Manic Monday

This day has been kind of…all over the place.  I guess I’ll go chronologically.

I woke up this morning and on a whim decided to weigh myself.  In theory, three weeks ago I promise you I’d weigh in every Friday on the blog, but last Friday we were out of town so I didn’t.  Anyway, the last two times I’ve weighed myself I was 164.8 pounds.  This morning (and go figure, the Monday after Thanksgiving), I was 161.2, meaning somewhere in the last week and a half, I’ve lost 3.6 pounds.  Now, I know the scale fluctuates…but that is a pretty significant difference, so I hope it means at least a little something good.  I have been focusing on saying “no” and eating mindfully lately, so maybe that’s it.  Or, maybe my body wants more food?  Oh, who knows.

Then I got in the car.  My commute to work in the morning is half an hour, so I usually leave around 7:20 and get in the office around 7:50.  Well, a truck full of hydrochloric acid overturned on the bridge that connects me to work and suffice it to say, I didn’t get to work until 9:40 or so.  Worst.  Commute. Ever.  I had a few brief panic attacks, called T 3 times, and cried once.  (I’m a crier.  It’s a stress reaction.)

I sampled the Oikos strawberry at lunch, though, and that made me extremely happy.  I cannot think of a sophisticated way to describe this yogurt other than that it tastes like red gummi bears.  It is delicious.

Before stirring:

After stirring:

Post-assembly:

(Psst.  Don’t forget to enter my Oikos giveaway below!)

I worked all afternoon with a slight headache.  Since I couldn’t find the different Oikos flavors at my usual Super Target, I went to Hy-Vee yesterday.  Well, they have a MUCH better bar selection than my usual grocery store does.  And I went a little nuts.

Whoops.  At least bars don’t expire.

For my afternoon snack I chose a bar that combines two of my favorite things: almonds and coconut.  I am generally suspicious of bars that do not contain chocolate, but I figured I should give this one a try.  And oh my GOD am I glad I did.  This may skyrocket to the top 5 of my “favorite bars ever” list, which is a BIG DEAL.  It’s substantial and chewy and sweet but not TOO sweet.  Behold:

The only drawback is that these are pretty expensive…BUT, I think they’re sold at Starbucks, and I travel a lot on an expense account, so I know what I’ll be snacking on on the road now!

After my traffic nightmare, I needed a good workout.  I just wanted to run hard intervals for some reason, so I did.  Here’s the rundown (0% incline.  I get enough hills at home.):

  • 0-1:00: 5.5 mph
  • 1:00-2:00 6.0 mph
  • 2:00-3:00 6.5 mph
  • 3:00-4:00 7.0 mph
  • 4:00-5:00 7.5 mph
  • (Repeat above pattern 2 more times)
  • 15:00-16:00 5.0 mph
  • 16:00-17:00 6.0 mph
  • 17:00-18:00 6.2 mph
  • 18:00-19:00 6.5 mph
  • (Repeat the 6.0-6.5 pattern 2 more times)
  • 25:00-26:00 6.0 mph
  • 26:00-28:00 6.2 mph
  • 28:00-30:00 6.5 mph
  • Cool down

I don’t know why I don’t do intervals more often.  They make the time fly and I think they really do help with my speed.  It’s nice to run at an 8:00 pace and think, “hey, this isn’t so bad!”  For some reason, though, my shins were hurting a bit, which is weird because they didn’t hurt running outside this weekend.  Maybe something about the treadmill?

Anyway, by the time my workout had ended the traffic issue seemed to be resolved, although I did have to take an alternate route.  I came home to a lovely plate of roast chicken leftovers, plus cranberry sauce!

Love these little Christmas tree dishes.

What’s been your worst driving experience?

Oikos Yogurt Giveaway!

As you all know, yogurt is one of my favorite foods.  I would guess that I eat yogurt five or six days a week.  It is my oatmeal.  I don’t eat it for breakfast, but one of the healthy substitutions I made early on in my weight loss was to switch out “fake” healthy foods like 100 Calorie Packs with a cup of yogurt, usually accompanying some kind of sandwich for lunch.

As time went by and I learned more and more about nutrition, I shunned my beloved Yoplait once I realized it was full of HFCS and other slightly scary ingredients.  Eventually, I fell in love with the high protein content and lack of scary ingredients in Greek yogurt!  It is still my yogurt of choice, though cost can be an issue.

The folks at Oikos yogurt were kind enough to send me some coupons so that I could try their products and give some away to you, too!  Oikos is a part of the Stonyfield Farms family of products.  I really respect their outlook on food–they strive to promote health and nutrition and to keep the planet healthy, as well!

I first tried finding Oikos at my usual grocery store of choice, Super Target.  I wanted to sample a couple of flavors.  Unfortunately, they only had one–vanilla!  So, I went by the nearby Hy-Vee the next day and found Strawberry and Blueberry as well.  I wanted to find the plain, but no luck.  Plain Greek yogurt is supposed to be a great substitute for sour cream.  They also have a honey flavor that sounds delicious but I could not find.

First, I sampled the Vanilla.  Greek yogurt differs from regular yogurt, taste-wise, in two basic ways (as far as I can tell): it’s thicker, and it’s a little bit more sour tasting than mainstream yogurts.  However, it’s also wonderfully creamy and delicious.  I tried a bite of the vanilla plain and it was very good–the vanilla flavor was very light but definitely present.  Then I made one of my usual yogurt bowls:

Strawberries, Oikos vanilla, and granola.  It was great mixed with these, too.  I could still taste the vanilla but it wasn’t overwhelming.

I’ve had the blueberry and strawberry in the past, but it’s been awhile.  So, I have the strawberry in my lunch today and will bring the blueberry tomorrow and update you as the week goes along!

All in all, I give Oikos two thumbs up for taste and nutrition.  The only thing that holds me back from being a regular Oikos purchaser is cost–the individual cups are about $2/serving (on sale!), which is a wee bit too much for my pocketbook given that I eat yogurt pretty much every day.  I will keep an eye out in the future for sales and stock up then, though!

While I was at the store, I also purchased a cup of Stonyfield Farms plain yogurt.  I’ve heard that plain yogurt is great for dogs and cats in small amounts to help keep the bacteria in their stomach healthy.  I’m a firm believer in proper nutrition for our furrier friends, too!  So, I gave some to Milhouse in a Kong as a treat.

Two paws up!  He was a HUGE fan.  Dogs shouldn’t get much–no more than a tablespoon or two at a time because they can have trouble digesting dairy–but a little bit on a regular basis keeps the healthy bacteria in their stomach functioning and happy!  You should also make sure to use plain yogurt and not flavored.

Oikos was generous enough to give me enough coupons to share with Fit Bride readers.  So, this week’s giveaway will be free yogurt coupons of your very own! Again, like last week you have three chances to win:

  1. Leave a comment on this post about your favorite yogurt concoction.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway and then come here and post a comment here saying that you tweeted.
  3. Blog about the giveaway and then come here and post a comment about it.

This contest will again run through Saturday, December 5th, at noon. Comments left on the Knottie Files feed will not be counted, so click through to my blog!

Speedwork the Beagle

Today has been one of  those lovely days where I’ve been able to get lots of stuff done around the house.  Nothing significant, really, just little piddly stuff.  It’s nice.  This is going to be a travel-heavy week; I’ll be on the road from Wednesday morning through Friday afternoon for work, so two nights away from home!  Sad.

I did a little decorating for Christmas.  T and I painted these stockings our first Christmas together in 2007!  I love that we did this and saved them.  We’ll put them up every year, even if we have other nicer stockings (which we do).

We’re not doing much other decorating–we’re going to buy a pre-lit tree (hopefully) on clearance right before Christmas or right after.

I did manage to make some holiday foods though.  A giant bag of cranberries was $.60 at the store, and I was tempted…so I made cranberry sauce.  I haven’t tasted it yet, so no promises if it’s good or not!  I basically reduced the pound of cranberries like I do for applesauce in 1 cup of water and 1 cup of orange-pineapple juice (it was what we had!).  I added a healthy dose of sugar and let it simmer.  We’ll see how it turns out.

And I had some leftover sugar cookie mix and icing, so I said “what the heck” and made frosted sugar cookies to take to work:

And for dinner?  Roasted chicken in the oven with carrots and taters.

I really did not feel like working out this afternoon but I knew I’d feel great about it once I did.  So, I pleaded on Twitter for motivation and Lauren and Susan gladly kicked me in the pants.  I decided to run, but to make things fun I thought I’d take Milhouse along.

I’d written him off as “not a jogger” when we first got him awhile back, because he was not great on a leash and was prone to stopping and sitting on the sidewalk.   He’s gotten much better now that he’s settled in his new home, and he’s definitely attempted to run a few times on walks together.  I went in with low expectations–hey, even a brisk walk is better than nothing–and I was ASTOUNDED.

I should have known better, I guess.  Beagles are meant to hunt rabbits, so obviously, they have to be FAST.  (look on YouTube for “beagle running” and you’ll see what I mean.)  And Milhouse didn’t disappoint!  We ran 3 miles together–I didn’t pay attention to the time, because we stopped for a few doggie sniff and bathroom breaks, but it was a lot of fun!  I’ve also firmly landed on the “no iPod” side of running–I think I run faster and smarter without it.  He is a speedy little devil, and was actually pulling ME about half the time!  (Note: he weighs 20 pounds and is 13 inches tall.)  I definitely see some more running together in our future!  I had a great time and I think he did, too.

Here’s me and my running buddy.  He’ll get extra dinner tonight!

Anyway, have a great night.  I have a new food giveaway starting tomorrow and some cool reviews to do this week, plus hopefully a wedding update later on.

Have you done any holiday decorating yet?

A Country Thanksgiving

First things first–the winner of my Thankful Tee Giveaway!  Using the Random Integer Generator, the winner is (strangely enough) comment #1, which was made by Gwen!  Gwen, check your e-mail for details!

If you didn’t win, don’t fret!  Inkbox Design has been generous enough to offer 10% off any order to Fit Bride readers–just use the coupon code cake at checkout.  Thanks, Inkbox!

Anyway, brace yourselves.  This is going to be a long post!

My boss was kind enough to let us leave work at 3:00 on Wednesday, so we got on the road earlier than predicted.  We were traveling to T’s parents’ house for the holiday, and they live 4-5 hours away, so we had quite a long journey, which was only made longer when we saw a very scary accident on the road ahead of us.  We were delayed for about 45 minutes while tow trucks were brought in and they landed a helicopter to Medi-Vac someone to a hospital.  I was pretty freaked out–we were on pitch black, windy country roads and not a minute before we saw the accident I told T to be careful because it was so scary!

Luckily, we all made it in one piece and went to bed pretty immediately after arrival.  T’s parents have the most beautiful home.  It’s actually built into the side of a hill!  They’re pretty far out in the country (at least by my standards), so everything is beautiful and rustic and PEACEFUL.  I slept like I haven’t slept in months there because everything is so quiet and pitch black!  Here is the part of this post where I assault you with a million pictures of how gorgeous this place is:

On Thursday morning, I went to walk Milhouse in the front yard, and what did I find?

Oh hai.

Not to be outdone, we went and peeked over the backyard fence…llamas!

Did you know that llamas make a noise that sounds exactly like a dog barking?  Well, they do.

However, my favorite animals of the weekend were inside the house–T’s parents have three doggies that were fast friends with Milhouse!  (Well, mostly.)

A big yellow lab:

A medium-sized scruffy terrier:

And the teeniest bundle of energy I’ve ever seen (I couldn’t keep her still enough for long enough to take a good picture!)

She weighs probably four pounds.  Please note that she is barely larger than a kitchen tile!

T and I have been discussing guns a lot lately, and since I’d never shot one (or, really, seen one in person) he took me out in their back acreage to do a little target shooting.  I sampled four different guns (after receiving proper safety lessons from T and his father): a 12 gauge shotgun, a .40 caliber Glock, a .38 special, and a .22 pistol.  My favorite was the Glock.  Here are a few re-enactment photos, taken AFTER the gun was safely unloaded and the safety was on (we did this twice, so that’s why my outfits are different):

Shooting a gun was an interesting experience for me.  I was a little nervous at first, but as my aim got better it melted away and I felt very empowered.  T and his father are very knowledgeable about guns and hunting and I felt as though I learned from great teachers.  I am still uncertain as to my stance on guns politically speaking, but I feel much better know knowing that I can operate one and use it safely and relatively accurately.   But anyway, on to Thanksgiving dinner!  T’s mom set the table:

And then…the food!

Sorry, using my phone again.  I had:

  • lots of turkey
  • lots of mashed potatoes
  • a side salad
  • mac and cheese
  • stuffing
  • cranberry sauce

And a lot of this:

We brought the Chateau Ste. Michelle riesling, which we liked, and the Monogamy cabernet, which T didn’t have but I didn’t like.  (And there’s not many cabernets I don’t like!)  We finished dinner off with pumpkin pie (for everyone else) and chocolate crumb bars (for me!).  After dinner we collapsed and watched Into the Wild on TV.

On Friday, we did a little more shooting, and lounged around the house.  T helped his dad cut down a tree and cleaned out a closet, but I mostly sat around and read and took a nice long afternoon nap.  We ordered pizza for dinner, watched Casino Royale, and then played Scrabble!  (I won.)  After Scrabble, we watched Burn After Reading and eventually drifted off to bed.  All in all, I had a nice, quiet, relaxing Thanksgiving!

We got going around 9 this morning.  Milhouse pooped out in the car:

And, as soon as we got home, I decided the weather was too gorgeous to stay inside (it’s 65 degrees and not a cloud in the sky today!).  Since I didn’t work out at all Tuesday-Friday this week (oops), I wanted to do something, so I changed into my running clothes and ran 3.0 glorious miles in 29:00 around my neighborhood.  (And I reviewed a cool new product which I’ll tell you about tomorrow, most likely!)

Anyway, I hope you all had great Thanksgivings like I did!

Bar Review

This post will be more fun than actual bar review, which I suffered through last summer and sucks a lot. Yuck!

I love bars.  I’ve always loved granola bars, but as I started looking more and more into nutrition I tried to figure out ways to make them work for me.  Here are some criteria I look for in a good bar:

  • Not just empty carbs.  A bar should have a fair amount of protein OR a fair amount of fat, both of which keep me fuller than carbs.
  • No high fructose corn syrup.
  • Pronounceable ingredients. (Sometimes I let this slide for the sake of a protein boost.)
  • Not sickly sweet, but still tasty
  • A few grams of fiber

Anyway, I consider myself a bar connoisseur.  Here’s a rundown of every bar I’ve ever eaten, the good, the bad, and the ugly!  (I have eaten a LOT of bars, so be warned!)

Clif Bar

Clif bars are a big, thick, hearty bar that are usually pretty calorie dense–240ish calories or so.  I generally eat them split in half for a snack or a whole one for a light breakfast on the go.  I find that they’re good pre-run fuel!  They are heavier on carbs and lower on protein, which is also good for that.  They also come in a handy mini size, which are great purse snacks.  Clif bars are practically indestructible–you can leave them in your purse for months and they’ll still be edible and mostly non-smashed.

Clif bar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Chocolate Chip (good! Like a chocolate chip cookie.)
  • White Chocolate Macadamia (so-so.  A little sickly sweet for me.)
  • Banana Nut (so-so.  Would be great warmed up with peanut butter!)
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter (good!  A basic, yummy peanut bar with chunks of peanuts.)
  • Chocolate Brownie (Second favorite!)
  • Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch (so-so.  A little too sweet.)
  • Chocolate Almond Fudge (LOVE.  This is my favorite flavor.  The almonds keep it from being too sweet.)

Luna Bars

When I was losing weight, I “treated” myself with a Luna Bar for dessert every night.  I loved them!  They are great refrigerated.  They’re a little less calorie dense than a Clif Bar and have more protein (about 180 calories/9 grams of protein per bar).  I burned out on them after about four months of eating one every single day and I’m just now getting to a point where I can eat them again.  Currently, I have the Luna minis in my desk (pictured below)–about 70 calories and perfect for a little bite when you need it.

Luna Bar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Nutz over Chocolate (so-so.  The “nutz” part doesn’t take particularly nutty to me.)
  • Caramel Nut Brownie (Second favorite!  Has a nice, thick layer of caramel on top.)
  • Chocolate Peppermint Stick (good!  Tastes like a Girl Scout Thin Mint.)
  • Lemon Zest (Barf.  This is one of few bars I’ve tried, taken a bite, and thrown away instantly.)
  • Dulce de Leche (so-so.  Very, very sweet.)
  • Peanut Butter Cookie (good! Has a very realistic peanut butter cookie flavor.)
  • Iced Oatmeal Cookie (good! If you like cinnamon and raisins, you’d love this.)
  • White Chocolate Macadamia (so-so.  Again, I’m just not a white chocolate fan.)
  • S’mores (so-so.  I burned out on it.)
  • Chocolate Raspberry (Favorite!  Typing this made me wish I had one.  I generally don’t like chocolate and raspberry together, either.)

Clif Builders Bars

These bars are high in calories and high in protein.  I ate them when I was doing lots of heavy weightlifting–3 or 4 days a week–and needed a huge protein boost.  They are very, very good as far as protein bars, but a bit pricey!

Clif Builder’s flavors I’ve tried:

  • Chocolate: Probably the best.  Basic, chocolate protein bar.  I like that all these bars have a little crunch to them!
  • Peanut butter: Also good.  Has a nice chocolate coating.  The PB flavor is a little fakey though.
  • Vanilla almond: Meh.  You’d like these if you liked white chocolate more than I do.

Clif Mojo Bars:

One of the pros of these bars is that they’re generally high in healthy fats from nuts, which I like.  When I track calories, I often find I don’t get enough fat and nuts are the way to go to balance that out.   They are around 200 calories and also have 9-10 grams of protein.  They are more of a trail mix type bar than a granola or protein bar, which is a nice change!

Clif Mojo bar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Mountain Mix: A basic trail mix bar with yummy chocolate chips.  This is awesome–pretzels, nuts, raisins and chocolate!
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly: This is a new flavor!  The bar is bright purple with a peanut butter coating on the bottom.  It’s really different, but I like it a lot.
  • Chocolate Peanut: Also good!

Clif Kids Z Bars

I prefer these bars to regular granola bars any day.  They are soft and chewy and taste incredibly decadent, and have 120-140 calories, a few grams of protein and a few grams of fiber.  They also rate high on the indestructibility scale–I can leave them in my purse, gym bag, or desk for months with minimal damage.

Z Bar Flavors I’ve tried:

  • Chocolate Brownie (LOVE!  My favorite.  Chewy and delicious with chocolate chunks)
  • Chocolate Chip (Also awesome.  Tastes like a chocolate chip cookie!)
  • Blueberry Muffin (Yet again, a winner.  Doesn’t quite taste like a blueberry muffin, but still yummy!)
  • Honey Graham (So-so–I like them, but they’re not my favorite.)
  • Peanut Butter (Pretty great.  I actually haven’t had a bad Z Bar yet!)

Zone Bars

Zone bars are based on the popular (and surprisingly, reasonable and healthy) Zone diet.  This means that they are 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbs, which many people consider to be a perfect “macro split.”  They usually weigh in around 200 calories, and I like them for a pre-workout snack!  However, these are the most “artificial” tasting of any of the bars I’m reviewing, generally.  I like them, but they’re not my favorite.

Zone Bar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Chocolate Mint (yuck.  Not that great.)
  • Chocolate Coconut Crunch (Yum!  Probably my favorite.  I’m a sucker for chocolate and coconut together.)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter (So-so.  Very sweet.)
  • Double Dark Chocolate (Yum!  Second favorite, probably?)
  • Dark Chocolate Almond (also good)
  • Chocolate Caramel Crunch (is still in my desk drawer!)

Balance Bars

First off–a bit of a warning.  Some Balance bars contain HFCS, so you have to read the ingredients on each flavor!  I’ve accidentally had a few with it in it, so be careful.  However, I do find these bars to be a really great protein bar with yummy flavors.  They are about 200 calories and have around 15 grams of protein.  They don’t particularly travel well because most of them have some kind of chocolate coating, which melts, and they are soft and smash easily.

Flavors of Balance Bars I’ve tried:

  • Almond Brownie (An acquired taste.  I do like them, though!  They are different from most bars and have a very chewy, almost fruit leathery texture.)
  • Mocha Chip (I hated this at first but after a few bites I was hooked.  It’s very dark and rich, so if you like that this is a good choice.)
  • Peanut Butter (Surprisingly, my favorite!  It’s a PB bar with PB coating and it tastes almost exactly like my aunt’s PB fudge.  If you like PB, this is the bar for you.)
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter (So-so.  A pretty basic protein bar.  Nothing special.)
  • Cookie Dough (I like these but don’t love them.  They’re really sweet, but do have a pretty good cookie dough flavor!)
  • Caramel Nut Blast (Love these.  They taste very, very similar to a Snickers bar!)
  • Bare Chocolate Cashew (These are a little different and basically Balance’s equivalent of a Larabar.  I love, love, love these too.  They have much more natural ingredients than most Balance bars and are still yummy and filling.  Thumbs up!)

Larabars

Generally speaking, Larabars are a little low on the protein scale for me and high in carbs and sugar.  But, I like their flavors and I like that they’re totally natural.  They are hard to find in my area for some reason, unfortunately!

Larabar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Apple Pie (I don’t remember this one.  Sorry.  I know I’ve had it, though.  That should tell you something.)
  • Coconut Cream Pie (I love coconut so I had high hopes, but this was just way too sweet.)
  • Cashew Cookie (I like that it features cashews, but it’s pretty boring.)
  • Peanut Butter Cookie (So-so.  Pretty bland.)
  • Cherry Pie (mouth-puckeringly tart!  Way too much so.)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (Yum!  Second favorite.  The sweetness of the cherries nicely balances the less sweet flavor of the peanuts.)
  • Chocolate Coconut (Favorite!  Again, I’m a sucker for chocolate/coconut combo.)
  • Banana Bread (Not bad, would buy again.  Nice to have a banana bar that isn’t fakey tasting.)

Kashi Granola Bars

Kashi granola bars are kind of a lightweight.  They’re about 120-140 calories and usually have 4-6 grams of protein (which is pretty good).  They are not my favorite, BUT they do travel well and I pick them up when they’re on sale to have on hand.  Of note: these are the only bars I’ve found that go stale.  After opening the box, eat them within a month or so.  They get really dry and hard if you don’t!

Kashi bar flavors I’ve tried:

  • Peanut Peanut Butter (Like this.  It’s a very light peanut flavor.)
  • Chocolate Raspberry (Yum!  Not a big fan of chocolate/raspberry but this is a pretty good combo.)
  • Chocolate Coconut (These two are always a winner in my book.)
  • Cherry Dark Chocolate (My complaint about this bar is that if there’s no cherry chunk or dark chocolate in your bite, it tastes like nothing.  Otherwise it’s good.)
  • Trail Mix  (Blech.  These were totally flavorless.  I threw the box away.)
  • Mocha Almond (VERY strong coffee flavor, so if you’re not a coffee lover throw these away!  I liked them but I’m not sure if I’d buy them again.)
  • Honey Almond Flax (Good, but these taste quite different from the cereal.)

Okay, I think I’ll go nuts if I review another bar.  I’ve also tried several varieties of the Atkins bars, Pure Protein bars, a Bumble Bar, and a Bear Naked granola bar.  If anyone is dying for a review of any of these bars, let me know and I’ll do a bar review addendum!

One day left to enter my Thankful Tee Giveaway!

What’s your favorite bar?  Anything I should try that I’m missing out on? After reading Susan’s blog the last week, I’m going to pick up a Kind bar next time I see them in stores!

I am thankful for…

Photos say it better than words.

These are just a few of them.  I’m also thankful for all of you reading about my escapades every day–thanks so much for giving great advice and being great readers!

Watching Paint Dry

Hi, friends.  I’m blogging from work on my lunch break.  Things are verrrry sloooow around here and I can’t really come up with anything to do because all the people I work with are gone!  I haven’t gotten a single phone call or e-mail all day, which is highly unusual.

Because I’m bored, and have been struck by some kind of random insatiable thirst the last few days, I’ve been pounding water like crazy.  My Camelbak bottle is 24 ounces and I’ve already had 3 of them today.  Yesterday I drank probably 5 over the course of the day.  I need to pace myself this afternoon because I’ve got a 5 hour car trip ahead!

I also mid-morning snacked on a banana that wouldn’t make it until we get home on Saturday.  I love them when they’re brown on the outside!

Lunch today was a basic affair.  Since I cooked so much last night, I didn’t feel like putting much effort or thought into lunch so I went with a classic–AB&J!  Or, more specifically, two slices of 100% whole wheat bread, two tablespoons of Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter, and Smuckers organic grape spread.  Sometimes, you just want to go back to the basics:

I also had a container of Blueberry Chobani over some formerly frozen strawberries with a little added cereal for crunch.  (I’m out of my beloved Bear Naked granola.  Sad face.)  Before and after:

And for dessert?  A PB kiss!  Just one, for real.

(Sorry for the bad phone pics.  I brought my camera today, but needed to be able to get the photos on my computer to blog!)

This was a pretty calorie dense and filling lunch, but I planned things that way because we’ll probably be having a late dinner on the road…and the last thing I want is to be starving in a fast-food drive thru.

As soon as work is over I’m driving home and we’re getting right back in the car for our 5 hour trip to visit T’s mom and dad.  They don’t have wireless, so you won’t get a Thanksgiving recap until Saturday, but I’ve got some great stuff ready to go for you guys (including what might be the longest post in Fit Bride history on Friday).

Happy Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget about my Thankful Tee Giveaway!