You know its bad when the temperature in your apartment is higher than the amount of money you have in your checking account…
I have $80 to my name right now. And it needs to last me the rest of the month. And if I don’t follow my budget EXACTLY, I’m screwed.
- $5 cash – lunch with my friend Emily on Wednesday (Subway is going to have to suffice)
- $45 of my checking is devoted to next week’s groceries
- the remaining $30 will have to be wisely spent going out to eat when my fabulous visitor comes in town this weekend for the Madison 1/2 Marathon
Most of the time, I firmly believe being healthy does NOT mean being boring. Other times, especially when you’re financially strapped, it does.
There may be some people getting together for drinks tonight to cool down from this island heat wave that has somehow made its way to Wisconsin. I’m not going. Between the fact I don’t have money for a $4 brew and the fact its probably the last thing I need as I try to clean things up pre-1/2 Mary, sometimes I need to choose boring.
This isn’t an easy thing for me to accept.
I would rather be called pretty much any word in the English dictionary than boring. Call me crazy; call me a floozy; call me unfunny; call me lame…but please, do NOT call me boring.
I try to come up with new Overnight Oats recipes for that very reason…
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup organic skim milk
1/2 cup DAHlicious Mango lassi drink
1 T ground flaxseed
~ soaked overnight ~
1/2 sliced banana
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
drizzle of peanut butter
Result? A tropical bowl of tasty that’s healthy and very UNboring.
Honestly, I have to give some credit to JD and the lovely people over at DAHlicious who offered to send me some samples of their authentic Indian lassi drinks. What is an authentic Indian lassi drink, you ask? It is a blend of Indian-style yogurt and fruit, which is cultured for 12 hours and results in a drink filled with 15 BILLION probiotic cultures per bottle.
If you are having some errr…hmmm…ahem…well, “digestive issues,” I say pick up a bottle of this…
The part I really appreciate about the company is the fact they make all their drinks with rBST-free milk from grass-fed cows. Each bottle contains the same four ingredients: lowfat milk, fruit puree, evaporated cane juice and inulin (a.k.a. vegetable fiber).
Most importantly…how does it taste?
Please tell me you saw that one coming from a 1/2 marathon away.
I used some in a smoothie last night, and the lassi worked great that way too. In case mango isn’t your jam, the line has four flavors: Alphonso Mango, Oregon Strawberry, Ecuador Banana and Wild Maine Blueberry.
Reviews pending on the strawberry, banana + blueberry.
Anyways…where was I?
Ahhh, yes – please DON’T call me boring.
Call me a pear.
Call me a black bean patty wrap with avocado + salsa alongside carrots + pretzels.
Do it. Call me that. I dare you.
Neener neener neener – you are a black bean patty wrap with avocado + salsa alongside carrots + pretzels!
It sounded funnier in my head.
I would tell you to call me Schwan’s Apple Blueberry Cobbler, but I would rather eat it.
Thank the heavens for being broke, having a food blog and getting free food samples to try and review for said blog. Seriously, the universe DOES work in funny ways.
How was it? Good. I don’t think I would buy these with my own money (like I would the froyo bars), but it was a nice 150-calorie afternoon dessert I fully enjoyed.
The ingredients list isn’t too shabby either.
Dinner may not have been gourmet, but – damn it! – it wasn’t boring!
It may be blistering hot in my apartment.
I may be broke.
I may babble a lot.
I may be wearing barely-there biking shorts and a tank top right now.
It may be balls-sweating hot in my apartment (did I already say that?).
I may be brutally sore from 45 minutes of yoga yesterday.
Really, I may be anything…hopefully just not boring.