Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day!

by Meghann on July 1, 2009

Happy Canada Day to all my wonderful Canadian readers out there! 

I work with a few Canadians and they are all sporting their Red & White today with pride. 🙂

Is anyone else out there ready for Wednesday to be over? I don’t think a short week has ever felt so loooonnnggg to me. Thursday afternoon, where are you?!?!

Mid-Morning I munched on two of my Zucchini Muffins.

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I really don’t call myself a baker, but these are great. I think it has to do with the fact I did not alter the recipe at all. I am so used to making whatever changes I want while cooking and having it come out great. But baking relies on too many other variables that I just do not understand. From now on it’s strict recipe following all the way when baking.

For lunch today I did a little twist on Lox & Bagel using ingredients I had on hand.

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Instead of the traditional bagel and cream cheese in the dish I substituted a Multi-Grain English Muffin and Stonyfield Non-Fat Plain Yogurt. Atop the yogurt and english muffin I had the traditional salmon and capers with a few untraditional items of jalapenos, spinach and cucumber.

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I loved the extra additions! It was even better then an original lox & bagel if you ask my opinion. 😉

On the side I am still plowing through the Cantaloupe I bought at the Farmer’s market the other weekend. This will teach me to buy such a large cantaloupe for little ole me.

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I also had a serving of Blue Corn Tortilla Chips with verde salsa.

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This morning I received a lovely shipment of samples from the great people at Vitalicious.

I was pleasantly surprised at the wide assortment of VitaTops they sent my way. So many great sounding flavors.

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From the company:

Vitalicious (www.vitalicious.com) makes innovative "vital and delicious" baked goods that promote a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing taste. Their VitaTops (without stumps) and VitaMuffins (with stumps) are all-natural products, without any artificial additives or preservatives of any kind.

Here are details of what you get in each individually-wrapped serving:
. 100 calories                             
. No artificial ingredients
. No preservatives
. Whole grains
. 5g – 6g of fiber
. 0g – 1.5g of fat
. 3g – 4g protein
. 15 vitamins and minerals

After lunch I could not help, but break into the Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaTop.

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I am usually not one to fall for ‘100 calorie’ promises as they generally are still not the best thing for you ingredient wise and 100 calorie really means a tinier version of the original. However, these VitaTops did intrigue me.

For starters they are a HUGE for the 100 calorie serving size. The top was as big as my hand.

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I was also intrigued by the fact these muffin tops do not contain preservatives and therefore had to be put in the freezer as soon as I received them.

The notional stats are not to shabby either and though the ingredient list is long, its all elements I recognize.

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I have to say I was impressed with the taste as well. It was not too sweet and had a great fluffy, moist texture. My only complaint is I was expecting the peanut butter to be a more predominant flavor. Besides that, pretty good.

With a freezer now stocked with every flavor of VitaTop out there I can not wait to sample them all. I would not call these babies health food, but for a quick treat, they’re great!

Thanks Vitalicious for allowing me to sample you’re wonderful product!

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To Swim or Not to Swim

July 1, 2009

I  have been aching to swim some laps for a couple of weeks now. I am determined to eventually run a triathalon again and to do so I really need to work on the swimming element. The only problem is I can not seem to motivate myself to jump into a pool so early in more »

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