Where’s The Bread?

Posted on August 25, 2009. Filed under: Book Review, Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

G’morning, G’morning. Anyone else feeling amazingly chipper today? Maybe it’s just because I’m sitting down to the best breakfast ever right now, but you’ll have to wait to see what it is(or, ya know, use the scrolly thing in the middle of your mouse).

Anyway, yesterday at around 11 I got a case of the munchies.

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Peanut Butter Z-Bar

Anybody seeing the irony in this photo? Last week I finished up In Defense Of Food. Overall, the book really resonated well with me and taught me a lot more on subjects I thought I already knew most about. It’s certainly a worth while read, and has a great message–eat food. In fact, for the entire weekend I didn’t eat a single bar; the most processed thing I ate was probably frozen waffles or ice cream, but besides that I ate all fresh food. But while I do agree this is generally how we should eat, I feel like giving up bars and other like foods would be a bit reckless, especially ones made with quality ingredients and that are nutrient-fortified. We’re all going to be caught at times when “food” is back home in our refrigerators and we’re out on the road somewhere and have little to turn to. And then there are times like this when I simply wanted the peanut butter Z-bar, because I knew what it tasted like and that’s what I was looking for. So while I’m always going to be trying to eat more food, I’m not ready to pass up anything just yet.

After that I got caught up on my daily reads(aka all ya’lls blog). Seriously, what would any of us do if we all stopped posting for a day? I know I would be bored. The newspaper–no thanks. And Rachael Ray and Food Network only come out with 1 magazine a month, so I’d get pretty bored.

For lunch I really switched it up and forced myself to make something a little different from the routine. Think of it as taking “the lunch challenge”.

Tuna Salad With Raspberries, Croutons, Goat Cheese, And Sunflower Seeds

Tuna Salad With Raspberries, Croutons, Goat Cheese, And Sunflower Seeds

First I layed down some trusty spinach for a base. Protein? Check. Added 1/2 a can of tuna. Then I threw in some of the fresh raspberries yours truly picked, and crumbled up 1/2 an ounce of the hickory smoked goat cheese from the Farmer’s Market(oh yeah, this is as amazing as you’d think). Then I toasted up some of the Trader Joe’s 10-grain bread for crouton crunch. And lastly I took up a note from our favorite Everythingtarian and threw on some sunflower seeds, since apparently no salad is complete without them(and she was oh so right). I really know nothing about dressing, so I stirred up some tart yogurt, zesty lemon, and sweet agave on the side. It wasn’t quite a “dressing”, but now I know how to make lemon yogurt which I’m psyched about.

After that we stopped by the post office to fill out a form for a new passport. I don’t have a driver’s license because I’m… lazy and a city boy. So as my only source of ID it’s important my passport doesn’t expire, which it does in a month. They took my picture again and it actually wasn’t bad. i’ve always been worried somebody was going to call me out because I don’t look a thing like the fat 12 year old I was when I got my first passport.

Next up we went to Stop & Shop. In the circular it says Alvarado St. Bread is on sale this week for 3 dollars a loaf. Anyone ever try this? The website makes it seem so good and grainy. If you can’t tell by the way I’m writing, they didn’t have it 😦 I couldn’t even stock up on plain yogurt or oats since they were way too much there. I did get some other sale items though:

Stop And Shop Loot

Stop And Shop Loot

Stevia In The Raw is my sweetener of choice. Buffalo Bleu Kettle Chips are D-lish. You can actually taste the hint of bleu cheese, plus it’s all natural so you know it’s not some weird artificial bleu cheese flavoring. Awesome, no? I found 2 mini Bear Naked granolas. I’ve never tried them before since the big containers can be so expensive, but I figured I’d try these to see if they’re worth it. I got some aged swiss for super-sandwich lunches, and lastly some cocoa roasted almonds. These are amazing–perfect for when you want some cocoa but not quite chocolate. I had them in 100 calorie pack form before; I’ll be doing some serious damage with the big containers now. Oh, and of course there was one more (creamy) purchase:

Breyer's All Natural Smooth And Dreamy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Breyer's All Natural Smooth And Dreamy Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

We made a lot of space in the freezer yesterday so I thought I’d reward us. Mint is the perfect summer flavor; it freshens the palate and doesn’t feel to heavy. When I first scooped this I was a little concerned. It had almost a chalky texture. i couldn’t figure out if this wasn’t right or I was too used to frozen yogurt and soy products. I got it all in the cup, and nature intervened: My dog peed on the rug so I had to clean that up. When I finally got to the ice cream, it was slightly melted, which did wonders for the texture and the flavor. Suddenly it really was smooth and creamy, and the peppermint flavor definitely increased. I loved the chocolate chips in this, too, since they were nothing like the chocolate chips in Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Yogurt. These were thick, dark, and flavorful. Overall I loved this flavor, and the fact that it’s low fat just means I’ll be burning through the quart way faster.

I was still a little bummed about the bread, so I did some research and called another Stop And Shop down the road. They said they had it so we hopped back into the car. And guess what–no luck. We went to ANOTHER Stop And Shop which was just a mile further, and again nada. I’m definitely taking a break from Stop And Shop until I cool off from this experience. When we got home something was waiting for me.

A Lonely Unopened Package

A Lonely Unopened Package

Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Recipes, And A Letter From The National Peanut Board

Partially Defatted Peanut Flour, Recipes, And A Letter From The National Peanut Board

Remember how I came in 2nd in the Peanut Butter Boy’s competition? Lauren from the National Peanut Board congratulated me on my recipe and was kind enough to send me this to bake with. Not only that, my recipe might be featured in a future e-newsletter! Needless to say, I was pretty stoked. How many people are contacted by a National board? I can’t wait to start using this flour. Peanut flour is high in protein and fiber and great for athletes to cook with for that reason. Some of the recipes I was sent look great and I’ll be sure to be featuring them as I make them. I celebrated by getting a little nutty:

Emerald's Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Emerald's Cocoa Roasted Almonds

Ok, they aren’t quite peanuts but I’m sure the National Peanut Board and National Almond Board are on good terms with one another. Dinner was some delicious whole foods.

Chicken With Steak Sauce And Mustard, Broccoli, Yukon Gold Potato With Salsa, And Black Cherry Zevia

Chicken With Steak Sauce And Mustard, Broccoli, Yukon Gold Potato With Salsa, And Black Cherry Zevia

Mmm doesn’t the mustard on top of the steak sauce unmixed look so appetizing? My messy fork skills soon took care of that. The yukon gold potato was from the farmer’s market on Saturday, and the bright yellow inside was a testament to how fresh and nutritious it was. And see the glass of what looks like water in the top right? That’s the last Zevia flavor I had to try, the black cherry. You’d think with a name like that it’d be… black? I was confused too, but this was one of my favorite flavors. It was deliciously tart with a splash of soda-pep. It reminded me of cherry sprite if there is such a thing.

After dinner the ‘rents wanted to walk around the neighborhood. For once I really wasn’t feeling a walk, but who knows if that would be the last time before I go off to college so I signed myself up. Not bad, but I was totally waiting to dig into this the whole way around:

So Delicious Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

So Delicious Snickerdoodle Ice Cream

Boo for this not being available in quart size; my pint’s almost out 😦 I’ve got to say this is one of my favorite flavors of ice cream ever. I really wish a non-dairy free company would make it because I have a friend going to Brown with me who’s lactose intolerant and I know he’s going to be all over this if I keep it in my freezer 😛  Going into day 17 of straight running, I needed some more carbs clearly.

Banana Bread With Midnight Moo Sauce

Banana Bread With Midnight Moo Sauce

I’ve officially got a hold going on the bananas in this house so that they ripen and I can make another loaf. I like how the recipe had some chocolate chips but not a ton; that way you could eat it plain and have it still be a healthy and delicious breakfast, or you could add a little chocolate syrup and have a healthy and delicious dessert. Before I went to bed I had some english muffin lovin’ and a Maple Morning Cookie resurrected from the freezer, hoping the flax and wheat germ would work some magic on my legs overnight.

I woke up feeling a lot better and more willing to run than I thought I’d be. I did my favorite 6-miler, which is always easy to push through because it’s 3 miles to a church, around the town square, and straight back. I like telling myself I’m “half way there” when I’m half way to the church, which makes the whole thing seem shorter. I felt Larger Than Life at the start. When I started hitting them hills, I definitely could’ve Use Somebody, but I kept going. By the end I was soo hot and sweaty that I was making the Good Girls Go Bad. I ended up doing it in 48:15, which I liked.

I promised a rocksome breakfast right?

Peanut Butter Yogurt With Banana Nut Granola, English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Pineapple Banana Rum Jam, 1/2 A Banana

Peanut Butter Yogurt With Banana Nut Granola, English Muffin With Mighty Maple And Pineapple Banana Rum Jam, 1/2 A Banana

Anyone else see Mickey Mouse? Lemme speed ya through this: The english muffin and spreads are some oldies but goodies. What’s really innovative here it the left ear peanut butter yogurt. Yep, you read that right. For my first experiment with PB flour, I mixed 2 tablespoons with 6 ounces plain yogurt and a stevia packet(because the yogurt on its own is really tart). The result is something from the peanut gods. It has a  deliciously light, delicate peanut flavor, a lot like my favorite frozen yogurt from JP Licks. Not only that, but the nutrition is incredible. The yogurt(sans granola) has 16.5 grams of protein! Peanut flour has gotten something of a wrap as pb lite or diet food, but I think used properly it’s much more athlete food than anything else. In fact, one day it might be seen as a “super food”. Anybody else tired of being told to eat random berries harvested from the middle of nowhere that cost more than a pretty penny? Hopefully more American companies will get on the trend and mill some peanuts making this an affordable household flour alternative.

P.S. Speaking of yogurt go here if you love your greek yogurt(and, let’s face it, there’s about a 95% chance that you do): http://heatherbakes.com/2009/08/24/chobani-review-and-giveaway/

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Love the tuna salad with raspberries and goat cheese! Yum!

So muchh goodness going on in this post! I love those almonds! And Ice cream (both the minty flavor and the SNICKERDOODLE…HELLO!)…..oh and that salad makes me jealous! 😉


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