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Whole Grain Subterfuge!

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I might be a deceitful little sister when it comes to getting my way in terms of healthy food. emoticon OH WELL.

My sister and brother-in-law came over yesterday for Crepe Day! Technically, it was actually Candlemas, but the brother-in-law is French and you know French people and food - they've apparently turned it into National Crepe Day. I forget why, but crepes are the traditional Candlemas food in France.

So anyways, they came over so that the brother-in-law (let's call him Pierre, even though that's not his name...but I kind of wish it was, just like I wish he had a thin little 'stache and wore a beret - it would be so amusing to me!) could make us all crepes. He had sent the recipe ahead of time so that I could make sure I had all the ingredients available, so I knew he was using all white flour. But I haaaate making stuff with all white flour. I at least prefer blends, if not whole grains. So, um, since I was a bit low on flour anyway....I just didn't buy any more.

I did, however, make sure I had BUCKWHEAT flour on hand. Sure, my healthy bread recipe book calls for buckwheat in a recipe or two, but I mainly bought it in the hopes that I could persuade them to make buckwheat crepes instead of regular white ones. :) I should maybe explain that I didn't straight-out request to have buckwheat crepes because I have protested (politely, of course) a lot about some of my family's food choices and made clear that I have a certain healthy standard I try to follow, and I think sometimes they kind of raise their eyebrows at me about it all. Therefore, I don't like to come across as too demanding when it comes to healthy foods. And therefore, yesterday's example of sneakiness for better health!

Sure enough, we ran out of white flour after the first batch of crepes were made for lunch. So even though Pierre was a little unsure of the buckwheat, since he'd never made buckwheat crepes before, he ended up using 2/3 buckwheat flour for the dinner crepes! I got some healthier grains in! AND they turned out extra-delicious. The white crepes were good, of course, but the buckwheat crepes had much more flavor and I liked them much better, as did my husband. Pierre and my sister even agreed that they were VERY good, though I don't know if they preferred them to white or not. But at least they said they would have to try buckwheat crepes again!

Victory all around!

I'm telling you, sometimes I have the hardest time convincing my family of the virtues AND deliciousness of healthy food (like less sodium more whole grains, less meat, etc.), so it felt particularly good to be vindicated in this instance. Whole grain doesn't have to mean tasteless, and white flour isn't always tastier in bread-type foods! It's nice when people actually discover that I'm NOT full of crap sometimes. :)
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    That's great. I sometimes get the same reaction because I am a vegetarian, and I love proving people wrong and that the food I eat is really delicious!
    1933 days ago
    One time my boyfriend made chocolate chip cookies and ran out of white flour and used whole wheat flour instead. Then he gave me two cookies and asked which one I liked better. Yep, I chose the whole-wheat one! It was chewier and just had better flavor!
    1933 days ago
    I like it!
    I need more finesse on this front. I can't just keep being the bad guy saying no to the Poptarts and such crap.
    1934 days ago
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