WIAW: Colorado Myths & Carrot Cake Hummus

Do you ever hear people talking about the place where you live (city, state, country, whatever) and they’ve got it totally wrong? And you just want to tell them “No, that’s not what it’s like at all!” or “It’s so much better than you say it is!” or whatever? If you ever live somewhere long enough, you’ll probably get to know it pretty well–and you might even know all the myths and misconceptions about it.
 
I’m a proud [semi-native] Coloradan and since I’ve been living here since I was a little toddler, I know a lot about the state but I’ve also heard a lot of things about it that aren’t necessarily true. So without further ado, I give you Colorado Myths and Facts. Oh, and WIAW, of course! I couldn’t forget that 😉 
Peas and Crayons
 

I finally caved and tried banana soft serve. Verdict: um, I really made this? It tastes like banana froyo! Dark chocolate protein overnighters topped with soft serve and melted almond butter. Perfection in a bowl.

 Myth #1: Everyone in Colorado is either a cowboy or a hippie.

Ummmmmm, yeah, so not true! Personally, I don’t know anyone remotely like a cowboy, but I guess it’s because of all those Old West stories and stuff. There are definitely some hippies here (namely in Boulder) but I don’t have anything against hippies. In fact, I probably am kinda one, considering I love yoga and Whole Foods. Oh yeah, and I’m vegetarian/vegan. But really, most Coloradans are normal people, with lots of different interests. I’m sure there are some cowboys out there, too.

I was indecisive at lunch (when am I not?) so I went for a hodgepodge of flavors and textures. Strawberries, blueberries, iced tea. Sweet potato, half topped with Greek yogurt/spicy guac dip, half topped with agave/almond butter dip. Carrot cake hummus (new, amazing creation of mine) topped with cinnamon bunny grahams. Sweet, spicy, warm, cold, crunchy and soft.

 Myth #2: Colorado is bipolar.

Sadly, this is very true. I mean bipolar in the sense of the weather. It can go from sunny to cloudy in seconds (let’s not forget liquid sunshine–that’s when it rains when the sun is shining), it can thunder during a snowstorm…yeah, crazy stuff. It keeps us on our toes, for sure. There are a few things you can count on though: 300+ days of sunshine, winter temperatures rarely go below 30* F and summer temperatures rarely go above 95* F, it’s usually pretty dry and snow doesn’t stick around for many days. Apparently in other places, when it snows, that snow doesn’t melt for weeks!

Another random assortment at snacktime. Peach mango Greek yogurt topped with Kashi Strawberry Fields and PB Puffins. Date, raisins, freeze-dried strawbs. Fresh pineapple.

 Myth # 3: Everyone loves the “great outdoors”.

True for me, but not for everyone. For the most part, we love being outside and being active, in all seasons. For me personally, I love for being outside in summer, early fall and late spring. Once it gets cold, no thanks. I’d like to stay warm, if at all possible.

Outfit of the day: brown/orange striped scarf, orange babydoll tank (Hollister), brown woven leather belt (A&F), khaki shorts (Hollister)

Myth # 4: Everyone is a profesh skier.

Hahaha, if this were true, then why have I never been in the Olympics? True story, I have never been on skis in my life. I know I’m really unusual for a semi-native, but my whole family has never been into skiing/snowboarding. I honestly prefer going to all the famous ski resorts in the summer. It’s a lot cheaper, and I’ve never been a big fan of winter.

This was dinner a few nights ago. Roasted veggie vegan pizza, Greek yo/guac dipping sauce, watermelon, raisin-topped salad and carrot cake smoothie. I think I've started to OD on carrot cake.

Myth # 5: Colorado is reaaaaaaally high.

Okay, so I’m gonna ignore any drug-related references in that ( “Rocky Mountain High” anyone?) but elevation-wise, yes, we are high. Apparently, we have 75% of U.S. land over 10,000 feet in our lil’ state! The only problem with living at such a high altitude (my house is at about 8000 feet above sea level, and no, I don’t live in the mountains) is that with baking and cooking, everything has to be adjusted accordingly. So it can be a pain to find a high-altitude friendly baking recipe.

Whole Foods duplex cookies, ring of frozen mango and pineapple chunks. I freaking love these cookies, they're like a yummier and healthier version of Oreos.

I know you’ve all been drooling over that carrot cake hummus (no? It’s just me then?) so I’ll give you the recipe right now!

Carrot Cake Hummus (makes 3 big or 6 small servings)

1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/4 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla soy milk)

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Soytein)

2 handfuls shredded carrots

handful raisins

generous sprinkling cinnamon

sweetener, to taste (optional)

Mix first 3 ingredients together in a food processor until mostly combined. Add 1/4 cup water if needed to make smooth. Add in remaining ingredients and pulse until mixed well.

Enjoy with cinnamon bunny grahams, as a toast or waffle topper or with carrots. It tastes slightly beany, but I kinda like that flavor.

 

What is one myth or misconception about the place you live? What is the weirdest hummus flavor you’ve ever tried?I’m really getting into dessert-y hummuses. What can I say, I have a major sweet tooth!

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14 thoughts on “WIAW: Colorado Myths & Carrot Cake Hummus

  1. buttonss - Cherie says:

    Oh good to hear the soft serve is yum. Im still yet to make mine, I keep forgetting I have the banana waiting in the freezer haha.
    Loving the sweet potato action going on in your lunch. ♥
    Your hair looked suppper pretty today 🙂

    The hummus sounds gooood!
    Is the protein powder necessary in the carrot cake hummus though? Im not a fan of the stuff.

    • Thankssss girl 🙂

      The protein powder isn’t necessary, it’s just to add a little more protein and vanilla flavor. You could definitely just add some vanilla extract or even soy pudding instead!

  2. That hummus sounds so so good! And I like that it seems pretty simple to make, thank you for the recipe 🙂
    Those lessons were fun to read… there are definitely ones around where I live too! I live in a rather rich town but I am far from wealthy.. everyone always thinks I am loaded when I say where I am from.

    • You’re welcome!

      I get the exact same thing about being rich because the neighborhood I live in is pretty rich too but my family is definitely not as well-off as a lot of our neighbors.

  3. kabochafashionista says:

    Oooh love this theme girly! Nice to learn a bit more about Colarado! 🙂
    And you look so gorgeous sweetie! Love your style ❤
    Your eats sound really yumm! I especially love the puffin mess going on hehe..I'm addicted to them!! That hummus sounds really good..I made a banana bread one recently which was good 🙂

    • Awh thanks girl 😀 That means so much to me because I totally adore your style!

      I’ve been meaning to make your banana bread hummus. That’s definitely the next flavor on my list! I’m really getting into dessert-y hummus flavors.

  4. That hummus sounds really good. It’s been a long time since I had hummus. I need to make some again.
    My mom lived in colorado and some of my cousins lived there for a while, so I’ve spent time there. I hate misconceptions. I live near Seattle and really it’s not as rainy here as people think it is.

    • I almost never make my own hummus, either, but for some reason I just felt like making some the other day!

      I’ve always really wanted to visit Seattle, it seems like such a cool area!

  5. Hey girl :**
    So sorry I comment so late on this post! I read it, and thought I had commented, but obviously I didnt 😛 My mind is all over the place at the moment!
    Great eats! Love your mixed up lunch. And carrot cake hummus… GiVe Me SoMe!! Sounds wonderful!

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