Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Studying Is Such a Nuisance

I am a tad miffed right now, because I have had to miss out on multiple activities tonight due to a pesky midterm tomorrow. The dining committee was going out to dinner at this cool place called Mez, but I had to turn down the invitation. I had intended on getting my studying done early, but Election Day coverage interfered with that--let's just say I spent the evening glued to the TV with highlighter in hand. An exciting exhibition basketball game is also happening tonight,but I really shouldn't attend that either...maybe the second half?

Anyway, I need to get crackin' on the food reporting; my psychology textbook beckons.

I have at last broken out my Nutiva chocolate hemp protein! I combined it with strawberries, raspberries, soymilk, and dairy-free chocolate chips. Decadence in a big plastic green cup. Classy.
My new-found love of key lime yogurt prompted me to build an entire breakfast around its flavor--I made a tropical parfait! It included: Puffins, key lime yogurt, pineapple, coconut, and chopped almonds.
I had a busy afternoon of meetings and such, so I didn't return to the apartment until late. Translation: the tummy was protesting, LOUDLY. I quickly heated up a cup of Health Valley Split Pea soup and served it with crackers, steamed broccoli, and some applesauce with honey-roasted peanuts. Simple, fast, tasty.PS I've reviewed this soup before here.
In the midst of the election chaos, I broke for dinner...with another meal from a can! I opted for Whole Foods' Refried Black Beans (which I have featured before); I spread a blob on a spinach flatbread and topped it with lettuce, salsa, and olives. It made for quite the substantial wrap! On the side I had salad and some plain yogurt topped with cranberry sauce.
The smoothie consisted of acai hemp protein, blackberries, strawberries, soymilk, and a few tablespoons of Ginger Zing granola...expect a very favorable review of this crunchy goodness in the near future.
I don't think I'll ever tire of CCV's Banana Bread Blender cereal. This rendition featured hazelnuts--definitely a wise decision on my part:)
I had planned on making a veggie pot pie out of my soup leftovers, but I ran out of time before I had to be at the writing studio. It ended up being soup leftovers with a few mushrooms mixed in, plus a big dollop of mashed potatoes. It still tasted good! Alongside it, I had some snap peas and an apple with PB.
Now I am off to tackle some schoolwork. Before I sign off, check out what I received in the mail today:
Nutribody Protein sent me some samples to try for VegFamily, where I am a product reviewer. Anyone heard of it or tried it?

Ta-ta for now.


VeggieGirl said...

Eeeek, so sorry about the midterm woes!! :0( Hang in there, girl!!!

Never heard of/seen that product - I except a full report!! :0)

shelby said...

I MUST try those Nutiva hemp shakes!!! Your smoothies and your parfait look heavenly =)

Anonymous said...

The blender recipe looks great, but where do you buy hazelnuts? Are they in the baking aisle or can you only get them at Whole Foods? And how many do you add?

Serena said...

May I contact you via email? I have a buzzing personal question.


ChickPea said...

VeggieGirl: No worries, there will be full details in the future:)
Shelby: The Nutiva shakes are pretty awesome! I def recommend them!
Anonymous: Hazelnuts should be widely available in most supermarkets, although I did buy mine in the bulk section of Whole Foods. You can add as many as you like to the mix, although I used about 2 or 2.5 tablespoons.
Serena: Sure! My e-mail is

jess said...

Aw man, your post refreshed my guilt that I should, in fact, be writing a midterm and missing out on checking blogs right now, haha ;) all in due time

Those black beans look super tasty. Can't wait to hear more about the product, too!

Best of luck with the midterm!!!

p.s. my 'word verification' this time was "fulliving"- looks like even blogger knows you're doing an amazing job of living life to the fullest!

Erica said...

Yes! Make sure you get a little fun time in too!! That stinks that you have so much studying ;( Loving the breakfast parfait- looks awesome! I need need need to try these refried black beans! I may get them this week! I am a huge refried bean fan!

ChickPea said...

Jess: The black beans are super good--and cheap! Good combo in my opinion. Your comment about "fulliving" made me smile:)
Erica: Don't worry, fun will be had I am sure! Please do try the refried black beans: so easy, so yum.

greendogwine said...

I love the tropical combo for breakfast - all of those flavors together sound amazing! :)

ChickPea said...

GreenDogWine: It was pretty awesome, largely due to the key lime yogurt:)

Andrea Martone said...

You asked if any of us tried Nutribody protein and I'm taking it now. My husband has a bicycle shop and he uses the stuff so I tried it. No gas! Love the stuff.