Tuesday, July 31, 2012

M.I.A update

A quick update of why I've been away from the eating scenery. It's a true sad yet happy moment I am living as I am gradually planning to move to live on my "own" in a month. I've been saving and working and doing nothing more than that plus trying my best to eat healthy, most of the time at home.

I apologize for not bringing my viewers some good eating moments but I will return once I am settle in my place. I have to admit it's been somewhat hard trying to eat as healthy as I can when I am out so I've opted most of the time to just eat at home. I am on a mission to find really good healthy places soon so look forward to that!

Thank you!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Yogurtland ft. Sanrio

This year is actually my first year out for the Sanrio event at Yogurtland. I remember seeing pictures last year but sadly was not able to get any. I'm a huge frozen yogurt fan and in fact I once had a part time job in the past at a yogurt parlor. I must say I ate frozen yogurt nonstop. It probably wasn't the healthiest diet I had but it wasn't the worse.. over ice cream of course.

After a day of testing at school I decided to give Yogurtland a visit. It was a rainy and cold day but I really wanted some to cheer me up from the depressing endless projects and finals. I love yogurt parlors with a large variety of flavors and are also self-serve. If you haven't been to Yogurtland yet I suggest you to try it out! It's a clean yet cheerful place.

All Yogurtland locations at the moment should be serving their yogurt in the Sanrio cups with character spoons. It's so adorable I decided to keep mine. I love their hefty spoons and how environmental friendly Yogurtland is. I ended up with their featured Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet which happened to be way to tangy for me but was super refreshing, the Salted Caramel Pecan which was so freaking good and my favorite Taro. I sprinkled on some random toppings and was off on my drive home.

I just happened to have a few located near me but I remember thinking to myself that I wish I had one near me when I first saw their Sanrio event. I'm really impressed how fast they moved into Florida. I suggest you grab yourself some Sanrio goodies, even though it's just an event it's cute to play along.


 Spoon (Character) number two!

Fitlife Foods - Clearwater

I finally decided to try out Fitlife Foods across from where I worked. I've been meaning to try this place out but was very hesitant because it's not a typical restaurant. Fitlife Foods serves up prepackaged fresh healthy food for you. It's great for people always on the go or someone just wanting the right portion of healthy food. I walked into the store thinking I knew what to expect, but I was taken back a little. The store is filled with refrigerators loaded with packaged foods and also tables and a microwave station. It is a very bright and cheerful environment that makes you feel good to be in. The employee there was super nice and helped me through my process of picking out my food and I ended up with a full day's meal worth.

The meals are packaged in either (O) one size, (S) small, (M) medium, and (L) large. I went for mostly medium and one size meals. I got the Florida Frittata, Tampa Bay BBQ Beef and Mac n' Cheese, Ab Tight and Kickin Udon.

All the foods are freshly packaged and not frozen so there are expiration dates to look at on all packaged meals. I loved this idea because it secures the freshness idea into your head and also you can plan out which meal to each on which day so no food will go to waste.

I'll start with the breakfast item the Florida Frittata which I saw in reviews had good ratings. I am usually not a breakfast person but this was A-OK. I found that it was a bit too bland for my taste but a dash of salt fixed it. There is definitely a healthy taste to this meal. The cut of any butter and cheese with the taste of roasted vegetables is like a healthy sensation exploding in my mouth. I normally am all up for eating healthy but honestly I found this way too healthy for my taste or just too bland.

Whats lovely about the prepackaged meals is that each containers will be labeled with the nutrients and heating instructions. I think this is perfect because it is always a estimate when you cook and sometimes you give up trying to calculate how much calories and carbs a meal have while cooking.

I gave the Tampa Bay BBQ Beef and Mac n' Cheese a try. It is one of the more popular dish which I just had to try. It was actually the first meal I tried from Fitlife foods. I got a medium container which was a pretty good amount of food. My thoughts on the taste.. it was still a little bland to me but I did eat the whole thing. The cut of butter from the mac n' cheese did not cut the richness of the dish entirely. It's a little sweeter and has a more raw taste than regular mac n' cheese.  The BBQ beef was kind of a disappointment but it wasn't too bad. It is nothing compared to good old BBQ but is what you would call a healthy dosage of BBQ beef. The meat was actually to me, a bit on the dry side and the fact that it's not drowning in sauce could be the reason. I wasn't a fan of this dish.

For a snack I decided to go for their Kickin' Udon salad instead of all the sweet selections. I did also find that the pickled carrots were on the sweeter side for me. I was expecting a salty snack but like before it seems that all the food here is on the bland side. It was a great concept to have an udon salad but I didn't enjoy this meal at all. It is one of the meal that I ended up not finishing.

I also tried their Ab Tight meal which consisted of tender beef over roasted potatoes and fresh asparagus. The meal was overall too dry and the asparagus was so tough to eat that I gave up. It was a disappointment but I think as my last meal from Fitlife Foods I decided that I probably would not buy food from there often.

The overall range in prices are around 8-10$ per meal which is somewhat on the normal to the high side to me. I love the concept and love that if I was to ever be in need for healthy food on the go this would be the place that comes to mind. I am not in love with the food but I can see the effort put into this food to make it as healthy as possible and still be tasteful.Another plus is that this is a local restaurant located in Tampa and Clearwater.

Fitlifes Food - Clearwater

 2454 McMullen Booth Road, #305
Clearwater, FL 34695


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