A Story On Measuring Food (plus recent meals)


I have a few recent meals to share with you today. But first, a story.

I don’t discuss it every week but I think you already know that I like to eat chocolate chips. And while I’m still devastated that Trader Joe’s changed the recipe for their semi-sweet chocolate chips (even if they say they didn’t – they did), I do still eat Trader Joe’s chocolate chips every day.

Trader Joe's chocolate chips

I don’t track my chocolate or count my chips. What I like to do is pop them into my mouth mindlessly to eat as a snack or dessert.

I don’t track or measure anything that I eat. I’m completely against such a concept.

My son, however, thought it would be a fun experiment to put my put chocolate chips into a measuring cup to see how many chips  I typically eat at a time.

I didn’t think that would be fun. Not fun at all! I quickly told him that I would not take part in his “fun experiment” and that he was making me uncomfortable.

Now of course he found me funny and although it sounded funny when I said that I was getting uncomfortable, I don’t think I was kidding.

I would not eat my chocolate from a measuring cup. It would remove all of the joy from my mindless chocolate chip eating.

I don’t want to know how many chocolate chips I eat. I’ve never wanted to know exactly how much of anything I eat. I prefer to just eat.

Measuring food and especially my chocolate feels like pressure, and also feels limiting. While some people may thrive from tracking their food, such an approach is not right for me.

And as I said to my son — I do just fine eating my chocolate this way so please leave me alone.

Recent Meals:

I ordered my usual Chopt salad order from the Chopt app. And while I like this salad, I do wish Plant Wise was opened on the weekend. I would likely go there to grab lunch while running errands instead if I had the option.

chopt salad

I haven’t had the whole wheat vegetable pizza from Villa Monte in a few months.

It’s like this — I want to love this beautiful vegetable slice like used to but I just don’t. However, sometimes I want to eat it like old times because it’s such an easy dinner decision. It’s so big and so complete with so many vegetables.

I tried it again (with a side of sauce) and did like it. But I don’t OMG love it. It’s good enough on occasion.

vegetable pizza

I made this stir fry for dinner and really enjoyed it. I had leftover roasted sweet potatoes which I added to a pan of broccoli, chickpeas, Trader Joe’s multigrain blend (from the frozen section), and sweet chili sauce.

I had never tried the multigrain blend from Trader Joe’s but I think it’s excellent! I had originally bought it for my son but I think it’s going to be something I eat on a regular basis.

stir fry

Surprise, surprise. More pizza.

We decided on La Piazza over the weekend and I chose two grandma slices. One traditional, one with vegetables.

grandma pizza

I restocked our supply of the cute little chocolate-covered strawberry and banana bites from Trader Joe’s. I can totally make these bites myself but why bother — Trader Joe’s does a good job.

Trader Joe's chocolate fruit

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