For lack of a better title, I chose to combine many of the foods I ate today into one:)
I’m so glad that you enjoyed the first official Bender’s Blenders post. I’m looking forward to seeing where it takes me and will definitely use some of your tips (nut butter, for example) in my upcoming recipes. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, click on that link above and feel free to leave any comments or suggestions.
Ah Monday. Definitely the worst day of the week. So what better way to liven things up than with a new addition to the breakfast mix? This certainly isn’t a new product, but it’s been a while since I last bought it and I thought I’d give it another go.
I know many of you swear by the peanut butter version, but I really like the original! I combined 3/4 cup Puffins with 1 cup Nature’s Path Puffs and a heaping tablespoon of white chocolate chips.
Another winning cereal combination. The Puffins are very airy and light and remind me a lot of kettlecorn. Just the right amount of sweet. Sheesh, do I EVER give a negative review about cereal? There are just so many great varieties out there – it’s nearly impossible not to like most of them!
And this next picture needs no introduction, I’m sure.
No, not that kind of drink! Geez;) I got a skim mocha from Cosi to keep me warm at about 9:30 am. I swear they have turned the air conditioner way down in the past week or so, because it is F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G in my office! I always forget to bring a sweater too, because it’s so H-O-T outside. Need me to S-P-E-L-L anything else out? I’m in a weird mood right now – can you tell?
By the way, today I also neglected forgot to bring an umbrella even though it was predicted to rain. I thought to myself, “the minute you leave your umbrella it will pour” and guess what? I was right! So I got to work nice and sopping – have I mentioned that I don’t like Mondays?
Alright, I’ll snap out of my complainer mood to tell you all about my exciting lunch! It started out as pretty much all of my lunches have ever since I went to the grocery store, with a big sweet potato + ketchup!
Here’s where it got even more exciting – with a new soup!
I love tomato soup, as you can probably tell by the numerous times I’ve made it in the past couple of weeks. It’s also perfect for the cold office. I bought this box of Pacific Organic Creamy Tomato because it comes with two 100-calorie servings in an easy to tote box, which means 1) I can eat the whole box and 2) I can easily carry it in my lunch box and pour out as much or as little as I want throughout the course of the day.
I didn’t have a bowl, though, so I had to improvise with a mug.
It was really good soup, too! Very creamy and made with all organic ingredients, so you can’t really go wrong. I made about 2.5 mugs with the entire box throughout the course of an hour. It was awesome to be able to have a little at a time, so I could really space it out and stay full for hours!
I didn’t want to stay full too long because I wanted to save some room to test out one of my LARABAR samples for all of you! Today’s choice was Key Lime Pie.
Here’s what the company site says about this flavor:
“Cool, creamy and tangy. Every bite overflows with tropical flavors, just like a slice of real key lime pie. The limes themselves are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, calcium, iron and copper. The antioxidants in every bar may also protect against infection, cancer and heart disease. Who knew a treasure of the Keys could be so good for you?”
Official review from a skeptic: I actually liked this flavor! Honestly, this is coming from someone who has been very disappointed by these bars in the past (I think it was the apple pie flavor that just didn’t do it for me). Perhaps it’s because I really like foods that have a tangy lime kick to them. All I know is, I’ve finally found at least one LARABAR that I enjoy eating, and I hope the rest of the flavors are just as good! My only complaint is that the bars are so small – you don’t get much volume out of them.
Because of Sunday night’s bike race festivities, omelette night was moved to Monday! My version called for 3/4 cup egg whites, spinach, mushrooms and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. I also had a sliced raw red pepper drizzled in Annie’s Woodstock dressing and some whipped cottage cheese on the side.
It was my first time experiment with Laughing Cow. I really liked the way it melted because it permeated the entire omelette and every bite tasted extra cheesy. It seemed indulgent – but it wasn’t!
After dinner, I had a taste of smoothie. But I’m saving that for the next edition of Bender’s Blenders