Picking Away

Despite being super sleepy, I spent another night not being able to shut down.

Being awake and not having the mental capacity to study, I flipped through some of my favorite channels and decided on Unique Eats on Cooking Channel. This episode ended on a cupcake note, which caused a late night sweet tooth. I went into the freezer to grab spoonful of fat free cool whip to see Frank’s pint of Chunky Monkey. I never buy Ben & Jerry’s because, although, theirs flavor combinations are absolutely spectacular, their calorie counts are absolutely outrageous! Wanting an added crunch, I dug into the Chunky Monkey to pull out a piece of chocolate and a walnut. This was my first experience with Chunky Monkey and I can tell why its so popular! Banana ice cream with chocolate chunks and walnuts! If that doesn’t say “Sammy” I don’t know what does!

Dear Frank,

If you decided to have your Chunky Monkey ice cream, you may find a lack of chunky. Sorry bout that….

Sammy

I felt proud of myself for being able to stop after one serving, but I won’t lie when I tell you I made sure to make that half cup worth it, picking for the chocolate and walnuts. Luckily, I had calories to spare last night, and after a brief increase in my respirations, I reassured myself.

There is one flavor of Ben & Jerry’s that I have wanted to buy, but just can’t bring myself to do it: Chubby Hubby- vanilla malt ice cream with fudge, peanut butter, and pretzels!

Get this- 340 calories per 1/2 cup! Crazy!

It seemed last night, there was no one thing on my mind. I kept playing around with recipe ideas. I kept picking my brain about when I would eat this and that, and what to bring to work, and what was on my shopping list, and how I can play around with ingredients…

Barry picked me up around 10am this morning to meet a buddy for work at the range. It was cool because we weren’t just shooting Barry’s, but John’s also! We all took turns playing around with the guns and switching out targets.

WP_003252Following our time at the range, Barry and I headed to Wholefoods for lunch. They’re ridiculous soup bar has always impressed me, so while Barry loaded up on man foods (meatloaf, chili, and mashed potatoes), I went with the Vegan Hot and Sour soup, and we ate outside on the patio. I was a bit disappointied in the lack of hot in the soup, taste, not temperature.

Nonetheless, we continued to stroll through Wholefoods, looking for some new products on the market, which we couldn’t find just yet. I did leave, however, leave with two items I was quite excited about.

Peaches!!!! Not any old peaches, Donut Peaches, AKA Saturn Peaches. I love these things and I can only find them this time of year! The look like flattened peaches, but they are so sweet and delicious, and my mom and I can literally eat a whole basket of these! Talk about healthy trigger foods.

Top 10 Reasons to Try a Donut Peach

WP_003259Also making an appearance in my cart was Arctic Zero Chocolate Peanut Butter frozen dessert. The cool thing about these products is that the entire pint is 150 calories! I’m not kidding! My only issue is that there wasn’t enough PB flavor. So after a teaspoon of added PB and jimmies, this was aces and I couldn’t feel an ounce of guilt.

WP_003253After lunch, Barry got thirsty and ventured to pick out a drink. “I was what you called me on the blog…” Uhhhhh???? “You’re ‘blueberry fiend of a boyfriend…” Well, its true!

What do you think he wound up getting to drink? IZZE Sparkling BlueberrySHOCKER!

Dinner was a frozen pizza. I’ve really wanted pizza that past few days and I’ve always had good luck with Amy’s pizza. On the menu was Amy’s Margherita pizza. Wow! I’m pretty sure I could have eaten the whole darn thing myself! The crust is  fluffy, and the basil seasoning was tops with the light tomato and globs of mozzarella! After our last experience with Kashi frozen pizza, I was relieved when this was excellent! I may have made a trip back to the kitchen later to pick at the leftover pizza. (They make a vegan version of this, too, by the way).

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After some loving from Lily, Barry’s dog, the night is ending on a rather exciting note: Studying for the boards. Since I am terribly entertaining, Barry whipped out his Nook.

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Tomato Pie

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RIP Bullet

Today began in mourning. The catch on the MagicBullet cracked right in half!

WP_002860Luckily, I had a spare in the cupboard to make shakes! I made Frank and dad a Black and Muddy shake using soy nut butter and peanut butter, while I went with an Irish Creme shake, using my Da Vinci sugar free Irish Creme syrup and Cafe Latte Herbalife powder.

After shakes, Barry came over for a shooting date! He had some work done on his rifle and it was time to test it out!

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I think my aim is getting better… well… I hope it is, any way  😛

We stopped at the Dairy Palace on our way back to fix Barry’s craving for a blueberry shake. I enjoyed a Dannon Light & Fit Greek Pineapple yogurt with chia seeds back at the house.

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When we got back home, I prepared some food and realized I didn’t want it anymore… so I gave it to Frank for dinner. Instead, I wanted something to hold me over…

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Yes, its Gerber. These things are 70 calories, and I topped it with chunky marinara sauce. Its perfect enough for when I’m not really feeling up to a full meal!

Zumba came to the rescue, yet again, tonight. I LOVE ZUMBA!

In other news, I thought I’d share my Tomato Pie with you today. The key, is the sauce. A mildly sweet and garlic-filled sauce on a firm, crispy soft crust!

Easy Tomato Pie

2 tubes Pillsbury Pizza crust (I like the thin crust and the Artisan whole grain)

garlic powder, dusting

2 Tbsp minced garlic

1 can crushed tomatoes in puree

3 Splenda packets

2 tsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp basil

1/2 tsp oregano, plus more

crush red pepper flakes, optional

Heat a pot to medium heat and add the minced garlic. Once the garlic has heated for about 30 seconds, pour the tomatoes in the pot a stir. Follow, by adding Splenda and herbs. Continue to prepare the crust, while stirring sauce occassionally.

Preheat oven according to package directions. Spray baking pan with non stick cooking spray and roll out dough. Use fingertips to finger and press the dough to the edges to create a small crust. Dust the dough with garlic powder and bake for 8 minutes.

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Remove from oven and pour about 1 cup of sauce (gravy, as its called in these parts) in the center of the dough. Spread the sauce evenly over the dough, sprinkle with additional oregano, and red pepper flakes for a kick. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, or more until crust is crisp, but soft.

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Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy! Mangia!

*Remember: if you’re using fresh herbs, as opposed to dried, its 1 Tbsp fresh= 1 tsp dried.