November 14, 2008

coco munchies 2 : bread!

Another gray and rainy day! Unfortunately it will continue this weekend as well. Fortunately I'm less low compared to yesterday. How?? ?Have a good chat with my friend Savanna. Last night she came home late, while she was having dinner, we had a good chat. I expressed my concerns about my research, how stressful and how frustrated I was.... she listened and listened.... the simple fact that I felt that she really understood me and was there to support me (since she's grad student as well) was enough! After just 30 min of talking to her, I felt refreshed and went to bed peacefully. Lying on the bed I felt so relieved and so happy that we're living together now. The fact that we have each other to go through the most painful process of our research career is so so important.

This morning I had to teach three sessions. It was a rainy day, I'd rather stay at home and sleep. But my dear students were waiting for me. Obviously the attendance is lower than usual and I don't blame them. As it was a small group, I had more chat with them than usual. A couple of students were interested in going to grad school, so I gave them advice on what to do from now on and what to expect to find in grad school. Sharing my experience with them reminded me my passion about economics, the main reason for my being here, the reason that encouraged me to live in a country that I had no friend/family, to adapt to a new life style. After reminding me that, my mind was clearer, less stressed, more optimistic, because I'm doing what I do because I wanted to, I chose to. It was my decision to work hard because this is one of my passion in life.

Now back to eats and munchies.
Breakfast combo
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup almond breeze vanilla
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp wheat berries
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp dry cranberries
  • 1 tbsp flax meal
plus a small fuji apple and coffee.
Satisfying and filling (I needed it because I didn't have time for snack)

Back home around 12.30pm, I was starving. So first I had a cup of almond breeze and then prepared a quick lunch which included 1/2 steak of baked salmon that I made the other day, stir-fry veggies and shitake and 1/2 cup of rice. I also made a seaweed soup.

Colorful and delicious!!!
As dessert: baked kabocha and a marroc.
I was productive this afternoon in term of reading papers and having snacks. hahha..... munchies come
munchies 1: 1/2 cup 2% fage + 1 tbsp wheat berries + cinnamon
munchies 2: 1 slice of Ezekiel, half with laughing cow, half with PB
munchies 3: 1 big spoon of PB
munchies 4: another slice of Ezekiel with PB
munchies 5: final slice of Ezekiel
You can see that I was craving breads today~~~ I think if I had more Ezekiel, I'd have more.

Obviously after all these munchies, no appetite for dinner again. So, I had the rest of my seaweed soup added some spinach and mushrooms.
For Savanna I made a quesadilla and a veggie bean soup. For the quesadilla I used 1 Tj's rice tortilla, parmesean cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach and mushroom. For the soup, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 2 cup of frozen veggies, 1 cup black beans, S+P, cumin, cilantro and achiote seasoning of Goya.
She seemed to enjoy them a lot~
Dessert: the rest of Fage with cinnamon.
I have one question for you. I never thought that yogurt had saturated fat until Erin mentioned it to me. Is it bad the saturated fat from Fage? Because I have 2% fage and just realized that it has 15% DV of saturated fat, is it too much?


VeggieGirl said...

Quite a day of teaching you had!!

Love your eats, of course :-)

Happy Friday evening!!

Anonymous said...

i am a HUGE lover of kabocha as well! i was just wondering where you buy your kabochas. i buy mine at kmart orrr whole foods but they cost a lot. i was just wondering if you get any deals ;]
also how do you make the wheatberries?

Meg said...

I love cinnamon in yogurt with a little maple!

balance, joy and food! said...

blueskyworld: I buy them in Hmart (korean market), most of time they sell it at cheaper price than WF.
For wheat berries, just boil them in a lot of water until the outer layer begin to break and discharge the remaining water. It takes about 45-60 min depending on quantity.

HangryPants said...

I definitely have days where I feel like I could eat a loaf of bread!

I don't really know about the yogurt. Sorry.

Joanna said...

i love my ezekial, too!! my favorite are the sprouted grain english muffins. i had 2 of those today- soo good.

soulchocolate said...

Hi! About your pesto sauce question, just throw in a handful of your favorite herbs and nuts into a food processor and puree them all in oil and lemon juice till smooth! Stay positive always!

alicia said...

Saturated fat is not bad and we do actually need some of it. As long as you don't exceed your daily requirement a day, it's fine.

I can't remember how to calculate saturated fat but I know that for the average person who eats about 2000 calories a day, we should not exceed 20g.

Just remember to cut down on other sources of saturated fat if you had too much. You typically get saturated fat from protein sources, for example, meat, dairy products.

I am Angie Pooh said...

Thank you sooo much for your uplifting comment. I immediately went to read your story, and it's amazing how you picked yourself up and learned to live a healthy life. :-) It is truly inspiring.

I laughed out loud at the last part: "DON'T GO TO URUGUAY ON VACATION IF YOU DON'T WANT TO GAIN WEIGHT." Haha! I'll remember that!

I'm excited to start reading your blog. I just read your story and this recent post, and I have to say, your food looks soo good!

Also, I think it's amazing how you moved to another country without knowing anyone. I don't know if I could EVER do that. You are brave, but it's awesome to read that you are following your passion. Well, I just wanted to say thank you once again for the sweet comment!!! I'm definitely going to read your previous posts when I have time.

juliet said...

I wouldn't worry too much about a little bit of saturated fat here and there. You might want to look at the ingredient list to try to deciper which ingredient it is coming from. I didn't realize you were in grad school doing research. I think that is great! Kudos to you.

Anonymous said...

You teach economics? That's awesome :D I took econ in my first year at university and nearly died from trying to figure out all those graphs --but it's an interesting topic :p

Your lunch and dessert looks great! So jealous that you had salmon!!

And seeing your munchies makes me feel better about my munchies! XD

Sharon said...

Economics? *Faints*

End of story. -lol-

Fitnessista said...

econ was one of my favorite subjects in undergrad :D
hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Krista said...

Sounds like you had a busy day!
Not sure about your yogurt question, though...

Anonymous said...

I've never had Ezekiel bread... maybe I should try! I wouldn't worry too much about the sat. fat in Fage. Since it comes naturally from the cow and not some factory, it's gotta be the "ok" kind.

Anonymous said...

So many beautiful plate for food.

That is nice!!!

Zesty Cook said...

Your a busy girl!! Food looks great as always. Hope you have a good weekend


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