Forgive me if this post strays from topic a bit, but there is something I need to say - even if it means I'm blambling. (Yes I just combined blog with rambling to come up with a new word). Some of you have read and / or heard about my triathlon "experience." If you have not, you can read about it here. Well, believe it or not, I have been coerced into doing another one this summer. I am scared spitless about doing it, and have been thinking about training (which is about on par with my training last summer). I've actually been doing some blosearch (blog / research) to find some fitness training programs to get me ready. One of the most common things I've blead (blog / read) is that a good diet is quasi-important.
One of my biggest weaknesses is fast food. Even though I am sick of it, I eat it all the time for lunch. Add that to the fact that I usually oversleep and frequently skip breakfast to get to work, my nutritional intake is in need of an overhaul. The other day I was at the local grocer, and decided I'd try getting some breakfast food to keep at work so that I don't have to worry about eating before I leave. As I was walking down the breakfast aisle, I picked up some Instant Cream of Wheat (TM) and noticed a section of "healthy" foods. I saw roughly two, five-foot shelves with this granola cereal, and decided to take a closer look.
*Blashback (blog / flashback) to my early teenage years. While hanging out at my friend's house one day, we got kind of hungry. He said we could have some chocolate granola cereal. I probably acted like he was a loon, but he convinced me it was pretty good stuff. If my memory serves correctly, it was homemade granola, and they had a five-gallon bucket of it. We poured ourselves each a bowl, and I loved it.
*Blashforward (do I need to explain this anymore?) to present time. I periodically will try a different granola cereal in hopes that I will find that great taste that I had so many years ago. I don't do it very often because the stuff in the stores usually doesn't taste good and it's more expensive than Lucky Charms.
Well, this granola caught my eye for three reasons: 1- it was on sale; b) they had chocolate flavor; and 4 - I had heard rave reviews about this brand in my blosearch. I decided to try the vanilla almond and chocolate flavors.
Let me tell you, they taste aweful - especially the chocolate. I was confused. Several blogs had nothing but great things to say about the stuff, yet I'm nearly gagging just blinking (blog / thinking - I think you're catching on now) about it.Actually, it's not THAT bad, but I can think of several things I'd rather eat than this stuff.
So, I decided to go back to those blogs to see what I'm missing. A few things come to mind. First these bloggers are food/fitness bloggers and these types of companies will send them free samples to try and review. If they're getting free food, of course they're going to write good things about it - that's just the world we live in. Second, instead of eating it like a bowl of cereal as it's designed, they mix it with yogurt and all sorts of fruit. This does two things: minimizes the amount of granola they have to eat and uses other foods to mask the taste.
This gave me an idea: SUGAR. What did I do as a kid when my cereal choices were cherios, wheaties or grape nuts? I put sugar on it. Also, instead of eating each granola individually, I decided to mix the two flavors to see if they would neutralize each other. The combination of the two flavors and the sugar made the stuff edible.
Fortunately, thanks to my ingenious ideas, I think I am getting my money's worth. But this leads me to question the whole "healthy" foods schpiel. Why not just add a little more sugar, spice and all things nice, and make the stuff yummy to begin with?
By the way, I'm sorry if you fell for my fake link again. You can really see the triathlon catastraphe here.
Finally, this post has officially created several new words: blambing, blosearch, blead, blashback, blashforward, and blinking. I know blinking is already a word, but I redefined it. Don't blag (blog / gag - yet another blord (blog / word)), I know you all are jealous you didn't think of this first. I am on a bloll!