Better ‘n Banana?

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 18, 2008

TGIF!! Sorry this post is up late – this morning I woke up to find my lovely Internet said it was working, but the pages wouldn’t actually load! I spent about 30 minutes trying to figure it out before I had to start getting ready for work. Luckily it worked by the end of that time!

Thanks to all who have left their advice and comments regarding the reader question in the last post. It’s always a good idea to get as many different opinions as possible, so keep them coming!


Thursday morning I decided to switch up my usual breakfast. I had some ripe bananas that needed to be used up – so I started out by slicing one of them and topping it with some Better ‘n Peanut Butter.

The double sweetness from the banana and the Better ‘n Peanut Butter (which has less fat, but more sugar than regular PB) really appealed to my sweet tooth in the morning:mrgreen:

I also made one of my microwaved poached egg whites with goat cheese and feta. I’ve heard from Kelly T. twice now that these look like potatoes. I agree they look a little weird interesting, but they are awesome. Full of flavor and they also cook in less than 2 minutes!

I rounded out breakfast with a mug of Coffee Cocoaminus the cocoa today! I decided to try something different, and found that I liked the coffee with just cream almost as much. Almost.


At about 10:00 am, I was in need of something warm. I think the heat from that past two days is causing the office to be turned into an ice box – I constantly have goose bumps, even with a sweater on! I went to Hannah’s Bretzel to get an organic skim mocha – made with all organic ingredients, gluten-free, and all around delicious.

I can see this drink easily becoming a “staple” in my diet. It’s just too good not to! I don’t want to waste my paycheck though, so perhaps I will have to limit myself to a few times a week;)


And the warm trend continues! I decided to have soup for lunch because I was still cold:) I went to a little stand called Fresh Start near the office and decided on the spicy vegetable soup.

It was hot, hot, hot! It came with corn, carrots, potatoes, and…JALAPENO peppers!!

My mouth definitely needed to cool down after eating that soup! I sliced up a juicy peach to bring back the cool8)

I rounded out lunch with a bag of David pumpkin seeds. Here’s one of several handfuls:


I don’t have a picture of my afternoon snack, but I wanted to mention it just because it was so much fun :) On certain Thursdays, our office has a get together at the end of the day. Today’s theme was the Tour de France – complete with wine, cheese and…FRENCH FRIES! Ha, pretty creative if you ask me. I had sips (about 2 ounces each) of Merlot, Chardonnay and Champagne, all of which were very good! I tried brie cheese, swiss cheese and some elegant looking cheddar. And of course I couldn’t pass up a handful of those McDonald’s French fries 😉 I haven’t had those in a loonng time!

When I got home from work, I wasn’t that hungry. Bobby and I had plans to go play tennis, so I just grabbed a handful of Trader Joe’s Anti-OXidant trail mix to hold me over.


Tennis was so much fun last night. I honestly think I’m getting better – though it’s definitely a challenging sport when you start taking it up later in life! When I got back, I still wasn’t very hungry, but I knew I should eat something so I decided on something sweet (tough decision for me, right?). I made this concoction with a cup of Kozy Shack rice pudding, a sliced banana, and another spoonful of Better ‘n Peanut Butter – and now the title of this post is explained. Twice in one day!

This combination was good and filling, but not very balanced I suppose. I was definitely lacking in the veggie department today. Oh well, that’s what tomorrow is for!

To secure my veggie-less day, I finished the night splitting a bunch of Rainier cherries with Bobby while watching some more Lost. At least I wasn’t lacking in the fruit department;)

Off to respond to comments and read other blogs! Have a great Friday, everyone!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl July 18, 2008 at 9:56 am

Bananas & nut-butter = heavenly.

Tennis is fun – I used to play competitively. Keep it up!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – PLEASE SLICE MY PEACHES FOR ME SO THAT THEY’RE AS NEAT AS YOURS!!! :0D

Enjoy your Friday!!


2 totaltransformation July 18, 2008 at 9:57 am

If I may be honest, that banana with peanut butter on it- although no doubt delicious- has the appearance of….well…let’s just say it isn’t very appetizing. Everything else looked pretty dern tasty.


3 sweetsandsweats July 18, 2008 at 10:01 am

I NEED to be working at an office that celebrates with a Tour De France theme and wine. Two of my favorite pasttimes merged together at work. Unfathomable!


4 Mark Salinas July 18, 2008 at 10:14 am

Yum! You are always so on! Enjoy the weekend!


5 glidingcalm July 18, 2008 at 11:10 am

I haven’t had any of those Rainer cherries yet this summer! They are just too expensive for cheap ol’ me! Sure do look delicious though! The little wine and cheese party sounds fun too!

Happy Friday Miss Jenn!


6 Sharon July 18, 2008 at 11:42 am

Enjoy your weekend! I am such a big fan of trail mix, but I have to learn to portion control them, because I can just mindlessly eat more than one serving!

Oooohh and that soup looks oh-so-tasty!!!


7 Erin July 18, 2008 at 12:09 pm

I love your attitude about missing veggies. Flexibility is a quality I’m missing. :) Way to model a healthy attitude!


8 Jenn July 18, 2008 at 1:27 pm

VeggieGirl ~ Maybe someday I will have a video camera and can do a peach-cutting tutorial 😉

totaltransformation ~
Two words: dirty mind!!!

sweetsandsweats ~ It was pretty darn creative, that’s for sure!

Mark ~ Thanks – enjoy yours too :)

Em ~ My mom bought them for me, hehe :) Happy Friday to you!

Sharon ~ Yes, trail mix is really easy to mindlessly munch! I make myself pour out handfuls and put the bag away so if I want another I am consciously going back to pull the bag out!

Erin ~ Aw, thanks :) I figure it all balances out eventually!


9 Kristie July 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Tour de France foodie day, how fun is that! I wouldn’t be able to resist all of those lovely cheeses, mmm. The french eat so darn well.

I love the sounds of that rice pudding concoction, it makes me want to go out and buy some rice pudding right now just so I can make something like that.


10 Aly July 18, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Mmm that soup looks so hearty. I wish they sold that near my office :-)


11 oatmeal July 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Mmmm bananas…If only there was some way to incorporate that magical fruit into every single meal! Love your fun dinner and breakfast!

And that mocha looks so creamy and yummy!


12 Every Gym's Nightmare July 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm

did i say it twice? im repetitive. and impatient. and hungry.


13 Foodie July 18, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I had McDonald’s fries today, too!


14 linds July 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm

oh my goodness your food all looks SO good and your pictures are gorgeous! I’m getting hungry just reading :)


15 Katie July 18, 2008 at 9:28 pm

What is Better’n Peanut Butter?

Your peach & cherry pics remind me…there are some in the fridge. Hooray for delicious summer fruit!


16 Jenn July 18, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Kristie ~ They really do. I’ll never forget my trip to Paris – bread all day, every day…wine and cheese galore…why am I not there right now?

Aly ~ It sure was hearty 😉

Carmen ~ Do I smell a banana “challenge” coming on?!?!

Kelly T ~ Haha, I just thought it was funny because it really does look like one :)

Foodie ~ Hurray for salty fries!

linds ~ Aw, thank you! I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now :)

Katie ~ Better ‘n Peanut Butter is peanut butter with less fat and more sweet stuff, such as tapioca syrup and rice syrup. I mention it in this post here. It’s pretty good. Not as good as regular PB, but an interesting way to mix it up!


17 iameatingtolive July 19, 2008 at 12:34 am

The soup had veggies in it!! 😉

I love the look of your dinner. Sometimes nothing beats a sweet/refreshing evening meal. Yum!

Haha, and I’m glad the wraps didn’t gross you out – they *are* good! Lemme know if you ever try our interesting combos 😉


18 iameatingtolive July 19, 2008 at 12:34 am

Wow, I just used two winking faces in my comment. I never knew I was such a wink-y person! lol


19 lindzakins921 July 19, 2008 at 9:24 am

ugh i hate when we have internet problems, i just had to go fix ours too!

have a great weekend…

i love the way that banana & pb looks!


20 Jenn July 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm

iameatingtolive ~ You’re right! The soup did had veggies – phew! I will let you know when I try the wrap. Haha, I also find that I use more winks and smiles than I ever thought possible on these blogs 😉

Lindz ~ Yeah, what did we ever do without the Internet?! Haha, it’s crazy to think about. I hope you have a good weekend too!


21 Kelly March 13, 2010 at 7:34 am

McDonald’s serving mochas? Now I’ve seen everything…


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