Sunday, May 31, 2009
Slice everything up, the thinner the better so it will dry faster, and arrange on dehydrator trays.I sprinkled some cinnamon on top because obviously, cinnamon makes everything extra delicious.
Just stack the trays on the machine, place the lid on with the vents open and plug in.
Then, all you have to do is wait.
The next morning:
I had to try them right away, so I did. And then I put some in my oatmeal too :)
The cranberries are not my own dehydrated creation. Ocean Spray was responsible for that.
The overall result was great, and I loved them! They tasted much cleaner than regular dried fruit, without any extra oil or sugar. My little project was a success and I can only hope that a dehydrator of my own is in the future (do I really have to wait til Christmas??).
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Lara bars typically have a lot of fat in them, but it’s all “healthy” from the nuts, so it’s a great source of those omega 3’s! I usually have just a half of one at a time because they are so nutritionally compact, but each full bar contains 9 g fat, 5 g fiber and 4 g protein.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Surprisingly tart with mainly dried fruit-ish flavors--not the 17 or so vegetables listed on the back. Soft, with a good bite quality. This bar is 100%ORGANIC, gluten-free, dairy free, GMO free, and most importantly, soy free! I usually try to select bars with a little fat in them since I don't get it from many other sources, and helps to hold me over for a little longer, so we'll see how this one does in terms of longevity between my snack now (11:20) and lunch (who knows??*) This bar has 6 g fiber, but only 2 g protein. I also liked that this bar tastes pretty sweet, but has no added sugar, not even the "healthy" ones they try to sneak in there all the time like brown rice syrup or cane juice. The only drawback was a slightly bitter aftertaste, but that went away as soon as I brushed my teeth. Overall, I liked this bar quite a bit and would probably purchase it again.
*I ended up eating lunch a little before 3:00, and I was starving by then, but I didn't get a hunger rumble til about 2, so not that bad there!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
First, rip off the top. Trust me, it's not that hard :)
Then, slice off the top and bottom so you have a flat surface
Next, slice off strips of the rind all the way around
You then have all these little eye things, so...
You have to pop 'em out. Sounds violent, I know. But you have to do it unless you enjoy tearing your tongue to shreds while you're eating. Which I do not.
When you are finished de-eyeing your pineapple, cut it into halves
And strip the core. You really just have to take off a little bit.
Finally, cut into cubes. Ta-Dah!
It’s a pickled turnip! Dustin, my sister and my sister’s friend Jess, went to an absolutely amazing Mediterranean restaurant called Café Med a little while ago, and this little guy arrived on top of my salad. Plus, I love pickles, and who eats turnips these days? It actually tasted a lot like horseradish—not too bad.
P.S. Lots of bar reviews coming up, so stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
These are all questions I get asked on a fairly regular basis. Well, "that" happens to be my food, and the answers tend to be "yes," "no," and "none of your business, " in that order. However, with the recent explosion of foodie blogs on the net, I've decided to make it your business!
I've been accused of being a picky eater, but the truth is I'm actually pretty adventurous when it comes to my food--as long as it's healthy, I'll try it! That's where the name, and the phrase, the experimentarian comes in. I love to try new things when it comes to what I eat, and I'm continuously on the hunt for new meals, snacks and recipes. I figured since I try new things almost every day, it might be cool to share the knowledge I'm gaining with others like me (I can't be the only one, can I???).
I eat tons of fruit and veggies, but alas, I personally can't thrive and survive on those alone, so all the major food groups are included. I don't limit what I eat with the exception of soy products (sensitivity), which definitely adds another element to searching for healthy eats since many, many items on the shelf contain soy. Therefore, the only requirements I have when it comes to my finds are that they are healthy, soy free and at least LOOK appetizing!I'll try it, buy it, taste it and test it and share my take on whatever yummy or yucky things I come up with.