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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Mon. July 30th

Vegetable Panang for Lunch!

Daily Tidbit:  Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter

I am a lifelong lover of Peanut Butter, but Almond Butter is a fun and healthy alternative to try.   Almond Butter is typically more expensive than Peanut Butter, but Sam’s Club helps make it more affordable.  Both are good sources of protein with different things to offer.  Check out this comparison from Self:


Breakfast:  Almond Butter & Jelly Sandwich (ABJ)
2 slices of Arnold’s Oat Nut Bread
Almond Butter (somewhere bt 1-2 tbsp; it is somewhat harder to spread than creamy Peanut Butter)
2 tsp Apricot Jelly
5 oz. OJ
Regular Coffee, black


Lunch:  Vegetable Panang Curry
1 serving (2/3 cup) of Trader Joe’s True Thai Panang Curry: Cauliflower, Carrots & Baby Corn in a Yellow Coconut Cream Curry Sauce
With ½ cup Kidney Beans mixed in
½ Avocado, on the side
Iced Regular Coffee, black


Snack:  ¼ cup dry roasted, lightly salted Peanuts


Mounds Bar

Mounds Bar Nutrition Info

Snack:  ½ of a Dark Chocolate Mounds bar

My husband bought this and I couldn’t say no when he offered to share it.  It was only after eating a couple bites that I looked at the wrapper and saw the first ingredient is Corn Syrup!  I was already loving it way too much to stop eating, but generally I would try to avoid this type of product and focus on finding good All Natural Chocolate to enjoy. 

In general food products made with artificial flavors aren’t worth eating because they never taste as good as the ‘real thing’.  If you are going to ingest the calories and fat, it’s better to enjoy it with the real flavor of real ingredients.  For example All Natural Ice Cream is about 100x better than any Ice Cream made with Artificial Flavors (do a taste test!) so if I’m going to indulge myself I make sure to find the real thing and to savor every bite!


Happy Hour:  Red Sangria


Upside down Nachos!  Could not get the photo to rotate!

Dinner:  Ultimate Chicken Nachos
Red Corn Tortilla Chips topped with shredded Chicken, Lettuce, Black Olives, Salsa and Cheese Sauce (I didn't eat the Jalopenos!)
White Wine

This was not what I envisioned when I ordered it and would have liked a lot more chicken on this; such is the gamble when you eat out at a new place!


Dessert:  Passed on Ice Cream tonight, settled on just Wine


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