Good good links #45

Before we get into the great posts I happened upon this week I’d like to say thanks to everybody who chimed in on Thursday. That’s just what I like about the blogging community: having all kinds of different people chime in on a topic, share their experiences and opinions. And because we talked about what’s important beyond food and exercise which will be included in this round-up of links, too: here’s me spilling some musings on family, childhood and other random tibits about me. And now onto some truly good links from the week.

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

 

Good good [food for thought]

Why health claims and symbols aren’t health promoting via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

The best kind of food is the one coming without a label and prepared at home. Follow your gut instinct not misleading symbols on a package.

why i won’t be working for a bikini body this summer. via Running with Spoons

Feeling good about yourself matters most: “Weight and pant size are too flimsy a thing to tie your happiness up into”

Does Your Environment Support Who You Want To Be? via Jamie Mendell

We can choose to eliminate what gets us down and create an environment to feel good in.

Why We Need To Stop Talking About What Women Are Eating via BuzzFeed

 Live and let others live. Judging others’ choices – healthy or not – is unnecessary and doesn’t make either side feel better.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

Yet Another Great Reason to Stop Comparing Your Eating Habits to Other People’s via Well-Intentioned

Because you really never know what the other person eats when you’re not around. Focus on yourself only and what you feel like eating.

food guilt via the real life RD

It’s when we stop feeling bad about eating a little more [indulgent food] that we get to a healthy relationship with food in general.

Healthy on holiday via Khushboo’s Blog

When in Rome… Vacations are the time to enjoy new foods and be more concerned with taking in all sights than controlling your intake.

I Use To Want To Be Skinny. via Eats from the Oil Patch

 Skinny isn’t equivalent with happy and that’s what the goal should be.

A Woman Paid Photoshop Pros In 25 Countries To Make Her “Beautiful”  [two links] via Mind Body Green

Proof that true beauty is really in the eye of the beholder – worth clicking through all images and deciding which one you’d deem ‘beautiful’.

7 Signs You Should Eat A Burger, Fries, & Even Ice Cream via Lifting Revolution

I’m not into the concept of ‘cheat days’  but even if none of those fit for you: life’s too short to go without those delicious indulgences.

7 Things Only Chronic Overthinkers Will Understand via Huffington Post

Glimpses into an overthinkers mind. Reading this would be almost hilarious if it wasn’t so accurate for myself, too.

 

Why You Should Close All of Your Tabs (Except This One) via The Muse

A random one but nonetheless addressing a well-known [to me and probably you, too] problem.

25 Free Apps That Are Making The World A Better Place via BuzzFeed

Donations for good causes, raising awareness and letting you know how to do good every day: apps can be more than just fun games.

 

Exercise

Let’s Go For a Walk! via hello healthy eating

Further proof that high intensity workouts aren’t the only way to experience health benefits from exercise.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Stupid Weight Loss Tips via Snack Therapy

Because you’re clearly going to ignore the chocolate on the counter if the fridge is packed with cut-up carrots.

35 Surprisingly Useful Websites You Never Knew You Needed via BuzzFeed

Coffee addicts: ignore the first. Everyone: be aware of #25’s addictive potential and jump back to #10 – the best.

21 Secrets Runners Won’t Tell You via BuzzFeed

Aren’t runners a fabulously odd group of people?!

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Chocolate Pudding with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream via The Cake Merchant

If this doesn’t get you drooling you’re either allergic to PB or … I’m at a loss.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream via The Lemon Bowl

Simple ingredients and quick to prepare without an ice cream maker: another win for the chocolate + peanut butter combination.

23 Healthy And Easy Breakfasts Your Kids Will Love via BuzzFeed

Who says only children were keen on Breakfast Popsicles or Almond Butter and Banana Open Sandwiches (!)??

Frozen Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites via Fit Foodie Finds

You’re not actually surprised to see those here?! They’re cookie dough bites for heaven’s sake!

Chickpea Polenta Breakfast Scramble (vegan) via Clean Eating Veggie Girl

I’m not the hugest fan of tofu scramble but a chickpea-obsessed so this version looks like a great alternative.

Roasted Vegetable + Chickpea Bowl with Cilantro Cashew Cream via Naturally Ella

A grain, a [lot of] green, a bean – the trio for success plus cashew cream: perfect.

Portobello Philly Cheese Steak Bowl via Keepin‘ It Kind

Not like I’d ever had ‘real’ Philly Cheese Steak but if it’s anything like this bowl it has to be seriously awesome.

 

Happiness inducing today: Chatting with a random girl at the gym.

 

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You are not what you eat.

It’s time to think out loud again! But before I get into the post I mentioned before already I want to wish a happy birthday to this amazing blend all the way over in South Africa! Enjoy your day, girl! And now I hope Amanda won’t mind me foregoing the usual light-hearted cereal and puzzle talk for a topic that’s been on my mind for a while already.

Thinking-Out-Loud

 

Sometimes you intend to write a completely different post and then life suggests another. Life in this case being a friend asking if I wrote a vegan blog to connect with other vegans. Which I denied. Neither do I consider myself writing a vegan/ any kind of special diet blog. Nor do I want to connect with vegans only. My intentions with blogging are to share my thoughts, opinions, recipes every now and then but mainly: to get in touch with alike minds. And that’s not limited to a certain diet or type of exercise. In fact, I might disagree with the way you eat but won’t bother making a fuss about it if think you’re a sweet person in general, a witty writer or deep thinker bringing up interesting topics.

Nobody in my close family or circle of friends is vegan or even vegetarian. And that is okay. I’m not choosing my ‘real life’ friends according to their diet or running pace. In fact, none of them are runners and would probably shake their head at the mention of chia seeds or HIIT. And that’s okay, too. We still have such a lot to discuss, talk or laugh about.

Why would I choose my blogging friends with different criteria than those in real life? By now I have blends that eat vegan, vegetarian, paleo or just don’t follow any label at all. Blends that run, lift weights, do yoga, crossfit or walk. Do I like any of them better than others? Heck no. All of us are such a lot more than the food we put into our mouths or our workout achievements. In fact, I love the diversity presented in the blog world. Just like in ‘real’ life there are all kinds of different people. In different jobs. From different countries. People I might not as easily get in contact with in daily life but now get a chance to connect with every day – it’s amazing.

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Tolerance is the biggest human virtue.

 

My life doesn’t revolve solely around reading, thinking or talking about food or exercise – and I assume [or hope] yours doesn’t, either. As somebody interested in healthy living and cooking I do enjoy gushing about a million ways to eat almond butter. I get excited when I find new products in unexpected places. Getting running advice from seasoned half-marathoners is great, too. But that’s not all I want to read or chat about.

Maybe you consider sugar the devil while I won’t part ways with chocolate anytime soon.

Maybe you think vegan food was boring while I would never consider paleo.

Maybe you run 60 miles a week while I currently run all of 0 and consider walks my exercise.

And yet we can still be friends. As long as you don’t talk about how your diet is so much healthier than somebody else’s or how all of us should work out hours every day. If that’s your blog’s sole focus I might not be the most loyal reader. If you share random tidbits about yourself, the great book you just finished, share your experiences with and advice on the struggles faced as a twenty-something or voice your opinion on current happenings in the world? I’ll be back regularly.

 

How What I ate Wednesday posts and mentions of food or recovery fit in there? Easy. Like I said it’s not solely about the food we eat. However, I think we can all agree food is an important and delicious part of our lives. Personally, I find WIAW to be a great way to discover new blogs and connect with other people – far beyond food-related topics. And when it comes to my recovery I could probably talk about it a lot more but that’d seem redundant. If I throw in a thought on my journey it’s when I either struggle and know others will have some advice or when I have overcome a fear [food] and want others battling an ED to see it’s possible, too. Because that’s what has been helping me personally on other blogs, too.

Amy [link to Long Drive Journey] wrote a great post about when healthy borders on obsession and I agree wholeheartedly with it. I don’t want to read about your food only but about your hobbies, job, family,  what’s on your mind, … In short: about YOU.

No questions today but your opinion on the topic.

 

Happiness inducing today: Lots of sunshine after heavy rainfalls.

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Edamame_potatoes

It’s all [edama]me to me

Yesterday was all about me and spilling the beans. Today’s What I ate Wednday is about edamame – the one and only bean of the day. Tomorrow’s Thinking out loud will be about me and you and no beans – it’s a post dear to me so I hope you’ll chime in. But one day at a time so here’s to another volume of What I ate Wednesday and Vegan Wednesday partying.

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Obsessions. We all have them. Those foods you [re]discover and then can’t get enough of anymore. By now you likely know I have a soft spot for a certain legume. But that actually applies to most beans. You name it – I’ll tell you my favourite ways to eat it.* The star of this post came back into the spotlight unexpectedly. My freezer might just be a shoe box-sized compartment of my fridge but it’s still surprisingly good at swallowing foods in its back. That’s where I found a half pound-bag of edamame lurking and how it all got started.

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*unless the variety’s not available which is the downside of living in Germany.

First up was the inclusion in my go-to kind of meal: a stew. More specifically an edamame and carrot stew in a curry-infused tomato [soy] yogurt sauce. Alongside roasted potatoes which I finally (!) tried after seeing them in Amanda’s WIAW posts several times before. So simple, so good. Did I mention the dipping action going on?!

Edamame_dip

But today’s about edamame. The best part of this magical bean is – as opposed to other legumes – its slightly higher fat content. Read: it’s even creamier and more delicious. Following a recipe from a cookbook – yes, it happens once in a while though you know my usual source of recipes –  I tried Appetite for Reduction‘s Edamame Pesto. Actually, this was one of my savoury breakfasts and involved Slim Pasta which I’d gotten for review a while back. After my previous trials with shirataki pasta I was skeptical what to expect. Each package contains 200 g [7 oz] of pasta and is supposed to serve two yet I expected to need the whole bag to get satisfied given the low carb content compared to my standard breakfast.

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Which surprisingly was not the case and that’s to say something from somebody who usually needs huge servings. My verdict?  It’s better than regular shirataki yet the texture is definitely chewier than ‘normal’ pasta. The positives are that – made from konjak flour – it’s suitable for many diets like gluten-free, low carb or vegan. However, the price is rather steep so on a budget it’d be more of an occasional treat than a regular. Mock pasta with mock pesto? For breakfast. Sounds strange but good to me. If you’re curious about the pesto recipe: there you go! It’s not your average pesto but really good nonetheless.

Disclaimer: Slim Pasta sent me a bag of their product free of charge. However, I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Slim Pasta_shirataki

Edamame, however, is clearly in my budget. I’ve been snacking on it like it’s going out of style. Or at least like it won’t be available for long anymore. Which might very well be true because it’s very hard to find over here. I’d better fuel the addiction while I still can. Plus I’ve been eyeing a certain salad recipe… Can you guess what’s on my shopping list for today?

 
Ending on a sweet note once more: ice cream. Free ice cream. My boss generously paid for this when our team met up a while ago and I somehow never posted it but found the picture on my phone again today. It actually was a little challenge because despite the heat on that day I was the only one craving ice cream. Usually reason enough for me to pass on it, too, as it feels weird to be the only one eating. Long story short: I got my ice cream, others saw it and joined in sponatenously and those who didn’t missed out. Big time. Mango sorbet made solely from organic mangoes and agave? Win.

DasEis_Mango ice cream

 

Happiness inducing today: Chatting with a neighbour I had yet to really talk to for long while he let me use his printer after mine refused to work. Double happiness?!

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What’s your favourite way to prepare edamame?

Do you have any current food obsessions?

Does anybody want to teach me phone photography? I’m clearly well off not using Instagram…

 

Me, factually [Spill it, Sunday – ‘The Five Facts’ edition]

They say there’s a time and place for everything. If you’ve been reading for a while you know I agree link-ups make blogging schedules easier. But a) I have a little more serious post planned for Thursday and b) Arman isn’t settling on a specific day with the randomness of Spill it Sundays – despite the name making you assume elsewise. So spilling it on Tuesday it is. For once I’ll play along with the rules and not add a sixth fact to every category.

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Five facts about….your family!

1. We’re three children and three times three years apart. My brother is [28 going on] 29 later this year, my sister is 26 and I’m the 23-year-old Nesthäkchen or laat lammetjie as I now know thanks to this girl. Being the youngest had its advantages and disadvantages.

2. Which just brought me to the sponatenous conclusion that we were born in a period of nine years which is coincidentially the age difference between my parents, too. Yes, it’s little things like that making me smile.

3. My family is living in an old farm house in the countryside and I never wished for growing up in a city a single time. Country bumpkin and proud of it.

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4. Both my mum and dad grew up in areas were certain dialects are spoken but raised us children to speak standard/ High German.

5. All of us enjoy cycling so much we usually packed our bikes wherever we traveld and even went on several cycling-only holidays.

Winter sun

Five facts about…your childhood!

1. For the first years of my life I shared a room with my brother and sister. Fun times. Only not when they had loft beds and you were the one sleeping on a ground level matress.

2. Luckily, I was the one getting that [biggest of all] children’s rooms once my siblings moved to other rooms of the house. It all evens out in the long term.

3. I was clearly a girly girl growing up: my best friend and I would spend hours playing Barbie. Usually with her Barbies because she had about three times as many as me.

4. I used to ride horses for many years. In fact, my mum had two horses of her own but nowadays she’s the only one still riding.

5. My favourite TV show was Ocean Girl – an Australian one about a girl swimming with a whale. It was the reason I drew nothing but humpback whales for a while.

 

 

Five facts about…you + school!

1. From 1st to 13th grade I went to three different schools: elementary school, middle school [only grades 5 and six] and then grammar school. This is rather unusual as it’s nowadays the norm over here to switch from elementary directly to grammar or any other kind of secondary school. My year was one of the last to still visit middle school.

2. My brother once did my maths homework for me because I thought it was too difficult – in second grade. Since then I’ve come to maybe not like numbers but be okay with handling them to an extent 😀 . I’ve always been better with words.

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3. That being said you won’t be surprised my favourite subjects were languages. English was my first choice examination subject for the Abitur [final exams in grade 13].

4. While I got along with most of my teachers some had rather eccentric personalities. One I liked and who furthered my wish to travel the world was my 9th grade English teacher who had just come back from Australia where he’d worked for years. Actually, he has settled on the Gold Coast now and invited me to visit him and his wife should I ever make my way over there. Tempting.

5. My least favourite subjects: history and PE. Don’t ask.

 

 

Five facts about...you + travel! – Side note: This coincides pretty well with my recent travel ramblings, huh?

1. The most embarrassing fact first: I’ve yet to travel anywhere outside of Europe. I know. I’m not proud of it but I keep telling myself I’m still young so there’s time left to see the world – and I will.

2. So far I’ve been to England, France [multiple times], Greece, Ireland and Spain.

Leaving the safe harbour to get to know new sights and places.

3. Whenever I travel it’s most likely by public transport – or more specifically: trains. I don’t own a car so unless I’m with my parents or somebody else owning a car you’ll find me on trains – huge bags or suitcases in tow for all the books and food I need.

4. Environmental aspects aside I really enjoy flying but haven’t gotten a chance to do it too often yet. Just the thought of the plane taking up speed in the manoeuvring area makes me want to board one again soon.

5. This might be a stretch but I can’t talk about traveling without saying it: I’m really awesome at packing. That is if you consider taking half of your wardrobe and bookshelf with you on even a short trip good packing light.

 

 

Five facts about…your eating style!

1. The long known fact first: I’m a vegetarian eating mostly vegan and have been since 2013. Wait… has it really been 11 years already?! Funny to think it has when two years in my mum still thought I was just going through “a phase”. Just like the phase when you used to think tattoo chokers were trendy – only I’m still not eating meat anymore and don’t plan to while those horrid necklaces have long made their way into the trash.

2. Not a single day passes by without me eating almond butter. Unless I run out but I make an effort not to let that happen. In fact, I’m due for a stock-up today.

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3. Get ready for a shocking confession: I don’t like any of the typical condiments. Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, … – I don’t like them. Yes, I was the odd child growing up who’d eat her French fries plain and get Chicken Nuggets without any kind of dip at McDonald’s. Actually, I think you were required to pick a dip so I got sweet & sour sauce but never used it.

4. I’m not one to say no to free food. As long as it’s vegetarian/ vegan and doesn’t contain any nasty ingredients I’ll take a bite or grab a handful.

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5. Looking at that Lindt picture: I have a slight obsession with that company’s chocolate. I blame my grandma for instilling this because she’d mail me a bar of Lindor – the red one to be specific – for every single birthday during my childhood. Way to raise a picky chocolate eater.

 

Happiness inducing today: Wise and confirming words from a Blend.

 

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It’s your turn: Tell me at least one fact about you from every category!

Good good links #44

By now we can all simply agree this year is flying by insanely fast. Applying this knowledge to today it means it’s time to recap a week of great posts again. Agreed? Awesome. There we go – but obviously not without me saying:

Happy Sunday!

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

My Healthy Living Philosophy via Long Drive Journey

Healthy living is just living – not obsessing over it. Great post on why moderation is the way to go about living. We’re all much more than the food we eat or how much we exercise.

 What Health Means To me via Better with Sprinkles

 True health isn’t measured in the size of our pants, our BMIs or any kind of number: the mindset is a huge factor.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

16 Quick Tips to Improve Your Body Image via Kenzie Life

Having a bad day? Great ideas to combate negative thoughts about yourself.

 Move with Intention via Healthy Helper

What is your motivation to move: making life easier or are you pushing yourself hard?

Learning To Feel Confident In Your Body via Journeys through Meadows

Self love is always a work in progress but little changes like posture and gratitude for what we have can make a huge difference already.

how to stop comparing your food choices to other people’s by Robin Hilmantel via the real life RD

“Isn’t that interesting?”: we all choose what we like and that’s just the way it should be. A little older already but still a good read.

Healthy Bites: Broccoli vs. Kale via hello healthy

Why kale needs to step of its pedestal and share some attention with other vegetables.

5 Signs You Should Be Eating More Protein via Women’s Health Mag

Craving sweets or being sick all of the time? It might be time to check your protein intake.

 

30 Pieces of Life Advice From My Two Rockstar Grandmas via Serendipity and Creativity

Beautiful proof that grandmas just know it best.

When To Throw Your Life Rules Out The Window via Mara Glatzel

Who said we needed to stick to the same rules all throughout life even if they don’t feel right anymore?

How To Get Back Into A Habit via Smart Twenties

Second time’s a charm: It’s okay to start anew if the first attempt at sticking with a habit didn’t work.

 

Good good [posts to make you smile]

Daniel Radcliffe Sorts Celebrities Into Different Hogwarts Houses via BuzzFeed

I’m still shocked about his choice for Miley Cyrus.

 

Good good [food]

5 Delicious Banana ‘Ice Cream’ Recipes via Women’s Health Mag

Because there can never be enough bananas or ice cream in anybody’s life.

Sea Salt Chocolate Cookies by The Diva Dish via Eleven by Venus

Did somebody say salted chocolate?! Plus vegan and paleo-friendly = happy people all around.

Healthy No Bake Salted Caramel Slice via The Big Man’s World

Caramel and chocolate perfection – I can’t even get over how delicious this looks.

23 Ways To Rock Your Vegan Barbecue via BuzzFeed

Whether you’re vegan/ vegetarian or not: these ideas will make your mouth water and get you firing up the grill.

Barley Chickpea and Date Salad stuffed Aubergines via Coconut & Berries

 There’s just something about stuffed vegetables and these Middle Easter-inspired ones sound amazing.

Sweet Potato Barley Bowl via Highgate Hill Kitchen

Sub the sweet potato with squash and this is my kind of comfort food bowl.

Smoky Chipotle Polenta with Spiced Portobellos via Blissful Basil

Fitting perfectly with my current polenta kick and an awesome blend of flavours and textures in general.

Baked Chili-Lime Chips via Paper/Plates

Do these really need an explanation? Crunch away.

 

Happiness inducing today: The sky taking a pink hue in the evening as I was walking home. My dad used to tell me it looked that way when ‘the angels are baking’.

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Which posts caught your eye this week?

And: Do you have any clue why this year is racing by at record speed??? I’m still at awe by how it’s already summer – even if it doesn’t feel like it right now over here.

 

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The Two Thumbs Up Edition [Thinking out loud]

If you didn’t notice with my many past Thursday posts – or posts on this blog in general, really – I like me a good theme to align even the most random of thoughts or meals. Today’s Thinking out loud with Amanda is no different which makes me happy – easily pleased?! Even happier when the above-mentioned theme are happenings from the past week that deserved two thumbs up.

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1. If you read yesterday’s post on how I’m channeling Beyoncé when it comes to others’ recipes you’ll probably know what I used these for:

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Two thumbs up for single household-friendly boxes of cereal. I usually get bored by cereal easily so buying a family-sized box of any kind is not an option. Needless to say I didn’t hesitate a second when there was a special offer of these smaller boxes of first Cookie Crisp and then Cinnamon Toast Crunch [isn’t Cini Minis adorable, too, though??]. Enough to both include it in yesterday’s recipe and for quick childhood-reminiscent snacks now.

2. The possible downside to the small boxes is the lack of any toys – and you know which specific one I’ve been pining for. Two thumbs up for hilarious riddles on the back of the packages. Can you spot the culprit [translated hints below]?

Cereal_back of the package

Hints: 1. The mouth is wide open. – 2. He’s not cross-eyed. – 3. He’s showing his teeth. – 4. The tongue isn’t visible. – 5. He doesn’t have braces.

3. I’ll be on the road – or rather: in trains – all day tomorrow again. From what I gathered in intense studies of blogs 😉 traveling by train isn’t actually all that usual overseas. Why exactly? Ever since moving out from my parents’ trains have become an even more important means of traveling than before. While I’m not keen on boarding a train already again tomorrow there were some perks on my last endeavour.

4. Two thumbs up for local trains with phone-charging opportunities. In a spur of the moment decidion I’d thrown my charger into my bag though I knew I’d only be traveling by regional trains that aren’t known for their luxurious “Ausstattung”. Is it sad that it made me happy to see this? Further proof of how dependent on my phone I am.

5. Unfortunately, this was not available on my commute back because…  two thumbs down for the scare I got when finding the [at least intended] last train I changed to on my way back unscheduledly was ended way before my final destination. A delay in the afternoon is annoying already but one at 7.30 PM meaning you won’t get home before 10 PM is … yes. Especially if you ate almost all of your snacks already. More bars the next time.

6. It’s been a while since I went all out posting flower pictures like in the early days of my blog. Two thumbs up for flowers in my favourite colour. However, I have no green thumb at all so keep your fingers crossed for these beauties.

Flowers_by Barbara

 

What better way to end a post then on the topic of flowers?! Just agree with me here.

Happy Thursday!

 

Happiness inducing today: A positive reminder that first impressions of others can be deceiving.

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Tell me whatever comes to your mind!

Who solved the cereal riddle?