Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Five

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

1. Loving these: Dorot Frozen Herb Cubes. These super convenient cubes are great to keep on hand in the freezer to drop in soups, stews, sauces or what I've been doing lately is popping 4 out in a small microwavable bowl and nuking them for 35 seconds or so then mixing in 1/2 cup Greek yogurt for a delicious herb dip for veggies, meats (adds moisture & keeps things moving in the right direction) or as a salad dressing.

When the herb garden is out of season these are a great substitute and they taste great because unlike those jars and tubes of garlic & herbs these have no preservatives, fats, acids or food coloring added. Yes, you can make your own (herbs, mini food processor, ice cube tray) but these are just too easy. I bought them at Trader Joe's $1.99 a pack, each pack contains 20 cubes, each cube = 1 teaspoon.

I've only spotted Cilantro, Basil, Garlic so far but the website says they have a few more varieties. Here's a store locator to find them near you.

2. Looking ahead: Mark your calendars to join me at the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Inaugural "Your Weight Matters" Convention, October 25-28 in Dallas, Texas. The agenda has just been released and is packed full of AWESOME. They have a Facebook event page too.

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

Why Being Overweight Could Earn You a Lower Salary
Bariatric surgery patients get a leg up with new fitness program
Research Shows Brain Scans Can Predict Weight Gain
Before winning her crown Mrs. New Jersey won the battle against obesity

You have to check out this Fox NY report on a company claiming to make low carb, low fat pizzas.

Moral of the story: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

4. It's Starbuck's Frappucino Happy Hour this week. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of the frappucinos even the light versions are not the best choice and whatever you do don't even think about the new Starbucks Mocha Cookie Frappucino Grande 16-oz has 480 calories, 19 g fat, 76 g carbs, 69 g sugar. Eeek!?!

A few weight loss surgery friendly Starbucks options...

Sugar Free (aka Skinny) Cinnamon Dolce Latte, no whip
Sugar Free Vanilla Latte, no whip
Sugar Free Caramel Latte, no whip
Sugar Free Hazelnut Latte, no whip
Sugar Free Mocha
Tazo Passion Tea with Sugar Free Vanilla (instead of Classic Syrup)
Tazo Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte with Sugar Free Vanilla (instead of Classic Syrup)

All of the above can be made either hot or cold, milk can be changed (I'm a soy girl) be sure to say Sugar Free loud and clear and confirm with the Barista when you retrieve your order "this is Sugar Free, right?" Trust me on this they have messed up my order and I've spent the next hour feeling like crud.

or better yet make a CLICKacchino at home!

Shelly's Malted CLICKball

5. Speaking of CLICK it's the last day to enter the new DECAF CLICK Giveaway. Click here to enter. 3 winners will be announced tomorrow. Also check back Sunday when an exciting NEW GIVEAWAY BEGINS.

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marisa said...

Never thought to add those herbs for a dip! I'm pulling mine out of the freezer right now! I have tried twice already to get my SF order right at Bux and have been straight to the bathroom clear after.

I have to stick to a boring decaf Americano since no one will brew decaf for me.

CJ - Food Stories said...

Wow, I have almost purchased eat-rite products a couple of times but something held me back ... Now I know. Thx for posting this!

Diva said...

Thanks for the tip about the herb cubes, been wondering how to make a non-fat dip to go with raw veggies! Off to Wegmans I go!

maggiemcguire said...

Went to Starbucks today for "Happy Hour" have not had a frap since surgery obviously because of sugar. I alway get iced coffee or skinny cin dolce latte. But, I wanted to try a frap today. I told the guy what can you do for me that is a frap low in sugar. He was not very nice and looked @ me like I was crazy, hmmmm?? thought that was their job. I said can u make the mocha cookie light give me sf mocha syrup (just wanted to taste it), again looked @ me like I had lost my mind and then he told me all that was in there I got lost after the first 3 things, I was like oh ok forget that. So, what can you do for me? he said how about a lite java chip, ok I got a small one. It was good but got sick about 2 hrs later. So much for happy hr. I will just stick with the usual. I can not believe the stats on the mocha cookie frap UNREAL!

Shanda Macomber said...

Or you can say "skinny" which is sugar-free, non-fat and no whip. I love my de-caf skinny cinnamon dolce late w/ extra cinnamon and no foam!

Dennis said...

I really wish they would put a Trader Joe's here so I could buy some of the goodies they sell.