When I grow up I want to be a product tester. I have mentioned this before but it’s worth repeating. Especially since my entire day of eats today was inspired by some new grocery store finds.
Yesterday, as I was doing my daily Facebook check-in, I came across a post that made me drool…Non-fat Pumpkin Greek Yogurt? Yes please! So I did what any normal human being would do. I jumped in my car and headed to Trader Joes and picked up a few cartons of this seasonal delight (along with $80 worth of groceries). Ah, the power of social media.
So what other goodies did I happen to bring home in those sturdy paper bags? (I know, shame on me for not bringing my reusable bags…). Well, the highlights included a jar of Mango Butter, a can of Coconut Cream, Udi’s Gluten Free Whole Gran Bread and bananas (had to buy something familiar…). I was on a roll yesterday. I had my product tester hat on and I was determined to try a handful of new things. The result? Pretty darn delicious…
3 egg whiles, scrambled
1/2 grapefruit topped with 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
I am not normally a toast eater but between this gluten-free bread and mango butter, I could eat toast all day! I love how surprisingly light this bread is and how the mango butter makes each bite seem like a mini vacation to Turks and Caicos (memories of my honeymoon…). Even though the mango butter does have a tad bit of sugar in it, it’s a treat I am willing to cheat for :)
2 lightly salted brown rice cakes topped with unsalted peanut butter and sliced banana
There is something about peanut butter and banana that just goes together. It’s the perfect mid day treat. I can remember my mom snacking on a banana smothered in peanut butter and sprinkled with granola as a kid. She taught me so many healthy habits for which I am grateful.
Unexpected (but welcomed) Surprise!
1/2 of a Gluten Free Brownie
After music class today, the host offered everyone some gluten-free brownies. Kind of hard to resist. So I took half to munch on for the car ride home. Chocolatey and delicious!
Homemade Persian Style Rice with 1/4 roasted chicken and mixed veggies
1 Dragon Fruit, sliced
I made a batch of this rice on Sunday. I had been eyeing the recipe for a while now and was glad to finally give it a go. It didn’t turn out as wonderfully as I had hoped it would (hence it’s not on the blog) but it’s good enough to incorporate in our daily meals. Can’t go wrong with basmati rice and lentils.
I normally don’t buy produce at the grocery store because of my abundance of fresh fruit and veggies from my box, but after seeing some of this dragon fruit around the blogosphere I couldn’t help but pick one up on my recent visit to Whole Foods. I only wished it tasted as wild and crazy as it looked. A little underwhelming…
Mixed greens topped with short grain brown rice, carrots, feta cheese, tomato and guacamole and sautéed tofu with tahini dressing
Tuesdays is our night to eat out now that Harper has swimming in the evenings. Tonight we enjoyed dinner with our good friends the Sewards. We hopped on down to our favorite local restaurant for some healthy eats. This salad was ginormous and definitely hit the spot :)
After Dinner Delight:
Homemade Vegan Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse topped with a handful of Chocolate Granola
The inspiration to pick up the coconut cream at Trader Joe’s yesterday came from a friend of mine who is also practicing clean eating. She had recently posted a pic on Instagram with some Homemade Vegan Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse and I was intrigued enough to try making it on my own. I am working on perfecting the recipe and look forward to sharing it with you soon.
So how am I doing with my “falling into good habits?”. Overall, I continue to be proud of my efforts. I find that having a plan for each day helps me to remain successful on my clean eating journey. Also having a few different options to satisfy my naughty cravings keeps my sweet tooth in check.
Hope everyone has a great rest of the week! I will be busy counting down the days until my 30th birthday (eek!).
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