1.18.2012

Parma! & College Ramblings

Hi again!

I missed one day of my 30 Day Challenge this week - and of course it was on a day where I ate WAY more than I usually do - but it's all about staying positive, right? I just got right back on schedule yesterday and pressed forward. I'm still working on Level 2 - Jillian is still killing me - and I still need to take breaks. However, I am able to do a few more repetitions than I have been, so I know I am improving, which is great! I am a little disappointed though - I wish there was more cardio. Does anyone know if Jillian how a DVD that is cardio based? I always consider going to the gym to run or do the elliptical after doing my 20 min. workout, but I never want to bundle up and walk to the gym that is on the opposite side of campus. So I do my intense little Jillian workout and am done with it. What do you guys think? Add extra cardio or just stick with my DVD?


Today, I also want to bring you a review of a vegan parmesan cheese: Parma! Parma! can be sprinkled on anything that you would usually sprinkle cheese on - broccoli, pasta, salad, pizza, beans, etc. There are three different flavors: Original, Garlicky Green, and Chipotle Cayenne. All three are raw (minus the nutritional yeast and chipotle used) and are based on raw organic walnuts. They also use Himalayan crystal salt and herbs and spices.

The team at Parma! kindly agreed to send me samples of their products to try when I asked, and I was really excited! Mostly because I know how hard it can be to find a good, vegan parmesan cheese.

Parma! on my salad!
Honestly, the flavor of all three reminded me of oyster crackers. What? Yeah! They really did! They had a nice cheesy quality to them from the nutritional yeast and tasted sort of like crackers! But don't get me wrong - I thought they were delicious. The Original was nutty tasting. Garlicky Green was wonderfully garlicky and featured a variety of herbs and seeds for nutritional value. Chipotle Cayenne definitely kicked it up a notch with its spicy, smoky flavor. Again, all three were very tasty. So far, this is the best vegan parmesan I've tried.

All cheeses are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, gmo free, and kosher.

The Daisy Rating





4/5 daisies

On another note, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my life after I graduate. I feel like I won't be as happy as I am anticipating working a full time job in english, journalism, or PR. I'm debating getting a full time job doing one of those three things and then going to school part time to become a registed dietitian, or something related to health and nutrition. But that would be even more money. I know I wasted my time at college - I wanted to transfer freshman year but didnt, and had I transferred, I think I would be a lot happier. I mean, I love my school, but there are no majors that I really want to major in. Which stinks. Any advice?

Much love,

6 comments:

  1. I just found your blog tonight while searching for a vegan condensed milk recipe, and I love what I've read so far. As far as advice on college, I wanted to give you mine. I went to school for biology, and after college I got a job in the pharmaceutical industry. I am 36 now, I make good money, but I'm not happy with my career. What would I rather do instead? Become a vegan holistic nutritionist. Yes, that would require more schooling, and yes, more money, but I want to find a way to make it happen because I can't imagine doing what I'm doing for too many more years. I feel like I wasted my time and money on my bachelor's and master's degrees. So, my advice is this: do what you can imagine yourself doing 10, 15, 20, or 30 years from now. Even if that means that you are not doing what you went to college to do. Do what will make you happy. Don't waste any years on a career that does not leave you happy and fulfilled. I have waited too long to make the change, and now I also have a mortgage and other responsibilities that will make that change even harder, but I'm going to go for it. Follow your dreams.

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    1. Thank you so much for your advice! I appreciate it. I'm going to start out with a job in whatever I can get that relates to public relations/english/journalism, and then I think I might go to school for holisitic nutrition of some sort.

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