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I love brussel sprouts.

Tonight’s dinner is brought to you by bizarre cravings and hangovers.

Nowadays in my old age, I typically limit myself to a drink or two when I go out – if I am even drinking. This is for a plethora of reasons:

  • To not feel like shiz the next day.
  • To avoid the dreaded “brain cloud” that makes studying, or really any intellectual activity impossible.
  • To be able to have an effective workout, if desired.
  • To remember the people I meet and conversations I have at parties, bars, etc.
  • Too keep my cool while everyone else acts a fool.
  • To not partake in any cringe, tear, or Emergency Room-inducing activities.
Despite all that, last night I had a couple extra and I paid the price for it today. The brain cloud only lifted an hour or so ago and I was able to work on my 10 page lab report – which is due every. single. week. On the bright side, I had a  great time with my friends and got a cute photo out of it: 
Carlyn, Shelby, me, Cassi, Annemieke

When I am hungover, the last thing I ever want to eat is lettuce. For some reason, the mere  thought of my gut trying to digest cellulose is almost enough to send me running to the porcelain throne. I was craving vegetables tonight though, and it made sense to me that cooked vegetables would be more tolerable. That, in combination with my current obsession with Alexia’s frozen sweet potato waffle fries and the desire to get back into my egg and feta cheese phase, was the catalyst to a highly unexpected and extremely delicious dinner.

Don’t knock it till youve tried it.

Sweet potato fries and scrambled brussel sprouts with eggs and feta

lazy iphone pic – sorryyy

The sweet potato fries are a delicious contrast to the savory, cheesy brussel sprouts and eggs. Its not weird – its uhmazing.

Recipe: Serves 1

~1 cup frozen sweet potato waffle fries

4 large brussel sprouts, sliced

3 tbsp onion, chopped

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tbsp lemon juice

1 garlic clove, finely chopped (or garlic salt if you are hungover lazy)

3 egg whites

1 whole, organic egg

~2 tbsp feta cheese

salt

fresh ground pepper

Directions – Place two pans on the stove on medium high heat. Grease one with olive oil and add the onions, garlic, and brussel sprouts. Saute. Add the lemon juice and continue to saute until lightly browned. In the other pan, add the sweet potato fries and occasionally flip until warmed through and slightly browned. In the other pan, once the brussel sprouts and onions are lightly browned, add the egg whites and feta cheese and stir fry until cooked. On a plate, add a layer of sweet potato fries. Top with the brussel sprout egg mixture. Take the whole egg and crack it carefully into one of the pans. Let the white cook but remove before the yolk is cooked. Drizzle the yolk over the entire dish and eat the white. Top dish with salt and fresh ground pepper. Enjoy!!!

Benefits:

Brussel Sprouts * a great source of fiber, folate, and vitamins C, A, and K

Eggs * the yolk is where all the nutrients are! It contains tryptophan, selenium, iodine, B vitamins, and phosphorous, many of which are necessary for optimal metabolism. The egg white has 6 grams of complete protein!

Sweet potato * high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, copper, and B6! The antioxidants in sweet potatoes work to eliminate free radicals (which damage the body) and are anti-inflammatory, so they can help alleviate symptoms of many conditions.

skinny margs & b vitamins

Well…. that was nuts. I am still kind in shock from the insanity that I witnessed over the weekend. On Friday morning, we piled our stuff into my car and drove to Lake Shasta. I packed extra snacks for the trip, so that I wouldn’t have to subsist on nitrates hotdogs and bagels alone. It worked out very nicely! I brought

  • snap peas & carrots
  • apples
  • mixed nuts
  • high fiber cereal
  • 4 canned tuna lunches (ate them a l l )
  • 4 protein muffins
  • multi vitamins in gummy form & B complex (for hangover prevention!)
    A brief note on why B vitamins cure hangovers: When you drink a lot of alcohol, you use the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme to convert the ethanol to acetaldehyde  to acetate. Both of these reactions require a molecule called NAD+ to have a hydrogen added to it so it becomes NADH. So when you drink a lot, you have a ton of NADH (which is what inhibits fat burning while drinking) and you need to convert it back to NAD. One of the B vitamins, niacin is the precursor to NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is what you are now super low on! Each B vitamin, though, plays a role.  (image)
Anyway! We got there, waited for our house boat to be ready, loaded it up, and finally by about 4pm set off for “Slaughterhouse island.” Our crew:
Love yall! 
Kelly, Danielle, Ian, Me, Hope, Bonnie
There were hundreds of boats and thousands of college kids running around, dancing, and having a blast.
Just the tip of the island, surrounded by boats. Do you spy the tighty whiteys?
The rest of Friday and Saturday basically just consisted of running around trying to find friends, dancing, eating, and napping. And if you hadn’t guessed, drinking. I’m not as big of a drinker as your average Houseboat attendee, but I did sip on homemade Skinny Margaritas! My recipe:
  • 3/4 cup club soda
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • ~5 drops stevia
  • 1 shot silver tequila (less sugar than gold, which has added caramel)
  • dash of salt
  • ice
  • if at home, blend! I wouldn’t recommend adding fruit juices to alcoholic beverages due to the fructose content, so it is probably the one time I would say to add some diet (aka fake) Hansen’s pomegranate or strawberry soda if you want it to be a fruit flavored margarita.
By Sunday, I needed to get back to real life to study for my impending finals, so some of us left a day early. I probably would have stayed if it hadn’t been chilly and rainy all weekend! :(
This post is getting long and I have a test at 6pm tonight in Nutrition, so I have got to go! I’ll be back soon with some yummy recipes!

Guest Post: Ashley from The Hungry Scholar

Hello! My name is Ashley or as the blog world calls me, The Hungry Scholar. Lauren gave me the opportunity to do my first guest post. Hooray for blogger love! I spent several hours thinking of a particular topic that would be of interest to you all. A recipe would be great, but if you’ve been reading my blog, I’m in the process of a major move. I have just finished my master’s in Rhetoric and Composition (in the English department) and I am moving on to my PhD in a few weeks. So, my kitchen is in a box. What I instead plan to do is to enumerate the things I have learned about my body from being a scholar.

Being a graduate student led to some unhealthy eating habits. Firstly, I had to move my reading to the coffee shop after I noticed that studying at home led to frequent trips to the kitchen. But, our coffee shop served the most delectable scones from the local gelato shop. Second, these trips lasted late into the night. You cannot stay up late without eating something. With the amount of coffee I was drinking, I would pass out without eating. And I needed to be completely alert because the creepster with his shirt always inside-out liked to stare me down while I read.

Further, there were the parties. I was in a sorority, but I never saw partying like this. Graduate students drank a lot of wine, A LOT. I once had a party end with all-male, shirtless dancing and Gaga. Of course, it wasn’t really the alcohol that was the problem, but the midnight runs to McDonalds. The only veggies we had at our crazy parties were spilled on the floor. Really. Our A/C likes to turn off during parties and one of the Literature students decided to cure his overheating by putting a frozen bag of broccoli up his sweater vest. Which he later ripped open, attempted to pour into a bowl, missed it completely, and then pushed it deeper into the carpet with his boots. I hope I get back my security deposit.

So I had three problems: (1) mindless eating while reading, (2) late night study sessions with more food, and (3) alcohol-induced binging. I now would like to share some changes I made for the better. I still fall into these old habits sometimes, but it is rare and I use these slip-ups as an opportunity to reevaluate how I am eating.

1. I sleep. I don’t do all nighters. I sometimes feel that I am that graduate student that doesn’t have “the drive.” I do have the drive: the drive to not go bonkers. I noticed that after 1 AM I was writing complete crap. I would reread what I wrote the night before and gasp in horror. The best advice I have ever gotten, and advice I hope to pass onto students and non-students, is to work as hard as you can from 9 to 5 (I try to use the morning for workouts) and use remainder of the evening to do something you love. For me, this was a glass of wine, Bravo TV, and an early bed time. I am not saying this will work for everyone, but you should at least ask: am I using my daytime hours effectively.

2. I prepare for a night of drinking. Some people camp, and that takes a lot of preparation. I’m an indoorsy type of girl, so I only have drinking to prepare for. First, I always eat a decently sized dinner. I used to eat salad so I could use the calories for late partying, but I was just so hungry. I try to eat pasta. Next, I always cut up some apple slices for later. I don’t know why I think apple slices are more fun than eating an apple in its natural form, but it is. So, keep some fun, healthy snacks around. Snacks that the tipsy-you will crave. Lastly, drink less. This is more self-directed advice, but there it is.

3. I pack snacks for out-of-house work. When I go to coffee shops, I pack snacks. This has saved me, because my local coffee shop serves little to no healthy food. Also, I leave my credit card at home and only bring the amount of money for a drink. This has saved me money, too.

4. I reward myself with food. I know every employee of leading women’s health magazines would chase me with wads of dirty gym socks, but hear me out. Okay. Sometimes when I am studying (or doing any painstaking task), I’ll promise myself a healthy snack and a glass of wine (while watching Real Housewives or some DVD series like Weeds). Snacks such as: dark chocolate, “expensive” fruit, or a skinny cow. So when I reach for my chips during writing I’ll say, “Ashley. Really? Really? Really? You are going to ruin your beautiful TV, snack, and wine time with such mindless eating. Don’t taint this special time. Get your life together!!” This works 90% of the time.

I’m not perfect and I don’t hold the holy grail of healthy eating and body issues, but this is my experience. Feel free to use the comment section to share your own experiences. What is your best tip for avoiding mindless eating, late night eating, or eating during/after drinking?