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WHOA, busy day. It is 6pm, and this is the first time today that I have been able to sit and relax! I had a day full of appointments, errands and, the most significant happening, MY LAST COLLEGE CLASS EVER!!!!!!! WOOOOOOHH! Now all I have to do is pass 2 finals, finish 1 paper and get through Senior Week.

Today started at 7:45 am when I woke up to head to the gym. I typically don’t go to the gym in the morning, but since today was rather busy I wanted to wake up early to energize myself. Before going to the gym I tried the Chocolate Peanut Butter Luna Protein Bar. Hello lover 🙂 (okay…I’m obsessed with Sex in the City, and my “hello lover” phrase is stolen from the one and only Carrie Bradshaw.). This was my favorite of the three flavors by far! It isn’t overly sweet and has an awesome peanut butter and chocolate flavor. It has 12g of protein and 190 calories, which was perfect pre-gym fuel.

On Wednesdays I have been trying to incorporate some upper body weight training, so I usually start with a light cardio and then lift moderate weights. Since I was crunching time I cut my work out a bit short, but here it is:

20 minute run–2.2 miles

4 minute walk @ 4.0

3 x 10 bicep curls with a bar @ 40 lbs

3x 10 lateral raises @ 7.5 lbs

3×10 hammer curls @  20 lbs

3 x 10 side crunches @ 22.5 lbs
Consuming whey protein within an hour post work out is supposed to be great for rebuilding muscle so I decided to have breakfast number two: Green Monster, Granola and Raw Almonds. This contained: 1 scoop chocolate whey protein, 1 scoop Green Amazing Grass Superfood, a generous amount of cinnamon, 1 large frozen banana, 2/3 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/3 cup water, 2 handfuls of spinach and 2 ice cubes. I topped it off with 1/4 cup Nature’s Path Vanilla Almond Flax Granola and raw blanched almonds. When I was consuming this lovely bowl I had two revelations:

1) CINNAMON IS THE BEST SPICE EVER! I would and do put it on everything. It is so key for flavor the warm flavor of this bowl, I love it!

2) Raw blanched almonds really add a lot flavor/texture wise. They are buttery, smooth, and full of flavor. Roasted almonds have a bit more crunch but these little gems are phenomenal!

Workin’ it Out,

Nora

What is your ideal exercise/food to fuel it?

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When I got home from work last night around 10pm I made my Strawberry Chobani and Kopali Dark Chocolate Covered Banana yogurt cup in hopes that it would give me some motivation to complete my 10 page Political Philosophy paper. It was a tedious paper that I have been putting off due to lack of motivation/interest. This is not very characteristic of me, but I have taken a similar class to this before and the thought of reading Hobbes, Rousseau and Marx AGAIN is painful. 10pm quickly became 12am, and I finally felt pressured to crack down. I am by no means a night owl, so after a solid hour of paper writing I decided my back hurt from sitting in my stiff desk chair and I needed to lay in bed for “just a minute”. Well, I ended up falling asleep with all my lights on, in a very uncomfortable position and woke up around 3:30am stressed out because I still had a long way to go. I moved back to the chair-of-pain, blurry eyed and groggy. I NEEDED to crank this paper out but my mind was wandering. I decided I could either: a) push through the paper now or b) go back to bed and finish it in the later hours of the morning. I don’t like feeling rushed so I decided to give my best effort at 3:30am so that I wouldn’t be writing non-sense at the last possible minute.

I gave up caffeinated beverages for Lent, so coffee was out of the question. To keep myself focused I needed a snack…at 4am. I wanted something easy to eat that I could pick at, and something…peanut butter. I remembered that I still had a Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bar from Amazing Grass and that sounded SO good to me at the time.Yes, I did take a picture of this at 4am. I’m such a good food blogger! I LOVE THIS BAR! It was peanutty and chocolaty and so much more! I liked this one a lot more than the GREEN SuperFood Chocolate Whole Food Energy Bar. It was satisfying and delicious with whole pieces of peanuts and a mouth watering dark chocolate coating. More importantly though, it helped me bang out about 6 solid pages of my paper. Oh the wonders of food! Still sleep deprived, I fell asleep from about 6am-8:30am (yea, yea…just remember I NEVER do this!) and woke up with a weird feeling in my stomach. I’m not much of a late night snacker, and at 270 calories and 12g of protein this wasn’t really what I would consider a light late night snack. I couldn’t stomach the idea of my usual big bowl of yogurt/oats so I opted to keep it simple with an apple and a smoothie. My smoothie was created with a little inspiration from HEAB: 2 handfuls (~2 cups) baby spinach, 1 serving of coconut water, 2 inch slice of an English Cucumber, 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop of Chocolate Amazing Meal and 4 ice cubes.

Remainder that wouldn't fit in my "to-go" cup

It was actually not too bad! I have never tried Coconut water before. I initially thought it had a rather delightful and unique taste, but after sipping it for a while the flavor was a little bit too much for me. The cucumber was refreshing, and I loved that I could taste the cacao from the Amazing Meal.  I liked the Chocolate Amazing Meal more than the Chocolate SuperFood I tried in the past. Adding spinach to a smoothie may not seem traditional but it has a very mild and clean flavor to it. Plus you are getting your daily dose of greens and iron!! The real flavor come from whatever you choose to add to the mix.  My only regret was not adding frozen berries, and maybe substituting almond milk for the coconut water. It was a very clean breakfast, and left me energized for my day (despite my lack of sleep!).

In case you were wondering, I did finish my paper! I also had time to revise and edit. I have to say…not too shabby (Don’t worry Mom and Dad, senioritis hasn’t consumed me completely!).

Keeping My Eyes Open,

Nora

What foods do you turn to when you are in a late night crunch?

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