March 25, 2009

Nothing Rhymes with "Orange"

I HATE it when I can't think of a desperately clever title for a post! Throw me a frickin' bone here - it's the very core of my blog being, and I got nothin'. I had better start talking about oatmeal now, lest I slip into catatonical writer's block.

Um, this is oatmeal.

A veritable beta carotenoidal bomb:
  • 1/4 cup oat brain (typo, but I'm keeping it) - I lied!
  • 1/4 cup kamut puffs
  • other 1/2 of my Vanilla Dream YouShake
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • scant 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 3 oz fat free plain Stonyfield Farm yogurt for "frosting"
  • 8 Orange Vanilla flavored Awesome Almonds (best addition EVER - the flavor coating dissolves into the oats and permeates throughout - I could really taste the sweet orangeness!)
  • 1 tbsp golden raisins
  • 1 Newman's Organics dried apricot, chopped

(Just a couple product plugs, eh?) I am so into "frosting" my oats right now! All the layers made this bowl way fun and way orange. I will admit to missing the custardy egg white factor after eating so many bowls of oats with that ingredient in them, so I may give in and add 'em back next time.

I had this cheesey feeling of cheer and well-being after finishing breakfast, and I wonder if it was because it was orange (?). Brings new meaning to that knock-knock joke punchline, eh? "Orange you glad?" EH?

I popped into Whole Foods this afternoon to pick up a few things, and I stuck to my list! HUZZAH! I've turned a new leaf! Ok, so the mango and the blackberries were not on my list, but they were on sale so they were practically giving them away! Totally justified! I was so proud that I bought myself a present. :)

Apple slicer! Just what every girl needs in her kitchen (desk drawer, purse, whatever...).


My first bottle of Kombucha! Having seen this around the blogosphere, I was a little nervous to try it because many people describe it as having a vinegar-like smell/taste. This is why I started with what seemed to be one of their more innocuous flavors, Strawberry Serenity. Nonetheless, I thought it might be something worth trying because of the health benefits. If this is news to you, here is a description of what it is, from the Synergy website:

Kombucha is alternately known as a Chinese tea, a plant, or a mushroom. But it's not really any of these. It's a living culture of beneficial microorganisms, and in Kombucha's case, the whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts! Our Kombucha is delicately cultured - some liken it to fermentation - for 30 days. During this period, essential nutrients form like active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality. Kombucha has been used for hundreds of years throughout the world as a daily health tonic. The culture resembles a light brown, tough, gelatinous disk and because it's a living, growing entity, it can regenerate and create new cultures with every batch. In fact, GT's Kombucha and Synergy are made from Kombucha cultures that are descendants of the original culture GT grew to create his first bottles.

The first taste was definitely...different. You might not expect it to be so fizzy! It had a wasabi-like quality of a mild burning feeling up in my nose that dissipated quickly. However, the strawberry puree mixed in definitely made it palatable, and before I knew it, I'd finished the whole bottle. Fortunately (unfortunately?), I could totally get used to drinking this all the time. Unfortunately (fortunately?), my wallet won't allow it at $3.39 a pop for a 16oz bottle.

I didn't mourn this fact for long. Look what I found when I got home! Mail call! What could this big box contain???

Oh Jay Robb, you have outdone yourself! The way-too-generous Alana sent me a beautiful gift basket absolutely brimming with samples of what must be the whole product line of shakes and bars.

Oh mah gawd, the possibilities. Knowing me, I'll think of a few uses for this stuff other than protein shakes and snacks! Stay tuned. :)

Brief pause for dinner, as I had promised the boyf I would provide as much this evening. In the grand tradition of Bender's humbecue combo of hummus and BBQ sauce, I dressed our salads much the same way. However, having no BBQ sauce, I was left with no other option than to modify the humbecue into the teriyummus:

Yummus in my tummus:
  • mixed organic salad greens
  • broccoli slaw
  • shredded carrots
  • 1/2 can chunk light tuna in water
  • dressing of 1 tbsp Sabra classic hummus mixed with 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • last crumbles of goat cheese
  • wasabi peas
  • wasabi sesame seeds

Ok, back to HEAB'sboyfriendImeanJayRobb. It would be remiss of me to neglect mentioning the non-edibles in my gift basket, including this bad-ass t-shirt!

Do my guns look bigger yet? No? Ok, wait 'til I grow out my goattee, then I'll ask again.

Alana also included a SERIOUS protein shaker-upper bottle with one of those stainless steel whirly ball thingies that breaks up the powder clumps. Please ogle my goodies again and sigh dreamily.

I know there are a few of you out there who would be disproportionately excited to discover the Yammit bars, which are made primarily of almond butter and sweet potatoes. That's a health blogger's wet dream, that is.

Anywhey, time for me to try and move towards bedtime. Don't forget to scour the blogosphere for more granola giveaways! Elina of Healthy and Sane has one of her own going on right now - jump on it!

Also, for any fellow bloggers out there who, like me, often wonder if anyone actually reads your ramblings, Roni has a tutorial on how to track your blog's statistics. And she gave me a shout-out. Yessss... Google Analytics, here I come! As if I needed a way to become more nerdy.


FoodsThatFit said...

Look at all that Jay Robb goodness!!! How exciting!

I swear I have writers block every day trying to come up with titles...I would never make a good journalist!

Megan said...

whoa, your breakfast is RIDICULOUS! in a good way. love it!!!

i used to love apple slicers..until i used one with a plastic handle. it broke and the metal slicer part gave me a big huge gash on my hand and i had to get a zillion stitches! AND it didnt even slice my apple!

lesley said...

Almond butter and sweet potatoes??? Yeah, YUM!

Fun apple slicer!! I'd like to have one someday.

Aaaand, yeah, those ARE some oats!

Dori said...

I am an obsessive stat-tracker when it comes to my blog. I check it constantly throughout the day. I use CyStats and it is a great program.

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Yes, everyone needs an apple slicer. My husband had never seen one until we moved in together. I was blown away, and wondered how he gotten so far in life without one.

Lovely orange oats, but now onto much more important things.


No, but seriously, what an amazing gift basket of goodies. Those Yammit bars are good, but the chocolate brownie protein bars are my favorite. Occasionally, we get a cardboard-like batch, but normally they're really good! Beware of the Tropical Dreamsicle and Pina Colada protein powders. Not my favorite flavors, but you can't go wrong with chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry whey!

OK, still extremely jealous of the shirt, now I'm off to eat some fluffy protein thanks to Mr. Robb. Had to go with the Sun Warrior this morning. :)

Missy said...

Wow amazing gift basket!! Cute shirt too!! Good idea putting those orange almonds in your oats! I am not too crazy about the orange ones alone so I will try that!

gina (fitnessista) said...

LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE GOODIES!!!! i love the shirt too- so cute!
i haaaaate when i can't think of a title :/
hope your day goes well!

Anonymous said...

an apple slicer!!!! i REALLY want one.

your oats look yummmmmmy. i've had mixed success with putting real oranges in oatmeal ... and i think you've found the solution: sugary orange-flavored almond coating:-). sounds DELICIOUS.

becci said...

broccoli slaw..... isn't it the best thing to happen to broccoli stalks ever! Someone was thinking there in the good 'ol broccoli factory, I tell ya! So versatile and delicious!

Laurel said...

In reading "tomorrow's post" I'd say you saved up your title-making and hit it out of the park with hurry curry. Couldn't find a "comment" button this am. Way to go, D.

Jenn (eating bender) said...

I'm sorry I missed this freakin' amazing post! I've learned my lesson :o) First of all, how amazing is that Jay Robb PR person?! That is one SERIOUS basket of goodies! Isn't being a blogger awesome?! I love the picture of you in the shirt - good luck with the goatee, lol.

And hurray for teriyummus! I love combining words, if you can't tell. Your take on humbecue is glorious and I will definitely have to try it sometime!

Last but not least, I LOVE me some Kombucha! I found it for $2.99 at my regular grocery store last weekend. Still expensive, but I may have stocked up on a few for "treats" - now watch they'll all be gone faster than you can say TERIYUMMUS!