Saturday, July 31, 2010

Manna Bread

Thanks to Manna Bread for sending me an overly generous amount of their organic, yeast free sprouted bread to sample. Wow, I love this bread. There are no sweeteners, oils, fats, salt, flour or other leavening agents added. Because of this, the bread is very dense and filling. It is a great high protein and high fiber snack. It is so delicious, you can eat it plain! I was surprised at how moist these breads are! Most sprouted bread taste dry.... but not this brand. I definitely recommend you try them!

Their bread comes in 9 different flavors:
* Banana Walnut Hemp
* Carrot Raisin
* Cinnamon Date
* Fig Fennel Flax
* Fruit and Nut
* Millet Rice
* Multi Grain
* Sunseed
* Whole Rye

In addition to these breads, Manna Organics also has a line of sourdough breads:
* Multi Grain Flax
* Bavarian Rye
* Sunny Sourdough

I definitely recommend you try these yummy breads. Click here for more info and where to buy.




My favorite so far is the fruit and nut. Look at the huge pieces of nuts in it. Soo good!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tofu XPRESS!

Thanks to Tofu Xpress for sending me one of their tofu presses to sample. I thought this was a great idea so I was so excited to try it. I used it once and it made a HUGE difference. I normally use a 100 paper towels and a plate to press out the water and it didn't come out nearly as good as this. So, not only does it work better, but it also saves me lots of paper towels :)

By removing the water, you can bake, fry or grill easier. You can also add the marinating tray and marinate it. I can't wait to try that next.

Not only can you use it on tofu, but you can also use it for removing the water from cheeses, frozen veggies, eggplant, onions.

One tofu express costs approximately $39.95 and can be purchased here.




Saturday, July 24, 2010

Primal Strips

Thanks to Primal Strips for sending me a bunch of their primal strips! Although they look like beef jerky, they are actually meatless and vegan! They are made from soy, are high in protein and low in fat. Each strip has approximately 70-80 calories. Some flavors are made from soya, while others are made from seitan (wheat protein).

They come in the following flavors:

* Thai Peanut
* Hot and Spicy (shiitake mushrooms)
* Texas BBQ
* Teriyaki
* Mesquite and Lime
* Hickory Smoked

These are great to snack on at work or to take on the go. I keep a few stashed in my drawer at work for those nights I work late.

Check out their ingredients and nutritional starts here.

You can buy a box of 24 for $23.99 here.



Sea Snax

Thanks to Sea Snax for sending me these yummy chip alternatives to sample. To be honest, I was a little skeptical of how they would taste, but they were awesome!

SeaSnax is a roasted seaweed snack which is vegan and gluten free and made using 100% olive oil and just a pinch of sea salt — just three all natural ingredients! There are no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. There is no msg, no trans fats, no cholesterol and no sugar.

BENEFITS OF SEAWEED
Sea vegetables are virtually fat-free, low in calories and one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom as they have ready access to the abundant minerals found in the ocean. Nourishment is acquired across the sea vegetable’s entire surface through the gentle wave action of underwater currents.

You can eat them out of the bag or top on soups, salads and in sandwiches. I topped mine on top of my stir fried veggies and chicken and it was delicious.

They are strangely addictive :)

Be sure to look them up on facebook!





Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quest Bar

Thanks to Quest Bar for sending me samples of their bars to review. I am a huge fan of protein bars because they are so convenient to take on the go... and easier than whipping out a tupperware of chicken. I do try to limit my protein bars to one a day, but they make the perfect afternoon snack. well, I was dying to try both flavors that Quest had sent me, so I brought two to work to me (well... and I overslept this morning and didn't have time to make anything else).

The flavors:
* Vanilla Almond Crunch
* Peanut Butter Supreme

The bars range from 220-230 calories each. They have 20 grams of protein each and 11-12 grams fat! Bars have 19-20 grams fiber (15 grams from dietary fiber and only 4-5 grams of non-fiber carbs.) There are no trans fats. Read more about their nutritional info here.

Ingredients include: whey protein isolate, milk protein isolate, chicory root fiber, natural almond and peanut butters, peanuts and almonds, sea salt and natural flavors, lo han guo and sucralose.

So, not only are the stats and ingredients are great, but they also taste delicious! I recommend you try these bars.

Check out their blog here.



Pretzel Crisps

Thanks to Pretzel Crisps for sending me samples of their pretzels. They sent me the following flavors: classis, tuscan three cheese, cinnamon toast and supreme. These pretzels are so delicious and perfect for snacking and to bring to parties.

The Classic is the most pretzel-like (plain) flavor. Perfect for a treat. 11 crisps only have 110 calories no fat, 23 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar and 3 grams protein. There are no trans fats and no cholestrol.

I LOVE the three cheese and cinnamon toast. The flavors are unique... although I must say it was very hard for me to put them away after one serving. They are so delicious I could see myself eating a whole bag in one sitting :) The three chese reminded me of an asiago bagel and the cinnamon toast was like cinnamon bread. So good!

The supreme is awesome too. Reminds me of an everything bagel. It is sprinkled with garlic, onion, poppy and caraway seeds.

Not only do they have these flavors, but they also sell Deli pretzel crisps in original garlic and everything flavors. Also, they have various limited edition flavors too! Oh wow, those peanut butter and chocolate ones look ridiculously good :)







Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Alvarado Bread

Thanks to Alvarado Bread bakery for sending me samples of their bread. From their website: "Alvarado Street Bakery’s mission is to give superior service in providing the finest quality baked goods to its valued customers nationwide by utilizing a worker owned and managed cooperative business structure and to strive to use whole grain and organic ingredients, wherever possible, to support sustainable agricultural practices and healthy living."

I bought their California Sprouted Complete Protein Bread. It was delicious. One slice has 90 calories, 1/2 gram fat, 15 grams carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram sugar and 5 grams protein.

Ingredients: Sprouted Organic Whole Wheat Berries, Filtered Water, Wheat Gluten, Honey, 100% Pure Barley Malt, Organic Millet, Organic Oats, Sea Salt, Fresh Yeast, Soy Based Lecithin, Sprouted Organic Corn, Sprouted Lentils, Sprouted Organic Soy Beans, Cultured Wheat.

In addition to complete protein, they also have the following:
* breads
* bagels
* rolls and buns
* tortillas
* granola

For a complete list of their products, visit here.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pick me up Mocha Pudding

I have been loving my walnut milk and protein powder puddings so much, I decided to customize it for breakfast.... by adding instant coffee to it! I actually don't drink much coffee anymore, but I had to wake up at 5AM this morning.. yes on a saturday!

Ingredients:
- small hanful of walnuts (I used 1/4 serving)
- 1/2 cup water
- scoop of casein protein powder
- xantham gum
- ice
- serving of instant cofee

Directions: blend it up! It is so thick!



Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Walnut Milk!!

I liked my almond milk so much, I tried it with WALNUT MILK! It was great! I made another pudding with it tonight! I mixed a 1/4 serving of walnuts with a bit of water and blended. After it was blended, I added a serving of protein, ice and xantham gum. It was Delicious! I froze it and it made an ice creamy dessert I took to work!





Monday, July 12, 2010

Homemade Almond Milk/ Casein Pudding

I had a long day.... I am off to bed soon, but I wanted to share this awesome new recipe I found long ago and tried... homemade almond milk! It is so easy to make. I took 40 calories of almonds, 1/2 cup water and blended it until pureed in my magic bullet. You can add sugar free honey, cinnamon, or stevia for flavoring. Or even cocoa powder! I made it plain tonight since I knew I was mixing with protein powder. Once I made it, I added one scoop casein protein powder, 2 ice cubes and some xantham gum... and made this awesome, awesome chocolate pudding that was perfect for a nighttime dessert! It was wicked thick.






Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm baaaack!

After taking a bit of a blogging hiatus, I am back :) I really missed it, but I found myself busy with everything else going on in my life.

I do have a bunch of updates. I have made a bunch of changes in my life recently, so I have been a bit busy... the most recent includes TAKING A RUNNING BREAK! To others, this might not seem like a big deal. But to me, this is a huge lifestyle change. I have been an avid runner since I turned 17... that would be 12 years!!! I even told one newspaper writer, that running, to me, was like brushing my teeth. Had to do it everyday. But, to be honest, it just wasn't fun for me anymore. I realized this after my last Boston Marathon. My sister laughed at me in the morning of the marathon when I told her, "I wish I was anyone who WASN'T running the marathon today." She asid she felt so lucky to be running it. I don't know what it was... the pressure of running, the stress on my body, but it was NOT FUN for me.... until I crossed the finish line :) Not that marathons are not always "fun..." but this one I just dreaded the whole time. And lately, my runs have been dreadful. Not sure if I am in a funk or what. But, I am listening to my body and taking a break! No cardio until I get my groove back.

Second, I put back on another 10 pounds. I got too skinny. I didn't mean to get so thin, but it just happened. I know my self esteem had dropped after I lost my job a couple of years ago, but it seemed like I blamed myself for everything and the only way to shift my focus from being depressed about lowing my job was to focus on food and exercise. And of course, being the perfectionist I am, I took it too far.

With that in mind, I have decided to follow a lower carb diet. Not low carb, but not as many carbs as when I am running 4-6 miles per day. I go to the gym and lift weights for about 40 minutes. I feel just as great after this type of workout than I did when I was running. For the last couple of months, I had switched to a low fat and moderate carb and moderate protein diet (a "runner's diet"), but I have decided I just can't follow that plan. Once I have one piece of bread, I can eat a whole loaf :) I am a carb addict. I don't feel myself getting full on low fat diets. Plus, I miss my peanut butter and coconut oil...

As far as my blog goes, I am not sure how much I will be blogging. I don't want to describe all my daily meals, since I think, knowing myself, it is sort of self-destructive. I am trying not to obsess with numbers, but I wil

Turning creamy peanut butter into crunchy peanut butter:
So, this is probably not the most genius idea, but I thought at the time I was a genius for thinking it up. I LOVE CRUNCHY peanut butter. It kicks creamy peanut butter's butt :) I mean, I am not biased... I would never turn down a peanut butter, but I like creamy better. So, I had a yummy jar of creamy sunbutter... and took a bag of nuts and cruched it with the back of a knife and then mixed them in together.





Coconut cinnamon pancakes:
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 3 egg whites
- cinnamon
- stevia

Toppings:
- nature's hollow sugar free maple syrup
- tablespoon of peanut butter

Directions: mix all ingredients and microwave for about 2 minutes. top with more cinnamon, maple syrup and peanut butter.



Strawberry Coconut Pudding
Oh my gosh, this is delicious!

- 1 serving syntha 6 strawberry protein powder
- 2 oz lite coconut milk
- xantham gum
- ice

Directions: blend in magic bullet. It make this wicked thick creamy pudding!