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Made With Love [Indulgence Friday!]

Top o’ the mornin to ya, bloggy boos, and happy Indulgence Friday! How are you?

I am rockin because it is FRIDAY and I am currently munchity munching on some goodies🙂 Slash later on I will be at the gymsky doing my thang and then going out to dinner with my friend Mickey who I have not seen in forEVER. He is probs reading this right now, so hey, hey, hey  Mickey! (name that song!)

His Madre is going vegan for Lent, so you know how happy that makes me. What a wise woman.

Anywho, yesterday was THE most gorgeous day I have seen in the last million years of this nuclear winter. (The Day After Tomorrow, anyone?) So obviously with sunshine and 64 degree weather (say whaaaa?) I was basically jumping out of my seat in class waiting to go outside and run in the sunshine!!

It was gorg, I was sweaty, it was awesome.

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Here you go Janae babygirl!! My post-run picture for you:)

The Padre kicked my bootay. My total for the day: 8 miles. Feel the burn!

I was still majorly sore from the Kettlebells class that Lisa and I took Tuesday night (HOLY MUSCLES) so it was not exactly my fastest run. It’s aight though, I am pretty sure I got a tad less pale.

Oh and I may have gotten new kicks immediately afterwards. I was going to get the updated version of my Asics, but I decided to try on some new shoes as well because my arches/footstrike have changed over the last year.

I decided to go with the Nike Zoom Structures. I like them MUCH better because they are leveled off more towards the front of the foot, which makes it much easier to move my footstrike to near the middle and front of my foot rather than my heel.

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And I obviously had to try the Nike Free’s. The rock in case you wanted to know. I am most likely going to make these a birthday present to myself when July rolls around. I would be so super speedy in these!!

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It’s sideways, I can’t figs out how to fix it and I’m a tech whiz so that’s unusual. You’ll  probs have to turn your head.

Oh and since you all know about my obsession with Darren Criss (is he gay or is he not gay? That is the question), here is a song that will make you dancy wancy:

Feel free to swoon.

Oh snap.

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Okay so besides the fact that Darren was clearly made with love….I have something else for you that is as well. And even more delicious. Wait, Mrs. Hall did you hear that?! Double-entendre up in this jointtt!

Anywhos, a few weeks ago (yes, weeks…bad blogger, bad blogger) I got a hugh jass package of granola from Love Grown Foods.

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When Laura from Love Grown contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying some, I jumped right on that! We all know that I am about the crunch. (hello carrots)

So, I opened it right away and found a sweet note from Laura and the Love Grown Team. Awe:)

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You’re welcome, Laura!

Anyway, onto the flava flavs! I was sent Raisin Almond Crunch, Sweet Cranberry Pecan, and Cocoa Goodness. They obviously knew what they were getting at when they put “goodness” in the name. Hooked immediately.

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The best part about this granola is that it is made with no artificial sweeteners or sugar. It is made completely with Agave Nectar, which I love but do not use very often because, in my mind, sugar is sugar no matter where you find it. However, there was not an overpowering sweetness in any of them.

Gluten-free and vegan? Say no more.

I will start off with my personal favorite, which is a dead giveaway because it has raisins in it. You knew this was coming, people!

Raisin Almond Crunch:

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I absolutely loved this flavor. Cinnamon-y, crunchy, and filled with almonds, coconut, and RAISINS! The star of the show:)

I had a few issues keeping my hand out of the cookie jar bag. Give me da crunch!

Next up was the Sweet Cranberry Pecan.

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I am not a HUGE fan of cranberries, but I love pecans, so I loved this. I think I may be a cranberry lover now!:)

Next up was Cocoa Goodness.

Holy goodness.

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I am not going to lie, this did not disappoint. I love all things chocolate and this was no different. Let’s just say this one is the most empty bag in the house. Even though Raisin Almond Crunch will always have my heart:)

The coconut in all of them made me super happy, because as you know, lately I  have been addicted to coconut. I used to hate it because all I knew existed was the sugary, processed jank. But real coconut, I like:)

That’s all for today, loves!! See you tomorrow:)

On the sched:

  • Out to din din tonight, then going to a little shebang.
  • Lisa’s in the morning for a raw brunch and girl talk
  • Spending the afternoon and evening with a girlfriend of mine who I have not seen in way too long. There will be plenty of bonding, including Hot Tub Time Machine. Best movie ever, if you have not seen it go do it now, you can thank me later.

Disclaimer (stolen from Chels): Love Grown Granola was kind enough to send me these complimentary samples to review. I was not compensated for my review on their products, and all opinions expressed are purely my own.

Are you a Gleek?

I am Globsessed. <—I think I just made up a new word. I think I’m going to have to make up a CK dictionary.

FAVORITE RUNNING SNEAKER. Go!

Nike Free’s. I am going to get my hands on a pair, just you wait.

How are you celebrating Indulgence Friday?

Going out to din din and going to a get-together! Going out to dinner is definitely and indulgence..I am a broke student, it happens.

Favorite granola add-ins?

Raisins, unsweetened chocolate, almonds…crunchetize me, cap’n!

Edit: DARREN CRISS IS STRAIGHT. Praise the sweet baby Jesus, my day has been made.

xoxox,

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My Healthy Dose of Awkward

Okay so before I get to my recap of the SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS raw brunch, I must let this out.

Three awkward things I did today:

  1. In the shower, I accidentally put conditioner on my face, thinking it was face wash. No bueno. I mean, how does that even happen? Maybe it was because I was singing Raise Your Glass at the top of my lungs and hair was the last thing on my mind? Oh, and I was singing it just like this:


    I love Pink, she is a MONSTA

  2. After said musical distraction, I proceeded to blast that very song as well as Hey Baby and Like a G6 (somehow I never get sick of either of those songs). And I danced. My hair is now dry, THANK YOU awesome dancing skills of mine. I wish I had a picture of this but no one on the internet needs to see me pop lock and droppin’ it!
  3. I licked my plate clean. Which caused some of my lovely new friends to laugh hysterically and announce they need to take a picture IMMEDIATELY!

    IMG_3417Me and all of my friends. Actually, they were all crowded around the photographer and laughing. I am toomuch:)

    Wait, I like this picture better.

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    Yurp, HOTTAY

    Why am I so pale? Summer, please come back!! I don’t believe in paying for skin cancer so I refuse to use tanning beds. Bronzer is no longer sufficient. Anyone want to go someplace obnoxiously sunny and warm? It is cold in New York and I would like some sun.

  4. Okay, I lied. Number four is that I am typing this while still in my bathrobe because I absolutely had to write this post right now. Face it people, rambling just can’t wait!

Okay, now onto WHY I was licking my plate!

Firstly, I have to thank Christine, the owner of Wellness Within, for hosting this awesome event! She is a sweetheart, I can’t wait to work with her more!

IMG_3400Sorry, Color Pop on LiveWriter makes us look orange. At least I look less pale:)

She has such a great business going, and is expanding soon! If you are in the area, definitely take the snowy drive out to her store on the beautiful (and hoppin’) Park Avenue. I wish I could get out there more! (p.s. if you’re in the area and want an awesome restaurant, GO TO PARK AVENUE!)

Onto the FOOD.

Despite my full belly from breakfast, I was more than happy to stuff my face with raw goodness.

Crepe #1.

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Amazeballs.

Above is the apple crepe with peaches, blueberries, and a vanilla crème. And a cinnamon roll🙂

Both were delicious, I scarfed this down in about 0.2 seconds, along with a small bowl of fruit, resulting in this:

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Devoured and licked clean with a big smile on my face:)

I LOVE FOOD.

And green juice. This was absolutely amazing, I wish I wasn’t so cheap and would buy a juicer but hey at least my birthday is coming up soon! (aka this summer, not soon, but EVERY DAY is my birthday in my mind since every day is awesome)

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I might be wrong, but I believe this was romaine, celery, cucumber, and parsley. SO good, I love veggies, this was sweet enough it didn’t even need anything else:)

Next up was the banana crepe con a chocolate hazelnut crème sauce, banana slices, cacao nibs, and chocolate hazelnut milk.

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I praise the chocolate gods for this one. And the lovely and amazing Damaris! She is an incredibly talented chef.

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Chocolate banana crepe also enjoyed by Dakota! I am so glad I met this girl, she is a sweetheart and is gorgeous, she should model! (and I heard she makes a mean raw lasagna…cook make food for me please?)

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And the adorable Autumn Ray! (I think that’s how you spell it? Sorry if I butchered it!!).

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I got her mid-bite! Sorry girl;)

Next up were more cinnamon buns and a blueberry pancake! Ahhhhh holy yumsky.

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If I could eat pancakes every single day of my life I SO would. In math class two years ago on Pi Day (yes it’s an actual day), we had pie WEEK and every single day someone brought a pie or some amazingly delicious dessert that somehow turned into my lunch every day that week.

In honor of Pie Week and my love for pancakes, we should have a national blogger pancake week with crazy creative pancake recipes for ALL meals! Who’s in?

Behind the scenes:

IMG_3406Damaris and Sasha (or Sacha?) making pure MAGIC. Magicians, I tell you.

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Group shot!

IMG_3419Such beautiful ladies! I can’t wait for the next event, apparently they have them twice a month! I can’t wait for my fill of yummy raw food to devour:)

Again, sorry about looking like carrots… I hated the pale version so deal;)

Damaris, Sasha, Dakota, Autumn, or any of yous that attended, if you want the original picture (aka not carrot-y), shoot me a comment and I’ll e-mail it to you:)

p.s. Damaris, if you’re looking into being a personal chef PLEASE COME BE MINE. I’ll pay you in smiles and lots of licked plates. Deal?

Okay now I am going to go curl up in my turtleneck and granny sweater by my space heater and study my brains out, making this face:

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Please say a prayer for me, I might not make it through the sea of heavy textbooks, notebooks, and flashcards that I am currently drowning in. I HATE midterms week. Did you know that teachers hate it as much as we do? Yeah, let’s abolish it.

What awkward thing did you do today?

I licked my plate clean. Shoo, I do that every day! Except it’s usually a bowl because I hate plates, bowls are awesome and can be filled high with lots of delicious goodness.

Do you pledge to make a [crazy awesome] pancake recipe? (please say yes) If you do it, post the recipe in a comment or on your blog and link back!

YES now I have to post a crazy awesome pancake recipe, good thing breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

What’s your favorite way to eat pancakes?

With almond butter, fruit, apple spread, and some sort of chocolate. Cacao nibs, please:)

What’s your take on raw food?

I’m in love. Raw food has made me feel even more energetic than usual and everything tastes better than it used to!

Slash I may have eaten a king’s sized meal (read: this brunch plus snackage) and then attempted to bust out an awesome work out but totally failed with an achey tummy. Too much fat and protein all at once, my stomach is not happy with me. But it was so good that I don’t even curr, I’d take food over exercise any day:)

p.s. I have eaten 100% raw so far today, I am super pleased with myself.

See you later boos!

xoxox,

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