Food Phases

by HEAB on April 6, 2011

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I go through different phases with my food. There was the Why Do I Have Teeth phase when I blended everything I ate – think blended grains and puddings. There was the Veggies In My Oat Bran phase (trying to forget that one myself). There was the Pancake Phase where I would have pancakes for breakfast everyday of the week. Let’s see, what else? Oh, how about the I Want To Put Mustard In & On everything phase? Yeah, that was a good one. Anyway, I’m now in a cornbread phase. I like to visit this phase often and usually make 2 or 3 batches of cornbread, then take a break, and then see it again on Polly’s blog and realize I need to make more. I cornbread.

I have a new favorite recipe. It’s super easy, and I highly recommend it if you prefer your cornbread crumbly. I finished off the last of it today for breakfast…


Cornbread with HEABified Coconut milk, topped with  North Shore Goodies Coconut PB and cinnamon.

Speaking of Polly, that’s the winning name I’ve chosen for Summer’s new friend (PEAB came in a close 2nd!). I love Polly as she brings much joy and sunshine into my life, and so I think naming the bright yellow platypus after her seems appropriate.


She looks like a Polly, don’t you think? 🙂

Several of you mentioned Polly, but the first one to do so was Marie. Marie, I will email you for your address.

Many thanks to all of you who visited Katie’s Bake Sale yesterday, and I wanted to let you know about another fundraiser for Japan. If you get a chance, please check out The Blogging for a Change Donation Rally. People who visit the site can enter for a chance to win awesome prizes donated by companies and celebrities, such as Hungry Girl, Polar, New Balance and Larabar. You don’t even have to donate to enter to win, and 100% of of proceeds will go straight to the Red Cross to help Japan rebuild. The Rally began yesterday and goes for a week. Many thanks to Annabel, Elisabeth, Jen, and Jasmine for all the effort they have put into this worthy cause.


Monica April 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Your food phases inspire me to try things I wouldn’t have otherwise, love them! 🙂 April 8, 2011 at 9:47 am

I think this is the CUTEST picture ever! Love the platypus, and Summer is pretty dang cute too 😉

Hannah April 8, 2011 at 3:19 am

What I love most about your food phases is that they’re so uniquely “you”, and never about following healthy food blog crazes which sometimes, a little bit, gettiring when you see them on a billion blogs all at once. Your Heather-voice and Heather-recipes are what I love about this blog 🙂

Bella April 8, 2011 at 3:13 am

Summer is precious!

Kiran @ April 7, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Awww! Summer looks cute. Polly too 🙂

Gaby April 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Wow we must have been channeling the same food vibes yesterday! I made some sweet potato nuggets yesterday from Bake Bike Blog (try them!) and had some leftover sweet potato that I made into cornbread. It was so easy and I NEVER make cornbread! I really need to make it more often, I just made a mini loaf pan worth and sliced up all of it and spread it with a PB/ tofutti cream cheese mix, you must try that!
And Summer looks so cute sitting on Polly! She looks quite comfortable to lay on too 🙂

Kiersten April 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

I go through food phases too, I even had a cornbread phase a few years ago. I think I was making a batch a week.

I have to tell you that I think your daughter is beautiful!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day April 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

You’re making me crave cornbread..I think my favorite version of cornbread I’ve ever made was this awesome gluten free blueberry chipotle bread with corn kernels and fresh sage.. it was soo good!

charlotte April 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

We saw that duck in Sam’s Club and Rainey held it for the entire hour we were in the store. LOOOOOVVVED it. And then I ripped it out of her arms at the cash register like the cruel mom I am. My house looks like a stuffed-animal factory exploded in it and I did not need to bring home a duck that looked ready to birth a litter as soon as I turned the lights off;) Summer is super cute with her Polly though! E-mail me in a few years when you have your own animal farm and we can coordinate the garage sale;)

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Ha, I think I discovered you in your veggies in oat bran phase! I seem to remember cauliflower.

My current phase is a microwave chocolate protein muffin phase. Just love these things. Truth be known I haven’t been home, much less in the kitchen much, so my kitchen creativity has been a bit lacking.

Think of all the phases bloggers go thru: green monsters, overnight oats, breakfast cookies, dough balls. Then there’s the workouts: P90X, running, biking, gym classes, yoga…I feel like we all cycle in and out of many of these in our quest for health!!

Summer is simply too cute! Loving your pretty photo on the calendar this month!

Roz April 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Polly is a GREAT name for the Platypus!!! Love cornbread, so can’t wait to try this recipe! Have a great day Heather (and Polly!) 🙂

Katherine: Unemployed April 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I need some corn bread in my life. probably with nut butter

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011 at 10:36 am


as a fellow PB and dog lover you should check out my PB giveaway/puppy birthday blog post I put up today! 🙂

renee April 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

I recently told my husband that I (seriously) may like cornbread more than chocolate. It took him a couple of minutes to recover but, considering how many times I’ve made cornbread in the last six months, I think he believes me!

Elena @MTJW April 7, 2011 at 8:36 am

Just bought a big bag of corn meal to corn-meal pizza pans so I will definitely be trying this recipe!

Meghan @ StruggleMuffins April 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

I can identify with the ‘food phases’ thing for reals – I’m currently in a chocolate pancake crumbled up over greek yogurt mixed with chocolate hemp powder and drizzled with PB phase. I fully support a cornbread phase though, and think your breakfast looks delightful – definitely something I could see myself getting into over the summer, perhaps topped with some fresh fruit 🙂

brandi@BranAppetit April 7, 2011 at 7:46 am

that is a great name 🙂

i go through food phases, too! And cornbread is usually one of ours, too. I always forget about it for a while, but once I make it, I want it for 2 weeks straight! in fact, I think i’m putting it on the plan for this coming week 🙂

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

Polly is the perfect name. I just browsed around Polly’s blog for the first time and I can see why she brings joy and sunshine to your life. 🙂 Thanks for always introducing me to fun new (to me) blogs.

Little Bookworm April 7, 2011 at 5:34 am

Love the name Polly for the Platypus! Seems a good fit. 😀

north shore goodies April 7, 2011 at 3:07 am

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north shore goodies April 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

i love the coconut peanut butter

north shore goodies April 7, 2011 at 3:03 am

i love the cocomut peanut butter

HEAB April 7, 2011 at 6:34 am

I do too! 🙂

Emilia April 6, 2011 at 11:35 pm

What about your protein ice cream phase– and adding Jay Robb to everything, for that matter? 🙂 Also, the egg phase and the grain phase. Oh boy, there’s just so many. But really HEAB, each and every phase was super- duper creative and inspired so many of us!

Polly indeed is the perfect name for the platypus. There’s nobody sweeter than dear Polly out there 🙂

HEAB April 7, 2011 at 6:35 am

Hehe – yes, I have gone through many phases, no? I’m sure the protein ice-cream will be making a comeback now that summer is almost upon us. Looking forward to that, but will have to buy more Sun Warrior soon.

Ashley April 6, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I loooove cornbread as well and was inspired by your bean topped breakfast the other day. I’m going to make some sort of corn/buckwheat breakfast muffin in the microwave tomorrow morning! I have cooked/frozen adzuki beans, that I have heard are quite sweet. I’m planning on mashing them on top with one of my nut butters. We shall see how it turns out!

HEAB April 7, 2011 at 6:36 am

I can’t wait to read about it. 🙂

Kim April 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Going thru a serious mustard phase here. Went to Costco to reload those big bad boy bottles. They are in addition to the other 5 flavors currently in rotation. Bella is on an all out peanut butter phase since getting the green light. We have 4 jars in rotation just for her.

Being that it is rainy here, gasp, I know. I know what I am making with my corn flour for breakfast…one with coco milk, one w/o for me!

We called Bella “crazy girl” when she was Summer’s age. I have the videos to prove it! Too cute on her new friend!

Side note…happy to say Whole Foods and I made up. Just avoiding the salad bar/hot bar at all costs, permanent divorce there! 🙂

HEAB April 7, 2011 at 6:39 am

Happy to hear Bella is loving her PB. I want to make my next batch of cornbread with 1/2 cornmeal 1/2 corn flour. I haven’t used the corn flour in forever, and I remember it coming out more cakey…which sounds really good right now…at 6:30 in the morning. 🙂

Kim April 7, 2011 at 8:10 am

I only used the corn flour, no cornmeal. It turned out light and cakey. It was yummy!

Katie April 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Polly the platypus is awesome. I want my own now.

Please don’t tell me your mustard phase is over?!? I’m on a ketchup kick myself. I found a sugar free one, and I love it. Mixed with cranberry-apple butter over roasted kale and brussels….yum.

HEAB April 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

My mustard phase will NEVER end. Never ever.

Mama Pea April 6, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Polly is the perfect name. She is such a dear friend to me (as I know she is to you) and every time I get a message in my inbox from her it lights up my day. We are all lucky to have our Pollys 🙂

Sagan April 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Love the platypus!

I go through phases like that too. Banana bread is a phase that I return to frequently 😀 Your cornbread looks tasty – gotta try your recipe.

Right now I’m in a green shake/oat cake phase. It’s yummy!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Polly. I said Platty. Polly is much cuter though 🙂

Cornbread. Yay for easy, yummy recipes! That’s what moms do best.

And I mentioned the Rally for Japan and Katie’s bake sale (donated some raw cookie dough balls that fetched a sum that shocked me…the generosity of readers is just mind blowing, in an amazing way!!) on my blog and thanks for mentioning it, too. We all have so much here and get caught up in b.s. and stuff that doesnt matter so I just want to thank you for keeping it real and mentioning those things.

And for your emails today. I heart you.


Angel7 April 6, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I liked cornbread as well.

Polly is a cute name for the platypus!

Shelby April 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

You have no idea how much I adore cornbread. I crave it all the time! My mom does too. We always have the ingredients in the house and then devour.

Have you ever made it with coconut oil? I DIE.

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

No, I haven’t, but I will try it next batch!

kate@ahealthypassion April 6, 2011 at 9:04 pm

awwww I LOVE summer’s face she loves her polly!

polly April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

oooooooooooooooh my goodness! 😀

This made me smile. I totally had to call D out to the kitchen to see Summie and her fuzzy yellow POLLY.

My mom said I was always a Polly. If I would have been a boy, I would have been named TED! hehe. Not a bad name, but funny to think about. 😉

Girl, miss you!! Now I am hungry for cornbread. 😀 Tomorrow mom is taking us shopping! (and out to lunch!) 😉 Love you, peachy.

I didn’t vote (and I love the name you chose 🙂 ) but PEACH might have been a nice name too. Could that be the middle name? Polly Peach Platypus? 😛

No new recipes here, just been eating tons of salmon and tacos. Wonder what our next phase will be? 🙂

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Polly Peach Platypus it is. Been meaning to email you all week. Have you listened to Pete yet? I haven’t and tomorrow is Thursday! Where do the days go?

You are so so SO not Ted material. Hehe. Have fun shopping tomorrow, and expect an email from me soon!

Baking 'n' Books April 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

A simple name with meaning – perfect choice.

I’m not a huge fan of cornbread – I found it too gritty when I’ve made it. But I found out you can get different textures to the grains – maybe I need to try a “super-fine” or something?? 😉

Do you just pour the milk over the bread and let it soak?

Emily April 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm

and polly it is! such a jolly name!:)

oh heather, i’m eating SQUASh 2 times a day . i don’t want to turn orange, and i know i have to watch the carb ratio as well, as i’m not maintiaing weight, i’m trying to lose 😀 but pureed squash is sooooooog oood!

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Yes, pureed squash was another one of my phases, but I never turned orange…although I did have a slight yellowish glow. However, it’s easy to mask as a tan in the warmer months. Hmm, I have fond memories of that phase. 🙂

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I go through food phases all the time. It’s kind of fun wonderIng what the next one will be, lol.

Polly is a cute name!! I like it.

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free April 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Awww…..Polly 🙂 Polly the Platypus!

And I love cornbread, too..not going through a cornbread phase right when I do I will think of now, but when I do I will remember your recipe. I always make mine with brown rice flour in a cast iron skillet-so goooooood 🙂

Evan Thomas April 6, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Remember your oatgurt phase? I’ll eat most things, but fermenting grains has just never wet my appetite.

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Yes, the OATGURT!!! Gosh, I loved that stuff. I swear if you get it right, it tastes just like sourdough bread. I bought some oat groats several months ago to make it but never did. Hmm, still have them…

Kelsey April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Summer is the cutest baby ever. I really cannot get over it! And her friend Polly’s pretty cute too 🙂

I go through food phases too. I think I’m entering a big smoothie phase right now…

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Thanks Kelsey. 🙂

Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Polly! Aw. So cute! 🙂

The Teenage Taste April 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Ohmygosh! I love cornbread! I actually had quite the craving for it a month or so ago and made about 2 batches of cornbread. This post makes me want cornbread again!

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

ohh Polly is a great name!

I love all things cornbread so it works for me! 🙂

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I meant to say a little while back how long Summer’s hair is!! Adore!

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Oh my gosh, her hair! It’s out of control. I call her “crazy hair girl”. It was all over the place today and sticking up in the back – ha, I love it!

Holly @ The Runny Egg April 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

OK Polly the platypus is an adorable name. And it rhymes with Holly so it gets my approval!

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 6, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I think we all go through some sort of phases with our foods. I think it’s just MUCH more apparent when we blog about it… and more fun! 😉

I love the name Polly for the Platypus. And Summer is so cute on it!

chocolate-covered katie April 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Awwwww Polly the Platypus! I love it. Almost as much as I love that photo with Summer. She looks like she’s not too sure about this Polly yet…

Thanks for all your help, HEAB. You actually helped more than you even know, and I’ll email you about it when I get out from under this giant stack of emails I’m under at the moment ;).

HEAB April 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh good, happy to help. Sounds like it was a huge success – thanks so much for all your hard work! 🙂

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