There are two things you need to know about today going into this post – 1. It was an all over the place day; 2. It was chockfull of samples. Edited to add – whoops, make that three things – 3. I’m in a terrible, corny joke mood!
Before I start I want to address the samples. “Hello, Samples, how are you?” Ok, ok, bad joke! I just wanted to say that I respect my readers (you guys!) and try to give you the content you deserve (bad jokes aside), and I hope that this blog never feels like a commercial. That said; I think part of my job as a food blogger – especially a healthy food blogger who also relies on a high volume of packaged foods – is to try, discuss, and introduce new and tasty products. I hope you know that I would never sugarcoat a product that contains too much sugar (hyuck, hyuck), and that I always share my true opinion. If I seem like I really like something, it’s because I do, not because I’m trying to impress a company. And if it seems like I really, really like something, it’s because I’m kind of overeager and I’m pretty much always jazzed about something! 😀
All of that is to say that I started my morning with a sample.
Other than my diet soda addiction, I tend to shy away from “diet” products, so when Zone Perfect contacted me I figured it would be for a product that I should turn down because I wouldn’t purchase it on my own. Then I realized that the products were cookie dough protein bars and all bets were off! The bars came in a cookie jar (too cute!) –
And the packaging was adorable.
I decided to start with the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavor; could it stack up to Balance Cookie Dough Bars (my very favorite product of all time)?
Yes! I’m not going to diss BCDB’s by moving them to 2nd place (not a chance), but I’m pretty sure these firmly tie for my new favorite! The flavor was mild but the texture was exactly like cookie dough. The fact that there were chocolate chunks (instead of chocolate coating) made the experience seem 100% real. I sort of felt like a naughty baker all through breakfast! Are they healthy? The short answer is, it depends. Obviously all protein bars have more chemicals (and saturated fat) than a plate of waffles or scrambled eggs. But tastewise this would make eggs its b***h. If you don’t currently eat protein bars, I wouldn’t suggest throwing out your real food to buy these. But if you do, then stock up immediately because these are amazing. Note – I’m only taking CCCD here, I’ll let you know when I try the other flavors.
The reason I was eating an on-the-go breakfast in the first place is because I had to be at school at before 8am to meet with a teacher. Afterwards I did some final studying and then I headed off to the big scary Anatomy Lab practical exam. Phew, glad that’s over! I dont’ think I got an A, but I did alright; and I’m very proud of how much I learned.
In between classes I did more errand running related to my transfer credits. Please cross your fingers for me that it’s all sorted out soon. I also finished a big chunk of work for a project, freeing up my afternoon.
Today’s Food Lab is one we’ve all been looking forward to for weeks – fruit!
There were triffles, crumbles, crisps, and an awesome variety of fresh fruits (papaya, mango, horn melon..). My group made applesauce; it was delicious and I’m hoping to remake it at home soon.
I ran a few errands around Elmwood this afternoon and then Adam set off to multiple mail locations. I got a fun box from Sahale Snacks that you’ll be seeing soon. Also, Random Integer Generator picked #9,
congrats Monica! E-mail me (emilyhwaxATgmail.com) with your address and phone # so I can get you your prize.
I also got a fun mystery box! When I was at BlogHer I had a long talk with the Terra Chips guys about how much I loved Blue, and I was thrilled to find this in the mail today!
Thanks Terra Chips! We immediately tore the bag open and I had this handful x 3.
They are just regular potato chips but they taste so amazing! The chips are extra thick and crunchy and the husband and I are both obsessed with them.
Next we headed to the mall where I confirmed the death of my i-pod, tear. It wasn’t all bad though, I did have a coupon (I am on the mailing list to basically everything) for Aunt Annie’s Pretzels.
Jalapeno and Cheddar Pretzel? Yes, please!
Cheesey and spicy and awesome and about a billionth of the calories of the jalapeno cheddar nachos I scarfed all last year (I looked it up, the pretzel has 300calories). I ate a little bit more than half.
Finally, we made the evening a full-fledged date and headed to the movies.
We’ve been dying to see “Easy A” for weeks and I’m so glad we caught it while it was still in the theatres! If you get a chance, see it! The movie was funny and touching at the same time and the music and casting were awesome. The dialogue was amazing and Adam and I pretty much want to grow up to be the main character’s parents.
I crunched my way through the movie with some prepacked snacks; a Gala apple,
and a cucumber.
We rounded out the date with a walk around the neighborhood when we got home. Two things – 1) I am so glad I married someone who loves to walk with me; 2) I am so ready to go to the gym tomorrow!
When we got home I finished up dinner with a final sample of the day.
Special K Red Berries cereal now has more fiber, and I was sent a sample as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers’ Program. Nutritional –
I poured myself a heaping 1cup serving with skim milk.
Fab-u-lous! I dont’ know why I don’t eat cereal more often, I’m always in love with it when I do. It’s been a long time since I’ve bought Special K, but I’m putting it back on my grocery list. The flakes were just sweet enough and they kept their crunch, even through a long soak while I unpacked my binder. Plus (especially for 110calories!) I found that a serving really filled me up.
In summary – 1) Today was a lot of fun; 2) I think this post just goes to show that it is possible to eat a healthy diet….in a hurry…..while still having a lot of fun (although my veggie consumption today was pretty sad!).
Have you seen “Easy A” yet? (No, why the heck not?!) What’d you think?