Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Rush

So as many Mondays go, the day slipped by in a sleepy but harried fashion, until, lo and behold, it is almost 10:30 at night with nothing to show for it but your unfinished English homework. Sigh, typical beginning-of-the-week blues.

I was unable to take any pictures of what I ate today, because I am lame, but a brief synopsis of today's pickings:
For breakfast: standard Kashi, fruit combo
Lunch: carrot, iced chai tea, piece of chai tea cake, yogurt with almond butter, chai seeds, and Bear Granola Peak Protein
Snacking throughout the day consisted of more granola, Greek yogurt with honey, and chai cake
And, of course, several apples(:
Dinner was a delicious but massive mix of red quinoa, beans, Trader Joe's Salsa Verde, and alott of greens.

Although aiding me in my procrastinating, today I thoroughly enjoyed reading I Don't Want to Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz. The way she relays her struggles with anxiety is intense and honest. Quite a good read.

Also to round out the day, some yoga. How I adore that class. Even waiting in the cold for my ride home is worth that hour of bliss.

And now, English definitions. The joys of being in high school.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sugar-Free Coconut Chai Cake

So I had put away this recipe after stumbling upon it during my frequent perusings of The Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen and decided that it was a good a time as any to try it out.

I have to admit, by no ones fault but my own, I wasn't ecstatic with the way it turned out.

I made a few adjustments to the recipe:
I didn't have quite enough coconut so I added a bit more oats to compensate.
I used all vanilla extract instead of almond extract as well.
I used a combination of 3/4 cup whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup all purpose opposed to 1 cup WW and 1/2 cup unbleached white.
I also added in a tablespoon of chai seeds.

Overall the cake was okay, it turned out a bit artificial tasting because of the sugar substitute used and was even a little salty. I wish I had just made the version with sugar but I felt really anxious about the thought of adding extra calories, so I opted to use Truvia.

Oh well, it's still pretty tasty and I'm excited to enjoy a piece with some tea for breakfast.
Bon appetit!

Day Two

Good morning! Do y'all have your coffee and The New York Times Styles section out?
In not, go back to bed, you aren't ready for the day.

I began this Sunday with my usual breakfast fare of Kashi GoLean cereal, with milk, coffee, and the all important banana. No breakfast is ever complete without fruit, and don't even think about skipping it! The most important meal of the day, my personal favorite, and all(;

I am also reading Julie & Julia, feeling it would be appropriate considering that she is one of the most well known bloggers out there. My parents can't stand her. I think that its because she bashes Republicans too much.

And for an early lunch, because I am not one to prolong the suffering of a hungry stomach, delicious Trader Joe's Chili and Cumin Chickpeas, carrots, Granny Smith apple, and Red Ruby Chai tea.

For an afternoon snack, a combination of my favorite granola, Balducci's Orchard Mix, Total 0% Greek Yogurt, honey, and coconut.

recipe a la the Barefoot Contessa, found on The Unemployed Cook's blog

I'm trying to decide what new recipes to try out, I'd like to make something I'll truly enjoy, but that means fear foods.
Hm, more to come on my quest, in the meantime, I'll have a couple sneaky spoonfuls of leftover cream cheese frosting from my mom's birthday coconut cupcakes, made by moi(:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day One

So, I've finally done it, decided to create my own blog. I must admit, I am a bit apprehensive about this creation. I tend to become a bit too attached, so I gotta pray that my little blog-baby survives.
Today I toyed with my camera's settings to try to achieve the perfect food photo, with not too much success. Over time hopefully my photography skills will improve. In the meantime, this is what we got.

For lunch: Peanut butter oats with a Clif Peanut Butter MoJo bar.



And for a snack, a chocolate blueberry cupcake, adapted from the Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen, the recipe can be found here, along with some blueberries picked by my grandparents, and frozen for my enjoyment.. in the dead of winter.
So, not exactly seasonal, but hey, alittle summer never hurt anyone.

Stay tuned for more trials and treats from yours truly.