Finals: Survival Mode

First of all, I just want to thank you all for the sweet comments on my last post. Y’all are truly the best.

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You know that biochemistry lab I have been bitching about for the last 9 weeks? Well, it is finally over. Completely. No more labs. No more lab reports. No more mid-protein-assay break downs. No more quizzes. And no more final.

I had so much anxiety about the final that it caused me to stress eat. Stress eating is something that I think is very common amongst women (especially school-aged), and is even more prevalent around midterms and finals. However, I usually don’t have much of a problem with it. I’ve found that if you fill up on mostly balanced and nutritious foods during the day, you don’t really have all that much room to cram in froyo, cookies, and brownie bars. But this lab final bypassed all that logic and sensibility and had me scouring our kitchen for anything with a 6 carbon chain and a hydroxyl group on the end. (AKA sugaaaaaa.) After a day or two of that, enough was enough. I decided to make something that was sweet, but actually satisfying and healthy to boot. And thus, the personal blueberry pie was born.

Comfort food at its best

This little pie is sugar free, made from whole grains, and packs a punch of antioxidants. Sweet and delicious. Best of all, it can be made in under 5 minutes flat, if you want. The blubes burst in the microwave (or oven) and soak the granola and coconut in sweet blueberry juice. [Since it is sugar free, all you bloggers who are doing Alex’s sugar free challenge can feel free to imbibe in this lil’ beauty!]

5 ingredients – say whattt?!

Personal Vanilla Blueberry Pie

suga free and supa easy.

Recipe: Serves 1

3/4 cup blueberries (I am obsessed with Rhythm and Blueberries, if you’re local!)

2 tbsp plain greek yogurt

4-5 drops vanilla NuNaturals stevia (or regular stevia + a few drops vanilla extract)

2 tbsp Love Grown Granola + 2 tbsp high fiber cereal (I used Fiber One Honey Clusters)

1-2 tbsp unsweetened coconut shreds

pinch salt

Directions – In a bowl, combine the blueberries, greek yogurt, stevia, and salt. Mix well. Scrape into a small ramekin. Top with granola, cereal, and coconut. To cook, either microwave for 1 minute (or until the blueberries have burst) or bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream!

my precious… 

Benefits:

Blueberries * have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of all fruits and veggies. Their anthocyanidins counteract free radicals, which damage cells and tissues. One study demonstrated that blueberries improve memory and learning capacity in aging animals. They also protect against all forms of cancer, especially colon and ovarian cancer.

Oats * A prime source of soluble fiber which has been proven to help lower total cholesterol levels. They also contain a unique antioxidant called avenanthramides which prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. This is good because the oxidation of LDL cholesterol is part of the atherosclerosis process. Basically, oats help prevent heart disease. They also contain selenium, potassium, phosphorous, pantothenic acid, and magnesium.

[source]

I have been meaning to do a review of Love Grown Food’s granola for ages now. They kindly sent me two flavors: Raisin Almond Crunch and Sweet Cranberry Pecan. Honestly, both were so good that this was the only recipe I was able to make with them before my housemates polished it all off! I am not usually a big granola fan, but Love Grown’s texture is really different – in a great way. It is very crunchy and light. And they don’t skimp on the goods, which is both rare and awesome. There are giant coconut flakes in every bite and each flavor had plenty of cranberries, raisins, and nuts. To top it all off, they don’t add any artificial flavors, HFCS or hydrogenated fats (blech) to their products. Definitely a fabulous granola.

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30 responses to “Finals: Survival Mode

  1. spoonfulofsugarfree

    YUM! looks so yummy :D Will definitely give it a try.

    And so glad your final is over! I hope you did well! !

  2. totally understand the stress eating – it’s funny though how much better you feel and are able to study when you eat well though?! it sorta makes me wonder why we stress eat anyways…I also made an effort to sort of eat healthier during finals this semester and it really helped!

    — but one thing I refuse to give up is treating myself after a final. if I want a piece of a cake after a 3 hours mind-draining test then damn-right I’m going to have one! :D

  3. Oh, this looks simple and delicious. I love personal serving size foods. I don’t have to share with anyone! :)

  4. so glad you made it thru biochem. almost done girl!! good luck.
    Good eating equals good brain functioning, right?

  5. Lauren, I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!

  6. “had me scouring our kitchen for anything with a 6 carbon chain and an a hydroxyl group on the end.” – Ha, too funny!

    Congrats on finishing your final, and kudos for using one of my favorite words (imbibe).

  7. CONGRATS!!! Now, time to enjoy the summer :) And make more pies!!

  8. Gotta love single serving breakfast recipes. I really need to start buying fresh berries again. I’ve been waiting for summer hoping the prices would go down and I think it’s just about time. I love seeing that Colorado-made granola all over the place being a CO girl and all :)

    Congrats on finishing your class!

  9. Congrats on getting that lab DONE. You better be celebrating that one!
    “…scouring our kitchen for anything with a 6 carbon chain and a hydroxyl group on the end.” You are hilarious. Oh that darn stress eating. I am super envious of your control. And your ability to throw together a brilliant yet speedy little blueberry pie in the midst of all the chaos. It sounds delicious, chica. I also seriously hope they start selling that Love Grown Granola in Canada soon, I keep hearing all these good things and it’s such a tease!

  10. Delicious!! And I have some Love Grown Foods granola, so I have no excuse to not make this. :)

  11. p.s. Congrats on finishing your biochemistry lab!!

  12. Can you come and make all my meals and snacks for me? :)

  13. YUM! I’ve been eating massive amounts of this combination (coupled with nutritional yeast and protein powder) for the last few months. I’m slightly addicted.. but never microwaved it. Interesting. Must try!

    • Yes you must – it is WAY better! I have had it raw as well and having it hot makes it like pie and soo good. But it might cook the protein powder…. in a gross way.. so watch out for that?

  14. oh.my.god.

    I just found your blog and officially spent 2 hours last night browsing through all of your old posts, literally bookmarking every recipe, and falling in love with you ( I mean that in the least creepy way possible, promise). Your approach to food and nourishing your body is so wholesome and I REALLY appreciate all the single serving recipes. I’m cooking for one over here and usually just gravitate towards really lame meals (think, grilled chicken and plain broccoli..like, every night. ew) and am SO excited to start trying out some of your meals.

    I was just wondering if you’d mind if I shot you an email, girlfriend. I have a few questions for yaaaa :) I know you’re in finals mode so please feel free to say no!

    OH. p.s. – I also saw that your 21st birthday was on January 28th?! Umm, my 21st birthday was on January 28th. In other words, I think my mom has some explaining to do about my long lost twin.

    SENDING LOVE!!
    – peanut butter and jenny

  15. stress eating during finals… I can definitely relate. At my lowest point I was eating marshmallows left over from when we went camping during spring break. So gross! THIS recipe sounds super delish though – can’t wait to try it!! Glad finals are “final”ly (har har) over for you!

  16. Hey! I just found your blog and I’m drooling over this recipe! Not much says summer like blueberry pie, and I love your healthy single-serving twist! Definitely making this one myself :)

  17. Personal pie? BEST. The fact that you called it my precious? BETTER. :D
    Oh just read your last post. LOVE. Big time <3

  18. i am a total stress eater… blueberries are SO amazing…especially warm, dontcha think? I love the personal pie. bookmarked :)

  19. I’m already very much stressed out for upcoming “highschool” finals next week, and I can’t imagine how stressful a university life will be for me later on! I wish I could try the cute recipe for a little treat, ever since you posted the “Microwave Dangers” thing a while ago, I threw away my microwave!!!! (Darn, now what!!?) LOL

    • Oh my gosh, you didnt?!? Girl that is drastic! Like I said in the post, I dont even know if that information is accurate! The writer only had ONE source – which is pretty shoddy. Although… microwaves do seem sketch. But I use it for basically every meal. I like my food FAST haha

  20. I’m definitely making a staple for this coming fall! I know I’ll be going crazy during finals and because I will be having my own kitchen, I’ll be in more control of my stress-eating (either way, it’s bad thing.. hahaha).

    And what I love the most is that this is a 5 ingredient recipe without all the fancy stuff! I usually scour the internet for those “healthy 5 ingredient” recipes when I’m completely blanked out on what to cook for the week.

    Glad your ridiculous biochem lab is over! Now you can relax. :)

    • Yes, you can definitely use this recipe! I hate it when a recipe sounds super good but I dont have some obscure ingredient… Especially living in a small town. I cant just hop on over to Whole Foods and get it!

  21. mmm this looks delicious! i definitely stress-eat once in awhile, but honestly, i don’t think stress-eating is that bad if it’s just once in awhile. food does elevate my mood and help balance out my blood sugar levels ;) at least that’s what i tell myself. i hope finals go well! youre ALMOST DONE! (then we can hang out!!)

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  23. This looks so yummy. And I love personal pies. And blewberries. <3 I'd want to try this with apricots, too, though :)

  24. Mmmm delicious! Now I have an idea what to try when I pick some blueberries in August :)

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