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Oats and a Visitor


This morning started out great!  I got up early (thought I had to be in lab only to find out that lab was cancelled), and made a delicious breakfast to kick start my Saturday 🙂

No Bake Cookie Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • toppings: coconut, peanut butter and crumbled graham crackers

Cook oatmeal according to package with milk instead of water on the stovetop. I have found that oatmeal tastes better and has a much more appealing texture when cooked on the stovetop.  Once you add the oats, add flax meal, cocoa, raisins, and brown sugar.  Continue to cook.  Then add toppings.  Enjoy. 


This only serves 1 person, so you can double, triple, quadruple as needed.  I wouldn’t recommend making more than 4 servings at once.


A lot of you  might already know that I have a cat.  But not just any cat, THE BEST CAT EVER!

Charlie Chronicles Part II


He waits for me to come home…and usually he will tell me everything that he did that day.  Sleep…eat….sleep….eat 


He likes tissue paper.  For a mellow cat, he loves to play!


His favorite spot in the apartment is the sliding glass door.  He’s got a comfy rug to lay on and watch all the squirrels in the back yard.


His most playful time is night.  Sometimes he brings Mr. Mouse to bed.  I usually hide it under my pillow to get him to sleep. 


He is fascinated by the tub.  It makes gurgly noises when it drains, so he will get in and just stare it….for hours.


He’s very cuddly.  I like to say that Charlie and I are watching Greys Anatomy, but really I’m watching Greys and Charlie is snoozing.


I call this “The Superman”.  He likes to sleep with his arms stretched out. 

Today, Charlie went crazy!  Because, we had a visitor:


I believe its a Penn State squirrel 🙂


Charlie didn’t budge.  He was going to make sure that this little guy knew his place, hehe.


Hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend!  Only one more weekend until Thanksgiving!


Brain Food and Fun

So, yesterday our class was given a take home exam.  You are probably thinking “Oh great!  Take home…open note!  open book!”  And you would be correct in those assumptions, however if they gave us the exam to take home, how hard are they going to make this thing?!?!

Guess how long the exam was?  4 pages!  Yep FOUR!  The first question took me 5 hours to complete.  Needless to say proper fueling was needed 🙂

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Before tackling the exam, I drank the most delicious “green monster”.  Ok so it wasn’t green, but it definitely had green in it.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Green Monster

  • Frozen Spinach
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 container of 0% Chobani Strawberry Greek Yogurt
  • Light Chocolate Soy Milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Chocolate
  • 1 TBSP flaxseed

Soooo good!  Too bad I was still sweaty from my run and it made me shiver. 


The new Kings of Leon CD and all my books helped me through the exam.  I had a lot of Green Mountain coffee from my Keurig (the love of my culinary life). 


I also love Blue Diamond almonds, the cinnamon brown sugar variety.  They come in these great bottles, which let you know when you have had 1 oz (an exact portion).  Also the cap holds about an ounce so you can just dump and munch.  Almonds are a great go to snack for people on the go.  They keep you full and supply fiber and protein.  I keep these in my backpack or on my desk for when I feel a hunger pang 🙂


Then look what came for me today as I was just starting to complete the exam!?  A wonderful package from Mom and Dad for me and Charlie.  Yes even Charlie got a Halloween treat!


I have never seen these granola bars before, but with my pumpkin obsession, they should satisfy any craving.  I’ll let you now how they are when I pop them open (I’m still full from lunch).

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Sweet Cajun Trail Mix from Archer Farms (aka Target) is addictive, so I don’t pick it up all that often.  I haven’t had this yummy snack since the spring, so I’m glad Mom and Dad thought of sending some…my hands ripped into it immediately.


Mom wraps things up in the cutest way!  Even Charlie’s kitty snacks were wrapped in a sweet pumpkin bag.

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I think that when you take exams it is a free pass for chocolate.  Like a get out of hell jail free card. 


Charlie was very patient and watched over the pumpkins while I completed my exam.  But when he found his treats in the box from home and discovered the wonder of tissue paper….well all “H E double hockey sticks” broke out.

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He pooped himself out. Now he’s napping as I write this post. 


I made the most delicious sandwich for lunch (more brain fuel) and I’m still full from it (2.5 hours later!)

Pear, Asiago, and Veggie Burger Panini

  • 1/2 pear sliced thin
  • shredded Italian cheeses
  • honey mustard
  • veggie burger (I like Morningstar)
  • 1 whole grain sandwich bun

On the bottom half of the sandwich, put enough shredded cheese to cover the bottom, and then layer on the pear.  The heated veggie burger goes next.  More cheese on top of that (as much as you want).  Spread honey mustard on the top of the bun.  Put the sandwich together and put into a panini press.  Cut in half and ENJOY!


SOOO Yummy :) 


Well I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and you’re gearing up for Halloween.  I have my MONSTER DASH half marathon on Sunday.  Still trying to figure out what to wear.


What’s your Halloween costume this year?

Your Questions Answered!

I got a few questions throughout the day!  Two really struck me as thought provoking though:

Q1: “I have a huge sweet tooth!  How can I control myself from eating too much at once!?!?”

A1: Do not fret!  I too had a horribly awful sweet tooth.  (Actually I couldn’t go to sleep till I put a piece of chocolate in my mouth)

Here’s what worked for me (not to say it will work for everyone):

I started to eat more whole foods.  By whole foods, I mean foods that come in their natural forms, like whole fruits and vegetables, all natural grains (quinoa, brown rice, bulgar).  Also, I cut out a lot of animal products.  I’m not a complete vegetarian or vegan, but I don’t consume nearly as much animal products as I used too.

If you try to incorporate more of above foods into your diet and still feel your sweet tooth getting the best of you…try keeping only one sweet food in the house at a time.  I always keep dark chocolate in my apartment.  When the mood strikes, I have one piece.  Self control is a learned trait.  Reward yourself in other ways: a new piece of clothing, a trip to the movies, or even a new workout class you wouldn’t have normally paid for (hot yoga anyone!?)

Hope that helped!

Q2: McDonald’s has just debuted a Smoothie on their menu…how healthy is this? And are smoothies in general healthy?

A1: This is a double edged sword.  For calorie content, I do not find a small or medium McDonald’s smoothie all that awful for a snack (once in awhile).  I’m not quite sure what McDonald’s is putting in their smoothies, because the sugar content is out of this world!  Here’s what I recommend…if you like smoothies, make them at home!

DSC00392I like GreenMonster smoothies…although their color is not for everyone!  Frozen fruit and skim milk/soy milk make amazing smoothies that are pretty much fat free and low in added sugars.

Two Smoothie Recipes I Recommend:


1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries

1/4 large banana (you can freeze the other half and make an Overnight Oat Parfait the next day!)

1 cup skim milk/soy or almond milk

5 cubes ice


Virgin Green Monster

2 large handfuls of fresh baby spinach (put into a bowl, sprinkle with water, microwave for 3 min and let cool)

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1.5 TBSP flaxseed (soooooo good for you!)

1 banana in chunks

1 cup skim milk/soy or almond milk

4 ice cubes

BLEND BLEND BABY!  Drink and watch your energy levels soar


Thanks for the questions today guys!  Hope my answers help and if you have anymore, please ask!  You don’t have to wait for a Questions Post to come up 🙂

Have a wonderful night, and sleep well!

Charlie definitely will:


Quote for the evening:

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness” – Richard Carlson

Next post….HEALTHY COOKIES! (it can’t be true….can it?)