Oh how I missed coming up with blogging titles 😉 Seriously though, you all are amazing! Granted, I already knew that BEFORE my post last night, but I just thought I’d reiterate it because I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support, advice and just plain niceness!
After reading through all of your comments this morning, of course I was inspired to do a little food journaling today! One of the best parts about being in AZ – other than chillaxin’ to the max with the fam – is the time zone difference because I post at night (after many of you are in sleepy mode!) and wake up to see all the sweet comments that you leave me. I can’t express how much I appreciate and am grateful for every comment I receive. There really isn’t a better way to begin the morning – except for perhaps a bowl of oatmeal 😉 Or Coffee Cocoa?!
Speaking of that early morning meal, today I woke up to find mi padre had done a bagel run! Back in high school, he used to do a bagel or donut run – yes, donut run! – every Sunday morning. My favorite was the Long John donut with chocolate icing and rainbow sprinkles. I had those suckers at least every other week. I know some of you are cringing right now 😉 But today’s bagel run brought back fond memories!
But my tastes have differed slightly – this one was a whole wheat bagel 😉 I can’t believe I used to like plain white bagels – they seriously have no taste to me now. Whole grain has so much more to it! I topped my bagel with Barney Butter (more on that later) and also enjoyed it with a mug of Coffee Cocoa.
LOVE this mug. My mom and I found a whole collection of them at our local grocery store. They actually have a groove at the top where you can stick a lid so it becomes a to-go mug.
After breakfast, my dad, brother, Bobby (Yay! He’s here!) and I went to the driving range to hit some golf balls. We had a putting contest, too – my bro and I tied for second and my dad took first place. And that leaves Bobby in Dead. Last. Muahaha 😉 We might be kind of competitive…
All that competition certainly wore me out, so we came home and watched Brett Favre win his first game with the Jets (he’s my fave player ever, even if he ditched the Pack), and we made some lunch.
I started out with a so fresh ‘n so clean salad made with romaine lettuce, black olives, tomatoes and cucumbers and topped with a miso viniagrette.
It was yum. Then I had 1/2 cup cottage cheese with another 90-calorie pack of Barney Butter.
I think that means it’s time for a review – wouldn’t you say?
I was more than thrilled to be given the chance to review Barney Butter on my blog, especially considering the rave reviews that it’s been getting from Tina over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake and Gina, The Fitnessista. I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Barney for making it possible!
After doing some research on the company site, I realized that Jennifer created Barney Butter in her own kitchen – what a great story! And now they have moved into an almond-only facility, which is great news for those looking for an alternative to peanut butter due to allergies, etc.
Ingredients: Almonds, Evaporated Cane Juice, Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt.
Review: I’ve been using the 90-calorie packs in pretty much everything I eat – they are SO. GOOD! The evaporated cane juice adds a slightly sweet taste, making it a lot different from other almond butters I tried. In fact, I wasn’t a big fan of almond butter until I tried Barney Butter! I love raw almonds, but thought the texture of some of the other brands was a little off. I like the fact that Barney Butter comes in both creamy and crunchy and is no-stir, so I don’t have to worry about oil on the top of the jar.
Here are just a few of the ways I’ve been using Barney Butter:
1) On top of plain Greek yogurt with blue–raspberries.
2) In Friday’s oatmeal – yes, VeggieGirl guessed the mystery ingredient!
And of course, I also used it in today’s breakfast AND lunch, as you just saw I think it’s safe to say I’m hooked on Barney Butter! Thanks again to Jennifer for creating a great product and sending me some to try for myself. I hope it makes it into stores near me soon!
Nutrition Information (per 2 tbsp.):
- Calories: 180
- Fat: 15g
- Sodium: 100mg
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugars: 3g
- Protein: 6g
We came back and refueled with another mug of Coffee Cocoa – hey, caffeine may help ease sore muscles! – while watching some more football – I. love. football! And I also love polka dot pajama pants!
Another successful meal from Papa Bender. What a chef 😉 Tonight’s treat was Kobe beef burgers, black beans and corn on the cob (!!).
The burgers were extra flavorful thanks to the addition of ground pepper and onion salt. I topped mine with meunster cheese, tomatoes and pickles and decided to forgo the bun in favor of some fresh whole grain bread from the grocery store.
If you’ve been reading my blog long enough, you know that burgers aren’t typically a Bender food, but my dad is quite talented on the grill, so I am always up for trying whatever is on the menu. These didn’t disappoint!
The black beans were delicious thanks to more ground pepper, onion salt and chili powder. My dad also threw in some finely chopped green onions and turkey bacon.
And corn on the cob was as delicious as always with a squeeze of Smart Balance.
A meal doesn’t get much more exciting than that!
Unless, of course, you add dessert 😉 And this dessert was exceptional…
Dreyer’s Slow-Churned Pumpkin Ice Cream!! I love limited edition flavors like this one, but I had never tried the pumpkin one before.
It’s heavenly! In my opinion, it tasted like creamy, cold pumpkin pie! There was definitely a prominent cinnamon flavor throughout, too. If you are an ice cream fan and see this one in stores – get it!
One final thing to note – I finished the second book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Series last night! At this rate, I really don’t think it will be much of a problem for me to finish the series before school starts. Then I can reread them over winter break. Yes, I am obsessed!
Have a Monday, everyone!