Time to get down and dirty with some almond butter lovin’ here at Heather Eats Almond Butter! Are you ready?!?
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I’m planning on devoting more time to the blog, especially when we get home from our Babymoon. Some days, I might even publish two posts. How would you feel about that? I ask as I don’t want to overwhelm any readers. Also, once the HEABlet arrives in November, I plan to be a stay-at-home mom. As much as I love my career as a massage therapist, I won’t be able to work nearly as often. I’m hoping to see a few clients a month, maybe on Saturdays when CD is at home to watch the baby, but I no longer plan to work evenings. So, hopefully, I will get to spend more time with all of you.
So, here’s to an all new HEAB and the many adventures that await us both. Thanks again for your continued support…because of you, I consider my blog the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Love you guys. :)
Yesterday, Chris and I took Erin’s advice and spent the afternoon hiking around Brown Bridge Pond. Thanks for the suggestion Erin as we thoroughly enjoyed our 4.2 mile walk through the woods! The forest was so quiet and serene, and the only other people we encountered were a few kayakers floating down the water.
After our hike, CD made us an early dinner of his almond butter chili as we can’t seem to get enough of it. So good. Have you tried it yet?
Later in the evening, I baked myself a HUGE sweet potato in the oven, mashed it up, and ate it from a waning Trader Joe’s crunchy almond butter jar. There were several spoonfuls of nut butter still left in the jar…way more than I thought. Love that! Also love that CD finally remembers to save those last few bites of nut butter for my jar concoctions. Thanks CD…it only took me about a year to train him. ;)
Why do people feel the need to cover their sweet potatoes in brown sugar? I promise that if you bake them in the oven (for about an hour at 425°), the sweet potato will get ooey gooey & sweet all on its own.
This morning, I incorporated the rest of my potato into a breakfast sandwich…and it was amazing.
Speaking of ooey gooey, check out the center of this bread. It’s like a big cinnamon roll. YUM!
What’s your favorite breakfast sandwich?
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Some of the weird things I did over the past 24 hours:
Ate chocolate potato pudding from the waning Naturally Nutty Chocolate Butter Toffee PB jar.
Potato pudding: 1 baked white potato blended with Jay Robb’s chocolate rice protein powder and unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It was…different. I didn’t hate it, although I have to admit the best part was the peanut butter at the bottom of the jar! I think I’ll stick to my favorite pureed squash recipe in the future or use a baked sweet potato instead.
Dinner was CD’s Almond Butter Chili (his best batch yet!). Again, all we have here are at the cottage are plastic bowls, and I do not like putting hot food in plastic. So, I ate my 2nd meal of the day from a nut butter jar. The Naturally Nutty 16 ounce jars make great bowls!
Post-chili, I was still hungry…totally playing the pregnancy card on this next one…definitely not a typical HEAB evening snack but quite delicious!
Woke up at 2 AM hungry again and proceeded to snack on Puffins in the bathroom so as not to wake Chris.
I ♥ Puffins.
Speaking of weird, check out our neighbor’s mailbox…
Fess up: Weirdest thing you did yesterday?
Thanks to everyone who left me a comment yesterday regarding avoiding food allergies in babies. I must admit that I’m now more confused than ever as there is so much conflicting info. out there. The two pieces of advice that I definitely plan to follow are to take a daily probiotic and to breastfeed for at least 6 months. I actually have a bottle of these probiotics in the fridge at home, but I am so bad about taking one everyday. However, that’s going to change when I get home! I also plan to nurse for at least 6 months, if not longer as I know breast milk offers the best possible nutrition for the HEABlet and will help to strengthen her immune system as well. As far as my food intake goes, some of you said it helps to abstain from likely allergens while others of you said it is important to introduce the baby to these foods. So, what I’m thinking is I’m going to continue to avoid soy and cow’s milk proteins since I have problems with those myself (I won’t lie…I still really want to try Moomer’s ice-cream before we leave Michigan!). Other than that, I’m going to continue eating how I normally do, but perhaps eat less wheat and peanut butter. Also, I tend to eat the same foods over and over, and I’m going aim for more variety.
Thank goodness for seed butters! Although I love my peanut and nut butters, I’m going to try eat more pumpkin and sunflower seed butters. Plus, once this loaf of cinnamon deliciousness is gone, I’m not going to buy any more wheat bread.
Something else I’m going to be eating more of????
Brown rice tortillas! Love these things, and I ate one for lunch yesterday stuffed with bacon, turkey, and mashed avocado.
About 5 minutes after lunch, I was still hungry and made another tortilla stuffed with Pepita Sun Seed Butter and 1 square of unsweetened chocolate, all melted and ooey-gooey. That did the trick – I was stuffed!
Dinner was veggies stir-fried in butter with mustard stirred in at the end and topped with goat cheese.
And my post-dinner snack consisted of 1/2 cup oats cooked in water in the waning Vanilla Almond Butter jar with 1 square unsweetened chocolate. Again, not giving up peanut/nut butters entirely, just going to try and incorporate more seed butters into my life.
I think this is my favorite Naturally Nutty Nut Butter thus far. Very sad it’s all gone. :(
So, that’s the plan: daily probiotic, breastfeed, eat less wheat, dairy, peanuts & nuts, and eat a larger variety of foods. Again, the HEABlet and I thank you for all your advice. In fact, my stomach was jumping all over the place as I typed this post. I think CD and I might have a little gymnast on our hands. :)
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So, yesterday, Chris and I decided to take another day trip. We definitely packed a lot in this weekend and enjoyed visiting some smaller towns around northern Michigan. Let’s see, our first stop was Boyne City. We picked up sandwiches from the Lake Street Market and ate them down by the harbor.
I had a whole wheat wrap with avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and way toooo much mayo. In my opinion, when avocado is involved, mayonnaise is so not necessary. Oh well, the lovely views made up for it. :)
We then drove through Petoskey, and our next stop was Harbor Springs where we celebrated all that is Michigan with…I’ll give you one guess…
Almond Joy ice-cream from Yummies, the cutest little ice-cream shop ever. Amazing by the way!
Next up was Charlevoix, and by the time we arrived, all I wanted to do was sit down by the water. So, that’s exactly what we did.
Me and my crazy I just took down my ponytail hair. :)
On our way home, we made one last stop to check out Torch Lake, Michigan’s longest inland lake. Look how beautiful…
Honestly, I could have stayed there for hours, but my stomach was rumbling for some CD & Heather food. I’ve so enjoyed our little day trips here in Michigan, but I can only take so many sandwiches-on-the-go, and I totally overdid the ice-cream this weekend. By the time we got home, all I wanted was a big plate of veggies and NOTHING sweet. So, while Chris walked the dogs, I chopped and chopped. We ended up with a big pot of veggie stir-fry. My Paleo lovin husband was in charge of cooking, and so there was butter, bacon, and beef involved. ‘Twas very tasty and very filling, and in very un-HEABlike fashion, I skipped my post-dinner dessert. Usually I eat some oatmeal + nut butter or a baked sweet potato before going to bed, but my body did not want anything sweet. So, I listened. :)
I enter my 3rd trimester this week. Crazy, huh? To all the mamas and mamas-to-be out there, have you read anything about avoiding food allergies in your babies? I’ve heard that if you avoid certain foods during your last few months of pregnancy (wheat, peanuts, etc.), then your baby is less likely to be allergic to them in the future. Thoughts? Please share!
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Yesterday, CD and I did more exploring.
CD and I split the roast beef on olive focaccia bread.
The bread was smothered in some type of blue cheese mayo. Blue cheese + olive focaccia = amazing. However, this sandwich was huge, and I’m so glad CD was there to help!
Our next stop was Empire, MI, but on our way there we drove through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and decided to stop when we noticed people climbing a large sand dune. CD asked me if I was up for the climb, and I said sure, thinking we’d climb to the top of one dune for a beautiful view of lake Michigan. So, we paid the parking fee, threw our shoes in the grass, and started climbing.
Uh yeah, the climb didn’t end at the top of the first dune…
It just kept going and going and we ended up hiking up and down dunes for almost 2 miles until we finally saw Lake Michigan.
We made it!
After playing in the water for a few minutes, we headed back. Later, I looked at the map the park ranger had given us when we arrived. Hmm, turns out we did the Dunes Hiking Trail: Strenuous. Hilly, all sand, and little shade. Travels over nine hills through the high dunes plateau to Lake Michigan. It can be a hot, exhausting, three to four hour trip. We managed to complete the entire hike in a 2 and 1/2 hours…must have been all that focaccia. ;)
I ordered a small peanut butter brownie chunk swirl cone (yes, that’s a small!) and Chris got a small cup of cake batter ice-cream. Literally, this was some of the best ice-cream I’ve ever eaten. With ice-cream in hand, we then walked down to Empire Beach.
Honestly, I think everyone here is lying to us. This cannot possibly be a lake…it’s an ocean!
Upon leaving Empire, we then drove through a few other small towns, arriving back in Fife Lake just in time to feed the pups dinner and take them for an evening walk. All in all, it was another perfect day in Michigan. Thanks for joining us on our journey. :)
There are so many different ways to enjoy nut and seed butters…
Homemade raw pumpkin seed butter, TJ’s crunchy peanut butter, and TJ’s almond butter with oats.
Pancakes! Kabocha squash pancakes drizzled with tahini and maple syrup.
Peanut butter atop a yogurt mess with cereal.
Roasted creamy almond butter smooshed into a banana boat.
Almond butter on a carrot.
Naturally Nutty with butter pecan ice-cream.
Almond Butter Sauce with raw zucchini noodles.
Naturally Nutty schmeared on a baked sweet potato.
Warmed brown rice tortilla filled with Trader Joe’s raw crunchy almond butter, bacon, and turkey. Amazing combo!
And please tell me you’ve tried mashed avocado + naner + nut butter in a warm wrap!
Please share: most unusual nut butter combo you’ve ever eaten?