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With the temperature in Pittsburgh around 90 degrees and the humidity at 110%, my appetite usually decreases in the summer months. I still wake up craving a decent breakfast but like to eat smaller meals for lunch and dinner, with snacks to fill in the gaps.
Who else spent their Saturday morning squeezing chickpeas? No one?
Saturday was my mother’s birthday, and we celebrated with a cookout. I made a batch of blondies that was a hybrid of Katie and Holly’s recent recipes. Mine included white chocolate chips, walnuts, and I used cake flour and a real egg instead of flax.
They came out a bit dry (I may have over baked them), so I whipped up a quick icing. “Healthy” went right out the window! ;)
With two cookouts this weekend, I tried to eat healthy during other meals. My friend who hosted a party on Sunday were kind enough to have a veggie burger to throw on the grill for me!
I’ve posted before about how much I love this pecan raisin bread from our local Mediterra Bakery. With a short and natural ingredient list (unbromated unbleached wheat flour, water, flame raisins, toasted pecans, organic whole wheat flour, water sea salt, organic cornmeal), it’s bread I can feel good about eating.
I’ve enjoyed it before as french toast or just toasted and topped with peanut butter, but now that I have that amazing PB & Co, I figured I’d do both.
Plus a little caramelized brown sugar (for good measure).
I got some good feedback on the watermelon smoothie yesterday, so I tried a cantaloupe/strawberry concoction. Since the fruit wasn’t frozen to begin with, the xanthan gum really comes in handy to thicken the smoothie.
In the cup:
1 cup very ripe cantaloupe
1 cup spinach
5 strawberries (frozen would be better)
sweetener (I used Splenda)
handful of icecubes
1/2 scoop protein powder
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
3 Tbsp ice cold water (just to get things blended)
Smoothies are an easy way to get in some nutrition even when you’re not too hungry. I think the melon varieties will help to prevent smoothie burnout! ;)
Any good food finds at your parties this past weekend?