Category Archives: Vegetarian
One of the original farms to join New York’s Greenmarket back in 1976, Stokes Farm is a New Jersey-based and family-owned produce farm. Founded in 1873, the seventeen-acre farm is currently run by fifth-generation farmer Ron Binaghi, Jr. From April through December, you can find the Stokes Market stand at Union Square every Wednesday and Saturday, Tucker Square every Thursday and Saturday, and Tribeca every Saturday.
I know that I’ve been blogging a lot about apple-related snacks lately. And now that I think about it, I’ve blogged about Apple Pie Gum, an apple flavored popcorn, and City Snacks, which I particularly like in the apple variety. Based upon this information, one may think that I’m an apple fanatic, especially as I sit here typing this on my Apple computer, with my iPad and iPhone not far from my reach. But the truth is that my affinity for the fruit goes no further than the confines of SkinnyOffice– despite popular belief, I do not spend my free time scouring the globe for the tastiest apple-flavored snacks. All these apple snacks, and the one I’m going to introduce you to today, just seem to fall into my lap more often than they might for another person.
The way I discovered Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps (the apple kind) was certainly strange. It was last winter, and I was maneuvering a wide cart through the narrow aisles of an Asian grocery store down in the Financial District. I had picked up my dried seaweed, my Hi-Chew candies, and a 1/4 pound of honey-maple turkey. And then for some reason that I still cannot grasp, I threw a small pouch of some unknown snack into my cart. Even more curious is that the package had Mickey Mouse on it, who I do not like even the slightest bit. The Mickey snack just caught my eye, and at that moment I knew I had to have it!
When I arrived home and tore the picture of Mickey’s head in half as I tried to reach the snack deep inside, I realized that what I had bought was just freeze-dried apples in kid-friendly packaging. They were delicious. I let each dusty sliver of apple melt on my tongue and as it transformed from crunchy to soft, I not only could taste the real apple from which it was made, but I was able to feel the texture of an actual apple too. Unlike other dried fruits, Brothers-All-Natural is light and fluffy and a bit less dense than some of it’s competitors.
Brothers-All-Natural fruit crisps only have 40 calories per pouch, and they come in ten flavors, so there is definitely a fruit crisp for every taste! It turns out that the Mickey pouch I grabbed was part of Brothers-All-Natural’s Disney Collection (they come in Princess pouches, too!) The original packaging is much more discreet…but these are so good and so low-cal that not even the most anti-Disney person on earth would be embarrassed to pull out this Mickey snack at work.
Every weekend Elena and I have a discussion about which days we’re each going to blog for the upcoming week. Usually these discussions take place via text message, and after some negotiations (Georgia: I have to watch all the episodes of Once Upon a Time on Monday so I won’t have time to write a post Elena: Well on Monday I have to write a ukulele song and record it for my YouTube channel so I don’t have time either!) and the exchange of banter so meek it doesn’t even entertain us (Georgia: Wanna start a business? Elena: Ok, what should we do? Georgia: I don’t know, we’re not really good at anything Elena: Bat Mitzvah planning? Georgia: Dog yoga classes? Elena: Eh, I don’t feel like starting a business) we decide on our days and move on to more compelling (but equally mundane) topics.
Some weird twist of fate led to me being the assigned blogger for this Friday, and it wasn’t until late Thursday afternoon that I realized that this post would be the last for SkinnyOffice in 2011! I don’t think Elena was thinking of the date when she JUMPED at the chance to write on Tuesday and Thursday this week, because there is just no way that she would knowingly pass up having the last word of the year. But I’ll take this opportunity to speak for both of us when I say that 2011 (particularly the last few months of it) has been a great year! We started this blog as a fun side-project that both of us could look forward to working on outside of our regular work hours, and it not only met, but exceeded our expectations.
I’m not usually a fan of New Years resolutions. I always feel that making a resolution for a new year seems a bit stupid. Wouldn’t it make more sense to just make resolutions throughout the year as we see fit? Despite my dislike of the seemingly mandated metamorphosis that we all go through each January, I’ve always been a sucker for tradition and I’ve never gotten through a New Year’s Eve without resolving to better myself in some sort of way. Last year I vowed to take on something new and exciting, and here I am, on the eve of a New Year, writing a blog post for a blog I could never have imagined a year ago! So while keeping the success last year has brought in mind, in no particular order, here are my resolutions for 2012:
1. Work harder on SkinnyOffice
2. Go to the gym more (Isn’t this on everyone’s list? Click here for some tips from Gawker!)
3. Compliment people more often (NYTimes Social Q’s said this was a good idea for a resolution)
4. Go somewhere amazingly interesting (This is right up my alley, though I assume there is no gym onboard and therefore goal #2 will have to be disregarded)
5. Eat more applesauce
I don’t know if #4 or #5 is crazier. A train ride through the plains of Mongolia is insane, especially because I’d be willing (and would love) to go on the journey by myself. But a commitment to eat more applesauce? I’m not an applesauce fanatic. I mean, I like it, but that’s about as far as my affection for the fruit purée goes. Well that was until I discovered GoGo Squeez Applesauce Pouches.
GoGo Squeez Applesauce is portable, resealable, and totally delicious. You can drink it à la Gogurt, but for those of us who do not like anything even remotely creamy (am I alone in this?) applesauce is a great alternative to the yogurts and cottage cheeses that are so popular. With only 60 calories a pouch these snacks are as lo-cal as they are savory!
What I’ve always found unappealing about New Years resolutions is the unlikelihood of keeping them. I mean, not a gym-goer never a gym-goer, right? Didn’t make it to Mongolia in 2011, probably won’t make it in 2012! But applesauce, and increasing my intake of it, that’s doable. Bring on the GoGo Squeez packs, 2012!!
SkinnyOffice, see you next year!
Some advice for an office Happy Hour!
(Take this seriously, today’s guest blogger is a lawyer.)
Ok, here’s the thing. I have no right blogging on Skinny Office, because I am that bitch you all hate. Skinny and munching on a Big Mac between meals. If I feel like it, I have a candy bar or two, a loaf of buttered french bread, and then six pieces of American cheese right from the fridge. I don’t gain an ounce. I do not belong to a gym, and I go home if I can’t find a parking spot close to the store. Oh, and I am 42 and have had three fat babies, and can still rock a bikini the day after four full size slices of pizza. So what am I doing here, you ask? It’s about beer, a subject near and dear to my size 4 heart. That’s right, the old carb lovers best friend, the maker of beer bellies and beer goggles, and something you certainly shouldn’t be sipping at your desk at work.
There is always happy hour, though, and today’s SkinnyOffice wants to help you make a wise choice. Being who I am, I have never had any interest in light beer, and even more than that, I think that the social stigma associated with domestic beer makes it comparable to having no front teeth. I prefer a Fancier beer, one I paid too much for and comes with a pretty bottle. I have never held a Budweiser in public. However, that all changed when Bud got classy and came out with the deliciously refreshing Bud Light Lime. It’s fantastically tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink. It has a slight lime flavor, really tastes like beer, and has no watery bitterness like a typical light. It’s in a pretty bottle, and it’s a bonus for me cause I can drink more of them then a regular beer. Bud Light Lime has just 4.2 percent alcohol, 116 calories per 12 ounce bottle, and 8 grams of Carbs. Compare that to a Blue Moon ( I think its feminine enough to order in public and comes with a slice of orange hanging on the glass that makes it looks like a vacation) which has 5.4 percent alcohol, 171 calories and a 13.7 grams of Carbs, and you could have four or five of these clear bottled beauties and still make it to work the next day to eat whatever SkinnyOffice recommends. If this blog ever needs a review of bagels with cream cheese, I’ll be back.
Merry, 42, Lawyer*
*And Georgia’s sister
New Yorkers, listen up: Carbs, even chemically-flavored ones that come in unsatisfyingly portion controlled packaging, will make you fat. Chicken broth, on the other hand, is salty and filling and is 15 calories a cup which is the same as 1.5 pieces of Orbit. And there are no noodles in the E.A.T. soup–just vegetables and CHICKEN. The only problem is that E.A.T. is located at 82nd and Madison.
Yes, I understand that unless you are a nanny, dog walker, or teacher at #dalton, your office is most likely a good 30-60 blocks from here. Which means you better put down those 27 chips, stop skyping your infant nephew, and start walking bitch!
Sisi, 24, political consultant
There’s this little dieting trick I’ve been using for years. It’s not exactly scientific, and the American Dietetic Association would probably issue a warrant for my arrest if they knew that I was suggesting this, but it’s really hard to eat right around this time of year and sometimes one must go to extremes to maintain their figure!
The trick is this: fill your desk drawer (or your home fridge) with snacks you DO NOT like. You may still be tempted to snack on them, but the more disgusting the snack, the less you will eat of it.
Recently, a friend of mine suggested that I swap the maddeningly delicious Cool Whip I usually keep in my freezer for Marshmallow Fluff. I protested: Marshmallow Fluff is disgusting. It’s the worst food in the whole world. “That’s the point!” she told me. The next day I bought the Fluff. I was right. It is the worst food in the whole world (that is, if we can call whipped marshmallows “food”). But it was sweet enough to satisfy my craving for dessert, and I didn’t even finish the entire serving size (2 tablespoons, 40 calories) because it was too gross.
This brings me to Spicy Hot V8. I hadn’t had a can of V8 in years…until yesterday. I have very fond memories of V8– I used to drink it when I took plane rides when I was little– and when I heard that Spicy Hot V8 tastes just like a Bloody Mary without the alcohol, I ran right to the deli to buy some. Spicy Hot V8 does taste like a virgin Bloody Mary– plus the contents of a medium-sized pepper shaker.
I have a fairly high tolerance for spiciness, but Spicy Hot V8 is heat-inducing. I actually had to take off my gloves and scarf because I was sweating as I drank it. The taste of the V8 isn’t offensive like Fluff is, and the flavor of it is actually pretty good. I was able to finish the entire can, and I even enjoyed a few sips (when I wasn’t too busy wiping the perspiration off my forehead). With only 70 calories a can and a long list of nutritional advantages (2 servings of vegetables in every 8 oz. serving!), V8 is actually a healthy snack choice, while eating Fluff is no more nutritious (or delicious) than eating dog hair.
So while Spicy V8 doesn’t have the same run-for-the-hills effect as Fluff, its hotness lingers on your tongue for hours. No point in eating anything else when you can’t taste anything but pepper!
I haven’t been to the gym in days. It may actually have been an entire week since I last stepped foot on a treadmill. I couldn’t have picked a worse time to boycott working out. I mean, it makes sense to head to the gym the day after you gobble up your body weight in stuffing. Usually, just thinking about this lack of calorie-burning combined with my gluttonous calorie consumption would drive me crazy, but that was before I discovered Hint water.
Hint, which comes in 10 flavors, is not sweet or syrupy like other sweetened waters (I’m talking to you, Propel). There’s no way to describe the taste of Hint because the name of the beverage says it so well: it is just a hint of flavor; just the essence of blackberry or watermelon, as if the water has been infused with a lightly flavored gas.
I’ve always wanted to try a juice cleanse, but the idea of giving up solid food for days at a time is terrifying. Hint is so pure tasting though, that I often pretend it’s part of a cleanse diet. I say things like, “oh I’m just going to drink my cleanse juice,” before I slurp down a bottle (I had 4 bottles of this between 7 and 11pm last night). Of course on a real cleanse you wouldn’t be using the juice to wash down a mouthful of lasagna like I do with Hint, but hint is so refreshing that one sip will make you forget about your carb overload.
Hint is like yoga. It’s like meditating. It’s like being a Buddhist. When I drink it I am calm and clean and ZEN. It would probably benefit me to put down the Hint and head to the gym, but I just pulled a bottle of tangerine-pomegranate Hint out of the fridge, and I’m feeling more fit already.