Grainful Eats

I was so excited when Grainful contacted me to try their savory oat meals; I do not eat a lot of oatmeal typically, but I decided to take a chance and try savory oatmeal. I received two flavors: Porcini Mushroom Chicken and Unstuffed Pepper.

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All of their oatmeal entrees are made withe gluten-free steel cut oats and healthy, real-food ingredients. They are completely free of preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors. Both of my meals are high in protein and fiber–the perfect pairing for a healthy, filling meal (they each contain 17g protein and 5g fiber).

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Check out the short ingredients list!

Both of my meals included meat, but they also have plenty of vegan and vegetarian frozen meals.

As much as I love doing meal prep, there are some weekends or days that are just way too busy. And on rare occasion, some days I just don’t feel like it. On days like that, I don’t want to blow $15+ on a mediocre take-out meal (yes, I am very frugal) because I often end up disappointed.

These meals are delicious, reasonably priced, and take a few short minutes to cook in the microwave. These are great when you are craving a wholesome, filling meal ready in minutes.

Now to the nitty-gritty–the real meal reviews!

Porcini Mushroom Chicken:

Upon opening, the meal looked very fresh and was a really reasonable (big) size. I hurriedly popped it into the microwave and four minutes later…voila!

I am not a huge fan of cheese (I know, I know I’m weird), but the Romano cheese on top added a great rich flavor to the whole dish. After I stirred it up, it became a creamy mix with the abundant mushrooms and chicken. In the picture below you can see how generous the meal is with mushrooms and white meat chicken. I am exceptionally picky about my chicken, and this is one of the few frozen meals that includes fresh, delicious white meat chicken. If you look closely, you can also see a chunk of fresh garlic and flecks of basil, parsley, and oregano. 

Next up, I tried the Unstuffed Pepper entree. I was not feeling meal prep on Sunday night after a 90 minute hot yoga class so this was the perfect solution. Four minutes after I popped it in the microwave, I had a delicious, hot lunch . The entree was extra creamy, and perfectly spiced. There was some mild heat and it had a nice tang from the green bell pepper. I prefer lean meat, and the turkey was perfect.

Here is a close-up:

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Money shot 😉

Look at the creaminess? All in all, 10/10. I will definitely be trying these again; find a store that carries Grainful near you here.

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Have you tried savory oats? Which meal would you try first?

Disclaimer: Grainful sent me some of their frozen meals to review, however this post represents my honest thoughts and opinions.

Ted Talk Friday: Giving+Self-Care+Assertiveness= Success

Well this is slightly embarrassing, but I feel  like the content is still worthwhile. I created and gave this talk a little over two years ago. As I move in to the professional space, I have found this advice (backed by plenty of research) to be completely accurate.

Beyond the content of the talk, this gives me an opportunity to reflect on how much I have grown since this time. I chose to videotape this (with the generous help of my friend) because I was too nervous to give the talk in person. While I made plenty of other arguments for the choice of recording the talk–it was because of my fear. I have become so much more comfortable with public speaking since, and even feel confident when I know the subject of my talk well.

I hope you enjoy these insights on success!

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Do you agree with my formula?

ProYo High Protein Ice Cream Review

My mom and Aunt were visiting this past week and we had a great time exploring the area where I live, thrift shopping, and trying out new restaurants! We also decided to try out a new healthy ice cream–ProYo High Protein Ice Cream. After dinner we swung by a grocery store on the way home and picked out four of the six flavors: Coconut, Dutch Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Toffee, and Mint Chip.

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We got home and got settled around my new kitchen table to sample all of the flavors. We even bought adorable glass dessert bowls to use!

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First up, Coconut:

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Genuine coconut taste without any artificial aftertaste (like many health-focused products). It was amazingly rich and creamy–surprising with only a shocking 1.5g fat.

Dutch Chocolate: surprisingly delicious. I did not know to expect, but I think we were all blown away by this flavor; so blown away that I didn’t even pause to take a photo! It had a decadent, rich dutch cocoa flavor; perfectly robust like a high quality dark chocolate and it was very creamy. My mom called it “more-ish”–meaning that it makes you want more and more! When I asked my Aunt to describe it she added similar comments and also described it as “cold” 😉

(Pro-tip: Mix the Coconut and the Dutch Chocolate flavors!)

Next came Dark Chocolate Toffee:

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I think my expectations were highest for this flavor, but the chocolate base did not taste as rich as the Dutch Chocolate. It had more of a light toffee flavor in the base, but the toffee pieces (you can see a few in the photo) were tasty!

Finally, Mint Chip:

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This flavor was superb! The chocolate chips were plentiful and they stayed hard in the melty ice cream. This flavor was very refreshing and creamy!

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Look at all of those chocolate chips!!!

 

In sum, this brand is a winner in my book! My mom has the most sensitive taste buds when it comes to alternative sweeteners and she LOVED all of these flavors and detected zero aftertaste. If you are looking to try a new healthy ice cream alternative–definitely try out ProYo!

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Which flavor sounds the best to you? Have you tried ProYo yet?

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Disclaimer: I was provided free coupons of ProYo to review, however this post represents my honest thoughts and opinions.

Ted Talk Friday: This is what enduring love looks like

This is a beautiful short talk about how we portray love and the stories behind that love. As a society, we often think about young, whirlwind romance, but the true beauty really lives in the love that lasts through good times and bad. I was struck by a few of the anecdotal stories referenced in the talk and inspired by the ability to remain so in love for so long.

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Did you enjoy this talk? Did any love story stand out to you most?

Vegan Sprout Pad Thai

Since moving to California, I’ve seen different varieties of veggies available. We definitely had bean sprouts available in the South, but they are in every grocery store here–which means I was inspired to use them! The key to bean sprouts (in my opinion) is to lightly cook them so they retain their crunchy texture. I came up with this dish one evening when I didn’t want to use the oven and heat up my apartment.

Ingredients:

1 bag Miracle Noodles

1.5 cups bean sprouts

1.5 cups chopped broccoli

3 tbsp Better Body Foods PB Fit (can sub with 1 tbsp peanut butter)

3 tbsp liquid aminos

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

1) Prepare @miraclenoodles according to directions on bag.

2) Combine broccoli and bean sprouts in a large bowl.

3) Top bean sprouts and broccoli with hot @miraclenoodles.

4) In a separate bowl, combine PB fit, liquid aminos, garlic, and ginger.

5) Pour mixture evenly over Noodle/veggie mix and toss well.

6) Enjoy hot or cold! I enjoyed mine by wrapping the mixture in sesame seed soy wrappers.

Use code HANNAHAUGUST for a discount when you order from Miracle Noodle.

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What’s your favorite no-oven recipe?

Ted Talk Friday: A Better Way to Talk about Love

Mandy Len Catron does such an amazing job explaining the relationship between madness and love. For anyone who has ever been head over heels in love, so much of this talk make complete irrational sense. I love how she intertwines the importance of language and word choice into how we experience love. I hope you enjoy this talk!

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Do you see love as passive? Do you agree with Catron?

Some Bay Area Eats (Part 1)

I moved to the Bay Area about a month ago and time has absolutely flown by! It’s been a hectic, fun experience and I’ve had the chance to try out quite a few different restaurants! I’ve found a few gems, and a few I wouldn’t recommend…

1. I’ll start with the not so good. While this isn’t a picture of the actual food, the food from The Third Eye Restaurant and Bar was not photogenic OR tasty. I think my sister enjoyed her Momo, but the other dishes, including tandoori chicken and an eggplant dish, were awful. We were surprised because the restaurant had fairly good reviews.

2. Maverick Jack’s caught my eye immediately; the building is right on the train tracks, has yellow trim, and looks like an old train station (which it is!). Luckily the food lived up to the cute look. The menu includes an assortment of interesting drinks and milkshakes–the strawberry lemonade was delicious and was made with plenty of freshly mashed strawberries. I ordered the southwestern salad, shown below, but everything was delicious.

3. We arrived in San Francisco with about 20 minutes to eat before our play started so this pick was based mostly on convenience, but it was delicious! After Osha was tasty and quick. I enjoyed my sweet and sour mushroom soup and we split fresh, tasty spring rolls.

4. I went out to eat with my cousins and they picked a great place in Burlingame–Steelhead Brewing Company. I am obsessed with jicama so I had to go with the southwestern salad, and it was a good choice! So fresh and so much food. Also, if you’re a fan of shoe string French fries–this is the place for you!

6. This Greek place Souvla was AMAZING. My friend and I spent like an hour deciding where to eat, and this meal made every minute worth it. I ordered the warm roasted chicken salad with fennel and she got the lamb gyro. Check out those pickled veggies!

Expect more good eats to come!

Ted Talk Friday: Healing through diet

Dr. Ornish takes such a practical approach to living a healthy lifestyle and his dry humor and informative delivery makes this a great Ted Talk. We can all use how we eat to prevent disease, and it also possible to reverse disease through diet–even if it is much more difficult than prevention. I think he adds a helpful voice to the chaos of the diet gurus; he brings a balanced approach to living well, eating well, and feeling well.

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Did you learn anything new from this talk? What’s your take on eating well to live well?

Southwestern Superfood Tuna Burgers

I’m just starting my first full time job so it’s time for full on adulting. I’ve always been a fan of meal prep to decrease stress during a busy week so I’ve been trying to come up with new, budget friendly lunch ideas. Our office goes out to eat together once I week, so I definitely want to keep it thrifty when I pack.

Protein is usually the most expensive ingredient for a meal so I usually keep it to tuna, eggs, and plant based options. Tuna by itself is not the most appealing so I decided to try an experiment: flavor packed tuna burgers! I can see endless options, but this flavor combo has been my favorite so far.

Ingredients:
-1 can tuna
-1/2 scoop Designer Protein green superfoods (Use code HANNAH20 for a discount!)
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp cumin
-2 tbsp egg whites

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
2. Heat a non-stick or well greased griddle to 400.
3. Divide tuna mixture into two patties on the heated griddle.
4. Let sizzle for 2-3 minutes.

5. Carefully flip burgers over with a large spatula and let sizzle for 1-2 minutes.
6. Remove burgers from griddle.
7. Enjoy on top of a salad or on a bun!

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What flavor combinations would you try?