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Lentils in my chips and tofu in my pudding?

Posted May 14 2011 4:54pm

This weekend I’m back home in Indiana for my mom’s birthday. My older brother was supposed to come in from Nashville so we could all be together for her birthday, but he decided not to come at the last minute (slacker!), so it’s just my little brother and me. But it’s been fun so far.

The four-and-a-half hour drive is sometimes awful, but there is always one good thing about it.

I drive right through Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, where there is a fabulous area with a Whole Foods and Trader Joes. (We have neither of these nearby school or home). I conveniently plan my trips so I hit Dublin at lunch time.

Lunch was a little bit of everything from the cold bar at Whole Foods. My favorite thing in this bowl was the chicken salad with pepers, carrots, zucchini and onion. I don’t eat a whole lot of meat, but I love cold chicken salads! One food I learned I don’t love cold?…

Sweet ‘taters. This ranch sweet potato salad was gross.

You know what wasn’t gross? Dessert. (FYI, these photos were all taken on my lap. Sorry if that’s awkward.)

With a little surprise on top.

This was labeled ”vegan chocolate mousse,” and the primary ingredient was tofu. That’s why I scooped cautiously. (I get a little judgey with my food sometimes).

But holy crap was I wrong. This stuff was SO GOOD. I still wasn’t full after dessert so I contemplated going back for more, but then decided instead to eat copious amounts of these.

I bought these on a whim at TJ’s, and I’m so glad I did. Although I crave sweets most of the time, I also like salty, and these are a great alternative to super greasy, salty potato chips.

Plus they’re just fun. Check out the stats and ingredients.

I can’t wait to live nearby these awesome stores. The good news is, that’s going to be happening soon enough. Life is a-changin’ for me! Details to come.

For my newest life experiment, I’m going to try to become a morning exerciser. Usually I’m hungry, dehydrated and groggy first thing in the morning, so I avoid a.m. workouts at all costs. But today I got up earlier than everyone else and decided to hit the gym.

I did 35 minutes on the elliptical and then a 3-mile run. The first few minutes were hard to get through, but after that I felt great! Working out first thing in the morning makes me feel better about myself throughout the day, and I think it makes me less likely to eat like crap because I’m bored or feeling down on myself. So I’m going to try doing this more often. Any tips from you morning exercisers out there?

I’m baking up a storm today and making dinner on the grill for mom. Yummy recipes and photos coming later.

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