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Whole Foods vs. Trader Joe’s

This morning, I woke up bright and early so that I could go to the grocery store before work. Corey is coming home from his business trip tonight and I wanted to get that pesky errand out of the way.

I made myself a nice breakfast of eggs and bacon,


yes that is hot sauce on my eggs . . . I put that stuff on everything!


then proceeded to go to not one, but two, grocery stores. I went here . . .

and here!

For those of you who don’t know, Harry’s Farmer’s Market is really Whole Foods (just a different name). I didn’t realize this myself until early this year. 🙂

I would go to Whole Foods for everything, but I just don’t have that kind of money. Plus, Whole Foods does not carry the Poptarts that my husband adores. Yes, I am married to a seven-year old. 😉

The stores are so quiet and peaceful at 9:00 am. However, Publix did not have ANY pumpkin . . . again! Doh! You would think we were in a pumpkin shortage again. Who is buying all this stuff?

After buying up tons of goodies, I headed back home to get ready for work and get my dog prepared for her day at doggy daycare. She’s always so excited about that!

Lunch was very hurriedly eaten while at my desk at work. It was some leftover Turkey Sausage Meatloaf on a whole wheat pita with some spinach and ketchup. Weird combination maybe, but so tasty.

The only bad thing is that I can not find a pita that will stay together! My pita starts to fall apart before I even start to put my fillings in and this makes for a very messy sandwich.

Work was kind of slow, so I actually got out early. But instead of picking up Callie at doggy daycare, I headed out for more grocery shopping. Yes, more shopping. There were important items to be found after all! But I couldn’t possibly go shopping on an empty stomach. So I ate a delicious apple that I had bought at Whole Foods.

Check out the green leaf on the top! That is a sure sign the apple is fresh if I ever saw one.

I first stopped at the Publix near my work and guess what I found??

I swear, I almost did a jig in the aisles. And I bought 5 cans of the stuff to stock up. Woo-hoo!

Then I was on a mission to head out to Trader Joe’s.for the latest craze that has hit the blogger world.

Peanut flour! I have an idea of how I want to use it this weekend and I can’t wait.

Speaking of Trader Joe’s, am I the only one in the universe NOT impressed with that place? You can get stuff that is more nutritious or organic at the grocery store than you can here . . . and for a cheaper price too. While I was looking for the flour, I was browsing through their stock and most of their breads and stuff had way too many ingredients. Even their “organic” tomato soup has “natural” flavoring in it. When are people going to realize that if something has “natural” flavor it is NOT organic? That just means that it is more processed and there are more additives added to it in order to make it taste good. I stay away from that crap as much as possible, especially because natural flavors often contain MSG and MSG gives me migraines. Maybe people just don’t look at the ingredients that closely.

Anyway, this was my second or third time in Trader Joe’s and I still wasn’t impressed with anything they had. I much prefer Whole Foods. I will continue to stick with them . . . except for maybe peanut flour.

Corey is coming home tonight and I am so, so, so excited. I have enjoyed my alone time, but I miss him and I am ready for him to come home. I still have much to do to get ready or him, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to fit in a workout. 😦 I did manage to grab a nutritious meal on the way home. No way I felt like cooking, so I grabbed some Subway.

I got a yummy roast beef with green peppers, yellow peppers, pickles, lettuce, light mayonnaise, and spicy mustard. I purchased it as a foot long so I could save the other half for tomorrow’s lunch at work.

I paired the sandwich with some Lay’s potato chips . . .

and some leftover pineapple.

Now I am relaxing and getting ready for Corey’s arrival. He should be arriving in about an hour and I want to be ready for him. I wish I could be like Callie. She is so exhausted from doggy daycare that she passed out as soon as she ate her dinner.

Her life is so hard. 🙂

Playing Catch-Up

I had thought briefly of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to do some strength training mixed with cardio. But somehow I knew I would not be able to do it. Despite the fact that 3.6 miles isn’t that new to me, my legs are feeling somewhat sore today. I attribute that to the fact that we were on a trail where I was constantly having to work my legs muscles to keep my balance, not to mention all the hills that were present.

So I decided to sleep in a little (tough decision that it was) and save the strength training for tomorrow. Perhaps today will be one of my days off?

Since today was my early day at work (hence my desire to sleep as much as I could), I wanted something quick and easy for breakfast. I’m not usually hungry until around 8:00 or 9:00, so on Tuesdays I end up taking a breakfast with me to eat when I get to work. Today I made a cottage cheese parfait with cottage cheese, Back to Nature Sunflower Seed granola, and some fresh peaches. It was sooo yummy that I’m not even sure why I hadn’t done this before. I used to make these kinds of things a lot with canned peaches, but I had never done it with fresh peaches. As I’ve stated before, fresh peaches are so much better than canned and I will never go back.

the highlight of breakfast!

This breakfast really hit the spot. It was very filling, so much in fact that I couldn’t even finish it! The best part was that I let go of my guilt for not cleaning my plate. Hallelujah! I think the only thing this breakfast needed was a touch of cinnamon or something just to give it a bit more kick. I did love that it kept me full right up until lunchtime.

boring cottage cheese and granola

see how the peaches liven things up!

protein + fiber + lots of nutrients = very filling breakfast

Lunch was also quite tasty. I made myself a grilled cheese out of pita bread and also brought some 365 Organic Tomato Basil Soup. It was like sick food . . . only I wasn’t sick! 🙂 This is the only packaged soup that I love eating, even when I’m feeling at the top of my game. It is sooo good.

Does anyone else ever feel like licking the bowl when they are done? I totally felt like doing that. But alas, I did not even though no one was watching me. 😉

had to keep myself from licking the bowl

Snack was a delicious red apple.

For some reason, there are times when I have to literally force myself to eat the fruits and veggies that I brought with me for snack. It’s not because I don’t like them. It’s because my mind wants something else, like maybe another item in my lunch box that isn’t fruit or veggie related. I am trying to eat the “good stuff” first because otherwise I fill up on the other stuff and then I don’t have any appetite for the apples or grapes that I have with me. But even though I had to force myself to pick the apple as a choice for a snack, I still wholeheartedly enjoyed it once I started eating it. My body enjoyed it, even though it took my mind a few minutes to catch up. Sometimes I feel like my mind is always playing catch-up.

Snack #2 was my favorite: hummus with some whole wheat pita breads. Mmm . . . yummy. Excuse me if you can smell my garlic breath from the computer. 🙂

Dinner tonight was one of my favorite, go-to simple meals. It was whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and chicken as well. The only thing that this dish needed to add some extra nutrients was maybe some broccoli so I could mix it in with the pasta or something. But typically, my husband and I take about 6-7 oz. worth of chicken (2 servings worth), season it with some paprika and red pepper and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. In the meantime, we cook the pasta and some tomato sauce as well. I always add some extra seasonings to our tomato sauce to spice it up a bit. I usually add some oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper (can you tell we like things spicy?). Then when everything is done, we just mix it together. Corey usually put in an extra serving of sauce so that I can have leftovers. So basically this makes about 3 servings. I know what I will be having for lunch tomorrow! It is very tasty and very filling (much more filling than just noodles and sauce).

I was so hungry that I cleaned my plate AND my husband's!

Now I must relax and watch some TV. I think I will take a little time off from exercise tonight. If I work out tonight, I know that I won’t feel like doing anything tomorrow. And I have GOT to do some strength training! I never do enough of it and I want to be nice and prepared for tomorrow’s session.