Guess who has an epic case of writer’s block right now?
Oh yes, this girl! I need to nip it in the butt [or is it technically bud?] because I have a good 10 or so recipes that I need to write up for you crazy kids. It’s been torrential here most days [NC is infamous for summer storms!] so when I get antsy I wind up cooking/baking up a storm of my own. The hardest part?
Finding a smidge of sunshine to take the photos and then motivating myself to sit down and write. I love writing, I do. However I need to be in one of those magical “must-write-all-the-things!!!!!” moods to get any real work done. Though I hear home delivery of crusty pumpernickel bagels with cream cheese and steaming hot coffee work wonders… Ya know, if you want me to get a particular recipe up and on the blog already =)
Bribery will get you everywhere.
a Blueberry Banana + Spinach Smoothie with Almond Milk + Hemp Seeds
organic celery sticks with creamy peanut butter
[recycled photo] my daily crinkle cut carrots and hummus face-plantage
I behaved this time around and only had 2 servings of hummus versus my normal obliteration of half the container! I’d say I’m making progress with my roasted red pepper hummus obsession but, in reality, the chickpea
is getting so big that there isn’t much room for food in my belly. I’m so super-short that we’re fighting for space at the moment. It’s taking a huge toll on my eating and snacking habits by making mini meals and frequent snacks fairly essential.
I wasn’t kidding about the frequent snacking!
I usually alternate between buying Snapea Crisps and Veggie Straws, these past two weeks I’ve been hot and heavy with the straws. I typically grab anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 to a full serving multiple times throughout the day when I’m feeling peckish.
HANDFULS OF BLUEBERRIES. I still have about a pound left from blueberry picking. Yes I’ll probably go back for more =) No I haven’t turned blue yet. Haha!
So with all the snacking I found myself in that weird time frame where it’s a bit late for lunch and super early-bird for dinner. Paul and I decided we needed a real meal and to stop snacking around like the lazy bums we turn into most weekends and went to our favorite Greek/Pizza restaurant to stuff our faces with some veggies.
Garden Salad, Tzatziki Sauce with Whole Grain Pita Points and two glorious slices of Pepperoni-Mushroom-Jalapeno Pizza with lots of leftovers for breakfast the next morning =) Pizza for breakfast…. it’s kind of my favorite thing ever. Ok not ever… but it’s way up there! <3 Love it so!
It was super dark and the couch was comfy so a photo? so not happening! – I had another handful of berries and split a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich with Paul. Ok and technically the chickpea too. I’m getting good at this sharing thing!
Is this really the last installment of Sensible Snack month?
Gahh! I don’t want it to end!
Here are a few more of my favorites while we’re still on the topic:
Fresh fruit, crisp veggies and lightly salted [or unsalted!] nuts will always and forever be part of my snacking arsenal. They’re quick, easy, and full of nutrients! I also love a good pile of plain greek yogurt topped with fruit, nuts, and granola as well. And hummus — allllllways hummus!
Lately I’ve been recipe testing bajillions of breads and muffins so small portions of those topped with nut butters, coconut butter, jellies and jams has been a recent go-to as well. I’m no stranger to falling into a bag of chips or a handful of cookies if the craving strikes, but I mostly aim to keep my snacks as “clean” as possible. This way when I’m out with friends, a pile of topping-ladden frozen yogurt or slice of birthday cookie cake is a yummy treat I won’t even consider turning down. Instead I enjoy it to the fullest! — It’s all about balance! And variety! And food… for me? It’s all about the food.