Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jeremy Lin Got Me Drunk!

Yes, Jeremy Lin did get me drunk.  Let me explain.  The other night my husband and I sat down to watch the new basketball sensation along with the until-then-nowhere-on-my-radar-screen New York Knicks battle the L.A. Lakers.  I had never seen Lin play before, but had watched Youtube videos of him earlier in the day and he had piqued my curiosity.  So my husband and I sat down to watch the game and decided to make it interesting.  I mean, we were home alone, we had a new sports figure to get excited about, and a bottle of Whipped Cream flavored vodka just sitting on the counter.  A dangerous combination...  We decided, in our brilliant state of mind, to take a sip of this sweet luscious libation every time Lin scored a basket.  Just a sip, mind you.  Sounds pretty harmless, right?  Well, 38 points later, I was, ahem, a little unsteady on my feet.   By the 28th point, we were laughing hysterically at the amazing evening this young man was having, as well as at anything else that moved, breathed, or popped into our heads.  Congratulations to yet another fine example of a gentleman/athlete.  We love you, man!  But next time I think I'll stick to water, herbal tea, or lemonade.   You're just way too good for Vodka...

BTW, the nutritional components of Smirnoff Whipping Cream Vodka are 69 calories per ounce.  That's it.  No carbohydrates, fat, protein, or anything else good (or bad) for you.  Do I recommend it as a part of your daily diet?  No!   Like the antics on "America's Funniest Home Videos",  this was a "see, but do not do" event.  

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Newton Fruit Thins - Are They A Healthy Choice?

There's a new cookie in town!  And it comes in 4 flavors:  Blueberry Brown Sugar, Cranberry Citrus Oat, Raspberry Chocolate, and, of course, Fig and Honey.  A serving is 3 cookies and contains 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1 to 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and 95 milligrams of sodium.  Compared to Nabisco's last attempt to provide a healthy-choice fruit cookie (Mini Newtons), these are quite good!  I tried to get into the Mini's this past summer and did not find them worth the effort.  They were pretty tasteless - the fruit was almost nonexistent - and they simply did not satisfy.  But I digress....
We tried the Blueberry Brown Sugar and the Raspberry Chocolate flavors and gave 3 thumbs up (out of 3) to the Blueberry Brown Sugar ones.  They were nice and crispy and the blueberry flavor came through perfectly.   Would I buy them again?  Yes.  The Raspberry Chocolate ones were rather disappointing.  They tasted like "bad chocolate" with an aftertaste that made it seem like the raspberry was trying to sneak through.  Until I told my husband and son that there was raspberry in them, they didn't even know it was there.  We all gave that flavor a thumbs down.  Cranberry Citrus Oat held no appeal for us.  I don't like Cranberry scones, so I can't imagine I would like a cookie version of them.  And I imagine that the Fig and Honey ones would be o.k., but I will settle for a good fat-free Fig Newton if I get a craving for a figgie cookie.  

If any of you out there have tried the ones we haven't, please let me know what you thought of them.  In the meantime, healthy and happy eating!