Friday, February 27, 2015

Food Scented Products - Love 'Em or Leave 'Em?


I rarely eat out at lunch, so most mornings I am rummaging through the fridge to find something to take to work for lunch. Of course, I tell myself one day I will plan everything and prepare it ahead of time, but that day hasn't arrived yet. Not to mention, I hate to waste leftovers.

Yesterday, it was leftover salsa verde chicken from the tostadas we had had for dinner.. I grabbed a couple corn tortillas to wrap the chicken.  I was on my way out the door when I remembered I had an avocado. I am a huge fan of avocados and took that to add to the "tacos". My lunch ended up basically being avocado tacos with some shredded chicken thrown on top.

When I used tortillas I always heat them up over the burner on my gas stove. I like them warm with just a little blistering...it really brings out the flavor. However, at work we have an electric stove. I thought it would work pretty much the same way....not so much. They started smoking and burning immediately. Then they were sticking to the burner. While I was trying to peel them off the burners the office smoke alarm started blaring. It was a moment I was thankful I had the whole building to myself.

So after clearing the smoke and calming down the smoke detector, I set about assembling my lunch. My tacos were tasty, but truth be told they need something. Maybe crunch, spice, acidity - a slice of tomato, maybe. They were good, but just a little blah. I ended up eating the whole avocado, so the calories were a bit higher than I have been trying to do for lunch, but definitely less than fast food. Additionally, I saved money and feel much healthier about what I ate. Despite the drama I am putting this lunch in the win column.
I had to make a stop at Walmart on my way home. I was standing in the checkout line when I noticed these Chap Sticks - Cake Batter, Pomegranate Gumdrop...YUM! I had picked up one of each and put them on the conveyor belt with the rest of my purchases. When suddenly I realized I don't need Chap Stick...my lips are fine and I already have something if they get chapped. I reluctantly put them back.
This incident got me to thinking about all the food scented products available. My first thought was candles. Some of my favorites are food scented - especially vanilla and cinnamon scents. Question is are these food scented items a good thing or a bad thing for those who are actively trying to lose weight?  Do the scents satisfy or intensify the desire to eat?  Do they make me legitimately hungry?


Clearly there is a huge market for the food scented items. A quick look around the house revealed several products. I love the scent of my dish soap, but I am pretty sure it doesn't make me hungry. Maybe it is because I am doing the dishes after just having eaten. Or perhaps citrus scents are in a whole different category of appealing.
This cinnamon sugar room spray is one of my all time favorites (sadly, I can't get it anymore) I try to make do with other air fresheners like this Febreze. (and I just noticed shouldn't Febreze be spelled Febreeze?) 
By using these food scented products do I ever fear that instead of people just thinking I smell good that they might actually try and eat me??

What are your thoughts on food scented products?

What a difference a day makes! This was the view on our street yesterday before I left for work. I know it was a lot of snow, but sometimes that just makes me more nervous. I think people tend to be a little more reckless when they drive thinking the roads are okay,

Today - clear roads and sunshine :) Granted it is -1 degrees this morning, but with sunshine I can work with the cold.

And those are the random thoughts in my world this chilly Friday. Apparently, we are expecting some more yucky weather this weekend. Maybe we will just hunker down and catch up on some of our favorite shows. I will definitely be considering becoming a Netflix subscriber - House of Cards was released today! We watched the first two seasons on DVD and I might not want to wait that long to see what ol' Frank Underwood is up to next.

Have a great weekend!

13 comments:

  1. Love random Friday thoughts!

    Your lunch looked great! That made laugh about the tortillas. Thank goodness you were alone!

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    1. I was all over the place, wasn't I?

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  2. For the most part I don't like food scented products with the exception of cinammon spicy scented candles. Yes your lunch looks yummy. Linking with you at Friendship Friday and so happy to make a new bloggy friend.

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    1. Thanks checking out my blog. I love cinnamony scented things.

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  3. The tortilla incident sounds like something I would do! Glad you didn't burn the building down! But then again, that will serve them right for not fixing your email in a timely manner ;P

    I am a huge fan of food scented stuff. Especially the citrus-y stuff. And during the winter, I like the cinnamon spice, warm baked cookie candles and such. I don't think it bothers me as far as wanting to make a batch of cookies though!

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    1. I love the citrus-y smelling stuff - it just makes everything seem lighter and fresher.

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  4. I LOVE my pumpkin pecan waffle scented candles. Love it. And I have pumpkin cupcake soap. LOVELOVE it. The thing is, I would NEVER eat either in person. It's so not my thing. So while I love the smell, it's not a trigger for me. I like pizza and ice cream and cake, but none of the candles smell remotely like any of that, so it's easy to just enjoy it. I have a creme brulee lotion that's fantastic too. It has caused some people to remark that it makes them hungry, but not me. So, maybe I'm just torturing everyone else.

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    1. I would totally eat pumpkin pecan waffles :) As long as you are not torturing yourself, it is all good.

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  5. It's funny, I guess I never thought about the food scented stuff. I'm not a fan of sweet scented stuff, I would rather fresh smells (lavender, citrus, etc) and it's definitely not a trigger for me. Now fresh cinnamon, that's another story!

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    1. I love vanilla and cinnamon scents, but I agree for the most part I would rather have fresh smells. Love citrus!

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  6. Your tortilla/smoke detector story cracks me up! We were staying in the military hotel on Coronado (San Diego), and I set off the smoke detector making bacon! The fire dept called our room!

    I used to be a big fan of food scents, but I kind of lean more to the clean/fresh scents now.

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  7. Your tortilla/smoke detector story cracks me up! We were staying in the military hotel on Coronado (San Diego), and I set off the smoke detector making bacon! The fire dept called our room!

    I used to be a big fan of food scents, but I kind of lean more to the clean/fresh scents now.

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    1. I bet you think about that incident every time you make bacon :)

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