeling FANTASTIC being caffeine free.) With traveling comes ROAD SNACKS! It’s not a far drive so I packed some finger foods: 1 large carrot, 1 celery stalk, 1 Gala apple and left over mango sprinkled with cinnamon. I ended up eating another Gala apple while chopping all of this! They are so good! I made a spontaneous Lady Gaga CD purchase yesterday when I went to Target. I can’t remember the last time I actually bought a CD. This should be a fun one for the ride; there is something about her music that is….interesting to me.

In other news I am 99% sure that I am going to get a juicer this summer! I’m thinking about getting one from Breville. I found a few that were less expensive, but from past experience buying “cheaper” appliances, I know that they don’t always last and quality is extremely important. If anyone has suggestions let me know!

Have a Safe Weekend,

Nora

What is your favorite music? When was the last time you bought a CD?

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It’s official, I need to buy a juicer.

All of the spring-like weather we had last week was a gigantic tease, and it remained in the upper 30’s with cold rain ALL day. After my exams, I needed a little spirit boost (and warmth, I was freezing!) so I decided to go to another Vinyasa class. My experience with raw juice was so positive yesterday that I thought I would try another daring mix, “Beatnik”: Beet, Apple Carrot. I happen to love beets, but know that they are an acquired taste; people either LOVE them or HATE them. I wasn’t sure how the earthy beet would fair in a beverage. The flavor was there, but it wasn’t potent and the carrot and apple gave a sweetness to the drink. It was really good, but I think I liked my “Lean ‘n Green” a little bit more, granted they are extremely different drinks.

I quickly sipped this beauty down and it reminded me of how much I love beets. My dinner was inspired: Roasted Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Grilled Balsamic Tempeh. As I drove home, I dreamed up a Mixed Green Salad with Clover Sprouts, Grilled Balsamic Tempeh, Blood Oranges, Avocado, English Cucumber, Celery, Roasted Beets, Cinnamon/Cumin Roasted Kabocha Squash, Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts. It is a good thing that the Yoga studio is about 5 minutes from my grocery store, because I have meal ideas galore after these classes! I was a girl with a plan, and  picked up lots of produce: Mixed Greens, Clover Sprouts, Avocado, Blood Orange, Celery and BEETS along with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese to supplement the items I had at home. The flavors were amazing and there was a nice balance of sweet, savory, and spicy. Not to mention the textural elements of the creamy avocado and goat cheese paired with the crunchy celery and hazelnuts. I started with a base of mixed greens (should have used more because the tempeh caused it to “fall”) and topped it with a layer of clover sprouts. I added the grilled tempeh to the center and surrounded it with a layer of blood orange, avocado and English cucumber. I sprinkled the beets, celery, Kabocha, hazelnuts and goat cheese around the plate and VOILA!

Meal Dreams,

Nora

Do you ever dream of “what dish is next” ? If so, what types of dishes do you tend to get creative with?

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