Just as a quick FYI, these are the kale chips that I produced in 20 minutes one morning. The picture I have on the recipe now is a google-image shot. Will change soon.
Onwards. I went to the health food store (not very like me) to look for sugar-free dried fruits. Looking at hte package of mixed raisins I bought for the original granola, everything was "dried" in sugar or oil. So I found (clockwise from 12 o'clock) dried apples, puffed rice, gogi berries, dried cherries and puffed wheat.
2 servings each of the rice and puffed wheat (comes to about 2 cups rice, 2.5 cups puffed wheat) and 1.5 servings each of the dried fruits.
The wet ingredients: Cocoa powder (unsweetened!), chocolate almond milk, sugar free maple syrup and egg whties in the carton.
I added the egg whites very spur-of-the-moment and will probably leave them out next time!
Here it is, beautiful and colorful in the parchment paper in my baking pan.
Sadly it came out a little mushy, and VERY dark! Not pretty. And only somewhat tasty. What gives? My job is slamming me and I'm having one kitchen failure after another =( Could it be that my food is more likely to be tasty when I cook it out of enjoyment instead of obligation and while in a bad mood?
I'm still going to eat the granola. It's tasty enough to pop in my mouth while sitting at the microscope.
On a final note: I did NOT wind up drinking twice on Saturday. I wound up drinking not at all! I was pretty proud of myself...until Sunday. In celebration of a friend's upcoming birthday we went to the new wine bar in our area. 1.5 glasses of wine, one ostrich burger slider (ostrich is AMAZING and so lean and tasty!) and some other snacks later (including dessert!) I went home one tipsy and satisfied customer. But I did work out and the scale acknowledged that this morning =)
I continue to recommend calorie logging. It's SUCH a pain but it helps. Working out is a pain too. So is packing lunches. This, in a nutshell is the source of America's obesity epidemic. Overall, it is just easier to be unhealthy.
That's a sad note to end on, but there it is. I'm grumpy because work sucks and I can't seem to come up with anything yummy.