If you have a sweet tooth like me then you are probably going to town on bowls of low carb ice cream all the time. I do. The Breyers low carb vanilla is pretty tasty and does a great job to help the cravings. But sometimes you may find yourself wanting something a little closer to real ice cream without sacrificing a lot of carbs. Well, Blue Bunny has a great new line of Ice Cream called Sweet Freedom which uses Splenda to help sweeten it. It does have more carbs then the low carb Breyers, but my wife and I both agree that it is much closer to real ice cream and yummier too. They have some fun flavors to chose from so you aren't stuck with vanilla ever day. Probably not an every day ice cream, but a nice treat to have on occasion when you need something more.
After our tour with Peter Pan ended my wife and I found ourselves in a unique situation. It was time to decide what our lives were going to look like. We had a lot of conversations about what we thought the future held for us and if we wanted to do more tours and travel, My wife and I both agreed that we wanted to root ourselves a bit more. We wanted to have a home and start to build a family. We also decided to start working on some business plans of our own. So we decided to settle down in that frozen tundra of Fargo ND where I was born and raised. Seemed like a good fit. The big obstacle of this change is going from the lives we have had for the past year of leaving out of suit cases, to finding a home of our own. Basically we had to head back to California, gather our belongings, share time with good friends and family, and hit the road.
First off, I want to say, moving across the country is not easy. Maybe the actual physical act of doing so is, you just pack up a truck and drive. However when you have such amazing friends as we do, emotionally it's not easy at all. There was not a moment when we didn't question ourselves and think we were making a mistake leaving such great people behind. It was very hard and there was plenty of tears. But I think the past year of traveling opened our eyes to realize that the world can be as big or as little as you want it to be. Distance between loved ones can be extremely far away, but if are intentional with friends and those you love and make it a point to visit them regularly, Skype, Facetime, text, or even just make a simple phone call, well it may not be so far after all.
That being said, we had some quality time with friends and then hit the road...
I had to hit my favorite local spot in California with some of my favorite guys, Ed and Rene. Wingnuts was a staple for over a year when my wife was busy in school. We would have guys nights, go eat some wings, and retire to play some Xbox at my place. The food here is really good, and in my opinion some of the best wings you will ever have. Knocks Buffalo Wild Wings out of the park.
Our friends through us a great going away party. Good food and a nice way to say goodbye. Although, saying goodbye just makes things sadder sometimes doesn't it. Chris and Dannae are some of our favorite people to walk through life with and we are bummed to leave them behind. Such great friends. You can see Dannae has a bit of a baby bump going on. We are bummed we wont be around to witness the rest of that particular adventure first hand.
Gathering our belongings meant everything, including Rosie, our cat that my mother-in-law had been cat-sitting. We had to get her things and bring here in our Budget truck along with our small turtle Lois. Sneaking a cat into a Days Inn motel and driving 29 hours with a cat in a kennel who doesn't want to be in a kennel is no picnic. We made it though. Rosie is a champ, and God Bless Cat Calming Collars.
Along the way we stopped in Colorado and got to see some friends we hadn't seen for some time. Tex and Cori were college friends and they were so great to hang with and see. Cori took us to a great breakfast spot in the morning, I would have posted pics for you, but I get nervous of posting to many omelet shots.
On our drive we didn't really make a lot of stops other than for gas and food, but when we drove through Le Mars, Iowa and saw signs for it being the Ice Cream Capitol of the world, we decides to splurge on some carbs. We stopped at the birthplace of Blue bunny Ice-cream and their museum. Not much to see in the town, but the museum and ice cream where pretty cool. Warning: Also, ice-cream is scrummy and not low carb.
Anyway, we find ourselves unemployed and in Fargo now looking for jobs to help us start to settle in. Big changes are coming down the pipeline. In terms of the blog, you should hopefully start to see more recipes and home cooked meals show up on this blog again. Now that we have a kitchen, it means back to cooking for ourselves.
So, thats what's been going on. What's new with you?
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This weeks story is by Louisa M.
I was pretty excited when I saw that a Menchie's frozen yogurt shop was opening in my neck of the woods. I had never heard of the franchise before and I was excited to try it out since I read they have a variety of no sugar added AND low carb yogurt flavors. I asked the owner about their Atkins-friendly options (and I thanked him for offering a healthy alternative!), and he said each store features a different flavor of low carb and no sugar added yogurt. Since the yogurt is made at the store, the flavors will vary at different shops. At our location, the first two machines are the low carb varieties and they change a couple of times a week.
I opted for a swirl of the low carb and the no sugar added flavors the night I was there. The low carb flavor was toasted almond and the no sugar added flavor was mud pie. You can do either flavor individually or swirl them together. On other visits, the low carb flavors I've had were New York Cheesecake, Vanilla Malt and Capuccino. I did not try any of the other no sugar added flavors. I topped my yogurt with almonds and strawberries. My husband went a little overboard and loaded his with strawberries and the sugar free hot fudge.
I was at my relatives house catching up and having dinner with them. When the meal was over the inevitable desserts came out and my insides started to wrestle with themselves. Ice cream, popsicles, and more. All troublesome things. One thing caught my eye however. My aunt, uncle, and cousins a have been doing Weight Watchers and have been pretty successful with it. Because of that they have their own counting system that doesn't usually mesh with the low carb life, but there was one item on hand that did.
Fit & Active 14 Calorie Bars come with several flavors in a box and all go with the fruit and cream flavor in style. All and all they were extremely tasty and when you look at the numbers they have no carbs in them. They were sweet and had good flavor and were not too gritty or strange tasting like some sugarless popsicles are. The only trouble is that these bars are exclusive to ALDI grocery stores. If you have one near you check them out, and let me know what else you find that may be low in carb.
Sugar Alcohol: 3
Dietary Fiber: 1
Net Carbs: 0
I scream, you scream....
I grew up with ice cream being a big part of of life. The meal didn't feel complete without some of that sweet cool goodness in my mouth afterwards. Even after those huge meals on the holidays where it felt like your gut was going to burst open, there was room for icecream, cause like we would say in my house, "It just helps to fill in the cracks"
Going low carb was a tough thing for me too because when I first started I thought desserts were a thing of the past. Luckily someone over at Breyers heard my silent prayers and have offered up a sweet solution.
The Breyers Carb Smart Ice Cream Bars have a couple different flavors (fudge, almond, and plain chocolate covered vanilla) but the one I like and the one that seems to be easier to find is the almond bars. Low carb ice cream (made with Splenda) is dipped in a low carb chocolate and sprinkled with a light amount of almond pieces. Yummers. The light crunch of the almonds with the sweet cold cream is great and will help fill those needs. And did i mention the chocolate?
Carbs - 9
Dietary Fiber - 2
Net Carbs - 5
Low Carb Food Ideas.