As you read this, I’m probably getting trampled to death in the madness of the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks. (Grrr, I hope they move the fireworks back to the East River for next year. The Hudson is SO inconvenient!)
Picking up where I left off yesterday, I’ve been sitting on [not literally] this packet of scariness ever since the health event two weeks ago:
So, I’m obviously not trying to manage my weight (have you seen the kinds of things I eat every day?!), and even if I were, I sure as heck would not want to manage it with a shake … let alone a shake composed almost entirely of chemicals. Note how the first ingredient is entitled “carb blend.” Yummmmm!
However, I am physically incapable of throwing away something nutritious (even when the nutrition is this questionable), so I needed to figure out an alternate arrangement. I dumped the powder into a bowl.
I stuck my finger in for a lick, and it was wayyyyyyy sweet. But it smelled like vanilla cake mix, and that’s something I can handle. I mixed the powder with about 3 cups of plain yogurt, 1/4 cup goji berries, 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, and 1/4 cup chia seeds. I let it all marinate and thicken together in the fridge for a few hours.
In the meantime, I got dinner underway with the star of my meal: chayote.
I’ve only had chayote as part of a pile of steamed veggies before — never on its own and never raw. But, once I cut into it, I realized how pleasant the chayote’s texture is raw (maybe even better than cooked!), kind of a cross between cucumber and apple with a good, watery crunch to it. I scooped out (and ate) a little well in one half and filled it with a mix of mashed avocado and salsa.
Over a bed of mystery rice:
And back to the weight management powder trainwreck, I froyo-ed about 1/2 cup of the mix and then immersion-blended to cream it up a bit.
This was actually quite good! I am grudgingly a fan of weight-management-shake ice cream 😛
I topped it with SOTBPPBDCS butter and a chopped square of Newman’s Own Organics dark chocolate:
What is/was your fireworks plan? And have you seen anything horrifying on a food label lately?