The Return of Yucks & Yums

by Sarah on November 25, 2013 · 11 comments

It’s been almost two years since I’ve done a Yucks & Yums post–my way of trying to combine random opinions of things I’ve eaten (or done) into something catchy and quirky, playing on one of my Smart Kitchen rules: “Don’t Yuck My Yum.” You can, however, yuck your OWN yucks. Or your own yums. If that makes any sense. [I’m not sure it does.]

to MY idea of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and the Thanksgiving magazine editions that go along with it.IMG_9110 (1024x683)

This was a particularly good year forthe big three,” as I think of my middle age-women-targeted food and lifestyle magazines. So yummy, in fact, that I actually brought them all home from the gym with the intention of actually using (or, well, loosely adapting) some of the recipes, instead of leaving them behind for other gym-goers in need of some home design or culinary inspiration.


Yuck to inconsistent recipe testing, as in the case of my (flavor perfect but texturally confused) Pumpkin Molasses Oat Cookies.IMG_8560 (1024x683)

Good thing that one of those inconsistencies ended up with the texture and flavor of a pumpkin gingerbread dough, and led to the creation of this Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Trifle, turning a yuck into a YUM.IMG_20131120_164823_357 (1024x576)

(I did carry this trifle around campus as though it were perfectly normal. Although, as The Professor pointed out, anyone who knew me wouldn’t have even blinked at the concept.)


I served that trifle with one of the giant spoons from the set of silverware that Melissa sent me, after learning of the existence of only two forks, no table knives, and approximately 15 spoons in my kitchen. YUM to surprise packages from friends.

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I haven’t yet sampled the Quest Bars (although I’m excited to see if they are all everything claims them to be), another new bar I HAVE tried is the Blueberry Smart Bar from Detour Bar.IMG_20131119_134742_337 (1024x576)

These gluten-free, low sugar, oatmeal protein bars are somewhat of a cross between a blueberry muffin and a Pop-Tart. So that obviously deserves a YUM.IMG_20131119_134659_476 (1024x576)

Overall, I am a fan…and not just because they were named after me. :)IMG_20131106_144308_410 (1024x576)

(I must give a minor, lower-case yuck, however, to the slight aftertaste which I believe comes from the whey protein, but who is to say?)


YUM to sweet cereal surprises from more-than-blends. Meg saw that I couldn’t get my favorite Attune Foods Erewhon Buckwheat & Hemp Supergrains cereal in Tuscaloosa and sent me some completely unexpectedly.
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YUM to white sweet potatoes.IMG_7073 (1024x683)

Seriously.IMG_8497 (1024x683)

I cannot even describe how they are different but they are…IMG_7411 (1024x683)




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And I might have overbought them from my potato guy at the market for fear I’d never find them again.IMG_20131109_074435_045 (1024x586)

They’re even better with egg yolks.

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Also crazy delicious when smoked.IMG_20131109_155428_870 (1024x576)


Now, while smoking food is awesome, a huge YUCK to SMOKING in general.

And YUCK to secondhand smoke, which kills 135 people each day, a fact that Eta Sigma Gamma, the Health Education Honor Society of which I am a part, hoped to make clear with a flashmob of death on campus for the Great American Smokeout, modeled after a similar #truth campaign video.IMG_20131121_123912


Other fun happenings around campus include my first visit to the President’s Mansion for an Association for Women in Science reception. YUM to high-rolling with crabcakes and lemon cheesecake bites. [And further reinforcement of my obsession with chandeliers.]PhotoGrid_1384903033152


The promise of wine at said reception may not have come to pass–undergrads were invited, y’all–but no worries: I generally prefer kombucha to wine anyway.IMG_20131103_115614_611 (1024x576)

And I’ve found not one, but TWO, new-to-me favorites: YUM YUM YUM to Blood Orange bucha and Lavender The Bu kombucha.

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Any yucks or yums in y’alls lives lately?

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calee November 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Love this idea for a post. And a HUGE YUCK to smoking. It’s funny because I’ve always been really against smoking, but dated smokers for almost 8 years. I don’t know how I did it. It’s interesting, too, to see the other side of the issue. Both smokers that I dated hated the fact that they were smokers and would hide it from everybody (even as adults). One of them hated smoking, but couldn’t quit. Coincidentally, he smoked way more than the other guy. I listened to Alan Carr’s quit smoking book with the former smoker, which actually raised a lot of interesting points that I hadn’t thought of before: 1) most smokers actually hate smoking or at least the fact that they smoke; 2) all smokers (except maybe juveniles) know and understand the dangers of smoking — showing statistics and body parts doesn’t deter them from smoking; 3) most smokers feel like crap all the time, and realize it’s because of smoking, but still can’t stop; 4) if you ever smoked (even one cigarette) you’ve got an active “nicotine monster” in your body that tells you that you need nicotine. That’s why you see casual smokers turn into regular smokers, and people who quit have a high chance of picking up the habit again.

As a runner, and a former vocalist, I seriously hate smoking, and I can’t believe I ever lived in a world where it was allowed in restaurants and bars. I don’t hate on the smokers (like a lot of people do — my former self included) I hate on big tobacco for making such an evilly addictive product.

I’m not naming names because I don’t want you to think any less of my beaus. However, I know that one of them has since quit (4 months ago) and the other may have quit, or has at least tried.

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I am digging my Detour bars too! They are really good warmed up.

I NEED white sweet potatoes! Apparently it’s a special Asian variety?! I tried it in the form of a Japanese KitKat Friday. Tasted like vanilla cream soda!

Melissa @ Treats With a Twist November 25, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Yum! To the magazines!!! I am practically rolling in mine! And yum to silverware :)

Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Love this post! Makes me want to do a yum/yuck post too! :)

Sarah November 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Do it! Let me know if you really want to…maybe I’ll make a graphic. :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

LOVE the idea of the smoke out flash mob! And I haven’t seen white sweet potatoes but I’ll keep my eyes out because I freaking LOVE sweet potatoes!!

Maria November 25, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Oh I remember the days of Yuck and Yum! We go way back :)

So happy to see it has returned!

Heather @ Better With Veggies November 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

I haven’t really posted about it, but I’m a Quest Bar fan. I wish it didn’t have whey, but I think that must be key to getting that high protein, low carb combo. You must heat them up in the oven or microwave – much better!!

Meg @ A Dash of Meg November 27, 2013 at 11:13 am

thanks for the shout out my love :) i sure hope the cereal made you happy :) i love you so so much and really love our friendship xoxo i am ALWAYS here for you, babe :) i am “yumming” kombucha lately too! third eye chai from gt is the best i have ever had and i’ve bought three this week. that’s BIG because i never have kombucha but i finally found a place that sells it here (we don’t have WF) so i am so pumped haha

Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli November 29, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Cute post! Love the flash mob death on campus! Ugh, secondhand smoke is the WORST! I just got home from spending the night/day over at my parents and my dad smokes like a freight train! Even though he wasn’t in the house the whole time I was there, I still came home smelling like an ashtray…and now I have to go take my nice winter coat to the dry cleaners! Big YUCK to that!

Couldn’t help but giggle when I saw the silverware! Glad our girl hooked you up with some yolk stabbing devices! 😉 And seriously, bring on the sweet potatoes…white, orange, purple, whatever! Definite YUM!!

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