Sacrifices in the College Student Kitchen

March 31, 2011 at 8:14 am | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner, Review | 10 Comments
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It was so nice to have a busy day of FUN yesterday!  I got caught up with a friend in the morning over coffee, and another friend in the afternoon.  It made me realize how important socializing is for my own sanity… especially when things get stressful!

Last night I had an old favorite that I haven’t made in MONTHSorganic baked sweet potato topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and MaraNatha organic raw almond butter.

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There is no such thing as too much cinnamon. 🙂

With a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

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I used to have baked sweet potatoes a couple times a week when I was living at home. Since moving into my own apartment in college, I’ve been baking a LOT less. 
 
Why?

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Meet my oven.  Or more specifically, my GE Advantium Over-Range Speedcook Oven.  This thing SUCKS!  Mainly, it is too small to fit a full-sized cookie sheet, and all the temperature settings of a normal oven must be altered with no apparent formula that hold true for all recipes.  Even when I do find the right temperature, it will often burn the food on the outside, but not fully cook on the inside.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s actually a fabulous microwave, but as an oven it has a lot to learn!

It’s something I’ve learned just to deal with since there isn’t much I can do renting my apartment as a college student and all, but it does get frustrating when recipes just don’t seem to turn out like they used to with a normal oven. 

That said, my baked sweet potatoes will usually turn out just fine, but it’s more of a “I don’t like you, so I won’t use you” type of rebellion towards the oven.  I believe my rebellion is being well-received by said oven. 😉

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On a more positive note, I woke up this morning and opened up a new cereal to try out – Trader Joe’s Lowfat Granola Cereal with Almond.

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Topped with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side.

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A lot of cereal granolas tend to taste too un-granola-like for me, but this one definitely had the granola taste and texture!  There was a distinct vanilla flavor, but it didn’t taste too sugary or overwhelming.  I also like the random almond slice for extra crunch.  Definitely a cereal to check out yourself!
  

This morning I enrolled in 2 summer coursesThe Rhetoric of Religion (a Communication Arts course) and Education Psychology – Human Abilities and Learning (a requirement for the Dietetics degree).  They are both 4-week courses, 4 days a week, 3 hours per day.  I’ll be teaching yoga this summer as well, and knew I needed these extra courses squeezed in somewhere in order to graduate in 4 years, so I figured why not do summer school this summer and get it out of the way?  I might end up switching the classes I take, depending on what opens up before summer, but it will definitely be 6 credits total this summer.
  

Now I’m setting up to do a morning yoga podcast before heading to my first class of the day – Environmental Geology!
  

Questions

Have you ever used a Speedcook Oven?  If so, do you have any advice for a newbie?

Have you ever taken summer courses in college?

    

   

   

Heather

     

        

Back to Life

March 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in Breakfast, Dinner | 15 Comments
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It’s so nice to feel RELIEF and just get back to the usual daily events and tasks instead of studying my life away!  Yes, I still have a lot of reading and schoolwork to stay caught up on, but nothing I can’t handle. 🙂

By the time I made it through the 2 exams I had yesterday, I looked and felt like I just ran a marathon.  It’s amazing all the energy that gets drained out of you when you’re under intense stress!  So I was definitely in the mood for something simple, quick, and classic once I got back to my apartment…

Toasted Ezekiel Gluten Free English Muffins topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Crunchy Peanut Butter and organic cherry fruit spread.

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With organic carrots and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

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I had a serious laughing attack last night watching the Jersey Shore Cast on Silent Library on MTV.  Seriously, the one with Ron and the punching TV is HILARIOUS.

 
I got 8 hours of sleep in last night, which hasn’t happened in about 2 weeks, and it felt SO good!  This morning I was ready to go at 6:30am with a bowl of Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberries and Cinnamon with unsweetened almond milk and an organic banana on the side for breakfast.

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Today has been pretty laid back, which is just what I needed.  I’m going to a yoga class this evening AND teaching a class later on.  Tomorrow I’m catching up with a couple of friends over coffee and can’t wait to get back to having a social life again! 
 

What do you like to do once you’re done with a stressful workload?

  

  

  

Heather

   

      

Time to Celebrate!

March 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Lunch, Review, Snack | 13 Comments
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DONE!!!!!!!  My absolute college insanity of studying/mid-terms/essays/exams is officially over… until finals. Let the celebration begin!!!

I had 2 exams today – Design Fundamentals and Statistics – and I could tell they both went VERY well.  Now it’s time to relax, finally get some sleep, and get caught up on life in general!  I already have a 3 coffee get-togethers with 3 different friends set up this week, so I’m definitely getting back to the social side of life. 
 

Food

I was having a discussion with Matt from The Athlete’s Plate yesterday about Eros Organic Greek Yogurt, a new Greek yogurt available at Whole Foods.  We both agreed that although its creamy texture is fabulous, the taste is a bit off… almost plastic-y.  Nonetheless, the creaminess makes up for the taste and it ends up being totally addicting, so of course I had to have one last night as a snack! 😉

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Have you tried the new Eros yogurt yet?

  
For lunch today, I broke out the new Yogurt Cheese I got at Trader Joes the last time I was there. 

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Fact: I eat about 3 yogurts a day and tend to avoid all other dairy products, so I figured “Yogurt” Cheese had to be up my ally. 😉

Layered on a Food for Life Gluten Free Tortilla with organic spinach and organic romaine.

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With organic cucumbers, activia light, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

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The cheese was delicious!!!  The taste reminded me of a cross between Farmer’s Cheese and Provolone.  And as far as texture and whatnot, I didn’t notice any difference from regular cheese.  I’ll definitely be buying again!

   

I’m going to be relaxing the rest of my evening and calling it an early night!  Hope everyone is having a super fabulous Monday!

 

    

  

Heather

     

         

 

Coffee Over Statistics

March 27, 2011 at 9:04 am | Posted in Breakfast | 10 Comments
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Good Morning Everyone!  How’s your Sunday coming along so far?

  
Once again, I hopped out of bed at 5:55am to get my workload started, and I already made a dent on my studying for today… YES! 😀

Of course, I needed pre-studying breakfast – Nature’s Path Optimum Blueberry Cinnamon topped with unsweetened organic soymilk, with an organic banana on the side.

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Then I bundled up to walk to Starbucks and get my caffeine boost to help me stay motivated studying Statistics. 

Here’s the Starbucks I almost always go to on State Street in Madison:

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Yes, that is an upstairs!  It’s SUCH a great place to study and get together with a friend – in the winter they light a fire in the fireplace upstairs, and in the summer it’s such a fabulous treat to be able to enjoy your drink on the outdoor patio. 🙂

Today’s pick?  Starbuck’s Italian Roast with a steamed soy topper.

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I think I need to open a coffee shop and call it “Coffee over Statistics” and use this photo as my logo.  What do you think? 😉
 

Although it’s a bit chilly today – 20*F right now – the sun is shining and birds are chirping (literally), so I’m sure I’ll be able to make the most of my Sunday!
 

An update on the movie I watched last night, How Do You Know

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It was cute and pretty funny, but the story wasn’t the best and I felt that the characters were a little dull.  The movie got better as it went on, but I felt that there could have been a lot more done with it.  Worth checking out, but don’t go into it with high expectations.
  

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone! 
  
“Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending.”
  ~Author Unknown

  

  

  

Heather 

   

        

Oh, The College Life

March 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Snack | 7 Comments
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Happy weekend fabulous people! 

Today is one of those days where I feel like I’m not doing a whole lot or getting much done, but when I look back I realize how much I’m accomplishing.  Doing laundry, studying for a Statistics exam, rereading and submitting my final draft of my 10-page Intro to Cultures of Asia essay, hitting a Power Flow Yoga class at the studio, going for a 4-mile walk outside… overall a highly successful Saturday so far by my standards! 🙂
 

I woke up at 5:45am to get started on my lovely college studying, and promptly changed from pajama shorts…

to these fleece PJ pants:

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HA!  Not exactly my most stylish moment, but since I knew I’d be sitting around my apartment studying all morning, I let the fashion crime slide. 😉
   

After yoga this afternoon I was craving some mango (my most recent obsession) and put together a snack of organic mango, Fage 0% Greek yogurt, organic kiwi, and a Synergy.

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I’m surprised that the mangos are so delicious lately since it’s a little early for their peak, but I guess that mangos are naturally fabulous in Peru… or so my sticker says. 😉

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Despite the SNOW, I decided I needed to get outside for a walk!  There’s just something about the outdoors that let’s me clear my mind and start fresh and energized once I get back inside.

I’ll definitely be calling it an early night tonight so I can be at the top of my game for studying tomorrow.  Can’t wait until Monday is over and these exams are DONE! (Well, at least until finals. ;))  I rented How Do You Know from Redbox to relax with tonight, and I’m hoping it’s a good comedy to get my mind off the books.

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Thanks for the compliments on my Design Studies artwork in the last post.  It’s a difficult class, but actually pretty fun!

And just a side-note… if you don’t already follow me on Twitter, be sure to add me – @HealthHapHope!

  

  

  

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

        

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