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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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REMINDER: Monday March 1 I will be starting my CHOBANI GREEK YOGURT GIVEAWAY! Also, if you are interested in Chia Seeds be sure to check out One Healthy Apple’s Blog the contest ends tomorrow at 9pm!

After lunch today I needed something sweet (surprised?). I decided it was time to try the concoction I have been dreaming about ever since I received my Kopali samples earlier this week: Chobani Greek Peach Yogurt with Kopali Organic Mango and granola. Sound good to you? IT WAS!The Verdict: I love Kopali’s dried mango slices. I tried a few pieces the other night when I was testing out their Dark Chocolate Banana Pieces, and they were out of this world. They are simply mango; no sugar or preservatives added. I am always hesitant about dried fruit because some times I find that they are sugar laden and overly sweet or extremely hard. These pieces reminded me of fruit leather, and the flavor of mango was potent without being intensely sweet!  I love the flavor combination of mango and peach, and found that the mango rehydrated a bit in the yogurt! My crunchy topping was the last 1/4 cup or so of my Yoga Granola 😦 sad but such a good way to enjoy the last little bit of it. I am sad to say that although I liked this yogurt, it wasn’t my favorite of the Chobani products I have tried. The peach flavor was fairly mild and only had minuscule pieces of peach in it (still good though).

Happy Snacking,

Nora

What do you mix in your yogurt?

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