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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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Double Product Review! Chobani Pineapple Yogurt and FlatOut Wraps

As I mentioned earlier, Greek yogurt is one of my great loves- it’s thick, creamy, low fat (depending upon the brand), and an excellent addition to a multitude of dishes. That being said, can you BELIEVE today was the first day I ever tried Chobani Yogurt?

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In my defense, I’ve always been hesitant to buy Chobani because, for a broke grad student, it’s pretty pricey. However, due in no small part to my new food resolution, I decided that the time had finally come for me to try out one of the most talked about Greek yogurts in the blogosphere.

I’ve got to say: this was true love at first Bite. Chobani is everything I dreamed (and read) it would be. It’s super smooth and creamy, with delicious nuggets of pineapple just waiting to be scooped into your mouth. Unlike other fruit on the bottom yogurts, Chobani doesn’t have a weird syrupy fruit base. It tastes like…well, like fresh pineapple added to a creamy treat.

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So delicious, I basically had to lick the container clean.

At 4 wwpoints+, it is a great mid day snack or an addition to a green smoothie. I don’t typically put dairy items in my Green monsters, but I bet Chobani would taste delicious. Chobani comes in a number of flavors, so I also picked out mango and honey. If those flavors taste anything like the pineapple version, I will have truly fallen in love.

I also finally tried Flatout Flatbread.

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I had two reasons for not trying Flatout wraps- first of all (of course), I thought they were slightly overpriced. That problem was solved because they are on sale at Harris Teeter this week.

Second problem is that I have had some bad ‘wrap’ experiences. In my opinion, wraps are either really delicious and perfect, or dry and flavorless.

I am happy to say that I was way too quick to judge Flatout Wraps- I bought the Multi-grain with Flax, and they are absolutely delicious. The texture of the wrap is surprisingly moist, especially considering that they are sold in the bread section and not the freezer section. They are nice and floppy, so they don’t twist, break, or crack when you wrap them in whatever filling you choose.

Speaking of which, I decided today was a perfect day to make a tuna wrap. What are the secrets to Jessamyn’s Tuna Wrap?

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First of all, for the record, I HATE FAT-FREE MAYONNAISE. I’m sure you’re thinking, “why the hell did she put it in her tuna?” My response? “Because I’m ridiculous, that’s why!” It’s really just because I have trained myself to eat mayo in tuna- when I realized that (BIG SURPRISE) mayo is bad for you, I decided to fill my pantry with jars of fat-free mayonnaise. However, what I failed to recognize during this pantry revamp is that

a) fat-free mayo tastes awful.

and

b) the ingredients are worse than regular mayo ingredients.

Plus, I’m a Southern Girl- I should know not to buy anything other than Duke’s Mayonnaise.  Speaking of Official Condiments of Southeastern USA, Texas Pete is a required ingredient in most dishes- when I was high school, we had an (informal) contest to see who could eat the most Texas Pete (FROM PACKETS!) in one sitting.

(Yes, I did go to a liberal all-girls boarding school. How’d you know? Winking smile)

I also really like to add dijon mustard to most things- I definitely prefer to pass the Grey Poupon, but Great Value is no slouch either.

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I set the tuna mixture on a bed of greens, and at the last minute I decided to thinly slice a radish on top of my wrap. Radishes have such a delicious crunch and a very refreshing flavor- they taste good with pretty much everything, ESPECIALLY tacos.

The whole wrap?

Tuna- 3 wwpoints+

Mixed greens- 0 wwpoints+

Flatout Wrap- 3 wwpoints+

Dijon Mustard- 0 wwpoints+

Fat-Free Mayo- 1 wwpoints+

Radish- 0 wwpoints+
TOTAL: 7 wwpoints+

Verdict? Get thee to your local grocer and buy Flatout wraps and chobani yogurt. DE-licious.

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