‘eeyyyy, lovebugs. How are your days going? Anything new and exciting?
Before I forget – did anyone else catch American Idol last night? I’m not a consistent watcher – but I was seriously cracking up at Lee’s performace. Okay, I love Hey, Jude. But where in they hay did that bagpiper come from? I wasn’t sure if I was just finding humor where it wasn’t intended to exist, but when Ellen critiqued and started cracking jokes, I totally lost it. Anybody? Anybody?
In addition to that – I did not want to sleep last night. I kept waking up just ready for it to be morning…and at one point, there was a late night show on (the one after David Letterman with the Scottish host) and there was an Adam’s Family performance going on) Last night was like, not even real. I mean – The Adam’s Family? Whaaa?! Where did that come from?! After all this craziness, I sort of woke up thinking “Uh, was all that even real?” If anybody caught either show, let me know. Hopefully I’m not crazy crazy.
That being said, I was more than ready to get up this morning, and a ripe nectarine was calling for me. Actually, I had a prickly pear lined up, but after a taste-test, lets just say that got chucked. Anybody ever had a prickly pear before? Verdict? Sorry I keep showing the same ol’ oat combinations. But they’re tried and true for a reason, folks!
The base was super-fun this morning, and oat-bran less!
Naturally Nutty White Choco Coconut Almond Butter (or peanut butter? I can’t remember!)
and a compote of the rest of the diced ripe nectarine and some frozen red raspberries, in almond milk and a drizzle of agave.
I think I’m going to give myself a challenge for the rest of the week: No more ginger jam, no more crystallized ginger. No reason. Just because it’s made an appearance in, oh, I don’t know, every single breakfast I’ve had for the past eternity? haha. Does anybody else have a food that they find constantly working its’ way into meals? Not like – chia seeds or supplementary things, though. And – how have I totally forgotten about that white choco almond butter for so long? I totally let Artisana rule my life for coconut cravings – but I am still enamored with Naturally Nutty . Loving the Grains and Seeds cereal, too. You can definitely use it in place of oat bran if you like oat bran for its’ texture. – though I think oat bran may have more protein?
My oats are always defying gravity.
After battling some gigantic ants that decided to raid my cupboard overnight (whoops – agave spillage. But while we’re on the subject – how do ants just multiply out of no where? I mean, human babies don’t all of a sudden appear in your cupboards.) I packed lunch for the day and grabbed a snack. Because, obviously, I couldn’t leave the house without a fruit and nut truffle. These things are addicting. SO making more tomorrow. Maybe I’ll make them bar-form. Inexpensive Larabars, anybody?
I still had the other half of my twice baked sweet potato, that I left alone yesterday thinking it’d be easy to grab for work today. No, it does not gross me out one bit that that means it is three and a half days old. Not to mention, I’m stuck with bunk hummus. I made my mom a hummus wrap for lunch today last night (I warned her the hummus wasn’t so hot) and made sure to use a little more than usual. Hey, she’s probably not as picky about her hummus as I am. Verdict: she’s not, she didn’t notice a difference. I did, however, get a little sad thinking that I wouldn’t be able to use that amazing bread in a delicious sandwich.
A ripe pear and a fruit and nut truffle were lovely additions to my sweet tater lunch. This morning, I was thinking “Okay, what can I have for a veggie? I need more veggies.” before then thinking “Jess, what is wrong with you? You’re eating a sweet potato.” I know, I know – no such thing as too many veggies, but the ants took up so much time that I didn’t have time (or enough spinach, says the girl who went grocery shopping yesterday) to make one. Hah.
This pear was disappointing. I think I’m over pears. Used to love ‘em. Lately they taste like…mealy water.
This may seem random, but it’s not really because the song just came on MTV: I really hate Lil’ Wayne’s new song. You can hate me for that, but I still love you. Just not a huge rap fan, anyways.
Back to the subject at hand, though. I snagged a Larabar for my afternoon snack. Yes, you read that right: I, Jessica Exposures, who used to complain Larabars are “too big!”snacked on a Larabar. But – I was skimming through my ginormous bar collection yesterday before hitting up le grocery store, and realized I purchased many without necessarily scoping out the ingredients. “Hey, it’s in the organic, health food section – can’t be bad!” was my thought. But I just never realized how many bars in my collection have many ingredients, and many with soy protein as the primary ingredient! Luna Bars primarily. Sure, I’ll still eat them – I bought them, and it won’t hurt me that much! But, I think the diet mentality snuck into me when I would chose bars at times. “Lower calories in the Luna, I’ll grab that.” But now – I’d far rather have a Larabar, Clif C Bar, Gnu Bar, or something of that nature – with hardly more than five ingredients – than a lot of the bars I have that rely on soy proteins and the like. yes, I realized I promised yesterday that I would stop spieling about soy. But – look at this not so much about spieling about soy so much as spieling about diet mentalities and sometimes opting for foods that aren’t quite as whole and healthful. I’ve said it before – I’d rather have more of a whole food like sugar or legit sugar substitutes, than a large amount of some sort of diet food that has been processed beyond belief – aspartame, splenda, etc. I’ll take a real jam any day – sure, the sugar content may be rather high on some – but pretty much any reduced sugar or sugar free products are loaded with chemicals, at least in your typical grocery store. Same goes for breads, milk, butter – anything!
I’m not bagging on processed foods – don’t get me wrong! I eat my fair share of them. Pretty much everything is processed, when looked at from a technical aspect. I’m talking moreso about food that is more geared towards dieters – as in “low fat! reduced calories!” etc. where rather than consisting mostly of real food – it’s been pumped up with chemicals. No me gusta.
Coconut Cream Pie!
And after remembering how dang good these babies are, I don’t think I’ll be going back any time soon. Actually, I will be. I have a ton of bars in that big ol’ collection.
A ripe banana, Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans, almonds, and dried apricots made up the rest of my day’s snack-age. I like food.
To go with my afternoon Larabar, however, was a long lost friend that I realized is no long what I consider a friend:
The return of iced coffee.
Today was ridiculously warm out. The weatherman totally lied to me, and it was sunny and warm all morning. I was expecting rain, clouds, and mid 50’s! Not fair. But, I was sent on a mission for ink and paper towels, and an iced coffee run, too. I bought a coconut iced coffee and added some coconut milk I had in the fridge when I was back at the lab. I used to be a coconut iced coffee addict two summers ago. I turned to iced mates last summer – and today was my first in eons. I didn’t care for it, actually. It’s a habit I’m perfectly fine without, too.
Driving home, all I was chanting in my head was “Cheesy toast! Beans and cheesy toast! Toasty cheesy beans!” Yes. Moosewoods, I love you. Food, I love you.
I love that they have something this simple, yet this good in the book. I just sauteed beans, tomatoes, spinach, fresh basil and minced garlic in some olive oil while toasting a slice of fresh bread spread with a wee bit o’ butter and sprinkled with some garlic powder. Mashed up the bean mixture a bit, seasoned, and stirred in some leftover shrimp that were sitting on the counter from my mom’s dinner. Couldn’t resist! Sprinkle some cheese on that delicious bread, pop back in the oven to melt, and top with le beans.
so, so yum.
I kept saying over and over “gah, this bread is so good.” It was crunchy yet chewy, and lets not even get into the taste. But the meal was delish as a whole, too! Moosewoods knows what’s up. Seriously love. I need to buy all their cookbooks!
If you’re wondering if another truffle went missing afterwards – you’d best belive one did. Paired with a caramel oikos, this time. Divine.
Day off tomorrow! I think I’ll be baking up a storm Hope everyone has a lovely night, as well.
Anybody else have any added wisdom on real food versus foods geared for media/advertising that seem to be healthy – when really, they’ve just been socked with chemicals to make up for the food that’s been taken out? Or – have you ever looked back on something and realized “Wow, I think I had a diet mentality sneaking in there,” when you opted for one food (that was likely more whole & healthful) over another? I almost hate to admit that I think that is what affected my bar decisions at times – luckily, not much otherwise
Stay posted for a giveaway I’ll be posting tomorrow morning-ish!