Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TOP 5 DEADLINE COMFORT FOODS by Aimée Thurlo

These essentials will help keep you at your desk, focused on the story and characters, during the hot summer ahead.


1- Cowgirl coffee crunch white chocolate, a local brand 

2- Hot dogs - I buy kosher, add chopped pickles, mustard, onions, and wrap them in a flour tortilla. These can be eaten at a desk - if you're careful - but not over the keyboard.

3- Any Starbucks Frapuccino  - decaf after lunch

4- Babybel cheese. They're small but very tasty!

5- Cold Mango flavored iced tea sweetened with honey. Lipton has it in different flavors, but this one is off the charts good.

What are your comfort foods for those long scenes?



16 comments:

  1. Aimee! I visited the Cowgirl Chocolate site after your last mention of it and - wow! Have to indulge myself! I imagine Cowgirl Coffee Crunch could have sustained Tolstoy through WAR AND PEACE! I drink a lot of Yorkshire Gold tea (strong, black stuff) and eat chocolate. I'm such a peasant about it, that I love Hershey's as much as Godiva.

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  2. I'm a diet coke woman. I managed once to get off it. Should kick the bad habit, but I can't drink coffee any more which I used to consume by the bucketful. I like tea. I'll have to look for the mango. I have several types I drink iced. Lunch is often yogurt. I haven't tried the new Greek type that everyone is advertising. And I love the Babybel cheeses. I try to do the light, or string cheese with less cholesterol. Happy day everyone. Almost forgot chocolate. I love dark chocolate. Try not to have it in the house. LOL

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    1. Roz,yogurt... did you mean yogurt shakes, or just a cup of yogurt? I do shakes in the morning. I've found some amazing recipes online that are good for weight watchers. I also bought some sugar free torani cinammon and vanilla syrup. I add that to some lowfat vanilla yogurt, and a sprinkle of cinammon and it's heaven!

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  3. Muriel, what I like about Cowgirl Coffee Crunch is the crunch and the fact that it's got coffee. I don't know how many know this, but if you've got asthma and you want to push it back cause you can't find your inhaler (yeah, I know. Keep better track of it) coffee is perfect. It has caffeine but it also has a substance called theophyllin, something they used to treat asthma for years. A doctor taught me that trick - order strong coffee if you're in a pinch and out of town. So now, although I rarely have asthma, I tell myself that the chocolate bar has no real calories - it's medicinal. LOL!! By the way, I tried your Yorkshire Gold, and it's WONDERFUL! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I forgot to check out that Cowgirl chocolate when you mentioned it before, so I'm going to right now before I forget again.

    And great idea putting the hotdog in a wrap. I eat low-carb, but I love hotdogs and usually just eat them without the bun:( I never thought of the wrap. I buy low-carb wraps from a place here in Edmonton that selld gluten free and sugar free products.

    xo
    Jen

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    1. I try to to eat low carb too, Jen. Living in New Mexico means that low cal tortillas abound. I absolutely love them in lieu of a bun on my hot dog! The chocolate bar... well, that's amazing.

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  5. I'm a Diet Dr. Pepper kind of gal. I work hard not to snack while I work (I'm trying to lose weight as I'm already that chubby girl with the cheeks). But, on a typical writing day, it's a poptart in the morning, soup for lunch, and then a big meal for the family. Snacks (yes, I'm bad) tend to be Wheat Thins or something salty.

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  6. Pamela, I'm bad -- okay, awful - with snacks. Really bad. But that tea with the honey and mango really helps, and so does having fresh fruit. Also low cal popcorn with Molly McButter is great 'nervous' food - you know, when you want to eat, but aren't really picky as long as it gives you comfort. I do that when I'm stuck on a scene.

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  7. Cowgirl coffee crunch!! WOW that looks amazing as well as the Mango tea. I have a serious sweet tooth and it is a known fact that if we buy a half gallon of ice cream it will be gone in 24 hours! I don't even discriminate- I will eat any kind of ice cream, though Starbucks Java Chip is my all time favorite. I also keep a bowl of M&Ms near me when writing and I treat myself when I hit a certain page count goal :) now I've got to go eat something... Your terrific post made me hungry :)

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  8. Karen, Cowgirl Coffee Crunch is seriously good. I mean off the charts. I'm the same way about ice cream. I discovered Skinny Cow's Snickerdoodles, and they're to die for. (ice cream sandwich). I started buying these because they come in individually wrapped one serving size. Dryers had a cappucino chocolate chip that I've been known to decimate - the entire half gallon. I buy portion sized now. It's my only hope. :-)But yesterday doesn't count- I found out that Falcon's Run, our July Intrigue was one of the ones in the giant display at BEA!!! HAD to celebrate!

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    1. Aimee! Congratulations! What an honor. Have another Skinny Cow Snickerdoodle!

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  9. Thanks Muriel. Falcon's Run was a tiny portion of the display, but it was at the center. The thing is that it has been a dream of mine for a long long time to have a poster, or something displayed at BEA, so it was really cool!! We celebrated! A wish come true! Very special.

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  10. Aimee, great news about Falcon's Run in the display. I hope it translates into bookstores stocking it.
    All this talk of food makes me hungry. I'm trying to cut back too. It's easier for me to skip past snacks and stuff in the summer. I like unsweetened tea. Like Pam I'm more into salty snacks, which I know are as bad as sugar.

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  11. Roz, thanks! Saltines, have you tried that to take the edge off wanting something salty? They're not huge in calories. A serving is 5 and it's 2 WW points, which isn't a lot.

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  12. Hi Aimee! This post is making me hungry.

    I love a good cup of coffee and it does have health benefits. You mentioned asthma. When I had my very first asthma attack as a teen, my mom gave me a shot of super strong coffee (she'd read about it in a home remedies book). It got me through until I could see a doctor.

    And I have to second Dr. Pepper. I don't drink much soda, but that's my fave and I love the newer diet Dr. Pepper 10.

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  13. Welcome, Rula! Glad you found us :)

    When I'm writing, I drink a lot of coffee and tea, and the family lives on pizza and takeout LOL. Now that we're all watching our weight, however, I may have to rethink those and teach them how to cook instead!

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