Tang: not just for astronauts

I admit it.

I’m addicted to unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

I will drink that stuff straight from the carton in the middle of the night, refrigerator door open and in my skivvies.  I find myself going to the coop at least once a week for an almond milk run.  I put it in smoothies and oatmeal and my creamy curried veggies.  I just can’t get enough.

But yesterday morning, I ran out.

DRAT.

Oikos to the rescue!

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So, I made my overnight oats with Oikos instead and yum yum yum.  If only the coop sold Oikos!  I mean, I certainly can’t make a weekly trip to Whole Foods just for the Oikos, can I?  Or can I.  Eeeeek.  (Or is Fage just as yum?  Please tell me.  Oh, and thank you, Food Blogosphere, for turning me on to the stuff.  Next up?  A Green Monster, banana soft serve, or chia seeds.)

Here’re the deets:

  • Uno container (5ish ounces) of Oikos in vanilla flavor
  • 1/4 c. oats
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Squirt of agave nectar
  • Small handful of raisins

Mix ‘er up all good and let sit overnight in the fridge.  In the morning, preferably while sitting on the couch watching “American Morning” on CNN and waiting for your hair to dry, eat and enjoy.  Add extra fruit or nuts or dry cereal if you wish, though this morning I did without.

Oh, and of course I’m going to call it Oink-ohs, because I think that’s cuter.

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What is healthy?

“Healthy” doesn’t always mean oats-and-greens-and-gym-repeat.

Sometimes “healthy” means hanging with your girlfriends at an Irish pub at 5:30 PM after escaping a brutal NYC rainstorm.

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(Sadly not pictured:  said girlfriends.)

Yes, sometimes the healthiest thing you can do is imbibe in a glass or two of wine and have fabulous conversation and feel terribly grateful that you have such good souls in your life.

Now, onto another blessing:  tofu.

Since my time in Athens, GA, I have prepared tofu relatively the same delicious way:  the Grit way.  Or, should I say, the modified Grit way, as I don’t double-fry or even, really, “fry” at all.  I do, however, use the two magical ingredients that, together, will transform your mild-mannered soy into Something Wonderful.

What are those two ingredients, you ask?

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Mmmmmmmmmm.

Start with a block of cubed firm or extra-firm tofu.  (I prefer Fresh Tofu, Inc., for which I pay less than $1.50 at the coop.)

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Saute in a non-stick pan with a bit of spray olive oil, if you desire.  Push around until it firms up and becomes a bit golden.

Add the tamari.

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Mmmmmmmmmm.

Get it all brown and yummy.  You’re almost there.

Add the final (and most essential) ingredient:  the nutritional yeast.

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Mmmmmmmmmm.

Toss until it’s covered and nutty and cheesy and um, umami-y.

That’s it!

Now, go for it.  Sprinkle on everything under the sun.  Mix with veggies.  Stuff into a pita.  Use as a scramble with soysage.  Pop into your mouth like popcorn.  Top with salsa or Sriracha or gravy or cheese.  Tonight I’ll stuff a sweet potato with a mix of the tofu and some black beans and serve with a whole mess o’ veggies on the side.   (I’m also not opposed to just piling everything into a bowl and digging in.)

How do you like your tofu?

Mmmmmmmmmm.

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3500 calories

Four days of weight lifting, a bit of step aerobics, 6o minutes of yoga, tons of walking, plenty of green veggies, relatively no alcohol, and what do I discover this Monday morning?

A pound of weight gain

Super.

Sure, it could be water weight or muscle mass or blah blah blahbiddy blah, but still?  Really?  And on a Monday, to boot?  Maybe I should have rethought that yummy brown rice crispy treat and/or the Jamaican Grape Nut on a cone?

Heading to the gym tonight for TBC.  I’ll attempt to make-like-a-tourist and snap a few exterior shots for you, as one of the gyms I frequent is in the heart of Times Square.  I call it The Hidden Gym (because it’s tucked inside a hotel) despite the humunghuge sign advertising it on the outside. 

Breakfast was another Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie (this time vanilla-flavored), but I do believe I’m all tuckered out on those thangs.  Need to mix it up. 

Need Overnight Oats.

See you soon.

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Sun(salutation)day

Didn’t skip yoga today.  Nope.  Went to bed at a reasonable hour last night, woke up, guzzled down another Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie (this time cherry-flavored!) and got to class early.

Unfortunately, our teacher, Veronica, seemed a bit off today.  We did a series of one-legged dog, moving to modified one-legged chataranga poses, and back to one-legged dog on the right side, but she neglected to move us through the poses on the left side.  We did a series of shoulder stands, moving to plough, and back to shoulder stand, but no fish pose to even things out.  Savasana was at least seven minutes long, and while you won’t hear me complaining about that, it just seemed excessive.  STILL, glad I made it.  ‘Twas an excellent way to start my Sunday.

Note:  heading to yoga today marks five trips to the gym this week, meeting my personal goal.  Together with my good friend, Diana, I had set a number of objectives for the week:

  1. One 20-ounce bottle of water consumed daily
  2. One serving of vegetables consumed daily
  3. One multi-vitamin consumed daily
  4. Five trips to gym weekly

Happy to say I met or exceeded all of them.  How to celebrate?  How ’bout one of these!

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Agave-sweetened brown rice crispy treat with cashew butter and chocolate!  I ate half and took the other half home for later.

Where did I find such a treat?  At one of my new faves, the V Spot in Park Slope.  100% Vegan.  Unlimited mimosas (I decided to skip those but my pal, Rippy, enjoyed ’em for me!).  Burgers, wraps, panini, brunch foods, raw options, organic juices.  The works.  I had an iced coffee with soy milk and this lovely breakfast burrito wrap:

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It contained their house-made tofu scramble, black beans, soy cheese, soy sour cream, guacamole, and lots of veggies.  The salad was not dressed — which I preferred, actually.  I gobbled it all up quickly.

Just another beautiful Brooklyn day from the backyard dining patio.

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After parting ways with Rippy, I braved Marshall’s at the Atlantic Center and picked up a Misto and a Diet Coke.  (Trying to get away from whatever comes in those cans of non-stick spray, thankyouverymuch.)

Now my only priority is to cool off after spending the afternoon in the heat.

Have a fabulous rest of your weekend!

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Playing catsup

You know what this blog needs?  This blog needs more pitch-yaahss.  Yes, indeed.

My lunch yesterday was a Dr. Praeger’s California Burger wrap, but I had to tote said burger separately, mais oui, so that I could heat it up without wilting the greens.  Peep the construction the night before:

Sriracha and spicy mustard with Parm on a multi-grain tortilla!

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Romaine and baby spinach!

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Mmmm!  Greens!

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Honestly, the Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie held me over for hours, so I didn’t eat the sucker ’til around 2pm-ish.  Had some coffee and tucked away an apple for later.

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Seriously “Office Space”, no?

Today I treated myself to some cherries from the coop (yes, I’m finally a member!), my first sugar plum from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, and a deeeeeeeeelicious scoop of Jamaican Grape Nut ice cream on a sugar cone from Bittersweet.  I mean, hey!  I walked to the gym, powered through an hour of Total Body Conditioning, and walked to Ft. Greene, so…

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Yes, it was deserved.

Oh oh oh!  But before all of that (but after the grueling yet satisfying gym workout), I met my ol’ pal Rippy for brunch at Moim in Park Slope.

Eh, wait.  It wasn’t really brunch.  It was LUNCH.  (Brunch implies imbibing in a Bloody for me, something I do less often now, I s’pose.)  But, anyhoooo, I ordered kimchee rice with tofu and salad.

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It was — how do you say? — just okay.  The tofu was silken and fried tempura-style.  Would have been better if firm and stir-fried until golden.  And four pieces of silken tofu for $1?  Seriously?  Seriously?

We finished the afternoon off at the Brooklyn Flea, and please do notice that I am still in gym attire with gym hair, while Rippy looks on with that stoic Rippy pose.

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Must go to Flea again, but with deeper pockets and emptier stomach.

Check out these babies, please.  (Would certainly put that kimchee rice dish to shame, y’know?)

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And this menu from this vendor!

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Not sure what tonight brings.  Perhaps a drink or two in the ‘hood.  Perhaps an early bedtime, as I have my second weekend trip to the gym (yoga!  yay!) in the morn.

(Incidentally, I spotted a certain judge from the Next Food Network Star at the gym this morning, and while I wanted to inquire as to the results of tomorrow’s next week’s finale, I simply just tried not to stare.)

Hope your Saturday night brings rollickin’ trouble, kids.

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Neighhhh

It’s been an oaty morning, my friends.

Inspired by Kath, I wanted overnight oats.  I wanted, however, to use up that Spiru-tein protein powder in my pantry.

Hmmm.  Overnight oats + protein powder = overnight oatmeal smoothie?

Lemme tell you, tastier than one would imagine.

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Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1/4 c. rolled oats
  • 1/4 c. oat bran
  • 1 T dried blueberries
  • 1 packet Strawberry Banana flavored Spiru-tein
  • 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 c. water

Mixed all up, shake-shake-shaken like nobody’s business, and left to hang out and get happy in my fridge overnight.  I gulped it down this morning while catching five thrilling minutes of an infomercial.  (RIP Billy Mays, btw.)

This concoction has now held me over until lunchtime and thus, it’s gonna have to go into rotation.

Enjoy your afternoon!

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And in the beginning…

I skipped yoga tonight.

I skipped yoga tonight and came home and started a healthy living blog.  What does that tell you?

To be honest, I did 45 minutes of Step & Sculpt at lunch today, so I thought I’d give myself a bit of a pass.

  • Breakfast was a delicious bowl of overnight oats, coconut, cinnamon, raisins, agave, and almond milk.
  • Lunch?  A homemade seitan sandwich with romaine, spicy mustard, and Sriracha.
  • Snacks included a Light & Fit yogurt in Cherry Vanilla topped with wild blueberry flax granola, a homemade soft oatmeal bar, and a juicy Pink Lady apple.
  • Dinner?  More seitan, but this time stir-fried with zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, and (mmmm!) kale, topped with Thai chile sauce.
  • Dessert was a bowl of red seedless grapes, covered generously with a handful of ricotta salata and sliced almonds.

So, yeah, I skipped yoga tonight, but I ate yumminess throughout the day and sweat most of my stress away and started a blog and I feel fine.

(Oh, and photos will arrive eventually.  Promise.)

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