Weekend Loves

Happy Saturday! Can you believe it’s June 1st? I woke up this morning really excited about the new month. So far, this weekend couldn’t be more different from last. For starters, it’s freaking sunny out! And hot! Love it.

I also love that I have time for summer reading and diner brunch with friends. My aunt surprised me with a gift card to Ann Taylor LOFT so of course I had to scope out the 40% off sale…

I’m also really digging this new snack of sliced peach/nectarine with cottage cheese and fig & ginger preserves. So many good flavors. I go through phases where I forget about cottage cheese—I tend to alternate between that and nonfat ricotta. I really love how versatile it is, though, especially the no-salt-added kind. Maybe it’s the reign of Gemini influence talking, but I appreciate having the option of going sweet or savory. Options are good.

What are you loving this weekend? 

Favorite Tea

IMG_2247I’m very loyal to green tea. Save for a weird six-month coffee stint in 2011-2012, I’ve been drinking it every morning since I was 20. Sometimes I want something a little different though. A few months ago, my mom gave me a few bags of this cinnamon tea from New York company Harney & Sons. It was love at first sip, and when I saw their booth at the Coffee and Tea Festival in March, I quickly bought a tin. I really wish I’d bought more than one…this is so good. Life is too short not to love what you drink. Hm. That sounds like a cheesy commercial. Ah well. It’s not like I work in advertising.

Have an awesome weekend!

Good Stuff

I don’t usually buy fancy jams & things, but once in a while I have to make an exception. Case in point: IMG_2099

Figs & ginger are two of the food-related ways to my heart, so this found its way into my grocery basket in, like, two seconds.

I love Stonewall Kitchen products, and this is definitely a new favorite! I’ve already tried it on sprouted-grain toast with melted cheese and on top of oatmeal with plum & tahini. I imagine it’s also great in yogurt, on top of pancakes, and used as a base for marinade or salad dressing. My inner mad scientist is looking forward to a little experimentation.

As far as nutrition is concerned, sometimes people ask me what I think about added sugars in condiments, and I tend to feel the way I do about sugar in general:

  • a little goes a long way, and
  • when you do enjoy it, make it a small amount of something you really love

So if a little spread of your favorite fruit preserves is going to take your healthy sandwich from good to “OMG I need to Instagram this amazingness ASAP,” go for it. Just keep that feeling in mind when staring down the bowl of waxy leftover Easter (milk) chocolate at the office, and save your sweet-time for when it’s awesome. Oh dear. I wish my brain wasn’t so quick to make that into a metaphor…

What’s your favorite condiment? Any new finds? 


I came across these while out with a friend the other day. Naturally, I couldn’t help asking myself, “Does this come in a whole wheat version?” 

Sorry—I couldn’t help myself. Just be glad I didn’t show you pictures of the lollipops…

Boxed Beans

ImageThis may be old news to some of you, but since I had Thursday off (the only good part about working the weekend), I had time to go to Whole Foods. I’ve been trying to avoid canned beans for a while now, so I was intrigued when I saw these boxed ones. Though I’ll probably keep buying dry since they’re so much more cost-effective, I did buy a box just to try out, as I’m really curious.

Have you tried boxed beans?

From Bars to Wine

As I’ve discussed many times, I love a good glass of wine, but I try to be choosy about the when/where/what/how much I drink. And the who I drink it with. Let’s face it—there are just some people it’s not smart to drink wine around, for various reasons.

Anyway, this was news to me, but apparently, the same company the makes Clif Bars also makes wine—reasonably-priced wine sourced from environmentally-conscious vineyards in the Napa Valley and North Coast, at that…Behold, the Clif Family Winery.

Consider me a skeptic, but I’ve read good things around the web, and I’m also amused by the fact that snack items available in their online store also include pairing suggestions. I’ll admit, my interest has been piqued, though the last thing I need in my apartment is more wine. I still have a few bottles from last summer (and one from longer ago that that!) I haven’t gotten around to opening yet. I seriously need to just host a dinner party already.

Has anyone tried their wines? What do you think about the Clif-Bar/wine thing? 

Would you try this calorie-counting wine glass?

Over-pouring wine is very easy to do, but keeping track of how much that little extra adds up to? Not so simple.

The Caloric Cuvee, The Calorie Counting Wine Glass, aims to solve your problem  by measuring wine in 2 ounce increments and allowing you to see the correlated calories.

There’s also a line for when you don’t really give a sh!t how many calories are in that glass. Calorie-counting or not, I think we all have those days once in a while…

Personally, I can’t ever see using this in my day-to-day life, but I think it would make a funny gag gift or conversation starter. I might also use it in an educational setting to illustrate how liquid calories from alcohol can add up.

So what do you think? Would you try this glass? 


This Nutella commercial annoys me…

I really don’t like this Nutella commercial. Every time it comes on I can’t help rolling my eyes. What grates me is the way the ad makes this chocolate hazelnut spread sound like a health food. Yeah, it might get your kids to eat whole grain toast and whole wheat waffles, but what about the 21 grams of sugar per serving and the low protein content? You can read the rest of the nutrition facts here.

Granted, I could just be bitter about the fact that I can’t eat hazelnuts (oral allergies are fun—not). But still! Once in a while, I don’t see anything wrong with a sugary treat at breakfast, but kids need adequate nutrition to grow and perform well in school. Sugar just provides calories they could be getting from real food. Bonus points for the glasses of milk at the breakfast table and the bowl of fruit in this commercial, but it still annoys me. Why can’t they show, like, banana slices on top of the toast with Nutella, you know?

What do you think of this commercial? Do you eat Nutella?