The Nutella-Peanut-Butter Death Spiral (Or, Two Weeks of Being at Home)

It’s been a while, people. I’ll try not to make a million excuses for my lack of posting, but know that things will get back on track shortly! Things that have happened since my last posts:

– summer classes ended
– a spontaneous, hilarious, soul-restoring 24 hours in NYC (more on that later!)
– flying home to Georgia
– catching up with high school friends I haven’t seen in two years
– and….most relevant to that whole blog-posting thing….getting a NEW LAPTOP!

Yes, blogging has been really difficult without a laptop. Even the word “blogging” invokes the image of a lost, soul-searching twentysomething with a coffee mug pulled tightly to her chest and a laptop propped on her knee. Something about sitting at the college library computers to share my witticisms and favorite recipes seemed a little…off. In any case, I’ll be blogging in the more conventional way from now on. Get at me, interwebz.

So far, I’ve spent the last two weeks home in my Georgia town, swiftly inhaling all and any edibles in the kitchen. Is it possible that being home can make one grateful for a mother’s wonderful cooking and wistful for solitary college apartment cooking at the same time? Let me explain.

It is so much easier to eat well and eat in proper portions when you buy and make your own food. I never have to worry about digging away to the bottom of the Nutella jar in college because (in full cognition of my eating habits) I don’t buy Nutella! At home, however, a plethora of wonderful delights await in every nook and cranny of the kitchen. Have you guys ever tried Nutella and peanut butter together? It’s like…the best.
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Recently, I came across this article from LifeHack about what junk food cravings really mean. Apparently chocolate cravings mean I should eat almonds?! Weird, but I’ll give it a go, LifeHack.

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8 Easy Ways to Get Protein (no weird powders involved)

I admit that in high school I ran about a 12 minute mile. Yearly presidential fitness tests were literally the bane of my existence. Does anyone remember those? How the state basically mandated us to run a mile every year and then forced the runty nonathletic kids to compare their times to the Hulks of the class? WHY. WAS. THIS. A. THING. More importantly, why did they have to happen during the nonathletic years of my life?

Thankfully, I learned to embrace working out once I got to college. And then, by the time I was an off-campus upperclassmen, I learned to embrace making my own meals.

One of the most important nutritional lessons  I’ve learned as I’ve grown into a fitness-loving, meal-cooking, (mostly) independent and functioning individual is the importance of protein. If you’re anything like me, than protein is easy for you to miss. I rarely eat meat (not because I’m a vegetarian, but because  I hate cooking the stuff), and I couldn’t even imagine myself non-ironically buying whey protein at Giant. But protein is actually quite important to any physically active person working on cutting fat and increasing lean muscle. In fact, not getting enough protein leads to muscle weakness and wasting. So, don’t skip out on protein, because it could reverse the effects of an otherwise rigorous workout! Check out this great article to learn more about this crucial part of your diet.

Now, here  are my favorite ways to get protein! 🙂

  1. Nonfat yogurt – 11 grams in one cup
  2. Cheddar cheese – 7 grams in 1 oz
  3. Nonfat milk – 9 grams in 1 cup
  4. Two-egg omelet – 14 grams
  5. Red lentils – 25 grams in 1/2 cup
  6. Black beans – 7 grams
  7. Greek yogurt – 23 grams in 1 cup
  8. Oatmeal – 5 grams

For more protein sources, check out this great list from Fitbie! And to really put your new protein knowledge to the culinary test, try any of these 39 protein-packed recipes!

What are your favorite sources for protein? Shoot me a recipe and I may feature it on my blog!