Sodas, Snacks, and Anything Free (WIAW)

by Sarah on October 16, 2013 · 9 comments

I think this whole soda and candy protein bar late afternoon snack is becoming a habit.IMG_20131015_171022_968 (1024x577)

OK, so it’s happened two days in a row now.IMG_20131014_153526_290 (1024x574)

Maybe three times total in the past few weeks.*

*Although, with how good these lower sugar Detour Bars are…we might make into double digits before you know it.

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(The bar part….not the soda. That is DEFINITELY a habit.)

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But at least I can finally justify the years of stockpiling these bars..IMG_5896 (1024x683)

…as though I subconsciously knew that I would end up in student status again.IMG_5920 (1024x683)

I admit, when Kaila told me I was ‘such a gourmet’ (or something to that effect) after seeing my lunch via Instagram on Tuesday–cranberry ume plum glazed tilapia, roasted cabbage, and kabocha with mustardI had to laugh.IMG_5871 (1024x683)

If only because I feel like I’m hanging over the precipice of stereotypical student subsistence, defined by snacks, soda, and anything that’s free.WIAWstudentsnacks

And while it is true, Jenn and all you students (and writers) of the What I Ate Wednesday textbook(s) that I’ve been cooking and creating and doing a pretty good job of maintaining a healthfully balanced meal plan…

(Yes, watermelon in October. It was delicious and I’d do it again.)IMG_5694 (1024x683)

…I’m also easily influenced by a lack of time and offers of anything free.IMG_20131013_191420 (720x404)

Of course, buy one get one free Chipotle vegetarian salad bowls is just financially savvy, isn’t it?IMG_20131013_191457 (1024x576)

(Leftovers combined with fresh spinach, mushrooms, celery, and nutritional yeast is simply delicious.)IMG_5840 (1024x683)

And free TCBY Grapefruit Sorbet, and MORE Chipotle guacamole at the Student Health Fair?IMG_20131009_112615_934 (1024x577)

I’ll take it. And I’ll dip apples into it.IMG_20131011_142727 (922x518)

Then I’ll thank the chair of our department for this catered lunch from Zoe’s KitchenIMG_20131004_135315 (854x480)

–from which I brought home leftovers–

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–and my faculty mentor for this Valencia Orange Refresher from Starbucks.IMG_20131009_104025_588 (576x1024)

And if the Graduate Mentoring Program wants to buy an excess of Mellow Mushroom pizzaand send me home with four pieces–well, I’m not going to complain about that either.

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The only thing I’m really concerned about now, however, is this:IMG_20131012_201315_874 (1024x575)

Where the heck can I buy the rice puffs that are in Cheez-It Party Mix?

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Miss Polkadot October 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

Why oh why am I not a student anymore??? Okay, granted, our university never offered any free food at all [aside from a non-vegetarian soup at our kind-of-graduation]. Yet another reason to contemplate moving to the US for my master’s degree ;) ?!
Cheez-it Party Mix? I still think you need to try “Erdnussflips” ;) .

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

Haha I still think you’re pretty gourmet! And that bar stash made me chuckle…I have the EXACT same thing going on….SO MANY BARS.

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Ang @ Nutty for Life October 16, 2013 at 11:00 am

Savvy eating, I’d say :) I have been dying to try Zevia, but I can’t justify the price right now… soon! Happy Wednesday!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I really like Zevia!! I always stock up when it is on sale and I can usually find coupons online, too!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies October 16, 2013 at 12:49 pm

haha – I love that you’re making it work on the cheap. You can be gourmet with free just as well, I know you! :)

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate October 17, 2013 at 12:45 am

Haha I saw Kaila’s comment on that picture, and while I have to agree with her that you do you have talent for coming up with amazingly gourmet combos, your ability to snag free food is equally as impressive. ;-)

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli October 17, 2013 at 3:46 am

Haha! Those rice puffs are my favorite part! And the rye chips in the Gardetto’s mix! I made sure to put away a good amount of my bar stash while traveling to Cleveland last week and I have to say I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself for it! I may or may not have eaten one that was over three months expired though! ;) I wish my tummy could handle that Detour bar…the flavor is great, I just can’t do the sugar alcohols! I love you knack for finding free food…definitely deserving of a standing O for sure! Especially with the Mellow Mushroom! Best veggie pizza EVER! And for the record, I too think you are pretty gourmet when it comes to your meals…especially with all your fancy schmancy sauces! ;)

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

You are totally gourmet girl! I wish I could do a lot of those snacks… I miss them! Come be gourmet in my kitchen already!! There is lots of free food for you here!! :)

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