First, I must mention the secret cookie chef (of the family we stayed with in PA) who created this secret chocolate chip cookie recipe:
I don’t even really like chocolate chip cookies that much, but these were delicious. They are not “healthy”, but do include one secret ingredient which is a healthier modification (and makes the cookies more delicious): Vegetable Oil. Ssshhh. Now, you know the secret ingredient to fabulous chocolate chip cookies (and how to make them with less saturated fat). But, I can not reveal the secret cookie chef’s full recipe.
Also on our trip we stopped by a farmer’s market which I was very excited about. There are tons of small farms in the area of PA where we stayed. Near Atlanta, where I live, we don’t see farms within a 5-10 minute drive.
So, I took advantage of this and bought some fresh plums (which were the best I’ve had in years), corn, cucumbers, and of course a few pastries (tomato basil and onion croissant below).
Again, not the healthiest.
Healthy Tip: We shared these croissants among 7 people. Each person got to try a small bite. When it comes to trying foods that you don’t get very often, you have to have a good relationship with food so that you allow yourself to try new things and not miss out. A few bites will not harm your health (if anything it will keep you happy!).
Then, there was our stop to get a Philly Cheese Steak in Philadelphia at Geno’s. We went from farmer’s market in the country to processed food in Philly.
This stop was in high demand, so I went along with although I did not part-take in eating a cheese steak (because it just looked nasty to me… especially that cheese). According to my Mom, this event was on her “bucket list”. OK, I was just not that thrilled (probably because 1 cheese steak with set you back over 700 calories, 30g fat, 100g carbohydrates and is filled with processed ingredients).
Our final day was a trip to NYC where I noticed they label all the menu items with calorie amounts. I like this idea because it helps you to decide on a slightly better choice while eating out. In addition, if you didn’t want to pay attention to the calories, the values are in very faint print so it would be easy to put out of sight (out of mind). For lunch, I chose a 500 calorie tuna sandwich on whole grain bread.
For dinner, of course we had to have some NY pizza. It is seriously the best. The crust is always crispy and thin, and the cheese is always nice and flavorful with the perfect amount of sauce.
We had been walking all day long, from 33rd St. up past 72nd street, and then back to 33rd. So, this pizza hit the spot! And one piece of NY style pizza (just cheese) is only about 350-400 calories (and that is a large, slightly thicker slice… plenty of food).