Friday, July 19, 2013

Tired of Pretending

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 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 :)

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