The Real Thing

by Anne Bennett on October 12, 2011

This morning Tom the carpenter and I bicycled over to the local Starbucks for a cuppa. The ride made us thirsty so we decided to order Frappucinos instead of a hot latte.

Weight Watcher that I am, I ordered a grande Light Frappuccino. Tom ordered a regular Mocha Frappuccino with whipped cream topping.

My drink tasted like crushed ice and little else, while Tom’s was rich and creamy. When he saw the look of dissatisfaction on my face he remarked, “I’d rather have a small amount of the real thing than a big drink that tastes like nothing,” at which point he took my drink inside and returned with a small real Frappucino, whipped cream and all!

I felt downright decadent, but it was delicious, and I learned something. (Never too late for that!)

Julia Child once said that she would rather have a small scoop of real potato gratin than a big shovel-full of the kind made with skim milk. This was the lesson I was learning from Tom. Although the calorie count for a real Frappuccino was about 100 calories more, I enjoyed it immensely, and what’s more, I was full with a small size rather than the bigger grande size.

Sometimes quality really does trump quantity. Consider this the next time you opt for a large artificial, diet something-or-other. Would you be better off indulging in a taste of the real thing?

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Marie Snook October 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

YAY!!! I love getting permission to have “small” indulgence! Thanks for giving me it! I miss WW and the structure I got from it.. Never know might just see me back there one day! Hope all is well!

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