Saturday, January 10, 2009

Snacks in a Sack

As of 11 PM this evening, the last round of recruitment has come to an end. Tomorrow is Bid Day, so I will be able to return to the blogging world...and I guess return to the world of homework and responsibility.

Anyway, as a result of my crazy schedule these past few days, I have become an expert on packing portable nibbles for between-party snacking. I apologize for the boring nature of my diet this week--I tried to avoid repetition and to maintain a minimal level of nutrition in my on-the-go meals. Check it out:

After I signed off last time, I prepared a quick lunch of scrambled tofu, complete with some of my favorite veggies. Spinach and mushrooms went into this tofu scramble, in addition to the usual tahini, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. I had some toast and a few clementines on the side.
We had the night off from recruitment parties, so I happily used my free time to attend the Duke basketball games. I arrived in line at about 5:30, with a Prana Bar carefully concealed in my pocket (no outside food is allowed, as I discovered here). Not long after I arrived, torrential rain took over campus; the winds grew stronger and hail descended upon us. The temperature was also a toasty 20*F. Oh, the things I do for the Blue Devils. I was one of the last few people granted entrance into the game. Weather troubles aside, we won the game, and I was able to thoroughly enjoy my coconut acai Prana bar. I will be reviewing this in the future! Afterward, sorority duties beckoned for a late-night workshop, so I grabbed a quick Greek salad on campus. A few of my my roomie's Swedish fish assortment *might* have swum their way into my mouth as well...
The smoothie of the evening was delightful--I used two of my favorite things: cherries and Nutribody protein (which I reviewed here).
With still limited groceries available in my apartment, I made a simple breakfast out of toast with mashed banana/almond butter and a dish of plain yogurt.
For lunch, I threw together a simple chickpea salad wrap, made with vegan mayo, a touch of mustard, and kelp granules. I also had a salad with pecans and clementines.
I prepared another on-the-go dinner for the evening: a snack mix consisting of GoLean, soynuts, currants, and peanuts; I also had an apple and a Larabar.
It turns out that my sorority provided sandwiches from Panera between parties, so I saved my PB&J for later in the evening. I also grabbed a bunch of grapes.
After a blissful night of sleep, I prepared an awesome bowl of oats: oatmeal, banana, vanilla extract, a crumbled pistachio Larabar, and dried cranberries all went into this little bowl of heaven.
I then restocked my pantry and refrigerator with a trip to Whole Foods. When I returned, I made a quick tofu hash with mushrooms, corn, and red onion, as well as garlic, oregano, and Bragg's for flavah. On the side, I had a spinach salad with wheat germ and raspberry vinaigrette, and a dish of peaches with flax and cinnamon.
When I returned, I discovered that I had a package waiting for me at the post office:
VeggieGirl was kind enough to send me an assortment of Larabars. She and I arranged a little food exchange, and I requested a few Larabars, selected by the expert herself! Thanks, Liz!

Dinner was yet another "moveable feast." I packed tomato basil hummus to be enjoyed with pita and carrots as well as an apple, PB Bumpers with peanuts, and a string cheese for snackage.
I am headed to bed in a bit--I aim to get about 8 or 9 hours tonight. What is your ideal amount of sleep? In high school, before the academic rigors and social opportunities of college life had entered my life, my body would naturally awake after precisely 9 hours of sleep. Is your sleep schedule consistent? Do you make sleep a priority in your life?

I will update you on the rest of the weekend in Monday's post...ta-ta for now.


Marianne said...

Gotta love getting packages in the mail, and what would be better than one packed with larabars?!

Your tofu scrambles/hashes look good. I tried making one once, and didn't enjoy it, but I think it was the flavouring in the recipe. Do you use a recipe that you can recommend?

VeggieGirl said...

Best of luck with Bid Day and with school beginning!! Don't stress!! :-)

Mmm, love your mashed banana/AB sandwich; and I wish I could try the PB Bumpers, but they're made with honey :-(

That Prana bar looks intriguing - I'm anxious for your review!!

Hooray!! I'm happy that the Larabars arrived intact, and not smashed, haha - they're quite fragile ;-) Enjoy!!

I go to bed the same time every night (between 10pm and 11pm), and get up at the same time (between 7-7:30am).

Anonymous said...

great snacks and yay for larabars!

i think my body would love 9 hrs optimally but sadly i only get 7.5 during a typical work week :/

just me said...

that tofu scramble looks really really good.

when i was in hs i used to have to get a solid 8 hrs of sleep or wouldn't be able to function the next day. now i can have around 6-7 and still be ok, but it's pushing it!

Anonymous said...

Tofu Scramble + Mashed Banana Toast + Chickpea Salad Wrap + Oatmeal (with Larabar on top!) + More Larabars = FABULOUS EATS!!!

I've never tried Prana Bars but now I want to get some. Yummy.

Erica said...

So glad recruitment is over! Yayyy for more normal life. LOVE greek salads- they're probably my favorite salad-ftea is awesome. That is so fun that you and Veggie Girl did an exchange.

As for sleep, I am TRYING to make it more of a priority. During the week, I get approx 6 1/2 hours of sleep per night. The weekend, about 8.

Enjoy your Sunday

Danielle said...

Sounds like you've been super busy, but your eats all look fantastic. Hope you're able to relax soon, and look at that colorful assortment of larabars, yum!

K said...

Swedish fish - they'll always get ya!

Panera!! I love that place far too much :) I also love the mashed banana/AB on toast - delish!

Woohoo for VeggieGirl mail!

I always make sleep a TOP priority and I religiously make sure I get up at the same time almost no matter what. I have a history of really bad sleeping problems (i.e. NOT being able to sleep) and I've found this method works best :)

Congrats on making it through all the crazy sorority stuff!

Anonymous said...

I've been a FAN reader of your blogs because of WONDERFUL food you always seem to create!
i've been around this blogging community but was never "brave" to start my own.
but today i actually started my own blog!
please visit me when you have the time and hopefully we could become friends!!

Anonymous said...

AH rush is soo crazy time! We only did it first semester at my school but it was SO intense, lots of lost voices, and tears shed :D I was glad to be done with it, but it was good bonding time with the girls. That's smart of you to pack your snacks! I'm the same as V girl- i do NOT function with less than 8 hours of sleep, even in college i turned into grandma senior year and went to bed so early, loved it!! :D

Burp~! said...

wow I love your variety! great eats! do you sweeten your yogurt or just eat it plain like that?

Krista said...

Yay for quick meals! Those look a lot like my meals during school.

I would love to get more sleep, but I get around 6-7 hours.

ChickPea said...

Marianne: Totally agree-nothing better than a box full of Laras!
For my tofu scramble, I use a recipe from the Chicago Diner cookbook. Remind me, and I can send you the recipe via e-mail.
VeggieGirl: Bummer on the honey! I had no idea! Well, at least you have you PB Puffins!
The Prana bars ARE pretty cool--I'll review soon!
LoveofOats: Yep, these days I am luck if I get 7:(
Just Me: Sounds like our sleep patterns are about the same!
Shelby: Glad you liked the eats!
Erica: Yeah, I get about the same amt of sleep as you--not as much as I'd like though!
Danielle: Thanks!
K: I LOVE Panera too, but I don't go as often as I'd like. I esp like black bean soup day:)
Blueskyworld: Thanks for reading and commenting! I look forward to your posts!
CarolineBee: We do it just once in the second semester, but once a year is definitely enough!
Burp: I sweeten my yogurts with stevia, agave, or sometimes maple syrup.
Krista: Good to know that my eats aren't completely strange for a college student!