Hungry Monster

Just a speedy post from me tonight!

I have had a hungry monster with a raging sweet tooth residing in me all afternoon. I must have sensed this would happen last night, when I made this quinoa salad last night for a future lunch or dinner.

Maple-Basil Quinoa Salad

  • 1/4 c. dry-measure of quinoa – cooked as instructed
  • 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 of a small yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 Turkish fig, chopped
  • 2-3 small fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. chopped pecans
  • salt, to taste
  • maple pepper, to taste

Very delish – especially when enjoyed over a balsamic and maple pepper seasoned portabella.

Don't ask me what I was thinking, plating something black on black!

I also had some roasted broccoli seasoned with garlic salt and then drizzle with maple sizzurp.

I loved the salty-sweet mixture of everything! Especially the salad.

The highlight of my hungry monster’s day? Hands-down, this Bounce protein hit. I mean, c’mon. A hit of protein? How cool does that sound?

This ball/bar is probably the one that “spoke” to me right off the bat upon receiving Nikki’s package. I think I’d be lying if I said it had nothing to do with the fun graphic design.

What can I say? I shop with my eyes.

The other thing that immediately jumped out at me? It uses whey protein, not soy!! Joy πŸ™‚

This was definitely a lifesaver this afternoon, because the handfuls of almonds, crackers, and iced coffee certainly wasn’t doing it for me.

Basically, I need to get a boatload of these shipped to the U.S, stat. Sort of funny, because the ingredients don’t even sound that appetizing (not to say it’s a bunch of sketchy stuff in there – just not stuff you have in your cupboard, or the fruits and nuts you’re used to seeing) but this was killer. Just subtly sweet, with a wonderful almond and vanilla flavor. And the texture!! Oh, the texture. So chewy and crunchy. So perfect. Sort of reminds me of a Kardea bar texture-wise!

I’m sort of proud of myself for not hoarding this one and saving it for last, since it was the one I thought I would enjoy most. Now I’m sad I don’t have it waiting patiently for me. Eh, well. Life resumes.

Other partners to ward off the hunger monster was a big “bowl” of vanilla chobani with wheat germ, blueberries, and a peach. I spy blueberry stems. That was probably eaten. I am officially the worst blueberry picker ever – I picked so many stems when I went! :X And I was glad to welcome plums back into my fruit line-up.

Does this look familiar?

Sorry for being so repetitive – but it’s that good, and that carrot-cashew curry spread really made that much. I still have a lot left, actually. And crackers.

And unpictured “trail mix” that I packed earlier in the week – almonds, papaya, and raisins. And fruit leather. And iced coffee with cream and a bit of sugar. I feel like there was something else, too, but I can’t put my finger on it.

I think this hunger may or may not have had to do with a breakfast lacking in peanut butter. Hmmm. I mean – the banana’s there and everything!

"Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie" Oats

I can’t say I hate it, though. I mean, I’ve already had some banana bread and once I hit publish am thinking up a mean bowl of quick oats. And lets not forget my nightly cereal, too.

But, luckily – my sweet tooth wasn’t craving a McDonald’s smoothie. Remember how I was wondering whether they were really as “real” as they claim? Well, not quite. A large has 70 grams of sugar – most of it added sugar! Bummer. I mean, I wasn’t going to go spend my money on one just because I can make myself a smoothie at home – but I was hoping maybe McDonald’s would be comin’ around. I am at least optimistic, I suppose?

In Teddie news, I started my morning off in no better fashion – a lovely quasi-hack down to the outdoor. Our first time! He felt his “get up and go” more than his “whoa,” but no harm done. I can’t wait until the fields are mowed/hayed so we can galavant through them πŸ™‚

Happy Weekend, everybody!! I am a workin’ girl tomorrow – oi!


Filed under breakfast, dinner, foodblog, healthy living, lunch, oatmeal, recipe

19 responses to “Hungry Monster

  1. I think there must be something in the water, because my appetite has been off the charts lately as well. Yesterday I thought I might chew my own arm off, despite chewing on countless other things that were far more edible, and today was no different. Non. stop. hunger. Oi. It doesn’t look like my grocery bills are going to get any smaller any time soon.

    The blueberry stem thing made me laugh big time, because I was just thinking about how many stems I must have eaten in my lifetime while I was trying to carefully sort through my blueberries this morning. I just tell myself that they probably have some kind of nutrients too, though πŸ˜‰

    Hope your weekend is starting out fabulously, Jess!

    And I knew McD’s couldn’t be trusted!

  2. Dee

    happy weekend to u too! that bounce bar sure does look interesting!

  3. Hope you are able to enjoy the weekend a little bit even though you have to work – the weather is supposed to be beautiful!!!!!! your eats look wonderful as usual!!!!! Love the comment about blueberry stems – i always seem to eat the blueberries with the stems too!!!!
    Happy Weekend!! xo aimee

  4. How are you so creative?! Maple basil quinoa? YES PLEASE. And those bounce bars would have caught my eye as well! They look yummayy πŸ™‚

  5. Shucks about Mcy Dees. I also thought I saw a glimpse of hope, a small light coming out of the darkness. Darn. Have a happy weekend! You made me want to find some of those bars, the packages are mini works of minimalist art, and I’m a fan, yo.


  6. you do this to me everytime, always making me drool!!!! so not fair!!

    a perfect protein maple basil quinoa, its what’s for dinner peeps! haha i wish πŸ™‚ XOXO

  7. Ohh I LOVE those Bounce balls too! They do a whole variety (some of which are vegan) and they’re all so dense and delicious! I have 2 in my cupboard atm πŸ˜€
    All your food looks delicious as usual! πŸ™‚

  8. i’ve been following your blog for a while now, and may I just say your eats always look so healthy and fabulous, its really encouraging to see. and it really helps me.
    Keep it up πŸ™‚

    Love Jess xxx

  9. Just got caught up on all your old posts- you’ve had some delicious eats this past week! I loved the pantry tour. Is that creepy?

    Not surprised that McD’s smoothies have added sugar. It might be batter than a baconator, but it’s still from a fast food place! Such a bummer though, it would be great to have more healthy items on the go. Hope you’re having a great weekend so far love!!

  10. Repeats never need an apology! Maybe I am just trying to convince myself on this one. I wondered about the smoothies. Go figure…they can’t do anything right. Oh well, I guess I will stick with my good stuff! Your dinner looks AMAZING! Right up my alley! Have a great Saturday Jessica!

  11. those bars look SO GOOD! πŸ™‚

  12. I figured the McD’s smoothies would be too good to be true. Fast food joints always find a way to take something that could potentially be healthy and make it as unhealthy as possible. πŸ˜› I mean, they’ve given burgers such a bad name but homemade burgers are actually such a healthy meal!

  13. I hope you have a lovely weekend…sorry if I’ve been a bit absent. We just moved into our new place, and we won’t have internet access there until Monday or Tuesday. I’m at Starbucks right now getting my Teddie fix! I have been hungry too lately, and a big bowl of quinoa sounds perfect!

  14. I can related on being a bottomless pit lately! Those bars look awesome- it’s so rare to find whey protein in them instead of soy. I actually dont know if I’ve *ever* seen whey over soy!
    I was wondering about the McD’s smoothies, too. They make them seem so innocent but it doesnt surprise me they’re LOADED with sugar. I bet they’ll try and say “that’s the natural fruit sugar” ahem..yeah, sure.

  15. There are days when it seems like I add at least a little bit of maple syrup to everything! Current favorite is Asian-style peanut-maple salad dressing. Goes good on everything!

  16. Michelle

    70g of added sugar?!?! Holy Moley!

  17. I thought you’d like the Bounce ball!! Glad you liked it πŸ™‚
    Urgh I can relate to the hungry monster recently too, except for me it’s at night! I just can’t stop myself…which I guess I need right now anyway πŸ˜›
    Gosh those McD’s smoothies sound so unhealthy!! You were definitely too optimistic anyway..I never trust them with anything! I don’t think we get the smoothies here…I don’t know, I don’t ever look at their menus!

  18. I always like to eat various salads as salads have some good tastes.This Maple Basil Quinoa salad is something new combination for me and I will definitely try this salad in free time.I hope my family will also like it.

  19. What a stunning salad! I find your blog to be such a joy to see and read. Thank you for sharing another fresh and healthy recipe!

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