Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wink Frozen Dessert - the 100 calorie pint

I don't remember where I originally saw this stuff but I'm guessing it was social media. I made a mental note to look for it when I was at the grocery store. A dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, fat-free pint of ice cream seemed "free" of everything that makes ice cream delicious.  Obviously, I couldn't wrap my head around how this could possibly taste, so I decided I needed to try it for myself. 

Fast forward a couple months when I was browsing Plum Market for Julian Bakery items in the freezer section and boom! - there it was, on sale nevertheless! 

I'm a huge fan of cake batter anything, so it was an obvious flavor choice. 

See those nutritional facts? 25 calories per serving, making this whole pint 100 calories.

I opened it up and and immediately noticed the icy texture.

I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the cake batter flavor. The richness and creaminess of ice cream was missing (this stuff isn't magic), but I still really liked it. I think that with a drizzle of almond butter or some mini chocolate chips (goodbye 25 calorie serving), this would be nice way to crush a sweet tooth.

I also tried the cookie dough flavor, which had zero cookie dough chunks. It was still pretty tasty, but you have to manage expectations - this isn't ice cream.

Wink is made with a mix of pea protein and organic flavors, but the whole list of ingredients is on their website if you are curious.

I whip up some pretty delicious protein ice cream with my Vitamix, so this isn't something I would buy on the regular, but I appreciate the ingenuity of the product. I love trying new brands and products that are pushing the envelope on specialty diets and this is certainly one of them.

Favorite ice cream flavor? Cake batter, coconut almond chip, and cookie dough

Have you tried Wink or Artic Zero? What did you think? 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) - Counting Macros

I don't really know where to start with jumping back into blogging, since I feel like I have 5 million things I want to say and exactly zero time.

Since food is an easy one and I love checking out other's eats, What I Ate Wednesday (compliments of Peas & Crayons)  seems like a good place to start. 

In the spirit of being honest and open, I started logging everything what I eat on MyFitnessPal at the moment since I am carrying a couple extra pounds compliments of daily glasses of rose wine and indulgences in Turkey (sorry, I'm not sorry). I have heard a lot about IIFYM (if it fits your macros- explanation is HERE and you can calculate your macros HERE) and decided to give it a whirl. I am really busy at the moment, so the flexibility that this plan offers is pretty awesome. I'm eating more processed food than I'd like, but it is within macronutrient guidelines and it's really tasty. Bonus points would be if I lose a couple pounds. 

Without further day in food.

Since I am slowly trying to ease back into my workouts, I woke up and went downstairs to my building's fitness center and hopped on the elliptical for 30 minutes while ready blogs on Feedly and rocking out to Spotify. 

I came back upstairs, showered up, and poured myself a glass of cold brew and a Tbsp of half & half that I enjoyed while I got dressed and did my make up. I have been eyeing this cold brew at TJ's for a while and finally bought it. It is delicious and giving my Starbucks card a rest. 

I was pressed for time, so I threw a plain chobani and Justin's PB packet (from my Love with Food box) in my lunch bag. I have a weird thing with the temperature of dairy and have been especially sensitive since being in Europe (where I find all the dairy to not be cold enough), so I threw my yogurt into the freezer when I got to work and let it cool down for about 30 minutes before eating. I know this is a weirdo food routine, but that's me. 

I drizzled some sugar free maple syrup (full of chemicals, I know) over the yogurt and added the PB and enjoyed it at my desk while I got crushed by my inbox. 

I had back to back meetings most of the day, so I crushed a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest bar while on a call (on mute of course) when my stomach started rumbling. 

Around 3:30, I finally had a chance to eat lunch. I made grass fed beef burgers the previous night for dinner and made perfect 3 oz. patties so I could log the macros.  This salad was originally romaine, red peppers, avocado, and a burger patty, but there was a ton of leftover from Potbelly in the kitchen and I helped myself to the condiments - chopped onion, mustard, and hot peppers. How is that for a nice little salad bar?

Somewhere around 5 or 6, I ate an ounce of Perky Jerky since I was still at the office chugging away. 

I ended up getting home a little after 8 and had exactly zero energy to make dinner. Luckily, my husband already ate dinner at the office (he started his job!), so I only had to take care of myself. I looked at my fitness pal and thought about the macros I needed to get in for the day. I threw some frozen Asian vegetables from Trader Joes in a pan with some salt, garlic powder, and coconut aminos (like soy sauce without the soy), cooked them up and added a bunch of liquid egg whites. I scrambled those up with the veggies and ate in a bowl with sriracha. 

After that lazy mess, I still needed a bunch of protein to round out the day, so I whipped up a thick protein shake with Jay Robb Vanilla Whey (my favorite protein powder),  1/4 cup of cottage cheese, xanthum gum, vanilla extract, water, and a bunch of ice.

I love my Vitamix- best investment ever. 

Not that anyone cares (except my pants, they definitely are concerned), but the total calories and macros for the day are below: 

1352 Calories
56g Fat
98g Carbohydrates
30g Fiber
126g Protein

I didn't nail my prescribed macros for the day, but I was pretty close. I'm still getting the hang of this thing. 

Have you heard of IIFYM?

Do you ever log your daily eats? Do you use My Fitness Pal?