Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Summer

Helping Kids and Parents Get More Veggies Into Their Diet with Garden Lites

I have partnered with Garden Lites (unsponsored) for this feature

With vegetables as the primary ingredient in all of their items, Garden Lites is helping kids and parents get more veggies into their diet in delicious ways. These frozen snacks are made with only clean/simple ingredients, Gluten Free, non-GMO certified, nut free and kosher.

 

 

My favorite are the Chocolate Muffins. When I am trying to eat clean and have a sweet tooth, I grab one from the freezer and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and the chocolate chips melt just a tad for a delicious, gooey treat. You don’t have to microwave them, they thaw fast such as throwing one from the freezer into a lunchbox or picnic basket. They will be ready to eat real soon and most assuredly by lunch.

The Chocolate Muffin’s first two ingredients are zucchini and carrots and are 33% veggies. They also come in Blueberry Oat, Banana Chocolate Chip and Carrot Berry.

Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes, launched only 2 years ago, are already a best-selling item. They are are packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and cauliflower.

I just wanted to put these little snacks on your radar this summer! You can find them in retailers in the frozen section. For more information on Garden Lites products, visit www.GardenLites.com and be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter!

Food, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living, Natural Foods

Healthy Snacks for Kids with Sneakz Shakes and Powders

I have partnered with Sneakz and samples were sent for feature. All opinions are my own

Healthy Snacks for Kids with Sneakz Shakes and Powders

Let’s be real – would your kid rather eat a serving of cauliflower or drink a chocolate shake? My son would choose a shake, any flavor, over cauliflower. If only there was a way to get kids to enjoy vegetables as much as they do the ‘fun’ stuff! Sneakz did it for us! They snuck (hence the name Sneakz) 4 veggies into its shakes for kids.

Perhaps it’s the cartoons on the packaging and popular flavors that indicate the shakes an powders by Sneakz are for kids but I’d be lying if I didn’t join in the fun of eating my veggies by grabbing one of these shakes from the fridge. They are good. I love the vanilla. and my son loves chocolate.

They are naturally flavored and include veggies like carrots, spinach, cauliflower, sweet potatoes and beets. They contain less sugar and more fiber than standard flavored milks. The sweetener used is organic cane sugar and the products are USDA organic. Sneakz contains no GMOs, antibiotics or synthetic hormones, and no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, or gluten.

Find the Sneakz Organic Milkshakes and Vegan powders at Sneakz.com or on Amazon/SneakzOrganic

 

Food/Beverage, Natural Foods

Popcornopolis Organic Nearly Naked Popcorn – Available at Costco

I have partnered with Zebra Popcorn for this Blog Tour feature

Nearly Naked popcorn is new and the best tasting popcorn. Certified Gluten Free, GMO Free Corn, Pure Coconut Oil, No High Fructose Corn Syrup, 0g Trans Fat, Made with American Grown Corn. When I say the best, I mean it. My husband and I eat popcorn as our snack of choice and we have tried all the brands out there. After trying Nearly Naked my husband said it is by far the best tasting of all the ‘naked’ popcorns available that we have tried. I truly agree!

Given that Popcornopolis Nearly Naked is our new favorite I wanted to share the following shopping tip for you!

Find Nearly Naked popcorn at Costco for the following prices! I know we’ll be stocking up. The shelf life is quite long. On March 13 – Costco will be selling it for $5.39 a bag. However, to really stock up wait until April 19 – May 13 where the cost will drop to $3.49 a bag! These bags are huge! Find more at Popcornopolis

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Healthy Living, Natural Beauty, Natural Foods, Natural Products

Herbal Teas for Beauty and Wellness from Teasane

I have partnered with Teasane for this feature. Opinions are my own

Herbal Teas, Beauty and Wellness Products from Teasane

Last month after a Doctor visit for migranes I began having we determined that the sudden drop in estrogen the week I am off the pill and menstruating was the likely cause. I left with a new birth control that is a 3 month cycle. I did my research and was ok switching and in my research I stumbled on a topic I never gave much thought too. Hormones and metabolism!

In learning how my exact hormones are working (or not) and focusing on more of a metabolic exercise and diet plan my chances of success losing some weight and gaining some muscle tone were high. Women are so different from men and we just can’t expect the same results exercising like a man and vice versa. Our individual bodies may be lacking too less of one nutrient and the weight may only respond when metabolically balanced. Hormones are a huge factor in weight loss. This changes my entire daily calendar of how I eat and workout. I wake up to a cup of herbal LOSE tea from the Teasane kit and a high protein breakfast to follow some time after. The best part, I only do 3 15-20 minute HIIT workouts a week.

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I couldn’t have discovered the Teasane brand at a more perfect time. From beauty and wellness products, the infused or blended natural, herbal teas have so many benefits.

tea for weight loss

The LOSE tea kit is an herbal blend for weight loss support. I eat breakfast with my coworkers later in the morning so I wake up and have a cup of the tea to tide me over and it does work to keep me going until I eat my first meal of the day. It tastes great and I don’t think it needs a sweetener, but I do add Manuka Honey to mine for those benefits too. I just started this 28 day Teasane LOSE kit so I will give some social shout outs with results so keep checking into my channels if you follow.

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If supplements and teas are not right for you, perhaps their Total Beauty line will help you out with skin health. The Facial Tea hydrates, nourishes and renews tired and aging skin. 4 main ingredients make up the cream. Calendula is a natural antiseptic and aids in healing rashes, mild skin irritations. Evening Primrose Oil will help your clogged pores. Rosemary is loaded with antioxidants for those dark spots and Chamomile is an essential oil for your complexion. All of this in 1 jar. Visit Teasane for more.

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Food, Natural Foods, Recipes, Uncategorized

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

I have partnered with Spice Islands for this feature. Recipe is my own

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Spices are a cooks best friend. Right? Can you imagine a kitchen that had no spices or salts? I can’t and because grinding and sourcing what is needed to create spices in nearly impossible inside the average home we rely on brands like Spice Islands to bottle it up for us.

Spice Islands buys many spices whole and then mills them in their facility to release the rich flavors so we can enjoy them right from the bottle. For 75 years, Spice Islands offers many spices sourced from around the world. With Valentine’s approaching, homemade dinners are romantic and can make for a great night full of sentimental memories.

We are eating a low carb diet so we have eliminated most pastas, rices and breads. I have been trying many healthier food options like these in my recipes. Our nearest health store and even common grocers offer veggie pastas which add that extra dose of nutrients to its pasta and many are less carbs than standard enriched pasta. Here is an easy favorite in our home using Spice Island’s Poultry Seasoning.

 

Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner
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Veggie Pasta and Sausage Recipe for Dinner

Ingredients

  • Turkey Sausage (sliced)
  • 1 package of vegetable pasta
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 small bell pepper (diced)
  • 2 tsp Spice Islands Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp of olive or avocado oil
  • feta cheese and green onions to top

Instructions

  1. While pasta is cooking heat 2 tbsp oil in a skillet. Add onion, bell pepper and seasoning and saute until onion is soft. Add sliced turkey link sausage and cook through. When pasta is done, drain and add back into pasta pot. Add the sausage mixture and 1 tbsp oil and stir to combine. Dish and top with feta and green onions.
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Do you know what some of the most widely used and popular spices are from around the world? Some of them are dill weed, bay leaves, cumin, garlic powder, saigon cinnamon and tumeric.

Enjoy many recipes at Spice Islands website like these Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes they have featured!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Yield: 18 mini cheesecakes

 

18        paper baking cups (2 1/2 inch diameter)

18        gingersnap cookies

12        ounces cream cheese, softened

3/4       cup sugar

1          tablespoon corn starch

1          teaspoon Spice Islands Pumpkin Pie Spice

2          eggs

1          cup canned pumpkin

1/3       cup light corn syrup

Heat oven to 325 F. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups. Place 1 cookie in each cup.

With electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, corn starch and pumpkin pie spice. Add eggs and mix well. Add pumpkin and corn syrup; beat 1 minute.

Pour filling into liners, dividing evenly. Bake 30-35 minutes until just set.

Chill 1 hour.

For more recipes, visit SpiceIslands.com

Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Natural Products

3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

I have partnered with Comvita for this feature

3 Benefits of Consuming Manuka Honey

Maybe you have heard of manuka honey. If not, it is gaining attention in the medical world for its abundance of therapeutic effects from certain bacteria ailments to skin and immunity improvements.

Following the success of Comvita internationally, it’s great timing to introduce our certified UMF® Manuka Honey to millions of health-conscious Costco members across North America,” said Vice President of Comvita North America, Corey Blick. “Through responsible beekeeping and setting the bar for Manuka in the industry from a quality perspective, Comvita has earned the highest level of trust with retailers and consumers.

Honey that helps

The Manuka plant of New Zealand is climate-sensitive and only flowers two to six weeks per year, making the honey a scarce resource. Comvita is a leader in offering certified UMF® Manuka Honey. They own and operate the world’s largest fresh-picked Olive Leaf farm and produces other purest source health and wellness products. 

So, why manuka honey? What are the benefits? There are many, but I picked 3 to highlight for you below.

Manuka Honey is known to relieve Gastritis

The bacteria found most commonly in the high acid stomach regions is called Helicobacter pylori. If you have ever suffered through acid reflux you know how miserable it is. According to a report published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, manuka honey had been found to be potent against 7 different Helicobacter pylori strains, but a similar effect was not observed with other types of honey. Using a Manuka honey with a UMF 10+ or higher seems best. The higher the UMF, the higher it is in its therapeutic effects.

Manuka Honey is great for our Immune System

According to a 2016 print in Natural Living Ideas, lab tests have shown that it contains certain substances that can stimulate cytokine production. Cytokines are signaling proteins involved in immune reactions by the body. They kickstart the defense mechanisms of the body and gets it to fight off pathogens and diseases. Increased cytokine production is behind manuka honey’s protective action against potential infections and diseases.

Manuka Honey is fantastic for those with Chronic Sinusitis

With sinus infections you have bacteria thriving in moist, warm chambers of the sinus cavity. These bacteria will form a biofilm making it hard for antibiotics to break through and take care of the infection. Manuka honey has the ability, especially when consuming manuka honey at least UMF 15+ or higher to act against the common sinusitis bacteria for great relief overall.

Manuka Honey Brand

Which manuka honey is right for you?

Comvita offers UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ and 20+ manuka honey varieties. Which one is right for you? UMF 5+ has natural honey benefits. It is the most similar to benefits in any pure honey from a trusted source and natural plant. As you get higher in the UMF, you get the best natural benefits offered from its healing and antimicrobial properties. If you are healthy and not in immediate need of a wide range of healing you can still benefit from UMF 5+ and 10+ just fine and feel good about your honey source and have it to rely on when minor ailments arise like colds and such. If you suffer from ailments like chronic acid reflux, chronic sinusitis, eczema and other such conditions that manuka honey can help bring you relief you would want manuka honey that is 15+ or higher.

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Find Comvita on Amazon and in Costco stores. Remember, manuka honey is a scarce source and is therapeutic . The price reflects this. You are essentially buying a natural healing product more so than a coffee or tea sweetener.