A Nutrition Spokesperson’s Radio Media Tour at Home

Yesterday I woke up early to participate in a radio media tour, which is 10-20 interviews completed over a period of about 4 hours. While it may sound exhausting, it’s actually energizing to banter back and forth with radio hosts across the country.

I forced myself to go to bed a little earlier than usual the night before and actually felt good when the alarm shrieked for me to get out of bed at 5 a.m. My body has grown accustomed to waiting at least one hour after waking up before eating. Breakfast before       6 a.m. just doesn’t sound appetizing to me, but coffee almost always does, no matter the time.

I get really excited when a food company alters a product loaded with ingredients that sound like elements of a lab experiment and replaces them with natural ones. I redeemed a coupon for a free container of Coffee Mate’s new Natural Bliss Vanilla. The ingredients on the label include nonfat milk, heavy cream, sugar, and natural flavor, and totaling 35 calories and 1 gram saturated fat for one tablespoon, the portion I used. It tasted very good. Next time I may try the caramel flavor.

I toasted a slice of whole grain bread and spread it with sunflower seed butter and fruit preserves to nibble on between the first few interviews.

During another break I enjoyed a cup of blueberry Greek yogurt.

For a final morning snack I had my Afternoon Reboot Trail Mix and a stick of reduced fat cheese.

At lunchtime I craved something fresh and light. I found leftover pasta and extra bits of vegetables from my last TV segment in the fridge, so I tossed together this yummy pasta salad. Stay tuned for the recipe on Friday.

I started to hit the wall at 3:00. AH!!! Yes, just how Susie Essman (aka Susie Greene) said in a recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

I was back home at 6:00 after an afternoon workout and snacked on celery sticks, sugar snap peas, tarragon crackers, and a spoonful of tuna salad.

At the end of this long day, Steve and I decided to order Chinese takeout. We shared pork lo mein, snow peas, a vegetable eggroll, and a bowl of war wonton soup (which actually contained dumplings – puzzling), along with a modest glass of red table wine which I sipped over a couple of hours. We watched an episode of Weeds, and then I zonked out.

Tune in tomorrow for another grocery haul. If you find yourself with leftover pasta but no sauce, what do you do with it?

Estimated calories: 1969 (240 breakfast, 401 lunch, 665 dinner, 573 snacks, 100 wine)


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  1. Renee says:

    Leftover pasta usually ends up in some kind of salad, my favorite being a combo of pasta, cannellini beans, baby spinach, parmesan, and garlic/olive oil dressing.

    I’ve been wondering if those new natural creamers are any good; thanks for mentioning them.

    1. Renee,
      I like your pasta salad recipe idea too! Kind of a Tuscan Italian spin. I’m content with raw sugar and 2% milk in my coffee, but I sure am having fun right now with the Coffee Mate naturals. Nice to mix it up every once in awhile. I could see myself buying this from time to time.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I often make my own pasta sauce – I sautee onions and mushrooms in a mixture of olive oil w/ a few cloves of minced garlic. I then add 4-6 vine tomatoes and allow to simmer w/ 1-2tbsp of balsamic vinegar for about 10min. Finally at the end, I add about a 0.25c of fresh chopped basil. It’s delish, is not time-consuming w/ few ingredients, and very healthy :). Sometimes I couple w/ turkey sausage, as well, as a protein source.

    I’m going to see about picking up the ‘sweet cream’ natural coffeemate next time!

    1. Rebecca,
      Your pasta sauce sounds luscious, yet with simple ingredients. Love. Good luck with the creamer!

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