gRAWnola

This morning was a gRAWnola bar for breakfast.  I actually tried these back home where my boss would eat these bars for breakfast every morning.

Look at this ingredient list!  And they taste wonderful/keep you going all day long.

Give them a try 😉

Along with my bar was a small cup of peanut butter & jelly soft serve.

Bliss.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve
1 frozen banana
spoonful of peanut butter
spoonful of jelly [you better bet I used raspberry]
dash of cinnamon
and a splash of liquid [water, milk, yogurt, up to you]
BLEND.  ENJOY.

I had mine with copious amounts of puffed brown rice.

Puffed cereal + raspberry jam = 😀

Lunch was chipotle with the office.

Cilantro rice with grilled peppers and onions, cheese, lettuce, guacamole, and ALL 4 salsas.  Party in my mouth without a doubt.

Chipotles corn salsa has to be my favorite.

Dinner was a cheese ravioli from whole foods.

It was good, but I am ready to start making my own food.  I can’t believe I only have 2 more weeks living here though!

Tasted like spaghetti o’s.  Blast to the past.  I think I have out grown this combo unfortunately/fortunately.  Bring on the spinach, herb, and artichoke pasta please.

Before Wednesday dancing began I threw together some mini peanut butter and raspberry jelly sandwiches.

Beautiful things.  My obsession with this jelly might be getting out of control.

Anyone else have a liking for foods in a tiny form?

Thought I’d also share with you another blast from the past…which now hangs from my ears from time to time.

Barrel of Monkeys!!!  I found these at a little open market craft sale years ago and they are some of my favorites. 🙂

Song of the Day:

“This is Your Life” by The Killers

Question:  Anyone ever tried eating in the ‘raw’ for any length of time?  What are your opinions on this?

I have never tried for more then one meal or two.  It is definitely a challenge that takes a lot of will power.

ALSO

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Puff. Rice. Crunch.

So I have a new obsession.  wait for it.  Puffed Brown Rice. 🙂  It’s so airy and care free that I find myself wanting to include it with everything!  Not to mention the crunch, and who doesn’t like a good crunch now and again?

Today’s Breakfast was another Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie..with a side cup of puffed rice 😀

Pomegranate Spinach Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 tbsp of ground flax
lots of cinnamon
1 frozen banana
two large handfuls of fresh spinach
4-6 ounces pomegranate kefir
spoonful of peanut butter
and blenddd.
Topped with some cacao nibs and copious amounts of puffed brown rice.  Delish.

Lunch today was another trip to metro fresh, where I had a divine sugar plum salad.  TONS of fresh chopped plums with walnuts, celery, and basil in an orange maple vinaigrette.  omg.  This deserves the honored title of party in your mouth.  A glorious fruit salad!

This was followed by a chicken and farfalle pasta salad in a basil pesto with corn and peas.  This was good but very skimpy on the pasta with way too much chicken.  Ah well.  The basil infused meal was pretty good and I even had some left for dinner 😉

Before Monday night dancing [it’s called Hot Jam on Monday nights(!)]  Their was an array of snack-mania.

Peanut Butter and the new addition to my fridge, the godly raspberry jam, on a cinnamon TJ graham cracker.  This Jelly is like a drug, no joke.

Then I decided to use the last of my pomegranate kefir [tear] on a bowl of surreal awesome-ness.

Base: A broken TJ cinnamon graham cracker, then piles of puffed brown rice, a tbsp of peanut butter, a sprinkle of chia seeds, a dash of cacao nibs (can you dash cacao nibs?) and the biggest spoonful of raspberry jam.  This resulted in the biggest food induced smile ever.  Beautiful.

– Jam of the gods –

Jam before Hot Jam 😀

Then their was some Trader Joe’s Roasted rosemary pecans and cranberries.  I bought this after seeing a sale ad for it online and it is quite good to say the least.

There are actually sprigs of rosemary all throughout this trail mix which makes it quite intoxicating.  It reminds me of the fish my mom would always marinate with rosemary from her garden growing up.  <3.

This would be even more fabulous if made in my own kitchen, can you imagine the smell of roasting nuts and rosemary wafting out of your oven as the cooler days are looming ever closer?

Alas when I am reunited with a kitchen this can be a reality.

Before running of to dance I grabbed one of these sample bags I snagged at whole foods this past weekend.

Great, as always.  I wasn’t expecting them to be as spicy as they were, but a lovely kick 😉

Song of the day – “Help I’m Alive” by Metric.

This band is my new obsession.

Question: Since PP & J is one of my favorite foods, does anyone have a specific way they enjoy this combo?  Anything out of the ordinary?

Pad See Ew Please

So This morning started off with a long awaited Green Monster!  An Almond Butter, Banana, Pomegranate green monster to be exact.

Last night was amazing, I had some great dances and even did a few moves … IN THE AIR … I will definitely be finding that partner again 😀  Needless to say I slept well afterwards.

I awoke ready to get my green on.

Almond Butter, Banana, Pomegranate Green Monster :
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
lots of cinnamon 😉
2 extra large handfuls of fresh spinach
frozen banana – broken into pieces
1 tbsp almond butter
4-8 ounces pomegranate kefir – depends on desired consistancy
topped with a swirl of almond butter and Udi’s artisan granola

This was like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in liquid form.  It was a heavenly combination, refreshing, party in my mouth.  I will be making this again soon! 🙂

Song of the Day:  “Elephant Gun” by Beirut.

I came across this band a little over a year ago and fell in love.  They are without a doubt on my list of bands to see live.  This particular song was the one I chose for my reel on my website as well.

At work today I came across a photo link from a performance I did back in February with my college’s swing dance group.  I didn’t even know these existed!

BSA Dance Photos

I am the one wearing the tiny black hat. 😉 Kind of weird to be browsing through videos on you tube and come across a slideshow of yourself, though …

Lunch and dinner were Pad See Ew.  I waitressed at a family owned Thai restaurant for 2 years and got to eat for free while working!  I was spoiled rotten in the category of Thai food.  So I was so excited to go for Thai with the office.  The portions were so big that I easily made dinner out of it.  Two birds with one stone 😉

I asked them to make my tofu ‘soft’ tofu – which means they cook it with the rest of the meal instead of deep frying it first.  I like the tofu better this way, it takes on a bit too much of a spongy texture when fried + is better for you.  Two stones again? 😛  It was just the way thai noodles should be with a good bit of vegetables in the form of broccoli, cabbage, onions, and bean sprouts.

After a 45 min trip to the gym I had an amazing apple.

A very photogenic apple 🙂  Do you find that an apple sliced thin like potato chips is more appetizing then one normally??  I found it to be so.  A thin, crisp burst of apple goodness with every bite.

Still Craving something else I turned to the mini peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Trader Joe’s organic creamy peanut butter with apricot jelly on small rice crackers.  Why I love small rice crackers? – The serving size is about 35-40 crackers!               .. in love –

You can eat them open faced…

Topped with dried cranberries…

Or as an actual sandwich 😉

PB & J can be too much fun, on your night off.

What’s your favorite way to eat Peanut Butter and Jelly?  Do you prefer a different nut butter?

I Won’t Get Out of Bed

So this morning was one of those mornings.  Starting the day was the last thing on my mind.  Second to last thing..making breakfast……First thing?   Eating Breakfast.  Don’t you love that combo.  The need to get to work on time resulted in a yogurt bowl.  For me this is emptying a container of yogurt into a bowl and covering it with any and all at hand.

This morning was a vanilla Trader Joes greek yogurt, with ground flax, raspberries, kashi cereal, granola, almond butter, and shredded coconut.  This was amazingly tasty and kept me full all morning!

For Lunch today I had leftover pizza from last night 🙂 and an organic plum.

Something to note about my current living conditions, I ended up interning this summer at the last minute about 4 hours from my hometown.  This resulted in me being lucky to snag a dorm type room which = no kitchen.  I don’t even have a microwave.  I have a fridge with a freezer that allows me to freeze one, maybe 2 if I’m lucky, banana’s at a time.  And my magic bullet.  This is what I use to come up with meals everyday….don’t get too excited!  So for dinner tonight I had vegetable soup, from a can.  The epitome of gourmet.  I doctored with spices and accompanied it with crackers and hummus.

Let me just say that this hummus tastes like a pizza in a container, it’s AWESOME!  I couldn’t believe it the first time I tried this.  Trader Joes white bean and basil hummus.  I had it the other day in a sandwich with spinach and tomato paste and it was like eating pizza, I swear.  Try it.

Then it was ‘mini’ peanut butter jelly time.

Did anyone out there have to deal with dorm cooking?  How did you cope?