I had a really busy day!  I ran errands, had a two hour appointment across town, but still found time to go to the grocery store and re-stock my fresh produce stash.

Various Produce on countertop
And I found some of my favorite gum.  I hadn’t seen it in awhile and I was worried they had phased it out.

Extra Dessert Delights Gum

But I found it in a 3-pack.  Whew!

Stacked packages of Gum

I came home and made a salad.

Mixed green salad with vegetables

Dressed the salad with Orange Coconut Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette

Ingredients needed to make Orange Coconut Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette

And added Sesame Ginger Maple Tofu

Sesame Ginger Maple Tofu in clear container

Snacked on some Cinnamon & Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea “Peanuts”

Cinnamon & Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea "Peanuts" at bottom of clear container

Container full of Cinnamon & Sugar Peanut Buttery Chickpea "Peanuts"Not the prettiest food but I can assure you the taste is fantastic!

From my last post about Willpower & Restraint, I loved hearing whether you consider yourself to have either, and in what situations you are better than in others.  For as much as I do love to spend money and treat myself, I can be the polar opposite, too, and talk myself out of purchases.  Many of you mentioned you’re similar.

And yes, it is a great mall. For those of you who don’t have a mall in which you really need to “try” too hard to practice restraint, just move to San Diego.  We have plenty of restraint-and-willpower-worthy malls!

Dessert: Raw Vegan Apple Crumble

Raw Vegan Apple Crumble
If you want a no-bake recipe that will please harsh critics, this one will deliver.  I loved baked crisps and crumbles as a kid! And I love this one just as much and it’s fast, no-bake, and without the stick of butter most crumbles call for.
Side of Raw Vegan Apple Crumble in clear container


1. Do you like gum?  If so, how many pieces per day do you chew?

Yes, I do.  I’ve gone through phases of life where years have gone by without chewing any and then, bam, I re-discover my love of gum all over.

I have a 3 stick per day, maximum.  Any more than that and I can feel my jaw hurt!

2. Favorite gum?

Currently love Extra Key Lime, Extra Strawberry Shortcake, and for awhile there was an Extra Mango Smoothie that I adored but I haven’t seen that in six months.

Most any of the Orbit or Extra flavors, I like.  As an aside, my sister is a chemist for Wrigley and develops gum.  She created Maui Melon Mint!

I prefer fruity gums to minty ones.  For minty flavors, I just want mints, usually.

3. Did you get a workout in?  Do you like to chew gum while you’re working out?

Yes and it was sunny, but cold!   If you missed my dressing for winter workouts post, I wore the same thing today that I always do.

Close up of flowering tree

And yes, I put a stick of key lime gum in when I set out for a 20 minute run.  And it was great!


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