Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cascadian Farms Surprise!

I came home the other day to find this HUGE box of goodies on my doorstep!

Cascadian Farms is celebrating simplicity! They sent me a goodie box with

Their new CRUNCHY granola bars - Peanut Butter and Honey&Oat flavors - Each with only 9 or fewer simple ingredients
LifeFactory - "Premium Reusable Glass Bottle"
People Towels - BYO Towels to save trees! 
Laptop Lunchbox
Subscription to Emeals
Seventh Generation Dish Soap
Neutrogena Naturals Acne Wash

All of these products were awesome!
I use my water bottle everyday at work, the acne wash really feels good on my skin, and I'm excited to get new meal ideas from Emeals! 


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Detour Bars - Neopolitan flavor

Detour Bars sent me some of their new Neopolitan flavor to review. 
Yall know I don't do chocolate, but now I've got my handy dandy chocolate lover fiance to help me out! ;)

Here's a little bit about Detour Bars from their website first:
A triple play of delicious ice cream inspired flavors – a rich milk chocolate soft set layer sandwiched between creamy vanilla and sweet strawberry nougat – melt together in a one-of-a-kind taste experience.
  • Rich in branch chain amino acids
  • Recover and rebuild powerful muscle
  • Complete source of protein
Now, for Jared's review: 10/10!
I loved these bars!  They tasted just like Neapolitan ice cream. I took one of these before playing basketball for three hours. Loved the energy. 10/10!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Omega Infusion Water Review

Omega Infusion sent me their 4 flavors of their water to review on my blog.
Here's some info from their website:
One bottle of Omega Infusion water delivers 80mg of essential omega-3s (EPA/DHA), 200% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 80% of four B vitamins.  Omega Infusion’s healthy hydration is available in four deliciously refreshing flavors – Berry, Citrus, Fruit Punch and Orange.

My Review: 10/10!
WOW! These were AWESOME. Not only did they taste EXCELLENT, I loved that they filled me up with Omega 3's, because I never eat fish! (it's just too fishy for me..haha) 

It also gave me vitamins as well. 

How can it get any better than that?!?!


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What's Been Going on Lately...

 Hi Friends!

It's already halfway through February! WAHOOOO!!!! We had a Winter Break from school this past weekend, so I was fortunate enough to spend time with Jared and his family. 

Jared cooked me dinner ALL BY HIMSELF. He made me wait upstairs and work on school planning stuff until he was ready. haha. He did a WONDERFUL job. I ate EVERY single bite. 
He made seasoned chicken with veggies and potatoes. MMM! My man can COOK! 
Look at that handsome fella!

He ended the healthy meal with a plate full of strawberries. In the shape of a heart. PRECIOUS! Love him! He's such a sweetheart! 

We had THE BEST time this weekend. I LOVE hanging out with his family. I feel like going to visit them is kinda what people feel like when they're on a diet. You're restricted for SO LONG that when you finally give in to that temptation, you CAN'T GET ENOUGH! Every time I visit, I HATE leaving. I miss them all so much already! 
Thankfully, I'll be back to visit for SPRING BREAK! 

Here is a fun picture to leave you with....

My mom took this picture and created our Save the Date.

Alvarado Street Bakery Review - Cinnamon Raisin Bagels

Alvarado St Bakery sent me coupons to try their product and review on my blog!
 Here is some info 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.

Alvarado Street Bakery is located just north of San Francisco in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County. For over 30 years Alvarado Street Bakery has been a leader in producing healthy, organic whole grain breads. Here in Northern California, we run our own fleet of trucks servicing all major supermarket chains as well as smaller health food stores and natural food markets.

Outside of California our products travel frozen (one of the major attributes of sprouted breads is that they freeze very well) allowing us to offer these terrific products to consumers throughout the country, as well as in Canada, and Japan.

These truly delicious healthful breads are enjoyed by people of all ages, including children, who love the moist, soft texture and the nutty whole grain flavor.

My Review: 10/10

These bagels tasted really good and flavorful! They were a good size and filled me up well. I enjoyed them with Grape Jelly and cream cheese. YUMMY! 

One night we made breakfast for dinner with Jared's parents. They enjoyed them as well. :)

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Melissa's Produce Review

Melissa's Produce sent me some items to review on my blog!
Here's some info about Melissa's Produce:
Think tasty, creamy, tangy, aromatic, tart, sweet, crunchy and delectable. Within the 280,000 square feet of the Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc. warehouse, one is sure to find the freshest fruits and vegetables -- quality products with exceptional value and first-class service.
Melissa's/World Variety Produce, Inc. is currently the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. With over 1000 items available at any given time, Melissa's imports and distributes exotic fresh fruits and vegetables from around the globe.
Located in the Vernon district of Los Angeles, California, World Variety Produce began strictly as a source of specialty produce, selling to retailers in the Southern California region. Over the years the company's Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with staples, exotics and Melissa's full line of organic produce.
Joe Hernandez, a Texas native, founded the business with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The original office had three telephones and four chairs -- no one could have guessed that, within a few short years, the company would grow to occupy a newly renovated and expanded 280,000 square foot office, warehouse complex, and state-of-the-art CCOF/QAI Certified Organic Packing Facility.
Family is a big part of World Variety's success. Through the years, the company has found stable growth thanks to the support of very loyal customers and a close-knit family of employees dedicated to customer service. After all, Joe Hernandez has made the company philosophy straightforward: "Give the customers what they want and keep them happy!"

My Review:
Dried Mangos: 9/10. These were nice and chewy and flavorful. 

Cranberries: 10/10! MMM!!! These were my favorite! Jared and I enjoyed snacking on these during the UL basketball game. They were a good flavor, not too tart like some of the other cranberries I've eaten before.

I gave the Baby Beets to Jared's grandmom and granddad because they love them! They enjoyed these as well. :) 

Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes: 9/10. First of all, they were SO CUTE! Itty bitty pototoes! haha :) They were tasty and easy to bake. Perfect little bites. 

I gave my mom the Lentils because I am NOT A FAN AT ALL. She LOVES them, so I let her enjoy them all to herself!

They also included a wonderful cookbook that I am looking forward to trying recipes from!
"This alphabetized encyclopedia contains information about the 50 most nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.  The health benefit of each produce item is highlighted and paired with tips on how to buy, store, and, of course, cook each item, with 150 recipes for simple sides and main courses."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Heart Thrives Review and Giveaway!

 Here's some info from their website:
The Healthy Baking Company is a bakery responding to America's desire for nutritious, guilt-free, meals-to-go.

We all want the world to be a better place.  At The Healthy Baking Company, our mission is to help sustain human bodies, nourishing a world future generations will want to inherit.

By choosing vegan, all-natural, and non-GMO ingredients, we reduce the impact of agriculture on the land and conserve our precious natural resources.  We help people live healthy, productive and enjoyable lives with our delicious and convenient meals-to-go that are nutritious, heart-healthy, and doctor-recommended. 
 My Review: 10/10!
These were GREAT! The heart thrives were packed full of flavor. Each bite was chewy and delicious. I enjoyed these as an after dinner dessert and a snack at times. 

My favorite flavors were the Apple and Date. I couldn't decide which one I liked better. 

All of the flavors were unique and tasty.

I also LOVED that they were heart shaped! How sweet!!! 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Grandy Oats Granola Review

Grandy Oats sent me some of their granola and nuts to review!

Here's some info from their website:

Certified Organic – Nothing but the healthiest ingredients we could find.
Each of our products are Certified Organic and Kosher.
We believe that buying in bulk is one of the best ways to support a healthy planet. According to many national studies, purchasing goods online leaves less of a carbon footprint than buying the same items at a store. One study was even quoted as saying that the negative environmental impact of buying in stores is 50 times greater than buying online.
We also employ sustainable business practices in our bakeries. Bundle that with a reduction in packaging and a better value per serving, and you have a tasty treat that you can feel good about!
All of our products are shipped right to your front door and ready to eat. No more worrying about remembering to pick up your favorite breakfast foods or snacks at your grocery store…just order your month’s supply and enjoy! Healthy, easy and convenient!
Our products come in these convenient sizes:
PackageServing Size (approx.)
3lb bag24 - 1/2 cup servings
10-12lb bag96 - 1/2 cup servings
13 ounce container1 container = 7 servings
20-25 pound cases200 - 1/2 cup servings
All bags are vacuum-sealed for that just baked freshness. You can also reuse and recycle them!

My Review: 10/10! 
This granola was SUPER FRESH and REALLY TASTY! I loved the unique flavors. Honey Apple Crisp was my favorite!

Blueberry Vanilla Granola: MMM. This flavor was great. I LOVED the little blueberries in the mix. 

Cashew Raisin Granola: I loved the chewy raisins sprinkled throughout. The flavor was nice.

I enjoyed eating this granola straight from the bag. It was crunchy and sweet, but not too sweet to where it hurt my teeth. I liked that they came in a mini bag to help me with portion control. Granola is SO GOOD, but it's really easy to go overboard on it.... haha. 

The Tamari Roasted Almonds were incredibly tasty. They were a perfect little snack to tide me over until dinner.

Jared liked the Curry Roasted Cashews. He said they had a little kick to them, but not too spicy.

What I really enjoyed about the products is that they were ORGANIC.
Organic Foods are more nutritious than processed foods.
and there are NO chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives or contaminants!

Tasty AND good for you!

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Nextrino Activated Charcoal Tea Tree Soap

I was sent some brand new soap from Nextrino to try and review! It is an activated charcoal tea tree soap that is all natural, vegan, and ...