I’m well aware that this is supposed to be a weight loss/maintenance blog, but sometimes other matters rise to the top of my personal needs pile. This is one of those times.
I’m purchase pondering today, and I’m seeking the voice(s) of experience for assistance. If Ann Landers or Dear Abby were still alive, I could bother them with this, but they’re not so I’m counting on someone–anyone!–here to fill the void.
I’ve tried cottage cheese in the very distant past and didn’t really care for it. Considering it can be a good low-to-no-fat source of calcium and protein, I’m thinking it might be time to try a small container. The only problem is that there are about 30 varieties available. Small curd, large curd, 1%, 2%, no-fat, creamed, plain, fruit-flavored, etc. I have no idea where to start, other than to shoot for a No Salt version and to probably avoid the fruit-flavored. Your thoughts on cottage cheese? Anything interesting to do with it to pep it up?
I prefer to use sulfate free shampoos. My fine, straight hair doesn’t have near the fly-aways (those little wispy hairs that stand up to be noticed) when I use shampoos free of sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. Those are the chemicals that make shampoo foam (and certain people’s hair frizz.) Anyway, it’s time for a new bottle of shampoo, and I’m taking recommendations, if you’ve got them.
The Other Scale
With birthday and other festivities last week, I decided it was time for one of my periodic self-checks on weighing and measuring foods. I like to do that every now and then to make sure I’m not suffering from portion distortion. (I actually found out I was underestimating some foods. Love when that happen, especially when one of the foods in question is blue corn tortilla chips.) For my food weighing, I use a 30-year old dial-type scale with a teensy little cup on it. Not conducive at all to weighing a chicken breast or other bulky items. Considering that and my future career on Food Network, I think it’s time to upgrade to a digital food scale with a Tare function. I’m leaning toward the Eat Smart Digital Scale, because the price is right, plus I like their bathroom scale ), but I’ll happily accept any recommendations you might have.
Possibly the Best Invention Ever
I stumbled across this little jewel during some idle web surfing:
It’s a Tunebug Shake Portable Speaker, which can apparently be attached to my bike helmet, turning it into a surround sound speaker! No dangerous ear plugs necessary. Ever heard of it, tried it, lusted for it, etc.? I’m thinking it might just go on my Christmas list.
Strange Things in My Freezer
Cooking (or stirring) for one is tough when the most economical way to grocery shop is usually for multi-serving foods. A loaf of bread usually winds up in the freezer or in my back yard as bird food. A ginormous head of Romaine requires huge servings of salad for a solid week (great for health and digestion, not so great when the taste buds are tired of it after the third night) or risk having to toss it. I can (and do) freeze a lot of things, but I’ve never tried freezing leafy produce. Yesterday I bought a single bunch of fresh cilantro, chopped enough for the week and put the rest in small, snack-sized bags in the freezer. It occurred to me after I did it, that there might actually be a method to it. It also occurred to me that there may be a way to successfully freeze other leafy greens. Has anyone ever tried freezing lettuce, in any of it’s varieties?
Okay, so there were a few remotely health-and-fitness-related items in there. Enough to keep my tax deductions in effect. Thanks in advance for any tips!
I’m off to tackle my MIT list, which includes the annual visit to the Land of Stirrups and Frozen Speculum. Oh, that reminds me: are YOU caught up on all your physical exams and testing? I’m not trying to nag, but it IS important. YOU are important!
I’ll be back to blog world later in the day, where I hope to learn what a wonderful and fabulous weekend you had!