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Galaxy Granola, Green Monsters, and other-GOOD-eats, OH MY!

Have you heard of Galaxy Granola?  Their Fruit-Not-Fat product line seems to be sweeping the blogosphere lately and I was sent 3 generously large samples to review from Tristan.

The Fruit-Not-Fat concept is simple enough:  using whole fruit instead of oils in their granola to eliminate unnecessary fats.  

Their granola boasts:

  • NO artificial ingredients
  • NO oil (fruit instead!!)
  • No corn syrup (AMEN!)
  • No processed sugar

I was sent the Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Orange, and Not Sweet Vanilla.

All this granola is so overwhelming!!  Thus far, I’ve opened the Vanilla Almond to try first (I love GRANOLA and ALMONDS so this seems “parfait” for me =] )

The verdict?????  Well, plain by itself- this granola was AMAZING!  Great flavors, texture..etc  However, I really wasn’t a fan of it on top of my beloved greek yogurt.  It didn’t complement the yogurt as well as other granolas (Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax granola) and it just didn’t float my boat.

Alone, with banana slices or dried fruit, supurb great granola.  But on top of yogurt, not so much.  This granola would probably be a great topping for SIAB (smoothies in a bowl) or warm oats as well.

I love the concept, love the ingredients, love the flavor of the plain granola, but some old habits are just hard to break.

Stay tuned for when I try the other flavors, too!

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You might have noticed that I’ve been missing these last few days.  Well, I’ve been a SICKO!

In order to blast this sickness away I’ve been making myself some mean green monsters.   

Check this one out that I made:

  • 1 packet Amazing Grass Berry superfood
  • 1 packet Amazing Grass Wheat Grass packet
  • 1 bananer
  • 2-3 cups spinach
  • frozen strawberries & pineapple
  • 3/4 cup coconut water (mango flavor)

I also had a bit leftover that I stored in the fridge to share this morning with my Pumpkin Banana Overnight Oaters

  • 1.5 tbsp chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water (sucks up all of the water)
  • 3/4 cup Fage (1/2 cup in mixture, 1/4 cup on top as whipped cream)
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp agave
  • 1 bananer sliced thick
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats

DELICIOUS!  I love everything pumpkin and these oats were thick and creamy– the lack of almond milk makes it SO thick, which I love.

I had a peanut butter larabar, 2 apples and banana as a small lunch/snack.

Whenever I’m sick I always want very very salty soup.  So, as an early dinner (because of my smaller lunch/snack)  I combined:

  • 1 cup of cabbage
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • lots of celery (i would guess 1 cup)
  • lots of zucchini (would also guess 1 cup)
  • 1 packet of miso soup mix
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • a couple small spoonfuls of vegeta to add more flavor
  • 1 & 1/2 cup water

I boiled this for 20 – 25 minutes and it was very tasty and hit the spot.

When I’m sick, I also love drinking herbal teas because they make me feel better.  Whether they have any medicinal benefits or its just all in my head, I don’t know. But- I know that whatever makes me feel better is good & so I keep on drinking ’em 🙂

Traditional Medicinals Organic Echinacea Plus & Throat Coat teas WORK WONDERS.

What is your routine when you’re sick/feeling under the weather??  I usually eat lots of soup, drink lots of teas, and overdose on vitamins & supplements..

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This weekend was my Mom’s 50th Birthday Party.  We had great catering and a delicious cake from this amazing *Polish* Chicago bakery.  So here’s some “food porn”….

I had a plate consisting of: roasted zucchini & squash, spinach & cheese ravioli, monk fish medallion, a bit of salad.

& of course I had a large slice of cake that had a tiramisu filling.  YUM.  & several glasses of chardonnay, too.

Here’s a pic of my dad & his 4 daughters, from the left: my younger sister Melissa (19), Dad (63), ME (21), oldest Margaret( 39), second oldest Yvonne (37)

Do you freak out about party foods & drinks or let yourself indulge a little?  How do you cope with situations like these?  I let myself eat what I feel like eating and don’t deprive myself of treats like cake or fattening foods because special occasions call for exceptions, in my opinion.


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TGIF B-Fast & Pancake Roll-Ups

Today has been a good day so far!

I’m planning on participating in an archaeological field school in Peru this summer and I got a letter from the Anthro department at my school that I was awarded a $500 research scholarship! I am incredibly happy about it- field schools are expensive and this will be tremendously helpful with funding.

Also, I went to a really cool lecture today about Underwater Archaeology in Ghana. I decided last minute to go and I’m very glad that I did. While underwater archaeology is something that I would NOT want to pursue (it involves scuba diving and I would not be comfortable doing field work under water!) it was very interesting to learn about because I really knew nothing about it before the lecture. The archaeologist that came to speak, Dr. Kira Kaufmann, is involved in historic archaeology and the time of European colonization in Africa, which is also something I’m not too familiar with. Most of the archaeology classes I’ve taken have stopped at the historic period and only cover prehistory.

I fueled this day of classes & lecture with overnight oats for breakfast!
A little different than my usual, they contained

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup Oikos
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp agave
  • 1 banana
  • 3 tbsp flax

Twas DELISH!

I eat a lot of fruit a day and rarely post pictures of it.. So here’s a couple oranges that I had with breakfast 🙂

Katie is having a Pancake Roll-Up Contest and I was thinking long and hard about what kind of pancakes I wanted to make…..

After hours and hours a while of thinking, I finally decided what to make for a late lunch/early dinner.

Egg White Pancakes Roll Ups with a Portabello-Spinach-Onion-Garlic filling 🙂

For the filling, (I don’t measure out vegetables when I’m cooking them, so I’ll just list the ingredients I used):

  • a hell of a lot of spinach, washed
  • copious amounts of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped (the tears were flowing!)
  • 1 clove of garlic, smooshed and mashed
  • lots of curry
  • lots of paprika

I first sauteed the mushrooms, onion, and garlic in EVOO and then added spinach, curry, and paprika.

Then once the filling was well on it’s way, I measured out 1 cup of egg whites, took 2 small pans with EVOO and put 1/2 cup of egg whites in each pan.

I flipped the eggs over when they were finished on one side & then prepared them in roll-up fashion 🙂

Okay so they’re not technically pancakes, but they’re pancake-like and delicious so who cares?  right?!

Whenever I think of different ways of making eggs (sunny side up, scrambled, poached, over easy, over medium, over hard….etc) I always think of The Runaway Bride and how Julia Robert’s character, Maggie, always said her favorite eggs were the same as whoever she was dating/engaged with and eventually, with Richard Gere’s character’s help I’m sure, figures out how she really likes her eggs:

 “I love Eggs Benedict, I hate every other kind. I hate big weddings with everybody staring. I’d like to get married on a weekday while everybody’s at work. And when I ride off into the sunset, I want my own horse. “

How do you like your eggs? I like them over hard or hard-boiled 🙂

 

By the way, the one truth about me in my “4 lies & 1 truth” post last night was unfortunately #3…  it eventually happens to every runner sooner or later 🙂

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Vegan Pumpkin-Banana-Oat-Flax Muffins

That’s a mouthful, eh?

Well regardless, these VEGAN muffins I just made from scratch are DELICIOUS!

  1. Take the following dry ingredients and mix ’em in a bowl
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

2.  Mix in these wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 whole banana mashed
  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

3.  Then after that’s been mixed well, add in:

  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and mix well

4.  This makes about 10 muffins.  Bake for 20 minutes & enjoy 🙂

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Pumpkin is my favorite ingredient to literally put in EVERYTHING!  What’s yours?????????????????????

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Mornin’ Ya’ll

Paula Deen here!  (Just kidding.. although she’s welcome to cook me breakfast any day of the week as long as there is no butter involved!)

My morning habits consist of waking up and zombie-walking to the coffee maker to “wake” up, finding a good section of the news paper to read, and making my brekkie.  Regardless of what the contents of the Trib are, I absolutely HAVE TO read two small but very important sections:

the WEATHER:

& my HOROSCOPE! Yep, I’m a scorpio!

& I like comparing my horoscopes to ones listed at other places-

  • yahoo.com horoscope: 

“Your intellectual side is stimulated today, so see if you can get your friends to help you dream up a few new ideas. You may need to step in a new direction in order to make the most of what you’ve got.  You’ve often been complimented on your voice. But now, it’s also going to be your words that will soothe, comfort and bring peace to warring factions — even if one of those warring factions happens to be your family. You can do it. They may be at each other’s throats, but you can calm them down — just like you’ve always been able to. That goes for friends, too, by the way, even the newer ones.”

  • msn horoscope:

“Your neighborhood is changing, Scorpio, and the change is all for the better. Wonderful new neighbors may have moved in, or perhaps a small gourmet take-out shop has just opened up. It all adds to the sense of warmth and community of your town. You spend a good part of the day among your neighbors, encountering them wherever you go as you run errands in town”

Well none of those are TOO exciting & now that you’re well aware of a couple of my habits…. ON TO BREAKFAST!

Overnight oats!!!

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp agave
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 & 1/2 bananer
  • 2 tbsp ground flax

I believe that coffee a good quote can make all the difference in the outcome of your day, it can inspire motivation, determination, self-confidence..etc

A favorite inspiring quote of mine is:

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them — if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”  — J.D. Salinger  from “Catcher in the Rye

 

What’s a quote(s), song, proverb..etc that you find exceptionally inspiring????  

Do you read your horoscope ever?  What’s your sign?  What does YOUR horoscope say for today?!

 

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My favorite time of the day!

What’s that you ask?  Breakfast, of course!

Today I decided that 3/4 cup of Fage Greek Yogurt, 3/4 cup of Nature’s Path Flax Seed Granola, and 1 Banana sliced thin would be the perfect breakfast.  (With a cup of coffee to pair it with!)

Isn’t my coffee mug just the cutest?!?!
Here are some close-ups of it:

 

Yogurt & Granola combos are my favorite quick go-to breakfast, what’s your favorite quick go-to breakfast??

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