… Friday already! And a rainy one, at that. I suppose I shouldn’t complain – it was supposed to rain all week, but we really lucked out with some gorgeous summer-like weather, for the most part. It was almost too hot!
Ever since seeing these beautiful blackberries on sale in the store yesterday, I’ve been thinking about how good they would be in oats! I was a little bummed upon waking that the weather didn’t necessarily scream “Spring!” as much as they did – but I went with the flow, nonetheless.
- 1 T. oat bran, 1 T. Rolled Barley Flakes, 2 T. Bob’s 5 Grain, 1 T. Wheat Bran
- 1/2 c. brewed coffee, 1/2 c. almond milk
- trail power
- vanilla extract
- some chopped fresh blackberries
- 3/4 T. chia seeds (or thereabouts)
- pomegranate-blueberry-vanilla (!!!) chia-acai icing
- slivered almonds
- chopped dates
- Wilderness Poets Rumi’s Hempspread
- and a compote of fresh blackberries and some shredded coconut in almondmilk.
Remember those Barleans samples I picked up from the co-op the other day – the flax oil? I decided to use one packet in my yogurt icing! Verdict? Love. It. Tastes soooo good, and I love the texture way more than mixing flax into my oats. Because, well – it doesn’t turn my oats into a sticky mass, it just mixes into the yogurt, haha. They have a bunch of awesome flavors. I’m thinking I might order a small bottle, or see if the co-op sells them. Vanilla would be heavenly, but I think that’s the only flavor they don’t make! Does anybody else use flax oil? I wanted to mix it directly into the oats, but I wasn’t sure if that much heat would be bad, since I know flax oil is extremely sensitive.
Being re-united with coffee options was also delightful. I enjoyed some Green Mountain Southern Pecan with some almond milk. Southern Pecan is, hands down, one of my favs. Annnd, this was my first Rumi’s in oats experience! It was okay – but I think I prefer it on a sandwich 🙂 On the one hand it was a nice almost-savory balance to the sweetness of the berries, but on the other hand – I think some coconut butter would have done this bowl well.
The thing I hate about blackberries, raspberries – fruits of that nature? The seeds! haha. But, they really added so much flavor to the whole bowl. I find some fruits definitely make the whole bowl taste like them, and others not so much (nectarines, pears). Blackberries definitely spread their deliciousness throughout the bowl, even though I didn’t use a ton!
I grabbed a banana and an apple-date oat bran breakfast muffin for my morning snack. Yum! I am loooving these muffins. So, so good, and they stayed moist, too. I hate how sometimes, something will be amazing fresh out of the oven, but then the next day, or even a couple hours later – not so much. Not the case with these babies. Same goes for the cooookie cookies! Not to mention, full of good-for-you deliciousness…I didn’t feel bad swapping nuts out for one because I knew it would keep me just as satisfied until lunch time.
On a separate note – has anybody ever walked around with chia seeds stuck in their teeth? No? Oh, uh…me neither. I would never do something so silly!!
…okay, maybe I would. Yeah – totally that girl today. I brush my teeth before I eat lately – and for the most part am paranoid about having stuff stuck in my teeth (hah – isn’t everyone?!) and remmeber to check before going to work…but not today. I was in the middle of working with a customer when I felt something…and if you’ve ever had a chia seed stuck in your teeth – you know it’s a chia seed because of the gel. Yeah – so embarassed. I don’t think it was noticeable too much. One can hope. It was off to the side. Humiliating story of the day.
Do you have any funny/embarrassing foodie-esque stories?
Lunch today was a slice of that heavenly bread that I toasted in the toaster-oven at work and spread with some of the fig and chevre sandwich spread that I made yesterday. Guys, this spread is so. dang. good. Gahhh! Sorry you can’t see the final absolutely gorgeous and delicious final product – but just take my word for it…I almost died and went to heaven. It’s a super simple mix of dried figs, scallions, goat cheese, and a splash of milk – combined to make something truly heaven-sent went enjoyed on a warm, toasty slice of thick, hearty multi-grain bakery bread.
Enjoyed with the leftover kale and apples from last night, as well as a mix of cottage cheese, plain greek yog, and strawberries – which was doused in cinnamon once at work, and rounded out the meal with a lovely fruit and nut truffle for dessert. Okay, so I just grabbed the last two out of the freezer. In my defense, one was for a motivational truffle so I would stop and clean the office after work rather than having to go into town this weekend 🙂 That, and – they’re not exactly your typical truffles. I need to make more tomorrow! (and, apparently more cookies, too!)
I saved some boredom with a perfect plum shortly after lunch. Okay, and because I was craving it as soon as I remembered I packed it.
…and tried a new Gnu Bar flavor as the afternoon progressed, too. Once again, this company did not disappoint.
Being the cinnamon-raisin junkie I am, I hoped this bar would knock my socks off just as much as the rest of their flavors I’ve tried. And oh, man – it did, a hundred times over! I don’t know why these bars aren’t easier to find in stores. They are easily among the best I’ve had, and you seriously can’t argue with the ingredients, nutrition, and taste. They’re also pretty unique – sure, you can find boatloads of protein bars – but fiber bars aren’t quite as abundant! Even if you don’t need so much help getting all your daily fiber, they still have more protein than your average snack or granola bar that I’ve compared them to. Can’t wait to keep trying all the flavors – and you better believe I’ll be placing an order online as soon as I’m out!! They are having an amazing deal right now online – so I suggest you do, too – if you don’t win my giveaway, that is!
I was able to leave work a bit early, so I stopped and cleaned the office on the way home. Glad I got it out of the way to enjoy my weekend, and didn’t argue with being let out early, either. I was printing, mounting, spraying, and cutting prints for a photo competition for half the day, which gets extremely tedious. The other half was spent unpacking a massive load of shipping supplies and other random stuff. Maybe not my favorite activity – but I actually quite enjoy printing and mounting prints, so it was still a good day 🙂
You guys might hate me, but dinner was yet another showing of beans and bread.
Hey – what can I say?! It’s just that good…not to mention, when I’ve got bread that fresh and delicious at my disposal and a serving of beans left to use – girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! Guess I’ll have to find a new obsession soon. I’ve got my money on that fig spread.
I haven’t had asparagus in ages! So naturally, had to see if I still liked it 🙂 I sauteed in some Smart Balance and garlic, and drizzled with a greek-yog nooch sauce. They were alright – but I remember them as being one of the only veggies I liked as a kid, so I was sort of surprised they didn’t rock my world. What’s your favorite way to prepare asparagus?
I enjoyed a cookie for dessert along with a mini hot-applesauce mess. It’d been a while! I’ve realized that I consider my “job” as a foodblogger over once I’ve eaten dinner. I’ll have to have a “Jess: Behind the Scenes” post with a compilation of all the snacks I have from dinner until bed time, haha.
I realized tonight, I think for the first time – that I may look into seriously considering a food-related career. Coming home, cooking, prepping veggies, hearing the sizzle of fresh veggies sauteeing in the pan, the aromas, plating – everything, really – just brings me so much relaxation and contentment. I love letting my mind run wild. With food, I can do anything I want. Sure – that doesn’t mean it will be good. But that adds to the fun. Who really can say something will work or decide what’s good when they haven’t discovered for themselves? I think part of the fascinating thing about food, too, is that everybody loves different things. It’s such a huge sense of uniqueness. I think that could be just as equally frustrating. I feel bad saying some sort of food is awful on here, because one of you may very well love it! Not only that, but to me – it’s an art form. I can play with my food again! I don’t remember if I ever delved into it on here, but a major push for finally starting a food blog is the fact that I started viewing all my meals as an art form to photograph when I hadn’t been taking many photos lately. I just needed to hear that shutter click on a daily basis again! From there, it kept encouraging me to play, and I think really brought about what is now just plain adoration of new recipes, new food, and new flavors. I am wondering where it will take me – is this what I want to “do” with my life?
How did you get into foodblogging? Were you already a huge foodie, or did blogging enhance it? Similarly, I feel like doing too much of something you think you love, can make you turn against that love. Are there any ex-bloggers reading, who maybe quit because they found it destroyed their love of food experimentation?