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Breakfast:

A yogurt bowl with sliced banana, slivered almonds, cinnamon, and cocoa powder.

YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT CAME TODAY!!!

That’s right: I got samples from CHOBANI!

I’m super super happy because I’ve been reading about you guys eating this stuff and yet I can’t find any where I live, so I wrote to Chobani and the very nice Amanda sent me 8 servings! Two strawberry, two peach, two blueberry, a plain, and a vanilla.

And so I give you my first two Chobani reviews (there will be 5 total). Plain– I love plain yogurt! So when I tasted the Chobani plain, I was saddened. The “plain” flavor was too strong and I had to immediately spit it out. So sad. Luckily, to wash the taste out of my mouth, I decided on a Strawberry Chobani, which certainly did the trick! Strawberry was out-of-this-world! The whole thing was gone within a minute, before I even had a chance to make lunch! I can’t wait to try the other flavors! I think the plain was just a fluke, since I’m still a little foreign to unsweetened yogurt.

Lunch:

On the side is a Strawberry Chobani. Not the one I ate, nono, that one was loong gone by then ;). This little guy was a stand-in for “look what I ate for lunch today” purposes.

For the main course, I settle for an almost-repeat of breakfast. Instead of yogurt, I spread Ricotta cheese over two slices of flax bread, and topped them with honey, sliced almonds, and flax. Superb! I’m telling you, cheese + honey just can’t be beat! I also had a banana but didn’t photograph.

Afternoon Snack: Was a flop :(. I attempted to make a banana/parsley smoothie, which usually is quite good, but alas, today I was out of plain soymilk! Instead, I decided to sub chocolate soymilk- bad idea. ‘Nuff said.

Dinner:

A serving of clamless chowder. That stuff’s like candy! Maybe I’ll pass it out to the little door-ringers tomorrow…

And this is a vegan quesadilla! Two whole wheat wraps layered with fresh avocado, tomatoes, and vegan mozzarella cheese, grilled to perfection with a drop of olive oil for flavor. Crunchy, cool, bursting with flavor!

And I leave you with this:

Verse of the Day: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:3

Enjoy your night!

I never finished telling you what I had to eat yesterday, did I?

Afternoon Snack:

Can you guess what it is? Oh yeah, that’s right- CINNAMON APPLES! Some sweet apple slices simmered in water and seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves- FABULOUS!

Dinner was ‘et at my grandma/grandpa’s house: clamless chowder. I also had a fruit sorbet and might have possibly eaten a couple handfuls of white chocolate-covered almonds. Eh, it’s ok- I needed the protein! 😉

Breakfast (also at my Grandparents’) was reminiscent of my childhood. Seriously, how often nowadays do I eat scrambled eggs/toast for breakfast? Lunch, maybe, but never breakfast! No picture, sorry (my fam still doesn’t know about my blog). I had two pieces of toast with my scrambled eggs: one with red currant jam (sweeet!) and the other slathered with nanun berry jam. What’s nanun berry, you ask? It’s a wild berry native to Alaska that, when “jam-ified,” has the consistency of honey, with a flavor I can’t really describe! If you ever have the opportunity to try some, don’t turn it down!

Lunch was a Veggie Delight wrap from Subway. Provolone cheese, assorted veggies (including banana peppers, which I’d never tried before), and a squirt of vinegar. I also had a 16 oz. milk in a cute little milk carton!

Today’s Afternoon Snack:

A big glob of low-fat yogurt, topped with a sliced banana and cinnamon!

Dinner:

Amy’s bean burrito with a side of baby carrots. A simple meal, but I promise it was bursting with flavor! Amy has done it again!

I went back for seconds on the carrots:

Yawn. Goodnight!

Monday

Breakfast:

An “original” (plain)- flavored oatmeal packet with a spoonful of peanut butter, drop of honey and some flax.

Snack- A Green Smoothie:

Before:

After:

Lunch:

A Morningstar Farms veggie burger, avocado, and pepper wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla.

With a glass of milk and baby carrots. Such pretty colors!

Dinner was an exact repeat of breakfast, times two. Boy was I hungry! I regretted all that fiber, though…

Tuesday

Breakfast:

Two slices of hearty flax bread, topped with Ricotta cheese and honey. The honey/cheese combo is one of my new favorites. It’s very rustic- like a meal straight from the Bible, you know? Reminds me of the “land flowing with milk and honey.”

Then I added some flax for some healthy fats. Orange slices on the side- juicy!

I snacked on some baby carrots during school but those didn’t fill me up at all and I came home starving!

Lunch:

A little breakfast platter! Another slice of flax bread, with a side of scrambled eggs with parsley and tomatoes, and a squirt of organic ketchup. I also had a glas of milk (times three). Milk is my new obsession.

I’m relaxing with a cup of coffee for a while before doing things I actually have to do. 😉

By the way, I finished that essay. Finished to perfection? No. But at least I gave it a shot. Thanks for all the advice!

Wow, I haven’t posted all weekend! I’m sorry! I’ve been super busy. Even now, I have a paper to write. Procrastination is an awful habit of mine.

Let’s begin on Friday. For breakfast, I made myself a little buffet:

About 1/2 cup of Cheerios with sliced banana, cinnamon, and soymilk. On the little plate is a homemade whole wheat roll with Ricotta cheese and honey, and orange slices on the side. This was a very memorable breakfast, one of the best I’ve had in years.

I packed an array of snacks for lunch:

A banana, two whole wheat rolls with peanut butter, a slice of a yellow cucumber, some baby carrots, and a cheese stick.

I forgot to take pictures of my “dinners.” Actually, i just munched on rolls and peanut butter throughout the afternoon.

No pictures from Saturday (I don’t even remember what I ate.), but I’ll show you the batch of rolls I made on Thursday:

They were hard on the outside but super soft and fluffy on the inside! Perfect!

Breakfast this morning:

Cheerios with real milk (I’m out of soy !!), banana, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. I also had a piece of white bread (I seriously need to go shopping) with peanut butter and honey.

I was planning on having a healthy, hearty, protein-packed lunch this afternoon, but when I got home, look what was waiting for me:

Heavenly Ricotta Pancakes (recipe from the Ricotta cheese carton) rolled up like crepes and filled with strawberry jam. Made by my darling sister. The picture lies; I actually had three :O, with a cheese stick wrapped in a tortilla (gotta have protein!) I also attempted to eat a Granny Smith apple the size of my face! I couldn’t finish it. Later I scarfed a cheese stick as a snack.

This evening, after a quick run to clear my head, I made clamless chowder. Pardon my language, but freakin’ amazing! It was made with potatoes, carrots, a lot of onion, corn, and celery as the vegetables, and the other ingredients were evaporated milk, butter, flour (but only a little bit of butter/flour, just to thicken it), salt, pepper, and cayenne. I will post the recipe soon because you all need to try this!

For “dessert,” a tiny plate of vegetables:

Boy was I craving veggies today! Hence the title, “Veggie Day.”

Well, now the procrastination must end, although I don’t think I’ll be writing that paper after all. Honestly, I don’t think I can. I mean, if the words aren’t in my head, how can I put anything on paper? Question: Have you ever had to ask for a 0 on an assignment because you just couldn’t do it?

I am loving my new camera! It makes me focus more on food presentation, because I know it’ll be worth it! To show you all these beautiful pictures.

Breakfast:

Oats! And cottage cheese!

With the peanut butter swirled in…

Divine!

Lunch was a tomato, avocado, and Monterey Jack cheese sandwich on whole wheat, half an apple, and a baggie of carrots. No picture, sorry; I was in a huge hurry this morning.

After school I snacked on about 1/2 cup of plain, nonfat yogurt with another 1/2 cup of cheerios. I’m so glad I finally appreciate the taste of plain yogurt! The taste doesn’t repulse me anymore, and I finally understand what you guys mean when you say “creamy tartness.”

Then a couple hours later it was time for a smoothie. Totally Agnes-inspired! She always makes the most delicious-looking yet healthy smoothies! Mine consisted of a frozen banana, 3/4 cup or so of plain soymilk, 10 green grapes, and a big handful of parsley! I could smell how healthy this was!

For Dinner, I was planning to make potato-carrot soup, since I have an abundance of garden-fresh vegetables to use up, but I was too hungry and too tired to make it this particular night. (I did, however, manage to whip up some whole-wheat dinner rolls, which I will post about tomorrow!) Instead of soup, I microwaved a quick Kashi pocket bread sandwich

Beautiful, isn’t it? And so good! Has anyone else tried this? My favorite part was the roasted red pepper. Or maybe the bread…or the spices!

To make my meal more substantial (those sandwiches are surprisingly low in calories) I whipped up another healthy smoothie! This time, I added an extra handful of parsley and a couple baby carrots. I probably should have blended it longer; it was very chunky. Still good though!

I’m off! “See” you tomorrow!

Verse of the Day: “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.” Psalm 62:1

Wow, what a night! I was up until almost 6 am, and as a result spent most of today sleeping to make up for it. When I got home I had a couple of pancakes with peanut butter for breakfast, then slept right through lunch and all chances for snacks! That’s ok because I made up for it with this dinner:

Raw mushrooms, chopped tomato, and creamy, bright green avocado on a South Beach Diet whole wheat wrap:

And after the addition of the Morningstar Farms veggie burger (cut into strips):

And of course, I couldn’t forget the generous twist of cracked black pepper over the top, and a big juicy Jonagold apple on the side.

The rest of this evening has been spent writing multiple reports, and creating a “pumpkin pie oatmeal,” with oats, soymilk, and pumpkin pie filling, warmed for 1 minute in the microwave. A satisfying and filling dessert/snack!

Now I must end the procrastination and get back to my writing desk. Good night!

Verse of the Day: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

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A quick post tonight as I’m off to my grandparents’ house.

I was devastated this morning when I realized I didn’t have enough time to cook my usual oatmeal. So instead, I threw together a cereal bowl:

It turned out to be a nice cold, crunchy change from my usual steamy oats.

For some extra protein, I elegantly plated up a cheese stick:

And only ate half. I ate the rest as a snack at school. Lunch, if you were wondering, was a peanut butter and banana sandwich on whole wheat. It never gets old!

After school I snacked on a peanut butter Clif bar:

And I just finished dinner. A can of Amy’s split pea soup, topped with the remaining Mushroom Gravy and a generous twist of black pepper. On the side, a whole wheat end-slice of toast with crumbled cheddar-cheese stick. 😛

Brooke, you are a genius!

And I leave you with…

A Few Of My Fa-vo-rite Things!

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