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Gorgeous Day

 

Yesterday I received a package from Teri at Amazing Grass!  

Check out Amazing Grass’s mission statement from their About Us page:

To help people lead healthier more active lives by achieving their full potential through better nutrition. We strive to educate the world by spreading the word about the amazing benefits of cereal grasses. Amazing Grass will spare no resources or expense to produce nutritionally superior products with the highest quality organic cereal grasses available anywhere in the world.

They were generous enough to send me TWO samples of each superfood and one of each bar, you can just guess how excited I was to try all of these!

It’s definitely going to take me a while to get through them all but I had a chance to try TWO packets thus far.

As I was making my overnight oats last night I had a brilliant  ingenius idea to incorporate the CHOCOLATE SUPERFOOD into my oats!

I combined:

  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 packet of CHOCOLATE GREEN SUPERFOOD

and then added:

  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, 1/2 sliced thick and 1/2 pureed
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp agave

It was DELICIOUS!  The chocolate superfood make it taste like dessert for breakfast!  I’m definitely making this combo again, and might mix it with just yogurt for dessert.

I think I’m going to call ’em Chocolate Cream Pie Overnight Oats!

I also tried the KIDZ SUPERFOOD Wild Berry Flavor straight up with 4 – 6 ounces of water in a wine glass:

The flavor was good and I think it would have tasted better with juice or in a smoothie.  It wasn’t the tastiest thing I’ve ever dranken but for something so dang healthy it was GREAT!

Ingredient List:

Amazing Grass Kidz SuperFood phyto-nutritous fruit and vegetable blend: organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, asparagus, lima beans, green peas, kale, kiwi, organic spinach, organic broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans, zuichini, apricots, organic carrots, mangos, pineapple, sweet potatoes, tangerines, yellow squash, organic yumberry, pomegranates, raspberries, guavas, cranberries, red cabbage, cherries, tomatoes, beets, plums, purple grapes, blueberries, organic evaporated cane juice, organic inulin, organic oat fiber, natural flavors, organic guar gum, stevia, probiotics (L. Acidophilus) and vegetable juice for coloring (from carrots and hibiscus).

I have yet to try the rest but will be posting reviews as I do!

Company values 10/10

Taste – Chocolate superfood 10/10

Taste- Kidz Wild Berry 6.5/10

Nutrition (both) 10/10

For lunch, in honor of St. Patty’s Day I took HEAB‘s idea of green eggs & blended 3 cups of spinach and 1/2 cup egg beaters in a blender and then cooked them in a pan:

(This almost looks like something that is also GREEN but illegal, no?  hehe.)

I’ve never made spinach & eggs like this but I’ve read that blending greens makes them easier to digest so I suppose this was much needed after my 5 mile run outside 🙂

It is so gorgeous outside today, I’m quickly posting this and then going to enjoy the day outside 🙂

By the way:

Here’s the answer to Yesterday’s post with the 7 things- one true:

1.  I’ve never had an unnatural color in my hair. Nope, I’ve had PURPLE in it when I was in high school!

2.  I like to drink coffee, but I’m in no way addicted to caffeine.  I am TOTALLY addicted to caffeine.  Talk about caffeine headaches..

3.  I love all sorts of melons. Melons are the only fruit that I don’t like.

4.  I’ve never been to Europe. I’ve been to Poland, Austria, Germany, & Italy

5.  I have 7 sisters and 2 brothers, all older than me! I have 1 younger sister and 2 older half sisters.

6.  I’m Irish, French, & 1/8 Native American. 100% Polish Princess right here

7.  Nothing scares me more than the LSAT, tornadoes, and spiders.  Yep I’m planning on going to law school and am terrified of the LSAT & have always been scared of tornadoes and spiders….yuck!


What are you scared of?  Something interesting and unique or a typical fear like mine?!


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Just Another Manic Monday

Last night I was lucky enough to go out to dinner to a Sushi All-You-Can-Eat and it was amaaaazing.

Still feeling the Japanese flavors afterward, I helped myself to a cup of Green Tea in a new teacup I got from Disney last week:


This along with an unpictured apple was the perfect dessert to tide me over until breakfast.

I missed the Desperate Housewives episode last night, did anyone catch it??
It hasn’t been put on demand yet either, hmmmm.

Last night I made myself a wonderful overnight oats concoction for this morning, into the bowl of yumminess went:
– 1 tbsp chia seeds
– 1/3 cup almond milk (vanilla)
– 1/2 cup Fage
– 1/3 cup rolled oats
– 1 tsp agave
– 1 pinch salt
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1 whole large banana sliced thick


It twas delicious and enjoyed with a lovely cup of coffee, also in a *new* mug from Disney with a “M” for Monica!

After breakfast, I made my lunch to bring to class today. A new goal of mine is to try to eat 3 whole meals instead of resorting to a lot of snacking. I often don’t have time to make a full lunch in between classes and don’t want to spend money to go out to lunch, so I snack on bars throughout the day for lunch. I recently discovered that I actually LIKE salads, I’ve always thought they were a not-so-tasty, poor excuse for a meal, so I’m going to try to pack a salad or sandwich everyday for lunch.

This salad (along with a couple apples) included:
– spring greens
– 1 tomato diced
– 1/2 cucumber sliced
– 1/2 onion sliced
– 2 tbsp TJ fatfree Asian Sesame Ginger dressing



Lately, I’ve also fallen in love with almond butter, (thanks to HEAB recommending TJ Roasted Almond Butter!)


After running the Disney Princess Half Marathon last weekend, I’ve been itching to run some other races and here are some ones I’m thinking of:
– Rock n Roll San Diego half
– Rock n Roll Seattle half
– Rock n Roll Las Vegas full
– Rock n Roll San Jose half

I haven’t ran a Rock n Roll race & they look like great events! Have you ran one?
Any races you suggest I look into running?? I’m mainly interested in running halfs because I’m running the full Chicago Marathon in October.

Anyways, I also haven’t mentioned in this blog that I take vitamins. I take a multi-vitamin and a biotin supplement.

I used to not take a multi-vitamin because I believe you should get all your vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but a little while ago I decided that taking a multivitamin wouldn’t hurt me as long as I continued to eat foods rich in vitamins as well. I also take Biotin because it’s supposedly good for hair, skin, and nail health.

Do you take any vitamins or supplements? Which one’s do you take??

Also, Kenzie from Healthy Purpose was kind enough to award me with a Creative Blogger award!  I’m going to have to return the favor and award some bloggers later today in a post, so STAY TUNED!!

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French Press Tutorial

Greetings!

I am a HUGE fan of French Pressed Coffee.  I learned the “art” of it by working as a barista for 6 months at an independant coffee shop and I prefer it, by far, to drip brew. 

French Presses don’t use paper filters and so the oils and flavors that are usually trapped by that paper filter are left, providing a rich, decadent, full flavor. 

French Pressing your coffee is very easy to do once you get the hang of it but can be tricky for beginners if you are trying to figure it out by yourself.

The first thing you need is a French Press, I recommend Bodum French Presses.

You also need: boiled water, coffee beans and a grinder, or coffee beans with a COARSE grind.

For a full pot, you need 9 scoops (use the bodum scoop that comes with the French Press, if you’ve lost it any table spoons will do!) and for a half pot use 4 scoops of coffee beans.

Then, proceed to put them in the grinder and grind them coarse. This is VERY IMPORTANT because if you grind the coffee too fine it will get caught in the fragile filter and break it. Here is a picture of coarse ground coffee:

Then, put your coarse grounds into the french press pot (remove the top of it with the filter)

Pour the boiled water into the pot, halfway for a half pot, up to the top with an inch to spare for a full pot, mix well with a spoon, and set a timer or watch the clock for FOUR MINUTES. A couple minutes over won’t “kill” it but if you wait too long the taste will be bitter. Four – five minutes is adequate.

Once the timer has gone off, simply PLUNGE the filter down with the plunger:

and enjoy a cup of fresh French Pressed coffee!

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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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Stay tuned for this week:

I will be posting on the following topics:

  • Step-by-step how to guide on the art of FRENCH PRESSED COFFEE 🙂 my personal favorite after working as a Barista 
  • What is Anthropology?  When explaining my emphasis to my family the questions of “do you dig dinosaurs?”  or “oh so you’re like indiana jones??” most often pop up so I’ll have a post to clarify!
  • My world famous pumpkin bread recipe!
  • Coffee & Tea reviews!  

Also, I will be posting other things such as meals I make and so forth 🙂

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