Flattery will get you far with me!

by Jenn (eating bender) on July 31, 2008

I just want to start this post with a BIG THANK YOU to Foodie over at Fab and Delicious Food for posting such an incredibly nice Wednesday Website about me. It was a complete surprise and without a doubt made my day – heck, it even made my week :mrgreen: So thank you, Foodie – you are awesome and your blog is awesome. If you haven’t checked Foodie’s blog out yet, click the link above and you are in for a treat! And all of you who made those sweet comments about me on her blog and in my comment section – THANK YOU, TOO! I am so lucky to be a part of this community – and I tell myself that every day!

Alright, enough with the cheese, you say? Well then, let’s move on to some other types of cheeses :) In fact, I managed to incorporate cheese into each of my main meals today. Seems fitting!


I knew I wanted to show you my Greek yogurt concoction at some point this week, since last time I had it my camera FAILED. MISERABLY. So what better day than hump day?!

I brought out the Oikos to try Wednesday because I’ve already tried and loved Chobani and Fage, so I figured why not go for the trifecta? Plus, that way whenever one is on sale, I’ll know I like it!

Basically, I combined 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/4 cup blueberries and 1/4 cup TJ’s High Fiber O’s on top of the yogurt. I added 2 tsp. maple syrup for some extra sweetness!

This combination is great. The berries, cereal and syrup help offset the tanginess of the yogurt, which is exactly what I need to be able to enjoy it! If you’ve given Greek yogurt a try but were turned off by its lack of sweetness, give it another go with this combination. The nutritional value of the yogurt is so strong that it seems a shame not to eat it! I will definitely be buying it more often now!

I was still craving something after this bowl – can ya believe it? I settled on my other new favorite combination – cottage cheese and hazelnut butter!


I’m still trekking on those LARABAR samples! I had my last lemon bar as a morning snack.


Today was the usual meeting over lunch, but I managed to hold myself over with a mixed green salad until the meeting was over. Then I brought back the rest of my lunch to my desk and was able to take a picture! I know you’re thrilled 😉 It wasn’t the healthiest of choices, but it hit the spot. A slice of veggie pizza and a generously large piece of garlic bread. YUM!

The pizza was surprisingly light. I ended up going back for another piece! And the garlic bread was very dense and chewy – definitely a treat, but well worth it!


I was extra excited for this snack – can you guess why?

It’s because I had a sweet potato! Always a great addition to any day. Today I enjoyed it with ketchup instead of guacamole. It was almost as good.


That sweet potato held me over well. I wasn’t hungry for a massive dinner, so I started out small and had frequent additions throughout the evening. First, there was an AmyLu andouille chicken sausage with a side spinach salad topped with Annie’s Woodstock dressing.

I can never get enough of this chicken sausage when I actually take the time to make it. It’s full of flavor and the spices give it a nice kick!

A little later, I finished my container of cottage cheese.

And even later than that, for dessert, I had a mug of frozen grapes. I was out of bowls, so the mug made a nice substitute! But now it’s time to run the dishwasher :) I just am loving frozen grapes now!

You thought that was all, didn’t you? Well, I did too. But then I went to the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical and an arm machine workout. So when I got home, I knew this was in order:

And then I called it a night!

I realize I’m a bit behind on blog reading, so I apologize for that. This week at work has been jam-packed! Thanks for being patient with me! :) I’ve got an exciting post to come later today!

Happy Thursday!

1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) July 31, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Aw, thanks Jenn so much for the thank you, shout out, and kind words about my blog! You really didn’t have to do that, which makes it even nicer :) Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are just too sweet and you definitely made MY week! :)

Anyway, about your food :) All your pics are making me hungry! I must try that cottage cheese and hazelnut butter combo one day. Never tried savory cottage cheese before but it sounds really good! And man does that chicken sausage look delicious!

2 VeggieGirl July 31, 2008 at 1:55 pm

I’m so glad that you saw Foodie’s post – I was elated that you were featured!! :0)

Ahh, I know – damn tainted guacamole!! It’s definitely better than ketchup with the sweet potatoes :0)

Frozen grapes!! Yum!!

Good luck with the busyness girl; oh and 2 days until you-know-what ;0)

3 Fit Bottomed Girl July 31, 2008 at 2:20 pm

The frozen grapes do look good, and much better for you than those freezer pops full of HFCS! I also am a huge fan of frozen strawberries…

4 totaltransformation July 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm

“Flattery will get you far with me!”

Did I mention how you don’t look a day over 17? HA!

5 brookem July 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm

hi there! google reader recommended that your blog to me! and im glad it did! love your snacks today- especially the sweet potatoes. looking forward to reading more of your stuff!

6 Sharon July 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm

I had garlic bread and pizza last night too! But wayyy more than one slice. =_=’ lol

mmmmm, your cereal is so colorful with fruits in it!

7 Kristie July 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Frozen grapes make such a great snack, they are mucho fun to eat :)

And you always make your sweet potatoes look so darn tasty. I don’t know what it is, but you always have me craving them when you post pictures of them.

And that cirque de soleil show sounds incredible! I want to see one of those shows so badly one of these days.

8 MizFit July 31, 2008 at 4:59 pm

frick :)

I meant to get hazelnut butter today….

9 Rose July 31, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Your photos are so great today! I love the way there are some shadows casting across your yogurt. And have I mentioned that I totally enjoy how man photos you include on your posts? A total representation, for sure!

10 Rose July 31, 2008 at 5:08 pm

how many*


11 runroamrecycle July 31, 2008 at 11:00 pm

no worries – I’ll soon be joining the “Missing Minnesota” club soon when I move out east! at least you still have the comforts of “home” like Noodles, and CARIBOU – oh god I’ll miss that! at least I know I’ll be back here and back at the Tin Fish in the summer!

so I’m going to ask a dumb question: how do you cook a sweet potato? I really LIKE them, but I make them all of about.. never.. because I’m too impatient to wait for a potato to bake. they’re such a nutritional powerhouse though.. I want to have them more often!

12 Jenn August 1, 2008 at 8:51 am

Foodie ~ Aw, of COURSE I had to thank you – I was especially happy that you noticed so many of the small things I do to try to make my blog appealing. I really appreciate your attention to detail :) And you definitely need to try hazelnut butter cottage cheese!

VeggieGirl ~ ONE day to you-know-what!! :mrgreen:

Fit Bottomed Girl ~ I’m going to have to try frozen strawberries next. I just like the fact that the fruit stays good for so much longer!

totaltransformation ~ Aw, you totally played into that title – and I appreciate you for it!! Although I seriously get told I look like I’m about 15 all the time, which of course I can’t stand right now, but will appreciate when I’m older I’m sure!

brookem ~ Wow, that’s awesome that Google reader recommended me! I’m glad you paid a visit :)

Sharon ~ Yeah, it was hard not to go back for 20 slices of that garlic bread!

Kristie ~ Haha, I’m glad my pictures are appealing! Better that than grossing people out :) And you definitely need to see a Cirque show! Do they have them in Canada?

MizFit ~ There’s always tomorrow!

Rose ~ Aw, thanks for the compliment! I try to get as many pictures as I can without looking like a food maniac in public 😉

Erika ~ We will have to mourn Minnesota together while we’re away from it :) As for the sweet potatoes, well…I microwave them! I just stick the whole thing in there for about 3:30 and it gets soft enough to cut! Someday I’m planning on actually trying to bake them, in which case I think you’d cut them first and then sprinkle them with seasoning and put them in at 400* until they look ready. I’ll let you know how that goes 😉

13 blueberryhil August 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Berries make everything prettier, don’t they?

14 Erin August 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Jenn, I was relieved to see that you ate some chocolate chips at the end of the day. It just isn’t right if you end the day without sugar!

15 Jenn August 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm

blueberryhil ~ Yes, they truly do! Hence why they should be eaten as much as possible :)

Erin ~ Oh definitely! Ending the day with sugar is mandatory 😉

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