Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Whenever I'm considering eating something terrifically wicked-I dunno, like some sort of McDonalds catastrophe or like one of those church pancake breakfasts we go to in Forest Park-actually next weekend is another one of our beloved Spaghetti Dinners in the basement of St. Bernadine's church where you get a styrofoam plate full of spaghetti with your choice of marinara, meatball or garlic-a chunk of garlic bread, a paper bowl of salad, lemonade or coffee and a visit to the dessert table for something like six bucks. (You go to Autre Monde. We go there. Funny how it all works out fine.)

Anyway, whenever I'm approaching such a festival of foodstuffs, I am always-ALWAYS-previsited by a cloud person. 

A cloud person is someone who is extremely large and they never fail to pass right in front of me on my way to Big Guys Sausage Stand or what have you and that is Not To Say that I don't serve as a cloud person to someone else. I suspect that I absolutely do. 


I counted and I think I've seen 22 doctors. TWENTY TWO. That doesn't even include Pink Shirt. If I haven't been exactly here for you? It's because I've been there for me. You understand. 


Behold! I will demonstrate the depths of my dumbness. In my head, I thought smoothies were the fruity milkshakes of the devil.(Also I worry about the destruction of the fiber.) I did. I thought they had to be something like-I dunno-400 calories? Heh heh heh. So wrong so wrong so wrong. They were having a special at the gym-Tropical Green Detox for $3.50. And okay let's not forget about my cheapness genes. I'm always kinda like, hey if you can make it home(and you know that you can) you can have something way cheaper because $3.50 a day is a thing and I cannot afford another thing, right?

Yeah well. I asked. And these particular smoothies are only 139 calories. Imagine that. I almost completely missed the delicious monthly special from my own imaginary bad information. 

On the other side of the coin. Have you been to the bakery section of Whole Foods? All the stuff? Big black calorie counts and they are Not Pretty. I had no idea. 

The teeniest cookies were racking up numbers in the 200s. And a brownie? FIVE HUNDRED. That is just under half my entire caloric day. In what-six bites? That is so not happening no 'mo. 


Who Am I Anyway?

I went to that Cancer and Careers thing-it was really good but an EXTREMELY long sit with 50 jillion words floating through your ears so I haven't revisited the info yet but I will! So it was lunch time and I SHOCKED myself by picking this. 

And do you see what's missing in this container? Of course you don't. I didn't either until I saw what everyone else picked out and I realized they inserted 'fresh fruit' where the cookie might have lived. 


I picked that? 


And then, my friend for the day offered me her cookies? And they had pink sprinkles on them? 



I don't know myself anymore.


I said I'd share some recipes. This one is so cool. 

Adapted from the EatingWell Diet Cookbook. Page 139. 
115 calories per serving

Zucchini and Cheddar Soup

One box of reduced-sodium chicken broth (4 cups)

3 medium zucchini cut into circles

3/4th of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese 

Salt/pepper to taste. 

Put broth and zucchini in a medium saucepan/bring to boil over high heat/reduce to simmer and cook uncovered 7-10 minutes. Puree in a blender until smooth. Return to heat, stir in cheese. Season. Eat. 

I'm not saying everyone liked it? But everyone liked it. 

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