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I have a confession to make: I’m newly addicted to all things containing cherry. It started last week when I had an iced nonfat dark cherry mocha at Starbucks. So, while I didn’t take many food pictures this week, I do have some of the cherry variety.

Cha-Cha Cherry from Arden’s Garden– it had cherries, pineapple, and mango in it. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too sweet, but it did have pulp in it.

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White chocolate cherry bread from Great Harvest – you guys, this was amazing. So decadent and dessert-like… in Tobey’s words, “It’s not really bread.”

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Up close… do you see the melty white chocolate? It was just out of the oven.

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The original culprit- a tall, iced nonfat dark cherry mocha… you must try it! The cherry flavor isn’t artificial tasting at all, and the drink itself isn’t overwhelmingly sweet.

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Kashi dark cherry chocolate bar:

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Frozen cherries…

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I used the whole bag of cherries in this next picture… oops! Sugar overload?

Following Caitlin’s lead, I blended together:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbs reduced-sugar Nesquik
  • 1 small banana

There are another 15 or so blended cherries on top… I told you that I’m addicted! This was perfect after a long walk outside, but next time, I would probably leave the chocolate powder out.

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And one more… a chocolate covered cherry on top of milk chocolate frozen yogurt.

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WOW- that was a lot of cherries! We’ll see if I can maintain my cherry intake this week, or if I’ll be dealing with cherry burn-out.

Do you like the cherry + chocolate combo, or does fruit + chocolate not do it for you? What two things do you love combining?

-Laura

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It’s the Little Things…

Hey hey! This is going to be a really random post, but I want to tell you guys about two things that I loved today.

So, you’re probably bored with me telling you that “I studied at Starbucks today,” but I have to tell you about what I had for breakfast there… the greek yogurt and honey parfait. Have you tried it yet?

It’s so good! It’s perfectly satisfying and full of flavor. The granola is great… just the right amount and not too sweet. It kept me full for 3 hours or so, which is impressive!

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A frosty pic:

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I’m glad that I had a good breakfast, because the weather was just dismal today! It was raining cats & dogs when I took this picture.

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You’re about to see that it’s the little things that excite me…

So, I stopped at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a few things this afternoon. I’ve been thinking about adding a Keurig to my Christmas list ever since I fell in love with my sister’s Keurig in October. And that’s where the Nescafe Dolce Gusto comes in…

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There was a girl running a Dolce Gusto stand in the store, so I stopped to try a drink. I went into the little demonstration thinking that there’s no way I would like it more than the Keurig, but now I’m torn! Do you have either one of these coffee makers?

I don’t NEED one, but they really are so cool. I normally just brew two pots of coffee in the beginning of the week, pour it into a pitcher, and have iced coffee for the week. Simple, but not that exciting!

Anyway, I tried a latte and it was seriously as good as a latte from Starbucks. I looked at the ingredient lists on the little single cups and they weren’t bad. The machine started at $149.99, but after a $30 rebate and 20% off, it was $95. Not bad!

Do you guys have any thoughts on single-cup coffee makers? Is it worth the investment?

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Have you guys been watching the American Music Awards? The performances have been amazing… they have made taking practice tests so much more enjoyable. 🙂

I hope that you have a great start to the week!

-Laura

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I started my day bright & early at Whole Foods… not a bad way to start the day! I wanted to grab a juice before I went to the farmers market.

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I looked for the seasonal Clif bars, but they were nowhere to be found! Does anyone know if they are the same flavors as last year?  

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The juice bar:

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I got the “Pascal”- carrot, celery, apple, lemon, beet, kale and ginger. I just ask for “medium ginger” because wow, it’s strong and really wakes me up!

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I also had a Clif white chocolate macadamia nut bar. Clif bars are kinda meh to me- honestly, I don’t think they taste that great and I’m always hungry like an hour later. I like Luna bars a lot more. Do you have a favorite bar?

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Next, I made my way over to the farmers market. It wasn’t open the other week, so I was glad to see that they were back at it today!

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I picked up some white carrots and a bunch of peppers. I’m really excited to use the white carrots; apparently, they last just like regular carrots but they’re really pretty. 🙂

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I was excited to see that Souper Jenny was there! She makes the best soup in town… there is always a line out of the door for it. It didn’t even cross my mind to buy some because it was still pretty early.

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Finally, I made my way over to Starbucks to study. It was packed today… like, line-to-the-door packed until noon. It must be the red cups!

Random story– the creamer stand (Is that what it’s called?) was to my left, and at one point I noticed that there was a red-headed boy (who was maybe 10 or so) with a strawberry frappuccino. When his mom wasn’t looking, he was dumping sugar on top of it! I really couldn’t help but laugh but his mom wasn’t very pleased when she saw what he was doing. 🙂

I was sitting at a table with this sign in front of me:

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Caramel brulee latte? I must try that! Instead, I got one of these… (I told you that Clif bars don’t work for long!)

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When I got home, I FINALLY finished the thai leftovers. Thai food makes the refrigerator smell really bad- it was driving me nuts!

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With a side of kale chips:

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For dinner, I baked a butternut squash at 400* for 60 minutes. As Christie would say, I made a multi-tasking meal. While it was baking, I got some cleaning done before I started on the polenta.

I cut the polenta log into disks, and sauteed them for about 5 minutes on each side with olive oil and sea salt. Once the squash was done, I cut it into cubes. I combined the squash and polenta, and topped it with parmesan cheese.

I think that I’ll top the leftover polenta with marinara tomorrow, and have the butternut squash on the side. The way that I ate it tonight was just okay- a tad bland.

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Enjoy your Sunday… I just can’t wait for my weekends to be free of studying! Hopefully that will be soon enough.

Night!

-Laura

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Hi! I started my day bright & early at Starbucks so that I could get some studying done. I’m much more productive in the morning than in the afternoon… are you guys the same way?

This is really random, but last time I was studying was for the Series 7 a year and a half ago. I would come to this Starbucks and study, and I noticed that weekend after weekend, the same people would come in at the same times.

Fast forward to today- I saw some of the same people! Isn’t it funny how people fall into their weekend routines? Is there something that you do weekend after weekend at the same time- coffee shop, workout class, or brunch spot?

I brought a pineapple upside down cake yogurt from home and got some perfect oatmeal. I topped it with the dried fruit and brown sugar.

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I also had a tall iced coffee with soy milk.

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All together now…

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I studied into the afternoon, and that brings me to tonight… I headed out to my parents’ house for the night!

Happy hour before dinner… champagne! It was the smallest glass ever, so I had this x 2:

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We headed over to Fusco’s for Italian food… my favorite!

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I had the spaghetti bolognese, which came with a mista salad. I used oil & vinegar for the dressing.

The lighting was so dim that I couldn’t get a decent picture without flash for the life of me!

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It was so good… you know how bolognese can be hit or miss? The chef really knows what he’s doing on this one.

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The girls side! My mom and I:

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It’s time for SNL… January Jones and Black Eyed Peas are on tonight! I better hit publish before Lulu steps on the keyboard again…

Good night!

-Laura

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Ever since Cait announced the return of the red cup last week, I’ve been thinking about making my way to Starbucks. So, I solved that by walking over to the mall this afternoon, and look what I saw…

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Santa is already in town!

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I guess that Santa has limited hours since he’s by appointment only… ha!

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Next up was Starbucks…

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First nonfat peppermint mocha of the season!

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Shh- don’t tell my mom that this was my lunch! Oh wait, she reads my blog…

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After work, I went to the gym and did 50 minutes on the Precor AMT.

While I was working out, I watched Dr. Oz. I love, love, love Dr. Oz and the fact that I learn something new every time I watch. Do you ever watch his show?

Today, he had a segment on a “meat lovin’ cowboy” named Rocco. Rocco is 53 years old, eats a ton of meat and no vegetables, and was going down a path to poor health.

Dr. Oz told him that he had the heart of an 85 year old, diabetes, and plaque covering his arteries. Rocco agreed to follow Dr. Oz’s 28 day vegan challenge, and today he was back to reveal his results.

After 28 days:

  • his waist is 6″ smaller
  • his glucose (blood sugar) went from 172 (dangerously high) to 99 (normal)
  • hemoglobin went down; cholesterol is better
  • lost 30 pounds

Aren’t his results amazing?! I don’t think that a vegan diet is right for me, but I think it’s wonderful how well it’s working for Rocco. I just love it when people take charge of their health. 🙂

Anyway, I just made some stuffed shells and brussel sprouts for dinner…

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And now it’s time to unwind!

-Laura

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