Celebrate!

I looove all your confessions on this post this morning. Some of you would eat anything expired! I’m mostly the same way :-) I just could not down that moldy tasting yogurt for my own health. Ironically, the replacement one I ate that tasted fine was expired by 4 days, while the moldy one had 2+ weeks. Ridiculous? I think so.

Burger Bowl With Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, And Nutritional Yeast

Burger Bowl With Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, And Nutritional Yeast

Burger Bowl With Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, And Nutritional Yeast

Burger Bowl With Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, And Nutritional Yeast

I decided to have a burger for lunch(shocker, I know); tomorrow’s Lent and who knows when I’ll be around over the weekend so I wanted to eat up this meat while it was still fresh. I was inspired by this daring teacher to make a burger bowl, filled with a grass-fed burger, sweet potato hash, spinach, ketchup, sea salt, and nutritional yeast. It’s a good thing I used nutritional yeast because if that were parmesan I’d of killed a cow. It was so cheesey and delicious! And the whole bowl was amazing; overstuffed plates are just too good :-)

Spring

Spring

I was really excited for my History class today because it was the last class before break for me! Woohoo! The actual topic sucked and my friend and I ridiculed it the entire period, but that just made the hour fly by. The professor even let us out a little early because it was so nice and no one who showed up wanted to be there. Can you see Spring where you live, too?

Dr. Zevia

Dr. Zevia

Well I got back to my dorm, tied up some matters, and popped open a Dr. Zevia. This was the 1 flavor I hadn’t tried–mostly because it had caffeine–but I totally needed that this afternoon. It was good, but not great; to be fair, I’ve never liked Dr. Pepper, so that I liked this at all was a miracle ;-) Now that I’ve had all the flavors, I feel like I should do a review of each. Would anybody like that? Then I stepped out of the room to grab myself a little treat…

Juniper

Juniper

Fro Yo! There’s practically zippo frozen yogurt places in New England compared to Florida and California, but happily there’s one hole-in-the-wall joint in Providence called Juniper. I’d never been, have been wanting to try it for a while, and figured this was the best way to celebrate this week and have my “me” time.

Original Fro Yo With Blueberries And Almonds

Original Fro Yo With Blueberries And Almonds

Original Fro Yo With Blueberries And Almonds

Original Fro Yo With Blueberries And Almonds

I got a medium original flavor with blueberries and almonds. I wanted to get some toppings even if they cost an arm and a leg, and these were the among the more “natural” choices(you mean those fruity pebbles weren’t organic?!). I have no gripe with being limited in options by an all-natural diet; this I’ve long come to terms with. What I do question is having almonds, peanuts, pistachios, and soynuts, but no peanuts; where’s the peanut love?! Regardless, this was delicious. Oh my God, where has tart fro yo been all my life? It’s so tangy, yet so sweet–perfection! I know Trader Joe’s carries some so I’m definitely going to check that out when I’m back in Massachusetts.

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

Oatmeal With Mighty Maple

Well, I got my peanut love eventually :-) It turns out fro yo is not the most filling thing, so where that misses a small bowl of oatmeal with a big dollop of PB&Co.’s Mighty Maple hits the spot. And, in case you missed it, Oprah’s show was all about pornography today. Awkward much? I was mildly amused while also watching segments of The Today Show that I missed which sounded interesting.

Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato, Maple Baked Tofu

Roasted Broccoli And Sweet Potato, Maple Baked Tofu

Dinner was shaked and baked :-) I threw some maple tofu, sweet potatoes, and broccoli in the oven around 5:30 and they were good-to-go at dinner time. I don’t even care if it doesn’t fill me up, like I established a few days ago; I just love this dish! And it’s easy to make and forget about, too.

Keep Your Eye On The Reward

Sometimes, when you’re leading a tough time, it’s best to keep your head up and eyes focused on what’s at the end of the tunnel rather than your present situation. It may sound like it was on a whim, but really I had that trip to Juniper planned all week long. At the very least, it gave me something fun and different to look forward to as a “reward” for a potentially stressful week. It doesn’t have to be food. It doesn’t even have to cost money. But doing something for yourself special or out of the ordinary is a great way to keep your mind in a healthy place. Do you have an “reward” planned soon? Or just celebrate anything fun and exciting?

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20 Responses to “Celebrate!”

  1. Heather 25. Mar, 2010 at 6:52 pm #

    tonight i’m going to celebrate running a pain-free mile! not sure how yet, but the fact that my knee held up makes my heart happy :)

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  2. elise 25. Mar, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    whoa theres a dr. zevia!?! i had no idea…must try that flavor. although it may just remind my taste buds what they are missing since i de-soda-ed my life. hmmm

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I suppose it gets back to why you gave up soda, but when I gave up artificial sweeteners and flavors, I’d thought I’d doomed myself to coffee and water, so a can of Zevia a couple times a week is soooo refreshing for a pick me up :-)

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  3. From Party To Hearty 25. Mar, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    I have a birthday next week to celebrate :) … Aww Mighty Maple! I can’t find that anywhere anymore!

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  4. Anna 25. Mar, 2010 at 9:12 pm #

    Sigh. I so want a fro yo place like that. And I am currently laughing my bum off at this Office episode, so I guess I was wrong! :-)

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  5. Katie 25. Mar, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for the link love! Glad my hodge podge salad could inspire you! :-)

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  6. Matt 25. Mar, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Grass fed burger = <3

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  7. eatmovelove 25. Mar, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

    I really like your posts and how you have started to focus on a “last thought” sort of thing…what’s with this “Me time” – something new you started??

    I also love that in this veg-filled blogsophere – that you eat meat and beef…thank God. I eat late at night and think I should just eat veggies or whatever since that’s filling -especially late -but I still always put on some fish or meat…and then second -guess myself…blah I hate it…

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    The me-time was in reference to this post starting off my week of mental health tips http://foodmakesfunfuel.com/2010/03/22/mental-health-week-intro-and-escape-your-prison/

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  8. Madeline - Greens and Jeans 25. Mar, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    I could really use a reward right about now! I am hoping that once things with work settle down my boyfriend and I can take a weekend and go camping!

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  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) 25. Mar, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    why did i read the post about porn on oprah way too late? that woulda been fun to tape…at least it would have been interesting. AFter 25 yrs on the air, she’s kinda exhausted most topics LOL

    Moldy yogurt. Just caught that. Fun times.

    your comment re not going to eat a whole bunch of soy protein to put on lean muscle LOL so true!! It’s not my destiny to be that way so who knows what will play out.

    Thx for all your contest entries and link back but alas, sigh. You didnt win.

    Rewards? Yes. Every day my coffee! As in, if i make it thru 3 groc stores, target, with a kid, practice potty learning, change sheets, teach yoga, etc then i get a cup of coffee. Mind games work sometimes to keep me motivated and on task :)

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  10. Kim 25. Mar, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Tart Fro-Yo is THE best. I can’t believe you’ve never had it before!
    Does your school have a food co-op? Or do some of the school convenience stores just sell chobani yogurt? If so, I am jealous!

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  11. Jenny 26. Mar, 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Aww man, I love the fruity pebbles:)

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  12. Kelly 26. Mar, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    I love the idea of rewards!! For me…pedicures are always the best one!! :)

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  13. emily 26. Mar, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    my reward for getting through the week: poker and fajitas tonight, sleeping in tomorrow, pancakes for breakfast.

    i wish i liked zevia but i think it has an awful/weird aftertaste…do you get that at all? was it an acquired taste?

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    Evan Thomas Reply:

    I’ve never thought they tasted off. Maybe I’m just really used to stevia

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    emily Reply:

    i’ve never even had stevia in any other food/drink so maybe that’s it.

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  14. Lauren @ Eater not a runner 26. Mar, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I love peanuts, bummer they didn’t have any!!

    My reward is going to be sleeping in tomorrow :-)

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  15. Melissa S. 26. Mar, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    no rewards soon as i don’t have any goals or things to meet…but i suppose taking my GREs one of these days would provide for a nice reward!

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  16. Ashlei 27. Mar, 2010 at 12:23 am #

    I think I’m reading your posts in reverse order when I opened them in new windows from my reader, but I would eat something expired, if it smelled and looked ok. Smell definitely tells the story. As does if there’s something funny growing on it. Like my pineapple chobani. It was supposed to be good for another couple of weeks. And yeah, I’ve eaten yogurt that has been “past date” at least a week if not longer and it’s been fine. I’ve had problems with some of the so delicious coconut milk yogurts too. Bummer!!

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