Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WIAW #71

It's the first WIAW of 2013!

Peas and Crayons

Some things don't change - Chobani and random cereal and fruit and dried fruitbowls still hold a (daily) place in my heart (and stomach)


And I still like topping cereal up as I go :)

I'm also still addicted to roasted kabocha, bars, and nut butters and pastes.


And ice cream - especially with crunchy bits.


I used to hate mint chocolate chip as a kid (my sister loved it) but it's grown on me recently.


Peanut sauce with jam on bread and a cheesy beach read = happiness :)


And I love bars!! They make trashy paranormal romances even more fun.


Nuts on lemon ice cream is so refreshing - my first Haagen Dazs cup!

After several days of really indulgent meals and not much green stuff at all, sometimes nothing hits the spot better than crisp cucumber.


For more veggie love, I had a really tasty salad rom Cafe Kiraz the other day - the Grilled Plum and Grilled Peach Salad.

Okay, so the title is a bit of a misnomer - there's no plum and the peach isn't grilled as much as saueteed. But it's pretty good.


 The peaches are a little greasy and they put too much syrup on the dried cherries (they would have been just fine without any) but there's still a nice little bit of tartness under that. The almond slivers are in olive oil and the flavors work well. The greens underneath are fresh and its mesclun greens, not wimpy iceberg lettuce! I asked for extra avocado and got a whole avocado, sliced, for 95 cents extra. Not bad.

But not as great as brownies :)


I thought I was all out of VitaTops, but I found this last VitaBrownie hiding in the freezer behind a bag of frozen tortellini. 

SCORE.

But new things are just as great as old favorites! 

I've always been a huge fan of breakfast, but since a lot of people aren't (but breakfast is so healthy) I'm sharing some great breakfast options with you guys. Resolve to eat breakfast!

Today's awesome breakfast option is Seven Sundays All-Natural Gourmet Muesli.


Hannah and Brady, the founders of Seven Sundays, were inspired by the active, sustainable lifestyles of the Kiwi during a vacation to New Zealand. Muesli is a popular breakfast in New Zealand, so the breakfast-loving couple decided to give US breakfasts a facelift by making their own hearty, gourmet muesli.

They base the mueslis off of their favorite combinations from New Zealand, but always add their own twist. They focus on simple, whole ingredients to make mueslis that are real breakfast superstars.


There are 6g of dietary fiber in one half cup serving of muesli. That's twenty-four percent of the RDI and the equivalent of approximately 3 slices of whole wheat bread!

Unsurprisingly, a bowl kept me satisfied for several hours, all the way through to lunch. I'm ordinarily a mid-morning snacker (I have a pretty voracious appetite) but on my Seven Sundays mornings I didn't even think about food again until around 11:30 or noon.

But this definitely isn't choking down an icky breakfast to try to be healthy.

Original Muesli
A lot of the time granolas or cereals with nuts and fruits have just a few nuts and fruits - just enough so that they can claim that they're a 'raisin walnut' granola or whatever. These mueslis were quite the opposite, the mix-ins were super abundant!

The dried fruits are sweet and delicious, the nuts and seeds are crunchy and satisfying. I'd take these chewy cherries and crunchy banana chips over leprechaun shaped marshmallows any day!

Vanilla Cherry Pecan Muesli
The flavors are interesting (in a good way) and I really enjoy the combinations they come up with. The original and the unsweetened, un-toasted Bircher muesli (it's not as crunchy, so it's a good option if you're not yet used to having to properly chew your breakfast) are delicious with their trail mix of mix-in.

I really enjoyed the big brazil nuts in the Original muesli.

Original Muesli with 2% milk
The vanilla cherry pecan really strikes a wonderful balance between the three featured flavors and the ginger pear macadamia muesli is super unusual and super delicious! The chewy dried pears, the soft buttery macadamia nuts, and the ginger flavor that permeates the blend combined for an exotic, scrumptious treat!

Ginger Pear Macadamia Muesli
 I've always loved the mueslis in Germany, but these are just as good (possibly even better)!

Original Muesli with 2% milk

Their muesli is a delicious, nutritious way to add breakfast to your regular routine!

Even if you already eat breakfast regularly, but your breakfasts aren't quite as nutritious (ie: Pop Tarts or Apple Jacks) I'd recommend trying these mueslis at least a few days a week. I bet your energy levels will rise!

What's your favorite breakfast?

Do you eat breakfast every day?

Have you made any resolutions this year?

12 comments:

  1. I actually used to hate mint chocolate chip ice cream.. but it's been growing on me over the past few years. Thank goodness because man, it's good =) Ha Ha!

    Yes I eat breakfast every.single.day. Lately I've been on a huge pancake kick. Can't seem to get enough of them.

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    1. I haven't had pancakes in a while again, but I'm planning on making them for breakfast tomorrow.

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  2. Oh man, that muesli looks DELICIOUS! As does the peach salad! For breakfast, I usually eat one of my homemade energy bars, or an omelet made from egg whites from my roomate's parent's chickens. Or I'll make a green smoothie with protein powder, frozen fruit, fresh kale and spinach. But that muesli, oh I might need to locate a box of that muesli. It is making me hungry, and now I've realized I haven't had breakfast yet!

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    1. Your roommate's parents have chickens? Too cool!

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  3. I love breakfast foods! II eat it every day, or else I have no energy at all :P

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    1. Ditto! Plus, no breakfast means I'll be starving all day and eat so much that my stomach hurts. No bueno :/

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  4. Girl, you have a great taste! Please mail me some of everything you've been eating :D.

    Yes, I eat breakfast every day. Over are the times when that was the meal I was most likely to skip. I don't ever want to go back.

    Which cheesy beach read are you talking about?

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    1. Gerry Bartlett's Real Vampires series (love it, but it's soooooo low culture - in the best way)

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  5. I used to hate mint chip too as a child but love it now! I am totally in a breakfast rut, but tend to have something with yogurt and something crunchy.

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  6. All your food looks amazing - i havent had mint choc chip ice cream for years but i used to LOVE it..find it so refreshing and delicious!

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  7. My favorite breakfast is anything with Greek yogurt - which I eat almost every day! :-) And that mint chocolate chip ice cream looks amaaaaaazing. Happy New Year!

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  8. What an awesome idea! They look great. I have come some advice to your success. Thanks for sharing.....Dr. Luis Fandos

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