Good morning blogosphere!
Thank you so much to those who shared their own sprouting experiences – I appreciate hearing from all of you!
Upon reading some of the comments as well as websites discussing the toxins and bacteria potentially in sprouts, I will confess I’m torn. On one hand I hear experts touting sprouts as being the king of nutrients and digestability. Then at the other end of the spectrum you have experts telling you to pretty much avoid them (especially alfalfa). And I’ve been eating alfalfa sprouts EVERY day for months now, in smoothies, sandwiches, wraps.
I feel at this point I’ll continue to eat sprouts in moderation. I think, at least for me personally, the benefits outweigh the risks. That may change as I continue to read up on the topic.
Therefore, my sprouting (ad)venture has commenced… but I think this first attempt isn’t going to go all that well. We’ll see. Not that I’m trying to send negative vibes out into the universe or anything I am starting with millet because that is what I happened to have on hand. Reading into the instructions of sprouting millet, I learned that tray-style works better for this particular grain using 100% cotton cloth above and below it, as I’ve done here.
The issue I think I will run into is the rinsing and draining. Once you get little shoots they say to be very careful because they can break easily. Not sure how I’m going to manage rinsing and draining from this pie plate without moving the little buggers around! I also read that some of the millet might ferment rather than sprout. Plus I’m not even sure if what I have is hulled or unhulled millet. And I’m quickly realizing in this dry climate that my cloth dries out CRAZY-FAST so I think I need something thicker like a washcloth. (Overthink things much, Shari??)
Time will tell!
What I DO know is that the sprouts I PURCHASE cost me about $1.99… so if I spend too much time on this experiment, I’ll be sticking with store-bought!
On the subject of millet, I did cook up a big batch of it to keep in the fridge. So for breakfast yesterday I had a bowl of warm millet with almond milk, some raw honey and raisins. It was a nice change from oatmeal.
It made for a perfect post-run meal after a chilly and VERY dark outdoor run. MSP and I went out for three miles at about 6:20 and it was still pitch black out when we left. I can be wide awake when I leave the house and then get out into that darkness and it’s like my body floods my system with melatonin because I get really sleepy again until the sun comes up. Thank goodness for electricity or I’d be sleeping 16 hours a day during winters!
Midmorning I had half of a Cashew Cookie Larabar.
I’ve had a small box of Sunshine Falafel ‘burgers’ in my freezer waiting for me to try. Since I bought a huge tub of roasted red pepper hummus, I decided I’d break out the falafel burger for lunch before the hummus is gone! (It doesn’t last long in this house!) I used half of a sandwich thin as the base, with a schmear of hummus topped by a slice of heirloom tomato. The Sunshine burger acted as the bun lid. For some reason this picture makes it look like an Egg McMuffin, doesn’t it?
It was definitely tasty. A little drier than I imagined but that worked perfectly for a TOPLESS sandwich!
And of course, my large salad to go with my meal!
I spent most of Tuesday glued to the computer, working on and reading about taking my blog self-hosted this weekend. I needed a snack that would allow me to still type, so just a quick handful of Mary’s Gone Crackers and the rest of the morning’s Larabar.
I made a hamburger potato casserole for MSP’s dinner which did require a little kitchen time, so when it came time to decide what to make for moi, I wasn’t feeling in the mood to cook anything. Lazy Girl Dinner would have to suffice. A can of Amy’s Organic soup. Folks, let me tell you that these soups are pretty much the reason I have yet to actively seek out recipes for soup. Amy make’s a kick-a$$ soup!! Look at how chunky this soup is! This one was Southwest Vegetable. Even the little pieces of corn had grill markings on them. I will definitely be stocking up on cans of this particular ‘flavor’. I almost ate both servings, but decided to save some for another meal. On the side was a piece of toasted Ezekial, with Earth Balance vegan butter and a sprinkle of garlic salt.
Sometimes cooking is just overrated when you can heat up an insanely quick dinner like this.
And last, my evening dessert: in concept I thought this would be such a cute photo. It SO did not turn out that way. In my mind I was thinking “banana sushi rolls” with almond butter as my ‘wasabi’. It didn’t plate up that well though and I got quite a laugh out of it. For any South Park fans out there, I’ll just say that this picture brought to mind Mr. Hanky and leave it at that!
It did TASTE great though, with cinnamon, raw honey drizzle and the almond butter.
If you are in the mood for a giveaway, hop on over to The Fitnessista’s blog where you can enter to win free VEGA Sport items. She will announce the winner on Thursday morning so you have all day today to get your entries in. You know I love my Vega products, so I’ve used up all of my three ways to enter that contest!
OK, blog buds I have plenty more to say today but feel like I’ve borrowed enough of your time as it is so I’ll save it for another post! I’m heading out to get my HIKE ON.
Just another reminder for those who may not get to read daily: FitFeat will be going self-hosted over this coming weekend (provided all goes well when it comes time to ‘flip the switch’!) If everything goes as planned you should be able to find me at the same address I can be found at now which is www.fitfeat.com. Currently that redirects you to this wordpress dot com blog location. Over the weekend it should redirect you to the new location. If you have any trouble finding the blog or notice something that doesn’t seem right, please email me at email@example.com.
– Shari B. =)