Since the beginning of February or so, I’ve been trying to improve my diet—for health reasons, not so much weight-loss ones, though obviously the latter would be a welcome bonus. I’m pretty much on a low-carb, low-sugar diet. I haven’t had a single piece of bread since then, very little added sugar and when I opt for a grain, I go for a whole grain (like quinoa or brown rice) which have more bang for their buck, nutritionally speaking.
I’ve eaten quite a few smoothies. At first, I made them from scratch: last year’s strawberries dug out of the bottom of the freezer, bananas, almond milk, yogurt, maybe a little peanut or almond butter. But then I bought a “meal replacement” because of the super protein content. It’s awfully chalky so I mix it up with a banana, water and a little cranberry fruit juice.
I’m kind of addicted to almond butter. It went very well with the few pears that made their way into the house last month.
Lots of lemon ginger tea. (I even made some from scratch at one point—very much preferred, so much spicier and flavorful than the store bought stuff! I found inspiration from this recipe and this one.)
I even tried amaranth for the first time (pictured). And oat bran (not pictured.) Both as morning hot cereals. The former isn’t that impressive but packs some punch in the protein and iron department. (Anyone have suggestions what else I can make with amaranth?) The latter however is delicious. It’s like a cross between oatmeal and cream of wheat.
These were awesome. I had a brain fart moment and misread green onions (or as I know them, scallions) to mean yellow onions. I was confused why you’d slice them thinly instead of chopping them and why you’d need two. Afterwards it clicked, but regardless, the yellow onion was great addition. I didn’t have the right cheese, so I went with Raw Sharp Cheddar. I’d like to try this version, which is baked instead of fried.
Also, this bread is pretty great. It’s flourless, so don’t go into it with hopes of it being floury and squishy. It’s a dense nut bread. And so good with a slab of butter or even cream cheese on top.
I often eat leftovers for lunch, like the brown rice, carrots and asparagus seen above. Another day it was a simple salad with slivered almonds and Parmesan cheese and a banana with almond butter.
I’ve even baked a cake for the family. It was the simple Chocolate Cupcake recipe from the staple and most used cookbook in this house Good Housekeeping’s Illustrated Cookbook. It kind of turned out crumbly (which it never did before) but everyone said it tasted great. For myself I made a batch of these. I can’t say I’m a huge fan (perhaps I put too much lemon in them?), but it’s a nice treat for myself when I crave something sweet.
What about you? What have you been eating? Baking? Cooking? Any great recipes to share?