I'm in the midst of an experiment. I've given up wheat for 2 weeks. It's not some low-carb diet thing -- personally, I don't think life is worth living without pasta and bread -- but I'm writing about a book that theorizes about problems with wheat and the human digestive system, and I thought I should give it a try, just to see if I feel any different. I'll let you know how it goes.
Have any of you tried this? If so, I'd love to hear how it affected you, if it did at all.
Meanwhile, there's no way to know just how much wheat you eat until you give it up! In my quest for wheat-free breakfasts and snacks (and for excuses to have chocolate for breakfast), I developed this shake. It's creamy, delicious, satisfying, and full of good stuff to get you ready for the day.
Chocolate-Banana Power Shake
1 medium to large banana, frozen, cut into chunks
2 generous Tbsp. nut butter (I used Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut butter, but any ol' peanut or almond butter would do)
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 Tbsp. honey (optional)
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 to 1 cup milk (dairy, almond or soy), depending on how thick you like your shakes
A few ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away.