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homemade coconut butter

How gorgeous was it out today in Boston?!  I had the day off from work, and loved every second I could be outside.  It was a busy day, but I made the most of it.

I started the day with a big bowl of oats that I was craving when I woke up.

Yup!  That’s right – time for another round of oats-in-an-almost-empty-jar!  In my favorite chocolate peanut butter jar!

I used to eat this everyday, and got really really sick of it.  It tasted better than it has ever tasted today – so glad I took some time off. 🙂

In the mix today:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oatbran
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp ground flax

On the top:

So sad that these 2 favorite nut butters are gone!!  But, they made for a delicious bowl of oats in a jar.

Mid-morning, I did an easy 4 mile run.  I’m gearing up for my half marathon on Sunday and trying not too push it too hard.  My legs are itching to run – hopefully they can wait until Sunday!

After my run, I stopped at Tealuxe for study time.  I snacked on a raw granola bar and a guava kombucha, along with some Lady Londonderry tea from Tealuxe.

This bar was great!  Loved the chocolate coconut flavor, and loved the chewiness of it.

Paired perfectly with my kombucha.

Kombucha is a handmade Chinese tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days.  During this time, essential nutrients form like: active enzymes, viable probiotics, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols.  All of these combine to create an elixer that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality.  Probiotics are great for digestive health and the antioxidants are great for boosting your immune system.

It has a fizzy taste which I love, but don’t love the strands of the cultures!  I just close my eyes when I drink it. 🙂  This is the only brand I have tried and I love it.  You can by them at Whole Foods.

Once home, I snacked on a pretzel while I made a smoothie for lunch.

In my smoothie, I put the following:

  • 1.5 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass (I needed more greens today!)
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp maca
  • handful spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk

Served with my new glass straw!  It was lovely.

The pretzel that I snacked on was from Uncle Jerry’s.  I received a few bags to test out a few weeks ago, and I just got around to trying one!  I still have the Whole Wheat to sample at a later date.  I loved this sourdough pretzel!  All of Uncle Jerry’s pretzels are fat free, made without oil, shortening, or sweeteners of any kind.  And, no preservatives.

The only ingredients in these guys are the following: unbleached wheat flour, water, sourdough, yeast, salt and soda.  Perfect.  Very salty, though.

Then, I got to work making some Coconut Butter that HEAB suggested!

Into the food processor went 1 quart of unsweetened, unsulphered shredded coconut.

Then, I just hit ‘ON’ and watched…

and watched…

and was amazed when it worked!

It is definitely a little grittier and not as sweet as Artisana’s coconut butter, but like HEAB said, for $2 for my shredded coconut (and $11 for a jar of Artisana), I can deal with it.  Plus, I poured it right into my empty Artisana jar. 🙂

Time for dinner and packing – half marathon, here I come!