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Tuesday
Apr282009

Haagen Dazs Reserve Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice Cream

 

I almost had a coronary while I was watching the news this morning. Surely, there was a mistake when the weatherman announced that “today’s high temperature will reach a record-breaking 91 degrees.” I fell in to a further state of shock when I noticed the reading on the bottom left hand corner of my television screen (where the news channel microscopically displays the current temperature). The time wasn’t even 6:30am and it was already 75 degrees outside! On these unseasonably sweltering days, how does one cool off (since it’s only April, this sadly rules out beaches and swimming pools)?

Here’s the 4-11: You are well aware that an iced coffee (watered down with skim milk and Splenda), frozen yogurt or a diet soda would be the smartest methods of refreshment, but deep down, you’re pissed off that you went to the effort of straightening your hair for work this morning (only to have the humidity turn it in to a hot frizzy mess). You know damn well that the only thing that will bring a smile to your face today is ice cream. Now, calm down and take a deep breath because I’m going to tell you about my latest devilishly-delicious discovery to beat the heat. Without further ado, allow me to introduce: Haagen Dazs Reserve Fleur de Sel Caramel Ice Cream.

OK, I know what you’re thinking: “Salted caramel ice cream? WTF? Ew!” I’ll admit that the flavor combination does sound odd at first, but if you can answer “yes” to any of the questions below, then I guarantee that you’ll love this ice cream:

  • Do you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?
  • Are you a fan of Hershey’s Take Five candy bars?
  • Do you enjoy chocolate-dipped pretzels?
Now, I want for you to read the following description, then close your eyes and imagine all of these flavors in unison: (From the Haagen Dazs website) “Fleur de Sel caramels covered in a chocolaty coating blended into caramel ice cream with caramel ribbons and French sea salt accents. Crisp, salty nuances harmonize with rich, creamy caramel for the ultimate combination of sweet and salty.” So, are you drooling yet?

You can’t help but love the fact that, even aside from their higher-end “Reserve” line of products, Haagen Dazs ice creams are all made with the highest quality ingredients and void of extra preservatives and other crap that you can’t pronounce.

It gets better! Don’t know where to pick up a pint of this indulgent treat? Haagen Dazs makes it simple. Follow this link: http://www.haagendazs.com/reserve/fds.aspx. Scroll towards the bottom of the page to “flavor finder.” Enter your zip code, hit “find it,” and you’re golden.

Wednesday
Feb042009

Product review: Quaker Oats "True Delights"

After attempting numerous crash diets, meal delivery services, lemonade cleanses and weekly meetings with weigh-ins, I think I’ve finally figured myself out. As a last ditch effort to drop the pounds, I decided that I would no longer restrict myself from any particular food group. Can I eat carbs? Yes. Can I drink alcohol? Damn right. The only catch is that I’m counting every single calorie that I intake (down to the sticks of 5-calorie/piece sugarless gum that I chew). It may sound like a nuisance to have to write down everything consumed, but doing so has really changed my focus and opened my eyes to how much I was eating before.

Since this is now a number’s game, I’ve been able to broaden my horizons beyond snacking on low-fat cottage cheese or veggie sticks. While I’m not a big fan of protein bars (I think they’re a huge waste of money AND calories), I do have a weakness for granola bars. Quaker Oats recently launched “True Delights” granola bars, which are made with premium ingredients (as apposed to peanut butter chips and marshmallows). Think along the lines of dried fruits, honey, 45% cacao dark chocolate and whole nuts. Flavors include: Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond, Honey Roasted Cashew Mixed Berry and Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. Having sampled all three flavors, I must attest that my favorite was the Toasted Coconut Banana Macadamia Nut. For just 140 calories per bar, each sweet and salty bite transported me to Hawaii.

Quaker “True Delights” are now available country-wide. I highly recommend buying a box of this guiltless indulgence!

Thursday
Sep042008

Alternatives to Haagen Daaz...That actually taste just (almost) as good!

Recently, there was a blurb in US Weekly that polled celebrities, who had to gain weight for movie roles, about what they ate to pack on the pounds. Jared Leto said that he gained eighty pounds from buying pints of Haagen Daaz ice cream, allowing the frozen product to melt, and drinking the rich, creamy goodness up with a straw...Multiple times per day!

That article made me start thinking about my severe junk food habit, Haagen Daaz addiction, and the 15 pounds that I wanted to lose before my dreaded high school reunion in October. For my lifestyle, it's not logical that I completely cut out sweets or go on a "carbohydrate sabbatical" diet. So with a little help from living where I do, meaning having access to amazing markets and grocery stores, and the recent frozen yogurt craze that has taken America by storm (ahem, Pinkberry), I don't feel as restricted from my favorite unhealthy indulgences, leading me to binge on cupcakes and Haagen Daaz's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream.

Without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to two of my favorite diet lifesavers that have helped satisfy my sweet tooth during this extremely rough time (Wait a minute, who am I kidding? I'm always dieting!):

1) Fage Total 2% Yogurt with Honey: There's just something creamier, richer and thicker about Greek yogurt, especially when paired with honey. You can't beat the flavor combination. Fage's conveniently packaged product comes in a single cup, yet divided in two parts, separating the honey from the yogurt. There's nothing I'd rather eat for breakfast!

2) Red Mango frozen yogurt: On those long, lonely nights when my hands start shaking and I begin going in to "junk food withdrawls," I grab my keys and slip on my flip flops and run out the door. Instead of turning left en route to the deli to grab a pint of Haagen Daaz, I head right and walk straight to my favorite new frozen yogurt spot, Red Mango. The yogurt itself is 100% all-natural, fat-free, gluten-free and certified Kosher. Plus, all of their toppings are semi guilt-free. Think along the lines of fresh fruit, nuts, granola (my personal favorite), mochi and dry cereal.

Friday
Aug152008

A Sweet Tin-of-Sin

How about a little game of charades, my dear readers? Are you ready?

  • I stand 2 inches tall and am about 1 inch wide. I am housed within a recycled tin that has been beautifully decorated with sketched artwork that supports new artists. I am all-natural, dairy and gluten free and I will only cost you 140 calories.
  • So, what am I?

If "gum" was your first thought, that's a clever guess, but you're wrong. Folks, I'd like to introduce you to my latest "sweet indulgence," aptly named "Sweet Riot." Housed within a gorgeously decorated tin pod that I described above are 100% cacao nibs (roughly the size of a chocolate chip) that are dunked in dark chocolate. Sweet Riot makes three different dark chocolate flavors (ranging mild to strong) numbered 50, 65 and 70, which constitute their chocolate percentage.

After eagerly tasting one too many of each flavor, my favorite of the Sweet Riot trio was #50 (the mildest), which I found to be sweet, nutty, rich and very satisfying.

Not only is this treat all-natural, but this tin-of-sin fits perfectly in your Chanel pochette and will only cost your booty a mere 140 calories!