10.14.2009

Marathon Week! What I'm Eating, Breakfast Edition!

I am literally bursting with carbs, and friends, it's AH-MAZING! Is it any coincidence that during the initial bagel craze of the 90's, I was at my lightest weight ever? I think not. Carbs = My Friends. (Never mind I was also in high school, that fact is simply irrelevant.)
Which brings me to the subject of breakfast! Marathon Week breakfast is amazing, but it's so healthy that you could eat it any week, or day, for that matter, even if you're not running marathons. Which also reminds me that my Potato Leek Soup need not only be eaten whilst carbo-loading! Potatoes are really good for you, and even contain a special starch called "resistant starch" that especially when cooled, as in potato salad, etc., fills you up and slows down hunger hormones. And no, the National Potato Council isn't the newest sponsor of this blog, but a long time ago I learned the benefits of potatoes and I just like to share what I know! Like did you know the potato was the original 100-calorie pack? Yes! It's true! A small potato only has 100 calories! So load up, ladies! Splurge! (Don't you just LOVE that word? Splurge...) It's raining and October, two very good reasons to make soup. If you'd like to learn more about resistant starch (it's also in bananas, by-the-way), read this article from Prevention.
Moving on to breakfast! I swear, y'all must think I have A.D.D. or something, and it might be true, yet undiagnosed. BREAKFAST!!!
So I'm kind of obsessed with tortillas, ever since I discovered a little trick to make them taste like they came from a real Mexican restaurant. You know how store-bought tortillas just suck compared to the ones at the restaurant? Well, not anymore! Here's the secret, and I'm sharing it with you, my little blogging buddies!
Step 1: Put tortilla (these are the "Truly Handmade" tortillas from Trader Joe's) in a sandwich bag with a zipper, such as a Ziplock or Glad bag.

Step 2: Place the sandwich bag with the tortillas in it in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Voila! The tortillas STEAM in the bag, and come out perfect!!! Just be careful when opening the bag. AND, if you aren't as carb-happy as I am these days, here's a brand of carb-cutting tortillas that they have at Trader Joe's that are very good for you:

Sonoma Carb-Cutting Tortillas (They're Gluten-Free too!) (Image from Sorry, I Can't Eat That.)

So here's what I do with them once they're all hot and steamy:
Melt a little bit of Earth Balance buttery spread on them, and drizzle (Oooh! Drizzle! Another word I love!) it with honey.

Then top with sliced strawberries, bananas (more resistant starch!), walnuts and a couple medjool dates. Yum!

Top the whole thing with even more honey or agave if you'd like, and zap in the microwave again for 15-20 seconds. Slice and eat! (With a knife and fork, not your fingers.)
There you have it! Marathon Week breakfast at it's best. But then! Wait! I'm reminded I did the tortillas a little different the other day:

The other day I did a classic peanut butter and jelly (well, it was actually seedless raspberry preserves, the same jar from when I made baked brie...I wonder how long it takes jelly to go bad? Probably a loooong time, all that sugar, right?) with banana. Yummers.

8 comments :

  1. Splurge! Drizzle! I love you!
    You're awesome. Thanks for keeping me entertained every morning...and teaching me about resistant starches!

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  2. CARBS! my one true love (besides PB, obvs!)

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  3. I used to put wraps loosely in paper towels and heat that up but it would only taste good for like...20 seconds. Will definitely try the ziploc bag trick!

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  4. You inspired me. I told you that before. Good luck on the marathon.

    You know what, I've been on a no-rice diet since I came to LA two weeks ago. But surprisingly, I did crave for rice today. Maybe my body needs more carbs now.

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  6. love your blog and you are such a pretty girl! I had food issues myself and after seeing a nutritionist and allergy testing it's not much better but... I can tell you after 2 years of nutrition research and classes and certification and so on, soy is not your friend. I know that's a hard thing to replace for somebody who eats mostly vegetarian and can't have many nuts but I personally know three people who ate tofu weekly or used soy protein for workouts who had their thyroid destroyed by it. It's goiterogenic and you can easily find that info online. Americans eat way too much of it in everything and it's highly processed here to make it edible, with fun chemicals that cause health issues themselves. It also has enzymes that keep you from using protein adequately so it is not an appropriate protein supplement. You should look for better, hempwas a good choice, I saw you were using that. Can you use egg? Just hoping to help a fellow "IBS" misdiagnosee

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  7. Your blog and you are such a pretty girl! Ice had food issues myself and after seeing a nutritionist and allergy testing it's not much better but... I can tell you after 2 years of nutrition research and classes and certification and so on, soy is not your friend. I know that's a hard thing to replace for somebody who eats mostly vegetarian and can't have many nuts but I personally know three people who ate that way who had their thyroid destroyed by it. It's goiterogenic and you can easily find that info online. Americans eat way too much of it in everything and it's highly processed here to make it edible, with fun chemicals that cause health issues themselves. It also has enzymes that keep you from using protein adequately so it is not an appropriate protein supplement. You should look for better, hempwas a good choice, I saw you were using that. Can you use egg? Just hoping to help a fellow "IBS" misdiagnosee

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