New things

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Even with a huge cup of frothy coffee, the morning still sucked.  After reading that Sarah decided it was time to bow out of the food blog world (darn creepers stalking her lovin family) I knew I needed something more substantial than my normal cup of joe!  So I dried my tears and busted out the blender.

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This Amazing Grass smoothie contained half a plain greek yogurt (Chobani of course), half a frozen banana, almond milk, and a chocolate-y packet of lawn shavings.

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I stirred melon and dried cranberries into the rest of the greek yogurt – and after that I had a Superfruit Kombucha.  I wonder what a superfruit is?

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Lunch was nothing new.  My apartment’s contents are fairly predictable, so it’s merely a matter of tweaking the combinations.  In the above salad was seaweed, sesame seeds, matchstick carrots, dried cranz, and chickpeas.  It was a nice mix of crunch, sweet, salty, yum.  I hope y’all know what that round red thing is on the left.

After some time to digest, I finally managed to drag my butt off the couch.  It was really difficult.  Suddenly I’m lazy lazy hippie.  Why can’t I get motivated!!!  I didn’t even work yesterday, and I still managed to use the weather as an excuse to skip exercise.  Jillian would be so mad at me.  I think I need some JM bootcamp action.  If only she were my personal trainer.  Sigh.

At the gym today I elliptical-ed until Top Chef ended I got bored.  Talk about an uninspired workout.  Post sweat sesh endorphins felt nice, but I couldn’t help but feel annoyed at my pathetic cardio routine.  I know I shouldn’t compare my current activity to my former, but how can I not when I used to train with 6 miler runs a day MINIMUM.  Sorry for the whine.

I did huge amounts of grocery shopping on the way home, and after I showered I set to work on dinner.

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Holy GUACAMOLE!

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Dinner at Gena’s last night whet my appetite for guacamole in a major way, so I was craving avocado all day…hence the guac-fest for dinner.

  • 1 1/2 avocados
  • shredded carrots
  • broccoli slaw
  • raw white sweet corn and yellow corn
  • squirt of lime juice
  • stevia packet

I used the leftover lettuce cups from the other night into which I scooped the guacamole.  Yowza, I could eat this every single night.

I waited a few hours to have dessert because I wanted to allow my tummy to digest (and I’m trying to integrate more of the food combining principles into my diet).

Not only was dessert (aka after-dinner dried fruit/nut snackage) in line with the food combo laws, but it was also SO unlike me!!  Can you believe what an amazing influence the food blog world has had on me?  Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, I actually willingly ate nuts.  NUTS!

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So nutty!

I got cashew pieces (cheaper than whole ones, great tip Gena), raw almonds, raisins, and goji berries.  I had never tried goji berries before, and finally got over myself, and bit the bullet.  It had the texture/consistency of a harder raisin, but wasn’t as sweet.  It’s hard to describe. Try them for yourself and see!!  They have numerous health benefits too, including antioxidant and neuro-protective properties, cardiovascular and inflammatory disease prevention, and anticancer actions.  I’m down with that.

What new food or food combination have you tried because you’ve seen them on blogs?

I couldn’t even begin to count the positive ways this community has affected me. 

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37 thoughts on “New things

  1. Sarah (LovIN)

    So apparently Jillian isn’t doing her podcasts anymore either! What in the hell? It’s a sad sad day.

    I already miss y’all.

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  2. JB

    that guac looks so good! and i’ve tried a numerous amount of new foods since starting to blog! actually, i just made gena’s raw zucchini hummus last night and LOVED IT! that’s one example. i also made a massaged kale salad yesterday after seeing various bloggers make them…and i’m now obsessed. this entire blogging community is so inspiring. i love it. i also have bloggers to thank for inspiring me to make baked sweet potato rounds. hmm, what else? i made seitan for the first time after reading lindy loo’s recipe on”yeah, that vegan shit.” anyway, you didn’t ask for this long ass list. but that just goes to show how much i love these fellow bloggers! oh, and i REALLY want your seaweed salad with the raisins. that sounds amazing. have a great night, girl!

    -JB
    http://cardiovegsular.wordpress.com

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    1. elise

      i love the long ass list…believe me, mine would look the same…its crazy the influence its had on me. i couldnt fathom how i lived without some of the (now) staples in my daily eats!!

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  3. Whit

    Where do I start? How about greek yogurt, banana soft serve, even avocados? The food blog world has changed me for the better.

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  4. prettyladycmu

    I’ve tried so many new things thanks to the blog world – Green smoothies, Amazing Grass, raw meals…the list goes on and on!

    Try not to stress about the lower-key workout today. I was feeling the same way this afternoon after I skipped out on cross training for a gab session in the sauna with a friend. But you know what? It’s one day! Smile :)

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  5. MarathonVal

    I owe a lot to the blog world – Green Monsters, Amazing Grass products, the raw diet (thanks, Gena!), hummus (thanks to YOU!), the ability to eat mass quantities of avocados per day, larabars, Gena’s soft serve, and I’ve learned gazillions of new ways to make veggies!

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  6. homegirlcaneat

    I looooove the lettuce wrap thangs you have been making…it really makes me crave watery delicious lettuce! …I have never said that in my life.

    I am still drying my LovIN tears too :(

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  7. Abby

    I miss LovIn already too, as I’ve taken to Huge Jass salads with tons of avocado since I started reading her blog a couple months ago (yours were a big influence, too).

    There are a few other things I’ve taken to, but there are also so many other things I see that I want to try but can’t find around here. I need to move to New York…then I could actually be one of the cool kids!

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  8. Ada

    I love the concept of adding raw corn to guacamole, I am definitely going to try that ASAP!!! Your smoothie looks great, by the way:)

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  9. insideiamdancing

    Cashews are my favourite nut in ‘plain’ form. So creamy!

    I have lost count of the stuff I have tried because of blogs…nut butter in oatmeal or with fruit, hummus in huge quantities, carrot juice, pumpkin, wheat berries (have you tried these yet?)…my list goes on. Pretty much most of my food is blog inspired these days! LOVE it :D

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  10. ksgoodeats

    Nuts?! Real nuts?! As in not brittle? Are you feeling okay ;)

    Now I want to go to the store to get lettuce and eat lettuce cups at 9:30 in the morning. That looks delicious!

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  11. Michal Mymo

    Yum yummy! Everything looks delish :) Especially your guacamole. Hmm the most recent thing i have tried (which was just five minutes ago hehe!) was ABU from heather eats almond butter. yummers! i made my own raw almond butter but i only got a cup so I just threw it in my blender and added soy milk and some maple syrup. holy moly delish! on a peach sprinkled with flax seeds and almonds it was the best morning snack ever.

    Michal (lilearthmuffin)

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  12. Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    I am craving guac and raw veggies in a major way since the other night too, so I totally hear ya. I have tried SO many things I’d never heard of, thanks to the blog world – it’s pretty much one stop marketing for the latest and greatest nutrition trends!

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  13. julie

    goji berries have a weird taste to me! I have a packet opened from Navitas Naturals and I just can’t force myself to use them! OR the cacao nibs. Haveee them if you want!

    I’m coming over for lettuce bowls of guac. end of story that looks AMAZING!

    get your JM podcast going gurl! you’ll be right back in the game. I need ta get me some good ole JM podcasties.

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  14. lowandbhold

    The guac-love looks so good! I never make guac out of my ‘cados for some reason?

    The blog world is pretty much the reason for every single thing I eat now. Except for coffee, pasta, and regular old produce.

    Seriously, why do people have to be so skeezy? The blog world has truly lost a legend.

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  15. Courtney

    Ahhhh! You have crossed over to the dark side…nuts?! Eating them whole and undisguised?! Willingly?! I need you to come and give me lessons on how to like them… :-)

    Ugh–I know it is frustrating to not be able to workout/train like you are used to–I am sorry! It is hard, but at least try to give yourself credit for what you ARE doing. You still worked out! And soon you will be back to where you were (if that is what you want–not saying that where you are now is bad/wrong). Every time you workout and exercise, you are making headway to getting back to where you were!

    And from your breakfast, it sounds like you are giving almond milk another try? Yay! I hope you found a brand you like!

    Courtney

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    1. elise

      i KNEW you’d be so proud (slash jealous) of me and my nut trials!! i still cant even imagine adding walnuts into my life, but i think cashews and almonds are a big step. sometimes they still sound gross in things, like oats (why ruin something so good)…but its a work in progress…i think eating them with things you love (like dried fruit) are a good way to ease yourself in…??maybe? i tried almond milk again. im not in love. but i cant deny the benefits. and so im hoping that like stevia, it will grow on my taste buds and soon become a flavor i enjoy

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  16. Andrea

    I think Greek Yogurt was the first thing I ever ate because of a food blog. I can’t believe life existed without it!

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  17. Jessica (jesslikesithot)

    Your greek yog/chocolate powder/banana/a-milk shake sounds amazing…..i MUST make that tomorrow!

    OATMEAL (couldn’t stand the boring kind my mom made when I was little…..oats + bananas…..yawnnnn), greek yogurt, bars galore, pb & co peanut butter, SABRA hummus, etc…..the list goes on!!! I obviously always ate hummus, but never knew about THE sabra, until the blogs helped a sista’ out.

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    1. elise

      sabra is my one and only! can you believe a year ago i had only had hummus for the first time!!! craaaaaazy!

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  18. Lara (Thinspired)

    You and me both were shedding tears after Sarah’s announcement! :(
    I really want to try the new combo of boiled eggs with mashed avocado, a la Polly. I hate mayo so it seems like the perfect combo!

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