Did anybody else have a fly by Saturday?! I can hardly think that far back, but I started my morning with Mr. Farmar before enjoying this lovely kitchen sink oatmeal.
- 1 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts, 3 T. Bob’s Peppy Kernels, 1 T. Wheat Bran, 1 T. Ruth’s Chia Goodness (Cran-ginger)
- 1/2 c. water, 1/2 c. PureAlmond
- frozen blueberries
- frozen chopped sweet cherries
- shredded organic coconut
- drizzle maple syrup
- chia-flax icing
- Naturally Nutty White Choco Coconut PB
- and a compote of blueberries, sweet cherries, shredded cococnut, and a chopped date simmered in a splash of almond milk
I guess I was facing fruit indecision, hmm? Actually – ever since having the best jam ever (SaraBeth’s brand) that was blueberry-cherry, I have loved blueberry cherry. Especially since being able to find frozen cherries! I die. P.S. You all MUST try Peppy Kernels!
I had a new coffee this morning too – but obviously still Green Mountain. I had Heifer Hope!! This coffee is another reason why Green Mountain is so awesome.
“Heifer Hope Blend was created to support Heifer International’s fight against world hunger. With our support, Heifer helps coffee farmers diversify their incomes by raising livestock. We help raise awareness by showing people how their purchases can support sustainable development.”
I thought I had read, too, that a portion of sales were donated to Heifer International – but I don’t see that in the description now so maybe I made it up in my own head.
I woke up to a bit of drear again, but that was okay – I knew it was supposed to clear up. It was probably for best – I still had to clean my office in town, which was on the way to the farmer’s market and Hannafords. If it was beautiful I never would have wanted to stop in there!
But, eventually I found my way to the market. It was still a bit overcast and chilly, and I won’t lie…I didn’t behave myself very well. Case in point?
No, you’re not seeing this wrong, that is a loaf of bread. Yes, I just made a loaf of bread on Thursday. Normally I’m not this bad, since obviously, some of the bread I made is going to get wasted. And I hate wasting. But you see…I knew I was going to be faced with this temptation today, and I realized: it’s okay if you “waste” something you’re not crazy about. I eat to enjoy food. Sure, i can disguise some ingredients within a sandwich, but when it comes to the bread…well, you can’t fudge mediocrity there. And when I saw this seeded whole grain bread (cough-and the boys selling it-cough) I had to have a loaf. And that was that. And it was huge! That’s only half of it in the picture. Not kidding. The other half is in the freezer. You know what else it is? Pure bliss. There go my desires to find the perfect recipe to bake myself, because for $5.00, I can buy this and be 100% happy. And it was just baked this morning. And they gave me the largest loaf. I couldn’t say no when they asked, I mean really. By far the best bread I’ve ever had. Need I say more? “My” loaf will become horse treats and breadcrumbs. It won’t see the garbage, still 🙂
Random Story? As I was driving home I kept smelling McDonald’s French Fries. Well, actually – I couldn’t quite put my finger on the smell, but that’s the closest thing I could think of. It made sense at first since I was sort of near a McD’s – but as I still smelt it half an hour later, I was baffled. When I was unloading, I stuck my nose in the bread bag and realized it was the bread! I thought they’d wrapped it in plastic first (must not have fit) but I guess not – and it made my whole car smell great. Because once I realized it was fresh bread that I smelt and not greasy fries, I was much more able to appreciate the smell. I was starting to get a little concerned with the fact that I was thinking it smelt good, if the only conclusion I could draw was that it was fires from a fast food joint. Aha. That’s a long story. Don’t know why I needed to share. Do with it what you will.
I also bought this heavenly dressing by a man who totally knew how to sell a product. He had some amazing marinara sauce and balsamic vinegar as well, but I settled on this dressing. I’m not usually one for dressings – but it had a great sesame flavor and it was local. And he took a lot of time to explain reducing balsamic vinegar to me. Had I not just purchased sub-par balsamic, I would have gotten that for surely. Never had reduced balsamic before – when he poured me some and told me to drink it, I was baffled. And then pleasantly surprised.
And last, but not least – pear almond jelly and some goat cheese. I thought maybe I’d like the flavored goat cheese. And couldn’t resist the jelly, even if I am more of a fan of preserves and jams. Who says no to locally made pear-almond?
Other than that, there wasn’t much in the way of produce. Greens like spinach, lettuce, etc – but I still have plenty of spinach. So, I hit up Hannafords for some goodies (spaghetti squash!! and fiddleheads – what should I do with them?) but was a bit disappointed that there is not much in terms of fresh, in-season fruit at this time. I guess I’ll just be getting my fill of apples and bananas…
For some reason, my appetite hasn’t been much today! I wasn’t hungry for my morning snack, but had a banana anyways, and wasn’t much hungry for lunch by the time 12:30 hit. But then I read Susan’s post. And I was ready.
I went back to my savory-meets-sweet roots with this Katie-inspired tempeh panini. You may subconsciously be a vegetarian if you see a meat-based recipe and think “ooh, that’d be good with tempeh!” like I am always doing. Oh, well.
Not being one to follow destructions (well, that and I had no apricot preserves) I opened up this cranberry-orange-nut jam that I spotted at the co-op recently in place of the apricot jam Katie’s version called for.
To. Die. For. Even better was when it was mixed with some dijon, greek yogs, and cracked black pepper and smeared on that tdf bread – accompanied with baby spinach, red pepper, and tempeh. The tempeh was pan-fried real quick with some cinnamon, to boot. I died.
I enjoyed it with some fresh zucchini and that sesame dressing I picked up today. That stuff is gooood. I don’t like zucchini, but feed it to me with that dressing and I’m game.
Afterwards, I needed a little bit of a dessert, which came in the form of a hot applesauce mess.
Yes, please. Applesauce, NN almond butter, chopped dates, and some banana chips for dippage. I love really fresh banana chips. This, actually – is spitting image of another night time snack I’ll often have.
Fussed around with the caballos before getting snacky.
and then played with my food.
Aaaannd, now I’ll walk you through my dinner.
…need i say more?
Apologies in advance for tomorrow’s post, though. Lets just say…there’s been some recent developments that are causing lunches to already be packed, and my breakfast is gettin’ cozy in a tupperware 😀
Let’s Talk About…Sodium?
One thing you guys may not know about me (well, or may – I think I’ve casually mentioned it a tie or two before) is that i. love. salt. I mean, I guess I’m not as bad as I could be, but at the same time if I’m feeling lazy and maybe I didn’t cook something quite as flavorfully as I could have, I don’t hesitate to get a lil’ liberal with my friend the salt shaker. For the longest time, I had the thought of “well, I don’t have any health concerns that shouldn’t allow me salt – so why stop?” though recently I’ve been thinking about it more. But still wondering – how much is too much? Am I really out-of-hand, or am I actually pretty normal, considering the fact that the majority of people have problems with too much sodium because canned and pre-made goods are among the most commonly consumed in America. How often do I have dinner out of a can? That’s what I thought.
I looked to MayoClinic and found some interesting tidbits. My favorite part was that sodium is essential – the question is in how much sodium is essential. Sodium regulates the fluids in your body, and also helps to transmit nerve impulses. Furthermore, it influences the “contraction and relaxation of muscles.” All of this sodium is regulated by your kidneys. In short, too much leads to an increased blood volume, leading to your wonderful hearts’ overexertion. This has different effects on different people. Those who are sodium sensitive have an increased risk of high blood pressure, and some of us a re lucky enough to have kidneys that don’t mind our added salt. (thank you, kidneys.)
No matter what, however – your sodium intake does have an effect on your blood pressure. The “goal range” for adults is between 1500 and 2300 mgs a day. Equal to about 1 tsp of salt. The lower, the more beneficial to your blood pressure, and if you are above 50 or have high blood pressure already, kidney disease, or diabetes – you should certainly be aiming for the very low end. The median sodium intake for American women? Between 5800 and 7800 mg/day. Yep.
On average, the majority of sodium in a person’s diet comes from processed, canned, or packaged foods. Following that is sodium-containing condiments, and only after that is the salt that is naturally occurring in foods. Meat, poultry, dairy products…check.
The difficulty lies in the fact that often…something may not necessarily taste salty – but likely still contains a good amount of sodium. Take most breads, for instance. Often times, pre-packaged meals may not even necessarily taste salty, but you’d be shocked to look at the label and find that a serving also fulfills a day’s worth of sodium intake. We can, however – unlearn to be salt addicts, since salt is an acquired taste. But! Don’t cut it out completely – our body, like most things that can be bad in mass amounts – needs it to function.
What’s your take? Do you think you over-do it on your salt intake? Do you feel like you should cut back? I guess I’m both routes. When I buy canned beans, tomatoes, etc, I’ll always grab the low-sodium version. I was also a bit relieved (in a for me way) to see that the majority of sodium comes from canned or processed foods – those of which I don’t rely on daily, anyways. But, I was still curious. Here’s some of what I ate today, and their salt content: (note: based on serving size – not nec. how much I had)
- Grains & Nuts Cereal, Peppy Kernels – 0mg
- Ruth’s Chia Goodness – 120 mg
- Cashews – 100 mg
- PureAlmond – 150 mg
- Fage 0% – 85 mg
- Dijon – 70 mg
- blueberries – 10 mg
Stuff without labels and fresh fruit and veggies I’ve had I didn’t care to check – basically because I’m not going to cut out natural veggies for sodium content. I investigated a little too – a can of reduced sodium red beans contained 150 mg/serving, compared to some regular garbanzo beans with 470 mg/ serving. Luckily – there are ways to help cut back sodium on stuff like that – rinse well in a colander before using! I tried finding something really high just for kicks, but couldn’t.
So – after my mini investigation, deduced that I’m not as concerned about my blood pressure any more 😉 At least next to my salt shaker is my water bottle?