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WOW!

Have I been gone a long time or what? It’s been insane finishing up my masters, trying to spend time with people, stay in shape, eat all the food in my cupboard, etc. Blogging fell by the wayside, but reading other blogs definitely provided wonderful study breaks.

Speaking of study breaks and cleaning out the cupboard… I found myself staring at an enormous jug of Quaker Oats. I remembered a little thing called “Oat Cakes” I wanted to try baking, I found this recipe, some friends, and tried my hand at them!

Let me present to you:

The Great Oat Cake Experiment!

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We made two batches… each batch required 3 c ground oats. Yes, I had OVER 6 cups of oatmeal lying around.

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This is chaos that ensued from the wet ingredients: honey, greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.

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The figs and apricots for the first batch- we chopped them up as finely as possible.

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Then we added the fruit to the wet ingredients (this is batch 2- cranberry!) with egg whites.

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Add some flour to the ground oats, add the wet ingredients, and mush like heck!

Shape them into hockey pucks, throw ’em in the oven, and hope they turn out.

The First Batch

Apricot-Fig (followed recipe to a ‘T’ except more than 1/2 c. fruit)

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Verdict: Looked sub-par, tasted DELICIOUS

Second Batch (Alterations: Added more yogurt and an additional egg white and more than 1/2 c fruit. Ran out of honey, so used up what we could and splashed in some extra sugar)

Cranberry

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Verdict: Absolutely delicious!!!! We loved the cranberry taste in almost every bite.

Close up:

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Delicious. Remember: eat with your hands- it’s the Cali way 🙂 These keep you full forever!

Adaptions I want to try:

  • Using Whole-Wheat Flour
  • Adding Apple Sauce
  • Using Peanut Butter (duh!)

All in all this experiment was a huge success. We made 24 and I ended up only getting to eat one! All of our friends clamored from them and adored them. My skeptical boyfriend tried one and is now begging me to make more!

Here is the recipe, reposted from here:

Ingredients

  • 3 c Rolled oats
  • 2 c Flour
  • 1/4 ts Baking powder
  • 1/3 c Plain fat-free yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1/2 c Crystalline fructose (I used sugar)
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/2 c Dried fruit (I always did much more than this!)

Instructions

Thoroughly grind rolled oats in food processor or blender.

Mix with flour and baking powder.

Chop dried fruit into small pieces.

In a separate bowl, “cream” together yogurt, fructose, honey, and vanilla.

In yet another bowl, lightly beat egg white until it gets bubbly but not stiff.

Fold egg white into the wet ingredients. Add dried fruit.

Combine wet and dry ingredients. The dough gets pretty stiff and is hard to mix. You may even have to knead it with your hands like bread dough!

Form into 12 patties (We usually only got 10-11)

Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes on non-stick cookie sheet. Cool completely and store in refrigerator. These keep well and may be frozen.

Per patty: 250 calories, 1.5 g fat. (Allegedly)

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Let me know if you all try them!

In other news, I tried fresh juice this past weekend and am in love. I can’t wait until August when I can buy a juicer! Speaking of, Angela is hosting an Amazing Grass Giveaway that I would be SO PSYCHED to win!! *Fingers crossed*

Take care you all!

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Well, it’s officially finals time here at Stanford- whoop whoop. So it’s miraculous I’m posting at all. That’s just how much I love you guys.

So- in my study snacking I have found two things that I absolutely adore:

The first:

Weird, because I really hate Fig Newtons

Weird, because I really hate Fig Newtons

FIGS! I love these things– and I thought I would hate them because I never liked Fig Newtons growing up. Here is a glamor shot of my new b-fri:

You're lookin' good!

You're lookin' good!

And… now… for the most delicious discovery of the YEAR (bold claim, but I’ll stick with it):

NO LACTASE!!!!!!!!!

NO LACTASE!!!!!!!!!

Goat cheese is okay for people who are lactards! YAY! I can feel so decadent and my belly doesn’t say “No NO NO!” Glorious.

Alright back to the books (er… actually going to go on a hike…).

No worries— I have consumed a lot of Peanut Butter in the past week. A. LOT. Like… a whole jar of this. Which was awesome expensive delish 🙂 Gotta fuel that brain!

Question: Anyone do Bikram? How many times a week do you do it? I’m usually “yoga-ed out” for a day or two after an intense session.

Daily Joy- early morning run/bike ride to the grocery store 🙂

Happy Saturday!

I’ve been missing NATURE (goulet!), so today a friend and I are going to go on a hike. It’s an awesome hike, not far from campus, but feels like a million miles away.  We both really needed to sleep in, so we’re not getting started until 11. This is usually when sun is the strongest, so fair, skin protectant snob that I am, has gotten ready! I decided to show you some of my skin protectors!

First I put this ALL OVER MY BODY (yes even on parts of my skin that will be under clothes, as I want maximum protection– as far as I have read clothes aren’t very high UVA + UVB protection):

Coppertone SPORT SPF 70+ Very Sweat Resistant

Coppertone SPORT SPF 70+ Very Sweat Resistant

My camera battery died so it’s charging. Forgive the Photobooth, mirror image pics. I love this stuff, it works well and doesn’t sweat off (you still need to let it set in for ~20 minutes)! It really isn’t greasy after it sets, but it does feel greasy for a while. I’ve NEVER gotten burned wearing this stuff. Mmmm. LOVE YOU COPPERTONE SPORT!

For my face, I put on this beast:

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Douch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 55

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 55

This stuff doesn’t clog my pores (that I can tell) and feels light on my face. I love this sun screen, and as you can tell from the picture, I go through it really quickly. Again let it sit for 15 minutes.

Always reapply sunscreen! I am bringing my sunscreen with me in case we hike over 1.5 hours!

There is more, my friends, there is more. The real doozy, the real man-magnet part of my skin-protection regimen is possibly the best invention of all time…

Too hot to handle

Too hot to handle

The SPF 50 floppy hat. That picture is too glorious not to share.

HAVE A GREAT DAY LOVELIES!


Bikeran.

Bikram + run + biking = Bikeran (Bike-ran)

It’s 9 am and today I have already

  • Gone to an hour of Bikram
  • Ran 2.5 miles
  • Biked to the grocery store and back

I also had una desauna deliciosa:

You were mighty tasty, yes indeed.

You were mighty tasty, yes indeed.

1/2 cup Fiber 1, 1 cup Special K Protein Plus (I adore this cereal, HFCS can kiss my booty), 1/2 cup skim milk, 3 GINORMOUS strawberries. I also had some coffee with some half-and-half.

That right there is a breakfast of champions. It was delicious, I felt like I was indulging, and I was wholly satiated with just 315 calories. Boom. I’m all about protein. I’m all about fiber. That baby had both. WINNER!

Happy Friday party people!

Also check out my boy’s blog from India: www.nocrustnoproblem.wordpress.com. That boy cracks me up.

Don’t forget to lather up your sunscreen!!! 🙂

Here is a great article from today’s NYTimes that discusses how to maximize skin protection from sunscreen. There is great info throughout so read the whole thing! 🙂 Might save you a wrinkle or two!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/fashion/14SKIN.html

I know how much us bloggers and blog readers love the sun and being in the sun (which is why we are so awesome at life). But being in the sun can cause skin cancer. Gross.

SO- I urge you all to regularly get your skin checked by a dermatologist (takes like 15 minutes). If you don’t want to hoist over a $10 copay, you can get a FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING!

When: This Saturday, May 16, 2009: Doors open at 8:30 AM, close at 11:30 AM.
Where: Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center
450 Broadway Street, Pavilion B, 4th Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
(right next to Summit Prep, check it out as you drive by!)
Who: YOU! Especially if you:

  • have fair skin and a history of excessive exposure to the sun,
  • have many moles,
  • and/or have a first-degree relative who has been diagnosed with melanoma

Why: When treated early, skin cancer survival is close to 100%. If missed, (melanoma) 5-year survival rate is close to 5%. I need you all to NOT get skin cancer so you can change the world!!!!!!

More info: http://dermatology.stanford.edu/skin-cancer-screening.html

Get ‘er done folks!

WOW! Have I been delinquent or what? Unfortunately I have been all over the US the past week, which made blogging difficult. But I’m back in action!

Today I started a 30-day trial at a local yoga studio. I went to a 5:45 am Vinyasa class and I LOVED it. I’ve never felt so invigorated at 7 am in my life. I cannot do binds, and I am not so skilled at pulling my leg into a lunge, but I’m hoping to get there at the end of these 30-days.

Anyone else have experience with yoga? I love how I feel afterwards- nothing really compares. I feel calm, sweaty, stretched. Amazing. Although, I must admit, it’s weird to me when men practice only in shorts. Why don’t they wear tops? Can women go topless? Or just in their bras? I never see that, but men I see with no shirt on in classes constantly.

Also- if you want to check out the best blog ever– check out my boo’s page as he updates his experiences in India! Love it- back in action 🙂