and no, I’m not talking about this kind of date:
or even this kind:
but the kind I currently have access to:
I am officially smitten.
I just can’t get enough.
I like to stuff my dates with peanut butter.
Or pop them straight into my mouth.
I also like to have a date (or two) in the morning before a run. They give me an insane amount of energy.
Or before a yoga class. Ditto. And because every knows I’m a yoga rebel.
Or as a mid-morning snack. They are super filling and can hold me over until lunch.
Or as a mid-afternoon snack. Ditto. Except until dinner 😉
Or even for dessert. They are so so sweet!
Or even as a midnight snack. Ditto.
And they have heaps of dietary fiber, to boot.
So basically, if I had my way, I could
go on have a date up to five times a day.
Yet they cost almost nz$9 per container. I can feel my wallet quiver. And they are imported from the US. I can feel the globe roasting.
So, when I finish this container, I will resist buying more until I’m back in the States.
I’m feeling that way about a lot of things lately.
After a 30-minute walk (my hip is still too sore to run on, I don’t want to push it), Hannah and I went grocery shopping and literally got the bare minimum. Since David arrives on Friday and my two weeks of family-frolicking begins, I didn’t want to get anything that I might end up wasting. So, I can guarantee that this is what I’ll be eating for the next week:
Breakfast: Oatmeal made with cinnamon, and part-water-part-soymilk. It will contain either banana or apple, and always a peanutbutter swirl. If I do anything interesting, like add chopped almonds, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Lunch: Leftovers (like today). French Toast PB&J when I’m really desperate. Or some crazy salad/sandwich combination of veggies, cheese, eggs, and hummus. I’ll be sure to share any particularly genius concoctions.
Snacks: Peanut butter on an apple or banana (whichever is not in my oatmeal), and the occasional carrot sticks and hummus, or almonds and cheese. And of course, for at least a little while, DATES.
Dinner. Stir fry. Or pasta. Full stop. (That’s Kiwi-speak for “period!” Ha!)
Thus, I won’t be posting many of my meals on the blog. I don’t want to bore
my readers myself. Sucks to be you, I guess! lol 😉 But don’t cry, I’ll be sure to post about anything interesting…..
In fact, my afternoon snack today was actually pretty interesting! I wanted vampire toast, but I was in the mood for something slightly more substantial with a little more of a crunch, so I got creative:
I sprinkled some chopped almonds and sesame seeds on top (plus more whole almonds on the side :)). It was really satisfying! I bet with another piece of p’nut butt- slathered toast, this would make a great, powered-up PB&J.
See the rain?
I spent the rest of my afternoon shopping, despite the dismally persistent precipitation. I tell you, New Zealand has the best souvenirs out of anywhere else in the world, and since I moved here in February, I have been putting off buying gifts because I was afraid of finding something better down the road. But now, with less than three weeks left and a dwindling checking account, I need to get busy! Since I have been into every gift shop in both the North and South Island, I pretty much know exactly what I want to get for everyone, so shopping for it all was so much fun! I was happy to find some great deals, too. This is the “off season” for tourists in New Zealand, so there were tons of sales. I can’t wait to see the looks on my loved ones faces!
Do you like dates?