Friday, August 22, 2008

Four Foods on Friday

I thought I'd do something a little different on Fridays so that I can still post but take it relatively easy. This is especially helpful this week, when I'm sick with a sinus infection that has devolved into a coughing fest. So I've decided to participate in Four Foods on Friday, and this week's questions couldn't be better, given my circumstances. They're mostly about health.

#1. What do you drink to rehydrate in the heat or after working out?
In the summer heat, I love to drink iced tea. I make my own for when I'm at home; my three favourite varieties are plain iced tea, green iced tea, and raspberry iced tea. But when it comes to working out, I stick with water. I worked out today, and figured I might as well take it as an opportunity to also keep fluids in me to help myself get better. In fact, I drank the full 8 glasses that doctors are always recommending. We'll see if it helps!

#2. What do you eat to help boost or create energy?
Even though I'm a sugar fiend, I try to stay away from sugary foods when I'm trying to get energized, since I've read that it just leads to a crash and burn effect. Instead, I'll eat eggs or even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A banana does the trick for me, too.

#3. What’s the healthiest snack you eat?
When I snack, it's rarely healthy! I'm all about white cheddar covered popcorn and nachos and cheese. At work, my habits are a bit better. I'll pack a Cheesestring or an apple instead, mostly because they're more portable than my preferred snacks. Clearly, I'm no health nut.

#4. Share a recipe or instructions for your ideal three course meal.
Oh, this is hard. I love so many foods! Well, if money and calories were no object, I think this is what I would choose:

1. A really decadent Lobster Bisque for an appetizer, and, while I'm at it, some baked brie on the side with sliced baguette rounds.

2. For the entree, Spago's Quattro Formaggi pasta. I've never tasted anything better.

3. For dessert, a smorgasbord of all of my favourite desserts: crisp meringues, creme brulee, fudgy brownies, maple fudge. Paired with some Cattail Creek Barrel Fermented Vidal Icewine, which I fell in love with on a trip to the Niagara Region earlier in the summer but, unfortunately, never bought.

6 comments:

Anele August 23, 2008 at 8:26:00 PM EDT  

You know I never thought about it but I always feel a lot more energized after a banana too.

skeet August 25, 2008 at 1:32:00 AM EDT  

Ah, another iced tea fan! I drink a gallon a day. Probably a bit excessive, but it keeps my engine revved.

I think I'd like to join you for dessert!

Parker August 25, 2008 at 5:21:00 PM EDT  

1. water
2. apple, nuts, cheese and crackers
3. apples, cheese & crackers or yogurt with blueberries and bran flakes
4. Mmmmm love baked brie also...LCBO has a great meditaranean topping for it with sundried tomatoes etc....

Karen August 25, 2008 at 9:31:00 PM EDT  

Is your raspberry tea made from a mix?

Kait's August 25, 2008 at 11:21:00 PM EDT  

Anele, bananas are just an amazing fruit. They're very "low key"--no prep whatsoever.

Skeet, as soon as someone makes that dessert smorgasbord for me, I'll give you a call! Haha.

Parker, have you ever tried it with a sweet topping? Brown sugar is the best. I've never actually tried a savoury topping on my baked brie but it's probably time that I should.

Karen, I use a Top Secret Recipe version of Snapple Raspberry Iced Tea. It's amazing. Here's the link:
http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/userAgreement.asp?rid=200

Charla August 26, 2008 at 10:58:00 PM EDT  

I'm a big iced tea drinker too!

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