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While the guys BBQ’d burgers and dogs and made mac n cheese for dinner last night, I steamed a big bag of California blend frozen veggies, seasoned with garlic, basil, and a drizzle of light Italian dressing. “Is that good?” Barry asks. “Try it.” “Wow, that is good!” “I know….” ¬† ūüôā

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We fell asleep watching Part 1 of the Half Blood Prince, last night, and awoke with a serious coffee craving. The coffee really hit the spot today. Barry and I split a Cinnamon Raisin English muffin, dipped in sugar free syrup.

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The heat has been pretty intense lately and it really got to me today. I had every intention of going to Zumba, but every time I stood, I got light headed. I tried to drink a lot of water today, but still had to blow off class.

Mid-morning, I got a crazy hankering for grilled zucchini. Dad and I headed to the farmers market. My belly was growling something fierce and I opted for some seaweed salt. Dad ans I are addicted to the stuff! I may have tapped into this container while still shopping.

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Also making an appearance this afternoon was a new KIND bar: Dark Chocolate Chili Almond.

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Dad described it really well as, “nondescript.” After having Chilies and Cherries in Dark Chocolate ¬†by Chocolove and really catching that bite, I expected more from this bar… more of a spice or a kick.

When we got home, I lit up the grill and grilled hot dogs for the guys and zucchini for me.

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zucchini boats

Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, deseed the vegetable to create a boat.

Spray the exposed zucchini with nonstick cooking spray and place down on the grill, so the green is facing up. Grill over medium-high heat until grill lines are evident and water has clearly been drawn out of the vegetable, approximately 15 minutes. (This may take longer depending on how well you want the zucchini cooked.) Flip the zucchini over and lightly brush with pesto, or red sauce, and sprinkle with black pepper.

Top with desired toppings.I topped mine with sliced tomatoes, turkey pepperoni, and fat free shredded mozzarella, granulated garlic and crushed red pepper flakes!

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Grill for another 10 minutes or so, or until the desired wellness of the vegetable.

“Is that good? Dad asked. “Try it.” “Wow! That’s better than I thought!” “I know…” ¬† ūüôā

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Later this evening dad called me to tell me how he was still impressed with how tasty the grilled zucchini was!

I picked up a peach at the market, earlier, in honor of National Peach Ice Cream Day. Taking a cue from Hungry-girl, I sliced the peach in half, sprayed the exposed fruit, and grilled it skin side up. Still warm, with well defined grill marks, about 13 minutes on medium high heat, I served it with a scoop of Breyers Vanilla Carb Smart Ice Cream!

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Since I wasn’t going to Zumba, I sat on the porch with some fresh brewed iced tea and studied for the boards.

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I was very content, hunger-wise, for the majority of the day.Right until around 9pm… I did some snacking to figure out jut what I was looking for… the winner? Pineapple!

My accomplishment of the day: single handedly eating a whole pineapple!

I sliced up a pineapple after dinner, and throughout the night, I kept stealing slices of it. It was the best pineapple I’ve had all season! Is it bad to eat a whole pineapple in 1 day? I’m not sure, but I’d rather eat that than ice cream or cookies. (I did eat a few cookies, today, though…) ¬† :/

And now? Well, I can’t sleep. I think all that pineapple gave me a sugar high! So until I start fading, its blog fun and Rugrats reruns on late night TV.

Johnny Garlics

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3:35am- dad calls, “Are you up?” “5 more minutes”

This sleep deprived lady woke up, threw he last minute items in her bag, made some coffee, and was out the door to catch a 6:30am flight. Whenever I catch a flight, dad and I always swing by Dunkin Donuts for their latest breakfast. This morning, we split the new Steak, Egg, and Cheese wake-up wrap. I was surprised how tasty it was.

After a big hug, I boarded the plane. A little over 5 hours later, we landed in Las Vegas. I was¬†definitely¬†bummed that I was in Vegas and didn’t even get to get off the plane. I was able to sleep for about an hour or so on the first flight, but as soon as we took off from Vegas, I was out! As for on board snacking, I had brought some bars to hold me over. Can you guess what flavor my taste buds were wanting?

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I went with the South Beach bar. It tastes like a cookie! I wound up making friend with the gentleman next to me ans we worked on sudoku and crossword puzzles. I was surprised that the airline actually had 100 calorie packs… bring on the Lorna Doones!

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Once my grogginess wore off and I entered the San Jose terminal, we grabbed the rental car and headed for a late lunch, which was really our dinner. I was stoked to head to Johnny Garlics. This¬†restaurant¬†was a must on my trip. Its Guy Fieri’s restaraunt.

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We were greeted with a basket of the best focaccia I’ve ever eaten. It was much softer and airier than any focaccia I’ve ever tried and it was seasoned with tons of garlic and herbs. I saw Guy talk about some dishes on Diners, Drive- Ins, and Drives, and ever since I saw it, I knew I needed to try it. The dish that I chose is actually an appetizer, and I rounded it out with some grilled asparagus. Sashimi Won Tacos! Marinaded Sashimi Ahi Tuna, in a fried shell, topped with mango jicama salsa, and drizzled with a wasabi soy mayo. They were all served over a bed of shredded cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper. Wow! The tuna had almost a teriyaki flavor, and the sweet fruits of the salsa paired with the heat of the wasabi perfectly!

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My chapter advisor and her husband, who joined me for lunch, got the Roasted Garlic soup. I love garlic soup, so I tried some of hers and it was fabulous and topped with grated cheese! My advisor got the Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and her husband opted for the lunch special of half a Sonoma salad and half a Cajun Chicken Fetttucine.

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We finally checked into our hotel and I dove into my bed. But I needed to go register for the convention. Afterwards, I headed back to the room to unpack and call the parentals (theres a 3 hour time difference). We found out that there is nothing but¬†restaurants¬†in Downtown San Jose, so we had to drive to a SafeWay to grab some water. While I was there, I also grabbed some fruit to keep in my room along with two bottles of wine to bring home…

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Yeah… they sell¬†liquor¬†next to the rolls!

After a shower, I was ready for bed!

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Is it Gnu to you?

Gnu is by far one of my favorite bars! I take them everywhere and for any occasion! They come in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and most recently, they have released some mini bars of three of them. These bars remind you of oatmeal bars, but much more hearty and filling; and they use real fruits, veggies, and natural ingredients! Theres almost 1/2 a days worth of fiber in these bars, that range from 130 to 140 calories! What, What!!

The generous people of Gnu recently sent me some to review for the blog, so here it goes:

Banana Walnut

We know my love for all things Walnana! So having it in non-perishable bite size form is aces! They also make this in their standard size, as well. I recommend this one for breakfast or mid-morning snack.

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You would think that when I’d want something sweet, I’d reach for some chocolate, but not if this baby is in the house. This has all the flavors of a blondie, minus the fat and calories, and loaded with fiber! MMMMM! I love the surprising bits of white and semi-sweet chocolates!

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Blueberry Cobbler

I typically enjoy any blueberry bars as breakfast, but I could eat this any time of day! It loaded, and I do mean loaded, with blueberries in every bite!  You can tell they use the real deal because even the bar itself has a blue hue from the juices.  Its not that tart or imitation blueberry flavor like more blueberry flavored foods. Its actual blueberry  bliss!

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This is probably the only bar of the entire Gnu line, that I’ll typically pass on. It has a nice blend of carrots and spices, but I, personally find pleasure in their other varieties.

Chocolate Brownie

I love this one! They even make it snack-size in a 70 calorie bar! It doesn’t taste like your idea of a brownie, like most reduced-calorie snack brownies.¬†Its packed full of fiber, and makes me feel like I’m being naughty with a sweet treat! Seriously, 12g fiber in a brownie?! Whod’a thunk it? (I like dipping it in PB, too!)

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Holy Raisin! This baby it spectacular! I love the sweetness and juiciness of the raisins. Its like I’m eating a cinnamon raisin cookie from a bakery.. its that good (and so much better for you)! This is also made in a 70 cal mini bar.

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When I first bit into this one, I wasn’t quite sure… If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans, its very similar. ¬†I recommend this for all you coffee lovers, as it has ground coffee beans and chocolate chips. (Warning: this does contain caffeine!)

Orange Cranberry

I really have to be in the mood for this one. I’m not a huge orange cranberry fan, but this is not too overwhelming. I had to eat this one twice to appreciate its flavor, but like I said, I’m not much of an orange cranberry¬†connoisseur. I’ll let you review this one. Comment below.

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You all know I am a nut butter fiend, so I have some pretty high expectations of anything thats followed by the word “butter.” Sold! It doesn’t have an over whelming peanut butter taste, like some bars, but its just enough to give you that salty and filling tease.

You can find these bars in various corner,¬†convenient¬† and grocery store, as well as some VitaminShoppes. But heres where you can find the best deal of all: right on the website. If you’re ‘gnu” to Gnu foods, check out their 5-Bar Sampler!

Enjoy!