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Friday, March 22, 2013

When You Just Can't Count The Carbs + Favorite Salad EVER!

So I'm usually pretty good about counting my carbs. I always carry my Calorie King book around with me to make sure that I know exactly what I'm eating. When dining out, sometimes it can be a little difficult to figure out the carb count when you order not-so-typical dishes.

My family and I are currently in Florida on vacation and we went out to a great seafood restaurant called Barnacle Bill's. Now, as a vegetarian I obviously wasn't going to eat any of their fish entrees, so I scouted out the menu for some yummy veggie dishes. I eventually decided on a side of mashed potatoes and a caprese style salad for my main dishes (yes this is the salad that I shall be raving about in a moment). Those were easy enough to calculate. The salad had virtually no carbohydrates while the potatoes were pretty standard. What was not easy to figure out was my appetizer. Black bean hummus! It came topped with bruschetta style tomatoes and served with these yummy sesame crackers, and all shaped like a flower! These guys are really good on presentation. So good.....but so horrible to my brain in terms of carbo-calculations. How many black beans did they use? What the hallelujah was the carb count in those crackers? In the end I wound up guestimating. I wasn't about to go bugging the waitress or the kitchen staff plus my family was already halfway finished their food.

All in all it turned out to be fine in the end. I went a little high after dinner but that might have just been a spike from the potatoes.

Now......salad time. Holyyy gucamoleeee. Heirloom tomatoes, whole milk mozarella, basil, and olive oil, all topped on yummy leafy greens (can you tell I'm a vegetarian yet?) Anyway, I'm geeking out a little bit. Caprese salads are my favorite. I could go on about it forever but I'll just show you a couple photos.....

Sorry. No photo of the hummus. I devoured it before I thought to take a picture.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm soooo good

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Yum yum. They put some delicious crispy potato
chip concoction on top. Mmmm.

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