The ABCs of Food Favourites: Part B is soon to come. Glad you guys enjoyed Part A! I highly encourage making a list of your own…as long as you have enough time. You might get so sucked into the process of narrowing down the absolute perfect pick for each letter that you neglect other important daily duties like work or school or showering. Just a forewarning.
A break in the series though to talk about more mundane daily activities like classes starting this week and the food that happened in between.
So, as I just mentioned, my classes just started back up. Hello fall term and the beginning of my fourth and final year of undergrad. Most of my courses this year are to fill up last and final electives and degree requirements (I’m a double major in psychology and communications), so this term I have:
– Two Communications seminars (Mass Media and Popular Culture of the 50s, and Sound Studies and Visual Media)
– One third year Print Communications class
– Two random second year courses (comm electives) – Greek Art and Archaeology and Cultural Perspectives I – neither of which seem that thrilling but it’s nice to be balancing out more basic second term courses with my work intensive seminars.
The rest of my psych classes are second term, none this term. I’m kind of sad I planned my schedule out that way (pretty much unintentionally) because I’m a bit more of a psych lover and I’m missing learning my psychology stuff right now!
Anywho, that food stuff. It’s been pretty all over the place right now since I’m just getting into a new routine and the times I’m in class versus at home are pretty scattered.
Plus I’m still stuck with my summer-created carb and sugar addiction, so that’s basically all I want to eat 80% of the time. How the heck do you break this?!
So much fresh bread. This rye bread is the BEST.
Puffed rice, All Bran, Fibre One topped with frozen bananas and raspberries + plain yogurt and almond milk.
And overnight oats.
These ones marinated in almond milk, chia seeds, sweet potato, cinnamon and banana. Topped in the morning with a crumbled flourless peanut butter cookie that I made a batch of yesterday for the first time. Um…omg? Yeah they’re almost gone. And there’s a good chance I’ll never use another peanut butter cookie recipe again. You must make these.
I’ve also been loving overnight oat cakes. Which is basically pairing instant oats with plain yogurt and the pairing ending up so thick (it’s all about the instant oats) that it’s more patty cake-like than anything. And it’s darn good. Especially topped with sweetened quark.
It’s also mad delicious mixed with Chocolate Amazing Grass and topped with cold banana.
While we’re still along the sweeter side of things, just a word of advice:
When you’re putting together a candy-filled martini shaker as part of a friend’s birthday gift, enlist supervision. Otherwise you might end up eating the shaker’s worth of candy x2 yourself from all of the candy leftovers. You also might discover that you have subzero resistance to M&Ms of any type, most especially those peanut butter-filled pieces of magic. And you might end up with a massive stomach ache and a full-fledged dedication to never touch another M&M again (which will only last until the next day when you forget to forget about the leftover stash thrown into the back of your closet).
We can talk about “real” foods too – you know, those ones that don’t involve 10,000g of sugar.
To counteract massive sugar attacks… give yourself a Veggie Wedgie!
Plenty-o-veg salad with salsa, slimcado (thumbs down), and hummus
Plenty-o-veg salad with falafel balls, 1/2 tuna fillet and tzaziki
Green veggie bitlets, roasted sweet potato and stuffed chicken breast.
Spinach bowls and sides of veggie (squash) soup
Spelt Veggie burgers for breakfast
Hard to decipher but easy to enjoy veggie loaded tortilla pizzas
But then we must end it all with Peanut Butter. Because this seems to have taken on a food category of its own in my life. I used to like it before but now… well I’m going to need a Costco PB restash asap.
And what might happen when you blend plain old pb with wild blueberry syrup?
Sweet peanut butter taken to a whole new level. As if I need another way to enjoy it even more.
I’m going to cut down the sweet addiction, I will I will. But…I don’t quite have a plan of action yet.
What are your tried and true strategies for curbing too frequent sugar and/or carb cravings for good?
Back soon for The ABCs of Food Favourites: Part B