Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Healthier New Year for Sexy Nerd

This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Jimmy Dean, however the opinions and feelings expressed here are my own.


Sexy Nerd recently started a new program through work that requires a lot of traveling. He gets sick of all the time wasted at airports, but loves the many meals his company pays for. Fresh seafood in San Francisco. Prime rib in Seattle. Burnt ends in Kansas City. He's been living it up!

After his most recent, week-long trip away from home, I decided to play the role of pesky wife and insisted that he step on the scale.

Surely you knew there'd be consequences for eating out for every meal, didn't you, Sexy Nerd?

The men in Sexy Nerd's family have a history of heart attacks at a young age, so a couple extra pounds is nothing to play around with. I planned to get him back on track by cooking healthy meals when he was home. I was all set to make a scrumptious breakfast of oatmeal with chia seeds (really, it's delicious!) when Sexy Nerd walked in with a bag of groceries. In our almost 7 years as a couple, this was maybe the 2nd time he has ever done any grocery shopping.

He'd bought himself an assortment of healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables, and a box of Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffins.

"Pfft!" I'd scoffed. Convenience foods have never seemed like a good idea to me. How was he going to lose weight chowing down on something packed with fat and calories?

I was wrong though. (and, yes, I do hate writing that, especially on my own blog!) Not only were the Jimmy Dean D-Lights Turkey Sausage Muffins whole grain, they were trans fat-free and they provide 20% of your daily value of calcium.

Sexy Nerd, ready to slim down!

Healthy or not, I wasn't convinced that the Jimmy Dean D-Lights would taste as good as fresh food. I challenged Sexy Nerd to a battle of the breakfast sandwiches!

I guess we know whose side Pica was on.

While Sexy Nerd microwaved his Jimmy Dean D-Lights, I gathered eggs, cheese, and english muffins.

Searching for the oil and planning to eventually organize the pantry.

Sexy Nerd hasn't been in charge of photos for LambAround before. I thought it was a task he could handle...you didn't ever want to see my face anyway, right?

Here is the 1st photo, uncropped, that he took showing any of my face. 
Seriously.

After waiting for my oil to heat up, it was time to add my egg.

Slimey.

I never have been good at cracking eggs. Maybe one of my New Year's resolutions should be to learn how to crack an egg without getting it all over my hands.

MY FACE!

Trying to pry apart the "pre-sliced" english muffins. What do they pre-slice them with? A toothpick?

While setting up my english muffin in the toaster oven...

...my egg stuck to the so-called nonstick pan!

Sexy Nerd was a good sport to take all these photos for me. His food had been done for a while.

Adding a slice of turkey.

Wondering if my slice of cheese was ever going to melt!

While my breakfast was looking like this...

Sexy Nerd's breakfast was looking like this!
(He was enjoying his Jimmy Dean D-Light, but was also rubbing in the fact that my english muffin was still cooking in the toaster oven while he ate this.)
(Punk!)

Sexy Nerd's breakfast

(photo taken much later) My breakfast

Kitchen Pig isn't one to wait around all day to eat. Jimmy Dean is his kind of breakfast.
Just don't tell Kitchen Pig what's in the D-Lights Canadian Bacon Honey Wheat Muffins!

I was still hungry after eating my breakfast sandwich, so I stole Sexy Nerd's 2nd D-Light. It was tasty!

The sandwich I'd made was good as well, but look at the mess!

Uggh! Did I mention that one of my New Year's resolutions is to do fewer dishes and clean the house less? I think it's a good one.
I lost my battle of the breakfast sandwiches, but really, it wouldn't have mattered if I'd won. It isn't like Sexy Nerd can cook up a fresh breakfast when he's traveling anyway (it would have been great to have realized this before starting my messy challenge, but oh well). The hotels he stays in usually provide a microwave in the room, so his plan is to start each day with a Jimmy Dean D-Light to help avoid business travel weight gain. The protein will help keep him full so that he isn't snacking on doughnuts during meetings and pigging out (sorry, Kitchen Pig!) during lunch.

I don't know if switching to a healthier breakfast alone will be enough to make up for all the business trip splurging, but it's a good start. Sexy Nerd also insists that he's going to start exercising when he's away. Yeah, I've known him for 7 years and I don't believe this for a second!

Sexy Nerd, if you're reading this, we are going for a long walk the moment you get home!

Does this look like the face of a guy who's going to start exercising on his own? You're not fooling anyone, Sexy Nerd!

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Disclosure: Although this was a compensated post written for Jimmy Dean and BlogHer, all the opinions expressed are my own. The healthy breakfast sandwiches were yummy and Sexy Nerd really does need to go on a little diet!
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