So today was a big fat success in the realm of eating healthy! Yesterday I did alright except for a snickers bar I discovered in the fridge and promptly ate without being hungry.
Normally when this happens I think “I shouldn’t be eating this!” and proceed to feel guilt afterwards. This time I didn’t! I think I knew it was my last hurrah with unhealthy food and enjoyed it.
I started today the healthiest way possible. Checking my iPhone. HAH! Seriously, I did. Laying in bed without my glasses on my face I scrolled through the updates of twitter and facebook, loaded my e-mail and then got up. I decided to make a tasty green shake ala Oh She Glows today 🙂
Yummm! I’ve turned so many people onto drinking these things, I love them. Mine are usually a banana, a raw egg (for staying power), 2 handfuls of spinach, and milk ’til it’s the consistency I like. It takes a few times making it to figure out just the right amount of things that you like. It tastes just like bananas! It’s such a great way to get veggies in in the morning and it keeps you energized all day. Plus it’s great for your skin!
Tasty stuff! So in keeping with lazy week I did not do anything productive today. Okay, I sort of did. In a very small way. That probably isn’t really productivity but me having a craving for chocolate but never the less… 😉 I did do more than sit around! I decided today to attempt making black bean brownies!
I tweaked the recipe a tad and added baking powder to give them some cakeyness (totally a word! ;)) and a 1/4 tsp more of vanilla. I had to make sure it hid that black bean flavor, I am sooo not a bean girl. I cannot stand hummus because it tastes to me like refried beans and all other beans I have never given a shot. So I figured in my first flirt with the new species of food, I’d hide them.
And I hid them well.
The texture is definitely different from regular flour and butter brownies and I think if you make the decision to exclude the instant coffee, they’d be a lot more passable as regular thick brownies. The instant coffee added a little bitterness to them but I’m not sure if leaving them out would leave the bean flavor. Over all, though, they are a success! They’re almost velvet meets fudge.
I definitely enjoyed them! I’ll make them again for sure, they’re a fun and tasty alternative for me and I have a big fat huge mouth full of sweet teeth.
Dinner, on the other hand. I had seen parsnip fries on the Oh She Glows blog a week or two ago and really wanted to try them. So much so that I insisted that my Mama bring home parsnips so that I could make healthy “fries” to go with our (healthy, I know) burgers. I sliced them up (after almost smashing our mandolin! stupid machine. It has chopped off a finger tip and still refuses to work right!) and slathered them as directed, baked them, and took em out. The thinner failed mandolin “french fry” cuts were burned. The nut butter mix wasn’t crusted on like the pictures showed. They tasted a little dry because of the butters and I’m assuming because they weren’t cooked all the way, since they weren’t that crunchy.
I might try making them again but I am slightly disheartened. Hopefully my next foray into root veggies is a success! For parsnips next I’m making smashed parsnips (Ala Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter, thank you for the idea). That’ll be later this weekend probably. Tomorrow I might try my hand at zucchini cakes! mmm! I’ll definitely bring y’all along for that one. I have high hopes!
The rest of my “lazy day” was spent eating a tomato sandwich. Again. Whilst reading Harry Potter! I finish book 6 tonight and will glide my way right through book 7 as I’m eager to start my summer series of Amelia Peabody books. If you love humor and mystery, such as Sherlock Holmes, you’ll definitely love her. She’s a strong and fiercely independent woman with a husband who loves not being able to control her wily ways, it is glorious!
I also spent it checking Amazon.com’s track package feature to see where my trainer is. Damn you, Jacksonville!!
Lets pray I get it tomorrow! 😉
My lazy week is quickly coming to an end. I can only hope my school books are available for order soon. And with that, my darlings, I leave you with my girl Ginny. 🙂