Good Day Chocolate only uses Fair-Trade certified chocolate in their supplements. It is also vegan-friendly and does not contain any dairy. Their products are not organic but they do promise that they only source premium, Non-GMO ingredients for their products. The coloring on the candy shells is also nothing to worry about because they only use natural coloring to dye the shell. (example: green is spirulina). If you are wondering about calories, the candies are about 70 calories per 4 piece serving which is not too shabby.
My husband has a new work schedule which clears his Fridays and Saturdays for family togetherness time. The last two days were full of fun and there were so many cooking/baking frenzies happening over her in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen! My family gets so much pleasure a food-filled weekend. This will be an ongoing series of our weekend adventures. More to come soon!
There are so many ways you can make your own granola bars at home. Making my own is a fun, rewarding experience for me. I ask my 8-year-old daughter, Chloe, to help with the stirring because she has some good muscles for her age and you really have to give them a big stir with the spatula.
For these granola bites I used gluten-free ingredients and also paleo-friendly ingredients. No sugar was added to these, they are naturally sweet from the Medjool dates and raw honey. These are a great snack that you can just grab and go.
I have recently fallen head-over-heels in love with baking. It is something that I am very passionate about. I know the appearance of my baked goods is not yet top notch like a professional’s work. My baking technique is something that I am determined to perfect so someday I can have some drool-worthy looking goodies. I will say this, though, the flavor is usually spot-on and I do nail that! Some will say that is all that matters but I also want my baked goods to look more visually appealing.
This week’s Friday Faves will focus on items that will help you along your way with baking. I will include some essentials and also some other items that look worth splurging on! This will be part one of this list. There are a ton of other baking items out there that I have my eye on so I will do another baking essentials list in the near future.
This past weekend we went to the exotic fruit section and decided on bringing home a couple cactus pears, also known as a prickly pear cactus. Imagine my surprise when I sliced into it and discovered that it is a vibrant hot-pink, magenta color. I had no idea this cactus pear had such a gorgeous interior!
I did a bit of research before eating the cactus pear. I sliced the skin off and I noticed that it had quite a few hard seeds inside. They are not something you can bite into but they are safe to swallow. When I blended this up in a smoothie the seeds got ground up in the blender.
I am a big fan of Enjoy Life Foods products. They offer a line of gluten-free, vegan, products that are free from several other allergens (wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, casein, soy, egg, sesame, sulfites, lupin, mustard, fish, shellfish & crustaceans). Their products are created in an allergen-free facility. You can enjoy their foods with confidence that they will do your body good.
We have all heard the expression, “you will feel like a kid in a candy shop” well yesterday I was the kid in the candy shop! Yesterday I came up with the grand idea to visit Roger’s Bulk Candy and Ice-Cream in Eastpointe, MI. As you may already know I often promote a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet. I believe in living your life and having fun every once in a while though. I feel that eating should be all about BALANCE. I regularly opt for healthy meals but sometimes I like to just cut loose and enjoy whatever the heck I want
We used half of a papaya, 1 whole banana, a handful of Simple Truth frozen mango, and a handful of Simple Truth pineapple. I used approximately 2/3 cup of Bolthouse Farms Plant Protein milk (unsweetened). We have been using that particular milk for a while now.
Pretty much obsessed with everything on this list! I have composed a list of gift ideas for the foodie in your life or go ahead and splurge on yourself! All day and night I live in a world where I dream of food. I really should start dressing myself in head-to-toe food clothing.
I ended up getting some nice produce delivered: bananas, dragon fruit, kiwi, starfruit, passionfruit, papaya, and a kiwano horned melon. I had the ultimate smoothie bowl already planned out in my mind. What I came up with did not disappoint!
I have always wondered about this fruit. It is a bright orangish-yellow color and it covered with little spikes. It actually looks quite intimidating with the spikes all over it. I had to do a little research on this fruit before I bought it. I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. I basically just wanted to make sure it was something I could cut into with ease. I have an issue with mangoes. To me, they are very difficult to cut. The kiwano horned melon was easy peasy though with just one long slice down the middle length-wise.
Well, take a look at that! My husband and I love to work together on the weekend with our Sunday dinner. This past weekend (I’m a little late posting about this) we collaborated on our first from scratch pizza. We made a lovely gluten-free supreme pizza.
I created this list of colorful items because looking at them brings me joy. I would love to someday have a kitchen bursting with color. It’s nice to dream… maybe someday I will have my wish come true!
1/4 cup of hemp oil (I used Foods Alive)
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar (I used Star Fine Foods)
1 tablespoon of minced garlic (I hate mincing garlic so I use Spice World)
A splash of lemon juice (I used DeLallo)
The first hiccup in the kitchen occurred during lunch. I used Enjoy Life Foods gluten free pancake/waffle mix and put some LivFit cacao powder in the mix to make chocolate waffles. I have been craving breakfast foods like crazy and I had a craving for some waffles.
I forgot to spray the waffle maker to make it nonstick sooooo…
Here are my chocolate [messy] waffles topped with Enlightened Red Velvet ice-cream. I was so lucky that I was able to salvage these waffles because they tasted incredible. It was my first time trying out this gluten-free waffle mix. Enjoy Life is free of many common allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, sulfites, peanuts, tree nuts, casein, egg, and more! That makes this mix vegan and paleo friendly!
Ingredients for the oats:
1 cup of gluten-free oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats)
1 cup of dairy-free milk (I used Pacific Organics Unsweetened Vanilla Hemp Milk)
1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup
Ingredients for the jam:
1 1/2 cups fresh berries (I used raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of raw honey
splash of fresh lemon juice
Ingredients for the almond butter:
1 1/2 cup raw almonds
Tablespoon of coconut oil
Tablespoon of raw honey
A teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
Welcome back to Friday Faves. This week’s edition will feature some foods that I am dying to try out. Hop on the train to Healthy Town with these nutritious items found on Amazon.
Simple! Healthy! Vegan + paleo friendly “nice” cream! This is naturally sweet and does not contain any added sugars!
It is so simple to whip up your own small batch of ice-cream at home that is healthy and good for you! This ice-cream has the consistency of soft serve and will make about 2-3 servings.