November 2, 2011 · 7:04 pm

Happy Wednesday everybody!

Yep, it’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for the lovely Jenn’s virtual WIAW  party where the guests post and share their eats.  If you haven’t visited before, you must check out all the amazing pics!

Okay, so here’s what I ate this Wednesday:

Breakfast

Glass of warm water and a slice of lemon (this week I’ve really been enjoying this gentle start to the day, rather than the big cups of black coffee I had last week.  It’s reassuring to know that I’m no longer dependent on coffee to kickstart my day ;)

Big bowl of porridge into which I added some blueberry fruit spread, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans and sunflower seeds.  It was lush!  With the porridge, I drank a cup of nettle tea.

Lunch

I had to make a quick lunch before I dashed to school to teach my meditation classes, so I grabbed some Scottish oat cakes, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, black olives and cashew nut butter.  I bought a jar of Meridian cashew nut butter for the first time last week, and I’m LOVING it!  I’ll definitely be buying it again :)   

Snacks

After school, I enjoyed a 5-minute sitdown with a cup of coffee and a piece of date and zucchini chocolate brownie (which I made last week).  It was a bit of an experiment but it worked out really well (unlike a lot of my experiments ;)

I’ve never been a big fan of brownies, but I absolutely love this one.  The taste and texture is lush!  Plus, by using no refined sugar, very little oil, and with the addition of dates, zucchini and whole wheat flour, it’s actually a healthy brownie!  What more could we want eh??  Lil’ L has been taking it to school for his lunchtime snack.  I’ve just asked him what he thinks of the brownie and he said “really, really, really nice” :)

 

Dinner

I’m really into hemp seed at the moment, and have been using the Good Hemp milk, oil and shelled seeds as a way of adding omega-3 into our meals.  From what I’ve read, hemp is a ’super food’ as it’s packed with nutrition.  Here’s a few facts I found out about hemp today:

  • It is a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids.  It also has a high protein content (see image below).
  • The globulin edestin in hemp seed closely resembles that found in human blood plasma and is completely compatible with the human digestive system, making it easily digested, absorbed and utilised. 
  • Hemp seed contains phytosterols, which have been shown to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.
  • Hemp seed has a high content of antioxidants (all part of the Vitamin E family).
  • Hemp seed has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6.

What an amazing amount of goodness packed into a little seed! 

I’ve been using the Good Hemp shelled hemp seed a lot lately, sprinkling it into breakfasts and on dinners.  For those interested, here’s the nutritional blurb found on the back of the pot:

Good Hemp also makes a hemp protein powder, which M has been trialling whilst mountain bike training.  I don’t think that I do enough exercise to warrant using protein powders, so I’ll leave it to him to review that one ;)

So, with my new love of all things hemp, on Monday I decided to create some hemp seed burgers.  I had very little time on Monday evening as we were going out trick ‘n’ treating, but as per usual with me, when I get the creative urge, I have to pursue it ;)   So, within 20 minutes I’d made the burgers, cooked them, served them, and we were out the door!  I made 8 burgers in total, so we had them for dinner tonight too. 

Lil’ L’s verdict on the hemp burger… deeeeelicious!!!  Yay another winner!   The burgers had a great texture and I thought they tasted a bit like the sausage meat that you find in veggie sausage rolls.  To make the burgers, I used tofu, hemp seeds, chopped onion, minced garlic, soy sauce, tomato puree, ground oats and a little stuffing mix.  (If anyone’s interested, I can post the recipe).  As accompaniments, we had sunflower and sesame seed rolls, roasted butternut squash, red pepper and crispy kale. Delish!

Dessert

For dessert tonight, I had some stewed apples with natural yoghurt, cinnamon and pecans, while Lil’ L finished up the banana cinnamon icecream that we made a couple of weeks ago.  It had gone before I had time to take a photograph, so here’s the pic from last time we had it.

So, that’s me done!  Time to head over to Jenn’s now and check out the lush foodie photos ;)  

Happy WIAW everyone!

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  • http://www.mynaturallyfrugalfamily.blogspot.com Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family

    Oh yum! It appears that your porridge is our oatmeal (I think porridge sounds way better). I very much want your recipes for the brownie, the frosting from the vegan chocolate cake, and the hemp burger. If it is too much to post could you e-mail it? jacobs.rachel04@gmail.com

  • http://bitofthegoodstuff.wordpress.com Sharon

    Ah at least I know now, thanks Rachel! Here in the UK, we tend to use the term ‘oatmeal’ to describe ground oat groats (which we use to make Scottish oat cakes and Staffordshire oat cakes) whereas we use rolled oats to make porridge (or what you call ‘oatmeal’ in the USA). Very confusing! I’ll have to be careful how I label things in future to avoid confusion.
    I’ll definitely write up the recipes by the end of the week and post or email them to you. I need to do this anyhow before I forget how I made them! I really must start writing down the ingredients and quantities as I go, rather than my usual haphazard method of throwing it all together, thinking that i’ll write it up later… then more often than not forgetting! ;)

  • http://www.peasandcrayons.com jenn peasandcrayons

    Oh wow, I would LOVE the recipe! =) and maybe a burger if you’re offering… haha! happy wiaw girl!

  • http://www.nutritionbynature.wordpress.com Amy-Nutrition by Nature

    Looks like a lovely day of eats! The brownie looks amazing and your lunch very light and healthy!
    I have been wanting the banana ice cream with cinnamon too. I had banana ice cream with pureed strawberries and that was pretty tasty but its a summer treat, yours is much more fall like!

  • http://eatlivewear.wordpress.com eat.live.wear

    Yummy. Hemp is wonderful stuff. I like to buy hemp milk and while I think it is delicious, my husband likened the flavour to a hessian bag. I wonder how he would know? Best not to ask or imagine. The mind boggles! Lovely post dear. X

  • http://veganaphrodite.wordpress.com vegan aphrodite

    What awonderful day of eats! I especially like your breakfast (so comfy), and of course the brownie ;)
    I havent had hemp seeds before :O But I soo want to try them! I think they would have been great in a post-workout smoothie! And these burgers are so creative! Im glad L likes everything you make :) Must be so nice to see him enjoying healthy foods!!

  • http://www.keepinghealthygettingstylish.com Laura Agar Wilson (@keephealthstyle)

    Everything looks delicious! Are you able to share the recipe for your brownies and burgers? They sound right up my street. I’m a massive fan of Good hemp products too!

  • http://notjustapples.blogspot.com Alissa – Not Just Apples

    That banana cinnamon icecream looks delicious! And is one of life’s best flavour pairings :)

  • http://bitofthegoodstuff.wordpress.com Sharon

    That is so funny! I can’t even begin to imagine how your husband knows what hessian bags taste like lol!
    It’s amazing how much our taste buds vary. Fortunately, my hubbie has very similar tastes to me and he actually likes hemp milk. No mention of hessian-tasting milk round here ;)