Hiii!

Sorry I’ve been absent – I needed a few days to regroup, pack, move back into school and settle. I’ll just recap today for now, and if I find anything exciting in the last few days’ pictures, you’ll be the first to know!

I woke up feeling good after a night at the bar with my friends – it was so so so so so fun and I couldn’t be happier I went! I just hung around for a little, cleaning and stuff before hitching a ride to the co-op (aka the bookstore) with one of my sisters. I picked up my books and some other goodies – including a new Vera Bradley wallet!

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We also headed to Walmart where I picked up an $18 TV stand – which I then took home, unpacked and assembled by myself! Screws, nails, and all! I’m extremely proud of myself for putting something together. I’m awesome. While being productive, I ate:

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Plain Chobani, banana, MultiGrain Cheerios

Dorm lighting = bad pictures.
Eventually I also made a super small lunch.
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MultiGrain Flat Out wrap with roasted red pepper hummus

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Whole Foods fruit salad

After a sorority meeting, I made my way over to disappointment the dining hall. I feasted on tomato soup, whole wheat toast with Smart Balance, and some steamed veggies. Yum. I also snacked on half a chocolate chip z-bar:

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At the surprisingly not packed gym, I ellipticalled for 35 minutes – 5 minutes on crossramp 10 and resistance 7 and 2 minutes on crossramp 12, resistance 10 repeated. After 30 boring minutes on a new and not improved stair stepper randomized level 7 workout, I did some ab work and called it a night. I also tried to catch up on blog reading while working on my fitness, but my Google reader is in the triple digits so I’m still wayyyy behind on reading and commenting.

I packed my lunchers for tomorrow:

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Spinach, hummus, and raisins on a Flat Out Honey Wheat wrap

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Orange sections

And snacked on an organic pinata apple I picked up at Whole Foods:

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With cinnamon, obviously

My Big Y near school started carrying Flat Outs! I was so excited I grabbed two flavors to try – MultiGrain Flax and Honey Wheat! Love ittt!

I packed lunch due to my schedule for tomorrow’s first day of classes:

  • 8:45 – Breakfast with a couple of my sisters at the dhall
  • 9:30-10:45 – Nutrition Through the Life Cycle – SO SO excited for this class!!
  • 11-12:15ish – Gym
  • 12:30-1:45 – Medieval English Literature – so not excited for this class – except for the fact I’ll be eating in it
  • 2-3:15ish – Shower, change, snack
  • 3:30-4:45 – Emotion Through Literature and Film – pretty excited for this class!

Obviously, my appetite is off today – as it has been the last couple days. I know it’s due to a combination of things going on – stress, sadness, moving back to school, my new sleeping pill, etc. I’m sure that once I get back into the swing of things, I’ll be back on track with hunger! At least, I hope so – not wanting to eat/what I want to eat is not cool with me. I like to know what my body wants – I like cravings. Yes, I just said that.

Anyway, I’m off to bed early – first day of school tomorrow! I’ll be back to commenting regularly soon, I promise!

Good afternoon bloggies! I wasn’t actually hungry after posting last night and thought it might help me sleep if I wasn’t digesting a snack. I don’t know if that’s why, but I actually slept restfully though the night! I’m going to try to stop snacking after dinner for the next few nights to see if it helps me sleep better.

I found the new Chobani flavors at Stew Leonard’s the other day and bought two of each! I used the raspberry in today’s breakfast:

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Raspberry Chobani and Kashi Heart to Heart

Sooo good! Also had a coffee with skim and Truvia :0)

My friend Emily IMed me and asked me to meet her at the gym. My hamstrings are still a little sore and after my bad run yesterday, I just wanted to take it easy – luckily, so did she. I did 2 miles on the treadmill in 19:30:

  • Mile 0-0.5: 6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.3: 6.1mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.3-1.5: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.6: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.7: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.8: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.9: 6.6mph, incline 1

I headed over to the elliptical and watched The Biggest Loser: Families while I ellipticalled up and down a mountain on level 7 for half an hour and finished up with 10 minutes on the stair mill. I did on a minute on level 3, alternated minutes on levels 4 and 5, and finished with a minute on level 3. I also stretched my hamstrings out a lot and they feel so good :0)

Lunch was essentially a snack plate:

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3 egg whites with salt, pepper, and Frank’s in a Joseph’s WW tortilla with a plain LC wedge and salsa + carrots and garlic hummus + half a Granny Smith with cinn

Yum! Off to shower and clean my room! What are you up to today?

Good evening bloggies! First of all – I’m trying out a new layout and a new picture size. I think the default ratio on ecto is a tad too big. Also, I am LOVING getting all of your comments – keep them coming! I also respond to each one, so go back and check if you wrote me a note on my last post!

Where did we leave off? Dinner, last night .. turned out to be super boring. Mah b.

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Buffalo Crackwrap, steamed brocc with parm, steamed carrots and brussels with S&P

I got expectedly snackalicious:
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Plain Chobsies with frozen blueberries

It turned into a giant purple mess of antioxidant-y goodness – loves it!
Today. Ohhhh, today. Well, I haven’t been sleeping that well at home this break, which is incredibly unusual for me, as I always sleep the best at home, in the sense of restfulness and not waking up. Every single night this break, I have woken up around 3:30. Sometimes I can toss and turn and fall back asleep, sometimes I’m in and out until about 5:30 when I actually fall asleep again. But this morning, I could not get back to sleep. I turned my TV on for white noise. I flipped channels. I read blogs. At 6ish, I finally got up and did the 20 minute free podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com – ahhhh. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally fallen in love with yoga, to the point where I crave doing it, all thanks to that one-hour class and Heather.
I made coffee, watched some TV, read some more blogs, tried to nap, gave up, ate breakfast:
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Fuji, pom, MultiGrain Cheerios with warm skim

I thought about going to the gym. I continued the TV, blog, and nap attempt cycle a few times. I made lunch.
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Tuna salad in a Joseph’s wrap with some granny covered in cinn

Santa’s not going away anytime soon. Well, until I’m back at school a week from today. Blech.
I dressed myself for a Target and gym trip, felt snacky, popped a cookie:
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Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

and immediately felt too full. Fail.
I bought some socks, a new pair of sweet royal blue running shorts, and the new pina colada Orbit flavor at Tarjay, and still super full, headed to the gym where I had a hideous run. Hideous. I won’t dwell on the worst run I’ve had in at least two months, but I finished 4 miles in 37:37 and walked another 20 or so minutes. My hamstrings are gloriously sore (but not too too bad) from yesterday’s amazing yoga. The run and walk made them feel fab but they’re still pretty tight – in a good way. I love sore muscles!
I snacked on some very friendly clementines while I made din:
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They’re only a couple weeks late. Dinna:
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Baked sweet potato rounds with s, p, and chili powder + hummus and spring mix on fluffy whole wheat

Nom. My favorite sweet potato parts were the burnt ones! They taste like toasted marshmallows. I need to remember to slice much thinner slices for the crunchy, fry-like texture. Actually, I might do a batch super thin, like some of mine were, so that they’re like chips! Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Oh sweet potato, you are the perfect food.
Congrats to all the Disney marathoners! Meghann, Caitlin, Ashley, the twins, Megan, and everyone else did AMAZING! My friend Jess, who I’ve known since kindergarten and ran (she ran, I walked) cross country with in high school finished in 3:37.48 – she is obviously beyond awesome and qualified for Boston!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of her! AND it’s her birthday! She celebrated by running a marathon. I went shopping and ate a lot of Japanese and had cake. It’s cool.
I really want to make an inspiration/goal board a la Gina for 2010. I have a few ideas of what to put on it, but it definitely needs to be fuller :0) Did you make an inspiration board? What is or would be on it?

I’m feeling snacky!

Last night after my post-gym snack, I wanted more clementines, but my brother had eaten the rest of them.  When I made my snack, there were probably 10.  An hour later, 0.  Sweet.  So I ate an increasingly squishy but delicious pear.

I woke up and had coffee but didn’t hear one rumble for two hours.  Even then, it was far from starvation, but I needed to get my metabolism moving!  Daily Chobani consumption occurred:

0% Plain Chobani, banana, MultiGrain Cheerios

After digesting a bit, I attempted a full-length podcast YogaDownload.Com class, but at times it was kind of slow moving and it was pretty repetitive, so I got bored after half an hour and quit.  Oh well, I was supposed to take today off anyway.

Eventually I made myself eat lunch/3pm meal:

Leftover roasted veggies tossed with balsamic and  Joseph’s low-carb tortilla with hummus

Eh – I don’t think I’ll pair the remaining leftovers with balsamic – it wasn’t that great.  Roasted vegetables are amazing on their own anyway!

My dad was taking my brother and I out to dinner for my birthday and we went back to Sakura.  I just love it!  Definitely my favorite restaurant and I haven’t had Japanese in so long.  I debated all afternoon over the grilled vegetables and tofu dish or sushi.  It’s freezing out and I wanted something warm, but I’ve also slacked on my sushi obsession the past few months.

Forgot my camera (but found my charger!).  I started off with some miso soup and a glass of Pinot Grigio, from the Campanile, in Italy.  I ended up going with the “Grilled Vegetables and Tofu.”  It was pretty good!  There was broccoli, cauliflower, orange and green peppers, onion, shredded zucchini and carrots, and about eight generous hunks of super soft tofu in a soy-based sauce.  I’d guess there was also sesame oil – but not too much! – and ginger in the sauce as well.  The portion size was pretty perfect as well – it was probably a serving of tofu, maybe a little more, and tons of veggies.  It was the perfect amount of food – ate it all except for the peppers (ick).  I’d definitely order it again!

I was planning on having the last piece of my birthday carrot cake from Friday when we got back, but my mom had tried a bite of it, deemed it too stale, and threw it out.  Sad face.  I watched Heavyweights with my brother –  classic.  Since this post is completely void of anything interesting, I’m bringing back the Tuesday Top 5!

Top 5 Healthy Foodie Products I Want to Try – in no particular order

  • VitaTops/Muffins/Brownies.  I mean, really.  Fudgy peanut butter?  Let’s be friends.  Corn muffin top?  I would find uses for you no one else could dream of.  I can only find Banana Walnut by me and as a college student – the price tag is a tad steep.
  • FitNutz/PB2.  Mix-in peanut butter really intrigues me.  Sometimes I want the taste without all the calories and fat.  I know it’s good fat, but still.  Dying to try!  Nowhere near me in stores and I’ve banned myself from food shopping online.
  • Nutridel Cookies.  Jenny made them sound so delicious – and seriously, they’re healthy cookies!  Imagining them crumbled in some Chobani makes me drool.  See above excuses.
  • Heart Thrives.  I’ve seen these all over, can’t find them anywhere, and seriously can’t pay to ship my food.  Gah!
  • Me and Goji Cereal.  Seriously – best company idea ever?  Perfect for picky eaters!

Every week I go on at least one of these websites and debate ordering – but my bank account holds me back!  Let me know if you think they’re worth it (even though I already agree)!

What are some foods you want to try?

*All photos are from the linked manufacturer website.

So obviously as soon as I posted about not being hungry, my stomach immediately demanded food. I went with my second sample from Chobani. Thanks again!

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2% Strawberry Banana Chobani Opinion
Taste: Just like a strawberry banana smoothie! More strawberry than banana, but seriously – gasm. 5/5.
Texture: Thick like any Greek yogurt and extra creamy since it’s 2% = perfect. There were definitely strawberry chunks, but no banana – it would probably brown? 5/5.
Fill Factor: Great for my nighttime snack with some MultiGrain Cheerios. 14g of protein and 3g fat will keep you satisfied! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), contains five live active cultures including S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei.” 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other 2% flavors, there are 160 calories in 1 6oz. cup. 3g of fat (2g saturated), 5mg of cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 19g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 17g of sugar), and 14g of protein. Again, sugar is pretty high from lactose and fructose, but also from the third ingredient of evaporated cane juice (before both strawberries and bananas). 4/5.
Overall: Seriously did not want it to end. I’ll definitely be buying this regularly once it’s in stores. It was absolutely delicious. 5/5.

The carb/fat/protein combo kept me full into the morning, when I had to get blood drawn without eating anything first – so good job smoothie yogurt! After that surprisingly calm experience, I did some glorious detox yoga a la YogaDownload.com podcast. After that 7-miler yesterday, my legs and hips are kind of stiff but yoga definitely helped.

I kept breakfast light:
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1/2 pear, mango, with cinnamon and milk

Surprisingly wasn’t feeling this at all. I dumped it and made apple cereal instead:

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Huge fuji chopped and warmed with cinnamon, TruVia, and warm skim

Before my mom and I stopped at the store, I snacked on the other half of my super juicy pear:

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And came home and roasted a small country’s worth of vegetables:

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Zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potato, eggplant
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La Tortilla Factory wrap with hummus, brussels, onion, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrots with a side of crispy broccoli

Broccoli fries, anyone? Delish. I think I’m going to add balsamic to the three tons of leftovers I have in the fridge – like my favorite balsamic grilled veggies from the student union at school!

I lazed around all afternoon and had my mom’s amazing minestrone soup for dinner:

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With a Joseph’s low carb pita – mmm!

There were so many goodies in the soup!
  • Whole stewed tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Pink beans

I snacked on the other half of my Cashew Cookie Larabar for some pre-gym fuel and some tea for caffeine:

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Larabar Cashew Cookie Opinion
Taste: Pretty light taste of cashews, which apparently aren’t my favorite.  2/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty – perfect!  5/5.
Fill Factor: Kept me fueled for 7 miles yesterday and an hour on the elliptical today without hunger pangs either time, which is really, really unusual for me. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cashews, dates.” Maybe they should throw some salt in there? But still – 5/5.
Nutrition: 230 calories (highest count in a Larabar I’ve seen), 13g of fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 2.5 polyunsaturated, 8g monounsaturated), no cholesterol or sodium, 340mg potassium, 23g of carbs (4g from fiber, 18g from sugars, and 6g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Least favorite flavor yet. I was pretty disappointed, considering that I’ve heard such great things about. I won’t buy it again unless I’m craving cashews – and I can’t be trusted around unportioned nuts. 2/5.

At the gym, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical – “Kilimanjaro” aka mountain setting, at level 10. I probably should have taken today as a rest day after running more than I ever have before yesterday, but my legs weren’t sore at all, just a little tight, so I thought going easy on the elliptical would loosen them up. It did, and I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t a good workout. I was however, extremely entertained the entire time.

To my left was a small man I see a lot, maybe in his late twenties, watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. To my right was Rabbit, from 8 Mile. Legit. Complete with black hoodie covering his head and face (yet I could see him creeping) and ragging his finger – you could just tell he was angrily rapping at the poor elliptical. The finger wagging was so intense and consistent it actually really started to annoy me. Pretty persistent out of the corner of my eye there, Slim Shady.

I also watched the first half of “The Bachelor” premiere. Wow. Some of those girls are just … they just have to be following a script. There’s not way that show is unscripted. “Do you have a registry for those guns?” First of all, is your hair up or down? Second of all, that is not the proper term. Third, really?

Anyway. Post-gym snack:
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0% Plain Chobani, a clemmie, and a packet of Stew Leonard’s Cranberry Fitness trail mix

Looks just like my brother! Except his eyes are green, not walnut hazel. I loveee this trail mix! It has peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, cranberries, raisins, and maybe one other seed? SO healthy and SO good.

I need to rehydrate – maybe with some more clementines! Have a great night!

If when I ever start racing, I know what my pre-race dinner will be – a bento box with teriyaki shrimp and scallops and brown rice. Maybe minus the shiraz and carrot cake.

I seriously had such a great run at the gym. I planned for 4, but I felt so great I decided I’d go for 6 and cool down until I had been running for 60 minutes. I finished the 6 miles in 55:27, but by the time 60:00 rolled around, I was at 6.48 miles so I decided to just speed up again and get to 7 – a new PDR for me! I ran it in 64:50, averaging about a 9:15 minute mile.

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Pre-run, I had half a Cashew Cookie Larabar that my mom put in my Christmas stocking. Definitely not my favorite flavor – I’ll post a full review when I finish the other half. I’m sure the dates and cashews (the only 2 ingredients – why I love Larabar) helped keep my energy level up as well! Honestly, I felt so good I could have gone for 8, but I my knees were starting to feel the pounding and I knew I needed more fuel for a run that long.

Post-run, I really was not hungry at all (normally my stomach is growling after a workout), but after I showered I made a snack plate to refuel.

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Baby carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and hummus x3 – plain, garlic, and plain with hot sauce

I got a little hungry again a couple hours later, so I heated up a small dinner of leftovers:

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Curried chickpeas and sweet potato rounds with organic ketchup

While I reheated the sweet potato rounds in the oven to crisp them up, I sauteed a tiny bit more onion and spinach to add to the chickpeas, and microwaved some frozen peas to add to the mix. When the onion and spinach were fully cooked, I threw the leftovers and the peas into the skillet to heat up and mix in. The peas were definitely a great addition!

4 hours later and I’m still uncomfortably full from that small meal. Running does such weird things to my appetite – 3 or 4 miles will leave me starving, but 7 miles and no appetite? My huge dinner and dessert from last night is probably contributing, but still! I guess my metabolism was just having a quirky day!

Sad, quick, and poorly-lit pictures are due to my camera’s quickly dying battery and my complete cluelessness as to where the charger is.

Have a great night!

After responding to a tweet by @ChobaniNicki about new flavors being sent to bloggers for review, I was SO EXCITED to have Chobani send me two new flavors – 0% Raspberry and 2% Strawberry Banana. I think we all know how obsessed I am with Greek yogurt, and especially Chobani. It’s really rare that I go a day without it. I have definitely been wanting a raspberry-flavored Greek yogurt for a while, as raspberries are one of my favorite fruits so hearing that this was one of the new flavors was super exciting! Here’s what I got:

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In a cooler, I received one regular-sized yogurt of each new flavor, as well as an insulated lunchbox. Thanks Chobani!
This morning, I decided to try the raspberry for breakfast:
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Like the other fruit flavors, the raspberry is fruit at the bottom. Pulling the lid off, you can see how thick it is – I expected nothing less. The nutritional stats are comparable to the other fruit flavors as well. I had it with some MultiGrain Cheerios y cafe.
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Chobani 0% Raspberry Greek Yogurt Opinion
Taste: Amazing. Raspberry-licious. 5/5.
Texture: Thick and creamy, exactly like the other 0% Chobanis. 5/5.
Fill Factor: 14g of protein. With the Cheerios and coffee, held me over through the gym and to a late lunch. 5/5.
Ingredients: Raspberries are the third ingredient, after evaporated cane juice. To me, it seems like those should be at least switched. Also, what is “locust bean gum”? 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other fruit flavors, there are 140 calories in 1 6oz. cup. No fat or cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 22g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 19g from sugar), 14g of protein. A lot of sugar, and I’d like to think mostly natural – lactose and fructose from milk and raspberries, but the evaporated cane juice as the second ingredient obviously contributes. 4/5.
Overall: It’s love. CAN’T WAIT til it’s in stores. New favorite fruit flavor next to blueberry.
5/5.

Before breakfast, I did the 20 minute class of Hip Opening Flow #4 from YogaDownload.com. My inner hips and thighs were super tight when I woke up and have been all day, so it was just what I needed.
Before the gym, I had half a bar I’ve been toting around since August, the Kashi GoLean Roll bar in Chocolate Turtle. My step-aunt gave me this as part of a back to school gift she gave me. Obviously I am obsessed with Kashi, but I’d never tried the “roll” bars before.
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Having it for many months has transformed it’s “roll” status into a … somewhat flatter shape.
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My b.
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I had half.
Kashi GoLean Roll Bar in Chocolate Turtle
Taste: Definitely a chocolate protein bar. A bit chalky. This is not a Russel Stover turtle.  1/5.
Texture: VERY tough and chewy. Hurt my jaw. To its credit, I’ve been toting it around for 4 months, but still. Oh, just saw the “Nov 19 2009” date on the wrapper. Disregard. I’ve heard they’re super tough anyway, though. 2/5.
Fill Factor: Great fuel for an hour on the elliptical! 5/5.
Ingredients: Long. Visible oats, nuts, and crunchy nuggets on the outside, on top of caramel, with chalky chocolate nougat inside. 2/5.
Nutrition: For one bar, pretty good. The bar is a substantial size and the whole thing would definitely hold me over for a snack. In one bar, there are 190 calories – pretty good for its large size! Of the 5g of fat, 1.5 are saturated (from nuts, I’m thinking), no cholesterol, 240mg of sodium (kinda high for a bar?), 60mg of potassium, 27g of carbs (it is meant to be a pre/post-exercise bar) – 6g from fiber (3g each of soluble and insoluble), 14g from sugar, and 12g of protein.
Overall: While not taste or texturally-ideal, I’ll definitely eat the other half pre-run/exercise. I think that it fueled me really well and kept my hunger at bay. For a protein bar, I find it funny that I got more protein from my Chobani this morning. Definitely tastes like a protein bar, but since its technically past its date-prime, its possible it tasted better in its prime. I’d try this flavor and others again.
2/5.

At the gym, I spent an hour on the elliptical, random hill setting, level 10. Women’s Health and “Untold Stories of the ER” passed the time pretty quickly.
I was hangry when I got home but could not for the life of me decide what I wanted. Actually, I wanted to make Gliding Calm’s tofu, but I didn’t have a bunch of the ingredients and my fridge FROZE my tofu! So it’s currently defrosting outside of the apparently arctic meat drawer. Then I decided on veggies and a veggie burger. Without carrots and wanting to save my brussels, I went with brocc. Microwaved a CostCo veggie burger in a paper towel.
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Eff. I am now STARVING. Take two.
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Don Lee Farms Veggie Patty on a Multi-Grain Sandwich Thin with onion and organic ketchup, plus a broccoli forest and garlic hummus

FOOD. Finally. These veggie “patties” are so so good. Just what I wanted. I just had a vanilla chai tea with skim and TruVia andddd I need a snack! If you’re driving today/tonight please be safe. New Year’s Post coming later!