Products I’m LOVING Lately

Do you ever get excited after a visit to the grocery store because you found some cool new products to try?  Oh that doesn’t happen to you?  Sorry not sorry!  Well anyway, I want you guys (and the whole world) to know what my new favorite products are so you can buy them too (if you heart desires!)!  I also want to give you guys a feel for the type of products that I tend to buy.  Without further ado, I present to you these cool new finds:

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1. Bai Molokai Coconut Antioxidant Beverage- so good and naturally sweetened with stevia!  Only 10 calories for the whole bottle!  I think it should be named Bae instead (before anything else)!

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2. Horizon Organic Half& Half– I just recently started using half and half in my coffee and its life changing!  This stuff is great because it only has two ingredients: organic milk and organic cream!

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3. Smucker’s Natural Chunky Peanut Butter-  There is something so satisfying about chunky peanut butter!  I love the slightly salty taste of this stuff!

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4.  Silk Coconutmilk–  I only recently started buying coconut milk instead of almond milk and wow had it mad a difference!  It makes smoothies so much creamier!

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5. Peanut Butter Puffins–  These will forever be my favorite cereal!  They are pretty clean (non-GMO) and taste amazing!  They are usually $4.99 but I got them for $1.78 at Target!!!

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5.  Puffins Original–  Not as good as the peanut butter ones, but pretty darn close!  Also pretty clean and only 90 calories per serving!

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6. Stacked Eggplant Parmesan–  Im not one to buy frozen dinners, but this is an exception!  Stacked eggplant with a pesto sauce, marinara sauce and a little parmesan cheese!  Noms!

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7. Breakstone’s 2% Cottage Cheese–  This is the best cottage cheese I’ve had!  So creamy!  I’m loving the 2%!

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8. Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum–  Love this stuff!  It’s great for gluten-free baking and makes smoothies so fluffy and voluminous!  Pretty expensive ($12) , but lasts a long time!

What are your favorite products?

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5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Cookies

Chocolate is good, peanuts are great, but those two combined with banana is the best ever, especially in cookies! You have to make these cookies! They, A, only have 5 ingredients, B, bake in less than 10 minutes, C, are completely healthy and clean, and D, taste amazing! You can have your cookie and eat it too!

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 5 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Banana Peanut Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cups oats
  • 1 extremely ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped peanuts
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips

1. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Combine well.

2. Spray a cookie pan with cooking spray and spoon out cookies on to pan. 

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.

4. Enjoy!

Makes 6-8 cookies

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Health Benefits

Bananas:

  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Low glycemic carb
  • Vitamin B6
  • Manganese

Peanuts:

  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Vitamin B3
  • Copper

Whole Recipe:

  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Good carbs
  • Vegan
  • Clean

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Healthy Rice Krispie Fudge

I remember looking at a Rachael Ray magazine a few years ago and coming across a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch.  I was so mesmerized how it had rice cereal for added texture and flavor and knew I had to make it.  So I did, a couple batches for my sister grad party, for every family holiday party, every birthday party and so on.  It was just that good, until I realized the ingredients list and nutrition facts were pretty  scary.  450 calories and over 33 grams of fat and 26 grams of sugar for one serving! I used to eat about 4 servings at a time!  Anyways, getting to the point of this post, that recipe was my motivation for this one!  Absolutely no refined sugar, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and vegan.  I used Sunbutter for this recipe to keep it nut-free but feel free to use any nut butter!

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Crispy Sunbutter Fudge

  • 1/4 coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seed butter (I used sunbutter brand)
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 1 cup gluten-free rice cereal (Like GF rice krispies or Rice chex cereal, crushed) or cereal of your choice
  1. In a large bowl combine coconut oil and sun butter.  Mix well.
  2. Add in cocoa powder, agave and cereal and stir well until evenly combined.
  3. Spread coconut oil on the sides of a glass or metal cooking sheet and spread fudge evenly.
  4. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until fudge hardens.
  5. Cut up into pieces and enjoy!

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Health Benefits:

Sunflower Seed Butter:

  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Healthy unsaturated fats
  • Contains many vitamins such as Vitamin E and Magnesium

Recipe as a whole:

  • Healthy fats
  • Antioxidants
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Clean
  • Nut-free
  • All-natural
  • No refined sugar
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients

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WIAW: Froyo!

Hello beautiful people!  I hope your having a wonderful week and enjoying the spring weather as much as I am!  Today I’m linking up with Jen and Arman for WIAW!  Lets get to it!

Here are some random meals from the weekend:

Oatmeal with pumpkin, cocoa powder, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips and peanut butter!  Sounds gross but I promise you its amazing!!

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Chicken breast with Trader Joe’s gyoza sauce, sautéed eggplant and cauliflower!  I was in the mood to eat ALL THE VEGGIES!

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A giant kale salad with a salmon black bean burger, a potato, salsa, hummus, nuts , plantains and mustard

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Froyo with my friends!  I never ever get this stuff because its so expensive and Id honestly rather eat plain greek yogurt but it was good!  Salted caramel and buttery pecan topped with chopped nuts and drizzled with peanut butter.  After I ate it I was hungry ten minutes later!  #fastmetabolismprobs 

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Broiled grapefruit with stevia and cinnamon!  Not half bad!

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A purple sweet potato eaten on the go.  I swear they taste so much better then regular sweet potatoes!  Maybe Im biased cuz my favorite color is purple?

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Greek Easter Bread on easter morning!  Basically the only time I eat bread!

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Stack’d buttermilk pancakes with yogurt, cottage cheese, cocoa powder and sunflower seed mixture on the side!  These are seriously the best boxed pancakes I have ever had!  25 grams of protein per serving doesn’t hurt either!

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The End!

Enjoy a picture of my Labordoodle!

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Hilary Eats Well Product Review

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking my own food but its just so dang hard when I’m confined in a dorm room with no oven or stove!  Thats why alot of the times I rely on healthy frozen foods for dinner.  Yes you are probably thinking that frozen foods aren’t typically healthy, but the ones I pick really are!  For example, The veggie burgers at Hilary Eats Well are made with all natural ingredients, certified organic, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO and not to mention great tasting!  Not only that but they also have healthy salad dressings that are out-of-this world!

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Black Rice Burger with Adzuki Beans and Leafy Greens:  Let me just tell you this veggie burger blew my mind!  Its so meaty and filling even though it contains no meat!  But thanks to the of the adzuki beans and brown jasmine rice, it creates a satisfying flavor that even meat lovers would like!  Seriously one of my favorite veggie burgers I ever had, tied with the garbanzo bean burger from the rain forest cafe!

Nutrition: One burger contains 150 calories, 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  Ingredient wise,  they are all natural easy to read ingredients including Water, Organic Whole Millet, Organic Adzuki Beans, Organic Whole Quinoa, Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Onion, Organic Mild Green Chilis, Organic Psyllium Seed Husk Powder, Organic Arrowroot, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Garlic, Organic Cumin, Organic Chipotle Powder, Organic Chili Powder, Organic Lime Juice.

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Worlds Best Veggie Burger:  There is a reason why they are called the Worlds Best Veggie Burger, because they live up to their name!  So flavorful and and delicious, I didn’t want to stop!  The combo of gluten-free grains and veggies such as sweet potato and leafy greens is seriously perfect!  This burger is thick and sturdy, so it doesn’t crumble and holds it shape!

Nutrition: One burger contains 210 calories, 9 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein.  All the ingredients are clean and natural as can be, including Water, Organic Millet, Organic Quinoa, Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Leafy Greens, Organic Onion, Organic Psyllium Husk Powder, Organic Arrowroot Powder, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Redmond’s Real Salt®, Organic Garlic.

Salad Dressings:

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Ranch Chia Dressing: Move over fat-laden ranch, this ranch is so much healthier and tastier than normal ranch!  Super creamy thanks to the base of coconut milk and filled with clean, natural ingredients such as chia seeds!

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Creamy Remoulade Dressing:  This flavor is perfect on anything; burgers, sandwiches, as a dip etc!  Super creamy and flavorful thanks to the coconut milk base, dill pickles and mustard!

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Apple Fennel Dressing: This unique flavor combo is so tangy and delicious!  Replace this with your normal vinaigrette dressing and you will be wowed by the flavor!  Made with all natural organic ingredients like organic apple cider vinegar, cold-pressed hexane-free grape seed oil, and health-supportive organic dandelion root powder!

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Balsamic Thyme Dressing: This flavor is a classic but with an added twist; thyme is the star of this dressing and adds a slight sweetness!

Nutrition:  Much less calories, fat, sodium and sugar then other brands! They range from  45-70 calories and 4.5-7 grams of fat , 120-190 mg of sodium and 0-1 gram of sugar per 2 Tbsp. serving!  All made with all natural and organic ingredients!  The Ranch Chia and Creamy Remoulade dressing have a base of organic coconut milk which lends to the creaminess while the Apple Fennel and Balsamic Thyme have a Organic Apple Cider/Balsamic vinegar base, giving them a acidic vinaigrette flavor!

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WIAW: Salmon Overload

Hey y’all happy hump day! can’t believe Easter is almost here! Linking up with Jen for WIAW!

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Breakfast:

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an eggwhite omelet with lox, avocado, roasted red peppers, hash browns and salsa on the side!  This was dynamite!

Lunch:

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Sushi, nuff said

Dinner:

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Balsamic tomato glazed salmon (recipe to come!) with leftover hash browns from breakky, roasted kale and brussels sprouts!

what’s your favorite way to eat salmon?

Do you like sushi?

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Better then Nuttzo : Banana Bread Nut and Seed Butter

I’ve am now obsessed with making my own nut butter!  It’s super easy and you can save lots of money!  I have always wanted to try Nuttzo, a type of nut and seed butter, but its so expensive that I will not dare even to go near the stuff!  Seriously, $15.00 for a jar that I can polish off in a week, no thank you.  Thank fully I made my own homemade nuttzo, and I believe that its even better then the store bought!  I added my own banana bread flavoring  (all natural and refined sugar-free of course), and voila, the most amazing, cheapest nut (and seed) butter you will ever taste!

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Banana Bread Nut and Seed Butter 

(adapted from My Healthy, Happy Home)

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Place all nuts and seeds on a cooking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until slightly toasted (you can skip this step if you would like).
  2. Place all nuts and seeds in a food processor and blend until a butter forms, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. In a small sauce pan, add banana, coconut sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.  Place on low heat for about 5-7 minutes, or until mixture resembles a sauce.
  4. Add banana mixture to nut and seed butter and blend in food processor for another 2-3 minutes, or until blended evenly.
  5. Enjoy!

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Health Benefits

  • All-natural
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial ingredients
  • No artificial sweeteners
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Grain-free
  • High in fiber
  • Healthy fats
  • Paleo
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole 30

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WIAW : Peanut Butter Puffins!

Thanks to Lauren and Jenn for hosting!

Hey y’all! Happy hump day!  Do you ever get excited when you see your favorite food?  Well that was me when I went to target the other day!  I saw that Peanut Butter Puffins were on sale and had to do a double take to make sure I wasn’t crazy lol!  There are usually between 4-5 dollars and $3.99 at the cheapest, but today I found them at $1.78!!photo 4

I literally cried (jk not really) I was so Happy!!!!

Ok now onto the eats:

Breakfast:

I had a huge bowl of oatmeal with pecans and a unpictured two bowls of fruit, potatoes and coffee!  This was a hotel buffet and I stocked up because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat for awhile!

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Lunch:

After every meet we almost always go to Panera (99% of the time).  I always  get the same thing; Thai chopped chicken salad and an apple.  I haven’t got sick of it yet!

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Dinner:

Once I got home from a long car ride, I baked up some salmon with kale and broccoli and jan unpictured sweet potato!

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Snack:

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Whats your favorite kind of cereal?

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DIY Banana Bread Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal

photo 1 A few years ago I believed that the most perfect cereal was Post Honey Bunches of Oats.  I adored all the textures and flavors that each bowl consisted of.  The flakes, clusters of oats and honey , dried fruit and nut pieces all combined just perfectly for a complete breakfast.  I stopped buying it when I realized  it wasn’t as healthy as I had once thought.   photo 3 While browsing the isles of the grocery store, I stumbled upon a box of it, and I had a great idea to make my own version.  Full of filling fiber and healthy all-natural ingredients, this won;t leave you feeling hungry half an hour later like most cereals lacking in fiber do. photo 5 DIY Banana Bread Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal Flakes (adapted from A Bite of Becky)

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour (or other gluten-free flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 overripe banana,mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup/honey/agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp. water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine flours, baking powder and cinnamon.  Mix well.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients and blend well, forming a wet dough.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread dough as thin as possible with rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until slightly crispy.  Take out of oven and break into small flakes.
  6. Bake for another 15 minutes or until flakes are crispy.

Oat Clusters

  • 3/4 cup  oats
  • 1/2 overripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 Tbsp. maple syrup/honey/ agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and  add on mixture a spread into little clusters.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until oats are toasted.

Banana Chips

  • 1 overripe banana
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Slice banana into thin slices about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, or until banana chips are slightly crispy

Note: All of these can be made at the same time and can bake to gether in the oven. Once they are all done baking and cooled, combine them together to form copy cat honey bunches of oats cereal. photo 4 Health Benefits Bananas:

  • Chockfull of Fiber
  • High in vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C and B6
  • Low-Glycemic food

Recipe as a whole

  • All-natural
  • No preservatives
  • No processed ingredients
  • High fiber
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

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Aldi Grocery Haul! See how much you can save!

If you never heard of the grocery store Aldi, your in luck today!  Todays post is all about the most awesome and least expensive supermarket in the country!  Aldi has a somewhat small selection with mainly store brands.  They have some other quirky ways that make their products cheaper ( like having to bring your own bags!), but hey its totally worth it!

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They also have a carry a line of organic products called Simply Nature that has lots of awesome products from organic produce to organic tomato sauce at a low price!  They also have tons of healthy products (that aren’t organic) that you couldn’t get any cheaper at any other supermarket!   Two pounds of frozen wild caught salmon for $7.49?  Yes please!!  And don’t worry, every product in the store is QUALITY!  The frozen fish is my favorite product out of the entire store.   Now I only bought a few things (only one organic product), but I still saved a heck of a lot of money! Just check out how much money I saved compared to Shop Rite:

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  • Plain yogurt (32 oz.)                     $ 1.89                                                           $2.69
  • Cottage cheese (24 oz.)                $2.29                                                            $2.29
  • Frozen salmon (2 lbs)                  $7.49                                                            $11.99
  • Spinach (8 oz.)                               $1.79                                                             $2.99
  • Mushrooms (8 oz.)                        $0.79                                                            $2.49
  • Empire apples (3 lbs)                   $2.89                                                           $2.99
  • 4 greek yogurts (6 oz. each)        $2.00 (50 cents each)                                 $3.56 ($0.89)
  • Mild Salsa (24 oz.)                         $1.69                                                            $3.99
  • Organic tomato sauce (25 oz.)     $1.79                                                          $3.49
  • Plantains (2)                                $0.58 (29 cents each)                                   $0.66
  • Yellow mustard (20 oz.)               $0.79                                                           $2.49
  • Sweet potatoes  (3 lbs)                 $ 1.99                                                            $4.50
  • Ground cinnamon (4.25 oz.)    $0.99                                                              $1.57
  • Canned pumpkin (15 oz.)                $ 0.89                                                       $1.05
  • Get Balance fiber cereal                 $2.59                                                        $3.19
  • Bananas (2.4 lb)                                 $1.06                                                          $1.42  

TOTAL                                             $31.51                                                       $51.36

Savings: $19.85!

WOW!  Who knew that I could save $20 on similar products at Aldi!  I once thought that ShopRite was “cheap”, but not anymore!  Think about it, if you save $20 a week on groceries, thats $80 a month and $960 a year!  You get the same quality food (if not better) for such a better price!

Click HERE to find out where your nearest Aldi is!

*disclaimer:  I was given a $25 gift certificate by Aldi to purchase these products but all opinions are my own

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