Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sunday eats + 2nd Chobani review

With breakfast this morning, I was craving yogurt, so I had my second Chobani…vanilla!


It was perfectly sweet and creamy, delicious!

I threw in some pomegranate seeds — the rest of breakfast was a whole wheat English muffin with 1 tbsp fat free cream cheese and Canadian bacon. Wow, my breakfast was very multicultural — Greek yogurt, English muffin, Canadian bacon, haha.

At church, I had 2 small cups of coffee with Sweet ‘n Low + powdered creamer. I also had a Z bar to hold me over 😉

On the way home, we stopped at Jimmy John’s…I got a Beach Club Unwich (turkey, provolone, avocado spread, cucumbers, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, wrapped in lettuce). From home, I added a pickle and some tortilla chips with salsa!

Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday — it’s rainy here but we’re using it as an excuse to put up the Christmas decorations tonight 😉

Low fuel

I really enjoyed this Clif Bar — Pear Apple Struedel! I will definitely be purchasing at least one more before the holiday season is over with. It held me for a few hours, but unfortunately, I ate this at noon as a snack and did not come home for dinner until 5:30…eek! Needless to say, I was low on fuel (this bar packs 240 calories, but it didn’t quite make up for a mid-morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack all in one).

Close-up…this tasted like a pear-apple pie 🙂 Not too sweet either, just right!

Before I got home, I had a few M&M’s from my friend’s candy jar…I was starving!

When I finally did get home for dinner, I had the rest of the Thanksgiving leftovers (turkey and dressing) + a side salad with a sprinkle of parmesan and a few sprays of balsamic. No more leftovers!

A friend that I was with today sent me home with a piece of her family’s pumpkin bread with buttercream icing. I ate half of the piece she gave me for dessert…I put my hand next to it so you can better tell it’s size 😉

It was very good, especially with a cup of decaf (w/ Equal and a splash of 1% milk)…

I’m not feeling so hot, I’m thinking it’s a combination of a long day and not eating enough. I’m not sure if I’ll have another snack or not, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how I feel here in a bit. Hopefully I can sleep it off and get back to (somewhat) normal eating tomorrow!

Hope everyone had a great Saturday 😉

p.s. Update, 9:45 p.m….I just had a orange Starburst…an apple with some almond butter…and 1 Ginger Snap. Ick, time to brush my teeth and go to bed!

Blame "Donkey"

Last night, my husband and I were watching that “Top 10 of 10” or whatever it was called on AMC, where they list the top 10 movies of 10 genres. Of course, I only made it through the first section, animated, because I am a lightweight, but one of the films listed was “Shrek” and one of the last things I heard was the part where Donkey asks to stay with Shrek and mentions “in the morning, I’m making waffles!” That must’ve stuck with me, haha…

This morning, I used the last of my Hodgson Mill buckwheat pancake mix to make waffles. I followed the directions mostly, I just omitted the tbsp of oil (the egg makes it smooth enough) and added 2 tbsp chocolate chips! I absolutely love, love, love the HM products, I can’t wait to try even more of these, I keep seeing them popping up everywhere. They have a multigrain cereal that I would like to try and a whole wheat gingerbread mix, if I can find it 😉

Once they were done, I added a tbsp of almond butter and 2 tbsp sugar free pancake syrup on top 🙂 Served on the side was some Canadian bacon for some protein!

I hadn’t had waffles in what seems like forever and I’m glad I allowed myself to follow my craving. Even though I hope to get back on Phase 1 here soon (once I’m done eating up the fruit and a few other things), these waffles would totally be Phase 2 approved! 🙂

Now I’m sipping on this big mug o’ coffee with equal and 1/4 cup 1% milk. I’ve come to realize that I like dairy milk in coffee more than soymilk, unless it’s flavored. Plain soymilk just doesn’t mix real well for some reason 😦

Once I’m done with the coffee, me and Suzie are venturing out into the cold for a quick walk/jog to get our blood pumping (I just wrote pumpkin, can you tell what’s on my mind, haha). Hopefully it’ll warm up soon?!

Have a great Saturday everybody! Mine is going to be busy but fun and I’ll be back later to tell you all about it.

I "heart" chocolate pudding

I ended up having leftovers for dinner tonight…some turkey topped with my homemade cranberry sauce (what a combo!), plus a little bit of dressing, and some green beans that I made fresh because we didn’t get to take any home yesterday 😉

Dessert, because I guess I just had to have it, was some fat free sugar free chocolate pudding, with fat free reddi-whip served in a heart-shaped dish…

Goodnight all! Be back tomorrow.

p.s. This must be some kind of record, I’ve kept up with my blogging pretty well the past few days — oh crap, I hope I didn’t just jinx myself! 🙂

Times off

It’s 6:24 p.m. and I am ready for bed! I don’t know what has happened to my internal clock but the time is all off! Actually, I think it comes from having late lunches the past two days and now that it gets dark here before 6:00 that makes things confusing. Hopefully I’ll get used to it soon enough 🙂

Before we went to the movie, I stashed these in my purse, one for me and one for my friend — I ate the chocolate chip one 😉 The movie was almost 3 hours long, so this was a good idea, even though it meant having two snacks before lunch.

After the movie, which was fantastic by the way, we had lunch at McAlister’s Deli, which is within walking distance of the theatre, which is half of its appeal! I got the tuna salad “salad” with no dressing and I picked off the croutons and didn’t eat any of the crackers that came with it.

I also had a cup of their Chicken Tortilla soup, which is one of the best out there! It’s cheesy and spicy but not too high in calories or fat! I didn’t eat any of the chips you see in the background 😉

After lunch, we went to Target for a little bit to check out the sales and pick up some items for a friend we are going to visit tomorrow. When I got home, I felt a little hungry (the late lunch threw me off) and was craving something sweet, so I (somewhat hesitantly) decided to finish off the pumpkin dip, since there wasn’t that much left anyway.

I just had some tea and took the dog for a 20-minute walk (the only real exercise I’ve had today, waaah)…think I’ll wait until 7 to decide what I’m having for dinner, most likely leftovers 😉

Hope those of you who had to work today didn’t have to work too hard and those of you who went shopping didn’t break the bank, haha. I am hoping to catch up on everyone else’s blogs tonight and tomorrow, I have over 200 sitting in my Google Reader now, yikes!


Official product review: Chobani Blueberry Yogurt

First of all, I just want to give a huge thanks to Tiffany from Chobani for sending me these amazing free samples of yogurt:

I was beyond thrilled because this was the first time I’d received any free samples since I started See Sarah Eat and I’d been drooling over Chobani the past several months from reading other food blogs like those of Kath and Tina.

They arrived at my house on Wednesday and I couldn’t wait to try them, but the past two days had been so busy, I hadn’t really had time, until now…

Since blueberry is my favorite flavor of just about any yogurt, I decided to try that one first. I had this as my mid-morning snack today because I woke up before 7:00, believe it or not. I am such an old person now, haha.

I love the thick consistency of greek-style yogurt and this brand did not disappoint. I loved how it has real fruit on the bottom, I distinctly remember chewing on real blueberries, almost like I had put them in there myself. This brand was also not overly tart like some other greek yogurts I’ve tried before and definitely did not have an aftertaste, a common complaint of mine when eating some of my “light” or “carb-friendly” yogurts.

Nutritionally, this container of yogurt has 140 calories, which is great for a snack. It does contain 19 grams of sugar, but reading the ingredients, I can see that it comes from the milk and fruit — no artificial stuff or HFCS! Plus with 14 grams of protein, I don’t feel bad about ingesting that much sugar, especially if it’s from all natural sources. It also contains the active cultures that any yogurt you eat should have.

Here is a pic of my blueberry yogurt once I stirred it up:

I cannot wait to try the other flavors, as you can see, I have enough to last for a while 🙂

Hopefully the next time I am at my Whole Foods store, I can ask someone (and/or write a letter) how we can get the ball rolling on getting Chobani into our local store!

Pom seeds & AB?

I woke up this morning really hungry and craving some hot oatmeal! Big surprise right? 😉

But, I was unsure of what combination I would make today. I decided right away that I wanted some almond butter but I didn’t want to do apple again because I had that yesterday. Then I remembered I still had some pomegranate seeds leftover and I pondered, do pomegranate seeds and almond butter go together?

I went ahead and made it, also throwing in a tbsp of walnuts and a tsp of sugar free syrup to give the oats some sweetness. What can I say? It tasted really great!

I also had a cup of coffee with a packet of equal and about 1/8 cup of soy milk. I brewed an entire pot, thinking for some reason that I would have more than one cup, but as usual, one was enough. So I put the rest of the coffee in the fridge to perhaps make an iced coffee later or put it in something else.

Happy Friday everybody, hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and don’t overdo it with the shopping today! I’m skipping out this year and instead going to see “Australia” with my best bud, good way to spend the day 😉

Be back soon!

Can’t complain

I feel so good about how today went and I think it’s because I went in with confidence and treated today like a normal day, only with a few minor indulgences 😉

Before we left home, I took the dog and went for a 38-minute walk/run, most of it was spent jogging, I actually got the dog to keep up with me most of the time. It felt so good, I got nice and sweaty and took a good hot shower before leaving for my aunt’s house.

When we got there, I had two of these, sweet glasses of Riseling

And some cheese that I brought because I needed a snack after my walk/run and it had been about 4 hours since breakfast…

Here is my official Thanksgiving plate…we use big ones, so I usually just get one and then get a little bit of everything I want and no going back for seconds.

Turkey, green beans, a little bit of dressing, small bit of corn, Mom’s yams, my cranberry sauce…I don’t really like gravy so I passed on that, as well as the rolls and mashed potatoes.

A few hours later, I had some dessert…this is a brownie that my aunt made (so good) topped with my pumpkin dip…what a great combo!

While we were still there, I had a few nibbles of turkey and played Wii Bowling with my husband and tried out my aunt’s Wii Fit which actually helps you set goals for weight loss, exercise, etc. I ended up doing some strength training exercises right there in the living room, haha.

When I got home, I was actually feeling a little hungry since Thanksgiving dinner was really lunch, so I had some more pumpkin dip with ginger snaps…it’s almost gone!

I feel really good about the way today went and since it’s now after 8:00 and I’m exhausted, I’m cutting myself off from eating anything else! Even though I had two desserts instead of dinner, I think calorie-wise, I didn’t blow it too badly today. Definitely not as much as in years past, thank goodness.

Hope everyone else had a great holiday, see you all back here tomorrow!

It’s Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Hope you all have an amazing day with your loved ones. Remember, enjoy yourselves 🙂

Since I’m a believer in treating Thanksgiving like any other day, I started things off with a good breakfast…oats (made with 1/4 cup soymilk and 1/2 cup water) topped with cinnamon, a big green apple, walnuts and almond butter. What did you say? Yes, ALMOND BUTTER!

I have been meaning to try almond butter for some time and yesterday at the store, I found this jar of MaraNatha no stir Crunchy Almond Butter for $3.49, which is a little more than I pay for PB but less than I’ve seen other almond butters sell for, so I grabbed it.

When I opened the jar, I immediately got a whiff of fresh almonds, a smell I absolutely love. Then I stirred it up a bit (even though it’s no stir) just to check out it’s consistency. I haven’t even purchased crunchy PB in a while, so it was a nice switch. Then I measured out a tbsp and tossed in on top of the oatmeal.

Now, I love peanut butter, this we know. But! I love that it was the same consistency as peanut butter (only crunchy) but it tasted totally different! Very much like almonds, very gritty and thick, stick to your ribs type nut butter. Amazing! I think it puts my smooth Skippy Natural to shame, for real.

I will definitely use it again and may be on the almond butter bandwagon for a while now. I also really enjoyed Sun Butter when I tried it and I have been meaning to pick up another jar of that as well.

As usual, I had a cup of Pumpkin Pie Spice coffee this morning with a packet of Equal and 1/4 cup soy milk. Only one cup today though since I got all jittery yesterday, haha.

Have a great day everybody! I’m hoping to get a walk or run in before we leave for my aunt’s house 🙂

Holiday dish # 2 : Kath’s Cranberry Sauce

My family usually has cranberry sauce out of the can, which I like, but the sugar content is less than stellar, plus I find it is always better to have the whole fruit when you can. And since I do like fresh cranberries, I took it upon myself to make Kath’s Cranberry Sauce for my family’s Thanksgiving meal!

This recipe was very simple, I followed her instructions exactly. My kitchen smelled amazing!

Starting to thicken up…

Voila! In an ugly container because it has to travel, but still so beautiful! I taste tested it (aka licked the spoon) and I think it’s going to be great! I hope everyone else likes it too 🙂

Thanks Kath for this simple and great recipe!