Happy — What I Ate — Wednesday!
I don’t know how long its been since I’ve last uploaded a descent WIAW-post. How I’ve missed this! And all of YOU! Seriously… I’ve been scrolling down the uploads on Jenn’s website, recognizing half of all my favorite bloggers I haven’t spoken to in ages ;-) It’s been TOO long! We need to catch up! I’m recycling an old WIAW summer badge since I feel like it suits this time of year… and quite frankly I can’t find the other one on my laptop anymore ;-)
Let’s get on with the FOOD :D
I’m not gonna show you my day of eats… WHAT?! No… next week: Yes..
But this week I wanna share some of my most recent eats — all the food I’ve been loving these past few months since leaving my blog (temporarily…) ♥
I’ve been making some changes to my diet after visiting with a few medical doctors to sort out some lingering health problems I’ve been coping with for months now. (Not so) Shocking… I’m still extremely allergic to ALL dairy. I had hoped I’d grew out of that allergy and I’ve been eating cheese like it’s my full-time job these past few years! I don’t even wanna think of all the buckets full of Greek yogurt I downed every week ;) Delicious = YES, healthy = YES… smart?! Not so much…
So there’s no dairy in my life anymore… Sad, sad story*violin playing*!
I’ve been off of dairy for 7 months now and I feel SO much better though! My sinuses have cleared up, the puffiness around my eyes is way less and those aching headaches early morning aren’t bugging me any longer! I feel more energetic all day and to be honest… I don’t miss the dairy anymore. If I do eat dairy products now I notice an immediate reaction, making my ears pop like I’m on a plane (crashing down full speed…!) and a swollen tongue & face… not a pretty sight ;) So that makes me stay away from it pretty easily ;)
OK enough with this rant, plenty of time to talk more during the many posts to follow! So good to be back! Don’t be a stranger, please say HI :D I’d love to hear from you again! ♥
I’ve been in love with smoothies for breakfast or mid-morning snack. I’ve been growing my own kale and berries this season, and I’ve been adding them to most of my concoctions. This one below is a simple banana – blackberry – almond milk – edible flowers smoothie. No greens involved.
Creamy Buttery Goodness #1
To compensate for the missing creaminess that I used to get from eating all that Greek yogurt; I’ve been experimenting with making my own nutbutters.
And mannnnnnnn DO I LOVE THEM DEARLY!
I make all kinds of variations, but my absolute favorite combination is macadamia-cashew-coconut butter.. too bad I recently found out I can’t do cashews anymore either.. Lucky me: macadamia-coconut is really good too!
But for all you cashew-lovers: try this threesome! You’ll love it ;)
I still love my salads! Making them prettier & bigger each week ♣
I’ve started to make my own – fancy – salad dressings: OMG orgasmic!
I never cared for salad dressing since I don’t like the overly sweet, vinegary or salty taste of most store bought varieties. I usually eat my greens plain or with a little olive oil… however making my own opened a WHOLE new world for me!
I can’t believe I’ve never done this before! I’ve completely been underestimating the deliciousness a good salad dressing can bring to the table ♥
*Sigh* — glorious baking… Whenever I have the chance I bake my own breads, cakes and cookies. Not as often as I used to because I’ve been lacking in time… BUT it’s still my go-to meditation of choice for those rainy days where all you wanna do is to lick the spoon :D
Coconut milk & I are in love :) It’s the easiest milk to make, yet the worst to store… unfortunately you really have to make small batches and use the milk within 24 hours or it will go rancid/sour = Not. Good.
Almond milk is my second fave to make.. If I’d live in the States I’d buy my almond milk in the store like I used to do in Wichita.. but here it’s SO freaking expensive AND often times there’s sugar added to the almond milk :| I totally don’t get that… why can Almond Breeze make a sugar free HIT and the Dutch copy cat has to have sugar added to it?!
Creamy Buttery Goodness #2
The only dairy that seems to give me little trouble = organic full fat butter. From grass fed cows to be precise. I do notice a little ear-popping going on after eating butter… but it’s worth it ;)
Homemade salty-herb butter is THE absolute best on top of ANYTHING & EVERYTHING. From steak to sweet potato to veggie burgers to toasted bread to rice cakes… whatever you serve me, if you give me a few tablespoons of butter to go with… I’m one happy camper!
When life gives you lemons…
Life doesn’t always goes according to plan. And that’s OK! We live and we learn :)
Lemonade… sweet & tangy lemonade… ♥ Life = GOOD ♥
Chips & Dips
Along with my new-found love for salad dressings; I’ve been enjoying some awesome dips lately! From a pesto inspired Arugula Dip to Broccoli-Walnut Dip to Carrot-Curcuma Dip to a Mexican Bell Pepper-Avocado Dip.
I love to tinker about new flavor combinations! >>I may or may not wake up at night to write down new ideas that just popped into my head :o <<
However I’m pleasing not only my personal taste-buds, but those of friends & family too.. so that makes it all good right ;)