Peanut Butter? Check.
Whole Wheat bread? Check.
Strong hankering for a peanut butter & banana panini? YOU BETCHA!!
You know you’re a food blogger with an intense love of food when you start thinking about what to have for breakfast when you go to bed the night before. Last night, I went to bed with a huge craving for peanut butter, and believe it or not, woke up in the middle of the night still thinking about it. By the time I got up this morning, I was pretty much engulfed in a peanut butter daze.
To make the panini:
- Fire up your panini maker/griddle (I use the Griddler Jr. and LOVE it)
- Spread your nut butter of choice (mine was Blizzard Butter, “surprise”) on 2 slices of whole wheat bread
- Top one slice of bread (or 2 if you wanna get crazy) with banana slices
- Go all out and drizzle with a little bit of honey
- Cook on griddle for about 5 minutes or until heated through and cooked to your liking.
- Indulge in the most delicious combo ever.
Here’s a sneak peek inside.
Along with my breakfast panini, I also enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with vanilla almond milk.
The book you notice in the background is actually the proof album from our photographer. I’m trying to go through and choose some photos to order to put up in the living room. It’s not as easy as I thought it’d be!
So the other night while I was out to dinner with my fave girls, we got onto the topic of stomach pains. After chatting with them all, it was determined that the constant stomach pains I experience on a daily basis are just not normal. Huh, who knew?
Yes, I’ve been dealing with various stomach pains on almost a daily basis for over a year now. It started back around the time when I was depriving myself of all the healthy nutrients and fats that my body needed. I was diagnosed with “IBS” (a term I really don’t like because it’s so broad) and was put on numerous medications. For the most part, they helped treat my symptoms, but they also caused horrible side effects (i.e., depression – not fun). I hated being dependent on medication for something I thought I’d be able to treat on my own, so I took myself off of everything.
To make a long story short, I’m no longer on medication for my stomach troubles and I certainly make sure to feed my body the nutrients that it needs (i.e., fruits, veggies, healthy fats, etc.). However, it seems like over the past few weeks especially, my stomach pains are becoming more and more frequent and I have no idea what’s causing it…
Sometimes it’s sharp, jabbing pains. Sometimes it’s more like “bubbles” that I can’t get rid of.
My stomach will become extremely bloated, and very rarely is there a night I go to bed without feeling discomfort.
Occasionally, the pain will travel up to my gallbladder area and feel like someone is sitting on my chest.
I can’t seem to pinpoint my discomfort to any particular food either, which is what is making this so extremely difficult. I know I need to make a call to my doctor, but it becomes very discouraging when my symptoms are shrugged off as no big deal.
So I guess I’m looking to my fellow blog friends for advice…
Have any of you ever experienced any kinds of symptoms like these? Could it be a food allergy? Do I have aliens in my stomach? (hey, you never know!)
Help a sista’ out!!