Sunday, July 31, 2011

Supreme Carb Conscious Bars

Thanks to Supreme Protein for sending me two boxes of their carb conscious bars to sample. Both bars ARE DELICIOUS! They taste like candy bars, and are a perfect treat anytime. (I am not going to lie, I can have these for breakfast, lunch or dinner)... and I have before. My only problem with them is they are so good, I usually want two! :) But seriously, these are a delicious and healthy snack for people on the go... as much as I love to cook during the week, I usually end up eating a lot of bars because they are not messy, require no tupperware, and they smell good (let's face it, chicken and cooked veggies smell horrible)... and I work closely with my fellow co-workers... so I am sure they appreciate it.

The two flavors they sent me were:
1.) peanut butter and jelly
2.) caramel nut chocolate

Both bars have 200 calories, 8 grams fat, 18 grams carbs and 15 grams protein.

However they come in a variety of other (delicious) flavors. I have had every one before.
1.) Peanut butter crunch
2.) cookies and cream
3.) rocky road brownie
4) peanut butter pretzel twist
5.) chocolate caramel cookie crunch

Is your mouth watering? They taste as good as they sound!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thomas Blueberry Bagel Thins

I was so excited when I got an email from Thomas to sample their new flavor in their line of bagel thins: Blueberry. I love all of Thomas' breads (you can't go wrong, their bread tastes so fresh), but I am a HUGE fan of their "light" product lines (which includes english muffins, breakfast round thins, bagel thins). And I am a HUGE fan of blueberry anything, so these were right up my alley. And you can't beat the calorie count: only 110 calories per bagel thin!

The blueberry bagel thins are delicious! I highly recommend them. As soon as I opened the bag I got a wonderful whiff of blueberry. These are so good I ate them plain. I didn't need a topping. I am going to make some healthified french toast with these... stay tuned for the recipe over the next few days :)

Other flavors these bagel thins come in include: plain, whole wheat and cinnamon raisin. I have tried the whole wheat before and they are delicious. They make super yummy turkey sandwiches.

Be sure to be ok the lookout for these bagel thins.

Thank you Thomas! :) These are delicious!



Macadamia Coconut "Noodles"

Ingredients:
- Peeled Zucchini and summer squash
- coconut oil (1 tablespoon)
- macadamia nut butter (1 tablespoon)

Directions: spiralize zucchini and summer squash. Mix with coconut oil and macadamia nut butter.











Zucchini/ Summer Squash "pad thai"

Note: This was one of my faves so far. I love my new spiralizer... thanks Mom :)

Ingredients:
-peeled zucchini and summer squash
- 1/4 cup peant flour
- tablespoon peanut butter
- soy sauce
- salt
- ginger

Directions: Peel and spiralize zucchini/summer squash. Add salt and squeeze dry. Mix in peanut flour and peanut butter. top with soy sauce and ginger and mix in.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Cheesy" Zucchini Coconut muffins

Note: This tasted 100 times better than it looks.... promise :)

Ingredients:
- Shredded zucchini
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup egg whites
- 1 oz Follow Your Heart vegan Cheddar cheese alternative, cubed

Directions: mix all ingredients together in small tupperware. Microwave until cooked.




Peanut Zucchini Coconut Muffins (Minute)

This is a good way to fit in the veggies. Can't even taste the zucchini.

Ingredients:

- shredded zucchini
- 1/4 cup peanut flour
- 1/4 -1/2 cup egg whites
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour

Directions: mix all ingredients in a small tupperware container and microwave until fully cooked.




My yummy salad...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Follow Your Heart Cheddar Vegan Gourmet

Thanks to the awesome people at Follow Your Heart for sending me their Cheddar Vegan Gourmet cheese alternative to review. Follow Your Heart makes dairy alternatives and vegan salad dressings.

This cheese is so yummy. It's a bit softer than regular cheese and doesn't melt as well, but it is very close to the real thing... I LOVED the cheddar that they sent me. Yummy!

Nutritional info: One ounce block (28 grams) has 70 calories, 7 grams fat, 2 grams carbs, o grams sugar, 1 gram protein.

Ingredients: (vegan, gluten free, dairy free) Filtered Water, Non-GMO Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Natural Flavor (contains Autolyzed Yeast), Tofu (Soybeans, Calcium Sulfate), Inulin (Chicory Root Extract), Non-GMO Soy Protein, Agar Agar, Sea Salt, Nutritional Yeast, Carrageenan (Vegetable Source), Lactic Acid (Vegetable Source), Annatto. Contains: Soy





Zucchini "spaghetti"

NOTE: I am loving the zucchini noodles and my new vegan cheese :)

Ingredients:
- Zucchini
- 1 ounce block of vegan cheese from "Follow Your Heart"
- tomato sauce
- 3 ounces Chicken
- Benson's gourmet seasoning

Directions: Spiralize zucchini. Cook chicken in tomato sauce. Add zucchini and cook some more. Remove from heat and mix in cubed vegan cheese. Top with seasoning.






Peanut butter chicken "zucchini spaghetti"

Note: My supermom bought me a spiralizer for my birthday. Thanks Mom. I am addicted to zucchini spaghetti.

Ingredients:
- Zucchini
- 30 grams peanut flour
- soy sauce
- 3 ounces chicken

Directions:
spiralize zucchini. In a pan, cook chicken. Add zucchini and soy sauce. Add in zucchini until cooked. Once cooked, removed from heat and thoroughly mix peanut flour.




Food on Purpose Review

Note: Thanks to the awesome people at "Food on Purpose"for sending me samples of their raw foods to sample. They sent me raw macaroons, flaxies, and aw macaroons. Food on Purpose was created in 2007 and features delicious products that are gluten free, organic, raw and all natural.

Their products are made with 'superfoods-' foods with high phytonutrient content. Think raw cacao, maca, raw cashews, nori and sunflower seeds.

I highly recommend you try these products. Not only are they super healthy, but very yummy. They will no disappoint....

Flaxies- There are three flavors:
1.) Savory- seeded, raw flax crackers with pumpkin & black sesame seeds
2.) Garlic- flax wit a hint of garlic
3.) Sante fe flaxies-
slightly spicy, raw, gluten-free flax crackers with cilantro & jalapeño

Oh my gosh... these are so delicious! Normally when I think 'flax crackers,' I think bleh! But these are seriously... VERY Delicious. Almost addicting!

Nori Chips- contains brazil nuts, garlic and maca root. These are delicious and crispy. And a whole bag is one serving and easy to take on the go. This is a nori wrapped in nut cheese. I is the perfect snack. So filling and so delicious.

Macaroons-
1.) Sunny-roonies- lemon coconut raw macaroons
2.) Choco roonies- raw chocolate
3.) Birds in the nest- coconut macaroons with raspberry puree

These are perfect little desserts. I love the resealable bag. I highly recommend the choco roonies!! Dipped in peanut butter.

It's really hard to tell that these are so healthy!




Sunday, July 17, 2011

Beet Chips

NOTE: These are delicious, but require some babysitting in the oven to prevent burning. And I usually don't like taking too long to cook. However, these are delicious and worth it. Also, you will get red hands! These were so delicious I forgot to take a pic of the plate. Luckily, I took pics of them while taking them out individually.

Ingredients:
Beets!

Directions: wash and cut in mandolin slicer. Place on baking sheet (one layer) and bake at 180 for about 20 minutes and turn. (I removed some 1/2 through)








Chicken Macadamia Stir Fry

Ingredients:
- 3 ounces
- bok choy
- sprouts
- 1 tablespoon macadamia nut butter
- celery
- 3 ounces frozen chicken

Directions:
wash and cut bok choy. In a pan, stir fry sauce, the hard pieces of bok choy, sprouts and celery. Once fairly soft, add cooked chicken and bok choy leaves. Remove from heat and top with macadamia nut butter.




Coconut

I bought a coconut... so I can make some raw coconut butter. I know some people like the taste of coconut water, so this is the purest way to have some. (I personally love coconut, but think coconut water tastes funky).

A WHITE coconut???! This is a thai coconut.



I poked a hole in one of the eyes and drained out the coconut water:



And took a hammer and smashed it into the towel......

Yum Yum Dishes (Product Review)

Thanks to Yum Yum Dishes for sending me one of their bowls to review. These are so cute. They fit in the palm of my hand and are made of ceramic. Each set comes with four dishes: yellow, blue, red and green and holds 4 ounces each.

You can order online here for only $22.

Check out their facebook page here.

Clif Bar (Thank you!)

Thanks to my friends at clif bar for sending me a chocolate brownie clif bar for my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised to see these in my mailbox... I love them :)

Clif bars taste awesome. There is a flavor I have YET to try that I didn't like... The chocolate brownie tastes like a brownie (guess that's why they named it that). :)

One bar has 240 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams fat, 0 grams trans fats, 45 grams carbs, 5 grams fiber, 23 grams carbs and 9 grams protein... and they tase delicious :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eco Zip Bags

NOTE: Thanks to Eco Zip bags for sending me their quart/multi storage bag to sample. This is a unique idea. It's a regular quart bag, but there is also a zip lock in the middle so it can act as two separate bags. Or you can unzip the middle and use it as a quart bag.

From their website: Ecozip is here to help make everyone’s organizing and storage routine a bit easier while keeping our environment in mind. We use 20% less plastic while offering a double zip bag. This double zip bag reduces multiple bag use for things such as packing lunches, storing travel items, beach trips, and so much more!



2 compartments....



....or one larger bag!



Check out their youtube video here: www.youtube.com/ecozip.

Or at facebook.

Eden Organic Pumpkin Seeds

NOTE: Thanks to Eden Organic for sending me their dry roasted pumpkin seeds and spicy pumpkin seeds to sample. These were delicious and they come in a resealable bag. They are wheat free, non gluten, low sodium, and an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, and magnesium. They contain no irradiated spices, refined salt, added oil, additives or preservatives.
Definitely try this out!

Nutrition Facts: 1/4 cup has 200 calories, 16 grams fat, 5 grams carbs (all from dietary fiber), no sugar and 10 grams protein.

The two flavors they sent were:

1.) Regular- These are organic. Tasted delicious :) Perfect to eat out of a bag or to sprin
Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Sea Salt

2.) Spicy Pumpkin- These seeds have a nice kick because of the cayenne pepper.
Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Tamari Soy Sauce (Water, Organic Soybeans, Sea Salt), Organic Garlic, Organic Cayenne Pepper


Maple Cinnamon Kale Chips

Note: I liked the chocolate covered Kale chips, but these were much better, in my opinion.

Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- big squirt sugar free maple syrup
- kale
- cinnamon

Directions:
- wash and dry kale leaves. break into pieces. In a bowl mix coconut oil and maple syrup. Dunk all the kale leaves in there and lay flat on baking pan. Heat in oven at 350. once done, toss with cinnamon.



Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sun Food "Wild Jungle Peanut Butter" Review

Note: Sun food sent me some yummy wild jungle peanut butter to sample. It was delicious- but then again, can peanut butter ever taste bad? :) I highly recommend this extra nutritious peanut butter. Thank you Sun Food!

As you can see from the jar, the ingredient list is minimal:

Ingredients:
- organic amazonian jungle peanuts
- organic brazil nut oil
- himalayan pink sea salt

Sun Food specializes in selling organic, raw foods and superfoods. In addition, they also sell supplements and minerals, herbs and teas, cleansing and detox, healthy and beauty and juicers and appliances. Their website is very informative as well. It features a live chat, in case you have questions. It also features recipes and videos on superfoods. Be sure to check it out.

Foods sold include some of my favorites: coconut oil, nuts and seeds, nut and seed butters, cacao butter, dried fruit, hemp products, energy bars, oils, raw cereal, sea snacks... and much more!



This peanut butter is very smooth. I normally like crunchy, but this is a good topping on my veggies since it's like a sauce.



I used it as a topping on my turnip fries with cinnamon! Yum! :)



Chocolate Covered Kale Chips

NOTE: This sounds weird, but these are delicious. can't even taste the veggies in them.

Ingredients
- bunch of kale
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- equal
- cocoa powder


Directions: mix coconut oil, equal and cocoa powder. wash and dry kale. Pick of the leaves and dunk them in the mix. Lay flat on baking pan. Cook in pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes at 400.

I topped mine with a bit of sugar free maple syrup.





Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Ginger Peanut Butter Chicken and Bok Choy

Note: This is one of my favorite stir-fries I made in a while.

Ingredients:
- 3 ounces chicken
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- ginger powder
- soy sauce
- bok choy

Directions: Wash and cut bok choy. Stir fry. Add chicken, soy sauce and ginger. Once all cooked, top with peanut butter.



One minute Coconut Muffin (3 more ways!)

Note: I have been a little obsessed with my coconut minute muffins lately. They literally take 5 minutes to make. I have been busy lately so these are great to make quick and take on the run.

Basic Coconut Muffin:
- mix 56 grams egg whites with 2 tablespoons coconut flour. microwave for 2 minutes in small tupperware.

Toppings: can top with peanut butter. sugar free jelly, coconut butter

Coconut minute muffin topped with all natural peanut butter:






Coconut minute muffin topped with protein frosting (protein powder mixed with water):





Ginger coconut muffin topped with ginger coconut frosting:
- add ginger powder to coconut minute muffin
- mix ginger powder with coconut butter