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This post will be quick and to the point because I am SO tired.
Big coffee + blueberry bran VitaTop muffin.

These are good, but not too filling. They’d probably be better as snacks because there is certainly not enough caloric oomph to get the day started.

So I had a cereal mess (a la Andrea)…I think I will eat all cereal out of this bowl forever-more. It’s so fun!

Apple. (I know, it’s a good thing I put a title for the pic, as you may not have been able to figure out what the above red, round thing was)
Lunch: SB&J (none other than soynut butter and home-made plum preserves)

I *heart* loaf end pieces!
Plus a blended treat made with 12 oz. silk soymilk, 2+ tbsp chocolate soynut butter, 1 banana, and enough ice to get the right consistency.

I sipped it with a straw (I’m proper and shiz).
The people at SoyJoy sent me a coupon for a free bar. So (against my better judgement) I bought one to try out. We all know how much I hate nuts, but every bar is made with almonds or walnuts (ick), so I reluctantly got the Raisin Almond, since I figured it was the closest to something I would maybe eat. Talk about a John Dorian style angel vs devil inner monologue!!
It went something like this:
Angel: Elise, you HATE nuts. This will make you sick.
Devil: But you like oatmeal raisins cookies? It’s close! C’mon, try it.
Angel: You are going to regret it.
Devil: Just one taste, do it, do it.
Angel: Ok, just one taste…
Sorry SoyJoy, NOT a fan!!! (not even a little bit). This tasted like old biscotti made from uneaten christmas fruit loaf, with stale nuts. It was super gross. I definitely spit out the first bite and threw away the rest.
Another little secret they don’t advertise is that the product contains dairy. What!? Sure there is soy in the ingreds, too, but mostly the name is just a gimmick. Don’t be fooled, guys, this shiz, is NO good.

The last of the coconut date rolls. Note to self: buy more.
More snacky snacky: puttin’ on the ritz (if you know the reference, I feel a little sad)
Chocolate soynut butter goes with everything
I kinda almost ruined my appetite for dinner with all the PM snacks. Fortunately, I’m a big growing girl 🙂
I’m way into these tortillas – verrrry GOOD! I especially like how you can see the grains. They don’t taste all doughy like white flour tortillas, and they don’t taste weird like those nasty lo carb ones. They are just perfectly wheat-y.
At the store today, I randomly found this massive sized Sabra, and couldn’t pass…You can actually see HUNKS of glorious chickpeas in this tub! Chunky indeed-y!
In the wrap (that was packed too tight to close): hummus, baby spinach, matchstick carrots, some leftover seitan salad (and one lonely tofu cube)
A little blurry, sorry! I had to hold it closed with one hand, while doing some serious photog acrobatics in the other hand.
I had 2 of these wraps, and still my tummy was beggin’ for more (not really, but I wanted more)
So, for dessert #1, I chopped up a Vita Brownie
…and mixed it up into a vanilla o’soy yogurt.
Hmmm…I’m not sure what to make of this. I think the yogurt combined with the brownie was just way to sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I finished it (obv)…but I don’t think it’s a combo I will repeat. I guess if you’re gonna make a dessert sundae with the Vitas, you may as well just do the damn thang right with frozen (not reg) ice cream (or soy fro yo, or whatevs).
Needless to say I wasn’t satisfied, and even though I tried to watch tv, read, and draw to keep my mind pre-occupied (where is my BF when I need him!!)…I ended up having a huge dairy-loaded chocolate bar. EFF!! Tomorrow is gonna be rough. Good thing Kyle is in China (that should be a safe enough distance from the bathroom…). TMI? Sorry…
I felt like Charlie finding the golden ticket as I was opening it…
Oh dairy, how I missed you! This will bite me in the ass tomorrow (pun intended)!
Night kiddos!

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Good news/Bad news

Well, the first piece of BAD news is that my computer is done-zo. Dead. No more. Wahhhh…(I got it in 9/2007!) I was on the phone today with the geek squad for way too long. Without getting into too much detail, my options are (a) pay $$$$ with no guarantees or (b) kiss the mo-fo goodbye.
I am so not tech savvy enough to deal with this. So it’s on hold while Kyle’s in China. Which brings me to the second piece of good/bad news…my better half is in China 😦
While Kyle is taking the Great Wall by storm, I’ll be doing my best to blog (ghetto style) on his old computer (this thing is from the ice age). But beggar’s can’t be choosers, so I guess I should be thanking my lucky stars for this old brick. I certainly can’t blog from my blackberry (try as I might to understand the point of twittering)…what a fruitless search that was!

No AM pics, but I had coffee and soynut butter on toast (plus I may or may not have had a few spoonfuls on the side). No guarantees. There was also dried fruit and a big mug of silky coffee.

Lunch came early since I was stressed (really works up an appetite)!
There’s some hummus among’us! (wow, that was a bad one)

Can’t deny it – Sabra is the best!
I made up a platter of goodies, including baked tofu, quinoa, and me + Jenny (aka peas and carrots). Matchstick carrots are fun, no?

Whenever I make quinoa, I wait until the next day to eat it because the smell of making it puts me off so much. I even drain them first…and no luck. Maybe I’m just weird, but I like my quinoa cold (and odorless).
Check out the hummus lathered on the tofu in the background…

I went a little zoom happy.

I love the way quinoa looks.
Food porn.
Sorry, no more food pics for the day (dinner was leftovers and more of the same, anyways).
And the good news kept on coming…not that it brought my computer back to life, but you can’t win ’em all.
Today was a big delivery day 🙂
POM Wonderful!!!
This was TOTALLY what I needed, like, at the perfect time. As I have mentioned in the past, I get so sick of apple juice at work, and I don’t like other juices (or any HFCS loaded beverages for that matter), but now that my fave tea is done-zo…what’s a girl to drink? I was really craving something sweet, and so I was really really excited to try this product out. Pomegranate seeds are one of my favorite fruits, but they are SO time consuming to peel and unwrap. Still, the flavor is well worth the work, and the health benefits are incomparable.
The juice was perfectly sweet, but not too sugary. Also, not at all bitter or overly tart, which was surprising considering how concentrated I thought it would be. I mean, all it is is PURE pomegranate!! Everyone must try! I know it’s pricey, but you’ll thank me when you are 100 years old and still running marathons and finishing New York Times’ crosswords…
And did I mention? The company is just wonderful! THANKS again Molly!
Package number 2…VITA-licious!!

Brownies and muffins galore!
I put them in the freezer (as per the enclosed instructions) but not before grabbing on out to try, first! Talk about a stocked freezer!
For my first taste test, I opted for the choc/PB muffin. It was like a muffin top (Seinfeld anyone?) that had been flattened. The texture was more brownie-like than muffin and the cute little peanut butter chips on the top were good additions.
All in all I give this flavor a B. It was a bit too “healthy” tasting – also, as a chocolate lover, I’m not one to take my chocolate reviews lightly. It was still a nice ending to the day…dessert, then bed. I don’t even want to THINK of the mess I have to deal with tomorrow.
I may be MIA for a bit bloggies. Wish me luck, I’m stressin’

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virus schmirus

Ummm…my comp was hijacked this AM and is currently being crapped on by 823 little trojans.  I imagine they’re now tap dancing on the remaining fragments of my motherboard, since the screen is frozen with approx 75 internet explorer windows open flashing “system security firewall alert.”  Is this why I was supposed to keep that Norton thing up to date?

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It’s that time of the year.  Lent.  I’ve been trying to think of what I should give up for a while now.  I’m not very good with restrictions, it always seems to make me want something more when I know I can’t have it (forbidden fruit).  Plus, nutritionally speaking, I’m in a pretty good place, balancing moderation with the occasional splurge (hey, I deserve it, I’m a hard working girl)!!  So, with that in mind, I decided against giving up anything food related, and instead chose television.  So, from now until April 11th, afternoon boob-toob-ing is outGasp!  This is actually harder than it seems because on my days off I often have several days worth of crap TV to catch up on.  And believe me, lounging on the couch with the obnoxious ladies of The View, The City, and all things Bravo is pretty awesome!  But that’s the point of lent, right?  I mean it has to be something I’ll miss. 

Now that that’s out of the way, I have to say, today was kinda a mess of a day (food wise).  I had to give myself a pep talk half way through the evening because I felt like $&^% about a variety of things.  To start, my tummy was fighting with me from the second I opened my eyes this morning.  No idea why.

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This helped.                        This did not.

Coffee + WF’s vegan chocolate pudding!  It might look a bit like poop, but it tastes like heaven :) 

I woke up to a venti cup of caffeine love – a wonderful surprise from my perfect boyfriend.  Since we have yet to replace our latest starbucks purchase errr…failure of a blend errr…AM crack, Kyle grabbed me the above life-saving coffee on his way back from his morning gym sesh.  Savior with a capital S.

The pudding, on the other hand, was WAY too rich and sweet for that early in the morning.  While it was what I was craving, it was a poor choice at 9 am.

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Still, it was SO decadent and inviting, I couldn’t stop!  I dipped some figs in it, too.  The richness of the pudding combined with the natural sweetness of the figs was a divine combination. 

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Plus, you KNOW how I love using those cute little plastic spoons.

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Ummm, yeah.  TOTES OD’ed.

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Figs are just so photogenic, though!

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Here’s the cliff’s notes version of my brekkie:

Dried figs  +   vegan puddin’   =    stomach ache

My solution was baking some ‘fu.

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Easy peasy lunch prep for my upcoming work-filled weekend.

I tested some out for lunch today, just in case it was poisonous…

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It wasn’t 🙂

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I also had some apple slices with soynut butter.  Ahhh, this stuff is SO effing good, like, lick-the-spoon-re-dip-it-and-lick-it-off-again, good.

I started to get a little queasy again after lunch so I got back in bed to rest.  I ended up finishing my book, falling asleep, and then waking up because my stomach was killing me.  It felt like there was a civil war going down between my spleen and my pancreas or something.  UGH.

I didn’t take any more pics for the rest of the day because, let’s be real, ritz and puffins just aren’t that interesting.

Nursing myself back to health.  Peace out.

Since I haven’t done a green post in a while: check out this site!  If you are planning on moving or know anyone else who is, this company rents out green boxes that have been recycled over and over hundreds of times. 

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You may notice something different about the start to my day…no coffee?!?  Kyle and I were trying hard to stomach the rest of the bag of our most recent Starbucks blend (extra bold Gold Coast)…but there is a time and place for being green.  And suffering through bad coffee is NOT a compromise I’m willing to make.  We got this bag a few days ago, and neither of us have been finishing our AM java since, so what’s the point?  Instead of feeling guilty over wasted grounds, I opted for a warm cup of tea instead.

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With a dollop of silk, just for morning consistency.

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Without coffee to give me a good kick in the arse, I made some oats (Bob’s Red Mill) and added a heaping spoon of IM Healthy soynut love.  NOM!!  Warm.  Silky.  Sweet.  Salty.  Nutty.  Heavenly.

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I snacked on figs + carob covered raisins while reading.

Then for lunch I had a recent fave.

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GN veggie burger on an english muffin with avocado and greek yogurt.  Massive burger much?  The muffin looks like a hat on top.

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A-maz-ING.  Plus the obligatory dried fruit platter.

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And a papaya spear on my way out the door.

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I had an ACLS recertification course (ugh) so I decided to take my camera and snap photos on the way there.

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Not too shabby, right?  Anyways, now that you’ve seen my hood, back to my eats.

By the time I got out of that damn class it was already 8:45 so there was no time to mess around.  My stomach wanted food, like yesterday, so I stopped at WF for some hot bar action.

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(picture this x 5)

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Plate 1: baked tofu, soba noodles, edamame salad

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Plate 2: more of the above plus seitan

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Dessert: 3 flattened coconut date rolls and an extremely generous portion of carob raisins

**to answer a few Q’s I’ve been getting…when I make seitan, the brand I use is West Soy’s traditionally seasoned seitan (in a blue box).  It’s easy peasy, guys, TRY it!!

In giveaway news: If you want to get your hands on the MUCH discussed PB2, check out Love Of Oats for her blogiversary contest.

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After dancing spastically bopping around the apartment (all evening), singing my own made-up lyrics to the slumdog millionaire song, Kyle insisted I was being retarded and there was NO way they were screaming “die ho.”  As usual, he was right…I did some googling, and that’s how the title of the post came about.  At least now he has nothing one fewer complaint with my energetic insanely obnoxious performance.

Anyways…focus Elise…oh that’s right, food!

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In today’s coffee I frothed my soymilk with some sf vanilla syrup…I’m turning into a little barista!

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PB puffins :)   I heated these up for a few seconds…thanks to some brilliant blogger advice…and my oh my, talk about a whole new discovery!  These just keep getting better and better!! 

I did spent the morning doing spanish exercises out of Kyle’s workbook (he takes weekly private lessons to keep his espanol up to par).  My skillz are in NO such shape.  Still (I’m not sure how) I came to be the translator on the unit, so, at the bare minimum, I should master the “at the hospital” chapter.  

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Want some new vocab?  La enfermera le tomaba el pulso y la tension atrerial del paciente, y despues le dieron una inyeccion de un calmante por via intrevenosa.  I snacked on apple slices, to give my brain fuel.  Sometimes, I miss school (not the tests or studying part, just the learning part).

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Later I had some fresh fruit.   And added some to a bowl of o’soy vanilla yogurt…

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Zoom! 

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This combo was fantastic!  I had been craving natural sweetness all morning…

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Lunch dessert (dried fruit and a crossword) – papaya spears, carob covered raisins, and figs (as if I actually need to specify).

Insert: random errands + outside run in the park (sunshine, hooray!!)

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While I was out and about I had this gem!  I’ve been really into coconut lately (ahem…coconut date rolls?) so I thought this would be a good on-the-go treat.  Now, I know this will be shocking to all you foodies (which is why I rarely mention it), but I hate nuts.  Still, I know how healthy they are, so I am constantly trying to mature my taste buds (let’s just say I had a traumatic experience when I was very young that I’m still trying to overcome).  It was actually really good.  I like the density of larabars, they are filling without feeling like a brick in your stomach, but odwalla bars will always be my fave (sorry if this upsets all the larabar lovers out there). 

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Apple #2 for the day.

Thanks to my lovely tivo the devil, I somehow wound up watching the Barbara Walters’ special – it’s a miracle I could stomach an hour without the letter “r” but I did.  Most of it sucked, but something Anne Hathaway said did get me thinking…where do I see myself in 10 years, what’s on my must-do list for the future?  Not bucket list items (finish a marathon), not obvious hopes (married, living in California).  I just mean future Elise.  I know I want to travel everywhere, but now I’m inspired to think of some more specific aspirations…

Anyways, time to get dinner rolling.

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BN squash, steamed brocc, and seitan strips (all on a bed of lettuce, with a dollop of greek yog on the side for dipping)

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Then I had some leftover edamame.

I wanted something chocolaty after dinner, fortunately, I had another carton of chocolate soy milk.  I pounded this – seriously, it was not lady like.  I had half of it straight from the carton, and the only reason I stopped to pour the rest in a glass was because I had a brain freeze from drinking so fast!

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Well done, me.

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Dessert, you better believe it!!!

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My last cuppa SCSR tea, but only for now…(light bulb moment).  I discovered you can buy the holiday flavors year round on their website!  Score!

When is Gossip Girl coming back 😦

P.S. Check out what HangryPants is giving away!!! 

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Today was a repeat of yesterday.  Kyle dragged me out of bed by 9, but it wasn’t until I smelled the coffee brewing, that I actually began to perk up.  Like yesterday, I mixed the choc/raspberry blend with the regular starbucks blend.  Unlike yesterday, today’s coffee came out way more raspberry flavored.  I guess since it’s a blend, there’s no telling which flavor will come through stronger, but I think I preferred yesterday’s. 

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I added a LOT of silk to it (way more than I usually do) to try to downplay the raspberry.  I also toasted the end piece (fave!!) of bread and lathered on some I.M. Healthy soynut butter.

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And the last of my figs…

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Crossword time!  My sugar cookie sleigh ride tea is going out with a bang :) 

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Lunch: GN veggie burger on an english muffin (with greek yogurt and half an avocado)

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And my daily manzana 🙂

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Here’s where the day gets a little orange…

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Dried papayas gave me the sugar loading necessary to get me to the gym (I was NOT in the mood).  I managed to get a crappy 30 minutes in on the elliptical before I had to vacate the machine for the next person in line…the gym scene on the weekends when its 30 degrees is ridic!!!  Whatever.  I was happy to ditch.  Snuggling on the couch is way better for my relationship anyways.

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Pre-dinner I snacked on carrots and my first love, Sabra.

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I also had some BN squash (which also made its way into the hummus).  Then I popped some of these in the oven…

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I wasn’t joking about the orange…

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Naturally, hummus was caked on ALL of this!

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I felt like I was a little carb deficient, though…

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Not to worry, I cut up a few pieces of Alvarado street bread to dip in the rest of the hummus.

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You better believe it – I finished the entire container!

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Then I had another apple (just cause).  My hunger would NOT subside.  I never understand why some day this happens, but why fight it?

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Dates AND carob covered raisins.  Great on their own, but SO much better together!

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Somehow this slipped in, too.  I was watching the Oscars, so I wasn’t completely paying attention…

I’m not gonna lie, Giuliana Rancic is WAY annoying.  Talk about an overzealous, cracked out celeb whore!  (sorry for the language)  I did enjoy the red carpet pre-show crap, but I think she and Ryan are far better left on mute.  If you watched the Oscars, who do you think looked the best?  I though Amy Adams was gorgeous!  And even though Jennifer Aniston has always seemed kinda blah in the personality department, she looked great – eat your heart out Mr. Pitt. 

Now head over to Every Gym’s Nightmare to win some sweet exercise gear! 

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