Today I decided I am tired of pretending that I don't like chocolate ice cream laced with brownies and peanut butter as much as like the trendy "fro-yo" everyone's supposedly into. And I am sick of saying "no" to burritos at Chipotle because the salads just taste "so much more fresh." I am tired of acting like I think white meat chicken is better than the dark meat with the skin on. I hate how my reduced fat cheese doesn't get as bubbly and oily when its grilled between two slices of bread doused with "I Can't Believe its Not Butter - Light." Can anyone else relate?
Finding a healthy balance is hard. I find that I often act like these swaps are satisfying my cravings, but the truth is, they don't even come close. Maybe instead of living this dull, "healthy" version of a life, we can let ourselves enjoy what we love more often. I know, I know, in moderation is fine they say. But I want cookie dough EVERY night after dinner. And I want MORE fatty cheese goddammit.
So for dinner tonight I made a warm chicken salad, one of my go-to favorites when I am cooking for one. I saute' chicken and whatever veggies I have on hand with a little balsamic and soy sauce. Then I toss it all on a bed of fresh chilled baby spinach. I also make homemade dressing with a combo of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, teriyaki sauce, apple cider vinegar, a splash of water or chicken stock and some honey.
OH IT DOESN'T END THERE...do you think I am a rabbit or something? A girl needs sustenance!
Then, on the side, I had a cheesy, gooey, bubbly quesadilla with REAL cheese and sweet mango salsa! Sorry - I ate the quesadilla so fast and in such a euphoric state, I forgot to take a photo. And of course a chunk of cookie dough for dessert.
I feel pretty satisfied with this dinner. It covered all the bases. And I think I may even have room for a late night salty snack...we shall see :)