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I woke up this morning with absolutely NO appetite; very strange for me. I’m never starving when I wake up but almost always want a big bowl of oatmeal or granola to start my day. Today, the very thought of oatmeal, or anything sweet for that matter made me cringe. I had a slight headache and stomach ache, and could only imagine that something sweet would add to my yucky feeling.

Why was I feeling like this? Well, last night after dinner I was full and content but the sweet-tooth fairy told me that it was time for dessert. I wasn’t craving anything but went for an old stand by: Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Chunky Apple Sauce, Peanut Butter and Kopali Dark Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs. I was watching TV as I ate this and before I knew it, it was gone. I decided I wanted a bit more and fixed myself a second bowl, this time using Dark Chocolate Almond Spread and Galaxy Vanilla Almond instead of Peanut Butter and Cacao Nibs. About half way through the second bowl I was feeling uncomfortably full but refuse to waste, so finished it. I did not leave myself enough time between eating and bed to digest and it resulted in a “yucky” feeling morning.

I had to get to class, and never go breakfast-free, so I made myself a bit of a light and savory breakfast, aka a Green Monster. Into my blender went 1 cup vanilla soy milk (I like using almond milk better, but had to finish this carton off), 1 frozen banana, 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Meal, 2 huge handfuls of baby spinach. I used the apple sauce jar (ELR style) that I conveniently polished off last night as my “to-go” cup and headed out. I think I was a bit dehydrated (maybe last night too…should have had WATER instead of extra dessert, oy!) and I drank a few glasses when I woke up. Thankfully my headache and stomach ache were gone a few hours later, and my appetite returned.

For lunch I had a normal campus-dining hall large tuna salad complete with artichokes, cauliflower, cucumbers, mushrooms, snap peas, carrots, spinach, balsamic vinaigrette and a few dashes of hot sauce. I love the combination of artichokes, cauliflower and tuna, it has such an Italian feel. If I was able to get a few olives and peppers in there it would have sealed the deal.  I also had a big and crisp Empire Apple on the side. I can’t wait for apple picking season, I have to say I am pretty obsessed with all varieties of this fruit.

Later in the afternoon I reclaimed my sweet tooth with a new favorite combination at Starbucks: Grande Decaf Cappuccino with Sugar Free Hazelnut. Yes, I know the sugar-free flavors aren’t particularly good for you, but they just so delicious every once and a while :). I was actually craving an Awake Tea Soy Latte, but I have kept up during Lent with the “no caffeinated beverages” ordeal. I had a few slip-ups here and there, but I feel AMAZING being caffeine free. I swear I am a whole new person. I love coffee so I still drink decaf but I feel more refreshed and energetic all the time!

Speaking of Lent, IT’S ALMOST OVER, which means Easter is coming up! I’m heading home for a big family get together on Sunday, and hopefully will be cooking up something fantastic to share with my family! I have been thinking of some type of sweet bread, rosemary bread, an asparagus dish, a root vegetable dish, and something lemon/blueberry for dessert. Decisions, decisions.

For dinner I was supposed to go to Sedar with my friend but she wasn’t feeling well, so AGAIN I did not go. She has promised to cook a traditional Kosher meal with me later in the week, so at least I can look forward to that (hopefully!). I wanted to keep dinner light and simple tonight, and decided to make use of the second half of my celeriac and leek. It is still a bit cold out (but won’t be for long!!!) so I decided to make a Leek and Celery Soup topped with Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms and Lemon-Thyme Cream. Well…this was a bit more of an “experience” than I had hoped for. When I went to remove the blender from it’s base, my soup came out of the bottom! All of my pretty visions  died. All I wanted for dinner was a nice soup and here it was all over my counter, and BURNING my hand. I managed to save 3/4 of it, garnish it how I wanted and try it’s deliciousness, but it was a sad, sad cooking experience. Maybe my blender just wasn’t meant to be used twice in one day? No more green monsters for a while :(. On the side I had some a simple salad with spinach, red peppers, olive oil-herb roasted carrots, cucumber, sprouts, goat cheese and apple-cranberry chutney.

I can’t decided if dessert is in my future this evening but I have learned a very important lesson: listen to your body not your habits. I get so in the habit of having dessert every night that I often don’t realize if I’m actually in the mood for it. Usually if I am full, I can have a piece of chocolate and be done. Last night was a combination of wrong choices:  not hydrating properly and the decision to mindlessly eat dessert even though I was not craving it. I felt so off today, and it goes to show that the foods you eat really do influence the way you feel. Oh well, live and learn. Hopefully tomorrow my breakfast concoctions will be back on track :).

Savory NOT Sweet Dreams,

Nora

Any ideas for “spring” side dishes and desserts that I could make for my family for Easter?

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It has been quite the adventurous day. It all started with a lack of internet (thus the late post) and ended in a long search to get my phone fixed.  Before I start rambling on the happenings of today I’ll give you some food bites.

I started the day off with a variation of yesterdays breakfast: 1/2 cup Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/2 TBS Chia, 1/2 frozen mashed banana combined and let to sit for ~10 minutes and topped with handful of blueberries, 1/2 ripe banana, cinnamon and 1/4 cup Emmy’s Organics Raw Granola.This granola is made of buckwheat, dates, almonds, agave, flax, cinnamon, vanilla bean and Himalayan crystal salt, all organic and raw. I liked the crunch and earthy flavor, it definitely had a “raw” taste to it. Not bad, but when I think of granola I need the real deal. After this I snacked on a handful of  Galaxy Vanilla Almond and a big Jonagold. On my way out the door I noticed my phone had a blank screen. Great, this meant that I had to reorganize my plans and make a trip to get it fixed.

My raw breakfast inspired me to “be one with nature”, and I decided that it was the perfect day for a run. Prepare to get sentimental with me for a moment. There is something so freeing about running outside when it is just you, nature and some good music. There are no expectations, or distance/speed requirements, just instincts and scenery. The path I run on is along side of a river. The trees are still bear, but hold the prospect of sprouting leaves soon. I heard the songs of the seagulls, and saw a few tulips beginning to poke there way through the ground; true signs of Spring! I paused for a moment at the midway point to absorb the rushing waterfall glistening in the sun. It was beautiful and made me feel ALIVE! Okay, enough of that, I just think it is so serene and it is hard to describe the beauty that was around me and how refreshing it make me feel.

I ended up running for a leisurely 40 minutes and came home to prepare some lunch. I was really thirsty and craving some fresh vegetables. I decided on a Big Salad topped with a Boca Burger and Hummus, and a side of Green Grapes and Kabocha.I’m not sure what makes these burgers so appealing to me but mashed with hummus and spinach, they are divine! I was going to make a boca+hummus+veggie sandwich, but when I opened my fridge, I knew that all of the things I wanted could not fit between two pieces of bread. Shortly after I wanted something chocolate and carby. I found the perfect little bite when I opened my pantry:A Quaker’s True Delight Raspberry Mocha Cafe Square. I love these things! They are delightful. The mocha/raspberry flavors are bold, and the oats are dense.

After lunch I headed out on a three hour expedition to get my phone fixed. I felt so lost without the use of my phone for nearly an entire day. (What can I say, we are a technology dependent society) The phone store I go to had moved and I spent about 30 minutes searching for their new location, which was BEHIND another building with no sign. This was a little frustrating but at least the weather was nice, and I wasn’t in a rush to get anywhere. When I explained my problem,  I was referred to the Apple Store a half hour away. I came at the worst possible time, and the store was packed! I had to wait a while but was thankful to have someone look at my lifeline phone. The “geniuses” at the Apple store are always so friendly and helpful, I really appreciate their work (I would be so frustrated). My phone was finally fixed, but all of the contacts had to be deleted…I still feel a bit lost.

Dinner was a winner: Lemon-Ginger and Spinach Couscous with Mango Curry Tempeh

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The couscous: ginger, lemon, 1/4 cup whole wheat couscous, handful of torn spinach, ~1 TBS raisins.

The Tempeh: Spanish onion, garlic, curry powder, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, mango, red bell pepper and tempeh.

Since cooking with tempeh is my “new food venture” this week, I will divulge the details in my Sunday “new venture” post, but I’ll just let you know that it was GOOD!

Dessert is another raspberry+chocolate fix: frozen raspberries, Chobani and Maranatha Dark Chocolate Almond (melted with vanilla soy milk). The Dark Chocolate Almond Spread essentially became fudge, it was delicious! A perfect way to cozy up with the THE SYRACUSE ORANGE BASKETBALL GAME!!!!! GO CUSE!

Happy Weekend!

Nora

Do you ever feel lost when you are technology free?

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Today has been nothing but BLUE SKIES and SUN SHINE :)!!! The weather has an impact on my mood (can you tell I’m fairly “happy-go-lucky” right now) and my food. I was all smiles as I walked back to my apartment from my morning classes. I called my mom and I think the only words that came out of my mouth were, “The sky is so blue.” If you lived where I am from, you too would understand the significance of this. Over half of the year it is all clouds and darkness…NOT my style. I decided when I got back to make a big ‘ole fresh salad and a Boca Burger for lunch:In the mix: 1 Boca Burger (hidden under the mango and avocado slices), bed of spinach, 1 large carrot (grated), sliced cucumber, sliced baby bella mushrooms, 1/2 an avocado, mango slices and red pepper slices.

I love eating fresh foods when the weather is nice. It is so refreshing, and this salad was packed with flavor. Adding the Boca Burger give is more substance, plus I was in the mood for one. I  put Boca Burgers into wraps with avocado, hummus and veggies because I think they work well with those flavors.

After lunch I decided on apple slices with cinnamon and crunchy almond butter. I was so glad that I decided on the almond butter because I discovered that my jar was almost empty!! Luckily, I have work tonight at the grocery store so I can pick more up.It would be a sad day if I ran out and didn’t have a jar on back up. When I got back from my afternoon classes I was excited to try my Sesame and Peanuts KIND Bar.I have been dying to try this flavor for a while now and FINALLY found it during my natural food store excursion. It looks so delicious, and I love peanuts, sesame seeds and chocolate, however; I was disappointed. It didn’t have the full flavor of peanut and sesame I was looking for. I wished that they were toasted or roasted to really enhance the flavor. It was okay, I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite KIND product. I think I will be a Fruit and Nut Delight KIND Bar girl for life.

I hope everyone has a fantastic St. Patty’s day!!

Nora

Do you have a traditional Irish dinner on St. Patty’s day? If not do you have other traditions?

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On Wednesday morning, I woke up to sunshine, a blue sky and mild temperature in NYC. My dad and I enjoy running, so we took advantage of the rare weather conditions, and ventured out to Central Park. In such a crazy and busy city, this plot of land provides some serenity. It was absolutely beautiful. When we got back to our hotel, I needed some fast fuel so I dug into my “travel food” stash and had a cup of Greek Yogurt, Bear Naked Fruit and Nut Granola, and a big Jonagold Apple.For breakfast the other days we found a small, family-run diner around the corner. It was charming, and one of the few places in the city that didn’t charge an arm and a leg for a bowl of cereal. I ended up ordering the same thing both times we went:  Spinach, Tomato, and Mushroom Egg White Omelet with Potatoes and Whole Wheat Toast.It was huge, but so delicious! Naturally I covered the omelet in hot sauce and ate every last bite of goodness! It came with 2 pieces of this toast (I had about 1.5 slices) which I smothered in Concord Grape Jelly. The potatoes were fresh, but a bit bland so I didn’t finish them. I am not big on hash browns/potatoes for breakfast, but I cannot resist the crispy topping that is generated when they are cooked in a skillet! This breakfast was simple, and had such a familiar, traditional taste.

The basketball games were from about 12pm-4pm and 7pm-11pm each day, so a variety of snacks found their way into my bag:

Fruit and Nut Delight (so hungry...needed a pre-picture bite)

PB&J LaraBar

How'd this get there?

Beer that comes with a pretzel...genius.

I love snacking on LaraBars and KIND Bars. They satisfy my hunger, are portable, and delicious. I also found a Haagen-Dazs Vanilla and Almonds ice cream bar in my bag…weird. My sweet tooth always needs tending to after dinner, so I had to buy one of these during a 7pm game. The last picture was a necessary 12pm beer for the Syracuse game. There was a place in the stadium that sold beer in cups with a pretzel in the handle. It was my only overpriced beer of the Big East Championship, but the pretzel TOTALLY made it worth it.

A few of the days we ended up having late lunches or early dinners. When I am not particularly starving for a meal, nothing is better than a satisfying salad. I had a

Rotisserie Chicken and Grilled Vegetable Salad for a light lunch.And for an early dinner, I had a Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese, Arugula and Hazelnut Salad completed with a multigrain roll from the bread basket. I had to take a picture of the basket because I have never seen so much variety. It contained: sourdough, multigrain, rosemary, and fennel-raisin.I also had some of the fennel-raisin roll, and was shocked by the anise flavor;  it was interesting and amazing. A lot of the food that I tried on this trip has inspired me to try new flavors and varieties in the things I make at home. I wish I had more time to explore the eateries and markets while I was there, I love how much culture is contained in one place.

To Food Ventures,

Nora

In your opinion, what major city has the best food? Do you plan places to eat before you travel, or stumble upon them when you are there?

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