Done with hypertension, heart failure and renal disease!!
Now I just have enzymes, protein structures, DNA and foodservice management theories to get through.
My friend Lauri and I went for a walk around 4:00 to get some more info into our brains. It was a nice one, and definitely paid off come test time. I switched into my turn-of-the-millennium NIKE shoes for walking comfort. Skirt + walking shoes is a MUST sometimes!
Just before the test I decided to have a sack. I packed bars Three Bears style: a small, a medium and a large, depending on my hunger status. I chose the medium (Nature’s Path) but it was not good. Very bad, sticky texture. So after 2 bites I gave it away and switched to the mini lemon LaraBar (FYI: only available at sponsored races folks!)
Look at my little soldiers!! Each one is a single tbsp serving – perfect for sampling!
But there were also two big jars of the chocolate coconut and walnut butter. Here’s a HIS and HERS photo, but this time the big ones are mine!! Muah hahahah 👿
They were awesome!!!!!!!!! You-know-what is already in the making as a topping.
You’ll have to wait and see what the other samples were!
Tonight’s planned dinner was a brussel sprout soup – because these have been in our fridge for a week now and needed to be cooked. But Matt brought home this homemade bakery pizza, so after a quick glance, we switched the plan to have that (plus I wasn’t as hungry after my snacks for a big soup).
SO GOOD!! This is pizza, Great Harvest style. The crew takes the leftover dough scraps and make a crust for lunch sometimes and use what they have on hand for toppings. This was some Chow-Chow sauce (some spicy tomato sauce they sell by Low Country Foods), kalamata olives, shitake mushrooms and sharp cheddar. Questionably one of the best pizzas I’ve had all year!!!
We baked it for 10 minutes or so at 375* and it got perfectly hot and crisp. You would have never known this was leftover. I told Matt to bring it home more often!
Then there were the brussels. Baked simply to a mild char and served with Matt’s idea of ketchup. I loooove roasted brussels sprouts!
Homph homph homph!
A little while later I decided it was time for a little nut butter tasting (and was also a little hungry). I put them on my New Morning graham crackers. It was hard to choose, but I took one of each kind: cacao bliss, Goji bliss, walnut butter, macadamia cashew (clockwise from the top). All of these guys are organic and the company takes every step to keep the products as raw and live as possible. I was really impressed with their website’s mission statements. (And, um, their samples!)
The walnut butter is smooth and tastes just like a walnut!!! Surprise, surprise! It’s 100% raw, organic and contains walnuts and some cashews. I missed a little bit of sweet or salty, but it was so fresh tasting that that was OK.
The Goji Bliss was interesting, but very good. Kind of crumbly, it reminded me of a LaraBar. It was sweet and kinda berry like. Not sure what I’ll do with this other than eat it on a graham yet. Ingredients: Organic Raw Coconut Butter, Organic Raw Coconut Oil, Organic Raw Goji Berries, Organic Raw Agave Syrup.
The macadamia cashew was smooth with a little graininess and definitely had that oily macadamia flavor to it. It was excellent on the graham, but it might be a little bland by itself.
Lastly, the Cacao Bliss. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are going to have to invest in this one. It tastes just like chocolate coconut buttercream frosting!!! Kind of ganache, lots of coconut. LOVED it. This one is going to be dangerous to keep my spoon out of!
Bobbi is doing a very cool challenge encouraging you all to simplify your life and go green. She’s devised a point system for certain activities, such as eating out, commuting and making small changes to your life and green habits. Since I have 3 vacations coming up, I’m not sure how simple my May is going to be 🙁
Off to relax and then go to bed. Tomorrow is 100% Biochem!