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Non-GMO Snacks for the Family

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Much more than a review about some bread, this is a Bakerly product review of the most moist and delicious non-GMO snacks that taste like they were delivered fresh from a French bakery. Crepes, croissants, brioches are some of the varieties you can enjoy and made with simple, natural ingredients.

Non-GMO Snacks for the Family

The Bakerly crepes are such a unique snack and come individually wrapped so tossing one in a lunchbox for a fun treat is so easy. These are made without preservative, or artificial colors/flavors. The strawberry flavor is made with only REAL strawberries so they are packed with flavor.

I wish I could virtually give you a piece off of this Bakelry hand-braided brioche! It is so moist and we broke out some good sharp cheddar to grill with this delicious bread.

Bakerly brioche bread, rolls and buns are part of their family line of products. They are delicious toasted or just used as sandwich bread. You will not find any HFCS, preservatives or anything artificial in these breads.

Before we head to a soccer game on weekends, it is important I fill this boys belly so we made brioche grilled cheese and I don’t think we can ever eat a grilled cheese on standard bread again! Like I mentioned before, and because it deserves a second mention, their brioche is incredibly moist!

My local Whole Foods carries the Bakerly line and this is going to be a new stock up bread for us. Short of finding a french bakery I just can’t get over how fresh their products taste in package.

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Healthy Snacks from Enlightened Products

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Healthy Snacks from Enlightened Products

Healthy Snacks from Enlightened Products

Snacking is an enjoyable activity, yet so many of our favorite snacks bring more guilt than joy. When you reach for a snack you tend to have a taste for something already. Perhaps you are craving salty or spicy and most of us crave sweet. I will share some healthy snacks from Enlightened products that will help that guilty factor.

Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps

These little crisps are packed with fiber and protein. They are roasted in sunflower oil and come in seasoned flavors – Sea Salt, Wasabi, Garlic and Onion, Sriracha, Mesquite BBQ, Cocoa Dusted and Sweet Cinnamon. These are great over desserts or in salads. Or if you need something crunchy and salty to snack on, they are great out of the bag. They are also gluten free. Learn more!

bean crisps

Enlightened Marshmallow Treats

4 flavors – Original, Double Chocolate, Birthday Cake and Apple Cinnamon. These are the flavors of these crispy Enlightened Marshmallow Treats. Less calories, fat and sugar than other brands makes these a great snack.

healthy marsmallow

I have a box I will hand out on our soccer game snack day in a few weeks. They are large in size so really fill up a starving child (or adult).

birthday cake treat 

Besides Bean Crisps and Marshmallow Treats, Enlightened is also known for it’s better-for-you Ice Cream. So, keep an eye out at grocers near you and eat with a little less guilt with these healthy snacks from Enlightened Products.

marshmallow treats

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Q Drink Healthy: All Natural Energy Packets

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Q Drink Healthy: All Natural Energy Packets

Q Drink Healthy: All NaturalEnergy

 
Energy. Health. Performance. Those 3 words sum up everything you get in a Q Drink Healthy Energy that is all natural and costs just under $1.50 a drink for monthly orders. Think about those $2-$3 cans of sugar “energy” you see in the store. You can call those sugar or chemical energy boosts that will end in a crash. By no means is it a natural energy boost. Q Energy is a packet you empty into about 24 oz. of water.

 

 
The energy in these drinks is naturally derived and it works on a cellular level. There are 4 sources of energy in 1 packet. Quercetin comes from fruits and veggies and is responsible for increasing mitochondria in the body’s cells. The more mitochondria, the better your body converts calories into energy. What?! It adds very little calories and then takes the calories we already have and helps convert them into energy for us? Genius!

 
You also get B Vitamins for immunity and burning those carbs. You get Rhodiola and Ginseng that we all know helps us fight fatigue.

 

 
What exactly does it mean to call a drink healthy? To me, I look at healthy in that it adds support to my body function and immune system. Maybe you define healthy foods and drinks differently but Q Energy does support your body in a few ways. On top of increased energy, you get anti-inflammatory benefits and support for allergies and sore muscles because of the Quercetin. It also has the benefit of immune support along with the B Vitamins working to keep you healthy. Now you add in healthy herbal extracts, daily vitamins and you have more than just an energy drink.

 

 
If you are athletic or a runner and you are looking for a drink that helps with stamina and performance then again, the Quercetin with Q Energy is also known to increase VO2 Max Levels. This mean you have increased Oxygen you can use. You also get a good amount of electrolytes that is so important when we are using energy. Q Energy is truly a health drink and to replace it with the sugar cans is an all around healthier choice for your busy body. You can find at some retailers as well as online at the Q Energy shop. If you opt for monthly deliveries there is a great savings for you.

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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou's Infused Cubes

Would you call yourself a bartender in the sense that you know how to make the drinks your guests may request in a moments notice? I know rum & coke and screwdrivers and that’s about the extent of my cocktail recipe brain. I typically shop mixers because they at least include the written recipes on the bottles to guide me. Hardly do we all get together as friends and not enjoy some drinks in the evening. I typically buy random beverages and pull out my liquor and let my guests fend for themselves and even then I am sure I am leaving out some essential mixer option until I discovered Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

 

Making cocktails is so fool proof even I can manage to make a great drink. It is so simple to do. Here is a bit of the packaging. Once you get your cubes you will store them in the freezer.

 

Step 1: Freeze the box of cubes

Step 2: Set up your bar with choices of different spirits for your guests. Set out some glasses, a cocktail shaker, sliced lemons and oranges and easy access to those frozen Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

Step 3: add a frozen cube to your spirit of choice-in this one I chose the Blood Orange-Ginger to mix with some local distilled gin. Shake the 2 together in your cocktail shaker and pour over ice (or not if you like it straight).

Step 4: Enjoy! It’s that easy. The Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are pre-mixed with the finest of ingredients. And for the non-alcoholic beverage just mix a cube with some seltzer. The flavors are so delicious

  • The Clyde: Peach with Benedictine-Inspired Herbs and Artisanal Bitters
  • The Cecile: Cucumber and Watermelon with Clover Honey and Thyme
  • The Cooper: Blood Orange-Ginger Old Fashioned

 

With the Holidays around the corner what a great product to keep in your freezer and have on hand for those dinner parties. I found some at my local Barnes & Nobles as they do make great gift ideas! Check the retail locator near you by visiting the website. You can also order on Amazon.

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New Pure Growth Organic Lunchbox Snacks

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New Pure Growth Organic Lunchbox Snacks

What is better than a new organic and nutritious snack option for the kids? How about affordable nutrition that tastes great. These snacks are so good, even I sneak them into my lunches. Available at Amazon and other retailers are the Pure Growth Organic Snacks from veggie chips to breakfast bars in yummy flavors.

  • Pure Growth Veggie Chips come in 4 flavors – BBQ, Spicy Salsa, Ranch and Sea Salt. They are organic, kosher gluten free and made with only real ingredients. All but the ranch are vegan as well.
  • Pure Growth Crispy Rice Squares are so delicious. These bars make great lunchbox snacks and are organic, gluten free, kosher and vegan and are made with brown rice. No GMO’s, artificial additives or trans fats either.
  • Pure Growth Oatmeal Bites come in chocolate chip and cinnamon brown sugar. Like other Pure Growth products they are organic and kosher and make quick breakfast or daytime snacks.
  • Pure Growth Snack Mix is probably my favorite or perhaps a tie with the Crispy Rice Squares. They don’t contain artificial colors, have no artificial flavors, contain no MSG, and offer 0 grams of trans fat per serving.

See all of the snack options at Pure GrowthOrganics website.

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Four Ingredient Protein Cookies with Premier Protein #TheDayIsYours

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Four Ingredient Protein Cookies with Premier Protein #TheDayIsYours

I am writing this on August 1st and this was the date I gave myself to start back into a new regimen. The past month I have been to Las Vegas, NYC and moved to a new town into a new built home and am all unpacked. Now I wipe that sweat off my forehead and get back into healthy habits. While waiting for the home build to complete we lived in a hotel for 3 weeks. I had to learn to cook with simple ingredients because of the small space and lack of food I brought to eat off of until we can move into the house. These were a favorite and so easy to make. Just 4 ingredients and we had cookies with very low sugar and packed with protein.

 

I had found similar recipes online and just gathered a few, added the ingredients I liked and this was the result. It is so easy and often can whip these up quicker than a batch of french toast in the mornings. Then we can grab and eat them out the door or pack the in our lunches.

 

Four Ingredient Protein Cookies

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1.5 Cups Oats (I like to use organic oats)
  • 1/2 Scoop of Premier Vanilla Milkshake Powder
  • 1/3 Cup chocolate morsels ( or any addition that fits for you-raisins, nuts, etc)

Mix all together and spoon into 2″ drops onto a greased cookie sheet. bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

 


Why do I recommend Premier Protein Powder? You get 30 grams of protein per scoop and only 3 grams of sugar. There are no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners and it is gluten free. Make sure the protein products you consume offer the best ingredients like Premier Protein. Other brands out there may contain artificial ingredients and synthetic nutrients so you really want to do your homework and choose wisely.