What I Ate… at Fit Expo {WIAW}

First off, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to the best mom in the world.

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I think she’s still younger at heart than I am. Love you mom!

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This week has been CRAZY. I feel like I say that every week, but this week has really been extra crazy.

I went to the 2013 Southeast Collegiate Fitness Expo which was AMAZING and such a wonderful experience that it deserves it’s own recap, but I’ve been doing some major catch-up since I got back. 100% worth it but still no less crazy.

One of the best things about being on a trip with 9 group fitness instructors is that 2/3 of them are pescetarians, they all get the same crazy salad cravings, and no one bats an eyelash when I bust out a tupperware full of kale chips. Finally some people who share my intense love of vegetables!

The Fit Expo was in Norfolk and you’ll be happy to know that we took advantage of being in a big city and ate at Chipotle and Starbucks no less than two times. Boone, can you get it together and get a Chipotle? Please and thank you. Maybe it’s a good thing we don’t have one because I’m pretty sure 90% of my weekly budget (I have to buy coffee too you know) on Chipotle.

We left Boone Friday around 2, making a pit stop in Greensboro for Starbucks, NECESSARY when you’ve got a 6 hour car ride ahead of you.

It didn’t quite make it into a picture, but long car rides and limited sleep makes coffee extra delicious because it was gone in no time.

Lots of car snacks happened, lots and lots.

We finally got into Norfolk around 9:00pm and we were going to check out a local restaurant The Ten Top but they were closing, luckily there was a Chipotle across the street. Hey, I can’t complain about that!

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Look at all that beautiful guacamole 🙂

Saturday began Clif bar extravaganza. Appstate recreation is sponsored by Clif bar so we brought along a HUGE box of mini-chocolate chip Clif bars. I don’t even want to talk about how many I ate.

Good thing they’re so tasty, because I’m pretty sure I ate at least 10. Eight hours of group fitness classes works up one SERIOUS appetite.

Lunch was provided for us but I didn’t even bother taking a picture because it sucked. Sorry, Old Dominion University. I had the vegetarian wrap (basically a tortilla with a few grilled veggies inside) an apple, and chocolate chip cookies. Actually it probably would have been a tasty lunch if I was a normal eater, but I was left the with just the wrap innards because my apple had a big crack in it. Vegetarians don’t need protein, not at all!

I sound a little bitter, whoops, sorry guys, I get a little hangry sometimes. I had a very tasty Peanut butter chocolate chip Larabar to make up for it. Peanut butter and chocolate fixes everything.

Good thing dinner made up for lunch. My boss grew up in Norfolk so she knew all the tasty local restaurants. At the end of day one we dragged our tired and very sore butts (literally, SO MANY SQUATS) to Pasha, a very delicious Turkish restaurant.

My boss wasn’t lying when she said this place was good. So many tasty options, and the menu labelled all the gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian restaurant. Basically I was in mediterranean restaurant heaven.

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I ended up ordering the Hummus, Kale and Black Bean Wrap – hummus, fresh, local kale, black bean & corn salad, vegan with organic ingredients

Ordered with a millet and flax gluten free wrap with a side of amazing lentil soup.

This meal was amazing, the lentil soup was hearty, well seasoned and DELICIOUS and the wrap was equally amazing. My only complaint was that because I ordered the gluten free wrap, my wrap was tiny (another girl ordered the same wrap with a regular tortilla and the wrap was significantly bigger) which was frustrating because one, I was hungry and hoping for something bigger and two, I had to pay extra for the wrap so it stinks that it was so much smaller.

There’s my hangry-ness popping up again.

Sunday consisted of more Clif bars (even more this time, I’m a mini-Clif bar eating machine!). The expo finished around 1 pm so we all grabbed some lunch at Tropical Smoothie Cafe before leaving Norfolk.

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I had the Southwest salad minus the chicken and chipotle ranch, because we all know I can’t order anything as it is. The salad was pretty good and filled my veggie craving. I love Clif bars but sometimes you just need some veggies.

We also made a mandatory Starbucks stop before leaving town, of course.

The original plan was to power through the drive home, but we all got a little hungry and stopped for dinner in Winston-Salem. Time for Chipotle round two.

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Okay, that’s the same picture again but just imagine it with pico de gallo this time because I ordered the same thing. Creature of habit right here.

The weekend was a delicious one but it feels good to get back to my normal eating. My mouth may love the taste of Clif bars, but my stomach doesn’t appreciate all the extra sugar and grains. Give this girl some veggies.

What did you do this weekend?

How do you fuel for a long day of working out?

What’s your favorite kind of bar? I love them all, but Larabars have to be one of my favorites!

PS. Don’t forget to enter my Blogiversary giveaway! You have until next Friday!

One Year Blogiversary! And My First Ever Giveaway!

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Greens & Coffee Beans is officially one year old today!

The time has absolutely flown by and I can’t even believe it has been a year since I’ve started this little blog. Where has the time gone? I feel like so much has happened in the past year! Let’s take a look back shall we?

February:

My first post ever! (can we all agree that first posts are the most awkward?)

I auditioned for my Pilates teaching job (and got it!)

March:

Ran my first 8k!

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Made chocolate oatmeal protein pancakes with peanut butter topping which is my most popular recipe

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Went hiking a lot.

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April:

Went gluten-free and my tummy was very happy about it!

Ran the Autism Speaks 5K

Turned 21!

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And did some more hiking

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May:

Finished my Junior year of college and moved out of the dorms FOR GOOD

Ran a 4 mile Sticky Bun Run and my first 10K

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Started my first internship

Went to the farmer’s market a bunch

June:

I did lots of yoga

Ran the Race for the Cure 5K

My brothers graduated high school

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I started Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer, and got some muscles!

And had a few more trips to the farmer’s market.

July:

I volunteered at a triathlon and found my grandmother’s peanut butter machine (in the same week! It was a good one)

Lost someone I went to middle school with

Went to the beach!

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Watched the Olympics like a crazy person. Seriously, I watched every single sport.

August:

I tried my first CrossFit class and almost joined the cult.

Went to the farmer’s market AGAIN (theme here?)

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Moved into my first apartment

Started my senior year of college

September:

I tried CrossFit again

Almost set the oven on fire

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Learned how to eat healthy on a (small) college budget

Ran the Mayview Madness 5K (my legs still hurt thinking about that elevation!)

Checked out the Watauga County Farmer’s Market. More than once

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October:

Ran the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism 5K while home for fall break and got new running shoes!

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Went to my senior homecoming game

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Cooked up some pretty tasty chili

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Threw a halloween party

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And you guessed it, spent more time at the farmer’s market

November:

My artwork was published in a book!

Celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and my 6th anniversary with my boyfriend

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And had a Friendsgiving! Complete with cranberry sauce of course.

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Ran the Black Saturday 5K

December:

I became a Tribesports Ambassador!

Celebrated Christmas with my family

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Ran The Gobbler 5K

January:

Rang in the New Year

Had my last first day of school

Survived the Boone flood

Took a day trip to Asheville & had a French party!

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Which brings us to February!

Giveaway Time

I’ve really enjoyed writing this blog for the past year and I really appreciate all you guys for reading. I thought I’d show my appreciated by hosting my first ever giveaway!

I want to put together a box of my favorite goodies for the winner. I don’t know what I’m going to put together yet, but I’m hoping to get some input from the winner, basically the prize is wide open!

To enter simply leave a comment telling my what you’d like to see on the blog, what would you like to see more or less of and would you make any changes? I’d love to get a little feedback!

For additional entries you can like Greens & Coffee Beans on Facebook, or follow me on twitter and tweet something about the giveaway, just make sure you tag me @coffeeandgreens. Just leave a comment telling me you did so.

Giveaway ends Friday May 1st! Be sure to enter, this is in appreciation of you guys!

Let’s Go Swimming and Vegetarian Paleo, Say What? {WIAW}

I hope you guys are having a dry Wednesday night because it’s POURING over here.

Seriously, it’s so bad that they shut down the university, crazy stuff.

Here’s Durham Park, a cute little grassy area on campus on a normal day:

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This is what Durham Park looks like today:

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So since this girl can’t swim, I’m going to stick to my cozy little apartment on top of a hill. Stay safe Boone-ites!

Now let’s talk about drier things, like food. Yeah, clever segues are not my thing.

(Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

Head’s up about this week’s food, it’s going to be a little different.

I mentioned last week that I’m making some temporary changes to my diet. My stomach has been upset a lot lately and I can’t deal with any more stomach aches. To try to help the situation I’m following a Paleo-ish diet.

Yes, vegetarian Paleo. Contradictory? Absolutely. But I wanted to give my digestive system a break and focus on easy to digest foods – fruits, veggies, healthy fats, nuts and eggs, because girl’s gotta have some protein. No dairy, grains, legumes or (too much) added sugar. Sound a little crazy? Maybe, but it actually has been going really well. I thought I’d share some of my typical meals and my thoughts this week.

Meals

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My new staple breakfast, baked sweet potatoes with coconut oil, cinnamon and a small sprinkle of salt. So. Dang. Good. I don’t even miss my oatmeal. Shocking.

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Lots of fruit and an equal amount of un-pictured veggies. I’ve been eating more produce that I have in a long time which is really delicious but requires lots of extra trips to the grocery store. I’m pretty okay with that.

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Eggs, fried with slight gooey yolks. Since figuring out technique it is the only way I eat eggs. Variety is overrated.

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I’m only slightly ashamed to admit I polished off 90% of this jar in two days. But I’ve slowed down and I’m savoring the last 10% because I realized going through a $5 jar of sunflower seed butter in two days is not very cost efficient. Sorry wallet.

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My new favorite “adlkfjasldfkj I’m hungry and I want chocolate” go-to snack. Please tell me I’m not the only one with that problem. Anyway, coconut milk (take canned coconut refrigerate upside down and scoop out the the thick stuff at the top) thinned with a little almond milk and mixed with cocoa powder and cinnamon.

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Larabars! Dates are nature’s candy after all.

I don’t know why I feel the need to put Buddha in every food picture, but he is on the side table near the window where I take my pictures so he sneaks his way in 🙂

Thoughts

Keep in mind this is temporary I don’t plan to live a life with peanut butter or oatmeal. That doesn’t sound like a fun life. That being said, I’m really enjoying eating like this. I’m surprised because when you cut out dairy, grains, legumes, and meat it doesn’t leave you with a whole lot of options but I haven’t felt like I’m missing out. If I felt too restricted and miserable I would quit it but I don’t. I feel 100% satisfied and look forward to every meal.

Most of all I have SO MUCH energy. Crazy right? I figured that getting so little protein (I’m averaging 30-40 grams a day) would make me so tired, and while a low-protein slump could still hit, I actually feel great.

My fat intake has increased a lot (yeahhhh avocados and coconut!) and I think that has really helped me feel more satisfied. I don’t get the whole bottomless-pit-for-a-stomach feeling I used to have. And basically I feel really awesome. This kind of diet might not be right for everyone, but I think it’s really working for me right now.

I want to try to add other foods back in and see how my body reacts in a little bit and see what exactly it is my body is hating, but I want to continue focusing on more fruits/veggies and healthy fats even as I add things back in.

How’s the weather where you are?

What are your thoughts on the Paleo diet?

What are your favorite healthy fats?

Tuesday Tangents

I can’t believe it’s only Tuesday, the week already feels crazy long. Since I didn’t get home until almost 10:00 pm (yikes) we’re going for an easy post, tangents it is!

  • Why do I also neglect yoga, I went to a class for the first time in weeks and it felt AMAZING. My body was yelling at me for not going sooner. So worth a skipped run, my muscles feel noodle-y and awesome

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  • 24 people came to my Pilates class! I usually get around 15, and there was actually a line waiting for class, which only ever happens for yoga and spin classes. It was a little crazy but the energy was so awesome, I hope everyone comes back next week!
  • I had a Smash Mouth’s “All Star” stuck in my head yesterday. I don’t know where it came from but it was not enjoyable.

    The 90s can keep Smash Mouth, I don’t miss them.

  • The bus driver was rocking out to some Justin Timberlake one the ride home yesterday. Sexy Back was played and I won’t pretend that it wasn’t a little bit awesome

    Oh Appalcart…

  • I’ve down a full jar of sunflower seed butter in 3 days. This is a problem. Mostly for my wallet because that stuff is twice as much as peanut butter. At least it makes my taste buds happy.
  • Today in my public speaking class we had to finish the prompt “If I were in charge of the world…” I talked about how I would make everyone vegetarians. I think I’d be the most unpopular world leader ever.

    I want a shirt with this on it ASAP please.

  • My legs are still tired from Sunday’s 8 mile run. Sad.
  • I realized I’ve been drinking too much coffee today when I couldn’t stop twitching. I’m glad the full-fledged caffeine-addiction is starting early this semester.

     

  • Tomorrow is hump day! Thank goodness.

What are your tangents today?

What’s you’re favorite band from the 90s?

What would you do if you were in charge of the world?

 

Hangry Beast {WIAW}

How is it only Wednesday? This week has been longggggg. Every one of my professors have done this ridiculous thing where they decided to assign homework (what? This is college) on the first day. Yuck.  At least we’re halfway through the week! Just gotta make it through two more days and I’ve got a three day weekend. Hallelujah.

Okay enough complaining, time for food!

Happy What I Ate Wednesday (Thanks Jenn for hosting!)

My eats are a little crazy because I had class all morning, plus a meeting and a Pilates class that evening. I didn’t quite get pictures of everything but I tried!

6:00 AM

Breakfast!

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Hello oats in a jar! A little too early in the morning, but still very tasty and peanut buttery, which is the best part isn’t it?

9:00 AM

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Kale salad with tofu, mushrooms, avocado with a side of sweet potato topped with coconut oil and cinnamon. This was supposed to be my lunch, but I was really hungry so I ate it right after my 8:00 am class. It’s never too early for a little kale!

11:00 AM

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One very tasty but slightly bruised Cortland apple. I’ve never tried this kind of apple before but they were on sale at the grocery store this week and let me tell you, they are quite tasty!

2:00 PM

I had a quick, un-pictured snack of edamame before hitting up the gym for a 3 mile treadmill run. I hate running when I’m hungry, though I think it’s the opposite for most people.

3:30 PM

I meant to pack a Clif bar for a snack but I forgot it so I had to pick up an over priced bar from the campus market.

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I love Luna bars, but I don’t love paying $2 for them. I’m cheap but my tummy is worth it.

4:30 PM

My hunger has been crazy lately (stress? All the extra walking I do on campus? It’s a mystery to me but I’ve been HANGRY lately) so an hour later I was still hungry so I bought exactly $0.71 worth of trail mix from the student union, the cashier actually laughed at me for buying so little but I only had $1 left on me. Story of my broke college life. Kinda.

And I don’t have a picture of the trail mix, but it was mostly peanuts and almonds and not too exciting. But it did help tame the hunger monster a little.

6:45 PM

Not food related, but it was my first Pilates class of the semester! I think it went pretty well and I ran into one of the girls in class today and she said she loved the class and was sore today! I love getting feedback, both good and bad but let’s be honest good is a lot more fun to hear, and it made my day that she enjoyed my class! That’s why I love teaching Pilates.

I also caught a girl instagram-ing a picture of her weights during class. I’m secretly proud of that for some reason 🙂

8:30 PM

The bus was pulling away just as I got to the bus stop after class so I had to wait an extra 30 minutes for the next one. Hate it when that happens. I didn’t get home until 8:30 and I was super hungry (I’m sensing a theme?) so I didn’t get any pictures, I was too busy stuffing my face, but here’s some recycled photos:

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Two eggs, plus

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Veggies of the frozen and reheated variety finished with

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And I’m pretty sure I had either a snack bar of frozen waffle afterwards but I really can’t remember.

What do you do when you’re hunger is out of control?

What did you eat this Wednesday?

When do you eat lunch? Apparently on Tuesdays I eat it at 9:00, but on Mondays and Wednesday I eat around 11:30 plus snacks later on, lunch time is always when I’m hungriest!

Snack Bar Cookies

Saturday night my brain was on the verge of implosion after 6 straight hours of homework. Yep, as fun as it sounds. Luckily, baking up these cookies gave me a nice little break from the books, and they make a great study snack too!

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When I set out to make these cookies I was looking for something healthy and packed full of healthy fats to power me through a couple more hours of studying.  Basically, I wanted a snack bar in a fun cookie shape, because cookies make everything better, you know it’s true.

So as a heads up, don’t think of these as a dessert-y cookie, they’re not overly sweet but I ate the entire batch in two days so I can safely say they’re still delicious.

Snack Bar Cookies

(Gluten-Free, Vegan Option)

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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rolled oats (make sure they’re certified GF if that’s an issue for you)
  • 0.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup milk of choice (I used Blue Diamond’s Unsweetened Almond and Coconut Blend)
  • 0.25 cups peanut butter
  • 0.25 cups pepitas
  • 2 scoops protein powder (I used unflavored pea protein)
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp honey*
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

*If you have normal taste buds you’ll probably want to increase this to 0.25 cups, I don’t like things very sweet, just a warning. Also, you can sub agave, maple syrup or another liquid sweetener if you want to keep the cookies vegan

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flax seed meal and water, let sit for a few minutes.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl, in a separate bowl, stir together the wet ingredients including the flax egg.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into the dry and stir until combined.
  5. Scoop the batter on to a lightly greased cookie sheet and back for 10-12 minutes, taking the cookies out when they are slightly underdone because they will continue to cook on the pan.
  6. Enjoy as a snack or during an intense study session, and just remember if you eat half the batch in one night it’s okay because they’re healthy 🙂

Makes 24-26 two-inch cookies

I hope you enjoy!

What’s your favorite healthy study/homework/work snack?

What’s your favorite kind of cookie? I don’t think I’ve ever had a cookie, healthy or not, that I didn’t like 🙂

Bottomless Pit & Thanksgiving Excitement {WIAW}

Yesterday I had one of those days where I just wanted to eat anything and everything. I didn’t get much of a lunch and was really hungry when I got home after a 3 hour drive home and I think my body was just like “Lea. Food. NOW.” Even when I was full I still wanted to keep eating? Anyone else have those kinda days? It happens.

(Thanks Jenn for hosting every week!)

Since my stomach decided to pretend it was a bottomless pit, I didn’t get too many pictures of food. But let’s be real, you don’t really want to see 10 pictures of carrots, peanut butter and endless handfuls of pistachios and grapes? That’s what I thought. Here’s a couple of things I did snap a picture of:

I got this drink powder for free with an order from iHerb, but it was pretty gross. I think the problem was that I just mixed it with water and it didn’t have any flavors or sweeteners in it so it tasted like I was drinking grass.  It probably would have been good in a smoothie though.

Car snacks/Lunch! I grabbed a few things on the way out of town because I was hangry after class! I think I’m addicted to kombuchas which is not good because my wallet cries a little when I buy one. Sorry wallet. I’m also in love with the cookie dough Luna protein bars, they are really just glorified candy bars but they are so dang good that I don’t care too much.

Dinnerrrr! I was so hungry I didn’t manage to get a picture. I don’t miss too many gluten-filled foods but every once in a while I get a huge pizza craving. My parents were nice enough to pick me up this pizza so I could enjoy it while they had regular Trader Joe’s pizza for dinner which was really sweet of them. The pizza was really good and the crust didn’t have that crumbly texture most gluten-free pizzas have. Good job Joe. I’ll pretend that I didn’t eat the whole thing.

That’s all I got for you for yesterday, but since tomorrow is Thanksgiving (yay!) I thought I’d share some of the food I’ll be enjoying tomorrow!

You should know that my family totally cheats when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. There is a southern-style restaurant near my grandfather’s house in South Carolina that let’s you order food for Thanksgiving, you can pick it up frozen a few days before Thanksgiving and thaw and cook everything the day of. We may be cheaters, but it works for feeding 8 people in my grandfather’s tiny kitchen.

Thanks to the south’s love of eating as many animals as possible in one meal, there are a few things I can’t eat, but that’s okay, there’s still plenty of foods I’m looking forward to.

Sweet potato souffle, soooo good. Minus the marshmallows because gelatin is a sneaky little vegetarian nemesis. This is no surprise though because I love anything and everything sweet potato.

Creamed corn! I don’t care that this is a staple of old ladies and you don’t actually need teeth to eat it. I could eat it by the bowlful. Actually, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t done that. Unfortunately, Wade’s doesn’t have any this year. I cried a little when I found out, it’s just not Thanksgiving with out creamed corn. If that sounds dramatic then you just don’t understand my love for the stuff. It’s deep.

Brussel sprouts! I bought a whole stalk of brussel sprouts to roast. I’m secretly hoping everyone else hates brussel sprouts and I can have the whole stalk to myself. Not kidding.

I couldn’t forget about pumpkin pie! I think I’m going to be nice to my digestive track and eat a gluten-free meal because I haven’t been doing such a good job the past couple days (I blame my roommate’s mom for baking her a really delicious coconut cake and sharing it with all of us. Yep, all her fault) so I want to be nice to my poor tummy. But don’t think I won’t still scrape all the filling out of several pieces of pie (: The filling is really the best part anyway.

I’ll be in South Carolina to celebrate Thanksgiving for the next couple days. We’re staying at my grandfather’s house who doesn’t have internet (the horror) so I won’t be seeing much of me. I do have a couple of small posts lined up, but I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! And don’t eat too much turkey (seriously, they have feelings too).

What are you looking forward to eating tomorrow?

When does your family eat the big Thanksgiving meal? We eat our big meal at lunch, which leaves the rest of the day to lay around in a food coma.

Mixed Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Fall for me means it’s time for chili, lots and lots of chili.

Chili is the ultimate cold-weather comfort meal, it’s pretty much all I want to eat come winter time. It’s warm, hearty and healthy and pretty much one of my favorite meals. As a busy student I love that I can throw it in the crock pot before I leave for class and have dinner waiting for me when I get home, and that it makes lots of leftovers for quick dinners for the rest of the week.

I like my chili with a side of Buddha.

Mixed Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

(Vegetarian, Gluten-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dry black beans (or one 15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup dry chick peas (or one 15 oz can)
  • 1/2 cup dry pinto/white bean mix (or one 15 oz can)
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 medium to large baked sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 6-7 cups water + 1 stock packet (or veggie stock)
  • cumin
  • black pepper

Directions:

  1. If using dry beans soak them overnight
  2. Add all ingredients to the crock pot
  3. Cook for 6 hours on low with the lid on, and an additional hour one high with the lid off. I basically left the crock pot on low while I went to class, then cranked it up to high with the lid off until some of the extra liquid cooked off, I like my chili super thick, but you can skip the last step if you like things more liquid-y
  4. Snuggle up in a comfy chair on a cold day and enjoy! Then put off cleaning your crock pot as long as possible, I love crock pots, but not cleaning them.

Yummy.

What’s your favorite cold-weather meal?

PTFO-ed {WIAW}

Before I show you my eats, I have a fun story to tell you.

Today I passed out while saving three lives. That’s right. It sounds dramatic but really I just gave blood for the first time (did you know one pint of blood could save the lives of three different people? That’s why you should go donate!).

My school does the biggest blood drive in the country (1,255 pints last year!) and I decided I really wanted to donate this year, even though I find needles pretty terrifying. I have O- blood which is an even bigger reason why I should donate, so I decided to suck up my fear and I signed up for a donation appointment, I figured the worst that could happen was that I could pass out. Well…

I went through all the pre-screenings fine (the nurse was even super impressed with my iron levels, she said it was the highest she’d seen all day! Who says vegetarians don’t get enough iron?), and I felt totally find through the whole donation process. I stood up, took a couple of steps and the room started to spin, I sat done and the next thing I know there’s a huge bald guy waking me up and wheeling me off to a curtained off sections with all the other fainters. I’ve never fainted before, or even come close, so this was quite the experience.

And of course all the other fainters were good after 10 minutes. I had to hang out for a good 40 minutes before I could even stand up. That would happen to me. At least I got to spend an hour eating hot Pop-tarts (I can’t even tell you the last time I ate a pop-tart! I thoroughly enjoyed it) and wrapped up in a shiny silver blanket. Pop-tarts mark great medicine, doctors should start prescribing them (though I’m sure my stomach didn’t appreciate it). The nurse also gave me a recipe for liver stir-fry, because apparently it’s good to eat before giving blood, not that it helps me much. Then I had to go take an exam, yeah, that was fun.

Okay back to the food:

I’m still really bad about remember to take pictures of my food, so… sorry.

Breakfast:

Peanut butter oatmeal, 2 eggs over easy and some unsweetened Baker’s chocolate. Typical. FYI it is totally okay to eat unsweetened chocolate for breakfast because it has no sugar in it. The best days are the ones where chocolate is consumed before 9am. Just saying.

11:00 am

I had cut up chunks of sweet potato and a golden delicious apple, which you’ll have to imagine because I didn’t take pictures of it. Whoops.

2:00 pm

An Earnest Eats Choco Peanut Butter bar. I’ve never tried on of these before but holy cow it was delicious. It was one of those snacks I never wanted end.

2:15pm

I had some pepitas because my stomach would not stop rumbling. The guy I sit next to must think I never stop eating because I always eat at least one snack (but usually two) before the class is over.

What can I say? I don’t get a lunch time on Tuesdays. And I didn’t eat the whole jar, I stashed a small container in my book bag.

5:00 pm

I had an entrepreneurship exam to study for, so I set up shop in the campus coffee shop:

It was en effective set up, especially the coffee.

8:45pm

I went to the gym for some weights after finishing up my studying and bought a hard-boiled egg to hold me over on the drive home.

Check out that sweet App Card in the corner.

9:45pm

I stopped by Wal-Mart on the way home for a few things and spent too long looking at fall decorations.

I picked up a few things for the rest of the week. I ran out of peanut butter Tuesday morning and was not about to wake up today without any. And typically I really hate Wal-Mart and try to avoid going, but I do have to give them props for being the first grocery store I’ve been to in town with PUMPKIN. I was a little bit excited about it.

For dinner (does it even count as dinner when it’s 10 o’clock at night?) I heated up my latest crock pot creations.

Tofu, chopped eggplant, bell pepper and onions, Trader Joe’s curry sauce, coconut milk and veggie stock. Hit the spot.

Afterwards I realized I needed some more veggies in my life so I roasted up some green beans and tomatoes.

With a side of brown spicy mustard, which I’ve been eating like it’s my job lately.

And a side of cantaloupe while they roasted away in the over.

I love that you can see where I was gripping on to the slice for dear life while I cut the rind off. I was not going to drop it.

And I had another apple with a cup of coffee before going to bed (the sign of a true addict I think), but you’ll have to use your imagination again because a picture didn’t happen.

Have you ever passed out?

Have you ever donated blood?

August Foodie Pen Pals!

This month I participated in Foodie Pen Pals, a fabulous program set up by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean! Food Pen Pals pairs up bloggers (and non-bloggers too) who exchange boxes filled with delicious food goodies. This was my first month participating and it was so much fun.

(FPP picture)

I was paired up with Marsha, a non-blogger who sent me a wonderful box full of some really tasty snacks! I’m not going to lie, I’m a really difficult person to buy food for, being the vegetarian, gluten-free, health freak that I am, but Marsha did an amazing job and I loved everything she picked out for me!

It’s like Christmas!

I got my box the day after I moved back to school, and all the snacks did a great job of making my kitchen shelves look a little less bare.

The first thing I dug into was this Raw Crunch bar. I packed it with me when I volunteered at the Triple Crown Half Marathon (link) last weekend and it was absolutely delicious. I loved the flavor and texture of these bars, they were full of nuts, seeds, and all kinds of delicious and healthy. I would definitely buy these bars myself and I’ll be one the look out for them in stores!

The gluten-free gingersnaps were soooo good. So good, that I might have eaten them all in one day. It happens. The cookies were spicy and completely addictive.

I don’t normally buy packaged cookies myself, they all some how mysteriously disappear in within a day. But they were a fun treat.

CHOCOLATE ALMOND BUTTER. We already know about my love for all things nut butter, I’ve bought this almond butter before so I already knew I was going to love it. Justin’s chocolate almond butter is like a packet of pure heaven.

Thank you Justin.

I ate the packet by itself. No shame.

It’s probably a good thing I can’t afford the whole jar of chocolate almond butter, it’d be gone in about 3 seconds.

I haven’t gotten the chance to try any of the tea but I love green tea and I haven’t tried Bigelow brand yet, so it will be fun to try a new brand!

I haven’t gotten the opportunity to try the smoothie either. It looks really delicious though! I’ve been saving it for a long day of class when I get really desperate for a healthy snack.

Marsha did a great job of putting this box together for me! I absolutely loved everything she picked out, they were all things I would have bought myself and very delicious. Thanks Marsha!

If you want to see the box I sent, hop on over to Jacquie’s blog: Bee Morse Farms. Warning, I made a huge mailing-chocolate-in-the-summer fail (sorry Jacquie!).

I loved participating in Foodie Pen Pals! I hope to do participate again (assuming that my teeny college-student budget allows it!). Thanks Lindsay for putting it all together!