***Disclosure:This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Unilever. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
So anyone who knows my husband knows one thing to be undeniably true....He has horrible eating habits! You see, he's one of those super-lucky people who hasn't gained an ounce since high school, so he assumes that he can eat whatever he wants, and in mass quantities. I have seen him barrel through a 5lb Hershey's bar in a matter of hours, and I have seen him demolish an entire Chocolate Cream Pie in one sitting on many occasions. He doesn't even bother to grab a plate! He simply brings the entire pie over to the table and chows down with nothing more than a fork. (It's pretty disgusting to watch, actually. I usually end up making gagging noises and leave the room!) I also find about 1,000 candy bar wrappers on the floorboard of the car each month...sighs...
In all seriousness, his eating habits worry me. A lot. My family has a history of both heart disease and diabetes, so I know that a well-balanced diet that is low in trans fats and cholesterol is key, especially as we age. Dan seems to think that because he's not overweight and not sick, he's not at risk for anything. I, however, know better. Diabetes and heart attacks don't discriminate, so it won't matter that he's a healthy weight when all is said and done if he keeps shoveling horribly unhealthy foods into his face whenever he thinks I'm not paying attention.
Sure, I try my best to curb the issue. I cook healthier foods all the time. I buy organic fruits and veggies, locally sourced, grass fed meats whenever possible, and I never put junk food into our shopping cart. Still, it seems with every shopping trip, something horrid sneaks its way into the cart anyway, and there's not a whole lot I can do about it.
So recently, I was looking for sneaky ways I can cut back on our fats and cholesterol without sacrificing flavor. To my surprise, I learned that cooking with spreads is a great option! I have always been wary of cooking spreads. I have heard so much conflicting information about them! One minute they're the way to go, the next they're a no-no. So I did a little digging on my own and found out that spreads like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and Country Crock actually have 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter. (Who knew?!) Also, I Believe It's Not Butter has ZERO trans-fats, since it's free of hydrogenated oils and cholesterol. Plus, it includes a blend of oils rich in Omega-3 ALA. Hmmm...Maybe I'm onto something here!
So when it came time to go grocery shopping at Walmart, I had a plan. Rather than the sweet cream butter I usually purchase, I decided to give I Can't Believe It's Not Butter a shot. It couldn't hurt, and my Grandma, who just happens to be my favorite person in the world besides my kids, raves about it all the time. Plus, I found a lot of great recipes and information on itsgoodtoknow.com. I was fairly certain that Dan wouldn't even notice when I slipped it into our cart, since he'd no doubt be too busy ogling some baked goods somewhere.
Of course, I was absolutely correct in my assumption that my change would not even be noticed. I had Dan shop for half of our list, and just made sure that "butter" was on my half. We usually split up while shopping at Walmart, since it allows us to get done in record time. Unless, of course, we stumble upon some great deals or the kids get distracted by toys. Which happens all too often...Have you ever tried shopping with two curious toddlers in tow?
So while Dan was picking up pet food, light bulbs and toilet paper, I swiftly located a nice sized tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and strategically placed it into my cart, underneath some other products just so I knew it would remain undetected. I think I was also humming the theme to Mission Impossible, since I did get a few odd looks from nearby shoppers. Oops!
Once we got home and I put away the groceries, I started brainstorming about what crave-worthy meals I could prepare with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Since the weather is finally nice here in NE Ohio, I am thinking I may use it for something grilled. Or maybe I should do a nice, roast chicken? Or maybe my famous baked potato soup. Or perhaps I will be really nice and make a dessert of some sort. Wait. Scratch that. Dan would be far too suspicious, since I never, ever make sweets for no reason.
Hmm... Decisions, decisions. I think I will have to ponder this for a bit and come up with something he's sure to love before I spring the news on him that I am out to rescue his poor arteries from certain destruction. The way I see it, if the dish is a success, he can't complain that it's somehow "different." As they say, the proof is in the pudding.
What would YOU make if you were trying to fool a habitual junkie? (Junk food eater, that is!) Any ideas? I'd love to hear them! I think I will need all the help I can get on this mission! Be sure to leave any ideas in the comments, and in a couple weeks I will reveal what I've made AND have a $50 Walmart Gift Card to give away!
Cooking your favorite recipes using Unilever buttery spreads is a deliciously smart move. With 0g trans fats per serving, less saturated fat and fewer calories than butter, cholesterol-free spreads are a better option.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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