We didn’t end up going to the baseball game last night.
The flight of the person we were supposed to go with got canceled (one of the “joys” of living in Chicago) and by the time that the person finally did arrive and we tried to figure out what to do, it was too late. No “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to be sung. It’s a bummer, but hey, at least now it’s Friday. That’s the good news, and I’m a glass half-full kind of girl.
Side note: I just realized that even when I’m not specifically talking about food or drinks, I somehow manage to bring it back to a “glass” – sheesh!
I had another go at the gluten-free hot cereal yesterday morning. I’m really liking this stuff now – it’s got a gritty, chewy texture but the pieces are small, so it’s nothing like old fashioned oats. It’s a nice change of pace that still allows me to have a hot breakfast when I’m in the mood. BIG THANKS to Bob and his Red Mill.
I added 1/2 of a sliced banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk and 1 tbsp. of flax to the cereal mix. The banana added enough sweetness that I didn’t really need anything else.
Con Coffee Cocoa? CLARO QUE SI!
Random thought: I have over 120 blog posts now (missed my 100th anniversary, darnit!) and I am willing to bet that there are at least 100 varieties of these Coffee Cocoa pictures. Craziness.
It’s the week of LARABAR samples. I’ve got one more to try after this guy. Today was the Cinnamon Roll. Here again is the description courtesy of the LARABAR site:
“You’ll think you’ve reached the gooey center of a cinnamon roll. A blend of dates, almonds, walnuts, cashews, cinnamon and raisins, this bar delivers irresistible flavor and health: 4 grams of natural fiber, 4 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of Omega-6 essential fatty acids, and Omega-3’s. The dates contribute 14 essential vitamins and minerals. The almonds are a key source of fiber, protein, and Vitamin E. And the cashews, with their B6 Vitamins, can reduce stress. So dig in and be happy.”
Well ladies and gents, it had to happen at some point. I finally found the flavor of LARABAR that I tried the first time around, way back when the craze first started. And that means that this is the one that I did NOT like. I definitely did NOT think I had reached the center of a cinnamon roll (I can only find that bliss at Cinnabon). I can’t really put my finger on exactly what it is about this flavor that I just don’t like. I guess it just tastes too much like I’m eating a health bar. I like my bars to taste a little sinful – hence the Chocolate Brownie ZBaR obsession – so I’m going to have to pass on this one. Hopefully this shows how much I truly did enjoy the other flavors this week – they surprised me!
A little after the LARABAR disappointment, I decided to compensate by having a mug of hot chocolate.
That made me feel much better:)
Lunch today was fabulous – super crisp and fresh. I picked up a salad from Ponte Fresco with fresh spinach, water chestnuts, black olives, black beans and AVOCADO, tossed in an Oriental Toasted Sesame dressing.
It filled me up in a major way. I think it must have been the avocado. I was completely stuffed after eating this! It also helped that it was HUGE😉
Of course I wasn’t too stuffed, because I still had room for one of these:
Perfection really does come in a square shape.
I thought we were going to the game by the time I was ready for my snack, so I wanted to have something extra satiating because I didn’t want to rely on hot dogs and french fries at the park. I heated up a sweet potato in the microwave and served it with some ketchup. SUPERFOOD!
Then I realized we had some extra time because of the flight cancellation, so I was able to go home after work. I still didn’t want to fill up in case we went to the game, so I made myself a plate of sliced turkey and TJ’s Nutz Over Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix.
This trail mix is just my absolute favorite. There is nothing in it that I don’t love.
Then came the realization that we weren’t going to the game after all:( So to finish off my dinner, I had 1/2 cup of whipped cottage cheese with a small spoonful of hazelnut butter.
And later, Bobby and I split some Rainier cherries while watching Lost. We had to make up for missing the game somehow, right? Nothing better than a Lost marathon with some fresh fruit!
And that was that. Not quite what was planned, but still a good night.
Thanks to everyone for your comments on the articles. I think you’re right in that pretty much anything edible these days has someone or some group out there saying how horrible it is for you. It’s hard enough to weave through all of the unhealthy stuff. As long as we stick to what we know makes us feel good, I don’t see how any of us could go wrong.
Happy Friday, everyone!