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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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    Looks yummy. Let us know how it is and if you like it.
    1944 days ago
    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?)


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


    1944 days ago
    Way to go on trying new things!
    1946 days ago
    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.
    1947 days ago
    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 :)

    1947 days ago
    In Greece many organic foods are a compete fraud so I don't trust them.. I hope you'll like what you bought!
    1948 days ago
    Wow, this is cool. And inspiring. I don't do enough alternative grains, but I will. thanks to you.
    1948 days ago
    Ooh, I'm interested in how the sunflower butter tastes, too!
    Let us know!
    1948 days ago
    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.
    1948 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/19/2013 7:51:46 PM
    I LOVE these kind of places! Now I want to go shopping with you LOL...
    1948 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    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!
    1948 days ago
    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!
    1948 days ago
    Very adventurous of you ! Way to Go!
    1948 days ago
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