Mostly brownies

I haven’t had very many interesting things to share.  The weather went from shorts and tank-top temperatures to bundle in layers degrees.  Don’t you gauge the season by outfits, too?

I still fit a 4 mile run in yesterday between stuffing my face with brownies.


One, two, buckle my shoe unbuckle my belt…


Okay, okay, I didn’t JUST have brownies (as if you’d judge me either way).

I had a huge bowl of nearly-spilling-over-the-edge oatmeal.


  • 1 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • dash of cinnamon
  • drip of NuNaturals’ vanilla stevia



My evening was uneventful.  Kyle and his waffle team are working furiously on their big presentation this week, so I was left to my own devices for the entire day.  Amazingly, I got very little accomplished, unless you count clearing out the DVR.

Dinner was simple.


Sweet potato stuffed with hummus (a new flavor!) with a steamed kale and carrot salad and falafel crumbled on top.


One half of the sweet tater had the last bit of the old Sabra flavor (roasted pinenut), while the other side had the new kind (spinach and artichoke).


This was confusing for my taste buds.  It really didn’t have enough chickpea or tahini flavor going on and for me, it was mostly like a spinach artichoke dip.  It was good, but shouldn’t be categorized as a hummus.  Make no mistake, I enjoyed it thoroughly (and definitely added heaps more after taking the photo).


For dessert, I opted to nix the brownies (lest I OD in under 24 hours), and chose a new-to-me Clif MOJO.


Sweet & Salty Trail Mix Bar…mmmm…


These bars are perfect in satisfying either kind of craving – salty AND sweet.  The crushed pieces of pretzels and mini butterscotch chips are drool inducing.  Try as I might to slowly savor the bar, I still scarfed it in under a minute.


I may have to attempt a home-made replication of this soon.  It was friggin’ awesome.


After dessert, I packed up my work food for the day and started settling into my PM routine.

Work was work.

Jillian-ed it up with The Shred at 4:30 am then broke the fast with coffee and an apple.


Work breakfast was oats.  Nothing too fancy, just strawberries & cinnamon.


My main course for lunch was steamed kale topped with spaghetti squash and vegan Field Roast (and subsequently doused in Bragg’s liquid aminos).

Oops, I still owe you all that Field Roast review, huh?  Ok, I’ll get on that 🙂


Don’t tell Kyle, but me and Nana are starting to have an affair.  This is my 3rd in a week.  😉  Ginger is one of the best flavors.


Whoever is the grandchild of “Nana” is SO effing lucky.  These cookies are out of control.  I’ve tried every flavor and they are all perfect.  Chewy, gooey, and melt in your mouth sweet.


Best of all they don’t shoot your blood glucose through the roof.  Always a plus.  My only complaint is that the serving size is 1/2 a cookie.  Because it’s BS to think that anyone could eat half of one of these babies and call it a day.  I dare you.


The rest of the snack pack included raw cauliflower and carrots with Sabra hummus, two apples, and mucho candied ginger.

I have to share a photo that I took on my lunch break (with my phone’s camera) because, well, you’ll see…

I’m sorry about the quality (my blackberry is certainly no iPhone) and the odd angle (I was trying to be semi-incognito), but as you can see here, some mighty fine characters hang around the hospital.  Allow me to draw attention to his plastic gold stunna shades, his ghetto phabulous chain necklace, and his beach blanket (a pile of stripped clothes).  The best part of all, however, which is sadly not caught on film, is that this was mid-exercise.  Mid-crunches, to be specific.  Let me tell you, the guy had spectators.  It was a scene.  Anyway.  I thought you may enjoy it.  It definitely made my lunch break that much more entertaining.

When I got home I did some damage to the brownies and eventually contemplated dinner.  More on that later…

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Comments (36)

  1. Maryann (The Balanced Bean)

    I made those brownies according to your recipe yesterday and loved them!! Im going to post them on my blog tomorrow and Ill be sure to give you the credit, delish!

  2. Jan

    Oh my gosh, that gave me a great laugh!!!!! Thanks! As for the food, ALL of it looks so darn delicious!! I love hummus like you do — I just wish my husband like the garlic “afterglow!”

  3. elise

    yeah!!!!! so glad you liked them 🙂

  4. elise

    hahaha. it takes a special significant other…

  5. Anna

    HAHA got to give him props for working on the belly…
    I just wanted to give you a random THANK YOU Elise for actually eating a lot of oats. 1/2 cup serving always leaves me starving within a few hours even if I load it up, which makes me feel like a weirdo in the world of girls posting about their 1/3 cup servings (WHAT?) I know it’s not a huge deal, but it makes me happy to see your ginormous bowl 🙂

  6. elise


  7. movesnmunchies

    omG i LOVE NANAS cookies! i used to eat oneeveryday for a solid 5 months.. sometimes even two.. no wheat choc chip is my fav!

  8. my little celebration

    Hmmmm, that guy has it GOING ON.

  9. Salah

    those brownies look pretty awesome!!!

  10. Paula

    Ahhhh!! This post is great! I love everything about it 🙂

    1. One, two, unbuckle my belt brownies
    2. Copious amount of hummus & new flavor to boot!
    3. Mojo Barrrrrsssss!!!!! Peanut butter pretzel is my favorite <3
    4.Nana's effing lucky grandkids
    5.Ghetto fabulous shirtless Buddha-man in gold shades doing crunches on a strip of grass in Westwood = Over the top!!!! OMG laughing so hard it hurts

  11. Ate

    I’m only commenting on homie-dawg sprawled out on the streets of Westwood. OCC! At least he was promoting healthy habits by doing crunches and getting some needed vitamin D by sun bathing. Props yo. Props.

  12. Katie

    It pains me to admit that my pregnant tastebuds have been hating hummus lately – it’s like I removed a food group…so maybe I need to try this “semi-hummus-spinach-artichoke-dip” to get me back into the swing of things.

    Also, that picture is priceless. I wish I had amusing things like that to look at on my lunch break.

  13. Silvia @ skinny jeans food

    Elise, Elise……. (tongue in cheek, head shaking included)….. Karma says if you make fun of other overweight people you will be overweight yourself eventually.

  14. Paige

    Did you get his number? I’m sure Kyle wouldn’t mind. 😉

    I bought that spinach artichoke hummus a while ago and it was meh for me as well. Roasted pine nut is my first love, but I have a roasted garlic tub right now that is stealing the show fo sho. (Though do I really need something like ROASTED GARLIC to take my normal hummus breath up a notch? Woof.)

  15. Courtney

    Are you kidding me with artichoke hummus?!?! Artichokes in ANYTHING make it a winner in my book, I gotta find that…


  16. Pure2raw twins

    Now I am craving your brownies, looks so rich and delicious 😉 YUM Artichoke hummus sounds interesting! It looks really good!

  17. Anna (twelve22)

    Oh, you made me realize I haven’t had one of those pretzel Mojo bars in ages! They’re so good!

  18. Allie from Rip It Raw

    BAHAHHAAA!! THAT is freakin Hilarious!!
    Another good cookie is vegan Alternative Baking Company. Those cookies are some of the best I’ve ever had, vegan or not. Hmm.. but I will definitely be on the lookout for these Nana cookies.

  19. elise

    i had one of those YESTERDAY!! the snickerdoodle flavor was PERFECTION. its a bit more dry that nana’s, but still great taste-wise.

  20. elise

    if only you had costco…

  21. elise

    are you kidding me? with that guy’s bod, kyle wouldve been jealousssss. haha.

  22. elise

    ah but i wasnt making fun of his weight at all…youll notice it was his sexy outfit and activities that piqued my interest.

  23. elise

    noooooo!! dont say such things! hope your taste buds get back in the groove soon.

  24. elise


  25. elise

    happy to entertain 🙂

  26. elise

    they are!

  27. elise

    hahaha…you’re into the stunna shades, huh?

  28. elise

    so gooey and chewy and soft. love!

  29. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine

    OH MY GOD. That guy. Let me get in on that workout, dude, cause he looks slammin!! At least he was TRYING to exercise…?

  30. holly

    two things:

    (1) peanut butter pretzel is one of the best protein bar/granola bar things there is.

    (2) that man made my day.

  31. Stacey

    I love Nana’s cookies but unfortunately they are pretty much non-existent in the UK. You guys get all the best stuff!

  32. elise

    awww. sorry!

  33. janetha @ meals and moves

    OH DEAR GOD. hilarious. and yes that’s how i explain temps. i am patiently waiting for flip flop weather but it keeps snowing.

  34. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey

    I actually really like that spinach artichoke hummus, haha.

    I’ve seen that cookie at Whole Foods before… maybe I’ll have to pick it up next time!

    oh my gosh, the picture of that man had me dying of laughter. Too funny.

  35. Juliette

    Have you ever tried Lara Bars before? They are amazing and made with 3 – 9 ingrediants of real, whole food. I believe nuts & dates, along with fruit make up the base of the bar. They are vegan, kosher, ect.. When I say the Mojo Bar I had to let you know about Lara Bars if you didn’t already know. They are my favorite!

  36. elise

    Uh, yes. I’m very familiar with Larabars. 🙂

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