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Saturday, January 19, 2013

You should see the epic amount of shopping I carried back from the supermarket all by myself. *pulls bicep-showing pose*. They're under there somewhere.

Part of my shopping trip involved my first ever visit to an organic shop. I didn't even know such a thing existed before I moved to Glasgow so you can excuse me not having been near one before.

I never knew there was SO MUCH healthy stuff out there. If I were a millionaire I probably would have bought one of everything just to find out what it was. You'd have to be a millionaire to be able to. Ain't nobody telling me eating healthy isn't expensive. One wee bag of chia seeds for 6.60 mutter mutter.

Anyways, here's what I came away with:


Two of these are brand new (to me) and I bought them just to see a) what they are and b) if I like them.

First up: Sunflower seed butter.
I am addicted to peanut butter. I have it on sandwiches, ryvita, apples, pears, bananas, banana bread, flapjack, cereal, a spoon. But I am aware that the processed stuff I buy is full of sugar and probably salt and who knows what else. So my goal when going into the shop was to try some alternative type of butter.

I have to say, if this stuff tastes as bad as it looks then I'm binning it. I've not seen a less attractive food colour for a good long while. But I'm willing to give it a go. I'll have it on my toast instead of peanut butter tomorrow and report back.

Second: I went in for quinoa, but couldn't find it so grabbed a random other alternative grain instead.

Absolutely no idea what to expect with this. I knew I'd heard of it before (generally a good start) but I couldn't remember one single thing about it.
Tonight I made chicken and chorizo casserole and instead of having it with rice I had buckwheat and I really liked it. Seems to have a lot of calories compared to pasta, unless I put it in the tracker wrong, but a little really fills you up.

Next time I will be brave and ask one of the assistants if they have quinoa because I'm determined to keep trying new, healthier things.
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CAGMUAHFO2 1/23/2013 10:51AM

    Looks yummy. Let us know how it is and if you like it.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/23/2013 10:00AM

    Good for you for delving in to the health food store. It can be a scary and intimidating place. (Did you know you can eat hemp as well as smoke it and make ropes out of it?)

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Sigh...a lot of really healthy things have lots of calories too. Just keep a grip on the portions.

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CHANGINGSAM 1/21/2013 1:00PM

    Way to go on trying new things!

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SAINTBETH 1/20/2013 10:49AM

    I discovered chia seeds on SP. I like the way they thicken soups but once in a while you hit a bitter one. Mixed feelings and the price is a put-off.

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TOGEMON 1/20/2013 10:31AM

    Here in the US, we have natural and organic peanut butter... I buy Smucker's Natural that has nothing in it but peanuts and salt! (They make an organic too, but the local store doesn't carry that.)

Still, I love sunflower seeds, so maybe the butter is good! Let us know :)

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MERRY_XMAS 1/20/2013 7:55AM

    In Greece many organic foods are a compete fraud so I don't trust them.. I hope you'll like what you bought!
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TORTISE110 1/20/2013 7:13AM

    Wow, this is cool. And inspiring. I don't do enough alternative grains, but I will. thanks to you.

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JULESJET 1/19/2013 10:24PM

    Ooh, I'm interested in how the sunflower butter tastes, too!
Let us know!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 1/19/2013 7:48PM

    I love natural or organic food stores. Such interesting things. On the seed butter if you like hummus you could use it instead of tahini. Chef Meg has a great recipe. As for the buckwheat and quinoa, (once you find it) I highly recommend cooking up half of what they say and cook up up brown rice separately. Mix in some of the buckwheat ( or quinoa)into the rice and then check it out. I like them both but my husband prefers them mixed in with some rice. I cut up zucchini, red peppers and onions. toss them with some olive oil, and then cook the veges in the oven (Chef Meg has a great recipe). Combine the cooked veges with the rice mixture and it is very good. A little cheese never hurts.

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DUMBBELLE84 1/19/2013 7:39PM

  I LOVE these kind of places! Now I want to go shopping with you LOL...

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FIREFLY4407 1/19/2013 7:02PM

    My Mom always raved about buckwheat, but when I was young and lived at home I had zero interest in learning more. I have no idea how she prepared it or how it tastes. Interested to hear about the sunflower seed butter. I may have developed an allergy to nuts (get this weird tingly sensation in the back of my throat the last couple of times I ate hazelnuts), so I've been avoiding nuts these last few weeks until I have a chance to get to a Doctor and get tested. Sort of heartbreaking - I love nuts! How does that happen at the age of 40!

Way to go on the experimentation! Keep up the great work!

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JILLYBEAN25 1/19/2013 5:31PM

    I love sunflower seed butter. I sure hope you do, too. Maybe you can find someone at work to give it to if you end up not liking it. I've never tried buckwheat. I think I'll have to. I love quinoa and farro. Enjoy your healthy food adventures!

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ROBYNROSE26 1/19/2013 5:26PM

    Very adventurous of you ! Way to Go!

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