Good morning ladies! (And gents? I always assume I am talking to a big group of girlfriends when I write these!)
It is another beautiful day in Toronto, although they are forecasting rain. I brought my umbrella, so I’m set. Did you do anything to celebrate the summer solstice yesterday? I sat in my basement and watched TV, and then drove husband to the subway station just after 9:00 pm. It was no Druid celebration at Stonehenge, but it was something!
For breakfast today, I mixed it up a little bit and introduced a food I haven’t yet featured on this blog: cottage cheese! I am a huge fan of cottage cheese, in the same vein that I’m a huge fan of Greek yogurt. For not many calories and a whole lot of deliciousness, you get a real protein punch. For a 1/2 cup serving of 1% cottage cheese, you get around:
- 100 calories
- 2 grams of fat
- 14 grams of protein!
- Unfortunately, you also get 450 mg of sodium which is about 20% of the recommended daily intake
You win some, you lose some.
I love pairing cottage cheese with pineapple or strawberries. Today was strawberries!
5 sliced strawberries with 1/2 cup of cottage cheese
I had this along with a toasted wheat and flax bagel spread with margarine.
Dairy, protein, carbs, and fruit. Done and…done!
Now let’s see how long this keeps me full!
I estimate this meal’s cost at:
- Strawberries – 50 cents
- Cottage cheese – 65 cents
- Bagel – 50 cents
- Margarine – 5 cents
Total – $1.70
Since summer is officially HERE (Thank you Lord!!!), do you have any travel plans? I was thinking of going away for a few days to Montreal this summer, but I want to save my vacation days to tack on to my upcoming maternity leave, and, as usual, I want to save some money.
There is talk with my husband’s family (his parents, brother, brother’s wife, and 3 nieces and nephews) about taking a trip down to Pennsylvania in August to go to Grove City for a weekend of tax-free shopping! I’d only need to take 1 or 2 days off, and traveling with family makes the trip less expensive (sharing the cost of gas especially!). Of course, I make no promises about frugal living when it comes to tax-free outlet shopping!! We shall see what happens.