Amy’s California Burgers + Beating the Freshman 15: Part 2

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 19, 2009

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a healthy start to your week! :)

My day at work was pretty good. I finished up my presentation and did some other non-exciting domestic stuff. Another day another dollar! lol.

I got lots of questions and comments about my Green Monster drink this morning, lol.

First off, I must apologize for not putting a warning before that post- especially being so early in the morning! How dare I? Next time, you will know in advance. ;)

Secondly, yes I did drink the WHOLE drink. I am a champ! I actually had the other half last night, but I didn’t have time to post about it.

And being the sucker for punishment that I am, I made another green monster before I left for work! I had it in the afternoon. Luckily, it stayed nice and fresh because it was FREEZING in our office today! Actually, I think I saw tiny ice crystals forming, hehe.

My concoction today involved:

  • 2 leafs of Kale
  • 1 peeled cucumber
  • 1 handful of grape tomatoes

Again, it was not pleasant! This green monster is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t like horror films, this one probably ain’t for you! whahaha.

I said to Eric on the way home tonight, “You know my green monster drinks are a bit like exercise. It isn’t always fun, but when it’s over you feel like a champ!!!” :D

I really do feel amazing when I am done drinking one of those drinks. It is hard to describe, but my body feels ‘happy’ and ‘content’. I feel energized.

Three cheers for K-A-L-E!


Ok, so I didn’t have time to make the kale soup when I got home from work tonight as it was late. I searched in the freezer and was so excited to find a box of Amy’s California Veggie Burgers– that I hadn’t tried yet!

I have heard how good they are so I was really excited to try them. I even cooked up Eric one too.


These babies pack a wicked nutitional punch:

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Cooked in the pan 5-7 mins. per side on medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil:


His and Hers bread:


I was excited to use my Neal Brother’s salsa on this burger!

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Well that salsa didn’t last long!!! :D Thanks Neal Brothers!


With hummus, romaine, and a tomato slice:

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Now for the review:

Angela says, “These burgers are sooooo good!!! They don’t even taste like a typical veggie burger! They have a very meat like texture. Yum yum yum gobble gobble gobble”

Eric’s turn

Now let me qualify this. When Eric and I first met he used to not eat any veggies. Ok, maybe 1. Since my persuasion, he now eats tons of veggies and even enjoys them. However, veggie products, he has always been quite resistant to. Especially products that try to come in the way of his MEAT.

Eric Says, “Wow these are good. I like them…they don’t taste like veggie burgers. For a veggie burger I give this an A+!”

My jaw almost hit the floor!!! weeeeee.

I will certainly be buying these every week from now on!


How To Fix College/University Weight Gain Traps

Missed Part 1?

1) 24 hour access to junk food

Well, there really isn’t anything you can do to completely get away from the 24 hour access to junk food, unless you live off campus. Once I moved off campus in my second year I found it so much easier to stay healthy! It was like night and day.

I bought a mini fridge to have in my dorm room when I started getting healthier, and this helped me a lot because I could store healthy grab and go snacks in there.

Great snack ideas:

  • Yogurt
  • Part Skim Cheese strings
  • Apple and PB or AB
  • Granola bars (I like Kashi and Larabars- but I probably couldn’t have afforded them when I was in school)
  • Cereal (Try to find something with at least 5 grams of protein and fibre, and less than 10 grams of sugar per cup)
  • Crackers (again I like Kashi, but regular whole wheat crackers will do)
  • Lean meat slices, tuna/salmon, or Veggie slices like Tofurkey
  • Veggies and Dip (Find a low-fat salad dressing like reduced fat Ranch)
  • Nuts & seeds, trail mix, etc.

For a pick me up snack during class you could have a handful of raw almonds, a yogurt, and a healthy granola bar or crackers and cheese or peanut butter. All of these foods are fairly quiet to eat so you don’t have to worry about disturbing the class or offending anyone with a strong smelling food odour.

2) Alcohol

Oh man, this one is tough.  I didn’t drink as much as most people in university, but I still had my fare share of alcoholic calories over the years.

I don’t suggest that you have to stop going out and having fun! You only go away to school once! :) Here are some lower calorie drinks that won’t ‘break the caloric bank’ so to speak:

  • Light beer (Under 110 calories)
  • Wine (85 kcals for 3.5 fl. oz.)
  • Vodka and Diet Tonic (~100 kcals)


3) Emotional Stress and Binge Eating

Talk to people! My biggest mistake was isolating myself when I was feeling down. I tended to stay in my dorm room when I was having a tough time. That is the worst thing you can do. Don’t close your dorm room door when you are feeling low. I know you may not want to speak to anyone, but having someone pop in and say hello just might turn your whole day around. Who knows, it could be a cute guy that is crushin on you too. ;)

If you are feeling really low and can’t shake it, consider seeing a professional. A couple times during my university career I utilized the free counselling services at my school. I saw a therapist and it was amazing how much it helped just to have a 1 hour venting session each week. I could discuss anything I wanted to, no strings attached. They are trained to handle any type of problems, from food/self-esteem issues to school stress. Whatever it is, if you think you need some outside help don’t be ashamed in seeking it out. That is what they are there for and partly why your tuition costs so much! These services tend to be included. My therapist would give me some homework assignments that really put things into perspective for me. Don’t worry it is fun homework! ;)

Did you fall into one of these three traps at college/university? Were you able to find ways to get out of them?

Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.
~Les Brown

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Kelly January 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Hi Angela!

I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I absolutely love it! Your recent posts about University weight gain really hits home. While I haven’t gained any significant weight at University it is a constant struggle to stay healthy. I love wellness research, blogging, and fitness info. That being said, you’ve inspired me to start my own blog to track my gluten-free college lifestyle! I have recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and it may be a blessing now that I really CANT have any more pizza and beer haha. Thank you so much for helping me commit to healthier lifestyle. I hope to hear from you soon!



dailygoods January 19, 2009 at 9:12 pm

yayyy! thanks for the awesome shout out… these muffins are dangerous… there are 6 downstairs, and its taking me all my might not to go down and grab another :) so good!


sweetandnatural January 19, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Thanks for the tips. About my Blueberry Coconut Oaties – the dough was sort of crumbly, so I don’t think reducing the oil would be a good idea. You could try half applesauce, but it would change the texture for sure. Let us know if you make some good modifications!


Marissa January 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Your burger looks amazing! I’ll have to pick them up the next time I’m at the store!!


The Healthy Hostess January 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm

I linked the contest to my blog! I read yours everyday but don’t always comment! Anyways, I love it!
Keep it up!


marafaye January 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I gained so much weight in college… seriously a ridiculous amount. I’m almost back to where I was my sophomore year, but not quite to senior year of h.s. weight…it’s only taken 10 years!


MaryBe January 19, 2009 at 9:59 pm

You definitely redeemed yourself after those pictures this morning, by posting the ones of those delicious Amy’s burgers. Love for Amy is universal!


priyankalovesfood January 19, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I love Amy’s burgers, I have tried the TEX MEX style. These are so deceivingly good that I could easily sneak it into my hubby’s plate. If you haven’t tried, I think the Morning star veggie burgers are a good alternative too.


Lesley January 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Hi Angela! I just found your blog a few days ago and I have been trying to get caught up. You have a lot of great info here. I did have one question(forgive me if you have answered it somewhere): How long did it take you to lose the 25-30lbs? I have lost & gained weight in the past and am really trying to focus on being healthy this time. Sometimes it just seems like I will never get to my goal! Thanks!


r January 19, 2009 at 11:07 pm

thanks for this!!!!! i’m in school going through this struggle now but i think i’m beating it! :)


*Andrea* January 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm

love this post for sooo many reasons.. first off those veggie burgers are super delicious – i always eat them with salsa and hummus too yum! also, i often stay in my dorm, isolated, when i’m feeling down too which is not a good thing :( but i feel like i can change this. you are very empowering!!


Leah January 20, 2009 at 2:15 am

I was one of the “losers and gainers” in Uni. I started first year losing 20 pounds or something.. but it slowly crept back throughout 3rd year. I wish I would have lost it properly the first time and maybe I wouldn’t have gained it back!! Too bad I didn’t know then what I know now!!!

Those burgers look great!! Steve loves veg burgers so i’m a lucky gal!


Sanja January 20, 2009 at 3:28 am

You know Chris Karr juices her veggies, instead of blending them, right? Believe me, it’s much more enjoyable then! If you want to (learn to) drink green smoothies, maybe you could better start with spinach smoothies and work your way up, because those actually taste really good. I fill my blender with spinach, 2 cups of water/soy milk/almond milk. Then add strong-flavored fruits, like bananas. Spinach + water + banana + a bit of cocoa or carob powder is actually really tasty.


Lara January 20, 2009 at 5:19 am

I haven’t tried the Amy’s CA burgers yet but the Texas style ROCK! They are similar nutritionally and have the best smokey-BBQ taste. I would love to read a review if you give them a try!


Danielle January 20, 2009 at 6:36 am

Mmm! I miss Amy’s burgers, that salsa looks like a great addition too, oh my, yum :)

Thanks for the college eating info and tips. I myself have struggled with a +/- 10 pound difference while being in school and being abroad the past semester was no different. I will definitely be following your posts and keep everything in mind while trying to stay at a healthy weight this time around. Thanks!


redheadyellowdog January 20, 2009 at 7:23 am

haha! i love the his and her identical to our house.


VeggieGirl January 20, 2009 at 7:59 am

I miss Amy’s California burgers!!! Can’t eat them anymore due to my gluten/wheat allergy :-(

Happy Tuesday!!


petitfoodie January 20, 2009 at 8:35 am

I love amy’s!! they are soo good!! :)

These freshman 15 posts are really great!! and soo useful for young adults entering college!! It’s such a change for them and having these helpful tips is really great!!


Krista January 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

Thanks for the burger review!! I <3 reviews!

OK, contest time! I went to the Neal Brothers website and saw that they have a line of salad dressing. They all sound really good, but I thought they should try a walnut/fig combination too! How yummy does that sound???

I am a purebred Canadian who resides in Southern Ontario….go GUELPH!!!

Please check out my post this evening to see that I linked back to your contest post!

Wish me luck!! :)


seeleelive January 20, 2009 at 10:42 pm

this is a pretty triggering post!!! it has tons of info, but i am deathly afraid of alcohol for it will make me gain weight!


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Lauren March 2, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Hi! I’m pretty new to OSG, but I read this post randomly a few days ago and decided to try these veggie burgers. They’re delicious! I took your cue and tried one in between slices of toasted bread, but I topped mine with avocado slices and some tomato sauce. Honestly, it was heavenly. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Now I need to move to the next level and make my own veggie burgers… In a Jiffy Spelt Burgers? I think so.


Katie April 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

I’ve been lingering on your blog for the past couple of weeks now. You have inspired me so much to quit obsessing over calories and try to listen more to my body!! Ever since I gained weight freshman year I’ve been an emotional wreck when it comes to food and weight. Plus I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth! I’ve read so many of your blog entries on how you ate in college and it sounds exactly like something I could have wrote. I’m currently in France with a host family right now, but I can’t wait to try out your green monsters and other healthy recipes when I get home! Thanks for your blog – the next time I feel a binge coming on I’m going to come read this!


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