Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I usually don't purchase Kashi products because they're so expensive, but this particular item was on sale at my local grocery store.
You should know, off-the-bat, that I love cheese. In fact, when I started SparkPeople, it wasn't the carbohydrates that I had to reign in as much as the fat, because I love cheese and other high-fat foods THAT much.
So the marketing alone ("three-cheese") had me sold.
Perhaps it was the combination of cheeses (asiago, feta and cheddar) or the consistency of the "cheese sauce," but something was just...off. Instead of an all-natural (a relatively expensive) dish, I felt like I was eating something cheap and highly-processed, like 50 cents-a-box macaroni and cheese.
The only redeeming part of the dish was the Kashi 7 Whole Grain Penne, which was a nice consistency and had the most flavor.
Overall, I give this dish (out of ).
Let's just say that I expected more from Kashi.
For more information on this product, including nutrition, click here: www2.kelloggs.com/ProductDetail.aspx
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
For many, the new year means resolutions: I can't do this, I will do this, etc. A few years ago, I decided to ditch resolutions for challenges.
For the entire year, I would give up something--usually something that didn't positively contribute to my life/health--but something that would be a challenge to give up. One year it was liquor. Last year, it was fried foods. Sometimes, I made it; sometimes, I didn't.
The idea behind giving up something for the entire year was to test my willpower and, often, to increase my quality of life in doing so.
After the year was up, I'd integrate the vice back into my life, in the hopes that it would have less negative impact on my life as it once did.
Each year, I've tried to make the challenges progressively harder. Years ago, I tried to give up fried foods, but my second job running poker tournaments at local bars made it nearly impossible. Within a month, I dropped the challenge.
I would count this past year, however, as a success--even though there might have been a few gray areas (foods that didn't indicate that they were friend and it wasn't quite clear, etc.).
So what is my challenge this year? I actually have two.
Challenge #1: Cable. For many, especially those who see cable as a financial blackhole (which it is), this is hardly a challenge. For a DVR-addict, like myself, it is. I've already disconnected my cable and returned the box. And I'm already wondering how I'm going to spend all my time. (TBD)
Challenge #2: Chocolate. I had previous tackled this a few years ago and, for the most part, succeeded. But as I ate my way through the holidays--countless tins of cookies, candies, and cakes--I realized that chocolate has to go.
So, two days into it, I'm doing pretty well. Check back in a week.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I'm not sure how this happened (though I'm sure it had something to do with the entry I submitted), but I am In Plain Sight's Fan of the Week! Check it out:
If you haven't seen the show, you should check it out. It is about U.S. Marshalls and their adventures protecting people in the Witness Protection Program. It's a very smart show.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I don't generally eat too many frozen lunches/dinners nowadays, and if I do, it's usually Trader Joe's.
However, I was in my local grocery store last night, figuring out what I could get to tide me over at lunch time during the week, when I came across the Healthy Choice All-Natural Entrees, which also happened to be on sale.
I stopped eating Healthy Choice about six months ago, when one if its non-meat frozen meals made me really sick. Willing to give the brand another chance, I decided to try the Lobster Cheese Ravioli, which is featured in the brand's commercials with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss of Seinfield fame.
Lobster Ravioli, I thought, sounds promising. Unfortunately, two bites into my dish, and I consider the promise broken.
The label promises ricotta cheese and lobster-filled ravioli, with green and yellow zucchini, and a vodka sauce, topped with parmesan cheese. What would be more accurate: four ravioli noodles that are 90% noodle and 10% cheese substance, faintly flavored with some sort of lobster powder, topped with a watery tomato "sauce" that resembles (and tastes like) ketchup, served with a few cut up pieces of squash and zucchini.
I think I will continue to stay away from Healthy Choice frozen entrees--regardless of how "natural" they are.
Monday, June 07, 2010
One of my biggest complaints about work is that I rarely feel part of the team. I work on a product that has little to do with anyone else in the department and, overall, am pretty isolated from the rest of the team. Not having this bond leaves me feeling alone and left out most of the time.
Unfortunately, there is nothing I can really do at work--it's just the nature of the role I'm in. However, after my first weekend on a recreational softball team, it's good to feel like part of a team again.
When I arrived to the field, I didn't know anyone. I had joined the team as part of a Meetup group, and I was unable to attend the first game, so most of the teammates already knew each other--either from previous seasons, previous games, or because they were already friends.
Over the course of the next hour--where there were plenty of "good job"s and "way to go"s--I started to feel a part of something, a feeling that I've missed for quite some time.
No, we didn't win the game, but we had a good time anyway, and I'm just looking forward to the next week and the next.
While I joined to find another way to be active, I think I'll be getting a lot more out of this experience.
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