Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Potatoes Are a Snack Food
This afternoon on Day 3 of the Vegan Challenge, after a particularly stressful situation at work in which I worked through 'lunch', I realized that I had only eaten the first part of my lunch (a salad with a black bean burger if you care) and was hungry about 2 hours later.
Luckily I had more food with me in my enormous bag of food but my typical poor planning left me with a sweet potato. I'm sure my Eastern European ancestors were proud of me for eating a potato for a snack, but I just went for it and it was really good, unconventional but good. It was sweet, salty, filling, and warm. Kind of like a chocolate chip cookie, but in potato form ;)
Onto other things- I wanted to share another grain with you- buckwheat. Does anyone else think of The Little Rascals when they hear 'buckwheat'? (picture source)
Buckwheat (the grain) is a great source of manganese, fiber (~5 grams per cup), and flavanoids, making it really good for the heart. It also helps to prevent diabetes and gallstones, and is great for those avoiding wheat or gluten. It's also a fruit seed, rather than a grain and is eaten throughout the world. (picture source)
I've been cooking up the fruit seed (?) for the last 3 weeks for hubby's breakfast. He heats it up and drowns it in almond milk- a twist on the traditional serving of buckwheat in Russia minus the full fat milk. It can also be eaten as a savory food in place of rice or quinoa.
Do you ever have unconventional snacks? I think a sweet potato tops my list.