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!

Father's Day, Food, Reviews

Swiss Diamond XD 2 PIECE SET: FRY PAN DUO

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Swiss Diamond XD 2 PIECE SET: FRY PAN DUO

I want to start off by saying that I was sent this pan set for Father’s Day features, but once it arrived and I used it I realized it deserves more than just 1 mention for 1 holiday! I fell in love with these pans and so did my husband and we quickly realized how many people and foodies we know would love this brand! Swiss Diamond is so much more than these 2 pans, so I will tell you how to connect with the brand and see it all at the end of this post.

I will say that the pans I am tossing (actually donating) weren’t cheap brands. They have been well used and when they were new they looked and felt nothing in quality like my Swiss Diamond XD Coated pans. I have the Swiss Diamond XD 2 Piece Set with a 8″ and 10.25″ fry pans. The XD is their latest and most advanced diamond-reinforced nonstick cookware line to date! In other words, it is so safely nonstick that you need no oils. I haven’t needed any yet and I have made many dishes in my pans.

Leftovers are used often in my home and I can just toss in my leftover pork, some veggies and a sticky sauce like teriyaki and heat up. I add no other oils or coating. You can literally see the sauce slip off them pan when serving so cleaning was as easy as running hot water over the pan and drying!

I cook over gas and the heating is so even. I can say the heating is perfection! The bottom is a brushed stainless steel heat guard. It starts with 3 layers of Swiss Diamond XD nonstick Diamond Coating followed by a layer of plasma coating. The last 2 outer layers are an alloy aluminum layer followed by a magnetic base coating if you have the Induction series (otherwise you end in the aluminum layer). It is oven safe up to 500 degrees. It is technically dishwasher safe, but where you want to be careful is in the dish soaps you use so that those soaps or dishwasher tablets aren’t too abrasive to your cookware.

I was able to make a large batch of stir fry in the 10.25 inch pan. Clean up was a breeze and it was heated through so fast! This is so wonderful when you don’t have time to watch over your food when it wants to cook unevenly or have to keep stirring so it doesn’t stick. None of that is an issue with this line!

Connect with Swiss Diamond by visiting their website and following on Facebook and Twitter

Buy It: Swiss Diamond XD 2 Piece Set: Fry Pan Duoalso see their store locator for shops near you that carry these

Food, Travel

Snack Foods You’ll Want to Take Camping

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Snack Foods You'll Want to Take Camping

We bought a new Toy Hauler last year and we love taking weekend camping trips here in the Pacific Northwest. I pretty much have packing and food prep down to a science, but when we first started RV camping it took some research and planning to make sure I packed everything we need and minimize store trips into towns. The first weekend of new RV owners we took it to a very local campground for a weekend as a trial and learn what we were missing.

Our first weekend out I realized some of the things I wish we had were cleaning wipes (boys and toilets in tight spaces), smaller kitchen garbage bags and more snack variety. The snack thing was tough because with boys and us we sort of got bored with our options by day 2 and found ourselves overspending a tiny grocer near camp so we can find some different snack ideas. I am always prepared with some guilt-free snacking options.

Here a few favorites I have stashed aside for our Memorial weekend RV trip. My son LOVES Snikiddy’s Grilled Cheese Puffs. We actually leave on his real birthday (Friday the 25th) so I geared a lot of snacks for him and the friend he is bringing along. He also loves Bare Snacks in his lunches at school and I have the apple packs packed in the RV.

My husband is a Jerky loves so he has some Country Archer Jerky packed. We just tried the honey chipotle flavor and I was a bit skeptical trying it but I like it. Not too much of a heat kick and still addicting.

My personal favorite is PopCorners. I love all of their flavors and having the Kettle Corn flavor is the most snack dangerous for me. I cannot stop eating them. Of course, I love a good potato chip when we grill hot dogs. To me, you can’t eat hot dogs when there are no potato chips handy and I feel much better munching on the Good Health Avocado Oil chips as opposed to those cooked or fried in unhealthy oils. I use avocado oils to cook with so these are the chips I choose.

We also need grab and go snacks for by the lake or polls on site and the Enjoy Life Grain & Seed bars make a great snack. They love the chocolate marshmallow flavor best! When you pack snacks, remember you will be eating more than an average weekend at home. It just always works out that way so make sure the snacks you choose are on the better side of ingredients and oils. It makes you feel a lot less guilty in the end after a weekend of food and fun!

Food, Healthy Living, Parenting

Spice Islands Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Provide Cooking Classes

I am a Spice Islands® Ambassador. Opinions are my own

Spice Islands Teams up with Taste Buds Kitchen To Provide Cooking Classes

Spice Islands® and Taste Buds Kitchen has something new and exciting they are working on together by way of a year-long program that includes thousands of cooking classes, workshops and special events nationwide from May 2018 through May 2019. Spice Islands knows that TBK makes cooking classes fu and enjoyable for the entire family.

It is always fun to learn new ways to incorporate different spices into our home cooking. Now this will become available within its classes for the family.

Although I cannot locate any classes near me in the Seattle area, there are many offered as far west as Texas and along the East Coast. I hope you can find a class near you and have a fun family outing as you learn to cook together.

“The classes will bring to life such dishes as Homemade Garam Masala using several Spice Islands Spices, Poached Pears featuring Spice Islands Saigon Cinnamon, Butternut Squash Empanadas featuring Spice Islands Garlic Powder and Smoked Paprika as well as hundreds of other recipes and ideas. For more information including the upcoming schedule and to register for Taste Buds Kitchen cooking classes featuring Spice Islands premium spices, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com.”

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, Kids, Recipes, Summer, Tips and Tricks

Let’s Party this Summer with Palmer Candy

I have partnered with Palmer and was sent samples. Opinions are my own

Let's Party this Summer with Palmer Candy

You have seen the R.M. Palmer Easter bunnies recently and then there are the popular R.M. Palmer Peppermint Patties and Peanut Butter Cups. But, did you know about all you can find by visiting the RM Palmer website? Let’s take a look and then I have also shared some fun candies you can get for your summer parties and BBQ’s.

R.M. Palmer sells bulk candy like the red, white and blue chocolates you see below. This is great for themed parties, weddings, corporate dinners and even crafts with candy. Have you seen my Pokemon party favors I made with R.M. Palmer bulk candies?

First of all, make sure you sign up for the R.M. Palmer newsletter from their main homepage. This is how you can get savings, hear about promotions and find new happenings. You can also browse recipes like Palmer Peanut Butter Cup Parfaits or Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patty Brownies.

Along with recipes you can find crafts using R.M. Palmer candies like a Chocolate Candy bouquet or a Shining Star Trophy for your kids sports team. Also learn what stores near you cary the candies in their store locator.

Anthony loves the Peppermint Patties and they are a great cool treat for the summer heat. Then celebrate the Fourth of July with Red, White and Blue caramel-filled chocolates like the ones I featured.

Whether you have a sports team to celebrate the end of the season with or a birthday party to throw, visit R.M. Palmer to find great candies and fun ideas!