Oh, darn – looks like I’ve been the only one kooky enough to attempt eating the who artichoke leaves! Luckily, I’m alive to tell the tale, and my stomach suffered no adverse affects. I wasn’t sure what all the fiber would do to me. TMI? Sorry.
I had work today even though it’s Tuesday, due to the fact that my co-worker is out for the week. I jump-started my morning with a Blueberry Mania – blueberry-coconut cream pie, anyone? I’ll take ten.
- Grains & Nuts, Wheat Bran, Peppy Kernels
- Boss Nova Acai Juice + Blueberries, water, Pure Almond
- blueberries (frozen)
- shredded unsw. coconut
- trail power
- chia seeds
- blueberry chia-flax icing
- Mae’s toasted coconut butter
- and a compote of the last of my frozen blueberries, some dried cherries, and shredded unsweetened coconut – simmered in some almond milk.
Oh, yes, you got it. Maple syrup! I had the lovely substance out, but just didn’t think I needed it – using fruit juice is a great sweetener for oats. What’s the craziest liquid you’ve ever used in oats? Kahlua oats might not be so bad…
I sipped on some of Green Mountain’s Heifer Hope and enjoyed some of your lovely blogs before packin’ my day away. Oh, and enjoyed the sounds of the neighbors dogs barking up a storm. Not.
I grabbed a banana and some Nature Valley Granola Nut Clusters of the cashew variety (that didn’t get eaten until the drive home)…
Not being any ordinary Joe who throws away jam jars, I viewed my now-empty Crofter’s jar as the perfect greek yogurt and cottage cheese transportation vessel. I added in a little of Barlean’s flax oil, too.
I just worked a half-day (well, 3:00) so I could help out at the barn a bit afterwards. This protein-packed lunch kept me full for the rest of the afternoon, though! It was dreadfully hot today – record breaking, if I heard correctly. It was crazy! That said, we didn’t do much with the horses at the barn. Karma bit me, since that was why I didn’t work a full day – on the drive home I was stuck behind a huge tractor driving 10 miles below the speed limit, and then all of a sudden flooring it. Over and over. It was a dusty dirt road. My air conditioning in the Jeep is broken. If you’re doing the math right, you’re picture me sweating my bum off, breathing in dust coming through the vents for a good 25 minutes. Seriously, dude…why are you so rude? Obviously, I wouldn’t have thrown as much dust in his face, and I would have gone the speed limit so it wouldn’t have even been a problem. Common courtesy would have been pulling off to the side of the road.
Especially since I was immediately lifted when I arrived home and my mom and Henry were in the process of putting in air conditioners. Oh, thank God. I helped Mom with mine before immediately hopping in the shower.
This is becoming needlessly long about my personal problems, so lets look at dinner.
Salads may be back in my life! I’ve always said I’m too “lazy” to make myself a good salad – but this was all I was craving tonight. Such summer food! I crumbled up a chickpea cutlet and mixed with some local spinach and buttercrisp lettuce, a chopped gala apple, scallions, broccoli, dried maple sweetened cranberries, and thai spiced cashews before dressing with a quick mix of maple dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar. And some bread for dippage.
And you know these chickpea cutlets are winners when I love eating them on a daily basis. I’m the one who usually gets bored of leftovers! Though with the heat we’ve had lately – I’ve been way more eager to take the easy way out when it comes to dinner.
I hope everyone’s staying cool! Mouse is currently sprawled on my floor – poor guy looks beat! Hopefully none of you are doing the same 😉