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WIAW: Munchy Days and Mealy Days

In general, my daily diet tends to follow at least one of two patterns: I meal or I munch.

Mealy days consist of three well-balanced meals and a few (two to three) small snacks. Munchy days are a whole bunch of mini-meals/larger snacks and a few small snacks at any ‘ole time when I’m hungry. And some days fall somewhere in between. I can’t really say that I prefer one over the other. It just depends on my mood and my schedule.

This Saturday, I headed down from my summer work hangout, YMCA of the Rockies, to my now-hometown Fort Collins to attend their big annual food truck and music festival, Taste of Fort Collins. What do you do at a food truck festival? You could order one large meal and be too full for much else, or you can browse and sample several things. I chose the latter.

It was also a weekend, and my eats almost always follow an abnormal schedule on weekends–usually (although not always) for the munchier.

So this What I Ate Wednesday will look a little different from some of my previous–it was a particularly munchy day.

The only full-sized “meal” I ate on Saturday was a lovely bacon and eggs brunch on my boyfriend’s back porch. Bacon is not a common treat for me–my sweetie was spoiling me!13444194_10207966335691118_1300216915_nI often don’t really like eating outside–I get chilled easily from sitting still with food in my tummy–but if it’s warm and sunny, like it was on Saturday morning, eating outside just the thing. We only got a few little bits of tree in our eggs.

We also shared a piece of gluten-free cinnamon coffee cake that I brought from the Y to round out our meal.

We took care of some chores (dishes, lawn mowing, laundry) and headed out a bit before 3 to meet a couple of friends and walk over to the festival. We were a little deterred when we found out it cost $10 just to get in (before you even buy your tickets for beer or food), but we had come all the way, and we figured it only happens once a year. So we shelled out.DSCN1381There were so many delicious options–a lot of fair foods like roasted ears of corn, cinnamon roasted nuts, chocolate dipped cheesecake, kettle corn, brats, and even, yes, fried Twinkies. There were also a lot of stands from local Fort Collins restaurants and food trucks. We circled around just about everything before my boyfriend and I decided to share and sample a couple of things: we settled on a Ninja bowl from a local food truck called Umami (ground pork and vegetables over rice with soy ginger dressing) and a dish of Dole Whip.

The Ninja bowl was really flavorful–I would definitely go back for that again if I get a chance! It would have been the perfect size for one hungry Joyce as a meal by itself, although it was fun to get to share and still have room for something else.DSCN1378Have you ever had Dole Whip? I’d heard of it on the internet world, but never actually tried it before–it’s like a sorbet, with the texture of soft serve, made simply out of blended pineapple. Which means it’s low in fat, lactose-free and casein-free! And really good. Not that I should have been too surprised. It’s pineapple. (And some raspberry on the pink side.) Two of my very favorite fruits!

DSCN1379 (2)We hung out for a while and listened to some music until about 5. My boyfriend and I were both still a bit hungry, so we searched around a bit more, and he settled on a kebab. It looked delicious, but it’s probably for the best that I passed, since the sauce looked like it was honey-based. (Honey = high-fructose = not good for Joyce’s tummy.)DSCN1385My overall assessment: I’m not sure food truck festivals are my preferred way of eating, if the goal is to get a satisfying, semi-healthy meal for a decent price. But it was fun to see so many local restaurants and chefs selling their wares and sample a few of them.

That evening when we got back, I hadn’t really eaten a full “lunch”–but I’d eaten two substantial late afternoon snacks and a big, late brunch, so I was hungry, but not super-hungry–so what did I do? I munched.

Started with two of Cora’s chickpea blueberry muffins, and when those didn’t hold me, I threw a couple of rice cakes with peanut butter on top.DSCN1387 DSCN1388That held me for most of the evening…

which consisted of driving back to the YMCA through the Big Thompson Canyon. At night. Which I had never done before.

It was pitch. black and absolutely. terrifying.

I decided to make it a game. There were three rules:

  1. Stay between the lines at ALL TIMES!!!!!
  2. Turn your brights off when there’s a car coming and back on as soon as you need them.
  3. Drive as slowly as you feel comfortable.

This all worked fine until I ended up behind a truck who sat directly on my tail for about five miles and blinded me with his headlights in my rearview mirror. When I finally pulled off to let him pass (which took a while since I could hardly see the side of the road), I honked at him real good.

This is about how aggressive road rage gets for me. Probably for the best.

I shouldn’t have been too surprised that I was hungry by the time I got back and unloaded all my stuff. I finished the day with some chocolate almond milk and a banana before bed.DSCN1391Do you tend to munch, meal, or some of both?

Have you ever tried Dole Whip? What did you think?


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  1. I went to a food truck festival last weekend also! And I can totally relate to mealy vs snacky days. It’s kind of fun learning to listen to our bodies and being ok with changes in hunger and moods 🙂

    Dole Whip sounds AMAZING. I need to find it ASAP!

    1. Joyce says:

      Dole Whip was definitely worth a try! I’ve also seen lots of recipes for it floating around the blog world, in case you can’t find it being sold anywhere.
      It’s definitely nice to be flexible and feed our bodies as they need.

  2. Cora says:

    I definitely “meal.” Just like smoothies – no quality of snacking ever truly satisfies me so I’m still left thinking about wanting more. I need a good solid meal to fill me up or I just won’t feel satisfied. Though, snacking is also a fear of mine and challenging myself to more of a “munchy” day would probably be very good for me. Anxiety producing, but good. I think I need a food truck festival to give me this challenge.
    Glad you got home safe. Driving alone at night can definitely be unnerving.

    1. Joyce says:

      I challenge you, then, to a munchy day. 😉 Or not, if you don’t want to. Everyone’s recovery is different, and if you like to meal, you should meal!
      It’s actually interesting–I tend to have less anxiety on munchy days than mealy days. I lose all track of calorie counts and eating times and instead really follow my intuitive eating signals. On the other hand, I don’t tend to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. So it’s a tradeoff.

  3. Ellie says:

    I have had Dole Whip before and thought it was refreshing. It doesn’t sit in your stomach the way ice cream sometimes can. I would sure like to try it again.
    I am a meal and munch person hahahaha Sometimes I wish I didn’t munch so much 😉

    1. Joyce says:

      Meal and munch! I love it! I think it makes sense for a runner to keep munching plenty. 🙂

  4. I’m totally a muncher myself. And I’ve never been to a food truck festival, but it’s on my bucket list for SURE. I would love sampling everything. I have this dream of finding a fried oreo somewhere someday!!

    1. Joyce says:

      Yay, fellow muncher! Fried Oreos don’t sound so appealing to me, but to each her own. Hope you get to check out a food truck festival one of these days.

    2. I’ve had them!!! They have them at the Braves stadium in ATL. And yes, they are fantastic. 🙂

  5. That’s so funny you mention dole whip – I JUST tried it yesterday! We were on a food tour in La Jolla and went to a Hawaiian place that had it. I couldn’t believe how good it was!

    1. Joyce says:

      Isn’t it such a nice summer treat!?

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