Saturday, September 13, 2008

Where's My Tristan?

Sorry I didn't post last night--I got caught up in a girls' movie night. My friends and I watched Tristan + Isolde; I highly recommend it. Although it's categorized as tragedy, I was still left in a romantic state, pining away for my own Tristan. Ever since the movie ended, I have been lamenting my perpetual single-ness. Perhaps one day I'll find Prince Charming. Sigh.

In other news, I am successfully recovering from last week's cold. I no longer have a dependency on cough drops as I did at the beginning of last week, and my sniffles have significantly subsided. Woohoo! Keep your fingers crossed that I can stay healthy for the remainder of the semester--I'll keep emphasizing the fruits and veggies in my diet to ensure adequate intake of those vital phytochemicals.

Anyway, here's an update of the eats from Wednesday evening through Friday evening:

I am loving my Living Harvest! I made a peach-cinnamon-vanilla spice concoction the other night. Delish.
Just a simple bowl of cereal for breakfast. This mound included Fiber One, Corn Bran, cashews, dried cranberries, and soy milk, with sliced banana on top.
The pre-run snack was comprised of the other half of that Oatmeal Raisin Walnut Clif bar and a big fat orange. Gotta love that vitamin C.
Lunch was moderately Greek-inspired: a big salad with mixed greens, mushrooms, red bell pepper, cucumber, olives, and artichoke hearts.You have no idea how excited I was when I saw those on the salad bar. Anyway, I also had an Ezekiel pita with a big blob of hummus.
After much homework, I settled down to an easy, but veggie-filled dinner. I heated up a can of Health Valley vegetarian chili and topped it with chopped avocado. I also had a salad, corn, and haricot verts.
The smoothie of the evening consisted of strawberries, soymilk, and vanilla spice hemp. Note the change of scenery. Those are my perfume bottles in the background.
After a workout at the gym, I came home to prepare something I have been craving for a while: banana pancakes. I used the Sweet Eats recipe as a template, but I got creative yesterday and added my own twist with the addition of special dark cocoa powder to the batter. I also topped them with cashew butter. YUM. As a result of this dish, I had Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes" stuck in my head all day, thanks to a comment Ruby made a while back.
After my weekly trip to WF, I returned to the apartment to make a quick lunch: taco salad! I topped spinach, orange bell pepper, and tomato with leftover chili, and I toasted up some whole wheat tortilla triangles in the oven. Those are kiwi slices and pistachios on the side. Yes, I eat the skin on kiwis--is that so odd? My roommate thinks it's so gross.
Kristen and I grabbed dinner at a campus eatery, where I got a black bean burger and a side salad. I switched out the lame white bun for the heels of my loaf of whole wheat bread. I also had a container of plain yogurt with raisins.
The smoothie last night was phenomenal. What do you expect when you combine the two flavors meant to be together, vanilla hemp and mango? This pairing is still my favorite, by far.
Well, I am off to check out the football game in a bit and then maybe get a little studying done for my stats test on Monday. Ick. Be back soon!


VeggieGirl said...

Glad that you enjoyed the film, and that you're feeling better!! Hooray!!

Such colorful, beautifully-presented meals, as always; and of course I'm happy that you use Living Harvest :0)

I too eat the skins on kiwis!!

Have fun at the football game; and good luck studying!!

sweetpotato said...

I own that movie but I've never watched it!

I LOVE ARTICHOKE HEARTS! I loaded my salad up with so many of them today.

shelby said...

I loove that movie...i'm a sucker for a good romance =)

I've prob asked you this before but I can't find the post...what ratios do you use for the vanilla hemp shake? (ex:how much liquid with powder) I've been trying to find a good balence without it tasting too hemp-y.

Matt said...

those pancakes look pretty epic. i am deff going to have to make something like that soon.

just me said...

i was/am totally planning on watching that movie tonight!!! i L.O.V.E. james franco...


Kimberly said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better! "Tristan" was my favorite romantic prose back in high school, so I will def. consider renting the film!

I do eat the skins on kiwi... just so much easier than peeling, and of course more nutritious.

eatingbender said...

Ah, I love Tristan + Isolde! I am such a sucker for romance/tragedy films! Whether they have a happy or a sad ending, I am totally hooked!

I'm glad you're feeling better, too!

Mm, chili topped with avocado - great touch! I love avocado slices, they spruce up any meal.

I love your twist on the banana pancakes! Holy moly, they look incredible with the cashew butter!

Hope you had fun at the football game!

sportsnutritionliving said...

Good thing your feeling better and I meant to tell you I just read that if your symptoms are from he head up it is ok to engage in physical activity but not if they are from the neck down

ChickPea said...

VeggieGirl: Yay, another kiwi skin eater! I don't feel quite so weird now.
SweetPotato: You should def watch it! It's not too long and quite enjoyable.
Aren't artichokes awesome? I have never actually prepared one from fresh, have you?
Shelby: My shakes usually do taste a little hempy, but they are much less so if you add in some ice cubes. Anyway, I did post last Sunday (9/7) all about my smoothie method.
Matt: Yeah, you can't go wrong with chocolate and nut butter, in my opinion.
Just Me: James Franco is part of the reason why we chose to watch it in the first place!
Kimberly: Just to warn you, the movie strays from legend quite a bit. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it!
I'm totally with you on the convenience of NOT peeling kiwis.
EatingBender: I couldn't agree more--avocados do make almost anything taste better.
SportsNutritionLiving: Thanks for the tip--that's good to know for future reference. Mine was definitely a head cold.

Allison said...

It's crazy that I've never seen that movie, but I'm in love with romances...and it doesn't hurt that James Franco is in it ;0) I just bought a can of Amy's chili, so your meal has inspired me to eat it this week for dinner (I love the touch of avocado!). I'm so glad to be back to the blogging world...I've missed all of your fantastic meals!!

ChickPea said...

Allison: Yes, James Franco might have something to do with why I like the movie so much...I've never had the Amy's chili, actually--let me know what you think of it!