Archives for September 2011
This is a multiple choice quiz. Now take a wild guess at what happened to the Alexia Sweet Potato Puffs:
a) They burned in the oven.
b) The dog ate them.
c) Water spilled on the leftovers.
d) I ate waaay too many Puffs.
Welp, I didn’t burn them, we don’t have a dog, and I surely didn’t eat too many. So the correct answer is C. The leftover Puffs did get water logged, but I didn’t give a damn.
Even after cooking them a few minutes longer than package directions, the Puffs only get sorta crispy on the outside and stay mashed potato-ish on the inside, so forget about a regular tater-tot experience with super crispiness. The flavor problem I keep getting with any kind of packaged sweet potato product is that they somehow lose the bold flavor that comes with a fresh sweet potato. I hate that.
Alexia’s Puffs are just fine and dandy: edible and likable in a ho-hum kinda way, but it’s like eating a sweet potato with 50% of your taste buds removed. The flavor is ghostly. It’s kinda tasty, but really only just a shadow of real, fresh flavor. So why even bother?
I thought these would be a hit with the Greedy Family, but I was almost stoned with stale dinner rolls for bringing the Puffs to the table. This is why I didn’t give a damn when the mound of leftovers got water logged. Someone (and it certainly wasn’t me) manged to run the leftover Puffs under faucet. How convenient, huh?
- Price Paid: $4.59 for 6 servings
- Serving Size: 2/3 cup
- Calories: 130
- Fat Calories: 30
- Total Fat: 3.5g
- Sat. Fat: 0g
- Sodium: 230mg
- Carbs: 23g
- Fiber 2g
- Sugars: 8g
- Protein: 1g
REACTIONS FROM THE TASTE TEST CREW
Health-hater Husband: Eh, they’re just okay.
Greedy Kid #1: These are a fraud. They’re not like real tater tots.
Greedy Kid #2: Nope. I only eat this vegetable in sweet potato pie.
Yum UP! to: Sweet potato pie. Gimme summa that!
Yuck Down to: Burning flames in an oven. Been there, done that.
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‘Twas around this same time last year that I posed the question, Is It Safe To Drink My Own Pee?
Welp, how can I confess to you that I did in fact see for myself if it was safe. Would you call me crazy? Would you call me Filthy McNasty? Would you change your opinion of me if I did a little pee-pee drinking experiment of my own?
I blame it on the handful of athletes who do it for athletic performance (mostly boxers and MMA fighters) and others who encourage urine therapy in alternative medicine for homeopathic purposes. Urine therapy dates back thousands of years. It’s believed to prevent and cure certain ailments, and even treat external woes, like wound sterilization and calluses. Madonna has been known to piss on her feet to cure her athlete’s foot. This all made me very curious.
As for urea, that’s the chemical compound found in urine that is widely used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
Although I still have a lot of research to do (I’m currently reading through the webpage on Urine Therapy Testimonials with an open mind), I did learn that urine is sterile right out the body. It’s when it comes into contact with bacteria and other outside exposures that it gets all foul and pissy-smelling like a baby’s overdue diaper.
So yes, I did in fact try it. Uh huh. And you know what? It didn’t really taste like anything. It wasn’t even salty. It was just liquid with no real taste. It didn’t gross me out. It was literally only a few fresh drops (maybe two or three at a time) on several different occasions.
These experiments were non-scary enough that I decided if I ever do get some type of major sickness (God forbid) I would, in fact, try urine therapy. I’m VERY big on homeopathic treatments for medicinal purposes because it’s worked for me and my family (I’ve got lots to share on that subject), so I would not rule out pee-drinking in the future, no matter how extreme or taboo it is.
Now lemme get back to my research. I hope you don’t change my name to Miss Pissy now.
If it were all up to me, you would all be finishers. You would all be on track and you would all get it done. There’s over 100 peeps who committed to the Finish What You Started Challenge, but as we creep into the final weeks of the Challenge, the cold hard truth is that not all of you will finish with flying colors.
I am not a psychic nor do a practice crystal-balling in my spare time, but I do have some end of challenge predictions: When the Challenge is over on October 31st you will fall into 1 of 3 categories:
Category #1: You committed, but it wasn’t sincere. Why? Because you barely followed through (if at all?) with the disciplines and actions necessary to get the results you want. There is no evidence of real change or progress in your life.
Category #2: You committed, and despite your occasional need for some do-overs that caused a few set backs, you pushed through to finish in a better place than when you started. Your goals are not yet met, but you’ve created solid habits that are constantly moving you closer to where you want to be. Although you are still working to pave out those bumps in the round, your desire is like a bulldozer and you won’t stop plowing through until you get what you want.
Category #3: You committed and you got it done (woo-haaa!), but you also understand that “finishing” also requires a lifestyle of consistency to hold onto what you’ve achieved. Your bad ass ways are a lifestyle now.
Whatever category you fall into, it’s by your own design. No one can get this thing done but YOU.
I want to hear about your fitness plans for this week, so sound off in the comments. Be sure to give yourself one bonus star for salad-chewing AND a 2nd bonus star for at least 4 days of planking.
Yep. It’s time to plank it out! Hold in the static position pictured above. Body straight and in line. Don’t bow your back so your hips drop down or poke your booty up.
Let’s see how your plank hold times increase by the end of the week! When I did my very first plank over a year ago, it held it for 18 seconds. With consistent practice, I progressed to my best plank time of 3:20 minutes. I didn’t plank much after that, so my recent best time is down to 2:04 minutes. I’ll report in next week with my latest planking times. You go for it, too!
I earned 26 stars last week. Download your Star Chart and keep it movin’ and have a great week!
Update 10/3/11: Giveaway winners are: The Duo Dishes, Jody – Fit at 53, @somerskys, LB, and 444. Congrats!
When the Green Giant called on me to enter into his valley of vegetables in Minnesota, I assumed he is a gentle creature, so I agreed to go. He’s a vegetarian, after all; not a hungry carnivore in search of a human buffet. Just look at how he towers over those trees. Go on….wave to him.
As you can see, I was very excited to not only meet the Giant, but also to wear a helmet and get access to the test plant to see how fresh corn goes from the cob into the can. Their Niblets happen to be the corn of choice I’ve been shoving into the Greedy Family’s food trap for years now, so seeing those Niblets get canned was like meeting a celebrity food.
What I appreciated more than anything was the enthusiasm of the people who work for Green Giant. The food scientists are really smart and truly dedicated to bringing the best product to our hungry tables. I honestly did not think there were companies out there that still cared. But guess what. Green Giant has respect for the consumer. It’s evidenced in how they do their jobs. Not only that, but they have respect for the land the food is grown on. Before I went on my trip, Health-hater Husband and I just happened to get into this crazy
debate about how one day, our land wouldn’t be able to produce enough food to feed the explosion in the greedy population (but I disagreed). And alas! What I learned from the Giant is that they are harvesting more food from the same amount of land (compared to prior years) through their sustainability efforts.
From Green Giant’s Sustainability webpage: “Through farming techniques and better seed hybrids, we’re getting more vegetables from every acre of land. In fact, over the last 35 years our farmers have been able to double the amount of sweet corn they can produce on the same amount of land. That means more food for the world and fewer acres dedicated to agriculture.”
Booyah! Josie wins that debate. Health-hater is the loooser!
So I brought a little bit of the valley back home with me to share with you. Five commenters will each win one coupon for a free package of Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables. Because free food is fun. And vegetable-ing is good for you.
5 random winners will be announced on the right sidebar of the blog on Sunday, October 2nd. Green Giant paid for my travel and expenses. I was not required to write about the event, nor was I compensated for this blog post. Photos courtesy of Green Giant Veggies.
Bettah get it while its HOT! Deal ends on 9/23/11 at 11:59PM MST