Tuesday, August 3, 2010

spontaneity & sandwiches

Sometimes you just want to make peanut butter cookies at 11:30 pm after an exciting episode of hgtv design star {anyone else hooked?!}…even though you are a dietitian. Hey, I used whole wheat and spelt flour…that counts for something, right?!

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I’ve always promoted moderation, and I think that an almost-midnight batch of cookies is worth it.

I think the same rule of spontaneity applies when you return to a mysterious bag of basil on your front porch. I guess it’s pesto night.

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Did you know you can also make pesto from fresh asparagus?

I went running in the humid 80 degree weather and almost died. Everyone I ran by was biking, which was probably a much smarter idea. I’m so jealous of those people who actually run better in the heat and humidity. Maybe I should take up bikram yoga?

:: building a better sandwich ::

To everyone who claims that a sandwich just doesn’t do the job at lunch…maybe you need to reassess your building skills? A few tips to help your sandwich tide you through more than a couple hours:

Make sure to include a protein source. Protein takes longer to digest and will provide longer lasting energy. This sandwich is protein packed with tofu and eggs + cukes and pickles. Try hummus or beans for other vegetarian source of protein.

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Use whole wheat bread or wraps. Extra fiber = more complete satiation. Try this combo: hummus, sprouts, lettuce, cukes, and tomato.

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Add veggies for crunch and fiber. Eating more slowly leads to better digestion [check out Kim Snyder’s post on digestion here]. Try starchy vegetables like sweet potato or some of my faves: cukes, zukes, and sprouts.

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What are your winning sandwich combos? I find that eating fresh vegetables at lunch translates into feeling better and more energized throughout the rest of the day.

Job interviewing in Kath’s neighborhood this week!

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27 comments:

  1. who doesn't like to make cookies late at night?! my favorite sandwich of the moment is: turkey, cucumber, tomato, pickles and french (spicy) mustard. ugh. i want lunch like now haha

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  2. WOW your sandwiches look aweeesome girl!!! I LOVE any sandwich WITH CHEESE! haha- it must have cheese! have you tried the tempeh+cheddar+jam combo yet? i havent but it always looks so good ! i need to get on that.

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  3. you're making me crave some of those yummy sandwiches for lunch now!! love the combinations!
    it's going to be 101 in st. louis today!! i def cant take this heat and def will not be running :(
    good luck on the interview!!

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  4. Those sandwiches look good!

    Today I have a salmon burger, hummus, avocado, spinach, and tomato. Tasty :)

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  5. Those are great looking sandwiches! I never keep fixins' in the fridge, so maybe I should stock up on pickles, banana peppers, hummus, sprouts, etc.

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  6. Haha I love baking late at night!! :)

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  7. ah what CAN'T you make pesto out of ?!?!

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  8. Thanks for the pb cookie link! I had all the ingredients on hand, so they are in the oven now! :)

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  9. i love hummus with cucumbers and craisins! talk about a colorfully delicious sandwich :)

    and yes, everything is good in moderation. i'm all for it.

    have a marvelous day!
    love
    becca

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  10. Such delicious sandwiches! I love hummus with avocado and tomato on mine:)

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  11. Sandwiches are the best lunch food. Yours look great!

    My favorite sandwich: turkey, avocado, hummus, sprouts, spinach, and red pepper. I've also put pesto on sandwiches before, which is delicious!

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  12. I agree, WW and some source of protein are the keys for a fulling sandwich! :)
    I like having sandwiches for lunch, quick and easy, very efficient.

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  13. I think EVERYONE is entitled to midnight baking, even nutritionists :)

    good luck with your interview!!

    and great post on sandwiches...now that we have a panini press I am ALL about the sandwiches!

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  14. I actually don't eat sandwiches too much since I tend to eat "dinner food" for lunch...something I got used to working evening shift since at the beginning I never knew if I would be eating dinner or not! Now it's just what I do...

    Anyway! Sandwiches, I loooove. I ate turkey sandwiches for a long time...and I think pickles are key to sandwiches...they're just so tasty!

    Good luck with the interview...fingers and toes crossed!!

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  15. I get in the mood to bake late at night, all the time! Sadly the only thing that stops me is that I don't eat wheat. I need to keep oat bran flour (what I use for pizza) in my house at all times. Or....maybe not!

    I miss sandwiches a lot, since I have yet to find a tasty wheat-free bread. I did eat a sandwich the other day, with wheat bread, and it tasted amazing. I am letting the wheat thing slide on occasion, as long as I'm willing to pay the price! It was worth it.

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  16. i love random night baking and being spontaneous is totally worth it when you make delicious cookies like these!! theyre so plump and textures looking MmMMmMM i can almost taste them!!! <3

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  17. I've been in a sandwich slump lately, none of them seem appealing, but this made me think twice about them! I always love to put cucumbers on mine.

    Hope the interview goes/went well. Thinking very good thoughts for you!

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  18. This is a great lesson on the fundamentals of a sandwich. I agree with you on the moderation part, I like to have a little bit of everything to keep life exciting and healthy.

    I'd be interested in your experiment with Bikram yoga. Who knows we all might benefit from it.

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  19. I am going through a crazy pesto phase, but I DID NOT know you could make it with asparagus. Yum!! Making cookies at midnight is totally acceptable in my book :)

    Sues

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  20. Mmmm these all look wonderful! I don't eat many sandwiches these days, but I love a BLT with the addition of smoked salmon and/or avocado :)

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  21. People who run in hot, humid weather have mental problems. Sorry, it's true!

    And it's a shame you're interviewing in Kath's neighborhood rather than in DC... we go hiiking all the time in VA in Shenandoah and the surrounding areas. SO beautiful!

    -Jen

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  22. Nothing like a good splurge now and again! Brings you back to how much you appreciate moderation :-) Or at least, that's my take on it!

    ~Alyssa

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  23. Interesting sandwich combos! I'm so boring. It's usually just turkey, cheese, onions and dijon mustard for me! Sometimes a smear of hummus. Yeah, I think I need to start packing in some more veggies! And those cookies look so good...mmm...

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  24. Those cookies look amazing... I'm definitely making them.
    Moderation is the key! Dietitians eat cookies too :)

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  25. Oooo, the cookies look so yummy! I was just thinking about making some.

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