Goth Humor – The Ice Cream Version Of Me, Myself, And I

If there existed an ice cream version of me. . .Little Damage would be selling me in spades. They are the sole reason I feel badly about my lactose intolerance…

 

 

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McCormick Spices Up Breakfast

I’m so happy to see this!  I don’t deviate a whole ton in my nutrition – I can’t say I get bored, thankfully, but having a variety of spices really helps me avoid that trap to begin with.  I typically use whatever savory seasoning I feel like in the morning, and generally prefer that to sweet.  That said, it is always nice to have more…and new…options!

Enter McCormick’s “Good Morning” breakfast enhancers! These newbies focus specifically on breakfast and are designed to add a flavor boost to your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, slow-cooker breakfasts…or whatever else you might desire.  

I personally LOVE spice blends and dry seasonings because they tend to be a lot less caloric, giving me the opportunity to eat more of the protein, for example, instead of bulking up on empty condiment calories and less food.

Even more exciting…there are purportedly 18 items in the lineup, scheduled to hit stores later this year.  BOOM!

 

 

 

Nutrition Humor – My Kind Of Eggs

Poached: difficult level = easy.  

Anyone with “Eggs Benedict” can make them for you.

Hard Boiled: difficulty level = medium.

Most establishments have these already made for salads (easy) but it is possible (provided it is earlier in the day) to make hard-boiled eggs as well.  Less concern with timing.

Medium Boiled: difficulty level = hard.

You’d think it wouldn’t be so dang difficult, but apparently IT IS.  This is the way I like my eggs – so much so that it’s a default. About seven minutes give or take in already boiling water, and that’s it. Still…it’s a challenge.

Ninja Style: difficulty level = nigh impossible.

Downright sneaky little buggers (and dangerous) but the BEST preparation I know. Worth the struggle.

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Dinner With The Boys

My Jungle Cats never fit the “can-I’have-that-piece-of-fish” feline stereotype (so much so that I pondered if the whole thing was a made up gross generalization.)  I have to say it made dining at home a lot easier.  Unless of course I was eating meat.

These days I feel like I’m always ready to pull the water bottle trigger, lest one of the boys abscond with my dinner (I’m looking at you, Musashi!) 

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But. . . 

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I’d not change it for the world.  

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My boys and my hubby (and a few shrimp so I don’t get hangry!) are all I need.

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I’ll take having to guard my food as par for the “love-my-boys” course. 

Six Pack Bags Sauces

I’m always looking for lower calorie condiment options (keeping in mind that I actually want to USE it, not just put a quarter teaspoon on my food!) 

I am not, let me say upfront, associated with Six Pack Bags, so no one put me up to sharing… But I did see their sauce profiles recently and though they sounded pretty snappy.  

I have a super sensitive system so even if I wanted to go crazy and try something different, I can’t really.  So I appreciate knowing what ingredients are being used, but also that there are options to spice up otherwise boring food.

The Mango Serrano sounds up my alley – sweet and spicy – and I bet it would work well on whatever protein you choose, frankly.

One of the best things about these is that they are very low calorie (zero calorie doesn’t mean there aren’t any – magically – in the bottle, by the way.  There ARE, but they are under 4 or 5 calories a serving, so using these mindfully certainly isn’t going to sabotage your diet.  With hot sauce, a little goes a long way also.)

These sauces are also gluten free, low in sodium, and free of MSG. I try to avoid sauces when I’m out because I never really know what’s going into them.  I also like that I can taste my food, as opposed to a heavy sauce.  BUT, I like flavor as much as anyone and love that there are some options with not a lot of “stuff” on the label, and a lower calorie profile (which means I can worry less about the sauce and more about the quantity and substance of my meal.) The idea shouldn’t be that we can’t enjoy our food, or that we can only have a little of it, right!?

 

Campbell’s Well Yes! Soup

Wintertime is always perfect soup weather – I’ve been favoring the incredibly delicious, stew-like version my husband makes in the crock pot, but sometimes connivence trumps making something more involved.

Campbell’s has come out with a new line – Well Yes! – whose 7 flavors steer clear of preservatives, MSG, and BPA (nice!), as well as artificial colors, flavors, and ingredients.

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Beyond those points, and saying they are “nutritious and deliciously crafted” I’m not sure these boast anything spectacular…but they do have a selection of flavors with a lot less of the un-pronouncables on the label (that, actually, goes a long way.)

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So if you are feeling the chill, these are a nice way to stay toasty, full, and healthy at the same time. (If you are sodium sensitive, do mind the label!)

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The Beauty Of Project 7’s Red Velvet Craving Buster

So when I first came across Project 7’s gum at Target I thought, with a disbelieving scowl, “yeah right… Gourmet?!” 

The flavors sounded WAY too delicious to be captured, a la Willy Wonka (don’t tell me you didn’t want to try that gum – full three course meal with only five calories?!  My waistline was jumping up and down FOR me!  Not sure about that blueberry effect though.)

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I had tried other brands fancy-pants flavors like Confetti Cake Pop,” “Chocolate Chip Mint,” and “Apple Pie.”  I think Wrigley’s had a “Pumpkin Spice” too, come to think of it. *pausing* Yep…here it is…

Problem was, those lost flavor AND started to taste less-than-stellar with just a short time of chewing. (I’m probably going to get in trouble with family members because gum chewing is not the best habit. . .but. . .I have it, and it’s better than pigging out.  So, I’ll deal with the slack.  Come on, Violet, you can sit with me!)

Come to think of it I’m probably also on Wrigley’s bad list, but I’m afraid these have knocked them out of the gumboil machine for good.  

Anyway, enter Project 7 with a few innovative tastes. Finally. [ – It boggles my mind that no one came up with (or successfully created) these kinds of flavors sooner.  I mean…craving busters, BIG TIME, hellOOoooo!?– ]

The Red Velvet variety that I recently spotted?  I snatched it up pronto (knowing the taste bud party I’d be having.)  Was I correct?

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Damn stuff tastes just LIKE it. No, I’m NOT kidding.  (And NO, they sure as hell didn’t put me up to it – wouldn’t that be nice!)

I’ve tried several varieties and, remarkably, the flavors are pretty right on.  Keep in mind, it is GUM…not and actual, soft-n-fluffy cupcake. Or birthday cake, apple pie, or s’mores.  BUT I find them downright amazing, and PERFECT if I have a sweet tooth!  

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If I don’t feel like fresh fruit (grapes, pineapple, watermelon, fuji apples…) this is worth a quick chew to help me stave off something I’ll regret later.

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Truly, they’re brilliant. (They apparently have Gummies too.)

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Some may say that mint is the only flavor gum ought to be.  Well…I like that Project 7 thought outside of the box, tapping into not just a gum market, but one much broader.  While gum has its share of unpronounceable chemicals (I feel like 95% of edibles do these days!), it’s till a better option than downing two doughnuts!  

I dunno… Call it a strategic move, gum chewing.  Or, maybe I should say, 7-Velvet chewing…?

 

 

 

Thanksgiving 2016

I’m not a huge “holiday person” (save for Halloween, which I daresay is highly evident given my posts!), but it’s always a treat to be with family…and to be forced to relax (admittedly hard for me BUT…much needed.)

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I’m grateful for so much, but of those many things…I’m especially thankful for those closest to me.  Food-centric gatherings are not really my thing – I am incredibly boring with my nutrition (though I enjoy my foods immensely!) so there is always extra care involved.  

My husband always makes sure that I have things I’ll like – always.  He’s never not aware , and will make certain clean foods are available for me (believe it or not, finding someone who wouldn’t think I was crazy for the way eat (like a zoo animal!) was a major source of anxiety for me.  For a decade at least!)  This year he made lobster and he made a few extra for me with nothing on them – at all.  Super clean, and wildly delicious! 😀

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As for the rest, we always have yummy sides – I have a few intolerances, so I stick to what I know works…and it never disappoints. 🙂  Once upon a time I had a really difficult time portioning, and feeling obligated to have everything – after a few bouts of making myself sick in the past, I’ve learned NOT to do that! *LOL*

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It was a wonderful few days…as I hope it was for everyone. ❤  

Delicious!

Clean food really DOES taste delicious.  You don’t need to mask your food with heavy-handed sauces – salt and pepper lets you actually TASTE the food in front of you.

De-lish!

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