Cherries Or Cranberries?

Before I forget, yesterday’s breakfast was a bunch of new products I wanted to tell you about including Sunland’s Valencia Creamy Peanut Butter, Voskos’ Organic Vanilla Bean Greek Yogurt, and Nature’s Path Organic Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, all of which will be summarized on the main page at some point so don’t worry if you miss them now.

Good morning. Is it good? It’s raining the tears of Semonides here(sorry, all this Classical studying has my brain in the wrong millenium!). Yesterday morning I left a little early to grab a cup of joe before class.

Organic Coffee With NuNaturals Sweetener

Organic Coffee With NuNaturals Sweetener

And Thank God I did. My Greek professor is still sick so we got a substitute instead. Rather than a placid, middle aged woman we had a bit more lively, energetic Swede with a heavy accent. Fun, just not at 10:30. Class got particularly amusing when him and the soft-spoken British grad student were trying to communicate and it just… wasn’t working. I actually wasn’t ready for lunch when I got out, so I came back to my dorm and admired Steve, the stevia plant.

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Steve

I was told to trim him to be a foot tall a while back when I first got him, which I did. Now he’s gone crazy and has grown 3 feet tall. If you’re horrible with plants, get a stevia bush; they’re impossible to kill no matter how little you water them(and taste really good). After a while of that amusement, I picked up stuff from the dining hall and made a cozy lunch in my room.

Sweet Potato, Asparagus, Maple Mustard Tofu

Sweet Potato, Asparagus, Maple Mustard Tofu

Recently, I got to thinking, “You know, my pee smells too floral. I think I’m going to eat a ton of asparagus”. Or I just love it and they so rarely have it at the dining hall that I might have gone a bit nuts when I stumbled upon it. I coupled that with some maple mustard tofu(so good!) and a whole microwaved sweet potato from last week’s farmers’ market. I have a good 2+ pounds of sweet potato under my bed, so I feel pretty set for a while.

I did the typical Days Of Our Lives while blog reading thing. I swear, soaps never go anywhere in plot but they’re so entertaining. I was planning on hanging around for Rachael Ray but the show didn’t look too interesting and the weather was not getting better. I had some high hopes of going to Whole Foods rain or shine so I bundled up and headed out. On the way I stopped by the mailing center.

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Mail From Home

One was from my mom and the other my grandmother; though the fact that they both have Simpsons stamps and my mom’s handwriting on them makes me think(and not too hard). They were Halloween cards with some money. I love that being a college student Halloween is a reason to receive cards. What I don’t get is why these needed to be mailed when I saw both of them Sunday. Odd people. I also snacked on this while shopping:

Spooky S'mores Z-Bar

Spooky S'mores Z-Bar

I’ve been loving all the manly-men products Clif sent me, but sometimes I need a little something to feed the kid in me ;-) I’m going to miss these when they’re gone for the season. Grocery shopping was–of course–a blast. I found kombucha and acorn squash, but neither were on sale so I thought I’d hold off with microwave experimentation. I found out something very dangerous:

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Bulk Colored Frosting

Whole Foods now sells their naturally colored buttercream frosting by the tub for the holiday season. Ummm, hello. This is a) a dream b) very dangerous. On the one hand, I could use these to make some nice treats that look awesome and I would feel good serving. On the other hand, I don’t see that frosting it making it through the ride/walk home. In case anyone was wondering, it’s 5.99/lb. Somehow, one of those didn’t end up in my basket, but look what did!

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Groceries

I went a little shopping happy on this trip; money from relatives will do that. I got a new flavor of Lightlife‘s tempeh to review, along with my favorite product of theirs: tempeh bacon. Some Oikos and So Delicious Soy Yogurt were a must. I felt like talkin’ turkey for dinner so I got some fresh sliced from the deli. And of coarse I hit up the bulk bins for oats and, my treat of the trip, dried cherries. At first, I wasn’t going to get them because they’re a bit pricey. At the check out, the woman couldn’t read the bin # I wrote down(I swear my handwriting isn’t that bad). Instead of asking me to read it, she looked up the code in the big book and entered it herself. What she failed to realize was that they were cherries, not cranberries. She didn’t ask me or anything, just input the cranberry code and continued scanning items. Since cranberries are 1/2 the price of cherries, I basically got them half off. And since I didn’t lie or be at all misleading through any of that, I feel pretty damn good. When I got back to my room I made some oats to fight off the gloomy weather.

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Maple Syrup

Pumpkin Oats With Mighty Maple And Maple Syrup

Can I tell you a little secret? If you pour maple syrup over the top and stick it back in the microwave, the water cooks off and the maple crystalizes, not to mention smells like candy. Oh was this good. It made a “serious” Oprah episode bearable to study through. It almost made my Epic Poetry homework bearable to read… almost. I thought I’d be reaching for a snack later, seeing as how most of this was lovely, unrefined sugar. Surprisingly it held me over until dinner.

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Open Faced Thanksgiving Sandwich, Ginger Carrots And Snap Peas, Broccoli With Beets

There are only 29 days to Thanksgiving, but who’s counting, really? I made the sandwich in my dorm and brought it to the dining hall. On a Matthew’s English Muffin, one side had TJ Cranberry Apple Butter and the other had Organic Valley Lowfat cream cheese. That combo is ridiculous; I don’t even want the turkey come Thanksgiving; I just want the leftovers. So I guess I have to wait 30 days then, huh? When I got back to my dorm, I broke into this:

Green Mountain Single Origin Mexican Decaf

Green Mountain Single Origin Mexican Decaf

I picked this up at the Green Mountain dinner last Wednesday. I already have one canister open, but I wanted to try this to see if it had a more robust, dark flavor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite as strong as the whole bean house decaf I made back at home, but it definitely had a deeper flavor than Whole Food’s Decaf Hazelnut.

Tuesday night meant Biggest Loser, of course. Was Abby’s story on The Biggest Loser not the saddest thing? I was not expecting the show to take such a dramatic turn; I think even Jillian was cracked by that. The Biggest Loser also means ridiculous snackage that the contestants could never eat.

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Stevia, Vanilla Sugar, PB And Chocolate Chips

So Delicious Soy Yogurt With Vanilla Stevia, Vanilla Sugar, PB And Chocolate Chips

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Deep Chocolate Vitatop With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter, Carrot Ginger Muffin Top With Smart Balance Peanut Butter

I broke my own rule with this one; I stole the peanut butter chips from a trail mix I own because I don’t have any peanut butter chips. I hate it when people go through a trail mix and screw up proportions. Then again, my love for peanut butter chips is greater than my hatred for that. I don’t even remember when I had the bottom of that muffin(presumably in yogurt). I’ve just had the top sitting around for so long I figured I’d eat it. I’m wicked exciting that the next time I eat from that Smart balance jar, it will be from the jar.

Could one thing have gone routinely this morning? Didn’t think so. I woke up at 6:40… and then again at 6:50. I honestly didn’t feel like running, but when analyzing the situation, I realized it wasn’t for any good reason other than the sun wasn’t out and it was running. I told myself “The lights will be on in the gym and it has a roof. You’ll be fine.” That’s about as peppy as my pep talks get. While I grabbed one of these and hit the gym:

At first I thought that today I needed a running body more than ever. What I got was even better: no one else around. Score. I just put on my TV shows and ran. At first I thought 8, then 10. I was taking it at a very slow comfortable, and I knew being outside wasn’t happening much today, so I went on to 13.1. I was planning to do this Friday, but I figured I’d push it up 2 days. I finished in 1:53:04 which really put me behind for the morning. My roommate was not only awake but dressed and studying when I got back!(That’s not like him). Even though I was short on time, I decided to make myself a nice breakfast to feel like the king I like to think I am:

2 Eggs Lightly Microwaved With Cheddar Cheese, Toast With Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Oikos With Peanut Flour And Chocolate Chips

2 Eggs Lightly Microwaved With Cheddar Cheese, Toast With Pumpkin Peanut Butter, Oikos With Peanut Flour And Chocolate Chips

I don’t know egg terminology. Is it poached when you leave them unscrambled and try to cook the whites without cooking the yolks? Well that’s what I did, or tried to do at least. It’s a lot easier with a skillet than a microwave, but 1 of the yolks was nice and runny. I think I need to revisit that peanut butter over some oats later because it’s just too good. Now I’m very behind for a Wednesday but thankfully should have everything done in time for class.

My all-natural heart was very happy to hear that Necco candy is going natural! I haven’t had Necco wafers in ages; I don’t even think I liked them. But I’m very happy to hear they’re taking this step and I’ll certainly give the new stuff a try.

Speaking of candy, there’s an awesome chocolate giveaway at Run, Eat, Repeat.

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  1. Graze With Me 28. Oct, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    When you say “peanut flour” do you mean PB2? Or is there some crazy awesome new product I need to get my hands on?

    Why *do* parents always send stuff snail mail instead of just giving it to you in person? I think it’s a generational thing.

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  2. dee (the apple hill adventurer) 28. Oct, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    must.find.spooky.zbars

    thanks for the encouraging words. i like to think i made the right decision, thought maybe a few weeks of being totally broke will change my mind … at least i will broke and happy instead of slightly broke and miserable! mooohahaha

    i am 1000000x happier just thinking about it

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  3. dee (the apple hill adventurer) 28. Oct, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    ps – bulk frosting is weird, and i am loving the simpsons stamps :) that show is golden forever.

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  4. peanutbutterfingers 28. Oct, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    FROSTING BY THE TUB? yeah, i’d say that’s veeeery dangerous… especially w/ christmas cookie season right around the corner. yikes!

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  5. marathonmaiden 28. Oct, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    ugh i feel you on the rain. never-freaking-ending! and a tub of frosting?! not sure if that’s genius or not haha

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  6. luckytastebuds 28. Oct, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    haha yeahh I think you definitely poached the egg in the microwave. :) That should be the right terminology.

    DANG I can’t believe they called it kids frosting! That’s excluding like….80% of the population. hahah

    Wow. Steve the plant…hahah that’s pretty funny actually. :P

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  7. MelissaNibbles 28. Oct, 2009 at 3:42 pm #

    Tub of frosting? Yes please.

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  8. Errign 28. Oct, 2009 at 4:01 pm #

    I am massively jealous of your s’mores Zbars – I swear, there are NONE in N.H. Lame.

    Sweet score on your cherries :D

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  9. eatingmachine 28. Oct, 2009 at 4:08 pm #

    right now all i want to do is go find bulk frosting now.
    and maybe some pretzels to go with it.
    thanks evan, thanks.

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  10. Jenny 28. Oct, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    I will never be too old to enjoy a spooky smore zbar :) they are so goooood!!!

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  11. ksgoodeats 28. Oct, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    Maple Mustard Tofu?! Oooooh, delicious! That sounds amazing!

    I had my first s’mores bar of the season today – twas wonderful!! I like that maple syrup secret too! That’s brilliant!

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  12. Peanut Butter Bliss 28. Oct, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    you make pumpkin oatmeal look so good – and i don’t even like pumpkin oats that much!!

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  13. Michelle 28. Oct, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    Hahah I am 24 and eat Z-bars like it’s my job. Great job on the run!

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  14. ohhmay 28. Oct, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    Nice run Evan & I like your new “herb”… Haha I wonder how hard it will be to get that delicious sweetness into some of your baked goods!

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  15. onefitfoodie 28. Oct, 2009 at 9:31 pm #

    totally heard the news about the necco bar!!

    I cannot belive you have a stevia plant!! so what happens now?? how are you going to make it into sugar?

    great tip with the maple syrup and sticking it back in the microwave to crystalize it!!

    BULK FROSTING-love it! :)

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  16. Lynn @ The Actors Diet 28. Oct, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    thanks for the maple syrup tip! sounds gooood

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  17. Julie 28. Oct, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    woah you ran all that on the treadmill !? I am very impressed :-) Do you go to Brown!? that is so close to my school !

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  18. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) 29. Oct, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    Your oats looks super yummy!!!!

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  19. eatmovelove 29. Oct, 2009 at 7:21 am #

    Ahhhh- you are making me jealous with those Z-bars!! I wish we had them…we only get the ‘regular’ CLIF here – but I tried the Carrot Cake the other day & it was so surprisingly good …yum…

    Are the Z-bars a similar texture??

    Oh – your dining hall lets you take food IN?? We were never allowed to do that. You got yourself a good place there ! (and I love that you sweet potatoes and nut butters under your bed – you are truly unique – I hope you get your recipe to Kashi and make millions!!)

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