Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MealEnders Review



Thank you to Fit Approach and MealEnders I had the opportunity to try out their appetite control lozenges. I have to admit at first I was a little skeptical that it would work. Who would think that a small lozenge would have the power to stop hungry me from overeating at dinner or grabbing an extra snack? Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. They work very well. Which is awesome for someone like me who absolutely loves food and loves to eat. 

So how does it work, you may ask? I asked the same question and found this great answer on their website

MealEnders’ active-taste formula rewards and resets your taste buds, distracting you from the temptation to overindulge.  First the delicious Reward Layer treats you to the sweet taste of dessert – a signal we typically associate with the end of a meal.  Then the Inner Core’s Active-Taste Layer releases a proprietary blend of gentle, cool tingling sensations on the tongue, which engage the trigeminal nerve, distracting your mind from the urge to continue overeating.  You can feel your MealEnder go to work instantly.

Another question, you may ask, is it convenient? My answer is absolutely. Inside each bag is 25 individually wrapped lozenges. So you can throw some in your purse to take with you when you are out. 



How does it taste? They are delicious. I've tried a few of the flavors and they are all good. With the citrus one, the first taste you get is the chocolate outside, and then you have a citrussy (is that a word?) hard candy on the inside. Make sure that you just let it dissolve naturally in your mouth and don't chew it to get the full effects of the lozenge. 

How long does it last? I found that when I took one after a meal, it lasted at least a couple hours and when I took one just when I was feeling hungry, it usually lasted about a 1/2 hr. Both times getting me to my normal time to have a snack. 

Lastly, how much does it cost? It's actually very reasonable. One bag of 25 lozenges is $14.95 and if you when you buy one month and three month supplies. Where can you get this awesome product? Head on over here and place your order :D



** I received this complimentary product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Friday, December 18, 2015

Midori Spring Ceremonial Gold Class Matcha Review



I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try Midori Spring Ceremonial Gold Class Matcha tea. At first I was hesitant to try it because I had tried match tea before and it really bothered my stomach. This was not the case with Midori Spring. The tea was so smooth and delicious and didn't affect my stomach at all.


This has not become my afternoon staple. I just mix 1/2 teaspoon with hot water and stir well, and it leaves a slight froth on the top. Super appealing and super delicious. I definitely would recommend it to all of you. You can find it for purchase right on Amazon for just over $25.


** I received this complimentary product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are 100% my own.**

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Chicken Tortilla Soup


Recipe: Tortilla Chicken Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low
Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1¾ cups and 2 tablespoons tortilla strips
Ingredients
    Soup:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 15-ounce can reduced sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 12-ounces frozen corn
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • Two, 10-ounce cans Ro*Tel® Original Mile Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 4.5-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1-ounce less sodium taco seasoning
  • 32-ounces Pacific® Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • ¾ cup Fresh Gourmet® Lightly Salted Tortilla Strips
  • Optional toppings*:
  • reduced-fat sour cream
  • sliced JalapeƱo peppers
  • avocado
  • reduced-fat Mexican shredded cheese
  • cilantro, chopped
  • lime wedges
  • *Optional toppings are not included in nutritional calculations.
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken on the bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Add the onion, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, green chilies, taco seasoning, and chicken broth. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  4. Remove the chicken and shred. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and mix well.
  5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls and, garnish with 2 tablespoons of the tortilla strips.
Nutrition Information
Per Serving (1¾ cups and 2 tablespoons tortilla strips):
Calories: 331
Fat: 4g
Carbohydrates: 52g
Fiber: 7g
Sugar 11g
Protein: 25g
WWP+: 8

Taken from http://www.skinnymom.com/skinny-crock-pot-chicken-tortilla-soup/

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Autumn Egg Salad



Autumn Egg Salad

Whether you're cooking for a crowd or looking for something nutritious to feed your family at lunch, try this better-for-you egg salad. It's super easy to make this healthy egg salad, and the mix-ins add great nutrition to every bite. 
Author: 
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 12 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded on the large holes of a box grater (1/3 cup)
  • 1 celery stalk, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch dice (1/4 cup)
  • ⅓ cup finely diced unpeeled apple
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2%-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
  • Kosher salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the eggs, carrot, celery, apple, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, and honey mustard in a large bowl and mix together until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Serve on its own, on top of a salad, or in a sandwich.


Taken from Meal Makeover Moms

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Cauliflower Pizza





Makes 4 servings
Start to Finish: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pizza Crust
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 garlic cloves
 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pizza Topping
½ cup marinara sauce
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2.In the bowl of a food processor, combine the cauliflower with the garlic. Pulse until the mixture resembles a fine meal, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
3. Add the shredded mozzarella, Parmesan and eggs, and mix to combine. Stir in the herbs, and season with salt and pepper.
4. Press the cauliflower mixture into a ½-inch-thick circle on the prepared baking sheet. 
5. Bake the crust until it’s crisp and golden around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven.
6. Spread the marinara on top of the crust. Arrange the mozzarella slices evenly over the sauce. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes more.
7. Let the pizza cool for 5 minutes before slicing.Garnish with basil just before serving.


Taken from PureWow