It is officially the weekend! Hope that most of you are also having time off
from work. I do feel bad for those who are weekend ‘warriors’ or have to
go into a job, while others are off. It all balances out, I suppose. My oldest
daughter is one who works weekends, gets a couple of weekdays off, along
with my son. Both are busy parents and partners with someone who is the
one who is home over the weekend. While during the week, I may keep a
healthy eating balanced ‘diet,’ on weekends; I enjoy ‘splurges!’
My friend and I walked to Dairy Point, to get our ‘end of summer’ meal
there. Mine is a hot dog with onions, pickles, relish and mustard, fried
mushrooms with ranch dressing to add more calories and dip into and
a sundae. This place roasts nuts, they have what they call, “The Nut
House,” as part of their business. This will let you in on why I get so
excited to go there, (remember that I like butter pecan ice cream?)
I usually ask for their hard ice cream in the butter pecan flavor, a big
dose of hot caramel, real whipped cream, a cherry on top with roasted
salty pecans added over the top. This was my meal. No apologies, to
the ones who don’t eat animal by-products nor the ones who are possibly
I love this quote that is attributed sometimes (accidentally) to George
Carlin, the comedian. It is actually taken from the book, “The Vision of
Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree” by Roger J. Corless:
“Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to
satisfy your hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”
In order to ‘redeem myself’ and make myself not feel too guilty about my
innocent ‘splurge,’ I am going to let you in on some healthy and yummy
foods to snack and enjoy over the weekend!
Here are some appetizing and delicious natural food products that can be
purchased in your local grocery store or Trader Joe’s may have another
equivalent, more fresh choices available, too.
1. Sabra. Have you tried this brand yet?
I love the Classic Guacamole with healthy fat, fiber and Vitamin C.
2. Wholly Classic Mild (or you may try a spicier blend) of Salsa.
I like blue corn chips to dip into this and feel the tomatoes and
flavors are almost as good as homemade salsa. In this healthy
snack, there are only 10 calories in the salsa, but keep in mind
the word: moderation when it comes to the chips!
3. Triscuit’s have a great line called, “Hint of Salt,” which makes
this a good one to add a slice of low sodium cheese or peanut
butter to make it complete.
4. Here’s another cheese to try on those Triscuits, woven crackers:
Kerrygold Reduced Fat Dubliner cheese. This is made from milk
from grass fed cows, smooth texture with 1/3 fat.
5. Another choice of cheese is Vermont Creamery Fresh Goat Cheese.
I love this natural, lower fat cheese with the flavor of sourness, like
it is made out of sour cream.
6. My youngest daughter and I had an antipasto box and added hummus
with sliced carrots and cucumbers from Opa’s Greek Restaurant, located
across the street from my apartment to watch a movie. We felt self-righteous
and healthier than our usual buttered popcorn and chocolate candies, we
usually buy to eat when we are sitting on a mattress in my living room floor.
We watched the movie that Beth recommended, so I must write a review soon
on the movie. Coming Soon at a blog near you!
7. A delicious and acquired taste that was shared with me by a friend, is the
Kalamata Olive Spread that supplies good olive fat and that tangy flavor of
olives. I enjoy this on pita corners, supplied by the Opa’s Greek Restaurant
or spread directly on a thick slice of cheese.
8. Planter’s Nuts has come up with a great new product called, “Nut-ration
Heart Healthy Mix.” This can be a great protein snack that meets some of
your salty taste buds’ needs! (Hint: 50% less sodium than their other cans
of mixed nuts.)
9. If you are one, like one of my old boyfriends, who likes to have pizza to
‘chow down on,’ you may wish to try Amy’s brand, which has a whole wheat
kind of crust or Amy’s Pesto Pizza, with has less saturated fat and sodium,
along with baking it will bring out the fresh taste, you can also add some of
your garden herbs and vegetables. You may find this brand either in the
general frozen foods’ aisle or you may need to look for Amy’s in the healthy
frozen foods’ section. In our local Kroger’s, I found several variations of
this name brand in a separate area of the store, close to the produce
10. Since I mentioned deep fried mushrooms, on my lunch menu today, I
should offer a healthy alternative: “Alexia Mushroom Bites with Roasted
Garlic and Olive Oil.” They are a non-greasy yet tasty substitute. I like to
add a low fat ranch dressing, which if you haven’t tried Cindy’s Kitchen
brand, their product line offers Fresh Buttermilk Ranch. Yummy!
When I mentioned that my youngest daughter and I viewed a movie,
while eating the antipasto and hummus with vegetables, I would also like
to include in this post a recipe for:
“Spiced Chickpea Yogurt Dip”
Serves 12 people.
a. Rinse and drain 1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas.
b. Add to food processor, with 6 T. of 2% plain Greek-style yogurt,
2-3 T. of fresh lemon juice, 2 T. of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 tsp.
minced garlic and 1 and a 1/2 tsp. Moroccan seasoning (McCormick
has this, along with other shops sell different variations).
Season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth.
c. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
(Makes 1 and 1/2 cups.)
Serve with pita chips, corners or crudités for dipping. Or as I
mentioned, we chose to add carrots and cucumbers.
Which, by the way, the fun walk and lively conversation, along with the
tasty treats, were ‘way’ worth it the calories and ‘danger’ to our arteries!
Yet, definitely not ‘worked off’ on our 1 mile walk home. My friend chose
a chili dog, a peanut butter shake and also a side dish of French fries. No
ranch, just ketchup.
Have fun any way you can this weekend!
Closing with a ‘real’ quote from great comedian/philosopher, George Carlin:
“Those who dance are considered insane by those who can’t hear the music.”