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Check Out My Melons

This morning was all about breakfast.  Today is the first day since last Sunday (I think) that I haven’t had something penciled in on the calendar to do.  Consequently, I took my time getting up this morning, watched a little of the Today Show, and then decided to tackle breakfast. 

First, I chopped up a melon.

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It was a perfectly round melon with green ridges around its rind.  The inside was a bright peach-ish, orange-ish color with juicy “meat” and a compact seed core.  A wonderfully delicious start to the day.

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However, I wasn’t finished with breakfast just yet.  I knew that if I didn’t eat something else, I would finish this entire melon by myself in just a few short hours. 

The past few weeks I have been craving a bowl of cold cereal like you wouldn’t believe.  I haven’t had a bowl of cereal in quite some time, but with the triple digit weather recently, it seems like the perfect cold breakfast way to start the day.

Yesterday, while at the grocery store, I picked up a box of Kashi Island Vanilla cold cereal.

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At first glance the nutritional facts didn’t seem too bad.

So, I poured myself a bowl.

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But, wait a minute!  What is the serving size? 

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27 biscuits?!?!?! 

I have to count out 27 biscuits?? 

Hmmm…  interesting.

So, I counted how many biscuits I had poured in my bowl. 

43 biscuits.

16 biscuits too many.

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This is a bowl of 27 biscuits.  Apparently my idea of a bowl of cereal is a little different from the cereal industry’s. 

I added a little almond milk and a handful of blueberries to complete the meal.
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It is a very sweet cereal as it is sweetened with both evaporated cane juice and evaporated cane juice syrup.  However, it does claim to contain a full day’s serving of whole grains.  Not too shabby.

What is your favorite “healthy” cereal?  Have you found that what you pour in a bowl is right-on or way too much???

Today’s agenda includes lots of relaxing.  I’m going to stay in my jammies for a little while longer while I watch the movie Dear John that just came in the mail through Netflix.  Then I am going to head to the gym for a quick 3 mile run and weights.  After that who knows???  😉

Have a wonderful day!!!! 

Here’s a Portion Control Quiz that you might find interesting.  Just click here!  Let me know how you did!!!  I missed quite a few!!!!

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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Flirting with a Salad

Look at this beautiful salad!

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All of the beautiful colors and textures

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The lentil and white bean salads (Anyone have a good recipe for either?)

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The fruit

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Yum!

Whoever said salads are boring, clearly never had one 😉

And I have discovered a completely decadent, luxurious, and rich dessert.  I can not believe I have lived so long without it.

In my attempts to reduce the amount of dairy (more on this later), I researched vegan ice cream and came across rave reviews for Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk

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There are simply no words.

This dessert was so decadent I only ate one ice cream scoop and ate slow, small bites.  It was pure heaven.

My desire to reduce dairy has come from reading and reflecting on Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet. She makes some really good points about how humans were not meant to drink milk other than our mother’s, how animal  milk is full of saturated fat, and how it has been linked to breast cancer since milking cows are pumped full of estrogen to keep them lactating.  One of the things that stood out to me most was when she pointed out the fact that cow’s milk is used to turn a baby calf into a 400 pound cow.  Since mothers produce just the right milk for their babies’ needs, it doesn’t make since that we would ingest milk made for baby cows!

In her book, she asks people to try flirting with a vegan diet.  To simply try it out for a month and see how you feel.  I’m willing to try anything for a month, but I think this is going to be way harder than going vegetarian.  Chocolate and cheese are two of my favorite things and they surround me constantly

Yesterday, I did pretty good at eating dairy free foods.  Today I did alright and only had a little feta in my pasta salad at lunch.  However, once lunch was over I had a HUGE craving for chocolate, so I ate a TLC Fruit & Grain Bar: Dark Chocolate Coconut.  Once I got home I was starving and the only snack food I could find in the fridge was cheese slices and crackers.  I broke

I’m thinking that if I truly want to dedicate myself to flirting with this diet, I am going to have to replace the dairy cheese and chocolate with nondairy cheese and chocolate. This flirting is going to take some serious planning.  And I’m not completely sure I want to cut it out of my diet completely.  Perhaps I will simply reduce the amount I eat and take note of how I feel when I eat it verses when I do not.

Anyone ever flirted with a vegan diet or read The Kind DietI would really love to hear your opinions on this matter 🙂

~Jen

magnolia Remember, Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You!!!

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