Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

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It comes back to David Bowie way too often on this blog. I don’t even know why. Some of his songs (especially this one, this one, and this one) would certainly make my desert island playlist, but I wouldn’t think to put him in my top 5 or anything. Unless, of course, I haven’t checked in with my Top 5 Brain since I was, like, 18. I heard somewhere that’s where a lot of people get off the boat, musically, and I didn’t come around to Bowie until I was 25 or 26, so…


I guess that line from “Space Oddity” ended up in my head because some weeks I’m so busy, it feels like I may as well be on a different planet from my home base. This is why my freezer is often stocked as if in preparation for nuclear winter. Like so: freezer 1

freezer 2

So basically, lots of frozen soup, frozen fish, frozen beans, frozen sprouted grain bread, and frozen vegetables. No wonder Whole Foods sends me coupons more befitting a family of four instead of, well, one.

If you’re thinking, “Your microwave probably will not work in the case of nuclear winter, Jess,” you are absolutely right, and have obviously thought this through way better than I have. This is why I just count my blessings that a busy week is about as bad as it gets—and to make sure I have plenty of sardines and dry-roasted edamame on hand. Just in case…

What’s in your freezer? Who were your favorite musical artists at age 18? 

What I Ate Wednesday #142

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So wow—Merry Christmas! Happy December 25th! I know I keep talk ing about the time going quickly, but the holidays seriously snuck up on me this year. However, I managed to get all my shopping and prep done this weekend. I guess that’s one benefit to not being coupled up—I don’t have to deal with all the obligatory partner things like office holiday parties or cookie swaps at someone’s college roommate’s girlfriend’s place or whatever.

I’ll be back later this week with some pics to share from my holiday meals, but for this week’s  What I Ate Wednesday, I figured I’d share some of my weekend eats—aka the things I relied on to stay fueled as I cleaned out the fridge, wrapped the last of my gifts, and overall got my act together.  As always, many thanks to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link party—hop on over there to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Here’s what I ate on Sunday…

  • Breakfast: Zucchini bread oats with PB
  • Lunch: A bunch of veggies (cheers to cleaning out the fridge) and pulled chicken from the slow cooker, topped with hummus
  • Greek yogurt with cocoa powder and homemade granola—recipe coming! After I snapped this picture I added some homemade cranberry sauce that needed to get used.
  • Dinner: Leftover mushroom lentil bourguinon; toast with hummus & roasted eggplant; an unpictured square of dark chocolate
  • Snack: Cottage cheese (the No Added Salt kind) with granola

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently? 

Budget-Friendly Shopping List

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After last week’s post on grocery shopping, I got a few requests for a list that would work for a tighter budget.

groceriesYou can actually  stock a pantry pretty well for very little cash. Here are some staples to have on hand so you can always whip up a tasty, healthy meal instead of ordering in!

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Greens-kale, spinach, etc
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • 2-3 Seasonal veggies such as brussels sprouts, squash, fiddleheads, asparagus, etc.
  • 1-2 Seasonal fruits such as plums, berries, fresh figs, cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, etc
  • Frozen non-seasonal fruits and veggies if preferred (ex: berries in the wintertime)
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes


  • Eggs
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Peanut butter


  • Yogurt, plain, non-fat
  • Grated pecorino or parmesan cheese
  • Goat cheese


  • Old-Fashioned/Rolled Oats
  • Whole Wheat bread
  • Whole wheat pasta or brown rice
  • Whole grain cereal

Fats & Oils

  • Olive Oil


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Green tea
  • Coffee
  • Ground Flax
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Spices: salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, oregano, etc,

Milk Madness

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I don’t know that many adults who drink milk anymore, but I actually do once in a while when I’m on the go and need something filling to get me a few hours from point A to point B. Most likely, I’ll opt to have it in the form of a cappuccino, but occasionally, like on a road trip or at work, a cup of milk is a quick and easy source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D.

Something that bugs me, though, is when the only options available in a store is flavored milk. When I talk about living in an obesogenic society, I’m talking about stuff like this:

flavored milk Bonus points for the organic milk, but if you can make room for vanilla and chocolate, how about some plain milk? Though I’m not going to discount the research suggesting that chocolate milk is a good post-workout recovery beverage, what’s with the vanilla?

Anyway, that’s just one of my eye-rolls for the week. If we want to help people stay healthy and avoid chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, let’s make it easier to consume healthier options!

What prompted your last eye-roll? 

“Classic Kombucha”

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This “Classic” Kombucha business really cracks me up. I guess 0.5% alcohol still counts, but seriously?! Anything to be able to charge more or find a new angle to sell something to a niche market…Hah, “black label” kombucha. Too bad it tastes so good. Kombucha classic

I may or may not be a little disappointed I did not get carded. over 21 kombucha

Do you like kombucha? If you do, what’s your favorite variety? 

Pumpkin Things

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OMG so many pumpkin things at Trader Joe’s right now! And so many more to try…I allowed myself a few impulse buys yesterday afternoon on my after-work grocery run. Can’t wait to give these a try.

IMG_3568I am also amused that the pumpkin things match my orange kitchen: )

What was your last impulse buy? 

“But it was on sale…”

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Going back to the topic of impulse buysdark chocolate with caramel and sea salt

I totally went in just to buy tinfoil and face wash. Let’s be honest, though—I’d have bought this even if it weren’t on sale.

A few weeks ago, I was having a conversation with a coworker about candy—”It’s probably the one thing I don’t eat,” I said, “with the exception of dark chocolate, of course.”

“Dark chocolate isn’t candy,” she replied.

We laughed, but hey, I guess you can argue the antioxidants are at least doing you a few favors. Ask not what you can do you for your food; ask what your food can do for you. Or something.

Everyone is different, but I’m one of those people who can enjoy a square of really delicious chocolate after a meal and call it a done deal rather than feel the need to finish the bar or the bag. We all have our things—mine is liquids (I always want the large cup of coffee or goblet of wine). And gum. Oh god…I am probably keeping Orbit in business.

People are often surprised to hear I eat chocolate every day (dark, of course—I hate milk chocolate), but since my everyday life diet has a little room for that bittersweet treat (oh geez, lamest accidental rhyme ever), I can enjoy a piece after dinner without any swirling “omg I just ate chocolate” thoughts. This keeps me feeling satisfied and less inclined to eat “healthified” processed junk that just makes me want the real deal even more. It’s all about balance, my friends.

Do you like chocolate? What’s your favorite kind? Are there any foods you eat everyday that others might find surprising?