Sunday, October 11, 2009

"Like a kid in a candy store..."

Yesterday, Mark and I ventured out to a local health foods store, Akins, after being recommended to me by a co-worker. I wasn't expecting much, but it was a most pleasant surprise! I could've easily spent hundreds (maybe even thousands...) of dollars. Unfortunately (maybe fortunately for my bank account and marriage), Mark WAS with me, and I was limited to one basket. And here's what I came home with....

 TOP FIND: Pure Bliss USDA Organic Acai Coconut Energy Bar Bites
...they are soooooooo good! If you love coconut, these are a must-try!

"Light Pasta" -- 130 calories per serving vs. the standard 210
...and check out that FIBER -- 20 GRAMS per 2 ounces!!!!!!!

I typically drink cow's milk, but I LOVE Blue Diamond Almond Vanilla, especially to have on hand for when you're out of milk!

And I finalllllllllllly found a place that carries steel-cut oats! Can't wait to try them!!

I'm out of green tea, so I got this organic blend...and it is yummmmy

I am officially OBSESSED with Terra chips. This blend was out of this world. 6 servings?? Try 2. Oops!

...Pumpkin (and Apricot) Butter!!!!! Other than grains, what could I try it on? It's divine!!! Love fall foods!

This was husband's pick....100% all-natural Red Raspberry and Pomegranate jam

I also got the chance to try Zevia -- the zero-calorie, all-natural soda made with stevia.
I tried the ginger ale and it was YUMMMMMYY!!! I'm excited to try other flavors!

We also went over to a friend's for dinner last night, so I brought the above salad -- romaine, tomatoes, and sunflower seeds tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Parmesan cheese, ground mustard, garlic salt, and pepper. Delicious!

The past 2 days have gone like this for the diabetic diet...

6 crackers (1 carb)
2 Tbsp peanut butter (0 carbs)
1/2 pomegranate (1 carb)
1/2 small pumpkin roll slice (1 carb)
cappuccino with 2 Tbsp sugar-free International Delight (0 carbs)
     Total: 3 carbs

1 cup whole wheat pasta (3 carbs)
4 ounce chicken breast (0 carbs)
3/4 cup marinara (1 carb)
2% cheese stick (0 carbs)
     Total: 4 carbs

1 small apple (1 carb)
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light (0 carbs)
     Total: 1 carb

Dinner (9pm):
2 Bud Lights (1 carb)
6 ounces chicken (0 carbs)
1/2 cup mashed potatoes (1 carb)
side Caesar salad (0 carbs)
3 slices of bread off a mini loaf (1 carb)
     Total: 3 carbs

Snack: none - late dinner and to bed soon after

Exercise: 4-mile walk

1/4 cup granola (1 1/2 carbs)
banana (2 carbs)
cappuccino with 2 Tbsp sugar-free International Delight (0 carbs)
     Total: 3 1/2 carbs

Acai Berry and Coconut bites (2 carbs)
3 servings of Terra Chips (3 carbs) -- OOPS!
     Total: 5 carbs (spread throughout afternoon)

Dinner (9pm):
3 ounces pork roast - lean (0 carbs)
1 cup slow-cooked carrots and potatoes (1 carb)
2 cups tossed salad (0 carbs)
1/2 cup macaroni and cheese (1 1/2 carbs)
1/2 slice peanut butter fluff pie (2 carbs)
     Total: 4 1/2 carbs (over!)

2 graham crackers (1 carb)
1 Tbsp peanut butter (0 carbs)

Exercise: 3-mile run 

Akins also carried 2 of my favorite supplement brands: Carlson's and Nordic Naturals. I know where I'll be getting my supplements from now on!

Off to do my grocery shopping for the week. Husband has requested some tried and true favorites of his: "Fried" Chicken Fingers and Buffalo Chicken Lasagna (both healthy, however!). One hockey game down, one to go!


  1. I was excited about steel cut oats but didn't notice too much of a difference - I'll be curious to hear your reaction!

  2. Hope to see the buffalo chicken lasagna recipe this week...

  3. Coconut energy bar bites?? I bet those are so good! You bought some of my favorite things..Terra Chips, Almond milk, steel cut oats..
    Let us know what you think of the oats!

  4. Nicole, regarding your comment on my blog, I used to be a server too (for about 4 years!) and that is exactly why I didn't yell at the guy when he brought over the 20 ounce refill of pepsi for Joe. I know he was just doing his job, and that's a sign of a good server. I was very polite with him, I promise :)

  5. I have been wanting to try Terra Chips for a loooong time. They look and sound awesome. And slightly dangerous... :)