“Maroon”ed in the Desert!

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 11, 2008

I just got home from the Maroon 5 concert! I saw in the comments from my earlier post that many of you are Adam Levine fans :) I therefore expect all of you to “swoon” here – especially you, VeggieGirl

Needless to say, it was incredible. The music was great, the singing was great and I realized that I’ve really had a summer full of concerts! It’s been so much fun – argh, and in 1.5 weeks it will all be over. Let’s try not to think about that!


After seeing Rose and Carmen try just about every possible oatmeal combination on the planet, I finally decided to try putting raspberries in my oats this morning!

I’ll try this title out for size: Chococonutrasp Oats? Ha – I’m not even sure how to pronounce that one! But here are the ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 2 whole raspberries for garnish
  • 1 tbsp. sweetened coconut
  • 1 tbsp. flax


I combined the first four ingredients in the pot and cooked as normal on the stove. I stirred in the flax near the end, then added the coconut and raspberry garnish for the photo touch ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was delicious!

The raspberries kept the oats perfectly sweet – there were little pieces in every bite!

These oats kept me fueled through an intense morning workout – 60 minutes on the elliptical and about 10 minutes of ab work. I just love leaving the gym feeling completely revitalized!


I stayed a little too long at the gym and didn’t have time to grab lunch before we needed to head out of the house. We stopped at Einstein Bros. and Bobby and I split a chipotle turkey sandwich on a challah roll.

The sandwich was actually pretty darn amazing. It came with shaved turkey, lettuce, tomato, roasted corn and black beans, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses, plus jalapeรฑo cream cheese.

I also skipped the chips and payed the extra buck for a fruit salad. It was pretty big and fresh with cantaloupe and honeydew melon, red grapes and pineapple.

As I was eating this, I was thinking about the article on cloning that I talked about in my last post. The article says that the cloning applies to “cattle, swine and goats,” but I was curious as to whether anyone has ever heard of it being applied to chicken or turkey. The latter makes up a much bigger part of my diet in terms of meat, so I was curious as to whether it’s possible – any thoughts?


We spent the rest of the day racing around, picking up my brother from school and rushing back home to get ready for the concert. Our family is eternally running late, so we were running out of time for dinner options. We decided to stop at Baja Fresh on the way. I got a “naked” burrito with shrimp.

HOLY MOUND O’ CHEESE! I forgot to ask them to take it off – I always find it amazing just how much unnecessary cheese ends up piled on salads when you don’t say anything. I ended up picking off about half of it. Besides the cheese, there was shrimp, lettuce, black beans and rice. It was topped with a chipotle sauce – very yummy.

My mom also got us an order of the chips and guacamole. The guac was SO GOOD! I definitely had 10, 15, 20 chips? Ha – I just couldn’t get enough of this guac!

Then it was off to the Maroon 5 concert, where we saw more of this:

And now I am super duper sleepy! I’m going to check up on my blogs and call it a night! Again, I’ll get to the comments by the end of this week :) Crazy, crazy week!

Happy Thursday!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 11, 2008 at 3:59 am

Glad you had fun!


2 Heather @ Hangry Pants September 11, 2008 at 5:36 am

Sounds like a fun time!

I don’t know much about cloning, so I am not sure about turkey and chicken. I bet if it will make or save money, someone will do it.

I miss Baja Fresh. There are none in R.I. Booo.


3 oatmeal September 11, 2008 at 5:56 am

Hahaha love the name of your creation! It looks so much like chocolate pudding…mmm~

Not really sure about cloning either–but I guess if they can do it for all those animals you listed, it’s only a matter of time before turkey and chicken follows-if they haven’t figured it out already! I wonder if the cloned version will taste/feel the same. and have the same nutrition profile..since…y’know…different birthing methods :-p


4 VeggieGirl September 11, 2008 at 6:11 am

What a fun concert!! And oh my goodness, an ADAM LEVINE CLOSE-UP SHOT!!!!!!!!!! Yes, you DID make me swoon with that photograph – thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Chococonutrasp Oats?!?!?!?! Yum!! Oh and that guacamole – heavenly!


5 glidingcalm September 11, 2008 at 6:33 am

could you have more picture perfect eats? no really, could you?

I feel like I use that phrase (“picture perfect”) with your blog almost too often…but I can never think of anything else to describe it better! your eats are always so pretty!!!

the sammy and oatmeal are especially bootiful. I mean beautiful!


6 Christie I September 11, 2008 at 7:34 am

I agree with gliding calm, your pictures are so lovely today. Making my mouth water for lunch and it is only 8:30 am!


7 fitnessista September 11, 2008 at 7:55 am

everything looks delicious… especially adam levine heh
i love the oats idea! the garnish looks especially lovely ๐Ÿ˜€
JALAPENO CREAM CHEESE??? reason # 1,205,647 that i wish we had an einstein’s here
hope you have a happy thursday!!!


8 Melissa S. September 11, 2008 at 8:13 am

ohhhh…Maroon 5!! i love their stuff!

and great that you tried new oats! i would try more combos, but i can’t stand to have peaches or any kind of berry in my oats for some reason…i can’t stand fruit soft like that…only apples and bananas…i’m so weird.

have a great thursday!


9 Sarah September 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

wow, looks like such a fun day! i used to LOVE einsteins but i haven’t been there in AGES. When I was little I liked it so much more than brueggers because the bagels were bigger—now though, that might not be such a good thing: hello, portion control! Good idea getting it on challah–my very favorite bread! it brings back such good family memories for me–my grandma makes the BEST homemade challah! with raisins! yumm! but since i was so spoiled with it growing up I am VERY picky about my challah!

Baja Fresh looks good too. I always try to ask for no cheese, or get it on the side because places like that always load it on!

have a great day!


10 ttfn300 September 11, 2008 at 9:20 am

Oh, I wish concerts didn’t cost so much!! They’re so much fun, but they’ve gotten outta control!

Your oatmeal looks AMAZING :)


11 Megan September 11, 2008 at 9:25 am

All of your food looks delicious, especially the breakfast. I love concerts. I am so glad you had fun. Didn’t realize Adam Levine was so hot, but that picture is making me swoon!


12 Eating Bird Food September 11, 2008 at 10:01 am

I’m glad you had a great time at the Maroon Five concert. I am a huge fan of live music.

Your raspberry oats look lovely. I like your bowl as well. And as for mexican restaurants and guac- that is a major weak spot for me, I just can’t quit eating it, too darn good.


13 Rose September 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

Your post just made me smile so big! I am so glad you had some raspberries in your oatmeal and that it worked out. The bowl looks great, for sure!

And of course, I love the new word for your oatmeal. You know I’m a huge fan of doing that, so I vote for it into the Oatmeal Dictionary :)


14 Fit Bottomed Girls September 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

How fun!!! I’ve heard they put on a live show. Going to concerts is the best!!!

And that guac really makes me think I should hit up a mexican place for lunch. lol.


15 HeatherBakes September 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

Fun!!! Did anyone cool open for Maroon 5?

Baja Fresh looks awesome. We used to have one in Dallas but it closed before I had a chance to check it out :(


16 jenngirl September 11, 2008 at 11:06 am

Fun night! I LOVE me some Maroon 5!

I agree about salads having an inordinate amount of cheese…silliness.

The guac looks yummy, I wish we had a Baja Fresh! :)


17 wholefoodswholeme September 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

that oatmeal looks AMAZING!! yum! and i remember when i first fell in love with maroon5 – drove my roommate at boarding school mad with playing the same cd everyday :p and wow, yes that is a big big portion of cheese!! scary stuff. at least you’re smart enough to cut it down :)


18 runnershigh September 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

That sandwich looks delish!


19 Erica September 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Your naked burrito looks 20 times better than the one I had earlier this week-totally jealous ๐Ÿ˜‰ The fruit salad looks good! Usually little shops like that tend to skimp, but it looks like they were very generous!

The concert sounds like so much fun! What a hot picture! You sound like you are relaxed and truly enjoying your time at home!! Good for you :)

PS- Your pictures have really become awesome! Love the oatmeal on the spoon pic!


20 Caroline September 11, 2008 at 11:25 pm

All of my favorite things in one post:

Challah, guacamole, and Adam Levine:)


21 Christie September 12, 2008 at 6:47 am

Glad you had a good time at the concert… when i lived in florida i loved einstein bros sammies! And who can deny the deliciousness of guac.. it makes eveyrthing better!


22 Kristie September 12, 2008 at 9:00 am

Maroon 5! That’s so awesome, it looks like a sweet concert. I haven’t been to any concerts this summer. Heck, I’ve hardly been to any concerts EVER. I really need to get on that!

That is QUITE the mound of cheese. Unnecessary. Too bad it tastes so darn good… the “naked” burrito part looks scrumptious though!
+ that GUAC. Mmmmm.


23 Biz September 12, 2008 at 11:46 am

I miss my Baja Fresh! I had to recreate their salsa just to get my jones for it fixed!

It looks delish!


24 Lauren September 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Just found your blog through some others and I am excited to start reading. Your pictures are so bright and clear! Love einstein brothers!


25 angelicamg February 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Great blog! I just stumbled across it :)
I love trying out different combos with my oatmeal too….I will have to try the Chococonutrasp Oats soon! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Check out one of my favorites–I like to call it “Fall in a Bowl!” http://theultimaterecipe.org/2011/01/12/fall-in-a-bowl-even-though-its-winter/
xo Angelica


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