Obviously these aren’t always mutually exclusive in my world.
Consultants will advise you to “sandwich” bad news.
If you have to deliver bad news or feedback, one theory is to begin with a positive, followed with the negative, then end on a positive. A positive sandwich. I’m not your traditional consultant – I prefer to get the bad out of the way immediately.
This bad in this post isn’t news (at least I HOPE it’s not new to anyone). I saw this on Instagram, and I think you’ll agree this spotting method is never good:
And now for the #strange but good. 🙂
Despite Because of my insane diet, I’ve managed a good deal of #strangebutgood recently.
1. Airplane Protein Muesli Pudding
2 days after the trip I chronicled in yesterday’s Healthy Traveling Food post, I had to do it again. This time I had a very early flight and brought breakfast on the plane. A (recycled) container of muesli, protein powder, strawberries, and walnuts.
Before boarding, I asked the coffee shop for a larger glass so I could mix it up without spilling on the plane. Once seated, I asked the flight attendant for some water to make it a pudding-like consistency.
Not too shabby… but I’m fairly certain the person next to me though I was insane.
2. Chicken ‘n Pears
This was from before most of the fruit was cut from my diet, but I had to share because it was a very #strangebutgood breakfast!
I cubed some pre-cooked chicken and sautéed it was a diced pear in a quick sauce of low-fat coconut milk (NOT as good and the real thing), cardamom, and ground flax. I had my doubts about this one, but it was pretty good…
it would have been even better for dinner over some parsnip rice.
3. My New Brinner
This kind of goes with #2 above. Brinner normally is breakfast for dinner. Lately I’ve been eating dinner for breakfast. At least that’s what it feel like when I’m eating chicken at 8am.
If you’re going to have to eat chicken at breakfast, I recommend my Cinnamon-Flax Chicken. It almost make it like breakfast. The roasted grapefruit on the side was fabulous, and I coated my no-sodium Ezekial toast with fantastically creamy new peanut flour combo.
Peanut Flour Spread
- 1 T peanut flour
- 2 T Greek yogurt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp butter vanilla extract (yes, this combo does exist – I found it at Home Goods)
- 2-3 drops liquid Stevia
4. Chocolate Red Cabbage Ice Cream
The consensus last night on Instagram is that this is strange. I can’t take credit for this strange idea though! The Vitamix demo guy always makes a red cabbage “ice cream” when he’s at Whole Foods. His doesn’t have protein (I think he just adds apple juice), so I’ve been making my own post-workout Chocolate Red Cabbage Ice Cream.
Once you get over the color, it’s really quite good. You can’t taste the cabbage, and it adds a lot of volume so you feel like you’re eating a gigantic bowl of ice cream.
Chocolate Red Cabbage Ice Cream
- 90g red cabbage (~1 C)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp Guar Gum (optional, but adds creaminess)
- 7-8 drops liquid stevia
- Ice + water, to taste
Place everything in your high-speed blender and mix until creamy.
- If your protein powder isn’t very chocolate-y, try adding some coca powder or chocolate extract
- You could do this in a smaller blender, but you need to be sure you cabbage is cut into small piece before blending.
5. Lee’s Cauliflower Tuna Hummus
Lee @ In My Tummy was holding me to my idea to start a #strangebutgood link up… but I’ve been so busy with work travel and training that I haven’t been able to organize it. Being the awesome blogger she is, she agreed to share her #strangebutgood creation anyway!
Starting with a recipe for Cauliflower Couscous as the base, Lee funk-ed it up by adding tuna and hummus. Brilliant!!! From Lee: “It was surprisingly good!”
Totally trying this.
I really am going to do the link up. My competition is November 3rd and I hope to get myself together after that. #thebestlaidplans
Have you had any #strangebutgood items lately?
How do you prefer to give/receive bad news/feedback?