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Although I really dislike rain and grey-ness in general, there’s just something about gloomy weather that makes oatmeal so incredibly enjoyable. I made myself some banana-wheat germ oatmeal this morning, which is something that I haven’t had in quite a food days because of my wacky schedule and lack of bananas to make it with. It feels good to be back to normal…despite the fact that I’ve been having to use quick oats rather than old fashioned rolled oats. When I noticed my grocery store snafu I was pretty frustrated with myself but it turns out that quick oats are not that unbearable. They become much thicker and “oatmeal-like” about them when they’re cooked in the microwave. So, not all is lost 🙂

Now I’m off to workout and do some homework.

Fraises et fromage

It’s been a heck of a long, stressful day. And to be honest, my eating was quite mediocre. Lunch was a large whole wheat roll, a banana, and chickpea salad (chickpeas, cucumbers, feta cheese, tomatoes, olive oil, and assorted herbs). Afternoon snack was chocolate covered pretzels and some pita chips. Talk about hearty and nutritious eating today 😉 My “dinner”/nighttime snack was some sliced strawberries on top of a huge serving of ricotta cheese…so incredibly delish.

Deep breathing

My chem exam is in a little over 2 hours and I am freaking out. I know that being absurdly nervous is only going to hinder my performance so I am trying to calm down, relax, and just be “zen”. I’m confident with 95% of the material and really, there’s nothing more I can do at this point besides review and relax.

My eating habits have been extremely college-like this morning: 2 huge mugs of coffee, 1/2 slice of cheesecake, and some 12-hour Sudafed for my allergies…talk about completely unhealthy. I feel so blah; I’m definitely regretting the caffeine because it’s made me jittery! So now I’m just trying to hydrate (with water of course 😉 ) and get some fruit into my system.

 Ok, I’m off to review and “meditate” (aka lots of positive thinking and relaxation). Hopefully I’ll have good news to report back with later this afternoon!

E=what?!

I’m sorry for the lack of posts today. I have been a very negligent blogger! But it turns out that I was just being a dutiful student who needs to do extremely well on her chem exam tomorrow. So all photography has been traded for thermochemistry, quantum theory, and atomic structure. I much prefer food to studying but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Wish me luck!

Pre-lab

I have chem lab bright and early on Tuesday mornings so I always have to make sure to eat a good breakfast because I never know when I’ll be done; some mornings the labs take us barely any time at all and some mornings the labs take up the entire lab slot. I’m hoping that today’s lab will be on the easy side. We’re doing a lab called “The heat of reaction” and it’s all about calorimetry…not my favorite thermochemistry topic by any means. Hopefully it’ll help me understand the concept better. So since I don’t know when I’ll be able to eat next, I “beefed up” my oatmeal this morning by adding some extra fruit. Instead of just a banana, I sliced up some strawberries as well. The oatmeal wasn’t exactly like I expected it to be because I accidently bought quick oats at my last trip to the store and I’m not about to waste an entire cannister of oats just because they’re not exactly what I wanted. It was still a tasty breakfast, however…just much thicker than the regular old fashioned oats.

Bellissimo

There’s nothing better than a good eggplant parmesan (Catie, you were right!). And while my eggplant parmesan wasn’t exactly tradition, it sure was tasty…especially considering it was cooked in a microwave. And it was super easy to make with very few ingredients: just an eggplant, marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, and 2 tbsp. of wheat germ for the “parmesan topping”. 10 microwave minutes later you have a delicious imitation of eggplant parm without all the crazy grease and frying and baking. Granted, that’s what makes eggplant parm so darn delicious but in a pinch this will do, especially when health is in mind. Paired with a small vegetarian Caesar salad, this made for a quick Italian meal. I also snacked on an apple with some pumpkin pie spice (not pictured). The best part about tonight’s dinner? I have at least 2 night’s worth of leftovers…so this microwave parm will be making appearances for the rest of the week. I guess I’ll find out if leftover eggplant parmesan truly is better than when its originally made.

My dinner:

I’m off to finish watching Good Eats and do some more chem studying. Hopefully I’ll sleep well tonight because I have to be up bright and early for chem lab.

No. More. Chemistry.

It’s been a heck of a long day; Mondays always are because I have 3 classes plus an extra review session for chemistry (which I try to go to every week, even when I don’t feel like it simply because chemistry is not my best subject…it doesn’t hurt that I have a good looking chem prof though!). I call Mondays my “chemistry days” because I feel like it’s all I do all day long. And since I have an exam coming up Wednesday I’m doing even more today. My brain is nearly fried and I have so much more to do.

 Lunch was great though. I had some veggie sushi and a (somewhat overripe) nectarine. The veggie sushi was definitely the highlight of the meal. The avocado in the rolls is just fantastic. I can’t believe that I used to mask all of that taste with salty soy sauce. I also had a chocolate-mint Jocolat bar before the chem review session because I could feel my blood sugar level dropping….I needed it just to get through the session. The rainy, grey weather wasn’t helping my energy either. It’s yucky out there.

 I have some good comfort food planned for dinner though so that should help take away some of my stress and exhaustion. Hopefully. I’m nervous to see how it comes out.