Blizzard Day Eats

It feels like I’m in high school again!

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Blizzard 2015 resulted in cancelled classes yesterday and today, so the students of Boston are reveling in the extra time to study watch Netflix and play outside. The wind and snow were going strong all day yesterday, and I’d say Boston got approximately two feet of snow.

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Some pictures of buried cars and parking meters are slightly misleading, because snowblowers caused the sidewalks to look insanely drowned in snow, but there still was a heck of a lot of fluffy white stuff!

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Our faces hurt from the cutting, cold wind, but it was fun to be outside after studying all day. The snow was the fluffiest and whitest I’ve ever seen!

Moves were also done inside! I did five rounds (spread out throughout the morning) of 20 air squats, 20 pushups, 1 minute plank, and 10 burpees, plus other random exercises as study breaks.

In my dorm building, we are fortunate enough to have a dining hall on the lower floor, so food was still conveniently accessible throughout the day. The same could not be said for people living in some of the other dorms, so we are lucky ducks!

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Here’s what I ate yesterday as winter storm Juno displayed her wrath:

Breakfast

Perfectly delicious, filling, and yellow.

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whole wheat French toast with pb and banana + scrambled eggs + glass o’ milk

Lunch

I may have squealed when I saw that meatloaf was available.

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meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots

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salad with a heap of hummus

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pear

Snack

My next door neighbor, Rachel, received this Mega Omega trail mix in a care package from her mom, but she gave it to me because she didn’t want it. She knows me 🙂

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a handful of trail mix + frozen banana 

Dinner

A hodgepodge of several tasty items— something salty, something sweet, something…chocolate?

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turkey souvlaki

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raisin bran + granola + milk

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some bites of my brother’s vegan brownie

Late Snack

For staying up late on snow day eve.

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peanut butter a la spoon + more frozen banana

We are seriously blessed to have food beyond Ramen and crackers.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday! Stay safe and warm if the snow is still covering your area!

So tell me:

Did you experience the blizzard?

Do you ever have cereal as a part of your dinner?

What is the best thing you ate yesterday?

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Seven Things {+ I’m Going to Blend 2015!}

I’ve missed you!!!

Whether the feeling is mutual or not, I am sending you all e-hugs right now. It’s only been 5 days since I last blogged, but considering I had been blogging almost daily during my winter break, those 5 days felt like an eternity.

Now that we’ve e-hugged I’ve assaulted you with e-hugs, here are seven things that sum up my first week of second semester!

1) Lots of studying calls for ice cream.

When I realized how much studying will be required for anatomy and organic chemistry this semester, I made sure to decompress my brain with some delicious ice cream this weekend.

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Dairy therapy.

2) Snow!

We had our first snowfall of the semester on Saturday, and it was a cute prelude to the snowmageddon that’s supposed to hit the northeast tonight (stay safe and warm, friends!).

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My roommate just informed me that a Boston University snow brawl is scheduled for Tuesday. DOWN.

3) Workout buddies make me happy.

I had three different workout buddies last week! Even if we’re not doing the same workout, the presence of another hard-working, sweaty pal definitely pushes me to work harder in the gym. Enough to make my hair look like it belongs in a forest/cage.

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4) Morning workouts are quite enjoyable.

Now I see why healthy living bloggers are all about those AM endorphins! It feels great to wake up before the big rush of students and to get moving before sitting in class all day.

I will try to get up for morning workouts as often as my body and brain allow!

5) Sandwiches are my go-to.

There is an art to making a good sandwich, and although I appreciate every person who makes me a sandwich, there are certainly some people who know how to make better sandwiches. It’s all in the distribution of the ingredients.

sandwiches

Sandwich on the far right: You can see the empty bread space where there is no meat/veggies.

Sandwich in the middle: Perfectly distributed ingredients and cut diagonally.

Ya feel? (So petty, I know.)

Roast beef with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard is my favorite combination, but tuna salad makes an occasional appearance on Fridays!

6) I ♥ carbs.

My friend jokes around and says that I never eat any carbs, but that is a million miles from the truth. For instance, on Saturday I had tour guide training all day, during which they served us muffins, bagels, and pizza. I had all three, thankyouverymuch.

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#carbloadingforthewinter

7) National Peanut Butter Day was celebrated ALL weekend.

Scratch that. National peanut butter day is celebrated all year round for me.

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Laughing because Albert decided to get a whole bowl full of peanut butter. Only four times more than we needed.

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*sigh* What a great holiday.

OH, BONUS TIDBIT: I’m going on the Blend 2015 Retreat! If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, Blend is a three day blogger/reader retreat (in Boulder, Colorado this year!) where you get to hang out, eat, move, and groove with fellow blog friends (“blends”). This will be my first time attending Blend, and I am STOKED.

Come so I can meet all of you!!!

So tell me:

Are you going to be hit by snow?

Thoughts on the art of the sandwich?

Do you prefer morning workouts?

Did you celebrate National Peanut Butter Day?

Are you going to Blend!?

Favorite Childhood Snacks

I would say that this is my first valid “hump day” of 2015 now that I’m in classes, but we had Monday off, so I’ve only been in class for one day, so it’s not really the middle of the work week.

Anyway, happy Wednesday to you!

The first day of classes went very well for me yesterday, especially since it started with this:

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eggs + whole wheat French toast with peanut butter and banana + glass o’ milk

My first class at 9:30 AM was a freshmen writing seminar specifically for students in the Sargent College of Health and Rehab Sciences. It involves reading some fascinating books and (obviously) writing and discussing about them, so I’m excited for it!

Immediately after that was my Intro to Linguistics lecture, which was also intriguing. Language has always been a topic of interest for me, and hopefully I can apply some of the things I learn in the course to my blogging, or at least notice language patterns in casual blogs like my own.

I went to daily Mass at the Catholic center before heading to lunch with friends, where we argued about bacon and Canada. (My side: Bacon is not my favorite; I prefer Canadian bacon.)

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salad with a million beets + sautéed chicken and mushrooms with rice + unpictured apple

My quads were mighty sore from Monday’s workout, so I took a rest day with lots of walking…and standing apparently.

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I was studying with Rachel, and I spent a good portion of my time reading while standing. She knows that my butt can only handle so much sitting.

Dinner was delicious— a roast beef, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, veggie, and hummus sandwich on whole wheat bread + vegetable and chicken sausage soup (only half because it was saltayyy).

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For dessert, Rachel and I visited Albert’s dorm room. Tapioca pudding, anyone?

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The three of us agreed that this was one of our favorite childhood snacks, so Albert picked up a four-pack and shared with us. Creamy, sweet goodness.

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It was nostalgia in a plastic cup. Come to think of it, I kind of miss some of my other favorite childhood snacks and treats now. Some of them included:

  • Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Jell-O cups
  • Go-Gurt
  • “Uncrustables”
  • Chinese egg tarts
  • Costco very berry smoothies
  • Cheez-Its
  • Ritz Cheese and Crackers Snack Packs
  • Welch’s fruit snacks

childhood treats

Those red sticks to spread the mystery cheese… And then eating all the cheese, even if there were no crackers left.

I’m joining Jenn’s web-wide food party today!

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So tell me:

What were some of your favorite childhood snacks and treats?

Do you like tapioca pudding? 

My Weakness Dessert + 10 Burpee Variations {Video}

Today is the dayyyyy—

the day I kick my butt into gear and actually start doing real work, because it’s the first day of school! That sounds like I’m in kindergarten… It’s the first day of my second semester of college!

My last day off (yesterday) started with a frozen banana with peanut butter and some morning moves! A jog to the gym, foam rolling, and then a leg workout that left me feeling like Jell-O.

  • 3 sets of 10 curtsy lunges each leg (50#) // 20 jump lunges
  • 4 sets of 20 goblet squats (30#) // 15-17 squat jumps
  • 3 sets of 10 angled leg press (90, 110, 120#) // 10 plank jack burpees
  • 4 sets of 8 hamstring curls (80#) // 20 side jump lunges

Afterwards, I ate a quick brunch of scrambled eggs, a whole wheat apple pancake, and a pear (I didn’t eat the cottage cheese because it was warm, and I saved the banana for later).

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My friend Rachel came back to college yesterday, so we ate lunch together after Albert and I picked her up from the airport. We ate our veggies and protein first…

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salad with baked crusted fish

…and then Rachel convinced me to have peach cobbler a la mode in the dining hall despite the fact that I ate apple crisp a la mode the night before.

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Apple crisp and peach cobbler a la mode are my two favorite desserts ever, so I just…*sigh*… It was 100% worth it.

I procrastinated my shower and homework with blog-reading and blogging (hi), but I got myself together eventually and banged out some tour guide studying and reading for school. (Confession: I typed that before I accomplished those tasks, meaning I would have to do them to ensure I’m not lying to you. 😀 )

Dinner was another bro-sis event at new-to-us place called Crispy Crepes Cafe. It’s obviously a crepe place, but they also have Middle Eastern cuisine. They have a special where you can buy two dinner plates and get one free Nutella banana crepe. No hesitation— we were in!

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I got the chicken schwarma with couscous, and it was incredible. The portions were huge for such a great price. I loved that it came with a huge mound of hummus and so many vegetables. Ben shared some of his kafta (Lebanese meat kebab) with me, which was also delicious.

My leftovers made another meal for Ben to take home 🙂

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The crepe was delightful! When is Nutella and banana not delightful though? I had a few bites, but let Ben conquer the rest. I got my sugar fix with that peach cobbler a la mode 😀

And now for a video!

10 burpee variations

I always somewhat regret filming a video because I get self-conscious, but this one is for burpees!

It’s no question that I like burpees, and a big reason is because there are so many ways you can do them. You can’t get bored! Thus, I decided to show you ten of my favorite variations. (I filmed this when I was back at home in New York.)

Disclaimer: I am not a personal trainer or fitness professional. I am simply showing some of the exercises I like to incorporate into my workouts. Check with your doctor/fitness pros before adding anything to your fitness regime, and do these at your own risk.

I also want to offer this video about how to do a pushup correctly, since I believe a proper pushup is essential if you want to include them in your burpees. There are also CrossFit burpees, which have “belly flops” in them. I do those too!

(link to video in case you can’t see it here!)

Have fun burpee-ing! Not burping. But that could be a good thing too.

So tell me:

What is a “weakness” dessert of yours?

Have you tried burpee variations before?

What is an exercise that you LOVE?

I Eat With Gusto

Hello from Beantown!

And happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day to my American friends! Fun fact: he received his PhD at Boston University, hollaaaa. In honor of such a courageous and exemplary man, here are some of my favorite quotes of his:

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek.

We must use time creatively.

Thank you, MLK Jr. ♥

Friday

My train commute to Boston was smooth and swift, thanks be to God. Mom even packed me a bag full of pomegranate arils because she is sweeter than the pomegranate itself.

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complete with a plastic spoon

Ben was also kind enough to help me take my bags from the train station to my dorm since I’m a chronic over-packer and had about twice the bag/weight limit. I took him out to lunch afterwards at one of our favorite spots— Mei Mei’s!

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We both ordered “The Double Awesome” scallion pancake sandwich (Mei Mei’s special), which has local greens pesto, Vermont white cheddar, and two oozy eggs. Sounds like heaven, tastes like heaven. Ben also shared a bite of his fried pork dumplings and sriracha rice with me. Mmmm.

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That orange is not cheese. It’s yolky deliciousness that I got on my face, on my sweater, and in my hair. It’s all or nothing with this kind of food. Ben and I were sitting at the window barstools, so the world could see us grappling with our sandwiches and fighting to catch every drop of egg yolk.

Ben wants to try to make this at home, but he said, “I need to perfect the art of the egg. Like, how do you make it watery?”

Me: “You mean…runny?”

Ben: “…yeah.”

Silly dude.

So, uh, college life. I do love it, but I was living off of naked salad and yogurt for the first couple of days when the dining halls were still closed. I went to Whole Foods and picked up a small box of spring mix with herbs and five Fage Greek yogurt cups that were on sale.

Behold, dinner.

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I ate the salad with just salt and pepper because I didn’t want to spend money on dressing for just two days. It tasted…green. But honestly, these are some of my favorite foods anyway, so I’m not complaining. Protein, greens, and peanut butter. Got my food groups covered.

Saturday

Moves to start the day: 100 burpee challenge!

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Breakfast involved yogurt and oats a la microwave.

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How a proper lady would eat this: one bowl at a time.

How I eat this: dip my spoon back and forth between bowls to get some yogurt and some oats in every bite and licking my spoon clean of all the nut butter.

I worked for most of Saturday and ate more of my greens for lunch, plus two Wasa crackers with Laughing Cow cheese, curry powder, and black pepper. You need to try that combination!

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I quite enthusiastically ate handfuls of pomegranate arils immediately after work because crackers and leaves aren’t a substantial lunch for me and I was hungryyyy. Then I came back to my dorm and ate yogurt #2 of the day.

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Afterwards, I braved the cold and jogged to the gym for an upper body workout. When I jogged back, expecting to eat dinner in the dining hall, I was greeted with disappointment. Dinner was only from 5-7 pm Saturday night instead of the usual 5-9 pm.

To Subway I went!

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grilled chicken, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard on wheat

Subway is so good. I followed this up with the rest of my greens, snap pea crisps, and yogurt cup #3.

I was FaceTiming with mom when I was eating dinner, and she remarked at my large mouthfuls of salad. It’s true— I can’t eat salad in a pretty manner. You either eat one leaf at a time or you look like a brontosaurus. I prefer the latter so that I can actually taste the salad.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to take my time when I eat, and I can eat like I’m with the Queen of England if I wanted. But sometimes (most of the time) I just eat with gusto.

Sunday

The dining hall was open all day yesterday, so I definitely hit that up for breakfast!

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oatmeal with coconut, honey, peanut butter, and banana + egg white, veg, cheese omelet

Fill.ing.

I went to Mass at the Catholic center and had a hug fest with all my dear friends again. Ugh, so happy. Then a couple of my friends and I made our wallets cry when we went to buy/rent books for classes. At least you get a reusable bag when you spend over $400.

I ate a super late lunch of veggies and chicken, and little later, moves were done with my pal Albert! We did abs and ran two miles on the treadmill.

Dinner was weird because I had a late lunch, but I wanted to eat before the dining halls closed. That being said, it was tasty!

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salad + whole wheat corn muffin + pear

I saved the pear for later because I wanted my fruit in another form…

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apple crisp a la mode!!!

The crust was buttery, sugary perfection. Oh, what BU dining hall desserts do to me.

We have today off for MLK Jr. day so this is my last day before we dive into the real work. If you also have a day off today, have a great one! If you don’t, still have a great one!

So tell me: 

Are you an enthusiastic eater?

I can buy three things from the grocery store to eat for the weekend. I buy___, ____, and ____.