Friday, March 27, 2009

Sweatin' Like a Man

Typically, I am not a sweaty girl. Rather, I merely get "dew-faced." I've never had to deal with pit-stains; it's not a big deal if I happen to forget to apply deodorant. Then today happened.

I went to the gym this morning in my yoga pants and T-shirt, as per usual, and remarked to myself, "Geez, it's a little hot out herr." Then I went on my merry way. After my workout, I looked down only to discover that I had oh-so-attractive sweat spots all over my body--the pits, the neck, the back. Eww. Fortunately, I had brought my Puma jacket so I was able to hide the evidence on my walk back to the apartment. Lesson learned: March means it is time to retire the winter gym-wear.

On another note, thanks for all your comments on Wednesday's posts. Rather than endeavor on a potentially restrictive "crap-free week," I am merely going to be more aware of my sugar and sodium intakes for a while--no counting, just focusing on more whole foods. Besides, you know I could never give up my daily Z bar!

Keep those alphabet oatmeal ideas coming! I foresee "I" and "U" being challenges as well...

Now, here's what I've been nibbling as of late:

Wednesday
I had another campus eatery to evaluate for the dining committee--Subway. Call me picky, but I think it's a little absurd not to have a whole grain option for sandwiches. Yes, they have "wheat" and "multigrain," but neither of which is truly whole grain. Thus, I had to make do with a Veggie Delight salad. I didn't even get any apple dippers--the guy in front of me snatched the last pouch. Hmph. Anyway, I returned to my apartment to add a little sustenance to the meal: guacamole and sliced Tofurky, along with a whole grain bagel and an apple.
Snack-time! I had to collect some data for my research methods class, so I brought along a Cherry Pomegranate Nectar bar. It was quite cherry-licious...add another Clif product to my favorites list:) Are you all enjoying the posting of my snacks? I have found that it's motivating me to be more creative with my afternoon noshing.
For dinner, I just made a big pasta salad with whole grain wagon wheel pasta (Hodgson Mill), chickpeas, cucumbers, carrots, celery, steamed broccoli, reduced-fat cheddar, and balsamic vinaigrette. I had a bowl of peaches on the side.
The shake of the evening is a bit of a mystery...I don't quite recall what I put in it. I know raspberries and dark chocolate were involved. That's my Choco-Cherry granola on top.
Thursday
The next installment for Chobani Week: Strawberry Walnut Parfait! Strawberry Chobani, FRESH strawberries, TJ's High Fiber Cereal, and walnuts. Fabulous.
I had to hurry to meet a professor, so I kept lunch fuss-free. I put the rest of my roasted red pepper hummus in a wrap along with some guacamole--it achieved quite a tie-dye effect. On the side, I had a spinach salad and fresh cantaloupe which I cut up all by myself--a first for me. Yes, I am a big girl now.
Snack-time featured some of those Cinnamon Graham Sticks with applesauce and almonds...and a side of Faulkner;)
For dinner, I made my all-time fave comfort meal: Cashew Ginger Tofu. I swear, I could drink that sauce straight...cashew ginger milkshake, anyone? I had some awesome veggies and whole grain couscous on the side.
The shake last night included chocolate rice protein, dark cocoa, soymilk, TWO bananas, and raspberries.
Friday
Breakfast was heavenly today: Tofu-Banana French Toast, another old fave of mine. The best part was the topping: I combined almond butter with that agave-maple syrup--fantastic!
Whole Foods haul:

Highlights: coconut water, Flax & Fig Waffles, tempeh bacon, and Rachel's cottage cheese. Oh, how I do love grocery shopping.
I had another wrapped-up lunch: Goddess Garbanzos in a veggie-wheat wrap, salad, and a chopped pear with wheat germ.
I just finished up today's snack, which featured Crispy Green fruit: freeze-dried bananas! I received these samples so that I would review them for VegFamily...they will get a positive review, methinks. I enjoyed them mixed into plain Greek yogurt with Dark Chocolate Dreams PB.
Reminders!
-Erin is generously sharing her Newman's Own bounty. Enter by March 28th!
-Jenna from Eat, Live, Run is putting together a blogger dessert cookbook! Contribute your recipe to HelpJennaRun@gmail.com by April 1st at 5PM.

Alright, Alanna (future roomie!) is coming over in a bit for some What Not to Wear and toenail-painting action. Later!

13 comments:

itsawrapteacher said...

I tried your garbanzos in a wrap today and wow, I was impressed! Thanks for the idea :)

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Time to retire the winter gym-wear? I thought so too, until I looked at tomorrow's weather report: "feels like 23"

Yup, in Texas in March.

Le sigh. Time to bundle up!

VeggieGirl said...

Enjoy your night with your friend!!

Marianne said...

Yer lucky to not be a sweater. I am definitely in the sweaty category.

Hurray for another parfait! :D But I would have to draw the line at a cashew ginger smoothie. Not a ginger fan!

erinbee said...

oh man. i sweat like a beast.
and i get all red and puffy.

ill never find a man. buzzkill.

i..ice cream oats?
u..ugli fruit oats?

dailydulcie said...

I love how you are posting your snacks!

The pasta salad you made for dinner looks like a great combination of veggies & whole wheat pasta. YUM! The wagon wheels make the dish ;) Love ittt

Can you PLEASE tell me how to make tofu-banana french toast!? I would DEFINITELY love that combo!!!

Yay for grocery shopping!!

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

Yeah, what is Subway thinking? And who did that guy think he was, taking your apples?!

I think you need to quit school and come cook for me. I will supply plenty of whole grain bread and apple slices.

Hate to be a pest, but could you tell me where the Cashew Ginger sauce and French toast recipes are from? And do you have any vegetarian and/or vegan cookbook recs overall?

Thanks!

Katie said...

Everything looks delicious. I agree with you about Subway not having a whole grain option. It's annoying.

shelby said...

I've been wanting to do a crap free week without being too restrictive...thanks for the alternative idea!

I-ice cream oats! haha
U-Ugli fruit?!

Jeez, stealing apples isn't nice man!

Loving all the food of course.

Hope you had a great night with your friend =)

ksgoodeats said...

I've got my thinking cap on for your oat issues! I said this before but I LOVE that you're including your snacks!

Chobani parfait!! :) Get out of here with that french toast - looks amazing! That wagon wheel pasta reminds me of my childhood! I adore your grocery haul!!

luckytastebuds said...

oh my gosh may i live with you in that broccoli hut of yours???? I cant seem to get enough of your wonderful concotions!!! That parfait made me DROOL...and I havent's seen such great pasta salad in a long time. :)

I was wondering though...I didn't realize subway Whole wheat bread wasn't whole grain!! What makes your bagel (or anything) whole grain?

Anne said...

eee i love whole foods. well, not as much anymore because portland has this amazzzzing local grocery store called New Seasons. i don't know how to link it here but you should check it out. i'm sad non-portlanders can't experience the greatness. oh and there's a co-op down the street from me too!
anyway, you're lucky you aren't a sweater. i'm forever sweatin'. i get pit stains just walking to the bus stop often :(

jesslikesithot said...

yes! keep posting those snacks girl!! and aww that pasta!! my mom used to always make pasta with those cute little wheel noodles!! :)....I'll have to bring those back, straight up penne just isn't as fun!