Monthly Archives: February 2009

Yotta Bar review

I went to Whole Foods tonight and at the check out was a bin of Yotta Bars. I was feeling hungry so I grabbed one of the Cherry flavored ones. I guess the whole premise is that there are hidden vegetables inside.

The nutritionals are pretty decent. Not much protein or fiber though
120 cals
1g fat
26g carb
1g fiber
11g sugar
2g protein

Here are the ingredients: baby oats, brown rice syrup, honey, pear juice concentrate, dehydrated vegetables (tomatoes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, red bell peppers, beets, corn), crisp rice, rolled oats, evaporated cane juice, dried apples, natural flavors, canola oil.

I was in my car so I couldn’t really tell what it looked like. It was chewy and definitely had a cherry flavor. I could sort of tell that there was something else in it, but it didn’t taste like vegetables and I definitely would not have known if I didn’t read the ingredients.

Basically, it was okay. It seems like a lot of the ingredients are in there to mask the vegetable taste (brown rice syrup, honey, pear juice concentrate, evaporate cane juice). I guess it’d be good to give to a kid who needs to get their veggies in, but for someone that actually likes vegetables, I think I prefer to have them not hidden!

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Jason makes dinner, Ben Folds and rain

Creative post title, huh?

Jason made dinner on Thursday night. I’ll admit it; he is a much better cook than I am. I think, okay I know, that my problem is that I try to “healthify” everything. I just lack creativity in the kitchen. I guess it comes with time. I can follow a recipe and those usually turn out well but when it comes to just being creative, forget it.

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This was, and I might be forgetting something, Trader Joe’s potato medley stir fry veggies, shrimp, whole wheat egg noodles and a sauce made of Thai Peanut sauce, Szechuan sauce and Mongolian Fire Oil (I have no idea what that exactly is. Spicy oil?) I’m not sure how much he used of each, but it tasted really good.

For Valentine’s Day Jason gave me tickets to see Ben Folds. The show was last night. Apparently, he auditioned a bunch of college acapella groups to perform with him on his new album and the one from UGA won! So, he had them do like four songs on stage before he came on. It reminded me of being in college. Our acapella group was pretty popular and always had good parties after their shows!

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I like Ben Folds a lot but wouldn’t consider myself to be a huge fan. I was pleasantly surprised at how many songs I knew. He played “Annie Waits”, “Brick”, “Army”, “Kate”, “Fred Jones”, “You Don’t Know Me” and a bunch of others that I knew but cannot remember right now. He did not play my favorite song, “Still Fighting It”. Oh well.

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So, now that brings me to the rain section. And that’s what it’s supposed to do all weekend. Rain. So when am I supposed to do my 7-8 mile long run? I really, really don’t want to do it on the treadmill.

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Seriously? Snow? I thought it was the first of March tomorrow in the South. Argh. It’s not raining right now, I guess I could go but the combination of drinking Bud Light at the concert last night and the fear that I am going to get stuck in a torrential downpour/thunderstorm is not making it very appealing. What to do, what to do?

Meh

That’s how I felt about tonight’s dinner and my run. I bought these Chili Lime Chicken burgers from TJ’s last weekend and decided to use them tonight.
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The instructions said you could broil, grill or pan fry them so I decided to pan fry. It said you didn’t have to defrost them, just cook them for an extra 5-6 minutes. I interpreted this as an extra 5-6 minutes per side which is perhaps why they were incredibly dry! I’m sure they’d be good otherwise, although they didn’t really taste like either chili or lime. I also didn’t have any buns so that’s why it’s on a piece of bread. I made butternut squash and broccoli rabe to go along side. The squash was good, as it always is, but the broccoli rabe kind of tasted like trees. Albeit, tasty trees, but trees none the less.

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After dinner, I made my way over to the gym for another 4.5 mile run. I guess I’m not supposed to do two in a row, but the way my schedule was looking this week, it just happened that way. Yesterday, I felt strong during my run. Today, I felt like my legs were made of lead. I’m not sure if it was because I had run yesterday or because I didn’t stretch properly or what, but the run absolutely SUCKED. I managed to finish though, a full minute a half slower than yesterday, but I still finished. One of my favorite songs came on about 3 miles into the run, Ben Lee’s “Begin” which has a line that I have always liked and I think can be applied to shitty runs like today’s:

“But I keep on moving. When I hit a wall, I look up at the sky.”

Oh, my technical issues have been fixed, I got that Foodie Blogroll widget on the side to magically appear. Not sure how, but I’ll take it.

Free Kashi Entree and technical troubles

I just saw a commercial that Kashi is giving away free frozen entrees! Of course, I ran upstairs to check it out. I guess a lot of people saw that commercial because I cannot get on their website. Worth a shot if you are reading this though.

Can you guys see that foodie blogroll thing in the sidebar? I am doing something wrong, I think. In Safari, it’s just an X and in Firefox, it shows the words “Foodie Blogroll” but no picture. What am I doing wrong? I copied and pasted the link that was sent to me?

Anyone? Bueller?

Nothing too interesting

Doesn’t this look like chicken?
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It’s some sort of white salmon from Trader Joe’s. Maybe it’s not called White Salmon. I forget what it’s called. It’s in their Fearless Flyer if you happen to have one. Jason made dinner tonight. Actually, I made those beans the other night from my Favorite Cookbook. (I also made a mushroom barley soup which I didn’t like. Jason did though).

After dinner, we went to the gym and I ran 4.5 miles. I kind of did some speedwork even though my training plan doesn’t specify it. I would do 400 meters at 6.2mph and then recover for 800 meters at 5.7. This definitely made the time go by a lot quicker.

Here’s a public service announcement:
If you buy something on ebay, even though you are required to use Paypal when you check out and you would think that the item would ship to the address specified in your Paypal account, ebay might have a different address hidden on file somewhere and the package would ship there and since you don’t live there anymore, the package is in limbo-mail forwarding land.

The moral of the story is don’t let your dog eat your power supply cord.

Seriously, I ordered it over a month ago and have gone through all this shit with the postal service, the shipper and now, ebay. I mean, it’s my fault, but apparently, upon googling it, this has happened to a lot of people.

Racing with friends

I’m not exactly sure how many races I’ve run; somewhere between ten and fifteen, I’d venture to say. In that entire time, which is around 3.5 – 4 years, I haven’t trained for a race with anyone. That’s not to say that I haven’t run a race with people. In fact, I ran my very first half marathon with my father but he trained in MD and I trained in GA.

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for this race with one of my friends. We’ve been doing our long runs together. It’s nice to have a friend to run with. I haven’t been too concerned about my pace on our runs but there is always this little voice in my head that is telling me that I’m not pushing it hard enough. This is her first half marathon; she just wants to finish. I, on the other hand, have all of these times in my head that I feel the need to beat. Is there a such thing as a PW? Because last year, when I ran the ING, I PW’d by like 15 minutes. I’m not sure how exactly I went 15 minutes slower, but somehow I did. So I’d like to get back to around my normal time which is like 10:30-10:45 minute mile for a half marathon.

What I’m getting at here is that my goals and my friend’s goals for this race are different. I’m not exactly sure what to do. If she wants to stop and walk and I don’t, do I stop with her for support or do I keep going and leave her behind? I really wanted to run this 10K last weekend in sub-10 minute miles. But at the same time, I wanted to support my friend because it was her first 10K and she probably wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t done it with her.

Mardi Gras = Too Much Alcohol

I went to this Mardi Gras party yesterday. It was basically in the parking lot of Front Page News. It started at two and we got there at about 3:30. At first it kind of sucked. There weren’t that many people and it was colder out than I’d previously thought. After a while, the beer started flowing and several friends showed up and it was pretty fun. We walked over to El Myr afterwards for dinner. I had the green burrito. I didn’t eat the whole thing. I also had a glass of sangria. he original plan was to meet some other friends at The Glenwood But by this point, I was completely exhausted and wanted to go home. I didn’t drive though, so I was sort of at the mercy of the group, which included one of my friends who was pretty drunk and, even though she was tired and said she wanted to leave, kept getting sidetracked by different things. We finally left around 10ish. The Glenwood plan was scraped and we just went home. I woke up at like 3 am completely thirsty and with the realization that I cannot do the all-day drinking events anymore. It’s fun while it lasts but not fun to my body at all. I don’t know how many beers I had – 5 at least and the sangria. I really don’t drink like that hardly ever anymore so I know that I shouldn’t feel guilty about it, but for some reason, I sort of do.