A Weighty Issue

I don’t like to talk about weight, calories, good for you vs. bad for you, etc etc etc on here. For many reasons. Primarily because I don’t like preaching and pushing my beliefs on others (although, one could argue that since I don’t count calories, I’m pushing that no one should, but we’re not going to get that technical here.) (Rebakah, this is starting to sound like your post! Don’t worry, I’m not stealing your idea.)

If people don’t want to eat healthy, that’s their thing, I’ve got mine. It’s what makes the world go ’round.

But, it’s come to my attention, that someone that is near and dear to my heart really needs to lose some weight. The worst part? I’m not helping the issue. See, I give him tons of goodies. I’m practically making him fat, just because I enjoy his company and friendship. He’s trying to lose and get fit – really, he is! – and then I come waltzing in with a bag full of cookies to feed him while I just watch him. It’s like there’s no “full signal,” in his body. He just keeps eating.

And eating.

And eating.

Heck, he’ll even eat it if it’s bad, just so long as it winds up in his belly.

I call this "finding my legs."

Yes, my dears – we’re talking about Teddie. I weight-taped the little pooper today so I could properly deworm him, and he’s nearly half a ton! Nine-hundred and eighty big ones.

This is what half a ton of pure cute looks like. I call this "awww, mom...C'mon. It's muscle!!"

Newsflash – he’s a pony. (For giggles, I height-taped him, too. He’s about 14.1 ish because I know you guys couldn’t go about your daily lives without knowing that.)

And this is entitled "Hey, did you just hear the grain bin, too?"

So, it’s time to buckle down. No more half-hour grazing fiestas just for fun. (Not to mention it’s spoiling him. The hardest part of working with him is getting him to want to go back in his pasture.

Teddie and I forget that we have eyeballs to keep open when we smile.

Oh, well. Soon his work load will be going up. And I’ll just say it’s half a ton of pure muscle. And he’s a Haflinger…I mean, he uses all that weight to pull logs! (me being the log, I guess.)

Anyways, moving along. Granted you’re all still reading and didn’t click off my blog as soon as you thought I was bashing a friend’s eating habits πŸ˜› Today was a fun day!

It’s been a while since I’ve been cookin’ in the kitchen, and oh did I miss it. Horses and heat had been sort of preventing me from doing my Tuesday and Thursday baking – so I made up for it today. Sort of πŸ˜‰ I always get more ideas after the fact. Like “ooh, should have done this! Should have done that!” But, what’s done is done.

I tried my hand at some Chunks of Energy, and even though they turned out more like Thins of Energy, they taste delicious!

You will need:

  • 1/2 c. oats (doesn’t matter what kind – they’ll be getting processed anyways)
  • 1/4 c. (generous) salted, roasted cashews
  • 2.5 T. Xagave
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • water (as needed)
  • 2 T. (generous) nut butter
  • 2 T. The Organic Whey
  • 1/4 c. dried fruit
  • 1 T. sunflower seeds
  • 1 T. wheat germ

Combine the oats and cashews in a processor…

I've never had a processor this HUGE before. I was a little intimidated.

…and process until some chunks are still left. Drizzle in the agave until you get this sort of consistency:

Slightly clumpy but crumbly, and able to be packed into a ball.

Add in your peanut butter, cinnamon, and protein powder.

Just pretend the whey is in there - I did this the difficult...uh..."whey," I'm telling you guys to do it the easy "whey."

…and process, streaming in water until it forms into a solid clump. Or two. Ish.

Clumpy!

Transfer to a medium sized bowl, and add in your dried fruit (I used trail power), sunflower seeds, and wheat germ. Next time I’d add even more nuts – chopped almonds, chopped cashews, etc…but I didn’t feel like chopping. Additionally, the trail power was the winner because it was the only dried fruit I had, save for apricots, which I wasn’t feelin’. It’s really a blank canvas for you to add whatever ya wanna.

All together now!

And once it’s all together, press into a tupperware (or whatever, really – but since chilling is important, a tupperware will make your life easy.)

Chill for a while and then cut them however ya wanna. In hindsight, if I wanted chunks I should have used a smaller container so that they could be thicker – but oh, well. Next time I’d probably just double the recipe. I didn’t want to make a huge batch and have a bunch of fails if that was what happened.

My verdict: I love the chewiness and peanut-buttery-ness! It’s got a great P.B. taste without using half a jar (because, lets face it…I kinda grimmace when I have to go through half a jar for one recipe.) I kept them simple with the add-ins this time – I was challenging myself! I tend to just throw in the kitchen sink, but I restrained and went with KISS this time.

Next up was a recipe I’d been eyeballing for a while…Averie’s Crackers!! I don’t know why it took me so long – I will never go back to buying munchies because these are bomb.

Components

I made a few alterations to the original recipe simply because I wanted a savory cracker rather than sweet. And I found a bug in my flaxseeds. Oik. I used:

  • 1/4 c. cashews
  • 1/4 c. chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. sunflower seeds
  • 2 T. sesame seeds
  • 1 T. milled flax
  • garlic salt, pepper, paprika

Not pretty. Tasty.

And when I spread them out, I topped them with smoked sea salt, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds.

…And these came out! Holy yum. Seriously. Stop buying crackers and make these. I can only imagine them being even better with flax seeds, but the cashews are quite pleasant. They’re divine alone or with a friend. That friend being garlic hummus.

I’ll credit my finally pumping out something in the kitchen to two things.

One being waffles with blueberries for breakfast…

(with iced coffee, of course)

The icing today being made with sunflower butter rather than peanut πŸ™‚

whoops. Sorry for getting a little carried away with that loveliness. Back on track, here…the other being swamp water my first ever green monster. In a bowl.

Oh, yes. Went there. Sucked it up, and just went for it. Even made a special stop for spinach.

Well, that might be a partial lie. The store having gelato had a lot to do with it. I opted for chocolate chip today rather than coconut. Mixin’ it up, nah mean?

Which is strange because I’m not usually a chocolate chips in ice cream kinda gal. I don’t like hard things in my frozen treats. But I must have subconsciously known that these wouldn’t be chips – but rather shavings. Think almost cookies and cream. And homemade chips, even!! So yum.

Ehem. But the monster. The monster was gooood.

  • spinach
  • 1/2 c. greek yog
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 c. almond milk
  • drizzle agave
  • i give up, i have no mmory of what i put in it, and based on its’ appearance, it’s anybody’s guess. sorry, kids.

I can tell you that the toppings of peanut butter, quick oats, and dates was supreme. Nacho supreme?

Also motivating?

Surprises from friends! Rebekah saw my desperate cry out for the carrot cake Larabars and went above and beyond hooking me up. Thank you SO much, girl! Can’t wait to try one πŸ˜€ P.S. Β I guess maybe the horses are rubbing off on my food preferences?

Is this not the cutest card ever, btw?

After all my rendezvousing in the kitchen, more pony-playing occured. See, Georgie’s still alive!

And Maya too…

Let us out, let us out, let us out!

And to wrap this up, a quick dinner.

I was going to get creative and try a new pasta dish – but the window passed and I was hungry. So, I threw together whole wheat penne, roasted broccoli, garlic, tomato (the first one from the garden!!!) with a little bit of olive oil and feta cheese. Topped wif some cashews and enjoyed πŸ™‚

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29 responses to “A Weighty Issue

  1. Jen

    Oh my gosh I’m so jealous! I’ve been DYING to try the carrot cake Larabar and the stores by me don’t carry it yet! I can’t even find coconut cream pie which are my fave. 😦 Either way, enjoy them enough for the both of us. K? K! πŸ™‚

  2. AAaahh it was about Teddie! I seriously thought you were feeding up your best friend or something ha! Poor Teddie – I feel for him! And us, as poor owners of lardy horses, when we just want to treat them all the time 😦 it’s so hard NOT to give them treats when they look so cute..Chika even has a treat face she pulls when she knows I’m witholding something :p
    Love all the baking stuff – they both look delicious!

  3. Okay, how do you manage to make so many delicious things in one day? Seriously. I can pump out a banana bread or some cookies every once in a while, and I think that’s a pretty good accomplishment, but it pales in comparison to the things that come out of your kitchen. Hmpf. Show off πŸ˜› You even make me tempted to revisit the world of green monsters, and I have some pretty bad memories of those!

    Is it bad that I kind of wish I were your pony so I could enjoy all sorts of goodies, too? πŸ™‚

  4. you are MORE than welcome to discuss anything i blog about! heck, you can trash talk me if you want πŸ™‚

    and let me know how they taste… i’ve put off ordering some for myself.
    -r

  5. Haha, I love the way you brought up the Teddie project! At first I thought you were talking about your dad or something…too funny. We used to overfeed our dog, until we realized that he was a porker and needed a diet.

    SO JEALOUS of those Larabars! I’m still on the lookout…

  6. Amanda @ HopeHasAPlace

    Oh no! Perhaps he’s a little tubby for a pony, but he’s still the darn cutest pony around! Best wishes for Teddie’s get-fit program… he’ll be mighty disappointed without all his yummies.

    Speaking of which, you were quite busy baking your own! I’m quite impressed!

  7. Hi there! I’m a new reader, but I just wanted to say that I’m totally captivated by your colorful photography and spirited writing πŸ™‚

    Teddie is really beautiful… your story kind of reminds me of my friend’s horse. Every time I visited him (she was teaching me how to ride), we would bring him frozen grapes and all sorts of treats… horses are so easy to spoil πŸ™‚

    I hope you tell us how you like the carrot cake Larabars; they sound delicious!

  8. This really hit close to home for me…my boy cat is huge! He is still a baby and he is just a monster! He has no grace either. He just falls over whenever he is going to lay down! He’s cute though, so I will let it slide! That was a nice gift! I was looking for those for you for the BSI win. I have not forgotten…I was on a mission. Oh well, at least you got some. Have a great night Jessica.

  9. Oh – poor Teddie!!!!! I still think he’s the cutest pony around – and lucky him – he gets to enjoy all of your yummy creations!!!!! I am still in awe of your everyday food creations!!!!! Great recipes that i will definately give a try!!!! xo aimee

  10. I am on a mission to find the carrot cake lara bars!! I love carrots…love larabars never had carrot cake though. I have gone to every store around…lara must not like long izzlee.

    ps: do you keep your flax in the fridge, that has happen to me with moths…but when you keep it in the fridge it stays supa’ fresh with no bugs πŸ˜€

  11. Teddie’s so cute..how could you not give him treats and spoil him to bits?? πŸ˜€

  12. teenagehealthfreak

    I love your quote, “If people don’t want to eat healthy, that’s their thing, I’ve got mine. It’s what makes the world go ’round.”…it’s so true!! I’ll be using it a million times this coming year at school if you don’t mind..it’s so annoying when people bother me about how I eat..GOSH PEOPLE I WANT TO EAT HEALTHY. I LOVE IT. just cause you like mcdonalds doesn’t mean I do. sry for the minor vent here..but gosh!!! and your food looks fab today!!! {{I spent some time with Scottie!! things went well..he even followed me back to the fence..i was really excited..so maybe trmo..halter time??..maybe}} πŸ™‚

  13. You just reminded me how long it’s been since I made granola… yours turn out so well! I need a food processor… like now!

  14. Those are cute “thins of energy”! Love your creation as always πŸ™‚

  15. You & Teddie are the cutest thing EVER! What a handsome little fat kid! Good luck with getting him to lose weight!

    Chunks of Energy is an awesome name and they look yummy too. & I really want to try the carrot cake Larabars! You’ve got me craving for them! I might just have to improvise my own because I don’t think I can wait til grocery day.

  16. So I’m anxiously awaiting your review of the Carrot Cake larabars…I adore carrot cake and I adore lara bars so I’m feeling pretty optimistic. Such a cute post today, by the way, you made me laugh and I need some levity after a long day! And what great treats you made…those crackers would be perfect with some goat cheese or guacamole.

  17. Hahaa this post made me smile πŸ™‚ but Teddie is so cute and adorable it’s going to be so hard not to give him treats when he looks at you with his big pleading eyes which say ‘please mommy…’ hahaa! He’s such a cutie!
    And I totally agree with Amanda, you are so amazing at creating so many yummy things all in one day – it’s really quite a talent! I get proud of myself for baking just one thing
    Aaahh you’ve got the carrot cake larabars..tell me what they’re like!!

  18. Michelle

    Too many awesome eats for one post! I also love all the pictures of Teddie! He’s a keeper for sure no matter how chubby the guy gets πŸ˜‰

  19. Haha, you crack me up!!! πŸ™‚

    What a delicious day!

  20. You have no idea how happy it made to me realize you were talking about Teddie πŸ˜› Hehe! I actually know how you feel.. Rayne was a bit scrawny when I got her so I was pumping her full of treats. She’s now at an optimal weight, and I am having a hard time cutting back! I don’t want her to start tipping the scales, especially because I haven’t been working her as hard 😑 Yipe!

    … uhh all this food looks amazing. I am so jealous πŸ™‚ Especially that green monster! I’ve never actually tried making one, but it looks so refreshing and summery πŸ™‚

    ❀ Tat

  21. I think Teddie still looks adorable with a little extra chub! He’s like a really cute tubby baby!

    I love your baking posts! I’m always amazed by how much baking you manage to squeeze in to just one day. I love the looks of those chunks of energy but, like usual, I’m missing a bunch of the ingredients. I guess it gives me an excuse to hit up Whole Foods and buy them? πŸ˜‰

  22. haha…this was such a fun post to read. Love it! Hope you don’t have Teddie counting calories any time soon. πŸ˜‰

  23. Dee

    So… even thought I just finished eating lunch, I am now hungry again. πŸ˜‰

    LOL!

  24. Hahah aww, even if Teddie is a tad tubby, I’m sure he just LOVES the special goodies you bring him. I know I would. Do you ever make anything that ISN’T incredible? Seriously! All of your eats are basically gourmet meals.
    And definitely jealous of that carrot cake larabar stash. I can’t wait til we get the new flavours around here!

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