Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In the name of healthy

When I was pregnant I vowed that my child would not have the same health problems as I do, I raised him to eat at least 2 servings of veggies (or fruit) at every meal and to ingest mainly complex carbs with his proteins.  I am proud to say that he has the healthiest diet of anyone I know...except on Tarzan's BNO.  I allow him to get McDonald's and while I don't eat food from McDonald's I allow him to have his occasional guilty pleasure.  Every time we go he gets the chicken nuggets (I have tried everything to end this unhealthy relationship but even the 'How Chicken Nuggets Are Made video can't end his unyielding love for them) and apple dippers...the kid is a huge fan of the apple.  Well tonight may have ruined his chances of ever tasting the fried goodness of his yummy chicken nuggets again.

I was appalled when I received my child's meal, alongside his glorious fried nuggets of nasty were fries and the smallest bag of apple slices I have ever seen.  I went back to the counter to inform them of the mistake and was told that McDonald's is making some changes to their menu.  The manager said, "In order to offer a healthier Happy Meal we are now offering french fries AND apples in each meal (like it was a point of pride)".  To which I responded, "How is minimizing the amount of apples and forcing french fries on my child healthy?"  Looking baffled he stuttered, "Did you see how small the order of fries is?"  Laughing I retorted, "Have you seen how small the apples are, what a joke!"

"Apple Dippers' - before menu change
 Really McDonald's??  You think this is healthier?  While I never really agreed with the whole caramel thing, this is ridiculous.  Now my child has THREE TINY pieces of apple AND french fries, I understand some kids never get the apples but is it wise to give the addicting taste of french fries to kids who don't enjoy them? 

new 'Apple Slices'
 Take a clue from Chick-Fil-A, now that is a healthy meal for kids.... 

Monday, February 13, 2012

from my heart to yours

I love holidays, I love nothing more than making an ordinary day extra special for the ones I care for.  I trolled pintrest and found some great ideas, and I came up with more ideas than I had time for...

I found this recipe for brown sugar blondies and knew instantly that Tarzan and Cheetah would love eating these for breakfast on Valentine's day.  I used my grandmother's heart-shaped pans, I made a batch for the boys and one for Cheetah's teacher.

When I asked Cheetah for some ideas he said, "Ms. Hue LOVES oatmeal".  I figured you can't go wrong with a heart healthy breakfast as a gift for teacher, so we packed up her gift and used the shirt box as the perfect gift wrap.  I'm sure it will make her smile.

I packed Cheetah a special lunch with heart-shaped carrots and sandwiches; along with a snack mix made with the perfect heart-shaped cereal and the Valentine M&Ms. 

I made sure that even the people Tarzan and I work with will have something special to enjoy on V-Day.  Tarzan will bring the brownies baked with M&Ms and I'll be bringing the blondies.

To top it all off, we made the cutest Valentine's for Cheetah's friends.  Of course this isn't Cheetah but what a cute idea!  Happy Valentine's to all.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

scratching off the 'never been tried' list

The past month of juicing has been an eye opening experience.  I now realize that years of saying that I am a healthy eater was a big..fat..LIE.  I hate traditional 'salads', I am a huge (pun intended) fan of any southern 'salad' which is code for mayonnaise, and I write limericks about taco salads which is merely an alias for dairy product overload (thank God for sour cream and cheese).  While I may not be a fan of eating a lot of fruits and veggies, drinking has invited me into a whole other world.  I have even tried things I have never considered allowing past my lips. 

In the interest of making my juice more balanced I decided to pick up some kale and try adding a substantial amount to each cup.  The verdict is that kale, while it may be the gentlest green, is a bit too 'green' for my tastes.  From now on I am sticking with the spinach.

While I was shopping with Cheetah at the fruit and veggie stand we saw an odd yellow melon we had never spied before and decided that it must be crossed off the 'never been tried' list.  After googling it later that evening we learned that it is a Golden Honeydew and it is quite delish!  It tastes just like it's green fleshed sibling.  I found out that there are in fact 3 different varieties of the honeydew melon: green, orange, and golden.  Who knew?

Next on my list were plums, I had never had one and learned 2 very crucial lessons when I tried juicing it.  First thing, it has a pit!  Had no idea, thankfully I thought twice before throwing it in my juicer whole.   Second you might want to wait till they are ripe before trying to consume them, they were so unbelievably tart. So I technically still have plums on my 'never been tried' list because they really didn't get a fair shot.

On my most recent trip to the grocery, I discovered a monster near the citrus fruits and was amazed when it just jumped inside my cart.  I reluctantly took home this giant grapefruit smelling beast, after all buying produce in bulk can lead to applying for a second mortgage on your home but that is a topic for a more serious blog post.  Since I was so nervous I decide to google the name on the sticker and get a sneak peek into the taste of this mystical giant.  I found out that the pomelo is a Chinese grapefruit; it was described as a kinder, more gentler be exact. This is a MUST try, super delicious.  It's sweet, only slightly tart, and did I mention HUGE??

My juicier isn't the only one having adventures, I have become one kick-butt mom.  I am having a fantastical time at karate each and every week.  I have earned my first stripe and have begun learning my Kata.  It is a real treat to have something of your own, something with a goal that you have to really work to earn.  It also helps to have the opportunity to be patted on the back.  As adults we don't really get to hear a ton of accolades and I had no idea how much I needed to hear a few 'atta girl's'. 

I have dropped  over ten pounds and I feel amazing.  I am just barely on the other side of the OMG number, and I have to remind myself daily that ten pounds is not nearly enough.  I have to chant "I am tired of being fat" the entire way to's the only way that my car doesn't careen into the nearest Sonic or McDonald's for a gooey, cheesy breakfast.  I may be enjoying the rewards of loosing a bit of weight but it is a constant battle not to settle for something that tastes yummy in exchange for my health.