When I first discovered my beloved Yogelina’s and fell in love with the frozen tart deliciousness, I did a little research online. It seemed that Pinkberry was the granddaddy of this new trend of healthy tart frozen yogurt shops that were popping up everywhere. Ever since then I have searched high and low for a Pinkberry within range of my travels so I could check them out. A few months ago, I discovered that they were opening a shop in a town about an hour away. A trip was planned. Mapquest was consulted. My friend and I drove up and something about the decor looked a little askew. There were ladders and stacks of chairs… they weren’t opening for another three days!!!
So today I had a doctor’s appointment–for that stupid bump on my finger–and again we planned a trip that would include Pinkberry. We decided to eat lunch somewhere where we could get a salad so we would be able to have the yogurt too. Went to Baja Fresh. They have a salad that I just love that is not on the menu. If any of you go there, this is a great salad to order. Its called a ‘side by side.’ Romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, avocado slices, salsa, a little cheese, a little guacamole, and it is all arranged separately on the plate so you can use as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. I always get the non fat green salsa-like dressing (sorry don’t know the name.) Anyway, this is a delicious salad, and a really healthy choice. You don’t even have to eat the chips…
Anyway, we got to town a little early, and I saw a new grocery story everybody at work has been raving about. Called Henry’s Farmers Market, they are supposed to rival Trader Joe’s. They were relatively small, like Trader Joe’s, but quite a bit different. Their produce section was HUGE, and quite beautiful. We didn’t spend too much time there since we were traveling and it was too warm to keep produce in the car. We did each score a large honeydew melon for $1.50. We spent most of our time exploring the ‘bins.’ Oh that was fun. The prices seemed really really reasonable compared to buying things in the boxes. I got steel cut oats, walnuts, dried cranberries, some gorgeous crimson-golden raisins, and just a bit of trail mix.
Then dropped my friend off where she could shop for a bit while I went over to the doctor’s. My blood pressure was 102/64. I am pretty proud of that number. The first time I went to the doctor, about 5 1/2 years ago, just a couple of months before I started the weight loss journey, my blood pressure was something like 146/90. Just on the verge of needing medical intervention. That number alone is worth all the work I have put into this.
So the doctor laughed a bit at my sketchy medical history. She thought the bump on my finger was weird too, and ordered xrays. Then I talked to her about my arthritis. Its bugging the daylights out of me that my ankle is now hurting. And guess what she said. GUESS! She said, well, its just a part of aging. Can you believe it? She didn’t even try to soften it up. But she said I could still keep trying to run. That’s good.
Okay. On to the point of this post. Oh. Wait. She also talked me into scheduling a colonoscopy, a mammogram, and bloodwork. I asked my friend if I could have frozen yogurt after the colonoscopy. How old am I? Ten?
FINALLY. We got to Pinkberry. ALL OF THEIR FLAVORS ARE TART! Finally. That alone makes them better than any other frozen yogurt place I have been to. They were really friendly, giving us a complete ‘tour’ of their yogurts, free samples of the flavors, and an explanation of their toppings (all the fruit is prepared fresh daily.) They are not self-serve, and their servings are a reasonable size. We each got a small (a small is 150 calories.) Oh my. The deliciousness. The creaminess. The richness. The purity and the tartness. Absolute perfection. My friend and I agreed it was the best frozen yogurt we have had. It was so good we went back and ordered another small bowl that we split and shared…