Monday, November 12, 2007

Veterans' Day

Oofh. Man, I was so good all day until my after-nap cravings just a minute ago. I’m writing just to remind myself never to do this again. Background info: I always get huge cravings for sweets and/or fats after I wake up from a nap. So I had the idea of eating a few dates to satisfy my sweet tooth. Innocent enough, right. I remembered Ian and Jenn’s pecan butter covered dates with a raspberry on top from the potluck. I thought I could substitute with some ingredients I have on hand: peanut butter (not raw, left over from before raw week) and coconut shreds. Should have known better than to trust myself opening the peanut butter jar during a craving. I ate right out of the jar. A lot. Now my stomach hurts. A lot. I can’t find the coconut shreds and I don’t even want to eat my peanut butter covered dates any more. Blah. Note to self: GIVE AWAY PEANUT BUTTER! IT IS DANGEROUS!

Other than that mishap, it was a good day. A relaxing Veterans-no school-no work day. I began the day with a spinach and banana green smoothie as I finished reading Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko. I loved green smoothies since the first time I had one. I think I first read about them on the internet. I’m going to make them more often now that I know how good they are for me. I always stuck to the old spinach and banana. It is so good though! I make everyone taste it. I got some good recipes from the book to try though. Hopefully they will measure up to spinach and banana. They had a section called “savory smoothies” which I am a bit leery of. They have things like avocado and tomatoes in them. Scary. Then I made enough raw hummus to last me all week. It was from Ian’s recipe in the V.E.G.A.N.S. cookbook. I hadn’t ever made hummus from zucchini before and I was pleasantly surprised. I dipped my veggies in it and had some cantaloupe with it for lunch. I think I am getting to the point where I don’t need a ton of food to last me throughout the day because I couldn’t even finish that small lunch. And, god those heavy spoonfuls of peanut butter really did me in. I think I’m going to go for a bike ride to try to lighten up my tummy. Bye!


Ian said...

Let me ask - was it peanut "spread" or peanut "butter"? The "spread" is from the ilk of Skippy, Jif, and Peter Pan, and the ingredients are like a "Who's Who" of chemical mishaps.

Real peanut butter is the kind that just has "Peanuts" as ingredients (sometimes salt too) and usually has the oil separation at the top. If these cravings get the best of you, you may want to try Native Sun's fresh ground peanut butter, where you actually grind the peanuts. They're not raw (roasted, instead) but at least it will be better (and cheaper, I believe) than the corporate alternative.

The other raw butters, like almond, pecan, walnut, cashew etc. are very, very expensive. There is also debate about whether cashews are really raw or not.

Either way, good luck :-)

Raw Summer said...

It was Jif. :(

But it's so good. You will be happy to know I have given it away AND learned my lesson. I thought I needed to find a good alternative, but perhaps not. Thanks for commenting. :)