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Slowest computer in history

The past couple of days I have been blogging from our “old” computer which is upstairs in the “office” of our apartment. Josh has been hogging the laptop as of late, though I am glad he’s at least getting our money’s worth out of what we pay for internet access 😉

This computer is usually okay for using Windows Live Writer but when it comes to internet, which I had to access this time around, it is slower than anything I can even imagine. It just took me 29 minutes to actually start blogging from the time I sat down. I can’t wait to get rid of this thing.

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Anyway, sorry I didn’t post yesterday but I got home late and Josh was on the fast computer (ugh).

When I woke up yesterday morning, I had a strong urge (and a few extra minutes) to do some yoga, so I chose Yoga Download’s 20 minute hip opening flow class. It was awesome!

The day’s eats started off the same as the previous one with banana oatmeal with PB. I think I am finally getting burned out on bananas so I might have to come up with a new fruit to put in my oats for next week 🙂

We did a 60 minute cardio workout, warming up for 5 minutes on the treadmill, doing intervals on the bike for 40 and then another 5 on the tread to cool down. It was intense!

I also had my friend, who is a trainer, do some measurements on me so I can see where I stand…more on that later (don’t worry I’m optimistic as usual)!

Mid-morning I had my very last mini Larabar…I would be sad but I’ve had them for so long that I’m kind of glad to have used them all up!

Lunch was another salad…

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Romaine, green pepper, red pepper, cucumber, and honey mustard dressing 🙂

This was just a side for the main entree…

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What is this?

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I had a coupon for $2 off a Kashi meal so I took advantage and got this bad boy for just a little over $1. Pretty soon I’m going to write about how to be healthy and try new stuff on a budget because I keep figuring these little things out.

The meal was good but I was glad I paired it with the salad because I don’t think it would’ve been filling enough on its own. The only one I’ve had that was is the Black Bean Mango and I’m pretty sure that is due to the beans.

Mid-afternoon, I had a carrot with PB as a snack which held me over very well!

When I got to Courtney’s that evening, she offered me the last glass of Yellow Tail Shiraz and I could not pass it up, I hadn’t had good red wine in a while…I know it’s cheap but Yellow Tail is one of my favorite brands!

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Dinner was Margie’s bean loaf (a faux meatloaf made with beans and veggies), green peas, corn, and mashed potatoes that I brought. They are out of a bag, Ore Ida brand I believe, red potatoes that you steam in the micro and then mash once they are done. They are not the most cost effective things in the world, but they were way healthier than most instant or already made mashed potatoes!

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Forgot to mention the bean loaf and potatoes got a drizzle of veggie gravy on them 😉

For dessert, Beth brought confetti cookies and a homemade lemon icing “dip” which was too runny to ice the cookies with. She said it was made with lemon zest and powdered sugar, which is something I would usually avoid (trying to steer clear of the added sugar) but I tried it and it was great 🙂 I like to make exceptions once in a while!

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I also had some decaf vanilla chai tea while we watched the most recent 2 episodes of True Blood. I really enjoy my regular night with the girls, I think it’s one of the things that keeps me sane!

Hope you all had a great Wednesday…be back soon with today and a special post about cooking with canola!

Hummus goes with everything

Hello there! Hope Tuesday treated you all well 😉

This morning, I had what is slowly becoming my “usual”… oats with banana and PB!

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Only this time, I cut the portions back just a bit. I used 1/3 cup of oats, 1/3 cup of milk and 1/6 cup of water instead of the usual 1/2 cup measurements. I noticed today that I was just as full with this much as I was with more, so it’s good to know that I actually require less than I think I do.

When I got to work, I had a cup of coffee with some International Delight french vanilla creamer (one of the only kinds without trans fat). I managed to hold off a mid-morning snack until 11:30!

I think this breakfast is the power combo for me. I had a mini Larabar to hold me over through my workout and until lunch. I only have one left from a race I did back in March! Took me forever to get through them 😉

Our workout today was lots of weight lifting and strength training: chest presses, bicep curls, push ups, abs, flyes, preacher curls, squats, plies…that’s all I can recall. We also warmed up on the treadmill for 5 minutes and then stayed on for 10 after our circuits were finished. I say “our” because I work out with my friend Farrah (who is a trainer) nearly every day.

For lunch, I had a big salad (or Hugh Jass as some of you say) with romaine, cucumber, chickpeas and hummus. I have decided today that hummus pretty much goes with everything. It even works as a salad dressing!

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Oh yeah, a carrot snuck in there too! Whoever said that when you start eating real carrots you never go back (as in to mini or baby carrots) they were totally right! I can’t even imagine those things now.

For my afternoon snack, I had another cup of coffee (eek) and some mixed nuts. I’ve noticed that I need to do protein snacks more in the afternoons because that is when I need it the most.

Dinner was leftover pizza from last night, yay! I also cooked up some cauliflower to get even more veggies in my life 🙂

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After our dinner settled, we went to play volleyball, which I haven’t done in what seems like months. We used to play weekly, but Tuesdays had just become busy for us and in the Fall for me they will again as I am taking a class. But it was nice to play tonight, I’m definitely feeling it and burned a few more calories 😉

I just ate two squares of dark chocolate and I’m just about ready for bed. Have a good night, see you all tomorrow! It’s girls night potluck tomorrow, I can’t wait 🙂

Fast cars and a yard of bricks

Well, hello there!

I am nearing the end of a really great weekend, that began with a trip to Indianapolis and ended on the couch with my dog watching the “Halloween” remake from a couple of years ago. I’m a big fan of the original but I love Rob Zombie, so I guess I can say it’s okay. The first half is pretty awesome though.

Anyway, on Friday morning I got up at 5 a.m., ate a quick bowl of oats + almond butter and hit the road with my best friend Courtney for the two hour trek up to Indy. We stopped at Speedway for coffee first too. Haha, Speedway on the way to an actual Speedway 😉

Chevy Day was a major success! We got to see two practices, a Q&A with Tony Stewart and lots of other fun displays and people watching. For lunch, I ate an almond butter sandwich I packed in my purse (they let food in thank goodness) and a bag of Sun Chips. I also had some mini Larabars stashed in my purse for snacks.

It was hot, though not nearly as hot as last year, and we were parched and tired of water, so we invested in some frozen Lemon ices, which were totally yummy, even if they contained over 60 grams of sugar (eek)!

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It really quenched it though!

We were so blessed to have friends we could stay with in Indy and they so graciously fed us both dinner and breakfast the next morning. On the way to their house, we couldn’t help but notice this amazing place…

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I had never been to one before!! And now we want one at home! 😦 I wish we hadn’t been limited to stuff that has to sit in a hot car all day or else I might’ve made some major purchases!

We arrived to a lovely grill out dinner, which really hit the spot after a long day of traveling, loud car watching and sunshine (thank goodness for spray sunblock, it’s the best).

I had a bratwurst with onions and ketchup, corn on the cob, some chips and a lovely fruit salad. Behold.

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Over the course of the rest of the evening, I had two chocolate chip cookies, two Miller Lites and half of this bad boy that we picked up at Super Target.

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It was some chocolate brownie peanut butter thing with peanut butter cups and chocolate drizzle. Heaven in a plastic container for $2.49.

Yowzah, I’m definitely an emotional eater, I think I was tired, not to mention everything just looked so darn good.

The next morning, my friend made some amazing pancakes, that I topped with half a banana and a small drizzle of syrup. I also had a not pictured yogurt for some protein.

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At the track, I munched on another mini Lara since the pancakes didn’t hold me over too long. When it was time for lunch, I only had one thing on my mind…

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I think the reason for not eating stuff like this on a regular basis is that it really is a special treat when you get to. It wasn’t the best tasting food I’d ever had but it definitely satisfied a craving and it will be a long while before I have it again 🙂

On Saturday, we watched qualifying, which was delayed by 4 hours thanks to some lovely rainstorms. But it definitely cooled the weather off so that helped 😉 We also got to see a lot of drivers walk by and got some autographs!

We left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (aka the Brickyard) around 4 in the afternoon, so we stopped for dinner on the way home. We tried to find something we didn’t have at home, but we settled on Max & Erma’s because we were just ready to eat and options were limited. Plus it was the same place we ate on the way home last year so it was like tradition!

I got half a chicken salad croissant and a bowl of chicken tortilla soup.

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It was a really great meal and we had an amazing waitress which made it an even better time. I think we just might have to hold up this tradition!

On the way home, I snacked on some peanut M&M’s…needless to say this was an indulgent weekend! I’m looking forward to getting back to more balanced eating and exercise this week 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend as well…”see” you soon!

We’re having a heat wave…

So, it might hit 50 today, which for Kentucky in January, is pretty freaking awesome. Unfortunately it’s not staying, so I will be getting out there to enjoy it while it lasts!

Anyway, trying to keep this brief, so here’s a quick look at what I ate yesterday:

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Waffles, banana, SF syrup, PB, scrambled egg, low sodium V8

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Honey roasted peanuts

Went for a 4-mile walk/run before lunch…I think in the end, I ran 3.25 miles and walked 0.75; I just went with what my body told me and didn’t push too hard or go too easy. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but the machine said I burned 460 calories. I really need a heart rate monitor!

I also had a cup of coffee with Equal & 1% milk before my snack 😉

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Tuna wrap, edamame, grapefruit, chocolate milk

Behold the amazing grapefruit spoon! I don’t know how I ate them without this thing…I picked it up in Gatlinburg, it has serrated edges, plus a cute grapefruit design on the handle. Hehe!

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Okay, so what happened was, I wanted some of these on Tuesday, don’t know why; but when I went to buy them, they got stuck in the machine (should’ve taken it as a sign) and so I bought another one to make sure the first one came out and I ended up with 2! But they are gone now and I enjoyed them while they were here 😉

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I tried to avoid my mid-afternoon snack to compensate but I actually got hungry around 4:00 before I left work.

Lite yogurt w/ Kashi Go Lean Crunch

Lite yogurt w/ Kashi Go Lean Crunch

I also had some tea during the day…I really like the Traditional Medicinals brand, I’ve used them for when I had colds in the past. This type is called “Women’s Liberty” and is supposed to promote healthy hormone balance. It tastes pretty spicy too!

Women's Liberty w/ Chicks Rule mug, if only I'd planned it!

Women’s Liberty tea w/ Chicks Rule mug? Ha, if only I’d planned it.

Last night was awesome! We ended up having vegetarian burritos…I cooked up some Fantastic Foods Vegetarian taco filling, which had a very good taste and consistency. I’m not a veggie but a friend of ours is, so usually our girl’s nights remain meat-free as well 🙂 On the side were some chips, questo and guacamole. YUM!

Burrito, chips and dips

Burrito, chips and dips

 

Mine contained veggie filling, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, guac, 2% cheese, ff sour cream

Mine contained veggie filling, lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, guac, 2% cheese, ff sour cream

It was also a friend’s birthday, so we enjoyed some chocolately cupcakes with whipped icing, double YUM!

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When I crunched the numbers, I went a little overboard on calories today but thankfully I burned a nice chunk off and I will strive to balance it out the next few days.

Happy Thursday all!

FYI – I checked the remaining PB Larabars when I went home and mine matched the number on the list, eek. I’m going to call today. They said this affects all of the PB flavor since they were first released in June of 2008, so just because you purchased it a while back doesn’t mean you are safe. If you have any of the Peanut Butter Cookie Larabars or Jamfrakas PB bars, please throw them out, don’t take a chance. You don’t want to get sick. Just try another flavor for now! I highly recommend cinnamon roll and ginger snap 😉

Ahh, Salmonella?!

Attention Larabar fans!

I just read on Amy‘s blog that there has been a voluntary recall of peanut butter cookie Larabars and Jamfrakas peanut butter blisscrip snack bars! For more information, check the Larabar website.

I’m not just saying this, but most of you know PB cookie is my favorite flavor and I have eaten two this past week. On Sunday night, I ate one during the WWE wrestling event I was attending and the next morning at 7 a.m., I woke up with severe abdominal pains and diarrhea (sorry for the weak stomachs out there). I also felt feverish and nauseated the rest of the morning into the early afternoon but then I got better. I thought I just had a stomach virus that has been going around, but now I’m remembering I’ve had some digestional distress a couple of days this week, that was just the most severe. Anyway, whether or not it was the salmonella, thank God I’m healthy and have a strong immune system apparently.

If you have these bars at home, don’t eat them, throw them out and call the company for a refund. I plan to this afternoon! Hopefully they will get it all straightened out because this is my favorite flavor 😦

Happy Wednesday!

Another fake Sunday

Sunday didn’t really feel a Sunday again because we had Monday off for Martin Luther King day. We also traveled to a nearby town to attend a live WWE Smackdown event, which was our Christmas present (belated) to my in-laws 🙂 So we were pretty busy!

For breakfast, I tried some Van’s waffles that I picked up at the store over the weekend: Blueberry! I have to say, I already like them better than the Maple Fusion, but I am anxious to try the “regular” flavors too. Officially, I think Kashi Heart to Heart waffles are my favorite, but Van’s is still a good brand and worth it to switch things up every now and then.

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Waffles, PB, banana, syrup, turkey sausage

Waffles, PB, banana, syrup, turkey sausage

At church, I had three tiny (styrofoam) cups of coffee with sweet ‘n low and creamer. After church, we had a fellowship (aka food) gathering with our Sunday School class at our teacher’s house. The spread was amazing!

Ham, salad, green beans, fruit, deviled egg, mac 'n cheese

Ham, salad, green beans, fruit, deviled egg, mac 'n cheese

Not pictured is the chocolate chip-cream cheese ball that we spread on chocolate graham crackers. It was like a dessert appetizer! Thank goodness we had to hurry up and leave to go out of town, or else I may have gone back for more! I also had one other deviled egg not pictured — I was hungry while we were waiting for everyone else to arrive 😉

When we got to our wrestling destination, we had a while before the show started, so we walked around the convention center a bit. There were so many people there though that eventually we just stayed standing in one spot. When the show started, I sipped on some water and later on snacked on my favorite Larabar, peanut butter cookie! It was too dark in there so I did not get a picture.

After the show, we drove over to Ted’s Montana Grill where I chowed down on a naked Bison burger and some roasted asparagus (it came with fries, but I substituted).

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It was pretty good and the service was incredible (of course, it was 9:00 on a Sunday), but at this point I was just tired and wanted to get home; we were experiencing some snow showers and saw a bunch of cars in ditches on the way home, yikes! Thankfully we made it back safely.

When we got home, I “needed” something sweet, so I had a Jello pudding cup with cool whip, an old standby…

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Be back with more soon!

Welcome to Fall!

Woke up this morning and saw on the tv that is was only 50 degrees outside! Yikes! I think the high here today should be almost 70; which is crazy considering it was just 85 like two days ago. But that’s our weather, seasons can change literally overnight.

I was watching “Behind the Music” on my DVR this morning, New Kids on the Block! It was so nostalgic, reliving my childhood. But weird at the same time. It doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years. Good lord!

Ok, so now what you are really here for…

Breakfast – Banana/soymilk/chocolate instant breakfast smoothie; two scrambled eggs in pita pockets with ketchup.

Mid-morning snacks: Regular coffee (ooh, I’m bad!) with Silk creamer; Kashi crunchy Pumpkin Spice Flax bar; watermelon.


Went to the gym and did a body sculpting class, it was amazing! I am so freakin’ sore today, I can hardly sit up straight. My shoulders are definitely feeling all those planks and push-ups!

Lunch: Tuna with mustard on whole wheat; carrots & hummus; Soy pudding.

All afternoon, I avoided the candy corn that has been sitting on the table in my work area. It is still there this morning and perhaps later on, if I feel an urge and it’s still there, I will have a few pieces. But I fought it well yesterday 🙂

Afternoon snack: Banana bread Larabar, orange.

This flavor was pretty good, it tasted like bananas but I don’t know about the bread part, though there were nuts in it. I liked it fine, but it didn’t quite live up to even the Coconut Cream Pie!

After trying this latest flavor, I made a list of the other Larabar and Jocalat flavors I have not yet tried and hope to soon (I’m such a nerd):

Dinner: 1 cup of whole grain penne pasta, 1/2 cup Prego sauce, 1/2 cup peppers mix, 1/2 cup spinach, 2 turkey sausage links chopped up.

Went to church and played volleyball for 2 hours! It was a great time, our teams were pretty evenly matched and some of the games were really close. I really felt like I got a workout. I noticed I was breathing harder than normal through a lot of it. I really want a heart rate monitor!!

When I got home, I was soooo hungry and I had to bake something for tomorrow night’s potluck. I wanted to do that and then taste those and have it be my snack but I could not wait until the oven was done!

So I heated up 2 Gingerbread Pop Tarts (eek)…I never should’ve bought these again but it’s one of those seasonal comfort things…

But guess what?! I PUT ONE BACK! 🙂

I easily could’ve eaten both and that would’ve been fine but I ate one and drank 2 big glasses of water and felt like I could go to bed and be satisfied enough. So I saved the second one for a later day. And just fyi, that saved me 200 calories!

Here are the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins that I made. I don’t know how I managed not to try one of these, hungry or not! 🙂


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins (adapted from allrecipes.com)

3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup water
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 12-cup muffin tin. Mix wet ingredients and sugar in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Mix all dry ingredients in a separate, larger bowl. Add the wet mixture and mix well; fold in chocolate chips last. Fill muffin cups as evenly as possible, leaving a little room at the top. Bake for 20 minutes.

Happy Wednesday and October!

I’m famous!

Well, sort of…check this out!

http://www.larabar.com/secure/blog/index.php?entry=entry080914-135318

🙂

What’s YOUR flavor?

Breakfast was an easy choice this morning…leftover buckwheat chocolate chip pancakes with sugar free syrup and scrambled eggs 🙂 I had a cup of strawberries to get some sweet fruit in.


Mid-morning, I was ready for a snack and preparing for an intense aerobic session. I looked at my two bars and realized that neither one I brought had much protein in it 😦 I settled on this Kashi (nutrigrain-like) bar since it had fewer calories and I had a pretty dense breakfast. It held me over ok, not as much as I would like, but I managed. I want to try other flavors of these, but I do like this one.

Aerobics class was intense! The class is called “Aerobic Variety” and that it was. It involved lots of stepping, which I am starting to love; it took me a couple of classes to get used to the step, but now I’m propping mine up higher 🙂

We also did lots of ab work on the balance ball and lots of stretching, which I have found love for. I used to hate stretching and thought it was a waste of time but now I really enjoy it.

When I got back to work after a nice, hot shower (I usually don’t shower at the gym, but I was rather sweaty) I ate my lunch: a turkey, cheese and hummus sandwich on whole wheat bread, soy yogurt, and a V8.

I hadn’t made a turkey sandwich at home in a LONG time because I became so skeptical of lunchmeat. But I’ve been doing some reading and at the store the other day, I decided to give this brand a try: Oscar Mayer “Natural” Oven Roasted Turkey Breast:

First of all, this lunchmeat tasted FANTASTIC! Nothing like those thin, tasteless (or sometimes too salty) slices of turkey I’ve had in the past. These were nice, thick, fresh-tasting slices and 3 pieces were only 60 calories!

I was also impressed by the sodium content (410 mg for 3 slices) which was a little less than most brands I’ve eaten in the past. And with 13 grams of protein per serving, it was ideal for my post-workout recovery lunch.

The addition of the cheddar veggie cheese and 1 tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus made this sandwich so tasty. I must also brag about the bread…

I have tried MANY whole wheat breads and I continue to each time I go to the store. Basically I look for 100% whole wheat, check the ingredients list for whole wheat flour and NO hfcs and I’ll give it a try. But this particular one has worked it’s way into the regular rotation…especially because it was on sale this week, hooray!

Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This is the perfect bread for sandwiches in my opinion. When it comes to breakfast, I prefer the bigger, denser breads, but with (usually) 100 calories per slice, that makes for quite a caloric sandwich. But this bread is just right…the right size, the right texture (soft but holds up well and also toasts nicely), and just 50 calories per slice! It is also low in fat, sodium and carbohydrates, compared to other breads I have had. Two slices also get me 8 grams of protein and 4 g fiber!

From the website: “Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat is one of our best-sellers! It offers the nutritional value of whole wheat in a soft, great-tasting loaf. Like all Nature’s Own varieties, 100% Whole Wheat contains no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Try a slice with fruit jam for breakfast or with your favorite sandwich filling for lunch or a quick dinner.”

And now…onto the inspiration behind this post’s title…

I give you, my mid-afternoon snack…the Coconut Cream Pie Larabar!

I really had no reason to buy this, other than I want to try all the Larabar flavors because there are so many. I am not a big fan of coconut and I’m pretty sure I’ve never had coconut cream pie in my entire lifetime.

When I checked the bars nutritionals yesterday, I was a little bummed that it didn’t have more protein, but figured since it was one of the ‘sweeter’ ones, it would work well as an afternoon snack, when I tend to crave sweeter things.

When it was finally time to dig in, I was a little skeptical and even thought about purchasing another snack just incase I had to throw this one away. I guess you can see where this is going…

THIS BAR WAS PHENOMENAL!

I don’t even like coconut, or so I thought. But this bar was so tasty and not too sweet, again. Some of the other ‘pie’ flavors are, but Coconut Cream Pie was just right. The bar was a little higher in saturated fat, because of the coconut and oil (ingredients list a bit longer), but it filled me up and made me feel good through the rest of the afternoon. For not expecting to like this one at all, I can’t wait to get it again.

Here are the flavors I have tried so far (in no particular order – * denotes a favorite):

  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Ginger Snap *
  • Peanut Butter Cookie *
  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cocoa Mole *
  • Pecan Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie

After checking the website, I realize I still have a few more flavors to go! And I have yet to try any of the Jocalat line, which I hope to do soon. Fun times!

Later before I left work, I had this messy orange, but it was so juicy and refreshing 🙂

For dinner, I started things of with a hodge-podge salad…romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sunflower kernels, pecans, raisins, and Newman’s Own Balsamic mist spray (great invention, btw):

My husband made real hamburgers for us, which I could not tell you the last time I had a real beef hamburger. It was just the right size and seasoned great. I had mine on whole wheat bread (toasted) with a slice of veggie cheese and a little bit of mustard. I also got a few of his mushrooms, I think we need to buy 2 packages next time so he can share more 😉

Dinner held me over so well that even the huge amount of food we had for our Monday Night Football gathering didn’t tempt me. I made myself a cup of decaf coffee with a splash of Silk Plain Light Soymilk and honey.

Then an hour or so before bed, I snacked on a small cup of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry Clusters cereal. Mmm…


Hope everyone’s week got off to a great start too!