Seems to be that I’ve been on a roll lately. With what, you ask? Well, closely examine last night’s meal and this morning’s banana figgy oats. What do they have in common? If you ask me, I’d say they both lack in the visual department. Luckily, the other thing they have in common is that they don’t lack in the taste department.
After practically dreaming about the combination of melted mashed banana with maple syrup and sunbutter ever since having it Sunday morning, I knew I’d have to do the melted banana and sunbutter with hot oats. And that, I did.
The base contained:
- 1 T. Wheat Bran, 2 T. Bob’s Grains & Nuts, 3 T. Bob’s Peppy Kernels
- 1/2 c. coffee, 1/2 c. PureAlmond
- 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
- 1 dried fig, chopped
- drizzle maple sryup
- 1 T. chia seeds
And topped with:
- chia-flax icing
- honey roasted peanuts
- TJ’s Sunflower Seed Butter
- and a nuked mashed, melted banana mixed with some chopped dates
…and a drizzle of maple syrup. Oh, how I loved those gobs of salty sunflower seed butter mixed with the sweet, ooey-gooy banana, and the popping of the figgy seeds with each bite.
To round out the meal? Why, Green Mountain’s Southern Pecan, of course. perhaps a random selection for the morning since pecans were otherwise nowhere in site. This flavor seems to be my go-to though, eh?
I’m pretty sure no one wants to see pretty food, anyways. We all know that the ugly food tastes the best, right? right?!
You all had some great suggestions pertaining to packing food while traveling! I don’t think I’ve ever had to pack in preparation for breakfast, so I totally even forgot to think about that! It was great reading everyone’s tips, especially since I’m probably the one who goes on “real” trips the least out of all of us! I just seem to find myself on the road a lot, I guess 😉 Some of the pointers I read that made me think “oh gosh, why didn’t I think of that/include that?” Were:
- Jess mentioned oatmeal packs (they do make reasonable instant oatmeal packs, contrary to popular belief! And if you can’t find any in your area, who says you can’t pack a serving or two in a ziploc bag or resealable container?) as well as portable nut butter packs. Now that’s a good one. And you know what, if you wanted a PB & J, you could just pack some bread and grab some portable nut butter and jam packs!
- Ashley (at Food, Fotos, and Fun – but my computer won’t let me go to your site!) mentioned single-serve applesauce and cold cereal. I have a hunch hotel breakfasts are getting better in offering oatmeal packs & better cold cereals based on reading about other bloggers’ stays – but you never know, right?! And a hearty breakfast is the only way to start any day – especially if it’s one where you’ll be walking around, taking in the sights!
- aaaand, I’m just gonna go ahead and quote Mo because she packed tons of useful tips into an itty bitty comment 🙂 “
"This doesn't necessarily work for someone driving but I like packing granola in a little plastic baggie with a plastic spoon and eating a little when I'm hungry on the road because it's cheaper than buying snack bars. I also always slice up any fruit that has a core, like apples, and place it in a baggie so it's not as messy to eat. Adding a tiny drizzle of lemon juice to the apple makes it not go brown so it's all good. Actually, even the juicier fruits are okay to eat if you pack them in a sturdy container and bring along a fork. Just not good for when you're driving, again. XD I'm also really big on packing veggies which I've cut into sticks. And like you said, it's a good idea to pack some baked goods. Even things like roasted chickpeas are a great on-the-road snack. :) Also, bring along a bag for the trash. No one likes sitting in banana peels."
I ran into town today to talk with the barn chicka to iron out the deets of le pony’s arrival. Unfortunately, it won’t be until the first weekend in June 😦 Better late than never, though – right? He needs a rabies shot before he can be brought to the barn, and the vet isn’t going out until the 25th. I don’t blame them for not wanting to travel on Memorial Day – so the next best is the weekend after. Ohhhh well 🙂 We talked for a good long bit – and she even mentioned that a yoga class will be starting up at the barn at 6:00 on Wednesdays!! I am so excited.
That excitement held through my drive home and unsuccessful shopping trip to Rite Aid (I wanted to see if there was a new Clean Eating mag out) because as soon as I got home I did a yoga sculpt from yogadownload.
Well, I actually grabbed a small hunk of bread with almond butter and did laundry first because otherwise I would have to start wearing my mom’s t-shirts and jeans, but that’s besides the point. Dawnelle made my legs shake like no other, and afterwards I put my pumpkin to use and baked pumpkin bran muffins. I winged it, basing it off of my carrot-maple bran muffins. I discovered I must be in another world when typing, because I said that I used 1/3 cup stevia AND 1/3 cup maple syrup. I have never used both stevia and maple syrup. That and 1/3 cup of stevia is an ungodly amount.
Whilst they were cooking, I made lunch.
I took the other half of my delicious loaf from the farmer’s market out when I got home, so it wasn’t ready for lunch time. I gave my homemade loaf another chance, and it’s actually a lot better than I remembered telling myself it was when there were beautiful seeded multigrain loaves right in front of me and some mighty fine bakers. I mean, if you put enough roasted red peppers, spinach, tempeh, garlic lovers hummus, and local pepper goat cheese between two pieces of slate, it’d taste okay. I only chose slate because I live near a bunch of slate quarries. Maybe marble would work better for you.
And “apple dippers”!
My mom found these Seneca Apple Crisps yesterday that someone left at school. Sounds weird, but she’s grounds maintenance and when kids leave for the summer, they leave all. sorts. of goodies behind. We actually have a new huge fridge for that reason. But, back to the point – these were in a cutesy little resealable bag (unopened, don’t worry) and brought them home.
I was pretty full so I only had one to try, but they’re pretty good! I could do with a little less canola oil so they taste less “chippy” – but compared to potato chips, these are the bad notes. And the remainder of the bag contributed to some homemade apple pie larabars 🙂
See how I make them in itty bitty balls?! They’re the perfect munchy, I promise! I stole a small one before going on a ride with my mom when she got home. Although, before any of that happened, I had to sample a muffin. I was full, but had to make sure they were up to par, so just sampled a half of a small one fresh out of the oven.
…but a couple hours and a horseback ride later, I was hangry.
I used up the last itty bitty bit of my Naturally Nutty White Chocolate Coconut PB on half a Dr. Kracker 3 seed. I just wanted a little something to dull my hunger – it was time to start making dinner, not snack!
I made Veganomicon’s Quinoa and Chickpea pilaf for my mom and I. I think it may be the first time I followed a recipe to a T, too. Granted, it was pretty simple so that may be a primary contributor as to why. In the mix:
- tomato paste
- cumin, salt, black pepper, basil
It was delicious! And a major hit – always a bonus. I topped mine with feta and cashews. Unfortunately, I spilled some of the quinoa before it all made it to the pot, so I had a larger dessert than usual, and right away…
…and since there was a camera in my other hand, figured why not document this lovely bowl of So Delicious Chocolate “non-dairy frozen treat,” with shredded coconut, banana chips, and Naturally Nutty Cherry Almond Butter?
…my point exactly.
Did anybody else catch the bit about pesticides and ADHD in kids? I suppose it should come as no surprise that a new study is pointing fingers at pesticides commonly used on non-organic fruits and veggies as a new cause of ADHD. When you’re using something with the intention to damage nerve connection in the brain of the bugs that feed on it, why wouldn’t it have a similar effect on the people that feed on it? The disruption of these neurotransfers is also linked to ADHD. Past studies were done primarily on farm-workers, yet for some reason, researchers are just now looking at the effects these pesticides have on children. And it is children who are affected most – not so much adults.
Of course, there’s still no direct, official tie between ADHD and pesticides – but it certainly seems feasible, right? I’m sure more studies will be done, but this is the first big one to take place. I’m actually a bit surprised at that fact, however. This is the sort of story that makes you think – what’s going to be bad 5 years from now? Sure, pesticides have never been good – but I’m fairly certain when I was growing up, organic was far less abundant and talked up.
So! Don’t forget our Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list, and know that even when not organic, farmer’s market finds tend to be far lower in pesticides.
I just did a quick little blurb – but if you want to read more, you should definitely give the article a peak. It goes beyond just talking about ADHD, and gets into the pesticides aspect of things, too.