My inner geek

Hey friends!! Hope you had a rockin’ Wednesday!! *Edit: This is yesterday’s post! My internet was down last night so I couldn’t publish it!!*


Breakfast this morning involved something totally new: bulgur. Inspired by Katie’s breakfast bulgur, I thought I’d try something different! I’m really trying to experiment with my brekkies this week, and I’m loving it! Open-mouthed smile


Topped with black cherry fruit spread and sultanas

Brekkie Bulgur ‘Rice Pudding’ (inspired by Katie’s recipe)

Serves 1. Tastes like pudding.

  • 1/3 cup prepared bulgur wheat (see Katie’s tutorial for a great how-to)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
  • 2 tbsp (soy) yoghurt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Combine the cooked bulgur with the applesauce and milk in a saucepan and heat on low, stirring occasionally like you would oatmeal.
  2. Once the bulgur has absorbed most/all of the liquid and reached desired texture, remove from heat.
  3. Stir in yoghurt, transfer to a bowl, add spices and toppings/mix-ins and enjoy!!

Nutritional Info (excluding toppings/mix-ins): Calories 241, Fat 2.2g, Fibre 9.9g, Protein 8.7g


This is amazing!! Tastes like rice pudding and is so filling! All stirred in:




I exercised my inner geek big time today. Well I am a geek, and usually embrace that. But today was geek-overload…


Geek Example #1: Obsessive running research. I am a running geek. I headed to the library and got a ton more books out on running.DSC07031

Knowledge is power people, knowledge is power…


After breakfast and the library visit, I headed to the gym for my longer easier run of the week (6 miles @ 8 min/mile pace). Gym entertainment:DSC07033

iPod for plugging into the tread and watching Toy Story 3 on, then ‘Performance Nutrition for Runners’ book for the elliptical, using the good ol’ hairband trick:DSC06449

Geek alert. I always get funny looks doing that, but hey, at least I’m not stuck with watching reruns of Bargain Hunters on the gym TVs like everyone else! Smile with tongue out


In true geek style, I put what I’d learned from the first few chapters of that book (which is AWESOME so far btw!) into practice at lunch with a ‘balanced’ meal:DSC07039

Veggies (broccoli+mushrooms): check. Carbs (spelt flakes): check. Protein (‘Cheezy scrambled tofu’ and more nutritional yeast in the spelt flakes): check.


Dessert was Averie’s amazing ‘Raw Vegan Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding’. DSC07047

I did a little happy dance at all the goodness there. GEEK.


Not to mention it tasted SO yummy!!


I then headed off to central London! Being a geek, I went to spend some quality time in Europe’s largest bookstore (Waterstone’s Piccadilly). I almost fainted when I saw the HUGE section of vegetarian and vegan cookbooks!


About half of them!


EVERYTHING I had ever clicked ‘Add to Wishlist’ on Amazon was right there. Being a geek, I counted the vegan cookbooks. 31. New record.DSC07051

I couldn’t leave that section empty handed. Especially when I saw Lindsay’s book! I’ve been reading her blog forever, and I was reminded of it after seeing that Freya had bought it in her post yesterday. So I got it too!  DSC07066

It was this recipe that had me:


Single-Serving Brownie?! Hell YES!

I then went to check out the running section. And fainted in awe. Hence no photo of that gloriousness! I did take a stack of books though and sat on the floor and read them, because I’d already spent all my money. WHAT a geek. And said geek WILL be returning on Friday to drool over the books some more!


The Geek headed next to Whole Foods. Because The Geek can’t manage to not go there after 2 days apart apparently. Only THIS time it wasn’t for food, it was for the Sports Nutrition talk!DSC06952

It. Was. Brilliant.DSC07054

It was a lovely small  group of us (only 13!) in a little room with comfy chairs. Oh, and they provided food.


A platter of fruit and a platter of veg. Only at a nutrition talk! 😛


Got given a wrap too! 😀

And gave us some snack bars to take, like this one:DSC07053

Bonus points because they provided ‘doggy bags’ for us to take stuff home at the end. Guess who made it first to the food?DSC07061




Because I’m a geek, I took copious notes.DSC07069

Like I would want to miss anything important! I learned SO much (I NEED MORE SALT), and was totally inspired by the speaker! He did make one mistake though: he gave me his email address. Guess who I’m going to be bombarding with questions daily? Winking smile


Okay, so some recipes coming up tomorrow! Think hummus people, think hummus. The Geek tried 5 batches to get it right, and grew many, many grey hairs. Worth it though Smile


Are you a geek? Are you proud of your inner geek or do you hide it away? I’m proud to be a geek. I think it’s cool (<—GEEK!)


What books are on your Wish List? I have SO many! Including Run FasterThe Thrive Diet, and Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. Says a lot about me really! Smile with tongue out


And did you notice a change to the recipe I posted? I posted the nutritional stats after an email I got requesting the calorie counts for my recipes. What do you think- stats or no stats? I’m not a calorie counter, but I appreciate that some people might want to know, and I do like knowing the protein and stuff…so I’m mixed!!


Sorry for the ridiculously long post! The Geek needed to express herself eloquently! Smile with tongue outHave a great week friends!!


36 Responses

  1. Wow what a fab day- that talk looked so good (and bonus with the free food too- I am a sucker for freebies!). I like to know the nutritional stats, but I normally work things out anyway (using weight loss resources website) so if they are not on a recipe then it doenst bother me. And brownie for one- looks amazing 🙂

  2. I’m a total unashamed geek! I would have done a dance if I had seen that book selection too! I have loads of books on my wish list but I’m trying to save money by getting them from the library. I have just bought crazy, sexy diet which I can’t put down!

  3. I am a geek and a calorie counter. I like to know what goes in my body so I can add it all up, compare ratios percentages etc etc etc all part of the geekyness really.

  4. Sounds like a fantastic day! Great that they gave you ‘doggy bags’ and free food as well. That Waterstones store sounds amazing as well – love books! 😀

  5. Looks like you had so much fun at the nutritional talk. Loving the books selection that your library offers. To be honest I’m a major geek too- us geeks must stick together! 🙂

  6. 1) spelt flakes! So nice to see them about again 😀
    2) a 1/4 c. prepared bulghar? that sounds tiny…!
    3) that Waterstone’s – i am THERE next time I’m in London, oh mydays. And I’ll wear a big coat so I can steal more vegan books 😛
    4) My book wishlist – let’s just say my amazon total in my wishlist is in the 3 figures…but Paula Radcliffe’s book is up there!
    5) I’m a geek and proud 🙂

  7. I am definitely a geek. I’m reading “The runner’s body” by runners world. I recommend it for geeks like us! Also reading “Going Long” which is a compilation of some of the most inspiring stories in runners world.

    I would love to hear about what you learned at the talk. Share your notes please!!!

  8. I would also have taken notes! Embrace the geek 🙂

  9. LOVED THIS POST 😀 I’m definitely an inner geek! I can relate to a lot of these things 🙂 🙂

  10. I would love to hear more about the talk you went to – sounds great! I’m just a plain old geek, I think 🙂 I’ve always loved reading – right now I’m reading “Born to Run” and it’s great!

  11. I loved reading this post. Sounds like you had a perfect day! My inner geek is totally jealous!

  12. i wish we could’ve gone to the nutrition talk together! i also wish i could go to central london……..

    i think calorie counting is stressful and that’s why i don’ t do it, but i understand if some of your readers want to see the numbers.

    i’m doing a long run tonight after work. 10 + miles. I need you to come overseas and motivate me when I get to mile 8….


  13. omg seriously best day for you… you have 31 vegan books! IM SO JEALOUS.. i onlly have 3.. it will grow, i promise!
    PLEASE SHARE SOME OF HIS TIPS if you can?!. i would love a post on that!!!

  14. Your black cherry fruit spread sounds amazing!

    What a great day you had! 😀

  15. MMM you’re always eating yummy foods! I made Happy Herbivore’s single serving brownie before and it’s amazing! and it’s pretty big for one person, too! Booya. I want a bunch of cookbooks and Hal Hidgion’s books.

  16. I love your blog!!! It sounds like you had a fantastic day!! I love bookstores! And food! Oh I’m so jealous of your adventure! 🙂

  17. wow, I’ve never heard of bulgar. I MUST experiment!

  18. So glad to see our nutrition & fitness geeks out there! I love learning more about stuff I love. The nutrition talk sounds awesome, especially the food they provided.

    I must go to this bookstore – I love huge bookstores, and I could spend hours browsing through books. I think I would be in there all day.

  19. Your bulgur looks so fat and squishy! Yummmmmmy!
    And I agree with you on the counting; I don’t, but after getting a lot of requests I decided that I don’t really mind helping others out if they want me to post it.

    Excited to see what you make first from HH, since I have the book too.
    Mucho love from Tx!

  20. Thanks so much for the email about my salt question! You’re the best!!

    I’ve never thought about having bulgar for breakfast, but I have some in my cupboard so maybe I’ll have to try it now!!

    PS, the hairband trick is GENIUS! I have given up on trying to read magazines or books because the pages always blow over or won’t stay open on the treadmill/elliptical. Now I’m excited for my next quarter of school to start so I can get my homework reading done WHILE working out!

  21. I’m a total geek but I think everyone is in their own way! I partially hide it and partially flaunt it but if you get me talking about fitness and nutrition it completely comes out =P. Also Harry Potter, basketball or Glee!! But those I don’t hide. I can kind of see reasoning behind stats and I keep it in mind but I don’t count grams or anything. Glad you’re having a great week! xoxo

  22. Ooh – your bulgur looks amazing! Bulgur is definitely one of my favorite grains, but I’ve never had it in “breakfast mode.”
    When I get something in my head to research – I am a geek about it, too!! I research it like I’m about to get a degree in it or something. And then forget all about it five days later. (usually) 😛
    I LOVE those protein hits!! Wish I could find them over here.
    And lastly – SO jealous that you’ve got the HH book. I’ve been waiting for the delivery of mine for almost 2 weeks now. I’ve passed being patient and am seriously thinking about calling Barnes and Noble because the other book I ordered at the same time was delivered on Monday.

  23. Oh! And re: counting – I’m same as you…I don’t count, but for some stuff, like when I make granola bars, I’m usually a little interested in numbers just so I can know if they are as satisfying a snack as I intend for them to be. Then I get too lazy to plug anything in to the calculator, though 😛

  24. That bulgar looks delish 🙂 and I soooo wish I could have gone to that talk! The free food you got definitely persuaded me 😉

  25. I embrace my inner geek:)
    Ahhh my book list is so long……

  26. thats not geeky, thats your inner PASSION! I am the same way. Love the bulgar, so FLUFFY!

  27. We’re all geeks here!! I love it!! 🙂 haha

    I’m so jealous of that sports nutrition talk at my fave place!! How fun!! 🙂

  28. Hi Emma!

    I just came across your blog for the first time. Love it! I am tempted to go to the library and check out that Performance Nutrition book. You don’t know what you don’t know…so keep reading!

    Chloe @ 321delish

  29. I wouldn’t say any of those habits qualify as geeky. I suppose that makes me a geek myself!

    My Paula Radcliffe book came this morning, so I have no more on my wishlist really. I keep meaning to download the Audiobook of The Shining (my all time favourite novel) from iTunes though.

    Sounds like an amazing talk: I wish I could have been there!


  30. Awesome day! Productive if i say so myself!!
    Love that you went to a whole foods nutrition talk – i always look at their events and want to attend but never make the time. With all of those giveaways I must make it happen!!

  31. I am such a geek! Especially about nutrition stuff as my Dad commented only minutes ago as I started giving him a lecture about his possible wheat allergy. I also LOVE book shops – I could spend hours sitting on the floor reading, but the library is the place to be a super-geek obviously 🙂
    About the recipe stats – I don’t count calories etc. myself, but I can see why it would be useful to some people – I guess it depends on how much more time and effort it takes.

  32. […] Read around the subject! Okay, so this isn’t essential, and is my geeky side coming out, but it has definitely benefited my training and running! I’ve learned SO MUCH MORE […]

  33. Haha! I think some days we all have to embrace our inner geek. 🙂

  34. I usually prefer my coeliac’s diet to what I used to eat before… except when I see things like that bulgur!
    And on that note, I’d much prefer that sort of food provided to the normal pastry/quiche-type buffet; I went to a do the other day and the only thing I could eat was the sliced apple (Pink Ladies though so all good…)

  35. I’m such a geek too!! 🙂 Proud of it! I love Star Wars, LOTR and just about every sci-fi thing out there. So I guess we’re different kind of geeks 🙂 I think that’s great that you posted the nutr. facts. I’m sure a bunch of people will really appreciate it!

  36. single serve brownie and choco chia pudding all in one post, well, that’s fabulous 🙂

    Thanks for the linky love!

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