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Posted on Nov 17, 2010 in Dear Diary, Food | 4 comments


So, as you all may be noticing, we’re doing a little renovating here at Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! I know this may seem a little confusing, seeing as how I just changed the layout of this blog not that long ago, but that was out of necessity since my original theme stopped working. This one’s just for fun! I’m still working out the kinks and trying to figure out how to really make it sparkle, so stay tuned!

It also has been the final element to really make me up the ante in terms of the photos I post. I still don’t have a DSLR, so don’t think I’ll be posting anything fancy yet, but I did dig out my point-and-shoot that my sissypoo and her hubs got me for Christmas last year. Baby steps! I tried to practice taking some shots of the pupsters last night:

It’s hard to keep that darn hand steady! Anyway, I’ll keep working on it. Nobody is a fantastic photographer overnight, right? RIGHT?!?!

Heh. Okay, anyway. So I have a story to tell you all. It is entitled “The Story of the Bad Roommate” and I know you’re all really excited to hear it. Well, consider your wish granted…

Once upon a yesterday morning, a girl found herself running late for work. Dressed to impress in her size 14 pants (!), she raced to get ready and hit the road. Grabbing a Pyrex container full of leftovers in one hand and a dog food scoop in the other, she raced around the kitchen in a flurry. Suddenly, she stopped.

“Oh no!” she thought, “I don’t have time for breakfast!” Stopping just long enough to open the pantry and realize there’s not even enough time for cereal, she saw it. A single, lone Luna bar, wedged between the Kashi Go Lean (hers) and the Cinnamon Toast Crunch (not hers.)

Luna, said the package. The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women.

The girl was confused. Surely this was not her bar, since as far as she knew Luna was a carpet-installation company. And yet, the package read exactly like the rest of the pantry items that filled the girl’s shopping cart at Whole Foods each week. 70% organic. All natural.

With nary a moment to waste, the girl had to make a decision: steal a roommate’s food (a most heinous roommate sin!) or go hungry, increasing the odds of wandering down to the office deli and returning with goodness knows what. With a click of her flats and her mind made up, she breezed out the door with Luna bar in hand.

15 minutes later, she unwrapped said delicacy and enjoyed 180 calories of pure, unadulterated deliciousness at her desk. Chewy, crunchy, sweet, tangy, and filled with 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber!

“This,” the girl thought, “is worth any food-stealing roommate guilt.” Of course, the girl would proceed to stop at Whole Foods on the way home, buy an entire box of Lemon Zest Luna bars as well as 6 bars in other various flavors, thus alleviating her guilt by replacing said stolen bar. As she was a good person (at one point in her life, at least) she also told her roommate about her nefarious ways, and congratulated her on introducing her to such a wonderful thing.

The End.

Okay, so a master wordsmith I may not be, but the main point is clear: I stole my roommate’s breakfast bar, and it was the best thing I’ve ever done (<3 you, Erin!) I’m in love with Luna Bars. They’re made by the same people that make Clif bars, and they’re supposedly formulated specifically for women with all sorts of calcium and folic acid and whatnot. They’re going to become my definite go-to grab-and-go breakfast. They’re a little bit pricey (99 cents per bar, or you can buy a box of 15 bars for like $14.50) but they just make ya feel good. They’re definitely not a diet bar (each bar ranges from 170 – 190 calories) but I think that especially given my tendency to skip breakfast altogether this provide a great choice and doesn’t get anywhere near my breakfast calorie-limit.  And more importantly, they’re delicious and very filling. Yesterday’s bar kept me full all morning long!

In other news, I ended up making a super healthy dinner last night inspired by Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point and her tendency to make roasted veggies and smother ’em with BBQ sauce for meals.

The star?

Yumtastic Bone Suckin’ Sauce I picked up from Whole Foods. It’s got fabbityfab ingredients (nothing I can’t understand!) and is only 40 calories a serving (and has lower sodium than the other BBQ sauces in our fridge – get it together, Kraft!)

So I sliced up some on-its-last-legs sweet potatoes (they were kind of gross inside so I only really ended up using the edges) and tossed them with a wee bit of olive oil, salt & pepper. I lined them up on a baking sheet (line with tinfoil for easy cleanup!) and popped ’em in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, flipping once. While they were baking, I also cut up and steamed a ton of broccoli.

Also on the plate were 6 kalamata olives (curse you, Whole Foods, and your amazing antipasti bar! I can’t pass by without picking up some olives… drool… so delicious…), the BBQ sauce and some organic ketchup. Mm-mmm good!

Okay, I think this post has gone on long enough. Let me know how you’re liking the new layout of the blog, and what improvements I should continue to make. My brother Ben says that I shouldn’t use the Daxter pic I have as my banner right now because it takes away from the aesthetic of the theme, so let me know if you agree with him! Until next time!


  1. The new layout looks great! I like it! Maybe make the Home, About Me, Goals & Progress and Recipesa at the top a little bigger just to stand out more? Just an idea. I think it all looks great though and it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, which is always nice 🙂

  2. I like the new color theme- your photos are still blurry though. Didn’t anne do a post about how to take great point and shoot photos? Maybe you should re-read it 🙂 Luna bars are delish- i agree, they had mini ones for us at Under Armour to sample last time we had a big meeting. I liked the white chocolate something or other.

  3. I love the new look! I’m also so envious of the puppes. I want a westie super bad. Your story made me laugh. I can’t believe you bought so many Luna bars to replace the one you ‘stole’. You’re too cute.

  4. I just read this… I love that you went through a mini crisis in stealing my Luna bar! I also cannot BELIEVE I introduced you to a new healthy thing – seems like that should happen the other way around! So… does this mean the entire box you bought is mine? Hehehe! Just kidding! I have a chocolate peanut butter Luna Protein bar with me today… 12 grams of protein and yumminess!

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