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College and Classes and Dorms… Oh My! (WIAW)

So, look back to the title. See it? Read it. Now, read it again, but this time say it with gusto to the tune LIONS and TIGERS and BEARS… Oh my!

Really though, college is not that bad. That means my title selection for today’s post probably breaks a gazillion rules in the blogging world. Rule #1: Make sure your title conveys what you are going to discuss in the blog post. MY RULE #1: Make your title catchy, fun, and slightly weird/off topic.

And in case you missed my previous Day 1 and Day 2 college posts, check them out!

Anyways, it is now Wednesday, technically by third day of class, and my seventh day away at college.

To celebrate, a totally unexpected WIAW, courtesy of Jenn over at Peas and Crayons.

Breakfast:

I usually have protein powder bread for breakfast, but I have been running low. Instead I get up in the mornings, get ready, and head out to a dining hall to buy some fresh fruit.

This pear cost me 69 (or 79?) cents:

Kath Eats is the best blog for breakfast viewing! Her oat bowls are simply amazing.

This “medium” bowl of grapes was $3.49:

I ate some on the walk back. I was just SO hungry!

Snack:

Then I decided that I really did want to eat some protein bread, so I made this.

I’m currently out of protein powder, WAH!

Lunch:

For lunch I headed to the closet dining hall, bought a “medium” bowl of lettuce and cucumbers. Again… $3.49!! Then I added a can of my own low-sodium tuna.

Tis good. All of their food is always fresh.

Close-up on the cucumbers! I can’t believe that I used to hate these guys less than a month ago. Now we are the best of friends.

Snack:

Canned green beans are a staple for me (I just remembered that there is supposed to be a theme to this WIAW post…). Actually, all of the food that you see here ARE my staples for college eating. I’m limited, so this is what I eat. All of the time. Hopefully the menu next week will be slightly varied with the dining halls. Maybe a different vegetable next time?

Recycled picture.

Dinner:

For dinner and/or lunch I always start off with a salad of, you guessed it: cucumbers and lettuce,  although last night I also added some shredded carrots (Yay me!). Then I get some rice and grapes. If I see one of the chefs who runs the dining halls then I will try to get their attention and order something else, like grilled chicken.

Recycled picture from first day.

Recycled picture.

Snack:

For my late night snacks, I eat fruit and protein powder. Last night I had two bananas sitting on my dresser that I really wanted to eat, so I made this wonderful concoction:

I have a feeling that these “messy” bowls will become a regular occurrence for me.

Banana Bread Protein Batter

Serves 1

High in protein

Ingredients:

1 banana (or pumpkin)

1 scoop protein powder (I used plain brown rice)

sweetener (I used a 1/2 packet of stevia)

water or milk to get desired consistency

*optional: baking powder/soda (authentic taste), cinnamon, berries, chocolate chips, oatmeal or quinoa

Directions: Stir ingredients together and eat.

Banana bread batter!!!

And now for my totally random photo of the day, look at what I saw when walking to my Writing Class in the morning:

Any guesses to what it is?

No, it’s not a giant horse fly. If it was, I would not have gotten nearly as close! Those things bite.

It’s actually a cicada. Thanks to Wikipedia I now know what these things are:

  • Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates
  • They are well-known for their large size and unique (LOUD) sound
  • Cicadas are benign to humans, and normally do not bite or sting unless they mistake a human’s arm for a tree…. WHAT?!

Just for reference size, that cicada above is the size of my thumb.

Super. Creepy.

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Check back in tomorrow or Friday for a special post on How to Eat in Dining Halls with Food Allergies.

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What food do you eat now that you previously hated? For me it is cucumbers and pears.

Do you have any interesting bugs/creatures where you live?

Is there anything that you struggle with when eating out with food allergies, or any questions that you have that I could answer in my next post?

Wiaw While Packing for College (Pumpkin recipe)

Hello my fellow bloggers. It’s time for another WIAW from Peas and Crayons!

This week’s pictures are brought to you in a mix of shopping and packing for college (mostly shopping and no packing at this point though…).

Staple #1: Garage Sales

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In the picture above I spent about 28 dollars on a rolling table, Raplh Lauren shirt, Aeropostale sweatshirt, two dress jackets, 1 dressy pair of pants, an old clue game, Treasure Island, Little Women, Shakespeare, 1 glass bowl, 1 ceramic bowl, 1 large pink cup, a mini stapler, brand new Casino Royale dvd and a large bag of kale (technically free!).

Staple #2: New Glasses

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Can you see that arm in the background?

I lost my old pair a few years ago and have relied on my contacts since. These will be nice during late night reading or studying.

Staple #3: Video Game + Munchies

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It's Pacman!

Deformed food is awesome, and when shaped like Pacman it’s even better.

Staple #4: Pumpkin

I have been digging pumpkin lately so I thought I’d share with you my two latest recipes. One sweet, one savory.

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Sweet Pumpkin Microwave Muffin

Serves 1

High in protein, no added sugar, allergy-free

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Sorry for the messy picture!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown rice protein powder
1 packet stevia
1/4 tsp sodium-free baking powder
Water as needed
Cranberries (optional)

Directions:
Combine all of the ingredients together in a small microwave-safe bowl. Add water as needed to mix until wet, but not liquidy. Cook for 1-2 minutes depending on desired texture.

Savory Microwave Pumpkin Bread

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Nice break from sweet goods.

Serves 1

High in protein, no added sugar, allergy-free

Ingredients:

1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown rice protein powder
Dash of salt (optional)
1/4 tsp sodium-free baking powder
Water as needed

Directions: Combine all of the ingredients together in a small microwave-safe bowl. Add water as needed to mix until wet, but not liquidy. Cook for 1-2 minutes depending on desired texture.

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ENJOY!

I’m heading off to college on Wednesday, so thr posts may be scarce for awhile, but I promise I WILL POST!!

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What staple ingredient have you been loving lately?

Do you love/hate garage sales?

How would you feel about more microwave recipes?