Well, I’m out. And not just of the normal things like:
time, money, clean laundry, excuses for always being late,
and possible causes why I have stomach issues.
I’ve been running out of food things around here like crazy the past few day.
I actually thought it was funny at first and thought it would make a cute post, but then I kept running out of more stuff and it was just ridiculous. At least for most of them I have a little solution or two.
First it was this Scotty B’s Sweet Bacon Jalapeño Hot Sauce
that I’ve been using to top my salads and doctor up my wraps.
I don’t even like bacon, but this sauce is good. I miss it already. Good thing I have a few others to tide me over and my new little salad topping combination from Sarena the other day (apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and yeast flakes).
I also got a lot of other great suggestions from all of you for different ways to use apple cider vinegar. Who knew you all used it? I’m a newbie to the whole ACV thing, but I’m excited to experiment. I’ll take all the help and suggestions you want to give up.
Speaking of yeast flakes,
I ran out of nutritional yeast and bought this brewer’s yeast instead thinking it was the same thing.
It’s not, but I’m using it anyway. It has some good nutritional stats and health benefits.
Lauren also told me on Twitter that it’s supposed to make my hair shiny. Sold. Anything to help this mop.
The brewer’s yeast is a bit nuttier. Yep. Stole that straight from the canister. It says right on there “Wonderful nutty flavor.” Ha ha.
The brewer’s yeast also doesn’t have that “cheesy” flavor that nutritional yeast has, but I’m experimenting with it anyway. By the way, the cool people call nutritional yeast “nooch”. (I don’t know why because I’m not that cool, but I’m going to try to learn the lingo and pretend I know what I’m talking about.)
I used the brewer’s yeast in my cheese less sandwich with a little Smart Balance Light, garlic salt and garlic powder.
It wasn’t too shabby. (And I feel like my hair is shinier already. Kidding.)
I also ran out of this Good Earth tea.
Of course I ran out right after I discovered my favorite tea combination from the other day.
Good Earth Original, Good Earth Original caffeine free and 1/2 tablet of lemon tea Nuun.
I’ll have to double up on the caffeine free packets until I get my hands on some more of the original. (FYI- They sell the caffeine free version at Costco.)
I’m not exactly out of my favorite cocoa powder yet, but I am on my last container which is living a little too dangerously.
Seriously, I just stocked up on a bunch of these and I’m almost out. I really have a problem.
Yesterday it was my espresso beans that I found almost gone. Not good.
I’m going to have to sub in some instant espresso for a bit.
The following happens pretty frequently with the PB2 around here.
It’s a good thing I order from Bell Plantation in bulk. Ha.
I did find this Better’n Peanut Butter though (from Trader Joe’s or Target- I can’t remember which one) in the back corner of the pantry that I had forgotten about.
It’s pretty good. Sweet, creamy, low in fat and 100 calories per two tablespoon serving. A good option to change things up a bit.
I also ran out of my favorite soy milk (Soy Slender) so I’m trying out this Silk Light Vanilla one for about half the price.
Now friends, this is a big deal. I ate the last of my Vitatops over the weekend.
The second I finished that Vitatop I thought about placing another big order. There was a Hungry Girl special last week, but I missed the deadline and ordering these delicious things (even when they’re on special) adds up. Especially when you’ve been eating two a day like I have.
I’m going to try to refrain from buying any more for awhile. (That’s like saving $2 a day if you’re counting. Are you reading this STUFT Daddy? We’ll be able to afford that minivan in no time. LOL.)
So instead of my nightly Vitatops with my dark chocolate frosting I’m making these.
High Protein Dark Chocolate Muffin
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (can substitute one medium mashed banana)
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup nondairy milk of choice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 sweetener packets (I use Splenda or Stevia)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (I usually don’t measure)
2 tablespoons coconut flour (16 grams)
2 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder (10 grams)
Mix all ingredients in small bowl. Pour into large mug sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Microwave for approximately 5 minutes. I do mine for 5:55, but our microwave is OLD and I have issues with having the cooking time be the same number (4:44, 3:33, 2:22, 1:11).
Plop on a plate. Take a picture of the not so photogenic muffin masterpiece.
Oh yeah. Living it up.
And living it up again. Different night, different mug.
Pretty much the same toppings.
*Disclaimer- Deb is the brilliant mind behind the original version of this protein muffin.
I’m not going to lie, it’s no Vitatop, but it does the trick and I like that it has a little protein also. And… a huge bonus that it saves a little dough.
I’m trying to convince STUFT Daddy we need to go to San Francisco for The San Francisco Marathon next month. I’m also trying to find someone to sponsor me, so if you know anyone who wants to help out a crazy running mama send them my way. I’m on a mission to try to complete a marathon minus 3 emergency bathroom stops like my last marathon. Ha ha.
Well, I have some fun snapshots from the day yesterday, but I’ve rambled on long enough about food so I’ll save them.
Totally random question:
Do you prefer peanut butter (or other nut butter) at room temperature or chilled?
That’s right, that’s what I was thinking about last night. I like to eat it better cold even though it’s easier to spread when it’s room temp. Go figure.