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Try It Tuesday: Cat Edition

19 Jul

I figured all these new things I am trying, why shouldn’t the cat get to try something new? Seems only fair to me! 🙂

I found a new treat for cats and figured odds were good the little furball I live with would love it, what with it being tuna an all.

Whenever I open tuna, which is rare because I’m not a huge fan of the stuff, Striker gets his share…and then some! The treat I found is tuna in water. That’s it. Pretty simple huh? Apparently it is even better than the tuna in cans that us silly humans consume because this is flaked tuna in water in a plastic container, so less leaching of who-knows-what from a tin. Also, less sodium etc because nothing is added to this tuna.

It was a dollar and change and also comes in salmon. I played it safe and got tuna since Striker is ridiculously picky about what he will eat.

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Pretty gross looking. I wasn’t sure if I should drain it or not, I opted not to initially and figured if he turned his nose up I’d drain it and see if he liked it better that way. Turns out I didn’t have to drain it, he loved it!

He may have loved the treat but he didn’t much care for being photographed while he ate sooooo after I got that look from him I put the phone down.

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He didn’t eat it all in one go, he prefers eating small amounts so he ate some, walked away, came back later, ate some more, and so on until it was all gone. He really liked the liquid, or at least I am assuming he did since he lapped it up. Over the course of 4 hours or so he ate the entire dish and then meowed at me for more lol

Next time I think I’ll get him the salmon also, see if he likes that one as much. 🙂

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Salsa and Tuna, Who Knew?

22 Nov

I may have slightly, kind of, maaaaaaybe forgot to cook some form of protein for dinner before I left for work *bats eyes innocently* Which means of course no dinner while I was at work. Lemme tell ya, that sucked.

It wouldn’t have been as bad if I worked somewhere that didn’t have a fully stocked kitchen that produces gourmet meals twice a day. Oh, and don’t forget the large open container of Ferrero Rocher that was for any and all staff to nibble from. Those are one of my all time favourite chocolates in case you were wondering, so yummmmm!

Back to the food.

I didn’t even read the menu at work today cause I didn’t want to know! The more I know about what masterpieces are being made in there the more I have to fight against the lure of the food. sigh. Knowledge is not always power. 😉

I did have to go in to the kitchen eventually, for actual work stuff, but after the kitchen staff were done and the yummy smells were no more. However, there are always, and I mean always! freshly baked cookies in that kitchen. So mean!

The most random thing kept me from grabbing a cookie…on the Lose It! app I use to track my calories and exercise there is a bar graph, if you stay at or under your allowed calories for the day the bar is green. If you go over your calories the bar goes red, as in danger! danger! you are heading to the dark side! take that food outta your mouth! (I always imagine that in a robotic voice for some reason) I really didn’t want the line for today to turn red, I also didn’t want to have to confess to you my dear readers that I messed up, again. So, no cookie for me. No Ferrero Rocher for me. No dinner cooked by the chef at work for me. Let’s just say there were a lot of food options today and none were for me. *rolls eyes* What’s scary is it is just going to keep getting worse because it’s that time of year, *sing song voice* You know what I am talking about! The time of year where it seems you can’t turn around without coming face to plate with something deeeelicious but ridiculously high in calories. Chocolate. Cookies. Cakes. Puddings. Sauces. Fudge. Candies…and sooooo much more!…not that I’m focusing on it or anything… 😉

For my oh so late in the day dinner I tried something new. A friend told me that my taste bud savior while eating Paleo would be salsa. Now, I’m not a hater of salsa, but I also wouldn’t say I was a lover of it. It is one of those things that is there, and is good for the occasional nacho-fest but otherwise? Meh. I’m not that bothered. I trust this friend though so salsa now lives in my kitchen. I decided to open a can of tuna, mostly because I bought an avocado and this morning when I felt it up it was at the perfect-eat-me-today-or-I-will-go-bad-overnight stage. Usually I mix tuna with light mayo but my random burst of inspiration had me mix a can of tuna with 4 tbls of salsa, I then topped it with diced tomato and half an avocado. Surprisingly it was good. Oh, and I don’t mean “good but I’ll never eat it again” but actually “good, I’m gonna hafta buy another can of tuna soon”.

avocados...can't trust em!

avocados…can’t trust em!

Sidenote: when I say I ate the can of tuna what I mean is I ate most of the can of tuna but a portion of it is automatically given to the cat or I forfeit my right to exist in his presence and he will kill me overnight. Anyone with a cat understand this. 😉

what would happen if my cat didn't get his share of tuna...

what would happen if my cat didn’t get his share of tuna…

 

The Cat Says…

17 May

Anybody who lives with an animal that doesn’t reside in a cage (soooo a dog, cat or free range bunny?) knows that those furry little (or big!) animals are very good at letting their humans know what they want, when they want it…they are also quite good at conveying their disappointments in us and at times even let us know when we have screwed something up by such monumental standards even they can’t over look it. lol

This cat I live with has me so whipped it’s ridonkulous! If he wasn’t so cute I’d be distraught at how quickly I went from autonomous human to cat slave! Even as I type this my fingers strain to reach the keyboard cause the cat is resting on the entire front of my body and if I stop cuddling him for longer then 15 seconds or so I get a paw patting my face that has claws slightly unsheathed, a not so gentle reminder that he has decided it is cuddling time and I am not getting with the program…obviously I like to live dangerously since I am still typing lol. 😉

There is one way this cat is not like other cats I know, he doesn’t like human food. Now, I don’t mean he doesn’t come meowing at me when I’m cooking something but that he’ll sneak it off my plate if I’m not careful, nope, he doesn’t even look at me with big sad eyes while I’m eating in the hopes I’ll share…he just doesn’t care. I can put a plate with freshly cooked salmon on the table and walk away and it is perfectly safe cause dude, this little guy just don’t care for it! How great is that? I of course keep tempting him with random human foods just to see if he’ll change his mind but so far, nuthin…Then! I opened a can of tuna. How cliché right? A cat that likes tuna…who knew he’d end up having such pedestrian tastes. 😛

He’s a smart little guy though and he knows the only food I eat out of a can is tuna so as soon as he sees the can opener in my hand he is all over me like white on rice! Climbing up my legs, meowing like he’s been starved for days and this is his only chance for food until the next millenium, just a general adorable cat freak out. Of course, being the dutiful slave I am I always serve him some of the tuna first. Heck, I even serve him, then put a little more off to the side so when he is done I can give him seconds lol. Everyone likes seconds right? 😉

Well, today was the first time that his second helping was apparently not enough, he felt he deserved more, oh dear. I totally would have caved but I had already mixed the Miracle Whip, avocado and diced tomato in to the tuna so it was a no-go for him. I may be willing to give him treats but I’m not gonna give him something that’ll make him sick, what kind of person do you take me for? *raised eyebrow*

I explained to him there was no more…yes, I talk to the cat, deal with it lol 😛 and continued making my meal. Well, he came over when I was sitting down and took interest in the plate so I let him have a look so he’d see I wasn’t eating straight tuna and therefore being a jackass by not sharing. Well! The look he gave me! He took one look at my plate then looked up at me like “what the hell did you do to the tuna? I can smell it but can’t see it! Stupid human!” then he started sulking and stalked away from me, obviously so disappointed in my food error he couldn’t even look at me, let alone be in the same room as me.

So what did I do to this tuna that made it such a disappointment to the cat but yummy for my taste buds? It’s something my friend KL came up with and I love it! See, I keep wanting to like tuna but every time I’d try it I’d gag, ugh, it’s so healthy but so disgusting! KL though fixed that dilemma! You take a can of tuna, drain it (duh, lol), add chopped onion or celery or whatever you like, add Miracle Whip (or Mayo if that’s your dealio) and mix till it is a consistency you like. I add a lot of Miracle Whip to help hide the tuna taste. Then you cut open an avocado, dice it and put that on the tuna, mix it all up so the avocado is spread evenly around but not complete mush, then you dice up some tomato and put that on top and voila! Edible tuna! 🙂 Easy peasy huh? It’s especially great if you are low carb like me *pout* and can’t have bread on any kind of regular basis thereby taking away the opportunity for a tuna sandwich…or any sandwich really…

I like this dish so much I eat it about once a week, Mmm! Now that summer is here it’s even better cause days/evenings when the apartment seems especially warm or I am especially lazy, or rushed, it can be put together super fast, doesn’t require a lot of effort or the turning on of the oven and like I already said, tastes great…well, if you put lots of stuff in there to hide the tuna flavour cause yeah, I’m still not really sold on tuna unless I can disguise it really well. 😛

Just don’t let your cat see what you did to the tuna or you may spend the rest of the day making it up to them…like I am right now…

my owner, all tucked in and ready for bed, he’s glaring at me cause I had the audacity to read before going to sleep so the light was still on and bothering him…not even kidding!

Tattoo Touch Up and Tuna

27 Sep

I had two scary experiences today: (1) getting my tatt touched up and (2) trying to eat tuna again. I was equally scared of both. lol 😛

It may seem silly to be nervous about getting the tatt touched up, I mean, hello? it’s not like I didn’t know what to expect, right? Well, that was sorta the problem…I knew what to expect and was not looking forward to it, ugh. I so do not enjoy the experience of that needle going in and out super fast *shudder* – makes you wonder why I got the tatt in the first place! lol. I almost didn’t get the touch up…I’d already put it off for about a month or so, but it’s like how beauty is pain, if you get a tatt ya gotta man up and get the touch ups, right? Damn responsibility and follow through, sigh.

Then a bigger fear…dun dun dun…tuna! I attempted eating it a while ago, look for my post about eating cat food lol, and promptly gave up on it but friends at work convinced me to try again. The kind I tried last time was pre-flavoured and the sandwich was oh so nasty, double ugh, a huge part of it was texture (the texture of tuna is just horrible!) but the taste was also nasty. This time I bought non-flavoured normal tuna and mixed it with some light miracle whip, finely chopped onion and, um, hmm…yeah, that was it. lol. Stuck it on bread with some sliced cucumber and a cheese slice and voila! Tuna sandwich. 🙂 It wasn’t half bad…kinda. I still feel like I ate cat food for dinner but I think that is a mental thing cause it tasted alright and the texture wasn’t as bad this time. So yah! I found a way to eat tuna, a food that is stupid good for you and way low in points. I am not at the point where I could just flake some on to a salad but that’s ok, I am taking baby steps here. 😀

Today I ate:

29 grams Honey Nut Cheerios = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 banana = 2 points

1 nectarine = 1 point

1/2 cup mashed yam = 1.5 points

1/2 cup BBQ Chipotle baked beans = 2 points

1 piece toast = 1 point

2 triangles light laughing cow cheese = 1 point

1 Activia Yogurt = 2 points

1 cup Red Lentil and Veg Soup = 3 points

Tuna Sandwich

    – 2 pieces bread = 2 points

    – 1 cheese slice = 1 point

    – tuna mix (tuna, onion and light miracle whip) = 1 point

1 weight watchers pckg Pretzel Thins = 2 points

Total points used 22.5, yah! Used a uber small amount of flex points (0.5 a flex point to be precise) and am comfortably full. 🙂

Figuring out the points for the tuna mix was weird, each can is 120 grams drained, a serving is 55 grams so almost half. The nutirional info is for 55 grams so it’s 1 point per 55 grams. I used 2 tbls light miracle whip which is 1 point. Oh, and on my sandwich I used 1/4 of the mix. Soooooo…1/4 of the miracle whip is 0.25 of a point and 1/4 of the tuna is 0.50 a point which equals 0.75 of a point sooooo I rounded up to 1 point per 1/4 of the total tuna mix. Make sense? I told you it was weird! 😛 I probably should have used one more flex point just to make sure I ate enough for the day but I feel alright so I’m not gonna push it.

My lesson for today? Vanity is painful and scary but so what? shrug. Face it and in the end you may be surprised…the needle may not hurt too badly this time and the food may not taste as gross as you thought…you’re not gonna know until you try! Oh, and no matter how much it hurts, it’s not gonna kill ya so suck it up princess and think about how you’ll be happy with the results! 😀

I feel like I ate cat food…

13 Jul

Alrighty, I thought I would give tuna a try. I haven’t eaten tuna for more years then I can recall…scary that! I used to like tuna sandwiches but somewhere along the way the texture and taste become disgusting to me so they got scrapped from my food options. It seems though that everywhere I turn lately I am hearing about the health benefits of tuna; it’s got a decent amount of protein, is low in calories and fat…how can I change my food habits if I don’t try to incorporate new things into my food choices?

The tuna I ate tonight was Flaked Light Skipjack Tuna; the flavour was Tomato and Basil. Yes, that’s right, tuna isn’t just tuna anymore…it comes in flavours! I thought picking a flavour would make it easier for me. lol. The entire can of tuna is only 1 point! When I read that I really hoped I was gonna like it. 🙂 I drained it, mixed it with 1/2 tbls Light Miracle Whip, put it on bread with some pickles and mustard and there we go, tuna sandwich. I tasted a little bit out of the bowl and was not impressed but decided that after topping it with the pickles and mustard it’d probably taste better. I was wrong. The texture was disturbing, manageable but disturbing but oh dear god the flavour!! Who in the world came up with this?!? Ugh. Gack. Ick.

I ate the sandwich, I mean what was I gonna do waste it? But never again! I kept smacking my mouth after I was done the sandwich because the flavour just wouldn’t go away and the smell, well, I swear to you I fed my cats something that smelled just like that! Oh wait a minute…I used to feed my cats tuna…so yeah, it did smell like that because it was that! (minus the tomato and basil of course). It’s a little sad I didn’t like the tuna, it would have been great to use as a topping for my salads and to have in the occaisional sandwich but it’s just not gonna happen.

the only creature that should eat tuna!

Moving on from the tuna, yesterday I did not post because absolutely nothing of interest happened. Quite the boring day sunday was. Here is what I ate:

1 hard boiled egg = 2 points

1 spinach salad = 4 points

1/2  cup + 1/8 cup Sidekicks Tomato Alfredo = 6 points

5 baby potatoes = 1 point

1 package Jolly Time popcorn = 1 point

1 cup pineapple = 1 point

1 peanut butter and jam sandwich

    – 2 piece bread = 2 points

    – 1 tblsp  peanut butter = 2 points

    – 1 tblsp jam = 1 point

1 Thinsations package Peanut Butter = 2 points

1 cup grapes = 1 point

I used all 23 of my daily points. 🙂 One thing I did that surprised me was in the evening when I was finding something to eat for that last point, I automatically went for one of my weight watchers 1 point candies but I remembered the fruit so I had the grapes instead. I actually chose fruit over chocolate! Weird…but good!

So, for today, today was a crap day. I didn’t feel well and I got bad news right at the beginning of the day. All I wanted to do was come home and crawl back in to bed but since that wasn’t an option I stayed at work, ugh. I can’t think of the last time I was so grateful for the work day to be over. Only because I have such good work friends did I take a lunch break at all. I haven’t used all my points for the day and I know I am not going to. I know, I know, big rule of Weight Watchers…Always Eat All Your Points! Well tough, it’s just not happening today, I can’t do it. 😛

Here is what I did eat tho:

3/4 cup Almond Special K = 2 points

1/2 cup 1% milk = 1 point

1 banana = 2 points

1 Asian Supreme salad = 4 points

    – sesame orange dressing, sweet dried cherries, won ton strips, whole pea pods, carrots, iceberg and romaine

    – I added to the salad some mixed veggies

1 cup blueberries = 1 point

     – I didn’t eat quite the entire cup but I ate enough that I am going to count the point lol

1 cat food…er, I mean tuna sandwich

    – bread = 2 points

    – 1 can tuna = 1 point

    – 1/2 tbls Light Miracle Whip = 0 points

    – 7 sweet pickles = 1 points

    – mustard = 0 points

1 cheese slice = 1 point

1 cup grapes = 1 point

2 cups kettle corn = 3 points

This puts me at 19 points for the day and that is where I am staying; starvation mode be damned.

The salad is another one of the Fresh Express salads…I am not exactly sure what makes it Asian, the dressing maybe, the pea pods? I know! The won ton chips! lol. Some stupid white person probably came up with the salad ingredients and said “let’s call it Asian, other white people will feel like they have eaten something ethnic when they buy it!” lol (I am not racist against white people I am white, I just think it’s funny this salad is called Asian Supreme when it’s not an Asian salad – at least according to my Asian friends, shrug) The best part about it was the won ton strips, they were gooood! Actually, so were the cherries, I was surprised, I am not fond of dried fruit but they were pretty good. 🙂

I drank a lot of water today; that is becoming easier and easier. Despite the not eating all my points I think I did well with getting my food groups in. I had protein, veggies, fruit, grains, dairy…um, what else is there? I think I will have to research the food groups for next time! 🙂

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