carob covered raisins

Don’t call it a comeback

Top of the morning!  I finally woke up today feeling like my normal self.  Stomach woes be gone.  Thanks for all your well-wishes throughout my sick days week. 

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Even though I woke up at 8, I decided to go back to bed because extra zzzzz’s are invaluable when I’m in recovery mode.  Plus, the apartment was cold, our internet connection was down, and the warm down comforter was calling my name.  Excuses, excuses. 

Needless to say, I was ready to get my brunch on when I finally did get up.  Enter Justin’s maple almond butter. 

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After spreading this on my two pieces of toast, I sucked the life out of the squeeze pack…just to make sure I got every last drop of nutty goodness. Do you lick the top of containers?  Hummus lids?  Spoons?  Yogurt tops?  Coffee stirrers?  I lick all of the above.  Never leave a man behind, right?  Kyle totally makes fun of me, but he actually finds it endearing how much I love food.  I think he would actually be worried if I stirred my Starbucks, and then threw away the stir stick without licking off the foam. 

Lunchie time.

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Amy’s lentil soup and a side of veg.  In a new bowl, too.

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Measure-up bowls

I got the 2 bowl set which includes a classic (large) bowl and small bowl.  These are SOOOO cool!  They are sleek and pretty, and on the inside there are engraved measurements to let you know exactly how much you are eating.  I’m not even a measure-my-food kind of person, but I can already see how instrumental these bowls can be in portion control.  Next time you are pouring oats into a measuring cup and then into a bowl, remember this product.  It cuts out the middle man and looks cute, too.  You can purchase them in my shop.

The large bowl has markings at the 1/2 cup, 1 cup, 1 1/2 cup, and 2 cup amounts. 

The small bowl has markings at the 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 3/4 cup amounts.

So when you want to know exactly how much is in your heaping bowls of cereal, you can no longer claim ignorance…this bowl helps you stay accountable for actual portions.  Whether it’s a large bowl of popcorn or a small bowl of nuts, the Measure-Up bowls can hold whatever. 

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1 1/2 delicious cups of lentil soup. 

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I dipped the carrots and red bell peppers in the soup, but also busted out some hummus just for good measure. 

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NOT. A. FAN. 

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I never thought I would come across a hummus I didn’t like, but Abraham’s roasted red pepper was just was not tolerable.  It tasted like a sour salsa was mixed with hummus.  It was not roasted red pepper flavored at all, and it was blech.  A la garbage it went :( 

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Taste the rainbow!  After getting so many great tea suggestions, I decided to get a Tazo variety pack in addition to a few other newbies.  Tazo has never disappointed me, so I am really excited to try all these new flavors.  And it looks really pretty 🙂

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Passion tea was first at bat.  Such a beautiful color, and wonderful flavor. 

To gym or not to gym – that is the question.  I decided to suck it up and give it a whirl on the hamster wheel elliptical…I brought Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang because I wasn’t feeling super into it.  That helped a lot, so at least I made it through 30 minutes.  Better than nothing. 

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So freakin’ huge.  I bought it because I was in awe of the sheer size of the thing, so I knew I had to show it on the blog.  But once I got home, I realized it was going to pose a bit of a problem to eat.  Uhhhh…

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It didn’t even fit on the plate!  I ended up eating the two ends, and saving the mid section for later.  

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I steamed some broccoli and then covered it all in hummus (Cedar’s OG tahini hummus) and raisins.  Sweet taters and hummus are my new obsession (how often do I say that about foods? every other day?).

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Amore. 

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I snacked on a few bowls of these (carob covered raisins and cashew pieces) while Kyle and I played Scrabble.  For the record, I won. 

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While Kyle and I did registry stuff (OMG – so fun!), I had a mug of Tazo Decaf Chai tea and two apples with cinnamon (one yellow, one gala). 

Off to bed.  Is warm weather in the cards soon? 

Marching on…

I would just like to say how awesome it is entering the subway at 5:45 am in darkness and reemerging to a glorious sunrise.  Light in the morning!  Can I get a hell yeah?

Anyways, here are my eats, pre-packed and ready for the trek to the hospital…

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Apples, salad, carrots, hummus, and bars (PB&J Dipped MoJo bar, Super Protein Odwalla bar, and the latest PranaBar flavor to rock my world). 

In zee salad: spinach, steamed brocc, zucch, sesame/seaweed salad, and dried cranz.

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My feelings about the Cranberry Goji Supercharger PranaBar cannot be masked.  Effing fantastico.  Every bar is better than the last.  This company has me hooked.  No others can compare.  My stomach is so happy with the wholesome un-processed ingreds, and it keeps my app at bay for way longer than any other bar.  Truly.

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Luff.  Let’s talk about all the yummy stats shall we?  Organic, soy free, no sugar added, gluten free, vegan…I could go on and on…and MIGHTY tasty to boot.  Apparently my thoughts on Goji berries were in accordance with the rest of the blogging community…well, kids, try this bar, stat, because it’s the best use of Goji I have found thus far. 

After work I schlepped my way back uptown on the most obnoxiously packed subway ride.  It was kinda steamy, but NOT in a good way.

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Hello lover

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What goes best with carbs?  More carbs.  Duh.  Naturally, I turned to hummus to supplement my meal.  Some Italians like garlic bread with their pasta.  Well, (a) I’m not Italian AND (b) I detest garlic, so hummus-y bread is my version of the side dish.  Unlike the other day, today I managed to practice some self restraint and stop after one serving (like a normal human would). 

But don’t start giving me props for operation moderation just yet…

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I rounded out my meal by eating half my weight in carob covered raisins

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And then so many pistachios that I completely fried my taste buds.  Apparently too much salt can be a bad thing?  Who knew?!?  I hope I can taste things again tomorrow. 

Peace out February, you won’t be missed

Thanks for all the positive feedback on my OpenSky shop!  I have a ton more in the works, so I’ll keep you guys in the know. 

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I had an accident with my froth this morning.  Disregard the mess, it tasted awesome.

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Bride mag + apple = bridapple.  Sounds like a horse food.  Ah well.  Lunch was a toasty sando with roasted red pepper hummus and greek yogurt-i-fied tofu “turkey” spread.

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I think I added too much greek yogurt 😕 because the “turkey” spread was a little overly oozy. 

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I don’t think this sammie was repeat-worthy, but whatever, I ate it.  I mean, I like hummus, and I like greek yogurt, and they weren’t bad together. 

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Hmmm…looks like I have to work on my sales pitches.  HA!

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No question.  Lunch’s dessert was a definite winner.  Why haven’t I had carob covered raisins in so long?  Foodie fail fa-SHO.

My appetite was weak sauce in the PM, so dinner was more of a snack sesh than a meal.

‘Tizers.

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Crack.  Hummus.  Oopma loompa carrots. 

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Apple.  Steaz.  Chocolate.

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Chewy chewy mango.  Caramel. 

Not exactly a normal day of eats for me, but I give my tum what it wants…and if that happens to be cookies for dinner, well, shoot, I’m a grown up and I do what I want (or at least the latter part).

You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven’t made it to the gym in quite a while.  I have been doing a TON of stretching and flexibility/pilates stuff in my apartment nearly every day and I feel pretty good.  Granted, I miss the endorphin high that running provides, and I’ve had to put my AAAA on pause, but I’m not as aggravated by the lack of cardio in my life as I thought I would be.  If anything, I’m better able to roll with the punches now that I have accepted the fact that February is just not cooperating with my gym regimen.  March starts tomorrow though, so who knows what that will bring…

What has helped in this weather, is making sure to leave the apartment every day on my days off of work.  Regardless of the weather.  As a result Starbucks’ stock is going up no doubt…

You’re welcome economy.  🙂

Mother Nature must be mad

Can you believe this weather?  Haiti, Chile, Hawaii…makes the East Coast snow seem insignificant. 

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There’s a car under there somewhere…

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So I stomped my way through a good foot of snow to get to the hospital today.  Brrr.  I toted my usual eats with me too, including a big salad, a squash side dish, and apples and bars aplenty.

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The big boy on the left contained spinach, steamed zucchini, carrots, brocc, chopped celery, chickpeas, and dried cranzHoly ingredients. 

The smaller side tupperware had delicata squash (I finally found it again! yes!!) with raisins.

Do you like celery? I used to love it, and then suddenly I was just completely over it.  How weird is that?  The only reason this salad had celery was because I happened to have two leftover spears from my bag of plane snacks.  I guess my main issue with celery is the fact that it is sold in such huge amounts.  Yes, I know you can buy the pre-cut sticks, but those are like 400% the price and this hippie’s on a budget.  Sometimes you just want a spear or two, but it seems stupid to buy an entire stalk with 50 servings worth, right?  I may be more apt to buy them and use them if I didn’t think that 90% of it would go to waste. 

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Bars, bars, bars.  Apples and apples. 

Although I used to poo-poo the feminine focused snacks, I am getting into Luna bars more and more lately, and this Iced Oatmeal Raisin flavor was pretty good.  Oddly enough, the thing I love best about them is their less substantial nature.  Because they don’t hold me over very long, they are good when I don’t know if I will be able to go for a lunch break in a few minutes or an hour.  If I eat one, and then my patients are stable and I can slip away for a bit, I can still have my lunch without it being too much for my stomach. 

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This baby, on the other hand, is at the complete opposite end of the spectrum.  I can’t emphasize it enough, Boomi bars are so good and they literally put my appetite on hold for hours.  The Perfect Pumpkin flavor was awesome.  The most dominant flavor was from the pepitas (my latest obsesh), and it married perfectly with the dates, raisins, crisp rice, apricots, and cranberries.  I wish I worked for this company because I think I could live off these bars.  Gah.  They are just too good!!

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I loved my lunch so much that I made the same thing for dinner.  Delicata squash, raisins, and pepitas…oh, and  actually sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on top after and it was sublime.

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In an effort to get a nice winter tan – au natural – I had a pound and a half of sweet potatoes with dried cranz.  I’m all about the faux glow. 

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And for an added sweet touch, I polished off the night’s eats with a HUUUGE strawberry smoothie.  This one was packed with strawbeezies, xanthan gum, ice, silk soy milk, water, and a few drops of NuNaturals stevia (the liquid kind).

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I also had a bunch (as in wayyyy too many) carob covered raisins.  I only photographed this one because it was so small and cute.  I find it funny when raisins escape the carob, or when carob coats a non-raisin (like the mini stem in this case). 

Guess who is working again tomorrow? Yo.

Vancouver time

By the time you read this, I am likely in the upper itty-bitty corner of WA chilling at the in-laws casa before heading across the border to Vancouver.  Kyle and I put in a bid for Olympics tix decades ago and, amazingly enough, we got them for a pretty stellar event. 

If you keep your eyes peeled to your TV sets during the men’s US v. Canada ice hockey game, I promise I will try my best to do something obnoxious enough to get some air time (think stars & stripes face painting).  I’m currently working on getting Kyle’s dad to paint his chest, but I’m sensing he’s not so into it. 

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I can’t imagine why…

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Already got my nails did.  My attempt to be patriotic may have come across more 13 year old steals her older sister’s nail polish lame, but whatevs, I’m rockin’ it regardless.   

Anyways, my Friday started bright and early. 

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Coffee, laundry, packing, errands, etc. 

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Plane food packed, I headed to midtown to meet up with Kyle, and we were off.

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Liquid essentials: Starbucks VIA, tea x 4 (hot water at the airport = 50¢)

Food essentials: Barney Butter almond butter packet, WF multigrain sandwich thin, carob covered raisins (yummmmm), apple[s] (I brought more than I photographed), tupp ‘o salad fixins (beans, steamed veg, etc.)

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Bar essentials: Honey Graham Z bar, Cashew Almond Boomi bar, Apple Pie PranaBar

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The only non-vegan ingredient is honey.  Review to come…

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This one is vegan and 75% raw.  Review to come…

Non-food essentials:  crosswords, mags, books (The Kite Runner, etc.), iPod downloaded movies, travel scrabble (love)

Go team USA!