Saturday, August 20, 2011
How Far Will You Travel For a Good Lunch? And yes, the cottage cheese smoothie again!
First the cottage cheese smoothie. Seriously, if you have not tried making a smoothie with cottage cheese instead of yogurt then you are truly missing out! Cottage cheese really adds that "cheesecake" like feeling cutting back on the sweetness while adding better nutrition, especially protein. Yesterday I made a nectarine, blackberry, spinach smoothie and it was out of this world!
1 lg, or 2 sm ripe nectarines
1/2 c blackberries
1 handful spinach
1/2 c apple juice
1 c. cottage cheese
I would ususally add about 1-3 t. honey or sugar, but because I was sick this past week I had apple juice in the fridge so I used it instead. I never buy juices but it seems when you send a 22 year old to buy juice, they'll buy a gallon of it! Yikes! I guess I'll be using it in smoothies for a few weeks....or maybe I'll freeze some in small batches.
Yesterday I had a mid afternoon appt so I ate my lunch before I left the house. I did not choose to bring any food with me knowing I'd be home about the time I would get hungry again. Well, my appt was running late leaving me away from home too long.....away from my own prepared foods....
I thought about stopping somewhere to pick something up. An apple? Not in the mood for a snack, I needed a meal, besides the apples suck most of the time right now as it's not apple season. And I find it hard to buy non FM's fruits when tomorrow I'll be able to buy fresh seasonal and organic.....funny how particular we get sometimes (it's a sickness I'm convinced!)
A bowl of soup from Whole Foods? I know it's too salty and besides I had soup in the fridge at home waiting for me. A chicken wrap from TJ's? Yuck, instead of driving home for my own soup?
Not wanting to "backtrack" and drive 20 minues out of my way back home, I had no choice. I had to drive home. I've made the mistake before, not wanting to waste time or gas going home but it always backfires. I end up completely unsatisfied, eating foods I barely like or feel good about, and in addition it leaves me with too much food at home.
Ah....a nice big bowl of hot homemade soup...hit the spot. Totally worth the time and the gas! Lesson learned.