Jolly morning ma fella’ sinners! Normally I’d be super excited it’s already Wednesday. But not when it is vacation weekend and you have a dentist appointment. PS, you know you’re getting old when your vacation plans involve dentist appointments and webinars. I can’t be tamed.
Whelp, at least Wednesdays mean I can share all my weirdly delicious eats and drool over everyone else’s for What I Ate Wednesday!
And we’re off to the races with overnight oats in a PB jar. Seriously though, oats taste exponentially better when served in a peanut butter jar. One of the many great mysteries of the world.
1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup Strawberry Kefir, 1 tsp chia seeds, and half a sliced banana.
What the heck is kefir you say? Pronounced ka-feer, it is a yogurt-type drink full of probiotic bacteria which is good for the gut. Just imagine if you added a pinch of vinegar to your morning smoothie, and you pretty much have the taste of kefir. I have to say I rather enjoy the taste.
So what’s all the hype with probiotics anyways? There’s a big movement to have more “live” foods. Not like chomping down on a fish straight out of the river kinda live. More like the fermented food variety like kombucha, sauerkraut, and of course the named kefir. These foods contain live bacteria which are beneficial to the body.
I am building my Food Network portfolio by appearing on another local TV show to talk all about nutrition. From beans to weight lifting, I think we covered quite the variety of health topics. And then after grocery shopping I was thrown into a hangry whirlwind where the ability to take pictures of meals prior to inhaling them is downright impossible.
I literally threw cottage cheese, snap peas, hummus, and salsa over some romaine and called it lunch. I did however manage to take a picture of this apple.
Which will serve as a dual photo since I snacked on one in the afternoon and two apple pictures is just excessive. Not like my intake of them is excessive so just forget about it.
I also ate a healthy dose of broccoli dipped in peanut butter. Oh how I missed my chunky pb.
Ever wonder why broccoli has been known to bloat? *Nutrition Nerd Alert!* It is actually because our bodies don’t have the ability to breakdown the fibers in the stalks.
These fibers move on down to the large intestine where all that good bacteria lives, and they pretty much have a buffet on all that broccoli fiber, producing lots o’ gad in the process, and thus passing that discomforting bloat on to you.
Don’t get me wrong I still eat the stalks. This fiber, known as insoluble fiber helps “take the trash out” as we like to say in the nutrition world. If you have some issues digesting broccoli or other veggies like cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage, cooking helps break it down better and makes it easier for your gut to handle.
I can tell I am ready for the warm weather since all I wanted for dinner was baked beans and a burger. All that was missing was corn on the cob and, oh yeah warm weather. Leave it to my vacation week to be dreary, rainy, and less than 50 degrees out every day. Ha-rumph.
Beans are also one of those taboo foods when it comes to “digestive issues” to be politically correct, or straight up gas and bloating if you can handle that. My view is that these taboo foods are a double-edged sword.
People don’t eat them a lot cause they cause gas. They cause gas because people don’t eat them enough. The more you eat these veggies like beans, legumes, and other fiber-rich foods, the more your body is able to digest them and cause less discomfort. So just pop a couple bean-o, drink a big glass of water, and know that soon your bloat baby will be born and grow into a bean tolerating feen.
I nibbled my way through some recipe testing, which I seriously cannot wait to share with you guys. I am beyond excited, but can’t disclose anything quite yet. Just be happy that something great is coming! Then nighttime snacks included a cuppa ginger green tea.
And my first experience with Peanut Butter Puffins. Topped with what else but more peanut butter in the form of PB2.
It was like Peanut Butter Captain Crunch on Non-GMO steroids. If only I was patient enough to wait til they got soggy. Yeah, I’m one of THOSE people. I foresee many bowls of these babies in my future. Just call me Miss Cleo.
Case in point, I believe fermented foods as well as fibrous veggies are good for the gut and help keep your digestion in line. While the thoughts of eating bacteria may seem wrong, I assure you these are the good guys, and will actually help protect against the type of bacteria that can get you sick!
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So have some baked beans and wash it down with kombucha sometime. Just be warned I am not liable for any flatulence, bowel movements, or GI discomfort that may ensue. Thanks again to Jenn for being the hostess with the foodie mostest for this week’s WIAW!
Make it a great day!
Do you like soggy or crunchy cereal?
Have you tried any fermented foods?