Monday, October 27, 2008

In Recovery

The parentals have departed, so my playtime at the mall and basketball court is now officially ended. As a result, I have been playing catch-up for the past 48 hours, doing homework and attending to things that I have been conveniently ignoring for the past few days.

In addition to recovery from my responsibility-free weekend, I am also recovering from my back injury. Somehow I managed to strain my piriformis muscle; I am not happy about this unfortunate circumstance as it makes running near impossible. I waited at Duke Student Health for 3 hours (!) today...let's just say sitting in a cheap waiting room chair all afternoon did not help my condition at all. At least I got my stats homework done in the meantime!

OK, enough of my pesky pessimism...let's get to the fun stuff--food!

Owing to the fact that I did not get dessert at Taverna Nikos, I decided I could still have my evening shake. This one had a frozen banana, soymilk, chocolate rice protein, and "special dark" cocoa powder; I also had a dark chocolate kiss which I plunked in the bottom of the glass. It makes for a nice surprise when I reach the bottom of the glass:)
I had a busy day planned with Mom and Dad, so I prepared my breakfast the night before by making some overnight oats. I combined some of Bob's Red Mill 5-Grain cereal with rice milk, dried cherries, and cinnamon. Despite having plenty of time to soak up the goodness, the cereal ended up quite liquid-like the next morning. Ultimately, I heated it for a while in the m-wave to soak up some moisture. I topped the cereal with pecan halves and served it alongside a big Rome apple.
After an afternoon spent at the basketball court, we returned to my apartment for a breather. I prepared a ridiculously simple meal while here: hummus sammie, Romaine with lentils, and a banana with cashew butter. Yawn. To compensate for the boring nature of this meal, check out some pics from the game (the Blue Devil is "surfing" on members of the Duke Marching Band):
We headed out for some shopping and dinner at a place I've mentioned before, Elmo's Diner. This time, I ordered a bowl of the veggie chili and the spinach salad with pecans. Unfortunately, the waitress got my order wrong so the chili came with all the fixins' (cheese, sour cream, chives, etc.), and my salad arrived with gobs of dressing. I requested a new salad but just scraped off the superfluous toppings on the chili. Everything still tasted delicious!
We headed out to Chapel Hill for some nighttime entertainment. I was still sporting my "Cameron Crazie" shirt from the basketball game, so I attracted some mean-spirited glances from our UNC rivals; I was invading their turf. Nonetheless, I fully enjoyed myself thanks to a visit to the Yogurt Pump. I got some Ghiradelli Chocolate frozen yogurt with mini M&Ms. I apologize for the crappy picture, but I assure you that it was quite the treat!
With the parents gone, I settled into a day of reading...and reading. Before chapel, I made a batch of applesauce oats, using that Bob's Red Mill cereal again. The PB helped a little bit, but in general, this was not a stellar dish.
Lunch was a little better. Due to the sudden dip in temperature, I wanted something warm and comforting. I made a simple tomato soup out of leftover tomato sauce, veggie broth, oregano, and garlic (with broccoli added in), and I served it alongside a grilled Tofurky sandwich, orange slices, and almonds. Eclectic, but tasty.
I had another rushed dinner before chapter last night, although this one was more creative than last week's. I made hummus pizzas out of a split pita, hummus, sliced olives, and tomato. On the side, I had some greens and a plain yogurt with plenty of wheat germ.
The shake last night was pretty much identical to Saturday's, except for the addition of strawberries; this turned out to be an excellent variation. Strawberries, bananas, and chocolate make for a lovely flavor trio.
I never have the energy for anything other than cereal on Monday mornings. Today's bowl featured Puffins and Cheerios (happily reached the end of the box--this cereal has gotten way too boring for me!). I topped the bowl with dried cherries and rice milk and served it with an apple and Sunbutter.
My "lunch" did not actually pass my lips until 5 PM today, due to the excessive wait at the health clinic. As a result, I just grabbed easy to prepare items that would satisfy my angry tummy: Pacific Foods Butternut Squash Soup with walnuts and cinnamon, toast, Romaine with soynuts, and an orange.
After my dining committee meeting, I headed to the gym and then hit up the salad bar (another habit reserved for Mondays). My salad featured spinach, garbanzos, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and broccoli. I also finagled some amazingly ripe honeydew melon.That's some key lime pie yogurt with chopped almonds on the side; this key lime flavor is fast becoming a favorite!

I (and my back) are pooped, so I am going to sign off now. But first, get excited for the return of more creative smoothies, as my shipment of hemp protein arrived today:
Oddly enough, the arrival of hemp protein made my day significantly better...Ciao!


magpie said...

That b-nut squash soup is so yummy. And the olives on your sandwich look so good! I love olives. said...

i love all of your smoothie combos! i never get sick of seeing them all - and i always want one after iread your blog hehe

Andrea said...

cute pic with your daddy :)

Ghiradelli Chocolate frozen yogurt sounds to DIE for. i never knew it existed! uhohh ;) love the olives!! my last name means land of the olives in arabic lol

VeggieGirl said...

OH NO!!!! I'm praying that your back heals a.s.a.p., girl - rest up!!

Love the father/daughter photograph!!

"Eclectic, but tasty."

That made me laugh out loud, haha :0) I'm so easily amused, it's ridiculous.

shelby said...

I need to try those hemp protein powders...the chocolate one sounds fabulous!

ChickPea said...

Magpie: Isn't b-nut squash awesome? I love it in any form. It wasn't until recently that I discovered the wonder of olives though. All of my friends think I'm so gross for liking them!
LoveofOats: Haha, glad you still like the smoothies, after all this time!
Andrea: I'm not gonna lie, the Ghiradelli fro yo was pretty awesome.
That is so cool about your last name! I wish my last name meant something so poetic!
VeggieGirl: I'm glad someone likes my sense of humor:) I am easily amused as well...
Shelby: The chocolate one is the best by far, but I needed a breather from all the chocolate rice protein I have been having lately. Let me know if you try the hemp!