This really has been the most amazing experience. I am so lucky to have been invited. A huge thank you to Quaker and the PR team for all of the great information and the wonderful trip to Chicago!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My heart literally feels healthier for the great experience
Not long after lunch I started to get really hungry (I guess my oatmeal finally wore off but my body didn’t realize it had veggies + protein at lunch!) I was missing my usual yogurt and bread at lunch. So I cracked open one of the new Banana Coconut True Delight bars. SO GOOD!!! I bet it would be great crumbled over oats It was very similar in texture to the Kashi Honey Almond Flax but in my opinion had better flavors – banana + coconut!
This afternoon we got to hear a talk by David, Grotto, RD, and author of 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life. Here’s some of what we learned –
Nutrition Myths from Dave Grotto, RD
- Wine is less fattening than beer. Fact: It’s all about serving size and calories.
- Sugar does not cause diabetes. Fact: Eating too much does.
- All fat are bad. Fact: Definitely not! Canola oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts = yum!
- Brown eggs are healthier than white. Fact: The color of the egg is only a reflected of the color of the chicken.
- Nuts are fattening. Fact: While they’re more calorie dense, the satiety you get from them means you’ll probably eat less throughout the rest of the day.
- Skipping meals helps you lose weight. Fact: Not true. You’re more likely to overeat in compensation.
- Eat for two when you are pregnant. Fact: (I just took a test on this!) Caloric needs barely go up in the first half of pregnancy.
- Dairy consumption is linked to cancer. Fact: Dairy isn’t linked to cancer, but high saturated fat diets MAY be linked to cancer.
- The 5 second rule. Fact: Dave says not to eat it (BUT I heard that Mythbusters disproved this!)
- You crave what your body needs. Fact: You are probably just craving food/hydration in general, not really the specific food, which just sounds appealing because you are hungry. (You don’t have cravings when you’re stuffed!)
Enjoy your oats and toppings: “Women who ate a big breakfast (610 kcal, high carb, high protein) lost more weight than those who ate 1/3 of the calories.”
I got a signed canister of more oats I sure am rolling in oats these days!
I relaxed in the hotel for a while and then Jenna and I headed out for a little Chicago sightseeing. It sure is WINDY out there!! I ate a few trail mix nuts before I left (sorry, no photo – was in a hurry!) and got a Cinnamon Dolce non-fat latte out on the streets for a snack. Yum!
I cannot believe how dark it gets here so early. We were planning to be out in the afternoon and it was pitch back by 5:00!! J and I walked for over an hour window shopping and making a few stops in stores to drool over clothes and kitchenware
Our group reconvened for dinner at MK, The Restaurant. We could not have asked for a more perfect setting and menu.
I started with a glass of the Jayson 2006 Charonnday. SO GOOD and oaked – just how I like ‘em.
We started with passed hors d’oeuvres – mushroom, eggplant and white bean crostinis and crab cakes with asparagus parmesan tartlets –
I ordered the Endive Salad with blue cheese, pecans, watercress and apple. I forgot to say “dressing on the side” but it was still good. I ate most of my plate, plus a piece of a flax-y bread.
Second pour –
For dinner I debated between the chicken and the “Kath’s Perfect Ravioli.” I think I made the best choice
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Cinnamon Roasted Root Veggies, Parmesan and Sage. These were the best ravioli I have EVER. HAD. The filling was so perfectly creamy!! I shared one with Jenna…and she gave me a bite of her delicious rare and perfectly seasoned salmon (I swore I took a photo but it’s missing…)
Some Pinot with dinner. We had impeccable service!
I also had a few bites of this chicken leg that Caitlin shared with me. Mmm!
And then came the grande finale – Apple Crisp made with a Ginger-y Quaker Oatmeal Topping!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG this was the best topping ever. It was really hard and very crunchy. (Very buttery too!) I could have easily eaten mine and my neighbors, but I stuck with about 3/4 of mine (the topping shell was a little hollow so it wasn’t quite as big as it looks)
Plus some decaf coffee with a splash of cream –
It was an outstanding meal. I’m so sad this weekend is over! I am going to be in bed by 11 so I’ll have the energy to brave the below-freezing temps to get up and be out the door running at 8am!! I am meeting (hopefully!) at least 2 readers and maybe a few bloggers. But I am determined to see the Great Lakes while I am here!! I have YET to see the lake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After my run we’re headed to Panera to meet more blog readers. So exciting!
Off to bathe, then bed!