Some people eat chocolate for a treat. Others do cake. I do ice-cream, and CHINESE BAKERY BUNS!!!! (P.s. a free meal awaits you at Kashi!)

Trust me, I’ve become a bakery connoisseur! Let me now show you my love for Chinese bakeries and how buns fit into my day! Here’s is the collection – minus an egg tart and a sponge cake.

The Bakery Bun Assemblage minus what I ate

The Bakery Bun Assemblage minus what I ate

Introducing from the left, clockwise: Paper-wrapped sponge cakes (x3), Traditional Egg tarts (x2), Hot dog bun (x1), Taro-filled bun (x1)

Brekkie

Can’t escape that usual bowl of oatmeal, though for some reason I wasn’t hungry on Monday morning at all! (Which is rare.)

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Includes a pack of Quaker original oats, light & fit strawberry banana yogurt, frozen blackberries & grapes, and a banana with a splash of skim milk.

imported-photos-00416Worked super hard all morning after that getting updated with more work stuff while snacking on some nuts. BORING. Suddenly, lunch rolled around and…I wasn’t famished (surprise! again!).

Lunch-Time

imported-photos-00491My Main course consisted of a toasted english muffin spread with honey mustard, deli turkey meat, a bed of romaine (which were bitter :(), and TONNES of baby carrots (cuz I love them!) but dessert was ever more FANTABULOUS!!!! My paper-wrapped sponge cake awaits me! muahahahah.

Paper-Wrapped Sponge Cake!

Paper-Wrapped Sponge Cake!

My favorite Cantonese bun/cake of all time, this guy is a fluffy, moist, almost chiffon cake-like bakery good that tastes like nothing but sweet vanilla! Chinese bakeries in Chicago (in general) usually make them about 100% larger than what you would find in Hong Kong. The “traditional” sized buns have ~150 calories, but since this was double the size, I’m guessing more around 300.

Snack

I was super pumped for my workout yesterday after a long day of meetings (I’m ALWAYS missing my usual class “Sexy bodies” now!! I think it’s the name. muahhaha) I was also psyched to try a new bar – as I always am! This is the Balance Bare in Trail Mix Cinnamon Oats & Honey.

imported-photos-00494This 210 calorie bar had a good 15g of protein and AMAZING flavor. I really have to say, this is my favorite Balance Bar ever, reminding me slightly of a luna bar crossed with a kashi bar, but without the chemical after-taste!! Verdict: 9/10!! I will totally buy this again!

Taste: If you close your eyes, I want to say this was just like a nuttier, chewier version of an iced oatmeal cookie. Lots of cinnamon, lots of almonds, airing on the side of being a little too sweet, but it was like a “healthy” treat! Oooh and it smelled so good…

Texture: Chewy, the top was sticky, I liked the yogurt coating on the base, and very nutty! There were almonds wedged all throughout the bar and gave a great crunch to the bar!!

Dinnahh

My tummy was growling by the end of my workout and was super excited to eat. The kind boyfriend made turkey chili using a whole box of ground turkey, canned tomatoes, onions, and HOT chili seasoning. (YUM, I love spicy things)

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I ate my share of chili with 2 slices of Arnold WW bread, and ended up going back for 4 more spoonfuls. I’m estimating I had about 2 cups of chili?  (in my opinion, this bread is too dense and relatively low in fiber for the # of calories you get in a slice.)

Dessert!

What is dinner without bakery goods??? I had a Chinese egg tart, which I ONLY like if it doesn’t taste yolky. This bakery has the recipe down.

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The crust was super flaky and so crumbly it would have fallen apart if you didn’t eat it in the tin shell. The filling was cold, silky, and creme brulee-like (without the crunchy top). It had a sweet and slightly eggy taste, blended with a hint of vanilla. Read here for more info. on the egg tart – they usually run around ~200 calories apiece, so it’s a good occasional treat. :)

That ended my indulgent day of bakery treats. If you’re EVER in Chicago and need a recommendation on buns, give me a holler! PLEASE! I insist!! Now, there is only one question remaining…

What are the healthiest foods (meals and snacks!) you eat pre & post workout???

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