Caffeine Hangover

Alright, folks. I have a midterm in 2 hours so let’s make this snappy(jk, I write most of this the night before anyway ;-) )

Yesterday felt like one big caffeine hangover after Wednesday’s amazing night. The sad thing was I didn’t even have any caffeine besides what was in the food itself; I’m such a light-weight. Being at home yesterday turned out not to be such an inconvenience. My dog had a doctor’s appointment halfway towards Brown so I ended up just hitching a ride that way. I would have preferred if it wasn’t so damn early that I had to run, shower, eat, and blog within a couple of hours, but I made do.

Montana

Montana

I would like to say he was big and brave, but he’s totally a wimp. He was shaking the moment he knew where he was, and all they were doing was following up on an ear infection. He has a lot of infections/allergies. He’s also grumpy a lot and likes to sit on the couch near the TV. Hmm, maybe that thing they say about owners and dogs is true. I ended up getting back to campus exactly at the time I would have got out of class had I had it. I swung by The Ratty because I was starving, and put away all my loot from the night before as I ate:

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

2 Eggs With Ketchup And Steak Sauce, Black Bean CousCous Salad, Zuchinni, Brocoli

Did you know eggs scrambled in a bowl and microwaved for a few minutes will cook and fluff? I didn’t know that, but I’m glad they do, because I really wanted something savory for the steak sauce to go on and I was out of vegan burgers(from vegan burgers to eggs. How ironic…). I am loving Trader Joe brand ketchup. It’s a lot less sweet and a lot more vinegary than other brands I’ve had. This is a highly recommended TJ product if you have one near you.

All that party-hardying made me very behind on google reader, but I had(somewhat) caught up by 3pm. Isn’t that a great feeling? Not when you haven’t studied, but otherwise yet. For once, I actually felt like going to Whole Foods was a chore. I tried to convince myself I had enough food, but surprisingly opening and closing the fridge 3 times doesn’t make bread appear. I grabbed a snack and hit the road.

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Multibran Vitatop With Mighty Maple

Dear, Miss Everythingtarian

Please stop making so many tasty dishes using Mighty Maple. It’s making me crave it at an alarming rate and run through my jar. Otherwise, I might have to stop reading your hilarious blog. It’s not me you, it’s you me.

Anyway, it was a great day for a walk in N.E. The weather was sooo good yesterday, it felt like Spring! I walked around Whole Foods a lot(as usual) but did major self editing at the check out and walked out with the “bare essentials”:

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls, Plain Oikos

I’m not going to lie. It definitely hurt putting back other things like my Gardenburgers, Sweet Scoops frozen yogurt, and the non-existent salmon from the salad bar. On the other hand, I knew I had 15 dollars after this to make last for the rest of October before I start digging into. I resisted the urge to call anyone to rant/tantrum, and just admired my new shopping bag:

Oikos Grocery Bag

Oikos Grocery Bag

Isn’t it nifty? I like it a lot more than the Stonyfield one because it’s more my color, fabric, and yogurt. I also love the new designs for the Oikos containers, but sadly they only had those out for the 5.3oz ones. I tried getting back quickly so that I could make a quick snack because I was stahhving and–hopefully–study. The latter didn’t happen but boy was the former a success!

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

Fluffernutter Oats With Banana Peanut Butter

I decided to test out my new Banana Peanut Butter sent to me by Sunland. By test, I really mean I threw this one to the lions; fluffernutter oats have a huge place in my heart and this peanut butter needed to fill some big shoes. Right when I opened the jar I noticed 2 promising things: it smelled like fresh sliced banana bread with peanut butter slathered on it and it was thick and smooth like PB&Co. That was all promising and a good indication for the peanut butter itself. It didn’t melt quite like I was hoping/expecting, but the flavor was spot on. It reminded me of having a sandwich on Wonder Bread in kindergarten. If any nut butter can do that over whole grains, it’s a winner in my book.

These oats were good, but not filling. That was out of the ordinary, but thankfully dinner was right around the corner and I could wait for this:

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Soup

Snap Peas, Tofu With Mustard, Sweet Potato, Carrot Ginger Soup

I wish I could say this was as good as it should have been but it never all clicked. The snap peas were at least not overcooked and had some snap. The sweet potatoes were good(duh!) but I’m actually developing a taste for them microwaved. The tofu was… tofu. But a little TJ mustard(yes, I packed my own mustard) perked it up. i didn’t even finish the soup; it seemed promising with carrot, ginger, and honey, but it never all clicked.

When I got back to my dorm, simply doing internet stuff took almost 2 hours. My computer was running sooo slow. I had to grab this while I was waiting for an update:

Zevia Cola

Zevia Cola

I didn’t quite realize why I was craving it for a while, until I noticed 45mg caffeine on the ingredient list. That couldn’t be too much, right? Well it’s the amount in a light roast regular cup of coffee. Yikes. My remedy for this was to gulp it, of course, because then the caffeine would enter my system early. Wtf? Bad judgement call here. We live and we learn–ain’t that the truth. I also watched Modern Family and Survivor. How hilarious was this weeks Modern Family? Not many shows make me laugh like that one did. I am definitely going to need to illegally download buy this season when it comes out. Speaking of Miss Mighty Maple Addict

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

Pumpkin Oats With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter And A Vegan Pumpkin Molasses Cookie

You know I could never stop reading that blog and am full of hot air; I’d miss out on killerness like this. It’s such a smooth and sweet texture play, it’s ridiculous! I’m almost out of my favorite oatbran(toasted Trader Joe’s) so this was straight up steel cut. Normally, I’m not a fan because of the coarseness, but the pumpkin softened that. Grey’s Anatomy was… interesting? last night. I liked that they switch up the format of the show to make it different; but I don’t know that that way really worked. I’ll be watching The Office and 30 Rock over the weekend at some point to make up. I also might have snuck one of these into bed with me:

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Cinnamon Raisin Roll With Creamy Vanilla Frosting And Vanilla Sugar

Holy Hannah was that good; now I understand why I consider these an “essential”. For the frosting I did 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon plain 2% Voskos, and a little NuNaturals vanilla stevia. I wasn’t sure if cream cheese and yogurt together would work, but that was a big fat yes. It was smooth and creamy and held it’s consistency but was still soft; could you ask for something more?

One of the things I think is best for tests is sleep so I went to bed a little earlier than normal and got a real good nights sleep. My right foot did not feel up to par this morning, but I wanted to run anyway. Why am I so stubborn? I think it’s a familial trait. I waddled through 10 miles in 85:14. All that time gave me time to think and realize the reason I was sore was because I completely forgot to stretch anything yesterday–lesson learnt. I had a muffin planned for breakfast, but banana on the brains caused me to come up with this:

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

Banana Oats With Banana Peanut Butter And Smart Balance Peanut Butter, Strawberry Coconut Milk Kefir

I love how creamy properly mushed banana makes oatmeal; it’s a great substitution for when pumpkin isn’t the right flavor. And the banana peanut butter is definitely growing on me, in case you can’t tell. That was just one big banana nut mess! But do you notice anything missing from my breakfast this morning? Whole Grains? No. Probiotics? Nope. Nut Butter? Big nope. Animal products–yes! I’ve decided that, in honor of Lightlife and Tempehtations, I’m going to take it upon myself to eat vegan for today. I actually had this planned for Wednesday but that all changed when I got invited to the dinner(there was no vegan dishes there so it would have been a huge fail). I’m very excited to try this out; it’s not something I’ll pick up permanently but I feel like it will be a fun adventure–wish me luck!

P.S. Nature’s path giveaway! They have great vegan and gluten free cereals and granolas so be sure to enter this one.

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No Responses to “Caffeine Hangover”

  1. Holly 23. Oct, 2009 at 11:02 am #

    ahhhh i am sorry! blame janetha – she sent me the Mighty Maple PB and it was love at first bite :) seriously though, that stuff is incredibly amazing and i like to think if MMPB is the worst of my addictions, life is going okay!

    ummm i now crown you the king of nut butter! i swear everything i come to your blog, you have a new nut butter i have not seen. banana PB…yes please!

    i have to go read your recap of the fancy schmancy dinner you went to – at first glance, i can just imagine how fabulous it was!

    have a good day!

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  2. ksgoodeats 23. Oct, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    I do the same blogging trick – start the night before. It’s so much easier!! I hope your midterms go well today!

    Those cinnamon raisin rolls look awesome! Every time you post one I get a little bit more envious. I NEED to hunt them down!!

    Yum to that banana peanut butter as well! Thanks for the review :)

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  3. Graze With Me 23. Oct, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Love all those bowls of oatmeal. The ultimate comfort food IMO.

    I have yet to have the mighty maple pb – I know they sell it in my area but I think I’m afraid to buy it because of the disaster that happened the last time I tried one of their products. I had the cinn raisin swirl and SOMEHOW it all ended up in my belly in 4 days. The WHOLE jar. So bad yet so good. That stuff is like crack.

    So I responded to your comment on my blog about the AB. (It was a store brand from a local market.) Can you tell me if you got it?? I’ve been a bit skeptical whether or not my ‘reply to comment’ button has been working correctly. Thanks in advance.

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I didn’t get the response. Do you reply on your blog or from your email notification of comments? I think the second way is the only way to ensure the comment is recieved in the commentor’s inbox

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  4. Whitney @ Lettuce Love 23. Oct, 2009 at 1:19 pm #

    Good luck with midterms! I like your trick of starting a post the night before — I need to try that.

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  5. MelissaNibbles 23. Oct, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Good luck on your midterms!
    Thanks for the frosting idea :)

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  6. Jenn@slim-shoppin 23. Oct, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    I almost always make scrambled eggs during the week in my microwave, I like how puffy they come out too. I also like that you had eggs and a salad on the side! That looked like such a healthy and filling breakfast, I have to try that combo

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  7. eatmovelove 23. Oct, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    What kind of frosting do you have? I loveeeee cream cheese frosting with a passion – but I could seriously just eat out of the tub non-stop…and my tummy hates me after for it.

    Haha – how do you get any school work done with your blog, eating, running and keeping up on your emails – seriously??!! You must just be super smart I’m guessing?!!

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I combined 1 tbsp cream cheese, 1tbsp greek yogurt, and vanilla stevia. You could probably use vanilla yogurt and no stevia

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  8. marathonmaiden 23. Oct, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    hope the midterm went well! sadly i am so addicted to caffeine that i don’t think i’d ever get a hangover from it haha

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  9. dee (the apple hill adventurer) 23. Oct, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    oohhh that cinnamon raisin roll looks SO GOOD

    you should consider yourself lucky though, i survived off of turkey hotdogs, plain oats, top ramen, and lettuce through college. I never could buy yogurts or fancy rolls or nice peanut butters, or fresh meats …

    ugh, it was a dark time. When i see how well you eat, being in college, i get a little jealous. So be grateful for all the amazing stuff you DO have mister!

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  10. brandi 23. Oct, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Ah….I wish everyone would stop using mighty maple until I can find it! :)

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  11. eatingmachine 23. Oct, 2009 at 4:34 pm #

    my fiance microwaves eggs so he can make sandwiches (like on a bagel or a biscuit) with them-cause they’re all nice and perfectly shaped that way….

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  12. Naomi (onefitfoodie) 23. Oct, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    haha I love how you call this a quick post and of course it is anything but! it is so detailed and always make me crave certain foods! that banana sunland butter looks incred! I am going to your review after I type this! :)

    i always put nanners in my oats! they make it oh so creamy and delicious!!

    i still need to try mighty maple!!

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  13. Jenny 23. Oct, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    evannnnn you’re freaking me out! I am totally eating an egg white scramble from the micro right now – you physic???

    you always give me the downlow on the best PB’s.. that sunland sounds ridic!

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  14. Morgan 23. Oct, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    Cute puppy! What kind of dog is Montana?

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  15. VeggieGirl 23. Oct, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Aww, Montana, haha – he’s a CUTE little wimp ;)

    Hope you rocked out that midterm!!

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  16. Lele 23. Oct, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    1. Feelin’ ya on the midterms
    2. Banana peanut butter that’s banana bread reminiscent?! I want!

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  17. Ada 24. Oct, 2009 at 7:39 am #

    Caffeine hangover= the story of my life lol. Your dog is so cute, I’ve never seen one that looks like that before. I was just catching up on your previous posts and that dinner looks amazing, how cool that you won that contest!

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