Monday, March 29, 2010

snacking mayhem

Life has been pretty busy with the new pup in my life and I've been trying to eat well but have been going for a lot of quick meals and snacks. The change in seasons is also messing with my cravings and I'm no longer looking for hearty meals but craving fresh fruit which isn't always easy to find in a remote ski town. I can find fruit but I refuse to buy oranges or apples that are already soft or bruised. I'm really picky about how stuff looks.

I'm even going for really bad snacks that are chocked full of sugar but taste so good... the graham crackers themselves are not-so-good for you and then the chocolate peanut butter or frosting really make them over the top. The peanut butter topped grahams are really filling and get me through a long day at the office and give me the energy to sneak a ski break in. The lifts stop next Sunday so I'm trying to get a few last days in.
I did finally make time late last night to make banana bread. It was a good thing too as the bananas were almost too far gone. It's been a while since I've made it and I've been wanting to try a few changes.
I had a few variations and loved this new style. My loaf pan seems to take forever to bake and the center is too moist while the outside is very dry. I used the Artisan Flour Blend, Earth's Balance, 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Chocolate chips and an 8x8" glass pan. I also reduced the baking time. At 9,500 above sea level it took 60 minutes for the toothpick to come out clean. The new pan shape helped ensure that the middle was cooked and the edges weren't too dry.
I wasn't able to try it last night but had some on my way to drop Mayhem off at the vet this morning. The poor little guy went in to get neutered and came home in a cone head. Chaos also had a few routine shots this afternoon. He's had to wear the cone before and I'm pretty sure he was thrilled it wasn't his turn today!


Kate said...

Funny - I just posted about my favorite fast meal/snack ('s pretty calorie dense for a snack, but maybe post-workout to refuel) 1/2 cup GF oats + spoonful of nut butter + 1/4 cup of so delicious coconut milk (almond milk is great too) and stir until mixed. So good!

Molly @ Star Cottage said...

Love this site Kate, such good recipes. Especially the pizza.
I have 2 close friends we dine with often that are "glutards" as you say, and I am happy to be able to prepare tasty meals for them thanks to you, instead of having them cook for us all the time.

It's nice to see you guys are still enjoying the snow. Dave always was a ski bum. So glad to see him happy doing what he loves, and with a great girl. Congrats on the new pooch.
Oh It's Molly Dave's cousin btw.
Tell him I said Hi.
Many Blessings,