Saving Time with Sweet Earth

Saving Time with Sweet Earth

Recently I was given the opportunity to try Sweet Earth burritos and bowls.  Between life and work, there are some days I’m out of my house for 12+ hours a day.  Am I the busiest person? No. But do I find myself stopping somewhere and spending 20+ dollars for a meal if I don’t pack enough food? Always.

When Sweet Earth gave me the opportunity to try their burritos and bowls, I jumped at it.  Storage is easy, and they sit in my freezer until I pack one.  The burritos take about 2 minutes to cook in the microwave, and the bowls take about 3-4. It’s not like you’re taking time to cook.

Curry Tiger Sweet Earth

About Sweet Earth:

  • All foods are vegan/vegetarian and packed with plant-based protein.  I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but it’s nice to occasionally have a meatless meal.
  • Sweet Earth is environmentally friendly. They only choose ingredients that sustain and protect our coast. Along with good tasting products, the food is also sustainable.
  • Sweet Earth also listens to customer feedback. They’ve grown and adapted with new flavors, vibrant colors, and complex textures.

So Anyway a Few Products I’ve Tried:

Curry Tiger:

My favorite is the Curry Tiger which contains lentils, curried seitan, red peppers, and potatoes.  Lentils are one of my favorite foods, so I enjoyed it. It keeps me full for a while thanks to the potatoes as well.

Chana Marsala:

My favorite bowl so far has been the Marsala which has turmeric rice with chickpeas, curry seitan, potatoes, and peas all in an Indian Marsala Sauce. I had never had seitan before this, and it was good!  I found myself full for most the day. Sweet Earth food

They have dozens of more products to try, and all are vegan and vegetarian, made from sustainable and healthy good. Fast doesn’t mean unhealthy, and that is something I appreciate.

Saving Time Other Ways:

When I have a full plate of things to do during the day, saving minutes even hours, has helped me.

  • Eliminate all distractions for a set time:  If I’m working on important information or even writing, I turn off distractions. I put my cell phone in another area and turn off any notifications.  I’ve found I can get work done 50% faster and save minutes or even hours just by putting my cell phone somewhere else. Thank goodness, I went to college in a time cell phones weren’t “a big thing.”
  • Plan each day: Every morning before I go for a run or leave, I write down what I want to accomplish for the day. It takes 5 minutes but my mind is clear, and it’s much easier to get things done when I have a plan.
  • Small Tasks First: Anything I can do within 5 minutes, I do first. I might cross ten things in 20 minutes and then spend 2 hours doing the next.
  • Stop Multitasking: It seems counterintuitive, but for me, if I focus on one thing at a time I get it done much faster. Focusing on multiple things at once, means I slowly finish things.
  • Set a Timeline for Research: Often I don’t know the answer to something, so I need to research. That can lead to mindless internet browsing…how did I get on this cat webpage? Something I recently started was setting a timeline. Once my set limit is done, I go back to doing what I was doing. It’s amazing how you can somehow complete a task in less time when you give yourself less time.

Thanks to Sweet Earth Enlightened Foods for sponsoring this post!  You can find Sweet Earth at your local Kroger (my favorite grocery store LOL), Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Frys, King Scoopers, Marianos and more.  Plus nationwide.

Questions for you:

How do you eat healthy while out?

How do you save time during the day? 

Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Recently I stopped by the Schuyler Diner with Cyd, IE NJ Isn’t Boring.  I was on my way to Vermont, and it worked out to a perfect meeting spot.

Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Atmosphere: A
When we arrived, we were the only ones in the entire restaurant.  There are very few diners I’ve been to that have been empty.

The Schuyler Diner has recently been reopened, and it’s very different from what people have remembered. It’s also attached to an Indian Restaurant which makes it one of the most unique restaurants I’ve been too.

Inside there is also a giant fish tank which is cool. In all, it’s a unique dinner.Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Coffee: B
The coffee was good. There was nothing overly unique or special, but it wasn’t bad either.

Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Food: A
The Schuyler Diner has everything and anything you want. They have one of the biggest menus I’ve seen and a lot of specialty items. There is pizza, flatbread, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I decided to order the grilled portabella wrap which was stuffed grilled portabella, as well as other vegetables, goat cheese, and pesto. It was incredibly packed and tasted great.

Schuyler Diner (Lyndhurst)

Service: C
The waitress was nice but often forgot parts of the order. For being the only ones in the restaurant, the food did take a while to come out.

Cost: $
For my wrap and the coffee, the cost was $12.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
I liked the Schuyler Diner and it was a nice surprise. The service was a bit slow but other than that it was great.

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: B
Food: A
Service: C
Cost: $8-15
Overall: B

You can see all 209 diner reviews here.

Questions for you:
What is your favorite grilled vegetable?
Goat cheese: yay or nay?

Shamong Diner

Shamong Diner

shamong diner

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A few weeks ago I headed instate to the Shamong Diner in Shamong. The Shamong Diner is closer to where I previously lived two years ago when I moved to NJ. It was nice to be back in the farmlands and open roads. It does feel like a very long time ago since I lived out that way!

Atmosphere: B
The Shamong Diner is easy to get too and located directly off of 206. It’s well marked. It reminds me more of a restaurant than a “traditional” shiny NJ diner.  It’s like the log cabins of diners.  Different isn’t a bad thing, though. The inside is cramped, but there were plenty of tables open. It appeared they had a salad bar, but it wasn’t being used.

Service: B
When I arrived, my table was the only party in the restaurant.  It was like they saved the restaurant for us!  For being empty, the service was a little bit slower than I would expect. At several points, I needed drink refills but the waitress was nowhere to be found. They were friendly, but the waitresses seemed to disappear frequently.

Coffee: A
The Shamong Diner uses the local Lacas coffee brew. I have no complaints, and it was great. Any diner with Lacas coffee is a winner in my book. Plus the waitress added whipped cream both times she refilled it, so I couldn’t go wrong.  As I mentioned I wish there had been more refills of both the coffee and water. shamong diner coffee

Food: A
The Shamong Diner is known for their vegan and vegetarian options. I found that fascinating because it is a diner. I don’t know why diners that are known for their vegetarian options. They have everything from traditional breakfast staples to seafood as well as their vegan menu.

I ordered their vegetarian wrap that consisted of mixed vegetables in a wrap. It was excellent.  The ingredients were all fresh and it tasted great.

mushroomwrap

Cost: $$
For my wrap and coffee, the cost was $14. That’s a little more expensive than what I would guess, but it still wasn’t bad.  The ingredients were fresh but I was still hungry after the meal.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I enjoyed my meal, and I would return. The Shamong Diner has a lot of unique options that I haven’t seen at any other diners.  I have a few friends that I believe would enjoy the food.

Summary:
Atmosphere: B
Service: B
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $12-20
Overall: B

Questions for you:
Do you have a favorite vegetarian dish?

Vegetarians and Weekly Joys

If you read my awful experience with the restaurant last night, you will be happy to know I wrote a complaint to them.  They haven’t responded back to me and I wonder if they will.  But I feel companies strive off of actual feedback good or bad.  At least that is what those business majors up here always tell me.

I could lie to you and tell you I’m so sad this weekend is over and all that jazz but let me tell you Blogging BFFS all that exciting things I have going on for me  next week.

1.       My high school is on spring break so I don’t have to go.
2.       Two of my other classes have been cancelled
3.       I don’t have any test or quizzes, projects or anything due.

So what I’m exactly supposed to do…well I’m not too sure
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But here are last weeks workout stats:
Running: 38 miles
Swimming: 1 hour
Arctrainer: 5 hours
I’m not really too pleased with the Arc and swimming aspects and I wanted to get more pool time and less Arctime, but our pool was closed a few days this week so I didn’t have that luxury.
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Since I have so much going on next week, (actually just one big important thing a week from today)
My first half marathon race.
Okay-confession time.  I would not have done this race because of my heel injury if I hadn’t already signed up (and payed) for it.  While I know I’ll be able to finish-I feel my base is still not strong enough to go the times I had been originally hoping.

My goal is 1:44, which puts me .1 under an 8 minute pace. The only other half marathon I ever ran, was on a treadmill and I did it in 1:49 (I can’t hold my pavement pace on a treadmill at all).

I also fractured my heels that day…can you see why I’m a little nervous?

I’m doing it at a long run pace and not going to kill myself and create more injuries.  I will save that for a later period in my life.

Running: Roughly 40 miles
Swimming: 2 hours (6000-7000 yards)
Arctrainer: Between 2-4 hours

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Because I haven’t shared anything health related in the last few weeks from nutrition, we have been working on projects and talking about diets and the benefits and consequences of both.  The most common diet that is often talked about in class is vegetarian closely followed by vegan.  Many college students really just don’t understand the benefits to being a vegetarian or don’t respect their choices.

I know a lot of people in the bloggingsphere know more about them they I could ever hope too (and I’d love for you to write a guest post about it), so I’m going to stray away from those topics.  I’m a firm believer that your diet is your choice-if you are making healthy choices and what works for your body than it’s no one else’s business or concern.  The key is healthy choices that work for your body (and another topic I’m going to stray away from is ED because like I said-a lot more people know more about that topic as well).

If root words were pounded down your throat in early high school like mine you will know that ovo is eggs and lacto is milk, so a diet consisting of milk and eggs for main protein sources.   Before I ramble off-I am not a lacto-ovo vegetarian as I do prefer meat and seafood.  I don’t have a lot of red meat (but it is still in my diet).  I am also not your health care provider (and god knows you wouldn’t want that) so please go talk to him/her before deciding this is for you.

I’m only here to talk about something other than myself.

This sort of diet does not include eating any animal flesh such as cows and chicken obviously.  When you think of vegetarians, the most common is a lacto-ovo.  As with many vegetarian diets vegetable foods are the largest part of the diet, which consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

I couldn't resist.

Many people who are strictly lacto-ovo vegetarians have become so for the moral and ethical reasons.  I don’t want to really get into that either, because you clearly know what those are.  In the US, it is estimated that 5% of Americans are lacto-ovo vegetarians.  The growing amount of people that have become worried with their health due to the American centered “beef” diet, has caused a good deal of people to turn here.

The minerals and vitamins that are the biggest concern for people who are lacto-ovo-vegetarians are but not limited too protein, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin D , calcium, iron, zinc , and essential fatty acids .

Like I said, just food for thought (literally).  I’d like to know your opinions as well. I always love hearing from you.

Um incase you wondered if I have been productive this weekend…I’m sure this lol cat will answer the question.

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