Hola!

I know I have been absent, but for good reason – I’ve been having a life! Yes, I almost forgot what it was like to go out and have fun and be busy (in a good way!) I’ve been loving being back at school the past few days, which is definitely bittersweet. When I wasn’t loving school last semester, I was happy to be graduating in May. Now, I am definitely feeling nostalgic and sad about leaving this place and my sorority. I don’t have very many pictures of my eats, because they’ve been in the dining hall, on the go, or taken with my Blackberry – and of this, I will spare you. Until I can get back into the swing of living and blogging, I give you a review for Chocolate PB2!

Oh, and, since I became obsessed with PB2 and ran out of my sad little two sample pack, I ordered my jar. I think it’s in the mailroom waiting for me now. Friday just got better.

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Chocolate PB2 with frozen strawberries

Chocolate PB2 Opinion
Taste:  More peanut buttery than chocolatey, but definitely not chocolate peanut butter. Also, not great but not horrible. 2/5.
Texture: Drier than regular PB2. I had to add about 2 tablespoons of water, not the suggested 1.5, and it was still off. 2/5.
Fill Factor: With the strawberries, held me over for about 5 hours! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Roasted peanuts, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.” Like PB2, nothing funky at all! Could do without the sugar, but no biggie. 4/5.
Nutrition: Per 2 tablespoons, 51 calories, 1.29g of fat (.23g from sat fat and <.01g from trans fat), <.1mg cholesterol, 75.5mg sodium, 5.9g carbs (1.87g from fiber, 3.63g from sugar) and 3.98g protein. 4/5.
Overall: Overall, I was just not a fan of chocolate PB2 and won’t be ordering it again. 2/5.

If you want to order PB2 and/or Chocolate PB2, head over to their newly redesigned website here. I just found the new site a second ago and am super impressed! It makes the company seem a lot more legitimate than their previous 1990s-esque site. And it’s pretty!
On the schedule for today: class from 10-10:50, work from 11-2, gym with one of my sisters, and a relaxing night at the house with my little and a few other girls. I’ve gone out the past two nights and am taking the weekend off. Yes, my life is backwards. Anything special planned for today?

P.S. My Google reader is now in the 200s. EPIC BLOG FAIL. Will be back to commenting as soon as I can, I promise!

Good afternoon bloggies!

First of all, head over to Iowa GIrl Eats’ Amy’s Kitchen giveaway to win some yummy Amy’s products!!

Last night I had a delicious pumpkin pie parfait for dessert!

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As usual, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with one egg white and some pumpkin pie spice and microwaved it for 4 minutes. While it was caking-up, I mixed a few dollops of plain Fage with vanilla extract and more pumpkin pie spice. Topped off with a plank of Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax crunchy granola bar – yummmm :0)
I used the Farmer’s Market (I think that’s the brand) organic pumpkin instead of my usual Libby’s and noticed a difference – it cooked through more, but didn’t taste as good. I wonder why? Weird.
Breakfast was on the small side since I was heading to the gym pretty soon after:
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3 egg whites + plain LC wedge and Frank’s, half a Fuji with cinnamon, and half a multigrain English muffin with Truvia and cinnamon

I took it super easy at the gym:
  • 20 minutes on the stair mill at level 5, rolling hills setting
  • 20 minutes on the elliptical at level 7, random setting
  • 1 mile run in 9:29:
  • – Lap 1 at 6.0mph, incline 2
  • – Lap 2 at 6.2mph, incline 1.5
  • – Lap 3 at 6.4mph, incline 1
  • – Lap 4 at 6.6mph, incline 0.5
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Healthy tuna salad with iceberg in a Joseph’s wrap with frozen blueberries

I was feeling pretty bossy today a la a certain Snackface. Plus I was off to the dentist and wanted to feel good about myself before squirming in pain for 30 minutes.
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Status Symbol by Essie

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Boots by Steve Madden

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Outfit by Italy street market, Hanes, Forever 21, and American Apparel

After the most painful dental cleaning of my life and wondering what I ever did to offend this woman, I comforted myself with a pair of new jeans. Going back to school in a few days = packing in the shopping while I can.
Snackytime:
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Fuji with PB2!!!!

PB2 Opinion
Taste: I tried it on its own first – not exactly like peanut butter, but pretty close, and good in its own way. On the apple, I couldn’t tell the difference at all! 5/5.
Texture: Exactly like creamy peanut butter. 5/5.
Fill Factor: With an apple, I’m satisfied and sure it will hold me until dinner. 4/5.
Ingredients: “Roasted peanuts, salt, and sugar.” Nothing funky at all! Could do without the sugar, but no biggie. 4/5.
Nutrition:
Per 2 tablespoons, 50 calories, 2g of fat (0g saturated, trans, and polyunsaturated, 1g monounsaturated), less than .1mg of cholesterol, 80mg of sodium, 3g carbs (0g fiber and 2g from sugar), 6g of protein!. 4/5.
Overall: Loved it! I’m so happy I tried it out – I’ll definitely be ordering a jar! I can’t wait to try it in other things!
5/5.


See you all after dinner!

Yes, I said it.

But first, yesterday. Nothing super special, aside from a day off from exercise.

Breakfast:

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1/2 granny smith with cinnamon, 3 egg whites with LC Garlic & Herb on WW toast

Lunch:

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Hummus and hot sauce quesadilla, steamed carrots and green beans with S&P

So simple but so so good. Steamed carrots are amazing. Fresh green beans are amazing. And all they need is a little s&p.

I also snacked on a clemmie on the way out the door to run some errands. Lack of physical activity + slight tummyache = late and comforting dinner.

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2 Kashi waffles with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Mighty Maple and a pear.

Have you seen Away We Go? I Netflixed it over a week ago but never got around to watching it until last night. It’s really good – not what I was expecting, but so good. John Krasinski is (aside from gorgeous) a great actor. I’d only ever seen him in “The Office” but he has a great range. It was also great to see Maya Rudolph in a non-goofy fun role – she’s great too. I didn’t expect them to have chemistry on screen, but they definitely do. They’re really cute. I highly suggest this movie!

I woke up this morning to some yoga – YogaDownload.com’s Shoulder Opener #1. Lovely. Then I made breakfast. Uh. Maze. Ing.

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait

Using Kath’s recipe as a base, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with 1 egg white with a tiny bit of TruVia and pumpkin pie spice and microwaved for about 4 minutes. I plopped a vanilla Chobani on top and then crumbled a Kashi Pumpkin Spice granola bar on top.
Now I’m watching Julie & Julia and loving it and wanting to go to Paris now more than ever. Plus i love Stanley Tucci.
The lobster scene is HILARIOUS. We actually did that last Christmas – steamed live lobsters. Well, my step-dad did. Grandma had the biggest problem with it, but she was also on her third cocktail so it may have been exaggerated.
“The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.” Yes, me too. Until then, I’ll cut back in order to live for that day.
Have a great day!