Friday Five

A weekly round-up of tidbits, tips, ideas, news articles, random cool things...

1. Remember back in September (on a Friday Five) when I said it was believed Starbucks was giving us a Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha. Well it's on the menu and a few of my pals have emailed me to say they have ordered one (so far mixed reviews), let me know if you tried it and what you think. I'm heading to Bux tonight to try one. I'll let you know my verdict. Now if only Starbucks would bring back my personal fav: the Sugar Free Gingerbread Latte I would be their BFF. Come on Bux, Pretty please with Splenda on top.

Not near a Bux and still want some SF Peppermint yumminess. Check out these recipes to get your minty fix.

2. Want to try Quest Protein Bars but not sure which yummy flavor to get... you can buy single bars and create your own assortment. My current favs: Apple Pie, Wild Berry and a new prototype bar which I'm hoping they will make more of soon: Strawberry Cheesecake. Nom. It was a part of this very yummy bento box I made for myself the other day...

Pink Box (top left): Cooked Shrimp with lemon and (in little blue container) Cocktail Sauce
Green Box (top right): Strawberry Cheese Cake Quest Protein Bar
Blue Box (bottom left): Cheesestick and Garlic Pistachios (got these at the Tom's Farms get together)
Orange Box (bottom right): Mango Chunks

More Bento Box Meal Ideas

Speaking of our Tom's Farms get together. Here's a couple of my favorite pics...

There were 15 or so of us all together. We of course forgot to take a group picture before it was all over. Next time we need to take one first thing :) My Mum (3rd in the floral shirt & jeans) hates when I put her picture on the internet. LOL.

3. Some articles I read this week that were worth checking out:

Company Health Plans Raising Costs for Smokers, Obese
Obesity Fuels Custody Fights
State Cuts Funding for Weight Loss Surgery

4. Woot! My Crockpot Carnitas recipe is one of the finalists in the 2011 Next Pork Crock Star. Thanks to my pals & fam that voted. Even if I don't ultimately win (a panel of judges now determines the winner in each category) I am proud that a Weight Loss Surgery friendly dish made it this far. So for all those people in your life that say things like, "Oh you are having THAT surgery?! You know you'll never be able to eat yummy food again." Whapow! Take that ;) There is yummy food on the other side of WLS.

5. Just 2 more days to enter The Great Celebrate Vitamins ENS Giveaway. The winner of that giveaway will be announced Monday (here on the blog) and stop by Sunday when another AWESOME giveaway begins!!! What will it be?!

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Highenergygirl said...

I was thrilled to see that Starbucks had the sugar free peppermint mocha. It's my holiday comfort coffee. I really liked it! I could not tell a difference at all. I'm hoping they'll get a sugar free pumpkin spice soon, too!

The Lingo Family said...

So glad all the voting I did helped. :)

shannon said...

i had the sugar free peppermint mocha and was not too thrilled only because it tasted so sugary to me! could just be my changed taste buds but i still prefer a decaf skinny sugar free hazelnut latte :)

Shanda said...

I had the SF peppermint mocha (they called it skinny peppermint mocha) this morning. OMG so good! I can't tell the difference between that and the fully sugared up version. Definitely something I will have more often and I just hope they keep it after the holidays as well!

amazonbug said...

I tried the new SF Peppermint Mocha at Bux. It was ok, maybe next time I'll get a few extra pumps. It didn't really have much of a mint taste. More like a hot cocoa with a slight peppermint finish. Or could be they forgot to stir it again. I'll go back and try it again and report back.

Mary said...

I am really intrigued by your bento box set up! I am a teacher and need something handy for organizing several small meals throughout the day. Can you tell me where you got this?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Mary, Hit the more bento box meal ideas link in the blog entry for info on my box, more ideas for filling them and where to get one.