Broke + UNboring

by Holly on May 24, 2010

in breakfast,dinner,lunch,rambling,reviews

You know its bad when the temperature in your apartment is higher than the amount of money you have in your checking account…

I have $80 to my name right now. And it needs to last me the rest of the month. And if I don’t follow my budget EXACTLY, I’m screwed.

  • $5 cash – lunch with my friend Emily on Wednesday (Subway is going to have to suffice)
  • $45 of my checking is devoted to next week’s groceries
  • the remaining $30 will have to be wisely spent going out to eat when my fabulous visitor comes in town this weekend for the Madison 1/2 Marathon

Most of the time, I firmly believe being healthy does NOT mean being boring. Other times, especially when you’re financially strapped, it does.

There may be some people getting together for drinks tonight to cool down from this island heat wave that has somehow made its way to Wisconsin. I’m not going. Between the fact I don’t have money for a $4 brew and the fact its probably the last thing I need as I try to clean things up pre-1/2 Mary, sometimes I need to choose boring.

This isn’t an easy thing for me to accept.

I would rather be called pretty much any word in the English dictionary than boring. Call me crazy; call me a floozy; call me unfunny; call me lame…but please, do NOT call me boring.

I try to come up with new Overnight Oats recipes for that very reason…

1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup DAHlicious Mango lassi drink
1 T ground flaxseed

~ soaked overnight ~

1/2 sliced banana
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
drizzle of peanut butter

Result? A tropical bowl of tasty that’s healthy and very UNboring.

Honestly, I have to give some credit to JD and the lovely people over at DAHlicious who offered to send me some samples of their authentic Indian lassi drinks. What is an authentic Indian lassi drink, you ask? It is a blend of Indian-style yogurt and fruit, which is cultured for 12 hours and results in a drink filled with 15 BILLION probiotic cultures per bottle.

If you are having some errrhmmmahemwell, “digestive issues,” I say pick up a bottle of this…

The part I really appreciate about the company is the fact they make all their drinks with rBST-free milk from grass-fed cows. Each bottle contains the same four ingredients: lowfat milk, fruit puree, evaporated cane juice and inulin (a.k.a. vegetable fiber).

Most importantly…how does it taste?


Please tell me you saw that one coming from a 1/2 marathon away.

I used some in a smoothie last night, and the lassi worked great that way too. In case mango isn’t your jam, the line has four flavors: Alphonso Mango, Oregon Strawberry, Ecuador Banana and Wild Maine Blueberry.

Reviews pending on the strawberry, banana + blueberry.

Anyways…where was I?

Ahhh, yes – please DON’T call me boring.

Call me a pear.

Call me a black bean patty wrap with avocado + salsa alongside carrots + pretzels.

Do it. Call me that. I dare you.

Neener neener neener – you are a black bean patty wrap with avocado + salsa alongside carrots + pretzels!

It sounded funnier in my head.

I swear.

I would tell you to call me Schwan’s Apple Blueberry Cobbler, but I would rather eat it.

Thank the heavens for being broke, having a food blog and getting free food samples to try and review for said blog. Seriously, the universe DOES work in funny ways.

How was it? Good. I don’t think I would buy these with my own money (like I would the froyo bars), but it was a nice 150-calorie afternoon dessert I fully enjoyed.

The ingredients list isn’t too shabby either.

Dinner may not have been gourmet, but – damn it! – it wasn’t boring!

Two Millet Black Bean Patties with Corn, PB+J toast and two pickles. And I would be lying if I said dinner ended there. I definitely ate a froyo bar after dinner. Five bars down, three to go.

It may be blistering hot in my apartment.

I may be broke.

I may babble a lot.

I may be wearing barely-there biking shorts and a tank top right now.

It may be balls-sweating hot in my apartment (did I already say that?).

I may be brutally sore from 45 minutes of yoga yesterday.

Really, I may be anything…hopefully just not boring.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Definitely not boring.

When we first got married, I moved into my husband’s bachelor pad which was disgusting, but also didn’t have air conditioning. I can’t believe we are still married.

Evan Thomas May 24, 2010 at 7:28 pm

No, you never ever bore. Those lassis sound ridic good! I think I’d show no self constraint around them and spend the rest of the day on the toilet

Lauren @ Eater Not a Runner May 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I love Lassis…..yum. And you are SO not boring.

Maya May 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

You, my dear, are DEFINITELY not boring!

I think starving artists and students everywhere should be filled in on the perk of food blogging…samples! Glorious, glorious samples. I’m feasting on a millet burger as I type this! DAHlicious.

Jenna May 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Oh my friend, you always keep things interesting and REAL! Our apartment was about 85 degrees when we got home from work. It is HOT in the good old mid-west. How nice would a crisp, cold pool be right now? Just sayin!

Lizzy May 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm

i’ve been where your at financially all the time. its hard to deal with but just gotta be creative, and damn it girl you are amazing at doing that! you are amazing love!!!

suzanne May 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Oh my goodness those overnight oats look awesome! I love lassis, wish i could get those here :)

Lauren May 24, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Hey, no none says you have to be broke and eat bad. There is a saying that I love, “I have champagne taste on a beer budget!” Amen sister! :)

Kady @ Livin, Lovin, Learnin May 24, 2010 at 8:03 pm

That’s the inside temp here too and it’s killing me slowly! (I think I’m pretty close to you – a few hundred miles north?) At least I have a basement to cool off in!

Girl, you are anything but boring. And in my opinion, you can totally go out with your friends and not buy a drink. I do it all the time (I don’t drink and when saving for grad school, dropping a few bucks on any drink ain’t gonna happen – I’d rather spend the money on food!).

Katie May 24, 2010 at 8:22 pm

You may be broke but you are funny, entertaining, sweet , and have alot of yummy eats uo on this post! Now thats what I am talking about girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you have a great week! I hate the humidity, my hair turns into a frizz ball!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!


katie May 24, 2010 at 8:48 pm

hahaha you are HILARIOUS!!! and adorable and witty and charming.. so you got all of those! LOVE your eats! that cobbler-YUM!

Jenna May 24, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Holly you are anything but boring!
Those new drinks look delish as well as your overnight oatss!!

Kailey (SnackFace) May 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm

You could NEVER be boring! We had an assignment in one of my classes in high school. It was called “Anything But Boring.” For 60 seconds, we had to get up in front of the class and do something, anything, as long as it wasn’t boring. I sang some Thoroughly Modern Millie. Ridiculous.

Holla to balls-sweating hot. I don’t have air conditioning, yet my house is perfectly comfortable. No idea how, but I’ll take it!

You are a much stronger woman than I. I couldn’t stand not having groceries, so I went today. Oops.

I love your emails because I am like, “YES I THOUGHT THAT, TOO.” But our G-chats are better.

Anyway, LOVE YOU!!!!!!

mammaeverythingtarian May 24, 2010 at 9:12 pm

TRUST ME people when I tell you she(holly) is anything I mean anything but boring. Since the day she was born I have used just about every word (swear ones too :)) to describe her but nevah boring!!!!!

Angharad May 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Girl. Friend.
There are a lot of similarities in our lives right now.
1) It is also 89 degrees in my apartment and I also do not have a/c. FML. Or more appropriately FOL.
2) I also might be broke this weekend. It remains to be seen what kind of a crazy budget I have to be on. Budget are something I understand like none other. So. If we need to cook on Saturday instead of dining out, so be it. If we need to only try samples at the Farmer’s Market and not buy, so be it. If I need to lend you $5 for a beer, so be it.
3) I am also being “boring” aka health central 2010 this week. No booze, minimal crap, lots of good stuff. Next week we can go balls to the wall crazy.


Andrea@WellnessNotes May 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm

You are NEVER boring! Oh, how I wish it was hot here… It’s freezing in California! And it has been really, really cold all May (well, considering it’s Ca of course)… I know, I should be careful what I wish for. Now I’m sure (hoping?!?) that we’ll be sweating in no time… ;)

Have a great pre half marathon week!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) May 24, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Nope, never boring!

I say this is the perfect time to hit up Whole Foods and Costco and make a meal out of the free samples!

Ilana May 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Babe, I feel you on being broke. I stupidly took all the rest of my cash outta my account and LOST IT. Whatthehell.

Anyway, I think being a brokeassbroke starving student makes me MORE creative in the kitch, not less!

Molly May 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

HHAHHAHAH I wanna meet Mama Ev!! Oh, Holly, you’re surely NEVER a bore! My momma just informed me of MN temps…and our AC broke last fall.. good thing I’m not there or I’d be sweating buckets. All I gotta say is that issue better be fixed by the time I come home!!!!

janetha May 24, 2010 at 11:59 pm

give me your heat. it was a blizzard today.

and you are anything but boring.

i know this because ive seen your vlogs.

Kristie May 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

With how addictive those froyo bars seem to be, maybe I should call you froyo bar ;). The temperatures… the only thing that is getting me through is going to and looking at the weekend forecast with more sane temperatures. Blessed cool mornings and warm (not hot) days….

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) May 25, 2010 at 6:01 am

Mmm, those peach creamsicles look wonderful! Eventhough I just spent major $$ on my own ice cream maker, I might have to pick some up. And I definitely remember the Schwann’s truck from when I was a kid! (I grew up in Pennsylvania). Unfortunately my parents never ordered from it…

Have a lovely week lady! Rest up for your 1/2 marathon!!

Claire May 25, 2010 at 6:44 am

NOT BORING AT ALL :-) Love your posts and your eats…. and Lassis…yummy… I love them… nice idea to mix lassi in oats
greets from vienna

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 25, 2010 at 7:09 am

Your dinner looks ideal to me. Sometimes those types of meals just work, ya know? :D

Kacy May 25, 2010 at 7:52 am

Far from boring my dear. Far from it.

Those Lassi’s sound heavenly. A very unboring idea.

You can do it with the budget! Yet, I’m very sorry about the hotness. I finally broke down and turned on my a/c because it smelled nasty in my apartment from lack of airflow and febreze and glade plug-ins were no longer cutting it. I keep it at like 79 though, so my cheap assness is still shining through.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 25, 2010 at 8:40 am

Um, I think that last thing anyone would call you is boring. You’re funny, interesting, transparent and certainly up there on most interesting people.

Even that pear looks interesting on your blog when a pear is generally ordinary.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans May 25, 2010 at 9:00 am

Budgets are officially the worst thing ever. Free food may be the best thing ever. I will be cleaning up my eating this week too. Apparently, cheese curds, kringle, and wedding cake aren’t the best things for you…

samantha May 25, 2010 at 10:25 am

i doubt you’re boring even when you’re sleeping. and that takes talent, my friend!

amen to being broke no joke but not boring, i’m right there with you.

ellie May 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

You couldn’t be boring if you tried, m’dear. Totally broke on this end too…yay for frugal living and keeping it as interesting as possible!

Susan May 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

No way, sometimes the “boring meals” are the tastiest! Ha, and I am totally in a sad state of financial affairs a well!! Being unemployed is fabulous, but it also means there is absolutely no extra money appearing in my bank account. Good thing I’m currently living at home – but I suspect my eating habits may soon make my mom go broke :\

Emma May 25, 2010 at 11:35 am

I am always struggling with putting together a budget. I think it’s because I’m impatient. I need to track what I spend for a while before I can set up a budget that will actually work. But when I decide it’s time for a budget, I want to start it now and I end up failing because my numbers never work out.

You seem like you are pretty good about staying within your budget. Any tips for us less-successful budgeters?

Rachael May 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm

As a creature of habit (and perhaps the cheapest person alive – I do mention dumpsters (probably more than I should) as a viable food source, boring (cheap) meals are my specialty. Post-college, “ethnic” oatmeal was a fav – vary up the spice combinations and you can visit a different locale every night, all the while spending 19 cents a meal. Yum. Cumin, red pepper and oatmeal…not as bad as it sounds.
I made the peanut butter kale chips, by the way, for my road trip tomorrow. They may not last the night.

lola May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm

the lassi looks so good! your eats are not boring at all =)

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