We have leaves! Glorious leaves on the trees! Whee! The trees have had little leaf buds for a couple of weeks now, but now we have the real thing! (I get excited about the strangest things! Isn’t Harvard Yard gorgeous?! I’m lucky to work in such a beautiful (and fun) place!
Maybe it’s me, but sometimes, when I’m hungry, I’m not in the mood for a “traditional” meal. I much rather have a bowl of cereal, a smoothie, a cookie as big as my head, etc. Obviously, it’s not a “balanced” meal–I’m just giving into my cravings, but there’s nothing wrong with that, right? Well, of course, as long as you don’t give in too often. If I did, I’d be living off cake (with lots of frosting)! 😉
Today’s lunch was a homemade salad with leftover roasted veggies and a few pieces of broccoli from last night’s egg white scramble. I probably wasn’t in the mood for this meal because I was totally burnt-out on this food/flavor combination. Let’s just say on day #3, roasted veggies weren’t “wowing” me anymore!
I ate about 1/2 of my salad before giving up and eating what I was craving: “Skinny” Oatmeal Raisin Bar! 😀 In last night’s batch, I further reduced the brown sugar to 1/3 cup and substituted 1 tbsp of molasses, which made the bars moister than my original batch.
After finishing my Oatmeal Raisin Bar, I was still craving sweet carbs in a bad way. I probably ate my Oatmeal Raisin Bar a little too fast, so instead of diving into the rest of my lunch, I decided to “wait-it-out.” I ate lunch at my desk today, so distracting myself from my craving wasn’t a problem. I had plenty of work to do!
After delaying my craving for 30-40 minutes, I still wanted something sweet and carby. Instead of eating something from my lunch (fruit and yogurt) that I didn’t really want, I embraced my craving and made Cookie Friday a day early! 😀 (I packed-up my fruit and yogurt for tomorrow, so expect a repeat showing!)
At the CafÃ© Gato Rojo, I ordered a pot of lemon-ginger tea and an oatmeal raisin cookie. I’m enjoying my tea and cookie while I blog, and they are totally hitting the spot! Exactly what I wanted! How do you deal with cravings?
Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer
Join participating restaurants, bakeries, and cafes in Boston and the Greater Boston area during the week of May 4th through May 10th for the 10th annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. 100% of the proceeds from select desserts at various establishments benefit breast cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
More than 170 businesses are participating! For locations: bostonbakesforbreastcancer.org.