May 28

Current Obsessions + WIAW

I pride myself in not being a TV watcher.


Admittedly, I’ve even been guilty of judging.

I bought my condo 3.5 years ago and never bothered to get cable.  I’m never home and most TV shows seem silly anyway.  Who needs TV when you’re out living it up in real-time?

And then I was held captive on a long plane ride from Europe.

House of Cards

House of Cards.  The first 6 episodes were available in-flight.  I was hooked.  I landed and begged someone to share a Netfix account with me so I could finish Season 1… then I happily realized there is a Season 2!  Now I only have 2 episodes to go, and I’m hoarding them like a crack head.  I don’t want to run out!

It’s so out there, yet so very reflective of our society.  I’m at once shocked, appalled, riveted, and understanding.  This show is a total mind f*ck.  How will I survive until Season 3?!


This WIAW is back to normal.  I’m trying to get back on track with the results from my Alcat test.  I have no regrets from my Swiss vacation gluttony, but my gut took a toll!


Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!



My morning cocktail was followed by a fun oats in a jar creation.  I was gifted this jar of crack cake batter deliciousness from a friend.  If you are looking for something new to try, I 100% recommend You Fresh Naturals.  Be ware – it will become an obsession (no affiliation – it’s just awesome).

To my almost-empty jar I added a cinnamon egg white oatmeal mix, cooked quickly in the microwave.  I cooked them in a bowl and transferred them to the jar, swirling in a few chocolate chips and topping it with a chocolate protein muffin creation I need to perfect before sharing.

Oats in a jar


Mid-Morning Snack:

Shrimp salad made with red pepper hummus, onion, yellow bell peppers, and tomato.  The best discovery of the year is that Whole Foods will steam your shimp for you in-store while you shop.  Huge time saver… and it’s free!  Obsession-worthy.

Shrimp salad



Cod seasoned with another new Whole Foods obsession - a Thai Almond Meal seasoning.  It’s fabulously flavorful!  Eaten with radish, carrots, and a Korean sweet potato doused in cinnamon.

Cod and veggies


Afternoon Snack:

I turned my cheese-less Cauliflower Crust into 3 flatbreads for meal prep this week.  It’s obsession-worthy as it travels well and you can freeze batches for a quickie meal!

At work I topped it with no-salt deli turkey and tomatoes, and had a side of snow peas.

Turkey and cauliflower flat bread



With my new job, I’m not able to workout during lunch as much.  That fine, except that a late night in the gym means a late dinner.  I got home at 930p and wanted everything and nothing all at once. Does that ever happen to anyone else?

I pulled everything out of the fridge and ended up with a mushroom, turkey, and tempeh egg white scramble, mixed with my Healthy BBQ Sauce.  Side of sliced jicama (a repeat offender on the obsession-radar) doused with cinnamon.  That was plated over some greens… solely because I didn’t want a whole plate of brown. ;)

Random scramble



Once again, I continue my obsession with goat milk yogurt.  I (once again) mixed with coconut flour, Growing Naturals Chocolate Rice Proteincocoa powder, and cinnamon.  Topped with rice whipped cream, peanut flour, and more of the chocolate muffin experiment from breakfast.

The peanut flour is another lasting obsession.  I order mine from iHerb (use discount code USO924 for $5-10 off your order!).

Goat milk chocolate dessert

Best combined with current HOC obsession


But really though.  House of Cards.

Are you a TV person?  What show(s) have you gotten addicted to?  Clearly I need more ideas. ;)

What you obsessing over lately?



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  1. Jennifer F

    I’m obsessing over food as usual — lately it’s been the roasted grape tomatoes from the olive bar at Central Market . . . . and also watermelon (as always), Harvest Crisp snap peas as croutons on my salad, and caramel iced coffees.

    1. Laura

      I just bought a giant thing of grape tomatoes. They’re so perfect in the spring!

  2. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    I am not a tv person but I do watch it in the kitchen while I’m cooking. Lately I’ve been into the real estate shows, Househunters, Flip or Flop, Love it or List it and Property Brothers. I guess I’m a little obsessed.

    1. Laura

      Those are fun to watch – you get so many ideas!

  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    My whole food life is a repeat offender! Ha – and you know what? I flipping LOVE IT!

  4. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    Biggest fan of Parenthood. You’ve GOT to start!

  5. Linz @ Itz Linz

    cake batter nut butter what?????????????????? need!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Laura

      Yes. Yes you do. ;)

  6. Khushboo

    Have you seen Suits? If not, stay away…it’s ADDICTIVE!

  7. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Ah, I hate watching TV too and only watch the Walking Dead (even that I watch a week late online and not on TV!). But since I am going to college next year in DC, all the incoming freshman are raving about their love for House of Cards. So I think I am going to have to watch it this summer just to fit it, haha! But I have never heard one person not like it!

    1. Laura

      Walking Dead is taped in Atlanta!!!

  8. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    LOL. Oh Laura. I remember when I told you a while back how your (ex?) colleague looked like Emma Stone and you said…who? I hope in the near future, you will put 2 and 2 together.

    Now can we appreciate how colour co-ordinated your meals are?

    1. Laura

      Is she in HOC? ;)

  9. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    We were just talking about starting from season 1 of HOC just because everyone is taking about it. I guess it needs to be done now!

  10. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I am obsessing over young fruits…..aaaahahahahaa. I’m sorry :-)
    I need to get into this House of Cards thing. Or Game of Thrones? Everyone is raving about that one too – hmm, let’s see.
    Anyway, have you tried the tigernutboobbutter already? If so, tell Arman about how fabulous it is. He never believes me and thinks I’m crazy (so rude).

    1. Laura

      Are you now? ;)

      Not yet… I’m obsessed with the flour though! It has the perfect crunch to it too!

  11. Kierston

    I have no idea what’s on when. Thank goodness for Netflix lol

  12. Meredith @ DareYouTo

    Haha, your description of House of Cards is pretty accurate! I definitely binge-watched that and also the other Netflix – Orange is the New Black. More recently, I’ve been catching up on Scandal. It is gooood.

    1. Laura

      I need to check out Orange – everyone has recommended that one!

  13. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I am totally not a TV person either. A month ago, I moved into a flat with a TV – my first in 3 years! I have watched it exactly twice, for no more than 15 minutes. I have Netflix but the only show I have watched in full in the past 3 years is Breaking Bad – I highly recommend it!

    You get used to eating late at night. I used to work out around 4pm and eat dinner at 6pm, but now I don’t get to the gym until 6.30-7pm. With all the dilly dallying I do, I don’t get home until about 9pm, which means dinner isn’t ready until close to 10pm most nights. Dinner is my biggest meal of the day, so it inadvertently forced me to push back my bed time to 11-11.30pm. Oh well – it’s all in the name of gains ;)

    1. Laura

      The good news is I’m a night owl! Lunchtime workouts are just so much more fun… breaks up the day.

  14. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    That nut butter sounds so good! I don’t watch tv often, I haven’t time with school and now I have only browsed a little and all the shows seem so bad. I haven’t seen house of cards though.

    1. Laura

      If you have the time it’s 100% worth watching!

  15. Sue

    I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore, mostly just news and a few series. Lately, I’ve been watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Vikings, Doctor Who, and Sherlock. I especially love the last two, must be the British accent. ;)
    Seriously, I highly recommend the new British Sherlock series! It’s so funny and witty, and the cast is amazing.
    I hate having dinner after 8 pm, that gives me heartburn. :(

    1. Laura

      Doctor Who has such a huge cult following. Maybe I’ll check that out!

  16. lindsay

    if i got home at 9:30 i might eat my arm off while driving! seriously. But for now, i’ll settle with that flat bread please!

  17. Carla

    OH SNAP!!
    I MUST MAKE TRY HAAVE that cauliflower flatness!!!

  18. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I try not to watch TV too much, but I definitely have my shows. The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones being my favourites ;-) I haven’t watched House of Cards though! Eric does, and he loves it.

    1. Laura

      You would love it. Really. Go watch it right now. ;)

  19. Shashi

    I am not a huge TV person either – but am totally hooked to Nashville and am heading over to see if Growing Naturals Chocolate Rice Protein is totally lactose free…

    1. Laura

      It is! It’s vegan and gluten-free. And delicious.

  20. Parita @ myinnershakti

    HOUSE OF CARDS IS DA BOMB!!! Haha. It’s such an incredible show – the acting, the story, the twists and turns…ahh! Can’t wait for season 3. Welcome to the obsession!

    1. Laura

      The struggle is real!

  21. Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food

    I need to jump on the house of cards train, everyone says it’s amazing! Speaking of amazing, I’ve never seen that coco-nut butter before, but I’m pretty sure I need it now.
    Most recent obsession- dark chocolate almond milk. I’m drinking it out of the carton now, so I’m guessing it’ll be gone by the weekend!

    1. Laura

      Know what would be good with chocolate almond milk? Coco-nut butter. ;)

  22. anoushe

    Ohhhh Modern Family has me hooked! It’s just so sarcastic!
    And yes, the late night dinner issue is something I am all too used to. That’s why I tend to just eat a large snack and fall into bed after the gym..

    1. Laura

      That’s probably going to be what I end up with most of the time. Fish or chicken at 930pm is NOT appealing!

  23. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    9:30??? I’m already in bed and hopefully snoozing LOL. I don’t watch a lot of tv, however, I got totally hooked on Parenthood. I started watching it with my Amazon Prime account while riding on my bike trainer. Seriously I would ride the stupid bike for an hour and a half just watching back-to-back episodes. I have blown through seasons 1-4 and am putting myself on a hiatus from season 5 momentarily b/c I don’t want it to end. Trying to find another show. Friday Night Lights is not that show by the way.

  24. Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut

    I’ve heard House of Cards is a good one to watch! Other addicting ones are Breaking Bad and Walking Dead (both of which are on Netflix).

    I was that way about tv for 2-3 years. I was also working 60-80 hours a week and really didn’t have time for tv. All I had was a portable dvd player to watch movies on and I watched a couple of tv shows when I went to the gym. I kind of wish we didn’t have cable, but it’s there so whatchagonna do?

    PS your colored words always trick me. I tried to click the “red pepper hummus” and no link lol. I recently made red pepper hummus at work but in a ginormous batch…I need to figure out how to cut it down and make it at home!

    1. Laura

      The links are always blue and underlined. ;)

  25. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health

    im not a TV person either but I do love me some shows…i havent seen house of cards though,,hmmm

    1. Laura

      You should watch it! But make sure you don’t have anything else to do for a couple of days. ;)

  26. She Rocks Fitness

    Fully addicted to Mad Men and 24 (Keifer Sutherland is so HOT) and I also indulge in some of the Bravo TV shows…so easy to watch because they require no brain power.

  27. Dietitian Jess

    I’m obsessing over my spiralizer… I need to find more recipes to use it for… It’s a slight challenge because some of the spiralizer foods don’t live in the fridge well and I’m all about prepping in advance and minimizing my kitchen time. The only shows I watch on the regular are: Big Bang Theory (hilarious), The Challenge (love seeing the crazy athletic events they have to do), and the reruns of Law and Order: SVU (I think I was a lawyer in another life). I’ve heard great things about HOuse of Cards and my sister just gave me her Netflix password.

    1. Laura

      Big Bang Theory is probably the only regular TV show I’ve seen in the past couple of years that I loved. Couldn’t stop laughing!!

  28. Meredith

    Oh my gooooood I’m obsessed with all of the Youfreshnaturals.. they make the best chocolate flavored nut butters too. The Cookie Dough and the chocolate chip cookie brownie batter are literally OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD. So creamy and drizzly :) Sorry my obsession is raging..

    As for TV I’m always into the reality shows (So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, etc) but I can’t stop watching Devious Maids on Lifetime.. It’s in its second season and literally every episode something connects to something else and it’s practically jaw dropping and SO ADDICTING!!

    1. Laura

      Now all I can think about is brownie coco-nut butter. Thanks for that. :P

  29. Cassie

    I LOVE House of Cards… I keep trying to make it last longer. I love Mad Men, too! Next up I think I’ll watch Breaking Bad… maybe.

  30. RavieNomNoms

    I haven’t watched that before, but I have heard it is amazing!! I don’t watch a lot of TV because honestly I don’t have a lot of time to! haha. But I do love Big Bang Theory. That is a guilty pleasure :-)

    1. Laura

      That is a good one – I got hooked on it one summer and kept crashing a friend’s house to watch it on TBS. :)

  31. Christa @ Edible Balance

    I miss HOC terribly… Suits is a great show, one of my favorites (our new car is named after the lead character, Harvey LOL), and Orphan Black is a new obsession. Crazy CRAZY show. Both on Netflix! I love TV, and I’m not afraid to say it. ;)

    1. Laura

      I’ve never heard of either of those! Must investigate!

  32. Christa @ Edible Balance

    And I seriously need that coco-nut butter!! I need another jar of nut butter like I need a hole in my head, but still… it looks crazy delicous!

  33. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite

    Oh man…the dangers of starting a new TV series! Once you’re in…you can’t get out. But I highly recommend Walking Dead, Vikings and The Americans.

    1. Laura

      Walking Dead isn’t my style, but I’m so happy to see everyone recommending it. It’s taped here in Atlanta! I saw them all walking down a big street one day outside my office. It was awesome!

  34. Patty @ Reach Your Peak

    I started watching the first episode of House Of Cards but didnt finish it yet. I keep hearing about it though! Perhaps I’ll keep watching and I’m sure I’ll get hooked. I got majorly addicted to Scandal and can’t wait until it’s back on!

    1. Laura

      A lot of people said they had a hard time with the first few minutes… but I promise it’s worth sticking with!

  35. Debra

    We are obsessed as well with HOC. That first photo of Francis looks like Hitler in the right light. Just sayin’.

  36. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    i like TV, but I don’t know when things are actually on. When we have time (and I almost always multitask), we check out the DVR. And I want all your food! :)

  37. Cat

    Ahh I need to restock peanut flour – just need to bite the iHerb p&p to the UK bullet! Funny story: saw pic of Mr Underwood and thought, gee he looks just like Kevin Spacey… oh. Really need to get into House of Cards!

  38. Hannah

    House of Cards was amazing, but I have recently fallen so hard for a show in a way I haven’t since The West Wing and Firefly. I am instagram/twitter-stalking all the stars now. I don’t care. It is legitimately f*cking amazing and it has Megan Follows as well as several Australians and very attractive men and ARGHHHH I’m like a tween obsessed crazy person. Reign. No shame!

    1. Laura

      Reign? I’ve never even heard of that! Come see me and we can watch it after putting ourselves into a food coma at the place I’ve picked for you. ;)

  39. Missy

    1. I am a huge TV person. Oh, yeah.
    3. They will steam your fish for you, too… if you roll that way.
    4. I HEAR you on the appetite weirdity of wanting everything and nothing. Drinking a glass of wine while you decide is NOT recommended. Trust me on that. (0:

    1. Laura

      Hahahaha – luckily I didn’t make the wine mistake, though it sounds like something I’d do!

  40. Choc Chip Uru

    I don’t have time for house of cards yet, but believe me, I will once these exams are over – I have heard so much about the show!
    While eating your recommended eats of course :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  41. Laura

    I’m SO intrigued that you like House of Cards. Admittedly, I only made it through the first episode, but I REALLY hated it because I feel like its portrayal of consultants is super stereotypical and not at all what consulting is like. Does it get better?

    1. Laura

      Yes and no… the whole thing kind of feeds on stereotypes, which made it not offensive to me. The consultant does get more developed though.

  42. Abby @ BackAtSquareZero

    I keep hearing that about House of Cards. I feel like I need to add it to my NetFlix cue.

  43. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Before blogging, I used to watch a lot more television and read books too. All the time. Now, not so much although the Hubby and I have been watching the Breaking Bad series. We’re in season 2 and really enjoying it so far. Next on our list is The Wire, which everyone says is the best TV series of all time.

  44. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Gotta give it to you on actually plating AND taking the time to snap a pic of dinner…never would’ve happened for me! Heck, most of the time when I get like that, I’ll grab so many random things out of the fridge while trying to decide what to make that I’m not even hungry once I figure it out! Ha!

    I know what you mean about the House of Cards thing…I watched the first two episodes of season 1 over at my parents house a couple of weeks ago. But seriously, did you ever doubt Kevin Spacey? He’s amazing in everything! Right now, I’m still holding onto my addiction to Game of Thrones…and I got a friend who’s gonna let me “borrow” her HBO so I can finally see what’s going on this season! Yay! <- I say this with a look of excitement AND fear on my face! Lol

    How's that rice whip stuff? Worth the hefty pricetag?

    1. Laura

      SO many people have said Game of Thrones. It just didn’t look appealing to me… clearly I need to give it a shot though.

      Rice whip is tasty… but it is really annoying that it quits working halfway through the bottle. It’s happened to me both times I bought it.

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