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no snow?!

The weathermen predicted 10 inches of snow today, where is it?!  There isn’t more than a dusting and I am so happy!

This afternoon I snacked on some delicious homemade root vegetable chips.

And a coconut almond cookie.

Both of which would homemade by my mom!  She had a party last night and saved me some samples, which I just had to try!  They were great!

After my trek home on the T (my car is in the shop!), it was dinner time.

Salad with peppers, green apple, raisins and pomegranate vinaigrette.  This seems to be a staple salad lately.

And, Vegetable and Grain Torta – once again, made by mom!  The recipe is from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters.

It was pretty good!  The crust was quinoa and the torta was layered with zucchini and eggplant.  Something I would definitely eat again.

I made myself a cup of tea and ate a super charge cookie after dinner while watching The Hangover.

‘Night!

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snowy day

The city of Boston started their snow emergency at 8am!!  There wasn’t a flake on the ground when I left for work…

Back up to my workout!

I trekked to the gym this morning to do some speedwork on the treadmill, and lift some weights.  After running 7 miles with 8 x 800’s in 60 minutes, I moved on to weights.

Upper Body Weights

  • Overhead press (3 sets of 12, 10lb weights)
  • 21’s (3 sets, 10lb weights)
  • Chest press (3 sets of 12, 12.5lb weights)
  • Tricep row (3 sets of 12, 12.5lb weights)
  • Upright row (3 sets of 12, 10lb weights)
  • Front raises (3 sets of 10, 7.5lb weights)
  • Side raises (3 sets of 10, 7.5lb weights)
  • Fly’s (3 sets of 12, 10lb weights)
  • Tricep extension (3 sets of 12, 10lb weight)
  • Lateral pulldown (3 sets of 12, 50lbs)
  • Seated row (3 sets of 12, 40lbs)

Great workout!  My legs were burning after my run, and my arms were burning after the weights!

Once home, I was starving, so I immediately dug into breakfast!

Museli with homemade granola and a scoop of Cinn-ful Pecan Mix Nut Butter

This is the best kind of Museli I have tried.  I love Bob’s Red Mill!  I haven’t tried all of his stuff, but the museli and oatmeal are delicious.  Remember my NuVal shopping experience, when I found out that Museli was more nutritious than Oats?  Well, I still love my oats, but I like the switch it up once in awhile too.

I mixed this museli with a litte almond milk, and popped it in the microwave for 30 seconds, so that my pecan butter would melt.  I then topped it with some homemade granola and Cinn-ful Pecan Butter.  It was delicious, as usual.  The addition of pecan butter made it more sin-ful. 🙂

The Cinn-ful Pecan Mix Nut Butter is from Futter’s.  They have a great company who make lots of different types of nut butters instead of peanut butter.  All of their products are made with little to no extra ingredients added, and are so good!  I have tried a few other flavors, but this Cinn-ful Pecan is to die for, seriously!

(sorry for the blurry photos today :()

They recommend that you keep pecan butter in the fridge, but I like it ooey and gooey, so it sits in my cabinet!

I feel a cold coming on (it seems like everyone around me is sick!), so along with breakfast I had some Cold season tea from Yogi.

The tea contains a lot of natural herbs to fight a cold!  I love natural medicine practices.  I’m not one to take cold medicine, so I try to fuel up on natural stuff.

Mmmm…it has an overall orangy flavor, and I love tasting some herbs too.

Warmed me right up.

My blurry tea fortune says: You must live for something higher, bigger and better than you.

On to Lunch!

I am still working on some leftovers, but wanted something different today. I decided on a salad with arugula, peppers and hemp seeds!  Hemp is so good for you (read about it in a previous post here).  I normally use the protein powder in my smoothies, but bought some seeds during my last health food store shopping.

They don’t taste like much, but do have a nutty flavor, so they make a perfect addition to sprinkle on salads or in stirfrys for an added boost!

I added some homemade pomegranate dressing to my salad – pomegranate juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Along with my salad, I had a pineapple chobani with some additional pineapple mixed in!

 

And, for my sweet ending, another new chocolate bar!  (only a few pieces though)

Chocolove Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate

Word cannot describe this bar!  It was so good.  Rich dark chocolate paired with sea salt and chunks of almonds.  I mean, check out the almonds!

Loved this one!

Of course, it came with a love poem:

How great would these chocolate bars be for Valentine’s day?!  Chocolate and a love poem! (hint, hint)

crofter’s superfruit jam

A few weeks ago, Crofter’s Organics sent me some samples of their Superfruit Spreads to review on the blog.  I have seen their jams in the supermarket and have always been intrigued by them, so I was very excited to try them!

Crofter’s produces fruit spreads, conserves, jellies, and their newest addition superfruit spreads!  Crofter’s prides themselves on using organic whole berries and fruits, along with organic fair trade cane sugars in their products.  They do not use a lot of sugar, but just enough to give their products a hint of sweetness.

I was searching through their website to get some more information on their products, and I came across something really interesting to me – the difference between the types of jams, jellies, spreads, etc on the market today.

From the website:

Jams and jellies; preserves and conserves; fruit spreads and butters and marmalades, oh my! These are just some of the terms associated with preserved fruit products.

 According to convention and common knowledge…

 Jelly: Just the juice, nothing but the juice. And sugar. No seeds, whole berries or chunks of fruit. Clear and well-jelled.

Jam: Crushed, puréed or chopped fruit cooked down with sugar. A soft, chunk-free pulp.

Preserve: Chopped or whole fruit cooked with sugar until a syrupy base able to suspend the fruit chunks develops.

Conserve: A preserve made with more than one fruit, often including raisins and nuts. Sometimes a conserve refers to a more thickly-stewed preserve.

Fruit Spread
: A recent addition to the jam aisle, fruit spreads began as reduced-calorie products made with alternative sweeteners and fruit juice concentrates.

Fruit Butter: Fruit purées slowly cooked down with sugar, lemon juices and spices to a smooth, soft consistency.

Marmalade: A soft, typically citrus-based jelly. The sweet jelly balances the bitterness of the citrus peels, which are included along with the fruit pulp.

I was sent their 4 superfruit spreads to review:

  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

They each contain superfruits from the four corners of the earth!

Now, on to my review of their 4 superfruit spreads!

From the website:

Stuffed with 1 pound of premium organic fruit, our new line of Superfruit Spreads includes four unique fruit combinations, sourced from around the world. Each certified organic spread is sweetened with fair trade sugar and contains one-third less sugar than jam. Experience these different cultural tastes while getting your daily dose of antioxidants.

I spread each jam on some Millet toast to get an equal tasting of each!

North AmericaWild cranberries and blueberries blended with red grapes and morello cherries

Look at the whole blueberries in the spread!

This spread was delicious, and definitely my favorite out of all of them!  I love blueberries, so I knew that this would be a winner.  The blueberries give this spread extra antioxidents!  I love the whole berries and tart taste of the spread, which has just a hint of sweetness to balance it out.  Overall, excellent!

South AmericaMaqui berries and passionfruit blended with red grapes and morello cherries

I did not love this jam as much as the blueberry, and it was probably my least favorite out of all four spreads.  It must be the passionfruit that gives it a tangier taste than the rest of the spreads.  Definitely still yummy, but just not my favorite!

Europe Pomegranates and black currants blended with red grapes and morello cherries

YUM!  I loved the taste of pomegranates in this spread.  The currants definitely balanced out the sweetness of the pomegranates and gave it a nice overall flavor.  Their are chunks of currants in this one, which I love.  Lots of vitamin C in this jar!

Asia Raspberries and Yumberries blended with red grapes and morello cherries

Definitely a close runner up to the Blueberry spread!  This spread tastes a little sweeter to me because both yumberries and raspberries have a sweeter taste.  You can see the raspberry seeds in the jar, so you know that real fruit was used in the spread.

Overall, all 4 of these spreads were delicious.  I would definitely buy them all again, but I would purchase North America and Asia over the others.  I’m so happy that I was able to try all four of the superfruit spreads.  Thank you, Crofter’s!