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That Healthy Me is one smart cookie…

So, I had bread on the brain yesterday…but not so much that I actually remembered to bring my bread with me to make a sandwich at lunchtime. 
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 This time I did actually listen to Healthy Me and plan ahead, but forgetfulness won out. Happens a lot lately.

Lemon: I found myself with a can of Nature’s Promise tuna, a little hummus, and some spinach leaves, all the parts to a mean sandwich, except for the bread. (Along with a few leftover Low & Slow sweet potato slices on the side…)

Lemonade: Look how fancy I was with my spinach leaf wrap appetizers!

First on the agenda today: Classroom obervations. This time it’s K through 2nd Grade, so I figure I’ll be  hopping all morning. This calls for a substantial breakfast featuring the always reliable almond and bananalicious Overnight Oats, with a few blackberries for moral support.

Got caught in traffic on the way, Pennsylvania-style…

Don’t you just hate it when people don’t take their own advice? Well, that’s me today. I am constantly talking about the important of planning ahead and making sure healthy choices are on hand at all times, because it’s just really, really difficult to keep your eye on the prize when you’re hungry and crunched for time.

So I pull the brilliant move of leaving the house with no lunch and no snack. And I won’t be home until after 3pm. Healthy Me is totally going to kick Unhealthy Me’s arse if she finds out.

I like the fact that I get really uneasy now when I don’t know where, when or what I’ll be eating for the day. It tells me that I’ve made some permanent lifestyle changes. Yay for healthier lifelong habits!

Note to self: Even when you’re working nearly full-time, juggling projects, caring for a baby, and training for a new gig, it’s always worth getting up ten minutes earlier to ensure a healthy lunch. Especially while nursing. No excuses!

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What do you do when you find yourself SOL at lunchtime? Do you have a favorite go-to lunch that fills the void when you don’t plan ahead? Let me know! I need ideas!

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Almond Date Cream: Take 2

As mentioned in a previous post, I love almonds and I love dates, so I had to try the Almond Date Cream recipe in my new Vegan Planet Cookbook. (I think the book calls it Almond Butter Cream, but that didn’t seem an accurate description to me.)

The first time around, I couldn’t resist modifying the recipe to include the almond butter I already had. I loved the results, but decided to play by the rules this time and do things by the book…

I wasn’t sure if there would be a big difference in the results.

There was!

I combined 1 cup of almonds, 5 dates, and 1/2 cup of hot water in my little puree machine and let it all soak for about 2 hours.

It took a lot of effort on the machine’s part, but it handled the job. The almonds jammed up a little, so I did have to add a bit of almond milk to help it all blend and achieve a nice texture.

This wasn’t nearly as sweet as my first attempt, and the texture was thick, creamy and a bit grainy. I wasn’t sure about the mouthfeel at first, but I reserved judgement until I added it to my morning oats. 

I dropped a tablespoon of my new creation in with my slightly heated oats, almond milk, and some dried cranberries. I gave it a little swirl and…POOF!…it disappeared! 
8O

I like to keep my ingredients a bit separated in the bowl so I can choose what I’d like to have in each bite. Luckily, I didn’t really blend  the cream in all the way. Just  a little swirl. I was disappointed that I couldn’t really see it, but it made each bite taste a little different. Fun!

One warning: Try to pay attention to where this is in your bowl! The cream and the oats are so similar in color that you could end up with a mouthful of straight almond cream and then the rest of your oats could end up sad and plain. :(

The flavor was creamy, mellow and barely sweet, and the texture was surprisingly nice. Very subtle, but a lovely addition.

Of the two versions, I think I’d have to pick this one as my favorite because the ingredients were completely whole. The almonds are less expensive than the almond butter, too. 

A winner!

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Dates and the Internet Cafe

Hi, all! Long time, no blog!

I didn’t post yesterday. I got home from work around 5pm, and it was a beautiful, sunshiny day. Two choices: sit down and blog, or move my butt and get some exercise with my boy. I love you dearly, but you lost. Nothing personal. :)

News: We decided to invest in a new Pest Management System for our Garden Irrigation Tank. We went for the eco-friendly version. 

Oh, you want to see it?

HA! Four new goldfish for our rain barrels! (Gotcha!) …for a grand total of $.44! They eat the skeeters. It’s quite efficient.

So I started off this morning with some Overnight Oats. Yes, I’ve jumped on the blogwagon…and it’s turned into quite the little love affair. If you’re not familiar with the OOs, get the lowdown at Kath Eats Real Food. It’s not really rocket science, but it’s great information. 

Yesterday’s oats qualified less as Overnight Oats, and more as On-The-Way-To-Work Oats, which is even more convenient for me. I used quick oats and they were quite nice by the time I ate them after my hour-long commute.

I think the reason I’m ready to elope with my oats is the addition of the Almond Butter and Date Cream I made using a recipe from my new cookbook.

First, I soaked 4 dates in water.

Then, I put them into my handy puree machine along with a big scoop of almond butter, adding a little of the soaking water until it was the right consistency.

And it looked a little something like this…

I threw a biggish dollop into my oats along with a few cranberries, and I have to say: The dates made a big difference. I love dates, and now I love this! You gotta love a quick recipe that calls for three whole ingredients.

The recipe called for whole blanched almonds and, because I can’t resist tinkering with a recipe, I used almond butter ( also because I happened to have almond butter), but I won’t do that next time. I just purchased a bag of blanched almonds for that very purpose. I’ll let you know how it goes. 

Incidentally, I also found a big jug of Green Works laundry detergent on clearance for less than $4, and I had a $1.50 coupon! Boo-ya.

Hey, you know how sometimes you’re sitting at an internet cafe trying to write a blog post and your son gets hungry and you try to discreetly nurse him and then he latches on and then you let down and then he decides that he’s done and then you spray like a sprinkler all over the place?

Yeah, that just happened. Gotta go!

Ta ta(s) for now!

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