Monthly Archives: February 2009

Yotta Bar review

I went to Whole Foods tonight and at the check out was a bin of Yotta Bars. I was feeling hungry so I grabbed one of the Cherry flavored ones. I guess the whole premise is that there are hidden vegetables inside.

The nutritionals are pretty decent. Not much protein or fiber though
120 cals
1g fat
26g carb
1g fiber
11g sugar
2g protein

Here are the ingredients: baby oats, brown rice syrup, honey, pear juice concentrate, dehydrated vegetables (tomatoes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, carrots, red bell peppers, beets, corn), crisp rice, rolled oats, evaporated cane juice, dried apples, natural flavors, canola oil.

I was in my car so I couldn’t really tell what it looked like. It was chewy and definitely had a cherry flavor. I could sort of tell that there was something else in it, but it didn’t taste like vegetables and I definitely would not have known if I didn’t read the ingredients.

Basically, it was okay. It seems like a lot of the ingredients are in there to mask the vegetable taste (brown rice syrup, honey, pear juice concentrate, evaporate cane juice). I guess it’d be good to give to a kid who needs to get their veggies in, but for someone that actually likes vegetables, I think I prefer to have them not hidden!

Jason makes dinner, Ben Folds and rain

Creative post title, huh?

Jason made dinner on Thursday night. I’ll admit it; he is a much better cook than I am. I think, okay I know, that my problem is that I try to “healthify” everything. I just lack creativity in the kitchen. I guess it comes with time. I can follow a recipe and those usually turn out well but when it comes to just being creative, forget it.

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This was, and I might be forgetting something, Trader Joe’s potato medley stir fry veggies, shrimp, whole wheat egg noodles and a sauce made of Thai Peanut sauce, Szechuan sauce and Mongolian Fire Oil (I have no idea what that exactly is. Spicy oil?) I’m not sure how much he used of each, but it tasted really good.

For Valentine’s Day Jason gave me tickets to see Ben Folds. The show was last night. Apparently, he auditioned a bunch of college acapella groups to perform with him on his new album and the one from UGA won! So, he had them do like four songs on stage before he came on. It reminded me of being in college. Our acapella group was pretty popular and always had good parties after their shows!

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I like Ben Folds a lot but wouldn’t consider myself to be a huge fan. I was pleasantly surprised at how many songs I knew. He played “Annie Waits”, “Brick”, “Army”, “Kate”, “Fred Jones”, “You Don’t Know Me” and a bunch of others that I knew but cannot remember right now. He did not play my favorite song, “Still Fighting It”. Oh well.

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So, now that brings me to the rain section. And that’s what it’s supposed to do all weekend. Rain. So when am I supposed to do my 7-8 mile long run? I really, really don’t want to do it on the treadmill.

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Seriously? Snow? I thought it was the first of March tomorrow in the South. Argh. It’s not raining right now, I guess I could go but the combination of drinking Bud Light at the concert last night and the fear that I am going to get stuck in a torrential downpour/thunderstorm is not making it very appealing. What to do, what to do?

Meh

That’s how I felt about tonight’s dinner and my run. I bought these Chili Lime Chicken burgers from TJ’s last weekend and decided to use them tonight.
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The instructions said you could broil, grill or pan fry them so I decided to pan fry. It said you didn’t have to defrost them, just cook them for an extra 5-6 minutes. I interpreted this as an extra 5-6 minutes per side which is perhaps why they were incredibly dry! I’m sure they’d be good otherwise, although they didn’t really taste like either chili or lime. I also didn’t have any buns so that’s why it’s on a piece of bread. I made butternut squash and broccoli rabe to go along side. The squash was good, as it always is, but the broccoli rabe kind of tasted like trees. Albeit, tasty trees, but trees none the less.

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After dinner, I made my way over to the gym for another 4.5 mile run. I guess I’m not supposed to do two in a row, but the way my schedule was looking this week, it just happened that way. Yesterday, I felt strong during my run. Today, I felt like my legs were made of lead. I’m not sure if it was because I had run yesterday or because I didn’t stretch properly or what, but the run absolutely SUCKED. I managed to finish though, a full minute a half slower than yesterday, but I still finished. One of my favorite songs came on about 3 miles into the run, Ben Lee’s “Begin” which has a line that I have always liked and I think can be applied to shitty runs like today’s:

“But I keep on moving. When I hit a wall, I look up at the sky.”

Oh, my technical issues have been fixed, I got that Foodie Blogroll widget on the side to magically appear. Not sure how, but I’ll take it.

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