(1) Bircher Muesli
No surprise there. I’ve enjoyed this breakfast for several weeks now with various combinations of fruits, nuts and seeds. I even made a huge batch for customers at Strawberry Fields to sample while they asked me nutrition questions. I topped the samples with an in-store trail mix.
I didn’t expect people to like Bircher Muesli as much as other samples I’ve prepared — I mean, it looks like something you might find in the old paint section at Home Depot — but it was a hit! I made two large batches just in case and ended up serving almost all of it. Customers loved the idea of stirring up yogurt and oats the night before a busy day and grabbing a ready-made breakfast on the way out the door.
(2) No more cold!
The weather’s pretty awesome, too.
(3) Our seedlings.
Our first year with a garden will be a success! At least, that’s the mantra I repeat while I gaze at the un-sprouted sections of the seedling tray (yes, I feel quite normal. Why do you ask?). Forget bolstering your plant’s growing success with sweet talk; I’m going to sing show tunes to the spindly seedlings in the lower left corner. This year, we’re growing tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, kale and several other greens I’ve already forgotten, thyme, two types of basil, melons, and flowers. Stay tuned for updates.
(4) The Help and Spanish for the Nutrition Professional
My reading material has varied quite a bit lately. For one of my new consulting gigs, I’ll occasionally be meeting with Spanish-speaking families, so I ordered this book to help learn some basics. Notice I didn’t say “brush up” as that implies initial knowledge and I currently speak 0.00% of the Spanish language. Looks like I have a bit of studying ahead of me.
As for fun reading: after starting several disappointing books that had nearly identical formulaic-exploding-beginnings-that-were-nevertheless-boring-as-Bircher-Muesli-paint, I decided to read outside my usual genres for the first time in a while. Picking up The Help was a welcome breath of honey-scented air. This book just has plain good writing, the likes of which I haven’t seen in recent years.
Any suggestions for what my next read should be?
(5) Tiny bananas
I incorporate a banana into nearly every breakfast. Usually we only find bananas that are too large to eat all at once, so I’ll use half and keep half in the refrigerator for another breakfast. There’s something wonderful about tossing a whole banana in a smoothie, so whenever we find tiny bananas (around 4 to 5 inches), it’s a win for the week.
Before you get the wrong idea, I’d like to point out that bananas are not inherently evil. They’ve gotten a bit of a bad rap lately. I can’t tell you how many times clients and customers have asked me if bananas are fattening, or if they should avoid them. The simple answer? No! Bananas are chock full of vitamins, potassium, magnesium and fiber. They are no more “fattening” than other fruits. As with any food, difficulties arise when too much is eaten. Yes, it is possible to eat too much fruit (see this fantastic post by the Candid RD on this topic), but when incorporated into a well-rounded diet, fruit is a excellent choice.
As I add other fruits to my breakfast (e.g. berries, peaches, pineapple), I choose to include a smaller amount of banana. Not because bananas are “fattening”, but because I choose smaller amounts of different foods so I can enjoy them all.
Have a great week, dear reader!
Q: What are some of your favorite things lately? Any suggestions for my next read?
P.S. Madeline pic of the week. She’s contemplating the merits of lying in bed all day versus attacking the toy behind her and strewing the toy guts all over the carpet. Especially in un-vacuumable places.