Good day for a smoothie

Thursday was another day that didn’t go as planned. A surprise visit from the Boyfriend kept me from hitting the treadmill as soon as I woke up — but we did do some walking downtown, so that’s something.

Incredible itching CocoaThen I ended up heading to work early so I could take my poor, itchy dog to the vet at 10 p.m., so I didn’t get to unwind with the post-work stretches I’d planned. You have to love a vet’s office with walk-in hours until 11 p.m., though. Convenient enough for me. I just went to work earlier than usual and left early. When I got to the vet’s, I was the only person in the waiting room.

It’s a lot harder to see the turnoff for the vet’s office after dark. I overshot it and ended up at Sam’s Club (closed), then almost missed it a second time coming from the other direction. I was cruising down the center lane with my left turn signal on, looking for the road I needed to turn onto.

Hmm. Maybe I really do need new glasses.

Cocoa’s itchiness is a recurring problem. It got better for a while, but now it’s back as bad as ever. The good news is I can stop buying her the $55/bag allergy-free food. The bad news is she might need even more expensive medicine to keep the itching under control. We’re going to try supplementing her with Vitamin E and fish oil capsules first.

Fingers crossed that it works!

Blue skies for one more dayIn between Boyfriend time, writing time, work and the vet visit, I found some time to enjoy what’s likely to be our last gorgeous day for a while. The meteorologists predict a nasty winter storm moving in early today through Saturday — like 12+ inches of nasty.

I don’t need to repeat how much I detest the white stuff. Y’all have heard that refrain before.

But Thursday was still beautiful. It was warm enough that I didn’t bother with a coat when the Boyfriend and I headed downtown, or when I headed to Starbucks before work. I wished I had it when I left the office at 10 p.m., though.

Look closely and you’ll see the San Francisco Peaks between those pine trees. That’s the view from the entrance to the newspaper office. Hard to believe I get to enjoy that view every day.

Snow, snow stay away. Don’t you know it’s a nice March day?

Tropical SmoothieI decided to take advantage of the warm weather and make a smoothie for lunch. I was inspired by the Tropical Tango Smoothie I saw on Tina’s blog not long ago (but was too lazy to look up the pin for. Turns out that was a good decision, because when I went to look for it just now, I hadn’t pinned it yet. Had to fish it out of Feedly’s “saved” posts queue).

In the mix:

  • 1/2 container (3 oz.) Chobani banana yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond coconut milk
  • 5 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

For those of you counting, the whole big glass has just 5 WW Points.

I have to admit, it wasn’t love at first sip for me — but for some reason, it rarely is with smoothies. I have to taste it a few times — and then a few more — before I start slurping it down. This one was like that, too.

The more I drank, the better I liked it. By the time I got to the bottom of the glass, I was wishing I’d made a smoothie twice as big (except then it wouldn’t have fit in the glass).

The flavor isn’t super-sweet, even though I thought it would be with all that fruit in it. You could add a packet of Splenda or a little honey if you like it sweeter. Me, I liked the tangy bite.

It was pretty filling as it was, but you could bulk it up with some protein powder. (That, of course, would boost the Points value.) I might try that next time … you know, as soon as it stops snowing.

That should have been enough for lunch, but the stress of worrying about Cocoa sent me to McDonald’s on the way in to the office. I had a grilled onion cheddar burger and small fries, burning through 14 of my FlexPoints (and losing another battle for the day). Stress eating won … this time.

It’s a new day, and I have many more (hopefully) good decisions to make.

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