by Sara on August 31, 2011

Gosh, you all are so amazing. Thank you millions for your kind words and congratulatory comments on my last post! I’m looking forward to sharing my work experiences at the USDA with you!


Have you ever suddenly realized that you’ve grown a bit bored of something you love?

It happens quite frequently over here. Sometimes it’s a song (I love Adele, but if Rolling in the Deep is played one more time on the radio, I may shriek).

Sometimes it’s a movie (I’ve watched The Holiday over 100 times).

And sometimes it’s a person (kidding!..maybe) :-p

However I rarely grow bored of my favorite foods.

I know what I like and I know what I LOOOVE.

I never thought it would be possible for me to grow tired of peanut butter; I’ve been faithful for years!

It appears atop dosage of whipped cottage cheese every night.

And spoonfuls appear in my handsย  quite often. Peanut butter spoons can not be left unlicked!. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But let me tell you a secret:ย  Over the past few weeks, my eyes have been wandering.

I’ve been struck by an urge to cheat.

Macadmia Butter is sooo seductive. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yet despite the temptation, I’ve remained faithful.

Until Monday, that is.

When I found Artisana squeeze packs for $1.99 each at my local health foods store, I yelped Ohmygoodnessgracious! People in the aisle turned around and stared.

I really couldn’t be more ecstatic about these. As alluring as exotic nut butters are, their hefty price tags scare me. $14.99 for a tiny jar? Eeep! That’s three meals-worth of food! Plus, purchasing an entire jar of something I’m not sure I’ll like is like marrying a hunk on the street before talking to him.

My nut butter squeeze pack discovery means I can date Cacao bliss, Cashini Butter, Macadamia Butter, Walnut Butter et al. all at once! Eeeee!

Once I discover which one (or two or three) I like best, I’ll make a financial emotional investment.

The first date happened bright and early this morning.


I’ve been making an effort to get up a little bit earlier each day, as I’m going to become a full-time 7am-riser once my internship begins next week. However waking up with the sun is tough.

Looking forward to a hot, decadent date makes it easy.

**Banana Pancakes with Macadamia Butter**

1/3 cup egg whites

1/2 banana

2 T. rolled oats (or quick cooking oats)

2 t. coconut flour

1 packet stevia (or a few drops liquid stevia)

vanilla, cinnamon (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and woosh it until well combined. (There will be small chunks of banana and oats).

2. Heat skillet sprayed with nonstick spray. Once the pan is hot, add the pancake batter.

3. Meanwhile, “grill” the remaining half banana in a touch of butter.

(I use Smart Balance because it’s loaded with heart-healthy omega-3’s)

4. Top the warm pancakes with grilled banana, macadamia butter and a touch of syrup.

(apologies for the hazy pictures! clearly my camera lense needs to be cleaned!)

Date #2 is scheduled for later this evening. I have some nutty ideas floating around in my head. ๐Ÿ˜‰

**In other news…

For those ice cream addicts out there (raise your hands),ย  you need to know about this:

Stop your hating on McDonald’s right now, because they give away free kiddie-sized ice cream cones, if you ask.

On our way back from Charlottesville Sunday night (my friend, Elaina, and I went to escape Hurricane Irene), we made a pit stop at Micky D’s. I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s for years, but my sweet tooth had reared it’s head and something needed to be done.

Could I do it? Could I ignore my health-foodie pride and order something at McDonald’s?


I decided that a kiddie cone can’t do anyone any harm, so I went for it.

“They’re free,” the cashier informed me.

I can definitely do free!

The ice cream was creamy and delicious. And just the right amount to satisfy my sweet tooth. So next time you pass a McDonald’s maybe stop by and say hi to Ronald. He’s got a free cone waiting for your inner-child. :)


What foods are you willing to splurge on?

My picks: coconut flour, almond flour, nut butters, protein powder (just received my first container of Sun Warrior!), organic produce, organic chicken and beef.

Do you feel “guilty” supporting fast food restaurants?

I do. However en lieu of the “everything in moderation” mantra, I think it’s okay to stop in from time to time. Especially for FREE ice cream!










  • Meg Bailey

    Those nut butter packets sound like a good idea! Then you can try a bunch of flavors without breaking the bank! I definitely don’t mind splurging on coconut milk ice cream.

    And yes! I did know about the free kiddie cones… I’d kind of forgotten though. I don’t feel guilty supporting fast food restaurants from time to time, but I almost ALWAYS get a stomach ache.

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh yes, I completely agree about coconut milk ice cream! Have you tried the mini bars?

  • Natalie

    The pancakes look soooo good! I’ve never mashed banana *into* the batter, just added slices while they’re cooking. I’m definitely going to try this recipe! I’m not sure I’ll be able to find macadamia butter though…I may have to remain *faithful* to peanut butter. Haha

    I splurge on protein powder too. I tried Tera’s Whey (per your recommendation) and loved it! I also splurge on organic fruits, veggies and meats. Oh, and eggs!

    I haven’t been to McDonald’s for ages but I want one of those ice cream cones now!

    • Sara Stewart

      Growing up, we’d just add slices to the batter too. But mashing the banana in makes super moist and flavorful pancakes! Try it!

      So glad you liked Tera’s Whey! I need to buy a large container, rather than just purchasing the single-serve packs.

  • Katie

    I better NOT be the person you get sick of! lol! Love you!

    I have my foods that I love and never get sick of too, like cheddar soy crisps, oatmeal, sunwarrior protein powder, peanut flour, apples, and I know a lot more, but not going to take up this whole post with a huge comment!

    I have tried the cashew butter squeeze pack , it was yummy, but never tired the others besides coconut butter! The squeeze pack are more fun, and less expensive, plus you can see which one is your favorite and then splurge on a big jar of it!

    The pancakes look yummy! I love pancakes, bee making oatmeal pancakes, a huge one the past two mornings!

    I am so happy you got your sunwarrior, let me know if you like it!

    Love you!!

    Yay for free ice cream! I love McDonalds Vanilla Softserve ice cream, I always thought it was the best!

    xoxo <3

    • Sara Stewart

      It would be impossible for me to get tired of you!! We’re married, remember? That means I’ve made a commitment to forever be in love,. ;-p

      I’m loving the Sun Warrior! You’re the reason it’s in my house now! xoxo

  • Natalie

    I love Micky D’s ice cream! It’s always been a favorite!

    The pancakes look amazing. I wish I had access to macadamia butter! Maybe I’ll try coconut butter instead…

    I splurge on good cheese…can’t get enough! xoxo

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons.

    Very big yes to getting bored of songs and movies, but never being able to tire of my favorite foods. Sometimes I actually feel like a boring foodie for eating so many of the same meals, but I just can’t help it! When I find something I love, I stick to it like glue. I’ve been eating the same oatmeal breakfast combo for months now, and I can’t see myself ever tiring of it. Or my cookie dough balls. Or bananas with AB. Oh! And speaking of nut butters, I totally wish I could be a cheater! I’m in love with almond butter, but I think it’s because it’s one of the only ones I feel comfortable with eating. I have an allergy to peanuts, and while almonds are safe for me, I’m still not too sure about the others. I’d venture out and try them, but it’s kind of scary to mess with that kind of thing, and since I love AB so much, I’m satisfied for now.

    And I don’t know what it is about McD’s, but I agree that their ice cream is divine. That and their fries. Ooooomigosh. I used to be so addicted to those things, it was crazy. I remember making midnight McD’s runs after a long night out… lol thank goodness for 24 hours drive throughs!

    • Sara Stewart

      Oh yesss, their fries are divine. However I did make a late night run to McD’s a few months ago and ordered a small fries (first time in years!), but they weren’t as delicious as I had remembered. Likely just a bad batch, but still. :)

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    Omigosh, I am the same way about Adele, I love her, but kind of hate to hear her on the radio anymore! And I love the Holiday too! How fun that you are sampling all of those nut butters! I’d love to hear what you think about them! And what a delicious breakfast! I have a hard time getting up myself in the morning but would love to wake up for that! And how cool about the mini cones! I’ll keep that in mind :)

  • Soo @ Little Miss Fitness

    I would cheat, too for the Pecan Butter! I love this post…so funny! :)

    I will splurge on organic meat, fish and fruit. I also love the organic shampoos/conditioners and lotions. I heard once to not put anything on your body that you can’t eat. Hm…maybe I better throw out the Ulta mascara? :)

    I am getting off my soap box and heading to McDonald’s. Free icecream? Yes, please!

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  • Gina

    Love Artisana! Such unique nut butters! I’ll definitely splurge on good nut butter, chocolate and organic veggies! I try not to splurge too much though since I’m usually on a tight budget with school!

    Those pancakes look amazing! Need to make them ASAP!

    And those McD’s cones remind me of childhood, such a yummy throwback!!

    • Sara Stewart

      I forgot about chocolate! Definitely splurge-worthy! If only we lived in Europe, where a bar of GOOD chocolate costs about $1. Not fair! :-p

  • Sally

    You know how much I LOVE macadamias…I really should try the butter! But is it anything like the nuts (Mauna Loa of course!)? I love your mini ice cream photo in front of Oski!

    • Sara Stewart

      The macadamia butter is DELICIOUS! I think you’d approve! However, I doubt it’s made with Mauna Loa nuts. :-/ :-)

  • Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

    I need to find those little Artisana packets!! I’ve always wanted to buy the jar, but I feel the same way about the price!

    I’ve definitely had my fair share of McDonald’s vanilla cones – sometimes I feel guilty supporting the chain, but a little ice cream never hurt anyone, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • fashion fitness foodie

    i rarely go to mcdonalds but when i do i dont regret it – i actually think its good! haha – i’ve never strayed from pb!!! i just dont know how i could..

    • Sara Stewart

      PB and I are back together as of TODAY. Haha

  • Kathryn @ Flopoodle

    OMG really, they’re free????!!!! I went to McDonald’s last summer for a McFlurry because I had the most random craving for one (it had been about 12 years since I’d had one, so it was definitely random). Had I known that kiddie cones were free, well, I might have been tempted to keep it simple and get one!

  • Jenny Mendez

    I always splurge on nut butters!! I just can’t help myself

  • Allison

    I’ve been wanting to try the Artisana nut butters for a while now but haven’t! Maybe since my job has started and the little time I now have in my mornings to eat breakfast and pack a lunch is the perfect reason to pick up some packs to try, easy-peasy!

  • Kristine @ Running on Hungry

    I spy a Cal sticker in the background of your photo! Go Bears!!

    I’m so willing to splurge on Sunwarrior (I am addicted!), nut butters, and organic produce and chicken. I feel like it’s healthier that way too!

    I LOVE macadamia nuts and I definitely plan on hoarding them next week when I get to Hawaii!

    • Sara Stewart

      GO BEARS!!! Did you go to Cal? I’m watching the game right now. :)

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