Monday, March 30, 2009

Bitten by the Racing Bug

As you may know, I ran my first race a few weeks ago. I enjoyed my experience so much that I've signed on for another one...or three. My next race is this weekend (4/4); it's a 5K to support efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. I have two more planned before the end of the semester. They will give me something to look forward to in the midst of my nasty end-of-semester To Do lists. Exercise always makes for a good study do cooking and magazine reading:) How do you keep yourself sane when life gets chaotic?

Due to my aforementioned vicious workload, I spent most of my weekend being lame and preparing for my presentation that I gave this morning. At least my eats kept me entertained...

Before my evening of relaxation with Alanna, I fueled up with a Taco Salad dinner: refried black beans with guacamole, salsa, and reduced-fat cheddar all atop a bed of greens. I scooped up the goodness with TJ's brand of baked blue corn chips. I might have to do a comparison post in the future of the Guiltless Gourmet variety and these guys. I also had some cantaloupe with strawberries.
My shake of the evening was fabulous: strawberries, banana, chocolate PB Spirutein, soymilk, plus Choco-Cherry granola and PB2. Lots of flavors going on but still delish.
After unintentionally sleeping in, I settled in for quite the savory breakfast: Rachel's Sundried Tomato Pesto Cottage Cheese with olives and tomato atop a whole grain bagel. I also had some more luscious melon.
For lunch, I revamped my leftover refried black beans and made black bean hummus. I added lime juice, cumin, cayenne, and almond butter for southwest flavah. I shoveled it in with Ezekiel pita and snap peas. I also had some salad and an apple.
In continuation with Chobani Week, I sampled the peach variety for my snack. As recommended by K, I added lots of some cashews.
After far too many hours of staring at a computer screen, I pulled out dinner from the freezer: Gardenburger Chik'n Grill patties. I kept it simple and just sandwiched it between some whole grain bread with BBQ sauce. This concoction tasted eerily authentic. These might even rival Quorn for chicken-ness. On the side, I had some green beans with dill and greens with chopped pear, dates, and raspberry vinaigrette.
My smoothie was a berry-chocolate explosion. I combined raspberries, blueberries, soymilk, chocolate rice protein, and dark cocoa--LOTS of flavor here. I topped it off with coconut and Choco-Cherry granola.
Announcing...Alphabet Oats! I started off with A yesterday: applesauce, apricots, and almond butter. I also cooked the oats in a bit of rice milk and cinnamon. An unconventional but tasty combination.
I didn't have much motivation to cook for lunch yesterday, so I just stuck with an old stand-by: sweet potato with hummus. I added a dash of cumin and cayenne to make it appear as if I put forth some effort in this meal. That's the end of the snap peas on the side, plus a salad with almonds and cantaloupe.
I am slipping into my snack rut again...I just had plain yogurt with pumpkin and Dark Chocolate Dreams PB.
After chapter, I came home pretty famished, so I made a quick wrap that I've enjoyed before: Peachy Nutty Tofurky Rollup. You can check out the recipe at Rudi's Bakery here. I used Laughing Cow instead of cream cheese, for the record. I also had a salad and some Brussels sprouts.
My shake was heavenly last night, due to the addition of an ingredient I rarely use: hot chocolate powder. I've had the canister sitting in my cupboard for months, but I decided to use it last night due to its calcium content. Since I am low on protein powder these days, I have been relying on my rice protein, which has no added vitamins or minerals. Thus, I turned to the hot chocolate for a calcium boost; it has 300 mg per serving. Anyway, I combined it with frozen strawberries, soymilk, rice protein, and dark cocoa. I topped it with shredded coconut.
I was a nervous wreck this morning prior to my presentation, so I just dumped a few items on my plate before heading out the door. I had toast with almond butter and Rachel's Pear Mangosteen Cottage Cheese with chopped pear. I am officially addicted to Rachel's cottage cheese.
One quick reminder before I bid you adieu:

You can still enter your favorite dessert recipe for Jenna's Dessert E-Cookbook. You have until April 1st at 5PM; send entries to I know I'll be sending in my recipe ASAP!

Later, bloggies:)


annie said...

omg i didn't know rache's cottage cheese came in savory flavors! I was debating whether or not to buy the chicken patties but I think I might after your review!

Danielle said...

Good luck with your race, it's for a really good cause!

VeggieGirl said...

SOOOO EXCITING about another upcoming race for ya; and for a great cause!!

"How do you keep yourself sane when life gets chaotic?"

I need to learn HOW to keep myself sane, haha ;-)


shelby said...

I would love to see a comparison b/t the Guiltless Gourmet & TJ's brand. I've only tried GG's but I was going to buy the TJ's brand last time I was there.

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

Exercise, and running specifically keeps me sane. Or at least appearing sane.

Good luck with your race Saturday (I've got one Sunday, can't wait!).

Love the alphabet oats! You are going to have to get mad creative with some of those letters.

dailydulcie said...

I keep myself sane by reading book, reading magazines while sipping coffee/tea, watching a movie, or taking a nice walk outside.

Mmm.. what a delicious looking Taco Salad! I love your combination of flavors.

You are so creative making black bean hummus out of your leftover refried black beans!

I’m so excited that you started your Alphabet Oats!!!! Love your first concoction ;)

vegannurse said...

So many good eats, Caroline!

Love the shakes and the dots of nut butters in your meals. Mm!

ksgoodeats said...

Okay honestly, how was that Rachel's cottage cheese? I love all of those components separately but I'm not too sure about hunting this down.

Thanks for the shout out :) YAY CINNAMON!! Your alphabet oats for A look like a face!

Rosalie Y said...

I'm running that race toooooo! I don't think I ever said congrats on your last race -- you are SO FAST :D

thecleanveggie said...

good luck at your next race!!
fabulous eats - I really want to try the chick'n burger!

lizzy said...

i was lame this weekend too :( but your eats look very far from lame...amazing!!! goodluck w/ the race, and the end of semester!

Marianne said...

That is a great taco salad - it's making me crave some mexican inspired eats :D Love the wrap as well, with the peaches. Sounds like a fun combo of flavours.

As for keeping myself sane? It usually ends up being sleep!

Tyler said...

berry chocolate explosion?! yum!

sweet potato and hummus is a combo i haven't tried yet...great idea!

healthy ashley said...

Your chip combo looks fantastic! Reminds me of 7-layer dip and I LOVE that!

That is GREAT news about the races! Good luck on all three!!!!

Anna said...

YAY racing bug! loves it

lauren said...

I have never seen the rachel's cottage cheese and that flavor sounds so interesting. I am on a mission to find it now!

Lacey Nicole said...

Good luck with your running! It is definitely the dawn of racing season!!!! :) I know I very rarely comment, but just so ya know I read every post :) i love how many races raise money for good causes, it's like so many good things happening all at once! :) how much protein is in the chikn grille patties? i am in LOOOOOVE with the health is wealth vegan patties and they have 12 g protein which i think is pretty decent! i should try the quorn...

Mel said...

ahhh! so many pics of so many yummy eats!! And congrats on your race coming up! What do I do when life gets chaotic? Go to the gym :-) Have a great Tuesday!

glidingcalm said...

why is your food so darn beautiful?!

seriously! you have some of the most amazing eats in all of blogland I think! I would eat everything in this post........and over and over again!!! :)

black bean hummus sounds toooo good!

(i actually left a comment on this post earlier today, and stupid blogger deleted it/wouldn't let me publish it!) oh wells. try try again!

jesslikesithot said...

yum caroline!! that savory bagel breakfast w/ the olives, tomatoes & rachel's cottage cheese looks so good!!! you are so creative! :)

and yay for more races, you are such an ANIMAL! hahaha

I have my spanish test tomorrow and after that this week will get a lot mellower so I'll be answering your interview soon!

bhealthier said...

hmmm! what amazing foods! and congrats on the racing and good luck this weekend!

Diana said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm so stoked that you found it through LaraBar. :) My mention there paid off on that alone!

I am super excited about discovering Rachel's cottage cheese for the same reasons as you - all the nutrition of yogurt, but more protein and less sugar! Best of all worlds. I am having the Sundried Tomato Pesto one on a salad for lunch and I can't wait to try it! Looks like you have made good use of it.

Loving your blog!

Katie said...

I love those Chik'n patties. They do taste pretty real.

Way to go with scheduling your races ahead of time. That's definitely something to look forward to and hopefully it will take your mind off school some.

ChickPea said...

Lacey Nicole: Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog and comment! You should comment more often--I love reading what you all have to say:)
The Chik patties have 9 grams of protein. Here is a link to the nutrition info:
I LOVE the Health Is Wealth patties as well--they taste just like Chik Fil A sandwiches! However, if you're looking for a breading-free option, these patties are pretty tasty. I like the Quorn, but they contain egg whites, so they are not vegan.