Back to Basics
Last weekend, Husband and I attended a church cookout. Group events like cookouts and potlucks are hard for me, eating-wise, but I’m not sure why. I think that I get stressed out about the large group of people and I munch on desserts to distract myself. Or, I get overwhelmed by the variety of delicious desserts, and I munch on them because I am not into doing things in moderation. Or I am an insane person and I eat more desserts than I know are good me for me.
In any case, last Saturday, the number of cookies wasn’t pretty. Or vegan.
This week has been an effort to largely get back on track with my eating habits, but I have been HUNGRY. I’m not sure if it’s the workouts or what. So I’ve upped the food a bit. But it was time for me to take a little break from the PB Loco. I’ve been putting it on the side of bananas and apples. I’ve been putting it on toast. I’ve been depositing it directly into ma mouf via spoon. I’ve been doing this multiple times a day. I strongly suspect the combo of sugar, salt and oils (all of which are additives in PB Loco) are just too much for my taste buds to resist.
So these bad boys are going to have to be hidden away in my freezer:
I think I’ll try and make some of Tina’s Peanut Buttery Bars with the White Chocolate Peanut Butter just to get it out of the house. I’ve had enough of it . I wish I was the type of person who could eat one cookie or one teaspoon of PB and be satisfied.
As soon as I’m done with these, I’ll be switching back to my regular TJ’s raw almond butter and peanut butter — I still eat it quite enthusiastically, but it’s not quite such a compulsion. I think because it doesn’t have the added sugar/salt/fat. Has anyone read The End of Overeating? He makes the point that companies know the proper balance of sweet/salty/fatty that triggers our brain’s reward center and they engineer their junk food so that it is virtually irresistible to mere mortals. That certainly has been my experience, so I think avoiding engineered foods sounds like a good idea for me.
Moving on to some yummy drinks:
That’s cooled coffee shaken with some hemp milk, a few drops of Vanilla Stevia, and ice. I also made some coffee ice cream using coffee, maple syrup, coconut milk, dates and a bit of carageenan. It was delicious. Unfortunately, I meant to take a picture but it was gone before I knew it. My one trouble with making homemade ice cream is that it freezes too hard in the freezer. Directly out of the ice cream maker it’s wonderful. But any leftovers turn out rock-y. I added carageenan hoping that would keep it slippery, but no luck.
Oh well, it’s probably a good idea to learn patience and let it defrost. :-)
I made this GM (I think it was this one, it’s the only pic I have left on my camera of a GM) with a frozen banana. All other things were equal (strawberries, almond milk, etc). The frozen banana really made it extra delicious — creamier and sweeter. I recommend freezing your bananas before blending them. Oh, and you have to peel them first. I learned this the hard way. Same goes for avocados. Peel them and take the pits out. That may be obvious to everyone, but it wasn’t to me.
Have a great weekend! Happy Independence Day to my US readers. And I hope my non-US readers enjoy their July 4th.