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Welcome Spring!

And allergies, UGH.  Not to be a downer because I’ll take this gorgeous 70 degree weather with allergies over the hurricane-like rain of last weekend or the snow and cold of the few weekends before that any day!

I had full intentions to post last night but the Benadryl I took kicked in before I got a chance to.  I was at my wit’s end yesterday with what I suspect is a combo of allergies and my never-ending sinus issues so I stopped by the store to pick up Benadryl to hopefully stop some of the itching and inflammation and just make me sleep for awhile.  It worked and I feel a bit better today.

I won’t bore you with the specifics of this week’s workouts (2 days spin and 2 days lifting) because I was feeling so crappy that my lifting days were just not all that great.  I’m hoping that I’ll be back to my normal self on Monday and be ready to really lift some heavy weights!

So onto some food.

I’m enjoying my usual weekend breakfast of quinoa flakes with my usual combo of half banana cooked in/half scoop vanilla protein powder/tbsp. ground flax/cinnamon/almond butter, but this time topped it with some shredded coconut.

the almond butter is hiding on the bottom, getting all melty

The coconut was a yummy addition.  While I really love quinoa flakes something about it being so warm today and eating the warm quinoa just seemed off.  I think I need to find a summer weekend breakfast.  Not sure what that will be yet.  Last year it was always scrambled eggs with turkey bacon and Ezekiel toast, but since I’m not eating eggs or wheat regularly right now I’ll have to be creative.

Last night I was in the mood for some Mexican and I had some avocado that I wanted to use up.  I didn’t have any packaged taco seasoning and I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of taco seasoning packets anyway so found a recipe that I tweaked slightly based on the spices I had on hand.

The original taco seasoning recipe  can be found here.

I cooked up some ground turkey with some chopped onion and red pepper and then added 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 tsp. paprika, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, sprinkling salt and pepper.  I doubled the amount of crushed red pepper flakes because I didn’t have the chili powder the recipe called for and it was spicy!  A little too spicy so I probably wouldn’t add that much next time.  I topped this with some reduced fat cheddar, a dallop of Greek yogurt, and chopped avocado.

Greek yogurt disguised as sour cream

This was really good and really easy, just the way I like it!  This was my first time using Greek yogurt as sour cream and I thought I was going to hate it but I was pleasantly surprised.  I don’t think it tasted exactly like sour cream but it added a nice amount of creaminess.

I had this along with a salad tossed with olive oil and white balsamic and chopped onion, chopped red peppers, sprinkled with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic, and of course a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.  This is one of my favorite salad combos and think I will be making it a lot more now that the weather is getting warmer.  There’s something about nice weather that makes me want salad.

I swear there are peppers in there

I hadn’t used white balsamic in awhile because I had run out and kept forgetting to get more.  This is by far my favorite vinegar to use for salads.  It’s not as tart as regular balsamic and just has a really nice flavor.

welcome back into my life

I realize the flavors of the salad don’t necessarily go with the flavors of the turkey taco bowl but I don’t mind.  I actually do that all the time, although I’m sure some people would think that’s weird.

Later on I decided to make a protein cake.  I’ve tried (and failed) in the past to make microwaved protein cakes/muffins and they never really came out all that good, but April’s always delicious looking protein concoctions inspired me to start experimenting again.

I noticed that when you leave out the egg the cake doesn’t really stick together in one piece and comes out more like a crumble, so that’s been what I’ve been having.  That’s OK because while I may not look pretty it still tastes good.  However last night I left out the egg again and it did stay in one piece this time.  Not sure why this happened but it did.

in one piece!

This was half a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1 tbsp. ground flax, cinnamon, and just enough milk to make it wet.  Cooked for 40 seconds and topped with raspberry jam and almond butter.  While this one stuck together it was also really dry.  So the experiments will continue!  At least these are coming out edible.  I did receive a tip from someone who told me that if you use a mix of whey and casein protein powder instead of just straight whey it will come out way better.  Sometime in the near future I plan on getting my hands on some!

Some questions!  Do you eat random food combinations or do your main dish and side dishes always go together? I eat random combos all the time.

Do you eat different foods depending on the time of year? For the most part I eat a lot of the same stuff but I find I want salad more when it’s warm out.

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Stress, finishing Stage 5 NROLW, and easy eats

So for the past few weeks I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress.  Thankfully I leave Saturday for what I’m hoping will be a warm(-er than here) and sunny trip to California!  It’s a good thing I don’t leave tomorrow or Friday because a big storm (s?)is supposed to be hitting the northeast again.  Hopefully my flight won’t be too delayed, but I’m suspecting it will be at least a little.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

So what have I been doing to deal with the stress in my life?  Working out and Bach’s Rescue Remedy.  It’s already known by many people what a good workout can do for stress.  It really is pretty miraculous.  Even if it’s the kind of stress that comes back soon after leaving the gym (this is what I was dealing with), at least during the workout you should feel better.  This is how it has been for me for the last few weeks.  I would really look forward to my workouts because this was the one time of day where I knew I would be feeling some relief.  I also find that working out regularly really does give a better nights sleep.  Nothing like knocking yourself out with a good workout.

A nice little product I find helpful is Bach’s Rescue Remedy.  I used this years ago and then kind of forgot about it.  I picked some up recently one day when I was this close to start to pull my hair out.  OK not really but it was a rough day.  It really does work.  Is it like popping a Xanax?  No, but it does take the edge off.

Onto some workouts…I finished Stage 5 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women on Monday.  Stage 5 was not my favorite stage, with the 4 sets of 4 reps scheme which was totally new to me, but I got through it.  I found it hard to find a weight that was heavy enough to feel fatigued at only 4 reps without it being too heavy to actually be able to do the move with the proper form.  Hopefully I worked hard enough in this stage to gain some strength.  My last stage 5 workout went like this:

Deadlift 4 sets 4, 125 pounds

Barbell bent over row, 4 sets 4, 95 pounds (Note-according to the book you should do a combo deadlift bent over row, but I found the deadlifts not hard enough with the weight I needed to row, hence I separated the two).

Partial-single-leg squat, 4 sets 4, 95 pounds

Wide-grip lat pulldown, 4 sets 4, 90 pounds

Back extension, 4 sets 10, 25 pounds

YTWL, 4 sets 4, 8 pounds

Alternating

Swiss-ball crunch, 4 sets 8, 25 pounds

Pike on ball-4 sets 8

Oblique crunch on ball-4 sets 8

Own set-prone cobra, 1st and 2nd sets held 90 seconds, 3rd set held 70 seconds

15 min HIIT on the elliptical

Another thing I should add about this stage is that I did most of the exercise sets on their own instead of alternating sets like it says too in the book.  The way the exercises are laid out it was just not possible for me to alternate the sets.  For example the partial single-leg squat and the wide-grip lat pulldown…I needed the squat rack for the squats and it’s just not feasible to go back and forth between the squat rack and the pulldown machine because they are on opposite ends of the gym and someone would inevitably take the rack/pulldown while I wasn’t there.  So I made do and still think I got some good workouts in.

Yesterday I skipped spin because there a sub teacher I’m not crazy about and braved the stepmill again for 20 minutes and finished with 20 minutes on the elliptical.  I didn’t get to the gym today because of a Dr. appointment so if I’m not snowed in tomorrow will get a lifting session in.  I’d like to get a good lifting session in before I leave on Saturday!

I made a couple of simple, easy, yet tasty things over the weekend to have to eat this week.  First was the turkey and zucchini skillet to which I added chopped red peppes and of course topped with parmesan cheese.

Then I made some sauteed cabbage with turkey bacon.

I just sauteed about a quarter onion and chopped garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil, then added 6 slices turkey bacon, let that cook for a few then added half a head of sliced/chopped cabbage.  Just keep stirring until cooked, voila!

sauteed cabbage with turkey bacon, simple and yum

Next up is something so ridiculously easy made with basically one ingredient.  Broccoli.  Made into soup by blending it with the water you boil it in.  Add salt and pepper to taste…and for me parmesan cheese and it’s ready.  The actual recipe and ideas for other add-ons can be found  here.

Step 1-boil broccoli

Step 2-blend

Step 3-top with parmesan and eat

Let me just say that you definitely have to add salt to this, if not it’s very bland.  I’d like to experiment with making this with maybe some chicken broth instead of plain water to see how it tastes then.  But this is surprisingly good for being just broccoli and water!

Now I’m off to put on some inside-out pajamas in hopes for a snow day tomorrow!

Meatballs Shmeatballs

Let’s see if I can do a quick recap of what I’ve been doing workout wise.  Last week was a little different from what I’ve been doing because I only did  ONE NROLW workout.  That was not my original plan but with being snowed in one day and getting out of work super late another day that’s how it worked out.  I did do a lot more cardio then I usually do but I did enjoy it a lot more than usual.  I guess changing things up once in a while is a good thing!  I also tried 2 new things last week, the stairmill (I actually tried it once before a couple of years ago but didn’t do it for very long) and Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones.

At first I thought the stairmill was easy peasy, but after a few minutes I could feel what all the fuss is about with this thing.  I did 20 minutes on level 7 and by the end I was so ready to get off that thing and was wishing I had only set it for 15 minutes.  I did it again this week and plan on adding this for some of my cardio.  The only problem is that there are only 3 of these in my gym and they are often taken, but I will grab it when I can.

Now…No More Trouble Zones…that Jillian is no joke.  Here I am thinking I’m pretty strong with my lifting and then I go and do this video with 5 pound weights and was dying.  I guess once I finish NROLW I need to start working on my muscle endurance.  I will do a proper review of this in the future but I’d like to do it a couple of more times before I do that.

slave driver

This week I was back to my NROLW workouts and did that M/W/F and cardio (combo of stairmill and elliptical) on Tuesday and Thursday.  I’ll only give the specifics about today’s lifting workout because the other ones are basically the same as this and the other ones I’ve been posting about.

Today’s workout:  NROLW Workout A5

One-armed dumbbell snatch-4 sets of 4, 25 pound dumbbells

Dumbbell single-leg Romanian deadlift-4 sets of 4, 30 pound dumbbells

Dumbbell-single arm overhead squat-4 sets of 4, 15 and 30 pound dumbbells

alternated with

Dumbbell incline bench press-1st set 4, 2nd and 3rd sets 5, 4th set 6, 30 pound dumbbells (I should have tried a heavier weight because I should have only been able to do 4)

Narrow seated row-4 sets of 4, 105 pounds

Plank-1st held for 90 seconds, 2nd for 70 seconds, and 3rd 60 seconds

Reverse wood chop-4 sets of 4, 15 pounds (I realized I was doing these wrong so had to lower my weight when I did them correctly)

Then it was the body-weight matrix which consists of 24 squats, 12 lunges on each leg, 12 lunge jumps on each leg, and 24 jump squats, repeated twice, which I find super hard.  I had to stop a bunch of times during each round BUT I did finish each round in a significantly shorter amount of time then I have in the past.  40 seconds to a minute shorter to be exact!  I don’t know how I pulled that off but I’m glad I did!

Food wise last week was great.  I went food shopping for the week and prepared lots of stuff to bring for lunch and to have for dinner.  And by lots I mean 3 things.  For me this is good!  I had planned on a treat meal or 2 for the weekend but I think I went a little too overboard with the chocolate and I wound up eating out twice when the plan was just once.

One meal worth mentioning was Saturdays late-night trip to  The Meatball Shop.  This was an end to a night out with my friends and I was starving because I didn’t eat a proper dinner.  NEVER a good idea before going out.  Technically this was Valentine’s day because it was at 3 am…what a better way for a bunch of single girls to celebrate Valentine’s day then with a bowl of meatballs?!?!  The Meatball Shop has a bunch of different kind of meatballs to choose from (beef, chicken, salmon, etc.) as well as your choice of sauce (tomato, parmesan cream, and a couple others).  Of course I chose the beef meatballs with tomato sauce.  I also ordered a side of roasted veggies, not knowing what kind of veggies they were, and was ecstatic when it was butternut squash-something I tried recently and love.  SO GOOD.  They also have ice cream sandwiches with your choice of freshly baked cookies and your choice of ice cream.  I had a bite of my friends and it was fantastic.  If you are in the area in NYC I totally recommend this place.

not my pic but what mine looked like sans the pasta

freshly made ice cream sandwich (also not my pic)

Speaking of Valentine’s Day check out the awesome package I received through Janetha’s Secret Bloggie Valentine!

goodies

Thank you Shannon for everything!  And thanks Janetha for setting everything up!

This week I’ve had a bit of a hard time keeping within my calorie range a couple of days.  PMS doesn’t help.  It also doesn’t help that I didn’t do my big food shopping trip over the weekend or prepare anything for the week so it’s always harder when I’m not prepared.  What is that saying…failing to prepare is preparing to fail?  SO TRUE.  Well I wouldn’t call myself a failure but didn’t eat as well as I would have liked and didn’t eat as many veggies as I would have liked but still did pretty OK.

Snow day!

Finally!  A storm that was not on a weekend!  I think it’s safe to say I’m snowed in.

snow day!

There’s only about 6 inches on the ground right now but it started to snow again and we could get up to another foot!  Luckily my job sent out an alert last night that we would be closed today so I could go to bed without wondering if I was going to have work or not.

I figure now is a good time to post about some of the food I’ve been eating lately.  I’m not good at daily food posting like a lot of bloggers are!  For breakfast today (and my newest fave breakfast) was quinoa flakes with half banana cooked in with ground flax seeds/quarter scoop vanilla protein powder/cinnamon/almond butter.  Yes almond butter instead of peanut butter.  I’m doing a little experiment this week and eliminating peanuts to see if they affect my sinus issues.  They were one of the foods that my food allergy testing showed I was mildy allergic too but my Dr. said you would just know if you had a nut allergy.  I figure I’ll try eliminating them just to make sure.  My first taste of almond butter the other day left me less than impressed but it’s growing on me-sorta like the quinoa flakes did!  That happens to me a lot so I try to give foods a shot even if I don’t LOVE it at first.  And oddly enough this taste kind of like cashews to me.

cashews are you hiding in there?

That this almond butter is sweetened with organic unrefined cane sugar but with 3g per 2 tablespoons is that so bad?  I don’t know if I will ever like un-sweetened nut butters but I’m not going to make myself crazy over it.

I just had some lunch and it was a Jennie-O Lean Savory Seasoned turkey burger and healthified creamed spinach.  The turkey burgers are a total lifesaver sometimes and what I consider a convenience food.  Sometimes I want/need some protein as part of a meal but don’t really feel like making something.  OK maybe this is more like a lot of the time. These turkey burgers are actually really good because they are already seasoned and I just eat them with a bit of ketchup, no bun required.  They’re also great to “cook” ahead of time and eat cold (which is what I did today) and because of this are good to bring to work for lunch.  With 160 calories, 0g carbs, and 18 grams of protein I think they are a great find.

find them in your grocer's freezer

Now onto the healthified creamed spinach.  For this I tweaked a recipe that someone posted on a fitness board and I’ve been eating it a lot lately because it’s so good yet so easy.

For this you will need:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      about a 1/8 of an onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic (the garlic is a good addition but I’ve also made it without and it’s still yummy)

2-3 cups frozen spinach

2 Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges

milk

parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to taste

First I saute the onion and garlic in some cooking spray while defrosting the spinach in the microwave.

onions and garlic, my favorite

Once the onions are translucent I add the thawed spinach, Laughing cow wedges, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese (I like at least a tablespoon) and a little bit of milk.

mixing everything up

I just add a little bit of milk at a time to make a creamy consistency, you do not need a lot.  Then just sort of chop up the Laughing cow to break it up into smaller pieces so it will melt and mix everything together.  Add more milk if it looks too dry.  It’s not actually going to look that creamy but don’t worry it will taste creamy.

the final product

This makes 2 side dish servings or one large serving.

mmmm...lunch

I know that turkey burger doesn’t look too appetizing there but trust me it is!  That was half the spinach, but don’t be fooled, I then went back and ate the rest because I was still hungry.

must have been good!

Even my mother who is not a fan of a lot of the stuff I try out really likes this so give it a try!

Week in review

I have to hand it to the bloggers who post daily.  How do you find the time?!  I guess I need to get my priorities in line!  I’ve been a little MIA this week so will do a quick recap of my workouts.

I started Stage 5 of NROLW on Saturday (workout A1).  This stage is 4 sets of 4 reps for most of the exercises which is a totally new set/rep scheme for me.  I have NEVER done this before so it does feel a little strange to me.  I’ve found it a little hard to do the workouts exactly as laid out just because of the layout of my gym and needing certain equipment to do some of the exercises in the alternating set way it’s supposed to be done.  It has been interesting trying to figure out what weight I need in order to tire out by the 4th rep.  Also a little different is that the rests between sets is supposed to be 2 minutes.  For some of the exercises I feel like I need the 2 minutes and for others not.  I think because I’m only doing 4 reps I’m not getting so out of breath like I have in previous stages with higher reps, but I can’t increase the weight anymore because then I won’t be able to complete the reps with proper form.

Monday should have been a lifting day but I got out of work SO late and was exhausted so I just wound up doing cardio instead. I know boo-hoo Jamie suck it up BUT I’m not going to beat myself up for that because at least I did something.  Tuesday instead of taking my usual spin class I lifted (NROLW stage 5 workout B1).  Wednesday was the dreaded JURY DUTY and turned into rest day.  I really, really need to get a good DVD for days when I need a good cardio workout at home.  Thursday should have been my favorite spin class with the awesomest  instructor but sadly he was not there.  The sub teacher is just awful so I again did cardio on my own.  I actually did 45 minutes (on the elliptical) which for me to do on my own is a lot.  I am not a fan of cardio!  I heard some gossip at the gym and think the awesome instructor may have quit, I hope this is just a rumor because I seriously LOVE his class.  I feel like I get such a great workout and it goes by so fast.

I’ll give the specifics about today’s workout which was NROLW stage 5 workout A2

The rests between sets was supposed to be 2 minutes, but I for some I rested 90 seconds instead.  Here goes…

One-armed dumbbell snatch-4 sets of 4, 20 pound dumbbells

Dumbbell single-leg Romaian deadlift-4 sets of 4, 30 pound dumbbells

Dumbbell-single arm overhead squat-4 sets of 4, 15 and 25 pound dumbbells

alternated with

Dumbbell incline bench press-4 sets of 4, 30 pound dumbbells

Barbell bent-over row-4 sets of 4, 85 pounds

Plank-1st held for 80 seconds, 2nd and 3rd 60 seconds

Reverse wood chop-4 sets of 4, 25 pounds

Then it was the dreaded body-weight matrix which consists of 24 squats, 12 lunges on each leg, 12 lunge jumps on each leg, and 24 jump squats, repeated twice.  This KILLS me.  It usually takes me somewhere between 4 and 5 minutes to complete.  I cannot do this all the way through, I usually have to stop a couple of times during the lunge jumps and a good 4 to 5 times during the squat jumps.  At that point my legs are throbbing and I’m so out of breath I feel like I’m going to DIE.  Hopefully at some point I’ll be able to do the whole thing straight through without stopping.

I made a trip to the health food store today on my lunch break to get a couple of things to have on hand for tomorrow since we are supposed to be getting a big storm.  I am not looking forward to this AT ALL.  This will be the 2nd big storm this winter and the 2nd one that is happening on a weekend!  Snow is only welcome in my world if I’m going to get a snow day off of work!

I’ve been craving cereal (and carbs in general) lately so I picked up some Nature’s Path Mesa Sunrise cereal, puffed rice cereal, gluten-free cracklebread, 2 Lara bars (my favorite PB&J and a one I’ve never had before chocolate coconut chew), and an un-pictured (b/c I already ate it) Raw Organic Food Bar in in chocolatey chocolate chip. I love the guy at this health food store because he always orders stuff for me.  I requested the chocolate coconut Lara bar and the Organic food bar because I’ve been wanting to try them both.  I didn’t try the Lara bar yet but had the Organic food bar as part of my lunch and snack today and have to say I’m a bit disappointed.  It was similar to a Lara bar with a softer but gritty texture, which I’m assuming is from the flax seeds.  I’d like to try some of the other ones though before I totally write them off.

the goods

a steal at $2.19!

I love, love, love that Mesa Sunrise cereal.  I love cereal in general and could eat bowl after bowl of it if I let myself.  I decided to try the puffed brown rice because it is only 60 calories per cup which would allow me to enjoy a nice big bowl of it.  Which I did as part of my dinner.  Tonights dinner was a random hodge-podge of stuff.  I kind of don’t like when I do that because it sometimes leaves me not so satisfied.  I had quinoa flakes cooked with half a banana, then added a quarter scoop of vanilla protein powder, ground flax seeds, cinnamon, and a tbsp. of peanut butter. The quinoa flakes are really growing on me.  I’ve been craving them and have had them as part of my dinner a couple of times this week.  I also had some sliced smoked turkey with provolone cheese and then I had the puffed rice with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a quarter scoop of vanilla protein powder, and some cinnamon.  See I told ya-random!  Looks like a ton of carbs but I did get in a good amount of protein today, 146.7 grams to be exact!

looks like mush, tastes delicious

puffed brown rice is surprisingly tasty

The puffed brown rice was actually good.  The only downside is that it gets soggy pretty fast!  Well let’s see if we actually get this storm we’re supposed to.  So far nada and my plans tonight got canned because of this so we better get something.

Quinoa banana nut protein pancakes

This post actually has some pictures I took in it!  I’m awful at uploading pictures which is why my posts are a little sparse with the pictures.  I’ll try to work on that. To give you an idea-I took these pictures and uploaded with all my pictures from Christmas!  I’m only a little over a month late 🙂  Here’s some Christmas doggie cuteness for ya!

Brutus and Rizzo

Brutus in his pj's checking out his gifts

Doesn’t it look like Rizzo is hugging Brutus in that pic?  And yes I sometimes torture my dog by dressing him up.  Mostly just on holidays though 🙂

Now onto the pancakes.  I started experimenting with using quinoa instead of oats for my protein pancakes.  I found out recently that I’m mildly allergic to oats, among other things, so am eliminating from my diet for now.  Not quite sure yet if oats contribute to my sinus issues, so until I figure that out for sure I won’t be eating oats.

I decided to do a banana nut pancake because these are one my my favorites.  Topped with peanut butter….yummmm…but the thing I like about these is that they are also good plain.

Ingredients:                                                                                                                                                                                                                    half cup quinoa flakes                                                                                                                                                                                                    half cup cottage cheese                                                                                                                                                                                              one scoop vanilla protein powder                                                                                                                                                                         half a ripe banana                                                                                                                                                                                                          1/4 teaspoon baking powder                                                                                                                                                                                    1/4 cup almond milk (or your milk of choice)                                                                                                                                                      1 ounce chopped walnuts (optional)                                                                                                                                                         cinnamon to taste

Blend ingredients until smooth and cook like you would regular pancakes.  I use canola oil cooking spray.  I got 7 pancakes from this batch.  Nutrition stats per pancake are: 98.5 calories, 3.5 g fat, 8.9 g carb, 7.4 g protein. If you want to keep calories lower you can eliminate the walnuts which added and additional 185 calories, it’s up to you.  The nutrition facts are based on the exact products I used, so yours may differ.  I also am not 100% sure that my quinoa stats are accurate.  I used half a cup of quinoa flakes and the nutrition stats on the box are for 1/3 cup…I’m no mathematician and after about 15 minutes of being confused I think I accurately figured out the half cup stats.  I’m almost embarassed to admit this.  I think I need a fraction refresher course, it’s been a minute since I’ve been in school!

The final product:

These came out really good.  Better than my first attempt.  The first time I made quinoa protein pancakes I did a batch without the banana and walnuts for a plainer pancake.  These were good but only with toppings, I wasn’t crazy about them plain.  I also tried a batch with blueberries and for some reason those did not work at all. They weren’t really cooking and were sticking to the pan horribly.  I’ll have to train the blueberry ones again because I like blueberry pancakes a lot.

The banana pancakes are delicious as they are but even better topped with some peanut butter.  I LOVE the combo of bananas and peanut butter.  Even better bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate!  (I may have to try chocolate protein powder or cocoa powder to make chocolate banana pancakes)  Since I don’t have any PB & co. dark chocolate dreams (which I love and purposely am not buying because I will want to eat the whole jar in one sitting) I had to settle for just peanut butter.  My peanut butter of choice lately…

Confession-I do not like natural peanut butter.  I LOVE good ‘ol Skippy (super chunk to be exact) but am using this in an attempt to get more acquainted with natural peanut butter.  This isn’t as sweet as Skippy but is still a bit sweet  due to the evaporated cane juice and molasses.  Baby steps right?

What is your favorite brand of peanut butter?  Or any type of nut butter?

I still want to try almond butter and cashew butter.  For peanut butter I love Skippy super chunk and PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams.