Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter, Honey and Almonds

grahamcrackertreats Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter, Honey and Almonds

I made these crackers a couple of hours after lunch when I was feeling hungry again. I blame them for ruining my dinner appetite until 11pm! They were really good though. Graham cracker with natural peanut butter, honey and almonds. They were down right decadent!

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meatsauce Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter, Honey and Almonds

For lunch I had a plate of my homemade meat sauce, made using organic, grass-fed beef over brown rice noodles. Have you tried brown rice noodles? They’re decently good

greekyogurt Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter, Honey and Almonds

Very late night “dinner” of greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, passionfruit/cherry/blueberry jam, graham cracker crumbles and a drizzle of honey. High protein dinner! I can’t believe a cup of whole greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein. It’s crazy.

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I’m off to finish some work and get ready for a Valentine’s Day adventure with Josh. We were originally going to spend the weekend away, but I had to go and trip over a dog. So today will be spent at the movies, having lunch and going to the fresh market. There will probably be coffee and books in their too. I’m so excited!

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Vegetable Kung Pao

I make vegetable kung pao with peanuts at least once a week. Josh loves it, I love it, and it’s quick and easy to make. I’m pretty sure I could make it with my eyes closed. I sauté two or three cups of celery and one chopped onion in 1-2 T sesame or olive oil. Cook until tender. I add fresh or powdered garlic, white pepper, a few pepper flakes, and one or two shakes of chinese five spice. Then I add about 2 T soy sauce, 2 T rice vinegar, 2 t sugar or honey, a shake of cornstarch and then 1/2 – 1 C. chicken of vegetable stock. Add more soy sauce or garlic to taste and about a cup of salted peanuts. Top off with chili sauce and serve with basmati rice.

Before dinner I did 40 minutes of Insanity and I swear during the whole thing I had Bob in my head yelling at me to work harder. I think it’s because of Gail. And you know what? I worked harder! Thanks Bob (and Gail.)

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New vs. Old Habits

Old habits die hard. I’m hearing this a lot, as well as replacing old habits with new habits. And finding it difficult to identify these bad habits is a process in and of itself. Sometimes I don’t even know it’s a habit, or that it’s keeping me from my goals.

A couple of days ago I went through the house and threw out food that could cause me to binge. I went through this whole mental process of thinking this is wasteful, I can handle small amounts, and is this really bad to have around? It’s hard for throw away perfectly good “food”, but I did anyway and I have another round to go. I have boxes of graham cracks leftover from gingerbread house building, and right now they aren’t tempting- I could care less about graham crackers, but I worry about what they could turn into. So I will give them away.

And now I’m thinking of tackling my sugar/brown sugar and flour reserves. I cook occasionally with sugar, but I know I can use honey instead. Not much can be done (of the overeating variety, for me) without sugar, so I will keep the flour. I’m actually having these thoughts, what could I easily turn into a dessert? If this can be a dessert, it should go. This is the thing with being able to bake, you can do it quickly and easily without much on hand.

Old habits for me, are thinking “I can handle this”, and in the moment I can, but eventually something will pop up and I’ll find myself making brownies in the microwave and wondering how that even happened. Steps A to B to eating are a blur to me and I’m left with brownie residue in a mug trying very hard to wash away the evidence.

I’m asking myself, how can I  replace these habits and old ways of thinking? It’s a challenge, it’s hard to question a behavior you’ve worked hard at protecting.

What habits are you trying to throw away?

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