Monday, December 27, 2010

MacaSure + Resolution Time!

When someone sends me an email asking if I would like to try a new chocolate bar, I usually respond Yes. When the asker is Vega, I shout an estatic YES! To find that one of my favorite whole food supplement and protein powder sources was now making a chocolate bar was very good news, to say the least!

MacaSureChocolate is made with 70% cocoa, organic dark chocolate and 4000mg of premium, organic maca. Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about Maca? A Superfood that it’s advocates praise it from it’s ability to increase energy and stamina, in stressful situations, both in life and exercise. From the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, a wonderful resource containing information on all types of herbs, supplements, vitamins and minerals I found maca is used for anemia, fatigue, menopausal symptoms, and increased sex drive, among other things. While the taste of plain maca can take a little getting used to, the chocolate bar has no unpleasant aftertastes, and you can barely tell the maca is even in it! The bar has the smooth creamy taste of dark chocolate. A high quality chocolate bar with a few extra benefits-why not! Allow yourself to indulge!

A few more details:· Price: $2.99·Where sold: Natural health food store like Whole Foods and online at macasure.com

So if you see this chocolate bar in stores, I highly recommend that you pick up one to try!

**Disclaimer: I was not paid by Vega to promote this product. While I did receive a sample bar for free, it is of my own free will that I am deciding to publish this review.**

  • You may ask why I am "tempting you" with chocolate this close to New Years-that dreaded day of resolutions. Well, I have quite a lot to say about resolutions, and how positive goals are a much more successful and beneficial way to create change! Please check out the post I wrote on Guiltless today to learn more about how to set positive goals, and creating a vision board!
  • If you are new to entering the racing world of running, check out my Me First post today on race day accountability!
  • I'm with my family skiing the Tetons today, but I hope everyone who's getting buried with snow on the east coast is safe and enjoying their snowdays!

Any new Chocolate you have tried? What are your goals for the New Year?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Coco Crazy: Vita Coco Review

Arriving home to my apartment to something waiting for me in my mailbox always feels me with joy. Arriving home after a weekend with family to a box of Vita Coco was quite great.
If someone had been there to capture my expression it would have been similar to this:
Madonna and I are just so similar
My friend Andrew hooked me up with a Vita Coco grab box.
a delightful assortment of tangerine, peach/mango, acai/pomegranate and 100% pure coconut water

there is one other flavor, pineapple, so for testing's sake, I snagged one at the supermarket.

Peach Mango
Acai Pomegranate
Tangerine
Pineapple
100% Pure
Flavah: I simply could not pick a favorite flavor! I used to say I only liked the 100% pure coconut water, but after trying all of the other flavors, I was blow away by how delicious each and everyone one was. The fruit flavor was so natural, and added great variety!

Keep It Simple Sweetheart: The ingredient list is short and simple. The plain is just Coconut water (100%). With the flavored (Mango Peach for example) containing: Coconut Water, Mango Puree, Peach Puree, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C.
I love that they have no added sugar and no preservatives. (One of their taglines is "it's so natural, it's like sticking a straw in a coconut"). It is also fat free and cholesterol free. Coconut water is on the inside of a young green coconut, so unlike the milk, it is low in calories, but high in electrolytes. In 11.2 fl oz of coconut water there is 690 mg of potassium, more than a banana! Vita Coco is also a great source of Vitamin C.

When I drink Coconut Water

-After a workout Even though Boston is nowhere near a tropical paradise, you still need to stay hydrated in the cold.
-The Morning After Partied a little too hard? I swear Coconut water works better than Gatorade!
-When I want a tropical escape. Ie, all winter.

Backstory: I even loved reading the story behind the Vita Coco. You can read it here, but the take away message is: talk to hot brazilians at bars. You never know, you might end up with a genius business idea and a future husband/wife! It never hurts

Vita Coco is definitely one of my favorite brands of Coconut Water. I also like the taste of O.N.E, and Harmless Harvest, but do NOT like the flavor of Zico. That's my personal opinion but I suggest you do taste-tests of your own! Let's go Coco Crazy for Coconut water!!!
Rhianna approved

Do you drink coconut water? If so, what's your favorite way, time, or place to drink it?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tis The Season Love

wait. today is december 2oth? ie 5 days until Christmas?? How did that sneak up on me?? Finals pressure, wrapping up life in Boston, and trying to navigate through my new role as a "young professional" allowed time to simply fly! i don't really want anything for xmas, unless you have a french bulldog puppy you'd like to loan me for 3 months....
heart. melted.
But really, all I want for Xmas is NoMas!! Now that I'm not a starryeyed 6 year old waiting for St. Nick, I really don't NEED anything, and care much more about spending time with my friends and family and relaxing. The amazing Robby shared the idea of NoMas during a #mefirst twitter party and I just loved it! She's asking friends and family to give their time, not things. Isn't that fantastic?? Brings christmas back to it's original point!

But here is a list of some of my favorite recent loves, holiday edition:
  • Want: Fitnessista's Eggless Nog I also love the silk nog. I can't stand the taste of real eggnog-it makes me want to vomit. the alternatives are deliciously light!
  • I am obsessed with this Boston Skyline (MADE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES!!!!) by Tiny Urban Kitchen. amazing


I'm finished with school and heading home to Wyoming for 2 weeks to spend the holiday with my friends and family. Time to think more about life post-BU, polish up applications, job search like mad, and relax in front of a fireplace!

Happy Happy Holidays! xoxo

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stress OUT: Time to get rid of Stress!

Stress. A loaded word that makes me tense up just saying it! I know I'm not alone, since almost 75% of Americans reported stress in the past 2 weeks according to the National Health Interview Survey. We all have different coping mechanisms when workloads get heavy, and social demands start to weigh us down. Some of us might turn to food, over or under eating, some may resort to exercise, going overboard or giving up, others build up tension and stress bringing drudgery to every day.
These are some of the things the tools I use when school assignments pile up, life decisions must be made, and unpleasant suprises appear:

  • Go for a walk. Something about the fresh air, no matter the time of year, helps me to clear my head, set priorities and work things out.

  • Surround myself with friends- Friends that support and uplift me, who will inspire me, and reassure me that everything will work out.

  • Get a manicure or pedicure. A moment of forced relaxation, by taking the time to treat myself to a beauty appointment

  • Warm water- can you really feel bad when surrounded by warm water and bubbles, in a hot bath, hot tub, or sauna? As Slyvia Plath said, "There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

  • Yoga, Mediation or Running helps to clear my mind, and make my see the silver linings.

  • Make lists: Prioritizing what I need to tackle first, and writing it down helps reduce my anxiety

  • Break Tasks down: Small steps are much easier to accomplish than giant leaps, so breaking down my to-do list into manageable parts helps to reduce the stress associated with it

What are your proven stress reduction techniques?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Live Alive Love


"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life. ... I think what we're seeking is an experience of being alive."-Joseph Campbell

I feel alive. I have 7 days left of school. 7 days which will get a bit hectic, with work, working on Dietetic Internship applications, and lots of studying for my Applied Nutrition Care final. It's empowering, scary, exciting, thrilling, nerve-wrecking to realize I am 7 days away from my B.S., from BU, and 7 days closer to the "real world." I am optimistic that things will keep getting better, and that 2011 will hold great things. So while I go hit the books, here are a few links I loved this week, that brought me cheer:

Two young photographers you need to follow NOW: Bright beautiful women who create amazing art:
Katie Sokoler (how fun, how whimsical!) real world comic books

Mei Ratz gorgeous photos, pretty words, beautiful soul

Listen Up 20-somethings: The 40 somethings have some good advice about perfection. I have not yet seen "Black Swan" but loved this article by Christina Vuleta in the Huffington Post, especially this part:
There's always someone who is doing more, who is prettier, thinner, smarter, wealthier and it's very easy to get caught up in that. But there's also someone who's not as smart, not as attractive. So what? If you understand that things can be important without being serious, then you don't take yourself so seriously. Then it's easier to not compare. If you focus on living your best life, It's really impossible to get caught up in the comparisons.
Productivity is an Art-and your life can be a masterpiece. Great article on Feel Gooder about Maximizing Productivity. Some quick tips: Do Less, Say No, and Do what you don't want to do...
Sharing beauty, power and strength in black and white: Photography as therapy, and true expression of the soul. Learn more about Matt Demers' Pearl Photoseries in my post on Guiltless this week!

Like my friend Naveen likes to tell me, Keep rocking the universe this weekend!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Baby Carrots: Snack Of Freedom

I. Love. Baby carrots.

Actually carrots in general. But Baby Carrots are great when you're on the run and need a veggie fix. They're wayyyy better than reaching for a pack of Doritos or Funyuns! That's why I'm so ecstatic about their new marketing campaign-"eat em like junk food"-Genius!!

Food marketing is only 2nd to the auto industry in number of dollars spent on advertising, and the vast majority of that going to complete junk, I fully support a change from only McDonalds to something more healthful.

With tongue in cheek youtube videos that play on common marketing ploys, we find we can INDULGE with baby carrots, that baby carrots are XTREME, and also the snack of the future.

Baby Carrots ARE cool! Scurry on over to their new, flashy website, or reach the best twitter feed, ever. I seriously laugh out loud (yes I'm a dork) Here's a sample:

#Eatem like you just got paid.

@DoritosUSA Want cool ranch? You should see our carrot farm.#babycarrots

Some say baby carrots give you vision like an eagle. Maybe that’s because we’re the snack of freedom.

Never trust a snack that can live forever. #twinkies

Do you like baby carrots?? What do you think of this marketing campaign?

and oops, this post was supposed to go live october 16th. guess it got a little lost! sorry about that!

Friday, December 3, 2010

My love ain't got no rhyme nor reason

All I seem to have time for right now is short lists of things I'm loving. 2 weeks (not even) of school left! Promise I'll be back full force after that!

In the meantime:

Seriously. I still Tweet up a storm, and want these tights

Meat eater's guide to vegetarians
fantastic read if you're a carnivore with veggie friends!

So Artsy: I
f you haven't seen Triiibe's exhibition at BU yet, make sure to stop by 808 Gallery before Dec 23! http://bit.ly/gLWykP Fantastic!

The Flavor Bible: Check out the new website Food Pairings to see what foods and flavors go well together and what you can easily sub! Great for cooks, and recipe whores like myself!

Want more joy and energy in your life? Add exercise! (and read my Me Movement Post)

Do Work: I'm a huge fan of literally running errands. Not only does it save time but Runner's world reports that it actually burns more fat! Read the entire article here.

Boston Runners: Girls on the run is hosting a 5K Dec 12th. Get out to support this wonderful organization that builds positive self esteem in young girls!

Sharing is Caring:
Starbucks gets in the giving spirit! Great deals

Everyday is bright, and full of light. This world is filled with wonderful, beautiful, bright, & inspiring individuals-find them, learn from them. Carry on.

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Science of Blogging


I'm a huge lover of all things scientific, and believe in evidence-based practices. So I was especially intrigued with I saw that Dan Zarella was hosting a Webinar on "The Science of Blogging". This "Social Media Scientist" is THE go-to guy in Social Media Marketing, and I was honored to interview him on some of his new findings. While I also know that blogging is an art, and i'm still trying to master both, I found these answers fascinating! If you want to increase your clout in the social media world, take careful notes!

Q. How can you optimize tags and word choice to get more hits?
A The word "you" tops the list of most ReTweetable words, meaning that
people are interested in reading and sharing content that talks
directly to them instead of about the author. As a bloggers we should
avoid talking about ourselves. Also, like all forms of marketing,
calls-to-action are super important, so if you want your readers to
Tweet your posts or share them on Facebook, ask them to do so.

Q. What is one way to guarantee a ReTweet on Twitter?
A. Tweet about ReTweets. It works almost everytime.

Q. How do I know if i'm following the right people on twitter?
A. As a marketer, I tend to concern myself more with the question of "are
the right people following me?" You want influential, engaged
followers who are ReTweeting and replying to you. Then I ask myself if
I'm following the right searches on Twitter. Listening is important
and you can't follow everyone who may Tweet about your niche, so I use
TweetDeck search columns.

Q. How do I get more followers?
A. First of all, fill out your Twitter profile fully, provide a bio, link
and profile picture. Accounts that do that have many more followers
than accounts that don't. Be sure your Tweets aren't all
self-referential and avoid being overly negative. Nobody likes a
self-centered Debbie downer.

Q. What is the best time/day to post a blog post?
A. My data shows that articles published in the morning tend to get
shared on Facebook more, but later in the day is better for getting
ReTweets. So, I'd suggest publishing your posts early in the morning
and then Tweeting them out later in the day. Experiment with the day
of the week, but definitely try out Friday and Saturday. My data
(surprisingly) suggests those days may be the best.


I found those answers fascinating, and highly recommend that you follow Dan on Twitter, check out his blog "The Social Media Scientist" , and listen in on December 9th, 2pm during the "Science of Blogging Webinar"

Blogging: More art or science? Weigh in!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be Thankful for this (and every) Thanksgiving! Stephanie and I wanted to give thanks this week on Guiltless and this is what I wanted to share

I breathe a deep thank you every morning to those people and things that have shaped my life. A thanks to my mentors, teachers, friends, supporters, family, acquaintances, to have taught me so much, and whom I continue to learn from everyday. For a warm bed, cozy comforter, in a wonderful apartment, with a sizeable kitchen, IKEA (blood and sweat) furniture and a fantastic roommate. For a body that runs, crunches, dances, spins and twirls. For nourishing food in my fridge, and warm coffee in the morning. For a determination that burns bright inside me, and blatant optimism. For the constant inspiration that the world provides from a myriad of sources. Thank YOU for reading, for commenting, for talking!

I loved and agree 100% with this Wall Street Journal article that compiled psychology research to find:
Adults who frequently feel grateful have more energy, more optimism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not, according to studies conducted over the past decade. They're also less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy or alcoholics. They earn more money, sleep more soundly, exercise more regularly and have greater resistance to viral infections.
So let's give thanks!!

a few other T-Giving Musings:
Turkey doesn't have to take center stage:

If I was making Thanksgiving I would start with this list of amazing vegan recipes from LunchBox Bunch. Choosing Raw also has a fantastic sampling of vegan/mostly raw dishes that will make your tofurky run for cover. I also love Well Blog's compliation of vegan recipes from star chefs.

Don't feel guilty about the holidays:

I loved Rachel Berman's
advice:
My 'how to eat healthy at the holidays' guide = allow yourself your favorite foods in moderation & listen to your internal hunger cues
Find how to have a Balanced & Healthy Thanksgiving on Rebecca Scritchfield's blog.

and of course don't forget to put yourself first!

Runnin it off?

I'm running the Gobble Gobble Gobble with several fantastic friends thanksgiving morning. This 4 miler is my first race under 13.1 miles, and it's a little nerve-wracking. Oh well, it was named one of the Top 100 New England Races and the race entry goes to Project Soup: New England's first free supper program.

I also decided to do The 15th Annual Don't Do Boston 50K the day before the Boston marathon. Why not, right? It's right in my backyard, and I have a fantastic friend who wants to run it with me! Any ultra experts want to recommend a training plan? It's not much more than 26 miles, but very difficult terrain, so i'm shopping for plans right now.

My life can be totally random:

Nothing says winter like hot boozy drinks right? I may be warming up to one of these, courtesy of Chow

Oh so wise 'There is a lot of love in the silences or in just listening' -Jake Gyllenhaal: i NEED to see Love and other Drugs. Add that to my list of cinematic must-sees including Howl, 127 Hours, and HP7 of course.

That I do: Love Food: Hate Waste


What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don't Fail Your Fruit and Veggies Report Card

The National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (NFVA) recently released a report that showed in an average day, only 6 percent of individuals consume the recommended amount of vegetables and 8 percent the recommended amount of fruit. The US’s report card didn’t look to great, and even received a couple Fs.
The societal cost of NOT eating fruits and vegetables: $56.2 billion (grew 9% each year over last 5 years), growing health care cost of treating diet-related diseases To put this in perspective, eight of the states with the lowest fruit and vegetable consumption are also in the top 10 states with the highest obesity rates. William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of CDC's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity said,
“A diet high in fruits and vegetables helps maintain a healthy weight and
reduces the risk of several serious, chronic diseases. We need to continue
our effort in making the healthy choice the easy choice.”
Fruits and vegetables are cancer fighters, heart protectors, and just plain delicious. And as Joan Salge-Blake RD, always says, “They’ll fill you UP before they fill you OUT.” I'm a self-proclaimed vegetable junkie, and it breaks my little heart to see them left off of other people's plates!


So how can you make the healthy choice and increase your fruit and vegetable consumption? Here are some great tips from the Fruits & vegetables: More Matters Campaign.




  • Add strawberries, blueberries, or bananas to your waffles, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, or toast.


  • Top toasted whole-grain bread with peanut butter and sliced bananas


  • Add some cooked dry beans to your salad. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, add chopped apples, pears, or raisins.


  • Pack a fruit with your lunch.


  • Have soup. You can stick with the basics like tomato or vegetable soup or mix up some minestrone or veggie chili to cut winter's chill. When possible, choose soups with less sodium.


  • Try eating at least 2 vegetables with dinner


  • Snack on vegetables like bell pepper strips and broccoli with hummus


  • Stash bags of dried fruit at your desk for a convenient snack.


  • Drink a fruit smoothie made with whole fruit, ice cubes, and soy or almond milk


  • Canned, dried, and frozen fruits and vegetables are also good options. Look for fruit without added sugar or syrups and vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream sauces.


  • Ants on a log isn’t just for kids- put some natural peanut butter on celeries and top with raisins


What's your favorite way to eat your fruits and vegetables?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Me First

An inspiring week, a rejuvenating weekend and I feel like I can conquer the world. I'm keeping this momentum going by posting some of my goals for this Holiday season.

One of my mentors and role models, Rebecca Scritchfield just launched a new initiative called the Me Movement-a way to help you stay healthy and sane this holiday season. She designed a pledge to commit to positive self care through the hectic holiday season. Of course, I signed up asap. I printed out the pledge I made for myself and put it on my desk. I have never been someone who makes New Years Resolutions. Every year on New Years Day my family pulls out our gigantic calender and looks at all the things we accomplished in the year, while going through photos. We talk about some of the things we have to look forward to, and with a "love, love, rabbit rabbit" start the new year off right. But although I never feel guilty around January 1st, I know the next couple of months are going to be a bit stressful. Change is in the air, and while that is positive, I know it could get taxing. Finals are coming up, I have a funeral to attend, Thanksgiving here in Boston, Home to Wyoming, oh and a little thing called Graduation and DI applications. These are all periods when I could start stress eating, over/underexercising and not listening to what my body, mind and soul needs. I acknowledge that I am a person-pleaser and can be a perfectionist, but need to remember that I can not accomplish these things if I don't take time for myself.


The "me" movement

For my health and wellness, I want to put myself first this holiday season. This year will be different. I am going to take care of myself during this busy (sometimes hectic) time. If that means asking for help, saying “no”, or scheduling “down time,” I will do it. I’m done being overcommitted.

  • I pledge to remember how good it feels when I’m taking care of myself. And when I feel good, I am able to take better care of those I love.
  • I pledge to keep in mind that social situations are about the companionship, as much as the delicious food and drinks. I want to enjoy foods that look and taste good while respecting my body’s “fullness” and “satisfied” signals. I won’t judge myself if I ate “too much” of the holiday foods that don’t come around that often.
  • I pledge to stay in tune with what my body needs, whether that’s food, rest, exercise, or sleep.

My well-being is my priority. The goals below reflect the healthiest ways I know how to meet my own needs.


Goal 1: I will dedicate 20 minutes of every day for “me” time. This can not be in front of a screen-I will use this time to read a book for pleasure, collage, or meditate.

Goal 2: I will get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Goal 3: I will incorporate more yoga into my workouts, for balance, flexibility and peace of mind.

___________________________________________________________________

Signature Elizabeth Jarrard Date 11/11/10



I would love for you to join me!Download the “me” movement pledge (PDF) Feel free to print the pledge and spend some time thinking about what self care habits YOU want to be accountable for this holiday season. Need some ideas for your own pledge? Check out this list!
Rebecca and I will also be holding weekly twitterparties, and i'd love for you to tweet with us #mefirst! check out this post for more information. Guiltless is joining too-come join the conversation!

What are you inspired by right now? Are the holidays a stressful time for you? Would you consider signing the pledge and putting yourself first this holiday season?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

FNCE Love

This past weekend was spent at the American Dietetics Associations's Food and Nutrition Conference/Expo (ADA's FNCE). (for more information on the ADA and why I want to become an RD, see this post )
I'm still decompressing a bit from a the thrilling, inspiring, but exhausting weekend. Janel Ovrut, RD wrote a fantastic recap you should read here. (just know that I won...):
My favorite part, obviously, was being surrounded by some very inspiring, role models of mine. Corinne was back in town, and I saw all my Boston ladies, Janel, Jessica, Kara, Jamie, & Lindsey. I finally met Jenny Westerkamp, the genius behind All Access Internship.
Not only is she a sweetheart, but she also arranged a lunch get-together at Flour for young RDs,
AND I finally met the rockstar I've been interning for since May, Rebecca Scritchfield! She had some fantastic advice for how to shape my career, and it was so great to finally put a face to the voice behind our conference calls!
she really took me under her wing, and introduced me to more great RDs. I'm helping her launch this amazing new initiative, which I'll talk about in 2 seconds!

Expo-tastic: which caused much debate among members about ADA's corporate sponsors-Coke, Hershey, and Nestle to name a few. I snagged a few nuts, lara bars, and svelte, but didn't feel like pushing and shoving to get a taste of avocado cupcakes. Gluten free + stevia products were super hot.

One of the highlights was definitely getting a picture with a raisin. I. love. raisins.
Sessions: I sat in on some fantastic session, on Marketing, Coaching, vegetarian Nutrition, spices and green eating. If you follow me on twitter you got little snippets of the presentations, and I will try to do a full summary soon. (Also, check out #FNCE on twitter-fantastic updates!)

Entrepreneurs. My favorite session by far was the networking session with Nutrition Entrepreneurs. It was "speed networking" and I met a range of people doing really neat things in the field. I got to talk with Maye Musk, a very successful private practice RD in NYC. She is on fire with her adorable S. African accent. Oh and did I mention she's a model? I also met Kate Donelan, Leslie, Wendy Jo, Nour and Alex!!
Janel and Alex!
It was a great conference, and gave me all the inspiration and motivation I need to pull me through the next five weeks. Which brings me to other things I am loving right now:

Inspiration is everywhere: On Friday we had an extra class assignment to attend Grand Rounds at Sargent College. We are lucky that the nutrition department shares space with other Health Sciences, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech therapy. once a semester they gather together and discuss a case for us all to learn from. I approached the afternoon thinking I would probably fall asleep during it, but it was one of the most inspirational parts of a very inspiring week. "Our patients are our best teachers" one of the professor's started and we were honored to have Matt there to teach us what it was like living after a Stroke. His resilience, and dedication to trying to restore the activities of daily life, while being Mr. Mom to two small children was so touching. The entire time he kept saying "step by step" "little by little" "One step at a time" If Matt can recover from a very serious stroke and impairment, and work hard to regain his Independence, we all can. It was so wonderful to see the amazing work therapist can do to really make a difference in people's quality of life. Thank you Matt.

Me First- This holiday season I'm putting myself first. Join Rebecca Scritchfield with the Me Movement! Sign the pledge! I'll be posting my pledge next Monday!

Poet: my little sister has a way with words that I never will. Her writing moves. Check out the blog she just started here! I'm signing the pledge and will reveal it here on Monday!


Openings: I have two new favorite restaurants in Cambridge, that I hope to become a regular at: Clover Harvard Sq (Yes, like the food truck, but the permanent location) (see the article in the globe here) and Life Alive. i love the food, atmosphere, owners, employees, locations, of both. oh and their both open to 10pm everyday. wins.

New Goal in Life: Create a vegan version of "a gypsy kitchen that is part underground supper club and part food truck." Read more: Food Truck Owners Pave the Way for Renegade Dining -- Grub Street Boston

Whip your hair: Jake Gyllenhaal does. This redeems him possibly being with T. Swift.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Guiltless Giveaway

Pull up a stool It's been a whirlwind weekend at FNCE-the annual convention of Registered Dietitians, held in Boston this year. I've been meeting RDs that inspire me daily, real role models and mentors in my life. The sessions have been educational, conversations superb. I have a lot of thinking, and digesting to do in the next couple of days!. I have so much to share, but I want to do it justice with a thoughtful post, which will come when my schedule opens up in a bit. One of my mentors, Rebecca Scritchfield is writing fantastic little posts here. And I would love for you to stalk me on Twitter. Seriously. I'm a Addict. Go. Now.


But I am very excited to announce the First Ever Guiltless Giveaway!!!! There is a fantastic event coming to Boston this week and we were asked if one of our readers would like a pair of tickets. We thought you'd be interested so we're hosting a Giveaway! Unfortunately it's only for those who are free November 10th, at 7pm in Boston, but we have two tickets to LUNAFEST! First more info on the event:


LUNAFEST is coming to Boston!!! Lunafest is similar to other traveling indie film festivals except one thing...it's films by, for and about women! You will find the films offered unique, artistic efforts by female directors, producers and writers, who are under-represented in the world of film. And, it's the feel-good event of the season. Add on some dessert and drinks, and it will be the best night out you've had in awhile.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 7pm

THE LIBERTY HOTEL

215 CHARLES STREET

BOSTON

Post-show reception in the Rotunda includes open bar (wine & beer), dessert, door prizes

More information can be found here


In case you've never been the Liberty Hotel is FANTASTIC. It's going to be a stellar event and I'm so bummed I can't be there. Enter the giveaway here: http://iamguiltless.blogspot.com/2010/11/guiltless-giveaway.html


Have a fantastic week!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Spooky Halloween Love

Halloween is quite possibly one of my favorite holidays, and this year I was so happy/obsessed with my costume I just had to share it with the world. Read my post today on Guiltless!
For some reason, unbeknown to me, I didn't even crave or want any candy this halloween. and this is from sugar queen #1. All I wanted is more pumpkin hummus. and you can be sure I fulfilled that craving!!!

November is one of my favorite months and I'm sure this year will exceed expectations! FNCE, my birthday, Thanksgiving, family, it'll be a ride and a half!

And a quote for today:
"What is a bombshell? Its a sexy energy that comes from inside"
-Alessandra Ambrosio Victoria's Secret model
Do you like Halloween? The dressing up part or the candy bit? Tell me your favorite halloween costume this year!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Punkin Love

My love for pumpkin runs deeps. My favorite part of fall is the return of wintersquash, and I get twitterpatted when the organic canned pumpkin appears on the Trader Joes shelves. While I have never had the (in)famous Starbucks Pumpkin Latte, I know I will adore everything that is graced with the presence of said squash. I love it so much that my roommate remarked that I can't even take the time to enunciate all consonants in puMPkin. I have a sincere infatuation with punkin.

So I decided to throw a pumpkin party.

The Eats
I made the famous Isa Chandra's pumpkin pie brownies. Yes they are vegan, no they aren't exactly healthy (although I DID sub ww pastry flour for all purpose) Yes they are DELICIOUS. but apparently I failed to take a picture...
I am currently without a blender or food processor (oh gods of Vitamix, bless me now!) but I really wanted to make Ricki's Curried Pumpkin Hummus so I took TJ's original hummus, added pumpkin and the spices and called it good. and it was. (girl's gotta be resourceful ya know!)
Sarah brought pumpkin whoopie pies, homemade!
Naveen brought vegan pumpkin pie, done two ways
1/2 with cashew cream, whole wheat crust, loved it! He also brought a vegan pumpkin cupcake from Kickass Cupcakes. Naveen always has my back
Olivia's mom could not believe they were vegan they were so good. Once again vegan doesn't always mean healthy... but i love them all.
oh yea and 2 mothers attended my party. it was fantastic
Pam and Julie. As wonderful as their daughters
I also made pumpkin syrup, which didn't get much use during the night, but was delicious in my coffee the next morning
Kerry brought the most amazing pumpkin cinnamon rolls-VEGAN!!! She kindly posted the recipe here, they were beyond fantastic. I've never made my own vegan cinnamon rolls, because I remember the intense cinnamon roll process with my mother as a kid.
DrinkUp!
The Line-Up

I ravaged 4 of the liquor stores within 1 mi radius of my apartment for their pumpkin beer. (and made the morning of the Star Market Liquor Store cashier buy purchasing a $45 variety of brews. at 8:30 am.)
The Starting Line-up: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Shipyard PumpkinHead, Southern Tier PumKing, Dogfish Punkin, Post Road Pumpkin Ale.
My fabulous guests added Wolevers Organic, Saranc Pumpkin Ale, Great Harvest Pumpkin Ale, a growler of Opa Opa Pumpkin Ale.
our fridge was full of pumpkin beer. not a bad thing
Won my Heart:
My favorite pumpkin beers were the Saranc Pumpkn Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin and Southern Tier Pumking. Sweet like pumpkin pie! (Full Disclosure-I never claimed to have a refined beer palate, but do have an infamous sweet tooth!) I can't claim to be a real beer reviewer, so if you want to see the "experts" opinions, check it Beeradvocate's Top Pumpkin Ales
The Piece de resistance:
I made pumpkin vodka. (1 L vanilla vodka, 5 cinnamon sticks, 1 sugar pumpkin. let sit for 10 days). It was beyond amazing. Making it again soon, i promise. Silky smooth and no need for mixers.
Cheers! here's to the people that helped make my pumpkin fantasies come true:

Getting so much beta-carotenePumpkin float: Pumpkin beer + pumpkin ice cream. CJ approved.
Did you know pumpkins can be incorporated in your workout?? why notEmily and I

Needless to say, the party was a smashing success (despite the lack of Smashing Pumpkin songs blasting in the background) My belly was feeling pumpkin-wonderful by the end of the night, but not at all sick of that sweet orange gourd.

Any favorite pumpkin recipes? Halloween costume ideas?? I'm a huge halloween lovah, so
Have a Happy Happy Halloween!!