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A Belated Review

by Meghann on June 30, 2009

I have been slacking on my product reviews lately! At one point I was being sent way too many products at once and I decided to take a break from all the reviews. However, this morning I was digging in my cabinet for some snacks and found s few forgotten gifts. After my sweet tooth gave me the nudge I grabbed a bag and headed out the door.


This bag of Sensible Portions Apple Cinnamon Whole Grain Crisps is part of a vast sampling of Sensible Portions products I received a couple of months ago.

I have to be honest when I say I shied away from sampling any of them due to the erie resemblance to the Quaker Rice Snacks. In my head I just kept thinking they were another processed diet snack that would leave me feeling empty.

Upon closer examination I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively simple ingredient list to the crisps.


No funny names and the whole bag only had 3 grams of sugar. Not too shabby.

As I predicted they would the crisps were very cinnamony and very good. They reminded me of my believed Cinnamon Twists from Taco Bell that I used to order when I was little. They would make a great dessert, but as a snack it was not very substantial. They were light like air and not very filling. At least they tasted good. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch made up for how unfilling my snack was. ๐Ÿ˜‰


I have been dreaming about this Buffalo Tempeh Burger all week!


I simply broiled a piece of tempeh until it was crispy, doused it in buffalo sauce then topped with a slice of Swiss Cheese and Spinach. All of which I sandwiched between a Homemade Multi-Grain English Muffin.


Wow! This was just what I was hoping it would be! The buffalo sauce added an extra spicy kick to the โ€˜burgerโ€™ and the coolness of the cheese was able to keep my mouth cool at the same time. Yum, Yum, Yum!

On the side I had a small Pickle


And a serving of left over Jicama Rice Salad.


The salad had all night to soak up the yogurt dressing so it was extra delicious at lunch. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Dark Chocolate Edamame had been staring me down while I was putting things away in the fridge after lunch.


I love these little suckers!

Cruise Ramblingsโ€ฆ

I admit it I have been on ALOT of cruises. The one this weekend will actually be my 6th! With so many ports within driving distance, cruises were always just an easy vacation for my family that kept everyone happy the whole week.

I was a little bored this morning and decided to take some time to review the pictures from the most recent cruise I went on in the summer of 2007. My family and some family friends set sail out of Miami for a 7 Night adventure to celebrate mine, my twin broโ€™s and our good friend Aprilโ€™s graduations from college the month before.

This just happened to be the same time when my weight was at its highest. And though I had a blast on the cruise, looking back at the old pictures reminds me how far I have truly come in the last two years.

As you can tell there was a lot of Drinking/ Eating/ Partying etc. done on this cruise. Believe me I plan to still do those things on the cruise coming up, but I also plan to do it all in moderation. I just have to remind myself that I donโ€™t need a soft serve ice cream before and after every meal or that midnight & 2:00am pizza probably will not agree with me later.

I also can not wait to run on the sea or take advantage of a fully gym I do not have the luxury of at home.

I fully intent to embrace this cruise with the same healthy living attitude I have developed in the last year and a half. Itโ€™s still going to rock and I still plan to have my pants fit at the end.

I just canโ€™t wait!

1 brandi June 30, 2009 at 1:42 pm

ooh, i used to love Taco Bell’s cinnamon twists!

I think your attitude is the best one to have on a cruise. I’ve been on one and there really IS FOOD EVERYWHERE! The good thing is that it’s easy to walk A LOT, and I just tried to have things I couldn’t get home and leave the rest unless I really wanted it.

2 Whit June 30, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Your cruise sounds like it will be fabulous! Have fun!

3 Sarah June 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Wow, Meghann. I still think you were beautiful, but I can tell that you are happier and healthier now, and for that you should be proud!!!

4 runnerskitchen June 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm

The cruise sounds like so much fun! Kath went on a cruise a few months ago and I really enjoyed reading about it on her blog. Running on the deck of the ship with the sea breeze and the sunshine sounds like perfect exercise ๐Ÿ™‚

5 alyssa June 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm

meghann, wow! you were gorgeous then but you’ve made such progress! you have one of the healthiest approaches to eating that i’ve seen around the blog-o-sphere and you are very admirable ๐Ÿ™‚

6 lowandbhold June 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I really can’t wait to read about your cruise. I so wish I lived in Florida!! I have always wanted to and I’m really considering trying to move there in the next few years – and your blog just makes me want to even more!!

That tempeh burger looked awesome!!

7 Lyss June 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

wow meghann! you were gorgeous then, but you’ve made such a transformation! you have one of the healthiest approaches to eating that i’ve seen around the blog-o-sphere and it’s much admired ๐Ÿ™‚

lucky you! enjoy your cruise!

8 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write June 30, 2009 at 2:09 pm

good for you! You’ll enjoy the cruise alot more if you stick to your lifestyle. It’s who you are and should be who you are on VACA! Enjoy!!! Looks SO fun.

9 Megan M June 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm

your attitude is great ab the cruise! I def think you should enjoy and have a blast with your honey ( I think you are going with derek). Kelly looks like she lost weight since then too? Has she? Have fun on you cruise!

10 Meghann June 30, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I’m not sure if kelly has lost any weight, but she has definitely been living a much more healthy, active life style then when these photos were taken ๐Ÿ™‚

11 kellychristin June 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm

I have actually lost about 10 lbs since that cruise. Ever since Meghann changed her lifestyle I’ve changed mine too. I eat a lot more clean whole foods now and feel so much healthier. ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Therese June 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm

I just wanted to say hi! I am a new reader and can completely relate to trying to balance a post-graduation job (ick to real life), healthy eating, working out etc. I also live in Orlando ๐Ÿ™‚

Congrats on your transformation. You seriously look like a whole different person!!

13 Courtney June 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm


You’re going to have SO much fun, while kickin’ it healthy style ๐Ÿ˜€ I am jealous, I’ve never cruised. I live in Oregon. Alaska doesn’t seem like the sweetest destination for a cruise at this time in my life. Maybe when I’m 60.

And I read HOMEMADE english muff? Really? Recipe?


14 JB June 30, 2009 at 2:38 pm

dark chocolate-covered edamame? uh, that sounds AMAZING. i want, i want, i want! and a tempeh burger sounds so good right now…yummmm. i can tell just from the picture of that homemade english muffin that it must be really chewy and delicious. fresh bread is the best. i like your blog! i’m JB. ๐Ÿ™‚

15 Beth @ CrossBorderCravings June 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I can totally relate to this post!! I used to think vacation was a time to splurge all over the place but now I know I enjoy myself so much more when I take care of myself and enjoy in moderation. Have an awesome time on the cruise and congrats on your success since the last!!

16 Susan June 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I used to love those Taco Bell cinnamon twists too. They were the only thing I would eat from there!

I remember reading somewhere once that the average person gains 7 lbs on a 7 day cruise. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I bet it’s not far off! Staying active is definitely key, so you’ll have no problem ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS I always look forward to exploring new gyms when I travel too. Kinda geeky maybe? ๐Ÿ˜›

17 Traci June 30, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Meghann…good for you! You have such a healthy attitude. Have an awesome time on the cruise. So much fun!

18 Run Sarah June 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I love cruising so much – one of the best ways to travel in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

19 ksgoodeats June 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I used to LOVE those cinnamon twists from Taco Bell!! You’re going to have a blast on your cruise ๐Ÿ™‚

20 Amy June 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Don’t you just LOVE going through old pictures? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have never been on a cruise and was wondering if you have ever been on a disney one? I was thinking about it for my son’s 5th birthday.

Thanks, Amy

21 Quinn June 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

So jealous! You are going to have an amazingly healthy and enjoyable vacation – I am sure!

22 Matt June 30, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Make sure you hit up the running track on your ship if it has one (it should). I had some awesome runs last summer on the ship. The track is short and crowded, but if you go early it shouldn’t be bad. It was nice to get out there early before everyone else is up!

23 smallchangesaddup June 30, 2009 at 4:20 pm

You look so different! I’m so impressed with all the changes you made, you’re definitely an inspiration!

24 The Healthy Apple June 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I love chocolate covered edemame…soo yummyyy aren’t they? YOU LOOK AMAZING; good for you…what an accomplishment…you have so much to be proud of and I’m so happy for you. Your positive attitude and outlook on life has touched many bloggies! Way ta go, girl!!!!
Have a great afternoon and be sure to enter my salsa and hot sauce GIVEAWAY….for your chance to win!!!



25 Nicole June 30, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Your attitude to being healthy on the cruise is great! You are going to have such a blast!

26 Sarah June 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Day-um girl, you were and are so pretty!

I can’t wait to see new, fabulous pictures from your cruise!! What fun!

27 Kristie June 30, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Oh my gosh I remember those cinnamon twists, those things were AWESOME.

I’m so disappointed I read this post JUST after finishing the last of my block of tempeh. BBQ tempeh burger sounds amazing!

Wow, seeing those cruise pictures is great. You have a great attitude going into this one. I’m sure it’ll be an incredible trip!

28 paula June 30, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Of COURSE you were just as pretty back then, but wow, what a difference! The new healthy you is so inspiring.

29 inmytummy June 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm

I really like that yellow dress that you wore.

30 Derek June 30, 2009 at 7:46 pm

beautiful then, beautiful now, and beautiful always!

31 caitlin June 30, 2009 at 10:59 pm


32 RunToFinish June 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

wow your face is the same, but in meeting you I really thought you had probably always been that tiny! You’ve done an amazing job of making a healthy life for yourself.

now I need to go figure out what temph is

33 Christina June 30, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I love those multi grain crisps. The sour cream and onion ones are the best!

34 leslie June 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

you’ve really come so far in a short amount of time. could you have imagined 2 years ago that you would run a marathon? you’re an inspiration. ๐Ÿ™‚

ps, derek’s comment is the sweetest thing ever!

35 Bridget June 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm

I’ve never been on a cruise but they sound like a blast!! And WOW you have come so far!!! I’ve seen your before pics in the past but still its crazy. Hope you have fun!!!

aww I just saw Dereks comment too! SO ADORABLE!!!

36 Lauren June 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I have been on 4 cruises and I do enjoy them. It’s nice to be able to see many different places and still have all of the comforts and familiarites of the ship atmosphere.

Hope you have a complete blast! You have such a solid approach to eating and healthy living that there is no possible way you could overdo it. And even if you do, no biggie, you will just get right back to your routine when you return.

Take care and have a sage and wonderful trip!

37 Vanessa @ Last Night's Leftovers June 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

I have never gone on a cruise. It’s on my to-do list!!!

38 M June 30, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Wow, the difference is amazing — but you definitely carried yourself beautifully in the earlier pictures, too. Very inspiring.

Your Derek is wonderful.

39 Tay July 1, 2009 at 1:05 am

Wow you HAVE come so far!! And you’ll have such a blast on this cruise!! Enjoy it!

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