I get a lot of stuff for blogging. I also pick up some stuff myself just because. This week I’m going to highlight a bunch of stuff I’ve been wanting to tell you about, both good and bad. Today is food, coming up are posts on beauty/style and books.
Some bloggers are very picky about their email. I admit, there is a lot of it and there’s plenty I delete without opening. But I do try to keep my eyes peeled for stuff that’s worthwhile. You never know whose email list you’ll end up on. So I noticed an email from Tofutti, a brand I know from their dairy-free ice cream treats like the Cutie, an ice-cream sandwich. My parents keep them in the house and I’ve always thought they were the perfect size for a dessert. But I’ve never ventured beyond the Cuties and so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got a box of Tofutti products in the mail.
Included was a box of Yours Truly Triple Chocolate Happiness cones. I was skeptical. I love chocolate, but I tend to save it for special occasions. I don’t munch on Hershey bars, but every now and then I’ll munch with delight on dark chocolate with sea salt. The cone is chocolate, it’s coated on the inside with chocolate, the ice cream is chocolate, it’s dipped in chocolate and then there are chocolate crumbles on top. Would it be too much? Would it taste okay despite being dairy-free? If you’ve chatted with me lately you probably already know the answer to this because I cannot stop talking about these cones. So delicious. Of course, with so much chocolate there’s a decent amount of sugar and fat in these, but if you’re going to splurge and ice cream isn’t always your stomach’s friend, this is such a welcome splurge. I have one left in my freezer and I dream about it. My only complaint is that the cone is more soft than crunchy, but I’m willing to forgive it.
Lately I’ve been losing weight (hooray!) in my ongoing effort to slowly but surely get back to pre-baby fighting form. My tricks are not very tricky, rather it has a lot to do with limiting portions and eating sad, boring food. I have my small, boring breakfast rather early when the kids get up and have to wait an awfully long time until I have my small, boring lunch. So the addition of Kind Bars to my morning is pretty huge and often the highlight of my day. I hate energy bars and protein bars. I am not a big fan of granola bars. But Kind bars are kind of in the middle, and are more like eating a handful of nuts and dried fruit than anything else. They do a good job of giving you something to keep your stomach happy, keep your sweet tooth appeased, and help with daily will power.
I recommend the Pomegranate Blueberry Pistachio and the Apricot Coconut as my favorites. And there are some with chocolate, too, if you go for that sort of thing.
Another big part of the losing weight thing is having a meal on hand that I can make very quickly with very little effort. I was having a greek salad wrap, but my newest go-to is an Egg White Omelet with Spinach, Roasted Onions and Feta. I slice a couple onions, roast them in olive oil and put them in the fridge so I can take a bit each day. The egg whites are in a package. I just have to throw it all in the pan at the right time and then I can eat in about 5 minutes with no additional prep.
It’s important I do this because otherwise my default meal is pasta. And eating all the carbs is not exactly the easiest way to lose pounds.
However, I am not cutting all the carbs out of my diet. I got one of the new Annie’s Microwaveable Mac and Cheese packs to try from Influenster and I have never been more pleased that my kids won’t eat Mac & Cheese. It was the perfect thing to eat after my flight home from Miami, where I hadn’t had a real dinner but I was too tired to put anything together. I never would’ve guessed it came from the microwave. It was creamier than the stuff in the box. I am going to have to force myself not to buy a giant box.
As for the kids and their food, I have grown weary of making or buying them dinners they don’t eat. They are terribly unreliable. (Except for granola. My kids have become granola fanatics.) My most successful solution is to take them to Chipotle for Beans & Rice. I order 1 kid’s build a taco plate, get it loaded up with only beans and rice, it comes with a milk and I buy one extra, I ask for one extra plate, then voila! Dinner for 2 kiddos for $5. I also tell Graham the rice is white even though I order brown. It’s white enough he can’t really tell.
I plan to cook beans & rice at home and see how it goes over. I am not sure mine will be as magic with the kids as Chipotle’s.
Tacos! For work I’ve been able to eat delicious tacos made from our tortilla machine (Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Check out our Pinterest pins!) and I’m developing a serious love for tacos al pastor. And, of course, I’m nurturing my already-existing lifelong passion for guacamole. The food-eating is definitely a highlight of work so far, though it’s all been great. The Chicken Flautas at Zocalo pictured at right were also a favorite. Since good Mexican food is so hard to find in Boston, this has been appreciated beyond expression.
Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies Penguins. Kathy needs to stop buying these for my children because I need to stop eating them. Do you hear me??
As for what I’m NOT loving:
- I also got a box of Tofutti Cuties, and while I like the small size and I’m fine with the taste, the way the cookies stick to my fingers bugs me.
- Lean Cuisine. These are my small, boring lunches when I don’t have leftovers. Which is often. I can buy them in bulk at the warehouse club, which is good for my wallet. They get the job done in the small and healthy department. But they are so sad and depressing.