My April Fool’s prank on my parents went pretty well yesterday! The origination of the prank is kind of a long story, so I’ll spare you. But please know that I have nothing against eloping – I just wanted to see my parent’s reaction! Yesterday I sent them the following email:
Hi Mom & Dad,
I have some news. After a spontaneous decision, Bobby and I decided to elope last night. I know that this may upset you, but we want you to know that it wasn’t because we didn’t want you there.
I can talk to you more about the details later, but I wanted to send you a message so that the initial shock could wear off.
My mom knew it was a trick because she had already pulled a prank on my little brother, but Papa Bender called me and told me that he fell for it for a few minutes! He then sent me this email:
What will you tell your brother?
Mom and I are having another child. I guess they will have immediate in laws.
He is just sooooo funny! Papa Bender actually sends me a joke via email every day. He gets them sent to his email from some comic site. He is the ultimate corny jokester, and now you know where I get it from! What is your favorite April Fool’s prank of all time?
When I wasn’t being absolutely hilarious yesterday, I made some great meals! I let myself sleep in again (to a more modest 9:30 am this time) and decided to create a Heather-inspired breakfast.
Yes, my friends, I made Blended Avocadoatmeal. The bowl contained:
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 sliced banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp. Barney Butter (also in honor of Heather, who gave me my first crunchy jar!)
It was my first-ever blended grains experience. The creaminess of the bowl is hard to resist, peeps. And honestly, if at first you think it odd to add avocado to oatmeal, I dare you to try it. Avocado is a fruit, after all – and we all know how good fruit is with oatmeal! If your still unsure, have some Coffee Cocoa on the side 😉
Later that morning, Bobby came over to watch a movie for class. He needed a VHS player and so I decided to watch the movie with him: Wall Street. It’s from 1987 (the year I was born!) and it was pretty good. Getting to see a younger Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas was fun. Eventually, we got hungry and decided to make lunch.
I had a Whole Foods coupon last week, so I decided to buy some cold smoked salmon because I loved it so much at home. I paired 3 oz. with 2 tbsp. dill hummus (for those who asked, I didn’t make it myself – the brand I found is Tribe) and a handful of spinach in a FlatOut wrap. There was also a dill pickle on the side. It was a delicious and filling combination.
And because we were watching a movie, I helped myself to another Coffee Cocoa to sip on.
After the movie and the boy left, I took the opportunity to get out in the sunny, somewhat warm weather and take some pictures for my first photojournalism assignment. I haven’t quite figured out how to load the pictures onto my laptop, so I can’t use the camera for food yet. But it’s so nice!
I came back and discovered a package filled with goodies:
Kelly from Sequel Naturals has introduced me to a really cool new program called Thrive in 30. It was created by the founder of Vega, Brendan Brazier, who is a professional triathlete and bestselling author. Here is some information about the program:
Thrive in 30 is a free 30-day program developed by professional triathlete and bestselling author on performance nutrition, Brendan Brazier. The program was designed to increase knowledge about plant-based nutrition, optimize physical and mental performance, and offer a fresh approach to total body health.
This is a month-long journey based on The Thrive Diet; made accessible in an easy-to-follow and engaging program guiding health enthusiasts to make life enhancing change. In ‘Thrive in 30’, participants receive 12 emails over a month, each touching on a different key health-enhancing topic. In addition to written content, each lesson includes a brief and intimate video segment where Brazier reviews key principles and provides suggestions on how the ideas can be seamlessly applied by anyone.
Here’s a sampling of the topics covered:
· Alkaline vs. Acid—Why Your Body’s pH Matters
· Nutritional Over-Achievers and How to Harness Them
· Food Sensitivities—How to Reconnect Your Diet and Your Body
· Superfoods + Fitness = Your Route to Optimum Performance
· How What You Eat Has Global Impact
So far, I have learned a lot about the importance of incorporating more whole foods into my diet. If you’ll notice in my posts this week, I have really made more of an effort to add more of these foods to my meals. Although I do eat meat, I recognize the importance of the “plant-based diet” for many people and see no reason why a meat-eater can’t incorporate some of the same habits into her lifestyle. I highly recommend you check out the Thrive in 30 link and see for yourself. I basically get a 5-minute video in my inbox every other day full of great information! Thanks, Kelly!
I decided to try the Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion out first:
It boasts a great ingredient list of plant-based foods that have protein, fiber and Omega 3 EFAs. I combined this packet with 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup water, 1 cup frozen mixed berries, 1/2 cup frozen dark cherries and 5 ice cubes. It made a very generous portion!
My overall impression of this smoothie packet was that it tasted great with the addition of fruit. It was a bit grainy and you could definitely taste the “greens,” but I actually liked both of those qualities because they were offset by the sweetness of the fruit and juice. I really felt like I was getting a well rounded mini-meal out of these glasses. And, in reality, I was!
After what I will call Dinner Part 1, I headed to the gym. I did 30 minutes on the Stairmaster and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. I was still pretty sore from my more intense workout the day before, so I just kept it to cardio. Then I came back and made Dinner Part 2: a scrambled egg white topped with provolone cheese and Goya.
Mm, so melty and salty! I will definitely be using the cheese + seasoning combination again!
Then I had to buckle down and get to work. I already have quite a bit on my plate as far as work goes, and I have a tendency to procrastinate early in the quarter, so I’m hoping to avoid that. Of course, while I was studying, I got the urge and couldn’t fight it, so I had a Strawberry Kombucha.
I know – 3 days in a row? Well, I got them on sale (for those who asked, they were 1/2 off)!
- Shout out to Coco, who made a version of my Betta Banana Bread here.
- Head over to Meghann’s blog for a chance to win Erin Baker’s goodies!
I’m off to get ready for my full day of classes!
Rabbit Rabbit (1 day late!),