AUSTIN, TEXAS — Next week the local H-E-B is to have 20% off their bulk items, and I think it’s mostly everything in their bulk aisle…almonds, cashews, oats, raisins, lentils, beans, etc.
I don’t know many more details other than that. Sorry!
Also, if you are into more grocery deals, I’ve recently found Target to have some good ones.
Sign up for Target’s new CARTWHEEL program (IN BETA).
Select the deals / items you want — I think there’s a limit of 10.
- Recently I got 5% off a half pint of fresh blueberries from their grocery dept. And yes, they were good and plump and fresh.
- Another deal gives you 5% off their Simply Balanced brand of cage free eggs.
- Make sure you check out the ‘daily double dip’ area too.
If you know of any great local grocery deals, please give me a holler and I can broadcast for all…thanks!
Happy Grocery Shopping 🙂
SUNDAY MORNING, SARRIS BUNGALOW, AUSTIN, TEXAS — I had always planned to make protein pancakes and have a stockpile of recipes saved on Pinterest.
But an overloaded pantry has necessitated that something be done with the big vat of protein powder bought six months ago — and that day was today.
I followed a recipe from ThatsWhatWeDiD.com, with my own twists and turns.
She says use:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal (I ended up using 1 1/2 rolled oats).
I didn’t use cottage cheese, but used 2 scoops vanilla protein powder.
She says use 4 to 6 egg whites, I used 3 whole cage free eggs.
(I did add 1/2 cup soy milk.)
Then a pinch of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract — and we were off to the races, as they say.
Plus, I had this bag of blueberries in the freezer. So those went into a sauce pan with a little lemon juice. And voila, instant topper for the oatmeal/protein pancakes.
This recipe is so darn easy because you put everything in a blender together. (Heck, you could even hand mix it if you needed.)
I used 1/4 cup measurement to scoop out the batter for the cakes. And I coated the pan with spray can organic coconut oil.
I could tell when it was time to flip because when I gently nudged the sides of the individual cakes they would slide a bit.
The consistency reminds me of an oatmeal cookie, which I love. But next time I’m gonna use only one scoop of protein powder, cause I could kinda taste the granules and I’m not a huge fan of that texture…I like my pancakes smooth.
About two months ago my husband and I went on a big purge of the house.
We threw out old house paint, towels bought at Target five years ago, and pretty much any item that held a memory we needed to get rid of … we are big believers in ridding old energy to bring in the new.
The purge also included food items that don’t serve us well, i.e., the ketchup with the high-fructose corn syrup, which I love. (I love, love, love the salty sweet taste of tomato ketchup on any type of potato fry.)
And I chucked the ketchup along with the plastic container of white sugar granules next to the coffee area. (My husband liked two teaspoons of the stuff in his morning coffee to remove the bitterness.)
This is a guy who doesn’t believe in ripping all the bandages off all at once, but adheres to a more dignified easing into things for a better success rate. (Which, I, for the most part, agree with.)
But for the sugar and the food stuffs, we knew we had to do it Commando style. Total all out guerilla warfare.
We tried to make it an easier transition. We sought alternative sugar substitutes like Stevia, which turned into buying organic versions of hazelnut creamer. (One brand included 5g of sugar and goodness knows what else.)
Now, two months later, we don’t miss that sugar container and we enjoy the natural sugars in foods much more than we ever did. Like with the blueberries that were recently on sale at Whole Foods.
One of the pints turned into syrup for the cakes. With the syrup I added no sugar, it was simply the blueberries heated in a sauce pan, with maybe a little lemon.
While I cooked the cakes, I had about three. Then my mom came over and said they were amazing with the sauce. Basically, by the time the morning was over, the cakes were gone.
With this kind of eating, my husband has dropped considerable weight. I mean, I’m talkin he is back to some sorta all time five-year-low and I can tell his energy has really picked up. I’m so proud of him, as you can tell.
We have witnessed the true power of real, whole foods.