Posts in February 2009

Trail Mix Recipe Mod

on February 20th, 2009 by

Recently, we have been making our original Trail Mix recipe on the lighter granola side (maybe a winter thing) and since I make our granola from this blog every time, I thought I would update the recipe. There are only 2 modifications: double all of the non-granola ingredients (or cut the granola in half with respect to the other ingredients) and remove the dates (we were not enjoying them) and replace them with 1/2 raisins and 1/2 cranberries.

Trail mix

In a large bowl, mix the following ingredients:

  • Raisins (45 grams/1.6 oz/4.5 Tbsp)
  • Dried Cranberries (45 grams/1.6 oz/3.5 Tbsp)
  • Almonds (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Peanuts (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Cashews (22 grams/0.8 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Walnuts (28 grams/1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Pepitas (aka. Pumpkins seeds without shells) (30 grams/1.1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Chocolate Chips (60 grams/2.1 oz/4 Tbsp)
  • Granola (110 grams/3.9 oz/1-1/3 cups)

Note: All ingredients are listed in grams, ounces, and measuring device depending on how specific you want to be and what your scale reads. If you want something more exact with a closer repeatability, use the grams/oz measurements. If you want something a little bit more random or want to put it together really fast, use the Tbsp/cup measurements.

Store in an air tight container and enjoy. We store the bulk of it in a large air tight container and then put small 30 g servings in small air tight containers that we can take to work or throw in our bags when we have to run out the door quickly. It gives a whole new meaning to fast food.

Nutritional Information… coming soon
Serving size 30 grams/1.1 oz

  • Calories: –
  • Fat: –
  • Carbohydrates: –
  • Protein: –

There are lots of substitutions that can be made. Some substitutions are:

  • use one type or other types of nuts
  • use one type or other types of fruit
  • use sunflower seeds or pretzels in place of pepitas
  • use M&M’s or peanut butter chips in place of chocolate chips

If there are any allergies, remove those foods and either add more of something already in the recipe or something else. The trick is to keep a preferred ratio of granola to the additional ingredients. If you like it more on the granola side, then add more of it and if you don’t, then add less. Trail mix is so easy to make and it relatively good for you in small quantities when not exercising; and, it is a great energy food when hiking or such. Just remember to write down what you do end up making so you can make it the same way or know what to increase or decrease next time. Just remember, trail mix is supposed to be an energy food not junk food.

B+S Challenge on hold

on February 13th, 2009 by

If you are wondering what happened and why I all of the sudden stopped my posts on only Day 4 of The Challege. I got in a little over my head. I needed to buy some items to continue the process. One lesson learned – read a week ahead so you always have all of the things you need!  Also, my face had bumps all over it and I had to figure out what the cause was – was it the detox or some food I ate… well, when I stopped eating the food I had prepared for the detox, the bumps started to go away. Almost exactly 1 week later after the bumps started and I stopped eating a certain food I made, they went away. Now I am just going to have to whittle it down to which food. I am really hoping it isn’t the quinoa, but I think it is going to be. Only one way to find out, but I just don’t want to do that right now. In another week or so I am going to start the Challenge again. When I do, I will resume where I left off and start posting from there. Until then…

More Peanut Butter Product Recalls

on February 6th, 2009 by

I received an email from Drugstore.com today notifying me that there was an update to the “Peanut Butter and other Peanut Containing
Products Recall” that has been in the news for a little while now. The FDA has a new list of the foods. Please check it out. I don’t want anyone I know getting sick because another stupid company wasn’t careful with food.

Modifying Recipes

on February 1st, 2009 by

I was just reading one of my friend’s blogs where she did the 20 Random Things About Me exercise. I noticed an item that we had talked about recently – she always follows a recipe when she cooks. This made me think about myself and how different we are on this topic. I, myself, take a recipe and change it – no matter what it is – usually. It may be one small change or lots of changes – it just depends on the recipe. I don’t have a specific reason why I do it, but I was just thinking what some of the reasons might be.

Some logical reasons might be:

  • Substitution of healthier options
  • Disliking of an ingredient
  • Not happy with the cooking method

Less logical reasons might be:

  • Add my personal touch
  • To interject my creativity
  • To be defiant
  • Because I can

I never really thought about why I modify receipes before, so this was a neat exercise. Now I need to think about the 20 Random Things About Me.

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