Crack Makes You Thirsty

September 23, 2010

More MATT CRACKS! This time with a recipe –>

Rosemary Parmesan Homemade Crackers

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As soon as these guys came outta the oven we went for a run (fueled by a few samples, of course!). It was a tough one because it’s HOT out there!! 4 miles of giant hills later… all I could think about was coconut water on my tongue. Luckily I had a few in the fridge.

CHUGGED this guy faster than Matt could chug a Beast in college! It was so.good.

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Clearly the theme of the day is thirst because I brought out the juicer for lunch. I have a Breville Juice Fountain Plus that a blog reader won on the Martha Stewart show and sent to me!! I don’t use it much due to its cleaning and bulk requirements, but when I do I always enjoy it.

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I actually premeditated juicing after a discussion about it last week and bought 2 huge cucs and some celery at the grocery store…er through Relay Foods (!) to go with our abundance of apples.

Today’s bounty for 2 juices (guess who else was craving one)

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Ready, set, go!

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The best part of juicing is the FOAM!

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Give the layers a stir

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Because I ate 100 of Matt Cracks and downed that coconut nourishment, I had a lighter lunch. Definitely also a reflection of the hot temps here today! I want to turn on the AC!

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My cuc, celery, apple, carrot, lemon juice

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And a cup of plain yogurt with Crofter’s North America and some plain buckwheat crunch

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I have a few things to tackle and then we have a walk date this afternoon with some new friends!

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1 suz September 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

YUM! I have the exact same juicer but have only used it a few times in the past few months..thanks for the inspiration!


2 Jessica @ How Sweet September 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm

my juicer (a waring pro) separates the foam from the juice – i wonder why? i always thought the foam wasn’t as good or you weren’t supposed to drink it?


3 kate September 23, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I dont like the foam so when I invest in a juicer Ill have to buy the kind you have!


4 Christine September 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Juice and crackers? Sounds like a kids snack! Haha, not for KERF, though….

A juicer is currently on my wish list! I have enjoyed juice purchased at a local co-op (beet, apple, ginger? yes please!) but it is so expensive!


5 Christine September 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

My dad is creeping into my brain….as soon as I hit submit I remembered that Seinfled episode when Kramer gets a line in a Woody Allen film:

“These pretzels are making me thirsty!”


6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

LOL– I love that episode :-)


7 Tina September 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

That juice looks kind of like beer in that cup with the froth. LOL


8 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) September 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

I don’t know if I’m keen enough on juicing to buy a juicer, but it sure is healthy!


9 Camille September 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I forgot that some places are still feeling the heat!
Lunch looks light and delicious though!


10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I have actually never made juice like that before, but I could use one about right now! I am tired of the heat! I want fall here yesterday!


11 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Yum… I want to try Matt Crack!! hmm… that really doesn’t sound right…


12 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Fun – I go back and forth on getting a juicer, but when I see posts like yours, it makes me think I need one :)


13 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

wow, i would eat all those crackers and down something to drink too! yum!


14 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad September 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Why do you peel your cucumber before juicing it? I have the same juicer model, and it juices the skin just fine. :-)


15 Kath September 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I wouldn’t peel an English cuc, but this one was one of those waxy ones. I’m sure the juicer could “handle” it but I didn’t like the idea of wax in there


16 Amber K September 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I really want a juicer, but the good ones are so expensive! I just don’t know if I would use it enough to off set the cost.


17 Dorota September 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Do you just eat the buckwheat without any prep?


18 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I don’t have a juicer, but this makes me want one. Oh, the things I’d do with an unlimited cooking budget!!


19 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I just sold my juicer on Craigslist because I never use it — but your juice is making me wish I had hung onto it!!! Oh well.


20 Marina September 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I would like to be able to have juices like that when I crave something like that, but I really have no place for any more of kitchen appliances.
Isn’t that buckwheat breaking your teeth? I think it would break mine :))


21 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday September 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Is that buckwheat raw?


22 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I have the same juicer & love it ( without he exception of the cleaning it) I made a juice a few weeks ago with tomatoes, apples, celery, carrots & beets. It was so yummy ( and pretty.. due to the beets)

mmm.. maybe it’s time to make more?


23 Laura September 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I always knew there was a reason that the word “crack” was a part of crackers!


24 Ann September 23, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Can you leave the cheese completely out and not make any other adjustments if you don’t want the cheese?


25 Kath September 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I would think the answer is yes


26 Matt September 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Definitely! Maybe add a splash more water.


27 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 23, 2010 at 2:26 pm

That juice sounds so refreshing!! Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!


28 Victoria September 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Those crackers look great. I’ve got to try to make some soon. My husband is a cracker fiend.


29 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Oh gawd…I want a juicer so badly. I did hear that the clean up sucks…but it would be so worth it!


30 Emily September 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Definitely had a similar face on today when I finished my run! I thought this was supposed to be fall….oh well, summer can stay a little longer:) Crackers look delicious!!


31 hippierunner September 23, 2010 at 2:29 pm

That juice looks yummy. I wonder if my blender could do that lol.


32 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

those crackers look amazing, i’d love to try to make some at home


33 tina September 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

i got a juicer for my wedding shower and have yet to use it… i’m scared of it!!!! and that i’ll waste a ton of veggies and make an inedible/drinkable juice!!!!

any tips?


34 Kath September 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Just give it a try! Put in something sweet like apple or carrot


35 Joy R3FitShow September 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I love my Breville too!
~I love the title of this post…cute!


36 shannon (the daily balance) September 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

it’s a scorcher here, too! I was living happy in the 60s-70s and today it is MID-80S and HUMID – blech!


37 Natalia - a side of simple September 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

That chugging comparison is classic. Oh healthy times…!


38 faith @ gracefulfitness September 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Any chance I get to sample these this afternoon? :)


39 Kath September 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm



40 Lindsay September 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Hysterical title, by the way!


41 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I love that you have walk dates with friends. I would have to bribe my husband with chocolate or football to get him to go on a “walk date.”


42 Kath September 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

The buckwheat is indeed raw – it’s kind of hollow and isn’t hard to chew at all


43 Kristina @ spabettie September 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm

ah, that is where we differ… I dislike the foam! :) I still juice every day, though.

and I LOVE the homemade crackers.


44 Marisa @ Loser for Life September 23, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I’ve always wanted a juicer!

Yum to Matt’s Crack! I’ll have to make those soon :)


45 Krystina September 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I love fresh juice! I need to invest in a juicer.


46 yummiee cupcake September 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

that little “bucket” bowl looks so cute. u have cute bowls!


47 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Mmmm…fresh juice is SO refreshing when the temps are high!! Love!


48 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice September 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm

What a healthy and refreshing juice! Makes me want to go get a juicer.


49 Grad Skool Girl September 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Those crackers look AMAZING! Can’t wait to try them… although I am a bit afraid to make them ’cause I know I will eat. them. all. immediately.


50 Joanna @ September 23, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I thought was enticed by the crackers… Then I saw the juicing you did. I am so jealous!! There is nothing as refreshing as green juice!


51 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

such a grownup spin on my fave childhood snacks – crackers and juice!


52 Laughter-Loving Stacy September 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm

1) the crackers look verrrrry tasty!

2) I am soo jealous of your sweat juicer! I’m afraid to buy one, because a cheap one will probably suck but I don’t have the money for a pricey one :( boo.

One day. Until then, I will dream of a juicer. lol


53 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Buckwheat crunch? That looks so fun!

As do the crackers. I never thought to make some homemade crackers, but you (and Matt) have totally inspired me. 😀


54 Liz @ Blog is the New Black September 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Those crackers look so yummy!


55 Joslyn @ missfitbliss September 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Wow that juice looks serious. You are braver than I! When I had a juicer I didn’t do a whole lot of veggies, I stuck with basic apple, etc.


56 Ashley September 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm

eeeeeeeee I love that little blue bowl…crackers look awesome!! I’ll have to make them…Chris is a cracker looooover :)


57 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Is that just buckwheat from the bulk bins at the store? I didn’t know you could eat it like that. Is it toasted/roasted first or anything?


58 Lisa @bakebikeblog September 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm

I would love to have a juicer!!! Particularly when the warmer weather hits!


59 Simply Life September 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

thanks for sharing the recipe – they look amazing!


60 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Thanks for the recipe!! I’ll definitely have to give them a try :)


61 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Yayy! I cannot wait to try those crackers.


62 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I torn. I want a juicer at home, but I’m afraid I’ll never want to use it bc of the cleaning. Sometimes I feel like it’s easier to just buy one occasionally. Wondering how long it takes you to clean…? Also, what to do with the pulp…?


63 Kath September 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I compost the pulp. It only takes about 5 minutes so clean (so long as you’re juicing fresh produce and not something sticky like peanuts, which is probably impossible anyways!) I just rinse it well and then use a little soap. No big deal.

The hardest part is buying the produce – it can get expensive


64 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

it is hot today!


65 stacey-healthylife September 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Whats the buckwheat crunch? Looks yummy.


66 Gina September 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Haha, love the title of this post!
Those crackers look awesome. Thanks for the recipe!


67 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I want a juicer SO BADLY!


68 Hannah September 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Looks like a pretty awesome lunch to me! If only we could all have some husband crack in our lives.. 😉


69 Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous September 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I’m not a big fan of juicing. As you said it’s so hard to clean up!


70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I can’t wait until the day when I can afford a juicer! I might turn pink from all the beets I will consume. 😉


71 Laura (Starloz) September 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

we have the same juicer


72 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

I’m drooling over those crackers – they look SO GOOD!!!


73 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 23, 2010 at 7:56 pm

Best.title.ever!!! : ) We have the same juicer and you’re right, it’s always fun to use but kind of a pain to clean!


74 Bee Goes Bananas September 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I need to try making my own crackers sometime.

I love making things myself because you can control exactly what you put in it, down to the last pinch. Perfect!


75 Jessica@tastyandtrim September 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I have yet to try fresh made juice, but this post makes me want to badly! Especially that combination- cucumber, celery, carrot, apple and lemon juice. It sounds so refreshing :)


76 Tori September 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Just curious. What did Matt go to college for? Was is cooking/baking? Business?


77 Matt September 23, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Anthropology! No reason… just liked it.

I taught myself how to brew and bake by reading and experimenting, and working at Great Harvest for two years sure helped!


78 Tamra September 23, 2010 at 10:15 pm

there seems to be lots of questions about the buckwheat crunch… seriously? just plain dry buckwheat?? Maybe you should test a toasted buckwheat recipe for us : )
It really does look yummy in those pics.


79 Kath September 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Yup. Just plain dry buckwheat.


80 Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

The foam IS the best part! I always add a banana to whatever juice I do because it makes it so creamy!


81 Nathalie September 24, 2010 at 5:23 am

I will have to make those crackers this weekend- they look soo tasty :-)

I make fresh (green) juices every day and love them. I usually juice and then add the juice with a handfull of ice cubes to the blender and give it a quick whizz…makes the juices even tastier! My favourite juice includes avocado (added to the blender) even though I dislike avocado – but it makes the juice so creamy and delicious! I’d be happy to send you the ‘recipe’ if you want it.


82 Sara @ September 24, 2010 at 6:48 am

Can Matt send me some crackers? :)


83 Claire C September 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

You guys need to mass produce and sell those crackers!I’d buy them:-)cc


84 Tara September 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

So juicing is considered healthy by you? Just curious.

Hey, also I bought some nutbags on amazon for about $4. It is like cheesecloth and reusable. That way, you can just juice with the vitamix. You pour it through the bag, squeeze the juice into a pitcher, then rinse out the bag and clean your vitamix. SO easy and the juice wasn’t that weird texture you get from juicing with a vitamix.


85 Kath September 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

why wouldn’t it be?


86 Tara September 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I don’t know, my daughter’s doc says NO JUICE! Oh and correction, it is a nutmilk bag.


87 Tara September 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

and didn’t you one time make a comment when you had OJ that you don’t drink juice because you miss out on stuff but you made an exception for yoga? wow, I sounded like a stalker there


88 Kath September 25, 2010 at 8:32 am

Oh, I see. Well I think there is a difference in freshly squeeze vegetable juice with a bit of fruit vs. store-bought juices that are mostly sugar. You can find some great 100% fruit juices out there, but I’d still rather eat the whole fruit and get the fiber too. That’s why I don’t juice everyday. I do miss the fiber! But the point of veggie juices is that if you actually ate all the veggies that go in, you’re GI tract might explode from fiber! It’s like a concentrated solution of nutrients.


89 jassy September 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

juuce should always have ice for me…if i have a juicer i’d probably make a melon juice or banana strawberry :)


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