Facts About My Recent Eats

I now firmly believe that spring is on its way.

Boston has been gracing us with some gorgeous weather these past few days (after snowing twice over the weekend), and I can’t help but smile as I walk down the streets, breathing in the urban smoke and bus fumes fresh air. It’s not quite warm yet, but as long as I don’t have to wear my marshmallow jacket, I’m good to go.

I really don’t have time for blogging this week, but I’m blogging anyway. As I said on Monday, blogging is therapeutic, especially since my posts are typically lighthearted. So today I’m sharing you some of my recent eats, along with some fun facts about each!

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Thinking out loud style— with Amanda!

1) Pepper shakers don’t dispense the pepper fast enough for me.

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I only add pepper to my eggs nowadays, but when I do, it’s like a Boston blizzard of pepper. I douse my omelets with it. Sometimes I take the top of the pepper shaker off if it’s not coming out fast enough.

2) The dining hall does not know what curry is.

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This was sweet and sour chicken that they called “red curry chicken.” Delicious, but so incorrect. #offendedAsian

3) I didn’t finish off my almond butter jar just so I could have oatmeal in a jar.

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These weren’t overnight oats, but it still hit the spot. I microwaved some quick oats with cinnamon, a pinch of salt, and water. Then I stirred in vanilla protein powder and a sliced banana before letting it cool and dumping it into the almost empty almond butter jar. Perfect.

4) Some days, I unintentionally go pescetarian.

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baked scrod with barley + salad with tuna

Which is why I give up meat and peanut butter on Fridays during Lent, because giving up meat isn’t quite a huge sacrifice for me…

5) This Moroccan chicken and couscous dish had dried figs in it and I FREAKED OUT.

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I freaked out because I ♥ dried figs and this made me very happy.

6) This was the sandwich of my dreams.

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This was a whole wheat roll with roast beef, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, roasted vegetables, and honey mustard, all toasted until the cheese was melted. Yes, it was messy. Yes, it was bomb.

7) When the dining hall has Sargent Choice (all healthy options) night, I ironically become very stuffed because I want to try everything…because it’s all healthy, right?

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baked chicken nuggets with sweet potatoes, side salad, and honey mustard + turkey chili with cornbread

I’m storing some extra in the body in preparation for fasting on Good Friday. {jokes}

8) Hi, my name is Alison, and I am a bananaholic.

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I won’t deny that it’s a problem, but listen, I could be hoarding much worse things in my dorm.

The real reasons why I take so many bananas from the dining hall are the following:

  • I freeze some for snacks.
  • The bananas are usually greenish when I take them from the dining hall, so I let them ripen in the dorm for a little bit so that I can take them down to the dining hall to eat with my breakfast on a later day. I like my bananas slightly spotted when I’m eating them with toast, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. because they’re sweeter (and healthier!).

9) I’m on the brink of an emergency because I’m almost finished with my second jumbo Costco-sized jar of peanut butter of the semester.

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Alison’s body composition: 65% water, 25% peanuts, 10% bananas.

10) I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with nutritious and delicious eats! Let us give thanks (especially on this Holy Thursday!) for the food we have to nourish our bodies and souls.

Go be the sugar, spice, and everything nice in someone’s life today.

So tell me:

Do you have a holy grail condiment or spice?

Have you ever eaten an imposter ethnic food?

Is it easy for you to go meatless?

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Virtual Breakfast Date

Have a seat and join me for some Monday morning conversation and delicious breakfast!

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…We would give thanks to God for having food to keep us nourished 🙂

…You would see that my breakfast has peanut butter and banana in it, and you’d roll your eyes at me because what else is new? If you have peanut butter and banana in your breakfast too, consider us best friends. If you don’t, consider us frienemies (just kidding, still best friends).

…I would tell you that Boston University has not had a full week of school yet this semester, and we will not have a full week of school until at least the week of February 23. Why? Because we have another snow day today (CRAZY!) and it’s President’s Day next Monday, so we have the day off.

…I would tell you that this is a sign to just adopt the four day work week.

…I would tell you that I’ve been eating bacon for breakfast sometimes, and I don’t hate it.

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…I would tell you that I’m a flippin’ DOOFUS. Exhibit A: I almost wore socks and sandals outside on two occasions (and apparently with the same pair of jeans). I wear socks with sandals inside my dorm because it’s convenient and so Gucci, but I’m not willing to share that kind of style with the rest of the world.

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Exhibit B: I was trying to do a little oats-in-a-jar action in the dining hall with my almost empty sunflower seed butter jar, but I didn’t wait long enough for the hot oatmeal to cool down before I put it into the plastic jar. I took a few bites of the oats and immediately noticed a plastic-y taste. I reasoned that consuming carcinogenic material was not worth the sunflower seed butter goodness, so I chucked it and ate French toast instead. Goooooo me!

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…I would tell you that Tori Kelly’s new single, “Nobody Love”, came out yesterday and it’s perfect.

…I would tell you that I love foods smushed between bread.

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(and that the sandwich guy was totally judging me for wanting guac on my roast beef sandwich)

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vegan bbq meatballs on a wheat roll!

…I would tell you that anatomy is really testing my brain capacity (and patience).

…I would tell you that my roommate knows me well. She brought back peanut butter cookies for me one night last week.

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…I would tell you that life is super busy but oh so beautiful. I am blessed.

…I would tell you that I must go now and take advantage of this extra time to study!

…I would ask you to tell me:

What is a doofus moment you’ve had recently?

Are you a huge fan of bacon?

Anything about your life!

“I’m Making Friends!”

Well hi there!

If you missed my epic story about how I hurt myself doing burpees yesterday, you can read about that here. It was a fun time.

In other news, I went to university orientation and had a great weekend to follow! Here’s what was going on in the noggin during the excitement…

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Orientation + weekend = marvelous! Thanks for hosting, Katie!

Orientation Thoughts:

“People at this train station are hardcore judging my overnight oats in a jar.”

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“I hope I don’t sleep through my stop while napping on the train to Boston.”

“Hooray, I’m in Boston!”

“Take the T (subway) or walk 2.6 miles with my bags to campus?…The weather is nice, so I’ll walk!”

“This is a lovely walk through Boston. Look, ma, I’m independent!”

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“It’s getting pretty hot out here. Gettin’ a little sweaty.”

“Wow, I’m a sweaty pig right now. I smell.”

“I made it! I need a nap.”

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“Wait, I want food first.”

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{Sweet Chick burger @ UBurger}

“Hey, I have some pretty cool roommates for orientation!”

“I’m making FRIENDS!”

“Showering in the dorm bathrooms is stressing me out. Is it socially acceptable to walk around in a towel on the first day of orientation?”

“My actual roommate for this coming year is THE BOMB.”

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“This is so much fun!”

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“Don’t fall asleep during the long info sessions.”

“I ♥ the omelette station.”

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“Where’s the peanut butter at in this dining hall?”

“Chemistry has separate classes for pre-lab, lab, lecture, and discussion. What?”

“Wow, they give us so many cookies here.”

“It’s fuel for all our walking on campus.”

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“STILL HAVING FUN!”

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“I’m so tired that I’m not tired anymore. Runnin’ on pure adrenaline here.”

“But seriously, where’s the peanut butter in the dining hall?”

“BENNNNN!”

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“We have matching backpack sweat stains, bro.”

“This is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.”

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{Ben and I split ‘The Double Awesome” and “The Gabby” scallion pancake sandwiches. Incredible. }

“I have the best brother in the world.”

“I had a blast! But I’m ready for my own shower and bed again. And nut butter.”

Saturday Thoughts:

“9 hours of sleep!!!”

“What a gorgeous day for Jen’s grad party.”

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“I love her Italian family.”

“I also love Italian food.”

“Oooo cake!”

“I can’t NOT take weird selfies with Kristi.”

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Sunday Thoughts:

“Prom is in two days!!”

“I’ve missed you, peanut butter.”

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“Another gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi Mass.”

Davida’s e-cookbook came out!!! YES.”

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“LOL at my burpee wound.”

“Mom’s making chili and cornbread for the World Cup game? I’m down.”

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{Eaten with a side of spinach + another huge, unpictured hunk of cornbread}

“I have never been so into a soccer game before. PORTUGAL LITERALLY SCORED IN THE LAST 30 SECONDS!!!”

And this ends the tour of Alison’s brain during the past five days.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

What are some highlights of your weekend?

What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?

Have you been watching the World Cup?

WIAW: Something Old, Something New

Howdy!

I want to thank you all for your support and advice yesterday. It’s assuring to hear that a lot of other people are going through similar experiences— it just goes to show how hard it really is to rest more and eat more!

Unlike last week’s WIAW, which was all about recurring food themes, I’m going to attempt to bring a little more variety to the table with some new foods and some foods that I’m bringin’ back from the past. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been posting meals like it’s my job. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually post a picture of something other than food… But food is usually more interesting than, say, my face? Or the generic sunset/fresh snow/cat-all-up-in-my-grill picture? Not that those aren’t fun to look at though! I don’t know where I’m going with this. I’m done. Food pictures.

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Check out Jenn’s linkup for some more spice of life!

{These are some eats from different days in the past week!}

Breakfasts

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Gina’s cookie dough cereal with strawberries and banana

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New: Love Grown Peach Almond Vanilla Hot Oats with a dollop of peanut butter and strawberries on the side

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New-ish: Greek yogurt with sliced banana, a strawberry banana muffin, chia seeds, hemp hearts, and a big spoonful of pepita sun seed butter. This was so good that I had it again the next morning…and again yesterday morning.

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Hot banana oatmeal in a cherry butter toffee peanut butter jar. RIP peanut butter jar.

Lunches

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Avocado toast, caprese salad, and two soft-boiled eggs with s+p

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New-ish: Turkey, cheese, lettuce, jalapeño greek yogurt dip panini + side salad with tomatoes and homemade peach jam vinaigrette

Snacks

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New: Bell peppers with jalapeño Greek yogurt dip from Costco

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New: Some bites of these Rickaroons that my mom bought via @Kayleale on Instagram. I’m telling you, my mom is a social media/foodie picture aficionado now.

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Giant, juicy oranges

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New: Strawberry banana muffins (used this recipe minus the streusel). Oh so wonderful!

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New: Not dried leaves…not goblin feet….Dried pears! Nothin’ but pears and they’re delicious, I promise.

Dinners

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New: Sushi date with a couple girl friends! Eel cucumber roll and Fantastic Roll (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, and marbled seaweed with a special dipping sauce). YUMFREAKINGTASTIC.

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Bringin’ it back: Kylie’s Whole Grain Crust Pizza Quiche! I made this once before, and I thought it was due time to make it again. I don’t make a recipe more than once very often!

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New: Homemade whole wheat crust margarita pizza! I was ridiculously close to tossing the dough when I made it, but I’m glad I stuck with it. It turned out quite tasty!

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A slice + side salad with some on-the-brink-of-too-smelly leftover salmon. 

Desserts

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More of these babies. {Recycled photo}

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Bringin’ it back: PEANUT BUTTER BANANA SOFT SERVE!!! With some Greek yogurt for added creaminess and protein. I’ll be adding the Greek yogurt from now on— so good!

I also want to add that my “little sister” from dance company, Lilly, tried overnight oats for the first time and LOVED them! I was a little too excited.

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In a sunflower seed butter jar, making it the optimal experience.

It was certainly nice to add some more fun flavors to my palate this week. Although, I could probably live off of just bananas, yogurt, avocado, brown rice, and grilled chicken.

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday was a half day because of the snow storm, and today may or may not be a two-hour delay…(I’m typing this on Tuesday night). Either way, stay safe and warm wherever you are!

So tell me:

Did you try any new foods this week?

Have you ever tried making a homemade pizza?

What kind of Instagram photos do you enjoy seeing the most?

WIAW: One Week of Blogging

‘Tis another Wednesday, which means another WIAW! The super duper host Jenn is hangin’ in there with little chickpea in the womb!

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It’s been one week since I started this li’l blog here. I can gush and say how it feels like I’ve been blogging for sooo long already and how I love love love it (the latter is true though), but then I’d sound like those silly middle schoolers (and high schoolers, let’s be real) who celebrate their first week-a-versaries with picture edits and kissy faces on every social media network.

“OMGOMG happy first weekaversary, sweetie!!!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH HOW DID I EVER LIVE WITHOUT YOU?! 8-7-14 ❤ ❤ ❤ :* “

Don’t wanna go there.

But honestly, the blogging community has already made me feel welcome, and I’m so thankful for their support and the support of my family and friends.

So here is what I ate last Wednesday Tuesday:

Breakfast

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Overnight oats in a sunflower seed butter jar! Topped with Special K strawberry cereal for crunch later. Kath was right–it is THE BEST.

It ain’t pretty, but it tastes amazing in my opinion. For those of you who are asking yourself why it looks like I ate baby barf for breakfast, do not fear! Overnight oats are a cold preparation of oatmeal in which you let rolled oats soak in either milk or a mix of milk and yogurt (how I like it), along with things like fruit, nut butter (absolute necessity for me), seeds/nuts, and whatever else you like. Mix it all together (Hannah Montana throwback whoa) in the morning and that’s your breakfast! It’s best in an almost empty nut butter jar as seen above. Just ask almost any healthy living blogger.

Overnight oats are probably not for everyone. I loved it from the first day I tried it about a year ago, and it has become my all-time favorite breakfast thanks to Kath (from Kath Eats Real Food). She makes her overnight oats look much more appealing than mine though. I’ll work on it.

Lunch

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Sandwich with two eggs, salsa, avocado, and parmesan. Apple and Trader Joe’s sweet potato chips on the side.

Snack

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Greek yogurt, banana slices, strawberry, almonds.

Dinner

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Flatout wrap with spinach, salmon, tomatoes, salsa. Strawberries and crackers with more salsa on the side.

I definitely ate more strawberries. Three doesn’t cut it.

For a late night snack, I shared a piece of Georgia peach bread with my mom and had some plain yogurt with half an orange before bed.

It was a delicious day of eats, if I do say so myself! Looking back at this makes me SO excited to be cooking meals at home for ourselves again. Eating out has been nice, but I miss my own food too. ESPECIALLY breakfast…

…DID YOU KNOW that I didn’t have any nut/seed butter with my breakfast the past two days?! I think I broke a very long streak, because I have had some kind of nut/seed butter somewhere in my breakfast every single morning for the past, I dunno, year (more or less)? Surprisingly, I’m not as disappointed as I thought I’d be. There’s more to life than nut butter, Alison. 

Have a nice Wednesday, everyone!

So tell me: What are some good breakfasts/meals you’ve been eating lately? Are you as obsessed with nut butter as I am?