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starving!

I was starving this morning when I woke up!  I guess my body needed more fuel after my run last night, which I couldn’t give it because I was so exhausted.  I slept really well – until my alarm went off.   I feel like I could have slept for hours!

I needed something quicker than oatmeal for breakfast, so I toasted up 2 pieces of Millet bread smeared with raw almond butter, raspberry jam and cacao bliss (I am basically obsessed with anything coconut, especially chocolate and coconut!).

Along with a super sweet and juicy grapefruit – YUM!

And some hot chocolate/coffee (aka. choffee).  I rarely ever drink coffee, but I really felt like some today!

I ended up spending way to much time eating breakfast, reading blogs and other things online this morning and basically ran out of time to pack myself lunch.  This is what happens when I don’t pack lunch at night!!

I grabbed a few things out of my fridge and cabinets and came up with a fairly decent lunch.  No greens today because they weren’t pre-washed for an easy grab-n-go.

It did fill me right up though.  I am seriously craving juicy fruit today – I must be dehydrated.

Greek yogurt, maple granola and chocolate crispies, a banana and a champagne mango!

Greek yogurt does really fill you up because it is so much thicker than regular yogurt.  Love it!  Plus, I was so busy today that I barely noticed that it was lunch time.

I started bringing my own silverware to work – I can’t stand using the plastic stuff everyday.  What a waste!

Once I got home, I started cooking dinner.  I made another Heidi dish tonight from 101Cookbooks.com.  If you haven’t been able to tell, I absolutely love her recipes!  Most of them are simple, and she uses great ingredients.

Tonight on the menu was Ten Minute Tasty Asparagus and Brown Rice.  See the recipe here!  Served along with low & slow sweet potato chunks.

This is the simplest recipe ever!  And, it will literally take 10 minutes if you already have the rice pre-cooked.  I did not, but spent time preparing my lunch for tomorrow as I was waiting for the rice to cook.

Once cooked, you basically dump all of the ingredients into one pot in steps – chickpeas, garlic and onion, asparagus, rice!  So simple.  My favorite part are the chickpeas.  They get browned and a little crunchy.  Yummy.

I added walnuts, instead of almonds and used the rest of the Tangy Tahini Sauce instead of making the suggested dressing.  They are both really similar, so either would work.  I also added the juice of 1 lemon to the rice would just gives it a bit more flavor.

The sweet potatoes were dressed with a spritz of olive oil and a shake of cinnamon.  Then baked for 30 minutes at 350°, 20 minutes at 400°.

Great combination of flavors here!

Dessert was a dessert plate, which I see Katie make up all the time!  I had a sampling of dark chocolate, dark chocolate covered almonds, dried ginger and a fig all dipped in a bit of chocolate almond butter.

It was so fun!  Served with some mint tea.

I think it’s time for some reading in bed.  I’m exhausted!

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coconut bliss

Yes, ice cream was in my future last night!  But, not just any ice cream – coconut milk ice cream!

The wonderful folks at Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss generously sent me 2 coupons for free samples of their ice cream.

From their website:  As rich and creamy as premium ice cream, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is a satisfying, delicious, and healthy alternative to dairy and soy-based frozen desserts. Made from a base of naturally rich coconut milk and sweetened with agave syrup, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss is certified organic, 100% vegan, kosher pareve, and made with certified fair trade ingredients.

I really love their products because they are vegan, organic, fair trade and made with ingredients that I can pronounce!

I picked up 2 pints when I was at Whole Foods this weekend.  It was really hard to pick the flavors because they all sound so delicious.  I saw Naked Coconut (which I have tried before), Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge, Dark Chocolate, Mint Galactica and Vanilla Island.

I decided to keep it simple and chose the Dark Chocolate and Mint Galactica.

Of course, I had to sample both when I got home!

First up, Dark Chocolate.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum), Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Fair Trade Cocoa, Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Extract

This was awesome!  The chocolate definitely overpowered any coconut flavor that this could have had.  It was a little hard to get it out of the container, and definitely did not seem as creamy as ice cream is.  I love my ice cream, but want a healthier alternative other than Banana Softserve!

Looks were definitely deceiving here!  After letting it soften in the container for a minute or 2, I gave it a try and it was smooth, creamy, chocolatey and delicious!  I loved every bite of this.

Next up, Mint Galactica!

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Milk (Organic Coconut, Water, Guar Gum), Organic Agave Syrup, Organic Fair Trade Dark Chocolate (Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla), Organic Peppermint Extract, Organic Fair Trade Vanilla Extract

I had high expectations here, since mint chocolate chip is my all time favorite ice cream.  Well, this did not disappoint!  Once again, it was creamy and melted in my mouth.  The mint ice cream was good, but I could definitely taste a little coconut, which is fine with me because I love coconut.  It was a bit of an odd taste though, so if you aren’t sure about the coconut flavor, definitely go with one of the chocolate flavors.  The chocolate flakes were awesome.

Overall, I loved these and will definitely try some other flavors.  They are a great alternative to ice cream and a little healthier for you too.

Check out more information and the nutrition facts on their website.

Thank you for letting me try these out, Kiley!