Wow!! Thank you guys SO much for all the great running advice! It helped more than anything and now I have a pretty good plan of how I will go about doing this—in fact, I’m ready to get out there right now and start except we are in the middle of a tropical storm at the moment!! 😉 Caitlin invited me over for a hurricane party but the weather really isn’t conducive to driving, especially on the interstate, so I had to decline. However, I did get the necessary supplies from the gas station this morning:
And then before work I stopped at Barnes and Noble and got two new books to read:
SO excited about these!
My lunch was totally yum (see reviews below) and held me over very well until snacktime around 2:45. I had my kashi and cottage cheese but when I got home from work around 4:00 I was starving again! I think it was because of not enough fat in my diet today. I snacked on some almonds and made some tea while the rain came down hard.
And dinner! Oh yum, yum, YUM! Was it ever good!!!!!!! The other day I finally asked Miss Gliding Calm how to make her delicious looking baked tofu that I drool over all the time as I read her blog. I followed her instructions (simple marinade of rice vin./sesame oil/agave nectar/red pepper flakes/salt/garlic powder and bake for 30 minutes at 425) and it turned out MORE THAN perfect! It was amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂 This simple new method will now be a staple in my diet for sure. I could have eaten the entire box of tofu!
I also made some spicy sweet potato fries, which are always good, and a side of simple steamed spinach with cayenne, salt and pepper. It really was the perfect meal and my body is feelin’ so good right now after it!
Of course about an hour later my sweet tooth was hankerin’ me and I knew I needed a little somethin’ somethin’! Its windy and rainy and I was craving something hot and carby so I made a mini bowl of chocolate chip almond butter oatmeal! I used:
1/4 cup multi-grain cereal cooked in 1/2 cup water
about 15-16 dark chocolate chips
small spoonful (1/2 tbsp) almond butter
I cooked the cereal in the microwave, stirred in the almond butter and stirred in the chocolate until it was melty and delicious. TOTALLY satisfied that dessert craving! Mmmmm
Since I have some extra time tonight I’d like to do a full product review of both the new Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars and Chobani Greek Yogurt. Here it comes!
Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars
Larabar boasts (rightfully so) to have 1 serving of fruit, no dairy, no soy, no gluten, no added sugar, no processing and no GMOS per bar. WOW! With facts like that, how can you not like these energy packed treats? I love all the flavors, especially the Banana Cookie, Cherry Pie and a Key Lime Pie. However, the new Peanut Butter Cookie flavor takes Larabar to a whole new level.
Upon biting into the bar, you are instantly brought back to your kitchen at home, sneaking bites of peanut butter cookie batter as you load up the oven. The intense peanut flavor explodes in your mouth and why shouldn’t it? This bar is only comprised of three ingredients: peanuts, dates and salt. The dates provide sweetness with no added sugar and the peanuts provide those oh-so-healthy monounsaturated fats we all know and love.
Although there’s not much protein in these bars, the taste, texture and other nutritional facts (16 essential vitamins) make up for the fact. I had one at 7:30 last night at school and was kept full and satisfied for the rest of the night until I went to bed at around 11:00. It’s a keeper!!!
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Being a tried and true Fage fan, I had very high expectations for this yogurt. Honestly, the reason I picked it up at the store was because it was 50 cents cheaper than fage and contains more protein (an astonishing 18 grams PER yogurt!). I was skeptical but after my first spoonful I was hooked. It has less of a “sour cream” texture than Fage and is more smooth and creamy. Something like a cross between Dannon and Fage. The plain flavor of the yogurt was mellow and not too sour, which would make it a good starting point for those folks just getting on the plain yogurt band wagon. Chobani also contains 34% of your daily calcium needs for most adults, so says the product’s website, along with containing three active probiotics in each yogurt to help with your immune system.
As for the question will I choose this or Fage from now on in my weekly grocery shops? Definitely Chobani. Sorry, Fage but Chobani wins on account of it’s price, protein and overall taste and texture. It would also be great mixed with cereal for a snack!