Spring has arrived! It was so beautiful out for a few days, as I’m typing this it is overcast, raining and freezing cold, but it was really nice for a bit! Hopefully spring fights back against Seattle’s desire to be dreary. Last night there was a big thunderstorm actually, which is not very common here. I like thunderstorms, they make me want to get cozy!
Anyways, my friend Sulki and I went to see the cherry blossom trees on the UW campus because it was so sunny and nice out. As you can see, it was the place to be!
How gorgeous are these blooms?!
Afterwards we headed to an outdoor mall nearby and between the paper/card store (we love cards!) we couldn’t resist popping into Menchie’s for a sweet treat. Mine looks like a bit of a hot mess but a really yummy hot mess! I got cake batter and peanut butter cookie.
Sulki’s is a lot prettier to look at, those bright colors! She got cake batter.
I also stopped at Target to grab some groceries and stumbled upon this gum. I don’t chew gum but the packaging got me! Plus I wanted to see what cake flavored gum would taste like. Verdict: not very good! As I should have known it just tasted like chemicals but I appreciate that they made the sticks of gum have sprinkles, like funfetti. I’ll find someone who likes gum to give it to!
I went to a training away from the office last week and got back just in time to head to the gym but I was starving, like there’s no way I had the energy to workout and I had no food, so I ran to the GNC around the corner and grabbed this protein bar. I’ve heard about these, kind of a new Quest bar. Here is the label and the ingredients list:
INGREDIENTS: Prebiotic Dietary Vegetable Fiber*, Peanuts, Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate, Cocoa Butter, Natural Flavors, Palm Fruit Oil, Xylitol, Strawberry Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Beet Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Stevia Extract, Monk Fruit Extract.ALLERGENS: Contains Milk, Peanuts, and traces of Tree Nuts (Almond, Cashew). *Go to www.bupbar.com to see results for fiber analysis.
Anything with that much fiber in one little serving makes me a bit skeptical and there have been some negative studies about xylitol and sugar alcohols in general. I haven’t read anything bad about monk fruit extract but I think it’s a rather new ingredient on the market, maybe I’m wrong though.
Here is some info on monk fruit:
“Monk fruit, also known as luo han guo fruit, is traditionally grown in the forested mountains of southern China, Reuters reported. Its antioxidant and vitamin properties have made it a popular remedy for anything from a sore throat to diabetes, and its naturally sweetened flavor makes its dry form a practical ingredient for soups and teas. Manufacturers report that one gram of monk fruit extract is equal to eight teaspoons of sugar…and In its pure form, monk fruit is considered 300 times sweeter than sugar…California-based Zevia recently launched its brand of zero-calorie sodas, sweetened with a mixture of monk fruit extract and stevia.” (source: http://www.medicaldaily.com/monk-fruit-first-healthy-artificial-sweetener-also-tastes-great-265647)
I tried Zevia once or twice and it tastes really good! You’ve probably seen it at your local grocery store, or Whole Foods:
Okay now my review: I chose the PB&J flavored bar because I just love PB&J! They also have: vanilla peanut butter, peanut butter, sugar cookie, chocolate mint and cinnamon roll.
Whoa that’s pink, wasn’t expecting the layered color look. Smells like PB&J kind of.
Tastes a bit chalky but the peanut butter layer is good. I can kind of taste the stevia but not anymore than in a Quest bar. The jelly layer is to fake and weird for me though, too chalky and whey-y (haha not a word at all). I’m not the biggest fan of protein powder (unless it’s mixed in a smoothie) but I do like quest chocolate chip cookie dough bars and they taste better than this one.
Verdict: I would probably try the peanut butter one because generally anything with peanut butter I enjoy, but I’m gonna say “no thanks” to the others. Of course, one should always try to eat some plain Greek yogurt or hard-boiled eggs over processed bars but sometimes you need a quick fix! (And sometimes I microwave a chocolate chip protein Quest bar and eat it for dessert : ))
After that I got a solid workout in though! I’ve been trying to run at least 3-4 times a week and mix in some strength training.
Makes me laugh!
My spring-y nails!
What I have been eating for dinner like every night, Trident salmon burgers form Costco, 20g protein, nothing but fish. So juicy and delicious!
My BF’s birthday is this Sunday, on Easter, so I made him a bunch of cookies to send in a birthday package! Including his favorite, snickerdoodles, which turned out AMAZING, thanks to Mrs. Sigg’s recipe. I used all butter instead of half shortening half butter.
They turned out perfectly puffy, slightly chewy and thick.
Obviously I had to make sure they tasted okay 🙂 They look yellow in this photo but they are white, it’s my darn kitchen lighting!
Next I made him this espresso chocolate chip shortbread recipe. They didn’t look too pretty since I don’t have a rolling pin but I think they turned out good! These are not very sweet but very buttery and have strong infusion of espresso, perfect for my coffee-holic boyfriend.
I got him this card (I hope he doesn’t see this blog post before Sunday!), he likes the grumpy cat so this is perfect!
His box all packed up, it also had some Easter basket straw filling, some chocolate Easter eggs and a few other little surprises! I topped it off with an old camera booth thing from when we first started dating, we look totally silly but I thought it was a nice touch 🙂
If anyone can get through this super long post, I will be amazed! My mom came to visit last weekend so I want to share what we did. We walked to Capitol Hill and got lunch at Rancho Bravo Tacos, which is in an old KFC building but is super cheap and tasty Mexican food. Mom got enchiladas and I got a veggie burrito.
Mom also brought my pup, Gryphon, to visit. I miss this little weasel so much! I got him a bow tie, which only enhances his natural beauty. Unfortunately, Gryphon is getting to be a senior citizen so he couldn’t do the walking we had planned but he was just as happy to take a nap in my apartment with his toy squirrel!
Quite a stud huh?
Many kisses were shared.
After lunch, mom and I got her first Molly Moon’s ice cream experience. SO delicious! I got a huge waffle cone (which they make there) with salted caramel and melted chocolate. I also tried the earl grey which tasted really good but I was in a chocolate mood.
Mom accidentally ordered a sundae with salted caramel, melted chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream and fresh chocolate sauce. We got flustered while ordering and mom order this, she only made it halfway through after being induced in a sugar coma!
Mom and I. My eyes look so dark and devilish!
If you could only eat one flavor of ice cream for the rest of your life, what flavor would it be?