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Back In Time

As of 3 minutes ago, it’s officially Thanksgiving! I’m cozy at home in my bed, surrounded by my stuffed animals, Polaroids from high school, and hundreds of books, among other things. What was your childhood bedroom like?

Speaking of childhood, I got a fun e-mail from my friend Jenny at 8 this morning while I was sipping on my coffee. Jenny is hands-down my oldest friend; our mothers grew up together, and although Jenny and I have been separate by half a country for our entire lives and only get to see each other once a year, we’ve always been close. When my grandfather was still living, my parents and I visited him in Indianapolis every winter between Christmas and New Year’s; this photo is from the winter of 1988. (That’s me on the right, with the bowl cut.)

Here we are this past summer, in Lake Michigan.

I miss her so much during the year. We look forward to our week on the lake so much!

After my trip down memory lane, I made a quick breakfast: Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter and a banana, raspberry jam on one side and pumpkin butter on the other.

I went to the post office to mail something; it didn’t open until 10 (which seems a little later) but there was a machine that got the job done. Then to physical therapy I went! It as a particularly good appointment. I learned some new exercises to stretch my hips; I can easily do them from the hotel room in Russia. After PT I raced back home to eat lunch before I had to turn right back around and go to an interview. I made a quick salad:

In the mix:

It was one of the rare occasions where I could not finish my meal. Usually, once I’ve dished a certain amount of food out, I will eat every last scrap even if I’ve long since reached capacity. (Last night’s pasta plate was an example of this.) However, today I started getting a stomachache about partway through, and just picked out what I wanted (roast vegetables, tofu, hummus), leaving a fair amount of spinach.

I felt guilty about throwing the rest out (I won’t be back at the house for two weeks), but it was better than making myself sick. As it was, my tum hurt for the next two hours. My eyes are bigger than my head sometimes, and I think the most important thing I need to remember to do is slow down while I’m eating. I’ve been so rushed these past few weeks that although I’ve been eating foods I love, I’ve barely tasted them as I’ve had to practically inhale them to get from appointment to appointment on time. It’ll be nice to have a little break 🙂

There’s always room for sweets, though! I had a couple of these strawberry gummy candies from the Japanese grocery store in our neighborhood. Not bad!

I was starving after my interview. Luckily I had about four different snacks in my bag, so I ate one of the apple-flavored Heart Thrive bars that I was sent to review. I’ll do a formal review once I’ve sampled all of the products, but I liked this a lot!

When I got home I folded laundry and did some preparatory packing for my trip to Russia. I am one of the worst packers ever. I always take too much and forget crucial items, like spare contact lenses or pajama pants. Do you have any fool-proof (or LVP proof!) packing tips?

I snacked on some Concord grapes that were about to go bad while I waited for my dad to help me pack some things up. These grapes are really addicting. There are seeds, which I thought I wouldn’t like, but are actually kind of fun to work through and take longer to eat. Plus, these are the kind of grapes used to make grape juice, so they’re the perfect combination of sweet + tart.

While my dad was at a holiday party, my mom and I had dinner at watched Hannah And Her Sisters. Not only is this a really good Woody Allen film, but it’s told between two years’ worth of Thanksgivings! I ordered a bento box for dinner, which came with a spicy tuna roll, tempura, sashimi & shrimp shumai. (It came with rice, salad & miso soup as well, but I’m saving those for tomorrow.)

I also had a glass of Black Box Wine’s Sauvignon Blanc.

My mom brought home dessert from Billy’s Bakery, the same shop she ordered my birthday cupcakes from.

She bought one pumpkin cupcake and one pumpkin bar; we split them three ways. De-lish.

I’m off to bed. There’s a lot on the agenda tomorrow! Have a great night, a happy holiday, and safe travels wherever your day takes you.

Belly Full ‘O Pasta

Evening! How was your day?  Mine was just fine, but I’m ready to crawl into bed and call it a night!

This morning when I woke up at 8:30, I panicked for a few minutes before remembering that my boss (at my internship) had canceled work for the day. I was up and ready to go, though, which things to do and people to see!

I was excited to try these goji berries with my breakfast.  I’ve only ever tasted these chopped up and mixed into other things, but when I snatched them right up when I spotted this bag on sale for $2.19 at the food co-op this weekend (they’re usually almost triple that price).  Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, and among their many benefits they are touted to improve eyesight (they’re rich in beta carotene), boost immunity, and spice up your sex life 😉

I tossed them in with Greek yogurt, 1/2 toasted Trader Joe’s Berry Mango muffin, warmed frozen berries and flaxy peanut butter. The goji berries are firm but chewy; the texture really complemented the rest of the mess.

This held me over for a really long time.  The rest of the morning was spent reading, researching, and waiting until I was digested enough to go for a run.  I warmed up with a 20 minute hip opening flow, then set out for an easy 2 mile run.

Total distance: 2 miles

Total time: 20:09

Most of my runs are going to have to be in the morning now that it’s getting dark earlier; I’ll have to crank out some long runs on the treadmill when I’m in Russia, however.  I’m a little nervous that I won’t be able (psychologically) to run 7 miles on a treadmill…. What are you tips for making it through a long treadmill session?

Lunch was pretty basic (and very green): the last of the spinach and rice soup and a crunchy salad (spinach, broccoli slaw, celery, roasted almonds; sesame oil/rice vinegar/sesame seed dressing).

My interview was at 3:30; when it was over I hopped right back onto the subway and headed home.  I had 1/3 of a Key Lime Pie Larabar on the ride back:

I found myself in one of the rare instances when I didn’t have anything to read on the subway… it was completely disorienting.  I always have a book with me (sometimes two!); I would have brought one to prom if it had fit in my clutch!  Ari calls me his word nerd.

When I got home, I went straight to the kitchen to unwind and get dinner started.  I’ve had my eye on Martha Stewart‘s recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Pasta and Lemon Zest (in the November 2009 issue) for quite some time… a little too much time, because the head of cauliflower I’d bought in anticipation a couple weeks ago had started to mold.  But have no fear! I just sliced off the offending areas. I’m frugal, what can I say?

While slicing onion, I remembered what one of my cooking teachers always said: always cut out the middle greenish part of an onion.  I can’t quite remember why that is; I think it has something to do with it not being fully developed yet and causing stomachaches.

I was eager to try out this pasta… Nature’s Place is Hannaford grocery store’s natural, minimally processed brand.  Fresh (not dried) pasta always tastes so much better to me.

Plus, they look like little nests! Two “nests” make one serving.

When the veggies finished roasting (perfectly crispy!), it was all I could do to keep myself from eating them all right off the baking sheet.  I’d already made quite a dent in the cauliflower while I was chopping it… if I wasn’t careful, I wouldn’t have any ingredients left for dinner!

I tossed the roasted cauliflower with the pasta and added lemon zest, fresh parsley, and a drizzle of olive oil.

When it comes to parsley and other fresh herbs, I’m of the “more is more” mindset.

Lest you think this was a dainty, “ladylike” portion…

I had enough fuel to run a marathon with this baby.  Come November 6, you just might find me eating it!

There wasn’t too much room in my tum for dessert, but in the words of Tim Gunn, I made it work.  Dried figs and prunes stuffed with dark chocolate chips are so good… and they just keep me going back for more.  They kind of look like frogs, right?  I seem to have successfully eaten nuts in some form or other for every meal and snack today.

I’m off to seal my day with a lunar flow practice and hope to be in bed by 10.  I’ll make it work.

Bonne nuit 🙂

Edited to add: Kristina from Stonyfield Farm wants me to let you all know about a fun “Greek” opportunity!

“When consumers buy our quarts instead of single-serving cups, they pay less for their yogurt, but we know that a quart is not as convenient as single-serving cups for on the go consumption,” says our President and CE-Yo Gary HIrshberg. “The reusable yogurt cup gives our quart buyers the convenience of the Stonyfield 6 oz cups by providing a way to create easily transportable single servings for anywhere, anytime.”

Yogurt lovers just have to buy four Stonyfield yogurt quarts through December, and mail in the foil lids (describing this offer), and they’ll receive the reusable, eight-ounce yogurt cup made by Preserve®. Made from 100% recycled plastic, the cup is perfect for yogurt-lovers on the go, the ideal size for breakfast or a snack, with room to stir in fruit or granola. It’s dishwasher safe, BPA-free with a screw-on lid – and it’s made in the US.

Consumers will also get  $4.50 worth of Stonyfield and Preserve coupons along with the cup.

Our recycling partner since 2000, Preserve uses innovative methods to turn used materials (including used Stonyfield yogurt cups) into stylish, useful household products like toothbrushes, colanders, cutting boards and tableware. Preserve products are 100% recycled and recyclable too.

Consumers can mail clean foil lids, with name, address and phone number on an index card or 4” x 6” sheet of paper by February 28, 2010 to:

Stonyfield Farm
Reusable Cup Offer
PO Box 4840
Manchester, NH 03108-4840

Cups will be shipped starting in January, 2010 with delivery in 10 to 12 weeks. This offer is good only in the US, while cup supplies last, and is limited to one cup per household (to better spread the love around).

So save those lids!

I’m on a boat!

Hi guys! I miss you when I take days off blogging.  I hope you’ve had a lovely two days.  Thank you so much for all your sweet comments about my hair… I’m still not used to it at all! I always get so nervous when I get haircuts, but doing something completely different was a good thing for me.  It doesn’t quite fit into a ponytail though, so I’m going to have to learn to style it really well! Anyway, enough about the hair.

Last night, there was a cruise.

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And there was booze. (Lunchbox: Miller’s Genuine Draft + amaretto + orange juice.)  And Little Caesar’s pizza at midnight.  But it was fun, in a weird time-warpy kind of way… it kind of felt like a high school reunion at the Marriot (see Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion) on water.

This morning, somehow (woke up at 4, chugged water and swallowed a couple ibuprofen), I woke up before 8 to get to the gym before our graduation rehearsal.  I had half a banana before I left:

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I only had about 40 minutes to work out, so I just did 10 minutes on the stairs, arms, and a mile on the treadmill.

Total time: 35:44 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 185 (93%)

Average heart rate: 141  (71%)

Calories burned: 281

I gobbled down some Greek yogurt and an orange on the way to get our Senior class photo taken.  Let me just say that 10 AM is VERY early the night after the boat trip.  You get the picture.

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After the rehearsal, I went with some of my friends to Coffee News and got a skim au lait with a shot of espresso. It was sweet relief.

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My parents got into town just in time for lunch today.  They were on different flights at different airports, and by the time my dad and I met up with my mom I was really hungry and starting to get cranky. We ended up just going to the Houlihan’s in the airport that was right before the security checkpoint.

My mom and I immediately ordered coffee.  I drank it black, but it tasted a little sour!

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I had two eggs over hard, sourdough toast with grape jelly (:-) ), mixed greens with pear and jicama, and fruit salad.  Not bad!

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We were a happy little brunch bunch.

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Dinner tonight was really special.  About nine of us went to Heidi’s, which has quickly become my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. Getting there was a bit of a challenge… my GPS (“Victoria”) didn’t register a highway detour and I have a terrible sense of direction (to say the least) so we ended up being late.  I was also wearing wedge heels, but I couldn’t differentiate between gas and break pedals while wearing them so I drove barefoot instead.  This was mildly terrifying, and I had white knuckles the whole time! (I changed to sneaker’s for my drive home… wise choice.) Somehow, we all got there injury-free…

I started with a delicious glass of Alvarinho Trajadura, which I took two hours to savor.

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We ordered some special olive oil (which is apparently only licensed to five restaurants in the country) to go with the bread.

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We all started with the chef’s special amuse-bouche: a salmon spring roll in a vietnamese dipping sauce.  This was so, so good.  There were so many different tastes going on here: sweet and spicy, curry and ginger.

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My mom and I split two appetizers: the Smoked Rhode Island diver scallops on a garlic palette with mustard seed vinaigrette (just as good as I remembered them being):

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… and the Beet salad with yuzu, endive, cucumber and soy caramel dressing. This is such a unique dish; the dressing on its own would be a fabulous sandwich spread.

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For my entrée, I stuck with my grandfather’s rule to “always order the special.” The sautéed Pacific halibut on an eggplant pancake, with a shiitake coconut sauce and a drizzle of cilantro oil was  unbelievable.  The “pancake” was light and fluffy, almost like a mousse.  I ate about 2/3.

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We got a side of cauliflower fritters with cheddar sauce for the table.  I enjoyed one; they tasted like “New America’s” take on tempura.

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My dad and I decided to split two desserts since neither of us could decide on just one.  We ordered the lemongrass coconut tapioca with cacao nibs and candied orange:

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And the “Supreme Salad.”

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This didn’t end up being what we thought it would be (exotic fruit salad); Ari would have had a fit because it was covered in “white and creamy” sauce.  We scraped most of it off, but even then the dish was so sweet that I could only eat a bite.

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I ended up just eating my half of the tapioca, which was very light and hardly sweeteed.  The cacao nibs were such an interesting addition!

We ended up stretching dinner out for three hours.  I savored everything, ate what I wanted, and for didn’t leave feeling too full or bloated.  It was a truly perfect meal, made all the more memorable by the company it was shared with.

When I got home, Jalene and I decided to have some of my celebration wine.  I’ve been sipping on it for over an hour, though… I guess I’m a little beverage-ed out.

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Time to go pass out get in my PJs and finish my book.  It has been a very long day, and tomorrow I have to do the bulk of my packing… more family is coming tomorrow night and I want to be able to spend time with them instead of breaking down boxes and sweeping dust bunnies.  I’m a little behind on the blogs, but I’ll catch up soon, I promise… I’m thinking about you!

Night 🙂

I'm on a boat!

Hi guys! I miss you when I take days off blogging.  I hope you’ve had a lovely two days.  Thank you so much for all your sweet comments about my hair… I’m still not used to it at all! I always get so nervous when I get haircuts, but doing something completely different was a good thing for me.  It doesn’t quite fit into a ponytail though, so I’m going to have to learn to style it really well! Anyway, enough about the hair.

Last night, there was a cruise.

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And there was booze. (Lunchbox: Miller’s Genuine Draft + amaretto + orange juice.)  And Little Caesar’s pizza at midnight.  But it was fun, in a weird time-warpy kind of way… it kind of felt like a high school reunion at the Marriot (see Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion) on water.

This morning, somehow (woke up at 4, chugged water and swallowed a couple ibuprofen), I woke up before 8 to get to the gym before our graduation rehearsal.  I had half a banana before I left:

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I only had about 40 minutes to work out, so I just did 10 minutes on the stairs, arms, and a mile on the treadmill.

Total time: 35:44 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 185 (93%)

Average heart rate: 141  (71%)

Calories burned: 281

I gobbled down some Greek yogurt and an orange on the way to get our Senior class photo taken.  Let me just say that 10 AM is VERY early the night after the boat trip.  You get the picture.

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After the rehearsal, I went with some of my friends to Coffee News and got a skim au lait with a shot of espresso. It was sweet relief.

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My parents got into town just in time for lunch today.  They were on different flights at different airports, and by the time my dad and I met up with my mom I was really hungry and starting to get cranky. We ended up just going to the Houlihan’s in the airport that was right before the security checkpoint.

My mom and I immediately ordered coffee.  I drank it black, but it tasted a little sour!

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I had two eggs over hard, sourdough toast with grape jelly (:-) ), mixed greens with pear and jicama, and fruit salad.  Not bad!

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We were a happy little brunch bunch.

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Dinner tonight was really special.  About nine of us went to Heidi’s, which has quickly become my favorite restaurant in Minneapolis. Getting there was a bit of a challenge… my GPS (“Victoria”) didn’t register a highway detour and I have a terrible sense of direction (to say the least) so we ended up being late.  I was also wearing wedge heels, but I couldn’t differentiate between gas and break pedals while wearing them so I drove barefoot instead.  This was mildly terrifying, and I had white knuckles the whole time! (I changed to sneaker’s for my drive home… wise choice.) Somehow, we all got there injury-free…

I started with a delicious glass of Alvarinho Trajadura, which I took two hours to savor.

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We ordered some special olive oil (which is apparently only licensed to five restaurants in the country) to go with the bread.

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We all started with the chef’s special amuse-bouche: a salmon spring roll in a vietnamese dipping sauce.  This was so, so good.  There were so many different tastes going on here: sweet and spicy, curry and ginger.

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My mom and I split two appetizers: the Smoked Rhode Island diver scallops on a garlic palette with mustard seed vinaigrette (just as good as I remembered them being):

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… and the Beet salad with yuzu, endive, cucumber and soy caramel dressing. This is such a unique dish; the dressing on its own would be a fabulous sandwich spread.

IMG_6976

For my entrée, I stuck with my grandfather’s rule to “always order the special.” The sautéed Pacific halibut on an eggplant pancake, with a shiitake coconut sauce and a drizzle of cilantro oil was  unbelievable.  The “pancake” was light and fluffy, almost like a mousse.  I ate about 2/3.

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We got a side of cauliflower fritters with cheddar sauce for the table.  I enjoyed one; they tasted like “New America’s” take on tempura.

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My dad and I decided to split two desserts since neither of us could decide on just one.  We ordered the lemongrass coconut tapioca with cacao nibs and candied orange:

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And the “Supreme Salad.”

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This didn’t end up being what we thought it would be (exotic fruit salad); Ari would have had a fit because it was covered in “white and creamy” sauce.  We scraped most of it off, but even then the dish was so sweet that I could only eat a bite.

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I ended up just eating my half of the tapioca, which was very light and hardly sweeteed.  The cacao nibs were such an interesting addition!

We ended up stretching dinner out for three hours.  I savored everything, ate what I wanted, and for didn’t leave feeling too full or bloated.  It was a truly perfect meal, made all the more memorable by the company it was shared with.

When I got home, Jalene and I decided to have some of my celebration wine.  I’ve been sipping on it for over an hour, though… I guess I’m a little beverage-ed out.

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Time to go pass out get in my PJs and finish my book.  It has been a very long day, and tomorrow I have to do the bulk of my packing… more family is coming tomorrow night and I want to be able to spend time with them instead of breaking down boxes and sweeping dust bunnies.  I’m a little behind on the blogs, but I’ll catch up soon, I promise… I’m thinking about you!

Night 🙂

Get your gyros, LVP-style

Good afternoon, my lovely bloggies.  Looks like a lot of you did some Cinqo de Mayo celebrating last night! Maybe Ari and I can go to Bonita to make up for it when we’re both back in New York.  He’s in Texas now though, so it’s likely he Cinqo-ed it up better than I did!

I left my hole in the library to grab some lunch in the cafeteria.  There was a gyro bar, so I used my noggin to create a vegetarian version I could enjoy.

I loaded my plate with corn, chickpea+tomato stewed tempeh, steamed cauliflower and spinach.

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I topped a warm pita with tzatziki sauce, onions tomatoes and hot sauce

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… and stuffed it with some spinach, corn, and tempeh.

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Obviously it didn’t all fit into the pita, so I just ate the rest with a fork.

I also had a grapefruit and coffee (x 2):

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… and grabbed a rice krispies treat on the way out.

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I needed my sugar fuel!

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Hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂

Collards and Cornbread In Aisle 10

Another Earth Day has come to a close… although I was running late several times today, I left the car at home and walked the [embarrassingly short] distance to school twice.  There’s only one light on in the apartment, and all the electrical cords that aren’t in use are unplugged… the only thing I can work on is the time I take in the shower. I’m almost always between the 5- 10 minute mark.  How long does it take you to shower?

I haven’t had a chance to get to the grocery store yet, so I went to the cafeteria to load up on veggies.  To celebrate Earth Day, my dining hall featured a lot of meat and produce that traveled less than 200 miles to get to our plates.

I made a big salad with romaine, spinach, red pepper, spiced corn, green pepper, cukes, carrots, diced tomato/onion, and had some stewed seitan on the side.

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I’ve been hankering for pizza lately, and was really excited when I saw they had cheeseless “tofu bruschetta” pizza.

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The small bowl has lemon juice, mustard and olive oil for a vinaigrette. I also had some coffee with skim milk.

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Unfortunately, the pizza had absolutely no taste, so I took two bites and moved onto bigger and better things.  Good thing I did, because I made an amazing discovery: Peanut butter and jelly (not pictured) on apples is AMAZING. Seriously.  Go have one now.

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Lunch was pretty big so I didn’t think I’d need a snack, but my stomach was rumbling after class so I had 1/3 of a Brownie Z bar.

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It’s funny… I haven’t run in almost a week, but I’m really enjoying doing other forms of cardio that I used to shy away from.  Today I conquered my fear of the elliptical, which I used to find so boring that I’d get off after less than ten minutes.  Having Gilmore Girls to watch may have something to do with today’s elliptic-success, but it’s good to know that I can do it!

I did about 32 minutes on the elliptical, and then some abs.

Total time: 44:19 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 175 (88%)

Average heart rate: 142 (71%)

Calories burned: 354

Dinner took exactly 7 minutes to “make.”

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Product Review: Amy’s Southern Meal with Cornbread & Beans

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1
Servings Per Container: 1
Serving Weight: 283 g
Calories: 340
Calories from Fat:90

% Daily Value
Total Fat: 10g 15%
Saturated Fat: 5g 25%
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 25mg 8%
Sodium: 780mg 33%
Carbohydrates: 53g 18%
Fiber: 8g 32%
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 12g
%
Organic: 89%
Vitamin A: 100% • Vitamin C: 30%
Calcium: 15% • Iron: 20%

Pre-cooked:

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INGREDIENTS : 0G TRANS FAT � NO ADDED MSG � NO PRESERVATIVES ORGANIC PINTO BEANS, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SWEET POTATOES, ORGANIC COLLARD GREENS, ORGANIC SWISS CHARD, ORGANIC LOWFAT MILK, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC CORNMEAL, ORGANIC CORN, MUSHROOMS, GRADE AA BUTTER, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, ORGANIC WHEAT FLOUR, NONFAT YOGURT, ORGANIC EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, PIMIENTOS, CHEDDAR CHEESE, SEA SALT, ORGANIC GARLIC, EXPELLER PRESSED HIGH OLEIC SAFFLOWER AND /OR SUNFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP, ORGANIC CORNSTARCH, SPICES*, BAKING SODA, ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, ORGANIC BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES, BAKING POWDER, ORGANIC GREEN BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC CELERY, ORGANIC BLACK PEPPER, NATURAL HICKORY SMOKE FLAVOR, MUSTARD SEEDS, GRAIN VINEGAR. CONTAINS MILK AND WHEAT. *100% PURE HERBS & SPICES (NO HIDDEN INGREDIENTS)

Post-microwave:

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Semi-civilized:

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The cornbread was creamy and delicious, and had chunks of whole corn. The greens were so good! They tasted just like the garlic swiss chard my mom makes.  The sweet potato was obviously good (hello, it’s a sweet potato!), but it was a nice change to have it in a whipped form. The beans were probably my least favorite, but I’ve never really been a “baked beans” girl.  Mixed with the cornbread and greens, they were pretty good.

This meal is pretty pricey. It cost about $4.50, and I’m pretty sure I could make a similar meal for myself (and have enough leftovers to eat several times) for that cost.  But, it was quick and easy, and the combination of foods is something I WOULD make for dinner from scratch.  So yes, I would buy this again!

My prof brought four different kinds of cupcakes and brownies to class today, knowing this is a pretty hard time of year.  I remembered how delicious the mini black forest cupcakes were, so I made a bee-line for them:

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X2. It’s been a hard four years week!

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I had a grapefruit when I got home, which I promptly dropped all over the floor.  No matter- just added some crunch!

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I’m going to try to get some work done so I’ll tire myself and hopefully not have trouble sleeping tonight.  Hope you’ve had a great Wednesday!

Sleep The Clock Around

Heya.  Sorry for the delayed post; I’ve been out of the house all day, running around like a busy bee.

Last night before bed, I had a Stonyfield Farms nonfat blueberry yogurt topped with GoLean (Crunch & regular). That’s stress eating for ya!

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This morning for breakfast, I had my new favorite oatmeal alternative: cooked muesli. I microwaved 1/2 cup muesli with 1/2 cup skim milk, for about 3 minutes.  It takes a little longer to cook than oatmeal, but if you decide to make it for yourself, keep an eye on the microwave.  There’s nothing worse than an exploded mess at 8 AM.

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I sweetened it with some leftover light pear syrup

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…and added the other usual toppings.  They taste quite different when combined with hot muesli, though!

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  • 1/2 banana
  • pumpkin
  • 1/2-1 tsp chunky peanut butter

You can buy Michael Jackson’s velvet gloves, among other strange things.  As bizarre as Jacko is, I felt a little sad for him when I read that he’s shutting down Neverland.  A little.

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My prof brought some tempting treats to our session today that she picked up from The Butter Bakery Café.  The name says it all, but they were pretty good. I’d just eaten so I wasn’t very hungry, but try to sit in front of these babies for two hours and not say no!

Blueberry scone:

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Cinnamon pecan coffee cake:

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Frosted lemon poppyseed muffin:

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These aren’t usually my kind of thing, but they were pretty delicious.  I had a bite or so of each- I think the coffee cake was my favorite.

I went to the cafeteria for lunch so I could head straight to the library after.  I made a big salad with tofu, beets, mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, and peas, dressed in oil and vinegar.

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I kept lunch light because there was an “à la mode” bar today.  I got a vegan fruit crisp and topped it with fat free vanilla frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.  There was some backlash about this decision at my lunch table, but the crisp was so crumbly and delicious that I really couldn’t tell the difference.  I added a few mini chocolate chips, though, just in case.

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It was still steaming even after I got to the table and took my photos, which is a rarity.

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Before Step today I had an apple. (Yes, it’s balanced on my car.)

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Tuesday is my short day, so I only had 30 minutes of Step.  I got on the treadmill and put it on the “random” setting, planning to run a mile, but it was pretty horrendous. I haven’t run since Saturday and haven’t been on the treadmill since before Spring break, and it was just really unpleasant. I ended up stopping after only half a mile, which was discouraging, but better than being miserable.

Total time: 35:16 minutes

Maximum heart rate: 186 (93%)

Average heart rate: 144 (72%)

Calories burned: 291

It was another “inefficient” workout, but I think it’s because, although I took two rest days, my body is kind of exhausted with stress and resisting physical activity.  I’m going to try to keep pushing it, although not as hard as usual; exercise is one of the best ways for me to clear my head and boost my mood.

I had a Chocolate Chip Z bar after leaving the gym.  It was sitting on the sunny side of my car and was warm and gooey and mighty fine.

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I went to Whole Foods to do a mini shop for produce.  While there I decided to pick up some food from the hot bar and not worry about what to make for dinner.  I haven’t had it since Winter Break and I forgot how tasty it was! I don’t remember everything that went in there, but here’s what I do: Teriyaki tofu, Japanese baked tofu, jicama slaw, sesame kale, sesame broccoli, curried cauliflower, grilled zucchini/yellow squash, mixed greens, grilled pineapple (!) and my favorite: a small scoop of REAL macaroni and cheese.

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For dessert, I had a Chunky Monkey No-Pudge brownie.

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It’s not even 10 but I’m headed for bed. My schedule is a little off, but that comes with the territory this time of year! My blog reading is going to be a little behind for a few days, but as always, I will be thinking about you and love you all!

Bonne nuit 🙂