Thank you so much everyone! These are great options to consider. I really appreciate the feedback!
Thanks a bunch!! I am going to be calling bakeries tomorrow to ask around, but I've gotten good advice on here before, so I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. I currently live in NYC where there are a ton of gluten-free options, but it seems like the options are fewer in the Deep South. I did find a health-food store that should be able to give me some good tips.
savecara, thank you!! That's only a few blocks from where I live, so I will swing by on my way home from work. I appreciate the feedback!
I absolutely hate jello. I don't know why, but it just gives me the shivers and even though I'm the laughingstock of my family, I will not eat it under any circumstances. I also don't care for raw onions. Cooked onions are ok as long as they are chopped well and not in big pieces. (I don't mind if they are used in cooking dishes, but I will eat around them if possible.)
On weekdays, I usually eat breakfast at work. I'll have either Honey Nut Cheerios with milk or two slices of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. I'll have a side of fruit (an orange, blackberries, whatever looked good at the corner fruit stand) with both options. I don't drink coffee, so I'll have a Diet Coke instead. Can't start the day without it.
On weekends, it's pretty much the same thing, with the toast and fruit. My big splurge is a toasted bagel with lox cream cheese. YUM. I love pancakes, waffles and omelets too, but for some reason when I make them at home, they never turn out as well as they do when I go out to eat. :)
@bitchincamero, I had one of those "purse" lunchboxes!! I had forgotten all about that. It was quite the popular thing in my day. One of the very first lunchboxes that I remember though, was a blue plastic one with a picture of the Mapletown rabbit family on the side. I wanted that lunchbox so badly, and I finally got it as a first day of school treat.
I usually packed my own lunch, because I was inordinately picky and Mom wouldn't put up with it. Usually some kind of sandwich, with a side of apple or carrot sticks, and a little dessert, like a Little Debbie brownie or something. Of course, I always envied everyone else's lunches. In high school, I mostly ate cereal for lunch. No milk, just dry out of a baggie. At the time, I was also very serious about ballet, so although I was never anorexic, I did take watching my diet to a bit of an extreme. Can't believe I missed out on some great eating!
@robincat--wow, you brought back memories with the Chef Boy-ar-dee pizza!!! We just called it "box pizza" at our house and thought it was so fun to make. I had forgotten all about that. I LOVED the dough and always went around collecting the crusts from the rest of my family, ha!
Also, Little Debbie fudge brownies with walnuts on top were a daily staple in my life all through middle school and college. Yum!
My movie snack of choice is usually Junior Mints, in a box from the drug store. I usually bring my own drink too.
There are days when I cave and splurge on the popcorn with no butter, but somehow it's never as good as what I remember as a child. And sometimes it tastes old. That's always depressing to me, and next time I go right back to my Junior Mints!
I was not a big veggie eater as a child, but I love them now. Growing up, our vegetables consisted mostly of salad, green beans and carrot sticks. Fruit was more popular. As I've gotten older and realized the health benefits of vegetables though, I've been more adventurous about incorporating them into my diet. Now I love broccoli, asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes...things I would never have touched as a child.
My baby brother, on the other hand, has always loved vegetables. He used to eat lettuce straight out of the fridge as a snack and has been known to devour a pound of baby carrots while watching TV. I would have gone straight for the chips! :)
Yes, thank you everyone for all the tips! I really appreciate it and plan to start incorporating some of them into my diet slowly.
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