Wow Me, Wednesday.

Well, guys, we’re half-way through the week.  I hope it’s flying by as quickly for you as it is for me!  Here are some things that have been wowing me lately:

Enjoy Life Foods WOWed me when they sent this awesome box of Decadent Bars for me to try out and blog about!

bars

They’re gluten/soy-free, have 130-140 calories per bar, and taste like dessert, thus the “decadent” title.  Jarid can attest to that (he started with the S’mores bar).  If you know anything about me, and my addiction to Cinnamon Bun Questbars, you’d know that those are the exact ones that I scoped out from the start.  Chocolate Sunbutter sounds delicious, too!  I can’t wait to try them all.  Thanks, Enjoy Life Foods!

Another thing wowing me lately, is my craving for chocolate.  Jarid picks me up “treats” every once in awhile.  These are a favorite:

sugarfreeI know, I know.  This is supposed to be a healthy food blog… but, sometimes  you have to indulge.  Besides, these are only 40 calories a pop.

patty

They’re awesome to end a meal with, just like at a restaurant when they bring you mints with your check.  I throw them in my purse to eat as lunch dessert at work 🙂

What WOWed me to the negative?  THIS article, about CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, Mike Jefferies.  He states in the article, that,

He doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids

mike jefferies

In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,” he told Salon.

What a sick man.  No human, let alone, a child, should never be subjected to such alienation.  This article infuriated me.  I just had to sit back and think, “Wow.  There really are some disgraceful and crude people in this world”.  What’s even more of a “wow factor”  is to think that God loves this man, just as much as he loves you and me.  He doesn’t love the evil in his heart that makes stuff like that come out of his heart or into his brain, but he loves all his children, regardless of sin.  For that, I’m thankful.  More likely than not, this guy has some serious hurt that caused these feelings to stir inside him.  Not that it makes the things he’s said justified, but I always try to keep that in mind.  It helps me to be less judgmental.

On a more positive note, dinner last night was incredible.  I mean, WOW.

For the burgers, I used (I didn’t measure the sauces,  or spices so I just listed them and guestimated.  It really depends how strong you want the flavors):

  • Extra lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Light Ragu sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Spices: paprika, cayenne powder, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper, and basil

I also cooked some onion & mushrooms for topping the burgers.  Oh, and you best believe there was reduced-sugar ketchup to top them off.  Not the prettiest picture, but they were devoured so quickly there was no time for that.  I had mine with some avocado on the side (one that was a little overripe, as you can see from the picture).

On the side, I traded my bun for some thin-sliced, Lite Gazebo Room dressed russet potatoes.  All you do for those is slice them thin, pop them in the microwave with as much dressing as you prefer (I don’t like them too slimy, I so just eyeball it until they’re all covered), and then nuke them until soft!

Happy Hump Day!

xo.

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