Saturday, July 22, 2006
  Another discovery
There's a lady at work that I absolutely love. She's the one that was wearing tie-dye in my interview.. She's very sweet & funny, loves photography.. All in all, someone I hope I'm like when I'm older. And, she's a really good source for finding out about new, cool things... She's the one that suggested yerba mate and that restaurant I ate at in Key Largo, Alabama Jack's. And I noticed that she often has a container of Fage, greek yogurt, in the fridge. So when I spotted it the other day, I decided to try it.

Per serving, it only has 8g of sugar, as opposed to American-style yogurt's 35 or so. It's low in fat (if you buy the right kind), low in calories, and is very versatile.

It's a lot more sour than normal yogurt.. and has a creamier consistency, like that of sour cream. And while I'm sure you could eat it plain, I don't think many people do. The traditional way to eat it, I think, is just with honey. I've been using a couple of spoonfuls of regular yogurt in it, then mixing in blueberries and sometimes a bit of cereal in too. It's really good! It allows you to eat really diet-friendly yogurt without having to resort to that nasty, artificially-flavored stuff. (Trust me, if you switch from Light & Fit to a naturally sweetened brand for a couple of weeks, once you go back you'll be disgusted.)

I also have put it on my traditional lazy-night meal of a frozen rice, bean, & cheese burrito (Whole Kitchen brand, $1.29) and it has the sour cream effect. Yum! If you want to try a really yummy, healthy meal, get a healthy burrito.. I'm thinking of starting to make my own and freeze 'em myself.. slice a banana on the side, put some avocado on it, then douse in Greek yogurt and drizzle some sweet salsa (I've only tried pineapple salsa so far) on top.... OMG, it's SO good.

I made it back to my workout this morning.. Lord, what a gorgeous day, but it was tough! Very hot, very.. well, early.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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