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Salad or scones? Scones or salad?

Monday, June 24, 2013

I went to the Art Gallery of NSW today (had a great time). And one of the things I always enjoy about visiting art museums/galleries is having lunch at the cafe.

I could have had the scones, with jam and cream. With tea, of course. One of my faves. Half the price of the mains, or the salads. I thought about it. Thought seriously about whether or not I wanted that lovely crumbly biscuity scone (well, two scones) with strawberry jam and gobs of clotted cream. My mouth could just taste all of that yumminess.

And my body said, no thank you. I'd like some lean protein. And vegs. And maybe a healthier, smaller portion of carbohydrates. Please.

So I listened to my body, not my mouth.

I ordered the salad of Chinese bbq pork, couscous, roasted red pepper (capsicum), and cilantro (coriander leaves) - served mixed with arugula, one of my favorite greens. With a light vinaigrette. I loooooove cilantro, it's one of those herbs that turns into summer. And roasted red peppers are a fave, I could eat them straight on bread. All in all, it was a wonderful salad.

So much better for me than the scones.

Accompanied by the same Earl Grey tea, with a bit of milk and some artificial sweetener - because that sweet creamy mixture fills the yearning for sweets, at a fraction of the calories. And with a bit of calcium, and vitamin D, and all that.

Yup, my body is smarter than my mouth. I should listen to it more often.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOANNA2 6/26/2013 11:46AM

    Great choices and the salad sounds so much
nicer. Yea well, you know... Glad you listened
to your body and not your mouth. Good for you.

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MANDIETERRIER1 6/25/2013 4:02PM

    You have more willpower than I do. Good job picking the healthier option

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POPSY190 6/25/2013 3:53AM

    Well done!!

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PHEBESS 6/25/2013 3:14AM

    Usually when a place serves two scones with jam and cream, they serve smaller-than-normal scones - not tiny, but smaller than the ones served at, say, Starbucks. (Don't know Panera's scones.)

But these were HUGE scones, judging by the ones served to the woman two tables over from me. However, it wouldn't be too bad shared between two people, and I've done that. Or at a tea, when one is served tiny scones.

Yeah, I'll work on not having too many scones. Much as I love them.

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SHIRAZSOLLY 6/24/2013 11:41PM

    Just out of curiosity since I've only had scones once in my life, I looked up scones, clotted cream and jam.
One scone (Panera) 430
1 serving clotted cream (Devon, 28 gr) 140
100 gr St Dalfour blueberry jam 242 calories
Total = 812

This is only ONE scone, not two - and 28 grams is hardly globs. So I think you just saved a whole day's worth of calories! Of course, if you had been AT home, you could have chosen lower calorie scone and jam offerings for sure!

Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 11:42:37 PM

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PHEBESS 6/24/2013 8:57PM

    Oh trust me, there are days when the scones win. I just try to keep them to a minimum.

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GINIEMIE 6/24/2013 8:37PM

    Ouch, I don't know if I could be that good. Nice job. I've been making wise choices one day and crazy ones the next...not a fan of Cilantro
Keep up the good work Phebess.
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PLATINUM755 6/24/2013 7:47PM

    emoticon internal chat...the way more of us need to talk to ourselves. We actually know what's best we just choose not to choose it. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 6/24/2013 6:21PM

    Way to go Phebess !.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I love my salads and yours sounded really yummy xx hugs Susie

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MAMAJAHMAI 6/24/2013 5:20PM

    You are strong!! I think I could have eaten 4 scones before coming to my are a winner PHEBESS- Aplus all the way :)

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MILLISMA 6/24/2013 1:37PM

    Good choices but that hard to be difficult!!!! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/24/2013 9:55AM

    Good for you!

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ROCKYCPA 6/24/2013 9:47AM

    Good for you - your body led you in the right direction!

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RDEE22 6/24/2013 9:42AM

    Such willpower!!!! Good for you. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 6/24/2013 9:14AM

    What a neat choice to have, though I probably would have opted for the scone, just because I don't get them often, at least not real ones. The super-sized ones Starbucks sells don't count as real.

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WENDYJM4 6/24/2013 8:55AM

    well done. sounds lovely

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LJOYCE55 6/24/2013 8:51AM

  Good for you. I definitely would have chosen the scones, so you are clearly a smarter person than I am.

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NELLJONES 6/24/2013 8:50AM

    Since 3/4 oz of scone is one bread (of 6 per day for me), I agree that it isn't worth it.

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