Tools at Walmart and Shopping Fun

I wound up crashing on the couch last night, but I crashed hard. I guess I needed it. I woke up with a plan for my morning and I stuck with it. I offered dad a Red Velvet Cake Shake. “If I’m going to have a shake, I don’t think I’m in the mood for Red Velvet.” Well, whatchya want, pops? “Are you able to make a Banana Creme Pie?” OK, see you in 10!

Banana Creme Pie

  • 1-2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 Tbsp SF FF Banana Cream pudding mix
  • 1 Tbsp crushed graham crackers

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Dad said it was the best shake I’ve made him! Dad was double-fisting this morning with his shake and a mug of coffee.

Before I lost my motivation, I cut my conversation with dad short, suited up, and ventured into the beautiful breeze in Wilmington, this morning, and did a little refrain running for about 2 and 3/4 mile. My destination was to the ACME. They were having a big dollar sale on celery, mushrooms, and assorted produce, and wanted to stock up.

I took my sweet ole time in the store and found some interesting items. I was picture snapping machine:

Oh no! Which to choose? I was a good girl and maintained my self control.

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Interesting… convenient… but how spoiled are we that we need flat marshmallows?

Shut the front door! My jaw dropped!

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The tiny pepperoni! I had to laugh and just imagined myself giving those out to trick-or-treaters. The poptarts? Both my dad and Barry insisted on the purchase. I have not tried them yet. And the cookies? I’m waiting for an oreo surround by chocolate chip cookies… then I’ll faint into a cookie wonderland.

Speaking of cookies, I found this link that I thought was really interesting! It all makes sense, now! No wonder I love oreos!

Oreos and Cocaine

Frank picked me up at the store and we hit Walmart for a few final items. When walking out of the store, I could not believe my eyes! Not about food, but about the complete tool that was parked next to us. Who the heck makes these stickers, let alone has the audacity to put them on their car. Unexceptable in my book!

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Tools at Walmart: I’m going to guess you graduated the bottom of your high school class, spend most of your time looking at yourself, work at McD, have the IQ of that pile of dog waste on the lawn, and probably aren’t the the prettiest sight, yourself…

Okay, off my pedestal. Despite this butthead, I was still in a great mood. I decided to switch up my post-jog routine. Instead of a shake, I remembered Julie’s protein pancakes and made the following:

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  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp cottage cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chocolate PB2

Blend in food processor until smooth.

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I topped mine with SF Strawberry preserves and loved every bite!

My day continued to be great when Barry called and asked if I wanted to meet up with his mom and sister. Katie is pregnant and was maternity shopping. As she was trying on mommy-to-be jeans, I wandered around the maternity. First, I through a shirt at her. Its Eagles… what did you expect? Next, a small selection of Luna bars caught my eye. As my eyes traveled along the shelving, another variety of bars caught my attention: Belly Bar Boost. First of all, how cute is that name? With my protein bar impulse, I wanted to grab one, but I have no need for it! (You hear that dad? I don’t need it!) Anyway, still full of curiosity, I checked them out and couldn’t help but smile at the names of the flavors: Baby Needs Chocolate, Lemon Lovey, S’More to Love, and Berry Nutty Cravings. I think its awesome that these pre-natal nutrition bars were made for the mommy-on-the-go!

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Then, Mrs. Preggers, as Barry calls his sister, began with the cravings… “I want froyo. Let’s get frozen yogurt.”

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You can tell who’s bowl each belongs to.

To end this day, Barry and I headed back to my place and caught up on some episodes of Chicago Fire. Thank you, OnDemand. Since my dinner was left-over from the night before, I heated up my spaghetti and microwaved a frozen meal for Barry. Both were yummy. What a great way to start my weekend!

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After tomorrow’s planned event, I hope theres a post for you tomorrow night.

Dork-ing It Up

I mentioned, yesterday, how important it is to surround yourself with positive vibes. Last night, I did just that. I typed up last night’s post while getting ready for bed, however the whole “going to bed” thing didn’t really happen.

Barry and I decided to stay up since neither one of us had anything to do in the morning, and that way we could sleep late.

I really enjoyed last night. We stayed up, playing Phase 10 and watching “Chopped” on Food Network until about 1am. We were googling exotic foods and talking about NASA and space travel…

It was a plain, simple night in and I loved it!

We awoke around 11am, today, and desperately tried falling back asleep. No such luck. So up we went to fix some coffee and enjoy our respective yogurts. I had the the Dannon Light & Fit Blueberry Greek and he experience Greek yogurt for the first time with OIKOS Blackberry. I also broke off a piece of a Gnu Brownie bar to give me a PMS chocolate-fix.

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We continued to dork it up after breakfast while watching an episode of “Star Trek: Next Generation” and the final “Lord of the Rings” movie. Yes, I’m aware how exciting we are, but after my freak out on Monday night, surrounding myself with positive people and events really made a difference.

I ran a few errands on my way home and grabbed another Special K cereal bar, Red berries, for a mid-day snack to hold me over until my shake, which I will make before heading to work. I also managed to pick up these little cuties from Five Below!

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Unfortunately, today is another day of belly bloat. Super uncomfortable! When I get bloated, I’m never really sure if I’m hungry or not, so I’ve been trying to keep hydrated. If I keep drinking and still feel hungry, I’ll eat, but as of right now, I feel like a bowl full of jelly. HAHA

In the world of animals, I told you I’d get back to you about the Blue Buffalo I got for the kids. Beauty scarfs Wellness, like devours it. She kind of sniffed the Blue Buffalo and walked away. She eventually ate it, but I’ll save some money and stick with the Wellness brand.

In the world of bars, I had a Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt KIND bar. How good does that sound?! I wasn’t sure after my first bite, but after my second I began to pick out the maple notes, then the mild saltiness. Its nice low GI treat with 6g protein and 5g fiber.

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In the world of recipes, to keep myself busy before, I made a very anticipated recipe: Homemade Nutella! You know I’m addicted to the stuff, so based off Katie’s Healthy Nutella recipe, I created a virtually sugar free, low fat, low carb chocolate hazelnut spread. I dig it!

The day I took Barry to Wholefoods, we picked up a bag of hazelnuts to make this, but life got in the way and I decided today was the day! Sorry, Barry, I just couldn’t wait any longer!

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  • 2 level cups raw hazelnuts (240g)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 packets Splenda
  • 1 Tbsp sugar free chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened Flax milk)

Roast the hazelnuts for about 9 minutes 400 F. Rub them together in a paper towel to get the skins off. Be careful, as the nuts are pretty hot. In a food processor (I used the MagicBullet) blend the nuts until they begin to be ground very fine, almost nut butter-like, Add all other ingredients, adding 1 at a time and blending. Continue to blend until it’s smooth!

The Bullet was not the easiest thing to use for this, but my food processor at this house is a hand crank, and that just was not happening. I alternated between adding wet and dry ingredients between blending. Because the Bullet isn’t exactly full of space, I removed some of the ingredients and blended in small batched to ensure it was well mixed and smooth.

WP_003209Depending on your taste buds, play around with the sweetness and chocolate decadence.

Next time I make it, I’d like to try Hershey Dark Cocoa!

It made enough to refill my old Nutella jar, plus some! Yum!

Let us compare the chocolate hazelnut spreads that have appeared on Be Well Bundo , shall we?

 per 2 level Tablespoons Nutella (original) Hazelnut Spread GO-LO Sugar Free Be Well Nutella
Calories 200 160 130 122
From Fat 110 80 110 **
Fat 12g 9g 13g 10.7g
Sat. Fat 4g 4g 4g 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg 0mg 0mg 0mg
Sodium 15mg 10mg 5mg 18.3mg
Carbs 21g 20g 17g 5g
Fiber 1g 0g 11g 2.1g
Sugar 21g 19g 0g* 0.9g
Protein 2g 1g 1g 2g
Vit A 0% 0% 0% 0.3%
Vit C 0% 0% 0% 2.2%
Calcium 4% 8% 0% 1.3%
Iron 4% 4% 4% 3.5%
*contains erythritol**not calculated by MyFitnessPal

Because this recipe contains milk, I would recommend to refrigerate it. Plus, the cold will help make it nice and thick.

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WP_003211In the world of work, I am working a 12. I threw together a shake using a bit of the nutella and some random frozen fruit with protein mix…nothing to write home about. I also made a mug of coffee to take with me. I totally forgot I had this 12 Coffees of Christmas box in the cupboard. I found it while digging out the ingredients for today’s nutella and butter pecan coffee sounded too good to pass up. It smelled amazing!

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Around 230am, I hit the wall! I got so tired and bolted to the caf for some coffee. The bad thing about night shift is that your body is not used to being awake, and therefore, gets those crazy late night snack urges, like oreos! Snacking smart, I packed a sliced bell pepper! I just love that crisp and sweet bite from those things! But those oreos are not easy to resist. I also packed a tempeh salad using spring mix, baby carrots, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, beets, and fakin’ bacon tempeh. Hmmm bacon… yup, Walden Farms Blue Cheese dressing it is!

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It was a  really satisfying salad! I could have kept on eating it (ya know, if I didn’t already eat it all)!

Is it Gnu to you?

Gnu is by far one of my favorite bars! I take them everywhere and for any occasion! They come in a variety of flavors, all delicious, and most recently, they have released some mini bars of three of them. These bars remind you of oatmeal bars, but much more hearty and filling; and they use real fruits, veggies, and natural ingredients! Theres almost 1/2 a days worth of fiber in these bars, that range from 130 to 140 calories! What, What!!

The generous people of Gnu recently sent me some to review for the blog, so here it goes:

Banana Walnut

We know my love for all things Walnana! So having it in non-perishable bite size form is aces! They also make this in their standard size, as well. I recommend this one for breakfast or mid-morning snack.

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You would think that when I’d want something sweet, I’d reach for some chocolate, but not if this baby is in the house. This has all the flavors of a blondie, minus the fat and calories, and loaded with fiber! MMMMM! I love the surprising bits of white and semi-sweet chocolates!

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Blueberry Cobbler

I typically enjoy any blueberry bars as breakfast, but I could eat this any time of day! It loaded, and I do mean loaded, with blueberries in every bite!  You can tell they use the real deal because even the bar itself has a blue hue from the juices.  Its not that tart or imitation blueberry flavor like more blueberry flavored foods. Its actual blueberry  bliss!

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This is probably the only bar of the entire Gnu line, that I’ll typically pass on. It has a nice blend of carrots and spices, but I, personally find pleasure in their other varieties.

Chocolate Brownie

I love this one! They even make it snack-size in a 70 calorie bar! It doesn’t taste like your idea of a brownie, like most reduced-calorie snack brownies. Its packed full of fiber, and makes me feel like I’m being naughty with a sweet treat! Seriously, 12g fiber in a brownie?! Whod’a thunk it? (I like dipping it in PB, too!)

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Holy Raisin! This baby it spectacular! I love the sweetness and juiciness of the raisins. Its like I’m eating a cinnamon raisin cookie from a bakery.. its that good (and so much better for you)! This is also made in a 70 cal mini bar.

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When I first bit into this one, I wasn’t quite sure… If you have ever had chocolate covered espresso beans, its very similar.  I recommend this for all you coffee lovers, as it has ground coffee beans and chocolate chips. (Warning: this does contain caffeine!)

Orange Cranberry

I really have to be in the mood for this one. I’m not a huge orange cranberry fan, but this is not too overwhelming. I had to eat this one twice to appreciate its flavor, but like I said, I’m not much of an orange cranberry connoisseur. I’ll let you review this one. Comment below.

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You all know I am a nut butter fiend, so I have some pretty high expectations of anything thats followed by the word “butter.” Sold! It doesn’t have an over whelming peanut butter taste, like some bars, but its just enough to give you that salty and filling tease.

You can find these bars in various corner, convenient  and grocery store, as well as some VitaminShoppes. But heres where you can find the best deal of all: right on the website. If you’re ‘gnu” to Gnu foods, check out their 5-Bar Sampler!

Enjoy!

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Yesterday was a Vitalicious- sort of day. On night shift, we had pizza, and all day I was craving more pizza. I never crave pizza… ever! Glad I keep this baby in the freezer:

Tomato and Cheese

Tomato and Cheese

What I like about this VitaPizza is that there is a very thin crust, so it crisps nicely in the toaster oven, theres a thin layer of sauce and tons of diced tomato and garlic!

Today is, what we in the Bundo house call, “Daddy-Daughter Date Day!”

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I had to wake up early this morning to drive to the hospital where my clinics rotation is to gather information for my patients this week. After that, I picked up the father and we headed to Philly. A few months ago, on my way to visit some family in Philly, I saw a billboard for the Titanic exhibit t the Franklin Institute. Dad and I have always had a fascination with the Titanic. We used to watch documentaries every Sunday morning on the Discovery channel. Luckily, through my recycling rewards points, I had a “buy one get one free” ticket for the museum.
We had a great time! At the beginning of the tour, you get a boarding pass with the name of a passenger. At the end of the tour, you find out if you survived the event.
Dad was 44 yr old, Mr. William Harbeck of Paris, traveling 2nd class to NY. He was a filmmaker, hired by White Star, to film Titanic’s maiden voyage. He did not survive.

I was Ms. Marie Grice Young, a 36 yr music instructor, to Teddy Rossevelt’s daughter, from NY, in first class, on my way to DC. I made it.
Some of the artifacts were amazing. They had light bulb! Yes, a light bulb, they pieced back together! It was neat to read little bios on some of the passengers and see some of their recovered belongings, including clothing, letters, business cards, and stationary. There was also a live “iceberg” for you to touch to understand how cold the water was. They recreated main rooms of the ship, like the stair case, bedrooms, and hallways. It really sucked you into the period. The only bummer, was that we could not take pictures. I did manage to snag a few though. Shhhhh… it’s a secret.

beautifully recreated doorway

beautifully recreated doorway

the coolest picture of the day!

the coolest picture of the day!

entering the boiler room

entering the boiler room

After the exhibit, we explored the remainder of the museum. One of my favorite parts ever since I was a kid is the Giant Heart! Its a huge heart that you can walk through. It takes you through all the parts of the heart through a maze of stairs, meanwhile you hear a heart beat to enhance the effect.

getting ready to head inside the heart

getting ready to head inside the heart

playing in the kids area

playing in the kids area

cheezeing it up inside an artery

cheezeing it up inside an artery

My absolute favorite area, besides the observatory, is the planetarium. Astronomy has always been a passion of mine. (Guess who owns the seasons of “The Universe?” This chick.) In fact, up until sophomore year of high school, my plan was to attend Cornell for Astronomy or the AFROTC Aeronautical Nursing program. Any way, we saw a film about black holes. Black holes give me the chills. I’ve always been fascinated by them and have written several papers on them throughout my schooling.

having an 80 yr old Singer sewing machine, I appreciate the beauty of this one

having an 80 yr old Singer sewing machine, I appreciate the beauty of this one

a fancy old music box

a fancy old music box

The museum has rooms focused on different areas of science: trains, planes, space, electricity (duh, Ben Franklin… Franklin Institute), engineering, and IMAX, and 3D theatre, a giant pendulum, any much more! So many of the staple exhibits have been there since I was a kid. It was so nice to revisit them. Plus, your inner child pokes out its head in all of the interactive “Please Touch” exhibits and games!

I turn Ben on. (get it? cause its a light switch?) *knee slap*

I turn Ben on. (get it? cause its a light switch?) *knee slap*

who needs travelocity?

who needs travelocity?

old school

old school

My father, Cpt. America, saluting USAF

My father, Cpt. America, saluting USAF

Chug-a-Chug-a Choo-Choo

Chug-a-Chug-a Choo-Choo

I'd kill for this telescope!

I’d kill for this telescope!

After a few hours in the museum, dad and I walked through the atrium to find the most adorable little girl getting her face painted! This is probably one of the cutest kids I’ve ever seen! Her mom let me snap a shot of her.

the most beautiful tiger i've ever seen

the most beautiful tiger i’ve ever seen

We said, “peace out,” to Big Ben (the guy, not the clock) and headed for one of my favorite Wholefoods. Its on Pennsylvania Ave. in Philly. Dad and I wondered around in there, grabbed a few cookies and bagels for the week, and of course, picked up this beautiful fruit salad:

Goodbye, Ben!

Goodbye, Ben!

Hello, fruity deliciousness!

Hello, fruity deliciousness!

After seeing all that food, we drove  around downtown Philly until we headed for South St. We couldn’t decide what we were in the mood for, but my dad said we should go to Maoz. (I was giggling like a little school girl, inside, because I wanted to go there all along but didn’t want to force vegetarian food on him). I explained how the ordering worked and he was willing to give it a try. Dad and I usually love anything with a topping bar. We split the #1. This is a falafel pita with hummus and eggplant, served with Belgian fries and drink. We upgraded to the sweet potato fries, then stuffed our falafel stuffed whole wheat pita with vegetable salad (tomato, zucchini and cucumbers), reed cabbage salad, cilantro sauce, sweet peppers (a must), grilled cauliflower, and later some garlic sauce. Maoz is the only place I will ever eat beets so I grabbed a little cup of that. Dad was so funny! “This is really good! I wish I had one around work. I’d get this for lunch at least once a week! Do they sell this in stores? Let’s get some.” Luckily, I can make it at home! Dad told me we are going to the grocery store to pick up falafel ingredients tomorrow after class! lol This was a really delicious meal. What made it even better, was seeing how much my dad enjoyed it! Perfect size for the two of us to split!

MMMMM... Warm falafel loaded with veggies in every bite!

MMMMM… Warm falafel loaded with veggies in every bite and sweet potato fries!

When I got home, I snacked on a Gnu Brownie, smeared with some Low Sodium Better n’ Peanut Butter. Then I completed some paperwork for clinical for Monday, and put on some jams and danced around the living room to do a little cardio.

Wow! What a fantastic day!

RIP to a Philly favorite: Sally Star!

Busy Night

Work was busy last night and I got to see some more nurses who I haven’t seen in a while.

I had never eaten polenta before, but the seasoning and veggies of the marinara sauce in Amy’s Roasted Polenta and Swiss Chard were really complimented with the greens! It was a low cal meal (the TV dinner is only 140cal) but filling.

Of course, I needed my chocolate fix after driving home in this mess of fog…

So the mini Gnu Chocolate Brownie is was, along with a bit of a fuji apple I had left over from earlier in the day, and a handful of Unreal Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts. A teaspoon of sunflower seed butter was among the gnom-sesh ingredients, as well.

Gnu is one of my favorite brands of bars! Why you ask? Because it delicious and straight up FIBER! Gnu recently released mini bars of three flavors, so I got chocolate brownie and cinnamon raisin: both spectacular! If you’ve never tried a Gnu bar, you’re missing out!

Back in Business (Jan 13, 2013)

Last night was my first night back. I swear I was more nervous returning to work than I was the first day I started. Everyone was so welcoming and complemented me on my progress, ie. weight gain. I happy as I was, constantly being reminded of how much weight I gained was a bit like poking me in the rib with a stick.

I started back on the desk to ease my way back in, and it was like I never left!
I ate dinner with the other Aide, Claire, and enjoyed my first ever Lean Cuisine meal, Lemongrass Chicken. The broccoli slaw was just what it needed. (I’m a sucker for veggies!) I was afraid that the lemongrass would be too strong of a flavor for the TV dinner, but I think the slaw helped distribute the sauce really well.

(Not specific to Lean Cuisine, but have you ever realized that the meat in frozen dinners never actually looks like the meat that its supposed to be? Like the Salisbury steak looks like some baby food glued together with some gravy, and the chicken looks like rubber? Just an observation…)

I saw a parent of one of the patients grab coffee and peanut M&Ms. I was craving that till the end of my shift. I darted to the vending machine to snag some, but then faced a dilemma. I had a ten dollar bill, a one dollar bill, a quarter and a dime. Which to choose: the Fiber One Chocolate Brownie or the Peanut M&Ms??? To be a good girl, I put in my dollar bill, quarter, and dime, and enjoyed the brownie, to which I topped, with some hospital-sized Peanut Butter. (If you didn’t know this PB pretty much goes with everything!)

Ahh! The make-shift hospital delight…

Still jonesing for those M&Ms, and being so proud of my eating habits, I stopped by 7Eleven on my way home, where I also indulged in some Butterfinger Bites.
I started going to town! Luckily, I caught myself and stopped the midless eating. It was too late of course because the calories had already been swallowed…
The star of this little sugar rush was Cracker Jacks Cracker Jack’D:

The PB and Chocolate mix! Heaven!

I was tired when I got home, especially after my sugar binge… I put on my hula hooping song, “Don’t Stop the Party”by Pitbull, which, of course, drove my dad crazy (yes, hula-hooping is very therapeutic)! I followed up with some more Pitbull, “Culo,” and finished with PSY. Then I crashed around 0130.

I set my alarm for Church this morning, but it was just not happening! I woke around 1030 feeling guilty about my binge so I went for a quickie walk/run. When I got back, dad had scrapple in the frying pan. For those of you who don’t know what scrapple is…let me explain its porky-loafy goodness…

Scrapple is basically what it sounds like… the scraps of the pig that don’t get used, mixed with cormeal and spices. This morning we used the lean beef scrapple by Hatfeild

To balance this, I through some of it into an egg white omelette stuffed with bell peppers, onions, and spinach, a bit of shredded fat free mozzarella (dad wanted sharp cheddar). And like with most things, hot sauce was the dressing! Half way through, I realized I forgot the mushrooms! I told you I’m a sucker for veggies!

 

Dad got the same thing, but platter style.

If you’ve never tried scrapple, I recommend it. Just make sure you get it theright way, crispy outside and soft inside. Diners in my area, Jersey, and Philly are primo! Sometimes, you get lucky enough and the diner makes their own!

Its been pretty icky here, in Wilmington.

The news says its one of the warmest winters we’ve had in years…. GLOBAL WARMING, people!!! Be a tree hugger!

Okay… off my pedestal….

I’m back at work tonight and I got here quick. There was hardly anyone on the road. I can’t blame them though, its pretty foggy…

On the menu tonight is Amy’s Light and Lean Polenta and Swiss Chard… Of course, I’m addingMann’s Broccoli Slaw.