Spring Break- Graduate Student Style

So this week has been my spring break.. Since I go to a school where the spring break is different from everyone else’s, I ended up not being able to find someplace warm to go.. I mean I could have, but how fun is going on spring break to someplace warm alone? Yea. That’s what I thought.. not so fun.

Despite the lack of warmth of my week, I do have a few picture to share! oh yay! I love to share!

1. His a & her banana bread. Made this Friday for my boyfriend and me. A paleo one for me and a ‘normal’ one for him.
2. Packed snacks for my trip up north! My mom and I decided to try to go up north (MI) to go skiing.. Had to make sure to pack food so that I wouldn’t be stuck eating unhealthy-unpaleo food.
3. Mom and I ended up going up to Mackinaw City for dinner.. I’d never seen the bridge! But sadly, due to the rain and fog, I still could hardly see it.
4. Had to make due with breakfast at our hotel. Took the egg and bacon off of a sandwich, then had some blueberries, an apple, and a nut pack.

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1. Despite the rain on our way up north, we ended up getting about 3 inches overnight! Yay!
2. That snow meant that we got to go skiing! I FINALLY got to try out my skis that I got for Christmas!
3. We ended up at Applebees that night for dinner. The onions were SUPER onion-y and I didn’t eat them, but when I asked to replaced the potatoes that it was supposed to come with with more veggies instead, it turned into a pretty delicious dinner.. Maybe not 100% paleo, but I’m not going to fret over a little bit of sauce.
4. Wednesday I met up with my college roommate. We ended up at a sushi restaurant to catch up and get some eats. Since sushi obviously has rice in it, I opted to get some hibachi instead. Chicken and shrimp, then again got extra veggies instead of rice. Yum! I would have asked for the chicken without the sauce if I would have known that they were going to put some on it, but again, no need to fret the small things.

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1. I made sure to do some shopping over break too. Since I was in Okemos, I headed to Playmakers were I found these gems. Asics motion control shoes to help me with my flat footedness. My physical trainer will be delighted when she sees them.
2. Then had to stop over at Denny’s Central Park Bikes to see what they had to offer. Ended up grabbing these off of the sale rack. Shorts with padding in them to mountain bike in, and a long sleeved GORGEOUSLY purple jacket to ride in when it’s on the verge of being warm but not quite warm enough.
3. Had a 20% off coupon for BB&B.. Picked up a 20piece pack of Pyrex storage containers. These will DEFINITELY be used seeing as I feel like I NEVER have enough containers when I’m food prepping!
4. Also! On the way back from skiing my mom got me a new set of knives! Nothing fancy, but definitely needed to replace the Ikea knives that I’ve been using!

Well. That was my spring break in a jiffy! Now I’m looking forward to April when I go to Florida!! What are you looking forward to? Any trips, runs, events?!


What’s in my basket?

Today we’re going to play a game called ‘What’s in my basket?’ The point of this game, obviously, is to guess what is in my basket. In particular, you need to guess what is in my shopping basket.. Or cart rather. I’ve realized long ago that just a basket at the grocery store won’t cut it.. I buy way too much stuff for that.

But anyways, game goes like this.. DON’T look at the picture below and guess ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to each question I ask. Then, if there is anything that you think is more specific (like, yes you got juice and I think it was cranberry) say it.. Ok. On your mark.. Get set… GO!

-Did I buy:


wheat bread?


bow tie noodles?


carrots and/or celery?


brussel sprouts?




Now let’s see how you did..

-Did I buy:

eggs? Yes I did, and yes I eat the yoke. Yes, I know that that is were all theĀ cholesterolĀ is but hey, I don’t eat all of that processed foods and I doubt that the caveman ever was like “know what, Charlie, this yellow thing bad for health.. lets not eat”.. No, there were like “oh, not rocks and dirt, so yummy!” Sorry, I know that I speak very poor caveman.

wheat bread? No. If you read last week’s post you know that I’m ready to go paleo. This means no grains, and as you might have guessed wheat is a grain.

apples? Hells yes! I don’t believe that there is anytime that I go to the grocery store and don’t buy apples. My boyfriend and I eat apples like it’s our job. I mean, I had 4 HUGE apples still in my fridge and I still was sure to buy 6 more.. Would have been more if it wasn’t for the fact that they were $1.99/lb. BLAH!

bow tie noodles? Nope. Read my reasoning for the bread, same follows here.

vinegar? Yes! Balsamic vinegar in fact.. Did you know that balsamic vinegar on brussel sprouts is AMAZING! Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself to see!

carrots and/or celery? Both actually. I recently just nabbed a juicer from my mother (she never used it anyways) and read that both can be used to make a pretty yummy juice.. Don’t worry, post on juicing will follow!

mushrooms? Not today. I do love mushrooms however. But I still had a pack from last week’s trip so I didn’t buy anymore. They’re actually marinating with some asparagus right now to make for dinner!

brussel sprouts? You bet ya! However, the fresh ones that I normally buy were looking a bit off. Instead of being the size of a large marble, they were the size of a golf ball or bigger. So I opted to try the frozen ones instead. This means that I’m going to have to remember to thaw them before I want to make them, but we’ll see how it goes.

peanuts? Nope. Peanuts are actually classified as a legume and not a nut. Legumes are not part of the paleo diet, but nuts are. This also means that all of peanut butter that I once ate will now be replaced with almond butter, sunflower seed butter, and once I can find it cheap enough cashew butter!


Nom nom! I’m so happy I eat all of these tasty tasty foods!!!