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Attune Foods Erewhon Cereal Product Review

A couple weeks ago, I got a DM on Twitter from Annelies at Attune Foods asking if I would be interested in sampling and reviewing one of their cereals.

The philosophy at Attune really struck me – it’s all about what’s on the inside.  See their philosophy from their website below.

What’s inside the box: Simple, pure ingredients that help you feel your best every day.

What’s inside you: Something different in each of us – something worth celebrating.

What’s inside our company:  A team dedicated to improving the way we eat at home, in our local community, in our nation and someday worldwide.

I have heard great things about Attune Foods around the blogesphere, so I was all for it. I asked Annelies if she would be able to send me one of their gluten free varieties and she sent me three! Erewhon makes six gluten free cereals:

  • Crispy Brown Rice- Gluten Free
  • Crispy Brown Rice- Mixed Berries
  • Cocoa Crispy Brown Rice
  • Rice Twice
  • Corn Flakes
  • Strawberry Crisp

For some reason I never really think about keeping cereal around or buying it at the store. But I really enjoy cereal in the summer. It makes a great, quick breakfast before hot summer runs, or a good afternoon snack. So the timing of this delivery was perfect. The temps are in the 90s already!

I was excited to first dive into the Strawberry Crisp.

I expected the flakes to be a bit plain and boring, but I was pleasantly surprised by the slightly sweet flavor of the flakes and very nice crunch that did not turn soggy upon the first sign of milk. I hate soggy cereal and these flakes held up very nicely to the milk.

I like the Rice Twice, too. I described it to Aaron as a combination of Rice Krispies and Pops. I see some Rice Twice rice krispy treats in my future. The Corn Flakes were great, too. A great canvas for sliced bananas and strawberries!

I am looking forward more bowls of Erewhon cereal this summer. You can find Erewhon and other Attune Foods at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Safeway, and lots of other retailers as well as online. You can search for a location near you on their website.

 

*Disclaimer: Attune Foods sent me product samples in exchange for a review of their products, but no compensation was given for this review. All thoughts and opinions of the product are my own. I only accept products to review that align with the food philosophy of Modernation.

What I Learned from the Superbowl Sunday 10K

This morning I started the day off with a 10K race in the neighborhood.  2012 marks the 3rd year for the Sacramento Running Association’s Superbowl Run. I ran the race in 57:15 for a 9:09 pace.  I was hoping for an 8:45 pace, but the first mile was a total bottleneck and I was chatting with a friend, too.  For mile 1 being 10:30, I am pretty pleased finishing with a 9:09 pace!

I learned a few things along the way, too:

  • I am really starting to like the 10k distance.  It is still a challenge without bringing with it as much pressure as a half or full marathon.  Any given weekend I could run a 10k, but it is also a distance I can see improvement in through training.
  • I like 9AM starts for shorter runs
  • I really like races that are close to home. This morning Aaron and I left the house 20 minutes before the gun went off.  He dropped me off a half-mile from the start so I got a little warm up and still was at the start line 8 minutes before the gun went off.
  • Not eating gluten has truly changed my life when it comes to pre-race preparations. Mornings that were nerve-racking and unpredictable now run smoothly (pun intended).
  • I am a big fan of running the tangents  
  • I am not a fan of people who cheat and cut corners.  The race is measured on the road, so get your a** off the sidewalk and onto the road. Grey shirt and black capris, I’m talking to YOU! I still beat her, though. And that’s all that really matters, right? I kid, I kid (kind of).
  • If you want to run in a well-managed race, choose a shorter race put on by people who organize marathons – they know what they are doing.
  • I need to do hill training – the slightest little incline kicked my butt this morning
  • I also need to learn how to breathe – I think when the going gets tough, I hold my breath.  When I would focus on long slow breaths through my nose and out my mouth the game changed! Thank you yoga for teaching me how to breathe – now I just need to remember to do it.

Now it is time for our 5th annual Superbowl party.  Aaron stayed up all night tending to the beef brisket on the smoker, we just took the wings off the grill, several dips are made, the beers are on ice and people should be arriving any minutes.  Time to put a bra on, I guess!  If I were to run for President, my first task would be to make the Monday after the Superbowl a national holiday. I don’t know how anyone on the East Coast gets anything done that day!

My heart wants to root for the Giants, but my wallet will be rooting for the Patriots in the under! Along with several other silly bets like the longest and shortest touchdowns.

Top Food Experiences of 2011

Looking back, we had some really great food experiences this year.  I thought it would be fun to reminisce about all the food we ate, and new things we tried.  I am horrible about taking food photos, so some might not have photos.  Bad blogger!

Trendiest food experience – I got to eat at Tyler Florence’s new Napa restaurant – Rotisserie and Wine. An amazing food experience!

Coolest food experience – Aaron making his live cooking television debut Super Bowl weekend.

Most eye-opening food experienceA day at the farm.  Seeing where your food comes from, and how much work really good food takes is a pretty cool thing! Having a completely vegan lunch served right on the farm using ingredients only from the farm was so special.  Made me want a farm even more than I already did.

Biggest let downMobile Food Truck Meet Up.  We knew it would be busy, but not 3 hour lines.  We got out of there as fast we could and without any food!

Most life-changing food momentGoing Gluten Free. Bye-bye headaches, runner’s trots, bloating, cramps and gas!

Most special food experience – Our Wedding!  Food was one of our top priorities for the wedding (along with location, music and photography).  We wanted the food to represent us and be memorable.  People are still talking about it, and I hope they will for years to come.

photos by The Best Wedding Photographer Ever!

Best food discoveryPinterest.  Next year, this could be the worst food discovery because not much on there is healthy!  But it is so inspiring and makes me hungry every time I head over to the site.

A Modernation Christmas

In our family, Christmas lasts 3 days – so this Christmas post is a little delayed.  This year Christmas was a true Modernation affair.  We did everything in moderation, even moderation.  I started the festivities off with a 5K run on a 25 degree Christmas Eve morning.

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We spent the day making our food gifts and then went to my aunt’s for dinner with my mom’s side of the family.

Christmas day is now a day for Aaron and I relax in sweats just the two of us (plus the fur babies).  We took the dog for chilly walk and then came home for present unwrapping and breakfast.

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This year we went with the no-cook breakfast which was such a good idea.  I put together this delicious smoked salmon platter while Aaron made a fire.  We were able to leisurely breakfast and no one had to slave over the stove.

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As usual, Aaron got me such thoughtful gifts – including these beautiful new sunglasses!

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And I am excited for Aaron to break in my gift for him – a Weber Smoker!

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In the afternoon we went over to our friends’ house for a couple hours.  The weather was so nice – we were hanging out outside by the firepit.  Love that!

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Christmas night, we had a delicious dinner that we tag teamed.  Aaron grilled a rack of lamb and made a chimichuri and salad while I whipped up some homemade blue cheese risotto. It was so delicious we ate it before any photos were taken!

Monday is the day we celebrate our Italian Christmas with my Dad’s side of the family.  After a quick workout at the gym, we headed to Napa for the day to feast on crab, clams, and mussels and open gifts from our Secret Santas.

This photo of me and my grandfather from the wedding is one of my favorites.  He was really happy we gave him a framed copy!

My secret santa really went all out for me.  We got the Ravioli Maker and Pasta Press attachments for the Kitchen Aid mixer.  So excited to play!

I am pretty proud that over the 3 days of Christmas I managed to get a good hard workout in twice, and did something active each of the days.  That is pretty impressive because snuggling on the couch in sweats is so much easier!

Lunch Time Yoga

My new favorite thing is lunch-hour yoga!  After working away at my desk for hours, it is such a nice break to step away for an hour and come back refreshed.  Since the studio is only a couple minutes from my house, and the noon class in just an hour (instead of the usual 75 minutes), I am away from the house for less than an hour and a half – just like a long lunch.

I set the same intention pretty much every class – to push everything out of my mind and just be present in the class.  All too often I find myself thinking about what I have to do after yoga rather than what I am doing at that moment. I find this especially important and challenging in the noon class. I am smack-dab in the middle of doing a million things, but stepping away leaves me energized and ready to get back to it.

After yoga I enjoyed a bowl of “faux” pasta. Roasted Spaghetti Squash topped with sauteed onions, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms and tomatoes.  I had never tried spaghetti squash until a couple weeks ago and I really like it!  The texture is so fun.

And check out the nutrition – hello potassium!  So good after sweaty yoga!

Happy December!  December goals coming soon!