I forgot to mention in my previous posts that I was going to a barbecue tonight! I wanted to ask you guys what I should bring, but I ended deciding on a dessert I’ve been wanting to make forever. Keep reading to find out!! (C’mon, I work in broadcasting, I know how to do a good plug!)
I started my day off with a little of this:
This pilates dvd is the first exercise video I ever bought, and it’s still my go-to one. Definitely not as challenging as it was a year and a half ago, but I still enjoy the moves!
I did the abs, “burn",” and flexibility sections. A nice 30 minutes of light activity to get my day started. I used to do pilates every morning back in the day. It’s a habit I should probably get back into!
I usually have to eat the second I roll out of bed. So after 30 minutes, I was staaaarving. Enter toaster waffles.
This was probably one of my best waffle combos yet!! Two Nature’s Path Flax Plus waffles, fresh strawberries and a sauce consisting of a tbsp of almond butter, sugar-free maple syrup and vanilla almond milk each. The sauce was to die for. I want to put it on everything I eat now. I also had my favourite protein pillow (microwaved egg whites) with little laughing cow cheese surprises inside.
Then I made my bbq contribution! It consisted of two ingredients.
That’s it!! One box of cake mix + 350ml of diet coke. I turned it into cupcakes because I’m a fan of pre-portioned desserts.
I’m not a huge fan of icing though, so I put a glob of peanut butter and some butterscotch chips on top instead.
They came out looking (and smelling) quite normal!!
I of course had to try one before heading to work to ensure they tasted okay enough to feed to other people
Success!! These are crazy moist and taste just like normal cake. By no means healthier than cake made the regular way, but it does at least cut down on the calories some. Maybe 100-150 calories a cupcake? The glob o’ PB was an interesting texture. I think I might swirl it around a bit in my next batch. I still have half the batter in my fridge waiting
to be licked clean for when Chris is home next.
Then it was off to work where I spent the morning walking around in the drizzle asking people how two straight weeks of rain has affected their spirits. My hair may never return to a normal size.
Lunch was not very animal friendly, but it was delicious.
Ham and turkey slices on a pita with spinach, tomato and laughing cow cheese. I also had some carrots on the side. I’m equally mean to both animals and plants.
No afternoon snack photo, it was a yogurty, delicious-ey mess.
I also got to interview the race director for my triathlon on Sunday! My radio station loves doing sports stories, so I thought it would be fun. Super nice guy. I only got to talk to him over the phone, but he told me to come chat with him at the orientation tomorrow. Totally made me feel at ease. Some more fun facts: Elizabeth Seiffert, a professional Ironman athlete, will also be there to show us the ropes tomorrow. AND, the race director told me the Fredericton tri is known as one of the best courses for beginners in the country
I came home and had a quick snack before heading to the barbecue. I was starving, and I knew supper would still be a while off.
Wasa fibre rye crackers with honey, cinnamon and raisins. Wasa bread is my go-to snack to keep my hunger at bay before a meal. I get really woozy when I wait too long between meals, and this stuff always does the trick when I’m forced to wait.
Unfortunately, I have no photos to share from the bbq. It was with my co-workers, who don’t know about the blog (yet! They will once I get the new, more professional one on the go). I also don’t know my co-workers very well. Even though I worked at the station for two years part-time, I never spent any time working alongside them. So I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know them, especially since I’m a full-time employee now.
My eats were the typical barbecue fare, and instead of being picky, I had a little taste of everything. A devilled egg, a bacon wrapped scallop, loads of veggies, a hot dog (!), and a scoop of potato salad, coleslaw, broccoli salad and caesar salad each. Then I had a small piece of peanut butter fudge swirl cheesecake to top it all off! Nope, not healthy at all. But, socializing and getting to know the people I work with was more important than being nitpicky over my food. I ate till I felt satisfied and don’t regret a bite. Besides… I’m doing a triathlon in two days. That deserves a hot dog, no??
Tomorrow though, will hopefully consist of more fresh stuff, and less dead pig and mayo!
Question: How do you handle those types of social environments? Do you stick to “safe” foods, or do you splurge a little?
It should be added that I usually don’t go to bbq’s like that often. I bet my food choices would have been different if I had to eat like that every weekend…
Hope everyone gets a good start to their weekend!!