I Heart Hummus

6 09 2009

Good morning!

Our extended 6-day holiday ‘weekend’ is speeding by so quickly!  Day 5 already!  But it’s MUFFIN MORNING!!  Yay! Plus I love Sundays because sometimes we sit around for the first hour looking at the paper with HGTV on in the background (if we’re not out on a run or hike).   The simplest things are always the best aren’t they?

So yesterday morning I had my a.m. magic potion (coffee!) in my drama queen mug, which oddly looks like it says ‘dreme queen‘ doesn’t it?

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We took the dogs on a 5.5 mile wog shortly thereafter.  I had a half of one of these during the walk to tide me over till breakfast:

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Normally I wouldn’t seek out this particular bar, but it was in my Camelbak so I ate it!  Just out of curiosity, do any of you happen to carry your Camebak for the sole purpose of GIVING YOUR DOGS WATER? I take it on long runs for myself but when I take the dogs out for anything more than 3 miles they get super thirsty.  This way I can squeeze a stream of water out and they lap it up like it’s running out of a hose!

The dogs were SO tired when we got back to the house.  They haven’t seen 5.5 miles in a long time (Riley our Weim is almost 10, Rascal our min-pin is 7).  But I didn’t get them out for the Friday wog so I wanted them to get a little extra.

Of course I had my OTHER magic potion for breakfast, a green smoothie!

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This one turned out EXTRA green didn’t it?  It had a whole mango (cut into chunks before adding to the blender), a big fistful of spinach, 2 clementines, alfalfa sprouts, and 1/2 of an English cucumber.   (Joan, my gardening friend, why are these “English” cucumbers?  Do you know?)  I should add that most of my green smoothies start out with 8 oz of water and no ice, just in case you are making these at home.  🙂

By lunch time I was seriously craving some hummus.  My friends know I refer to myself as the Hummus-Holic.  If I am supposed to bring something to a party, I like to bring hummus and baked pita chips.  My mission on my upcoming roadtrip is to get my mom to love hummus.  She and MSP eat very similarly, and if HE will eat hummus, surely she will like it.  She thinks she doesn’t.   But I know better  😉

I make my own hummus when I have a few minutes, because they charge WAY too much for hummus at the store.  My version has a can of garbanzo beans, drained but reserving the liquid to use during blending, cumin, fresh garlic, a smidgeon of roasted sesame oil, olive oil and sea salt.  Mmmm.  So good.  I ate it with some celery, cucumber, orange pepper and the wonkiest baby carrots I’ve ever seen.  (They taste fine, but look at them!  They look all shriveled and dry!)

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And no, I did not eat the whole dish of hummus.  I did restrain myself and save a little for later!

While I was on my hummus kick, I made some HB eggs to have in the fridge and also made some of these in the oven:

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CHICKPEANUTS!!!  I read about them in “The Flexitarian Diet” so I had to try them.  They are baked chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and they come out kind of hard like a peanut!  Crazy!I put them in a dish to snack on during the day.   I’ll have to try making these again though and NOT put them in the dish because as the day went on they seemed to soften.  So maybe I need to keep them on the flat pan longer.  I did follow the recipe to a “T”.  But overall this was a fun little snack to make!

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After that I spent most of the afternoon writing yesterday’s novel of a post.  🙂  So after all that talk about cheese, I decided that I wanted to make my own little “wine bar dinner” so I ran (OK I drove) to the liquor store for a bottle of this (recommended by their staff):

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And paired it with my “cheese flight” (Manchego Sheep Cheese and Naked Goat raw goat cheese with JJ Flats 7 grain flatbread crackers and a handful of chickpeanuts):

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I ate every last bite and I was full for the rest of the night.  Didn’t even need a snack while we were watching a rented movie.

Do you hear that?  Off in the distance?  It’s a chocolate chip muffin calling my name!  I better go get it!  Have a fantastic Sunday!  See you next time!

— Shari B. =)




8 responses

6 09 2009

Hello! Thank you for that “novel” of a post about your eating transition. I really appreciate that you took the time to answer my questions.

Like you, I’ve tried so many eating plans – high carb/nofat, low carb/high -protein/low fat, low carb/high protein/mod fat; you name it, I’ve tried it. They all work to some extent but most of them are not sustainable as a lifestyle. I’ve been on this “journey” since I was 14 (I’m 41 now) and I’m starting to figure it out; meaning I’m finally paying attention to my body, how it feels when I eat certain foods, not just eating a chicken breast and vegetables because someone said it works. Also paying attention to hunger signals and not just eating because it’s been 3 hours since my last meal and you know, you got to eat every three hours. 🙂

I know I feel better- not as “weighed” down, more energetic, when I don’t eat animal protein at everymeal! I love vegetables (and eat tons) and beans/ legumes on big salads with avocado. And fruit, I love fruit especially apples!

Anyway, you’ve inspired me to keep experimenting and do away with the chicken and turkey (I’ve already given up beef and pork and rarely do dairy). If I start to “suffer” any ill effects, I can always add them back in.

Those chickpeas look great. I toss mine with a tiny bit of coconut oil and season with sea salt, cumin, paprika and coriander before toasting in the oven. They make a great snack!

Have a great Sunday and enjoy your muffin!

6 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey there Alexandra!

I was hoping to hear back from you, glad you came back by to check out the ‘answer’ post. My friend, it seems we’ve been going down a similar path I’d say! Sounds like you are in a good place right now – so glad to hear it!

YAY you make the chickpeanuts too! So do yours end up getting moist later? Do you store them in a special container or eat them after they are done. I’d love to hear your suggestions. I’ll try adding the cumin and coriander to them next time, as you mentioned. Cumin is one of my FAVORITE spices, I love it!

Thanks again for reading my blog, and I look forward to chatting with you often!

6 09 2009

I store my roasted chickpeas in a tupperware container but I recall mine becoming soft a couple days later. Not sure what the secret to keeping them crunchy/crispy is. If you figure something out, let me know!

By the way, I had my first green smoothie today – water, a few strawberries, handful of frozen bluberries, tiny piece of banana, cucumber, kale and spinach,cinnamon and stevia. It was ok but didn’t have the texture or the sweetness I get when I add protein powder to it. Next time, I might add some rice or pea protein powder. I really didn’t use that much fruit so maybe increasing the fruit will help.

7 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Alexandra! So on the ‘chickpeanut’ topic, I have left mine uncovered in a bowl to snack on here and there since the day I made them. They have a nice crunch to them this morning. (Maybe that’s a sign that I’ve left them out too long, haha!) But they still taste good so I’m still munching on them!

Keep at it on the green smoothie – I think it takes a while to find out what works best for your taste. I don’t use ice in mine, which totally grosses my husband out because his protein shakes are ICY and THICK. I don’t like mine like that at all, and my acupuncturist suggested I cut down on cold items anyway. But I know people who use frozen bananas in their green smoothies in place of ice cubes.

I adore blueberries – but I did finally take them out of my smoothies. They always made it weirdly “gelatinous” shortly after I poured it into the cup. I just eat them whole now 🙂 Did yours do that?

Hope you are enjoying Yoga!

6 09 2009
Mike Fisher

Shari wow a lot of information to digest (excuse the pun)! Not certain if I could go completely without my steak or chicken, but you have opened my eyes to other diets and ways of eating that I will have to dig deeper into. Thanks for sharing! Take care!

6 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hey Mike! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I wasn’t kidding when I said I was full of hot air huh? 😉

Hey, I hear ya on keeping the steak and chicken. I have had friends who have been vegetarian as long as I’ve known them, and always wondered how they did it because I loved my meat! So it’s definitely interesting to be on the other side of that coin now 🙂 For me it was in part because of that movie I mentioned, and also because of digestion — there wasn’t much left that I could pair with meat anymore and NOT get a tummyache. I had always thought onions gave me problems and avoided onions all the time (and I missed them so much). Come to find out, it was not the onions, it was what I ate them with. Maybe my G.I. tract is just getting picky in its old age 😉

I’m no ‘hater’ — no judgment from me for peeps who still keep their meat! I get it!

Anyway, glad to see ya here, hope you’ll come by often!

6 09 2009

My acpunturist said some of us have more acids in our tummies to digest the meats than others (something to do with blood type). I am type B which has the least stomach acids so meats to me feel like they sit in my gut forever. I feel soooo much better on a vegetarian diet with fish, beans, nuts, tofu, quinoa etc for protein. I love onions!

7 09 2009
Shari B. (FitFeat)

Hi Joan (fellow lover of onions!) I agree, I feel better too eating this way! Wish I’d done it years ago – but I do believe you end up where you need to end up, so I am sure I needed to experience some of the systemic distress to appreciate my fruits and veggies the way I do now 🙂 Gosh, I think I’m A- but I’d have to pull out my blood donation card to see if it says!

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