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Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats, Grocery Shopping & Bulk Buying

Posted Mar 02 2010 4:10pm
Hi Bloggies!  What's been happening today?  I was a Domestic Diva Today.  I cleaned my bathrooms, did laundry, went on a big a grocery run, paid bills, you know earth-shattering stuff.  The grocery shopping is a never ending job, I swear.  We're a plant-based household, so freshness and replenishing our produce stash is fundamental and needs to happen multiple times per week.  Since I don't have a garden or a CSA Box right now, the grocery is the next best thing.  Today it was the regular grocery because I didn't have the ability to handle TJ's after my weekend escapades there !
 
Thank you for the overwhelming support you all had regarding yesterday's post on Fat Talk The comments you all left were amazing.  The general consensus seems to be that yes, we are all so sick of Fat Talk And that you experience and hear this drivel and nonsense in your daily lives, too; it's pervasive and most of us don't know how to get away from it.  Thank You to strong, amazing women like Tasha who reports always saying something and addressing it! 

And I really appreciated the candor and honesty from those of you who said that you are guilty of Fat Talk ; either aloud or in your own head.  I don't think that any of us have such perfect self-esteem or an amazingly intact positive self-construct to always be our own biggest cheerleaders because that's just not reality.  We all have off days and that's life, but no sense beating yourself up about what you perceive to be your imperfections.  Embrace your body for what it can do; cherish it and seek to replace those negative thoughts and words with uplifiting, positive ones.  If not for yourself, then for this generation of girls.  As a mom, I beg you to stop the Fat Talk:
Oh and the Maca I've been mentioning lately... some of you asked how I like it? 
Well, I've been dousing it  all over my popcorn...
  Click Here for the Fast & Easy Way to Pop Your Corn!

Sawdust Maca Powder Sprinkled
...And I am really happy to report I love the Maca !  Some people say it's slightly malty and a little bit sweet, and I think that's how I would describe it, too.  Others have said it's way too "earthy" tasting for them and they need to "bury" it in smoothies.  After years of taking Chinese Medicine Herbs and various herbal tinctures for whatever malady I have (I always treat first with herbs, either Chinese Medicine or otherwise), I think I have tastebuds of steel.  Not much shocks me in an unpleasant sense anymore, and I actually appreciate most earthy flavors, but I still cannot get on board with certain hemp or pea protein so my tasetbuds are not foolproof. .haha!.  But the Maca is a hit with me!

Moving on to the Grocery Trip....
Here's some of the produce I got
Fruit: Grapes, Pears, Bananas
Tomatoes and 1 Orange and 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, which were on sale for a $1 Buck Each! Nice!
Brock & Spring Mix Greens
Brock, Brussels's, and Sugar Snap Peas
Asparagus & Cucumber
So that was the loot we'll eat for the next couple days. If that.  And then I'll be back at a grocery store.  One Grocery Failure: I have had a huge craving to make fresh (not fried) veggie spring rolls with rice paper wrappers.  I'm not looking for won-ton or eggroll wrappers (read: wheat gluten) nor do I want nori.  I want the the clear, paper thin rice paper wrappers.  I have been to 3 mainstream grocery stores, TJ's, and Whole Foods, and no one has them!  I guess I will trek to an Asian Market in all my spare time, if my craving doesn't go away soon and since I've had it for a week, I think I better start googling Asian Markets.  In San Diego, they sold these in the regular grocery stores.  No such luck here in Phoenix.

In other Kitchen Adventures Today...
I made Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats
With additional Tips Here
18 Hours later, here's what the overnight Chocolate Brownie Protein Oats looked like
So nice to have this waiting for me in the fridge!  Wheaties Chocolate for breakfast is the Breakkie of Champions!
While I was frittering around the kitchen, I took some time and refilled my spice jars.  I know, super thrilling, right?!  haha!
One Pound Bag of Cinnamon from VitaCost = $5.04
Sidebar for an Alton Brown Moment on Cinnamon:
There are 2 varieties of cinnamon: Ceylon and Cassia .  
Ceylon is rarer to find in the U.S. and more delicate in flavor, while Cassia has a significant amount of the blood-thinning phytochemical coumarin which has led Germany to ban its importation.  Who knew?  Acutally I did and wanted to pass on the fact that people with high blood pressure can find natural relief through cinnamon.  Also cumin is great, too.  Where do you think they got the name coumarin from for high blood pressure?  From the spice Cumin, of course!
Science Lesson Over...

Before I smartened up and started buying my spices in bulk online, I accumulated a stash of these jars.  Which are a mere 2.45 ounces each and were about $5 Bucks each from Whole Foods.
Mathematically speaking, if I can fill 7 of these jars from the One Pound Bag of Cinnamon, that means that essentially I filled 7 Jars for the price of 1 and I saved $30 Bucks by Buying in Bulk! 
Yes, it takes a little longer but I think it's worth it to save a good chunk of cash!  I find spices, and cooking ingredients in general, to get pricey, so it's nice to find ways to save.

Green Food was Mixed Field Greens, Asparagus, Brussels, Cukes, Tomatoes
with Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Dessert was some of my UliMana Stash
And Raw Vegan Caramels ...
 And Nut Butter Filled Raw Vegan Caramels !
And Scott dug into the Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse !
 When are you going to Make ItIt only takes 5 Minutes and has 4 Ingredients!
Yoga Today is Navasana (Boat Pose)

Tips of the Day: 
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Next Tip:
Buying Spices in Bulk from Vitacost.com or iHerb.com (use AVE630 at checkout to save $5 bucks) can save you some major cash.  Avoid Whole Foods spice aisle like the plague because it's sooo much more expensive! 

Questions:
Do You Shop In Bulk for Anything?
I am generally not a Costco person because I find the quantity of things they sell is just too big for me.  I do believe in buying in bulk when it's practical, but I do not enjoy trying to find a place to store 60 rolls of paper towels, for instance Yes, I may be able to save a quarter a roll by purchasing them that way, but the eyesore and storage headache is just not worth it to me.  On the other hand, something like bulk spices, by ordering exactly what I want and need online, is very easy and it's totally worth it to me!  I also take advantage of the bulk bins at Food Coops and Health Food Stores when it makes sense for non-perishables like, too. 

For fresh food, I would love to love Costco, but I find their fresh produce comes in quantities that are too big for me to use, unless I planned on juicing like a madwomanBut for all the Costco fans, what do you purchase there?  
Or if you go to any of the warehouse stores, what do you like to purchase?   
And I know I have some online shoppers in the house!  Are you Amazon.com fans, or Vitacost.com or iHerb.com or LuckyVitamin.com or what's a site you really love for online deals?

How much TV do you watch?  Fave Programs?
I hear everyone talking about the Bachelor and various other programs, and although I used to watch Prime Time TV before Skylar, I generally-speaking have no time for TV in the evenings, or even on DVR anymore.  Can you say food blogging and blog reading instead?!  However, I have not completely become a hermit or anything, because I still make time for The Real Housewives, The Kardashians, Kendra, Millionaire Matchmaker, all on DVR, and I want Bravo to bring back Jackie Warner and WorkOut!  
What Shows Are Must-See For You? 

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