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How to Get Your Winter Glow On

How to Get Your Winter Glow On

You want to know a great way to beat the winter blahs? Glow your way through those gray days and skin-drying frosts! A little less sunshine and indoor exposure to heat blasts through vents doesn’t have to leave you looking dull. Here are some simple ways to get a winter glow going!

Sun up. I’ve mentioned before that I love Maybelline’s BB (Beauty Balm) foundations and the numerous reasons why, which include the dewy finish, its 30 spf skin protection, and its moisturizing effect. So, for me, it was a natural transition to the Bronze BB for my summer make-up routine. I ended up using it long after summer was over because of the sun-kissed look it gives.  For the winter glow (versus I-just-got-back-from-my-virtual-tropical-location look), stick to the shade that is closest to your natural skin tone.

Baby kisses. I realize Maybelline isn’t the first brand that pops to mind when we’re talking about more mature skin, but the same qualities that make it a more youth-oriented product are the qualities that make it a great choice to add glow at any age. Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush is a favorite of mine because of the sheerness and, well. . . the instant flush you get with a quick swipe! This isn’t all-day hearty color, it’s more of quick pinch to the cheeks without the ouch-factor!

How to Get Your Winter Glow On

Sassy scarves. Adding a pop of color around your neck can reflect up and warm your skin tone. Try one with some metallic threads, sequined fringed, or a bit of sparkle to get the winter glow to grow!

Hair Dare. Balk at the notion that only summer hair can shimmer and winter hair needs to have warmer hues. Add some traditional highlights for a sun-kissed look. Feeling a little more adventurous?  Add a playful glint with a few strands of hair tinsel or hair flare!

Effervescent earrings. I’m not talking about serious bling here – we’re going for a glint. A bit of eye-catching sparkle that seems like a dusting of new sparkly snow.

How to Get Your Winter Glow On

Pop eyes. We’ve been told for years that women of a certain age shouldn’t wear eyeshadow with frost in it. Pishaw! Well, maybe that baby-blue frosted eyeshadow concoction that seemed to circulate through every junior high in America during a particular decade should be avoided, but don’t shun the metallic shimmer. My favorite for a little sparkle is the bronzed Loreal duo pictured below (color 910).

Eye additions. Speaking of eyes, reading glasses come in some fun options. Bring on the glow with a smattering of sparkle across the top of the frames or a glint of glitter on the sides.

How to Get Your Winter Glow On

Shimmering smiles. I love Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick. Excuse me for sounding a bit like a commercial here, but it really is moisturizing and comes in great colors with finishes that range  from a soft gleam to pearlized. And all for a reasonable drugstore price. I didn’t realize how many different colors I have in this line until I was rummaging through my stash looking for the correct names of my favorites to pass on to you. So, my personal top two go-tos are Rosewine (for a neutral gleam) and Toast of New York for a bit of bronzed pizzaz!

Let’s celebrate winter! Ready? Set? GLOW!

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How to Make Your Peepers POP Behind Glasses

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

 

There are great eyeglass choices out there these days – studious, whimsical, retro – something for every personality. But no matter how much pizazz your frames have, your eyes should still be the stars of your face. Often the eyes end up with a facial supporting role, the sparkle dimmed by a layer of glass and lashes that disappear behind frames. It’s time to get those orbs back to center stage! Here are 5 tips to get those peepers to POP from behind glasses:

  1. Add a little line. Take a dark eyeliner pencil and line from the inner corner of your eye to the lash line. A little line with a lot of defining power. This is a regular part of Drew Barrymore’s bespectacled beauty routine!

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

2. Go nude. Don’t go off topic here – we’re still talking make-up, people. (Remember, we’re trying to keep the focus on the eyes.) Many of us adopted the tried-and-true Hollywood-habit of lining the inside of our lower lids with white pencil to brighten the appearance of our eyes. Unfortunately, donning glasses can turn soft emphasis into racing-stripes. To avoid the harsh effect, trade your white pencil for a nude shade like this waterproof pencil from Rimmel.

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

3. Modify mascara. All my make-up-wearing life I purchased only mascara that promised to add yards to my lash-length. If the lashes didn’t tickle my eyebrows, the mascara wasn’t doing its job! I hung onto that goal long after eyeglasses became part of my daily wardrobe and lash-tips were hidden behind frames. The only evidence of the impressive length was the less-than-impressive smears across the glass where my lashes bumped up against it as the day wore on. Then I saw a tip from a make-up pro who suggested focusing on lash thickness rather than length. What? That would require a whole-new mindset! Remembering my commitment to embrace change, I plunged right into a brand new way of doing things. Just take your mascara up to the half-way point of your lashes, then wiggle the wand left and right a few times. That action bulks up the middle of the lashes and creates a natural-looking frame for the eye that can be seen through the glass!

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

4. Tame the brows. To aovid the Groucho Marx effect, smooth scraggly brows. You don’t need to invest in brow wax or a specialized product – you’ve already got what you need for this lightweight job. Dot a little hair gel, dab a little petroleum jelly, or give a quick once-over with chapstick to smooth away anything that distracts from your smiling eyes!

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

5. Set the light. A shear touch of color on top of your cheek bones, directly under each eye, gives off a glow that sets of your popping peeps beautifully! I liked Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Cheek Flush – the name says it all!

How to Make Your Peepers Pop Behind Glasses

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Boredom Busters: 5 Guiltless Snack

Boredom Busters - 5 Guilt-Free Snacks

The only thing harder than getting healthier and losing weight is staying healthier and keeping the weight off. I know this because in every adult decade of my life I have lost a significant amount of weight, followed by backsliding into a condition more unfit than when I started. One of the (many!) reasons I haven’t gotten off the roller coaster is I get lazy.

My most recent journey toward a smaller, healthier me has included cutting way back on processed foods, and eating “cleaner.” Frankly, clean eating is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. I’m currently at the point where I’m battling the post-success lazies, so I’m on the lookout for mini-meals and snack ideas that won’t make me feel too guilty about the additives. Here are five of my current go-tos:

5 Guiltless SnacksSweet mini-peppers stuffed with hummus. It takes no more time than pulling out cheese and crackers, provides some crunch, and counts as healthy calories! My current favorite hummus is Sabra’s Lemon Twist, which is 70 calories per two tablespoons. I figure I can go hogwild and eat 2.5 servings for under 200 calories because the peppers are “free”!

On those evenings when I’m not really in the mood for a meal, but know I should have something, I throw together my favorite fruit-and-fiber meal: wine and popcorn. Skinnygirl5 guiltless snacks Lime & Salt popcorn has a nice zing and weighs in at about 150 calories per bag. Factor in another 150 calories for each 5-oz glass of wine. Total prep time: under 3 minutes.

5 Guiltfree SnacksFor crunch, portability, and touch of sweet, Emerald Cocoa Roast and Cinnamon Roast almonds work well for me. One ounce (1/4 cup) provides 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein in 160 calories. Our local Publix offers the 8.5 ounce containers as a buy-one/get-one-free deal every so often, so I stock up. I like the cinnamon ones – chopped up – as an oatmeal topper, or mixed in with honey-sweetened Greek yogurt.

When I started tracking my sugar intake on My Fitness Pal, I was dumfounded at how much I consume! Happily, wine doesn’t count as a sugar, but it seems like almost everything 5 Guiltless Snackselse I like is loaded with it. KIND bars have always been delicious, but high in sugar, so I am happy to see their new Nuts & Spices line. Each bar contains 4 or 5 grams of sugar (compared to the 9-12 grams in their other bars,) so I can get my sweet and crunch all wrapped into one 200 calorie bar. They’re also loaded with healthy nutrients, and are about as “natural” as any processed food can get. I’m crazy over the Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt flavor. In my area, Target offers the best selection of flavors.

5 Guilt-free snacksFinally, my keep-in-the-purse snack is a Health Warrior Chocolate Peanut Butter Chia Bar. Its 100 calories include 3 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of sugar, and 1000 mg of Omega-3. It’s 100% vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, and soy — none of which matters to me because I like the taste! The one caveat to this treat is I do find myself tonguing the chia seeds out of my teeth for several minutes afterward. However, it’s worth it. I was introduced to these by a friend, and they’re not available in retail stores where I live, so I purchase them on-line.

WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO GUILT-FREE SNACK?

 

Natine at Write-Minded WomanGuest blogger Natine Abreu-Shaw  is a recalibrated woman of the Sandwich Generation, who enjoys writing and occasionally  mines her mind, flexes her fingers, and publishes her pith at Write-MindedWoman.com – when she is able to take a break from  some of her other pet (pun intended!) projects – such as writing as the persona of her fur-kids at their Facebook home Corgi Characters!

5 Products We Tested for You – and Liked!

5 Products We Tried - and Liked

1. Justin’s Almond Butter.  All natural. Organic. Oh yeah – and tasty! Comes in different flavors like maple and chocolate and different kinds of butters. The single serving packets are great to toss in a purse or glove compartment for a quick pick-me-up, but it also comes in regular peanut butter size jars. It can be found in organic food stores and some grocery stores. Click the picture for online sources.

5 Products We Tested and Liked

2. Chobani Greek Yogart Flip. Pineapple coconut low-fat Greek Yogurt with hazelnuts, toasted coconut & granola, a/k/a “Tropical Escape” is just one of Chobani’s “flips.”  The crunchy treats are separated from the creamy yogart until you’re ready to eat. – the container has a crease that allows you to flip them in from their compartment to turn the already-good-yogart into desert. They boast 1.5% milkfat, only natural ingredients, and the use of milk from cows not treated with rBST. Other flavors include Almond Coco Loco, Key Lime Crumble, and Nutty for ‘Nana.

 

5 Products we Tried and LIked
3. Maybelline BB. Having never found a foundation that I’m satisfied with, I typically mixed a small dollop of moisturizer into a foundation I had “settled” for to be able to apply it smoothly. Then I stumbled upon Maybelline Dream Fresh BB (do I sound like and ad here, or what?) thinking it was simply a lighter foundation with SPF 30. Apparently the “BB” indicates beauty balm – according to their ads “it combines skincare and makeup to perfect skin in one simple step.” Which is exactly what I had been doing (but didn’t know enough to call it beauty balm), but this takes away the hand-swirling-mix-mess as well as that “extra step.” Other claims? “Get 8 skin benefits in 1 simple step blurs imperfections, brightens, evens skin-tone, smoothes, hydrates, enhances, protects with SPF 30, and contains 0% oils.” Wow – who wouldn’t want to try it after that?? I can’t tell you whether or not it enhanced or protected me, but I do like the ease of application and the slightly dewy look it brings to my 50-something face! Which is ironic, because I generally associate Maybelline as being a product for a younger market. Apparently “beauty balms” are a thing now – I noticed numerous other brands with a BB emblazoned on them. I did give one other a try, but the color was too light for me, so I gave it away before I could ascertain whether it would have worked as well as Maybelline.
5 Products we Tried for You and Liked
4. Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. OK – so it’s not new, but it may be new to you. And I found a new use for it. You know those “shadows” that form on the walls your pets rub up against repeatedly? Mr. clean can handle it. If you haven’t yet discovered this magic cleaning tool that doesn’t have the harsh chemicals so many other products contain, give it a try. Easily wipes grime from baseboards, switchplates, and is capable of dealing with the tougher scuff marks on walls.
5 Products We Tried For You5. Brown Rice Triscuits baked with Sweet Potato. I’m not sure why these caught my eye, because I don’t even like sweet potato. Last March I saw them advertised, but hadn’t seen them on the shelves. Well, we found them and tried them out this week. Tons of flavor, lots of crunch. Check out their stats below.
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 5 Products We Tried for You - and LIied
 And now, for a NEW product. I saw this and thought I might develop it into a colorful product line switching up the top line for a more direct approach such as “Nope – it’s just not happening” or the simple, eloquent “NO!” Is this a product you could use?
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Mad for Plaid

Mad for Plaid

Nothing brightens up a dull winter day like a zippy plaid. There’s something warm and cozy about it even when it’s just a glimpse. But not all plaids are created equal.  Let’s start out with a few that make us smile.

 

You can call them gumboots, puddle jumpers or rubber boots – we call them cool!

Mad for Plaid

 

Bangles that will sharpen up professional wear or add a colorful shot to playwear.

Mad for Plaid

What can be cozier than snuggling up in a flannel nightshirt??

Mad for Plaid

 

OK – maybe these Pendelton blankets are a tad cozier. I don’t know – I think maybe it’s a cozy tie between the nightshirt and the blankets!

blog2 plaid throws

 

Love these notebooks – a little plaid comfort for your desk or glovebox.

Mad for Plaid

 

The plaid tablecloth sets a neat table with a homey touch.

Mad for Plaid

 

Who could forget that 1970s retro-cool poncho from our Orange Crush post?? The ultimate in wearable plaid!

Orange Crush!Can plaid go bad? Here’s a few we aren’t so crazy about.

 

There can be too much of a good thing . . .

Mad for Plaid

 

WAY too much of a good thing . . .

Mad for Plaid

 

Not enough of a good thing . . .

Mad for Plaid

 

Maybe better in the den than the bathroom?

Mad for Plaid

 

They call it “plaid mixing.” We call it “hard on the eyes.”

Mad for Plaid

 

 

 

Finally, the question is answered:

Mad for Plaid

Perfect Timing!

Perfect Timing!

There was a time when the only place you found a timer was in the kitchen. Unless, of course, you had to be coerced into getting in all your piano practice – in that case you might find one hovering close by to ensure you didn’t stop so much as a minute early. But timers have released themselves from the constraints of kitchens and piano lids and serve valuable purposes in additional areas of our lives. Here are some other uses for timers besides letting us know when dinner’s done:

  • Add some exercise to your day in 10-15 minute increments by marching in place or doing free-weight exercises while watching TV.
  • Keep yourself accountable for only spending (how many?) minutes per day or at a time on social media. (Yes, we know you can check your watch or computer clock, but will you?)
  • Keep your New Year’s Resolution to organize or de-clutter a section of your home for 10 minutes every day. The portable timekeeper left in a must-trip-over-it location serves as a reminder to get it done as well as helping you count off the paces.
  • Focus entirely on the project you have set aside a specific amount of time to do. Are you trying to write an hour a day? Setting aside time to write thank you or encouraging notes to others? Determined to get a 20-minute meditation session in?

Sure you can set your phone to time any of the above activities for you, but the phone itself is a distraction. Better to turn it off and let one of the friendly forms below announce when you’ve accomplished your goal!

1. This ladybug timer was the inspiration for this post  (and a bargain at $3.99). When I saw it I thought I could turn its cuteness into a Friday Five if I could find a few more just as appealing. So I did a timer search and donated hours to the cause that I’ll never be able to get back. Not only did it turn from a Friday Five to a Whatever Wednesday, it serves as a great reminder of exactly why we should be using timers!

Perfect Timing!2. Things have come full circle and it is now being confirmed – again – that eggs are, indeed, good for us! (Seen on Ebay for $3.99)

 

Perfect Timing

3. Take a trip down memory lane with this ringing telephone timer. (I couldn’t find a price – maybe it falls under the if you have to ask you can’t afford it category!)

Perfect Timing!4. OK – maybe this isn’t the best choice for the exercise thing. (Apparently these are more for pinning than buying – but there were lots of cupcake options available.)

Perfect Timing!

5. Another way a mouse in the house can make us jump! ($4.29)

Perfect Timing!

6. How can you NOT want this sitting on your desk counting down for you? ($4.99)

Perfect Timing!7. Man’s best friend is available to remind you to get off Facebook or take your real canine for a walk. ($10)

Perfect Timing!8. There was no shortage of food items to help you maintain your organizational goals. ($19.95)

Perfect Timing!9. This vintage blue (about $20) may remind you of your grandmother’s kitchen – as well as her reminders that a stitch in time . . . uh, I don’t remember the rest.

Perfect Timing!10. These winged timers are a little pricey at $42 – the cost for that modern look. (Are they suppose to look like angels??)

Perfect Timing!11. At $62 for this ‘designer’ duck, I’m assuming the thing swims, flies, AND keeps time!

Perfect Timing!HAVE A GOOD TIME!  -El

Re-purposed, Re-purchased and Re-Prized

OK – I’m a little reluctant to make the following confession as it might actually sound like someone’s Grandmother. I am someone’s Grandmother and love it, but I’m not sure I want to be instantly recognized as one. Anywho…. I confess to having loved discovering the following finds at an antique/flea market recently (and there were several younger folk there too).  I only brought the one thing home but was tickled and tempted by the others.

Salt and Pepper Shaker Chess Set – I had never seen this before and I absolutely loved it. I have several salt and pepper sets that I have collected and use when I host showers or holiday dinners (I like to have a set for each table). Who would have thought they’d make a chess set? I have a LONG way to go before I would have enough, but I thought it was very clever and great re-purposing!

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TV chair/table: This was a big thing at this market. I had seen them once in a great while and almost always in really bad shape. At this market almost every other booth had one. Of course now that the landline phone is passe, I totally want one of these chairs. I need to create a space in my house for it first (that phrase scares my husband a bit). I think it would be a great spot to update a grocery list, jot down ideas for a blog post, write a thank you note. Putting in that thing about a blog post makes this a very hip, up-to-date piece of furniture.

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Egg Coddler – who knew such cute things existed? They are from the English and used to make sort of a poached egg. You break the egg into the little cup and then place the porcelain coddler into boiling water and viola (oops that’s French) you have a coddled egg (very soft and runny). You can scramble it a bit and add cheese or onions, even some cooked breakfast meat if you wanted and cook it a bit longer and you have a lovely egg scramble. I couldn’t wait to try it. Funny thing is, the egg tasted like the potpourri in which the coddler must have been stored  – not good. It looks nice sitting on my kitchen shelf though. Not the best re-purposing but it does make me smile.

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I confess also to loving milk glass and was admiring several pieces when I heard a man beseech his wife as they walked by the table, ‘Please dear – don’t buy another piece of milk glass’.  My husband smiled but said not a word. He already knows the value of each cherished piece I have at home!

We would love to hear what ‘repurposed items’ you like collecting! – M

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5 Fierce Products to Try – Feedback Needed!

For today’s Friday Five we thought we’d show you 5 interesting products we’re curious about – in hopes that you’ve already tried it and can tell us whether or not it’s the real deal!

1. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. I saw this recently in an organic food store and did an instant: “Ewwwwww.” Powdered peanut butter? Then I saw this snippet from the editor of Family Circle (magazine): “When I asked Articles Director Jonna Gallo Weppler what her favorite healthy food was during her two stints at the Biggest Loser camps, she said smoothies made with this powdered peanut butter. The peanuts are pressed to remove oil so it’s only about 22 calories a tablespoon.” Hmmm, I hadn’t thought of it in smoothies . . . [$4-10 depending on size]

PB2 peanut butter

2. Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover. Touted as less painful alternative to tweezing or waxing facial hair. The claim: coils can quickly grasp and pluck several hairs at a time from the root, resulting in a smooth finish that lasts 4-6 weeks. [$20]

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3. Poppy Silicone Lid by Charles Viancin. If this really works, we can stop hunting for the right lid. The claim: the floppy lid can be placed over any bowl or pot and it instantly creates a tight vacuum seal. It comes in three sizes. Other designs I saw for this product included lilypad, sunflower, hibiscus and pumpkin. [$9-14]

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4. Silk’n Pedi Callus Remover. Is no-more scraping pumice stone really an option? The claim: elimination of rough spots on feet with the touch of a button. If true, this could be a gal’s new sandal-wearing-season BFF! [$37]

New product

5. Duff’s Tie-Dye Cake Mix. “Bakery quality” according to the box. The claim: The grooviest cake you’ll ever make. When I was looking for a picture of the product to put here, I saw one that someone had added the words: WARNING: Don’t buy for your kids. I took that to mean it’s messy to make. But I bet kids and grandkids would have a ball eating it! And it could start a whole discussion about what the word ‘groovy’ means! [$3]

New product

We’re dying to try these things with kind of a you-go-first enthusiasm. Have you tried any? If so, give us the scoop! If not, are you willing to go first?

 

Are there any products that you’ve been curious about and would like to know if somebody else has tried it? Just ask!

NOTE: All products can be found by putting the name in a search engine to locate multiple purchase options.

Are We There Yet!?!?!

Alpaca my car CaptureI confess, I absolutely! Positively! Totally! And completely! LOVE road trips. Road tripping has been my path to sanity for as long as I can remember. I know, long hours in the car with kids and fighting and trucks and obnoxious drivers may not sound like a way to keep one’s sanity but it so works for me. To borrow an old cliché, ‘the freedom of the open road’ lifts my spirit and helps clear the cobwebs (I actually worked on this post in my head while traveling home). This week I road tripped some 1500 miles to attend my daughter’s college graduation. The scenery through the Ohio turnpike, down I-77 and across I-40 was spectacular. Spring is glorious! We were on our schedule, not the airlines, could take off our shoes if we wanted to, (but weren’t forced to) and could stop and stretch at any point without stepping over people on our way.

I also was determined to make sure this trip was not going to undo any of the good things I’ve been doing for myself over the course of the last few months. Fast food stops were going to be eliminated and good healthy snacks were going to go into the cooler and ‘goody bag’. It took some convincing for my granddaughter to think this was a good idea but she ended up not missing any of her usual snacks. Below is a list of some of my favorite new road tripping snacks.

Apples – perfect for those intervals when you are feeling a bit tired. Something about the eating of an apple wakes you right up. I didn’t believe it originally but it’s true!

Suckers – I had See’s suckers for the trip. They are block shaped and pretty big so it takes a long time to get through one – which keeps your sweet tooth happy but isn’t all that bad for you considering it’s keeping you from putting other high fat, high calorie items in your mouth that can be eaten quickly.

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Water – kind of a catch 22 on this one. I have to confess, water goes through me much more quickly than other drinks. As I noted previously, my love of Diet Pepsi keeps me wanting to have that for a go-to drink and it doesn’t make me have to make a pit stop as often as water. However, water keeps me from having the dreaded travel bloat. I did have a DP while on the road but it was only one while the waters kept flowing (couldn’t resist).

Nuts – got to have salty on a road trip! I can eat an entire page of Wavy Lays like nobody’s business – but again, so much damage in so little time. I put individual amounts of nuts in baggies and snacked without guilt. There are also some great sweet and salty granola bars that do a great job of keeping the salty need away (I’m partial to several Nature Valley varieties).

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Grapes and string cheese – not sure why but these just go together for me. It’s one of our family’s go-to combinations when packing lunches for picnics and road trips (along with salami and turkey sandwiches which this time became turkey rollups with one measly little slice of salami so I could still taste it but not subject myself to the fats and salt, etc – surprisingly, it was just as good).

Drive time, one way, is 11 hours give or take 15 minutes or so. That leaves a lot of time for eating so I was pleased that we packed ‘good’ options and saved the truly ‘decadent’ splurges for the celebrations awaiting us at the graduation festivities. I’m doubly glad to know, I can still embrace the road and not add Highway Handles to my already sufficient love handles.

Would love to hear any and all road tripping stories, tips and even travails (YIKES)! Have a good week – M

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5 Reasons I Stopped Screaming for Ice Cream

Ice cream confessionI love ice cream. My favorite flavor since childhood is coffee. There was a time when I gave directions based on ice cream parlors (as in go the Baskin Robbins and turn left, head north until you hit the Dairy Queen . .  ) I even love the pretend-healthy version of ice cream known as frozen yogurt. But I know that my beloved ice cream – or, rather, the eating thereof – stands in the way of getting to the level of fierce I want to achieve. So I know that I need to keep portions small and infrequent. I wondered if the task would ever get easy. Then I discovered these five new products. Just the little incentive I needed. Five reasons that I have stopped screaming for ice cream.

1. Tomato goes better with spaghetti. Haagen-Dazs will be unleashing this new flavor on an unsuspecting Japan next month.

Tomato ice cream

2. Do rabbits eat ice cream?? If tomato isn’t close enough to a vegetable for you, there’s Haagen-Dazs second new flavor: Carrot Ice Cream. Shouldn’t the word ‘cake’ be somewhere around here?

Carrot ice cream

3. Do we top with chocolate sauce or salsa? And just as important, does it look like pea soup when it melts? Neither chocolate nor salsa is going to look good in that!

Avocado ice cream

4. Really? It took me over 50 years to eat kale on purpose. Won over by the repeated sightings of kale on ‘superfood’ lists, I have started lacing my salad greens with it and burying a leaf or two in my smoothies. But don’t even think you can mix up kale with some milk and sell it to me as a form of ice cream!

Kale milkshake

5. What the . . . . ? OK, you can’t even eat this one. I don’t care if it doesn’t have any calories – there’s nothing satisfying about it!

Get the 'recipe' at homegrownfriends.com

Get the ‘recipe’ at homegrownfriends.com

 

My reality: 

Ice cream diet

I’m willing to make changes to get fierce. I really am. I have added vegetables to each meal. I have added vegetables to my smoothies. I have even added vegetable purees to baked goods. But I will not, cannot, shall not, add vegetables to my ice cream.  -El

Is there a particular food that hampers your journey toward feirecedom?