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I am redeeming myself


Remember many, many months ago, when I reviewed the Fizzy Lizzy drinks (sorry there are no longer pictures in that post…use your imagination).  Well, would you believe me if I told you that someone asked me to review another drink after that?

It’s true, they did.  Sunkist has a new line of smoothies, and they asked me to give them a try.   So I did.  And…I liked them!


I can’t believe it, really.  I hate juice.  But these are pretty good.  Particularly the strawberry dream flavor.  In fact, Chris, who also isn’t a big juice drinker, drank the entire bottle on Saturday after announcing that it was “quite refreshing.”

The berry blue bountiful was also good, and very blueberryish.  Which makes sense.  The berry cherry bountiful was the one I liked the least.  I think it’s hard to turn cherries into a juice.  Robitussin has kind of ruined that flavor for me.  But it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, and if you like cherries (I don’t) you might like this one.

All in all, I’m not sure I’d drink these things regularly, only because I prefer water.  But I might use one to replace a peice of fruit on a day that I don’t have time to sit down and eat.  It would be much easier to drink one of these than try to eat a bowl of strawberries on the train, that’s for sure.  They are also 100% juice, all-natural, no preservatives.   Each bottle holds two servings (Can I just say, I hate it when companies do that?  No one drinks half a bottle.  Seriously.  It’s such a scam.) and each serving is 130 – 140 calories.

My only real gripe?  Hardly any protein, so I’m not sure it would keep me full past the initial I-just-drank-16-ounces-of-thick-liquid stage.   But adding protein would take away from the 100% juice factor, so I’m okay with it.


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Pure steel

Well, I decided to go for it:

I got the whey instead of the egg white, though.  I was still a little freaked out by the egg white thing, plus this one has one more gram of protein per serving and it was about thirty cents cheaper.  I’m a bargain hunter.

Anyway, I am going to be drinking a lot of protein shakes tomorrow because I’m going to Mexico on Saturday and I need these abs:

What do you think, three, four shakes will do it?  Maybe five?  I can probably squeeze in five if I have to.  I think it’s worth it if I can show up on the beach with the “Jay Robb 6-pack.” It’ll be the perfect accessory for the Old Navy bikini I got last week for $4.

I’m going to have to start tomorrow, though, because tonight I made this:

I had to use extra spinach and mushrooms because I’m a bad planner and I didn’t want them to go bad while we’re on vacation.  We have a friend staying here watching poor little orphaned Jack, but I’m sure he’ll be more interested in drinking beer and eating the brownies I plan on making for him tomorrow.

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I found the best new protein powder, and I just had to tell you about it because I’m nice and generous like that.  Here it is:

Doesn’t he look like a man who knows good protein powder?  I thought so too, which is why I took a chance on him and spent nearly $3 on this single-serve packet at Whole Foods when the stuff I normally buy is only a buck.  I am not sure I meant to buy egg white protein, because the sound of that freaks me out and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have gone for it, but now that I have it, I’m in love.

In. Love.

It makes the best smoothies.  Look at what I just had for lunch:

It’s all thick and milkshake-y, right?  That’s because of my man Jay Robb.  I only used half the packet, too, which means I still have some left for another smoothie tomorrow.  A $1.50 smoothie is better than a $3 smoothie, right?  They also sell it in big canisters for upwards of $30, but I wasn’t ready to commit. I’m still not, actually, because I’m kind of cheap, but I’m slowly talking myself into it.

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Another Sunday night…blah!  That’s what I think about that.

Here’s the weekend eats:

On Friday, I didn’t get to post again because I ran out of time before I had to meet Chris for the movie.  But for lunch, I had some more of that Trader Joe’s vegan black bean soup mixed with some refried beans:

This is a random brand of beans, but obviously any kind would work.  The grocery store near my apartment has a bunch of stuff no one has ever heard of, but good luck finding standard grocery store things like ice cream and trash bags.  Not happening.  Anyway, here is my bowl of soup:

I used the whole can of soup and a couple spoonfuls of the beans.  And cheese. Obviously.

I brought a Z Bar to the movie, and then we went out to dinner to this old school Italian restaurant.  It was really good but I’m pretty sure my ravioli had at least four cups of cream sauce on it.  I had to do some scrapping action, but I eventually uncovered a little pasta.  Sorry, no pictures.

Moving on to Saturday.  Here is my lunch:

A leftover black bean burger that I made the other night, some grapes, cucumbers, and Sun Chips.  Good stuff.

I also picked up the infamous peanut butter cookie Larabar at Trader Joe’s, just to see what all the fuss was about:

Um.  I did not think this was very good – I actually didn’t even eat it.  It didn’t really taste like peanut butter to me.  I do admire the short ingredient list (peanuts, dates, salt) but I’d rather eat two tablespoons of straight up peanut butter and call it a day.  Maybe I’m just not a Larabar person, because I wasn’t a huge fan of the two other flavors I’ve had (cashew and chocolate mole, I think).  Are the fruit ones better?  Am I just a lost cause?

After dinner, I had some ice cream:

Which brings us to today, when I tried out this new soup for lunch:

It’s an Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms.  It was okay.  The noodles were good.  I added some more mushrooms, a chopped scallion, and some soy sauce, which helped.  But I wouldn’t buy it again.  Check this out:


Hmm.  What do you think that is?  Do we want to know?  It was kind of scaly.  There were a lot of them.  It freaked me out.

Anyway, it also didn’t really fill me up, so a few hours later I was hungry again and I had some cereal with soy milk:

No seconds.  Small triumph.

But, um, some chocolate covered raisins:

More than I am showing here.  Probably another handful.

And that was my weekend, or the basics, anyway.

As for this week, we’re going to try a little something different.  I have a ton of work to do the next few days, and I don’t think I’m going to have time to blog my snacks.  And let’s be honest, you don’t need to see five days of Z bars, anyway.  So for the next week, I’m going to just blog dinner in the evenings.  I have some new things to make this week, and I made two new recipes last night and tonight that I’m going to write up and post tomorrow and Tuesday, because I won’t be home to cook or eat.

Actually, I may try to switch to this format permanently in the future, but we’ll see.  I’m open to comments about that. To be honest, I don’t really mindlessly snack anymore just because I’m home, so the blog has worked its magic!  Or, I learned some self control.  And that keeping chocolate covered pretzels in the house on a regular basis is a bad idea.  Probably, it was a combination of all three.

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I went shopping at a regular grocery store instead of Trader Joe’s yesterday, and I found some new things to try.  New to me, anyway.  First up, sandwich thins:

Buns are always way too much bread for me, so I usually buy English muffins instead.  But these are pretty good and very skinny, perfect for burgers and sandwiches and even toast.  They’re good too, and no HFCS or trans fat.

Next, this weird hummus:

I bought this, honestly, because it was the cheapest brand and I have a zillion cucumbers in my fridge that desperately need some dip.  It’s not that great.  I should have known better – hummus needs olive oil!

So for lunch I used one of my sandwich thins and a slice of that awesome tomato from yesterday to make a BLT with fake Morningstar Farms bacon:

It was really good.  Although I’d eat just about anything topped with one of those tomatoes and an avocado.  I also had some cucumbers and a little bad hummus.

In other news, remember the other day when I said I got a new phone?  Well, that new phone was the iPhone 3G.  You know, the one that still has people waiting in lines like this one?

I’m ashamed to admit that I did that, only to be told that AT&T somehow screwed up my account and I was ineligible for an upgrade.  I subsequently spent approximately 437 minutes on the phone with various AT&T operators, all of whom promised me that they were going to fix the account.  This went on for two weeks, until the last supervisor I spoke to told me that I shouldn’t have believed them.  In fact, her exact words were, “Would you believe me if I promised you a house on the moon?”

Yes.  I’m serious.  She really said that.

In the end, I was able to finally order the phone and pick it up last Tuesday.

I returned it six days later.

Yep, after all that trouble, I hated the phone.  I may very well may be the first person ever to return an iPhone.  When I called about the exchange policy, the guy who answered the phone actually asked me why I would ever want to return the iPhone.  When I brought it into the store, the woman I spoke to went into complete shock and it took me five minutes to explain to her that I didn’t want to just exchange it for another iPhone.

Meanwhile, the woman at the register next to me was there because every time she hit the letter “P,” the phone typed a “T.”  Chris’s froze just this morning, causing him all kinds of trouble.

I don’t mean to put down people who love this thing, my boyfriend fiancee (fancy!) included, but I just don’t understand the appeal.  Well, I kind of do.  I mean, the web browser is pretty cool, and there are all kinds of fun games and applications you can download.  One told me every restaurant within a five mile radius of my body, which could come in rather handy at times.  But it took me about a year to type out a single text message, and the thing is so fragile looking that I was scared to use it anywhere near concrete.  I even – this is embarrassing – kept it in a sock in my tote bag so my keys wouldn’t scratch the face.

It just wasn’t meant to be.

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So I was recently asked to do a review of Fizzy Lizzy, a new beverage.  I don’t usually use words like beverage, but I’m not sure what to call these things – it’s not soda, but basically fruit juice concentrate mixed with carbonated water.  No high fructose corn syrup, no added sugar, no artificial colors.

They sent me four flavors:

Gulf Coast Tangerine, Costa Rican Pineapple, Yakima Valley Grape, and Lone Star Grapefruit.  And yes, it does say “Gently shake my hips before placing bottle to your lips.”  I don’t know what that’s about, but don’t shake too hard.  I created a miniature explosion.

Here’s what I thought of the Gulf Coast Tangerine:

Chris agreed with me.  It was a little too bitter and had a weird after taste.  But truth be told, I’m not really a citrus kind of girl.  In fact, I’m not even sure I’ve ever had an actual tangerine, so it could be the fruit that offends me, and not this particular drink.

Next came the Lone Star Grapefruit:

It was okay.  Like I said, not a citrus girl.

Not to worry, though, because things started looking up from there.  I’d definitely give the Yakima Valley Grape a solid B:

And the Costa Rican Pineapple made Chris do this:

He was rather taken with it, as you can see.  Clearly, the pineapple takes the cake.  It was the best by far.

But here’s the thing – I drink water.  And coffee.  And red wine.  Sometimes beer and vodka.  I don’t drink juice.  I don’t drink soda.  Every once in a while, I’ll buy a Vitamin Water, but I can never make it through the whole bottle.  I just don’t like sweet drinks.  I only took about two sips of each of these flavors, and I still feel nauseous.

So I’m not the best person to test this “Fruit & Fizz With Body,” and you probably shouldn’t listen to me.  If you like things like soda, this is definitely a better alternative.  Calorie-wise, it’s almost equal (a can of Coke has about 140 calories; these are all between 90 – 165 a bottle) but the ingredients don’t even compare.  Instead of corn syrup and artificial flavorings, you’re drinking fruit juice and seltzer which means you can totally make your own at home for much less money.

As for me, I think I’ll stick to water.  And, of course, this:

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Rainy Friday

This morning I had iced coffee.  I have a love/hate relationship with this stuff.  For some reason, I like hot coffee without sugar, but iced coffee, to me, should be sweet.  But sugar doesn’t dissolve in cold liquids.  Quite the predicament, don’t you think?

That’s Jack’s owner’s manual in the background.  I think he might be broken.  Or foreign.  I’m thinking Japanese, probably.  He doesn’t quite grasp important words we have in the English language.  Things like “no” and “sit” and “stay.”  Today, he’s particularly struggling with no.  As in, “No, Jack!  You cannot chew up the last roll of toilet paper!”

I’m not sure how to transition from toilet paper to yogurt, so:

Morning snack.  I am in love with this Sorrell Ridge strawberry jelly.  Or, as they like to say, “spreadable fruit.”  Which, I hate to break it to them, is jelly.  Or jam.  I am always confused about the difference.  One has seeds, is that it?  Anyway, this is good stuff, 100% fruit, and I’m addicted to it.

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