Monthly Archives: February 2012

Monday Morning Reboot

This past weekend was a mini college reunion, a bunch of my friends from New York came down to DC for the Georgetown-Villanova Basketball game. These big games are a great excuse for us all to get together and so many people came to town it really felt like a reunion. The weekend was full of fun times catching up with friends, dining out and drinking just a bit more than normal. After a few days of this, Monday morning tends to hit like a ton of bricks. I found it very difficult to pull myself out of bed this morning; I don’t seem to bounce back like I used to 😦

I felt like I needed an extra energy boost to get me going, but I am trying to cut back on my caffeine intake so instead of doubling up on the coffee I decided to pull out an extra-large lemon instead.

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Packing Lunch

Suggestions on How to Pack a Healthy Lunch When You are Short on Time, Money and Cooking Skills:

Back in the day when I was gainfully employed and not living the student life, I used to buy lunch nearly every day. It seems crazy to me now, but  my life and lifestyle in DC is just so different. Living in New York with my 2 roommates, we just did not keep food in our apartment, ever. In our fridge you might have found old hummus and many bottles of wine and that was it.

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Salad Dressing Fail

Living in an apartment building can be strange. It’s incredibly anonymous yet intimate at the same time. Here are all the things I can tell you about my neighbor whom I have never met: he is a male who appears to be in his mid-to-late 20’s. I am fairly certain his name is Glen (I saw a package one time with his name and apartment number on it, I am not a crazy stalker). We have made awkward hellos in the elevator a few times but never actually spoken. (Side note: why are elevator rides always so uncomfortable?) I am pretty sure we could be friends – he seems pretty social and frequently has friends over but has never invited me…..hrmph. So, I think we could be friends except for one fact. He loves to blast seriously loud music at the most inopportune times. Sometimes it’s rap. Other times it’s classical. The other day I think I heard Louis Armstrong. Glen has a major sound system. And he likes to drive me crazy with his darn music when I am trying to sleep, study, or just enjoy the peace and quiet of my own apartment.

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Let’s Get Mâche’d

Have you heard of mâche? Me either. Well, not until recently that is.

Seems fancy though, right? Upon discovering this new green I decided to do a little search into its nutrient value. Aaand this is what I found out…

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Green Oatmeal

I really like oatmeal. I also really like having something green for breakfast. Dilemma.

Recently, I pulled a sneaky chef move on myself and it worked. I put spinach in my oatmeal. I’m serious.

Come with me on this journey.

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Product Review – Amanade Yogurt

I honestly mean it when I say that there isn’t much I miss not having dairy in my life. I really do. But you know that 2:30 feeling? (no, not that 2:30 feeling, 5-hour energy is terrible stuff, seriously). I am talking about that late afternoon lull when you are starting to get hungry, need a healthy snack and a yogurt seems like a great option. That is when I miss dairy. Greek yogurt was one of my staple afternoon or pre-workout snacks and sometimes I find it hard to fill that void with a comparable vegan or non-dairy option.

So, the other day at Whole Foods, I stumbled upon this new Amande Yogurt and anxiously picked one up to try it. I do occasionally enjoy coconut yogurt but the consistency is a little different and it seems really processed to me. Anyway, I was excited to see this yogurt which is made from almond milk and was hoping that it might satisfy that which the coconut yogurt leaves to be desired.

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Navigating milk alternatives

Lactose intolerance and dairy are topics I could go on and on about. But I won’t. I’ll try to keep it short and just say that most adult humans experience difficulty digesting dairy – whether they realize it or not. When we are infants, our bodies produce lactase, the enzyme necessary to digest lactose (the sugar found in milk). As we age, our body stops producing this enzyme and thus we develop lactose intolerance and experience bloating, gas, and diarrhea after we consume dairy products. Many people are not aware that dairy products have this effect on them until they cut them out of their diet for a few weeks and realize how much better they feel.

There are many other reasons why I feel so strongly about eliminating or reducing dairy in your diet but I won’t go into that right now. I will say that when it comes to milk for your cereal or coffee or even baking, there are a ton of great, healthy alternatives to cow’s milk on the market today. So, I thought I would put a guide together on what the different “milks” are made out of and the different health benefits of each.

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