Best of Trader Joe’s: Tarte d’Alsace

Trader Joe's French Style Flat Bread with Ham, Caramelized Onions and Gruyere and Summer Salad

“If Only I Was French I Would Eat Like This Every Day … “

… I heard myself saying something like that when I recently visited Paris (which, by the way, is very likely the best city on the planet—I care only a little bit that this statement sounds incredibly cliché). I also kept saying to people when I returned, “I feel like I’ve been lied to my whole life. Food in France is so, so simple, but everything is so fresh and clean (even when really rich), that I never had to eat as much to feel satisfied.” All of this made me realize that maybe not only have I been approaching food preparation completely incorrectly in the past, but that there was still a chance that I could correct all of this error.  read more Best of Trader Joe’s: Tarte d’Alsace

#Grateful100 – Day 17

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Today I’m grateful for:

Nutrition Experts

So there are a lot of things I’m good at (obviously, right? lol), but it turns out nutrition is one of the ones that I’ve gotten too much information on. I have been feeling not overwhelmed by all the information that I’ve gathered over 20 years of dieting (oh wow – first diet at 10?! Yeah.) … but I’ve been feeling the step that’s just beyond overwhelmed. The one where you consistently feel like none of the information that you have is working or getting you anywhere near being healthier, and you’re not sure of how long to stick with any of the information that you’ve been given because you don’t want to get any closer to feeling like crap. Enter: a nutritionist with really grounded views named Robyn who also blogs her own food intake. read more #Grateful100 – Day 17

Food – Mexican Quinoa Salad – 10 WW+

if you’re craving a mexican meal, or maybe you need some fresh protein in your life, this is the meal to make. it would have a lot fewer points if the serving was smaller (duh), and if it didn’t have 1/3 cup of olive oil in the dressing, but i eat this as a main meal, and i don’t think the olive oil is that bad for you … even if it does have a lot of points! it’s got yummy black beans, corn, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper and onions, loads of cilantro and spices. get the recipe in this post! read more Food – Mexican Quinoa Salad – 10 WW+

Food – Raw Broccoli Raisin Salad – 4 WW+

so. i’m confused … i was under the impression that broccoli had 0 points, but apparently when added to a recipe, it has points. this recipe calls for 2 heads of broccoli, which add up to 3 WW+. i was unpleasantly surprised to find this out, because i wanted this recipe to be 2 WW+ or less per serving. oh well! it’s still pretty low in points, healthy, and raw. and yummy! read more Food – Raw Broccoli Raisin Salad – 4 WW+

Oh God. We’re Talking About Food and Feelings Again?

we all pretty much grew up seeing that little food pyramid thing that schools had up in the cafeteria  i grew up going to weight watchers meetings from the time i was 5. i’ll never forget the time they asked everyone what was something you could do to reward yourself, and, being the complete ham i was and desperate for the room’s attention, i smartly raised my hand, and when recognized said proudly, “A COOKIE!” to which i was met with laughter, and then felt shame and then embarrassment. because i so thought i was right.  read more Oh God. We’re Talking About Food and Feelings Again?