This week’s Smoothie Sunday is a first because it’s main ingredient is a weed. Wineberries are an Asian species of raspberry that after being introduced to North America for ornamentation escaped from cultivation and now just grows in the wild. They can be a bit annoying if they take over your garden, but overall we’re fans of wineberries here at PCFG. They’re smaller and sweeter than raspberries and also free. Obviously when eating fruit found out in the wild you want to be careful that you’re not eating something poisonous, but they have no poisonous look-alikes in North America, so if you find something that looks like a little raspberry growing it’s probably a wineberry and safe to eat.
This smoothie almost didn’t get made this year due to a drought affecting the wineberry output in my neighborhood, and then also a power outage the morning I was planning on making it. But luckily things came together and I was able to make it. It’s really yummy, so if you have wineberries growing by you, I highly recommend working them into your smoothie repertoire.
So it’s no secret that America is really really fat. I know it, you know it, we’re all aware of it and yet the problem gets worse and worse every year. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being a tiny bit overweight, and fat-shaming is bad. That said, trying to lose weight when you’re heavy, is a good thing, and millions of people struggle to try and lose weight every single day, to no avail. There’s eight billion different diets and weight loss programs out there, but personally, we here at PCFG are not fans of wonky regimens and huge, sweeping changes to diet. Both Meg and I have had to worked on losing weight at one point or another in our lives, so we’ve been there before. At the same time, we’re absolutely not dieticians or doctors, so any advice we offer is merely simple, practical advice for any of our readers. Food is slammin’! But so is self control! And obviously balance is the key.
So I’ve gone on a few tangents here and there, before on PCFG about peanut butter being godly, especially when paired with pretzels. Specifically, one of the greater marvels of the 21st century we’ve been treated to is the invention of peanut-butter-filled pretzels. Generally, they’re nugget shapes, with a small dab of peanut butter inside. They taste amazing, but unfortunately are somewhat of a luxury item as well, since most containers/bags will run you close to $5.00, which is a bit pricey for something you can easily devour over the course of three or four days.
They’re pretty good, but for anyone out there who doesn’t like dropping five bucks on a single snack, there’s hope.
Summertime is the best, ya know? Unless you’re old and whine about the heat, there’s nothing to dislike about Summer. Beautiful weather, cool outdoors activities, great food and drinks, it’s a right-proper time of year. One of the most cherished, belovedly stereotypical drinks you might be thinking of, now that you’ve got this all on your mind, is good ol’ lemonade. Lemonade is the perfect balance between sour, sweet, cool, and refreshing. It’s simple to make, good for you, and it’s fun to joke around with your friends that it looks like you’re drinking pee.
So it’s Sunday dinner with your entire family. Your aunt and uncle bring over two loaves of the most delicious, crusty loaf of bread from the fancy-pants bakery near their house. You and your bad self devour that loaf of bread. Olive oil… butter… sauce… it doesn’t matter. It’s a goner. You say good night to your family that night and all is well.
BUT OH GOD NO, IT’S TWO WEEKS LATER AND YOU TOTALLY FORGOT THERE WAS A SECOND LOAF OF BREAD.
But relax, guys. You can totally still eat that bread… for you see, you’ve just entered the first phase of breadcrumb-making.