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Tummy Rumblings

Ok, somehow my karma is off. It must be. I must have done something truly awful within the last month and now I am having epic karmic payback. Because WHO THE HELL GETS FOOD POISONING AND A SEVERE COLD IN THE SAME TWO WEEK SPAN?

I will spare you all the gory details of my epic vomit free-for-all last night, but just know that I would not wish what happened to me on my worst enemy.

I’ve reached the point where I hate missing class. I feel like I’m ten steps behind everyone else. All I need at this point is for a bottle of flat ginger ale to appear in my bedroom. I could also use a hug.

So..probably one of the worst Valentine’s Days ever?

On the bright side (as dim as it may be), at least typing doesn’t require moving my mouth. Even if it does require sitting upright. Maybe I should move horizontally.

Ok, much better. Actually, it’s not that much better. Anyway, though I’m feeling a little too ill to right write, I wanted to post a couple of quick snacks and meals that I throw together when I’m on the run. I’ve had several people ask me what I eat on a typical day. I don’t post about my ‘typical’ on the go meals because they tend to be pretty simple and similar to one another. However, I’ve come up with some really helpful ways to get protein, dairy, fruit, and carbs into my body even when I’m in a hurry.

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I eat a lot of fruit. I also eat a lot of Greek yogurt. I like to chop up fruit (in this case, kiwi), throw it in  a cup of yogurt (in this case, Chobani Pomegranate), and eat another piece of fruit on the side. Surprisingly, a breakfast like this will tide me over for several hours. And it’s only four wwpoints+. However, if you really want a breakfast like this to sustain you, have this on the side:

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It may not look appetizing, but it tastes pretty delicious. This green monster consisted of 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, two big handfuls of spinach, 2 tsp spirulina, and 1 heaping spoonful of Boku superfood. Oh, and these little babies:

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However, since my juicer decided to commit suicide in honor of Jack Lalanne’s death:

juicer R.I.P.

I decided to see how well my new food processor could pulverize fruit.

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I was very pleased. My Black and Decker FP1600B handled the extra fruit very well. I peeled the orange, sliced the apple, and peeled the kiwi- I didn’t do any extra small chopping or anything like that. I tossed the fruit into the processor with the Greek yogurt and watched it smush the fruit into a creamy yogurt concoction. There were no surprise chunks of fruit- it was perfectly smooth and creamy. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about using the yogurt in my green monster. I think it makes the liquid a little too thick and rich for my personal taste. In the future, if I need extra liquid, I might use almond milk or water.

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This is a pretty typical snack for me. I love ritz crackers, but I have to carefully portion them out or else I will have a food black out and eat an entire box. Anyway, usually I count out 10 (four wwpoints+) and eat them with a side of fruit (0 wwpoints+). I like bananas and oranges because they have protective skin which keeps them safe from the other items in my bag. However,

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This is what happens when you carry two bananas around all day in a bag with a can of Progresso soup. Welcome to mush city.

As much as I’d like to keep writing, I think this weary body needs to curve against my pillows ASAP before I add another disgusting story to my already impressive list of vomit experiences.

Happy Gay Valentine’s Day, y’all.



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Spirulina- Sounds like a Disease, Tastes like a dream

You know, every time I get sick in my adulthood, I think this is some sort of karmic payback for every time I faked sick during my childhood. However, as an adult with a schedule and mandatory responsibilities, getting sick? SIGNIFICANTLY LESS COOL.

At this moment I’m sitting in the UNCSA Health Center, praying that the doctor doesn’t utter the word ‘influenza’. When I arrived at the Health Center this morning 5-10 minutes before it opened, I was surprised to find that I was merely joining a queue of other diseased students.

Since I started this entry I have seen the doctor, endured a heinous pharmaceutical experience, and have taken up at a semi-permanent residence in my bed. Again, the one good thing about being sick is that I can blog my heart out (as long as there are tissues in the immediate vicinity).

Because I’ve been so ill, I decided to make an extra special Green Monster yesterday. Actually, two things really sparked my need for green:

1. I discovered an untouched pint of FAGE plain yogurt in the back of my fridge that expires in a couple of days. My new found love of Chobani has distracted me from my lifelong obsession with FAGE texture, and I refuse to let such a thick and luscious yogurt go to waste. I don’t usually put dairy products in my monster, but this was an emergency.

2. I wanted to try the spirulina powder I bought. News flash: remember when I blogged about Winston-Salem’s Washington Perk and Provisions? Well, you can buy spirulina powder IN BULK there. Huzzah.

Yesterday’s monster consisted of:

-Three Giant Handfuls of Spinach (I’m not big on measuring leafy greens, but I think the handful trick is good enough)

-3/4 cup FAGE plain non-fat greek yogurt

– 1 Banana

– 1/2 cup Peaches

– 2 tsp spirulina powder

First I blended the top four ingredients, making sure to put the yogurt on the bottom. It’s a pretty good rule of thumb to put liquid beverage ingredients close to the bottom of your food processor/blender (this also goes for smoothies, milkshakes, pina coladas, etc.) because they allow the bulkier items to smooth out easier. In the case of a green monster, the spinach will whip right into the yogurt creating a thick and creamy mixture.

Oh, have I not introduced you to my new friend? Meet my new food processor, the Black and Decker FP1600B. She’s sleek, matches my coffeemaker (and ipod dock and scale), and doesn’t start smoking when I run her for long periods of time- therefore, she’s my newest and bestest friend. I still have my baby cuisnart mini-prep, but it was starting to show signs of age- i.e. smoking while in the act of crushing garbanzo beans. I’m not ready to give up on ol’ cuisnart, but that baby definitely needed a pinch hitter.

Anyway, after I blended up my main ingredients, I added the featured player: spirulina powder.

Look at those greens! I just want to go swimming in that color. Ok, not really.

As I’ve mentioned before, spirulina is an incredible superfood and is the richest beta carotene food- legit, spirulina beta carotene is 10 times stronger than carrots. Among the multitude of its incredible benefits, spirulina also strengthens the immune system. And since I’ve been struck by the black death, I need as much immune system subsidizing as possible.

I only used 2 teaspoons because I wanted to ease my way into drinking spirulina- however, because of the additional flavors in my beverage, the spirulina blends in seamlessly.

Now, as a fair warning, this green monster was not very sweet- if you need more natural sweeteners, add more fruit. So don’t make this exact recipe and expect to taste the fruity rainbow- I was going for greenery, not garden variety. However, I found this drink to be quite delicious and just what the doctor ordered.

Since we’re on the topic of green smoothies: Roni of Green Lite Bites made an adorable video of her and her son making smoothies together. It’s really cute, and very informational- if you’re interested in joining the green revolution but want to ease your way into it, watch this video for some great pointers and hints.

I can’t wait until I’m making green smoothies with baby Jessamyns. Actually, this is what I hope my motherhood looks like:

Also, I was a touch too emphatic when I added the spirulina to my monster, and ended up sprinkling forest green powder on my Santa Claus footed Jammy Jams.

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Yes, that’s right. I’m 23, and I wear footed Santa Claus pajamas. Jealous?


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