Taste Test Tuesday

29 Oct

It’s that time of week again, another Taste Test Tuesday.

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I found the Second Nature’s Celebration Medley trail mix on sale at Kroger and had to pick it up and give it a shot. I’m a sucker for a good trail mix, especially if it does not contain M&M’s. There is plenty of chocolate in the mix, it is a good when a chocolate craving hits. A little of this mix goes a long way!  I would definitely recommend it!

From the source it contains:

A joyful blend of:

dark chocolate
Dark and White Chocolate - packed with dozens of essential nutrients, including powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids.
cranberries
Cranberries - another member of the superfruit family, containing antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
almonds
Almonds - a rich source of nutrients, including vitamin E, calcium, folic acid and protein.
cashews
Cashews - containing oleic acid, which is the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil.
brazil nuts
Brazil Nuts - These delicious nuts are not only a staple for many special occasions, but provide lots protein, healthy fats and other essential nutrients.
whole peanuts
Peanuts - protein-rich legumes that provide 10% of the US RDI (recommended daily intake) of protein per 1 ounce serving.
Here is the Nutritional Facts.

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What is your favorite trail mix? 

Sunday Fun at Huber’s Orchard and Winery

28 Oct

I definitely know how to do a Sunday right. It was the perfect day to round up some co-workers/friends and head to Huber’s, the local Orchard and Winery for a little fall fun

20131028-081447.jpgWe started out with a wine tasting. We were each able to pick 8 different types of wine to try. I was pretty impressed, I think out of the wine I sampled there was only one I did not like. (And I got to keep the glass so now I have a pair!)20131028-081501.jpgAfter the wine tasting we bought a bottle and went out side and listened to the band. We also order the baked brie (it was amazing, and not pictured.)20131028-081655.jpgWe finally set out to go pick pumpkins! We of course brought a bottle along with us and made our own picnic in the pumpkin patch.20131028-081613.jpgWe found three small pumpkins, which I don’t even think they can be called pumpkins seeing as how they were the size of a seed.20131028-081531.jpgBut they had plenty of big pumpkins to choose from. This guy was on the small end of the pumpkins in the field. I wish they had more variety, the pumpkins were all huge and a lot of them were really damaged.20131028-081632.jpgWe finished out last bottle and could not find pumpkins that we were happy with. We ended up at the gift store and picked out some little ones. It was definitely a great day. We had perfect fall weather and good laughs. It was a great way to spend the day!

Taste Test Tuesday- PB2

25 Sep

This week while at the grocery store I picked up some PB2 for Taste Test Tuesday. I have heard good things about the peanut butter (and I love me some peanut butter) so I figured I would give it a try.

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I was a little skeptical because it was powder.While I was a skeptic there is not doubt it is yummy. It tastes just like regular peanut butter except it is in healthier form. PB2 has 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. From the source:

“PB2 is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the oil. All natural with no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no preservatives.”

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I brought it to work with me and dipped my apples in it. At first it had a really runny consistency. I added a little more powder and stirred and like magic it turned into the normal peanut butter consistency. I think it will make a great addition to shakes! I can’t wait to try it out in one of my breakfast shakes!

Nutritional Information for 2 Tbsp:

Calories: 45
Fat: 1.5 g
Total Carbs: 5g
Protein: 5g

Skinny Pumpkin Dip

23 Sep

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For book club I needed a quick dessert dish to bring with us to the park. I thought about just going to the store and buying cookies, but decided to actually use a pin that I’ve got pinned on Pinterest. It led me to the Skinny Pumpkin Dip.

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Ingredients:

1 tub (16 oz) Cool Whip Free, thawed
1 small box sugar free/fat free instant cheesecake pudding
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp of cinnamon sugar

Directions:

1. Carefully mix all the the Cool Whip, pudding mix, and pumpkin puree mix together.

2. Stir in the pumpkin pie spice.

3. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

4. Enjoy.

I personally like to eat this amazingness with apples. However vanilla wafers and graham crackers work just as well.

This recipe is so simple to make and it produces a ton. I was able to enjoy this treat for awhile.

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My plate from book club. I am obsessed with Redd’s Strawberry Ale! It is amazing and perfect for fall. The food was delish of course. We read Orange is the New Black. I like the show 10x’s more than I like the book. However the book was definitely worth the read. All in all it was another great book club meeting.

Ramsi’s

10 Sep

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Sunday I went to brunch with Tarah from What I Gather. We have been planning to go to Ramsi’s for a year now. Luckily we finally made it. Ramsi’s is located in Louisville on Bardstown Road. They have a big menu, here is a blurb from their website.

Close to half of our huge menu (100 dishes and counting) is vegetarian. 30 percent is vegan. Many dishes are available Gluten free. And now, we are bringing you certified organic and local produce, eggs and chicken from our own farm, Raising Hope Organic Farm. You have choices when you eat here!

This is a great place to go, especially when going out with people with dietary restrictions. They had a lot of options for brunch, and even an omelet bar! There was plenty of food for everyone, and not the normal buffet kind where it looks like it has been left out for days. I would definitely recommend this one. I can’t wait to go back and try their actual menu!

Taste Test Tuesday-Talenti Gelato

10 Sep

I have decided to do Taste Test Tuesday’s. A blog post that will share new products I have found. I’ve definitely been venturing out with the products I have been using and figured why not share my opinions and give my readers some suggestions.

This week I went with Talenti Gelato.

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I’ve always believed gelato is 100% better than regular ice cream. I’m not sure if I just believe this because I am a gelato junkie or because it reminds me of Italy. Either way this brand is the way to go! Talenti is as close to the real deal I have found stateside in years.

Here is a blurb from their blog:

Our gelato is made with fresh, hormone-free milk and only pure cane sugar. Not only is it delicious, but with 30% less fat than regular ice cream, it’s also a healthier alternative.

30% less fat? Yes please. Add in the hormone-free milk and great taste. I think I may have found my new favorite. They offer some amazing flavors. I picked up Caramel Cookie Crunch and Black Raspberry Chocolate. I can say I did not make a mistake with the flavors I picked. They have a variety of different flavors in the store, and even more on their website. I was a little disappointed to see flavors I would like to try online that are not in the store.

Where can you buy it? The have a lot of different locations from Kroger to Target to Whole Foods. They also have a store locator.

National Yoga Month

3 Sep

September is National Yoga Month!

I have been doing yoga consistently for a month now. It has probably been the first thing that I have ever stuck with and loved doing it every minute! I was lucky enough to be able to attend a free yoga session, which re-affirmed that I want to continue to do yoga. I have been doing dvd’s (and there are a lot that just don’t hold my attention), doing my reading (which is good for a visual of the pose), and going to classes. I love the classes. The classes you get feedback on what you are doing and how to improve form. Luckily yoga is something you can do everywhere! I usually end up doing yoga in my office twice a day and at home.

 

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Here are so simple yoga poses to start with. Pinterest is a good source for looking into yoga poses. The best part about yoga is you don’t have to be flexible to start it. Eventually you will become more flexible and adapt to the positions. It is important in yoga to never experience pain! If you have pain while doing a position you need to ease back. There is no pain in yoga.

 

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On a personal level this week has been difficult for me. I have been dealing with a lot of grief about missing my mom. The kind of grief where you question if you are strong enough to make it through the day. I was honest when I wrote about it and received kind words from my friends. I didn’t let my grief stop me from living. I followed my hygiene routine and then I did some yoga. The yoga helped me clear my mind and focus on my breathing and movements. It helped me work through some of my issues. Yoga is not a miracle pill that cures everything. I ended up calling my best friend a bawling, but doing the yoga distracted me and gave me purpose at that time.

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