So, I guess I’m sort of a hoarder. Not in a “TLC-life series” sort of way, but in a “ee gad I won’t be able to find this again for I don’t know how long, do I really have to use it?” sort of way. Case in point: all of the canned pumpkin in our cupboards. Which, that pumpkin shortage is a total hoax, I can walk into price chopper this very minute and bathe in pumpkin if i wanted to. other showing of this? a plum i’ve had sitting since i went grocery shopping the week before last. i guess plums are out of season now, because where they once sat, there is a whole hoard of clementines pointing and laughing at my mourning. i don’t want clementines. i want plums.
well, i knew it was almost use it or lose it – plums aren’t canned, after all – and decided that the only way to give my beloved plums the proper funeral was in figgy plum oats. so i did it up with style.
- 2 T. bob’s grains & nuts, 3 T. bob’s peppy kernels, 1 T. wheat bran
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. purealmond
- 1/2 plum, diced
- 1 dried fig, chopped
- 1 T. chia seeds
- drizzle maple syrup
- chia-flax icing
- naturally nutty mocha pb
- chopped mixed nuts
- and a compote of the rest of the plum and a chopped dried fig simmered in almond milk and maple syrup.
This morning I once again woke up to gloomy skies – but I was okay with it. Why? Well, this weekend is suppsoed to be beautiful. Sunday, at least. I’ll take what I can get.
For morning snackage, I packed the usual banana and a Tera’s Whey Acai Berry protein shake – dilluted as usual.
I guess I was feeling rather savory this morning, as for lunch I packed a bbq tempeh panini on my homemade bread. It had baby spinach, roasted red pepper, and the last of my canned mushrooms and bbq tempeh. I used a little bit of BBQ sauce, too. It was a bit different from a usual lunch for me and was a little too much on the savory side. Oh well! The bread didn’t grow on me either, but it panini’d up quite nicely regardless.
It might have been better with some sharp cheddar. Know what else would be better with sharp cheddar? My whine. We’ll get there.
I packed this terrific trio to go along with it – though shortly after, that apple fell off the board as I was carrying it in and, once again, was donated to the horsey salad bowl. Luckily, that was one one of a giant bag of galas. And in case you were wondering about that missing hunk, why yes, I did think I wanted a Dr. Kracker last night and took a nibble only to decide I instead wanted pretzels.
Kardea Nutrition sent me a sampler pack of their bars to review, and this is my first one: chai spice. Lets take a moment to imagine my excitement when I saw that as a flavor! They immediately scored points for originality! I’d seen these bars on tons of other bloggers, so was excited to try them myself, too. It’s got pretty good ingredients, but it does use soy protein. This girl says it best here, and many of you know I’m not a huge fan of soy protein. I have, since my last rant about soy, however – realized that if I have gmo soy every so often, it’s not such a big deal. Regardless, I still avoid it if at all possible. If there’s a soy protein bar next to a non-gmo protein bar, I’ll likely buy the latter. So, take the soy protein for what it’s worth. On that fact alone, I can’t say I’d make these a daily bar – but since the ingredients are otherwise great, they’re low in sugar, for a protein bar are on the smaller side calorie wise (take that for what it’s worth, as well – positive for some people, negative for others) AND have a rockin’ chai spice flavor – I can’t say I’d boycott them entirely 😉
Each bar (well, I think, anyways) has 7g of Fiber and 7g protein, and are naturally sweetened. And, as I mentioned – this chai spice flavor is drop dead, roll over in your grave amazing. With all the natural bars on the market, you’ve got to have something to make you stand out – and this unique flavor definitely does. I don’t think I can stress how perfectly the hit the nail right on the head with the spices – but! it’s not too spicy. Have you ever accidentally made your chai tea too strong and it sort of burns your tongue? Nope, not like that. I also love the texture – similar to that of a Larabar, which is what I prefer when it comes to consistency and texture. One thing I will mention, however – is that if you’re very picky about texture, you may notice a slight “grittiness,” almost, to it. It didn’t turn me off by any means (maybe because it tasted so perfect) but just one thing to mention.
Today flew by at work. I hardly knew where the day went! It seemed like all of a sudden the skies were clear and sunny, and soon after that, it was time to go home. I think during school, I was subconsciously stressed out by it…I didn’t have a heavy workload in terms of school work, but now that I’m out for the summer – I feel so. much. more. relaxed. The only thing I can think is that I detested school even more than I’d thought. I’m glad to be back to my normal “I love work” self, though. And, rare for me – I hadn’t even thought about dinner. I loosely thought about portobello burgers this morning since I’ve got portobello caps – but late afternoon was really craving a sweet potato.
I just microwave-baked a sweet potato while quickly sauteeing some kale in a bit of water. Seasoned with salt and pepper and added in a chopped gala and some chopped red pepper. I also used the last of my apple-maple baked tempeh in it, and topped everything with some curry powder and cashews. Hit the spot, that is for durn sure!
And now I’m off 🙂 I’m thinking I might go to the farmer’s market tomorrow! Anyone have any exciting plans?!
I’ll Have the Sharp Cheddar with my Whine
So I haven’t spoken much of the “horse shopping” lately. Probably because I haven’t gone to see any lately, and am getting quite frustrated. It may seem easy – just find a horse, right? And sure, it’s fun at first – but once you’ve explored all your possibilities, you’ve sort of just got to wait until new ones pop up.
That’s not so easy to do when you’re dying to get back in the saddle. And the dressage ring. I’m not going to whine too badly to all you guys, but I will say we were sort of waiting a while (uh, three weeks, actually) to see a pony next week that my mom and I both felt really good about – thus sort of putting our search on hold. I called last night to set specifics and now we’ve yet to hear back from the lady, and I have this awful feeling in my gut that she’s going to change her mind on selling him. (in general, not to us) Maybe I could just be being pessimistic and she’s simply busy or has yet to get the message (I hope!) but I’m not so sure. So, that’s just a quickie update for you guys. Like I said, not going to whine or complain (that’s me telling myself that, in case you didn’t notice, haha)- there are worse things that could be happening for sure, and everything happens for a reason – I will find the right one eventually 🙂 Keep your fingers crossed for me! 🙂
Horse shopping is trickier than you’d think 😉 Anyone wanna ship me a Haflinger pony? I swear they’re everywhere but the northeast!