Putting the ‘ooh’ in Khushboo

by Khushboo on September 1, 2010

During my trip to the US of A, I had many foodie oohs & aahs moments. To begin with, the options are infinite. Put it this way- nothing in the US is black & white. The same thing comes in black, charcoal, ash, ivory and white. The mamufacturers sure don’t make selection easy ;)! Some of the “wowser” products I came across include:

-Various non-fat frozen yogurt flavors ranging from NY cheesecake, cookies & cream to dulce de leche & pistachio..and you don’t even want to get me started on the choice of toppings (cheesecake bits, cookie dough, cinnamon toast crunch to name a few)
-Coconut flavored M&M’s
-Dark chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (dark choc contains antioxidants, peanut butter is full of healthy fats..see where I’m going with this? :-D)
-Nutzo which is basically a nut-seed butter made up of a combination of walnuts, peanuts, cashews, brazil nuts, flaxseeds, and sunflower seeds. Do I have to spell it out for ya: o-m-e-g-a 3’s baby! Sadly I wasn’t able to try it as the douchebag at LAX security made me throw it out- apparently peanut butter is a liquid. I wasn’t impressed but I guess I’ll try it one day.
-Egg-white patties as a sandwich filling (it’s about time that sandwich joints realise they have highly exhausted the usual turkey, roast chicken & cheese fillings).
-Mac & cheese..wait for it..sandwich. I love mac & cheese and I love bread. As a combo, I’m not sold.
-Strawberry cheesecake flavored cream cheese (and the nutritional value per serving is quite decent)

I tend to joke that I’d be mahoosive if I lived in the States but in all seriousness, I think it would be the opposite. Seeing Dairy Milk, shortbread, and other London goodies on a regular basis makes me somewhat immune to it. This sort of explains why ‘cutting out’ a specific food tends to be unsuccessful. Its the whole psychological aspect of ‘diets’. When you cut somethin out, you’re likely to crave it more. Alternatively if you are mentally assured that something is readily accessible and can be eaten whenever, you’re less likely to dwell on having it.

Moral of the story: stop cutting out specific foods from your diet. As long as you don’t reach out to them 24/7, you’ll be a-ok.

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