As a 2 1/2 year vegetarian, I am frequently tweaking, subtracting, altering, and adding to my diet and relationship with food. My constant quest is to find foods that are healthy and help me feel adequately full as the energy from fruits and veggies burn quickly. I'd prefer not to rush toward breads, potatoes, and cheap energy at every meal.
Over the past few months, I've enthusiastically embraced some "nutty" concoctions that have brought protein, energy, and satiation to my days. Walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, and raisins, bought cheaply in bulk from our beloved A & G, are constant staples.
Today I wanted to share a few ways that you can incorporate these nuts into your daily meal rotation.
|Everything Granola by earlybirdcafe|
Yogurt and Granola
I mix together granola, berries, chopped almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, a tsp of ground flax seed, and raisins. It is so much heartier than straight up granola and is a great addition to my Stonyfield Organic Strawberry or Banilla yogurt.
|8 oz White Beans & Hummus by dhasti|
Hummus and Pita
I whip up a batch of homemade hummus every week which is tasty with toasted pita. I stuff the pockets with hummus, walnuts, and sometimes steamed broccoli.
|Italian Vegetable Market II Signed Photography by Illuminatedluna|
Rice and "Greens"
I love to saute asparagus, broccoli, green onions, almonds, and sunflower seeds in a bit of olive oil. I throw in a tsp of curry and a few shakes red pepper flakes and serve over rice. Yum!
Saute up some red pepper, broccoli, garlic, and celery. Throw in a handful of sunflower seeds and serve with cous cous.
|The Forest for the Nuts Granola by Homesteadingroasters|
Nuts and Raisins
I keep a small pyrex bowl of chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, and raisins in my bag to snack on. It comes in handy in class, on the bus, or any time I'm hungry and unable to stop for a meal.
Have you tried other seeds and nuts you enjoy?