This post comes from back in Buffalo. We made it (mostly) in one piece. More on that later though.
I want to preface this post with recognition of the fact that the husband and I eat very differently than the rest of his family. Our preferences, nutrition goals, and food values are all very different. This means that when we are with his family I have to weigh being rude or being a bother with eating in a way that makes me feel happy and healthy. I try to satisfy myself in a healthy way and also not to offend anyone. I did my best to balance both of those goals this weekend.
When we went to the store Friday night my brother-in-law did warn me that I needed to buy breakfast so I was more than prepared for that. I got to try a couple of new things 😀 – – – Side note; walking through the yogurt aisle in his grocery store practically gave me an aneurism because I was so jealous of the immense Greek yogurt variety. – – – Like Fage 2% with blueberry.
I was so excited for this but I ended up being a bit disappointed. It wasn’t terrible, but the blueberries had a weird bitter taste. The strawberry Fage has such a great balance of sweetness and tang but it just didn’t work here.
I had much more success with Oat Revolution instant oats, cinnamon roll flavor.
The texture was way more complex that regular instant oats, definite upgrade!
Adam and I drove around with his brother helping to pick up things for the party but we also found time to play on the swing set with our niece.
Excuse the closed eyes, swinging as high as I could was glorious but sunny. We swung for an hour which ended up feeling like a bit of a workout. We also worked on handstands and cartwheels. Just throwing it out there – my fitness goal for the next 4months is to be able to do a proper handstand and cartwheel again.
I grabbed two small slices of pizza with ranch and a little serving of pasta salad.
Our niece had an iCarly birthday cake. I requested a tiny corner piece.
It ended up being mostly icing, which was exactly what I wanted!
Saturday evening the grandparents babysat and we went on a movie date with Adam’s brother and his wife. We saw The Expendables which was adequately funny. There are so many movies coming out that I’m excited about. I packed a Toffee Chocolate Power Bar as my movie snack.
When we got home I ate another two small slices of pizza for dinner but they somehow escaped the camera.
This morning I started my day with a Yoplait Plain Greek Yogurt with a grape honey stick.
Everyone was in a hurry to get on the road but we did make time to go to the in-laws’ favorite spot for breakfast. It was a buffet but sadly most of the options were meat based. I ended up putting together a pretty good plate.
Veggies, scrambled eggs, and a biscuit with honey. And a second plate full of fresh fruit.
Why, oh why was 90% of the fruit bar canned in heavy syrup? I would have loved peaches or strawberries.
I had one final coupon to use so we stopped at McDonalds at lunchtime. My coupon was for a premium salad so I got a Southwest Salad with grilled chicken.
I have a lot of issues with some of the offerings at McDonald’s so I wanted not to like this but I just can’t give this salad a bad review. Honestly? It was freaking amazing.
The lettuce was super fresh and the salad was loaded with black beans and roasted corn. The dressing came from Newman’s Own and even if you did slop a lot on there were only 100calories in the pack. The tortilla strips added crunch and the perfect amount of heat. I was pretty much in love! With grilled chicken (and the dressing packet) the salad came out to only 320calories, and it was very filling. Even though I loved it I was so full that I only could finish ¾ of it.
Now we’ve made it safely home and I’m headed off to the grocery store. That was supposed to be a Monday errand but instead I’ll be meeting the glass repair guys to deal with the giant crack that resulted when a rock kicked up by a truck (in the left lane like a jerk!) met our windshield. Here is a question dear readers – do you have glass coverage included in your auto insurance? Repair is going to be a hassle, but at least it’s free. I highly recommend you check out your policy. Fun fact – Adam was actually going to remove glass coverage from our policy on Friday, but while he was on the phone I told him not to. Thank goodness!
Which do you prefer, the icing or the cake? I’m an icing girl! To the chagrin of classroom mothers, when I was a kid I would like the tops off of cupcakes and throw the rest away!