Little food secrets

Here’s a dirty little secret.  I cover up one corner of toast in 99% of my photos because they have one bite taken out of them already.


I don’t know why, but I always take a bite out of the bread before I put it in the toaster.  What can I say…I’m special.  Or I lack patience.  Either way it doesn’t make for a nice photo, so I always manage to cover it up with another piece of food or crop it out of the photo entirely. 

My first breakfast is above (GF toast with Earth Balance & greens with a fried egg on top).  But lately I end up eating two breakfasts.  It’s amazing what getting up early and breast feeding will do to a girl’s appetite.  I don’t even recognize the old Elise who regularly skipped breakfast and opted for coffee over all else.  Granted, that morning trend was mostly during my college and New York days, when time was rarely on my side.  It’s amazing how styles of eating evolve. 


This is my newest obsession: Udi’s gluten free blueberry cashew granola clusters.  I love me some clusters. 


The larger clusters tend to rise to the top of the bag, so those got plucked out right away.  Straight to my face.  :)  But the rest of the bag was spoon and bowl status. 

I never realized how much I love blueberry flavor in granola.  But ever since this home-made batch I’m obsessed.  For the FODMAPs people, you can read a more thorough post about the ingredients on my other site. 


Hmmm…what was in this thing?  Greens, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, Daiya mozzarella, and 365 tortilla chips.  Random or Mexican themed? 

I always save the bottom of the bag crushed chips pieces for this purpose.  Excellent salad topping! 


Afternoon snackage in the form of a Lundberg brown rice cake with banana mash and peanut butter.  This banana was so close to going south that I don’t think it could even be considered a solid.  That means it was super sweet though. 


I should have added sea salt on top.  I’m alllllll about the salty sweet combo.  I never used to get why people thought chips belonged in a PB&J, but now I can definitely see the allure.  Bacon French toast, however, still demands some convincing.


While I’m on the subject of bacon.  There’s this guy.  I’m usually a loyal consumer of Lightlife’s tempeh bacon, but the tofurky brand was on sale, so I gave it a go. 


The nutritional stats are pretty comparable, but the ingredients of tofurky’s smoky maple bacon are slightly more FODMAPs friendly.  Both have soy and wheat, but tofurky’s doesn’t have dried onions or “spices”.  It does have molasses though.  I dunno.  It’s basically a wash. 

They taste pretty different.  There’s a much more pronounced tempeh flavor to the tofurky kind.  For those who like the flavor of tempeh, this is a good thing.  But if you’re on the fence with the characteristic nutty taste, maybe go with the Lightlife kind instead.

Since the protein in my lunch was pretty much absent, I made a macro bowl thing with both the tempeh and hardboiled eggs.


The squash is a kabocha I roasted earlier in the week. 


I should have waited for one of the cooler days to crank the oven, but no.  I chose to roast this guy on the nearly 90 degree day. 

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Before and after.  Sliced into wedges, rubbed in olive oil, and cooked for 35 minutes at 375. 


All I did was add a bit of Bragg’s aminos.  Oh and cut off the skin of the squash.  Some skins aren’t terrible to eat, but I don’t recommend it with a kabocha.  Do other people eat the exterior of the squash or is that another dirty little secret Elise-ism? 

After this bowl was finito, I had another few slices of tempeh plain.  And another kabocha wedge, which I ate like it was a slice of melon (classy). 

I had candied ginger and dark chocolate on the late night.  And by “late night” I mean after P went to sleep at 9 pm.  Pretty much right before my own bedtime.

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Comments (18)

  1. Lori

    I roast alot of squash and pumpkin, and use in salads and to make soups – I usually drizzle it with sweet soy sauce (kecap manis) and it comes out all roasty tasting – nom nom nom.

    Your food, as usual, looks good enuff to munch the screen 🙂

    Howdy to my lil’ pardner P, hope he is happy & well.

    x Lori

  2. maggie @ say yes to salad

    I actually LOVE kabocha squash skin! More so than other squashes. Funny!

  3. Mandie Marie @ The Fruitful Turtle

    HaHa I also take a bite of my bread before I toast it, not sure why either 😉 I have never heard of a kabocha squash, but I will definitely try it now 🙂

  4. josée

    i usually use the small, orange pumpkins, cause i don’t have to cut of the skin and (especially last season) they’re mostly the size of one josée (hubby doesn’t like it). often i roast them in the oven with some honey. or stirfry with honey and currypowder. not sure if honey is fodmap friendly…. otherwise, give it a shot.

  5. Ammie

    Kabocha squash is the only squash I eat with the skin on. 🙂 I give mine a rub down with coconut oil and roast it until the edges are nice and brown. Yum!

  6. Briana

    Bacon french toast slathered with peanut butter & maple syrup… Ah-mazing.

  7. Samantha @ Sweetly Striving

    That granola looks divine! I will have to get my hands on some! It would be delicious in some yogurt.

  8. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Baha! The little toast tidbit totally cracks me up! 😉

  9. Sarah C.

    I don’t know if it’s dirty or secret, but I have noticed in your pictures that you seem to eat squash and sweet potatoes with the skins on, which I’ve never been able to do. I do force myself to eat the skins of white potatoes (if they’re organic) but the rest I find way too tough for my eating pleasure. But I know the skin has lots of nutrients (well, at least the sweet potato – don’t know about the squash). And I’d be worried about all the wax they put on the outside of the store-bought squashes.

  10. Emily

    Soo…I’m tempted to go back through your old posts and notice the one corner of toast that’s always covered…haha! Too funny. I think we all have weird little habits like that. I always take a handful of cereal out of the box before I pour myself a bowl and I never drink the last sip of any beverage. Weird. (:

  11. Lou

    You’d be AMAZED how many people go nuts over the whole bacon french toast thing…. I work in a cafe and at breakfast/brunch time we sell SO MUCH! We do a banana/bacon/maple french toast…. I don’t get it, but I haven’t eaten bacon since I was about 8 so I’m not a good judge 😉

  12. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Haha I’ve never in my life had such a ravenous appetite! Breastfeeding has made me into an eating machine! Good thing I love to eat… 😉

  13. Courtney

    I eat delicata squash skin–one of the reasons it is my favorite squashes! I am so lazy I can’t be bothered to peel things… 🙂


  14. Elise (Post author)

    i feel ya. laziness is a big deal when youre constantly chopping things for salads.

  15. Elise (Post author)

    its so insane! i eat and eat and dont do anything besides my daily walks and my weight is plummeting (more than i want it to). i always hated people who said that. breast feeding is crazy. ill miss having this kind of metabolism once he moves on to solids.

  16. Elise (Post author)

    oh i do that too! or with crackers!

  17. Courtney

    Yes! I eat a huge salad every. single. day for at least 1 meal, and even though it is a no-cooking meal and relatively “quick” it really isn’t, lol! Chopping all of those delicious ingredients takes time…any shortcuts are welcome 🙂


  18. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    Haha I definitely eat the kabocha squash skins, but I’m weird so…

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