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



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Cashew Go Bars

Cashew Go-Bars

NOTES

I ended up cutting the bars in half to make them more snack-sized. The recipe will make 16 larger rectangular bars or 32 smaller square bars.
Easy Energy Bar Recipe For Camping

INGREDIENTS

Cooking-oil spray
1 cup regular rolled oats
1/3 cup oat bran
3 tablespoons flaxseed
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup roasted salted cashews, chopped
1 cup dried mission figs, chopped
3/4 cup cashew butter
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg
1/2 cup honey
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Line a 9- by 13-inch pan with plastic wrap, leaving an overhang on the 9-inch sides, and coat with cooking-oil spray. In a large bowl, stir together oats, oat bran, flaxseed, flour, baking powder, salt, cashews, and figs until well blended.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together peanut butter, milk, egg, honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice until well blended.
  3. Add flour mixture to cashew butter mixture, and beat until completely blended. Scrape dough into pan, and with wet fingers or a rubber spatula, pat to fill pan completely and evenly (dough is sticky, so you may need to coat your hands in cooking-oil spray). Chill dough until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 300°F. Invert pan onto a work surface, lift off pan, and peel off plastic. Using a bench scraper or knife, cut straight down lengthwise through the middle, then crosswise to make 16 bars, each 1 1/2-inch wide. Place bars about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake bars until lightly browned and somewhat firm to touch, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely. Bars will keep up to 2 weeks, stored airtight, or 2 months, frozen.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Quinoa Chili





Slow Cooker Vegetarian Quinoa Chili Recipe

Makes 12, 1 cup servings
For first 5-6 hours:
1.5 pounds dried small red beans, soaked overnight
1-28 ounce can tomatoes
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
6 cups hot water
For last 30 minutes:
1 pound frozen corn
1 cup quinoa
In a 6 quart slow cooker, mix soaked beans, tomatoes with juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and water. Cook for 5-6 hours on high until beans are tender.
When beans are cooked, add quinoa and corn and cook on high for 30 minutes.
For one cup = 283 calories, 1.4 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 53.2 g carbohydrates, 2.9 g sugar, 15.2 g protein, 15.8 g fiber, 411 mg sodium, 6 Points+
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.

Taken from http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/slow-cooker-quinoa-chili/

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Cucumber & Tomato Bites



Cucumber and Tomato Bites Recipe

Makes 6 bites
1 medium cucumber
1 ounce Neufchatel cheese (next to cream cheese)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped (optional)
3 cherry tomatoes
dusting of paprika (optional)
Peel the cucumber into strips so that you leave half the peel. Slice into 1.5 inch rounds. Heat cheese in microwave for a few seconds to soften and mix in thyme. Core out a bit of the cucumber and fill with ½ teaspoon or so of cheese.
Slice tomatoes in half and stand up in cheese and dust with paprika. Refrigerate for later or eat immediately.
One bite is 22 calories, 1.2 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 2.4 g carbohydrates, 1.1 g sugar, 0.9 g protein, 0 g fiber, 20 mg sodium, 1 Points+
Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
Taken from http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/cucumber-bites/

Monday, September 14, 2015

#BOSUstrong Madlib Fun!!




To announce the start of the BOSU and Sweat Pink #BOSUStrong challenge Sweat Pink thought it would be fun to do a madlib. So won't my awesome readers join in.........



5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME #BOSUStrong


Today I am embarking on a 4 week challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink to prove to the world that I am #BOSUSTRONG. Being #BOSUSTRONG means I make fitness part of my everyday life, at home, out and about, and with my friends and family.I will squat, mountain climb, plank, push-up, lunge,  ________  and ________ my way to a stronger and ____________ body.  And I will encourage ________ [person] and ________ [person] to join me on this fun journey because we are one big, happy #FitFamily.

Being #BOSUStrong is not just about movement, sweat, or even owning a BOSU, its about being a leader, an inspiration to others, and sharing my own fitness journey with others. It’s about not letting ________ and ________ stand in my way of sweating and getting strong! The 5 things that make me #BOSUStrong are:

My strong______________________.
My ability to____________________.
My love for______________________.
My healthy _____________________.
And my _________________________.

So I want to know - are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

Ok, here's mine.......

5 THINGS THAT MAKE ME #BOSUStrong


Today I am embarking on a 4 week challenge with BOSU and Sweat Pink to prove to the world that I am #BOSUSTRONG. Being #BOSUSTRONG means I make fitness part of my everyday life, at home, out and about, and with my friends and family.I will squat, mountain climb, plank, push-up, lunge,  burpee  and run my way to a stronger and healthier body.  And I will encourage Christina [person] and Lydia [person] to join me on this fun journey because we are one big, happy #FitFamily.

Being #BOSUStrong is not just about movement, sweat, or even owning a BOSU, its about being a leader, an inspiration to others, and sharing my own fitness journey with others. It’s about not letting lack of time and motivation stand in my way of sweating and getting strong! The 5 things that make me #BOSUStrong are:

My strong commitment.
My ability to workout.
My love for running.
My healthy legs.
And my strength.

So I want to know - are you #BOSUStrong? Copy and paste the above, fill it in and make it your own and then tag me in it and share with your friends! Let’s all be #BOSUSTRONG.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Bulu Box Review



So the wonderful people over at Bulu sent me a box of delicious and healthy goodies and products to try out. The Bulu box is a really neat concept. You sign up for a monthly subscription, and each month they send you a sample box of health and nutrition items. They offer subscriptions on a monthly, 3 month, 6 month or annual basis and of course the longer the subscription you pick they better price you get. What's even cooler about this is that once you try the sample boxes, you can order full sizes of the items that you really loved right from their site.

With my box, I got to try some really great items, but my absolute favorite out of the box was the lemon pepper chicken jerky. Bad thing was my family loved it as well, so I had to fight them for it :) I also really liked the movit energy gels, they tasted great and kept my energy up during my 8 mile run. While those were my favorite items out the box, all of the items were really awesome, and I will be looking into purchasing the other items as well.

So, I definitely am recommending Bulu boxes to my readers. It's a great way to try out new health and nutrition items monthly for a really reasonable price. The even better news is that they are letting me share a discount code with my readers. If you purchase a 3 month subscription, you can save 50% if you use the code SWEATPINK when you place your order over on their site.


This review and giveaway was made possible by #SweatPink and Bulu Box. A one month subscription to Bulu Box was sent for my time and effort on this campaign. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tasteful Thursday - Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

Crispy Oven "Fried" Chicken
 
Now that families everywhere are getting back into a dinner routine, gather them around the table with this better-for-you version of "fried" chicken. No deep-fat fryer required.
Author: 
Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Four 4-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium Old Bay Seasoning
  • ¼ cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 generous cups cornflakes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray a cooling rack generously with nonstick cooking spray and place in the prepared sheet.
  2. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season generously with kosher salt and pepper and set aside. Prepare the breading by placing the flour, flaxseed, and Old Bay in a wide bowl or on a plate, and mix together with a fork.
  3. Place the milk, lemon juice, and mustard in a second wide bowl and whisk together until well combined. Place the cornflakes in a third wide bowl or plate.
  4. Dredge each chicken piece in the flour mixture until well coated; tap off excess flour. Coat each floured chicken piece in the milk mixture and then roll in the cornflake crumbs until very well coated.
  5. Arrange the chicken pieces on the rack and place in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, lower the heat to 350°F and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is crispy. (Adjust cook time accordingly if chicken breast halves are greater than 4 ounces each.)
Notes
You'll get 40% iron per chicken piece.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: (1 piece), Calories: 230, Fat: 3.5g, Saturated fat: 1g,Carbohydrates: 24g, Sodium: 340mg, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 26g

Taken from http://mealmakeovermoms.com/

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Freekeh Foods Review and Giveaway




I know we all are searching for healthy alternatives to add to our everyday meals, and the folks over at Freekeh Foods have come up one, freekeh!. It's a healthy grain that is great for breakfast, side dishes and whole meals. They offer three different varieties, tamari, rosemary sage and original. For my review I chose original and tamari. Since I am not really original when it comes to cooking, matter of fact most call me cooking challenged, I used some of the awesome recipes that they post over on their recipe page.  The recipes were super easy to follow, and tasted delicious.

The first recipe I tried was the warm breakfast freekeh. I used the original flavor of the freekeh for this dish. It is a great alternative to oatmeal, and a great change up it you are bored with just eating eggs.


  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (approx 1 cup) (Original variety)
  • 2 1/2 cups water (for richer flavor, try cooking in almond milk, or coconut milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance® or butter
Pour freekeh and liquid into a saucepan and bring to a boil for about 1 minute. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon and Earth Balance® or butter. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. Serve with fresh sliced fruit and top with nuts.
Options: You can also add a dollop of yogurt for extra protein and creaminess.

I also tried a recipe for dinner, and used the tamari flavor . Like I said I'm cooking challenged, so I picked a really easy recipe. I chose the lemon chicken with dill. It was awesome, and my kids even tried it. They are super picky, but they admitted that it tasted pretty good. 

  • 1 8-ounce package cracked freekeh (approx. 1 1/3 cups)  (Original or Tamari Freekeh work well)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 cups carrots diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, diced
  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance® or butter
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 3-4 chicken breasts, whole, skinless, boneless
  • 1 bunch fresh dill (about 1 cup), chopped
  • juice of 2 lemons or about 4 tablespoons
  • fresh cracked pepper and salt to taste
In a large skillet, heat up olive oil over medium heat. Toss in carrots, onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Add Earth Balance® or butter to skillet and add in uncooked freekeh. Stir to coat freekeh. Add chicken broth. Place chicken in the liquid with the freekeh and vegetables. Top with the dill and the juice of one lemon. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for an
additional 20-30 minutes or until the chicken is done. Add a little dill and cracked pepper, plus the rest of the lemon juice and serve.

I really liked both flavors of the freekeh that I tried, and will definitely be adding it to my staple of foods that I keep in the pantry. The prices is extremely reasonable, $14.40 for a case of 6 packages. That equals out to just $2.40 a package. Pretty comparable to all the other grains that are offered. You can order them directly from their site or see if there is a store near you that sells them here.  
Now I have some great news for my readers. Freekeh-foods is allowing me to give away a package of freekeh in the flavor of your choice to one of my awesome readers. (US Residents only though :( ) 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck to everyone, but if you don't win remember you can buy some in select stores or through their website.

This review and giveaway was made possible by #SweatPink and Freekeh Foods. 2 packages of Freekeh was sent for my time and effort on this campaign.