- An unlimited supply of chocolate (chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy, chocolate cereal, chocolate syrup, etc. – there would be a refrigerator on a desert island in my scenario)
- A never-ending garden of all of your favorite fruits and vegetables
- An unlimited supply of carbohydrates including but not limited to: bread, pasta, pretzels, chips, etc. (you’d also be allowed to bring all the toppings/dipping sauces /condiments your little heart might desire)
- A Brad Pitt look alike a la Legend of the Falls to hunt/gather all of the fresh produce/protein you would need to ensure you’d be nutritionally fulfilled (meats, fruits, veggies, etc.)
And all-of-the-above is NOT an option.
Well this Sometimes Healthy Girl would not hesitate in choosing Option #3! Option #4 sounds enticing – the opportunity to be Always Healthy Girl who is surrounded by a handsome man and a 6 pack of chiseled abs 24/7 seems pretty appealing right? But then I’d have to worry about my frizzy hair and bikini body 24/7 – plus the food would be so boring without bottles of bbq sauce, honey mustard and ketchup to dump on top of it! Option #2 eliminates the worry of bikini body (since I’d be alone on the island), but one can only go so long with only fruits and veggies before getting stir crazy. And Option #1, while difficult to turn down just doesn’t do the trick for this carb-crazy girl.
When Chloe comes to town, there is nothing I want more than a giant 1 lb bag of pretzels, a tub of cream cheese and some honey mustard. Incidentally, this is also the wacky food combination that I turn to when I get a little stressed out. Coincidence? I think not.
If I’m in a convenient store, I’ll blow past the candy aisle and head straight for the snack section.
Although Chloe doesn’t seem to crave chocolate, whenever that happens, thankfully there’s an answer:
Whoever invented chocolate-covered pretzels is a genius. And I love Rold Gold for ensuring that they are mass produced and available in every grocery store around the country.
Chloe certainly is a rude houseguest. She made me eat this for lunch yesterday:
No nutrition in this meal whatsoever. At least there was an apple- thanks Chloe.
She hijacked my plans for a nutritionally balanced dinner and MADE me eat cereal:
A Chloe-Inspired Cereal Bowl: Organic puff cereal topped with cinnamon, sugar, milk, cocoa powder and mini chocolate chips.
There was only one way to save this meal, satisfy any lingering Chloe-cravings and add in a little nutrition: a PB Fingers-inspired smoothie (Julie is the queen of balance so it is only natural I leveraged one of her recipes to balance my nutrition-less meal).
$8.00 for this little bottle. New York City: robbing Sometimes Healthy women everywhere, one ingredient at a time
Xanthan Gum definitely did the trick. Look at that thick, delicious, creamy creation! Of course, I didn’t have ALL of Julie’s ingredients and wanted to do my best to stick to the Budget Diet Challenge so I threw in frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, some cocoa powder, skim milk and a pinch of xanthan gum. Next time I make it, I’ll follow Julie’s recipe exactly so that I can get a bit more nutrition, but this creamy smoothie certainly made me (and Chloe) very happy.
Per Courtney’s earlier post, I chose to put my smoothie in a wine glass, since eating/drinking out of a wine glass makes meals more fun!
The Carb v. Chocolate Debate
While carbs do the trick for me when my annoying little friend is in town, most of my friends and coworkers tell me when Chloe visits them, she demands chocolate. I know this because she usually causes them to make a beeline for my candy dish
PS: If you’re looking for ways to ward of Chloe’s powers in healthy ways, I found a couple of useful articles online (I may or may not take their advice)