What I ate Wednesday – PANCAKES!

10AM breakfast: PANCAKES. With too much butter & maple syrup. That is all.

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I lied. The pancakes came with scrambled eggs & 3 pieces of extra salty bacon. :D

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4PM snack: Not surprisingly, I wasn’t hungry AT ALL for lunch so I had a late snack of Greek yogurt & 1 whole banana w/ cinnamon.

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7PM dinner: I didn’t know what to eat so I decided to go light and have a Trader Joe’s mozzarella and tomato salad w/ balsamic vinaigrette.
Love the bits of green onion & pine nuts they threw in there. Yum!

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Crab House with Curacao bestie!

My island bestie Shadia came to town! You wouldn’t believe how ecstatic I was to see her! I honestly believe that she was sent to me from God. She is the queen of positivity and was my rock during my troublesome pregnancy. I missed her so. You can bet we were talking up a storm! :)

We went to the famous Crab House at Pier 39. Shadia’s mother-in-law read in a article that the Crab House was one of the best seafood eateries in the area and it didn’t disappoint! Our group of 5 plus Kyle was lucky to grab a table so quickly. The line was atrocious! If you are thinking of dining here, do ensure to make a reservation!

We started off with some drinks and bread. I got the Strawberry Mojito. Yum!

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Shared the mussels and shrimp with a delicious wine, butter, and garlic sauce. Everyone was sopping the leftover sauce with their bread – it was that good!

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Main entree: Crab. This was unbelievably good.

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Hi Chris! :D

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Shadia knows my love of taking pictures. Here I am in one for a change!

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Standing in front of Alcatraz. Can you tell it was freezing? I’m so glad I decided to bring that blanket with me!

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Dieting is bad for the soul.

As a summary to my experiences on a slow carb diet, it’s just not my thing. Sorry but I’m not sorry. It’s not me, it’s you. :D

I don’t have an allergy to gluten. I thankfully don’t have any food allergies. Slow carb, low carb, no carb, Atkins, Dukan, et al is not for me. My 2nd attempt at slow carb went smoother than my first but I can’t incorporate this lifestyle into my life. I eat bread. I eat carbs. I LOVE BREAD. I can eat toast all day if I wanted to. Without bread, I am deprived and eating peanut butter straight out of the jar. I know a lot of people do this on a daily basis without pause but I normally do not.

Typical eats on a typical day:
Breakfast @ 8AM: 2 pieces of toast with a heavy slather of butter &  jam. Coffee with cream.
Lunch @ 1PM: Big salad with nuts and cheese.
Dinner @ 6PM: Meat with rice/pasta/veggies.
Snacks consist of chocolate, small/big serving of ice cream, beef jerky, or whatever I feel or at hand at the moment.

I eat on cue. I eat when I’m hungry. Sometimes I forget and don’t eat for 5-6 hours. Sometimes I snack right after my meals. I think what I’m practicing is moderation but most importantly, I listen to my body. For example, I had gorgonzola cheese on my salad for lunch so for dinner, I take the cheese off of my burger. If I had a light breakfast of fruit and yogurt, my body might crave a nice filling and meaty panini from the deli for lunch. If I went overboard the day before, I try to balance it out by eating a little lighter the next day. I truly think everything is about balance and having bit and pieces of everything.

For me, any type of diet is typically a very bad idea. My body knows its’ being deprived; I start grabbing for anything that can fill the void. I become irrational and unwell. Although, I think this is normally how anyone would behave if they’re on a diet. ;)

Trader Joe’s Review: Parmesan Pastry Pups

I’ve been a fan of Trader Joe’s since… my high school days? Class of ’03! :)

I don’t know about you guys but I prefer Trader Joe’s over Whole Foods any day. Whole Foods is just way too big with too many options. I usually exit the store with nothing in hand and zip on over to Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s is small but compact and efficient with it’s pick of delicious foods and goodies. And c’mon, you guys have to give it up for their 19-29 cents bananas. And no, I am not being compensated for anything – this is my personal opinion on the product.

I hope these reviews will come in handy for some of you who are Trade Joe’s fan and were debating on what to get this week!

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Product: Trader Joe’s Parmesan Pastry Pups – $4.50
Description: Uncured mini beef franks, wrapped in puff pastry and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Nutrition at a glance: 290 calories for 4 franks. 3.5 servings in total.
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Place frozen pups on a lightly greased baking sheet and pop them in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Cooking time may vary.

Summary: All in all, my husband and I enjoyed it. Ours only took 15 minutes, so make sure to check on it at that point. They didn’t look very nice when I first opened it but the pastries did puff up and looked a lot like the picture on the front of the box. My only complaint is that I wish the franks were a bit bigger. I would definitely buy them again if I had to entertain guests but I don’t think this will be a frequent buy. Too fancy for everyday eats!

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What I ate Wednesday – 4/16/2014

Breakfast: Egg white omelet & bacon + 2 egg white muffins

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Lunch: Veggie sandwich with cheese, hummus, lettuce, tomato, raw onion (I love raw onion on my burgers and sandwiches. I hate and will pick out all grilled/sauteed onions. Something about the texture).

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Snack: 3 decently sized dark chocolate bars my cousin gave her guests at her rehearsal dinner. Not pictured handful of chocolate covered acai berries.

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Dinner: Early veggie dinner of yellow squash, asparagus, tofu, gorgonzola cheese.

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Sweet way to end the night!

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