Healthy and Sane

Misunderstood animal

April 28th, 2010 · 21 Comments · breakfast, dessert, Eating Well

I learned something new last night while eating chocolate 😀

Bats may be the most misunderstood animal in the United States; however, as consumers of enormous numbers of insects, bats rank among the most beneficial of mammals. Bats are vital to their ecosystems and are also wonderful pest controllers. One small brown bat can catch up to 1,200 mosquitoes in just 1 hour! By helping to control many insect populations that attack farms and garden crops, bats allow us to reduce our dependence on pesticides. While natural predators such as owls, hawks, snakes and raccoons do prey on bats, man seems to be the only animal having significant impact on bat population.

Compassionate action for bats:

  • provide shelter for bats by erecting a bat house in your backyard
  • adopt a bat in need
  • make your backyard a wildlife sanctuary by incorporating native wildflowers, shrubs and trees

This little blurb (and more) was on the back of the package of the endangered species chocolate.


The chocolate was not only educational but delicious. The little cacao nibs inside were great. In fact it was so delicious, I forgot to take a picture of the actual chocolate. 😆 I had 4 little squares.

Before chocolate, there was real food…


2 Food for Life millet toasts with peanut butter and cherry preserves + a pear & coffee



Peanut butter choc chip granola bar – mmm



I took a pilates class during lunch and it was LAME. The was a sub and seriously I didn’t even break a sweat. We “stretched” for like 20 minutes at the beginning (and it’s only a 50 minute class). I guess I need to take it easy anyway if I’m going to fight off this cold but I still couldn’t help but be annoyed at the snail’s pace this woman was leading the class. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. :)


Leftover ma po tofu with steamed broccoli and broccolini



Eating Well fettuccine alfredo (recipe can be found here)


I was *this* close to having another meatless day, but threw in some grape tomatoes and bacon in at the end. The bacon really made this dish, I’m not going to lie. Overall the dish was quite creamy and delicious. My only complaint is how calorie dense it is. This was a small portion and I was still hungry after finishing it.

Super charge me cookie to the rescue…


And then a bit later, a Doctor Kracker “flatbread” and chocolate (see above)


Not a bad day of eats, even if I did get the munchies in the evening. Are you ready to adopt a bat yet? 😉

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21 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Josh

    Interesting. I am indeed ready to adopt a bat. I may just look into erecting a bat shelter.

    Melissa just picked up a slew of those endangered species chocolate bars. We must have 6-7 different kinds in the cupboard.


  • #2 - sister inna

    how does this bat house work? do you put it up and hope the bats see it and move in? what does “home sweet home” look like in bat language hehehee

  • #3 - Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Thanks for sharing the link to the alfredo. It looks great. Love the info on the bats, but probably not going to adopt. My pups may not be so keen on the idea 😉

  • #4 - Eve @ nutritionbyeve

    You inspired to me to make the ma po tofu. I rarely cook with tofu (my husband really doesn’t love it when I do), but I decided to try the recipe and I thought it was great! He said “it’s ok but i don’t love it.” But he cleared his plate and I think that means he liked it more than he wanted to admit :)

  • #5 -

    omg! i cant stand it when im pumped for a fitness or yoga class and the teacher isnt in the mood or just taught a class and is being relaxed. it bugs me so much and i always wish i got my money back! so hear ya on it. and yup nothing u can do but say “we win some, lose some”

    xoxo <3

    ps. i love endangered species chocolate both for taste and the work their company does 😀

  • #6 - Matt

    Lol bats may be beneficial but they creep the hell out of me!

  • #7 - Kelly

    Looks like a great day of eats. I love fettucine alfredo even though it is so calorie dense. Sorry to hear about your class, for whatever reason I’ve usually found the classes at my gym (Equinox) to be pretty tough so I usually have the opposite problem – I feel like I am the girl that sucks because she cannot do everything.

    Oh and no, so no ready to adopt a bat.

  • #8 - Amanda @ LessonsInModeration

    How do you adopt a bat??? YUCK! As someone who had a bat in their attic last summer, I much prefer to enjoy them from a far!!!

  • #9 - runeatrepeat3

    I haven’t done pilates in forever, I really hope to get back into it this summer.
    Nope, not ready to adopt a bat haha.

  • #10 - Claire

    Love those endangered species bars…I had a few pieces of the dark choc with goji, maca and pecans today and was reading about the spider monkey…so fun! You keep making me crave some of Dreenas supercharge me cookies…maybe I should just make some soon…

  • #11 - Tiffany

    I’m one of those weirdos who finds bats adorable. The night before my wedding, a bat invaded the house we were staying in, and we (albeit drunkenly) tried to shoo it back out into the night. I’m not sure we ended up doing it gently, but it did eventually make it outside, where it proceeded to fly back off to do it’s bat thing. I see it as good luck! So as a thank you for a good marriage omen, I’d happily adopt a bat!

  • #12 - highonhealthy

    Aw, poor bats. I’d adopt one. 😀 I actually think they’re cute, it’s just freaky when you’re out in the dark and they seem to dive bomb your head. I’m always paranoid that they’ll get entangled in my hair.. haha.

  • #13 - Liz

    I don’t see myself adopting a bat any time soon, but that was a very interesting look into their usefulness. I’ve got my hands full with the pets I already have, and I can’t even imagine what kind of a ruckus a bat would cause!! lol

  • #14 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    haha, bats are pretty misunderstood and they’re not even that creeper unless they’re in their really big groups. A bat here and there in evening sky generally isn’t scary.

    Thanks for bringing this up:)

  • #15 - Lara (Thinspired)

    Two good recipes in this post that I wan to re-create! Your blog always inspires me to cook more. I’ve really moved away from that lately, and I want to start trying new recipes again. I miss it!

  • #16 - Jenna

    Yay I love dark chocolate and Dr. Kracker…I thought it was a weird combo…I’m so glad I’m not the only one!

  • #17 - Alice

    Aww bats are cute. But man, they poop up a storm…all over our cars, houses, driveways, etc.!

  • #18 - Lele

    I have always loved bats! They are so smart! There are a lot of them living in the park behind my house and I love them because they eat mosquitoes!

  • #19 - Kelly

    Yikes! Bat give me the heeby jeebies. I’m so thankful that they are there to eat the mosquitoes that always plague me in the summer. But every experience with bats I have had have been pretty traumatic. As a little girl I screamed and ran when a bat came down from a hole in a ceiling tile during church choir practice and did the same when a bat swooped down on me in a swimming pool in the middle of the day…probably an indication it was rabid.

  • #20 - Lindsay

    Yet another reason to love the Endangered Species chocolate!

  • #21 - DessertForTwo

    Thanks for the sweet note on my site!
    I absolutely love reading about what someone eats in a day. I can’t explain why, but I’m fascinated by it. Keep it up! :)