No, I am not becoming a vegetarian.
I have told you guys before how I feel about vegans and vegetarians (good for them, but not for me).
However, the boy and I have decided that in the interest of savings and to be just a tiny bit healthier, we are going to try to have 1 or 2 meatless days a week. I promise not to do any annoying "meatless monday!" posts or anything remotely similar, just wanted to give you a heads up about seeing less meat in my posts.
We started the meatless thing on Saturday with omelettes for breakfast. For lunch we had grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches with a side of kiwi. Dinner was breaded garlic tofu over whole wheat pasta. The boy doesn't really like tofu all that much, so I was quite surprised when I didn't get this reaction to my suggestion of tofu for dinner:
I got his typical response of "it's not bad" when I asked if he liked it and he ate almost all of it, so it couldn't have been that bad. I wish I had taken pictures for you guys because the meals all looked excellent, but having just gotten home from DC after being gone for 2 weeks, I really wasn't in a taking-pictures-of-my-food kind of mood...but you get the idea.
Along with this healthy idea though is an unhealthy one right along with it. Life is about balance, right? Well, remember my Ten Reasons Why Being Single Rocks post? #10 was about how I no longer was going to have "boy food" in my house to sabotage my diet. Well, since the boy is back, during grocery shopping over the weekend he picked up a box of Kellogg's Corn Pops. I knew as soon as he picked up the box that I was going to have a hard time resisting...and sure enough, he grabs the box yesterday morning and asks me if I'm going to have some. Um, does the Pope wear a funny hat? YES. So we pour our cereal and when the boy goes to close up the box...I have a panic and say, "wait, what are you doing? I'm not done!" 2.5 bowls later I finally put down the spoon and walked away. And of course because it was just cereal, I was starving by 10:30am. What happens when I let myself get really super hungry?? Two lunches, that's what. I walked over to South Station to load up my bus pass and walked by Brueggers on the way back, stopping in to grab a delicious garlic bagel with veggie cream cheese. And then still ate my lunch of leftover tofu and pasta.
My most unhealthy of habits (sweets) led me to Starbucks the other day. For the most part, I have strictly stuck to their coffee. Even when they were giving away FREE petite treats, I just ordered my coffee (this rare self control comes at random times, like when things are free and self control should definitely NOT be exercised). I finally changed up the routine however and decided to try one of Starbucks' new petite treats. They put them in these super cute little boxes:
After contemplating my options for a good ten minutes (really, how does anyone pick just one??) I decided to go with the Salted Caramel Square.
It was absolutely delicious. The only complaint I have about it is that there is a shortbread cookie type bottom that I thought detracted from the salted caramel flavor. Other than that, I thought it was just enough to satisfy a sweet craving without going crazy and eating a whole box of cookies as I have been known to do. The only other option that looked appealing to me was the Carrot Cake, which I will try at some point and let you know how I like it.
In other random news, something I neglected to mention last week was the movie I saw last Thursday night with my blog friend Rebecca from I Want to Be a Domestic Goddess. She and I met up to go see My Run, the story of Terry Hitchcock.
If you haven't heard the story of Terry Hitchcock, it's an inspiring one. Following the death of his wife, Terry found himself alone raising three small children. It was his struggles as a single father that hatched the idea to run a marathon everyday for 75 days, from Minneapolis to Atlanta, to raise awareness for single parent families. I'm not going to lie to you, I cried like a baby in the beginning of the film and teared up again at the end. Even though running a marathon everyday is not something I would encourage, Terry's spirit and determination really inspire me. If you haven't seen this film, I would highly recommend it.
Have you tried Starbucks' petite treats? Have you seen My Run? Have you ever considered going semi-vegetarian?