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August 26, 2011

Happy Friday, friends! ๐Ÿ˜€

Sorry to have stood you up last night, but I was more-or-less indisposed…

Yep. I went there. I ventured into Ikea-land, and it took me a good 3 hours to find my way back out. Happens. every. single. time. Popping in for “a quick visit” quickly becomes “Omigosh look at all the neat stuff they’ve got!“, and before I know it, 3 hours gone. Just like that.

But that’s okay, because I know I’m not the only one who has an obsession with Ikea… and I came home with some pretty sweet goodies to boot. What kind of goodies? That’s a secret that I’ll share with you in exactly 20 days, which just so happens to be the amount of time left until my big move. EeeeeEEEEee!

Ahem. Aaaaanyways…

So I came home, did the dinner thing…

Roasted kabocha squash with cottage cheese and almond butter. Broccoli and hummus.

… and by that point all I wanted to do was plop myself onto the couch, watch some Gossip Girl, and read some blogs. So that’s exactly what I did. And it. was. blissful… which may or may not have been due to the fact that the wonderful Alexa and Kate tagged me with the following award…

… which requires me to share 7 facts about myself and pass it on to 7 other bloggers. But since I’ve currently got food on the brain (helloooooo crazy lifting appetite), I’ve decided to share 7 foodieย facts instead. Hope you enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

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1.ย Last night’s dinner was the first time that I ever tried kabocha squash. Usually, when I’m craving me a hefty dose of vitamin A and beta carotene, I go for sweet potatoes, butternut, or pumpkin; but that darned kabocha has been sitting on my counter for ages now…

… and enough was enough…


I’d had my fill of its incessant taunting, and decided it was time to snuff it out. Best. decision. ever.

Big fan.

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2.ย I finallyย found Oikos in the grocery store.ย I saw the sign ad that made me squeal like a little girlย informed me that they were going to be bringing it to Canada exactly one week ago, but each store I went to either didn’t have it, or was out of stock. Until today…

Verdict? Big fan. Might have just climbed to the top of my list. Maybe eventually we’ll get Fage and Chobani too. Fingers crossed.

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3. After a lengthy and rigorous process of experimentation, I can say with 99.99% confidence that I prefer eating ice cream in a cone over having it out of a cup/bowl.


I’m sorry cup/bowl lovers. Toppings and spoons are fun and all, but there’s something so satisfying about the simplicity of licking ice cream off a cone. And that last bite?

Yeah. You just can’t beat that…

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4.ย I had my first taste of almond butter at the ripe age of 24.

Funny story. I have a severe allergy to peanuts, but I grew up thinking that I was allergic to allย nuts. Apparently, my parents were worried that I would get confused as a young child and end up eating peanuts by mistake, so they made it easy on me by just raising me to believe that I was allergic to all nuts in general. Uhm. Thanks, Mom and Dad?

Two years ago, I found out from the doctor that this wasn’t the case, but why my parents never bothered to tell me the truth is beyond me. I guess maybe it was an oversight on their part. Or maybe they started believing it themselves. Heck, even Iย still have a hard time shaking off the idea that I’m not allergic to all nuts. I’m comfortable with almonds…



… but the rest of them? Still a little anxious when it comes to experimenting with those…

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5.ย I eat slowly and really like to savor my meals whenever I can.

A little taste of this…


A little taste of that…

A little time to take it all in. Note: this only works if I’m not tooย hungry, otherwise you can bet that I’m wolfing down my meals in 2.2. Oh, and you guys already know that I’m a plate licker ๐Ÿ˜‰

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6.ย I have no idea why, but my appetite has been off. the. charts lately. It seems to be especially bad between the hours of 1:30 – 5 where I seem to be constantly nibbling on something…


… with “something” usually being yogurt or trail mix. I’m trying to embrace it as best as I can, but it definitely takes some getting used to.

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7.ย I’m completely obsessed with the combination of chocolate, bananas, and almond butter.


… and I don’t see it going away any time soon ๐Ÿ˜€

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Tag! You’re it!

1. Tori @ Fresh Fruition
2. Nicky @ Kabochafasion
3. Sarah @ Feeding Brain and Body
4. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health
5. ย Alexis @ Pumped for Pumpkin
6. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
7. ย Emma @ Sweet Tooth Runner

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Do we have anything in common? If not, any foodie facts you want to share?

Do you have any food allergies/intolerances?

91 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2011 4:34 pm

    weee thanks for the tag! It’ll give me something to do tomorrow with the impending storm on it’s way.
    That story about the nuts was kind of funny! I mean I completely understand why they did it but the fact that they never informed you until so many years later made me laugh!
    I also enjoy eating ice cream out of a cone… waffle cone to be specific. I’m not a cake cone kind of girl. Waffle just tastes better.

    • August 26, 2011 9:01 pm

      !! They weren’t even the ones who told me. The doctor did. I asked them about it later and they were like “Oh yeah, by the way…” Yeah. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. August 26, 2011 4:37 pm

    AAH I love you for tagging me!! *HUG* ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll do this tomorrow!

    I am so with you on almost ALL of these!! The chocolate, bananas, and almond butter combo is the BEST (hello breakfast!!) and seriously, my appetite recently has been INSANE!! 1 or 2 snacks a day? Er, NO, it’s all about a snack every half hour! ๐Ÿ˜›

    P.S. Can’t WAIT to see what you bought in Ikea!! I LOVE that store!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • August 26, 2011 4:42 pm

      haha its seriously funny we all have snacking issues. i as telling my fiance “is this normal me snacking every hour??”

  3. August 26, 2011 4:41 pm

    My hunger has been off the charts as well!! Maybe its the time of year. Its driving me crazy!

    There are a ton of things I’ve found out my parents “fibbed” about. I think it’s just a part of parenting and they forget to tell you the truth later on. haha.

    LOVE Ikea. I get lost for hours in that store and walk out with nothing sometimes, but what a wonderful time I still have. haha.

  4. August 26, 2011 4:41 pm

    i’m a ice cream on a stick kinda girl. white magnums!? nom.
    although, i have slight dairy intolerance’s that sometimes/a lot of times I over look because I can’t help but eat milky sweets or … milk.

    I’m bad. but meh! tastes so good! its worth the upset (if any, it’s hit and miss)

  5. August 26, 2011 4:41 pm

    Thanks for tagging me girl! I’ve never tried kabocha squash before, I never want to carry squashes home from the grocery store (I really need to get my drivers license!) My snackiest time is in the afternoon also, no matter how big a lunch I seem to have I still am hungry in the afternoon! That must have been scary trying nuts for the first time after being told your allergic your whole life, I can completely understand why you would be hesitant to try other nuts!

    • August 26, 2011 9:16 pm

      Hehe it was pretty intense. My mom is much more of a panick-er, and she was basically sitting next to me, keys in hand, ready to drive me to the hospital if I started choking ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Geez. Now that I look back at it, it’s kind of hard to believe that I actually did it.

  6. August 26, 2011 4:43 pm

    I would just like your life/kitchen/food making skills. Would you come here and make delicious food for me? I’ll be happy to supply you with every single Greek Yogurt ever invented ๐Ÿ˜€

    That’s kinda odd about the nut thing- I think your parents probably just started believing it! I still haven’t tried AB yet…I’m afraid I won’t like it cause I don’t like almonds (logical fear, right? I don’t like peanuts either, but I love me some PB)

    Have an awesome weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. August 26, 2011 4:47 pm

    I have to admit, kabocha squash looks really good! I am a HUUUUGE fan of roasted pumpkin so I pretty much licked the screen when I saw your picture of the great orange goodness. I love putting tons of pepper on mine. I don’t know why, it just takes good that way ๐Ÿ˜›

    I also agree that ice cream is WAY better out of a cone!

    I’m intolerant to milk and cream which seriously kills me every time I walk past an ice cream shop or simply just the milk aisle at the supermarket. I would give anything to be able to have a dairy ice cream cone and a glass of chocolate milk. Alas, I’m going to have to stick with soy. It’s the only milk alternative that I will drink that doesn’t make me gag. Soy ice cream isn’t too bad. But sadly they don’t have a soy option at ice cream shops ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


    • August 26, 2011 9:19 pm

      I feel your pain on not being able to have anything in ice cream shops… Most of the places around here serve ice cream that “may contain traces of peanuts”, so I can’t have any either ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  8. August 26, 2011 4:48 pm

    I am always ravenous in the afternoon too – sometimes I play around with my meal times and how much I eat at every meal so that I don’t get that gnawing feeling in my stomach!

  9. August 26, 2011 4:49 pm

    I’m lactose intolerance…which is pretty obvious because of my bloggy
    I’ve never had almond butter or even heard of it until i started bloggin and i also usually go for sweet potatoes when i crave orange! actually im eating one right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. August 26, 2011 4:56 pm

    Ooooh my goodness Amanda I an completely the same way with ikea!! I don’t go often but when I do i put aside an entire day! They wy you have to maze your way through the store tacks on quite a bit of time as wel! Almond butter, bananas, and chocolate are a heaven sent combination!!!!!!

  11. August 26, 2011 4:57 pm

    We definitely have the slow eating in common, and the love of chocolate+banana+(peanut butter for me). Does it get any better than that combination? I really don’t think so. By the way, nobody makes cottage cheese look as delicious as you do. Every time I see it on your blog, I wonder why I don’t top all my meals with it.

  12. August 26, 2011 4:58 pm

    kabocha squash = favorite. Also, I definitely savor my food, or try to at least! It was a habit I got out of in my binge-eating-fit days, but hopefully one i can bring back into my life. And with the nuts, peanuts are pulses and most other nuts are legumes – so they’re totally different species! I have a sister who is VERY allergic to all tree nuts, but totally fine with peanuts. Strange indeed.

    • August 26, 2011 9:28 pm

      Mm I’ve heard that, but it’s still hard to get past, you know? My doctor actually told me that peanuts are closer related to peas, and asked me if I have any kind of problem with peas. Learn something new every day.

  13. August 26, 2011 5:00 pm

    Yay! You tried kabocha, its a staple for me. I crave it everyday, just like my banana’s ๐Ÿ™‚
    LOVE ikea bowls, perfect for big oat bowls.
    oh foodie fact; you can eat the kabocha skin! I love it.

  14. sarah permalink
    August 26, 2011 5:04 pm

    Gawges, GORGEOUS, yumtastic, DROOL inducing pictures!
    Did you ever have a cornetto? Ya know where the last inch or so of cone is filled with solid chocolate . Now THAT is a last bite to get excited about to me.
    Girly,if I was near you I’d come and force feed you other nuts:) macadamias and cashews are particularly delicious and I’m sure you’d love’em.
    Foodie fact= I really thought I haaaaated avocado. But I decided to buy one and wait till it got real ripe. Having seen avocado toast many times( including on your blog) I decided to give it a try. And I ADORED it! I will be having it ver ver regularly, and more healthy fats! Win win win.

    • August 26, 2011 9:33 pm

      Ooo yes I’ve tried those cones where the inside is coated in chocolate. Heavenly for sure. And I adore avocado! Make sure you try it on toast, sprinkled with some sea salt. Swoooon.

  15. August 26, 2011 5:08 pm

    Love this post! But then I love your blog so it’s no surprise ๐Ÿ™‚
    What foodie things do we have in common? I only discovered almond butter really recently too and I love it, especially with raspberry jam. I also love squashes, pumpkin and sweet potatoes too and I eat pretty slowly most of the time too! However I’m really not a fan of ice cream cones, definitely a bowl fan sorry ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. August 26, 2011 5:10 pm

    Whee! Thanks for the tag, love! โค

    Methinks I might write up this tag tonight and schedule it for tomorrow since, you know. HURRICANE. Ugh. I really do hope the power wont go out too long. Eeep.

    What will I do without hot oats if the power goes out? AHHH! I was just talking to my mom on the phone, and she's all 'you're prepared for the weather, right?', and I'm all "UHHHH. I don't think I'd starve. Ever.' and she's all 'Oh, right. You have almond butter and everything.' HAHAHA! 3 jars. Pantry under my bed? Yes. Yes, indeed-y.

    Food intolerances: MOOMOO! Boo. Still searchin' for that lactose-free cottage cheese.

    Anything in common? Bananas. Almond butter. Chocolate. Oats. I also love kabocha, but it's near impossible to find anywhere but an Asian market 'round me. Poo!

    I love IKEA. They make it purposely easy to get lost in. Hah!

    โค โค โค

  17. August 26, 2011 5:19 pm

    Dude IKEA gets me every time too! I can’t wait to see the goodies your snagged ๐Ÿ˜‰ YOU’RE SO CLOSE EEeeeeEEee!
    Glad to hear about oikos! I’m a chobani girl, hope you can get that one day in Canadaland. And yay for almond butter lovin! I like it, but I think I still like Sunflower butter the best mmmm
    I’m allergic to mushrooms and oats. I could care less about the shrooms, but the oats? I miss them quite terribly ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But sweet potatoes have filled the void in my heart haha

  18. August 26, 2011 5:20 pm

    Chocolate, almond butter and bananas IS the best combo in the world. I didn’t realize you were allergic to peanuts! Thankfully I don’t have any food allergies that I know of, so everything is fair game. However you made your squash looks amazing! Even better than sweet potatoes possibly?

  19. August 26, 2011 5:22 pm

    1. i just went to ikea 2 days ago too!! my sister went college-dorm shopping. it was literally like a maze – once we got in, it was so difficult to get out!!!! so huge. it was exhausting. haha.
    2. KABOCHA SQUASH!! so glad youre on the bandwagon. isn’t it delicious!?
    3. my hungriest time of day is definitely 1-5 pm- but it makes sense, that’s when our energy dips the lowest and our blood sugar levels are low. no shame in the raging hunger, honor it girlfriend!
    4. chocolate bananas and almond butter – can’t go wrong there!!!

    i used to have a pretty bad reaction to pineapple but now im okay! im really lactose-intolerant (can’t drink straight up milk; a little bit of yogurt + cottage cheese is ok… basically anything with less lactose haha)

    • August 27, 2011 6:23 am

      !! The last few times I’ve had pineapple, I’ve gotten SO sick. I have no idea why, because I used to eat it all the time when I was younger, and then all of a sudden it was like BOOM… all sorts of bad reactions. I’d love to see if it passed for me too, but I’m kind of scared to try it!

  20. August 26, 2011 5:34 pm

    Fun facts, girly! I can’t wait to see what you got at Ikea. BTW, ever have the ice cream at Ikea? It’s wonderful! Roasted kabocha squash sounds awesome. I want to try it!

  21. August 26, 2011 5:48 pm

    Ikea is dangerous! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. August 26, 2011 6:07 pm

    Hehee! We have a mutual appreciation of GG. Amen sista! Love that show! And after trying your eggy oats – yup, I’m a fan of those too. And PB/naner/choc…..I’ve never had Kabocha squash before because Nicky always buys them all! Hehee!! Oh and yeah, we live in the same city!

  23. August 26, 2011 6:12 pm

    Ikea is a great place to find some things for your new place! Love your dinner – roasted squash with cottage cheese is delicious! And oikos- is great but i like fage even better!
    Bananas, nut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven in my book – im obsessed!
    Can’t wait to see your new place – only 2 more weeks!

    • August 27, 2011 6:34 am

      I remember loving Fage when I had it on vacation, but I can’t remember it well enough to say how it compares to these. I’m just happy to have more choices, though ๐Ÿ˜€ I can still remember a time where we didn’t have any at all…

  24. lapiattini permalink
    August 26, 2011 6:14 pm

    I grew up allergic to strawberries- such a random allergy! Luckily it was one of those things I grew out of and now can enjoy.
    I also didn’t try almond butter until recently- can’t believe I was missing out for so long!

  25. August 26, 2011 6:19 pm

    OMG! You poor child! Deprived all those precious years of almond butter!!!! I am so glad you now know you can have it!!! Its the BEST! As you can tell ; )

    Yay for Oikos! I am glad you guys got it there now!

    I need your mailing address! Want to send you a little something, if thats ok! : )

    have a good night!

    Katie xoxo

  26. August 26, 2011 6:27 pm

    oh that last dessert looks heavenly! And I’ve never been to Ikea, actually, but I can only imagine that I would spend hours and hours there…

  27. August 26, 2011 6:47 pm

    Awww thank you so much for the tag!! I’ll be doing that soon :). Ikea is fabulous…and I could probably spend an entire day in there and not even know it haha. My hunger has been off the charts lately too…I want to snack all the time! I actually don’t have any food allergies or intolerances, at least not that I know of.

  28. August 26, 2011 6:49 pm

    You. And. I. Both. I can never seem to get out of Ikea; however, I’d like to think that’s the same with Whole Foods, TJ and other foodie stores ๐Ÿ™‚
    Good to know all those facts about you!

    • August 27, 2011 6:43 am

      We don’t have a WH and TJ’s around here, so I’ve never been, but I can only imagine that I’d be just as bad with browsing the aisles for hours. I think that’s why people don’t like going grocery shopping with me ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. August 26, 2011 7:00 pm

    it take SO long to eat as well! and i’m constantly nibbling between those hours!

    as for allergies, i’m sadly lactose intolerant (though i deal with being ill for chocolate and fro yo >.< ) and am allergic to almonds, hazelnuts and pitted fruits. but i'm only affected by my allergies if i work out after having one of the mentioned foods =O

  30. 2tightlywound permalink
    August 26, 2011 7:00 pm

    I used to work at IKEA, so you can imagine the temptation to buy everything you never knew you needed using your employee discount…

    Every time you mention your peanut allergy I cry a little on the inside because I am so addicted to peanut butter, lol. And while PB is first in my heart, almond butter runs a close second.

  31. August 26, 2011 7:13 pm

    Good thing there’s no Ikea in Florida, otherwise I’d be in trouble. I used to love getting their 99 cent froyo cones after shopping for hours. Kabocha squash has been on my to-try list, but first I have to find one! Hopefully in the fall! ๐Ÿ˜€ Loved all your foodie facts!

  32. beckafly permalink
    August 26, 2011 7:34 pm

    Great post! I didn’t try almond butter until around April of this year, I can’t believe I went 24 years without it. I’ve been experimenting with other nut butters too like sunbutter and cashew butter. They’re good, but nothing like almond butter. Ooo and ice cream with cones is the best (cups and bowls just aren’t enough). Ah and a fellow chocolate, almond butter and banana combo (tri-combo?) lover. I have this combo nearly every day, its amazing (or I’ll do all three in some form during the day).

    Food intolerances are no fun. I’m lactose intolerant and I’m allergic to chai (boo).

  33. August 26, 2011 7:35 pm

    haha your story about the nut allergy cracked me up. Seems like a reasonable thing for your parents to do when you were younger, but they should have told you when you were older! too funny! at least you can enjoy almonds in peace now ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • August 27, 2011 6:50 am

      I know! I mean… by the time I was 10 I was probably smart enough to be able to tell the difference between an almond and a peanut, and if not 10 then at least at 15. I honestly don’t get it, which is why I think they just started believing it themselves…

  34. August 26, 2011 7:52 pm

    I almost posted some random food facts about myself today! The ice cream cone one was on the list – I like to eat my post workout protein ice cream out of cones, but real ice cream in a cup. Unless it’s soft serve. I also have two kabocha squashes on my counter. I am a kabocha virgin. I’m almost afraid to go for it because I feel like they’ve been so hyped up… but I’m sort of just really excited so I’m reveling in it ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. August 26, 2011 8:26 pm

    I L.O.V.E. Ikea! They have modern pieces that act as classics and their lingonberry tea is pretty sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your extreme love for almond butter has been rubbing off on me. For the last few days when I reach for the peanut butter I think of your almond butter eats, and then I want me some AB. I am just gonna have to listen to my body and eat some of my PB’s cousin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. August 26, 2011 8:38 pm

    I eat really slowly too!!! and I get sad when it’s gone haha. I can’t wait to see your Ikea loot! I swear I could live in that store – all my apartment stuff came from it (just my bedroom cuz I have roomies), but it didn’t satisfy – I was like “I want a house so I can buy more of this stuff!” lol

  37. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 26, 2011 9:15 pm

    Aaaaah your first kabocha!! So exciting!! They really are the best! And I wish I could eat my meals slower I always wolf em down….definitely something I have to work on.

  38. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 26, 2011 9:29 pm

    Yey! Thanks for the tag, Amanda! I’m going to have to start compiling some interesting deets about my life and hopefully should have this up in the next few days.

    Anyway, if you had to leave us for something, I’m glad that it was the wonderful world of Ikea ๐Ÿ˜€ That place is practically like a heaven on earth– and their Swedish cafeteria with cinnamon rolls and super cheap ice cream are the bomb diggity.

    I have an intolerance to egg whites and wheat, which I just found out about a few months ago. Apparently I developed them with age, but luckily I love food so getting creative with other substitutions is never an issue ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. Sarah K. B. permalink
    August 26, 2011 9:38 pm

    My food fact is that a peanut is actually a legume, not a nut! My uncle is allergic to peanuts and he can eat most nuts, but he can’t eat certain beans, like chickpeas!

    I don’t have any food intolerances, thank goodness! My poor sister though is gluten free and corn free, which sucks big time because everything contains either corn or wheat ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I do have a weird food dislike though, I don’t like cold cheese. I will not eat a piece of chedder cheese cut off the block, but melt it on a pizza, or on some bread and I am all over it!

  40. August 26, 2011 9:40 pm

    That’s so exciting that you discovered Oikos near you! That just so happens to be my favorite Greek yogurt variety ๐Ÿ˜‰ What flavors do you have up there so far?

    I didn’t get in on the almond butter bandwagon until 2 years ago, because I saw it on blogs. Now I’m absolutely in love with it and no other nut butter can compare to it, at least for me.

    • August 27, 2011 7:10 am

      So far I’ve only seen plain, vanilla, and blueberry, and I’ve only tried plain – I still have a few too many tubs of flavored yogurt that I have to get through before I buy any new ones.

  41. August 26, 2011 9:43 pm

    I can understand why you would be wary of all the nuts out there, but so glad you enjoy almonds and almond butter now, yummy! If it helps your concern, peanuts aren’t related to other nuts (which would be why you’re not allergic to the others). Hope you find some new yummy nuts (and nut butters to try)!
    I know what you mean about getting stuck in Ikea ooogling all their goodies. I can’t get out of there in any less than 2 hours (and hundreds of dollars)!

  42. Lilly permalink
    August 26, 2011 10:32 pm

    My cousin is crazy allergic to peanuts too, (why the are called peaNUTs but are legumes is so weird to me), but she avoids other nuts too for some reason, I guess it is just easier that way and less chance of cross contamination or confusion of others? idk Have you had sunflower seed butter? I don’t think anyone can get out of Ikea in less than a few hours, serious time suck, but fun! And I always “refuel” from all the walking with their ice cream cone, yummm. Kabocha is my FAVORITE, I have missed it since it hasn’t been in season lately, so I am more than ready to devour one soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 26, 2011 10:38 pm

    Oh yes, I have many thing in common with you ๐Ÿ™‚ I am also a very slow eater who enjoys her meals mostly from bowls, but when it comes to ice-cream, I just eat it “old style” from the scone ๐Ÿ™‚ I have discovered almond butter at the same age as you! And my apetite is crazy especially between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m.

  44. August 26, 2011 10:55 pm

    I love to savor my meals too but like you said, it only works if my appetite cooperates! I love all kinds of squash but have never had the ‘pleasure’ of trying kabocha- looks delicious!

  45. August 27, 2011 1:21 am

    MMMMMM bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter are a wonderful combination ๐Ÿ™‚ especially with whole rolled oats mixed in! YUM!

  46. August 27, 2011 1:30 am

    I still have yet to try oikos!It looks as if on sunday when i go to the grocery store im going to have to try it out for myself!

  47. August 27, 2011 1:59 am

    Anything in common?? Well I had squash with cottage cheese for dinner last night too except I added in some cinnamon. I also savor my food now. Actually one of my doctors suggested it to me recently as a way to help me overcome binge eating. Its supposed to help me to listen to my tummy and learning to feel full again. I dont really have any allergies but I try not to overdo dairy, ever since i was a teen it hasnt digested well. Too bad I love greek yogurt soo much (Oikos is definately the best one, so glad you found it!!) Im a big decorating nerd so i cant wait to see how your new place turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. August 27, 2011 3:10 am

    oh yes banana, chocolate, and almond is a great combination love it! I have never tried kabocha squash, I think I will pick one up when I do see one.

  49. jenandberries permalink
    August 27, 2011 3:48 am

    Aww cool post! Love the A.B.C (almond butter, bananas, chocolate) combo! O yes icecream cones are so much more satisfying and it doesn’t turn to milk as easily – winwin. I’m exactly the same with Ikea, the Swedes know how to do proper store layout ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lovely to hear that you actually savour your meals- I should really, as eating is always fun but I’m usually listening to something someone has to say and mindlessly wolfing it down! Have a good weekend!!!!

  50. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 27, 2011 4:26 am

    I’m glad you have finally experienced the amazing-ness that is kabocha!!
    I bought two today, I had been without for a few days and had actually planned on stocking up on 3, but I couldn’t carry them all.

    Its such a shame you’re allergic to peanuts, I could say I would swap bodies with you for a day just so you can try it, but then you might like it and I spose cause you have never tasted them before you don’t miss them!

    I dont really have any intolerances, except of sweetener like Equal and Splenda. I can’t use them because they make me really bloated and sick.
    I use to use them both in place of sugar and I was always wondering why I felt so crap all of them time. Then I changed to a stevia based sweetener and all of a sudden my sore stomach was gone, so I try and avoid aspartame sweeteners, even if I just put one in my coffee I can notice it for the rest of the day.

    • August 27, 2011 8:10 am

      I’ve never tried Splenda and Equal, but my body doesn’t take well to fake sweeteners either… I can’t even chew gum! Stevia gives me problems too, so I just stick to the real sugar.

  51. Audie permalink
    August 27, 2011 5:22 am

    Finally got around to trying your famous pudding with oatmeal and it ROCKS! not that I doubted you hehe…but I am confused as to how this is healthy? I know it’s made with soy or almond milk but it’s still pudding and it’s technically a desert as it’s pretty sweet, do you use the whole container on top of your oats? I guess I’m hoping you will just tell me how it’s the best thing ever for my body cos now that I started this whole pudding on oats thing I may have a new addiction LOL!!

    • August 27, 2011 8:23 am

      It’s the best thing ever for your body ๐Ÿ˜‰ Yes it has sugar, but a little bit of sugar isn’t going to kill us, and I’m pretty sure that stressing ourselves out over trying to eat a perfectly healthy diet is more harmful than having a bit of dessert for breakfast – I’ve been eating it for months and I feel great ๐Ÿ˜€ I don’t usually use the whole container because I find it to be a bit overpowering that way, so I usually use about 1/3 of it? Two heaping spoonfuls, anyways.

  52. August 27, 2011 5:23 am

    I don’t know yet if I am allergic to any food yet, but I am really allergic to cats and dust! ๐Ÿ™‚

  53. August 27, 2011 5:44 am

    I’m confused about the Oikos yogurt… I thought Stonyfield was the manufacturer but this kind is made by Danone? Are there TWO types of Oikos yogurt?

    Mmm I love kabocha squash but it’s actually really hard to find here. So I usually get acorn/pepper squash, which I love even more. Please tell me you’ve tried that one? If not, you need to get your butt out the door and buy one ASAP! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m so jealous that you’re able to eat other nuts! That really opens a lot of doors for you now. I want to get retested for my allergies just in case there’s the tiny chance that I’ve outgrown my allergies. I know it’s a stretch though. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • August 27, 2011 5:58 am

      I decided to investigate my Oikos question – it turns out Stonyfield and Danone partnered together to bring Oikos to more stores. It’s all in their FAQs: ๐Ÿ™‚

      • August 27, 2011 8:26 am

        Oo that’s interesting about the partnership, and I’m glad they did it if it means that we get to enjoy them up here in Canada ๐Ÿ˜€ And I’ve never actually tried acorn squash.. maybe I’ll pick one up when I next go shopping, but I think I’ve got kind of an obsession developing with kabocha…

  54. August 27, 2011 8:21 am

    almondbutter – so yum!!! I had my first with 22 (a few months ago) and I am definitely addicted. with bananes and chocolate? why not – probably as icecream *dream*… guess there needs to be some kitchen-experimenting done pretty soon.

    regarding your fear of nuts: have you ever tried brazilnuts? they are so amazing – my all time favorites. drizzeled over oatmeal or morning cereal *hmmm* …

  55. seegirlsmile permalink
    August 27, 2011 8:46 am

    I don’t think dairy likes me but I refuse to give it up.
    As for Oikos, I live on East Coast…we have Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, FoodBasics…I don’t see any oikos.
    Honestly, I can barely afford greek yogurt anymore (I buy the liberte plain 750 g tubs a lot cause their more for the money). I have less than 200 dollars to spend on groceries per month and am struggling bigtime.
    I think I eat way way too many nuts. Yesterday 1/2 cup exactly, No joking. I eat like 20 walnuts in one sitting — c’est beaucoup des noix!
    Still binging at night…chocolate..muffins…even big bowls of oatmeal…just bored and stuff. My poor tummy is not good.

  56. August 27, 2011 9:10 am

    I eat slowly too… sometimes. It takes me like an hour to eat lunch if I have no where to go.

  57. August 27, 2011 9:25 am

    I’m with you on ikea, you go in and never come out empty handed! As well as by bed I got a whole load of other random stuff! Luckily I don’t have any intolerances, I’m so glad of that!

  58. Andrea permalink
    August 27, 2011 10:00 am

    I am right there with ya on the chocolate, bananas, almond butter combo ๐Ÿ™‚ And I also try to eat my meals pretty slowly and savor each bite. BUT sometimes, I’m just way to hungry and it’s gone before I realize I had started eating ๐Ÿ˜‰ My boyfriend eats FAST so sometimes I get irritated if we are going to eat together because he is done before I am even a quarter of the way through! Ha but ohhh well ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t have any food intolerances that I KNOW of, and I hope to keep it that way!!

  59. August 27, 2011 10:13 am

    Glad you finally tried Kabocha!! I know, it’s freaking awesome ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And Yes! OIKOs is finally in Canada. I think it’s exclusively in Safeway only, though.

    Food intolerances…ha.(sigh) I’m highly suspecting dairy – which is really unfortunate for someone who loves yogurt. I also have to be careful when I eat tropical fruits; otherwise I’ll get some kind of rash all around my lips ๐Ÿ˜›

    • August 27, 2011 12:44 pm

      Actually, I’ve found Oikos in Save on Foods and Superstore as well. It’s getting around ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I’m not sure if I have that problem with all tropical fruit, but with pineapple for sure. I can’t eat it without breaking out and getting a HUGE stomach ache.

  60. kabochafashionista permalink
    August 27, 2011 10:30 am

    EEeeeeEeee you FINALLY tried my ALL time favorite food ever ever weeeee! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you love it girly! But gah, you’ve made me incredibly jealous because I STILL can’t get it!
    Thanks for tagging me lovie, I will try and do this when I can after all the NYC catch up haha!
    I so wish I could take my time with food but I’m always just so hungry I just scoff it down and before I know it, my plate is totally clean boo! I have a ravaging appetite recently too. Whilst I was away my parents were like ‘you’re hungry AGAIN?! where is it all going, to your legs?!’ hehe! But at the same time they were of course extremely proud to see how healthy and happy her daughter is now ๐Ÿ™‚
    As for food intolerances, mine is fish and seafood which I’m totally not bothered about because just the smell makes me gag! Bleghhh!!

  61. August 27, 2011 10:44 am

    I’m extremely allergic to all nuts (Including peanuts), but the good news is almonds aren’t actually nuts! They are a relative of the peach/apricot family. I didn’t find this out until I was in high school and didn’t even try almond butter until after college. Now I’m avid fan! It is scary though, the first time you try something after thinking you were allergic to it your whole life…be careful with anything other than almonds! (Cashews are related to the peanut/legume family so I would definitely stay away from those…)

    more info on almonds:

    • August 27, 2011 12:46 pm

      Oh wow… I actually had no idea about the almonds. But yeah it IS really scary to try things that you thought you were allergic to, so maybe I’ll lay off on the other nuts for now. I’m pretty happy with almonds as it is.

  62. August 27, 2011 11:02 am

    I have some mouth allergies that really stink ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Eggplant, tomato, and whole almonds with skin. They give me awful mouth ulcers! So unbearable

  63. August 27, 2011 11:31 am

    I hated soy sauce until I was 15. It wasn’t until a friend used amino acids on a stir fry that I suddenly understood the appeal. I still prefer the aminos to actual soy sauce though.

  64. August 27, 2011 11:31 am

    That was fun ๐Ÿ™‚ I love when bloggers do little surveys and you get to learn more about them. I was just eyeing a kabocha squash yesterday at Whole foods! I’ve never tried one and I totally should have just got it. Next time ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thankfully I am not severely allergic to anything…but sometimes I wonder if I may be sensitive to some foods. Every once in a while, after I eat I just don’t feel right. My digestion feels off and I just don’t feel well. I have tried to eliminate certain foods to see what the culprit might be and I have yet to discover it. I’m on a never ending quest to discover what foods make me feel awesome and what foods are not the best for me! It’s a learning process for sure. In yoga the other day, the instructor was talking about how we are all our own personal science experiments and we know our own bodies the best. That really stuck with me. I guess you could say I’m still experimenting and trying to get to know myself better. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyway…one more thing I wanted to say! I tried your Pumpkin Chili Mexican Scramble and I’m HOOKED! I’ve tried it with pureed pumpkin AND pureed sweet potato and different variations of spices and veggies. Awesome. Thanks for that recipe, love โค Have an amazing day!

  65. August 27, 2011 11:45 am

    Yay you tried kabocha! It’s my favorite squash. Thankfully there is a local store which stocks up on it all year long ๐Ÿ˜€ My hunger has been crazy lately too. It’s almost scary to be honest haha. Well, I never got my food intolerances tested but I’m sensitive to dairy and a tiny bit toward nuts. Dairy gives me horrible problems! I just cut it out because it left me feeling pretty crappy and I’m fine with a little amount of nuts, but I have to watch how much I have or I get skin irritations. It’s worse with peanut butter, but it still sucks because I can’t enjoy my AB fully.

  66. August 27, 2011 1:36 pm

    hands down that is my favorite squash!!! and i like to savor my meals,too. They are so much more satisfying that way!

  67. August 27, 2011 5:33 pm

    Can’t believe you didn’t try almond butter until you were 24 ! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I too, didn’t try many of my favorite foods until much later in life. So strange, isn’t it?

    And many of them (like steel cut oats, nutritional yeast, coconut butter, sunbutter) I learned about from blog-stalking. I love the way the blog world inspires others to try new things!

  68. August 28, 2011 11:28 am

    I’m glad you liked the kabocha squash!! I love them, although I’ve never tried it with almond butter. I think I need to try that soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think the one thing I have the most trouble with is eating slowly. I literally scarf down my meals and I think it’s just become a habit. Sometimes I’ll try to eat more slowly, but I just end up eating faster and faster towards the end…

    Almond butter, banana, and chocolate together are just…off the charts good! Yummm ๐Ÿ˜›

  69. January 8, 2012 11:51 am

    hehe, funny read! I still doubt if this is really the fact though?


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