Monday mornings I lifeguard at my work at 5:45 am so my Mondays always start with a bang. Yesterday morning was no exception. Since it was so early and I was out of bananas I decided against oatmeal. Instead I packed a Yoplait Strawberry Greek yogurt and a Honest Foods granola plank. This is the older packaging but it was on sale. Who am I to be picky about the packaging or the expiration date – just kidding!
For snack I had some fresh pineapple. Pineapple is hands down my favorite fruit – it just screams vacation!
I heated up the leftover Spaghetti Squash from last nights dinner and topped it with some sauce and parm cheese. Its just as good the next day!
My afternoon snack was a bowl of lime sherbet. It wasnt the most nutritious snack but it was what I was craving. It looks like mint ice cream, doesnt it?
Matt and I met for dinner during my break at work last night. We originally decided on Pita Pit but ended up changing our plans and hit up a newer Greek Restaurant in town (and the only one!). Greek food has always had a special place in my heart, but especially now that Ive been to Greece and have absolutely fell in love with the cuisine, the people, and the culture – I just cant get enough of it. But, Im also its biggest critic!
Sparti’s lived up to my expectations. Matt and I split a Greek Feast Plate that contained a pita, a salad of lettuce, onions, & tomatoes, gyro meat, 2 souvlakis (1 pork, 1 chicken), fries and some tzatiki. I had no idea how big the sampler plate would be so I also ordered a piece of Spanakopita.
So much food! Everything was so good and fresh. I ended up eating half the pita, the salad, and some of the meat with tzatiki. We took half of the Spanakopita home so I could have a wonderful leftover inspired lunch.
I forgot to take my camera to work, which I realized as soon as I stepped out of the car at Sparti’s but… dont worry! Well be back to Sparti’s soon so I can take some photos of the fabulous food. I even tried to take some phone photos which came out miserably!
Work Yoga Chocolate
After dinner I went back to work and then headed to my Monday night yoga class. Last nights class kicked my booty for some reason! I loved it. After yoga I came home and in the spirit of all things European I had a piece of a chocolate bar I got in Italy and a piece of a chocolate bar I bought in Greece but is made is Switzerland. Perfect ending to my Monday!
Do you get what you pay for?
A lot of you had really interesting comments about how you read packaging that you find at the grocery store. It seems that most of us agree – packaging and the nutritional info is important to consider when you are deciding what product to buy and consequently eat.
I have to admit I never used to look at packaging. When I first started to lose weight I was concerned with being healthy I was trying to get skinny. I would look for things that said 100 calorie this or fat free that instead of concentrating on the ingredient list. Oh how times have changed!
I tend to go grocery shopping alone these days and its mostly because I love to spend time wheeling up and down the aisles looking for new finds and Matt cant stand it! But, I also spend a considerable amount of time checking out and comparing the packages. Overall I look for things that indicate if its good for me and good for the environment but I also take it with a grain of salt.
Although organic labels are regulated by the government (read more about specific labels here) claims like natural, free range, and cage free arent. Lately I have noticed a lot of store brands (Hyvee and Walmart in particular) and none store brands calling their chicken breast “All Natural” and claiming their eggs are “cage free”. Although I know so products live up to these claims and are reputable companies I doubt that others are which leads an uninformed consumer to believe that the product is more environmentally and animal friendly than it really is.
I believe that as a consumer its easy to find labels misleading especially if you are not well versed or informed on the particular topic, brand, or label. Thoughts?