Today was Pledge Day #3 and it came with more challenges. Mostly for my girls, not so much for me. Today was a calm day where we found ourselves at home for all of our meals, but a quick trip to Costco almost derailed all of my 9-year-old's efforts so far! We went in there for one thing...ONE THING! We found ourselves wandering around for over a half hour looking at all the new things they have in stock. Without fail, we found ourselves walking past sample after sample. None of the highly-processed, over-sugared 'food' tempted me at all and my 6-year-old really held strong, but the sights of the treats nearly broke my 9-year-old. She wanted everything! I don't think she even knew what they were giving out, it was just the sheer fact of having the forbidden food that lured her. I thought we'd be ok walking down the dry goods aisles (honey, nuts, etc), but all she saw were the giant boxes of Goldfish Crackers and Oreos that were sitting just one aisle over! I realized I had to get her out of there so I quickly took her over to the books and movies so she could browse and...suddenly....all the junk food she just wanted a minute....was a thing of the past! Way to go J!! I know it's hard for them and I can't say enough how PROUD I am of them for sticking with me on this!
Once again I had Iced Coffee with Overnight Oatmeal and a dollop of Almond Butter. I tried to make the oatmeal a little prettier for you, but I'm not sure I succeeded! Tomorrow I think I'm going to eat something different!
Lunch was leftover Quiche from dinner last night, a little bit of arugula and a quick bruschetta-type toast. I diced up some tomatoes and parsley and put it on top of a piece of Whole Wheat bread from a local bakery. They told me they only use 3 ingredients in this bread! They don't even use yeast!
My husband and I indulged in a seriously TINY scoop of last night's ice cream after lunch. I really wanted to have a scoop to see how the texture held up and I'm thrilled to say it was simply perfect! This ice cream recipe may become an unhealthy obsession of mine!
My mid-afternoon snack was a handful of Ground Cherries from our garden and a Plain Rice Cake topped with more Almond Butter a few defrosted strawberries and a drizzle of honey.
Dinner tonight was perfection! Not only was the entire meal local from Pennsylvania, but it was entirely cooked by my hubby! Whew! I needed a night off! He breaded a piece of Walleye (from his fishing trip to Lake Erie last week) with some homemade, whole wheat breadcrumbs from the freezer. He served the fish was some sauteed Green Beans and a slice of tomato from our farmer's market last night.
My evening snack was a few Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites (recipe coming at you tomorrow!) with some stone ground mustard. See the mustard? Right there in the left-hand corner of the bowl? That little tablespoon got me in trouble. Like a rookie, I squeezed some mustard into the bowl and enjoyed my little snack. Only AFTER I finished the pretzels did it dawn on me that I forgot to read the label on the mustard! Yikes!! I immediately ran to the refrigerator to look at the label only to find....sugar!! Why?? Why does sugar have to be in everything???? *sigh* I try so hard all day, every day to avoid sugar and it sneaks into my MUSTARD???? Live and learn. The next time I go to Whole Foods I'll be sure to look for a tasty mustard that doesn't have sugar in it!
Pittsburgh area mom striving to provide clean, healthy, REAL food for her family!